Latest in Pro-Life News 5/25/2018

President Trump to cut Planned Parenthood funding

The Trump administration is announcing its intentions to cut a significant amount of taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. The proposed regulation will also better protect victims of sexual assault, incest and rape because it will require that any Title X-funded projects document their compliance with state reporting laws when they encounter potential victims.

In 1970, Title X was enacted by Congress to provide federal tax dollars for what is termed family planning — but also explicitly banned funding for abortion, stating, “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” In 1988, the Reagan administration put regulations in place which mandated that “Title X programs may not promote, counsel, or refer clients for abortion or co-locate or combine family planning services with abortion activities.” It also required “not only complete financial separation, but also physical separation of abortion activities from Title X service sites and separate personnel.”

Firefighter with Down syndrome helps protect children from fire

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and Ryan LaFave is no exception. The 22-year-old is a graduate of Cowlitz 2’s fire science program and is a volunteer with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in Kelso, Washington, where his father David is chief. LaFave also happens to have Down syndrome. Last summer, he was at home when two neighbor children came running to his door.

What Planned Parenthood could learn from me: Being a teenage mom was hard, but it sure didn’t ruin my life

It had happened to a few girls in my high school before me, some of whom quickly had an abortion and moved on with their lives. Except this time it was me.  The flood of emotions I experienced upon learning of my pregnancy as I started my senior year of high school was dominated by fear and shame.

Needless to say, this wasn’t the most planned aspect of my life and certainly was not on my regimented timeline for becoming a doctor – or for life in general, for that matter. Many around me said I wouldn’t accomplish my goals and that if I went through with the pregnancy I would not only ruin my life but my child’s as well.  I also found myself questioning whether I really could amount to anything, other than being a statistic and ultimately a single parent.

 

The Latest in Pro-Life News

In a new feature at EdBoston.com we will be taking a weekly look at the latest in Pro-Life news, and soon to follow – a weekly podcast featuring commentary from our own Amy Boston. More details on the weekly podcast to come soon, but for now – take a look at these stories snippets and the full stories are at links provided. 

Repealing Ireland’s pro-life amendment could have dire consequences, bishop warns

Ireland’s upcoming vote on whether to legalize abortion is “a vital issue of life or death” that threatens to change the country forever, Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe told his diocese.

“I, along with many others find it almost beyond belief and profoundly sad that we are being asked to abolish the basic right to life of the unborn child from our constitution, a most fundamental and basic right,” he said.

Trump Will Be Keynote Speaker at Major Pro-life Group’s Event

President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala on May 22. Trump will talk about his administration’s pro-life efforts at the event, which will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

“President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

YouTube suspends abortion pill reversal videos, silencing women who chose life

YouTube suspended the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) account for “repeated or severe violations of [the] Community Guidelines.” Four videos were posted to the account. The “offending” videos included one webinar explaining APR in scientific and medical terms. The remaining three told the stories of women who chose life for their babies using the APR protocol.

High school apologizes for ‘life has a purpose’ presentation after approving it

 Ryan Bomberger posted an update to this situation on his Facebook page:

After receiving a Cease and Desist letter from our attorney, the Vicksburg Community Schools District responded with a draft apology within 24 hours to the charges of defamation made in regard to The Radiance Foundation‘s life-affirming assembly at Vicksburg High School on May 1, 2018. We’ve received tremendous positive feedback from students, parents and teachers about the ‘Life Has Purpose’ multimedia presentation.

Judge overturns law legalizing assisted suicide in California

In 2015, California officially legalized assisted suicide. Despite intense opposition from both religious and disability rights groups, as well as doctors, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, claiming he considered what he would want, saying, “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death.” But now, almost two years after it took effect, a Riverside judge has overturned the law.

You Probably Haven’t Heard About This Student Walk-Out

There has been lots of press about student walk-outs recently, but I’m going to bet that you haven’t heard about this one, at least not from the mainstream media.

The information below is from FaithWire.com and you can click that link to read the full story about student groups across the nation that joined together to stand up for the rights of the unborn.

The walk-outs happened last week, but the topic is just too important not to share.

Ed

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Today, around 350 student groups from across the nation are joining together for a school walkout in the name of life. The event, sponsored by groups such as the Family Research Council, Oklahoma Teens for Life and the Massachusetts Family Institute, is calling for an end to abortion and the immediate defunding of abortive business Planned Parenthood.

“On Wednesday, April 11th, we will walk out of our classes for 17 minutes of silence and prayer. We will stand silently outside honoring the 10 children who will violently die during that time at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility,” the event’s website detailed. “We will rally and demand the end of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded empire. We will kneel and pray for the end of legal abortion in our nation.”