Lifeline Winter 2013

Recap and Update of Current Cases

Obamacare and the Real War on Women

Katie Short

It started with 33 words. One subparagraph of one subdivision of one subpart of one subchapter of one . . . you get the picture. It was just one little provision in the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known more familiarly as Obamacare. But that one provision was the catalyst for a nationwide debate over the meaning of religious freedom, the role of churches in society, the definition of a religious employer, and the ability of 30-year-old Georgetown law students to pay for their own birth control pills. [more]

Remembering Roe at 40 Years

Dana Cody

I was in high school, prior to Roe. My then boyfriend’s friend told us his girlfriend had had an illegal abortion. This was my first exposure to the trauma of abortion, where I witnessed the grief of the child’s parents, the emotional toll on their lives, and the impact on their family and friends. Having found out about the abortion after the fact, I grieved but also felt strangely guilty. [more]

ASK THE ATTORNEY: An Interview with Kevin C. Bedolla

Anthony Wynne

Kevin C. Bedolla has been practicing law in San Jose for over 35 years. A graduate of Santa Clara University and Santa Clara University School of Law, Mr. Bedolla first became involved in pro-life legal matters in the late 1980s. [more]

From the Pain of the Ashes of Death to the Power and Artistry of Life—Julia’s Story

Rebekah Millard

LLDF held its Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, November 17, 2012. In a departure from years past, this year’s benefit was held in Santa Clara, California, at Our Lady of Peace Church, a facility that—from its bustling atmosphere—is apparently put to frequent use in worthwhile causes. [more]

RESOLVED: Fairbanks v. Planned Parenthood

Life Legal assisted a young woman, Denise Fairbanks, in a suit against Planned Parenthood, who failed to report her father for his sexual molestation of her when she presented for an abortion as a young teenager. Much of her story is presented below in a letter of thanks to LLDF. [more]

[Lifeline Vol. XXII, No. 1 (Winter 2013) is available in PDF format.]