Illinois Right to Life Committee
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- Powerful message on Kermit Gosnell offered by Abby Johnson
Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of murdering babies born alive during abortion attempts. Abby Johnson, herself a recent convert to the Pro-Life cause, has encountered Pro-Life advocates who have said things like, murderers and people like him dont deserve to breathe the same air as I do, or I hope he burns in hell.
Abby observes, "I lied to women when they came to me for accurate information. I was among the worst sinners those that help to take and destroy life. I am no better than Kermit Gosnell." She continues, "What if it took me longer to realize the truth? Do I deserve to die? Are we saying repentance is about our timing?"
Abby wants to see Kermit Gosnell converted, as she was converted. She explains her conversion, stating, "It was Christ who changed me. It was the merciful and compassionate words of His people. It was no condemnation. It was not prayers that I would burn in hell. It was not those who yelled and called me names. It was the words of people like Karen. Those who prayed that I would, one day, walk out of that clinic. Those who had constant faith even when that faith was a struggle to have. I am here because of THEM and because of their Christ-like witness."
Abby Johsnon is a powerful witness for ending abortion by converting abortion workers. Read her entire perspective here, and then start praying for the conversion of more abortion workers, no matter how evil they appear, and do not hope they burn in hell, even if they seem hopeless, for nothing is impossible with God.
Monday, May 13, 2013 -- Gosnell convicted of 3 first degree murders of babies
The jury deliberated for 10 days on 263 charges brought against abortionist Kermit Gosnell. In all, Gosnell was found guilty of the following charges:
Since that verdict, Gosnell has given up his right to appeal in exchange for life in prison with no possibility of facing the death penalty.
Given the serious nature of the charges Gosnell was convicted of, Planned Parenthood and NARAL have made statements supporting his conviction. However, at the same time, they blame Pro-Life advocates for "driving" woman to seek out Gosnell.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, blamed the violations committed by Kermit Gosnell on Pro-Life efforts when she said, Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.
Such a statement is an attempt to distort the facts, given that Gosnell was a noted abortion provider who maintained a known office, received referrals from other abortion providers, and had an acceptable reputation in the community among abortion advocates prior to the discoveries made in 2011 that led to the charges against him.
No one who knew anything about the unsavory situation inside Gosnell's facility ever notified the authorities. One researcher examined the record and found NARAL did not bring the Gosnell case to the attention of the world. That fact did not stop NARAL's Hogue from claiming, [W]e were the first out of the gate to call attention to this case. And you know why? Its because unfortunately as the anti-choicers try and restrict more and more doctors out of business, they are the ones keeping the Kermit Gosnells operating.
Such claims are more than illogical. Pro-Lifers have focused on the more notorious late-term abortionists as the first ones to report to the authorities. Unfortunately, these attempts have often been ignored by those responsible for enforcing the limited abortion laws that are on the books.
Friday, May 10, 2013 -- What is the Gallup Poll on abortion telling us?
Polls can be misleading since the questions can be wordsmithed to change the results. Some polls get taken year after year and can show changing trends. Gallups annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 2-7, is one of these, even though the categories are somewhat generic.
The poll finds that 58% of Americans want either all or almost all abortions to be illegal, with 20% saying abortion should be illegal in all circumstances and 38% wanting it to be legal in only a few circumstances.
On the other side of the issue, 39% of Americans support all or most abortions remaining legal, with 26% supporting legalized abortion under any circumstances (the position of Planned Parenthood and most abortion advocates) and 13% favoring legality under most circumstances.
This solid majority of 58% to 39% demonstrates that citizens disagree with the current legal status of abortion on demand in the USA. Of the 38% (within the 58%) that accept legal abortion "in only a few circumstances" other more specific polls suggest that these circumstances are typically life of the mother, rape or incest, and possibly serious fetal conditions. Since such cases represent less than 5% of all abortions, it can be safely contended that 58% of US citizens oppose at least 95% of the 1.2 million abortions committed in our nation each year.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 -- Case for legalizing abortion based on lies (again)
The lies never end in attempts to justify legalizing abortion. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador in all circumstances. An attempt is now ongoing to use the case of a mother with health issues, carrying a baby with health issues, to justify abortion based on claims that the mother's life is in danger.
Amnesty International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and other United Nations experts are joining together to demand an abortion for an anonymous woman being called Beatriz by the El Salvador press. Three weeks after these demands surfaced for an abortion to save the life of Beatriz she has not had an abortion.
The condition faced by Beatriz is a combination of Lupus and renal insufficiency. Further justification for abortion has been made by doctors who claim her child is anencephalic, a condition in which the brain does not fully form, normally causing death inside the womb or soon after birth.
According to gynecologist Carlos Mayora Escobar of the El Salvador Bioethics Association, this patient is being very well attended in the Maternity Hospital. They are monitoring her carefully. The reality is that Beatriz will not die if she receives the proper medical attention, which includes observation and care within a medical center, the association added in a press release.
In contrast to this reality, abortion advocates claim an urgent need for abortion in this case. The situation of Beatriz is urgent and must not wait any longer. Her chances of surviving depend on the decision of the authorities, claimed Esther Major, a representative of Amnesty International on April 17. The UNs Office of the High Commission on Human Rights made similar claims on April 23, warning that Beatriz was in urgent need of medical treatment to terminate her pregnancy and save her life.
Such misrepresentations of circumstances in an admittedly difficult situation are the typical means used in every attempt made by abortion advocates to attack laws that prohibit abortion. This case has gone to El Salvadors Supreme Court, which has thus far not rendered a verdict, waiting to examine opinions by a variety of agencies and groups, including the National Bioethics Council, the countrys Attorney General, the Human Rights Procurator, and the Ministry of Health. Pray that the truth will prevail and life will continue to be fully defended under the law in El Salvador.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 -- Video evidence of deadly late-term abortion practices
Lila Rose of Live Action recently released two more videos that reveal the anti-life attitudes and deadly practices of late-term abortion providers. An abortion facility employee in Phoenix AZ assures a woman that "we will not resuscitate" a baby born alive after a failed abortion.
Leroy Carhart claims that after an injection is used to kill it, the dead baby is "like meat in a crock pot" and tells his potential patient how to complete the abortion in her hotel room, if necessary. Carhart also lies about how a mother died, claiming the cause was complications from the pregnancy, when the actual cause was complications from the abortion he committed at 33 weeks into the pregnancy.
How can anyone trust abortion providers when they are willing to lie about potential risks and take such a crass and inhuman view of preborn babies? Women endanger themselves to these vultures because they see no alternative to abortion. When mothers are given hope through pregnancy care centers, they are able to overcome their concerns and avoid endangering their lives while choosing life for their babies.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 -- Judge suggests that he will overrule the FDA on Plan B
It may not take long for my prediction to play out about Judge Edward Korman rejecting the just released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule to allow Plan B to be sold to teens at 15 years and older. Today Judge Korman said the Obama administration is playing politics with his decision to make emergency contraception available to all ages without a prescription, according to attorneys who were in the courtroom.
Judge Korman said he will make a decision by the end of the week. But in stern language, he made it clear that he was not pleased with the FDAs decision last week to lower the age of access to the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill from 17 to 15, yet require women to provide identification. [5/13 update: Korman denied the FDA attempt to limit distribution by age, but the Obama administration has appealed.]
Does anyone really believe that the Obama administration and the FDA are sincere about this latest age limit when their supporters at Planned Parenthood are all demanding that age restrictions be completely eliminated? I suggest that this approach is just an attempt to get some political mileage out of appearing "reasonable" while they know that the judge will achieve their desired result.
Monday, May 6, 2013 -- Serious concerns about expanded use of Plan B
After the recent court ruling to eliminate age limits for obtaining the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription, followed by the FDA attempt to set the age at 15, I received an email expressing concern about this situation, as follows:
As you must know, the pill is being sold over the counter now, or will be. What can be done about this? The FDA claims it's not an abortion pill, but even the product itself has it on the packaging that it can prevent an already FERTILIZED EGG from implanting onto the lining of the uterus. Then, it dies. How can the FDA's claim be corrected so that the pill cannot be sold over the counter at least? Who can be contacted? Can you help with this? Would it be possible for the Illinois Right to Life to try to somehow get that information to legislatures and people in the system? It would probably be taken off over the counter if they knew that it was basically an abortion pill. Please reply as soon as possible. I would appreciate it. The sooner the better so that the pill doesn't get out to too many people. That way, less lives are lost before that law can be modified.
I emailed this response:
We have reached a situation in world history where truth is considered falsehood and falsehood is declared as truth. Illinois Right to Life Committee has been in the fight from the beginning against the irrational and dangerous concept of allowing sales of Plan B without a prescription.
Consider this article that includes a history of the slippery slope taken along the way to reach this point. I predict that the court will again overrule the FDA on their newly established minimum age of 15 and declare there is no justification for any age limit. The court has already made that declaration once. Why would the judge find 15 OK as an age limit?
What is the basis for such a claim about no justification for an age limit? Unfounded statements from Plan B supporters (Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, pro-abortion physician organizations, etc) that claim Plan B is safe. How was that determined? There have been no studies of the health effects of Plan B on teenagers. The claims are based on a dream world that does not exist, but in today's politically correct society, that is apparently all that is needed, and those who protest are "anti-science", "agenda-driven", or "trying to turn back the clock to 1950."
Snce you are apparently located on a college campus, either as a student or in some other capacity, you may already be aware of how logic gets thrown out the window for political correctness. Here is just one recent article on that problem: Pro-Life Students Face Increasing Harassment on Campus.
One of the ways that the abortion effect of Plan B is denied relates to an unscientific redefinition of the beginning of pregnancy, moving it from fertilization to implantation. Those who deny the abortion effect of Plan B hide behind this redefinition, which actually occurred back in the late 1960s when the contraception pill was first introduced and the purveyors of this new method of birth control wanted to reduce the risk that it would be labeled as causing abortions (which in fact it does in some cases, in the same way Plan B does). Since Plan B is effectively just a much higher dosage of ingredients found in standard contraceptive pills, the stage was set many years ago for denying this aspect of reality.
If you have a Pro-Life student group on your campus, join them. If not, contact Students for Life of Illinois and seek help to form one. You can find more information on this issue (contraception in general and the morning-after pill) at: www.illinoisrighttolife.org/Issues.htm. If this response raises more questions for you than it answers, feel free to contact me again.
Friday, May 3, 2013 -- More infant vaccines correlate to higher infant mortality
A study was recently performed that analyzed the number of required vaccinations before age one compared to infant mortality rates for 34 nations. For example, six of the seven nations with the lowest number of required vaccinations before age one also appeared as six of the top eight nations for lowest infant mortality rate.
The USA has the highest number of required vaccinations by age one at 26 doses. The US infant mortality rate of 6.22 per 1000 live births puts our nation at 34th place, with Cuba in 33rd place. The 6.22 rate compares to rates of 2.3 to 3.79 for the top 10 nations. Those 10 nations are: Singapore, Sweden, Japan, Iceland, France, Finland, Norway, Malta, Andorra, and Czech Republic. Even the 26th ranked nation for infant mortality (New Zealand) has a rate of 4.92, still well below the US rate, and New Zealand is tenth on the list of nations with the lowest number of required vaccinations.
The study, called Infant Mortality Rates Regressed Against Number of Vaccine Doses Routinely Given: Is There a Biochemical or Synergistic Toxicity?, was conducted by Neil Z Miller and Gary S Goldman, and reported in the journal Human and Experimental Toxicology.
Certainly, there is not a perfect correlation between required vaccinations and infant mortality rate, but the analysis performed supports a conclusion that "nations that require more vaccine doses tend to have higher infant mortality rates." One would hope this information would suggest that requiring more vaccinations for infants is not effective for improving health and should be re-evaluated.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 -- FDA is again allowing Plan B for younger teens
Yesterday the FDA announced new rules to allow teens 15 years and older to obtain Plan B without a prescription. This change reduces the age requirement for unrestricted access to Plan B from 17 to 15. Apparently, this FDA expansion of access to Plan B is supposed to be considered reasonable since it comes after an early April judicial ruling that rejected any age restriction on Plan B sales over-the-counter. To see the slippery slope in action, let's review the history of Plan B regulation:
July, 1999 FDA approves Plan B "morning-after pill" as a
Dec, 2011 FDA allows OTC sale of Plan B, but HHS Secretary Sebelius rejects it
April, 2013 Judge Korman rules Plan B must be allowed OTC for all ages
Apr30, 2013 FDA releases rule to allow Plan B "One-Step" OTC for 15 and older
May1, 2013 Justice Dept appeals Korman ruling allowing Plan B for all ages
Through all these gyrations, the trend toward easier access to Plan B can clearly be seen. I predict that the appeals court will send the case back to Judge Korman to consider the new FDA rule that allows OTC access for age 15 and above. Then Korman will rule that there is no justification to prevent younger teens from getting Plan B OTC. Will that decision even be appealed? The agenda is to allow all ages to get Plan B without a prescription, which is a very dangerous result, and should leave the FDA with no credibility for protecting the public.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 -- Poll suggests 55% don't know PP commits abortions
National Right to Life Committee commissioned an opinion poll conducted by the Polling Company to learn about the American public's perception of Planned Parenthood. This poll revealed that 55% of those polled did not know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.
Of the 45% who knew that Planned Parenthood performs abortions, the majority greatly underestimated the number of abortions Planned Parenthood commits annually. Only 14% (6% of the entire sample) knew that Planned Parenthood commits over 300,000 abortions annually. In fact, for 2011, the last year for which data is available, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions, just over 27% of all abortions performed annually in the USA.
Even people who call themselves Pro-Life are uninformed. The poll found 50% of Pro-Life respondents were unaware that Planned Parenthood commits abortions. This survey suggests Pro-Life citizens and the public in general have a very inaccurate understanding of Planned Parenthood's major role in the abortion industry.
The poll was conducted February 28 March 3, 2013, with responses from 1,003 registered voters, and a calculated margin of error of 3.1%. Since this poll was sponsored by a Pro-Life organization, it would be difficult to suggest that slanted questions tainted the results. That means there is much work needed to educate the public about what Planned Parenthood is doing with their graphic sex education programs and their ever expanding share of the abortions committed in the USA, even as the national trend is stable or headed down. If you need to get more informed, get the details on Planned Parenthood here.
Monday, Apr 29, 2013 -- Video evidence of intent to kill abortion survivors
Lila Rose of Live Action has just released two videos showing that Kermit Gosnell, on trial for killing babies born alive during abortions (and many other violations), is not unique among abortion providers in taking immediate action to kill babies who survive abortion.
In one video, Dr. Cesare F. Santangelo of the Washington Surgi-Clinic located in Washington, D.C., explains his approach when a baby is born alive during a late-term abortion. He makes it clear that he will take no action to help the baby survive.
The other video shows a counselor at Dr. Emilys Womens Health Center in the Bronx explaining a late-term abortion procedure. When asked about the possibility of a live baby coming out at home, she stated, "If it comes out, then it comes out. Flush it."
With all odds stacked against them, not just at Gosnell's facility, but probably with most late-term abortion providers, it takes miracles for aborted babies to survive, but some do. Get more details at: Survivors of Abortion Now Saving Other Babies From Abortions.
Friday, Apr 26, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood safer than other abortion providers?
It is somewhat ironic that while trial testimony reveals the abuses of basic medical standards that were occurring at Kermit Gosnell's abortion facility, similar violations of basic medical protocols, and a number of botched abortions, are being discovered at Planned Parenthood locations across the nation, as follows:
These are just the latest incidents relating to Planned Parenthood's track record on abortions. Can they live up to their claim of a "trusted health care provider"?
Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 -- Gosnell trial going to closing arguments
Since I covered the Kermit Gosnell trial two weeks ago, the prosecution has presented more shocking testimony of the abuses witnessed in his abortion facility. Yesterday was surprising because the defense rested without calling any witnesses. Closing arguments are set for next Monday and then the jury will decide this case where Gosnell faces 380 counts, including four murder charges for killing babies and one for killing a mother. Get more background on this case by watching the "3801 Lancaster" video. Recent headlines on the Gosnell case include (see earlier reports):
Monday, Apr 22, 2013 -- "Safe" abortions are a figment of the media's imagination
The evidence has ever so slowly become more visible of the dangerous practices of abortionists, after Kermit Gosnell was charged with both murder and many other violations based on what law enforcement discovered inside of his Philadelphia office in 2010.
Beyond the inherent dangers of the abortion procedure itself, women are more often than anyone would have imagined put at even more serious risks because of the violations of basic medical protocols for safety and cleanliness that are being discovered when abortion providers are finally inspected or investigated. Their urge for speed and profit take precedence over patient safety.
Here are known cases that have been reported so far in April 2013:
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 -- Comparing notes on Pro-Life efforts in USA and Belarus
Today I met with a delegation from Belarus under the US Department of State Community
Connections program. One of the Belarus delegates was very interested in learning
about Pro-Life advocacy efforts in the USA. That interest led to arrangements for
I directed them to information available through the IRLC web site on experiences in addressing fetal anomalies discovered during pregnancy, testimonies from women who regret their abortions, and fetal development information. We also talked about the important role that pregnancy care centers play in reducing abortions here. They obtain abortions in a hospital setting, so they were interested in why many USA abortions are done in clinics.
I also explained to them about Life Chain and 40 Days for Life. They seemed interested in 40 Days for Life. Maybe we will see Belarus added to the 40 Days for Life locations. There was a location in Moscow during the Lent 2013 40 Days for Life.
When others in the Belarus delegation learned about the delegates who were going to talk to a right-to-life organization, someone in the delegation asked why they wanted to talk to people who are known for violence. The mainstream media has managed to spread falsehoods about Pro-Lifers on a worldwide basis.
Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 -- Gosnell trial reveals what Planned Parenthood endorses
Back on April 3rd I mentioned testimony by a Planned Parenthood lobbyist in Florida against a Florida born-alive-infant-protection bill. Today the Florida House passed that bill 119-0, so they were not impressed by Planned Parenthood's position on the bill.
Maybe the Gosnell trial had some impact on the FLorida vote, given that Alisa Lapolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, was effectively supporting the very actions for which Kermit Gosnell is facing charges of first degree murder.
Additionally, earlier this month two nurses who left Planned Parenthood in Delaware revealed that unsafe medical practices there were as common as were found at Gosnell's House of Horrors. These nurses revealed failures to sterilize instruments and clean procedure tables as standard practice at that Planned Parenthood location. Apparently, Planned Parenthood has no more concern for the safety of women than they have for the personhood of babies, born or unborn.
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 -- Dangerous "comprehensive" sex ed bill passes IL House
HB 2675 is the latest attempt to enact dangerous "comprehensive" sex education as a mandate for Illinois schools, and with the intention to prevent teaching of any true abstinence education. HB 2675 was passed today on a vote of 66-52 by the full Illinois House. This vote sends HB 2675 to the Illinois Senate.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 -- Observations from Dying With Dignity Symposium held at UIC
Today I attended the "Dying With Dignity: An Ethical View" symposium sponsored by the John Paul II Newman Center Integritas Institure at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The presenters included five physicians and others who are involved in the medical profession.
The presenters drew from the Catholic principles regarding proportionate and disproportionate means to prolong life. Erica Laethem analyzed these principles in depth. She explained that we do not have absolute control over our lives because they are a gift from God. This principle makes assisted suicide and euthanasia unethical. However, only proportionate means should be taken to preserve our lives to avoid therapeutic overkill. The patient (or the patient's agent) makes the judgment on what is proportionate means, so denying desired care as "futile" is unethical.
Dr. Wesley Ely (an ICU physician) discussed putting death into context through faith, citing Jesus who described death as baptism, and a litany to St. Joseph requesting a good death. Physicians need to determine the spiritual history of their patients to provide them care even when life support (e.g. for heart, lungs, or kidneys) is withdrawn. He quoted St. Gianna Molla who said, "When medicine no longer helps, the soul remains and visiting the sick helps God's priestly mission." Dr. Ely noted that age is not a valid criterion for judging if treatment will be beneficial or not.
Palliative care was distinguished from hospice care, recognizing that palliative care can help alleviate symptoms and side effects during curative care, as well as to provide comfort care for hospice patients. Both Dr. Susie White and Dr. Robert Sawicki noted that when a life-limiting condition progresses, curative care will gradually be reduced as palliative care is increased. They observed that this approach often extends lives compared to cases where palliative care is not included.
Dr. John Siberski works with patients facing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. He explained that these conditions are incurable, but healing is possible. Socialization is very important even in advanced cases. He noted that patients who cannot remember have equal moral standing, so their personhood must be respected by speaking to them, making eye contact, and explaining and asking permission before performing a medical procedure.
The speakers offered life-affirming perspectives on an area of medical practice that seems to find an expanding number of providers who fail to follow these principles, leading to results and directly taking actions and omissions that hasten death. The challenge is to find physicians who take the life-affirming approaches reflected in these presentations.
One point of concern was the recent introduction of the POLST (physician order for life sustaining treatment) form in Illinois. Get perspective on the new Illinois DNR/POLST form here. Another concern was the complete endorsement of organ donation by Dr. Rebecca Davis Mathias. Learn more here to make an informed decision about putting your name on the organ donor registry.
Monday, Apr 15, 2013 -- Low key or secret abortionists in Chicago
Our office recently received a new Chicago yellow pages book. I looked at the "abortion alternatives" and "abortion" sections to see what might be new. I found a listing for an abortion facility that I was not familiar with called All Women's Medical Center, located at 3140 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618.
After checking if anyone had awareness about this abortion facility, I learned from one activist that All Women's Medical Center has actually been there a long time, but they used to conduct abortion business in Spanish only. Maybe that gave them cover because most Pro-Life activists have been overlooking this abortion facility. They must not have advertised in the yellow pages until recently.
When I checked Operation Rescue's listing of Illinois abortion facilities at AbortionDocs.org, I did not find a listing for All Women's Medical Center, suggesting they have not been previously noticed for placement in that comprehensive and highly accurate compilation. They will now be added.
Both surgical and RU-486 abortions are committed there. Pray for conversion of the abortion provider(s) as this location becomes better recognized as another outlet for the culture of death in Chicago area.
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 -- Walgreens a major supporter of Komen, so it helps PP as well
I received a call recently from a very motivated woman from Louisiana. She is a breast cancer survivor who did a Susan G. Komen for the Cure commericial, but that was before she learned of their support for Planned Parenthood. Now she is seeking ways to pressure companies that support Komen to end their support.
Two companies that are big sponsors of Komen include Walgreens and General Mills. Strategies include trying to put pressure on the leaders of companies through the Catholic diocese and Pro-Life offices near their headquarters locations, and even encouraging boycotts of companies that support Komen.
Walgreens is a member of the Million Dollar Council Elite. Results of Walgreens' sponsorship activities are shown by Komen here. Walgreens' sponsorship has been active since January 2011 and includes a $500,000 guaranteed donation annually from the company. However, in-store appeals for Komen to Walgreens' customers raised more than $8.2 million in 2012.
If you are a Walgreens customer, you may want to express your concern to the store manager about Walgreens' support for Komen. Be sure to explain that your concern relates to Komen's grants to Planned Parenthood and the resulting indirect support of abortion by Komen.
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 -- Gosnell murder trial virtually ignored by mainstream media
Murder trials generate intense interest and coverage from the media, but now we see that they make exceptions if the accused is an abortion provider. It is now the fourth week of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial. He is charged with the murder of seven newborn babies and one mother. ["3801 Lancaster" video offers more background on this case.]
Have you heard anything about the testimony against Gosnell that attempts to explain how his abortion practice was responsible for the killing of these babies and one mother? If you have, you probably got your information from Pro-Life sources because the mainstream media is censoring the news to protect the reputation of abortion providers.
The testimony is revolting even without pictures, but sometimes those are provided as well. One testimony after another reveals the complete dehumanization of babies in Gosnell's "House of Horrors." Here are just some of these troubling reports and commentaries about this trial:
at Gosnell Clinic: Babys Chest Moved After Neck Snipped
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 -- Already a done deal; public comments ignored
The public comment period for the "revised" HHS Mandate ended yesterday, but before it ended, a Washington Times article dated yesterday quoted Kathleen Sebelius as stating that the HHS Mandate will take effect August 1st. Even an overwhelming, record number of public comments will have no impact on the Obama administration agenda to force virtually all health insurance plans to fully cover sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraceptives.
As of August 1, 2013, every employee who doesnt work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package, Sebelius said at a forum moderated by Reuters that was held at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Given the court case situation for non-profits that I mentioned last week, pray that the unkept government promise of future "accommodations" to resolve religious liberty concerns is now recognized as meaningless by the courts, so they will accept and hear these cases on their merits. Whether the timing is coincidental or intentional, the Priests for Life case will lead the charge for religious liberty with a court hearing on April 11th.
Monday, Apr 8, 2013 -- Covering up deaths and injuries from botched abortions
Botched abortions are more common than one might think. In part, that is true because abortionists are experts at covering their tracks by falsifying medical records and getting other doctors and regulators to look the other way. Less than a month ago I reported on a spree of botched abortions that were discovered because Pro-Lifers were present to witness the victims being taken to hospitals. Otherwise, these cases would likely never have been discovered.
Not long ago I found a copy of Carol Everett's book Blood Money and began to read it. I was familiar with her story from videos (Meet the Abortion Providers, the movie Bloodmoney, etc.), but the book gives many more details about her life in the abortion industry.
She provides details on specific cases of botched abortions that were successfully covered up. In one case the woman died from blood loss and in other cases women experienced life changing injuries. As the circumstances were presented in the book, I realized that I felt almost nauseous from what was being described. I must say that the impact on me was even greater than my own reaction to the graphic pictures of aborted babies.
Operation Rescue, Pro-Life Action League, Live Action and others are on the front lines tracking down botched abortions and attempting to get state regulators to take action to protect women from these dangerous abortions. The question gets raised about whether such cases are the exception, only caused by a few incompetent abortionists.
Unfortunately for women seeking abortions, the dangers seem to lurk throughout the abortion industry. Remember, all statistics about complication rates are suspect because of the efforts used to cover them up to avoid both lawsuits and enforcement of medical regulations.
The most recent death discovered by Pro-Lifers was the case where Leroy Carhart's botched abortion killed Jennifer Morbelli. Baltimore-based Defend Life has organized a petition campaign seeking to get Carhart's medical license revoked. You can sign that petition here.
Virtually any woman who gets an abortion is taking a serious risk, especially when further into the pregnancy. Abortion providers view botched abortions as simply collateral damage from conducting business, and have little or no concern for the women they injure or kill. If you can justify killing babies to make money, why would these complications bother you?
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 -- Judicial ruling mandates Plan B goes over-the-counter for all ages
In December 2011, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled a decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make Plan B available to all ages over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription. After this surprise ruling by Sebelius to prevent the FDA rule from taking effect, I expressed my theory to explain her unexpected action, when I stated:
There is potentially another explanation. An Associated Press news report indicated "A hearing already was scheduled for next week to consider whether the FDA should be held in contempt of court for not doing so earlier" (referring to relaxing or eliminating the age requirement for over-the-counter access to Plan B). My theory is the possibility that the Obama administration is trying to gain political points with uninformed conservative voters by showing how reasonable they are, knowing that next week they will get what they really want when the court "forces" them to allow Plan B over-the-counter for everyone of any age. In political terms, that's something like eating your cake and having it, too.
Well, it took longer than I expected, but Judge Edward Korman, a Federal judge based in New York City, has now ruled that Plan B must be allowed OTC for all ages, so even young girls can obtain Plan B without a prescription. Waiting until after the November 2012 election for the judicial ruling allowed the Sebelius action rejecting OTC status for Plan B to have maximum political effect with those who are confused about the ultimate agenda of Obama administration policies. Now they can blame it on the judiciary and achieve the policy they wanted in the first place, just in time so teenage girls can get Plan B for "free" under all health insurance policies.
This ruling creates a very dangerous situation for teenage girls who get enticed into sexual activity and are encouraged to use Plan B to protect themselves from a possible pregnancy. No testing has been done to determine the impact of Plan B on the health of the developing female body during the teenage years. Additionally, all testing that was performed assumed that Plan B would be used only on an "emergency" basis (meaning rarely when a "standard" contraceptive approach fails). Young teenage girls are not likely to have a "standard" contraceptive approach when they can get Plan B without a prescription, while needing a prescription to obtain any "standard" contraceptive.
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 -- Checking the current scorecard on HHS Mandate lawsuits
Two court rulings just released offer conflicting signals on the status of lawsuits challenging the HHS Mandate that requires health insurance policies to fully cover sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraceptives as "preventive" services. American Manufacturing Company is the latest for-profit business to be granted an injunction against the HHS Mandate. At the same time, Ave Maria University had their lawsuit dismissed.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is maintaining a scorecard on all the lawsuits filed against the HHS Mandate. They show two categories of lawsuits: for-profit businesses and non-profit entities. Rulings so far in for-profit business cases find 17 out of 22 being granted injuntive relief, with 2 cases awaiting court action. Appeals have been expedited on at least 2 of the 5 businesses denied an injunction.
Non-profit entities have only 2 cases out of 30 that have been allowed to move forward so far, and none of the non-profit plaintiffs have been granted injunctive relief. Of the other 28, 13 have been dismissed, 4 were held in abeyance, 8 are awaiting a ruling, and 3 are waiting for court action.
Why is there such a difference between the two categories of plaintiffs? Unfortunately, most judges are accepting the Obama administration contention that the rules for non-profits have not been finalized yet, so their lawsuits are not "timely." Given that a "final" rule went into effect during 2012, promises of revisions seem to be a weak argument, even if many judges are accepting it.
The other factor judges are using is the one-year waiver of the effective date that was provided to many non-profits, so technically the current "final" rule does not take effect until August 2013. However, the disruption of future plans with this rule that violates religious freedom lurking out there seems like it should be sufficient to overcome the waiver, but only 2 judges have agreed on that point so far.
A revised rule, deemed by the non-profit plaintiffs to make no improvement, is currently in the public comment phase until April 8th. If it becomes a final rule, will the judges allow the non-profit plaintiffs' cases to be heard on their merits? Given the track record of for-profit cases so far, when the lawsuits are heard based on legal arguments, there appears to be solid evidence that judges will rule that the HHS Mandate truly violates religious freedom and cannot stand.
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 -- Travesty and lies coming from Planned Parenthood
This week Alisa Lapolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, opposed a Florida born-alive-infant-protection bill. Legislators asked her to clarify what action Planned Parenthood wanted taken when a living baby was "on the table" after a botched abortion. Though she was evasive, the obvious answer was a dead baby.
Of course, why should we be shocked by this travesty? Snow's position is identical to Illinois State Senator Barack Obama's opposition to a similar bill in Illinois. However, Obama talked about threats to abortion rights and potential conflict with Roe v. Wade rather than about babies the bill was intended to protect. I suppose if he had been asked about a living baby, he would have said answering that question "was about his pay grade."
If a company files suit against the HHS Mandate as a violation of the owners' religious freedom, Planned Parenthood might attempt to damage that company's reputation by falsely labeling the owners as cheating on their taxes. Autocam Corporation of Michigan and its CEO John Kennedy have demanded that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund retract the patently false charge that Autocam has not paid property taxes since 1997, as well as other baseless claims circulated by the taxpayer-funded abortion giant. Public records indicate that Autocam has paid almost $10 million in real property and personal property taxes in the State of Michigan since 1997, including $961,386.74 in the year 2012 alone.Attorneys for Autocam sent a letter demanding that Planned Parenthood immediately eliminate all references to their baseless charges and publish a retraction of their false and defamatory statements.
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 -- Secretive Wichita abortionist will be coming from Chicago
Operation Rescue has discovered who will be committing the abortions at a new abortion facility likely to be opening very soon in Wichita, Kansas. That undercover investigation reveals that Cheryl Chastine, M.D. will be flying in from Chicago area to commit abortions in Wichita.
Dr. Chastinepractices as a family physician at Total Wellness Inc. in Oak Park, IL. A web site describes her practice as a "patient-centered, wellness-focused family medicine practice" that "draws devoted patients from across Chicago and the western suburbs." She specializes in "colposcopy, cryotherapy, endometrial biopsy, intrauterine device (IUD), and dilatation and curettage."
Those last two services reveal her background to perform as an abortionist. Dilatation and curettage is effectively the procedure that is used to commit early abortions. Has she been committing abortions secretly for some of her Chicago area patients?
If you know anyone who is one of her devoted patients, you may want to let them know that she is an abortion provider. Thanks to Operation Rescue for revealing her secret identity.
Monday, Apr 1, 2013 -- Submit comments to HHS before the April 8th deadline
The April 8th deadline is fast approaching for submitting comments on the
Administrations latest proposed rule mandating contraceptive and
abortifacient coverage in health care. If you have not yet acted, please click on this link to send your
comments today. Monday, April 8th, is the last day comments can be submitted.
Please take the time now to speak up for religious liberty and rights of conscience.
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 -- Government funding used to saturate schools with sex
With names like Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), these programs must be useful -- right? They are very useful to generate both funding and customers for Planned Parenthood! These programs are just another way to funnel taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood (PP).
Funds for children touring the White House were cut because of sequestration, but higher priority is given to funds allocated for sexual indoctrination of those same childern, starting in kindergarten. ObamaCare funnels $75 million annually into PREP, which must be used exclusively for Planned Parenthood-style comprehensive sex education programs, where no type of sex is wrong and the only sexual behavior considered unsafe is becoming pregnant.
Over a quarter of these funds ($20 million) have been awarded to a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates, operating under the name Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health, to implement HHSs TOP program across Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 50 sites. In Oregon schools, Planned Parenthood is paying children cash incentives to participate.
PP is given funding to market sex to children in schools under objectives such as sex education, anti-bullying, diversity, and tolerance. Once sexualized, those children then become PP customers for contraceptives, STD testing, and abortion. PP has a real racket going -- get government funding to pay for their marketing efforts to locate new customers and then pay for the "services" these customers need through ObamaCare and Medicaid. Defund Planned Parenthood!
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 -- "First time ever" Pro-Life laws enacted in North Dakota
Blazing the trail on Pro-Life laws, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple today signed Pro-Life bills HB 1305, HB 1456 and SB 2305 into law. HB 1305 is the first law enacted to ban abortions performed solely for the purpose of gender selection or because of genetic abnormalities. For example, Down syndrome babies in North Dakota are protected under HB 1305.
With approval of HB 1456, North Dakota joins Arkansas as the first states to ban abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat. Gov. Dalrymple stated, "Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction in HB 1456, the constitutionality of this measure is an open question."
The third bill signed was SB 2305 to require admitting and staff privileges at a nearby hospital for any physician who performs abortions in North Dakota. The bill adds a unique requirement that the hospital privileges must include allowing abortions to take place in their facility. This bill offers the potential of preventing abortions in North Dakota through lack of abortion providers.
When these laws are challenged in court, opportunities to generate more awareness about the humanity of the unborn child will abound, as will more evidence that abortion providers do not care about the health and safety of their patients.
Monday, Mar 25, 2013 -- Exodus 2013: seeking abortion workers to leave their jobs
April 8th is the first annual "Leave the Abortion Industry" day, called Exodus 2013. Abby Johnson, founder of the And Then There Were None ministry last year, has created this special observance to encourage abortion workers to escape from this deadly work. ATTWN will help those who quit the abortion industry to find more uplifting occupations.
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 -- U.S. Senate votes against religious freedom (again)
The U.S. Senate voted on amendments to their budget resolution. An amendment to rescind the HHS Mandate was defeated. Then a vote to expand conscience rights under the HHS Mandate was also defeated, so a majority of U.S. Senators rejeat religious freedom in favor of free abortion inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives for everyone.
This vote is the second time the Senate has voted against religious freedom, with the first time occuring in March 2012. After the November election there are now three more votes against religious freedom than before. It is tragic that a majority of our senators are unwilling to uphold the Constitution's protections of religious freedom. Now we must depend on the courts.
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood tries to destroy its opposition
A high school math teacher in Portland, Oregon has been targeted by Planned Parenthood, placed on administrative leave, and is likely to be fired. What was his offense? Bill Diss was not willing to let Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette push its Teen Outreach Program (TOP) in his math class. Even though he is an outstanding teacher, recently awarded certification and recognition as the only teacher in Oregon who is qualified to teach college level computer science to high school students for dual credit, that does not matter. Was this a setup? Planned Parenthood has been in pursuit of Mr. Diss since 2007 when he began organizing efforts to stop Planned Parenthood from opening an abortion facility in a minority neighborhood.
Just recently I reported how Planned Parenthood is trying to intimidate a former employee, based on a letter she received. PP views a flyer suggesting that there might be better places to work than the abortion industry as "intimidating and harassing" and threaten to "pursue all available legal remedies" even without evidence that the former employee sent the flyer.
An organization with annual revenue of over $1 billion has the financial means to be a big bully when they feel their image is threatened. Just ask Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 -- Lives lost to gun violence compared to abortion
I was informed today that CNN had a report yesterday evening claiming that 1 million people have been killed by guns since John Lennon died in 1980. The caller was skeptical of this statistic, so he did some research using FBI statistics. He found that the actual total was much closer to 300,000 from 1980 to the present, so CNN reported inaccurate information.
How does the annual FBI total of murders with firearms compare to the annual CDC record of abortions? These government statistics lag behind, but here are the results for two recent years:
Using CDC statistics, abortions are about 86 times more common than murders with guns. Since the Guttmacher Institute reports abortion totals closer to 1,200,000 per year for those same years, abortions then become 131 times more common than murders with guns. Since 1980 there have been about 47 million abortions compared to approximately 300,000 murders with guns. Isn't it time to end the abortion holocaust?
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 -- Job promotion from Obama for haressing Pro-Lifers?
President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, to become the next Secretary of Labor. Perez has been accused of filing baseless lawsuits against successful Pro-Life sidewalk counselors in a blatant attempt to harass them, as a means to chill their right to free speech.
Last September Perez boasted, We have opened 20 civil investigations under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, and filed eight complaints under the Act. Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek revealed the Justice Department's poor record on these FACE cases. Perez has never won a single conviction.
In the case of Mary Susan Pine the Justice Department was ordered to pay $120,000 in attorney fees for wrongly accusing her of violating the FACE law. Last March, the Justice Department dropped all civil charges against Kenneth Scott, who had been accused of 10 FACE violations outside the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver. The other cases have been settled in similar fashion, because Perez provided virtually no evidence to support the charges.
Perez has operated an agenda-driven approach that fosters injustice toward Pro-Life activists. His appointment for Secretary of Labor also raises concerns based on a number of additional controversial decisions and activities during his time at the Justice Department. Express your concern about this nomination to your U.S. Senators.
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 -- China's brutal one-child policy accepted by 75% of population?
A recent report from China calculates that 336 million abortions have been committed there since the brutal one-child policy was implemented in 1980. [That compares to 55 million abortions in the USA since 1973.] The annual abortion rate in China is currently over 13 million, so the abortion rate there is much higher than in the USA.
The report notes that "most people in China support the one-child policy, believing that the country would have suffered an impossible drain on food and resources without it, according to a 2008 survey by the Pew Research Center, which found more than three in four Chinese were in favor."
Do you think the results of an opinion poll in China could be trusted? Maybe the population would be concerned about the govenment learning their opinion and many would answer to reflect the government's viewpoint, even if they disagreed with it.
If that poll is accurate, it suggests that the Chinese public has been misled by their government and media to believe this brutal policy is a necessary evil. While not quite as radical, when the USA population polls majority support for keeping Roe v Wade in place, that opinion reflects the media propaganda about the necessity of abortion availability for the "hard" cases.
With all of the terrible abuses that the Chinese one-child policy has produced, it is concerning that the Chinese population would truly supportt this policy, because it demonstrates how people can be misled about the facts and how the truth can be kept hidden from them. It seems that on many life issues we have developed a similar deception problem here in our own nation. When the truth finally breaks through, abortion on demand will end!
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 -- Elgin zoning law to block mobile ultrasound restrained by courtTLC Pregnancy Services of Elgin IL has been using a mobile ultrasound facility to provide pregnancy care services from sites near the local high school. Then Elgin created a zoning law to prevent TLC from offering these free services.
Fortunately, swift protection came for TLC and the young women of Elgin in response to their recently-submitted Federal lawsuit against Elgins zoning law. TLC claims the zoning laws impair young womens access to the free pregnancy services offered through the mobile ultrasound facility.
Today, United States District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan agreed, after hearing arguments from both sides, that TLC is likely to succeed on the merits of its case. The details of the Temporary Restraining Order state that the young women of Elgin are likely to suffer irreparable harm if Elgins zoning restrictions are applied in a way which denies them access to the free services TLCs mobile ultrasound facility provides.
TLC attorneys hope that this preliminary ruling will motivate Elgin to withdraw this unconstitutional zoning law rather than expend more taxpayer funds to continue defending a law that can only help abortion providers. It would seem that the Elgin city council must not be Pro-Life.
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 -- Dangerous "comprehensive" sex ed bill on IL House floorYesterday, HB 2675 was approved by the Human Services Committee in the Illinois House. This dangerous bill would establish "comprehensive" sex education for Illinois schools. It would amend the Illinois school code to remove most requirements to teach about abstinence until marriage from the section on "sex education" and instead require use of graphic "comprehensive" sex education.
The equivalent Illinois Senate bill is SB 2354. It was postponed in committee this week, but could likely be approved in committee next week. Contact both your state representative and state senator to inform them that they should oppose these dangerous bills (HB 2675 or SB 2354).Find your Districts & Legislators (enter your 9-digit zip code)
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 -- Almost daily headlines on botched abortions so far in MarchHave you seen the almost daily occurrence of headlines about botched abortions recently? You have not? Well, I am not referring to headlines in the mainstream media. They don't consider abortion complications to be news, except for an occasional local story. However, Pro-Life news sources have been reporting frequent cases of women sent to hospitals by botched abortions, and two women have been killed by recent late-term abortions.
Fortunately, none of the known cases of botched abortions reported in March 2013 have occurred in Illinois, but in July 2012, Tonya Reaves was killed by an abortion committed at the Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood in Chicago when she was 16 weeks pregnant. Since then, ambulances have been called to Planned Parenthood in Aurora IL at least twice.
Even with all these botched abortions, abortion advocates still try to claim that abortion is safer than childbirth. They ignore the deadly results of late-term abortions and manipulate statistics to make their unwarranted claims. Even worse, the widespread cases of botched abortions reveal how pervasive is the deficient, or even incompetent, medical care given by abortion providers. Here are the recent articles so far in March 2013:
Death Certificate Confirms New York Woman Died From 33-Week Botched Abortion
Planned Parenthood in California Botches Third Abortion This Year
Three Maryland Abortion Clinics Have Their Licenses Suspended
Abortionist Carhart, Who Killed New York Woman in Failed Abortion, Under Investigation
Investigators: Another Woman Died From Second-Trimester Abortion in Maryland
Remembering How Kermit Gosnell Killed a Woman in a Late-Term Abortion in Philadelphia
Denver Planned Parenthood Tries to Hide Botched Abortion Injuring Woman
Planned Parenthood Injured Two Women in Botched Abortions in Delaware
Botched Late-Term Abortion in New Mexico Lands 14th Woman in Hospital Since 2008
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood threatens lawsuits to deny free speechIt certainly looks like Planned Parenthood (PP) got it right when they decided to stop using "pro-choice" as a slogan. Based on a letter recently received by a former PP employee, they do not want their employees to have any choice regarding employment.
PP views a flyer suggesting that there might be better places to work than the abortion industry as "intimidating and harassing" and threaten to "pursue all available legal remedies." They sent these threats in a letter to a former employee without even having any evidence that she had mailed the flyer to the PP office. They just assumed she was involved, demonstrating a level of paranoia.
Can we take such paranoia as evidence that offering help to workers who want to leave the abortion industry is working? With 46 workers already helped to upgrade their employment prospects, maybe PP is right to become paranoid, but they want to deny free speech as a defense mechanism.
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 -- Damaging scientific progress to satisfy a political agendaDefenders of life in many cases get accused of hindering science to protect an ethical position. I have provided examples previously to demonstrate how the accusers are in fact practicing the negative action they accuse Pro-Lifers of doing.
Richard Doerflinger, the Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expanded on this point in his address to the annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) at the Vatican last month.
In his talk, Doerflinger charged that while secularists regularly chastise believers for waging a war on science," the truth is the exact opposite: that through a stubborn and dogmatic adherence to their creed of amoral utilitarianism, secularists have stunted real progress in many key areas, particularly where science and the life issues intersect.
[S]ome who are hostile to religion have made exaggerated claims about the promise of research that ignores responsible moral norms, to score points against the believers they imagine to be their enemies, said Doerflinger. He cited the misleading claims made about embryonic stem cell research as his leading evidence.
Doerflinger also established that through the medical profession's use of in vitro fertilization to "resolve" infertility and euthanasia (e.g. Netherlands and Belgium) to "resolve" pain and depression, they have lost, or never developed, the skills needed to overcome the underlying causes of infertility or to practice true palliative care.
Friday, Mar 8, 2013 -- Denying reality about abortion to satisfy a political agendaNo matter how much favorable treatment abortion gets from medical associations, governmental bodies including the United Nations, and the media, any proposed law or legal provision that abortion advocates deem will "restrict" abortion gets attacked with inaccurate and misleading information that they have the audicity to claim is based on science.
In North Carolina, where dangerous "comprehensive" sex education has already gotten a foothold in schools, a bill that would simply require students to be told that having an abortion can increase the risk of pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies is getting berated by NARAL as "misinformation that forces teachers to lie to students." In fact, NARAL is doing the lying, given that the link between abortion and premature birth has been well-documented (e.g. article reviewing 7 studies).
As claims that making abortion legal reduces maternal mortality are losing credibility (for good reason, since they are not supported by the facts), new approaches are being invented to push some still reluctant nations to legalize abortion. The United Nations has produced a report claiming that nations that fail to allow legalized abortion are allowing the torture and ill treatment of women. Given that nearly 2/3 of mothers getting abortions feel pressured or forced into it, reality is closer to the opposite of what this UN report claims.
Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 -- Another push in Congress to investigate Planned ParenthoodLast year efforts were made to investigate Planned Parenthood, but no substantive results were achieved, as Planned Parenthood failed to produce the information requested by Rep. Cliff Stearns to allow him to move forward with a Congressional hearing.
Now 72 members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting detailed information about government grants to Planned Parenthood. Leading the effort to uncover information about government money being funneled to Planned Parenthood are Representative Pete Olson of Texas and Representative Diane Black of Tennessee.
Members of Congress are trying to find out the amount of Federal funding received by Planned Parenthood; when and how the funds were disbursed; the agency, grant, or program that was the source of the funding; and how many health services were provided, along with the number of individuals served. Without such statistics, Planned Parenthood has no real accountability for how it spends the $542 million of taxpayer money it is now receiving annually.
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 -- "Heartbeat" bill becomes law in ArkansasBoth houses of the Arkansas state legislature have now overridden Governor Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that requires a test to detect a fetal heartbeat before an abortion, and bans abortion if a heartbeat is detected, except in cases of rape, incest and if a mothers life is in danger.
Last year a similar bill in Ohio was promoted as the "heartbeat bill," but it did not get passed by the Ohio Senate after it passed in the Ohio House. Now that such a bill has become law in Arkansas, the legal battle will begin to get this law declared unconstitutional.
Though a baby's heart begins beating at 18-21 days, detection of a heartbeat is not possible until closer to 12 weeks, so that is anticipated to be the point at which abortion is banned under the bill. This restriction gives Arkansas the earliest ban on abortion since Roe v. Wade.
If the law is enjoined, the Arkansas legislature already has their backup plan in place. Before overriding the governor on this bill, they had overridden his veto of a bill banning abortion at 20 weeks when the baby can fell pain. That law has already taken effect and has not been challenged so far, possibly because late-term abortions are rarely done in Arkansas.
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 -- 700 pages of regulations expand ObamaCare abortion fundingRollout of regulations for ObamaCare continues. On March 1st, 700 pages of new regulations were released by Health and Human Services (HHS). This volume of regulations reflects the complexity of dealing with new insurance exchanges in all 50 states, including 26 states who have refused to get involved in running these exchanges.
Buried in the fine print is another means to expand Federal government funding of abortion. A rule provides that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees Federal health plans, will allow abortion coverage under those plans if the state does. Prior to ObamaCare no Federal health plan was allowed to cover abortion in any state, based on the Hyde Amendment.
States do have the means to opt out of abortion funding, but over half of the states have not yet taken that action, so Federal health plans will cover abortions for all Federal employees residing in those states, effective mid-May, 2013.
So far 18 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin) have enacted legislation to ban abortion coverage in state exchanges. Five other states (Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas) have similar laws in the works. If all of those states are successful, 23 states would prevent abortion coverage for Federal employees residing in those states.
Or would they? This arrangement seems likely to encourage abuse where Federal employees can go across state lines to get abortions in states that allow coverage of abortion. Whether such abuse occurs or not, all tazpayers will be paying, at a minimum, for abortions obtained by Federal employees who reside in over half of the states. Since Illinois is not likely to opt out, Federal employees located in Illinois will be getting abortion coverage.
Monday, Mar 4, 2013 -- 40 Days for Life: 245 babies and their mothers saved so farThe Lenten 40 Days for Life, taking place at 261 abortion facility locations including over 20 outside the USA, has reached the half-way point. Confirmed reports of mothers changing their minds and choosing life for their babies have reached 245 so far.
Of course, reports always lag behind, so even now more babies have been saved that will get reported soon, but there may be many more that we will never know about because no one stopped to share the news with those who were praying at 40 Days for Life vigils. Often mothers see the people praying as a sign from God that they should choose life.
Illinois has four 40 Days for Life locations. They continue through Mar 24th. Get more information for the vigil nearest to you: AuroraChampaign Glen Ellyn Springfield
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 -- Study offers insights on why mothers seek abortionsA study conducted by the Vitae Foundation has assessed the motivation of mothers facing unexpected pregnancies. The study identifies abortion-minded women as focused "more on self-identity issues than on right and wrong." In contrast, abortion vulnerable women feel more guilt and are more concerned with "right and wrong" but are influenced toward abortion by the shame of their unplanned pregnancy.
Abortion-vulnerable women are more likely to be aware of the humanity of their child in utero. The study determined that "women who believe that abortion is murder and yet choose to abort will suffer guilt and regret for the rest of their lives." Reaching these mothers before they make a life-changing mistake requires Pro-Life messaging and marketing that focuses on overcoming the shame they feel toward an "unplanned pregnancy" with an understanding of the lifelong consequences they will feel after aborting their own children.
The studys authors, Charles T. Kenny, Ph.D. and Paul Swope, conclude, "Women carry an unwanted pregnancy to term when guilt wins out over shame, when they feel that the pregnancy will not end their own current and future selves, and that the unborn will be better off alive than dead." This conclusion offers a strategy for creating radio and TV messages to reach mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and help them to locate pregnancy help centers that can provide the supporting details and assistance for them.
Monday, Feb 25, 2013 -- Actions to protect conscience rights from HHS MandateWith the continued push by the Obama administration to violate conscience rights through the HHS mandate to include sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception in all health insurance plans, efforts continue with both legislative strategies and court cases to overturn the mandate.
Recently, nine U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives, along with the Oklahoma Attorney General and 11 other key groups, filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the Becket Funds challenge to the HHS mandate on behalf of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Hobby Lobby was the only business not to receive an injunction to prevent enforcement of the HHS Mandate while their court case continues.
Legislative strategy is focused on including amendments to continuing resolutions and other must-pass funding bills. Such amendments will be designed to protect the conscience rights of every organization, business, and individual affected by the HHS Mandate. Other amendments will specify that no Federal funds can be used to pay for abortions under ObamaCare.
Please contact your Representative in Congress and your two U.S. Senators now and urge them to support all amendments intended to protect the religious freedom and moral convictions of all citizens. For more information and to send a message to Congress, go to NCHLA's action alert.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 -- Message from a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor who quitMight Pro-Life information shared with an abortion doctor lead to a conversion? Most people probably doubt such information could make any difference. In many cases, even if someone gets an opportunity to give the information to an abortion doctor, it probably will be ignored.
Sometimes, however, God is intervening and the information can made a difference. Here is testimony received by Abby Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None, from a converted abortion doctor who left her job at Planned Parenthood:
I just wanted to let you know, youve touched my heart. For years too many years to count, I murdered countless children..up until 3 months ago that is. I believed I was doing what was best at the time. I worked for Planned Parenthood.
I became hardened and cold to the fact, I was killing children. How I, a physician who had taken an oath to preserve life can perform abortions can actually kill defenseless unborn babies literally ripped out, many times in pieces, from the mothers womb, is beyond me..but I see it now. Partial-birth abortions was my living.
Finally one day, something hit me and my hard-heart began to soften. After receiving a pro-life tract, and having read it; I got angry, but I didnt throw it away. And then for some reason, I couldnt perform abortions anymore.
I broke down that day and felt like I had died on the inside. Millions of emotions came at me and I had a weight of guilt, on my shoulders so heavy. So heavy, worse than any depression Ive ever felt.
I felt like, for every baby I had taken from this world, a part of me died as well. I cry as I write this. I cry for the mothers, the fathers..who decided because of choice they would kill their children. I cry for the babies, who were brutally murdered at my hand. It takes a lot to admit that. ALOT.
Where is the churches? The outreach groups? Get out there! Do something. Please! Dont say, it isnt my field Shouldnt it be every moral persons responsibility, to defend the defenseless? And dont tell me pro-life outreach doesnt work, or tracts dont help. It certainly did for me.
Pray that many more such conversions happen soon. And, if you get an opportunity to encounter an abortion doctor, share a Pro-Life message. You might just be God's messenger to achieve a another conversion.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 -- "Surrender the Secret" is a reality show with a profound message"Surrender the Secret" is a reality television show that offers insights with a profound educational message for women who have experienced abortion. The show tells the real-life abortion stories of five women, and follows them as they go through post-abortion recovery. View all episodes of the show here.
Together, these brave women embark upon a healing journey using an eight session bible study called Surrendering the Secret (authored by Pat Layton, LifeWay Press, 2008). This bible study is specifically written for women who have had an abortion. See how they work through different healing exercises which help them get free from the bondages of pain, guilt and shame.
Monday, Feb 18, 2013 -- 26 states opt out of forming ObamaCare insurance exchanges
December 14, 2012 was a deadline for states to make a decision on whether to commit to forming an ObamaCare insurance exchange. When that deadlinie arrived, a final tally of 25 states decided to opt out. An additional 7 states, including Illinois, went with a modified approach that would include both Federal and state participation. That left only 18 states willing to commit.
Apparently, the Obama administration decided they needed to extend the deadline, so they could convince more states to opt in. The new deadline was February 15, 2013. Now 26 states have opted out, with only 17 states willing to form an insurance exchange on their own, and still 7 states going with the shared duties approach.
Maybe the Obama administration should extend the deadline again, so we can see how many more states will decide to opt out when they get another chance to reconsider the fine print. Regardless, forming ObamaCare insurance exchanges is not popular with state governments. The states have figured out they will be left holding the bag on huge unreimbursed costs if they opt in. Where are the cost savings and reduced insurance costs?
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 -- This is reproductive health? 110 million STDs reported
Here is more evidence that Planned Parenthood's approach to "reproductive health" is very unhealthy. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on February 13th an estimated 110 million existing cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and they qualified that estimate by noting, CDC used conservative assumptions in generating its estimates, so the true numbers of STIs in the United States may be even higher than estimated. [STDs have become STIs for "sexually transmitted infections."]
The same report indicates there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year in the United States, costing some $16 billion in direct medical costs. What about all the additional cases that are going untreated because the victims have no symptoms, so they are not aware they are infected? The CDC's answer for that problem is recommendations to get tested annually, or even more frequently, for a range of STIs.
Do these estimates mean that one third of the U.S. population is currently infected? About the only good news is that the CDC estimated the total number of infections in the calendar year, rather than the number of individuals with infection, since one person can have more than one STI at a given time, or more than one episode of a single STI during the year.
Therefore, those unlucky people who think reproductive health begins at Planned Parenthood may raise the STI count without raising the infected person count. What percentage of the population has STIs? Certainly far too many, but not one third of the population.
What is the real solution to this mess? Stop falling for the lie of reproductive choice, and start practicing abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage. People who follow these principles do not become customers of Planned Parenthood, and do not become statistics in CDC reports.
Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 -- Negative diagnosis: contrast best result compared to the worst
I noted a distressing irony in two articles that appeared just days apart about babies diagnosed with serious fetal defects. Sadly, the first case reported led to the death not only of the baby, but of the mother as well. The second case had an unexpected outcome for Adeline Raymond.
Andy and Ida Raymond faced a series of tests after a 10-week ultrasound suggested birth defects. Those tests supported a conclusion that the baby Ida was carrying was severely deformed. Andy stated, They told us it looked like her intestines were outside of her body, her spine had a hole in it, there were cysts around her brain, and her brain was surrounded by fluid.
Of course, abortion was strongly recommended, but Andy and Ida went for a second opinion, which still considered Down syndrome possible, but rejected all of the other negative diagnoses. It turned out Adeline didnt have a single problem. Her parents don't know whether the initial ultrasound was just done too early or whether all the prayer support they received led to divine intervention. By deciding in favor of life, the Raymond family has a healthy baby girl.
The report from the late-term abortion facility of LeRoy Carhart in Maryland revealed a tragic ending: a failed abortion where the mother died. Jennifer Morbelli, of New Rochelle, New York, traveled with her husband, her parents, and her sister to seek an abortion after she learned at 31 weeks that her daughter suffered from fetal anomalies. Carhart's botched abortion attempt at 33 weeks led to massive internal bleeding that eventually killled Jennifer. The decision to abort a wanted pregnancy after discovery of birth defects led to the tragic death of both mother and child.
Whatever defects the baby had may have been treatable, or not as serious as predicted, but the push for abortion, from whatever source, has destroyed a promising future. Late term abortion risks are very high, making that choice an unreliable procedure. Choosing life is always the best choice.
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 -- Roe v. Wade at 40: Not a pretty picture
I received by mail a copy of an article that appeared in an Ottawa newspaper. The article portrayed the Roe v. Wade decision as a foundation that allowed women to achieve many advances in society, but it ignored all the negative impacts of abortion, so I wrote the following letter to the editor:
On February 7th, The Times published an article by Carole Brite, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois that painted a rosy picture of life 40 years after Roes legacy of safe and legal abortions. While some of Brites statistics are correct, there are many aspects of life after Roe that she ignored.
Over 55 million babies have died from safe and legal abortions so publicly funded family planning has certainly failed to make abortion rare. Original promises that legal abortion would eliminate unwanted children and child abuse have not materialized. Child abuse has skyrocketed since Roe. Fewer stable homes with both a father and mother present have contributed to this increase, but studies even show that women who abort children are more likely to abuse children they have later.
Even though more women have college degrees, the poverty rate for households headed by women has risen significantly as the number of such households has skyrocketed after Roe.
The claim that illegal abortions caused as many as one-fifth of all pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths is based on the false premise that 5,000-10,000 women were dying from illegal abortions each year. In fact, 39 deaths from illegal abortions occurred in 1972. After his conversion from abortionist to a defender of life, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was a co-founder of NARAL, admitted the statistic of 5,000-10,000 deaths from illegal abortions was invented and just kept getting repeated once the media ran with it.
Claims that abortion on demand has improved our society are based on statistics that fail to capture the reality of the many negative impacts of abortion. The testimonies of women who have been there confirm that abortion is not a solution, but only creates new problems.
Planned Parenthood has decided to abandon pro-choice because polls show that over 50% are willing to call themselves pro-life while only 41% take the pro-choice label. Now Planned Parenthood wants to say labels are too limiting because the decision to abort is too complex. Choosing life over death is not complex! Choose life!
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 -- 40 Days for Life begins at 261 locations, four in Illinois
40 Days for Life begins tomorrow at 261 locations worldwide. Vigils will run from February 13th to March 24th. Four of those vigils are located in Illinois. The Aurora IL location was blessed with a baby saved from abortion during a kick-off event that occurred last Saturday.
A planned Ohio 40 Days for Life vigil got cancelled because the abortion facility closed at the end of January. A North Carolina 40 Days for Life vigil was moved across town from one abortion facility to another after the targeted site closed permanently.
Get more information about Illinois 40 Days for Life locations here: Aurora, Champaign, Glen Ellyn, and Springfield. Even if you are not able to spend time at a vigil, please support 40 Days for Life through prayer and fasting during Lent.
Monday, Feb 11, 2013 -- Distortion of human sexuality and a roadmap to recovery
Jennifer Fulwiler recently wrote an article that explains her conversion from "pro-choice" to Pro-Life. She discovered a very important connection between how a person perceives human sexuality and their viewpoint on abortion. She reflects on why she felt "Sex could not have been more disconnected from the concept of creating life."
Jennifer recalls these concepts that shaped her view of human sexuality. From adult comments she picked up about babies, they all seemed happy to be done with that, so "kids seemed like an optional add-on that a couple may or may not choose to add to their marriage, as long as they deemed that caring for offspring wouldn't ruin their ability to have fun together."
In sex ed class she "learned not that sex creates babies, but that unprotected sex creates babies" and "does not recall hearing readiness to have a baby being part of a single discussion about deciding when to have sex." She continues, "The concept of just not having sex if we weren't ready to have babies was never discussed." What was discussed was taking any means necessary to abort an unplanned pregnancy. When Jennifer and her husband took a course about building good marriages, the video about good sex did not mention children or babies once, except for a brief comment that couples should discuss the topic of contraception.
Since all these experiences separated sex from babies, Jennifer became convinced that abortion was a necessary option. She explained, "I didn't want women to have to suffer with these unwanted pregnancies that were so totally out of their control." She also noted, "We weren't in favor of killing anyone. We simply felt like women had the right to stop the growth process of a fetus if she faced an unwanted pregnancy."
After encountering information about how abortions take place, Jennifer started to see that she had fallen for one of "the most tempting lies in human history: to dehumanize the enemy. Babies had become the enemy because of their tendencies to pop up out of the blue and ruin everything."
Jennifer found, "It was when I was reading up on the Catholic view of sex and new life that everything changed. ... Their views expressed a fundamentally different understanding of what sex is. And once I heard it, I never saw the world the same way again."
She continues, "The way I'd always seen it, the standard position was that babies are burdens, except for a couple times in life when everything is perfect enough that a couple might temporarily see new life as a good thing. The Catholic position is that new human life is always a good thing. They said that it's fine to attempt to avoid pregnancy for serious reasons, but warned that if we go so far as to adopt a 'contraceptive mentality,' feeling entitled to the pleasure of sex while loathing (and perhaps trying to forget all about) its life-giving properties, we not only disrespect this most sacred of acts, but we begin to see new life as the enemy."
Finally, Jennifer recognized how modern culture had led her astray. She stated, "I came to see that our culture's widespread use and acceptance of contraception had led to this mentality toward sex being the default position. As a society, we'd come to take it for granted that we're entitled to the pleasurable and bonding aspects of sex -- even when we're in a state of being vehemently opposed to any new life it might produce. The option of abstaining from the act that creates babies when we feel like we'd be unable to care for a baby had been removed from the cultural lexicon."
Jennifer's recognition that this cultural view about sex had led to dehumanizing babies ultimately allowed Jennifer to become fully Pro-Life. She was then able to relate to the arguments about the humanity of the unborn child that she ignored or rejected when she was focused on the need for abortion to resolve unplanned pregnancies.
Jennifer's testimony is very important, both as a means to understand those who disagree with the Pro-Life position, and as a warning about the way our culture is bending the minds of our children to fall for this mindset that will justify abortion as necessary by dehumanizing the baby as the enemy, an unwanted burden to be disposed of.
Friday, Feb 8, 2013 -- Shocking evidence of how desensitized abortionists can become
A report about a debate that took place at Brock University in Canada between Stephanie Gray of LifeSiteNews and Dr. Fraser Fellows, a long-term practicing late-term abortionist, reveals shocking evidence of how desensitized an abortionist can become about the human life he is destroying almost every day as his chosen work.
Stephanie played a video showing a series of clips from in-progress, late-term abortions. The footage was viscerally disturbing. It even stunned the predominantly pro-choice university audience, but Dr. Fellows was impassive. Not a twitch or even an expression of discomfort. Only the detachment one might imagine butchers have as they go about their work.
Dr. Fellows was very matter-of-fact in his answers to questions about the consequences of abortions he commits. He did not provide a passionate defense of his work, but instead all the audience saw was a bored look that conveyed an apathetic attitude. Such lack of even a little glimmer of humanity is chilling.
Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood plans to lobby their waiting IL customers
Planned Parenthood of Illinois does not want to miss any opportunties when pushing their social agenda. A number of their Illinois offices are advertising openings for "health center advocacy volunteers" to interact with their waiting customers on political issues. Here is Planned Parenthood's description of the duties of such a volunteer:
Health Center Advocacy volunteers will educate patients in health center waiting rooms and help them voice their support for the reproductive health care issues. Volunteers will distribute information and materials to educate patients about current reproductive health issues and then collect petition signatures, help patients register to vote, and discuss various ways to stay informed and get involved at the local level. Health Center Advocacy volunteers will also be responsible for faxing any data collected to the Community Organizer at the end of each shift.
Either Planned Parenthood got some marching orders from the top community organizer (also called President Obama), or they have some serious plans to further push their agenda in Illinois (e.g. mandate comprehensive sex education, block parental notice, etc).
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 -- HHS Mandate revisions unacceptable and phony
Back on Friday February 1st, the long-promised revisions to the HHS Mandate to resolve concerns about conscience rights were released without fanfare (warning #1). Planned Parenthood and NARAL were soon praising the revisions for preserving "reproductive rights" (warning #2).
Americans United for Life (AUL) and Family Research Council (FRC) made swift assessments of the revised HHS Mandate. AUL finds this revision "grossly inadequate" and observes "that the HHS mandate continues to violate protections in state and Federal laws and the foundational American principle of Freedom of Conscience."
FRC analyzed the new regulations in detail and describes the means provided to ensure access to abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraceptives as an "accounting gimmick." Thus, the phony accomodation offered provides no relief for religious organizations that are not churches.
The revised mandate also establishes that for-profit businesses with religious or moral objections, such as Bible publisher Tyndale and family-run businesses like Hobby Lobby, will absolutely not be afforded any conscientious protection at all.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia described the revision as another ambiguous compromise. He noted, 'The trouble is, the new rules are very complex. And they may actually make things worse. The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the 'compromise' is minimalist."
Any attempt to suggest that concerns about conscience rights and religious freedom have been resolved by the newly revised HHS Mandate are strictly an image created by a liberal media that never understood the issue in the first place. None of the many lawsuits against the HHS Mandate have been resolved by this revision and all will continue forward with full determination.
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 -- Speakers share energy and urgency at Speak Out Illinois
Well over 400 people attended Speak Out Illinois 2013. If you did not make it, you missed getting informed and inspired to proclaim the value of all human life to a culture that has lost its way. The presenters included Eric Scheidler, Ryan Bomberger, and Star Parker.
Eric noted that at this moment in history, many people in the Pro-Life movement feel as if all the work we have been doing for 40 years has been in vain. Eric, however, urged the SpeakOut crowd to take heart by highlighting the Top Ten accomplishments of the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade.
Ryan explained how he and his wife formed The Radiance Foundation to confront the threats to African-American babies from Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities. He noted that Planned Parenthood has organized conferences and advertising in response to his videos that reveal the truth. He also launched a large-scale billboard campaign in Georgia featuring a picture of an African-American baby containing the words Endangered Species and TooManyAborted.com on it, causing outrage among those who hold racist sentiments.
Star Parker was presented the 2013 Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award for her dedication to the cause of defense of life, preservation of the family, and urban renewal. Star shared how she had undergone four abortions and seven years of welfare dependency and how she found redemption in Christ and the grace to rise out of her condition of dependency on government into a newfound dependency on God alone. She became a businesswoman, a radio personality, and eventually a founder and president of the think tank CURE (the Center for Urban Renewal and Education). Star is an outspoken advocate of family life, hard work, and business, but says the role of welfare and government assistance programs inhibit the poor from breaking out of the cycle of poverty.
Monday, Feb 4, 2013 -- HLA brochure reveals the truth about Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood pushes "comprehensive" sex ed, but the IRLC web site has comprehensive details on what Planned Parenthood is trying to accomplish, which is quite different that their marketing hype. Now Human Life Alliance (HLA) has developed a brochure that highlights the truth about Planned Parenthood in a convenient handout for easy distribution.
HLA observed, "You probably already know something about Planned Parenthood, but do you know about its designs to enslave our young people into sexual addiction which drives the profit making service of abortion? Do you know PPs ultimate goal is population control?"
Unfortunately, these truths are well hidden. Too many people believe Planned Parenthood and its workers are the good guys and that they protect us from the dangers of unwanted children and unprotected sex. HLA says, "Its time to put a stop to this ignorance." Thus, the HLA brochure "The Truth Behind Planned Parenthood" is available to provide the facts. Get copies from Human Life Alliance.
Friday, Feb 1, 2013 -- Heartbeat bill is now moving in Arkansas legislature
The Arkansas Senate has taken up where the Ohio Senate left off. In 2012 the Ohio Senate let a bill known as the " heartbeat bill" expire at the end of their 2012 session after it had passed the Ohio House. Yesterday, the Arkansas Senate passed a similar bill and will be sending it to the Arkansas House. The bill would ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected.
In most cases a baby's heartbeat can be detected anywhere from 18-21 days into the pregnancy, which occurs before most women know they are pregnant. The result would be a nearly total ban on abortion. Debating this bill is a tremendous educational opportunity to reveal the humanity of the unborn child.
Some Pro-Life organizations are concerned about bills such as the " heartbeat bill" out of a concern that it will be struck down in court if passed. Whether that might happen or not, the educational value of the " heartbeat bill" cannot be overlooked. It is not clear how this bill will proceed in the Arkansas House, and the governor might veto it, if it passes there.
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