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Pro-life news brief 2-12-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Jennifer McKenna-Morbelli’s death after abortion was covered by News 12 Long Island.
  • A 16-year-old girl in Texas is suing her parents for allegedly trying to force her into an abortion.
  • A federal judge has blocked Arizona’s attempt to prevent Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid funds:

    In an 11-page ruling, Judge Neil Wake [a G.W. Bush appointee] said legislation approved last year violates federal laws which say that those enrolled in the Medicaid program are entitled to get their services from any qualified medical provider.

    He said there was no evidence presented that Planned Parenthood is not qualified to offer family planning services. Instead, Wake said, the law is simply an attempt by legislators to prevent Planned Parenthood from getting any federal or state funds, no matter for what they are used.

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  • In New Mexico, a man has been charged after attacking his pregnant girlfriend. The district attorney will also appeal to state lawmakers to pass a law to add punishments when someone attacks a pregnant woman and her child:

    … [T]he fetus survived the attack by Andrew Thomas [pictured], 26, who is accused of punching and beating Jessica Aguilera with a broom handle at the home they share in Logan. Thomas is also charged with felony attempted murder and kidnapping and misdemeanor interfering with communications and criminal damage to property.

    Aguilera told officers that Thomas had been drinking and was arguing with his mother on the phone when she told him “it’s stupid the way you threaten your mother.”

    According to court records, the couple began arguing with Aguilera deciding to leave. She said Thomas took her cell phone and threw objects at the car as she attempted to flee.

    Thomas opened the door of the vehicle and pulled Aguilera out by her hair, punching her as he dragged her back into the house, according to court records.

Behind U.S. Supreme Court rejection of pro-life legal challenge today

In 2010 Nebraska became the first state to pass a law requiring abortionists to screen mothers for known psychological and physiological risk factors that might increase the likelihood of her having post-abortion complications.

No surprise, Planned Parenthood sued to enjoin the law, known as The Women’s Health Protection Act.

Later in 2010 District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp, a G. W. Bush appointee, enjoined the law, stating it was too vague.

At this point Nebraska Right to Life and the Nebraska Catholic Conference agreed with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning not to appeal the decision.

“We decided we would instead look at the possibility of reintroducing the legislation in a way that meets the court’s standards,” Greg Schleppenbach, State Director of NCC, told me today.

But Nebraskans United for Life, represented by attorney Andy Schlafly, Phyllis’ son, went forward with the now failed appeal.

Nevertheless, the decision today was “procedural and not substantive,” wrote Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel for Americans United for Life, in an email to me. “It was about intervention by a interest group, not the merits of the statute.”

Photos of forcibly aborted late-term baby in China spark worldwide outrage

On May 30, 20 local Chinese officials dragged 23-yr-old pregnant mother Feng Jianmei from her home and held her three days for a 40,000 yuan ($6250) ransom before killing her seven-month-old baby en utero by lethal injection and delivering her tiny corpse after family failed to come up with the cash.

Feng and her husband Deng Jiayuan had failed to complete the proper paperwork required for rural families to have a second child. They already had a six-yr-old daughter.

On June 11 photographs taken by Feng’s cousin of Feng next to her murdered baby appeared on the Internet, with International outrage ensuing. This video news report alleges the photo itself was posted by Family Planning Officials, perhaps as a “warning” to other families of what happens when families do not comply with the law. According to USA Today:

In years past, Feng’s forced abortion would have happened with little public reaction, but Internet-based social media tools allow individual Chinese to take their stories directly to the people and are forcing the government to address complaints.

As of Thursday, comments on Feng’s abortion neared 1 million on the Twitter-like microblog site Sina Weibo.

According to ABC, all stories mentioning Feng have now been scrubbed in China.

Meanwhile, government authorities, who at first denied any wrong-doing, finally admitted “the abortion was illegal,” according to The Daily Telegraph, which also reported:

“At the hospital they held her down,” said Mr Deng to All Girls Allowed, a Christian organisation in the United States that campaigns against the One Child policy. “They covered her head with a pillowcase. She could not do anything because they were restraining her,” he added. He said his wife had tried to kill herself after the abortion.

Mrs Feng told All Girls Allowed that she could “feel the baby jumping around inside me all the time, but then she went still”….

Chai Ling, of All Girls Allowed, said officials had “launched a campaign of forced abortions”. Li Yuongjiou, of Ankang’s family planning department, told Caixin, a magazine, that the town had missed its targets under the One Child policy for two years, and this year there was an emphasis on stricter enforcement.

According to ABC News, the distraught Feng slit her wrists. MSNBC reported last night that “three officials would be relieved of their duties” in the wake of the murder and that a deputy mayor had apologized to the couple. A lot of good that will do.

The Susan B. Anthony List is calling on President Obama to condemn China’s One-Child forced abortion/sterilization policy and to immediately cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which helps facilitate China’s horrific family planning program. Both Presidents Obama and Clinton reinstated funding to UNFPA after Presidents G.W. Bush and Reagan cut it off. Under Obama’s watch the U.S. has given $145 million to UNFPA, and he has requested another $47 million in his 2012 budget.

But vocal opposition from Obama may be slow to come, since China holds the largest share, 26%, of the United States’ $15.77 trillion debt.

Meanwhile, if any U.S. feminist or abortion groups are outraged by the forced denial of Feng’s “choice,” I can’t find evidence.

[Video HT: LauraLoo]