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ABC’s abortion report ties Mississippi’s last abortion clinic to “God”‪ #‎ShutDerzisDown‬

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by saynsumthn

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In Mississippi, the state’s only abortion clinic may have to close because of a law similar to what is being proposed in Wisconsin. A job ad in large bold type is featured on the Jackson (Miss.) Women’s Health Organization‘s website asking for physicians with admitting privileges to apply. In September, the clinic applied to about seven nearby hospitals but was rejected by all of them.

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ABC’s Nightline did this report on the last abortion clinic in Mississippi and tied those who killed babies to “God”:

Christian Abortionist? Is there such a thing?

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Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden, asked what they called a “Christian Abortion Doctor” who kills unborn children at Jackson Women’s Health abortion clinic in Mississippi, how many abortions he would do on ONE woman. Abortionist Willie Parker responded, “How many? As many as necessary”

ABORTION CLINIC OWNER THINKS GOD IS ON HER SIDE:

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Diane Derzis who runs the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion clinic in Mississippi and another in Alabama, told ABC news, “ I Know as fervently as they do that what I’m doing is moral and right, but if I’m wrong, that’s between the Lord and I. ” – abortion clinic chain owner Diane Derzis.

WHAT ABC FAILED TO REPORT:

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Diane Derzis owner of the Mississippi abortion clinic also runs a shoddy abortion clinic in Alabama. DID YOU HEAR THAT ABC? You failed to report that FACT!

A combination of shady practices, injured patients, and building code violations resulted in the culmination of a 76 page deficiency report filed by the Alabama Department of Public Health against (Birmingham, Ala.) New Woman All Women abortion clinic in March 2012. ( Reports Life Legal Defense Foundation)

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The report ultimately led to the revocation of clinic owner, Diane Derzis’, license to operate the facility and in May 2012 the abortion clinic was closed down. Ms. Derzis teamed up with long time friend Kelley Rainwater to strike a deal that would allow Rainwater to serve as a straw person running the clinic for Derzis. But….on February 8, 2013, the ADPH confirmed that Ms. Rainwater’s application was denied.

Derzies is fighting to stay open at her abortion clinic in Mississippi which is being defended by pro-abortion groups despite the conditions of her clinic in Alabama. She has also been granted a pass by a judge in the closing of her Alabama abortion clinic.

Jackson Womens Health Organization Abortion Clinic Owner Diane Derzis’ idea of “Fine” : 2 patients overdosed ! Welcome to “safe abortion”

According to Operation Rescue, Derzis’ abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, is run the same way as her now condemned Alabama abortion business. In fact, it employs some of the same abortionists, including Bruce Elliott Norman, who was the abortionist on duty at NWAW that day in January when three of his abortion patients were hospitalized with complications arising from violations in the standard of care. Two women were overdosed on an IV drug, and another woman landed in the ICU with heavy bleeding after she was left unmonitored while being dosed with a strong medication that causes powerful uterine contractions.

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Pro-lifer Ryan Bomberger reacts to ABC News’ report:

ABC’s Nightline, just days ago, went to Mississippi’s sole abortion mill owned by the ever wealthy Diane Derzis. Nightline spent 72 hours, they claim, inside the abortion mill. But apparently what actually happens INSIDE the building isn’t part of the story. Nightline didn’t show an abortion, didn’t show a mutilated baby’s body parts being counted, didn’t show biohazard waste bags filled with dead babies or any part of the act that has killed 55 million since Roe. Instead, Nightline touted the cute bubble-gum pink color of the exterior of the building and drove around in Diane Derzis’ gas guzzling, “global warming”-inducing Hummer.

(Apparently, pro-climate control ABC was okay with that since Derzis’ offset her “carbon footprint” by eliminating thousands of other footprints.) They could’ve asked why her other clinic in Birmingham, Alabama was closed down. They could’ve asked why the State issued 76 pages of health code violations (h/t Operation Rescue’s abortiondocs.org) on her clinic and forbade her from ever owning a clinic in Birmingham, Alabama again. But they didn’t.

ABC’s Nightline also depicted the abortionist who travels to Mississippi’s lone abortion mill as some kind of charitable doctor. ABC fails to mention that Dr. Willie Parker is the highly paid late-term abortionist and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. He’s paid $356,000 by Planned Parenthood for just the abortions he commits at DC’s main abortion center.

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(Abortion is still legal throughout the entire pregnancy in DC.) Instead, ABC portrays Parker as a compassionate man from Alabama, with a “deep evangelical faith”, just trying to bring comfort to women, instead of the abortionist who is paid as a subcontractor to travel to several states to abort children and pretend to be a woman’s personal physician.

Sadly, the American public suffers from systematic misinformation by an institution that should be telling the truth, but chooses, instead, to tell us lies.

Planned Parenthood cares more for their Janitors than women !

Posted in 911 calls, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Ambulances, Planed Parenthood abortion death, Planned Parenthood Ambulance with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by saynsumthn

November 21, 2012

According to Operation Rescue, A St. Louis Planned Parenthood patient was rushed to a nearby hospital after suffering serious abortion complications the day before Thanksgiving. Paramedics arrived at the abortion clinic at approximately 2:45 p.m. on November 21, 2012, and removed the patient from the building with her face covered with a cloth.

November 2, 2012

H/T – Operation Rescue:

Indianapolis, IN – An ambulance was called to transport a woman in the middle of a second-trimester abortion to the hospital from a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 2, 2012, after the abortionist refused to continue the procedure. The emergency was classified a Priority E, which reserved for the most severe cases.

This is the seventeenth medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics since January, 2011.

Operation Rescue has obtained the 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript of the incident where a female caller is heard evading the dispatcher’s questions about the condition of the woman, who was in her fourteenth week of pregnancy. The dispatcher was forced to ask the Planned Parenthood employee four times what was wrong with the patient.

Dispatcher: Dispatcher: Ma’am, can you be specific? What’s the problem with the patient? Is the patient conscious?
Planned Parenthood Caller: Yes.
Dispatcher: Is the patient breathing okay?
Planned Parenthood Caller: Yes, she’s fine.
Dispatcher: Okay, then what does she need the ambulance for?

October 26, 2012

H/T – Operation Rescue:

An ambulance was called to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Denver, Colorado, on October 26, 2012, and transported a hemorrhaging woman to a local hospital, according to a 911 Computer Aided Dispatch Transcript released to Operation Rescue by local pro-life activists.

In Denver, the heavily redacted CAD Transcript indicates that a woman was transported from Planned Parenthood using Code 2, which denotes a serious, but not immediately life-threatening condition. The transcript used medical codes that indicated the woman suffered a severe hemorrhage related to an ectopic pregnancy. (View Document)

Operation Rescue recently reported on a law suit filed against Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Alabama, where a woman suffered from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy after an unwarranted abortion. Operation Rescue filed a formal complaint against the abortionist responsible in that case.

Operation Rescue released a video on October 19, 2012, with photos and 911 recordings documenting 14 such medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood clinics over the past 22 months. Since then, in addition to the Colorado incident, one other medical emergency has surfaced, this time at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Hempstead, New York, which took place in March, 2012. WATCH IT HERE
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Planned Parenthood is an organization which cares more for their Janitors than the women they serve !!!!

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and they get million and millions from tax payers thru federal , state , and local government entities. Planned Parenthood is taking hard earned tax dollars and paying their staffers thousands in salaries most about $100,000 and some as high is $400,000.

Now they are soaking the tax payers by paying even their JANITORS these elaborate salaries !!!

According to a Planned Parenthood Mar Monte 2009 990 report: Darris Gooding earned $104,481 for “Janitorial Services” and $118,435 in 2008 ( See what the other employees earned below)

In addition Planned Parenthood of New York paid Signature Cleaning Service $220,462 for their janitorial services. ( The rest of PPNY’s employees are also paid 6 digit salaries – see below)

In Washington State , Open Works of Arizona was paid $154,770 for Janitorial Services to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest in 2009. In addition they earned $132,917 in 2008.

Planned Parenthood of North Texas, paid $89,852 for janitorial services according to their financial report.

More on PP’s long list of highly paid incompetent workers Here

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NOW : Here is how the Abortion Patients and Women get treated at Planned Parenthood:

October 13,2012 Aurora Ill

On Saturday October 13, 2012, while sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois, pro-lifers observed an Aurora Fire Department ambulance arrive with its emergency lights on. Pro-life Action League has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out more about what went wrong inside Planned Parenthood.
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BOSTON MASS:

A lawsuit filed on September 5, 2012, shows evidence that Planned Parenthood of Boston botched an abortion on a patient that caused her to be transported to a local hospital three hours later. This is the third known medical emergency at Planned Parenthood of Boston since January of last year.

According to the lawsuit, Melissa Cullen received a suction abortion at Planned Parenthood. Three hours after her release from the abortion clinic, Cullen blacked out from an “extreme loss of blood” and fell, hitting her face. She suffered a concussion, a sprained neck, two broken teeth, and a gash on her chin. She also claims to now suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After fainting, Cullen was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where she was told by physicians that “the abortion had been done wrong” according to court documents, which were hand-written by the plaintiff. Cullen is seeking $100,000 in damages.

In separate incidents, pro-life activists documented ambulances transporting women from this same Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on January 7, 2011, and July 7, 2012.

HOUSTON TX :

This incident comes on the heels of another one at a Planned Parenthood in Houston.

Pro-lifers in Houston post audio of a 911 call made by Planned Parenthood in August. On the emergency call, Planned Parenthood tells 911 they have a patient who is hemorrhaging and that there is a “crash cart” on scene.

Pro-life activists documented the incident with photos and video. (See above)

Ambulance arrived at Planned Parenthood in Houston:

PP claims that abortion is safe, and they claim that abortion empowers women. This picture shows the ugly truth, and shows the real war on women. We must continue to stand up against PP’s deadly agenda and their lies.

BOISE ID:

Operation Rescue: Boise, ID – An ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Boise, Idaho, this afternoon and transported a woman to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise where she was admitted to the Emergency Room. The cause of the medical emergency and condition of the woman is currently unknown; however, activists confirm that abortions were performed today at that Planned Parenthood facility.

ST. PAUL MN:

Here is an ambulance that arrived at a St. Paul Mega Center earlier this year ( May 2012)

CHICAGO IL

And in July of 2012, A women bled to death after an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood

The family of a Chicago woman who died after an abortion at Planned Parenthood says it wants answers about her death.

Tonya Reaves, 24, died late Friday July 20th night from a hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, as well as an intrauterine pregnancy as contributing causes, according to the medical examiner’s office. She died after she’d had an abortion at Planned Parenthood at 18 S. Michigan Av, according to the medical examiner’s office.


Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher, is calling on Cook County Illinois State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, to immediately launch an investigation into the death of Tonya Reaves. He says the investigation is necessary to determine if criminal charges are warranted under the state’s “depraved indifference murder” statutes.

What is now known is that the Planned Parenthood abortionist ripped a hole in Ms. Reaves’ uterus and she began to hemorrhage. It is also known that the Planned Parenthood staff let her lie there for over five hours before they called an ambulance.

Operation Rescue has posted the gruesome Medical Examiners Report of the Reaves death from Planned Parenthood here

Maurice Stevenson’s wife died of a blood infection in 2002 after undergoing an abortion at Planned Parenthood.

The Chicago Tribune asked Planned Parenthood about the death of Stevenson’s wife and they told the Tribune they could not confirm whether they had reported the 2002 death of Stevenson’s wife, only that it had reported the 2008 death of another patient.

VIRGINIA BEACH VA:
A life-threatening abortion injury at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
Operation Rescue published a recording of the 911 call placed by Planned Parenthood on October 14, 2011.

EVERETT WASHINGTON

Everett , Washington: Teen girl taken from Planned Parenthood by ambulance after botched abortion

MINNESOTA:

Minnesota :Safe and Legal? Not for this abortion patient: Ambulance Arrives at Planned Parenthood



ST LOUIS MO

ST. LOUIS MO:

In Feb of 2011, Emergency responders removed a patient from a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday morning and rushed her to the emergency room at Barnes-Jewish-Christian Hospital.

A witness, pro-life sidewalk counselor Marty Bennet, took over a dozen photos of the dramatic incident as the woman was wheeled out the clinic and into an awaiting ambulance. Photos showed that the woman’s head was covered and that there was no IV bag or any other sign of ongoing emergency care. There was no evidence that any Planned Parenthood staff member accompanied her to the hospital.

Bennet left a note offering assistance on the vehicle that accompanied the ambulance to the hospital. Later, the husband of the botched abortion victim contacted him to thank him for his concerns. He indicated that his wife is in stable condition.

“From June 2009 until April 2010, nine ambulances have been at Planned Parenthood and each time a client was transported to Barnes Hospital,” said Bennet in a written statement. “Is this safe medical care?”

Sioux City, IA

Local pro-life advocates providing abortion alternatives information to women outside the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland abortion facility in Sioux City, Iowa noted that, at 1:30 p.m. local time yesterday, an ambulance responded to an emergency call from Planned Parenthood. Once it arrived at the abortion clinic, the ambulance transported a patient to a local hospital.

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NAPLES, FL

May of 2010: A patient at a Florida Planned Parenthood was rushed to a local emergency room by ambulance Monday, Naples Daily News reported.

Officials could not confirm if the patient had an abortion do to privacy laws, but the facility schedules and performs abortions on Mondays.

“We had a medical call and just transported someone to the hospital for evaluation,” Cherie Wilson-Watson, spokeswoman for Collier County Emergency Medical Services said.
The president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood, Char Wendel, said she could not say whether the emergency was related to an abortion.

ORANGE COUNTY CA

Sept of 2009: Local pro-life advocates in southern California say that a Planned Parenthood abortion business there may have injured women on two separate occasions in botched abortions. They have photographed ambulances taking women from the abortion facility twice in the last month.

On September 16, 2009, pro-life observed and photographed an ambulance responding to a medical emergency at a Planned Parenthood abortion center at 700 Tustin Dr. in Orange, California. Ten days later, a different group of pro-life supporters observed and photographed another emergency transport by ambulance from the same abortion facility.

St Louis MO

Nichole Williams, age 22 and the mother of three, went to Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis for a first-trimester abortion on April 25, 1997. Reproductive Health is run by Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, and the abortion was performed by Dr. Robert Crist, who is their medical director. Before the abortion was completed, Dr. Crist noticed that Nichole was having breathing difficulties. He finished the procedure and instructed staff to call for an ambulance. She was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where she would die later that day. Nichole was the third woman to die after having an abortion by Dr. Crist. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Abortion-Related Death Spurs Activists Pleas,” April 27, 1997; Miscellaneous, April 26, 1997; “Woman’s Death After Abortion Under Scrutiny,” April 29, 1997; “Abortion Doctor Much Despised, Much Praised,” April 29, 1997; “Drug Was Fatal In ’88 Abortion,” April 30, 1997)

LINCOLN NE:

A woman was sent to a local hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska after a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility. The unnamed woman suffered unknown complications from the abortion, but the problems were serious enough to transport her to a medical center and shut down Planned Parenthood’s operations. The incident occurred on Thursday morning and saw the woman loaded into an ambulance outside Planned Parenthood at about 10:45 a.m. She was transported to Bryan LGH East Medical Center, according to pro-life advocate Pam McCabe of Lincoln Right to Life, who snapped photos of the incident. McCabe indicates abortion practitioner C.J. La Benz followed the ambulance to the hospital.

AURORA ILL

In April of 2011 – pro-lifers witnessed an ambulance at a Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Ill. The account was documented as follows, “The EMTs leaped out of the ambulance and ran into the side door of the facility—a door I’d never seen used in the nearly four years I’ve been protesting and praying outside this clinic. Shortly afterward, one, two and finally three Aurora police cars sped into the lot and set up a sort of perimeter around the ambulance. A few minutes later, the EMTs came back out with a gurney and, as is their habit, Planned Parenthood’s employees’ first priority was to hold up a sheet over their victim so nobody could see what they had done to her. It never ceases to amaze me how keeping their dirty little secrets secret takes first priority over everything else, even getting this poor girl into the ambulance quicker.”

OLD TOWN, ILL

In March of 2011 a pro-lifer at a 40 Days for Life vigil snapped a few pictures of the ambulance just outside the door of a Planned Parenthood in Old Town, ILL The pro-lifer stated:
I took a picture of the fire truck and police SUV flanking the corner, and I took a picture of the ambulance with the front door in view. I put my phone away when they brought the poor woman out. … She was sitting in one of those collapsible wheelchairs ambulances carry. She had a towel over her lower body but was not fully covered (the sides of her legs were visible; she was not wearing pants), and her sitting position made me worry she might have still been mid-procedure.

Denver CO
Planned Parenthood Denver Colorado Stapleton Ambulances

BOSTON MA Jan 2011


Two ambulances and a fire truck arrived around mid-morning at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 7, 2011, according to eye witnesses. Pro-lifers on the scene said they saw one woman wheeled out the front door on a gurney and loaded into one of the awaiting ambulances. The incident was reported by Bill Kotter of Operation Rescue Boston.

Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in tax dollars in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2008, and $363.2 MILLION Dollars on Government Grants ( Tax Dollars) in 2009– that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY of taxpayer money !!!

Cecile Richards; Planned Parenthood President

Planned Parenthood then took those hard earned dollars away from poor and middle class hard working people and it paid its president, Cecile Richards, $385,163, plus another $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation. ( View 2008 990 here )

The $385,163 in pay Planned Parenthood President Richards received in the organization’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 was recorded in the group’s publicly available Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed for that year.

Richards also received $346,285 in total compensation from Planned Parenthood and $38,476 in total compensation from related groups in the organization’s fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, according to the organization’s Form 990 for that year. In a 2010 PPFA 990, Cecile Richards reported earning $319,245 from PPFA and $35,471 from related PP organizations

What you may not know is how much money , in a time of economic depression, Cecile Richards and her crew at Planned Parenthood are making, paid for by hard working American Tax Payers like me and you.

Other Officers at the National Level received the following compensation: READ HERE

Safe abortions? Another abortion clinic closed for health code violations

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Regulation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

27-Year-Old Abortion Facility Closed Down Over Health Code Violations

By James Tillman

MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) — The Montgomery, Alabama location for the Summit Medical Centers chain of abortion mills has closed after the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) produced a 68-page long document detailing numerous violations of state law and of medical standards.

The center had been operating on a probationary license since October 2006 due to the legal and health deficiencies found on a 2006 survey.

Among medical deficiencies, the ADPH document notes failure to inspect medical equipment annually, failure to wash hands and medical equipment in accord with the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control, failure to provide for infection control in the recovery room, failure to provide a sufficient number of staff to care for patients in the recovery room, failure to keep adequate medical records, and failure to ensure the availability of emergency drugs and oxygen for use by authorized employees.

Furthermore, expired medications were not removed from the clinic, calls from patients with potential medical conditions were not returned in a timely fashion, and medical waste was not disposed of correctly but instead given to normal trash collectors.

Such gross negligence resembles the unsanitary conditions that have been found in other abortion mills, such as the New Jersey abortion center where forceps crusted with “blood-like residue” were found and rusted crochet hooks were used to remove IUDs. Similarly unsanitary disposal of medical waste has been exposed in a Philadelphia abortuary.

Aside from such serious medical failures, the clinic also failed to follow various laws designed to bring about informed consent and protect minors from abuse.

The ADPH document notes that the clinic failed to develop policies in accord with state law regarding parental consent, suspected abuse, or neglect of a minor, that it failed to inform a woman of her right to view an educational videotape as part of the counseling process, and that it failed to observe the 24-hour waiting period required before abortions.

Such problems are typical of abortion clinics across the country; the Mona Lisa project run by Live Action has found multiple cases in which clinics failed to report apparent cases of statutory rape.

Other abortion clinics run by Summit Medical Centers have had similar problems of gross incompetence. In 2006 one such center had its license suspended after a nurse gave a woman an ultrasound and concluded that the woman was only six weeks pregnant when she was actually in the third trimester. The nurse gave the woman the abortion drug RU 486, which resulted in the woman’s visit to the hospital six days later with the baby’s head protruding before delivering the dead six and one-quarter pound child.

This newly-closed clinic is the last of the Summit clinics to operate in Alabama. The website of the clinic now directs patients on a “short 2.5 hour drive” to Summit Medical Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.

Read Document Here

Alabama Pro-Life Representative Parker Griffith switches parties over Health Care and “policies of Current Democratic Leadership”

Posted in Abortion, Conservative, Health Care with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2009 by saynsumthn

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December 22, 2009

Representative Parker Griffith of Alabama announces his switch from the Democrat to Republican party.

Parker Griffith announces switch to GOP: Video and transcript of press conference

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Read the full transcript of Parker Griffith’s speech below:

It has been an immense pleasure to serve the 5th congressional district of Alabama this last year. As most of you know, I was elected by the people of North Alabama as an INDEPENDENT, CONSERVATIVE congressman. I am pro-business, pro-life, pro-second amendment and have worked hard to support our space and defense programs and represent our Alabama values.

However, as the 111th Congress has progressed I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies pushed by the current Democratic Leadership are not good for North Alabama or America – and more importantly they do not represent my values and convictions. While I voted against health care, Cap and Trade and two huge spending stimulus bills I now believe that I have to go further and stand with a party that is more in tune with my beliefs and convictions.

For that reason I am announcing today that I am joining the Republican Conference immediately. This was not an easy decision for me and I only arrived at this step after much thought, discussion with my family and personal prayer. I take this step because I believe our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy and drives us further and further into debt.

Unfortunately there are those in the Democratic leadership that continue to push an agenda focused on massive new spending, tax increases, bailouts and a health care bill that is bad for our health care system. I have always considered myself to be an independent voice and I have tried to be that voice in Congress – but after watching this agenda firsthand I now believe that the differences in the two parties could not be more clear and that for me to be true to my core beliefs and values I must align myself with the Republican party and speak out clearly on these issues.

I have also been very concerned about support in Congress for our Defense and NASA programs. These programs are not only important to our community they are critical for the future of our nation. Since election to Congress I have fought hard to educate other members on the importance of a strong National Missile Defense program and that we must give our NASA programs more support if we are to maintain our lead in space. And while there are some great Democratic supporters of these programs I increasingly find that my allies in fighting for these initiatives come from within the Republican Party.

As we move forward and continue to fight for these programs I believe that working as a Republican – and joining with Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, Robert Aderholt, Jo Bonner, Mike Rogers and the rest of our delegation will allow me to be an even more effective voice on these issues.

I also want to take a moment to discuss the health care legislation currently before Congress. As you know – I am a physician and understand our health care system. I spoke out early and often about my opposition to this health care bill and voted against it in the House. It appears today that this health care bill will pass the Senate and that one of our first votes in the New Year will be on this health care package. I want to make it perfectly clear that this bill is bad for our doctors, our patients and will have unintended consequences far beyond what we know today. As a doctor and as a Republican I plan to once again oppose this measure and hope that we can defeat this bill that is a major threat to our nation.

I know there will be those who do not support my decision. I want you to know that it is not an easy decision to make. But I always remember that I was not sent to Congress to represent a political party – I was sent to represent the people, the values and the future of North Alabama. After watching as Congress continues to pursue policies that burden our children with debt and threaten our economy – and as someone who is deeply concerned about the future of this country I believe that joining with the Republican Party and standing up against these liberal policies is what is best for our country and best for Alabama.

Fox News: Freshman Alabama Congressman Switches Parties to Join GOP

Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, announced Tuesday that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, announced Tuesday that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

“I have become increasingly concerned that the bills and policies pushed by the current Democratic leadership are not good for north Alabama or our nation,” Griffith said during a press conference Tuesday.

“I am announcing today that I’m joining the Republican conference immediately,” he said. “Our nation is at a crossroads and I can no longer align myself with a party that continues to pursue legislation that is bad for our country, hurts our economy, and drives us further and further into debt.”

Griffith, a retired oncologist and businessman, succeeded former Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer, who retired earlier this year, in a hard-fought contest for the northern Alabama seat.

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