Archive for the ‘Abortion’ Category

Media frenzy follows Pope Francis’s ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Abortion made national news again yesterday as Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation called “Gaudete et Exsultate.”

Here’s one paragraph from the document:

“Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development.”

If reporters stopped reading there, there wouldn’t have been a story because the media rarely reports the pope’s statements in defense of life.

But this paragraph followed, and with it came some gleeful media misinterpretation:

“Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and the elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.”

The headlines that followed were so remarkably similar, it got me wondering if Planned Parenthood had written them:

NPR:Caring For Migrants Is As Important As Opposing Abortion, Pope Says

NY Times:Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing

CNN:Pope Francis says helping the poor and migrants is as important as opposing abortion

Wall Street Journal:Pope Says Fighting Poverty Is as Essential as Opposing Abortion

Reuters:Fighting social injustice as important as fighting abortion: pope

Catholic and pro-life news outlets took a more comprehensive look at the entire document, not just those two paragraphs, and I’m grateful that the National Catholic Register let me chime in with my two cents. You can read my commentary here. 

Please feel free to share and comment!

 

 

 

Posted in Abortion, Catholic Church, Faith |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

New study bolsters claims that abortion-pill reversal works

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Priests for Life medical advisor Dr. George Delgado today published a new study on the abortion-pill reversal process that tracked women who changed their minds about abortion after taking the first pill. Of the 547 women who took progesterone within 72 hours of taking mifepristone, the first pill in the RU-486 regimen, 257 had healthy babies.

Another 57 women changed their minds again and took the second pill, misoprostol, to complete the abortion. Four women dropped out of the study after the 20th week of pregnancy.

The story in the Washington Post found its reporter bending over backwards to make sure readers understand Dr. Delgado’s work is motivated by his pro-life beliefs, and yet she did find a pro-abortion physician to begrudgingly admit what we already know: Abortion-pill reversal works!

Dr. Daniel Grossman is a professor at the University of California at San Francisco who has been critical of abortion-pill reversal, labeling it “spurious science” in a story he co-authored last year in The Guardian. The headline of that story called the reversal process “the latest sham from anti-choice activists.”

But now he believes, according to the Washington Post, that “it makes some biological sense” to flood a mother’s body with progesterone to block the action of mifepristone.

(Grossman continues to insist the only way to really know that the progesterone protocol works is to study it “in a rigorous way.” Translated, that means giving some women who are hoping to save their babies a placebo instead of progesterone. I don’t know a single pro-life physician who would be part of such a trial.)

Another story on Dr. Delgado’s new study can be found in Pregnancy Help News.

Priests for Life has been involved in abortion-pill reversal since 2007, when Dr. Matt Harrison, another of our medical advisors, relied on prayer and progesterone to perform the first known reversal. As Dr. Delgado and his colleague Dr. Mary Davenport developed a formal protocol for the procedure, we hosted a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in January 2015 to call attention to a reversal kit available to physicians.

A young couple and their month-old son Gabriel spoke at the event. The mom, Andrea, told of taking that first pill at a Planned Parenthood even though she was pretty sure even then she didn’t want to do it. With her family’s help, she found her way to AbortionPillReversal.com and was directed to a doctor nearby who opened her office on a weekend to begin the progesterone treatments.

Gabriel is now 3 years old and his grateful parents got married several months ago. Facebook photos show a precious boy with a giant smile who loves to dance. The abortion-pill reversal saved his life.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion pill reversal, RU-486 |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

Posted in Abortion, Fetal pain, Parental Consent, Second-trimester abortion |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Abortion fatalities, Health Care, Planned Parenthood |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Abortion fatalities, Family, Planned Parenthood, Second-trimester abortion, Women's Health |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

 

 

Posted in Abortion Complications, abortion survivors, Maternal mortality, Women's Health | 2 Comments »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

 

Posted in Abortion, Fetal pain, Late-term abortion, Maternal mortality, Perinatal hospice, Women's Health |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

Posted in Abortion, Beyonce, Celebrities | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.”

 

Posted in Abortion, Catholic Church, Christianity, Easter, Mother Angelica | 7 Comments »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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.

Posted in Abortion, abortion survivors, Silent No More Awareness | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.