Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

March for Life on January 23rd

January 11, 2012

The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. is on January 23rd. Learn more on the national website.

Are you going? Have you been before?

Share your story in the comments below!

Ultrasound Law in Texas Upheld

January 11, 2012

Good news from Texas!

A federal appeals court has upheld a pro-life law in Texas allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to an abortion.

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Maryland Abortionist Arrested for Murder

January 5, 2012


Steven Chase Brigham and Nicola Irene Riley have been charged with murder related to the deaths of viable babies at an illegal secret abortion clinic that the pair operated in Elkton, Maryland. Brigham is currently in the custody at the Camden County Jail in New Jersey and Riley was arrested and is currently in the custody of the Salt Lake County Jail in Utah. Both are awaiting extradition to Maryland.

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PA Supreme Court Hands Down Christmas Present to the Unborn

December 28, 2011

This time last year, the Independence Law Center (with the help of an army of volunteer attorneys) filed an amici brief on behalf of the Pa. Family Institute, the Pa. Pro-Life Federation, the Pa. Catholic Conference, and about 60 state legislators in a case called In the Interest of Jane Doe, which involved a minor seeking an abortion. State law requires a minor to get a court order (called a judicial bypass) prior to having an abortion unless one of the child’s parents agrees to the abortion. Up until now, our courts have routinely granted these bypasses. However, this is not to be a rubber stamp. Instead, a court is to give a bypass only when the child shows the maturity necessary to make the choice or if the abortion is somehow deemed to be in the child’s “best interests.”

A judge in Allegheny County denied a judicial bypass. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court took the case even though the child tragically had the abortion anyway. Because denials are so rare, the Supreme Court wanted to issue a decision to give direction to appellate courts reviewing denials. This appears to be only the second denial appealed in this state and the first appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in more than two decades.

We are pleased to announce that the Court provided the direction that we requested in our amici brief. Judges are now given wide latitude in their investigation of the maturity of a minor. This will hopefully encourage more judges to conduct robust hearings—hearings that will ultimately protect the life of the unborn. We are grateful to God for one more win in our battle to protect the life of every unborn child.

If you wish to learn more about the work of the Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Independence Law Center or to donate to our work, visit us at

What Would You Do to Make Pennsylvania a Better Place?

December 27, 2011

If you were running the state of Pennsylvania, what resolutions would you choose to make Pennsylvania a better place?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Vote Tally/Scorecards for House and Senate

December 22, 2011

House and Senate Scorecards for Votes on Abortion Clinic Regulations in Pennsylvania available at

Click here to view the scorecards, then contact your legislators and let them know what you think of how they voted. Use our Citizen Action Center.

Scranton Times-Tribune says PA’s new abortion clinic rules are duly rigorous

December 22, 2011

From the Times-Tribune:

Dr. Kermit Gosnel’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in Philadelphia did great violence to human beings and to abortion-rights advocates’ mantra that their objective is to make abortion “legal, safe and rare.”

It’s legal. But at Dr. Gosnel’s West Philadelphia operation, it was neither rare nor safe. Nor was it appropriately regulated by state agencies.

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Why Rep Davidson Voted for SB 732

December 16, 2011

From Philadelphia Inquirer:

Standing on the floor of the state House, her voice choked with emotion, the first-term Democratic legislator from Upper Darby explained why she had just voted for the bill tightening regulations for abortion clinics.

State Rep. Margo L. Davidson said her 22-year-old cousin had been a victim of Kermit Gosnell.

Semika Shaw was “just coming into her own as a young woman,” Davidson said, when she died in 2002 from an infection caused by a botched abortion in Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic.

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It Should Have Been Unanimous

December 15, 2011

SB 732, the common sense bill to require abortion centers in Pennsylvania to meet the same health and safety standards required of all outpatient surgery centers, passed the State House and Senate overwhelmingly this week. This action comes about 11 months after a Philadelphia grand jury report detailed horrific conditions at the Women’s Medical Society abortion center in West Philadelphia, with resulting murder charges against abortionist Kermit Gosnell and some members of his family and staff.

Following the release of the grand jury report, inspections of all other Pennsylvania abortion clinics (which had not taken place for more than 15 years) were quickly conducted, and revealed dangerous, subpar conditions in a number of the clinics.

Even so, the usual suspects (like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood) railed against SB 732, some even calling us and other supporters out by name, suggesting that if the Pennsylvania Family Institute supports it, it must really be an attack on women and the “reproductive freedom.” Yes, we are a pro-life organization, one that hopes to see all innocent human life protected from conception until natural death. And that pro-life conviction also guides us to protect the health and safety of all people— including women and girls who have been lied to by our society (and let down by our laws) into thinking that abortion is the answer to their current problem or crisis. It is not.

Perhaps most dismaying in the entire debate over SB 732 is the fact that no member of the House or Senate Black Caucus voted in favor of the bill, save one. This despite the fact that the grand jury report on the Gosnell scandal clearly shows that Gosnell preyed upon and targeted minority women (as the abortion industry does as a whole). More then two-thirds of abortion clinics are located in black and minority communities.

The one, the only, African-American legislator who did vote for SB 732 was Rep. Margo Davidson, a Democrat from Delaware County. After the vote tally, she courageously took to the floor to explain her yes vote, dedicated to the memory of her cousin, Semika Shaw, who died at age 22, one of Gosnell’s victims. Said Rep. Davidson:

“Today I honor her memory by voting yes on this legislation, that seeks to safeguard the health of women, that is long overdue, so that never again will a woman walk into a licensed health care facility in the State of Pennsylvania and be butchered as she was. Today I thank the members of this House that supported this legislation for the safety of women.”

I also thank the 150 House and 32 Senate members who voted to pass HB 732. Frankly, it should have been unanimous.

How Did Your Legislator Vote on SB 732?

December 15, 2011

Want to know how your state representative and state senator voted on Senate Bill 732?

State House Vote

State Senate Vote

Please thank your legislator if they voted Yes in support of this bill!