NOLA Planned Parenthood resumes construction; contractor says will walk for payoff

0_0_0_0_250_188_csupload_54196699_largeThe New Orleans Advocate reported today construction on the troubled New Orleans Planned Parenthood abortion facility has resumed amidst problems within and without.

The 8,000 square foot mill project stalled almost immediately after its ballyhooed groundbreaking in May 2013.

In the 22 months since, only the foundation has been dug.

Meanwhile, in January the Louisiana Health Department rejected Planned Parenthood’s certificate of need, so at this point even if the building is completed, it can’t commit abortions.

But this is shaky assurance to local pro-lifers, who are still fighting to keep the building from ever being completed.

Originally estimated to cost $4.2 million, the clinic is now “millions” more underwater, according to an unnamed inside source to NOA.

A major hold-up has been concrete.  Four concrete companies had turned down the job until Absolute Concrete Services took Planned Parenthood’s financial bait. Louisiana Coalition for Life has posted a list of collaborators.

On February 27, Pastor Bill Shanks of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Kenner was one of two pastors who visited the home of Absolute Concrete owners Melvin and Linda Backes. Click to enlarge photo of the pastor in front of their home…

Pastor Shanks at Backes address

The couple told the pastors they owned the company but son Ronald runs it.

I spoke with Pastor Shanks by phone, and he said Melvin told him, “This is just business. If you give me $20,000, I’ll tear up the contract.”

Melvin is a retired firefighter.

“My son is a firefighter, too, and knows Melvin as a brave man,” Pastor Shanks told me. “I told him to be brave for the babies. And I warned him that I’ve been involved in this fight for years and have seen one after another business crumble after becoming involved in abortion.”

Pastor Shanks said Linda’s heart was “as hard as concrete.” She told him she supported abortion and Planned Parenthood, adding, “If we let these babies live, they’ll just grow up and kill us.”

Absolute Concrete has not returned my calls requesting comment.

This past Saturday, about 50 pro-lifers protested and prayed at the site, getting workers to leave….

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The workers were back today, but pro-lifers will not rest.

Take the poll! Should pro-lifers collect the $20,000 to get Absolute Concrete to walk off the job?

[Top photo Absolute Concrete; Louisiana pro-lifer; bottom photo New Orleans Advocate]

AR Dept of Transportation backpedals, says pro-lifers can hold signs after all

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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department sent Thomas More Society a letter today stating Fayetteville 40 Days for Life could resume holding signs at its prayer vigil outside the Fayetteville Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

“It appears that the communication from the AHTD district office was misinterpreted and/or misunderstood,” wrote Rita Looney, Chief Legal Counsel for AHTD.

With that, the Department’s violation of the pro-lifers’ right of free speech ended one week after it began.

Thomas More Society is a national pro-life public interest law firm that quickly took up the cause of the 40 Days for Life campaigners after AHTD employee Tina Sinclair approached the group on February 23 and 25 and claimed members were not only forbidden from posting pro-life signs in the ground but also from even holding them.

This warning came although the pro-lifers were standing on public property and had heretofore conducted eight vigils at the same location without incident.

Sinclair said the volunteers would be fined $25-$100 each for violations.

Since that time the pro-lifers have been holding vigil at the same location, but wearing pro-life t-shirts instead of holding signs to broadcast their message….

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But today, the 40 Days group resumed holding signs.

It’s never easy. Thanks to 40 Days and TMS for standing their ground for the sake of preborn babies and their mothers.

To date at least 87 babies have been saved from abortion from the 40 Days spring campaign.

[Bottom photo via arkansasonline.com]

Pro-life vid of day: High schooler sees abortion – “I had no idea”

by Kelli

Yet another “fence-sitting” high school student received thought-provoking information from a recent Created Equal outreach.

“I had no idea it was like this,” he remarks, after at first stating that abortion would never affect him personally because he never planned to have children:

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Stanek Sunday funnies 3-1-15

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

by Steve Breen at Townhall.com
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 by Signe Wilkinson at GoComics.com

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Sunday Word: “Evil people do not understand justice”

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Those who abandon God’s teachings praise wicked people,
but those who follow God’s teachings oppose wicked people.
Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand everything.

~ Proverbs 28:4-5, God’s Word translation

Stanek weekend Q: Thoughts on pregnancy tests in bars?

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Pro-abortion writer Robin Marty thinks there must be a “better way” to remind sexually active imbibing women of a sobering fact:

A new campaign to offer pregnancy tests in bar restrooms in Alaska has the same “facetious” issue, with a photo implying that drinking alcohol goes straight to the fetus in your belly. While fetal alcohol syndrome campaigns are laudable, and yay for free condoms at the bar to help with unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, surely we have to have a better way to get the message across?

To clarify, the state is offering free pregnancy tests, dispensed when pushing the button at the bottom of the poster. (Next to the poster are obligatory free condoms.)

Why would anyone have a problem with such a campaign advocating responsible drinking of the fetal kind? Could it be that these are not so subtle reminders that women may be drinking for two?

Your thoughts? Take the poll…

 

UK pro-choice Left “can accept no opposing view”

by Kelli

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The failure of this very modest amendment says a lot about the state of abortion politics in Britain.

The Left-wing establishment could not let it pass because it cannot tolerate the concept of any limit on access to abortion whatsoever. It proclaims that it wants abortion to be safe, legal and rare. But it regards abortion as a fundamental human right if not a positive assertion of a woman’s freedom to control her own destiny – and any attempt to constrict a human freedom is, obviously, a betrayal of that freedom in principle.

In trumpeting the right of abortion over any wider concerns about, say, its effects upon society, gender relations or (Heaven forbid) the welfare of the unborn child itself, the establishment Left has made its position as plain and bold as possible.

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Pro-life blog buzz 2-27-15

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

  • John Smeaton comments on the defeat of a sex-selection abortion ban in the UK. Opponents of the ban were apparently afraid it might “confer personhood on the foetus.”
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Pro-life vid of day: Project Truth’s summer roadshow in UK

by Kelli

It’s time to take a look at what our pro-life brothers and sisters were up to across the pond last summer. About this video, SPUC Scotland states:

Project Truth aims to bring the pro-life message to the public, to show the dignity of the unborn child, by looking at the simple facts of their development in the womb.

This roadshow brought together 11 young people from all across the UK, covering 5 cities in 5 days and finishing with a Youth Rally in Glasgow.

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HBO’s “Girls” hopes to mainstream abortion

by Carder

Girls HBOWomen’s stories about abortion are slowly, thoughtfully, and carefully coming into the mainstream. And as they do, the word itself – abortion – becomes less stigmatized, more human. This week’s “Girls” was an abrupt and necessary reminder that there is not just one type of abortion experience.

Whether it was too abrupt, casual, or weird is, per every episode of “Girls,” utterly beside the point.

~ Ali Vitali just thrilled over HBO’s “Girls” and its “atypical” treatment of abortion, MSNBC, February 25

[Photo via Man Repeller]

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by Kelli

Father Pavone poses with young family following news conference in Washington on RU-486 reversal protocol

The “reversals” also show that the ingestion of medication abortion drugs is never a sure thing when it comes to terminating a pregnancy. While anti-abortion activists tout the alleged “high complication rates” of the process, what they conveniently leave out is that the most common complication is that the patient remains pregnant, and that the protocol needs to be followed up with D&C or vacuum aspiration abortion in order to end the pregnancy….

Why is the “reversal” apparently so successful then? Primarily it is because those who are trying to continue the pregnancy are already in the midst of a failed medication abortion to start with….

“There’s no evidence of any demonstrable effect of the ‘treatment’ these anti-abortion centers are marketing,” Dr. Cheryl Chastine, a provider at South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas, said. “The medical literature is quite clear that mifepristone on its own is only about 50 percent effective at ending a pregnancy. That means that even if these doctors were to offer a large dose of purple Skittles, they’d appear to have ‘worked’ to ‘save’ the pregnancy about half the time. Those numbers are consistent with what these people are reporting.”

Dr. Chastine isn’t alone in her assessment. Dr. Dan Grossman, vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health [and pro-abortion author at RH Reality Check], told Iowa Public Radio that the “treatment” was unlikely to be doing anything at all.

“[The abortion pill] binds much more tightly to the progesterone receptor, to block it than progesterone itself does…. So there really is not much evidence to indicate, I’m really not aware of anything, that by increasing the amount of progesterone you’re gonna somehow block the effect of this drug….

I think this is really outside of standard of care to just begin doing this kind of treatment, without collecting more rigorous studies about its effectiveness.”

~ Robin Marty, questioning whether attempting to save babies like Gabriel Caicedo (pictured above with his parents and Fr. Frank Pavone) is worth it, Talking Points Memo, March 2

Note: The function of mifepristone is to block progesterone receptors (which is why, in an abortion pill reversal, an extra injection of progesterone is given to counteract these effects). Mifepristone “directly causes endometrial decidual degeneration, cervical softening and dilatation, release of endogenous prostaglandins, and an increase in the sensitivity of the myometrium to the contractile effects of prostaglandins. Mifepristone-induced decidual breakdown indirectly leads to trophoblast detachment, resulting in decreased syncytiotrophoblast production of hCG, which in turn causes decreased production of progesterone by the corpus luteum (pregnancy is dependent on progesterone production by the corpus luteum through the first 9 weeks of gestation—until placental progesterone production has increased enough to take the place of corpus luteum progesterone production).”

[Photo via CatholicPhilly.com]

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