Secular pregnancy center ordered to pay for abortions
A secular pro-life center in Pennsylvania must pay for abortifacient contraception, according to a federal appeals court ruling issued last week. Religious organizations are exempt from the Obamacare mandate that requires insurance plans to cover the drugs, but the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Real Alternatives, a pro-life pregnancy center not affiliated with a religious group, must comply. The organization filed suit against the mandate because organizers believed it violated their mission and purpose. Director Kevin Bagatta told LifeNews the ruling is “no different than if the government would require the American Lung Association to purchase cigarettes for its employees.” —S.G.
Unborn babies notice unfamiliar languages
Babies might be able to distinguish between their mother’s language and a foreign one, according to a recent study from the University of Kansas. Researchers measured the heart rates of two dozen babies just a month from their due date while playing recordings in Japanese and English. The babies’ heart rates stayed the same when the researchers played the English recordings twice in a row, but increased when they played the Japanese recording after the familiar English. A previous study showed babies just 30 hours old sucked longer on pacifiers when they heard an unfamiliar language. —S.G.