Life Talk News for January 2014
Planned Parenthood Federation of America has released their annual report which reveals that the abortion giant received $540.6 million dollars in federal tax monies last year a slight decrease from 2011. According to the 2012-2013 annual report there was a 2 percent decrease in the numbers of abortions reported by Planned Parenthood showing they performed 327,166 abortions nationwide making 149 abortions for every adoption referral given by the abortion chain. In addition, Planned Parenthood reports they passed out 1,590,133 emergency contraception kits viewed as abortive by many. The numbers also reveal that nearly one third of all of Planned Parenthood’s reported services included either abortions or possibly abortion inducing drugs as prenatal services dropped by nearly 31.97 percent. That means that in 2012, abortions made up 93.8 percent of the abortion giant’s pregnancy services to only 11 percent of their overall clients. The report also shows that the number of customer’s going to Planned Parenthood decreased by 10,000 last year as facilities closed or merged from 750 reported in 2011 to – quote- more than 700- unquote reported in 2012.
In Washington, the United States Senate has approved one of the most pro-abortion judges to a Circuit Court ever nominated. President Barack Obama nominated pro-abortion law professor Cornelia Pillard for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit . Pillard has shown her abortion bias in her writings calling the ultrasound deceptive, that abstinence education is unconstitutional, and suggesting that pro-life laws only – QUOTE- enforce women’s incubation of unwanted pregnancies- UNQUOTE. Pillard was confirmed 51-44 as a result of pro-abortion Senate Majority leader Harry Reid deploying the Nuclear Option.
In Iowa, a former Planned Parenthood employee whose lawsuit against the abortion giant’s Iowa Affiliate for fraud and abuse was dismissed is heading to a federal appeals court. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on behalf of former Planned Parenthood clinic manager, Susan Thayer. Thayer has accused Planned Parenthood of the Heartland of submitting repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements to Medicaid and failing to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. The suit has been filed under both a state and federal law that allow whistleblowers with inside information to expose fraudulent billing by government contractors. Alliance Defending Freedom has also filed similar lawsuits against Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas and Washington.
In Mississippi, an abortionist who has been the subject of botched abortions and tax evasion has been found dead in his home. Authorities ruled the death of long time abortionist Joseph Booker as accidental and an autopsy on the abortionist showed he suffered a stroke and drowned in his bathtub. Booker performed abortions at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization; the state’s last remaining abortion clinic. In 1999, Booker served time in prison for tax evasion. Later police learned that a local resident discovered 36 bags of aborted babies in a storage unit he purchased from Booker who stowed the babies there shortly before going to prison. In 2005 a default judgment was issued against Booker after the family of women who went into a coma following a botched abortion he performed took him to court. Booker was 69 years old at the time of his death.
The incidents of pro-choice violence continue to mount in Kansas after an angry pro-choice man threatened to shoot a pro-life activist. Mark Gietzen, Director of the Kansas Coalition for Life, told Life Talk News that as he urged the man to bring the mother of his baby out of the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic in Wichita, the man threatened him saying – QUOTE- I am going to kill you. I have a gun and I am going to shoot you.- UNQUOTE. According to Gietzen, as the man lunged at him, a clinic security guard intervened. Gietzen said that despite the threat to kill him, he never saw a gun. He said that police were called police and detained the perpetrator and later asked Gietzen if he wanted to press charges. Gietzen told Life Talk News that police viewed video of the threat and agreed it was a crime but Gietzen has decided not to press charges and to pray for the man instead.
A pro-abortion group which published a Pro-choice Bully and included home addresses and phone numbers of pro-lifers and abortion abolitionists is facing a lawsuit in Federal and State courts. Attorney Steven Tiedemann who represents various activists injured by the website has filed three suits against Voice of Choice, its founder Todd Stave, and its current director Wendy Robinson accusing them of mounting a harassing campaign against people opposed to child killing. Stave is the landlord for a late-term abortion provider and created the List in response to activists who picketed his daughter’s school to expose his connection to abortion. After the site was launched, pro-lifers reported that they received harassing calls and letters from abortion supporters. But, the plan may have back fired after activists began to receive thank you letters from strangers who stumbled onto the website and agreed with saving babies from abortion.
In an update to a previous Life Talk News story, a pro-choice man who slipped his pregnant girlfriend an abortion pill without her knowledge could receive a lesser sentence for his assault. Prosecutors say 28 year old Andrew Welden gave his former girlfriend, 27 year old Remee Jo Lee, one tablet of the abortion pill misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, which caused her to miscarry at seven weeks pregnant. Weldon was awaiting sentencing after taking a plea deal in the case where the government recommended he spend the next 13 years behind bars, when the judge delayed the sentencing out of doubts that one abortion pill caused the miscarriage. Clinton appointed U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara has given credence to the defense’ argument that a miscarriage would require a higher dose of the drug and has requested a preponderance of evidence that the victim’s ingestion of one pill would kill the unborn child. According to reports, if the judge remains skeptical he will likely grant Weldon a much lighter sentence for the crime. Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Inc asks why there is no outrage from the abortion lobby who always rant that there is a War on Women…..
Pro-life activists in the Ohio area are mounting a petition drive to ask a Catholic-affiliated hospital to sever its relationships with local abortionists. According to Right to Life of Greater Columbus, Mount Carmel Hospital has granted admitting privileges to three abortionists despite its Catholic affiliation, effectively helping them comply with state laws and stay in business. In the past, the group says they have directed questions about Mt. Carmel’s policy to hospital officials. But after learning that the hospital had begun actively referring patients to these abortion doctors and facilities that perform abortions, they decided to go public with a petition drive. The group is asking pro-life supporters to sign the petition located on the group’s website.
In Baltimore, Archbishop William Lori has cut funding to a local grantee of its Catholic Campaign for Human Development after Catholics raised concern over the grantee’s support for Planned Parenthood. The recipient in question, New Lens, was issued $13,000 by the Catholic Organization while claiming to be a youth organization advancing social justice causes through art and media. However, a closer look revealed that New Lens has partnered with Planned Parenthood to promote contraceptives, the abortifacient morning-after pill and contraceptive use among teens. The Archdiocese’s communications director Sean Caine stated that Archbishop Lori has asked New Lens to return the grant money.
Pro-lifers are objecting to a Catholic organization praying with politicians who support abortion. Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities invited several pro-baby-killing politicians to pray for the poor in Washington. The global wave of prayer to eradicate hunger was held at the Capitol and included pro-choice democrat representatives Rosa DeLauro, Jim McGovern and David Price who voted no on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion.
A Pennsylvania abortion clinic with ties to abortionist Steven Brigham has been closed by the state. The state closed Integrity Family Health after pro-lifers revealed that Brigham had control of and profited from the business. In July of 2010 Brigham was banned by the State of Pennsylvania from operating or controlling any abortion clinics in that state citing violations that endangered the public. Operation Rescue has filed a complaint against the doctor who ran Integrity for aiding and abetting illegal abortions and is seeking disciplinary action against him as well. Brigham is currently not allowed to practice medicine in any state.
In California, a Planned Parenthood employee has been charged with sexual battery against a patient. Officials with the Sacramento Police Department say they were alerted about an alleged sexual assault carried out by 28-year-old Planned Parenthood medical assistant Jorge Martin-Santana. Police investigators found that Martin-Santana inappropriately touched a patient at Planned Parenthood while working as a medical assistant. The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office issued warrant for Martin-Santana’s arrest and he has been booked at Sacramento County Jail on one count of sexual battery.
In Arizona, after two decades Planned Parenthood has announced that it is closing its center in Yuma and Yavapai Counties. The abortion giant said they are closing those locations in an effort to address challenges in rural parts of the state where they plan to change from providers to facilitators. According to Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona they are moving from health care services sequestered inside a building to a full-time person who is out in the community. This follows other models where Planned Parenthood has replaced brink and mortar locations with mobile vans called smart wheels. Historically, these mobile vans and facilitators originally showed up on the scene in the 1960’s when the eugenics founded abortion giant began soliciting support from the black community.
In a similar story, Planned Parenthood in Iowa has announced that there will no longer be an on-site provider at two locations in the state. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said they plan to offer limited telemed services by appointment including medication abortions, in Creston and Red Oak. The staff and hour reductions are an attempt to consolidate services in rural areas, but pro-lifers fear the telemed delivery will lead to more complications to patients. Jennifer Brown of Iowa Right to Life said the change shows that Planned Parenthood is more focused on abortion than patient safety. Brown points out that you cannot treat an ectopic pregnancy or an incomplete abortion by webcam.
In Missouri, a District Court has dismissed charges against pro-life demonstrators after the city of St Louis accused them of false advertising and littering in an attempt to stifle their free speech. Brian Westbrook, executive director of Coalition for Life St. Louis, and pro-life sidewalk counselor Rita Sparrow were represented by The Thomas More Society in the case. The City claimed that, because pro-lifers were not directly providing free ultrasounds, a sign that Westbrook held pointing women to where ultrasounds could be obtained was deceptive and misleading. In addition police charged Sparrow with littering because she used a folding chair to hold up her signs. St. Louis Circuit Court, Associate Circuit Judge Michael Noble acknowledged that the City was frivolous in their charges and has thrown out the charges on both individuals. Tom Brejcha president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society said that while they applauded the court’s decision they remain extremely troubled that St. Louis authorities brought such frivolous case against the pro-lifers I the first place.
In Pennsylvania, convicted abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced for running a pill mill out of his House of Horrors abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Authorities say that the 72 year abortionist was motivated by money when he illegally dispensed narcotics, wrote fraudulent prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of prescription pills, allowed customers to purchase prescriptions under multiple names, took cash payment for the drugs and allowed customer’s to tip to the clinic’s staff. In one case, the calloused abortionist took time to write 18 prescriptions for drugs the very night his patient lay dying from a botched abortion. Gosnell has been convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for the death of that patient as well as killing several babies by cutting their spinal cords with scissors. In addition, Gosnell has received a concurrent 30 years in prison for the distributing of the drugs.
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