Women and children need Congress to protect them in 2017
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Last week, the House of Representatives’ Select Panel on Infant Lives recommended prosecution of Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast for illegally selling organs and body parts of aborted babies to the University of Texas. 

This panel has been critical in helping America come to terms with the chilling reality of abortion. Today, we can abort unborn children at any time during pregnancy on the pretense that they are not human. However, the abortion industry can then turn around in the name of science and extract the organs, bone marrow, brain tissue, lungs, and hearts of these infants — because they are so very human.

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Ironically, Planned Parenthood’s practice of fetal harvesting proves the anti-abortion position that unborn children are human beings. As one woman who is suing a late-term abortion center put it on Monday, “That’s the lie that is being exposed: my baby was fully human, and her body was highly valuable for the sum of her parts, for [university] research projects.”

It is with this proof of the unborn child’s humanity that the GOP-controlled Congress and President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE must follow through with their anti-abortion campaign promises. Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and their hundreds of millions of tax dollars should be sent to health organizations which do not provide abortions. In addition, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks should be a top priority, in line with the American public’s opposition to late-term abortions.

Most importantly, Trump and the Senate must appoint to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) a anti-abortion justice who will uphold the sanctity of innocent human life. Not only could this lead to the eventual overturning of Roe v. Wade, but it would protect anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers and medical clinics currently at risk thanks to the abortion industry’s government allies in Illinois and California.

These more than three thousand life-affirming anti-abortion agencies nationwide have been under legal assault from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry for decades. The last 10 years have seen failed state efforts to close down or severely restrict the operations of anti-abortion clinics in the states of Washington (two times), Oregon (three times), Maryland, and Virginia. In addition, municipal ordinances targeting these pro-women clinics in New York City, Baltimore, Austin, and Montgomery County, Maryland were declared unconstitutional in federal courts.

This hasn’t stopped pro-abortion ideologues in Illinois and California, whose state-sanctioned discrimination against pregnancy resource centers is now being fought in federal courts by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA).

California is requiring pregnancy centers that affirm the life and value of unborn life to refer for state funded abortions through the posting of a sign in the waiting area of the clinic. Failure to comply with this law will generate massive penalties and fines that will crush their operations.

Illinois law requires all physicians to provide referrals to patients for abortion services regardless of their moral opposition to abortion. Since anti-abortion pregnancy medical clinics operate under the license of a physician, this law essentially converts them into abortion referral agencies. Physicians who fail to comply with the law may lose their licenses to practice medicine, thereby closing down the medical services of the anti-abortion clinics.

These laws have been challenged by NIFLA on behalf of its medical clinic members so they can continue to provide life-affirming support for women and their children. We are counting on President-elect Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to follow through on their campaign promises to uphold the inherent right to life in 2017.

Thomas A. Glessner is an attorney, author, and president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a national legal network of more than 1,300 pro-life pregnancy resource centers and medical clinics.


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