We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions

Sacramento, CA – To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well.

“Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be required by the state to violate their consciences through forced payments for abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Now, with this mandate in California that imposes forced abortion funding on churches, it has come time for men and women of faith to stand against this tyranny and refuse to comply with this unjust law that would make us accessories to the taking of innocent human life.”

Last year, Operation Rescue launched the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty,” which has been signed by most of the nation’s best respected pro-life leaders.

This Pledge has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’ regarding any scenario in which the Affordable Care Act forces individuals to participate – whether directly or indirectly – in the destruction of human life. In short, the pro-life movement has chosen one answer to being forced to fund abortion through healthcare: We will not comply.

“I have made the decision not to comply with any unjust law that would force me to pay for abortions – no matter the personal cost to me,” Newman said. “Instead, I have chosen to engage in peaceful civil disobedience rather than violate my faith and conscience. Those in California need to understand that this assault on our religious liberties is just the beginning. It will never end if we do not stand firm today and refuse to fund abortions. Religious freedom and the lives of babies that would be lost if we capitulate are more than worth the personal sacrifice. I invite Californians to join me in resisting this evil mandate.”

Read and sign the Pledge
Read Troy’s commentary “Now I’m an Unwilling Obamacare Outlaw

Five Abortion Facilities Stay Closed After Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of Texas Safety Standards

Austin, TX — While the status of abortion facilities in Texas remains in flux, a new survey of Texas abortion businesses conducted by Operation Rescue on Monday, October 20, 2014, shows five abortion facilities still remain closed even though they were temporarily allowed to reopen under last week’s Supreme Court ruling.

Earlier this month, 14 abortion facilities that failed to comply with HB2’s requirement that abortion clinics meet Ambulatory Surgical Center standards shut down after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to enforce abortion clinic safety standards pending the State’s appeal of a lower court ruling that decided the safety law was unconstitutional.

Nine of those reopened last week after the High Court’s ruled abortion facilities may remain open pending the appeal. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite the case and could hear it as early as December. If the State is successful, the abortion facilities could once again be ordered to close.

Of the 14 abortion facilities that shut down earlier this month, the following have remained closed:

• International Health Solutions in Austin
• Hilltop Reproductive Health Services in El Paso
• Whole Women’s Health in Ft. Worth
• AAA Concerned Women’s Center in Houston
• Aalto Women’s Center in Houston

The two Houston abortion facilities have shut down permanently while the other three clinics appear to be attempting to reopen at some future time.

“Last week’s Supreme Court ruling is only a temporary one that is pending the outcome of the state’s appeal in the Fifth Circuit. We remain confident that the full Fifth Circuit will uphold HB2, then the abortion facilities that reopened will once again shut down,” said Newman. “The courts various rulings has put us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Certainly we are not happy that nine facilities that cannot meet minimum safety standards remain dangerously open, but we remain optimistic that a permanent victory is forthcoming.”

Fifteen abortion facilities that were shuttered last year due to a provision in the law that requires abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges remain permanently closed, resulting in a 13 percent reduction in the number of abortions in the past 16 months.

“Every time one of these sub-par abortion mills shuts down, lives are saved and women are spared from possible harm,” said Newman. “Women have a right to be protected from shoddy operations that endanger their health, so closing these facilities benefits women.”

A full listing of active Texas abortion facilities are available at AbortionDocs.org. A listing of all recently closed abortion facilities can be viewed at AbortionDocs.org/closed-clinics.

Below is a timeline of events in Texas that have resulted in the permanent closure of half the state’s 42 abortion clinics.

July 13, 2013: Texas passes HB2, a sweeping abortion clinic standards law that includes requirements that abortionists must maintain local hospital privileges and that facilities must meet Ambulatory Surgical Facility standards. Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law on July 18, 2014.

March 28, 2013: In response to a suit filed by several Texas abortion facilities, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that HB2’s hospital privilege requirement is constitutional.

November 5, 2013:
Operation Rescue confirms the closure of 16 abortion facilities as the result of enactment of HB2, specifically the local hospital privilege requirement for all abortionists

July 24, 2014: A new study was released that showed abortions in Texas decreased a dramatic 13% since HB2’s hospital privilege requirement went into effect.

August 29, 2014: Federal Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the building requirements of Texas’ abortion facility licensing law, known as HB2, were unconstitutional and also set aside the requirement that abortionists maintain local hospital privileges only for abortion businesses in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso areas. One abortion facility in McAllen reopens.

October 2, 2014: A three-member panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issues a ruling that the state of Texas may enforce the clinic standards law pending the state’s appeal. As a result 14 abortion businesses shut down, leaving Texas with only nine remaining abortion facilities.

October 14, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court vacates the Fifth Circuit’s nullification of a lower court’s injunction that barred parts of HB2 from being enforced. The result was that nine abortion facilities that cannot meet minimum safety standards have been allowed to reopen.

What “The Walking Dead” Teaches Us About “Institutionalized Evil”

Cast of the AMC show, The Walking Dead

An Operation Rescue Commentary By Cheryl Sullenger

The brutality of the scene was tough to watch.

During this season’s opening episode of the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, the “good guys” had sought refuge from the Zombie Apocalypse at a settlement called “Terminus,” which lured in survivors with the promise, “Those who arrive survive.” But instead of finding sanctuary, they had walked into a trap.

The “Termites,” as they have become known, had resorted to the horrifying practice of cannibalism as a means of survival, adopting the credo, “If you’re not the butcher, you’re the cattle.”

In a scene so disturbing one had to fight the impulse to turn away, the “Termites” bound and gagged several men – including the story’s heroes – and lined them up along a trough, ready to beat them in the head and cut their throats like animals being butchered for meat.

It was all done without emotion and maybe with a tinge of boredom. Cold. Brutal. Just another day on the job.

Everyone in the colony had their assigned tasks. For the guys with the baseball bat and knife, dispatching hapless folks that wandered into their lair had become simply a routine matter of putting food on the table. It was how things were done. It was how they made their living. Any moral compunctions against murdering innocent people faded in the daily normalcy of it all.

As series writer Scott M. Gimple noted in discussing the episode on The Talking Dead after-show, in Terminus, evil had become institutionalized.

The episode carried with it an object lesson that I could not help applying to the abortion cartel and beyond.

In the abortion clinic, women are lured with the promise that their problems can be solved with a simple procedure. Their lives can be better. “Those who arrive survive.”

Innocent children are then killed with cold brutality with little thought or soul-searching on the part of those who conduct their grisly trade day after day. Everyone at the clinic has a job to do. Some answer the phones, some prep the women, while others dispatch the innocent. Killing babies is nothing personal. It’s just another day on the job. Just part of the routine.

Yes, in the abortion clinic, evil has been institutionalized.

There is little difference between this mindset and those of the German concentration camp operators during World War II. The Jews were loaded into cattle cars and transported to the camps where guards ushered them to the gas chambers. It was a daily routine. Just part of the job. “If you’re not the butcher, you’re the cattle.”

In that episode of The Walking Dead, the good guys fought back. At one point, Terminus Mary told one of the protagonists, Carol, who was determined to rescue the trapped heroes, “You could have been one of us.” But Carol rejected the safety of the colony and saved her friends, even though it meant that she would continue to live a precarious life, exposed to the ever-present dangers of her Zombie-occupied world, because some lines were just never meant to be crossed.

When evil becomes institutionalized, it takes on a normalcy and acceptance of an act that would otherwise appall us. Certainly, our nation has become accustomed to coexistence with the evil of abortion.

Make no mistake, it is an evil we must resist. We must fight back. We must rescue the innocent.

Instead of using the Zombie-fighter’s post-apocalyptic weapons of war, we use the law and our God-given rights to oppose abortion. And it’s working.

Just in the past three months, abortion facilities have closed, two very dangerous abortionists have had their medical licenses revoked, and Planned Parenthood’s experimental webcam abortion pill distribution scheme was dealt a fatal blow by the courts.

In Texas alone, abortions dropped a significant 13% in the last year because new laws reigned in abortionists who were unqualified for hospital privileges.

The years of exposing the evil of abortion and working peacefully and legally through the system are paying off, and we are beginning to see an increase in the respect for life in our nation. While we still have a long way to go to fully restore a healthy loathing of child-killing to society and end the brutality of abortion once and for all, the resistance is winning. The momentum against the institutional evil of abortion is steamrolling ever toward victory.

And this is a battle we must see through to the end, for the sake of our humanity.