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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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The debate on anesthesia for babies before late-term abortion

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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The Los Angeles Times yesterday reported on the “junk science” – as described by abortion advocates — behind new abortion restrictions enacted or under consideration in a number of states, including a bill in Montana that calls for babies beyond 20 weeks to be anesthetized prior to an abortion. Last month, the Washington Post wrote a story focusing specifically on the Montana bill, which has now been passed by the state legislature and is heading to the pro-choice governor for action.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, sent out a statement  urging Gov. Steve Bullock to sign this humane bill and make it law. Until abortion is unthinkable and illegal, I hope every state passes a fetal anesthesia bill.

What would be the reason NOT to?

Science has pro-lifers convinced beyond a doubt that children in the womb do feel pain at 20 weeks. Pro-aborts and the media that marches in lockstep with them say the science is “disputed” and there’s always a mention of a 2005 study reported in JAMA that found “evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester.” Please note the wording. Limited evidence “indicates” that pain is “unlikely.”

In other words, they’re not sure. Also worth mentioning, two of the five researchers didn’t bother to tell the journal’s editors that they were personally involved in abortions and abortion advocacy.

Those who have no passionate views on abortion could reasonably come to the conclusion that babies in the womb halfway through pregnancy MIGHT feel pain.  Shouldn’t we then err on the side of caution and provide an in utero injection of painkiller to minimize the brutality of death by late-term abortion?

The reason pro-aborts oppose fetal anesthesia prior to abortion is because any measure that gets people thinking about the humanity of the child in the womb is bad for the bottom line for abortion profiteers.

Let’s take a look at what abortionists and former abortionists have said about late-term abortion.

In the medical textbook “Abortion Practice,” abortionist Warren Hern wrote:

The procedure changes significantly at 21 weeks because the fetal tissues become much more cohesive and difficult to dismember. This problem is accentuated by the fact that the fetal pelvis may be as much as 5 cm in width. The calvaria [head] is no longer the principal problem; it can be collapsed. Other structures, such as the pelvis, present more difficulty….A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus…”

This next description is from Priests for Life medical advisor Dr. Anthony Levatino, taken from his testimony before Congress in 2013.

“Look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At the end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go. A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can.

“At twenty-four weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard–really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about six inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.

The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a large plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush d own on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.”

For my book “Recall Abortion,” I interviewed Dr. John Bruchalski, who performed abortions in his medical residency but never again. One thing he told me about late-term abortion I will never forget.

“When you kill another human life up close and personal, it’s viciously brutal,” he said. “The baby fights back a little bit. When they get real big, they don’t want to be killed.”

After more than 20 years in the pro-life movement, I know there are pro-abortion people who could read Dr. Bruchalski’s words and not even flinch. But just imagine the reaction we might get if we talked about preborn puppies being torn limb from limb, watching their paws and snouts and tails being yanked out by the vicious-looking Sopher clamp. The outrage would be palpable.

But because we are talking about abortion, there is actually a debate. Shame on us.

(To read more on why we should take the practice of abortion off the medical shelves in America please read “Recall Abortion.”)

 

 

 

 

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Shame on you, PBS

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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The taxpayer-supported network that’s home to “Sesame Street” and noted for highlighting the fine arts will sink to a new low on Monday when it shows “After Tiller,” a love letter to late-term abortion.

The propaganda film highlights the grisly business of third-trimester abortion and the four abortionists who openly commit it in the United States, a rogue’s gallery if ever there was one.

Just weeks after the film opened to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, one of its “stars,” George Tiller protégé LeRoy Cahart, killed baby Madison Leigh during her 33rd week of gestation. Days later, her mother, Jennifer Morbelli, also died. Carhart was in another state, perhaps on his way to kill other babies, when Jennifer was dying. This is the same abortionist who was caught on an undercover video comparing a baby he has killed in the womb to “meat in a crockpot.”

The film also profiles Susan Robinson, who admitted during one interview that killing a child at 37 weeks, instead of the 34 weeks she had expected, “was quite a moment.” She suggests that parents of the fully formed babies she kills take pictures and footprints, and create a memory box for the child they decided was not worthy of a live birth.

In 2008, Operation Rescue filed a police report about Shelley Sella, another of the four, after an employee at Tiller’s Wichita clinic said she had seen Sella stab to death a baby born alive at 35 weeks. Nothing ever came of that, which should surprise no one.

And finally, meet Warren Hern. His abortion how-to textbook described the procedure used to kill a late-term baby using the D&E (dilation and evacuation) method: “The procedure changes significantly at 21 weeks because the fetal tissues become much more cohesive and difficult to dismember. This problem is accentuated by the fact that the fetal pelvis may be as much as 5cm in width. The calvaria [head] is no longer the principal problem; it can be collapsed. Other structures, such as the pelvis, present more difficulty….A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus.”

These are the “stars” PBS is choosing to highlight as a holiday honoring working people in America draws to a close.

Viewers will hear the terrible circumstances – and they are often terrible, tragic and unbearably sad – that brought these parents to consider such a brutal and barbaric end to their child’s life. But there are many truths that viewers will not hear and see, including what Dr. John Bruchalski told me about later-term abortion for my book, “Recall Abortion.”

“When you kill another human life up close and personal,” he said, “it’s viciously brutal. The baby fights back a little bit. When they get real big, they don’t want to be killed.”

It is no doubt true that many of these mothers and fathers were convinced to abort by doctors who were afraid of malpractice or “wrongful life” lawsuits. We know that a doctor told Jennifer Morbelli her much-wanted daughter would have a seizure disorder. Women with Down syndrome babies in their womb are routinely pushed toward abortion. On my Radio Maria show this coming Tuesday, high school teacher Chad Judice will talk about the day he and his wife were told their second child would be born with spina bifida, and then given literature indicating that 80 percent of such babies are aborted. His son Eli, the subject of two books and now a happy kindergartener in Louisiana, owes his life to his parent’s conviction that every life is precious.

Many babies with fetal anomalies will never make it to kindergarten and will die shortly after birth. It’s these circumstances that are highlighted in “After Tiller.” I haven’t seen the film yet but I am certain there is no mention of perinatal hospice, a humane and loving alternative that parents can make for their critically ill babies. I also wrote about this option in “Recall Abortion,” and you can learn much more about it there. Committing to perinatal hospice requires mothers to continue to nurture in their womb babies they know will die. This can’t be easy, but there is solace, and love, and dignity, in giving birth to these children and holding them in the close embrace of their families for however much time they have. Mothers and fathers can create memory boxes with mementos of their living child. That’s real choice.

Whether you decide to watch “After Tiller” or not, let PBS know how you feel about the kind of programming they are spending your tax dollars to highlight. Click here to leave a comment for the PBS ombudsman. And tell them you expect to see the Gosnell movie on their station lineup once that film is released.

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How many women must die before abortion is recalled?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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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?

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The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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
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Unborn children need the same protections as harbor seals

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
A three-day-old harbor seal rescued on Atlantic Beach, Long Island.

A three-day-old harbor seal rescued on Atlantic Beach, Long Island.

We care so much for our pets' safety that we even take them for walks in special doggy strollers.

We care so much for our pets’ safety that we even take them for walks in special doggy strollers.

In December 1972,  one month before the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal to kill children in the womb up until their due date for any reason, a new law passed by Congress went into effect.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act made it illegal to approach, harbor, feed, or kill, all marine mammals – including dolphins, whales, sea lions, even polar bears. I was reminded of this law this morning when I heard about a newborn harbor seal that was rescued on Atlantic Beach on Long Island, his umbilical cord still attached, his mother nowhere to be found.

It’s impossible not to feel for this baby seal, with his big, sad eyes, and to hope that somehow he will be reunited with his mother, or adopted by another female harbor seal for the month that he needs to nurse. I’m willing to guess that just about everyone who sees his picture will have that instinctively protective reaction.

We love our pets. We love wildlife. We brake for animals. We use seatbelts and strollers for our dogs. What we don’t seem to care quite so much about is the most innocent and helpless human beings among us, those still in the womb.

As I discussed in my book, “Recall Abortion,” I learned a stark lesson about the different ways we view humans and animals when I was a public school teacher. A pro-choice colleague and I were hatching baby chickens in our first-grade classroom. One day we discovered an egg had broken open prematurely and we could see the beating heart of a baby chick that was not going to survive. My colleague, who equated abortion with “reproductive justice,” was desperate to find a way to save this chick and heartbroken when we couldn’t.

We offer animals unconditional love, and we are hyper-vigilant in our efforts to protect them. But children in the womb only get our love and protection if they are “wanted.”

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was sentenced in May to three consecutive life terms for killing three late-term babies born alive after abortion. Originally he was charged with seven such murders, but four were dismissed because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt those babies were born alive. These were second- and third-trimester babies who had a fighting chance of surviving. Whether he killed them inside the womb or outside makes no difference, or at least it shouldn’t. These babies with their umbilical cords attached deserve at least as much protection as the newborn harbor seal who made the news this morning.

 

 

Consider this paragraph from the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act:

Marine mammals have proven themselves to be resources of great international

significance, esthetic and recreational as well as economic, and it is the sense of the

Congress that they should be protected and encouraged to develop to the greatest extent

feasible commensurate with sound policies of resource management and that the primary

objective of their management should be to maintain the health and stability of the marine

ecosystem.

 

What about the health and stability of the human ecosystem irreparably harmed by abortion? Fifty-five million abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade. Two hundred million “missing girls” around the world as the result of gender-selective abortion. Untold millions of women and men regretting a choice no one would have made for the harbor seal rescued on Long Island.

 

Isn’t it time we treat our children with the same protective instincts we have toward animals?

Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

To order Janet’s book, go to www.RecallAbortion.com

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Pro-life movement must ensure that all “Houses of Horror” are exposed, closed

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic.

Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic.

The sordid tale coming to a conclusion inside the Philadelphia courtroom where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murdering six people is as strange as the stories being written about the case.

The mainstream media ignored the trial until called out by a handful of journalists and hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter. Now even the most pro-abortion members of the media finally are paying attention to the Gosnell atrocities, but are laying the blame for his horrific alleged crimes at the feet of the pro-life movement. According to one over-reaching report, Rick Santorum is personally at fault for not knowing what went on inside the Women’s Medical Society. That claim is ridiculous. Since when does a U.S. senator at any given moment know the goings on of each any every business in his or her state? How much does N.Y Sen. Schumer know about A1 Medicine in Queens, where Alexandra Nunez died in 2010? How much does N.J. Sen. Frank Lautenberg know about Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood, where investigators found a rusty crochet hook and a quarter-inch of dirt on the floor in 2007?

Pro-lifers, the new narrative goes, should have known what Gosnell was up to because they have had a steady presence outside what the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has described as a “house of horrors.” They should have gotten the inside scoop from the women coming out of the clinic. They should have reported what they knew.

Anyone who has spent time doing sidewalk counseling outside a clinic knows that a woman who has just had an abortion is not going to stop to talk. Once she walks out those doors, she’s already headed into an ironclad denial that can last for years, decades even. Those lucky enough to walk out of Gosnell’s clinic likely were in shock as well.

Also, as the Grand Jury report makes absolutely clear, Gosnell’s patients, former employees and many others did try to report what they saw and heard, but Pennsylvania wasn’t listening. According to the Grand Jury report, “We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

Pro-aborts also are claiming that pro-lifers’ insistence on clinic regulations and oversight is forcing facilities out of business and leaving women with fewer – and poorer — choices. The truth is that no Pennsylvania clinics closed after new regulations went into effect last summer as a result of the Gosnell mess, but most of them did have to spend money on renovations and new equipment purchases to bring them up to par with other ambulatory surgical facilities. The fact that clinics were unlicensed, uninspected and staffed with untrained people until 2012 is the fault of pro-abortion ideologues, as the Grand Jury report makes absolutely clear.

“..  the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor [Bob] Casey to Governor [Tom] Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

Clinic regulations are opposed by NARAL, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups wherever and whenever they are proposed because they know that many facilities would not be able to pass inspection. Think about that for a minute; they put women’s lives at risk in sub-par facilities for the sake of keeping abortion widely accessible. The laws in most states protect animals in veterinary clinics while women are left to abortion clinics with little or no regulations.

In addition, even when there are some regulations the problem is that federal, state and local governments fail to enforce the regulations until you have a “House of Horrors” finally uncovered!

Make no mistake, there are other abortionists working in conditions that are just as appalling, and babies born alive being murdered like those whose “fetal demise” Gosnell is accused of ensuring, despite clinic regulations and laws like the federal Infants Born Alive Act, which spells out in no uncertain terms that a “fetus” who survives an abortion is an American citizen with the same rights, and expectation of live-saving care, as you and I.

What’s missing across the board, from clinic oversight to infants born alive to hazardous waste disposal, is enforcement. Gosnell could not have gotten away with what he is alleged to have done for so long if even the lackluster laws on the books were enforced. Think about it for a minute, speed limit signs would be meaningless if it weren’t for the threat of the highway patrol giving out tickets.  Laws are only as good as the government willing to enforce them.

Pro-aborts, who can’t bear to have an unkind word uttered about abortion, have an obvious reason not to insist on enforcement.  But from this moment on, we pro-lifers have to be vigilant, proactive and insistent to ensure that no one ever again suffers the fate of Karnamaya Mongar and the seven unnamed babies Gosnell is charged with killing. Never again.

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Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 

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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.

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