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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:

Nurse Who Assisted in Abortions Quits, Here’s What Changed Her Mind

Published: 2/27/2015 6:45pm
WARNING: This post contains a graphic picture of an aborted baby. A nurse identified only as “Julia” talked about her experience as a nurse at a teaching hospital that did abortions. Her story appears at Priests for Life. She says:   I was a nurse practicing in North Carolina.  I worked on a Gynecology/tumor unit […]


Midwives Left With $500,000 Legal Bill After Court Forces Them to Assist in Abortions

Published: 2/27/2015 6:33pm
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2014 the British Supreme Court ruled that a pair of midwives who didn’t want to be involved in assisting abortions must do so. The senior midwives, Connie Wood and Mary Doogan, had more than 20 years of experience as Labor Ward Coordinators; but after the hospital reorganized their abortion “services,” […]


12-Year-Old Bravely Rejected Abortion After Rape, She Has No Regrets 23 Years Later

Published: 2/27/2015 6:03pm
Lianna Rebolledo was only 12-years-old when she was brutally raped by two men near her home. At the hospital, doctors told her she was pregnant and advised her to have an abortion. However, Lianna decided to keep her baby after she asked the doctor if abortion would ease her pain and he replied ‘no.’ She […]


Arkansas Bans Pro-Life Signs on Public Property, Legal Says That’s Unconstitutional

Published: 2/27/2015 5:32pm
Thomas More Society attorneys have sent a letter to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (“Department”) challenging the censorship of Fayetteville 40 Days for Life participants’ pro-life signs. During the pro-lifers’ eighth peaceful prayer vigil outside the Fayetteville Planned Parenthood abortion facility along Highway 265, a Department employee told the pro-life volunteers that they […]


Navy Lieutenant Returns Home To Meet His Newborn Daughter For The Very First Time

Published: 2/27/2015 4:58pm
On February 24th, US Navy Officer Gregory Campbell met his daughter, Bernadette, for the first time after being away on duty for seven months. Baby Bernadette greeted Officer Campbell when he arrived at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California. Lieutenant Campbell, of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 ‘Wildcards’, was one […]


Man Who Raped 11-Year-Old and Forced Her to Have Abortion Sent to Prison for 12 Years

Published: 2/27/2015 4:23pm
A Bahamian man who was convicted of sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl and forcing her to have an abortion will be sent to prison for 12 years. In June 2013, the victim told Dwight Bethel, 41, that she was carrying his child and he took her to an abortion facility four months later. However, […]




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