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Pro-life blog buzz 1-16-15

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

  • 40 Days for Life shares a compelling story from a woman who justified her work at Planned Parenthood as “I’m just the bookkeeper” until the day she received an invoice that pricked her heart:

    “The invoice was to Planned Parenthood from the local morgue. It was for $350.” As she scanned the invoice to see what it was for, the reality of abortion hit her. She continued, “The service listed was in bold letters that pierced my heart: CREMATION SERVICE FOR 150 POUNDS OF MEDICAL WASTE…. [T]he question I had to ask myself as I stared at that invoice was what first got me involved in the pro-life movement. The question that pierced my heart was: How many babies have to be aborted to add up to 150 pounds of ash?”

  • Jivin Jehoshaphat adds a detail that we missed in our recent post about Arizona abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick – the fact that Goodrick is on probation for substance abuse:

    The Washington Post has an article by Lydia DePillis which allows Arizona abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick to whine about how hard it is to be an abortionist in Arizona after the state legislature passed some pro-life laws.Likely unbeknownst to De Pillis is that Goodrick is currently on probation for substance abuse issues (she took Fentanyl at her office in 2010) and her clinic was the subject of one of Live Action’s undercover stings regarding sex-selection abortion….

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  • After Abortion discusses the reported link between Depo-Provera and HIV risk. This is one type of birth control frequently marketed to teens by the abortion industry:

    According to the research published in The Lancet of Infectious Diseases, women who used the injectable birth control depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (more commonly known as Depo-Provera) saw a moderately increased risk of becoming infected with HIV. Depo-Provera is generally injected every three months to help prevent pregnancy. The scientists also looked at HIV risk relative to other methods of hormonal contraception, including injectable norethisterone oenanthate (also known as NET-OEN), combined oral contraceptives and progestin-only pills.

Only the Depo-Provera seemed to increase the risk of contracting HIV, by roughly 40 percent compared to women using non-hormonal birth control or no birth control at all.

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse warns us of two new applications (Tinder and Whisper) that teens may use and parents needs to be wary of. Both can track a user’s location, which could open the door to pedophiles.
  • American Life League’s Judie Brown tells us about a woman who became pregnant as a result of rape is now fighting the rapist to keep custody of her child. Amazingly enough, there is no law to protect her. The organization Hope After Rape Conception was started by a victim of rape for the purpose of creating state and federal laws to protect rape victims from this very thing. Brown encourages all pro-life legislators to support this. This is the way to show true concern for the victims of rape rather than supporting abortion of the innocent child.

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  • Bound4Life notes the interesting timing of the release of Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” (set to her preborn daughter’s actual heartbeat) and the two pro-life heartbeat bills being heard in federal appeals court regarding legislation in Arkansas and North Dakota:

    “For these two events to unexpectedly happen at exactly the same time should make us all ponder for a moment,” says Matt Lockett, Executive Director of Bound4LIFE.

He continues, “For ‘Heartbeat Song’ to come along, set to the heartbeat of her baby in the womb, just as two important Heartbeat laws are being defended in court — it’s either an extraordinary coincidence or a confirmation. I take it as a great confirmation that God is drawing our attention to the sanctity of life in the womb.”

  • The Vine draws attention to the abortion industry’s attempts at normalizing abortion – in this case, by creating a play about it:

    [T]he pro-aborts are attempting to make a dramatic production of abortion stories from women. No, seriously. Spawning from the “1 in 3 campaign” which claims 1 in 3 women will have an abortion, the newest attempt to normalize murdering your child will be a play, “Out of Silence,” that pro-aborts hope to show across the country. In an interview with Salon (because, of course) one of the pro-aborts behind the “Out of Silence” actually stated that “Some of it is very funny.”

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AZ abortionist whines: “We are suffering here”

by Kelli

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At the time, it was a doctors office. And then I started doing abortions in my office. I was kind of thinking about it, and one of my family practice patients had an unplanned pregnancy. I told her, ‘if you want to come back in two days, we can do it, like any other medical thing.’ So she went home, we did a couple of consent forms, and that was it. Then I started getting referrals. Literally I needed a pulse oximeter to monitor their vitals, a vacuum machine and staff and a recovery room, and the knowledge and skills to do it….

Gradually, it just kind of took over my practice. Not only because of patient need, but because of the amount of effort — it just takes over. I have to have RNs now, and monitoring. There’s so much involved in it, so I wouldn’t do that for a few procedures a week. To do more than 5 abortions a month, you have to be a licensed abortion clinic. So now probably 5 percent of my practice is general practice….

camelbackSo it’s very stressful. I have about 20 binders of policies and procedures for everything. It’s all specific for an abortion procedure. And then there’s the 24 hour wait, the information session, the ultrasound that has to be printed, she has to see it….

The waiting period was probably the worst for patients. You have to do the meeting first, it has to be with a physician, you can’t have a nurse do it. That has been an incredible burden on women, and on us. I have to meet with every single patient….

I feel like jumping up and down. We are suffering here, women are suffering. It just puts people underground. My numbers are the same as they’ve ever been. It’s harder, it’s more expensive, people come in later.

~ Arizona abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick (pictured), owner of Camelback Family Planning, complaining about how rough things have gotten for the abortion business in her state in recent years, as quoted by The Washington Post, January 9

Note: Camelback Family Planning was one of the abortion clinics exposed during Live Action’s “Gendercide: Sex Selection in America” sting, in which an employee suggested that the client not mention sex-selection as the reason for her abortion due to a law prohibiting such abortions in AZ.

[Goodrick photo via Facebook]

Pro-life blog buzz 11-21-14

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

  • American Life League’s Judie Brown exposes Oregon’s “triple X”-rated Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference, calling it a “field trip to hell.”
  • The Vine highlights the week in pro-life happenings: the Pope clarifies that he is indeed pro-life; pro-life groups are willing to defy court orders saying they must provide abortifacient contraception for employees; the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act again draws attention after midterm elections bring more pro-life politicians into power.
  • From Clinic Quotes shares a rare, candid admission from abortion advocate Frances Kissling:

    Abortion is not like having your tooth pulled or having your appendix out. It involves the termination of an early form of human life. That deserves some gravitas.Sounds like Kissling needs to have a chat with fellow abortion advocate Amanda Marcotte sometime soon.

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  • Big Blue Wave comments on those “Westboro Baptists of feminism,” Femen, and the group’s most recent tasteless tactic. This time, the bare-breasted protestors appeared at the Vatican, using crucifixes to simulate sex acts in protest of Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the European Parliament.
  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal writes the first of a series entitled, “The Contending Opinions on Three-Parent Embryo Safety.” The quest for perfect, disease-free, designer babies is riddled with issues, ethical and otherwise.
  • A Culture of Life shares an excerpt from Mauro Cozzoli’s The Human Embryo, discussing the ethics surrounding what to do with “leftover” frozen embryos.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life points out that while the United Nations celebrates 25 years since its adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the rights of children from conception remain unprotected:

    Tens of millions of abortions occur around the world each year, and countries that protect unborn children face pressure to legalize the procedure. This is a profound injustice. The Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that, quoting the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” All children, born and unborn, deserve protection.

  • Live Action recommends the short film, “The Appointment,” directed by filmmaker Brandon Rice:

    Rice says he purposely did not make the film either blatantly pro-life or overtly Christian. He says that by not having these overt overtones, the film becomes more accessible to all people, not just the usual pro-life Christian viewers, so they wouldn’t be instantly turned off by a label they might not desire. He says: “If people without a religious faith see it, it may cause them to think and choose life anyway.”The ending is powerful and shines light on the real “choice” of abortion a subtle but powerful way. This is what Rice and the filmmakers with this project, which he says he didn’t want to be an “in your face” message movie.

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Pro-life blog buzz 10-28-14

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

  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla responds to those who complain pro-lifers are “single issue voters,” as if that’s somehow a bad thing when it comes to the most basic human right. He points to an illustration from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life:

    If a candidate running for office claimed he was pro-terrorism, could he still gain your vote? No, you say?

    Would you bother to ask him his stance on gun control or on immigration? Still no, you say? Is it because his support of terrorism eliminates him from your consideration? Great, it should….

    But why is it so few faithful Catholics and Christians draw such a hard line on so-called “pro-choice” candidates? After all, they support terrorism of the womb: the slaughter of innocent babies.

    Over 3,500 babies die a day in the USA to abortion. How could anyone who supports this crime against humanity be fit to serve public office?

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  • Kansans for Life wonders why the debate between pro-life incumbent Governor Sam Brownback (R) and his challenger Rep. Paul Davis (D) omitted the issue of abortion. The contrast between the two couldn’t be more stark. Davis was tutored under Kathleen Sebelius (a supporter of the late, late-term abortionist George Tiller) and has a stridently pro abortion record, voting “80 times against pro life bills.” Kansas voters have a right to know.
  • At Live Action, Sarah Terzo uses information from a pamphlet, which includes testimonials from former abortion clinic workers, to point out how the abortion industry’s main thrust is to make sure women follow through on their abortions once the process has begun. One worker’s comment:

    When a girl called to make her appointment, we’d work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we’d have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she’d have time to think about it.

  • Real Choice says it’s foolish to trust that abortion clinics violating basic health standards will self-correct their subpar practices. Dayton Women’s Health Services is one such clinic – also caught operating without a license – where a patient died after an abortion. The facility was cited for several health violations just a year prior to the patient’s death.
  • Pro-Life in TN updates on the efforts to pass Tennessee’s Amendment 1, which would again make the state constitution neutral on the issue of abortion. This would allow elected legislators the right to regulate legal abortion. Currently, state lawmakers have no ability to require abortion facilities meet the standards of other same-day surgery centers. With no way to require that facilities meet certain standards, and no informed consent or waiting periods, a dangerous “let the buyer beware” situation exists.

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Pro-life photos of the week: Pro-choice expressions at a pro-life rally

This week Lila Rose and Live Action sponsored a rally in front of the Planned Parenthood located two blocks from the White House.

At one point an unidentified pro-abortion man heckled Rose by standing at the podium alongside her yelling, “Stop interfering with women’s healthcare decisions!” Click all photos to enlarge…

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A female deathscort gave Rose the stink eye…

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The Daily Caller snapped the above pictures. I attended the rally as well, and I got a different look from the female deathscort…

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If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part II

Defund Planned Parenthood abortion kingpin and its clinicsIs it really conceivable that Planned Parenthood could crash, bringing the entire abortion industry down with it? I answer that question today.

Backdrop: “If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part I.”

As powerful and wealthy as Planned Parenthood appears, its position is tenuous, upheld only by political friends and courts. In contraceptive terms, Planned Parenthood has no Plan B.

Planned Parenthood would hardly have noticed losing taxpayer funding 50 years ago, in 1964. This was when it reported its first government subsidy – chump change of $8,500. Planned Parenthood’s annual income at the time was $6.2 million, 70% of which came from donors, and 30% from clinics.

By 1970, Planned Parenthood’s annual income had jumped to $26.4 million, thanks in large part to taxpayers, who contributed 43% of the total. It was during this period that Planned Parenthood began multiplying clinics. According to Jim Sedlak of American Life League:

In 1962, the year before it received its first taxpayer funds, Planned Parenthood operated fewer than 200 clinics. By 1973, that number had exploded to 700. This, of course, meant that Planned Parenthood’s influence in our nation grew greatly because of government largesse.

In FY2013, 45% of Planned Parenthood’s whopping $1.21 billion income came from taxpayers, to the tune of $540.6 million. Today only 26% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue is derived from donations, and 25% from clinics.

Planned Parenthood abortion giant clinic in Fon du Lac closesHow dependent is Planned Parenthood’s nationwide chain on government funding? As Sedlak pointed out, Planned Parenthood was only able to build its conglomerate with taxpayer help.

And only last week Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin claimed it had to close its fifth clinic since 2013 all due to a mere $1 million loss in state funding. 

One should expect a certain amount of fudging on Planned Parenthood’s part; it has been known to conveniently blame clinic closures on government defunding when they were themselves to blame.

But it must also be true that Planned Parenthood is only able to sustain its massive infrastructure with government help. And that is where its potential downfall lies.

“I have always said that if all state and federal tax-funding were cut off from Planned Parenthood, their abortion empire would collapse like dominos,” wrote Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger via email. “I doubt if more than a handful of clinics of any affiliation could survive without an artificial influx of money from outside sources.”

Sedlak agreed: “Planned Parenthood is set up for destruction if Americans ever get the guts to elect politicians who care.”

Planned Parenthood made the decision long ago to tie its future to the whims of government. Its leaders apparently never considered the organization might some day become anathema, with a segment of the population and politicians calling for it to be defunded.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer makes graphic sexual suggestionsWhatever murmuring may have been heard before only became real noise beginning in 2007, when Live Action launched its investigations against Planned Parenthood, first revealing the organization would accept donations specifically to abort  black babies, then that it would cover up underage rape, then that it would aid and abet sex traffickers, then that it would commit sex-selective abortions, and most recently that it would encourage minors to engage in violent BDSM.

Add to that charges around the country of Medicaid fraud, failure to report child sexual abuse, substandard clinics, and perverted doctors, and you begin to see momentum that has blossomed into a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and a congressional investigation of the organization.

obama valentine2 If not for President Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood might already be going the way of Enron. It is only he who kept Planned Parenthood from being defunded on the federal level in 2011 and in several more states than it already has.

Planned Parenthood knows this. It knows it is only one presidential election away from seeing its political fortunes turn to dust.

Losing the Senate in 2014 would be an advance blow, hence Planned Parenthood’s plan to spend a whopping $18 million this election cycle, in large part attacking the “Extreme Six” Republican Senate candidates who could swing the majority, setting up for a Republican trifecta in 2016.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic behemoth fighting Republican takeover of SenatePlanned Parenthood’s situation is all the more dire when considering it could lose its tax-exempt status if convicted of Medicaid fraud, cases of which are beginning to snowball; or lose the windfall profits it is anticipating if Obamacare is overturned or if the contraceptive mandate and abortion funding are repealed; or lose its lucrative contraceptive pill trade (for which it has been known to double- and triple-bill taxpayers) if it is made available over-the-counter.

Added to the recent slew of pro-life laws, the fragility of the abortion industry becomes clear when also considering its eggs are increasingly in one basket, and that basket is wearing thin. From the STOPP Report, September 24:

STOPP’s 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood facilities shows the abortion giant suffered the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and affiliates. Planned Parenthood reported running a total of 695 clinic facilities as of December 30, 2013 – the lowest number reported since 1973.Planned Parenthood’s number of affiliates decreased from 74 in 2012 to 71 in 2013, continuing the trend of massive consolidation in management since the high point of 191 Planned Parenthood affiliates in 1978. 

We have continued to see a hefty stream of closures in 2014. Planned Parenthood most frequently cited pressure from legislation, be it defunding efforts or laws tightening clinic standards, as the main reason for facility closures during 2013. In states where legislative pressure was not felt, it most frequently reported facility closures due to a dwindling customer base and efforts to consolidate facilities nearer to its core demographic. In 2013, 79% of the facilities closed were contraceptive-only facilities.

It is clear that Planned Parenthood is preparing for even more facility closures as it implements its community organizer model and online birth control counseling. As it does so, it is focusing more and more on its lucrative abortion business.

Because it has to. Planned Parenthood is driven to take over the abortion industry by greed and survival, needing a financial stream aside from the government funding model it has grown dependent on, and also banking on government funding of abortion.

And the abortion lobby is helpless to stop what insiders surely must see as a coming train wreck.

Pro-life news brief 8-20-14

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • “Intellectual” Richard Dawkins told someone on Twitter that bringing a child with Down Syndrome to birth is “immoral.”
  • An Alabama abortion clinic (which couldn’t meet safety standards at its current location) has been given permission to relocate.
  • Martin Haskell’s abortion clinic in Sharonville, Ohio, is dropping its appeal. They’ll stop performing surgical abortions on Friday. The clinic apparently plans on trying to stay in business by offering RU-486 chemical abortions.

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  • Newsweek has a long article on Lila Rose’s and Katie Stack’s respective undercover trips into abortion clinics and pregnancy centers. What’s really interesting to me is how Katie Stack (pictured; who appeared on MTV’s No Easy Decision) now describes her abortion:

    Stack describes her choice to terminate a pregnancy, which she did in college, as “empowering” and says it aided her in “adapting a feminist framework” that led to her investigations. “It was the first time I felt like I had any control over anything, having that abortion,” she says. “I’m happy with my abortion. People get uncomfortable when I say my abortion was a good experience, but it was.”

    During the No Easy Decision program in 2010, Stack cried on at least two occasions and mentioned how she had difficulty being around her newborn nephew after the abortion (starting at 8:30). At that time, she also said she viewed abortion as a “parenting decision” because she acknowledged her child as “a baby.”

    That doesn’t sound empowering to me. Only in pro-abort La-La Land does staying in a hotel room because you can’t imagine seeing your newborn nephew equal “empowering.”

    After the airing of the No Easy Decision program, Stack then tried to start a pro-abortion version of Live Action called The Crisis Project, which hasn’t had quite as much success.

Abortion groups breathlessly go “undercover” – at a public pro-life meeting

Abortion groups NARAL and Progress Texas went undercover at a public pro-life meetingAlthough pro-choicers admit over and over and over (and over and over and over) that they are losing the epic battle over abortion, they continue to be shocked and awed by pro-life prowess.

I can only deduce they think they are losing not because we’re so smart but because they’re so stupid.

Which may actually be true, a case in point being that NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas are under the mistaken impression they conducted a super sleuth undercover investigation of pro-lifers. LiberalAmerica.org excitedly reported that “a member of the Progress Texas team managed to slip into the Texas State Capitol last Monday for ‘Keeping Abortion Clinics Closed,’ a training seminar sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Life.”

Hello, the meeting was open to the public.

This was the same as going “undercover” to report on a speech given by President Barack Obama.

Nevertheless, on August 12 the two groups breathlessly released “undercover audio” (not technologically savvy enough, even in tandem, to get video) “reveal[ing] intimidation tactics of Texas anti-abortion groups.”

One appalling tactic they uncovered was that we have the wherewithal to learn the names and addresses of abortionists. Abortion proponents must have heretofore thought an anti-abortionist fairy puts this information under the pillows of good pro-lifers.

As stated on the video of the audio, pro-lifers in Texas do this to police whether abortionists are getting admitting privileges at local hospitals as per law, or sneaking in and out.

And yes, pro-lifers also do this to conduct home protests as a means of deterring and shaming abortionists as well as alerting neighbors that they have a paid assassin living among them. I’d sure want to know.

Liberal groups also employ this tactic. So what. Abortion zealots are free to protest pro-life homes and businesses, although they don’t. What would their signs say, “Person who believes abortion is murder lives here”?

NARAL and Progress Texas also “revealed” pro-lifers have a system for counting the mothers going into mills to abort their babies, this to determine the number who complete the awful deed, and the number who don’t.

Abortion supporters think pro-life supporters are as smart as MacGyverTo do this pro-lifers write down the make, model, and license plate number of cars entering abortion mill parking lots.

This is legal, but pro-choice groups would apparently not know how to accomplish this feat. Liberalamerica.org deemed this “the most disturbing revelation” of all, the “capability to track the license plates of those coming into abortion clinics,” like we’re MacGyver or something, rather than simply observationists with pen and paper.

And our goal is certainly “not to look for identity,” a statement allowed to remain in the “heavily edited” tape, to coin a favorite pro-abortion phrase used when complaining about Live Action’s videos. (Speaking of which, where is NARAL/Progress Texas’s unedited tape, which Live Action also releases?) No, this is just a way to separate one car from another.

union rat, in a union picket similar to pro-life pickets of abortion clinics and homes of abortionistsThe abortion groups also took issue with pro-lifers for “lining sidewalks outside clinics to dissuade patients from entering clinics,” as if they’ve never heard of a union picket. At least pro-lifers don’t use huge, inflatable rats.

The point of this pro-abortion “undercover” investigation was to inaccurately portray the pro-life movement as sinister and violent.

In reality, the pro-life movement is the most peaceful social justice movement in history. On any given day pro-lifers conduct dozens to hundreds of prayer vigils or pickets across the country with no incident other than pro-abortion vandalism or assault.

In any movement there is always a fringe element. In our movement this element has murdered eight abortion workers, mostly during a small window of time in the mid-1990s. Each of these deaths is a lamentable as each of the 55+ million children murdered by the pro-abortion side over the past 41 years.

At any rate, I don’t care that the abortion crowd tries to paint pro-lifers as violent. I think most know what’s really up, as recently evidenced by the United States Supreme Court, which unanimously overturned Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone, presumably enacted to abate pro-life violence.

And such attempts only boomerang on them. It keeps doctors from becoming abortionists, makes their people even more neurotic, and forces them to spend money on security systems and personnel. So be it.

By the way, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, your name is as obsolete as your “undercover” investigation techniques.

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