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Congress Fights for Kittens, Not Babies

While many in Congress have no problem voting to kill babies in the name of “a woman’s reproductive rights” and “personal choice,” a bi-partisan group in Congress was horrified that kittens were being used by the USDA to study a parasite-causing disease that affects humans and then euthanized.

Just a few weeks after a vote to authorize infanticide, Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon launched his Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now, or KITTEN Act, which would “protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.” The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jimmy Pannetta (D-Calif.), who counts eight Republicans among the 40 co-sponsors.

If there is something incredibly wrong with killing baby cats, why isn’t there the same passionate plea to save the lives of baby humans? And if a politician can propose adoption as one method to save an animal’s life, why can’t that same thinking be applied to a baby who survives an abortion? While it is laudable to find other research alternatives that can prevent the disposal of any animal’s life, it is, at best, hypocritical to care about animal suffering and not care about human suffering.

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6th Circuit Allows Ohio to Deny Funds to Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Tuesday that Ohio can deny funds to Planned Parenthood or other entities that perform abortions.

The full appeals court, overturning a decision of a three-member panel of the court, ruled 11-6 that the ban does not pose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion and that Planned Parenthood affiliates do not have a constitutional right to perform abortions. The essence of the ruling is that states have the discretion to decide who gets public funding and there is no right to perform abortions.

Of the 11 judges on the panel, four were hand-selected by Trump, while the six dissenting judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.

The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Consequently, and happily, the ruling is controlling in Tennessee.

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Seattle-Area Church Fights Elective Abortions in Health Insurance Plan

A Washington state law requires employers who provide maternity care in their health insurance plan to also cover elective abortions with no religious exemption, a fact that Cedar Park Church, near Seattle, believes violates its religious liberty.

“What we are defending and standing for are the rights of people of faith to not be forced into being complicit to something that is inconsistent with our faith,” says Jay Smith, senior pastor of Cedar Park Church.

If the church doesn’t provide abortion along with maternity care in its group health insurance, it could result in fines or possibly jail sentences.

Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the church.

“To coerce a church into funding abortions—and especially to coerce a conscientious objector into funding elective, optional abortions that are not medically necessary—is simply an example of the state attempting to dominate the citizens it exists to serve,” says Catherine Glenn Foster, the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

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Alabama Judge Allows Father to Sue on Behalf of His Aborted Child

Nineteen-year-old Ryan Magers is fighting back against the medical abortion his girlfriend, six weeks pregnant, had against his wishes in February 2017.

An amendment to the Alabama Constitution passed this past November recognizes the personhood of a fetus, giving the fetus the same rights as any other person under the law, so Magers is suing The Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, Alabama, on behalf of his unborn child and himself in an Alabama probate court.

Having previously been acknowledged by the probate court as the unborn baby’s “personal representative,” Magers is listed as a plaintiff and “Baby Roe” is listed as a co-plaintiff, making this case one of the first of its kind because it recognizes the estate of a fetus.

“I’m here for the men who actually want to have their baby. I believe every child from conception is a baby and deserves to live,” says Magers.

The abortion clinic has until April 1 to respond to the suit.

Magers’ attorney, Brent Helms, believes the case could make it to the Supreme Court.

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Mt. Juliet Mayor Proposes Rezoning of Abortion Clinic

The Mt. Juliet City Commission held a special meeting on Sunday to begin the process of amending the city’s zoning ordinance so that surgical abortion clinics would be allowed only in the city’s industrial-zoned areas.

The action is being taken in response to Atlanta-based Carafem opening an abortion facility in an area currently zoned for commercial use. According to Carafem COO Melissa Grant, the facility was opened in response to the influx of women in the Nashville area visiting their Atlanta branch for abortion procedures.

Carafem currently only offers the abortion pill for medical abortions for babies up to 10 weeks old, which would not be impacted by the proposed change. However, Carafem officials have indicated an intention to expand the Mt. Juliet facility to also provide surgical abortions.

The city zoning ordinance will go to the planning commission, which is scheduled to meet March 21. The ordinance could then go back to the city commission for a second reading on March 25.

There is also a question as to whether Carafem has filed the proper paperwork to do business in the city. If the city finds that the Carafem clinic is operating without the necessary paperwork, the clinic could be slapped with a stop work order at its current location.

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