IRS Gives Tax Breaks for Killing Babies in Abortions Article by LIBERTY COUNSEL | AUG 17, 2020 | Lifenews.com
More than 100 U.S. senators and representatives have signed a letter urging the Department of the Treasury to abandon Internal Revenue Service guidance that classifies abortion as health care. After the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, the IRS chose to reinterpret the 1942 statutory definition of “medical care” in the Code to include abortions. This, in turn, creates tax breaks for abortions through the medical expenses deduction as well as through health flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, and other tax-preferred health accounts and tax breaks that incorporate §213(d)’s definition of “medical care.” By correcting this error, the Department of Treasury would protect taxpayers from funding the procedure and subsidizing the deaths of innocent unborn children. The letter was signed by 23 U.S. Senators and 80 U.S. Representatives and states, “Abortion is not healthcare. Any procedure for which a successful outcome depends on the death of a living human being, born or unborn, cannot be considered health care.” The legislators also urge the IRS not to “treat premiums for health insurance that covers such abortions as medical care, unless in compliance with the law’s separate accounting requirements for coverage of non-medical care” and “to take swift action to issue new regulations to protect innocent human life by ending tax breaks for abortion under the guise of medical care.” The new guidance would end medical tax breaks for abortion, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. It also requests that health insurers be required to separately distinguish abortion from medical care in coverage policies in order for insurance premiums to remain eligible for medical expense and self-employed tax deductions, similar to the 2009 Nelson Amendment included in the Affordable Care Act. Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Abortion is not healthcare. Not one tax dollar should ever fund the murder of children.”
Pro-Life Teen Nicholas Sandmann Wins Settlement From Washington Post For Smearing Him
Article by Micaiah Bilger | July 24, 2020 | LifeNews.com Covington Catholic High School teen Nicholas Sandman won a second defamation settlement against a major news outlet, he and his lawyers announced Thursday. The pro-life teen was the target of misleading, biased news coverage during his Kentucky high school’s trip to the March for Life in 2019. On Thursday, Sandmann said his lawyers and the Washington Post reached a settlement agreement, WLWT News 5 reports. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Order Protecting Little Sisters From Funding Abortions
Article by Steven Ertelt | July 8, 2020 | LifeNews.com The Supreme Court issued a ruling today upholding a pro-life order from President Donald Trump that protected the Little Sisters of the Poor from being force to pay for abortion-causing drugs under their health insurance plan. Abortion advocates have spent years trying to force the Catholic nuns to fund the destruction of unborn babies in abortions. Justices voted 7-2 to uphold the pro-life order from the president with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four conservatives on the court along with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, both abortion advocates, dissented. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Facebook Censors Pro-Life Ad Showing How Abortion Pill Kills Babies, Injures Women
Article by Micaiah Bilger | JUNE 5, 2020 | LifeNews.com The online censorship of pro-life groups continued again this week. On Thursday, Students for Life of America said Facebook censored one of its ads about the dangers of abortion drugs, claiming it “may be shocking and scary to viewers.” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said their ad used footage from the pro-life movie “Unplanned” to provide an accurate depiction of what can happened to a woman when she takes the abortion drugs. She noted that approximately 40% of abortions in the U.S. are drug-induced abortions, and the abortion industry is pushing to expand access to the deadly drugs through mail-order abortions. “The abortion industry’s next play is to flood the country with dangerous RU-486 chemical abortion drugs, encouraging women to take the pills as they downplay the risks,” she said. “RU-486 drugs and chemical abortions indeed are scary–that’s why we wanted to highlight the horrific experience in an appropriate manner. Facebook must revise its policies to allow groups like ours to highlight serious problems with chemical abortion drugs.” According to the pro-life organization, Facebook flagged the post as “sensational content” on Memorial Day weekend. In an e-mail exchange with Facebook, Students for Life said it was told that the video could be posted on its page but not run as an ad. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Trump Ends Relationship WHO, Which Wanted to Use Coronavirus Funds to Kill Babies in Abortions
By Steven Ertelt | May 29, 2020 | LifeNews.com President Donald Trump has ended America’s relationship with the WHO, the international agency that has botched its response to the coronavirus. WHO has been accused of lying to the world about the coronavirus and it has come under fire for saying killing babies in abortions is somehow an essential procedure as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Today, President Trump said the relationship between the United States and the World Health Organization has ended. The president said China, which has pushed a forced abortion population control policy on its people for decades and killed more babies in abortions than any other nation, “has control” over the controversial agency. “China has total control over the World Health Organization despite paying only $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump said. “We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act. Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent, global public health needs,” Trump said. Click here to read the rest of the story.
27 Senators Want Answers: How Did 'Cash-Rich Abortion Giant' Snag Small Business Aid?
CBN News | May 22, 2020 | https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews More than two dozen Republican senators are asking US Attorney General William Barr to investigate how multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates received $80 million worth of coronavirus relief funds from the government. The 27 senators sent their signed letter to Barr after Fox News's Tucker Carlson's program learned this week that the Small Business Administration (SBA) is talking to those 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates. As CBN News reported, the SBA is asking for the money back, because the affiliates wrongly claimed they were eligible. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Killing Babies in Abortions “is Life Sustaining”
Article by Mary Margaret Olohan | April 16, 2020 |lifenews.com The governor of Michigan said Thursday that abortion is “life sustaining.” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, discussed abortion in times of the coronavirus pandemic during David Axelrod’s Axe Files podcast posted Thursday. Whitmer, who has drawn criticism for the coronavirus restrictions she’s implemented, noted that while Michigan has put a hold on performing all elective surgeries, abortions can still be performed in the state and are considered essential. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Can We Dismember the Disabled? Are They Less Valuable?
Right to Life of Michigan - File: Real Life Stories | March 2, 2020 On December 23, 2019, the signatures of 379,419 Michigan citizens were submitted to the Michigan Bureau of Elections to initiate legislation to end dismemberment abortions in Michigan. A dismemberment abortion is the most common late-term abortion procedure. Abortion advocates know that late-term abortions are unpopular. Even many people who describe themselves as “pro-choice” intuitively understand that something is wrong with taking the life of a child old enough to survive outside the womb. Knowing this, abortion advocates often focus on late-term abortions in extreme cases. Their go-to narrative involves a pregnancy where the child in the womb has been diagnosed with a serious condition. There are two big problems with this narrative. To read the rest of the story,click here.
The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry
Article by Abigail Dodds, Regular Contributor | desiringGod.org | May 13, 2017 Some of the strangest news I’ve ever seen came across my screen this week. A company in Australia is turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for their parents to wear. Previously Baby Bee Hummingbirds had been making jewelry out of mothers’ breastmilk and placentas. Now, the company has turned its attention to frozen human embryos— embryos that couples choose not to implant in the mother’s uterus and no longer want to store or “donate.” To put it plainly, they’re making trinkets out of discarded children. To read the rest of the article, click here. Photo: Jewelry offered by Baby Bee Hummingbird.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson, First Black Woman to Graduate from Harvard Medical School and Passionate Pro-Life Advocate
Article by Randy Alcorn | Eternal Perspective Ministries | February 17, 2020 In honor of Black History Month, Live Action produced a video featuring Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, in 1951. I had heard of her before but had never seen her speak. She is articulate and exudes an inner strength and conviction that’s remarkable. I can see how she succeeded in persuading Ronald Reagan to become pro-life and oppose abortion. I read these words in an article about her death in an October 2010 New York Times. I’ve heard many excellent pro-life speakers and tend to agree: “She probably was the greatest orator of our movement,” Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, said Monday. “In fact, take away the probably.” To read the rest of the article, click here.
Trump HHS Releases Stronger Conscience Protections for Healthcare Workers
At the National Day of Prayer service in the White House Rose Garden this week, President Donald Trump announced the final conscience rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The new conscience protections apply to doctors and other healthcare professionals, individuals, and organizations, and prevent them from being forced to provide, participate in, pay for, provide coverage for, or refer for services including abortion, sterilization, and assisted suicide. The rule strengthens enforcement of conscience rights in healthcare for pro-life individuals and entities and seeks to prevent the discrimination against them on the basis of their conscience. Speaking at the National Prayer Day service, Trump said, “Just today, we finalized new protections of conscience rights physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students, and faith-based charities,” adding, “Together we are building a culture that cherishes the dignity and worth of human life. Every child born and unborn is a sacred gift from God.”
READ: ‘Medicare-for-All’ would erase conscience protections for doctors Commenting on the final conscience rule, Live Action president and founder Lila Rose said: Our country has long protected the rights of conscientious objectors. It is crucial we honor and respect the fact that our citizens still think for themselves. We need more medical professionals to acknowledge the scientific reality that life begins at fertilization, and that medicine should be used to heal and not harm. We applaud President Trump and HHS Secretary Azar for this rule ensuring that pro-life professionals will not face intimidation or professional repercussions because they refuse to participate in sterilization or ending human lives through abortion or assisted suicide. An announcement from the HHS Press Office stated, “The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty, a promise he made when he signed an executive order in May 2017 protecting religious liberty.” The final conscience rule can be found here. In other countries, like Sweden, midwives have been forced to either participate in abortion procedures or be fired and blackballed out of the health industry. One hospital in Ireland made it clear that pro-life individuals who won’t participate in abortions need not apply, and Irish politicians passed an abortion bill with no conscience protections for health care workers. OCR Director Roger Severino said in the HHS announcement, “This rule ensures that healthcare entities and professionals won’t be bullied out of the health care field because they decline to participate in actions that violate their conscience, including the taking of human life. Protecting conscience and religious freedom not only fosters greater diversity in healthcare, it’s the law.” Polling shows that most Americans want conscience protections for healthcare workers. TO SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, CLICK HERE!
Infanticide: Between a Woman and Her Doctor?
During the 1996 partial-birth abortion debate, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said babies don't receive human rights until they come home from the hospital. Last night, 44 U.S. Senators affirmed that as their position on when life begins. That list includes our two Michigan senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) would require that a baby born alive after a botched abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital. The 2002 federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act lacks specific legal protections for children who survive botched abortions. That bill passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. Before the vote, several senators criticized the bill by saying medical decisions should be between a woman and her doctor. They focused their arguments on sick or disabled children.
Prolife people see no difference between taking the life of a child an hour before birth or an hour after birth; both are wrong. Many abortion supporters will admit abortion kills a human being, but say it's justified because a woman has complete control over her body. Last night's vote about treating children outside the womb exposes that argument as an excuse. Those 44 senators agree that there is no difference between taking the life of a child an hour before birth or an hour after birth; they are for it. They are frankly admitting that abortion is not about women's rights; it's a right to a dead baby.
The logic of abortion demands we dehumanize our own children by suggesting that some lives are unworthy of life. It's foolish to believe that logic doesn't ultimately extend to infanticide, and eventually to an embrace of euthanasia for adults.
Three Democratic senators and one pro-abortion Republican opposed the filibuster. Every senator filibustering the bill is a Democrat. Not too long ago, many elected Democrats were prolife. Today, the abortion industry has captured the party's leadership, purging almost everyone who doesn't agree with abortion up to and even after the moment of birth.
A significant portion of Democratic voters believe late-term abortions should be banned. However, the party's national leadership goes way beyond 20 weeks; they are committed to seeing no evil about infanticides in abortion facilities. Infants who survive botched abortions deserve equal treatment, not the death they were originally marked for.
Let your U.S. Senators know what you think about them looking the other way on infanticide. Senator Gary Peters can be reached at (202) 224-6221. Senator Debbie Stabenow can be reached at (202) 224-4822. *From Michigan Right to Life
Murder by Any Other Name, Introducing 4th Term Abortion
Article by Greg Morse, Staff writer, desiringGod.org | March 2, 2019 How does one group of people murder another and sleep at night? Answer: they don’t. German soldiers didn’t slaughter humans, Southern whites didn’t lynch humans, and Planned Parenthood isn’t killing humans either. The infectious pathos, rising from the pit of hell and blackening the darkest periods in human history, is an idea, an idea that a hierarchy of human and subhuman exists. Men who kill men in cold blood lose sleep; men who kill beasts don’t. In Germany, they called the subhuman creatures the Untermenschen. The German propaganda Der Untermensch (thought to be edited by Hitler’s right-hand man, Heinrich Himmler), manifested the serpent’s whisper this way: The subhuman is a biological creature, crafted by nature, which has hands, legs, eyes, and mouth, even the semblance of a brain. Nevertheless, this terrible creature is only a partial human being. Although it has features similar to a human, the subhuman is lower on the spiritual and psychological scale than any animal. . . . Not all of those who appear human are in fact so. Woe to him who forgets it! Though it may appear to be human, it isn’t. It may look like it is made in the image of God, may look like an actual man, woman, or child — but it isn’t. Its color, disability, or lack of development betrays the fact that the terrible creature is only partially human. And as history repeatedly teaches: when “they” are not fully human, “they” — when their dignity inevitably conflicts with our interests — become not at all human. Our evil, having arrogantly defied God’s law (thou shall not murder, lie, steal), goes on to defy mathematics: rounding three-fifths down to zero. To read the rest of the article, click here.
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
On Monday, February 25, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to hold a vote the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that a baby born alive after a botched abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital. Who could disagree with that? The bill applies the existing penalties of the federal murder statute to anyone who performs “an overt act that kills a child born alive.” The bill also empowers women with a right to sue their abortionists and others for harm caused by violations of the act. This legislation is in direct response to pro-abortion legislatures in several states seeking to strip prolife protections from their state laws in anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned soon. New York removed protection for born-alive babies from their state law. Meanwhile, attempts to bring up the legislation for unanimous consent in the U.S. House have been blocked for several days running. If you do one pro-life thing in the next few days, make it be informing others about this issue. Another option is letting your U.S. Senators know what you think about this. Senator Gary Peters can be reached at (202) 224-6221. Senator Debbie Stabenow can be reached at (202) 224-4822.