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Another botched abortion, another young woman killed by “choice”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

LakishaWilson2[1]Lakisha Wilson would be alive today if we cared about women’s health. Because if we did, if we really cared about women’s health, we would have banned abortion long ago, as soon as it became obvious that abortion was equally deadly in the front office and the back alley.

Yesterday we watched the CEO of General Motors get a public dressing-down because her company failed to recall cars to perform a very inexpensive fix until thirteen people had died. The broken-hearted families of some of these GM victims have been interviewed on television and we feel for them. We understand their grief. We know that losing a loved one from a completely preventable cause feels woefully unfair.

We may never see the family of Lakisha Wilson on TV. We will not be shown what her family is going through, knowing that they lost this beautiful 22-year-old woman because of a harmful and deadly procedure that should have been recalled decades ago. Certainly no CEO will face a congressional grilling. Did you see Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards facing angry politicians after one of her clinics let Tonya Reaves bleed to death in Chicago? No.

When abortion is the cause of death, there is a whole new set of rules. It’s not mentioned in the media. Death certificates are tailored to make it seem that it wasn’t the abortion that killed these women. The pro-aborts on Twitter barely make a sound. But the fact remains that Lakisha Wilson would be alive today if she hadn’t gone to Preterm clinic in Cleveland to end the life of her baby. And her child would still be kicking in her womb.

The cloak of silence around abortion is so heavy that we would not even know of Lakisha’s death had it not been for the pro-life protesters and sidewalk counselors who watched her taken away by ambulance, and we would not have heard the total nonchalance with which a clinic worker summoned an ambulance to attend a to a young woman who was not breathing if not for the tireless efforts of our friends at Operation Rescue. They are leading a press conference today to make sure people do learn of Lakisha and what killed her.

There is never a reason compelling enough to kill an unborn child, but somehow we as a society have learned to avert our eyes. We cannot let this willful blindness obscure the truth about abortion. It is a harmful product that kills women and their children, and it needs to be recalled before one more mother exercises her freedom of choice and dies in the process.

Please go to RecallAbortion.com and sign the petition to demand that abortion is taken off the market.
And if you are not convinced then read my book, Recall Abortion where there is compelling evidence as to why this product called abortion should be recalled!

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Why are Yaz and Yasmin still on the market?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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On March 1, the German drug maker Bayer reported that it has spent $1.69 billion – BILLION – to settle 8,250 lawsuits filed by women who were harmed by the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. The drugs have been linked to more than 100 deaths, including 23 reported in Canada last year. Other injuries include blood clots, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

Last month, the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency warned that drugs like Yasmin double a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot. And yet in Canada, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said the drugs are “safe and effective.”
What’s going on here?

When I was researching “Recall Abortion” in 2012, Yaz settlements in the U.S. alone had reached $402.6 million, and the FDA warned Bayer that it had to strengthen its warning about blood clots. Now it’s two years later, women are still suffering, women are still dying, and Yaz and Yasmin are still on the market because they make money – even after the legal bills are paid.

The tragedy of Yaz and Yasmin was brought home to me last month when I gave a presentation at the Legatus national conference in Orlando. A woman who heard my talk about harmful contraception approached me afterward to talk about the daughter of her dear friend. The college student was prescribed Yaz for a serious acne condition, and not long after she began taking it, she suffered a blood clot in the brain that left her in a coma for five years. When I met this woman, her friend’s daughter had just been buried. No legal settlement can compensate the loss of a daughter.

But Bayer marches on. The pharmaceutical giant last year bolstered its contraceptives holding by purchasing the California company Conceptus, maker of Essure.

Essure, which has been on the market for more than 10 years, is advertised as a permanent sterilization method that is less invasive and cheaper than a tubal ligation. It consists of metal coils that are implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. The resulting scar tissue acts as a sperm blocker. It’s hard to imagine how Essure ever won FDA approval, but if you go by the stories posted on a daily basis by members of a Facebook group called “Essure Problems,” it is harming women in dozens of debilitating, and even deadly, ways. And to make it worse, Essure has the status of a protected medical device so its victims can’t even sue. The best thing these women – many of them young – can hope for is to find a physician willing to perform a hysterectomy.

How many women have to suffer and die for a product to be taken off the market? Apparently, there is no magic number. The bad medicine of abortion and contraception are too profitable, too sacred in our secular nation, to let women’s health concerns get in the way.

Contrast this to the news of yet another auto recall just a few weeks ago. GM recalled 1.3 million cars to fix problems with a faulty ignition that led to 13 deaths. I don’t think there’s a driver in America who would question why that recall was necessary, and in fact GM is under fire for waiting so long to take action.

Why don’t we call for that same kind of action when women die? Why don’t we demand a recall of the drugs and procedures that are killing us?

To sign a petition to demand such a recall, go to RecallAbortion.com

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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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New study from China recognizes the abortion-breast cancer link

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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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.

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All Eyes Are on Texas

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Pro-lifers pray in Austin as the Texas Legislature votes on new abortion laws this past summer.

Pro-lifers pray in Austin as the Texas Legislature votes on new abortion laws this past summer.

It’s been a crazy week in Texas but as of today, people who care about women and children are winning.

A federal judge this week blocked enforcement of some of the new abortion laws that were passed during a tempestuous special session of the Texas Legislature over the summer. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the laws can be enacted as scheduled while suits brought against them by Planned Parenthood and other abortion profiteers make their way through the courts.

At issue is whether Texas can legally require all abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals near their abortion clinics, and whether RU-486 can be administered in ways not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Circuit Court Judge Priscilla Owen wrote in her opinion that the state was likely to prevail in restricting medication abortions, and that there was a “substantial likelihood” that the state would “prevail in its argument that Planned Parenthood failed to establish an undue burden on women seeking abortions” or that the admitting-privileges requirement was a “substantial obstacle” for them.

Take a step back from all the legal arguments about hospital admitting privileges for a minute to consider what’s being debated here. The question is, should doctors who perform abortions have to be able to do follow-up care in a hospital setting for women whose “safe” abortions left them injured or sick. My answer? Of course they should! If you had knee surgery performed by an orthopedic surgeon in an ambulatory surgery center and something went awry, you would see that same doctor in a hospital for follow-up care. It just makes sense. Would you ever choose a doctor who couldn’t get hospital admitting privileges? I sure wouldn’t and I don’t think anyone would.

In my book, “Recall Abortion,” I talked at length about how abortion differs from every other ambulatory procedure. Any other type of invasive procedure requires a prior meeting with the doctor, and possibly the anesthesiologist. Blood work, chest x-rays and other tests are routinely performed to make sure a patient is healthy enough to have the surgery. Not so with abortion. A mother shows up, pays for the abortion up front – which is in itself a departure from standard medical practice – and sees the doctor for the first time after she’s already on the exam table. Many women who are part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign say they never even learned the doctor’s name.

Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose money if any of its clinics have to close as a result of the new law, says the admitting privileges issue will keep women in Texas from being able to access “safe” abortions. But abortionists are notorious for practicing bad medicine, often with suspended or revoked licenses. How safe can an abortion be if the physician performing it has been turned away from the local hospital?

Pro-aborts in Texas and all over the country are claiming the new laws are part of the war against women. But these laws were enacted by a democratically elected body acting on the wishes of its constituents. And the three judges on the panel that allowed the laws to take effect were all women. The war they’re waging in Texas is not a war against women, but a war against bad medicine.

The truth of the matter is that abortion is the war against women and it’s high time we get this harmful product off the market. If you agree with me, please go to RecallAbortion.com to sign my petition. If you want to learn more about how abortion is harming women, please read the book.

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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.

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Who was Nellie Gray and why should you remember?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

 

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Left to Right: Dee Becker, Nellie Gray, Georgette Forney and Janet Morana

You know of the abortion debate but how many of you know of a feisty woman from Texas who, when Roe v. Wade was decided, wouldn’t take it lying down.   She put aside what could have been a very successful career as an attorney and founded the March for Life Educational Fund. One of the fund’s main activities was organizing the March for Life in Washington, D.C., held every Jan. 22nd since 1974.

Nellie was a very determined individual who wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned and protection to the unborn restored.  She was a no exception, no compromise advocate for the unborn.  Some may still feel that exceptions should be made for pregnancies conceived through rape and incest, but not Nellie. She said no exceptions and she meant it. Last year I was with Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape, and Nellie in Washington and Rebecca said, “I am the exception.  I am that 1 percent of abortions.  Isn’t my life worth saving?”  She thanked Nellie for her tireless, fearless service for protecting all the unborn babies, even the 1 percenters like herself.

I got into the abortion battle much later than Nellie. In fact, there was a time when I was clueless about the issue. But in 1989, I went to the March for Life in D.C. for the very first time.  I was on a bus that left my parish, St. Charles on Staten Island, led by our parish priest, Fr. Frank Pavone.

When we arrived in DC our first event was the rally that precedes the March.  It was a very cold and windy day.  Standing in the freezing cold I heard, for the first time, Nellie Gray speaking to the crowd that had gathered.  It was an inspirational moment for me.  When the rally was over , we marched all the way from the Ellipse up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court.  I have never missed a March for Life since then.

Nellie stood up for the unborn but she also was an advocate for women.  In 2003, I co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with Georgette Forney.  The Campaign gave a platform for women who regretted their abortions to speak publicly about the physical and psychological damage they suffered as a result. In 2005, Nellie embraced our Campaign and invited the women to lead the March for Life carrying their “I Regret My Abortion” signs. We have been leading the March for Life ever since.

Last year, when I learned of Nellie Gray’s passing at the age of 88, I felt like a member of my family had passed away.  Thank you, Nellie, for your vision and determination. Thank you, Nellie, for embracing the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.  And thank you, Nellie, for giving me the determination to fight the fight to bring an end to abortion.

On the first anniversary of your passing from this life to your rich reward in heaven, where you are joined by other pro-life warriors like John Cardinal O’Connor, Rep. Henry Hyde and others, I salute you again.  And as the late Henry Hyde said,” “When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!’ ” Certainly that chorus of voices was raised for Nellie Gray.

Nellie, we will never forget you, we will not compromise and we will march on until we bring an end to abortion.  I and many other promise you, we will not let abortion survive in our lifetime.

Rest in peace, dear Nellie.

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Greetings from Rome!!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Gospel of Life Pilgrimage to Rome that I am leading with Father Frank Pavone and Teresa Tomeo officially begins this evening when we meet our 150 pilgrims. I look forward to having a chance to getting to know each of them.

We came to Italy a few days early because we had the chance to meet the family of St. Gianna Molla, who died rather than have a life-saving treatment that would have killed the child in her womb. Her daughter and namesake, Gianna, who was just days old when her mother died, visited the Priests for Life office last year, and we were thrilled to be invited to visit her family in Milan.

I’m posting a few photos from the first days of our pilgrimage to Italy and included is one of me with Laura Beretta Molla, who was 2 years old when her mother died, and her husband Giuseppe. There’s also a photo of Father Frank Pavone, Teresa Tomeo and I with Bishop Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life.pro-life-pilgrimage-09

I had a chance to give a copy of my book, "Recall Abortion," to newly ordained Father Simon Carian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

I had a chance to give a copy of my book, “Recall Abortion,” to newly ordained Father Simon Carian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Teresa Tomeo and I had a chance to meet Bishop Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Who was Nellie Gray and why should you care?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

You know of the abortion debate but how many of you know about the feisty woman from Texas who, on the passing of the Roe v.  Wade decision, refused to take it lying down.  She put aside what could have been a very successful career as an attorney and founded the March for Life Educational Fund. One of its main activities was the March for Life in Washington, D.C., held every year on Jan. 22, the date of the infamous decision. The first march was in 1974, the one-year anniversary.

Nellie was a very determined individual who wanted to see Roe V. Wade overturned and protection restored to the unborn.  She was a no-exception, no-compromise advocate for the unborn.  Many of you who are otherwise pro-life might think that abortion should remain legal for victims of rape and incest.  Not Nellie; she would say “absolutely not.”  Recently I was in D.C. with Nellie and Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life activist who was conceived in rape. Rebecca told us, “I am the exception. I am that 1 percent of abortions.  Isn’t my life worth saving?” She thanked Nellie for her tireless, fearless service for protecting all the unborn babies, even the 1 percent exceptions like herself.

I got into the abortion battle much later than Nellie. In fact, there was a time when I was clueless about the issue. But in 1989, I went to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life for the very first time.  I was on a bus that left my parish, St Charles in Staten Island, led by our parish priest, Fr. Frank Pavone.

When we arrived, our first event was the March for Life rally.  It was a startlingly cold and windy day when I heard Nellie speak for the very first time. It was an inspirational moment for me.  When the rally was over, we marched all the way from the Ellipse up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court.  I have never missed a March for Life since then.

Nellie stood up for the unborn but she also was an advocate for the women victimized by abortion.  In 2003, I co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with Georgette Forney.  The Campaign offered women who regretted their abortions an opportunity to speak publicly about the damage done to them, both physically and psychologically.  In 2005, Nellie embraced our Campaign and invited the women to lead the March for Life carrying their “I Regret My Abortion” signs and we have been leading the March for Life ever since.

When I learned of Nellie Gray’s passing, at the age of 88, I felt like a member of my family had passed away.  Thank you, Nellie, for your vision and determination. Thank you, Nellie, for embracing the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.  And thank you, Nellie, for giving me the determination to fight the fight to bring an end to abortion.

It saddens me that you will not be with us this year as we mark the 40th memorial of Roe v.  Wade in January.  But I know that you have gone on to your rich reward where you are joined by other pro-life warriors like John Cardinal O’Connor and Rep. Henry Hyde and others.

And as the late Henry Hyde said,” “When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!'”

So dear Nellie, as the angels lead you into paradise, know that we will march on!

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Making America a No-Kill Nation

Friday, June 1st, 2012

A petition to make America a No Kill nation is making its way around the Twittersphere using the hashtag #NoKill.

The petition asks people to sign on to show their support for a bill called the Companion Animal Protection Act to be passed on the state level. Delaware already has passed a similar bill

I found this description of the act at www.thepetitionsite.com.

“Right now, about four million homeless dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year.

The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) would install a framework for America that has worked to create No Kill communities. Just a few things CAPA would do are:

– Establish a definition of No Kill that includes all savable animals, including feral cats;

– Make it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a rescue group or No Kill shelter is willing to save him or her;

– Make it illegal for a shelter to kill owner-relinquished animals without making them available for adoption or transfer to a rescue group, even in cases where the owner wants the animal killed, unless the animal is suffering.

Imagine if we tried to take care of the unborn this way! Let’s look at some minor modifications to the Companion Animal Protection Act .

 

“Right now, about 1.2 million unborn babies are killed in their mothers’ wombs every year.

The Compassion for All Preborn Children Act would install a framework for America that has worked to create No Kill communities. Just a few things CAPCA would do are: – Establish a definition of No Kill that includes all unborn children, including the unwanted, unplanned and inconvenient ones. – Make it illegal for an abortionist to kill a pre-born child if any other options exist – i.e. adoption, providing shelter and job training for the mother during her pregnancy, material assistance for the mother, etc. – Make it illegal for an abortionist to kill mother-relinquished children without making them available for adoption or foster care, even in cases where the mother wants the child killed.

 

I love animals. I have two dogs myself and they are wonderful, lovable companions that I cherish. But they are not people. Let’s work on making America a No Kill Nation for the Unborn.

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