The Washington March for Life began in 1974 on the first anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade decision. About 20,000 people attended that first year but it has grown substantially. In recent times the crowd has reached nearly 800,000. Participants march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court and hear from speakers, elected officials and activist leaders during the day.
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From both divine revelation and natural law, we know that there is something special about human life. We are made in the image of God. Protection of human life and dignity is a natural instinct of all people and stands at the core of Catholic social teaching.
Special Report - Funding the Abortion Industry
Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry receive millions of tax dollars but the funding carefully obscured. But funding is only the start of the special treatment received by the industry. This three part series examines Federal and State funding of abortion and also takes a look at the special treatment the industry given it under state law. With a new majority in Washington, not only must funding be addressed but also the protection of individuals and institutions that object to abortion must be solidified.
On October 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 775, (Chiu, D-San Francisco), the so-called Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act. The legislation forces faith-based, pro-life pregnancy resource centers that offer alternatives to abortion, to advertise access to “immediate free or low-cost” abortion. The bill was co-sponsored by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice California and others.
In the continuing debate over abortion, Planned Parenthood (PP) has a unique associate that often provides credibility for the organization when its own statements have low credibility.
The Guttmacher Institute is generally viewed by politicians and the media as a neutral source of research data about pregnancy issues.
How many abortions occur each year in the United States, and in California?
It depends on whose data one finds.
The federal Abortion Surveillance Report for 2011, prepared by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says 730,322 abortions occurred in 2011.
Guttmacher Institute says the annual total is 1.1 million abortions.
Why the difference?
The CDC shows no abortions in California.
But each year 180,000 babies are killed by abortion in California, according to Guttmacher data, an average of 500 each day.
AB 775, which would discriminate against any and all pregnancy centers/clinics that hold a pro-life viewpoint, has passed out of the Assembly and is now on its way to the state Senate.
The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) - bowing to political pressure from Planned Parenthood and its supporters – has told health insurers that they cannot sell two Catholic universities any product that does not cover all abortions for employees.
The notice contradicts the Department’s own ruling earlier in the year that Jesuit-run Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Santa Clara University are within the law by offering health plans that do not cover elective abortions.
On Thursday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a 2007 Massachusetts state law that required a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics to prevent pro-life counselors from talking to or handing information to patients entering abortion clinics.
One of the key components of the pro-life movement is sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics. It is one of the few and sometimes the only way that some pregnant women seeking help receive information about alternatives to abortion.
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference and Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, issued the following statement today upon word that the recently passed State Budget includes a 40 percent increase in rates paid to abortion providers, but continues a 10 percent cut in all other hospital and provider fees that endangers access to care for all women and families participating in the Medi-Cal Program.
On the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, under the leadership of Archbishop José Gomez, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched the Options United Pro-Life App.
The Options United App lists services such as free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and post-abortion healing. App users, including expectant mothers, their friends and relatives, are just a click away to send a call for prayers of support for pregnant women and girls in their decisions. The southern California region of the App includes 78 pregnancy centers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and neighboring dioceses.
While 39 states have some form of parental notification requirements to protect minors, a girl in California as young as 10 or 11 can receive an abortion without her mother’s or father’s knowledge. Nevertheless, earlier this week, the Assembly Health Committee voted down ACA 5 (Grove, R-Bakersfield) a measure that would require parental notification before a minor has an abortion.
While present in virtually every other area of a young girl’s physical, mental and spiritual health life, California parents remained locked out when it comes to these “secret” abortions.