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Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump’s New Family Planning Rules

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin implementing President Trump’s new Title X rules that require that entities receiving Title X family planning grant money must physically and financially separate their family planning services from those that provide or refer for abortions.

Enforcing these rules would cut nearly $60 million from Planned Parenthood’s budget. That hasn’t stopped the abortion giant from defiantly rejecting any future Title X funding, using its own “emergency fund” to continue performing and referring abortions. Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows the organization received nearly a billion dollars in annual private revenue and contributions, and it will continue to receive more than $500 million from taxpayers even without the Title X money.

Incidentally, one day after HHS’s announcement, Planned Parenthood’s board terminated the employment of its president, Dr. Leana Wen, citing that the organization needs a more aggressive leader.

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9th Circuit Allows Trump’s ‘Protect Life Rule’ to be Implemented

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that President Trump’s “Protect Life Rule,” which is a set of rules, could go into effect while the legality of the rules is litigated. This decision overturns injunctions issued by several lower courts enjoining implementation of the rules that are being challenged by 21 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The rules require that entities receiving Title X family planning grant money must physically and financially separate their family planning services from those that commit or refer abortions. The rules are expected to reduce subsidies to Planned Parenthood by $60 million because most of their facilities will not comply with the separation requirements.

This is a great victory for life. “The Protect Life Rule simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund without reducing funding by a dime,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. Adds Family Research Council Vice President for Policy Travis Weber, “The finalized ’protect life rule’ will draw a bright line between abortion and family planning programs—just as federal law requires and the Supreme Court has upheld.”

The new directive will take effect in 60 days.

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Illinois Abortion Law Even Worse Than New York’s

If you thought New York’s abortion laws that legalized infanticide were bad, you need to take a look at the Illinois Reproductive Health Act, SB 25.

This bill establishes abortion as a “fundamental right” and gives unlimited access to abortion through all nine months of gestation and up to birth for any reason. Moreover, the bill specifically provides that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law of this state.” The bill also rolls back state restrictions on partial-birth abortion; provides no religious or conscience-based objection to any individual, business, or organization; eliminates waiting periods, parental consent, and criminal penalties for abortionists; and allows even non-physicians to perform abortions.

The bill passed the Illinois House 64-50 and passed the state Senate 34-20. Once signed by Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the bill will go into effect immediately.

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver said about the bill, “This a crime against humanity.” Added Peter Breen, a former Illinois representative and Thomas More Society vice president and senior counsel, “This bill remains the most radically pro-abortion measure of its kind and would make Illinois an abortion destination for the country.”

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TN Attorney General Unable to Derail Pro-Life Law

This week the Judiciary Committee in the Tennessee Senate moved to the Senate floor a bill that would ban post-viability abortions except where necessary to save the life or physical health of the mother. Though multiple laws exactly like this one now exist and none have been ruled unconstitutional, Tennessee’s attorney general issued an opinion saying the bill was “constitutionally suspect” because it, like the other laws, did not include an exception for a mother’s “emotional health.” Thankfully, the committee was provided testimony from someone who is truly an expert relative to constitutional law and abortion, and the majority voted in favor of the bill despite the attorney general’s opinion.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sided with the attorneys for the ACLU by enjoining enforcement of a Kentucky law prohibiting dismemberment abortions (medically called a dilation and evacuation or D&E procedure) that had been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevins last year.

The procedure was generally performed after the 14th week of pregnancy. McKinley argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it restricted a woman’s “right to abortion” before the “viability” of the baby, which is typically around 24 weeks.

While pro-abortion activists might tout that D&E abortions are safest for the mother during the second trimester, pro-life advocates point to economic gain as being the real reason for preserving this type of abortion. “Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Kay Culp told LifeSiteNews last year. “Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don’t want their research tainted by drugs, and, they want fresh organs—packed for shipping within minutes of death.”

The governor plans to appeal. “We profoundly disagree with the court’s decision and will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to protect unborn children from being dismembered limb by limb while still alive,” said Elizabeth Kuhn, Bevins’ communications director.

The law would make it a felony for a physician to perform a dismemberment abortion and the physician would be subject to sanctions against his or her medical license.

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