Domestic News: A State Senator in Texas is looking to defund Planned Parenthood. How? According to State Senator Robert Deuell, it’s unconstitutional. In a letter he drafted earlier this week to the Texas Attorney General’s office, he outlined his case. You can read his letter here. Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey has proposed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” What does it do? Exactly what it says – it would establish a government-wide policy prohibiting any funding of abortion. It may not see the light of day under current Speaker Pelosi, but after the mid-term elections, hopefully Congress will be a little more friendly to pro-life legislation. As I reported last week, Nebraska‘s new abortion regulations requiring pre-abortion mental health screening was blocked by a judge. Nebraska’s Attorney General is not prepared to defend it. AG Jon Bruning said that he was unsure if it was worth the taxpayer’s dime to defend this law as he was unsure if he could win. He said, “Despite the fact I’m very pro-life, I need to be realistic in utilizing the legal resources of the state.” He felt it may be more beneficial to redraft the legislation to alleviate the court’s issues.
International News: For those interested, I found a recent article which I didn’t read in full – BUT, it provides us with an interesting image – the legality of abortion across the globe. Here’s a copy of that map: