Life Links 4-23-12

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  • The Santa Fe New Mexican has a long article on retired abortionist Lucia Cies.
  • The Washington Examiner reports that the vast majority of abortion clinics in Virginia will comply with the state’s recent law abortion clinic regulation law:

    Twenty of the 23 facilities affected by the new rules have already informed the state that they meet those new standards or would make the necessary changes to comply, according to license applications The Washington Examiner obtained through an open-records request.

    Of the other three that didn’t apply for a license, one already stopped providing abortions and two others didn’t have to meet the new standards because they plan to perform fewer than five first-trimester abortions a month.

    When the regulations were being considered, abortion advocates continually claimed the regulations would force numerous clinics to close.

    Abortion advocates are now claiming it will cost between $150,000 to $3 million to meet the regulations.

  • Planned Parenthood has stopped distributing RU-486 abortion pills in Wisconsin because of a new law:

    It mandates that women having nonsurgical abortions visit the same doctor three times and that doctors ensure the woman is having the procedure voluntarily and without coercion. Failure to follow those requirements could result in felony charges against the doctor….

    Planned Parenthood president and chief executive officer Teri Huyck said because of confusion over the new law, nonsurgical abortions are being suspended. Planned Parenthood will continue to provide surgical abortions at its clinics in Madison, Milwaukee and the Appleton area, its leaders said.

    “The added risks of felony penalties for physicians who provide medication abortion are unnecessary and intended to threaten a physician’s ability to provide women with medication abortion,” Huyck said.

    Or maybe it’s just not cost-effective for the abortionist to see a woman three times.

  • An Indian woman who was forced into 6 sex-selection abortions is exposing abortion and sonography clinics:

    [Amisha] Bhatt had already filed a police case against her husband and in-laws for harassment. But in order to expose this practice Bhatt filed RTI applications with the health officers of two districts seeking details about her abortion case and other such cases. The explosive information exposed a nefarious nexus between gynecologists and sonography clinics involved in illegal abortion and sex determination tests. Bhatt found that her name did not figure in the elaborate list of patients who had undergone sonography tests.

    “This meant that the government had no information on the tests conducted on me, as mandated under the PCPNDT Act. There may have been many such women like me. The doctors were maintaining a secret list of patients on which sex determination tests were being conducted,” says Bhatt.

    Due to Bhatt’s expose, licenses of two doctors’ were cancelled for malpractice and the state government reviewed the requirements for doctors to submit their monthly reports.

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7 thoughts on “Life Links 4-23-12”

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    Maestro says:

    While it’s great that Wisconsin is taking measures to curb the use of RU-486, one point seems strange to me:
    It mandates that women having nonsurgical abortions visit the same doctor three times” (emphasis mine)

    I’m not familiar with formal medical policy and procedure, so does anyone know how or why the number three was chosen?  I would hope there’s a concrete reason behind it, but it currently seems entirely arbitrary and therefore difficult to defend on its own merit, so any clarification would be appreciated.



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    Tyler says:

    Kudos to the State of Wisconsin and Ms. Bhatt.


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    Alice says:

    Go Amisha Bhatt!


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    ninek says:

    I came across this story on Cafe-Stir: In India, two babies were born but one has been left alone at the hospital.  An excerpt from the story, published on April 2 by Sasha Brown Worsham:

    “Two sets of parents who gave birth the same day were told they had a son. One of them, in fact, had a daughter. And now, nobody knows which one. The boy was brought to the mother (who they are now saying isn’t the mother). She believes it’s her baby as anyone would. And now the hospital is saying otherwise and a baby girl has been abandoned by both parents who say she isn’t theirs.It’s a tragedy any way you slice it and, in many ways, it’s hard to blame the parents here. Would you trust the hospital in this case? I know I wouldn’t.
    Those early days are so important, though, both to baby and parents. They are the days when a mother sets up her milk supply, where she bonds with her baby, and where baby learns about the world outside of her mother’s body. It isn’t the time for baby to stay alone in her bed, far from the arms of her loving parents.
    These images in my mind, of this poor baby girl, lying all alone, break my heart as a mom. And while I understand these parents were told something different, isn’t it possible for one of them to love this baby while they wait for the results? Imagine the heartbreak one set of parents will encounter when they realize their baby was alone all that time.
    If only the DNA test were faster. Every day this baby is alone is another day she doesn’t have the warmth and love all humans need to grow well and strong. And every day this mother is separated from her biological child is another day she can’t nurse her baby or hold her in her arms. It’s just heartbreaking.”

    Of course, one of the sad things is that Brown-Worsham of the Stir makes absolutely no mention of the fact that the reason this baby was abandonned was that she is FEMALE, not because the parents don’t want to get attached and then switch them when the DNA results are done.  Neither set of parents even wanted the baby BECAUSE she was a girl.  They’d rather fight over the one boy.  Where is King Solomon when you need him?!      


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    John Lewandowski says:

    One common proabort political tactic is to claim that prolife politicians never actually do anything to advance the cause.  I’m convinced that if not for prolife politicians we would have RU-486 in vending machines at every shopping center in America.


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    Lrning says:

    From the Sante Fe New Mexican article, talking about an abortion clinic manager:
    Taft said she spends a lot of energy trying to figure out how to mobilize the approximately 54 million American women who have had abortions to speak out about the importance of having reproductive choices.

    Some of those 54 million American women are speaking out now, through Silent No More.  I wonder if she’s ever listened to them.


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