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Pro-life blog buzz 10-17-14

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

  • Pro-Life Action League says now, more than ever, we need to use the images of abortion victims in pro-life outreach:

    Our opponents want the average person to think of abortion not just as something to be tolerated, but as something good. Needless to say, they definitely don’t want people to think about the unborn babies who are victimized by abortion. Indeed, they don’t want people to think abortion has any victims in the first place.Which is precisely why we must continue to show the pictures of abortion victims in the public square, for nothing elicits sympathy like pictures of the victims of injustice.

  • New Wave Feminists shares several tips on sidewalk counseling from Sidewalk Advocates for Life. Among them are, “Be a person, not a protestor,” and “project your voice; don’t yell.”

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  • Real Choice has a list of Texas abortion “clinics” with their health violations in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow certain facilities to remain open:

    On two occasions, the owner of a car dealership next door to [Douglas] Karpen’s clinic had to call authorities to report that the clinic sewer had backed up, spilling recognizable fetal parts onto his lot.The mainstream media, who evidently consider “journalism” to consist of getting a talking points sheet from abortion-rights groups, have failed to report on the conditions at any of the closed clinics, but have instead just uncritically and unquestioningly parrot[ed] the words of those organizations.

    Who would benefit if abortion-rights advocates successfully block state crackdowns on abortion clinics? Who would benefit if abortion clinics aren’t held to the same standards as other outpatient surgical facilities? Who would benefit if Wendy Davis had her way?

    It wouldn’t be the women walking into those abortion clinics.

  • At Priests for Life, Janet Morana gives her take on gay marriage advocate David Fleischer’s latest scheme to try and change minds on abortion.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog says the mainstream media is either missing or ignoring the real Texas abortion story while they focus on what the courts will or will not do with Texas abortion clinics:

    While the appeal process continues the media is in an all-out frenzy to interview abortion clinic workers for a response. What the news media is intentionally censoring however is that a dark and unreported underbelly of the abortion industry is emerging after a Texas pro-life organization released a report which documents how the abortion industry is used to cover child rape.The news media is so consumed with an abortion agenda that they have put on blinders and refuse to report the abuses that abortion clinics and specifically clinics in Texas are involved in.

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  • Survivors has a heartwarming story of Brandi Swindell (pictured right), a young woman on who founded Stanton Healthcare on a mission to replace Planned Parenthood:

    Today, Stanton Healthcare owns a state-of-the-art clinic located next door to a Planned Parenthood in Boise, Idaho, and sees as many as 19 clients a day. They have a 38 foot mobile clinic that reaches out with compassion and love to under-served women in Idaho and refugee communities. Stanton has $1,000,000 in assets with no debt and of course all their services are free.They just bought a piece of property next to a Planned Parenthood mega abortion clinic in Meridian, Idaho, and plan to build a women’s clinic that will serve as a national model for the pro-life community. This amazing facility will have computer labs for the girls, classrooms, a baby boutique and wellness center. Brandi has also launched an affiliate program which is opening Stanton clinics all across America and around the world.

  • Protect Women and Children NM reveals where late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd’s money is going this election:

    Seven New Mexico [Democrat] politicians have taken significant campaign contributions from Dallas late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd. Boyd, a Dallas resident, operates the nation’s largest late-term abortion facility located in downtown Albuquerque, Southwestern Women’s Options.

  • Pro-Life in TN is cross-posted at Live Action News regarding the battle over Amendment 1 in Tennessee, which seeks to return the Legislature’s ability to pass common sense abortion laws. TN is a red state with a pro-life majority in the General Assembly, but sadly, years ago, one ruling by the state Supreme Court struck down the Legislature’s ability to pass even informed consent laws. A great deal of false and misleading information about the proposed amendment is being disseminated by Planned Parenthood and other members of the abortion industry. Watch this video to see what Amendment 1 is all about:
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Pro-life blog buzz 9-19-14

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

  • Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust share several powerful experiences they have had in their campus outreach efforts. One Survivor encountered a rape victim who had a subsequent abortion:

    After she told me the circumstances of the assault, I asked her, “Did the abortion help you heal from the rape?”

    “You know, I never think of the rape itself anymore, but I think of this every day,” she gestured at the picture of the aborted child.

  • ProLife NZ cross posts an article from Life Site News about the training an abortion doula goes through to become steeled to the ugliness of the business. Lying and distraction are just a normal part of the job. One interesting quote:

    But for all the pain they have witnessed, abortion doulas are relatively unmoved about what they are doing.

    Doula Project co-founder [Mary] Mahoney has admitted “those pictures pro-life activists flash are real.”

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  • Right to Life of Michigan reports on the trial of abortionist Robert Alexander for “allegations of incompetency and negligence stemming from the closure of his Muskegon clinic in December of 2012 by the fire marshal.”

    Authorities reportedly “seemed distressed by the dozens of health and safety violations which were found at the clinic,” which included things like unsterilized and rusty equipment, “used needles on the ground,” and even “buckets of fluid containing ‘fleshy’ substances.”

    The judge found Alexander guilty of negligence and now the Board of Medicine will decide if he gets to retain his license and what, if any, sanctions will be imposed.

  • At ProWomanProLife, Faye Sonier points out how the days of “safe, legal, and rare” are nearly gone from the vocabulary of abortion supporters. But does this help or hurt the pro-life position? Sonier writes:

    I think the pro-choice position is being forced to swing so far in that direction – the celebration of abortion – that it is again providing us with an opportunity to reach people. Because most people cannot celebrate it. And I don’t think it’s due to cultural stigma (an argument they often toss out), but due to the fact that we know what is in the womb (hello sonograms) and it’s within our nature to want to protect our offspring, not kill them.

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  • Suzy B reports on the increased political support for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (pictured right with NRLC president Carol Tobias). Graham sees the bill as common sense, saying, “If you’re telling parents to sing to the baby because they understand your voice, should we really be aborting a child at the stage of the pregnancy?… I don’t want anybody carrying the republican banner that doesn’t get this. If you don’t get this, then you’re the extremist.”

    The U.S. is one of only seven countries which allows abortion past 20 weeks, joining countries like North Korea and China.

  • At Priests for Life, Alveda King wonders about where we are seeking wisdom – from God or from man? King discusses the use of euphemisms and the role of the “consigliere” or advisor in American political and social decision-making.
  • At Real Choice, Christina Dunigan responds to Wendy Davis’ abortion story by taking doctors to task when they are so quick to recommend abortion:

    Doctors are by nature people who are driven to take action against suffering. But… [t]he suffering is reduced not for the family, but for the doctor, who, after the abortion, no longer needs to go through the ordeal of prenatal visits that can only bring bad news: that the inevitable has happened and the baby has died. If the woman aborts, the doctor’s suffering is certainly lessened. But it is the patient who pays the price….

    Perinatal hospice is not nearly as easy for the physician as an abortion referral….

    The greatest tragedy of these situations is that so few women are given [perinatal hospice] support. Too few are even told that even if perinatal hospice isn’t available in their area, there is still support from other parents who have faced the same ordeal, the same choice, and found their joy.

    Many abortion supporters argue that it should still be the woman’s choice about how she deals with the dreadful news that her unborn baby is dying. But how much is it a real choice, when doctors and other medical professionals are urging an abortion, are assuring her that it will be for the best, and are pressing her to make a decision quickly, while she’s still reeling from such a blow?

[Graham photo by Chip Somodevilla via nationalrighttolifenews.org]

Pro-life blog buzz 2-14-14

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

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  • Wesley J. Smith reports on Belgium’s legalization of child euthanasia. Part of the reason it was legalized was because “doctors were already doing it even though it was against the law. This is typical euthanasia metastasizing: Doctors break the guidelines and then the answer is to expand the guidelines rather than punish the doctors.” Should we really then expect any safeguards or restrictions to be obeyed?
  • ProLife NZ discusses arguments against abortion from four corners: medical, philosophical, biblical, and legal. A must read.

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  • At National Review, Alec Torres describes the less-than-free speech granted to a Students for Life group at the University of Alabama:

    Bama Students for Life had reserved the display case from January 8 to February 7, but when students walked by on February 6 they found the case empty. They were not informed that the display would be taken down, nor do they know when it vanished.

“You guys were lucky to get it up there as long as you did,” an administrator told President of Bama Students for Life Claire Chretien when she inquired about the missing poster. “If we get a complaint we have to take it down. If it upsets somebody we have to take it down.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is assisting in the group’s appeal. Their display is pictured at left (click to enlarge).

  • Pro-Life in TN reports that a judge reduced the fines on an Illinois abortion facility from $36K down to only $77 because the owner claimed she was closing the facility, and that $77 was all she had left in her bank account. Not surprisingly, she was lying. The IL Department of Health found a lengthy list of infractions in the first inspection it conducted in 15 years, including delaying CPR on a patient that subsequently died. The owner reopened under a slight name change using the same website, address, etc. In Illinois, clearly abortion is legal, but not safe for women.
  • Stand True advertises pro-life internships and ministry opportunities for students.

 

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  • Secular Pro-Life notes that NARAL is apoplectic over President Obama’s nomination of Judge Michael Boggs, a pro-life Democrat, to the federal bench. Ilyse Hogue of NARAL has even gone so far as to say that because of his pro-life views, Boggs is “anti-American”:

    According to NARAL, when Boggs was a Georgia state legislator more than a decade ago, he “tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme.” In oldspeak, that means that Boggs 1) supported the creation of a Choose Life license plate, which facilitates pro-life people donating their own money to pro-life causes, and 2) supported a requirement that minor girls be accompanied to the abortion facility by a parent. It’s worth noting that this parent-must-accompany rule is designed to combat sexual abuse.

So the pro-choice lobby is twisting the facts, which is hardly news.

 

  • Suzy B shares SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser’s comments on perinatal hospice made last fall. Families like that of Zion Isaiah Blick, who lived for ten days following birth, deserve support from perinatal hospice groups:

    Where a lethal fetal anomaly does exist, patients and their families can and should be offered the compassionate, ethical option of perinatal hospice to support them. Studies have shown that carrying a fatally ill child to term rather than performing a late abortion does not result in increased maternal mortality. On the other hand, it brings comfort to parents who can indeed parent their child as long as time permits. Perinatal hospice also allows families to mourn, the same way in which we would allow families with an adult member for whom treatment has become futile. There are now at least 127 perinatal hospices in the United States.

 

[SFL display photo via National Review]

Pro-life news brief 8-5-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Kirsten Powers has a column in the Washington Post on the Delaware Planned Parenthood whistleblowers:

    After [Joyce] Vasikonis and [Jayne] Mitchell-Werbrich aired their complaints at the first state Senate hearing in June, the abortion-rights Web site “RH Reality Check” said that, “The nurses’ allegations have not been substantiated by any other source.” How many sources are needed? What better “source” is there than two abortion-rights nurses who saw it first hand? Vasikonis told me, “I am a liberal, and I have been shocked that liberal Democrats, who I thought had supported women, would turn their backs on women’s health safety just to support abortion rights.”

    Yes, it is sad that the people who are always lecturing us about how they are the only ones who care about women ignored the pleas of their own employees. Until they went public, of course. Makes you wonder how many other clinics are operating like this.

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  • The New York Times is covering the fetal pain legislation in its typical manner today. I did find this quote by Nancy Northup (pictured left) of the Center for Reproductive Rights to be notable:

    The Supreme Court, including Justice Kennedy, has repeatedly affirmed viability as the point at which the state’s interest in protecting life outweighs a woman’s right to control her body, Ms. Northup noted.

    “There is no other line that is workable,” she said. “It is an appropriate line to draw.”

  • Another North Carolina abortion clinic has failed its inspection. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found the clinic wasn’t complying with 23 rules:

    In addition to other findings, the survey found the facility:

    • Failed to maintain anesthesia (nitrous oxide gas) delivery systems in good working condition, with torn masks and tubing held together with tape. This could lead to patients not receiving the intended dosage and risk patients not being fully sedated during surgical procedures, leading to pain and physical harm.

    • Failed to ensure emergency equipment had weekly checks to ensure the equipment was suitable for use in patient care and failed to ensure that emergency medicine wasn’t expired.

    • Failed to have a resuscitator available.

    • Failed to sweep and mop the operating room floor and failed to properly clean operating room beds.

    • Failed to have a director of nursing responsible and accountable for all nursing services.

    • Failed to have an agreement/contract with an anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

    • Failed to have an agreement/contract with a registered pharmacist to assure appropriate methods, procedures and controls for obtaining, dispensing, and administering drugs

    FEMCARE, Inc.’s last inspection was on January 16, 2007, a follow up inspection of a previous survey, which found the clinic in violation of personnel and quality assurance rules.

[Photo via MSNBC.com]

Stop the madness: Georgia abortion clinic has violated regs AND waivers for two decades

In 1994, the Georgia State Planning Agency notified the architect designing Atlanta Women’s Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, that plans for its two-story late-term abortion clinic needed to include an elevator.

The clinic’s owner, HUMEDCO Corporation, which runs a chain of three abortion clinics, claimed it would be too expensive to add an elevator and requested a waiver.

The Georgia Department of Human Services granted the waiver, through August 31, 2005. It went on to grant another waiver, through August 31, 2012.

The terms in both cases were that AWMC had to notify prospective patients of the stairs, escort recovering patients down the stairs, and also notify 911 operators that there was no elevator in the event of an emergency.

Meanwhile AWMC raked in the cash, between $3-3.5 MILLION every year from 2008 to 2011.

On October 20, 2011, an ambulance was called to AWMC (for what later turned out to be a perforated uterus)….
 

 … which triggered an unannounced visit from the Georgia Department of Community Health, because ambulance personnel were delayed in helping the patient due to the stairs, plus (click to enlarge)…
 

 Investigators also found incomplete charting and defective sterilization equipment. The clinic administrator told investigators s/he had, in fact, specifically instructed staff not to escort recovering patients “for staff safety after a staff member became involved in a patient-family altercation at discharge.” (Lovely business, abortion.)

In fact, GDCH has received numerous complaints over the years.

Yet, despite the fact AWMC had failed to follow any of the stipulations of its elevator waiver, GDCH did not revoke the waiver and merely instructed the clinic to start doing so.

In addition to violating this waiver, AWMC let a separate waiver lapse in 2010 for a rule requiring a licensed nurse to stay on the premises at all times during two-day abortion procedures.

Now AWMC is applying for another seven year waiver for an elevator. And in three documents filed with the state, it has covered up the October 2011 incident and the findings of the GDCH investigation.

In a July 17 letter to GDCH, AWMC attorney Elizabeth J. Appley (pictured right) either lied outright or passed on a lie she was fed:

… the Atlanta Women’s Medical Center can confirm compliance with each aspect of the waiver conditions, and shows that the health, safety and care of patients has not been compromised and that no adverse consequences have occurred to any patient related to the absence of an elevator….

At least one escort has accompanied each patient down the stairs upon discharge….

Ambulance services used by Atlanta Women’s Medical Center are notified of the Center’s second floor location….

Since our move to this location in May 1994, the Center has not experienced any advserve incidents regarding the waiver and  no compromise in patient care and safety….

The application also lied:

AWMC has met all requirements of the waiver since 1994 years [sic] without any incident or adverse consequences to patient care.

… as did the abortionist, Kenneth M. Twiddy (pictured right), in his July 17 letter to GDCH:

I have not seen a compromise in patient care, nor have any incidents related to stairway access been noted.

ACTION: Click to view a sample letter and email addresses for Brian W. Looby of the Georgia Healthcare Facility Regulation Division, and Sharon Dougherty and Blake Fulenwider of the Georgia Dept. of Community Health, stating an objection to giving yet another waiver to AWMC.

AWMC claims an elevator would cost $1 million. Forcing this dangerous back alley abortion mill to install an elevator and provide proper nursing care to patients will either slow it down or shut it down. Over half its patients are African-American.

[HT: Ichabod via Bryan Kemper of Stand True; photo of Appley via Facebook; photo of Twiddy via Vitals.com]

Life Links 1-26-12

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  • The Center for Reproductive Rights has asked for a rehearing of Texas’ ultrasound law in front of the entire 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Abortions will resume at a Planned Parenthood in Columbia, Missouri now that the clinic has found a new abortionist.
  • An Australian abortion clinic will stop performing abortions past 24 weeks. The clinic previously performed post 24-week abortions on women with “psychosocial reasons” including women who were “suffering mental health problems, have had a catastrophic change in their circumstances or have experienced difficulty accessing abortion services earlier.”

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Life Links 1-5-12

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  • Planned Parenthood has opened a new office in Johnson City, Tennessee and is relocating an abortion clinic in Waco, Texas.
  • The Rockford abortion clinic which failed two inspections in a row can reopen if they pay a fine of $9,750. If they pay the fine and reopen, they can be shut down if 2012 inspections find any of the deficiencies found in 2011 inspections. Or they can pay a $1,000 fine and close.

    RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty thinks violations like not having a nurse in the operating room and abortionists not having privileges with licensed hospitals have “very little to do with the actual services that it provides.”

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