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Mississippi Heartbeat Bill Victory

Mar 22, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

Mississippi Heartbeat Bill VictoryJACKSON, MS – Governor Phil Bryant signed a “heartbeat” abortion ban into law today at a ceremony at the Mississippi State Capitol, making this the largest state to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Trump Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 22, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

Trump Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Golan HeightsWASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump announced today that the United States will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan Heights or Bashan, as it was known, in its defensive war against Syria. The U.S. since referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-occupied” land rather than owned by Israel, which under international law, it had a right to claim as territory gained in a defensive war.

Heartbeat Bill Victory in Kentucky

Mar 15, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

FRANKFORT, KY – Kentucky’s House passed Senate Bill 9, a fetal heartbeat bill, by a vote of 71 to 19 last night. SB 9 bans most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure requires anyone seeking an abortion to first determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks into pregnancy. The bill now moves on to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk.


Education Department Protects Religious Freedom

Mar 13, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Education will no longer enforce a restriction that previously prohibited school districts from contracting with faith-based organizations to provide equitable services to vulnerable children solely due to their religious affiliation.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act,  which governs the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools, requires that school districts offer low-income or vulnerable students who attend private schools the same services, such as special education, tutoring or mentoring, that public school students receive. The federal law also requires that organizations contracting for those services be independent of “any religious organization.”

Pushing Infanticide on America

Mar 12, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

Washington, D.C. – Liberty Counsel Action is currently educating legislators on Capitol Hill regarding the need for including 10 specific pro-life provisions in the fiscal year 2020 budget. These provisions include the following:

  1. Hyde Amendment (prevents tax dollars from paying for abortions outside of Medicaid)
  2. Weldon Amendment (protects religious healthcare providers from state discrimination)
  3. Conscience Protection Act (protects religious medical staff from being forced to conduct abortion procedures)
  4. Coats-Snowe (protects medical students from being forced to learn how to perform abortions)
  5. Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ban
  6. NIH Human-Animal Chimera Funding Ban
  7. Stop funding for research using aborted fetal tissue
  8. State Planned Parenthood Funding Opt Out
  9. No funding for Planned Parenthood
  10. Faith-based Adoption Agency Conscience Protections

Ohio Court Blocks PP Funding

Mar 12, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

CINCINNATI, OH—The full Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a prior ruling by a three-judge panel and has upheld the constitutionality of an Ohio law that blocks nearly $1.5 million that Planned Parenthood received from the state health department and federal government.

In an 11-6 vote, the appeals court overturned a lower court injunction against the law, which was signed in 2016 by then Governor John Kasich. A three-judge panel of the appeals court had upheld the injunction last April 18.

Court Recognizes Unborn Baby’s Rights

Mar 7, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Madison County probate court Judge Frank Barger allowed an Alabama man to name his aborted child as a co-plaintiff in his lawsuit against an abortion facility. This is the first time in the United States that an aborted baby has been recognized to have legal rights.

In Baby Roe vs. Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, the 19-year-old father of the baby is suing an abortion facility for providing an abortion to a woman he says was pregnant with his child. Ryan Magers claims his girlfriend got a medicated abortion at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville in February 2017 when she was six weeks pregnant even though he urged her not to terminate the pregnancy. Magers is seeking a jury trial and the probate judge allowed him to represent the unborn child’s estate. The abortion facility has until April 1 to respond to the lawsuit.

CA Bill Violates Free Speech

Mar 7, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

SACRAMENTO, CA—California State Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel has proposed a bill that would violate the First Amendment by forcing every student to advertise a Planned Parenthood phone number on their student identification cards. This new law would apply to public middle and high schools, colleges, and private—including Christian—educational institutions.

Last year, California started requiring the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline be placed on the back of student ID cards for any public school, charter or private school grades 7 to 12.

However, Gabriel’s AB 624, known as the “Pupil and Student Health” bill, would mandate five additional numbers be printed on either side, including a phone number for “a sexual or reproductive health hotline” to provide free publicity to Planned Parenthood. The bill will go to the California Assembly Education Committee on March 27.

Cross Case Before SCOTUS

Feb 26, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

Cross Case Before SCOTUSWASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow involving the Bladensburg Peace Cross, a 40-foot cross in the median on a Maryland highway honoring those who died during World War I.

The challenge to the 93-year-old cross began with The American Humanist Association which filed a 2014 lawsuit against Maryland officials, which argued that the cross “discriminates against patriotic soldiers who are not Christian.” Both lower court decisions ruled that the cross violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Taxpayer Funding for Abortions

Feb 25, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s administration has finalized an administrative rule to revise the regulations governing the Title X family planning program and to restrict taxpayer dollars for groups such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortion referrals.

This new rule means the defunding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business by as much as $60 million in Title X funds annually.

The rule, first proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services last year, would ban organizations from providing abortions if they are performed in the same facilities as other services financed by federal funds. It would also block funding for organizations that refer women to another provider for the procedure.

Planned Parenthood Videos Will Be Shown in Court

Feb 21, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Judge Christopher Hite of the San Francisco Superior Court denied the requests of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his abortion allies to seal and shield from public viewing the video evidence to be shown in the courtroom during Sandra Merritt’s upcoming preliminary hearing, scheduled for April 22 to May 3, 2019. However, Judge Hite will seal the video evidence after the hearing. He will also allow Merritt’s accusers to continue to press their charges anonymously, under “Doe” pseudonyms.

Anti-Semitism Invades Congress

Feb 20, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The “vile poison of anti-Semitism” that President Trump referred to in his recent State of the Union speech has clearly invaded Congress.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, one of two Muslim women elected to Congress, supports the replacement of Israel with a Palestinian state. Tlaib said, “A lot of my strength comes from being Palestinian.” After she won her primary race last year, she published several anti-Israel tweets and re-tweeted a fan who declared that Tlaib’s “first fight was for Palestine, always Palestine.”

Heartbeat Laws on the Rise

Feb 18, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL—After the Kentucky Senate heard the beating heart of a woman’s unborn baby last week, they voted 31-6 to pass a bill that would ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure would require anyone seeking an abortion to first determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks into pregnancy. The bill now heads to the House.

April Lanham, who is 18 weeks pregnant and lives in the district of the bill’s lead sponsor, Senator Matt Castlen, allowed a roomful of people to hear the heartbeat of her unborn baby via an electronic monitor. Lanham said afterward she did so because the heartbeat would be a “powerful noise” for lawmakers to hear before the vote. Sen. Castlen said, “That child in her womb is a living human being. And all living human beings have a right to life.”

CA Pays for Pregnancy Centers’ Win

Feb 13, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

LOS ANGELES, CA – A California federal district court has ordered the state of California to pay Liberty Counsel $399,000 for attorneys’ fees and costs regarding the victory in Mountain Right to Life v. Becerra, which now prohibits the state from enforcing the California Reproductive FACT Act, a law which compelled pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion.

“Every Life is Sacred”

Feb 7, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s message today at the annual National Prayer Breakfast echoed his strong pro-life message from Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

This morning, President Trump said, “We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred! A precious gift of the Lord!”

All Children Made in God’s Image

Feb 6, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

All Children Made in God's ImageWASHINGTON, D.C.—In last night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called on Congress to defend the dignity and life of America’s unborn children and pass legislation to prohibit late-term abortion.

In his strong pro-life message, President Trump said, “All children—born and unborn—are made in the holy image of God.”

Trump was particularly referencing states that are increasing legislation efforts that would expand access to abortion in anticipation of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade soon.

VA Abortion Advocates Want Infanticide

Jan 31, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

RICHMOND, VA. — Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran are advocating to loosen the requirements of late-term abortion in Virginia, which even includes killing of the child during or after delivery.

The Repeal Act, introduced as HB2491 by Tran, would repeal restrictions on third trimester abortions all the way up to 40 weeks. This bill would allow abortionists to self-certify the necessity of the procedures, eliminate informed consent requirements, repeal health and safety standards for abortion clinics, and allow late-term abortions to be performed in outpatient clinics.  The Repeal Act removes hospital requirements on clinics and providers, laws that mandate informed consent, a combination of mandatory ultrasounds, “biased literature,” the 24-hour waiting period for abortions in Virginia, and additional doctor requirements for late-term abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Mission

Jan 30, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL – While masquerading as a “healthcare” provider for women, Planned Parenthood killed a record number of unborn babies via abortion during its fiscal year 2017, according to its latest annual report.

NY Law Is Infanticide

Jan 29, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

ALBANY, NY – The so-called “Reproductive Health Act,” recently signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, authorizes the murder of unborn babies up to the point of birth for any reason and revokes medical care for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion. This new law, which also applies to nonresidents who come to New York for an abortion, denies any legal protection or rights for an unborn child.

When any abortion law uses the word “health” in addition to “life,” and the definition of “health” is not clearly specified, it is likely relying on the broad definition of “health” in the 1973 Doe v. Bolton opinion. The New York law does not define the word “health” but states:

California AG Xavier Becerra Wants to Hide Videos

Jan 24, 2019 — Liberty Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking the Superior Court of San Francisco to seal and hide from the public, all of the undercover videos that reveal Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal conduct involving the sale of baby body parts, even though these are the same videos now being used by the state to criminally prosecute Sandra ‘Susan’ Merritt and David Daleiden.