The U.S. House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act on Jan. 24, making the 41-year-old Hyde Amendment permanent.
Abortion in the United States
Despite last-minute scheduling of a large Women's March shortly after the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast, thousands of pro-life supporters gathered and walked Jan. 21 in San Francisco.
Gov. John Kasich signed a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but vetoed a bill that would have made abortion illegal when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Commentary: Yesterday, I looked at the moral challenge posed by the Republican party this year, and today I would like to look at what the state of the Democratic party says about the moral health of the party and the country.
Distinctly Catholic: Party platforms do not matter as once they did, but the decision of this year's Democratic platform committee to adopt extreme positions on abortion-related issues is worrisome.
The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Monday that temporarily blocks Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics that would force many of them to close.
The Texas law requires the clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers when performing abortions. Other provisions of the law, such as requiring abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks gestation, were not affected.
A Kansas District Court judge June 25 granted a temporary injunction against Kansas' Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which was to take effect Wednesday.
The law bans the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure -- which pro-life advocates describe as "dismemberment" -- that is commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy.
"Today's injunction leaves unborn children vulnerable to painful death by dismemberment," said Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life's director of state legislation.
An Associated Press survey of abortion in the United States this decade showed that the number of abortions has gone down by 12 percent since 2010.
"Half of our generation is missing. Sixty million have been killed ... which is why I am dedicating my time to the March for Life."
The 42nd rally on the National Mall and march to the U.S. Supreme Court marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.