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District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing International Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to pass a bill that would allow U.S. tax dollars to pay for abortions around the world. The new bill, according to CBN News, repeals the Helms Amendment, which ensured that taxpayer dollars are not used for international abortions….(Excerpts from Christian Headlines)

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Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas | July 29, 2021

A dozen GOP governors urge Supreme Court to let states regulate abortion

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas | July 29, 2021

A dozen Republican governors on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to eliminate federal protections for abortion and instead allow states to regulate abortion.

Led by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, the group argued in a legal filing that the court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to abortion, and subsequent rulings unlawfully encroach on states’ rights.

“The judicial constitutionalization of abortion represents an unwarranted intrusion into the sovereign sphere of the States,” they wrote. “Returning to the States the plenary authority to regulate abortion without federal interference would restore the proper (i.e., constitutional) relationship between the States and the Federal Government.”

The amicus brief endorsed Mississippi’s effort to have Roe v. Wade overruled next term, and was signed by the Republican governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas….(Excerpts from The Hill)

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District of Columbia, Mississippi | July 29, 2021

228 GOP lawmakers call on Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

District of Columbia, Mississippi | July 29, 2021

Nearly 230 Republican members of Congress told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it should overturn Roe v. Wade and release its “vise grip on abortion politics.”

The new brief is the latest filing in a dispute that will be heard next term and represents the most significant abortion-related case the justices have taken up in nearly a half a century. The 6-3 conservative court, bolstered by three of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, could gut, or invalidate court precedent, and that’s what the GOP lawmakers are calling for.

“Congress and the States have shown that they are ready and able to address the issue in ways that reflect Americans’ varying viewpoints and are grounded in the science of fetal development and maternal health,” lawyers for 228 Republican lawmakers, including leadership in both chambers, told the justices.

At issue before the court is a Mississippi law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There is no exception for rape or incest. The court will render its decision by next June, in the lead up to the mid-term elections.

The lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are supporting Mississippi’s request to allow the law to go into effect. They are represented by the group Americans United for Life.

In Thursday’s brief, they asked the court to “affirm the constitutional authority of the federal and state governments to safeguard the lives and health of their citizens, born and not yet born.”.. (Excerpts from CNN News)

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Washington | July 28, 2021

Ninth Circuit revives church’s lawsuit against law requiring healthcare plans cover abortion

Washington | July 28, 2021

A federal appeals court has concluded that a church in Washington state has the right to sue over a state law requiring health insurers to cover abortions, partially overturning a lower court decision dismissing the case.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous decision last Thursday reviving the Cedar Park Assembly of God of Kirkland’s lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Insurance Commissioner Myron Kreidler over a healthcare law known as Senate Bill 6219.

All three judges were appointed by former President George W. Bush.

The panel opinion concluded that Cedar Park “plausibly alleged that” the law forced the church’s health insurer to stop “offering a plan with abortion coverage restrictions.” The ruling argued that “Cedar Park could not procure comparable replacement coverage.”… (Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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District of Columbia, Texas | July 27, 2021

Sens. Cruz, Hawley, Lee File Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Overrule Roe, Casey

District of Columbia, Texas | July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today filed an amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to overrule its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

The brief argues that the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence finds no basis in the Constitution, and points out that the “undue burden” standard in particular has resulted in contradictory outcomes, disarray in the lower courts, and judicial lawmaking. The Senators urged the Court to overrule Casey and Roe and return the question of abortion legislation to the states and the people.

In the brief, the senators wrote:

“This status quo is untenable. Where a legal doctrine has repeatedly failed to offer clarity-where it has proved unworkable in the past and will likely engender unpredictable consequences in the future-its existence constitutes an open invitation to judges to interpret it according to their own policy preferences, usurping the constitutional prerogatives of the legislature. Roe and Casey should be overruled, and the question of abortion legislation should be returned to the states.”…

(Excerpts from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz)

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California | July 27, 2021

Life Legal files SCOTUS brief demolishing Roe’s viability standard

California | July 27, 2021

Life Legal filed an important amicus brief today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in support of Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act,” which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. We filed the brief on behalf of Dr. Robin Pierucci, a neonatologist and bioethicist who is a nationally recognized expert in care for “micro-preemies,” who are very young premature babies born during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Our brief is an attack on the unworkable “viability” standard adopted by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which has cost the lives of millions of babies. These cases rely on a highly subjective determination of a baby’s “capability of meaningful life outside the mother’s womb.”

But who is to say which life has meaning? The Court? The State? The abortionist?

Instead, we urge the Court to look to its own ruling in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, where it found that a state does not have to make judgments about the “quality” of an individual’s life but can “assert an unqualified interest” in protecting human life.  The Cruzan case involved a disabled young woman whose parents wanted to remove her feeding tube. The Court did not accept the parent’s argument that their daughter’s lack of a sufficient “quality of life” was a reason to kill her and held that a higher standard of evidence was required before someone could make the irreversible decision to end the life of a person who cannot communicate his or her wishes. In so doing, the Court affirmed the state’s interest in protecting human life, without regard to the perceived worth of that life. (Excerpts from Life Legal Defence Foundation)

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