2013 was a big year in the pro-life movement with some victories and some defeats.
Late-term abortion ban fails in Albuquerque
It was the first time in history that a proposal to ban late-term abortions was placed on a city election ballot. Albuquerque is the late-term abortion capitol of the United States with people flying in from throughout the country for the service. Project Defending Life conducted a successful petition drive to get the measure on the ballot, but it lost by a 10-point margin. Tara Shaver is a spokesperson for the pro-life group.
“We have work to do in terms of getting the people from the churches out,” she said after the results came in. “That is probably the most disappointing thing is that the body of Christ did not rise up like we had hoped.”
Although losing by 10 points, Albuquerque proponents are energized and might conduct a campaign for the law again.
Abortionist sentenced to life in prison
Kermit Gosnell had become a recognized name in pro-life circles. Why? He operated a filthy abortion clinic on Philadelphia’s West Side for decades, stored aborted babies in containers – some in the freezer – and was found guilty of first-degree murder for his habit of stabbing babies born alive during late-term abortions and snipping their spines just to make sure of their demise.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue reacted to the news of an agreement on the sentence, which otherwise could have brought the death penalty.
“Rather than appeal and draw this case out and then face the possibility of a death sentence hearing, he actually chose life and decided to go ahead and take the plea bargain of two life sentences without parole,” noted the pro-life activist.
Newman is hopeful the 72-year-old convicted murderer will use his time to contemplate salvation. “And so even for a convicted murderer like Gosnell, we pray that he would spend the rest of his life contemplating the deeds that he did and prayerfully repenting for these sins – these crimes against humanity,” he said.
Newman pointed out that God’s grace is available to a murderer like Gosnell “if he chooses to receive that free gift.”
ADF concerned about Planned Parenthood’s fraud
It was also a year of several lawsuits against Planned Parenthood alleging fraud against the U.S. government. In Texas, the abortion giant settled one lawsuit for $4.3 million, while another is pending. In Iowa, a similar lawsuit was filed by former Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer who alleges $28 million in fraud.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox told OneNewsNow a federal district judge threw out the lawsuit sending it to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The lower court dismissed the case saying that we had not said enough in our complaint to be able to go forward,” he reported, “and in part, one of the things that Planned Parenthood has been demanding is that we list the names of women who received services, including abortions at Planned Parenthood in order to be able to continue with our claim.”
But the attorney explained that’s impossible because of privacy rights under federal law. Casey said it’s not an abortion issue; the focus is alleged fraud.
“No matter what you think about abortion, the main question here is whether taxpayer money should be funneled to groups that are misusing it,” he stated, “and that’s exactly what we allege has happened here: that Planned Parenthood has been misusing taxpayer funds, taking money that they’re not even entitled to.
“And so as a result we are very hopeful the Eighth Circuit will reinstate this case and allow us to hold them accountable.”
There is still no decision in a similar case against Planned Parenthood in Washington state.
Doctor warns of physical, moral dangers in touted contraceptive pill
And in October came the announcement that scientists are developing a once-per-month contraceptive pill, which is not contraception but an abortion drug that terminates a pregnancy in progress. Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations pointed out to OneNewsNow that there has been no research to suggest that women could take the pill safely – and there could be complications, he added.
“This could even be more dangerous than RU-486 because women do that just when they find out they’re pregnant,” he said. “What they’re advocating is you take a pill every month, which causes an abortion.
“What the effect will be on breast cancer risk, on risks of other types of cancer of the liver and other things when you’re giving these types of very strong drugs to women on a routine basis, nobody knows.”
According to Stevens, that makes women guinea pigs – and he contends the abortion industry is willing to place women in that position because “there’s a lot of money to be made.”