[Jill Stanek]

March 14, 2008
Today's Hodari trash talk: "Victims"

FYI, I have established a Hodari archive off all postings and documents.

Turns out late-term MI abortionist Alberto Hodari threw everything in his dumpster but the kitchen sink, which he likely uses to "sterilize" instruments.

Hodari's garbage today reveals a pregnant mother can be "victim of failed birth control" or "victim of no birth control." From a questionnaire pulled from his trash:

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Hodari aborts many victims of no birth control. Below I have snipped sections from every form I've seen when that question was answered. Shockingly, all but one aborting mom had sex with no protection. The lone victim of failed birth control used the fabulously successful condom.....

Recall, according to Guttmacher, that 75% of educated American young people receive comprehensive sex education.

So in reality, most or all of these mothers were victims of that dismal failure (well, success if you're an abortionist).

I don't know what to say about the 25+ year old women, or the mothers with children, who have obviously received personal sex ed.

One actuality: All these women were victims of exploitive men, as you'll note. Abandoned.

One reason I now see why abortion mills badger-fight to keep records from scrutiny is because they know all this. They see all this. They fill out forms like this day after day.

Those who continue to think Planned Parenthood et al aren't invested in getting young people to play pregnancy Russian Roulette as often as possible are simply in denial.

"Victim" #1: 17 years old, has 1 child...

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"Victim" #2: 29 years old, has 1 child...

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"Victim" #3: 15 years old...

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"Victim" #4: 26 years old...

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"Victim" #5: 20 years old...

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"Victim" #6: 27 years old, has 5 children...

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"Lord abortion"

Here's a song just posted on YouTube, "Lord Abortion," by the band Cradle of Filth. Don't look up the lyrics unless you want to be shocked and repulsed. They're X-rated. I couldn't post this if the words were intelligible. (WARNING: Near the end, you can pick up a couple of profanities.)

This could be a parody of the worst of the heavy metal bands. But perhaps the name of the song gave me a different take. The video is demonic. It is horrible. It provides a realistic visual and guttural sense of the depravity of abortion, very disturbing.

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March 13, 2008
Dr. "Parental Consent?" Hodari

Michigan law requires a girl under 18 to bring written permission from 1 parent or written permission from the court to her abortionist.

In the 200+ medical records pro-lifers recovered from late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari's trash over the course of 4 Saturdays at 3 of his 6 mills, there was not 1 permission waiver from either parent or judge.

Did Hodari get permission before aborting this girl, who was procuring a 2nd trimester abortion from him and whose record was 1 of those found? (VTP means Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy; more on these loans soon.) Click to enlarge:

UPDATE, 12p: I have created a "Hodari" archive link, which you can see scrolling down on the right side of the home page. All Hodari articles will be available there.

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March 12, 2008
Dr. "Confidential" Hodari

Found in late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari's dumpster in the piles of 200+ patient records (click to enlarge)....

Interestingly and as an aside, it looks by the price change on the form below as if Hodari cuts deals, like a used car salesman....


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Video of abortionist Hodari's trash

Dr. Monica Miller shot video of the trash as they were removing it from MI abortionist Alberto Hodari's dumpster, a story I have been chronicling for 3 days now (read here and here).

This 6-minute video is very disturbing. The last 2-1/2 minutes show the babies.

I am horrified that so-called medical professionals would throw needles, drugs, and bloody biohazardous waste in the neighborhood trash, never mind the poor mutilated babies. And careless disregard for medical records is a federal offense.

These combined actions must certainly have been criminal. Hodari's mills should be immediately shut down, and he should be thrown in jail.


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March 11, 2008
Hodari investigation news video

Click on the graphic below to link to last night's WDIV newscast, indicating authorities searched Hodari's clinic yesterday as well as the dumpster. Also see Monica Miller interviewed near the end:

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200+ medical records, baby parts found in abortionist's dumpster

hodari%204.jpgYesterday the Detroit News broke a story that pro-lifers had recovered aborted babies, medical records, and "blood soaked medical waste" from a dumpster at WomanCare in Lathrup Village, MI, owned by late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari (left).

Last night I spoke with Dr. Monica Miller, the pro-lifer who kept the evidence until notifying police. Monica faxed me her police report and copies of documents retrieved from Hodari's trash. She also detailed more of what they found. This morning she emailed me photos, one you see posted on page 1, the rest on page 2....

Hodari is denying charges, blaming "a new employee on Saturday," according to the DN. But pro-lifers recovered medical waste and records from 3 of Hodari's 6 mills - Lathrup Village, Southgate, and Sterling Heights - over the course of 4 Saturdays. Monica called Hodari's explanation "a bunch of B.S.," according to DN.

The volume of medical records and various identifiers recovered was staggering - over 200, according to Monica.

These included whole medical charts - intake forms, patient histories, how mothers became pregnant (rape, incest, "victim of failed birth control," "victim of no birth control"), gestational age of baby, signed consent forms; procedure descriptions, and recovery room records; insurance forms; loan applications (more on that in another post); names; addresses; phone numbers; copies of driver's licenses; and office appointment schedules.

DN reporter Kim Kozlowski copied down names and phone numbers before police arrived, telling Monica, "I'm wondering if I were to call them, what their reaction would be."

Monica approximates the total number of babies recovered as 25. This was hard to ascertain since the babies were in parts. One's skull was only slightly smaller than a tennis ball. One rib measured 2". The estimated age here was 20-25 weeks. But most were 1st trimester - if that.

Monica told me, "I said to myself, 'I am not willingly going to turn these babies over to them [authorities]. I don't care if they arrest me.' I told them, 'This is a moral issue. These babies don't belong in the trash. We got them out, and we're going to bury them.'"

Authorities complied, and Monica has since taken the babies to a funeral home for safekeeping.

Biohardous waste recovered included bloody suction cannulas; bloody laminaria; used condoms and condom wrappers; IV bags with tubing and sharps attached; partially filled and empty drug vials; and bloody gauze.

Some charts were originals and dated the very day they were retrieved from the trash, a seeming violation of federal privacy laws. This calls into question Hodari's ability to keep accurate records, as mandated by the state. And how also does Hodari accurately maintain income records for tax purposes?

Monica's group also found several bloody but empty gauze tubes. These are tied at one end and the other placed at the end of the suction hose in a glass jar during an abortion. The idea is to catch small baby parts and let blood flow through. If these were bloody but empty, was the aborting woman pregnant to begin with? This leads to this strange waiver found in Hodari's trash (click to enlarge):

This form maintains Hodari isn't liable if it is later determined the abortee was never pregnant. It also makes the patient responsible for Hodari's mistakes. Never saw a legitimate medical form stating the latter, that's for sure.

There are more photos below. View them and weep.

[Hodari photo courtesy of the Detroit News]


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March 10, 2008
In Hodari's dumpster

hodari%20upi.jpgEveryone certainly remembers Alberto Hodari, the MI abortionist caught on videotape at Wayne State University 4 months ago bragging that he lies to patients, yadda yadda.

Well, Alberto is lying to authorities now.

I spoke with Dr. Monica Miller within the hour, one of the pro-lifers mentioned in the following Detroit News story who has been scavenging a dumpster at one of Hodari's 6 mills for the past month.

Monica said she would get me photos and a copy of her police report tomorrow.

Monica has been a pro-life activist since the 80s and has recovered whole aborted babies from dumpsters. I can't believe an abortionist would still be so stupid....

Monica told me, "Jill, I've never seen so many patient records in my life. This was the motherload of patient records." So much for patient confidentiality. There were names, dates, SSNs, addresses, and phone numbers in that dumpster.

There were also baby parts - hands, spines, etc.

The EPA and police are on the scene right now. Here's the developing story:

LATHRUP VILLAGE - Police and state officials called in hazardous waste crews Monday to haul away blood-soaked medical waste found in the Dumpster outside of WomanCare, an abortion provider that operates six mid-Michigan clinics.

Alberto Hodari, the clinic's medical director, blamed the apparent improper disposal of materials on a new staff member.

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Abortion foes say they have searched the clinic's garbage for a month and found improperly disposed medical waste, along with medical documents that should have been shredded. They informed Lathrup Village police, who then launched the investigation.

"It's absolutely despicable," said Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the group that claims to have found the improper dumping.

Hodari scoffed at the notion that the group had found medical waste in his Dumpster in Lathrup Village or any of the garbage receptacles at the five other WomanCare clinics....

"It's a regulatory issue and possibly a civil issue, but this ought to be a felony," said Lathrup Village Police Sgt. Vincent Lynch. "This is a neighborhood. Animals could get into the Dumpster they could drag the stuff around and you could end up with contamination as a public health issue far beyond the radius of the Dumpster. We have greater law enforcement for people who throw things outside the window of their car."...

[HT: friend Andrew of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee; photos courtesy of Detroit News]

UPDATE, 5p: The Catholic Pro-Life Committee has excerpts from the police report.


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More on CA Planned Parenthood bilking scandal

pp%20plot2.jpgI reported last week on the recently unsealed lawsuit charging 9 CA Planned Parenthoods with bilking the state out of $180 million by overcharging for contraceptives.

This allegedly occurred from the late 1990s to 2004 when the CA legislature incredibly changed refund rules to let PP overcharge the state legally.

I attached an email to the bottom of my post providing what I thought was an unrelated example showing how PP cuts deals with pharmaceuticals and then charges an outrageous mark-up to consumers....

In that email, a PP VP outlined how PP had made a deal with Barr to buy Plan B for the next 5 years for $4.25-$4.50. I showed how PP sells Plan B for $25-32, a 400-600% mark-up.

I received this email document from a source who got it from another court case.

It turns out this document was part of a wrongful termination case filed by the same PP financial exec who filed this newly revealed federal whistleblower lawsuit, Victor Gonzalez.

In fact, Gonzalez emailed me twice late last week demanding I remove the email, which I refused to do.

Between the 2 lawsuits Gonzalez makes serious allegations....

California Catholic Daily has reported more, quoting a statement by Jack Schuler, attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Victor Gonzalez. These are:

  • PP used money and at least 1 facility for electioneering, in violation of charitable organization laws. PP is supposed to follow the same anti-politicking rules as churches.

  • PP LA employees misused their corporate credit card, to be used solely for nonprofit purposes, for "Victoria's Secret and private video purchases."

  • More than overbilling, PP allegedly double billed, "purchas[ing] [contraceptives] at substantial discounts under a special government-subsidized program," and then massively overcharging the state for those same contraceptives, "12 or more times their purchase price," according to Schuler.

  • PP LA falsified its financial status and providing "rosy financial projections" to get a state loan.
  • Here's pure speculation on my part.

    The Los Angeles Times, which broke but downplayed the story ("The case involves the arcane reimbursement rules," etc.) March 8, stated:

    Officials at the state Department of Health Care Services say they do not believe Planned Parenthood needs to repay any money already reimbursed by the state.

    ... which I thought was so bizarre.

    CCD added why the case was sealed in the 1st place:

    The [federal] suit was unsealed earlier this week following a prolonged review by the U.S. attorney's office.

    and quoted this from Schuler's statement:

    "A previously buried and ignored California Department of Health Services 2004 Audit...."

    Could it be the feds are investigating not just PP but also CA state officials and agencies? They should. This looks like collusion on several levels.

    [HT: Pete LaBarbera of Americans for Truth and reader John H.; portion of graphic courtesy of the New York Public Library]


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    March 7, 2008
    Planned Parenthood accused of overcharging CA for contraceptives

    money%202.jpgThe Los Angeles Times reported today a heretofore sealed and as yet undecided 2005 court case alleging CA Planned Parenthood fired P. Victor Gonzalez as vp of finance after alerting "illegal accounting, billing and donations practices" of contraceptives to bosses to the tune of $180 million:

    The alleged over-billings began in the late 1990s and continued until the state Legislature changed the law in 2004 to allow Planned Parenthood to bill at a higher rate for oral contraceptives, said Gonzalez's lawyer, Jack Schuler....
    State health officials have said they do not believe Planned Parenthood acted improperly because the organization was given contradictory guidance on billing from the state....

    "Contrary to their national reputation as a prominent charity organization and as a health care provider for reproductive services, there is probable cause to believe Planned Parenthood's . . . California affiliates have systematically engaged in fraudulent overbilling against government funded programs," the suit said....

    The dispute involves the complicated and arcane reimbursement rules of public health programs run by the federal and state governments.

    One federal program, in particular, allows health centers to buy common drugs from manufacturers at a reduced price. In return for the discount, the lawsuit says, such clinics must follow specific rules for seeking reimbursement....

    Planned Parenthood, however, billed the government several times more than it paid for the drugs, the lawsuit alleges--seeking what is known as a "usual and customary" fee that takes into account the costs of storing the drugs and dispensing them....

    [Q]uestions about Planned Parenthood's billing practices were raised as early as 1997 by state Medi-Cal officials....

    Schuler said his client intends to rely on internal Planned Parenthood communications showing that officials worked tirelessly to lobby state health officials to adopt the organization's point of view and even halt the audits and change state rules to allow the higher charges. Those rules, in fact, were changed in 2004 to allow the higher reimbursement rate.

    Despite their auditors' findings, officials at the state Department of Health Care Services say they do not believe Planned Parenthood needs to repay any money already reimbursed by the state....

    "This was not easy," said [agency director Sandra] Shewry.... "We had not been the kind of business partner that the state needs to be."

    Pretty incredible stuff. The pro-abort CA legislature apparently helped PP out of a legal jam by changing the rules in PP's favor, an example how they pay PP back for campaign contributions. Gonzalez faces an uphill battle fighting what we call here in IL a political combine - the legislature, state agencies, and PP, all in bed together.

    Here's how PP did it, using morning after pill pricing as an example.

    A week or so ago I noted a sweetheart deal between Barr Laboratories and PP for PP to purchase MAP Plan B at a slashed rate, even undercutting pharmacies. I wasn't home to post the email as evidence, which was garnered in an unrelated lawsuit by a disgruntled PP employee.

    This is a snip from a confidential email by Vanessa Cullins, MD, PP's VP of Medical Affairs, dated February 9, 2004. You can read the complete memo below. Click to enlarge:

    So PP is today getting Plan B from Barr for $4.25-4.50. And here is what PP charges girls and women, a sample of pricing I got from various PPs tonight. Note a couple of them state they charge less than pharmacies:

    So PP charges girls and women a 400-600% mark-up, and apparently it charges same to CA for low income clients.

    PP didn't sell MAPs at the time it is being alleged to have bilked. But rest assured PP gets similar sweetheart deals from contraceptive manufacturers and charges clients or the government similar mark-ups.

    [HT: reader Andy]

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    March 4, 2008
    Leap year abortions

    My former employer, Christ Hospital, called in news crews to showcase its party for babies born on Leap Year, February 29. These are special babies who will only get to celebrate their actual birthday once every 4 years.

    Christ Hospital execs say it aborts far fewer than back in the day when I worked there. But its policy still states it will abort for life or health of the mother, fatal fetal anomalies, rape or incest, and "selective reduction" in the case of multiples. So who really knows what is going on there until the hospital changes its policy to abortion for life of the mother only.

    Thus, it is entirely possible that while cameras focused on babies born at Christ Hospital on Leap Year, staff were quietly committing Leap Year abortions off-camera nearby.

    Click on the image below for link to video:

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    [HT: proofreader Angela]

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    February 28, 2008
    Condom Man MIA

    unavailable%202.jpgI previously reported a UCLA pro-life student group named The Advocate had posted their Condom Man exposé on YouTube. It showed UCLA "health center" faculty enabling a planned boat orgy by stocking a student with enough condoms to raise the craft if it were sinking.

    John Jansen of Pro-Life Action League alerted me a little while ago that the video has been disabled.

    Sure enough, yes, which The Advocate's website confirmed.

    I called Lila Rose, The Advocate's leader, who explained, "We handed copies of our winter issue directly to the vice chancellor and other officials under the chancellor's office. My suspicion is they contacted YouTube because our video reflected very poorly on them."

    Lila said she wasn't sure yet how The Advocate would respond.

    But I know our young upstarts will. Stay tuned.

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    WND headlines Planned Parenthood bucks for blacks story


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    WorldNetDaily.com is currently featuring as its headline story UCLA The Advocate's revelation of the willingness by various Planned Parenthoods to take money to abort blacks, which I reported February 26. From WND...

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    Lila Rose, who edits The Advocate... told WND she hopes the taped responses of Planned Parenthood officials in seven states reveal to her local UCLA community and the nation the racist leanings of the organization.

    WND calls to Planned Parenthood of Idaho, which was featured in The Advocate report, requesting a comment were not returned.

    "Students on campus are shocked and saddened that such a huge organization would have racist leanings in the present day," Rose told WND. "They are surprised to hear the truth about [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger, and how the African-American community is being hurt by abortion."

    [Photo of Lila Rose from previous appearance on the O'Reilly Factor]


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    New Planned Parenthood slogans

    Moderator Bethany just forwarded me these Planned Parenthood slogans she found on the Victoria Taft blog.

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    Bethany wondered if these were jokes. I quickly responded, "Oh, yeah," but on 2nd glance I wondered.

    These are jokes, right?

    UPDATE, 9:20a: Per The Dawn Patrol via Michelle Malkin, these are real! They have got to be kidding. Dawn posts more PP ads from around the world.

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    February 26, 2008
    Phill Kline slams Slowhand and Crackbrain

    slowhand4.jpgI said yesterday there may be rats scurrying about the grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood of KS and MO for multiple accusations of illegal activity.

    Those rats would be Democrat judge Kevin Moriarty and his appointed special counsel supposedly helping the grand jury, Larry McClain, hereafter known as Slowhand and Crackbrain.

    I said PP's game plan is to run out the grand jury's 90-day clock, which expires March 9, by stalling. Slowhand and Crackbrain have been enabling PP to that end. It took Slowhand 40 days, for instance, to respond to PP's complaint about an issued subpoena....

    Well, within the hour Johnson County DA Phill Kline filed a motion calling on Slowhand to do his job and enforce that subpoena, now issued 50 days ago and demanding records from PP. Kline also motioned for the grand jury to do its job. To date it has only met 11 of 66 days it could have.

    Kline also nailed Crackbrain for incredibly calling a PP attorney to kibbitz about the case yesterday from the supposedly secret grand jury proceedings.

    The motion also reveals the agreement Crackbrain and PP reached so PP would respond to the subpoena (as if any other entity being investigated could negotiate terms?!).

    Crackbrain inexplicably agreed to a bizarre "protective order" drafted by PP, without the grand jurors knowing, that would have:

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  • exposed the grand jurors to criminal and civil liabilities they normally have immunity from.

  • prevented the grand jurors from using the PP's documents to indict PP

  • tied Kline's hands on PP's separate criminal case

    After complaints by all, Slowhand voided the "protective order" and placed it under seal, certainly because it was so embarrassing. Well now we all know.

    Kline cited an example in his motion of a recent time Slowhand had a firecracker under his robe. In 2007 Slowhand oversaw a grand jury investigation of pornography and was "extremely aggressive," according to Kline. During its 90 days the grand jury issued various subpoenas, heard testimony from 45+ witnesses, and issued 39 indictments.


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    Planned Parenthood takes bucks to abort blacks

    I said earlier today UCLA pro-lifers would be releasing a blockbuster issue of their student newspaper, The Advocate. Lila Rose just called to say its live, and here 'tis. Click cover, right, to enlarge.

    Here's the story:

    Over the summer, The Advocate... [had] an actor call [Planned Parenthood] clinics across the country and pose as a donor. The actor... communicated... a very racist agenda, the one Margaret Sanger, PP's founder, envisioned.

    He... asked to donate money specifically for the abortions of African-American babies... to "lower the number of blacks in America." Despite his bigoted requests, no PP employee (or director of development, in one case) declined the tainted money.... In fact, some even went as far as agreeing with the antiblack agenda....

    PP's 800 clinics receive more than $200 million of taxpayer money annually. It is unacceptable for a nonprofit to accept donations that target specific races....

    The Advocate's investigation discovered this is official policy. The calls unearthed a PP program that poses a threat to minority communities. Many centers set up "women in need" or "justice" funds designating money specifically for minority abortions.

    With more than 79% of clinics in minority neighborhoods, and more than 1400 black abortions daily, these programs are doing precisely what our actor asked them to do. PP is (intentionally or not) exterminating the black community.

    The Advocate is calling on UCLA to sever ties with PP. Here's an excellent video on the sting.



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    "Personal choice vs. retail choice" and other gems

    NARAL2.jpgEarlier this month NARAL Pro-Choice Washington breathlessly reported 10% of Washington state pharmacies don't stock or refuse to dispense the morning-after pill, thereby creating a crisis.

    It is irrelevant but fun to note that, according to the Abortion in Washington blog, the Washington State Pharmacy Association, although pro-MAP, promptly released a statement that it was "appalled by [NARAL's] sloppy data collection process and inaccurate conclusions... littered with errors, out-of-date information and inaccuracies." These included marking 30 pharmacies as both stocking and not stocking the MAP, etc.

    But what could NARAL do about it anyway, even if the number was truly scary, say 12%? In November a district court judge enjoined a new rule that would have forced pharmacists to stock and dispense the MAP, in violation of their 1st Amendment rights.

    I said all that to get to this....

    Somehow the peeps at AIW got the head of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Karen Cooper, to do a triple-gotcha phone interview. Great questions (underlined). Some cuts:

    Some have argued that it is hypocritical for an organization calling itself "Pro-Choice Washington" to be actively trying to coerce pharmacists, to take away their freedom to choose.

    Ms. Cooper described such views as "ridiculous."

    "We don't see that as a contradiction at all. There's no analogy there whatsoever. One is a personal choice, the other is a retail choice."

    And...

    But what interest does an abortion organization have in reducing the number of unintended pregnancies? Ms. Cooper laughed loudly (and somewhat nervously) at the question.

    While hearing the question repeated, Ms. Cooper interrupted after the word 'abortion': "Listen, this isn't an abortion pill, it's a birth control pill," she asserted....

    When asked if the medication works sometimes by preventing implantation of a human embryo... Ms. Cooper claimed that "nobody knows'.... "It might work that way," she admitted when pushed.

    And...

    AIW pressed for... why an abortion group would be so determined to prevent unplanned pregnancies... especially... a group which believes abortion should be legal through all 9 months of pregnancy, by any procedure, for any reason, at any age, without delay, at taxpayers' expense, and without apology.

    This was met with a long silence, followed by a nervous confession that "abortion is a very hard thing for women emotionally... a very hard decision."...

    After responding to this last question, clearly uncomfortable, she hung up.

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    February 25, 2008
    Pro-abort prof to develop balanced abortion curriculum?

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    Pro-abort, pro-gay Drury University professor Teresa Hornsby has been handed a grant by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to develop a "historic" college teaching program on abortion "that takes into consideration many different viewpoints."

    Hornsby is an expert on the pro-abort viewpoint, that's for sure.

    She sits on the board of the Abortion Conversation Project, where they "envision a world in which abortion is affirmed as a moral decision without stigma."...

    In 2005 Hornsby was the faculty contact for the talk, "Why abortion rights should be preserved."

    In 2007 Hornsby authored the book, Sex Texts from the Bible, about which a reviewer wrote:

    The Bible sends no message, or mixed messages, about divorce, adultery, masturbation, abortion, celibacy, sexual abstinence, homosexual relations and even sex with slaves, says Hornsby, who could be described as a moderate-to-liberal Bible scholar....

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    Abortion? The issue that makes or breaks political elections in dozens of countries? There is no specific word for abortion in the Bible, Hornsby says.

    It is equally difficult, she maintains, to determine any clearcut message from the Bible about the touchy subject of birth control....

    [T]he first book of Samuel... describes an intimate, loving and sometimes physical relationship between two men, Jonathan and David, the latter of whom became the King of Israel.

    Hornsby is listed in the Lesbian and Gay Archives and Libraries Life for the United States as the holder of the Tennessee Lesbian Archive.

    When at Vanderbilt Hornsby headed the Department of Religion's Office of Gay, Bisexual and Lesbian Concerns.

    Hornsby did say she wants to "invite insiders from both sides of the issue" to her workshops when she develops her curriculum, the one from our side being an official from the local crisis pregnancy care center.

    She has got to be kidding. That will be her pro-life apologist? I mean, let's at least feign fairness, Professor. Email me. I'll give you a name or 2.


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    Planned Parenthood runs the investigation against itself

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    You may have read a February 23 Associated Press story about Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri's epiphany....

    Suddenly late last week PP decided it wanted to cooperate with a grand jury investigation it had stone-walled from the get-go.

    Suddenly its attorney said, according to the AP, "We want to turn over the information," that being medical records the grand jury had subpoenaed 6 weeks prior to determine whether PP broke several laws. At that time PP immediately filed a motion to halt the subpoena.

    Smell a rat? Here's one: the grand jury's ill-advising special counsel, Larry McClain, who okd terms with PP by which it would honor the subpoena.

    And here's another, the Democrat judge overseeing the case, Kevin Moriarty, who asked McClain (who he appointed) to work with PP on a "compromise" on the subpoena dilemma in the 1st place.

    Apparently the terms sucked, because DA Phill Kline nixed them. I'd be interested to laugh at those terms.

    In the real legal world, when a grand jury issues subpoenas the entity being investigated either complies or gets thrown in the slammer and its records seized.

    In the real world, there are ways to determine if laws are broken.

    There are laws in KS against aborting late-term mothers not in the throes of death, against not reporting child rape, against selling aborted baby parts, against falsifying records, against aborting minors without parents knowing, and against ignoring the 24-hour waiting period.

    But abortion brings with it super duper legal exceptions. There is no right to investigate higher than the right to abort. An abortionist has the right to break the law if s/he’s committing an abortion, as does the mother. The abortionist's attorney has the right to agree to terms of the abortionist's subpoena if anyone dares to snoop.

    Predictions

    carson.jpgPrediction #1: The 90-day KS grand jury investigating for illegal activity will expire March 9 having gotten nowhere because PP simply refused to cooperate. That's the plan, to beat off the clock.

    Prediction #2: Moriarty will not extend the grand jury's time.

    Prediction #3: PP will issue a statement that it has been exonerated.

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    February 15, 2008
    New ALL video

    On the heels of its victory over YouTube censorship, American Life League today released a new video, "Planned Parenthood kills for profit." PP has energized its streamlined enterprise to become a more lean, mean, killing machine.


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    YouTube unbans ALL video

    A month ago I posted American Life League's new video, which it had posted on YouTube, spotlighting Planned Parenthood's new "Mile High" ad as well as other PP best of's.

    On February 11, ALL got notice YouTube had yanked its video for its "inappropriate nature."

    But get this. YouTube did not yank PP's original "Mile High" ad.

    Now, thanks to the pro-life community's outrage about YouTube's obvious viewpoint discrimination, it reinstated ALL's video yesterday, apologizing in an email there had been a "technical malfunction."

    Not true. YouTube's guidelines state, "If we remove your video after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it purposefully, and you should take our warning notification seriously."

    So YouTube was unfairly censoring and just got caught.

    And now, back by demands for fairness, ALL's Planned Parenthood Sells Sex video:


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    Jane Fonda and C-Day

    Whoops.

    Yesterday was supposed to celebrate V-Day, devised 10 years ago by activist Eve Ensler to combat violence against women.

    In that decade V-Day has raised over $50 million, according to Fundraising Success magazine, largely by allowing groups to produce Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, as a benefit. Groups must apply, and V-Day must approve donation plans as well as receive 10% of proceeds.

    ensler%20fonda2.jpgSometimes star power helps sell VM tickets. Enter Jane Fonda, who has performed the play and yesterday appeared with Ensler on The Today Show to promote V-Day.

    The ever judgment-challenged Fonda decided to utter a word on morning network television from the VM that will never be ready for prime time and is, in fact, the most despicably sexist word in the English language: the c-word....

    They say any publicity is good publicity, and it may be Ensler and Fonda are giggling between themselves today about all the adverse attention Fonda brought V-Day, although in actuality Fonda's indiscretion overshadowed it. This will inspire liberals, though, who will certain rally and produce VM with even wilder abandon.

    BTW, some of V-Day's goals are laudable. It fights rape, incest, female genital mutliation, and sex slavery around the world.

    But Ensler is an outspoken pro-abort, and one of VM's producers and V-Day supporters is Planned Parenthood.

    It is simply illogical to decry violence against women while promoting abortion, of which well over half its victims are female.

    See Jane run (her mouth off) here.

    [Photo courtesy of Fundaising Success magazine]


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    February 14, 2008
    The fat lady has not yet sung in Aurora

    by Mary Kay Hastings

    fat_lady_sings.jpgLast month the City of Aurora dismissed motions pro-life attorneys filed to reverse permit decisions allowing Planned Parenthood to build.

    Now, pro-life advocates have filed suit against officials for the City's inexplicable contention that PP's permit approvals did not violate City zoning rules.

    The plaintiffs, including residents and Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood, say the clinic misrepresented itself to the city and to the public, using a fictitious name, the Gemini Office Development corporation, to hide behind during the zoning approval process....

    Because of this, neighbors and residents were denied the right to oppose the abortion mill.

    The lawsuit seeks to revoke the clinic's occupancy permit.

    Says Tom Brechja, lead pro-life attorney at the Thomas More Society:

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    By concealing the true planned use of the property, Planned Parenthood evaded the process that would have provided local residents and city officials with the opportunity to question how their neighborhood and community would be changed.

    Democracy can't work for people if they are denied an opportunity to impact even their own neighborhoods, he added. It simply isn’t fair to allow any entity, including Planned Parenthood, to operate outside the law .


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    February 8, 2008
    Planned Parenthood consolidates: Regional box stores

    by Jill Stanek

    naperville2.jpgPlanned Parenthood Chicago Area recently announced it closed its Naperville PP Express due to the opening of its nearby mega-abortion mill in Aurora.

    And IL Family Institute linked to a January 1 State Journal-Register article reporting the PP family planning clinic in Logan, IL, has closed due to "flat" government funding of many years.

    Citizen reported yesterday PP also "recently closed four sites in Michigan and merged several in Ohio."

    Shortage of funding is a ruse, since PP is almost a $1 billion annual operation with $400 MILLION sitting in the bank, according to Life Decisions International.

    PP has also increased its market share of abortions from 5% to 20% over the last decade, reported of IL Right to Life, incidentally made easier by the fact it gets government funding so it can undercut the competition.

    I have previously reported it appears PP launched a new marketing plan in the early 2000's to increase its share even more. Part of that plan is obviously to create new regional box stores, such as Aurora (22k sq ft) and Denver (50k sq ft). Graphic design of the latter mill below (sans security fence) is courtesy of PP Rocky Mountains:

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    This all leads to some great questions posed by reader Eileen in an email, which I'll paraphrase.

    Why is PP merging and building bigger regional box mills? If they complain about the shortage of abortion clinics around the country, and that close access is imperative to garnering abortions, what is the benefit to women by merging and building bigger? Wouldn't they want to market smaller stores in more places?

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    February 7, 2008
    CO pro-life Super Bowl tailgate party

    by Jill Stanek

    super%20bowl%201.jpgAmericans held thousands of Super Bowl parties last Sunday to watch the New York Giants spoil the New England Patriots' perfect record.

    But I'll bet none were quite like this one.

    Fifty pro-life activists enjoyed the Super Bowl while picketing in front of the home of Lakewood, CO, resident Gary Meggison, senior executive of The Weitz Company, general contractor of Planned Parenthood's new Denver mega-mill....

    Weitz was just given "permanent collaborator status" by activists when it refused to pull from the project by January 31. This means Weitz executives can anticipate being picketed as long as the PP Denver chop shop operates.

    Reported activist Leslie Hanks of Sunday's block party in an email:

    The time of food, fun and fellowship was topped off with excellent hot dogs, brats and even buffalo dogs. One pro-lifer, Grandma Connie, brought spinach stromboli and eggplant parmesan. The pro-lifers considered this one of the best Super Bowl parties they have ever attended....

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    These tenacious pro-life activists plan to expand their pickets to Weitz customers. Reported Rocky Mountain News on February 4:

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    The group has plans to protest at the grand opening of Hermes, a French fashion house and Weitz Company client, which will open its first Colorado store in the retail component of the new NorthCreek development in Denver's Cherry Creek North shopping district.

    Certainly, picketing homes and businesses of abortion participants is disturbing. This is exactly the goal, wrote Leslie: to "increas[e] the social tension that has all but disappeared in this country, despite the slaughter of thousands of innocent babies each day." In fact, the group's motto is, "No child killing in tranquility!"

    And don't forget, picketing is the American way. Continued the RMN:

    The residential picketing performed by the group has caused considerable controversy and has led several city councils in the Denver Metro area to consider ordinances which would place limitations on the picketers. In general, they would like the residential picketing problem to go away, but they are unwilling to go with an all out ban due to first amendment rights issues and the potential for a long drawn out and expensive battle supporting such a ban.

    Gary Meggison... attended a Lakewood City Council meeting recently and requested them to pass an ordinance to eliminate the residential picketers. So far, there is no action planned by the council.

    [Top photo courtesy of Leslie Hanks; 3-photo montage courtesy of Rocky Mountain News]


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    February 1, 2008
    Crossed cultures and botched abortion

    usman.jpgThis sad story is all over the British press.

    It appears the Muslim family of 22-year-old Sabia Walla forced her to get a late-term abortion in Pakistan at 5 months gestation after learning she was pregnant by British national Usman Gulzar, 24 and pictured right, who she married in secret on December 27 in Scotland, where both families live.

    Walla died January 23 following a botched abortion. She was apparently pregnant when married.

    Here's a story snip, from The Daily Record, January 30:

    Usman Gulzar was last night dealing with the shocking revelation that his pregnant wife died after a botched abortion....
    As revealed in the Record yesterday, Sobia's death came just weeks after the Glasgow couple married in secret, infuriating her family.

    Now it has emerged that 22-year-old Sobia, who was nearly five months pregnant, died in agony after the operation at a hospital in Gujranwala, near the Pakistani city of Lahore.

    Sobia went to Gujranwala's Najma Zia clinic for the abortion but suffered complications.

    She was then transferred to the bigger private Surgimed Hospital, in Lahore, where she died of massive bleeding.

    Usman, 24, called in police after refusing to accept Sobia had died from food poisoning while attending a family funeral in Pakistan....

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    The Record revealed yesterday how Sobia had been afraid to tell her parents of her pregnancy and subsequent secret marriage...

    Sobia's parents, Mohammad and Safia Wali, have said they do not want a police investigation.

    But detectives are expected to interview them and her [four] brothers... on their return from Pakistan.


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    January 29, 2008
    Tiller's late-term abortions on parade

    Kansas law only allows abortions after 22 weeks if two physicians who are not legally or financially affiliated agree "a continuation of the patient's pregnancy would cause a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function." That's it.

    If you haven't been following the story, a grand jury investigating George Tiller's late-term abortions has issued 2 subpoenas: One, for all abortions Tiller committed after 21 weeks from July 1, 2003, to January 18, 2008; and one for all patients post-21 weeks who did not get one. The jury has specified that all identifiers be removed.

    Tiller attorneys say this amounts to 2,000 records, and they filed a motion yesterday to block the subpoenas.

    Troy Newman of Operation Rescue testified before the grand jury the week before they issued the subpoenas, providing 200 pages of evidence, including photos of obviously late-term mothers entering Tiller's mill, below. My guess is many of these moms were carrying babies who were diagnosed, in their 2nd trimester, with handicaps.

    To this day, Tiller advertises late term abortions for fetal handicaps, which is not an accepted exemption by KS law.

    The first photo is of a non-aborting 22-week pregnant mom, to provide context.

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    See more photos on page 2.

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    The photos make me sick. How could they?


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    The Parable of the Good Abortionist

    In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, two people pass by a man on the side of the road who has been robbed, beaten, and left for dead. But a noble 3rd passerby sees that the beaten man has a child and stops to kill the child to spare the man more angst.

    parker.jpgWait. That's not what happened.

    No, the 3rd person spots the beaten man, roughs him up for more money, and then kills the child.

    Yes, that's it.

    That is actually the Parable of the Good Abortionist, as told by abortionist Willie Parker at the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health website....

    Ultimately, the parable of the Good Samaritan persuaded Dr. Parker that he had to offer abortion services to the women he treats. The story of an injured traveler being ignored by passersby resonated with Dr. Parker, who once worked in a hospital that did not allow abortions. "The Good Samaritan was the one person who didn't think about himself," he says. "Instead, he asked what would happen to the injured traveler if he didn't help."

    In the real parable, the Good Samaritan bandages the injured person's wounds, provides transportation, pays for his lodging, and offers to provide additional financial support if needed.

    This is the sort of help pro-lifers -- not pro-aborts -- provide to pregnant mothers and their preborn children in crisis. Plus we'll pay for physician care, maternal and baby clothing, diapers, furniture, child care education, etc., etc., etc.

    Actually, pro-aborts invert the parable. They won't lift a finger unless given cold hard cash, or a credit card not over the limit. No checks, please.

    And then the finger they'll lift holds a knife.

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    NOW skewers Kennedy

    My, it was only yesterday that I posted NARAL prez Nancy Keenan's plead for factions within the abortion cabal to stop verbally aborting one another.

    Now comes this whopper of a rant, verging on hysterical, which doesn't bode well for the group that tries so hard to be men, NOW.

    And, strange that NOW expresses surprise at Kennedy's abandonment of women. Leaving them to drown must not meet NOW's criteria.

    This really is a remarkable display of total loss of control, and Keenan saw it coming. Liberals, who always try so hard to put on a unified face, are fracturing. Click to enlarge:

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    January 28, 2008
    Papaya abortions

    papaya.bmpWithin one day, the smart collegians at Yale Daily News last week yanked a garish article on a commemoration of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by the Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale and Yale Medical Students for Choice.

    Ah, but through the wonders of caching, the piece is still available in all its tawdry glory:

    Students who walked into WLH 119 on Tuesday night were greeted with models of the female pelvis complete with fallopian tubes, cervixes, vaginas - and papayas on which to perform mock abortions....

    [RALY and YMSC] demonstrated different abortion methods and techniques, answered questions students had about the procedures and encouraged... the assembled crowd of about 15 students... to be active in abortion-rights groups....

    The presenters began by showing the students different surgical tools used during different stages of a pregnancy....

    [Merritt] Evans [MED '09] and Rasha Khoury MED '08, another member of YMSC, who said she... expects to perform abortions, went on to describe one of the most common abortion procedures, manual vacuum aspiration, which "creates suction to evacuate pregnancy," Evans said. The technique is a good option because the device involved is reusable and relatively cheap, she said.

    "It's not as scary as it seems. It's just blood and mucus," Khoury said, referring to the fetus remains in the device. She added, "You'll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just minuscule."

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    Evans and Khoury also explained the finer points of abortion-clinic etiquette, including some potentially sensitive terminology. Khoury said physicians performing abortions generally refer to the aborted fetus remains as "POC," an acronym for "product of conception," and refer to fetus' hearts as "FH."

    The most complicated part of the procedure can be the emotional fallout some patients experience, she said.

    "Often times, women are crying and cursing and saying they’re going to hell," Khoury said. "It may be a quick and easy medical procedure, but it definitely is a very involved social-medical procedure."

    The presenters also urged the crowd to... join[ ] Reproductive Health Externships, a campaign in which volunteers are taught how to conduct abortions.

    "It's fun because you meet people from all over the country who do them," Khoury said. "It's pretty inspiring."...

    To see whether your neighborhood POC removal mill is staffed by students, view the inspiring list of participating externship clinics here.

    Thanks to all the pro-life bloggers who "dangerously misinterpreted" Khoury, according to YDN, not only was the aforementioned article yanked, but she was forced on January 24 to try to sanitize it.

    Incidentally, Khoury is an anti-Semitic member of the Arab Students' Assocation who said she "look[s] forward to returning to Palestine after many years at Yale."

    Good riddance.

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    January 26, 2008
    Planned Parenthood tries to censor pro-life ads

    Yesterday, I spotlighted 1 of 2 pro-life ads sponsored by the Second Look Project running on radio stations in liberal cities including the worst, San Francisco.

    Dawn Eden of Dawn Patrol just sent me this email alert from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, trying to censor the ads (click to enlarge):

    Interestingly, when I clicked on PP's link that it said would disprove the radio ad, I got this:

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    Perhaps PP will fix that link soon.

    The ads have always been scheduled to run through today, January 26. I would not be surprised if PP claims censorship victory when the ads coincidentally end 2 days after PP sent its alert.

    Meanwhile, here are the facts, including docket and page numbers, sourced by Focus on the Family:

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    I've included the facts in written form below, so you can cut and paste them into an email to KFRC and KCBS, thanking them for airing the truth.

    Under Roe, the Supreme Court gave free reign for abortion in the first trimester, but seemed to rule that abortion could be restricted significantly or prohibited in the second and third trimesters. However, the court said that later regulations must allow for abortions needed to protect the woman's health. Roe's companion case, Doe v. Bolton (issued on the same day as Roe) defined maternal "health" as: "all factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age - relevant to the well-being of the patient." These factors are so vague and open-ended that almost any reason can be and is cited to allow abortion in the second and third trimesters.

    (SOURCE: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 164 (1973); Roe, 410 U.S. at 164; Roe, 410 U.S. at 164-5; Doe v. Bolton, 41 U.S. 179, 192 (1973).



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    January 25, 2008
    Demonic deathscorts

    These freaky videos were taken in front of a Vienna, Austria, abortion mill owned by inaptly named abortionist Christian Fiala. He pays "escorts" to taunt pro-lifers from Human Life International praying in front of his mill.

    Each video is described in English and is between 4-4:30 minutes long. (See 2nd video on page 2.)

    WorldNetDaily.com picked up the story yesterday:

    A new video posted by the Catholic-based Gloria TV has documented the "demonic" behavior of pro-abortion activists who grunt, bark and shriek in the faces of pro-life prayer warriors in Vienna....

    The video...shows animalistic behavior, with growling, name-calling, barking, groaning, screaming and uncontrolled laughing and giggling sounds.

    Father Markus Doppelbauer, who contributes to the editing of the website, told WND that abortion remains a flashpoint topic in Austria.

    "Part of the socialist strategy is to systematically denigrate the pro-lifers," he said. "The socialists love to accuse them in public statements of 'psycho-terror' and other atrocities."...

    "This video is, at the same time, shocking and frightening. It shows to what extent a human being who does not respect each person's right to live can degenerate," Doppelbauer said.


    These people do seem possessed, which would absolutely come as no surprise.

    WND continued:

    An earlier video by Gloria TV also revealed the sexual and physical assaults inflicted on prayer warriors by Fiala's staff on the public streets in front of the abortion business, the organization said.

    I was shocked by the graphic sexual intrusions....

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    What the other side is thinking

    From the Los Angeles Times, January 22, a fairly candid op ed by Frances Kissling (pictured 1st), former president of Catholics for a Free Choice, and Kate Michelman (pictured 2nd), former president of NARAL. Am posting excerpts here. Read entire piece on page 2.

    Abortion's battle of messages
    It's not 1973. Pro-choice forces must adjust to regain the moral high ground.

    ... Since Roe, U.S. public opinion has been relatively stable and favorable to legal abortion. Early efforts to overturn Roe failed miserably. Given this reality, the anti-choice movement changed tactics. It no longer focused primarily on banning abortions but concentrated on restricting the circumstances under which abortion would be available. It succeeded in shifting public attention from broad support for legal abortion to strong support for restricting access. Twenty years ago, being pro-life was déclassé. Now it is a respectable point of view.

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    How did this happen? Did the pro-choice movement fail? Or did those opposed to abortion simply respond more effectively to the changing science as well as the social shift from the rights rage of the '60s to the responsibility culture of the '90s?

    In the 1970s, the arguments were simple and polarized: Abortion was either murder or a woman's right to control her body. The fetus, however, stayed largely invisible. The pro-choice movement stayed on the message offensive, tactically shifting in 1989 from women's bodies to the "who decides" question posed by NARAL.... But this was rapidly parried by the anti-choice demand that we look at what was being decided, not just who was deciding....

    Science facilitated the swing of the pendulum. Three-dimensional ultrasound images of babies in utero began to grace the family fridge. Fetuses underwent surgery. More premature babies survived and were healthier. They commanded our attention, and the question of what we owe them, if anything, could not be dismissed.

    These trends gave antiabortionists an advantage, and they made the best of it. Now, we rarely hear them talk about murdering babies. Instead, they present a sophisticated philosophical and political challenge. Caring societies, they say, seek to expand inclusion into "the human community." Those once excluded, such as women and minorities, are now equal. Why not welcome the fetus (who, after all, is us) into our community?

    Advocates of choice have had a hard time dealing with the increased visibility of the fetus. The preferred strategy is still to ignore it and try to shift the conversation back to women. At times, this makes us appear insensitive, a bit too pragmatic in a world where the desire to live more communitarian and "life-affirming" lives is palpable. To some people, pro-choice values seem to have been unaffected by the desire to save the whales and the trees, to respect animal life and to end violence at all levels. Pope John Paul II got that, and coined the term "culture of life." President Bush adopted it, and the slogan, as much as it pains us to admit it, moved some hearts and minds. Supporting abortion is tough to fit into this package.

    ... The specter of women forced into back alleys as a result of a one-time "mistake" has been replaced with hard questions about why women get pregnant when they don't want to have babies.

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    In recent years, the antiabortion movement successfully put the nitty-gritty details of abortion procedures on public display, increasing the belief that abortion is serious business and that some societal involvement is appropriate. Those who are pro-choice have not convinced America that we support a public discussion of the moral dimensions of abortion. Likewise, we haven't convinced people that we are the ones actually doing things to make it possible for women to avoid needing abortions....

    It is inadequate to try to message our way out of this problem. Our vigorous defense of the right to choose needs to be accompanied by greater openness regarding the real conflict between life and choice, between rights and responsibility. It is time for a serious reassessment of how to think about abortion in a world that is radically changed from 1973.

    The question is, how do those promoting and making money off abortion admit it is morally problematic? How do they admit products of conception may indeed be babies, but mothers should still chop them up and suction their brains out if inconvient? They can't.

    This column admits that ultrasounds work, graphic pictures work, stories of saving premature babies work, that today's society is more responsible than the '60s free lover society.

    Kissling and Michelman were not entirely honest, however. The pro-abortion side has attempted a new tactic, to focus on contraception. Their complaints that abortion rights may be taken away at any minute are now accompanied by complaints of same for contraceptives. At first I thought this tactic might be difficult to combat. But so far, no. Kissling and Michelman admit this message has failed. The American public likely considers it typical hysteria, another real problem for pro-aborts.

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    Op ed in entirety....

    Abortion's battle of messages
    It's not 1973. Pro-choice forces must adjust to regain the moral high ground.
    By Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman
    January 22, 2008

    Thirty-five years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed in Roe vs. Wade that women have a fundamental right to choose abortion without government interference. Now, on this anniversary of that landmark decision, the United States has some of the most restrictive policies on abortion in the developed world. In contrast to Europe, the U.S. forbids the use of federal funds for abortions, and the Supreme Court has upheld state laws that require parental consent or notification, mandatory waiting periods and antiabortion counseling. The court's 2007 decision on so-called partial-birth abortions was an unprecedented infringement on physician autonomy.

    Since Roe, U.S. public opinion has been relatively stable and favorable to legal abortion. Early efforts to overturn Roe failed miserably. Given this reality, the anti-choice movement changed tactics. It no longer focused primarily on banning abortions but concentrated on restricting the circumstances under which abortion would be available. It succeeded in shifting public attention from broad support for legal abortion to strong support for restricting access. Twenty years ago, being pro-life was déclassé. Now it is a respectable point of view.

    How did this happen? Did the pro-choice movement fail? Or did those opposed to abortion simply respond more effectively to the changing science as well as the social shift from the rights rage of the '60s to the responsibility culture of the '90s?

    In the 1970s, the arguments were simple and polarized: Abortion was either murder or a woman's right to control her body. The fetus, however, stayed largely invisible. The pro-choice movement stayed on the message offensive, tactically shifting in 1989 from women's bodies to the "who decides" question posed by NARAL Pro-Choice America. But this was rapidly parried by the anti-choice demand that we look at what was being decided, not just who was deciding.

    Science facilitated the swing of the pendulum. Three-dimensional ultrasound images of babies in utero began to grace the family fridge. Fetuses underwent surgery. More premature babies survived and were healthier. They commanded our attention, and the question of what we owe them, if anything, could not be dismissed.

    These trends gave antiabortionists an advantage, and they made the best of it. Now, we rarely hear them talk about murdering babies. Instead, they present a sophisticated philosophical and political challenge. Caring societies, they say, seek to expand inclusion into "the human community." Those once excluded, such as women and minorities, are now equal. Why not welcome the fetus (who, after all, is us) into our community?

    Advocates of choice have had a hard time dealing with the increased visibility of the fetus. The preferred strategy is still to ignore it and try to shift the conversation back to women. At times, this makes us appear insensitive, a bit too pragmatic in a world where the desire to live more communitarian and "life-affirming" lives is palpable. To some people, pro-choice values seem to have been unaffected by the desire to save the whales and the trees, to respect animal life and to end violence at all levels. Pope John Paul II got that, and coined the term "culture of life." President Bush adopted it, and the slogan, as much as it pains us to admit it, moved some hearts and minds. Supporting abortion is tough to fit into this package.

    At the same time, women and their decisions have come under ever more powerful microscopes. The specter of women forced into back alleys as a result of a one-time "mistake" has been replaced with hard questions about why women get pregnant when they don't want to have babies.

    In recent years, the antiabortion movement successfully put the nitty-gritty details of abortion procedures on public display, increasing the belief that abortion is serious business and that some societal involvement is appropriate. Those who are pro-choice have not convinced America that we support a public discussion of the moral dimensions of abortion. Likewise, we haven't convinced people that we are the ones actually doing things to make it possible for women to avoid needing abortions.

    Let's face it: Disapproval of women's sexuality is a historical constant. So our claim that women can be trusted still falls on deaf ears. And when the choice movement seems to defend every individual abortion decision, rather than the right to make the decision, it too becomes suspect.

    If pro-choice values are to regain the moral high ground, genuine discussion about these challenges needs to take place within the movement. It is inadequate to try to message our way out of this problem. Our vigorous defense of the right to choose needs to be accompanied by greater openness regarding the real conflict between life and choice, between rights and responsibility. It is time for a serious reassessment of how to think about abortion in a world that is radically changed from 1973.

    Frances Kissling, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is the former president of Catholics for a Free Choice. Kate Michelman is the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the author of "Protecting the Right to Choose


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    Guttmacher report inaccurate

    I reported earlier in the week I was skeptical of The Guttmacher Institute's most recent report indicating that by 2005 abortion had dropped 25% from its all time high of 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.2 million. Guttmacher, after all, is the research arm of the head of the abortion cabal, Planned Parenthood. Why no one in the MSM was skeptical comes as no surprise.

    Now Guttmacher has been found way off its numbers in at least 1 state, Illinois. Kudos to Bill Beckman of IL Right to Life for uncovering this. According to the Chicago Tribune, January 17:

    Rachel Jones, lead author of the report, noted that abortion rates can differ... from one part of the country to another. "Some states, such as Connecticut, had increases in the abortion rate," Jones said. "But Illinois had a larger-than-average decline -- the rate came down 19% from 2000 to 2005."

    Beckman responded in a Trib letter to the editor, published January 18:

    ... I did not recall such a drop being consistent with the data published by Illinois Dept of Public Health. I checked the IDPH Web site. [See stats right; click to enlarge]....

    Abortions in 2000 were 45,884 and in 2005 43,409. That change is only a 5.4% drop, far lower than the stated 19% drop. In my mind, this raises questions about what data is being used in the Guttmacher Institute report... and what level of reliability it should be given. If such inconsistencies exist for Illinois, what about the data for other states?

    To further emphasize my point, IDPH data for 2006 shows 46,467 abortions in Illinois, higher than the total for 2000, so no decrease at all.

    Why would Guttmacher lie? Lots of reasons....

    One, to improve the industry's image as being anti-abortion and pro-prevention, like the tobacco industry and its lame anti-smoking campaigns.

    Two, to create false studies showing that states with pro-life laws do not have lower abortion rates than states without. IL, for instance, has no pro-life laws whatsoever. No clinic regulations. No Women's Right to Know. Its parental notification law has been tied up in the courts for 12 years.

    Another possibility would be to create false studies showing states with more abstinence education have higher pregnancy rates than states with more comprehensive sex ed.

    Etc., etc., etc. We'll see what they do with this. They've already succeeded in comforting liberals and perhaps lulling certain pro-lifers into complacency.

    It was so easy to prove Guttmacher wrong. What bold-faced liars. Its IL numbers are wildly off compared to legitimate stats accessible on the Internet. Where is MSM?


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    January 24, 2008
    Planned Parenthood abortion mill "blessed"

    satanist3.jpgPlanned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson announced the blessing of its new 18k sq. ft. building, which includes a "surgical wing," by press release, "On Sacred Ground - Blessing of the Building by Schenectady Clergy," according to the Times Union blog.

    Someone snapped a couple of photos of the clergy, although, I didn't think images of these people showed up on pictures. Maybe I'm thinking of vampires.

    A vampire blessing would have been more fitting, but they don't come out during the day, even one as tempting as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, when this blessing was held.

    Speaking of which, the Times Union eeked a 438 word article on the March for Life, with crowd estimates anywhere from 100-250k, while lavishing 804 words to the PP blessing with "about three dozen" attendees. Plus that 127 word blog announcement. But I'm just getting picky. Back to the blessing. Quoting the TU:

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    [T]he Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."...

    The Rev. Abby Norton-Levering... [said], "We pray that you will make this a place of safety and give a sense of sanctuary."...

    The Rev. Bill Levering, senior pastor of First Reformed Church of Schenectady, said the right to privacy is endowed by God....

    "Even God respects the right of privacy. We make women into children when we say they cannot control their own bodies," Levering said.

    Phillips led everyone outside where they laid their hands on the brick and limestone as the minister declared, "This is sacred ground."

    "We make women into children when we say they cannot control their own bodies"? What?

    [HT: Dawn Patrol]

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    January 17, 2008
    Killing girls

    A 54-minute documentary called Killing Girls is supposed to be in production now for release in 2008. (I wrote the director, David Kinsella, for more info but have not yet received a response.)

    The film is about a Russion late term abortion "department" for teens who abort up to 8 months gestation. Abortion is epidemic in Russia, where they say mothers have 2-10 each, despite the availability of contraceptives.

    I watched the trailer a few days ago on YouTube and remain distressed about these killing girls.

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    Abortion is fashionable

    Last week it was Vogue showing us partial birth abortion chic with a photo of a post-pba mother modeling the latest in fashion smiling at her wanted live child.

    This week it's Planned Parenthood of Hawaii's tacky "Choice is fashionable" fundraiser (click to enlarge):

    If "choice" is indeed fashionable, they've chosen the wrong "haute" color.

    Should be red.

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    January 15, 2008
    Planned Parenthood boycott and portfolio

    baby%20money.jpgLast week, someone forwarded me a LifeSiteNews.com article listing Life Decisions International's updated partial boycott list of businesses and non-profit organizations that donate or are affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

    I spotted two companies our family does business with: Carlson Travel Agencies and Wachovia.

    In fact, we were in the process of planning a vacation through Carlson, and I called my agent and said the deal was off if Carlson did not refute. I told the same to our Wachovia rep. Neither was happy about news of the possible PP connection, and both immediately checked into it.

    Carlson's corporate response came the next day....

    We have just become aware that Life Decisions International has erroneously included Carlson on "The Boycott List" for 2008. It is my understanding that Carlson has not supported Planned Parenthood in any way in 2007. Prior to that time, small amounts had been contributed as directed by employees participating in the company's matching plan program. Our parent company is in the process of notifying the organization so they may correct their information.

    As someone who cares deeply for children, you may be interested in knowing that....

    And the letter went on to describe kid-friendly organizations that Carlson had donated to and received awards from.

    My Wachovia rep forwarded me an October 22, 2007, Weekly Standard expose on PP's "unseemly empire" that included this:

    [I]n the case of Wachovia, the donations in question had consisted of nugatory sums of a few hundred dollars given by a few distant local branches.

    A relevant section of the WS article grabbed my attention:

    [O]ne might wonder why corporations that generally shy away from controversial causes and activities continue to donate to the organization. The answer is that, in increasing numbers, they don't, or at least they say they don't....

    Research for this story included contacting by telephone or email a cross-section of those Life Decisions-listed megacorporations... expecting to hear, for example, praise for PP's teen-pregnancy prevention programs offered as justification for the corporate gifts.

    Instead....the uniform responses of the public-relations offices at the firms were either categorical denial or explanations....

    Indeed, there is some evidence that the $212.2 million in private contributions reported by PP for its 2005-06 fiscal year might be an exaggeration. For fiscal 2004-05, PP reported $215.8 million in income from private donations and bequests.

    That same year, about $61.8 million in "private support" to PP was calculated by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, on the basis of information supplied by PP to the IRS.

    Asked what could account for such a large discrepancy, Noelle Barton, a Chronicle editor... said, "They could be counting income from investing previous donations." PP's balance sheet contains no separate entry for investment income....

    I was reminded of investments I spotted when viewing PP Chicago Area's tax returns for another post, so I checked PP Federation's and saw it had over $40 million in investments (click to enlarge):

    Two points to take away. PP is likely hiding its shrinking donation base by adding in investment income.

    And since when do non-profits have over $40 million to invest?

    And that was just the nonmother ship. According to Guidestar.com, which posts tax returns of non-profits, 272 PP's across the country filed returns last year.

    Below see a partial listing of companies LDI says contribute to PP. To order a complete list, go to LDI's website.

    Adobe (software)

    AlphaGraphics

    Bank of America

    Basics Office Products

    BBJ Linen (home products)

    Carlson Companies (travel agencies)

    CCA Global (Carpet One, Flooring America, Flooring Canada, Flooring One, Lighting One, etc.)

    Chevron (fuel/energy; Xpress Lube, Texaco)

    CIGNA (insurance)

    Comcast (cable television, Internet, etc.)

    Country Inns & Suites

    Dallas Cowboys

    DuPont (chemicals)

    eBay (online marketplace; PayPal)

    FastSigns (graphics/printing)

    Four Seasons Hotels (Regent Hotels)

    GlaxoSmithKline (over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, etc.)

    InterContinental Hotels (Candlewood, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Indigo, InterContinental, and Staybridge)

    Johnson & Johnson

    Lost Arrow (Patagonia, etc.)

    Marriott (Courtyard Hotels, Fairfield Inn, Grand Residences, Horizons Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels & Inns, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites)

    Midas (motor vehicle care)

    Nationwide (insurance)

    Nike (shoes/apparel, etc.)

    OSI Restaurant Partners (Outback Steakhouse, etc.)

    Paul Ecke Ranch (poinsettias)

    Park Inn (hotel)

    Park Plaza (hotel)

    Pick Up Stix (restaurant)

    Radisson (hotel)

    Regent (hotel)

    Sears (Kmart)

    Sonic (drive-in restaurants)

    T.G.I. Friday's (restaurant)

    Time Warner (Cinemax, HBO, AOL, etc.)

    Wachovia (finance)

    Walt Disney

    Wells Fargo

    Whole Foods Market

    Charitable organizations associated with Planned Parenthood:

    Audubon Society

    Alzheimer's Association

    American Association of Retired Persons

    American Automobile Association (AAA)

    American Cancer Society

    American Diabetes Association

    Amnesty International

    Camp Fire Girls

    Council of Churches (including Church World Service, and CROP Hunger Walks)

    Doctors Without Borders

    Dr. Phil Foundation

    Girl Scouts

    Glaucoma Research Foundation

    Human Rights Watch

    Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

    Kaiser Permanente

    Kiwanis Club

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    Lion's Club

    March of Dimes

    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    National Education Association

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    Outward Bound West

    Rotary International

    Save the Children

    Sierra Club

    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

    Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA)


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    January 14, 2008
    Who pays for Planned Parenthood's "sell sex" ads?

    We the taxpayers do. American Life League has just posted its latest video report spotlighting Planned Parenthood's new "Mile High" ad as well as favorite moments from other PP ads. Who could forget, for instance, the PP superhero who blasted pro-lifers to smithereens with a gun loaded with condoms?

    ALL makes the connection between selling sex, selling contraceptives, and selling abortion. Of course.

    In ALL's release announcing its latest video it noted that PP is starting to take notice of its ads in blogs and podcasts. Kudos!

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    January 11, 2008
    Planned Parenthood ♥s Barack Obama

    I'm flattered. The Truth About Margaret Sanger blog is calling Day Gardner and me "the other Obama girls." Day is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union and also has had plenty to say about Obama's radical pro-abortion position.

    But Obama girls like us won't be sending him any valentines this year. Not to worry, Obama's girls at Planned Parenthood are sending him plenty of love. This will be tricky since they're all heartless.

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    Obama loves PP, too. Actually, they prostitute one another. PP helps elect Obama so he can turn around and appropriate tax money to it. He's trying to legislate PP an abortuary load of cash at the moment. PP explains why in its Obama love note....

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    tax $$ for PP's "comprehensive" sex ed classes - ✓
    tax $$ for contraceptives and the morning-after pill - ✓
    tax $$ for other PP "services" like examinations, pregnancy and STD testing - ✓

    Basically, the PFA will give PP tax $$ for every service and product it sells except candles and abortion.

    And this $$ isn't for poor women. It's for women who make too much $$ to qualify for any other assistance. Middle class socialized reproductive health care.

    Ah, love $$ is in the air. So, happy VD! Whoops, VD is also short for Venereal Disease, which we now know as Sexually Transmitted Disease, or STD. Yeah, I guess that works.


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    Planned Parenthood Denver forgets it aborts

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is now advertising its new mega-abortion mill, currently under construction (click to enlarge):

    Two probs with the ad....

    The first is with the prominently presented pregnant mother who could not have worn any flashier clothes, and just in case the viewer thinks she's just fat, she's in pat-baby-with-hand position.

    The thing is, PP doesn't offer prenatal care. It wouldn't know what to do with a live preborn baby other than kill it. It refers out if the mother doesn't want to do that.

    The second problem is with one of its primary services PP has conveniently omitted from advertising. After all, PP is the largest a-word provider in the U.S. Not proud?

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    January 10, 2008
    ABC News, "The abortion vote the GOP is planning to use to bring down Obama"

    obama%20point.jpgBill and Hillary Clinton recently complained the press has not scrutinized Barack Obama's "poetry" and "fairy tales."

    Yesterday, several political pundits anticipated that any day now the MSM will begin knocking Obama off the pedestal upon which they have placed him, particularly in light of the Clintons' criticism and the embarrassment of their pollsters getting the NH primary so wrong.

    That day has arrived. Finally.

    From ABC News today, titled, "The abortion vote the GOP is planning to use to bring down Obama"...

    .... Republican operatives have been examining Obama's record in Springfield, Illinois, and think they have caught Obama voting the wrong side of an abortion bill that will turn off the public "like partial birth abortion cubed," in the words of one GOP operative.

    The bill would have required medical care for babies born alive during unsuccessful abortions - an issue no Democrat trying to win over independents and Republicans would want to spend any time discussing.

    The Republican party, of course, plans on attacking whoever wins the Democratic nomination.... Whoever wins will be painted as too liberal for America.

    But Obama's abortion vote, the GOP hopes, may prove to be the sort that Clinton alludes to when she suggests he has not been vetted, his having been blessed by the Gods of Fate during his 2004 US Senate campaign....

    Republicans suspect Americans will find the vote indicative of out-of-the-mainstream liberal views.....


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    Planned Parenthood's "Mile High" ad

    MK and Sara emailed me a link to this ad last week, and I just didn't see anything new to get worked up about. I think I'm jaded. But pro-life news orgs and friends have been spotlighting it, so I'll join the gang:

    The only part of the ad I think worth noting is Planned Parenthood's flagrant stereotyping of homosexuals. Were our side to make a comedic ad featuring a flaming lispy gay with bent wrists, the movement would beat us with rainbow flags.

    But the homosexual and abortion movements are best buds, as I often say, so they laugh and work together. They both have the same goal: illicit sex with no consequences.

    Perhaps you see something else in the ad to discuss...

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    January 9, 2008
    Planned Parenthood promotes NFP?

    Is this Planned Parenthood promoting Natural Family Planning? Not quite, but close.

    Cyclebeads are based on the new Standard Days Method developed in 1998 by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.

    The diff?...

    NFP relies on a woman charting her waking temperature, cervical mucus secretions, and cervical changes to determine those days of the month when she is fertile. Properly used, it is over 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy.

    cyclebeads.gifSDM, over 95% effective when properly used, is based on computer models showing that women whose menstrual cycles are between 26-32 days are potentially fertile on days 8-19.

    Cyclebeads are a string of 32 color-coded beads and a black rubber ring. When a woman starts her period, she puts the ring on the first bead, which is red, and moves it in the direction of the arrow once every day. When she gets to the white beads, she is potentially fertile.

    I don't know if the Catholic Church has taken a position on Cyclebeads, but at least some Catholic officials have accepted it.

    I view NFP and now SDM as natural forms of contraception. If you click on the aforementioned article, you can see how SDM is being used for population control.

    Still, it is odd that any PP would promote Cyclebeads, since it's not a repeat money maker like all other forms of contraception. There must be a there there I don't yet know.


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    Strike, please

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    They'll show us. The New York Times reports today that abortion mills in Spain began a 5-day strike yesterday....

    Private clinics in Spain, which perform most of the country's abortions, began a five-day strike on Tuesday to protest what they said was persecution by anti-abortion campaigners and government inspectors, who have swept clinics in recent weeks to crack down on illegal terminations.

    The strike... involves about 40 clinics....

    The strike could affect as many as 2,000 women.... The number of abortions in Spain has doubled in the past decade, to about 100,000 a year....

    The raids followed the arrest in December of Carlos Morin, a gynecologist who ran a group of clinics in Barcelona and who was secretly filmed by a Danish journalist apparently agreeing to her request for an abortion in her seventh month....

    One private television producer released a video, said to have been made in a Madrid clinic, that showed an abortion at 21 weeks.

    I previously blogged on that video, lamenting it wasn't translated into English. Just checked, and someone coincidentally did that 2 days ago:

    The abortions start at 7:50. We see many correlations in the U.S., including collusion with psychiatrists to conjure a mental reason to abort late-term.

    Back to the strike, what is the abortion industry trying to prove, that without them Spanish life will grind to a halt?

    Actually, it's they who grind Spanish life to a halt.


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    January 8, 2008
    What I did on my college break

    We've been chronicling the Denver Families Against Planned Parenthood protests of various executives helping build the Denver Planned Parenthood mega-abortion mill.

    On December 29, they were again protesting the home of Bill Hornaday, president of The Weitz Company Rocky Mountain division, the PP project's general contractor, when his son appeared, home from college. What a sterling example his father has set for him. Hope the big, fat bonus is worth it.

    At any rate, father and son packed up and left right after the group arrived, son shielding his face from the video camera with a newspaper. As Will Duffy, group organizer, said in an email to me, "Who would want to put up with this?" I agree. And they certainly don't have to.

    Here's a funny addendum. The Greenwood Village City Council, where Hornaday lives, recently passed ordinances trying to stifle pro-life protests, limiting length of stay, number of protesters, etc. So on New Year's Day, pro-lifers protested the home of Jerry Presley, ringleader of the city council First Amendment squash attempt. He promptly called the police, but the group was following the rules, so they couldn't be stopped....

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    January 7, 2008
    Live blogging from the Aurora ZBA meeting

    attorneys.jpgGo to Families Against Planned Parenthood now.

    [HT: AB Laura]

    UPDATE, 8:05p: The Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to dismiss our side's appeal. We're going to state court.

    [Photos of our side's attorneys courtesy of Families Against Planned Parenthood]

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    Borat and the abortion turf wars

    I didn't know Borat had gotten into the abortion business, but clearly he wrote the tantalizing press release today about this big announcement (click to enlarge):

    Curious to learn more about abortion clinics in dire need as well as how the world of female medical problems could be revolutionized, I went to abortionplace.com....

    And I found one abortion provider strangely missing from every state listing: Planned Parenthood. Ah, the independents finally banding together to take on Big Abortion? About time. They've been complaining for years that PP, with its government subsidies, unfairly undercuts (pardon the pun) the market.

    I called the number on the press release and got the webmaster, i.e., Borat, who I asked about the missing PP. He responded, "We were expecting to accept clinics or providers not associated with Planned Parenthood." When I pressed him as to why, he changed his answer to something nonsensical and then told me good-bye.

    Abortion turf wars by demonstrable idiots, I love it.


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    Showdown at the Denver Planned Parenthood corral

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    Protests. This is what executives of The Weitz Company, general contractor helping Planned Parenthood build its new mega-abortion mill in Denver, can expect for as long as the facility is open if they don't bail on the project by January 31. The aforementioned was taken at a New Year's picket January 1.

    The Denver Families Against Planned Parenthood has drawn a line in the sand by launching the Collaborator's Project:

    The deadline has been set. The Weitz Company has until January 31st to stop building America's largest child-killing facility or inherit permanent collaborator's status. Permanent collaborator's status includes home protests as long as they are killing little children in the facility they build.

    The group includes as collaborators....

    1. PP abortionists
    2. PP facility workers
    3. PP donors
    4. Those willing to build PP facilities

    Pro-lifers have been picketing Weitz officials almost nonstop for months, including Christmas morning.

    Then, in a cooperative bi-state effort, pro-lifers helped three Weitz executives ring in the new year by picketing them on January 1. Weitz officials should expect to be greeted by pro-lifers every holiday and in-between. Here are the addresses of the homes being picketed, per FAPP:

    Craig and Sue Damos 1623 Plum Thicket Ln West Des Moines, IA 50266 Phone: 515-327-1844 Email: craig.damos@weitz.com

    Craig Damos is the CEO of The Weitz Company and has the authority to stop The Weitz Company Rocky Mountain from building America's largest death camp. And remember his wife Sue tried to defend PP by saying they don't do abortions. Yes Sue, they do kill children.

    [Hear audio of phone call to Sue here.]

    Bill and Marti Hornaday 1998 Oak Creek Dr Greenwood Village, CO 80121 Phone: 303-770-1767 Email: bill.hornaday@weitz.com

    Bill Hornaday is the president of The Weitz Company Rocky Mountain and is the general contractor responsible for building America's largest child-killing facility.

    Gary and Kathy Meggison 11284 W Asbury Ave Lakewood, CO 80227 Phone: 720-962-8564 Email: gary.meggison@weitz.com

    Gary Meggison is the Senior VP of The Weitz Company Rocky Mountain.

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    Planned Parenthood Aurora: financed under false pretenses

    In May 2007 Planned Parenthood Chicago Area requested and received a bond rating as a nonprofit organization ("501(c)3") from the IL Finance Authority that allowed it to borrow at a cheaper rate to build its Aurora abortion mill (click to enlarge):

    In an excellent article today, WorldNetDaily is raising that issue as well as recapping multiple zoning and ordinance violations by PP as well as city official apparent cover-ups....

    ... Peter Breen [pictured below with fellow TMS attorneys Rich Baker and Tom Brejcha], a lawyer working with the team assembled by the Thomas More Society to handle the case, said there are several issues the city will need to address at a hearing scheduled for Monday, including the fact that the land's zoning requires a for-profit corporation, while Planned Parenthood itself is non-profit, and through that status, obtained more than $8 million in state bonds to build the project....

    tms.jpgPart of the cover-up by Planned Parenthood was its application for building permission for the ostensibly "for-profit" GOD [Gemini Office Development] project. But Breen told WND the zoning for the location is "B-B," which is "Business Boulevard," and does not allow non-profit health-related facilities under any circumstances.

    Planned Parenthood of the Chicago area is incorporated as a non-profit, and in that status used more than $8 million in state bond funding mechanisms for the facility, officials said.

    "By pretending to be building a taxpaying, for-profit medical facility, GOD and Planned Parenthood evaded zoning laws that Aurora purports to enforce against its citizens, fairly and even-handedly," the center said.

    Also, WND lists specific zoning violations that would be impossible for PP to fix without destroying the building and purchasing extra property for parking:

    The project also fails to comply with the 35-foot setback requirements and parking-related minimums under its city zoning. The zoning calculations require 95 oversized parking spaces for a building of that size, and there exists space for only 71, Breen said.

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    January 4, 2008
    January 7: Big day in Aurora Planned Parenthood saga

    There will be an important Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals meeting this coming Monday, January 7, with 3 big issues on tap.

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    Based on the 3 issues, the ZBA will either decide to close down Planned Parenthood for multiple ordinance and zoning violations, or not.

    If so great, the rule of law has prevailed. If not, our side will take the City of Aurora to court if the ZBA agrees with it on #1 to force the City to follow its own city laws, according to Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen in an email to me.

    The 3 issues....

    1. City's motion to dismiss

    Get this hubris. Two ZBA hearing dates and a full month after the ZBA expressed intent to agree to subpoena (see #2), Weingartz has now challenged the ZBA's authority to subpoena! Here's our side's response.

    So that's issue #1: Can the Aurora ZBA subpoena Aurora officials? If the ZBA agrees it has no subpoena power, then #2 and #3 are moot.

    2. Subpoenas

    weingartz.jpgOur side has filed a 2nd motion with the ZBA to subpoena city officials to find out who knew what when about Planned Parenthood, and how much they knew, as well as subpoena the so-called "independent" investigators to find out what information Weingartz gave them by which to make their opinions. You'll recall the ZBA slapped Weingartz (pictured right) at last month's meeting for refusing to hand over documents to our side and told her to cough up most. We want all.

    3. Backdating

    This is a new one. When last we left Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and his legal sidekick Alayne Weingartz, they were trying to figure out how to keep Planned Parenthood open despite the fact PP's 3rd and final temporary permit expired December 17.

    The clever pair simply decided to backdate the permit to say it was issued October 1 and expires July 1, 2008.

    "Foul!" cried TMS attorneys, who immediately filed a motion on December 18 with the ZBA to nullify that move.

    Breen explained backdating, particularly in this case, was "absolutely illegal" according to Aurora zoning ordinances, ZBA rules and regs, and various IL laws. Why?

    A) Aurora officials have admitted zoning irregularities occurred during the PP approval process. Aurora zoning ordinances (i.e., local city law) state tht certificates of occupancy can't be issued when there are zoning irregularities. Aurora can't issue new permits or certificates when plans don't meet zoning requirements. Not only have city officials acknowledged zoning screw-ups, zoning violations are now clearly visible, including parking, set-backs, and wrong approvals from the City.

    B) Whenever anyone files an appeal to the ZBA, which our side has done, that action stays "all proceedings in furtherance of the action appeal from," according to ZBA rules and regs, meaning the city can't make any further actions until the appeal is resolved.

    So issue #3 is for the ZBA to resolve whether to nullify the backdated temporary certificates of occupancy.

    The smell of rats only grows stronger. Stay tuned.


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    January 2, 2008
    Empty manger appears at Planned Parenthood Aurora

    Recall that Dominick's/Safeway erected a now illegal temporary fence on its vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood after PP complained. (The fence is now illegal because its temporary permit expired a couple of weeks ago.)

    Well, Mary Lu at the Families Against Planned Parenthood blog posted a photo on Christmas morning of an empty manger spotted inside the fence (click to enlarge):

    That's the PP mill in the background. The roof of the manger was a two-sided sign....

    sign2.jpg Commenter Jerry K. reported the sign stated on one side:

    PP
    X-Mas
    No Christ

    And on the other:

    PP SAYS
    ✔young
    ✔poor
    ✔shunned
    ABORT CHRIST

    By December 26 the empty manger had been removed. It was up for the most important day, however.

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    Pro-life = Pro-forced abortion?

    Debs over at the Abortion is a Woman's Right blog has created what she is aptly calling the Pro-Choice Carnival.

    "This Carnival aims to highlight some of the best writing on the theme of a woman's right to choose," explained Debs, who then listed some winners, including an interesting January 2007 post from Jill at Feministe. I missed that one, although I'm often too busy to keep up with the pro-abort circus, I admit. But it's a new argument to me:

    I am pro-choice because I believe that if we outlaw a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, there is no legal argument against forcing a woman to terminate a pregnancy, or disallowing certain people from reproducing.

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    Love the logo, btw.

    What Jill means is if we outlaw a woman the right to say yes or no to abortion, the government can force her to abort....

    I don't know any other way to say this. Jill, frankly my dear shared name, you're crazy. You must have ventured too close at the Pro-Choice Carnival to the guy in the sideshow who sticks pins all over his body and yourself become a pinhead.

    Outlawing slavery, the closest analogy, did not contradictorily give the government or anyone the right to own slaves, for heaven's sakes. Outlawing anything for that matter does not translate into forcing what was outlawed onto the public. Get real.

    But specifically, any and all plans to outlaw abortion are solely based on the fact that the entity being aborted is a human being, a legal person, eradicating the legality of a China abortion syndrome in the U.S.

    clown.gifAs for forced sterilization, it was your side, the eugenics movement, that forwarded that during the late 1800s/early-to-mid 1900s, Jill. In fact, your heroine, Margaret Sanger, and her friends were proponents of forced sterilization. Thankfully, that was long ago outlawed and has nothing to do with abortion.

    Sheesh. Send in the clowns.

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    The #1 most moronic story of 2007

    I'm so excited! According to blogger spatula at the left wing Morons.org, the #1 Most Moronic Story of 2007 was (drumroll, please)...

    Had the other side not been damaged by the Aurora PP debacle, it would not even have been remembered to make the list, but #1! It even beat Iraq!

    And by the way, there is plenty of evidence of wrong-doing. But Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and city attorney Alayne Weingartz are going to moronic lengths to overlook the rule of law in their strange quest to enable PP. Meanwhile, pro-life investigations, lawsuits and subpoenas still abound. Stay tuned.

    And to all pro-lifers helping fueling the Aurora PP story, please take a bow.

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    December 28, 2007
    Pro-life video power

    2007 saw pro-lifers really begin to tap into the power of videos and YouTube to present our message. Who can forget the clips by seminarians at Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha who spun Apple vs. Microsoft ads into witty NFP vs. contraception ads?

    And who knew abortion could be satired? Well, abortiondoc did....

    As for Aurora Planned Parenthood, I'm convinced theMSM would have ignored its magnitude were it not for bloggers and videos propelling the story. I counted 140 Aurora PP videos on YouTube, 75% of which were by pro-lifers Just today OpenLineBlog posted an outstanding video wrap-up of the Aurora PP debacle:

    The Internet has opened a whole new world for pro-lifers to go around liberals and the MSM directly to the people. 2007 saw large pro-life growth in this area. Keep it up.


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    White Weitz Christmas

    I reported December 23 that the pro-life group Families Against Planned Parenthood in Denver planned to picket the home of a Weitz Company official on Christmas morning. Weitz is the general contractor for PP's new mega-abortion mill.

    The picket recipient was Bill Hornaday, president of Weitz's Rocky Mountain outlet.

    A pro-abort commenter recently suggested that pro-aborts picket homes of pro-lifers. I responded that will never happen because pro-aborts have no drive or intestinal fortitude. You only see a sprinkling, if any, at a pro-life rally. Note, for instance, the Aurora PP protests, where pro-lifers consistently outnumber pro-aborts 1000:17 (or less). And forget it if the temperature drops below 70 or climbs above 80.

    The photos below demonstrate the utmost of pro-life resolve: Picketing during a blizzard on Christmas morning. Whether or not you agreed with their strategy, you must admire their dedication.

    UPDATE, 2:45p: One of the pro-life protesters informed me they protested five executives altogether: Bill Hornaday, previously noted; Gary Meggison, Weitz senior vp; Don Gendol, Weitz executive; Reid Goodman, abortionist; and Ed Kubly of Big R Construction.

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    December 26, 2007
    Jamie and Juno alarm feminists

    Tell me again feminists are pro-"choice" and not pro-abortion. Tell me again they don't push abortion.

    Clearly the feminist community prefers mothers in unplanned or crisis pregnancies abort. What an odd turn of events if girls have decided to listen to only half their message: have sex like rabbits but not abort the bunnies?

    jamie%20smile.jpgIf this is indeed a cultural shift, eugenicist Margaret Sanger will turn over in her grave. Her scheme will have backfired.

    From The Star, December 20:

    Could something as unglamorous as an unplanned pregnancy be Hollywood's latest hot trend?

    Earlier this week, Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old sister of Britney Spears, said she was expecting and plans to keep the baby.

    She's hardly alone. Lily Allen, Nicole Richie, Bridget Moynahan and Keisha Castle-Hughes are among the young stars who have recently announced surprise babies.

    (Let's take a quiz. How many of the aforementioned were products of comprehensive sex ed vs. abstinence ed?)...

    And two of the year's biggest movies, Juno and Knocked Up, deal with the same issue....

    (Same quiz of movie characters.)

    For some pro-choice advocates, the proud parade of surprise pregnancies is a cause for concern.

    "It certainly shows any young women watching these movies or following these celebrities that the best option is to have the baby and it glorifies that choice," Joyce McArthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said Thursday....

    (It was glorified throughout human history until McArthur's s ilk began degrading it so as to make women into men, their definition of equality, oh, and also to make scads of money - millions, billions.)

    "Single motherhood, for the average teenaged girl, is just about the least glamorous thing you can possibly imagine," McArthur said. "It's very, very difficult. There is just so much evidence out there to show the poor results from teenagers having babies, just all sorts of social ills for both the mothers and for the children."

    (Pro-lifers agree. But while McArthur solely promotes abortion as the solution, we promote abstinence, high-quality self child-rearing, or adoption. Which of those 4 is the least healthy choice?)

    The apparently burgeoning trend has everyone from pro-choice activists like McArthur to feminist journalists and those in the blogosphere wondering about the conspicuous absence of a common option for women, both real and fictional, who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant: abortion.
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    In Juno... the teenaged title character only gives abortion passing consideration.

    "The old-school feminist in me wishes Juno spent more time, even a tart sentence or two, acknowledging that the options taken for granted by this one attractive, articulate teen are in fact hard-won, precious rights," Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote in her review of the film.

    Others fear the success of Juno might even influence teenaged girls who find themselves pregnant....

    (What's wrong with that, for heaven's sake? The author admits the other side discourages carrying a crisis pregnancy to term.)

    McArthur says she found it disappointing that in Knocked Up, in particular, abortion was barely mentioned as an option - and when it was, it was presented as something too shameful to even ponder.

    "It is Hollywood, I know, and Hollywood specializes in being unrealistic about things in general," she said.

    "But it's just sort of being totally ignored as though no one would ever even think of doing that. But abortion is a very commonly resorted-to option for women, especially unmarried teenaged girls. It should be acknowledged that it's an important and common option for women and, more importantly, that there's nothing wrong with making that choice."

    On the Feministe blog, one commenter bemoaned how rarely a woman's decision to abort a fetus is explored in the movies....

    Hollywood may say abortion is politically correct, but by its action it shows that even there, it really is not. Hollywood risks losing money making movies about other countercultural topics like the war, but not so with abortion. It's too disgusting for even them.


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    December 21, 2007
    Just out, Planned Parenthood's newest "Choice on Earth" cards

    Earlier this month Planned Parenthood issued its 13th annual "Choice on Earth" anti-Christmas cards, as I reported here.

    Apparently, I overlooked a couple....

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    Actually, these are just suggestions for PP from The Curt Jester, but I like them, I really like them. See more at Curt's site.

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    "Asi se aborta en España"

    That means, "This is How Abortions are Done in Spain," a groundbreaking program showing abortions on Spanish national television for the first time last week. If only the American media were so honest.

    According to LifeSiteNews.com, a reporter posing as an abortionist seeking work at El Bosque de Madrid got the footage. The report is entirely in Spanish, a tad frustrating.

    Following is the exposé. The first of 2 abortions is shown at 9:12. They are induced labor abortions, such as I witnessed at Christ Hospital. The first mother in the video appears to have had an epidural because her legs are floppy. Not sure on the 2nd. The brown tube is a catheter into the bladder, inserted because pregnant mothers with epidurals have lost the urge to urinate, and an empty bladder also makes more room for the baby to come down.

    These mothers have had medication or laminaria (seaweed sticks) inserted into the birth canal to open the cervix, a process that can take 1 day to several days. The nurse has assessed they're ready to deliver. Little push, and the babies are out. The video states 1 of the babies, shown in the soiled utility room later, was 20-21 weeks old, or 5 months. LSN reported staff killed the baby beforehand by lethal injection. I wish someone would translate the video into English. LSN has done some transcribing, which I've excerpted on page 2.

    In a strange development, after that broadcast someone anonymously brought a chopped up fetus to the television studio, which filmed the remains and then took them to police. This baby was aborted via the D&E procedure, or dilatation & evacuation.

    Since November, Spanish police have been conducting raids on illegal late-term mills. If only the American justice system were so diligent.

    [HT: reader Gary]

    Quoting LSN:

    "The baby is born dead. His cradle: a trash can," says the commentator in voice-over on the tape. An abortion of the baby of a second woman is also shown.

    After showing the second abortion, the commentator remarks. "As soon as the baby is born, the doctor must cover it up. No one looks at it. No one examines it."

    Later, the undercover reporter examines one of the dead children. "Hands, feet, a face. The cadaver of a human being," the commentator notes. The doctor, a woman, remarks that the baby is 21 weeks old, but says she "never" looks at the bodies of the fetuses.

    "Never?" asks the undercover reporter, who is posing as a doctor looking for work at the clinic. "Never," the woman repeats "Never, never, never again!" When asked why, the doctor says "Because I don't like it." "Of course, you are a mother, I assume, right?" the reporter asks. No answer is given.

    All of the patients preparing for abortions were over five months pregnant, "a period in which the fetus is completely formed and in possession of all of its senses," notes the voice-over. One of the patients is only 15 years old.

    The doctor explicitly acknowledges in the video that many of the patients have no valid reason for their abortions. However, she assures the reporter that the clinic has a psychiatrist who will automatically sign the necessary forms to authorize it because of "psychological" need as required under Spanish law.

    "Here they sign everything," she says. "The psychiatrist is a member of the clinic and everything is done in house." The test she gives is "a mere procedure."

    "Here, whoever wants an abortion, gets one," says the commentator, noting that such procedures described are illegal. The doctor admits that this is business as usual....

    The clinic is in desperate need of personnel, explains the commentator.

    In the video, the owner explains that they used to have the nurses do the abortions, although the law will no longer allow this. He blithely describes the procedure as it was done by nurses, telling the undercover reporter... it is only necessary to "wait until the woman expels it (the fetus), and to take it out by its rear end. If the placenta doesn't come out they call me."

    He assures the undercover reporter that if if that happens "you grab the pincers...and 'pin pin pin' and that's it," waving his hands around with a casual look on his face.


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    Denver Planned Parenthood's layers of deception

    The owner of Lucht's Concrete Pumping in Denver is a Christian.

    So he was watching for any job proposals crossing his desk to help construct the new Denver Planned Parenthood abortion mill from PP's front company, Fuller 38 LLC, or PP's general contractor, Weitz Company.

    But he didn't know to watch for a proposal coming from JOB Concrete, Inc., owned by John O'Brien of Bloomfield, CO, hired by Weitz to hire a concrete pumping subcontractor.

    One of Lucht's workers was watching the following December 16 local Fox News broadcast about pro-life protests at the PP site as well as at the home last weekend of Ed Kubly of Big R Construction, a subcontractor who has agreed to work for PP's blood money, and realized the site at which they were working was PP's. Click on image to link:

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    The morning after that broadcast, December 17, Lucht's pulled its equipment and workers off the site and donated the $1800 it had been paid to Keep Peace in Stapleton, the group organizing the PP protests.

    When Steve Lucht called O'Brien to ask why he didn't tell him he was being hired to build for PP, he said O'Brien's response was, "Just cover the logos on your vehicle and you should be fine."

    In October, Gary Meggison, Weitz senior vp, told Rocky Mountain News, "he... has been up front with subcontractors on the project about its controversial nature."

    Mr. Meggison, it appears quite the opposite. Why? Aren't you "pro-choice" on allowing your subcontractors and workers to decide whether they want to help build an abortion mill?

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    December 20, 2007
    Choice destroys peace

    I find it sadly ironic that the word Planned Parenthood chose (no pun intended) to replace the word "Choice" is "Peace" since that is exactly what is destroyed by the choice of abortion which they promote and carry out.... "The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion." ~ Mother Teresa

    ~ Blogger Reflections of a Paralytic, December 19

    Here is American Life League's take on Planned Parenthood's 2007 "Choice on Earth" cards, which I posted a couple of weeks ago. The ALL video also shows a blasphemous soft porn commercial by PP:

    In a press statement with release of the video, ALL's vp Jim Sedlak said, "By changing the word 'peace' to 'choice', Planned Parenthood is effectively implying that Mary should have considered aborting Jesus.... King Herod sent soldiers out to slaughter babies because he wanted to kill Jesus. Two thousand years later, Planned Parenthood is still doing all it can to kill babies. That is what their motto 'Choice on Earth' really means."

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    UPDATE, 1:10p: Read "release [of] some atheist angst" over my post at The Huntress' Domain.

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    December 19, 2007
    Killing without consequences

    I received a call this afternoon from Eileen Smith, mother of Laura Hope Smith, who was killed by abortionist Rapin Osathanondh at Women's Health Center, 68 Camp St., Hyannis, MA, on September 13, 2007.

    Laura%20Hope%20%282%293.jpgLaura was 22 years old and 13 weeks pregnant. Her fiance, a soldier stationed in Iraq, left to her the "choice" whether their baby lived or died. Laura sadly chose death.

    Osathanondh, still in business, operates a one-man mill. He's the only medical professional on his premises with two sidekicks, a receptionist and a patient "hand holder".

    Incredibly, Osathanondh to this day administers general anesthesia by himself and then commits the abortion by himself. There is apparently no MA law against this.

    Laura died on Osathanondh's table. Details are unknown, but her toxicology report came back normal. Apparently, the anesthesia simply overcame her. Osathanondh may or may not have been in the room at the time. When he found her or realized she wasn't breathing, he yelled for his receptionist to call 911, but she had already left for the day. So the hand holder called. I think she was confused and thought she was ordering a pizza. Hear for yourself....

    Audio of 911 call

    Transcript of 911 call:

    Hyannis Dispatcher: 911. What's the location of the emergency?
    Caller: I'm at 68 Camp Street. I'm here at the Women's Health Center.
    Hyannis Dispatcher: The Women's Heath Center?
    Caller: Yes, at 68 Camp Street, Hyannis.
    Hyannis Dispatcher: Okay, and what's going on there?
    Caller: Uh, well, this girl aspirated. She's not breathing.
    Hyannis Dispatcher: Okay. What's your name?
    Caller: Kim.
    Hyannis Dispatcher: Kim, what's your phone number.
    Caller: It's 508-775-7088.
    Hyannis Dispatcher: 7088. I'll have rescue right there.
    Caller: Thanks.

    EMTs reported Laura was DOA. They administered CPR at the mill, in the ambulance, and for an hour at the hospital. Osathanondh later met with Eileen and said he would have accompanied Laura in the ambulance, but he had another abortion waiting who had driven a long way.

    Eileen lived in FL until September 13. She is now camped in Hyannis and says she will not leave until Osathanondh is shut down and arrested.

    That may be a problem.

    Rapin.jpgThe Public Health Department says clinic regulations don't apply to Osathanondh because he doesn't operate a clinic, just a doctor's office. The Health Department was unaware of physician's office guidelines.

    The DA is waiting for the results of a second opinion autopsy report to determine whether a crime was committed. Had Osathanondh killed a dog in his office, a crime would certainly have been committed. But this was an abortion. Osathanondh may have committed no arrestable offense.

    The state medical board could take Osathanondh's license away, but it is still gathering information. Meanwhile, he aborts.

    Laura was a confessed Christian. Of course Jesus hated what Laura did on September 13, but He hates the daily, minute-by-minute sins we all commit.

    Eileen read to me Laura's last journal entry, which expressed fear she was pregnant but counted on help from God, saying, "Jesus, you've always had my back."

    I pray for swift justice.

    Eileen and her husband adopted Laura from an abusive home when she was 5. Read Eileen's account of that process below.

    The Laura Hope Smith Story

    May 25, 1985 - September 13, 2007

    by Eileen Smith, her mother

    Laura, a Mayan Indian born into poverty in San Pedro, Honduras was a survivor. This may be a strange opening sentence to describe the daughter I just buried, but read on and you will understand.

    A US/Honduran adoption agent told me it was the custom of the poor Mayan natives, when their infants became sick with life threatening illnesses to abandon them at a local hospital. Not out of indifference but out of love and a hope of a better life for them. The parents knew that they would be sent to the orphanage and adopted out of poverty and out of the country.

    Laura's abandonment to the hospital happened when she was only 11 months old. When she was well enough, she was sent to the orphanage to join the other orphans. Her earliest memory in life was of the orphanage which she confused with home and the matron, whom she thought was her mother.

    An American Dr. was at the orphanage picking up his 3rd adopted child while his wife waited at home. When he saw 2 yr old Laura there, he wanted to adopt her also. Even at that young age she must have been so engaging to draw his attention over all the others. Six months later she was part of their family. But they were not to live happily ever after. The mother, seeing Laura for the first time upon her arrival in the US, never bonded with her. There were many reasons she said, and none of them made sense. Her skin was too dark, she pulled out her own hair, the list went on. The neglect and abuse started shortly thereafter.

    Laura first came to our house at age 4-1/2 with a black eye and black and blue marks on her body. Her parents gave her away to me and Laura agreed to go after knowing me only 20 minutes. I had driven to their house in PA from MA after a request by the parents was made over the phone. Laura was only in my home 2 weeks when they called, they were sorry, they changed their mind. They wanted her back. I was happy for Laura. I thought they realized the error of their ways, they said they would get help and things would get better for Laura. They didn't.

    Six months later they called me. “It didn’t work out. Please take her“. I did. Two weeks later, "give her back" I had to. They had all the legal rights, I had none. They kept agreeing to release their parental rights in court so I could adopt her, they never followed thru. I continued talking to them only to keep contact with Laura. I now feared for her safety and sanity.

    Six months passed again, the parents brought her back to me for a third time making more false promises.. Shortly after that, the familiar phone call came. The parents threatened to take her away, to give her to someone else if I didn't put her on the phone immediately. I hung up on them. I cried out to God to do something and He answered. He impressed on me to call the US/Honduran adoption agent whose office was in PA. When I did, the agent was so grateful. They heard that they gave her away. They had been begging the parents for my name and number, the parents refused to give it them. We compared stories of abuse, the agent called the authorities in PA and reported them.

    The agents lawyer advised me to go to court here. I arrived at the Probate Court office the next day with no child, no birth certificate, no money and a wild story. They listened intently, filed the case, waived the fees and sent me to the court room. The judge gave me temporary custody. God told me the name of the lawyer sitting next to me. She followed me out of the court room and volunteered to be Laura's advocate. Laura never left our home from that day on. She was 5-1/2.

    Following that day, there were yrs. of court hearings meant to decide Laura's fate. The other parents never showed up, never released her for adoption, never contacted her or us. They were turned into the authorities for child abuse and blamed us for it. The best we could get was guardianship but no adoption. The parents needed to cooperate for us to be able to adopt her, they refused.

    God was so good to send us a lawyer to represent us for nothing all those years. He even sent a retired judge who "adopted" Laura as his grandchild. It was through this man that we were finally able to adopt Laura. He knew the head of probate who had the authority to help us and one day he went to see him. Two weeks later she was a "real" Smith at 12 yrs old. The adoption was final. Her old parents were pressured to release and they did.

    Laura didn't know then about the many court appearances we had to go through nor the miracles that happened on her behalf. She thought the minute she parked her lone little brown shopping bag of belongings at my house that she was a Smith. We let her think that.

    In the beginning I thought I had rescued her and given her a new life, but as time went on I believed we received so much more from her. Laura had a beautiful, loving spirit. She sang with the voice of an angel, danced and put on shows, wanted to be carried and had a constant smile on her face. She clung to us and never asked about her other mother. Instantly she was the baby sister of 3 older siblings. She blossomed. Everyone who met her, loved her instantly.

    That didn't change as she grew older. She was like the pied piper. There was always a group of kids following her around. The parents of her friends always wanted her to come back to visit them! Laura made everyone feel like they were her best friend, she loved everyone and extended grace where grace was lacking. In high school there were at least 5 boys in love with her at the same time. This past April Laura got engaged to her high school sweetheart who was getting shipped out to Iraq in July. She became pregnant before he left for overseas.

    Laura never made distinctions with people. All were worthy of her attention and friendship. Her friends were her life. If she could just work and spend all her time with them, she was in heaven. When she was offered a great job promotion to NJ, she told me her "heart hurt" to think of leaving Cape Cod and her life there.

    Laura turned down the job and returned to Cape Cod from the summer spent with us at the New Jersey shore. She arrived home on a Friday and died the following Thursday. The life that she returned to was taken from her.

    So you see how Laura was a survivor. She survived abandonment, life threatening illness, rejection, abuse, and loss.... What she didn't survive was the abortion that took her life on September 13, 2007.


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    December 17, 2007
    Justice for moderator Mary Kay (MK)

    mk2.jpgA week or so ago I posted as quote of the day this comment by Des Plaines, IL, Police Chief James Prandini, taken from the Chicago Tribune, on the firing of Officer Dick Lalowski for harrassing pro-life sidewalk counselors at an abortion mill:

    "This was an important case for us. It sets the tone for our conduct. We can't have officers treat people like this."

    I didn't put 2 and 2 together until later that our own moderator Mary Kay (MK) was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that drew the termination! She told me about the lawsuit awhile back, but pro-lifers around the country are so busy suing police and cities for First Amendment violations, I at first considered this "just" another victory - because we do inevitably win.

    So, congrats, MK!

    Here is the story in brief, from the Daily Herald....

    Officer Dick V. Lalowski was stripped of his job after 11 years on the force for prodding a protester in the shoulder with his index fingers and calling her a "fat (expletive) cow" during a protest outside a Des Plaines women's health clinic....

    Lalowski had claimed he was exercising his freedom of speech. He had stopped during his shift at the clinic to tell the protesters not to block the entrance, threatening arrest.

    After his shift ended, Lalowski returned in plainclothes to confront the female protesters.

    Lalowski had said he felt a 6-foot-tall photo of an aborted fetus that the protesters held was too graphic and could offend a woman who had just had a miscarriage. He also admitted that he accused a protester of gluttony because she was overweight.

    During the hearings, 911 tapes showed that a police officer and dispatcher had downplayed the incident as Lalowski challenging the women about their abortion views. The officer and dispatcher have since been disciplined, Prandini said.

    It was MK who made the 911 calls. You can read MK's account of the day below. You can also read the account from a legal perspective at Thomas More Society's website, the pro-life law firm that filed the lawsuit.

    MK's account of the day....

    When I arrived that morning the first thing Paula told me was that a police officer had been there and threatened to arrest us all if we stepped off the curb, or tried to give any of our "gift basket" to clients entering the abortion clinic.

    An hour later he was back, this time out of uniform, and this time yelling at her sister who was at the other end of the abortion clinic. Paula asked me to go down and make sure it was the same guy, and see what he wanted. I had never seen him, so for the first 15 minutes, I wasn't even sure he was a cop.

    When I got there, he was screaming at Paula's sister, a quiet, gentle, mousy woman, telling her she was fat and threatening to arrest her. When he saw me, he switched prey. He came so close to me our noses were touching. He was screaming that I hated men, was a terrorist and that he was going to arrest me also. I repeatedly asked him to back away. He wanted to know why. I told him he was frightening me and making me very uncomfortable. He didn't budge.

    I turned and went to the unmarked, moonlighting police officer parked halfway between Paula and her sister. He never got out of the car. Wasn't even facing the scene. He glanced in his rearview and side mirrors but that was the extent of his "investigation". Except for while he was talking to me, his windows were rolled up so he couldn't even hear what was taking place.

    I informed him that a call was putting thru to 911 and it was in his best interest as a representative of the Des Plaines Police Dept. to nip this now, before 911 got involved. At this point Lalowski walked up to the other side of the car and I went and spoke with Paula's sister. She was very shaken up.

    Turns out no less than three calls were put through to 911. No one responded.
    By now Lalowski had switched victims yet again and was harassing Paula again. The moonlighting officer never got out of his car.

    An hour later squad cars pulled up from everywhere. Turns out Lalowski has a history of this behavior. The moonlighting officer apologized profusely to us, and admitted he was nervous. He'd heard all the rumors about the "violence" pro- lifers are infamous for and was hesitant to get involved.

    Paula was stuck with him for an hour before the police arrived. She handled it beautifully. She played along with him, hoping to appease him. Every time I came near him he got riled up again so I kept my distance. But I watched closely.

    I have been in the pro life movement for more than 25 years. Had a lot of things happen in that time. Nasty notes left on my car, food thrown at me, the F-word screamed at me so many times I couldn't count them, people in my face screaming... even had a gun pointed at us by a guy in a car driving by... but honestly, I have never been as frightened as I was that day. It was like dealing with an abusive drunk, knowing that the wrong word could get you beaten or killed. It was like walking a tightrope. This guy was a second away from a total explosion, and you just knew someone was going to get hurt. God bless Paula. She managed to soothe the savage beast until help arrived.

    Regardless of how you feel about the prolife/prochoice issue, the police have an obligation to protect the public. And they were woefully remiss in their duties that day. In their defense, they have always treated us with the utmost respect. Their job is not an easy one, and I thank them for their commitment. Just as I hate carrying around the fallout of the bad actions of a few prolifers, I would not want to paint the entire police department in a bad light. A few bad Catholics do not negate the Church as a whole, a few bad pro-choicers do not represent all pro-choicers and one bad police officer should not discredit an entire department. I'm grateful that they didn't sweep this under the rug, instead dealing with it head on and eliminating one undesirable employee, thus boosting the credibility of the whole department.

    I wish Officer Lalowski the best and hope he finds peace. I'm just grateful that he no longer carries a gun...

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    December 14, 2007
    Saturday: Aurora Officials Anarchy Day

    fence%203.bmpI've never known a city government to commit anarchy against itself, but now there's Aurora.

    City officials have ignored their own ordinances and zoning requirements to allow liar and thug Planned Parenthood to settle in after weaseling in, creating havoc and lowering property values. That was a great idea.

    fence%201.bmpSo when I found out Dominick/Safeway's temporary permit for its hideous temporary chain link ghetto fence expires tomorrow, I thought not to expect Aurora officials to suddenly become law-abiding and demand they tear down that see-through wall.

    Dominick's has owned a vacant lot across from the new PP mill for several years but suddenly erected the fence 9 days after PP's opening.

    But wait, there's more anarchy to behold, on a grander scale....

    Not content overthrow city law, Aurora officials have felt feisty enough to take on the U.S. Constitution.

    Tomorrow, 9-10:30a, is the monthly protest at PP Aurora, an opportunity for Aurora police to once again use the First Amendment as target practice in their attempts to silence pro-lifers.

    You'll recall that at last month's protest police went so far as to interrogate and threaten to arrest a man for praying while walking his baby on a sidewalk across the street from PP as his wife participated in the protest.

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    I think some who attend the protest tomorrow should change their minds about protesting after they arrive and instead walk up and down the sidewalk praying.

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    December 13, 2007
    Aurora prayer interrogation

    I previously posted about the Aurora police threatening to arrest a man for praying on a sidewalk while walking his baby across the street from Planned Parenthood.

    Well, Jeff Eschbach of ChicagoProLifeActivist shot video that day and has posted it on YouTube.

    The video demonstrates that the clear violation of Roger Earl's First Amendment rights was worse than thought. A female police officer actually dared to ask him what he was praying about. Incredible.

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    Aurora bombshells: subpoenas, permits, and gag orders

    Well, well. Turns out the occupancy permits the City of Aurora issued Planned Parenthood on October 2 were only temporary, and the last of the three issued expires December 17.

    What will the City do? Neighborhood property owners filed an appeal moments before PP opened, which should have stopped it but didn't. Now? "It would be blatantly improper for the City to keep issuing permits while hearings are underway," Peter Breen told me, speaking on behalf of the Thomas More Society, the legal group leading the effort to shut down PP.

    weingartz.jpgMeanwhile, pro-PP (or anti-discovery of incompetence) Aurora counsel Alayne Weingartz, pictured left at last night's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, has since November 15 been admitting without fanfare that all along PP's approval process city officials were going by the wrong ordinance. She now correctly refers to ordinance 093-124 in her written documents about PP rather than the incorrect 093-123.

    So what? 093-124 states the PP property is zoned BB (business boulevard), which flat out prohibits nonprofit health facilities from being built, and 093-123 doesn't.

    Aurora officials have now admitted they screwed up but are still asking the Zoning Board of Appeals to dismiss the appeal, i.e., to dismiss the rights of Aurora citizens. They are also trying to argue the ZBA has no jurisdiction anyway.

    As this goes on, it is becoming clear that Aurora officials, foremost Weingartz and Mayor Tom Weisner, are either grossly incompetent or covering up a scandal.

    Which leads to our side's request of the ZBA for permission to issue subpoenas. Weingartz has refused to hand over relevant documents.

    The ZBA slapped Weingartz at last night's ZBA meeting and ordered her to cough up several. But she's still fighting several, including emails and phone calls made to the supposed independent investigators who stated PP and its front company, Gemini Office Development, were slimy but not crooks for hiding until the last minute that the "medical building" GOD constructed was actually a PP abortion mill.

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    It appears by their reports that two of the investigators made their decisions based on bad information: ordinance 093-123. So our side wants to deposition those two, along with city workers, to whom Weingartz has issued a gag order, threatening our attorneys with disbarment if they try to talk to any of them.

    Stay tuned until January 7, when the ZBA will decide whether it has authority to hear the appeal and whether it will allow Thomas More Society to issue subpoenas.

    Also see posts by Families Against Planned Parenthood and OpenlineBlog, and an article in today's Aurora Beacon.

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    December 6, 2007
    Folsom Street Fair

    WARNING: Explicit material follows....

    Last night my friend Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth was interviewed on Hannity and Colmes to discuss his new video expose of September's 25th annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, which included public oral sex and mutual masturbation.

    The FSF calls itself "the grand daddy of all leather events," and has been geared mostly toward homosexuals, but Peter on his site described one photo of a masochistic hetero couple, which makes the FSF germane to this site:

    Man leads bare-breasted female slave "partner" around by a dog collar. It appears that in recent years, heterosexual perverts have joined their “ "gay" brethren at the "fair" in increasing numbers. Talk about a setback for women’s rights … On the flip side, women were also seen leading around their male "slaves" at the twisted "fair"....

    This year's poster ad, which included a hetero couple of the latter persuasion, was the most shocking ever, blaspheming The Last Supper (above, click to enlarge).

    Peter explained the poster:

    Those are "sex toys" on the table including a red fist used to mimic the bizarre and grotesque sadistic act of "fisting." A man in the black doggie mask represents another twisted fetish seen at this annual street festival glorifying "consensual" sexual violence and degradation.... The black-and-blue flag is the “leather pride” flag for sadomasochists - their version of the "gay" rainbow flag.

    WARNING: Americans for Truth's photo display of this year's FSF is pornographic, showing actual sex acts being committed on the streets of San Francisco.

    Following is the video clip of Peter on Hannity last night. Colmes is so annoying.

    The abortion industry, which promotes promiscuity, is partially responsible for this swift, shocking demise of our culture.

    I've said many times abortion activists and homosexual activists are closely related. They synergize one another, flip sides of a coin that wants to commit sexual illicit behavior with no consequences, either bodily or by reprobation.


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    December 4, 2007
    "America's most renown anti-abortion extremist" visits Denver

    I reported last week that Ann, Joe, and Eric Scheidler, and Jeff Eschbach were planning to travel to Denver this past weekend to rally the troops to fight Planned Parenthood building its new largest mill in the Mile High City.

    Keith Mason provided me with details of the action.

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    The above photo is of nearly 300 people picketing outside the proposed abortuary Saturday morning. (That's Eric Scheidler speaking into the megaphone, with Joe's hat to his left.)

    As planned, the rally moved to the nearby Radisson. Fortunately, the hotel was under contract, because PP tried to shut the pro-life event down by calling the hotel and saying it would be hosting America's most renown anti-abortion extremist....

    (More photos on page 2.)

    The event coordinator called Keith 5 days before the rally and said they had to hire four security guards, which doubled event costs. Here's a photo of America's most renown anti-abortion extremist, Joe Scheidler, speaking at the hotel:

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    After the wildly peaceful hotel rally, America's most renown anti-abortion extremist and pals moved on to picket the neighborhood of PP's general contractor, Weitz president Bill Hornaday. This was the latest of many, which Keith reported have been going well with pressure high.

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    The wear and tear on this community with an abortuary builder in its midst was evidenced when the chief of police and a lieutenant insisted on meeting organizer Will Duffy at his home the day before the rally.

    Will told them the only two ways protests would cease were "if Bill snapped his fingers to end his involvement with the building, or if Bill moved, in which case protesters would follow him to his new house." Duffy reported, "the eyes of the officers got big" when he said house protests would go on as long as PP killed kids at the mill, if Bill continued to build it.

    As for progress with slowing the building down, Keith reported, "We are now up to three contractors that have quit! Not including three laborers who literally threw down their shovels and walked off the job when a few pro-lifers explained to them what they were a part of. Praise God!"

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    Choice on earth

    Since 1994 Planned Parenthood has enjoyed poking Christians with sticks at Christmas, mocking the birth of Jesus with their unique holiday greeting cards. This year PP offers the same ole same ole "Choice on Earth" options along with a lie for good measure - pretending to like children.

    The creative geniuses at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, who previously brought us "Superheroes for Choice," a cartoon depicting violence against pro-lifers that included decapitation, have designed their own Hanukkah styled card (last in row). Their festival of lights includes justice, safety, and prevention. We share the same goals but are just 180 degrees separated on how to meet them.

    In 2002, then-PP president Gloria Feldt said PP's supporters were "energized by the vicious criticism of our holiday card." But I'm not seeing much attention paid to PP's cards this year. They've apparently become blase.

    So as not to disappoint PP, I now present them for your vicious criticism (click to enlarge, except last):

    See 6 more festive holiday abortion cards on page 2.

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    Breaking news: New group challenges National Right to Life

    breaking.jpgI was given this news tip yesterday, but actually Time magazine broke the story November 21, which no one apparently picked up on, perhaps because it was only posted online:

    [B]ut what's clear is that the anti-abortion movement is fractured. Colorado Right to Life has a mailing list of 10,000 and a $100,000 budget but is no longer affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee - "kicked out," says [CRTL spokesman and Denver Christian radio talk show host Bob] Enyart. He explains that the NRLC has refused to back "personhood" for decades, citing the unlikelihood that it would pass muster with the U.S. Supreme Court....

    And this week in Washington, the same coalition, with representatives from 12 states, plans to announce a new national splinter group - American Right to Life - which will be headed by Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel died in the Columbine shootings and who has been an outspoken critic of the American "culture of death."

    Here's more of the scoop, provided by Leslie Hanks of CRTL and ARTL, who I called after getting the tip....

    The foundational group met in mid-November to formally organize. It includes heavy hitters in the pro-life movement:

    John Archibold, co-founder of Americans United for Life and NRLC
    Flip Benham of Operation Save America
    Judie Brown of American Life League
    Bob Dornan, 20-year U.S. Congressman
    Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International
    Dr. Alan Keyes
    Judge Roy Moore
    Matt Trewhella, Missionaries to the Preborn

    Read more names of charter members on ARTL's website.

    As Time stated, Rohrbough is president. Vice president is Steve Curtis, former CO Republican state chairman and co-owner of Lifecommercials.com.

    ARTL will be a subsidiary of CRTL and therefore have 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 status. Legal paperwork is being finalized. ARTL is not affiliated with the former ARTL of the late 90s. This group received permission from that group to take the name.

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    ARTL is taking on NRLC for 2 principle reasons. According to ARTL:

  • NRLC has deemphasized personhood as the focal point of the pro-life movement, i.e., the Human Life Amendment, guaranteeing constitutional protect from the moment of fertilization.

    and

  • "For a quarter century, NRTL and others have dictated a strategy of child-killing regulations (consent; waiting, consent, PBA, etc., 'and then you can kill the baby')," as quoted from ARTL's website.
  • Two noteworthy points, from ARTL's website:

    ARTL Timeframe: Our charter gives the founding leaders (directors and officers) twelve years in which to end abortion in America. At that time, if they have not, they are required to turn over ARTL to an entirely new slate of leaders, their leadership coming to an end, either because they have succeeded, or failed. In the fall of 2008, ARTL will host a conference on ending abortion, titled 11 Years Till D Day, and the year after that, 10 Years, then 9 Years, etc., instead of the never-ending, perpetual conventions of NRTL (so far at 35th Annual and counting).
    ARTL Salary & Benefits: ARTL's board members, officers, and spokesmen serve without salary. Ministry workers have every right to receive salaries, but that model has not well served the fight to end "legal" abortion and euthanasia. The pro-life industry has become too comfortable as it receives millions of dollars a month in salaries. As a result, ARTL has broken the mold, with no salary for its leaders, and no retirement benefits.

    Read ARTL's principles here.


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    December 1, 2007
    Georgia RTL bucks National RTL on prez endorsement

    grtl.pngThe Georgia Right to Life PAC released a press release yesterday afternoon endorsing Mike Huckabee for president, snubbing National Right to Life's pick, Fred Thompson.

    The first paragraph is verrrry interesting....

    The mission of Georgia Right to Life PAC is... pleased to endorse Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for the 2008 Presidential primary. We appreciate and respect the pro-life positions of all pro-life candidates. We commend Rep. Duncan Hunter, Dr. Alan Keyes and Rep. Tom Tancredo for their strong pro-life positions, but find that Governor Mike Huckabee is the only candidate which qualified under Georgia Right to Life PAC guidelines. We examined three factors in our decision to endorse Gov. Mike Huckabee: the positions of the candidates on the life issues, their records on the life issues and their ability to win.

    GRTL PAC left a few names off its list of commended pro-life candidates, the most telling being NRLC's endorsed candidate! Wow.

    There's more going on behind the scenes. NRLC is actively opposing Georgia's Personhood Amendment, now working its way through the legislature, which makes these paragraphs in the release rich with coded message and a genteel southern slap of NRLC's face:

    Gov. Huckabee responded to our inquiry of his position on the life issues by stating, "... I support the Georgia Personhood Amendment. I also support, and have consistently done so, the Human Life Amendment to the United States Constitution."...

    As an affiliate of National Right to Life, we give grateful recognition for the role they play in protecting the unborn. "We want to acknowledge their leadership and thank them for allowing individual states to do what they believe is best for their state. Under normal circumstances we would communicate their Presidential endorsement to our 225,000 households." said Bryan Lash, PAC Director for GRTL. "While we appreciate their leadership and support, we believe that Gov. Huckabee is the strongest and most effective pro-life candidate in this race," continues Lash. "Passing a Personhood Amendment here in Georgia is our key issue in achieving our objective to extend the protections of the law to all 'persons' both born and unborn. Support of a candidate who ushered a similar amendment through his own state speaks volumes to us. Mr. Huckabee's recent surge in the polls, we believe, demonstrates that he is the pro-life movement's best hope in defeating pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani...."

    This is major. Read the entire release below.

    Also recall Iowa Right to Life has decided not to endorse Thompson but to go neutral on this race.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    November 30, 2007
    FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Contact: Daniel Becker, President
    danielbecker@grtl.org | (770) 667-3777

    Contact: Bryan Lash, PAC Director
    bryanlash@grtl.org (770)295-9001

    Georgia Right to Life PAC Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The mission of Georgia Right to Life PAC (GRTL PAC) is to endorse and support candidates for public office who have a proven commitment to the sanctity of human life and will be a strong and effective voice for the unborn. We are pleased to endorse Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for the 2008 Presidential primary. We appreciate and respect the pro-life positions of all pro-life candidates. We commend Rep. Duncan Hunter, Dr. Alan Keyes and Rep. Tom Tancredo for their strong pro-life positions, but find that Governor Mike Huckabee is the only candidate which qualified under Georgia Right to Life PAC guidelines. We examined three factors in our decision to endorse Gov. Mike Huckabee: the positions of the candidates on the life issues, their records on the life issues and their ability to win.

    Gov. Huckabee responded to our inquiry of his position on the life issues by stating, "In keeping with my consistent support for life, I believe in the 'one exception' clause for the life of the mother and I support the Georgia Personhood Amendment. I also support, and have consistently done so, the Human Life Amendment to the United States Constitution."

    Gov. Huckabee has a proven track record of solid pro-life legislation during his terms as governor of Arkansas. He is noted for having passed a state "Human Life Amendment" which says that "the policy of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception to birth." Arkansas Amendment 68 will take effect the moment that Roe vs. Wade is reversed. He is especially supportive of our efforts here in Georgia, to promote the passage of H.R. 536, the Paramount Right to Life Amendment (www.personhood.net).

    As an affiliate of National Right to Life, we give grateful recognition for the role they play in protecting the unborn. "We want to acknowledge their leadership and thank them for allowing individual states to do what they believe is best for their state. Under normal circumstances we would communicate their Presidential endorsement to our 225,000 households." said Bryan Lash, PAC Director for GRTL. "While we appreciate their leadership and support, we believe that Gov. Huckabee is the strongest and most effective pro-life candidate in this race," continues Lash. "Passing a Personhood Amendment here in Georgia is our key issue in achieving our objective to extend the protections of the law to all 'persons' both born and unborn. Support of a candidate who ushered a similar amendment through his own state speaks volumes to us. Mr. Huckabee's recent surge in the polls, we believe, demonstrates that he is the pro-life movement's best hope in defeating pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani. When elected, Mike Huckabee will work hard to establish our goal of restoring respect and effective legal protection to all innocent human beings, from the moment of fertilization until natural death."


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    November 28, 2007
    Status of Hialeah baby

    giuliani%20fl.jpgCNN featured a photo of Rudy Giuliani signing autographs in Hialeah, FL, yesterday, which prompted me to check on the status of the Hialeah baby abortion murder case.

    Backdrop:

    On the morning of July 20, 2006, an 18-year-old pregnant mother returned to A Gyn Diagnostics Center in Hialeah, now shut down, to abort her 23-week-old baby after having been given a medication to dilate her cervix the day before.

    She complained of abdominal pain all day with abortionist Frantz Basile nowhere to be found. Finally, between 2-2:30p, she delivered the baby alive with at least one clinic worker present. Both saw the baby gasping for air and moving.

    Clinic owner Belkis Gonzales allegedly came into the room, cut the cord, and put the living baby into a biohazard bag containing bleach....

    An anonymous source notified police, who searched the premises but could not find the baby. Nine days later the source called police again, reporting staff had put the baby on the roof during the search but she was now back inside.

    Police came again and retrieved the baby. DNA testing proved this baby belonged to the 18-year-old mother, who I have since spoken with. An autopsy determined the baby was born alive but was inconclusive as to the cause of death.

    Here's the status.

    Dade County prosecutors have so far failed to take action. Meanwhile, the baby's mother has retained the services of the Thomas More Society to pursue a wrongful death claim against Basile. Thomas More has in turn retained a private investigator and pathologist and is now pressing the prosecutor to let its pathologist conduct a second autopsy.

    My sources tell me Dade County prosecutors are hung up on whether the baby was viable or not, as if it matters. 23 weeks is the typical line of viability. However, the baby's age is not relevant. The baby was killed.

    Thomas More has also retained local counsel to pursue a civil case if a criminal case is dropped.


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    November 26, 2007
    Sex manual for kids

    it%27s%20perfectly%20normal.jpgAmerican Life League/Rock for Life are making good use of YouTube.

    They've just uploaded a video expose of, It's Perfectly Normal, a book supposedly for kids ages 9-12 that has been banned from at least one prison as pornographic.

    News to me, the book lists the anus as a sex organ, certainly not its original or ongoing purpose.

    And the decent among us have united. It's Perfectly Normal topped the American Library Association's list of "most frequently challenged books of 2005" for "homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group," and ranked #15 in ALA's list of "100 most frequently challenged books 1990-2000" - even though it was published more than halfway through the decade, in 1996.

    Of course, Planned Parenthood endorses It's Perfectly Normal. Good for business. The book promotes abortion, of course.

    [HT: moderator Bethany]

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    Aurora meets Denver

    Get ready, Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life Action League's Ann, Joe, and Eric Scheidler, along with Jeff Eschbach of ChicagoProLifeActivist fame, will travel to Denver Friday to launch two days of events, including a strategy meeting, a rally at the proposed Denver PP site, and a fundraiser.

    Click on page 1 of flyer to see enlarged pdf and page 2:

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    Also see www.noplannedparenthood.org for up-to-date info.

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    November 23, 2007
    Aurora gestapo

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    This makes sense. After an abortion business lies its way into a city and citizens overwhelmingly oppose it, city officials turn on the citizens.

    With no plan in sight to pour sidewalks so those citizens can safely protest according to their First Amendment rights, or even so the poor women of America can safely trudge barefoot and accidentally pregnant to Planned Parenthood's largest abortion mill in the U.S., Aurora city officials have instead erected nonsensical signs to nowhere banning pro-life presense from anywhere across the street from PP (click to enlarge)....

    Reports Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League, who took the photos:

    The "beyond this point" one is funny. There isn't any "point" there. It's just in the middle of Oakhurst, sort of facing the south, as if to say you can't protest north of this sign. But the other one, that just says "no protesting," is actually SOUTH of the "beyond this point" sign. It's nonsense. Typical Aurora incompetence.

    There are a similar pair of signs farther south. One faces west, out into the street, and says "beyond this point." But there's no logical "point" the sign could be referring to. Across the street is a regular "no protesting" sign. But that's the one place where a "beyond this point" sign might make a little sense. Heigh ho.

    But there's more. Aurora police are apparently privy to pro-life terrorist activity involving get-aways in baby carriages. Because while a pro-life protest was taking place on November 17 far and away from the First Amendment rights prohibition signs, police surrounded and threatened to arrest a man walking his baby on the only sidewalk in the PP vicinicty - along Oakhurst. According to the Chicago Tribune:

    Police threatened to arrest a man praying and walking with his infant along the east side of Oakhurst, near a residential community.

    "I wasn't planning to be part of the protest today," said Aurora resident Roger Earl. "I didn't realize that I was breaking any law by walking along the sidewalk praying."

    Earl said he was near the protest because his wife was participating, and he was watching their infant. He said police approached him and asked him whether he was part of the protest, warned him twice and then threatened to arrest him.

    Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Earl was praying and wearing an insignia indicating he opposed abortion.

    Powell defended the police enforcement.

    "If he's praying here, he's here because of the building. He can pray at home or anywhere," he said.

    So the Aurora gestapo also serve double duty as the Aurora prayer police. Must be exhausting. Jeff Eschbach of ProLifeChicagoActivist captured the drama on film, first a police officer interrogating Earl's baby...

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    ... and then a shot of the diabolical "insignia" that aroused police suspicion:

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    It's amazing that Aurora officials could spot like hawks a pro-lifer wearing a 1" pin on one weekend morning when they failed to notice Planned Parenthood erecting a 22,000 sq. ft. building for 8 months.


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    November 21, 2007
    Happy Thanksgiving from Cecile Richards

    Click to enlarge....

    Know that a very expensive public relations firm designed this message and the message within the message, including the prominently pregnant worker and Cecile's "family" imagery. I always like to analyze how PP tries to portray itself and then, of course, why.

    Thought you also might be interested in this video I stumbled on of Cecile speaking at Planned Parenthood Aurora on October 10, about a week after it opened.

    "... some of the ugliest protesters we've seen in more than a decade.... we're on the blogosphere...."

    *bow*

    [HT for Cecile's Thanksgiving message: John Jansen at Pro-Life Action League]

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    November 19, 2007
    CO pro-life protest and BBQ

    les%204%20-%20bbq.jpgIn Chicago we have tailgate parties before Bears games. In Colorado pro-lifers have tailgate parties at protests. Major hoot.

    Here's the report from Leslie Hanks:

    On November 18, 30-40 Denver pro-life activists enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers at a protest and BBQ in front of the Cherry Hills Village home of Weitz Construction executive, Bill Hornaday.

    Although it appeared that the Hornadays were not home, most of his neighbors saw the signs of aborted babies and "Abortion is always wrong" signs Planned Parenthood opponents carried. The youngest protester was a 5 day old baby boy....

    One forlorn young woman... sat in her front yard with a hand made sign indicating her family will donate to Planned Parenthood every time there is a protest of the new super death camp's construction company executive. Ironically, she told pro-lifers she was adopted, but she sadly championed a woman's right to "choose."

    See more photos, including that sign, on page 2.

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    The West is certainly wild... :)


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    Hodari's "license to lie"

    I blogged here and here that Wayne State University's Medical Students for Choice invited late-term MI abortionist Alberto Hodari to speak November 9.

    Students for Life of America was there to catch the 50 minute speech on videotape with two cameras and will be releasing "best of" clips. The first is below.

    student2.jpgLet me preface the clip by giving a shout out to the WSU abortion apprentices who invited Hodari: Kia Jones, Jonathan Oakes, Katie O'Connell, and Cynthia Velting-Kidder. I'm not sure which one introduced Hodari, but there's her picture on the right.

    And we upset her, sorry to say. At the close of her intro she said, "I'm sure pretty much everyone here knows that this has been... there's been a lot of [unintelligible] surrounding this talk. One of our fellow students sent our flyer to the national pro-life people. We are now all blogged on their blogs, and you know, it's pretty upsetting that a fellow student would do that to us, brand us, so people know what kind of people we are. But we're here to stay and we're not intimidated by that and we really appreciate everyone coming out becuase it makes all that perhaps worth it."

    I'm not sure why we would be considered intimidating when the young woman was standing next to a man who has been accused of killing at least two women and maiming many more.

    And "brand"? Why would publicizing one's profession be considered "branding"? She should thank us. I'm hurt. And my dear, you don't need pro-life bloggers to broadcast what kind of people you are. You're doing fine broadcasting that on your own.

    At any rate, here is the first clip, and it will not disappoint After ridiculing aborting fathers who pass out while observing their child being sliced and diced, Hodari admits to lying to both father and patients about the procedure. Hodari's braggadocio is quite shocking, quite stupid, actually. What a guy. How long will abortion proponents try to say these quack abortionists are anomalies?

    Note this abortionist only lies less now thanks to public education about abortion, no thanks to the industry. This video clip should be shown at every legislative hearing on Women's Right to Know laws - which the industry always fights. It's no wonder.

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    November 14, 2007
    National Right to Life

    I'm not too happy with the National Right to Life Committee these days.

    The tipping point was learning on November 3 while attending a speech given by Hadley Arkes at Valparaiso University that NRLC originally opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which Hadley wrote and which I testified regarding. Hadley explained during his speech the Partial Birth Abortion Ban was coming to the fore about that time, and NRLC thought it more important and that BAIPA was too soft.

    castle.gifAdd to that, NRLC actively opposed the South Dakota Abortion Ban and is currently actively opposing the Georgia Human Life Amendment.

    There may be pragmatism and smart politics and all involved in these NRLC decisions, but when a pro-life organization takes the same position as pro-abortion organizations, something is wrong.

    There are other things, but that's enough of a backdrop.

    So about Fred Thompson.

    NRLC's endorsement might be the best decision. I just know he's not the best pro-life candidate. There is at least one other who is polling as well or stronger, and he's more pro-life, and that's Mike Huckabee. I'm not in Huckabee's camp, but when I compare the two, I just don't get NRLC's endorsement. I'm cynical.

    I'm wondering if the leadership of NRLC, which has been the same forever, has become too immersed in the DC culture. This would go a long way toward explaining support for Thompson (and his wife) over Huckabee. Also recall NRLC immediately jumped on board the Harriet Miers bandwagon.

    I'm wondering when pragmatism and smart politics become something else.

    UPDATE, 10:10a: Email from "Washington insider," as s/he wants to be identified, on the question of NRLC's endorsement of Thompson:

    Don't really know what to make of it. It's a prudential judgment, obviously: the result of a no-doubt complicated calculation of who is most likely to win divided by the square of who is least objectionable on the issue times an estimate of what states they can make a difference for him in.... Like any early endorsement, it's a gamble: if he wins, they're in like Flynn. If he loses....
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    November 9, 2007
    Judge Judy to hear Tiller case?

    judy2.jpgBoth Judge Judy and Judge Roy Brown are vying to hear a small claims court case filed by KS pro-life activist Mark Gietzen against late-term Wichita abortionist George Tiller, who was served yesterday.

    Gietzen is requesting the maximum allowable, $4,000, for injuries he sustained after Tiller allegedly ran him over and then fled the scene outside his abortion mill last year.

    The details of the hit-and-run, according to an Operation Rescue press release:

    Gietzen says that as he and another man were measuring the driveway to insure that certain prayer activities were within the law, when Tiller accelerated his Jeep Grand Cherokee directly at them, even turning to continue to aim at them as they began to move out of the way. Tiller’s Jeep struck Gietzen as he attempted to move, bruising his arm and leg, and causing pain for several months.

    Tiller should definitely agree to let either Judge Judy or Roy hear this case. The shows pay the claim, so Tiller would get to keep a late-term abortion's worth of money rather than hand it over to a pro-lifer.

    See letters from both show producers on page 2.

    Click to see pdf view:

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    Abortionist Hodari protest at Wayne State today

    Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is planning a protest today of late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari's scheduled appearance at the behest of Wayne State University's Medical Students for Choice for an unappetizing "lunchtime seminar":

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    Students for Choice anticipated in their email alert the other day, which I posted, learning from Hodari "what it is to deal with protesters...."

    Yet when I listed the names of the apprentice abortionists to give them firsthand experience with protesters not just to sate their curiosity but also prepare them for some of the perks of their intended profession, pro-aborts called me immature and a harrasser.

    I don't underestand why pro-aborts call abortionists noble yet consider free publicity a negative.

    I anticipate a good report and photos from pro-lifers of today's Hodari event.

    This will be a great learning experience for the fledgling baby killers. Speaking of fledglings, these kids are young enough for Hodari to have been happy to abort them 20 years back. Who knows, maybe he aborted a sibling.


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    November 8, 2007
    Senators call to abort Planned Parenthood funding

    brownback.jpgFollowing the lead of 60 pro-life/pro-family groups who on October 24 sent a letter to every US senator and congressman asking them to suspend federal funding of Planned Parenthood, US Sen. Sam Brownback and 12 other senators sent a letter Tuesday to chairmen of both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. asking the same:

    We write to urge you to suspend funding... for organizations that promote abortion. While an amendment to this effect was not adopted in the U.S. Senate last month, we believe recent findings warrant such a suspension pending further investigation....
    One recipient of such funding is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America which receives more than $300 million in taxpayer funding each year. According to a 107-count complaint filed in Kansas' Johnson County District Court two weeks ago, Planned Parenthood is accused of performing illegal late-term abortions in violation of state law. It is also accused of falsifying documents and failing to comply with medical reporting requirements.

    Unfortunately this is just one example of a troubling trend....

    The other senators signing the letter, Republicans all, were John Barrasso (WY), Jim Bunning (KY), Elizabeth Dole (NC), Mike Enzi (WY), Chuck Hagel (NE), James Inhofe (OK), Jon Kyl (AZ), Trent Lott (MS), Mel Martinez (FL), Pat Roberts (KS), John Thune (SD), and David Vitter (LA).

    While naysayers will dismiss all this, consider the following, from July:

    Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) tried to eliminate a sizable portion of Planned Parenthood's government grants, sponsoring an amendment that would have ended funding of the organization under Title X, the federal government's family planning program.

    The House... defeated Pence's amendment in a 231-189 vote in July, meaning Planned Parenthood remains the largest recipient of Title X funding.

    The action, however, marked an apparent first. There had never been such an "up-or-down vote" on funding for Planned Parenthood, Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, said....

    That was a strong vote. Had only 22 gone our way who didn't, and it would have passed.

    Keeping banging the door.

    Here's an example of Planned Parenthood Title X funds at work. The video is entitled, "Complementary Waterballoons From Planned Parenthood," and was put up on YouTube a week ago:

    {HT for Brownback letter: Operation Rescue via reader Angela]


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    November 7, 2007
    Abortionist Alberto Hodari to speak at Wayne State Friday

    Hm. A late-term abortionist speaking at a "lunchtime seminar." Doesn't sound digestionally conducive to me.

    But of all who could stomach it, I expect it would be Medical Students for Choice, the group sponsoring abortionist Alberto Hodari Friday at Wayne State University:

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    hodari2.jpg"Proud"? Well, I guess only future abortionists would be proud of Dr. Hodari's bloody trail of deaths, hemorrhages, hysterectomies, and, of course, drawn and quartered late-term babies.

    Can you see me raising my hand in cyberspace to ask some questions of Dr. Hodari?

    1. Dr. Hodari, can you explain the partial birth abortion procedure you recently argued in favor of? You said the passage of the PBA Ban forced abortionists to commit more dangerous procedures. What exactly are those? And how can abortion possibly be dangerous in safe, legal hands like yours?

    tamia.jpg2. Dr. Hodari, would you care to provide details of the abortion you committed on 15-year-old, 6 months pregnant Tamiia Russell on January 7, 2004, that resulted in her death by infection and hemmorhage? And I thought minor abortions without parental consent were illegal? Yet she got this one secretly. Did you report she had been statutorily raped by her 24-year-old boyfriend, Stacy Glenn?

    There are many others, but I don't want to monopolize Q&A. Also found this:

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    Yes, future abortionists, you're right that "you won't get this kind of education in class," because, of course, abortionists are bottom-feeding losers who didn't pay attention in class.

    [HT: Students for Life of America, which has also established a petition opposing Hodari's appearance. If he does show, I'd love to hear the place was stacked with pro-lifers.]

    UPDATE, 3:50p: I'd like to type the names of WSU's Med Students for Choice in case any friends, family, dating prospects, job prospects, etc., ever google them. In that case this article will pop up and they'll know exactly what sort of person they're dealing with. They are: Kia Jones, Jonathan Oakes, Katie O'Connell, and Cynthia Velting-Kidder.


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    November 6, 2007
    Aurora Planned Parenthood: Rats in the zone

    weisner.pngIn yesterday's autumn 2007 Aurora Borealis, the City of Aurora's quarterly newsletter, Mayor Tom Weisner rationalized allowing Planned Parenthood to lie its way into his city by saying he investigated PP from every angle for naught.

    But all along, pro-lifers smelled a rat, particularly since the mayor's current chief of staff, Bill Wiet, admitted knowing PP was coming to town beforehand.

    So while Weisner ramrodded an investigation of PP that ended with the verdict pro-lifers suspected Weisner wanted, pro-lifers called for an investigation of Weisner, which to date has not been conducted.

    Against that backdrop, OpenLineBlog today caught Clintonspeak in the mayor's newsletter....

    "Entire building"? This can only mean someone in "the city" knew beforehand that PP was planning to inhabit at least part of the building. More than ever an investigation is called for to learn what Weisner and/or city officials knew when they knew it, and whether/how they greased PP's skids into Aurora.

    This also confirms it was entirely inappropriate - although certainly understandable - for Weisner to oversee the investigation of PP and unilaterally decide to let it open its doors.

    Other PP Aurora news

  • Thanks to all who expressed interest in helping fund the zoning attorney I mentioned in a previous post. Thomas More Society, a 501(c)3 tax deductible law firm, is fielding donations and has created the ability to donate online as well as by check. Go here for info.

  • I mentioned in that post our side had approached a top-notch law firm specializing in zoning to take the Aurora PP zoning case, which Eric Scheidler went on to identify in his November 1 email update:

    We've asked the highly respected law firm of Mauk and Baker to come on board with the case, and they're eager to be a part of this historic case.

    I confirmed with Eric that funding has not yet been secured. Recall their fee will be $180-360k, with 30% down needed. Eric reported the Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals has finally scheduled a hearing date for November 28.

  • Congratulations to Eric for opening a Pro-Life Action League satellite branch in Aurora at 31 W. Downers, #305, 60506!

    [HT on newsletter: anonymous Aurora friend and Vince Tessitore]


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    November 5, 2007
    Denver Planned Parenthood has front company; Weitz falsifies permit documents

    Does this sound like Aurora deja vu?

    On January 11, 2007, a corporation named Fuller 38 LLC bought the property at 7155 E. 38th Ave. in Denver from United Airlines for $1,350,000 according to this HomeInfoMaxReport.

    Fuller 38 LLC was created two weeks before, on December 27, 2006. See deed to property and Fuller 38 incorporation papers here (pages 3-5).

    On August 20, 2007, the Denver Post broke the story of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' stealth purchase of the United Airlines Denver property with this map acknowledging the purchase was made "under a different name":

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    So why as recently as October 3, 2007, did the Weitz Company, which I've previously documented is PP Denver's general contractor, apply for construct permits from the City of Denver listing United Airlines as the property owner? Click to see enlarged view:

    I moved the date up so all would fit in one screen....

    This was no fluke. Here is a permit document dated May 25, 2007. Click to see enlarged view; I moved the date up so all would fit on one screen:

    See copies of permits in their entirety here (pages 1-2).

    Planned Parenthood CEOs in both Denver and Chicago have stated they kept PP's name out of the construction process as long as possible to keep pro-lifers from interfering.

    But does that give them license to lie on permit documents? And what about the right of subcontractors and workers to make the "choice" not to help build this abortion monstrosity?

    CO Pro-life activist Keith Mason contacted two subcontractors last week working on the PP project, MTECH Mechanical Company and Haynes Mechanical Systems.

    According to Mason, MTECH was told the name of the project was Fuller M.O.B. (medical office building). Haynes was told it was a United Airlines call center. Both stated their work was completed and they wished to avoid the controversy.

    "We're not surprised that the abortion industry would be so deceptive," wrote Mason in an email. "We are surprised that The Weitz Company is putting their reputation and credibility on the line to collaborate with Planned Parenthood."

    I'm not.

    Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, where Weitz Company's parent company is located, listed great-grandsons of Weitz's founder, Fred (and wife Emily) and Steve (and wife Linda), as contributors in its 2005-06 annual report:

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    [HT for Weitz donations to PP: Iowa Right to Life; all other documentation: Keith Mason]


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    Halloween, Planned Parenthood style

    vox%20logo2.jpgPlanned Parenthood has only one thing on its mind: SEX.

    You would call PP perverted unless you understood the organization makes all its money off the unmerry-go-round of selling illicit sex and fixing the consequences of illicit sex.

    Case in point, the Voices for Planned Parenthood hook-up club* at Louisiana State University, aka Vox LSU.

    (*Comedian Chris Rock astutely noted during one of his routines (warning: explicit) that the best women to pick up are self-identified pro-aborts. "I love going to abortion rallies to pick up women, because you know they're f***... You ain't gonna find a bunch of virgins at at abortion rally.")

    On Halloween, Vox LSU members dressed as "their favorite form of birth control," i.e., walking advertisements for PP products, "to raise awareness about the need for prevention and contraception." Click all photos (more on page 2) to see enlarged view:

    These students had gender identification issues:

    I know they meant this poster to be blasphemous, but I actually found it pretty funny:

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    See more photos on Vox LSU's facebook website.

    I do think had a Vox LSU student dressed as an abortion, s/he would have gone a long way toward educating "about the need for prevention" as well.

    [HT: friend Michael New; see Louisiana Students for Life website for Vox LSU's worthy opponent]


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    November 2, 2007
    Ab-doulas

    doula.jpgYou may be unfamiliar with the word, "doula." It is the term for women who offer professional labor support that may also encompass prenatal and postnatal/
    breastfeeding/newborn care support.

    Miriam Perez at RH Reality Check reported October 30 that feminists and the abortion industry are trying to establish abortion doulas....

    This is tricky, since one important role of doulas is to help minimize pain through labor, which pro-aborts either deny or deemphasize as a part of abortion, and another important role is to offer emotional and psychological support before, during, and after delivery, which pro-aborts maintain isn't necessary for abortion since it is a positive experience with no emotional or psychological after effects.

    Yet while pro-aborts fervently deny the physical and psychological pain of abortion, they furtively acknowledge them by trialing abortion doulas, also an attempt to legitimize and destigmatize abortion by making it a component of maternity.

    So you'll get a schizophrenic explanation of the role of ab-doulas, as seen in this article, which would be laughable if the endeavor weren't so disgusting and pathetic.

    Disgusting? Oh, yes. Prepare to be repulsed, from the article:

    Explaining how the abortion procedure works is similar to visualization used by doulas during labor, when the doula helps the woman to visualize the baby moving down into the birth canal with the strength of each contraction...."

    Exactly what is an aborting mother supposed to visualize coming down her birth canal?

    Also note acknowledgement that abortion mills are cold and calloused, where aborting mothers are cattle:

    Erin [who aborted at age 18] explained, "... The medical staff at the hospital were not kind to me and there was no discussion about what was happening to my body, it was just a procedure that they were doing to me as coldly and clinically as possible."...
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    As the number of providers decreases (it has dropped 37% since 1982) and the number of women having abortions continues to go up, clinics and abortion providers are overextended and under-resourced.... [M]any providers [are] not well equipped to provide adequate support....

    [M]ost clinics and providers are unable to provide the longer-term support....

    And what, abortion mills aren't providing teaching?

    Erin explained why she would have wanted a doula at her abortion: "I feel that a doula would have helped me understand what was happening to my newly pregnant body, the process of the abortion, and the after care for my body."...

    Dr. Nilda Moreno, an OB/GYN and member of the Birth Sisters [doula] program, explained, "We don't only want to provide emotional support but also contraceptive support. We want them to have all the information to prevent unintended pregnancies."

    Then there's the pain of it all, due solely to the bottom line I might add, no matter what they say, since appropriate anesthesia would require the added expense of product and personnel:

    [T]he procedure itself can also be a painful one, during which many women are fully or at least partially conscious. Raquel Valentin, Practice Manager for the Family Planning Division at Beth Israel Hospital explained, "Many first trimester abortions are being done with local and moderate sedation. This means that the women are still awake and emotional." The decision to use moderate sedation is based on both the women's choices and the higher risks associated with full anesthesia but can result in an experience that can be both frightening and, at times, painful....

    [P]ain mediation techniques, like massage, acupressure and breathing could all be helpful for some women during these abortion procedures.

    And I'll let you in on one of their dirty little secrets. They give aborting mothers Versed, an amnesiac, so they forget whatever pain, trauma, resistance - and change of mind - they experienced during the abortion.

    Then we get to the psychological aspect of abortion, a minefield ab-doula supporters don't tip toe very well through:

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    Susan Yanow... former director of the Abortion Access Project... "I don't want to carve out abortion in any way that minimizes or maximizes it," she explained. Instead of implying that women who have abortions need a lot of support, this is simply another opportunity to help women within the broader context of doula care. To her it's important that women do not feel that abortion is being stigmatized and that women are not being sent the message that they need support during their abortion....

    Susan explained that what she doesn't want to do is send the message that all women need support; and she worries that it will simply add to the stigma that women already feel around abortion....

    All I can say about that gobbledygook is, what?

    There was much more to this article. Dawn Eden of Dawn Patrol, who was gracious to give me the tip, had her own thoughts:

    Among the issues raised:

  • the targeting of abortion "doulas" to Latino women

  • the discomfort among doulas of having their "pro-life" (as one doula calls it) profession turned towards aiding and abetting abortions

  • the insinuation that doulas could convince women that abortion will not affect their fertility

  • the reluctance of some abortion advocates to promote a program that would suggest some women are not 100% happy with their abortion experience

  • the references to women's "complicated" feelings on abortion (are these the same women who are so certain about the rightness their decision that they would be insulted by the offer of an ultrasound?)

  • On Dawn's final point, a quote by Erin at the beginning of the article:

    "I was very clear in my heart and mind that the abortion was exactly the right thing to do for me at that point in my life...."

    and a quote by Erin at the end:

    "I had a hard first labor. I wonder if I had trouble connecting to my birthing body as a result of the abortion experience."

    Lots of stuff in that last statement: disassociation with her "wanted and planned child[]," guilt, an underlying concern about payback.

    Ab-doulas, just one more failed attempt to mainstream abortion. After almost 35 years of legalized but stigmatized abortion, you'd think they'd realize it's not gonna happen.


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    November 1, 2007
    Planned Parenthood lies about lying

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    It's the day after Halloween, and I'm still feeling spirited.

    The Planned Parenthood Aurora blog was complaining about pro-life pickets of the Weitz Company in Denver and homes of its leaders, which I've reported on extensively. Weitz has agreed to build PP's new largest abortion mill in the U.S. there, coming in at 50k sq. ft., more than double the size of the Aurora mill. Said blogger Marie...

    ... [I]n light of these types of situations, why do some people still not understand why some Planned Parenthood affiliates must choose to use a low-visibility approach regarding permitting processes for new facilities? This is EXACTLY what Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area wanted to avoid in Aurora.

    As I said, I'm feeling feisty. Probably had too many Skittles last night. I've never commented on the PPA blog before but wrote:

    "low-visibility approach"? Planned Parenthood's new term for fraud and lying?

    But PPA censored my comment.

    I'm highly visibly hurt.


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    October 31, 2007
    Aurora Planned Parenthood's B-2 bomb

    shrubs.jpgI had lengthy conversations yesterday with pro-life IL attorneys Peter Breen and Vince Tessitore about the Aurora Planned Parenthood zoning appeal situation....

    They have both spent a significant amount of time on this key plan to shut down PP Aurora, for which we are all grateful.

    In fact and coincidentally, when I spoke in Charlottesville, VA, earlier this month, I connected with pro-life attorney Mike Sharmon, who has overseen that city's successful legal effort to shut down its PP for zoning violations, and he said Peter had called him that very day.

    (The Charlottesville PP is still open, despite 5, yes FIVE, straight court losses for PP and zero wins, because the county thus far has not acted on the court decision.)

    So here's the update on our zoning appeal.

    First, our side has located a high profile law firm willing to take our case that specializes in zoning litigation. But the cost will run somewhere between $180-360k, and the firm requires 30% down. Money is the hold-up. If you want to donate to this endeavor that could realistically shut down PP Aurora while sending a shock through the industry, please email me.

    We have already discussed two planks of the zoning appeal:

    1. PP used a for-profit front corporation to construct a building actually owned by a nonprofit, for which there are different zoning rules and for which a special use permit was required.

    2. PP's front company, Gemini Office Development, lied on five separate permit applications and in response to a direct question from a city alderman in an open hearing about PP being the intended occupant. (This fraud was not without consequences. Had Aurora known this was to be PP's largest U.S. mill, it would certainly have made PP install sidewalks, particularly for poor patrons who have to get there by mass transit or on foot. And Aurora certainly would have moved PP's entrance from the busy Dominick's mall thoroughfare to the better prepared Oakhurst St. Etc., etc., etc.)

    b-2%20bomb.jpgBut here's a third, a B-2 bomb, if you will.

    3. PP's plans were designed according to the wrong building code. The plans were for B-2 zoning (general retail) when they should have been for B-B zoning (business boulevard district). This means, for example, the PP building should have been set back from the lot line 35 feet, when it is currently set back about 25 feet. And PP's parking lot was calculated by the wrong multipliers. Instead of its current 71 parking spaces, it should have 90+. Etc., etc., etc.

    These are three strong, valid arguments to revoke PP's permits and oust it. The plan is try to work through Aurora's Zoning Board of Appeals but continue on to sue PP in court if need be.

    It is time for big donors to step up to the plate. The other side has billionaires willing to invest in their cause. We have are own millionaires if not billionaires that need to step up, too. And this would be a great investment. Read more details on the tenets of the zoning appeal here.

    [Photo, top right, courtesy of Families Against Planned Parenthood, is of shrubs being planted at the PP Aurora mill Monday. Were they planted according to code? Which code? What about the illegal fencing you can barely see on the right side of the photo barricading the public parkway? When will Aurora remove that?]


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    October 30, 2007
    PP's big abortion picture

    I received the letter below a week ago from head of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists with the following preface:

    PLEASE READ THIS LETTER CAREFULLY. It concerns the world-level meeting in London to discuss improving women's healthcare on a worldwide basis, and especially in the undeveloped countries....

    The agenda for this meeting was not set up by flesh and blood, but by the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and by spiritual forces of evil in high places, to quote a well known writer. This is what we face on a world scale.

    Well, I did read the letter carefully. Our side wrote it in response to the recently held Women Deliver Global Conference, held under the guise of reducing infant and maternal mortality, as you would think by this graphic from its site as all others on this post:

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    I didn't post the letter because frankly I thought your eyes might glaze over. But it shocked me, helping me see the pervasiveness of the abortion industry in the world, and that abortion in America is but one part, indeed a small part.

    The letter's gravity has stuck with me. The health and safety of women, pregnant mothers, and children worldwide, particularly in poor countries, is being ignored to promote abortion.

    Furthermore, the funding to abort poor women has obviously to come from elsewhere - us. This is the reason pro-aborts have targeted the overturn of the U.S.'s Mexico City Policy (in upcoming post) as its number one priority.

    So I am posting the letter now and hope you will read it:

    LETTER TO THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE CONFERENCE "WOMAN DELIVER"

    London, 20 October 2007

    WE, THE UNDERSIGNED ORGANISATIONS, wish to express our profound disappointment and dismay that the Women Deliver conference has failed to meet its stated objective of addressing Millennium Development Goal 5, which is to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

    Delegates were invited to attend a global conference on the causes, prevention and treatment of the complications of pregnancy and childbirth which lead to the deaths of so many mothers, particularly in developing countries, and to consider effective solutions.

    Regrettably, the conference agenda was so preoccupied with promoting the ideology and practice of abortion that the genuine healthcare needs of women and children were virtually ignored in the plenary sessions and overwhelmed in the panel discussions.

    Numerous UN reports, such as The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics, have concluded that accurate data about maternal mortality, including abortion, are not available, especially for the developing world. Therefore, the presentation of unsubstantiated and unreliable data on illegal abortion as fact can only be seen as a deliberate attempt to mislead the conferees and the international community.

    To assert that "unsafe abortions" are only those that are illegal, and to subsequently imply that legal abortion is therefore safe, is both disingenuous and scientifically flawed. The fact that the WHO [World Health Organization] will not be collecting information on the morbidity and mortality related to legal abortion is unconscionable if there is truly a commitment to accurate and meaningful data collection on morbidity and mortality statistics.

    The consistent assertions that improvements in the maternal mortality rate are dependent on the promotion of legal abortion not only diverts attention from the urgent need for basic heath care, skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetrics, it threatens to undermine the field of obstetrics and gynaecology if implemented on a wide scale.

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    Furthermore, we oppose the fact that:

    ~ Members of the organising committee, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International, who have financial interests in the provision of abortion, have used the conference to promote a private agenda to spread abortion throughout the developing world;

    ~ The organising committee has attempted to manufacture a false consensus by ensuring that only the views which reinforced its pre-conceived ideas were represented during the conference;

    ~ The conference has sidelined the main issues related to maternal mortality (basic health conditions based on vaccine availability, clean water, sanitation, basic nutritional supplementation, primary medical post-natal and peri-natal care, fistula, female genital mutilation, haemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labour, eclampsia). Such sidelining is a serious act of negligence which leads not only to continuing, but increasing, the risks associated with maternal health.

    We call upon the conference partners to focus on basic health care, skilled attendants and emergency obstetrics, which have been the key to decreasing maternal mortality in the developed world, instead of exploiting the tragedy of maternal mortality to promote abortion rights.

  • Instituto De Politica Familiar, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • Concerned Women for America, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • MaterCare International, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • World Federation Of Catholic Medical Associations, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • United Families International, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • Society For the Protection of Unborn Children, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • Federacion Espanola de Asociaciones Provida, ECOSOC consultative status with the UN
  • Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
  • American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Instituto Mujer y Vida, Spain
  • Comite Nacional Provida de Mexico, A.C.
  • Salud Sexual y Reproductiva De Mexico, A.C.
  • Asociacion Mexicana Cultura de la Vida

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    October 29, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Chicago: Peyton Place

    peyton%20place.jpgIt never occurred to me before today that the shorthand we use for Planned Parenthood, "PP," could also stand for Peyton Place.

    Eric Scheidler has posted two juicy lawsuits against PP Chicago Area and its CEO Steve Trombley.

    First there's the one filed by former PPCA head abortionist Murray Pelta. According to the lawsuit, he started aborting for PPCA in 1992, was promoted to chief baby killer in 1997, and was fired by Trombley on February 28, 2007.

    Here's one bit of juice from the lawsuit, leading up to the reason for the complaint (click to enlarge; page break removed for flow)....

    Eww.

    Then the reason Pelton got fired (click to enlarge; page break removed for flow):

    You can't make this stuff up. What a seedy, pathetic world these people live in. Understandably.

    Pelter also alleged in his complaint that Trombley pegged him as the fall guy after a successful lawsuit of a patient who claimed she was given "improper medical advice" from "non-licensed PPCA personnel, this after Pelter said he had warned Trombley this was bad form.

    The second lawsuit was brought by RN Nicole Chesis against PPCA and associate medical director, Darryn Dunbar*. Dunbar fired Chesis on April 10, 2007. It would be a typical disgruntled employee lawsuit except it had to do with PP, which picqued my interest. Accusations flew, and mind you, these are by PP employees, not by pro-lifers:

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  • "... changing dates on ultrasounds so that patients would have to pay a higher price for abortion servics...."

  • "... failure to ensure the presence of an anesthesiologist, licensed physician or registered nurse in or around the recovery room when sedation patients are present...."

  • "... unlicensed employees with no medical training, were performing improper ultrasounds and were making ultrasound diagnoses...."

  • "... prescrib[ing] Depo-Provera to a patient with a history of depression" with the counter charge that "prescribing of Depo-Provera to patients with depressive orders is not prohibited...."
  • In that lawsuit Chesis mentioned the names of two other PPCA employees, and since I'm always interested in outting them, here they are: "Tina Boyer, the manager of the Near North Center" and "Rachel Bergstrom-Carlson, PP/CA's Regional Manager."

    UPDATE, 11/5, 3p: *I have corrected Dunbar's title.


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    October 26, 2007
    Attend Aurora rally protesting Planned Parenthood tomorrow

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    They think we'll eventually tire of the battle and go away, but we won't. Please plan to show our persevering determination by attending this rally tomorrow.

    There are several ways to participate: Truth tour picket, baby shower, pro-life display, and a big rally. Go to Families Against Planned Parenthood for details and info on parking. The first 200 off the shuttle bus will get a free Choose Life cap!

    Our moderator mother MK is planning for we bloggers to meet up at the Planned Parenthood sign immediately after the rally to introduce ourselves if we haven't met before and to potentially go to breakfast/lunch.

    For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

    ~ Proverbs 24:16


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    October 25, 2007
    Planned Parenthood does not commit abortions?

    We've been tracking Denver Planned Parenthood's plans to build a 50,000 sq. ft. abortuary, in an apparent contest to earn the coveted title of PP's largest U.S. abortion mill, which Aurora Planned Parenthood currently holds at 22,000 st. ft.

    Weitz Construction is the Denver PP's intended builder, and pro-lifers have been picketing Weitz and homes of its vp's for a month now. (See here, here, here, and here.)

    weitz2.jpgNow word comes that a meeting held yesterday between pro-lifers and the CO head of the IA based company did not go well. Its president, Bill Hornaday, refused to reconsider building the mill.

    Meanwhile, Denver pro-lifer Will Duffy recorded a conversation with Sue Damos, wife of the IA Weitz CEO
    Craig Damos, wherein she said Planned Parenthood does not commit abortions. Listen:

    Sue Damos audio

    Seriously, how ignorant can a person be?

    Worse, the PP Denver mill will focus on killing black babies in the heart of a minority neighborhood, 1/2 block from Martin Luther King Jr. Park no less, standing true to its founder Margaret Sanger's eugenic plans.

    [HT: John Jansen, Lolita, Will]

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    Bloody Kansas abortion wars unleash nationwide attack on Planned Parenthood

    bloody%20kansas.jpg150 years ago it became known as Bloody Kansas for violence erupting between pro-choice slavery supporters of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and anti-slavery abolitionists.

    Now the state known as the abortion capital of the world thanks to infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller is at the center of identical opposing ideologies, erupting in nationwide warfare against the US's largest preborn baby killer, Planned Parenthood.

    Columnist Robert Novak reported today....

    National anti-abortion leaders Wednesday put finishing touches on a letter to be sent to all members of Congress urging suspension of more than $300 million in federal funding of Planned Parenthood until a massive criminal case brought in Kansas against the abortion rights organization is settled. That launches an attack against the nation's largest purveyor of "reproductive health care" - including abortions.

    On Oct. 16, Kansas District Judge James F. Vano in suburban Kansas City reviewed a 107-count grand jury indictment against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. and decided there was probable cause to proceed. Allegations of unlawful late-term abortions and other abortion-connected crimes were brought by Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, a pro-life hero nationally who is viewed as a fanatic by abortion rights advocates. The prosecution alleges violation of state and federal laws and falsification of documents to justify it.

    This opens a new front in the endless abortion wars. The offensive against abortion now takes dead aim at Planned Parenthood and attempts to expand a Kansas criminal prosecution into a nationwide assault....

    [A]nti-abortion strategists are aiming at Planned Parenthood and its 860 facilities nationwide. Concerned Women for America and other pro-life organizations signed this week's letter to members of Congress asking for suspension of more than $300 million in federal funding, about one-third of the organization's budget.

    While the Democratic-controlled Congress surely will not defund Planned Parenthood, it will be pressed to fulfill its oversight mission with congressional hearings. The socially conservative Family Research Council called Wednesday for a Justice Department investigation. And Republican presidential candidates - who proceed gingerly on abortion -- will be called to combat in this war.

    Trigger

    Per the Associated Press, October 17:

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    Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park, Kan., [Planned Parenthood] clinic with 107 counts, 23 of them felonies. Besides 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions, the clinic is charged with multiple counts of making a false writing, failure to maintain records and failure to determine viability.

    Added the Kansas City Star, October 17:

    After Kline filed the complaint Wednesday, District Judge James F. Vano found probable cause for the charges, a step that allows the case to proceed. Planned Parenthood is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 16.

    The specific charges, according to the Kansas City Star, October 17:

  • 23 felony counts: Submitting false pregnancy termination reports.

  • 26 misdemeanors: Failing to maintain termination reports.

  • 29 misdemeanors: Failing to perform viability tests on fetuses.

  • 29 misdemeanors: Unlawful late-term abortion....

    The 23 felony counts filed Wednesday allege that Planned Parenthood submitted false pregnancy termination reports to a court on Aug. 21 in response to a subpoena. Planned Parenthood said the reports were copies of original reports kept in patient files and sent to the state, the district attorney’s office alleges.

    Twenty-six misdemeanor counts allege that Planned Parenthood failed to maintain termination reports for 26 cases from 2003.

    The clinic also is accused of performing illegal late-term abortions in those same cases and in three others that took place that year, accounting for 29 misdemeanor counts. Those abortions allegedly were done without a finding that they were medically necessary.

    Kline also filed 29 misdemeanor counts accusing Planned Parenthood of failing to perform viability tests on the fetuses.

  • Added ABC News in an otherwise terribly biased story, October 22:

    [W]omen's reproductive rights activists are beginning to wonder whether Kline might deliver a big blow to abortion rights not only in Kansas but across the country.

    Other related outbursts

    ... against LS AG Paul Morrison. The Kansas City Star reported October 22:

    Now that Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline has filed charges against Planned Parenthood, three Johnson County lawmakers want to know why charges weren’t filed earlier. They submitted a letter Monday to Attorney General Paul Morrison asking him to explain why he cleared Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri of any criminal wrongdoing.

    Last week, using the same records available to Morrison, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline filed charges - 107 counts in all - alleging that Planned Parenthood's Overland Park clinic falsified, forged and failed to maintain records and performed illegal late-term abortions.

    Rep. Ben Hodge, an Overland Park Republican, and Reps. Rob Olson and Mike Kiegerl, both Olathe Republicans, submitted the letter Monday.

    ... against the liberal media. Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, wrote yesterday:

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    As much as liberals decry major corporations that act as if they're above the law, there's always quiet when the subject is Planned Parenthood, America's No. 1 corporate provider of abortions. During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions, reported a tidy profit of $55.8 million — and received a record high in taxpayer funding of $305.3 million.

    This is one corporation the media hold in the highest regard.....

    [T]he press studiously avoids scrutiny of its liberal sacred cows — or focuses its guns on that person who would dare to get in their way. They'd lionize a state official attacking crisis-pregnancy centers that try to talk women out of abortions. But investigate the abortion industry, and you're a national disgrace....

    Planned Parenthood is a formidable force in national (and state) politics. One major reason is networks like ABC, news outlets that don't really care whether this corporation plays by the rules, as long as the abortion assembly line keeps running.

    ... against Planned Parenthood of Overland Park (KS) by another route. Reported the Kansas City Star, October 21:

    Organizers of a petition effort seeking a grand jury investigation of Planned Parenthood of Overland Park allege wrongdoing beyond the charges filed last week by District Attorney Phill Kline.

    What's more, they say, the work of a grand jury could have national implications. They contend the Overland Park clinic is breaking the law and what is happening there probably is happening at all Planned Parenthood clinics....

    On Sept. 30, [Troy] Newman announced that Operation Rescue was teaming up with two other groups to start a petition drive to seat a grand jury in Johnson County....

    The petition alleges wrongdoing in other areas. Like Kline, they allege that the clinic is performing illegal abortions and providing false information to government officials. The organizers also allege that the clinic fails to report suspected child abuse, that it participates in the illegal trafficking of fetal tissue, that it fails to comply with parental consent requirements and that it fails to enforce the required 24-hour waiting period.

    Planned Parenthood has not yet recovered from its PR hemorrhage thanks to the ongoing fight against the Aurora Planned Parenthood as well as the revelation this summer that 41-year-old Adam Gault's 15-year-old kidnap victim got an abortion at Planned Parenthood in West Hartford, CT, in May without its apparently notifying authorities of suspected sexual abuse.

    [Photo credits: Bloody Kansas scene, National Constitution Center; Phill Kline, ABC News]


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    October 24, 2007
    College day of service: Planned Parenthood

    rmu2.jpgThis past Saturday a student at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh learned something new: Planned Parenthood commits abortion. Duh to many of us, but not to that college freshman.

    RMU requires that first year students complete some form of community service throughout the year, and on Saturday's Day of Service, the Planned Parenthood of Western PA abortion mill in Pittsburgh was one of 14 options RMU offered. RMU representative Kyle Fisher told me this was PP's 2nd year on the list.

    dental%20dam.jpg10 students chose PP to volunteer to assemble "safer sex kits." Five calls to various PA PP's yielded ignorant staffers who had no idea what was in those kits. Nor did Ms. Fisher.

    But I found perusing the web the kits contain a male condom, female condom, flavored lubricant, latex glove, dental dam, and finger cot....

    Back in the day, and today under proper circumstances, sex was natural and carefree. But the prevalence of disease and potential death, never mind pregnancy, from engaging in sex under illicit circumanstances forces modern day participants to don latex body armor - only after undergoing pre-coital belt-notch interrogations and medical exams. And no one sees that something has gone terribly awry?

    But I digress. Back to that freshman.

    Pro-lifer Michael Forse, who regularly prays in front of this PP and who spoke to the girl, told me:

    We were out there praying, and a group of about 10 women came across the street and went into the building.

    After about a half hour or so, this young student, one of the girls who had gone in, came out weeping, shaking, visibly shaken and upset. The leader of the group came out with her.

    We went to comfort her. The words out of her mouth: "I didn't know what they did in there. I didn't know what kind of place this was."

    Then she was on the cell phone to come and get her.

    That someone was a family member who came and picked her up and took her to St. Barnabas Church to complete her service.

    Students for Life of America, which reported this incident, concluded in a press release:

    "A lot of colleges want to educate students on issues of community concern, and yet the RMU administration is teaching how to destroy a community," Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director... said. "Planned Parenthood targets minorities and the poor, and now RMU is showing students that view is acceptable and that the poor are worth less than the privileged who can attend their expensive private school."

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    October 17, 2007
    Planned Parenthood's misleading math

    An expose on Planned Parenthood in the October 22 issue of The Weekly Standard explains how PP does the math to say with a straight face abortion accounts for only 3% of its services, as this pie chart from PP's 2005-06 report (click to enlarge) tries to show:

    Deciphers The Weekly Standard....

    One way Planned Parenthood massages the numbers to make its abortion business look trivial is to unbundle its services for purposes of counting.

    Those 10.1 million different medical procedures in the last fiscal year, for instance, were administered to only 3 million clients.

    An abortion is invariably preceded by a pregnancy test--a separate service in Planned Parenthood's reckoning--and is almost always followed at the organization's clinics by a "going home" packet of contraceptives, which counts as another separate service. Throw in a pelvic exam and a lab test for STDs--you get the picture. In terms of absolute numbers of clients, one in three visited Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test, and of those, a little under one in three had a Planned Parenthood abortion.

    It should be noted our moderator and resident statistician Valerie has written the same conclusion.

    [HT: Phil E. of Rock for Life]


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    October 15, 2007
    Busy weekend for pro-life activists in Aurora, Denver

    On Saturday, pro-lifers displayed the truth of abortion with graphic signs to everyone driving into and by all entrances of the Aurora Dominick's shopping mall:

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    Regretfully, Dominick's forced pro-lifers to spread out to all possible Planned Parenthood Aurora access points when it erected an urban ghetto chain link fence around its vacant lot across from PP late last week....

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    Dominick's action stopped pro-lifers from focusing their educational efforts solely across from the PP parking lot.

    Meanwhile, Denver pro-lifers picketed the home of Don Gendall, a Weitz Construction vp, on Sunday. Weitz is the current general contractor for the proposed Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' 50,000 sq. ft. mega-mill to be built in a Denver minority neighborhood.

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    Pro-lifers previously picketed the Weitz office and also the home of senior Weitz vp Gary Meggison.

    [HT: Dolores Weber for Aurora photos and Leslie Hanks for Denver photos]


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    October 12, 2007
    Aurora becomes Auschwitz

    Eric Scheidler just sent over photos of the striking fence Safeway/Dominick's erected around its vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood Aurora late last night.

    I'm sure neighbors will be pleased as Aurora begins to look more like Auschwitz by the day.

    Here, I'll show you. You won't know unless I explain, but Aurora PP is on the left and Auschwitz on the right:

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    Again, PP Aurora on the left, Auschwitz on the right....

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    And again, PP Aurora left, Auschwitz right:

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    How well do you know the candidates?

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    NARAL has put together a fun little quiz on the pro-life/pro-abortion position of the major presidential candidates:

    http://prochoiceaction.org/can/candidatesquiz.html

    I scored 8 out of 9, or 89% (missed #4).

    How well do you know their positions? I hope I'm not giving away any answers when noting this test underscores why the Democrat Party is known as the Party of Death.

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    Dominick's has erected a fence

    breaking.jpgReceived information from reader Dennis that beginning at 10p last night and completed by 11:30p, a fencing company erected a fence around the perimeter of the vacant lot owned by Safeway/Dominicks across from Planned Parenthood Aurora.

    Just spoke with Eric Scheidler, who has also received the same information from numerous sources. He is going to the site to take pictures. Will post when up. The fence is apparently an 8-foot chain link.

    Also see:
    "Planned Parenthood Aurora: Dominick's freaks, police check grocery lists," October 7
    "Planned Parenthood Aurora targets neighborhood grocery store," October 5

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    October 10, 2007
    Aurora City Council meeting, October 9

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    Pro-abort commenter Laura queried late last night, "How did the big council meeting go? Was anyone there? It's pretty hard to drum up a crowd once these things are a done deal..."

    Laura was right if she was speaking of Planned Parenthood, which had a total of three protesters outside and not many more inside. Otherwise the place was packed with pro-lifers and police, both protesting the mayor.

    Pro-lifers dominated the comments portion of the meeting, which the City Council limited to two hours.

    Eric Scheidler live-blogged the evening.

    Laura, one major point continually brought up: If they thought pro-lifers were going away, they were wrong.

    Related articles:
    "Aurora faces its critics," Daily Herald
    "Aurora mayor defends his actions over clinic," Daily Herald

    [Photos courtesy of Families Against Planned Parenthood]


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    October 9, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Aurora: protests and ponderances

    1. Attend city council meeting tonight

    Tonight will afford citizens their first opportunity to respond to the three investigative reports about the shady manner in which Planned Parenthood built its abortion mill in Aurora and Mayor Tom Weisner's hasty response.

    protest.jpgPreceding that will be picket heaven. Eric Scheidler has called for a pro-life rally at 5p. Also, police ("hundreds" according to OpenlineBlog) will be protesting against the Mayor because they are working without a contract, and the pink PP's will likely show for another of their adolescent abortion pep rallies....

    I'll be there to report on the fracas, so come join it.

    2. Questions, questions

    Eric has listed quite a few doozy questions pro-lifers might ask during their signed-up comment times tonight during the City Council meeting. Here are the first 5. Read the rest on page 2.

  • Why did the mayor announce his decision to let PP open before anyone in the community got to see the investigation reports?

  • Why weren't the aldermen consulted at all before this decision was announced?

  • Why were the aldermen included in the process of launching the investigation if they were only to be ignored in the end?

  • Why was Richard Martens told to complete his report after he had been replaced at the request of several aldermen?
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  • Why was Kane County States Attorney John Barsanti asked to look for criminal fraud when none was ever alleged?
  • 3. Analyzing the investigators and mayor

    Eric has analyzed the three investigative reports by attorney Phillip Luetkehans, attorney Richard Martens, and Kane Co. State Attorney John Barsanti about the manner in which Planned Parenthood built its abortion mill in Aurora.

    Eric also evaluated Mayor Tom Weisner's rapid response.

    Eric's report contains helpful information. Based on it, I need to correct a previous point I made. I said none of the three addressed the nonprofit medical building zoning issue. Most know PP, a nonprofit entity, created Gemini LLC, a for-profit entity, to hide behind while planning with the city and building. Doing so allowed PP to avoid stringent zoning requirements like public hearings and votes before it built.

    But according to Eric's report, Luetkehans submitted an amended report I did not receive, which briefly addressed that issue. The underscore is not mine. It was Luetkehans', meaning it was a new addition:

    It has recently come to my attention that some property owners believe that the Special Use requirement for "Social service agencies, charitable organizations, health-related facilities, meeting halls and similar uses when not operated for profit in and [sic] use district" (herinafter "Social Service Agency") should require a Special Use hearing. This Special Use is not defined anywhere in the Zoning Ordinance and, hence, is not as specific as the Medical Clinic and Medical Center definitions. Any ambiguity in zoning ordinances must be found in favor of the applicant. Given the lack of definition for Social Service Agency and the definitions for Medical Clinic, Medical Center and Hospital, the ambiguity would have to be looked at as stating that the planned use is akin to either a Hospital or Medical Clinic.

    Part of Eric's response:

    Now, I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to me that Luetkehans' assertion that the Special Use in question is not defined anywhere is debunked by the very passage of the Zoning Ordinance that he quotes. And what's "ambiguous" about a "health related facility . . . not operated for profit"?

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    More citizen questions:

  • Were the Martens and Barsanti reports really just intended to pad the mayor's case that Planned Parenthood should open?

  • Why was the Martens report used to defend the mayor's action despite aldermen's conflict-of-interest concerns?

  • Why wasn't Martens given the authority to interview anyone on staff or at PP or Gemini?

  • Why were there so many things that Martens wasn't able to answer, such what those who filled out Gemini's permits knew?

  • Why was the press given a redline draft of the Luetkehans report? How can we have confidence in a report like that?

  • Why didn't Luetkehans respond to attorney Vincent Tessitori's 9/28 memo on PP's need for a special use permit?

  • Why hasn't anyone in the city responded to Tessitori's 9/28 memo laying out the special use permit question?

  • Why was the mayor so eager to agree with Luetkehans' that the zoning laws are "ambiguous" about not-for-profit clinics?

  • Doesn't the mayor have a duty to defend the laws of Aurora, rather than agree that they're "ambiguous" or "not specific"?

  • Why was the mayor in such a big hurry to call a press conference last Monday announcing that PP could open?

  • Why didn't the mayor take the time to let the council and public see the reports? What would that have hurt?

  • Was the mayor afraid of lawsuits from Planned Parenthood, or is there some other reason he wanted them to open so much?

  • Why didn't the city issue an immediate stay on the occupancy permit when an appeal was filed with the zoning board on 10/2?

  • Why hasn't anyone in the city responded to the appeal to the zoning board of the issuance of the occupancy permit?

  • When will the zoning board of appeals respond to the arguments laid out in the appeal filed on 10/2?

  • Will residents be forced to sue the city in state court to get a straight answer to questions about the special use permit?

  • Did the mayor lie when he said that he learned about Planned Parenthood in the paper in July? Why should we believe him?

  • Will our aldermen ever stand up to this mayor, or will they always step aside and let him do as he pleases?

  • Will anyone in Aurora ever be able to trust any promise that Mayor Weisner makes again, about anything?


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    October 8, 2007
    Chris Danze strategizes with Denver pro-lifers

    I previously reported pro-lifer Chris Danze planned to travel from TX to CO to help Denver pro-lifers plot a boycott drive against Planned Parenthood's planned 50,000 sq. ft. mega-mill on one square city block in a minority neighborhood.

    Following is a photo of Chris' visit over the weekend, taken at PP's 29th and Vine mill location. Two more are on page 2. You can't see the building due to the great lengths PP went to erect a Berlinesque wall to evade democracy and protect its lies and bondage from truth and freedom. Click to enlarge.

    UPDATE, 11:10a:: To clarify, these aren't photos of the property PP is intending to build on. These are photos outside another established PP mill in Denver.

    Chris on left, pro-lifer on right

    Pro-lifer on right, Chris on left

    Guess next time we'll need a taller ladder....


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    October 7, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Aurora: Dominick's freaks, police check grocery lists

    dominick%27s.gifThe information on page 2 comes from an email sent by a Planned Parenthood Aurora sidewalk counselor yesterday, who took copious notes of the day's events.

    Apparently Safeway, the parent company of the Aurora Dominick's grocery store, which owns the vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood Aurora, would rather appease it than the pro-life community surrounding Dominick's....


    Dominick's financial trouble and store closings are well documented. According to Wikipedia:

    Dominick's lost market share and profits following the Safeway takeover. Between 2002 and 2007, Dominick's market share in the Chicago region declined from 24.4% to 14.5%. Jewel-Osco's 40.5% is the market's leader. During labor negotiations in 2003, Safeway unsuccessfully attempted to sell Dominick's, and reported Dominick's financial information as a discontinued operation....

    After closing more than 20 stores since its acquisition, Safeway announced in February 2007 that it would close another 14 stores in the Chicago area.... After the store closings, Dominick's operates 83 locations.

    police%20barricade.jpgSafeway seemingly wants to lower that to 82.

    And apparently Aurora police intend to establish roadblocks on New York Street at the entrance of the access road into the Dominick's mall past PP to inquire of US citizens' planned excursions.

    Dominick's and all other shop owners in that mall should start adding their 2 cents to rid the neighborhood of the business poison in their midst that is PP.

    And as long as PP operates (pardon the pun) at that location, the short-term solution is for Aurora to pour sidewalks on both sides of the access road.

    UPDATE, 9:27a: OpenlineBlog.com has posted additional information on the vacant lot and the City of Aurora's ambiguous knowledge of the law (including video clip of City attorney Alayne Weingartz), which only creates more chaos.

    Email....

    From: ana...
    Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 19:37:48

    Arrived to the site and spoke to Mr. Mayer security guard for PP in regards to the property boundaries including the access road. He pointed boundaries to the east and west up the "pine tree" and including to the middle of the road were protected....

    Around 10:27 a.m., Mr. Terry D. Rogers, Chief Investigator with Dominick's finer Foods, Inc., located on 711 Jorie Boulevard, MS 4325, Oak Broak, IL 60523 (Phone 630/891-5474 - Cell 630/688-2821 - Fax 630/891-5470 - terry.rogers@safeway.com), approach[ed] the crowd gathered across the entrance from Planned Parenthood and request[ed] that we move from the site. He explained that the site was owned by Safeway and due to liability issues we were required to move. He also claimed that several complaints has been filed in regards to protestors at the vacant lot....

    I requested time to move the chairs, signs, etc, but Mr. Rogers requested we move everything asap.

    Around 10:41 a.m. Sgt. Woods came to the sidewalk and took several pictures. He approached Bruce and requested his name and birthday. Bruce inquired as for the reasons and Sgt. Woods stated that he (Bruce) has been warned previously about placing signs against the "fence" and therefore he was going to issue a written (...). Sgt. Woods also stated that signs could not be around the sidewalk and he began to inquire about a larger sign and further explain the signs could only be hold by a person and place down on the sidewalk if the person was resting from holding the sign. Bruce explained that the signs were not his and I proceeded to tell Sgt. Woods what transpired minutes before as we had just moved the signs. After Sgt. Woods learned that I was responsible for the signs but he did not issue a warning to me. He stated that he has made a few warnings and in fact he remembers seven (7) warnings in regards to the signs. This transpired as several St. Patrick's St. Charles parishioners came to the site to pray.

    Paul Usher came to the side walk and requested phone numbers for Dominick's staff and requested to speak to Eric Scheidler. Paul asked me if he should be arrested and I pleaded to please not to at which time I dialed Eric Scheidler. Paul Usher goes inside Dominick's store and speaks to the manager Victor Karlson despite threats of arrest by Mr. Rogers and pleads from us to avoid any incidents. He was warned that if he loitered or entered the store he was going to be arrested and he was warned as he walked inside the store.... However, Mr. Karlson, Dominick's General Manager, addressed Paul's concerns with repect and peacefully spoke to him. Paul stated that he was going to boycott Dominick's and walked out.

    Seconds later Officer Gallardo with badge # 230 accompanied by Officer Zegar (#288) requested that Paul Usher stop walking up and down the road and in front of the clinic. As Paul prayed and chanted walking up and down the road. Others inquired if this new rule applied to any other person walking to the Dominick's store and Mr. Gallardo said "no" if a person goes to Dominick's to make a purchase and walks back after making this purchase this rule does not apply.

    Mr. Gallardo warned that Paul Usher and any other person from our group walking continuously up and down the road was going to be arrested. As we inquired for a business card, Mr. Gallardo pointed that Sgt. Jim Boatman (#424) as the Sergeant in charge. Sgt Jim Boatman reiterated that in fact any person walking on the side of the clinic was going to be arrested. He added that we needed to walk on the other side of the street and next to the empty lot. He also explained that the Dominick's is required to file certain documents with the city in order to request people to vacate the site. During this events there were around 20 pro-lifers praying... All spoke to the police in regards this new rules....

    11:28 a.m. Mr. Terry D. Rogers came outside and call[ed] me. He stated that vacating the lot was legal procedure and until such was acquired from the City we could return to the empty lot until further notice.


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    October 6, 2007
    Aurora Planned Parenthood weekend catch-up

    1. Someone asked for the actual occupancy permit zoning appeal pro-lifers filed with the City of Aurora. Here 'tis:

    Appeal as filed with the City of Aurora Clerk's office
    Appeal as filed with the Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals

    Both are the same, just submitted to different City departments . Of note is they were dated and timed before Planned Parenthood's scheduled opening October 2 at 10a.

    2. Jeff at Chicago ProLife Activist attended Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's hastily assembled October 1, 3p, press conference, to forego alerting, and certainly involving, the City Council in his unilateral decision to let PP open 19 hours later, the following morning at 10a.

    Of particular interest in Jeff's as usual well done and pithily cut video is the admission by the Mayor's office that it did apparently think to alert PP of his decision beforehand:

    3. NAUSEA ALERT: If you were looking not to get riled on this pleasant autumn Saturday, do not watch the following t.v. ad PP Aurora began airing this week, which contains not just misinformation but actual false advertising. Can you spot it? Click on this very nice graphic to go to the ad:

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    [HT: reader Pat B.; moderator MK]

    4. INSANE MSM BIASED BLAME GAME ALERT: This Aurora Beacon editorial blames pro-lifers for the legal stir PP provoked by its deceptive and stealth entry into its fine city (read entire piece on page 2):

    Anti-abortion activists pushed for an investigation and got it, which cost the city thousands of dollars in legal fees. But now that they don't like the outcome, they want to fight another expensive court battle that will cost the city more tax dollars. They should accept the result of the independent review they influenced in the first place.

    [HT: OpenlineBlog]

    5. Eric Scheidler's October 5 email alert answers the question (read entire alert with plan and instructions on page 2):

    Last week I asked you to sign up to speak at the next City Council meeting, this Tuesday, October 9. Now that Planned Parenthood has opened (at least for now) people are asking whether we still need to go to the meeting.

    The answer is ABSOLUTELY. In fact, this is arguably the most important City Council meeting for us yet.

    Aurora Beacon

    Aurora mayor right to allow clinic to open

    October 3, 2007
    After a five-week investigation involving three attorneys, Aurora officials announced Monday that Planned Parenthood did not misrepresent itself enough during the development process for the city to deny an occupancy permit for its far East Side clinic. While anti-abortion activists will continue to push the city to find a reason to shut it down, the mayor had no choice but to allow the clinic to open, which it did Tuesday morning under protest.

    We criticized Planned Parenthood for being dishonest by coming into Aurora under a subsidiary name and withholding information from aldermen while getting approval for the medical complex at Oakhurst Drive and New York Street. The two reports from independent attorneys hired by the city confirm that Gemini Office Development hid its affiliation with Planned Parenthood, but they concluded the developer did nothing that would allow the city to legally keep the clinic shuttered.

    "Gemini's failure to state the user or elaborate on the intended use of the facility cannot be seen as a material misrepresentation that can be used as a basis to refuse an occupancy permit," wrote attorney Phillip Luetkehans in his report.

    With the two attorneys finding no reason in civil law to deny a permit, and Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti finding no criminal conduct on the part of Planned Parenthood, the city was left with no other options. To deny a permit after the investigation found no basis for doing so would have opened the city up to "a significant risk of a lawsuit under the Civil Rights Act," according to Luetkehans.

    Either way, however, the city was going to land in court -- again. The Pro-Life Action League has vowed to file a lawsuit claiming Aurora isn't enforcing its zoning laws because it didn't require a special-use permit and public hearing for the clinic. The attorney reports, however, dismissed that argument.

    Anti-abortion activists pushed for an investigation and got it, which cost the city thousands of dollars in legal fees. But now that they don't like the outcome, they want to fight another expensive court battle that will cost the city more tax dollars. They should accept the result of the independent review they influenced in the first place.

    Protesters have lost this battle, although they will continue to picket the clinic, as is their right. We just ask that they treat Planned Parenthood's employees and clients with respect. Aurora has already been thrust into the national spotlight during this process; we don't need to make headlines for harassment, threats or violence.

    Planned Parenthood followed the law and the clinic is open. Let's move on.

    _______________

    From: Eric Scheidler [mailto:eric@prolifeaction.org]
    Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 3:34 PM
    To: Jill Stanek
    Subject: Yes, we're still on for City Hall Tuesday, Jill

    Dear Jill,

    Last week I asked you to sign up to speak at the next City Council meeting, this Tuesday, October 9. Now that Planned Parenthood has opened (at least for now) people are asking whether we still need to go to the meeting.

    The answer is ABSOLUTELY. In fact, this is arguably the most important City Council meeting for us yet.

    What Planned Parenthood and City officials have been counting on is that we would GIVE UP and GO AWAY once they managed to get the place open.

    We need to show up Tuesday to show them that WE'RE HERE TO STAY and this fight is just beginning.

    We also need to be there to counteract any Planned Parenthood supporters who show up to thank the Mayor Weisner for helping them.

    Like last time, there will be two "fronts" at City Hall on Tuesday:

    1. Citizen comments inside before the Council
    2. A pro-life Rally outside to reach the public

    What will we have to say to the City Council?

    Our message Tuesday will be twofold:

  • Mayor Weisner betrayed our trust with his unilateral decision
    to allow PP to open.

  • The reports upon which he based that decision are seriously
    flawed and many questions remain unanswered.

    I'm afraid I don't have time to elaborate on these two points right now -- I leave for Indianapolis shortly to lead a big pro-life protest tomorrow. So please check your e-mail Monday for details.

    Meanwhile, please call the City Clerk at 630-844-3615 and sign up to speak. Sign up even if you'll be way down on the list, because being on the list is the only way you'll get in for the meeting.

    Or if you'd rather join the Rally outside, just show up at 5:30 at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place (map: http://tinyurl.com/yqvwaz).

    See you there Tuesday!

    Yours for Life,

    -- Eric

    P.S. Please keep me and my sons Nate and Sam, my colleague Matt and my parents Ann and Joe in your prayers tomorrow during our all-day protest in Indianapolis.

    Eric Scheidler
    Communications Director
    Pro-Life Action League
    Tel: 773-251-8792
    Pro-Life Action League,
    6160 N Cicero Ave, Ste 600,
    Chicago, IL 60646, USA


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    October 5, 2007
    News flash: Aurora Mayor Weisner cancels police protection

    security.jpgOpenlineBlog tells me Mayor Tom Weisner cancelled his police protection at 5p last night, which I mentioned yesterday he had initiated.

    The mayor likely feared an et tu Brutus scenario, since Aurora police are planning a protest before the Aurora City Council meeting this Tuesday over an ongoing labor dispute. OLB is calling for every contingent with any complaint against the mayor to pile on the protest, which sounds like fun.

    Meanwhile, OLB reports Alayne Weingartz has zoned out on our side's zoning appeal....

    ... Weingartz, the so-called corporation counsel for the City of Aurora, has apparently been either confused or not competent enough to respond to the request filed to Aurora's Zoning Board of Appeals on the Planned Parenthood permit.

    Attorneys say the filing of the appeal should grant a stay of the permit for 30 days or in the interim while the appeal is being considered.

    So, does Weingartz say yes or no?

    Nothing. She says nothing. Maybe she thinks if she stays AWOL on the issue, it will evaporate?

    Weisner and Weingartz apparently thought, as the US Supreme Court did 34.5 years ago, that proclaiming an abortion issue resolved settles it. Haha.

    On that zoning topic, Eric Scheidler said in an email alert yesterday:

    I also want you to know that we really do have a good shot at halting operations at the Planned Parenthood facility soon through the law.

    I'm not at liberty to discuss the details yet, but our legal team is hard at work and feeling more confident every day.

    But it's going to take a week before we make our next move.

    I've been privy to reading some of those details. Stay tuned. Do not for a second lose hope on this.

    UPDATE, 10:03a: Eric also reported PP Aurora committed no abortions this week but likely will next week.


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    Planned Parenthood Aurora targets neighborhood grocery store

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    For the previously naive, one enlightenment from the Aurora Planned Parenthood spectacle is it's a Chamber of Commerce's anti-Christ.

    Forcing its way into Aurora with brazen lies, PP broke every CC business conduct rule and I'm sure gave CC pause to consider new ones.

    Then, on the very day it opened, PP began executing its successful city sundering model on the neighborhood level, setting its sights on the nearby Dominick's grocery store, which owns the vacant lot across from PP's private drive. (Photo I took, above, looks south across the vacant lot to PP. PP's driveway and parking lot are just off the right side of the picture.)

    Reported the PP Aurora blog on October 3....

    At yesterday's press conference there was a lot of controversy over a vacant lot that anti-choice protesters are using as a base to harass Planned Parenthood staff and patients.... So our question is why is Safeway/Dominick's allowing anti-choice protesters to use their land to harass patients seeking health care?

    To find out yourself, contact Dominick's at:

    1-877-SAFEWAY(1-877-723-3929)

    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, Local Time
    Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Local Time

    Or visit the store at 3025 E. New York St, Aurora.

    Also read Aurora Beacon and RH Reality Check articles.

    Obviously, one reason PP chose its location was to avoid sidewalk protestors, because there is no sidewalk in front of its private driveway/parking lot or on the edge of the vacant lot facing it.

    Up to now, Dominick's has not stopped pro-lifers from gathering on the lot across from PP.

    The best solution is for Aurora officials concerned for resident safety to build sidewalks on both Planned Parenthood's side of the street and the vacant lot, particularly in consideration of the increased traffic.

    And if Dominick's considers caving to PP's new demands, it should beforehand simply consider who gives it more business, people with children or people without children.

    It should also be noted that stupid, ballless ('scuse me) city officials opened this PPPandora's box and are fully to blame for the havoc all will continually have to bear until they force the thugs out, as they should based on PP's zoning violations.

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    October 3, 2007
    Reverse spy games

    Here was the backdrop (click for enlarged pdf view):

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    Playing a spy of the spy game, The Interim reporter Samantha Singson infiltrated the NOW event to hear about Bader's infiltration of the NRLC event....

    Singson reported on it in the upcoming October issue, but here's an excerpt from LifeSiteNews.com:

    Bader's opening salvo to the crowd was, "People! This is not a marginal group of crazies!"...

    Bader spoke of how she had registered for the convention under a false name to observe the proceedings....

    Three things really struck me about Bader's presentation:

  • They underestimate pro-lifers. Believing in the stereotype of a movement dominated by old white men and subscribed to by marginalized, zealous, religiously motivated, uneducated "church ladies," Bader couldn't quite keep the surprise out of her voice when she reported that those at the NRLC Convention were "smart, educated, beautiful and articulate."

    In Bader's own words, "This just isn't what you always heard the 'anti-choicers' were like."

    Bader also expressed amazement at the level of organization and professionalism exhibited by the NRLC convention hosts, its speakers and its participants. Passing around the 100-page convention program for the audience to look at, Bader pointed out the number of sponsors, as well as the quality and the variety of topics that were being addressed.

    Comparing her 1992 NRLC convention experience to 2007, Bader was shocked by how savvy the pro-life side had become. She sternly warned her audience that the pro-life movement's leaders were "covering all their bases" by not just filling people's head with the rhetoric, but equipping them by providing information on lobbying, organization-building, political campaigning and youth outreach.

  • They're intimidated and feeling marginalized. Detailing the NRLC presidential forum, which was attended in person by three Republican presidential candidates, NOW New York staffers shook their heads and asked, "Why aren't we getting presidential candidates to address our annual conference?"

  • Discussing some of the movement's current efforts, Bader was appalled by the "chipping away of Roe" through legislative action and media campaigns on mandatory sonograms, the partial-birth abortion ban, informed consent and fetal pain.

  • They are struggling to articulate their argument. Bader stated that "even NARAL doesn't use the 'A-word' anymore. Part of what we need to do is talk up the social good that abortion is. Abortion is a moral good and a social good."

    Seeming to be heartened by the positive response from the crowd, Bader pumped and loudly proclaimed "It's abortion and it's good!"

  • Encouraging report about us, Eleanor. Thanks.

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    October 2, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Aurora's occupany permit just appealed

    zone%202.jpgFrom Tom Brejcha, lead attorney at Thomas More Society, comes this news.

    At 9:54a this morning, right before Planned Parenthood Aurora was scheduled to open, attorney Peter Breen, on behalf of TMS, filed an appeal of the granting of the occupany permit with the Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals. He filed a copy of the appeal with the Aurora zoning administrator at 9:58a.

    Explained Brejcha in an email to me....

    TMS was acting on behalf of nearby property owners who are aggrieved by the violation of their rights to have notice and a public hearing on a proper application for a special use permit, which PP never applied for, let alone obtained.

    We also filed on behalf of the Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood, other members of which are affected property owners and citizens of Aurora.

    Thus Peter accomplished the filing before 10 a.m. when PP said that it would open for business pursuant to the occupancy permit.

    This filing, legally speaking, is supposed to trigger an automatic "stay" of the decision by which the permit was granted.

    Whether the decision was made by the zoning administrator or by the mayor or by other officials remains to be seen. No finding was made to the effect that any emergency would occur if the stay were honored, and the law provides that absent such a finding the stay of any further proceedings pursuant to the challenged administrative action will be effective immediately.

    Again, we are testing whether Aurora will follow the law or fudge it. We're shortly to send copies of the appeal to the lawyers for Planned Parenthood and Aurora's Corporation Counsel and outside counsel.

    The thrust of our appeal is rather simple and straightforward: to test whether the rule of law still applies in Aurora, as elsewhere. That is, the question is whether the city is to be run by executive fiat, where the Mayor can read out of the law those provisions that he finds politically or otherwise inconvenient... or whether those entrusted with jurisdiction to make proper planning and zoning decisions in accordance with state law and city ordinances should make those decisions on the merits, without bending the law to suit the demands of cash-rich special interests....

    The only rationale I've seen so far for the other side is the zoning administrator's rather flimsy suggestion that the "non-profit" and "charitable" use category in the zoning code is somehow ambiguous (he never explains how it is so), whereas the medical office category is more specific and clear. But if there ever was a "non-profit," it's the massive tax-exempt entity called Planned Parenthood -- a charity and, as such, the beneficiary of millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations as well as government largesse.

    And, of course, if our appeal is somehow brushed aside we'll most certainly have "exhausted our administrative remedies" and we'll then proceed to court to seek judicial relief.

    UPDATE, 11a: Just spoke with Eric Scheidler at the PP site. "PP opened at 10a," said Eric. "We don't know if any clients have come. They had their press conference; we had ours. Press coverage was huge. All press vans are still here. We have a couple hundred people protesting and praying."


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    Items of interest from Aurora Planned Parenthood investigative reports

    Openlineblog.com has posted links to the three investigative reports that led Mayor Tom Weisner to declare yesterday Planned Parenthood Aurora could open for business.

    sherlock.jpgYou can access pdfs for the 18 supporting documents at OLB. Here are pdfs of the 3 reports:

    Barsanti's opinion
    Luetkehans report
    Martens report

    Neither the Luetkehans nor Martens reports, completed September 17 and 13 respectively, evaluated whether PP was required as a nonprofit entity to file for special use permits. Luetkehans did not address that issue at all, and Martens did only to say he did not have enough information (click to enlarge)....

    A couple other tidbits.

    This was included as an attachment to the Martens report (tab 18 at OLB). When he wrote the memo, Bill Wiet was Aurora's community development director. He is now Mayor Weisner's chief of staff. So here is one of the inner circle who knew PP was coming to town 5 months before the public did (click to enlarge):

    And this, from the Luetkehans report:

    [HT for latter: reader Charles]


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    News coverage of Aurora's ok for Planned Parenthood to open

    Last night (this morning's coverage is on page 2):

    Fox News Chicago:

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    NBC:

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    Today:

    Associated Press:

    ... Planned Parenthood officials say the 22,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building will be decorated today with a 40-foot banner reading "This Center is Now Open."...

    Chicago Sun-Times:

    ... Abortion foe Eric Scheidler blasted the decision, saying city officials ignored their own zoning laws in allowing the center to be built and to open....

    The city council still may review the situation to see if a special-use permit is required to allow the clinic to operate, said Ald. Rick Lawrence, who was critical of [Mayor Tom] Weisner's decision to allow the temporary occupancy permit to be issued. "We're going to have to look into it as a council to see what we can do," said Lawrence....

    Aurora Beacon:

    Planned Parenthood's new medical center on East New York Street will open at about 10 a.m. today....

    Planned Parenthood representatives signed a letter Monday afternoon agreeing... they would only perform first-trimester and early second-trimester abortions....

    "The mayor has betrayed us," [Eric Scheidler] said. "He has lied to us. We're going to sue the city so they enforce their own zoning laws."

    Daily Herald:

    Despite Planned Parenthood being "less than forthcoming in some ways," Weisner said, the city's review shows no legal basis on which to deny an opening.

    "All a government can do is try to treat people fairly, which I believe we have," Weisner said.

    UPDATE, 8:07a: Televised news reports this morning [HT: OpenlineBlog.com]

    ABC:

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    CBS:

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    October 1, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Aurora says it's "now open!"

    pp%20logo.gifIt really does appear as if the fix was in between Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Planned Parenthood.

    I cannot believe his audacity in thinking he can unilaterally make such a monumental decision with national eyes watching sans input from the City Council or the people of Aurora.

    Eric Scheidler wrote in an email a little while ago, "[I]t looks like Planned Parenthood was the first to learn about this decision - before the City Council, before the press, before the people."

    I just received this PP email from pro-lifer Brian Burch. The time on the email is odd, but here 'tis....

    From: "Planned Parenthood Action Illinois"
    Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2007 22:56:18
    To:
    Subject: Aurora permit issued just minutes ago!

    Our Aurora health center is now open!

    Thank you for your support

    Dear Brian,

    Finally! Just minutes ago we received our occupancy permit from city of Aurora Mayor, Tom Weisner and we will be OPEN FOR BUSINESS TOMORROW!

    Instead of holding a rally* at city hall tomorrow night, we invite you to attend a press conference at our Aurora health center to celebrate our first day of business! Here are the details -

    What: Press Conference
    Where: Aurora Planned Parenthood Health Center, 3051 E. New York Street, Aurora, IL
    When: Tuesday, October 2, at 10 am

    *We encourage anyone who is interested to attend the Aurora city council meeting on their own to monitor the discussion, but we will not be rallying outside city hall.

    While it's a travesty that the opening of our health center became such a politicized issue, we never could have won this battle without the incredible support of pro-choice residents in Aurora, Naperville, and other local communities, as well as our supporters throughout the state and the nation. Thank you to every person that stood up for us at City Council, that rallied at City Hall, that gave a donation, that signed a petition, and that supported us in so many ways during this fight.

    Thank you for all you've done!


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    Aurora will let Planned Parenthood open

    breaking.jpgBeing reported by the Associated Press via WBBM radio in Chicago:

    Aurora Gives Up Fight Against Planned Parenthood

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) -- City officials say they will allow a new Planned Parenthood clinic to open.

    [HT: reader Chicagoplow]

    Developing story....

    UPDATE, 4:03p: This report comes from Jeff of Chicago Pro-Life Activist, who just left the press conference....

    Mayor Tom Weisner came out and said legally the City found no grounds for which they could keep the clinic closed.

    Weisner agreed PP was not forthright. But he said there was nothing the City could do legally to keep the clinic closed based on the independent investigation reports.

    After the press conference, Alderman Rick Lawrence said in so many words the mayor was railroading this decision. The City Council found out only just prior to the press conference what his decision was. Lawrence said they were shocked. He said the mayor made a unilateral decision and it was completely inappropriate.

    The Aurora PP situation is not on Tuesday's City Council agenda, but Lawrence and other aldermen are going to push for it. They need a total of three, and he thinks they can do that.

    Lawrence said they were supposed to have a discusion before a decision was made, which did not happen. This is a matter that all the elected officials were supposed to be involved in, not just one.

    Eric Scheidler said our side will be filing a lawsuit early tomorrow morning based on the special use permit issue.

    UPDATE, 4:10p: Read broadened AP story here.

    UPDATE, 4:19p: Read Fox News Chicago report [HT: MK]

    UPDATE, 4:30: According to the Daily Herald:

    A controversial Planned Parenthood clinic could open as early as Tuesday on Aurora's far east side, city officials said this afternoon....

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    Libel lawsuit filed this morning against Planned Parenthood

    breaking.jpgSee press release on page 2.

    See also the Daily Herald, Associated Press, Aurora Beacon, and Chicago Tribune.

    October 1, 2007
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society
    312-782-1680 (office) 312-590-3408 (cell)
    Drew Schadegg, TC Public Relations 312-422-1333

    Planned Parenthood Sued for Libelous Statements Against Pro-Life Advocates

    Thomas More Society of Chicago Will Seek Maximum Damages on Behalf of Protesters in Aurora Accused of Advocating Violence

    Aurora, IL - In Kane County District Court this morning, a libel lawsuit was filed against Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP/CA), its CEO and Director Steve Trombley, and Gemini Office Development LLC, based on a letter sent to Aurora's Mayor and Aldermen and released to the press and one or more advertisements that PP/CA placed in the Aurora Beacon News accusing those who oppose their facility as having "a well-documented history of violence and criminal activity" as well as "advocating violence against both persons and property as well as other related criminal activity."

    The documents filed in court today insist that these statements are not only false, but maliciously false and libelous. The lawsuit was filed by Chief Counsel Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society of Chicago and Jason Craddock of Sauk Village, Illinois.

    Plaintiffs are nineteen individual residents of Aurora and neighboring communities, including Eric Scheidler, volunteer coordinator of Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood, who helped to organize the prayer vigil and protests at the Aurora PP facility.

    Trombley's letter and the first ad, which ran in the Beacon on September 6, 2007, were followed by a "cease and desist" letter from Tom Brejcha on behalf of Eric Scheidler and the Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood. This letter demanded a "prompt and public retraction of false, libelous, and malicious statements."

    Planned Parenthood responded with public statements and another ad that were more inflammatory and accusatory than the original.

    "Trombley and Planned Parenthood need to be held accountable for the outrageous statements they made both to Aurora officials and to the public," stated Brejcha. "You cannot accuse the peaceful citizens of Aurora of violent crimes and advocating violence simply because you disagree with their message. This is just one more black eye on an organization that regularly uses deception in their tactics, but the good people of the Fox River Valley aren't going to let them get away with it."

    The 22,000 square foot Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora, the nation's largest, has set off a firestorm of controversy and is now being referred to as "Ground Zero" in the national abortion battle. The City of Aurora is currently investigating the facility on allegations of fraud for not disclosing the tenant of the building during the application process.

    In addition, the pro-life community in Aurora and the surrounding area have been gathering daily at the facility, seeing as many as 1,500 march in organized peaceful protest.

    In addition to the ongoing investigation, which has kept the facility from opening, the libel lawsuit will be another in a series of court battles Planned Parenthood is facing.

    "Planned Parenthood is a money-making machine that profits from their abortion business," states Brejcha. "A young family with two children carrying crosses or a grandmother praying the Rosary should not be subjected to these malicious accusations made by Trombley and his organization. And while court rules prohibit insertion of large monetary claims in initial complaints, let it be said that our clients would be happy to take Planned Parenthood's $7.5 million building off its hands in lieu of damages, and then lease it to respectable, taxpaying legitimate health professionals - those who strive to heal, and not kill, human beings."


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    Reponses by both sides to Barsanti press release

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    From Eric Scheidler, in an email alert, followed by Planned Parenthood Aurora from its blog....

    Kane County States Attorney John Barsanti released his findings today, and he found no evidence of crime by Gemini/PP.

    But before you feel even a whiff of disappointment, let me explain that this report is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. It changes nothing.

    We never alleged criminal fraud. Our questions have been about CIVIL fraud in the application process and a crucial underlying ZONING question.

    Both of these issues are left completely unanswered by Barsanti's report. In fact, Barsanti states that he doesn't even have the authority to address these questions.

    I suspect Mayor Weisner is going to try to use this report as an excuse to issue an occupancy permit to Planned Parenthood.

    So we need to be down there at 2:30 [prior to press conference] to make sure the mayor - and the press - know that we expect the mayor to follow through on his promise that CIVIL fraud be investigated.

    We also must demand that the city explain how Planned Parenthood can be allowed to operate in a location clearly not zoned for a not-for-profit medical office.

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    And from PP Aurora's blog:

    State's Attorney finds NO FRAUD

    Usually we hate to say "we told you so", but in this case we all deserve the vindication. Just this morning, State's Attorney John Barsanti issued a press release stating that he found no fraud or criminal action in our application for a permit for our Aurora health center.

    We knew the only way we could build our facility without the fear of pickets, violence or other delay tactics that anti-Planned Parenthood extremists have employed in other cities was to use a low-visibility approach. At the same time, we were extremely respectful of the law and State's Attorney Barsanti's findings bear that out.

    We look forward to opening our health center shortly so that we can serve the women of Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties.


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    Barsanti: Planned Parenthood commited no crimes

    breaking.jpgFrom the Naperville Sun, this morning:

    Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti announced this morning that Planned Parenthood did not commit any crimes while gaining approval for its new Aurora clinic under a subsidiary name....
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area received approval to build its new 22,000-square-foot facility on East New York Street under the name Gemini Office Development, which has led anti-abortion activists to accuse the organization of deception and fraud. The city hired two lawyers to conduct independent investigations into the approval and permitting processes, and Barsanti reviewed the reports from both attorneys.

    Barsanti said his office has no jurisdiction over city ordinances, land use or zoning, and he offered no opinion on those matters. He considers the review to be closed, and has returned all documents to the city of Aurora.

    Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. at City Hall to discuss Barsanti's findings and the reports from attorneys Phillip A. Luetkehans and Richard Martens. The reports will be released to the media at that time.

    Planned Parenthood had hoped to open the health center Sept. 18, but the clinic's temporary occupancy permit expired Sept. 17. It cannot open until after the city's investigation is complete.

    Keep your powder dry....

    [HT: reader Deborah H.]

    UPDATE, 12p: From the Chicago Tribune:

    Barsanti said he could not advise Aurora on how to interpret city ordinances or the zoning code.

    "I offer no opinions on matters of which I have no authority or jurisdiction," Barsanti said.

    UPDATE, 12:11p: Misleading MSM headline of the day:

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    Quite simply, Planned Parenthood didn't apply for any clinic permit.

    UPDATE, 1:27p: See Barsanti press release below.

    [HT for that: reader ChicagoPlow]

    Click to see pdf view:

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    Planned Parenthood catches Joe Scheidler praying

    Ah, those sly devils at Planned Parenthood caught him in the act.

    Using a hidden video camera across the street from Chicago's near north Planned Parenthood, the PP techno-geeks managed to catch Joe Scheidler reading prayers!

    Veronica from PP Aurora blogged histrionically:

    With all the action happening over here in Aurora, you would think that the anti's would have other things to do with their free time. Nope. Joseph Scheidler has been spotted outside the Near North clinic in Chicago....
    This is even more evidence that what is happening in Aurora is happening to you. Chicago is not immune to the anti's....

    I talked about fear in my first post and I'll do it again. Fear is a powerful tool. Even if not one more act of violence occurs outside or inside a women's health care clinic, that fear will remain....

    This man and his followers are outside the Near North clinic as part of "40 Days of Life." ...

    I think that reasonable people hold differing religious views on abortion, but gathering in prayer and protest in front of health centers has been used repeatedly as a tool to intimidate and harass patients and staff.

    boo.gifI think it's time pro-lifers began relishing this power. Woudn't it be fun to sneak up behind a pro-abort and yell boo to see how far s/he'll jump?

    I'm going to write more about this in my column Wednesday, but it appears even as Veronica complains of fearing pro-lifers - the most peaceful social justice movement in American history - she perpetuates more fear (for praying? give me a break), showing she has yet no clue that fear-mongering has backfired big time on pro-aborts.

    The false stigma pro-aborts have attached to pro-lifers is the reaons for all their current woes.

    They say fear of us is what caused them to deceptively sneak into Aurora, causing perhaps the biggest PR nightmare with the most serious ramifications in PP's history.

    They say fear of us is what keeps their people from protesting and speaking out, making them appear as overwhelmed paper tigers.

    They say fear of us is what sends women crying back to their cars, fearful to keep appointments, therefore hurting PP's pocketbook.

    I say the fear they have provoked of us is contributing to their shortage of abortionists and workers.

    And that bulletproof glass? Wow, huge pro-life talking point. More on that later.

    Anyway, great video expose, Veronica. Is PP going to sue Joe for praying now?

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    Denver Planned Parenthood security guard pulls double duty at pro-life protest

    IMG_2773%20%283%29.jpgThis past "glorious autumn" Saturday, pro-lifers picketed the Lakewood, CO, home of Gary Meggison, Senior VP of Weitz Construction.

    Weitz is the current general contractor for the proposed Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' 50,000 sq. ft. abortuary to be built on one city block in a Denver minority neighborhood.

    CO Right to Life VP Leslie Hanks was on hand to file a report and take photos....

    Noteworthy was Dan Cram, who works as a paid security guard at the Denver PP mill at 20th and Vine and who pulled double duty Saturday as security guard at Meggison's home, filming the protest.

    Photo on left is Cram at Meggison's. Photo on right is Cram at the mill (wearing blazer, facing camera), during the jolly Christmas aborting season. Click to enlarge:

    The only excitement came after a neighbor woman copied license numbers of protesters and called police, whereupon 3 squad cars raced to the scene to warn protesters about their limits.

    IMG_2775%20%283%29.jpgReported Leslie, "Mrs. Meggison and her teenage daughter returned home to see the signs and hear the pleas of pro-lifers to have Gary abandon his plans to build the biggest abortuary in the nation."

    Concerned citizens may contact Meggison at Weitz Construction at (303) 860-6600 or gary.meggison@weitz.com.


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    Video of Aurora City Council September 25 meeting

    Jeff from Chicago Pro-Life Activist has boiled down 3 hours of testimony from the September 25 Aurora City Council meeting to a 4-minute "best of" video montage of the most shocking, profound, and comical statements (sometimes all by the same person) made about Planned Parenthood that night....


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    September 29, 2007
    Three delays

    Well, just because it's the weekend doesn't mean the news stops.

    delays2.jpgFirst, Eric Scheidler's delayed appearance from last week's Fox News Live will be TODAY, in less than an hour. It can come any time after 11a CST but is expected about 11:20a CST.

    Next, the pro-life libel suit against Planned Parenthood has been delayed, I hear, because additional plaintiffs are continually being added. Look for that to be filed early next week.

    Finally, here's the report of another sort of delay from the Aurora Beacon, today:

    Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti will wait until next week to issue his much-anticipated decision on whether officials from Planned Parenthood broke the law in applying to build a women's health center in Aurora....

    Barsanti has been reviewing Planned Parenthood/Gemini Office Development's application, permitting and approval process for possible criminal fraud after anti-abortion activists raised concerns a couple of weeks ago. The state's attorney's office had been expected to release its report on Friday, but officials said the release has been put off to next week, noting "Monday is still viable."...

    Read entire story on page 2. This will likely make Chicago PP that much more antsy to file their second promised motion for an emergency injunction.

    Aurora Beacon

    Barsanti's report on Planned Parenthood delayed
    September 29, 2007
    By Kristen Zambo Staff Writer
    AURORA -- Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti will wait until next week to issue his much-anticipated decision on whether officials from Planned Parenthood broke the law in applying to build a women's health center in Aurora.

    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area officials want to open a $7.5 million full-service health center at East New York Street and Oakhurst Drive in the DuPage County section of Aurora.

    Abortion services, which Planned Parenthood officials say will account for about 10 percent of the care to be provided there, would be available at the clinic.


    Tuesday gatherings

  • Abortion-rights supporters are planning to gather at 4 p.m. Tuesday outside Aurora City Hall, before the 5 p.m. City Council Committee of the Whole meeting. Public comment typically is not permitted at Committee of the Whole meetings.

  • Anti-abortion activists may gather for a prayer vigil at the health center, 3051 E. New York St., Tuesday instead of rallying at City Hall.

    Barsanti has been reviewing Planned Parenthood/Gemini Office Development's application, permitting and approval process for possible criminal fraud after anti-abortion activists raised concerns a couple of weeks ago. The state's attorney's office had been expected to release its report on Friday, but officials said the release has been put off to next week, noting "Monday is still viable."

    "I spoke with his (Barsanti's) office this morning and it should be released sometime early next week," Carie Anne Ergo, the city's public information officer, said Friday. "We definitely do want to release everything within a pretty close time period."

    Barsanti's investigation also includes reviews of two investigations undertaken by two private lawyers on behalf of the city. These reports, by Richard Martens and Phillip Luetkehans, haven't been reviewed yet by city staff or attorneys, and that may take at least a day.

    Planned Parenthood had hoped to open the health center on Sept. 18, but the clinic's temporary occupancy permit expired Sept. 17 and it cannot open until after the investigation is completed.


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    September 28, 2007
    Close quarter

    If you are a pro-lifer with a residence or business within one-quarter mile of the Planned Parenthood Aurora site, please email me. Click to enlarge:

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    First Weitz picket

    IMG_2762%20%282%29.jpgAs promised, CO Right to Life staged its first picket of Weitz Company Wednesday. Weitz is currently the general contractor for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains' planned 50,000 sq. ft. mega-mill in Denver.

    Pro-lifers held their picket during Weitz's lunch hour. It included graphic signs and a touring Truth Truck (sans the stolen Sanger sign)....

    Weitz's space is rented. There are other tenants in the building.

    Pro-lifers will stop picketing Weitz the minute it pulls out from building this death camp. No amount of blood money should be worth mutilated preborn children on one's conscience.

    And Planned Parenthood on one's resume tarnishes it forever. Believe me, pro-lifers never forget.

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    The abortion clinic car wash pep rally

    You really must read this post on the Daily Kos. Here is the first combination intelligent, honest abortion proponent I've encountered in this entire PP Aurora debate who is actively involved in the process. S/he wrote so much good stuff, but I'm going to focus on excerpts about the crowd:

    A 10 minute recess was taken, at which time, for reasons I cannot fathom, a sizable portion of the Planned Parenthood supporters, already outnumbered, left....

    [T]he spots vacated by the Planned Parenthood folks and those who had said their piece on other issues were taken by more anti-abortion types...

    The crowd inside was in inverse proportion to the one outside. Of the maybe 250 people in the room, I'd say that maybe 30 of them were Planned Parenthood supporters, and that's an overly generous estimate....

    Of the first 12 speakers, only two were Planned Parenthood supporters. I was becoming dismayed but still hopeful. The ratio for the next 6 turned out to be the same, 1 in support, the rest against....

    At the halfway point of the meeting, we took another 10 minute break.... And I was angry. Not just a little angry, but burst into flame angry. But not for the reasons you think.

    Yes, I was not at all happy at what I'd heard from the anti-abortion crowd, but it wasn't anything I hadn't expected....

    [T]here just weren't many pro-choice supporters who had signed up to speak. The street outside was still full of pro-choice protesters, but the City Council saw none of that, not until they went home and saw the news. What they saw was wall to wall anti-abortionists... a well-oiled machine of right-wing, fundie talking points....

    What really pissed me off was the lack of opposition to the anti-abortionists inside the City Council Chamber. Yeah, the rally outside was good, but who, exactly, were we trying to influence here?

    I encourage you again to read Got a Grip's entire post. It is insightful.

    The Aurora PP blog posted video of their outdoor display, remarking:

    The rally has been totally exhilerating [sic]! At the height of it, we had about 250-300 people there and we outnumbered the anti-choice demonstrators by around 2 to 1. People driving by on the street were honking and waving and our chants and screams were the only thing that could be heard for blocks in any direction.

    Jeff from CPLA had reported to me the pro-aborts were "shrieking" outside, in his words, which I thought might be an exaggeration. But if the PP Aurora blog reported their "chants and screams were the only thing that could be heard for blocks in any direction," Jeff was correct.

    PP's email blast to supporters yesterday was equally breathless (click to enlarge):

    When I watched the video of that which they were so proud, I just didn't get what they were so proud of. I thought, I truly do not understand these people. They were behaving like high school cheerleaders advertising a car wash, and for that they were proud? They were "exhilerat[ed]" by their adolescent pep rally to forcibly sneak abortion into Aurora?

    Honestly, this display was a dagger in my heart. If that makes them happy, so be it. But this is not fun and games. This is life and death, often torturous. And these people are bonafide blind, insert-expletive-here-I don't-allow-on-this blog, simply useful idiots. That's what I got from watching the video.

    [HT for Kos post: readers grsroots and Phil E.; for PP email: Brian Burch]


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    Yes, PP Aurora needed special use permit

    Click to enlarge:

    At Tuesday night's Aurora City Council meeting, pro-life attorneys presented evidence Planned Parenthood committed further deceit than originally thought by evading the special use permit Aurora zoning ordinances require for nonprofit medical centers. PP did this by creating a for-profit front company, Gemini Office Development.

    A nonprofit medical center has to undergo a rigourous approval process that requires public notice in a local paper and public hearings. If a mere 20% of surrounding property owners object, a 2/3 supermajority approval for use by the City Council would be required.

    Thursday morning, the Aurora Beacon reported Aurora officials had rejected this argument.

    The Chicago Tribune reported a similar response by Aurora officials, although more hesitant.

    Around midnight this morning, Aurora attorney Vince Tessitore faxed a response to City officials that included a 2-page memo and 18 pages of corroborating documents.

    Tessitore's conclusion is similar to Eric Scheidler's in an email he sent yesterday with preliminary thoughts to Aurora's quick negative analysis of the information presented by pro-life attorneys:

    What's disturbing about this announcement isn't WHAT the City is saying - because they're wrong - but THAT the City is saying it.

    We handed them a clear way out of this mess. They could have at least said, "Wow, we need to look into this."

    They could have said, "We never considered the special use permit issue because we thought Gemini was a for-profit medical office. This is worth a closer look."

    Instead, less than 24 hours after learning about this important zoning issue, they came out emphatically insisting that the special use permit doesn't apply to PP.

    How is one to make sense of this eagerness to defend PP's alleged right to do business at New York and Oakhurst? I shudder to think.

    It appears more and more certain PP has friendlies on the inside.

    UPDATE, 6:56a: Here's more analysis by Eric on Families Against Planned Parenthood blog. [HT: Jeff a CPLA]

    UPDATE, 9:45a: Is it possible Aurora officials were in a position to so quickly disparage Tessitore's Tuesday memo because someone on the inside changed the zoning ordinance in December 2006 specifically to try to cover for PP?


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    September 27, 2007
    Don't censor NARAL, don't censor us

    muzzle.jpgIn this case, I agree with NARAL. If Verizon censors pro-aborts on the topic of abortion, that means it will censor pro-lifers. A private company has that right, but this was a bad call.

    In any event, the decision has already been reversed.

    Backdrop, New York Times, this morning....

    Saying it had the right to block "controversial or unsavory" text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program.

    The other leading wireless carriers have accepted the program, which allows people to sign up for text messages from Naral by sending a message to a five-digit number known as a short code.

    Text messaging is a growing political tool in the United States ....

    In turning down the program, Verizon, one of the nation's two largest wireless carriers, told Naral that it does not accept programs from any group "that seeks to promote an agenda or distribute content that, in its discretion, may be seen as controversial or unsavory to any of our users."...

    A spokesman for Verizon said the decision turned on the subject matter of the messages and not on Naral's position on abortion. "Our internal policy is in fact neutral on the position," said the spokesman, Jeffrey Nelson. "It is the topic itself" - abortion - "that has been on our list."...

    Naral provided an example of a recent text message that it has sent to supporters: "End Bush's global gag rule against birth control for world's poorest women! Call Congress. (202) 224-3121. Thnx! Naral Text4Choice."...

    Text messaging programs based on five- and six-digit short codes are a popular way to receive updates on news, sports, weather and entertainment....

    Most of the candidates and advocacy groups that use text message programs are liberal, which may reflect the demographics of the technology's users and developers. A spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee, which is in some ways Naral's anti-abortion counterpart, said, for instance, that it has not dabbled in text messaging.

    Texting has proved to be an extraordinarily effective political tool....

    Then, according to the Internet Broadcasting Systems/Associated Press, also this morning:

    Verizon Wireless has reversed course and will allow NARAL Pro-Choice America to use its mobile network for a sign-up text messaging program.

    Company spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the decision not to allow text messaging was incorrect.

    Nelson had said Wednesday that abortion was among topics barred from mass distribution based on the company's code of content.

    However, the code was developed before text-messaging became a mass-market phenomenon.

    NARAL lets people sign up to receive its text messages by keying in a message to a five-digit number.

    Lesson for pro-lifers to learn from this: Use this technology.

    P.S. NARAL's sample text message was a gross mischaracterization, btw. It opposes the Mexico City Policy, which disallows American tax dollars to go to any overseas "family planning group" that advocates or commits abortion. The Senate just overturned this long-standing policy, which Reagan enacted, Bush I continued, Clinton overturned (on first day in office), and Bush II reinstated. Bush II has vowed to veto this latest measure.

    [HT: NARAL e-alert, reader Rosie, friends Arlene and Jim]


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    PP Aurora needed no special use permit?

    inside.jpgFrom the Aurora Beacon today:

    Denying anti-abortion activists' assertions, city officials on Wednesday said it doesn't appear that Planned Parenthood officials needed a special-use permit before building a women's health center on the city's far East Side....
    Attorney Vincent Tessitore, an Auroran, approached city staff Tuesday, saying that part of Aurora's zoning code requires special-use permits for not-for-profit medical centers. To obtain one of those permits, a public hearing at the city Plan Commission level is required, and applicants must notify all property owners within 250 feet of the property.

    However, city officials on Wednesday said that since the Planned Parenthood health center is in a planned development district, those codes don't apply.

    The center occupies land that was part of a 4,000-acre annexation in August 1973, the same one that brought the Westfield Fox Valley mall into Aurora. This area has its own zoning laws, through planned development district rules, and those laws don't require a special-use permit for medical centers, said Carie Anne Ergo, the city's public information officer.

    Tessitore countered that the agreement doesn't specifically exclude not-for-profit medical centers from obtaining this permit, and that he would continue researching the issue....

    Sara Knaub, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, told The Beacon News Tuesday night that the property's planned development district status is the ruling zoning code, and the special permit wasn't required.

    Last week, city officials asked Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti to review Planned Parenthood and Gemini Office Development for possible criminal action based on the companies' handling of the application, approval and permitting process. Barsanti's investigation may be completed Friday....

    [HT: Jeff from ChicagoProLifeActivist; photo of inside the PP Aurora mill courtesy of the Aurora Beacon]


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    Aurora reneges, gives PP squatters' rights

    At the Aurora City Council meeting this past Tuesday night, Mayor Tom Weisner headed off citizen complaints about PP occupying the building with no occupancy permit by having a statement read:


    So, "In early August" - at least 8 weeks ago - the City granted PP "prestock approval"... "to set up office furniture and equipment with limited staff training activities at the facility."

    Yet PP's September 20 court complaint centered on its contention it was ready to open for business, i.e., office furniture and staff were ready.

    The Aurora Beacon reported September 19:

    City officials said Tuesday they will not ask Planned Parenthood's staff to vacate their East New York Street building, despite the expiration of their temporary occupancy permit Monday.

    "At this point, the city has opted to maintain the status quo," said city spokesman Carie Anne Ergo.

    Ergo said ordinarily, a building owner in violation of the occupancy permit ordinance would be asked to vacate, and most comply willingly. If they do not, the city usually seeks a court order to remove them.

    However, since this case is already before a judge, Ergo said the city has decided to leave things as they are for now....

    Aurora-based lawyer Vincent Tessitore wrote a letter to city staffers Tuesday, demanding the city enforce its ordinances....

    On September 20 PP lost its motion to open for business. According to Aurora ordinances, PP should not be allowed on the property, never mind commit the higher offense of conducting business, which Aurora attorney Alayne Weingartz wrote Tessitore September 19 she would investigate (click to enlarge):

    PP, of course, is pulling a fast one. This photo, taken September 5 and displayed on PP Aurora's website, shows the "training" being conducted is not how to run the chop shop but how to conduct phone-banking to convince residents PP should be there and to portray adversaries as "extremists":

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    The signboard reads:

    Why Phone?
  • Services needed in Aurora
  • Targeted by extremists
    Need to show public support
  • These photos, taken 3 days later on September 8, show workers actually conducting phone-banking, clearly not in training. They were making calls, reading from a script, to drum up support. So, in fact, they were conducting business at the site at least 10 days before their anticipated opening.

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    This photo, also taken September 8, shows a worker at a laptop, holding a form.

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    These photos, taken September 4 and 8, again show workers conducting business, preparing signs which many photos later corroborate are being used to advertise PP

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    And on its website, PP Aurora still lists its business address and phone number.

    The City of Aurora, to comply with its own ordinances, should force PP out of that building today. PP is using that building not only in violation of ordinances but also to undermine the City's investigation and resident opposition.

    [HT: for video clip of Aurora City Council meeting, Jeff at ChicagoProLifeActivist; for PP photos, reader Paul W.]


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    September 26, 2007
    Legal precedent to stop Planned Parenthood Aurora

    This legal precedent addresses the PP Aurora complaint that some aldermen opposing it are doing so because they oppose abortion. Nevertheless, the court concluded in the Collinsville case, the abortionist disguised his intent and lost constitutional standing. Click to enlarge:

    Aurora attorney Vince Tessitore presented it last night at the third Aurora City Council meeting addressing citizen concerns about Planned Parenthood in a memo of research.

    The research concerned the special use permit required in Aurora zoning ordinances of nonprofit medical facilities, which PP escaped obtaining by creating a for-profit company to hide behind.

    At the very least, Tessitore wrote me in an email, "PP would still have to go through a public hearing process and it is their burden in that process to prove that their use is good for the surrounding area (property values, health, welfare, and morality, etc.)."

    At most, Aurora could revoke PP permits, and PP would have to sell or tear down the building.

    Tessitore's memo included legal IL precedent for denying an abortion clinic, which I found helpful.


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    Announcing 3rd Annual Margaret Sanger at the KKK Rally Art Contest

    Read about contest on page 2. Here's a previous winner:

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    Our troupe has many artists, some who we have showcased. So I'm sure your creative juices will flow with my announcement of the 3rd Annual Margaret Sanger at the Ku Klux Klan Rally Art Contest! Go to The Truth About Margaret Sanger for rules.

    I'm honored to have been selected as a judge! I should warn you, though, I'm more a Simon Cowell type than Paula Abdul type.

    The contest, which runs through October, marks the 81st anniversary of Margaret Sanger's speech to the Women's Branch of the Silver Lake Ku Klux Klan. So entries must involve that exciting KKK theme:

    Participants in this year's contest are encouraged to commemorate Sanger at the Klan rally in unique artistic ways. Drawings, cartoons, historical novels, haiku, dance, plays, videos, paintings, quilts, rap, puppetry, modern interpretations of Sanger speaking to the Klan, reenactments of the speech on YouTube, mime, audio recordings of actual Sanger quotes she may have reused when speaking to the Klan - there is no limit to the artistic ways this historic event can be commemorated. Please note, this year we will not be accepting photoshopped entries.

    Good luck! I'll post the winning artwork when it is announced November 1.


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    Adios to Alternatives

    garbage%20disposal.jpgI reported in July the New Jersey Health Department had closed the Alternatives abortion mill in Atlantic City for multiple health and safety violations, including this, lifted directly from the 116-page report, which I received:

    The soiled utility room... is equipped with a garbage disposal. Staff member #6 stated the garbage disposal was used for the "disposal of tissue"....

    Today came word the fetal garbage dump has disposed of itself. According to The Press of Atlantic City....

    The decades-long presence of an embattled city abortion clinic has finally come to an end. A New Jersey Health Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the Alternatives abortion clinic has opted to surrender its license to the state instead of correcting the list of violations detailed in a report that caused the sudden closing of the clinic more than three months ago.

    Atlantic City Councilman John Schultz, who leased the facility to Alternatives, said the clinic's equipment was emptied out of the building last month and the space is available for lease.

    "They moved out, everything is out of there," Schultz said in a phone interview. "My lawyers just sent them a letter telling them they're like a month behind on their rent."

    The state's report detailed a slew of violations at the clinic, including bloodstained operating tables, expired drugs and the absence of a sterilization sink.

    All worried that women's access to safe, legal, and rare abortions may be encumbered by this closure need not fear. According to The Press:

    Alternatives owner Dr. Alan Kline... also owns the Princeton Women's Center in Princeton....

    This is located just three miles from Princeton University. I'm sure, given his upscale clientele, Kline runs this chop shop much cleaner and safer than he did the Alternatives mill.

    [HT: Operation Rescue]


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    Chris Danze to help Colorado Planned Parenthood boycott

    chris%20danze.jpgA pro-life hero and friend Chris Danze alerted me this morning he and his wife will travel to Colorado in 10 days to help "get a construction boycott off the ground" at the site of Planned Parenthood's 50,000 sq. ft. planned mega-mill in Denver.

    Little did Chris know in 2003 that his effort to block the construction of a Planned Parenthood mill in his home town of Austin, TX, would have such a long-lasting nationwide impact.

    It was Chris's boycott that PP has acknowledged caused it to go stealth with plans for future mills, including Aurora, Denver, and Portland, OR.

    You may not know what Chris accomplished. Here's a little history....

    CNN, November 14, 2003:

    Weeks into the project, the contractor hired to build an abortion clinic hit a brick wall: Plumbers and carpenters would not work for him. Drywall installers and heating subcontractors would not do business with him. Cement suppliers for miles around would not touch the job.

    He had been hit with a boycott organized by abortion foe and construction-industry executive Chris Danze.

    The builder finally quit the job this month, stopping the clinic project in its tracks, in what national Planned Parenthood officials said was the first such boycott they have ever seen.

    Danze, a 48-year-old who has protested outside clinics, compares the building of an abortion clinic to construction of a concentration camp during the Holocaust....

    chris%20danze%204.jpgThe decision by Browning Construction Co., one of the state's largest contractors, to pull out of the project stunned Planned Parenthood, which denounced the boycott and said it will press on with construction to discourage similar tactics elsewhere....

    Danze, an owner of Maldonado & Danze Inc., a concrete-foundation contractor, oversaw a telephone and letter-writing campaign urging more than 750 Austin- and San Antonio-area businesses not to provide supplies or services for the project. He recruited contractors to join what he called the Texas Contractors and Suppliers for Life Association.

    Soon, contractors were flooded with phone calls from the public warning them to stay away from the clinic project or face losing business....

    Danze said hundreds of subcontractors agreed to boycott the project, though not all of them said whether they were anti-abortion. Some simply did not want to get involved in a controversial project, he said.

    Newsweek, April 18, 2004:

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    On a Web site designed for the protest... Danze posted the phone numbers of each company involved in the clinic's construction [and photos, see right], many of them mom-and-pop businesses with a lot to lose.

    The calls started immediately, and became so overwhelming that one subcontractor reported receiving 1,200 phone calls in one week. Other companies received faxes of aborted fetuses.

    After six weeks, the main contractor pulled out, halting the project. Construction resumed in January after Planned Parenthood took over as general contractor, fueled by what it says was an outpouring of monetary and moral support.

    But Danze's disruptions had earned the organization's attention. "In the beginning, we did regard Chris Danze as some[one] that was simply nipping at our heels," says Danielle Tierney, spokeswoman for the group's Texas Capital Region. "There was no way we could have predicted his ability to convince our general contractor to withdraw from the project."...

    Since then, her affiliate has become more organized, stepping up volunteer recruiting, talking to the media and calling on local and state political allies, including former Texas Governor Ann Richards, to reassure subcontractors that they wouldn't be put out of business for aligning with Planned Parenthood.

    (Side note: Ann Richards, now deceased, was mother to Cecile Richards, PP Federation's current president.)


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    I'm with stupid

    Video by Jeff at ChicagoProLifeActivist from last night's Aurora City Council meeting.

    Speaking is Gay Bruhn, vice president of communication for Illinois NOW, and a resident of Aurora:


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    September 25, 2007
    Whoops - Gemini: for-profit; Planned Parenthood: nonprofit

    breaking.jpgThis information came to me late this afternoon, and pro-lifers hammered on it over and over at the Aurora City Council meeting tonight, which finished about 11p.

    The deal is Planned Parenthood's created front company, Gemini Office Development, LLC, is a for-profit company, and PP is a nonprofit company.

    Eric Scheidler told me the Aurora Zoning Administrator corroborated that as a nonprofit organization, PP requires a "special use permit" to occupy and operate in its building.

    According to Aurora zoning ordinances, a special use permit requires public notice in a local paper and public hearings, and property owners nearby can raise objections to the use. If 20% object, a supermajority of the City Council (2/3) must approve the use....

    See zoning ordinances here.

    Wrote Eric, "We now know the real reason PP came in under the for-profit Gemini scheme - to avoid any public hearings about their 'special use' of this land. Everything about this building is illegal. It ought to be torn down, and that's what we're asking for tonight."

    Indeed they did. NBC5 quoted Eric this evening as stating, "We're out here today to ask the city of Aurora to to demolish their building that they were illegally operating. We discovered just this morning that Planned Parenthood failed to obtain a special use permit as required by law for a not-for-profit medical facility."

    UPDATE, 9/26, 1:05a: From the Chicago Tribune, late tonight:

    Planned Parenthood did not get a special-use permit required by the City of Aurora for non-profit organizations before building its controversial new clinic, opponents said at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, adding it was the "silver bullet" that could keep the clinic from ever opening.

    Peter Breen, an intellectual property lawyer who directs a network of crisis pregnancy centers in Lombard and Downers Grove, is credited with finding the zoning provision, which was confirmed by city officials.

    "Every brick, every sheet of bulletproof glass is illegal," Breen said outside the meeting, punctuated with chants both for and against the clinic by some 500 demonstrators. He added that he intends to seek destruction of the 22,000-square-foot, $7.5 million clinic at New York Street and Oakhurst Drive....

    Aurora zoning law requires a special-use permit for a non-profit medical clinic. To acquire such a permit, the applicant must schedule a public hearing, notify property owners within 250 feet of the proposed building and advertise the hearing in a local newspaper, [Aurora spokeswoman Carie Anne] Ergo said.

    None of that happened in this case....

    Read entire Trib story below.

    UPDATE, 9/26, 7:18a: From the Aurora Beacon this morning:

    On Tuesday, Aurora-based lawyer Vincent Tessitore, an anti-abortion activist, approached the city with his discovery - a section of the Aurora zoning code that seems to mandate a special-use permit for health facilities operated by not-for-profit entities....

    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area is a not-for-profit corporation. However, the facility was approved through a subsidiary, Gemini Office Development, a limited liability corporation, and no special-use permit was applied for or granted....

    City spokesman Carie Anne Ergo said that Tessitore's concerns had been forwarded to Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti, who is completing a review of two independent investigations into Planned Parenthood and Gemini Office Development's approval process.

    That review is expected to be wrapped up Friday, and Ergo emphasized that this question would be part of the investigation.

    Read entire Beacon story below.

    www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-auroraclinic_a-mattersep26,1,6527545.story

    Chicago Tribune
    Foes: Clinic lacking permit
    Agency says it didn't require special-use approval by Aurora
    By Rhianna Wisniewski

    Special to the Tribune

    11:34 PM CDT, September 25, 2007

    Planned Parenthood did not get a special-use permit required by the City of Aurora for non-profit organizations before building its controversial new clinic, opponents said at a City Council meeting Tuesday night, adding it was the "silver bullet" that could keep the clinic from ever opening.

    Peter Breen, an intellectual property lawyer who directs a network of crisis pregnancy centers in Lombard and Downers Grove, is credited with finding the zoning provision, which was confirmed by city officials.

    "Every brick, every sheet of bulletproof glass is illegal," Breen said outside the meeting, punctuated with chants both for and against the clinic by some 500 demonstrators. He added that he intends to seek destruction of the 22,000-square-foot, $7.5 million clinic at New York Street and Oakhurst Drive.

    The clinic, though completed, has been prevented from opening by Aurora officials who have asked the Kane County state's attorney's office to probe whether the permitting process was proper. That review is expected to be completed by Monday and the results will be released to the public next week, Aurora spokeswoman Carie Anne Ergo said.

    Planned Parenthood has acknowledged applying for permits for the clinic under the name of Gemini Office Development LLC, a for-profit subsidiary. It insists it did nothing wrong.

    Sara Knaub, a spokeswoman for the agency, declined to answer questions at the meeting but issued a statement: "Officials from Gemini Development discussed this [special-permit issue] with the city. It was determined that this project did not require a special-use permit," she said.

    "This project was part of a planning and development district whose underlying use was already zoned for medical use. If Gemini needed a special-use permit, the city would never have issued a construction permit without it," the statement said.

    Aurora zoning law requires a special-use permit for a non-profit medical clinic. To acquire such a permit, the applicant must schedule a public hearing, notify property owners within 250 feet of the proposed building and advertise the hearing in a local newspaper, Ergo said.

    None of that happened in this case.

    Vince Tessitore, an Aurora-based attorney who is a critic of the clinic, sent a memo to council members and the state's attorney Tuesday afternoon outlining the special-use permit argument.

    "I am pro-life. If I had a legal basis to overturn Roe v. Wade right now, I would do it," he said of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. "I don't do anything unless I have a legal basis."

    More than 180 people signed up to speak about the clinic at the meeting.

    The council limited debate to 3 hours.

    Bonnie Grabenhofer, president of Illinois NOW, defended the low-visibility approach taken by Planned Parenthood.

    "If they had waved a flag and announced themselves, surely we would have seen harassment and intimidation of construction workers at the clinic, at their homes and at their businesses and perhaps a boycott similar to that in Austin, Texas," she said.

    Ald. Rick Lawrence, a critic of the clinic, said earlier Tuesday that either Planned Parenthood committed fraud, or the city's legal and planning departments are incompetent if they didn't inform Gemini of the permit requirement. In either case, he said, a majority of the City Council has to approve a permit.

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    Aurora BeaconLawyer challenges clinic with zoning code

    September 26, 2007
    By ANDRE SALLES Staff Writer
    AURORA -- Did Planned Parenthood need to apply for a special-use permit before starting up its new clinic?

    That's what one attorney is asking the city. On Tuesday, Aurora-based lawyer Vincent Tessitore, an anti-abortion activist, approached the city with his discovery -- a section of the Aurora zoning code that seems to mandate a special-use permit for health facilities operated by not-for-profit entities.

    Special-use permits require several things, according to Ed Sieben, Aurora's director of land use and zoning. Most notably, they require a public hearing at the plan commission level, for which notification must be sent to all property owners within 250 feet of the facility in question. The special-use permit also needs City Council approval to be granted.


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    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area is a not-for-profit corporation. However, the facility was approved through a subsidiary, Gemini Office Development, a limited liability corporation, and no special-use permit was applied for or granted.
    The code also states that if, during the course of the public hearing, 20 percent or more of the surrounding property owners object to the new health facility, then it takes a super-majority vote of the City Council to grant a special-use permit. That means eight of the 12 council members would need to vote yes.

    Tessitore, who said he was tipped off to this part of the code by Lombard-based lawyer Peter Breen, spoke with Sieben Tuesday.

    "He brought up that section of the zoning code," Sieben said, "and I said it was of interest, and we would review it with the law department."

    Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, told The Beacon News Tuesday night that he hadn't seen that ordinance requiring a special-use permit and city public hearing.

    "We have no idea what he's talking about," Trombley said.

    But Alderman Rick Lawrence, 4th Ward, is convinced that this discovery could prove a turning point in the legal battles over the new facility. He said it could explain one reason why Planned Parenthood came through the city's process under Gemini Office Development -- disclosing the parent company name might have meant a public hearing early in the process.

    City officials cautioned that this is one section of the zoning code, and how it applies to this situation is still unclear.

    However, city spokesman Carie Anne Ergo said that Tessitore's concerns had been forwarded to Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti, who is completing a review of two independent investigations into Planned Parenthood and Gemini Office Development's approval process.

    That review is expected to be wrapped up Friday, and Ergo emphasized that this question would be part of the investigation.

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    Denver Planned Parenthood: sky zero

    If the Aurora Planned Parenthood site in the IL prairielands is ground zero, then the Denver Planned Parenthood site in the Mile High City is sky zero.

    Last month, with a reporter in hot pursuit, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was forced to come clean about its secret purchase of a city block of property and plans to break ground on a 50,000 square foot abortion mill this November

    PP has admitted to several news outlets it went stealth with plans to build in Denver, Aurora, and Portland, OR, to avoid such pro-life boycotts as were undertaken at the Austin, TX, PP mill in 2003, which delayed its opening several months.

    In Denver, pro-lifers are already realizing PP's fears. Two weeks ago they conducted a lit drop in the African-American neighborhood of the proposed PP. Here is what an RH Reality Check columnist called a "lie-packed brochure." Sorry, Jim, it was footnoted, although Jim is likely ticked because one of his inadvertently PP-damning columns is cited in it three times (click to enlarge):


    And every weekend now, pro-lifers are picketing the home of Gary Meggison, senior vp of the Denver PP site's general contractor, the Weitz Company. (Telephone: 303-860-6600, email: gary.meggison@weitz.com)

    CORTL plans to picket Weitz's office beginning tomorrow, which is rented space and should also bother its landlord and fellow tenants.

    Which brings us to the latest pro-abort faux pas. For the contractor picket, CORTL had planned for a Truth Truck with an anti-PP sign to drive around the area.

    But last Saturday night during CORTL's annual banquet, someone stole this mobile billboard off the Truth Truck in the parking lot (click to enlarge):

    The Rocky Mountain News reported yesterday that according to a witness, "a white male grabbed the 15-foot by 7-foot banner... put it in his car and drove away from the Denver Tech Center hotel where the banquet was being held."

    Problem is, that witness got the thief's license plate number. Concluded RMN, "After the theft, a deputy drove several times by the home where the car was registered but no one was home, the sheriff said. An investigator will attempt again today."

    According to Leslie Hanks, CORTL vp, the thief has not yet been apprehended. But he will face felony charges, since the sign's value is over $1,000.

    It will be interesting to see who the thief is and if he is connected to PP of the Rocky Mountains.

    Liberal Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn wrote a piece today tying Aurora, Austin, and Denver together.


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    September 24, 2007
    Aurora: TLN, Pavone, and Brouhoho

    Jeff from ChicagoProLifeActivist has posted a 5-minute video of clips of pastors speaking at the September 15 Jerich March finale. It's just great. See Rev. Johnny Hunter and others - black, white, Catholic, Protestant, and even a biker pastor - speak with passion and cohesiveness.

    Other PP Aurora-related events...

    Tonight

    TLNNow.jpgThe one-hour t.v. show TLN Now! on northeast IL/northwest IN Comcast's Total Living Network will broadcast live tonight at 9:00p and be all about Aurora Planned Parenthood. Eric Scheidler and others will appear. See TLN press release here. See channels here.

    [HT: sibs Laura and Larry]

    High noon tomorrow

    The pro-life movement's beloved Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will join activists at Aurora's nonfunctioning PP at 12p to pray.

    Tomorrow's Aurora City Council meeting and PP Brouhoho

    Get ready to rally! PP's email below (click to enlarge) indicates plans for a brouhoho tomorrow at 5p before the City Council meeting. (Since PP promotes ho-dum, I thought "brouhoho" better to describe the event than "brouhaha.")

    [HT: Brian Burch]

    Reader Nancy emailed that when she signed up early this afternoon to speak at the 6p meeting tomorrow, she was #120 on the list. So it may be another long night. I think we should add to our repertoire of talking points the question why city officials aren't barring PP from the site, per city ordinances.


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    40 Days of freaking the abortion industry out

    The Lufkin Daily News yesterday called it "what may be the largest simultaneous anti-abortion protest in American history." Called 40 Days for Life, it starts this Wednesday in front of an abortion mill near you.

    Numbers in the Bible, like 7, 12, and 666, for example, hold meaning. The number 40's signficance offers the introduction to this 1 minute video about 40 Days for Life:

    Explained LDN:

    The 40 Days for Life event is a nationwide campaign in 90 cities across 33 states....

    The vigil is scheduled for Sept. 26 - Nov. 4.

    The campaign focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, calling for peaceful vigils outside clinics in combination with educational outreach, a campaign press release stated.

    super%20heroes2.jpgHeld once a year since 2004, 40 Days for Life has established a great track record, involving four components: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils in front of abortion mills - around the clock if possible, and a neighborhood door-to-door flyer distribution education drive.

    Its success must be why the abortion industry is gearing up against it.

    Go to Planned Parenthood Houston's website and click on its Superheroes button warning that "extreme protesters are on the horizon!" and you'll open up this page of anti-40 Days for Life opportunities (click to enlarge)....

    Interesting how prayer is "harrass[ment]" and those who pray "extremists." And just what is the "misleading information"? Click here for sample.

    Also interesting is how this huge abortion cartel, which garnered nearly $1 billion last year, perpetually tries to bilk supporters into donating money and time. "Put on your cape," all right, your Dracula deathscort cape.

    Also interesting is PP's attempt to mainstream itself with letter from donor.

    In the LDN article, Lufkin Planned Parenthood's director Michelle Green "said the vigil was no match for Planned Parenthood's 30 years of health care to East Texas families."

    Michelle really shouldn't have said that. I'd steer clear of lightning storms the next 40 days if I were her.


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    SCOOP: $7.5 mil libel lawsuit against Planned Parenthood/Steve Trombley to be filed Tuesday

    breaking.jpgOn behalf of a number of Aurora citizens who took part in the 40 day prayer vigil, Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society will file a $7.5 million lawsuit against Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area and its CEO Steve Trombley Tuesday.

    The lawsuit is in response to Trombley's September 4 letter to Aurora aldermen, which he also sent to the Aurora Beacon....

    In it he included "those who oppose" the PP Aurora facility in his false condemnation of Joe Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League as having a "well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property."

    Trombley further implicated Aurora protesters when he stated in that letter:

    Does it truly come as a surprise, then, that as we complied with all legal and public disclosure requirements, we simultaneously sought to keep this private while the construction was proceeding because the zealots who have been opposing our new facility have a well-documented history of violence and criminal activity?

    According to Brejcha in a phone interview this morning:

    If you look at the letter to aldermen, Trombley included those in Aurora who oppose the clinic in his general smear. Whatever these people are, they are one removed from Scheidler and the League. And the answer on whether Scheidler and the League are violent was answered by the Supreme Court 8-1 and 8-0. Trombley took even that false assertion a step further.

    The lawsuit will be filed in Kane County. The amount corresponds with PP's stated value of its Aurora mill.

    On September 7, Brejcha sent Trombley a letter demanding he retract or face "legal redress."

    Trombley/PP responded by placing a full page ad in the Beacon on September 10 making the same charges, complete with a photo of an arsoned MI Planned Parenthood building.


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    September 21, 2007
    Poll and party

    Poll

    The Naperville Sun is currently running this poll question (right column): "Do you think a Planned Parenthood facility should go into operation on the Naperville-Aurora border?" The poll is running 60-39% in our favor. Go vote!

    UPDATE, 9/24, 7:50a: The poll is still open, and it is running 62-37% in our favor, with 5,225 votes cast so far.

    [HT: moderators MK and jasper]

    Party

    Jeff from ChicagoProLifeActivist reported on the celebration held last night for pray-ers and activists involved in the effort to stop Planned Parenthood Aurora....

    Hundreds filled the Wheatland Community Park in Aurora to give thanks and praise to God and to the volunteers of the Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood. The mood was upbeat and optimistic, with constant talk of that morning's federal court decision that keeps the nearby Planned Parenthood abortion clinic closed for now.

    But an equally constant message was circulating - that the struggle against Planned Parenthood is still underway, and numerous battles await local pro-lifers in the days, weeks, and months following this temporary victory....

    David Bereit, founder of the "40 Days for Life" campaign... gave a rousing talk, informing the crowd that the entire nation has been following and is inspired by our fight against Planned Parenthood. David stated that our victories in Aurora could serve as a "tipping point" in the nation-wide struggle against Planned Parenthood, and called on everyone to pray and fight even harder to rid Aurora of Planned Parenthood and defend life.

    Jeff made a little photo montage of the evening:



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    Will Aurora eject Planned Parenthood from the premises today?

    Planned Parenthood Aurora is conducting business at its Aurora address. Here is its contact info, lifted today from its website (click to enlarge):

    UPDATE, 9/24, 7:55a:: The PP Aurora website is still listing its Aurora address as its business contact....

    In a September 19 letter from Aurora attorney Alayne Weingartz, responding to Aurora attorney Vince Tessitore's previous day's demand that the city bar Planned Parenthood Aurora from the premises upon the September 17 expiration of its temporary occupancy permit, she wrote:

    While this matter is pending before Judge Norgle we will maintain the status quo as to the occupancy of this site until the hearing tomorrow, September 20, 2007.

    Well, it is now the morning after, and PP lost its motion in federal court to open for business before Aurora completed its investigation of PP fraud.

    Tessitore shot off another letter to Weingartz yesterday afternoon (see it below) stating:

    ... the current legal status quo is that occupany of the subject property is unlawful. This is true whether that occupany be the conducting of business or any other physical presence within the building.

    But the Daily Herald reported this morning:

    Steve Trombley, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood, said his staff is training and unpacking.

    City spokesman Carie Anne Ergo said clinic leaders are allowed inside under a "prestock" approval given by the city's building department on Aug. 10.

    Such approval, which won't expire "at this time," allows businesses to pre-stock shelves so they're ready to open, she said. It's what allowed people inside before the clinic was given a temporary occupancy permit on Sept. 16.

    A letter was sent to clinic officials Thursday from the city warning them any activity must be limited to training and equipment setup.

    City inspectors have been sent out to ensure the clinic is not seeing patients, Ergo said.

    Tessitore told me late last night two newspapers calling for comment had repeated that Ergo line to him. He responded, "PP has stated in open court that they are ready to open for business and everything is done. Therefore, they have no reason to be in the building. Since they were complaining about wanting to be open, they're done moving things in."

    Indeed, the Associated Press reported this morning:

    The $7.5 million building stands finished but empty. It was supposed to open Tuesday....

    By its own claims, PP Aurora stands ready to open, and it is actually soliciting business to the clinic address and phone number as well as soliciting business (see left side of contact page) to spite the very city not enforcing the law to eject it.

    After all PP has done to it, Aurora officlals apparently still don't get they're dealing with a vicious, ruthless organization that will never, ever reciprocate benevolence or any demonstration of trepidation whatsoever. PP only sees such as a sign of weakness and will take full advantage of it.

    Click to see enlarged pdf view of second Tessitore letter to Weingartz:

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    September 20, 2007
    New Planned Parenthood Aurora timeline

    court.jpgUPDATED post...

    In federal court today, Planned Parenthood Aurora lost its motion to force the City of Aurora to let it open. Judge Norgle allowed Aurora to complete its investigation into PP's alleged fraud first.

    So what is its timing? According to the Daily Herald, today...

    ... [T]he soonest the controversial center could open is near early October - and that's assuming the city's review shows clinic officials were not deceptive in how they got a permit to build in the first place....

    How did the Herald arrive at that date?

    Aldermen launched their review after abortion opponents claimed Planned Parenthood deceived the city by hiding its true identity in its permit applications....

    But the city's review has hit several bumps: the first and second attorneys chosen by officials have both run into potential conflict of interest issues.

    In the latest twist, Kane County State's Attorney John Barsanti was asked to review the reports of both attorneys.

    Those reports should be in his hands by the end of the week. It'll take another week for Barsanti to review them.

    But it appears PP won't wait, which shouldn't surprise anyone. PP doesn't give up a milimeter of ground without throwing all the PR and attorneys its money can buy to battle against that. While certainly pride is one reason, the larger reason is any loss on any aspect of abortion is a strike against Roe v. Wade, the gateway to PP's deadlihood.

    So in a statement on PP Aurora's website today, PP Chicago CEO Steve Trombley promised to return to court:

    Today's ruling by Judge Norgle means that Planned Parenthood will be back in court to present additional material, facts and information that substantiate our request for an injunction to open....

    We anticipate being back in court shortly, and as per the judge's recommendation, we intend to amend our complaint. Judge Norgle's ruling was very narrow in its scope and he encouraged us to amend our filing and represent our case. In his words, "This case is far from over."

    We are confident that when the additional material is reviewed, our health center will be allowed to open its doors.

    So expect PP to announce a revisit to Judge Norgle before Aurora completes its investigation.

    And what if the City finds PP was deceptive? Stay tuned. Our goal is for neither PP nor any abortion operator to ever inhabit that building.

    [Photo of pro-lifers outside the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago today courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.]


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    Per Judge: Planned Parenthood Aurora CANNOT open

    breaking%20news.jpgPlanned Parenthood Aurora just lost its request in a Chicago federal court to open. More to follow.

    UPDATE, 12:39p: Per Aurora resident and attorney Vince Tessitore, who was present at the hearing: "Planned Parenthood lost. The judge will grant them leave to amend their complaint and try again. They can come back with an amended complaint, which I expect they will do. But for now they're not allowed to open. It's up to the City to let them open."...

    UPDATE, 12:44p: The closing moments of the court hearing from the perspective of Planned Parent Aurora's live blogger in the court room:

    12:05PM: The judge is discussing the argument.

    12:06PM: Now the judge is discussing precedent.

    12:13PM: The judge's tone is negative toward us in this discussion.

    12:18PM: The judge is saying that there is a dearth of evidence showing discrimination and that there was not enough time for a reasonable investigation.

    12:20PM: In its present form, the judge is denying the motion. He is leaving the option open to refile.

    12:22PM: The judge said that by no means is the case over. He said that the delay itself is not of constitutional magnitude, but that could change.

    12:24PM: Court is adjourned. The judge has denied the motion on the ground that we haven't provided enough evidence. We can reapply later when we have more evidence. But for now, the clinic has to remain closed.

    UPDATE, 1:13p: Eric Scheidler just called with a statement:

    This decision is a great victory for life and a great victory for choice, the freedom of choice for the people of Aurora to have a say in the destiny of their town.

    Planned Parenthood is trying to make this all about abortion but not all about abortion. If they don't get what they want, then it's all about abortion rights. But when they are trying to sneak into town, then it's not about abortion, it's about "health care."

    It is significant they chose the name Gemini [for their front company], which means, "twins, two-faced." Everything they've done has been two-faced - with the people, the federal courts, the mayor, the City Council, and, of course, with the the women and girls upon which they prey.

    UPDATE, 1:21p: Vince Tessitore just called with more insights into Judge Norgle's decision:

    I thought the Aurora attorney did a great job. Lance Malina is his name. The case will probably be continued if and when PP files an amended complaint.

    [Thomas More Society attorney]Tom Brejcha today is filing an amicus brief on behalf of myself as an indivudal plaintiff and Fox Valley Families Against PP. It largely includes a 7-page declaration by me that goes into more detail as to why the city is investigating this matter, in other words the fraud committed against PP.

    Specific reasons Judge Norgle denied their motion: PP was suing on equal protection grounds. There are basically two prongs to proving an equal protection case: #1, PP had to prove they were treated differently than other medical clinics in Aurora, and #2 if they did prove that then they had to show Aurora's dissimilar treatment of them was not rationally related to a legitimate governmental purpose. That's the standard.

    PP didn't even get to the second prong. The judge said they failed to meet their burden of proof on the first prong.

    The judge said this wasn't a constitutional issue yet but could become onee. That means PP hasn't proven at all to this point that they're being denied equal protection because they provide abortion services. If they did establish evidence of that, then it could become a constitutional question. The bottom line is they can't establiish a pattern on that because the City of Aurora is looking into this matter because of fraud, not because of abortion services.

    UPDATE, 1:36p: From the Associated Press:

    A federal judge in Chicago today refused to order Aurora officials to allow a Planned Parenthood clinic in their suburb to open.

    U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle says Planned Parenthood needs to provide more proof that it is being discriminated against by local officials. He says the organization's attorneys could do that in future filings.

    The clinic's opening has been delayed by a dispute over whether Planned Parenthood broke any laws when it applied for building permits using the name of 1 of its subsidiaries, Gemini Office Development.

    The city of Aurora commissioned an outside review, but two attorneys were let go over potential conflicts of interest. The city is now awaiting an investigation and advice from the Kane County state's attorney.


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    Zorn: "In defense of Planned Parenthood's deceptions in Aurora"

    My pro-abort sparring friend, columnist Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune, has weighed in on the Aurora Planned Parenthood situation.

    And with a title like this, "In defense of Planned Parenthood's deceptions in Aurora: Sometimes the only way to get fairness will make your foes cry foul," you know madness is coming.

    In fact, when I read Eric's piece about 2a this morning, I found so much wrong with it, I knew I'd never get to sleep if I gave it too much thought. So I closed it up, like a surgeon who has found a body overridden with cancer.

    But I've already received two emails on Eric's column this morning from pro-life friends, so I can tell you're feeling feisty. In fact, John Jansen wrote me, "After reading it, I felt like the mosquito at the nudist colony: I simply don't know where to begin."

    Ok, have at it....

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    Well of course Planned Parenthood representatives didn't tell the truth to Aurora city officials while they were building a new clinic in the western suburb....
    They hid behind the name of a subsidiary company, Gemini Office Development, and were misleadingly vague when asked along the way about the identity of prospective tenants for the $7.5 million facility.

    Their goal was straightforward: To open a reproductive-health clinic on land zoned for such purpose.

    But they had to use a certain amount of stealth because abortion is one of the services Planned Parenthood offers. And foes of abortion rights, longtime losers in the battle for public opinion, traditionally raise all kinds of rukus when Planned Parenthood comes into a community.

    The foes not only picket construction sites, but they also send picketers out to harass subcontractors at their homes and businesses, try to spread alarm and disgust in the immediate neighborhoods and attempt to browbeat civic officials into implementing just the sort of craven, politically motivated delays we're now seeing in Aurora.

    Then when Planned Parenthood is revealed to have tried to prevent such pressure tactics by using a little creative subterfuge, the opponents of abortion-rights carry on indignantly, as though the deceptions were an effort to skirt the law.

    In fact, the deceptions are an effort by Planned Parenthood to be sure the law is followed -- to be sure their plans and proposals are considered as though they came from an organization engaged in lawful activity. Which, in fact, they do.

    But in order to get that sort of fair treatment, bitter experience tells them they have to skirt the notice of those in the community who feel compelled to try to impose on everyone their opposition to abortion.

    That view is deeply held, but poll after poll shows that, even after all the picketing and haranguing and hurling of moral opprobrium in the last 34 years, roughly 2 out of 3 Americans still support Roe v. Wade -- the 1973 decision establishing a woman's constitutional right to choose to have an early-term abortion (see polling data).

    Aurora is turning into an object lesson: City officials, who cheerfully signed off on plans for the 22,000 square-foot clinic and who have known of the Gemini/Planned Parenthood connection since at least the last week of July when local papers and the Tribune broke the story, have been in a complete dither in recent weeks since abortion foes have been trying to turn the town into the epicenter of this never-ending national debate

    In a skittish collapse in the face of pressure from activists, the Aurora City Council ordered an independent review of the legality of the tactics Planned Parenthood employed to fly under the radar. And even though there's precious little to review -- this isn't a complicated case with reams of documents to pore over, after all, but a simple tale of misdirection -- the alleged probe has dragged unaccountably on and on.

    Tuesday, as if to underscore exactly why Planned Parenthood can't be as upfront as Best Buy or Wal-Mart when it comes to a town, Aurora officials used the excuse of this ongoing investigation to prevent the clinic from opening on schedule.

    Thursday, lawyers for Planned Parenthood and for Aurora will appear in front of U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle, who is expected to rule on Planned Parenthood's request for an injunction to allow the clinic to open.

    The irony here is that Planned Parenthood, with its broad menu of low-cost services that also includes contraceptive counseling, pregnancy testing, adoption referrals and disease screening, almost certainly does more to lower the overall number of abortions (by providing the birth control that blocks unwanted pregnancies) and to save lives than all of the protests, prayer vigils and campaigns of harassment by its enemies put together.

    Do you disagree? Then resolve to fight fair in the arenas of politics, law and public opinion. Until then, stop crying foul.


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    Planned Parenthood's court papers for Thursday

    scales.bmpI posted the City of Aurora's court documents filed in opposition to Planned Parenthood's motion for a preliminary injunction to open despite Aurora's ongoing investigation into its deceptive practices.

    Now, here are Planned Parenthood's.

    The case will be heard today in federal court in Chicago before Judge Norgle at 10a.

    Notice
    Motion
    Steve Trombley supplemental declaration

    The last is most intriguing. It contains in Exhibit 2 (pages 7-18) a series of emails and a phone log for February 20-March 6 that seem to show contact was made between Steve Trombley and an Auroran official named Bill Wyatt. They also seem to show contact was made with Mayor Tom Weisner. It will be interesting to see this shake out.

    The emails also seem syrupy Eddie Haskell fake, but that's an aside.

    UPDATE, 7:27a: Bill Wyatt is Bill Wiet, Mayor Weisner's current chief of staff and then-community development director [HT: OpenlineBlog.com]

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    Planned Parenthood investigation widens to criminal probe

    steve%20jail4.jpgFrom the Chicago Tribune, late tonight:

    Clinic battle intensifies in Aurora

    Mayor seeks criminal probe of permit process
    By James Kimberly | Tribune staff reporter
    10:41 PM CDT, September 19, 2007

    The Kane County state's attorney has been asked to see whether Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area committed any crimes in how it obtained a permit to build a clinic on the city's east side.

    The request came from the City of Aurora and escalates an already contentious battle over a planned abortion clinic from a mainly procedural and civil dispute into a potential criminal one.

    This would seem to me to impact the federal court hearing later this morning on PP's request to force Aurora to let it open.

    Read complete article on page 2.

    UPDATE, 11:58a: From an Auroran source: "[D]on't be excited about [the criminal review]. It could a ploy by Weisner to say there wasn't anything 'criminal' found, so case closed. The fact he is in favor of John Barsanti is very suspicious since Barsanti endorsed [City Council member Richard] Irvin for mayor. That would be more of a conflict than what Weisner complained about before."

    [Photo of Planned Parenthood Chicago CEO Steve Trombley courtesy of me]

    www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-auroraclinic_20_bothsep20,1,4605157.story

    Chicago Tribune
    Clinic battle intensifies in Aurora
    Mayor seeks criminal probe of permit process
    By James Kimberly

    Tribune staff reporter

    12:10 AM CDT, September 20, 2007

    The Kane County state's attorney has been asked to see whether Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area committed any crimes in how it obtained a permit to build a clinic on the city's east side.

    The request came from the City of Aurora and escalates an already contentious battle over a planned abortion clinic from a mainly procedural and civil dispute into a potential criminal one.

    Kane State's Atty. John Barsanti said he was called Tuesday by Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and asked to review the findings of two independent investigations into how Planned Parenthood got permits from the city.

    "He wanted me to look to see if there were any criminal actions involved. That's what I would do normally," said Barsanti, who would not speculate on what kind of criminal activity he might find in the reports.

    The attorney representing Planned Parenthood said Wednesday the organization had done nothing illegal.

    "We're not aware of anything we've done wrong, nor has anyone reached out to us," said Christopher Wilson. "I'm extremely surprised and disappointed at that turn."

    The City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area will appear in U.S. District Court Thursday morning when U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle is expected to rule on Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction.

    Planned Parenthood requested the injunction last week after being notified that the city would not allow it to open the clinic at Oakhurst Drive and New York Street until the city completed its investigations. The clinic had been scheduled to open Tuesday.

    Planned Parenthood applied for permits to build a $7.5 million, 22,000-square-foot clinic, one of the organization's largest in the nation, under the name of a subsidiary, Gemini Office Development LLC. Planned Parenthood said it applied for the permits as Gemini to avoid alerting anti-abortion protesters to the construction project.

    Planned Parenthood's involvement in the project was revealed in July, and soon after, the construction site became the scene of around-the-clock protests. Six-hundred people protested at the clinic Saturday and 30 people protested there Wednesday, Aurora police said.

    The city originally had asked Chicago attorney Richard Martens to conduct an investigation into the accuracy of documents submitted and testimony given by Gemini officials. After objections to Martens, the city asked another attorney to investigate. Then objections were raised regarding that attorney. Both attorneys had started their reports but had not finished them, according to Weisner spokeswoman Carie Anne Ergo.

    Barsanti said he has not yet received the reports.

    Ergo said the city expects to receive reports from both attorneys by week's end and will turn them over to Barsanti. Ergo said the city does not intend to let the clinic open until Barsanti has reviewed the findings.

    Copyright 2007, Chicago Tribune


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    Nationwide ramifications

    washington.jpgIn the middle of a left-slanted-but-hey-it's-publicity Washington Post article, today:

    In recent years, antiabortion groups have also raised permit or zoning issues or organized boycotts to try to stop clinics in New York, Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire and Iowa, according to Planned Parenthood.

    But the Aurora battle is the most contentious and involving one of the largest facilities yet. The result is likely to have ramifications for both sides' tactics nationwide.

    Read entire article on page 2.

    [Photo courtesy of the Washington Post]

    Washington Post
    Inquiry Stalls Abortion Clinic
    Activists Say Planned Parenthood Deceived Officials in Ill. City

    By Kari Lydersen
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, September 20, 2007; A08

    AURORA, Ill. -- When Planned Parenthood wanted to open an abortion clinic in this Chicago suburb, its construction contractor opted not to disclose the purpose of the building when applying for city building permits.

    Now, antiabortion activists are seeking to block the clinic on the grounds that Planned Parenthood deceived city officials.

    Planned Parenthood spokespeople say the organization followed "the letter of the law" but acknowledge it tried to keep the clinic's identity under wraps during the permitting process because of a growing trend of abortion opponents using municipal zoning and permitting regulations to try to block clinics from opening. When Gemini Office Development, the contractor for the site, applied for permits for the 22,000-square-foot space, it at one point listed the tenant as "unknown" on city documents.

    After the Chicago Tribune published an article in July revealing the identity of the building's tenants, protests erupted. Opponents of abortion rights launched a 40-day, 24-hour sit-in outside the building, and more than 100 of the activists spoke at an Aug. 28 City Council meeting.

    In the face of the protests and charges of deception, city officials declined to issue a permanent occupancy permit pending an investigation. CarieAnne Ergo, a spokeswoman for Aurora, called the allegations "fairly serious" and said the mayor and council "felt they needed an independent third party to determine whether city processes were followed and if not, what the city's recourse is."

    In recent years, antiabortion groups have also raised permit or zoning issues or organized boycotts to try to stop clinics in New York, Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire and Iowa, according to Planned Parenthood. But the Aurora battle is the most contentious and involving one of the largest facilities yet. The result is likely to have ramifications for both sides' tactics nationwide.

    In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Sept. 13, Planned Parenthood argued that the city was making the permitting process political, and treating them differently than other businesses. A federal judge will decide Thursday whether the $7.5 million clinic can open on Friday, or remain closed pending an investigation into the permitting process.

    Steve Trombley, Planned Parenthood Chicago Area president, argues that the investigation is biased in favor of antiabortion groups, because it is being carried out by a lawyer who formerly represented the local Republican Party and who was chosen by a City Council member publicly opposed to the clinic. The first investigator appointed by the Aurora mayor was removed after antiabortion groups complained that he had ties to a law firm that represented the city.

    "Our position is this process is entirely politicized, entirely tainted, and really doing a disservice to our organization and the city of Aurora," Trombley said. "They've created an arbitrary process in response to our opponents, when we are offering a service that is constitutionally legal in America."

    The protests have been spearheaded by a Chicago-based group called the Pro-Life Action League.

    "A bunch of people's homes surround this location," said the league's executive director, Ann Scheidler. "They have a right to know what's going on there. Not only is abortion contentious, but there will be demonstrations all the time. Do people want to live with that? There were no public hearings like there would be with a bar opening where neighbors could say, 'I don't want this in my neighborhood. '"

    The city got a court injunction to stop a planned Sept. 15 hours-long march through the residential area around the clinic. A federal judge ruled the protest, which drew about 800 people, could take place on a more limited scale.

    Planned Parenthood says the Aurora clinic is sorely needed in a region with low access to reproductive health services and high rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy. The Alan Guttmacher Institute ranks Illinois 46th nationwide in access to contraceptive services. With a fast-increasing population of more than 157,000, including about one-third Latino immigrants, Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois.

    "Throughout this entire controversy -- even being ground zero in the abortion debate -- we've had people calling downtown to get appointments," Trombley said. "The fact that people are trying desperately to get appointments even in the midst of this speaks volumes to the need in this community."


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    Selective enforcement

    Aurora attorney and resident Vince Tessitore received the following letter today in response to his letter to the City of Aurora yesterday demanding that it enforce ordinances against Planned Parenthood for unlawfully occupying its mill after its temporary occupancy permit expired Monday.

    Tessitore used the word "occupancy" twice, and "occupy," "occupying," and "occupation" each once. He couldn't have been more specific on what matter he wished addressed except had he added "occupied," "occupier," or "occupationality" perhaps.

    Yet Aurora corporation attorney Alayne Weingartz responded that she would check whether PP had opened for business, a poorly disguised blow-off.

    Meanwhile, Aurora police harrass pro-lifers if they sneeze on Planned Parenthood air space.

    Click to see enlarged pdf view:

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    Why wasn't Planned Parenthood Aurora's nonopening party busted?

    Roger from FamiliesAgainstPlannedParenthood.org took photos of Planned Parenthood Aurora's nonopening party last night, with, of course, pro-lifers were on hand to also celebrate.

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    See more photos on page 2.

    Meanwhile, the Aurora Beacon reported today....

    City officials said Tuesday they will not ask Planned Parenthood's staff to vacate their East New York Street building, despite the expiration of their temporary occupancy permit Monday.

    "At this point, the city has opted to maintain the status quo," said city spokesman Carie Anne Ergo.

    Ergo said ordinarily, a building owner in violation of the occupancy permit ordinance would be asked to vacate, and most comply willingly. If they do not, the city usually seeks a court order to remove them.

    However, since this case is already before a judge, Ergo said the city has decided to leave things as they are for now. Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area filed last week for an emergency preliminary injunction that would have allowed their new facility to open Monday....

    Aurora-based lawyer Vincent Tessitore wrote a letter to city staffers Tuesday, demanding the city enforce its ordinances. Tessitore said he got no response.

    But as Eric Scheidler just pointed out in an email alert:

    AT THE VERY SAME TIME, the police are out there telling us we can't have memorial crosses and signs -- in direct contradiction of an agreement reached August 30 with the City's attorneys.

    And last Friday, the City even went so far as to try to get a federal court to block our prayer walk, calling it a "residential picket"!

    They're doing everything they can to construe the City Ordinances so as to limit our Free Speech Rights, but letting Planned Parenthood illegally occupy a building!

    Eric is requesting Aurora residents call, email, and fax Mayor Tom Weisner now to cry foul, telling him to enforce the law against Planned Parenthood.

    Mayor's Tel: 630-844-3612
    Mayor's E-mail: mayorsoffice@aurora-il.org
    Mayor's Fax: 630-892-8967

    Then call, e-mail and fax City Attorney Alayne Weingartz with the same message:

    City Attorney Tel: 630-844-4777
    City Attorney Fax: 630-844-4737
    City Attorney E-mail: aweingartz@aurora-il.org

    OpenLineBlog.com added this observation:

    Not sure if this means that any building owner will have the same opportunity in the future or if this means occupancy permits are a formality, but city spokesgirl Carie Ergo has been AWOL for comment.

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    Planned Parenthood Aurora's hot pink barbed wire

    Planned Parenthood Federation CEO Cecile Richards sent out an email alert late yesterday afternoon retreading soundbites from previous emails and asking again to donations for Aurora PP's hot pink ribbon campaign:

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    But there were no hot pink ribbons to be seen anywhere at the mill when I attended the Jericho March protest Saturday.

    I asked Jeff from ChicagoProLifeActivist about it. He said PP displayed tiny hot pink ribbons on strings for awhile that actually made it look like the mill was fortressed by hot pink barbed wire, but PP took them down.

    Rats, I thought. Would have loved to see that.

    Well, I just spotted photos of the pink barbed wire on Planned Parenthood Aurora's website:

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    Indeed!

    [HT: Brian Burch for the PP email and moderator MK for telling me about PP Aurora's website]

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    Planned Parenthood's idea of public disclosure

    Jeff at ChicagoProLifeActivist did some sleuthing yesterday. Jeff created all graphics and photos on this post.

    Steve Trombley, Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area's CEO, has been saying lately that while PP admittedly hid its ownership of the Aurora abortion mill by creating a front advance company, still PP was forthcoming.

    Two examples of Trombley before:

    "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area.... "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening... and, at this point, I don't anticipate anything will stop that from happening." ~ Chicago Tribune, July 27
    [Trombley] said that Gemini, a limited liability partnership, was set up to mask Planned Parenthood's involvement to keep protesters away while the $7.5-million clinic was being built. "It should be evident... why we did that," Trombley said. "This land was zoned for medical services. The city didn't ask what type of medical services." ~ Los Angeles Times, August 31

    And Trombley after (click to enlarge):

    What about this "newspaper notification"and "public hearing" that "they made public"?

    Jeff discovered the newspaper notification was posted by the IL Finance Authority, not PP, and in the Chicago Sun-Times - a newspaper 40 miles from Aurora - on April 20 on page 74 with PP/Gemini's names buried....

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    Furthermore, there is absolutely no reason the City of Aurora would be sensitive to an IFA meeting, which was not actually a "public hearing." If it were indeed a "public hearing," PP would have had to post newspaper notices of the hearing in the community involved, send notices to neighbors surrounding the site, and post signage on its property alerting the community of the hearing.

    If PP actually wants a community to know something, it recently demonstrated it knows how. Here is the full page "pro-lifers are violent" ad PP placed September 10 in the Aurora Beacon (with its logo prominently displayed) next to that IFA public notice:

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    The fact is, Trombley is lying again. PP had nothing to do with any public disclosure, microscopic as it was. As Jeff indicated, the only reason PP gambled to risk explosure was to get a discounted loan.


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    September 18, 2007
    Aurora's court papers for Thursday

    scales.bmpHere are the papers Aurora attorneys filed today in opposition to Planned Parenthood's motion for preliminary injunction, to be heard Thursday before Judge Norgle in federal court at 10a.

    Defendant's response

    Affidavit, Alayne Wiengartz, Aurora corporate attorney

    Planned Parenthood vs. City of Manchester

    I'm interested in opinions on the strength of the response by legal eagles in the crowd.

    [HT: Tom Brejcha]

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    Aurora Planned Parenthood plans "meet and greet" tonight

    An email alert from Planned Parenthood Federation that pro-lifer Brian Burch received last night (click to enlarge):

    I wonder what they'll serve. Baby back ribs? Kiddie cocktails?

    I'm sure pro-lifers can help PP devise a menu.

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    Aurora: ground zero

    From the Chicago Tribune, today (read entire story on page 2):

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    ... Seldom do opponents and supporters of abortion rights agree across one of the nation's most contentious political divides. But as Planned Parenthood fights to open a 22,000-square-foot clinic in Aurora this week, both sides concur that this city of 170,000 is a pivotal battleground on the national stage.

    "It is playing out very big across the country," said American Life League Vice President Jim Sedlak, who travels extensively, seeking ways to shut down abortion providers. "Aurora has shown the pro-life community that given the right set of circumstances, they can get thousands of people out, and now everyone wants to do that."...

    In a recent e-mail to supporters, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president, highlighted the struggle in Aurora.

    "Something amazing is happening. Right now, this very moment," Richards wrote. "Ground zero in the fight for women's access to reproductive health care just landed in a town in the middle of America."...

    Eric Scheidler, an Aurora resident and spokesman for the Pro-Life Action League, says he has been inundated with calls for advice from allies in Georgia, Florida, New York, Oregon and throughout the Midwest.

    "I've never seen an issue that galvanized the pro-life community like this," Scheidler said. "Trying to get even 40 people to get out to an abortion picket is like pulling teeth. I'm getting 100, 200, 300 people, day after day."...

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    Chicago Tribune
    Abortion fight's epicenter is Aurora
    Both sides use new clinic to rally causes
    By Russell Working and James Kimberly

    11:19 PM CDT, September 17, 2007

    When Planned Parenthood announced in August that it soon would break ground on a $4.2 million clinic in Denver, a group called Colorado Right to Life looked to Illinois for inspiration in fighting the arrival of an abortion provider.

    And when the national head of Planned Parenthood sought to drum up support in a recent e-mail, she called the group's Aurora clinic "ground zero in the fight for women's access to reproductive health care."

    Seldom do opponents and supporters of abortion rights agree across one of the nation's most contentious political divides. But as Planned Parenthood fights to open a 22,000-square-foot clinic in Aurora this week, both sides concur that this city of 170,000 is a pivotal battleground on the national stage.

    "It is playing out very big across the country," said American Life League Vice President Jim Sedlak, who travels extensively, seeking ways to shut down abortion providers. "Aurora has shown the pro-life community that given the right set of circumstances, they can get thousands of people out, and now everyone wants to do that."

    Aurora police said 600 people protested outside the Aurora clinic Saturday, and a month ago a protest at the site drew more than 1,000. The numbers also have caught the attention of those who support abortion rights.

    In a recent e-mail to supporters, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president, highlighted the struggle in Aurora.

    "Something amazing is happening. Right now, this very moment," Richards wrote. "Ground zero in the fight for women's access to reproductive health care just landed in a town in the middle of America."

    Such clinics are more commonly found in urban areas, but, Richards said, Planned Parenthood is opening more suburban locations, or health centers, where it recognizes a need for services.

    Eric Scheidler, an Aurora resident and spokesman for the Pro-Life Action League, says he has been inundated with calls for advice from allies in Georgia, Florida, New York, Oregon and throughout the Midwest.

    "I've never seen an issue that galvanized the pro-life community like this," Scheidler said. "Trying to get even 40 people to get out to an abortion picket is like pulling teeth. I'm getting 100, 200, 300 people, day after day."

    On Monday, a federal judge put the clinic's scheduled opening on hold.

    Planned Parenthood officials had asked U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle to issue a court order allowing the clinic to open Tuesday as planned. Aurora officials have declined to grant Planned Parenthood an occupancy permit, saying they need time to investigate how the agency obtained construction permits.

    Planned Parenthood applied for permits to build a medical office building under the name of a subsidiary, Gemini Office Development LLC. Planned Parenthood insists Gemini had been truthful when it told city officials the office tenant was unknown because at that time it had not been decided which Planned Parenthood entity would occupy the building.

    Aurora has appointed an independent attorney to investigate whether any local laws were broken. A temporary occupancy certificate the city issued on Aug. 16 expired Monday.

    Planned Parenthood attorney Christopher Wilson said the city was putting extra and unconstitutional hurdles in the clinic's path.

    "Once the political firestorm started we were singled out for differential treatment," Wilson argued Monday. "There simply is no other reason."

    Aurora attorney Lance Malina said the city just wants time to complete its investigation.

    Norgle continued the case until Thursday to give both sides time to present more evidence. Planned Parenthood Chicago Area president Steve Trombley said the clinic would open Friday morning if Norgle rules in its favor.

    In the meantime, Trombley said Planned Parenthood has been contacting women who had scheduled appointments for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and either arranging for them to visit another Planned Parenthood clinic in the area or rescheduling the appointment. Trombley said no abortion procedures were scheduled for Tuesday but some were scheduled for later in the week.

    "These are people who need to get health care and need to get health care in a timely manner. We're doing everything we can to get open so we can provide services for them," Trombley said.

    Opponents agree that Planned Parenthood's secrecy in building the clinic helped fuel anger.

    Planned Parenthood's Richards said "it has been a while" since there were anti-abortion protests of the scale seen recently in Aurora.

    "All of us are fearful this is going back to the bad old days where women really were harassed going to health-care clinics. It's not a good sign," Richards said.

    In Denver, abortion opponents took inspiration from the broad-ranging tactics of the Aurora movement, said Rev. Bob Enyart, spokesman for Colorado Right to Life.

    The Denver clinic initially planned its clinic under another company's name but announced in August that it would open the clinic next year. The announcement had nothing to do with the situation in Aurora, said Leslie Durgin, a Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains senior vice president.

    "We decided that for our community, which is very different from Aurora, Ill., we'd pursue a different strategy and that was tell the community what we're doing," Durgin said.

    The Denver organizers, seeking to initiate a movement similar to Aurora's, pulled together a group of pastors who brainstormed ways to resist the clinic.

    "It was the momentum, the encouragement, from Aurora, Ill., rising up in anger and doing something," Enyart said.

    He said the group would focus on protesting at the homes of construction executives planning to build the Denver clinic, which is scheduled for a November groundbreaking.

    Johnny Hunter, president of the Life Education And Resource Network in Fayetteville, N.C.—which bills itself as "the largest African-American, evangelical pro-life ministry in the United States"—said the Aurora protests have caught the attention of black abortion opponents in his state.

    "I'm involved in it because . . . children are dying, and it's affecting the black community worse than anybody else," he said.

    Groups that support abortion rights also are spreading the word to their members.

    Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers, said word about the battle in Aurora was posted on the group's Web site, and information about it was included in the newsletter.

    "We want to make sure that people are aware of the tactic, that they are able to support the clinic, that they are able to defeat such tactics in their own communities," Saporta said.

    Jill Stanek, an anti-abortion blogger with a nationwide following based in south suburban Mokena, says Planned Parenthood stirred up a hornet's nest not only because of its secrecy, but also by building in an area touched by three Roman Catholic jurisdictions from which abortion protesters could be recruited.

    "They have brought all this on themselves and created a perfect storm," she said. "More people are participating in this than we've seen in decades."

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    jkimberly@tribune.com

    Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune


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    Aurora Beacon: "Former official knew Planned Parenthood was coming to city"

    weisner.jpgWhat I get from this story is that Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner had something to be nervous about, which may be why he at first to appoint an independent investigator into Gemini/Planned Parenthood fraud who was a "friendly."

    That aside, this story further corroborates PP's deceptiveness. PP called a city official to express "interest[] in relocating their offices from Naperville to Aurora" - when PP already owned the office building in question, and it was near completion? If the story as outlined by the Beacon is true, this only strengthens Aurora's case that PP/Gemini practiced deception against it.

    In the Aurora Beacon, today....

    Planned Parenthood's new facility on East New York Street was approved by the city of Aurora under the name Gemini Office Development. Gemini is the name on all the permit applications, and the name given by representatives at city meetings.

    But city staffers now say that a Planned Parenthood representative did contact the city earlier this year, using the company's more familiar name, and spoke with then-Community Development Director Bill Wiet.

    Wiet, who was named chief of staff to Mayor Tom Weisner [photo right] in June, called all of the city aldermen last week to tell them his story. He has also shared it with attorney Phillip Luetkehans, the man conducting an independent investigation of Planned Parenthood's approval process.

    The new facility was approved in November of 2006, though its true occupant was not revealed until July of this year. Some have charged that the company was deceptive, and Weisner ordered the investigation under pressure from anti-abortion activists, upset over plans to perform abortions at the clinic.

    Wiet said Monday that he received a call in late February from "someone at Planned Parenthood," interested in relocating their offices from Naperville to Aurora. He said the representative asked to set up a meeting with the mayor, so Wiet referred the matter to Weisner's office.

    Planned Parenthood officials could not be reached Monday for confirmation or comment.

    At the time, Gemini Office Development's building on New York Street was under construction, and Wiet said he quickly drew a connection, although he didn't know then that Gemini is a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood.

    "I surmised that the site they were talking about might be the one on New York Street," Wiet said. "I knew that there was a medical office building under construction, and I thought that might be where they were looking to go."

    City spokesman Carie Anne Ergo confirmed that the mayor's office received Wiet's referral, and said that several attempts were made over the next 10 weeks to contact Planned Parenthood for a meeting. The calls were not returned, she said, and the matter was filed away with no further contact.

    Ergo said that no one else in the mayor's office, save for administrative staff, was aware that the meeting request had been made.

    Wiet emphasized that he has never met anyone from Planned Parenthood, and the meetings were never scheduled. As community development director, he said, he received such calls "all the time," and said he followed the proper procedures for setting up a meeting.

    Still, he said he felt it best to provide the information to the independent investigator, and also to the aldermen.

    "This was all after the zoning, the permits, and after construction commenced," he said. "But turning the clock back, if we had met (in February), we might have known (about Planned Parenthood) earlier in the process."


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    September 17, 2007
    #1 story Fox Chicago: Aurora Planned Parenthood

    Look quick. The Aurora Planned Parenthood saga is the lead story on the Fox News Chicago site right now. Eric Scheidler has something important to say. Go watch the news clip.

    You'll see in that clip PP CEO Steve Trombley has found another straw to grasp. Even though Gemini and PP deceived the City of Aurora about the intended occupant of its building, Steve says the City should have known by the looks of the plans.

    FNC is also asking this poll question: "Would you want a Planned Parenthood clinic in your neighborhood?" Go vote. On right side of home page.

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    UPDATE, 9/18, 7:23a: Well, I told you to look quick. The Aurora PP saga is now rotating as top story (which is still good). It can be viewed here, where you can also still vote on the poll, which has been running 70-75% against PP. The story is actually very fair. I even think Trombley weakened PP's credibility even further via this story.

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    Deconstructing Planned Parenthood/Gemini cover-up II: Lies about financing

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    From the Aurora Beacon, July 29:

    Trombley said those threats [of protests] won't affect progress on the $7.5 million project.... He said $5 million already has been raised for the project, with the remainder coming from donations as well.

    "The more protesters out in front, the faster we'll probably raise it," he said.

    Speaking was Steve Trombley, Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area's CEO.

    There's also this in the Chicago Tribune, July 27....

    "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area.... "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening... and, at this point, I don't anticipate anything will stop that from happening."

    The $7.5 million facility at 240 N. Oakhurst Drive... is scheduled to open Sept. 18.... Private donors contributed $5 million toward its construction.

    But on May 8, 2007, PP's Teri Huyck, Chief Operating Officer, and Cheryl Harris, Chief Financial Officer, attended an Illinois Finance Authority meeting requesting that it affirm PP as nonprofit so PP could secure a $10 million loan at a 1% reduction to finance the Aurora project, refinance loans on two Chicago PP facilities, and renovate several others.

    I have cut and pasted the portion relevant to this discussion below. You can view the entire document here. Click to enlarge:

    This document shows Steve Trombley lied when he told both the Beacon and Trib that $5 million had been raised through private donations for the Aurora project. Actually, only $1,550,000 was raised from only two sources.

    But that's really a minor point, merely demonstrating Trombley's propensity to lie.

    The more critical point is this: Eight weeks ago, Trombley was pretending to the world that 2/3 of the money needed for the Aurora project was in-pocket, "with the remainder coming from donations," according to the Aurora Beacon.

    Trombley's story has signficantly changed in the last two weeks. Now he is touting that IFA meeting and a public notice PP/Gemini apparently placed in the Chicago Sun-Times (in a city 40 miles from Aurora - why not the Auroa Beacon or Daily Herald?) as a demonstration PP/Gemini were forthcoming about their relationship. He has stated this numerous times in the press, and from his September 4 letter to Aurora aldermen:

    I want to assure you that Planned Parenthood was open and truthful throughout the extensive permitting process and continues to welcome the cooperation of the City of Aurora.
    Our corporate and financial documents were explicit about the involvement of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area....

  • The tax-exempt bond financing for the project through the Illinois Development Finance Authority required a public hearing and further public disclosures of Planned Parenthood's involvement in this project. Planned Parenthood obtained tax-exempt financing, and complied with the additional public disclosures this process required, even though it could have easily financed the project privately with little or no public disclosures.
  • But it is clear Trombley tried to publicly hide the fact PP financed the Aurora project until very recently.

    The financial trail linking Gemini to Planned Parenthood was scant to start, but even so, Trombley tried to throw everyone off that trail, whether intentionally or simply because he's a gas bag. Whatever, that's what he acccomplished.

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    Planned Parenthood's Day of Prayer

    A full page ad featuring 21 "religious leaders" called for a "Day of Prayer" yesterday in the Aurora Beacon, Chicago Tribune, and Daily Herald. The ad stated it was "Paid for by Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area."

    So we had dueling clergy in the newspaper yesterday, because 121 pro-life clergy from churches in the Aurora Planned Parenthood area also took out a full page ad in the Aurora Beacon and Naperville Sun.

    I scanned the entire ad in sections and pieced it together, but it's not clear. (Click to enlarge.)

    So following is the enlarged message and enlarged list of signers. (Click both to enlarge.)....

    We already know Randall Doubet-King is a PP board member.

    I found Rev. Larry Greenfield is a PP "consultant."

    A person of interest to my Catholic friends would be Donna Quinn, a feminist Dominican nun, who achieved infamy in Chicago Catholic circles in 2005 for breaking a communion wafer just handed her by a priest at Holy Name Cathedral and handing half to a Rainbow Sash homosexual protester.

    Poking around a little, I found most members of this group are long-standing allies of PP and its agenda, such as promoting comprehensive sex ed, fighting religious hospitals that do not want to distribute the morning-after pill, etc. This is apparently the usual list of suspects PP calls on when it wants to put a collar around abortion.

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    Time Magazine: "The Abortion Wars Hit Illinois"

    This was just published by Time Magazine an hour ago:

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    In Illinois today, a federal judge is expected to hear an intriguing argument in the abortion debate. At issue: Is Aurora, Ill., a city of nearly 175,000 about an hour's drive west of Chicago, trying to stop Tuesday's scheduled opening of the nation's largest Planned Parenthood clinic because of political pressure from anti-abortion activists? Or was the clinic's true nature - that is, its Planned Parenthood genesis - not readily apparent to city officials when they originally approved permits for the building? Or is it a bit of both? The case is already one of the most heated in the nation's grassroots abortion wars, and protests in Aurora this past weekend drew hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators....

    (Continue reading story on page 2.)

    UPDATE, 4p: On this point in the Time article, "The group [PP] says abortions accounted for 3% of its services nationally last year," here is this direct quote from PP Chicago CEO Steve Trombley, from the Aurora Beacon, July 29:

    "There's a need for this service," Trombley said, citing Aurora's population boom and burgeoning populations in Kane and surrounding counties. "Ninety percent of medical services are for preventative gynecological services. Only 10 percent of what we do relates to abortion services."

    The story began last winter, when Gemini Office Development LLC applied to build a 22,000-square-foot clinic on land zoned for medical use. The design's details included surgical rooms and various security features, such as bullet-proof glass. Construction proceeded. In July, however, local newspapers reported that Gemini is, in fact, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood's local branch. Still, in August, the city routinely issued a temporary permit allowing the $7.5 million clinic to open on Sept. 18 with just two relatively minor provisions: install more exit signs, as well as glass at service counters. There seemed to be little legal questions about it at the time: it is normal for commercial concerns to use subsidiaries to conduct business and set up offices.

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    Of course, Planned Parenthood is not just a company. And abortion opponents in this historically conservative suburb abutting cornfields were outraged. An assortment of groups, including churches, organized around-the-clock protests outside the clinic, which is tucked between a supermarket, a Blockbuster Video, and a cluster of upscale homes. The debate embroiled this city as has few other issues: City council meetings began drawing hundreds of abortion opponents.

    And so, amid the outcry over alleged inconsistencies in the application and testimony of Planned Parenthood's executives, Aurora city officials announced on Aug. 30 that the clinic's opening would depend on a fresh review of its building permit. "These concerns were raised once this became high-profile, and people began looking back at the process," says Carie Anne Ergo, the city's spokeswoman. Last Wednesday, the city told Planned Parenthood it "had no intention of allowing you to open for business," according to court documents. On Thursday Sept 13, Planned Parenthood responded with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court attempting to block the city's efforts to stop the clinic's opening, saying it was rooted in discrimination because the clinic would perform abortions.

    Shortly after dawn on Saturday, hundreds of abortion opponents arrived at the clinic, which many people on all sides of the debate have started calling "Ground Zero." Some simply prayed on the sidewalk behind the clinic. Many carried signs reading, KEEP ABORTIONS OUT OF AURORA. Cheryl Hartnett, a 52-year-old Aurora retiree, said her "heart broke" when she learned the clinic is owned by Planned Parenthood. "There will be political consequences" for city officials, she warned Saturday, surrounded by a clutch of protesters. Meanwhile, people who live in the homes near the clinic are fearful of potential violence. For much of the weekend, police officers stood guard in front of the entrance to a subdivision behind the clinic.

    In an interview, Steve Trombley, CEO of Planned Parenthood's Chicago branch, said his group initially used Gemini to shield the building's contractors and employees from harassment. "I was surprised our opponents didn't figure us out sooner - they monitor our every move," he said Saturday, standing in the clinic's spare, manila-colored lobby. "We answered every question the city asked. This is about political pressure form anti-abortion group," he said of efforts to block the clinic's opening. Abortion opponents say they could recall few cases in which Planned Parenthood used subsidiaries to open clinics. A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said the use of subsidiaries to open clinics isn't part of a new national strategy, and that "affiliates use different approaches to meet the health care needs of communities."

    Last year, Planned Parenthood provided birth control to about 2.5 million patients nationwide. The group says abortions accounted for 3% of its services nationally last year. Elsewhere in the country, abortion opponents have opened so-called crisis pregnancy centers, often next to Planned Parenthood clinics, to persuade women headed for abortions to reconsider the procedure.

    In Aurora, abortion opponents promise their protests will continue even as Planned Parenthood says at least a dozen patients have made appointments for Tuesday. Across the city, meanwhile, the clinic seems to dominate conversation. "I'm shocked we're involved in the middle of this," Rick Lawrence, a city alderman, says.

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    Front page LATimes today: "For Kansas abortion doctor, pressure mounts"

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    1. Tiller faces criminal misdemeanor charges on 19 illegal late-term abortions committed in 2003 not signed off by an unaffiliated physician. For this Tiller could lose his license and spend a year in jail for each convicted count.

    2. Tiller just lost his battle to block a grand jury from being convened to investigate illegal late-term abortions Tiller may have committed since 2003, with a petitioner request that Sedgwick County DA Nola Foulston and AG Paul Morrison, both with ties to Tiller, not be involved in this investigation.

    3. KS legislators conducted a 2-day hearing earlier this month investigating Tiller's late-term abortion practices to consider finding and strengthening loopholes in current late-term abortion laws. As part of this, one of Tiller's patients, Michelle Arnesto-Berg, testifed that when he aborted her in May 2003 she signed no consent form, was asked for no medical information, and was never diagnosed with any condition that met the legal requirement of "substantial and irreversible impairment" for abortions after 22 weeks. Only recently Michelle learned Tiller charted her baby as nonviable, which was news to her. Hear Michelle's testimony here.

    Here is the Los Angeles Times front page story, today. Tiller's quote at the very end of the story is most interesting....

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    For Kansas abortion doctor, pressure mounts
    George Tiller is to be tried on 19 counts of failing to get an independent second opinion in late-term procedures. And activists aim to force an inquiry by a grand jury.
    By Stephanie Simon
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

    September 17, 2007

    Antiabortion activists in Kansas are stepping up a campaign to drive one of the nation's last late-term abortion providers out of business.

    Dr. George Tiller, who draws patients from across the country to his Wichita clinic, faces trial next month on 19 misdemeanor counts. The charges -- which he vigorously disputes -- accuse him of aborting viable fetuses without first consulting an independent physician as required by state law.

    Each count carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. If convicted, Tiller could also lose his medical license.

    His opponents aren't waiting for the outcome of the trial.

    This month, the antiabortion group Kansans for Life submitted nearly 8,000 signatures to Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita, calling for a grand jury to review Tiller's handling of late-second- and third-trimester abortions. Tiller's lawyers appealed to federal court to block the grand jury, calling it a "vigilante effort," but were rebuffed last week. State law allows citizens to force the seating of a grand jury.

    At the Capitol, meanwhile, a committee controlled by antiabortion lawmakers held a two-day hearing this month to lay the groundwork for tougher restrictions on abortion. Among the witnesses: a woman who said Tiller rushed her into an abortion at the end of her second trimester without counseling, informed consent or a second opinion because she had arrived late for her appointment at the clinic. State officials said they might investigate those claims.

    "This is the beginning of the end for Tiller," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, a Wichita-based antiabortion group.

    Kansas law requires any physician who performs an abortion at or after 22 weeks' gestation to first determine whether the fetus is viable, meaning it could survive outside the womb. Aborting a viable fetus is permitted only if two doctors certify that continuing the pregnancy could kill the woman or cause her "substantial and irreversible" harm to "a major bodily function." Tiller has reported aborting more than 2,600 viable fetuses since the law took effect in 1998.

    His attorneys and supporters say Tiller has done nothing wrong. And some of his patients, expressing deep gratitude for his work, have shared their stories.

    At AHeartbreakingChoice .com, several women explain why they traveled to Wichita to abort much-wanted pregnancies, long after they had decorated nurseries and chosen baby names.

    "The scan showed that her little brain was severely calcified," one wrote.

    "She would have required a minimum of three surgeries to even enable her to take her first breath," another said.

    The women write that they were well into the second half of their pregnancies, some into the third trimester, before the fetal defects were diagnosed. "I loved and wanted my baby very much," one wrote. "I loved her so much that I would rather her go back to God than suffer for even one day."

    Tiller also accepts some late-term patients with healthy fetuses. Among them, he has said, have been girls as young as 10, rape victims, alcoholics, drug addicts, and women who were suicidal or depressed or who feared their relatives would harm them if they continued the pregnancy. Tiller has said a few of his patients were just a week or two from their due dates.

    In December, the state's attorney general at the time, Phill Kline, charged Tiller with aborting viable fetuses even when the pregnant women did not face grave and lasting heath threats.

    Kline subpoenaed patient records; he said they showed that Tiller had justified the abortions by diagnosing women with anxiety or a single episode of depression.Because of a jurisdictional dispute, the charges were dropped just days before Kline left office. He had lost his bid for reelection in large part because his opponent, Paul Morrison, painted him as an antiabortion extremist.

    When Morrison took office, he declined to refile the charges against Tiller.

    But Morrison did launch his own investigation using the limited number of patient medical files available to him. That resulted in the 19 misdemeanor counts pending in District Court. The charges allege that Tiller did not get the required second opinion from an independent doctor on some late-term cases, but rather relied on a physician with financial ties to his practice.

    Tiller attorney Dan Monnat said "there was nothing illegal in the relationship" between the two physicians.

    Monnat has filed a brief contesting the requirement for a second opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have repeatedly struck down such requirements as infringing on a physician's right to practice medicine.

    The courts have also held that laws banning abortion must make exceptions to protect the woman's health, including her mental health.

    Determined to keep the pressure on Tiller, antiabortion activists have spent the last year staging prayer vigils and protest rallies -- at least one of them promoted nationally by Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, who has referred to the doctor on air as "Tiller the baby killer."

    About 10 days before one of the bigger rallies, in July, unknown vandals drilled holes through the roof of Tiller's one-story clinic and threaded a hose into the building, apparently trying to flood it. The resulting damage -- and lingering mold -- forced Tiller to close his practice for more than a month.

    But now he is seeing patients again, and his allies are betting that he'll weather the storm, just as he has in the past.

    His clinic was bombed in 1986 and blockaded for six weeks in 1991. In 1993, an antiabortion activist shot Tiller through both arms; he was back at work the next day.

    In 2005, antiabortion activists circulated petitions to force a grand jury investigation into the treatment of a 19-year-old mentally disabled patient who died of complications from an early-third-trimester abortion at Tiller's clinic. The grand jury found no grounds for criminal indictment.

    In a rare interview two years ago, Tiller said he tried to block out the protests and the politics so he could focus on his patients.

    "If I engage, then I wear out, and I have less . . . stamina for what goes on inside the clinic," he said. "If I give away my emotional serenity, they win."


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    Judge denies Planned Parenthood Aurora's request to open tomorrow

    breaking.jpgThis information comes from pro-life attorney Tom Brejcha, who just left the hearing:

    U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle has denied Planned Parenthood's request for an order that Aurora allow it to open tomorrow.

    There is a very short schedule for the next hearing. Each side has 24 hours to file papers to respond. They will be back in court Thursday morning. This hearing will include witnesses if appropriate if either side brings them.

    U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall refused to take the case. She said this wasn't related to the Pro-Life Action League case currently before her. Turns out PP wanted its case to go before Kendall, which was likely a tip-off she may lean in favor of abortion.

    This is great news.

    UPDATE, 1:20p: Eric Scheidler just emailed this additional information on today's hearing, which he attended:

    Planned Parenthood was asking Federal District Judge Charles Norgle to issue an injunction that would have required the City to let them open for business WITHOUT concluding the investigation into PP's dealings with the City.

    Judge Charles Norgle listened to arguments from PP and the City for an hour, and decided a full hearing was required.

    The hearing has been set for Thursday at 10 a.m. That means that Planned Parenthood will not open until Friday at the earliest.

    One important point to keep in mind:

    The question here is not whether PP can ever open. The question is whether their opening can be DELAYED while an investigation is concluded into the allegations raised into wether PP defrauded the City.

    That question may be settled Thursday after a full hearing.

    UPDATE, 1:47p: Here's the Chicago Tribune story on the hearing.

    UPDATE, 7:43p: Here's a CBS 2 news t.v. report, which includes Eric Scheidler [HT: Paul W.]

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    Turn, turn turn - from the Aurora Planned Parenthood mill

    Here's another photo montage of Saturday's protest, formally called the Jericho March, at the Aurora Planned Parenthood abortion mill.

    This little video has a 60s psychodelic edge to it with well done graphics work. It appears the "new media" role pro-lifers have had to assume, since MSM supports abortion, is growing not just to encompass journalism but also to bump up against liberal Hollywood with our own creative documentaries. Starting small, but who knows? www.fightingirishthomas.net made this one:

    [HT: reader Mike]

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    September 16, 2007
    News coverage of September 15 protest

    Please alert me to other coverage in comments section.

    ABC 7 News (scroll to "Protesters march against opening of abortion clinic")
    Beacon News, which included the Steve Trombley Quote of the Day, "We believe people of good will can differ," never mind PP's lying, deception, and fraud.
    Chicago Tribune
    Daily Herald
    Fox News (featuring a shot of our own MK)

    [HT: moderator MK; OpenLineBlog]

    In addition, Fox Valley Clery for Life and Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood took out two impressive, informative, and striking full page ads in two newspapers this morning, the Beacon News and the Naperville Sun. 121 local clergy members signed the first, as opposed to 9 nonlocal PP faux clergy - 1 an unacknowledged PP board member - who voiced support of PP earlier in the week. Click on ads to see enlarged view....

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    Protest of Aurora Planned Parenthood, September 15

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    September 14, 2007
    Attend Aurora Planned Parenthood protest tomorrow

    Selma.jpgTomorrow morning at 9:00a is an important protest at the intended site of the Aurora Planned Parenthood abortion mill. We have to match or surpass our previous number of 1,200.

    The situation is now getting national traction. For the first time, as far as I know, the Associated Press covered the story today, as did many other media outlets. I'm sure many will show tomorrow....

    And we certainly don't won't to disappoint Planned Parenthood Fed CEO Cecile Richards, who yesterday called this the "most emboldened protest by the most radical anti-choice people... ever." Woo hoo!

    And you will not want to miss the clergy press conference to be held during the protest announcing the ad they have placed in this Sunday's Aurora Beacon News and Naperville Sun. Over 120 had signed it at last count, pummelling the 9 out-of-area faux clergy who held a press conference a few days ago supporting PP.

    Information on parking and a map are at the Families Against Planned Parenthood site.

    Hard to believe, but today the City of Aurora went to court asking for a restraining order against our March tomorrow. The judge denied their request, thanks to fancy footwork by pro-life attorneys Jason Craddock and Tom Brejcha.

    Who knows? This could be our Selma. There indeed is something stirring here. You can't force these things. They grow organically. You can only join in when you see them happening. Don't miss this one.


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    Deconstructing Planned Parenthood/Gemini cover-up I

    deconstruct.jpgFrom today's Chicago Tribune:

    [Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area CEO Steve] Trombley conceded Planned Parenthood was coy during the application process because it did not want to tip off its opponents while the clinic was under construction. But Trombley denied Planned Parenthood ever defrauded or deceived the city. "In no way did we deviate from the letter of the law," he said....

    When Gemini told the city it was unsure who its tenant would be, that was technically true at the time because the decision had not yet been made as to because which entity related to Planned Parenthood would occupy the building, Trombley said.

    First, Trombley spoke as if Gemini were in charge (Gemini "owner," PP "tenant"), when in fact, it is the other way around. PP owns Gemini. Trombley told the LA Times August 31...

    ... Gemini, a limited liability partnership, was set up to mask Planned Parenthood's involvement to keep protesters away while the $7.5-million clinic was being built.

    "It should be evident... why we did that," Trombley said. "This land was zoned for medical services. The city didn't ask what type of medical services."

    Trombley can now try, but there's no avoiding boneheaded things he has said on the public record, the classic, of course, being, "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long."

    It's straightforward. PP created Gemini. Now, according to Trombley, that Aurora didn't connect the dots is its own fault for not investigating Gemini or scouring public notices in other cities' newspapers.

    Further, in court documents PP filed yesterday it called Gemini "a wholly owned affiliate."

    Also according to those court documents, "In 2002, PPCA began planning for a new medical facility to provide services in Chicago's western suburbs... Ultimately PPCA obtained a parcel of land... in Aurora."

    But PP didn't create Gemini until it was needed for concealment. See Gemini's incorporation papers here, filed with the state on April 24, 2006 (click to enlarge):

    According to FOIAd documents, Gemini's first construction permit was filed July 27, 2006 (click to enlarge):

    howard.jpg(Kathleen M. Howard, photo right, is a Perkins Coie attorney, PP's legal consultant per tax returns.)

    And what did Trombley mean by saying they didn't "technically" lie about the occupant because they weren't sure "which [PP] entity" that would be?

    PP only has two entities: expresses and mills. Expresses don't commit abortion and don't have surgical suites, and mills do commit abortions and do have surgical suites.

    And PP/Gemini were flummoxed about that throughout the process of constructing a medical building containing surgical suites? Give me a break.

    [HT: John Jansen of PLAL for Gemini incorporation papers]

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    Outcome of this morning's Planned Parenthood/Aurora hearing

    lawsuit.jpgPosted by the Chicago Tribune:

    After a hearing this morning, Planned Parenthood and Aurora officials are waiting to hear which federal judge will hear their dispute over whether a Planned Parenthood clinic can open Tuesday as scheduled.

    Planned Parenthood filed suit Thursday seeking an emergency court order requiring the city to permit a new clinic to open, and the case was assigned randomly to U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle....

    But at a hearing before Norgle this morning, lawyers from both sides agreed that the case might properly belong in front of U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who is handling a similar lawsuit, filed last month by Pro-Life Action League.

    I called pro-life attorney Jason Craddock, who attended the hearing. Bottom line: The Court didn't deal this morning with the restraining order PP requested against the City to open Tuesday. It punted, upon agreement by both sides.

    But if PP agreed to Kendall, that's not good. Although Bush II appointed her, he did so upon the recommendation of Durbin and Obama, who submitted her name with accolades. There is absolutely no way Durbin in particular would have recommended Kendall were she not a wool-dyed liberal.

    I doubt Aurora attorneys have any idea who they're up against. They cannot play nice with PP.

    I called Joe Scheidler about that aforementioned PLAL lawsuit. He said PLAL filed it against the City of Aurora for "its inability to give us any direct answers whether we could keep our crosses up and assemble." Joe said police kept changing the rules (as recently as last night... more on that later). So PLAL sued for violation of First Amendment rights.

    The timing for the PP emergency injunction hearing? According to the Trib:

    If Kendall accepts the case, she is expected to hold a hearing on the matter Monday, said Christopher Wilson, an attorney for Planned Parenthood.

    The rest of the Trib story:

    Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, has said the lawsuit was necessary because the group has lost faith in the objectivity of the city. A letter Wednesday from Aurora said the city would not issue a permanent occupancy permit -- even though the city already issued a temporary occupancy certificate -- until an investigation is completed into how the clinic was approved for construction.

    Gemini Office Development LLC applied for the permits, not revealing until recently that Planned Parenthood would operate the clinic.

    Aurora officials want to delay the opening while they investigate whether Gemini fully disclosed the purpose of the clinic during the permitting process.

    Wilson said after the hearing this morning that it was generally known that Gemini was related to Planned Parenthood. He also said that whether city officials knew that was irrelevant.

    "You can't treat us differently" than other medical facilities, Wilson said. "That's not permitted under the law. We provide a constitutionally protected service."

    An attorney for Aurora declined to comment after the hearing.

    Trombley has said 13 appointments already have been scheduled for Tuesday, the planned opening day of the $7.5 million, 22,000-square-foot medical facility at 3051 E. New York St. on Aurora's east side. The clinic, one of the group's largest in the country, will offer reproductive health-care services, including abortions.

    The construction site has been the scene of round-the-clock protests by people opposed to abortion since the end of August. More than 1,000 abortion protesters demonstrated outside the clinic Aug. 25, and another large protest is scheduled for Saturday.


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    Planned Parenthood court documents

    pp%20lies2.jpgPlanned Parenthood Chicago's motion for an emergency injunction will be heard this morning at 9:30a in U.S. District Court in Chicago. A pro-life attorney will observe and report.

    Here are the legal documents. Note PP and Gemini are now public BFFs:

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    Complaint
    Brief

    Like a bad neighbor, PP is there.

    First it lied so people could die.

    Now it has the gall to ask the federal court to grant it the occupancy permit Aurora is withholding pending an independent investigation into whether PP compromised the integrity of Aurora's permit process by shading the truth or outrightly lying in its communications through its alter ego Gemini Development....

    If the federal courts grant PP an exception to the usual requirements for truthfulness in dealing with one's government officials, who's next in line to get such a license to lie?

    Contrarily, PP's complaint states, "Aurora's actions, however, are not related to any legitimate municipal concern" and Aurora is "depriv[ing]... PPCA and Gemini's constitutionally protected right to equal protection under the law."

    "[I]f plaintiffs are prevented from opening the Facility," continues the complaint, "its patients will have to seek alternative care in more expensive hospital settings or travel more than fifty (50) miles roundtrip to obtain services from the nearest PPCA facility."

    Never mind the four independent abortion mills already in DuPage County.

    Kicker: PP is requesting an award for damages and for Aurora to pay its legal fees.

    Aurorans are encouraged to contact Mayor Tom Weisner today via phone, fax and email to say you support the legal effort against PP and the financial cost to do so.

    Phone: 630-844-3612
    Fax: 630-892-8967
    Email: mayorsoffice@aurora-il.org


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    September 13, 2007
    PP Fed CEO: "... most emboldened protest by the most radical anti-choice people... ever"

    An email from Planned Parenthood Federation CEO Cecile Richards this afternoon (click actual email to right to enlarge):

    Dear ,

    Planned Parenthood is under attack.

    To be absolutely clear: the largest anti-choice protest we've seen in a very long time is happening at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois, at this very moment.

    It's easy to ignore if you don't live there or aren't a woman trying to seek health care services at the clinic. But I hope you won't ignore it, because what's happening in Aurora is what's happening to all of us who care about choice in America.

    We are facing no less than the most emboldened protest by the most radical anti-choice people I've ever encountered. They've made our brand new health center in Aurora ground zero in their fight against women's access to health care. And they are determined to keep our clinic from ever opening.

    If there was ever a time for us to ask for help from our pro-choice friends and family - this is it.

    First, take a simple action that demonstrates how much support Planned Parenthood and the women we serve have from all over the country. Click here to tie a hot-pink ribbon at the clinic - one ribbon for every supporter.

    Then, tell your circle of friends and family what's happening in Aurora and what it means for access to reproductive health care and choice for all of us.

    If you know people in the Chicago area, encourage them to put up a lawn sign or volunteer.

    The protesters are determined to stop us, it's true. But we're taking this battle into our own hands - and into YOUR own hands. We're determined to open this clinic any day now, and with more warmth, more strength, and more solidarity with our supporters across the country than ever before.

    Thank you for doing your part today.

    Sincerely,


    Cecile Richards
    President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    P.S. Thank you for your action today - if you can, we'd be grateful for your financial support as well. Any amount will help.

    [HT: Brian Burch]


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    Planned Parenthood just filed emergency injunction

    breaking.jpgNews alert from the Aurora Beacon:

    Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday afternoon seeking an emergency injunction to allow the Aurora women's health center to open next Tuesday as planned. The petition was filed in response to the city's indication that the controversial clinic likely will not be granted a final occupancy permit in time....
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area officials said the clinic is scheduled to open Sept. 18, and patients already have appointments that day. But the opening date is in question because the city has hired an Itasca lawyer to review the approval process and determine if Planned Parenthood officials adhered to proper application, permitting and approval procedures. The attorney is also charged with determining whether the developer lied to city staff and aldermen about the medical office complex.

    According to Planned Parenthood's petition, it says Aurora doesn't have a legal basis for blocking the center's planned opening, and "its revocation of a temporary operating permit is motivated solely by political opposition to the constitutionally protected right to abortion services."

    Carie Anne Ergo, the city's public information officer, said the temporary occupancy permit is set to expire Sept. 17. The certificate of permanent occupancy would not be granted, she said, until after Phillip A. Luetkehans, of the Itasca-based firm Schirott and Luetkehans, finishes his review. The City Council selected him last week after several aldermen voiced concern with the initial lawyer selected for the independent review.

    "We did notify Gemini Office Development," Ergo said, that the permanent certificate of occupancy "would not be issued on the 18th unless and until the investigation was complete by that time. And we indicated it likely would not."

    The completed health center, near the corner of New York Street and Oakhurst Drive, was constructed after Aurora's Planning and Development Committee approved the final plan for the medical complex on Nov. 16. The owner was listed as Gemini Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood. The true nature of the facility was not disclosed to aldermen.

    In its petition for the emergency injunction, Planned Parenthood said the medical office is consistent with Aurora's zoning codes and shouldn't be treated differently than other such zoned medical offices.

    Planned Parenthood officials said Aurora's only objection is that it "was not given the opportunity to discriminate based on the fact that Planned Parenthood provides constitutionally protected services such as contraception and abortion to its patients."

    Without a federal judge intervening, they said, "Planned Parenthood may never be able to operate its facility in Aurora."

    "We haven't said they can't yet," Ergo said. "We've said it's unlikely" the clinic will open by Tuesday.

    According to the petition, accusations that developers misled city staff and aldermen about the project are factually and legally wrong, and irrelevant.

    "The City of Aurora's fig leaf argument that it was 'misled' about the nature of the services that Planned Parenthood intends to provide at its facility is neither factually nor legally persuasive," Planned Parenthood said.

    The petition says Planned Parenthood publicly disclosed its plan to operate a medical center providing a full range of reproductive services - including birth control, family-planning counseling and abortions - in published newspaper notices before city staff issued the temporary occupancy permit Aug. 16.

    Planned Parenthood officials, applying under the names Planned Parenthood Association/Chicago Area and Gemini Office Development LLC, asked the Illinois Finance Authority Board in May for approval of the issuance of a type of bond to help fund construction and land-acquisition costs for the Aurora health center, as well as work at several other centers in the Chicagoland region.

    "Only when protestors began appearing at the Planned Parenthood facility in late August and testifying at public hearings before the City of Aurora, did the status of Planned Parenthood's facility change," Planned Parenthood officials said.

    Planned Parenthood will hold a press conference in Chicago at 2 p.m. to discuss the lawsuit.

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    Clergy is on Planned Parenthood board

    From pro-lifer Dan Gura via Republicans for Fair Media, today:

    On September 12, WLS-TV [local ABC affiliate] anchor Ron Magers introduced a... segment, Ministers Voice Support for New Clinic, with "There's new support for a controversial plan to open a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora. A group of ministers came out in support of the clinic Wednesday."...
    Only one was identified by name, Rev. Randall Doubet-King, who said, "Each year, Planned Parenthood provides tens of thousands of women and families in this region with services they need and deserve to make the choices they need to make."...

    I googled Doubet-King....

    I was not surprised to learn he was a retired Pastor with the United Church of Christ....

    [But also,] on April 23, 2004 Planned Parenthood sent out a press release which announced:

    Rev. Randall Doubet-King Receives Planned Parenthood Davis Award for Distinguished Service.... Rev. Randall Doubet-King is truly an outstanding clergyman and advocate for reproductive rights. His work with Planned Parenthood Chicago Area has enriched a variety of essential programs and projects and his frequent presence in the press as a pro-choice clergy voice has been an invaluable asset to our movement....

    It also lists his accomplishments:

    Rev. Doubet-King serves as board chair for Planned Parenthood Chicago Area and chair of their PPFA Vision for 2025 Stewardship Committee.

    For WLS-TV News to fail to mention that the "minister" whom they interviewed is not only a shill for Planned Parenthood, but a highly placed cog in their mill's wheel of death, is to do a grave disservice to the truth.

    It is such sloppy journalism to have missed that. Googling the name indeed immediately draws Doubet-King's connection to PP.

    And why wasn't the press conference in Aurora? Speaking of, how many of those "clergy" were from Aurora?

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    Video clips from 9-11 Aurora City Council meeting

    Jeff from Chicago Pro-Life Activist has put together two video montages, 4-6 minutes each, of highlights from the Aurora City Council meeting on September 11 concerning Planned Parenthood's attempted sneak into the community.

    The montages include testimony from both pro-lifers and pro-aborts. In video II you'll start to hear chatter for and against a parental notification ordinance now being proposed in Aurora, a positive outcome of this mess.

    Jeff did a great job pulling from 3 hours of video. You will see that the pro-lifers testifying were articulate, sensible, respectful - and adamant.

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    September 12, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Chicago's tax returns
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    For the one-year time period between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, Planned Parenthood Chicago Area, the "nonprofit" group building the Aurora abortion mill, grossed almost $18 million.

    $10 million of that came from "program service revenue." How much of that was derived from abortion? All I know is 27,427 mothers from the Chicago area (Cook Co. and 5 collar counties) aborted in 2005, 71% of all aborting IL mothers. This is clearly a lucrative, fertile area.

    PP projects itself as a mission providing gyne care to poor women in particular who would otherwise suffer or breed like rabbits.

    So it's interesting that Chicago PP CEO Steve Trombley makes a cool $287,000 annually in pay, benefits, and allowances, all for 35 hours of work a week.

    Teri Huyck, PP Chicago's very well paid COO, where have we seen her name before? Ah, yes, she signed an Aurora construction permit as a Gemini Office Development employee.

    Again, how much of PP Chicago's income's income is derived from abortion? Don't know, but PP Chicago's dual-scalpaled "medical director" and "contract physician" (i.e., chief abortionist) Murray Pelta made almost $650,000 that fiscal year.

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    Anyone can view PP Chicago's complete tax returns at GuideStar.org. Registration is free. Type "Planned Parenthood Chicago Area" as the organization's name and scroll down to view 990 forms. I'm no accountant. I can only report what is easily spotable. Citizen journalist finance whizes may find more fodder for discussion. Please do.


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    Aurora City Council meeting last night

    First, my new friend Jeff at Chicago Pro-Life Activist is preparing a video/photo montage of last night he'll get to us asap. I'll post a few photos now to give you a sense.

    Eric Scheidler warned in email updates he had heard Planned Parenthood Chicago CEO Steve Trombley requested (ordered?) Chicago PP personnel to show for this meeting, and they did. Here is the scene that greeted us....

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    This is my favorite photo from last night, perhaps my favorite ever of Joe Scheidler:

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    Security was tighter, about double the police as were at the August 28 meeting. No overflow crowd this time. People were only allowed up as seats became available.

    But while pro-aborts dominated the view outside, inside the ratio was about 2:1 pro-lifers to pro-aborts.

    After he complained about the blogs... :), Mayor Weisner read a letter he sent to Trombley that I'm trying to get my hands on. The jist: Do not plan on opening your clinic September 18.

    The two aldermen responsible for garnering the independent counsel to evaluate whether PP committed fraud against the city reported he started doing so this week.

    One of those two, Alderman Richard Irvin (on our side) read a statement that the City Council's role in this entire matter was not to determine the morality of abortion but whether PP committed fraud. Because of this, he said, he motioned to limit comments to three hours, which was amended to allow Aurora residents to speak first. The motion passed. This worked in our favor, because the bulk of Aurora commenters were pro-life.

    There is a brand new wrinkle. Pro-lifers are now pushing for the City Council to pass a parental notification ordinance. Indeed, pro-life attorney Vince Tessitore (featured on the Hannity show) has submitted language to the Council. What a major hoot.

    Pro-abort commenters were against that, of course. They also made a few jaw-dropping remarks on abortion, etc., which Jeff will chronicle in his montage.

    I spotted the elusive Trombley outside with his ilk. He didn't go upstairs. Donald Trump would have marched in and defended himself, but not so this CEO. For a guy who makes nearly $300,000 a year I'm not impressed. I still wonder if his stupendous gaffe to the Tribune - "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long" - won't end up his undoing.

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    Many commenters dwelt on the deception talking point, which is our strongest. Frankly, had PP come in to Aurora following the rules, it would have still incurred all this opposition but maintained substantial legal footing to barge in anyway. But its deception has lost that.

    Commenters were also angry, as I predicted, that PP has now insinuated they are violent. One commenter told officials, "Does this look violent to you? This is what I do." And she marched back and forth in front of the podium with her rosary beads. She talked another minute and said again, "Again, does this look violent to you? This is what I do." And did it again. It was very funny. Jeff will show that video clip, I'm sure.

    Eric Scheidler gave quite the impassioned speech about PP's accusation that his father Joe advocates violence, providing a three-minute history of the 17-year NOW vs. Scheidler lawsuit and its outcome. It was excellent.

    Ok, that's my report. Over and out. I've been getting emails from others at the meeting. I encourage them to add their thoughts.

    Addendum, 10:40a: ABC and NBC were there. All the pro-abort protesters outside left when they did, as did most inside.

    Addendum, 10:55a: The comment receiving the most applause was by a woman who encouraged the Council to hold its ground, and if and when PP sued Aurora, she and others would help pay legal fees. I know that absolutely to be true. The City would get donations and legal help from pro-lifers all over the country.


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    September 10, 2007
    Planned Parenthood's full page ad in today's Beacon


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    The only entity likely happy about the Aurora Planned Parenthood battle is the Aurora Beacon, which is selling a lot of ad space these days.

    I was flabbergasted when hearing about the full page ad Planned Parenthood took out today with a large photo of a bombed abortion clinic and again accusing Joe Scheidler and Pro-Life Action League of violence. Steve Trombley obviously took Tom Brejcha's letter to cease and desist as a dare.

    Obviously, PP's goal is to turn public opinion away from who it considers ringleaders of the movement to keep PP out of Aurora.

    I'm biased, but it seems to me this is another colossal bad move on PP's part....

    Is this PP's idea of a public relations campaign?

    Does PP think this will garner sympathizers who decide, yes, they hadn't thought of it before, but they really want a bomb target next to their Dominicks and Blockbusters?

    But the real problem is too many thousands of Aurorans have protested and prayed at the mill. Too many churches are involved. All these people have seen with their own eyes that PP is telling a huge lie about Scheidler and pro-life violence. There are too many videos and photographs and montages and interviews and public testimony of peaceful dissidents.

    Further, many of these people have invested in the pro-life movement for the first time in their lives, and Steve Trombley and PP are castigating them when they castigate the "extremists."

    Here's a link to the entire ad.


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    Abortion clinics protect child rapists

    predator.jpgWith the attention on Planned Parenthood of Chicago for attempting to slither into Aurora with what it brags will be its largest US abortion mill, the time seems perfect to post audiotapes of the undercover calls Life Dynamics made to Illinois abortion clinics in the spring of 2002.

    An LDI activist called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics nationwide, posing as a 13-year-old girl impregnated by her 22-year-old boyfriend.

    While this is considered statutory rape in all 50 states, over 90% of clinic employees taking the call nationwide offered to conceal the crime.

    In IL, all 21 clinics that were called - 100% - offered to aid and abet in the cover-up. Of those, 12 were Planned Parenthood facilities, including all 3 in Chicago.

    The calls were made in TX, where it is legal to record phone conversations without the other party knowing. Although these calls are inadmissable in court other than to prove perjury, they demonstrate intent and experience with the scenario.

    Listen to the calls for yourself....

    Planned Parenthood, Chicago Area

    1. Planned Parenthood, Chicago, Halsted St. (5:15)
    2. Planned Parenthood, Chicago, LaSalle Drive (3:55)
    3. Planned Parenthood, Chicago, Milwaukee Ave. (4:41)

    Planned Parenthood, other IL communities

    4. Planned Parenthood, Belleville (4:19)
    5. Planned Parenthood, Bloomington (3:38)
    6. Planned Parenthood, Champaign (5:16)
    7. Planned Parenthood, Clinton (4:10)
    8. Planned Parenthood, Effingham (3:20)
    9. Planned Parenthood, Lincoln (5:20)
    10. Planned Parenthood, Ottawa (3:16)
    11. Planned Parenthood, Pekin (3:44)
    12. Planned Parenthood, Peoria (10:23 - too long to upload)

    National Abortion Federation clinics, IL

    13. Access Health Center, Downers Grove (6:10)
    14. American Women's Medical Center, Chicago (3:34)
    15. American Women's Medical Center, Des Plaines (3:29)
    16. Family Planning Associates, Chicago-60606 (2:56)
    17. Family Planning Associates, Chicago-60630 (4:29)
    18. Hope Clinic, Granite City (5:13)
    19. National Health Care, Peoria (3:52)
    20. Northern IL Women's Center, Rockford (5:50)
    21. Women's Aid Clinic, Lincolnwood (3:14)

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    LA Times: Planned Parenthood's "mask"

    prayer.jpgPer Joe Scheidler's weekly hotline, an August 31 Los Angeles Times story was "[o]ne of the most comprehensive stories to come out of the battle against Planned Parenthood so far."

    Continued Scheidler....


    [Reporter] Stephanie Simon... sees a national protest against Planned Parenthood sweeping the country, from Denver, CO, where a new abortion mill is being built to Aurora, IL, where one already built under fraudulent circumstances is being contested....

    Simon relates the seven-hour City Council meeting in Aurora... and she relates that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation, with 265,000 abortions done in its facilities annually, and reveals that it receives $300 million annually from the government for its so called "services."

    She quotes Steve Trombley of Chicago Planned Parenthood admitting that the Aurora clinic was built under a deceptive name, Gemini Office Development, to mask the fact that it is an abortion mill....

    While we don't support everything about her article, it is among the most accurate stories we have seen on Planned Parenthood recently.

    Read the article below.

    [Ht: moderator MK; photo courtesy of LAT]

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-parenthood31aug31,1,7861233.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&track=crosspromo

    Los Angeles Times
    Reproductive clinic takes residents by surprise
    Built under another name, the Illinois Planned Parenthood facility faces an inquiry into whether it obtained permits legally.
    By Stephanie Simon
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

    August 31, 2007

    The building permits were issued to Gemini Office Development. The sign at the construction site said Gemini Health Center.

    But as he watched the installation of bulletproof windows and security cameras at the office space in Aurora, Ill., a worker began to get suspicious. He told his priest, and the priest went to an anti-abortion group.

    And late last week, the protesters went to work.

    Gemini is owned by Planned Parenthood, which will operate the 22,000-square-foot clinic in the conservative Chicago suburb. The facility will provide birth control, gynecological exams, disease screening and abortions for women through the middle of their second trimester.

    Furious residents packed a recent City Council meeting, taking turns at the microphone until nearly 2 a.m. They've been staging around-the-clock prayer vigils for more than a week. A demonstration Saturday drew 1,200 people.

    The protests have prompted Aurora's mayor to hire an outside lawyer -- at $185 an hour -- to determine whether permits for the clinic were granted on fraudulent grounds. "We want to ensure our laws were properly followed," said Carie Anne Ergo, a spokeswoman for the city of about 170,000.

    Steve Trombley, president and chief executive of the Chicago-area Planned Parenthood affiliate, said: "We are absolutely confident that everything we did was legal."

    He said that Gemini, a limited liability partnership, was set up to mask Planned Parenthood's involvement to keep protesters away while the $7.5-million clinic was being built.

    "It should be evident . . . why we did that," Trombley said. "This land was zoned for medical services. The city didn't ask what type of medical services."

    He expects the clinic to open as scheduled Sept. 18.

    But the mounting furor in Aurora has raised hopes among abortion opponents nationwide who aim to put Planned Parenthood under siege this fall from coast to coast.

    Abortions make up a fraction of Planned Parenthood's work -- about 3%. More than a third of the group's services involve providing contraception.

    Still, Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, terminating 265,000 pregnancies a year. It receives more than $300 million annually in public funds to subsidize non-abortion healthcare for poor women.

    And its high visibility makes it a perennial target of anti-abortion activists.

    This week, Colorado Right to Life began debating a strategy to block a Planned Parenthood clinic that is scheduled to break ground in Denver this fall. One of the options: picketing every subcontractor involved. That tactic delayed construction of an abortion facility in Austin, Texas, in 2003, though the clinic was eventually completed.

    Separately, activists in 89 cities have laid plans for a 40-day "spiritual campaign" against Planned Parenthood starting late next month.

    Participants in Sacramento; Sarasota, Fla.; Scranton, Pa.; Hilo, Hawaii; Lubbock, Texas; and Falls Church, Va., plan to distribute fliers, post yard signs and hold prayer vigils at all hours.

    "Sooner or later, we've got to return some sense of decency to this country," said Joe Scheidler, president of the Pro-Life Action League, which is based in Chicago. "Maybe this is where it starts."

    The demonstrations and vigils don't worry Roger Evans, senior director for public policy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

    "There's often lots of chest-pounding in anticipation of protests that turn out to be relatively uneventful," he said.

    But he acknowledges that Planned Parenthood faces tough battles in legislatures and courts in several states, especially Missouri.

    New clinic regulations there could shut down at least two of Planned Parenthood's three abortion facilities.

    Another section of the same law bars Planned Parenthood's sex educators from teaching about contraception in the public schools -- something they've done regularly in St. Louis, Kansas City and other districts, often at the invitation of health teachers.

    Social conservatives regard the Missouri sex education law as a model for other states. "We're fully convinced . . . that we're going to see more laws like this take effect," said Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Assn.

    In Aurora, meanwhile, the protests continue in an effort to keep the bunker-like clinic from opening its doors. An anti-abortion youth rally is planned for Saturday.

    For his part, Scheidler is gathering names of clinic employees. He plans to send activists to march outside their homes this fall, waving gory photos.

    The siege, he said, has just begun.

    stephanie.simon@latimes.com


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    Hannity's Planned Parenthood segment

    Jeff from Chicago Pro-Life Activist has posted last night's Planned Parenthood segment from Hannity's America on YouTube:

    I thought the segment covered a lot of ground in six minutes: Planned Parenthood's fraudulent construction practices, its treatment of aborting mothers as cash cows, and its cover-up of minor rape/incest. Thoughts?

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    September 9, 2007
    "Planned Parenthood warned: retract lies or face suit"
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    WorldNetDaily.com featured a story today on the latest development in the Aurora Planned Parenthood battle: its false accusations against Joe Scheidler and Pro-Life Action League as being violent, and their demand to retract or face a lawsuit.

    Included in the story are links to documents on this blog.

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    Candlelight vigil at Planned Parenthood 9/7

    Jeff at Chicago Pro-Life Activist has produced a well-done video of Friday night's prayer vigil at the Aurora Planned Parenthood site.

    Per Families Against Planned Parenthood, 300-400 attended. FAPP has an account of the evening.

    [HT: Jeff at Chicago Pro-Life Activist]

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    Hannity's America investigates Planned Parenthood tonight

    hannity1.pngTonight, Hannity's America on Fox News Channel will feature an investigation of Planned Parenthood. The show will air 8p CST and 11p CST.

    The program's impetus was the Aurora situation and the tremendous uprising against it. But also covered will be PP's other dubious activities. In fact, show producers asked pro-lifers providing background info to keep it quiet until a few days ago so they could do some digging of PP without it knowing.

    The segment is supposed to air about 8:30p CST. It will feature one or more of the Scheidlers, and we hear it will also feature Chicago's own Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, who had five abortions and is now pro-life.

    This is not Planned Parenthood's week.

    [HT: Tom Brejcha, Rock for Life, Eric Scheidler]

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    September 7, 2007
    Hardball in Aurora II: Pushback

    I knew it.

    Steve Trombley, CEO of Planned Parenthood Chicago, must retract the "false, libelous and malicious statements" in his letter or face "legal redress," this according to a letter just sent electronically to Trombley by Tom Brejcha, attorney for the Scheidlers and Pro-Life Action League. Brejcha successfully represented PLAL before the US Supreme Court.

    hepcat1.jpgThe entire letter is on page 2, but here is its bottom line:

    Should you not retract your false and libelous assertions against Eric Scheidler, or the Aurora protesters, or Fox Valley Families promptly by follow up letter, or by newspaper advertisement, or by public testimony at Aurora's next council meeting next Tuesday evening, we shall seek legal redress.

    Moreover, we shall press Aurora officials to seek redress for your false and misleading statements during the permit process when, as you were quoted in the Chicago Tribune, you took pains to keep your actual plans "secret" for as long as possible. As former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis insisted, "the best disinfectant is sunlight." Those who try to confuse, deceive or mislead public officials must be held accountable.

    Note that if you were present at any of the protests, Tom is representing you as well.

    September 7, 2007

    By Telefax (312-592-6801) & Priority Mail
    Mr. Steven Trombley
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area
    18 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    Re: Fox Valley Families, etc. v. Planned Parenthood, et al

    Dear Mr. Trombley:

    We represent Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood ("Fox Valley Families"), Eric Scheidler, and other residents of Aurora, Illinois, and the Fox River Valley who have been exercising their First Amendment rights, lawfully and peaceably, in opposition to the abortion facility which you propose to open in Aurora. We are writing you, on behalf of our clients, to demand a prompt and public retraction of false, libelous and malicious statements in your letter, dated September 4, 2007, to the mayor and aldermen of the City of Aurora ("letter"), and also in recent newspaper ads.

    Specifically, you falsely stated in your letter that those "opposing [your] new facility [who] are headquartered in Aurora ... have a well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property as well as other related criminal activity" (letter, p. 1). You go on to assert, also falsely, that "the zealots who have been opposing our new facility have a well-documented history of violence and criminal activity" (id., p. 3).

    Eric Scheidler, who resides with his family in Aurora and coordinates Fox Valley Families, has never been arrested let alone convicted of any criminal act in connection with pro-life or anti-abortion activity. He has never advocated violence against either persons or property. Nor has he engaged in any such violence in opposing abortion, or otherwise. Nor has any other coordinator or leader of Fox Valley Families. Nor to our knowledge has any violent act been committed, much less condoned, by any participant in the 40-day vigil in opposition to your new facility. Protest against your facility has been entirely peaceable and prayerful.

    Your many assertions about the Pro-Life Action League ("the League") and Joseph Scheidler, its director, are red herrings as they have nothing to do with the Aurora protests. But they too are false and misleading. This you well know, as your Planned Parenthood clinics were part of NOW v. Scheidler, a national class action suit, and you are bound by its final result in favor of the League and Scheidler. The verdict your letter cites is a legal nullity, as it was reversed by the United States Supreme Court, not just once but twice. In 2003, the verdict was overturned, 8-1. Then in 2006, the Justices again ruled for the League and Scheidler 8-0, "unanimously" - as you describe the verdict (letter, p. 1) while omitting any mention of its reversal. Final judgment was just entered for the League and Scheidler, in compliance with the mandate of the U.S. Supreme Court, in federal district court here in Chicago.

    On top of all this, the "121 crimes" found by jurors in their legally flawed verdict were in all but a mere 4 instances what Dr. Martin Luther King had described as "peaceable, non-violent direct action" - peaceful, passive acts of Gandhian civil disobedience. Dr. King's organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ("SCLC") submitted a 'friend of the Court' brief arguing that SCLC too would have been deemed "corrupt" and violent if your flawed legal theory had been used against it. No wonder that theory was repudiated by our nation's highest Court!

    No one knows what were the merely 4 acts or threats of physical violence those jurors found or who committed them or when or where they were committed over 12 years of coast-to-coast pro-life activism. Even so, defendants proved after trial that much of the evidence put before those jurors was falsified, including much of what you relate in your letter. And of course, none of it - not a shred of it! - held up on appeal.

    But NOW v. Scheidler has nothing whatever to do with the protests against your proposed facility in Aurora. Eric Scheidler was never named or involved in any way in that case. Nor was any other Aurora protester. Yes, you may choose to disparage these protesters as "zealots," but you may not defame them as violent criminals with impunity.

    Those opposed to your new facility have a First Amendment right lawfully to protest against your proposed killing of human beings you deem "unwanted." They have every right, moreover, to protest against your encouraging teens to engage in sexual activity without limit or restraint under the guise of "safe sex." Yes, you may find this annoying or deem it "harassing." But good citizens have a right, if not also a duty, to speak out against what they find harmful to the public interest. Yes, you may disagree with their point of view, but you may not smear their good names and reputations with libelous falsehoods.

    Should you not retract your false and libelous assertions against Eric Scheidler, or the Aurora protesters, or Fox Valley Families promptly by follow up letter, or by newspaper advertisement, or by public testimony at Aurora's next council meeting next Tuesday evening, we shall seek legal redress.

    Moreover, we shall press Aurora officials to seek redress for your false and misleading statements during the permit process when, as you were quoted in the Chicago Tribune, you took pains to keep your actual plans "secret" for as long as possible. As former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis insisted, "the best disinfectant is sunlight." Those who try to confuse, deceive or mislead public officials must be held accountable.

    Very truly yours,

    Thomas Brejcha,
    President & Chief Counsel
    Thomas More Society


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    Hardball in Aurora

    hardball1.jpgFrom the Aurora Beacon, yesterday:

    Responding to criticism by anti-abortion activists and some Aurora aldermen, Planned Parenthood officials on Wednesday said they were truthful with the city about the development approval process for a clinic proposed for the city's far East Side.

    Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, sent a three-page letter to all 12 aldermen and Mayor Tom Weisner in the wake of accusations that the agency defrauded city staff about the women's health center, scheduled to open Sept. 18....

    "I'm not sure what he (Trombley) was hoping to accomplish," with the letter, Weisner told The Beacon News.

    Well, I am. Here's the first intent, quoting Trombley's letter...

    (Also see full letter on page 2.)

    I want to assure you that Planned Parenthood was open and truthful throughout the extensive permitting process and continues to welcome the cooperation of the City of Aurora.

    "Welcome the cooperation"? Doesn't that sound like a veiled lawsuit threat?

    Second intent, from Trombley's letter:

    The activists of the Pro-Life Action League who have been opposing our new facility are headquartered in Aurora and have a well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property as well as other related criminal activity.

    We think you will understand the urgency of our concerns when you consider the following facts about the Pro-Life Action League and its leader, Joe Scheidler.

  • Scheidler (along with a handful of other anti-abortion leaders) formed PLAN - the Pro Life Action Network. Scheidler called PLAN the "pro-life mafia" and proclaimed "a year of pain and fear" for anyone seeking or providing abortion.

  • After a six-week trial in 1998, a jury in Chicago unanimously found that the Pro-Life Action League Network orchestrated 121 crimes involving acts of threats of force or violence against women's health facilities that offered abortion. These crimes proven at trial included beating a post-operative ovarian surgery patient over the head with a sign, knocking her unconscious and causing her to bleed from the sutures in her abdomen; seizing a clinic administrator by the throat, choking and bruising her; and slamming a clinic staff member and volunteer against the stairs (sending them to a hospital and causing permanent injuries) and destroying medications and equipment. Joe Scheidler personally praised the individuals who carried out some of these misdeeds, even taking credit for them....
  • Oh, my, if that doesn't scream libel lawsuit, I don't know what does, and a newspaper retraction as well, since it printed the letter. Here, Trombley unmistakably accused Scheidler and PLAL of commandeering violence.

    scotus02.jpgYet Trombley also unmistakably knows NOW lost that case - with an unprecedented three US Supreme Court rulings against it. He has to know because Planned Parenthood was part of that case, since it was brought on behalf of all US abortion clinics.

    And a small sidenote, PLAL is not "headquartered in Aurora." Its office for over 20 years has been in Chicago.

    Stay tuned. Hard to imagine all you who have been ga-ga for Planned Parenthood aren't having your eyes opened by all this.

    Trombley letter:

    September 4, 2007

    Hon. --
    City of Aurora
    60 East Downer Place
    Aurora, Illinois 60507

    Dear Alderman -- :

    As you know, Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area will soon open a health center in Aurora. This facility will provide comprehensive gynecological services, including breast exams, pap tests, pregnancy tests, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and abortion services.

    As you also know, those who oppose these services and this facility have asked the city of Aurora to take action to prevent the opening of this facility. I am aware that last week you heard from a number of residents organized by the Pro-Life Action League who alleged that Planned Parenthood and its subsidiary, Gemini Medical Office Group, somehow deceived the city of Aurora as it engaged in the permitting process. We are also aware that some members of the Council have made public statements in the media agreeing with that position.

    I want to assure you that Planned Parenthood was open and truthful throughout the extensive permitting process and continues to welcome the cooperation of the City of Aurora.

    Our corporate and financial documents were explicit about the involvement of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area:

  • The corporate entity listed in our application for the permit is listed in public records.

  • The tax-exempt bond financing for the project through the Illinois Development Finance Authority required a public hearing and further public disclosures of Planned Parenthood's involvement in this project. Planned Parenthood obtained tax-exempt financing, and complied with the additional public disclosures this process required, even though it could have easily financed the project privately with little or no public disclosures.

  • The property was already zoned for medical uses, and we answered questions put to our representatives honestly and truthfully. We always planned to build a medical facility.

    Did we hope to protect the privacy and safety of vendors working on our project and our future clients? Did we hope to avoid disruptive and potentially violent protests that might delay the opening of a facility greatly needed in DuPage and Kane Counties? You bet we did. It should be obvious by now why we chose that course.

    As any responsible full-service women's health care facility would do, we took all appropriate precautions to prevent those who oppose women's access to contraception and abortion from learning about plans to build this facility. The activists of the Pro-Life Action League who have been opposing our new facility are headquartered in Aurora and have a well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property as well as other related criminal activity.

    We think you will understand the urgency of our concerns when you consider the following facts about the Pro-Life Action League and its leader, Joe Scheidler.

  • Scheidler (along with a handful of other anti-abortion leaders) formed PLAN - the Pro Life Action Network. Scheidler called PLAN the "pro-life mafia" and proclaimed "a year of pain and fear" for anyone seeking or providing abortion.

  • After a six-week trial in 1998, a jury in Chicago unanimously found that the Pro-Life Action League Network orchestrated 121 crimes involving acts of threats of force or violence against women's health facilities that offered abortion. These crimes proven at trial included beating a post-operative ovarian surgery patient over the head with a sign, knocking her unconscious and causing her to bleed from the sutures in her abdomen; seizing a clinic administrator by the throat, choking and bruising her; and slamming a clinic staff member and volunteer against the stairs (sending them to a hospital and causing permanent injuries) and destroying medications and equipment. Joe Scheidler personally praised the individuals who carried out some of these misdeeds, even taking credit for them.

  • Scheidler once said "I just wish I had a medal or some sort of battle scar for each time I was arrested" for his forceful opposition to abortion and throughout the period of militant anti-abortion protesting, when clinic bombings and murders of doctors spotted the headlines, Scheidler was unapologetic about his group's tactics. "I'm doing what I have to do. So what? I've got some misdemeanors... I don't consider myself a criminal," he said.

  • Immediately upon learning of the Aurora facility, these radical anti-abortion activists began photographing the license plates of our construction workers and vowed to harass those who were working to build the facility. They also announced their intention of seeking a permit to picket the homes of our employees who will operate the facility.

    Does it truly come as a surprise, then, that as we complied with all legal and public disclosure requirements, we simultaneously sought to keep this private while the construction was proceeding because the zealots who have been opposing our new facility have a well-documented history of violence and criminal activity?

    Planned Parenthood has been providing reproductive health care throughout the Chicago Area for the past 60 years. We have a reputation for providing high-quality, accessible and affordable care for all who need it, and we look forward to serving the people of Aurora.

    We have provided this support despite the often violent and illegal actions of those who oppose a woman's exercise of constitutionally protected rights to reproductive freedom.

    If you have any questions regarding this issue or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 312-592-6800.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Trombley, President and CEO
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area

    Cc: Mayor Tom Weisner
    City Council


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    Aurora Planned Parenthood opening "likely delayed"

    delay.jpgThe Chicago Tribune reports today:

    The opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora likely will be delayed as officials investigate whether the group's occupancy permit application was proper, Mayor Tom Weisner said Thursday.

    But PP Chicago CEO Steve Trombley is optimistic that won't happen, anxious for the profitous killing to begin:

    Trombley said the group had "no reason to believe that the city will not complete its review by the 18th," adding that it was critical for the clinic to open that day because several patients have scheduled appointments.

    But OpenlineBlog is reporting a new investigator has not even been determined yet to complete its "review" (nicely done, Steve). Recall the mayor's first pick was found to have ties to a City Council committee that was part of the investigation....

    Speaking of the mayor, an inside scoopster tells me one reason he backed off his September 12 deadline was because several blogs featured his videotaped promise to let the investigation run its course. "Weisner... apparently wasn't thrilled... because people were reminding him all Thursday 'you did make a promise.'"

    That seems to me a good enough reason to rerun that.

    MSM/pro-abort politician spin alert, again quoting today's Trib:

    City officials said all they knew about the property was it was zoned for a medical building called Gemini Health Center. They have said it is not unusual for a development company to receive permits without the city knowing the tenants.

    Actually, Gemini lied on several application forms on that direct question, and Gemini also lied to a City Council member during an official meeting. Review city documents here.

    [HT: OpenlineBlog and Phil E.]

    UPDATE, 12p: From today's Aurora Beacon Sun:

    Weisner said Thursday that his office has written a letter to Planned Parenthood, indicating that the city will not issue a permanent occupancy permit until an independent review of their approval process is completed....

    "My intent is to get the facts," he said. "As long as things are moving forthrightly to that end, then the deadline is only important in terms of what Planned Parenthood does or doesn't do."

    Planned Parenthood officials did not clarify their options if Sept. 18 passes without an occupancy permit....

    Weisner charged the two at-large aldermen, Bob O'Connor and Richard Irvin, with picking a new attorney. However, Irvin calls the deadline he initially gave them - the report was to be in by Sept. 12 - unrealistic.

    "I think we should hold true to the promise made that evening," Irvin said. "If the investigation is not complete, we should not issue the occupancy permit, and if we get sued, we get sued."


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    September 5, 2007
    Planned Parenthood Fed acknowledges Aurora battle

    cecile.jpgHey, she stole our line.

    A couple hours ago Planned Parenthood prez Cecile Richards sent the following email to her list, acknowledging Aurora as "ground zero" in the war over abortion, just a few days behind Eric Scheidler. At least we agree....

    [Photo of Cecile Richards and babies courtesy of Vogue, July 2006 issue]

    By this PP is obviously acknowledging that the situation in Aurora has escalated beyond a local skirmish into a major battle. Hooah. Apparently, Chicago PP CEO Steve Trombley is a girly-man general who can no longer handle the situation and may also have majorly miscalculated by concealing the clinic's intended occupants a little too long.

    Pro-aborts can't scrape up bodies to show support? Pay $$ for a ribbon. PP can plaster thousands for just a few bucks. What a great money making scheme to boot.

    Recall the photo montage I posted of moms, dads, children, and grandparents at the August 25 protest. According to PP, they represented the "anti-choice fringe." Such liars. And no mention of PP's alleged fraud. Of course, I'm not surprised.

    Here's the text of the letter with the actual next to it. (Click that to enlarge.)

    Dear ,

    Something amazing is happening. Right now, this very moment.

    Ground zero in the fight for women's access to reproductive health care just landed in a town in the middle of America.

    Aurora, Illinois.

    Aurora's not really a town. It's a fast-growing city outside Chicago where Planned Parenthood just built a large clinic. And ten days ago, the usual suspects in the anti-choice fringe showed up in droves - and by droves, I mean more people are protesting this clinic than we've seen for a long time.

    That's why we need your help. Today. Right now. We're getting ready to open the clinic soon and we need your support - your support of Planned Parenthood and the clinic, and your support of the women of Aurora. From wherever you live, and with whatever time you have - you can help.

    To be honest, it's going to take all of our efforts to open this clinic. When the leaders of national groups like Operation Rescue and the Pro-Life Action League showed up and positioned the battle in Aurora as a top priority, we couldn't just fight back. We knew we had to take this battle into our own hands - and into YOUR own hands - by opening with more warmth, more strength, and more solidarity with supporters than ever before.

    You see, what's happening in Aurora isn't just some isolated incident. What's happening in Aurora today is what's happening in America. It's not a war on a clinic - it's a war on women's access to needed health care - in Aurora, and across our country.

    Planned Parenthood is showing up for this fight. I hope you will, too.

    And PP thought the Aurora mill needed some PR so is showcasing a very nice artist's rendering, not the actual site, on its homepage. Click to enlarge:


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    September 4, 2007
    FNC at Aurora Planned Parenthood today

    From Eric Scheidler, hot off the press:

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    I've just gotten word that Fox News Channel (national) is going to be out at the Planned Parenthood site between 2 and 3 p.m. today.

    They're interested in what we're doing here, and they're in the Chicago area all day conducting interviews on the Planned Parenthood situation.

    So if you can make it, come out to the Vigil site at 2 o'clock to help show how broad the opposition to Planned Parenthood is. There's even a chance - if you're willing - that they might interview YOU.

    If this story gets out on a national outlet like Fox News Channel, it could be a huge breakthrough for us.

    Aurora, Illinois is becoming GROUND ZERO in the fight against Planned Parenthood. Thanks to us, America is beginning to learn their truly sinister nature.

    Hope to see you out there today!

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    Aurora: smarmy mayor alert

    I have received a copy of an August 31 memo Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner sent to aldermen. Click to enlarge:

    At the August 28 Aurora City Council meeting, the mayor promised an open, thorough, independent investigation of Planned Parenthood and its false front operator, Gemini Office Development.

    This means the mayor has reneged on at least that portion of his word for an investigation with no timeline, requiring in an August 31 memo to aldermen that it be completed by September 12 - when the investigator has not even been chosen yet!

    Here is a video of the mayor's August 28 promise otherwise....

    In a previous display of smarminess, the mayor originally appointed an investigator, attorney Richard Martens, who had ties to the law firm representing the very Aurora Planning and Development Committee to be investigated. Incredible.

    See below for Eric Scheidler's urgent request for Aurora pro-life residents to call the mayor and aldermen. Talking points and contact information are provided.

    Addendum, 10:11a: As first commenter jasper pointed out as did the mayor in his memo, the reason September 12 is important is because it's the day before the next City Council meeting, the last before Planned Parenthood temporary occupany permit expires on September 17. The mayor apparently wants no lag time before issuing a permanent occupany permit for PP's planned opening day, September 18.

    Talking points to mayor and aldermen who have not expressed concern about Martens and timeline deadline:

  • Richard Martens has a conflict of interest because of his connection to the City's law firm.

  • A truly independent investigator should be chosen by unanimous City Council vote.

  • The City Council should should vote in an open session for total transparency.

  • No deadline should be imposed on the investigation.

    Talking points to the four aldermen who have objected to Martens and investigation deadline in writing to the mayor:

  • Thanks for listening to the concerns of their constituents.

  • Thanks for valuing openness and integrity in their City government.

    Contact information:

    Have not objected to Martens and investigation deadline:

    Mayor
    Thomas J. Weisner
    630-844-3612

    Alderman-at-Large
    Robert O'Connor
    630-897-5849

    1st Ward
    Abby Schuler
    630-710-0331
    AldermanSchuler@aol.com

    2nd Ward
    Juany Garza
    630-499-5560
    jgarza@aurora-il.org

    5th Ward
    John S. "Whitey" Peters
    630-710-0355
    wpeters@aurora-il.org

    6th Ward
    Michael B. Saville
    630-896-9895
    smewmaw@aurora-il.org

    7th Ward
    Scheketa Hart-Burns
    630-898-2943
    shart-burns@aurora-il.org

    9th Ward
    Leroy Keith
    630-375-9375
    AldermanKeith@aol.com

    10th Ward
    Lynda Elmore
    630-898-0403
    LDElmore@aol.com


    Have objected to Martens and investigation deadline:

    Alderman-at-Large
    Richard C. Irvin
    630-906-5571
    rirvin@oneaurora.com

    3rd Ward
    Stephanie Kifowit
    630-306-2888
    skifowit@aurora-il.org

    4th Ward
    Richard Rick-Lawrence
    630-327-8701
    ricklawrence@sbcglobal.net

    8th Ward
    Chris Beykirch
    630-844-3619
    realtorchris@sbcglobal.net


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    Youth Rally at Aurora Planned Parenthood

    I wasn't able to attend the Teen Rally this past Saturday at the intended Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Aurora, IL, but our moderator MK did and sent this photo:

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    According to Families Against Planned Parenthood, about 500 youth and 250 supportive adults attended. Imagine that, the intended targets protesting Planned Parenthood's destructive philosphy and business. There are also at least two YouTube videos....

    [HT for videos: Chicago Pro-Life Activist, which also has several other photos posted of the rally.]

    We'd all be interested in reports from the rally, if you attended. Please add a comment.


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    Fighting liars with fires

    100_3936.jpgPerhaps inspired by the determination of Operation Rescue leaders against late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, or perhaps enraged by the audacity of Aurora's Planned Parenthood, it seems to me pro-lifers are just not taking it any more.

    Three evidences....

    Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IL

    Thomas More Society gave Aurora's outside counsel an ultimatum yesterday: Agree to let teens proceed with their rally tomorrow at the Planned Parenthood mill without permit or police overbearance or make another trek to court today.

    Aurora counsel agreed in an email the kids could "bring protest signs in addition to the white crosses to their rallies... carry those signs... lay them down in the parkway when they are tired... lean them against parkway trees... [and] protest without acquiring an assembly permit under the City Code."

    Aurora counsel further desired to "either reach permanent or temporary resolution of them, or bring them before the judge in a manner that does not waste judicial or legal resources."

    Reporting this, Thomas More lead attorney Tom Brejcha said in an email, with language that always captivates me:

    [S]o things are going foward in a positive way although we remain very aggrieved by the city's adamant refusal to simply give the pro-lifers the same treatment which they routinely give to labor union strikers and picketers and even to commercial vendors, who have staked signs and tents into Aurora's city parkways all over town without so much as a gesture of interference on the part of Aurora's finest.

    We had photos of labor signs and commercial signs taken by Eric [Scheidler] a week ago today appended to our verified complaint last week, and yesterday - in the wake of the police directive that vigil participants give up their big box in which they kept rain gear, Bibles, leaflets, water bottles and snacks, etc. - Eric photographed a tent that a labor union had put up and staked into a parkway at another Aurora location, under which the strikers' and picketers' private effects were sheltered from the elements! So, this is what we call egregious "viewpoint discrimination" - a blatant First Amendment violation.

    The Aurora lawyer seems anxious not to "waste judicial resources," but he's got a surprise coming if he thinks we'll put up with and settle for these mere half-measures, welcome as they are. The pro-lifers are fully deserving of equal, non-discriminatory treatment on the same terms as those enjoyed by Aurora's labor and commercial spokespeople.

    Pro-lifers are not second class citizens. Bravo, Tom.

    Planned Parenthood in Bellmawr, New Jersey

    Reported Life Advocacy Briefing today:

    Controversy is stirring around a Planned Parenthood outpost in Bellmawr, New Jersey, which "operates," writes Courier-Post reporter Jim Walsh, "from a Camden County regional health center in the municipal complex."

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    Citizens are "collecting signatures," reports Mr. Walsh, "sending letters and expressing their displeasure to elected officials."

    The cooperative arrangement has existed for several years, according to the South Jersey Courier-Post report, but is now the focus of concern by area clergy, led by Pastor Vincent Kovlak Jr. of Bellmawr Baptist Church. "'Planned Parenthood promotes abortion and promiscuity,'" said Pastor Kovlak, apparently in a letter to other area clergymen, quoted in the Courier-Post. "'They are on the wrong side of God’s laws.'"

    The deputy county administrator for human services, defending the arrangement, acknowledged to the Courier-Post, "the protest 'has gained a little bit of momentum.'"

    Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor, MI

    An email sent by Lauren Werda, Lex Vitae president, Ave Maria School of Law, today:

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    The students of Ave Maria Law... will be forming a Life Chain out on 3100 Professional Dr... September 1 from 10am-11am! We are kicking off our semester witness at PP by this unique stand for life.... If we fill the street, we will spill onto Huron Dr. We hope to have an incredible presence out there....

    As you may know - we are still in a dispute with the city about where we can stand on Professional Dr. We are currently working to resolve this important dispute.

    Isn't all this news encouraging? Unless you're a PP exec, then oy.


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    August 30, 2007
    Leave it to the pros
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    [Courtesy WorldNetDaily, August 29; HT: Robert King]

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    Aurora Planned Parenthood investigation

    csi1.jpgTo clarify exactly how the City of Aurora's investigation into Planned Parenthood's deception is going to proceed, because it has become a little confusing, I asked pro-life attorney Vince Tessitore of Aurora to explain. Tessitore is in the thick of it. He responded:

    The Mayor said he has already started an investigation into the actions of both PP and the City by retaining attorney Richard Martens. He also said:

    1) that if City Council choses to use someone else to conduct the investigation, that'd be fine

    2) that PP would not be allowed to open pending the investigation

    3) that the investigation report would be made public

    4) that there would be no time limit on the investigation

    At this point we're still looking into Martens and apparently so is the City Council. The Mayor said he would get a bio on Martens to the Council Members today.

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    Teri had a little scam
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    I posted information yesterday showing Planned Parenthood used deceptive tactics to keep anyone from finding out it was the intended user of the "medical office" being built in Aurora.

    Here's some more. Pro-life attorney Vince Tessitore presented the above documents to the City Council at last night's meeting.

    The first document, a December 5, 2006, Aurora building permit, shows a "Teri Huyck" as the Gemini Medical Office contact.

    The second document, a clip from IL Finance Authority meeting notes dated May 8, 2007, shows a "Mr. Terry Huyck" as the Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Association Chicago.

    I called Planned Parenthood Chicago this afternoon to ensure Teri hadn't undergone a sex change. The rep assured me there was no Mr. Terry, only a Ms. Teri as PP's COO. So the IFA transcriber just got the gender wrong.

    So these documents demonstrate at the very least a working relationship between Gemini and PP back when Gemini claimed it had no clue who might want to rent its little $7.5 million speculation.

    And at best these documents demonstrate a fraudulent poser. I doubt Teri had time for a dual career. Too many operations to oversee, pardon the pun.


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    Outcome of Aurora City Council meeting

    100_3977.jpgJoe's Lab gives a good synopsis of the Aurora City Council meeting last night. I've asked Diane to repost her comment from another blog entry, because she gave a good synopsis, too. I've posted a photo montage. And I am getting citizen journalist emails on their perceptions of the meeting and will post those as comments.

    Fran and I calculated 400 citizens attended. The main room had a capacity of 196, and there were people standing against all the walls and sitting on the floor. The halls on either side were full. And there were people outside who couldn't get in. So that's the count we came up with. The ratio of pro-life speakers to pro-aborts was 124:2....

    Fran and I left at 10:30p and went to the mill. It is being covered by 40 days of round-the-clock prayer, and sure enough, there were four people walking the sidewalk and praying. It was a darkly sacred experience, if that makes sense.

    I just called Joe Scheidler, and he said the meeting ended at 1:30a. So it went 7-1/2 hours.

    100_4060.jpgBottom line: The city attorney announced at the start of the citizen statements that the mayor had launched an "independent inquiry" of Planned Parenthood. But people last night were skeptical because the investigation is being conducted by just one person, Chicago attorney Richard Martens, although he sounds credentialed.

    Joe said at the end of the meeting the mayor assured everyone there were no ties to this attorney, and the mayor would not let PP open on its target date of September 18 if it were found to have committed fraud.

    If? I don't know how it can be determined any other way. But as Eric Scheidler told the Beacon News, "I don't have the disadvantage of being a lawyer. I'm just a guy who thinks that if you lie to government officials, you ought to be held accountable." Eric apparently has the same gift of spouting clever one-liners as his dad.

    The biggest applause for the 3 hours I was there was for a pro-life attorney who said, "I'm asking that PP not be allowed to open pending the investigation, and if the city council finds PP has committed fraud, that it declare all their permits and entitlements null and void. That is the law."

    I was surprised at the level of education about Planned Parenthood. To a person, everyone articulated very well what Planned Parenthood is all about.

    A point with merit: One fellow read from the Aurora B-2 zoning ordinance that said a business may not lower property values. Hm.

    In closing, I am pleased to announce the winning MSM headline from last night. Drum roll, please....

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    [HT for winning headline: John Jansen; reader jasper for Joe's Lab link]


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    Last night's Aurora City Council Meeting on Planned Parenthood

    by Fran Eaton and Jill Stanek


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    August 27, 2007
    Safe, Legal, and Rare
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    [HT: Right Ringtail via RealChoice]

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    August 26, 2007
    Did Planned Parenthood commit fraud against Aurora, or are officials in on it?

    Backdrop....

    From the Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2007:

    Neighbors who drive by the bustling construction site in Aurora think they are seeing the completion of the "Gemini Health Center," just as the sign says....

    But in a few weeks the sign will be changed to reflect the true owners of the building: Planned Parenthood....

    "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area.... "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening...."

    That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, Texas....

    From the Aurora Beacon News, July 29, 2007:

    Aurora's Planning and Development Committee approved the final plan for the medical complex on Nov. 16, 2006.... The owner was listed as Gemini Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood....

    It's one thing to play cards close to the vest; it's another to intentionally conceal information in legal documents and in legal city hearings.

    On City of Aurora permit applications, Gemini never stated it was part of PP. On each of its construction applications dated March 23, 2006, July 27, 2006, November 22, 2006, and December 4, 2006, it listed "Gemini Office Development" as owner and "Gemini Office Development" as tenant.

    Then on its March 22, 2007, application for signage, Gemini stated the tenant was "UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME," which was clearly untrue:

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    Additionally, in a November 16, 2006, City of Aurora Planning & Development Committee meeting, the Gemini representative purposefully concealed the tenant when asked directly. He even allowed Alderman Lynda Elmore, a member of the committee and in whose ward PP was being built, to speculate that townhouse occupants across the street "should be very happy."

    Speaking of that meeting and all those city officials, is it possible not one of them, nor the mayor nor any aldermen, knew the truth? None were in cahoots with PP?

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    At a minimum, the City of Aurora should launch an official and legal investigation, questioning the applicant and tenant under oath about statements on applications and in meetings.

    If the City does not, is something more going on, a cover-up? Did some officials know that the public documents filed and statements made by the applicant were false? Did some officials know the tenant was to be an abortion provider, but then conspired with Gemini to keep it quiet to avoid politically unfavorable publicity?

    If Aurora sweeps this under the proverbial rug, is it not sending a signal that applicants for licensure may lie with impunity? Is it saying it doesn't matter that this applicant was untruthful when it is obvious to the rest of the world it knew full well who would be the tenant?

    Would the lesson then be that the current municipal government overlooks blatant misrepresentations of the truth? If citizens may lie to occupancy permit officials, may they also lie to police officers? Or at city council meetings? Where will Aurora draw the line between permissible and impermissible lies?

    Or is it that lying is permitted for political purposes? That is, lying is okay in politics so long as it protects incumbents and keeps voters in the dark about potentially embarrassing decisions?

    [HT: CitizenLink.com]

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    Chicago Tribune story:

    Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
    Author: Bonnie Miller Rubin
    Date: Jul 27, 2007
    Section: News
    Document Types: News
    Text Word Count: 1221

    Neighbors who drive by the bustling construction site in Aurora think they are seeing the completion of the "Gemini Health Center," just as the sign says. So do the painters, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen who have been working on the project for the last eight months.

    But in a few weeks the sign will be changed to reflect the true owners of the building: Planned Parenthood. At 22,000 square feet, this is among its larger facilities in the nation, providing a wide range of women's health services -- including abortions.

    Growth in the counties Aurora straddles -- DuPage, Will, Kendall and Kane -- has created an intense need for more comprehensive and affordable women's health care. And while the majority of patients come to Planned Parenthood for birth control, testing for gynecological cancers or screening for sexually transmitted diseases, it is the abortions that have made this a stealth venture almost 35 years after Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

    "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, carefully avoiding a freshly painted wall as he offered a tour of the facility. "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening ... and, at this point, I don't anticipate anything will stop that from happening."

    The $7.5 million facility at 240 N. Oakhurst Drive, in DuPage County, adjacent to a Dominick's, is scheduled to open Sept. 18. In the planning stages since 2002, it is Planned Parenthood's first full-service site in the Chicago area in 20 years and the only one to perform abortions outside of a Near North Side Chicago location. Private donors contributed $5 million toward its construction.

    It would be the only clinic performing abortions in Aurora; another clinic closed last year after its doctor retired.

    As of Thursday, not a single protester had appeared on the scene. But even at this late date, anti-abortion activists vow to create some hurdles to abortion in Aurora.

    "It is not going to be possible to stop construction," conceded Ann Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "It's probably more a matter of damage control at this point."

    Scheidler said the league is bringing to town the executive director of the anti-abortion group STOPP, which seeks to shutter Planned Parenthood, to a strategy meeting scheduled for Aug. 16.

    Avoiding builder boycotts

    That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, Texas. The boycott, organized by a concrete contractor, pressured subcontractors with being blacklisted from future employment. The contractor ended up quitting the job, and Planned Parenthood acted as its own general contractor to finish the facility.

    Still, the tactic was heralded as a new economic tool in the arsenal of abortion foes.

    As in Austin, word of the Aurora clinic was leaked to anti-abortion forces by a contractor, Scheidler said.

    "He knew there was a recovery room. It was obviously a surgery center of some sort. I guess the bullet-proof glass and all the security, the security cameras, made him concerned," she said.

    Aurora Councilman Chris Beykirch, who represents that part of the city, said he learned that Planned Parenthood was building the clinic only last week. The property was zoned for a medical/office building, however, so the city could not have blocked construction -- not that it should have tried, he said. He said he was disappointed that the agency felt it was necessary to be secretive.

    The project appears to be full-steam ahead. A staff of 24 -- answering "help wanted" ads for an unnamed clinic -- is being hired. The sleek cabinetry and faux wood floors are in place. The airy examining and recovery rooms are almost complete. It has a large conference room where the employees can meet with civic groups.

    "We want to introduce ourselves to the community ... rather than be defined by our adversaries," Trombley said.

    Kendall County is the nation's second-fastest-growing county, increasing by 62 percent from April 2000 to July 2006, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last month. "This is a medically underserved area," Trombley said.

    The full-service Chicago clinic is 35 miles away, a significant hurdle for Aurora's low-income and uninsured population.

    "This is a conservative community -- but teens are very sexually active," said Wendy Fegenhols, who recently retired from the DuPage County Health Department and serves on the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. "Anyone who is in contact with the school population recognizes the need."

    While teen pregnancy rates have declined during the last decade, sexually transmitted infections -- specifically, chlamydia and HIV -- have steadily increased in DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, according to state health officials.

    Indeed, Planned Parenthood has opened three suburban "express" sites -- in Naperville, Schaumburg and Orland Park -- which mostly offer birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections. The closest site to the new facility, in Naperville, logged more than 13,700 visits last year.

    Foes plan protests

    Planned Parenthood may have won the battle by building the Aurora clinic in secrecy, but the war is far from over, anti-abortion forces vowed. The Pro-Life Action League held a strategy session on the clinic Thursday and decided to begin picketing the site Aug. 22. The group intends to target not only the clinic, said Scheidler, but customers of nearby businesses as well.

    "We will be out protesting with our ugly graphic pictures that everyone hates. People don't want to go shopping or go to the dentist with those pictures out there," Scheidler said.

    Such tactics are precisely what have residents of the nearby Oakhurst subdivision concerned, said Homeowners Association President Jonathan Lack. The community of 2,200 homes -- more than half are single-family residences -- could best be described as "conservative and Republican."

    He predicted that among residents, "very few people are going to be in the 'I don't care' camp. ...

    "It is a lightening-rod issue for a lot of people on both sides of it," Lack said. "Having protesters on both sides does not really fit with the neighborhood aesthetic."

    brubin@tribune.com
    jkimberly@tribune.com


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    Pro-life protest at Aurora Planned Parenthood

    by Jill Stanek


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    Joe Scheidler interview at Aurora PP protest


    by guest poster Fran Eaton, editor of Illinois Review

    At the Planned Parenthood protest in Aurora today, I had a chance to ask Pro-Life Action League's founder Joe Scheidler if what the president of Illinois NOW told me was true - had he indeed been arrested 40 times, some for assault and battery?

    [JLS note: Besides viewing a great interview with Joe, you can get a sense by this video of the energy of the protest today. You can see the picket at the main road in the background, and hear some of the chanting and car honks in support.]

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    Our worlds kiss rather than collide

    Today the protest/prayer vigil of the Aurora Planned Parenthood was held. The crowd was huge, somewhere between 750-1,000! It is the largest protest of any kind I have ever attended next to the annual March for Life.

    I have to sort through over 150 photos to whittle down to 10-15 to post, but in the meantime I'll post one of Mary Kay (MK), Danny (Skinhead Dan), and me. Yes, Danny showed up. And he even surprised us by paying for our lunch, which was a kind gesture. (We happened to end up in the same restaurant affer the picket.)

    For those who don't know, MK is one of our site moderators, and Danny has been a pro-abort commenter here for several months.

    So our blog world and real world met today, and the experience was nice! I had never met MK before either. It was wonderful spending time with her face to face.

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    More later....

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    August 24, 2007
    Planned Parenthood goes underground

    It's our fault Planned Parenthood is sneaking around, lying, and deceiving the public, so its says. More on that momentarily.

    pp.jpgBut it's interesting that we're apparently driving PP underground. We may not be impairing its bottom line ($902.8 million fiscal year 2005-06), but we are hurting its brand. That came home to me the other day when posting on PP/USPS's 1972 family planning stamp. I don't think it would see the light of day today.

    So back to the sneaking, lying, and deceiving, here are excerpts from an enlightening article from RH (Reproductive Health) Reality Check yesterday about PP's new Denver mill....

    Marie Allan sat on the front porch of her apartment and tried to envision anti-abortion protesters walking the sidewalk by the now-empty building across 38th Street.

    She didn't like what she imagined.

    "We don't need protesters here every day," Allan said fretfully.

    Neighbors of a new headquarters for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will have no choice. Planned Parenthood's secret purchase of a city block in Northeast Denver is now public knowledge. A large clinic and administrative offices are set to open in August 2008....

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    For Allan and her neighbors, this is not good news.

    "I think I might move once they put it there," said Monique, a woman who would only give her first name because of the contentiousness of the abortion debate.

    Monique opposes the abortion services Planned Parenthood offers. But like Allan, she's equally upset with the prospect of protesters harassing patients entering the clinic and turning her street into a spectacle....

    Calling Planned Parenthood clinics death camps or for-profit baby killing factories is the kind of inflammatory talk that led Planned Parenthood of the Rockies to buy its new property without telling anyone.

    Planned Parenthood branches in Austin, Texas and Alton, Illinois tried the stealth-purchase strategy for new clinics, [Leslie] Durgin [PP VP] said....

    In Denver, said Durgin, Planned Parenthood made a quiet purchase, but then decided to go public with its plans when asked by a reporter....

    (Only because it got caught.)

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    Allan, Monique and others living in the townhouse apartments facing the new clinic... blame protesters as much as anyone for the disruptions that are likely to occur....

    Allan has... heard the stories of pictures of bloody fetuses hoisted by protesters. It's not something kids going to play at nearby Martin Luther King Park need to be confronted with constantly, she said....

    The Planned Parenthood brochure shows an artist's concept of a campus-like setting, beautifully landscaped and buffered by trees.

    Conspicuously missing from the picture are the fence that will surround the property....

    Among the lies anti-abortion activists like to tell is that Planned Parenthood targets minority women for abortions. That has already happened in Denver, where the location of the new clinic in a predominantly black neighborhood led to suggestions of racism.

    Durgin said only 7% of the women who receive abortions at Planned Parenthood are African-American.

    Wow, what a whopper, easy to refute. 1) Per Alan Guttmacher Institute, January 2007, "[T]he racial or ethnic background of women who have abortions... 41% are white, 32% are black and 20% are Hispanic," and "Most abortion providers (95%) are also located in metropolitan areas." 2) Meanwhile, blacks comprise only 13.4% of the population, according to the US Census Bureau. 3) 58% of black lives in metropolitan areas, according to Wikipedia.

    Lots of bottom lines:

  • Three are that our protests, graphic signs, and rhetoric are impacting American thinking about abortion.

  • Another is that PP could care less about city or neighborhood relationships, only about its bottom line. Why would anyone think it considers women any differently?

  • Another is that PP is having a hard time getting contractors and people to physically build its abortuaries, another reason for the deception. So much for honestly giving people a "choice" whether or not they want to aid its agenda.

  • Another is that PP's skulduggery may get it what it wants in the short run but will hurt it in the long run, making Americans all the less trustful of it. They will consider these sneak-ins truly indefensible, because...

  • ... "Pro-choicers" may love abortion, but nobody wants it in their backyard.


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    Aurora Planned Parenthood mill: largest in US

    pp%20aurora.jpgThe Aurora Beacon News cut-and-pasted a Planned Parenthood press release and called it a news article yesterday. The velocity of the spin was equal to an F5 tornado.

    (ABN is part of the Sun-Times News Group, which announced in an editorial last month it was "returning to our liberal, working-class roots...")

    But we learned from ABN the 22,000 sq. ft. Aurora mill "will be Planned Parenthood's largest health center."

    (That said, I'm not sure ABN can adequately assess scale, because we also learned that hundreds of pro-life protesters are actually "a handful.")

    But in the no-spin zone, Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League reported that PP should be investigated for fraud. In an email update yesterday, Eric wrote....

    The evidence is clear that Planned Parenthood lied their way into Aurora. They created a front company, Gemini Development Corp., and stated on their permit documents that the intended tenant of the building was "unknown."

    Representatives of "Gemini" even sat there as Aldermen spoke in committee about how it would be great for the neighborhood to have a nice quiet medical office, rather than a busy strip mall. Yet Gemini knew full well they were bringing in an abortuary - a lightening rod of controversy!

    Eric asked Aurora residents to call on the mayor and aldermen to investigate this fraud. Contact info is on Monday's post.

    Eric also requested we personally invite three people to attend this Saturday's rally. I have done that and snagged one friend to join me (chauffeuring me in her red T-bird convertible, not that I love her for that). Won't you?

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    August 21, 2007
    Family planning stamp

    Pro-abort Karen Tomb at RH (Reproductive Health) Reality Check told an interesting story the other day of stumbling across a U.S. family planning stamp from 1972 in a box of old keepsakes.

    stamp.gifThe stamp was apparently pushed by Planned Parenthood. Such an insidious and smart group. Said Tomb:

    In announcing the appearance of the stamp at a gathering of Planned Parenthood Federation supporters, JT Ellington, the then-director of the Postal Service's office of communication, was quoted in the March 18, 1972 New York Times saying "We hope... this stamp will serve as a reminder to all members of our society... that a spiraling world population and the environmental and social ills that inevitably follow - is everyone's concern."

    (For the latest on the "spiraling world population" 35 years later read this August 17 USA Today article.)

    Tomb said, "[A]pparently family planning was not only supported by the Nixon administration, but enjoyed sufficient public acceptance to warrant a commemorative postage stamp...."

    I think Tomb was acknowledging such a stamp would not see the light of day today, and I think she's right. What has changed? I don't think a Republican administration can be "blamed."

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    Pick one: Troglodyte father, best gay dude friend, or patriarchal police

    You may recall Twisty Faster at the I Blame the Patriarchy blog.

    caveman.gifOn Sunday Twisty verbally clubbed a "troglodyte" bill in OH that would require written informed consent from a father before aborting. And cavemen did not write this bill. Twisty complained they plugged all the loopholes:

    Don't know who the father is? You have to buy paternity tests for the usual suspects. Were you raped? Relive the experience by providing proof of this to your abortion provider. Think you'll get your best gay dude friend to fake consent for you? It's "abortion fraud," a first degree misdemeanor. If you commit a second abortion fraud, it's a felony.

    Let's park on rape....

    Twisty apparently thinks it better to let these Neanderthals remain free to prowl the countryside for their next victim (or her again) rather than force a pregnant mother to "relive the experience" by reporting the crime.

    Commenter CafeSiren provided the most interesting logic:

    Right - because when an underaged girl is raped by a member of her household, or a grown woman is raped by a friend, boyfriend, or coworker, they're gonna go straight to the police. Because not a one of them will have internalized the culture of patriarchy to the point where standing up for themselves in the face of male violence is difficult or impossible to contemplate, nor will they fear ridicule or retribution from male family members, coworkers, friends, and authorities (including the mostly-male police).

    So the superior alternatives to reporting incest or rape to the police are for an underage victim to get an abortion and return to the incest perpetrator's home, or for the violent rape victim to get the abortion and leave the criminal on the street to rape her again and/or beat her and/or kill her.

    Do I have that right?


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    Help make fight against Planned Parenthood's new mill national news

    aurora1.jpgLive in the Midwest? Join me this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at a pro-life rally at the site of the new Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Aurora, IL.

    Eric Scheidler
    of Pro-Life Action League said in an email he hopes this rally will put the fight against this PP's new 22,000 sq. ft. mill on the national map. He hopes the crowd size will make it "historic." Let's do our part to make that so. From Eric....

    As my father [Joe] said at the Community Meeting last week, the groundswell of opposition to PP is unlike anything he's ever seen. Everyone involved with this effort continues to be astonished at how much zeal there is to take action against PP.

    Every event has had triple the expected attendance! My e-mail list has grown threefold in just a week - and continues to expand....

    And now we've got this big Pro-Life Rally taking place Saturday, 9-11 a.m., right out there at the new PP building. I'm expecting HUNDREDS of people. Several folks have mentioned to me today that they're praying for 1,000 pro-lifers to be there!

    I'll be one. If you want to meet up, email me.

    Park at Our Lady of Mercy Church at 801 S. Eola Dr., and catch a shuttled to the PP site. Here's a map.

    aurora2.jpgGo to PLAL's site for details on the vigil.

    Meanwhile, Eric reported today PP has applied for an occupancy permit. Eric is asking Aurora residents to tell city officials you want a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting investigating how Gemini Development Corp.put up the PP building without anyone knowing it was going to be a mill.

    I've posted talking points and phone numbers below.

    August 21, 2007, 12:59p

    Eric Scheidler
    Communications Director
    Pro-Life Action League
    Tel: 773-251-8792

    Pro-Life Action League,
    6160 N Cicero Ave, Ste 600,
    Chicago, IL 60646

    Dear Jill,

    We've just received word that an occupancy permit may be issued any day -- possibly even TODAY -- for Planned Parenthood. That would mean they can start doing business whenever they want.

    Right now our best chance to STOP this place form opening is to KEEP them from getting the occupancy permit.

    Tonight the City Council is meeting. What we need to do is get them to call for PUBLIC HEARINGS on the permit process surrounding the Planned Parenthood building.

    So if you live in Aurora, you need to call the Mayor and your Alderman RIGHT NOW. I've included a list of the Wards and Alderman at the bottom of this message, along with a link to a Ward Map.
    Also call the two Aldermen-at-Large.

    If you can't figure out your Ward from the map, then call the City at 630-264-INFO and ask.

    When you call, tell the mayor or alderman that you want them to call for a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting into how Gemini Development Corporation put up this new building which we now know will be a Planned Parenthood center.

    During your call DO NOT put the focus on abortion or any other moral issue. We want to WIN, and that means giving the City Council a reason they'll respond to for calling a public hearing. Sad but true, the moral issues won't do it.

    Our talking points are these:

    * "I'm upset that Planned Parenthood is moving into Aurora. I
    don't want them here."
    * Gemini Development Corporation deceived the city. They allowed
    the City to believe a quiet medical facility would be coming
    in, not a controversial Planned Parenthood clinic.
    * The presence of a facility that performs abortion is bad for
    property values in the Oakhust community.
    * Women and girls have died at Planned Parenthood clinics
    recently. We want to ensure our wives daughters are safe.

    That's our line with the Aldermen right now. Put the above points into your own words, and be brief and respectful.

    PLEASE CALL THE MAYOR, YOUR ALDERMAN AND THE TWO ALDERMEN-AT-LARGE IMMEDIATELY.

    Then, CALL three of your Aurora friends who won't get this e-mail and ask them to do the same. You can print out this e-mail and take to them, or forward it.

    Yours urgently,

    -- Eric


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    AURORA MAYOR AND ALDERMEN NUMBERS
    ---------------------------------

    Ward Map: http://tinyurl.com/3cf3ba

    Mayor
    Thomas J. Weisner
    630-844-3612

    Alderman-at-Large
    Robert O'Connor
    630-897-5849

    Alderman-at-Large
    Richard C. Irvin
    630-906-5571

    1st Ward
    Abby Schuler
    630-710-0331

    2nd Ward
    Juany Garza
    630-499-5560

    3rd Ward
    Stephanie Kifowit
    630-306-2888

    4th Ward
    Richard Rick-Lawrence
    630-327-8701

    5th Ward
    John S. "Whitey" Peters
    630-710-0355

    6th Ward
    Michael B. Saville
    630-896-9895

    7th Ward
    Scheketa Hart-Burns
    630-898-2943

    8th Ward
    Chris Beykirch
    630-844-3619

    9th Ward
    Leroy Keith
    630-375-9375

    10th Ward
    Lynda Elmore
    630-898-0403


    Yours for Life,

    -- Eric


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    August 20, 2007
    Is abortion bias the bloody problem in NJ?

    When shoddy abortion mills are exposed, proponent say they are anomalies.

    An August 19 article in PressofAtlanticCity.com analyzed state inspection histories of all six NJ mills. To clarify, the following two mills are not the two closed earlier this year, which were Metropolitan and Alternatives:

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    Inspections are sporadic at best and, when they do occur, discovering serious violations is common.

    Inspections remain overdue for the three other abortion centers - by as much as seven years in the case of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Shrewsbury.... The last inspection reports for all six clinics recorded violations....

    The violations outlined in the six most recent abortion clinic reports are equally extensive.

    Although Pilgrim Medical Center in Montclair was the only abortion clinic whose routine inspections were up to date, several state violations were found in 2005. These included providing unspecified medical services without a license and lacking an oxygen supply to patients in one operating room.

    Patients' dried blood and blood residue were common discoveries in some of the state's licensed abortion clinics, including the Montclair clinic, where investigators revealed that the base of the clinic's operating tables were "soiled and caked with dried blood" and the floors below the tables were "soiled and stained with blood residue."...

    Pilgrim Medical Center remained open....

    The clinic that went the longest without state inspection was Planned Parenthood... in Shrewsbury, whose most recent inspection was conducted Jan. 4, 2000. According to the report, the clinic's license had expired five days prior to the inspection....

    In its defense, the NJ Health Dept. stated NJ had undergone an almost 100% increase in ambulatory health centers in the last seven years, but the Press investigation found:

    Before the state's 2000 visit, officials hadn't been to the Shrewsbury clinic since 1996....

    At any rate, NJHD spokesman Tom Slater appeared to assert state inspections don't matter...

    "These facilities are staffed by licensed professionals and part of their licensure requirements is that they uphold the highest of standards," he said. "We have confidence that they will continue to do that and notify us if there is a problem."

    ... leading me to ask why then do state inspections of anything matter? Why bother with restaurant inspections or car inspections? Doesn't the state trust us to notify it if there is a problem?

    Is what's really going on here pro-abortion bias?

    "I think it's been a long-standing position of the state that abortion is the great untouchable of law and politics," said Marie Tasy... of... NJ Right to Life.

    Republican Reps. Chris Smith and Scott Garrett reiterated Tasy's comments in their letter to Health Commissioner Jacobs shortly after Metropolitan... was shut down.

    "It is our greatest concern that in the state's haste to appear supportive of abortion rights, it is failing to safeguard the health and safety of the vulnerable young women who seek abortions in New Jersey," the letter reads.


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    August 17, 2007
    Typical

    We've got a good mix of pro-lifers and "pro-choicers" on this site who engage in healthy debate that is unedited 99+% of the time. I admire those from the other side who dialogue here, even if we are 180 degrees apart.

    Yet when pro-lifers attempt to broach pro-abort territory, we are commonly greeted with a block. And as for that territory, I frankly find pro-abort blogs for the most part inane and adolescent.

    This is typical: Yesterday I spotlighted comments by pro-abort blogger JJ of Unrepentent Old Hippie, who said she doesn't want to hear, see, or speak about abortion with us. This is the classic definer of a closed, foolish, afraid mind.

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    Her response reproves my point, although it's a fun read....

    Jill Stanek doesn't like me

    and I'm sad.

    You may be wondering, as I was, "Who the f*** is Jill Stanek?" Ms. Stanek is apparently a writer at USian website World Net Daily ("wingnut news you can use!!!"). She also does speaking engagements, so I guess she's well-know in those circles....

    betty.jpgMy post yesterday about whether we should be talking to people doing anything as nutty as driving around in a fetusmobile is what got the propeller on Jill's beanie spinning at redline, and, kind of proving my point, she was driven by forces she couldn't control to blog about it. I went to have a look at her little screed and was greeted by the Betty Crocker visage of someone I assume to be Jill grinning vacantly out at me. Helloooooo Xanax. I flipped her the bird (so immature), scrolled til I found the Post in Question and gave it the once-over. Just the usual bleating and moaning and, for a change of pace, an accusation of "adolescent vocabulary":

    "I myself was taken aback when reading JJ was 52, because her vocabulary and logic were that of an adolescent."

    Ouch! Hahahahaha, come on now. Even SUZANNE humps my leg better than that. Trust me, nobody is more taken aback than I am to discover that I'm 52. That insult of nature alone is ample reason for a sharp increase in the obscenity index. And adolescent vocabulary notwithstanding, I notice that Jill's taken a liking to my word, "fetusmobile".

    As icing on the Betty Crocker cake, JJ calls comments "barks."

    JJ also decided to copyright the word "fetusmobile," and I'd be happy to honor that little symbol if someone can give me the html language for it.


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    August 16, 2007
    Mini storage

    NY1 featured a story August 14 on a controversial billboard advertisement by Manhattan Mini Storage:

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    Tacky? I'd say here's another counterproductive move by pro-aborts. Americans, even if "pro-choice," don't find abortion cute or funny. Most commenters to NY1 agreed....

    Bear in mind New York is hard-core pro-abortion. Ten percent of all U.S. abortions - 100,000 - are committed there annually. On the other hand, perhaps that's exactly the reason why they by and large didn't care for the reminder:

    "I think it's a little bit over the top, a little bit shocking, a little bit unacceptable and I think they should take it down," said New Yorker Gerry Creamer.

    "I've always felt that their ads were just a little risque, just a little unsettling, but I think that takes it too far," added New Yorker Kirsten Carlson.

    "I think it's kind of crazy that they put it up there like that," added New Yorker Dalton Adams. "I think it's a little disrespectful. I think it's a little inconsiderate and it's big! I mean, it's not hidden, people can see it."

    But others said they don't have a problem with the ad's message, or its imagery.

    "I think a woman's right to choose is definitely shrinking and it's making a statement and definitely makes people think. It's interesting how they put the two together," said Laura Hollin.

    Vanessa Valenti works for a reproductive rights organization and posted a picture of the billboard on her blog.

    "This is fantastic. We love Manhattan Mini Storage," said Valenti. "It was really refreshing to see a private company take a stand on such an important issue."

    [Hat tip: Feministing; photo courtesy of Feministing]

    UPDATE, 9:35a: Here's a press release from the Catholic League yesterday with good quotes by Bill Donohue.

    UPDATE, 8/17, 9:25a: CBS News, NY, "Storage co.'s pro-choice billboard causes uproar" [HT: #2 son]


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    Cultivating D&E picturacy and dangerosity

    heffernan2.jpgIn a tired "you can't be pro-life unless you're pro-socialized health care" reprimand at The Huffington Post yesterday, blogger James Heffernan strangely defended partial birth abortion by saying the ban against it "forbid[s] second-trimester removal of the fetus in an intact condition while allowing it to be ripped apart inside the uterus and yanked out piece by piece - a far more dangerous procedure, as leading experts in obstetrics and gynecology have repeatedly testified."

    "Ripped apart inside the uterus and yanked out piece by piece"?

    Isn't that a rather inflammatory and incriminating description of a dilatation and evacuation (D&E) abortion for a pro-abort to use?

    And "a far more dangerous procedure"?

    Was Heffernan saying D&E's are dangerous?

    Again, whose side was Hefferman on? His bio says he "taught English at Dartmouth for almost forty years." One of his books is, Cultivating Picturacy: Visual Art and Verbal Interventions.

    Hefferman certainly has a talent for cultivating linguistic picturacy, but I think he needs a pro-abort verbal intervention. Evoking imagery of a D&E abortion while branding it as "dangerous" doesn't help the other side much.

    But it does give me an opportunity to display some visual art:

    Do you like that, Professor Heffernan? Do I get an A?

    [Visual art courtesy of FindLaw.com]

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    August 10, 2007
    Tiller tattlers score one

    tiller.jpgOn August 10 the Hays Daily News reported that Sedgwick County, KS, Chief Criminal Judge Gregory Waller said, "I don't see any reason to respond," to charges by pro-lifers he could not remain unbiased in the case against late-term abortionist George Tiller on 19 misdemeanor charges.

    Hays News reported that two of Tiller's attorneys endorsed Waller's reelection in 1998. One of those attorneys also contributed $500 to Waller's campaign in 1998, the maximum allowed, and $275 last year.

    Later that day came this press release sent by Operation Rescue....

    Oral arguments were heard today in a motion to dismiss 19 charges of illegal abortions against late-term abortionist George R. Tiller. The hearing was scheduled before Judge Gregory Waller, but was moved to the courtroom of Judge Anthony Powell this morning after the Associated Press published an article based on information released by Operation Rescue that revealed that Waller had received political contributions from Tiller attorney Daniel Monnet.

    Judge Powell indicated at the onset of the hearing that an amicus brief had been filed by 20 Kansas Legislators in favor of the prosecution. He disclosed that he had served in the Legislature and that at least two of them may have given him campaign contribution in his initial campaign for judge. Both the Attorney General's counsel and Tiller's attorneys indicated that they did not object and trusted that those contributions would not affect the court's decision.

    The Associated Press added this insight, a couple hours ago:

    The fate of a high-profile abortion provider now rests with a judge who once was one of his most vocal opponents in the Legislature.

    [Photo courtesy of Kansas City Star.]


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    Free speech shock x 2

    cbr.jpgFor the first time in five years, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Midwest was able to exhibit graphic signs showing the truth about abortion in downtown Dayton, OH, during lunchtime on August 3.

    CBR was only able to exercise this First Amendment educational freedom following a unanimous decision by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a police stoppage of a similar CBR demonstration in 2002 was unconstitutional.

    The August 3 CBR event two two-pronged. While organizers staffed a display of huge photos comparing abortion to genocide at the Montgomery County Courthouse from 11a to 2p, CBR's billboard trucks with photos of same circled downtown.

    In a related shocking free speech exercise, the local media, the Dayton Daily News, videotaped the event showing both sides of the debate - including the graphic photos - with no commentary, making it available to readers online with the caption: "Abortion: Right or Wrong? You decide"

    See video here.

    Biased I may be, but the Planned Parenthood hack who backed away from the "pro-abortion" label in the video looked defensive and only substantiated that there is something bad about abortion.

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    August 9, 2007
    Of science and free inquiry

    nro.jpgGary Bauer, president of American Values and chairman of Campaign for Working Families, wrote an important op ed in yesterday's National Review Online that articulates the pro-life movement's "fresh strategy." The whole piece should be read for encouragement and to understand and latch on.

    Excerpts...

    [T]his July, Georgia and Mississippi became the latest states (9th and 10th overall) to require abortion providers to offer women considering abortion the chance to view an ultrasound image of their unborn child....

    The new ultrasound laws underscore a dramatic development that's taken place in the pro-life movement, one unparalleled in the over 30 years I've been involved in working to build a culture of life. It's a strategic shift in emphasis away from battles over abortion restrictions and toward those concerning women's access to information.

    But the promotion of ultrasound legislation... is only part of a broadened pro-life agenda whose purpose, in part, is to offer women a more complete picture of what abortion is, and to use the power of conscience to change hearts and minds.

    Twenty-three states have introduced, and thus far four states have passed, legislation requiring that abortion providers disclose to women seeking abortions after 20 weeks gestation that their child may feel intense pain during the procedure.

    In addition, 32 states have informed-consent laws, which in their most basic form require women be offered pamphlets that describe fetal development, explain alternatives to abortion, and in some cases warn that some women experience profound psychological effects post-abortion.

    And several states are considering legislation requiring abortion providers to tell women that the abortion they want will kill a "whole, separate, unique and living human being."

    According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, state and federal legislators introduced 92 bills to expand informed-consent laws in 2006 alone.

    Abortion opponents' emphasis on informed-consent laws underscores a fresh strategy that's emerged after decades of thwarted attempts to place even the slightest restrictions on abortion (and though it was helpful in other ways, even the federal partial-birth-abortion ban, twelve years in the making, won't prohibit a single abortion). It's a strategy that recognizes that laws restricting abortion are a necessary but not sufficient condition to ending abortion in America.

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    Most of all, it's a strategy that allows pro-lifers to talk about abortion in a more complete way: not only in terms of the unborn child's right to life, but also in terms of a woman's right to full information. So while abortion supporters speak of protecting and expanding women's right to choose, pro-lifers - seizing the liberal mantle of science and free inquiry - now focus on informing women exactly what it is they are choosing.

    Predictably, abortion advocates are less than happy with the notion that women should receive more information about their reproductive decisions....

    But the abortion lobby's real objection may stem from the simple fact that informed-consent laws humanize the "fetus," prick the conscience, and have helped to produce this encouraging trend: a steady decline (20% among states consistently reporting data, and 40% among minors in those states) in the number of abortions since 1990, and a significant drop (11% according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute) in the number of abortion providers since 2000.

    What's more, a recent Gallup analysis of abortion trends reveals that the share of Americans who consider themselves "pro-life" has risen 12% (from 33% to 45%) in the last 12 years, while the proportion of “pro-choice” Americans has fallen to 49%....

    In the end, there's a simple explanation for the success of informed consent laws, one founded on a fundamental insight into human nature: If women with unplanned pregnancies recognize their unborn children as living, breathing, feeling (not to mention kicking and yawning) human beings, and if they understand the profound risks - both physical and psychological - involved with abortion, they will choose life.

    In his column, Bauer referred to an April 29 op ed by pro-abort William Saletan in the Washington Post. Here are a couple important excerpts from that:

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    Abortion opponents are often caricatured as stupid creationists who just want to put women back in their place. Science and free inquiry are supposed to help them get over their "love affair with the fetus." But science hasn't cooperated. Ultrasound has exposed the life in the womb to those of us who didn't want to see what abortion kills. The fetus is squirming, and so are we....

    Critics complain that these bills seek to "bias," "coerce" and "guilt-trip" women. Come on. Women aren't too weak to face the truth. If you don't want to look at the video, you don't have to. But you should look at it, and so should the guy who got you pregnant, because the decision you're about to make is as grave as it gets....

    [U]ltrasound is a test of pro-choice sincerity.... [T]he clash between ultrasound and the partial-birth ban is ultimately a choice between information and prohibition. To trust the ultrasound, you have to trust the woman.

    [Hat tip: Dr. Frank]


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    August 6, 2007
    Planned Parenthood sneaks 22,000 sq. ft. mill into city

    The Chicago Tribune reported on July 27 (read complete story at bottom of post):

    Neighbors who drive by the bustling construction site in Aurora [IL] think they are seeing the completion of the "Gemini Health Center," just as the sign says. So do the painters, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen who have been working on the project for the last eight months.

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    But in a few weeks the sign will be changed to reflect the true owners of the building: Planned Parenthood. At 22,000 square feet, this is among its larger facilities in the nation, providing a wide range of women's health services -- including abortions....

    The $7.5 million facility... adjacent to a Dominick's [grocery store], is scheduled to open Sept. 18. In the planning stages since 2002, it is Planned Parenthood's first full-service site in the Chicago area in 20 years and the only one to perform abortions outside of a Near North Side Chicago location. Private donors contributed $5 million toward its construction....

    That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, TX. The boycott, organized by a concrete contractor, pressured subcontractors with being blacklisted from future employment. The contractor ended up quitting the job, and Planned Parenthood acted as its own general contractor to finish the facility.

    Added the Aurora Beacon News, July 29:

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    Aurora's Planning and Development Committee approved the final plan for the medical complex on Nov. 16, 2006. The project did not require City Council approval, as the property was zoned for medical office use. The owner was listed as Gemini Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood.

    It is my understand it is illegal in IL for a community to ban an abortion mill. An abortuary is the sort of business even supporters don't want in their neighborhood, kind of like a nuclear waste dump.

    PP blames its deceptiveness on pro-lifers. What about the people and businesses that would never have helped build that place had they known. Oh, well?

    Pro-Life Action League is holding a meeting tonight to discuss the pro-life respone to the PP mill. Contact Eric Scheidler for details as to time and place.

    [Photos courtesy of Eric Scheidler and Generations for Life.]

    Chicago Tribune story:

    Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
    Author: Bonnie Miller Rubin
    Date: Jul 27, 2007
    Section: News
    Document Types: News
    Text Word Count: 1221

    Neighbors who drive by the bustling construction site in Aurora think they are seeing the completion of the "Gemini Health Center," just as the sign says. So do the painters, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen who have been working on the project for the last eight months.

    But in a few weeks the sign will be changed to reflect the true owners of the building: Planned Parenthood. At 22,000 square feet, this is among its larger facilities in the nation, providing a wide range of women's health services -- including abortions.

    Growth in the counties Aurora straddles -- DuPage, Will, Kendall and Kane -- has created an intense need for more comprehensive and affordable women's health care. And while the majority of patients come to Planned Parenthood for birth control, testing for gynecological cancers or screening for sexually transmitted diseases, it is the abortions that have made this a stealth venture almost 35 years after Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

    "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long," said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, carefully avoiding a freshly painted wall as he offered a tour of the facility. "We didn't want anything to interfere with the opening ... and, at this point, I don't anticipate anything will stop that from happening."

    The $7.5 million facility at 240 N. Oakhurst Drive, in DuPage County, adjacent to a Dominick's, is scheduled to open Sept. 18. In the planning stages since 2002, it is Planned Parenthood's first full-service site in the Chicago area in 20 years and the only one to perform abortions outside of a Near North Side Chicago location. Private donors contributed $5 million toward its construction.

    It would be the only clinic performing abortions in Aurora; another clinic closed last year after its doctor retired.

    As of Thursday, not a single protester had appeared on the scene. But even at this late date, anti-abortion activists vow to create some hurdles to abortion in Aurora.

    "It is not going to be possible to stop construction," conceded Ann Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "It's probably more a matter of damage control at this point."

    Scheidler said the league is bringing to town the executive director of the anti-abortion group STOPP, which seeks to shutter Planned Parenthood, to a strategy meeting scheduled for Aug. 16.

    Avoiding builder boycotts

    That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, Texas. The boycott, organized by a concrete contractor, pressured subcontractors with being blacklisted from future employment. The contractor ended up quitting the job, and Planned Parenthood acted as its own general contractor to finish the facility.

    Still, the tactic was heralded as a new economic tool in the arsenal of abortion foes.

    As in Austin, word of the Aurora clinic was leaked to anti-abortion forces by a contractor, Scheidler said.

    "He knew there was a recovery room. It was obviously a surgery center of some sort. I guess the bullet-proof glass and all the security, the security cameras, made him concerned," she said.

    Aurora Councilman Chris Beykirch, who represents that part of the city, said he learned that Planned Parenthood was building the clinic only last week. The property was zoned for a medical/office building, however, so the city could not have blocked construction -- not that it should have tried, he said. He said he was disappointed that the agency felt it was necessary to be secretive.

    The project appears to be full-steam ahead. A staff of 24 -- answering "help wanted" ads for an unnamed clinic -- is being hired. The sleek cabinetry and faux wood floors are in place. The airy examining and recovery rooms are almost complete. It has a large conference room where the employees can meet with civic groups.

    "We want to introduce ourselves to the community ... rather than be defined by our adversaries," Trombley said.

    Kendall County is the nation's second-fastest-growing county, increasing by 62 percent from April 2000 to July 2006, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last month. "This is a medically underserved area," Trombley said.

    The full-service Chicago clinic is 35 miles away, a significant hurdle for Aurora's low-income and uninsured population.

    "This is a conservative community -- but teens are very sexually active," said Wendy Fegenhols, who recently retired from the DuPage County Health Department and serves on the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. "Anyone who is in contact with the school population recognizes the need."

    While teen pregnancy rates have declined during the last decade, sexually transmitted infections -- specifically, chlamydia and HIV -- have steadily increased in DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, according to state health officials.

    Indeed, Planned Parenthood has opened three suburban "express" sites -- in Naperville, Schaumburg and Orland Park -- which mostly offer birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections. The closest site to the new facility, in Naperville, logged more than 13,700 visits last year.

    Foes plan protests

    Planned Parenthood may have won the battle by building the Aurora clinic in secrecy, but the war is far from over, anti-abortion forces vowed. The Pro-Life Action League held a strategy session on the clinic Thursday and decided to begin picketing the site Aug. 22. The group intends to target not only the clinic, said Scheidler, but customers of nearby businesses as well.

    "We will be out protesting with our ugly graphic pictures that everyone hates. People don't want to go shopping or go to the dentist with those pictures out there," Scheidler said.

    Such tactics are precisely what have residents of the nearby Oakhurst subdivision concerned, said Homeowners Association President Jonathan Lack. The community of 2,200 homes -- more than half are single-family residences -- could best be described as "conservative and Republican."

    He predicted that among residents, "very few people are going to be in the 'I don't care' camp. ...

    "It is a lightening-rod issue for a lot of people on both sides of it," Lack said. "Having protesters on both sides does not really fit with the neighborhood aesthetic."

    brubin@tribune.com
    jkimberly@tribune.com


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    Per UPI, abortionists are "health officials"; mills are "agencies"

    The first two paragraphs of the July 30 UPI article likely duped the vast unwashed:

    Several U.S. health officials argued that the passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Act is forcing more dangerous procedures to occur.

    Health officials through agencies like Michigan's WomanCare have pointed out that since the U.S. Supreme Court passed the act, they have been forced to use medical procedures that make abortions increasingly risky and painful....

    Let's translate.

    hodari.jpgThe "U.S. health officials"? Only one was identified: Alberto Hodari, a late-term abortionist.

    The "agencies"? A group of six MI late-term abortion mills (seven in August!) named WomanCare.

    Whoops. Hodari is WomanCare's "medical director," i.e., lead abortionist.

    (A July 30 Detroit News article from which this piece was spawned named other "U.S. health officials" and "agencies": Renee Chelian, executive director of Northland Family Planning Centers, another group of late-term MI abortion mills; Kate Palmer, "a health care advocate at a local abortion clinic"; Janet Crepps, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights; and Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation. All unbiased, and none with self-interests, to be sure.)

    The "medical procedures that make abortions increasingly risky and painful"? Injecting the heart medication Digoxin into a preborn baby's heart to cause an instant heart attack and death, which is off-label use according to the FDA.

    The journalistic deception here is staggering. Not only is MSM clearly attempting to portray the PBA Ban as dangerous to the health and safety of women according to many health authorities, but also that it's all our fault.

    [Photo of Hodari courtesy of Detroit News.]

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    August 3, 2007
    Part II: Investigative report of NJ's Alternatives abortion mill

    food.jpgOn August 1 I posted findings of the New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services in its investigation of the Alternatives abortion mill in Atlantic City. The NJHD report is 104 pages, and so far I've spotlighted findings of 1/3 of the report. Today I'll cover the next 1/3.

    NJHD closed the mill June 22 for multiple violations. The mill remains closed for "fail[ing] to submit a plan on how it would fix the violations," according to the AP.

    The following infractions are lifted directly from the report; no spin. This information is both macabre and fascinating, some of it like reading a diary.

    Having worked in a hospital, I find the medical negligence staggering, and it appears the entire staff, certainly the doctors, consumed drugs like candy. At Christ Hospital, where I worked, an anesthesiologist died within the last five years of a Fentanyl overdose - while on shift. He laid down between epidurals and never woke up.

    But I digress. Here's the next portion of the report....

  • A lack of Surgical and Anesthesia Services that included but was not limited to: Lack of credentialiing of staff... Lack of accountability of medications.... Lack of history and physicals for surgical patients.... Lack of mechanical ventilator... Lack of a Consultant Pharmacist....

  • ... To make a... solution of Brevital it is necessary to mix... with a... bag of Sterile Water.... [T]here was evidence of the administration of Brevital to patients on the Daily Record.... Bags of... Sterile Water were not available at the facility.... Staff #4 stated that he/she... thought that the Brevital was diluted in Lactated Ringer's Solution, which was available in each operating room. The package insert for Brevital states "Incompatible diluents: Lactated Ringer's Injection."

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  • The beginning and end counts of Fentanyl, Versed, and Brevital on 5/3/07 did not reconcile with the amount administered on 5/3/07. Upon interview... Staff #4 stated that Staff #1 had taken medications from the cabinet and removed them from the facility. There is no evidence of how much medication had been removed by Staff #1.

  • [A]n entry stating "Dr. (Staff #1) took inventory" was entered on 5/3/07. The beginning of day count... for Fentanyl, a Schedule II drug, was 52 and the end of the day count was 32.... The quantity recorded as administered... was... less than 3 vials.... Staff #4 stated that Staff #1 had taken some of the drugs from the narcotics box on 5/3/07 because he did not want to leave it for the new doctor.

  • [I]t was determined that the facility failed to ensure that only licensed nursing or medical personnel retained the keys to storage areas in which Controlled Dangerous Substances were stored.... Staff #2 and 4 stated that each had a key.... Neither is a licensed nurse.

  • [I]t was noted that one single dose vial of Fentanyl... is used for many patients, until the medication is finished.

  • [It]t was determined that the facility did not provide... social work services.... [T]he facility does not employ a social worker.... Employee #6 stated that she is the counselor for the facility but could not provide any documented evidence of training/competency to perform in the role and could not provide any written plan/program for the provision of counseling services.

  • [I]t was determined that the facility failed to ensure that a physician director, who is clinically responsible for surgical service, was board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists.

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  • [I]t was determined that the facility failed to ensure that a physician or registered nurse, who maintains certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, is present when surgery is being performed.... A review of the Daily Control Sheet dated 6/18/07 indicated that a total of 15 surgical procedures were performed without benefit of anyone certified in ACLS.... A review of the personnel record of Staff #5, a physician, revealed no evidence of ACLS certification.... [On] 6/8/07 and 6/15/07 when this physician performed procedures indicated that a total of 14 surgical procedures were performed by Staff #5 without benefit of anyone certified in ACLS.

  • [I]t was determined that the facility failed to ensure that a patient receiving conscious sedation was monitored by a qualified individual who is continuously present and who is separate from the individual performing the operation.

  • A review of the personnel record of Staff #10, who is employed as a certified registered nuse anesthetist in the facility, failed to include documentation that he/she could provide evidence of a valid registered nurse license in the state of New Jersey.

  • Based on a review of 6 of 10 medical records reviewed for Physician examinations.... there is no evidence that the patient[s] received a history and physical examination prior to surgery.

  • Based on review of 5 out of 10 medical records... the facility did not ensure that the complete medical record included the patient's complaint or purpose of the visit... [no] evidence of a medical diagnosis... [no] evidence of patients' assessments by an RN, anesthesiologist/crna, and a physician... [no] clinical notes... [no] informed consent was obtained for any procedure or treatment.

  • Based on review of 10 out of 10 medical records where surgical procedures were performed... the facility did not ensure... the patient has been informed of patients rights... and has been offered a copy.

  • Based on review of 10 out of 10 records where surgical procedures were performed... the facility did not ensure... a discharge plan.

  • Based on review of the ASC's records and employee interviews... the facility did not develop... a system for identifying, reporting and evaluating the occurrence of all infections or diseases... identifying and reporting of HIV/AIDS... healthcare-associated infections... care of patients with communicable diseases... exclusion from work... for personnel with communicable diseases....

  • The ASC's policies... specify that soiled instruments shall be placed in an enzymatic/bleach solution, but in actual practice an antiseptic hand soap/detergent solution is used instead....

  • The ASC's policies... specify that suction machine tubing shall be washed and rinsed in "preparation for chemical sterilization" and "chemically sterilized in Cidex solution for 24 hours," respectively, but in actual practice the tubing is cleaned only with antiseptic hand soap/bleach solution and neither chemically sterilized nor disinfected.

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  • [E]mployee #6 stated... that no shelf life expiration date ws used for sterile supplies... and approximately 50 instrument packages inspected... had sterilization dates well over one year.

  • A policy and procedure for the reprocessing of the vaginal ultrasound wand was not provided when requested....

    Ok, yuck, that's enough to stomach today.


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    August 2, 2007
    Tiller mill closed... temporarily?

    or.jpgOperation Rescue is reporting late term abortionist George Tiller's Wichita mill...

    ... is closed this week and will not accept appointments for next week, when Tiller is scheduled to be arraigned on 19 criminal counts of committing illegal abortions without obtaining the signature of a doctor who was not financially or legally affiliated with him. Women's Health Care Services is referring patients to abortionists in Kansas City and Oklahoma....
    "We are rejoicing that for two straight weeks, Wichita, Kansas, the nation's abortion capital, will be abortion free for the first time since abortions began here. Even during the 1991 Summer of Mercy, Tiller was not closed that long," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "We pray that abortions will never resume."

    Tiller's clinic was also was closed to abortion patients the first week in July. Last month over 500 people prayed for its closure during the Wichita Awakening event hosted by Operation Rescue. It is unclear when and if abortions will resume.

    For background blog posts on Tiller, go here.

    Even if this closure is only temporary, some babies will live who otherwise would not have been killed, and some mothers will be spared lives of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional after-effects.

    [Hat tip: Reader Heather4life; photo courtesy of Operation Rescue.]


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    "Justin Timberlake's '08 endorsement?"

    NARAL has just released this fun little video in an email entitled, "Justin Timberlake's '08 endorsement?"

    Just goes to show snakes can be funny as well as cunning.

    In its email NARAL encouraged readers to "[h]elp keep pro-choice issues front and center in 2008."

    For once, I totally agree with NARAL.

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    August 1, 2007
    Part I: Investigative report of NJ's Alternatives abortion mill

    food.jpgI said I would relay contents of the investigative report by the New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services re: the Alternatives abortion mill in Atlantic City, which I have just received in the mail.

    NJHD closed the mill June 22 for multiple violations. The AP reported July 24 it remained closed, "as it again failed to submit a plan on how it would fix the violations."

    It's no wonder. There are so many. The investigative report is 105 pages. Due to the volume of violations, I will today spotlight 20 from only the first 30 pages, by no means a comprehensive listing. These are lifted directly from the report....

  • The soiled utility room... is equipped with a garbage disposal. Staff member #6 stated the garbage disposal was used for the "disposal of tissue"....

  • The recovery room, with the lack of privacy curtains at each recovery station does not provide patient privacy and dignity.... [R]ecovery beds are not visible from a nurses station...

  • The facility has no nurses station....

  • The patient recovery lounge is not supervised... and does not have convenient access to toilet facilities as required.... Patients must cross the post anesthesia recovery room or the waiting room to access a toilet....

  • The facility has no... locked storage for biologicals.... Currently drugs are stored in a closet within the sterile corridor.

  • Staff #2 and 4 stated that Staff #5 brought his/her own drugs into the facility to administer during procedure. There was no evidence of a policy that addressed physicians bringing their own supply of medications to the facility.

  • The facility is not equipped with a covered entrance for the pick up of patients as required....

  • The facilities waiting room does not have... public telephone and a water fountain as required....

  • The facility has no interview space for private interviews with patients as required....

  • The... counseling room is now being used as a patient changing room.

  • There was no physical evidence or documentation... to verify that the existing heating and ventilation system meets... requirements.... [N]o... evidence of positive pressure within the operating rooms.... [N]o...
    verif[ication] that each operating room has a minimum of 15 air changes per hour, of which 3 are with outside air as required....

  • The bathrooms were not equipped with mechanical or natural ventilation.

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  • The third floor office common corridor was blocked with the facilitiy's supplies, impeding egress to the rear fire exit....

  • The administrator shall have a baccalaureate degree and two years of full-time, or full-time equivalent.... Employee #s 2 and 4 stated that employee #1 asked them to be the administrator and co-administrator since March 2007.... Prior to [that]... they were the "Lab Technican" and "Ultrasound Technician" for the facility, and continue to serve in these roles as needed.

  • The administrator shall be responsible for... ensuring the development... and enforcement of all policies... including patient rights.... Based on review of 10 of 10 patient records where surgical procedures were performed... it was determined that the administrators are not aware of... these policies... 5 out of 5 employees... interviewed did not know that these policies existed....

  • 7 out of 7 employee files reviewed for compliance with State Licensure requirements... did not contain evidence of training, competencies and job descriptions.

  • [T]he facility failed to ensure that physical examinations were performed.... The "Preoperative Physical Examination" form in 5 out of 10 medical records where surgical procedures were performed... were blank and not signed by the physician.... 3 out of 10... were blank except for temperature, pulse and blood pressure and were not signed by the physician.

  • 7 of 13 medical records reviewed for Ultrasonography reports... indicated... the patients were past 16 weeks... pregnant.

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  • According to employee #s 2 and 4, th facility "only has one registered nurse who works on Thursdays and Saturdays."... [T]he facility was in operation Friday June 8, Sunday June 10, Friday June 15, Monday June 18, Friday June 22 and Monday June 25 without providing nursing services.... There was no documentation of the assessment of nursing care needs in 10 out [of] 10 medical records reviewed.... There were no clinical notes by nursing personnel in 5 out of 10 medical records where surgical procedures were performed.

  • A review of the Minor Complications Log for 2006 and 2007, indicated that there were 37 minor complications recorded. A review of the Major Complications Log for 2006 and 2007 indicated that there were 5 major complications recorded for 2006 and one of which was recorded as a "perforation."


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    July 27, 2007
    The lost Spider-Man/Planned Parenthood comic book

    A Spider-Man comic book collector and blogger named andrewfarago has "discovered the strangest Spider-Man comic I've ever read. Period."

    He says he stumbled on it a couple weeks ago at a vintage paperback book store in San Francisco. The comic book, entitled, "The amazing Spider-Man vs. the Prodigy," appears to have been copyrighted in 1976.

    The comic is indeed strange, tracking the Spidey-foiled plot of the evil Prodigy to spread sexual wives tales to teens so girls will accidentally get pregnant, enabling Prodigy to send flying saucers to "scoop thousands of babies off to Intellectia."

    You can read the entire comic book here, but these are the relevant pages (see the rest on page 2):

    The front and back comic book flaps are most interesting:

    Thirty years later, Planned Parenthood's basic message hasn't changed one iota: "Have sex, but have it after receiving educational materials we sell and using birth control we sell," except PP has added more products - abortion and the morning after pill.

    love carefully.jpgPP first received state government funding for "family planning services" in 1965. PP started receiving federal funding for same through Title X in 1970. By 2006, PP received $305.3 million in government funding.

    PP's response to its lack of achievement? No surprise: "Give us more money." Another nonsurprise are the politicians who add to PP's coffers - as recently as last week - so PP can turn around and donate some of those funds to the politicians' campaigns. Surprising are the fools who believe PP.

    PP's ambivalence to homosexuality 30 years ago is interesting, as is its suggestion that kids talk to parents and churches about sex, both now nixed.

    [Cartoon billboard courtesy of Planned Parenthood.]


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    July 25, 2007
    Grist-ly mills

    The NJ Health Department has issued its report on the Alternatives abortion mill in Atlantic City, which I recently reported was closed June 22 for unspecified health and safety violations.

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    The NJHD has mailed me the complete report, from which I'll post excerpts upon receipt. Meanwhile, The Press of Atlantic City published some of NJHD's findings yesterday. As quoted from The Press....

  • Abortion physicians did not scrub for procedures and used the scrub area for storage [which] [a]n unnamed employee defended... saying: "Abortions aren't really surgery, they aren't sterile procedures."

  • The facility only employs two registered nurses and both have allowed their licenses to expire, one in July 2006 and the other in May 2007.

  • Some medications, including a half-full container of silver nitrate and several IV fluids, were expired. One IV fluid expired Feb. 1, 2005. Also, endotracheal tubes used during anesthesia had expiration dates ranging from August 2002 to May 2004.

  • The report also cited several sanitary issues, including "what appeared to be dried blood under the leg pads" on the procedure tables. Dust, rust, dirt and debris also were found on some equipment, and floors in the operating room, laboratory and recovery room were "soiled and stained."

  • Some of the sterilization problems may have stemmed from the clinic's lack of hot water.

  • Investigators located a patient log that listed 37 minor complications and five major complications... [including] one incident recorded as a perforation. None of the incidents was reported to the clinic's medical director and administrator, as required by the state.
  • Moving on to the next nasty mill, kudos to WDIV in Detroit for conducting an undercover investigation of quack abortionist "Dr. P," and airing a three-part expose on it.

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    This guy - still licensed in MI - commits abortions in more than one abandoned building, charging only $150, openly breaking parental notification and 24-hour waiting period laws. He also instructed a bleeding patient not to go to the hospital.

    Watch the three (3-5 minutes each) undercover videos here, here, and here.

    [Hat tip for Alternatives report: JivinJehoshaphat; Hat tip for Dr. P: Valerie and Right to Life of MI blog]


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    July 24, 2007
    Pro-abort chicken dance

    While researching my WND column for tomorrow, I came across this little vignette from an Operation Save America protest in Jackson, MS, last year.

    OSA told me this morning the boy holding the Bible and praying later approached the girl, who in the video was shouting "hail sodomy" in his ear while another "progressive" waved a sign reading, "Sodomy Prevents Abortion." He apparently led her to the Lord, which is an amazing conclusion to this little vignette.

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    July 16, 2007
    Wichita, Saturday

    I reported July 13 that two pro-life events were being held over the weekend.

    Here are photos and a short video of a candlelight vigil from Wichita, outside George Tiller's late term abortion mill. The video is grainy but gives a flavor of what vigils are like.

    Between 500-570 attended Saturday and Sunday. Click to enlarge photos.

    Norma McCorvey, the former "Roe" of Roe V. Wade, praying outside Tiller's mill....

    More photos on page 2.

    Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which hosted the event, and Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, who participated in 1991's historical Summer of Mercy....

    [Photos courtesy of Operation Rescue. See more photos here and here.]


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    July 13, 2007
    Civil rights marches, 2007

    Pro-life activists will converge this week on two major cities with significant histories of pro-life prayer/protests - Birmingham and Wichita. It appears pro-aborts will try to defend their bloody turf, at least in Birmingham.

    Go, lifers! 1960s black civil rights protests were unpopular but those participating proved to be on the right side of history. Pro-life civil rights protesters share that confidence.

    First Wichita, from Operation Rescue:

    The Wichita Awakening - July 14-16, 2007 A Prophetic Call to End Abortion and Seek Revival

    Schedule of Events

    Saturday: July 14
    8:30 P.M. Candlelight Vigil, featuring Rob Schenck, President of Faith and Action, Washington, DC at George Tiller's abortion clinic located at 5701 E. Kellogg, Wichita.

    Sunday: July 15
    2-4 P.M. Prayer vigil, featuring Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, Washington, DC at Tiller's clinic, 5107 E. Kellogg, Wichita.
    7 P.M.-Midnight Prophetic praise and Worship. Location: Mid-American All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca, Wichita.

    Monday: July 16
    8:30-4 P.M. Prayer throughout the day at Tiller's clinic.
    7 P.M.-Midnight Prophetic praise and Worship. Mid-American All-Indian Center

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    [Photo above was taken at Tiller's clinic in 1991 during the famous 6-week Summer of Mercy. This was prior to FACE, so a battle ensued between federal judge Patrick Kelly, who tried to crush the protest using an 1871 anti-KKK law (which the US Supreme Court later overruled), and Bush I, who said this was a local/state matter and ordered federal agents to ignore Kelly. Still, there were 2700 arrests during the six weeks.]...

    Then, Birmingham.... the pro-abort prospective from Workers World:

    Alabama Reproductive Freedom Summer is underway. National women's organizations have issued a "call to action" for women's rights activists and supporters to go to Birmingham, AL., from July 14-22. Their clarion cry is: Defend the clinics from a right-wing siege! There are two vital women’s health clinics in that city - the New Woman All Women Health Center and Planned Parenthood.

    The so-called Operation Save America, a virulent anti-abortion group... has mobilized its followers to come to Birmingham for that week to shut down the clinics, threatening to push them "into a deep grave."...

    But a strong response is being organized. Local activists plan clinic defense, with security and escorts so staff members and patients will be safeguarded from harassment and abuse. Activists from around the country will join their sisters and others from throughout Alabama and the South to march and rally in Birmingham....

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    [Photo above, courtesy of OSA, was taken in front of a Birmingham mill in 1994, right after the federal FACE law was enacted. Police arrested 184 pro-lifers that day. Since 1994, 3 of 5 Birmingham mills have closed down. This week, OSA will pray/protest at the remaining 2.]

    FACE had a tempering effect on pro-life protests until both police and pro-lifers came to understand its parameters. These days pro-life protests are less dramatic - no more storming of mills or chaining selves to gates. But they still have significant impact, perhaps more of an impact from a PR perspective and because the first order of business is to pray.


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    July 10, 2007
    Scented oils, candles, and abortion

    pp9.jpgJeff Fecke at RH [Reproductive Health] Reality Check complained yesterday that Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life was out of line to blame Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota for the 16% spike in underage abortions in 2006.

    Fecke accused MCCL of "attacking" PP for pointing out in a press release PP had not coincidentally that same year "opened two suburban 'express' mall stores targeting young women with scented oils, candles and referrals to its St. Paul abortion center."

    Problem is, PPMNDSD indeed entices young women into its mall stores with scented oils and candles. The lovely display photo at right was taken from PPMNDSD's website.

    When will pro-aborts admit PP is all about titilating kids to have sex?

    Fecke dismissed this thought as an "elaborate conspiracy theory in which Planned Parenthood sucks girls in by giving them access to contraception and uses that increased access to contraception (along with a few trinkets) to lure women in for a fun, exciting abortion."

    At least Fecke understood the concept. Too bad he didn't do his homework and check out PP's stores, ads, and trinkets....

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    July 9, 2007
    In hot water over no hot water and bad boy abortionist

    Last week, Alternatives abortion mill in Atlantic City became the 2nd NJ chop shop this year to have its suction machines unplugged by the NJ Health Dept., which conducted its first inspection since 2001 based on a tip.

    According to a letter (right, click to enlarge) the NJHD wrote to Alternatives on June 22, which it also faxed to me, "the facility was found to have violations posing immediate and serious risk of harm to patients in areas including, but not limited to, the absence of a mechanical ventilator, the absence of Dantrium (an anti-hyperthermia drug), the absence of hot water for more than a year, and the absence of a scrub sink."

    I cannot comprehend a medical facility with no hot water and no scrub sink.

    But there's more.

    Yesterday came word the clinic was being purchased by abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who committed abortions there on June 8 and 15.

    brigham2.jpgThe notorious Brigham has had his medical license revoked in NY and FL, voluntarily returned it in PA (where he can never reapply), is on medical probation in CA, and was practicing with restrictions in NJ when this latest incident occurred.

    Some of Brigham's abortion butchery included puncturing a uterus, not treating an infection, over-sedating a 14-year-old, and missing a lacerated cervix, uterine artery, and uterus of an obese patient who later had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy.

    Pro-aborts keep saying stories of horrific mills and the abortionists who run them are isolated.

    Pro-aborts avert their eyes to protect abortion, certainly not women.

    [Hat tip: Operation Rescue; photo courtesy Operation Rescue]

    See also, "Found at legal abortion mill: 'rusty crochet hooks'," March 15, 2007

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    June 29, 2007
    Tiller charged with 19 new misdemeanor counts; 30 previous dismissed

    I previously blogged that it appeared new pro-abort KS AG Paul Morrison was stonewalling on 30 criminal charges brought by his pro-life predecessor Phill Kline, whom he defeated last fall, against late-term abortionist George Tiller. My linked post contains more details and a timeline. Update:

    Wichita Eagle, June 29:

    ... Those charges were dismissed on a jurisdictional issue and Morrison chose not to revive any of them, choosing instead to file on a different issue....

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    Morrison [pictured right at press conference] filed 19 criminal charges against... Tiller on Thursday, alleging Tiller had financial and legal ties to a doctor who signed off on late-term abortions he performed.

    The charges stop short of alleging that the abortions were unjustified, and Morrison said the violations he cited are technical....

    Although all are misdemeanors, each count carries a potential sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

    If convicted, Tiller could also face disciplinary action against his medical license... rang[ing] from no action to censure, suspension, or revocation of a doctor's license to practice....

    Morrison stressed that the charges he filed are different than those contemplated by Kline....

    More from the Capital-Journal, June 29....

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    Morrison, speaking at a Topeka news conference amid heavy security, said... Tiller has been charged... with 19 counts of failing to obtain a second opinion from a consulting physician "not legally or financially affiliated" to him before performing the abortions....

    Of the abortions at issue, 13 of the 19 women were 16 years of age or younger, including a 10-year-old....

    More on that second abortionist from the KS City Star, June 28:

    The physician who signed off on abortions performed by George Tiller was disciplined in 2001 by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

    The board placed temporary limitations on the medical license held by Ann Kristin Neuhaus after its staff filed legal documents alleging, among other things, that Neuhaus performed an abortion after the patient withdrew her consent.

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    Neuhaus, 49, could not be reached for comment Thursday. But at the time, her attorney denied the allegations. Neuhaus accepted the limitations to resolve the petition filed in December 2000.

    According to the petition, a patient agreed to an abortion but then withdrew consent and tried to leave. But Neuhaus sedated her and performed the abortion, the petition states.

    The petition also alleged that she failed to document the patient's previous adverse experiences with sedation and failed to document her vital signs.

    Pro-life feedback on these developments:

  • "While we are happy that charges are being filed against Tiller, we are guarded about this because we believe that these charges are the weakest..." said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue in Wichita (as quoted by Capital-Journal).

  • "Part of me is a little bit gratified to see that (Morrison filed charges)," said Cheryl Sullenger, policy adviser for... Operation Rescue. "In another part of me, I am disappointed to see he didn't file late-term charges" (as quoted by the Wichita Eagle).
  • [Hat tip: LifeNews.com]


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    June 25, 2007
    Devolving pigs

    Oh, this is rich. Writing on behalf of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, VP of medical affairs, complained in today's New York Times about Fox and CBS's refusal to run Trojan's new condom ad. Stated Collins in a letter to the editor:

    As the nation's leading reproductive health care advocate and provider, Planned Parenthood knows that for sexually active people, condoms are the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

    This coming from the seller of condoms Consumer Reports ranked 22nd and 23rd out of 23 for strength and reliability. Lol.

    At any rate, the Trojan ad, as described by Kaiser, "features women at a bar surrounded by pigs. When one pig goes to the restroom and returns with a condom purchased at a vending machine, he is transformed into an attractive man. The end of the commercial carries the message: 'Evolve: Use a condom every time.'"

    Why did Fox and CBS take a pass? According to NYT Fox wrote Trojan, "Contraceptive advertising must stress health-related uses rather than the prevention of pregnancy," and CBS wrote, "While we understand and appreciate the humor of this creative, we do not find it appropriate for our network even with late-night-only restrictions."

    Kaiser theorized in a 2001 report, "Some networks draw a strong line between messages about disease prevention - which may be allowed - and those about pregnancy prevention, which may be considered controversial for religious and moral reasons."

    Kaiser is pro-abortion, so I don't buy this as Fox/CBS's line of reasoning. The ad is simply in poor taste. A man exploiting a woman in a bar to be his unpaid hooker is a pig with or without a condom in his pocket. Here's the ad:

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    June 22, 2007
    Ask an abortion doc VII

    Today our favorite Dr. Killdare provides fishing tips. Before now, who knew aborted fetuses were good for more than human experimentation?

    See also:
    "Ask an abortion doc"
    "Ask an abortion doc II"
    "Ask an abortion doc III"
    "Ask an abortion doc IV"
    "Ask an abortion doc V"
    "Ask an abortion doc VI"

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    "Fetal trapping in Northern California"

    Last month, we revewed and interpreted in-house artist Rae's work, "Mandy goes to med school."

    Now I'm happy to have received permission from Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles for us to review and attempt to interpret renown artist Mark Ryden's work, "Fetal trapping in Northern California."

    "Fetal trapping" is part of the 44-year-old artist's larger latest work, "The Tree Show." According to Wikipedia, the centerpiece of this show, "TheTree of Life," sold for $800k before the opening.

    An LA City Beat art reviewer said of "Fetal trapping":

    [A] miniature Abe Lincoln has just pulled a newborn baby, still in its amniotic sac, from a tree as a red-haired girl looks on, bewildered. I can't explain that one, and I didn't even bother to ask.

    Do you think you can explain it? The same rules apply as when we discussed "Mandy." If you find the painting offensive or disagreeable, discuss it respectfully, and please do not disparage the artist's obvious talent.

    (Click to see enlarged view.)

    [Hat tip: Bethany]

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    Three for four

    From the world of safe and legal abortions came this in the LATimes, June 21:

    The mother of a Riverside woman who died of toxic shock syndrome after allegedly undergoing an abortion procedure at Planned Parenthood filed a malpractice suit against the organization and a Riverside County hospital this week.

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    The lawsuit alleges that Edrica Goode, 21, went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Riverside for an abortion Jan. 31 and that a nurse inserted cervical dilators, used to gradually expand the cervix in preparation for second-trimester abortions, despite the fact that Goode had a vaginal infection.

    The dilators, which are shaped like small sticks and consist primarily of seaweed, became a conduit that spread the infection to the rest of her body, the lawsuit alleges.

    Goode, a Riverside Community College student who enjoyed traveling and reading, died Feb. 14.

    "My daughter made a choice, but she didn't choose to die," said Aletheia Meloncon, Goode's mother, who said her daughter hadn't told her she was seeking an abortion. "A lost dog gets more attention than my daughter did. This has really torn at my family."

    Goode did not return to the clinic to have the dilators removed, even though the devices are supposed to stay in place only one or two days, the lawsuit states....

    Goode's is the third known death among Planned Parenthood patients in California in the last four years. Holly Patterson, 18, of Livermore, Calif., died of an infection after a nonsurgical abortion in 2003. Diana Lopez, a 25-year-old Huntington Park woman, bled to death a year earlier after her cervix was punctured during the procedure....

    A worker at this clinic was also caught on tape agreeing to a "don't ask don't tell" scenario to cover up the statutory rape of a caller posing as a 13-year-old who had been impregnated by her 22-year-old boyfriend.

    [Hat tip: Operation Rescue]

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    June 20, 2007
    Ask an abortion doc VI

    Celebrate Valentine's Day at the abortion mill!

    For more glimpses into the rewarding and often fun world of our favorite Dr. Killdare, see also:
    "Ask an abortion doc"
    "Ask an abortion doc II"
    "Ask an abortion doc III"
    "Ask an abortion doc IV"
    "Ask an abortion doc V"

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    Ask an abortion doc V

    Abortionists are such pranksters!

    Abortion proponents cannot complain that abortionist pranks like this are immoral. Gross maybe, but not immoral.

    For more glimpses into the rewarding and often fun world of our favorite Dr. Killdare, see also:
    "Ask an abortion doc"
    "Ask an abortion doc II"
    "Ask an abortion doc III"
    "Ask an abortion doc IV"

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    June 18, 2007
    Unsafely safe abortions

    minnery.jpgFor two weeks, pro-abort bloggers have been trying to turn this Washington Post quote on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban by Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family into one of glee at the prospect women may die from unsafe alternative abortions:

    The old procedure, which is still legal, involves using forceps to pull the baby apart in utero, which means there is greater legal liability and danger of internal bleeding from a perforated uterus. So we firmly believe there will be fewer later-term abortions as a result of this ruling.

    Translated pro-abort blogger Marty Lederman at Balkinization:

    Got that?....
    [A]ccording to Focus on the Family, the remaining procedure is markedly less safe for the mother, and that's precisely why the law is a good thing - because it leaves in place only a procedure that carries a higher risk of danger of internal bleeding from a perforated uterus... which in turn leads to "greater legal liability" for the doctors, and, as a result, fewer abortions.

    And Jill at Feministe...

    [I]t is incredibly telling that anti-choicers are excited about the prospects of women having their uteruses perforated just so doctors can be sued out of terminating pregnancies....

    And Ampersand at Alas a Blog:

    For years pro-lifers have been pushing the same lie: they've claimed that a procedure that involves inserting forceps into a woman's uterus as many as a dozen times over (a standard D&E) has no greater chance of causing injury than a procedure which requires only a single insertion (a D&X, which is more-or-less the procedure that's been banned by the Partial Birth Abortion ban).

    These pro-abort blogging amateurs have ventured into dicey territory, Ampersand leaping from dicey to dangerous (underlines mine; italics his):

    What's interesting is that some of the pro-lifers are admitting to the truth about the... PBA ban... truths that leaders of the pro-life movement have been blatantly lying about for years. In this story, pro-lifers admit... the alternative procedures are more dangerous for women [and] some alternative procedures doctors will use now are if anything more brutal from a fetus-centric point of view.

    Did Ampersand really mean to trumpet the "truth" that there are "dangerous" abortion procedures, some of which are "brutal" to preborn children?

    Do they really want to go there?

    Bless her heart, Jill tried to pull back, albeit nonsensically:

    It should be pointed out that the procedure which is still legal is very safe - safer than most surgical procedures, and a hell of a lot safer than illegal abortion. So we shouldn't get ourselves into a panic over the idea that this procedure is unsafe, because that simply isn't true. What is true is that the banned procedure, wherein the fetus was removed intact, was the safer procedure for some pregnant women, given their physical condition. It's abhorrent that "pro-life" groups and the Supreme Court took that option away. This will make abortion more dangerous for some women.

    In actuality, pro-lifers do not pit one abortion procedure against another as more or less safe. All have unsafe components, more or less.

    And if pro-aborts really want to discuss this, sure, let's.

    [Cartoon courtesy of Alas a Blog; hat tip for that: Bethany]


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    June 14, 2007
    CORTL to affiliate with ALL?

    For those following it, JivinJehosaphat has the latest details on the Colorado Right to Life/Enyart deal, including a note from Enyart in the comments section.

    Jivin thinks CORTL will end up with American Life League, which would be a great fit, seriously.

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    See Tiller lie as protection wanes

    About 1:30 into this video you'll see an O'Reilly Factor producer attempting an ambush-interview KS late-term abortionist George Tiller. Tiller called 911 and without hesitation said the producer was "preventing me from getting in my car and leaving," such a silly lie since he was being videotaped.

    Lots going on here. Here's the history in a nutshell....

  • KS law only allows abortions past 21 weeks if two doctors agree the mother will suffer substantial and irreversiable damage to a major bodily function otherwise.

  • Last year, then-AG Phill Kline filed 30 criminal charges against Tiller, based on redacted (patient names omitted) records of allegedly illegal late-term abortions he committed.

  • Judge Paul Clark granted DA Nola Tedesco Foulston's request to dismiss charges under dubious jurisdictional grounds. Tiller gave $ to both campaigns.

  • Kline lost the race to pro-abort Democrat Paul Morrison, mostly on Morrison's charges Kline was engaged in a witch hunt against aborting women. Tiller fed Morrison's campaign lots of cash.

  • In an interesting twist, Kline was appointed to the state attorney's job Morrison vacated.

  • Before leaving office, Kline turned the case over to special prosecutor Don McKinney, who officially requested the state Supreme Court for an order to allow the case to continue.

  • Upon taking office, Morrison immediately fired McKinney and successfully petitioned the Supremes to dismiss McKinney's request.

  • Two weeks ago the KS state legislature came thisclose to launching an investigation wih subpoena power of Tiller when Speaker Melvin Neufeld stopped it. He also blocked a House resolution to force Morrison to file criminal charges against Tiller.

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  • Meanwhile, Democrat pro-abort Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill that would have reiterated current KS law requiring abortionists to report medical reasons for late-term abortions.

  • Two days ago psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh, who Kline had contracted to examine the redacted abortion records, went public, as you'll see if you watch the entire O'Reilly clip. He said reasons Tiller cited for late-term abortions included wanting to go to a rock concert, worry the baby would not thrive, concern for direction of own future, and concern for own education. "These are not psychiatric ideas, they're social," said McHugh.

  • Under pressure, Morrison agreed to pursue the case but has dragged his feet. He's not only in a Catch-22 position but also has taken campaign $ from Tiller. A spokesperson promised today a decision would come "by the end of June," according to WorldNetDaily.com.

  • Tuesday night, Morrison issued McHugh a letter ordering McHugh not to speak about the case. Too late. Up to that time, no one from Morrison's office had contacted McHugh.

    [Hat tip for video: Reader jasper]


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    Attorney says Enyart quoted him out of context

    thomas more2.jpgYesterday, I posted an email from Bob Enyart, in which he accused some pro-life groups of "fraudulent PBA [partial-birth abortion]fundraising."

    In that email Enyart included four "[q]uotes admitting the truth about the legal authority of the PBA ban." One of those was:

    Thomas More Society's Pro-Life Law Center: special counsel Paul Linton authored amicus briefs to the U. S. Supreme Court in the partial-birth abortion cases, and said of the PBA ruling: "It's not going to stop any abortions as such," he said. "They're still going to take place by other means."

    I have received this email from Paul Linton, whom Enyart quoted above, objecting to Enyart's use of his quote out of context and calling on Enyart to alert all those to whom he has misquoted Linton:

    Jill,

    I wanted to respond to the e-mail Bob Enyart apparently has circulated regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's partial-birth abortion ban decision in April (Gonzales v. Carhart). The e-mail quotes comments I made, in my capacity as Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society (Chicago, Illinois), about the Court's decision, to Bob Unruh of World Net Daily....

    While the comments attributed to me in Enyart's e-mail are accurate, they have been taken out of context, as Enyart should know from reading the entirety of Bob Unruh's thoughtful and balanced article, posted June 7, 2007. On behalf of the Thomas More Society, I strongly object to Enyart's use of those out-of-context quotations and would ask that, if he is going to quote me in any correspondence or communications, he not take my comments out of context for the sake of making a polemical point with which I do not agree and which does not represent either my views or those of the Thomas More Society. I also would ask that he send a corrected e-mail to everyone who received the earlier one, setting forth my views in full context.

    I did tell Bob Unruh that, in the short term, the partial-birth abortion law was "not going to stop any abortions, as such," and that abortions are "still going to take place by other means." But I added that, in the long term, the Court's decision upholding the law would have a great impact. "It's very clear from Justice Kennedy's opinion that states could enact informed consent laws, including laws requiring a physician to describe in some detail the abortion method to be used. It may have some significance for fetal pain legislation, and other types of regulations." Enyart did not include this quotation in his e-mail, nor did he summarize it for the benefit of providing a complete picture of what I said. Nor did he include my comment, also reported in the World Net Daily story, that the Court was not going to entertain "facial" challenges to abortion regulations anymore, but would restrict such abortion challenges to individual applications involving real, not hypothetical, circumstances. Anyone who is conversant with Supreme Court abortion jurisprudence would understand the significance of this sea-change in approach.

    The Thomas More Society supports and helps to defend appropriate measures to reduce the incidence of abortion while we work toward the day when all unborn children are welcomed in life and protected by law. There is certainly room in the pro-life movement for both "purist" goals and "incremental" means, but it does not promote either to misrepresent what is said in an interview or to take comments out of context.

    Paul Linton
    Special Counsel
    Thomas More Society


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    NRLC ousts CORTL board

    Self-explanatory.

    For backdrop read, "New Stanek WND column, 'Purely fanatical'" and "Plan: Class action lawsuit by pro-lifers against pro-lifers."

    Click to enlarge.

    Focus on the Family statement....

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    June 13, 2007

    Focus on the Family Applauds Decision to Replace Colorado Right to Life

    Group looks forward to relationship with new affiliate

    Colorado Springs, Colo. - Focus on the Family Senior Director of Issue Analysis Carrie Gordon Earll released the following statement in response to the decision by National Right to Life to replace Colorado Right to Life as its Colorado affiliate:

    "Focus on the Family appreciates this swift action by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). As the nation's largest pro-life organization with affiliates in all fifty states, NRLC continues to be highly effective and respected in the national pro-life movement. It's reassuring to know that a group of such prominence is willing to make a tough decision when its charter is challenged by a rogue and divisive group, such as Colorado Right to Life (CORTL).

    "In a misguided and misleading media campaign, CORTL, along with a handful of other groups, unjustly criticized Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman Dr. James Dobson based on a disagreement in strategy. Rather than use their money and energy to advance pro-life goals, CORTL chose instead to attack its allies in the cause. CORTL gave its parent organization no choice but to name a new state affiliate.

    "We welcome Colorado Citizens for Life/Protecting Life Now - the new state affiliate - and look forward to a harmonious and successful relationship with this group.

    "The strength of the pro-life movement is found in its unity on core principles, including taking every available step toward ending abortion in the United States. We're please to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with NRLC and its new Colorado affiliate as partners with the same vision for achieving these goals."


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    Ask an abortion doc IV

    My, our abortion doc treated us to a double feature yesterday! In this installment, he shows a little abortionist humor....

    Also read "Ask an abortion doc," "Ask an abortion doc II," and "Ask an abortion doc III."

    [Hat tip: Andrew St. Hilaire of blog The Transient Hour]

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    Ask an abortion doc III

    Yesterday our doc bragged on his personal best.

    And lest you think abortionists don't keep fetuses in cold storage, here's a 2005 shot from an actual abortion mill that belonged to fetus eater Krishna Rajanna. Read more about him here, here, here, and here.

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    Also read "Ask an abortion doc" and "Ask an abortion doc II"

    [Hat tip: Andrew St. Hilaire of blog The Transient Hour]

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    June 13, 2007
    Ask an abortion doc II

    Well, this is getting interesting. The abortion doc entered a new video on YouTube Monday, telling us about his day, which after balancing deliveries and abortions was "up by three." Oops, one aborting mom had best not count digits.

    See also my entry, "Ask the abortion doc"

    [Hat tip: Reader Amanda]

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    June 12, 2007
    Ask an abortion doc

    I'm not sure if this video will remain live, the first version having been added June 10 and immediately removed, and I'm not even sure it's legit. The guy does not look or talk like the typical abortionist you see/read about in the news.

    Video title: "Ask an Abortion Doctor"

    However, he raises good fodder for conversation. What would you ask an abortion doctor if you could? Seriously.

    [Hat tip: Andrew St. Hilaire of blog The Transient Hour]

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    June 9, 2007
    Planned Parenthood's 2005-06 report out

    On June 6, Planned Parenthood posted its 2005-06 annual report, complete with smiling babies and children it missed killing on the cover.

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    Yesterday morning, Jim Sedlak, VP of American Life League and an authority on PP, issued this analysis....

    ... [W]e find that 264,943 died by medical or surgical abortion in Planned Parenthood's facilities during 2005. That's 5,095 a week - as many each week as the highest estimates of allied forces deaths on D-Day....

    PP reported a total income of $902.8 million dollars. That is a record number for the organization, but is a modest 2.4% increase from the year before. In contrast, PP reported total revenue increases of 10.7%, 5.7% and 8.9% in its previous three years....

    PP... reported "excess of revenue of expenses" of $55.8 million for the fiscal year. This marks the 34th year in a row that PP has reported "excess revenue" - otherwise known as profit. Over the years, PP has reported total profits of over $700 million. It has amassed a treasure chest of assets worth $839.8 million.

    A review of PP's reports through the years shows that its revenue comes from three main sources: fees charged at its clinics; donations from corporations, foundations and individuals; and taxpayer money received from government grants and contracts. A brief look at each of these in the latest reports reveals some interesting information. [PP's reported balance from page 17 of report on right; click to enlarge.]

    PP's clinic income comes from fees charged to its customers. It reported a total clinic income for 2005-2006 of $345.1 million dollars. The significant thing about this year's clinic income is that it was $1.5 million less than last year. We estimate that $112.6 million ( 32.5%) comes from abortion.

    We have checked our files of PP annual reports back to the 1950s, and cannot find another year in which clinic income went down. We understand that a fall of $1.5 million out of $345 million is not earthshaking. We also understand that a one-year dip may be an anomaly and not a trend. But it was a decline - the first clinic income decline in the last 50 years. It couldn't have made PP very happy.

    PP's donations were reported to be $212.2 million. That figure is $3.6 million less than last year. Donations have a habit of going up and down and there is not much significance to the number other than the fact that it did go down - albeit just 1.7%.

    The final category of PP revenue sources is you and me - the American taxpayer. I am sorry to report to you that PP reported receiving taxpayer funds totaling $305.3 million - a whopping $32.6 million (12%) more than last year. This means that taxpayer money now accounts for 34% of PP's income.

    The bottom line is that PP is losing donations, its clinic income is down and you and I are being forced to pay more so the organization can kill our children through abortion and spread its perverted ideology throughout the land. It is really incredible when you realize that PP put every penny of the increased taxpayer money into the bank. It got $32 million extra and then reported a $55 million profit....

    This year's annual report makes it clear. Average citizens are spending less and less at PP clinics. Wealthy citizens are not giving PP as much in donations as they have in the past. Only our government officials are giving more to PP and they are giving it our money....

    Sign a petition against taxpayer funding of PP... at www.StopPlannedParenthoodTaxFunding.com.

    I know many are interested in the celebrities who support PP. Here is a list, from page 13 of the report. Click to enlarge.

    [Hat tip: Phil E.]


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    June 1, 2007
    "No abortions for sluts"

    notches.jpgYesterday pro-abort blogger debitage criticized pro-life columnist Kathryn Lopez for criticizing Planned Parenthood for, among other things, recommending a do-over to a girl pregnant again only four weeks after aborting.

    Debitage thought Lopez was "punishing women for failing to stay chaste" for asking why PP didn't recommend adoption or other abortion alternatives. After debitage falsely asserted "Lopez can sort of see how someone might think it's OK to get an abortion if you're a good girl who made one mistake," she concluded:

    But if you're a little slut who went and got pregnant a second time - well, you had your chance, now you've made your bed and you'll have to lie in it. Someone who's genuniely pro-life or pro-choice wouldn't care how many times, or how closely spaced, a person's abortions are. Either abortion is murder and so every abortion is equally bad, or abortion is just fine and so it's fine to get one on your first or hundred and first pregnancy. But to a person with a puritanical view of sex, the mother's "number" is a critical piece of information in deciding whether she's a good girl who can be cut some slack or a bad girl who needs to face the consequences.

    As a matter of fact, my read of abortion proponents is they become less forgiving as the abortion notches on one's loose chastity belt accrue. Yes? No?

    I agree with debitage that if one is truly pro-choice, the count shouldn't matter.

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    May 25, 2007
    Burlesque sex ed fundraiser

    If those advocating comprehensive sex ed heard abstinence education devotees were holding a fundraiser with singing nuns for entertainment, they'd say, "It figures."

    michelle4.jpgWell, that's what I say about the June 7 Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health's fundraiser. It figures.

    This adults only "Indulgence" peep show will feature a "neo-burlesque performance" by Miss Exotic World 2005 Michelle L'amour (pictured right) and special guest Debby Herbenick, Time Out Chicago's "In and Out" sex columnist.

    The venue, "liquor spa" Stone Lotus, actually looks very cool, certainly a step up from ICAH's "Forbidden" fundraiser venue last year, Playboy headquarters with special guest Christie Hefner.

    In ICAH's coalition are the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, surprise. And they're not hiding their hedonistic agenda when playing to their own crowd: "Indulgence"? "Forbidden"?

    Fact is, comprehensive sex ed is crucial to the savvy circle of sex that yields PP nearly $1 billion annually.

    Here's how it works: PP gets government funding to titilate our children through often vulgar "sex education"; during that education PP literally gives children directions to the nearest PP; PP then sells them contraceptives in all forms; then it sells them STD testing and treatment; and whoops, when the contraceptives fail PP them sells abortion; then it starts the savvy cycle over again. Such a sex racket.

    [Hat tip: John at Generations for Life]

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    May 23, 2007
    "Bloody fetus keychain"

    That's what the twerps at LoganTradingco.com are calling it, with this exciting ad:

    Be the only one on your block with this exciting keychain! The unborn fetus floats around inside of amniotic fluid, and you can shake Mom around and see all the fine details of baby. The fetus is pretty late-term, and you can see some nice details, including the umbilical cord!

    Solid rubber and metal construction, so you don't have to worry about her leaking into your pocket or your keys coming loose!

    $9.95 each; two for $14.95.

    In actuality, I think they're misidentifying the placenta.

    Is it Friday? Sure seems like it.

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    [See two more photos on page 2.]

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    Stillborn birth certificates: too close for comfort

    stillbirth.jpgThis would appear to be a no-brainer, but of course not, thanks to abortion. From the New York Times, May 22:

    In the last six years, 19 states, including NJ, have enacted laws allowing parents who have had stillbirths to get [birth] certificates. Similar legislation is under consideration in several more, among them NY. More than 25,000 pregnancies a year end in stillbirth, generally defined as a naturally occurring, unintentional intrauterine death after more than 20 weeks of gestation....

    But politically, the birth-certificate laws... occupy uncertain territory, skirting the abortion debate while implicitly raising the question of fetal personhood....

    [S]ome abortion rights supporters see the push for these laws as a barely disguised political move to undermine abortion rights....

    In some states, local chapters of abortion rights groups have opposed the legislation. But at the national level, some abortion rights groups are comfortable with the laws, if they are drafted carefully to cover naturally occurring fetal death and not late-term abortion.

    "At a level of great abstraction, there are probably some people who worry that recognizing a nonviable fetus as a person would in some way be a seed that could sprout into a threat to abortion," said Roger Evans, a lawyer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "But I don't think we see it that way. We recognize the tragedy and loss of stillbirth, and as long as these laws are medically accurate, and the certificates are optional and commemorative, they're a way to recognize that loss."

    Last month, Gov. Bill Richardson of NM vetoed legislation that would have granted stillborn birth certificates. Mr. Richardson, a Democrat who is running for president, did not mention abortion, but said "confusion and potential fraud" could result....

    [T]he concept of birth certificates for stillbirth raises complicated questions. In heated Web discussions, some people cite the parents' deep need for validation while others say birth certificates are legal documents, not memory trinkets or prizes for enduring birthing.

    I agree this raises complicated questions, but only for pro-aborts.

    Am I reading right? Did the PP lawyer admit preborn babies are persons? And although he dismisses the connection, I would say yes, he can add this to the list of threats against abortion.

    [Photo is of San Francisco Chronicle journalist Suzanne Pullen with a bellycast made the day she was told in 2005 her 24-week-old preborn son Avery would be stillborn.]


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    Rosie breaks vow not to excite pregnant Hasselbeck

    Only two weeks ago I wrote a column about Rosie O'Donnell's hypocritical vow to no longer spar with one of her co-hosts on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, because Elisabeth was pregnant.

    Rosie, so extreme as to support partial birth abortion, wanted it both ways, to elevate motherhood to a place only sexists would take it while denegrating motherhood to a place only rabid pro-aborts would take it.

    Well, not a surprise, Rosie just broke her vow, and compounded the hypocrisy by again using pregnant mothers to suit her purposes, "speak[ing] for them," this time as a shield against the war in Iraq:



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    May 22, 2007
    Abortion industry = tobacco industry

    women1.jpgAn article in yesterday's International Herald Tribune discussed the increasingly successful pro-life strategy, spurred by helpful statements Kennedy made in the Supreme Court's Partial Birth Abortion Ban decision, which is that abortion hurts women:

    They argue that abortion, as a rule, is not in the best interest of the woman; that women are often misled or ill-informed about its risks to their own physical or emotional health; and that the interests of the pregnant woman and the fetus are, in fact, the same...

    This focus on women by the anti--abortion movement has real power, many experts said. Reva Siegel, a Yale law professor and a supporter of abortion rights who recently conducted a study of this effort said it combines "the modern language of trauma and women's rights" with "some very traditional ways of understanding women."

    This strategy includes passing informed consent legislation, which is hard for pro-aborts to combat.

    But they're trying. Note they focus on motivation vs. substance, why vs. what, messenger vs. message....

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    Abortion rights advocates, still reeling from last month's Supreme Court decision, argue that this effort is motivated by ideology, not women's health.

    "Informed consent is really a misleading way to characterize it," said Roger Evans, senior director of public policy litigation and law for Planned Parenthood. "To me, what we'll see is an increasing attempt to push a state's ideology into a doctor/patient relationship, to force doctors to communicate more and more of the state's viewpoint.

    Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, is more blunt: "It's motivated by politics, not by science, not by medical care, and not for the purposes of compassion."...

    Geoffrey Garin, who polls for abortion rights groups, said, "Once you get past the verbiage, women get that the motivation here is political as opposed to medical."

    There is an great comeback to pro-aborts trying to say abortion doesn't hurt women, which is increasingly implausible:

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    The Guttmacher Institute, a research group and an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, said recently that "a considerable body of credible evidence" over 30 years contradicts the notion that legal abortion poses long-term dangers to women's health, physically or mentally.

    But Allan Parker, president of the Justice Foundation, a conservative group based in Texas, compares the growing anti-abortion campaign aimed at women to the long struggle to inform Americans about the risks of smoking. "We're kind of in the early stages of tobacco litigation," Parker said.

    [Graphics 1 and 2 courtesy of Feminists for Life; graphic 3 courtesy of Rochester.edu, which included this interesting aside: "In 1957 a Reader's Digest article published the effects of smoking and health.... This is the only year in Marlboro's history that sales [went] down.... Attempting to boost sales, Marlboro advertising executives decided to use images of females in their advertisements."]


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    May 17, 2007
    Lila Rose on O'Reilly tonight

    Our own Valerie, host of the new blog, 2SecondsFaster.com, has been fleshing out the story of UCLA student Lila Rose, who went undercover in two Los Angeles area Planned Parenthood abortion mills and videotaped condemning evidence they cover up rapes. Credit for my information and links today goes to Valerie.

    See my previous posts here, here, and here, where I showed Lila's videos and then reported YouTube yanked them May 15 after PP threatened to sue Lila.

    The big news is Lila is to appear on The O'Reilly Factor tonight. Lila also has a website.

    advocate.pngLila has been busy. She has also infiltrated two UCLA student health clinics and published two incredible underground newsletters exposing workers who lied about pregnancy, encouraged abortions, and suggested how to circumvent the law. Lila also named their school administrator enablers.

    Read the newsletters here and here. This chick has guts. Go, Lila!

    Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin wrote a column about Lila yesterday, contrasting how MSM showcases undercover journalists pursuing the liberal agenda but shuns those like Lila, who expose the liberal agenda in an unflattering light.

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    May 16, 2007
    Hate the one you're with II

    american2.gifOver at The American Prospect blog, pro-aborts are as mad at abortion hypocrite Giuliani and as incredulous of Planned Parenthood's support of Giuliani as I am.

    After posting PP prez Cecile Richard's schmooze piece, which I excerpted in my previous post, blogger Ann Friedman made this sarcastic remark:

    Right. Clearly Giuliani is staking his campaign on his deep, unwavering commitment to women's health... He repeats that he's personally opposed to abortion, that he would support further restrictions, that he would appoint an anti-choice Supreme Court justice, and that overturning Roe would "be OK."

    Apparently $900 in donations buys a lifetime endorsement from Planned Parenthood, no matter how weak your position on choice.

    PP didn't take the complaint on its back with its feet in stirrups. PP responded....

    Giuliani does not have a lifetime endorsement from Planned Parenthood, and he does not have an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Action Fund today. But he has chosen to run for the Republican nomination as a pro-choice candidate and that shows a commitment to mainstream values that a majority of voters can get behind. The more politicians we have who support women's health, the better. It will be a great day when choice isn't even a political issue. But if we ever want to break the right-wing, anti-choice grasp on the Republican Party, we have to start somewhere. We have to show all candidates that standing up for women's health is not a Republican, Democrat or Independent value -- it's a value that all Americans can and should support.

    Interesting insight.

    I wish pro-lifers picking apart Mitt Romney would heed PP's example.

    I can't believe I said that.


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    Hate the one you're with

    mindgames3.jpgNo one but a person high on pot would have thought Stephen Stills made sense had he changed the words of his 1970 free love anthem to, "If you can't be with the one you love, honey, hate the one you're with" or "... love the one who hates you."

    Yet that's what Rudy Giuliani and Planned Parenthood want us to believe.

    Giuliani says although he hates abortion, thinks it's immoral, and wishes it would go away, he supports it. A sampling of recent statements....

  • "I am pro-choice, yes. But I'm also, as you know, always have been, against abortion - hate abortion, don't like it, wouldn't personally advise anyone to have an abortion." ~ Feb. 14

  • "I'm against abortion. I hate it. I wish there never was an abortion and I would counsel a woman to have an adoption instead of an abortion. But ultimately I believe it is an individual right, and the woman can make that choice." ~ April 5

  • "My view of it is I hate abortion. I think abortion is wrong. To someone who I cared about or cared to talk to me about it and wanted my advice, the advice I would give them is not to do it and to have adoption as an option to it." ~ April 14

  • "I think you can be personally opposed to it, hate abortion, [but] respect somebody else's conscience who might make a different decision...." ~ April 24

  • "In my case, I hate abortion. But ultimately, because it is an issue of conscience, I would respect a woman'a right to make a different choice." ~ May 3

  • "I think having the child is a much better decision. I think it's a much better moral decision. I think it's much better for society." ~ May 13

  • "I hate abortion, I would counsel against it. But as a matter of conscience, I would have to support a woman's right to choose." ~ May 15
  • Not exactly a sweeping endorsement. Not exactly someone I'd pick as an abortion pitch man.

    Yet Planned Parenthood's prez Cecile Richards says they love Rudy, even if he hates them. On May 12, she said in a written statement:

    It's encouraging to see that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president supports the right to make personal private health care decisions free from government intrusion....

    Giuliani is pro-choice and at the front of the pack - the days of the anti-choice strangle-hold on the Republican Party are numbered.

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    Bedrock Republican Party principles like freedom of choice and personal responsibility - including support for family planning and the right to choose - and are mainstream, winning positions and finally in the spotlight.

    Get real. They're both playing mind games. Giuliani is just trying to temper his history of radical abortion support, and Richards is just trying to make Rudy's radical abortion support sound like apple pie.


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    Operation Roachy Rescue

    I love Troy Newman. There, it's out. The leader of Operation Rescue either has me laughing at his antics or in awe of his dedication to the sanctity of life.

    vaughn.jpgThis time it's the former.

    Just got this press release, which tells almost the whole story. The pictures tell the rest:

    Kansas House Representative Vaughn Flora (D-Topeka) was found guilty yesterday of one count of battery for attacking Operation Rescue President Troy Newman last September during a gubernatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair.

    Newman was wearing a cockroach costume to draw attention to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' support of abortion and opposition to even the most minimum clinic health and safety standards that has led filthy and dangerous conditions at Kansas abortion mills.

    Troy, you've earned a bonus jewel for this one.

    See photos and captions taken from OR's site on page 2....

    "Two abortion protesters, dressed as giant roaches, perform at a gubernatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair."
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    "An abortion protester pretends to be the campaign mascot for pro-abortion KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. An abortion mill bought and closed by OR was found to be filthy and roach-infested. Sebelius opposes abortion mill inspections."
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    "Roachy simulates death when the pro-life candidate for governor was introduced. The antics were in reference to an abortion mill recently purchased by OR that was roach-infested. Sebelius opposed legislation that would have closed the filthy facility."
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    "Two abortion protesters pretend to worship at the feet of pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. 'She saved my life!' said Roachy, referring to Sebelius' opposition to abortion clinic inspections that would have closed several filthy KS abortion mills."
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    "This State Trooper turns a blind eye to women who were trying to hide Roachy with a jacket."
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    "A State Trooper gives Roachy a hard time about exercising is First Amendment rights."
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    Apparently, Vaughn initiated a cock(roach) fight against Newman after these shots were taken.

    Some will say all this was over the top. But you have no idea of the abortion scandal cover-ups ongoing in KS - including minor rapes, illegal late-term abortions, and even death. The other side counts on staying out of the spotlight... like the roaches they are. Troy and OR are not gonna let that happen.


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    May 15, 2007
    Planned Parenthood undercover videos yanked from YouTube

    ppla2.jpgIf you didn't view the Planned Parenthood undercover videos I posted May 4 and 11 here and here, you're going to have a tough time finding them.

    According to CNSNews.com today, YouTube has yanked the videos after Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles threatened to sue their maker, UCLA student Lila Rose....

    On Monday, PPLA sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rose, warning her that "surreptitious" recordings of PPLA employees without consent violates California privacy laws.

    California law prohibits recording "intentionally and without the consent of all parties to a confidential communication." Violating the prohibition could mean a $2,500 fine, plus civil penalties of $5,000 or more.

    In the letter, obtained by Cybercast News Service, PPLA president Mary Jane Wagle demands that Rose stop the undercover investigations, remove existing clips from online video sharing site YouTube, and turn the original tapes and all copies over to Planned Parenthood.

    "If you do not agree to take these three steps, PPLA will seek all appropriate legal remedies," Wagle wrote....

    "We essentially believe that in 99.9% of the time, our employees do follow the laws," [Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California president Kathy] Kneer said, adding that "attacks" from "anti-choice extremists" have led to national audits of abortion providers.

    According to her attorney, Rose has agreed to comply with "the bulk" of PP's requests. CNSNews.com retained a copy of one video that you can view here.

    As far as the "99.9% of the time" line, it's a flat out lie.

    In 2002, Life Dynamics in TX (where audiotaping without permission is legal) had a caller pose as a 13-year-old girl impregnated by her 22-year-old boyfriend. She called and taped over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics in all 50 states. Over 90% of the clinics offered to help conceal the obvious crime of statutory rape. Hear clips from the calls here:

    In related news, it turns out both clinics Rose taped receive Title X funding, which I hope is now jeopardized.


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    May 11, 2007
    Planned Parenthood exposed II

    Last Friday I posted the first of at least two recently released undercover videos filmed at a CA Planned Parenthood where an informant posed as a 15-year-old girl who had been impregnated by her 23-year-old boyfriend, which constituted statutory rape.

    In that video the counselor recommended how to get around parents and the law. She added she wished she had aborted her now 16-year-old.

    Today's video spotlights a different Planned Parenthood, in Los Angeles. Same scenario. You'll hear the counselor tell the minor girl to "figure out a birthday that works" to avoid the mill's having to report the rape to authorities.

    The best friend statutory rapists, incest perpretators, and pedophiles have is the abortion industry.

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    How abortion protects pedophiles

    A commenter most know on this site, Valerie, has launched her own blog, 2secondsfaster.com.

    Last night Valerie posted information on an abortion clinic's cover-up of incest in OH. The victim, now an adult, is suing the mill:

    A father, John Blanks Jr., sexually assaulted his daughter starting when she was 13 years old and ending when she was 18. She didn't even have her own bedroom. She was forced to sleep in the same bed as if she were her father's wife. When Daddy dearest impregnated his daughter he whisked her away to the place all sexual deviants take their victims. Planned Parenthood. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

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    In a civil suit filed today in Warren County Common Pleas Court, the teen, formerly of Mason, says she disclosed the sexual abuse to a Planned Parenthood employee when she and her father went to the agency's Mount Auburn clinic to abort her pregnancy in November 2004. But no police report was filed – and as a result, the abuse continued for another year and a half, the suit says

    Of Course Planned Parenthood denies the allegations....

    Continue reading this story on 2secondsfaster.com. Excellent job exposing the scum, Valerie.

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    May 10, 2007
    MSM aborts Planned Parenthood

    Suddenly, to have ever been associated with Planned Parenthood is anathema.

    Yesterday ABC News excitedly announced, "Romney's Wife Gave Money to Planned Parenthood"! Never mind it was a one-time donation of $150 13 years ago when Romney was a professed pro-abort. So what!

    And Monday The Politico revealed pro-abort Rudy Guiliani donated to Planned Parenthood six times totalling $900 throughout the 90s!

    Of course, what's going on is MSM is trying to rile conservatives against the GOP, which is nothing new.

    But to do so MSM has had to betray PP, which it normally portrays as the Florence Nightingale of reproductive freedom. Here's a typical example of the norm from the far-left Capital Times on May 3, ruing the fact protesters were planning a 40-day vigil at a WI abortion mill:

    ....the Planned Parenthood clinic, which offers such reproductive health care services as cervical cancer screening and birth control counseling....

    How wonderful. PP cures cancer.

    wicked witch.jpgBut to provoke a schism between pro-lifers and the Republican Party, MSM has no trouble turning PP into the wicked witch of the womb. From the May 9 ABC piece:

    Planned Parenthood is the nation's biggest abortion provider and lobbies actively to expand abortion rights.

    Now there's the stark, ugly truth that would repulse almost anyone. It's interesting to see MSM knows all that. It's also interesting to see MSM abort a pro-abort group in an attempt to splinter pro-lifers, which shows how significant it must think we are to the 2008 elections.

    The strategy is certainly questionable. There must be some spectacular fights going on behind closed doors.

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    May 9, 2007
    CRTL exposes Planned Parenthood's scalpel on blacks

    Colorado Right to Life has added this banner to its Truth Truck:

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    CRTL unfurled the banner at this year's Martin Luther King, Jr., March in Denver. CRTL has lately been targeting the new Planned Parenthood in Parker, and plans to begin driving the Truth Truck into the minority communities to African-American churches.

    I've discussed before how Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry target blacks (here, here, and here). Also see BlackGenocide.org and Black Americans for Life.

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    May 8, 2007
    NOW vs. Scheidler: Game over, NOW loses big

    now.gifToday, after 21 years and an unprecedented three hearings before the U.S. Supreme Court, NOW vs. Scheidler was finally settled in a U.S. District Court in Chicago, and NOW may have lost big.

    You can read the history of the case here.

    This has always been a free speech case. Many liberal activists, including PETA and Martin Sheen, filed amicus briefs in support of Scheidler.

    You can read the press release by Scheidler's attorney here..

    I just spoke with the attorney, Tom Brejcha, to understand how the tables may have been turned on NOW. Here is how Tom explained today's court decision....

    It's a little complicated. It was a class action, which means all the clinics in the country, all the women in the country who are members of NOW, and any women who ever felt intimidated by pro-life people in the country were brought into this case.

    NOW sued every pro-life activist organization with a title.

    In a way the whole abortion crowd sued the whole pro-life activist movement. Importantly, all the clinics were involved except a few who dropped out. Then-PP president Alan Guttmacher sealed the list of involved clinics.

    There's a doctrine in law that when you file a lawsuit, it has to include every claim A brings against B. NOW vs. Scheidler included every event and transaction that ever occurred with an abortion provider from 1984 for as long as the case was pending.

    Now we have a final judgment that includes anyone in the pro-life movement who was accused of any wrong doing at or about the premises at an abortion clinic – threats, harrassement, disorderly conduct - if that clinic hasn't dropped out of the case. So this final judgmenet can be brought into oourt to say the case is barred against that pro-lifer, because all claims have been dismissed.

    Any lawsuit filed against a pro-lifer since 1984 is potentially dismissable, up to the date of the jdugement.

    The point is, NOW said our guys had to answer for anything anybody did in the pro-life movement. But it works both ways. They said on record the co-conspirators were up to one million people.

    I am going to put a kit together to send papers to whoever needs it to raise a defense. Mr. and Mrs. Anybody may say that they won this case.

    There's a lot of paper you could throw at any prosecutor in the country. Boy, I'm gonna get that paper ready to throw. They wanted to make this thing top down against activism. They asked for it, they got it.

    Congratulations to Joe and Ann Scheidler and Tom Brejcha!

    [Hat tip: Marathon Pundit]


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    Margaret Sanger and Eugenics Publishing Company

    sanger and sons.jpgMy Mom just gave me an original 1920 edition of the book, Woman and the New Race, by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Mom found it in a box of books owned by my deceased great-uncle.

    It was in this book Sanger wrote, "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it," which has come to be one of the banes of pro-abort existence, forcing them to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to say now really, Sanger did not support eugenics.

    At any rate, I was looking on ebay to see if the book was worth anything and discovered that while this first edition was published by Truth Publishing Company, the 1923 edition was published by Eugenics Publishing Company.

    Oh, dear.

    BTW, this photo of Sanger and her sons is included next to the title page. Don't they all look happy?

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    May 4, 2007
    Planned Parenthood exposed I

    Ben Wetmore, chairman of Students for Life, has alerted me to a new series of videos secretly taped inside California abortion mills.

    In this first one you will hear the abortion counselor say she wishes she would have aborted her now 16-year-old. She'll also recommend to who she thinks are a minor 15-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend how to get around her parents and apparently laws prohibiting statutory rape. (I'll post more soon on the abortion industry's rape cover-up.)

    The end of the video is well done, thought provoking.

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    April 26, 2007
    The March of Dimes marches for death

    mod.gifThis Saturday, April 28, the March of Dimes will launch its 2007 WalkAmerica fundraisers around the country.

    MOD's stated mission is "to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality."

    To be honest, MOD should add the tag, "... in politically correct ways."

    MOD has been at odds with the pro-life community since the 1970s for its inexplicable love affair with the pro-death movement in many areas.

    One is that MOD turns a blind eye toward the link between induced abortion and premature delivery.

    See page 2 of this post for a list of 60 studies confirming the link between abortion and subsequent premature deliveries.

    Then view MOD's list of risks and note one strangely missing.

    MOD trips over its own feigned ignorance. Its site reads:

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    Prematurity has been escalating steadily and alarmingly over the past two decades. One out of eight babies is born prematurely in the United States....

    Despite decades of research, scientists have not yet developed effective ways to help prevent premature delivery. In fact, the rate of premature birth increased almost 31 percent between 1981 and 2003 (9.4 to 12.3 percent).

    MOD admits "women who have had a previous premature birth" are at risk for subsequent premature deliveries. Objectively speaking wouldn't induced abortion, which forcibly stretches a mother's cervix, fall into that category?

    For this and other reasons, such as that MOD financially supports fetal tissue experimentation, pro-lifers should not contribute to MOD.

    [Photo courtesy of MOD]

    60 Significant studies of abortion/prematurity risk

    Compiled by Brent Rooney

    September 2005

    Sixty studies showed a statistically significant increase in preterm birth or low birth weight after surgical induced abortion.

    A. The 60 studies are at least 95% confident of increased risk of preterm birth or 'surrogates' for PTB (such as low birth weight or 2nd trimester spontaneous abortion) from previous surgical induced abortions (SIAs); this list, in all probability, is NOT a complete list of all such studies; studies preceded by "+" found that the more the number of prior abortions, the higher the preterm birth risk (studies 8,9,11,25,29,32,34,35,39,40,42,44,48,49,50,51,52,55,58,59)

    B. All three studies that examined whether prior SIAs boosted the risk of subsequent XPBs (extremely preterm births) found they did:

    1. Lumley J (Australia, 1993, study number 44)
    2. Lumley J (Australia, 1998, study number 49)
    3. Moreau C et al. (France, 2005, study number 59)
    [The 2005 'Moreau' study is the first European confirmation
    of the Australian XPB results of Judith Lumley]

    C. These 60 studies involve 23 countries

    ...................................................................

    List of 60 Significant APB Studies

    1960s

    1 Barsy G, Sarkany J. Impact of induced abortion on the birth
    rate and infant mortality. Demografia 1963;6:427-467

    2 Miltenyi K. On the effects of induced abortion. Demografia
    1964;7:73-87

    3 Furusawa Y, Koya Y. The Influence of artificial abortion
    on delivery. In: Koya Y, ed. Harmful effects of induced
    abortion. Tokyo: Family Planning Federation of Japan,
    1966:74-83

    1970s

    4 Drac P, Nekvasilova Z. Premature termination of pregnancy
    after previous interruption of pregnancy. Cesk Gynekol
    1970;35:332-333

    5 Pantelakis SN, Papadimitriou GC, Doxiadis SA.
    Influence of induced and spontaneous abortions
    on the outcome of subsequent pregnancies. Amer
    J Obstet Gynecol. 1973;116:799-805

    6 Van Der Slikke JW, Treffers PE. Influence of
    induced abortion on gestational duration in
    subsequent pregnancies. BMJ 1978;1:270-272
    [>95% confident of preterm risk for gestation
    less than 32 weeks]

    7 Richardson JA, Dixon G. Effect of legal termin-
    ation on subsequent pregnancy. British Med J
    1976;1:1303-1304

    +8 Papaevangelou G, Vrettos AS, Papadatos D, Alexiou
    C. The Effect of Spontaneous and Induced Abortion
    on Prematurity and Birthweight. The J Obstetrics
    and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth. May
    1973;80:418-422

    +9 Bognar Z, Czeizel A. Mortality and Morbidity
    Associated with Legal Abortions in Hungary, 1960-
    1973. AJPH 1976;66:568-575

    10 Grindel B, Lubinski H, Voigt M. Induced abortion
    in primigravidae and subsequent pregnancy, with
    particular attention of underweight. Zentralbl
    Gynaekol 1979;101:1009-1114

    +11 Obel E, et al. Pregnancy Complications Following
    Legally Induced Abortion With Special Reference to
    Abortion Technique. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand
    1979;58:147-152

    12 World Health Organization Task Force on the Sequelae
    of Abortion. Gestation, birthweight and spontaneous
    abortion. Lancet 1979;1:142-145.

    13 Ratter G et al. Effect of Abortion on Maturity of
    Subsequent Pregnancy. Med J Australia June 1979:
    479-480

    14 Roht LH, Aoyama H, Leinen GE, et al. The association
    of multiple induced abortions with subsequent
    prematurity and spontaneous abortion. Acta Obstet
    Gynaecol Jpn 1976;23:140-145

    15 Harlap S, Davies AM. Late sequelae of induced abortion:
    Complications and Outcome of Pregnancy and Labor. Amer
    J Epidemiology 1975;102:219-224

    16 Mocsary P, Csapo AI. Effect of menstrual induction on
    prematurity rate. Lancet 1978;1:1159-1160

    17 Koller O, Eikhom SN. Late Sequelae of Induced
    Abortion in Primigravidae. Acta Obstet Gynecol
    Scand 1977;56:311-317

    18 Lean TH, Hogue CJR, Wood J. Low birth weight after induced
    abortion in Singapore, Presented at the 105th Annual Meeting
    of the Americal Public Health Association, Washington DC,
    Oct. 31, 1977

    19 World Health Organization. Special Programme of Research,
    Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction:
    Seventh Annual Report, Geneva, Nov. 1978.

    20 Hungarian Central Statistical Office. Perinatalishalazons.
    Budapest: Hungarian Central Statistical Office, 1972

    21 Czeizel A, Bognar Z, Tusnady G, et al. Changes in mean birth
    weight and proportion of low-weight births in Hungary. Br J
    Prev Soc Med 1970;24:146-153

    22 Dziewulska W. Abortion in the past versus the fate of the
    subsequent pregnancy. State of the newborn. Ginekol Pol
    1973;44:1143-1148 [Poland]

    1980s

    23 Zwahr C, Voigt M, Kunz L, et al. Relationships
    between interruption abortion, and premature birth
    and low birth weight. Zentrabl Gynaekol 1980;102:
    738-747

    24 Kreibich H, Ludwig A. Early and late complications
    of abortion in juvenile primigravidae (including
    recommended measures). Z Aerztl Fortbild (Jena)
    1980;74:311-316

    +25 Levin A, Schoenbaum S, Monson R, Stubblefield P,
    Ryan K. Association of Abortion With Subsequent
    Pregnancy Loss. JAMA 1980;243(24):2495-2499

    26 Legrillo V. Quickenton P, Therriault GD, et al.
    Effect of induced abortion on subsequent reproductive
    function. Final report to NICHD. Albany, NY: New
    York State Health Department, 1980.

    27 Slater PE, Davies AM, Harlap S. The Effect of Abortion Method
    on the Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancy. J Reprod Med 1981;28:
    123-128

    28 Lerner RC, Varma AO. Prospective study of the outcome of
    pregnancy subsequent to previous induced abortion. Final
    report, Contract no. (N01-HD-62803). New York: Downstate
    Medical Center, SUNY, January 1981.

    +29 Berkowitz GS. An Epidemiologic Study of Preterm
    Delivery. American J Epidemiology 1981;113:81-92

    30 Meirik O, Bergstrom R. Outcome of delivery subsequent to
    vacuum aspiration abortion in nulliparous women. Acta
    Obstet Gynecol Scand 1982;61:415-429

    31 Schoenbaum LS, Monson RR. No association between
    coffee consumption and adverse outcomes of pregnancy.
    NEJM 1982;306:141-145

    +32 Puyenbroek J, Stolte L. The relationship between spontaneous
    and induced abortions and the occurrence of second-trimester
    abortion in subsequent pregnancies. Eur J Obstet Gynecol
    Reprod Biol 1983;14:299-309 [this is the only study in
    this complete list that uses second-trimester miscarriage
    as a surrogate for PTB]

    33 Pickering RM, Forbes J. Risk of preterm delivery
    and small-for-gestational age infants following
    abortion: a population study. British J Obstetrics
    and Gynecology 1985;92:1106-1112

    +34 Lumley J. Very low birth-weight (less than 1500g) and previous
    induced abortion: Victoria 1982-1983. Aust NZ J Obstet Gynecol
    1986;26:268-272

    +35 Shiono PH, Lebanoff MA. Ethnic Differences
    and Very Preterm Delivery. Am J Public Health
    1986;76:1317-1321

    36 Lieberman E, Ryan KJ, Monson RR, Schoenbaum SC.
    Risk Factors Accounting For Racial Differences
    in the rate of premature birth. NEJM 1987;317:
    743-748

    37 Krasomski G, Gladysiak A, Krajewski J. [English translation of
    Polish title: Fate of subsequent pregnancies after induced abortion
    in primiparae]. Wiad Lek. 1987 Dec 1;40(23):1593-1995

    38 Seidman DS, Ever-Hadani P, Slater PE, Harlap S, et al.
    Child-bearing after induced abortion: reassessment of
    risk. J Epidemiology Community Health 1988;42:294-298

    +39 Mueller-Heubach E, Guzick DS. Evaluation of
    risk scoring in a preterm birth prevention
    study of indigent patients. Am J Obstetrics
    & Gyn 1989;160:829-837

    1990s

    +40 Vasso L-K, Chryssa T-B, Golding J. Previous
    obstetric history and subsequent preterm delivery
    in Greece. European J Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Reproductive Biology 1990;37:99-109

    41 Pickering RM, Deeks JJ. Risks of Delivery during
    20th to the 36th Week of Gestation. Intl. J
    Epidemiology 1991;20:456-466

    +42*Zhang J, Savitz DA. Preterm Birth Subtypes among Blacks and
    Whites. Epidemiology 1992;3:428-433

    43*Michielutte R, Ernest JM, Moore ML, Meis PJ,
    Sharp PC, Wells HB, Buescher PA. A Comparison of
    Risk Assessment Models for Term and Preterm Low
    Birthweight. Preventive Medicine 1992;21:98-109

    +44 Lumley J. The epidemiology of preterm birth.
    Bailliere's Clin Obstet Gynecology. 1993;7(3):477-498

    45 Guinn D, Goldenberg RL, Hauth JC, Andrews WA et al. Risk factors
    for the development of preterm premature rupture of membranes
    after arrest of preterm labor. AJOG 1995;173(4):1310-1315

    46*Hillier SL, Nugent RP, Eschenbach DA, Krohn MA,
    et al. Association Between Bacterial Vaginosis
    And Preterm Delivery Of A Low-Birth-Weight
    Infant. NEJM 1995;333:1737-1742

    47 Khalil AK, El-Amrawy SM, Ibrahim AG, et al. Pattern of growth
    and development of premature children at the age of two and
    three years in Alexandria, Egypt. Eastern Mediterranean Health
    Journal 1995;1(2):186-193

    +48 Lang JM, Lieberman E, Cohen A. A Comparison
    of Risk Factors for Preterm Labor and Term
    Small-for-Gestational-Age Birth. Epidemiology
    1996;7:369-376

    +49 Lumley J. The association between prior spon-
    taneous abortion, prior induced abortion and
    preterm birth in first singleton births.
    Prenat Neonat Med 1998;3:21-24.

    +50 Martius JA, Steck T, Oehler MK, Wulf K-H. Risk
    factors associated with preterm (<37+0 weeks) and
    early preterm (<32+0 weeks): univariate and multi-
    variate analysis of 106 345 singleton births from
    1994 statewide perinatal survey of Bavaria.
    European J Obstetrics & Gynecology Reproductive
    Biology 1998;80:183-189

    +51*Ancel P-V, Saurel-Cubizolles M-J, Renzo GCD,
    Papiernik E, Breart G. Very and moderate preterm
    births: are the risk factors different? British
    J Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1999;106:1162-1170

    +52 Zhou W, Sorenson HT, Olsen J. Induced Abortion
    and Subsequent Pregnancy Duration. Obstetrics &
    Gynecology 1999;94:948-953

    53 Ancel PY, Saurel-Cubizolles, Di Renzo GC, Papiernik E, Breart G.
    Social Differences of very preterm birth in Europe: interaction
    with obstetric history. American J Epi 1999;149(10):908-915

    2000-2009

    54 Foix-L'Helias and Blondel B. Changes in risk factors of
    preterm delivery in France between 1981 and 1995. Paediatric
    and Perinatal Epidemiology. Oct 2000;14(4):314-323

    +55 Henriet L, Kaminski M. Impact of induced abortions on
    subsequent pregnancy outcome: the 1995 French national
    perinatal survey. British J Obstetrics Gynaecology
    2001;108:1036-1042

    56 Grimmer I, Buhrer C, Dudenhausen JW. Preconceptional factors
    associated with very low birth weight delivery: a case control
    study. BMC Public Health 2002;2:10 [Germany]

    57 Reime B, Schuecking BA, Wenzlaff P. Perinatal outcomes of
    teenage pregnancies according to gravidity and obstetric history.
    Annals of Epidemiology 2004;14(8):619-619 [German subjects]
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    +58 Ancel PV, Lelong N, Papiernik E, Saurel-Cubizolles MJ, Kaminski M.
    History of induced abortion as a risk factor for preterm birth in
    European countries: results of EUROPOP survey. Human Repro 2004;
    19(3): 734-740.

    +59 Moreau C, Kaminski M, Ancel PY, Bouyer J, et al. Previous induced
    abortions and the risk of very preterm delivery: results of the
    EPIPAGE study. British J Obstetrics Gynaecology 2005;112(4):430-437
    [France] [abstract online:
    www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111/
    j.1471-0528.2004.00478.x/abs/ ]

    60 Conde-Agudelo A, Belizan JM, Breman R, Brockman SC, Rosas-
    Bermudez. Effect of the interpregnancy interval after an
    abortion on maternal and perinatal health in Latin America.
    Int J Gynaecol & Obstet 2005;89 (Supp. 1):S34-S40

    ............................................................

    * studies that included spontaneous and induced
    abortions but did not report PTB/LBW risk separately for each
    + studies that found dose/response (the more SIAs, the higher the risk)

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    April 25, 2007
    The dinner party test

    My favorite pro-abort, Jeff V., sent me this column by Albert Mohler as an encouragment. Jeff is nice that way....

    The Independent [London] has published an amazing report indicating that Britain faces a "crisis" in the availability of abortion. It seems that "an unprecedented number of doctors are refusing to be involved in carrying out the procedure."

    As the paper reports, "The exodus of doctors prepared to perform the task is a nationwide phenomenon that threatens to plunge the abortion service into chaos, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has warned."

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    This makes sense, of course. Why would doctors -- who dedicate their lives to saving lives -- choose to deploy their medical skills in the service of killing unborn babies? The "crisis" feared by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a crisis of recovered moral consciousness.

    One paragraph in the paper's report is too important to miss. Look closely at these words....

    Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in "conscientious objectors" who request exemption from the task, the RCOG says. A key factor is what specialists call "the dinner party test". Gynaecologists who specialise in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered - but no one boasts of being an abortionist.

    This is a truly remarkable paragraph. The moral conscience rears its head in unexpected ways. "The dinner party test" is an amazing example of a common grace display of suppressed moral knowledge.

    And btw, could this critical shortage of abortionists (so sad) be why another of my favorite pro-aborts, SOMG, is promoting self-abortions and abortions by nondoctors? Back alley to front alley to back alley...


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    April 13, 2007
    The Harder Truth

    I was surprsied by a couple comments to the Tiller post yesterday that for all the complaints against pro-lifers for showing graphic images of aborted babies, some of you have actually never seen abortion.

    Justice for All has made two profound videos, first The Hard Truth and then The Harder Truth. The Harder Truth is below. Among other things, It shows a video clip of the face of a baby as s/he is being aborted.

    As a personal aside, my #2 son interned for JFA a few summers ago while in college as The Harder Truth was being finalized. It was his responsibiliity to go through, and frame by frame, 10 hours a day for a couple weeks, blur pornographic displays of a mother's perinneal area so the focus would be on the baby being aborted and film viewable in church and by young people. The experience was traumatic for him.

    Don't continue to support abortion without knowing what you support.

    The Harder Truth

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    April 12, 2007
    And you thought Imus was racist

    It appears the battle to protect black children in Portland, Oregon, has been lost.

    LifeNews.com is reporting the Portland Development Commission gave final approval last night for "Planned Parenthood to move its regional headquarters and abortion facility to a city-owned lot in the heart of the African American community," despite opposition from black pastors and pro-lifers.

    black.jpgSTOPP reported today, "PP's previous location had an African-American population of less than 2 percent but the new site is in a community that is 42 percent African-American."

    The Guttmacher Institute, PP's research arm, confirms the black population disproportionately aborts and that abortion mills are disproportionately located in urban areas: Although African Americans comprise only 12.3% of the population:

    Most abortion providers (95%) are also located in metropolitan areas, increasing access to abortion there....

    No racial or ethnic group makes up a majority of women having abortions: 41% are white, 32% are black and 20% are Hispanic....


    Black and Hispanic women have higher abortion rates than non-Hispanic white women do. (The rates are 49 per 1,000 and 33 per 1,000 among black and Hispanic women, respectively, vs. 13 per 1,000 among non-Hispanic white women.)

    Since 1973 it is estimated 13 million black babies have been killed by abortion.

    Blacks are committing genocide against themselves via abortion. Here is a compelling graph by the US Census Bureau (p. 3):

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    It shows that exactly 34 years ago, the year abortion was legalized in the US, the black population stopped tiering out. It stopped growing. It flattened. Were it not for black immigrants, the population would have declined.

    The US Census showed that in 1990 blacks ranked as the largest minority in the US:

    African Americans: 12.1% (29,986,060)
    Hispanics: 9% (22,354,059)

    The US Census showed that in 2000 blacks ranked #2:

    Hispanics 12.5% (35,305,818)
    African Americans: 12.3% (34,658,190)

    Abortion made the difference.

    To repeat: While blacks comprise only 12.3% of the population, they have 32% of the abortions.

    And you thought Don Imus was racist. But he only talked racist. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when it comes to Planned Parenthood actually targeting blacks to kill them?


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    Tiller the Killer video

    Operation Rescue has just released an extraordinary video exposing abortionist George "the Killer" Tiller, who operates an infamous late-term abortion mill in Wichita, Kansas.

    Excellent work Troy, Cheryl, all.

    [Hat tip: Ed]

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    April 10, 2007
    Junk in the trunk

    I reported Feb. 9 about a young father who pro-life sidewalk counselors spotted carrying his aborted baby in a white trash bag to the back door of a FL late-term abortion mill after the baby accidentally was delivered at home or in a hotel room.

    Now comes news of a similar incident that happened at Hope Clinic in Granite City, IL, on Good Friday.

    driver unlatching trunk Hope Clinic employee Ryan (2).JPGSidewalk counselor Angela Michaels reported in an email alert it started when she spotted a white car with a personalized license plate return to the mill for the second day.

    (Late-term abortions usually take two days. Medication is given to dilate the cervix the first day, and the baby is aborted the second.)

    Two young women got out of the car, walked to the guard shack to sign in, and went into the clinic.

    Hopeless 2.jpg"About 20 seconds later, the driver and Hope(less) employee Ryan Goski came walking out of the clinic back to the car," reported Angela. "Our red flags went up. The woman opened up the driver's side door to unlatch the trunk, which Ryan then opened. We questioned him, 'What's inside the trunk?'"

    Angela said Ryan grabbed a "bloodied, brown bag" from the trunk and walked back inside the abortion mill with the driver.

    Ryan  driver trying to conceal baby in bag (2).JPG"He tried to hide the bag from us so we wouldn't be able to photograph it," said Angela. "It was hard to fathom how a mother, let alone a human being, could treat another little human being as if it were trash."

    Abortionist Yogendra Shah didn't arrive for another 65 minutes. The two women left the mill 3-1/2 hours later, the mother pale and the driver cursing and threatening Angela and her group.

    Hopeless employee chief bag n' tagger Ryan carrying bloodied bag (2).JPG

    Was this just an aberrancy (as if "aberrant" and "abortion" don't go together already)?

    In her email Angela described the recent "football baby" incident. This time a young couple brought their baby to the mill after she was delivered at the motel where they were staying between the first and second day of the abortion procedure.

    "As they approached the deathguard shack, the nervous young man dropped the bag and the baby spewed onto the walkway," said Angela. "Before we could focus our camera, the guard yelled for the male accomplice to, 'Kick it! Kick it in here.' And he obliged by repeatedly kicking the baby girl inside [the shack], where they held up until [someone] came out and helped all three get inside [the mill]."


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    April 9, 2007
    Sweet and Sour Fetus: Chinese cannibalism

    The following, if true, is what abortion and the dehumanization of preborn babies has wrought. It is the most despicable outcome of abortion I have ever seen or reported.

    Yet, if one is "pro-choice" and denies that preborn humans are human, there is nothing wrong with this whatsoever. It can't even be considered cannibalism.

    Reported The Epoch Times on March 29....

    [Article and video on page 2]

    The Next Magazine, a weekly publication from Hong Kong, reported that infant corpses and fetuses have become the newest supplements for health and beauty in China. Not only is the placenta considered a beauty remedy, but also aborted fetuses are much sought after delicacies. In Guangdong, gourmet body parts are in high demand and can even be purchased through hospitals. The magazine's investigations into this form of cannibalism took them to Liaoning province.

    According to The Next Magazine, during a banquet hosted by a Taiwanese businessman, a servant Ms Liu from Liaoning province on the mainland inadvertently revealed the habit of eating infants/fetuses in Liaoning province and her intention to return for the supplement due to health concerns. The Taiwanese women present were horrified.

    Ms Liu also disclosed that even though people can afford the human parts there are still waiting lists and those with the right connections get the "highest quality" human parts, which translates to the more mature fetuses. A male fetus is considered the "prime" human part.

    At the The Next Magazine's request, Ms Liu personally escorted the reporter to a location where a fetus was being prepared. The reporter observed a woman chopping up a male fetus and making soup from the placenta. During the process, the woman even tried to comfort everyone by saying, "Don't be afraid, this is just the flesh of a higher animal."

    The boy's remains were cremated in the mountains in accordance with the customs of the region.

    In fact, in China, reports about meals made from infant flesh have surfaced from time to time. A video is on the Internet for people to view. In the introduction, the Chinese claim that eating a human fetus is an art form.

    On March 22, 2003, police in Bingyan, Guangxi Province seized 28 female babies smuggled in a truck from Yulin, Guangxi Province going to Houzhou in Anhui Province. The oldest baby was only three months old. The babies were packed three or four to a bag and many of them were near death - one were claimed by their parents.

    On the morning of October 9, 2004, a person rifling through the garbage on the outskirts of Jiuquan city in the Suzhou region, found dismembered babies in a dumpster. There were two heads, two torsos, four arms, and six legs. According to the investigation, these corpses were no more than a week old and they had been dismembered after cooking.

    Although China has laws that prohibit the eating of human fetus, the regime's forced abortions to ensure the one child policy is strictly adhered to thereby creating many opportunities for these sorts of atrocities to occur.

    What would make people do such a thing without any fear of condemnation? Since Mao's Cultural Revolution, a complete lack of morality and respect for human life has become the norm in China. Over time, domination by the Chinese Communist regime has led to inhuman behavior and human rights violations resulting in abnormal practices such as cannibalism.

    Click here to read the original article in Chinese.

    I have tracked down the video, which is extremely graphic.

    [Hat tip: MK]


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    April 5, 2007
    Hallmark moment

    girl.gifEven pro-aborts are having a hard time mustering sympathy for the Boston mother suing Planned Parenthood to pay child-rearing costs after it botched an abortion in 2004 and she delivered a little girl, which she kept.

    Pro-abort blogger Girlspoke was incredulous today that the mother didn't place the baby for adoption....

    The premise for her lawsuit is based on claims that she could not afford to have a child (couldn't afford a rubber either, apparently) and that's the reason she chose to terminate. HOWEVER (and here comes her [expletive] moron beacon), she didn't have to keep the child.... She made a choice to abort and yes, through no fault of her own, that didn't go according to plan. Okay, fine. Ooopsy. But she had a second opportunity to rid herself of any child related burdens by choosing to give up the baby. She did not.

    Rightfully so, Girlspoke worried about the little girl.

    Maybe I'm just a simpleton, but this entire situation boggles my mind. The child is already two and the mom is now embarking on legal suits that will, in all likelihood, take years.... I'm no prodigal psychologist, but you know that poor little girl is going to have some serious issues with mommy dearest.

    I wonder how Hallmark could jump on the financial enterprise with this one?

    "I really wish I could wish you a happy birthday with glee,
    But the truth is, I really wish you'd been sucked out of me"

    Out of the mouths of pro-abort babes, pardon the pun....


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    April 4, 2007
    Nurse II

    nurse.jpgThe fellow who created the short film Nurse, which we discussed on this blog last week, has just launched his own blog, and his second post featured us featuring him.

    Richard Befan did not answer the foremost question about the film: Was it pro-life, or was it pro-abortion? He said his position was in front of our eyes....

    The unavoidable controversy that my short film Nurse causes everytime someone points it out, began a new chapter last week, when conservative "pro-lifer" Jill Stanek posted the video on her website. The showing of the film provoked a long chain of reactions, which is still growing and has already surpassed the 100 comments. I would like to thank Jill for posting my short on her popular site, and of course all those who are participating in such an interesting debate. I won't give my view on the subject, though. It's in the film itself :-)

    On behalf of us all, you're welcome, Richard. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    [Photo courtesy of Richard Befan.]


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    April 3, 2007
    Kill Bill II?

    teenwire.gifThe March 30 question of the day on Planned Parenthood's TeenWire website was this:

    I had an abortion a little over a month ago and now I'm pregnant again. What are the risks of having a second abortion?

    PP's answer?

    The risks for the second abortion are generally the same as for the first, if they are both performed at the same stage of pregnancy. There is no evidence that having more than one abortion causes any health problems.

    Really? Where to begin....

    First, here we see an example that comprehensive sex ed fails. In fact, according to a November 2006 Guttmacher (PP's research arm) study, 1/2 of abortions are repeats.

    Not that PP minds, but there is no excuse. Without a doubt the "family planning" industry has had face time with the mother before and after her first abortion to teach and equip her for supposed safe sex.

    But, in fact, according to the Guttmacher report, "statistical models demonstrated that repeat abortions would occur even among populations with high levels of contraceptive use, due to the fact that pregnancies occur even when contraceptives are used."

    nuclear.jpgWhy doesn't MSM shout this out? Because MSM is liberal, and the goal of liberals is to live a hedonistic life without consequences.

    Second, repeat abortions don't cause health problems? Perhaps if one's definition of "health problem" is solely nuclear attack. Otherwise health problems can be catastrophic, particularly if one ever wants a pregnancy to end with a live birth. In that case, repeat abortions can cause ectopic pregnancy, premature delivery, low birth weight, miscarriage, and infertility.

    lobotomy2.jpgRepeat abortions would also not cause health problems if one has had a lobotomy. Otherwise, according to a study in Family Planning Perspectives, now published by Guttmacher, repeat abortions are associated with lowered self esteem, a conscious or unconscious desire for a replacement pregnancy, and increased sexual activity post-abortion.

    That study also found - duh - repeat abortions may be associated with continued pressures to abort, like threats of abandonment by the new male partner. Note the word "new." That's because most relationships end after abortion.


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    March 29, 2007
    Nurse

    Last night Rae linked to this short film in the comments section of one of my posts with a little zinger, "Hey Jill, here's a video that might appeal to you. I bet if you were still a nurse and knew you could get away with this you'd do it in a heartbeat."

    Well, I watched the video, and aside from getting the point of Rae's jab and finding the film a little freaky, I couldn't tell whether it was pro-life or pro-abortion.

    Bethany found some reviews, and they were mixed, too. Some thought the nurses were pro-life and some thought they were abortion clinic nurses. Some thought the mom got what she deserved, and some thought not. What do you think?

    Warning: Read comments after watching video. The ending is discussed!

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    The healthy baby with "zilch" chance of survival

    This great story was just sent to me by reader Monica, originally reported Feb. 4 by Florida's KLTV

    Jennifer and Taylor White had been married for several years when they decided to add children to their family. A first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Then last March, Jennifer became pregnant again.

    Just as the critical first six weeks approached a blood sample tested positive for spinal bifida. They headed straight to Dallas to a specialist who said that test was negative...but

    kltv3.jpg"He told us, there was no amniotic fluid," says Taylor White. "And this was our first ultra sound of the pregnancy, this was our first time to even see...and there was no amniotic fluid, no kidneys of course because there was no amniotic fluid....

    "He told us then," says Jennifer White, "if I were you I would go home and pray, because it really doesn't look good."

    The Whites had to another two weeks for final confirmation. 14 days later the news wasn't any better.

    "I'm almost certain your baby has no chance of living," Taylor remembering what the specialist said. "In fact he used the word zilch, zilch chance. There is no amniotic fluid, there is not a genetic reason to explain this, it just happens. You can either terminate the pregnancy now or you can go through the pregnancy...and the baby will probably be still born or be born alive and die a couple of hours after being born"...."We decided," said Jennifer, "that we thought that was the best option, was to go ahead and induce early. I mean I would have a normal delivery you know and what understood the outcome would be the same, the baby was not going to make it either way. For me I could not imagine carry this baby for to full term."

    That early delivery would have happened at Tyler's Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. But because it was so early in the pregnancy, the hospital's ethics committee said no....

    "By that point," remembers Taylor, "our prayer was more, initially, or first reaction was to pray to God to help us make it through it. To comfort us. Shortly after that our mind changed and we said God we know you have the power to change this, and we're putting this in Your hands."

    Regular sonograms for the next six months still showed no amniotic fluid. An inducement was scheduled six weeks before the due date. One last sonogram indicated something had changed. The Whites headed straight to their specialist in Dallas.

    "His face just dropped," remembers Taylor, "just with amazement said I can't explain it. There is no other explanation than God just performed a miracle. There is a normal amount of amniotic fluid at this point he saw possibly one kidney. He said this is a perfectly healthy baby. There should be..they should have deformities, they should have not developed lungs and none of that was an issue at this point. When God performs a miracle he doesn't do it half way"....

    Almost nine months after their ordeal began, little Amelia Faith White was born. A blessing for her parents. And a testimony they say to the power of prayer....

    See KLTV's video of baby, parents, and entire amazing story here.


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