Read about the federal district court victory upholding the constitutionality of the Arizona 20-week abortion restriction to protect the health of women and the lives of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. BDF is legal consultant to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who argued the case against the ACLU and CRR representing 3 late-term abortion providers. Read the decision, the transcript of the oral argument, the statute, and learn about the November 5, 2012 oral argument.
Gestational surrogacy brokers are increasingly promoting state laws to sanction contract pregnancy agreements that commodify women as "wombs for rent," and treat children as disposable commodities. Learn about the policy implications including paid contract pregnancy, paid contract abortion and the medical dangers to women undergoing hormone injections and surgical transfer of a third parties' human embryo.
Also learn about the veto messages of two governors, and read BDF's veto request pending before Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of a 2013 gestational surrogacy bill.
The innovative "Signs of Hope" legislation drafted by Bioethics Defense Fund has been enacted for the first time, and is now in development at the Louisiana Department of Health. The law requires abortion clinics to post 16 x 20 signs that give women information about their rights and alternatives, and features a web address that converts to a mobile format when it is accessed by an iPhone or any mobile device.
Studies show that 64% of American women felt pressured into abortion, and that they often don't know their rights and alternatives. The "Signs of Hope" inform women that they can't be forced to abort, that the father must provide child support even if he's offered to pay for the abortion, that adoptive parents may pay costs of prenatal care and childbirth, and that there are many agencies able to help the women during and after the pregnancy.
BDF Passion for Life 2013 Benefit: Join Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee for a celebration of BDF's cutting-edge legal work and enjoy a cocktail party and an inspiring address from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who will be given the 2013 Witness for Life Award for his vigorous defense of Arizona pro-life legislation, including his pending petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the AZ 20 week ban.