Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Join Others in Supporting Religious Freedom on Friday!

March 21, 2012

From Citizenlink:

Before the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing three days of arguments on the constitutionality of the new federal health care law on Monday, thousands of people are expected to make their voices heard in rallies taking place nationwide, saying the law violates their religious freedom.

Nearly 60 groups, including the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life America, Students for Life of America and the Alliance Defense Fund, have joined forces as the Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, and are sponsoring rallies in more than 120 cities nationwide at noon local time on Friday.

There are several locations in Pennsylvania. Find out more at standupforreligiousfreedom.com.

Women’s Right-to-Know Act: Ultrasound gives more information

March 5, 2012

The following was published in The Patriot News on Saturday March 3.

There is one area of Pennsylvania health care that allows doctors to routinely withhold some of the best information from their patients — information that women deserve — and we now have an opportunity to stop this from continuing.

A doctor just told my father-in-law he might have thyroid cancer. He went for a biopsy and now a specialist wants to run further tests to get a better look.

Every step of the way, the doctor is showing him the results of these tests. In the same way, if you tear your ACL or are planning to have your wisdom teeth out, the doctor will show you the X-ray and other information prior to performing any procedure.

Why? To let you know exactly what is happening and to best inform you of what the doctors are recommending. That way, people like my father-in-law can feel confident in making a decision — a choice — about a surgical procedure. It’s called informed consent. Unfortunately in Pennsylvania, women are often denied this right.

Abortion clinics should offer women the best information technology can provide about what is happening inside their womb and about the abortion procedure so she is fully informed when making her decision.

It’s with that right in mind that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering the Women’s Right to Know Act (House Bill 1077). Ultrasound technology is an amazing advancement. It allows doctors to see the gestational age of the unborn baby, observe any health concerns and give insight into important information related to performing an abortion.

That is why abortion facilities nearly universally conduct ultrasounds already.

However, this information is rarely shown — or even offered — to the woman.

HB 1077 would provide every woman the opportunity to see their ultrasound, but it remains her choice. It’s an effort to ensure the opportunity for a woman to receive the best information available to help her in making this important, life-changing decision.

20 states in the U.S. have ultrasound laws in place. This is evidence of the resourcefulness that this technology provides — to doctors and to women seeking abortions.

Each woman is capable and should be empowered to make her own decisions.

Part of that empowerment is providing complete information.

With abortion clinic operators already performing ultrasounds for the benefit of the doctor, why not allow for that information to be provided for the benefit of the patient as well?

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania and nationwide, claims in its mission that it believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility. If Planned Parenthood truly means that, there’s no reason it should deny women the full information that they deserve, including the chance to view a routine ultrasound.

Without the passage of the Women’s Right to Know Act, many women across the state of Pennsylvania will continue to be denied the opportunity to base their health care decisions on full information.

A woman seeking an abortion would only be affected by this law in one way: the doctor would offer her the chance to view the ultrasound of her developing baby.

I certainly hope and pray my father-in-law doesn’t have cancer. But I also hope his doctor — and every doctor — makes it a standard of care to provide the best information possible.

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Right of Conscience

February 23, 2012

From LifeSiteNews.com:

In a decision that could impact the unfolding debate over the HHS mandate, a federal court in Washington state upheld the First Amendment rights of pharmacists to refuse to distribute potentially abortifacient contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B and Ella, if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The decision overturns Washington Board of Pharmacy rules approved in 2007 by pro-abortion governor Christine Gregoire, which lacked the exemption.

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Virginia House Passes Ultrasound Bill, What About PA?

February 23, 2012

The Virginia State House passed a bill requiring that a woman seeking an abortion is given the opportunity to view an ultrasound image first. Read more…

Pennsylvania has similar legislation in our State House, HB 1077 – the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which passed out of committee and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Contact your Representative and Senator and ask them to support HB 1077!

Geneva College Files Lawsuit Against Obama Mandate

February 21, 2012

From Alliance Defense Fund:

Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will join Geneva College President Ken Smith Tuesday at a press conference to announce a new federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

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Contraception Mandate is about Religious Freedom, Not Contraception

February 16, 2012

President Obama’s mandate that Catholic organizations must provide free birth control to their employees is a violation of their religious freedom. His “compromise” is not a compromise at all.

Here’s what Chuck Colson has to say about it:

 why does this matter? Why is it really such a big deal? The Administration is hoping you will think this is all about contraception, which not many people, even the majority of Catholics, care that much about. But this is not about contraception. This battle is all about religious freedom—the first and most important of all our freedoms.

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Congressmen Protest President’s Birth Control Mandate

February 9, 2012

From LifeNews.com:

A large group of U.S. Congressmen has sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blasting the administration’s “unprecedented overreach” against the religious freedom of countless Christian schools, hospitals, and charities by forcing them to pay for all contraception, including abortifacients, and sterilizations.

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Report Outlining Planned Parenthood Fraud Presented to Congress

February 9, 2012

From Alliance Defense Fund:

The Alliance Defense Fund Tuesday officially made public its report to Congress identifying waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation that may amount to multiple millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer money. ADF attorneys prepared the report to aid Congress in its investigation of the abortion giant. The Susan B. Anthony List has partnered with ADF on the effort.

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Ultrasound Bill Passes Health Committee

February 7, 2012

The PA House Health Committee passed House Bill 1077, the Woman’s Right to Know Act, with a vote of 15-7 (Republicans and Democrats). The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.

View the roll call here. If your representative is on this committee and voted Yes, please thank them!

Thank you for taking action! If you haven’t yet contacted your representative and asked them to support HB 1077, use our Citizen Action Center today!

Women’s Right to Know Bill: Right Prescription at the Right Time

January 26, 2012

For Immediate Release

(Harrisburg, January 23, 2012)  Pennsylvania Family Council, the advocacy arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, today applauded the introduction of HB 1077, The Women’s Right to Know Bill, designed to let women considering abortion have a full picture and information, provided by up-to-date technology,  so that they can make a fully informed decision.

“Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) and Rep. Debra Kula (D-Fayette & Westmoreland) are to be commended, along with the 111 other cosponsors of HB 10777, for putting women and their healthcare first,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Council. “Abortion is an irreversible procedure, and one that is fraught with many ethical, emotional and medical considerations. Thus, women should be provided the opportunity to be fully and completely informed before making their decision,” added Geer.

“Sonograms are the gold standard of informed consent,” said Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Family Council.  “I cannot understand why any women’s advocate wouldn’t join in and support The Woman’s Right to Know Bill, and call for women to get all the medical information that’s available to them.”

The Pennsylvania Family Council encourages swift passage of HB 1077 in the House, the Pennsylvania Senate, and on to Gov. Corbett’s desk for signature.