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PRESIDENT TRUMP DESIGNATES JANUARY 22 AS NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY

For immediate release: Monday, January 18, 2021

WASHINGTON—On Sunday, President Trump signed a proclamation declaring this Friday, January 22nd, National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

In the proclamation, the president stated:

Every human life is a gift to the world. Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God. The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.

“President Trump has been a champion in seeking to protect unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “We are grateful for his dedication to the right to life and the work his administration has done on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.”

President Trump called on Congress and the American people to continue the work to protect unborn children and their mothers:

Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.

“We thank President Trump for his unwavering commitment to the right to life and to unborn babies and their mothers,” said Tobias.

The proclamation can be found here: https://www.whitehousepool.report/proclamation-on-national-sanctity-of-human-life-day-2021/

 

U.S. SUPREME COURT RESTORES IN-PERSON REQUIREMENT FOR CHEMICAL ABORTIONS

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay to a July 2020 decision by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang that suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s rule, which among other things, requires a woman to have an in-person doctor’s visit before undergoing a chemical (“medication”) abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Chuang’s ruling would have allowed the abortion drug combination that includes mifepristone to be delivered or mailed to a woman’s home during the pandemic.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the serious nature of chemical abortions and the need for the FDA to have protocols in place to protect women from potentially life-threatening and devastating side effects,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Under the FDA’s “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy” (REMS), only FDA-approved entities can distribute mifepristone, one of the two drugs that make up the medication abortion technique.

When the FDA approved mifepristone as an abortion method, REMS restrictions were put in place because women face potentially life-threatening complications that have been associated with the use of the drug. An FDA record of nearly two dozen deaths and thousands of complications, including “adverse events” such as serious infections, severe hemorrhage, and the rupture of undiscovered ectopic pregnancies, has proved that the REMS restrictions are necessary to protect women.

“Chemical abortions put at-risk healthy women who are pregnant with healthy babies,” said Tobias. “Women are not guinea pigs and putting them at risk so abortion activists can score political points is abhorrent.”

 

JUDGE RULES AGAINST PRO-LIFE WAITING PERIOD LAW; AGAIN

BASIC SAFEGUARD FOR WOMEN NOT ALLOWED TO BE ENFORCED

On Monday, December 14, Senior United States District Judge Bernard A. Friedman ruled that Tennessee cannot enforce our Pro-life 48-hour waiting period law during the appeals process.

In October, Judge Friedman ruled the law as unconstitutional stating, "the mandatory waiting period is...gratuitously demeaning to women who have decided to have an abortion...provides no appreciable benefit to fetal life or women's mental and emotional health. On the contrary.....place women's physical and psychological health and well-being at risk."

Tennessee's Attorney General, Herbert Slatery, is appealing the decision to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Slatery asked Judge Friedman to allow enforcement of the law during the appeals process arguing that "abortion providers have been complying with the law for the entire five years it took to get a ruling into federal court, so keeping the law in place during the appeals process will not harm them."

This common sense policy, in effect since 2015, has resulted in saving countless unborn lives. Additionally, mothers given two days to consider their decision have been saved from years of regret. The extra 48-hours allows them the opportunity to identify life-affirming resources in their community or region.

"Not only are these decisions a slap at Tennessee's abortion-vulnerable women, they are an affront to Tennessee's voters who passed a 2014 constitutional amendment in which allowing a short waiting period was a key factor," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "Our organization remains committed to seeing a similar statute drafted and enforced during the next legislative session," said Harris.

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