Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ALL Pro-Life Today: Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, and Just Government

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, and Just Government
By Paul E. Rondeau

Neither the type, the time, nor geography is predictive of just governance. Recognition and protection of religious freedoms should be at the center of America's domestic and foreign policy. Today's guest commentary, by American Life League's executive director, addresses the characteristics of a just government and explains what happens when good leadership does not exist. 

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Indiana Planned Parenthood wins ruling on Medicaid funds
Planned Parenthood of Indiana Inc. won a U.S. appeals court decision that prevents the state from cutting its Medicaid funding. The Chicago-based court, upholding a lower court injunction, said the group was likely to prevail on its claim that the state can't cut off funding it's otherwise entitled to solely because the organization provides abortions. "The defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients' statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice," U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes wrote for the three- judge panel.

New York City Council launches abortion clinic 'escort' program
New York City will recruit and train "escorts" to volunteer at abortion facilities throughout the city, New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced Friday. Starting November 1, the escorts will guide women past protesters at abortion centers, making it easier for them to access abortion. The escorts are being recruited through the city's website and by e-mail. They will be trained by Planned Parenthood and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) at City Hall on October 28 and 29. Planned Parenthood already has an escort program in place, but recent growth in the number of protests and vigils outside abortion facilities inspired officials to seek an expansion of the program.

Federal government refers women to Planned Parenthood and links to site condemning pregnancy resource centers
Live Action News
Yep, you read that headline correctly. WomensHealth.gov is a "Project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health." This federal site has a page with a pretty long title: "Pregnancy > Before you get pregnant: Information for all women > If you are sexually active." And, near the bottom of the page, there's a section called "Connect with other organizations." Most of the organizations are generally well-recognized medical groups - like the American Academy of Family Physicians. But two non-profits make the list as well: March of Dimes and Planned Parenthood.