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Strategic Model Legislation: Admitting Privileges and more

 
We are here to provide complementary legal consultation to help your states enact cutting-edge model legislation that is pro-woman, pro-science and pro-life.  BDF models are often unique in the nation, including bills that make abortion clinics into points of rescue for sex trafficking victims, bills that prohibit abortion providing organizations like Planned Parenthood from providing instruction or materials in public schools, and laws that protect against state-sponsored prenatal disability discrimination when a family learns that their unborn child has Down syndrome or another health condition.  Click here to learn more and contact us at info@bdfund.org.
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Speaking Engagements & Debates


BDF attorneys Nikolas T. Nikas and Dorinda C. Bordlee provide engaging Powerpoint Presentations and debates in Legislatures, Law Schools, Medical Schools, Universities, and Professional Organizations in the United States and around the world -- on bioethics issues including Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research, Abortion and its Impact on Women, and Healthcare Rights of Conscience.

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Abortion in Obamacare


BDF Exposes the Affordable Care Act's "Tax on Pro-Life Conscience." Obamacare's individual mandate not only forces individuals into private purchases with the threat of a tax penalty, it also mandates individuals to either pay a separate personal payment for surgical abortion coverage or include abortifacient drugs, or both, without exemption for individual's religious or moral objections


Read the BDF amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Susan B. Anthony v. Driehaus that surveys exactly how the ACA allowed and implements taxpayer funded abortion.

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20 Week Abortion Restriction: Protecting Women's Health & Pain-Capable Unborn Children

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.


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Gestational Surrogacy

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.


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Holistic Feminism: Abortion Harms Women & Children


A mountain of studies confirm that abortion harms women's physical and psychological health, in addition to destroying the life of her child.  "Holistic Feminism" is a term that BDF uses to describe our policy strategies that integrate the interests of the woman, the unborn child, and the often ignored interests and duties of men who can easily shirk their legal and moral duties of child support and fatherly guidance. 
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The Changing Face of Cloning & Stem Cells


Months after the cloner of Dolly the Sheep abandonned his U.K. license to clone human embryos based on the ethical "skin cell method" of creating embryonic-like stem cells, a California-based lab has claimed to have cloned human embryos.

Learn the facts, and contact us for the BDF legislation that prohibits state funding and/or the practice of human embryo cloning for both destructive research or for childbirth.
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Ultrasound Before Abortion Model Legislation


Science tells us when life begins. The real question is when love begins. For many abortion-minded women, love began when they had the opportunity to see their unborn child on an ultrasound screen.

Pulitzer Prize winner Kathleen Parker focused her Wash Post column on BDF ultrasound before abortion legislation – a common-sense approach that recognizes that “abortion truthfully presented would eliminate itself or vastly reduce its numbers.”
 

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Signs of Hope Legislation: Abortion Alternatives Sign and Mobile Website

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.


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White Papers

BDF is gathering the best, in-depth research and analysis of pressing life and bioethics issues. Here you will find links to authoritative writing on topics such as when life begins, emergency contraception, and stem cell research. In addition, we provide links to the excellent reports of the 2002-2008 President's Council on Bioethics. These are ideal resources for educators, reporters, students, policy makers, or for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of these important issues.
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BDF bill addresses "Octomom" abuses


The intense “Octomom” news coverage has highlighted the moral and social problems inherent in the powerful and unregulated IVF industry. Bioethics Defense Fund attorneys have drafted “The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act” (Ga. S.B. 169 of 2009) that will be heard in a Georgia Senate committee this Thursday, March 5, 2009.

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Protecting Women's Ovarian Health from EGGsploitation


The cloning of human embryos for destructive research requires millions of human eggs. How do embryo cloners and fertility clinics that supply them get their eggs? By advertising on college campuses, offering thousands of dollars to cash-strapped college women to incentivize them to risk their lives and future fertility for unethical and unproven science. 

BDF has assisted seven states in banning human cloning for any reason.  But the IVF industry is increasingly acting as a supplier of human eggs to biotech for human cloning. Learn the facts, and protect the women you love from being exploited by Big Biotech as egg farms.  
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Did You Know...?

BDF Passion for Life 2014 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 Walter B. Hoye II, who will be given the 2014 Witness for Life Award for his heroic witness against the impact of the abortion industry on the African American Community and his leadership in his California billboard campaign.


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FROM THE MEDIA:

Ohio Planned Parenthood Abortion Referral Clinic Closes

Published: 11/21/2014 7:12pm
On October 31, a Planned Parenthood abortion facility shut down in southwest Ohio. The director of communications for Planned Parenthood, Danielle Craig, said the location at 834 Ohio Pike in Withamsville is now closed. However, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, Jerry Lawson, claims the closure has nothing to do with budget cuts made […]


Forced to Sell Abortion Drugs? Pharmacists in Court to Challenge Washington Law

Published: 11/21/2014 6:47pm
Yesterday afternoon in Portland, Oregon, the owners of Olympia based Ralph’s Thriftway were be in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals defending their right not to sell Plan B, a drug that causes early term abortions. No CGs – ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs from ADF Media Relations […]


Catholic Bishops: Shut Down Government to Stop Obamacare’s Abortion Funding

Published: 11/21/2014 5:58pm
The nation’s Catholic bishops are so upset about taxpayer funding of abortions in Obamacare they are urging a shutdown of the federal government so the issue can be addressed. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a letter to members of Congress advocating adding language to the “must-pass funding legislation” such as the […]


Activist: Abortion is Okay Because Some Women Just Don’t Want to Be Pregnant

Published: 11/21/2014 5:29pm
In October 2013, Jessica Valenti, a pro-abortion writer for The Guardian, opened up about her own abortion experience. Without mentioning the word “abortion” once, Valenti shares how ending the life of her unborn child was incredibly difficult because she always wanted a sibling for her daughter, Layla. However, she believed it was her only option […]


When Doctors Tell You Your Baby May a Fetal Anomaly, That Info May be Misleading

Published: 11/21/2014 5:10pm
In a previous article, I spoke about the pressure that doctors often put on the parents of disabled unborn babies to abort. One study cited in that article found that: … [d]espite the shock and grief they may experience upon hearing the news of a fetal anomaly, the pregnant woman and her partner are usually […]


This Pro-Life Sand Castle May be the Most Amazing Sand Castle You’ve Ever Seen

Published: 11/21/2014 4:35pm
A sand sculpture created at an event in Florida captures the miracle of a human baby! Artists from as far away as the Philippines competed in the 5th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition on Nov. 14-18. Founded in 2010, the competition takes place every November over the course of 7 days, […]




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