Jivin J's Life Links 8-12-09

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  • According to an AP report, Rick Pitino, head coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, apparently paid for the abortion of a woman he had sex with in 2003.

    The woman, Karen Sypher, is currently charged with lying to the FBI and trying to extort $10 million dollars from Pitino:

    About two weeks after meeting Sypher at the restaurant, Pitino told police that she called, told him she was pregnant and that he had to be the father. Pitino told her when they met again that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn't know what he wanted to do, according to the report by Sgt. Andy Abbott, commander of the sex-offense unit....

    Pitino said Sypher told him she was going to have an abortion but didn't have health insurance, so he gave her $3,000 for the procedure done in Cincinnati, according to the report....

    Pitino is Catholic and brings along close friend and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Edward Bradley - a priest in Henderson, KY - on many team trips. Bradley often prays with the team before games and is a fixture near the Louisville bench.

    I'm not seeing any evidence which shows that Sypher was actually pregnant and had an abortion. I wonder where the $3,000 amount came from since early abortions typically cost around $400. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Sypher made up the pregnancy as a means of extracting money from Pitino and attempting to get more leverage on him in her extortion attempts.
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  • A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar. The affiliate overbilled Medicaid $629,143 over the span of 3 years:
    Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest required unnecessary office visits by its poorest patients, a practice that led to excessive payments from the taxpayer-financed Medicaid program, according to a recent audit.

    The audit also uncovered troubling billing procedures and problems with unauthorized staff prescribing and dispensing birth control pills, said Doug Porter, Washington's Medicaid director.

    It appears that instead of giving women birth control for 6 months or a year, PP would have the women come in every month, have the secretary hand them their pills and then charge Medicaid for that visit.
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights is suing to get rid of OK's ultrasound law:
    Stephanie Toti, an attorney for the NY-based Center for Reproductive Rights, said after the hearing that the anti-abortion law was "the most extreme law in the country."

    During oral arguments, she told District Judge Vicki Robertson that the law does not describe in sufficient detail what a physician or other medical professional is supposed to say to a woman about the ultrasound image....

    Special Assistant Attorney General Teresa Collett urged the judge to uphold the statute, saying it clearly states what a doctor should tell a woman about the ultrasound image. They include the dimensions of the fetus as well as the presence of cardiac activity and arms, legs and internal organs, according to the statute's text.

    "There is no lack of clarity in this," Collett said.

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    Comments:

    "..the law does not describe in sufficient detail what a physician or other medical professional is supposed to say to a woman about the ultrasound image "
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    IF a physician or medical professional does NOT know what to say to a patient when viewing an ultrasound of her baby...they better turn in their blood-tainted Medical diploma.

    Posted by: RSD at August 12, 2009 2:00 PM


    Shucks, you mean there's something about hearing "...and this is the head, and the arm...here's its leg, and you can see the back and eyes..." that makes women NOT want to tear "it" out and kill "it"? Really?!

    Posted by: xalisae at August 12, 2009 3:13 PM


    Typically the ultrasound is turned away from the woman before the abortion. Wouldn't want her to see the growing baby inside of her would we?? Bad for business.

    Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at August 12, 2009 4:35 PM


    Several friends of mine, before their abortions asked to see the ultrasound and were told no.

    Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at August 12, 2009 4:49 PM


    what are they trying to hide? its just a "clump of cells", right? *rolling eyes*

    Posted by: LizFromNebraska at August 12, 2009 5:37 PM


    Several friends of mine, before their abortions asked to see the ultrasound and were told no.
    Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at August 12, 2009 4:49 PM

    yes so much for choice! No choice in any aspect of the abortion is there?

    Posted by: angel at August 12, 2009 8:58 PM


    Carla,

    Unfortunately, in many states, this is perfectly legal.

    What I don't get it, if they're trying to protect a woman's right to choice, shouldn't they want said choice to be informed? Shouldn't they be encouraging such things as ultrasounds?

    I guess it's not about choice, after all. Who knew? ;)

    Posted by: MaryRose at August 12, 2009 9:42 PM


    Of course they do not want to show the ultra sound .. it would prove it is life.


    abortion suport

    Posted by: George at August 13, 2009 12:08 AM


    And if it really were about "choice" wouldn't PP be all the more willing to refer for adoption services? I mean why not HELP women choose? Oh wait, there is $$$$$ in abortion!!! Can't have money walking out the door keeping the baby or putting the baby up for adoption.

    Choice is only about one choice. To kill the child.

    Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at August 13, 2009 6:39 AM


    They're all being played. The Enemy is so insidious, he has managed to convince 50 million women that allowing their babies to be torn limb from limb, or chemically burned, or given heart attacks, isn't murder.

    And men like Peter Singer go around saying, honestly advocating, that babies should have a postpartum warranty... and they aren't being institutionalized for this... No, they're given the title Dr.

    For the sake of His sorrowful passion, Have mercy on us, and on the whole world!

    Posted by: MaryRose at August 13, 2009 8:36 PM


    Excuse me. That number isn't necessarily accurate, given that the Guttmacher institute reports that 47% of women receiving abortions are receiving their second or more.

    But that's only the women who are convinced AND choose abortion. It doesn't precisely count the women who are convinced but don't get pregnant with an unwanted child.

    Posted by: MaryRose at August 13, 2009 9:51 PM