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10 babies born alive after abortions in 2015 – in only 3 states

Posted in Babies Born Alive, Dreaded Complication with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2018 by saynsumthn

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Documents from three states indicate that babies may be born alive after abortions more often then we might expect. Published data for 2015 shows that ten babies in just Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan were reported to have been born alive following an abortion attempt. The documents indicate that many more may have been born alive after abortions in previous years.

FLORIDA

report from the State of Florida reveals that in 2015, at least four babies survived abortion attempts that year. The information comes from a report entitled “ITOP Report of Infants Born Alive, By County Where Terminations Occurred, Florida,” on file at the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Image: Four babies born alive after attempted abortions in Florida in 2015

Four babies born alive after attempted abortions in Florida in 2015

According to a spokesperson from the AHCA, ITOP stands for “Induced Termination of Pregnancy.” The published data (which only goes back to 2014) showed that three babies survived an abortion in Alachua County and one in Jackson County in 2015. That same year, 5,132 elective abortions were reportedly performed on women during the 13th to 24th week of pregnancy. What happened to the babies is unclear, as no additional information was available from the report.

Florida law requires that “[a]n infant born alive during or immediately after an attempted abortion must be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital pursuant to s. 390.012(3)(c) or rules adopted thereunder.” The law also requires that any employee of a hospital, physician’s office, or an abortion clinic who is aware of a violation of the born-alive law report it.

Based on data reviewed for this article, most of the cases of live births following an abortion were reported by a hospital rather than a clinic. But public reports show that abortion clinics have experienced the “dreaded complication” of live-birth abortions as well. Live Action News has detailedseveral instances.

One chilling report from an abortion clinic came in 2005. It was documented in the heart-wrenching phone call below, made after a Florida woman contacted 911, reporting that her friend’s baby was born alive and left to die:

The mother told blogger Jill Stanek that the infant, named Baby Rowan, was delivered alive in the toilet.

“The very moment I saw my son was alive, nothing else in the whole world mattered but Rowan’s safety! I fell immediately in love with my baby boy and was afraid of nothing that I ever feared before. Only one thing mattered to me: getting Rowan help. I begged, repeatedly.”

She then relayed to Stanek how she waited 11 minutes for help to arrive while clinic workers turned ambulance drivers away claiming the call was placed by a hysterical patient.

Baby Rowan

MINNESOTA

The state of Minnesota also requires that abortion staff report whether any abortion resulted in a born-alive infant.

In 2015, there were five born-alive incidents, according to a report of induced abortions presented to the legislature. The cases occurred in “two hospitals, included in Table 1.1 as ‘Independent Physicians,’” according to the report.

Minnesota state law requires that:

When an abortion is performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician, other than the physician performing the abortion, shall be immediately accessible to take all reasonable measures consistent with good medical practice, including the compilation of appropriate medical records, to preserve the life and health of any born alive infant that is the result of the abortion.

Despite this fact, the report states that all of the infants were reported to “have lethal fetal anomalies incompatible with life and thus no measures were taken to preserve the life of these infants.”

Sadly, none of the babies survived. They were instead left to die, based on their disabilities.

MICHIGAN

report entitled “Number of Reported Induced Abortions by Evidence of Life,” from the State of Michigan, indicates that in 2015, one baby survived an abortion attempt.

The information can be found under Abortion Statistics, published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). To view the report, scroll under the heading “Abortion,” then “Michigan Occurrences, by Evidence of Life.”

A spokesperson with MDHHS said the term “present” in the report pictured below indicates that life was present in the baby, upon the complete expulsion or extraction from the mother. The reports are sent in anonymously, and MDHHS does not conduct any follow-up to determine what occurred or whether the child survived.

Image: Babies’ evidence of life in Michigan, 2015

Babies’ evidence of life in Michigan, 2015

Information published in the State’s Physician’s Handbook on the Reporting of Abortions shows that abortion providers must answer, “Did the Fetus Show Evidence of Life When Separated, Expelled or Removed From the Woman? (yes/no).”

It goes on to define a live birth from an abortion:

Evidence of life is constituted by breathing, beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or definite movement of voluntary muscles. A fetus showing such evidence of life must be reported as a live born, in which case BOTH AN ABORTION REPORT AND A CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH MUST BE FILED.

Additional abortion reports from previous years show that a number of babies showed “evidence of life” after abortions in Michigan:

Image: Michigan abortion evidence of life, 2011

Michigan abortion evidence of life, 2011

  • 2008 – Out of 25,970 abortions, life was present in one baby, and one was not reported.
  • 2009 – Out of 22,357 abortions, life was present in one baby.
  • 2010 – Out of 23,307 abortions, life was present in one baby. and two were not reported.
  • 2011 – Out of 23,366 abortions, life was present in five babies, and seventeen were not reported.
  • 2012 – Out of 23,230 abortions, life was present in one baby, and two were not reported.
  • 2013 – Out of 26,120 abortions, life was present in two babies, and six were not reported.

Clearly, babies are being born alive following an abortion, but Michigan is not following up on what abortionists or their staff are doing to these babies or on what is happening in the unreported cases. According to MDHHS, “not reported” means that neither yes nor no was checked on the required form.

Born-Alive Protection Acts

In 2002, the Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act passed both Houses of Congress with bipartisan support, due in part to testimony from Stanek, formerly a labor and delivery nurse, who once held a born-alive infant in her arms after the baby survived an abortion performed at an Illinois hospital.

Stanek’s grueling testimony reads in part:

One night, a nursing co-worker was taking a Down’s syndrome baby who was aborted alive to our Soiled Utility Room because his parents did not want to hold him, and she did not have time to hold him. I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone in a Soiled Utility Room, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived. He was between 21 and 22 weeks old, weighed about 1/2 pound, and was about 10 inches long. He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had trying to breathe. Toward the end he was so quiet that I could not tell if he was still alive. I held him up to the light to see through his chest wall whether his heart was still beating. After he was pronounced dead, we folded his little arms across his chest, wrapped him in a tiny shroud, and carried him to the hospital morgue where all of our dead patients are taken.

Today, thanks to born-alive protections in some states and federally, there has been at least one documented occasion where an abortion provider requested emergency assistance after a baby survived:

This case is believed to be an outlier, as life-saving efforts dedicated to a baby who is born alive after an attempted abortion are rare.

In fact, comments made by a former Planned Parenthood medical director shed light on the real situation that often occurs in abortion clinics and even in some hospitals. Dr. DeShawn Taylor, who was caught in undercover footage by the Center for Medical Progress, told the CMP investigator that identifying “signs of life” after a baby survives an abortion is contingent upon “who’s in the room.”

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

Federal Health Centers (FQHCs) can handle Planned Parenthood patients if defunded

Posted in FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood abortion stats, Planned Parenthood and FQHC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by saynsumthn

Could Federally Qualified Health Centers handle Planned Parenthood’s patient load? The data says yes.

Despite the fact that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide comprehensive health services to women, the media continues to prop up Planned Parenthood as if it is the only provider of women’s reproductive healthcare. While Planned Parenthood continues to receive over half a billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding, its patient load and services continues to decrease, year after year.

If major media outlets would analyze Planned Parenthood’s own reports (as Live Action has done), perhaps they would notice that while the organization has increased its abortion market share, its other services — like Pap tests, breast exams, and even contraception services — have decreased significantly.

Ignoring these facts, the prevailing claim by the media – often quoting the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s former research arm and “special affiliate” – is that if Planned Parenthood is defunded, women will have no place to go to receive health services.

This claim is patently false and was previously dismantled by the defenders of ObamaCare:

study on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health care company Athenahealth, which gathered data from 15,700 of Athenahealth’s clients, found that new patient visits to primary care physicians only increased slightly. It was anticipated that uninsured patients now gaining insurance might have unmet medical needs, and their demand for services might overwhelm the capacity of primary care doctors. But according to the study, this idea proved false. Kathy Hempstead, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told USA Today that the study “suggests that, even though there’s been a big increase in coverage, it’s a relatively small part of the market and the delivery system is able to handle the demand.”

In other words, yes, FQHCs can handle Planned Parenthood’s patient load. After all, Planned Parenthood has lost more than half a million patients (600,000) since 2011, while taxpayer-funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), saw a 2 million patient increase by 2015, providing care to 24,295,946 patients.

Additional data shows:

  • In 2015, federal health centers performed mammograms on over 521,000 patients – an increase from 470,000 in 2014. Planned Parenthood performed zero, because Planned Parenthood facilities do not have mammogram machines.
  • In 2015, Planned Parenthood breast exams dropped 12 percent from 2014. Stunningly, from 2005 to 2015, breast exams declined by more that 62 percent (842,399 to 321,700).
  • In 2015, federal health centers administered over 1.8 million Pap tests to patients — an increase from 1.7 million in 2014Planned Parenthood‘s 2015 report reveals that between 2005 (1,116,681) and 2015 (293,799), Pap tests (tests for detecting cervical cancer) at Planned Parenthood declined nearly 74 percent (73.68%).
  • The most recent figures show that cancer screenings continue to decline at Planned Parenthood. From 2005 (2,009,835) to 2015 (665,234), cancer screenings plummeted nearly 67 percent (66.90%).
  • In 2015, federal health centers cared for a total of 552,000 prenatal patients — an increase from 528,000 prenatal patients in 2014; yet Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services were nearly cut in half in the last year (17,419 in 2014 to 9,419 in 2015) a trend that has continued for years. From 2005 (13,261) to 2015 (9419), prenatal care dropped nearly 29 percent (28.97%) .
  • Recently released Planned Parenthood numbers reveal that in 2015, contraception services at the abortion corporation decreased 4.6 percent from the previous year. In the past ten years (2005 vs. 2015), contraception services at Planned Parenthood decreased by 25 percent to their lowest in years.

Knowing that this data comes directly from Planned Parenthood, keep in mind where the media got its idea about FQHCs being unable to handle Planned Parenthood’s patient influx. It comes from a study conducted by Guttmacher, which compared the 2015 contraception care services at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, and Title X facilities.

However, a review of that study shows that the claim that defunding Planned Parenthood would leave women with no place to go is far-reaching and deceptive. Remember: Guttmacher is a former special affiliate to Planned Parenthood, and Guttmacher also receives taxpayer funding. It has also received funding from Planned Parenthood, so it has good incentive to keep these tax dollars flowing. As I noted in a previous article:

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation also found evidence that indeed, in its 2007 tax filing, Planned Parenthood still listed Guttmacher as an “independent affiliated organization” which was receiving money from the abortion giant. Bomberger wrote, “Planned Parenthood… gave $2,142,076 of our tax dollars to their ‘research’ arm, Guttmacher….”

The money flowed both ways:

… [W]hile Planned Parenthood… was funneling money into Guttmacher,  Guttmacher was also receiving taxpayer dollars – and funneling a significant amount of money back to Planned Parenthood…. Guttmacher’s payouts to Planned Parenthood total around $40 million.

Guttmacher tax funding 2015 and 2016

In addition, this particular study’s focus was just contraceptive care, not on all the services offered by FQHCs.

In a May 2017 article, Guttmacher states:

In 2015, out of the over 9,600 total FQHC sites in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 5,830 of them (60%) reported offering contraceptive care to at least 10 women each year; this subset of sites are counted among the nation’s 10,700 safety-net family planning centers.

If we break this down, we see that there are 9600 FQHC sites (which offer a vast array of health care services) while according to Guttmacher, only 60 percent offered contraception services to ten or more clients. That still leaves 5,830 sites.

But what about Planned Parenthood? Today, the organization’s website shows 600 facilities across the US – a decrease from the 800 it operated just ten years ago.

To compare, 600 Planned Parenthoods offer contraception services while almost 6,000 (5,830 according to Guttmacher) FQHCs offer those services. I’m just not seeing the problem here, even though Guttmacher says Planned Parenthood serves slightly more contraception clients than FQHCs do.

Even Guttmacher was forced to admit that “FQHCs now operate many more individual family planning sites than do Planned Parenthood affiliates” and that “Planned Parenthood health centers account for just 6% of all safety-net family planning providers.” Therefore, if Planned Parenthood is defunded, FQHCs could likely accommodate the influx of contraception patients. After all, it is possible that many of Planned Parenthood’s clients are already using FQHCs for primary care services not available at Planned Parenthood. And if that is the case, an influx of Planned Parenthood’s clients to FQHCs may not be nearly as large as their supporters claim. FQHC sites outnumber Planned Parenthoods in counties that provide contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/page 1).

While politicians continue to force taxpayers to send Planned Parenthood half a billion dollars each year, the organization’s private donations have increased by 26 percent, swelling by an additional $92 million in 2015-2016. (The total private donations in 2015-2016 were $445.8 million.) This cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end its year with an excess of $77.5 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 39 percent from 2005 when they netted $55.8 million. Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years, with yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).

At the same time, Planned Parenthood has lost over half a million patients, but has succeeded in cornering nearly 35 percent of the abortion market in the US, committing more than 320,000 abortions annually – 900 per day, one every 96 seconds.

American women do not need Planned Parenthood, and the taxpayers should no longer be forced to fund the largest abortion corporation in the nation..

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

Miss America contestant inaccurately says abortion biz Planned Parenthood does mammograms

Posted in Miss America and Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Mammograms with tags , , , , , , , on September 14, 2015 by saynsumthn

As I flipped between the Miss America pageant and the Dallas Cowboys game, I was stunned when I heard the questions the contestants were asked.

Miss America

The contestants nervously took the microphone, picked a random judge to ask a question and attempted to speak the words that would impress those who held their futures in their hands:

    Gun control, Donald Trump, Kim Davis, religious freedom, women on the $20.00 bill Tom Brady – deflate gate and Planned Parenthood funding.

Wait? What? Yes, Miss America contestant, Miss Tennessee was asked about Planned Parenthood funding and her answer was standard Planned Parenthood false talking points.

Venessa William s

The judge who asked Miss Tennessee about Planned Parenthood was none other than Venessa Williams.

    “Hello, take a breadth this is a tough one,” Williams said.

    “Some federal legislatures are threatening to shut down the government over federal contributions to Planned Parenthood.”

Adding:

    “Even though no federal funds can be used for abortions. Should Planned Parenthood funding be cut off?”

Planned Parenthood has been accused by the Center for Medical Progress of selling the organs of the babies they abort a fact not mentioned by Judge Williams to Miss Tennessee. The seven videos the organization has released so far have horrified the country.

Miss Tennessee 2
Despite this: Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee 2015 replied:

    “I don’t think Planned Parenthood funding should be cut off. The $500 million dollars that gets given to Planned Parenthood every single year goes to female care. It goes for scanning for cancer. It goes for mammograms. And, if we don’t get that funding to Planned Parenthood those women will be out of health care for reproductive causes.”

First of all, the statement is false. There is not ONE Planned Parenthood that does mammograms.

Secondly, the idea that “reproductive causes” will end if American taxpayers are not forced to fund Planned Parenthood is ridiculous.

In fact, it could be said that a great deal of the tax monies (hardly contributions as Venessa Williams implied, rather forced dollars taken by the tax payer) go to could the salaries for the leaders of the hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers and affiliates.

An Independent audit on Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) published December 5, 2014 by KPMG, showed that, by June of 2014, PPFA’s assets totaled: $367,254,551.

PPFA Planned Parenthood liabilities and assets 2014

KPMG’s Charities practice audits over 200 charity clients nationwide and work with many other charities in a tax or other advisory relationship.

In addition, the audit stated that PPFA’s total contributions and grants for 2014, was a whopping $186,178,077.

EMPLOYEE SALARIES, COMPENSATION, HEALTH AND RETIREMENT:

What did PPFA employees get?

Total employee compensation for 2014 was $62,410,804.

Come again?

Here is how that breaks down:

Salaries and Payroll taxes totaled $54,053,081 and health and retirement benefits totaling $8,357,723 in 2014.

Planned Parenthood salaries employee 2014 aufit

And, in case you wondered, that was an increase from the $50,031.640 employee compensation for 2013, ($43,304,187 for salaries and Payroll taxes and health and retirement benefits totaling $6,727,453).

Planned Parenthood salaries employee 2013 aufit

Mammograms you say? Not one.

Planned Parenthood is about helping women?

Yeah…well..I suppose so, if you are counting only those who are employed by the abortion behemoth.

2016 Presidential GOP contenders speak at national pro-life convention

Posted in 2016 Presidential Race, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by saynsumthn

The National Right to Life Convention is being held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana and several 2016 GOP Presidential contenders are slated to aconvo-dates-hdr-imgddress the crowd.

This morning there will be a a Presidential candidate forum including Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Rick Perry, Hon. Rick Santorum and Sen. Marco Rubio.

2016 GOP NRLC Presidential prolife

First to address convention goers was Sen. Marco Rubio and twitter was alive with tweets as he came to the podium:

Marco Rubio 2

Marco Rubio

Steven Ertelt, founder of Life News who is at the conference quoted Rubio from his address:

    Being a candidate for president, I give a lot of speeches on a lot of issues – and they are all important political and policy issues that confront our country. But the issue we are here to discuss today – the issue of life – is not a political issue, nor is it strictly a policy issue,” he said. “It is a definitional issue – an issue about what sort of society we want to have.”

    Rubio says it is “is fundamentally impossible for America to reach her destiny as a nation founded on the equal rights of all if our government believes an entire segment of the human population doesn’t have a right to exist. And that’s why the issue of life is more than political or policy-related. It is a definitional issue about the kind of country we want to be. In a world where life is increasingly not valued, where people are summarily discarded, America must stand for the belief that all life is worthy of protection, because all life comes from God.

    Every single person alive today was once that grainy ultrasound picture. And it is deeply disturbing for us to think of anyone – whether a parent, or a politician, or a Supreme Court justice – having a debate about our own viability as a person, at that stage or any stage. For our cause to triumph, we must help people extend that understanding of innate value to those they cannot see,” he said. “But this requires a great deal of love and care. For we know that the decision facing so many women and young girls is achingly complicated – the 15 year old with her whole life ahead of her, the young single woman who struggles to provide for herself and can’t imagine handling the costs of a child, the mom and dad faced with the knowledge that their child will be born with unique challenges.”

More from Sen Rubio at Life News.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the a Keynote speaker at the convention:

Gov Joindal Keynote NRLC

According to WGNO, during Jindal’s speech Thursday night, Jindal told the crowd that, while he expects to meet people on the other side of the pro-life issue, he thinks abortion supporters are open to change, and he bases that views on his faith.

We are called by scripture. We are told to treat and love others the way we want to be treated in life. Even those we disagree with. I also view those who aren’t pro-life as not pro-life yet,” Jindal said.

He declared July 9-11th “Louisiana Pro-Life Days” in honor of the pro-life event.

Jindal LA Prolife

Bobby Jindal

Hon. Rick Santorum told the group Friday morning that he and his family not just politically pro-life but they “live pro-life.”

“I don’t believe life begins at conception, I know life begins at conception!” he recounted as a response to a question he was given in previous debates.

Rick Santorum NRLC 2015 prolife 2

Santorum spoke solemnly about how he failed to speak up for the unborn as he should have when he first came to office. He was then confronted with partial birth abortion and said at that point he “just couldn’t say nothing anymore.”

It’s one thing to be pro-life…but if you stand up….you pay a price…you will be put over on the fringe of the Republican party,” he said.

They are counting good men and women to do nothing, because that’s what we’ve done,” he stated, listing the removal of prayer from schools and the slaughter of millions of innocent children from abortion.

And we have sat like a frog sitting in the pot…but one day you’re going to wake up and say what happened over my watch in America?”

Santorum warned against nominating a candidate who will talk about pro-life issues and never do anything, “This is not time for the faint of heart. There is no time for lip service…I need your help and your prayers and so does America,” he said in closing.

Rick Santorum NRLC 2015 prolife

Other speakers will also be there:

NRLC Convention 2015

The event will be live streamed here.

While the Republican presidential field is loaded, only one contender will face off with radically pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton who once praised the racist founder of Planned Parenthood.

The NRTL convention is slated to address the following topics among others:

    Pro-Life Concerns About Girl Scouts
    Abortion Techniques in all Three Trimesters of Pregnancy
    Is Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Coming to Your State Next?
    Challenges to Post-abortion awareness
    Fighting Goliath: How to Take Aim at Planned Parenthood
    The Escalating Struggle at the UN to Prevent the Establishing of Abortion as a Fundamental Human Right Worldwide
    Predatory Relationships, Sex Trafficking, and Abortion
    Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood
    Web-Cam & Chemical Abortions
    The Myth of the “Unwanted” Child: Special Needs Adoption
    Protecting Unborn Children from Dismemberment Abortions Across the United States
    Why Abortion Numbers are Really, REALLY Down
    Disabilities, Discrimination and Prenatal Testing

Pro-life Display Graphic Abortion Victim Photos at March for Life in DC 2015

Posted in Created Equal, March for Life with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2015 by saynsumthn

Reagan v. Obama abortion State of the Union

Posted in Obama, Reagan with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2015 by saynsumthn

Wow how far we’ve come.

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Obama, who has supported abortion on demand as the most radically pro-abortion president to date tried to tone down his rhetoric by saying, “We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.”


By health care for women, Obama is referring to abortion.

Obama 2015 Reagan 1984 STate of the Union abortion

But…in 1984…President Ronald Reagan said this at his State of the Union address.

During our first three years, we have joined bipartisan efforts to restore protection of the law to unborn children. Now, I know this issue can be very controversial – but unless and until it can be proven that an unborn child is NOT a living human being , can we justify assuming without proof that it isn’t?

“No one has yet offered such proof, indeed all the evidence to the contrary. We should rise above bitterness and reproach and if American’s could come together in a spirit of understanding and helping – then we could find positive solutions to the tragedy of abortion.”

Start at approx 27:00

Obama State of the Union abortion and gay marriage

Posted in Obama, Obama and Gay Marriage with tags , , , , on January 21, 2015 by saynsumthn