Friday, May 31, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 31, 2013

Vote Next Week on Congressional Bill Banning Abortions at 20 Weeks Members of a U.S. House committee will cast a vote on a congressional bill that would ban abortions nationwide at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, chaired by bill author Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, will hold a markup on H.R. 1797 on Tuesday. After lawmakers debate the bill, a vote is expected. Read More

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Who Reused Blood-Stained Gloves Faces Complaint Planned Parenthood abortion practitioner Timothy Liveright faces an official complaint from the Delaware Attorney General’s Office for injuring and mistreating women to who came to Planned Parenthood for abortions. The attorney general’s complaint cites him for unprofessional, incompetent and negligent conduct at Planned Parenthood’s Wilmington, Delaware abortion clinic and calls him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.” Read More

Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are. Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA), offers this pithy saying as her favorite quote. In order to figure out who the Girl Scouts are, I suppose we must follow Ms. Chávez’ logic and look at the organizations that GSUSA associates with. Read More

We Must Stop Kermit Gosnell’s Colleagues Douglas Karpen and LeRoy Carhart Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are more common than you think. They aren’t exceptions, they’re the rule. Unsafe conditions and barbaric practices in abortion clinics are an epidemic, not a random occurrence. The blood splattered walls and freezers full of children do not just exist in a few clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas. They’re in clinics across the nation from Illinois to Virginia. Read More

Pope Francis: Baptize Babies of Unwed Moms, They Had Courage to Reject Abortion Pope Francis has an encouraging message for single mothers who rejected an abortion: your baby is welcome for baptism. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano indicates that, during a private mass at his residence, Pope Francis relayed the message: Read More

Georgetown’s Catholic Standing Challenged After Pro-Abortion Speaker Should Georgetown University be able to call itself a Catholic university in good standing? A new canon law petition says no, since the college has repeatedly had pro-abortion speakers — including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Do alumni, students, faculty and parents have a right to be heard, when a Catholic university repeatedly violates its Catholic identity?” asks Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic educational watchdog group. “That’s the question at stake at Georgetown University.” Read More

Blind Chinese Woman Sells Four Newborn Children, Husband Can’t Hold Job On the heels of international news about a newborn baby who was found in a sewage pipe after being born alive and flushed down the toilet comes another tragic story from China. A blind Chinese woman has admitted she sold four of her children because her husband is unable to keep a job to provide for their family. The London Daily Mail newspaper reports that Du Xiurong, from Shibei Village in Mianyang sold the four children between 2005 and 2012. The sold kids include three girls and one boy. Read More

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Kermit Gosnell is Not an Outlier

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: When you read the below article don't just say there can't be a problem in "my state."  Also, consider that the condition and attitudes associated with abortion can be expected to be occur, if not now - then in the future, for those determined by others to be at the point of being euthanized.  Surprisingly,  the fact sheet evidences the Gosnell behaviour and clinic conditions even in so-called "Bible belt" states.  So far, the SBA List fact sheet of negligence addresses the following states: Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas.  I am sure they will update the information as it is documented from other states.

by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List: Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are more common than you think.

They aren’t exceptions, they’re the rule. Unsafe conditions and barbaric practices in abortion clinics are an epidemic, not a random occurrence. The blood splattered walls and freezers full of children do not just exist in a few clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas. They’re in clinics across the nation from Illinois to Virginia.

Every day SBA List uncovers more clinics around the country and adds them to our fact sheet of negligence and brutality. It falls to us to expose the abortion industry’s inhumanity because pro-abortion politicians and their allies in the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge the horror shows.

At SBA List, we know the multi-state breakdown of oversight of the abortion industry has gone on for too long. Many states have not enacted or enforced basic regulations for abortionists across the country, and vulnerable women suffer the consequences of their inaction.

States have left the abortion industry to regulate itself, and across the board it has led to disaster. They refuse to acknowledge that abortionists are driven by one goal: make as much money as possible by ending lives and hurting women at high prices.

This has to change, and SBA List is taking the lead to get it done.

We cannot allow Kermit Gosnell conditions and practices across the country to go unnoticed. The abortion industry knows no bounds and no borders, and we’ve discovered a frightening trend. The worst abortionists cross into states that don’t enforce regulations on abortion. For instance, did you know that Kermit Gosnell also worked in a clinic in Delaware that the state never inspected?

Not only that, but we’ve identified several other abortionists like Gosnell who still perform abortions today even after numerous victims and staff members have come forward to their state governments:
  • Douglas Karpen still practices abortions in Houston, TX even after his former staff members released the photos of viable babies from failed abortions whose necks had been wrung.
  • Dr. Leroy Carhart still practices abortions in Nebraska and Maryland even after his negligence likely led to the death of Jennifer Morbelli.
You might recognize Douglas Karpen from that list, but you probably didn’t read about him from major news networks. The state of Texas has started an investigation, but like with most abortionists, the Texas Medical Board has already dismissed his abuses.

These men need to see justice. They need to be stopped. And, we have to act.

We must demand that Congress and state legislatures stop turning a blind eye. That’s why the SBA List is producing a running fact sheet of negligence and brutality. It’s up to us to educate Americans and lawmakers – and demand action.

It will only be a matter of time before the national abortion network starts to collapse. If we can continue to expose Gosnell-like practices and conditions across the country, we can force Congress and state legislatures to take action and save lives.

We can’t do this alone. We’ve compiled the information and spread the word as far as we can, but you need to take the next step. Share our fact sheet of negligence today to help us expose the abortion industry and demand action.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 30, 2013

Autopsy Confirms 33-Week Abortion Led to Young Woman’s Death The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report on the death of Jennifer Morbelli, which again confirms the young woman died on February 7, 2013, from complications to a 33-week abortion done by late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart. Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a 29-year-old woman from New Rochelle, New York died from a botched 33-week abortion. The medical examiner’s office confirmed a botched 33-week abortion killed the young woman. Read More

Mother of Baby Rescued in Sewage Pipe Regains Custody, Father Identified The mother of the baby who has received international attention after he was flushed down the toilet and found in a sewage pipe has regained custody of the child. The unnamed mother claims the incident was an accident. She also claims she wanted an abortion but was unable to afford one. Read More

Douglas Karpen Snipped Babies’ Necks Worse Than Gosnell, Is Anyone Noticing? If Americans found the Gosnell trial disturbing, there can be no words to describe Douglas Karpen’s abortion clinic in Houston, Texas. Operation Rescue has been on the scene for years, working to stop Karpen. Thanks to Operation Rescue’s Abortion Whistleblowers Program, four women who previously worked for Karpen at the Aaron Women’s Clinic have come forward to describe their horrific experiences. Like many abortionists, Karpen has had a string of problems at his clinics. Read More

Obama’s Motorcade Confronted With Pictures of Abortion Victims President Barack Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi came to Chicago yesterday for a Democratic Party fundraising event, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to confront the presidential motorcade with pictures of aborted babies—victims of the “choice” that Obama and Pelosi, et al. so stridently support. Protest of Obama and PelosiWhen we arrived at the Hilton & Towers shortly before 4:00 to set up for our protest, we found that Chicago Police had set up metal fencing all along Michigan Avenue directly in front of the hotel, effectively eliminating our intended protest area. Read More

FBI Targets Pregnancy Center That Saved 42,000 Babies From Abortions Based in New York City, the Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers has helped more than 42,000 women find abortion alternatives. Read More

Melinda Gates, Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton Push Illegal Abortions It’s being billed as “the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women.” But it is also very obviously a conference designed to reduce populations of developing nations by promoting a Western-style sexual revolution via chemical contraceptives, access to abortion-on-demand including, the promotion of the chemical abortifacient misoprostol in countries where abortion is illegal, and sex education for youth. On Tuesday more than 4,000 delegates from 145 countries attended the launch of the third Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read More

IRS Agent Who Wrote Threatening Letters Gets Promotion, Now a Supervisor Operation Rescue has learned more about the death of an abortion patient at a shoddy Baltimore abortion clinic located in a residential condo complex. The operating license of that facility, Associates in OB/GYN Care, is currently suspended after state inspectors determined that it posed a danger to the public. Computer aided dispatch transcripts show that a 911 call was placed from 3596 N. Calvert, Suite 110, in Baltimore on February 13, 2013, at 12:49 pm for a patient who was unconscious and not breathing. Read More

Premature Newborn Comes Back to Life in Mother’s Arms After Pronounced Dead A premature newborn in Australia, born along with his twin sister at just 27 weeks’ gestation and weighing in at only two pounds, was pronounced dead by his physician after medical staff tried for twenty minutes to revive him. Jamie Ogg, now a little over three years old, is alive today only because of the undying love and affection of his mother. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, when Jamie was pronounced dead, the doctor handed him to his mother, Kate, so that she could say goodbye to her son. Kate took Jamie into her arms and tearfully caressed her tiny son. Read More

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The ‘Therapeutic Cloning’ of Human Embryos

The embryos killed are the first class of victims; the second class of victims will be the rest of us.
by Samuel Aquila, National Review Online: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the sort of timeless morality tale students read as an antidote, or at least an objection, to the hedonism that seems to follow naturally from youthful ideas about immortality.

The story is familiar to many: Dorian Gray is a narcissist who wishes that a portrait of him — his copy in paint — would age in his place. His wish comes true, and though his life is corrupted by a pursuit of pleasure, only his painted visage bears the effects. Dorian himself is visibly unscathed, though the novel’s fatal climax exposes a soul rendered ugly by a life of egoistic debauchery.

The Picture of Dorian Gray took on a particular prescience yesterday. Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University reported a successful incidence of cloning, one that relied on the same method that researchers used 17 years ago to clone Dolly the sheep. This week, the cloned embryos were not sheep; they were human beings. The work is heralded as the success of “therapeutic cloning.”

We will hear a lot about therapeutic cloning in the news this week. Researchers distinguish between “therapeutic cloning,” which creates embryos in order to harvest their stem cells, and “reproductive cloning,” which has the intention of a live birth. The Oregon researchers insist that theirs was not an act of “reproductive cloning.”

But the distinction is spurious. Both types of cloning are reproductive. Both bring a new human being into existence. In fact, so-called therapeutic cloning is the more heinous because the process is intended to create life, exploit it, and then destroy it.

Consider what the cloning breakthrough means. Scientists have discovered how to create perfect human copies, to be used for the sole purpose of growing tissue in the effort to combat disease, and then these copies will be destroyed. From a scientific perspective, this breakthrough could solve, among other problems, that of tissue rejection or a delay that renders organ transplant unfeasible. From the standpoint of materialism, there has been no greater advance in regenerative medicine. Through therapeutic cloning, a person’s health can be enhanced immeasurably — and only the copy, the embryo, will suffer the effects.

The problem is that the embryo is not merely a copy. The embryo is not an extension of the patient who donated the DNA, a cell bank to be utilized without consequence. The embryo, though genetically identical, is a new manifestation of human life, endowed by its very being with dignity. The embryo is a human being.

The humanity of the cloned embryo will be aggressively denied in the weeks to come. Though human life demonstrably begins at the embryonic stage of development, the created embryo will be presented as a collection of tissue, a biological tabula rasa from which organs can be grown. Scientists will seek more funding, and the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for the creation of cloned embryos, will be attacked.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI warned in Humanae Vitae that the sexual revolution, beginning with a cultural acceptance of the contraceptive mentality, would lead to a wholesale denial of human dignity and the family. Now we are cloning embryos to destroy them. It will be only a matter of time before therapeutic cloning will cede to reproductive cloning. If we don’t seriously contemplate the ethical consequences of therapeutic cloning now, eventually cloned human beings will be born in America.

The “progress” of therapeutic cloning will not be victimless. But the victims will be hidden from sight, tucked away in the dark like Dorian’s decaying portrait.

The first class of victims, and the ones most pressing on our consciences, will be the embryos — brought into existence to be used, and then killed. If nurtured, as in a womb, these embryos would grow into fetuses, and then infants, and then children. They are, no matter their size, human beings. But because they are small and have no voice and offer such tremendous possibility, they will be ignored.

The embryos will be a class of human beings created only to be exploited and discarded.

The second class of victims will be the rest of us. We will be the ones remaining healthy and making progress and defeating disease — all by means of killing. We will be the ones who appear beautiful, while our souls embrace the most harrowing kind of social utilitarianism and darkness. If we ignore the problem, as we have done with contraception and abortion, we will only sink into a more violent depravity, like the one that befell vain Dorian Gray. We will be the ones whose portrait grows ever uglier, and who grow ever closer to madness.
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Samuel Aquila is archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado.
This article by Archbishop Aquila was shared for educational purposes under the "Fair Use Doctrine. We first received notice of this article via email from American Life League which secured reprint permission from of NRO's Lucy Zepeda.

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ACLJ Files Federal Lawsuit Against IRS on Behalf of 25 Conservative Organizations

ACLU Suing IRS on behalf of
25 Conservative Organizations
ARRA News Service - Washington, DC - The American Center for Law and Justice today filed a significant lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of 25 Tea Party and conservative organizations against the U.S. Attorney General, Treasury Secretary, and Internal Revenue Service - including top IRS officials.

“The IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with this unlawful targeting of conservative groups,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “As this unconstitutional scheme continues even today, the only way to stop this flagrant and arrogant abuse of our clients’ rights is to file a federal lawsuit, which we have done. The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRS and the Obama Administration – including the White House: Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government. They will not be subjected to unconstitutional treatment and unlawfully singled out and punished because of their ideological beliefs. Those responsible for this unprecedented intimidation ploy must be held accountable.”

The lawsuit, posted here, urges the court to find that the Obama Administration overstepped its authority and violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as the IRS's own rules and regulations. The lawsuit requests a declaratory judgment that the Defendants unlawfully delayed and obstructed the organizations’ applications for a determination of tax-exempt status by means of conduct that was based on unconstitutional criteria and impermissibly disparate treatment of the groups. The suit also seeks injunctive relief to protect our clients – and their officers and directors – from further IRS abuse or retaliation. Further, the lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive monetary damages to be determined at trial at a later date.

In the lawsuit, the ACLJ cites six counts arguing the federal government violated the Constitution, federal law, and even its own rules and regulations.

The suit contends that the Obama Administration “unlawfully delayed and thereby effectively denied approval of Plaintiffs’ applications for tax exempt status by means of a comprehensive, pervasive, invidious and organized scheme that purposefully established unnecessary and burdensome inquiries and scrutiny of Plaintiffs’ applications based solely upon Plaintiffs’ political viewpoints (or Defendants’ assumption of Plaintiffs’ viewpoints, based on their organizational names).”

Further, the complaint asserts that the federal government’s “unlawful conduct included but was not limited to excessive scrutiny of Plaintiffs’ applications by requiring donor names, listing of issues important to Plaintiffs’ organizations, including their positions on such issues, the contents of communications between the organizations and legislative bodies, the applicants’ criteria for membership, volunteer names and the political affiliations of persons associated with the organizations . . .”

The ACLJ represents a total of 25 organizations in the lawsuit, with additional groups likely to be added to the suit as it progresses. The names of the organizations represented are available here. Of the 25 groups, 13 organizations received tax-exempt status after lengthy delays, 10 are still pending, and two withdrew applications because of frustration with the IRS process.

The Kentucky 9/12 Project was one of the first groups to be singled out and scrutinized by the IRS in early 2012 and worked closely with the ACLJ in a resolution and now justice in their case. Their top two officers provided the following comments to the ARRA News Service.  Lisa Abler,  Vice President of Kentucky 9/12 project said, “The IRS overreach and intimidation we experienced is a clear indication that this agency philosophically rejects the flow of authority crafted into our system of government. Their arrogant actions run contrary to the concept of a government of the people instituted to secure inalienable rights with just power deriving from the consent of the governed, This disregard for the most fundamental principles of our nation must be rectified.”

Eric Wilson the Executive Director for Kentucky 9/12 Project said “This will give power back to everyday people. After being targeted and held hostage by this administration at the arms of the IRS for over two years, we want them to not only be held accountable but prevent this from happening to any other group or citizens in the future.”

The ACLJ lists as defendants in the case: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; the Internal Revenue Service; Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew; Steven Miller, former acting Commissioner of the IRS; Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations Division for the IRS; Holly Paz, Director, Office of Rulings and Agreements; and unknown named officials inside the IRS.

The IRS contends that the targeting scheme originated with a couple of rogue IRS agents out of the Cincinnati, Ohio office and contends the abusive conduct has been halted. However, the ACLJ has correspondence showing this tactic was used not only in the Cincinnati office, but also from two offices in California – El Monte and Laguna Niguel – as well as the national office in Washington, D.C. In fact, the Washington office sent a letter to one of our clients as recently as one month ago.

Furthermore, the ACLJ has letters signed by Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations, suggesting her personal involvement in sending invasive questionnaires to 15 of our clients in March 2012 - some nine months after she was told about the scheme and promised to stop it.

The ACLJ has heard from nearly 100,000 Americans calling on President Obama and members of Congress to end the IRS abuse.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 29, 2013

Kermit Gosnell’s Wife Gets 7 Months in Prison for House of Horrors Role Pearl Gosnell, the wife of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, will spend anywhere from seven to 23 months in prison for her role in the House of Horrors abortion clinic. Pearl Gosnell was convicted on charges of racketeering and performing illegal abortion but saw her sentenced reduced after spending two years under house arrest. Pearl’s children had asked the judge, according to local reports in court, to spare her prison time. Read More

Mother of Baby Rescued in Sewage Pipe Gave Birth in Toilet, Won’t be Prosecuted The mother of the baby who has made international headlines after he was rescued from a toilet sewage pipe now says the incident was an accident. She also claims she wanted an abortion but was unable to afford one. This comes from a new Agence France-Presse report: The fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe in China was accidental and his mother will not be prosecuted, local officials said Wednesday, adding the boy is healthy. Read More

Gosnell Staffer Who Snipped Neck of Baby Struggling in Toilet Released on Probation The abortion clinic staffer of convicted abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell was sentenced today for her role in snipping the neck of a baby who was born alive and struggling in a toilet to stay alive. Gosnell’s sister-in-law was sentenced in court yesterday for her role in the House of Horrors abortion clinic that eventually resulted in Gosnell’s conviction on multiple murder counts. Like other Gosnell staffers and family members, Elizabeth Hampton agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to testify against Gosnell in exchange for a significantly lighter sentence. Read More

Canada’s Top Abortionist Henry Morgentaler Dies at Age 90 Infamous abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler — responsible for legalized abortions in Canada funded at taxpayer expense — has passed away at the age of 90. Morgentaler is the man who opened up Canada to legal abortions in 1988. Denise Mountenay, the head of the Canada Silent No More Campaign, a group for women who have had abortions and regret their decisions because of physical complications or mental health issues afterwards, talked about him previously. Read More

Gosnell’s Wife Calls Him “Cowardly” for Dragging Family Through Trial Why didn’t abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell plead guilty to killing babies in brutal abortion-infanticides? That’s not just a question on the minds of Americans, but Gosnell’s wife Pearl wants to know as well. She called the abortionist “cowardly” today in the courtroom as she was sentenced to seven months in prison for her role in the House of Horrors abortion facility. Kermit Gosnell’s rejection of a plea deal condemned his own wife to prison, as local reporter J.D. Mullane indicates: Read More

Hispanic Woman Dies After Abortion, Clinic Staff Had No CPR Training Operation Rescue has learned more about the death of an abortion patient at a shoddy Baltimore abortion clinic located in a residential condo complex. The operating license of that facility, Associates in OB/GYN Care, is currently suspended after state inspectors determined that it posed a danger to the public. Computer aided dispatch transcripts show that a 911 call was placed from 3596 N. Calvert, Suite 110, in Baltimore on February 13, 2013, at 12:49 pm for a patient who was unconscious and not breathing. Read More

Top IRS Officials Targeted Conservative Groups, Not Just Staffers New reports show top officials at the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative and pro-life groups, not just the low-level staffers IRS leaders have blamed the scandal on to this point. As NBC News reports: Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. Read More

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Pro-Life Apologetics

College Students for Life: As a pro-life leader, you have to be knowledgeable on the subject of abortion and be able to communicate it to others. This will not only increase your influence as a leader, but it will change minds and hearts. Students for Life has compiled a list of apologetics resources for you to use to sharpen your arguments for the preborn.

Use these resources to get started and invite SFLA to do a free apologetics training for your group.

NEW Resource from our college group – Stanford Students for Life Pro-Life Theory and Discussion Tactics web tutorial: prolife.stanford.edu/prologue.html

Check out the following links to articles and lectures like "How to Defend Your Pro-Life Views in 5 Minutes or Less" and "Answer Every Defense for Abortion."

Lecture Material:
How to Defend Your Pro-Life Views in 5 Minutes or Less:
prolifetraining.com/Articles/FiveMinute1.pdf

Toddler Tactics: How to Simplify the Abortion Debate:
prolifetraining.com/Articles/FiveMinute3.pdf

My Body, My Choice?
prolifetraining.com/Articles/FiveMinute12.pdf

Clarity not Gadgetry: Pro-Life Apologetics for the Next Generation:
thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/01/21/clarity-not-gadgetry-pro-life-apologetics-for-the-next-generation/

Advanced Pro-Life Apologetics Notes:
prolifetraining.com/Articles/46966-Advanced%20PL%20Apologetics%20Biola.pdf

Abortion Rhetoric
str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5547

5 Ways to Argue About Abortion:
str.org/site/DocServer/5badways.pdf?docID=172

Life & Abortion: A Pro-Life Defense in Dialogue Form
str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5506

Answer Every Defense for Abortion
str.typepad.com/weblog/2010/09/answer-every-defense-for-abortion.html

Suggested Resources:
Debate Video! Scott Klusendorf versus former ACLU President Nadine Strossen:
vimeo.com/26031452

Scott’s Presentation at the 2011 Students for Life Conference in D.C:
vimeo.com/19811217

More pro-life apologetics resources:
str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5350

Check out the “Get Educated” page for more resources and information.


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 28, 2013

Abandoned Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe Doing Better, Mother Found The abandoned baby who was rescued this past weekend from a sewage pipe in China is being nursed back to health in a local hospital. Meanwhile, the baby’s mother has been found and has reportedly been reunited with the infant. Firefighters in an eastern Chinese province rescued a an apparently-abandoned newborn infant from a sewage pipe after neighbors reported hearing crying. Officials in China’s Zhejiang Province rescued the infant on Saturday afternoon. Read More

Gosnell Sister-in-Law Ground Up Baby Parts in Disposal, Gets Probation Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell’s sister-in-law was sentenced in court today for her role in the House of Horrors abortion clinic that eventually resulted in Gosnell’s conviction on multiple murder counts. The gruesomeness of what happened at the clinic was not limited to Gosnell, but extended to his staff — some of whom were family members. Read More

Supreme Court Prevents Indiana From De-Funding Planned Parenthood The Supreme Court today declined to take a case from Indiana, which will result in preventing the state from being able to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Previously, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a lower court judge’s ruling that the state of Indiana can’t de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business via the state Medicaid program it runs. Read More

Abortionist Who Killed Woman in Failed 33-Week Abortion Still Faces Probe The State of Maryland Office of Health Care Quality has suspended the licenses of four abortion clinics with connections to the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham for violations that caused one patient’s death and endangered the lives of other patients, according to a letter released on May 24, 2013. In the same letter, the OHCQ minimized deficiencies found at Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Services six days after the death of a patient from complications to a 33 week abortion. Read More

Babies Gosnell Killed in Abortion, Infanticide Taken to State Landfills What became of many of the babies abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell killed in horrific abortions and infanticides? One researcher has the answers. Michael Marcavage of Stop Stericycle, a campaign to get the waste management company out of the abortion business, released a report showing many of the bodies of the babies killed eventually made their way to Pennsylvania landfills. Read More

Time Running Out for Congress to Stop the HHS Abortion Mandate, Help Needed Time is running out to protect the freedom of conscience guaranteed by the First Amendment. But, by acting now to urge Congress to pass the conscience protections in H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act—those rights can be protected. Sadly, the very coercive HHS mandate under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) takes full effect as of August 1st. Currently for-profit businesses, despite the religious beliefs of their owners, must provide coverage of sterilizations and life-ending drugs and devices including the abortion-inducing drug ella—even if doing so violates their most cherished religious convictions. Read More

House Votes to Stop Obama Admin From Funding Abortions for Illegal Immigrants Liberals are more than happy to welcome illegal immigrants to America–it’s their unborn children they object to. Last week, Democrats tried to defend taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the long list of “perks” that detainees enjoy in Homeland Security’s federal detention centers. The issue boiled over last spring when the office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tried to slip new guidelines past Congress that would have extended a host of benefits to illegal aliens that rival the average citizens’! And these aren’t your garden variety detainees. Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Case

Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to review a lower court decision blocking Indiana from cutting off Medicaid funding from abortion centers.

"The Court missed an opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that states may cut the abortion industry off from all sources of taxpayer funding," said Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. "Big Abortion has no constitutional right to force Americans to support its deadly industry with tax dollars."

Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law in May 2011 banning agencies from giving state or federal funds to groups that perform abortions, or those that own or operate facilities that do so. A month later, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against it. . . . [Read More]

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 27, 2013

Abortionist Gets Away With Murder: No Punishment for Botched 33-Week Abortion Abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart is not facing charges from county officials for killing a woman in a botched 33-week abortion. Now, the state medical board has clear Carhart as well, even though he is responsible for killing Jennifer Morbelli. The official death certificate for Jennifer Morbelli confirms the young woman died on February 7, 2013, from complications to a 33-week abortion done by late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart. But the Maryland county police closed their investigation Monday without filing criminal charges. The medical examiner’s office confirmed a botched 33-week abortion killed the young woman. Read More

Miracle Baby Born Amid Oklahoma Tornado Devastation, God Was With Them The Oklahoma tornadoes last week took people’s lives and caused massive destruction that will undoubtedly cost billions to repair. But amid the devastation and destruction was the birth of a miracle baby. Jill Stanek’s blog has more information: A 25-year-old mother went into labor as the monster Oklahoma twister approached last Monday. She said, “I was five centimeters already and having contractions.” Read More

Newborn Baby Rescued From Sewage Pipe, Neighbors Hear Crying Firefighters in an eastern Chinese province rescued a an apparently-abandoned newborn infant from a sewage pipe after neighbors reported hearing crying. Officials in China’s Zhejiang Province rescued the infant on Saturday afternoon. Reports from Chinese media indicated the baby was found in the toilet sewage pipe in a residential building in the city of Jinhua after residents on the fourth floor called the fire department with reports of a baby crying. Read More

They Could Have Been Aborted, But Music Therapy Helps Premature Infants Premature infants — who, if in utero, could be legally aborted — are the recipients of a new music therapy designed to engage their sense of hearing at a time when they are so fragile that they often cannot even be held or caressed by their parents. A recent report from the Associated Press suggests that, like all other humans, preemies can be soothed by gentle music, especially when they are serenaded live in their hospital rooms. According to the article: Recent studies and anecdotal reports suggest the vibrations and soothing rhythms of music, especially performed live in the hospital, might benefit preemies and other sick babies. Read More

More Than 1,200 Babies Have Died Following Failed Abortions in America Be confident to share this graphic – it’s accurate and easily defensible. Twelve hundred babies surviving abortions in the U.S., even in just one year, is a conservative estimate. Thousands of children have survived abortions in the forty years following the national legalization of abortion in 1973. Read More

Family, Friends of Unborn Baby Expected to Die Celebrate His Life Aaron and Erin Ruskamp were supposed to celebrate the news that they were expecting their third child. The parents of two active boys, they were excited to learn they would be blessed with a third. But joy turned to sorrow when an ultrasound showed their third child suffered from anencephaly and would die shortly after birth. Read More

Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon Considered for Hillary Clinton Movie Democrats and abortion advocacy groups are preparing now for a potential 2016 presidential bid by pro-abortion former Secretary of State and senator Hillary Clinton. In an effort to pump up her potential candidacy, a new movie Rodham is being made to tout her biography. Two Hollywood powerhouses are reportedly being considered to play Hillary and focus on her younger years. Read More

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Tale of Two Cities: Named Philadelphia

by Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Townhall: Charles Dickens' novel called A Tale of Two Cities (1859) depicted the plight of French peasants' civil conflict with its aristocracy in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Despite their linguistic differences, Dickens showed many parallels with the social atmosphere of London and Paris during that time period.

In contrast to Dickens’ work, my commentary today explores the dramatic difference in the value of human life (versus the value of animal life) in privileged versus impoverished communities in the same city - Philadelphia. I am concerned that Philadelphians seem more committed to protecting the lives of animals than they seem to be committed to saving the innocent lives of unborn children and their young mothers. Let me explain.

Last month, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was forced to cancel a planned book tour because of credible threats on his life. According to his publisher, “protests escalated into threats of violence.” Threats were made to harm Vick himself and the employees of bookstores and other venues planning to host the athlete as he promoted his new book, Finally Free. Everyone concerned decided it was safer to keep the athlete out of the public eye for the off season. The anger against Vick stems no doubt from his role in the death of between six and eight dogs in a dog fighting and gambling operation he owned. Vick pled guilty to felony charges in 2007 and has since been released from prison.

In contrast; two years ago, another Philadelphia man was indicted for the murder of seven human babies and one adult woman. Kermit Gosnell ran a late term abortion facility in Philadelphia and had been sued at least 15 times for malpractice before the FBI discovered the squalid conditions in his clinic during a prescription drug raid in February of 2010. Yet the same media that excoriated Vick— has been eerily silent on the murder of poor mothers and the murder of fetuses.

When Vick’s crimes first came to light, there was understandable outrage from all corners. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denounced Vick’s actions, calling them “cruel and reprehensible.” Animal rights organizations like PETA predictably not only condemned him, but staged protests until sponsors like Nike and Reebok cut all ties with the quarterback.

Multiple news sources regaled the public with the gruesome details of Vick’s operation. A July 2007 CBS/Associated Press report explained, “Fights would end when one dog died or with the surrender of the losing dog, which was sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot, electrocution or some other method, according to the documents.” To this day, Vick routinely tops lists of most disliked athletes, despite his many efforts to make amends for his past.

For years, the same media outlets have not deemed Gosnell’s crimes worthy of much coverage. While details of Vick’s operation dominated television news for weeks on end, major network news shows have been completely silent on the inner city late-term abortion facility as of this writing. But are Gosnell’s crimes really less newsworthy? According to testimony in the trial, the unlicensed medical school graduate beheaded nearly 100 living infants who were outside the womb and breathing on their own. Body parts of aborted babies were reportedly stuffed in cabinets and jars, and blood stained the furniture and carpet in the clinic.

Vick has repeatedly apologized for his actions in writing and in person. As part of his plea bargain, he was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and three years’ probation. While in prison, he was frequently visited and counseled by former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Vick has volunteered for the Humane Society, testified before Congress in favor of stricter regulations against dog fighting, and has made numerous public appearances before at-risk youth, with whom he is an in-demand speaker. In contrast, Gosnell has yet to express any remorse for his actions.

History reminds us that America is capable of forgiving public figures whose sins are discovered. President Bill Clinton, after having an affair with an intern and lying about it; Director Roman Polanski, who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl are just two examples of persons who have been released from the fickle court of public opinion. Yet an apologetic Vick cannot go on a book tour without fearing for his life.

I do not blame the media entirely for the state of supreme moral confusion in America. The voices of institutions like the Church have been compromised by recent corruption scandals. But the editorial decisions of key media outlets concerning “newsworthy crimes” have contributed to the problem. For example, many Americans may never get a chance to make a judgment about Gosnell’s actions, because they haven’t even heard of him.

While I do not condone any of Vick’s crimes against dogs, I think he deserves forgiveness and a second chance. Do Philadelphians really care less about crimes against human beings than they care about crimes against dogs? I don’t think so. What do you think?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Pro-Life News, May 24, 2013

Congress Sees Gruesome Photos of Born Alive Babies Abortionist Killed During a House Judiciary Committee Hearing discussing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 1797) held on May 23, 2013, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) courageously displayed photos released by Operation Rescue depicting one aborted baby that was apparently killed after birth at a Houston, Texas, abortion clinic operated by Douglas Karpen. The photos were provided by former clinic workers who came forward to blow the whistle on Karpen’s (below right) heinous acts. Read More

Hobby Lobby Takes HHS Mandate Battle Against Obama Admin to Appeals Court Attorneys for Christian-owned craft store Hobby Lobby took on the Obama administration in court yesterday in its attempt to stop massive fines against it for not complying with the HHS mandate. The company has filed a lawsuit over whether or not the HHS Department can force it to comply with the mandate that compels it to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented Hobby Lobby Stores before the an en banc hearing of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More

Democratic Congressman Sleeps During Late-Term Abortion Ban Hearing Yesterday, Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) held a hearing on H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, originally for D.C. but now intended for the entire nation. On the “pro” side of the congressional divide were Reps. Franks, King (R-Iowa), Chabot (R-Ohio), and Gohmert (R-Tex.); the “anti” side comprised Reps. Nadler (D-NY), sporting a suspiciously large soft drink, and Joh Conyers (D-Mich.), who divided his time among forgetting the number of the bill he had presented himself to oppose (H.R. 1793?), plugging ObamaCare, and sleeping. Read More

Time for Congress to Stop Painful Abortions on Unborn Babies Dr. Anthony Levatino understands plenty about post-abortion grief. When the Ob/Gyn lost his little girl in a car accident, the man who had performed as many as 1,200 abortions said he couldn’t finish another one without getting sick. “For the first time after all those years… I didn’t see her wonderful right to choose; I didn’t see what a great doctor I was helping her with her problem. All I could see was somebody’s son or daughter,” he said quietly. Read More

There Are More Kermit Gosnells Nationwide, We Must Stop Them There are Kermit Gosnells all over our country today, inflicting not only violence, cruelty and death on very young children but excruciating pain as well. Many Americans — including some who self-identify as pro-choice — were shocked and dismayed by the details that came to light in Gosnell’s recent trial. Perhaps our culture of denial and decades of deceptive marketing have made it difficult to see and understand a disturbing reality: Even after 40 years of abortion on demand — during which some 55 million babies have been killed and millions of mothers wounded — many people somehow construe abortion as victimless. Read More

Mom Refuses Abortion, Gives Birth to Baby Developing Outside Her Womb Doctors told 27-year-old Nicollete Soto that her life was at risk because her unborn baby was developing outside her womb in a rare condition known as a corneal pregnancy. Though physicians couldn’t remember any case of a successful pregnancy with such a condition, Soto would not consider an abortion and carried the pregnancy to 32 weeks before doctors delivered a health baby. Read More

Several Maryland Abortion Clinics Lose Licenses, Woman Dies From Abortion Several Maryland-based abortion clinics had their licenses suspended today after the chain of abortion centers put women’s health and lives at risk by utilizing unlicensed and untrained workers. The Baltimore Sun has more information. Read More


Planned Parenthood Conference Has Teens Teaching Porn to Adults When I walked into this year’s Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon, one of the first things I encountered was a table manned by three young teen boys. On the table was a collage that included many depictions of totally bare female genitalia—obviously pornographic and, one would think, illegal. Read More

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He said, ". . . You're going to have an abortion."

SilentNoMoreCampaign: Jennifer talks about her experience with abortion at the 2013 Walk for Life in San Francisco, California. She, like approximately 80% of women who have aborted, was coerced and pressured into having her abortion.


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Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks?

by Josua Mercer, CatholicVote: Ban abortions after 20 weeks. Nationwide. That’s what legislation debated in a House subcommittee yesterday would do.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, who is amending his D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act (H.R. 1797) to expand the ban nationwide. (Franks is also chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, which held the hearing.)

Exceptions to the bill are provided for the life of the mother or “substantial and irreversible physical impairment.” The bill specifically prohibits “psychological or emotional conditions” from qualifying as exceptions.

You might be asking: Why 20 weeks?

When deciding the constitutionality of any abortion regulation, the Supreme Court demands a compelling governmental interest.

So, the language of Rep. Franks’ bill spells it out:“[T]here is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. It is the purpose of the Congress to assert a compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.”
To back this up, Chairman Franks had former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino testify. He had performed 1,200 abortions, including late-term abortions. He urged Congress to pass this bill.

You can also read testimony from Maureen Condic, Ph.D of the University of Utah School of Medicine, Dept of Nuerobiology and Anatomy (PDF version). And many of you will recognize the name of Jill Stanek, a Registered Nurse who worked at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois (PDF version).

This bill, by focusing on eliminating pain on unborn children, could survive the current constitutional framework on abortion while also having the broad support of the American people. A poll commissioned by National Right to Life Committee and conducted by The Polling Company found that 64% of Americans supported this legislation and only 30% opposed it. . . . [Read More]

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Calling All Pro-Life High School or Homeschoolers

High School Students For Life: Do you know of a high school or homeschool pro-life group in your community? Do you have sons, daughters, brothers or sisters in high school? Help us share our new Students for Life High School and Homeschool Initiative with them and receive a FREE copy of Students for Life by Scott Klusendorf – a must-read for all pro-lifers!

We are offering specialized training, programming, guide books, and a website dedicated to meeting the unique issues and challenges that come with being pro-life student in high school. Students for Life High School and Homeschool’s new outreach program includes trainings on topics such as: Abortion Apologetics, Leadership, and Sexual Risk Avoidance. SFLA has created step-by-step guides on how to start pro-life groups at high schools and in homeschool communities. Our new website includes resources and ideas with just a few clicks of the mouse! EVERYTHING a student would need to start a group is available in our new High School and Homeschool Guidebooks.

But we won’t just stop there! Stay tuned for more new programs, trainings, and events! We want to give high school students all the tools they need to be effective in their community and see an end to abortion. Public or private, big or small, every high school can be reached with the pro-life message. Help us connect with high school students in your community to equip them to stand for LIFE!

Please contact National High School and Home School Coordinator Missy Martinez directly at @studentsforlife.org with your information and the information of the high school group you know to receive your FREE copy of Students for Life!

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