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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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New York City Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates Become a Reality

This week a New York City law went into effect that allows adults to change their birth certificates to reflect either “male,” “female,” or the so-called gender-neutral “X” and gives parents the same options for their newborns.

New Yorkers no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their sex on their birth certificates. No gender reassignment surgery necessary.

“You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said after signing the measure into law last October.

California, Oregon, Washington state, and New Jersey (in February) also have similar laws.

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Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Don’t Have to Advertise Abortion

Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Hawaii no longer have to advertise state-funded abortion options to clients, thanks to a ruling from a federal district court.

In 2017, A Place for Women in Waipio, which was housed in Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor’s building, challenged the constitutionality of Act 200 that required pregnancy support centers to advise its clients of the state’s program to provide abortion referrals and funding.

However, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s NIFLA v. Becerra ruling in June, which struck down a similar California law as unconstitutional compelled speech under the First Amendment, the parties stipulated that Act 200 was similarly flawed and the judge issued a permanent injunction against its enforcement.

“Hawaii’s law was particularly egregious,” said NIFLA President Thomas Glessner. “Not only did it force pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion, it also compelled a church to promote abortion inside its building . . . This case constitutes a major victory for free speech and freedom of religion.”

Said Stacey Jimenez, executive director of A Place for Women in Waipio, “It was such a relief. The Constitution still matters. Now we can continue the mission God has given us without fear of these laws. We can keep serving the people who come to us for help without violating our conscience.”

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Trump Ends ‘Humanized Mice’ Fetal Tissue Contract

On Monday, the Trump administration canceled a $15,900 FDA contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a company that buys and sells aborted baby parts from Planned Parenthood. The aborted baby parts were to be transplanted into mice to make “humanized mice” with functioning human immune systems for drug testing purposes.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement explaining cancellation of the contract because “HHS was not sufficiently assured that the contract included the appropriate protections applicable to fetal tissue research or met all other procurement requirements.” The statement goes on to say the department is initiating “a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue to ensure consistency with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved.” HHS mentioned it will continue looking for ethical alternatives to using fetal tissue.

While this is great news on one front, according to Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, it is not enough. She notes that the federal government is still spending $100 million to fund other kinds of fetal tissue research.

Sharing Dannenfelser’s sentiment, David Daleiden, founder of Center for Medical Progress, said, “So long as HHS trades taxpayer dollars for freshly-aborted baby body parts, the U.S. government is setting its own abortion quotas and sending the message that these children are worth more dead than alive.”

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No Sex Markers on CO Children’s Hospital Patient Wristbands

After starting a gender diversity task force last week, Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora has removed all male or female identifiers on patient wristbands to show support for “gender identity.” Though wristbands will no longer note the sex of the patient, the patient’s medical history will still be recorded.

The hospital’s TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, which stands for trust, understand, respect, and emerge, has about 800 patients in the program. The center notes it cares for “gender-diverse children” and states on its website, “Whether you’re transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid, gender-expansive, or gender-queer, we’ll listen and make every effort to understand your situation, to help you and your family achieve your goals.”

This “safe space” might sound good to a confused young person, but how can medical doctors, who go to school to study biology, properly care for a child if they aren’t allowed to easily identify the child based on biology?

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