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Indian Hospital defends disabled woman against authorís call for euthanasia
LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/1/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski

Posted on 02/01/2011 3:57:17 PM PST by wagglebee


MUMBAI, February 1, 2011 ( - Doctors at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital are concerned for the life of Aruna Shanbaug, a former nurse at KEM who suffered serious brain damage when she was strangled and raped in 1973, and who has been cared for by hospital staff ever since.

The Indian Supreme Court ordered an investigation into Shanbaug’s condition after a journalist, who wrote a book about Shanbaug, filed a petition seeking to have hospital staff discontinue feeding her.

Journalist Pinki Virani said through her lawyer that Shanbaug had been “virtually a dead person” for the last 38 years, living in a “persistent vegetative state” and thus did “not have the standard of life guaranteed by the Indian constitution.”

Virani’s petition asked the court to instruct the hospital staff to “forthwith ensure that no food is fed” to Shanbaug, according to a report in The Independent.

“This vegetative existence devoid of any human dignity is not life at all and putting mashed food in her mouth only amounts to violation of human dignity,” she said. “The continued vegetative existence of Aruna is a violation of her right to live with dignity ... she has a right to not be in this kind of sub-human condition.”

Virani’s lawyer, Shubhangi Tuli, submitted that the case was not about euthanasia, which is illegal in India, but rather about the medical definition of death. “She cannot move, she cannot hear. She only survives because she is being fed,” the lawyer said. “We are saying this is not life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.”

However, Dr. Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM hospital, disputes the claim made by Virani, saying that Shanbaug “is very much alive,” and in his affidavit filed to the court indicated that Shanbaug is not suffering, accepts food normally, responds by facial expressions and makes sounds to express her needs.

“She means a lot to KEM,” Dr. Oak told Mumbai’s DNA News. (

“She is on a liquid diet and loves listening to music. We have never subjected her to intravenous food or fed her via a tube. All these years, she hasn’t had even one bedsore. When those looking after her do not have a problem, I don’t understand why a party who has nothing to do with her needs to worry.”

“We have no moral right to terminate her life. I am certainly against euthanasia for Shanbaug,” Dr. Oak stated, and added “I call on her whenever I get time. I am there whenever she has dysentery or any other problem. She is very much alive and we have faith in the judiciary.”

Alex Schadenberg of Canada’s Euthanasia Prevention Coalition expressed grave concern over the Indian court being asked to rule on withdrawal of nourishment from Shanbaug – “who is not a family member or a friend from years before.”

“What is significant is that Shanbaug is not dying,” said Schadenberg. “She is a human person who is in an incredibly vulnerable condition. She is not requiring medical treatment, but rather she continues to live as long as she is fed.”

“Ms Virani has stated that the court needs to consider the medical definition of death,” Schadenberg observed. “If people with cognitive conditions are labeled as dead, then the meaning of life will be altered to a man-made definition. Who else will be defined as already dead?”

The anti-euthanasia activist pointed out that providing food and water to a person with cognitive disabilities “is normal care.” “It is not excessive, extraordinary, or burdensome and it is able to be done by anyone.”

Schadenberg warned that “if society decides that killing people by dehydration, which should be called euthanasia by dehydration, is acceptable, then society will have agreed that the most vulnerable in our society have lost their right to protection and may be killed by others.”

Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital contact info:

KEM Hospital
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel
Mumbai - 400012, India
Phone: 91-22-2413 6051
Fax: 91-22-2414 3435

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Schadenberg warned that “if society decides that killing people by dehydration, which should be called euthanasia by dehydration, is acceptable, then society will have agreed that the most vulnerable in our society have lost their right to protection and may be killed by others.”

Which has ALWAYS been part of the left's agenda.

1 posted on 02/01/2011 3:57:23 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 02/01/2011 3:58:52 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 02/01/2011 3:59:57 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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What I find most contemptible is that they never say to give a morphine overdose, but rather to starve them to death.

Makes me think of:

“And I was hungry, and ye gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink....”

4 posted on 02/01/2011 4:03:08 PM PST by Vesuvian (insert something witty here)
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The death mongers in India are trying to dehydrate Aruna Shanbaug, a woman who is the victim of rape and strangulation.

5 posted on 02/01/2011 4:03:58 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Makes me think of:

“And I was hungry, and ye gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink....”


6 posted on 02/01/2011 4:07:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Takes some balls to hire lawyers to kill some innocent stranger because you don't think they deserve to be alive.

A very special brand of evil.

7 posted on 02/01/2011 4:22:51 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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Takes some balls to hire lawyers to kill some innocent stranger because you don't think they deserve to be alive.

A very special brand of evil.

Yep, although that's essentially what Zero and his ilk want to do to America.

8 posted on 02/01/2011 4:26:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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God bless the staff of this hospital, for lovingly caring for this woman for so long, who is one of their own. May the Lord defend them against the influence of evil.

9 posted on 02/01/2011 4:33:38 PM PST by heartwood
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God bless the staff of this hospital, for lovingly caring for this woman for so long, who is one of their own. May the Lord defend them against the influence of evil.


10 posted on 02/01/2011 4:34:18 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Euthanasia Fans: YOU FIRST!

11 posted on 02/01/2011 4:49:14 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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Yikes!!! This story rocked me to my core! After I get my fuzzy headed toddler (also a vulnerable one by these standards) off to bed, I do believe I will appeal to St Michael for his protection of this woman & the lovely staff who care so deeply for her.

12 posted on 02/01/2011 4:52:30 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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Amen again. The good people sustaining this disabled woman have sound moral consciences: what a delight, what a delight to see this in our so-cynical world.

13 posted on 02/01/2011 4:57:28 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Pax vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo.)
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They want her dead, and they want to force her friends and care-givers to do it.

This is what they did to Terri. It wasn't enough to merely kill her, they had to force the people charged with her care to do the dirty work.

14 posted on 02/01/2011 4:58:26 PM PST by marron
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that they never say to give a morphine overdose, but rather to starve them to death

I wonder why.

15 posted on 02/01/2011 6:02:16 PM PST by GeronL (
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To: wagglebee

I’m missing something. Just where does this journalist
have the right, or “standing” as its known here to call
for the death by torture of a disabled woman met in the
course of their work?

16 posted on 02/01/2011 7:18:26 PM PST by cycjec
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that’s how they want you to think. “if we’re doing to do
murder, lets do it in more ‘humane’ manner”

17 posted on 02/01/2011 7:19:51 PM PST by cycjec
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!

18 posted on 02/01/2011 7:50:56 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

It used to be "no extraordinary medical procedures." Then it was "no medical assistance for food and water." Then it became "no compassionate help holding the spoon." At what point will we be forbidden to prepare meals for our loved ones who can't cook?

19 posted on 02/01/2011 8:38:24 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ √ě)
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Yes indeed. May they continue to resist the evil of euthanasia.

Email just sent to you!!

20 posted on 02/01/2011 8:52:40 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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I’m missing something. Just where does this journalist have the right, or “standing” as its known here to call for the death by torture of a disabled woman met in the course of their work?

Future global death panel candidate.

21 posted on 02/01/2011 9:12:32 PM PST by taraytarah
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To: wagglebee
Thank you for bringing this story to our attention. This part really stood out to me:

“She is on a liquid diet and loves listening to music. We have never subjected her to intravenous food or fed her via a tube. All these years, she hasn’t had even one bedsore. When those looking after her do not have a problem, I don’t understand why a party who has nothing to do with her needs to worry.

22 posted on 02/02/2011 3:04:24 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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It's hard to read this without crying.

Thread by Coleus.

When The Unborn Doesn't Go Quietly To His Execution, "Tiny Tim"

It was a relatively calm day in my hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I and two other nurses were trying to have a conversation amid the customary sounds of ventilators and heart monitors. I was in mid-sentence when the shrill ring of the red emergency phone halted everything. "Come fast," the voice said urgently, "We need a neonatal nurse here STAT!" (that's immediately). Fear gripped my heart as I ran into the delivery room, but instantly I knew the situation was critical, and I was now prepared for what I was about to experience. "What's happened here?" I asked. "It's an oops abortion, and now it's your problem!" responded one of the nurses. For us, an 'oops abortion' meant that the fetus had survived the abortion procedure.

A pediatrician had also been called to the scene. He ran by me with the fetus, (now called a baby), in his hand and yelled in my direction. I followed him into the resuscitation room adjoining the delivery room.

I looked into the bed of the warmer as I grabbed equipment. There lay a baby boy...... a very, very tiny baby boy. The doctor and I immediately made an attempt at intubation, that is, inserting a tube down the windpipe from the mouth or nose of the infant to the tip of the lungs to try to ventilate, expand and get oxygen into them. The doctor's efforts at intubation failed. All it did was further traumatize the baby. I glanced at the doctor and hesitantly asked, "Will you attempt intubation again?'

"It would be inhumane to attempt to intubate this poor little thing again. This infant will never survive." "Well", I said, "it is my job to ask." The doctor softened, "I'm sorry, Sharon, I'm just angry. The mother doesn't want the inconvenience of a baby, so she comes to the hospital so she can pay somebody to get rid of it -- all neat and tidy. Then the whole thing gets messed up when the little one has the audacity to survive."

"And then everybody takes it seriously, and they call the pediatrician, and I'm supposed to fix it, or get rid of it." With anger in his voice, he went on, "Some lawyers will fight for the right for the mother to do whatever she wants to with her body, but watch out for what they do when abortions aren't so neat and tidy!!! A failed homicide -- oops! Then all of a sudden everybody cares, and it's turned from a 'right' into a 'liability' that someone is blamed for!"

We looked at our pathetic little patient. He was lying in the fetal position in the wrong environment, trying to get air into underdeveloped lungs that could not do the job.

In a calmed voice, the doctor said, "Okay, Nurse, I'm going back to my office. Keep him comfortable and let me know when it's over. I'm sorry about this. Call me if you need me. I know this is a hard one. If it helps, please know it is tough for me too."

I watched the doctor retreat and then glanced back at the infant before me. He was gasping for air. 'Lord, help!', I prayed. Almost instinctively, I measured the baby's vital signs. His temperature was dangerously low. I pushed the warmer settings as high as they would go. His heart rate was about 180 - 200 beats per minute. I could count the beats by watching his little chest pulsate.

I settled down a bit and began to focus on this tiny little person. He had no name, so I gave him one. Suddenly, I found myself speaking to the baby. "Tiny Tim, who are you? I'm sorry you weren't wanted. It's not your fault."

I placed my little finger in his hand, and he grasped it. As I watched him closely, I marveled that all the minute parts of a beautiful baby were present and functioning in spite of this onslaught. I touched his toes and discovered that this premature baby was ticklish! He had a long torso and long legs, and I wondered if he would have become a basketball player. Perhaps he would have been a teacher or maybe a doctor.

Emotions swept over me as I thought of my friends who had been waiting and praying for years for a baby to adopt. I spoke aloud again to this miniature baby. "They would have given you a loving and happy home. Why would people destroy you before ever considering adoption? Ignorance isn't bliss, is it, Tiny Tim?"

So little Tim put his thumb into his mouth and sucked. I hoped that gave him comfort. I said, "I'm sorry, Tim. There are people who would risk their lives for a whale or an owl, but they wouldn't even blink an eye about what is happening to you." Tiny Tim gasped, and his little chest heaved as if a truck were sitting on it. With my stethoscope, I listened to his tiny, pounding heart. It seemed easier to focus on his physiology rather than on this tiny baby's humanity.

And then he wet...and my mind took off again. Here was Tiny Tim with a whole set of kidneys, a bladder and connecting tubes that functioned with a very complex system of chemistry. His plumbing was all working! I turned the overhead light up and little Tim turned away from it. In spite of eyelids that were still fused together, he wanted to protect his precious little eyes. I thought about them. They would never see a sunset, a mother's smile or the wagging tail of a dog.

I took his temperature again. It was dropping. He was gasping for air and continued to fight for life. I stroked him gently and began to sing to him.

Another nurse walked in. "How's the mother?" I asked. "Oh she's fine. She's back in her room resting." The family said they don't want to see or hear about anything. They said, "Just take care of it." The nurse retreated with one last glance at the tiny patient. "For such a little person, he sure is putting up a big fight," she said.

So there I was with this tiny, tiny preemie who had survived an abortion. The doctor had left. The family had said, 'Just take care of it'. Sharon had found the toes ticklish, and she watched him suck his thumb. She had turned the heat lights up, and he had turned his head away from the bright light to protect his eyes. And now he was wetting...his plumbing worked too.

I looked at Tiny Tim and wondered if he knew that what he was fighting for so hard was life -- and I knew he was losing his fight. He was dying...and his family was not even interested. Their words tormented me, "Just take care of it!" No muss, no fuss.

Then Tiny Tim moved and caught hold of my little finger. I let him hang on. I did not want him to die without being touched and cared for. As I saw him struggle to breathe, I said, "It's okay, Tim. You can let go.........You can go back to God." His gasping started to slow down, but he still clung to my finger. I stroked him ever so slowly and watched him take his last breath.

"Goodbye," I whispered, "You did matter to someone."


A few years later, the same Sharon Dunsmore became the manager of a psychiatric unit. One day, Kathy, a young, severely depressed woman, came to see Sharon following an unsuccessful suicide attempt. As Sharon interviewed her and heard her story, she told of an abortion she had received three years before and was having recurring nightmares. A baby was crying for help and kept calling her name. In her dreams, Kathy kept searching for the baby, but could never find him or her. She did not even know the sex of her baby.

As Kathy gave the name of the hospital and the names of the doctor, a disturbing realization dawned on Sharon -- Kathy was Tiny Tim's mother. But because of hospital regulations Sharon could not tell Kathy what she knew.

But time passed. Sharon was no longer a nurse or a therapist. Kathy was no longer a psychiatric patient. They ran into each other at a restaurant, where Sharon gently unfolded the story that had been hidden for so long. Tears flowed as she gave Kathy the gift of answers. Her baby had been touched and loved by a mother. He had been given a name. He didn't die alone. He was sent back to a loving God.

They held each other and wept. Sharon looked into Kathy's eyes and saw new strength and calm. There were scars, but she was beginning to heal. The nightmares were being put to rest.

Sharon still lives with the haunting impact of this experience. A CHOICE that was intended to be 'no big deal', turned out to be a very big deal for everyone.


I was brought to tears by this story. In all my travels and experience in the Army, I have never witnessed anything like what Sharon Dunsmore did. I have seen people killed, I have seen the effects of war, and I have helped kill other human beings. It amazes me what human beings will do to each other. Still, in everything I have seen, I wonder how people can call 'Tiny Tim' just a piece of tissue, just a choice. We as a nation will answer for the infanticide that we practice. We as Christians will answer for what we have or have not done to stop this holocaust.

In Nazi Germany in the 1930's and 1940's the Christian Churches were well aware of what the Nazi's were doing to the Jews and other undesirables. In most cases the church chose to do nothing, reasoning, that they should let the state take care of earthly matters, while the church worried about saving the soul. The price for inaction, the destruction of Germany. Do not sit idly by while this country mortgages her soul through infanticide.

'Just take care of it.' How convenient to rationalize life by calling the baby 'it.' If you choose abortion, you choose stories like this! Unfortunately, we pay for our choices in life, Kathy paid a terrible price, as did Tiny Tim. But so did Sharon, the doctors, nurses and family involved. However, it is more than that, this nation is paying a price for treating our most helpless citizens as tissue. God says He knew us before we were born. He also says a man and a nation will reap what it sows.

Yours In Christ,

Bob Edwards

Sharon Dunsmore has Tiny Tim's story available in booklet form.

"Tiny Tim", PO Box 84, Smiths Creek, MI 48074-0084

Bible Reference:    Psalms - 1:1-5, Psalm 4:6, Malachi 4:16, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 2:12-22,
                        Proverbs 4:18-27

Needs Repeating, Posted 1, 2, 3,

23 posted on 02/06/2011 2:07:17 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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And people claim there isn't a slippery slope.

Thread by me.

Alex Schadenberg: Oregon citizen wants assisted suicide for people with Alzheimer's

Rodger Winn, an Oregon citizen, wrote an article promoting the extension of assisted suicide laws to people with Alzheimer's that he titled: A matter of choice

Winn is proposing that the answer to people with Alzheimer's is to give them a lethal dose.

Since when is it a matter of choice for people who cannot ask for assisted suicide, and what happens when the person is unable to "self-administer" the lethal dose themselves. Well, self-administer is really a misnomer in Oregon because it has been defined as "to ingest" and because there is no witness required at the time of death. To ingest could mean that you swallow or that it is absorbed throught your IV.

I wonder if Winn would say that there is no fear of a slippery slope in Oregon?

Link to Winn's letter that was published on Oregon Live on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

24 posted on 02/06/2011 2:10:20 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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The term "brain death" is merely code for "time to harvest the organs."

Thread by me.

No ‘moral certainty’ that brain death is really death: prominent Catholic ethics professor Brugger

ROME February 4, 2011 ( – A prominent American professor of Catholic medical ethics has said that in “brain death” criteria there is no “moral certitude” that a patient is really dead, a condition laid out by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as necessary for removing organs.

The available evidence, he said, “raises a reasonable doubt that excludes ‘moral certitude’ that ventilator-sustained brain dead bodies are corpses.”

Professor E. Christian Brugger, a Senior Fellow of Ethics at the Culture of Life Foundation gave this judgment in a question and answer article published today by the Rome-based news agency Zenit.

Brugger quoted Pope John Paul II, who told a congress on organ transplants that death is “a single event consisting in the total disintegration of that unity and integrated whole that is the personal self.”

“Although we cannot identify the event directly, we can identify biological signs consequent upon the loss of that unity,” said Brugger. But according to many experts, those biological signs are not present in “brain death” cases.

In his address to the 2000 organ transplant conference, Pope John Paul II had said that when “rigorously applied” brain death criteria “does not seem to conflict with the essential elements of a sound anthropology” but that this judgment must reach “moral certainty.”

Brugger suggests, however, that this statement does not “properly speaking” qualify as an authoritative statement of the magisterium, since the Church’s authority extends to matters of faith and morals. The validity of “brain death,” however, is based upon a “scientific premise that such and such empirical indicators correspond to an absence of human life.”

“This is a technical matter bearing on the adequacy of those indicators for accurately signifying that death has occurred,” he pointed out.

Brugger references the research of D. Alan Shewmon, which, he says, “demonstrates conclusively that the bodies of some who are rightly diagnosed as suffering whole brain death express integrative bodily unity to a fairly high degree.”

In fact, he says, “brain dead” patients on ventilator support “have been shown to undergo respiration at the cellular level … assimilate nutrients … fight infection and foreign bodies … maintain homeostasis … eliminate, detoxify and recycle cell waste throughout the body; maintain body temperature; grow proportionately; heal wounds … exhibit cardiovascular and hormonal stress responses to noxious stimuli such as incisions; gestate a fetus … and even undergo puberty.”

All of this, says Brugger, would seem to indicate that “brain death” fails to meet Pope John Paul’s definition of death as “the total disintegration of that unity and integrated whole that is the personal self.”

The controversy over organ transplants stems from the widespread application of various “brain death” criteria, as well as so-called “non-heart beating” death criteria to determine whether organs can be removed from a patient on life support. Physicians, eager to obtain organs, are routinely removing organs from patients whose vital signs are still strong, while family members frequently report being placed under heavy pressure to consent to organ “harvesting.”

This problem, however, has yet to be thoroughly addressed by the various relevant Vatican offices, with a strong trend among officials in favor of brain death criteria.

In November 2009, Pope Benedict XVI gave an address to a prestigious international conference on organ transplants in which he warned that the principle of moral certainty in determining death must be the highest priority of doctors. In its roster of speakers, that conference, partially sponsored by the Vatican’s own Pontifical Academy for Life, did not address the moral issue that is at the heart of the controversy over organ transplants. 

The pope said, however, that donation of organs can only be licit if it does not “create a serious danger” to the health of the donor.

“There must not be the slightest suspicion of arbitrariness. Where certainty cannot be achieved, the principle of precaution must prevail,” he warned. Benedict added, “Informed consent is the precondition of freedom, so that the transplant has the characteristic of a gift and cannot be interpreted as an act of coercion or exploitation.”

Despite the uniformly positive approach of conference attendees towards brain death criteria, the pope’s statement was taken by many as a ringing warning.

The following February, at a separate conference on “brain death,” an international gathering of medical, neurological and philosophical experts roundly condemned the criteria, saying that they result in the deaths of patients by premature removal of organs.

25 posted on 02/06/2011 2:14:33 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Planned Parenthood is a deadly criminal enterprise and nothing else.

Threads by heartwood, neverdem and me.

Caught on Tape: Planned Parenthood Aids Pimp’s Underage Sex Ring (NJ)

NEW JERSEY – February 1, 2011– A Planned Parenthood manager in New Jersey coaches a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers how to to secure secret abortions, STD testing, and contraception for their female underage sex slaves, and make their whole operation “look as legit as possible” in an undercover video released this morning.

Clinic manager Amy Woodruff, LPN, of Planned Parenthood Central New Jersey’s Perth Amboy center, warns the pimp and his prostitute to have their trafficked underage girls lie about their age to avoid mandatory reporting laws, promising, “even if they lie, just say, ‘Oh he's the same age as me, 15,’…it's just that mainly 14 and under we have to, doesn't matter if their partner's the same age, younger, whatever, 14 and under we have to report.” She says, “For the most part, we want as little information as possible.”

Woodruff also recommends how the pimp can get his prostitutes cheaper contraception by claiming they are “students”: “If they're minors, put down that they're students. Yeah, just kind of play along that they’re students--we want to make it look as legit as possible.”

If one of the young trafficked girls needs an abortion, Woodruff refers the pimp and prostitute to the Metropolitan Medical Association, where “their protocols aren’t as strict as ours and they don’t get audited the same way that we do.” The prostitute in the video asks how long after the abortion until the girls can have sex again, and when Woodruff says “minimum of 2 weeks,” she asks what sex acts the girls could still do to make money. Woodruff advises, “Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by” to advertise sex to potential clients.

Sex trafficking is punishable under federal law and carries a potential life sentence. The new video is released by Live Action, a pro-life new media organization led by 22-year-old Lila Rose. The video airs just days after Planned Parenthood’s leadership suspected the sting operation and sought an FBI probe of Live Action in order to deter the release of the exposé. Live Action is sending full footage to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, NJ Attorney General Paula Dow, officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and other law enforcement officials, requesting federal and state investigations into Planned Parenthood’s sexual abuse and sex trafficking cover up.

The abridged 11-minute video is available at:


The Long-Term Implications of the Shocking Planned Parenthood Video

The past couple weeks have been difficult for supporters of legal abortion. Unplanned, a book by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, has quickly become a bestseller. Last week, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder for using scissors to kill babies delivered alive in his abortion mill. His clinic was described by regulators as a “filthy, foul-smelling house of horrors.” Last Monday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd. And yesterday, Live Action Films released that undercover video which shows a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey willing to assist a pimp whose prostitutes are minors — in some cases as young as 14.

Planned Parenthood has always enjoyed a positive reputation among the general public. For a long time, it seemed as if pro-life activists were the only ones who were aware that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider. Furthermore, previous efforts to sway public opinion against Planned Parenthood met with only mixed success. Life Dynamics of Denton, Texas, did record a series of phone calls which showed that many Planned Parenthood clinics were willing to ignore parental-involvement laws. However, nothing has had the impact of the undercover videos shot by Lila Rose of Live Action Films.

These films have quickly gone viral on the Internet. They have shown a Planned Parenthood clinic worker willing to accept a donation specifically earmarked to abort a black baby, a Planned Parenthood willing to violate parental-involvement laws, and a Planned Parenthood unwilling to report statutory rape when an underage girl admits to engaging in sexual activity with a man in his 30s. Now, these episodes of misconduct are all both damaging and instructive. However, in some cases they can be viewed as either lapses in judgment (albeit very serious ones) or (very) misguided attempts to assist minors facing difficult situations.

This week’s Live Action video is easily their most powerful. In this video, a Planned Parenthood office manager literally spends about ten minutes finding ways to aid and assist a pimp who clearly admits that his employees include underage girls. A simple phone call to the police might have succeeded in shutting down this whole prostitution ring. However, instead the office manager cheerfully provides the pimp with information about abortion services, contraception, and medical exams. Even more disturbing, when asked about underage girls, the clinic manager gives him information about another abortion clinic “whose protocols are not as strict as ours.” She warns about and callously insults a Planned Parenthood nurse who has an interest in following the rules. The clinic manager admits that she is ‘cool’ with the pimp and offers to rearrange her schedule to help “streamline” the process.

Obviously, there are many implications from this video. One hopes that New Jersey (and other states) will improve their regulation of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics, and that this will give some momentum to congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. However, what is most striking is the calm and nonchalant way the clinic director behaves toward someone purportedly running an underage prostitution ring. Unlike some other Planned Parenthood employees captured in previous videos, she never once expresses the slightest bit of skepticism or concern. The presence of legal abortion has always facilitated a promiscuous culture. However, allowing people to see the lengths that Planned Parenthood will go to defend and actually encourage illegal and perverted sexual activities might be the most valuable contribution of this undercover video.

 –- Michael New is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and a fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.


Three more Virginia Planned Parenthood facilities caught aiding sex traffickers: Live Action

February 4, 2011 ( – Following the release of two undercover videos this week showing Planned Parenthoods in New Jersey and Virginia aiding sex traffickers of underage women, the pro-life group Live Action today released footage from three more Virginia Planned Parenthood facilities.

The videos appear to show staff willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women.

The footage shows a man who identifies himself as a pimp working with underage girls. He seeks assistance for getting abortions, STD testing and birth control for girls he “manages” as sex workers, who are from out of the country and as young as 14 to 15 years old.

At one Planned Parenthood in Roanoke, Virginia, the “pimp” was told that obtaining birth control and STD testing for underage prostitutes would be no problem.

“From the age of 12 up, for birth control, you can just come in and do that. You don’t have to have a parent, OK?” the staffer told the undercover investigator.

In reference to STD testing, the staffer went on to say: “And the thing is, see this is the thing a lot of people don’t know that ... Right, through the Health Department.  And so, they’ll uh, they’ll track it. And they’re discreet.  They’re confidential.  They, you know, don’t tell people what’s going on, because – frankly – it’s nobody’s business.”

At a facility in Falls Church, the investigator was told that abortions for underage girls from other countries only require a photo ID.

“We don’t necessarily look at the legal status, like I said,” a staffer said. “Abortion appointments do require photo ID. It’s nothing as far as records. It’s just photo ID that’s ever going to be required.”

The same pattern emerged in Charlottesville, where a staffer emphasized that birth control and testing for STDs and pregnancy would be provided for underage girls with no questions asked.

“Anybody here can help you,” said the staffer. “Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”

“The only acceptable response to encountering a self-identified sex-trafficker of underage girls is zero tolerance,” said Live Action President Lila Rose today. “The only ‘professional’ response is to immediately call law enforcement to the scene and push for an arrest.”

“Our investigation – and their response – continues to show that an institutional crisis has engulfed the highest levels of Planned Parenthood. If you’re a sex-trafficker of minors or young women, you have a partner in Planned Parenthood. But if you are a minor or a young woman, you are not safe at Planned Parenthood clinics.”

Planned Parenthood has defended itself, saying that staff members reported the visits to the proper authorities after Live Action’s investigators left. In reference to the video released Thursday, from the clinic in Richmond, Virginia, Planned Parenthood said: “In this morning’s publicized tape, the Planned Parenthood staff member reacted professionally to a highly unusual person posing as a patient. After the encounter, the staff member immediately notified her supervisor, who subsequently notified members of Planned Parenthood’s national security team, who are working with the FBI, which is investigating these visits.”

In the videos released today, one of the staffers in Falls Church does point out to the “pimp” at one point in the conversation that for young girls, “there’s laws that some things have to be reported.”

In January, about a week before the first video was released, Planned Parenthood had told the Associated Press that it had learned of several encounters at their clinics with illegal sex traffickers within a week. The abortion group said that after reporting the incidents to the FBI, they came to suspect that the visitors were investigators with Live Action, which has launched sting operations against the organization in the past.

So far one Planned Parenthood employee, a manager for the clinic in New Jersey, has been fired for her handling of the alleged sex trafficking ring. A video released Tuesday showed the clinic manager giving the pimp advice on how to make his exploitation of girls look “as legit as possible.”  The state attorney general has also launched an investigation into the manager’s actions.

Yesterday, two U.S. congressmen, Rep. Mike Pence and Rep. Sean Duffy, called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood based upon the information uncovered in Live Action’s videos.

“Every American should be shocked that an employee of the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X has been recorded aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking,” said Pence.

“The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now.”

“Today, we are sending Attorney General Cuccinelli and Virginia law enforcement officials new, disturbing footage from three Virginia clinics,” said Lila Rose. “The evidence continues to mount, and shows a clear pattern where Planned Parenthood is willing aid and abet the sex-trafficking industry. These are abhorrent practices and it is time Planned Parenthood be held accountable.”

To view the video footage:

Roanoke Planned Parenthood Full Video

Full Richmond Virginia video release

Falls Church Full Footage

Charlottesville Full Video

"We will not be silent.
We are your bad conscience.
The White Rose will give you no rest."

26 posted on 02/06/2011 2:23:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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President Ronald Wilson Reagan
Birthday Centennial

...Standing on the tiny deck of the Arabella in 1630 off the Massachusetts coast, John Winthrop said, "We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." Well, we have not dealt falsely with our God, even if He is temporarily suspended from the classroom.


Somehow America has bred a kindliness into our people unmatched anywhere, as has been pointed out in that best-selling record by a Canadian journalist. We are not a sick society. A sick society could not produce the men that set foot on the moon, or who are now circling the earth above us in the Skylab. A sick society bereft of morality and courage did not produce the men who went through those years of torture and captivity in Vietnam. Where did we find such men? They are typical of this land as the Founding Fathers were typical. We found them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.

We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, "The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind."

We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.
-- January 25, 1974

27 posted on 02/06/2011 2:51:55 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for that beautiful picture and speech of President Ronald Reagan.

28 posted on 02/06/2011 2:57:11 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
It's not the full speech, but I think it's the best part.
29 posted on 02/06/2011 2:58:26 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I love the parts you posted, too!

30 posted on 02/06/2011 3:02:10 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
I think President Reagan's The Boys of Pointe de Hoc at the 40th anniversary of D-Day speech may have been his best ever.

We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied peoples joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps -- millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here, and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers -- at the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe de Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life...and left the vivid air signed with your honor…."

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith, and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

31 posted on 02/06/2011 3:10:26 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I do not know what to say. My goodness

32 posted on 02/06/2011 8:49:31 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!

33 posted on 02/06/2011 8:49:47 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

Great speech, and I love that he always mentions God!

34 posted on 02/06/2011 10:25:25 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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“Euthanasia Fans: YOU FIRST!”

You nailed it!

35 posted on 02/06/2011 10:28:33 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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History will one day record Lila Rose as a hero of the pro-life movement.

Threads by Nachum, rhema and me.

Big Government Top Six Planned Parenthood Deceptions: In Order of Increasing Absurdity

Deception 6) “We reported this to the FBI”

Planned Parenthood wrote the FBI a letter a week after our investigation, only after they realized that Live Action had conducted the sting.They say this themselves. As much as they may pretend, Planned Parenthood was not attempting to help send human traffickers to jail; they were attempting to pre-empt the release of Live Action’s footage.

If Planned Parenthood really cared about reporting potential sex traffickers to authorities, they would have called police while the pimp was in the clinic, or immediately after. Not wasting a minute. Planned Parenthood, where are the reports from the now SIX clinics we’ve released, that you immediately called the police?

Why did all your staffers, instead of refusing service or gathering information from the pimp about his sex ring to inform authorities, GIVE the pimp information about how to access the Planned Parenthood system for secret services?

Deception 5) Live Action Videos Are All “Doctored” and a “Hoax”

We have heard this tired claim from Planned Parenthood every time we release a video. Yet every time we’ve released a video, we post the full, unedited footage online for all to see, and send the full, unedited footage to state and federal authorities. Planned Parenthood can’t argue with the full footage.

See Vice-President Stuart Schear on camera claiming our tapes are doctored, then admitting he hasn’t even seen them.

Planned Parenthood, if you really think our videos are “fake”, “doctored” and a “hoax”, why did you yesterday claim that you will be retraining your entire staff of 11,000?

Deception 4) “We are retraining our entire staff of 11,000″

(Excerpt) Read more at ...


Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood facility the seventh caught aiding sex traffickers

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2011 ( - New undercover audio released today by Live Action reveals a Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood facility willing to aid and abet a self-identified sex trafficker exploiting underage girls, including girls imported from other countries.  This facility is the seventh implicated in a series of releases by the pro-life media organization in the last two weeks.

The new audio features a woman posing as a prostitute as well as a “manager” of young girls for “sex work” meeting with a staffer at Planned Parenthood’s Egypt Center on Minnesota Avenue, NE.  The staffer counsels the sex trafficker on how to get the girls tested for STDs, the best way for them to get an abortion, and how to work the system if they don’t have health insurance.

“The pattern in DC, just miles from Capitol Hill and the White House, is clear: presented with information that underage girls are being exploited for commercial sex, Planned Parenthood’s again shows its willingness to aid and abet sex traffickers,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action.  “An institutional crisis has consumed Planned Parenthood at the highest levels.  The reason their story has changed five times in reaction to our investigation is because they know they’re guilty.”

“Sex trafficking in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years, and the pattern revealed by our investigation shows sex traffickers have no better friend than Planned Parenthood,” she continued.  “Untold damage has already been done to countless girls and young women, whose safety and health are clearly at risk because organizations like Planned Parenthood provide confidentiality and safe haven for sex traffickers.”

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has claimed that the videos are “doctored,” though Live Action has released its full footage on each facility. 

Stuart Schear, vice president for communications with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, reiterated this claim following Tuesday’s release of footage on a New York facility.  Yet Schear admitted to a member of the production team for Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor that he hadn’t actually seen the tape.

This week the abortion giant announced that they will be retraining employees to ensure reporting of abuse.

Lila Rose questioned the motivations for this “retraining” in an op-ed yesterday, in which she sought to debunk six “deceptions” used by Planned Parenthood in response to the latest series of stings.  Rose points out that the organization also called for re-training after a December 2008 video showed a Planned Parenthood worker willing to cover up sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.  “Clearly, that re-training (whatever it was) didn’t last very long,” she notes.

“How exactly will Planned Parenthood be ‘training’ it’s staff?” she asks further.  “Will the training be a special seminar on how to recognize Live Action cameras?”

Live Action has previously released more than a dozen hidden camera videos from ten states, revealing a pattern of illegal Planned Parenthood activities including cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the skirting of parental consent laws, citing unscientific and fabricated medical information to manipulate women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to accept donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.

A transcript of the audio from Washington, D.C. is available here.____________________________________________________

No left turn: Young evangelicals are pro-life, not pro-liberal

How many of us let headlines create lines in our foreheads? With TV and internet reports around the clock, it's easy to become manic-depressive news junkies—and that's why I'm often called to be a contrarian. Are you feeling good about "revolution" in Egypt? See "Leadership in a vacuum" in this issue. Are you feeling bad about domestic trends? Read on for good news concerning young Christians and pro-lifers.

First, let's take on pundits and pollsters who purportedly provide answers to the age-old question, What's the matter with kids today? You've probably heard a typical moan: They're leaving the church, so gotta become relevant, gotta take up liberal positions—or else the kids are gone. You may even have seen shows answering YES to the question of "Are Young Evangelicals Skewing More Liberal?" (ABC) and "Are Young Evangelicals Leaning Left?" (PBS).

Hmm. Baylor University researchers Byron Johnson and Buster Smith, after crunching polling data about evangelical political identifications and attitudes, have concluded that (1) younger evangelicals hold views similar to older evangelicals on most issues, and (2) young evangelicals remain significantly more conservative than non-evangelicals on those issues.

Johnson and Smith found that age, among non- evangelicals, is an important predictor of political stance: 50 percent of the young are liberal but only 33 percent of those older. Among evangelicals, though, 70 percent of the young are conservative, 74 percent of the older: No big deal. Maybe non-evangelicals have to learn from hard experience that liberalism doesn't work, and evangelicals know that from the Bible. (Only about one of 10 evangelicals, young or old, calls himself "liberal.")

The conservatism of young evangelicals is apparent issue by issue. Some 72 percent say the use of marijuana is always or almost always wrong, compared to 73 percent of older evangelicals. You may have heard that young evangelicals accept homosexual marriage, but the survey says otherwise: The old (83 percent) oppose it, but the young (85 percent) oppose it even more. Only on issues like "global warming" is there a young/old divide among evangelicals, with the young much more concerned.

And here's the particularly good news: Younger evangelicals are more pro-life than older ones. To take the hardest case, 61 percent of the younger say abortion is wrong even if pregnancy is the result of rape, compared to 50 percent of their elders. Only one in 10 evangelicals, whether young or old, says abortion is right if a family can't afford another child.

Despite Washington temperatures in the 20s on Jan. 24, tens of thousands of younger evangelicals put their legs where their hearts are by joining the annual March for Life. Even the usually snarky Washington Post admitted that "more young people appeared to be participating than in previous years." A decade ago many pro-life leaders worried about the graying of the movement: Those concerns are now gone.

On Feb. 1, 22-year-old Lila Rose threw Planned Parenthood into a tizzy by showing with an undercover video how a New Jersey branch of America's largest abortion provider was happy to help a supposed pimp grow his sex-trafficking business with 14- and 15-year-old victims. Take a look at her sensational work on YouTube.

The abortion lobby, of course, is fighting back with attempts to discredit Rose and pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Attacks on crisis pregnancy centers by abortion's media allies are nothing new: My wife and I confronted one in Austin 25 years ago, and we've seen the same smear attempts every five years or so elsewhere. We played Austin American-Statesman editors a tape that showed how their hatchet-woman twisted quotations and facts, but most reporters aren't so sloppy.

So we need to keep fighting. Happily, a judge late last month declared the Baltimore City Council's attempt at harassing crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) there to be a violation of freedom of speech. That decision may give pause to the Washington state legislature and the New York City Council, both considering anti-CPC bills. A Bronx Rally to Save the Life Centers on Feb. 7 drew pastors and other Christians, including leaders from predominantly black churches angry that abortionists kill most African-American babies.

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." That's the concluding line of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and Christians always beat against the current—but some worried two years ago that we might be swamped. No way. Thanks be to God.

36 posted on 02/13/2011 10:41:44 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Finally someone in Congress is calling the American Holocaust what it is.

Thread by jazusamo.

‘We Are Living in the Midst of the Greatest Human Genocide in the History of Humanity,’ Rep...

Complete title: ‘We Are Living in the Midst of the Greatest Human Genocide in the History of Humanity,’ Rep. Franks Says of Legalized Abortion

Trent Franks

Rep. Trent Franks (R-N.M) said at a press
conference on Feb. 10 to push for ending the
federal funding of Planned Parenthood that
the United States is 'awash in the blood' of
the some 50 million unborn children who
have been aborted since the procedure was
made legal in 1973. (

( Rep. Trent Franks (R-N.M.) said on Thursday that because modern technology can reveal fetal development in the womb, Americans are starting to ‘wake up’ and realize the reality that abortion ends a human life.

“And I am convinced more than ever that we’re asking that real question, ‘Does abortion really kill a baby?’” Franks said at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest efforts by Republicans in the House to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers that receive taxpayer dollars through Title X Family Planning provisions.

“Because, ladies and gentlemen, if abortion really does kill a baby, then in this, the seat of freedom, we are living in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity,” Franks said.

Franks said there are three other realities of abortion that include consequences for the unborn child, the mother and society as a whole.

“No. 1, a nameless little baby dies a lonely, tragic death,” Franks said. “No. 2, a mother is never the same, no matter what anybody tells you; and No. 3 all the gifts that that little baby might have brought to this human family are lost forever.”

Franks said he believes Americans understand that “all of God’s children have that divine image stamped on their souls” and then he quoted Thomas Jefferson.

“It was Thomas Jefferson [who] said that the care and protection of human life, and not its destruction, is the only object of good government,” Franks said.

Franks was one of more than a dozen House members who joined members of the House Pro-life Women’s Caucus and pro-life advocacy groups, all of which called for legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

The campaign has taken on new steam in light of recent undercover videos produced by the pro-life youth advocacy group Live Action that show Planned Parenthood staff at abortion clinics in numerous states telling actors who claimed to be sex traffickers seeking abortion for their underage female workers that they would not ask questions about the girls or the “pimp” who was with them.

Franks said the videos and revelations at the press conference about other alleged crimes documented in past videos by Live Action, including Planned Parenthood staff not reporting sexual abuse of underage girls, “incredibly enlightening.”

“But the bottom line here is this is an organization that’s been the principal force behind the killing of nearly 50 million little Americans,” Franks said.

When asked by how Congress could defund Planned Parenthood with a pro-abortion president like Barack Obama in the White House, Franks said the Constitution requires that all federal funding begin in the House.

“I hope the people on the relevant committees, appropriations committees, have the courage to do what’s right in that regard because a government is what it spends, and we are spending money killing our own children, and a country that is awash in the blood of its children can’t survive in the kind of republic that we have,” Franks said.

37 posted on 02/13/2011 10:47:04 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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North Dakota might recognize personhood.

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Breaking: North Dakota House passes bill criminalizing killing unborn from conception

BISMARCK, North Dakota, February 11, 2011 ( - A strong majority of lawmakers in the North Dakota House of Representatives on Friday afternoon passed a law that would make it illegal to murder any human being from the moment of their conception.

The Defense of Human Life Act, HB 1450, recognizes every human being at any stage of development as a person under state law with a right to protection.

“The overwhelming community and legislative support for HB 1450 proves that North Dakota could be the first state to recognize the value and dignity of every living human being,” stated Representative Dan Ruby. “The Defense of Human Life Act is just common sense. Of course every human being is a person, and every innocent person should receive legal protection. I am motivated to see women and children protected by HB 1450, and I look forward to its passage in the Senate in the near future.”

While the bill prohibits chemical abortifiacients such as RU-486, it does not apply to emergency contraception, or other “contraception administered before a clinically diagnosable pregnancy.” The bill also exempts legitimate medical procedures that may lead to the death of children in the womb when a woman’s life is in danger. The bill also exempts pregnant women seeking abortions from criminal prosecution.

The bill, supported by ND Right to Life, ND Life League, ND Family Alliance, ND CWFA, and the ND Catholic Conference, passed 68-25 in Friday’s vote.

Daniel Woodard, a legal consultant for North Dakota Right to Life and the North Dakota Life League, told that the bill would put the one remaining abortion clinic in the state out of business. “This bill should shut down that clinic,” said Woodard.

While the bill also bans the killing of frozen embryos produced by in-vitro fertilization, Woodard said, it would leave the implementation of new regulations to the medical community. “In North Dakota, the legislature has confidence in its medical professional groups to regulate itself,” he said.

While pro-lifers are optimistic about the bill’s survival in the Senate, Woodard said that supporters would “be taking no chances” and continue to lobby for its passage. A vote in the Senate is expected around March 10.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has not stated whether or not he plans to sign the bill.

38 posted on 02/13/2011 10:52:13 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Thank you for the ping.

It is mind blowing to me that a journalist would attempt this but it shows just how far left many are.

39 posted on 02/13/2011 11:14:10 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping!

40 posted on 02/13/2011 10:16:54 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: wagglebee

Pray that the 40 plus years of apathy about the plight of our posterity
will become a bad memory and that a great awakening will break
out for America’s founding principles!!

Repent, America ~ there will be a reckoning!

41 posted on 02/18/2011 9:42:36 AM PST by Lesforlife (Fighting to end abortion in my lifetime!)
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Big Murder views death as the only "choice."

Thread by julieee.

Planned Parenthood Tries to Force Raped Teen to Have Abortion

Planned Parenthood Tries to Force Raped Teen to Have Abortion

Kennewick, WA -- On the heels of a slate of new videos showing Planned Parenthood centers in three states and Washington, D.C. assisting alleged sex traffickers in getting abortions for underage girls, a new report shows problems at a Washington state abortion business.

A newly-uncovered police report concerning a September 2008 incident reveals staff at a Kennewick, Washington Planned Parenthood doing everything possible to arrange an abortion for a 14-year-old girl who had been a victim of statutory rape by a 20-year-old man. The staff also try to keep the young girl at the Planned Parenthood center against her father's will.

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42 posted on 02/20/2011 10:04:33 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To say I'm delighted by Big Murder's fear would be an understatement.

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‘Worst attack - ever’: Planned Parenthood reeling from attacks on all fronts

February 15, 2011 ( - In a desperate attempt to rally pro-abortion forces to head-off proposed defunding and allegations of illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, CEO Cecile Richards sent out an email on February 14 with the subject line “the worst attack – ever.” Richards said that the “anti-choice House leadership is forcing a vote on the most dangerous legislative assault on women’s health in Planned parenthood’s 95-year history.”

“They want to shut down every Planned Parenthood health center in America,” Richards declared.

Richards was referring to the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, a measure introduced by U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) on January 7, 2011. The bill, which was just approved by the House Energy and Commerce today, would strip Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in America, of federal Title X funds.

Title X funds are earmarked for providing “comprehensive family planning” and related services.

Pence stated, “The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.”

Planned Parenthood receives over $360 million a year in federal funding.

Pence said the new legislation would prevent any abortion-providing organization, including Planned Parenthood, from receiving Title X funds. However, the bill would not reduce the total amount of Title X funds and would free more federal monies to groups that do not provide abortion.

In her email, Richards observed, “This attack ... is not an isolated incident. It’s part of a coordinated campaign meant to shut down Planned Parenthood ...”

Along with the proposed defunding legislation, recent revelations made in a series of undercover videos released by the pro-life organization Live Action have shown numerous Planned Parenthood facilities willing to aid and abet sex traffickers by helping them obtain birth control and abortions for their underage “sex workers.”

The videos have brought into question Planned Parenthood’s credibility as a self-professed provider of care for women.

Live Action’s latest videos have also resulted in calls for law enforcement investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities.

Live Action President Lila Rose said videos of PP clinic staff in New Jersey and Richmond, VA, coaching a purported pimp and his prostitute on how to cover up their child sex trafficking operation is evidence of the endemic problem of Planned Parenthood’s willingness to aid and abet in the sexual exploitation of minors and young women.

“We are sharing the full Richmond footage and transcripts with Virginia law enforcement officials and we are formally asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to conduct a statewide investigation of these heinous practices, just as the New Jersey Attorney General is opening her own investigation into Planned Parenthood’s compliance with the law in her state. Planned Parenthood needs to be held accountable,” Rose said.

On another front, a coalition of many of the country’s most prominent pro-life organizations, united under the name “Expose Planned Parenthood,” held a “vigil for victims of underage sex trafficking” February 14 in front of Planned Parenthood facilities across the country.

The website of the Expose Planned Parenthood coalition says that the vigils focused on three major ideas: that Planned Parenthood is aiding & abetting underage sex trafficking, that it is unsafe for women and girls, and that it should not be receiving tax dollars.

“Enough is enough,” says the coalition. “We must act swiftly and take a public stand against Planned Parenthood’s harmful agenda - raising awareness in the communities where we live, and calling upon Congress to IMMEDIATELY strip the abortion chain of all tax funding.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) slammed Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) for its attempt to smear Lila Rose and cover up “its protracted pattern of illicit activities.”

“Out of fear and desperation, Planned Parenthood and its president, Cecile Richards, have unleashed their attack dogs to distract from their unsafe and exploitive practices,” Dannenfelser said in a press release. “Ms. Richards has no concern about the organization’s documented and systemic willingness to aid and abet sex trafficking of minors, which tells us much about Planned Parenthood and their real agenda.”

“At its core, Planned Parenthood and its clinics are not safe for women, for children and for the public at large. American taxpayers should not be funding this organization that engages in potential criminal activity,” Dannenfelser said.

43 posted on 02/20/2011 10:07:18 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I don't think it will pass this year, but hopefully soon.

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House votes to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. House of Representatives voted Feb. 18 to eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the country's No. 1 abortion provider, during the remainder of this fiscal year.

It is apparently the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted to defund the organization, which recorded more than 324,000 abortions at its clinics in 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

In a 240-185 roll call, the House acted to cut off all federal government money for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its 102 affiliates through Sept. 30. Planned Parenthood and its affiliates received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Some of that total came from state and local governments.

Representatives added the Planned Parenthood amendment to a continuing resolution to extend funding for federal agencies in the absence of a 2011 budget. Congress failed to pass a budget last year, adopting instead a resolution that continued funding for the federal government through March 4.

Pro-life advocates applauded passage of the amendment.

Rep. Mike Pence, R.-Ind., the amendment's sponsor, described the vote as "a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life. By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America."

Douglas Johnson, the National Right to Life Committee's legislative director, said the "landmark vote demonstrates that most House members now recognize Planned Parenthood is a hyper-political, under-regulated, out-of-control mega-marketer of abortion as a method of birth control."

A long-time legislative strategist in Washington, Johnson said it is the first time he recalls a congressional vote to cut all federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

Pence's amendment, as well as the continuing resolution it is a part of, faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

The House still had more than 100 amendments proposed to the continuing resolution the afternoon of Feb. 18 before a vote on final passage could be taken. Republicans are seeking to cut $100 billion from the budget in the resolution. In amendments approved Feb. 18, the House voted to withhold funds for implementation of last year's health-care reform law.

The roll call on Pence's amendment was largely along party lines. Ten Democrats reportedly joined 230 Republicans in supporting the proposal, although the official roll call had not been posted on the House's website by 4:30 EST.

In a Feb. 17 floor speech on his amendment, Pence said he was not conducting a "war on Planned Parenthood.... Sadly, abortion on demand is legal in America. This debate is about who pays for it.

"Nobody is saying that Planned Parenthood can't be the leading advocate of abortion on demand in America," he said, "but why do I have to pay for it?

"Nobody is saying that Planned Parenthood can't continue to be the largest abortion provider in America, but why do tens of millions of pro-life taxpayers have to pay for it?"

House approval of the amendment followed nearly three weeks of damaging publicity for Planned Parenthood. Hidden-camera videos secretly recorded at the organization's clinics and released Feb. 1-8 showed employees demonstrating an apparent willingness to aid sex traffickers whose prostitutes are in their early teens.

Live Action, which is led by young pro-lifers, released video footage from secret investigations at six clinics that showed Planned Parenthood staff signaling cooperation with a self-described pimp in providing birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and/or abortions for his alleged, under-age sex workers. The pimp and a prostitute who, in some cases, accompanied him to the clinics were actors doing undercover work for Live Action. An undercover audio from another Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., and released Feb. 10 revealed a similar response from a staff member.

The clandestine videos were shot at Planned Parenthood clinics in New Jersey, New York and Virginia from Jan. 11 to 14, according to Live Action.

Pence has been working to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood in recent years. Two previous attempts to eliminate grants for the organization under the Title X program failed. His proposals to that effect failed by a 231-189 vote in 2007 and by 247-183 in 2009.

Title X is the federal government's family planning program, and Planned Parenthood is the leading recipient of Title X funds. Although Title X funds do not go directly for abortions, pro-life advocates contend federal money frees up other contributions to Planned Parenthood for the promotion and performance of abortions.

Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land wrote the House leadership Feb. 16 to urge support for Pence's amendment and other pro-life legislation in the continuing resolution. "We do not believe the government should be in the business of supporting the nation's leading abortion provider with taxpayer dollars, no matter how Planned Parenthood allocates the money," said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

The ERLC sent an e-mail alert to constituents earlier Feb. 18 to encourage calls to House members for support of the amendment.

Pence introduced in January the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, H.R. 217, which would prohibit Title X funds from going to all abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

The Government Accountability Office reported only $53 million of the $363 million in government funds Planned Parenthood received in 2008-09 came through Title X, Pence said.

Planned Parenthood recently issued new rules requiring at least one clinic per affiliate to perform abortions, signaling it is prepared to gain a greater market share of the abortion business.

The Republican leadership placed several pro-life measures in the continuing resolution. Among those are:

-- Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, which would bar federal money for organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas.

-- Restoration of the prohibition on funds for the United Nations Population Fund, which has been found to support China's coercive population control program.

-- Re-establishment of the ban on the use of federal and congressionally approved local funds for elective abortions in the District of Columbia.

Live Action's newly released video stings are the latest in a series of undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood clinics released during the last four years.

A previous hidden-camera project by Live Action caught Planned Parenthood employees in Alabama, Arizona, California, Indiana and Tennessee seeking to cover up alleged child sexual abuse, prompting some state investigations. Another video sting showed a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin providing erroneous information about fetal development.

In an undercover investigation Live Action conducted by telephone, Planned Parenthood workers in seven states were caught on audio tape agreeing to receive donations designated for abortions of African-American babies.

44 posted on 02/20/2011 10:09:52 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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What a wonderful mother.

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‘She was worth it’: UK mom delayed leukemia treatment to save life of unborn daughter

Victoria Webster with her husband and two children, including daughter Jessica who is alive today because of Victoria's sacrificial heroism.

BIRMINGHAM, UK, February 17, 2011 ( - One British cancer patient has sent a powerful message about the value of life after she refused aggressive treatment for her leukemia in an effort to save the life of her unborn daughter – who was, in fact, born perfectly healthy last April.

“My doctor told me I needed to make a choice and decide whether I should keep my baby. To me, there was no decision to make,” Victoria Webster, 33, told the UK’s Daily Mail. “I had already bonded with my baby while she was growing inside me and as her mum, I had to protect her.

“Doctors kept telling me I should have a termination - but I had made up my mind, and my husband Martyn supported me.”

Webster had discovered that she suffered from chronic myeloid leukaemia, or cancer of the blood, during a routine blood test when she was 21 weeks pregnant. Doctors, who said her prognosis was good because they caught the disease so early, begged her to begin chemotherapy immediately, a treatment that would have killed her unborn daughter Jessica.

Webster instead opted for a less aggressive treatment, and waited until Jessica was born in April 2010 by Cesarean section before taking the powerful drugs. She is now reportedly responding well to treatment, and she hopes that she will soon be in full remission.

“It’s the best decision I have ever made. I can’t imagine my life without my daughter,” said Webster.

“I was terrified that even my milder treatment would have harmed Jessica, but luckily, she was perfect,” she said.

“We bonded straight away - holding her in my arms was truly an amazing moment.”

The mom from Birmingham, who also has a four-year-old son Lewis, said that when she was first told she had cancer, “bizarrely, my first feeling was one of relief.” “I thought they were going to tell me that there was something wrong with my baby,” she told the Mail. “It wasn’t until a few days later when it really hit me. ‘I was terrified that my son would have to grow up without his mummy.”

45 posted on 02/20/2011 10:12:28 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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That a family would be denied the right to take a dying baby home is disgusting.

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Alex Schadenberg: Save baby Joseph Maraachli vigil - Monday at 9 AM

On Thursday, I wrote a comment about the decision by the Ontario Superior Court to withdraw the ventilator from 13 month old, Joseph Maraachli. This is not a case of euthanasia but it is an injustice that will effect Ontario citizens because the Judge decided that the decision of the doctors and the hospital is upheld against the reasonable decision of the family.

All the family is wanting to do is bring Joseph home so that he can die in the care of his family.

A group of people who are supporting the Maraachli family are having a vigil for Baby Joseph and his family starting at 9 am on Monday, February 21, at the corner of Wellington and Commissioners in London Ontario (near the hospital).

Link to the Save baby Joseph facebook page:!/pages/Save-baby-Joseph/142316562497565

46 posted on 02/20/2011 10:14:39 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Aruna Shanbaug Update

Courts are going to decide whether or not to murder India's Terri Schiavo.

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Apex court seeks doctors' presence in euthanasia plea (India)

The Supreme Court today sought the personal presence of a 3-member team of doctors from Mumbai to assist it on the vexed question of permitting euthanasia (mercy killing) of a rape victim virtually brain dead for the last 36 years.

A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra sought the presence of the doctors J V Divatia, Roop Gurshani and Nilesh Shah at the next date of hearing on March 2 to help the court understand the content of the report submitted by the team.

The bench sought the presence of the expert team as purely technical terms were used in the report.

"It is quite possible that we may like to ask them questions about the report which they have submitted, and in general about their views in connection with euthanasia.

"On perusal of the report of the committee of doctors, we have noted that there are many technical terms which have been used therein, which a non-medical man would find it difficult to understand. We, therefore, request the doctors to submit a supplementary report by the next date of hearing in which the meaning of these technical terms in the report is also explained," the bench said in an order.

The apex court asked the centre to take care of all the travel and accommodation, besides payment of honorarium, if any, to the doctors.

It also permitted the Dean of King Edward Memorial Hospital and Pinky Virani, the petitioner, to present their views at the next hearing.

The apex court passed the order at the mentioning period after attorney general GE Vahanvathi and amicus curiae TR Andhyarujina agreed for hearing of the case on March 2.

On January 24, the bench had sought the attorney general's response on the tricky issue as euthanasia is not legalised in the country.

The apex court had also appointed a 3-member doctors' team to examine the victim Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug and submit a detailed joint report to it by the next date of hearing.

"Euthanasia is one of the most perplexing issues which the courts and legislatures all over the world are facing today. This court, in this case, is facing the same issue and we feel like a ship in an unchartered sea, seeking some guidance by the light thrown by the legislations and judicial precedents of foreign countries," the bench had said in earlier an order.

The petition was filed by Pinki Virani, a writer, and her friend who brought to the court's attention the pitiable state of the victim languishing in Mumbai's King Edward Memorial (KEM)Hospital and pleaded that Aruna be allowed to die peacefully by withdrawing the food being supplied to her forcibly.

"We will not be silent.
We are your bad conscience.
The White Rose will give you no rest."

47 posted on 02/20/2011 10:19:35 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Big Murder only cares about one thing and that's killing babies.

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Planned Parenthood in Kansas Ignored 164 Cases of Child Rape

Planned Parenthood in Kansas Ignored 164 Cases of Child Rape

Topeka, KS -- Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline dropped a bombshell during a hearing today in a case involving pro-abortion pushback against the charges he filed against a Planned Parenthood abortion business.

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48 posted on 02/27/2011 11:14:47 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Virginia may be close to shutting down abortuaries.

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Abortion Clinic Safety bill passes VA Senate!!!

Victoria Cobb, President Thursday, February 24, 2011

Victory Alert: Abortion Clinic Safety Passes Senate!!

In a historic vote, the state Senate today approved legislation that requires the Board of Health to create regulation for abortion centers in Virginia! After over two decades of hiding behind a veil of political secrecy, abortion centers in Virginia will now face greater scrutiny and better health standards.

After a long and passionate debate on the Senate floor, the vote was 20-20 with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling casting the deciding vote in favor of the bill!

We will provide more information on this tremendous victory later.


Virginia’s Attempt to Close Abortion Clinics

Yesterday the Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill that would hold abortion clinics to the same medical standards as hospitals, and so result in the closing of the majority of clinics operating in the State. Some estimate that 17 of 21 clinics would have to close. The bill was passed as an amendment to a bill already approved by the Virginia State Senate, where the abortion clinic provision would have been killed in committee if it had gone through normal channels.

A Constitutional challenge is certain, so it remains to be seen whether the new law will ever have its desired effect. It is interesting, however, to see both pro-lifers and pro-aborts try to seize the moral high ground by expressing their attitudes toward the bill more or less exclusively in terms of women’s health.

Everybody knows that those who worked to pass the bill did so primarily to restrict abortion, and that those who oppose the bill oppose it primarily to keep abortion both cheap and common. It is a judgment on our society that neither side can actually come out and say what it wants, at least not in the context of the particular tactic being used in this instance, which is to emphasize that abortion is a medical procedure that should be held to the same high standards as other comparable medical procedures.

There are no medical procedures comparable to abortion, of course, but it goes without saying that the argument is couched in language that recognizes the dangers of the procedure to the mother only. It wouldn’t do for pro-lifers to give the courts grounds to suspect that their real intention here is to eliminate abortion, rather than to impose high health standards for the sake of women. Nor would it do for pro-aborts to let on that they don’t give a fig for the health of women as long as abortion can be kept widely available. Thus the rhetoric:

It is not about banning abortions. It is simply caring for women who are about to have an invasive surgical procedure and creating an environment for them where they have the opportunity to do that in a place that is safe. – Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Winchester
Absolutely all that will be accomplished by this vote is to restrict access to a safe and legal procedure to poor women. This does nothing to end abortions. It is purely discriminatory. It makes me heartsick. – Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington
For over 25 years, Virginia abortion clinics have not been held to minimal health and safety standards. As a result, women who walk into these clinics are often not treated with the care and respect that any human being deserves. – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
This is not about safety for women. This is about ideology, and this is about politics. The women of the commonwealth are going to be the ones left to suffer. – Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

It is a shame that this battle cannot be fought clearly on the grounds that it is gravely evil to murder an unborn baby, who has a right to life equal to that of his or her mother. But that’s not to say that nobody is genuinely concerned about the health and safety of women who make use of abortion clinics. After all, abortion would never be so unregulated if it weren’t a sacred political cow in the first place.

So this is politics, and politics is always the art of the possible. When what you want to accomplish isn’t possible in one context, you introduce it again in another context. And you keep doing that until you get a toehold. You keep doing that until you win. Those who have adopted this strategy must stay the course. And if it doesn’t work this time, they must unashamedly go back to the political well and try again.


Virginia's novel approach to ending abortion. Will it stand up in court?

The 2006 film Amazing Grace depicts William Wilberforce's campaign to end the slave trade in Great Britain. A scene from the movie depicts the abolitionist Members of Parliament discussing how to proceed in the legislature after numerous failures. The issue had become so polarized that a direct vote on the slave trade was a losing proposition. The following dialogue between Wilberforce and fellow Member of Parliament James Stephen (who was about to present his eye witness account of slave operations to the rest of Parliament) ensues:

Stephen: If we go to Parliament with this evidence, there'll be sympathy, there'll be concern, but it'll be just the same as every other time.

Wilberforce: Have you come back to preach hopelessness?

Stephen: No. No, I've had an idea. In my law books I might have stumbled across something and I want to propose it as a strategy. Nosus Decipio. It's Latin. Loosely translated, it means..."we cheat".

The abolitionists created a bill that would put most of the slave traders out of business without directly voting on trade itself. The abolitionists regulated the bulk of the slave-trade out of business.

The Virginia legislature has found a similar route to help end abortion in the state. The legislature passed a law that requires abortion clinics to comply with same regulations as hospitals. From the Richmond Times Dispatch:

Under the legislation, any physician's office performing five or more first trimester abortions a month would be classified as a hospital, subject to special regulations established by the state Board of Health within the next 280 days.

The regulations will require abortion clinics to retrofit their operations. The retrofit could mean everything from widening hallways to additional employee training, according to the Associated Press. The Dispatch reports that most of the state's abortion clinics will be forced to close because of the "lengthy and costly certification process that most clinics could not afford."

The passage of the bill was something of a cliffhanger. The Virginia senate is controlled by the Democrats, 22-18. For that reason, life bills generally die in committee. But the Republican controlled house included the provision as an amendment to a bill already passed by the senate, thereby passing the committee process by putting the bill up for a vote by the entire senate. The two Democrat senators that vote with the pro-life bloc brought the tally to 20 Yeas and 20 Nays. The tie-breaker was made by pro-life Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.
The abortion lobby will certainly challenge the law in court. But the chances are far better that a court rules in favor of a health-facility regulation than a law restricting abortions in the first trimester.

49 posted on 02/27/2011 11:21:08 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Meanwhile New York state would prefer that all pregnant women have abortions.

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New York City Council determined to pass “police state” pregnancy center gag law next week

NEW YORK, February 25, 2011 ( - Pro-life sources in New York City have learned that a bill designed to gag pro-life crisis pregnancy centers (CPC), much like one in Baltimore that was deemed unconstitutional, is slated to be voted out of committee and immediately put to a full Council vote next Wednesday.

Proposed Initiative 371-A accuses crisis pregnancy centers of employing “deceptive practices” that “can impede and/or delay” women’s access to abortion.

The bill mandates that pro-life centers display a sign declaring that they do not provide abortions “in writing, in English and Spanish ... conspicuously posted in the entrance of the pregnancy cervices center; at least one additional sign posted in any area where clients wait to receive services; and in any advertisement promoting the services of such pregnancy service center in clear and prominent letter type.”

Any CPC in violation of the rule would be liable for up to a $1000 fine for a first offense, and up to $2,500 for subsequent offenses, as well as up to six months imprisonment.

The measure has been strongly supported by NARAL Pro-Choice New York, who had helped spur introduction of the measure with an investigative report that claimed CPC workers misled women about abortion. Ironically, the title of the report, “She said abortion could cause breast cancer,” portrayed as a myth a health risk that has been verified by top researchers.
In November 2010 testimony before the Committee on Women’s Issues of the New York City Council, Jeanneane Maxon, general counsel for the CPC network Care Net, pointed out the “clear Constitutional concerns” over government regulation of speech raised by Int. No. 371 for specifically targeting only facilities that do not offer abortions. “It would not matter how professional, honest, forthright, and/or legally compliant the pregnancy center is; the proposed local law would still apply only because the pregnancy center holds a pro-life viewpoint,” said Maxon.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that a bill forcing Baltimore pregnancy centers to post signs stating that they don’t refer for abortions was “unenforcable” for unconstitutionally controlling the centers’ speech.

Ed Machmann, the Assistant Director for the Family Life/Respect Life Office at the Archdiocese of New York, told Friday afternoon that although the city council has “been hearing quite a lot from our side,” the battle was decidedly uphill. The city council is overwhelmingly controlled by the Democrat party and led by Speaker Christine Quinn, who is an open lesbian closely allied to the abortion lobby.

“It’s a tough audience,” Machmann said. “There has been some mitigation of the terms of the bill, but they’re still dead set on passing it.” Machmann said nonetheless that pro-life forces were ready to challenge the constitutionality of the initiative in court should it pass.

There are about two dozen crisis pregnancy center offices in New York, which has been dubbed the “abortion capital of the world” for its extremely high rate of abortions, with 89,000 unborn children killed there every year. There are reportedly about 45 licensed abortion clinics in the city, in addition to an estimated two dozen more that are unlicensed.

Chris Slattery, founder of Expectant Mother Care and a top pro-life advocate in New York City, will be hosting a rally against the bill Wednesday starting at Trinity Church at 12:15pm.

“Please help us fight hard to defend a mother’s right to know the unadorned truth about abortion, to give her true help and hope, and to operate as in a free country and not a police state,” Slattery wrote in the appeal for donations.

50 posted on 02/27/2011 11:24:43 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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