Pro-life blog buzz 1-11-13

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

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  • Reproductive Research Audit lists in detail the multiple flaws found in a recent study which claims chemical (non-surgical) abortions are safe.
  • Stand True discusses the two lawsuits filed against Planned Parenthood in Chicago for the wrongful death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, who was left bleeding for five hours following an incomplete abortion. Despite outrage expressed by the Black Pro-Life Coalition, the media and other black leaders have remained silent on Reaves’ death.

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  • Secular Pro-Life reports that the former executive director of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, Scott Richard Swirling (pictured left), “has been arrested for attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a twelve-year-old girl”:

    Sexual predators who impregnate underage girls rely on cooperative abortion clinics to cover up their crimes. As Live Action, Life Dynamics, and others have documented, Planned Parenthood abortion clinics frequently fail to comply with mandatory reporting laws. The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association strongly supports taxpayer funding for abortion clinics. Many Planned Parenthood affiliates are NFPRHA members.

  • Reflections of a Paralytic refers readers to the Becket Fund’s resource page for up-to-date information regarding the many lawsuits filed against the HHS contraceptive mandate.
  • Right to Life of Michigan says the recent closing of a Muskegon abortion clinic for fire violations and unsanitary conditions points to the fact that the inspection of abortion facilities is sorely lacking.
  • Pro-Life Action League suggests pro-lifers consider sharing their personal abortion stories with the Daily Beast, which has requested submissions to publish during the week of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
  • ProLifeBlogs links to Life Report, which shares the following video by Fr. Frank Pavone on what pastors and priests might consider for their sermons on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 20:

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16 thoughts on “Pro-life blog buzz 1-11-13”

  1. Crisis pregnancy centers do not do surgical procedures. They do not administer medicine or abortion producing pills. Girls who are pregnant are encouraged to speak with their parents and we offer to assist them in that if necessary.  Crisis pregnancy centers do not hand out condoms, pills etc. So what exactly is your point?

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  2. Susie Allen says:
    January 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Crisis pregnancy centers do not do surgical procedures. They do not administer medicine or abortion producing pills. Girls who are pregnant are encouraged to speak with their parents and we offer to assist them in that if necessary.  Crisis pregnancy centers do not hand out condoms, pills etc. So what exactly is your point?
    (Denise) Girls often get pregnant who are under the legal age of consent. I’m not making a point.  I’m asking if CPC’s report to the police when a girl is the victim of statutory rape.

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  3. If anything like statutory rape/rape/incest is suspected, then the executive director or person in charge of the pregnancy center absolutely should be reporting it to authorities.  This could save a life or rescue a child from a terribly dangerous situation.  If under the age of consent, then the story needs to be checked out. A volunteer is not necessarily considered a mandated reporter… however, she should be reporting such a suspicion to her director/supervisor.  Also, if a doctor, nurse, or social worker is present, those persons are already mandated reporters.

    Short answer, Denise: If they’re not, they absolutely should be.

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  4. What Kel said.  Of course, it’s not enough just to know that a teen is sexually active; plenty of teens get pregnant by other teens.  There has to be some other factor that makes the CPC suspect statutory rape.  But if an older unrelated male brought her in, or if the teen herself talked about the father being much older (scenarios that have been presented to PP in stings)– yeah, I imagine that’s something a CPC would report.  They have no financial incentive to ignore the situation. 

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  5. Despite outrage expressed by the Black Pro-Life Coalition, the media and other black leaders have remained silent on Reaves’ death.

    What else is new :-(

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  6. The training the volunteers go through teaches that if rape/abuse is brought out or suspected, the Executive Director will be advised who will report to the state authorities which is typically the DCS who are obligated by law to report to the law enforcement.  as Kel said there is no incentive for them to ignore it.

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  7. The reason I asked is that, as I’ve said before, if the statutory rape laws were rigorously enforced, pregnancies among unmarried teenagers would dramatically drop.  Abortions would drop along with them.

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  8. Happy new year everyone heading up to the abortion clinic up the street today to protest. Sad fact ive been taking more notice that people are pro abortion aka pro death.

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  9. I see that Scott Richard is also a former Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association.  Truly Frightening.

    My son recently talked with his health teacher about feeling anxious about a class he was struggling in and some friendships that have run their course (he had already talked to us about his feelings).  

    This teacher told the school counselor who then called our son in to her office for several counseling sessions to talk to him about depression/anxiety issues.  Had our son not also told us about these meetings, we would never have known because we received no communication from the teacher nor the counselor (and I work with emotionally disturbed children for the same district!).

    I talked with the counselor and told her that we thought we should have been contacted (especially when issues like anxiety/depression are discussed) before she meets with our son and that in the future we wanted her to do so.  In spite of our telling her to keep us informed, she found our son in the hall a week or so later and talked to  him about joining a group for kids dealing with depression/anxiety.  

    Separating children from parents just like abortion does.

     

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    The reason I asked is that, as I’ve said before, if the statutory rape laws were rigorously enforced, pregnancies among unmarried teenagers would dramatically drop.  Abortions would drop along with them.
     
    No it wouldn’t.  Only a small fraction are incest/abuse/statutory rape.  That doesn’t mean they should not be reported.  There are many cases in absolute terms.  Also, like 90% of unmarried pregnant teens are 18 or 19 years old.  They are legal adults.  If you add 16 and 17 year olds, who are old enough to consent, then it is like 98% of all unmarried pregnant teens.   

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  11. To the person that asked if CPC’s report the abuse of minors:

    I work at a CPC, and the answer is yes. If we suspect that a client is being abused, even if they are not a minor, we are required to submit a report to the proper authorities.

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  12. “If we suspect that a client is being abused, even if they are not a minor, we are required to submit a report to the proper authorities.”
     
    Even if they aren’t a minor? I haven’t heard of that, how odd. I know that domestic violence and rape crisis centers aren’t required to report even ongoing abuse of legal adults except in specific circumstances, wonder why y’all have different guidelines?

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  13. On another thread I talked about a-problem: being AN American vs being American.  This difficulty may not be obvious to those immersed in this culture, but it is obvious to some of us from other countries.  There seems to be a notion that-I-am-right whether you are PL or PLC.  ‘why I can even PROVE it, by listing X, Y, and Z.’  … ‘Ah, I’VE won the debate.’  … and I have NOT changed.’
     
    There appears to be two opposites, and an uncanny reluctance to share in an-other’ pain.  Are we not one?  Many years ago I read “A stranger is a friend you haven’t met, yet.”  Why do we continually read only “discord/alien/opponent/the-other-side/source-of-disdain/etc  in others words?

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  14. Separating children from parents just like abortion does.
     
    Nah, Prax. These parties work in tandem, together. If you begin the isolation from your parents in elementary school, then you’re probably less likely to take what they say into consideration by the time you’re a teen-therefore more likely to become prematurely sexually-active. And since the counselor will be their confidant instead of you, if they play their cards right, you’ll never even know your grandchild was aborted.

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