I used to work at Planned Parenthood — now, I work to save the preborn

CHERYL POKED HER HEAD INTO MY OFFICE. “Abby, they need an extra person back in the exam room. Are you free?”

I looked up from my paperwork, surprised. “Sure.”

Though I’d been with Planned Parenthood for eight years, I had never been called into the exam room to help the medical team during an abortion, and I had no idea why I was needed now. Nurse-practitioners were the ones who assisted in abortions, not the other clinic staff. As director of this clinic in Bryan, Texas, I was able to fill in for any position in a pinch, except, of course, for doctors or nurses performing medical procedures. I had, on a few occasions, agreed at a patient’s request to stay with her and even hold her hand during the procedure, but only when I’d been the counselor who’d worked with her during intake and counseling. That was not the case today. So why did they need me?

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Obstructionist Wendy Davis blasts “obstruction” on Scalia replacement

Wendy Davis, the former Texas state Senator and failed gubernatorial candidate who rose to prominence by filibustering a ban on late-term abortion, is speaking out against Senate Republicans for wanting to delay the confirmation of a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia… and setting up quite a double-standard in the process.

Scalia died last month at age 79, igniting a confrontation between President Barack Obama, who wants to name a successor as soon as possible, and leaders who demand that the Senate not approve anyone until the next president takes office next January. If a pro-life president makes the nomination, it would maintain the status quo of four (well, maybe) pro-life justices, four pro-abortion ones, and Anthony Kennedy the wild card. If Obama makes it, though, it would swing the balance of power on the court and potentially set the right to life back generations.

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Surrogate mother who was pressured to abort sues for custody

The surrogate mother who fought to save the triplets she was carrying from abortion gave birth to the three boys in California on February 22.

Melissa Cook, 47, agreed to carry a child for CM, a 50-year-old single, deaf man living in Georgia with his elderly parents. She was to receive $33,000 for the first baby and $6k for each additional child.

At about one month gestation, after discovering she was carrying triplets, Cook received a copy of an email between CM and his lawyer stating that CM couldn’t afford the doctor visits or the babies and wanted Cook to abort all three children.

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Clinic worker disturbed by ‘little arms and legs’

Recently, Live Action released a series of videos featuring former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levantino, who has performed over 12,000 abortions. Levantino is now pro-life.

One video shows the most common abortion procedure in the US: a suction D&C or aspiration abortion. As you will see in the video, many of the babies aborted this way are fully formed and recognizable as little human beings. Those who work in abortion facilities have to come to terms with seeing the remains of these children. Levantino explains the procedure below.

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#StopTheSham: Yes, abortion advocates, basic health standards are needed

‘Stop the Sham, Stop the Sham!’ abortion advocates yelled with aggression as I stood near the steps of the United States Supreme Court. I was there to emcee a rally called “Protect Them Both” on the day the Supreme Court heard arguments for Whole Womans Health vs. Hellerstedt.

Protect Them Both rally

Abortion activists claim Texas’s HB2 law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges to hospitals within 30 miles of their clinic is an undue burden and a “sham.” Truth be told, it’s one of a few basic, common sense regulations that seek to protect women’s lives – one that all other types of surgical facilities have to follow.

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After my D&C suction abortion, I saw the remains of my baby in a bucket

by Andrea from Pennsylvania

I had an abortion because…

When I was 14, I found out that I was pregnant. The father and I were very excited! We couldn’t wait for our baby to arrive, or at least I couldn’t. He acted excited and pretended to care for 3 1/2 months, although he did not let me tell anyone. I could not even tell my mother, from whom I kept nothing. We went shopping for baby clothes, and  I bought some adorable outfits. I was already starting to show. I was so “in love” with the baby’s father. I was so happy that I was going to start a family with him, but he didn’t have the same plans that I did. I knew I was young. I was fourteen and he was seventeen, but I didn’t care. I had always taken on more responsibility because my father was never around, and my mother was an alcoholic.

Two weeks after we bought baby clothes, we were parked in front of my house.  He was dropping me off from taking me home from school, and I held his hand and told him that he would be a wonderful daddy. He looked at me and said, “We can’t keep it.”

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What I saw yesterday outside the Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt regarding the HB2 pro-life law out of Texas. Specifically, the Court will decide if it’s an “undue burden” to require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, as well as requiring an abortion facility to operate according to the same standards as other surgical centers.

As I previously wrote, abortion supporters claim to be for women and women’s health, yet ignore the facts of what this case is truly about. Those who argue that adhering to current medical standards are too burdensome for abortionists – who want to be thought of as performing legitimate medical procedures – don’t support women. They support abortion.

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Mississippi Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate voted to pass SB 2238, which would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any money through the state Medicaid program.

The amount of money at stake is relatively small — Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood have totaled less than $1,000 per year for the past five years — and the organization’s sole Mississippi location refers women for abortions but does not perform them on-site. But proponents of the bill maintain the principle at stake still warrants action.

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12 amazing facts that prove the preborn’s humanity in the first trimester

With today’s modern technology and medical information, we have a real-time window into the womb. What happens to babies before birth – all the ways they move, grow, and change – is nothing short of amazing.

Here are just 12 scientific facts that happen to babies before they are born. These 12 facts demonstrate the uniqueness, value, and humanity of preborn children. What’s more, each of these 10 things occur in the first trimester – when approximately 90% of abortions in the U.S. occur.

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Elijah was saved from abortion after his mother ran out of the facility. Now he’s 15

Natasha was shocked to find out she was pregnant at the age of 19. Her immediate feelings were fear and uncertainty as to how a baby would fit into her future. Her then boyfriend told her to get an abortion. He gave her $250.00 and considered the situation solved. Natasha made an appointment for a first trimester surgical procedure to abort her child.

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House Panel investigates the truth about research on baby body parts

While one corner of Washington, DC was focused on the Supreme Court and its first major abortion case in years, not far down the road, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives was hearing its own abortion-related arguments.

The Panel was formed as a result of last summer’s Planned Parenthood exposé videos from the Center for Medical Progress. These videos revealed a market for the buying and selling of the parts of aborted babies. Chaired by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the Panel is currently investigating the practice of procuring fetal body parts and the bioethical implications. An initial press release on the hearings noted, “It is the purpose of the Select Investigative Panel to follow the facts to find out ‘what is going on?’ but it is also our responsibility to ask ‘what does it mean?’”

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