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Contact: Vincent DiCaro, Care Net,
703-554-8741

LANSDOWNE, Va., April 27, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Care Net, a national non-profit ministry supporting one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in the United States, filed an amicus brief to support National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), the petitioner in a case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Care Net supports NIFLA’s petition to have the Supreme Court reverse the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to protect the free speech and religious rights of pro-life pregnancy centers.

The law at issue is California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which requires pro-life pregnancy centers in California to post notices directing women on how to obtain state-funded abortions and to notify all of their clients that they do not provide medical treatment.

Care Net filed the amicus brief because it is directly impacted by, and deeply concerned about, California’s decision to force pregnancy centers in California to become spokespersons for the abortion industry.

As argued in the amicus brief, these requirements violate First Amendment protections of free speech. They are “compelled speech” regulations requiring people to express ideas they do not wish to express. Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International states, “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say.” Requiring pregnancy centers, which are motivated by their faith to save lives, to post notices about how to obtain abortions is anathema to their religiously-motivated speech, and is therefore unconstitutional.

Care Net’s mission is one of love and life. But it can only pursue this mission through compassion and honest communication. When the government forces a pregnancy resource center to become a spokesperson for abortion, that compelled speech distorts the message and sows confusion. Moreover, California’s law specifically targets pro-life pregnancy centers, and only pro-life pregnancy centers, not any other type of organization offering many of the same pregnancy-related services that pro-life pregnancy centers offer.

“Clearly, this law is promoted by pro-choice activists and those in the abortion industry to silence any voices that oppose their agenda,” said Roland C. Warren, president and CEO of Care Net. “Sadly, this unconstitutional violation of free speech and religious freedom was signed into law and upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We support NIFLA’s petition to reverse this decision in the Supreme Court, allowing pregnancy centers and other life-affirming organizations to continue their life-saving work without state interference.”

The amicus brief clearly lays out the reasons the Reproductive FACT Act creates compelled-speech regulations that must be reversed. The regulations force pregnancy centers to promote an idea – abortion – that they believes puts their clients at risk; and the regulations force pregnancy centers to engage in unnecessary speech that dilutes the centers’ own communications and messages. Such regulations would be akin to a state requiring Alcoholics Anonymous, whose mission is to encourage those it serves to abstain from drinking, to provide listings of nearby bars and liquor stores.

Additionally, the compelled-speech regulations also violate the Free Exercise Clause, which protects religiously-motivated groups and individuals from being singled out and targeted by the government. Given that the Reproductive FACT Act’s scope is defined to apply only to facilities “whose primary purpose is providing pregnancy-related services,” it is clear that California targeted religion and religious practices. For example, places such as hospitals that provide non-pregnancy-related services are exempt from the law even though they also offer the same pregnancy-related services that pro-life pregnancy centers do. Lukimi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah prohibits such religious targeting.

Finally, pro-choice activists should be against these regulations, too. If the government can take sides on a political debate and force people or organizations to express ideas that they disagree with or find morally objectionable, then it could force abortion clinics to post signs informing pregnant mothers that the clinic does not provide live-birth deliveries or support for mothers choosing to continue their pregnancies, directing these women to nearby pregnancy resource centers where they could reconsider their decision. Such regulations must be invalidated by the Supreme Court.

In conclusion, the brief argues that the Supreme Court should grant the petition, reverse the Ninth Circuit, and invalidate California’s compelled-speech regulations because they “fail to respect a [pregnancy resource center]’s right not to utter a state-sponsored message that offends its core moral and religious principles” (Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore), and because they violate the Free Exercise Clause (Lukimi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah).

The full brief can be read here.

Founded in 1975, Care Net supports one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America and runs the nation’s only real-time call center providing pregnancy decision coaching. Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through its life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, organizations, and individuals. Learn more at care-net.org.


 

Baby Gedion lost his mother the day he was born because his family couldn’t afford healthcare.

Today, I have sad news. Last week, our team in Kenya met baby Gedion. He is a six-week-old infant who lost his mother, Monica, at birth. Like most of the poorest women living in rural Kenya, Monica delivered her first six children at home. Their remote community is more than four hours away from a health facility and they can’t afford transportation or healthcare. When Monica went into labor with Gedion, things went terribly wrong. Her husband told us:

The ambulance took hours to get here. I never imagined that Monica could die this way. I have no way to feed Gedion. I have borrowed all I can, and just sold my last goat to pay for infant formula. When that is gone, my baby has nothing. The idea of life without Monica is harsh and unbearable. Her death has caused a wound in my heart. I see darkness. 
Please help us find a way to feed Baby Gedion and others like him.  It’s only with love and support from good people like you, that we can save innocent lives.

Today, all donations to save lives will be DOUBLED. Your gift of $150 is worth $300.

Please open your hearts to baby Gideon and his orphaned siblings and make a gift to keep mothers and babies alive. With your help, we can bring the light of hope to the most desperate families.

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For Immediate Release:
www.ProtestPP.com
For interviews contact:  

Eric Schiedler at    773 251-8792/    ejs@prolifeaction.org 

Mark Harrington at    614 419-9000/    mark@createdequal.org

Monica Miller at    248 444-9096/    mmmillerlife@gmail.com

150 Nationwide Protests of Planned Parenthood
Abortion Clinics and Facilities
to Take Place Friday and Saturday, April 28-29th

Pro-Life Movement calls for
Congress to Defund Planned Parenthood

 

Chicago, Ill – April 26-29, 2017 – On Friday April 28th and Saturday, April 29th 150 public protests of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and facilities will take place all over the United States. These demonstrations, occurring over a two-day period, all focused on Planned Parenthood facilities, seek to continue to make an issue over the federal funding of the abortion giant that performs over 300,000 abortions annually.  Congress failed to defund Planned Parenthood when the American Health Care Act was pulled.  The Pro-life movement is intent on the goal of stripping Planned Parenthood of its funding and seeks to take advantage of the Trump administration to achieve this end.

Planned Parenthood currently receives $554,000 in tax-payer funding.  In June 2015 a scandal erupted over the barbaric practice of abortion and the sale of aborted baby body parts—due to undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. They were produced by 27-year-old David Daleiden, who, in a stealth sting operation, recorded high-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the violent nature of abortion procedures and the securing of aborted baby body parts in chilling, graphic detail.

The videos prompted Congressional debate on defunding Planned Parenthood and several states have already taken action to defund the group. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was called to congressional hearings and felt the need, after the first CMP video was released, to deny that her group broke any laws, but publicly apologized for the cavalier “tone” of PP executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola, regarding how she discussed aborting unborn children.   In recent weeks President Trump by executive order reversed an Obama directive mandating that states honor Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

What:   Nationwide protests calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood
Where: At 150 Planned Parenthood facilities across America
When:  Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th–most scheduled from
9:00am-11:00am in all time zones

Click here for list of all picket locations:  http://protestpp.com/locations/

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America, (performing over 300,000 abortions per year).  In January 2017 the group LiveAction conducted undercover investigations that revealed Planned Parenthood clinics offer little pre-natal care services and ultra sounds only provided to women seeking abortion.

See:    http://liveaction.org/abortioncorporation/​

See:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekgiScr364Y

In the entire history of legalized abortion, Planned Parenthood has never faced such media scrutiny and public criticism of its abortion practice and the possibility of losing multi-million dollars in federal funding.

Monica M. Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society comments: “The defunding of Planned Parenthood is a matter of moral principle. Not a single cent of American tax dollars should go to an organization that kills innocent human life— that fails to honor the sanctity of life.  Planned Parenthood could continue to receive government support if it ceases killing the unborn. Opposition to Planned Parenthood is about abortion and the facilitation of abortion. And it is the goal of the pro-life movement that the five hundred million plus dollars that currently are allocated to Planned Parenthood be shifted to community health centers that provide even more comprehensive health care to both men and women—while respecting the right to life of all.”

Mark Harrington of Created Equal states: “Pre-natal care, adoption services pale in comparison to their other services—and their big money-maker is abortion.  Of the 1.2 million abortions that take place each year, almost one third are done in a Planned Parenthood clinic. It’s time to shut off American tax-payer supports for such a group that kills innocent human beings.”

Eric Scheidler of the Pro-life Action League states:  “Planned Parenthood’s own fiscal reports show that nearly all of their services have declined except the so-called abortion service. Maybe if Planned Parenthood got out of the abortion business then tax-funding could go toward their building up real health care options for women.”

See here footnoted fact sheet on Planned Parenthood services:
https://www.sba-list.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SBAList_Fact_Sheet_PP_2014_2015_AnnualReport.pdf

Click here to view the first under-cover CMP Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxwVuozMnU


February 11, 2017 Protest of Planned Parenthood in Detroit, MI

 

 

 


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

April 27, 2017
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
“Dear children! Love, pray and witness my presence to all those who are far away. By your witness and example, you can draw closer the hearts that are far from God and His grace. I am with you and intercede for each of you so that, with love and resoluteness, you may witness and encourage all those who are far from my Immaculate Heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (April 25, 2017)
 
This message is reminding me very much of the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, in True Devotion to Mary. Our Lady is very concerned for her children who are far away from her and from her Son. She is giving us a mission. It is a mission for these days. She wants us to draw to her all those who are far away from her Immaculate Heart. She has been sent in these latter days to save the souls who are lost. The Father has sent her and she is now sending us. She needs us to live our deep devotion to her, our deep relationship with her, so that others will be moved to find her.
 
Here is a description that St. Louis wrote of the apostles of Our Lady in these latter days:    
Devotion to Mary is especially necessary in the latter times.
 
Finally, God in these times wishes his Blessed Mother to be more known, loved and honored than she has ever been. This will certainly come about if the elect, by the grace and light of the Holy Spirit, adopt the interior and perfect practice of the devotion which I shall later unfold. Then they will clearly see that beautiful Star of the Sea, as much as faith allows. Under her guidance they will perceive the splendors of this Queen and will consecrate themselves entirely to her service as subjects and slaves of love. They will experience her motherly kindness and affection for her children. They will love her tenderly and will appreciate how full of compassion she is and how much they stand in need of her help. In all circumstances they will have recourse to her as their advocate and mediatrix with Jesus Christ. They will see clearly that she is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and will surrender themselves to her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus. (n.55 of True Devotion to Mary by St. Louise de Montfort)
 
St. Louis was describing us! We are her children, who love her tenderly and appreciate how full of compassion she is and how much we need her help!! We are those who have recourse to her in every circumstance! We are those who understand how much we need her. And we see how she leads us directly to her Son.
 
May we draw many souls to Mary, many, many souls!! Amen, may it be so!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2017

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Wednesday, April 25, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again
• Bill Nye Trashes People With Large Families, Wants Them Penalized for Having “Extra Kids”
• Freedom Caucus and Pro-Life Groups Back Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare
• Planned Parenthood CEO Complains Ivanka Trump is Not Pushing Its Abortion Agenda: “Women are Waiting”

More Pro-Life News
• Democrats for Life Leader Slams Democrat Chair for Saying Pro-Life Democrats Aren’t Welcome
• Disgraced Abortionist Forced to Close His Abortion Clinic After Failing to Pay Rent
• Christians and Abortion: How Can You Be a “Born Again” Christian if You Won’t Allow Babies to be Born?
• Man Texted Pregnant Girlfriend: “If You Don’t Have an Abortion I Will Punch Your F—— Head In”
• Nurse Fights Back After Court Rules She Must Do Abortions to Keep Her Job
• Overpopulation? Is America Running Out of Space to Live? No. Here’s Why
• WATCH: Cackling Abortion Activist With a Cowbell Confronts Pro-Life Pastors Outside Abortion Clinic
• Abortionist Whistled Show Tunes While Vacuum Suctioned Out the Unborn Baby
• Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
• South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

• Ohio Pro-Life Bill Would Stop Sales of Aborted Baby Parts

Planned Parenthood Doc Who Wanted Lamborghini for Selling Aborted Babies Caught Selling Baby Parts Again
Mary Gatter, the Planned Parenthood senior executive who infamously was caught on tape saying “I want a Lamborghini” while discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies has been caught again.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Bill Nye Trashes People With Large Families, Wants Them Penalized for Having “Extra Kids”
Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” famous for hosting a children’s educational TV show, is not as kid-friendly as he initially may appear.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Freedom Caucus and Pro-Life Groups Back Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare
A large group of conservative Republicans and a leading pro-life group have announced their support for the legislation that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Planned Parenthood CEO Complains Ivanka Trump is Not Pushing Its Abortion Agenda: “Women are Waiting”
The CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business is growing impatient with Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, and is grousing that Ivanka is not pushing her father to promote abortion.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

Democrats for Life Leader Slams Democrat Chair for Saying Pro-Life Democrats Aren’t Welcome
Pro-life Democrats are speaking out this week after Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez told them that they are not welcome.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Disgraced Abortionist Forced to Close His Abortion Clinic After Failing to Pay Rent
It took only 15 minutes for the fate of Premier Ob-Gyn to be decided: CLOSED.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Christians and Abortion: How Can You Be a “Born Again” Christian if You Won’t Allow Babies to be Born?
Can you claim to be “born-again” when you won’t allow others to be born in the first place?

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Man Texted Pregnant Girlfriend: “If You Don’t Have an Abortion I Will Punch Your F—— Head In”
Abortion, coercion and abuse are connected much more often than people probably realize.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

Ohio Pro-Life Bill Would Stop Sales of Aborted Baby Parts

 
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Dear Reader,

Our lineup for today includes:
Cal State Dominguez Hills does about-face on pro-life group: Students for Life club will be allowed to partake in a social justice fair after all


Stations of the Cross are the focus of the closing procession for 40 Days for Life. (image from The Valley Catholic)

“Catholics must come to grips with the issue of abortion”: More than 50 brave rain for candlelight procession closing Spring 2017 campaign of 40 Days for Life in San Jose

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L.I.F.E. Week (Living is For Everyone): April 24-28, 2017

 

Students for Life weeklong event underway at University of San Diego: Each day will a different life issue will be spotlighted: Immigration, Homelessness, Domestic Violence, Abortion/Adoption and Suicide

Students for Life of America

Students for Life of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Colorado Abortion Activists Celebrate 50 Years of Killing Babies in Abortion as First to Legalize It
• Will Trump End the Obamacare Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions?
• Democrat Party Chair Says There’s No Place for Pro-Life Democrats, But 23% of Democrats are Pro-Life
• 10 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit Their Jobs After 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

More Pro-Life News
• 27-Year-Old Man Kills Himself After Being Told He Can’t be Euthanized
• Breast Cancer Group Hires New CEO From Planned Parenthood, Whose Abortions Raise the Cancer Risk
• Woman Who Had Muscle Spasms and Insomnia is Euthanized After Doctors Said Problems Weren’t Treatable
• Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Wins Webby Award as “Best Charitable Organization”
• Abortion Activists Claim the Media is Biased. Wait Until You Hear How
• R&B Singer Keke Wyatt: Music Execs Tried to Get Me to Have an Abortion to Further My Career. I Refused
• 95% of Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome are Aborted. How Do We Stop It?
• Illinois House Passes Bill to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions, Keep Abortion Legal if Roe is Overturned
• Indiana Governor Signs Bill Protecting Parental Rights, Stops Secret Abortions on Teen Girls
• Massachusetts Abortions Drop 11 Percent as More Babies Saved From Abortions

• Catholic Bishops Blast Attempt to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Australia: It’s the Opposite of Health Care
• Artificial Wombs: Scientists Successfully Helped Premature Lambs be Born, are Babies Next?
• Missouri House Passes Bill to Stop Selling the Body Parts of Aborted Babies
• Minnesota House Passed Bill to Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

Colorado Abortion Activists Celebrate 50 Years of Killing Babies in Abortion as First to Legalize It
Six years before Roe v. Wade, Colorado became the first state to legalize abortions widely up to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.


Will Trump End the Obamacare Mandate Forcing Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions?
Will President Donald Trump end the Obamacare mandate that forced the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious organizations to fund abortions?

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Democrat Party Chair Says There’s No Place for Pro-Life Democrats, But 23% of Democrats are Pro-Life
Yesterday, LifeNews.com covered how the chairman of the Democratic Party made it clear that pro-life Democrats are no longer welcome in the party.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

10 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit Their Jobs After 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign
The abortion industry is not happy right now … so we’re moving FORWARD!

Cl ick to Read at LifeNews.com.

27-Year-Old Man Kills Himself After Being Told He Can’t be Euthanized
I have been struggling with my possible response to the suicide death of Adam Maier-Clayton (27) who died by suicide, allegedly, after being told that he did not qualify for euthanasia in Canada.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Breast Cancer Group Hires New CEO From Planned Parenthood, Whose Abortions Raise the Cancer Risk
A breast cancer awareness organization that focuses on helping young women hired a former Planned Parenthood leader as its CEO this month.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Woman Who Had Muscle Spasms and Insomnia is Euthanized After Doctors Said Problems Weren’t Treatable
I did a radio interview yesterday warning that I expected Canada to, one day, allow euthanasia as a “treatment” for serious mental illness.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Wins Webby Award as “Best Charitable Organization”
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood won an award this week from a group dedicated to honoring the best in modern media.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Massachusetts Abortions Drop 11 Percent as More Babies Saved From Abortions

Catholic Bishops Blast Attempt to Legalize Assisted Suicide in Australia: It’s the Opposite of Health Care

 
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