Live Action News http://liveactionnews.org Covering Human Rights, Abortion, & Pro-Life Issues Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:25:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood talks abortion from DNC stage http://liveactionnews.org/cecile-richards-abortion-dnc/ http://liveactionnews.org/cecile-richards-abortion-dnc/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:56:27 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98317 Just as she did in 2012, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards spoke at the Democratic Party Convention on Tuesday night. Richards focused on the historic nomination of Hillary Clinton. The abortion chain broke precedence to endorse Clinton during the primary season. “This isn’t just about electing the first woman president, it’s about electing … Continue reading Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood talks abortion from DNC stage

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Just as she did in 2012, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards spoke at the Democratic Party Convention on Tuesday night.

Richards focused on the historic nomination of Hillary Clinton. The abortion chain broke precedence to endorse Clinton during the primary season. “This isn’t just about electing the first woman president, it’s about electing this woman president,” Richards emphasized.

Clinton has a 100 percent abortion voting record and supports abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, just like Planned Parenthood.

Richards’ theme focused on Planned Parenthood’s mission, with a few lines in particular worth addressing. She said:

Each year, millions of women, men, and young people trust Planned Parenthood.

For the “millions” that Planned Parenthood is proud to tout, the abortion chain fails to admit that the number of clients served has actually gone down. Their legitimate health services have also decreased.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have more locations to serve more patients with more services. Thus, women could actually be better served if  Planned Parenthood is defunded and that money is re-routed.

And she will always stand up for Roe v. Wade and the right of every woman to access a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, no matter her economic status.

Richards is in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from going towards abortions. It has been credited with saving over one million lives. The Democratic Party Platform supports the repeal as well.

And she has chosen as her running mate, Tim Kaine, a man who has been a champion for women and families his entire career.

If Richards, the president and CEO of the nation’s largest abortion provider, has glowing words for Kaine, that’s all one needs to know about his record on abortion.

Hillary has always been in Planned Parenthood’s corner, because she knows women deserve someone in theirs.

Women like Dayna Farris Fisher, a mom in Dallas who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

Today, Dayna is cancer-free. She says she couldn’t have done it without Vivian, the Planned Parenthood clinician who stuck with her all the way through treatment.

When Donald Trump and Mike Pence say they’ll defund Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about cutting women like Dayna off from lifesaving care.

That Planned Parenthood is vital to providing care for women with breast cancer is the pro-abortion lie that just will not die. Planned Parenthood is not and never has been licensed to perform mammograms. Richards herself admitted this testifying before Congress, though she also claimed she had never said they performed mammograms, something Live Action already exposed.

What Planned Parenthood does is refer out and provide manual breast exams, the same kind of exam a woman can administer herself.

Are Trump and Pence saying they’ll defund every single health care center? No, they’re talking about defunding abortion chain Planned Parenthood. Richards’ lie is nothing more than desperate fear mongering.

But the fight’s not over. Donald Trump has pledged to appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and undo decades of progress.

His policies aren’t just frightening – they’re rooted in a disturbing worldview.

And Planned Parenthood’s “worldview,” supporting abortion at any time, for any reason, with no restrictions, paid for by taxpayers isn’t disturbing?

It’s also hardly “progress” that the United States is currently one of only seven nations to permit elective abortions beyond 20-weeks.

Well, Donald Trump, come November, women are going to be more than an inconvenience.

We’re going to be the reason you’re not elected.

As a pro-life woman, I am beyond tired of Richards and the abortion industry lumping me in to their pro-abortion cause for political gain. There are plenty of reasons for a woman, or anyone, to vote or not vote for someone. But Richards does not get to speak for all women. She certainly does not get to speak for me, since I am not only pro-life, but a pregnant woman who has chosen life.

Earlier in her speech, Richards also said that “women’s health and rights are on the line and on the ballot in this election.” In a way, I agree with Richards, in that my daughter’s rights are at stake in this election, just as the rights of all preborn baby girls are.

Richards didn’t just grace the DNC with her presence in her brief speech. She also spoke at Planned Parenthood’s invitation-only “Sex, Politics, and Cocktails” event.

Stay tuned for more speeches on abortion as NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and EMILY List President Stephanie Schriock are expected to also speak at the DNC.

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Clinton VP Tim Kaine endorses taxpayer funding for abortion http://liveactionnews.org/clinton-vp-tim-kaine-endorses-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion/ http://liveactionnews.org/clinton-vp-tim-kaine-endorses-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:08:17 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98312 Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has confirmed that her running mate, Virginia Senator and former Governor Tim Kaine, “privately” assured Clinton he now supports repealing the Hyde Amendment. As recently as July 6, Kaine said he supported Hyde, which forbids federal tax dollars from being spent on elective abortions. This is the latest shift Kaine has made, … Continue reading Clinton VP Tim Kaine endorses taxpayer funding for abortion

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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has confirmed that her running mate, Virginia Senator and former Governor Tim Kaine, “privately” assured Clinton he now supports repealing the Hyde Amendment.

As recently as July 6, Kaine said he supported Hyde, which forbids federal tax dollars from being spent on elective abortions. This is the latest shift Kaine has made, as abortion advocates continue to complain that his past is too mixed on the issue.Kaine supported some incremental pro-life measures as governor, such as parental notification and banning partial-birth abortion. But he ran for Senate vowing to protect Roe v. Wade, and once there, established a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record.

After joining Clinton’s ticket, Kaine declared he was “very strongly supportive” of the “right” to abortion.

“Just 20 days ago, Senator Kaine said he supported the Hyde Amendment, which stops taxpayers from funding abortion on-demand,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in response to his latest reversal. “What has changed?”

“The Democratic Party has become so bound to the abortion industry that there is no room for conscience,” she continued. “Before he could be considered fit for the role of VP to Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kaine had to divest himself of even the appearance of moderation on the abortion issue. Last month, he even sponsored legislation to wipe out every state pro-life law on the books.”

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Adoption isn’t about giving up — it’s about giving life http://liveactionnews.org/adoption-isnt-about-giving-up-its-about-giving-life/ http://liveactionnews.org/adoption-isnt-about-giving-up-its-about-giving-life/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:03:34 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98292 A big part of my job involves correcting falsehoods. This one comes up a lot: Not to mention that thousands of unwanted children are given up to the foster care system just because their parents did not want them. In 2014, there were 415,129 children in the foster care system, and less than 15% of … Continue reading Adoption isn’t about giving up — it’s about giving life

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A big part of my job involves correcting falsehoods. This one comes up a lot:

Not to mention that thousands of unwanted children are given up to the foster care system just because their parents did not want them. In 2014, there were 415,129 children in the foster care system, and less than 15% of them were adopted.

That was left under a Facebook post telling pro-life men to “shut up” about abortion. It voices a common idea: rejecting abortion means putting your child in “the system.” I’m going to leave aside the morality of telling foster kids they’d be better off dead and instead focus on the facts here (or lack thereof).

First, most children don’t enter foster care as newborns. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the median age in 2014 was 6.4.

And the majority of these kids weren’t “given up” but taken from their parents. As for adoption, only 25 percent were even eligible for it. On the other hand, if you’re carrying a baby you’re not ready to raise, plenty of people would love to get in touch.

Aspiring parents actually outnumber adoptable infants, so some have turned to websites like Adoption.com. It permits those who’ve been approved by a licensed adoption agency to create a profile explaining what they have to offer. Profiles are searchable by location, religion, family size, and other factors.

The site also provides pregnancy-related information and first-hand accounts from women who’ve been through the adoption process. Additional information about pregnancy, adoption, and material support is available at pregnancy care centers, as well.

If you’re choosing between abortion and adoption, then you need to separate truth from lies; comments like the one shown above definitely fall into the later category.

The truth? Adoption isn’t about “giving up” your baby. It’s about giving life.

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ThinkProgress tries, fails to make case that America should be like other countries on abortion http://liveactionnews.org/think-progress-tries-fails-to-make-case-that-america-backward-on-abortion/ http://liveactionnews.org/think-progress-tries-fails-to-make-case-that-america-backward-on-abortion/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:55:44 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98187 It seems that so-called “pro-choicers” will never learn to appreciate that other people have choices too. At ThinkProgress, Alex Zielinski frets that “the U.S. has made it nearly impossible for low-income women to have an abortion”: The majority of countries with liberal abortion laws rely on public funding to help patients afford the cost of … Continue reading ThinkProgress tries, fails to make case that America should be like other countries on abortion

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It seems that so-called “pro-choicers” will never learn to appreciate that other people have choices too. At ThinkProgress, Alex Zielinski frets that “the U.S. has made it nearly impossible for low-income women to have an abortion”:

The majority of countries with liberal abortion laws rely on public funding to help patients afford the cost of an abortion, according to a new report published in the journal Contraception. This makes the United States, which has an amendment strictly prohibiting any federal dollars from backing abortion services, a global outlier.

The report, conducted by the same group of researchers responsible for informing the Supreme Court‘s recent decision overturning Texas’ anti-abortion law, focused on 80 countries that met criteria for having “liberally interpreted abortion laws.” The researchers found that 34 countries offer full funding for abortion — including Australia, France, Denmark, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, and other developed countries. The U.S. was one of the ten countries that only cover abortion in “exceptional cases.”

Those researchers are also responsible for a bogus, debunked study claiming Texas’s abortion facility regulations caused a dramatic spike in attempts at dangerous self-abortions—a claim Zielinski goes on to repeat, with no mention of its blemishes that pro-lifers have been noting for about eight months now—but hey, details.

By the way, in May the invaluable Prager University released a video showing that America’s abortion laws are also global outliers in ways ThinkProgress types wouldn’t be so eager to emulate, with Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and France limiting elective abortions to 12 weeks (and with a litany of restrictions and qualifications placed on any abortion sought after that point):

Last year, PolitiFact— no friend to pro-lifers—admitted that the United States was one out of just seven countries (the others being Canada, China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Signapore, and Vietnam) out of nearly two hundred that allow elective abortions past 20 weeks. So the same people who are supposedly our betters for financing abortion also support policies American abortion advocates routinely assail as sexist and barbaric!

The fact is that contrary to Zielinski’s cherry-picked premise, the international status quo isn’t a result of some deeper reflection and refinement Americans just haven’t gotten to yet—it’s simply what happens when people are allowed to actually vote on abortion for themselves. If our electorate hadn’t spent the last four decades shackled by the judiciary, our abortion laws would—at the very least—look much closer to Europe’s, minus the tax funding.

As for that funding, Zielinski quotes the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee’s rationale for why every American should be forced to pay for abortions:

During the campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promised they would repeal the Hyde Amendment if elected.

“Any right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it is no right at all,” Clinton said at a January campaign event in New Hampshire.

Oh, how I’d love to ask Secretary Clinton if, by that logic, she also believes that any American who can’t afford a gun and ammunition is entitled to force other people to subsidize his exercising his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms…

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Fortunately for consciences and wallets everywhere, the Constitution requires us to subsidize neither guns nor abortions. Its foundational understanding of freedom begins and ends with the absence of artificial constraints on human action—nobody can lock you in your own house, shoot you for saying something unpopular, etc. Later, progressivism came along and turned that on its head, deciding that “formal freedom” was basically worthless if it didn’t give you satisfying outcomes, and replacing it with “effective freedom”—proactive government action to satisfy people materially.

The problem with that thinking, however, is that entitling someone to a particular outcome necessarily entails violating someone else’s rights. Carried to its logical conclusion, Zielinski and Clinton’s position would also necessarily entail that my freedom of movement means I get to break into someone else’s locked door, my freedom of speech means people can’t choose not to listen to me, etc.

There are only two ways of receiving something—if what you’re receiving has been voluntarily given by its original owner, or if it has been taken by force. Our Constitution is the work of people who understood that, and therefore recognized that “your rights end where mine begin” was a vastly more moral and peaceable principle for running a country.

Pro-“choicers” don’t respect the choice not to pay for abortion because they don’t respect that founding principle…but then, if they did, they wouldn’t support the “choice” to abort a child in the first place.

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‘Married at First Sight’ couple miscarries, chooses name for baby boy http://liveactionnews.org/married-first-sight-couple-miscarries-chooses-name-baby-boy/ http://liveactionnews.org/married-first-sight-couple-miscarries-chooses-name-baby-boy/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:55:35 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98242 One of the handful of successful couples from FYI’s popular reality show, Married at First Sight, recently shared news about their first pregnancy. But Doug and Jamie Otis Hehner’s joy soon turned to tragedy, as Jamie miscarried their son at 17 weeks. Now, they’re going public with the decision to give their son a name. Otis shares … Continue reading ‘Married at First Sight’ couple miscarries, chooses name for baby boy

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One of the handful of successful couples from FYI’s popular reality show, Married at First Sight, recently shared news about their first pregnancy. But Doug and Jamie Otis Hehner’s joy soon turned to tragedy, as Jamie miscarried their son at 17 weeks. Now, they’re going public with the decision to give their son a name.

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Otis shares about the experience on her blog, saying that for her, “writing is therapy.” She writes of the shock and disbelief at losing their son:

I had been bleeding for a few weeks prior, but every time we checked the baby (which was becoming twice a week by now) the little one was kicking, moving, and the heartbeat was going strong….

… I was literally on Facebook planning our gender reveal party…Until the doctor flat out said “The prognosis is very poor and there is nothing you can do to help it. You have very little amniotic fluid for the baby.” I’m a nurse so I know how important amniotic fluid is for growth and development, but I just couldn’t believe my ears.

How could the prognosis be so “poor” when I had just seen our baby’s feet kicking and his little body bouncing around in my belly less than a week before…

I’ll never get to see this Angel again on earth. He was given to us so graciously by God, and then God took him away way too early. My heart hurts so bad. Losing our baby has been the most terrible experience. I wish no one would ever have to endure this.

The couple has named their son Johnathan Edward Hehner. Independent Journal Review reports that “[t]he couple chose the name Johnathan for its special meaning— ‘gift from God.’ Edward is Doug’s middle name after his grandfather.”

Since the miscarriage, Jamie continues to write on her blog about the daily pain she is experiencing from the loss of her baby boy:

Today marks what should be a milestone for my angel, Johnathan Edward. We should be 19 weeks along today…. It tears me up inside that my little boy should be 19 weeks today. And it doesn’t help that I got an email update from a pregnancy app telling me all about the milestones he’d be making this week. (I had immediately deleted all the apps I followed so this wouldn’t happen.) And ya know what, I almost don’t mind that I am getting the email updates still. I don’t want to forget him. I don’t want to just “go on” with life.

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Alaska Supreme Court: Parents have no rights regarding minor daughters’ abortions http://liveactionnews.org/alaska-supreme-court-parents-no-rights-regarding-minor-daughters-abortions/ http://liveactionnews.org/alaska-supreme-court-parents-no-rights-regarding-minor-daughters-abortions/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:16:06 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98070 Young girls considering abortion, as well as their parents, faced a setback after the Alaska Supreme Court struck down a law requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion. The state’s Superior Court initially upheld the law in 2012, as Live Action News reported, and the initiative was supported by 56 percent of voters in 2010. The … Continue reading Alaska Supreme Court: Parents have no rights regarding minor daughters’ abortions

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Young girls considering abortion, as well as their parents, faced a setback after the Alaska Supreme Court struck down a law requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion. The state’s Superior Court initially upheld the law in 2012, as Live Action News reported, and the initiative was supported by 56 percent of voters in 2010.

The 4-1 decision took the cop-out route in saying that they were not deciding abortion for minors, but did conclude that the law violated equal protection for minors, saying, “The State expressly disclaims any interest in how a minor exercises her fundamental privacy right of reproductive choice, and it does not suggest that it has an interest in limiting abortions generally or with respect to minors specifically.”

The majority went on to wash its hands of being “concerned with whether abortion is right, wrong, moral, or immoral, or with whether abortions should be available to minors without restriction,” but in doing so they may have ignored the extent to which this law will affect young pregnant women in Alaska and their preborn children.

The law wasn’t unrealistic, nor did it place an “undue burden” on minors. But America’s largest abortion chain sees things differently. While the majority of Alaska voters agreed that parents should have the opportunity to counsel their children toward other options, Planned Parenthood again placed itself in direct opposition to parents, celebrating the Court’s decision on Twitter, with the hashtag #UndoTheBurden.

But what ‘burden’ would that be, exactly? The Associated Press reported (emphasis mine)…

Alaska’s notification law did not apply to girls ages 16 or 17 who were married, supported themselves independently or had court orders specifying they had been emancipated from parents or guardians. Girls who did not want to notify parents about an abortion had the option of getting permission from judges.

Girls who said they were abused by one or both parents could bypass the notification process by providing a notarized statement signed by the victim and another person who knew about the alleged abuse. The law included an exception for medical emergencies.

The Court’s lone dissenter, Justice Craig Stowers, got it right:

One obvious purpose of this law is to provide the minor’s parents the opportunity to discuss with their daughter the potential effects of and alternatives to abortion. This is beyond doubt a legitimate interest and right that the State and the parents possess. Contrary to the Supreme Court’s clear statement in this regard, the Alaska Court today trivializes and makes this right of no effect.

Interestingly, Judge Stowers’ dissent mentioned Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which was the case that actually created the concept of “undue burden” in the first place. According to Justice Stowers, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the states have an interest in protecting women “and the potential life within her.”

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The Court’s decision was criticized by co-counsel Steven H. Aden of Alliance Defending Freedom, who reiterated some of the points Justice Stower mentioned:

We’re disappointed that the court elevated the demands of abortionists over the rights of parents. The majority of Alaskans supported the Parental Involvement Law and adopted it through a state ballot initiative because it is entirely reasonable. It is very unfortunate the Alaska Supreme Court chose not to give parents an opportunity to counsel and support their daughters when facing a difficult situation—the very opportunity that the court itself previously said that the state constitution permits.

Parental notification laws not only provide parents and their daughters the opportunity to support each other in making this decision, but allow parents to protect their minor daughters.

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Doctors said Dallan would die at age 2, but soon he’ll celebrate his 30th birthday http://liveactionnews.org/doctors-said-dallan-would-die-age-2-but-he-will-celebrate-30th-birthday/ http://liveactionnews.org/doctors-said-dallan-would-die-age-2-but-he-will-celebrate-30th-birthday/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:41:34 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98046 Dallan Cloward was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, which affects facial appearance, growth and development, and intellectual disabilities. Doctors told his parents that he likely wouldn’t live beyond the age of two. However, on August 12, Dallan will celebrate his 30th birthday, and his father wanted to make it special. He … Continue reading Doctors said Dallan would die at age 2, but soon he’ll celebrate his 30th birthday

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Dallan Cloward was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, which affects facial appearance, growth and development, and intellectual disabilities. Doctors told his parents that he likely wouldn’t live beyond the age of two. However, on August 12, Dallan will celebrate his 30th birthday, and his father wanted to make it special. He planned what he calls “30 for 30” in which they will do 30 activities over 6 weeks to celebrate Dallan’s 30 years of life.

Dallan and Chad on a roller coaster. Photo via Facebook.
Dallan and Chad on a roller coaster. Photo via Facebook.

According to the local NBC News of Arizona, doctors told Dallan’s parents that their son would have no ability to learn and would likely live in a “vegetable state”.  But Dallan proved them wrong. He did so well with his seizures, doctor visits, and medications that he earned the nickname “The Battler.” And he earned his high school diploma at age 21.

“I still so remember thinking, ‘I can’t get too attached because it will hurt more when we lose him,’” Chad Cloward, Dallan’s father, told KPNX. “Then after a day or two of thinking that — it hit me — that if I don’t give him every ounce of love I can, I will regret that for my entire life once he passes.”

Dallan and Chad enjoying a meal. Photo via Facebook.
Dallan and Chad enjoying a meal. Photo via Facebook.

So far, the father and son duo has celebrated Dallan’s 30th by doing everything from hiking in the Grand Canyon to riding an adaptive bike and taking a ride on a roller coaster to cruising on a four wheeler. In the videos and photos Chad has shared to Facebook you can see the pure joy and love on the faces of both father and son. Chad says he “loves watching Dallan continue to defy the odds.”

“He never thinks of the past and doesn’t worry about tomorrow; he enjoys the moment,” Chad said.

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He aborted 1,200 babies, but now he fights to save them http://liveactionnews.org/he-aborted-1200-babies-but-now-he-fights-to-save-them/ http://liveactionnews.org/he-aborted-1200-babies-but-now-he-fights-to-save-them/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:19:51 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=84457 Dr. Anthony Levatino is an OB/GYN who not only performed abortions, but considered himself a firm believer in “abortion rights” at the start of his career. While he didn’t work for an abortion facility, he did commit 1,200 abortions in hospital delivery rooms over the course of a nearly a decade. But during that same time … Continue reading He aborted 1,200 babies, but now he fights to save them

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Dr. Anthony Levatino is an OB/GYN who not only performed abortions, but considered himself a firm believer in “abortion rights” at the start of his career.

While he didn’t work for an abortion facility, he did commit 1,200 abortions in hospital delivery rooms over the course of a nearly a decade. But during that same time period, personal struggles and great loss in his life opened his eyes to the realities of abortion and his participation in it.

In an interview with Live Action President Lila Rose, Levatino says abortion was simply a part of his job— just like delivering babies and performing C-sections— but that abortion was very different for him and other OB/GYN providers.

“When you’re an obstetrician / gynecologist and you say, ‘I’m pro-choice,’ well, that becomes rather a more personal thing because you’re the one who does the abortions,” said Levatino in a speech for the Pro-Life Action League.

His first spark of doubt concerning abortions occurred less than two years after he graduated, when he and his wife discovered they weren’t able to conceive a child. Having decided to adopt, they struggled with the arduous task of finding a newborn who needed a home.

“I remember very vividly, being in the delivery room one day doing a Suction D & C abortion and thinking, you know, ‘My gosh, I’m throwing this kid in the garbage, you know, and here I am trying to adopt a baby when I’m throwing them away’,” he told Rose.

“And I’m smart enough to know it’s people like me that make adoption so difficult in the first place. So the initial doubts that I had were selfish ones, but they were there.”

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Still, Levatino buried those doubts, and he while ending the lives of numerous preborn children, he was reaching out to everyone he knew about his desire to adopt. Finally, in August of 1978, that dream came true when he learned of a 15-year-old girl in labor who wanted to place her baby for adoption. Levatino and his wife were able to adopt their daughter, whom they named Heather, and one month later they discovered his wife was pregnant with their son, Sean.

The couple now had what Levatino calls a “perfectly happy” life, and despite those concerns of throwing away babies through abortion, Levatino returned to his work delivering babies and performing abortions as usual.

But then the worst thing imaginable for a parent happened. While playing outside, his daughter, Heather, just a few months away from her sixth birthday, ran into the street and was hit by a car.

“You know, I’m a doctor. I’m supposed to be able to save people’s lives. My wife was an intensive care nurse at the time. This is what we did for a living. This was routine to us,” he explained to Rose. “But it made absolutely no difference and she literally died in our arms in the back of an ambulance that night.”

The pain from the tragic loss of his daughter followed Levatino into the room where he performed his first D & E abortion since her death— and when he ripped out that tiny baby’s limb, he became sick. He didn’t want to continue on, but had no choice, since stopping that abortion could cause an infection in his patient.

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“I really, for the first time in my career, really looked at that pile of baby parts sitting on a table and I didn’t see all those things that had sustained me all those years. I didn’t see what a wonderful doctor I was helping her with a problem, and I didn’t see her wonderful right to choose, and I didn’t even see the $800 cash I just made in 15 minutes. All I could see was somebody’s son or daughter,” Levatino told Rose.

Hoping the feeling would pass, he committed a few more abortions. But he soon realized that these women were handing him cash to kill their babies, and he accepted it—that’s when he stopped doing second trimester abortions.

While this decision was huge for him and his co-workers, he was still aborting the youngest preborn babies. However, it wasn’t long until he realized it doesn’t matter how many weeks old a preborn child is— abortion at any time is the killing of a child. As of February 1985, Levatino has not performed a single abortion and vows to never do one again.

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Over time, Levatino warmed up to the pro-lifers he once considered “kooks” and eventually, he joined the pro-life movement. He is now a major advocate for the preborn, testifying against legal abortion before Congress, and speaking out on what actually happens during abortion procedures. Now, he has joined forces with Live Action to create a new educational web site that will finally show the world the details and realities of abortion, including the abortionist’s perspective.

In addition to sharing how abortions are performed and the mentality necessary to perform abortions, Levatino shares why abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life, the dangers of RU-486, and more details about his pro-life conversion.

It’s been 31 years since he performed his final abortion, and Levatino continues to work tirelessly to bring an end to legal abortion and it’s destruction of human life.

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Worker describes how abortionist incinerated babies in the third trimester http://liveactionnews.org/worker-describes-how-abortionist-killed-and-incinerated-babies-in-the-third-trimester/ http://liveactionnews.org/worker-describes-how-abortionist-killed-and-incinerated-babies-in-the-third-trimester/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:55:56 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=95242 Abortions in the third trimester are committed by induction, which is a multi-day procedure. In this type of abortion, a needle is inserted into the baby, and a lethal does of digoxin (a medication normally used to treat certain heart conditions) is injected, poisoning the child and sending him or her into cardiac arrest. After this, laminaria (small … Continue reading Worker describes how abortionist incinerated babies in the third trimester

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Abortions in the third trimester are committed by induction, which is a multi-day procedure. In this type of abortion, a needle is inserted into the baby, and a lethal does of digoxin (a medication normally used to treat certain heart conditions) is injected, poisoning the child and sending him or her into cardiac arrest.

After this, laminaria (small seaweed sticks that expand when they absorb moisture) are inserted to slowly open the woman’s cervix. Labor is then induced, and the mother will deliver her dead baby. Watch this detailed video from Dr. Anthony Levatino about the procedure:

A former abortion facility worker named Luhra Tivis witnessed the aftermath of abortions first-hand when she worked for late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, who was killed in 2009. Tiller’s murder was an unjustified act of violence that every mainstream pro-life group condemned. Violence against abortion workers will never be endorsed by true pro-lifers.

When Tiller was in practice in Wichita, Kansas, women came from all over the country to him to abort their third trimester babies. Tivis writes that she was forced to lie to mothers about the development of their children and also had to record the fact that the poison used to kill the baby pierced the baby’s heart:

From May to November 1988, I worked for an abortionist. He specializes in third trimester killings. I witnessed evidence of the brutal, cold blooded murder of over 600 viable, healthy babies at seven, eight and nine months’ gestation. A very, very few of these babies, less than 2%, were handicapped.

I thought I was pro-choice and I was glad to be working in an abortion clinic. I thought I was helping provide a noble service to women in crisis….

I was instructed to falsify the age of the babies in medical records. I was required to lie to the mothers over the phone, as they scheduled their appointments, and to tell them that they were not ‘too far along’ Then I had to note, in the records,  that Dr. Tiller’s needle had successfully pierced the walls of the baby’s heart, injecting the poison that brought death.

Tivis also talks about how the bodies of those babies were placed inside a crematorium and turned into ashes from inside Tiller’s abortion facility:

[O]ne day, Dr. Tiller came up the stairs from the basement, where the mothers were in labor. He was carrying a large cardboard box, and ducked into the employee’s only area of the office so that he wouldn’t have to walk through the waiting room. He passed behind my desk as I sat working on the computer, and he turned the corner to go around a short hall.

He called out for me to come and help him. The box was so big and heavy in his arms that he couldn’t get the key into the lock. So I unlocked the door for him, and pushing the door open, I saw very clearly the gleaming metal of the crematorium- a full sized crematorium, just like the ones used in funeral homes. I went back to my computer. I could hear Dr. Tiller firing up the gas oven. A few minutes later I could smell burning human flesh. Mine was the agony of a participant, however reluctant, in the act of prenatal infanticide.

A full size crematorium burned the bodies of the children killed at Dr. Tiller’s facility, and their ashes could be seen mixed with smoke rising from a chimney attached to his roof.

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Abortion advocates often claim that late-term abortions are only done for dire health reasons, but a number of late-term abortion providers have admitted that they do many of these abortions on healthy mothers with healthy babies.

Records acquired by Operation Rescue reveal that the reasons women gave for their third trimester abortions at Tiller’s abortion mill included wanting to participate in barrel riding at a rodeo and being frustrated for not being able to play high school basketball. (1) Another woman admitted she was getting a third trimester abortion at Tiller’s because she did not want her pregnancy to ruin her tummy tuck. (2)

And Tiller himself revealed that he often committed late-term abortions on healthy babies. In a speech to a friendly crowd, the National Abortion Federation, at an April 24 New Orleans convention, Tiller said:

We have some experience with late terminations; about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past 5 years.

This means that in five years, Tiller performed over 9,000 abortions on healthy late-term babies.  Also, since both birth and third trimester abortions are done by inducing labor, there is no way any of these abortions could have been done for the protection of the mother’s health, or to save her life.

As explained above, in a third trimester abortion, poison is injected to kill the baby and labor is induced. This extra step of injecting poison is needed to kill the child, because he or she is old enough to survive if born. Withholding the injection and giving birth to a live baby is actually safer than using poison to ensure a dead one. A Cesarean section can also be done at this stage without killing the baby.

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So the over 9,000 abortions Tiller committed were for elective, not medical, reasons — women who simply chose to abort their viable babies for their own reasons.

Many Americans do not know that abortion is legal up to birth in the United States. Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, legalized abortion throughout all nine months, and for any reason. Currently, there is no federal law protecting preborn children from abortion at any time.

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restrict abortions, and while many states have passed laws restricting certain abortions, not all do.  In New Jersey and Colorado, for example, a woman can walk into an abortion facility and have her baby aborted on the day before the child is due, for any reason she chooses.

Third trimester abortions are still performed in abortion facilities throughout the United States.

Footnotes:

  1. Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger Abortion Free (New York: WND Books, 2014)
  2. Newman, 2014, 97

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Planned Parenthood responds to decision to drop all charges against the Center for Medical Progress http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-responds-to-decision-to-drop-all-charges-against-the-center-for-medical-progress/ http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-responds-to-decision-to-drop-all-charges-against-the-center-for-medical-progress/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:38:34 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98278 Today the Harris County District Attorney decided to drop the remaining felony charges against David Daleiden and Sanda Merritt, the two Center for Medical Progress investigators who went undercover for two years to expose the abortion industry’s harvesting of aborted baby parts. Last month, a judge dismissed the charge against Daleiden that he allegedly engaged in … Continue reading Planned Parenthood responds to decision to drop all charges against the Center for Medical Progress

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Today the Harris County District Attorney decided to drop the remaining felony charges against David Daleiden and Sanda Merritt, the two Center for Medical Progress investigators who went undercover for two years to expose the abortion industry’s harvesting of aborted baby parts.

Last month, a judge dismissed the charge against Daleiden that he allegedly engaged in the trafficking of human organs. The remaining felony charge, which was overturned today, was for allegedly using fake identification. Daleiden’s lawyer called it a win for the First Amendment.

“David Daleiden used standard undercover journalism techniques and followed all applicable laws in doing so,” Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society said. “This meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought.”

Now, Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast has responded.

Today, the Harris County prosecutor suddenly dropped the pending felony charges against Daleiden, relying on a technical concern relating to the grand jury proceedings. This is not the same as finding that Daleiden is innocent of the criminal charges. Three civil cases remain pending against Daleiden to hold him responsible for the frauds he perpetrated.

Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast President and CEO Melaney Linton also chimed in, saying:

“Planned Parenthood provides high-quality, compassionate health care and has been cleared of any wrongdoing time and again. Daleidan and other anti-abortion extremists, on the other hand, spent three years creating a fake company, creating fake identities, and lying.

“When they couldn’t find any improper or illegal activity, they made it up. They spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood in order to advance their anti-abortion agenda. The decision to drop the prosecution on a technicality does not negate the fact that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the extremists behind this fraud.”

This is the same tactic that was used last month when the previous charged was dismissed. By framing it as a mere technicality, they can insinuate that Daleiden is actually guilty, and can therefore discredit his work. The fact of the matter is, the Center for Medical Progress did find improper and potentially illegal activity by the abortion giant.

Planned Parenthood even openly admitted to harvesting body parts— and that wasn’t their only abuse. They admitted to intentionally altering abortion procedures so they could better collect body parts, and reportedly killed babies born alive after abortions. And while Planned Parenthood continues to try to claim that the videos were fake, two forensic analyses — including one commissioned by Planned Parenthood itself — found that the videos were authentic and not tampered with.

Abortion advocates tried to use these charges to discredit the Center for Medical Progress, but the facts remain clear. Planned Parenthood has perpetuated abuse against women and children, which sparked congressional investigations, multiple state investigations, and their crimes have prompted numerous states to defund the abortion giant. Trying to point the finger at Daleiden and Merritt failed.

Planned Parenthood wasn’t found innocent in the baby parts scandal, despite what they try to claim — and yet, Daleiden and Merritt have. Eventually, the truth will always come out.

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4 babies who prove children born before 24 weeks can survive http://liveactionnews.org/more-babies-born-premature-are-surviving/ http://liveactionnews.org/more-babies-born-premature-are-surviving/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:31:28 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=82593 There’s a misconception that babies born before 24 weeks have no chance of survival. This idea is so engrained in our minds that in many cases doctors won’t even help a baby who is born before that point. Even some pro-choicers will argue that abortion is only okay up until that magic moment of viability. … Continue reading 4 babies who prove children born before 24 weeks can survive

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There’s a misconception that babies born before 24 weeks have no chance of survival. This idea is so engrained in our minds that in many cases doctors won’t even help a baby who is born before that point. Even some pro-choicers will argue that abortion is only okay up until that magic moment of viability.

But premature babies are proving them wrong by surviving and thriving, not only at 25 weeks, but as young as 21 weeks. As science and technology progress, that age could become even younger.

Amillia Taylor

Amillia Taylor's tiny feet.
Amillia Taylor’s tiny feet.

Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks, 6 days gestation, and doctors helped her to survive. Her mother, Sonja, had lied to doctors, knowing that if they knew the real age of her daughter, they would likely let her die.

So she told doctors that she was 23 weeks and 6 days, asking them if they would help her daughter even though she was one day shy of the age of viability. Doctors said they would. It wasn’t until later that she admitted how young her daughter really was.

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Amillia weighed just 10 ounces and was only 9.5 inches long, just slightly longer than a pen. Her skin was translucent, and she was kept in bubble wrap inside her incubator to keep her body temperature up. Amillia spent 4 months in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally going home.

Naomi Joy Bakker

The first photo taken of Naomi on the day of her birth.
The first photo taken of Naomi on the day of her birth.

Michael and Angela Bakker were told at about 23 weeks gestation that their baby girl was not going to survive. She had been diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction and the couple was advised to abort.

Naomi and her mother. Emily Loftus Photography.
Naomi and her mother. Emily Loftus Photography.

“There were four hours left until the abortion cut off,” explained Mrs. Bakker, who was 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant. “But they told us that in cases like ours, they make exceptions. They said, ‘The law doesn’t even apply to you. That’s how bad your case is.’ She started kicking, and I thought, that’s her little voice. That’s all she can say.”

Naomi holding her father's finger.
Naomi holding her father’s finger.

Naomi was born at just 25 weeks gestation, but she was the size of a 19-week preborn child. She weighed just 364 grams and her eyes were still fused shut. Doctors promised the Bakkers they would try to help their daughter, however they were convinced that the breathing tube she would need would never fit down her tiny throat. But it did.

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Naomi’s father comforts her. Emily Loftus Photography.

Naomi is now five months old, and while she still uses oxygen and is monitored carefully, she is doing well for a child who wasn’t supposed to live at all outside the womb.

Ward Miller

Ward and his mother.
Ward and his mother.

Baby Ward was born 15 weeks early at 25 weeks gestation. He weighed just one pound, 13 ounces, and remained in the hospital for 107 days. Brain scans revealed serious brain bleeding, and his parents and doctors were scared for his life.

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“The bleeds could lead to severe problems down the road,” Miller shared with MailOnline. “He may not be able to walk. He may have cerebral palsy. He may be mentally handicapped. The list goes on and on.”

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The brain bleeds stopped, and today Ward is a happy and healthy two-year-old boy.

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Baby E’Layah was born at 24 weeks gestation in September 2015. Her mother was suffering from extremely high blood pressure and E’Layah had stopped moving. Doctors performed an emergency C-section to save both mother and child.

E’Layah weighed just 10 ounces at birth and doctors weren’t sure if she would survive. However, her mother never lost faith or hope, and E’Layah proved to be a fighter. She has overcome numerous health complications, and in February 2016, E’Layah finally left the hospital to go home with her parents.

“She has grown, and she has been able to breathe on her own and she looks around. She pays attention to her surroundings, she knows her mom’s voice, she knows her dad’s voice… and I’m amazed she has come this far,” Dr. Jessica Clark-Pounder of Levine Children’s Hospital told CBS News.

E’Layah’s mother Megan Smith is excited to bring her daughter home and see what the future holds. Doctors have said E’Layah should live a normal, healthy life.

It’s estimated that about 9,000 abortions occur each year during the third trimester, but that number is completely unreliable in large part due to doctors like Kermit Gosnell who have performed hundreds of late-term abortions, even murdering babies who survived those abortions.

Abortionist Dr. Susan Robinson has also admitted that many late-term abortions are performed because of financial concerns, not health concerns, as abortion advocates claim, and that the babies in those cases are indeed viable.

In a 1995 speech at a National Abortion Federation Convention, George Tiller, the late abortionist who was murdered, also admitted to aborting late-term, healthy children.

“We have some experience with later terminations; about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past five years,” he said.

That means the overwhelming majority are healthy in just his experience alone.

Yet, while abortionists admit to aborting health third trimester babies and falsifying the paperwork, many Americans still believe that late-term abortions are only happening to unhealthy children and that this somehow makes it okay.

Every day, babies at the same stage of development as Amillia, Naomi, and Ward are aborted despite the fact that they could have survived outside the womb at time of their deliberate deaths.

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There are many abortion methods, most of which pro-lifers are familiar with already; but one method that doesn’t often get much notice is the induced stillbirth method. When a woman comes into a facility for a late-term abortion, this is the procedure that is sometimes used.

The abortion itself will take several days to complete. Laminaria will be inserted into the woman’s vagina to cause the cervix to dilate. But unlike other late-term abortions, the abortionist will kill the preborn baby first, with a shot of digoxin through the heart. Live Action’s Inhuman investigation exposed this horrific practice.

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Time and time again, clinic staffers assured investigators that should the baby somehow survive this process, they would not resuscitate or provide any kind of life-saving care, a violation of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

In New York, the woman is told to flush the baby down the toilet if she delivers the baby at home. When the woman asks what would happen in the baby were to be born alive, the worker tells her that they will make sure the baby does not survive by placing the baby into a jar of “solution.”

“The solution will make it stop. It’s not going to be moving around in the jar … that’s the whole purpose of the solution.”
“It’ll automatically stop. It won’t be able to…not with the solution.”

The staffer also lies to her about laminaria, saying that once they’re inserted, it’s too late for the woman to change her mind.

CLINIC: The seaweed is where the heartbeat, that’s what kills the heartbeat. As well.

WOMAN: Oh really

CLINIC: Yes. The sticks that are, they’re toxic.

WOMAN: Oh really.

CLINIC: So if you don’t come back the next day, that could be your life at risk.

WOMAN: Oh my God, yeah.

CLINIC: So that’s why we make sure we tell patients to make sure, because you some some [sic]patients they’re like, Oh my God, they change their mind–

WOMAN: Yeah, oh my gosh–

CLINIC: And then, they never come back

WOMAN: and then what would happen to them, like – [interruption] So like what would happen to those girls then, what would they have to do?

CLINIC: well they’ll end up in the emergency room and they’ll still have to do it, because the emergency room will have to take it out.

WOMAN: …. So they’re not going to try to reverse the decision or anything?

CLINIC: you can’t, because your child will come out say, either stillborn, or it will come out not normal, you know missing parts, deformed. It’s just toxic.… It has to be 100%. You have to be 100% that you want to do this.

Now, it is true that the laminaria can cause infection and would need to be removed (at least one Planned Parenthood patient died from just this); but if a woman goes home and changes her mind, she absolutely can have the laminaria removed and continue on with her pregnancy. The laminaria is not toxic— it will not kill the baby, nor will it cause the baby to become deformed, sick, or disabled. Staffers, however, want to insure that she will go through with the procedure, so they lie.

The second video in the Inhuman investigation was in Washington, D.C., with late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo. This clinic is not related to the clinic in New York, yet once again, we see that staffers would refuse to help a baby born alive:

“Technically – you know, legally we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive. But, you know, it probably wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we would do things – we would – we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate. It would be, you know, uh, a person, a terminal person in the hospital, let’s say, that had cancer, you know? You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive. Like ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. We would do the same things here.”

The third video was in Phoenix, Arizona, with abortionist Laura Mercer, who explains how they kill the child:

We do the injection, which is a quick poke through your belly, um, and that stops the fetal heart, so that makes it so, if you were to deliver, there shouldn’t be movement. There shouldn’t be any of those things… Yes we induce a demise–an intrauterine demise… Um, death.

Then, yet again, we are told that they will not attempt to save a baby born alive.

Sometimes they are [alive], yeah. But it doesn’t–it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will come out whole. ‘Cause they use suction, plus they use instruments so sometimes the fetuses don’t come out–you know, it’s not complete…

Investigator: But if it does come out whole…I mean, are–will they resuscitate it? Like, will I have to take care of it?

Linda: Uh-uh… No… They do not resuscitate.

Mercer also insists that the woman comes to the abortion clinic if the baby is born alive, or if her water breaks. She stresses that the woman should not go to the emergency room, because ER workers will try to save the baby in either circumstance… and, of course, Mercer will not.

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who has a history of killing and maiming his patients, made the most horrifying of all, and joked about his abortion “tool kit”:

Woman: But if we run into trouble … for some reason, I’m not able to deliver, you’ll be able to get it out in pieces.

Dr. Carhart: We’d take it out…

Woman: What do you use to break it up? Just–

Dr. Carhart: A whole bunch of–

Woman: You’ve got a toolkit.

Dr. Carhart: A pickaxe, a drill bit, yeah (laughs).

He also explained that he kills the baby in advance with a shot to the heart, and then uttered the infamous “meat in a crock pot” line.

Dr. Carhart: It gets soft – like, mushy – so you push it through.

Woman: So what makes the baby “mushy”?

Dr. Carhart: The fact that it’s not alive for 2 or 3 days.

Woman: Oh. So I’ll have a dead baby in me?

Dr. Carhart: For 3 days, yeah… It’s like putting meat in a crock pot, okay? … It gets softer. It doesn’t get infected or–

Woman: OK, so the dead baby in me is like meat in a crock pot.

Dr. Carhart: Pretty much, yeah … in a slow cooker.

Carhart is also the king of the hotel room abortion, sending his patients to wait and hope that everything goes as planned – because as Christin Gilbert and Jennifer Morbelli tragically discovered, he won’t be there if anything goes wrong.

Finally, in New Mexico, an investigator is told that women are sent to hotel rooms to deliver their dead babies. A worker tells the investigator that should she deliver early, she should unlock the hotel door, and just sit on the toilet and wait for the abortionist to arrive.

If we can’t catch it [delivery of the dead baby – the final stage of the abortion procedure] early enough, which has happened … then you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet. You don’t have to look at anything … you can stay on the phone with us until the doctor and nurse get there[.]

These investigations expose the barbarism of the induced stillbirth abortion for what it is, and also show how easily abortion workers dehumanize the preborn babies that become their victims.

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Doctors said Arthur, who has Down syndrome, wouldn’t live long. They were wrong. http://liveactionnews.org/doctors-said-arthur-syndrome-wouldnt-live-long-wrong/ http://liveactionnews.org/doctors-said-arthur-syndrome-wouldnt-live-long-wrong/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:34:30 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98198 In the past 30 years, the life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has more than doubled. Today, people with Down syndrome live to an average of 60 years old. They lead fulfilling lives, work, contribute to society, and build strong relationships. Despite this, doctors often still give mothers a bleak outlook, pressuring those receiving a … Continue reading Doctors said Arthur, who has Down syndrome, wouldn’t live long. They were wrong.

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In the past 30 years, the life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has more than doubled. Today, people with Down syndrome live to an average of 60 years old. They lead fulfilling lives, work, contribute to society, and build strong relationships. Despite this, doctors often still give mothers a bleak outlook, pressuring those receiving a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis to get abortions, and give parents outdated, inaccurate medical information — saying that their children will never walk or talk, go to school, hold jobs, or make friends. Some people get lucky, and get doctors that deliver the diagnosis in a positive way with accurate, up-to-date information, but unfortunately, these lucky people remain the minority.

The good news is, people with Down syndrome are constantly proving these doctors wrong.

When Arthur May was born, his doctors told his parents to put him in a home, predicting that he wouldn’t live past five. Last week, he celebrated his 70th birthday, making him the oldest man with Down syndrome in Taranaki, New Zealand, and one of the oldest people with Down syndrome in the world. The oldest living person with Down syndrome is 76.

Instead of institutionalizing their son, his family brought him home, and he exceeded expectations. Around 35 years ago, he went to live with the Shanley family, who treated him like another member of their family. Josh Shanley shared his bedroom with May, and said that having May in their lives helped he and his brothers to accept people who are different. According to Stanley, May is affectionate, eager to help, and loved trying new things. “He used to clean up the shed and he would always make everyone cups of tea,” Stanley said. “He’s just a normal kiwi bloke really, he loves rugby.” And while people often praise the Stanley family for taking May in, they don’t think what they’ve done is all that exceptional. “We always say we’ve got more out of it than what he has,” he said.

May, who now lives in a retirement home, is a two-time international gold medalist in the Special Olympics. He celebrated his 70th birthday with a large group of family and friends, with chocolate cake and lots of affection. Shanley said that his birthday tradition in the past has been to perform a haka, a traditional war dance performed by the Maori people of New Zealand, but he has become hard of hearing and so was unable to do so at this weekend’s party. But it was still a celebration of a life that has clearly been very well-lived.

It’s truly a shame that people with Down syndrome are so often given such low expectations. As medicine advances, there is no telling what a person with Down syndrome can accomplish. All they need — all anyone needs, really — is the love and support of the people around them. With that, they can break any boundary put before them.

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Alaska Supreme Court strikes down parental notification for abortion http://liveactionnews.org/alaska-supreme-court-strikes-down-parental-notification/ http://liveactionnews.org/alaska-supreme-court-strikes-down-parental-notification/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:31:32 +0000 http://liveactionnews.org/?p=98238 The Alaska Supreme Court has struck down the state’s 2010 law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify at least one parent first. Justice Daniel Winfree’s majority opinion claimed the law violated the Alaska Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Justice Dana Fabe wrote a concurring opinion claiming to believe parental notification requirements are theoretically permissible, but … Continue reading Alaska Supreme Court strikes down parental notification for abortion

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The Alaska Supreme Court has struck down the state’s 2010 law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify at least one parent first.

Justice Daniel Winfree’s majority opinion claimed the law violated the Alaska Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Justice Dana Fabe wrote a concurring opinion claiming to believe parental notification requirements are theoretically permissible, but that this law’s judicial bypass provision was so burdensome that it violated the “right to privacy.”

“While we all want what’s best for teens,” Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii’s Alaska Public Affairs Manager, Jessica Cler, argued, “unfortunately some teens live in dangerous homes and they can’t involve a parent, and this law put some of the most vulnerable teens at risk and prevented them from accessing the care that they need.”

However, the lone dissenting vote, Justice Craig Stowers, blasted the decision as “trivializ[ing] and” effectively renders useless the right of parents to have any involvement in an action that will have tremendous impact on their daughters.

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The court’s decision empowering teenagers to get abortions without their parents’ knowledge creates a double-standard in Alaska law, which requires parental consent in order for schools to administer aspirin and forbids minors to get tattoos even with parental consent.

In 1990’s Hodgson v. Minnesota, the US Supreme Court ruled that states could require parental notification for abortion, so long as it included a judicial bypass provision.

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