Came the glad news this past week from Texas that the Harris County District Attorney’s office has dismissed all charges against David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt – charges trumped up in the wake of the two journalists’ earth-shaking undercover videos, released last year, showing Planned Parenthood officials glibly discussing killing babies and selling off their body parts.
Sadly, the overwhelming and brutal evidence supplied by the videos prompted several investigations, but no charges against Planned Parenthood have been filed. While the corporation’s carefully cultivated image as a friend of women and families was deeply bruised by what so many millions saw in the videos last summer, their significant influence with some politicians remains undiminished.
All over the country, the nation’s Number One supplier of abortions is throwing its political weight behind measures that facilitate the taking of life in the womb – no matter the risk to the women and even children who are carrying those babies. Just last week, the Alaska Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved state law that required at least one parent to be notified before a minor child can obtain an abortion.
The fundamental problem with that sad ruling was underlined by Alliance Defending Freedom local allied attorney Kevin Clarkson, who argued before the court in defense of the law last year:
“Parents are the individuals who care most for the physical and emotional well-being of their children. The primary vested interest that an abortion clinic has is its bottom line. We had hoped the Alaska Supreme Court would keep its promise to the people of Alaska to permit a parental notice law designed to protect parental rights and the safety of children.”
Planned Parenthood is not the only one working tirelessly to undermine the sanctity of life in America. They’re getting a lot of help from federal
efforts to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans.
Nor are babies the only ones endangered. Earlier this month, ADF attorneys filed a federal lawsuit
on behalf of medical professionals who are being compelled by state agencies to suggest euthanasia
as an option to their patients in certain cases.
“The government shouldn’t be telling health care professionals that they must violate their medical ethics in order to practice medicine,” says ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “These doctors and other health care workers deeply believe that suffering patients need understanding and sound medical treatment, not encouragement to kill themselves. The state has no authority to order them to act contrary to that sincere and time-honored conviction.”
But there is good news on the life front, too: earlier this month, the U.S. House’s passed the Conscience Protection Act
, which now passes to the Senate. The bill provides legal support for doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other health care entities facing government discrimination for refusing to participate in abortions. Please, feel free to contact your U.S. senators to urge their support for this measure, which has such profound implications for both life and religious freedom in America.
We cannot compel judges or state agencies to defend life – but we can ensure that they hear the truth, see the facts, and understand what so many expectant mothers, gravely ill patients, and oppressed medical professionals, and people of faith all over America are enduring in the face of relentless efforts by Planned Parenthood and its allies to erode our nation’s love and reverence for those made in the image of God. Pray that our Lord will bless these efforts with success – and grant ADF the resources and wisdom to continue fighting and winning the battle for life.