January 10, 2013
Several recent court rulings which address various aspects of the pro-life movement are important and more will be coming in the next few weeks. Coming at both the federal and state levels, these rulings include:
Supreme Court Won’t Hear Stem Cell Case
For several years, two researchers have been challenging federal funding at the National Institutes of Health for research on embryonic stem cells, which is prohibited by the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law. However, President Obama issued an executive order in 2009 that allowed research on stem cells taken from human embryos created by in vitro fertilization, clearly contrary to Dickey-Wicker’s provisions. Recently, however, the high court refused to hear an appeal from the scientists seeking to overturn the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruling which had thrown out their lawsuit. (Pro-lifers will recall that there have been NO successful health treatments from embryonic stem cell research; ALL successes have come from using adult stem cells.) More details on the SCOTUS refusal here.
Georgia’s Fetal Pain Bill Struck Down
After becoming the 6th state last May to prohibit abortions once the fetus can feel pain, Georgia’s version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was preliminarily enjoined recently, thanks to the ACLU. A Superior Court Judge granted the ACLU’s request to prohibit the law from going into effect January 1. The law would make it illegal to perform an abortion on an unborn child who is developed enough to feel pain, which many scientific studies indicate may be as early as 20-weeks gestation. However, the ACLU, who represented three abortionists, successfully argued that the ban violated the state’s constitutional privacy protections. Read more here.
Texas Defunding Of PP Is Okay – For Now
Ever since the 2011 Legislative Session which removed virtually all of the Texas tax funds from “health care” organizations that perform or promote abortion, Planned Parenthood has been having a hissy fit (as we describe it in the South!) Their first loss was in August when the 5th Circuit Court ruled for the state, so the cuts went into effect Jan. 1 with Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowing that the state would fund more comprehensive health providers. Filing an appeal, the abortion provider sustained still another losing ruling on Dec. 31, but hopes for a different judge in yet another appeal on Friday. If that ruling differs from the first two, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is prepared to go to the Supreme Court and defend the Texas law. Read more here, but be prepared for a one-sided (favoring PP) article which doesn’t speak to the pro-life position either with a quote or relevant statistics.
Pro-Lifers Across America Will Walk and March For Life
All over America, pro-lifers are preparing to show their support for the sanctity of life as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22. Below are some of the events which will be taking place. The original and largest march will be in D.C. but there are several local ones taking place as well. If one is near you, please consider attending if you cannot come to Washington. Or if there isn’t one near you, why not put one together with your church or pro-life group? Even a small event (which can grow in future years) can help call attention to the 55 million babies who were never born since that tragic court decision.
San Diego plans its first Walk for Life on Saturday, January 19. The event features some outstanding speakers, including several brave women who chose LIFE for their “unplanned pregnancies” and a host of pro-life exhibitors. More details here.
Building on its past successes, San Francisco’s 9th annual Walk for Life will take place on January 26. Lots of peripheral events are planned and buses are being chartered for participants who live in other areas. Full details here.
St. Augustine’s event Saturday, January 19 includes live music and will be topped off with a spaghetti dinner. They are expecting several hundred people from northeast Florida, but also from as far as Palm Beach, Miami, and St. Petersburg. More details here.
“Gathering the People…Building a Culture of Life” is the theme and the event is sponsored by a large coalition of pro-life groups. It will be held on Saturday, January 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. in Baton Rouge. More information here.
On Saturday, January 19, Pro-lifers will gather after 9 a.m. Mass on the south side of the capitol in Lincoln to hear a national pro-life leader and walk for Life at 10 a.m. Here is a Quick View.
Pro-lifers will take to the busy streets of Charlotte this Friday, January 11 at noon to help wake up America about abortion, with participants beginning to gather at 11 a.m. at the Pastoral Center at 1123 S. Church St . Full details here.
At the State Capitol in Austin on Saturday, January 26, participants will gather at 1 p.m. on the south side of the Capitol to hear pro-life speakers including Gov. Rick Perry and Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director. The march will commence at 2 p.m. Full details here.
An earlier march will be held in Dallas on Saturday, January 19. The organizers promise that “It started in Dallas, let’s end it in Dallas.”Starting with an early morning prayer at the Routh Street abortion center, the ecumenical event will feature a pro-life ministry fair prior to the noon march. Full details here.
The country’s first and largest March for Life will be held on Friday, January 25 in the nation’s capitol. The March is complemented by other events including the annual Rose Dinner and the pro-life convention. At least half a million people are expected including thousands of young people. This is THE march to attend if at all possible. Full details here.