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Wisconsin | May 12, 2021

Tim Tebow to Headline Wisconsin Right to Life Education Dinner

Wisconsin | May 12, 2021

“We are thrilled to have Tim Tebow join us tonight for our Education Fund Dinner, live and in-person!” shared Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

Weininger continued, “While our work at Wisconsin Right to Life never stopped or was put on hold, we changed last year’s Education Fund Dinner to a virtual event. It’s clear to me, watching how quickly this year’s event sold out, that those who unify for life are ready to be together again for a great evening. In-person tickets have sold out for tonight’s event, but we do still have live-stream access available. ”

The Education Fund Dinner serves as Wisconsin Right to Life’s largest fundraiser of the year to help fund Teen Impact Live, Teen Impact Life Camp, Life on Campus, emergency grants to women, and education on legislation…

(Excerpts from Wisconsin Right to Life)

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Oklahoma | May 11, 2021

Oklahoma Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Abortion Ban Appeal

Oklahoma | May 11, 2021

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter implored the Supreme Court to hear a Mississippi case that could allow states to ban abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.

Hunter’s remarks came after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a so-called trigger bill April 27 that would automatically outlaw abortion in the state if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, which, in 1973, made abortion lawful throughout the United States.

Hunter, also a Republican, said his office has an interest in getting involved when “wayward” courts get it wrong on vitally important policy issues, The Oklahoman reported May 9.

“My role is to defend laws enacted by the people of Oklahoma and their representatives,” he said…

(Excerpts from Epoch Times)

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Tennessee | May 10, 2021

Facebook Permanently Blacklists LifeSite News

Tennessee | May 10, 2021

The pro-life news website LifeSiteNews has been removed from Facebook accusing the group of violating policies regarding COVID-19.

According to reports Facebook permanently blacklisted the LifeSite’s page over “false information about COVID-19” and “vaccine discouraging information.”

Via LifeSite News:

In a quick series of notices and emails to LifeSiteNews’ marketing department, Facebook delivered the shocking news, accusing LifeSite of publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.”

Facebook also said that they deplatform Facebook pages that publish “vaccine discouraging information on the platform.”

Facebook cited an article posted on April 10, 2021, headlined “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.

“Much like when LifeSite was removed from YouTube, this comes with little surprise,” noted LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts. “We have known this day was coming for months now.”

Mainstream news websites have reported on deadly reactions to COVID-19 vaccines, according to Breitbart.  One headline read “21 People Experienced Anaphylaxis After Getting the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine, CDC Says” and in the subheading read “officials say the potentially deadly reactions were ‘exceedingly rare’ and that vaccination is ‘an important tool in efforts to control the pandemic,’” according to the report….

(Excerpts from The Tennessee Star)

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Tennessee | May 7, 2021

Bill Declaring Personhood Begins at Conception Passes Tennessee General Assembly

Tennessee | May 7, 2021

According to a bill passed Thursday by the Tennessee General Assembly, the unborn are people at the moment of conception. This was accomplished through changes to civil law, by extending wrongful death liability for the unborn all the way to conception. In effect, this legislation confers personhood the moment an egg is fertilized.

The legal change in the civil definition of personhood wasn’t presented in the caption text. It was mentioned once in a single sentence under the bill’s summary. Additionally, the name given to the bill by the sponsors – the “Prenatal Life and Liberty Act” – wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the bill’s language, caption text, or summary.

Under current Tennessee law, someone who murders a woman and her unborn child may be charged with double homicide. In civil court, however, an individual may only be sued for the woman’s death – not an unborn child preceding viability outside the womb. This bill would allow the civil definition of human victims to mirror the definition of a human being in criminal law.

The bill also prevents any child or parent from filing civil causes of action against doctors for not disclosing certain conditions that may have influenced an abortion decision. Those actions are legally referred to as “wrongful life” and “wrongful birth,” respectively.

State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), the sponsor on the act, explained during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that wrongful birth and life claims are common law concepts – not enshrined in Tennessee Code. Since they aren’t in state law, they’re up to judicial interpretation…

(Excerpts from The Tennessee Star)

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District of Columbia | May 6, 2021

GOOD NEWS! 2021 Has Seen Most Abortion Restrictions Passed in US History

District of Columbia | May 6, 2021

The HuffPost calls the number of abortion restrictions passed by individual U.S. states in 2021 “staggering.” And all we have to add to that is Halle-freakin’-lujah!

Seriously though, HuffPost’s latest cry in the wilderness is a hopeful message for conservatives who’ve watched President Biden’s anti-life policies unfold over the last 100 days. Yeah, “devout Catholic” Biden leads perhaps the most anti-life administration in American history, but at least on the state level there are many signs that good Americans are fighting to protect babies as hard as they can.

Apparently 2021 already holds the record for most pro-life legislation ever introduced throughout the United States and it’s not even June.

The sweetest bit of schadenfreude in recent political memory – well since last week anyway – came from the beginning of Huffpost’s piece: “Legislative attacks on abortion have been so numerous in 2021 that it may be considered the most devastating period for reproductive rights on record, a report released Friday found.” Well, praise God! Seriously!..

(Excerpts from MRC News Busters)

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Pennsylvania | May 4, 2021

His mom chose life, now he heads to the NFL Draft

Pennsylvania | May 4, 2021

Penn State All-American linebacker Micah Parsons believes God has big plans for his life. He recently shared with Pennlive.com that his mom almost had an abortion when she got pregnant with him. She had two kids, was struggling to pay the bills, and his father was in and out of the house. She didn’t tell anyone else, but was planning on going to the abortion clinic.

Here’s the story as told to Pennlive:

One day the phone rang, Sherese [Micah’s mom] said, and on the other end was Sister Hall from the church. When Sherese told her that she was “doing fine,” Hall said she was hiding something and eventually surfaced the truth.

“She talked my mom out of it,” Micah said. “I think that is why (my mom) was always like, ‘God looks over you, son, and you should continue to keep doing good things in your life and give back to God.’ That was one of the first lessons she taught me.”

And now, he’s about to become a first-round NFL draft pick in Cleveland on April 29th.

What a beautiful pro-life story…

(Excerpts from Pennsylvania Family Institute)

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