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What the heck just happened with the trafficking bill? We won, that’s what happened.

human+trafficking+1280On January 13, Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation that would “create a federal fund for victims’ services and law enforcement tools financed by fines levied on convicted traffickers,” as U.S. News & World Report succinctly described it.

While victims of sex trafficking have been widely promoted as benefactors of this bill, victims of labor trafficking are also protected, one of a couple of important points.

The bill was sailing toward smooth bipartisan passage until March 17, when Democrats suddenly claimed to have discovered hidden anti-abortion language in the same bill many of them (including top Dem dogs Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer) had already approved in committee.

Within a day that story fell apart.

So, what we really had here was either Minority Leader Harry Reid attempting to reassert his manhood into a process that was running way too efficiently under Republican tutelage, or pro-abortion groups laying down the law.

Screen-shot-2015-03-19-at-11.21.41-AMThe latter is more likely.

What might have stirred the wrath of pro-abortion groups?

The Trafficking Act uses the same anti-abortion language as the 39-yr-0ld Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds from paying for abortions except in the cases of rape/incest. This verbiage was thought to be noncontroversial, since Hyde has been approved annually on a bipartisan basis for decades.

And therein lies the rub. The Hyde Amendment isn’t permanent law. Congress must sanction it each year.

But the Trafficking Act has a duration of five years, until 2019, which is why the Hyde language had to be added to it.

Pro-aborts saw this as an expansion of Hyde, a precedent.

Democrats additionally accused Republicans of expanding on Hyde by applying it in this bill to funds collected in part from private sources – convicted traffickers – when Hyde only applies to federal funds.

This is ludicrous, of course, because most federal funds are collected from private sources – taxes, user fees, premiums, etc. Once the government has our money it becomes part of the federal pool.

Which brings us to how a “compromise” was reached that allowed Democrats to save face. Read this quote from Politico carefully:

The strain of the episode took a toll on Democrats….

It took six weeks, but Democratic leaders ended up cutting a face-saving deal Tuesday….

The restitution fund now has two revenue streams, one from traffickers and another from the federal government’s general fund. The money from traffickers can’t be used for medical procedures, while the general fund money is subject to Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion, like all other federal spending.

In other words, none of the Trafficking Act funds can be used for abortion. But don’t take my word for it. From Jezebel:

In other words, then, none of the money can legally be used for abortion care. That really doesn’t look like a compromise.

From Politico:

“I don’t know that there’s much difference from what was proposed earlier,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said….

There’s not.

Even NARAL’s gobbledygook attempt to claim victory still admitted defeat:

A compromise was reportedly reached to deny expansion of the unjust Hyde amendment to a private fund for the first time….

While this is a stunning loss that should serve as a strong lesson to the anti-choice zealots who repeatedly attach unjust abortion regulations to any legislation concerning women’s health, today’s tragic loss is for human and sex trafficking victims – women and girls – who will regrettably be denied full reproductive health care access as a result of today’s compromise.

In other words, we won.

One final point. Had there been no Hyde Amendment in the Trafficking Act, abortion funding would have been available to labor trafficking victims as well as sex trafficking victims, and for all five years – the duration of the Act.

So, by no means would abortion funding have been limited to pregnant victims of sex trafficking. It would have been available to trafficked victims where there was no sex crime involved at all, or to women who were subsequently in consensual relationships, perhaps four years down the road but still part of the program, such as in job training.

That’s the real reason pro-aborts wanted this amendment gone. The Act would have otherwise expanded federal funding of abortion.

Kudos to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for standing firm, going so far as to hold up the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Kudos also to Senator Cornyn.

[HT: Chicken Man]

Pro-life blog buzz 10-7-14

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

  • Culture Campaign reports that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has ruled that Planned Parenthood and other health professionals will no longer be obligated to report statutory rape except when the perpetrator is believed to be the girl’s parent or legal guardian. For those who thought that electing this man along with Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe as VA’s governor was a “pro-woman” idea, you are seeing the fruits of your labor: no one will be expected to help these children. CC quotes the Washington Free Beacon:

    “It is my opinion that a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) licensing inspector who is a nurse and who, during the course of a hospital inspection, learns from the review of a medical record that a 14-year-old girl received services related to her pregnancy is not required to make a report of child abuse and neglect pursuant to Virginia Code § 63.2-1509 unless there is reason to suspect that a parent or other person responsible for the child’s care committed, or allowed to be committed, the unlawful sexual act upon the child,” Democrat Mark Herring’s September 12 opinion said.

    “It is also my opinion that the VDH licensing inspector is not required to make a report to law enforcement of the crime of carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15.”

    Herring includes “prenatal or abortion services” among the signs of potential rape that he said do not have to be reported to law enforcement.

    This is really unprecedented and disturbing.

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  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal gives his take on the white lesbian couple who is suing for the wrongful birth of their mixed-race daughter, who was born as the result of a mix-up at a sperm bank:

    For a mother so ostensibly concerned with her daughter being picked on by racist family, tortured by racist classmates and neighbors, failed culturally by her mother, she has chosen to label the little girl a mistake, a wrongful birth, a human who never should have been. All because of a little extra melanin and some different hair.

    For all their talk of tolerance, and openness, and inclusivity, and compassion, it isn’t unreasonable to expect gays and lesbians to put their money where their collective mouth is. One would expect a lesbian couple, of all people, to abhor the notion of “wrongful birth,” claiming a genetic etiology for their own orientation as they do.

    Pity the child born to such poverty and bigotry.

  • Two weeks into the 40 Days for Life campaign, and already babies (and parents) are being spared from abortion. In Tennessee, which currently does not have an informed consent law, a couple walked out of the Memphis Planned Parenthood and took advantage of a mobile ultrasound unit to view their preborn baby. They chose not to abort. Don’t women deserve all the information before making the decision to abort? Currently Planned Parenthood is fighting hard against an amendment that would overturn the state Supreme Court’s 2000 decision and allow women the opportunity to be fully informed once again.
  • At Bound4Life, Ellie Saul says she discovered a supposedly “pro-girl” campaign fundraiser for Girls Inc., launched by Jane.com, a shopping website. Girls Inc. is reported to be a supporter of abortion, and according to their web page, those Teavana Oprah Chai drinks from Starbucks are also providing funding for this organization.

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  • American Life League’s Judie Brown expresses disappointment with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for recommending long-term IUDs for teens:

    … [W]hy is the AAP suddenly suggesting that the birth control pill can be bad for adolescents but an implant or an IUD can be better? The answer provided by the lead author of the policy statement is this:

    IUDs and hormonal implants cost more, usually hundreds of dollars, because inserting them involves a medical procedure typically done in doctors’ offices. But they’re less expensive in the long run than over-the-counter condoms or prescription birth control pills, said Dr. Mary Ott, an adolescent medicine specialist and associate pediatrics professor at Indiana University….

    Teens have to remember to use pills and condoms consistently. By contrast, IUDs typically work for three to 10 years after insertion, while implants typically last three years.

    This arrogant cynicism about young people raises that old argument about kids to a new level. You know the one: How can we trust a kid to take the pill regularly when she cannot even clean her room?…

    Sadly the most serious problem with this latest policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is that it implies that young people cannot learn self-control and therefore should be treated like the family dog.

[Photos via mommynoire.com, all.org]

Alabama abortionist jailed weekends – while admitting privileges law contested in court

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.01.14 PMYou certainly have to give Alabama’s abortion industry credit for chutzpah.

At this moment a trial is underway to determine the fate of a 2013 law requiring Alabama abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Two of Alabama’s five abortion clinics sued to block the law, claiming it would put them out of business.

It is certainly becoming clearer why the clinics are confident no hospital would want to touch their abortionists with anything other than a cauterizer.

I wrote last week that a brief filed by the Alabama Attorney General and Alabama Department of Health revealed that one of the abortionists who kills children in Alabama is currently being sued for malpractice for misdiagnosing a patient, and another is being prosecuted by the federal government for Medicaid fraud.

Today, Operation Rescue revealed that yet another Alabama abortionist, Raymond Lopez, pictured above right, just completed a sentence of 23 consecutive weekends in jail, between November 2013 and April 2014, for a “domestic relations” violation.

Operation Rescue noted Lopez’s extensive rap sheet: “Since 1996, Lopez has been the subject of 14 court cases, including two criminal cases filed in 1998 and 2008.”

Lopez works at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, which has its own laundry list of violations.

Perry MasonIn addition, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state, Planned Parenthood of Birmingham, has been closed since December after an RN was caught selling “abortion inducing drugs” in the parking lot.

If this were a Perry Mason show, people would say the story line is too far fetched.

But it’s all real, very real.

Operation Rescue put together a nice video showing all of Lopez’s weekend  mug shots…

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Pro-life news brief 8-8-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Salon has a piece by Katie McDonough in which fetal pain is called “a lie.” McDonough’s cited source for this conclusion is one review of studies by abortion advocates and late-term abortionist Anne Davis, who is also the consulting medical director at Physicians for Reproductive Health. Davis claims children (born or unborn) can’t feel pain until 26 weeks. The following might be one reason Davis is so opposed to fetal pain legislation:

    “Patients are now asking me about fetal pain. This was not happening 15 years ago,” Davis says. “When you’re sitting in your office with a woman who is 22 weeks into a pregnancy with a severe fetal anomaly — she’s depressed, she’s stressed and now she’s worried, ‘Is my baby going to feel pain?’ It’s just another thing these women have to struggle with. And why? These are created concerns. They are not based in science, they are based in politics.”

  • Cleveland Right to Life is now no longer affiliated with National Right to Life since CRTL added opposition to same-sex marriage to their mission statement.
  • Yesterday, an ambulance was called to Mississippi’s only abortion clinic:

    The Clarion-Ledger reached out to Jackson Women’s Health Organization owner Diane Derzis but she declined to comment.

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  • Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen (pictured left) issued a court filing that hospitals in Wisconsin can’t deny admitting privileges to abortionists just because they provide abortions:

    Federal law “provides that hospitals accepting federal funds may not discriminate against a physician because that physician has participated in or refused to participate in abortions,” the state Justice Department said in its filing in federal court.

    According to experts on federal law, if doctors can prove they were not granted privileges specifically because they perform the procedure, the hospital systems — Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System — could lose federal dollars in the form of research and public health grants.

  • In the New Yorker, Amy Davidson tries to defend Wendy Davis and attack Erick Erickson for his “Abortion Barbie” tweet. I’m not surprised Davidson doesn’t include Davis’ actual quote. Here’s how Davidson describes the exchange:

    Kermit Gosnell was the doctor convicted on murder charges after running an unsafe, illegal operation. Davis had answered a question about him and, after saying that she didn’t know much about the case, had gotten a fact about it wrong. (It had to do with whether Gosnell’s clinic was licensed as an ambulatory-surgical center.) Davis, who has a degree from Harvard Law School, rightly pointed out its disconnect from the Texas bill.

    Had gotten a fact wrong about it? Yeah, she got wrong the only thing she said about it (her incorrect claim that Gosnell was operating a surgical ambulatory facility) and I don’t know how you could think there is a “disconnect” between tightening regulations on abortion clinics and the reality that Gosnell was allowed to operate without being inspected for more than a decade.

[Photo via post-crescent.com]

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast actually settled for $4.3 mil, not $1.3 mil, for Medicaid fraud

ppfraud-320x240Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on July 24 that his office had obtained a $1.4 million settlement against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for Medicaid fraud, with the settlement to be split between the state of Texas, the federal government, and the whistleblower (former PPGC employee Karen Reynolds).

It turns out the AG was apparently only announcing his state’s cut. The total settlement is actually $4.3 million – almost $3 million more than previously known. From the Houston Chronicle today:

Planned Parenthood’s Houston-based affiliate clarified Tuesday that it settled for $4.3 million, three times the $1.4 million that Abbott reported a week ago.

His spokesman tried to explain the discrepancy, indicating Abbott intended to announce the smaller amount, which represents the “state’s designation.” But it’s unclear why Abbott wouldn’t have announced the whole amount.

The attorney general also jumped the gun with his press release, announcing the settlement before it had been finalized. (It has since been signed by all parties.)

When I called the AG’s press office to help me understand the discrepancy  I was greeted by a inexplicably rude man who wouldn’t even give me his name. His response before hanging up, “It means the investigation is not over.” Ok. Still don’t understand, but there you go.

Despite the confusion this would all seem to be good news, although the original charge was that PPGC “submitted more than $30 million in fraudulent bills between 2003 and 2009,” according to the Houston Chronicle, July 30.

“If the original claim that PP defrauded the taxpayer of $30 million is near accurate, it means that PP settled for 15 cents on the dollar,” wrote American Life League’s Jim Sedlak to me in an email. “No incentive there to stop committing Medicaid fraud.”

Abby Johnson’s lawsuit against the same Planned Parenthood affiliate is still not settled. Abby alleges PPGC committed “over $5.7 million in fraud,” according to her legal representation, Alliance Defending Freedom.

[HT: Jim Sedlak; graphic via ADF]

Pro-life news brief 5-31-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • The woman from El Salvador whom abortion advocates have been claiming (for weeks) would die if she didn’t get an abortion will have an early Caesarean section delivery of her child next week, according to the Telegraph.

    For some reason, the title of one abortion advocate’s article is claiming a Caesarean delivery is an “emergency abortion” though the writer admits it’s not an abortion in the article. They must have really wanted that “life-saving” abortion.

  • A Wisconsin man has been convicted of attempted murder after he drove to Madison with a gun and said he wanted to kill an abortionist:

    Lang was arrested May 25, 2011, by police responding to his accidentally firing the weapon through his motel room door. He allegedly told them that he wanted to kill abortion providers who were killing babies at the Planned Parenthood clinic on the city’s east side.

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  • Delaware’s attorney general has filed a complaint against abortionist Timothy Liveright based on the testimony of former Planned Parenthood nurses. Liveright was presumably fired from his duties at the Delaware Planned Parenthood this spring. At that time he told the Division of Professional Regulation he was retiring from doing abortions in Delaware:

    The Delaware Attorney General’s office filed a complaint today against former Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Timothy F. Liveright, citing him for unprofessional, incompetent and negligent conduct and calling him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.”

    Contacted this evening, Liveright, 68, said such charges were “scandalous” for the state to make.

    Liveright is not happy about the complaint:

    “It’s pure bull****,” he said. “They’re jumping on whatever they can jump on. I don’t know what their agenda is, but I don’t think I’m a danger to the public.”

    According to another article, Liveright is still licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. That article also notes an incident of sexual harrassment:

    [Nurse Joyce] Vasikonis [pictured above left], who worked at the clinic from October 2011 to August 2012, said Liveright often failed to wear sterile gloves during abortions, but that she never saw any problems with the actual physical procedures themselves.

    She also said she never saw Liveright yelling or cursing, but that she did witness an incident of sexual harassment. That incident involved Liveright teasing a young female intern about a cellphone photograph of a pierced penis that he and another male employee were looking at.

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  • A Preferred Woman’s Health Center abortion clinic in Charlotte, which was closed by the state and then allowed to re-open, will continue to be monitored by the state. The clinic was giving women injectable methotrexate and having them drink it from a cup. The National Abortion Federation (PWHC is a certified NAF clinic) actually defends the practice based on a single study from decades ago:

    Dr. Mitchell Creinin [pictured right], a California-based obstetrician [and abortionist] who was among the first to study methotrexate abortion procedures, questioned the practices at the Charlotte clinic.

    “There is sufficient data to be using methotrexate but not the way they used it,” said Creinin, who is the chairman for the University of California Davis’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It’s no different than hearing about an orthopedic surgeon cutting off the wrong leg.”

    But National Abortion Federation medical director Dr. Matthew Reeves said the Charlotte clinic’s use of methotrexate wasn’t as risky as Creinin implied.

    The National Abortion Federation, a professional association representing abortion providers, recommends A Preferred Woman’s Health Center as one of three abortion clinics in Charlotte.

    Reeves noted that a Canadian physician a couple of decades ago studied the effectiveness of orally giving patients liquid methotrexate to induce abortions. That study found the method to be safe and effective, Reeves said.

    But Creinin said one study is not sufficient to support the drug’s use in that way.

[Images via The Daily Mail and ucdavis.edu]

AG Eric Holder: “I don’t know” if DOJ ever enforced Born Alive Act

Attorney General Holder Testifies On Justice Department FY2011 BudgetWhen Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last Wednesday to provide information on a variety of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, he was also questioned about whether he had ever enforced the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Holder’s response was the same as it was 56 other times that day: “I don’t know.”

The Born Alive Act, passed by Congress in 2002, should have prevented the gruesome and grotesque killing of innocent lives that occurred in the clinic of Kermit Gosnell and is accused to have taken place in the pending case of late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen of Houston, Texas.

Interestingly, Holder seemed to evade a response to the question, put to him by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), by referring to his wife as “an obstetrician, a gynecologist – very accomplished in her field.”

What Holder did not mention is that his wife, Sharon Malone Holder of Foxhall OB/GYN in Washington D.C., and her sister are co-owners, through a family trust, of an Atlanta area abortion clinic building, located on Old National Highway in College Park, Georgia….

[Catherine Davis, a founding member of the National Black Prolife Coalition] said she was outraged by the revelations. “There is a clear conflict of interest when the man charged with pursuing those that abuse the system is also one who is engaged in some way with the business.”

~ Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart.com, May 20

[Video at link; photo via Live Action News]

Pro-life news brief 7-17-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Virginia’s attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has refused to agree to a Board of Health plan which would allow abortion clinics to avoid meeting new abortion clinic regulations:

    In a four-sentence letter to the health department, senior assistant Attorney General Allyson K. Tysinger said that the the office would not certify the regulations.

    “The Board does not have the statutory authority to adopt these Regulations,” it says. “[T]he Board has exceeded its authority. Thus, this Office cannot certify these Regulations.”

    The action by the attorney general’s office is not the final word on the subject. The regulations, which would require extensive renovations, will continue to go through executive branch review. The attorney general’s office was only the first step in that process.

  • Also in Virginia, a woman is suing her employer after she was allegedly fired after she wouldn’t get an abortion:

    The lawsuit claims restaurant President Leopoldo F. Aguirre Sr. ordered the firing and told [the woman] that customers don’t want to see “a belly” on their waitresses.

  • Bei Bei Shuai (pictured left) has rejected a plea deal which would have allowed her to plead guilty to attempted feticide and avoid murder charges:

    Shuai was eight months pregnant on Dec. 23, 2010, when she ate rat poison after her boyfriend broke up with her. Shuai was hospitalized and doctors detected little wrong with the unborn child’s health for the first few days. The premature girl, Angel Shuai, was delivered by cesarean section Dec. 31, but died from bleeding in the brain three days later after being removed from life support.

  • Fox News has a long article on fetal surgery which profiles Addison Kelly, a five-year-old girl who had a tumor removed from her chest cavity when she was in the womb. Also of interest are efforts by researchers to use fetal treatments sooner and sooner:

    Efforts under way in fetal surgery involve using less invasive or earlier treatments. One hope is that procedures done today for fetuses who are twentysome weeks old could be done sooner, with greater benefit.

    Dr. Alan Flake, director of CHOP’s Center for Fetal Research, is working with stem cells from adult bone marrow to develop a treatment for the blood disorder sickle-cell anemia that could be administered 12 to 14 weeks into pregnancy. Clinical trials of the therapy should begin in a year or two.

[Photo via The Guardian]