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StemExpress drops effort to quash Planned Parenthood video

(WNS)–As of Jan. 11, investigative group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) faces one fewer lawsuit connected to its undercover recordings revealing Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities’ sale of aborted baby body parts. StemExpress, a human tissue procurement company, dropped its lawsuit aimed at an incriminating video taken by CMP. The video shows CEO Cate Dyer describing her company’s baby body parts procurement. CMP director David Daleiden told me StemExpress “decided to drop their own lawsuit and walk away with no money in damages, no attorney fees, nothing.”

Kentucky adopts 20-week abortion ban, ultrasound bill

(WNS)–Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed two pro-life bills on Jan. 9 after they rocketed through the Republican-controlled House and Senate on Jan. 7. The state Senate approved the measure requiring an ultrasound before an abortion in a 32-5 vote, and the House voted 83-12 in favor of a 20-week abortion ban. While the bills passed overwhelmingly in the legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) already had a legal challenge prepared, immediately filing suit against the ultrasound requirement.

Burying baby body parts: Texas debate continues

(WNS)–Forty-year-old software engineer Vanessa MacDougal spends most weekdays behind her desk in an Austin, Texas, office. On Jan. 6, the petite blonde did something different. She played dead on sidewalks skirting the governor’s mansion. Dressed in a skeleton mask and black sweats, and holding a poster that read “Abortion Restrictions Bury Women,” MacDougal explained what compelled her to participate in “Bury the Women,” her first protest: “If you can’t control your reproduction, you can’t commit to a career, an education, or even a workout program.” Despite below-freezing temperatures, about 30 protesters joined MacDougal to oppose what they called the “fetal burial law,” a regulation that bans Texas abortion centers from dumping baby remains in landfills and sewer systems. The regulation was to go into effect Dec. 19, but U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks blocked it temporarily after Whole Women’s Health, a Texas abortion chain, and the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state. Sparks expects to rule on the issue by Jan. 27.

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