Melissa Ohden has been a survivor since before she was born. She was left to die in the womb by her mother who had a late term abortion is her 8th month using a saline infusion to burn the baby to death in the embryonic fluid.
Five days later when Melissa's birth mother went to deliver a dead baby, that little premature life was still alive and fighting. At the hospital the doctors and nurses took care of her until a family found her and adopted her as their own.
Hear Melissa's powerful and amazing testimony of survival and second chances as she has grown into a beautiful woman both inside and out. more >>
A pro-life group in Michigan has successfully submitted a petition to state legislature that would put restrictions on abortion coverage on insurance plans. If passed, the new law would require women to purchase an additional rider to their insurance plan to cover an abortion before they become pregnant.
On Monday, the Michigan Board of Canvassers approved a petition by the pro-life group Right to Life of Michigan that requires the Republican-controlled state legislature to address the "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act." The act could be approved by a majority vote in state legislature and does not require the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder, who has voiced his opposition to this specific issue, although he has said he's pro-life.
In order to have their act considered by lawmakers, Right to Life of Michigan had to acquire 58,088 valid signatures from state citizens on a petition regarding the issue. According to the Detroit Free Press, the pro-life group submitted 315,477 signatures, and 299,941 of the signatures are already estimated to be valid. After legislature returns from a two-week break on Tuesday, it has 40 days to address the proposal. If it rejects it or ignores it, it will be put up to a popular vote on the Nov. 2014 ballot. more >>
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette, Indiana will be able to continue its practice of chemically-induced abortions after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on a new state law that would have imposed tighter restrictions on the clinic.
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled in Indianapolis on Wednesday that because the new law, which was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1, has different requirements for the Planned Parenthood in Lafayette than other doctors' practices, it most likely violates the constitution's guarantee to equal protection. The law would have required the abortion clinic in Lafayette to meet surgical facility standards, including having a recovery and a waiting room, for its administering of drugs that induce non-surgical, chemical abortions. The Lafayette clinic is the only one in the state that distributes the chemical abortion-inducing medication.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the group that defended the Planned Parenthood clinic in the law's legal challenge, argued that other licensed doctors with private practices in the state are also able to prescribe the abortion-inducing medication, yet they were not required to abide by the new law. more >>
In his first major written work as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis denounced the world's "tyrannical" economic system while urging further support for the poor, arguing that the church must be poor and be for the poor.
Francis criticized "ideologies that defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation," which he attributed to an "idolatry of money" – much like he has done in the past, when he blasted the free market system and claimed that a global "cult of money" was holding the world captive.
The Vatican leader added in his 50,000-word "apostolic exhortation" that the current economic system is "unjust at its root." more >>
Russia's president Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday a ban on abortion advertisements in the country. The ban was signed as part of a set of laws that seek to tighten the country's advertising restrictions regarding contraception and medicine.
Russian media reported Monday that the purpose of the new legislation is to stem the country's declining population rate. The ban on abortion advertisements was signed as part of the country's Federal Law on Advertising that also bans advertisements for free drug samples if the drugs contain narcotics or psychotropic samples. The law also puts restrictions on advertisements for traditional "folk medicine" in the country, making the illegal practice of folk medicine a misdemeanor.
According to Reuters, Russia's abortion rates are among the highest in the world and termination is one of the most common practices of birth control in the country. Since taking office 14 years ago, Vladimir Putin has made boosting the country's population rate one of his fundamental priorities. more >>
Taxpayers should not be forced to give money to abortion practices, the Alliance Defending Freedom argues while urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an Arizona law that limits funds for abortion.
"Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the work of abortionists. Arizona should be free to enforce its public policy against the taxpayer funding of abortion and in favor of the best health care for women," ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, who argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in June, said on Wednesday.
In August, the 9th Circuit ruled that House Bill 2800, which limits allocation of public funds for elective abortion, violated federal law and held that individual plaintiffs can privately enforce the choice criterion provision – which under the Medicaid "contract" requires states to allow Medicaid beneficiaries to obtain medical assistance from any provider "qualified to perform the service or services required." more >>