"I have come to believe that we must trust women and families -- not politicians -- to make the best decision for their lives."
While action on a bill that would ban abortions in the United States after the 20-week mark has been delayed in the House of Representatives, pro-life activists said they remain optimistic about efforts to restrict abortion, especially at the state level.
Several states, including South Carolina, West Virginia and Kansas, are moving forward on various forms of legislation meant to protect the life of the unborn.
Making a Difference: Francis said abortion is a product of a "widespread mentality of profit, the 'throwaway culture,' which today enslaves the hearts and intelligences of so many."
If you want to ban or seriously restrict access to abortion, it is not enough to believe deeply that abortion is wrong.
Religious groups are battling the state of California over whether employee health insurance plans require them to pay for abortions and some forms of contraception that some find immoral.
So is the state forcing churches to pay for abortions? It depends on who you ask.
Faith and Justice: I wish this was the last column I had to write about the Affordable Care Act and abortion, but I doubt it will be.
NCR Today: Chicago clears cleric of abuse allegations; St. Paul-Minneapolis settles abuse case; Francis' real reform agenda; haircuts in Reno, Nev.; Ferguson, Mo., update.
Attorneys for pro-lifers have decided not to do anything yet about the new buffer zone law around abortion facilities that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed July 30.
But they took issue with the law on various fronts.
"We believe the new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion, whose minds are not made up, women who are looking for the hope, help and love which is Eleanor McCullen's mantra," and that of other sidewalk counselors, said attorney Philip D. Moran.