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Pro-life response to New York Times call to censor anti-abortion message

Posted in Media Bias, Media Matters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

New York Times writer calls for Facebook to censor pro-life message

New York Times (NYT) writer Rossalyn Warren is calling for Facebook to censor pro-life news sites like Live Action News and Life News. In an opinion piece entitled, “Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News,” Warren failed to publish any credible research which would rebut a single story published by these two entities, but still thinks they need to be censored, based on her own personal bias.

The NYT describes Warren as a “journalist” but in this case, it is obvious that her pro-abortion bias has overruled everything else. Warren writes, “So far, Facebook and the public have focused almost solely on politics and Russian interference in the United States election. What they haven’t addressed is the vast amount of misinformation and evidenced stories about reproductive rights, science and health.”

To clarify, what Warren means by “reproductive rights” is abortion; what she means by “science and health” is not the truth about when life begins, when a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, or any actual science about the development of the baby or the harm effects of abortion on women. No, that is conveniently ignored by pro-abortion apologists like Warren. Apparently, in an opinion piece, one doesn’t have to any present facts.

Rossalyn Warren wants to censor pro-life news (image: Twitter)

The only reasoning Warren offers for censoring pro-life outlets is the fact that Live Action recently ran a series of articles on the documentary film Hush, made by pro-choice filmmaker Punam Kumar Gill, who refused to blindly believe what she was told about the harmful effects of abortion; instead, the film documents her investigation of the claims about a link between abortion and breast cancer. Warren failed to dispute in any way the film’s research, which was heavily sourced.

To Warren, Gill’s research is “fake news” — yet Warren offers absolutely no proof whatsoever for her conclusion. Yet, ironically, in her piece, Warren criticizes a 2016 blog story on late-term abortions for “failing to cite any sources or studies.”

Warren believes pro-life news sites (already being censored by Twitter) should now be censored by Facebook because they are ideologically driven (as if her views are not):

However, the incentive for the people who write content for anti-abortion news sites and Facebook pages is ideological, not financial. Anti-abortion, anti-science content isn’t being written by spammers hoping to make money, but by ordinary people who are driven by religious or political beliefs. Their aim isn’t to profit from ads. It’s to convince readers of their viewpoint: that abortion is morally wrong….

Well, it’s hard not to view this as morally wrong, once you’ve seen it:

Warren’s use of the term “anti-abortion” is interesting, and reveals Warren’s own ideology herself — as does her Facebook page

Here is Warren “lov[ing]” Polish women who strike against their country’s abortion ban:

Rossalyn Warren loves women who support abortion (image: Facebook)

And here is Warren when Victoria (in Australia) voted to limit protests outside abortion clinics, calling it “amazing news”:

Rossalyn Warren favors limiting abortion protests

To Warren, it’s a “big deal for access to abortion”:

Rossalyn Warren favors abortion rights

Here is Warren sharing a post from ideologically driven Think Progress, a left-wing news site that is radically in support of abortion. Warren clearly takes the pro-abortion position. (No calls from Warren for Facebook to censor Think Progress, by the way.)

Rossalyn Warren shares ThinkProgress’ pro-abortion post

And finally, Warren seems to think “more people need to see” an image of a woman who supports the nation’s largest abortion corporation, Planned Parenthood.

Rossalyn Warren supporting Planned Parenthood (image: Facebook)

Warren, while failing to state her own pro-abortion bias, wants readers to think she is actually concerned about “fake news.” But she gives herself away when she explains why she thinks Facebook should censor pro-life speech. It’s because, as she says, pro-life sites “dominate the conversation about reproductive rights on Facebook” with what she calls “dodgy studies and scaremongering” which she believes is “drowning out people’s access to credible, researched reporting on abortion.”

“Credible, researched reporting” on abortion? Apparently only groups that agree with Warren are considered credible — groups that promote abortion and are absolutely ideologically driven (though they agree with her). If Warren is truly concerned about ideologically driven “fake news,” as she calls it, then surely she should urge Facebook to censor other ideologically driven sites like Media Matters (where her sources originate), Think Progress, Rewire, or Guttmacher — a former “special affiliate” to abortion corporation Planned Parenthood. If we’re going to censor ideologically driven outlets, we may be censoring almost everything.

Warren insists, “These [pro-life] sites produce vast amounts of misinformation,” she claims, while admitting she got her information from the pro-abortion site Media Matters. She complains (emphasis added), “… stories [from pro-life sources] often generate more engagement than the content produced by mainstream news organizations, said Sharon Kann, the program director for abortion rights and reproductive health at Media Matters, a watchdog group.”

While Warren railed against pro-life news sites for using (in her words) “thinly sourced stories,” she did exactly the same thing, using a claim from pro-abortion staff member Sharon Kann at Media Matters as “evidence” of her claims. According to Kann’s LinkedIn page, the Media Matters “researcher” volunteered for two abortion facilities: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and the Emma Goldman Clinic. So she’s hardly unbiased. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Warren.

Rossalyn Warren attacks pro-life news sites in NYT

As you can see, Warren omits the fact that the videos (and their claims) posted by Live Action were actually made by an independent filmmaker, not Live Action; she says none of this, deliberately misleading readers.

Sharon Kann volunterred at Planned Parenthood abortion clinic (image: LinkedIn)

According to Kann (the abortion facility volunteer), “People on Facebook engage with anti-abortion content more than abortion-rights content at a “disproportionate rate…” And there’s Warren’s real problem.

In the minds of people like Warren and those at Media Matters, which openly admits it is a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” you’re only credible if you hold a favorable view of abortion.

But Media Matters, founded by David Brock, described by Politico as “the self-described reformed right-wing hitman who became a key figure in Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign,” is not impartial. Brock openly supported Hillary Clinton for president and has been described as “a prominent strategist with a web of liberal groups.” His secret meetings have included representatives from several pro-abortion groups, such as “Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, and Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice.”

Rossalyn Warren (image: Twitter)

Brock’s strategy for defeating his foes includes pressuring Facebook and other social media outlets to “adjust its model to stem the flow of damaging fake news on its platform’s pages.” Brock’s document claims that “journalists” like Ms. Warren will “weaponize our research products to… take action against… the extremists seeking to manipulate it.”

Warren believes that you and I should not have a say in which news we choose to read. Instead, “credible articles about abortion” should only come from “reputable news outlets like the New York Times….” But the “credible” New York Times isn’t so credible. NYT, among other media outlets, reported (without question) Planned Parenthood’s deceptive claims that they would retrain staffers after they were caught offering assistance to an undercover actor posing as a sex trafficker.

It was Live Action News — not Ms. Warren or the NYT — which documented how a Planned Parenthood insider revealed that Planned Parenthood’s “retraining” never happened. And it was Live Action News which also documented how Planned Parenthood’s lied about contacting local authorities about suspected sex traffickers — while the NYT and other outlets never bothered to fact-check.

Warren’s claim that pro-life news receives a higher view rate is not sourced, but if it is true, the reason is simple: people are trending more pro-life, and Warren is bothered by that, so she and her allies resort to cries for censorship — not of their own, ideologically driven “fake news,” but of news they don’t agree with.

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

Being Black and pro-life is neither ‘rare’ nor ‘ignorant’

Posted in Black Abortion Stats, Black Conservative, Black leaders on abortion, Black Neighborhood, Black Pastor, Black pro-life leaders, Black Victims, Black Women, Blacks oppose Birth Control, Blacks protest abortionn, Media Bias with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

These 15 women prove that being Black and pro-life is neither ‘rare’ nor ‘ignorant’

Michael Harriot, commentator for The Root,recently claimed that being a Black pro-life woman and seeking the protection of innocent Black babies in the womb is “rare.” But is it?

Harriott was writing in response to an interaction between Rep. Steve Cohen (D – Tenn.) and Star Parker, a pro-life Black woman, in which Cohen called Parker “ignorant” after she pointed out the devastation that abortion has wrought in the Black community.

Dem Congressman calls Black women Star Parker “ignorant”

“Since Roe v. Wade was legalized 20 million humans have been killed inside the womb of Black women. And then, on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that Black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term,” Parker said during a hearing on the Heartbeat Bill.

Planned Parenthood tweet tells Black women abortion is safer than birth

Parker also exposed the eugenic beliefs of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a known eugenicist who once gave a speech before the Ku Klux Klan. She also compared the Dred Scott decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Black slaves in America were not citizens, to that of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the entire country (essentially declaring that preborn humans are not persons and have no standing as such under the law).

Watch the interaction below:

Shockingly, Michael Harriot, who is also Black, chose to criticize Parker for her comments rather than research her claims about Planned Parenthood’s eugenicist beginnings. Instead, Harriot discounted Parker and other Black pro-life women, claiming that they are “rare”:

Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and a community activist, was asked to testify before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Hold up, I think I made a mistake in that previous paragraph. What I meant to type was: Star Parker was asked to testify before the House subcommittee because she is one of the rare black female Republican anti-abortion-rights activists. (No, I will not use the GOP marketing phrase “pro-life.” Who’s not for people living?)

Harriot then echoed Rep. Cohen’s derogatory remarks, saying, “People were shocked to hear him go after a black woman publicly like this, but here is the thing: She is kinda ignorant, though.” (Side note: Imagine for one moment what would happen if Parker were pro-choice and… oh, I don’t know… a white Republican male had called her “ignorant.” Media and social media — and likely Harriot himself — would explode with outrage.)

But Harriot’s claim about the rarity of pro-life Black females is simply wrong. The following Black pro-life women (in both the past and the present) are worth noting (and they weren’t all Republicans, Mr. Harriot):

1) Dr. Mildred Jefferson was the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and was co-founder of the National Right to Life Committee. She once stated:

I became a physician in order to help save lives. I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxefrRccsbI

2) Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In 1964 she ran for Congress. Hamer was also a victim of eugenic sterilization, a program which Planned Parenthood’s founder (as well as those on her board) advocated.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Ethyl Payne quoted Hamer as calling abortion “black genocide,” writing in The Afro-American, “She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Food and Nutrition… there she spoke out strongly of abortion as a means  of genocide of blacks….”

Journalist Samuel Yette also noted Mrs. Hamer’s views in The Afro American – Apr 2, 1977, quoting her as saying, “It is still a society in which an injured man must show his ability to pay before getting hospital services, but his daughter or wife can be aborted or fed birth control pills, at public expense….” Yette then recounted how Hamer blasted conference organizers: “She responded with shock and outrage at the deception. “I didn’t come to talk about birth control,” she protested. “I came here to get some food to feed poor, hungry people. Where are they carrying on that kind of talk?”

A 1969 article published by the Free-Lance Star quotes Hamer as denouncing voluntary abortion as “legalized murder,” saying she “made it clear that she “regards it part of a comprehensive white man’s plot to exterminate the black population of the United States.”

Author Kay Mills quoted Hamer in her book as being vehemently against abortion. “Once Black women were bought as slaves because they were good breeders,” Hamer said. “Now they talk about birth control and abortion for blacks. If they’d been talking that way when my mother was bearing children, I wouldn’t be here now.”

Elaine Riddick

3) Elaine Riddick is a staunch pro-life advocate and vocal critic of Planned Parenthood. She was a victim of eugenic sterilization who led a successful crusade in North Carolina to gain reparations for the men and women (mostly Black) who were forcefully sterilized.

That NC eugenics program was supported by Margaret Sanger’s financier, Clarence Gamble, a director of Sanger’s American Birth Control League (which later changed its name to Planned Parenthood).

In 1947, Gamble called for the expansion of North Carolina’s state sterilization program, saying that for every feeble minded person sterilized, 40 more were polluting and degrading the bloodlines of future generation with their defective genes.

Research from North Carolina’s Winston-Salem Journal reveals a long history of abuses in that state’s sterilization program — abuses that Gamble consistently glossed over. According to the Journal, “Gamble wanted sterilizations to increase rather than decrease, and increase they did.”

Riddick testified before the North Carolina State Legislature about her experience, tearfully saying, “They cut me open like I was a hog.” She told lawmakers that her only crime was being poor, Black, and from a bad home environment. Riddick’s horrific story was recounted in the documentary Maafa21, which chronicles the history of eugenics and the founding of Planned Parenthood:

4) Dr. Alveda King is the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life:

5) LaVern Tolbert is a former Board member of Planned Parenthood who now opposes their agenda:

7) Day Gardner is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union:

8) Judge Cheryl Allen is a Superior Court judge for the state of Pennsylvania. She has said, “Most people tend to believe that Planned Parenthood is in the African American Community to help, but they are not there to help, they are there to make abortion more accessible to black people….” (Source: Interview on His Place TV)

Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen

9) Rep. Mia Love is the first Black Republican female elected to the U.S. Congress from the state of Utah:

10)Barbara Howard is the Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She has stated,.  “Recently, some black preachers finally came out not against abortion per se, but merely against the location of Planned Parenthood centers in black communities. It seems the murder of blacks is only a consideration for black preachers or other leaders when they are killed by white or Hispanic cops…. So who will stop the cold-blooded murder of millions of unborn black children?”

Barbara Howard

11) Rep. June Franklin (D-Iowa) is the only African American representative in the Iowa legislature, and said in 1971, “Proponents… have argued this bill is for blacks and the poor who want abortions and can’t afford one. This is the phoniest and most preposterous argument of all. Because I represent the inner-city where the majority of blacks and poor live and I challenge anyone here to show me a waiting line of either blacks or poor whites who are wanting an abortion.”

Rep. June Franklin (image Maafa21)

12) Dr Ashley Harrell of Black People Against Abortion:

13) Catherine Davis is a founding member of the National Black Prolife Coalition:

14) Dr. Freda M. Bush is an OBGYN and president of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health:

15) Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa:

All the Black pro-life women from both political parties would make an exceedingly long list — and the truth is that the pro-abortion media makes little effort to highlight them.

Tragically, the real “ignorance” here is not found in those who denounce abortion’s impact on the Black community. It is found among members of the media who imply that Black pro-life women are “rare.” It just simply is not true.

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

MIRACLE: Baby in womb no heartbeat for weeks – then this happened !

Posted in Babies with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

Preborn baby girl’s heartbeat went undetected for weeks — then a miracle happened

Candace Gaines fetal demise

When Candace and Dennis Gaines discovered in 2007 that they were six weeks pregnant with their third child, they couldn’t have been more excited. Candace was over forty years old at the time and had tried for three to four years to have a successful pregnancy, but suffered a series of miscarriages that left her devastated.

Her husband Dennis told CBN that this pregnancy was not the same: “This time was a little bit different because we decided we were going to take God at His Word and trust Him no matter what.”

In August of 2007, when Candace was just eight weeks pregnant, she started bleeding and went to the emergency room.

“We were further along in our pregnancy than we had been with the previous miscarriages,” Candace said in an interview conducted by CBN. “So, when the initial symptoms of a miscarriage began showing up, we went to the emergency room immediately.”

According to CBN:

The lab work showed the hormone levels for pregnancy were low and the heart beat had dropped significantly.  She was sent home and told that there was nothing they could really do.  She was ordered to rest and call the doctor on Monday.

At the doctor’s office they received grim news, learning that the baby’s heartbeat could not be detected. They were told they had suffered a fetal demise. But the Gaineses said they began to pray and waited until the following Monday morning for a second ultrasound,hoping for good news. But, once again, the doctor said the heartbeat could not be detected.

Dr. Terryberry looks for fetal heartbeat

Dr. Daniel S. Terryberry told CBN, “There was no fetal cardiac activity and Candace and her husband were both adamant that they felt that this pregnancy was going to continue.” Dr. Terryberry reluctantly agreed to give the Gainses more time, but a third ultrasound two weeks later indicated that things were no better; in fact, they were worse.

“Not only was there absent cardiac activity, but the baby had not grown,” the doctor told CBN. “It was all consistent to what we know to be a miscarriage.”

Candace said that, “Just seeing the monitor where the heart should have been beating – there was nothing there. This time he showed us where a blood clot or sac had been forming underneath the fetus.”

But, again, the couple refused to give up.

This troubled their OBGYN, who was concerned that continuing a failed pregnancy might cause infection or other complications in Candace, and he scheduled a date to surgically remove the baby’s remains.

Candace Gaines concerned no fetal heartbeat

But Dennis was having second thoughts. He told CBN, “I refused to accept that this baby would not be born.”

He asked Dr. Terryberry if they could check the baby’s heartbeat one more time.

“He pulled the equipment out and he did as we had done weeks before, and miraculously, this time, there was a heartbeat.”

Candace recounted what happened next. “Dr. Terryberry almost popped out of his seat. He kept telling me, ‘Look, there is a heartbeat!”

The baby’s heart was beating at 141 beats per second, Candace said.

“All I could say was thank you Jesus, it was just total shock,” Candace added.

 

Doctor tells couple baby has heartbeat

 

Dr. Terryberry called the event, “nothing short of a miracle,” telling CBN that finding the baby had a heartbeat was “glee and pure joy. We had just witnessed a miracle.”

On April 2, 2008, Baby Grace Almez Gaines was born.

Baby Grace Miracle Baby

When Grace was three, CBN invited the Gaines family to share their story in studio.

There, the little girl’s father told CBN that seeing Grace, which he called “the face of God,”  puts him in awe every day.

Miracle baby born after heart stopped for three weeks

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

Half of Planned Parenthood’s non-government services revenue comes from abortion

Posted in Cecile Richards, Cecile Richards Salary, Planned Parenthood Annual Report with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

An analysis by Live Action News has found that abortion revenue accounts for over half of Planned Parenthood’s non-government health services revenue and over 12 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total revenue. The figures confirm further that abortion is a much higher percentage of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue than the public is led to believe.

Planned Parenthood is an abortion corporation led by Cecile Richards, hired for her experience in political organizing, not health care. Since Richards came to office, Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortion has increased to the point that they now garner nearly 35 percent of the US abortion market. Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood claims abortion is just three percent of the services they offer, (recently disproved by Live Action in the video below) it is clear that revenue from abortions has proven to be lucrative for Planned Parenthood.

In 2009, an analysis by Live Action News found that abortion accounted for 22.6 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clinic revenue. Today, that percentage is much larger.

To calculate this number Live Action News looked at revenue, abortion totals, and median abortion costs.

Planned Parenthood has a few revenue sources which they detail in their 2015-2016 annual report.

PPFA Revenue 2015-.22016 annual report

Note that there are two sources of revenue for “health services” which include:

  • Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants (taxpayer dollars) – $554.6 million
  • Non-Government Health Services Revenue – $306.8 million

COST OF ABORTIONS: 

In 2015, Planned Parenthood reported that they performed 328,348 abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate” and research arm, The Guttmacher Institute gives us an average of first-trimester abortion costs as follows:

  • In 2011–2012, the average amount paid for an abortion in a non-hospital setting at 10 weeks gestation and with local anesthesia was $480. The average paid for an early medication abortion up to 9 weeks gestation was $504.

And according to a Planned Parenthood report from 2014, non-hospital facilities charged an average of $1,500 for abortion at 20 weeks.

READ: Planned Parenthood: 101 years leaves 7 million dead and its top employees rich

If we break the 328,348 abortion numbers down using percentages from Guttmacher’s most recent abortion data which states that 31 percent (101,788) of reported abortions nationwide were medication abortions and 1.3 percent  (4,269) were greater than 21 weeks, that would leave 222,291 as first-trimester surgical abortions.

By taking the average cost of abortion for each category – and without accounting for inflation- we estimate the following:

  • Medication abortions: 101,788 x $504 = $51,301,152
  • Surgical abortions: 222,291 x $480 = $106,699,680
  • Abortions after 21 weeks: 4,269 X $1500 = $6,403,500

__________________________

  • Total estimated abortion revenue is $164,404,332

That is a lot of money and may be the impetus for why former Planned Parenthood staffers claim PP enforces abortion quotas:

 

If we divide Planned Parenthood’s estimated abortion revenue ($164,404,332) by their total non-government health center revenue of $306,800,000, we find that abortion makes up nearly 54 percent (53.58%) of Planned Parenthood’s non-government health services revenue.

However, even if we include the $554.6 million in government dollars, abortion revenue can be estimated at 19 percent of all Planned Parenthood’s health services revenue.

Then, if we include all revenue sources, abortion revenue would exceed an estimated 12 percent.

Planned Parenthood falsely claims that tax dollars do not fund abortions (even though money is fungible) and the half a billion in forced taxpayer dollars they receive annually are simply reimbursements from Medicaid, etc. Today, despite their claims, legitimate health services, as well as patients, are declining while abortions are on the increase.

But, the real impact of Planned Parenthood’s abortion revenue lies inside the organization’s own annual reports which reveal that, almost every year since 2000, Planned Parenthood’s revenue has exceeded their expenses — not just by a few dollars, but by tens of millions of dollars (yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).  By 2015, according to Planned Parenthood’s own report. the abortion corporation reported an excess of revenue over expenses in the amount of $77.5 million, an increase of nearly 32 percent over from the previous year.

So, why does an abortion corporation which makes a profit almost every year need our tax dollars? Good question!

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

Teen refuses abortion and places baby for adoption: ‘I made this decision purely out of love’

Posted in Adoption with tags , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

Hannah Mongie discovered she was pregnant about two months after graduating from high school. She loved the baby’s father and had planned to continue a relationship with him, but in September of 2015, the child’s father, Kaden, suddenly passed away just days after hearing his baby’s heartbeat in the womb.

The news devastated the young pregnant mother, who was then faced with the hardest decision of her life: whether to raise her baby or place him up for adoption with a loving family.

“Never once though did I let abortion become an option for me,” Hannah said in the video, pointing out that the preborn baby inside her was a separate person.

Hannah Mongie adoption story no abortion

“The second I became pregnant, I was no longer my own person. I became a protector of this little boy inside of me…. I am fighting for his rights, not abortion,” she said.

Hannah Mongie adoption story

Hannah’s son, whom she named Taggart Kaden Marsh, was born weeks later, and in March 2016, this brave young woman placed him with his adoptive parents. Hannah had just two days to spend one-on-one with her newborn son. Through heart wrenching tears, she chose the last two hours of that time, to produce an emotional video for Tagg so that he would know why he was placed for adoption.

“I made this video so that you know how much I love you,” Hannah said tearfully.

Emily weeps with joy as she meets her adopted son. (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie's Instagram)

Emily weeps with joy as she meets her adopted son. (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie’s Instagram)

Baby Tagg (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie’s Instagram)

Hannah was certain to tell her son how his father felt about him, “He loved you from the very, very beginning,” she stated, recounting how she texted him Tagg’s eight-week fetal heartbeat.

“And from then on he couldn’t be happier. And he was hoping for a boy so that he could teach him baseball and sports and stuff,” Hannah continued.

Then Hannah told her newborn son of his father: “Two days after he heard your heartbeat, his heart stopped.”

“From the day your daddy died, I had a hard time even considering placing you even with a different family, when you were my last piece of Kaden. But one day I woke up and I just knew you were supposed to be with someone else, so I went and searched for families.”

Hannah said that while she was still pregnant she found the perfect parents for Tagg, after meeting them in person.

Hannah with Baby Tagg and Emily (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie's Instagram)

Hannah with Baby Tagg and Emily (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie’s Instagram)

“And then, over time, me and your mommy Emily became really good friends. And she’s one of my best friends now. And we’ve been getting really, really excited together for you to be in her home,” Hannah said choking back tears, “And I helped her put a nursery together for you.”

“Before I sign you off to Brad and Emily… and you’re going to be their little boy… and I just want you to know that I really, really love you so much. More than I’ve ever loved any other human in the whole world. I made this decision purely out of love because I knew I couldn’t give you what I knew you needed which is a mommy and a daddy.

And I hope your daddy’s watching over us right now.”

Hannah’s video (below) has been shared thousands of times.

Her deep love for her son and her emotional goodbye has touched many others.

A year after Hannah gave birth to her son, the brave birth mom posted this message to her Instagram page:

One year ago today was the best, most incredible and most tiring day of my existence.

I gave birth to the love of my life. The most beautiful baby boy in the whole entire world.

Hannah gazes at Baby Tagg shortly after his birth. (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie's Instagram)

Hannah gazes at Baby Tagg shortly after his birth. (Photo credit: Hannah Mongie’s Instagram)

He is my heart and my soul. This baby boy has saved me in ways I could never explain.

He is the reason I love God and the reason I have so much love for Jesus and for the Atonement. I will never be able to express to him how grateful I am that he became apart of my life. I don’t know what I would do without him. I am not me without him here on this earth. He has given me purpose.

From the moment I heard his cry, tears flowed from my eyes. They were tears of a new kind of love that I had never experienced before.

The all consuming love that a mother has for her child. If I could go back and live these three days of agony all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Happiest first birthday to the love of my love, my sweet Taggart Kaden Marsh. You will always be my first true love.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. For all the birth moms out there like Hannah, Live Action News would like to say how much we appreciate each one of you. We know, as Hannah has made clear, that your decision was not easy, but was one that was made from pure love. You are heroes.

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

Experts address link between abortion and breast cancer in powerful documentary film

Posted in abortion breast cancer link, Breast Cancer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by saynsumthn

 

Dr. Angela Lafranchi, Breast Cancer Surgeon

Experts interviewed in the controversial film, “Hush: the Documentary,” which investigates the effects of abortion on women, claim that women aren’t being told the truth about the link between abortion and breast cancer, despite studies that show the claim to be true.

Pro-choice film director Punam Kumar Gill went out of her way to speak with experts on both sides of the debate. “Of all the contested health care risks around abortion, the abortion breast cancer link was especially troubling to me,” she states. According to Gill, at the time the film was produced, there were only five states that required women to be told that there is an increased risk of breast cancer from abortion.

Screenshot via “Hush: the Documentary”

In her team’s attempt to hear all sides, Gill spoke with former abortionist David Grimes, described by her as a “renowned expert” on abortion in the film. Grimes denied a higher risk of breast cancer for women who have had abortions, comparing claims to the contrary to “an old dog that they keep on flogging.” By “they” he means pro-life experts who have published their own studies.

Grimes then claimed that (in his words) the “small group” that “holds these views” tend to “not be physicians” and not “understand what a woman goes through.” He then disdainfully claimed that the “common theme” among these experts is “religiosity.”

Dr Joel Brind

But Grimes apparently didn’t do his homework before making those remarks; as the film also showed, there are several highly credentialed experts who believe that an abortion-breast cancer link is evident.

One of those experts is Dr. Joel Brind, a professor of human biology and endocrinology who has studied the topic extensively. Dr. Brind acknowledged that it is his belief that abortion is not good for women or children, and that although women legally have a choice to have an abortion, the choice should be an informed one.

In his research, Brind reviewed 23 studies (a meta-analysis) and, as the film points out, found a “30 percent increased risk of breast cancer for women with abortion histories.” Dr. Brind, along with three other researchers, published these findings in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in 1996.

Although the group of authors called for additional research on the link, the study concluded in part, “The results support the inclusion of induced abortion among significant independent risk factors for breast cancer, regardless of parity or timing of abortion relative to the first term pregnancy.”

But because Dr. Brind holds a pro-life view on abortion, his work has been largely discounted. “The major criticism against him was because he’s pro-life, his science is questionable, and his findings are part of an anti-abortion agenda to scare women,” the Hush film states.

Dr Joel Brind (Image credit: Hush the Documentary)

But, what isn’t mentioned by critics of Brind’s conclusions on the abortion-breast cancer link is that one of Brind’s co-researchers is pro-choice. Brind says he was unaware of this fact until after the research was published because when they did the research, “their personal views on the subject of abortion never came up,” he explained.

Brind told Gill that author Vernon M. Chinchilli only disclosed his pro-choice views on abortion after the study was complete. Brind explained, “We did all this work together. Hours and hours of working together in studying the data and comparing notes and talking about it, and you know what? Whether he or I or anyone else in the group was pro-life or pro-choice – it never came up.”

“This is about science. This is about the effect on women and whether or not abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. Period,” he added.

Dr. Angela Lanfranchi and Punam Kumar Gill in Hush the Documentary

Another expert interviewed in the film is Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast surgeon. She pointed to alarming data that shows a drastic increase in breast cancer among young women, something she said was evident in her practice as a breast surgeon. “There was one month where I saw three young women in their thirties with breast cancer and it was very depressing. And I was trying to figure out why that was happening.”

“The textbooks had information… about one of the risk factors being abortion. And I started asking a complete reproductive history.”

Dr. Lanfranchi recounted discovering that patients with “very aggressive forms of breast cancers” had abortions in their history. She then found out about Dr. Brind’s meta-analysis study, recounting, “I said, okay, it’s just not my random clinical experience.” But Lanfranchi pointed out that over the years, she has discovered that this information “was not going to get out.”

Dr. Ian Gentles in Hush the Documentary

Filmmaker Gill also spoke to Dr. Ian Gentles, a professor at Tyndale University College and a co-author of the book “Complications,” described in the film as the “world’s most comprehensive investigation of abortion and women’s health.”

According to a review of the book published by LifeSiteNews, it “[…] includes over 100 interviews with women who have had abortions… using data gathered from over 650 papers, mostly in medical and psychological journals.” It “concludes that abortion is detrimental in all areas of women’s health, and includes substantive evidence demonstrating the link between abortion and a variety of health problems including breast cancer, infertility, autoimmune disease and mental health problems along with a multitude of other complications.”

“The big physical hazard is breast cancer,” Dr. Gentles told Gill. Gentles stated that there have been many studies that show a “real statistically significant link between abortion and breast cancer.”

Studies show link between abortion breast cancer (via Hush: the Documentary)

“In other words,” Gentles said, “if you have an abortion  – you have a 30 or 40 percent increased chance of coming down with breast cancer later. And this has been established in studies all over the world, not just in the United States, but also France, China, Japan, India, which have documented that indeed there is a higher rate of breast cancer among women who have abortions.”

Gill made it clear at the end of her documentary that she remains in favor of abortion, but believes women should be informed about potential risks such as breast cancer. The “Hush” production team claims to have made every effort to speak with experts across the political and ideological spectrum as well as medical organizations which study breast cancer risks. But Gill found that these groups were silent and refused requests to go on film to defend their findings.

“Those who completely deny any long-term risks have artfully shut down the conversation,” Gill concluded in the film. “Because they fear if they conceded the procedure has adverse effects, abortion will be banned. Meanwhile, nonpartisan researchers run for cover from cross fire.”

Gill added, “It’s true the long-term health risks associated with abortion are generally promoted by those who want abortion gone. But this did not make the information untrue.”

The pro-choice filmmaker expressed her desire for women to get all the information they need to make healthy decisions about their own lives. “Although I still believe in a woman’s right to abortion,” she said, “I don’t see abortion as liberating as I once assumed it was. At least not for the women who’ve experienced adverse physical and psychological effects.”

If abortion is going to be legal and women are to have the freedom to choose it, “they should also have the right to know,” Gill stated. “Women facing an unplanned pregnancy deserve health information that is not clouded by religion, fear, or politics.”

Be informed. Review the information for yourself.

Author’s Note: “Hush: the Documentary” is published by Mighty Truth Productions Inc. and is available for purchase here.

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Planned Parenthood has been cited for Medicaid fraud… so why is it still getting taxpayer funding?

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Planned Parenthood has been cited for overbilling abuses and Medicaid fraud, for violating patient privacy, and for failing to report child sexual abuse. So why is the abortion corporation still receiving half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers?

A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in 2012 showed that Planned Parenthood received $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements (including both federal and state dollars), according to findings published in 2017 by the Congressional Research Service. Planned Parenthood’s own 2015-2016 annual report shows that 41 percent of its funding comes from the taxpayer ($554.6 million). Numbers published in previous Planned Parenthood annual reports indicate its affiliates have received more than $4.5 billion from taxpayers.

Taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood at 41 Percent (image: PP’s 2015-2016 annual report)

Yet, with so much tax money at stake, exactly what kind of oversight is being conducted to safeguard more than half a billion tax dollars entrusted to Planned Parenthood annually?

According to reports by watchdog agencies, very little.

In 2014, the group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) published a report identifying 10 types of waste, abuse, and potential fraud Planned Parenthood affiliates have been caught committing or have been credibly accused of nationwide. The potential fraud includes billing while obtaining reimbursements from Title XIX agencies for medications and/or services provided in connection with an abortion. This is illegal.

ADF’s research found that taxpayers were losing millions of dollars in the forced funding of Planned Parenthood, which now garners 35 percent of the abortion market; it is the nation’s largest single abortion provider. Despite several incidents of overbilling and potential fraud, ADF found that only “fourteen affiliates, or approximately twenty-one percent had been audited,” noting that the others “have been accused of financial fraud and worse.”

Planned Parenthood Medicaid Fraud (image credit 2017 Profit No Matter What report)

Then, in 2017, a coordinated study conducted by both the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and Alliance Defending Freedom reviewed a number of additional audits from a variety of agencies. The purpose of the study was to identify waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood among its now 57 separately incorporated affiliates, and other abortion and family planning facilities, particularly with respect to federal and state Title XIX-Medicaid programs.

The 2017 Report on Publicly Available Audits of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and State Family Planning Programs identified several cases of unlawful billing, including “[b]illing in excess of actual acquisition cost or other statutorily approved cost for contraceptive barrier products, oral contraceptives, and emergency contraceptive-Plan B (i.e., § 340B drugs) products”:

A large and growing number of federal and state audits have documented that improper practices by Planned Parenthood and state family planning agencies have already resulted in losses to the American taxpayer of nearly $132.4 million, at a minimum, in Title XIX-Medicaid and other healthcare funding programs.

Out of 51 audits, the CLI/ADF report found, “numerous improper practices resulting in significant Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments of more than $8.5 million to Planned Parenthood affiliates for family planning and reproductive health services claims….”

The report notes that “[…] auditors and investigators have specifically identified Planned Parenthood affiliates as the source of at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse, and potentially fraudulent overbilling and penalties…” and that “[t]hree federal audits specifically identify Planned Parenthood – and only Planned Parenthood – as the problem in state family planning program overbilling,” the report states.

The groups pointed out that the audits they reviewed were limited in scope, suggesting the possibility for millions of additional taxpayer dollars to be wasted or fraudulently overbilled.

READ: New report exposes millions in taxpayer fraud at Planned Parenthood

“For example, an audit may examine only one type of billing, for one type of product, for one clinic in a single year. Yet nearly every known audit of Planned Parenthood affiliates and of state family planning programs has found overbilling,” the report notes.

But of the 51 known “recent external audits or other reviews” of Planned Parenthood affiliates’ financial data and practices in 12 states, CLI and ADF uncovered at least $8.5 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud in the following states:

  • California (two audits of two affiliates): $5,213,645.92 30
  • Connecticut: $18,791
  • Illinois: $387,000
  • Louisiana (two audits of one affiliate): $6,147.18
  • Maine: $33,294.83
  • Nebraska: $3,537
  • New York (seven audits of four affiliates): $1,615,083.25
  • Ohio: none found
  • Oklahoma: unknown, but the overbilling rates have been documented as 14.1%, 18%, and 20.3%
  • Texas (two audits of two affiliates): $538,703.10 -$658,735.97
  • Washington (three audits of two or three affiliates):$640,595.88
  • Wisconsin (27 audits of one affiliate): $95,466.04

Interestingly, the audit from Nebraska proved, as Live Action News has stated many times, that federal and state taxpayer dollars are funding abortion. The report found in the Nebraska audit “a Planned Parenthood affiliate spending federal funds on abortion expenses in violation of federal and state law.”

“In New York, alone, during one four-year audit period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were billed unlawfully to Medicaid,” ADF’s Mattox told a Congressional hearing on the topic in 2015.

Live Action News has previously documented how taxpayer dollars are funding abortions, and Nebraska was just one example. When government funds abortion, more abortions happen, not fewer. This should never be taxpayer funded:

The potential fraudulent use of Medicaid dollars by Planned Parenthood also caught the attention of Oklahoma’s then-Governor Mary Fallin, who sent a letter to the head of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board, stating, “[…] more than one in every seven bills submitted for payment to your agency by these providers are inaccurately coded or insufficiently documented…. The lack of attention to the requirements imposed on a responsible provider is a continuing problem for these Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

“As a result of these patterns of irresponsible business behavior among and between the Planned Parenthood organizations,” Fallin wrote, “a dozen states have denied or withdrawn funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

The researchers concluded that despite receiving billions of dollars from taxpayers, only 19 of Planned Parenthood’s 57 U.S. affiliates (33 percent) have been audited, “And others have been accused of financial fraud and worse.”

During testimony in 2015 before Congressional members, Mr. Mattox explained:

[The] Medicaid statute provides grounds for which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in its discretion, may exclude a provider. These include claims for excessive charges, unnecessary services, or services which fail to meet professionally recognized standards of health care; fraud, kickbacks, and other prohibited activities; entities controlled by a sanctioned individual; failure to disclose required information, supply requested information, or supply payment information; sanctioned individuals controlling an entity; and making false statements or misrepresentations of material fact.

He then pointed out:

[…] Planned Parenthood is unlike many other Medicaid providers. Not only has it had great financial success as a Medicaid provider, but also it has been able to avoid much of the oversight and/or corrective action that most Medicaid providers would expect and have received.

Mr. Mattox then alluded to the reason: “… [B]etween local affiliates and the national organization, Planned Parenthood has spent many millions of dollars to support the election of its preferred candidates.”

In 2018, despite large sums of taxpayer dollars being previously misused and few Medicaid audits underway to safeguard additional tax dollars, Planned Parenthood is poised to receive yet another half a billion forced taxpayer funding. This, despite repeated promises by GOP Senators, members of Congress, as well as President Trump, to defund Planned Parenthood — which has not yet happened, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood’s legitimate health care services and patient numbers have been declining for years:

The continued misuse and fraud of American tax dollars by Planned Parenthood is unacceptable. When will it stop?

Read the full report detailing Planned Parenthood’s potential fraud and waste of taxpayer funding here.

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