A woman from North Carolina, who had just started the procedure of a chemical abortion, had a sudden change of heart that saved the life of her babies.
When she was six weeks pregnant, she entered a Preferred Women’s Health Center, an abortion center in Charlotte, with the intention of terminating her pregnancy.
“Oh, twins,” commented a technician performing an ultrasound, as reported by Fox News. The pseudonym “Alexis” was used by Pregnancy Help News to protect her identity.
Those two words were all Alexis needed to hear. She didn’t even see the ultrasound. She had always dreamt of giving birth to twins. However, she had already started the process of ending her pregnancy. She had taken the first “abortion pill” of RU-486 and was handed the next pill to take within 48 hours. Mifepristone stops the natural hormone progesterone and makes the lining of the uterus let go of the unborn baby. Misoprostol invokes contractions to deliver the dead little one.
Alexis walked out of the abortion facility in a daze. Then she recalled something a sidewalk counselor told her: “It might not be too late for you—AbortionPillReversal.com—they can still help you save your baby.” Just a moment later, she was talking on the phone with HELP Pregnancy Center, frantic to find out if she could go back on her decision.
“We got her started on the abortion pill reversal treatment extremely fast,” said Courtney Parks, abortion pill reversal coordinator for HELP Pregnancy Center.
Directly after administering the treatment by Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network, Parks and Alexis wept as they viewed the ultrasound.
“If I had known what I know now, and I had seen how the Lord has provided for these babies,” Alexis told Parks. “I would have never even walked into that clinic.”
A baby shower was provided by the pregnancy center and several months later Alexis gave birth to two healthy babies.
Andrea Trudden, director of communications and marketing for Heartbeat International, told Fox News that she hopes more women find out about the life-saving protocol.
“Abortion Pill Rescue truly is the last chance these women have to choose life for their babies,” Trudden said. “These twins represent just two of the more than 750 lives that have been saved through abortion pill reversal since 2012.”
Read the Fox News story here.
The House of Representatives voted by a large margin on July 12 to put billions of dollars into a waning compensation fund for 9/11 workers. The legislation honored a former New York City police detective who had urged Congress to aid those sick or dying after working in toxic debris locations.
The House voted 402 to 12 in support of the legislation, which was modified a few days earlier to honor Luis Alvarez. As reported by The Bend Bulletin, Alvarez, a New York Police Department first responder, told lawmakers on June 11: “You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t.”
He died just a few weeks later.
Backed by all House Democrats and nearly all Republicans, the legislation now moves to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he aims to hold a vote by August. This commitment stemmed from Jon Stewart’s public attack on McConnell. Stewart, the previous host of “The Daily Show,” attacked lawmakers for being hesitant to add to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Stewart has become the celebrity support for the struggle to make the 9/11 fund permanent. He was in Congress July 12 for the vote. He called it the “semifinals” and promised to return for the Senate vote, which could happen in two weeks.
“This is necessary, it is urgent, and it is morally right,” Stewart said, among a throng of first responders and lawmakers.
In a statement, McConnell said the Senate “has never forgotten the Victim Compensation Fund and we aren’t about to start now. We will consider this important legislation soon.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., instigated a quick Senate vote. “We need to let these men and women get back to their lives and families. We need to show with our actions — not just our words — that we will never forget what these heroes did for our nation. We owe them nothing less.”
The fund provides money to people who have contracted diseases tied with exposure to toxic debris after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The fund was brought to fruition by lawmakers in 2011 to recompense deaths and illnesses brought about by toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the aftermath of terrorists crashing four hijacked airliners that day in 2001. The $7.3 billion fund has provided about $5 billion to approximately 21,000 claimants. Almost 700 were for deaths that occurred long after the attacks.
The fund is running low on money. It has over 19,000 additional unpaid claims. Rupa Bhattacharyya, who is the special master that is supervising the funds, declared that pending claims, including those that were received before Feb. 1, will be paid at 50% of their prior value. Following claims are being paid at just 30%.
According to the law, the fund is planned to stop accepting claims in December 2020. The new legislation would prolong the program for seven decades, with the cost being approximately $10.2 billion for the first decade.
An intense congressional hearing last month grabbed the public’s focus, drawing them to the demise of the sick workers and the waning fund.
Alvarez had persevered through 68 rounds of chemotherapy when he testified to lawmakers. He had been preparing for another round. His words brought many in the hearing to tears.
His testimony was followed by a fuming denunciation of Congress by Stewart, who disparaged what he called Congress’ lack of inaction on such an important issue.
“It’s shameful. It’s an embarrassment to the country,” Stewart said, pushing back tears.
Read the The Bend Bulletin’s story here.
Watch an interview by MSNBC with Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responder John Feal here.
Eleven Republican senators have continued their walkout protest that is in its eight-consecutive day. Meanwhile, hundreds of loggers, farmers and ranchers assembled on the Capital steps on June 27. They were protesting a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill and showing their support for the missing Republican senators.
It was one of the biggest rallies of the 2019 legislative session. There were flags, signs and songs, along with a continuous flow of semi-trucks, pickups and farm equipment that surrounded the Capital for several hours.
Traffic blocked many streets as several large rigs from throughout the state showed up during the morning commute.
Inside the capital, 18 Democrats met once again for a floor session, not expecting their Republican colleagues to arrive.
The Democrats have the supermajority, with 18 members, but they must have two Republican senators in order to reach a quorum of 20. A two-thirds quorum is necessary to do any business.
Even if the Senate acquires enough members before adornment on June 30, they will still have to come up with a solution about House Bill 2020, the greenhouse gas emissions bill. This is true regardless of what Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said on Tuesday. He said that the bill lacked the votes to pass the Senate, and “that will not change,” as reported by the Statesman Journal.
Nevertheless, because of where HB 2020 is in the legislative process, it is essential that the Senate has an up-or-down vote on the bill. It’s either that or have a vote to send it back to committee.
Republicans want it to be guaranteed that the bill really doesn’t have the votes to pass. Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, trusts Courtney, according to legislative staff, but there is prevalent suspicion in his caucus of Democrats, now that the end of the contentious session is nearing.
Not all Democrats in the caucus are agreed on how they want to continue. Some have declared that they are not letting go of HB 2020, causing anxiety among Republicans.
Citizens from across Oregon rallied in support of the Republican senators. Some of them trekked nearly three hours Thursday morning. They stood in the rain, some wearing hard hats or holding American flags. Almost all of them had signs with phrases on them such as “rural lives matter,” “make Oregon ours again” and “they walked for me,” referencing the Senate Republicans.
Hunter Nash said that he came to Salem because, as a 6th-generation logger, he believes HB 2020 would wipe out his livelihood. Every one of his vehicles run on diesel.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the Oregon Eleven,” Nash told the Statesman Journal, referring to the absent Republican senators. “They are definitely representing me and all of the people here.”
Speakers spoke to the crowd, saying that HB 2020 would not help alleviate climate change at all, and that it would take away their jobs. Those that promote the bill admit that by itself it would have an insignificant impact on global carbon emissions.
“Those of us who make a living from the land are the best environmental stewards there are,” Marie Bowers, a 5th-generation farmer, said. She got a loud response from the crowd. “Those who work outside are more in touch with the climate that those who legislate the climate.”
Many House Republicans said that after trying and failing to amend the bill to support rural Oregonians, they were pleased that Republican senators took action to stop it.
After six hours of debate on the floor on June 17, the HB 2020 bill passed the House of Representatives. The bill has acquired more than 120 suggested amendments.
“Both chambers fought this in different ways,” House Republican Leader Carl Wilson, R-Grants Pass, said during the rally. “There are people who have a greatly different vision of how Oregon should look. Their vision would take away your jobs. It already has and it will.”
If the Republican senators fail to return, about 125 budget and policy bills will die after June 30.
Negotiations to convince the Republicans to return to the capital are still in progress between Baertschiger, Courtney and Gov. Kate Brown.
Read the full story here.
Hunter Nash sits in front of the Oregon State Capital.
A bi-partisan bill has been reincarnated by lawmakers that would make adoption more affordable for families throughout the country.
The bill would revive the refundable portion of the present adoption tax credit, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced in a press release on June 10.
“Over 100,000 children are waiting for adoption into a family who can give them the loving home they deserve,” Blunt said, as reported by Fox 12 Oregon. “I urge my colleagues to join me in this effort to make adoption a more viable option for parents who are eager to welcome a child into their home.”
Blunt combined his efforts with Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to compose the legislation, dubbed the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2019.
“My family knows firsthand the joys and blessings adoption brings,” Inhofe said. “But adoption is not without its difficulties and, too often, can be a costly process. Making the adoption tax credit fully refundable will ease that financial burden so more families can choose to adopt and welcome children into their homes.”
Almost one-third of all adopted children reside with families that have an annual income at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, according to Blunt, who cited the Department of Health. He reasoned that several of these families’ income taxes are so low that they don’t benefit from the adoption tax credit in any form. It only assists them if it is refundable.
“It is a common misconception that only wealthy families adopt,” Casey added. “We must do all we can do to ensure that all children are afforded the opportunity to grow up in a permanent, loving home.”
Previous versions of the legislation were brought up in 2013, 2015 and 2017. The bill is supported by the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group Executive Committee, which includes 150 organizations.
Read Fox 12 Oregon’s article here.
James Inhofe worked together with Senators Roy Blunt and Bob Casey to re-introduce the adoption bill.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, broke the status quo on May 30 by signing a bill that would protect the unborn when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
“I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it [the bill] to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone,” Edwards said on Twitter, as reported by Fox News.
The proposed law defending the unborn applies to pregnancies as early as six weeks. The legislature includes exceptions for only circumstances that are “medically futile” such as when the health of the mother is at risk. Babies that result from rape or incest are protected under this law.
The signing of this law makes Louisiana the fifth state to pass a fetal heartbeat bill, preceded by Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio. You can read about the heartbeat bill passed in Georgia here.
The bills that have been passed in these states challenge the constitutional right to an abortion that was given by the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973.
Gov. Ivey of Alabama signed a bill on May 15 that would make carrying out abortions, at any stage of pregnancy, a felony crime that could even lead to imprisonment for life. Ivey’s bill has no exceptions except for health risks to the mother.
The bill signed by Edwards would make doctors and medical providers, who conduct abortions in Louisiana, liable to up to two years in prison and cause them to lose their medical license.
Many of the bills passed in various states have been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional. State lawmakers aim to cause controversy that will lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a pro-life bill on May 24 that protects babies in the womb after eight weeks of pregnancy.
“By signing this bill today, we are sending a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn,” Parson said in a statement, as reported by U.S. News. “All life has value and is worth protecting.”
Earlier in May, Parson signed House Bill 126, the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” after it passed the state Senate and the House. Several similar bills have been passed recently that protect unborn babies after a heartbeat is detected, such as in Alabama and Georgia.
This Missouri bill protects the unborn after eight weeks of pregnancy, allowing exceptions for medical emergencies, such as averting the death or permanent physical impairment of the pregnant woman.
Like the law passed in Alabama, Missouri’s bill also protects babies conceived from rape or incest. Anybody who performs or induces an abortion will be considered guilty of a class B felony and could face five to 15 years in prison.
The bill also protects unborn children that have a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome. In addition, unborn babies would be protected from abortion if their parent does not approve of their sex.
The bill comes with a provision that would eradicate abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Missouri is the eighth state to pass a “heartbeat” law regarding abortion in 2019, as reported by Jurist.
To read U.S. News’s story on this topic click here.
To read the Jurist’s story on this topic click here.