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Pro-Life This Week – Jun 21, 2019

Week in Review – Lifesaving surgery and appeals-court victory

On Wednesday of this week, the Cleveland Clinic announced the successful surgery and birth of the first baby that underwent in-utero spina bifida repair surgery at the clinic. At the time of the surgery, the baby girl was nearly 23 weeks old. She was born at 36.5 weeks. A multispecialty team of clinicians performed the surgery in February, and the baby was later delivered by caesarean section near full term on June 3, making it northern Ohio’s first surgery of its kind. Mother and daughter are doing well. You can read a detailed description of what the surgery entailed and what comes next on the Cleveland Clinic website.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled on Thursday that the new Trump administration family planning rule that prohibits money from going to abortion providers could go into effect immediately. These kinds of decisions usually come when the judges believe that the rules will eventually be upheld by the courts. Previously we had reported that California, Oregon and Washington State won preliminary injunctions from lower courts temporarily blocking the rule from going into effect. The administration appealed those rulings, and the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit we are reporting today is the result of that appeal. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, whose organization could lose as much as $60 million in Title X funds, called the news “devastating.”

Planned Lawlessness. Planned Parenthood is a $1.6 billion corporation that spends millions of dollars every election cycle to get its chosen politicians elected to office at all levels of government. Possibly because of this political power, Planned Parenthood thinks laws are meant for everyone else, not them. This attitude has been on display in California as undercover journalists are being hounded and are facing civil and criminal charges simply for revealing the truth about PP’s baby body parts business. But the utter disregard for the law extends beyond the borders of the Golden State.

The Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis (MO) is dangerous. The Missouri Department of Health knows this, has cited unsafe conditions at the facility, and has refused to renew its license to do abortions. Planned Parenthood’s response has not been to correct the problems, but to bring the health department to court and to have, so far, a friendly judge order the state to allow PP to keep killing children and harming mothers even without a license.  Now, USA Today has an article this week that leads with “Planned Parenthood of St. Louis told USA Today on Thursday that it will no longer comply with a state law requiring physicians to perform two pelvic exams on patients getting surgical abortions.” Perhaps the new tagline for the organization should be: We are Planned Parenthood. We make up our own rules. No matter what.

On Wednesday, the US House of representatives passed a spending bill for the 2020 budget. The Democratically-controlled House included two items that will, if they survive, turn back some pro-life gains. The first is putting an end to the “Mexico City Policy.” That policy prevents federal funds from supporting foreign non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortions. The second is wording in the bill that would put an end to the Trump administration’s new Title X rules. Those rules would effectively ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any funding from Title X. This bill is a long way from being finalized. It must make its way through the Republican-controlled Senate and then be signed by the president who enacted the programs/rules it is trying to cut. Please pray and tell your US senators you do not want them to support the changes to Title X and the Mexico City Policy.

ALL in the News – CEO Report Resurfaces; Judie becomes a Columnist

This week, a three-year-old American Life League Planned Parenthood CEO report was quoted in an American Thinker article. The article revealed Planned Parenthood for what it really is—a money-hungry abortion machine.

Judie’s weekly commentaries are now featured as a column on This week, her Tuesday commentary, Bishops, dead babies, and lost souls, appeared on the site’s front page.

Jim Sedlak’s Pro-Life Activism from Creation to Death is a weekly talk- radio program on the Radio Maria USA network. The show can be heard live every Friday at noon (Eastern Time) and is repeated on Saturdays (10 PM) and Mondays (10 PM).

Video of the Week – Cleveland clinic performs its first in-utero surgery on a baby with spina bifida

Surgeons in Ohio successfully performed its first-ever fetal surgery for spina bifida. The operation repaired the 23-week baby’s spinal cord while she was still in her mother’s womb.

Action Item of the Week – National Pro-life youth camp in Washington, DC, July 16th to the 26th

A special opportunity is here to train up young people to join us in the fight for LIFE!

We all know that getting energetic young people involved with defending life is critical to the long-range success of the pro-life movement.

We see it over and over again when Catholic young people like David Daleiden and Lila Rose use their youthful energy and creativity to reshape the pro-life arguments.

This summer there will be a Survivors’ Pro-Life Training Camp for the first time ever in Washington, DC, from July 16th through the 26th.

Survivors is a youth-based pro-life activism and apologetics ministry that exists to empower and equip the rising generation to end the abortion genocide in America. They train youth to be effective pro-life activists and apologists live-on-the-job. The field is their classroom. The Survivors are taking an active stand on behalf of those who have already been lost, and for those who are scheduled to die through abortion. They are empowered by the truth, enabled by extensive training, and unafraid of condemning the death of innocents.

Anyone who knows of a young person between age 14 and 25 should go to www.ProLifeCamp.Com and get them signed up for this life-changing camp.

The young people will be equipped to stand fast and fight the good fight of faith and represent the culture of Life in this prevailing culture of death. Nationally known leaders, including ALL’s Jim Sedlak, will be giving their time to train our young people to defend life on every front.

Jim Sedlak, who travels the country training volunteers to Stop Planned Parenthood says: “I have personally worked with dozens of graduates from this camp and all I can say is we need more of them. Don’t miss this opportunity to send your young person to this camp.”

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Pro-life Social Media – Planned Parenthood president Tweets ‘Abortion is a human right’, gets schooled

No billion-dollar organization gets as much of a pass for corruption the way Planned Parenthood does. Years of fraud, medical abuse, and criminal coverups get overlooked by our corporate media watchdogs. Planned Parenthood could be caught on video dumping live babies in a landfill and its advocates will gladly defend it in the name of “women’s reproductive freedom.”

So, when Planned Parenthood wraps ‘human rights’ around human death, pro-aborts take it as dogma. Its president, Leana Wen, delivers an Orwellian view of dead babies:

In the realm of human rights, the right to life is merely a suggestion. It can be applied to burrowing owls and sea turtles, but never to human babies. Sensible, pro-life advocates weren’t interested in what Wen was pushing:

Ultimately, Planned Parenthood’s incentive isn’t to convince its followers that abortion is healthcare; it’s to force government, through judicial activism, into subsidizing it for generations to come.