Los Angeles sheriff attends Mass with inmates

Sheriff Alex Villanueva joins prisoners at Men's Central Jail for Christmas Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez

On Christmas Day, the front pew of the jail chapel was empty — reserved for Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his entourage. But when Villanueva arrived, he chose a spot near the back. The VIP pew eventually was filled by some of the nearly 200 inmates who had gathered to celebrate Mass with the archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose H. Gomez, at Men’s Central Jail. The … [Read more...]

Appeals court overturns assisted suicide ruling by lower court judge

Appellate panel says plaintiffs lacked standing to file lawsuit but stopped short of ruling on constitutionality of California's End of Life Option Act

A state appeals court in California has vacated a lower court ruling that struck the state’s physician-assisted suicide law as unconstitutional, finding the Christian doctors who challenged the 2016 law lacked standing to sue because they didn’t show they’ll be forced to help patients die. The Fourth Appellate District's Nov. 27 ruling did not, however, decide the … [Read more...]

California Planned Parenthood affiliate income tops $100 million

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, headquartered in San Jose, reported income of $109.7 million in its 2016-2017 tax filings

For the first time in the history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, one of its 56 affiliates documented that its annual income surpassed $100 million. The affiliate is Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, headquartered in San Jose, California. In its latest official document (Federal Form 990) filed with the federal government, PPMM reported that in the fiscal year, July … [Read more...]

Pro-choice till nine months, no exceptions

Jeff Denham has been running an unusual ad against his opponent

California Congressman Jeff Denham, CD -10, has been running a 30-second TV ad with a very unusually strong pro-life, anti-abortion message against his extremely pro-abortion, heavily-funded, Democratic Party opponent, Josh Harder. Both men are running in the 10th Congressional District. In the ad, Denham states that Harder has "San Francisco" values that have no place in … [Read more...]

Did Planned Parenthood lie to Congress about aborted baby part profits?

Center for Medical Progress has submitted evidence to a federal judge in Oakland to back up its accusation that Planned Parenthood and partners may have doctored records about their revenues

Late last week, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) submitted evidence to a federal judge in Oakland, Calif., to back up a new accusation Planned Parenthood and partners may have doctored records about their revenues from aborted fetal body parts and lied to Congress about them during 2015 testimony. In 2016, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley referred Planned Parenthood to the … [Read more...]

“Planned Parenthood is weaponizing taxpayer’s money against them”

Live Action report documents how taxpayer funding allows Planned Parenthood to fund political races

On October 30, Live Action released a report detailing how millions of dollars in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood are allowing it to turn around and spend millions of dollars in the 2018 midterms to elect pro-abortion politicians who will fight against abortion industry regulations and keep the taxpayer funding flowing. Taxpayer funding frees up donors to direct their … [Read more...]

Women accuse ex-Planned Parenthood official of sexual harassment

Pedro Elias, once the face of Fresno Planned Parenthood, accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women for years

For years, Pedro Elias was the face of Fresno’s branch of Planned Parenthood. At news conferences and events, as the director of public affairs, he stood out in a sea of women advocating for reproductive rights: A muscular man often wearing a bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt. But when his employment ended in September after working for the organization since 2000, his … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops express hope that Wuerl resignation will bring healing

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron: "I'm sure he did what he felt was right for the good of the Church"

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the decision would bring healing for survivors of clerical abuse. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Wuerl Oct. 12, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor … [Read more...]

HHS dumps contract with fetal parts company

Will keep experiments using humanized mice

In response to pressure from Congress and pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated a contract with Advanced Biosciences, a company that procures aborted baby remains from abortion facilities and sells them. According to a press statement released late yesterday, “HHS is now conducting an audit of all … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood announces new president

Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health

Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health, is the new president of Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider announced Wen’s appointment on Sept. 12. She replaces Dr. Cecile Richards, who was appointed to the role in 2006. In a three-minute video posted by Planned Parenthood announcing her hiring, Wen described her immigrant background--she moved to the … [Read more...]