OBGYN Refuses Pressure to Do Abortions: I Can’t Give Birth in One Room and Kill Babies in Another

Religious freedom is at the heart of protecting medical professionals who do not want to be forced to be involved in abortion, assisted suicide or other life-destroying practices.

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Medical professionals have been pressured to be actively involved in abortion and euthanasia, even if it violates their religious beliefs.  Below is an article by Miciah Bilger of Life News who writes about a doctor who refuses to violate her conscience.

Religious freedom is under attack in the medical community as abortion activists try to force health care workers to help abort unborn babies.

But many are fighting back to defend their faith, their oaths, their livelihood and the lives of their most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Regina Frost, a New York OB-GYN, recently wrote a column for The Federalist describing how her state leaders, the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and others are fighting against her religious freedom via a lawsuit challenging a new Trump administration rule that protects medical professionals’ conscience rights.

“If New York and Planned Parenthood succeed in blocking conscience protections for medical professionals, I may be forced to either violate my conscience or leave the medical profession,” Frost wrote.

Frost said she became an OB-GYN because her faith calls her “to treat women with dignity and compassion.”

She wrote: As an OB-GYN, I am present during the most intimate moments in the life of a mother, father, and child. I have the privilege of placing children into the arms of their mothers for the very first time. I also have to deliver the life-altering news of infertility and guide mothers and fathers through the tragedy of a lost pregnancy.

This work cannot be done impersonally.  I cannot leave my humanity at the door. I give all my patients the degree of care that I would a close friend or loved one.

Laws technically have protected conscience rights for more than 30 years, but the lack of regulations has resulted in confusion within the healthcare community, leaving healthcare personnel vulnerable to discrimination.

Frost said the new HHS regulations give teeth to the conscience protection laws that already are in place. They clarify what recourse is available to victims of discrimination under the law and what penalties the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights may enforce for violations.

Without them, “religious doctors and nurses across the country are at greater risk of being forced to perform procedures that violate our core beliefs,” Frost warned.

“I cannot take the life of a child in one room and guide another child into this world in the next. Nor can I care for one elderly woman while helping another end her life. That would not only undermine my most deeply held religious beliefs and my medical judgment, but also the oath I took as a medical professional,” she continued.

Though Frost has not been forced to help with an abortion or assisted suicide, others have. HHS is helping a Vermont nurse who said her employer forced her into helping abort an unborn baby even though the hospital knew she objected. The nurse said a doctor tricked her into helping end the baby’s life by telling her it was a miscarriage.

Though most Americans believe medical workers should not be forced to help with abortions, a court recently struck down a new conscience protection rule. Twenty states filed the lawsuit seeking to overturn the pro-life conscience protections, putting doctors and nurses at risk of being forced to do abortions or refer for them.

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Indiana Bill Would Allow for Voluntary Euthanasia of Terminally Ill

Patients must be at least 18 years old and Indiana residents to request medical aid in dying. 

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TV station WTHR in Indianapolis reported on House Bill 1020 that would legalize euthanasia for patients 18 years or older. This is exactly the slippery slope that pro-life supporters said would be the result of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973.  They foresaw the obvous truth that if a baby isn’t safe within the shelter of its mother’s womb, then no one is safe. See article below and the link to read the bill.  Tetty Noble

A newly introduced Indiana bill would allow people with terminal illnesses to request medication that would end their own lives.

Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce submitted the bill Tuesday.

The bill describes terminal illness as an “incurable and irreversible illness that will, within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within six months.”

Patients must be at least 18 years old and Indiana residents to request medical aid in dying. The request must be written and cannot be accepted unless the patient is of “sound mind.”

If a patient makes a request, there will first be a 15-day waiting period, then doctors are required to confirm the request with the patient. Medication is self-administered. If the patient does take the medication, an insurance company would not be allowed to deny payment of benefits based on a suicide clause.

To read the entire bill, here.

If the bill passes, it would go into effect July 1, 2020.

 

Pennsylvania Abortion 2018 Statistics: Good News and Bad News

 

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Dear Friends for Life:

Below is an informative message from long-time Southeast PA pro-life warrior/leader, Ted Meehan.  The link to the PA Abortion Statistics for 2018 follows his remarks on the report.

Pro-Lifers,

Hot off the press! The 2018 PA Abortion statistics. The good news is that they are down about 10 percent from 2017. The bad news is that today almost half of abortions are Chemical Abortions. These are difficult to track without data. We find out numbers after they are reported. Delaware County has gone from less than 20 abortions in 2014 to over 1,300 in 2018. These are mostly done at Delaware County Women’s Center – in Chester near the old (now closed) RHCC. We need to work on maintaining a prayerful presence here and handing out contact info for Abortion Pill Reversal.

There is also good data on underage girls in this report that may help us to enforce current mandated reporting (which abortion companies routinely do not do).

So we have work to do! May we succeed in defending and protecting every life that God creates!

Happy New Year!

Ted Meehan

Click here to read complete report on Pennsylvania 2018 abortion statistics.

Planned Parenthood Infiltrates 50 California Public Schools

“We don’t let cigarette companies run smoking education. Why would we let an abortion sales team tells students about their choices for life?”  Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life

school roomBelow is an important message from Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life.

TAKE ACTION:

I need your immediate action.

Recently, Planned Parenthood announced they’re opening up so-called “reproductive health centers” in 50 high schools in the Los Angeles area…with a whopping $10 million in taxpayer funding!

I know many folks I talk to roll their eyes at the mere mention of California politics.

But the truth is, Planned Parenthood wants to take this blueprint nationwide – and they’ve been working on it behind the scenes for years!

Will you please click here to sign your KICK PLANNED PARENTHOOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS petition.

As The Washington Post reports, “Planned Parenthood is pioneering a new model of reproductive health services for Los Angeles County teens by opening 50 clinics at area high schools.”

This “new model” that Planned Parenthood is “pioneering” is nothing more than a direct pipeline of new “customers” they can groom for their violent abortion business.

And this goes hand-in-hand with the so-called “sex ed” curriculum Planned Parenthood “educators” are trying to force public middle and high schools to implement.

Of course, they’ll tell us they won’t promote abortions.

But these are the same folks who have been caught coaching students how to get birth control and even Plan B, potential abortion pills, behind their parents’ backs. They’re the ones handing out free, low quality condoms on college campuses!

And they’re pushing young women to “experiment” (practically pulling chapters out of the sexually explicit novel Fifty Shades of Grey for their so-called “sexual education” curriculum) knowing full well many desperate women may end up in one of their abortion facilities.

Students for Life is already mobilizing our team, student leaders, and other volunteers to help us kick Planned Parenthood out of schools.

In the past several months, we’ve successfully defeated Planned Parenthood’s attempts to infiltrate school districts in Washington State and Pennsylvania.

But we are truly up against the Abortion Goliath.

Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar a year organization with Hollywood and the national media at their disposal.

Students for Life Action is a grassroots organization made up of pro-life student leaders and supporters like you.

So will you please click here to sign your KICK PLANNED PARENTHOOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS Petition right away?

After you sign your name, please SHARE this petition with your pro-life family and friends.

The more names I can gather on this petition, the more pressure we can put on local school boards and school presidents to STOP Planned Parenthood from sinking their claws into these young minds.

For Life,

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life Action

Sign Your KICK OUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS petition

‘By God’s Grace’: Chicago March for Life Goes Big, Abortion Survivor Claire Culwell, Counters IL ‘Abortion Oasis’

“I am here to be able to be a voice and a face for the unborn, and that is all by God’s grace.”  Claire Culwell

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If you live in the Chicago area, below is information about an upcoming event to observe the yearly anniversary of the infamous 1973 US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.  It was posted on the CBN News website by Steve Warren.  

March for Life Chicago Board President Dawn Fitzpatrick has announced that the March for Life Chicago 2020, set for January 11, will be even larger than previous marches. This time, the traditional rally and march are coupled with a convention featuring pro-life organizations from across the United States, a young adult evening event, and a fundraising banquet.

“Furious that Illinois legislators have made this state an abortion oasis for the Midwest, pro-life advocates from across the country are empowered to come together in a joyful gathering knowing we can build a brighter future. More people than ever plan to turn out for the March for Life Chicago,” said Fitzpatrick, who serves full-time as the senior coordinator for Respect Life Ministries at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“This expansion gives participants the opportunity to connect with companies, organizations, and other individuals from across the country who share their values. Now, they will depart ready to take further action in their own communities,” she continued.

The theme for this year’s march is “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

Due to the large turnout expected for the event, March for Life Chicago 2020 has moved the opening rally to downtown Chicago’s spacious Daley Plaza.

The keynote speaker for the event will be abortion survivor Claire Culwell. Culwell was born two months premature after miraculously surviving the abortion that took the life of her twin sister. She was adopted, and in 2009, reconnected with her birth mother.

“I am here to be able to be a voice and a face for the unborn, and that is all by God’s grace,” Claire told CBN.

CLICK HERE to read Claire Culwell’s Amazing Story.

Other speakers at the upcoming Chicago March for Life include Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Dr. Rev. Matthew Harrison, Loyola University Medical Center’s Dr. Karen Deighan, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler, and weDignify Student Leader Alex Lehan.

You can find out more information at the March for Life Chicago 2020 website.

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The Belief that Life has Infinite, Irreplaceable Value – as Plain as a Red Sweater on a Newborn Baby’s Back

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While reading the article below, I thought about my family and friends who have blessed my life.  Moms, dads, children, grandchildren, siblings, some who were unplanned, are knit together in love.  Even in tough times, a new precious baby was welcomed.  Each life is of inestimable worth to our Heavenly Father and each has a divine purpose.  How empty our lives would be if those unplanned, unwanted babies were prevented from becoming a part of our family and circle of friends.  

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note, This appears on page four of the December digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to share the latest edition with your pro-life family and friends.

It has become a lovely tradition in hospitals around the nation: dressing newborn babies in distinctive garb, based upon a holiday or some other celebration.
Witness babies dressed like Mister Rogers, the acclaimed children’s television host…newborns dressed as characters from the film “Frozen”…and babies outfitted in Christmas stockings.

These beautiful photos go viral on social media, adorning Facebook feeds, Instagram stories, and Twitter pages. While some may dismiss this phenomenon as just a cute custom, it is actually much more than that. It is a recognition of the amazing beauty of the newly born…an honoring of their personhood…and a celebration of their oh-so-young lives.

Yet, it is alarming that babies not much younger than these are routinely and brutally denied the right to life.

Abortion represents the ending of what should be infinite possibilities. It is an action born of hopelessness, despair, and even greed by abortion center profiteers. It is the opposite of the neighborliness of a Mister Rogers…the indomitable spirit of a “Frozen” character…and the hope re-born each Christmas.

Future generations may indeed wonder at this deeply disturbing dichotomy—the festive observance of life on the one hand, the cold-hearted ending of that defenseless life on the other. While nurses and doctors provide round-the-clock care to premature infants in one health care facility, abortionists down the street can destroy preborn lives as part of one morning’s “work.”

I have to believe that the schizophrenic nature of our society when it comes to young human life can and will be corrected. A U.S. Supreme Court decision overruling the dreadful travesty of Roe v. Wade…laws protecting innocent preborn life at the state level…and vast numbers of pregnancy resource centers pitching in to help can have the combined effect of reversing our cultural descent into nihilism.

Oxford expertly defines “nihilism” as the belief that life is meaningless. The better angels of our natures know differently. It’s as plain as a red sweater on a newborn baby’s back, the belief that life has infinite, irreplaceable value. And that no amount of pontificating by the pro-abortion movement will change that incontrovertible fact.

Website: National Right to Life

More Than 200 GOP Lawmakers Tell SCOTUS: Roe v. Wade Should Be ‘Reconsidered’ and ‘If Appropriate, Overruled’

 

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Jerry Lambe is a journalist at Law&Crime. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.   Below is his recent post about Roe v. Wade and a request made by Republican Congressmen to the SCOTUS to overturn this 1973 decision.

A bloc of more than 200 Republican lawmakers on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider two of the Court’s landmark abortion rights cases, calling the current precedents unworkable, and encouraging the justices to reconsider the “right to abortion” found in 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision.

The amicus brief was submitted by 39 Senators and 168 Members of the House of Representatives in the Court’s upcoming case June Medical Services LLC v. Gee. Pro-life Democrat Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Illinois) also signed the brief.

It will be the first abortion-related case to come before the Court since President Donald Trump appointed two staunchly conservative justices to the bench, and congressional Republicans are making their case for major changes to current federal law.
As previously reported by Law&Crime, the controversy centers on a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and has already been heralded by anti-choice advocates as having the potential to reshape foundational principles governing access to abortion procedures.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2016 upheld Louisiana’s abortion law, but the Supreme Court in February blocked it from going into effect until litigation was resolved.

The GOP brief argued that the court’s decisions in Roe and 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that restrictions placing an “undue burden” on a “large fraction” of women seeking abortions was unconstitutional, must be reassessed.

“The Fifth Circuit labored to do the best it could with the vague and opaque ‘undue burden’ standard on which the Court has relied since Casey,” the lawmakers wrote. “Amici respectfully suggest that the court’s struggle—similar to dozens of other courts’ herculean struggles in this area—illustrates the unworkability of the “right to abortion” found in Roe and the need for the Court to take up the issue of whether Roe and Casey should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled.”

The lawmakers urged the justices to depart from the court’s foundational doctrine of following past legal precedent known as stare decisis.

“Stare decisis is not an ‘inexorable command,’ much less a constitutional principle. Instead, it is a prudential and pragmatic judgment,” the Amici wrote.

It’s worth noting that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has also said, “I think justices of all stripes agree that stare decisis is important, but not an inexorable command. It’s not absolute. And if it were, you would have some horrible decisions still on the books.”

The lawmakers continued, “The Court has exercised that judgment to overrule precedent in over 230 cases throughout its history. Forty-six years after Roe was decided, it remains a radically unsettled precedent: two of the seven Justices who originally joined the majority subsequently repudiated it in whole or in part, and virtually every abortion decision since has been closely divided.”

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Black Pastor: Abortion “Has Decimated Our Community, It’s in Opposition to Our Faith”

Millions of black voices have been silenced through abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America.

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Minorities have been targeted by Planned Parenthood for decades.  Margaret Sanger, founder of PP was quoted as saying,  “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”– Letter to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, December 10, 1939, p. 2.  Below is a report by Miciaih Bilger of Life News concerning this evil.  

The Rev. Bill Owens, a prominent black pastor, mourned this week how abortion has “decimated the black community.”

Owens, the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) and co-author of “A Dream Derailed: How the Left Hijacked Civil Rights to Create a Permanent Underclass,” spoke with Breitbart News about abortion, politics and their impact on African Americans.

Abortion has “decimated the black community and is in opposition to our faith,” Owens said. “But the left supports unlimited abortion policies that have led to black babies being aborted more than any other group.”

He slammed left-wing activists for taking over the Democratic Party and pushing a pro-abortion agenda.

“It’s no mystery why black voters are leaving the far-left’s agenda,” Owens said. “The black church has long been the center of the black community. But leftists are now actively trying to push Christians out of the public square. When they’re not trying to silence us, they’re mocking us or our values.”

Millions of black voices have been silenced through abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America.
Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community.

Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics indicate that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.

Many believe the abortion industry targets minorities for abortions as well. Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.

Increasingly, however, black leaders are speaking up against this injustice and drawing attention to the need to protect human rights for all human beings, including babies in the womb.

Website: Life News

Pro-life…Except Human Life

The selfishness of our society was nowhere more keenly illustrated than when one bleach-blonde twenty-something blurted, “Babies are gross!”…..

Foundations of Truth is a website dedicated to the truth.  Here is an excerpt from their mission statement.  “Truth is a rare commodity in today’s world. From entertainment to news, politics to education, and science to religion, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern between what is true and what is fake…..To help answer these questions, Foundations of Truth connects today’s specific issues and news stories with the eternal and foundational truths of God’s ” What follows is a recent article from their website.

Every life is a valuable miracle, and it’s God’s involvement in life that gives it direction and purpose.

For example, when God talked to the prophet Jeremiah about the task for which he had been made, God told him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
This verse affirms the foresight of God for each of us and the value He places on each individual human—a value he assigns to no other living species, thus elevating man above animals.

In a recent PragerU video, Will Witt presented people on the street with two petitions. One was to save baby eagles, which was quickly signed by all. The other was to stop the killing of humans, which was also enthusiastically received—until the words “anti-abortion” were added. Young progressives froze as that buzzword brought them to a halt.

The selfishness of our society was nowhere more keenly illustrated than when one bleach-blonde twenty-something blurted, “Babies are gross!”, showing the same physical repulsion as a child who refuses to touch a dead worm. When Witt told another woman who signed the eagle petition that “We wanna protect [unborn children’s] rights, too,” she responded, “Wait! No! I don’t agree with that!”[1]

To put it bluntly, she disagrees with protecting the most basic of all human rights—the right to live—the right to be born. That fundamental right has been so redefined in recent years that nearly half of all Americans now consider themselves “pro-choice,”[2] meaning they want to rob unborn children of their ability to make any choice, ever.

Not just Christians care about unborn life but many atheists do as well. Some 19% of atheists identify as pro-life. [3] As famous atheist Christopher Hitchens affirms, “the unborn entity has a right [to life] on its side and every effort should be made to see that it is preserved.”[4]

There is no rational reason to couch abortion in terms of “women’s rights.” In fact, pro-life feminists such as Frederica Mathewes-Green see “pro-choice” arguments as often being made from a position of fear—a fear of, and a desire to avoid pregnancy. She suggests that many women, finding themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, “wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg.”[5] Of course, the solution for this fear is not more abortions but rather better support and resources for the women who do experience unwanted pregnancies, thus allowing them to carry the child to term without the mother believing she is throwing away her own hopes and dreams.

The good news is that the number of abortions performed annually has been on the decline for the past few decades.[6] But in the meantime, we still need to confront this issue head-on and defend the rights of the unborn. After all, they are human, their life is ordained by God, and we should therefore defend their fundamental God-given inalienable rights, which begins with the right to be born.

Website: Foundations of Truth

Footnotes:
[1] PragerU, “Is an Eagle Egg More Valuable Than a Baby?,” YouTube (September 4, 2019), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9Ye_Uk-x8
[2] “Abortion,” Gallup (May 2019), https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx
[3] Hemant Mehta, “Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here’s Why I’m One of Them,” Friendly Atheist (March 11, 2014), https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2014/03/11/yes-there-are-pro-life-atheists-out-there-heres-why-im-one-of-them/
[4] Melvin Olontha, “Hitchens: Humanism and abortion,” YouTube (October 22, 2008), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8HhTKzmvas
[5] Frederica Mathewes-Green, “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense,” National Review (January 22, 2016), https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/abortion-roe-v-wade-unborn-children-women-feminism-march-life/
[6] “Historical abortion statistics, United States,” Johnston’s Archive (August 17, 2019), http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-unitedstates.html

 

 

 

March for Life Will Speak Up for Babies Who Survive Abortions But Left to Die

 

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The following article was published by Life News and authored by Jackson Elliott.

The March for Life aims to foster a culture where abortion becomes “unthinkable.” To that end, Jeanne Mancini, president of the group that sponsors the annual pro-life march in Washington each January, says it will work to draw the public’s attention to the proposed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

The legislation stipulates that if a baby survives an attempted abortion and draws breath, the abortionist or clinic would be required to take the baby to a hospital, rather than leaving it in a closet to die, as happened in one well-documented

“Determining the proper treatment is for medical professionals to decide, not politicians in Congress,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in arguing against the bill in the House. Only three Senate Democrats voted in favor of the bill when it came up for a vote in late February.

March organizers hope the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act will be reintroduced in the next session of Congress.

Pro-lifers’ concern for these unwanted babies “is such a contrast” with the attitudes of pro-abortion legislators, said Tom McClusky, the March for Life’s vice president of government affairs.

“This isn’t even an abortion issue,” he said. “This is a baby, born alive after an abortion. It’s just amazing, in this day and age, that people don’t understand this is actually an issue.”

McClusky said that the March for Life, held each January to demonstrate disapproval of the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, is “supportive of any [law] that changes the culture” to protect life.

Mancini and McClusky also announced that the speakers at next month’s March for Life on Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C., will include Louisiana state Sen.-elect Katrina Jackson, a black Democrat. As a state representative, she authored Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which would require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The Louisiana Legislature enacted the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act in 2014, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in 2018. But in February, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, and the justices are expected to hear the case next month.

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