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Updated May 7, 2021

BUFFER ZONE VOTE RESCHEDULED

A procedural vote on the Buffer Zone took place at the May 6 Council meeting. The vote set this issue aside; it will return to the full council on May 20. Keep those cards and calls coming! Let the Council members hear from you.

A Facebook video of the meeting with the pro-life arguments by Atty. Annie MacLean and Chelsea Pritchett is here. Move the play button to 7:20.


ORIGINAL POST:

Arguments were presented on April 28 for and against a 10-foot Buffer Zone to mark how close sidewalk counselors may stand to any Metro Louisville healthcare facility. The Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee voted 5 - 2 to send the Buffer Zone ordinance to the full Council for a vote.

Last August the Buffer Zone was voted down by the Metro Council. We trust that the new Council members will study the discussions in their minutes to carefully consider what is at stake.

Executive Director Addia Wuchner participated in the committee meeting, and has made an official statement:

We advocate for the protection of the unborn child and the First Amendment right of citizens to peacefully gather, pray, support women, and respectfully bear witness in defense of innocent life. While the Courts have recognized that states and cities have significant interest in maintaining public safety and preserving access to health care facilities, they have nevertheless ruled it is unconstitutional to take control of a public sidewalk for the sole, discretionary use of a private business like the EMW abortion facility, as it impedes the right to free speech. Those proposing the ordinance and abortion advocates say that it is a matter of public safety, but make no mistake, this is a direct attempt to silence pro-women, pro-child, pro-life advocates and the public’s right of free speech.

In a Courier-Journal article last summer, Council member Marilyn Parker noted, “I just don’t think this is a very good look for the council, with the protests, the destruction and the disorder that’s been allowed to happen in the city. We need to think about this. Why does this group get special privileges for safety?”

A video of the committee meeting is shown here. The Metro Council will vote on the Ordinance on May 6. You can read the Ordinance here. Contact a Council Member here.


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This week the FDA suspended regulations on dispensing the abortion pill for the duration of the pandemic.

…the FDA cited a number of studies by abortion advocates claiming to have demonstrated that these at-home telemedical, ‘no-test’ abortions were safe.

This means a female can order her chemical (medical) abortion online during a consultation with a doctor, and receive the meds in the mail.

Read more on the National Right to Life blog.

KRLA and representatives of the General Assembly are already working on legislation to address this in the 2022 session in a Omnibus Bill.

Meanwhile, know how to be a sidewalk counselor in your own neighborhood!


Related article: A third to one-half of abortions in USA are chemical not surgical

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We are excited about the passage of HB 91! To God be the glory, always.

On behalf of Ky Right to Life, thank you Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne, and Rep. Joe Fischer for your leadership, and to House and Senate members for your support and passage of HB 91.

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We have been especially blessed to work in partnership with our tremendous pro-life and pro-family organizations: Sisters for Life, Family Foundation, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, and the Commonwealth Policy Center.

I am sincerely grateful to the many people across the Commonwealth who responded in prayer and action, reaching out to their legislators to affirm their support for HB91 and their Yes for Life.

Changing Hearts, Saving Lives!

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We are proud of our new Executive Director Addia Wuchner for establishing a new program of the RTL Educational Foundation of Ky— the ProLife Legacy Founders Scholarship Fund!

Four $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who seek to advance in four academic areas will be awarded this spring and in coming years. The areas of study are:

  • Law / Political Science
  • Medicine / Healthcare / Nursing
  • Education / Media and Communications
  • Trade and Technical

The scholarships are given in honor of Margie Montgomery on whose shoulders we stand, Judge Robert F. Greene, Esq., and Paul J. Kissel (dec.), a Ky architect.

The Donald C. Wintersheimer Memorial Scholarship honors this Ky Supreme Court Justice who served 24 years. (dec. Feb. 2021). Justice Wintersheimer was the most prolific opinion writer in Kentucky history, averaging over 50 opinions each year. Addia shares from an Opinion he penned regarding a case involving quality of life before the Ky Supreme Court, so you may appreciate the merits of the Donald Wintersheimer Memorial Scholarship:

That reasoning would place the courts in the position of affirming that death, or nonexistence, is preferable to life. The argument that there is a kind of ‘quality of life’ ethic is without any merit… If logically extended, it could produce a culture that condones the extermination of the weak by the strong or the more powerful.

Attention Seniors!

Apply now! Download a Pdf fillable application form here. Save to your computer, fill in the fields, save, and email it to ProLifeStudents@krla.org. If you prefer, mail it. All instructions are on the form. Read it carefully to be sure to send all the documents requested. Call the office, 502.895.5959 if you have questions. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2021.


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Are you a nurse or doctor who is increasingly concerned over the aggressive push to counsel or participate in unconscionable procedures or therapies?

Are you a pro-life citizen who believes healthcare practitioners should have conscience rights?

Sen. Stephen Meredith’s SB Bill 83 that we encourage you to support (See Legislative Alert), to assure conscience rights for medical care providers, was flagged for an amendment by Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D). Why?

He wants to broaden the class of people entitled to object on the basis of religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs or principles to include LRC staff, leadership staff, security personnel, doorkeepers, state park employees, and state troopers.

However, Sen. Whitney Westerfield has filed a friendly amendment to confine the language in the bill: The exercise of this right shall be limited to conscience-based objections to particular healthcare services.

Sen. McGarvey tried the same tactic last year until the bill finally became “a Christmas Tree” in the lingo of legislators, and died.

AAPLOG explains the stakes for pro-life ObGyns

The American Association of ObGyns held a seminar on Feb. 27 to update members on the current environment for practitioners, and we attended.

Dr. Donna Harrison, an ObGyn and the executive director of AAPLOG, explained that the Equality Act which recently passed the House of Representatives, introduces new demands. If it passes the Senate, it will be signed into law. This will mean that Ky’s conscience rights legislation and other pro-life laws could face new and different court challenges.

The Equality Act uses the exact same terminology as the Final Rule of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities. The OCR in the Obama Administration determined what “discrimination on the basis of sex” means. It ruled that impermissible discrimination includes 1. gender identity, 2. sex stereotyping, and 3. termination of pregnancy.

So, under the Equality Act, refusal to terminate a pregnancy will be considered sex discrimination, a crime. An accusation by a patient will threaten loss of board certification and the job of an offending practitioner.

Every entity that receives federal funding MUST COMPLY, even the doctor who takes a medicaid patient. If a doctor or hospital or pharmacy does not comply, there is a private right of action: The patient who was turned away has the right to sue the entity or person.

“The stakes are very, very high for us as conscientious physicians,” stated Dr. Harrison. She presented information on the Hippocratic Oath, and explained that in a state-controlled utilitarian system:

  • Patients whose lives do not increase the net happiness of the society (handicapped, unwanted) are subject to elimination.
  • The good physician is one who acts as an agent of the state to implement state-defined health goals. This is a vending-machine model where the provider is viewed as a public utility.
  • A good human is one who is free from all social constraints and feels no obligation to family, church or society, but only to the state.

Many other concerning facts were shared by AAPLOG board chair Dr. Christina Francis and others, and AAPLOG intends to stage four more conferences this year. We believe these will be well worth attending.

AAPLOG was begun in 1973 as a group within ACOG, the American College of ObGyns, as that college became radical abortion advocates. ACOG today “calls for advocacy to oppose and overturn restrictions, improve access and mainstream abortion as an integral component of women’s health care.” ACOG defines conscience as “personal sentiment.”

AAPLOG has presented the pro-life stand in all Supreme Court abortion cases.

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In the classic painting by Anne-Louis Girodet, Hippocrates is pushing away the gold and the scepter offered to him by Artaxerxes, insisting instead upon the practice of medicine as defined in the Oath. Its essential tenets are:

  1. To teach medicine only to those who are bound by this Oath
  2. To act only for the benefit of the patient
  3. To never assist in suicide or practice euthanasia, nor suggest it
  4. To never perform an abortion
  5. To refer to physicians of sufficient expertise
  6. To never have sex with patients
  7. To maintain patient confidentiality

An implicit part of the Oath is the invocation of the transcendent blessing or curse, so that patients can assume their doctor will not harm them.

Today, many health care professionals are claiming the right to abandon their patients, particularly those who must make reproductive choices. A practitioner, Dr. Harrison noted, must decide: “Am I going to stand, or am I an agent of the state?”

The AAPLOG conference explained certain helpful legal defenses, its resources and publications, and described its goals and assistance to its 7,000 members. It is non-sectarian and offers evidence-based support for discussions with patients and colleagues. Why not share this article with your ObGyn?

Those who attended came away with a sense of urgency for societal norms that seem to be shifting from the Right of Conscience on which America was founded.


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One of the most popular pages on the KRLA website is the one that has Abortion Statistics. Addia Wuchner, KRLA executive director, is in the process of updating some features. These will be reported when completed.

The reports on the KRLA website are provided by Donna Durning and a team of sidewalk counselors. They faithfully minister outside the EMW clinic each day it is open for business, counseling any women who will receive a pamphlet or exchange words, and counting the number who enter the clinic.

Their reports note that Kentucky’s 24-hour consent law means that some of the women may visit two or more times for one abortion. However, the EMW website says: “The State of Kentucky requires a face-to-face consent 24 hours before your procedure. This consent can take place in-person at EMW or by video consent via your computer or smartphone.” In other words, EMW starts counting the 24-hours if the woman shows up online for the video conference.

You may wonder how accurate the sidewalk counselors’ abortion statistics reports are. They are close.

In the bench trial to determine whether Transfer Agreements were needed, the Clinic owner shared statistics that were close to the pro-life team’s. Dr. Ernest Marshall noted that about 3,000 abortions were done yearly.

The most recent Ky Annual Abortion Statistics Report reveals that there were 3,021 abortions of Ky women, along with 318 who came from Indiana, 236 from Tennessee, 38 from Ohio, 22 from W. Va., and 29 from 15 other states. In full, 3,664 abortions were performed in Ky in 2019. Of that number, 19 were done in local hospitals. The sidewalk team report for 2019 was 3,978.

The 2019 report is the most current official one that we may view online. By law the Vital Statistics Branch issues a public report with statistics on all data collected for the PREVIOUS calendar year, by Sept. 30 of each year.

Legislation affecting abortion statistics

In 2020 a single bill with pro-life language passed, and was not vetoed. SB 102, sponsored by Senators Robby Mills, Ralph Alvarado and C.B. Embry, requires that abortions be termed abortion, not stillbirth or termination of pregnancy, and that clinics and private hospitals report each abortion, regardless of the length of gestation, within 15 days after the end of each month in which the abortion occurred, to the Vital Statistics Branch.

There are penalties for late reporting. The woman’s name is never recorded nor is any man’s name nor the physician’s. As well, each prescription issued for RU-486 or other abortion medications must be reported to Vital Statistics within 15 days and without any identifying data.

As stated on the Vital Statistics abortion statistics web page, “The name of the person completing the report and the reporting institution are not subject to disclosure under KRS 61.870 to 61.884.” To the best of our understanding, in the future we will know the number of abortions performed or chemically induced, but not the institution names.

Trust But Verify is always a good rule. To that end, HB103 has been filed by Rep. Joe Fischer with 14 Republican co-sponsors to require the Department of Vital Statistics Report to include verification of compliance with the certification requirement of KRS 311.727 and to specify that the Auditor of Public Accounts shall function as a health oversight agency for the purpose of performing the audit. Read more.

With a preponderance of medical (chemical) abortions reported in 2019 —1845 out of 3664– it may be that the new requirement to report abortion pill prescriptions will bring to light greater numbers of these and any pharmacies that cooperate with out-of-state telemed abortion providers.

Ky has a law that an abortion must be done in person, not via telehealth programs, but this was overridden for a time in 2020. See related article.

Since SB 120 only passed last spring, at about the same time the Planned Parenthood clinic opened, the 2019 report has only EMW and private hospital statistics.

In it we see that University Hospital performed seven abortions. Ky Law states: Public agency funds shall not be used for the purpose of obtaining an abortion or paying for the performance of an abortion. So, we assume these seven were private-pays or to save the life of the mother. Norton Hospital performed eight and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital performed four. EMW performed 3,645.

According to the 2019 Report, eight abortions were classified as “Termination Necessary.” But 1,745 were classified as Termination Necessary Status “unknown.” Of the Total Number, 1,911 were categorized as NOT necessary. This is hard to understand.

Ky Law states: No abortion shall be performed except by a physician after either: (a) He determines that, in his best clinical judgment, the abortion is necessary; or (b) He receives what he reasonably believes to be a written statement signed by another physician, hereinafter called the ‘referring physician,’ certifying that in the referring physician’s best clinical judgment the abortion is necessary, and, in addition, he receives a copy of the report form required by KRS 213.055. This statute has been in effect since 1982, but in 1990, during the administration of Wallace Wilkinson (D), the requirement for the report form was dropped.

Thank you, Sidewalk Team, for your dedication and love for unborn babies and their moms. You are our healthcare heroines.


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National Right to Life (NRLC) | Feb. 1, 2021

WASHINGTON - In a piece published in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, columnist Robin Abcarian proved that neither she, nor the establishment media, have any understanding of the pro-life movement.

Writing under the headline, “Why we might soon see a surge in antiabortion violence,” Abcarian opined that the Biden-Harris Administration’s shift in abortion policy would be met with violence by the pro-life movement.

NRLC strongly opposes any use of violence as a means of stopping the violence that has killed more than 62 million unborn children since 1973.

“Ms. Abcarian owes an apology to the millions of pro-life Americans who work through peaceful, legal means to secure legal protection for unborn children and to protect women from the trauma of abortion,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Those who commit acts of violence against those involved in the abortion industry are not pro-life, nor do they represent the pro-life movement. By painting us all with the same brush, Abcarian and the LA Times employ hysteria and hyperbole to deliberately mislead their readers in an attempt to undermine pro-life policies supported by a majority of Americans.”

“Ms. Abcarian certainly has the right to disagree with the pro-life movement’s goals, but she doesn’t have the right to imply that we will use violence to achieve those goals,” added Tobias. “Pro-life Americans are committed to peacefully achieving a world where all innocent human life is respected by our society and protected by our laws.”

Read more.


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It’s not enough that a female now can get the abortion pills (combination of medications) online with only an online consultation. The abortion mavens want teens and women to get the abortion pills EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SURE THEY ARE PREGNANT!

They call it the Missed-period Pill (MPP) for No-test Medical Abortion.

A seminar was held last spring to announce the project, and a sample protocol has been written. See here. Media hype has begun. The group is now exploring potential interest.

Why? “It appears that after decades of feminism, culminating in groups like Shout Your Abortion, many women still appear to be ashamed of having an abortion. A dark stigma still hangs over the procedure.” (ref)

According to the NYTimes, “Abortion drugs administered as early as 28 days after a woman’s last period can offer comfort in uncertainty to those who want it.” A survey found that “for all of the ease and convenience of the at-home test, a significant number of women would prefer not to know...”

One participant said that such a service would be ‘a psychological cushion’ for those women “who may be unsure of their own feelings on abortion.” Another said that she thought it would result “in less moral conflict,” and a third that she would feel “less guilty of my choice.”

We were warned by Planned Parenthood that they intend to erase the stigma attached to abortion.

Some abortion activists call the MPP Plan C: “It could be positioned between emergency contraception and abortion (which is the termination of a confirmed pregnancy), filling the gaping hole in the continuum of options available to those trying to manage their fertility.” [ibid Bioedge]

We are sure the American Assoc. of Pro-life ObGyns will work to prevent this potential harm to women and babies. KRLA is on board to protest this highly dangerous experiment.


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Updated January 20, 2021

Ruling in favor of Trump overruled by Biden on Day One

As part of President Biden’s Day One executive actions, non-citizens shall be included in the Census and in the apportionment of congressional representatives.


Updated December 31, 2020

A Trump Victory

On Dec. 18, 2020, The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the federal government may remove illegal aliens from the 2020 Census count in relation to apportioning congressional seats, a victory for the Trump administration. However, the Census Bureau missed the statutory deadline of Dec. 31 for handing in the count affecting the seats.

A dissenting opinion was filed by Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The ACLU promised to sue, should the “policy” be implemented. It is not clear which states could lose a seat in Congress, but California is an educated guess.


ORIGINAL POST:

We await critical 2020 Election news. Will the hard evidence of voter fraud (example) be addressed by the courts and legislators? Nothing is more important, yet there is an issue under SCOTUS review that runs a close second to that one, from a pro-life perspective.

On Monday, Nov. 30, SCOTUS heard oral argument in Trump v. New York. The case will determine whether the 2020 US Census count will include persons or subsets of people in the country illegally. President Trump instructed the secretary of commerce last summer to present the census information so that he could exclude noncitizens from the full count for purposes of apportioning seats in the House of Representatives. The US Constitution, Article I, Section 2, requires congressional apportionment to be based on an “enumeration” of the U.S. population.

This differentiation has been handled variously in the past. A citizenship question was asked in each census from 1890 to 1950, but in 1960, times changed.

So simple?

On the surface it sounds like a simple matter. Why should non-citizens be counted when only citizens can vote for the representatives? However, many insist ‘there is no such thing as an illegal person’ (despite laws to the contrary), and of course, undocumented people are counted in the census so that cities and states can receive federal assistance in serving their needs. This would not be affected.

But if the 2020 Census counts citizens only, perhaps some states would lose congressional seats. Since the Democrats oppose the citizenship question, they must feel that they would. Of course, subtracting Democrat seats benefits pro-life goals.

Including undocumented people in the population count also affects redistricting of legislative enclaves in cities and states. The tendency of large cities toward corrupt politics can produce legislators who are not pro-life.

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Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall argued the case for President Trump very well. Atty. Dale Ho, ACLU Voting Rights Dir., argued the case for the ACLU. You can listen to the oral argument here, and a pdf of the transcript is here. The hearing is also on C-span.

President Trump attempted to add a “citizenship question” to the 2020 census in June 2019, but this effort failed, with Chief Roberts casting the deciding vote.

Biden has promised to quickly send an immigration bill to the U.S. Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants in America.

Would this action override the 2020 Census citizen count, if Trump does win the legal case? Will Biden be POTUS? Would the newly minted citizens be pro-abortion? Maybe not, but they may still vote for the Party that gave them the pass.

Best case scenario: Our country and officials will refuse to certify illegal votes, President Trump will remain in office, and SCOTUS will favor citizens only as constituents of our representatives.


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This morning, a media conference was held by Black pastors in downtown Louisville to show support for pro-life candidates and “to change the narrative.” The photo shows Pastor Charles Elliott, other pastors and Third Congressional District Republican candidate Rhonda Palazzo in prayer; the black leaders taking the cross on a march to Jefferson Square Park; and the T-shirt message stating their pro-life stance. Pastor Elliott is a well-known civil rights leader and was a confidante to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also marched with Rosa Parks. The event was covered by WHAS-TV, WAVE-TV and KRLA. The organizers’ press release follows.

Black leaders march for Bible-based solutions to advance black families through love, forgiveness and education— rather than Marxist tactics of fear, intimidation, violence and destruction.

Sat., Oct. 31, Black leaders will assemble at 10:30 AM at Greater Salem Baptist Church, 1009 West Chestnut in Louisville, Ky. for a press conference where Pastor Charles Elliott and black pastors throughout Kentucky will ENDORSE CANDIDATES for President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives who stand for THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY and THE RIGHT FOR UNBORN BABIES TO LIVE.

Following endorsements, Pastor Derek Wilson of Louisville will announce the Black Families Matter Foundation to fund Christian Schools in Black churches and explain how the foundation differs from the Black Lives Matter Organization’s Marxist goals for America. At the conclusion of the press conference, the Black Men’s March will proceed to minister God’s love as the men walk to Jefferson Square Park declaring the Truth of God’s Word.


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Updated October 31, 2020

Consideration of Mississippi case rescheduled

The court had previously been scheduled to discuss on Friday a challenge to a Mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but that petition has been rescheduled and will be discussed at some future conference. Read more.


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Amy Coney Barrett sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, 10-26-20 - photo credit: whitehouse.gov

Only hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve ACB’s nomination, Mississippi’s Attorney General petitioned SCOTUS to review the state’s 15-week abortion ban. The AG, Lynn Fitch, had initially asked for this review last June.

This time she referenced the high court’s summer 2020 decision on June Medical Services v. Russo that favored abortion providers as it ruled that doctors need no admitting privileges with a hospital. Though it disappointed pro-lifers, the decision has since been cited in other appeals, quoting Justice Roberts’ opinion, and helping to uphold legislation such as Ky’s Transfer Agreement Law.

Roberts wrote that lawmakers have wide discretion “in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty” and that weighing the “costs and benefits of an abortion regulation” was not necessarily a job for the courts. The Circuit Judge for the Ky case, Joan Larsen, ruled that states must step in to regulate clinics where a need for safety is discovered.

So, Ky’s TA case helped to promote the need for clarification by SCOTUS on certain issues. For example: Which legal precedent should be applied to protection of the woman’s health?

Ky AG Daniel Cameron signed an Amicus Brief last summer in support of the Mississippi case, questioning: “Whether an abortion law is necessarily unconstitutional, regardless of the State’s interest or the actual burden on women, when it theoretically could prevent a small number of women from obtaining a previability abortion.” Viability is a Roe v. Wade stumper.

The Mississippi Free Press reported on Wed., Oct. 27 (2020):

Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban could soon make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the court set to decide whether to hear it on Friday. The court announced plans to consider hearing the case yesterday evening—just as the U.S. Senate voted on a party-line basis to confirm President Donald Trump’s third pick to the high court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Lower courts in 2018 and 2020 found the Mississippi law unconstitutional under the precedent Roe v. Wade set in 1973. In court filings, though, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch is asking the nation’s high court to revisit and overturn one of Roe v. Wade’s key holdings: that “a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before (fetal) viability.”

The lower courts ruled that the Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks, known as “The Gestational Age Act,” was unconstitutional for that reason; medical science says fetuses generally become viable outside the womb at around 24 weeks.

“This Court should grant the petition, hold that it is illogical to impose a ‘rigid line’ allowing state regulation after viability but prohibiting it before viability” and “uphold the Gestational Age Act,” Attorney General Lynn Fitch wrote in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court over the summer.

The current case, Fitch wrote in a Supreme Court filing, is “an ideal vehicle to promptly resolve” questions about Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court’s position on abortion rights…

Read more.


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Updated January 30, 2021

UPDATE: Appeals Court denies rehearing

On Dec. 31, 2020, the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court denied the petition by the EMW and Planned Parenthood to review the Transfer Agreement case EN BANC. The plaintiffs have 90 days from that date to decide whether to pursue the case to the Supreme Court.


Updated October 28, 2020, and again on Nov. 27, 2020

UPDATE: ACLU files new briefs with Appeals Court

On behalf of PP and EMW, the ACLU requested to file a petition for a rehearing of the TA case EN BANC (by all judges of the 6th Circuit Court). A motion was granted on Oct. 22 to extend the time for the ACLU to file for the rehearing to Nov. 22 (2020). The new brief was filed on Nov. 20, with 13 attorneys from Calif., NY, Wash. DC and Ky. signed on to the case on behalf of the Ky clinics.


Updated October 19, 2020

News travels across the internet

This news is now broadly announced on many websites. LifeNews.com has a summary of the Ruling:

Because of the ruling, Planned Parenthood and EMW, the only two abortion facilities in the state, will have to either enter agreements with local hospitals, apply for waivers or close.

KRLA thanks Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his role in achieving this breakthrough.


ORIGINAL POST

A GOOD surprise for pro-lifers was announced late yesterday (10-16-20): The Sixth Circuit Appeals Court upheld Kentucky’s Transfer Agreement Law! An excerpt from the Courier-Journal story follows.

A federal appeals panel has upheld a controversial Kentucky abortion law that opponents argued officials had used to try to close down the commonwealth's only abortion clinic and prevent another from opening.

In a 2-1 vote, the panel for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Kentucky may require abortion clinics to obtain signed agreements with hospitals and ambulance services to transport and admit patients in an emergency.

In doing so, the panel struck down the 2018 decision by U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers that such rules were unnecessary and posed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Stivers' ruling followed a legal challenge by EWM Women's Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

The decision comes more than a year after the case was argued before the 6th Circuit panel in Cincinnati.

Read more. The Court opinion may be read here.

Despite Planned Parenthood not having a Transfer Agreement and the case being actively litigated, Gov. Beshear issued it a license to perform abortions earlier this year. Judge Stivers had permitted the EMW to remain open, since at the time it was Ky's only abortion clinic. Though both entities had tried to obtain a Transfer Agreement with a Louisville hospital, neither had been able to.

Stay tuned as we update this very significant and exciting news!


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UPDATE: October 9, 2020 | LifeNews.com

Supreme Court Denies President Trump’s Request to Stop Selling Dangerous Abortion Pills by Mail

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal Thursday to require the abortion industry to follow federal safety regulations when it sells abortion drugs to women.

The justices’ decision not to rule immediately on the Trump administration’s appeal means abortion facilities may continue to ignore Food and Drug Administration safety requirements for the abortion drug mifepristone, or Mifeprex.

Read more.


No pro-life litigation will come before the Supreme Court this quarter*, however, an unresolved issue could be settled soon. The issue is the abortion pill and how to prescribe it. Unbelievable though it may seem, the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is not opposed to women aborting themselves with pills that they order online, following online consultation, but no visit, exam, guidance or communication with a doctor in person. There are rational and serious objections to this. See here and here.

For this to be legalized, the FDA REMS (Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy) that requires the abortion pill to be dispensed only in clinics, must be overturned by SCOTUS.

Nevertheless, in a new development, on Sept. 30 it was reported that the Honeybee Health online pharmacy is now “distributing abortion pills directly to patients within the country by mail, now legal [ed: really?] because of a recent federal court ruling… While (District Court Judge) Judge Chuang’s ruling only extends to patients seeking care during the COVID-19 health crisis plus 30 days, and the Trump administration is appealing the injunction to the U.S. Supreme Court, this window of opportunity is proving the viability of a new model of abortion health care.”

Why wait for SCOTUS? The Rule of Law continues to be ignored by those who believe they are a law unto themselves.

*Facts change quickly. See this article for possible abortion case for SCOTUS this quarter.



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4/30/2021 9:57:13 AM
In less than nine months the Buffer Zone gets fast tracked for a new vote.
4/16/2021 7:55:31 PM
In the post-Trump era, the abortion landscape is changing fast.
3/30/2021 11:42:55 PM
It's a Go for Ky's Constitutional Amendment bill!
3/24/2021 7:58:04 PM
2021 begins a new tradition for the RTL Educational Foundation!
3/2/2021 12:00:04 PM
Attention healthcare practitioners: Are you a utility?
2/16/2021 8:46:41 PM
Who is counting? What must be reported by law?
2/2/2021 12:39:30 PM
Pro-life activism is peaceful and legal
12/15/2020 2:39:04 PM
The abortion pill for those who don't know whether they may be pregnant, and never want to know
12/1/2020 11:45:34 AM
Should undocumented people be included in the count relating to Congressional seats?
12/1/2020 10:33:24 AM
Want to know how the sausage was made?
10/31/2020 5:05:14 PM
Rhonda Palazzo joins Black pastors in west Louisville to praise their bold stand; accepts endorsement
10/28/2020 8:23:49 PM
The Amy Coney Barrett effect seen in swift SCOTUS agenda change; Ky Transfer Agreement Law victory helped!
10/20/2020 10:45:58 PM
Youth with a message and mission!
10/17/2020 2:12:41 PM
Sixth Circuit Appeals Court upholds Ky's Transfer Agreement Law
10/7/2020 12:56:44 PM
Will SCOTUS review any pro-life cases in Autumn 2020?

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Here’s my interview with @todayshow # Repost @todayshow with @get_repost ・・・ After becoming the first woman with Down...

Posted by Mikayla Holmgren - Dancer with Down Syndrome on Wednesday, April 7, 2021