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Decades of abortion regret, and still pro-choice

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Viv Albertine

Viv Albertine

I had never heard of the singer Viv Albertine until earlier this week, when I read on Hollywood.com that her abortion in 1978, when she was pregnant with The Clash guitarist Mick Jones, has haunted her for decades. My heart went out to her. In her new book, “Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys,” Ms. Albertine wrote about her 11 subsequent attempts at in vitro fertilization, her two miscarriages, giving birth, finally, in 1999, and her lingering abortion regret.

“I didn’t regret the abortion for 20 years. But eventually I did and I still regret it now. I wish I’d kept the baby, whatever the cost. It’s hard to live with.”

But her next quote tempered my sympathy. The right to choose, she said, “cannot and must not be ever taken away from us.”

After 36 years of abortion regret, she still thinks women must have the right to choose? To choose what, exactly? A lifetime of regret? Infertility? Difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term? In my book, “Recall Abortion,” I delve deeply into all the health problems that can be the direct result of an abortion – including, too often, death. Abortion is not health care. It certainly didn’t make Ms. Albertine healthy, emotionally or physically.

Why is it vital to keep this terrible choice available to women?

If we really want to be pro-woman, we would help friends facing an unexpected pregnancy in meaningful ways. We could ask how we can help, what they need. We could direct them to pregnancycenters.org to find a pregnancy resource center equipped to help with everything from financial resources to a place to live, to job training. We would discuss making an adoption plan with them. We would go to the first ultrasound appointment, and be thrilled to see the flashing light that is the baby’s heartbeat.

It’s been more than 10 years since I co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and in that time I have met hundreds of women with the courage to say they regret their abortions and then work to bring about an end to abortion. They want to warn women that this particular choice comes with consequences that can’t be fully understood until it’s too late.

Ms. Albertine knows that herself. Why would she want other women to suffer the way she has?

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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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CVS should pull contraceptives from its shelves

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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It’s great news that CVS has taken the bold and proactive step of committing to remove tobacco products from its shelves by Oct. 1. I applaud the decision.

But I would like to see the company go one step further by banning the sale of contraception and abortifacient drugs.

In announcing the ban on the sale of cancer-causing nicotine products, Larry J. Merlo, CEO and president of CVS, said: “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

But what is the company’s purpose in regard to women’s health?

As I pointed out in my book, “Recall Abortion,” oral contraceptives that combine the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as most birth control pills do, have been designated Class I carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.

Beyond cancer, the Pill causes numerous – and serious – health risks to women, including blood clots, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cervical and liver cancer, elevated blood pressure and stroke.
Shouldn’t CVS care about these known and demonstrated risks to women?

And what about “emergency contraception,” like Plan B, which is now available without a prescription to girls of any age. This is bad medicine too. The makers of Plan B don’t know exactly how it works, and no studies have been done to see how it would impact those with liver or kidney diseases. No studies have been done to determine overdose levels. This is a powerful and dangerous drug, being placed into to the hands of minors who can’t even buy cold remedies over the counter anymore.

And finally there’s Ella, another mystery drug whose manufacturers insist it is not abortifacient, even though it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. But if conception took place one day after, what an unsuspecting woman is doing four days later is causing a very early abortion of her fertilized embryo. Like Plan B, many of the potential hazards of Ella have simply not been studied.

If CVS is serious about wanting to protect the health of its customers, I hope they took a good hard look at the women and girls whose health and fertility are jeopardized by continued sales of contraceptives and abortifacients.

To learn more about the harmful effects of contraception, please go to www.RecallAbortion.com.

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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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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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Abortion, by any other name, is still abortion

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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My colleague Marie Smith of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues this week brought to my attention some very disturbing news: A group of academics and researchers – whose work seems to suggest they have never met an abortion they didn’t like — is trying to drum up support and development funding for a new type of “post-fertilization contraception.” They envision a pill that women could take up to a month after an unprotected sex act resulted in pregnancy.

That’s not contraception. That’s abortion.

What these researchers laud as a potential wonder drug that “could serve more women and provide more benefit at a population level,” the rest of us recognize as another way to abort a child, with considerable risk to the mother. Imagine the hormonal horror of a pill strong enough to dislodge and kill a developing baby.

As I pointed out in the book “Recall Abortion,” the birth control pill is bad medicine, causing everything from blood clots to strokes to cancer. Emergency contraception is touted as safe as can be, but after reading patients reviews of Plan B and Ella, you don’t get such a warm and fuzzy feeling. Women talk about menstrual cycles knocked out of whack and lingering back and abdominal pain. And then there’s RU-486, whose mortality rate prompted the FDA to issue new warnings about its use even as its popularity, and profitability, grew. Make no mistake about it, RU-486 poses a great risk to women’s health.

But these hard facts aren’t enough to deter this band of population control advocates from calling for the development of yet another harmful pill. For this group, preventing birth is the ultimate and only goal.

In their article, “Embracing post-fertilisation methods of family planning: a call to action,” published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, the group helpfully notes that “A woman could potentially use a post-fertilisation method on a planned schedule only once in each menstrual cycle, no matter how many prior coital acts she had had in that cycle.” The promise of spontaneity and a complete freedom from personal responsibility is what will sell this do-it-yourself abortion, they believe. Young women and girls who have drunk the Kool-Aid of “reproductive justice” would likely be the main targets of this population control campaign.

This pill has yet to be developed, thank God, but you can be sure that if it ever comes to market, it will be very profitable for some, and very, very detrimental to many — women and children.

To read what Marie Smith wrote about “post-fertilization contraception,” click here:

To sign a petition to get abortion off the market, go to www.recallabortion.com

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Unsafe airbags vs. unsafe abortion

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

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Consumer protection is in the news today after four Japanese automakers, including Toyota and Nissan, recalled 3.4 million cars around the world because their airbags are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

Product recalls were designed with consumer safety in mind. Products that cause documented harm to human beings, animals and the environment are routinely pulled from the shelves, sometimes forever. Unless the product is abortion. For 40 years, abortion has been killing, maiming, disabling and emotionally destroying not only the unborn children who are its intended targets, but also their mothers and fathers, their extended families, and society itself.

To see the whole range of destruction abortion causes, you only have to peek into a Philadelphia courtroom, where abortionist Kermit Gosnell is on trial for allegedly killing a female patient and seven children who survived late-term abortions.

In the trial that began last month, jurors have heard from former Gosnell staffers about how he treated his white patients better than the minority, destitute and immigrant women who made up the bulk of his practice. How he would routinely snip the spinal cords of babies born alive during abortion procedures that often were performed past the legal cutoff point in Pennsylvania. How he kept the feet of dead babies in jars. How he instructed down-on-their-luck, off-the-books staffers in his ghoulish techniques. How he ended the life of Karnamaya Mongar by giving her too much anesthetic and leaving her alone to die. How, after the 41-year old, diminutive woman was taken to a hospital, the abortion assembly line started right back up.

It would be horrifying enough if Gosnell’s clinic was an anomaly, but it’s not. In fact, it is much more the rule than the exception. When police were called to investigate a possible break-in at an abortion clinic in Muskegon, Mich., in January, they found blood on the floor and walls, buckets with unknown fluid in the operating room, and blood dripping from a sink in a patient room. A clinic in Birmingham was ordered closed by the health department after investigators found that, among other atrocities, untrained staffers were treating women. Recently it has become apparent that the clinic may be doing abortions again, illegally. You can find stories of clinics operating with horrific conditions, and unlicensed abortionists, all over the country.

People who support “choice” say that outlawing abortion will send women flocking to back-alley abortionists whose shoddy practices will endanger their lives. But the truth is, Roe v. Wade and pro-aborts’ insistence on unfettered access to abortion has brought the back alley to the front office. Hundreds of women (the true number is probably in the thousands) have died during legal abortions since 1973. Two of those tragic deaths have occurred within the last nine months: Tonya Reaves died after a second-trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago in July 2012, and Jennifer Morbelli, a New York resident, died after a 33-week abortion at the killing factory operated by LeRoy Carhart in Germantown, Md.

Isn’t it time that we take a critical look at this procedure called abortion? Isn’t it time that we acknowledge the terrible harm abortion causes to consumers who number in the millions?

Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

If you agree with me that abortion must be pulled from the shelves, please go to RecallAbortion.com and sign the petition demanding a government recall.

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

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Isn’t it time to Recall Abortion?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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Sundance Festival film-goers in Utah were said to have wept at the heroics of the last four abortionists in America willing to kill third-trimester babies. LeRoy Carhart was one of the four “doctors” featured in the documentary “After Tiller.”

Today Carhart is making people weep for a different reason. On Thursday, a 29-year-old woman who was 33 weeks pregnant died during a four-day abortion procedure at his abortion clinic in Maryland.

According to the Maryland Coalition for Life – which cited credible anonymous sources —  the out-of-state woman arrived at Germantown Reproductive Health Service Sunday evening to begin the procedure. Pro-lifers who pray outside the clinic on a regular basis said the woman appeared “pale and weak” when she returned to the clinic Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Thursday morning around 5 a.m., according to the Maryland coalition, the woman was in pain but unable to reach Carhart for assistance. She was driven to a hospital emergency room in a private vehicle. She was pronounced dead several hours later.

This is not the first abortion fatality for Carhart. He was implicated in the death of Christin Gilbert in 2005. Ms. Gilbert was a 19-year-old with Down syndrome whose parents took her to George Tiller’s late-term clinic in Wichita, where Carhart was an associate.

We don’t know why the woman who died yesterday chose an abortion for her nearly full-term child but the choice proved fatal to her, as it has to hundreds of women in the 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court Roe V. Wade decision made abortion legal any time during pregnancy and for any reason. Most Americans still do not realize that abortions take place in the third-trimester. At 33 weeks, this woman’s baby was certainly viable.

If her life was imperiled by the pregnancy, she could have had labor induced or even had a C-section, and she and the baby likely would be alive today. If the young woman had a doctor who was committed to life, and to the practice of good medicine, she might not have made the trip to Maryland that ended her life.

“You never pit the life of the mother against the life of the child,” Dr. John Bruchalski of the Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia told me for my book, “Recall Abortion.”

“You have to have a relationship with the patient to be able to convince her that you won’t let her die and that her baby doesn’t have to die either,” Dr. Bruchalski said. “What we do with mothers at risk is practice good medicine. We monitor her, in the hospital or even in intensive care if we need to. We deliver the baby when we have to.”

If the baby had a life-limiting disorder, his mother could have turned to a perinatal hospice program that would care for her  in the late stages of her pregnancy, and give her and her family a chance to hold and cuddle and love the baby for however long he or she would live. The baby would have experienced love and died with dignity. Dr. Byron Calhoun, a pioneer of perinatal hospice, said the hospice program was developed as an alternative to late-term abortion. A better choice.

“We had to have something to offer people other than ‘don’t do that,’” he said.

Parents who choose perinatal hospice still must deal with the grief that comes from losing a child, but studies have shown they can deal with that grief much better than those who choose late-term abortion.

“We explain that they’re not going to escape any of the grief,” Dr. Calhoun says in the book. “But we ask them if they want to spend time with their babies.”  He said 75 percent of couples who are offered perinatal hospice choose it over abortion.

LeRoy Carhart was the worst choice this woman could have made, and now she and her baby have paid the ultimate price.

How many women will have to die before Carhart is forced into retirement?

How many babies will be torn limb from limb before we realize the inhumanity of our actions?

How much longer until we recall abortion?

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