Kansas Group Files Health Complaint Against Abortionist
Medical Abortion by Misoprostol Only
Abortion Practitioner's Trial Begins on Rape, Murder Charges
Abortion Predicts Breast Cancer Better Than Other Factors, Study Shows/ Abstract
Women Victimized by Abortion Say They Would Want Breast Cancer Info
Portugal Sees Less Than Half the Abortions Officials Expected
Funding Again Withheld From Pro-Abortion UN Group
Abortion and Mental Health: The Link we Cannot Ignore
Abortion Death Reported in MA
Missouri Abortion Businesses Tell Federal Court They Can't Afford to Protect Women
Woman Sues Nebraska Planned Parenthood
Study Shows New York City Teens Have High Pregnancy, Abortion Rates
NJ Abortion Business opts to Give Up License – Permanently Closed 25Sept07
Aurora, Illinois Abortion Center Sees Hundreds of Pro-Life Teens Protest
Restrictions on Pro-Life Advocacy During Elections is Unconstitutional
UNFPA Still Denies Abortion Advocacy, but…
Pregnancy Center Group to Provide Abortion Alternatives in Philadelphia…
KS GROUP FILES HEALTH COMPLAINT AGAINST ABORTION PRACTITIONER. A pro-life group has filed an official complaint against late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller in what is the latest skirmish in the battle to prosecute him for allegedly doing illegal abortions.
The group says Tiller and a colleague broke state laws on late-term abortions but also provided women a substandard level of care. The latter complaint is what is most germane for the State Board of Healing Arts, which licenses and oversees physicians in the state.Operation Rescue relied on medical records from Michelle Armesto, a Topeka resident, for its complaint. Armesto testified last month before a legislative panel about her experience.
Armesto, a 22-year-old, told lawmakers how she was the victim of a coerced, and apparently illegal, abortion at Tiller's center four years ago.After pressure from her parents, Armesto went to the abortion business. She says she was denied the opportunity to view an ultrasound on her baby before an out-of-state abortion practitioner killed the child with an injection of poison.She said that she was not able to sign consent papers until after the abortion process had started and that the only exams she received happened afterwards."Tiller now faces two Board of Healing Arts investigations that could cost him his license," OR president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com.
"He faces 19 criminal counts of illegal late-term abortions that could cost him huge fines, and he faces a grand jury investigation that could net literally hundreds of additional counts of illegal abortions from the past five years that could cost him his freedom," Newman added.
Armesto released her medical records for the purpose of filing the complaint, which alleges 14 suspected violations including beginning the abortion procedure without having taken a medical history or obtaining her consent
It also alleges that Tiller associate abortion practitioner Shelley Sella ignored the legal requirement that she meet with the patient prior to the abortion. Sella is also accused of violating the 24-hour waiting period and failing to provide follow-up contact or care.
Additionally, the complaint contends Sella falsified the determination of non-viability in Armesto's 24-week-old unborn baby in order to avoid having to comply with the laws restricting abortions on viable unborn children.
Tiller was included in the complaint because, as the Medical Director of Women's Health Care Services, he is responsible for all medical treatment and care conducted at his facility.
A second complaint against Tiller and abortion practitioner Ann Kristin Neuhaus is being advanced to a Peer Review Board. That complaint alleged that Tiller and Neuhaus had an illegal financial affiliation that they formed in order to do abortions past viability.
"This is a full court press against an abortion industry that has too long operated as if they are above the law. It is past time that these people were brought to justice," Newman said. [5Oct07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Topeka, KS]
MEDICAL ABORTION BY MISOPROSTOL ONLY. Dear AAPLOG Colleague, What are the barriers in the world to availability of induced abortion for all? Mainly three: l. The availability of an operating room with sufficiently skilled help, and 2. Expense, and 3. Countries where induced abortion is illegal. Mifeprex [RU486] gets by 1 and 3, but not 2.
Google "Brazil, abortion misoprostol," and you will find multiple articles indicating that Misoprostol has been used as an abortifacient in Brazil since at least 1987. Take — mg of OTC misoprostol (costing $5 or less), and 80% of women will begin bleeding, and can check into the hospital for a "legal" D&C for presumed incomplete spontaneous abortion.
After 1991, Misoprostol was changed to "prescription only," which probably did not significantly hinder those seeking abortion by this method. But Brazil had proven that misoprostol could solve the barriers (1,2, and 3 above) to world availability of induced abortion for all.
Fast forward to The Lancet, June 9, 2007, which presents a study done under the auspices of the UN, WHO, and World Bank.
This is a study of Misoprostol as an abortifacient, comparing vaginal vs oral route, and q. 3 hr vs q. 12 hr administration. The study took place in Cuba, Georgia, Armenia, Viet Nam, Mongolia, and India.
It is a serious study, with a serious purpose: to make abortion available for all women in all countries.
The women were carefully screened (they will not be screened
in developing countries), they all had ultrasounds to rule out ectopic, missed abortion, gestation > 63 days (they will not have ultrasound in developing countries), and the 15% to 20% of women who had retained products had ready availability of surgical intervention (this will rarely be the case in developing countries).
So these social engineers will reach "reproductive utopia" for the developing countries: a world where inexpensive abortion is available to all.
But can you imagine how many women will die of incomplete abortion sepsis? (Not to mention how many unborn babies will die…)
Does it ever strike you that women with an unwanted pregnancy are relegated to a kind of human guinea pig status in these kinds of studies?
MS ABORTIONIST'S TRIAL BEGINS. A Mississippi abortion practitioner who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife 10 years ago and raped a patient five years before that saw his trial begin Thursday. Malachy DeHenre, who is 56, has lost his medical licenses in various states because of botched abortions.
Six years ago a jury failed to convict DeHenre in the shooting death of his wife Dr. Nyasha Rose DeHenre. A gunshot to the head while she was in the couple's home resulted in her death.
DeHenre was re-indicted on the charges when new evidence came to light, arrested last December and ordered held without bond.
Local authorities have filed new indictments in the case saying they have more evidence to prove DeHenre's guilt. They also filed a second charge accusing the abortion practitioner of raping a 21-year-old patient in March 1992.
In December, DeHenre attorney David Ratcliff said the former abortion practitioner is not a flight risk but a judge opposed bond because both charges carry life sentences and because he is not a citizen of the United States. He is from Nigeria but has applied for citizenship.
DeHenre's New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed in 2005 and he was required, in December 2005, to pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003.
Circuit Judge Winston Kidd awarded Latosha Travis $500,000 in damages after the abortion center failed to respond to her lawsuit. DeHenre and the abortion business were defendants in the suit.
In March 2005, the Mississippi state medial board suspended his medical license over botched abortions.
The suspension came after he testified that he did not like performing some 35,000 abortions but did so because he needed the work.
During his testimony, Dehenre stated, "I found work in Jackson, and it happened to be an abortion clinic in which an obstetrician was needed. I needed money to pay expenses and education for my children. It was supposed to be temporary, but it turned out to be longer. I was in a position I didn't want to be in, but I needed work."
“I ask your forgiveness,” he said at the time. "I don't want to be an outcast. I want to be among the medical community."
Medical boards in Alabama and New York have also suspended his medical licenses in those states.
In one Alabama case, a woman died 18 hours after having an abortion. The women involved in three other cases had to have hysterectomies to stop massive hemorrhaging from uterine perforations, including Travis.
Travis, who was 20 years old at the time and living in Jackson, paid DeHenre $680 for the abortion, the lawsuit said. She had at least one child already and though she planned to have more children in the future, she was devastated to have the hysterectomy because of the failed abortion.
In the case involving a death, DeHenre admitted he should have met the patient at the hospital or relayed medical information to the doctor who treated her. [4Oct07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com Laurel, MS]
ABORTION PREDICTS BREAST CANCER BETTER THAN OTHER FACTORS, STUDY SHOWS. [see study below] A new study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 3Oct07 finds that abortion is the best predictor of whether women will contract breast cancer. Abortion also is a better indicator of future breast cancer issue than six other commonly used factors.
Patrick Carroll of the Pension and Population Research Institute in London conducted this new study and showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.
"Induced abortion is found to be the best predictor, and fertility is also a useful predictor," he writes. "The increase in breast cancer incidence appears to be best explained by an increase in abortion rates, especially nulliparous abortions, and lower fertility."
He found that, when abortion rates are low such as in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, a smaller increase is expected.
And in nations experiencing a decline in abortions, like Denmark and Finland, a similar decline in breast cancer is anticipated.
Carroll used the same mathematical model for a previous forecast of numbers of breast cancers in future years for England & Wales. He based the model on cancer data up to 1997 that has proved quite accurate for predicting cancers observed in years 1998 to 2004.
In four nations — England & Wales, Scotland, Finland and Denmark — he discovered a social gradient unlike that for other cancers. He found upper class and upwardly mobile women have more breast cancer than lower-income women.
Carroll suggests that the known preference for abortion in this class might explain the phenomenon. Women pursuing higher educations and professional careers often delay marriage and childbearing. Abortions before the birth of a first child are highly carcinogenic, he explained.
Carroll used national data from nations believed to have "nearly complete abortion counts." Therefore, his study is not affected by recall bias.
Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, commented on the new study in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
"It's time for scientists to admit publicly what they already acknowledge privately among themselves that abortion raises breast cancer risk," she said. Malec said such scientists need to "stop conducting flawed research to protect the medical establishment from massive medical practice lawsuits."
Related web sites:Read the new study at http://www.jpands.org/vol12no3/carroll.pdf[4Oct07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com London, England]
The Breast Cancer Epidemic: Modeling and Forecasts Based on Abortion and Other Risk Factors
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 12 Number 3 Fall 2007 http://www.jpands.org/vol12no3/carroll.pdf
Using national cancer registration data for female breast cancer incidence in eight European countries—England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Sweden, the Czec
h Republic, Finland, and Denmark—for which there is also comprehensive data on abortion incidence, trends are examined and future trends predicted.
Seven reproductive risk factors are considered as possible explanatory variables. Induced abortion is found to be the best predictor, and fertility is also a useful predictor. Forecasts are made using a linear regression model with these explanatory variables. Previous forecasts using the same model and incidence data for years through 1997 for England &Wales are compared with numbers of cancers observed in years from 1998–2004 in an Appendix. The forecast predicted 100.5% of the cancers observed in 2003, and 97.5% of those observed in 2004.
The Challenge ofAbortion for Epidemiologists in Female Breast Cancer Research Trends
It is difficult for epidemiologists to discover women’s abortion history. In any study the numbers of women who have had abortions may be underreported.
National data on abortions in most countries tends to be deficient, with abortions underreported. Official abortion statistics in the United States and France are known to understate the numbers of legal induced abortions.The countries considered in this study are believed to have nearly complete official abortion counts.
The long lag time for the development of breast cancer magnifies the problem. The average age of diagnosis is over 60, while most abortions and live births occur at ages under 30. The modern increase in breast cancer incidence is obvious at ages over 45, and Figure 1 for England &Wales shows the increase is small below age 45.
Abortion did not become legal in most Western countries until the 1970s, and earlier abortions among older women are not recorded. Consequently, the older women, whose breast cancer incidence is known, have abortions not detectable by a longitudinal study, while the younger women, whose abortion history is known, tend to be too young to have experienced most of the modern increase in breast cancer. Where the increased risk is apparent, even under age 40 in a study free of recall bias, there is an acknowledged need to extend the study to women older than 40. The long time lags, however, can be used to make long-term forecasts of cancer trends…
The increase in breast cancer incidence appears to be best explained by an increase in abortion rates, especially nulliparous abortions, and lower fertility. And the social gradient, which is not explained by fertility, seems also attributable circumstantially to abortion. A linear regression model of successive birth cohorts of women with abortion and fertility as explanatory variables fitted to the cancer incidence up to 1977 has produced forecasts that have performed well in the years 1998–2004 in Great Britain (AppendixA).
The new forecasts for eight countries can be tested in the coming years.
Patrick S. Carroll, M.A., is Director of Research, Pension and Population
Research Institute (PAPRI), 35 Canonbury Road, London N1 2DG, UK
Acknowledgements: Particular thanks are due to the charities LIFE and The Medical Education Trust, which funded the research, to the national statistical offices and cancer registries, which provided the data, and to the statisticians who kindly gave advice. Figure 10 is reproduced from the publication with permission of the Cancer
Surveillance Team, Information Services Division (ISD), NHS National Services, Scotland. Computing was done by Andrew Chan and Lee Young.
Potential conflicts of interest: none disclosed.
[The Breast Cancer Epidemic: Modeling and Forecasts Based on Abortion and Other Risk Factors, Patrick S. Carroll, M.A., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 12 Number 3 Fall 2007, http://www.jpands.org/vol12no3/carroll.pdf]
[The Breast Cancer Epidemic: Modeling and Forecasts Based on Abortion and Other Risk Factors, Patrick S. Carroll, M.A., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 12 Number 3 Fall 2007, http://www.jpands.org/vol12no3/carroll.pdf]
WOMEN VICTIMIZED BY ABORTION SAY THEY WOULD WANT BREAST CANCER INFO. Representatives of a national group of thousands of women who have been victimized by abortions say they would have wanted information from a recent study showing that having children lowers the chance of contracting breast cancer.
The study shed light on how carrying a pregnancy to term is beneficial to women. As LifeNews.com reported, researchers at a cancer center in Seattle confirmed what previous studies have shown: women who bear children have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. They say fetal cells “transplanted” to the mother before birth are a source of this protective effect. That's something that abortion denies.
Scientists at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center presented their results in the October 1 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
They studied a concept called fetal microchimerism, which is the ability of cells from a growing unborn baby to take up long-term residence in the mother's body. The cells reduce the breast cancer risk, but a representative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign says the abortion-childbirth comparison is not accurately presented to women by abortion facilities.
"This latest research is more scientific evidence that abortion, aside from being emotionally and psychologically devastating for women, is physically dangerous as well," said Georgette Forney, the co-founder of the group. Forney had an abortion as a teenager and she says today's women deserve the benefit of knowing the latest research showing childbirth gives them better health outcomes than abortion.
"Women deserve to know the facts," she told LifeNews.com. Janet Morana, another co-founder of the group, which has featured dozens of events with thousands of women who say they regret their abortions, agreed."When the perfectly natural event of pregnancy is violently interrupted by the entirely unnatural event of induced pregnancy termination, common sense and science both tell us that there are consequences," Morana said.
She told LifeNews.com, "Anyone who cares about women's health will want this new information to receive the widest circulation possible. "Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at 189 gatherings in 44 states and six countries.Related web sites:Silent No More Awareness Campaign – http://www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org[5Oct07, Washington, DC LifeNews.com, http://www.lifenews.com/nat3363.html]
PORTUGAL SEES LESS THAN HALF THE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS OFFICIALS EXPECTED. A leading health official in Portugal says the western European nation is seeing less than half of the number of abortions done there as expected when it recently legalized abortion.
Currently about 25 abortions are done on a daily basis there, which averages out to about 9,000 abortions over the court of a year. Jorge Branco, coordinator of the National Reproductive Health Programme, says the n
umber is less than half of what he and others predicted. He said the figures are based on numbers from public hospitals and private abortion centers and called them a "photograph" of how many abortions are done in Portugal.
Branco told the Portugal News that about 20,000 abortions were expected to be done annually after the nation's parliament legalized abortion despite a public vote failing to do so.
The number of abortions in Portugal could increase, however, as the Viana do Castelo will become the first to sell women the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. The mifepristone abortion pill has killed more than a dozen women worldwide, with deaths in the U.S., Canada, England, France and Sweden. Abortion centers in Penafiel and Amarante e Paredes will have the abortion drug by the end of the year the News reported. [5Oct07, Lisbon, Portugal LifeNews.com]
President Bush Again Withholds Funding From Pro-Abortion UN Group that is involved in the forced abortion campaign officials in China use to curb its population. This is the sixth year the Bush administration has said the U.N. Population Fund wrongly backs the one-child policy. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte sent a letter to Congress on Thursday alerting lawmakers to the decision. Congress had decided to spend $34 million on the UNFPA program, but Bush revoked that funding under the federal law, called Kemp-Kasten, that allows the president to remove taxpayer funding from any group that promotes forced abortions. Because the UNFPA has a history of supporting the program, which has been criticized by human rights and pro-life groups for its forced abortions and sterilizations, President Bush said taxpayers shouldn't be forced to fund it. His decision has come under fire from pro-abortion Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations in Congress. "Once again, common sense policy has been replaced with nonsense," she claimed in a reaction to the decision. President Bush [ http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. [12Sept07, Washington, DC (LifeNews.com] UNFPA FUNDING CUT FOR SIXTH YEAR; BUSH WITHHOLDS $34 MILLION The population controllers at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will have to pinch pennies for another year. This week, for the sixth year in a row, President Bush has invoked the Kemp-Kasten Amendment and withheld $34 million in U.S. funding from the group. We at PRI applaud this decision.
The groundwork for this decision was laid by PRI, which sent teams of investigators to China, Peru, Vietnam, and Pakistan between 1998 and 2002 to look into U.N. Population Fund activities there.
What they found was that the UNFPA was deeply involved in programs of forced abortion and coercive sterilization (read about what they found here). We presented our evidence both to the U.S. Congress and to two presidential administrations. The evidence, which included video and audio testimony from victims of these abuses, left no doubt that the UNFPA was violating the rights of women, not to mention the Kemp-Kasten Amendment itself.
Here are some of the things the investigators found:
Chinese family planning officials told our investigators that there was "no distinction" between the work that they were doing in a given area of China and the UNFPA's work there.
The UNFPA itself speaks of coercive sterilizations in Peru in an internal report published in 2000, calling them "family planning decisions made external to the person." (The UNFPA later denied that this report existed.)
In 2000, the UNFPA smuggled abortion devices into Pakistan under the guise of reproductive health kits labeled "for safe delivery." Refugee women were pressured into accepting abortions.
Reacting to our findings, President Bush in 2001 decided to slash $34 million from the UNFPA budget, money that would have contributed directly to their forced family-planning accounts.
Over the years, the UNFPA has attempted over the years to cover-up these abuses, even going so far as to issue dummy reports full of misleading statements, but to no avail. Bush has been steadfast in enforcing the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, and no U.S. population funds have gone to the UNFPA since 2001. To date, the organization has lost a total of $200 million in funding.
We at PRI would like to publicly thank President Bush for his decision, which has subjected him to heavy criticism from the media and from family-planning groups. We are proud that our work here at PRI has helped to protect women around the world from anti-life bullying by the UN population controllers. [12Sept07, Population Research Institute]
Abortion and mental health: The link we cannot ignore
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2007
Abortion is one of the most common surgeries performed on women in Canada. Roughly 105,000 are performed annually, 70% of them on women between the ages of 10 and 29.
Yet Canadian medical research into the health risks associated with abortion is virtually non-existent. This is in part because Canada's debate about abortion became dominated by legal-rights talk after the Supreme Court's Morgentaler decision in 1988.
Despite this, new medical research continues to emerge on the subject in other nations — research that Canadian women need to consider before they put themselves at risk of unwanted pregnancy.
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently removed an old statement about abortion and mental health from its Web site, a statement that declared abortion to be largely benign. They have convened a task force on the subject, and will issue a new statement in 2008.
David Fergusson, a New Zealand psychologist, is the author of a longitudinal study on abortion published in 2006. He tends to garner media attention because he is a self-described pro-choice atheist, not a social conservative. His work showed negative mental-health outcomes for women post-abortion, while controlling for their pre-abortion mental health.
Dr. Fergusson's results did not just show an increase in general depression. They showed increased effects across a wide array of outcomes, including substance-abuse disorders, anxiety, suicide and suicide ideation. According to Dr. Fergusson's work, post-abortive women show increased risk of phobia, panic attacks and fears "or just a generalized feeling of concern and anxiety at a level deemed to be clinically significant."
He describes the irony: "99% of abortions in New Zealand are conducted on mental-health
grounds. And our study suggests that this procedure may increase mental-health risks."
Then there is Priscilla Coleman, a psychologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She thinks there is an unwillingness to consider new research done throughout the 1990s, largely because the results of that research were not in line with
today's pro-choice political environment. The topic is so volatile that many academics fear not gaining tenure if they take it on.
Since 2002, 15 of Ms. Cole-man's studies have showed negative health outcomes for women post-abortion. Some of these outcomes include the following: an increased likelihood to use drugs generally (one study showed increased drug use during subsequent pregnancies), increased trouble sleeping and increased general levels of anxiety.
These are well-designed studies that have overcome prior flaws such as a failure to control for existing psychological problems, high participant dropout rates and a lack of wide-scale representation. Ms. Coleman also has conducted two studies controlling for the wanted-ness of the pregnancy, showing increased odds of psychological and emotional problems amongst women who aborted versus those who carried to term, even controlling the data such that all the pregnancies were unwanted and unplanned in the first place. Her work has appeared in a number of reputable journals, but has yet to be widely publicized.
The earlier "pro-choice" consensus that abortion's impact on women was mostly benign was formed by six psychologists who studied the topic for the American Psychological Association by reviewing literature from the 1970s and 1980s. Their results were published in 1990 in Science, a highly-regarded American journal. Some women did show negative health effects. But, they asserted, those were attributable to prior mental health problems.
There was a caveat, however: There needed to be further research on longer term implications. "No definitive conclusions can be drawn about longer term effects," the article stated.
A truly definitive study — one that no one could ignore, regardless of the political environment — would require major funding and would take years. But despite the cost, there are compelling reasons to do it, and soon. We owe it to women to learn exactly what risk they face when they have an abortion. – Andrea Mrozek is manager of Research and Communications at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
Abortion Death Reported in MA. Reports are coming out of Massachusetts that a 22-year old woman died on September 13, 2007, from hemorrhaging caused by an abortion obtained at Women Health Center in the Cape Cod town of Hyannis. The abortionist responsible for the death is reportedly Rapin Osathanondh, who made headlines in 2001 for threatening to murder five hospital nurses in a fit of rage over misplaced paperwork.
A receptionist at Women Health Center responded in to inquiries about the woman's death with obvious agitation, but would not confirm or deny the abortion death. "I can't help you," she told Operation Rescue.
The abortion victim, whose name Operation Rescue is currently withholding, was reportedly a member of a Calvary Chapel church in a nearby town. According to her MySpace page, she was a cosmetologist who was born in Honduras and adopted by an American family. She was engaged to be married.
A complaint has been filed against Osathanondh with the Massachusetts Board of Registration In Medicine regarding the abortion death.
"Our nation is facing a crisis of dangerous abortionists operating in unsafe abortion mills, killing innocent babies – sometimes illegally as we have seen in some states – and injuring and killing unsuspecting women. More must be done to stop these predatory abortion businesses from inflicting additional human tragedy on society," said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.
"This death also brings to light a serious problem in the Christian community," said Sullenger. "There simply is not adequate teaching from the pulpits about abortion, and therefore Christians are aborting their babies at a shocking rate. According to some statistics, 68% of women obtaining abortions attend some denomination of Christian church. This shows a shameful failure on the part of American pastors to properly teach their congregations what the Bible says about human sexuality and the sanctity of life. Yet, the majority of pastors who are approached about this problem refuse to deal with it. This denial and refusal to properly pastor their congregations on this matter makes them culpable for these kinds of avoidable tragedies." [27Sept07, HYANNIS, MA, Christian Newswire, http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/779094325.html, Operation Rescue]
MA Abortion Victim's Mom Comes Forward. E. S. has come forward in order to keep her daughter's abortion death from being "swept under the rug." Her 22-year old daughter died on September 13, 2007, during an abortion done by Rapin Osathanondh at Women Health Clinic in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
ES told Operation Rescue that she had no idea that her daughter was 13 weeks pregnant and considering an abortion. A friend accompanied the girl to the clinic. Early reports indicated that she died of hemorrhage, but ES says that her daughter died on the abortion table. "There was no bleeding. She stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest," said Smith.
Ten days after her death, ES met privately for one hour at a public place with Osathanondh. He would only meet with ES alone and refused to allow even allow her husband to accompany her. Osathanondh admitted that the girl died during the abortion but refused to admit he did anything wrong.
ES told Operation Rescue that the details of her daughter's death appalled and sickened her, but she could not discuss those details because she is seeking legal action against Osathanondh for killing her daughter.
"My daughter was 22, healthy, and alive when she walked into that place," ES said. "She didn't even have a cold. There is no reason for her to be dead."
The girl was born into abject poverty in Honduras on May 25, 1985, and was abandoned at an orphanage. An American couple that adopted her abused her and gave her up. She was then adopted by TS and ES who lovingly raised her in Cape Cod. At the time of her death she was working in retail management.
Over 600 people attended her funeral. Since then, at least one young woman has changed her mind about abortion since hearing about what happened to her.
ES told Operation Rescue that two days after her daughter's death, she gave a full interview to the local newspaper, which was scheduled to be published on the day of her funeral. The article has yet to appear, leading ES to believe that there are attempts underway to cover up her daughter's death.
Operation Rescue is urging calls to the local district attorney asking for a formal investigation of Rabin Osathanondh in this abortion death. District Attorney Michael D. O'Keefe, 508-362-8113, [email protected] [HYANNIS, Mass., Sept. 28 /Christian Newswire]
Judith Warner, defending late-term feticide in The New York Times, complains that it "could become legally risky for doctors to use digoxin — a cardiac drug — to kill the fetus up to one day in advance of the procedure". Well blow me down! This is the first time I have ever seen anyone in the Paper of Record use the word "kill" to describe what abortion does. Next th
ing you know, they'll be calling those dead things "babies". ["The K-Word's Debut", Washington Watch, by Joseph Sobran, 23Aug07, www.thewandererpress.com]
Missouri Abortion Businesses Tell Federal Court They Can't Afford to Protect Women. They would have to spend too much money to comply with a new state law increasing the health and safety requirements on them. They prefer to follow the current less protective laws rather than possibly spending more than $1 million to comply with the new ones, even though the new regulations protect women's health.
The statute in question makes sure abortion centers meet the same health requirements as legitimate medical facilities.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and St. Louis abortion practitioner Allen Palmer are challenging this new health and safety code.
U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith granted Palmer and Planned Parenthood a temporary restraining order and heard oral arguments 10Sept07 about the law and its effects.
Smith said that the temporary order would remain in effect until he hands down a ruling on a permanent restraining order on September 24.
During the hearing, architect George Johannes, who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, testified for Palmer and said the new law would require him to spend about $1.3 million to have his Bridgeton abortion business comply with the new law's requirements, which would force him to shut down the abortion facility. “I’d close the practice,” Palmer said. “I could no longer afford to keep the practice open.”
Cary Goodman, another architect, claimed the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Columbia would have to spend $600,000 or more to meet the safety codes.
Both architects admitted that they did not do estimates on the cost of refurbishments should the state waive some of the requirements.
Meanwhile, Donna Harrison, M.D., a gynecologist and president-elect of the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, testified for the state about why the health laws are necessary.
She said the regulations would protect women from dangers associated with both surgical and medical abortions.
She also said it is necessary to make sure the abortion centers can handle cases when abortions are botched and women need emergency medical care.
“Any surgery must be performed in a facility that can handle the most common complications,” Harrison said, according to the Kansas City Star.
The new law applies to any abortion center where second or third-trimester abortions are done as well as places that do more than five first-trimester abortions a month.
Judge Smith perviously appeared to buy into arguments Planned Parenthood lawyers made about how the ruling would play out between abortion centers that do just surgical or just non-surgical abortions. He also said the law would harm women by reducing the number of abortion centers available to them.
Despite the initial ruling, Smith warned both sides not to read too much into it.
"The state has a legitimate interest in regulating facilities that perform surgery, even if the facility in question performs surgical abortions," he said. "The court also believes the state may differentiate between facilities that do not primarily perform surgery based on the types of surgery they provide."
Still, he said it was confusing how the state would apply the law to Planned Parenthood's Kansas City center, which doesn't do surgical abortions, but gives women the RU 486 [Mifeprex] abortion drug. Smith said the law should probably apply to the Colombia abortion center.
Pam Fichter, the head of Missouri Right to Life:. "Although the Kansas City abortion clinic [sic] claims to induce abortions only through drugs, the drugs are dangerous," Fichter said. "They often require surgical intervention because of incomplete abortions, severe bleeding, and other adverse consequences."
She said findings from the FDA show that "approximately one in 12 women need surgical care, sometimes on an emergency basis, after taking the abortion drugs."
Missouri already requires abortion facilities to be licensed by the state health department but only one — a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis — meets the current requirements for licensing. The new law would heighten requirements for all centers. [11Sept07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com Jefferson City, MO]
WOMAN SUES NE PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Botched Abortion Nearly Killed Her. A Nebraska woman is suing Planned Parenthood after an abortion at its facility resulted in the perforating of her uterus and a severe loss of blood. The abortion perforated the woman's uterus and, according to doctors who treated her later, could have killed her.
The unnamed woman filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Council Bluffs on 1Sept07 with the help of Lincoln attorney Jefferson Downing.
The suit was filed in Lancaster County District Court and the woman has issued a complaint to the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department.
"Our client has filed these complaints to bring to light the negligent actions of Planned Parenthood and Dr. (Meryl) Severson," Downing said in a statement.
The woman had the abortion at the Lincoln facility last month and the abortion perforated her uterus. She was ultimately taken to a local hospital where she lost 80 percent of her blood and experienced severe pain.
An ultrasound done prior to the abortion found the woman was eight weeks pregnant and had a tilted uterus.
After waiting several hours, the woman was taken into an exam room, according to the Lincoln newspaper, and given a shot in her cervix. She then heard a suction sound and "immediately complained of excruciating pain," according to the lawsuit.
She told the abortion practitioner and his assistants to stop, but Severson allegedly replied, "We can't stop."
According to the lawsuit, three Planned Parenthood employees held the woman down while Severson completed the abortion. The woman experienced severe pain and bleeding afterwards and ultimately experienced three seizures by the time she was rushed to BryanLGH Medical Center East.
A hospital report said her uterus was perforated in the abortion and doctors there had to perform an emergency hysterectomy because of the severe damage to her body.
"Had she not received emergency care when she did, it is my professional opinion that the patient could have hemorrhaged to death," the doctor said, according to a sign statement Downing obtained.
Downing said the woman felt violated by the abortion and her treatment at Planned Parenthood and was not named in the lawsuit to protect her privacy.
Chris Funk, president of Planned Parenthood's local affiliate, told the Lincoln Journal Star that he hasn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment on it.
The newspaper reports that Severson resigned form the University of Nebraska Medical Center in March 2001 after doing an abortion there outside college policy. He subsequently joined Planned Parenthood as an abortion pra
ctitioner. [3Sept07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com Lincoln, NE]
STUDY SHOWS NYC TEENAGERS HAVE HIGH PREGNANCY, ABORTION RATES. A presidential candidate likes to talk about how he lowered teen pregnancy rates and abortions by promoting adoption when he was mayor of New York. However, a new report finds teens in the nation's largest city have alarmingly high rates and over half of all teen pregnancies end in abortion.
The city government released the full report "Teen Sexual Activity and Birth Control Use in New York City," which contains a new survey of public high school students.
It finds that 69 percent of sexually active New York City teens use condoms, compared to 63% nationwide.
In 2005, the New York City teen pregnancy rate (including live births, abortions and miscarriages) was 94 per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19. Nationally, the rate was just 76 per 1,000 in 2002 (the most recent year on record).
The vast majority of teen pregnancies (86 percent) are unintended, and more than half (62 percent) end in abortion.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner, admitted that abstinence education could help lower these rates, but still promoted contraception.
"Postponing sex has many benefits for teens," Frieden said. "It's the only sure way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Teenagers who choose to have sex should know that condoms and long-acting contraceptives are both important."
The survey also asked teenagers about the morning after pill and found only 47 percent had heard of it with 54 percent of girls and 39 percent of boys knowing about Plan B.
Despite the results of the study, the city's health department said it will continue a school condom distribution program. The city also said it would to encourage teens to delay sexual intercourse as well. [3Sept07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com New York City, NY]
NJ Abortion Business opts to Give Up License. The decades-long presence of an embattled city abortion business has finally come to an end.
A New Jersey Health Department spokesman confirmed 25Sept that the Alternatives abortion site has opted to surrender its license to the state instead of correcting the list of violations detailed in a report that caused the sudden closing of the clinic more than three months ago.
Atlantic City Councilman John Schultz, who leased the facility to Alternatives, said the clinic's equipment was emptied out of the building last month and the space is available for lease.
He said that all of the abortion center's equipment has been moved out of the facility and it is now up for lease. "My lawyers just sent them a letter telling them they're like a month behind on their rent."
Alternatives owner Alan Kline has not spoken with the media since health inspectors found the problems that were listed in the 116-page report, but Schultz indicated Kline told him last month they would not be corrected. Kline also owns the Princeton Women's Center abortion business in Princeton, Mercer County.
The state's report detailed a slew of violations at the clinic, including bloodstained operating tables, expired drugs and the absence of a sterilization sink. The June 22 inspection was the first time the clinic had been surveyed by health officials in six years, although Health Department rules require inspections of licensed clinics every other year.
Health inspectors' absence at Alternatives follows a statewide trend, with 83 percent of the state's ambulatory care facilities not receiving their required routine checks. Health officials had been waiting to hear back from the facility's executives with a corrective action plan, which is required to be delivered to the state 10 days after a report is issued.
Health Department Spokesman Tom Slater has said the site was given more time because of the large volume of the report.
Along with ending the abortion services at Alternatives, which for decades was the area's lone abortion clinic, the departure likely will end the presence of protesters outside the 1616 Pacific Ave. building who returned in July after getting word that it was scheduled to be sold to Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, an abortion doctor banned in two states after he was hit with several botched-abortion allegations and lawsuits.
The site initially was inspected by the state because of an anonymous complaint stemming from "change of ownership issues" that the state later said were unfounded. But Brigham, who already had been performing abortions at Alternatives in June, later admitted to The Press that he intended to buy the facility before it was closed.
Brigham, who owns six other abortion clinics in New Jersey, could not be reached for comment. Schultz did not appear sad to see the clinic go. "I inherited the lease. When I bought the building, they were there," Schultz said. "I inherited this problem." [http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/atlantic_city/story/7504443p-7401924c.html; The Press,[email protected], By M. CLARK, September 26, 2007, Atlantic City; LifeNews.com, 26Sept07; N Valko RN, 27Sept07]
ANOTHER ABORTION SITE SEES MORE CUSTOMERS AFTER NJ ABORTION BUSINESS AGAIN SHUT DOWN — Permanently 27Sept07. New Jersey women in the Atlantic City area are traveling to Cherry Hill to get abortions after the state's health department shut down an abortion center for violations. Officials closed the Alternatives abortion center in June after they found multiple "profound" health code violations: infection control issues, poor documentation and record-keeping, and problems with the facility itself.
Since the closing, there has been a "spike" in women making the trip north to Cherry Hill Women's Center, near Philadelphia.
Elizabeth Barnes [v-p, Cherry Hill abortion business] told the Press that she was worried New Jersey residents would worry that all abortions centers in the state had health code problems because the Alternatives business and another in Englewood have been closed.
Like Alternatives, the Cherry Hill Women's Center is one of several abortion facilities state health inspectors have not probed despite a state requirement to do so. Health officials say they don't have enough inspectors for cover all of the medical center in the state. As a result, Cherry Hill Women's Center has not had a proper state health inspection since December 2004, and other abortion centers have gone longer. [see article below]
Barnes told the Press newspaper that the Cherry Hill abortion center recently had an inspection but that the state has not published the results. She said officials found proble
ms with improper documentation and temperature control issues.
The 2004 report found dirty, dust-covered poles used for IVs and "white scum" on them as well as not having proper anti-hypothermia drugs in place and improper infection control records.
The Cherry Hill Women's Center reportedly issued a corrective report to the state a month later fixing the problems.
Meanwhile, the newspaper says the Alternatives abortion center is still closed and has been for two months and that state Health Department spokesman Tom Slater said it has yet to correct the problems.
The state normally fines centers $2,500 a day for every day they are closed and do not fix the issues inspectors find. As of now, Alternatives owes $167,000 in fines over its health violations. [3Sept07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com Cherry Hill, NJ]
NEW AURORA IL ABORTION CENTER VISITED BY HUNDREDS OF PRO-LIFE TEENS. The teenagers gathered outside the new abortion center in Aurora over the weekend to show their support for a campaign seeking to shut it down. Planned Parenthood upset residents and surprised local officials by building the abortion facility entirely in secret using another name. Pro-life groups have been working overtime with protests and meetings with city officials in an attempt to close the abortion facility which is scheduled to open in two weeks.
They are calling themselves Youth for Truth and they walked up and down East New York street with pro-life signs showing their opposition. Mary Kate, an Aurora teen who helped coordinate the event, told the Suburban Chicago News that more than 700 teens attended. The ad hoc group formed just two weeks ago as local residents learned more about the covert building process. "Lots of kids feel this way," she said, "and we put this together because we know we can make a big stand." [4Sept07, Aurora, IL LifeNews.com]
Aurora Abortion Center May Have Failed to Get Special Use Permit. Pro-life advocates are using another new tactic in their efforts to stop a new Planned Parenthood abortion center from opening in this northern Illinois city. An attorney has discovered that the abortion business may have failed to obtain a special use permit and hold a public hearing on how it would use the new facility. Aurora-based lawyer Vincent Tessitore has talked with city officials about his analysis of city zoning codes.
Tessitore found that one section appears to mandate a special permit for health facilities that aren't operated by non-profit groups. While Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area is a non-profit organization, the group applied for and obtained the permits for constructing the new abortion business under the name Gemini Office Development, a for-profit corporation.
As a result, notification of the new abortion business should have been sent to all business owners within 250 feet of the new center, a public hearing should have been held and the city council should have signed off on the special use document. According to a Beacon News report, if 20 percent or more of the surrounding business owners objected to the special use permit, a supermajority of nine of the 12 members of the council would be needed to approve it. [27Sept07, LifeNews.com, Aurora, IL]
Aurora update On Monday, 1Oct07, the mayor of Aurora announced that because the city's investigation into Planned Parenthood was unable to find them guilty of breaking Illinois law, he would allow the abortion clinic to finally open for business. However, the report noted that it "has no authority or jurisdiction in matters involving city or village ordinances, land use, or zoning," which is where the 2 month dispute has centered.
[http://www.jillstanek.com/Barsanti_Press_Release.pdf; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTQ3xJTau7c; Rock for Life Report 10.04.07]
Restrictions on Pro-Life Advocacy During Elections Unconstitutional says Denver Court — Restrictions on pro-life groups using their funds for pro-life advocacy purposes during elections are unconstitutional says a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Denver court upheld a lower court ruling Tuesday that said Colorado Right to Life Committee (CRLC) was exempt from a state constitutional amendment, because it's not a business corporation. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously that CRLC’s purpose is to promote respect for human life, not to elect or defeat political candidates and therefore the amendment’s provisions did not apply.
Court documents say that CRLC argued that Article 27 “contained provisions that interfered with its traditional communications and activities and, thereby, violated its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.”
Amendment 27 bans direct corporate campaign contributions and limits contributions from political action committees. CRLC and the Colorado Citizens for Responsible Government had filed suit in federal court in August 2003, challenging the amendment saying that it is unconstitutional because it attempts to restrict advocacy based on legitimate issues during elections.
The court found that “CRLC meets Supreme Court-approved exemption requirements for
a voluntary ideological corporation that seeks to engage in political speech,” and that Article 27’s “definition of a political committee is unconstitutional,” in the case of CRLC because it failed to take into account the overall purpose of the organisation.
The ruling could have larger implications for pro-life groups in the US who are usually classified as non-profit organisations for tax purposes and are subject to various restrictions on political activity.
[By Hilary White, DENVER, August 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com]
UN Population Fund Still Denies but in Fact Very Much Does Fund Abortion Advocacy Of UNFPA’s three focus areas, two stress reproductive rights
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and its supporters around the world repeatedly deny that UNFPA supports abortion in any way shape or form. UNFPA critics believe this is hard to square with UNFPA programs and program partners.
The latest evidence of UNFPA's involvement in the promotion of abortion comes in the annual report of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a non-profit pro-abortion law firm located in New York which is active in trying to change abortion laws around the world.
According to the Center's most recent annual report, UNFPA was one of their largest financial contributors last year, donating as much as $50,000. CRR has been one of the most active and effective abortion lobbying organizations internationally.
In 2006 alone, the CRR was involved
in 22 cases in the US and abroad on the abortion issue, including the overturning of Colombia’s ban on abortion in 2006. According to their annual report, CRR has been involved in cases that include abortion bans, access to abortion, restrictions on minors, mandatory delays before procuring abortions, as well as cases involving regulation of abortion providers.
Apart from its contribution to CRR last year, UNFPA gave the International Planned Parenthood Federation over $160,000 in 2005. International Planned Parenthood Federation is one of the largest and richest abortion providers and advocacy groups in the world.
UNFPA has also been directly involved in national abortion debates. UNFPA, in concert with other international institutions, attempted to intervene in Nicaragua’s abortion debate, sending a letter to the national assembly last year asking the government to reconsider its total ban on abortions.
In Africa, UNFPA was instrumental in helping draft the controversial Maputo Plan of Action, which contains specific advocacy goals and targets regarding “unsafe abortion.” UNFPA executive director Thoraya Obaid has already stated that the Maputo Plan of Action would be the basis for its programmatic actions in Africa.
Earlier this month the US delegation to the UN questioned Obaid on UNFPA’s abortion advocacy. During discussions of UNFPA’s proposed strategic plan, the US delegation stated, “We note that of UNFPA’s three focus areas, two stress reproductive rights. It is our understanding that UNFPA is neutral on the abortion issue, and thus should not be engaging on advocacy relating to abortion legalization.”
Obaid responded that UNFPA does not address the question of legalization of abortion, as it is a national matter, to be determined by national governments. He stressed that UNFPA operates according to the guiding principle of the agreements reached at the 1994 Cairo conference on Population and Development, “where abortion is not against the law, it should be safe.”
UNFPA supporters in the US government have parroted Obaid’s denials and maintain that the organization is innocent of these allegations. In a letter obtained by the Friday Fax, in response to questions from a constituent regarding UNFPA Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) stated, “You are misinformed as to the workings of UNFPA. UNFPA does not provide support for abortions or abortion-related activities anywhere in the world.” Dingell has advocated for the reinstatement of US funding for UNFPA.
The United States recently decided to withhold UNFPA funding for the sixth straight year. The US began withholding its donation in 2002 upon receiving evidence that UNFPA was complicit in China’s brutal one-child policy. [27Sept07, By Samantha Singson, New York, C-FAM.org; LifeSiteNews.com, 27Sept]
Pregnancy Center Group to Provide Abortion Alternatives in Philadelphia. A national pregnancy center organization is teaming up with local charitable groups in Philadelphia to provide women with crisis pregnancies another option besides abortion. The project is part of an effort by Care Net to reach out to minority communities that are heavily targeted by abortion businesses.
Despite the pro-life heritage in African-American communities across the nation, black women account for 13 percent of the American population but 37 percent of all abortions.
The rates appear to correspond with the expansion of Planned Parenthood abortion centers into racial minority communities.
In Philadelphia alone, one part of town features 5 abortion centers within a two-mile square radius, and that's where Care Net officials hope to team up with former Philadelphia Eagle player and current pastor Herbert Lusk to build a new pregnancy center.
The collaborative effort is part of Care Net's "Touchdown Cities" project, an initiative to bring free pregnancy services to women and men in urban areas
"Without convenient access to the free and compassionate help of pregnancy centers, women in crisis pregnancies often feel that abortion is their only option," Lorey Kelley, Care Net's Director of Urban Center Development, tells LifeNews.com. "As a result, women in urban areas are paying the heavy price."
The statistics, she said, bear that out.
"Currently, 94% of all abortion providers are located in metropolitan areas, with 70% of these in urban communities," Kelley explained.
"As a result, African American and Hispanic women account for a disproportionate number of the more than 1.2 million abortions performed in the United States each year. There's something wrong with this picture," Kelley added.
Care Net is raising $75,000 to help open the area's first pregnancy center, which will offer a host of free services, such as pregnancy tests, peer counseling, material resources, childbirth and parenting classes, and community referrals.
Lusk's group, People For People, Inc., has acquired a building at 717 N. Broad Street, which will be renovated Sept. 13-14 by Carpenters for Christ, a volunteer team of skilled carpenters from Alabama, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
"We applaud Pastor Lusk for his leadership in bringing the women of his community a 'touchdown' of real choices and support," Kelley said. "His example should be followed in urban areas across the country." Related: Care Net – http://www.care-net.org [10Sept07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Philadelphia, PA]