1. Donald Trump Has Betrayed the Pro-Life Movement, By Mike Pence, The New York Times, April 23, 2024, Pg. A23, Opinion

Since Roe was overturned, I have been inspired by the efforts of pro-life leaders in states across the country, including Indiana, to advance strong protections for the unborn and vulnerable women.
But while nearly half of our states have enacted strong pro-life laws, some Democrats continue to support taxpayer-funded abortions up to the moment of birth in the rest of the country.
Which is why I believe the time has come to adopt a minimum national standard restricting abortion after 15 weeks in order to end late-term abortions nationwide.

The majority of Americans favor some form of restriction on abortions, and passing legislation prohibiting late-term abortions would largely reflect that view. 

While some worry about the political ramifications of adopting a 15-week minimum national standard, history has proved that when Republicans stand for life without apology and contrast our common-sense positions with the extremism of the pro-abortion left, voters reward us with victories at the ballot box. 

Now is not the time to surrender any ground in the fight for the right to life. While the former president has sounded the retreat on life at the national level, I pray that he will rediscover the passion for life that defined our four years in office and rejoin the fight to end late-term abortions in America once and for all. The character of our nation and the lives of generations not yet born demand nothing less.
Mr. Pence was vice president of the United States from 2017 to 2021 and a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
2. Supreme Court Turns to Emergency Abortions as Dobbs Fallout Continues, Justices to consider whether federal law requires ERs to perform the procedure in dire circumstances, even in states with abortion bans, By Laura Kusisto and Stephanie Armour, April 23, 2024, 5:30 AM
Dr. Alison Edelman, an obstetrician in Portland, Ore., said her hospital receives pregnant patients sent from Idaho with dangerously high blood pressure and other serious conditions that can deteriorate in a matter of minutes. 

Her team has reported some of the incidents as apparent violations of a federal law known as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which in most circumstances prohibits transferring patients to another hospital if their condition is unstable. 

The law will be in the spotlight at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the justices consider one of the most pressing questions to emerge since they eliminated the federal constitutional right to an abortion two years ago: Under what circumstances can women with serious pregnancy complications obtain abortions in states where the procedure is banned? 

Antiabortion advocates hope the Supreme Court will hold that the act contains legal protections for fetal life. They point to a provision of the emergency-care law prohibiting hospitals from putting the life of a pregnant woman or her “unborn child” in jeopardy, arguing this requires hospitals to consider both interests when deciding whether to provide an abortion.
“They are both patients so you need to do everything you can to save them both,” said John Bursch, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Idaho in the case, along with the state attorney general.
A decision is expected by the end of June.
3. Abortion returns to the spotlight in Italy 46 years after it was legalized, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, April 23, 2024, 8:31 AM
Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni’s far-right-led government wants to allow anti-abortion groups access to women considering ending their pregnancies, reviving tensions around abortion in Italy 46 years after it was legalized in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.
The Senate on Tuesday was voting on legislation tied to European Union COVID-19 recovery funds that includes an amendment sponsored by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party. The text, already passed by the lower Chamber of Deputies, allows regions to permit groups “with a qualified experience supporting motherhood” to have access to public support centers where women considering abortions go to receive counseling.
For the right, the amendment merely fulfills the original intent of the 1978 law legalizing abortion, known as Law 194, which includes provisions to prevent the procedure and support motherhood.

4. Biden to travel to Florida to rebuke Trump over six-week abortion ban, It will be Biden’s first major speech on abortion since Trump suggested that the politically volatile issue be left to the states, By Toluse Olorunnipa, The Washington Post, April 23, 2024, 5:00 AM
President Biden will travel to Florida on Tuesday to denounce that state’s six-week abortion ban — just days before the law goes into effect — in his latest push to blame former president Donald Trump for the erosion of reproductive rights across the country.
Biden will deliver remarks on what he has called “reproductive freedom” in Tampa, visiting a state where Democrats have lost ground in recent years but where they see the abortion issue as one that can galvanize voters. It will be Biden’s first major speech on abortion since Trump suggested that the politically volatile issue be left to the states rather than addressed through a federal law.
A range of Democrats have responded by reminding voters that Trump appointed three Supreme Court justices who helped overturn Roe v. Wade, paving the way for strict abortion bans in many states. Biden has chimed in, too, using remarks and ads to pin the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision on Trump.

5. Could Florida become the first state to defeat an abortion amendment?, By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, April 23, 2024, 6:00 AM
The Florida Supreme Court recently made national headlines when it issued two significant abortion rulings on the same day
One ruling cleared the way for a law to take effect that protects unborn life at six weeks and beyond. The other allowed a far-reaching abortion proposal, titled the Limiting Government Interference with Abortion Amendment, to be placed on the November ballot.
If passed, the amendment would change the Florida Constitution to include a provision reading: “No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s health care provider.”
With the abortion amendment now officially on the ballot in Florida, many will be looking to the state this November to see if it will break a long string of pro-life referendum defeats or simply mark another abortion victory.

6. Biden administration tightens rules for obtaining medical records related to abortion, By Amanda Seitz, Associated Press, April 22, 2024, 3:23 PM
The medical records of women will be shielded from criminal investigations if they cross state lines to seek an abortion where it is legal, under a new rule that the Biden administration finalized Monday.
The regulation, which is intended to protect women who live in states where abortion is illegal from prosecution, is almost certain to face legal challenges from anti-abortion advocates and criticism from abortion-rights advocates that it does not go far enough.
“No one should have their medical records used against them, their doctor or their loved one just because they sought or received lawful reproductive health care,” Jennifer Klein, the director of the White House Gender Policy Council, told reporters on Monday.
The new regulation is an update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which prohibits medical providers and health insurers from divulging medical information about patients. Typically, however, law enforcement can access those records for investigations.

7. Nuns who feuded with Texas bishop say they will defy Vatican order on monastery’s governance, By Tyler Arnold, Catholic News Agency, April 22, 2024, 1:45 PM
As the Vatican tries to settle a chaotic yearlong dispute between a Carmelite monastery and Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson, the nuns at the center of the controversy announced they will defy a Vatican decree that delegates their governance to an outside religious association.
The dispute centers on Olson’s investigation into the former prioress of the Arlington-based Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity: the Reverend Mother Superior Teresa Agnes Gerlach. The prioress, who is now defrocked, admitted to sexual misconduct occurring over the phone and through video chats with a priest — a confession she has since retracted and claims was given when she was medically unfit and recovering from an operation.
After nearly a year of back-and-forth — which included a failed civil lawsuit against the bishop for how he handled the investigation and allegations from the bishop that the nuns may have been engaging in drug use — the Vatican ordered that the monastery’s governance will be delegated to the Association of Christ the King, which is a Carmelite monastery association.
This governance was meant to be in place until the monastery can hold new elections to replace its leadership, which would be overseen by the bishop. The Vatican also ordered the monastery to regularize its relationship with the bishop, whom the nuns forbade from entering the premises and alleged did not have authority over their governance — a claim rejected by the Vatican.

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