Monday, February 29, 2016

Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic That Had Been Killing Unborn Babies for 35 Years

Pro-life advocates in Augusta, Georgia have been praying that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in their city would close for more than three decades. Last week, they said their prayers were answered. Read More

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First Major Abortion Case in Nearly a Decade Will Go Before Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Slattery, The Daily Signal: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the first major abortion case in nearly a decade.

In the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court will consider whether Texas’ H.B. 2 law —a commonsense reform intended to increase women’s health and safety — meets the test laid out in prior cases.

Texas passed H.B. 2 in 2013 to ensure that women are not subject to substandard conditions or practices at abortion clinics that could jeopardize their health and even lives. This came on the heels of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial—which brought to light dangerous and unsanitary conditions at his clinic.

The Texas law requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic and clinics to meet the minimum health and safety standards that other ambulatory surgical centers have to meet. These include standards for the operation of a facility (including requirements to ensure quality of care, facility cleanliness and safety, adequate staffing, and safe pathology and medical laboratory services, among others) and fire prevention and safety, among others.

The Court’s current abortion jurisprudence reflects three guiding principles:
  • The state maintains legitimate and important interests in protecting the mother’s health and safety and the life of the unborn child throughout pregnancy.
  • Before viability (which is at 23-24 weeks’ gestation), states may pass regulations that do not have the purpose or effect of imposing an undue burden on women who are seeking abortions.
  • After viability, states may ban certain abortion procedures outright, provided there is an exception for the mother’s health.
The abortion clinics and doctors challenging the law argue that Texas is not trying to advance women’s health, but is simply attempting to shut down abortion clinics. There is ample evidence, however, that these regulations are necessary to advance women’s health and safety.

When the Texas legislature considered passing this law, it heard testimony from numerous medical professionals about the benefits of admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center standards, as well as the serious complications that can result from abortion. One doctor testified that these requirements “keep the patients safe” and that “simple things like physical plant requirements to have a generator in case the power goes out [and] CPR training” are essential in the event of complications. Texas points out that the Supreme Court upheld a stricter ambulatory surgical center requirement in Simopoulos v. Virginia (1983), “recognizing that it furthered the legitimate state interest in ensuring patient health.”

Texas also argues that the challengers are trying to “upend” the undue burden test and turn the courts into “medical board[s] with powers to approve or disapprove medical and operative practices and standards throughout the United States,” thereby overriding legislative determinations.

Though some abortion clinics may close because they are either unable or unwilling to meet the ambulatory surgical centers requirements, that does not transform the law into an undue burden. As the Supreme Court explained in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992), the fact a law might make it more difficult or more expensive to obtain an abortion does not mean it is per se an undue burden.

Moreover, as Texas notes, “an abortion clinic will remain operational in each metropolitan area where petitioners allege one would close if the Court affirms. … Over 90% of Texas women of reproductive age will live within 150 miles of an operational abortion clinic.” Thus, the challengers cannot show that these provisions impose an undue burden “in a large fraction of cases,” which would be necessary for the Supreme Court to facially invalidate the law.

In the more than 40 years since the Supreme Court invented a constitutional right to abortion, the abortion industry has evaded and fought commonsense regulations at every step. The result has been horrors like those found in the Gosnell clinic, which, for years, due to lack of regulation and oversight, harmed women and killed children born alive.

The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to confirm that states have a legitimate interest in ensuring the safety and health of women who enter abortion clinics. The justices would do well to uphold Texas’ reasonable law and reconsider the long, deadly shadow that its abortion decisions have cast over American law, medicine, and society.

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DAY 20: Too Many Children? - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Since it’s Leap Day … here’s something worth leaping for!

During this 40 Days for Life campaign, we have reports of 196 children spared from abortion – that we know of!

We have seen a surprising number of situations this campaign where mothers with five or more children have shown up for abortion appointments.

Thankfully, these moms turned away.

Mother Teresa said, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”

Our culture often views children as burdens to our time and money. But there is nothing burdensome about the joy, courage and sacrifice of mothers and fathers who put their children before the pressures of the world.

Their sacrifice is real – and so is their love.

Temple Terrace, Florida
Kim watched as an SUV pulled into the parking lot and a woman walked into the abortion center.
Over the course of the next hour, she came out … and went back in. “A pastor from a local church was praying with me on the sidewalk,” Kim said, “and I told him she is struggling.”
Finally she came out and got in her car to drive away. “They slowed down when they drove past and I asked if I could give them a brochure – and they said yes.”
They told Kim they didn’t know what to do. They already had ten children. She was there for an abortion … but just couldn’t go through with it. They were thinking now of adoption.
Falls Church, Virginia
One of the leaders in Falls Church walked up to a mother and her daughter outside the abortion center, offering to help them.
“The mother came forward and took the pamphlet,” she said, “saying she wanted to keep the baby. But it was her daughter that didn’t want the baby.”

So the volunteer turned to her daughter and asked, “Are you considering an abortion?”
She said yes – she already had a child … and she picked up the baby who had been sitting in the car.
“Well,” said the leader, “you now have two – and this baby is precious, too.”
The young woman said she’d had an abortion previously – and wasn’t affected.
As the mother and daughter walked away – and into the abortion center – the volunteer started to text a handful of friends to pray for the young woman, that the Holy Spirit would touch her heart.

Two hours later, she came out and was asked if she decided to keep her baby. 
She smiled and said, “Yes.” 
The 40 Days for Life volunteer responded, “Seriously?”  She repeated, “Yes!”
What made her decide to keep her baby? “Mom.”
“Yay Mom! You did a great job! Praised be to God!”
Her mother was happy to have another grandbaby. “A mother’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit conquered death!” 

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

DAY 19: Abortion Centers Closing At A Record Pace - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: “Abortion clinics are closing at a record pace.”

That’s the panic headline in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article that warns “abortion access” in the United States is rapidly “vanishing.”

We know that to be true ... since one of those closed abortion centers is the Planned Parenthood facility where 40 Days for Life began – the place that now serves as our headquarters in Texas.

The abortion business is hurting – and the statistics tell the story.

According to the article, many of the closures are credited to legislation that established legal and safety requirements that the facilities couldn’t meet. Most importantly, they also acknowledged that “changing demographics and declining demand were also behind the drop.

It’s good to see the secular media picking up on this growing trend.

We know of 67 abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils took place that are now closed. We are confident that as we pray, fast and offer loving alternatives at the abortion facilities, even more will close.

Perhaps the one in your town will be next!

Fayetteville, North Carolina
A man and two women walked up to one of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers … and one of the women spoke: “I just want to hear your opinion.”
She began a discussion about pregnancies that were the result of sexual assault, and why women who were in that situation should not be “forced to keep their baby.”
The volunteer noted that it was without a doubt a painful, traumatic experience … but that the baby, who had done nothing wrong, should not have to die.
“Oh yeah,” the woman said, “you are right about that. I just didn't realize that.”
She thanked the vigil participants and noted that she’d thought pro-life people were judgmental and hated those who disagreed with them.
“We are doing a peaceful prayer vigil as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign,” the volunteer explained, “and we are here to truly reach out to these women, not judging them, because we ourselves are also sinners and are not in any position to be judging others.”
“I will definitely spread the word,” the woman said.
Tempe, Arizona
“By the grace of God,” said Lisa in Tempe, “we are seeing people approach us to ask for information regarding alternatives to abortion.”
Two women pulled into the Planned Parenthood parking lot and just sat in their car … watching vigil participants pray for about ten minutes.  When they finally got out of the car, they headed straight over to ask the 40 Days for Life team if they had any information regarding pregnancy. 
They learned that the two women were aunt and niece. The niece was considering abortion … but it was her aunt doing all the talking.
After the volunteers gave them information regarding local pregnancy centers and the development of the baby, they started walking back to their car. They stood beside the car ... talking for another ten minutes before they got in and started the engine.
“As they drove by us with their windows rolled down and smiles on their faces,” the volunteer said, “they both began to wave and thank us. Praise the Lord!”

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

DAY 18: "Don't you have something better to do?" - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: It’s no secret that spiritual warfare can go on outside an abortion facility. Sometimes, it can be pretty obvious. But at other times, it can be a more subtle distraction.

It can often come in the form of a quick shout from a passing driver. “Get a life!” and “Get a job!” and “Do something useful!” are commonly heard.

Of course, you are doing something useful.

So don’t worry about it! Just smile, brush it off … and keep on praying!

Manchester, New Hampshire
It was five below zero and windy as the two volunteers prayed in front of Planned Parenthood. The peaceful mood was broken when a woman slowed down her car, rolled down the window, and shouted, “Don’t you have something better to do?”
“We didn’t have to think twice about the answer,” said Stephen in Manchester.
“During the first two weeks of our campaign, two mothers and their children have already been saved, and we have no idea how many hearts have been changed through our daily prayer and witness,” he said. “We don’t have something better to do.”
The mothers, babies and abortion workers all need your prayers, he said. “Can you please donate some of your time … and peacefully pray in front of Planned Parenthood?
Orlando, Florida
One of the counselors in front of Planned Parenthood was able to strike up a conversation with a young woman who accepted information about community resources.
The volunteer offered to take her to the pregnancy help center, but she said her mother could give her a ride. But first, she was going into Planned Parenthood.
As she turned to go in, the counselor suggested that she hide the list of resources she was given. Other women had reported that the center’s staff had yanked the paper from their hands, while telling them they didn’t need it.
The young woman’s mom tried her best to ignore the vigil participants. After quite some time, she went inside to get her daughter. When they came out, the daughter told the volunteers they were headed to the pregnancy help center – and that she was keeping her baby.
Mexico City, Mexico
The campaign in Mexico City’s Roma area began with a group of more than 50 … and strong encouragement from a local pastor that they work as missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
Lourdes, the Mexico City leader, said that in spite of cooler-than-usual weather, they continue to stand in front of the Marie Stopes abortion center, “praying and showing the mercy of God.”
The volunteers have seen a number of couples arrive … stop for a time right in front of the abortion business … and leave. “We hope those will be lives saved from abortion,” she said.
Media reports are accusing the vigil participants of harassment … which of course is simply not true. Lourdes said it is obvious that the pro-abortion side does not want them outside Marie Stopes. “They know prayer is powerful.”

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Appeals Court Panel Upholds Florida's 24-hour Waiting Period

The 1st District Court of Appeals this morning lifted an injunction that prevented Florida’s 24-hour waiting period from taking effect, the Associated Press reported.

“In its decision, the three-judge panel contended that a circuit judge did not have enough facts or evidence to support blocking the law,” according to the AP. Read More

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Support Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth, Don’t Give Them a Pass

While this election cycle is like no other our nation has experienced – who would have thought the front runners would be a socialist versus a reality TV star? – one particular issue has been brought up multiple times during one party’s debates and zero times during the other party’s debates. Read More

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DAY 17: Know Your Rights ... Save Lives - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: We need to know and exercise our rights as citizens to help save lives from abortion

The Thomas More Society law firm has been on the front lines of protecting the rights of 40 Days for Life volunteers across the United States since the early days of the campaign … and they’ve just recorded another victory on behalf of a local vigil!

It is often the case that the abortion centers have friends in local government who are eager to do things that will discourage vigil participants. We covered this important topic in a recent podcast episode.

Not only does the Thomas More Society help 40 Days for Life ... but they are also currently defending investigator David Daleiden. Thankfully, they are great at what they do.

Here’s the latest example.

Hollywood, Florida

Early in the campaign, a city police officer told the people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil that they were not permitted to stand on the sidewalk outside the abortion center.
He basically said the abortion business could decide who could or could not occupy the public sidewalk … and the center’s management didn’t want them there.
So the volunteers got in touch with the Thomas More Society’s team.

“Forbidding pro-lifers from standing on public property violates 75 years of clear Supreme Court precedent that gives broad protections to those engaging in free speech in public places,” said Corrina Konczal, Thomas More Society associate counsel.

The attorneys wrote to the city, challenging the officer’s directive.
It didn’t take long to get a response. The police department’s lawyer wrote that the volunteers were indeed in the right, and “the participants in the vigil are entitled to remain on the public sidewalk.”

Thanks to the Thomas More Society for resolving this quickly … and thanks to the 40 Days for Life team in Hollywood for standing up for their free speech rights.

Bloomington, Indiana

As with most of the campaigns across the country, the Bloomington, Indiana, campaign got off to a frigid and snowy start.  

But the sacrifice of being out there praying in such inclement weather is truly what moves hearts and gets people thinking.

“We've had one couple decide not to go through with their scheduled abortion,” said Monica in Bloomfield, “another couple whom we took to the local pregnancy care center on the counseling day, and lots of good conversations with passersby.”

Volunteers have also had opportunities to practice Christ’s command to “bless those who persecute you.”

Vigil participants also told of a mother and her son who stopped by to chat. The mom asked the boy if he’d be willing to pray outside for the babies. He said he could see himself doing that. They thanked the volunteers for being there.

“Hopefully,” Monica said,” they will be back to join us!”

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Planned Parenthood to Spend Over $1 Million for New Ads Promoting Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s best friends at the Planned Parenthood abortion business are sinking even more money into promoting her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. The abortion giant announced today that it will spend over $1 million on television and Internet-based advertising to push her campaign to Democrats as Clinton faces a tough challenge from fellow abortion advocate Bernie Sanders. Read More

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Obama Sides With “Hail Satan” Mob to Overturn Huge Pro-Life Law at the Supreme Court

Lost in the headlines of the Supreme Court confirmation fight (in which President Obama will likely use abortion as a central litmus test for an eventual nominee), President Obama has just intervened in the biggest abortion case in decades at the high Court. Read More

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Ted Cruz: I Will Investigate Planned Parenthood on My First Day in Office if Elected President

If Ted Cruz is elected president and if the bogus case against pro-advocate David Daleiden becomes a federal one, pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he would pardon the man behind the expose videos catching Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies. Read More

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DAY 16: “I came to get my money back!” - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Abortion businesses often require payment in advance … and they sure don’t like to give refunds!

Please understand that abortion is a business. If there are no customers, they can’t keep their doors open. Some of the most recent closings have taken place for just that reason – there was no longer enough money coming in to cover expenses.

It’s a particular blessing when a mother decides against abortion and goes home. And it’s always especially encouraging when she is confident enough to walk back in and demand that they return her payment.

Greenville, South Carolina
Ingrid, one of the 40 Days for Life leaders in Greenville, said her prayer time ended and she was just getting ready to leave – but she noticed a car turning into the abortion center’s driveway.
“I waved for her to stop, and she did,” she said. “I asked if she had come for an abortion.”
"No,” the young woman answered. “I was going to have one … but I came to get my money back." 
Just to be sure of what she’d heard, Ingrid asked if she’d planned to have an abortion but changed her mind.
“Yes,” she said. “Babies are a blessing." 
“I told her she was absolutely right,” Ingrid said. “We hugged and she went inside to get her money.”
No one had spoken to this woman prior to her original abortion appointment. “The prayers and fasting are doing the work,” Ingrid said. “I was blessed to be there to hear her decision and pass it on to you.”
Cincinnati, Ohio
Mary, the leader in Cincinnati, thanked all of the faithful volunteers who braved the extreme cold and kept their scheduled prayer times at Planned Parenthood.
“Your presence and prayer support are having an effect,” she said.”
One of the counselors spoke to a mother and daughter who were on their way into Planned Parenthood. The abortion was the mother’s idea. The daughter didn’t really seem willing.
A short time later, the girl’s aunt arrived, spoke to a counselor – and went inside to get her niece. When the aunt left Planned Parenthood, the girl was with her. “She was not going to have the abortion!”
Memphis, Tennessee
“What an amazing campaign!” said Kathy in Memphis, thankful for the faithful volunteers who pray outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center as part of the 40 Days for Life vigil.
Vigil participants spotted a young woman who got off the bus and headed towards Planned Parenthood for an abortion appointment. One of them spoke to her – she seemed scared – and offered words of hope, love and help.
“The young mom listened,” Kathy said, “and the two walked next door to our local pregnancy center.”

Two hours later, the previously abortion-minded woman learned she was teen weeks into her pregnancy … and was now making adoption plans. “We hugged her, gave her encouragement and told her of our continuing prayers,” Kathy said.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Donald Trump Wants “Pro-Life, Conservative” Supreme Court Judges

In an interview today with evangelical Pat Robertson, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answered a question abotu the kind of judges he would want on the Supreme Court. Trump briefly said he wanted “pro-life conservatives” on the nation’s highest court and said recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia is his model.  Read More

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Lands’ End Scrubs Its Web Site to Hide Donations to Abortion Activist Gloria Steinem

Just a few hours after LifeNews posted a story about Lands’ End honoring pro-abortion feminist Gloria Steinem and collecting donations for her organization, a flood of criticism from pro-lifers prompted the clothing company to removed all references to Steinem from its website. Read More:

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What John Oliver Got Wrong About Abortion Laws

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by Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal: On Sunday, late night comedian John Oliver spent 16 minutes of his HBO show cracking jokes about abortion in a crass attempt to satirize reasonable state laws requiring abortion clinics to follow minimum health and safety standards.

The brunt of Oliver’s mocking attack was aimed at a 2013 Texas law that is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court. The law, known as H.B. 2, in part requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and abortion clinics to meet the same basic safety and cleanliness standards as other facilities that perform invasive outpatient procedures.

Abortion Clinics Should Have High Health and Safety Standards

Regulations like H.B. 2 are common sense and much-needed policy measures. The dangerous, unsanitary conditions of Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” shocked the nation when they came to light during his 2013 murder trial.

In fact, the almost 300-page grand jury report detailing Gosnell’s filthy facility and illegal operation specifically recommended that Pennsylvania lawmakers regulate abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) “to prevent future Dr. Gosnells.” Pennsylvania, along with half a dozen other states, began work on elevating abortion clinic standards shortly thereafter.

Importantly, Gosnell’s clinic—though one of the more horrific—is not an outlier in the abortion industry.

As Mailee Smith, attorney for Americans United for Life, explains: “Over the last six years, more than 175 abortion providers in at least 30 states and DC have faced investigations, criminal charges, administrative complaints, and civil lawsuits related to the provision of abortions.”

Indeed, as amicus briefs in the Texas case detail, some abortion facilities in the state failed to meet sanitation, staffing, and emergency preparedness requirements—even before passage of H.B. 2.

Abortion Procedures Have Medical Risks
Oliver and many other supporters of abortion would have Americans think that an abortion is not much more complicated than having a cavity filled.

But they are wrong. Surgical abortion is an invasive surgical procedure, and like any other invasive procedure, it comes with risks.

Even the National Abortion Federation, whose mission is to “ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care” notes the risks of abortion. National Abortion Federation’s 2015 Clinical Policy Guidelines acknowledge that abortion patients “are at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material,” that “all instruments entering the uterine cavity must be sterile,” and recommend that protocol should be in place for “bleeding, perforation, respiratory arrest/depression, anaphylaxis, and emergency transfer.”

Medical professionals who testified during consideration of H.B. 2 likewise detailed the risks of both surgical and medication abortion, noting that some complications will require follow-up care at a hospital.

In Texas specifically, hundreds of women are hospitalized each year after having abortions. The American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, along with other medical groups, explains in a brief in the Supreme Court case over the Texas law:“The overall hospitalization rate following elective abortion (one in three hundred patients) is similar to rates for other invasive outpatient procedures such as liposuction, gastrointestinal endoscopy such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy….Thus, for a year such as 2012 in which Texas reported 68,298 abortions, the state should expect to see approximately 204 abortion patients hospitalized for complications.”That hospitalization rate is similar to statements made by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in an earlier legal challenge to H.B. 2 where it “conceded that at least 210 women in Texas annually must be hospitalized after seeking an abortion.”

The chance of serious complications (and hospitalization) for abortion is relatively low. But when complications do occur, they can be serious. Just ask the 3,348 women who were injured, physically and psychologically, by abortion procedures who filed an amicus brief in the Texas case. Some of those women faced serious infections, perforated organs, and the inability to have children later in life after having abortions.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers and Admitting Privileges Requirments Are Commonsense
Before passing H.B. 2, the Texas legislature heard many hours of testimony from medical experts explaining that the higher health and safety standards can improve patient health outcomes.

Experts testifying in favor of H.B. 2 explained how admitting privileges (meaning a doctors has qualifications to admit and care for a woman at a nearby hospital) help ensure greater continuity of care in the event of an emergency, increase communication between the abortion doctor and hospital staff, and act as a check on the general quality of doctors practicing medicine.

For instance, Dr. Jim Mauldin, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, testified:“[I]t’s the responsibility of every surgeon to continue to care for their patient when complications arise from procedures that they perform and there will always be complications. That often requires hospitalization and in which case having antibiotics or even further surgery is necessary. Without hospital privileges, other physicians are left to take care of an abortion provider’s most serious complications. By requiring privileges, not only would there be continuity of care but the peer review processes of the hospital would be brought to bear and ensure quality.”The ambulatory surgical centerrequirements as applied to licensed abortion facilities in Texas include:
  • Operating standards: relating to quality of care, anesthesia, pharmaceutical, and pathology services, staffing and training, among others
  • Handling of dangerous substances and fire prevention standards: including safe storage and handling of anesthetics, having an evacuation plan, etc.
  • Physical design and construction standards: including minimum widths of hallways to allow gurney access, number and placement of soap dispensers to prevent spread of infection, design specifications for operating rooms, exam rooms, and waiting areas, etc.
Dr. Mikeal Love, a board-certified OB-GYN and chair of the continuing medical education committee in Central Texas, explained:“I support raising the standards for abortion facilities to those of ambulatory surgical centers, because part of the standard of care means not only being available to diagnose, but being able to handle significant complications following an abortion. Hemorrhage and incomplete abortion, for example, should be handled in a hospital or ASC setting. I would only perform a dilation and curettage after a miscarriage in a hospital or ASC setting, because that is the standard of care women deserve. Women receiving elective abortions deserve no less.”
Abortion Profits Shouldn’t Trump Safety
At one point, Oliver states “abortion can’t just be theoretically legal, it has to be literally accessible.” Oliver, like many abortion supporters, expresses apocalyptic fears for what will happen if laws like the one in Texas lead to higher costs for abortion clinics, ultimately resulting in having fewer of them.

In reality, women will still be able to access abortion even if the Texas law is upheld.

If the Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s decision and allows H.B. 2 to go into effect, over 90 percent of women of reproductive age will live within 150 miles of an abortion clinic. Every major metropolitan area in Texas will continue to have at least one abortion facility and Texas will still have 430 ambulatory surgical centers, many of which could begin performing abortions in compliance with the law, or abortion clinics could simply accept any additional upfront costs as the price of women’s safety.

Besides, abortion clinics closing their doors may have to do with the decreasing demand for abortion (and increasing market share of Planned Parenthood, the national leader of the abortion industry) more than their resistance to meeting higher health and safety standards.

Abortion Clinics Shouldn’t Be Exempt from Health and Safety Laws
More importantly, the supposed right of a woman to get an abortion is not a right of abortion providers to be exempt from health and safety regulations.

Even as the Supreme Court invented a constitutional right to abortion in 1973 in Roe v. Wade, the justices were clear that the decision does not preclude states from placing reasonable requirements on abortion doctors and clinics (just like they would with any other medical procedure). Specifically, the Supreme Court found:“The State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient. This interest obviously extends at least to the performing physician and his staff, to the facilities involved, to the availability of after-care, and to adequate provision for any complication or emergency that might arise.”Just because some abortion clinics say they might close under commonsense health and safety regulations does not mean the standards themselves are unconstitutional. In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, which upheld a number of regulations on abortion, the Court specifically noted: “[n]umerous forms of state regulation might have the incidental effect of increasing the cost or decreasing the availability of medical care, whether for abortion or any other medical procedure. The fact that a law which serves a valid purpose, one not designed to strike at the right itself, has the incidental effect of making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate it.”

All Americans, on either side of the abortion debate, should support elevating the health and safety of women, and the Supreme Court should recognize state’s legitimate interests in doing so.

Because saving the health or life of even one woman is no laughing matter.
Sarah Torre focuses on policy issues related to religious liberty, marriage and family as policy analyst in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.

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DAY 15: Meet Roko - 40 Days For Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Every once in a while, we get to meet a baby saved from abortion at a 40 Days for Life vigil.

It’s an occasion of almost unspeakable joy … realizing what might have happened to a happy young child if people had not been outside the abortion center, praying for mother and baby.

And now – we get to introduce one of those children to you!

Split, Croatia
Meet Roko and his mother, Melita.
“Roko is the first saved baby during the 40 Days for Life campaign in Split,” said Ante, who brought 40 Days for Life’s first campaign to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. 
“Today,” he said, “Roko comes with his mother to pray for the other unborn children in Split to be rescued from abortion.”
When he visited Croatia last year, 40 Days for Life’s David Bereit had a chance to meet Roko and Melita. “And now they are actively participating in the local 40 Days for Life campaign that saved Roko’s life,” he said. “I love reports like this!”
Bucharest, Romania
The first 40 Days for Life campaign in Romania’s capital city features a display posted on a fence at the vigil site. It’s called “Look How They Grow” – a series of fetal development posters that certainly dispel any of the “clump of cells” arguments put forward by abortion proponents.
The vigil participants are also letting people know about a local organization that offers life-affirming guidance for those who are told that abortion will solve their problems.
The bishop in Bucharest posted a message of support for the campaign. He noted that abortion is the central point around which moral civilization will either stand or collapse.
Why now? And why Bucharest? The bishop’s statement says there’s never a better time than the present.
Birmingham, England
The Birmingham campaign has seen several encouraging signs thus far – starting on Day 1, when the abortion facility was closed.
Early the next day, vigil participants noticed a woman who was on her way in for an abortion appointment – crying. They offered her information about other options, but she refused.
A short time later, she came out … with a medical tag on her wrist.
“She chatted to the counsellor for a long time,” said Isabel in Birmingham, “and eventually went home without having her scheduled abortion. She needs prayers, please, as she is struggling to look after her 10-month-old.”
Some days later, the team heard of another mother who’d chosen life for her baby. “Yet again,” Isabel said, “the couple had their abortion booked but changed their minds at the very last minute.”
With that good news as part of the invitation, she encouraged others to join the vigil. “Break out of your comfort zone and get involved!”

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DAY 14: Praying in 2016 - 40 Days for Life

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Prayer saves lives. That is why prayer is at the center of a 40 Days for Life campaign.

From the very beginning of 40 Days for Life, one man who saw the importance of praying outside abortion facilities was Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life.

In our latest 40 Days for Life podcast, Fr. Pavone and I discuss the impact of prayer ... and the need to pray for the nation in 2016.

Fr. Pavone also discusses the importance of elections and the role prayer can play as you consider candidates … and vote.

Prayer is powerful for the moms ... and for the abortion workers. The staff’s reaction to the peaceful vigil can be anything from conversion to rudeness ... to simply strange. Here’s an example

Sterling Heights, Michigan
Abortion center staffs often try to intimidate prayer volunteers by making up imaginary rules and regulations governing the sidewalk.
The 40 Days for Life team in Sterling Heights saw this recently – on two separate occasions. Two men whose girlfriends were inside the facility came over to chat with vigil participants.
In both cases, the security guard came over to tell the men they were forbidden to speak to the people praying outside. The men were also told if they continued to talk to the volunteers, they would have to move their cars from the abortion center’s property.
“You’d think people would wonder about what kind of place this is if they won’t let you talk to someone,” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members.
“Taking away your right to speak must be a prerequisite to taking away your right to life. We were able to give one of the men information about free resources … please pray for them.”
On another occasion, the security guard spoke to a woman who’d come to talk to the vigil participants. When she finally made her way over to the group that was praying, she told them she’d had a baby after 25 weeks of pregnancy.
Her doctor had recommended an abortion – but she chose life, and both she and her baby were fine.
Newburgh, New York
The prayer team in Newburgh was approached by a young woman who thanked them for being there. She said she’d had an abortion five years ago.
She was in an abusive relationship and was pressured to abort. Feeling scared, desperate and alone, she went through with it … and has been suffering ever since.
Thankfully, she was open to hearing about forgiveness … and was willing to take the hope and healing literature published by the Sisters of Life. She said whenever she has an opportunity, she lets people know how the abortion wounded her.
Please keep her in prayer. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Signs Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz, Cuts $1 Million

Ohio Governor John Kasich today signed a bill that will de-fund Planned Parenthood, which runs approximately one-third of the abortion centers in the Buckeye State. After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts, several states have taken steps to de-fund it and Ohio is now the 10th state to take steps to end or cut Planned Parenthood funding.  Read More:

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DAY 13: So far … 121 saved - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Happy Monday! As the work week begins, here are some nuggets of good news to show you what God is doing in response to your prayer and fasting.

So far during this campaign, our local leaders report that …

121 babies have been saved from abortion (that we know of)!

That may seem like just a number. But each number represents a living human being, each of whom is now part of a story about the impact of prayer …. and God’s inspiration.

Pomona, California
A woman walked up to a couple of the people praying outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center and told an amazing story. “I just want to tell you that what you’re doing is not in vain,” she said.
The 40 Days for Life vigil was in progress when she arrived for her abortion appointment. She’s married and has five children – the youngest is a one-year-old. Her husband was totally against the abortion … but she refused to consider calling it off. He eventually gave in … and accompanied her to Planned Parenthood.
She went on to tell the volunteers that she was being prepped for the abortion … and the staff had already started an IV. It was at that moment she decided she could not go through with it!
“When the couple was leaving, the husband was all smiles and waving,” said one of the vigil leaders. “What an uplifting story! Praise the Lord!”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Volunteers in Philadelphia called it “a blessing in a blizzard.” Well, it wasn’t so much a blizzard as it was an unexpected snowfall in the early morning hours. But it was enough to delay a young woman on her way to the abortion center.
Vigil participants, a pastor and a friend had encouraged her to reject abortion. But she got up that morning and headed to the appointment.
With the snow covering the roads, however, traffic was at a standstill. “That pause gave her a chance to digest and choose to turn around and return home,” Monique, the local leader, said. “That was when she decided to keep the baby.”
She said it was an example of “divine intervention in this crazy, out-of-the-blue, one-hour, completely unexpected snowstorm. And that beautiful girl and her child have been so blessed! Thank you for your prayers, my friends. Every single moment of prayer makes such a difference!”
Charleston, South Carolina
One of the counselors outside the abortion facility was able to catch a young woman as she and a companion were driving out.
The volunteer asked them to pull across the street – first of all, they didn’t want to block the driveway. But they also wanted to avoid the abortion center’s staff member, who started yelling at them.
The woman said she was advised to have an abortion because of medical issues. The counselor listened with concern, but also told her about life-affirming medical assistance that could help her and her baby through the pregnancy.
That eased her mind considerably, as she was both relieved and excited to receive the information.
“All glory to God!” said one of the Charleston team members. “Another precious baby’s life was saved!”

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