Last week, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigating whether or not regulations from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are being held up. The investigation was initiated by House Republican leadership. The GAO found that 15 of 18 insurance companies in the investigated sample were in violation of the regulations under the ACA that require that Obamacare plans segregate abortion coverage plans from plans that do not cover abortion (except in cases of rape or incest) so that taxpayer money will not subsidize abortion-on-demand. (more…)
The Sad Truth about U.S. International Aid and Abortion
by Laurel Recsetar
Since the 1960’s (1) the United States government (USG) has been one of the leading contributors of international “family planning” and “reproductive health” (FP/RH) services. Both congressional legislation and executive branch policies place restrictions or requirements on funds directed toward international FP/RH services (2).
In 1984 President Reagan enacted one such executive policy, known as the “Mexico City Policy.” The policy states that in order to receive funding from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of FP/RH, regardless of whether such activities are funded by specifically non-USG funds (3).
This policy was rescinded by Clinton in 1993, reinstated by Bush in 2001, and again rescinded by Obama on January 23, 2009. Here are a few of organizations eligible to receive receive USAID funds without this policy in place. (more…)
In May, the European Commission summarily rejected the largest democratic initiative in European Union history—a pro-life petition called “One of Us.” The decision left many wondering: Is participatory democracy dead in the European Union?
Self-governance is essential to any democratic regime, but that’s merely an inconvenient truth to the bureaucrats in Brussels. The European Union continues to wrestle with criticism of its ever-deepening democracy deficit — the failure of the EU system to involve citizens in the decision-making process.
A Quiet Inquisition (2014)
Documentary, Not Rated (65 minutes)
Directed by Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn
Dr. Carla Cerrato marches firmly through the brightly-painted halls of Hospital Alemán Nicaragüense. Her white medical coat has “Ipas” emblazoned across the pocket. The obstetrics offices and maternity ward at Dr. Cerrato’s hospital are by no means squalid, but neither are they a model of sterile hospital care that those in developed nations expect as a matter of course. Today, Dr. Cerrato is advising a 28-year-old patient who may have ruptured the amniotic membrane protecting her unborn child. If that’s the case, the patient’s mother says she’d rather see her grandchild aborted than risk possible infection. Despite Nicaragua’s ban on abortion, Dr. Cerrato is willing to oblige.
A Quiet Inquisition is a cleverly persuasive documentary. It grips the audience with emotional appeals and lauds Dr. Cerrato as a trustworthy, compassionate doctor who is willing to act boldly in the face of Nicaragua’s pro-life laws. There’s just one problem: this agenda-driven propaganda film fails to take account of the facts regarding abortion and maternal mortality.
We’ve received tragic and disturbing news this morning regarding the case of Meriam Ibrahim. Since our earlier update, Meriam and her entire family were re-arrested at the airport as they attempted to leave Sudan.
We will keep you updated with the latest news about Meriam and her family. Right now, please take a moment to pray for the safety of this Christian woman and her family.
Another victory for Personhood! As you may have heard yesterday, 28-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was released from Sudanese jail and her death sentence was revoked!
In May, we learned that Meriam—then 8 months pregnant with her second child—had been sentenced to death and 100 lashes for refusing to recant her Christian faith. At that time, it was unclear whether Meriam would be executed while she was with child. This was a clear case of religious persecution and a definite violation of Meriam and her unborn daughter’s personhood rights!