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The U.S. Supreme Court Didn’t Know: 16 of 17 Texas Abortion Facilities FAILED Health Inspections

When the Supreme Court tossed out certain provisions of a Texas abortion safety law earlier this year, in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, it did so without considering egregious conditions that exist in Texas abortion facilities, which prompted the passage of the contested legislation in the first place. Operation Rescue now has evidence in the form of public documents that proves 16 of 17 Texas abortion facilities miserably failed recent health and safety inspections conducted by the Department of State Health Services between August 2015, and June 2016. This information shows that Texas abortion facilities continue to pose a significant danger to the lives and health of women. It is now obvious that regulatory reforms are needed to protect women from the serious health dangers posed by Texas abortion facilities. Abortion facilities should be required not only to submit to inspections, but also pass them before Ambulatory Surgical Facility or Abortion Facility licenses are issued or renewed. “As far as I know, these inspection deficiency reports were never submitted to the Supreme Court’s consideration. The reports show us that more oversight is needed for abortion facilities, not less,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We expect conditions at Texas abortion facilities will continue to deteriorate in the wake of the Supreme Court’s errant ruling that protects abortion businesses and their sloppy, corners-cutting practices above the health and welfare of women and their babies.” The most recent inspection reports for each Texas abortion facility were obtained from the Texas Department of State Health Services in response to Operation Rescue’s Freedom of Information Act request. Violations of note within the...

Pregnancy Care Centers Sue Illinois Governor, Urged to Defy State Law Over Abortion Referral Requirement

An international pro-life pregnancy care center umbrella group is urging Illinois pregnancy centers to defy a new state law requiring them to participate in abortions, even as those centers and others file suit against the law. In a letter quoted in part by Heartbeat International news publication Pregnancy Help News (PHN), Heartbeat President Jor-El Godsey said this week Illinois’ Senate Bill (SB) 1564 is a “direct assault on our pro-life, pro-health and pro-woman values [that] cannot be allowed to stand.” According to Godsey, “To violate this major tenet of our life-affirming outreach, even if compelled by the government, represents an undeniable breach of ethics. To bow the knee to the state is to deny the very foundation of our mission.” Signed by pro-abortion Republican Governor Bruce Rauner this past July and scheduled to go into effect January 2017, SB 1564 requires pro-life centers to promote, and at times participate in, helping women to get abortions. From the law: (3) If requested by the patient or the legal representative of the patient, the health care facility, physician, or health care personnel shall: (i) refer the patient to, or (ii) transfer the patient to, or (iii) provide in writing information to the patient about other health care providers who they reasonably believe may offer the health care service the health care facility, physician, or health personnel refuses to permit, perform, or participate in because of a conscience-based objection. Lawsuit Filed Against SB 1564 Godsey’s letter came as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against Rauner on behalf of “multiple pregnancy care centers, a pregnancy care center network, and a...

Through Laura’s Eyes: Abortion’s False Promise of Empowerment

For decades, legalized abortion has been slickly marketed, or “packaged,” by the feminist movement and the abortion industry as “empowerment” for women. Ironically, the very movement that claims to champion equality for women views women as inherently incomplete. This, they argue, can only be accomplished by granting mothers the “power” to impose lethal force against their unborn children. The International Planned Parenthood Federation states, on its website, “Denying women the ability to choose to end an unwanted pregnancy under safe and legal conditions is a violation of human rights and flies in the face of the empowerment agenda.” As Jeffrey Ventrella of Alliance Defending Freedom wisely stated, “When the most dangerous place for a young person today is in his mother’s womb, that is a work of the devil.” Indeed, and when it comes to abortion’s false promise of empowering women, the devil is in the details. After speaking at a church recently, I was approached by a woman who shared her heartbreaking story with me. I pass this on to you with her permission, though I’ve changed her name. “Laura’s” childhood innocence was stolen by a string of her mother’s boyfriends who repeatedly molested and raped her. Her own mother turned a blind eye to Laura’s abuse, and in 1977, at only 12 years of age, Laura became pregnant. Realizing the legal consequences and the relational upheaval this could cause, her mother panicked. And so, five months into Laura’s pregnancy, she put her daughter in the car and drove her to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Laura had no idea where she was going or what was about...

State of Texas: Proposed Fetus Disposal Rule Will Not Burden Medical Facilities

The rule is meant to protect the public from communicable diseases, according to a state analysis. An abortion rights activist said state officials have ignored concerns aired this summer. The state said that small facilities can turn to unspecified private businesses to help with extra costs. A proposed state rule requiring the cremation or burial of miscarried and aborted fetuses will not cost medical facilities more money despite concerns from abortion rights advocates, according to an analysis by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. “What we found through our research is that the proposed rules won’t increase total costs for health care facilities,” agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. Current rules allow fetal remains, as with other medical tissue, to be ground up and discharged into a sewer system, incinerated, disinfected or handled by some other approved process, followed by disposal in a landfill. The state agency said in its analysis, published Thursday, that the purpose of the rule is the “protection of the health and safety of the public” from communicable diseases. The rule, unchanged from when it was first proposed in July, is now subject to a 30-day public comment period before it goes into effect at a later unspecified date. Abortion advocates have said the proposal, which would change how health care providers dispose of fetal remains that aren’t donated for research, would drive up the cost of an abortion and discourage women from seeking a safe procedure. “The Department of State Health Services did not take seriously, and refuses to respond to, the thousands of public comments, and hours of testimony opposing these rules, that...

Abortion Facility Worker Quits Job after Seeing the Bodies of Aborted Children

On December 21, 2015, Abby Johnson and her group And Then There Were None sponsored a webcast in which former abortion center workers shared their experiences working in the abortion industry. One of the workers who told her story was Jackie, who worked in a private abortion clinic in Austin, Texas. At first, her duties consisted only of working at the reception desk and checking patients in and out. Then she was moved to the pathology lab, where the bodies of aborted babies were taken to be examined. Jackie describes what she saw there: I got selected to move to the pathology lab, and for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, that is the lab in the clinic that basically inventories the body parts of the fetus that comes out of the woman. And, the first part of that job is, as I said, inventorying the parts; and the second also involves inventorying the parts to determine if they are intact enough to be harvested and sold. And then the third part is doing a checklist, such as the head, the arms, the torso, the legs, and you send it to the doctor to let him know that the abortion was complete. Seeing the mutilated body parts of aborted children took its toll on Jackie. Exposed to the gruesome reality of abortion, her illusions were quickly stripped away: So that’s where I ended up, I trained in that lab three, almost four days before I had a very harsh realization that everything I believed about the abortion industry was wrong. So about three days into it I had...

House Select Panel Votes to Hold StemExpress & CEO in Contempt in Baby Parts Investigation: 2 Articles

Despite parliamentary antics on the parts of pro-Planned Parenthood Democratic members of the Select Panel on Infant Lives, followed by several minutes of castigation of the Panel’s investigation, a markup meeting took place today where the Panel voted to hold StemExpress and its CEO, Cate Dyer, in contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas. Democratic members, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, refused to participate in the actual vote and walked out of the meeting. The resolution passed with 8 yes votes. A House Resolution Report seeking the contempt charges details a pattern of deception and stonewalling employed by StemExpress that was used to stall an investigation by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives. StemExpress, an organ procurement company, was under investigation by the Select Panel due to its financial and professional relationship with Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. Evidence released by the Center for Medical Progress last year indicated that Planned Parenthood illegally profited financially from the sale of aborted baby remains to StemExpress and other organ procurement organizations. At issue are accounting records that were first voluntarily requested by the Select Panel from StemExpress. Instead of accounting documents, the Select Panel was provided inadequate summaries. When Dyer and her company refused to comply, the Select Panel issued subpoenas to require compliance. According to the report, StemExpress told the Select Panel to seek the financial records from its outside accountant, the Scinto Group. However, when the Panel approached the Scinto Group, it refused to comply because Stem Express objected to their compliance. The panel was also told to seek accounting documents from a former accountant, Sara Lee...

Planned Parenthood Commits One Abortion Every 97 Seconds

Planned Parenthood Commits One Abortion Every 97 Seconds… Certainly Doesn’t Look Like “3%”, Right? According to Planned Parenthood’s last annual report, they committed 323,999 abortions from 2014-15. With almost 887 abortions a day, this means that Planned Parenthood does one abortion every 97 seconds. With abortion being such a large part of Planned Parenthood’s business model — far from the claimed and debunked “3 percent of services” they tout — it’s worth wondering why the abortion giant shies away from such a focus. Even their CEO and president Cecile Richards played dumb about Planned Parenthood’s ever-increasing abortion numbers during her testimony before Congress in September 2015. Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, has documented what happens during abortion procedures, including those Planned Parenthood performs. Each and every abortion is horrific; there’s nothing pleasant about any of the procedures discussed and illustrated in the videos: http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-commits-one-abortion-every-97-seconds/ It has been documented that Planned Parenthood is more than willing to perform abortions for any and all reasons, in some instances regardless of what the law in that state says. They’ve also yet to meet a law regulating or restricting abortion that they like. In fact, one of Planned Parenthood’s goals is to commit more (and later) late-term abortions. Some of the latest undercover footage from Planned Parenthood shows staff of the abortion giant suggesting modified and late-term abortions, including illegal partial-birth abortions, which are performed in order to maximize profit for those interested in harvesting body parts from later-term aborted babies. But Planned Parenthood has always whitewashed their own nefarious history, including and beyond the perpetual ignorance Richards displayed last September before Congress....

40 Days for Life to Visit 50 States in Fall 2016 ‘United’ Tour

As it celebrates 10 years and nearly 12,000 babies rescued from abortion through peaceful prayer and vigil campaigning, 40 Days for Life is set to make a major splash this fall with its “United” promotion. Kicking off Sept. 27 with a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court building, where abortion on-demand was legalized in the U.S. with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the campaign is scheduled to host rallies in all 50 states between Sept. 28 and Nov. 6. The tour, believed to be the first of its kind, is being promoted in partnership with national pro-life organizations including March for Life, Students for Life of America, the Susan B. Anthony List, Pro-Life Future, Heartbeat International, and the Silent No More Awareness campaign, which gives post-abortive women and men a platform to share their stories. “This is the one front in our current cultural struggles where we are seeing victory after resounding victory,” 40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit said in a promotional video announcing United’s launch. “Abortion centers are closing at record rates. Abortion workers are having conversions and leaving their jobs. Lives are being saved. The tide is finally beginning to turn.” Bereit and the organization’s current president, Shawn Carney, co-founded 40 Days for Life in 2007 after organizing prayer and fasting vigils in response to a large Planned Parenthood abortion clinic near the campus of Texas A&M. The original clinic, which was aborting 6,400 babies each year, closed in 2013 and is now the headquarters of 40 Days for Life and the site of a life-affirming pregnancy medical clinic that provides...

Over 99 Percent of 12,000 Women Infected With Zika Gave Birth to Healthy Babies – Women Don’t ‘Need’ Abortion; Culprit May Be Insect Larvicide

All along I’ve felt somewhat suspect that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry were quick to jump on the abortion bandwagon for pregnant women with confirmed or suspected cases of the Zika virus. But a recent, expansive study has cast legitimate doubt on the Zika/microcephaly connection. Anxiety over Zika has affected the Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio, as well as impacting the cruise industry in Florida where Zika cases have been reported. Concern continues to grow. Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry were quick to insert themselves into the medical crisis because they’re absolutely desperate to link abortion to any perceived common good and they thought the Zika virus was their ride to glory. As a result, they’ve been advocating abortion for at-risk pregnant women. Planned Parenthood even hired canvassers to go door-to-door in Miami. The New England Complex Systems Institute has shed new light on the situation and opened the possibility that the declared Zika link may be premature. The study is expansive and so credible that the New England Journal of Medicine published the preliminary results in spite of already concluding Zika was the problem. The study looked at nearly 12,000 pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika. None of them had a baby with microcephaly. Four cases of microcephaly were reported with women who didn’t have Zika symptoms and were not part of the study, which is consistent with the normal expected number of cases. Based on estimated numbers there should be about 60,000 pregnant women in Colombia with the Zika virus, yet there are hardly...

‘Back Alley’ Abortion Businesses, But the Abortions are Legal Now: Commentary

  You walk into a medical office, but almost immediately something doesn’t seem quite right. Later you learn that poorly trained staff conducted faulty ultrasounds, filed negligent result reports, and injected you with cut-rate drugs that most legitimate doctors refuse to use due to unacceptably high risks. Then you find out that when you were told more efficient drugs weren’t available in the U.S., it was an outright lie. Such betrayal and more is experienced daily by women who are lured into Steven Chase Brigham’s American’s Women’s Services abortion facilities. But for one woman, the consequences of Brigham’s substandard staff, policies, and practices will impact her world, and that of her son, for the rest of their lives. Court documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that abortionist Steven Chase Brigham and his associates Vikram Kaji and Mansour Panah have been hit with a default judgement of $6.5 million in a malpractice case involving a failed methotrexate abortion on Christy O’Connell. While that may sound like a lot of money, the cost of providing life-time care for her son, who was severely disabled by the abortion drug Methotrexate, will be at least that, or more. When O’Connell first filed her civil suit in Federal Court, Brigham, Kaji, and Panah never bothered to hire attorneys or respond to the complaint. They simply ignored it and allowed it to default. Iris Dominy, who actually conducted the methotrexate abortion on Christy O’Connell in July 2012, at Brigham’s “Frederick Primary Care,” also known as American Women’s Services in Frederick, Maryland, was not listed on the default judgement and was the only one of the...

California Passes Bill to Jail Reporters Who Film Undercover Footage at Planned Parenthood

California Senators passed an oppressive, Planned Parenthood-backed bill on Wednesday to stop whistleblowers and journalists from conducting undercover investigations of any “health care providers.” The Center for Medical Progress’s undercover video project did a lot of damage to Planned Parenthood when it revealed the abortion giant’s baby body parts operation. Through the California bill, Planned Parenthood is trying to stop anyone from trying to expose its horrendous practices ever again. California Assembly Bill 1671 passed the state Senate on Wednesday evening in a 26-13 party line vote and is expected to be sent to pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk soon, the Sacramento Bee reports. The legislation makes it a crime for anyone to record undercover footage of “health care providers,” including abortion facilities. An original version of the bill also would have punished third parties, including journalists and lawyers, who do nothing more than report or distribute the footage, the Courthouse News Service reports. Violations include stiff fines and jail time, according to the report. The Senate amended the bill this week to appease an outcry from journalists and news agencies. The amended version removed the penalties for third parties who distribute the footage… On Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times editorial board published a strong op-ed against the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of California, which often partners with Planned Parenthood on legal cases, also opposes the bill, citing First Amendment concerns about freedom of the press. Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter. Here’s more from the report: Kevin Baker, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, said they share...

Marie Stopes International Suspends Abortion after Unannounced CQC Government Inspection Yields Safety Concerns

Late Friday [19 Aug 2016], it was announced that leading United Kingdom abortion agency Marie Stopes International will suspend a significant percent of abortion procedures following a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC and the National Health Service (NHS) announced that the abortion agency must suspend surgical abortion procedures for certain groups of women after a CQC regulator raised concerns regarding “the provider’s corporate and clinical governance arrangements and patient safety protocols in specific areas.” Following the surprise inspection, Marie Stopes had suspended abortion for women under the age of 18 as well as “vulnerable groups of women.” Additional suspensions have occurred for abortions under general anesthetic or conscious sedation as well as all surgical abortions in their Norwich abortion clinic. The UK’s The Telegraph newspaper reports that staff competence was a primary reason for the CQC’s concerns. According to The Telegraph, “The CQC said it could not be sure that staff had adequate levels of training and competence to administer sedatives and general anaesthetic. It also said it had immediate concerns about issues of consent.” The government has also informed Marie Stopes International that they will not be given approval for more clinics until the CQC is satisfied that its concerns have been fully addressed. National medical director at NHS England, Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh, stated: “This will be an anxious time for those women affected and we are taking immediate action to ensure everybody involved has access to the appropriate confidential advice and services.” It is encouraging news that the CQC and the...

Study: Abortion Poses Mental Health Concerns for Young Women Over the Years

Abortion during the late teen and early adult years raises a woman’s risk of mental health problems and may be linked to almost one in ten cases of these women’s mental disorders, a new study says. A sociologist at CUA found that the risks of a mental disorder with abortion far exceeded the risks from involuntary loss of pregnancy. “Evidence from the United States confirms previous findings from Norway and New Zealand that, unlike other pregnancy outcomes, abortion is consistently associated with a moderate increase in risk of mental health disorders during late adolescence and early adulthood,” said the study’s abstract. The study, conducted by sociology professor Donald Paul Sullins of CUA, was published July 22, 2016 in the peer-reviewed Sage Open Medicine journal — http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2813546 After adjusting for demographic differences and other factors, the study found that abortion during these years elevated a woman’s risk of mental health disorder by 45%. “One-eleventh of the prevalence of mental disorders examined over the period were attributable to abortion,” the study’s abstract said. The study sought to examine any links between pregnancy outcomes like birth, abortion or miscarriage and mental health outcomes for U.S. women during the transition to adulthood. It drew on a national study of 8,005 women that surveyed them three times at average ages of 15, 22 and 28. Involuntary pregnancy loss was associated with a 24% elevated risk of mental disorder, while childbirth was “weakly associated” with reduced risk of mental disorder. Students for Life of America said the study showed the need for better data about the risks of abortion. “Abortion activists have repeatedly denounced attempts...

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Sends 60th Patient to Emergency Room, Illustrating Need for Oversight

Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court nullified certain abortion safety laws, a medical emergency at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, MO, has illustrated how women have been left in jeopardy by the nation’s High Court. It happened on Saturday, July 2, 2016, a heavy abortion day. Paramedics were photographed by pro-life activists as they removed a Planned Parenthood patient from the abortion facility and loaded her into an awaiting ambulance. Abortion workers and an armed security guard attempted to conceal the incident by holding up large brown tarps. This medical emergency represented the 60th time since 2009 that ambulances have been dispatched to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood to render aid to patients that Planned Parenthood was not equipped to provide. Planned Parenthood is currently the only abortion facility in Missouri. Provisions that were struck down by the Supreme Court last week included required hospital privileges for abortionists that must be maintained within 30 miles of their abortion facilities. Missouri has a similar law, and if that is eventually nullified, Missouri women will be left with few, if any, protections against substandard abortionists that cannot qualify for hospital privileges. “The situation is Missouri is bad enough without stripping away one of the only safety measures in place to protect women. If you don’t think they need protecting from quack abortionists, you have never heard of Kermit Gosnell, Steven Brigham, James Pendergraft, or any number of currently practicing abortionists that no concept of medical or ethical standards,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. In response to a lawsuit filed by Operation Rescue, the...

Safe Haven Laws: Because Babies Deserve Love – Not Dumpsters

http://safehaven.tv/ This spring, a little girl in Ohio should have celebrated her first birthday. There was no party, though. Why not? Well, she wasn’t put in a hospital nursery after she was born. She was put in a plastic bag. Emile Weaver received a life sentence last month for the murder of her newborn. Weaver gave birth in a sorority house at Muskingum University, and then placed her daughter in a garbage bag. The story isn’t unique, as babies regularly turn up in trash bags, and dumpsters. Many don’t survive. It is a little surreal, though: while Weaver is going to prison for killing her newborn in Ohio, New Mexico’s Southwestern Women’s Options will perform late-term abortions for women who didn’t realize how far along they were. And under state law, abortion is legal right up until birth. But there’s another adjective for this tragedy: preventable. Across the country, Baby Safe Haven Laws offer safe places where an infant can be brought–with no questions asked. Some states require that a baby be taken to a hospital, but most also designate police and fire stations as safe havens, too. The group Baby Safe Haven has created an interactive map that provides a summary of the specific rules in each jurisdiction — http://safehaven.tv/states/ Information is available toll-free at 1-888-510-BABY (2229), and http://safehaven.tv/ Baby Safe Haven laws and location Find your local Baby Safe Haven Every baby deserves a pair of loving arms, and given the number of couples hoping to adopt, a lot of arms are waiting. Help by raising awareness of Baby Safe Haven Laws through social media, churches, civic...

Americorps Shuts Down Program After Volunteers Broke the Law Working at Abortion Businesses

A few months after AmeriCorps was caught illegally using taxpayer dollars to help women get abortions, the public service agency announced an end to its problematic healthcare program, according to Jezebel. In April, news broke that some volunteers in the taxpayer-funded program were working with abortion businesses in direct violation of the program’s federal grant requirements, according to The Hill. According to the investigation, six AmeriCorps volunteers provided emotional support and transportation to women seeking abortions at a community health center in New York City. The abortion work was organized through the National Association of Community Health Centers, which oversees AmeriCorps, the report states. In May, the health centers association and AmeriCorps leaders faced an investigative hearing in front of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce to examine the violations and consider what action to take. Now, the health centers association is shutting down the AmeriCorps healthcare program, Buzzfeed reports. The program, Community HealthCorps, trained thousands of members to volunteer at health clinics across the nation, according to the report. Members worked in 17 states and Washington, D.C., educating asthma and diabetes patients, reminding older patients to take their medicine, giving HIV tests and performing other tasks, the report states. Here’s more from the article: Community HealthCorps “was our longest-running health care program,” CNCS spokesperson Samantha Warfield told BuzzFeed News, confirming that NACHC failed to secure renewal of its grant this year. The grant has given $30 million to the nonprofit over the last five years. More than 400 AmeriCorps volunteers, who receive a small stipend and student loan forgiveness in return for their service, are...

Planned Parenthood Plans to Challenge Abortion Laws After Pro-Abortion Hellerstedt Win

Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas. The repeal campaign will initially target laws in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as measures in Texas that were not directly addressed by the Supreme Court ruling. Laws in other states may be targeted later. “We will fight back state by state and law by law until every person has access to safe, legal abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “No matter how long it takes, these laws will fall.” On Monday, in a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down regulations in Texas that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced abortion clinics to meet hospital-like physical standards. More than half of the state’s 41 abortion clinics closed since the law passed in 2013. The Supreme Court’s ruling held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman’s right to an abortion. Soon after the ruling was announced, Texas-style laws were nullified in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Alabama. Here are the targets of the repeal campaign: Missouri: Laws requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospital-like standards. The admitting-privileges law ended access to abortion in a Columbia facility, leaving the state with only one health center that provides abortions. Virginia: Regulations requiring hospital-like outpatient surgery standards for abortion clinics. Two clinics have closed since the regulations were approved...

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Females Aged 15–44 Years, by the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 1999, 2014

The age-adjusted death rate for females aged 15–44 years was 5% lower in 2014 (82.1 per 100,000 population) than in 1999 (86.5). Among the five leading causes of death, the age-adjusted rates of three were lower in 2014 than in 1999: cancer (from 19.6 to 15.3, a 22% decline), heart disease (8.9 to 8.2, an 8% decline), and homicide (4.2 to 2.8, a 33% decline). The age-adjusted death rates for two of the five causes were higher in 2014 than in 1999: unintentional injuries (from 17.0 to 20.1, an 18% increase) and suicide (4.8 to 6.5, a 35% increase). Unintentional injuries replaced cancer as the leading cause of death in this demographic group. [CDC MMWR Weekly / July 1, 2016 / 65(25);659: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999 and 2014, Mortality; http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6525a6.htm?s_cid=mm6525a6_e...

Supreme Court of the U.S. Rules Against Abortion Business Regulations

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down a Texas law (H.B.2) that sought to protect women’s health by requiring abortion clinics follow minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists have surgical privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the abortion clinic. In a 5-3 decision, SCOTUS decided in Whole Woman’s Health V. Hellerstedt that the Texas law posed “[u]nnecessary health regulations that have the pur­pose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion impose an undue burden on the right”. The case was filed by an abortion business operating in Texas. In his dissenting opinion, Justice Alito, with Chief Justice Roberts concurring, expressed disbelief that the five justices opposed sections of H.B. 2 that imposed reasonable safety measures on abortion sites. Justice Alito wrote, “Provisions that are indisputably constitutional–for example, provisions that require facilities performing abortions to follow basic fire safety measures–are stricken from the books. There is no possible justification for this collateral damage. The Court’s patent refusal to apply well-established law in a neutral way is indefensible and will undermine public confidence in the Court as a fair and neutral arbiter.” Justice Thomas in a separate dissent quoted the late Justice Scalia on the pro-abortion leaning of the Court, “Today the Court strikes down two state statutory provi­sions in all of their applications, at the behest of abortion clinics and doctors. That decision exemplifies the Court’s troubling tendency “to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.” Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U. S. 914,...

Police Find Surgical Instruments Covered in Blood and Human Tissue After Abortionist Pulled Over

According to court records, late-term abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV has been indicted by a grand jury on a total of six drug-related charges, including what appears to be posession of LSD. The “true bill” indictments were recorded on May 6, 2016. Pendergraft, a notorious late-term abortionist from Florida, was initially arrested on October 5, 2015, during a traffic stop in South Carolina. There, sheriff’s deputies discovered surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics. At the time of his arrest last fall, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told a press conference, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically we got an illegal baby killer.” But no charges appear to have been filed related to unlawful abortions even though Pendergraft holds no medical license in South Carolina. …Meanwhile, pro-life activists are reporting that Pendergraft moved out of his Ocala, Florida, abortion facility this week after suspending abortions “until further notice” last fall after his South Carolina arrest. Ocala Moving DayWorkers were spotted by pro-life activist Ralph Enger carrying out boxes and loading the dumpster with the contents of the former abortion facility. A phone call from the facility confirmed that its closure is permanent. According to Enger, a receptionist who answered the phone told a caller requesting services in Ocala, “I’m sorry ma’am that place is closed...