Pro-life blog buzz 4-17-15

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

  • At Women’s Rights without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn shines a light on another problem in China – baby trafficking. 37 babies were recently rescued from a baby-selling ring:

    According to CNN, human traffickers were recruiting pregnant women in the area willing to sell their babies and hid them in the factory until they gave birth. Then, after the women had their babies, they gave the newborns over to the traffickers and left.

    A Chinese police official, Chen Shiqu, said that the incident is a “new criminal pattern” in which child traffickers take pregnant women to a specific place to give birth. Currently, police have 103 people in custody who are suspected of selling or buying children.

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  • The Survivors discuss why they attend the San Diego Earth Fair, despite encountering opposition. Their goal on Sunday, April 19, is to “help bring an end to abortion” by spreading awareness and talking about abortion with the public.
  • Wesley J. Smith has two excellent articles about the slippery slope of assisted suicide, which is taking hold in the medical community. “Do no harm” appears to have gone by the wayside. The first highlights a recent survey which found that high percentages of Dutch physicians “would kill cancer patients, and 1/3 would be willing to euthanize the mentally ill.” The second discusses mental health practitioners’ “radically changing ethics” in favor of “rational suicide” among the healthy elderly.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog writes about the recent interview between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and FOX’s Megyn Kelly in which DWS sticks to the Democratic Party mantra as she defends third trimester abortion.
  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla shares the latest study on Plan B and whether it is an abortifacient – and why it is distributed at Catholic hospitals:

    This study should immediately put to rest the practice of Catholic hospitals to prescribe Plan B to rape victims within their emergency rooms. Such a practice should be ended everywhere.

    If a child may die as a result of a woman taking the Plan B pill, I am not sure how anyone in good conscience could encourage she take it.

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  • ProWomanProLife spotlights a pro-life investigator who uncovered the reasons why a governmental agency in Canada decided to revoke funding for pregnancy care centers:

    Pat Maloney, Canada’s pro-life investigator, uncovered another interesting fact: Remember when Fake Person complained to Trillium, and then Trillium revoked funding to Pregnancy Options and Support Centre in Sarnia?

    Guess who the CEO is of the Ontario Trillium Foundation? Andrea Cohen Barrack [pictured]

    And guess who the Chairperson is of International Planned Parenthood for Canada? Andrea Cohen Barrack

    The one and the same person.

  • Pro-Life Action League rejoices that a video showing a patient being hauled away from an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, ended up saving the life of a baby whose mother was considering an abortion:

    On Friday we learned that a pregnant woman who was considering abortion saw this video. After viewing this video and seeing how little the abortion industry truly cares for women, she chose life for her baby!

    The League is happy to have been a part of saving this life, but we could never have made this video if faithful pro-lifers were not on the scene with cameras to capture the ambulance transport as it happened!

Pro-life vid of day: Democrats are extremists on abortion

by Kelli

Political commentator and former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino appeared on Fox’s The Kelly File where she and Megyn Kelly discussed GOP Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s recent remarks on late-term abortion and on Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hardline pro-abortion response.

Perino and Kelly point out how the the majority of Americans oppose both second and third trimester abortions, and how the Democrats are the true extremists on late-term abortion:

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Pro-life vid of day: Pro-choicer arrested at Ohio State

by Hans Johnson

Created Equal has for the past two years taken its jumbotron to high school and college campuses, as well as to the March For Life, showing the grisly results of abortion. But as founder and executive director Mark Harrington told a reporter: “We believe it’s time to up our game. It’s time for the American people to actually see an abortion in progress.”

On Tuesday, actual abortion footage was shown at Ohio State University, and pro-choice reaction was mostly calm, except for one man singing a taunting nonsense song, saying, “kill your unborn.” But another, a 23-year-old intern, bullied his way through volunteers, attempting to unplug the monitor. He said to campus police: “I wanted to not see those images.” He was uncooperative, and when he sensed he was about to be arrested, he tried to flee.

Although Created Equal is not pressing charges, the man still faces charges for obstructing the investigation:

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Johns Hopkins attempts to ban “disturbing” human fetal models

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I certainly find it ironic that a university that has dedicated itself to the advancement of medicine and biology would find displaying medically accurate fetal models disturbing and offensive.

I mean, these are images shown in high school textbooks.

~ Andrew Guernsey of the JHU Voice for Life, a pro-life group on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, reacting to the banning (and then lifting of the ban) of a display featuring life-like models of human fetal development, as quoted by Maxim Lott, Fox News, April 15

The article also notes an email sent to the student group, rejecting their display. In part, it read: “We’ve reviewed your pictures with our advisers and have determined that your display contains triggering and disturbing images and content.”

LifeSiteNews quotes another part of the email: “Out of respect for our relationship of the past 30 years, we would appreciate if you refrained from using the fetus models…. We hope you understand that our intention is not to restrict your freedom of speech or expression, but rather to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all.”

Stories of pro-life activists getting abortions don’t ring true

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Emily Yoffe’s (pictured right) “Dear Prudence” advice column recently included a letter from a “pro-choice” woman who assisted her pro-life activist friend in obtaining an abortion.

The story sounds familiar. Very familiar. In fact, stories about pro-life activists getting abortions mysteriously pop up all the time in pro-abortion literature.

The narrative is always the same.

1) A loud, insensitive pro-life protester or sidewalk counselor gets pregnant and seeks an abortion.

2) She goes to the same clinic where she frequently protests.

3) The reaction from clinic staff ranges from puzzled to amused — but never openly hostile.

4) The abortion is performed and the clinic staff always agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the pro-lifer.

5) The pro-lifer resumes picketing or protesting.

These stories frankly fail to hold water for several reasons.

  • Why would the pro-lifer obtain an abortion from the clinic she was protesting at? She would risk being noticed by the other sidewalk counselors and prayer warriors. She would also risk the clinic “outing” her. It would make far more sense to go to another clinic.
  • Why would the abortion clinic perform an abortion on an avowed pro-life activist? Wouldn’t they be concerned that the pro-lifer might be a spy? Wouldn’t they be concerned that it might be some kind of sting operation?
  • Why would the clinic be so eager to maintain the confidentiality of a clinic protestor?
  • And in the version that appeared in Dear Prudence, the pro-lifer goes to the clinic while wearing an elaborate disguise. I doubt anyone would want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure while in disguise. Furthermore, wouldn’t clinic staff, who would be in close contact with the woman, notice the disguise? Wouldn’t they be concerned
    about performing an abortion on someone who was clearly trying to conceal her identity?

In the end, Yoffe (who identifies as “pro-choice”) chose to publish this letter and encourage the the pro-choice writer to confront her pro-life friend about her apparent hypocrisy. She should have done more diligence.

[Photo of Emily Yoffe via advocate.com]

Pro-life news brief 4-15-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • NARAL will be hosting an event where comedians make fun of pro-life pregnancy resource centers:

    There’s no shortage of these laughably absurd anecdotes, and NARAL is now hoping to shed light on the manipulative tactics and misinformation of crisis pregnancy centers through an unconventional advocacy event this week in Oakland: a comedy show….

    On April 16 at the New Parkway (474 24th St., Oakland), four comedians will speak out about crisis pregnancy centers as part of a comedy event NARAL is organizing called Stand Up for Choice. The show will feature Kurt Braunohler, a Los Angeles-based comedian and the event’s headliner; Nato Green, a San Francisco-based comic and San Francisco Examiner columnist; Aparna Nancherla, a New York-based comic and former writer for W. Kamau Bell’s show Totally Biased; and Eliza Skinner, an LA-based comic and Funny or Die writer. Their stand-up routines will touch on CPCs and other topics….

    A majority of the centers — some licensed as community clinics by the state, others unlicensed — referred to fetuses as “babies” and told the women they were “already a mother,” NARAL reported.

    Perhaps NARAL’s next move will be to make fun of baby showers and anyone who uses the term “baby bump.”

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  • Bloomberg has an article where Congresswoman Renee Elmers signals she is in favor of a revised version of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

    Ellmers said the new version, as shown to her, would no longer require victims of rape to report the crime to law enforcement if they wish to have a late-term abortion under the law. She said the physician would have to know this was a pregnancy as a result of a rape.

  • A new study in Health Economics finds that making emergency contraception available over the counter hasn’t had the best results:

    Utilizing state-level variation in access to EBC, we find that providing individuals with over-the-counter access to EBC leads to increase STD rates and has no effect on abortion rates. Moreover, individual-level analysis using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth indicates that risky sexual behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex and number of sexual encounters increases as a result of over-the-counter access to EBC, which is consistent with the state-level STD findings.

[Ellmers photo via newsobserver.com]

Guttmacher Institute official laments state abortion restrictions

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The action surrounding abortion restrictions is much more intense than what we were seeing 10 years ago.

While the restrictions are somewhat concentrated in states like Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma, 30 states have adopted some sort of abortion restrictions since 2011. It’s not just the South. It’s not just Kansas….

One part of me wonders if the backlash against abortions is due, in part, to that we don’t often hear women’s stories about abortion. It is amazing to me that when women tell their abortion stories, we say ‘Oh my God, you’re so brave,’ instead of seeing it as part of the human condition.

We see a real change in how the LGBT community is viewed. We haven’t seen that change around abortion.

~ Elizabeth Nash of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, as quoted by The Daily Beast, April 14

[Photo via guttmacher.org]

Pro-life vid of the day: Abortion ambivalence

by Hans Johnson

The left-wing online magazine Vox recently conducted a poll on the issue of abortion, finding that 39% didn’t strictly identify as pro-life or pro-choice. The final take in the article was to run with the misgivings of this “mushy middle” by further accomodating the ease of obtaining abortions with more clinics. Not so curiously, the writer glossed over the most agreed-upon poll answer: 90%  want the mother to be fully informed on this procedure.

This is indeed the crux of the matter. The more the actual “procedure” is considered, the more pro-life the sentiments tend to be. The more one steps back and looks away toward the feelings of the mother and society at large, the more pro-choice one is. But this gray area doen’t exist for other issues of a right or wrong commited on an innocent victim.

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Pro-life blog buzz 4-14-15

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

  • Jivin Jehoshaphat says abortionist David Grimes is back at it again, defending his profession “by looking at research (some from more than 50 years ago) which follows women who were denied abortions.” Grimes’ argument says unwanted children don’t do as well in life as wanted children. But Jivin J points out, “You know who fares far less than their peers? Children who are aborted.”

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  • Two abortion clinics have closed in Mexico, with one being a Marie Stopes facility which was the site of a 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility was reportedly “shut down by the government for numerous violations… and the building is now plastered with giant infringement signs.”
  • Culture Campaign says that apparently, women either don’t think they can “have it all” or no longer seem to want it all when it comes to successful careers and family. Career advancement is winning, while the U.S. population is not:

    As of 2013, the general fertility rate in the U.S., as measured by the number of babies women between 15 and 44 have over their lifetimes, had fallen for six straight years and sat at 1.86, according to the New York Times. Maintaining a stable U.S. population would require a fertility rate of 2.1.

  • Father Frank Pavone says that despite abortion’s legality, the law is “not valid as a law” according to the Catholic Church, as it contradicts the law of God:

    Rather, they are acts of violence, and must be resisted rather than obeyed. To be valid and binding, a law must never contradict the law of God.

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  • Live Action News draws attention to a punk rock band, to be featured at Europe’s Eurovision, which is comprised entirely of band members with Down syndrome and autism. LA says this is “the first band of their kind to make it to the semi-finals of this contest.”
  • American Life League’s Judie Brown chastises Catholic bishops who seem more interested in political correctness than standing for their faith and for life issues:

    Contrary to the pope’s view on capital punishment, Catholic teaching on the death penalty does not raise the use of capital punishment to the level of an intrinsic evil. However, Catholic teaching does define every act of procured abortion as intrinsically evil. So we wonder why the Massachusetts Catholic bishops have chosen to defend a terrorist’s right to life while saying little about the fact that, every 20 seconds in this nation, an innocent baby is aborted.

Pro-life news brief 4-14-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Senate Democrats are still opposing human trafficking legislation unless it includes abortion funding.
  • Here’s some dreadful advice from Dear Abby to a teen girl worried her father will forced her into an abortion – Go to Planned Parenthood:

    You must also be sure to have the best prenatal care possible, so your child will be born healthy. Planned Parenthood has clinics where this care is offered, and you should contact it as soon as possible. If you check its website, www.plannedparenthood.org, you also will find information about adoption.

  • The opening of a Planned Parenthood in El Centro, California, has been delayed because they didn’t pass the fire inspection:

    At the clinic’s final inspection, the city’s fire chief said the building had been incorrectly classified. The new classification requires the clinic to add a fire-suppression system and other expensive improvements.

    Planned Parenthood officials said the city is responding to pressure from people who don’t want the clinic to open.

    El Centro Fire Chief Kenneth Herbert said that had nothing to do with his decision. “I’ve got a job to do and it’s about protecting life, enforcing life safety code and such, and I’ve never been one to bow to pressure,” Herbert said.

  • The editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle is upset pro-lifers have used environmental law to prevent Planned Parenthood from converting a building into an abortion clinic:

    In the lawsuit, Respect Life South San Francisco alleged that the city should have conducted an environmental review before approving the renewal of a vacant downtown building into a health clinic. The lawsuit has held up the conversion for 18 months and counting….

    We can now add women’s health services to the toll of public goods that have been stymied by the California Legislature’s refusal to stand up to the interest groups who seem to think CEQA should remain carved in stone. It needs reform so that it no longer provides a free pass into court for people whose real agendas have nothing to do with the environment.

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by Carder

Jemima KirkeThe viewer’s sympathies are rightly with Kirke, who is earnest and direct in what she relates. Yet, at the fear of sounding callous, my immediate reaction to her account was to shrug my shoulders and sigh, “So what?” To be clear, it wasn’t her story I was dismissing, but the tenor of debate it perpetuated.

Here was another woman — a famous one, a mother, no less — telling a thoughtful story about all the good reasons she had an abortion.

~ Emily Shire, who is very, very concerned about the need to change current abortion laws, and isn’t convinced that sharing abortion stories like actress Jemima Kirke’s (pictured) will accomplish that, The Daily Beast, April 14

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