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Chicago's RedEye spotlights on Pro-Life Action League's Corrina Gura who shares her passion on why she is front and center in the abortion debate
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Pro-life activist Lila Rose attacked by Planned Parenthood abortion center escort
Late Thursday morning at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility located at 1691 The Alameda in San Jose, California, Rose led a group of pro-life advocates.
Rose tells LifeNews.com she was visiting the abortion center with a group of about 20 students and three adults to pray and provide information to women who might be open to abortion alternatives.
According to a police report filed at the scene and numerous witnesses, a uniformed Planned Parenthood escort engaged in a short exchange with Rose and eventually struck her on the hand, knocking her literature to the ground.
"Sir, are you familiar with the abortion procedure?" Rose asked the Planned Parenthood escort while standing on the public sidewalk.
The escort approached Rose from the Planned Parenthood parking lot and said, "You idiot. You've caused so much trouble. You piece of crap."
Rose told LifeNews.com today: "The man appeared to recognize me though I had never met him. He knew who I was and I think that is part of the reason for his surprising anger and the attack."
Rose offered to show the escort a picture of a baby victimized by abortion, saying, "Can I show you a picture of what it really does to a baby?"
At this point, the escort struck Rose's hand knocking her pro-life pamphlets and Bible to the ground and Rose stepped further back on the public sidewalk.
The Planned Parenthood official moved closer to Rose and, visibly shaking, says, "It's a woman's choice!"
"What about the baby's choice?" Rose responds.
The Planned Parenthood escort replied, "It's not a baby!" and then turned around and walked away.
Rose, the president of Live Action, tells LifeNews.com that the police were called and interviewed her and several witnesses on the scene.
She says she was not injured by the attack but will press for charges of assault and battery.
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:ALL to mobilize Personhood movement at Washington D.C. activism conference
Washington, DC (17 December 2009) –American Life League will bring together top activists, intellectuals and grassroots supporters behind the growing human personhood movement Jan 20 – 23 for their annual Training and Activism Week during the nation's largest pro-life gathering.
The personhood campaign has rocked the pro-life movement in the past year, with over a dozen states now working toward passing personhood amendments to state constitutions, in order to define all human beings as persons from the beginning of their biological development.
In 2009, four nationwide polls indicated a majority of Americans now self-identify as pro-life. In the wake of this news, an estimated half million pro-lifers will descend on Washington, D.C. Jan. 22 to mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion.
"The message we're hearing from the grassroots is that the time is now to fight for human rights and end abortion," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and other human rights pioneers, personhood for all human beings just makes sense."
The conference will feature a diverse group of speakers Jan. 21, who will give talks and lead workshops on the philosophy, science, law and strategy behind the movement.
Among them are prominent black religious leaders Rev. Stephen Broden, Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. and Rev. Dr. Johnny Hunter, who will speak on personhood as the fulfillment of the civil rights movement.
InsideCatholic.com editor Deal Hudson will speak on the personhood movement in light of Catholic social teaching; Georgetown University professor and medical ethicist Dianne Irving, Ph.D., on the philosophy of personhood; attorney Robert Muise on the movement’s legal implications; and Personhood USA founder Keith Mason on the grassroots fire that has ignited the pro-life movement like never before.
"We're proud to host this dynamic team of presenters for what will certainly be a pivotal moment for the personhood movement," Brown said. "As the nation stands poised to embrace true justice for all human beings from their first moment of existence, we welcome all to join us at Training and Activism Week 2010."
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Mother won't be charged with baby's death because of law loophole
A loophole in state law is preventing Campbell County investigators from charging a woman they say killed her newborn baby.
Deputies were called to a home in the 1200 block of Lone Jack Road in Rustburg around 11:00a.m. Friday. The caller said a woman in her early 20s was in labor. When deputies arrived, they discovered the baby had actually been born around 1:00a.m., about ten hours earlier. Investigators say the baby was already dead when deputies got there.
Investigators tell WSLS the baby's airway was still blocked. They say the baby was under bedding and had been suffocated by her mother. Investigators say because the mother and baby were still connected by the umbilical cord and placenta, state law does not consider the baby to be a separate life. Therefore, the mother cannot be charged.
"In the state of Virginia as long as the umbilical cord is attached and the placenta is still in the mother, if the baby comes out alive the mother can do whatever she wants to with that baby to kill it," says Investigator Tracy Emerson. "She could shoot the baby, stab the baby. As long as it's still attached to her in some form by umbilical cord or something it's no crime in the state of Virginia."
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Off-duty Chicago cop allegedly pulled gun on pro-lifer in Aurora
Police are investigating claims that an off-duty Chicago Police officer pulled a gun on an anti-abortion activist Wednesday morning outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora.
Rachelle Crile, 31, a member of the Pro-Life Action League, was distributing anti-abortion literature outside Planned Parenthood, at 3051 E. New York St., Wednesday when she approached a vehicle with a man and a woman inside.
The driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old Chicago Police officer, told Aurora police that he flashed his badge at Crile, who then backed off.
But Crile, of Naperville, said the off-duty officer pointed a handgun at her. She said she put her hands up and backed away, and the couple then drove over to the clinic and went inside.
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Abortion survivor talks about devastation and healing
Melissa Ohden, whose mother tried to have her aborted when she was six months old, is now herself a mother of a healthy 19-month old. Ohden has subsequently made it her life mission to speak out against abortion, saying "it's my calling, this is who I am; I wouldn't change a thing."
Ohden, who was adopted at birth, did not discover that she was the survivor of a failed saline injection abortion until she was in junior high. Though she was grateful to have been given the chance to live, she struggled with feeling "ashamed, guilty and embarrassed" for being "so unwanted."
After many years of taking the necessary time to heal, Ohden searched for and found her birth records and other information regarding her biological family. In 2007, Ohden shared her story with the public and decided to become an advocate for the unborn by campaigning against abortion.
Recently, Ohden's life came full circle when she gave birth to her first child, Olivia, at the same hospital where her own life was supposed to end.
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Man and mistress charged after alleged abortion, backyard burial in San Juan
Ruby Lee Medina's mother said she already named her unborn grandson, who was due in March 2010.
Instead, baby Noel was born last week during an apparent backroom abortion. The incident was punctuated by the unborn child's father allegedly burying the fetus wrapped in a Christmas gift box in the back yard.
"I don't understand what happened," said Marina Perez, the 49-year-old mother of Medina.
Medina and Javier Gonzalez, her married boyfriend, turned themselves in Monday afternoon at the San Juan Police Department. The parents are accused of inducing an abortion, wrapping the fetus up as a Christmas present and burying it in the yard at her residence on the 1200 block of East Sioux Road.[..]
Medina, 31, delivered the fetus last week after she apparently took pills typically given during abortions, Perez said, adding that she did not know the drug’s name. Perez said her daughter told her she took the drugs brought over by friends from Reynosa to treat heartburn.
Instead, the pills apparently induced labor, with Medina delivering the fetus while sitting on the toilet in her bathroom, said Perez, who lives in San Antonio.
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New movie on abortion attempts to spark honest debate
"South Dakota: A woman's right to chose" isn't in theaters yet, but it has riveted audiences at a series of screenings in California.
Bruce Isacson, director of "South Dakota," began with the idea of making a documentary on the subject of abortion. However, Isacson knew that he couldn't reach large numbers of people with the documentary genre. Historically, he notes on the movie's website, "documentaries draw small audiences, so my passion to bring clear understanding of the subject stirred me to dramatize two personal true-life stories from the documentary that would represent both sides of the issue."
The result is a movie that dramatizes the stories of two teenage girls who become pregnant unexpectedly. Interspersed with the action are interviews and sound clips of various pro-abortion and pro-life advocates. Featured pro-abortion figures are: Gloria Allred, Alexander Sanger, Peter Singer, Lee Silver and Dr. Wendy Savage. Pro-life commentary is offered by Prof. Robert George, Bill Hurlbut, the former abortion doctor Bernard Nathanson and Michael Schwartz
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New Jersey abortion clinic, Metropolitan Medical Associates, reaches $1.9M settlement in botched abortion case
Rasheedah Dinkins filed the suit in 2007 against the facility and two doctors, Keith Gresham, who was Dinkins' attending physician, and Nicholas Kotopoulos, who assisted after Dinkins started to bleed excessively.
Dinkins, then 20, visited the clinic in January of that year for a second-trimester abortion. The Englewood clinic is one of only a few in the state to perform second-trimester abortions.
Hours after the procedure, Dinkins, back at home in Newark, became sluggish, then was unable to walk or talk. Her mother called for an ambulance, and, by the time it arrived, Dinkins had passed out.
At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, doctors gave her transfusions and removed her damaged uterus. She suffered a stroke and her left lung collapsed from the severe blood loss. She needed a respirator and tracheotomy. Dinkins was in a coma for three weeks.
Newark Beth Israel filed a formal complaint with the state, saying it was concerned the abortion may have been done improperly. That led to a state inquiry of Metropolitan Medical, which performs more than 10,000 abortions a year.
"We learned from the case that their volume of procedures was one factor that led to this problem," said Roseland-based lawyer Adam Slater, who represented Dinkins. "When you do too many procedures, you start to lose sight of the fact that these are all separate patients and separate procedures."
Dinkins had "greater-than-expected bleeding, they couldn’t stop it, they eventually took extraordinary measures to stop it, and then they sent her home," Slater said. "They should have sent her to Englewood Hospital, which is less than a mile away, where they would have examined her and found she had a uterine rupture. They would have treated her, and she would have been fine. But the damage from her excessive bleeding led to catastrophic injuries."
After the incident was reported, state inspectors found dirty forceps, rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs and a quarter-inch of dark red "dirt and debris" under an examining table in the Engle Street clinic.
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Health board approves abortion contracts providing abortions for low-income women
About 200 people, most against the contracts, showed up for the public hearing. The vast majority watched the meeting on TV monitors in the hall outside the 55-seat Travis County commissioners courtroom, some cheering speakers and yelling "no" after the vote. Some members of the crowd inside the full meeting room, where they were screened with a wand to gain entry, applauded the vote.
"This is a hard issue for the community ... and for me personally," board member Clarke Heidrick, a lawyer, said. "In my view and in most instances, abortion is wrong."
But because abortions are legal, and "we're not the Supreme Court, we're not Congress, and we're not a church," Heidrick said he believed that continuing the contracts supported the district's mission of providing health services to those who can't afford to pay for care.
The issue, which generated more than 2,000 e-mails, calls and letters to the board — most in opposition — drew more comments than any other the board has considered since voters created the district in May 2004. It also attracted a petition against the contracts from 10,000 people, as well as letters from members of the Austin City Council and state lawmakers from Austin who urged the board to approve the contracts, valued at $450,000.
The board voted to continue contracts with Austin Women's Health Center (also known as Brookside Women's Medical Center) and Whole Woman's Health of Austin, and added Planned Parenthood as a third option.
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Berkeley sends coat hangers to Democrats who voted to limit abortion access in health care bill
The Berkeley City Council has a pointed message for Democratic members of the U.S. House who voted to keep federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.
The governing body of this proudly liberal city on Wednesday sent a coat hanger and a letter to each of the 20 lawmakers urging them to reconsider any steps that would limit access to abortions. Abortion rights advocates use coat hangers as a symbol of the gruesome procedures some pregnant women resorted to before Roe v. Wade.
The City Council voted 8-1 to send the hangers, saying it hoped they would "emphasize the importance of this message."
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Evidence of counseling abuse at Planned Parenthood continues to surface in new undercover student video
In the undercover video, when the two women ask a Planned Parenthood counselor if the pregnant woman's 10-week-old unborn child has a heart beat, the counselor emphasizes "heart tones," and answers, "Heart beat is when the fetus is active in the uterus--can survive--which is about seventeen or eighteen weeks." On the contrary, embryologists agree that the heartbeat begins around 3 weeks. Wisconsin informed consent law requires that women receive medically accurate information before undergoing an abortion.
The counselor then says, "A fetus is what's in the uterus right now. That is not a baby." Dr. Polhaska, the abortion doctor, insists, "It's not a baby at this stage or anything like that." Polhaska also states that having an abortion will be "much safer than having a baby," warning, "You know, women die having babies."
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The National Fatherhood Initiative
has just released their landmark study, "Mama Says: A National Survey of Mother's Attitudes on Fathering
". Conducted by researchers from the University of Texas, this fascinating study takes an in-depth look at how today's mothers view fathers and fatherhood. So, what did "Mama Say"? Some of the key findings include:
- 93% of moms believe there is a father absence crisis.
- Most moms think dad is replaceable.
- Married and cohabiting moms were happier with dads' performance than moms not living with dad.
- Married moms believe more in the power of marriage to help dad be the best he can be than moms who are cohabitating or separated from dad.
- Dads of young children got better marks than dads of teens.
- Closeness to children and work-family balance were the biggest predictors of mom's satisfaction with dad (after living arrangement).
- Most moms said they could do a better job of work-family balance if dad provided more help.
- Moms said that "work responsibilities" were the biggest obstacle to dad's success in fathering.
- Strong religious values are beneficial to helping dads be better fathers.
- Moms think communities of faith are the top place for dads to get fathering help.
- Nonresident dads think they're doing a better job than the moms who co-parent with them think they are.
- African-American moms weren't as happy as white or other minority moms, but most of the difference can be explained by living situation or family structure.
- New romantic relationship for dads equals less happy moms.
- Moms who aren't living with the father of their children identified more and stronger obstacles to his ability to parent.
The full study can be found here
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Stupak refutes false claims in NARAL ad
"The continued spread of misinformation about the Stupak amendment by NARAL and other organizations has no place in the health care reform debate. Our focus must be on passing health care reform legislation – not on overturning more than 30 years of federal policy prohibiting federal funding of abortion. Our amendment maintains current law. That is why it was supported by 64 pro-choice and pro-life Democrats, 41 of whom went on to vote for H.R. 3962, enabling health care reform to pass in the House. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure we maintain current law of no federal funding for abortion in order to pass health reform legislation that provides access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans."[...]
"I encourage members of Congress to listen to the American people and the majority of House members who have made it very clear we do not want taxpayer dollars funding abortion," Stupak said. "While these ads may be great for NARAL's fundraising efforts, they unfortunately have no basis in reality and are a distraction from efforts to move true health care reform forward in this nation."
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Brooklyn woman charged in connection with abortion plot
A Brooklyn woman was arraigned Saturday on charges that she gave her husband's pregnant mistress an abortion drug that ended up causing a premature birth.
Sources say Kiesha Jones of Crown Heights somehow got hold of a prescription pad to get her hands on the drug, then allegedly faked a cell phone call to the mistress to get her to take the drug.
Sources say the drug caused a premature birth, but the baby survived.
Jones then allegedly tried to send a tainted liquid to Kings County Hospital, saying it was breast milk for the baby.
Nurses instead called police, who then took Jones into custody.[..]
Jones was charged with a number of charges, including assault, attempted abortion, forgery, and criminal impersonation.
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NARAL ad targets Stupak amendment on abortion restriction
In the ad, a narrator asks the rhetorical question, "Why would politicians like Bart Stupak introduce abortion into America's health care debate? Why? Are they trying to make it more difficult than ever before for women to buy insurance coverage for abortion in the new health care system, even if they use their own money?" The narrator then says the amendment would "impose one of the worst restrictions on a woman's right to choose in a generation."
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Abortion is a 'God-given right'
, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Rev. Carlton Veazey declares
Veazey, closing speaker at a "Stop Stupak" rally on Capitol Hill staged by major pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL-Pro Choice, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) told the crowd that not only did they have a constitutional right to abortion, but that they had a God-given one as well.
"Don't let anybody tell you that religious people don't support choice," Veazey said at the gathering in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. "You not only have a constitutional right for abortion, but you have a God-given right."
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Mike Huckabee urges pro-life advocates to be consistent on abortion, euthanasia
"For me, it's not a political issue, it's a matter of principle," he said. “"Some people try to make it an issue of abortion, but it's really about every human life having value, dignity and intrinsic worth."
"People say I'm anti-abortion," Huckabee added, according to the Purdue Exponent. "That does not describe me actively, accurately or efficiently. I'm not anti- anything. I am for treating people as I'd like to be treated."
Huckabee struck a chord often mentioned by pro-life advocates in noting how the devaluing of some human lives -- such as those of unborn children -- results in lessening the value of others -- like the elderly or disabled.
"This is why every person must get involved – you have to stand up and speak up or this is what can happen," he said. "Once a culture begins to devalue human life, it begins to deteriorate."
"We cannot allow our country to get to the point where we decide that one life is expendable and another is valuable," he added. "We need to recognize the worth of all human beings, not only in politics, but in culture."
Huckabee drew comparisons to slavery -- saying “as a country, we didn't get it quite right for a while” -- but that pro-life advocates need to continue fighting until abortion is ended.
"That's what we need to work for and pray for," he said. "Until then, we are not a nation of life."
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Car safety researchers using 'pregnant' crash-test dummy to protect mothers and unborn
Researcher Stefan Duma of Virginia Tech told USA Today that although states are not required to report fetal deaths in accident data, between 300 and 1,000 unborn babies die in car accidents each year. This accident fatality rate is about four times the rate for victims between infancy and four years old.
Ford Motor is funding the research on fetal accident deaths at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Duma reported that the research’s new mathematical models measuring crash forces' effect on pregnant women and unborn babies are a step in the process. He said the automobile industry is 15 years away from new technology that will help protect the unborn.
The models simulate what happens to the placenta, the baby's skeleton and the baby's brain in a crash.
A crash test dummy of a pregnant woman, called MAMA 2B, has a uterine area filled with fluid, USA Today says. The pressure on the fluid is measured in the tests.
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Spanish bishops say politicians who vote in favor of abortion are ineligible to receive Communion
"The objective state of sin is resolved by going to confession and publicly repairing the damage caused," Bishop Martinez Camino said during a press conference at the close of the Spanish bishops' 94th Plenary Assembly.
Bishop Camino's comments came after the bishops passed a statement reiterating that "Catholics must recall," if they vote for pro-choice measures, they are putting "themselves publicly in an objective state of sin, and as long as it endures, they cannot receive Holy Communion."
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