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Pro-life blog buzz 6-26-15

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

A parting note from Susie:

I have co-authored the Blog Buzz (formerly called Proliferations) for five years. Time flies when you are having fun. I can think of no better movement to dedicate your life to than protecting the sanctity of all human life. Congratulations to Jill as she starts on a new venture in a new season of her life. I have learned so much from contributing to this blog and hope the readers will look for ways they too can take a stand for life in their own sphere of influence. As Jill did not seek the spotlight years ago, she did not shrink from the cause when it came to her. Look what she has done! We all have a sphere of influence and a talent. How exciting to see what we can do when we use our God-given talents. You may surprise yourself. Join the cause and press on.

For Life,
Susie Allen

  • Pro-Life Action League’s vigilance found that National Health Care, an abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois, has been sold to Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas abortion chain:

    In a letter sent to the IDPH on May 27, NHC administrator Margaret Van Duyn says, referring to Whole Woman’s, “They provide the same quality of care that we do” — which is to say, the same low-quality care. Take, for example, the Whole Woman’s abortion facility in Austin, from which three (3) women were transported by ambulance during a one-month period in 2012. What’s more, as documented by our friends at AbortionDocs.org, the Whole Woman’s Austin and McAllen facilities were also fined a total of $40,000 in 2011 for illegal disposal of the remains of aborted children, as well as private medical records.

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  • ProLifeBlogs shares a post from Lake County Right to Life regarding the newest venture of Women on Waves, an abortion advocacy group specializing in bringing abortion to women in countries where it is banned. Their latest plan: Using a drone to drop abortion pills in Poland. No doctor visit, not even a webcam consultation. Just RU-486 from the sky, cross your fingers, and hope that nothing goes wrong when taking chemical abortifacients without medical supervision. The pills are supposed to be suitable only for pregnancies up to nine weeks. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog meticulously documents the heavy involvement of eugenics proponent Jonathan Gruber in the crafting of Obamacare – despite the fact that so many in the Obama Administration acted as if they’d barely heard of him. He pocketed $400k for his consultations with the administration. What is significant is that Gruber, as part of his eugenic views, supports abortion as a means to achieve his goal of saving welfare money by eliminating more children of color. Perhaps #BlackLivesMatter to this administration only when it’s politically expedient?
  • Wesley J. Smith believes that there is a media effort underway “to make suicide more palatable and normalized – at least for some categories of people.” The new AP Stylebook used by journalists recommends avoidance of the term “committed suicide” unless a direct authority is being quoted. Why? Smith opines:

    My theory – call it Smith on media bias – is that advocates convinced AP that using the word “committed” – even though accurate, as it means to intentionally perform an act – implied a negative judgment about that act. And that conflicts with the drive to make at least some suicides more palatable generally – or to put it the other way around – that not all suicides are bad or wrong. In short, this is a political act – not the first by AP in this regard, heck, not even the second – and it won’t be the last.

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  • Americans United for Life has just released a must-read, comprehensive report showing how Planned Parenthood has built a lucrative business model from ending human lives – and we, the taxpayers, are helping them to do so with our tax dollars. “The New Leviathan” details how the billion-dollar abortion profiteer has increased its profits and market share, even as fewer U.S. women seek abortions:

    Unlike the national trend observed by the Associated Press last week, the Centers for Disease Control, and everywhere else that abortions are on the decline, at Planned Parenthood abortion sales are up – meanwhile its overall patients and other services are down. This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass-produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.

[Photos via CNN.com (from Women on Waves); Americans United for Life]

Pro-life blog buzz 4-24-15

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

  • Saynsumthn’s Blog writes of another 911 call from an abortion clinic – this time in Bakersfield, California. The abortionist on duty at the time was Karen Mann, who is also believed to have been the doctor on duty in March when a husband “was forced to call 911 to get help for his wife after her abortion at that facility.”
  • ProLifeBlogs features a post by the Family Research Council which reports that the city of Austin, Texas, is renting a building to Planned Parenthood for $1 per year:

    Planned Parenthood is being charged $1 per year for a city building that is worth $1.86 million and that should cost approximately $7,000 per month to rent.

    This is a fiscally irresponsible move on behalf of the city of Austin and certainly needs to be addressed. Austin could be using revenue from renting this city building to an honorable organization for the amount it is actually worth.

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  • At Stand True, Marisa Kwaning posts the inspiring story about how three pro-life leaders in three different states turned their passion for the unborn into active pro-life prayer ministries simultaneously – without consulting each other. Some would call it a coincidence, while others would say it was a “God-incidence”:

    Ten years ago, a burning desire to be a voice for the unborn was ignited in three leaders – in Texas, Virginia and Colorado. Having known each other for years, they rarely see one another aside from national pro-life gatherings. What would happen if we started a dialogue together?

    For the first time, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Matt Lockett of Bound4Life and Bryan Kemper of Stand True [pictured left, with the author] share their common yet distinct experiences – and reveal a striking timeline of how public prayer advocacy has thrived in the grassroots pro-life movement.

  • Secular Pro-Life responds to the question, “When pro-lifers applaud mothers who go to their death refusing abortion, is this an indication that we value the baby more than the mother?”:

    I don’t think that necessarily follows. After all, society routinely applauds people who sacrifice their lives for others. Fallen police officers are an obvious example. Memorializing fallen police officers certainly doesn’t imply a judgment that police officers have less moral worth than the people they save.

  • Pro-Life NZ reports on a shocking statistic from the UK: At least 1,000 women aborted for severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum):

    Every year 1,000 women in the UK hit by the same pregnancy sickness that afflicted Kate Middleton are aborting their child because they fail to get any help, a study has claimed.

    About 10,000 women a year are affected by the debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum – a severe form of morning sickness which causes constant vomiting, crippling weakness and dehydration.

    A range of treatments are available for the condition, which Kate Middleton suffered from during both her pregnancies.

    But, according to researchers, GPs tend not to prescribe them following the thalidomide scandal 60 years ago. Thalidomide was prescribed for morning sickness, but led to birth defects.

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  • Bound4Life has an update on the tremendous victory in Tennessee, where pro-lifers fought their way back from a disastrous TN Supreme Court decision in 2000, which threw out abortion regulations and imposed strict scrutiny on future regulations. This was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. To correct this meant garnering enough support to pass an amendment to the state constitution:

    Amending the State Constitution is an arduous process. It must pass the General Assembly by a simple majority, followed by a super majority, appear on the ballot in a year that a Governor is elected and pass by at least 50 percent plus one (of the number of votes cast for Governor).

    It took 14 years of pro-life advocacy for this measure, Amendment 1, to be on the 2014 ballot. Along the way, it was essential for the pro-life issue to be front and center in elections – changing the political landscape dramatically. The battle to pass this state measure received national attention.

    The grassroots coalition “Yes on 1” was outspent 3 to 1, and all four major city newspapers endorsed the Planned Parenthood position. Funded by out-of-state pro-abortion interests, the “No on 1” campaign even produced what was named “the most dishonest TV ad of the 2014 election season.”

    November 4, 2014 was the moment of truth. The pro-life Amendment 1 relied upon a strong grassroots effort in all 95 counties to win 53% to 47% in Tennessee.

    As a result of this amendment, three new regulations – informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period, and the licensure and inspection of abortion facilities – have passed and are expected to be signed into law by the Governor.

[Stand True photo via Josh M Shepherd; Yes on 1 photo via Yes on 1]

Pro-life news brief 3-24-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • A member of 40 Days for Life was praying outside a Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, when someone in a car threw a flaming object at her:

    Police arrested a driver Monday night who they say threw a flaming object from a car near the Planned Parenthood clinic on East Ben White Boulevard near South Congress. Austin police received the call shortly after 6 p.m., and members of the bomb squad responded. No one was injured and nothing was damaged, police said.

  • A man in Pennsylvania was arrested for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and discussing his plan to take her for an abortion:

    According to court papers, the child’s mother discovered the abuse when her daughter had a positive pregnancy test.

    Shenandoah police say a social worker from Massachusetts reported a man using the name “Carlos” from Shenandoah was looking to get an abortion for his 12-year-old girlfriend.

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  • A Chicago teenager charged with killing her mother in Bali is claiming her mother forced her to have two abortions and was attempting to force her to have a third:

    He said [Sheila] von Wiese-Mack had “forced” her daughter, Heather Mack [pictured far left], to have two earlier abortions and was seeking legal control so that she could compel a third procedure to terminate the teen’s latest pregnancy.

    Mack, 19, gave birth this week to a girl in an Indonesian hospital. She and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer [pictured left], 21, of Oak Park, are charged with murder in her mother’s August death. They could face a firing squad if convicted.

  • The New Hampshire Union Leader rips into Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her opposition to the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act:

    Sex trafficking is a crime that almost exclusively victimizes women and girls. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 90 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States last year were female.

    Shaheen is refusing to help these abuse victims until Republicans agree to make taxpayers finance abortions. What a loathsome, cowardly, cynical thing to do.

My big take-away from attending a pro-choice rally

image (7)I was afforded a unique opportunity on January 24 to unobtrusively observe a pro-choice rally.

I had been invited to speak in Austin by Texas Right to Life at a two-day conference for pro-life college students, which intersected on Saturday afternoon with the annual Texas Rally for Life.

Almost bizarrely, the pro-life rally was held on the south lawn of the capitol building at the same time a pro-abortion rally was held on the north lawn.

So, since I’ve attended quite a few pro-life rallies in my time, I thought I’d check out the other side’s.

Clothes and hair immediately separated the pro-abortion event from the pro-life event. But I actually admire people who freely express their external selves, as long as they don’t get nasty.

And hey, I have purple hair at the moment, so who am I to critique? (I actually think my hair helped me blend in.)

I also noted only two children in attendance – but lots and lots of pet dogs – pretty much the opposite of what you’d see at a pro-life event.

Then there was crowd size. Texas Rally for Life counted between 3-6,000 supporters. If the pro-choice rally had 300, I’d be surprised. And this at Ground Zero for them, where Wendy Davis took her hallowed stand in defense of late-term abortions.

But back to nasty, there were the signs – many with vulgar captions; many sporting tired, decades-old cliches; most making no sense if logically debated. (Explain how smegma, ovaries, and crotches have anything to do with abortion?) Click to enlarge…

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But the real difference between events was the pro-life rally was all about stopping abortion, and the pro-choice rally was about a whole lot of things other than abortion.

I know why they have to do this. They have to maintain political correctness, and they have to glom abortion on to as many other liberal causes as possible to prop it up.

Anti-abortionists don’t do that. Abortion is our obsession, particularly on the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

image (10)But, quoting emcee Andrea Grimes (right), senior political reporter at the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check, being pro-choice means a bunch more than being pro-abortion:

We have a really incredible program coming up. We have speakers from all over Texas who do work across the reproductive justice spectrum. We have midwives, we have doulas, we have people who work at the HIV/AIDS community, we have domestic violence advocates, we have abortion funders, we have healthcare workers, we have state representatives, we really have a really incredible line-up….

So, of course, we’re here to celebrate Roe, we’re here to celebrate choice. But choice is only one very small part of why we are here. We are a pro-choice people, of course, but choice is about much, much more, because without Roe there is no choice, but so, too, without access to safe, legal reproductive healthcare clinics, there is no choice.

Without affordable childcare there is no choice. Without accessible [?] care there is no choice. Without paid family leave, there is no choice. Without affordable health insurance there is no choice. Without [?] there is no choice. When black families and brown families hear that their children will not come home at night, there is no choice. When police brutality is real, there is no choice. When trans and queer people cannot find appropriate and compassionate medical care, there is no choice. When higher education and vocational education is out of each, there is no choice. Roe is just the beginning of all these choices.

image (11)That last paragraph actually makes sense to me, as it relates to abortion, which is supposed to be code for “choice,” isn’t it?

Nevertheless, the point is there were many other issues covered. Communism and anti-Semitism were well represented at a book table.

As an aside, one speaker who was a bit rough around the edges had this message for pro-lifers she spotted leaving their rally (1:12:46 on the video):

All those people that’s against us, God bless they little hearts. But you know what? Their mama should have had an abortion.

This was met with wild applause and laughter from the crowd but was obviously a wincer for Grimes, who tried to cover:

Um, oh, God. I’m going to rephrase it. Everyone, no matter who they are or what they believe, deserves a choice.

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Then there was this little slam (00:56:45-01:00:28 on the video) I condensed into a tweet, which exposed even more of the pro-abortion schism:

Ew. Remember this was said at a rally celebrating abortion.

At any rate, wow, what group can cover all those issues?

The answer is, it can’t.

Most of us know the example of the big rocks and little rocks. To be sure, pro-lifers involve themselves in proactive causes to preclude abortion, such as adoption, foster care, pregnancy care centers, and maternity homes.

But these directly relate.

Hey, I’m all for pro-choicers spreading themselves so thin they’re not effective. I’m all for them burning themselves out. I’m all for them taking their eye off the ball.

And that’s ultimately the message I got from their so-called “pro-choice” rally, which was about anything but.

Radical pro-abortion group plans “dramatic” confrontations next week at pro-life events in four major cities

stop-patriarchy-ut-2Stop Patriarchy is a pro-abortion group led by Communist Sunsara Taylor that believes “revolution” and a “counteroffensive” are needed to “radically reset” what it correctly sees as escalating “attacks on abortion.”

One tactic of Stop Patriarchy is to engage in “confrontational, dramatic, non-violent” protests.

Because the “war on women… is getting worse,” Stop Patriarchy is upping its game, planning protests next week in Washington, D.C., Oakland and San Francisco, California, and Austin, Texas, in conjunction with annual pro-life marches and rallies….

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How “radical” is Stop Patriarchy? Even mainstream abortion groups have distanced themselves from it.

2015-01-15_1143So it must be pretty bad.

One example of Stop Patriarch’s radicalism came just two days ago, when member Riley Ruiz was arrested at New York City’s Union Square subway  for “dramatic street theater consist[ing] of women lying ‘dead’ while wearing white outfits stained with blood between their legs and holding the faces of real women who died from botched abortion when it was not legally available.”

Riley is the one shouting in this video…

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At next week’s protests Stop Patriarchy plans is to show 6-foot photos of pregnant mothers who died pre-Roe from illegal abortions.

2015-01-15_1157To accumulate enough photos, Stop Patriarchy apparently had to go all the way back to Clara Duvall in 1929, who may or may not have caused her own death by self-abortion.

Whatever, Stop Patriarchy is asking for artistic help in improving the poor quality of some of its photos.

I have some more recent photos Stop Patriarchy could use, photos of mothers who have died from legal abortions. Some died very recently, so their photos are nicely pixelated. Click to enlarge…

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That’s Tonya Reaves on the left, who died at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2012. Next to her is Jennifer Morbelli, who died at the hand of infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in 2013; then Marla Cardamone, who died after an abortion at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1989; then Christin Gilbert, a 19-yr-old with Down syndrome, who died in 2005 at the clinic of another infamous late-term abortionist, George Tiller, but who was likely killed by Carhart; then Lakisha Wilson, who died in 2014 after an abortion at Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, OH; then Karnamaya Mongar, who Kermit Gosnell killed in 2009; and finally Laura Smith, killed in 2007 at the hand of abortionist Rapin Osathanondh in Hyannis, MA.

I could go on.

In fact, the CDC reports 421 women have died from legal abortions in the U.S. since 1973. CDC’s latest figures show 10 women died in 2010 alone.

Meanwhile, the number of illegal abortions pre-Roe is well known to have been grossly exaggerated. Even pro-abortion columnist Ellen Goodman had to correct the “10,000 a year” figure she used in a 2004 Boston Globe column. The year before Roe, 1972, 39 women died from illegal abortions, according to the CDC. Quoting StraightDope.com:

[W]e find that 1,682 abortion-related deaths were officially reported in 1940….

The biggest factor in reducing abortion mortality was undoubtedly the overall improvement in prenatal and obstetrical care after World War II.

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths from causes other than abortion dropped at roughly the same pace as the abortion death rate from 1940 through 1974….

The increased mass production of Penicillin beginning in 1943 was also a huge factor.

Pro-life group Created Equal plans to show pictures of post-Roe’s maternal victims [warning: link includes autopsy photos] at the D.C. March for Life – as well as a few of its 57 million preborn victims.

Can’t forget those, although Stop Patriarchy tries.

[HT: Saynsmthn’s Blog]

Jon Stewart: Planned Parenthood could do “a food truck thing”

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Can Austin do sort of a Planned Parenthood food truck thing, where everybody… get a taco and a Pap smear? I don’t know how they can do it, but they can do something!

~ Comedian Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, joking with Abortion Barbie Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, Wendy Davis, via The Houston Chronicle, October 27

Pro-life news brief 10-8-14

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • The Abortion Gang has a guest post by Canadian Mel Waters in which she describes her experience in Colorado for an elective abortion after 24 weeks at Warren Hern’s clinic. The story is sad on many levels:

    It was a long physical recovery; the mental scars have been a longer journey, and after 4 years I am still working through it. I can’t close my eyes at night without reliving the whole thing again, I still have nightmares!

  • An abortion clinic in El Paso is shut down again after being open for part of the day on Saturday after they received an exemption that was meant for another clinic in El Paso. In another example of how abortion is a business, the clinic isn’t referring women to the abortion clinic in El Paso but instead to one of their affiliated clinics in New Mexico:

    They are not completely closed, though. They still take walk-ins and phone calls and instruct women requiring an abortion to go to their clinic in New Mexico.

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  • Cosmopolitan magazine has endorsed… drumroll… Wendy Davis! (I know, big surprise, right?) The start of the story mentions the pink shoes as if that’s a reason to vote for her:

    An 11-hour filibuster. A bold stand for women in a red state. Those pink tennis shoes.

    They’d probably call other media outlets sexist for mentioning the shoes. The end of this sentence caught my eye:

    A Davis governorship would represent all Texans, including those who are traditionally underserved by Austin, setting the state on the road to restoring basic women’s health care and ensuring that the children women do choose to have are cared for.

    Why the need to mention “the children women do choose to have”? Why not just say “ensuring that children are cared for”? In saying this, Cosmo concedes the reality that women are aborting “children” they don’t want.

[Photo via Live Action News]

Blame Planned Parenthood for dearth of Texas abortion clinics today

Abortion Texas cut by 2/3 with Planned Parenthood abortion clinic monopoly

Yesterday there were 21 abortion clinics in Texas, today there are eight.

Thanks to a federal Fifth Circuit Court ruling that allows the state to immediately begin enforcing part of a pro-life law that had been enjoined by a judge in April, the unshackled statute forces abortion clinics to meet the same physical requirements as other ambulatory surgical treatment centers. It also requires that abortionists have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a clinic.

No surprise, when the decision came down late yesterday afternoon the abortion lobby proclaimed an apocalypse. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards tweeted:

This was interesting, since Planned Parenthood is largely to blame for the scorched earth abortion clinic landscape in its leader’s home state.

Beginning today, Planned Parenthood will hold an abortion monopoly in Texas, owning five of the remaining eight clinics.

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Two of Planned Parenthood’s five are brand new additions, built, ironically while independent clinics were filing a lawsuit claiming the stricter clinic guidelines would be nearly impossible to meet. How embarrassing.

It cannot be coincidental that Planned Parenthood placed these two new clinics in the same cities as existing rival independent abortion clinics – Dallas and San Antonio.

This in a state that is 268,601 square miles, larger than France and Greece combined. There was nowhere else for Planned Parenthood to build?

This after Richards lamented that pregnant mothers might have to drive hundreds of miles to get an abortion. Planned Parenthood couldn’t spread abortion access around a bit?

I previously explained how Planned Parenthood has such deep pockets.

But one other aspect relevant here is why Texas independent mills have no nest egg, pardon the pun, to fall back on.

There are certainly those owners who don’t manage their finances well. But if 13 out of 21 clinics were forced to shut down today, having failed to improve – or make plans to improve – their facilities with over a year’s warning, there is something else going on.

That is, Planned Parenthood, with all its other resources, has been able to keep abortion market prices artificially low, forcing independent clinics to operate without any margin.

Planned Parenthood crushes competition for abortion clinics like gas warsPlanned Parenthood is able to come in to town like a Wal-Mart or a grocery store chain or any other big business and engage in price wars until the competition goes under. As a contender complained:

Ms. Hagstrom Miller… says she can’t match the nonprofit’s budget for advertising or clinic upgrades. She has carved her own niche by touting her care as more holistic – and by charging $425 for a first-trimester surgery at her Austin clinic, compared with $475 at the local Planned Parenthood….

“They’re not unlike other big national chains,” Ms. Hagstrom Miller said. “They put local independent businesses in a tough situation.”

That was 2008. Hagstrom’s Austin clinic closed this past July. Planned Parenthood’s Austin clinic is one of Texas’s eight still still standing today.

This is how it came to be that so many indie abortion clinics were so financially weak when the Texas legislature passed HB2 last year, and how Planned Parenthood now owns 63% of the abortion clinics in Texas.