Archive for the ‘Abortion Complications’ Category

How many women must die before abortion is recalled?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

abortion-kills-33-week-pregnant-maryland-woman1[1]

General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary T. Barra has put herself in the spotlight as she deals with the fallout of a long overdue recall and 12 senseless deaths.

On Tuesday in Detroit, Ms. Barra answered questions from reporters about the faulty ignition switches that some company officials knew about for 10 years without taking action. Twelve deaths have been linked to the ignition switches, which could shut off the engine and disable the airbags if bumped or if a heavy key chain was attached to the ignition key. Last month, GM recalled 1.6 million cars because of the defect.

On Monday, GM recalled another 1.5 million vehicles to fix a variety of other safety defects.
Even those these recalls came too late, the company is taking the right action now. As drivers, we understand that the open road is full of risks, but as consumers, we don’t expect the product we purchased to be the thing that kills us.

Unless we’re talking about abortion and contraception. In those cases, the women who die are just the cost of doing business for a multi-billion industry. Five women have died, that we know of, in the last four and-a-half years after choosing a “safe and legal” abortion. Their babies, of course, died as well, but those deaths were planned.

In November 2009, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, didn’t plan to die when she sought an abortion at Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors, but she did, and her death helped expose the true nature of the legal abortion industry.

Alexandra Nunez, 38, told her four children she was having dental work in January 2010, but instead she went for an abortion at A1 Medicine in Queens, a one-stop abortion and plastic surgery center. The abortionist severed her artery, and she died later in Elmhurst Hospital.

Tonya Reaves, 24, may have thought she was in good hands when she sought a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago area Planned Parenthood in July 2012. The organization gets $1.5 million a day in tax money and enjoys the support of politicians and entertainers; it had to be safe, right? But the abortionist there let Ms. Reaves, the mother of a young son, bleed to death for five hours before calling an ambulance, and by then it was too late. Recently Planned Parenthood agreed to pay her family $2 million in hush money and no sanctions were taken against the doctor or the staff.

Jennifer Morbelli, 29, might not have known LeRoy Carhart’s troubled history when she and her husband and parents traveled to his Germantown, Md. clinic in February 2013. Mrs. Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant with a very “wanted” daughter, whom they had already named Madison Leigh. But some doctor along the way diagnosed a seizure disorder for Madison and the abortion that followed killed both the baby and her mother.

Just days later and not far away, Maria Santiago, 38, lost her life in a shoddy abortion clinic – since closed – in Baltimore.

Where is the outcry for these women and hundreds of others killed by legal abortion? Where are the Congressional subpoenas and the calls for criminal investigation when contraceptives like Yaz and Yasmin, and the diabolical Essure sterilization device kill scores of women? Why are car buyers more important than women?

Abortion is a deadly and dangerous procedure that is neither safe nor rare and should not be legal. It should be recalled from the market. If you agree, please go to RecallAbortion and sign the petition. If you’re on the fence, read my book, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me before you finish the last chapter.

If you’re still not convinced, click here to read a list of the names of other women killed by legal abortion. We know there are many, many more.

Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Contraception, Health Care, Late-term abortion, Women's Health |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Friday, February 28th, 2014

14

This week Rolling Stone Magazine ran a piece that promised readers the truth about abortion. It was written by Lauren Rankin and presented as a news story. But Ms. Rankin is not an unbiased reporter. She is a graduate student who serves on the board of the New Jersey Abortion Access Association, which raises money to buy abortions for women who can’t afford them. They hold bowl-a-thons for abortions. You can’t make this stuff up.

The seven “lies” she sets about “debunking” are based on information available at pregnancy resource centers. This nationwide network of centers – some affiliated with organizations like CareNet or Heartbeat International, and some operating independently or as ministry outreaches – exist solely to provide actual choices to women facing unexpected pregnancies. When pro-aborts talk about “a woman’s right to choose” they only mean her right to choose abortion. But a woman who knocks on the door of one of some 3,000 pregnancy centers in the U.S. will often be given a free ultrasound onsite, but that’s just the beginning. If she’s poor or homeless, she will get help finding a place to live and referrals to agencies – government and charitable – that will help her with finances. Her first visit will lead to a continuing relationship with the people at the center, many of whom are volunteers. They will be with her through her pregnancy and often, accompany her in the birthing room. There will be assistance to get back into school or assist with job opportunities and even rides to doctor’s appointments. Will she be encouraged to choose life? Absolutely. Should we apologize for that? Absolutely not.

About a year ago, a college gymnast showed up at Life Choices Resource Center in Metuchen, N.J. I serve on the board there. She knew from the moment 10 pregnancy tests confirmed her suspicions that she would have her baby. She needed help from Life Choices because she knew that everyone else in her life was going to push her toward abortion. There’s a truth about abortion you won’t read about in Rolling Stone: Many women are coerced by parents, boyfriends, husbands, employers, even guidance counselors and coaches, into abortions they would never have chosen on their own. Had this young woman gone to Planned Parenthood, she would be the mother of a dead child now. Instead, she has a three-month-old son with a full head of black hair and an angelic smile. Which choice was better? You decide.

To rebut Ms. Rankin’s biased advertorial in Rolling Stone, I will now debunk the lies that abortion profiteers and their supporters tell about abortion.

1. Lie: Abortion is not linked to breast cancer. Pro-aborts love to cite a 2003 workshop conducted by the National Institute of Health and a 2009 study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to conclude that abortion has no link to breast cancer. That’s a lie. The 2003 workshop would not allow scientists whose research showed an abortion-breast cancer link to present at the conference. Also, many, many studies, performed before and since the 2009 study, show the so-called ABC link is a reality. In China, where abortion is mandatory for millions of women, a new study found that abortion is “significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer,” and that risk increases with each subsequent abortion. In India, another recent study found that multiple abortions were among the factors that caused an increased risk of breast cancer (oral contraceptives also were on the list). A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a significant increase in aggressive breast cancers in young women, starting in 1976. Although the researchers said they couldn’t pinpoint a cause, they theorized that a sedentary lifestyle could be to blame. But the spike in cancer started three years after abortion became legal everywhere in the country and that can’t be a coincidence. To learn about dozens of additional studies that point to an ABC link, go to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute’s fact sheet.

2. Lie: Abortion is not linked to infertility. As compelling evidence that breast cancer and infertility are not even tangentially related, abortion advocate Rankin offers this quote from the Mayo Clinic web site. “Abortion isn’t thought to cause fertility issues or complications in subsequent pregnancies.” Isn’t thought to cause? In case you’re not convinced, she points to research from the Guttmacher Institute (a kissing cousin of Planned Parenthood that is falsely described as “nonpartisan”) that suggests first-trimester abortion is not harming women’s fertility. Not so fast. Another study from China showed a correlation between first-trimester abortion and subsequent miscarriage. And what I know from my work with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is that botched abortions do lead to loss of fertility or cause women to have hysterectomies. Many women who speak of their abortion regret, like Donna, aborted the only child they would ever conceive.

3. Lie: Women don’t regret their abortions. Rachel’s Vineyard is one of the world’s largest post-abortion healing ministries. Since it began in 1993, it has helped 250,000 women and men heal from their abortion experiences. In 2013 alone, more than 1,000 weekend retreats were held, and the Rachel’s Vineyard model has spread to 49 states and over 70 countries. The retreat is currently offered in 22 languages, with other translations in progress. Rachel’s Vineyard wouldn’t continue to grow if women weren’t dealing with feelings of regret after abortion. Women don’t need the endorsement of the American Psychological Association to validate their feelings. What they need is help dealing with those feelings, and they get help at Rachel’s Vineyard.

4. Lie: Women who see an ultrasound image of their baby have the abortion anyway. The Rolling Stone puff piece pointed to a report of a study that looked at 15,000 women who went to Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles for an abortion. Of those who chose to look at the ultrasound image, most had the abortion anyway. But hang on a second. The lead researcher, Dr. Mary Gatter, was on the Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles senior management team in 2012-2013. The rest of the research team has solid pro-abortion bona fides as well. Randi Zung of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal wouldn’t divulge who funded the study, but it was very likely the same cast of population control characters who ordinarily fund studies that always come out on the side of abortion. So this is the situation: Planned Parenthood and its supporters fund research that is performed by its very own people, and the results favor those who profit from abortion, namely Planned Parenthood. One hand washes the other, and the baby is thrown out with the bath water, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor. Something else to consider: A woman who is on the table for an ultrasound at an abortion clinic is probably not getting out of there with her baby alive, even if she decides to choose life. Tales of women being held down and forcibly aborted are common, and even if force isn’t used, women in this vulnerable state are repeatedly assured that once the “contents of the uterus” are gone, everything will be all right. No abortionist wants to lose a sale.

5. Lie: Abortion is not psychologically damaging to women. This is basically the same lie as number three. Rolling Stone relies on a 2008 statement from the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion that said there’s no evidence that a single abortion causes mental health problems. But in that very same paragraph, it says: “The Task Force found some studies that indicate that some women do experience sadness, grief and feelings of loss following an abortion and some experience ‘clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.’ ” So, in other words, mental health problems. Dr. Vincent Rue, a psychotherapist with more than 30 years’ experience working with people suffering trauma and grief after abortion, first used the phrase “post-abortion syndrome” in 1981 to describe what his patients were experiencing. The pro-abortion medical establishment has been trying to discredit the term ever since. But the syndrome doesn’t have to be officially recognized for it to cause suffering. We see it in our work every day.

6. Lie: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws make abortion unsafe for women. The abortion industry is a master of spin. When Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” was discovered in Philadelphia in 2011, pro-aborts crafted a tale so ridiculous it was hard to imagine reporters would use it in their stories, and yet they did. They insisted that toughening up oversight of abortion clinics was forcing good clinics to close and leaving the worst of them open to kill children and maim their mothers. Gosnell’s clinic had not been inspected in 17 years, even though its deficiencies were well-known and reported to city and state officials. Can you imagine a nail salon, or a veterinarian office, or a portable toilet for that matter, going so long between inspections? In West Virginia, abortion clinics have never been inspected! Unfettered access to abortion is seen as so important that pro-aborts think nothing of exposing women to the most horrific conditions as they fight every single proposed regulation. Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic was not an anomaly. Here’s a house of horrors in Michigan. In Delaware. In Virginia. In New Jersey. You can find a house of horrors in every state if you’re willing to put in the time to look. This strange situation puts pro-lifers in the position of working to make abortion safer for women. Do we hope that some of these abortion regulations will close clinics? Absolutely. Does the strategy work? It does! A record-setting 87 abortion clinics closed last year alone. The latest weapon in the TRAP war is for states to pass laws, as Texas, Ohio and others have done, that force abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals within a reasonable distance. Many abortionists can’t get these privileges because they are quacks. They lose licenses in one state and they set up in another. Or they are circuit- rider abortionists, hopping from state to state on a weekly basis. Third-trimester abortionist LeRoy Carhart wasn’t even in Maryland anymore when Jennifer Morbelli died after an abortion at 33 weeks. That’s the state of safe, legal, rare abortion in our country (i.e. not safe, not rare).

7. Lie: Abortion does not endanger women’s health and lives. This week, GM recalled 1.37 million cars because a faulty ignition had led to 13 deaths. Although we know that many women are killed by abortion and the cause is covered up on their death certificates, the Centers for Disease Control concedes that eight women died after a legal abortion in 2009 in the U.S. But isn’t that eight too many? Aren’t the lives of these women, these pregnant women – these mothers – as valuable as the drivers whose faulty ignitions killed them? We know that by September 2011, 14 women had died from RU-486 abortions, and yet instead of being recalled, the drugs are still considered the next best thing in abortion. Post-abortion depression is also killing women, and you don’t have to reach back very far to find examples. The Australian actress Charlotte Dawson committed suicide this week. In a television interview that was later reported in the Daily Mail, the actress discussed her marriage to Olympic-hopeful Scott Miller and the abortion she had to keep him from being distracted from his swimming career. That abortion triggered a depression from which she never recovered. Also this week, LifeNews reported on the tragic suicide of a young woman in England that also was linked to her abortion.

Abortion is the real war on women, and it’s killing us.

My colleagues Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with me, and Bryan Kemper, Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach director, also were outraged at the Rolling Stone piece. Read what they had to say here and here.

Posted in Abortion Complications, Breast Cancer, Forced Abortion, Health Care, Late-term abortion, One Child Policy, Planned Parenthood, RU-486, Silent No More Awareness, Uncategorized, Women's Health | 4 Comments »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

New study from China recognizes the abortion-breast cancer link

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

abc_blocks1[1]
I’m guessing you won’t read this in the mainstream media, but today the pro-life media is abuzz with the results of a new study out of China that shows a 44 percent increased risk of breast cancer for women who have had one abortion. The risk increases to 76 percent for women who have had two abortions, and jumps to 89 percent for those who have had three.

The study was actually a meta-analysis, which means researchers combed existing studies specifically to look for the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. They found it. The researchers concluded:

“IA (induced abortion) is significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases.”

Writing in the American Thinker, Dr. Mary Davenport, a member of the board of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, notes that “There is no bigger data base than China, where there are an average of 8.2 million pregnancy terminations every year, and 40 abortions for every 100 live births. Chinese researchers and physicians are unencumbered by abortion politics, and do not cover up data showing long term effects of induced abortion, as do their U.S. counterparts in governmental, professional and consumer organizations.”

The Chinese aren’t the only ones to have noticed the ABC link. There have been 70 peer-reviewed studies performed all over the world that demonstrate the ABC link, according to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast cancer surgeon in practice since 1984. She notes that many of the studies were performed in countries, like China, where abortion is part of public policy and information on it is readily available.

In the U.S., we call abortion vital health-care for women, but questioning its safety is not allowed. That’s why, when the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study this past spring that showed an increase in the most aggressive cancers among young women from 1976 to 2009, mainstream media reporters fell over themselves to come up with a cause that had nothing to do with the legalization both of hormonal contraception (1972) and abortion (1973).

That’s also why, when researchers in a study commissioned by GE Healthcare reported in October that breast cancer rates are surging in China and the U.S., they blamed it on “women having fewer children as well as hormonal interventions like post-menopausal hormonal therapy,” without mentioning that hormonal contraception and abortion loom large in the reasons why women are having fewer children.

My whole reason for writing my book, “Recall Abortion,” was to point out the many ways abortion is unsafe for women. Breast cancer is one of the major causes of death for women in this country, and if abortion is causing more, and more deadly, breast cancers, isn’t that something we should all be talking about?

To sign the petition to demand a government recall of abortion, go to www.RecallAbortion.com. You can also order the book there, or at www.Amazon.com, where the book is also available for Kindle.

Posted in Abortion Complications, Breast Cancer, Contraception, Forced Abortion, Health Care, One Child Policy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Join me in demanding a recall of abortion!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Escape Recall

For the seventh time in 18 months, Ford has recalled its Escape SUV, this time, to fix oil and fuel leaks that can cause engine fires. It’s important to note that no injuries have resulted from these engine fires but Ford has done the right thing, again, to ensure passenger safety.

That’s the purpose of product recalls, to fix something unsafe. Sometimes, the product is determined to be so hazardous to consumers, it is pulled from the market entirely, never to return.

Every time I hear about another product recall, I think about abortion, and the way it has harmed women in this country for more than 40 years. Of course it’s even more harmful to the babies being aborted, but incredibly, murder in the womb is legal. But how many women have to die before we really think about recalling abortion? How many women have to suffer crippling and lifelong injuries before we take a hard look at this product called abortion and finally determine that this product is too dangerous to be sold one more day, that this product is bad medicine.

Jennifer Morbelli, killed in a third-trimester abortion.

Jennifer Morbelli, killed in a third-trimester abortion.

The idea to take abortion off the market – the idea that prompted me to write my book, “Recall Abortion” – came to me like a road to Damascus moment one day several years ago when I realized that laws restricting abortion can only go so far in protecting women and children. We need to end abortion now, before one more woman makes the irrevocable

Tonya Reaves, killed in a second-trimester abortion.

Tonya Reaves, killed in a second-trimester abortion.

choice to kill her unborn child and suffers from a lifetime of regret, or worse. Before one young mother like Tonya Reaves in Chicago is allowed to bleed for five hours at an abortion clinic before dying. Before one more woman like Jennifer Morbelli is convinced by a lawsuit-wary doctor to abort her full-term baby who might have suffered from a seizure disorder, and ends up buried alongside her baby girl.

Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

If you need more convincing, please read my book. If you are ready to join me in calling for a government recall of this terrible and deadly product called abortion, please go to RecallAbortion.com and sign the petition. We have the power to end abortion.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Health Care, Late-term abortion | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Shame on you, California

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will now be able to legally perform first-trimester abortions in California, and the former employer of the assemblywoman who introduced the bill stands to make a killing.

Of course they are already killing unborn children at Womancare in San Diego, where California Assemblywoman Toni Atkins was once the director of clinical services. Just think how much less WomanCare, and Planned Parenthood and every other abortion provider will have to pay their abortionists now that they won’t have to have that costly MD after their names. What a windfall!

Abortion is much less about ideology than it is about profit, at least at the provider level. This new California law — and another that lowers the standards abortion facilities have to maintain – are all about profit at the expense, once again, of women’s health. We are being asked to believe that women in rural California had to travel over the river and through the woods to reach the door of an abortion clinic and wait who knows how long before they could get an appointment. But the California Catholic Conference showed what a lie that was as it lobbied, unsuccessfully, against the new law. While it’s true that 22 percent of California counties do not have an abortion clinic, a conference study showed that only 1 percent of the state’s women live in those counties. Also, consider this: Californians make up 12 percent of the nation’s population, but the state commits 29 percent of the country’s abortions. Volunteers for the Catholic Conference who called the clinics pretending to need appointments for first-trimester abortions had no trouble securing a slot to have their unborn children murdered. Thank goodness, no real children were harmed during this survey.

What the California Catholic Conference proved was that access to abortion is clearly not an issue in the Golden State. What is at issue, although you won’t read about it so much in the mainstream media, is the health of low-income and minority women. You can bet that well-heeled women will still seek the services of a qualified physician for their abortions. But women with less disposable income will likely be the ones seeking the services of a physician assistant who has taken a special eight-week course in the gruesome science of killing the unborn. It’s not hard to predict the outcome: More cervical lacerations, more uterine perforations, more bleeding, more compromised fertility, more death.

California has been home to some very unscrupulous abortion providers in the past. As I wrote about in my book, “Recall Abortion,” Bertha Bugarin owned a chain of clinics that employed a rogue’s gallery of drug addicted and alcoholic doctors to perform abortions. And when they failed to show up for work, she did the abortions herself, even though she had no medical training. She was sent to prison on several felony charges, but guess what? She secured an early release and she’s back living a life of luxury in her multimillion dollar house, paid for with blood money.

Bertha Bugarin or those like her will make huge piles of money from California’s new law, while women and their unborn children suffer and die.

Shame on California.

If you agree that it’s time we stop passing laws to line the pockets of abortionists, go to RecallAbortion and sign the petition to get this harmful procedure off the market once and for all.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Catholic Church, Health Care, Uncategorized, Women's Health | 4 Comments »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Legal? Yes. Safe? Not!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Abortionist Reginald Sharpe

Abortionist Reginald Sharpe

Two abortion clinics in Michigan closed this past spring and the abortionist who ran them, who was facing charges of killing a woman in a botched abortion, declared bankruptcy.

But that didn’t keep Reginald Sharpe from continuing to endanger women and kill babies. Yesterday, while he was on duty at Summit Medical Center in Detroit, an ambulance was called to rush a woman to the hospital.

Pro-life activists outside the facility told Operation Rescue that the woman was in obvious distress. This incident mirrors another in March of this year, when another woman in Sharpe’s “care” was rushed from the clinic in an ambulance after a second-trimester abortion.

Sharpe has been on pro-life organizations’ radar for quite some time. Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek, LifeNews and others have written extensively on him, including this piece Ms. Stanek wrote that was published on LifeNews on March 26:

“As many abortionists are found to be over the course of time, abortionist Reginald Sharpe is a menace to society.
The rap sheet against Sharpe is long.
Sharpe’s medical license was placed on probation in 1998 for illegally administering drugs and was suspended in 2005 after he botched an illegal 27-week abortion. Sharpe was busted in 2008 for illegally dumping patient records, aborted babies, medical waste, and syringes. In 2010 Medicaid revoked Sharpe’s certification for unspecified “fraud and abuse, false billing, or kickbacks.”
In addition, Sharpe has been sued at least five times:
• March 2006: Sharpe/Northland Family Planning abortion clinic paid a $50,000 settlement for failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, which led to the loss of a fallopian tube.
• January 2009: Sharpe sued for committing an abortion without the mother’s consent. Case is on appeal.
• April 2011: Sharpe sued by the family of a woman who died following an abortion, for perforating her uterus and lacerating a uterine blood vessel, intestines, and liver.
• August 2012: After missing an ectopic pregnancy during an abortion on April 2011, Sharpe sued after the mother’s fallopian tube burst.
• August 2012: Sharpe sued for an August 2011 botched abortion after leaving a baby’s head inside a mother’s uterus and fetal parts floating in her abdomen as well as puncturing her uterus at least seven times.”

And yet there he was yesterday at Summit Medical Center, performing an abortion on a woman who probably had no idea what sort of “doctor” she had chosen to end the life of her child.

In my book, “Recall Abortion,” I devoted a chapter to the “safety” of abortion and recount in heart-breaking detail about how many women have suffered and died from this procedure that has nothing to do with health care or with women’s rights. Every time new clinic regulations are proposed, the pro-aborts call it a war on women but let’s be honest. Isn’t abortion the real war on women? Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

To sign the petition to recall abortion or to order the book, go to www.recallabortion.com

To read more about Reginald Sharpe and Summit Medical Center, go to
www.abortiondocs.org

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Health Care, Late-term abortion, Women's Health | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Abortion in Akron has an unlikely happy ending

Friday, March 15th, 2013

pregnant-woman[1]

A story in the Akron Beacon Journal today was ground-breaking in its honest depiction of what goes on behind closed doors at an abortion clinic.

Reporter Phil Trexler wrote:

Inside an Akron abortion clinic was not where Ariel Knights wanted to be.

But after much anguish, she found herself walking through those clinic doors, joining a sea of women filling dozens of chairs stacking the waiting room.

“Every seat was full. People were standing,” she said. “It was pretty much like a slaughterhouse; it was like OK, next, next.”

When her name was called that March morning a year ago, she walked into a cramped room and climbed onto a table, positioning her lower body above a trash bag. When the doctor finished, Knights, still woozy from being sedated, was handed her things and shown the door.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/mother-delivers-healthy-baby-and-lawsuit-after-unsuccessful-abortion-1.381495

This clinic had such a callous disregard for women that staffers placed trash bags underneath their patients. Maybe this made for easier cleanup and allowed the slaughterhouse assembly line to proceed at a brisk pace. Or maybe the garbage bag was to dispose of the babies’ bodies.

But Ariel Knight’s baby never made it to the trash bag. After weeks of feeling sick after the abortion, the 22-year-old went to an emergency room and found out she was still pregnant.  Today she has a healthy baby girl, and a lawsuit pending against the abortionist.

This story tells so much painful truth about abortion that it’s hard to know where to start.

The conditions at the clinic were horrific, as they are at so many clinics across the country. The waiting room was standing room only. The patient was still woozy when she was handed her clothes and shown the door. Think about what Ms. Knights experienced the next time you read an abortion clinic advertisement touting “gentle compassionate care.”

But another important angle here is why Ms. Knights chose abortion in the first place: A doctor advised it. She has a uterine condition called “uterus didelphys” and said she was told by her doctor that the pregnancy could kill her.

Here’s what the esteemed Mayo Clinic says about the condition:

“In a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ — the uterus. Sometimes, however, the tubes don’t join completely. Instead, each one develops into a separate structure. This condition is called double uterus (uterus didelphys). Double uterus is rare — and sometimes not even diagnosed. The percentage of women with a double uterus is likely higher in women with a history of miscarriage or premature birth. Treatment is needed only if a double uterus causes symptoms or complications, such as pelvic pain or repeated miscarriages.”

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/double-uterus/DS00821

I did some Internet research on uterus didelphys and found my way to a community forum maintained by women who have the disorder. Read what one mom wrote about her two pregnancies:

“In my case, I started seeing a high risk OB around 13 weeks in the first pregnancy and I saw one at 18 weeks this time around. They closely monitor the cervix and measure the baby routinely to make sure there are no growth restrictions/problems. Additionally, they will likely start doing regular non-stress tests in the late second or early third trimester to continue to monitor the baby as he or she grows.

“My OB said he would be very happy if I made it to 32 weeks and thrilled if I made it to 36. I know these are early numbers, but when they are monitoring you and baby so closely, they can take all necessary measures to prepare baby for an earlier arrival if he or she decides to make one. In my case, the numbers were actually comical – I carried my first to 39 weeks and delivered by c-section. I had very few complications (a little pre-term labor at 34 and a half weeks, but fluids were enough to stop contractions and there was no progression). My high risk OB said if they had waited for me to go into labor on my own I probably would have carried 42 weeks!”

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a24704061/getting_pregnant_with_uterus_didelphys

When she wrote this post, this mother was 24 weeks into her second pregnancy and looking forward to a scheduled C-section at 39 weeks. She had found her way to a doctor who understands that when you are treating an expectant mother, there are two patients, not just one. It’s impossible to know all the details of Ms. Knights’ case or what exactly her doctor told her, but in general, physicians who scare women into abortions with dire warnings of imminent death are more concerned with a potential lawsuit than they are with their patients. These doctors have no concern for the unborn child.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Women must choose their doctors with care. A pro-life doctor never would have sent that young woman to an abortion mill. In my book, “Recall Abortion,” Dr. John Bruchalski of the Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia said that pro-life physicians “never pit the life of the mother against the life of the child. … What we do with mothers at risk is practice good medicine. We monitor her, in the hospital or even in intensive care if we need to. We deliver the baby when we have to.”

Ms. Knights admitted to the reporter that she doesn’t like to think about the fact that she tried to abort her daughter. She’s lucky. Women who successfully abort their children never stop thinking about what they’ve lost.

 

If you want to know more about the shoddy practices of the abortion industry, and the cowardice of so much of the medical community, go to RecallAbortion.com

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Health Care | 1 Comment »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Arkansas abortion ban is good policy, but it could be better

Friday, March 8th, 2013

perinatal_hands[1]

 

The Arkansas Legislature took a ground-breaking step this week when it enacted a ban on abortions beyond 12 weeks, the point at which a heartbeat is detectable. Legislators had to override the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe to get the law on the books. Pro-abort groups have vowed to challenge the constitutionality of the new law in court, so second and third-trimester babies are not safe yet in Arkansas.

But even if this law survives all challenges, it leaves some later-term babies at risk: Those who were conceived in rape, those whose mothers’ lives could be imperiled through carrying to term, and those with serious fetal anomalies.

These exceptions are tacked onto just about every piece of abortion legislation because even some pro-lifers believe abortion in these circumstances is unavoidable. I’m here to tell you that is not the case.

Let’s take a look at rape. The numbers of rape-related pregnancies in the United States are hard to pin down, but the best estimate is that between 25,000 and 30,000 women become pregnant through rape every year (that number likely will fall, as women treated in hospitals after rape are often given morning  after contraception – but that’s a subject for another time). About half of the women who become pregnant through rape give birth to their children and the other half abort. Many of those who choose abortion later come to regret it.  Irene van der Wende, a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the Netherlands, was conceived when her mother was raped and then became pregnant through rape herself. She aborted her child, and immediately knew she had made a mistake.

“I could have grown to love my child just as my mother loved me,” she said. “Life is not about how we were conceived.”

Women who choose life for their babies are never sorry they did.

Here’s something else to consider about rape and parenting. When a woman chooses to have her baby, the rapist can claim parental rights. Even more outrageous: Many states have streamlined the process for terminating a rapist’s parental rights when the mother makes an adoption plan, but women who keep their babies find very little similar protection in the law. Also, federal funds – which cannot be used to pay for abortion – can be used to abort a child conceived in rape. These children begin their lives in the womb with fewer rights than anyone else!

Let’s look at fetal anomalies. In our culture that stresses convenience for all, we have convinced ourselves that babies with serious defects or life-limiting illnesses should not be allowed the dignity of a birth and a life, no matter how short or compromised or inconvenient. We have come to look at abortion in these cases as the humane choice. But the loving choice would be for parents facing these kinds of desperately sad situations to seek out a pro-life doctor and a perinatal hospice program, like those pioneered by Dr. Bryon Calhoun. If these babies could choose, do you think they would select a brutal death by forceps or a brief life surrounded by family and love and warmth? Abortion is never the loving choice.

Abortion to save a mother’s life is never necessary. Women do face life-endangering situations during pregnancy, but doctors who are committed to treating two patients do everything they can to save them both, with great success. Dr. Calhoun offers sage advice to other physicians: “Just be a doctor and treat two patients, the mother and her unborn child.”

When I started writing my book, “Recall Abortion,” I expected to have a struggle in trying to defend the lives of babies conceived in rape, those facing serious health challenges, and those whose very lives in utero are threatening their mothers. I knew that abortion is never the right choice, but I worried that the arguments of those who advocate for abortion in these instances would be hard to refute. But my research and my interviews with those on the front lines showed me that the argument for life is an easy one to make, without exception.

If you would like to read my book, now available in print and electronic editions, please go to RecallAbortion.com. While you’re there, please sign the petition and help get this terrible product called abortion off the market.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Health Care, Pro-life, Silent No More Awareness, Women's Health |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

New study shows sharp spike in breast cancer in young women since 1973

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Journal-American-Medical-Association[1]Authors of a new study that shows a dramatic increase in aggressive breast cancer in young women say they can’t identify a cause.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at data from 1973 to 2009 and found that the incidence of “distant disease” – which means breast cancer that spread to the bones, brain, lungs or elsewhere – increased from 1.53 women per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 in 2009. The increase doesn’t seem that startling by itself, but take into account that there are 62 million women of child-bearing age in the U.S. and the math becomes hard to ignore.

What could be behind this increase in breast cancer for young women? What changed in 1973 that might be a contributing factor?

Two things.

In 1972, in Eisenstadt vs. Baird, the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal for unmarried people to use contraceptives. The birth control pill already had been on the market for over a decade, and its use among young women began to grow exponentially. More than 12 million women in the U.S. currently swallow the Pill to prevent pregnancy, cure acne, relieve menstrual cramps and for a host of other reasons.

In 1999 oral contraceptives were identified as Class 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.  Following a 2005 review, the designation did not change.  Therefore, young women who have been taking the Pill for years, even decades, have been ingesting a cancer-causing agent every day. Might this be a factor in the spike in breast cancer diagnoses?

A year later, the Supreme Court made abortion in the United States legal throughout pregnancy. Today and every day, more than 3,000 women in the United States will end their pregnancies through abortion and the vast majority belongs to the demographic group identified in the JAMA study.

It was long ago accepted as gospel truth that abortion has no link to breast cancer.  That “fact” is repeated in the mainstream media over and over, as if it’s indisputable and without controversy. The reason has nothing to do with health and everything to do with the fact that in this country, no one dare speak ill of abortion.

But some breast surgeons are willing to speak the truth about the abortion breast cancer link and the Pill’s influence on breast cancer rates. In both cases, it’s all about the estrogen. An increased exposure to estrogen increases breast cancer risk, and no one disputes that. But according to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast cancer surgeon in practice since 1984, government health organizations and the mainstream media somehow manage to overlook  70 studies about induced abortion and breast cancer performed all over the world. Fifty-five of these studies show a positive correlation between abortion and breast cancer, and of those, 33 show a statistically significant increase in breast cancer risk. (Go to www.bcpinstitute.org to learn more). Dr. Lanfranchi points out that many of the studies were performed in countries where abortion is part of public policy and information on it is readily available. In the United States, any attempt to collect information on abortion becomes a political and ideological battle. Currently, states submit abortion data voluntarily. California, the state with the most abortions, keeps its information to itself.

The new JAMA study showing dramatic increases in the deadliest cancers has to be a wake-up call to the American medical establishment. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand to avoid seeing the links between abortion, hormonal contraception and breast cancer.  Women’s lives are at stake.

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Contraception, Health Care |
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 

p62[1]

This illustration is of a child in the womb at 35 weeks.

A young woman from New York died tragically last week after a 33-week abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. LeRoy Carhart. In her new book, “Recall Abortion,” (Saint Benedict Press) longtime pro-life activist Janet Morana delves into late-term abortions, why women choose them and the alternatives.

Q. Why do women and couples turn to doctors like LeRoy Carhart to terminate pregnancies of nearly at-term babies?

A. There are many reasons. Couples may be told their baby has a life-limiting illness or will be born with a serious disability. They are afraid to face a lifetime of hospital visits and medical procedures for their child. I know from my research for “Recall Abortion” that many doctors advise their patients to abort, even late in pregnancy, because the doctor is worried about wrongful birth or wrongful life lawsuits. This kind of medical advice leaves couples with no hope and no useful information about alternatives. Sometimes a mother’s life may be at risk, although at 33 weeks, an ob-gyn would likely deliver the baby and then treat the mother. But even earlier in the pregnancy, a caring physician will treat both patients, mother and child. Despite these ill-fated forecasts babies sometimes beat all the odds. Even if a baby will only live for a few minutes or hours, isn’t it better to let nature take its course?

Q. If a baby is going to die shortly after birth, is there a better alternative to abortion?

A. Any alternative is better than abortion but thanks to pioneers like Dr. Byron Calhoun, there is a really good alternative. It’s called perinatal hospice, and it ensures that babies, no matter how sick or frail, will have a chance to meet their parents and feel love, even if briefly. Doctors have to do a much better job of letting their patients know such a thing exists. Dr. Calhoun says 75 percent of couples who are offered a hospice program will choose it over abortion. The parents won’t escape their grief because they will still lose their baby boy or girl, but they won’t have directly participated in that child’s death. Abortion only compounds grief.

Q. Why are such late-term abortions legal?

Most Americans don’t realize that abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason. The Supreme Court decisions of 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, said abortions up until the due date are legal if the mother’s physical or psychological health is imperiled. The psychological loophole opens the doors for all sorts of abortion abuse. Some states say that two doctors have to concur that a woman’s mental health is at risk without an abortion, but what we know is that these late-term abortionists work together to keep a steady stream of customers coming in for their services. A third-trimester abortion is a very expensive procedure for the patient, and often payment can only be made in cash. What kind of medical care is that? A lot of people also might think that since partial-birth abortion is no longer legal, that late-term abortions are not taking place anymore. As we saw at Carhart’s clinic, that is not the case. Abortionists just use other techniques to kill at-term babies, and they are every bit as brutal as partial-birth.

Q. How do Americans feel about late-term abortion?

Just about every opinion poll that asks a non-ambiguous question about late-term abortion finds respondents overwhelmingly against this brutal procedure. Pollsters who want their numbers to come out in favor of abortion ask questions like, “should Roe v. Wade be overturned,” and then we see that the country is divided. But when they bother to ask, should abortion in the second or third trimesters be legal, people know they can’t fall back on the “blob of tissue” defense. These are fully formed babies, with heartbeats and eyelashes, who wave their hands and kick their feet and suck their thumbs. People recognize this and have the courage to tell a pollster they oppose it. But then most of them go back to ignoring the abortion issue.

 

Q. What advice would you give to women or couples considering a third-trimester abortion?

I would urge them, first of all, to seek a second opinion. In our work at Priests for Life, all of us have met women who say they received terrible pre-natal diagnoses and their babies were fine. So a second opinion is vital. If they are sure their baby has a life-limiting illness, I would suggest they look into perinatal hospice at perinatalhospice.org.  A loving birth and a dignified death are always preferable to a brutal, soul-scarring abortion. If the parents are worried about not being able to care for a disabled, or multiply disabled child, I would suggest they go to BeNotAfraid.net to find resources and support. And I would ask them to consider the risks to the mother. Women die from these procedures. That’s a truth no one can refute.

**

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Abortion, Abortion Complications, Health Care, Late-term abortion | 2 Comments »
Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.