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The Jane Doe case is not over yet

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

 

Although it is too late to save the life of an undocumented immigrant’s baby, and too late to spare the 17-year-old mom from the remorse and regret that follows abortion, the Trump administration is not walking away from the case.

As reported today by the Daily Caller, the Department of Justice has asked the  U.S. Supreme Court to sanction the lawyers for the ACLU who represented the girl, known as Jane Doe.

After the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the teenager from Central America could abort her child at nearly 16 weeks, attorneys for the government said they would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Before they could do that, however, the girl was taken for the abortion that ended her child’s life.

The ACLU, NARAL and other pro-aborts celebrated the decision on social media using the hashtag #JusticeforJane. But pro-lifers took over the trending hashtag, pointing out the inhumanity of cheering the death by dismemberment of a tiny and blameless human being.

The Justice Department wants the decision vacated and the attorneys sanctioned. It won’t bring Jane’s baby back, but it would be nice to see a little justice in this case.

In case you missed it, here’s a piece I wrote for the Daily Caller on the day Jane Doe’s child died.

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Planned Parenthood gets failing grade in Missouri as new abortion law is passed

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Missouri has just passed a new abortion law that will, among other things, allow for surprise inspections of abortion businesses.

It couldn’t have come at a better time.

During an inspection in May of a Planned Parenthood abortion business in St. Louis, inspectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services discovered that employees were violating health standards where hand-washing is concerned and were not reporting abortion complications – as mandated.

Also, the inspection found that the facility, which performs 270 abortions per month, failed to indicate in its bylaws who’s in charge if the administrator is not present. Staff was also seen improperly disinfecting bloody surfaces and apparently couldn’t figure out how to keep their oxygen tanks clean.

Some “lowlights” of the report:

“Based on nationally recognized standards, policy review, record review, observation, and interview, the facility failed to:

  • Ensure staff followed current acceptable standards of practice for hand hygiene;
  • Transport soiled instrument in a covered, leak-proof container labeled with a bio-hazard label to indicate potentially infectious objects;
  • Follow manufacturers’ recommendation for use of germicidal wipes; and
  • Ensure a sanitary environment was preserved by providing intact (free of holes) and easily cleanable surfaces (free of rust) that will not harbor bacteria and transmit infections.

Also, a check of the oxygen tanks in the procedure rooms found that they were “soiled and had adhesive residue with dirt stuck on the tanks.” Staff complained that wiping them down just didn’t get them clean.

Inspectors also watched as employees would work with patients with their gloves on, then work on medical records, rub their noses and look at their cell phones, and then fail to wash their hands after removing the gloves.

And since this is Planned Parenthood, where the arrogance is thick, medical director David Eisenberg asked if hand-washing after taking off gloves is a new procedure and wanted to know who came up with it! For future reference, he should know that the regulation comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control in a 2002 policy, “Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health Settings.”

In another show of arrogance, the facility failed to file post-abortion complication reports, as mandated by law. The reason? Administrators don’t really like that law.

From the report:

“The facility had become fully aware of the complication report requirement in the last few months, and had discussed the issue internally, but wanted a clearer definition of complication before they would comply.”

This is outrageous but it’s the kind of thing Planned Parenthood and other abortion profiteers get away with on a regular basis. Thanks to Operation Rescue and St. Louis pro-lifers, we know that at least 65 women have left that Planned Parenthood in ambulances since 2009. But how badly they were injured is not known, because Planned Parenthood considers itself above the law and doesn’t file reports.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and the Legislature deserve kudos for the law that was just enacted. Greitens called lawmakers back into a special session after their summer recess began because he wanted action on abortion.

While the media was reporting on how much the special session cost the state, pro-life politicians were working to ensure that women who make the tragic choice to end the lives of their children don’t end up buried along with them, like two Planned Parenthood patients have in recent years. Cree Erwin died in July 2016 after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, while Tony Reaves died in July 2012 after a Planned Parenthood in Chicago injured her so badly that she bled to death.

The new law in Missouri – passed and signed as Planned Parenthood makes plans to open several new abortion businesses in the state – requires that abortionists themselves counsel women about risks 72 hours before an abortion is performed, allows for unannounced inspections of abortion businesses, and adds protection for whistleblowers who report shoddy or unsafe medical practices to health officials.

The law also requires that ambulances dispatched to abortion businesses must have lights and sirens on. Abortionists frequently request no lights or sirens in the hope that no one will notice that they have hurt another woman.

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Sad anniversary: Tonya Reaves died after Planned Parenthood abortion 5 years ago

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Today is the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of Tonya Reaves, a 24-year-old mom of a 1-year-old who went to a Planned Parenthood in Chicago for an abortion. Abortionist Mandy Gittler went into that poor woman’s womb three times that day, and finally sent her to the hospital, where an uncontrolled bleed was discovered. I wrote more about Tonya’s death, and the questions that still surround it, in the Daily Caller. Please have a look.

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Filthy Akron abortion business closes

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Our friends at Operation Rescue and Right to Life of Northeast Ohio are reporting that the Akron Women’s Medical Group has quietly closed its doors. Alleluia!

At AbortionDocs.org, Operation Rescue reports on the botched abortions and filthy conditions there. But the name rang a bell for me for another reason. In 2013, a young woman went for an abortion there after a doctor told her she needed to kill her baby to save her own life. Weeks after the abortion, she found she was still pregnant. She survived the pregnancy, delivered a healthy baby girl and served the abortion business with a lawsuit. I wrote about that here.

More than a year later, the mom, Ariel Knights, dropped the suit. National Right to Life News reports extensively on that here.

I thank God that the abortionist was so inept that the baby lived, and that finally, the assembly line of death has closed in Akron. When abortion businesses closed, lives are saved.

 

 

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Montana bill calls for delivery – not abortion – for babies at 24 weeks or later

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Montana is considering a new law that would require physicians to deliver babies who are at or past 24 weeks’ gestation and then make every effort to say their lives.

The pro-abortion crowd is, of course, up in arms about this, but I see this law as not only protecting babies, but giving mothers a choice.

Montana already outlaws abortion after 24 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger, so this law would encourage doctors to think of their pregnant patients not as one person, but two. If the mother’s life is in jeopardy and ending the pregnancy would save her, then giving birth to a live baby would save both of their lives.

Montana also requires doctors to provide medical care and emergency treatment to infants born alive at any stage of gestation, even after abortion. The new law would merely substitute delivery for abortion for babies at 24 weeks or later.

What’s to oppose? It seems the law would only apply to those moms carrying “wanted” babies, whose own health became imperiled late in the pregnancy. These moms, if given the choice, would almost certainly choose life.

If the baby lives but the mom decides, for whatever reason, that she can’t parent this child, Montana also has a safe haven law that allows babies to be dropped off at certain locations where the baby will be cared for until they find an adoptive home or are placed in the foster system.

All of this, even if not perfect, is better than abortion, for both mother and child.

An abortion at 24 weeks is done by dilating a mother’s cervix until it is open enough to receive a clamp that will then bring the pieces of her child out one at a time – an arm, a leg, the ribcage, the tiny face. Sometimes the baby has been killed first with a shot of digoxin to the heart, but not always. This is done under general anesthesia for the mom, and it can result in serious injury to the cervix or uterus.

Third-trimester abortions are performed by inducing labor after killing the child. So even a mother who opts for abortion will have to go through some form of labor and delivery. What mother of a wanted child would choose a dead baby over a living child with a chance at a full and meaningful life?

Montana’s bill is already doomed because Gov. Steve Bullock has said he will veto it if it reaches his desk. But the fact that the pro-abortion faction is opposing it should be illustrative. They are not interested in choice. The perfect end to every pregnancy, to this crowd, is an abortion.

And a final word to those who say the effort and expense of saving these “micro-preemies” is not worth it, read some stories of women who gave birth at 24 weeks and then decide.

An abortion at 24 weeks is a barbaric and horrible ordeal for the baby, who is literally torn limb from limb. It is also an ordeal for the mother, who has to spend two to three days having her cervix slowly dilated as she continues to carry the baby she will never meet.

You can go to the abortiontestimony.com to read stories of women who have experienced abortion and how they were damaged physically and psychologically.  Their experience trumps the rhetoric of the pro-abortion lobbyists and politicians.

 

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No one is talking about Beyonce’s “fetus bump”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Have you heard the news? Beyonce is pregnant with two fetuses!

It’s likely you have heard that the singer and her husband Jay Z are expecting twins. But in a mainstream media that can almost never bring itself to describe unborn children as anything more than fetuses, even the abortion-friendly New York Times and Huffington Post are reporting the “baby news” and describing Beyonce’s Instagrammed “baby bump.”

On Twitter, the announcement that big sister Blue Ivy was going to have company prompted a half-million Tweets in 45 minutes, and of the hundreds I read, no one was discussing Beyonce’s fetuses. (Except me: I sent out a Tweet noting that no one ever calls it a “fetus bump,”  to which someone with the handle @devilonmylap  responded that he supports abortion and wishes my parents did, too, so they could have aborted me. )

A blogger for Slate did ridiculously suggest that perhaps the couple would never have gotten pregnant again if they had known Donald Trump was going to win the presidency. But while I’m not a fan of Beyonce, I’m pretty sure her desire for more children was not dictated by who would occupy the Oval Office.

Beyonce lost her first baby to miscarriage, and it was a devastating loss.

A blog on Philly.com notes this excerpt from a 2013 HBO documentary on the singer.

“About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life,” Knowles said in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, at the time. “I flew back to New York to get my check up — and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”

The star went on to write her song “Heartbeat” about the miscarriage, which she called “the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.”

As a mother of twins myself, I wish Beyonce a happy and healthy pregnancy and a safe and uncomplicated birth. And as a pro-life advocate, I urge everyone who is delighting in Beyonce’s news to consider for a moment what an unwanted child in the womb of a stranger has in common with Beyonce’s twins, and with all of us: We are all human beings, and we all have a right to life.

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Remembering Mother Angelica

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

In 1994, just a year after taking the reins of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone was invited to speak at several events in Birmingham. While he was there, arrangements were made for him to be on EWTN’s live show with Mother Angelica.

Father Frank always wore the “Precious Feet” pin that model the feet of a baby at 10 weeks’ gestation, and I had suggested to him, some time before this appearance on EWTN, that we should glue pink and blue ribbons to the pin. So Father Frank and Mother were in the midst of a conversation on the show, when Mother interrupted him and asked about the pin. “You need new ribbons,” she asserted, “they’re faded.” Her trademark laugh followed, and then she was back on point with their previous conversation.

The next day, the two of them had a private meeting in Mother’s office. With her characteristic bluntness, she said, “The network needs a pro-life show. Would you do it?” Of course Father Frank said yes! Then Mother picked up the phone and said to whoever was on the line, “We’re going to have a show with Father Frank. Make it happen.”

That’s how it was with Mother Angelica. If she wanted you on the air, you were on the air. If she felt a comment needed making, she made it. She was totally led by the Holy Spirit.

Our first season of “Defending Life” aired in 1995 and in the 21 years since, we have featured scores of pro-life ministries on the show and raised awareness of the pro-life cause in ways that just wouldn’t have been possible if Mother Angelica had not opened that door.

I remember another time, it was still in the 90s, when Father Frank and I were at EWTN taping “Defending Life.” He was on the live show again, and as I was waiting I walked into a reception area and found Mother Angelica there. She told me about land she had just purchased in Hanceville, about an hour away from EWTN in Irondale. The property was a former soybean farm, and it was just acres and acres of nothing. But she envisioned a monastery, with a church big enough for an eight-foot monstrance.

Her vision was fulfilled in 1999 when the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament opened in Hanceville, with an eight-foot monstrance in the chapel.

The monastery was beautiful, and I understood Mother Angelica’s desire to get her cloistered sisters away from the hustle and bustle of EWTN, but the truth is I also miss seeing them, and her, when I go there four times a year to tape our shows. It was inspirational to see them at Mass and to hear their singing, and in and around the set, there was always a chance to catch a glimpse of her. They were spiritual, special years.

I was very fortunate to have a chance to visit her at the monastery in 2000. I was at EWTN and one of our guests on “Defending Life” and I received permission to visit one of the sisters and while we were there, Mother Superior let us know that Mother Angelica would like to come out to greet us. Through the iron grate that separated the sisters from the rest of the world, she shook my hand and it was a truly mystical, spiritual moment. In her presence, I felt the very near presence of God.

“May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.”

 

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Missing from the family portrait: “The Leftovers” and abortion

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

HealingtheShockwavesLogo       On an otherwise normal day in October, 2 percent of the world’s population disappears in an instant. That’s the premise of the HBO show “The Leftovers,” which began its second season this week. Throughout the show’s depressing first season, I couldn’t help but comparing the “departure,” as the event is known, to abortion. Abortion has caused the departure of more than 17 percent of Americans, so that’s not the similarity. The show doesn’t spend much time trying to figure out where these lost 2 percenters have gone. Instead, the focus is on how those left behind are carrying on without them. That’s where I see abortion’s ghost. One first season episode slaps viewers right in the face with its abortion plot device. Laurie, a well-to-do psychiatrist with a healthy family – dad is the police chief, a teenage son and daughter seem well-adjusted – has become so damaged by the departure that she joins a strange cult known as the Guilty Remnant, whose mission is to remind everyone of what they have lost. Three-quarters of way through the season, by the time we are sure her family remained intact, we discover that on that fateful day, Laurie was at her ob-gyn’s office making a decision about whether or not to abort her late-in-life unplanned pregnancy. And then the departure happened, and the baby on the ultrasound screen is gone. Laurie suffered from post-abortion guilt without even having an abortion. But her guilt stems, in my opinion, from being willing to lose this child, while all around her are heartbroken parents who would do anything to have their departed children returned. One main character, Nora, lost her whole family – husband and two kids – and is only brought back from the brink when she finds a baby in the season one finale. But Sunday night’s season opener, which brought us all the way back to Cro Magnon man to demonstrate the fierce bond between mother and child, also brought a new title sequence, one that all but bowled me over. It illustrates exactly what we’ve been saying since January through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative: Abortion impacts a wide circle of victims. The sequence shows a montage of family portraits, but in each one, the “departed” is seen as a ghostly spectre. Life goes on, but that missing family member is always missed, and mourned. The same is true of abortion. The child who is lost is never forgotten by those who know about the abortion. But even those who don’t know about the abortion sense the loss of that child. We know that because so many people who have learned they had siblings, grandchildren or other close relatives killed by abortion have told us that they always felt a loss they couldn’t quite define.   Abortion has caused much more of an upheaval in our society than the departure. But you will never see a show on HBO about it. Learn more about this wider circle of victims at www.abortionshockwaves.com.

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Who Funded the Study?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The six authors of a recently published research paper titled “Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study” asserted that “the authors have declared that no competing interest exists.”

That is a blatant lie.

All six of them are on the faculty of or otherwise associated with the pro-abortion University of California San Francisco, its pro-abortion Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and the organization ANSIRH – Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. None of them has ever published a study that painted abortion in an unfavorable light. At least one of the authors has been a paid consultant to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The “Decision Rightness”study was funded by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, which has also granted money to NARAL, the ACLU and seemingly every group they could find with the word “choice” in its name: Medical students, law student, physicians, nurses, etc.

Another grant was received by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing population. From the foundation website: The Population and Reproductive Health program seeks to promote women’s reproductive health and rights and to stabilize population growth.

The third grant that funded “Decision Rightness” was from an anonymous donor, and after reading the study, I conjured an image of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards writing a personal check. But perhaps she’s being more careful with her $590,000 annual salary these days, now that Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts-for-sale scheme has been exposed.

But back to the study.

This latest exercise in proving that abortion is fabulous followed 667 women for three years after their abortions, checking in by phone twice every year, and sending them each a $50 gift card after each conversation. The conclusion: “Women experienced decreasing emotional intensity over time, and the overwhelming majority of women felt that termination was the right decision for them over three years. Emotional support may be beneficial for women having abortions who report intended pregnancies or difficulty deciding.”

What they’re saying, basically, is that if you’re fine with your abortion decision beforehand, you will be fine after. But at the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and at Rachel’s Vineyard, we beg to differ. Between the two ministries we have been in contact with, ministered to and marched beside more than 3,000 women who not only regret their abortions but do so publicly after going through post-abortion recovery programs.

Many of them speak of an initial feeling of relief that gives way over time – sometimes a decade or more – to much darker emotions and accompanying masking behaviors like alcohol and drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, eating disorders and other problems. Sometimes the child they aborted will be the only one they ever conceive.

Post-abortion healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard and dozens of others would not exist if women were not experiencing emotional turmoil after abortion.

We don’t expect honesty from pro-abortion researchers, and we are not surprised when the pro-abortion mainstream media runs headlines like this one in Time magazine: Hardly Any Women Regret Having an Abortion, a New Study Finds.

But the danger in this skewed research and slanted reporting is that it gives abortion-vulnerable women, especially young women, another reason to make the wrong choice.

We don’t need a study to confirm what we see every day: Women do regret abortion.

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Who stood up for pregnant Chinese teacher? Not Planned Parenthood!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

 

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Those who champion a woman’s “right to choose” should be up in arms about a school teacher in China who had been warned she would lose her job if she didn’t abort her child. Qin Yi is five months pregnant with her second child.

Surely the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which works closely with the Chinese Family Planning Association, would have tried to intervene in – or least comment on – this gross injustice. But there was no indication from the IPPF website that the life of Qin’s baby was even worth noting.

Perhaps the White House, where the resident-in-chief is a staunch supporter of “choice,” got his diplomats in China working to save this couple and their wanted child. But again, we can’t know if this family’s plight was even on President Obama’s radar. Even worse, the United States government might have abetted this macabre scenario.

Last year, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)accused the Obama administration of breaking U.S. laws and aiding China’s forced abortion policies.

According to Smith, who cited the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Obama has given $227 million to a United Nations agency that facilitates the one-child policy, and visas to Chinese officials with ties to brutal acts of forced abortions.

The U.S. prohibits federal funds from flowing to organizations involved in China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies, or allowing foreigners directly involved in its enforcement into the U.S. But Smith says only a handful of abusers have been denied visas.

The Associated Press reported this week that Qin was granted permission to have a child with her husband, Meng Shaoping, in her hometown, even though each of them has a daughter from their previous marriages. But she subsequently was ordered to have an abortion by the end of the month because the province where she is teaching has different rules.

LifeSite News reported Thursday that the couple will now be allowed to have their baby. Thank God! But the circumstances that led to this near-tragedy have not changed.

In late 2013, China eased up on its one-child only policy that, in 34 years not only eliminated siblings in the world’s most populous country but also left the region’s boy-to-girl ratio so lopsided that many Chinese men will never be able to marry. According to a recent report, China was home to 33 million more men than women in 2014.

When the policy change was announced in Beijing, IPPF gushed that it was “an important step towards realising reproductive health and rights for all its citizens” – although not for the hundreds of millions of citizens who had already been deprived of their right to life.

As both Congressman Smith and Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, have pointed out, the easing of the one-child restriction in some areas of China does not mean forced abortion has been relegated to the past.

“The core of the problem is not whether the government is allowing one child or two children,” Ms. Littlejohn told World Net Daily in February. “The government is still telling how many children people can have and is enforcing that limit with coerced abortions. And it’s not clear to me that there are fewer abortions. Women and babies still are dying.”

Women and babies are still dying in China while the United States looks the other way. But I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised: Women and babies are still dying right here at home.

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