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A Week Filled with Good News and Hope

This week we continue to receive congratulatory correspondence and follow-up stories to the report that Judie Brown, American Life League cofounder and president, has been included in Newsmax’s 100 most influential pro-life advocates. Judie has taken the notoriety in stride and with deep humility and gratitude, recognizing that building a culture of life is not the result of one person or even 100; it is the result when ordinary, everyday people, like you and me, take on the mantle of life and bear the burden of proclaiming the truth.

Our friends at 40 Days for Life have noted another successful campaign, galvanizing thousands to accomplish through vigilant prayer what no politician has yet seemed to approach—the saving of hundreds of children in the womb from the abortionists’ sickle of death. American Life League shares a history with 40 Days for Life, as David Bereit served as executive director of American Life League and national director of Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP). We are proud of David and our continued association and shared mission.

Late-breaking news as of press time tells that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case directly related to abortion for the first time since 2007, agreeing to hear a challenge by abortion providers to parts of a Texas law that is intended to ensure that abortionists are no longer allowed to operate outside the bounds of the medical practitioners in the state. The case involves the provision requiring clinics to have hospital-grade facilities. A separate requirement under the Texas law sees abortion clinic physicians having admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. These provide reasonable standards by which medical practitioners outside the abortion industry regularly operate.

The last time the Supreme Court took on a case of this magnitude related to abortion was in 2007 when it upheld a federal law banning a late-term abortion procedures. Oral arguments are expected to be heard early next year, with a ruling to follow by the end of June.