Today is National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day. The final numbers indicate that people in at least 46 states and in over 350 cities across America will wear their T-shirts to proclaim that they are 100% pro-life. We do not expect any problems, but the Thomas More Law Center will defend, without charge, anyone who claims that his First Amendment right has been violated regarding the wearing of a pro-life shirt. You can still purchase the official T-shirt from ALL’s Life Defenders throughout 2018.
A coalition of groups, led by Planned Parenthood, announced this week that it will funnel $30 million to help election campaigns in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada. The Win Justice coalition includes the Center for Community Change Action, Color of Change PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes, and Service Employees International Union and intends to “build lasting power and win key elections in battleground states in 2018.” The money will be focused on Senate and governor races in each state.
In New York state, with the backing of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Planned Parenthood’s major legislative goal for this year was to get its Women’s Agenda passed as part of the state budget. The Women’s Agenda encompassed 13 provisions, which included increased access to contraception and abortion and plans for more comprehensive sex education in the state. Regarding sex programs, the Women’s Agenda included a requirement that the state establish a “Be Aware, Be Informed” program that was to include a model comprehensive sex education curriculum sanctioned, of course, by Planned Parenthood. Despite its claim to political prowess, Planned Parenthood failed in its home state and when the state’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget was approved at the end of March, the Women’s Agenda was NOT included. Praise God!
Although Planned Parenthood continually loses in public votes and in many state legislatures, it turns to the courts to force its way on the American people. This week, Reuters reported that Planned Parenthood applauded a federal appeals court decision to block an Ohio law that would cut federal taxpayer funding to 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, holding that conditions it imposed that denied funds to abortion providers were unconstitutional. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower-court judge's ruling enjoining a law that Republican governor John Kasich signed in 2016 that would strip funding that Planned Parenthood received for non-abortion services.
In another court case, The Hill reported on Thursday, “A federal judge in D.C. ruled Thursday that the Trump administration's cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful. Last summer, the administration notified 81 organizations that their five-year grants through the program would end in 2018, rather than in 2020, prompting multiple lawsuits. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled in one of those cases Thursday, ordering the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accept and process applications of four grantees as if they had not been terminated.” Back in 2017, we applauded the Trump administration for canceling these failed programs. They simply spread ineffective sex programs that harm our children. Now, once again, the courts have stepped in and have done Planned Parenthood’s bidding.