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Missouri enacts more protections for babies

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/24/19, 12:36 pm

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed into law legislation that protects unborn babies beyond the eighth week of pregnancy. Abortion providers who abort babies after eight weeks could face five to 15 years in prison under the law, which goes into effect Aug. 28. The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest. There is no punishment for women who seek an abortion. When asked about the lack of exceptions for rape or incest, Parson, a Republican, said that “all life has value.”

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Hearts gone cold

Life | Yes, mothers can forget their compassion
by Joel Belz
Posted 5/23/19, 02:49 pm

It was one of those once-in-a-thousand-years things—at least not supposed to happen more than once in a lifetime.

But now it had happened twice. Indeed, for the second time in 25 years, the sober question posed by the prophet Isaiah suggested an altogether ill-fitting response. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast,” Isaiah asked, “and have no compassion on the child she has borne?”

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States sue to block healthcare conscience rights

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/22/19, 11:37 am

WASHINGTON—Two dozen states and municipalities sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday over rules protecting medical workers who have religious or moral objections to abortion, assisted suicide, or sterilization. The suits, instigated by New York and California, claim HHS regulations issued earlier this month stop the provision of basic healthcare.

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