1. Illinois won’t prosecute pro-life pregnancy centers under ‘deceptive business practices’ law, Law was ‘stupid and very likely unconstitutional,’ federal judge said, By Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times, December 13, 2023 Illinois’ attorney general will not enforce a law that limits pro-life pregnancy centers in how they counsel clients, lawyers for the clinics and related groups said Monday. State Attorney General Kwame Raoul has agreed to a permanent injunction against the law, which aimed to bar the pro-life clinics from using any “deceptive business practice” to counsel clients and defined the sharing of certain information about the risks of abortion as “consumer fraud,” the lawyers said. The agreement bars the state from prosecuting the clinics and grants attorney fees to the organizations that sued to block the measure.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/dec/12/illinois-wont-prosecute-pro-life-pregnancy-centers/__________________________________________________________ 2. Planned Parenthood received nearly $2 billion in federal funds, pandemic loans in three years, By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, December 13, 2023 Planned Parenthood affiliates raked in nearly $2 billion in federal funds from 2019-21, including millions in forgiven pandemic loans, even though Republicans contend that the nation’s largest abortion provider should have been ineligible for the small-business program. The report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office found that Planned Parenthood collected $1.78 billion, or an average of $592 million per year, in federal funds during the three-year period that covered the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the funding ($1.53 billion) came from Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program reimbursements, while grants and cooperative agreements made up $148 million, according to the report requested by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, and Rep. Chris Smith, New Jersey Republican.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/dec/12/planned-parenthood-received-nearly-18-billion-in-f/__________________________________________________________ 3. The pope says he wants to be buried in the Rome basilica, not in the Vatican, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, December 13, 2023, 6:21 AM Pope Francis says he wants to be buried in the Rome basilica of St. Mary Major, not in the grottoes of the Vatican like other popes, so he can be near his favorite icon of the Madonna. Francis, who turns 87 on Sunday, also said he never thought about resigning this year despite a series of health scares. He said he has a trip confirmed to Belgium next year and visits under consideration to Polynesia and his native Argentina. “It is true that all journeys are now rethought,” Francis told N+ of Mexican broadcaster Televisa. “If they’re close by, they can be done. If they’re farther away they are rethought. There are limits.” It was Francis’ first interview since his latest bout of acute bronchitis, which forced the cancellation of a trip this month to Dubai to participate in the U.N. climate conference. Francis, who had part of one lung removed as a young man, appeared in good form and said he was now recovered and feeling fine.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/12/13/vatican-pope-basilica-burial-argentina/7ad16ea4-9994-11ee-82d9-be1b5ea041ab_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. New Mexico Supreme Court weighs whether to strike down local abortion restrictions, By Morgan Lee, Associated Press, December 13, 2023, 8:35 AM The New Mexico Supreme Court is weighing whether to strike down local abortion restrictions by conservative cities and counties at the request of the attorney general for the state where abortion laws are among the most liberal in the country. Oral arguments were scheduled for Wednesday in Santa Fe. At least four state supreme courts are grappling with abortion litigation this week in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year to rescind the constitutional right to abortion. In New Mexico’s Lea and Roosevelt counties and the cities of Hobbs and Clovis, where opposition to abortion runs deep, officials argue that local governments have the right to back federal abortion restrictions under a 19th century U.S. law that prohibits the shipping of abortion medication and supplies. They say the local abortion ordinances can’t be struck down until federal courts rule on the meaning of provision within the “anti-vice” law known as the Comstock Act.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/12/13/new-mexico-supreme-court-local-abortion-bans/5302b95a-9976-11ee-82d9-be1b5ea041ab_story.html__________________________________________________________ 5. An abortion ban enacted in 1864 is under review in the Arizona Supreme Court, By Associated Press, Associated Press, December 12, 2023, 6:11 PM The Arizona Supreme Court grilled lawyers Tuesday over whether a pre-statehood ban on nearly all abortions has been limited or made moot by other statutes enacted over the past 50 years. The state’s high court is reviewing a lower-court decision that said doctors couldn’t be charged for performing the procedure in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy because other Arizona laws over the years have allowed them to provide abortions. The 1864 law, which remains on the books, imposes a near total ban on abortions, providing no exceptions for rape or incest but allowing them if a mother’s life is in danger. Nearly a year ago, the Arizona Court of Appeals concluded that doctors can’t be prosecuted for performing abortions in the first 15 weeks. But it said people who aren’t doctors would still be subject to prosecution under the old law.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2023/12/12/abortion-arizona-doctors-old-law/d95db65e-9943-11ee-82d9-be1b5ea041ab_story.html __________________________________________________________

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