Pro-life blog buzz 9-2-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • Americans United for Life board member Monique Chireau was quoted in a piece at the New York Times, but AUL says the NYT failed to report some pertinent information:

    Abortion data in the United States is VOLUNTARILY reported by abortionists – and some states don’t report at all.

    In contrast to most important health indicators – births, deaths, cancer, HIV, STDs, etc. – there is no national reporting law requiring that abortions or their complications be reported to national health officials or agencies. Our model legislation has been designed to address this void. And to require women and girls be given all the information available before having an abortion or taking a life-ending drug.

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  • Big Blue Wave reports on a trend from India in which multiple surrogates are impregnated and then the healthiest of their preborn children are “cherry picked” – while abortion is demanded of those not selected. The surrogates have no rights and are often forced to take abortion pills (unknowingly) upon command, and are then told that they have miscarried:

    What makes such cases worse is that surrogates often have to forfeit a significant portion of their fee if they miscarry. Some are not even paid if they fail to conceive.

    Where is the dignity of the human person in any of this?

  • Clinic Quotes has a 2005 quote from an abortion clinic administrator, which reveals the stigma of abortion, even among the medical community:

    It’s just so difficult to provide abortions for patients here when there’s zero support from the medical community.

    Nine years later, not much has changed. Medical professionals still shun abortion.

  • The Leading Edge says New Zealand’s leading newspaper is sending mixed messages by publishing an article which glamorizes elderly suicide and yet ends with a list of help lines for suicide prevention. Is this their idea of balanced?

    This morning the NZ Herald has published a lead article that should cause all of us who care about vulnerable and isolated members of our community to be extremely concerned.

    The article presents a favourable view of the very tragic act of suicide, and even encourages people to read excerpts from the suicide note that the victim left behind which promotes suicide as a positive thing.

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  • In light of PBS’ decision to air a documentary glorifying late-term abortionists, Pro-Life in TN reposts some popular stories of couples who carried to term and honored the lives of their children, however brief.

    These parents who chose life in the midst of difficulty are the real heroes – not those who profit from killing such children. The documentary Choosing Thomas is especially inspiring (screenshot from film, right). Thomas’ mother summed up the dignity of her son’s life with these words: “We didn’t terminate because he was our son.”

  • At Live Action News, Lauren Enriquez discusses the sinister mentality that lies at the heart of the anti-life movement:

    What do Margaret Sanger, After Tiller, and child euthanasia have in common? The idea that some lives are not worth living….

    Obstetricians have bought into the notion that “quality of life” trumps “right to life.” They are not encouraged to wait and see what happens at birth, to give the baby a chance to fight, or — most disappointing of all — to see what the baby actually has to offer the world himself by being given the chance to exist. Yes, maybe he will die in his mother’s arms after he is born. Yes, maybe he will suffer. But suffering should not determine a person’s inherent value….

    Viewing only certain, select lives as valuable represents a miserable failure to the suffering, or “unfit” of the world. These can become the direct victims — of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics, abortionists’ brutality, or “progressive” countries’ euthanasia. But the direct victims of these actions are not the only ones victimized by this worldview. Indeed, every human to whom it is suggested that his value is measurable by another person suffers a grave injustice.

[Photos via BBC News, 37days.com]

Pro-life vid of day: Parents chose life for boy without arms

bannonfamilyby Kelli

From Live Action News comes the story of Timmy Bannon, who, like his mother Linda, was born with a condition known as Holt-Oram syndrome, which can cause heart abnormalities along with skeletal abnormalities in the hands and arms. The Bannons knew there was a chance their son would be born with this syndrome, but they wanted a child – not a perfect child – their child. And they welcomed him:

Linda shares that abortion was suggested to her and Richard as an option for Timmy….

Perhaps it was strange for Linda to hear a doctor suggest that she might want to kill her baby boy who was just like her. Linda leads a happy and fulfilled life, and she personally knows that a lack of arms does not stop a person from being a very loved individual with a wonderful life….

The Bannons wanted “a baby.” They did not expect “a perfect baby” who was required to be 100% perfect in the eyes of the world. Instead, they expected that their baby, no matter his disabilities, would be loved.

And what does Timmy have to say about his life?

“I’m just like the other kids. Just like ‘em. And I’ll be like just like them every time of my life.”

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[Photo via amazngfacts.com]

Pro-life vid of day: Attacker’s mother sues Created Equal

createdequal5by Hans Johnson

Restitution has been paid and the charges have been dropped in the case of Victoria Duran, the young woman who attacked Created Equal’s Seth Drayer and damaged signs in an incident in downtown Columbus, Ohio, in July. Now a lawsuit has been filed by her mother accusing the pro-life group of causing emotional distress and inciting harrassment of her daughter. CE counters that no intention of this can be shown, and thus the charges are frivolous.

It was also claimed that Drayer was not pushed into a bus (refuted in this newly-released video footage of the confrontation [WARNING: PROFANITY]) and that no effort was made to contact her daughter or drop the complaint. But CE answers that the prosecution was told from the beginning that they would do so after an apology, and that a “temporary restraining order (which we did not seek)” was put in place preventing them from contact.

Despite the assertion by Duran’s mother, Anairis C. Carter, that no apology would be coming (see her comment on Facebook), the charges were dropped. She also claims her daughter’s autism was a reason for her daughter’s outburst in this interview on Fox28. (Click image to watch):

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Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

[HT: Mark Harrington]

NBC medical expert: Joan Rivers’ emergency a reminder on importance of admitting privileges

joan-rivers-435Comedienne Joan Rivers remains in critical condition today after going into respiratory and cardiac arrest August 29 during what has been described as a “routine throat procedure,” a “minor procedure,” and “outpatient surgery.”

Rivers was rushed by ambulance from Yorkville Endoscopy to Mount Sinai Hospital, located nine blocks apart.

We pray the 81-year-old is restored to health, although there are concerns “the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair,” according to New York Daily News, in which case Rivers allegedly “would not want to live unless she could enjoy ‘a full and active life’” because she “would not want to be a burden on anyone” – a topic for another post.

What connects this to the abortion issue is what NBC News’ chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman (pictured below right), said we could learn from this tragedy on The Today Show on August 29:

The really important thing here is that every time you think you’re going to have a procedure, no matter how minor, you have to constantly remind yourself that although these things are rare, they can happen. And one more thing I should say, make sure your doctor has admitting privileges to the local hospital, because in this case it may well have saved Joan Rivers’ life.”

This is logical and sound medical advice, right? Noncontroversial… except when it comes to abortion, when common sense is thrown out the window.

nancy snydermanThe issue of abortionists having admitting privileges at nearby hospitals has become huge in recent years, and even recent days, as several states have moved to enact such laws. Abortion proponents always oppose these as an “undue burden,” “medically unnecessary,” and even an “assault” on women – a backdoor attempt by pro-lifers to shut down clinics.

In fact, for many, including myself, this is indeed a backdoor attempt to shut down clinics.

But so what. This should be separated from the fact that such laws do indeed protect women’s health and safety. Who wants to go to a doctor who can’t get hospital admitting privileges? And why should abortion clinics be allowed to operate as substandard medical facilities simply to protect abortion? Abortion most certainly isn’t a benign procedure. Since abortion was legalized in 1973, at least 411 mothers (CDC Table 25 - as of 2009, the latest figures available) have died due to abortions at legal clinics. That’s just deaths.

Only hours ago a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of Louisiana’s admitting privileges law, due to take effect today.

And on Friday a federal judge blocked Texas from enforcing a law forcing abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical treatment centers, which is related since some of these regulations ensure halls and doorways are wide enough to fit gurneys and wheelchairs.

These are just two examples of  the”abortion distortion” we see in U.S. courts, of which Joan Rivers’ tragedy reminds us. Such irrational legal decisions kill not just children but their mothers.

[HT: Saynsumthn blog]

Int’l Illegal abortion pusher: US has access issues but don’t count on my help

by Carder

GompertsI know that it’s difficult, because abortion is not accessible to them. But this is not our work. I think this is a problem the U.S. has to solve itself. There are so many resources, so much money available there for abortion rights groups, I think they should be able to work on this. Starting on paper, with changing the laws.

~ Abortion-on-the-sea organization Women on Waves founder Rebecca Gomperts explaining why her Women on Web tele-med abortion practice does not service women in the United States. She focuses on countries where abortion is illegal, New York Times, August 28

Stanek Sunday funnies 8-31-14

Happy Sunday and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Here were my top five favorite political cartoons this week. Be sure to vote for your fav in the poll at the bottom of the post!

We start with a twofer by Dana Summers at Townhall.com
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Stanek Sunday Word: “He chose what the world thinks is nothing…”

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I Corinthians 1 28

He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.

~ I Corinthians 1:28, Good News Translation

Pro-life photo of the week: Benham Bros out senators who oppose 20-wk abortion ban

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David and Benham out Senator Kay Hagan for her opposite to late-term abortion ban

Backdrop, via CharlotteObserver.com, August 27:

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Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers press PBS to cancel “After Tiller” or demand equal time?

PBS After Tiller pro-abortion filmSince news broke that PBS, a taxpayer-funded public television station, will air the late-term abortion and abortionist propaganda documentary After Tiller throughout the month of September, pro-lifers have been up in arms.

American Life League is demanding PBS cancel After Tiller.

Meanwhile, a petition drive has been launched to press PBS to air the pro-life documentary 40. Another petition drive wants PBS to air Maafa21. Other suggestions I’ve read include After the Choice and Life Happens.

A PBS official told Dustin Siggins of LifeSiteNews.com yesterday it currently has no plans to air a pro-life counterpart to After Tiller, but it seems as if a strong case could be made for equal time.

What do you think? Should pro-lifers fight the airing of this pro-abortion “crockumentary,” or should we use the opportunity to demand equal time? Also take the poll!

 

Transgender world excluded from pro-choice slogans

10299863_643046945782168_2130286851_nThe narratives most often used to spread reproductive justice awareness always center the discussion on “Women’s Rights.” But since I’m not a woman, I’ve felt very disconnected from the spaces I work in….

I was twenty when I had a medicinal abortion, and I have been on some form of birth control since that time. Even though the ability to reproduce hasn’t always been a factor with the partners I have had, I like knowing that I have a back-up plan and hormonal regularity….

Even the intake forms at my local Planned Parenthood are incredibly trans-exclusive! When I went to Planned Parenthood to get birth control I wasn’t given the option to state my preferred name or personal pronouns….

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25-emily-bazelon-headshot-articleInlineby Kelli

One of the tricky parts about medical abortion is that these drugs work all the way through a pregnancy, although they become less effective and the rate of complication rises in the course of pregnancy. So it is not recommended to have a second-trimester medical abortion without the supervision of a doctor. It’s not as if someone couldn’t try. But it is certainly a risk. It’s not happening, but theoretically it could.

There’s also a deeper question here. If you know there is a risk someone can misuse a drug, what do you do about it? One of the things that people who advocate for medical abortions say is that there are drugs like Tylenol on the shelves of every pharmacy that anyone could buy and overdose on and kill themselves. You can buy bleach. It doesn’t mean we make those substances unavailable.

What do you do with the possibility that women might misuse these drugs? Do you take it away from them? Or do you trust them?

~ New York Times writer Emily Bazelon, responding to the question, “Could the women who are requesting abortion drugs from Women on Web lie about how far along in their pregnancies they are?”, as quoted in “Behind the Cover Story: Emily Bazelon on Medical Abortion Through the Mail,” The 6th Floor, September 1

[Photo via The 6th Floor]

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