The California state legislature took some time off in response to COVID-19, but they are back with a vengeance introducing radical pro-legal-abortion legislation. As part of our work in informing our supporters about state legislative activity, we present here the most egregious and dangerous pieces of abortion legislation.
SB 1004 – In California, minors are able to get an abortion without parental consent or notification, and are able to require healthcare providers to keep information about such procedures confidential from their parents. SB 1004 takes this principle further by preventing insurance companies from providing a health insurance policyholder from receiving information regarding a co-beneficiary’s use of “sensitive” services. For example, a father of a family who earns health insurance coverage as compensation through his job will presumptively not receive identifying information from the insurance company if his daughter obtained an abortion through his insurance plan. This would apply to a minor daughter as well as to an adult daughter or a spouse.
AB 2035 – California’s legislature never passes up an opportunity to impose its extremist views on abortion onto children within the state’s influence, particularly in public schools. Foster children are no exception. AB 2035 will mandate that social workers inform foster children aged 10 and up of their rights to obtain an abortion.
AB 3140 – Abortion advocates have long opposed the work of pro-life advocates outside of abortion clinics, and the Supreme Court has beaten back their attempts to restrict our First Amendment free speech rights. California is looking to get around these decisions with new ways to restrict the ability of pro-lifers to engage in sidewalk advocacy. While we have no opposition to portions of this bill that increase penalties for harassing, intimidating, or threatening employees of abortion clinics, we nevertheless oppose any portions of this bill that limit the First Amendment rights of pro-lifers in the name of “security.”
We encourage our supporters to oppose these egregious bills. To find out who your state Assembly Member and State Senator is, click here.
As we got to the end of 40 Days for Life in an uncertain environment for pro-lifers, my coworker and I lost a little steam. When this happened, we put our heads together to figure out how to get our spirit back. Satan loves the playground of discouragement, so we try to be aware of where we are emotionally on the sidewalk at all times.
We decided to turn our focus to others who are suffering, because ALL life matters. We got to work writing Easter cards of encouragement for those who are sheltering in place at elder-care facilities. We wrote what we would have liked to have heard if our places were reversed.
It is such a shame that we often forget the ones who speak the softest, or those who have no voice at all. Without our elderly we would not exist. We would not be grandparents, godparents, parents or children. We would have no opportunity to use our gifts or talents had they not been taught to us or passed down.
We wanted to show another important part of God’s family that they matter. This gave us a lift, and a chance to demonstrate gratefulness and acknowledgement..
We obviously did not get to see any of the recipients but we got to hope and imagine that we brought joy and affirmation. Today we are recharged, restored and ready to do battle on the front line again. Please join us in prayer now, and in person later.
The Daily Caller has the details about today’s breaking news story: newly unsealed discovery documents show how California Planned Parenthood clinics sold the body parts of unborn children to Stem Express, a middle-man company that would sell fetal tissue procured from abortion clinics to researchers. Planned Parenthood’s Fresno clinic was actively involved in this scheme.
The records give a clinic-by-clinic breakdown of fetal tissue sales from clinics within Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Planned Parenthood’s regional affiliate for Northern California, Central California, and Nevada, from August to September of 2012. In that quarter, Stem-Express gave Planned Parenthood almost $25,000 for organs from aborted children (“Products of Conception” or “POC”) and maternal blood samples.
California and federal law ban the sale of aborted children’s bodies for profit. Such transactions are only legal if the money simply offsets the costs of procurement, shipping, storage and other associated expenses.
Noteworthy for our supporters is what the documents tell us about the Planned Parenthood clinic in Fresno. From July to September 2012, Planned Parenthood’s Fresno clinic sold 92 “POC” samples for $4420. They also sold 114 maternal blood samples for $1140. The three invoices can be seen below, with the charges for the Fresno clinic listed first, at the top left of each invoice:
The contractual agreement between Planned Parenthood and Stem-Express set the price point for fetal tissue at $55 per POC, but only for those “determined in the clinic to be usable,” according to paragraph 5 of the contract. Thus, the charges did not seem to relate purely to procurement costs, but to the usefulness of the samples. If the charges are not related strictly to costs incurred, but to the value of the specimen, then this is evidence that the exchange was for profit, and therefore illegal. Planned Parenthood also received different amounts for different “products of conception”: some were $55 and some were $35. Here is the first page of the contract:
We believe this new evidence merits renewed scrutiny of the legality of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s actions, at the federal, state, and county levels. We are grateful that this evidence has come forward, showing the grave immorality, and possible illegality, of Planned Parenthood’s conduct. This evil was happening in our own backyard, and it must come to an end.