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ALL Associate Newsletter - Vol. 9, No. 31 - Monday, August 6, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012 - By Leslie Tignor

American Life League
Associate Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 31
Monday, August 6, 2012


Outreach Tour Resumes!

ALL’s Director of Outreach, Rey Flores, will continue his nationwide tour this fall to meet, recognize, thank, and provide support to many of the pro-life organizations that make up the Associate program . He actually travels to Wisconsin this week to meet with members of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s legislative team on their Personhood Initiative (see http://personhoodwisconsin.com/). In September, Rey will be in Kansas and Oklahoma and, in October, plans to visit Montana. If you’re located in any of those states, or just want to talk to Rey about collaborations with ALL, send him an e-mail at .


Associate Program Launching Regional Conference Calls
In conjunction with the outreach tour, ALL’s Associate program staff is working to schedule regular Associate conference calls starting in September. Associate groups will be set up according to geographic region and will be able to “meet” on a monthly basis via conference call. Associate groups can share information about their current and upcoming projects, learn about upcoming ALL events and how they can participate and generally discuss anything related to our efforts in the pro-life movement. Watch for more details to come!


The HHS Mandate
The Obama HHS Mandate requiring that employers cover abortion drugs, contraception and sterilization (among other things) in health insurance plans took effect last Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

More specifically, that which went into effect was a federal mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance plans—and those plans must cover eight different kinds of women’s services, including contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization, without charging co-payments, deductibles or any other cost to the patient. Employers must offer such a health insurance plan to employees, even if doing so violates the religious beliefs of the employer.

A temporary “safe harbor” was established for non-profit organizations that do not currently provide such health insurance coverage due to their religious beliefs. This “safe harbor,” however, only delays implementation of the mandate for them until August 1 of next year, essentially giving such organizations a year to decide between violating their consciences to comply or figuring out another response.

Because the absurdly narrow exemption offered in the mandate to religiously-affiliated organizations caused such a firestorm (Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., said, "Even Mother Teresa wouldn't qualify" for a religious exemption!), the federal government also promised an “accommodation” for these organizations. None has materialized to date. 

Therefore, the mandate is now binding on countless for-profit private employers who have religious and moral objections to providing such insurance as soon as they begin or renew an insurance plan (unless they are “grandfathered. To be “grandfathered” a company must not have made any substantial change to their health insurance plans since March, 2010.). Failure to comply with the mandate results in fines of $100 per day, per employee----which could add up to millions of dollars annually for some companies.

On July 27, a federal judge in Colorado granted a temporary injunction for Hercules Industries, blocking the mandate from being enforced against the Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (whose owners and operators are practicing Catholics). Although hailed as an important victory, the injunction is temporary and does not apply to any other companies. Hercules Industries is just one of more than 50 plaintiffs that have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate.

While these lawsuits will continue to move forward in the courts, proponents of religious liberty warn that the current implementation of the mandate only solidifies the idea that for-profit employers can be forced to act against their religious convictions.

In a sad irony, Family Research Council points out that August 1 also marked the release of the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2011. The opening paragraph states: "To think, believe, or doubt. To speak or pray; to gather or stand apart. Such are the movements of the mind and heart, infinitives that take us beyond the finite. Freedom of religion, like all freedoms of thought and expression, are inherent. Our beliefs help define who we are and serve as a foundation for what we contribute to our societies. However, as the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report documents, too many people live under governments that abuse or restrict freedom of religion.

ALL executive director, Paul Rondeau, stated: “The president’s HHS Mandate redefines and marginalizes religious freedom in favor of government ideology. History tragically teaches us that if our government can abolish one constitutional right, then all constitutional rights are put in jeopardy. This path sets a dangerous and foolish precedent that First Amendments rights such as freedom of speech, association, freedom of the press, and the rights to assemble and petition the government may be just as easily curtailed in the future. We call on all citizens to tell their elected representatives that this erosion of rights must not stand.”  

For banner images you can post on your website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, see http://www.all.org/article/index/id/MTA3NzE/.

 

News

Obama administration chooses Planned Parenthood over women's health
The Obama administration’s decision to award $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey comes as no surprise. Despite the $15 trillion national debt, the administration seems willing to keep borrowing to support the nation’s largest abortion provider. And this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has stepped in to ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to its favorite abortion provider even at the expense of women’s health care.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/30/obama-administration-chooses-planned-parenthood-over-women-health/#ixzz22Clkoe9o

 

American Cancer Society CMO claims Planned Parenthood has largest OB practice in U.S.
Pro-life stalwart Abby Johnson recently received a request from the American Cancer Society for a donation via snail mail. Abby responded with a note explaining she would not give to ACS because 1) it had given money to Planned Parenthood in the past and never recanted; and 2) it refused to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer. Abby expected nothing to come from her response but was surprised to receive a letter from Dr. Otis W. Brawley, ACS’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research and Cancer Control Science. The surprise didn’t end there. In his letter, Dr. Brawley made the wild claim that “Planned Parenthood delivers more children than any other medical practice in the U.S.”
http://www.jillstanek.com/2012/07/american-cancer-society-cmo-claims-planned-parenthood-has-largest-ob-practice-in-us/
 

A fact ignored by the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released “Born Too Soon,” the first country-by-country comparison of national rates of pre-term birth. This 125-page report, funded by dozens of public agencies and private foundations, claims to be “the global action report on preterm birth.” Hidden in its pages is a story of what must be better understood to help women carry a healthy baby to term. . . . Unfortunately, one significant, and modifiable, risk factor for preterm birth was completely ignored by the WHO report: prior termination of pregnancy. There is a large and growing body of scientific data documenting this risk factor for pre-term birth. More than 120 peer-reviewed studies, from more than a dozen countries, have found a statistically significant increased risk of preterm birth or low-birth weight after a termination of pregnancy.
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/07/a-fact-ignored-by-the-who


Closing Thought

We must never lose our trust in God. We must hold on to Him, in the midst of the fury, with our understanding that His promise is true. For we know that His mercy is at the end of all things.

John Janaro
http://christinedecleene.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/prayer-changes-things/

 

 

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