From Pro-Life Wisconsin:
Pro-Life Wisconsin testifies on bill to end abortion coverage for state employees
On Wednesday, April 19, Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director Matt Sande testified before the Assembly Health Committee in support of Assembly Bill 128, which would prohibit abortion coverage in Wisconsin’s public health insurance plans.
Assembly Bill 128 is authored by Representatives André Jacque (R-De Pere), Ron Tusler (R-Harrison), and Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), and Senator Dave Craig (R-Big Bend). If AB 128 becomes law, Wisconsin taxpayers would no longer pay for state employees’ abortions.
Vigil for Life Madison, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Dane County affiliate, was also present at the public hearing. Vigil for Life director Gwen Finnegan and member Ken Pientka offered public testimony.
We thank Representative Jacque and Senator Craig for their leadership and strong public testimony on AB 128, and we especially thank Assembly Health Committee Chairman Joe Sanfelippo for hearing this important bill so expeditiously.
The Health Committee is scheduled to vote on AB 128 this Wednesday April 26.
Missouri House advances bill banning use of aborted baby body parts
The Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval last Wednesday to legislation that bans the use of aborted fetal body parts in research and increases accountability requirements for aborted fetal remains. Following Wednesday’s voice vote, House members must approve it a second time before the bill can move to the state Senate.
House Bill (HB) 194 prohibits a person from knowingly donating or making an anatomical gift of the fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion to any person or entity for medical, scientific, experimental, therapeutic, or any other use. The only exception to this prohibition would be to determine the cause of any anomaly, illness, death, or genetic condition of the fetus, the paternity of the fetus, or for law enforcement purposes. HB 194 would require pathological reports to be submitted to the state detailing how aborted babies’ bodies are disposed of.
PLW IN THE NEWS: Abortions would not be covered by health insurance plans for Wisconsin state employees, with few exceptions, under a bill considered by a legislative committee Wednesday. PLW: Legislative Director Matt Sande testified in favor of the bill that would stop another avenue of taxpayer-funded abortion.
DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers could lose federal funding in some states. Recently, President Donald Trump signed legislation removing an Obama-era regulation which barred states from denying funding to health clinics because they perform abortions. PLW: State Representative André Jacque was interviewed last week on Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. Watch André defend Wisconsin’s new law redirecting federal Title X family planning dollars away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
CANADA: Pro-life students at Wilfrid Laurier University say they will no longer be able to put up their pro-life flag display, with campus leaders explaining such exhibits are too traumatic after one last fall caused an uproar on the Canadian campus. PLW: Not only are universities prohibiting true free speech, administrators are saying that we can no longer confront evil in the public square. We must still stand up for truth.
TRUE LOVE: Conscious but numbed by painkillers, she held her son and knew him, her husband, Max, reported. Three days after the birth, she died in her husband’s arms. PLW: A mother chose life for her preborn child, despite a diagnosis of aggressive cancer in the sixth month of pregnancy. Baby Jake is now in intensive care in Pennsylvania.
IOWA: The Iowa Senate gave final approval Thursday night to a $1.77 billion Health and Human Services budget bill that blocks state funding to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortions. PLW: The bill awaits the governor’s signature, but expect Planned Parenthood to fight the decision in court.
DEMOCRATS: The Democratic National Committee and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are under fire for supporting a mayoral candidate with a mixed record on abortion, highlighting divisions within the party even as the DNC seeks to mend fences with its high-profile unity tour. PLW: Do pro-life Democrat candidates exist? The national party platform includes support for abortion without restriction, but Sanders is campaigning for a candidate who’s favored abortion restrictions.
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AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…