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BuzzFeed “abortion let me be a mother” piece fails to prove abortion is a blessing

BuzzFeed has on occasion published some cool pro-life material, but on the whole has a rep for superficial emotionalism that’s sadly well suited to the short attention spans of the Facebook generation. And despite going into extensive detail on a horrifying personal experience, Paola Dragnic’s article, “The Abortion That Let Me Be a Mother,” fails to dissuade that notion.

A Chilean journalist, Dragnic writes of experiencing severe nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the course of a very wanted pregnancy, which eventually led to a diagnosis of triploidy, a rare condition that is almost always fatal to the baby and highly dangerous to the mother, and a battle to get an abortion despite its illegality in Chile: Continue reading

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Abortionist describes how abortion has become a “commodity”

Late-term abortionist Dr. Warren Hern, who performs abortions in the second and third trimesters in his clinic in Boulder, Colorado, wrote an editorial some time ago complaining about how abortionists are treated.

First he complained that abortionists are not given the respect they deserve in the clinics:

Increasingly, doctors have been made to feel irrelevant.  Feminist abortion clinics treat doctors like technicians and are especially contemptuous of male physicians.  Entrepreneurs who treat abortion strictly as a retail business also tend to treat doctors as technicians.  Doctors who perform abortions have usually acquiesced in these roles, and their status has plummeted lower than that of physicians who do insurance company examinations….

There is a lot to address here. First, in his comment on how abortion clinics are often run by entrepreneurs, he conceded that many abortion clinic owners see abortion not as a way to help women but as a way to make a profit.

Carol Everett was an example of “entrepreneurs who treat abortion strictly as a retail business.” She got involved in the abortion business with the sole goal of making money and became the owner and director of a chain of abortion clinics.

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Planned Parenthood president makes $590,000 off of aborting preborn babies

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Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

A report released this week from the American Life League (ALL) shows the salary of Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards (pictured right), is climbing, despite the organization’s setbacks. Since 2011, Richard’s salary has increased by 40 percent. Her latest raise takes her up to an annual salary of $590,928.  And what has she done to merit such an increase?

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What can an anonymous abortionist teach us? (Spoiler alert: nothing)

Fetus FacepalmPro-aborts incessantly claim the mantle of sound medicine, supposedly wanting nothing more than to ensure that the health professionals are free to apply their knowledge objectively without being shackled by ideology or religion. So why is it that when pro-abortion doctors speak, the results are predominantly emotionalism, not medical analysis?

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America’s views on abortion still don’t match Amanda Marcotte’s caricatures, and she can’t stand it

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Slate writer Amanda Marcotte

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling forcing every state to recognize same-sex marriage has inspired a New York Times post by David Leonhardt and Alicia Parlapiano, exploring why increasing public acceptance of homosexuality hasn’t been accompanied by increasing acceptance of abortion.

This is a question we’ve explored here before too, and they come to basically the same conclusion: while the case against same-sex marriage is somewhat abstract and gay causes tend to have an edge with Americans’ live-and-let-live sensibilities, the fact that abortion has a specific victim means an “unavoidable tension between a mother’s rights and a fetus’s” can never be so easily reconciled.

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51 pro-life laws have passed this year, saving babies from abortion

As we begin the second half of 2015, some pro-lifers may be discouraged by recent judicial intervention that allows abortion facilities to remain open, or prevents other pro-life laws from passing. But the truth is, the pro-life side is still winning.

This year alone, 51 new pro-life laws have been enacted. As the Guttmacher Institute reports, there have been 282 abortion restrictions since 2010. Guttmacher notes that pro-life laws passed in the first half of 2015 already exceed all of 2014.

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“PolitiFact”: Because “PolitiCherryPickers” didn’t sound quite as trustworthy

liar-liar-pants-on-fireReminder: the field of supposedly objective, dedicated “fact-checkers” is mostly a disreputable, biased racket. On Sunday, PolitiFact slapped a “False” rating on Donald Trump’s claim that “in terms of polling, the pro-choice is going down a little bit” because Gallup says otherwise:

In May of this year, the polling group found 50 percent of Americans identify as pro-choice, compared to 44 percent of Americans who identify as pro-life.

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Planned Parenthood laments having to rely on abortion ‘circuit riders’ to kill babies in Nebraska

It seems Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has a hiring problem. The Norfolk Daily News reports Sunday on the difficult the abortion giant is having keeping an abortion doctor employed.

Earlier this year,  Dr. C.J. LaBenz, their abortionist, left, as Live Action reported in April. Planned Parenthood’s Omaha and Lincoln clinics were left without a regular abortionist.

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Behold Salon’s craziest pro-abortion essay yet

woman screaming2There are many ways to spot a fanatic, but a particularly damning one is when, on the rare instance where one admits to acting fanatical, it’s still somehow the victim’s fault. This was on full display in a recent Salon column by Catherine Landis, a Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee board member and Knoxville Advocates of Reproductive Rights community action team leader.

In a piece that stunningly alternates between confessions of abominably unjustified incivility and suggesting it was totally justified, Landis recounts an encounter with a pro-lifer at Tennessee early voting station last November in which she “didn’t mean to scream,” but “could not stop,” as if “inside me some hidden beast was waking up,” wounded and stirring. Continue reading

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Abortion giant Planned Parenthood played major role in writing ‘Girls’ abortion episode

Nominations for the Emmy’s won’t be announced until July 16, but some are already predicting that Gillian Jacobs will earn a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in HBO’s “Girls.” And the focus is on her portrayal of a young woman who has had an abortion.

In an episode from the show’s fourth season, Jacobs’ character, Mimi-Rose Howard, nonchalantly tells her boyfriend that there are “just a couple of things I can’t do ‘cuz I had an abortion yesterday.” In “Inside the Episode,” the show’s creator and star, Lena Dunham, says that this character “doesn’t need validation or support from anyone in order to make decisions, creatively, emotionally, romantically…” Clearly not, considering this is how she tells her boyfriend she had an abortion, when she explains she can’t go for a run.

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Planned Parenthood increases the number of abortions they perform to 33% of all abortions

If you ask any pro-abortion advocate, Planned Parenthood is a much-needed bastion of women’s health care. The extreme focus on abortions at Planned Parenthood is always underplayed, while claims are made that Planned Parenthood is all about helping women with vital things like mammograms (they don’t actually do them), cancer screenings, and pap smears. Sadly, that could not be further from the truth — and a new report from Americans United for Life makes that painfully obvious.

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As abortions decline, Planned Parenthood can’t (honestly) deny ultrasounds’ power

Recently, the Denver Post ran a piece by Krista Kafer exploring the part ultrasounds have played in the abortion rate dropping 10% nationally since 2010 and 9% in Colorado:

Obstetrician Ian Donald, one of the pioneers of the clinical ultrasound back in the 1950s, understood the implications of his invention: The ultrasound humanizes the hidden form of the unborn child. Donald rejoiced in how the images forged an emotional connection between a mother and the child within her.

That’s a message Vicki Cowart, Rocky Mountains Planned Parenthood president, cannot abide. On June 20, she responded:

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