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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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Humanae Vitae vs. Big Pharma

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Today is the 49th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter Humanae Vitae. In 1968, with the world in the midst of a sexual revolution, it was widely anticipated that the pope would reverse Church teaching on the use of artificial contraception.

He did just the opposite. He reinforced the doctrine.

Pope Paul was not blind to what was happening outside the Vatican and he presciently predicted the further erosion of society if the use of birth control became widespread. He wrote:

“… First of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men-especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point-have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anticonceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”

All of this happened, even with the Church’s refusal to sanction artificial birth control. But birth control doesn’t only aid in the exploitation of women. It also compromises our health and our fertility. Sometimes, it kills us.

Although there are plenty of harmful drugs and devices being marketed to women and teenage girls, I’d like to focus, again, on the pills Yaz and Yasmin, which I’ve written about before. Owned by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, the pills have killed at least 200 women and sent another 60,000 to the hospital. As of January 2016, the company had settled more than 18,000 lawsuits by paying out more than $2 billion for injuries including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder damage, strokes and heart attacks.

Yaz and Yazmin remain on the market.

Bayer is also the distributor of a diabolical little device called Essure. It’s sold to women as a permanent sterilization method that is much more convenient than a tubal ligation (both are against Catholic teaching, obviously.)

Essure is a copper coil that is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. Scar tissue grows around the coils, thus blocking eggs from being released. It sounds like a bad idea and it has been for thousands of women who have had it implanted. Bayer has paid out more than $413 million in lawsuits in the U.S. and the FDA has imposed a black box warning.  Brazil has banned it altogether.

Essure remains on the market in the U.S.

I am singling out Bayer and its women-unfriendly products because you may have seen a television commercial for a new IUD called Kyleena. This device also comes from Bayer and it works by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel (the same hormone found in morning-after pills like Plan B). The levonorgestrel makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Preventing a fertilized egg from implanting constitutes a very early abortion.

Kyleena is being heavily marketed as an easier alternative to taking the Pill, because it’s apparently too hard to remember to take a pill once a day. The commercial makes it clear that it’s aimed at young, single women, who should be put off by the mandated warnings that include potential loss of fertility and death but apparently are seduced by Kyleena’s five-year effectiveness.

I haven’t been able to find any lawsuits filed against Kyleena yet, but the FDA only approved it late last year, so some may be forthcoming. Kyleena joins four other IUDs in the lucrative contraception market: Mirena, Skyla (both are Bayer’s), Liletta and Paragard. Most use levonorgestrel but Paragard, like Essure, relies on the toxicity of copper to do its deadly work.

None of these are good for women, both for the reasons Pope Paul predicted in Humanae Vitae and because the pharmaceutical industry sees women and our fertility as a limitless source of income. They don’t care how much we are harmed, as long as they continue to reap those profits.

 

 

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Great Britain vs. Parental Rights

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

British baby Charlie Gard’s parents were back in court today, trying to prove that an experimental treatment might help their son. Just typing that sentence makes me angry. How can anyone prove an experimental treatment will work? And why should a court and a hospital have the final say over what happens to their child?

Last week I wrote an op-ed for the Daily Caller about the erosion of parental rights, and how we cannot stand for it. Please have a look here.

Today on CNN.com, Carter Snead has a piece on why Pope Francis is among those fighting for Charlie’s life. 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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Contraception kills

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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Christianity Today surprised me, and many of its readers, I would guess, with an opinion piece carried below the ironic headline, “Contraception Saves Lives.”  Even more surprising, author Rachel Marie Stone lauds Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, making excuses for her eugenic beliefs and saying Planned Parenthood did not provide abortion in Sanger’s lifetime.  My colleague Bryan Kemper wrote about the Sanger apologetics in his blog, so I will concentrate on the dubious claim that contraception saves lives.

First, let’s refute her assertion, now so familiar, that hormonal contraceptives are not abortifacients. That’s nonsense. One of the ways the birth control pill works is by preventing implantation of the embryo in the uterus. That’s abortion to those of us who know that life begins at conception, which, by the way, is a scientific fact.

Now let’s take a look at some the other ways that contraception ends lives.

Ms. Stone’s article mentions the long-acting contraception called Depo-Provera, which is a-once-every-three-months injection. But here are some of the things she didn’t say about Depo-Provera.

In addition to a long list of nasty side effects – blood clots, breast cancer, ectopic pregnancy, depression, excessive weight gain, facial paralysis, hirsutism, cervical cancer, nipple bleeding, and a lack of return to fertility – Depo-Provera increases a woman’s risk of contracting HIV by 40 percent. This is particularly troubling for women in sub-Saharan Africa, where  25,000 million people – 70 percent of the world total – are living with HIV/AIDS.

The Pill is not much better for women, as I outlined in a chapter of my book, “Recall Abortion.” The Pill  poses numerous health risks, including blood clots, increased risks of cardiovas­cular disease,cervical and liver cancer,elevated blood pressure,decreased desire, sexual dysfunction and stroke.

Some Pills are worse than others. In 2006, Bayer Pharmaceuticals burst onto the market with Yaz and Yasmin, drugs that were touted as reliable birth control and miraculous cures for acne and pre-menstrual syndrome.

But Yas and Yasmin are not miracle drugs. As of 2014, Bayer had paid out $1.7 billion – BILLION – to settle 8,250 cases brought against it and there are still thousands of cases pending. Women are suffering from gall bladder disease, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and other diseases. In Canada, the deaths of 23 women have been linked to Yaz and Yasmin.

How many deaths does it take before we stop calling a drug safe? I think one death is too many, and here’s why.

After I finished giving a talk in Naples, Florida, a woman approached me to tell me a story about her friend’s daughter, who was prescribed Yaz for a serious acne condition by the campus physician. After taking Yaz for just three months, the girl collapsed one day in her dorm and was rushed to the hospital. She fell into a coma that lasted five years and ended with her death.

So please, Christianity Today, don’t tell me contraception saves lives. That is simply not true.

(For more in-depth information about the perils of the Pill, please go to www.recallabortion.com and order a copy of my book.)

 

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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year 2014 saw the first “abortion rom-com” in theaters, heard the head of Planned Parenthood express the goal of making pro-life political candidates “unacceptable,” and endured a relentless assault by an anti-life movement that seeks to recast abortion as a social good.

 

Abortion is not a social good, and in 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will demonstrate that through a new project called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion. The aim of Shockwaves is to reach out to those impacted by the loss of a child through abortion: Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, abortion clinic workers and even the abortionists themselves.

 

The project will be announced at a press conference Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. The official launch for Shockwaves will be at the annual Silent No More gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life on Jan. 22.

 

The Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion was like a series of powerful nuclear devices detonated in January 1973 in Washington, D.C. The damage done by an explosion is not only in the initial impact, but in the invisible shockwaves that ripple out from the epicenter. We often fail to see the radioactive fallout from 55 million abortions but the new initiative aims to make Americans aware of the powerful and destructive shockwaves that have wounded our nation in ways that we are only beginning to fully understand. 

 

 

“Each individual abortion procedure is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director for Silent No More. “The shockwaves not only deeply touch the mother and father but all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures.  They extend out into the lives that they will touch as their unresolved  grief and loss impact their future relationships, their marriage and family lives. This can and does reach deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

 

Every month throughout 2015, Shockwaves will reach out to a group that has been directly impacted by abortion loss, with helpful information, resources, and referrals to abortion-recovery programs.

 

January will focus on “Healing through the Church.”  February will recognize Black History Month to offer “Healing the Black Family.” March will put the focus on grandparents, while April will take a look at how the shockwaves have impacted the siblings. Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June provide opportunities to focus on those at the epicenter, the parents who lose children to abortion.

 

“The new aim of the pro-choice movement is to convince women and men that abortion is the very best thing they can do for themselves and their future,” said Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More. “But I can tell you from experience that the abortion I had as a teenager was not the best thing I could have done for myself. It was the worst, and it impacted my parents, my future husband and our daughter.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, was unaware for years that she had lost a grandchild to abortion.

 

“When I look at my two precious grandchildren now, I often think of their cousin who’s missing,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to think of what my family lost, and what my daughter went through. The shockwaves of that abortion have reverberated throughout my family, and there are families like mine all over our wounded nation.”

 

The theme for July will be “Healing the Survivors and Friends,” followed by “Healing the Abortion Providers” in August. Family will be the theme for September, with a focus on Hispanic families in October.

 

“Healing Pro-Lifers” will be the theme for November.

 

“Those who stand outside abortion clinics, on the front lines of this battle, also need healing,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and head of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative. “So do those who work in pregnancy resource centers, and others who counsel abortion-vulnerable women. Every woman who chooses abortion represents a deep and personal loss to these people who are so committed to life. They feel the shockwaves most acutely.”

 

December will be devoted to seeking healing through Jesus Christ.

 

“When a spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to the light of Christ, there are miraculous encounters with the Lord,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We hope that by the end of the Shockwaves year, we have made a start in healing the heart of our nation.”

 

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is clearly on the radar of the pro- abortion movement.  Since 2002, Silent No More has been equipping men and women across our nation to share the truth of the devastation abortion unleashed in their lives. The pro-aborts are pushing back with campaigns to “affirm” abortion and “normalize” this procedure as a safe and benign rite of passage in many women’s lives. Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will counter these efforts with the truth.

 

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Brave Mom Rejects Pressure to Abort Her Disabled Child, Finds Guardian Angels at “The Promise”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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by Janet Morana and Kevin Burke, LSW

Blessed are the poor in spirit … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Here’s a real life situation that is tailor made for pro abortion apologists:

- Arielle is a single mother of two young children and facing an unplanned   pregnancy. In the early stages of her prenatal care the doctor told her “your baby has a serious medical condition and won’t survive.”  Arielle’s baby girl had a chromosomal defect known as Trisomy 18, along with severe cardiac defects. The chances of her child surviving a full term pregnancy, let alone being born alive were slim. And if the baby was born alive, she would likely die before her first birthday.

In the majority of cases like this the unborn baby will be aborted. The mother (and father if involved) will face the complicated grief and trauma that are common after such procedures.

Medical Pressures to Abort

Arielle was a patient at a Pittsburgh-based hospital pregnancy clinic. Many of the medical professionals advised her to abort.  When Arielle informed them that she was going to carry the child to term, she found that the clinic did not want to spend money on a life that was not expected to survive long after birth. Arielle was feeling more isolated and alone. Her hope was that clinic personnel would be more sensitive and attentive to her struggle as an expectant mother of a child with medical challenges.

Despite great pressure Arielle resisted. She drew upon a deepening of her faith and trust in God. She revealed a spiritual wisdom that far exceeded that of the highly educated medical professionals who were presenting abortion as the only reasonable solution to her problem pregnancy.

Arielle reflects on their temptations to abort:

“Do you know how the devil makes bad things look good?” 
Arielle discerned that if her daughter were to die, then the death of her baby should be natural, not based on her decision…but on God’s timing. Arielle made the brave choice to carry her baby girl to term. When she shared the news of her baby’s poor prognosis with her 9 year-old daughter and 8 year-old son, their response, like their mother’s revealed an advanced level of trust in God’s providence:

“We will love her as long as she’s with us,” the children told their mother.

Even with her strong faith and supportive children, Arielle was still alone with a very challenging diagnosis, and an uncertain future.

Thankfully the faithfulness of Arielle and her family was rewarded when a representative from Northside Christian Community Health Center told her about The Promise.

The Promise is a Pittsburgh based prolife program of Catholic Palliative Services committed to walking alongside families with a poor prognosis for their unborn and newly born infants. They help women like Ariel to face their journey with hope and optimism.

Arielle came to The Promise overwhelmed and not aware of her options and the best way to proceed. The Promise team of Lori Heil and doula, Brandy Rawls offered the support and guidance to help Arielle discern the best options for her care:

“Brandy knew questions that I didn’t even think of,” Arielle stated.

Advocates for Life

One of the most important resources The Promise provides is advocacy for the mother and child. Parents face an uphill battle in a medical climate that can be hostile to those that choose life-affirming alternatives when facing a fetal disability. Arielle was being denied appointments with neonatologists and other specialists. She needed a knowledgeable advocate for herself and her unborn baby. Here’s where a resource like The Promise is so important.

Promise representatives attended Arielle’s clinic appointments and secured the care typical for a pregnant woman. “Lori and Brandy helped to put things into perspective that were too touchy for others to handle,” Arielle shared.

When she chose not to terminate her pregnancy, clinic personnel were encouraging Arielle to place the baby in a hospital setting after her birth. Knowing that she had a team of people focusing on a live birth and possible discharge to home alleviated many of the unknowns for Arielle. Through The Promise, Arielle’s baby would have the opportunity to be at home with family, with medical care provided by Catholic Hospice.

A Brief Life…an Eternal Destiny

Alonna Angel quietly entered this world on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM weighing four pounds, two ounces and measuring 17 ½ inches long. Approximately twenty minutes later, she took her final breath on this earth while lovingly cradled in the arms of her mother.

Everything happens for a reason. How often we have heard that phrase as a condolence statement in reaction to a difficult time in our lives. Although it’s meant to be supportive, most often it can also evoke great sadness and heartache. But for those who maintain a strong and faithful relationship with God…like Arielle and her family…everything happens for His reason.

Although the emotional healing will take time, a memorial service is being planned to recognize Alonna Angel’s short life on this earth and the great love that her mother and siblings hold for her. Arielle’s hope is that her experience with this pregnancy will get her to a place where she can help others going through the similar situations. The Promise will follow Arielle and her two surviving children for 13 months in a specialized bereavement program.

Every life is a miracle, whether long or short, it is worthy and matters. Arielle demonstrated incredible faith and strength to give her daughter the gift of life.

Support services provided through The Promise are made possible by community contributions and foundation grant support. If you would like more information on the program or to contribute, call 1.866.933.6221.

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Glen Campbell and Brittany Maynard Face Their Mortality Very Differently

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

1413489817_brittany-maynard-video-article[1]This blog was originally published in the National Catholic Register on Oct. 28, just a few days before Brittany Maynard committed suicide in Oregon.

Two stories battled for my attention recently, and both of them broke my heart.

The first was about Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to gain access to legal suicide-inducing drugs. She is planning to die in bed, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints), two days after her husband’s birthday.

The second story was about the singer Glen Campbell, who decided to go public with his struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. With his children on stage with him for a final, 151-stop musical tour, and the cameras rolling for a ground-breaking documentary, Campbell said: “I ain’t done yet. Tell ’em that.”

Maynard is fighting, through a foundation set up in her name, to expand the right to die beyond the five states that now allow it.

Campbell is allowing himself to be seen in all his vulnerability to show those suffering with Alzheimer’s — some 44 million people worldwide — and all those who will be diagnosed in the future, that, as St. John Paul said, “Life is always a good.”

Our reactions to these stories show that, as usual, we Americans seem to have a split personality. We applaud Campbell for his courage in refusing to go quietly into that good night, and yet many of us also support Maynard’s desire to “die with dignity.”

I do not.

I have watched people close to me die, and, with the rest of the world, I watched St. John Paul suffer with the debilitating and ultimately fatal effects of Parkinson’s disease. It was heartbreaking, and while I prayed for a miracle for all of them, I also prayed that each would have a peaceful death.

But we are not the architects of our own lives, no matter what we think and no matter how many misguided politicians and activist judges we can convince that we are. What Maynard is doing is wrong, and my fervent prayer is that she changes her mind.

With palliative care, we can hope for a death without pain for ourselves and our loved ones, and there is nothing wrong with that. We can refuse extraordinary, unnatural treatments. But to choose suicide — and to further legalize it in this country — is a catastrophic mistake.

Take a look at what assisted suicide and euthanasia are doing to Belgium and Denmark.

In a piece for Front Page magazine last month, Stephen Brown wrote:

“Holland was the first European country to betray its Judeo-Christian heritage regarding the sanctity of life when it legalized euthanasia in 2001. Holland also has the dubious distinction of leading the way in killing babies, as the Dutch euthanasia policy was expanded in 2006 to babies born with severe birth defects.

It therefore should not surprise that Holland is another country where euthanasia appears out of control. In 2011, 3,695 people were reported medically killed, including 13 psychiatric patients, while 4,188 were euthanized in 2102, accounting for three percent of all Holland’s deaths that year.”

Brown wrote that, in 2012, Holland also began sending mobile death teams to the homes of people who want to die but whose doctors refuse to help them. And Belgium, if possible, is worse.

According to Brown:

“Originally, Belgium’s euthanasia law, passed in 2002, was meant for gravely ill adults suffering unbearable physical pain. Now, as mentioned, it includes those experiencing ‘unbearable psychological suffering.’ So relatively healthy people suffering mental stress or disorders are now being killed, among them a 44-year-old person who had undergone a failed sex change operation. So it is no wonder the number of euthanasia victims in Belgium has grown from 24 people in 2002 to 1,807 in 2013, an average of five per day and a 27 percent increase from 2012.”

Brown also reported that Belgium’s King Philippe signed a law last March allowing euthanasia for children of any age and dementia sufferers upon request. Last month, Belgium — a country without the death penalty — made headlines again when it granted a convicted murderer the right to die under the country’s euthanasia laws. Another 15 inmates have made the same request.

Could this happen in the United States? Could we have mobile death squads and legalized murder of babies born with birth defects? In a country that has aborted 55 million children in the last generation, and where “choice” is well on its way to becoming the new religion, it absolutely could. We are already headed that way.

Since Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act was passed 14 years ago, 1,100 people have asked for the lethal prescription, and two-thirds of them have ended their lives with it. Please pray with me that Maynard does not join that group and changes her mind about her date with death.

Life is always a good, even if it is cut tragically short by a disease we cannot control.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/JMorana/glen-campbell-and-brittany-maynard-face-their-mortality-very-differently#ixzz3IKRDcfuL

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Ellen Burstyn: I don’t recommend abortion to anybody

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Actress Ellen Burstyn still regrets the abortion she had in 1950.

Actress Ellen Burstyn still regrets the abortion she had in 1950.

The actress Ellen Burstyn has had more than her share of hard times. She had a mother who didn’t love her. She was already divorced twice when her third husband became an abusive stalker. But asked during a 2007 interview with a Toronto radio station what the low point of her life was, this is what she said, according to a Lifesite News transcription:

After a pause during which the interviewer prompted her about single motherhood, struggles with her son and more, Burstyn said, “You know, I guess, I hate to talk about this on the air, but having an abortion.”

Burstyn continued, “You know that was really an extremely painful experience.”

“Did you feel you didn’t have a choice?” asked the interviewer. “At the time I was just young and dumb, I didn’t really want to have a baby then,” she replied.

“It was the wrong thing to do and I really didn’t understand that till later,” said the actress.

“That was very very painful, that was probably the worst.”

Ms. Burstyn, now 81, is talking about abortion again. In an interview on WNYC’s “Death, Sex, Money” podcast series, Ms. Burstyn and host Anna Sale had the following exchange:

Sale: Speaking of a young woman with wanderlust, in the early months of leaving home, you discovered you were pregnant. It was 1950.
Burstyn: “That was before I left home. I was still in Detroit. When I left home, I was 18. I think that was just before then. Yeah at that time, there were no legal abortions. And you could only get an illegal abortion. And that’s not a pretty sight. There’s nothing but shame connected to that. And although I don’t recommend abortion to anybody, I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, at the same time if women are pregnant and don’t want to have a baby, under any circumstances to take care of a baby, they will get an abortion one way or another. And if it’s illegal, they will get an illegal abortion. As I did. And it’s a scarring experience …
Sale: Did you go alone?
Burstyn: … I had no one. I had no one to go with me. That’s not a good way to go. It’s not a good experience. It’s harmful. And I would always, if I had the opportunity, counsel somebody — a girl –to not have an abortion. To have the child and give it up for adoption. But, it has to be legal.”
Sale: Is that because of what you personally experienced, having gotten an abortion, that you advise against it?
Burstyn: Yes. Yeah, I think it’s a very traumatic experience, not necessarily at the time, but later. It doesn’t go away
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The host then asks if the abortion played a role in her inability to get pregnant later, and Ms. Burstyn replies: “The illegal abortion just botched me up so I could never get pregnant again.”

It’s disappointing, of course, that Ms. Burstyn still thinks abortion should be legal, but her logic is flawed.

Making abortion legal did not make it safe. Women still die. Women are still injured. Women still lose their fertility. We have to stop pretending that making abortion legal made it safe and sanitary. That is just not the case.

As I wrote about in my book, Recall Abortion, a pregnancy termination is like no other medical procedure. There is no pre-admission testing, no meeting beforehand with the doctor, no follow-up care.

On the day of an abortion procedure, women arrive at free-standing abortion clinics – many of them uninspected and completely unregulated – pay their cash (usually) up front, and see the “doctor” for the first time when they are already on the exam table.

My book and the Silent No More website are full of stories of women who received sub-standard care at abortion clinics. Tamah Warren of Tennessee recalls how, when the pain of the procedure (being performed without anesthesia) became too great, one of the women attending the doctor gave her a washcloth to bite down on. Can you imagine that happening at any other medical facility?

Kim in Mississippi remembers changing her mind and telling the doctor she wanted to get off the table. “After that, I was forcefully held down by two people and given another sedative.”

Can you imagine the lawsuit if this happened in a dentist’s office, or at any legitimate medical facility?
Don’t tell me that making abortion illegal will bring back the back-alley abortionists. The abortion industry never left the back alley, they just took their shingles off the back door and put it on the front door.

Ms. Burstyn says abortion has to remain legal because women are always going to have abortions, no matter the risk. I argue in my book that abortion has to be taken off the market because it is a failed product that harms women and kills their children. Which approach makes more sense to you: Keeping a dangerous procedure legal, or looking for life-saving options?

We don’t know how many women died from illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton because the people who were fighting for legalization lied. We don’t know how many women have died from legal abortion since 1973 because reliable statistics are impossible to find. The deck is stacked against life.

But we do know that times have changed. Even though abortion in 1950 was no less wrong than it is today, we have to acknowledge that is it NOT 1950 anymore. An unplanned pregnancy is not the catastrophe it was in the past. Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, for all her pro-abortion filibustering, was a single teenage mother. Cathy Lanier had a baby at 14 and now she’s the chief of police of Washington, D.C.

There are three times as many pregnancy resource centers as there are abortion clinics, and growing numbers of maternity homes, so there are real options for women now. Choices that no one has to die for.

And then there is the loving choice of adoption, which is so often dismissed. After discussing her abortion and how it robbed her of her fertility, Ms. Burstyn talks about the son she adopted.

“I do have the feeling my son is my son, period… When you mother a child, that relationship is formed.”

We need to stop accepting the premise that finding adoptive parents for a child is somehow worse than abortion. That’s a ludicrous argument. Hundreds of thousands of couples undertake unhealthy, immoral and frankly, strange, procedures to become parents while more than a million babies a year are literally thrown away in this country alone. One woman’s unplanned pregnancy can be another woman’s treasured child and that is the truth.

Even though I disagree with Ms. Burstyn about keeping abortion legal, I’m glad she was honest about her own experience. As long as we are, for better or worse, a celebrity-obsessed culture, let’s make sure to tune in when someone in the spotlight has the courage to tell the truth about abortion. And pay attention, again, to what Ms. Burstyn said about abortion with the clarity of hindsight:

“I think it’s a very traumatic experience, not necessarily at the time, but later. It doesn’t go away.”

If you agree with me that it’s time to recall abortion, please go to RecallAbortion.com and sign the petition.

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