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Pro-choicer on CA law: Don’t make pregnancy centers refer for abortion

nolanbrownby Kelli

To be clear, some crisis pregnancy centers can be shady. They have been known to misleadingly portray themselves as full-service women’s health clinics, or to obscure religious affiliations. They may offer discredited info on things like “the link between abortion and depression,” or engage in what some describe as bullying or pressuring women into carrying pregnancies to term.

But the state really shouldn’t be in the business of deciding what completely non-criminal information a private operation may make available. And many businesses and non-profits have owners with religious beliefs that they don’t necessarily broadcast. In other words, you may condemn these pregnancy centers’ tactics or views, but they’re not de facto doing anything illegal. What’s more, they may doing some good: Despite not offering contraception or abortion advice, the centers do offer things like free pregnancy tests, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, ultrasounds, and baby clothes.

If particular centers are engaging in deceptive or fraudulent practices, then by all means, go after them for that. But the point should be making them be honest about what they are, not trying to turn them into something they’re not.

~ Pro-choicer Elizabeth Nolan Brown (pictured), voicing her objections to California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which “would require pregnancy centers to post notices saying that reproductive health services, including abortion, are available to pregnant women in the state,” Reason.com, May 27

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Pro-life blog buzz 4-17-15

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

  • At Women’s Rights without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn shines a light on another problem in China – baby trafficking. 37 babies were recently rescued from a baby-selling ring:

    According to CNN, human traffickers were recruiting pregnant women in the area willing to sell their babies and hid them in the factory until they gave birth. Then, after the women had their babies, they gave the newborns over to the traffickers and left.

    A Chinese police official, Chen Shiqu, said that the incident is a “new criminal pattern” in which child traffickers take pregnant women to a specific place to give birth. Currently, police have 103 people in custody who are suspected of selling or buying children.

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  • The Survivors discuss why they attend the San Diego Earth Fair, despite encountering opposition. Their goal on Sunday, April 19, is to “help bring an end to abortion” by spreading awareness and talking about abortion with the public.
  • Wesley J. Smith has two excellent articles about the slippery slope of assisted suicide, which is taking hold in the medical community. “Do no harm” appears to have gone by the wayside. The first highlights a recent survey which found that high percentages of Dutch physicians “would kill cancer patients, and 1/3 would be willing to euthanize the mentally ill.” The second discusses mental health practitioners’ “radically changing ethics” in favor of “rational suicide” among the healthy elderly.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog writes about the recent interview between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and FOX’s Megyn Kelly in which DWS sticks to the Democratic Party mantra as she defends third trimester abortion.
  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla shares the latest study on Plan B and whether it is an abortifacient – and why it is distributed at Catholic hospitals:

    This study should immediately put to rest the practice of Catholic hospitals to prescribe Plan B to rape victims within their emergency rooms. Such a practice should be ended everywhere.

    If a child may die as a result of a woman taking the Plan B pill, I am not sure how anyone in good conscience could encourage she take it.

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  • ProWomanProLife spotlights a pro-life investigator who uncovered the reasons why a governmental agency in Canada decided to revoke funding for pregnancy care centers:

    Pat Maloney, Canada’s pro-life investigator, uncovered another interesting fact: Remember when Fake Person complained to Trillium, and then Trillium revoked funding to Pregnancy Options and Support Centre in Sarnia?

    Guess who the CEO is of the Ontario Trillium Foundation? Andrea Cohen Barrack [pictured]

    And guess who the Chairperson is of International Planned Parenthood for Canada? Andrea Cohen Barrack

    The one and the same person.

  • Pro-Life Action League rejoices that a video showing a patient being hauled away from an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, ended up saving the life of a baby whose mother was considering an abortion:

    On Friday we learned that a pregnant woman who was considering abortion saw this video. After viewing this video and seeing how little the abortion industry truly cares for women, she chose life for her baby!

    The League is happy to have been a part of saving this life, but we could never have made this video if faithful pro-lifers were not on the scene with cameras to capture the ambulance transport as it happened!

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.

Abortion proponent nails one big reason why the “S.S. Abortion” is sinking

Imani Gandy of RH Reality Check makes a good point: The “S.S. Abortion” is “doomed to forever plugging leaks” as long as its sole focus is on “the legal right to abortion.”

To be sure, S.S. Pro-Life also focuses on the legal right to abortion, blocking it, that is. But we are about so much more than that.

In particular, we support over 3,000 pregnancy care centers across the country.

S.S. Abortion only “helps” women by pointing them to baby torpedo factories.

But more than that, the officers of S.S. Abortion know their industry is extremely lucrative.

JODI-HEADSHOT-8-19-11-_100Take, for example, Imani Gandy’s boss, Jodi Jacobson (pictured right), president and editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check. She’s a comfortable member of the 1%.

In 2012, Jacobson made a cool $179,293, according to RHRC’s 990. That was 13% of its total revenue of $1,382,791.

In 2013, RHRC had a bit of money trouble, it’s total revenue dropping by a little over $200,000 to $1,180,247.

Belt tightening would be in order, no?

No. Jacobson got a nice little raise to $188,272, which amounted to 16% of RHRC’s total revenue.

That’s just one miniscule example, Imani. Your own poop deck stinks.

And you fool yourself if you think the focus will ever be any other than keeping the green flowing.

Word to the wise, Imani. You’re really on the Titanic.

Maryland county forced to pay $375k in legal fees for targeting pregnancy care centers

check Montgomery County Tepayac pregnancy care center pro-life abortion NARALUPDATE, 6/24, 10:40a: More good news! As reported by CBNNews.com today:

A federal district court struck down an Austin, Texas, anti-pregnancy care law that forced pro-life pregnancy care centers to post messages that encourage women to go elsewhere.

Another win for Alliance Defending Freedom and pro-life!

6/19 12:52p: This decision should go a long way in dissuading government bodies from passing unconstitutional ordinances that attempt to muzzle the life-saving work of pregnancy care centers.

Such ordinances may hurt their municipal pocketbooks.

A federal district court has ordered Montgomery County, Maryland, to pay $375,000 in legal fees to Centro Tepayac Silver Spring Women’s Center after the pregnancy care center won its 2010 lawsuit against the county for violating its right to free speech.

The ordinance attempted to force the pregnancy care center to post signage if counselors were nonmedical personnel, while giving a pass to nonmedical counselors at family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood.

The concept for this ordinance was provided by constitutionally-challenged NARAL.

After the ordinance was first introduced in Baltimore in 2009, a few other abortion-obsessed local bodies in Austin (Texas), Montgomery County, New York City, and San Francisco jumped on the bandwagon, only to be stopped in their tracks by pro-life lawsuits, all of which are still pending but have received preliminary affirmation. (Note: While dismissing some of  San Francisco’s First Resort pregnancy care center’s claims, a judge has allowed its “equal protection” claim of viewpoint discrimination to proceed.)

Since the prc ordinance microburst between 2009-11, no other local or county government in the U.S. has been so obtuse as to follow NARAL down the financially painful primrose path.

If NARAL were so sure of its “investigations” and ordinance, it would offer to cover legal expenses. Not.

Tepayac was represented by the great attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom.

Abortion proponents declare “state of emergency” on vanishing access

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A March 6 New York Times article, “Abortion law pushes Texas clinics to close doors,” included a slide show, “Last day for last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande,” referring to one of two Texas abortion mills that closed that day. Above and below are a few of those pictures. Click all photos and graphics to enlarge…

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According to Think Progress, the number of abortion clinics is Texas is down to 19, from 44 as recently as 2011. By September 1 there could be as few as six abortion clinics in the state that meet the new ambulatory surgical center guidelines, hence a “state of emergency” for the lack of access to murder babies.

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But the phenomenon of shuttering abortion clinics isn’t confined to the Lone Star State. As I wrote in a previous post,  abortion clinics have been dropping like flies everywhere. Ninety-three clinics closed in 2013 alone, bringing the total number down to 759 from a high in 1991 of 2,176. According to Operation Rescue, an additional eight abortion clinics in four states have announced they are closing thus far in 2014.

A March 5 American Prospect article lamenting another recent pro-life tactic – stacking state boards of health with like-minded believers – included a rather amazing chart…

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Disregard the fact that Guttmacher blames “anti-choice insurgents” for frightening abortionists out of the business. As even left-leaning Bloomberg News admitted, there are a number of factors – some self-imposed – but none of them fear.

Look instead at the changing abortion landscape. It’s quite something.

Pro-lifers and the rest of the world are slowly seeing the reverse of a perverse social experiment in likely the most watched, influential, and volatile pro-abortion country on the planet. Nowhere else is legalized abortion fought as much as it is here. What happens here on abortion is not only critical here but has a ripple effect.

Particularly in the last three years, pro-lifers have made significant gains throughout the states. See this Guttmacher chart, the title of which says it all: “More abortion restrictions were enacted in 2011-2013 than in the entire previous decade.”

The sudden “clinic crash” in Texas  serves as a reminder that pro-lifers must stand ready to meet the need. Fortunately, there are four times as many pregnancy care centers in the U.S. as there are abortion clinics, and there is also a church in almost every neighborhood.

If it’s true that “nobody likes abortion, dammit,” which I hear all the time, this becomes the time for abortion supporters to join forces with pro-lifers to truly help pregnant mothers in crisis, rather than merely direct them to a place that does what they say they don’t like – because there are fewer and fewer of them.

far-far-awayRather than complain that the drive to kill one’s child is becoming impossibly long and increasingly expensive, or is shifting to a scary place like Mexico, pro-choicers could work with pro-lifers to stop crisis pregnancies before they start.

We pretty much know exactly who stumbles into a crisis pregnancy. According to About.com, “The majority of women with unplanned pregnancies do not live with their partners or have committed relationships. These women realize that in all likelihood they will be raising their child as a single mother.”

Abortion proponents should join pro-lifers in encouraging single women to respect themselves more than to have sex if they are not ready to parent a baby, particularly with a creep who will abandon them if they get pregnant.

That’s how they could do the most good, expend meaningful, productive energy.

New FREE resources for pregnancy care centers

Pregnancy care centers give legs to the pro-life movement, walking the walk.

When abortion proponents accuse us, as they inevitably do, of not caring for children after they are born, we can point to the 4,000 pregnancy care centers across the United States (compared to less than 1,000 abortion clinics).

Pregnancy care centers need all the help we can give them. Here are some new ways to provide them with important tools…

Bella

To date at least 580 babies are known to have been saved from abortion thanks to the acclaimed pro-life movie, Bella.

Now Movie to Movement is making a special offer to help  get this life-saver into every pregnancy care center. For $10, you will get a dvd for yourself, and another copy will be sent FREE to a pcc. Check out details here.

Eggsploitation and Anonymous Fathers Day

The Center for Bioethics and Culture is making the same offer.

Order a copy of either Eggsploitation and/or Anonymous Father’s Day for yourself for $10 each, and CBC will send a copy FREE to your local pcc, church, or library.

Email info@cdc-network.org.

All three of these movies have won major film festival awards and are excellent.

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

You don’t have to google long to see that the abortion lobby wants nothing more than to crush information that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, accusing pregnancy care centers in particular of making this “false claim.”

Now the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer has prepared two powerpoint presentations specifically for pccs:

What NARAL and Planned Parenthood Don’t Tell Women:
Biological Reasons for the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Click here to download and view presentation I
Click here to download the related worksheet for presentation I

Why the U.S. National Cancer Institute Isn’t Reliable:
The Tobacco Analogy

Click here to download and view presentation II
Click here to download the related worksheet for presentation II

Pro-life blog buzz 7-17-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby 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.

  • Live Action notes yet another scandal in the abortion industry – this time from the UK’s National Health Service:

    Breaking news from England has found… doctors caught forging abortion consent forms – before they ever even saw any patients. When investigators mounted a series of raids on abortion clinics, they found doctors routinely pre-signing consent forms, with nurses filling in the patient information later….

    All in all, 14 hospitals have been censured due to these illegal abortions.

    What does this tell us about the attitude of the abortion industry? Both in the U.K. and here in the United States, there is an overwhelming prevalence of extreme disregard for the law. The abortion industry will blatantly break the law time and time again in order to profit off their gruesome business.

  • Americans United for Life’s legal team has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Second Circuit case Children First Foundation v. Fiala, arguing that the state of New York discriminated against the pro-life viewpoint by refusing to issue a Choose Life license plate supporting the work of pregnancy care centers, despite the fact that the foundation “met all necessary guidelines for the plate.”

  • Down on the Pharm notices the Obama campaign may have waded into trashy waters with its attacks on Mitt Romney (pictured left) and Bain Capital’s post-Romney association with Planned Parenthood’s human waste disposal company, Stericycle:

    Obama’s expose of Stericycle’s abortion association is likely to hurt that company far more than it hurts Romney. Who will take out Planned Parenthood’s “trash” now? Perhaps the Obama campaign should have thought of Planned Parenthood’s medical waste compliance issues before it decided to bust Stericycle by driving off the legitimate portions of its business.

  • The Anti-Abortion Gang spots an interesting article in Slate which seems to find not-so-pro-choice terms like “baby-in-progress” acceptable when it comes to determining paternity and paternal responsibility during pregnancy.
  • Fletcher Armstrong is looking for pro-lifers willing to drive Truth Trucks in key states during the election season, specifically Florida, Virginia, Colorado, and Iowa.
  • Culture Campaign follows the possible precedent-setting case of a Virginia waitress who alleges she was fired because she refused her employer’s requests to have an abortion.
  • Judie Brown points out how Planned Parenthood has successfully gained a societal advantage by using “reproductive wordplay”:

    After years of working at forming public opinion through early and frequent brainwashing in the classrooms of America, Planned Parenthood has succeeded in influencing public policies that confirm its belief that anything having to do with conceiving a child is a mechanical function of the body and nothing more.

    It is very clear that “reproductive choice” is the national raison d’être for deadly practices that treat men and women more like machines than the people God created them to be. If we are to stop Planned Parenthood, we must stop its influence—and we can only do that by changing the way people think about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

  • Big Blue Wave posts a comedic video regarding the stifling of free pro-life speech at Auckland University:

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