Monday, July 27, 2015

Life is Beautiful

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Miracle baby with rare medical condition gets superhero cape for bravery

Jude Peters is an adorable one-year-old boy living with a disease called rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata (RCDP), a rare and fatal form of dwarfism.
Parents Hannah and Sully Peters refused to abort Jude even when doctors pressured them to “terminate and try again.” In an interview with FOX News, Jude’s mother said doctors expected that he would only live a few weeks.

“They told me that he might not be compatible with life outside of the womb,” Hannah Peters said. “Then when he was born, they sent him home on hospice and said he wouldn’t make it a few weeks.”

Baby Jude was diagnosed with dwarfism. His parents are continuing to chronicle his amazing journey.
Baby Jude was diagnosed with dwarfism. His parents are continuing to chronicle his amazing journey.
Jude’s parents Hannah and Sullivan have done an amazing job of sharing the story of their precious son with the world. Their Facebook page, Praying for Jude Sullivan Peters, has close to 29,000 likes, and Hannah’s Instagram has over 19,000 followers. People across the globe have fallen in love with brave little Jude Peters.
Recently Jude received a beautiful cape from Tiny Superheroes, a company that makes superhero capes for children battling illnesses. The children who received the capes are suffering from serious conditions, such as cancer, autism, epilepsy, and heart defects. The tiny cape bearing the child’s first initial is a symbol of their courage and strength.
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When Jude received his cape, his father asked their Facebook friends to share a super power they believe Jude has. Amber Tessnear Chapman was one of many who said, “Jude’s super power is being able to make anyone smile.”
judeflys2 Robyn Walshaw said, “Jude has many super powers, some we probably don’t even know about! The biggest is all the love he attracts! We can’t help but love this tiny man even if we don’t know him. “
Arleth Torres Santacruz believes, “Jude’s super powers include: being super cute, being a fighter, being a warrior and somehow finding his way into everyone’s heart!”
Hannah recently shared on social media that she knew Jude was going to impact the world before he was born. She said:
I was told Jude would speak to the nations before he was born. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like until now. I didn’t realize the impact my child could have on people all over the world.
His story hasn’t just brought hope, faith and joy to my life, but to people all over who have never even had the chance to meet him face to face. The countless testimonies we receive from strangers telling us how Jude’s story has brought healing and hope has been such a wonderful blessing to us.
Since the beginning of our journey with Jude, it has been my prayer that The Lord would receive glory, people would be filled with hope and faith in him and that maybe even amongst our greatest battles, our story could speak life, healing, hope and truth. I am blessed and honored that this precious gift has been placed in my hands.  Jude’s story is a constant inspiration to us all! May his life be a reminder that a single child’s bravery – and the bravery of his mom and dad – has the potential to touch hearts around the world.


Source: LiveAction News

Planned Parenthood and More Lies

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11 lies Planned Parenthood’s president told America about selling aborted baby parts

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, appeared on TV over the weekend for the first time since the Planned Parenthood scandal broke on July 14.

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She sat with George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “This Week” to answer a few questions. What was true, and what was false?
Let’s review.
CLAIM #1: “This [the Center for Medical Progress’ investigative video project] has been a three-year, well-funded effort…”
FALSE: Well-funded? Does Cecile really want to talk about well-funded? How about Planned Parenthood’s raking in of taxpayer dollars to the tune of over $1.4 million a day? Compare this with the $120,000 David Daleiden says that the Center for Medical Progress received in donations over the course of three years. And then let’s talk about who’s well-funded.

CLAIM #2: “…and of course, highly doctored videos,” “it’s all been edited out,” “very highly edited videos, sensationalized videos”
FALSE: If all CMP had released were the eight or so minute clips, then perhaps Richards would have had a very short peg leg to stand on. However, almost immediately upon releasing the clips, CMP also released the full footage of their discussions with Planned Parenthood’s top doctors. All news agencies and reporters had the full, unedited versions equally available to them. “Highly edited” became rhetorical and pointless the minute the full footage was released.
CLAIM #3: “…by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement in this country…” “the folks behind this in fact are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind, you know, the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes, um, and in their churches…”
FALSE: Is this really the best she can do? Instead of discussing what her employees were caught doing on tape (discussing the piecing out of babies to a fetal parts dealer), Richards goes for over-the-top, slanderous rhetoric. David Daleiden, the leader of CMP, has been a completely peaceful pro-lifer, in all of his 26 years of life. No one associated with CMP has bombed a clinic or murdered a doctor in their home or church. Richards speaks as though these things are common occurrences, when, in reality, in America’s history of legal abortion one, single abortionist has been murdered in his home (Slepian in 1998) and one in his church (Tiller in 2009). Obviously, Daleiden and CMP (which didn’t even exist until less than three years ago) were not involved. Pro-lifers from every group, including, of course, Live Action, denounce such lone-wolf actions immediately, and it is never a part of what we do.  There is no “militant wing” of the pro-life movement. “Militant” involves being combative, aggressive, extreme, and violent – a much better description of Planned Parenthood’s own practice of ripping babies apart and selling their pieces.
CLAIM #4: What I want to make really clear, George, is Planned Parenthood has broken no laws.”
FALSE: Whoa, Cecile. Perhaps her time would be better spent reading, you know, the actual law instead of trying to put pillowcases over the heads of the American public. Saying “Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” doesn’t make it so. And this article will take any American through a step-by-step explanation of how Planned Parenthood actually has broken multiples laws and violated federal regulations – by their top doctors’ own blatant admissions.
CLAIM #5: “We have the highest standards.”
FALSE: Oddly, the White House seems to have bought this line from Planned Parenthood. However, if Richards were to talk about real facts instead of making vague claims, the truth would become painfully obvious. Manipulating vulnerable women into signing consent forms is not a “highest standard.” The complete absence of national company policy on fetal tissue “donation” is not a “highest standard.” Showing women a grainy photo of their baby’s ultrasound instead of the real-time image on screen is not a “highest standard.” Using that same real-time image to locate the baby’s heart, liver, and other organs to ensure they are not “crushed” during the abortion (so they can be sold) is not a “highest standard.” Attempting to gain profits in a non-monetary, backdoor way is not a “highest standard.” Shall we go on?
CLAIM #6: “1 in 5 women in this country depend on Planned Parenthood for their healthcare.”
FALSE: “Depend on” is a big claim. In reality, according to Planned Parenthood itself, “1 in 5 women has come to Planned Parenthood…” Some of these women were no doubt like one of my best friends who walked right out the door after Planned Parenthood said they couldn’t help her if she was going to keep her baby. (They did provide her with a referral number to a doctor. It was disconnected.) Great level of dependence there, I tell you.
CLAIM #7: Stephanopoulos: “You say that no Planned Parenthood affiliate has profited from fetal tissue.” Richards: “Correct, correct.”
TRUE/FALSE: This is a hard one. Technically, Richards’ statement is true. She does “say” that no Planned Parenthood affiliate has profited from fetal tissue. But, in reality, (while there are many ways to demonstrate Richards’ sentiment as false), let’s look at one particularly revealing admission made by Dr. Mary Gatter in the full footage of video two:
Heather [from fetal parts buyer, Novogenix] would look at the tissue [at Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles] and take what she required, so logistically it was very easy for us, we didn’t have to do anything. There was compensation for this, and there was discussion if that was legal…
Tip to Mary Gatter and Cecile: No, that’s not legal. Getting compensation for not “hav[ing] to do anything” is called making a profit.
CLAIM #8: “This is actually not about women’s healthcare.”
TRUE: Touché! At last, Richards admits that this whole debacle is not about women’s healthcare. Unless, of course, she thinks that crushing babies in just the right places so as to abort them, but to still preserve their hearts, lungs, and livers for sale, is women’s healthcare. Pretty sure most women would be creeped out by that standard. (And they also probably wish Planned Parenthood had told them their baby had parts, and “lower extremities,” along with a heart, liver, brain, and lungs. Not just a “clump of cells” when we’re talking about a business transaction, now is it?)
CLAIM #9: Stephanopoulos: “Mary Gatter appears to be haggling.” Richards: “Absolutely not.” … Stephanopoulous: “If there’s not financial benefit to the clinics, why are they haggling over the cost?” Richards: “They’re not. The only people that are haggling in these videos are the undercover folks who are absolutely trying to entrap doctors…”
FALSE: We’ll just let a nice chunky clip from the full footage transcript illustrate who was really doing the haggling here:
Buyer: And are we agreed that $100 would keep you happy.
Gatter: Well let me agree to find out what other affiliates in California are getting, and if they’re getting substantially more, then we can discuss it then. … I mean, the money is not the important thing, but it has to be big enough that it is worthwhile.
Buyer: No, no, but it is something to talk about. I mean, it was one of the first things you brought up, right? So.
Gatter: Mhm [After another discussion of price ideas]. … It’s been years since I talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others are getting, if this is in the ballpark, it’s fine, if it’s still low then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini. [laughs]
Buyer: [Laughs] What did you say?
Gatter: I said I want a Lamborghini! [laughs]
CLAIM #10: When Stephanopoulos asked Richards about the money Planned Parenthood charges as a fee for fetal parts, she replied: “It’s not a fee. It’s not a fee. It’s actually just the cost of transmitting this material to research institutions.”
FALSE: Wait… research institutions? In the videos, Gatter and Nucatola were planning out sales with a for-profit fetal parts buyer. They both admitted that Planned Parenthood works with Novogenix, a company, and it’s now well known that Planned Parenthood works with StemExpress, which Richards herself called a “for-profit” company. So yeah, “transmitting this material to research institutions” nothing. It’s more properly called “charging a fee for fetal parts,” also known as making a profit. (Plus, check this out: Nucatola says, “Well, it’s funny because at Planned Parenthood, we don’t consider that research.”
CLAIM #11: Stephanopoulos: “The tapes appear to describe times when the clinics adjust the abortion procedure to better harvest – Richards: “It’s not done.” Stephanopoulos: “-the fetal organs” Richards: “It’s absolutely not done. And I’ve talked to doctors all across the country.” … Stephanopoulos: “It does appear that that’s what’s being described in these tapes.” Richards: “Well, it’s because these tapes have been edited, and they’ve tried to entrap doctors to say things…and Iiiii, listen, I stand behind the healthcare that we provide at Planned Parenthood.”
FALSE: Maybe, just maybe, instead of talking “to doctors all across the country,” Richards should talk to her own. The full, unedited footage of both tapes reveals Nucatola and Gatter explicitly describing how abortion procedures are changed to preserve and harvest baby organs. Nucatola unabashedly admits to modifying abortion procedures personally, because she’s “happy to help” the fetal parts buyers. (Search this transcript for “less crunchy” and “IPAS” and this one for “crush” and “partial-birth abortion.”)
CLAIM #12: Stephanopoulos: “When these doctors are talking about…‘less crunchy’ ways to perform these abortions so that the organs can be preserved, what’s happening there, are they just lying?” Richards: “No. … That’s absolutely, all of this is taken out of context. …” Stephanopoulos: “As long as the procedure is never altered, and you’re stating that unequivocally?” Richards: “That’s right.”
FALSE: Ok, so wait? Mary Gatter isn’t lying when she says “less crunchy” abortions can be performed so babies can be delivered “intact,” and ready for harvesting? I thought you just said modifications of procedure were never done, Cecile. If that were true, than Mary would have to be lying. Except you said she’s not, and, well, she’s not. There’s no “context” in which it would make sense for an abortion doctor to admit to changing abortion procedure unless that is exactly what she does. I might walk back my “unequivocally” if I were you, given the direct words of your Dr. Deborah Nucatola:
So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium [head], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex, because when it’s vertex presentation, you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amount of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium. So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end. So I mean there are certainly steps that can be taken…
CONCLUSION
Cecile Richards deserves an award: Most Number of Lies That Can be Told to the American People in Ten Minutes on National Television. Perhaps it’s now easier to understand her belief that “obviously…you know, the most disgusting part of this to me” is that someone “lied.”Yes, it is pretty disgusting.

Source: LiveAction News

Candidates and Abortion

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Four governors join the presidential field: Where do they stand on life?

During this June and July, four sitting governors, all Republicans, declared their candidacy for the presidency. Let’s took a look at where they stand on life.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
On June 24, Governor Bobby Jindal announced his candidacy. His state of Louisiana was ranked the most pro-life state by Americans United for Life for 2015, and has consistently been ranked the first or second state since 2009.


Jindal was elected governor in 2007 and since then, he has had quite the pro-life record – which has involved signing numerous pro-life pieces of legislation, including a 20-week ban on abortion.
On the federal 20-week ban, Jindal declared his support and spoke out against the bill’s delay in the U.S. House of Representatives back in January.
Last year, Jindal released his pro-life alternative to ObamaCare. A summary can be read here, and the full version here.

On July 14, Jindal’s campaign website posted a petition, “Protect Life,” stating, “Every life is sacred. And every life should be protected. I’ll fight every day to protect the sanctity of human life.”
Bobby Jindal became one of the first public officials to react to the video from the Center for Medical Progress on Planned Parenthood’s fetal parts business. Jindal almost immediately issued an investigation in his state and ordered the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility in New Orleans to halt.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
On June 30, Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy. Just the day before, he vetoed funding to Planned Parenthood for the sixth time.
On March 30, Susan B. Anthony List issued a news release indicating that the governor had declared his support for the federal 20-week ban on abortion.
Chris Christie was elected as governor in 2009, when he was pro-life, though he has not always held that position. Christie described himself as pro-choice until 1995, when he saw his daughter, Sarah, in an ultrasound:
Talking about his own views, Christie added: “As you all may know this is not an issue that I always understood nor was I always on your side. It is an issue I came to grow and learn about in a very personal way. My daughter Sarah will turn 15 in February. When I heard her heartbeat at three months in our doctor’s office, it was at that moment that it became clear to me that being on the sidelines on this issue was not something I could live with. I needed to speak out in favor of a very simple idea, that that child is a life which deserves protection.”
Christie reacted on Monday while in South Carolina to the first released video from the Center of Medical Progress. From NJ.com:
“Now, with the most recent revelation, there’s even more reason not to fund Planned Parenthood,” Christie said. “I’ve vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood and if I were president of the United States I would do exactly the same.”
For the 2012 presidential election, Christie advised Republican nominee Mitt Romney to pick a pro-life running mate and pointed out that the “Democratic Party won’t even let someone who’s pro-life speak at their convention.”
Chris Christie has had the distinction of being the first pro-life governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade.
Wisconsin Governor Scot Walker
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Governor Scott Walker declared his candidacy on July 13. Just days ago, he signed a state 20-week abortion ban into law, which does not contain exceptions for rape and incest and allows mothers and fathers to sue the abortionist for emotional distress.
Walker has also signed a bill requiring abortionists to perform an abdominal ultrasound before an abortion, and for abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals.
While Walker has drawn some concern about his pro-life views, he has recently stated his commitment to the pro-life issue and has had the support from Wisconsin Right to Life as governor.
When Walker recently referred to ultrasound images as “cool,” he drew deceptive and false criticism from the pro-abortion media.
On July 16, Walker appeared on The Kelly File and responded to the first video released by the Center for Medical Progress:
Years ago, when I first became governor of the state of Wisconsin, my first budget, I defunded Planned Parenthood. I took some attacks from some in the media, and some in the left. But this video’s just a prime example, this is not a noncontroversial entity. This is obviously a disturbing, disgusting act that they’re talking about. We’ve outlawed that in Wisconsin in the past. We need to be defunding Planned Parenthood, not only state by state, but I think, across the country. And instead, put resources into women’s health issues, but put them into non-controversial entities, public health entities, or other things in that regard.
Walker was elected governor in 2010. He became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014.
Like Christie, Walker has communicated his support for a federal 20-week abortion ban to the Susan B. Anthony List.
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich
John Kasich became the latest GOP candidate to join the presidential race when he announced on July 13.
Since Kasich has served as governor, Ohio’s abortion rate has dropped to an all-time low, and several of the state’s abortion businesses have closed. Kasich recently signed a pro-life budget on July 1, which could close even more abortion businesses.

Kasich served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-2001. During that time he held a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

During Kasich’s candidacy for governor, NARAL Pro-Choice America created its own page on him. According to the pro-abortion group, Kasich cast 118 “anti-choice” votes on abortion. He certainly is not popular with Planned Parenthood either.
On July 15, Kasich tweeted to Planned Parenthood about the video released from the Center for Medical Progress, calling it “abhorrent” and saying that “life is sacred.” Kasich believes that “[v]iolations should be fully prosecuted.” An issued statement communicated similar sentiments.
The first GOP presidential debate, where the top 10 polling candidates will appear, is just weeks away, on August 6. Live Action News will continue to provide coverage.
The list of candidates include the following, in order of their announcements. Click on any name to find out their position and record on abortion.
Source: LiveAction News

Planned Parenthood

 

Quote of the day: Planned Parenthood videos show its “barbarism”

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Ross Douthat
… [T]he problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.

That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.

Because dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to… that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.
~ Ross Douthat, The New York Times, July 25

Source: LiveAction News

Horrible Story


 

Dylan Lane pleads not guilty of cutting out Michelle Wilkins’ 7-month-old unborn child

Mother survives but baby dies
By Dave Andrusko
dylan-lane  A two-week trial date has been scheduled for early 2016 in the case of Dynel Lane, accused of savaging stabbing Michelle Wilkins last March and cutting out her 7-month-old unborn child.

Wilkins miraculously survived but her baby, already named Aurora, died.
Lane showed little emotion Thursday as she pled not guilty.

She is charged with eight felony counts, including first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. Lane is not charged with murder because, according to District Attorney Stanley Garnett, there was no evidence the baby lived “for some period of time” after she was cut out from her mother’s womb.  The coroner’s office  ruled the death of Wilkins’ unborn child to be “fetal demise.”
Attempts to enact an Unborn Victims of Violence act foundered this past May in  the Democrat-controlled House after passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Reporting for the Denver Post, Jesse Paul provided some additional details about that horrific March 18 day.
We knew the basics–that Lane allegedly beat and stabbed Wilkins after she responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and then literally cut the baby out of Ms. Wilkins.
Wilkins, covered in blood, was somehow able to protect herself from further attack by locking herself in a room. She called 911 and told the dispatcher, “Please help. I’m bleeding out.” The Los Times further reported
   When officers arrived at the home, they found Wilkins in a bedroom in the basement, lying on a bed with a large amount of blood on her and around her. A small knife was found underneath the bed, police said. She was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery.
Meanwhile Lane’s husband, who knew nothing of the horrific crime, rushed Lane and the baby to the hospital where Lane’s story fell apart. Tragically, the baby died.
  But Paul added additional, even more chilling details. He wrote
   Wilkins told a Longmont police detective that as Lane held her down and tried smothering her with a pillow, she briefly thought that compassion could end the brutal attack, according to testimony during the May hearing.
   “I love you,” Wilkins said as she struggled in the basement of Lane’s home, pinned down on the bed of one of her attacker’s daughters.
  “If you love me, you’ll let me do this,” Lane replied, according to Wilkins’ account to police, before cutting out Wilkins’ fetus.
  A very sympathetic newscaster on the local ABC affiliate talked about the hearing [www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28527865/dynel-lanes-pleads-not-guilty-longmont-baby-removal]. Twice she talked about Wilkins’ “unborn baby” but then bizarrely ended by describing how Lane is accused of “pinning Wilkins to the floor and cutting the fetus from her stomach.”
Lane is being held at the Boulder County jail in lieu of $2 million

Source: NRLC News

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Suicide and Abortion


 

Studies show risk of suicide elevated in women after abortion

By Sarah Terzo
Editor’s note. As NRL News Today has described in detail, pro-lifers in Ireland are under siege. In light of that, I’m re-running a post by Sarah Terzo. It is very, very much worth your reading.
Experts-agree-suicide-abortionOne of the main arguments given for legalizing abortion in Ireland is that troubled women would become suicidal if they were forced to carry their pregnancies to term. Ironically, this was originally how abortions were made available in many US states before Roe versus Wade – as Dr. Bernard Nathanson describes in his books Aborting America and The Hand of God.

A woman in pre-Roe versus Wade New York, which had abortion laws more liberal than most of the other states, had to go to a psychiatrist and claim that she was emotionally unbalanced and would commit suicide if she was not allowed to abort her baby. Many of these meetings became “rubberstamping” sessions with their own script – a woman would say the right things, pay her hundred dollars for the “session,” and receive written permission to have an abortion, which she would then take to the abortion provider. This legal situation opened the door for abortion on demand.

But the underlying question is this: does having an abortion reduce a woman’s risk of suicide? Quite a few studies have been conducted addressing this question–and the answers they provide are very one-sided.

Researchers in Finland interviewed 600,000 women for a study that showed that women who became pregnant and had abortions were six times more likely to commit suicide than women who carried their pregnancies to term. Women who aborted were three times more likely to commit suicide than those who had not been pregnant. The statistics show that rather than increasing a woman’s chances of suicide, carrying a baby to term actually decreases them.(1) Also noteworthy was the fact that the study was based not only on interviews but also on medical records.

A related study, in the European Journal of Health, found similar results. This study tracked 463,473 women who became pregnant between the years of 1980 and 2004 and recorded their mortality rates after either giving birth or having abortions. They found that women who had abortions were more likely to die within 10 years after their abortions than women who carried to term. Suicide was a common cause of death for these women.(2)
Another study in The British Medical Journal discovered that the rate of suicide in women after birth was 5.9 out of 100,000. Among women who had abortions, the rate was 34.7. The suicide rate for women who had not been pregnant was 11.3.  Again, carrying a pregnancy to term was seen to reduce the suicide rate.

Another study, conducted by David C Reardon of the Elliot Institute, studied 173,000 American women who became pregnant and then either had abortions or carried to term. The survey followed them for eight years after the pregnancy ended. Reardon found that women who aborted were 154% more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth.(3). Another survey cited by David Reardon in his book “Aborted Women, Silent No More” (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002) discovered that up to 60% of women who had abortions had subsequent suicidal feelings, with 28% actually attempting suicide.

The magazine Women’s World reported a study of aborted women in which 45% said they had thoughts of suicide following their abortions.(4)

The statistics are even grimmer for teenagers. One study found that teenage girls who had one or more abortions were 10 times more likely to commit suicide than those who never aborted. (5)
Another study revealed that the rate of psychiatric hospitalization for teenagers who had abortions is three times higher than that of other teens.(6)
But statistics only tell part of the story. Numbers do not convey the anguish of individual women. A teenager identified as “Nelly R” describes being coerced by her boyfriend into having an abortion. She says: 

“I remember when they started the IV and how I looked up and told one of the nurses to tell me what was the sex of the baby and to tell the baby that I loved it and I had no choice. from there I don’t remember anything but when I woke up in the recovery room crying and checking my stomach to see if it was a horrible dream. I remember screaming from the top of my lungs and saying I wish I could die too. I fell into a deep depression and I bearly [sic] made it to senior year. I tried to commit suicide. I didn’t care for my self [sic] or anyone else at the time I was a murder.[sic] I remember going to the police station and saying that I had murdered someone and saying that I killed my own baby. I thought that I would never be happy again.”
Read her full testimony here.
Another woman shared her story on the John Ankerberg show. She said:
When I was examined the doctor said that he had been mistaken, the baby was far more advanced than he had thought, and that it was 15 weeks, and I was really just in shock. Within a minute, I was aborted, waited a few minutes, and then I got up to get dressed. And when I went over to the dressing room, I saw bucket of blood. And, my baby was in the bucket of blood, and the baby was not an inch big, the baby was as big as my hand, and it was a real baby. All I could think of was that I had murdered my baby… I started deteriorating emotionally that night. Over the next month, I cried, not normal cries, I cried from the bellows of the earth. I remember just leaning at the top of my staircase, just wishing I could throw myself down to the bottom. I remember thinking of jumping on the roof and jumping off. I thought of every method of suicide, I tried to consider doing. And I cried so deeply, so constantly, and so deeply, it was like the wail of a newborn baby when they cry and their fists are clenched, and they just cannot control the crying and somehow I thought I must. It was the most extraordinary crying I could ever see myself doing.”

Read her testimony and others here
Another woman who aborted twins said: 
“After aborting my boys, I was a wreck. I instantly had a nervous breakdown. I contemplated suicide because I had lost my will to live. I felt I needed to be with them and to help them somehow. I could hear them calling me at night reaching out to me, but I couldn’t touch them. I wanted out of my misery.” 

Read her full story here. 
Another woman told the story of her abortion in The Postabortion Review newsletter published by the Elliot Institute. She had her abortion when she was 16 in 1977, and still suffers. After describing how the clinic “counselors” lied to her about the development of the baby, she says: 
I began to drink heavily and use drugs. I had severe depressions in which I contemplated suicide. I had, and still have, horrible nightmares involving babies and people trying to kill me. I still get depressed and cry a lot. I pray at night that God will let my baby know that I didn’t kill him because I hated him. I long to hold him so much now that it hurts, and I want him to know that.

I harbor secret fears that one of my children will be taken from me because of this horrible act that I have committed. This fear was compounded when I almost miscarried one of my children at twelve weeks. I feel sure the problem was connected to my abortion. The problems go on and on. I had never allowed myself to calculate the month that my baby would have been born. Recently I figured out when the baby would have been born and was horrified when I realized that it was within weeks of when both of my children were born. I had felt intense pressure from within myself to become pregnant at this particular time with both my children. And now the realization has hit me that subconsciously I have substituted my live children for my dead child, by conceiving and giving birth at the same times.
 I have spent many years trying to push the memory of what I have done to the back of my mind, but it won’t stay there. I have constantly compared my dead child to what he would have been doing had he lived. I understand that most women who choose to abort experience the same feelings. My child would have been in first grade this year. It’s very hard for me to look at a first grader.

I have shed many tears over the last few years and now I’m angry. I’m angry at myself, my family, the abortion clinic, their counselors, the doctors (who can commit murder on a daily basis), and most of all I’m mad at my government, who prints “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our coins, yet has legalized the daily painful, violent slaughter of the youngest members of our society.
Read her full testimony here. 

These are just four women out of countless thousands, maybe even millions, who have contemplated suicide after abortion. Is a lie to say that suicide can be prevented by abortion – both statistics and personal testimony show that the opposite is true.
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  1. Gissler M, Hemminki E, Lonnqvist J. Suicides after Pregnancy in Finland, 1987 to 94: Register Linkage Study British Medical Journal 1996 December 7; 313 (7070): 1431 – 4
  2. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459 63,2005.
  3. DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, Aug. 2002.
  4. Martina Mahler “Abortion: the Pain No One Talks About” Women’s World, September 24, 1991, 6
  5. Garfinkel, et al., “Stress, Depression and Suicide: A Study of Adolescents in Minnesota,” Responding to High Risk Youth (University of Minnesota: Minnesota Extension Service, 1986)
  6. Somers, “Risk of Admission to Psychiatric Institutions Among Danish Women Who Experienced Induced Abortion: An Analysis Based on National Report Linkage” (Ph.D. Dissertation, Los Angeles: University of California, 1979, Disseration Abstracts International, Public Health 2621-B, Order No. 7926066)

Editor’s note. This appeared at http://liveactionnews.org/studies-show-risk-of-suicide-elevated-in-women-after-abortion. Sarah Terzo is a pro-life author and creator of the clinicquotes.com website. She is a member of Secular Pro-Life and PLAGAL

Source: NRLC News

California and Assisted Suicide


 

Judge to hear lawsuit challenging California’s law against assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko
christy-odonnell  Even the famously ultra-liberal California legislature recently balked at passing an assisted suicide law, SB128. Why?
According to bioethicist Wesley J. Smith primarily because of the opposition of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the disability rights community. Smith quoted from a column in which an Assembly staffer who was monitoring the bill “said his boss had received 30 calls so far against the bill — and two for it.”

This is worth noting, Smith said, because this shows “assisted suicide is not driven by public demand, but rather, is a top-down ideological movement mostly pushed by the privileged who never have to worry about poor care or abandonment.”

But concurrent with the debate in the California legislature is the campaign to legalize assisted suicide whose public face is Christy O’Donnell, who testified on behalf of the failed legislation. (More about her below.) Naturally “O’Donnell, two other terminally ill Californians and a San Diego doctor seeking such a right” are “backed by Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that has supported legislative efforts and similar lawsuits in various states,” the Associated Press reported today.

They have brought a lawsuit against the state and a San Diego Superior Court judge was expected to hear a motion to dismiss the lawsuit today. According to the AP
The lawsuit asks that the court impose an injunction on the current law, declaring it unconstitutional as applied to doctors who prescribe fatal medication for mentally competent, terminally ill adults who can administer it themselves when the suffering become unbearable
  For the moment, let’s ignore the multiple elephants in the room, such as how imprecise “terminally ill” is; how in other states people are not required to have psychological evaluations to be sure they are truly “mentally competent”; and that “suffering” has already been ruled elsewhere to include mere “dissatisfaction” with life.
To its credit, the AP story, written by Julie Watson, goes beyond the puff pieces that appear in places like PEOPLE magazine where O’Donnell is routinely (and favorably) compared to Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon so she could be “assisted” to die.
O’Donnell describes herself as both “conservative” and “Christian,” a single mom who has “reconciled my own religious beliefs with this decision.”
Watson added context to the lawsuit as well as comments from critics. She wrote
Some advocates say they thought the nationally publicized case of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old California woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life last fall, might usher in a wave of state laws allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medications.
But no states have passed right-to-die legislation since Maynard’s death in 2014, and efforts have been defeated or stalled in several states.

Proponents now are banking on a court ruling in the nation’s most populous state…
That failure to win, albeit by only one vote in one state, explains why pro-assisted suicide forces are counting on the courts to win what they lose in the legislatures. What “progress” pro-assisted suicide forces have made in Montana and New Mexico are because of judges.
Watson added
Tim Rosales, a spokesman for California Coalition Against Assisted Suicide, said the lawsuits show right-to-die advocates are getting desperate after the setbacks. He said people, especially the low-income, may turn to fatal medication to end their lives not because of suffering but because it is the cheapest health care option and they no longer want to be a burden.

“There have been a lot of red flags and concerns raised in bipartisan fashion, not only in California, but across the country against this,” he said.
The concluding paragraphs in an editorial in the Orange County Register show both Compassion & Choices’ misleading strategy and why physician-assisted suicide is wrong: 
Though Ms. O’Donnell expects to be dead before the Assembly revisits SB128, she expects the measure eventually will pass. Indeed, Compassion & Choices, the pro-euthanasia advocacy organization that is a successor to the Hemlock Society, claims that “seven out of 10 Californians want to see this bill become law.”
They base their claim on the results of a push poll last month by a little-known polling agency that asked people whether they agreed with such leading statements as: “If a terminally ill person wishes to use physician-prescribed medication to die, rather than endure agonizing suffering, he or she should be able to do so legally.”
Well, we suspect that even those who oppose physician-assisted suicide would agree if the statement was put to them that way.

We empathize with terminally ill patients like Ms. O’Donnell, who think their lives no longer worth living. Be we remain reticent to support a state law that allows physicians – who took an oath to “do no harm” – to send the terminally ill to premature deaths.

Source: NRLC News

De- Fund Planned Parenthood

 

College student: Why I believe the Planned Parenthood videos are helping America

Planned Parenthood. Not for women.
Planned Parenthood. Not for women.
I didn’t realize how much the world around me would change when I woke up on July 14.
I woke up in the morning to find an investigative video documenting abuses by Planned Parenthood. The video had been released by the Center for Medical Progress. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who is the Senior Medical for Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was documented discussing the organization’s fetal parts business.

I was horrified, but not surprised, as Planned Parenthood has been documented committing abuses and circumventing the law more than a few times before.
It wasn’t just those in the pro-life movement who took notice, however. For days – including the very day the video was released – Planned Parenthood was trending on Facebook. Users also creatively and boldly took over the PR trick Planned Parenthood tried on Twitter to help their image.
The mainstream media was, for the most part, reluctant to break its silence, and some networks are still not giving the story the attention it deserves, but the coverage is there. It’s not just the latest comments from Donald Trump or the Iran deal that is appearing in the news. People, other than pro-lifers like me who live and breathe this issue, are talking about Planned Parenthood.
The 2016 presidential candidates are also now making abortion and Planned Parenthood a national issue. George Pataki, the former governor of New York, who is a pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate, has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a pro-abortion politician, mentioned that the “tone” of the video was “terribly wrong.” He agreed with Cecile Richard’s apology, but unlike other Democratic presidential candidates, he actually spoke on the issue.

On July 15, I had the privilege of appearing as a guest on Dana Loesch’s television program on TheBlaze (you can watch a clip of the segment here, or on my Facebook profile, or subscribe to TheBlaze TV). I mentioned that:
If anything good comes out of this reveal, it’s that we know that we really have to defund Planned Parenthood. And I’m really encouraged to hear the Congressional calls about investigations.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to defund Planned Parenthood before and in January, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. Sadly, at that time, the Senate did not follow suit.

Live Action News has been extensively reporting on the video releases from the Center for Medical Progress, and we’ve been broadcasting the state and congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood. Government – at the state and federal level – is finally doing more than just introducing, scheduling, and voting on Planned Parenthood’s funding.
So far, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Indiana have all announced investigations into the abortion giant.

House leadership has also paid attention to the issue. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as well as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had strong words about the video, in addition to ordering investigations. Congress also recently called for Deborah Nucatola to appear to clarify the statements she made in the video. Representative Dianne Black has introduced a bill to immediately defund Planned Parenthood during the congressional investigation.
Planned Parenthood may always have its supporters, but I am encouraged to have those who disagree about the abortion issue come to me and express horror and shock about the video and the sale of fetal parts. Perhaps this latest reveal can begin to on change hearts and minds until we all agree that every innocent, unborn life is precious and deserving of our protection.
I wish that it didn’t take preborn babies being aborted with illegal methods and then, further disrespected when their body parts are sold off to get America’s attention. But the attention and outrage surrounding these videos encourages me that Planned Parenthood may finally be stopped from committing any more human rights abuses.

Source: LiveAction News

Guilty by Silence?

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When it comes to Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish crimes, are we all guilty?

 

I am sitting at my desk, taking a moment of reflection over the past week, what I have witnessed, listened to and read. I am disturbed – even haunted and somehow – I am not surprised.
The news of Planned Parenthood’s grisly baby parts operation has been a daily source of news, social media posts, blogs, and videos. I have been caught up in it all, and now…I reflect.
Planned-Parenthood-sells-aborted-baby-body-parts-CMP-2-209x198I think about what is happening in this nation – of 42 years of legalized abortion on demand.
As I ponder what has taken place this last week, I am not shocked that babies are being chopped up and sold for parts like an old car in a junkyard.

I am not shocked, because every day, more than 3,000 beautifully formed, innocent babies are snuffed out in their mother’s wombs by abortion.
What shocks me more than hearing what groups like Planned Parenthood are doing with their remains is the lack of concern for these tiny humans on a daily basis. Yes, this shocks me.
I have witnessed the gruesomeness of abortion up close. I am one of the few who has held their broken bodies, their dismembered and bloodied corpses barely cold from being tossed in a dumpster outside an abortion clinic. I wrote about that day in detail here, and it is forever entrenched in my mind.
The smells, the images, the tears.
But I am also a student of history, and we have repeated this many times over. Think back to World War II and the Nazi experiments on the Jews. Think about how ISIS, today, callously slaughters women and children and Christians by the hundreds.
What has happened to America?
Why do we refuse to speak out about such atrocities until we are consumed with the dead corpses around us? Is the harvesting of aborted baby body parts so horrific that we are only now awakened to the pain and suffering of these tiny babies? Really?
Are we not moved to tears by the mere ripping apart, in early suction abortions, of their innocent arms, legs  lungs and kidneys on a daily basis? Can we not envision the horror of the abortionist’s knife grasping the limbs, torso, and head of the second trimester unborn child in a D&E abortion?
We have to ask ourselves these tough questions.
Which is more evil? An abortionist who finds ways to profit from every aspect of the bloody procedure or an apathetic sideliner who scolds him for unethical business practices instead of for his murderous actions? Have we become so accustomed to abortion that the real crime of it – the taking of a valuable human life, created in the image of God – is not the overall cause of our outrage?
I wholeheartedly condemn Planned Parenthood for the Mengele-like conduct portrayed in the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos, but I also condemn them for the taking of that same human life just seconds earlier.
In 1889, Gilbert Haven said it best when he described the reaction to the slavery of his day. In his National Sermons, Speeches, and Letters on Slavery and its war, Haven said:
We are so familiar with the word Slavery, that its real scope and character do not smite the eye with true horror. If this nation stood today, perfectly free from this iniquity, and could behold it approaching its shores, and demanding the sovereignty, we should rise up as one man against the hellish foe.… How horrible it’s sin, how horrible will be its punishment!
And in 1852, former slave Frederick Douglass described what should be our reaction today to the abortion trade:
The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be denounced.
I recently discussed the Church’s reaction to Hitler as depicted in the newspapers of the day. Although it is by no means a comprehensive study, in the articles I found, there are headlines noting the following:
  • Anti-Jewish atrocities have been exaggerated
  • Hitler’s election brought about largely through support of evangelical churchmen
  • Churches express readiness to cooperate with Hitler’s government but demand right to preach
  • Hitler controls German Churches
  • Song of Nazi School Children – “We need no Christian virtue”
Renate Bethge, daughter of an executed Christian resister to Hitler’s Nazi regime and niece of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, once stated, “When people know enough to know to learn more it will require some risk… then it is surprising how little people want to learn.”
Risk? Yes.
Renate’s father, German theologian Eberhard Bethge, once stated, “There comes a point when you can only say yes or no and in this case: NO!” That time has come for America.
But sadly, just as in Germany, people will rarely speak out.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. once said:
The time comes when silence is betrayal – that time has come for us…. Men do not easily assume the task of opposing the government’s policy…. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often the vocation of agony, but, we must speak.
It is easy to be outraged today, when gruesome descriptions of sci-fi like body parts are strewn across the television screens. But where are those same people when a pregnant woman needs a home or when a pro-life grandmother is accosted after standing alone in front of Planned Parenthood, crying out for the babies they murder?
Sadly, when it comes to Planned Parenthood, I feel that history is once again revealing the state of America. That state can be seen in the words of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, whose most painful memories were placed into a story about her life, published in 2013. Kor says Hitler rose to power because good people said nothing:
The key word here is terrorist. “Terrorists have no respect for human life,” she said. “In Germany, not all Germans were Nazis. There were many good Germans — but nobody spoke up.”
I’d like to end by asking each one of us to examine our hearts.
There are really no “innocent bystanders” – we all know the truth about abortion and the truth about Planned Parenthood. We are at this point today because we have remained silent and refused to act against this tyranny towards the least of these, the unborn children.
Arthur Cochrane, who spent two years in Germany and became acquainted with the underground church during the Nazi regime, observed first-hand the reaction of those who ignored the plight of the Jews. “Those who stood strongest were first to confess their own guilt for not doing more,” he said.
We must do more!
Are we not all responsible for this ghoulish enterprise we now see visited upon us by Planned Parenthood? Responsible for not proclaiming the value of each preborn human person?
The answer to that question is YES! Now, what shall we do about it?
(Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted at Saynsumthn’s Blog and is reprinted here with permission.)

Source: LiveAction News

Planned Parenthood


 

Will corporate giving to Planned Parenthood change in light of new videos?

By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., NRL Director of Education & Research
cecile-richards-videoBy this point, having read NRL News Today, you are up to speed on the latest Planned Parenthood scandals. Two top officials (so far) were secretly videotaped talking about how to provide intact baby body parts for experimentation.
On the pro-life blogosphere, you have seen one of the articles listing some of Planned Parenthood’s corporate sponsors and perhaps some of the followups of companies denying or distancing themselves from any link.  And you’re probably wondering, “Why”?
Why would any company ever even consider supporting a group like Planned Parenthood?” or “How could anyone not know that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and promoter?”

Good questions.
But for still too many people, Planned Parenthood is still just some charitable organization that provides poor people with cancer screenings, breast exams, and helps them plan their families. They may even imagine PPFA helps women deal with infertility.  Why “parenthood” is right there in their name!

They don’t know that the group is responsible for close to a third of all abortions performed in the U.S., or that their share of the country’s abortions has been steadily growing and that they have been building new clinics while others have been closing and the overall number of abortions (thankfully!) declining.

And a lot of it thanks to donations from big corporate donors like them. About 30% of Planned Parenthood’s revenues for its latest fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or $391.8 million, came from “private contributions and bequests.”  We are told that this category includes foundation grants, corporate contributions, as well as private giving.
Now it’s true that there are levels of contributions, whether or not there are levels of culpability.
Some companies give directly with large corporate gifts.  They may specify that these gifts are only to be used for cancer screenings or sex education programs in poor public schools. But that simply means that Planned Parenthood can now plow more of their clinic revenues into expanding their abortion operations instead of having to use it to cover other programs or expenses.
Sometimes, it’s simply because a company has a matching gifts program, in which they agree to match the personal giving of any employee to any officially recognized 501c 3 charity.
The problem here, obviously, is that a group which kills babies, and charges hundreds of dollars for the “service” is put on the same par as groups which save babies’ lives or perform some genuine service for the poor, the sick, or disabled.
It only becomes harder to make the case that folks like Planned Parenthood do not belong on the list of respectable, legitimate charities when our own federal, state, and local governments fund the group to the tune of more than half a billion dollars a year!

Pro-lifers who know Planned Parenthood know it is responsible for millions of abortions since Roe v. Wade and are not surprised by the latest revelations.  But they are a real wake-up call for many in corporate America who always thought they were just giving to help poor women get mammograms (which few if any Planned Parenthood do) or help fight “teen pregnancy.”
There are some other categories of giving that are murkier but no less disturbing.  The head of a company’s  branch office may have a personal relationship with someone at the local Planned Parenthood affiliate, or they may simply run in some of the same elite social circles, so that contributions are expected.  The company’s national office may have little knowledge of the “community activities” in which their branch is involved.
Sometimes, it may be the tycoon who owns the company, or his personal foundation (built with funds he got from company stocks or profits) that is doing the giving, rather than the company itself.  Some of Planned Parenthood’s biggest financial backers are billionaires who’ve made their fortunes buying and selling corporations and stocks from a very broad cross section of American industries and service companies.

Identifying the abortion position of a broadly held public company is difficult, outside any official policies adopted by the corporate board or donations by the corporate office.
So what’s a responsible pro-lifer to do?
First, be on the watch for any announcement of large corporate gifts to groups such as Planned Parenthood.  That may involve not only watching the news, checking the newspaper for officials attending or being recognized at the opening of Planned Parenthood’s latest abortion mega-clinic, but also paying close attention to corporate reports.
Second, if you have any reason for concern at all, contact the company directly, preferably in writing.  Express your concern and your position and find out what level of involvement they have, if any, with groups like Planned Parenthood, groups doing medical research using embryonic stem cells, or supporting pro-abortion political candidates.

Now is a good time to do this with Planned Parenthood a lot in the news.  Make sure they know that Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion chain, performing more than 330,000 abortions a year.  Refer to the latest videos to illustrate just how callous and nonchalant these Planned Parenthood officials are about the destruction of human life and dissection of babies for medical experiments.
Third, if and when you get an answer, share a copy of that letter with us at NRLC.
These companies have given to Planned Parenthood and gotten away with it because either the company didn’t know what Planned Parenthood did or didn’t believe the public cared.
For too long, they’ve believed the mainstream media has told them (and is still telling them). As we’ve discussed at length, too many politicians and media outlets simply echo Planned Parenthood’s talking points which are intended to take the public’s eye off of PPFA’s deep involvement in extracting intact baby body parts and delivering them to middlemen who pass them along to medical “researchers.”
A massive outcry of customers and stock holders has the potential to be a real eye-opener for these corporations

Source: NRLC News