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When truth leads to death: the abortion doula’s mission

After many years of immersion in the pro-life world, I believe myself to be rather unshockable. I’ve heard stories that would make you lose your lunch, that would give you nightmares for a week. But this week, my sense of abortion shock was renewed with Alex Ronan’s piece in New York Magazine, “My Year As an Abortion Doula.”

Until recently we simply thought of them as labor coaches. Doulas were the compassionate people helping a woman through childbirth, caring for them so women could be more relaxed in the labor process. Until recently no one thought of a doula as a kill coach. That is, until the term “abortion doula” began rearing its paradoxical head.

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Myths about Roe v. Wade

As both an active member of the pro-life movement and a law student, I am frequently confronted with the fact that the vast majority of activists on both sides of the abortion debate have many misconceptions about what Roe v. Wade actually says about the legality of abortion. Most of this arises from the fact that they have not read the case themselves, or if they did read it, they were unable to understand it due to a lack of legal training. My goal is to attempt to clear up four of the most common myths surrounding Roe v. Wade, and the legal state of abortion in general, so that our conversations about the issue will be more informed going forward.

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Amanda Marcotte’s lie of the day: Lila Rose attacks the equal rights of women

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Lila Rose

In a bizarre article on Salon this week, Amanda Marcotte pins Lila Rose as one of seven women whom she believes are working to “attack equal rights for women.” It must have been backwards day in Marcotte’s universe, because, in fact, the exact opposite is true.

According to Marcotte:

Rose concentrates most of her energies on demonizing Planned Parenthood in hopes of cutting off state and federal funding, so that low-income women lose access to affordable contraception and reproductive healthcare services.

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Kira Kazantsev

Miss America Kira Kazantsev worked for Planned Parenthood

The country watched — some in admiration, many more in shock — as Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, was crowned Miss America after singing Pharell Williams’ Happy with a red cup, an admitted rip-off of Anna Kendricks’ performance in the film Pitch Perfect. That alone was enough to make many Americans react with indignation and outrage, but when they find out at the new Miss America is an abortion supporter who worked for Planned Parenthood, there is likely to be an even bigger outcry.

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The deadly truth of abortion

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, Live Action News published a piece on the abortion-suicide link.

Sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, pro-abortion forces deny such a link. By doing so, they not only hide the truth, but shame the memory of women who have tragically turned to suicide after abortion.

The psychological risks associated with abortion are not only limited to suicide.

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Cecile Richards complains about over-the-counter birth control plan

Abortion advocates have long been pushing for birth control and emergency contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter. According to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, some politicians are trying to make the birth control pill available without health insurance and over-the-counter. But rather than being excited about this, Richards has written an op-ed for CNN explaining about how bad this will be for women.

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Abortion safer than childbirth? Not where suicide is concerned.

Abortion advocates (especially abortionists themselves) like to repeat the soundbite that abortion is safer than child birth. This is untrue medically speaking, and it is profoundly untrue psychologically speaking. Wednesday, on World Suicide Prevention Day, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life drew attention to the startling statistics of the abortion-suicide link.

The psychological danger of abortion cannot be underscored enough. Numerous studies have all pointed to the same conclusion: abortion poses a markedly higher risk factor for subsequent suicide than child birth or natural pregnancy loss (miscarriage). Sarah Terzo, the Live Action contributor who created ClinicQuotes, compiles some important facts about the abortion-suicide link. She shares that women who have experienced abortion also suffer from:

— 6-7 times higher suicide rate. Two national from Finland based on medical records revealed that aborting women were six-seven times more likely to commit suicide in the following year than were delivering women.(1)

— Up to 60% have suicidal thoughts. According to a recent study in a major scientific journal, 31% had thoughts of suicide after abortion. In another survey, approximately 60% of women with post-abortion problems reported suicidal thoughts, with 28% attempting suicide and half of those attempting suicide two or more times.(2)

— 154% higher risk of suicide. Another study of more than 173,000 American women who had abortions or carried to term found that, during the eight years after the pregnancy ended, women who aborted had a 154% higher risk of suicide than women who carried to term.(3)

Shockingly, Terzo points out that post-abortive teens are the most vulnerable group, being “10 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months.”

Among the notable studies that have attested to the abortion-suicide risk is a  Finnish study that was published in the British Medical Journal. Its conclusion states:

The increased risk of suicide after an induced abortion indicates either common risk factors for both or harmful effects of induced abortion on mental health… Increased risk for suicide after an abortion indicates either common risk factors for both or harmful effects of induced abortion on mental health.

Women who are suffering from the psychological anguish of a past abortion can contact Rachel’s Vineyard for free and confidential help. Rachel’s Vineyard can help women find resources and retreats that will lead them to healing and psychological stability.


Campaign to raise money to pay for 20-week abortion reveals values of abortion industry

The abortion industry is crying foul after GoFundMe shut down the site of a woman begging for money to kill her baby. NARAL Pro-Choice America likens a person raising money for a late-term elective abortion as being in the same category as a medical emergency.

Playing the victim card, laced with hyperbole, NARAL says the poor women in need of abortions are being treated like terrorists and criminals and drugs, adding, “That’s right, they consider abortion in the same category as terrorism and violence.”

Of course GoFundMe didn’t actually say that. This is a further example of the pro-abortion rhetoric that plays victim every time someone can’t kill a baby at will with someone else paying for it. What GoFundMe said was this:

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Yeah, her again.

Mad Marcotte: what’s the big deal about dead babies in bathrooms?

I generally try to space out my Amanda Marcotte posts better than this, honest. But come on, after seeing this tapestry of sheer madness, how could I pass it by? Opening with a glorious lack of self-awareness (“given that anti-choice hysteria is, you know, hysteria”), Marcotte proceeds to blaze thrilling new trails in imaginary patriarchal oppression.

As Jeannie Deangelis reported on September 2, a dead fetus was recently found in a Dallas high-school bathroom. Now, to those of us who aren’t insane, finding a human corpse where human corpses ought not be (i.e., pretty much anywhere that isn’t a hospital, morgue, or funeral home, and definitely not a bathroom) is kind of a big deal.

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Alisa LaPolt Snow

The infanticide in “The Giver” was an abortion, as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned

Pro-life advocates have widely celebrated the new film, The Giver, a screen adaptation of the novel by Lois Lowry. An overview of the plot and more in-depth examination of the pro-life themes in the film can be found here. In the film, a turning point for the main character comes when he begins to understand that infanticide is regularly practiced within his community. At one point, he witnesses one of these killings, which certain care-giving members of the community had been trained to carry out. The book describes the scene as follows (and the film was true to this depiction):

To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of the new child’s forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed. The newborn squirmed, and wailed faintly. …

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Planned Parenthood forced to face fraud lawsuit in Iowa

Planned Parenthood almost got away with alleged fraud in Iowa, until the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of fraud claims by a former employee.

Sue Thayer, who was an office manager at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, alleges that during her time in Planned Parenthood’s employment, the clinic committed multiple counts of Medicaid fraud and other questionable activity (such as being told to perform sonograms without medical training).

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Andrea Grimes complains over lack of post-abortion herbal tea

Shortly before the news broke that a judge had struck down a key part of the new Texas abortion law, RH Reality Check writer Andrea Grimes — the genius behind the “Taco and Beer Abortion Challenge” that was an utter flop — wrote about how horrible sterile abortion clinics are. According to Grimes, they’re just too cold and intimidating. And there’s no recliners or herbal tea!

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South African mother sues for “wrongful suffering” because her son was born with Down syndrome

Wrongful birth suits are not limited to just the United States. Intolerance of people with disabilities is an international problem, and one South African mother proved that point again, by filing a “wrongful suffering” lawsuit because she gave birth to a son with Down syndrome. She evidently did not have any prenatal testing — no, she’s just suing because she was at high risk for having a baby with Down syndrome, and had she known, she would have had an abortion… simply because she might have a child with an extra chromosome.

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Embryonic stem cell research: Setting the record straight

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge going around, many people started talking about how they can’t support ALS because embryonic stem cell research kills babies. Other people said that it doesn’t matter because the embryos used for research coming from the IVF process have no hope of living anyway. And others? They said embryos are hardly people, so have at it.

There are all sorts of “facts” being thrown around, so let’s set the record straight with some scientific facts.

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Yeah, her again.

The obligatory “Amanda Marcotte’s lying about the ALS Challenge” post

Now we’ve done it. Pro-life critics of the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge, which tacitly supports embryonic stem-cell research, have drawn the ire of Amanda Marcotte. At Slate, the notorious anti-life zealot accuses pro-life leaders of “hijacking” the issue to “scare their followers off of joining in on the fun,” and prioritizing life “in the cellular form” over real people like “your beloved grandmother who is dying of ALS.” Continue reading


Abortionist not disturbed by seeing mutilated children “because I’m not deluded about what this whole process is”

A recent story at Esquire chronicled the abortion practice of Willie Parker, an abortionist who commutes from Chicago to Mississippi to commit abortions at the state’s last abortion mill. Mississippi is devoid of any abortionists of its own who are capable of obtaining hospital admitting privileges, a requirement now mandated by law in several states. Consequently, Parker — who boasts an unusually clean record for an abortionist, and was able to obtain privileges nearby — travels to the South to fill in.

Esquire calls Parker’s practice a “ministry,” playing off of the abortionist’s professed Christianity. The author chose to conclude the piece with a chilling look into the heart of Parker’s so-called ministry, following him through the process of examining fetal remains immediately after each abortion.

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The NYT officially thinks Texas’ abortion safety law is “quackery”

In a piece entitled “Quackery and Abortion Rights,” the New York Times explained its opinion that Texas’ new abortion safety law is deceptive and poorly supported by facts. The piece, credited to “The Editorial Board” (which is made up of eighteen members), takes issue with components of HB2, Texas’ most expansive pro-life law, a paradigm to other states which are gleaning unique legislation from it en masse.

Currently at issue in Texas courts is the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) requirement of HB2. Unsurprisingly, this provision hurts the business of abortion mills who chose to construct their facilities in a sub-par manner. Also unsurprising is the fact that the latest legal attack on HB2 against the state (aka Whole Women’s Health v. Lakey) comes from an abortion business that has been financially crippled by the provision.

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In Ferguson, Michelle Goldberg finally finds an “abortifacient” pro-choicers can oppose

Pro-aborts are officially running out of things to attack pro-lifers over. In a convoluted attempt to give the situation in Ferguson, Missouri an abortion angle, The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg identifies an issue that purportedly shows we’re not “actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn”: the fact that we’re not protesting tear gas.

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Be there for her!

Abortion advocate implores pro-aborts to stop calling abortion a difficult decision

Most Americans aren’t fond of abortion. They may support keeping it legal under limited circumstances, but they don’t like it. Recent polls found that a majority of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong, and they support restrictions on abortion as well — waiting periods, parental notifications, gestational limits, etc.

Don’t tell that to the pro-abortion extremists out there, though. They continually insist that all women just love abortion, with the latest example coming from former Emily’s List staffer Janet Harris, who complains that abortion advocates need to stop calling abortion a difficult decision.

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The troubling “Christianity” of abortionist Willie Parker

Esquire ran a piece last month lauding the abortion “ministry” of Willie Parker, a Chicago abortionist who rotates into Mississippi to commit abortions at the state’s lone remaining abortion mill. The facility’s owner has been unable to procure an abortionist who is capable of obtaining admitting privileges at a nearby hospital because all of the Mississippi abortionists appear to have too-shoddy records to be considered fit by any nearby hospital credentialing committee.

One of the many troubling aspects of the piece is Esquire‘s portrayal of Parker as a dedicated and faithful Christian. In Esquire‘s view, the abortionist is, simply paraphrased, more enlightened than the rest of the ‘judgmental’ Christian community (cue the article’s predictable segment bemoaning the awful Christian sidewalk counselors who are ruining their lives).

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