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The abortion industry’s looming RU-486 legal crisis

RU-486 mifepristone abortion pillA Politico article today about new abortion cases that could reach the Supreme Court gave bare mention of its potential review of RU-486 regulation.

But due a circuit court split on laws regulating the administration of RU-486, such a review looks likely – and promising for the pro-life side.

Quick history of RU-486

In an unprecedented move the FDA approved the abortion pill RU-486 (now known as mifepristone/mifeprex) in 2000 to sell in the U.S. using a fast-track process reserved only for drugs to combat life-threatening diseases, like AIDS.

RU-486 abortion pill NOW mifepristoneIt seemed obvious at the time, and was later confirmed, that “the Clinton administration pushed the abortion pill through the approval process to appease the abortion lobby,” reported Judicial Watch in 2006 after reviewing newly released documents that showed “the RU-486 approval process was infected by raw politics.”

But pro-lifers have recently begun turning the abortion industry’s political ploy on itself.

Importantly, with the FDA’s fast-track approval came “restricted use,” meaning the agency discourages “off-label” administration of RU-486.

In 14 years the FDA has never deviated from its recommended protocol for RU-486, which requires three doctor visits and specific dosages and routes of administration, all within 49 days from the beginning of a pregnant mother’s last period:

  • Day 1: administer three 200 mg tablets (600 mg total) of RU-486 orally to kill the baby
  • Day 3: administer two 200 mcg tablets (400 mcg total) of Cytotec (misoprostol) orally to expel the baby
  • Day 14: check-up to ensure the abortion was completed

Violating FDA protocol at every step

But abortion clinics violate FDA protocol in every possible way. A survey of National Abortion Federation members showed only 4% follow FDA guidelines, and Planned Parenthood is the biggest culprit. It owns 158 of 175, or 90%, of all known chemical abortion facilities in the U.S.

Telemed abortion of RU-486 mifepristoneAccording to court documents, Planned Parenthood commits RU-486 abortions up to 63 days from the first day of a pregnant mother’s last period.

It gives only one 200 mg tablet orally at the abortion clinic, then instructs the woman to take one 200 mcg Cytotec at home by letting it dissolve under her tongue (getting into the system faster than if swallowed).

Worse, Planned Parenthood has lately been trying to do all this via telemed – dispensing chemical abortion drugs via remote computer, so the abortionist never comes in contact with the patient.

The pro-abortion claim that “off-label” use of drugs is commonplace is disingenuous, because the pathway by which RU-486 was approved placed it in a restricted category.

Abortion industry’s cash cow

RU-486 is the abortion industry’s new cash cow business model, as verified by the surge of Planned Parenthood’s chemical abortion business. A 2014 Guttmacher report indicated that while abortion dropped 13% in 2011, the percentage of chemical abortions increased by 20% from three years earlier, to account for 22.6% of all abortions.

Abortion clinics are obviously trying to cut corners. And safety be damned because, as Americans United for Life attorney Mailee Smith noted:

Eight. That’s the number of women who have died from a severe bacterial infection following use of RU-486. In all eight cases, the women were instructed to use the abortion drugs in a way that has not been approved by the FDA.

Zero. That’s the number of women who have died from a severe bacterial infection after using RU-486 in the way approved by the FDA.

AUL has written model legislation that forces abortion clinics to comply with FDA protocol on RU-486 drug administration.

Four states have thus far passed legislation based on AUL’s language: Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma.

The abortion industry has sued to block all four laws. To date the federal 5th and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals have both ruled in our favor, and the 9th Circuit has ruled in the other side’s favor.

This gives us a “circuit split,” making it more likely the Supreme Court will weigh in.

Supreme Court precedent satisfied

Smith cited three reasons AUL is “confident” the language AUL has encouraged states to adopt falls well within Supreme Court precedent for both the Casey and Gonzales decisions:

  1. The first so-called right at issue is the right of a woman to make the ultimate decision to have an abortion, and the regulation of chemical abortion does not interfere with that.
     

  2. The court has said state legislatures are given wide discretion to legislate when there is medical uncertainty over a procedure or regulation. Here we know the unapproved use of RU-486 regimen has been tied to eight deaths. The other side argues that the off-label use did not cause those deaths. What’s important here is the cause is unknown. That is what creates the medical uncertainty.
     

  3. In Gonzales the court upheld the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban in part because there were other commonly used methods still available. If the regulation of chemical abortion means a woman cannot have one because she’s past gestational dates, she still has the option of surgical abortion. Surgical abortion is the most common method, and there is peer-reviewed evidence it’s safer than chemical abortion.

Were SCOTUS to uphold chemical abortion regulations, more state legislatures would be encouraged to regulate them, making abortions harder for the industry to commit.

[Screenshot of telemed abortion in Iowa via LifeSiteNews.com]

Stanek wkend Q: Is 2014 the year “war on women” comes back to bite Dems?

267-Le08p.AuSt.91On January 22 the Republican National Committee issued a strongly worded resolution telling pro-life candidates it would support those “who fight back against Democratic deceptive ‘war on women’ rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents” and back away from those “who stay silent in the face of such deceptive rhetoric.”

So game on. The RNC has learned, quoting the resolution again, that “[c]andidates who stay silent on pro-life issues do not identify with key voters, fail to alert voters to the Democrats’ extreme pro-abortion stances, and have lost their elections.”

Like we said.

This past Wednesday the March for Life in Washington, D.C., saw RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speak from the rally podium as well as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (pictured above right) – physically backing up the resolution.

More on the Republican pro-life surge from telegram.com:

Abortion is becoming an unexpectedly animating issue in the 2014 midterm elections….

“I don’t think this is a niche issue anymore,” said Drew Lieberman, a vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a political consultancy concern, who has advised Democratic congressional candidates and has done polling for NARAL….

“For a lot of members politically it ties into the issue they want to be talking about this election, which is Obamacare,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs for the March for Life….

While Democrats say such measures seeking to restrict abortions could stir votes, they acknowledge the limits of midterm turnout. “Off-year elections are difficult,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “You have lower turnout, and a lot of drop-off voters are women. So in a lot of ways, making sure women are aware and voting is important.”

The RNC resolution reminds all it is Democrats who are extremist on abortion, not Republicans:

Whereas, According to the extensive polling conducted by Gallup since 1975, many Republican stances regarding abortion garner at least 60 % support from the public and across the political spectrum:

· 87% support informed-consent laws about certain possible risks of the abortion procedure;
· 80% support banning abortion during the 3rd trimester;
· 71% support parental consent laws;
· 69% support imposing a 24-hour wait period before an abortion;
· 64% of Americans support banning abortion during the 2nd trimester;
· 64% support banning partial-birth abortion;
· 64% support spousal notification laws that require the husband to be simply notified if his wife seeks an abortion

So if Republicans do speak up proudly and cogently on the pro-life issue, the barbarism of Democrat positions on abortion will be exposed.

Who knew the Democrat “war on women” meme would spark this response?

Do you think 2014 could shape up to be another good mid-term election year for pro-lifers, as was 2010?

[Photo via sunherald.com]

Pro-life news brief 1-31-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • A Lima, Ohio abortion clinic has closed. Note the hilarious bias in the article:

    A pregnancy services provider that lists non-surgical abortion among its services has shut its doors in Lima, but as of now, it’s unclear whether the closure is temporary or permanent.

    The Capital Care Network Lima office had its front door locked, lights off and curtains pulled shut Wednesday afternoon.

    Several calls made to the Lima and Columbus offices went unanswered — many of the calls would not go through.

    The wide range of pregnancy services that “pregnancy services provider” Capital Care Network Lima provided included abortion, abortion, abortion, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and abortion counseling.

  • Avik Roy attempts to imagine what a middle ground on abortion would look like.

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  • Mark Tooley discusses the United Methodist Church’s position on abortion and his hope that they’ll eventually change:

    Last year’s United Methodist General Conference was prepared to accept a committee recommendation to withdraw from the abortion coalition until a legislative logjam and liberal maneuvers prevented a floor vote. In 2000, the United Methodist Church did oppose partial-birth abortion and has over the years backed other limits on abortion. But the church agencies belonging to the abortion coalition remain uncompromisingly pro-abortion rights. For Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary, they expressed no sadness over the more than 50 million abortions since 1973.

  • Gregg Cunningham responds to an essay calling on pro-lifers to stop using graphic images of abortion:

    Of course pictures are not a panacea. Many women so harden their hearts that no influence can reverse their decision to abort. But attributing their abortion decisions to abortion photos is a contention for which there exists not a shred of credible evidence.

    I have never heard anyone say “I never accepted abortion until I saw a picture of it.” I have heard countless people say “I always accepted abortion until I saw a picture of it.” The pro-life movement is sadly ignoring the lessons we should take from multiple studies which have repeatedly shown that stomach-churning, nightmare-inducing pictures are an effective means of reducing smoking. We know experientially that abortion photos also reduce abortion.

[Graphic via akroncentenaryumc.org]

Wanted, dead or alive: Children for Obama to use as political pawns

It gets redundant pointing out President Obama’s hypocrisy when it comes to his concern for children.

Yesterday, in the wake of the Newtown massacre, Obama used four children as props to sign 23 executive orders to theoretically curb gun violence….

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In signing his EOs Obama stated:

This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe.  This is how we will be judged…. [W]hen it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now . . . .

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association is being criticized for a new ad pointing out the hypocrisy of Obama and Washington elitists when it comes to protecting their own children as opposed to ours…

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Recall Obama also used a boy as a prop when he signed Obamacare into law….

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Obama has even used his daughters’ future sexual habits, along with his future theoretically aborted grandchildren, to promote comprehensive sex ed, saying in 2008

I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.  I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.

… and to promote government funding of Planned Parenthood in 2012

Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards.

Beyond creepy, that’s perverse.

Of course, everyone in the pro-life movement knows this is the same man who supports suctioning the brains out of half-delivered children and crushing their skulls during partial-birth abortions.

In fact, Obama supports all late-term abortions. In fact, Obama supports everything about every abortion and opposes anything about any attempt to curb it.

And should a baby survive one of those late-term abortions, Obama supports killing her, too, as Allan Favish detailed in The American Thinker, and as I well know.

Favish poignantly pointed out:

The babies who were left to die after surviving abortions, for whom Obama worked to deny protection, are in heaven along with the children who were murdered in Newtown.

The babies may be wondering why Obama’s words at the Newtown prayer vigil and today in the District of Columbia do not apply to them.

At the prayer vigil, Obama read the names of the murdered Newtown children.  I don’t know how many of the babies who survived abortions and were left to die were given names.  I don’t know if Obama would care.

Obama only cares for children insofar as he can exploit them for political gain. If protecting them helps, fine. And if killing them helps, fine.

Pro-life blog buzz 8-31-12

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Wesley J. Smith notes that the Democratic Party’s abortion platform is extreme, even for the majority of Democrats:

    While solid majorities of Democrats back some limitations on abortion — 59 percent would ban partial-birth abortions, for example, and 60 percent endorse a mandatory waiting period — the official position of their party is that even common-sense restrictions are unthinkable….

    If Obamacare remains in effect, eventually Congress will revoke the abortion restrictions currently in the law. Then, we’ll see a “Free Abortion Rule,” patterned after the Free Birth Control Rule.

  • Moral Outcry describes how Planned Parenthood reveals its true motive – money – in email fundraising campaigns to support its lobbying and highly-paid employees. Do PP’s supporters know they aren’t actually supporting “women’s health” when they give to the PP Action Fund?

  • Secular Pro-Life points to a rogue writer at the Huffington Post who apparently forgot to stick to the “Men are irrelevant after sex” meme:

    Most men, however, are not rapists and do not support rape. Most men are sons and brothers and fathers and friends; not only do they love the women in their lives, but they would go to great lengths to protect them. Their daily lives and very existence are deeply and inextricably intertwined with women around them. Including the men whose values don’t align with mine.

    These men deserve a place at the table, if not a veto, then at least a vote [on reproductive policy].

  • The Passionate Pro-Lifer notes America’s selective outrage when it comes to child sexual abuse. The Penn State and Catholic Bishops’ cover-ups are looked upon with disdain, while Planned Parenthood is paid “more than $1 million a day… [and] probably covers up more sexual abuse of children than any other institution in the United States. Evidence is overwhelming.”

  • ProWomanProLife comments on an eye-opening story in Slate that celebrates lust, selfishness, and abortion – Jewish-style:

    It’s a story of selfishness. It’s a story of how oxytocin changes abilities to reason. It’s a story of what we are told we can do. And then some women go out and do it. And some blog about it, and compare their choice to kill their lentil-sized baby with deeply significant religious events like Passover that do not celebrate what she thinks they celebrate. Then trendy magazines like Slate give a forum for such articles and the author feels satisfied that she is a real artist.

  • New Feminism writes about “ComKids,” or “commercially created children” and what their rights should be in a society that has turned children into creations to be obtained at any cost.

  • John Smeaton stands in defense of Northern Ireland politician Jim Wells (pictured left), who is waging the pro-life battle against the rape, conception, and abortion issues in his own country:

    Rape is traumatic, but to argue that aborting a child conceived through rape undoes that trauma ignores that abortion, too, is an act of violence. Of 200,000 babies aborted in Britain annually, less than 1% are conceived through rape…. Today, [I am] proud to work with Jim Wells and other politicians who believe a child’s right to exist does not depend on the circumstances of his, or her, conception.

  • Timmerie’s Blog rejoices at the Republican Party’s platform on the sanctity of human life:

    Opposition to the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm (YES!)”

  • Pro-Life Action League posts about two different grandmothers. One was falsely accused of touching someone during a prayer vigil outside Chicago’s Albany Medical/Surgical Center – on a day she wasn’t even there. The other is the mother of Tonya Reaves, who is suing after her daughter died aborting her second child at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.
  • ProLife NZ says New Zealand’s pro-abortion group, ALRANZ, is busy making public statements attempting to “[sell] the general public the myth that NZ desperately needs liberal abortion laws – definitely nothing that actually resembles a coherent logical argument for why aborting an unborn human being should be considered an ethically acceptable thing to endorse or carry out.”

[Photos via agendani.com and The National Archives]

Pro-life news brief 8-28-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • There really must be something in the records of Planned Parenthood in Kansas as they’ve asked for the records back. We know it’s not patient privacy Planned Parenthood is concerned with, it’s covering up their willingness to not report statutory rape.
  • In the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is disappointed that the President and the Democratic party have focused so much on the hard cases of abortion and failed to make an argument for why abortion should be generally available:

    But as framed by Democrats and the President, the current debate about abortion—centered as it is around rape victims and the health exception — put women in the position of supplicants, seeking permission to end their pregnancies. Most people, fortunately, think there are circumstances where that permission should be granted. But true freedom is not freedom to ask permission — it’s freedom to make a decision. That’s what pro-choice really means, and it would be healthy for abortion-rights supporters to say so clearly and often.

  • Jeff Jacoby notes something that anyone with any political sense knows but is often hidden by the media – both major parties have positions on abortion which aren’t middle of the road:

    The 2012 platform, in language recycled from 2008, vows to “oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine” the availability of abortion. While solid majorities of Democrats back some limitations on abortion – 59 percent would ban partial-birth abortions, for example, and 60 percent endorse a mandatory waiting period – the official position of their party is that even common-sense restrictions are unthinkable.

In 2000, the Democratic platform said the party’s goal was “to make abortion less necessary and more rare.” The 2004 platform declared, “Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.” But even calling for abortion to be “rare” is now too much for the Democrats’ platform committee, which deleted the word in 2008. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Nancy Keenan [pictured above left], the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, is a committee member.

  • The Telegraph has a piece on international couples coming to the U.S. and paying big bucks for sex-selection IVF. Notice the dehumanization in the article where the author claims “eggs” go through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis:

    He said women first attended Londonclinics which were affiliated with Fertility Institutes, where they were given drugs to stimulate egg production, before flying to the US for the rest of the treatment.Eggs are then collected, fertilised in the test tube, and then screened for genetic abnormalities and gender using a now well established technique called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)….

    He admitted clients from some countries were almost exclusively interested in boys. Demand from China – currently under pressure to revoke its controversial one child policy – was 98 per cent for boys, he said, while from India it was 97 per cent.

[Photo via kctv5.com]

Superbug: Gonorrhea soon untreatable

Guest post by Dustin Siggins

Over the last two generations, the political and cultural left has changed the way many Americans view relationships, sex, and children. With about 1.2 million abortions per year, divorce rates at around 50%, and out-of-wedlock birth rates at record highs, one could easily believe they are winning.

However, even humans can’t beat natural law and reality. Marriage, which is mostly a college-educated, upper-income phenomenon these days, offers many benefits “shacking up” does not. Abortion, long claimed to “help” women, is increasingly shown to be done for so-called “elective” reasons, even for partial-birth abortions.

And now the Centers for Disease Control is proving the Catholic Church, LDS Church, Baptists, and other socially conservative institutions correct on abstinence until marriage. From USA TODAY, August 9:

Federal health officials took steps Thursday to head off the emergence of a new gonorrhea “superbug” that’s resistant to standard antibiotics.

Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease that infects 700,000 Americans a year, already has become resistant to all but one class of antibiotics and could soon become untreatable, federal health officials warned. Doctors at the CDC issued new treatment guidelines, hoping to delay the inevitable day when standard drugs no longer work….

“Gonorrhea for years has developed resistance to every antibiotic we’ve thrown at it,” says Kimberly Workowski, an infectious-disease expert at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Now, “we’re at the end of the line on standard therapies,” says P. Frederick Sparling, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

I first heard about this from Megan McArdle’s blog back in February.

At the time, McArdle wrote that while she was “not arguing that we’d return to pre-sixties morality,” it should be noted that “[p]eople have gotten used to thinking of pharmaceutical development as a wonder-drug factory that can pop out treatments on demand…. But that’s not actually how it works…. Once chlamydia or gonorrhea develop resistance to the antibiotics we have, there’s no guarantee that we’ll get new ones that treat them. And safe sex never became as common [warning: link rated R] as educators and activists had hoped.”

Thankfully, syphilis is still susceptible to penicillin, though that’s not guaranteed to continue, as it’s showing resistance to other antibiotics.  Still, the next few decades seem like a great time to be monogamous.”

Why is this so critical? According to USA TODAY, gonorrhea is devastating to many communities, especially women, gay and bisexual men, and blacks:

Gonorrhea is a major cause of infertility among women. It increases the risk that people will be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and that they will spread it to their partners, according to the CDC….

Doctors are already seeing the beginnings of drug resistance on the West Coast, especially in gay and bisexual men, Philip says….

Gonorrhea increases the risk of a dangerous condition called ectopic pregnancy, when a fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tubes, rather than the uterus. It also can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to infertility. Gonorrhea also can harm newborn children of untreated mothers, although this rarely happens in developed countries such as the USA, where women and babies receive preventive screening and care, Workowski says. People can protect themselves by being monogamous and using condoms.

The concentration of gonorrhea cases among the poor is especially evident in African Americans in the South, with infection rates 30 times higher in Mississippi than in Wyoming, according to the CDC.

Yet in all of this bad news, McArdle and the Workowski note one very important factor in not getting gonorrhea: monogamy. When added to the data regarding the rate of divorce, quality of marriage, length and quality of life, and other secular logic in addition to STI prevention, it appears monogamy (and, especially, abstinence) are indeed the way to go.

Maybe social conservatives aren’t so backwards, after all.

Dustin Siggins is a policy and politics blogger who regularly contributes to HotAir.comHotAir.com’s Green Room, Race42012.com, and RightWingNews.com. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book on the national debt with William Beach of The Heritage Foundation.

Life Links 1-26-12

web grab.jpgby JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

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

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