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Monday, February 25, 2013

Bringing the law to life: Life Legal Defense Foundation
By Anna Abbott
Celebrate Life

The Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), based in Napa, California, is small but powerful in the battle for the culture of life. Pro-life leader Ron Maxson, along with attorneys John Streett and Steve Lopez, founded it in 1989 to assist Operation Rescue protesters arrested for blocking entrances to abortion facilities. LLDF's mission is "to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly unborn children, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation's courtrooms," using the law and education. The foundation describes itself as a "one-of-a-kind nonprofit known for taking individual cases that others will not touch, especially cases that combine free-speech rights with pro-life witness in public places."

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The same month that Germany's bishops have backed the use of the morning-after pill for rape victims, one of the world's leading authorities on the drug has said doctors have a duty to inform women that it could prevent a newly-conceived embryo from implanting in the womb, causing an abortion. Dr. James Trussell, Director of Princeton's Office of Population Research, makes the statement in an academic review on the drug dated February 2013 and co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth G. Raymond. "To make an informed choice, women must know that [emergency contraceptive pills] ... prevent pregnancy primarily by delaying or inhibiting ovulation and inhibiting fertilization, but may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium," they write.

The Hill

Dozens of Republicans in the House and Senate have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services are using taxpayer money. Those spearheading the effort----Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.), Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) and Sen. David Vitter (La.)----are hoping the study confirms their suspicion that these groups are focusing more on abortion and less on other healthcare services. Black said this finding could be used to justify a reduction in federal funds to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood showed in its latest report that they are providing more abortions and fewer other health services, all while federal funding has increased. "An independent study of the federal funding for abortion providers is necessary to further expose the truth of how these precious taxpayer dollars are truly being used," Black said.


The Obama administration is aggressively defending its contraception coverage policy in the courts, asking judges to require the companies bringing the lawsuits to provide contraceptives to their employees even before the legal fight over religious freedom is resolved. A mounting pile of lawsuits challenge the new White House policy requiring most employers to provide no co-pay contraceptives in their employee health plans or to face fines. Nearly 50 lawsuits have been filed by religious organizations and private businesses that say the Obama White House is shredding the nation's constitutionally protected religious freedoms.