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Planned Parenthood Sues Idaho to Expand Who Can Perform Abortions

Planned Parenthood has sued the state of Idaho claiming that the state’s law requiring that only licensed physicians be allowed to perform abortions is unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood reasons that other medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse midwives, are just as medically qualified to abort babies as physicians, and opening up the requirement to include non-doctors would make abortion more available in not only rural areas but across the state as a whole.

Currently, only eight states and the District of Columbia allow abortions to be performed by non-doctors, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood.

Because of the constitutional amendment approved by Tennessee voters in 2014 limiting the right to abortion, Tennessee’s Legislature has been able to pass more stringent regulation on abortion, such as limiting the procedure to be performed by licensed physicians, which is helping to ensure the safety of pregnant women.

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Tennessee Pro-Life Law Makes Ultrasound Available to Pregnant Women

This week a new Tennessee law went into effect that requires an abortionist who performs an ultrasound before an abortion to offer the pregnant woman seeking the abortion the opportunity to learn the results. If she opts to know the results, the new law requires that she be advised of whether or not a heartbeat was detected. Abortion providers must also include in an annual report to the Department of Health the number of such ultrasounds where a fetal heartbeat was detected.

While the new law does not require an ultrasound, as required in 13 other states, it is at least another way to encourage pregnant women to keep their babies instead of aborting.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss, the bill’s sponsor, noted during debate on the bill that he was unapologetically pro-life. “My concern is not with the emotional health of a person seeking an abortion,” he said. “My concern is with the physical health of the baby inside.”

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Shout Your Abortion Co-Founder to Release Children’s Book

The co-founder of the pro-choice #ShoutYourAbortion social media campaign that is attempting to put a positive spin on murdering children in the womb teamed up with Seattle-based HiHo Kids to produce a YouTube video in which children ask her questions about her abortion.

In the video, Amelia Bonow compares the abortion procedure to “a crappy dentist appointment.” Bonow goes on to say that she believes “life begins when a person has a baby,” not at conception, and that abortion “is all part of God’s plan.”

Bonow is the author of the book Shout Your Abortion and plans a children’s book about abortion in 2020.

While the secular media, including Oprah’s O Magazine, is promoting Bonow’s activism and the pro-choice narrative, there is a conservative counter-movement called Silent No More that details the regrets of women who have had abortions. Pro-life activist Alveda King is one of the movement’s spokespersons.

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Nashville Planned Parenthood Clinic Suspends Abortion Services

Nashville’s only remaining abortion provider has suspended its abortion services indefinitely because it could not find a physician to perform the abortions.

The Nashville office of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, the largest provider of abortions in the state, is now referring clients to clinics in Knoxville and Memphis.

The decision to stop offering abortion services has resulted in Tennessee Right to Life receiving an increase in calls from desperate pregnant women wanting abortions, giving the pro-life group an opportunity to introduce these women to life-affirming pregnancy care options.

In August, the Women’s Center abortion facility in Nashville also closed after almost three decades of aborting unborn babies.

Tennessee now has six abortion providers, down from 16 in 2000.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Resolve Circuit Split on Planned Parenthood Defunding Cases

Six of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices refused on Monday to hear two cases involving a state’s right to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood through Medicaid programs.

The assent of four justices is required for the Court to take up the case. Unfortunately, both Justice Roberts and new Justice Kavanaugh agreed with the liberal justices in refusing to hear the case.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent, in which both Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined, chastised the Court for refusing to hear the cases: “[T]hese cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act . . . Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty. If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”

The Court’s refusal to hear the cases means that in some states abortion providers can sue over the defunding and in some states they can’t.

Thomas is right that the Court should resolve this inconsistency in the law.

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