A young baby’s heart defects have been treated thanks to a revolutionary technology doctors used to guide them smoothly through his surgery. In July, a 2-week-old who had been born with congenital heart defects received heart surgery at Presbyterian Morgan Stanley’s Children’s Hospital in New York.
The baby’s team of doctors used an MRI to collect data that was programmed into the 3D printer. The printer was then able to create a model of the baby’s heart, which served as a guide for the team to study in preparation for the baby’s surgery. They were able to see the defects and irregularities they would need to correct or work around. According to Marie Hatcher, who founded the charitable organization that funded the baby’s operation:
As soon as Rebekah Chaveste swallowed the RU-486 pill at a Planned Parenthood clinic, she regretted it. “I was crying and I was alone,” recalled Chaveste, a 20-year-college student who lives in the Sacramento area. “Thank God for smartphones,” she told Catholic San Francisco. Sitting in her car outside the Planned Parenthood, “I googled RU-486” and found a website for RU-486 reversals, abortionpillreversal.com.
Chaveste thought it was fake, but called anyway and even though the website was for an organization based in San Diego, the woman on the other end of the telephone found a doctor nearby to help her, Chaveste recalled.
Abortionpillreversal.com is a website of Culture of Life Family Services which has a nurse on call 24/7, a toll-free telephone number (877) 558-0333, and a network of 200 participating physicians around the country.
Miraculously Chaveste was able to save her baby – because of a recently developed medical protocol that has been able to save more than half of babies whose mothers had been administered the first pill for a RU-486 chemical abortion and received the reversal therapy. Chaveste’s son Zechariah turns 1 on Oct. 20.
Women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the condition Princess Kate has, suffer so terribly from the often undiagnosed and untreated condition that many of them choose to abort, not just once, but multiple times.
HG is a severe manifestation of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Women with the condition lose weight and struggle to maintain a normal life through months of constant nausea and vomiting. Out of fear for their babies’ health and their own lives, many women decide abortion is the only option.
HG effects only about .5-2% of pregnant women and therefore many times not even experienced obstetricians know the details about the condition. And unfortunately, many doctors think that women effected by HG are simply over exaggerating morning sickness. Melanie Metzbower was one of those women.
A Japanese woman has become the first person to receive stem cells created from her own skin cells. Called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), these next-generation cells are so promising they earned their inventor a Nobel Prize, according to Nature: The International Weekly Journal of Science.
Cork Fertility Centre in Ireland recently announced what they are calling the first successful birth of a baby screened for cystic fibrosis (CF) in the country. Lisa Cooke and Patrick Mullane are both carriers of the genetic condition and wanted to ensure they didn’t have a child with CF. In order to do so, they went to Cork Fertility Center, one of two sites that performs In Vitro Fertilization with Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis in Ireland. And their request was granted. One child, no CF, was born.
In a bombshell revelation, a nonpartisan watchdog group has revealed that Obamacare insurance exchanges are using federal tax funding to cover elective abortions. As stalwart pro-lifer Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey summarizes it: “The [Government Accountability Office] has found ObamaCare massively funds abortion on demand.”
Pro-life advocates in Huntsville, Alabama are suing to try to prevent the city’s abortion center from re-opening near a middle school.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court. The lawsuit asks a judge to overturn an August 19 Huntsville Board of Zoning Adjustment vote, which upheld the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives’ business license.
The recent documentary “After Tiller” portrayed late-term abortionists in a sympathetic light. Its directors assumed that Dr. Tiller was a champion of women who provided quality healthcare in his Wichita abortion clinic. However, the pro-life group Operation Rescue has compiled some disturbing stories from some of his patients.
A coerced abortion
A young woman identified as “Patient T” was 17 when her parents brought her to Dr. Tiller’s clinic. She did not want an abortion, but her parents gave her no alternative. From the time she arrived at the clinic, Patient T was looking for an escape route. She saw pro-lifers demonstrating outside the clinic, but Dr. Tiller security guards did not allow her the freedom to seek their help:
Baby Nolan is alive today because of a smart phone app that a local master technician downloaded onto his phone. In the city of Spokane, Washington, emergency dispatchers received a call that the little one had stopped breathing and was turning blue. They sent out an alert to residents who had the PulsePoint app, which connects cardiac arrest victims with people who are CPR certified and can help during the crucial moments when paramedics are on the way. Olson downloaded the app because he is a volunteer EMT.
The technician, Jeff Olson, was working in his shop when he said he heard a siren-type alarm go off on his phone, similar to an Amber Alert. The app told him that there was an individual in need of CPR at a local address. He ran down the street to the address, and found the baby and panicked adults. Olson acted quickly, administering CPR and rescue breathing. He was able to save the baby before paramedics even arrived. Baby Nolan is recovering in the hospital.
While many Americans are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads in the name of research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, few are aware of the life issues involved with this fundraising. The ALS Association, which has been the beneficiary of more than $22.9 million from the Ice Bucket Challenge, is involved in the use of embryonic stem cells for its research practices and has long been recognized as a research organization whose practices conflict with pro-life values. Continue reading →
Notorious late-term abortionist Martin Haskell has been battling to keep his Ohio abortion clinic open, and last Friday, a judge ordered Haskell to close his clinic for good. He has five days to file an appeal, or he will be forced to close his doors permanently.
According to Life News, the state of Ohio has been slowly making that all abortion clinics were in compliance with the law since 1999, as many of them were not operating legally according to Ohio standards. Haskell has therefore been off the hook for 15 long years. Yesterday’s ruling ensures that one less abortionist will be able to flout basic health and safety laws.
Just days after the ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby stores, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Christian college in a case involving emergency contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The court said in a unsigned opinion that Wheaton College in Illinois can opt out, at least temporarily, in a compromise offered by the Obama administration to religious colleges, businesses and organizations.
Under the ruling, the high court granted Wheaton College the ability to write the Department of Health and Human Services, noting the institution’s religious objections to providing emergency contraceptive coverage, rather than filling out Form 700, to which the college objects. The government then would notify the third party to provide birth control.
The Daily Journal has reported on a “mistaken” request by the Pennsylvania Health Department, directed to Planned Parenthood.
According to a Health Department spokeswoman, an employee took the initiative to ask Planned Parenthood to “provide information about its physicians’ admitting privileges at Pennsylvania hospitals.” But what seemed like a reasonable request was deemed a mistake by the Health Department.
Health Department spokeswoman Aimee Tysarczyk said the department had not asked employees to seek the information. In an email, she wrote: “In this instance, the department’s intent was not to ask for physician admitting privileges information; however, an employee proactively did so without receiving directive to do so.”
She said the department is not interested in the information about physicians and has discussed the matter with the employee.
The California Department of Health Care Services will increase funding for abortion by 40 percent in an effort to provide women “greater choice in selecting a contraceptive that meets their needs” to stop, delay, or limit pregnancy.
In the Medi-Cal Local Assistance Estimate report for fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the department details plans to cut Medi-Cal while increasing payment rates for abortion services. The California Legislature left in tact the 10 percent cut to health care providers serving Medi-Cal patients enacted during the recession.
Abortion advocates complain that pro-lifers are causing the closure of abortion clinics across the country, and painting this as a crisis for women. But this isn’t always the case — less patients also leads to less clinics, which is exactly what led to the closing of three Planned Parenthood clinics in Oregon.
Planned Parenthood says it is closing three clinics in the Portland area: in Clackamas, Gresham and Clark County. Two months ago, it closed an office in McMinnville, Ore. The organization reports a 30 percent drop in patient visits, in part because of the increased use of long-acting reversible contraceptives and new guidelines for Pap tests. The office in Clark County that is closing is at 2105 N.E. 129th St. Suite 105
Will abortion activists be happy about this development? Probably not — in all likelihood, they’ll either bemoan it or ignore it altogether. It also goes to show how Planned Parenthood’s entire business revolves around abortions. They paint themselves as a “women’s health care provider,” but the reality is that they exist to perform abortions. And without the money from abortion rolling in, Planned Parenthood simply could not survive.
A Texas abortionist made several statements last Wednesday which demonstrated a total disregard for women’s health. The remarks were made at a hearing over an Alabama law requiring that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges.
The bill is poised to shut down abortion mills in the state, because normally an abortionist’s residency near the hospital is required for the granting of hospital admitting privileges. At Montgomery County’s abortion mill, all of the abortionists travel in from out of state (a common practice in the abortion industry).
The admitting privileges issue triggered disdain and inaccurate comments from abortionist Paul Fine of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. On Wednesday he testified before District Judge Myron Thompson:
I’m not aware of any procedure in medicine where it is required by law that a physician performing it have admitting privileges.
Fine may be “unaware” of these procedures, but he certainly has no excuse for his ignorance. As Live Action’s Sarah Terzo chronicled,
When a baby is born premature, every little bit helps – literally. Every little bit of oxygen, transfused blood, necessary liquids and medications transferred through PICC lines, and of course, milk.
Sometimes, it can be difficult for the mother of a premature baby to produce enough breast milk for her fragile infant. She, too, needs to be surrounded with love, care, and attention. At what is likely the most stressful and difficult time of her life, this mother needs to know that other mothers are fighting for her baby’s life with her.
There is a very specific way that mothers can fight for life alongside the mother of a preemie – even if you don’t know her. You can donate breast milk.
As a woman in her early thirties, I understand the importance of having yearly visits to an OBGYN. As a pro-lifer, I know how frustrating it is to talk to an OBGYN who has opposing beliefs. I’m not concerned if my dentist, chiropractor or eye doctor doesn’t share my pro-life values. It would be wonderful if they did but it likely won’t ruin my visit if they don’t. OBGYN’s are different.
In my personal experience I had an OBYGN accuse me of being foolish for refusing to treat menstrual cramps with birth control. She also told me birth control would be a beneficial way for me to prevent cancer. I’ve heard women complain about OBGYN’s suggesting unnecessary hysterectomy’s and even offering to sterilize them. One friend who was asked if she’d like to be sterilized, was married, in her early twenties, with one child.
These are some of the reasons that make me grateful for the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. AAPLOG is the largest organization of pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists in the world. Their purpose is to reaffirm the unique value and dignity of individual human life in all stages of growth and development. AAPLOG has over 2,500 members and associates who are board certified, professional, pro-life physicians, residents, medical students and international colleagues. This is a dream come true for countless women.