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“Abortion Funding: Save the Hyde Amendment”

Here is a good report by Melanie Israel of the Heritage Foundation discussing the Hyde Amendment. Here is her conclusion: “For nearly half a century, the Hyde Amendment and similar policies have provided an important guardrail to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not pay for most abortions. It is good policy as a matter of […]

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Title X Cases

The US Supreme Court today agreed to hear three cases involving a Department of Health and Human Services rule that prohibits recipients of Title X funds from making elective abortion referrals in Title X clinics and also requires them to maintain physical separation between those clinics and any abortion-related activities. The lower courts have issued […]

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“President Biden Signs Executive Order to Fund the Global Abortion Industry”

Here is a link to a story by Stefano Gennarini on the new executive order from President Biden. As expected, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy,  which prevents US funding of groups that perform or promote abortion.

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Biden affirms support for Roe v. Wade

Here is a link to a story from the Catholic News Agency reporting on a statement issued by President Biden in which the new President affirms his support for abortion rights and for appointing judges who will support abortion rights. Biden has also indicated his support for abortion funding. Most think he will soon reverse […]

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Fifth Circuit Allows States to End Funding of Planned Parenthood

Here is a link to an AP story on today’s decision by the en banc Fifth Circuit. The court ruled that Texas and Louisiana can refuse to provide Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics. Because the ruling conflicts with rulings by other federal courts of appeals, the case is likely headed for the US Supreme […]

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Why abortion is still the most important political issue

UFL member, O. Carter Snead (Notre Dame), has a terrific new article on the Public Discourse blog, Protect the Weak and Vulnerable: The Primacy of the Life Issue. In the article, he first establishes that the debates over abortion and embryo destructive research are really about membership in the human family and the reach of […]

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Austrians Debate Abortion in Public Hospitals

In 1974 Austria removed all criminal penalties for abortions in the first three months of pregancy. While most people interpret this action as making abortion legal, some public authorities argue that the change merely removed any penalty for conduct that remains illegal (or at least publiclly disfavored). The change was challenged on the basis that […]

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Healthcare Reform and Prolife Principles

Ryan Anderson provides a brief review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) from the prolife perspective in Protected in Law, Cared for in Life. His key concerns deal with the Act’s apparent inclusion of abortion as healthcare for funding purposes and the failure to include protection of conscience provisions for healthcare […]

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Costs of Unplanned Pregnancies

The Brookings Institute has published a new study, The High Cost of Unintended Pregnancy. The abstract describes the conclusion of the study: The high incidence of unintended pregnancy imposes costs on American society that range from increased rates of crime and welfare participation to reduced levels of high-school completion and labor-force participation. We focus on […]

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Will federally-mandated contraceptive coverage reduce abortion?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Women’s Preventive Services Study Committee recommended that health insurers cover “the full range of Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity” without co-pays or deductibles for patients in a report issued today. The report can be found […]