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Abortion access focus while OB units close in Texas and nationwide

Posted in Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by saynsumthn

While we await the decision from the Supreme Court in a case that challenged a pro-life law which forced the closure of several substandard abortion clinics in Texas, hundreds of Texas women have learned that they will have to travel further for obstetrical care after the closing of an OB unit in the state. The news will affect workers who are now slated to lose their jobs, and yet the media is relatively silent. Texas Health Presbyterian has announced that it will close its labor and delivery unit at its Kaufman hospital and even though it will negatively affect women’s health in the state, there is little outrage.

Flashback only a few years ago after when closing of several abortion facilities in Texas following sweeping pro-life legislation, caused an uproar and constant drum beat of outrage from pro-abortion women’s groups and the news media. But, alas, this unit is helping babies be born and not taking their lives.

Texas Presbyterian claims that there has been a decline in the number of women seeking their services and that is what has prompted their decision to close the Kaufman OB unit in May. But, less than a year after an Obstetrics Unit in another Texas city, Denton closed, a neighboring hospital said they noticed a huge increase in deliveries.

“It happened literally overnight,” nurse manager Dena Shapley told the Denton Record Chronicle in March. “We were delivering around 150 to 160 babies per month, and then literally that next month we were delivering around 240 babies per month.”

In Kaufman, the closure will force pregnant women to drive potentially long distances. The limited remaining options for care are at least 40 miles away, putting women and their babies at greater risk. The closure is also ending the practice of the city’s only OB doctor.

Despite hospital officials claiming this long distance will give women ample time to arrive at another obstetrics unit, a hospital nurse who spoke to Fox4 in Dallas said this will not help the women who have typically walked through the doors to deliver within minutes of their arrival. Even though the hospital says it will accept women into their Emergency Room, the nurse, who pointed out that the closure will affect mostly “lower socio-economic” women, claimed that no one will be available to do an emergency C-section. The hospital responded by noting that in cases of emergencies, the women would have to be transported by ambulance the 40 miles to Dallas.

Contrast this with the reaction that the closure of an abortion clinic has had in the state. When HB2 was passed, it did the unthinkable, so says the abortion lobby. The legislation sought to improve women’s safety by doing things like….requiring doctors who work at abortion clinics to have hospital privileges and also required abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. (Oh…the horror!) Following the passage of the pro-life legislation, now being challenged before the US Supreme Court, the nation was exposed to a constant drum beat of criticism portraying images of women forced to drive for miles in order to obtain an abortion. This image (below) is a capture from Whole Women’s Health abortion chain blog who challenged the Texas pro-life law:

Whole Womens Health Abortion CLinic Statement

Since HB2’s passage, abortion enthusiasts have crawled out of the woodwork to decry the closures as a direct attack on their “right to abortion.” The media has been swift to measure the distance a woman might have to travel if their otherwise unfit abortion clinic were to close down. They predicted dire health consequences from the closures, none of which have materialized in the state.

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Yet, in light of the Texas OB unit closing, I hear only crickets when it comes to – oh- say “A woman’s right to a safe and simple delivery.” And, believe it or not, this is not a new phenomenon women are facing in the state or the nation for that matter [still hearing crickets?].

According to ACOG, “Rural America” is home to 22.8% of U.S. women aged 18 years and older. Each year, about 500,000 women in the United States give birth in rural hospitals, yet easy access to labor and delivery units has been declining.

Rural Obstetrics

A spokesperson for the Texas Presbyterian Hospital told Fox4 that many rural hospitals have closed their OB Unites in past years. This includes Ennis Regional Medical Center which discontinued obstetrics services in 2016.

According to a report, published in 2007 by the The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, entitled Why Are Fewer Hospitals in the Delivery Business?, from 1985 to 2000, the number of hospitals that provided obstetric services dropped by 23%. As a result, more than one-third of counties in the US lacked hospital-based obstetric services in 2000, significantly more than the one-fifth of counties without hospital-based obstetric services in 1985.

A 2015 story published by NPR reported that 17 of 54 of Alabama’s rural counties have hospitals that offer obstetrics services, calling it, “one of the state’s greatest healthcare challenges.” Even more shocking, a 2016 study of rural hospitals nationwide found that 7.2 percent of rural hospitals in the study had closed their obstetric units. The authors who published their findings in the January issue of Health Services Research also found that:

    These units were smaller in size, more likely to be privately owned, and located in communities with lower family income, fewer obstetricians, and fewer family physicians. Prenatal care was still available in 17 of 19 communities, but local women would need to travel an average of 29 additional miles to access intrapartum care.

“The fact that closures continue happening — over time that means the nearest hospital gets farther and farther away,” Katy Kozhimannil, who co-authored the analysis told Kaiser Health News.

The disconnect between accessing obstetric services versus abortion services for women in the state Texas as well nationwide is glaring. It reveals that the majority of abortion defenders are more concerned about whether low-income and/or rural women access abortion rather than having access to a place where they can safely give birth. This displaced focus also reveals that the media is lax in reporting the full story of what is happening in Texas. And, while we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas pro-life law, one thing is certain, the circus around abortion will continue while more obstetrics units close down.

Abortion chain suing over Texas pro-life law had major health violations

Posted in Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2016 by saynsumthn

A Texas abortion clinic chain whose centers have been cited by state health inspectors is behind the challenge to a state law which requires abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and is set to be heard by the United States Supreme Court. Despite the spin from the abortion lobby, amicus briefs filed by several pro-life groups in the case, document the dangerous conditions of abortion facilities in the state.

Whole Woman’s Health v. John Hellerstedt, MD Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services was filed as a challenge to Texas law HB2, a strict pro-life law passed by the Texas state legislature in July 2013. One provision requires a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location where the abortion
is performed. A second provision requires all abortion clinics to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers. Pro-lifers point out that HB2 simply requires abortion clinics to come under the same regulations as other surgical centers in the state. Since HB2’s passage, several abortion facilities have closed due to their inability to comply with the law.

In June of 2015, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both provisions but made a narrow exception for the Whole Woman’s abortion clinic in McAllen, after they were unable to secure required hospital privileges for its abortion doctors.

The issues under review in the case include:

    (1) Whether, when applying the “undue burden” standard of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a court errs by refusing to consider whether and to what extent laws that restrict abortion for the stated purpose of promoting health actually serve the government’s interest in promoting health; and

    (2) whether the Fifth Circuit erred in concluding that this standard permits Texas to enforce, in nearly all circumstances, laws that would cause a significant reduction in the availability of abortion services while failing to advance the State’s interest in promoting health – or any other valid interest.

WWH SCOTUS abortion

According to their website, Whole Woman’s Health (WWH) currently operates abortion facilities in Baltimore, Fort Worth, McAllen, San Antonio, Twin Cities, New Mexico, and Peoria. Prior to 2013, WWH operated abortion facilities in five different communities in Texas: McAllen, Beaumont, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. But, since the passage of HB2, WWH reports that they had to stop abortions in Austin and Beaumont. Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Women’s Health, would like to deceive the public that her abortion clinics do not need any more scrutiny. Yet, the State of Texas has found some very concerning issues with WWH abortion facilities.

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In 2014, a news report filed by KFDM listed disturbing problems found at WWH’s Beaumont abortion clinic. According to the report, Whole Woman’s Health failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania. (Watch the report below)

The information comes from a 2013 inspection by the Texas Department of State Health Services of Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont, citing the Beaumont abortion clinic for 13 health and safety code violations.

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But, WWH’s failure to have protocols for emergencies was not new.

In 2007, the state of Texas took disciplinary action against Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont for, “failure to have a written protocol for emergency evacuation for disasters tailored to the Facility’s geographic location,” among other violations.

Whole Womans Health discipline 2007

In 2011, the pro-life group, Operation Rescue released information documenting widespread abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics. Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health’s McAllen facility, they stated at the time. Among the disturbing finds were bloody medical waste along with the names of patientsm patient logs and other private information thrown in the trash. (View photo documentation of the evidence with the name Whole Women’s Health clearly evident.) The documentation, which was originally thrown in a trash dumpster near the abortion clinic was turned over to the the attorney general and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. As a result, Operation Rescue was notified that 2 Whole Woman’s Health abortion centers were fined:

    Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen was fined at total of $17,430.

    Whole Woman’s Health of Austin was ordered to pay a total of $22,980.

According to an article published by National Right to Life News, in 2012 the Texas Medical Board disciplined two WWH abortionists for violating standards of patient care. They were both fined $3,000 and required to take a medical education course. Many other WWH abortionists have previous disciplinary histories, NRTL states citing a case from Minnesota.

TXRTL Lax abortion

A report published in 2013 by Texas Right to Life after they obtained inspection reports of all abortion centers in Texas from July 2011-2012, revealed that 14 Texas abortion centers were cited as having infractions that violated inspections. Included among those infractions was a 17 page list of violations from Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont.

Four of five Whole Woman’s Health Clinics have incurred violations against safety laws during the last three years; some of these clinics fell short dozens of times,” TXRTL pointed out later.

Another review of Texas abortion clinics conducted by the pro-life group Texas Alliance for Life also listed several disturbing violations cited by state health inspectors at Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont. An inspection of WWH dated November 17, 2011 found a long list of violations including (among other things):

    “[I]n procedure room #2 there was numerous rusty spots on the on the suction machine used on the patient” for an abortion.

Health inspectors which visited WWH in Beaumont on December 19, 2012 found (among other things) that:

    “…the staff was still not knowledgeable in the proper procedure of sterilizing instruments and the facility had an infection control issues.”

and

    “staff members…failed to perform the correct procedure for the sterilization of the surgical instruments.”

But, while the Beaumont abortion facility was one of the worst, violations were also found at Whole Woman’s Fort Worth facility as well as McAllen. In addition, state health inspectors who visited Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio, found that, “Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio failed to implement and enforce acceptable environmental controls in cleaning and preparing instruments for sterilization,” among other violations.

Pro-life briefs filed in the case include ones from the ACLJ, Liberty Counsel, Operation Rescue as well as Live Action. The brief filed by Live Action details Live Action’s investigations as well as published articles that document how abortion is unsafe for women.

Despite the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, oral arguments in the case on are scheduled to begin March 2.

Out-of-touch pro-abortion advocates “celebrate” abortion

Posted in Roe with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by saynsumthn

It is almost January 22, 1973 and we already see abortion “Celebrations” being organized with the same old rhetoric attracting the same old people. In fact, these celebrations by Planned Parenthood and abortion supporters are out-of-touch to a culture that is growing radically more pro-life every day. But, sadly, and yet predictably, it appears the promoters of all things abortion can’t skip one year without dancing over the bodies of dead preborn children.

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Roe is the infamous Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand in every week of pregnancy. In 2015, Planned Parenthood received criticism for “celebrating: abortion with their “Chili for Choice” event at a Kansas Church. Other events from abortion advocates included a Taco and Beer challenge, “Rock and Roe,” and luncheons. It was also the year that video evidence from the Center for Medical Progress not only told America the depth of depravity the abortion industry generally and Planned Parenthood specifically will sink to when it comes to abortion, but, they showed actual bodies of babies swimming inside a petri dish. And, yet, they celebrate.

Roe its our right

Merriam Webster defines “Celebrate” this way as, “to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.” And, this is exactly what the abortion crowd hopes to do. This is like a “holiday” to them. I mean, I am surprised there is no push to get employers to give them paid leave or to pressure lawmakers for a “celebrate ROE” stamp – except, of course, stamps are becoming so yesterday. Just like abortion.

In a culture that is more pro-life than ever, abortion is more like your grandmother’s “issue” – not that of the youth of today. Yet…here we go again, when a small minority of pro-abortion advocates who still “live in the 1970’s” regurgitate the ignorant lie that a preborn child can be reduced to a “parasite” because they are “nonhuman,” that is unless you need their kidneys, liver, or brain tissue. And, the funniest part about it is that they expect modern America to “Celebrate abortion” with them. Come on….is this a joke?

Ro 43 Together for abortion

Nope, in fact, the Planned Parenthood abortion crowd is going to blast Twitter with the hashtag “Together for Abortion” because – well- they are…FOR ABORTION! And, to help already struggling pro-abortion organizers, a list of where or what the the event can be has been published:

    public or private
    large or small *[I’m predicting VERY small]
    a major speak out
    a cocktail or dinner party
    a handful of friends around a kitchen table
    an abortion storytelling event
    an art show or concert
    a crafting party
    a work break
    a student group
    a place where your community already exists
    a way to meet new people

*editorial comment

Dinner party? What would be on that menu? Red meat, body part soup?

Storytelling…

CRAFTING PARTY…

Say What????

Okay…I have to stop there and ask – exactly what would an abortion celebrating CRAFTING PARTY look like?

Nevermind…I don’t even want to know!

Roe at 43

I have glanced over some of the 43rd anniversary Roe Celebrations and so far they are shall I say (to be nice) “typical” – yawn – or perhaps “boring” would be a better adjective to describe an old fashioned event when a handful of people will gather at a state Capitol or inside a Unitarian Church, to talk about how “Roe” saved them from that oh-so-horrible baby oops I mean “fetus” oops again “pregnancy” that would have ruined their life somehow. I mean, can’t they think of anything new to say?

    “Stand for Choice”
    “Celebrate Roe”
    “Break the Stigma”
    “Its our right”
    “Shout your abortion”

Blah…blah…blah…

Why don’t abortion advocates just say it like it is?

    “Celebrate the dismembering of preborn children in all months of pregnancy”
    “Come hear me blame a little baby for my inability to be successful”
    “Stand up for excuses to end a child’s life”
    “43 years and women still die from legal abortion, celebrate with us”
    “Celebrate a woman’s right so we can turn around and deny the most basic human right”
    “Break all regulations because we want to go back”
    “Shout the deliberate targeting of minorities with abortion”

Well…to my out-of-touch pro-abortion friends so stuck in the past, I know you are desperate because you see your precious law being dismantled before your eyes. Even though it is still early in the month to get your events organized, I have to be honest with you about something. What I am seeing so far is very disappointing. Look, if you are happy about abortion, if you think ripping an innocent baby apart in the womb is so liberating that it is worth celebrating, then at least be a tiny bit more creative….because…the truth is your protests are getting so predictable that even die hard opponents like myself are losing interest in them.

Former Planned Parenthood prez responds to 1973 legalized abortion ruling in vintage footage

Posted in Abortion History, Guttmacher with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

A news report which aired just following the infamous 1973 Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion on demand shows us that from its beginning, Planned Parenthood saw abortion as positive for women despite the harm it does to their bodies and the fact that it takes the life of the preborn baby in the womb.

Guttmacher president Planned Parenthood Roe v Wade legal abortion

Alan F. Guttmacher, MD, served as Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) president from 1962–1974. Journalist George Herman’s CBS News Report (below) which was unearthed by Issues for Life, shows Alan Guttmacher, as head of Planned Parenthood, responding to the ruling:

“I think that to raise the dignity of woman and give her freedom of choice in this area is an extraordinary event. I think that Jan 22, 1973 will be a historic day.”

Liberating is an interesting term to use given the fact that the one time leader of Planned Parenthood who was also a Vice President for the American Eugenics Society, said this just years earlier at a 1967 forum at Harvard Law School:

    “… I would abort mothers already carrying three or more children…I would abort women who desire abortion who are drug addicts or severe alcoholics…I would abort women with sub-normal mentality incapable of providing satisfactory parental care…”(Source; “Abortion: The Issues”, Dr. Alan Guttmacher – President, Planned Parenthood, December 4, 1967, Harvard Law School Forum)

Speaking at the Harvard Law School Forum, a 1967 article in the Harvard Crimson quoted Alan Guttmacher as stating that a larger percentage of abortions performed prior to it’s legalization were from “reputable physicians” something that was downplayed as advocates pushed legal abortion as safer than illegal abortion.

“Seventy per cent of the illegal abortions in the country are performed by reputable physicians, each thinking himself a knight in white armor.”

At the same event, Guttmacher asked for liberalization of present abortion laws, but not for outright repeal, stating that, “To allow abortion on demand would relegate man to the status of the bull.” Guttmacher later said that, “abortion should be a back-up procedure for failed or failure-to-use effective contraception. It must never be the primary method of birth control.” (Source: AMA Congress on Environmental Health, May 4-5, 1970 speech by Alan F. Guttmacher, Page 63.)

Interestingly, the Planned Parenthood president made this statement in 1970, “We look forward to the time when our clinics can be closed, when the government can fund enough money to serve the poor and research new birth control methods.”

In a sobering warning, George Herman ended the CBS report with these words, “If the experience of New York State is any guide, America will eventually have one abortion for every two births.

As we enter another year of legalized abortion, we look forward to the day we will see the closure of Planned Parenthood and all abortion clinics as we work for the protection of the preborn child in the womb.

Pastors sign open letter to SCOTUS over Marriage

Posted in Church, Gay Marriage Opposed, homosexuality, Supreme Court with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2015 by saynsumthn

A broad coalition of Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish leaders joined by civic and business leaders from around the nation have signed an open letter to the U.S. Supreme Court vowing they will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court that would force them to violate the biblical understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Pastors sign letter against Homosexual Marriage Texas

The letter was published in an ad in the Washington Post and was signed by many prominent pastors and Christian leaders, many from Texas, including: Pastor Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Church Dallas, Pastor Robert Morris at Gateway Church in Southlake, Pastor Charles Hagee at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Pastor Gregg Matte at Houston’s First Baptist Church, and Pastor Steve Riggle at Grace Church in Houston.

Here is a portion of the letter:

We are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian pastors, clergy, lay leaders and Jewish leaders, who collectively represent millions of people in our specific churches, parishes, denominations, synagogues and media ministry outreaches. Marriage transcends our various theological differences and unites us together in one voice.

We affirm that any judicial opinion which purports to redefine marriage will constitute an unjust law, as Martin Luther King Jr. described such laws in his letter from the Birmingham Jail.

We are Christians who love America and who respect the legitimate rule of law.

However, we will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.

See more at: http://txvalues.org/2015/06/18/pastors-tell-supreme-court-we-must-obey-god-rather-than-men/#sthash.9zv0a1sy.dpuf

and http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/religious-coalition-vows-not-accept-supreme-court-decision-favor-same-sex

The letter is sponsored by the non-profit Common Good Foundation.

Marco Rubio there is no federal Constitution right to same-sex marriage

Posted in Gay Marriage Opposed, homosexuality, Marco Rubio with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2015 by saynsumthn

Marco Rubio – SCOTUS would have to have a ridiculous and absurd reading….

The Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, on Tuesday, and will most likely announce in June whether to uphold a state’s right to ban same-sex marriage.

Lines form outside Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

Posted in Gay Marriage Opposed, homosexuality with tags , , on April 27, 2015 by saynsumthn

The Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, on Tuesday, and will most likely announce in June whether to uphold a state’s right to ban same-sex marriage.