Live Action News http://liveactionnews.org Covering Human Rights, Abortion, & Pro-Life Issues Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:13:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nurse: Infant who survived abortion cried while left alone in steel pan to die http://liveactionnews.org/nurse-infant-who-survived-abortion-cried-while-left-alone-in-steel-pan-to-die/ http://liveactionnews.org/nurse-infant-who-survived-abortion-cried-while-left-alone-in-steel-pan-to-die/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:13:39 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=127010 This baby was viable, he was breathing on his own and cried vigorously. I honestly think it was just left to die of cold … the baby, naked, abandoned by all, and so vulnerable. He took a long time to stop whining. In June of 2015, the European Centre for Law and Justice released a report […]

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This baby was viable, he was breathing on his own and cried vigorously. I honestly think it was just left to die of cold … the baby, naked, abandoned by all, and so vulnerable. He took a long time to stop whining.

In June of 2015, the European Centre for Law and Justice released a report entitled “Late Term Abortion & Neonatal Infanticide in Europe: Petition for the Rights of Newborns Surviving Their Abortion.”

The report compiled stories from midwives, nurses, and doctors who witnessed babies born alive after botched abortions. None of these babies were allowed to survive. They all died due to neglect, or were killed by doctors.

Mrs. L.M., a former anesthetic nurse, describes what took place when a 28-week-old baby was born alive during an abortion in France. The abortion took place in 1987. The mother was HIV positive.

In 1988, only a year later, a study was released showing that only seven out of 2,715 babies born to HIV positive mothers tested positive for the AIDS virus at birth. Even then, precautions could be taken. Also, as the European report mentions, babies that initially test positive for HIV might “negate” a few months later and never suffer from AIDS. There is a good chance the child would have lived a long, healthy life.

L.M. says:

It was in a maternity of Paris suburbs (South) in 1987. I was an anesthetic nurse at the time and I intervened in monitoring the epidural composed by the Anesthetist…

Gynecologists convinced [the mother] to abort but the baby was born alive. Midwives simply put it in an empty box, naked in a stainless steel tub, cold, without any care. His mother was conscious during labor and delivery of the baby; she was crying and wanted to see her little one but the doctors decided that this child should die. They did not give the child to the mother to spare her. This baby was viable, he was breathing on his own and cried vigorously. I honestly think it was just left to die of cold … it was horrible…! We were harnessed in our gloves, overshirts, headwear, masks, “overshoes” because we were afraid of getting AIDS, and the baby, naked, abandoned by all, and so vulnerable. He took a long time to stop whining.

Like the other medical professionals, L.M. stood by and watched the child die.

I almost picked him up to comfort, warm, and save him, but I did not do anything… They all looked so sure that this was the solution. The whole team was nevertheless extremely uncomfortable. The Obstetrician was the decision maker, seeing that he had medically agreed to perform an abortion, and united the midwives by force. I had a little girl of four months at home and I was afraid for her. Why do they fight to save some premature babies while others are given death without humanity? We do not want to actively kill them but passively do! I stopped anesthesia because I could not stand being obliged to put women to sleep for an abortion on demand or medical abortion.

L.M. never assisted in another abortion.

In 1975, I was born at 28 weeks, the same age as the baby in this story. I survived with no immediate health problems, and was one of the older babies in the ICU. Babies born even more premature than I was were treated, and survived. This baby would have had a good chance of living if medical care had been given.

It is heartbreaking to imagine a baby alone in a cold tub, dying without any comfort. The child’s cries must have haunted the mother, who was not even allowed to comfort her child.

Legalized abortion has led to a devaluing of human life. When doctors mark a baby for death by abortion, there is little incentive for them to help the child if he or she lives through the procedure.

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Most people don’t feel good about abortion; a college group is hoping to change that. To them, abortion is something positive.

And glittery.

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Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) visited ten campuses this year with their Abortion Positive bus tour. Each stop was “an all day event celebrating access to abortion” that featured “free giveaways, special speakers” and “someone in a vagina costume.”

When it comes to creating a positive view of abortion, URGE has its work cut out; there are polls showing a majority of millennials think it should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Granted, some people do have a pretty good reason to celebrate abortion. After all, it keeps them out of jail.

Dr. Benjamin Graber understands that. The abortion Graber performed on a 10 year-old hid the fact she’d been rape by her father. For the next two years, he preyed on other children as well. Graber said he didn’t go to authorities because “it was not an obvious case of child abuse.” Apparently her being well below the age of consent wasn’t a tip-off.

Abortion did the same thing for John F. Szorady. Szorady began raping his girlfriend’s daughter when she was 13 and continued for half a decade. It might have come to light after she got pregnant, but the abortion Szorady forced on her prevented that from happening.

A Canadian man also found abortion useful. By making his stepdaughter have two abortions before she turned 13, he kept his crimes on the down-low. No reports were filed and the abuse only stopped when he was caught assaulting another girl.

Abortion certainly helped Edgar Ramirez: he got Planned Parenthood to perform two of them on his 13-year-old daughter in less than six months. Again, no report was filed, although Planned Parenthood did set her up with an IUD. And this wasn’t the only time America’s largest abortion chain covered up child rape.

Staff said it wasn’t “a red flag” when Timothy Smith brought his 13-year-old stepdaughter to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. It wasn’t a problem when Gary Cross took his 13-year-old victim there for the same reason. The victims of Joseph Coles, Luis Gonzalez-Jose, John Haller, Adam Gault, Gray David Woods, Kevon Walker, and John Blanks, Jr. didn’t raise eyebrows either. For these predators, Planned Parenthood was a big help. Then again, so are your taxes.

Every year, Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in federal funding. Tell Congress you want that money sent to federally qualified health centers and community health centers instead. They’re more accessible and offer services Planned Parenthood won’t.

As you can see, abortion has definitely been positive for some people. It’s something their victims know all too well.

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(Save the 1) There are so many important things I would like to share about our story. The journey we went through to have our baby is just as important as what happened after she was born.

I knew I was pregnant almost immediately. We only took a test to confirm it. I saw my doctor who pronounced me a mom-to-be, and sent me home with a gift bag full of goodies for new moms. We were ecstatic.

I brought my 16-year-old step-daughter with me to the doctor for my second appointment. I was hoping she would get to see her new baby sibling on an ultrasound screen. I knew I would be getting an ultrasound, because I was spotting slightly, and the doctor had mentioned casually that we would be taking a look to make sure everything was ok.

I was excited because I had already had one ultrasound at 6 weeks. I was looking forward to having photos to show my baby of his/her very first weeks in my womb. I didn’t know then that these photos would be so very special to me, but for a different reason.

In the quiet ultrasound room, as we waited for the tech to come in, my daughter and I talked about the baby. What a baby would be like in our house- all of our children were older- 18, 17, 16, and 6. My husband and I have a “yours, mine, and ours” household. Everyone got along really well — a baby would be such a welcome addition to our little family! From the day I realized I was pregnant, I knew this baby would be a girl. I did not have a biological daughter, and my step-daughter was old enough now that she would be like a little mother for this baby (she thought the baby was a girl, too). We had already chosen a name — it was she and I who wanted to call her Beatrix.

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The ultrasound started with my daughter having a perfect view of the screen. I immediately knew something was wrong. The tech was much too quiet, and after the first few seconds she almost seemed to be trying to sit between my daughter and the screen — which was also turned completely away from me. I asked if the baby’s heart was beating — it was, and I didn’t worry too much after that. I was healthy and strong. My husband was healthy and strong.

After a short time back in the waiting room, the doctor called me into her office (alone), and explained that I was most likely going to miscarry very soon. The baby seemed to be enclosed, almost in a sac of fluid. All of his/her visible organs were swollen with fluid. His/her heart was beating very rapidly but very weakly. It was only a matter of time. This was a very sick baby- and this was only at 9 weeks. The doctor thought I had been infected with some type of virus (most likely Rubella). She took a lot of blood and told me she would call with the results. She gave me instructions regarding what to do when I began to miscarry. I met my daughter in the waiting room and we walked out together.

This was the beginning of an almost endless number of ultrasounds and doctors appointments. There was no miscarriage. There was no virus. At 12 weeks, the swelling was completely gone, but there was a large amount of fluid in the baby’s nuchal fold. The technician also thought something may be wrong with the baby’s legs, but the doctor didn’t agree. The diagnosis was a genetic disorder, most likely Down syndrome.

After that appointment, my husband and I sat in the car and contemplated life with a child with Down syndrome. We agreed — no matter what, we would carry this baby for as long as she would stay. No matter what.

At 16 weeks, we went for an early fetal anatomy scan. The thickened nuchal fold had turned into a cystic hygroma. It was also joined by a large omphalocele (abdominal wall defect located at the base of the umbilical cord) containing the baby’s liver and intestines. With both problems together and my age (35 at the time), the chances for a genetic defect was almost 90%, and the genetic defect would most likely not be Down Syndrome. This was the first time we heard the term “incompatible with life.”

We had an appointment for an amnio that day. Our doctor had made it clear that even if we weren’t going to terminate, it would help the baby in terms of treatment after birth, if we knew exactly what was wrong with him/her. After the amnio, we spoke to a genetic counselor. It was horrible. She referred to my baby — the baby we had just watched moving on an ultrasound screen — as “the products of conception.” The baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 based on the results of the ultrasound. We were told the baby would almost likely be miscarried, and if we did manage to carry to term, he/she would go straight from the hospital to an institution.

Three days later, we got the results of the amnio- no genetic defects. And I was going to have my baby girl- Beatrix.

I began to have hope.

Beatrix kept growing — astounding the doctors who had insisted she would miscarry. Every appointment became an emotional struggle for us. The doctors allowed us no joy — no hope in watching the magic of our daughter moving in the womb. Even though her prognosis was so poor we would have appreciated being allowed to enjoy her while she was living.

At 20 weeks, we were transferred to a specialist. He would be seeing to my care until I delivered- if I delivered.

He was fantastic! Unfortunately for us, he also detected new fetal anomalies. In addition to her omphalocele and cystic hygroma, he detected dolicocephaly (an abnormally shaped head), and a foot deformity. He told me that our local hospital would not be equipped to care for Beatrix, should she make it to term. He suggested a world renowned Children’s hospital in our state.

He and the doctors there would co-manage my care as the hospital was over an hour away from my home. The hospital would do an evaluation at about 26 weeks (ultrasound and MRI), but other than that he would be seeing me almost to the end. At 34 weeks, my care would be transferred totally to the hospital.

At our 26-week ultrasound our world turned upside down. The list of things “wrong” with our baby grew significantly. Almost every part of her poor little body was malformed. In addition to all of the things the other doctors had found, the MRI showed a sacral agenesis (a spinal deformity which causes paralysis), kyphoscoliosis, bilateral clubfeet, and lungs which had herniated into her abdomen. She also had virtually no umbilical cord, which meant absolutely no vaginal delivery — she could get stuck in the birth canal. This went from being a “fetal anomaly” issue to a “health of the mother” issue rather quickly.  I knew before they gave us the diagnosis what it was. I had read about this awful thing- Limb Body Wall Complex. It was confirmed, and we were sent home to plan a funeral.

I continued with care. We asked them to at least try — we knew it was considered generally lethal, but we wanted to try. I found medical journal articles on survivors, and were laughed at (one doctor had the temerity to say, “you are a tenacious one, aren’t you?”). We asked for prenatal care, which would give her a better chance of making it to term, such as a medical directive for bed rest. We were denied. We asked for prenatal treatments, which may increase her chances for survival, such as steroid shots (for lung development) if I went into labor early. We were denied.

We finally found a neonatologist who was willing to treat our daughter, should Beatrix be treatable. Because her lethal diagnosis came from the physical aspects of her disorder, we asked for her to be assessed based on what actually presented itself at birth. With LBWC, the size of the omphalocele is the primary reason it is lethal. It leaves no room for the baby’s lungs to grow. Her brain, heart and circulatory system were perfectly normal. We could see her perfect face in the ultrasounds… we saw her smile in a 3D one…. We wanted them to save our baby. We could not give up hope that she was going to be the exception to the rule.

At 34 weeks, on the evening of December 12, 2010 I went into labor. Beatrix was born via classical c-section at 2:03 a.m. on December 13, 2010. She was not breathing when she was born. She was resuscitated and placed on a ventilator. She still could not breathe. After 20 minutes, the doctors came to tell us she was not going to make it. I was still being stitched up so my husband went to be with her. She wrapped her tiny hand around one of his fingers. He brought her to me, and she died peacefully in my arms at around 3:50 a.m. She never cried. She never opened her eyes. She just lay sweet and still in my arms before she continued on to her journey home.

The doctors had prepared me for a monster. I could not visualize all of her deformities in my mind during the pregnancy. When I finally got to see her, all I saw was a perfect little baby. My baby Bea. She had the most beautiful little rosebud lips. The longest eyelashes. Her tiny hands and feet were perfectly formed. She had long slender legs and a tiny hiney like my other baby’s had. I opened the swaddling blankets to look at her body. To see how awful it really was. I was gratified to see it was almost the same as any other baby. Her body was not monstrous and deformed. It looked like a baby’s body with two differences. Obviously, she had an omphalocele, and her legs were positioned slightly to the left of her spine, instead of straight up and down. But even with those outward issues- she looked like a normal baby girl.

I thought I would be so frightened. How could anyone be frightened of such a sweet little baby girl?

I thought I wouldn’t be able to let her go. But I was the one to ask them to come and get her when the time was right.

I thought that this would break me in two, and I wouldn’t be the same person — it has, and I’m not.

There are not many Limb Body Wall Complex babies carried to term. Most of them are aborted, because this disorder also carries the small possibility of harm to the mother if the baby has a short umbilical cord, which these babies often do.

I have loved Beatrix since the day I was born, it seems like. I was made for loving my beautiful baby girl. My arms were made to hold her until she breathed her last. My lips to cover her face with kisses. I wonder if she knew I was the one who had carried her all that time, safe in her quiet place? I would like to think she did — that when I kissed her and whispered in her ear, so many times, that I loved her, she recognized my voice, and felt loved.

There is nothing I could ever regret in choosing to carry her. In fact, I thank God I didn’t miscarry like they said I would. I cannot contemplate not knowing her here in this world any more than I can contemplate not knowing any of my other children.

I am so grateful I was able to hold her- even if only for a short time.

There are so many things I treasure from that early morning when she was born. I treasure the way the world seemed to disappear — there was no one but the three of us. I treasure the feeling of absolute peace which permeated everything around us. I treasure my memory of the morning — I can’t tell you what the nurses looked like, but I remember exactly what my daughter smelled like and how the weight of her in my arms felt. I remember the looks which passed between my husband and I, each of us saying goodbye in our own ways

How deep and quiet was the love I felt for this tiny little baby.

I was so frightened before she came- but now I realized it wasn’t her I had been afraid of, but love. I was afraid to love her. To love her and have to give her up. I know now that in allowing her to grow and live — even if it was only inside of my womb — she gave me such a gift, and it will hold me over when I’m feeling sad or missing her. All the love I was afraid of feeling has overflowed in me and touches everything I do.

I entitled this story “She Brings Joy” for a reason. As I said in the beginning, my step-daughter and I had chosen the name Beatrix for her. What I did not mention was that we had actually chosen the name for a future baby girl before Beatrix was even conceived. It was number one on our “list of names we would call a new baby if we ever had one”. Beatrix (the name) has been almost like a prayer at times, and like a taunt at others. Beatrix literally means (in Latin) “she brings joy”. It would seem ironic to anyone who didn’t understand how much I love this sweet baby girl. People could ask how this situation brought me joy? During my pregnancy, I wondered, as most bereaved people do, what I had done to deserve this. How could I feel joyous when I felt so sad? It must have been part of God’s plan that I would find joy in the midst of my sorrow.

I could never explain to anyone who hasn’t gone through the same situation how easy it is to find joy in what Beatrix brought to me. Her middle name, Elizabeth, means “my oath to God.” How easily I have kept this oath, that I find joy in Beatrix’s life. Every last second was joy: every movement, every heartbeat, the way my heart leapt the first time I held her. How could I not find joy in loving my little baby girl?

Other people may see me and think of sorrow. I can end with this affirmation: Of all of the varied emotions I feel at having carried Beatrix to term knowing she had a lethal anomaly, the greatest has been the joy I feel at having carried her for as long as I did. She did bring me joy. Every day when I remember the way she felt when I held her, I will remember that joy. With every passing year, I will remember that joy. And in the end, when I am ending my time here on this earth — I will leave with joy, knowing that I am going home, where she is waiting for me.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at Save the 1, and is reprinted here with permission.

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House committee hears testimony on Hyde Amendment http://liveactionnews.org/house-committee-hears-testimony-on-hyde-amendment/ http://liveactionnews.org/house-committee-hears-testimony-on-hyde-amendment/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:09:17 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126967 On Friday, the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, of the House Judiciary Committee, conducted a hearing examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who has sponsored legislation to protect babies born alive from abortions, expressed concern in his opening statement, stating that the Obama administration and a […]

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On Friday, the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, of the House Judiciary Committee, conducted a hearing examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who has sponsored legislation to protect babies born alive from abortions, expressed concern in his opening statement, stating that the Obama administration and a potential Hillary Clinton administration “may intend to reinterpret the plain and longstanding meaning of the Hyde Amendment.”

Franks also lamented a lack of legislation ensuring that babies who survive abortions receive life-saving care. He condemned the lacking debate and votes in the Senate. Franks also reminded listeners about late-term abortionist and convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell, who was allowed to commit crimes against preborn children for years.

“This insidious sense had taken hold,” Franks said, “that if we’re dealing with abortion, in any of its aspects, we were dealing with ‘a constitutional right,’ which overrode or trumped any local law that might protect the victims.”

Franks passionately summed up the issue: “The abortion industry has labored for all of these decades that unborn children and born children should be completely separated in our minds.”

The committee also heard from abortion survivor Giana Jessen, Genevieve Plaster of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council.

At one point during the hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) used his time to show the Live Action Abortion Procedures videos, featuring former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino.

Kierra Johnson, the executive director of URGE, a pro-abortion group in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment, also testified. Her group has targeted young people with its campaign, including on tours to college campuses.

In Johnson’s written testimony, she lamented that “the Hyde Amendment is a political tool to push abortion out of reach.” She also pushed for the idea of “ensuring personal decision-making,” which mentioned the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act.

Johnson stated: “As a black woman, I am outraged that the morally bankrupt Hyde Amendment has been permitted to persist for so long. It is a source of pain for many women and should be a source of shame for those who support it,” she said.

What abortion advocates don’t acknowledge, however, is that the Hyde Amendment saves lives— an estimated 2 million lives in its 40-year history.

Both sides would agree, however, that the Hyde Amendment is very much at stake in this election. The Democratic Party Platform and its ticket, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, have spoken out against the Hyde Amendment. Republican nominee Donald Trump, however, has called for making the Hyde Amendment law.

The new president will also be able to fill the vacancy of the late pro-life warrior, Justice Antonin Scalia, which could impact the Hyde Amendment and other abortion laws for decades to come.

The entire hearing is below, beginning approximately at the 22 minute mark.

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Trump releases another list of potential judicial nominees, including pro-life Mike Lee http://liveactionnews.org/trump-releases-another-list-of-judicial-nominees-including-pro-life-mike-lee/ http://liveactionnews.org/trump-releases-another-list-of-judicial-nominees-including-pro-life-mike-lee/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:41:51 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126933 A central component of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s outreach to pro-life voters has been his promise to appoint originalist, pro-life judges to the Supreme Court and other federal judicial vacancies, an issue that took on particular urgency when Justice Antonin Scalia, a pro-life stalwart, died in February. In May, Trump released a list of […]

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A central component of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s outreach to pro-life voters has been his promise to appoint originalist, pro-life judges to the Supreme Court and other federal judicial vacancies, an issue that took on particular urgency when Justice Antonin Scalia, a pro-life stalwart, died in February.

In May, Trump released a list of likely Supreme Court nominees that won widespread praise from pro-life and originalist commentators, and now he has released ten more names, including a prominent, outspoken pro-life member of Congress:

Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah
Neil Gorsuch, a judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Margaret Ryan, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Edward Mansfield, a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
Keith Blackwell, a justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
Charles Canady, a justice of the Florida Supreme Court
Timothy Tymkovich, chief judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Amul Thapar, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Frederico Moreno, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Robert Young, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court

Lee’s is the most prominent name on the list. He has a 100% pro-life voting record. Last September, Lee was the only Senate Republican to publicly support Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood through the appropriations process. His presence on the list is also notable, as Lee continues to identify with the #NeverTrump movement of right-of-center figures sitting out the presidential election in protest of the nominee. Lee’s office released a statement declaring, “This does not change Sen. Lee’s mind about Trump in any way whatsoever,” and that “Sen. Lee already has the job he wants.”

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With Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey establishing a legal foundation routinely used to bring lawsuits against most state-level incremental pro-life laws — even laws that do not directly prohibit the early-term abortions expressly protected by Roe — overturning the Roe precedent and restoring the right of the people to vote on abortion policy for themselves through Congress or state legislatures is a prerequisite to ending abortion-on-demand in the United States.

Trump’s Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, has a 100% pro-abortion position and record, and has called Roe “the embodiment of our most fundamental rights,” which she would uphold by nominating pro-abortion judges. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has endorsed Clinton, calling her a champion for “everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years.”

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The assisted suicide movement is proof that we are failing people http://liveactionnews.org/the-assisted-suicide-movement-proof-were-failing-vulnerable-people/ http://liveactionnews.org/the-assisted-suicide-movement-proof-were-failing-vulnerable-people/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:07:33 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126916 In almost all situations, suicide is seen as a bad thing. It is seen as tragic, something to be prevented at all costs. Yet the assisted suicide movement is turning that on its head, with suicide becoming something to be promoted and encouraged — provided that the person is mentally ill, disabled, or “suffering” in […]

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In almost all situations, suicide is seen as a bad thing. It is seen as tragic, something to be prevented at all costs. Yet the assisted suicide movement is turning that on its head, with suicide becoming something to be promoted and encouraged — provided that the person is mentally ill, disabled, or “suffering” in any way.

David Leyonhjelm, an Australian veterinarian, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post Australia calling it “cruel” to keep people alive when they want to die. He comes to this conclusion based on his work as a veterinarian, where animals are routinely put to sleep, despite the fact that human beings are not animals.

“Denying assistance to those who are suffering and wish to end their own lives is extraordinarily cruel,” Leyonhjelm wrote. “It can result in a long and painful death. Too weak or incapacitated to end their lives themselves, they are condemned to suffer until nature takes its course. For some facing that prospect, the preferred approach is to die by their own hand while it is still possible.”

It’s interesting that Leyonhjelm avoids being honest about what he’s doing here: romanticizing suicide. It’s a common tactic in the assisted suicide movement; instead of openly calling it what it is, they prefer platitudes like “death with dignity” or “medical aid in dying.” It’s not often that people encourage suicide, yet that is what Leyonhjelm is doing.

He continued, saying, “Most people accept that painlessly ending the suffering of animals is an act of compassion. As a veterinarian I often had the decision to put an animal to sleep placed in my hands, because animals cannot give consent.” Of course, animals don’t have the intrinsic dignity that humans have, something that Leyonhjelm doesn’t acknowledge. Are they all the same in his mind? “Yet even when we give consent and beg for help, the law denies humans the same compassion,” he added.

Leyonhjelm has introduced a bill that would decriminalize assisted suicide in Australia, saying that a large majority of Australians support legalizing assisted suicide. But Leyonjhelm and his fellow assisted suicide advocates need to be intellectually honest about what they’re fighting for.

If a normal, healthy person openly says that they want to kill themselves, then it is a virtual guarantee that no one will shrug their shoulders and tell them that it’s their choice to decide when they die. Suicide is a horrific act that we recognize is often caused by depression — an actual medical condition — or by a person who feels that they have no other choice. Instead of agreeing with them that their life is meaningless or that it would be better to just end it all, we try to get them medical treatment, to help them see that their life has value. But not Leyonhjelm, apparently. For him, if someone wants to kill themselves, we should not only just let them do it, we should force a doctor — someone who took an oath to heal — to participate. We shouldn’t bother getting them mental help or giving them options that can make their life more bearable; we should just refer them to someone who can kill them, according to Leyonhjelm. He wants to turn doctors into hitmen, and to make suicide something that is no longer unthinkable, but something acceptable.

Leyonhjelm and the euthanasia lobby would surely be angry at this characterization; they just want assisted suicide for people who are severely disabled, or suffering, or terminally ill, or elderly. But consider what that line of thinking means: that the people who are the most vulnerable in society are expendable, whose lives are not worthy of saving when they are having suicidal thoughts. In reality, these are the people who need us the most, and promoting assisted suicide for them means that we are failing them.

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March for Life Action ad: Americans want limits on abortion http://liveactionnews.org/march-for-life-action-ad-shows-americans-want-abortion-limits/ http://liveactionnews.org/march-for-life-action-ad-shows-americans-want-abortion-limits/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:12 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126905 Abortion advocates would like Americans to believe that most of the country shares their outrageous and extremist views on abortion, including support for taxpayer funding for abortions. Earlier this month, several pro-abortion organizations even held a concert to claim that such a position is common sense. But March for Life, which recently launched March for Life […]

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Abortion advocates would like Americans to believe that most of the country shares their outrageous and extremist views on abortion, including support for taxpayer funding for abortions. Earlier this month, several pro-abortion organizations even held a concert to claim that such a position is common sense. But March for Life, which recently launched March for Life Action, has just released an ad, “Consensus,” which gives information on the public’s true opinions, counteracting this false narrative:

The polls do not agree with Big Abortion – but they’re claiming they do, thanks to some polls packed with loaded and leading questions. The March for Life ad cites poll data from a July 2016 Knights of Columbus/Marist poll. The results show that there is indeed a consensus, from American voters of various demographics and beliefs about abortion, when it comes to commonsense regulations and restrictions — and those beliefs are that they don’t want unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortion.

“Without using actors, the ad features six women from different political and professional backgrounds,” a press release for the ad notes.

One of the women in the ad, Chelsen Vicari, spoke to Live Action News about the ad. “Pro-lifers can stop playing defense and start recognizing their position on substantial abortion restrictions is the mainstream consensus position. Don’t be intimidated by the professional political bullies. You’re the popular lady (or gentleman) at The View table now,” she said, quoting her in-progress op-ed. “It’s my honor to lend my voice to this campaign ad alongside these wonderful, bright, diverse #prolife ladies on behalf of women, the unborn, & the prolife consensus in America,” she also noted.

The press release also contains a statement from March for Life president on the reason for the ad, while also taking issue with the pro-choice label:

With this ad, we encourage Americans to take a deeper look at their candidates. Politicians who claim to be ‘pro-choice,’ essentially advocate for abortion-on-demand up until the time of birth, paid for by your taxpayer dollars.  This radical position is out of touch with the large majority of Americans. With an overwhelming majority of Americans in favor of substantial restrictions on abortion, it’s time for politicians to change the fact that current U.S. law does not reflect the hearts and minds of its own people regarding life.

The ad, called “the first of its kind for March for Life Action,” “… highlights the reality that pro-life policies are reflective of mainstream America, and are winning positions for candidates running for office.”

As the press release also explains about the ad:

The first phase of the campaign will run Thursday through Monday, leading into the Presidential debate, and will include digital and television outreach. Targeting Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Pittsburg, PA; Scranton, PA; Richmond, VA and the District of Columbia, the ad will run during major network programs including: Madame Secretary, Today Show, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes and other significant programs.

Monday is the first Presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump.

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Pregnancy center in Washington State works to make abortion unnecessary http://liveactionnews.org/pregnancy-center-in-wa-state-make-abortion-unnecessary/ http://liveactionnews.org/pregnancy-center-in-wa-state-make-abortion-unnecessary/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:23:07 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126631 In Spokane, Washington, Life Services pregnancy center has been working for 25 years to help women and their babies. But even after 25 years, executive director Shawn Stevenson says they are still the “best-kept secret of our area.” Because of this, Stevenson and his team reached out to the community through billboards and radio ads […]

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In Spokane, Washington, Life Services pregnancy center has been working for 25 years to help women and their babies. But even after 25 years, executive director Shawn Stevenson says they are still the “best-kept secret of our area.” Because of this, Stevenson and his team reached out to the community through billboards and radio ads in order to show them that Life Services wants to make abortion unnecessary in Spokane.

“Our 25th anniversary was in May, so we’ve been doing this a while,” said Stevenson. “The clinics are where we started, in that we didn’t do the maternity home at first… and slowly we have grown and we started adopting a medical model of providing services. That means that in our clinics all the medical care is done by a nurse or a medical assistant. It’s important to us to demonstrate that we are a medical practice with a focus on early pregnancy.”

Life Services’ brick and mortar center offers free pregnancy testing and free ultrasounds. They also provide STD diagnosis and treatments.

“On a limited basis we are able to do first-trimester care… prenatal vitamins,” explained Stevenson. “And then we get them into a place with an OB and a physician and we have partner physicians that we have worked with in the community that we will refer those patients to.”

While providing medical care and services to women, Stevenson notes that they also look for a woman’s “SOS” — which might simply be the pregnancy, or perhaps an emotional or spiritual concern or trouble in the woman’s relationships with family or with her baby’s father. Life Services works to help them with these issues as well.

Life Services also has a mobile clinic that they use to reach women in a couple of key locations. One location is in a low-income neighborhood, and the other is at the local Salvation Army which happens to be across the street from Planned Parenthood.

“The proximity is in our favor,” said Stevenson. “There’s lots of activity. We occasionally have people who have come from the Planned Parenthood. The pro-life sidewalk advocates tell people at Planned Parenthood about us. Sometimes the patient was headed to Planned Parenthood and tells us that they decided to check us out instead. It doesn’t happen every week, but we have a few stories a year. On rare occasions, we’ve had some referrals from Planned Parenthood because they don’t do free ultrasounds.”

In addition to the work Life Services does through their pregnancy centers, they also help women who are in need of a safe place to live. Their maternity home began taking residents in 2000. The 4500 square foot home can house 6 mothers at a time. They each have their own private room with a private bath, and after they give birth they are welcome to stay in the home for a few months as they become accustomed to motherhood. House parents — a married couple — live in the home with them. The couple helps to create an environment that is as much like a home as possible while demonstrating for the women what a married couple can and should look like. This couple has seven children of their own, including one with special needs.

Life Services works with each mother to help create a solid after-care plan. After the maternity home, some mothers are even able to move with their baby into a host home.

“One of our recent celebrations was a mom who had lived in the home for a while, then a host home,” said Stevenson. “[She and her baby] lived there for almost two years, [the mother] went to college, and was able to get a place of her own. We also work with moms just to help them find what’s best for them. Some move back with family. Some get a place of their own. Our goal is to come alongside them and help them be successful as best we can.”

For women who choose abortion, Life Services offers two options for post-abortion care. The first is more traditional and commonly used by pregnancy resource centers, according to Stevenson. However, they also realized that a lot of their patients don’t have a faith background and have no interest in post-abortion services based on religion. Therefore, they partner with Abortion Anonymous, which slowly introduces Christianity and gives the option of becoming a Christian at the end of the program. They have helped nearly 20 post-abortive women so far and are on track to double that.

100% privately funded, Life Services partners with churches to hold baby bottle drives, and each year they hold two events to raise money.

Life Services has big plans for the future, including finding ways to reach out to fathers and connecting with a larger number of abortion-minded mothers. Stevenson says they want to reach out and make sure that even if someone chooses abortion, she is making an informed decision.

“A woman came in and told our team, ‘I want to have an abortion’ and even as she left they weren’t sure what she was going to decide,” said Stevenson, “and about a week later she came back and actually bumped into one of our nurses and said, ‘Hey, I want to get pictures of my baby to show my family.’ Those are the moments that we know what we’re called to and we get those moments where we know or work is having an impact.”

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When Christina Fisher discovered she was pregnant in 2015, she felt she wasn’t in a good place financially to raise another child. She already had an 18-year-old daughter and referred to her living situation as “basically homeless.” She decided that the best thing she could do for her new baby was to place her with an adoptive family. However, things didn’t go according to plan.

When baby Abigail Lynn was born on January 11, 2016, her adoptive mother was there. But after seeing Abigail, the woman left the hospital in tears, never to be heard from again.

Abigail was diagnosed with Treacher Collins, a genetic condition that causes underdevelopment of certain facial features, including the jaw and cheekbones as well as the ears and eyes. Some people with Treacher Collins have difficulty with hearing while some others have respiratory problems. She may need cochlear implants for hearing at some point, but otherwise, doctors expect Abigail to lead a completely normal life.

When Fisher realized what had happened, and that her baby had been rejected by her adoptive mother, she decided she would raise her daughter herself.

“That is when I realized she is meant to be mine only now ’cause of her needs,” she wrote on her now-closed fundraising page. “I was not fully prepared for her, but now I can no longer see my life without either one of my daughters.”

Since she wasn’t prepared and was unable to return to work because she was caring for Abigail, friends, family and strangers alike raised over $20,000 to help her cover basic expenses, including diapers. Local nonprofits also helped out by donating clothes and diapers.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Fisher told NWF Daily News. “I don’t need a glamorous lifestyle. I just need enough to take care of her.”

“They missed out on the most amazing baby in the world,” she said. “She saves my life every single day, just like my 18-year-old did. She doesn’t know how much she means to me… she’ll understand one day.”

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Abortion facility worker quits after seeing the bodies of aborted children http://liveactionnews.org/abortion-facility-worker-quits-after-seeing-the-bodies-of-aborted-children/ http://liveactionnews.org/abortion-facility-worker-quits-after-seeing-the-bodies-of-aborted-children/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:28:45 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126865 On December 21, 2015, Abby Johnson and her group And Then There Were None sponsored a webcast in which former abortion center workers shared their experiences working in the abortion industry. One of the workers who told her story was Jackie, who worked in a private abortion clinic in Austin, Texas. At first, her duties consisted only of working at the reception […]

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On December 21, 2015, Abby Johnson and her group And Then There Were None sponsored a webcast in which former abortion center workers shared their experiences working in the abortion industry.

One of the workers who told her story was Jackie, who worked in a private abortion clinic in Austin, Texas. At first, her duties consisted only of working at the reception desk and checking patients in and out. Then she was moved to the pathology lab, where the bodies of aborted babies were taken to be examined.  Jackie describes what she saw there:

I got selected to move to the pathology lab, and for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, that is the lab in the clinic that basically inventories the body parts of the fetus that comes out of the woman. And, the first part of that job is, as I said, inventorying the parts; and the second also involves inventorying the parts to determine if they are intact enough to be harvested and sold. And then the third part is doing a checklist, such as the head, the arms, the torso, the legs, and you send it to the doctor to let him know that the abortion was complete.

Seeing the mutilated body parts of aborted children took its toll on Jackie. Exposed to the gruesome reality of abortion, her illusions were quickly stripped away:

So that’s where I ended up, I trained in that lab three, almost four days before I had a very harsh realization that everything I believed about the abortion industry was wrong. So about three days into it I had had just about as much as my heart, and my soul, and my stomach could stand.

Most of the protesters outside the abortion clinic were nasty to Jackie and the other clinic workers, but one offered hope and help.

Every day there are huge groups of people outside the fence and most of them, as Abby said, are screaming at you and calling you a murderer. But at the end of the parking lot where the employees parked, there was one person down there, just about every day, who turned out to be a representative of And Then There Were None.

He’d just tell people casually, as they walked by, going to their cars, going home, “You don’t have to do this anymore. There are organizations that can help you, you know. Feel free to reach out to us anytime.” And I heard that voice probably my third day, and I went home just completely discouraged and disgusted with what I had done with myself— disgusted and discouraged. I didn’t feel that I was in a financial place where I could necessarily leave my job, and I went home and I cried about it and I thought about it. For probably the first time in 10 years, I prayed about something. And I thought about that person talking to me outside of the fence, and so I just googled “abortion clinic worker help” and And Then There Was None was the first page that popped up.

Jackie contacted And Then There Were None and was encouraged to put in her two weeks’ notice right away. She was matched with a mentor who walked her through the process of leaving the facility.

Jackie spoke about the incredible relief she felt when she left the abortion facility for the last time:

[It felt like] I had lost 500 pounds maybe… An enormous burden that you don’t even know that you’re carrying; the only thing I can compare it to, probably a horrible comparison, but it was like having cancer and feeling so sick, and not knowing yet that you have this problem, and then finding out and then the doctor comes in and tells you that it’s benign, and we can remove it, and in 6 weeks you’re going to be completely better.

So that just – it is just an enormous cleansing, and weight lifted off of your spirit… You go from… I can’t even think of anything that is a worse feeling than having experienced what you see in those clinics, and that’s not something everyone can relate to unless you worked inside of one. Leaving there and leaving that behind and taking your first step towards healing and grasping the opportunity to be able to tell people and finally share that this is wrong. You know I’ve seen some really nasty things and we have to do something about this. Because this isn’t okay, this isn’t all right.

Jackie’s story shows the importance of reaching out to abortion clinic workers with compassion. If it was not for that one person offering help, Jackie may never have learned about And Then There Were None. If the only pro-life voices she ever heard were voices of condemnation, she may never have found the courage to leave the abortion industry. Now she is sharing her story and is surrounded by people who will help her heal.

As pro-lifers, we need to remember that all lives are valuable, including those of people who work in abortion facilities. Reaching out to them and empowering them to leave the abortion industry benefits both preborn children and the workers.

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Sanger's writes about meeting the Klan in autobiography

Sanger writes about meeting the Klan in her autobiography

It should be no surprise that former Planned Parenthood employees are among the staffers for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. The Democrat presidential hopeful has made no secret of the fact that she is a friend of the abortion business. The relationship between Hillary and Planned Parenthood dates back many years and Hillary’s advocacy of abortion has earned her Planned Parenthood’s infamous (2009) Margaret Sanger Award. The award comes with a measure of controversy, as Sanger was an avowed eugenicist who admitted in her autobiography to meeting with the Ku Klux Klan. But that did not stop Hillary Clinton from singing the praises of the Planned Parenthood founder. “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life,” Hillary once stated. (Read more about Margaret Sanger’s “vision” and the founding of Planned Parenthood here.)

In 2015, Politico noted the closeness Clinton had with Planned Parenthood, writing:

But Clinton’s relationship with Planned Parenthood goes beyond a shared belief in a woman’s right to choose. The group is interwoven with a network of women’s organizations that are among her strongest backers, and Planned Parenthood leaders and activists are among her personal friends, including President Cecile Richards… Clinton’s relationship with Planned Parenthood also extends to the Clinton Global Initiative. For the past two years Planned Parenthood has been a member of CGI and in 2012 committed to train “youth peer providers” in Latin America, Africa and the U.S. on ways to promote birth control.

And why wouldn’t Planned Parenthood support the Presidential candidate? After all, their cozy relationship with Obama worked out so well that he gifted them with almost 35 percent more government funding during his term in office. Now, with that arsenal of government funding, Planned Parenthood remains the top donor among abortion rights advocacy groups to political campaigns, and has vowed to spend $20 million to usher Hillary Clinton into the White House.

Not only is Hillary Clinton the beneficiary of Planned Parenthood’s political support, but close Planned Parenthood supporters and former staffers are deeply embedded within the Hillary presidential campaign. They include:

  • Mandy Hagseth, a Hillary for America staffer in South Dakota. Hagseth was the 2015 public affairs consultant to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota North Dakota, South Dakota.
  • Kate Magsamen, who served as Hillary’s New York Co-Director and was the director of development for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (Louisiana) from May 2011 to July 2012.
Lisa Changadveja (image credit LinkedIn)

Lisa Changadveja (via LinkedIn)

  • Lisa Changadveja, who served as the get-out-the-vote director for the Colorado state party in the 2014 election cycle and previously as deputy field director for Colorado Democrats in 2010. Most recently, she formerly served as Hillary for America’s Asian-American (AAPI) outreach director. From July 2011 to May of 2012, she worked as the regional field manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In that position, she organized volunteers to lobby and defeat “high-­‐priority health committee votes” in Alabama.

  • Richard McDaniel via LinkedIn

    Richard McDaniel via LinkedIn

    Richard McDaniel, who is the Primary States Regional Director for Hillary for America. McDaniel previously served as the Southern regional political director for Hillary for America. Prior to the Clinton campaign, McDaniel was the political director for Nunn for Senate and the Georgia Democratic Party. McDaniel previously worked in the D.C. area as the national organizer for SEIU and as state director in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Connecticut. In 2010, McDaniel also served as Planned Parenthood Southeast’s legislative coordinator and the 2009 field director.

  • Mini Timmaraju via LinkedIn

    Mini Timmaraju via LinkedIn

    Mini Timmaraju, who is Hillary for America’s Women’s Outreach Director. Between 2012 and 2013, she also worked for the Director of the Office of the President at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In addition, Timmaraju was formerly the Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. as well as the political director for Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund, Inc.

Lauren Peterson vis LinkedIn

Lauren Peterson (via LinkedIn)

  • Lauren Peterson, who is Hillary for America’s Director of Content and Creative. She previously served on Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, Obama for America, and was a Senior advisor and writer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Peterson’s duties also included speechwriter for Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards. Shortly after legislatures in Texas and Louisiana passed restrictive pro-life regulations, Peterson admitted to Jessica Valenti that speeches were difficult to pen: “How do you balance relaying the urgency of these issues while still remaining upbeat and inspiring – not just in speeches, but in life … for your own sanity?”
Emily Bengtson via LinkedIn

Emily Bengtson (via LinkedIn)

  • Emily Bengtson, who is Hillary’s Social Media Director and previously served as the digital state campaigns manager and digital content specialist at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She once admitted that the relentlessness of pro-life activists was the most challenging part of her job, telling Action Sprout:

    The most challenging part about this work is just how relentless our opponents are. It actually takes my breath away sometimes to see the lengths anti-abortion politicians and groups will go to—inserting restrictions into totally unrelated legislation, coming up with new angles to restrict access, and just at a constant, incessant level of action in almost every state.

Brenda Kole via LinkedIn

Brenda Kole (via LinkedIn)

  • Brenda Kole, who serves as Hillary for Iowa’s 2016 Constituency Director following her stint as scheduling director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. She also worked on Tom Vilsack’s 2002 re-election campaign, Monica Vernon’s 2014 congressional primary campaign, and Jack Hatch’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Kole was also the 2008 – 2013 director of advocacy and organizing at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and has worked for NARAL Pro-Choice America in Iowa.
Cara Ortiz via LinkedIn

Cara Ortiz (via LinkedIn)

  • Cara Ortiz, who serves as Travel Coordinator at Hillary for America and has previously been an Intern for the campaign. She has also served as Accreditation and Evaluation Intern for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Former Planned Parenthood staffers are not the only ones joining the Clinton race to the White House; so are allies of the abortion business such as Lily Adams, eldest daughter of Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.

Cecile Richards and daughter Lily Adams (via LifeNews.com)

Cecile Richards and daughter Lily Adams (via LifeNews.com)

In 1988, journalist Paul Baumann prophetically penned a story about the daughter of Richards, who was not yet the CEO of Planned Parenthood. A 1988 headline, featuring a report by Baumann reads: Campaigns may be in Lily’s future. His prediction was correct. As Live Action News has previously reported, in addition to working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Adams has worked for pro-abortion Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – and her father, Kirk Adams, International Executive Vice President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is known for supporting Planned Parenthood. Lily Adams also served as press secretary for Senator Tim Kaine, now on the ticket as Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate.

As Live Action has documented, Planned Parenthood is not about health care. But they are about one thing: taxpayer-funded, unrestricted abortion on demand at all stages of pregnancy — something Hillary Clinton says she is proud to support. With so many Planned Parenthood supporters and former staffers at the helm of the Hillary Clinton machine, no doubt they are fueled up and headed right for the pockets of the American taxpayer.

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House Panel votes to hold StemExpress in contempt of Congress http://liveactionnews.org/house-panel-votes-hold-stemexpress-contempt-congress/ http://liveactionnews.org/house-panel-votes-hold-stemexpress-contempt-congress/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:33:00 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126729 It sounded more like a parliamentary temper tantrum than a congressional business meeting. Despite Democrats’ contentious opposition, the House Select Panel on Infant Lives voted to hold the fetal tissue procurement company, StemExpress, and its owner Cate Dyer, in contempt of Congress for their failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas. The recommendation now goes to […]

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It sounded more like a parliamentary temper tantrum than a congressional business meeting. Despite Democrats’ contentious opposition, the House Select Panel on Infant Lives voted to hold the fetal tissue procurement company, StemExpress, and its owner Cate Dyer, in contempt of Congress for their failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas. The recommendation now goes to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for a vote.

The vote came after the Democratic opposition on the subcommittee tried every tactic it could to stonewall the process–then walked out of the proceedings in protest. Because a quorum was present, Republicans were able to pass the resolution 8-0.

The hour-long business meeting was an exercise in contention as Chair Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) convened the meeting and heard opening statements. The Democratic members lambasted Blackburn, the committee, and even Live Action News for its coverage of the news involving fetal tissue research.

Hearing begins at 1:18:45

Rep. Janice Schakowsky (Illinois), who is a ranking member of the committee launched an attack against the committee’s work investigating the fetal tissue industry. She insisted that the investigation and released documents have caused the need for increased security at the University of New Mexico, criticizing Blackburn for releasing information about doctors at the university. Blackburn had originally included a resolution to release the deposition of Dr. Eve Espey at the University of New Mexico. Schakowsky said this harmed Espey in danger because of threats and the need for increased security. Schakowsky further noted the Panel’s earlier release of documents related to the university were then followed by a Live Action News story which also released information they didn’t want out. Schakowsky failed to note that the information included in the Live Action News story was all available on public websites. Despite this, however, Schakowsky called Wednesday’s meeting “illegal” and a “political sideshow.” She also defended StemExpress, and insisted that it had complied with the subpoenas of the Panel and any omitted information wasn’t a lack of compliance.

However, Rep. Sean Duffy (Wisconsin) noted that StemExpress did not comply with the subpoenas because, quite simply, it had not provided all the information requested by the congressional panel. He said, “What’s important is we get what we ask for not what you want to give us.” Blackburn said, “a subpoena is not a suggestion,”

But the Panel’s Democrats continued to rail against Chair Blackburn and the other Republicans.

Rep. Jackie Speier (California), said the “so-called Panel on Infant Lives spread its reign of terror” in its investigation. And Rep. Diana DeGette (Colorado) said the Panel’s investigation was  “an attempt to harass biotech companies and women who want to exercise their right to choose.”

The most common theme from the Democrats in Wednesday’s meeting was to shift the issue to accuse Republicans of hindering lifesaving medical research. In particular, the Democrats focused on the need to use fetal tissue to find a cure for the Zika virus. Democrats insisted by not focusing on the benefits of fetal cell research and helping further it, Republicans were hurting society. The Democrats failed to note that a promising cure for a virus in the Zika family has been discovered–without the use of fetal tissue. In March, the announcement of “an experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health, showed conclusive evidence of efficacy,” as Live Action News reported then. Still, Democrats insisted that the Panel’s work was hindering important medical research such as discovering a Zika cure.

Schakowsky concluded her statements to the committee, saying:

From the outset, this investigation has been a dangerous partisan witch-hunt. I will continue to oppose pursuit of criminal contempt, and I will continue to fight to end this investigation and undo the damage to the doctors, scientists, and the lifesaving work they perform.

Other Democrats expressed similar rhetoric, employing words and phrases such as “witch-hunt” and “kangaroo court.”  They continued to defend the use of fetal tissue in medical research, ignoring the issue at hand–that StemExpress and Dyer had attempted to elude Congressional subpoenas.

When the parliamentary tantrums failed, the Democrats had a solution: Walk out. The Republican majority was enough to pass the resolution, despite the theatrics, and the resolution will now move to the Energy and Commerce Committee for a full vote.

Blackburn posted on her Facebook page after the meeting, reminding those following the story that ultimately, there is one issue at hand in the contempt vote: StemExpress failed to comply with congressional subpoenas.

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For more information on StemExpress’ involvement in the fetal parts business, see this Live Action News article or watch the video below or this one that includes a longer discussion with Cate Dyer, head StemExpress:

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People with disabilities say they love life… while some want them dead http://liveactionnews.org/people-with-disabilities-say-they-love-life-while-some-want-dead/ http://liveactionnews.org/people-with-disabilities-say-they-love-life-while-some-want-dead/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:54:34 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126271 Sheila Black has X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), as do two of her children. XLH hinders phosphorus absorption, producing soft bones and teeth along with shortened stature. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Black talked about what it meant to have passed the condition on to her children. Her son’s verdict? “I am sometimes bitter about being […]

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Sheila Black has X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), as do two of her children. XLH hinders phosphorus absorption, producing soft bones and teeth along with shortened stature. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Black talked about what it meant to have passed the condition on to her children. Her son’s verdict? “I am sometimes bitter about being so short, and about the pain, but I am very glad to be alive.” Clearly, Black’s son values his life.

Others don’t.

Abortion advocates often have a blunt message for people with disabilities: you’re worthless. Richard Dawkins conveyed it two years ago over Twitter. When asked what a woman should do if she learned her baby had Down Syndrome, Dawkins declared, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

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In the video below, you can listen to a number of people with Down Syndrome; none say their life is immoral. When asked if she wishes she didn’t have Down Syndrome, one responds, “No. Why? It’s just me, it’s part of me.”

Those with Down Syndrome aren’t the only ones targeted; people with all sorts of disabilities are too. That gets even more disturbing when you look at what happens to them.

For abortions done between thirteen and twenty-four weeks, a technique called dilation and evacuation (D&E) is used. Dr. Anthony Levatino is an obstetrician-gynecologist who once performed over twelve hundred abortions, and he explains what a D&E involves. As he does, keep in mind that there’s evidence a baby can feel pain at twenty weeks:

After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body.

The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.

After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.

Meanwhile, third trimester abortions employ a method known as induction:

Day 1: To help ensure the baby will be delivered dead and not alive, the abortionist uses a large needle to inject digoxin or potassium chloride through the woman’s abdomen or vagina, targeting the baby’s heart, torso, or head. When the digoxin takes effect, the lethal dose causes a fatal cardiac arrest, and the baby’s life will end. (Even if the needle misses the baby, digoxin can still kill the baby when released into the amniotic sack, but will usually take longer to kill the child.)

During the same visit, the abortionist inserts multiple laminaria sticks, or sterilized seaweed, to open up the woman’s cervix.

Day 2: The abortionist replaces the laminaria and may perform a second ultrasound to ensure that the baby is dead. If the child is still alive, the abortionist administers a second lethal dose of digoxin or potassium chloride. During this visit, the abortionist may administer labor-inducing drugs.

The woman goes back to where she is staying while her cervix continues to dilate. The woman will usually wait a period of two to four days for her cervix to dilate enough for her to deliver the dead baby.

Day 3 or 4: The woman returns to the clinic to deliver her dead baby. If she goes into labor before she can make it to the abortion clinic in time, she will deliver her baby at home or in a hotel room. During this time, a woman may be advised to sit on a bathroom toilet until the abortionist arrives. If she can make it to the clinic, she will do so during her most heavy and severe contractions and deliver the dead baby.

In Wilkerson v. Utah, the Supreme Court said dismemberment would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment” for a convicted murderer. For disabled children, it’s the norm. If you don’t think kids should get the death penalty for being different, then support laws to protect them.

Regarding how XLH impacts her, Black’s daughter said, “It has made me not fit in, but it has taught me empathy.” That’s something abortion advocates continue to lack.

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Comedian Andy Richter curses pro-lifers at Planned Parenthood fundraiser http://liveactionnews.org/comedian-andy-richter-curses-pro-lifers-at-planned-parenthood-fundraiser/ http://liveactionnews.org/comedian-andy-richter-curses-pro-lifers-at-planned-parenthood-fundraiser/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:51:57 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=126740 On September 10, comedian Andy Richter offered his eternal gratitude to Planned Parenthood for aborting his baby. He also had a very hostile message for pro-lifers: “F— ’em.” Richter’s comments came as he hosted the second ever “Sexy Beast,” an art-themed fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The comedian, best known for his role as Conan O’Brien’s perennial sidekick, began […]

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On September 10, comedian Andy Richter offered his eternal gratitude to Planned Parenthood for aborting his baby. He also had a very hostile message for pro-lifers: “F— ’em.” Richter’s comments came as he hosted the second ever “Sexy Beast,” an art-themed fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

The comedian, best known for his role as Conan O’Brien’s perennial sidekick, began by telling his wife’s abortion story. In 1992, Richter and his then girlfriend, Sarah Thyre – who is now his wife – were both struggling performers.  One day, Thyre called to inform him that she was pregnant, which according to Richter was “not exactly happy news.” Neither felt ready to be parents, so they chose to abort the baby at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Richter admits that he and Sarah were both “sad” about the abortion.

But in his speech, he thanked Planned Parenthood for the abortion. “Planned Parenthood gave two young struggling people the ability to do the thing that is in their name: We got to plan parenthood,” he said. “When we could barely care for ourselves, much less a newborn, we were able to choose the time when we brought a child into our lives.”

In addition to praising Planned Parenthood in his monologue, Richter also made a point to praise his own contributions to the Planned Parenthood debate, specifically his tweeting abilities – which he apparently has a rather high opinion of…

I came to the attention of the organizers of this event, because a while back, I tweeted a few supportive words about Planned Parenthood. I’m not going to repeat those tweets here tonight, but trust me, they were great. They were witty and poignant, and so rhetorically bulletproof, I’m surprised there’s still a debate about the organization. I thought those tweets would put it to bed.

Apparently, Richter believes he can single-handedly win a nationwide debate with silly tweets like this one…

Witty? Sure. Rhetorically bulletproof? Hardly. Enough to win the debate about Planned Parenthood? Okay now, that is funny. Nice work, Andy.

But not everything is fun and games for Richter. According the The Hollywood Reporter, Richter had some choice words for pro-lifers after the event.  “Planned Parenthood helps a ton of people, and if they don’t agree with that, f— ’em. You can quote me on that. Tell them I said, ‘F— ’em.'”

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