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Texas lawmaker files bill to abolish abortion and ignore Roe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2019 by saynsumthn

On January 17, 2019 Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt filed a bill to abolish abortion in the state. HB896 is an, “Act relating to prohibiting abortion and protecting the rights of an unborn child,” and it in essence tells authorities to ignore federal mandates and to protect the preborn child with the force of law as a born child.

Image: State Representative Tony Tinderholt

State Representative Tony Tinderholt

Texas is where the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which forced unrestricted abortion on demand began.

Roe was a pseudonym for Jane Roe a/k/a/ Norma McCorvey and Wade was Henry Wade, a Dallas district attorney who defended the Texas law, leading, eventually, to the Supreme Court ruling: Roe v. Wade. The Roe V. Wade case and a companion case, Doe v. Bolton were heard by the Supreme Court at the same time. Plaintiffs in both cases, Norman McCorvey (Jane Roe) and Sandra Cano (Mary Doe) claim they were lied to, manipulated and deceived.

In 1969, Norma McCorvey became pregnant and after meeting pro-abortion attorney Sarah Weddington, on March 17, 1970 she signed the affidavit which catapulted Roe into being. The case was first filed in Dallas on behalf of plaintiff Jane Roe and all other women “who were or might become pregnant and want to consider all options.”

Image: Texas abortion law challenge 1970

Texas abortion law challenge 1970

At the time, in Texas, abortions were prohibited except to save the pregnant woman’s life. But, on June 17, 1970 the three-judge federal panel struck down the Texas abortion statute.

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The case was brought to the Supreme Court on the basis that Norma McCorvey, the Roe in the case was raped and needed an abortion. The fact is that she was never raped and never wanted an abortion. In fact, Norma later became pro-life and sought to overturn the infamous decision.

Doe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe, opened the door for abortion on demand by allowing the “health of the mother” exception” to be defined however the doctor chose.

Image: Sandra Cano was Doe in the Doe v Bolton Supreme Court abortion case

Sandra Cano was Doe in the Doe v Bolton Supreme Court abortion case

Testimony from Sandra Cano the Former Doe of Doe v. Bolton, before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 23, 2005 showed that, like the Roe case, she never wanted an abortion.

Roe v Wade was argued for the first time before the Supreme Court on December 13, 1971 but because of new appointments to the Court, the case was reargued a second time on October 11, 1972 before the full nine-man court in, conjunction with Doe v. Bolton.

Image: Supreme Court at time Roe v Wade legalized abortion (Image credit: Oyez)

Supreme Court at time Roe v Wade legalized abortion (Image credit: Oyez)

The cases were decided January 22, 1973.

In 1998, McCorvey told marchers at the March for Life, “I lied and I’m sorry, I’ve repented, I’ve asked Jesus into my heart…”

Image: Norma McCorvey who was Jane Roe of Roe v Wade becomes pro-life

Norma McCorvey who was Jane Roe of Roe v Wade becomes pro-life

Neither McCorvey nor Cano lived to see abortion end.

ABOLISHING ABORTION IN TEXAS:

Image: State Representative Tony Tinderholt

State Representative Tony Tinderholt

Texas state Representative Tony Tinderholt’s measure would amend the Texas penal code for the “Rights of a Living Child” to read, “A living human child, from the moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum. The proposal states that the preborn child, “[I]s entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child.”

The proposed law would add to the Government code the following abortion enforcement, “The attorney general shall monitor this state’s enforcement of Chapters 19 and 22, Penal Code, in relation to abortion. The attorney general shall direct a state agency to enforce those laws, regardless of any contrary federal law, executive order, or court decision.”

The state’s local code would be amended to read that, “The governing body of a political subdivision of this state shall ensure that the political subdivision enforces Chapters 19 and 22, Penal Code, in relation to abortion, regardless of any contrary federal law, executive order, or court decision.”

It amends the penal code to apply even if the conduct [ the abortion] is “committed by the mother of the unborn child, the procedure performed by a physician or other licensed health care provider, including a procedure performed as part of an assisted reproduction as defined by 160.102, Family Code; or the dispensation of a drug.”

IGNORING ROE:

Rep. Tinderholt’s measure clarifies that all changes apply only to acts committed on or after the measure takes effect and it requires that the State Constitution would override the Supreme Court decision in Roe as well as any other federal mandate:

Any federal law, executive order, or court decision that purports to supersede, stay, or overrule this Act is in violation of the Texas Constitution and the United States Constitution and is therefore void. The State of Texas, a political subdivision of this state, and any agent of this state or a political subdivision of this state may, but is not required to, enter an appearance, special or otherwise, in any federal suit challenging this Act.

To monitor the bill’s status, go here.

The measure follows calls for Texas Governor Greg Abbott to keep his promise to abolish abortion in the state. That promise was made to sixteen year old Jeremiah Thomas who passed away last year from cancer. Thomas’s dying wish that Texas abolish abortion made headlines and Governor Abbott told the dying teen, “Your wish is on the Republican Party platform positions, and it’s what we’re going to be pursuing this next legislative session.  And that is to outlaw abortion altogether in the State of Texas. And, so your wish is granted.”

 

 

Jeremiah’s parents, published an online petition to invite others to join Jeremiah’s wish by urging Governor Abbott to keep his promise by making abolishing abortion an emergency item for the State legislature.

Rep. Tinderholt was placed under protection following a 2017 attempt to criminalize abortions in the state, which resulted in several threats.

 

 

Measures to abolish abortion have also been proposed in Oklahoma. Senator Joseph Silk claims he was a “Typical pro-lifer,” until he “bumped into these crazy Abolitionists.”

Abolitionist and pro-life groups differ in whether incremental legislation is the correct strategy for abolishing abortion.

Senate Bill 13 (SB13), known as the Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act, would equate abortion with homicide in Oklahoma, Sen. Silk claimed in the video below.

Shortly after the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on abortion, pro-lifers attempted to pass a complete ban on abortion via a Human Life Amendment. Those efforts were sadly defeated. Since that time, pro-life groups have worked to pass incremental legislation to protect the child in the womb. Those measures include the Heartbeat Bill, 20-week bans, parental consent requirements, an many others.

Abolitionists via their Free the States campaign are seeking to convince local governing authorities to “Ignore Roe” and protect the child in the womb.

Complete abolishment of abortion efforts come as pro-life measures like the Heartbeat bill which would outlaw abortion as early as six weeks, when the fetal heartbeat can be detected, are being proposed in several states. As the public demands tighter restrictions on abortion, pro-abortion forces are growing desperate and working to open the flood gates for home or mail order abortion pills. At the same time, new appointments to the Supreme Court are causing both sides to ask whether Roe will stand in coming months.

The humanity of the preborn child in the womb is impossible to deny. Today, ultrasound images, fetal monitors, sonograms and abortion victim imagery testify to the fact that the baby in the womb is a developing person which should be protected under the US Constitution as any other person. The analogy to other past dark times in history, such as slavery, when humans were not granted their God-given rights motivate pro-lifers and abolitionists alike.

Both want abortion abolished, both say their strategy is best, hanging in the balance is the preborn child.

Senator Lindsey Graham to Dems at SCOTUS hearing “Boy you all want power – I hope you never get it”

Posted in Supreme Court, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 27, 2018 by saynsumthn
Image: Sen Lindsey Graham stands up for Brett Kavanaugh

Sen Lindsey Graham stands up for Brett Kavanaugh

“…This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics…

“…Boy, you all want power, God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford – NONE!  She’s as much of a victim as you are…

“…To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics. You want this seat? I hope you never get it…I hope that the American people will see through this charade.

“And, I wish you well and I intend to vote for you…” Sen. Lindsey Graham

Abortion clinic closes in El Paso, Texas and pro-lifers celebrate

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2018 by saynsumthn

An El Paso Texas abortion clinic, founded in the 1970’s has closed it’s doors for good according to pro-lifers in the area.

The announcement of the closure of Reproductive Health Services came at the El Paso 40 Days for Life kick off at the Diocese of El Paso. “After forty one years of abortion in El Paso, it is officially closed forever,” a spokesperson can be heard saying. 

According to a letter from the Department of Labor obtained by the group, the abortion facility stopped seeing patients on June 30, 2018 and voluntarily permanently closed on July 14, 2018.

KTSM.com reported:

Reproductive Services, located at 1511 E. Missouri, did not renew its license, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

A sign reading “Closed” has been posted onto the facility’s door for about two months.

Coalition for Life South West also sent an announcement, and honored faithful side walk counselors who have been in out front of the facility for years:

Image: Prolifers honored by Coalition for Life SW

Prolifers honored by Coalition for Life SW

It was an honor to recognize several local pro-life legends at the kickoff with a ‘Culture of Life’ Lifetime Achievement Award for their 10+ years of persistent prayer and loving outreach on the sidewalk at “Reproductive Services” which was instrumental in the recent closure. Of course, there have been countless prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors who have devoted hundreds of sidewalk hours along side them, but those who were best known for their exemplary love and inspiring years of service include Ellen Hogarty, Celia Flores, Jovita & Victor Nevarez, Cristina Salcido, and of course Espy Bustillos!

It was especially moving when Espy received a standing ovation when she was brought forward in her wheelchair. She is renowned in El Paso for saving hundreds of babies, mothers, and families from the trauma of abortion by her extreme love and kindness, which even won over numerous abortion workers over the years. At one point, “Reproductive Services” even had attack dogs on their premises to intimidate pro-lifers, but got rid of them after they became harmless pups also won over by Espy’s prayer and love. Not even her factory job would keep Espy away from saving babies as she would get a ride to the sidewalk to squeeze in a few extra saves during her lunch breaks. Only a stroke finally prevented her from returning to the sidewalk, except for one last trip in her wheelchair, at which point all the abortion workers stopped what they were doing and came out to greet her with hugs having missed her smile on the sidewalk.

In 2014, the facility was temporarily closed after inspectors found they were out of compliance with HB2, a strict abortion measure that was later challenged at the Supreme Court. On August 20, 2015, AbortionDocs.org reports that the clinic was later re-licensed and reopened in new location.

In December of that same year and again on May of 2016, Reproductive Services was inspected by the state and due to the conditions that were found, they were levied a large fine of over $11,600. That fine was later reduced to a mere ten percent of the total amount ($1,165), after an Informal Conference requested by the abortion facility was held on January 2017.

  • The state found a series of troubling issues, including a failure to:
  • Implement and enforce policies that govern personnel staffed in the facility.
  • Ensure personnel that have a direct contact with patients signed a statement regarding patient’s rights.
  • Ensure that personnel were properly trained.
  • Provide a safe and sanitary environment to protect the health and safety of patients.
  • Ensure personnel had documented training in infection and control standards.
  • The facility failed to provide a store hazardous cleaning solutions and compounds in a secure manner.
  • Failed to ensure external chemical indicators were used in the sterilization process.

Dreaded Complication: Infants born alive during abortion haunt abortion profiteers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2018 by saynsumthn

The abortion industry would like the public to believe that babies born alive after abortion attempts rarely occur. However, research shows that the so-called abortion live-birth dilemma has been haunting abortion profiteers since the days of legalization.

April 1973, Greater Bakersfield Hospital, Bakersfield, Calif.: A 4 1/2-pound infant was born live following a saline abortion (induced by an injection of salt solution) performed by Dr. Xavier Hall Ramirez. Informed by phone, Dr. Ramirez ordered two nurses to discontinue administering oxygen to the baby. His instructions were countermandated by another doctor; the baby survived and later was placed for adoption.

This above case was one of many highlighted by the Philadelphia Inquirer in a 1981 series entitled The Dreaded Complication.

The Dreaded Complication

Another example from the report described what a Nebraska abortion doctor ordered a nurse, who found a live baby boy crying following a saline abortion attempt, to do. She told the paper the following: “He told me to leave it where it was, just to watch it for a few minutes, that it would probably die in a few minutes.”

In another case from 1974, the paper recounted the prostaglandin abortion of a baby who survived the procedure, only to die later: “One of the nurses said that the baby was alive. They took the baby out of the room. He never did cry, he just made some kind of a noise.”

A young resident was the first doctor to arrive. After detecting a strong heartbeat, she took matters into her own hands. She clamped the umbilical cord and sent the baby to intensive care.

“It was a shock, a totally unique emergency situation, very upsetting to all of us,” the doctor said. “Some people have disagreed with me [about ordering intensive care for an abortion live birth] but that seems to me the only way you can go. It’s like watching a drowning. You act. You don’t have the luxury of calling around and consulting. You institute life-preserving measures first and decide about viability later on.”

In 1989,  Pennsylvania abortion doctor Joseph Melnick was convicted of infanticide after it was proven that a baby he aborted survived the abortion. Hospital staffers where the abortion occurred said that they had detected a heartbeat and saw the baby move and gasp. For this crime, Live Action News contributor Sarah Terzo reported that the judge gave him no fine or jail time – only probation and community service.

By the 1990’s additional incidents of babies surviving abortion were being reported.

In Florida, Miami Right to Life documented the case of a 23-week-old male with Down syndrome, who pro-lifers endearingly named “Baby Special,” after they were contacted by an anonymous caller who claimed she worked at the hospital where the incident occurred. The witness also called the police, telling them that the doctor smothered the baby after it lived through the abortion process.

The report, which was published in the Miami Right to Life’s newsletter just after the incident, said that the medical examiner testified that the autopsy found pockets of air in the baby’s stomach and that the child had taken a breath.

“When a fetus is aborted, sometimes there is some activity in the fetus and you normally don’t do anything. You let the fetus expire. The usual thing is just to take your time, don’t immediately do anything,” the abortionist told authorities. Authorities cleared the doctor saying there was no clear evidence that he smothered the baby.

Image: Baby Born Alive during abortion

Baby Special a Down Syndrome baby who survived abortion attempt

In 1993, a New York abortion doctor was convicted of performing an illegal third-trimester abortion which resulted in him severing the arm of a baby which survived his abortion attempt. The public was horrified by the story, causing the abortion doctor, Dr. Abu Hayat, to be nicknamed the Butcher of Avenue A.

The baby’s 20-year-old mother, Rosa Rodriguez, was estimated to be about eight months pregnant when Hayat began the $1500.00 abortion procedure on her.

Image: Baby born alive during abortion

Ana Rosa Rodriguez baby born alive during abortion with missing arm

According to the Daily News, Rodriguez described being strapped in stirrups and held down by Hayat and his assistants while she begged him to stop the abortion. She testified that she no longer wanted the abortion after Hayat inserted a four-inch needle in her stomach that appeared dirty, and she began hearing women in other rooms screaming.

Hayat was found guilty of assault on Rosa Rodriguez and her baby Ana Rosa.

After the incident, pro-abortion talk show host, Phil Donahue had the child’s mother as well as the injured infant as a guest on his television show where he described the horror of the incident. Despite the fact that Hayat practiced legally, Donahue attempted to spin the story as unrelated to the abortion issue. The truth is that every day, infants are ripped apart limb by limb during abortions – but the majority are not born alive.

In June of 1993, abortionist Abu Hayat was sentenced to prison but was released on parole in 2006. He was discharged from parole supervision in 2009 and his sentence has been officially deemed completed. He tried to have his name changed but a judge refused his request to do so.

Image: Baby Born Alive During Abortion

Ana Rosa Rodriguez lost an arm in a failed abortion attempt

Doctors who perform late-term abortions or any abortion for that matter, often convince themselves that a preborn baby is not a person. This distorted view then is easily transferred onto the child if they survive the abortion attempt. An example of this was seen in an interview with late-term abortionist Kenneth Edelin.

In this discussion taped in the 1990’s, Edelin referred to the preborn child in the womb as a “developing mass of tissue within the woman.”

In the early 1970’s Edelin was charged with manslaughter in the death of a 20 to 24-week old baby boy after an abortion. The prosecution claimed that the Boston abortionist tried to asphyxiate the child inside the mother during a C-section type abortion procedure.

The Boston Globe recounted the case this way:

The abortion, which took place in 1973, began as a routine procedure: the injection of a saline solution that usually causes uterine contractions and the expulsion of the fetus. But several tries were unsuccessful, and Edelin completed the abortion by a surgical procedure known as a hysterotomy — making a small incision in the uterus, like a cesarean section, and detaching the fetus from the placental wall by hand.

A photo of the child preserved in formaldehyde was shown to the jurors.

“It looked like a baby,” a juror in the original case told the Associated Press. “[…] it definitely had an effect on me.”

The photo was called inflammatory by the defense, but it had already had an effect on the jury. Edelin’s lawyers argued that since the child was in the uterus, a “person” had never existed, so therefore a person had never died. Edelin was convicted, but it was later overturned.

Edelin, who died in 2013 has been called a hero by Planned Parenthood.

Perhaps the most famous abortion survivor is Melissa Ohden. In 1977, Ohden survived a saline abortion at seven months gestation. In 2012 she formed The Abortion Survivors Network and now works to educate the public on the realities of abortion and how often babies survive the attempt on their lives.

Gianna Jessen also survived a saline abortion and has shared her survival story through speeches and testimonials before the government.

Abortionists don’t want people to know that babies survive abortions, but each of these individuals proves that life really does begin before birth. It is the duty of each of us to respect those lives and allow them the right to be lived.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

How one photo of a preborn baby helped to make future generations pro-life

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2017 by saynsumthn

|  (From Live Action News)

Many of us have worn it, and others have surely seen it — the iconic pro-life “Precious Feet” pin. But what’s the story behind this symbol?

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Russell Sacco, a urologist from Oregon at the time, was aware of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade because of those who were speaking out on the topic. “I knew as a doctor that abortion kills children; they kill human beings,” he stated in an interview published on Vimeo.

Dr. Sacco said he began reading “anatomical books,” and when the Supreme Court ruled that murdering the preborn was “legal,” the doctor became, in his words, “furious.”

It was shortly after this that Sacco met a pathologist who was also anti-abortion. This pathologist “… was supposed to take the children that had been killed and destroy the bodies. But he told me that he didn’t do that; he just didn’t like to do that.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said that this pathologist had preserved the babies’ bodies in a bucket of formaldehyde, which he showed Sacco. “… [I]n the bucket were about seven or eight infant bodies. It was a little bit shocking for me to see that but, there they were.”

Dr. Sacco asked the pathologist if he could photograph the babies “so that I could put it on slides and I could go around and give talks on how we should save and protect the prenatal children.”

Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby

Dr. Sacco said he took out “one body at a time” to photograph them. Then, he catalogued each child and their estimated ages.

“Then, one of the ones I decided to take was one that I would hold just the child’s feet between my fingers,” which Sacco says he did for scale. “So, I put my fingers on that so that you could identify the size of my hand – then you could identify the feet of the children.”

After developing the film, he discovered that the images of the feet were “better than I had thought. I really thought that… maybe God did that one for me.”

The image, which Dr. Sacco refused to copyright so it could be used worldwide, has been referred to as “Tiny Feet,” “Little Feet,” and “Precious Feet.”

Dr. Sacco’s picture of aborted baby feet

But it was in Dr. Sacco’s meeting with Dr. John Willke that this photograph became famous.

Willke has been described by some as the father of the pro-life movement; he founded Cincinnati Right to Life in 1970, and later joined National Right to Life’s board. In 1991, he founded the Life Issues Institute and served there until his death in 2014. A tribute published by National Right to Life says Willke, a devout Catholic, “helped form the foundation of right-to-life educational efforts through the development of the ‘Willke slides’ on fetal development and abortion…”

Dr and Mrs John Willke

In 1971, Dr. Sacco attended a speech given by Dr. Willke to the California Pro-life Council. After the event, several attendees and organizers were sitting and chatting in the hotel. Dr. Willke sat on the floor next to the couch due to a lack of seating in the room, and directly behind him was Dr. Sacco. Dr. and Mrs. Willke recounted what happened next in their book, Abortion and the Pro-life Movement, an Inside View:

Almost casually he [Dr. Sacco] said to Jack [Dr. Willke], “You might be interested in a few slides I’ve taken. ” He fished into his briefcase and came out with a few Kodachrome slides.

One by one, Jack held them up to the light of the lamp. One of them was “Tiny Feet.” Jack was fascinated. Could he have a copy? Could he use it? Dr. Sacco generously agreed.

Dr. Willke used that image in his book Handbook on Abortion. Following that, the picture was printed in early pro-life brochures such as “Life and Death” and “Did you Know?” The photo soon “went viral,” as they say, and was published in countless flyers, books and pamphlets.

That photo then inspired an Arizona couple, Ellis and Virginia Evers, the founders of Heritage House, which now offers the pins for purchase:

On January 22, 1974 Virginia and Ellis Evers ran across a full page ad in their local newspaper in San Diego, California. Prominent in the ad was a picture of the tiny feet of a ten week old unborn baby held between a man’s fingers and thumb. Inspired by the remarkable photo, Virginia Evers felt these little feet would be the ideal Pro-Life symbol. With love and dedication for the unborn, Virginia designed the “Precious Feet” lapel pin.

Dr. Willke was at first unsure of becoming a pro-life activist. But that soon changed. In an interview with LifeSite News, he recalls his reply to Fr. Paul Marx, who asked him in 1970 what he was doing about abortion.

“If we get caught up in this, it will swallow us up. No thank you,” Dr. Willke told Fr. Marx, the founder of Human Life International. “I was perfectly content to be a family physician and deliver a lot of babies,” he told LifeSite News in that 2010 interview.

Then, after receiving an invitation to speak on abortion, he said that when he agreed, he swore it would be “just once.” He was then asked to take an interview about abortion. “Just once,” he told the invitee.

But the invitations continued to pour in, and by 1971, the Willke’s had published their first book, Handbook on Abortion, which quickly sold out at a leadership conference they attended, going on to sell millions of copies. “And we’ve been on the treadmill ever since,” Willke said.

That book was instrumental in educating many on the issue of abortion in those early days. In fact, it was an image of an aborted child published in that book which inspired Live Action’s founder, Lila Rose, to become a pro-life activist.

“When I was a young girl, I had an encounter with abortion where I actually came across the image of a child who’d been the victim of a first trimester suction abortion,” Rose recalled. “You can very clearly see a child, with tiny formed arms, little tiny legs and this tiny little face, but who had been torn apart. As a nine-year-old, my heart was just cut; I thought, ‘Is this real? Is this really happening?’ I wanted to understand why it was happening….”

As Dr. Willke spoke to crowds and medical professionals, he would vividly describe the horrifying detail about the violent act of abortion. Willke used slides of fetal photos he had obtained from physicians sympathetic to the cause. About the same time, abortion victim imagery was being introduced to the pro-life movement as a vital educational tool.

“Pro-lifers understand that if the descriptions were effective, photographs would be even more so,” author Daniel K. Williams recounted in his history of those early years, summarized in his book, Defenders of the Unborn.

“It was Jack [John] Willke’s use of images that proved especially effective,” he wrote.

Williams pointed out that Dr. Willke made some of the first pro-life documentary films, including one that contained footage of early vacuum aspiration abortion. “The image of the fetus being sucked into the tube and whisked away was particularly powerful,” Williams wrote.

“To those who objected to graphic representations of abortions,” Williams wrote, “Willke had a ready answer: the pro-life movement would win its argument only if it confronted the public with the full horror of what abortion really entailed.”

And so the “Precious Feet” impacted future generations, bringing to light the truth: that abortion kills very real human beings.

“This remarkable little pin has been responsible for countless people changing their minds on abortion,” the Willkes wrote of the pin, created by the Evers family — an iconic symbol of the pro-life movement and what we are fighting for.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Watch Dr. Sacco’s testimony here:


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Planned Parenthood abortionist’s license suspended for failing to comply with state law on 13-year-old’s abortion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2017 by saynsumthn

|  From Live Action News

Allen Palmer (image credit: abortiondocs.org)

A Kansas abortion doctor is blaming Planned Parenthood after his medical license was suspended for failing to comply with a state law to preserve fetal tissue taken from a 13-year-old sexual abuse victim after her abortion.

Under state law, physicians are required to preserve fetal tissue extracted from abortions committed on patients under 14 years old and submit the tissue to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) or laboratory designated by the director of the KBI.

But osteopathic physician/abortionist Allen S. Palmer testified that Planned Parenthood never trained him how to handle these cases in order to comply with state law.

Kansas State Law on fetal tissue from abortion

Palmer was a part-time “contractor” for Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas City and Mid-Missouri, committing abortions one weekend per month for five years. He also worked holidays, including Christmas. On December 22, 2014, Palmer performed a first-trimester abortion at Planned Parenthood on a 13-year-old child who had been sexually assaulted by a 19 year-old male.

In his testimony before the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, Palmer made excuses for why he was unaware that the patient was a minor, laying blame squarely on the policies of Planned Parenthood. “I was not informed that she was a minor under age 14. As a result, there was no need to retain tissue,” he told the Board.

Yes, I failed to preserve the tissue, but only because I was not informed the patient was 13 less than 14 years old. I was never educated on Planned Parenthood policies and procedures on termination of pregnancy on a patient less than 14 years old, including I was never shown a KBI kit or received any information about its requirements.

Live Action News has reported numerous incidents where Planned Parenthood failed to report child sexual abuse, resulting in some victims being returned to their abusers.

Former Planned Parenthood staffer Ramona Treviño told Live Action president Lila Rose that instead of helping employees to identify and report potential abuse at her facility, Planned Parenthood instructed staff on how to identify undercover journalists and whether they were being recorded.

In addition to Kansas, records indicate Palmer once owned a NAF affiliated abortion facility in Missouri. Pro-life group Operation Rescue says Palmer also committed abortions at South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita and Whole Women’s Health in Peoria, Illinois. An online search result indicates he may also work at Hope Clinic for Women.

Palmer told the Board that in Illinois, he performed abortions on a dozen minor girls in “twenty years,” and that those cases were reported to police. But he testified that he had not committed an abortion on a minor in Kansas prior to that 2014 incident, because those abortions were usually performed by Planned Parenthood’s medical director, “Dr. [Orrin] Moore.”

[…] I was informed by Doctor Moore… the clinical medical director, that terminations of pregnancy performed on minors were done only by him. Therefore, I never received training or information regarding Planned Parenthood’s policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the law when terminating pregnancy in minors and preservation of tissue. I was never shown or trained on a KBI kit and its requirements.

Palmer claimed it was the duty of Planned Parenthood’s counselors to determine the patient’s age. His job was to check the ultrasound, not to review the patient’s paperwork. According to Palmer, it was common practice for the counselor, not the doctor, to be informed if a woman had a serious medical condition as well.  In other words, abortionists at Planned Parenthood didn’t make it their business to be aware of critical medical information — they were only there to commit abortions. So much for patient care.

Palmer then detailed the abortion process at Planned Parenthood (emphasis added):

They get a blood test with a lab tech. The ultrasound is performed by a clinical staff member, and then receive counseling from the clinic counselor before seeing me. When I see the patient, I’m assuming that they’ve been screened and counseled by Planned Parenthood staff according to their policies and procedures and according to the state law and have been determined to be candidates for an abortion.

After screening and counseling has been completed, I see the patient. At that time I ask if she has any questions about the procedure. The patient and I sign the consent. After we both sign the consent, the patient waits 30 minutes before the procedure can begin. In reviewing the patient’s records, I cannot find a consent form that she and I signed.

Termination of pregnancy occurs in a surgical room. Once a patient enters the room, I first check the computer to make sure I have the correct patient by asking her name. I review the ultrasound and verify the gestational age. Once again, confirming that the patient understands the procedure and I ask her if there is any questions. Then I proceed with the termination.

Once the procedure is completed and tissue removed and taken to another area of the clinic, evaluated, the patient is taken to a post-op area. I examine the tissue with the surgical tech. After I examine the tissue, I leave it to the surgical tech to handle it from there. In the room — in the room the tissue was taken, there was no KBI evidence kit or anything to establish chain of custody for evidence or to instruct any preservation of tissue.

Palmer further defended his actions by claiming that there was no signed operative consent before he did the abortion. The 78-year-old abortionist was represented by his attorney, Thomas L. Theis, who made the point that Planned Parenthood was in the business of performing abortions on all ages. Theis discovered that although the abortion was committed in December, the “consent form” was not signed until January.

A copy of the Board’s final order mentions this fact:

Planned Parenthood procedures not followed for child sexual abuse

Although Palmer met with the child before the procedure, he did not guess her age because “you cannot do that with women anymore.” Instead, Palmer depended on Planned Parenthood staffers to “receive the proper training and knowledge of their own policies and procedures in termination of pregnancies in minors and alert me to the fact that there was a minor left alone — let alone a minor under 14.”

Palmer stated that he discovered the victim was a minor after he committed the abortion when Planned Parenthood’s chief operating officer, Aaron Samulcek, “informed me that the clinic had a system failure.” He added that nurse manager Christi Campbell, who performed the ultrasound, “came up to me crying and hugging and apologized for not telling me the patient was less than 14 years old.”

Palmer also claimed that staffer Marlo Lubron told him that “the entire nursing staff were unaware the patient was 14 — or less than 14 years old,” adding that Stephanie Williams, the facility’s health center manager, “as well as Evelyn, the surgical tech” were later fired.

While the Board found it “apparent” that there were “inadequacies” in Planned Parenthood’s policies, they determined that it did not absolve Palmer from “his independent duty to his patient and to comply with the law of the State of Kansas.”

Planned Parenthood procedures inadequate on child sexual abuse Allen Palmer suspension

Palmer begged the Board to allow him to keep his license, telling members, “I am no longer performing abortions in any state. I closed my office eight years ago. I recently gave up my Illinois license. My Kansas license is due to expire in October. I do not plan on renewing it. After closing my office, I became certified as a wound specialist and work in a wound center part-time in Missouri.”

In the final order, the Board determined that Palmer had a responsibility to know the age of his abortion patients and comply with the law regardless of Planned Parenthood’s failures. As a result, the Kansas Board suspended Palmer’s medical license for ninety days in the state, effective September 18,2017.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Taxpayers in Maryland spend millions on abortions for “mental health”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

Via Live Action News — Article text starts here

Data from the State of Maryland reveals that since 2006, taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions in the state, committed mostly for the vague reason of the woman’s “mental health,” have increased year after year, costing taxpayers almost $48 million.

While the federal Hyde Amendment prohibits federal dollars from paying for most abortions, Medicaid dollars passed to states by the federal government can be used to pay for abortions at the state level.

Live Action News has previously shown how 17 states allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in excess of the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions. In addition, since money is fungible, even with Hyde in place, dollars sent to groups like Planned Parenthood can fund abortion centers and abortion staff.

According to a document published by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the State will pay for abortions as long as the provider fills out a form that certifies:

  • continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the death of the woman.
  • there is substantial risk that the continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious or adverse effect on the woman’s present or physical health.
  • there exists medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s present mental health, and if carried to term there is a substantial risk of a serious or long lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.
  • this abortion is necessary because the fetus is affected by a genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
  • this abortion is necessary for a victim of rape, sexual offense or incest and the incident has been reported to a law enforcement agency or to a public health or social agency.

If you review all these reasons — physical health, mental health, life of the woman, and health of the baby — you essentially have abortion on demand, as defined in Roe v. Wade and the companion case, Doe v. Bolton. However, according to the state of Maryland, women eligible for Medicaid solely due to a pregnancy do not currently qualify for a state-funded abortion.

I contacted the state of Maryland to see if they had published statistics on Medicaid funding. What I found, according to several Department of Health and Mental Hygiene documents the state provided, is the following (all the documents are available online here):

LAST THREE YEARS

Between 2014 and 2016,* the average cost of a Medicaid abortion was between $600 and $700.

In the past three years, taxpayers have been forced to spend $16.6 million for 23,395 Medicaid abortions in Maryland.

The largest portion of those procedures — 68 percent (15,979) — were performed at abortion facilities, costing taxpayers approximately $400.00 per procedure.

Maryland abortions from Medicaid

* Although the data for 2016 may not be complete, it showed that claims sent to the state as of November 2016, $5.3 million in tax dollars were spent to fund 7,812 abortions.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS INCREASED EACH YEAR 

There are no requirements to report abortions in the state, however, Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate“) estimates that in 2014, approximately 28,140 abortions were committed.  This means that 27 percent of abortions were paid for by taxpayers that year.

Maryland abortion trends according to Guttmacher

In fact, statistics for previous years indicate that as abortions have decreased in the state, taxpayer-funded abortions are increasing. See data on Medicaid abortions for 2015 and 2014, compared with data from previous years :

  • 2015: $5.7 million in tax dollars paid for 7,932 abortions.
  • 2014: $5.6 million in tax dollars paid for 7,651 abortions.
  • 2013: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for 7,528 abortions.
  • 2012: $5.2 million in tax dollars paid for 7,442 abortions.
  • 2011: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for  7,177 abortions.
  • 2010: $4.7 million in tax dollars paid for 6,652  abortions.
  • 2009: $3.4 million in tax dollars paid for 4,857 abortions.
  • 2008: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,281 abortions.
  • 2007: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,580 abortions.
  • 2006: $2.7 million in tax dollars paid for 3,831 abortions.

Note: Data for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 includes all Medicaid-funded abortions performed during the fiscal year, while data for fiscal year 2016 includes all abortions performed during fiscal 2016, for which a Medicaid claim was filed through November 2016. Since providers have 12 months to bill Medicaid for a service, Medicaid may receive additional claims for abortions performed during fiscal 2016. For example, during fiscal 2016, an additional 1,066 claims from fiscal 2015
were paid.

REASONS FOR ABORTIONS

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons Mental Health

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons

Out of 7,812 abortions paid for with Medicaid dollars in 2016, none were performed to save the life of the woman, according to statistical data provided by the state.

In fact, almost 100 percent of taxpayer-funded abortions (7,805) were performed because the doctor believed it would affect the woman’s “mental health,” described this way:

“Medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s mental health, and if carried to term, there is a substantial risk of a serious or long-lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.”

Of the remaining seven, three abortions were recorded because the doctor certified that there was “a substantial risk that continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious and adverse effect on the woman’s present or future physical health.”

Four abortions were due to the fact that “the fetus [was] affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.”

Data for previous years showed similar facts.

Out of Medicaid claims received by the state for years 2008 through 2015, “mental health” of the woman appeared to be the default reason abortion doctors gave to justify the taxpayer-funded abortion.

The numbers break down as follows:

  • 2015 : 6,844 out of 6,866; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2014 : 6,589 out of 6,609; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2013: 6,561 out of 6,567 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2012: 5,856 out of 5,861; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2011: 6,375 out of 6,381; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2010: 4,349 out of 4,352; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2009: 3,404 out of 3,407 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2008: 2,307 out of 2,314; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.

As previously reported, “mental health” of the mother is something that can be determined by the abortion doctor who profits from the procedure — and abortionists who work for Planned Parenthood have stated that they believe every abortion is “medically necessary.”

When the abortion industry says tax dollars will not pay for abortion, this simply is not true. The State of Maryland is just one of many examples of taxpayer funding of abortion. Another example is that of New Mexico, where undercover calls revealed several instances (listed below) in which a late-term abortion facility recommended taxpayer-funded abortions:

  • A caller who said she was 16 and claimed she was impregnated by an older family member
  • A caller who said she was pregnant with a child that had Down syndrome
  • A caller who said she was 26 weeks pregnant and there was nothing medically wrong with “the pregnancy”

 

Live Action News also published an overview on how your tax dollars fund abortions, nationally. That article noted that according to the most recently available report from the state of California’s Medi-Cal program, public funds paid for more than 83,000 abortions there.

In addition, despite abortions falling to their lowest number in 35 years of reporting in Minnesota, taxpayer funded abortions in the state increased almost 11 percent in 2015, with Planned Parenthood performing the largest portion of those procedures. In Alaska, abortions declined 5.5 percent, while taxpayer-funded abortions rose over 34 percent from 32.8 percent in 2015 to 44.1 percent in 2016. Statistics from New York show that taxpayers may be spending their hard earned dollars funding abortions on women who previously obtained one or more abortions.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

From 2008 to 2016, the State of Maryland gave Planned Parenthood over $24 million dollars in taxpayer funds for various reasons, according to data published on Maryland’s Open Data Portal website. Earlier this year, the Maryland Senate approved a bill that would direct funds to Planned Parenthood in the event that Congress defunds the abortion corporation.

“The bill shields Planned Parenthood with $2 million from the State’s Medicaid budget,” reports CBS Baltimore, “and another $700,000 from the general fund should Republicans in Congress succeed in cutting off federal funds,” the news outlet writes.

The alarming numbers show clearly that taxpayers are, in fact, funding abortions. As Congress debates defunding Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers must push for an end to funding the abortion industry with American tax dollars at the state and federal levels.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.