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- The Beatles
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Kevin Burke of Rachel's Vineyard on Steven Tyler: Rock star, Idol judge, and post-abortive father
In 1975, when he was in his late 20s and the lead singer for the band Aerosmith, Tyler persuaded the parents of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Julia Holcomb, to make him her legal guardian so that they could live together in Boston.More
When Miss Holcomb and Tyler conceived a child, his longtime friend Ray Tabano convinced Tyler that abortion was the only solution. In the Aerosmith "autobiography," Walk This Way (in which recollections by all the band members, and their friends and lovers, were assembled by the author Stephen Davis), Tabano says: "So they had the abortion, and it really messed Steven up because it was a boy. He ... saw the whole thing and it [messed] him up big time."
Tyler also reflects on his abortion experience in the autobiography. "It was a big crisis. It's a major thing when you're growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives.... You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I'm going, Jesus, what have I done?"
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Minnesota Senate committee passes new restrictions on abortion
Republicans on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee passed the measure on an 8-5 party line vote Tuesday. The bill would prohibit public dollars from paying for abortions for low-income women on state-funded health care programs.
The bill also designates original jurisdiction with the state Supreme Court on any constitutional challenges. Republican Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville insisted that the designation is appropriate.
"The issue is does the Minnesota state Constitution require taxpayers to fund elective abortions," Thompson said. "That doesn't require fact finding. That is a legal question that can be handled by the Supreme Court without taking evidence in a district court setting."
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Mother with killer condition gives birth despite doctors' abortion advice
Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid to bring first child Lily into the world, defied medics after enduring the agony of a miscarriage.
Mrs Hewetson, 29, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, said: 'Losing my first baby was absolutely devastating for me and my husband - and I knew with Lily, I was prepared to risk my life for her.
‘I'd always dreamed about becoming a mum, and when I finally got pregnant, there was no way I was giving up on my baby.
'It was a really frightening time - we both knew that the longer I was pregnant, the more tumours I had growing inside me - but my maternal instinct was too strong to even contemplate a termination.'
Her pregnancy caused her body to produce hormones that led her to suffer two potentially fatal conditions.
Mrs Hewetson was also diagnosed with Tuberous sclerosis, which causes benign tumours to grow on vital organs when she was just 12 weeks' pregnant.
She was also told she had Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a lung condition that affects just one in a million women, and causes the breathing organs to collapse.
But despite her own life being at risk, she was so desperate to become a mother that she was willing to risk her life.
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Abby Johnson: I Regret Selling Abortions at Planned Parenthood
Every day of my life I think about the women I took from. I took away their motherhood, I devalued them, I broke their confidence, I betrayed them. How I wish I could look into every one of their faces and tell them how sorry I am. If I could restore some of what I took from them, I would give my life to make it happen. I wish I could be there to wipe their tears when they mourn for their lost child. To know that you committed a terrible wrong that you can't make right is one of the most desperate feelings in the world.
And as desperate as I feel, I can't make those wishes come true. But I do my best everyday to make it up to those women and their children. I failed them once, but I won't do it again. I know they haven't forgotten their children, and I haven't either.
For the lives I have taken, 'I'm sorry' just seems hollow to even say. How do you apologize for killing thousands of children and wounding thousands of families? I'm not sure I have an answer. But I AM sorry.
I am sorry to the women I coerced into abortion. I am sorry to every woman who has ever had an abortion; you may never hear those words from the person who performed your abortion, but I want you to hear it from me on behalf of that doctor or clinic worker.
I am sorry they betrayed you. I am sorry they broke your spirit and your trust. I am sorry they hurt you. I am sorry they didn't have the courage to stand up for you and what you really deserved...a chance to be a mother to your child. We abused and disrespected you in the worst possible way I am sorry. So many people probably disappointed you... your friends, your family, your church community, your coworkers, maybe others. I apologize on behalf of them, as well. I am guilty of selling abortion to my family, friends, coworkers, and even people I worship with. We should have stood up for you and your child. I am so sorry we let you down in the worst possible way. You deserved better than what we gave you.
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Body of Baby Victimized in Abortion Found in Clinic Parking Lot
Gaby Federico, who is also associated with the pro-life group Live Action, discovered a dead, dismembered baby in the parking lot of Hilltop Family Planning Clinic, an abortion center in this western Texas city. The Hilltop clinic advertises abortions up to 15 weeks into pregnancy.UPDATE from Live Action:
Federico and a fellow pro-life sidewalk counselor at the abortion center were alerted to the baby's body a man who lives next to the abortion center. He said the night before, his dog had been sniffing around the parking lot and found the baby's body parts lying on the ground, so he put the remains of the baby in a plastic bag and handed the bag to Federico this morning. The bag contained disarticulated tissue, two bloody legs with feet, and a severed hand.[...]
"This is horrible to know that these children are killed daily here in El Paso, not only without a burial, but to be disposed of in such an inhuman way. It's not fair," Frederico said. "This shouldn't ever happen, in El Paso or anywhere. The world needs to see what abortion clinics do to children. When dead babies start turning up in the clinic parking lot, no further proof is needed of what abortion is. These clinics need to be shut down."
She indicated the police said they would not hold anyone at the abortion center accountable and would not follow through on ensuring a proper burial for the baby. The Bishop of El Paso, Armando Achoa, has reportedly come to the abortion center and has asked for the baby's body so he can officiate a proper burial.
Upon viewing photographs of the body parts, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson said they were remarkably well-developed.
"The findings are consistent with the remains of an abortion procedure," Johnson, who was the director of the Bryan/College Station Planned Parenthood abortion center for years and was also a "products of conception technician," the term for someone who reassembles baby body parts after an abortion to ensure the abortion was complete. "Based on the development of the foot and the formation of the leg, and what appears to be a tear at the top of the leg, this looks like an abortion done through vacuum aspiration on a child at 12 to 14 weeks LMP."
El Paso police are refusing to release this child into the hands of those who are wanting to provide a proper burial. Call the El Paso police department and demand justice for this child! This baby deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Demand a proper burial for this tiny child! Please call 915-564-7000
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Youngest surviving premature baby in Europe (and possibly the world) released from German hospital
The baby weighed just 460 grams when she born in early November at just 21 weeks and five days, and was not initially expected to survive. The general view of the Association of Neonatology is that babies born before the 22nd week of pregnancy will not live.
Yet the little girl, called Frieda, now weighs in at a healthy 3,500 grams and is being sent home in Fulda near Frankfurt.
Her mother, who has asked not to be identified, experienced problems in the 15th week of the pregnancy and was admitted to hospital to reverse the onset of early labour. But doctors managed to delay the birth by a further ten days, but no more than that.
As soon as the tiny baby was born she was whisked into an incubator and intensively cared for.
"Her life was hanging from a thread, but she fought through," said Reinald Repp, head doctor at Fulda Hospital.
"There is no indication that she cannot be healthy."
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Three bills placing restrictions on abortions move through Florida House Panel
Members of the House Health and Human Services Committee approved three bills by largely partisan votes that collectively bar using state or federal funds for abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, or the endangerment of the health of the mother); require abortion-seekers to undergo ultrasounds; and restrict doctors from performing abortions in the third trimester or after the fetus is viable.
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Idaho Governor Butch Otter signs fetal pain late-term abortion ban
Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday signed SB 1165 into law. The law bans abortion past 20 weeks on the basis that substantial medical evidence shows unborn babies feel pain acutely at that age.
"I am right-to-life, I have been a right-to-life candidate in government all my life," said Otter, according to Reuters. He told reporters that signing the bill was "the right thing to do."
Idaho follows Kansas and Nebraska in enacting successfully a late-term abortion ban based on fetal pain. So far the bans have not been challenged in federal court.
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Claim: Romanian hospitals queasy over abortion at Christmas, Easter
The Croatian Times reports that nearly three-quarters of Romanian hospitals will not abort unborn children around both Christmas and Easter, according to a study by the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI). The ECPI is funded in part by the Open Societies Institute, an initiative of billionaire globalist and population control advocate George Soros.
The Times reports that only 18 out of 68 hospitals (27 percent in all) in December 2010 said they performed abortions around the time of the Christian holidays. Even then, the Times reported, many doctors at the hospitals carrying out abortions had religious qualms about performing them.
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Two Women Victimized by Botched Abortions at NAF Centers
Two women were transported for emergency care in one day from the Affiliated Medical Services abortion business located at 1428 North Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The condition of the two women is currently unknown. Operation Rescue officials informed LifeNews about the two incidents, which took place on Friday less than two hours apart.
The first ambulance arrived with sirens blaring and lights flashing at about 10:50 a.m. OR indicated. The pro-life participants in a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil witnessed the incident and one person recorded it on his telephone video recorder. Dan Miller, Milwaukee coordinator for 40 Days for Life provided Operation Rescue with the raw video.
After some time, emergency workers emerged from the abortion center with a woman on a gurney as abortion facility escorts held up a blanket or dark sheet to hide the incident from the pro-life witnesses who were documenting it. The woman was rushed to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital.
At approximately 12:55 p.m., the second ambulance arrived, this time without lights or sirens. The video shows an ambulance of a different color and parked in a different place, leaving no doubt that there were two separate incidents. Again, clinic escorts held up a dark sheet to conceal the woman on a gurney that was loaded into the awaiting ambulance and taken to an unknown location.
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Report shows multiple links between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood
In a 22-page report released yesterday, The Cardinal Newman Society says it found more than 150 "current and past connections" between U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider.
The report, entitled "A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood," included mention of four Catholic centers of higher education in California.
Read the full report here
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