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NPR ignores woman killed by clinic it showcases in abortion promo piece

2015-03-06_1130This is truly shocking, either a new low in yellow journalism or an incredible display of shoddy research.

The slant of the March 3 NPR article by Jennifer Ludden was in its title: “Abortion restrictions complicate access for Ohio women.”

Ludden worried “a steady stream of abortion restrictions over the past four years has helped close nearly half the state’s clinics that perform the procedure,” then went on to blame the state, not substandard clinics or abortionists.

Ironically, Ludden chose Preterm abortion clinic to showcase the hardships abortion clinics and aborting mothers must endure:

“We are more fully booked, and I think we have a harder time squeezing patients in if they’re earlier in the pregnancy,” says Chrisse France, executive director of Preterm. It’s one of just two clinics still operating in Cleveland, and its caseload is up 10%.

France says women are also coming from farther away, from places that used to have clinics but no longer do. Because Ohio mandates an in-person meeting with a doctor followed by a 24-hour waiting period, women must come twice or stay overnight….

Ohio restricts the use of drugs that induce abortion early on, the method chosen by about a quarter of all women who end a pregnancy.

Then there’s the state’s confusing requirement for a fetal viability test after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fetuses are generally not considered viable until several weeks later. But Dr. Lisa Perriera, an OB-GYN at Preterm, says there is no such test.

“The laws say that we have to do some kind of testing,” she says. “They don’t tell us what kind of tests to do, nor do those tests even really mean anything. It’s just another hoop to jump through.”

Preterm came up with its own test based on a fetus’s age and weight.

These people are so galling in so many ways, I scarcely know where to start.

Lakisha Wilson, who died after an abortion at Preterm clinic, Cleveland, OHBut I’ll try, beginning with the name Lakisha Wilson (pictured right), which incredibly never came up in Ludden’s piece.

Wilson was a 22-year-old pregnant mother who died less than a year ago on March 28, 2014, as a result of a botched abortion at Preterm on March 21. Wilson died of cardiac arrest following hemorrhage, according to the autopsy report.

According to the date of her last period, Wilson was 23 weeks and 1 day pregnant on the day of her abortion. But the fetal dating test “Preterm came up with” pronounced her 19 weeks and 4 days pregnant, a big difference of nearly four weeks.

abc_perriera_planb_110224_wg-e1382371738635The risk of maternal mortality related to abortion skyrockets after 20 weeks. Nevertheless, if abortions in Ohio are banned after babies are viable, and babies are potentially viable at 23 weeks, wouldn’t there be an obvious financial and legal incentive for clinics to render abortion victims decidedly younger than 23 weeks?

Then there’s Preterm abortionist Lisa Perriera (pictured left), quoted by NPR.

Perriera was at the epicenter of Wilson’s abortion catastrophe. According to the EMT report, she applied a pediatric mask to Wilson. I’ve been in my share of codes, and I can’t imagine this sort of glaring error ever happening. Click to enlarge…

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Yes, it was her. From the DHHS investigator’s notes (click to enlarge)…

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What else could she say? Incompetent.

Also note the second yellow highlighted section in the EMT report: “EMS unable to utilize backboard or intubate pt in the building due to the elevator being so small that EMS had to sit the pt up on the cot and ventilate pt in a sitting position.”

That’s exactly why there should be abortion clinic regulations. Precious minutes were lost as EMTs had to scramble to reposition Wilson on the gurney and then delay intubation.

This wasn’t the first time Preterm’s elevator gave EMTs problems. The Preterm employee on this 2012 call gave the 911 operator a heads up that the elevator to their 3rd floor office was down (at 0:22), so EMTs had to carry a 300 pound bleeding post-abortive mother (at 2:35) down two flights of stairs.

But Ludden quoted NARAL Ohio’s (located in the same building as Preterm, on the 4th floor) Kellie Copeland’s lament about the “relentless barrage of restrictions [that] has left providers feeling besieged.”

Poor things.

The NPR article was a sham, a propaganda piece for abortion that aids and abets an industry that hurts and kills women – and is audacious about it.

[HT and many thanks to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue for invaluable help with this article. OR has tracked Lakisha Wilson’s death from the onset. Read more background on that tragedy here, here, here, and here.]

Unprecedented: RNC boss man and bus load to attend March for Life

Reince Priebus

In a surprising but welcome move, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus is, according to The Washington Times:

… delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the March for Life on the Mall….

Mr. Priebus, in his second term as elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, chose to delay the start of the four-day winter meeting of the GOP governing body, also scheduled in Washington, to allow himself and RNC members to attend the march. The delay is unprecedented for a major U.S. political party, several state Republican Party chairmen and other RNC members said in telephone interviews.

Mr. Priebus also decided that the RNC will charter a bus to and from the march for those among the RNC’s 168 members who wish to attend….

I’m, of course, pleased by this visible show of support by the RNC. It will certainly garner the March for Life much deserved attention that MSM usually avoids while demonstrating some respect for the pro-life issue at the Republican leadership level. That this is even news demonstrates the perceived lack thereof. Were Chairman Preibus’s counterpart, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to announce she were attending an abortion fest sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the response would be, “But, of course.”

This move spurns erroneous advice of either liberal or wimpy arm chair quarterbacks like William Whalen who wrote in the Wall Street Journal on November 6, as they always do, that “Republicans would do well to de-emphasize social issues” since, he wrote, “[w]ithout the ‘war on women’ and its effect on turnout in the presidential election, Mr. Obama’s re-election might not have occurred.”

In fact, the “war on women” was one-sided, with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney electing to play rope-a-dope to Obama’s punches rather than punch back.

Same goes for pro-lifer Ken Cuccinelli against slimy pro-abort Terry McAuliffe.

American Principles in Action nailed the ridiculousness of this strategy in its excellent GOP Autopsy Report 2013:

In 2011, Indiana’s Governor Mitch Daniels suggested that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,” until our economic problems are resolved.

The next president, obviously, did not agree. President Obama has aggressively pursued his party’s social issues, from gay marriage, to abortion rights….

Meanwhile in the general election, Mitt Romney and his allied organizations acted on Daniels’ advice. Romney, the RNC and Romney-affiliated PACs all rigorously avoided television advertising on social issues, even in states (like Ohio) where the president’s support of gay marriage and taxpayer-funded abortion could have hurt him.

Unlike the GOP’s crop of successful state governors, who have generally governed as integrated conservatives (prioritizing economic issues but also pursuing socially conservative

legislation), the national GOP pursued a strategy of silence on social issues in the 2012 general election.

This national GOP truce strategy was noted by ABC News reporter John Parkinson when the Supreme Court ruled against Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. The national GOP reaction to the Supreme Court decision was “almost entirely muted.” “Scores of Democrats [in Congress] tweeted their excitement and agreement with the Court when the decision was announced,” wrote Parkinson. “House Speaker John Boehner held a previously scheduled news conference at the Capitol, but when he was asked to react to the Courts [sic] decision, he punted.”

Similarly in June 2013, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’s dramatic filibuster temporarily killed a late-term abortion ban and became a national cause celebre – but only among Democrats, as Politico noticed.

Democrats from President Obama down publicly supported Davis, while national Republican leadership “hasn’t latched onto the fight,” wrote Politico author David Nathers. “Few national Republicans have weighed in. And a key party official in Texas acknowledged there’s no behind-the-scenes help coming, though he says he doesn’t need it. Republicans will talk about the abortion bill when they’re asked about it, but they aren’t swooping into the fight with the same enthusiasm as liberals.”

National GOP elites publicly deny adopting a truce strategy, even as behind the scenes they urge (or even require as a condition of financial support) federal candidates to mute themselves on social issues….

One problem for the truce strategy is that “I’m not that extreme” is not an effective political response to the charge of extremism. It may be true, but it doesn’t work, politically speaking.

Politically, here is how the truce strategy plays out:

The Left punches on social issues, the Republican and conservative elites retreat and change the subject. The Left’s narrative therefore dominates. A unilateral “truce” on social issues turns into a political rout, failing in its alleged goal of “rebranding” the GOP. Instead it allows the Left to brand a silent and therefore defenseless GOP based on leftwing views of what “pro-life” or other values issues mean.

This issues-pessimism embodied in the truce strategy has created a self-defeating cycle on the social issues. The GOP adopts positions on values issues that its leaders refuse to advocate for or defend when attacked. The Democrats, understanding the GOP truce strategy, push hard, energizing their base, while accusing GOP candidates of extremism anyway.

The Democrats know they will not pay a price for their increasingly aggressive advocacy of their extremist social issues stances, because the GOP will not counterpunch on these issues. Thus they can please their base at no cost. In the face of Democratic political pressure, GOP candidates retreat, leaving middle-of-the-road voters to suspect that the unanswered charge of extremism is true (since undefended); and leaving voters who care deeply about life and other social issues to doubt GOP candidates’ sincerity.

Worst of all, the GOP doesn’t get the full, political benefit of our values stance, especially on life issues, because GOP national candidates do not seek to make the Democrats pay a price for their abortion-on-demand, taxpayer-funded, mandate-imposing extremism. The Democrats’ charge of extremism is left unanswered, confirmed in many voters’ minds by Republicans’ discomfort with our own positions. Hiding from your positions makes it look like you have something to hide.

When Todd Akin made his awful rhetorical faux pas on abortion and rape, Republicans and conservatives not only criticized his remarks, they distanced themselves and the party from his candidacy, and tried to force him out of the race and refused to fund his candidacy.

Yet many among GOP elites continue to blame Romney’s defeat on Akin, rather than recognize the fundamental weakness of a truce strategy: The strategy of retreat, rather than counterpunch, abjectly fails because it leaves the GOP’s political enemies free to define the meaning of the GOP’s position in voters’ minds.

The best defense for the weaker side of social issues (again politically speaking) is a strong offense; the alternative to a truce strategy is aggressively defining the social issues in voters’ minds on the Democrats’ weakest ground.

A perfect illustration of the truce strategy happened in the first debate for Virginia’s tight governor’s race in July 2013, when an obviously truce-savvy mainstream reporter asked Cuccinelli if he would push for abortion restrictions. Cuccinelli replied: “I do not expect to use the political capital of the governor’s office to be moving those pieces of legislation. My focus is on job creation and job growth.”

Cuccinelli did not use this opportunity to try to hold McAuliffe accountable for his deeply unpopular support of late-term or gender-selection or taxpayer financed abortions; instead Cuccinelli’s response suggests that his campaign has accepted the conventional wisdom that the best use to make of social issues is to signal to voters that you don’t take your own positions seriously enough to govern with them, so it’s safe for the mushy middle to vote for you. We do not bring this up to criticize Cuccinelli in particular, but simply as one of many illustrations of how the truce dynamic has taken over as the GOP’s conventional wisdom.

The truce strategy fails, politically, for three reasons: 1) it allows the opponents of the GOP to define the GOP brand, 2) it fails to make the Democrats pay a price politically for their social issues extremism, and 3) it persuades voters who might be attracted by the GOP values positions on life, marriage, or religious liberty that Republicans are fundamentally unserious in their values commitment, and therefore untrustworthy across the board.

To put it another way, the Left has read the GOP elites’ truce strategy playbook and they correctly understand the national GOP’s unwillingness to speak on social issues as an opportunity to use their mainstream media power to brand Republicans as extremists; they can do so because the truce strategy ensures that national Republicans will never fight back and make Democrats pay for their abortion and other social issues extremism. Democrats know that instead the GOP will retreat and change the subject to less “divisive” topics.

The truce strategy is a way to guarantee you lose a political argument, and the Democrats know it.

The APIA Report goes on to document the actual “pro-life advantage” among youth, independents, women, and Americans in general.

2014-01-06_1549Perhaps Chairman Priebus is taking steps to correct the RNC’s huge political miscalculation. He may have started several months ago when accusing MSM of ignoring Planned Parenthood’s support of infanticide. When he ran for chairman it was certainly as an avowed pro-lifer. As recently as December 18 he expressed support on MSNBC for an abortion ban after four months.

We shall see. Rest assured MSM will cover the RNC’s “unprecedented” move to participate in the March for Life – and not objectively. It will try to find cracks, to get Priebus et al to make verbal mistakes. I hope he and others have done their homework.

[Top photo via Huffington Post]

MSM ignores Planned Parenthood rep’s (and Obama’s) infanticide endorsement

monkeys… [A] government-funded organization just sent a representative to testify that she is not entirely sure a mother does not have an inalienable right to murder; the president whose administration funds her organization has expressed the exact same sentiments, and in fact voted on them — several times.

An honest culture, an honest media would consider this distinction:

Todd Akin expressed an opinion supported by no one of his party, that was a part of no platform, that virtually no one alive had ever heard expressed before, whereas…

– This demon in Florida is not the first to equivocate on murder; she has an ally in a high place, and belongs to a billion-dollar organization that has equivocated on “legitimate life” frequently and publicly.

One of these incidents deserves a national conversation — especially during the trial of Kermit Gosnell, a man who actually acted on the theory of “legitimate life,” and likely murdered hundreds.

But the other one got it.

~ David Steinberg, PJMedia.com, March 29

When even MSM thinks the Democratic Convention is an abortion-palooza, you know it’s bad

When even liberals and the mainstream media think the Democratic National Convention has turned into an abortion-palooza, it must really be blatant.

Apparently even ideologically aligned reporters have their breaking point on abortion promotion. To wit…

Pro-abortion New York Times columnist David Brooks, after Day 1:

The one cavil I will have … is this speech has – [it] reinforces something we’ve heard all night, which was how much the crowd goes crazy and how passionate they are about abortion and gay marriage and the social issues. And tonight has been about that.

And to me it should have been a lot more about economics, growth, and debt. And that better be the job of day two and day three because they did not do it here.

How “crazy” was the crowd for abortion?

Pretty sick. More from NBC News:

[P]erhaps the most surprising part of last night was that it had more talk about abortion rights than in any Democratic convention since 1992, the first of many self-described “Year of the Woman” campaign years….

It’s clear Democrats and the Obama campaign were sending the not-so-subtle message that they believe the secret formula to capitalizing on the gender gap: talk about women’s rights and women’s choices. But that strategy also carries the potential risk of alienating Democratic voters who might oppose abortion rights.

And from the Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger:

I have NEVER heard this much about abortion as in that hall last night, even if you throw in every homily of my life. Every other event is sponsored by [Planned Parenthood] or EMILY’s List. Then I moderated a panel for the outnumbered but undaunted pro-life [Democrats], where the panelists were asked by Salon what’s not to love about abortefacients and by Red State how come they like the infanticide president so much. America is evenly divided on this issue, but are ANY swing voters watching speech after convention speech?

And an op ed posted at CNN:

But the constant reference to abortion rights Tuesday night was at risk of coming off too strong. Abortion is a complex, painful issue that touches upon faith, gender and class.

It is not a matter that lends itself well to electioneering. More importantly, there’s a danger that in pushing the “war on women,” Obama may seem distracted from the real challenges facing America. Jobs, debt and health care are what matter most to voters in 2012. It’s still the economy, Mr. President.

That was just Day 1. On to Day 2, when the DNC aportion-palooza featured Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and Georgetown birth control beggar Sandra Fluke. From ABC News:

It’s impossible to understate the prominence that women’s issues, in particular abortion rights, has played on the convention stage over the last two days.

Tonight I’ll be surprised if abortion gets much of a mention. Democrat movers and shakers read the papers, too. If abortion is mentioned, it will likely be in code, “reproductive choice,” or “reproductive healthcare,” etc.

I think what we’re seeing is a perfect storm.

Democrats recognize abortion is no longer a winning issue, so they have panicked and are overreaching. If they say nothing, they lose. If they say only as much as they’ve ever said, they lose. So they must say more.

In addition, so many pro-life Democrats have been weeded out of the Party, thanks to the political ramifications of Obamacare, there is no voice of temperance left to stop abortion proponents from pushing their agenda full throttle.

The consequences of the abortion push so far? According to Reuters this afternoon:

So far, U.S. President Barack Obama has not received much of a bounce yet in popular support from the Democratic National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.

The latest daily tracking poll found Republican Mitt Romney still clinging to a narrow lead of 45% to Obama’s 44% among likely voters. Romney had led by 46% to 44% in Wednesday’s poll.

“We’re not seeing a sort of glimmer, at this point, of a bump,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark….

“I do think we probably will see a small bump still…. I think it will be very modest,” Clark said.

And then what do abortion proponents do? Polls were showing before the convention the “war on women” meme wasn’t helping Obama among women, it was, and, in fact, was hurting him.

Will they keep trying?

UPDATE 9/7, 7a: Further thoughts on the perfect storm…

There are also those liberals who honestly fear they are going to lose the “right” to abort and that Republicans are going to ban contraception, and who honestly believe Romney is out to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood (when he meant “defund”).

Then there is Planned Parenthood, which has embedded itself into the upper echelons of the Democrat Party, and which was motivated to push abortion at the DNC simply by greed. Obama has literally become the gatekeeper of taxpayer funding to PP and has plans through Obamacare to open the gate wider. We can be sure PP helped plan the DNC. As The Hill reported yesterday, “Abortion-rights groups have played a prominent role in the Democratic convention.”

Per MSM it could only be Planned Parenthood supporters withholding donations from Komen

The mainstream media is reporting that donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure have dropped substantially in the wake of its decision and subsequent reversal to defund Planned Parenthood.

According to MSM, this must be due to disgruntled Planned Parenthood supporters, for instance this March 23 CBS News story:

“I wouldn’t want to be a part of an organization that had made such a terrible political mistake.”

Eve Ellis sat on Komen’s New York City board and raised more than a quarter million dollars but now says to restore trust top administrators including the national foundation’s board and founder and chief executive Nancy Brinker must leave.

“Besides being sad and besides being angry, I was also embarrassed because I had raised this money for an organization that seemed to be different from what I thought it was.”

Liberals must pursue this story line. The subliminal message is: Don’t mess with Planned Parenthood. It cannot be that pro-life withdrawal of support is the – or even a – problem.  It is apparently inconceivable that pro-lifers previously unaware of Komen’s relationship with PP might be backing away. From NPR, March 26:

People who were upset enough to withdraw, of course, didn’t show up Sunday. Amarie Whetton, part of a women’s health group from Raytheon Missile Systems, says fewer people raced on her group’s team this year.

An insinuation, from the Associated Press, March 19:

But [Komen Arizona chapter executive director Jaimie] Leopold confirmed another reason for the drop is… lingering mistrust….

Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona has never received funding from the local organization because it has never applied. However, if it did, Planned Parenthood would be considered just like any other health-care providers that apply for grants….

“People, donors need to have confidence in where they put their money. We’ve been working to engage the community,” Leopold said. “We are committed to demonstrating we are a trustworthy philanthropy.”

The meme is also implied in photos, like this one in the Baltimore Sun

But here’s a flashback to February 2, two days after Planned Parenthood leaked the news that Komen was defunding PP, from the Daily Caller:

In the wake of this week’s announcement that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer organization’s donations have gone up 100 percent in the last two days.

It would have gone the other way had liberal types withdrawn enough support to make a dent. In fact, pro-lifers who had withheld donations from Komen started to give. And then stopped, of course. An objective MSM would have more likely concluded Komen’s new fundraising woes were due to its continued connection to PP.

A Daily Mail blogger (of course, in the UK) pegged the likely scenario:

My take is pro-life women are upset with the cave-in to Planned Parenthood and sacking Komen….

Obviously, the pro-abortion crowd is not as big about supporting Komen. Liberals are less charitable with their money than conservatives are. Or maybe there are just more pro-life women.

Had Komen stuck to its guns, conservatives would have supported it and Komen’s coffers would have increased in size.

In reality, Komen has alienated both ends of the ideological spectrum now. But it would have fared better sticking with pro-lifers.

A little aside, from my inside source. When Komen announced its original decision, a pro-life leader organized people and groups to send flowers of thanks to Komen. In all, Komen received over three dozen flower arrangements. Poignantly, the flowers did not arrive until after Komen reversed its decision. They were placed in Komen’s DC office’s war room, where I’m told Nancy Brinker read every card. That must have garnered a little guilt.

But Brinker is pro-abortion, don’t forget. And she’s aligning herself with her abuser. From the Washington Post, March 29:

“No one likes a dust up,” said Brinker. “We’ve passed through this. [Planned Parenthood president] Cecile Richards came to Texas and said, ‘We like Komen. Let’s move on. We’re through this.’ But the residual effects in the media has been difficult.”

(Prolifer)ations 7-29-11

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