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Back in March, I got a call from John Murray, the coordinator of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Fairfax, Virginia.
John had gotten wind that the abortion clinic where they had been holding their 40 Days vigils, NOVA Women’s Health, was closing, but that it may be re-opening in another location.
NOVA had been kicked out of their current location after the owner of the building sued the abortionist for nuisance, citing such things as women bleeding and vomiting in the hallways of the building, to say nothing of having sent a woman to the hospital after a botched abortion last year.
The previous abortionist at the clinic had a history of botched abortions and drug-dealing not unlike the kind uncovered in Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” and had his medical license suspended.
The local pro-lifers did some digging and found that not only was the clinic moving, it was moving to a monstrous 20,000 square foot space in the heart of the city’s downtown area. [Continue reading ...]
Students from Christian Liberty Academy reach out to abortion-bound mothers at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
It was a beautiful morning for this past Saturday’s monthly protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League has hosted a protest there every month for the past five years and more since the “Abortion Fortress” opened in 2007.
Among the dozens of stalwart pro-lifers sacrificing time from their weekends to fight abortion was a large group of teens from Christian Liberty Academy, whose youthful zeal for the cause of life has become a regular feature of these monthly protests.
Several months ago, a Planned Parenthood client aggressively swerved his car at one of the CLA students and is now facing aggravated assault charges, as reported in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. The unfortunate incident did nothing to diminish the determination and activism of these dedicated pro-life students.
On the picket line at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Response from passersby seemed more pronounced than usual, especially from those showing their support, possibly because of the prominence of abortion in the news during the Kermit Gosnell trial and subsequent guilty verdict.
At the conclusion of the protest, I offered prayers of thanksgiving to God for giving each of us the grace not only to recognize the evil of abortion for what it is, but to come out on the street and actively do something about it—as we’ve been doing for more than five years in Aurora.
Wesley Smith, writing at First Things:
Today assisted suicide is described almost exclusively through euphemism, especially in media coverage. The most prominent phrase is “death with dignity.” Several years ago, Compassion and Choices began a campaign to convince reporters not to use the word “suicide” to describe a terminally ill person’s deliberate use of a lethal prescription of drugs. The word “suicide,” Compassion and Choices scolded, is “biased” and steeped in “value judgment.” Worse, in the group’s view, it carries a “social stigma,” causing readers to “be misled.” In contrast, the group claimed that “aid in dying” is “value neutral” since it is undertaken by terminally ill people who take “medication”—another euphemism in this context—who don’t want to die but merely “shorten their dying process.”
The assisted suicide movement certainly isn’t alone in deploying euphemisms as a political tactic. We all have examples we can name. The “right to an abortion,” rarely used, would be accurate. The ubiquitous “right to choose” and that sound bite of all sound bites, “choice,” are inaccurate because their intent is to hide the subject of the decision. Similarly, the New York Times recently referred to babies who survived late-term abortion—only to be murdered by the abortionist Kermit Gosnell—as “fetuses,” even though there is no such thing as a born fetus.
After we found out last month that Dr. Cheryl Chastine, the new owner of the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas had a family practice in our own backyard, we knew we had to stage a full-blown protest outside her office, which we did on April 17, when a crowd of 40 pro-life activists lined the sidewalks in front of Total Wellness, Inc. in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler told LifeSiteNews that the strong turnout showed that “pro-lifers are really energized for this kind of activism that goes right to the heart of the abortion cartel.”
That was the first protest outside abortionist Cheryl Chastine’s office, and everyone agreed it should not be the last. [Continue reading ...]
NOTE: This article is the second of a two-part series on two Ohio abortion facilities. This article will focus on the pending closure of the Center for Choice in Toledo. The first article, on the closing of the Capital Care facility in Cuyahoga Falls, is here.
Pro-lifers praying during 40 Days for Life outside Center for Choice abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio [Photo courtesy of Pro-Life Connection]
On April 8th through 10th, officials with the Ohio Department of Health paid a visit to the Center for Choice abortion facility in Toledo.
Now, mind you, Center for Choice isn’t just any run-of-the-mill abortion clinic; rather, it’s a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), which styles itself as the gold standard for “quality abortion care.”
But inspectors found a slew violations that tell a very different story.
The violations were serious enough that the Department of Health has already taken decisive action. Two weeks after the inspection was concluded, on April 24, Director Theodore Wymyslo, M.D., notified The Center for Choice that the Department intends to close the facility and assess a fine of $25,000.
The Center for Choice can request a hearing within 30 days of receipt of the letter, meaning that it has until the end of next week to do so. As of now, facility has not requested a hearing. If it fails to do so, it will be closed by the Department of Health.
The most alarming findings from the inspection are detailed below. [Continue reading ...]
Matthew Franck, writing at The Public Discourse:
Gosnell, whose clinic was shut down by the Philadelphia authorities who charged him with murder, is the ne plus ultra of the abortion trade. Not because of the filth, the squalor, the jars of amputated keepsake baby feet, the employment of unlicensed incompetents, the promiscuous use of narcotics on unwitting patients, or the poisonous racism of a physician who preyed upon women and babies of his own race—although all of these are no surprise at all in America’s most unregulated branch of medicine.
No, Gosnell is the “slave-dealer” par excellence because, even if he had run the cleanest, brightest, most professional clinic in the country, he was simply following out the remorseless logic of the abortion regime installed forty years ago by the Supreme Court.
Women came to him for the very latest of late-term abortions, and he made sure their children were dead. Whether he accomplished their deaths in utero or ex utero—before or after their births—didn’t really matter to Gosnell. And, as we have heard from Planned Parenthood officials, from then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama, and from “pro-choice” politicians like Senator Barbara Boxer, it doesn’t matter to them, either. [Continue reading ...]
“]I stood in the operating room of an abortion mill Saturday, and did an interview relating how hard pro-lifers had worked for three decades to make it possible now to wander through this now abandoned building where tens of thousands of children had been killed.
The empty building was the former Women’s Advisory Clinic in Livonia, MI. Many years ago I had broken an injunction to protest there. Now it is just one of seven abortion facilities in Michigan closed through the efforts of pro-lifers in the past eight months alone. I had been invited to take part in a celebration-memorial by activist Lynn Mills, who played a key role in the clinic’s demise.
Despite the fact that killing babies has been legal since the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton abortion decisions of 1973, Women’s Advisory has been in constant trouble with the law since its founding. The list of horror stories goes on and on—violations of health rules, destruction of records, employing hack doctors, a baby’s head left in a patient’s uterus, misdiagnosed pregnancies—all of these were part of its history.
Kermit Gosnell: Guilty on three counts of murder.
The Pro-Life Action League commends the jury for taking their job seriously, analyzing the evidence presented to them, and finding Gosnell guilty. But this case raises all sorts of issues beyond the charges of murder and other felonies, or even the a guilty verdict.
The abortion industry has tried to distance itself from the Gosnell “House of Horrors” as if a clean, sanitized abortion clinic is a much better place for babies to die, and, for that matter, mothers to die. Don’t forget Tonya Reaves, who had her abortion in a nice, clean Michigan Avenue abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in Chicago. No guilty verdict in her case. In fact, no charges.
The Gosnell case forces America to look at the underlying conundrum of a society that accepts abortion as a legitimate choice, thereby admitting that the unborn baby has no standing among us. [Continue reading ...]
NOTE: This article is the first of a two-part series on two Ohio abortion facilities. This article will focus on the closing of the Capital Care facility in Cuyahoga Falls. A subsequent article will focus on the pending closure of the Center for Choice in Toledo.
A close look at state records sheds light on why, specifically, authorities had to step in and take decisive action—and reveals that most previous news reports haven’t told the whole story.
Inspectors from the Ohio Department of Health visited the Cuyahoga Falls Capital Care abortion facility on February 14 and found a host of violations detailed in a 36-page inspection report [PDF]. The most serious of these violations were drug-related, which is why the DEA got involved—just as it did in the case of notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.
The most striking findings from the inspection are explained below.
To provide accurate lab test results, a clinic’s reagents need to be tested each day with both Rh+ and Rh- blood.
Rh- blood is relatively rare, with less than 15% of the population in the U.S. being Rh-. Instead of buying known Rh- blood, Capital Care was drawing up blood from their repeat customers who were Rh- and keeping the blood for the next two weeks in the refrigerator to use each day.
A typical patient would have a finger stick to perform the test. These “repeat” patients had an entire tube taken. [Continue reading ...]
Just released this morning, the latest in Live Action’s newest undercover video series is of notorious abortionist Leroy Carhart, and it has some of the most eye-opening footage they’ve ever gotten.
The most shocking exchange — the part that everyone is going to remember after watching this video — starts around the 4:45 mark, when Carhart explains to the woman that her 26-week baby, after receiving a fatal shot of digoxin to the heart and remaining, dead, in the womb, for three days, will soften and be easy to deliver:
Carhart: It’s like putting meat in a crock pot, okay? It doesn’t get—it doesn’t get—it doesn’t get broke—it gets softer. It doesn’t get infected or, you know—
Woman: OK, so the dead baby in me is like—
Carhart: It’s just—
Woman: —like meat in a Crock-Pot.
Carhart: Pretty mu—yeah, kinda much.
Woman: All right. All right.
Carhart: In a slow cooker.
Here’s the video: [Continue reading ...]