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Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.
In 2010, the national pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) decided to invest in billboards in Ohio to inform voters that former Rep. Steve Driehaus supported taxpayer-funded abortion through his vote for the Affordable Care Act. However, due to an Ohio law concerning “false statements,” Driehaus attempted to stop SBA List from telling the truth about him. Now, 4 years and one US Supreme Court case later, SBA List has finally won their legal battle for free speech.
The irony of SBA List having to fight to tell the truth about pro-abortion candidates is how often Planned Parenthood engages in lying about pro-life candidates. In the latest example, Planned Parenthood of Iowa has launched attack ads on television claiming pro-life candidate Joni Ernst is anti-woman. According to Life News, Planned Parenthood is spending $450,000 on the ad, which shows women at dinner discussing the upsetting idea that Ernst would defund Planned Parenthood; because nothing says we don’t have enough money than spending $450,000 on one ad in one state.
According to a recent GAO report, Obamacare plans to add to Planned Parenthood’s coffers with taxpayer funds. Confirming the long-held suspicions of pro-life groups, as reported by National Right To Life News, “the report found that more than one thousand federally subsidized exchange plans currently cover elective abortion.” In response to the Obama administration’s largest effort to force taxpayers to fund abortion, members of the House and pro-life leaders, including Americans United for Life, gathered to urge Congress to pass H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.”
While lawmakers work to stop the government from funding abortion, news of unsafe facilities and criminal activities continue to make the case for them. In Michigan, abortionist Robert Alexander has earned the nickname, “Gosnell of Michigan” for the horrendous conditions found within his clinic, which included splattered blood left on a suction machine. As detailed at Life News, despite his dirty clinic, history …read more