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21 Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2017, Planned Parenthood Has Shut Down 20 Since 2010

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By Cheryl Sullenger
LifeNews.com
May 24, 2017

For the first five months of 2017, abortion clinic closures continue to outpace the opening of new abortion businesses.

This continues a national trend that shows the abortion industry is imploding. So far in 2017, there have been 21 closures of abortion and abortion referral facilities, while only five have been known to open.

Operation Rescue tracks each change in the number of abortion facilities in the U.S. and publishes annual reports on closures.

The 21 closures break down as follows:

• Seven surgical abortion facilities.
• Five medication abortion facilities.
• Nine abortion referral facilities.

“There are multiple factors that are leading to abortion clinic closures,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Of course, defunding efforts are one of the primary reasons for closures, but another important factor is failure of abortion businesses to comply with the law.”

Abortion facilities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia, closed due to their own bad behavior.

• Premiere ObGyn in Wilmington, Delaware, and American Women’s Services in Fairfax, Virginia, closed after being evicted for non-payment of rent. Both were owned by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham.
• EMW abortion facility in Lexington, Kentucky, was closed by the state for conducting abortions without a license.
• Planned Parenthood Metro DC in Silver Spring, Maryland, was evicted due to pressure from pro-life activists.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood organizations are undergoing a rapid reorganization. Four Iowa facilities affiliated with Planned Parenthood Heartland will soon close due to state defunding efforts. This includes three facilities that offered medical abortions. With these closures, Planned Parenthood will have shut down 20 facilities since 2010.

Other Planned Parenthood closures were announced by Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains. They will close three referral clinics in New Mexico, two in Colorado, and the only Planned Parenthood facility in Wyoming. These closures are attributed to a dramatic reorganization in the face of the likely prospect that the Trump Administration will successfully bar them from profiting from all federal programs.

“Planned Parenthood has grossly overestimated the demand for abortion, which is their most profitable endeavor,” said Newman. “Abortion numbers are decreasing each year, and now with the treat of federal defunding, Planned Parenthood is rushing to reorganize in order to remain financially solvent. We expect to see more of this reorganization trend as the federal government works to redirect tax money to women’s clinics that do not conduct abortions.”

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Closures outpace new opens

Three of the 21 Texas abortion facilities that closed after the passage of the 2013 abortion safety laws have reopened in Texas as the result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a number of abortion safety requirements that these facilities could not meet.

Those Texas abortion facilities that have reopened this year include:

• Northpark in Dallas, owned by the notorious Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.
• Audre Rapoport Women’s Health Center Planned Parenthood in Waco.
• Whole Women’s Health of Austin.

Whole Women’s Health shut down their low-volume Las Cruces, New Mexico, facility in January in order to have the staffing to reopen their busier Austin, Texas, location.

Similarly, east coast abortion chain owner Steven Chase Brigham opened the Capital Women’s Services in Washington, D.C. earlier this month following the closure of his Wilmington, Delaware, facility that was evicted for non-payment of rent.
Finally, the Carafem abortion chain opened a new office in Augusta, Georgia, in February. While posing as a “trendy” abortion office, it offers third-world style manual aspiration abortions along with the abortion pill.

“So far this year, abortion business closures are outpacing new openings by more than four to one,” said Newman. “It is clear that if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Trump Administration, more abortion facilities and abortion referral centers will continue to close and more lives will be saved.”

LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue. 

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Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortionist Joking About Eyeballs From Aborted Babies “Rolling Into Our Laps”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
May 25, 2017

A shocking new video from the Center for Medical Progress catches Planned Parenthood executives discussing gruesome abortion procedures and the sale of body parts from aborted babies for profit.

The video shows top Planned Parenthood staffers attending meetings of the National Abortion Federation in 2014 and 2015 and it is the latest in a series of over a dozen videos from the organization showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business and others engaging in potentially illegal sale of body parts of aborted babies.

The new undercover video shows Planned Parenthood executives and other top abortion advocates making shocking comments about abortions.

Several attendees made jokes about eyeballs from aborted babies and other aborted baby body parts “rolling down into their laps.”

Talcott Camp, a top pro-abortion attorney for the ACLU jokes: “I’m like — Oh my God! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp! I get it! I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”

Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, is show describing abortions this way:  “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].”

Meanwhile, Lisa Harris, the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, admits the unborn baby is a person: “Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”

And Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services for the abortion giant, talks about getting brains from aborted babies.

“You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in till last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything and keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost,” she says.

he expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all twelve:

  • In the first video: Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on baby-crushing: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
  • In the second video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini” as she negotiated the best price for baby parts.
  • In the third video: Holly O’Donnell, a former Stem Express employee who worked inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, detailed first-hand the unspeakable atrocities and how she fainted in horror over handling baby legs.
  • In the fourth video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Savita Ginde stated, “We don’t want to do just a flat-fee (per baby) of like, $200. A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” She also laughed while looking at a plate of fetal kidneys that were “good to go.”
  • In the fifth video: Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast in Houston boasted of Planned Parenthood’s skill in obtaining “intact fetal cadavers” and how her “research” department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States.”
  • In the sixth video: Holly O’Donnell described technicians taking fetal parts without patient consent: “There were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
  • In the seventh and perhaps most disturbing video: Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
  • In the eighth video: StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits Planned Parenthood sells “a lot of” fully intact aborted babies.
  • The ninth video: catches a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies — including one who “just fell out” of the womb.
  • The 10th video: catches the nation’s biggest abortion business selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies. The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
  • Unreleased Videos: Unreleased videos from CMP show Deb Vanderhei of Planned Parenthood caught on tape talking about how Planned Parenthood abortion business affiliates may “want to increase revenue [from selling baby parts] but we can’t stop them…” Another video has a woman talking about the “financial incentives” of selling aborted baby body parts.
  • The 11th video: catches a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist planning to sell the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Amna Dermish is caught on tape describing an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
  • The 12th video in the series shows new footage of Jennefer Russo, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Orange County, California, describing to undercover investigators how her abortion business tries to harvest intact aborted babies’ bodies for a local for-profit biotech company and changes the abortion procedure to do so.
  • The 13th video: exposes a Planned Parenthood medical director admitting that babies born alive after abortion are sometimes killed.

Planned Parenthood Caught Refusing to Provide Abortion Alternatives: “Just Google It”

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By Jay Hobbs
LifeNews.com
May 22, 2017

Just hours after Hollywood filmmaker Joss Whedon launched a puff piece celebrating Planned Parenthood, another video surfaced telling a far different story about the nation’s leading abortion business.

Although buoyed by well more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars each year, Planned Parenthood offers little beyond abortion. That’s why staff at seven local clinics tell callers to “just go online” or “just Google” information on services ranging from prenatal care to adoption and parenting resources in a video released Wednesday by Live Action.

In two especially chilling moments, Planned Parenthood staffers tell women who are looking for an ultrasound that they don’t do ultrasounds unless the clinic is about to take the baby’s life through abortion.

“We don’t do any ultrasounds for prenatal care,” a staff member at a Council Bluffs, Iowa, Planned Parenthood tells a caller. “We do them when we’re doing abortions, but not for any other reason.”

 

 

 

The news that Planned Parenthood does very little besides abortion isn’t exactly earth-shattering. A graphic at the end of Live Action’s video shows the corporation “performs” nearly 35 percent of all abortions in the United States, compared with less than 2 percent of breast exams, less than 1 percent of pap smears, and less than 2 percent of cancer screenings.

In fact, another video Live Action released back in January caught 92 Planned Parenthood locations admitting they do not offer prenatal care, which is in direct contradiction to spurious, repeated claims by company CEO Cecile Richards. To Planned Parenthood’s credit, staff at one of those 92 locations did have the presence of mind to refer a client to a local pro-life pregnancy center. Sometimes even a blind squirrel can find a nut, after all.

For Thee, But Not for Me

But Wednesday’s video exposes more than meets the eye. Yes, Planned Parenthood aborts a highly disproportionate number of its patients, and yes, you’d have a better chance of finding a three-legged ballerina than a Planned Parenthood that provides prenatal care. Beyond that, however, the video reveals a crucial double-standard the abortion lobby has presumed upon the pro-life alternatives to abortion its targeting in states like Illinois, California, and Hawaii.

By sending women to the Internet to look for alternatives to abortion, Planned Parenthood staffers are doing the very thing its lobbyists and comrades in statehouses across the nation are on a mission to stop pro-life pregnancy centers from doing—even if it means trampling the First Amendment.

In California and Hawaii, pro-abortion supermajorities have voted through legislation that would force Christian nonprofit pregnancy centers—including those operated in and by local churches—to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions at the very outposts set up to offer an alternative to the deadly practice. The California law is likely headed to the Supreme Court, while Hawaii’s legislation sits on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

In Illinois, the situation is even grimmer, as the state is attempting to force pro-life medical professionals not only to advertise abortions, but to actually cultivate a list of known abortion providers within a local proximity and be ready to hand the list over to a client.

Where Will Pregnant Women Get the 411?

This, of course, violates every tenet of free speech and free exercise of religion the First Amendment guarantees, and pro-life attorneys have argued as much in court, gaining a preliminary victory in Illinois while the state and federal courts sort out the case.

Pro-life lawmakers and lawyers also argue the disclaimers and referrals are unnecessary because abortion business listings are so easy to find on the Internet or through the Yellow Pages—which seems to meet the on-the-ground standard of care Planned Parenthood offers. Questioned whether a pro-life doctor or nurse could simply direct a client to look in the Yellow Pages rather than cultivate and distribute a list of abortion businesses, however, back on May 13, 2015, Lori Chaiten of the American Civil Liberties Union told one Illinois house committee that idea was anathema.

“So, I would like to think that a health-care professional wouldn’t just hand the Yellow Pages,” Chaiten said. “This is about the patients really just not knowing where to turn.”

If the witch-hunt against alternatives to abortion really was about making sure women knew where to turn, wouldn’t we expect Planned Parenthood’s brass to come unglued in reaction to revelations that its own staff sends women to the dreaded Internet—or worse, the Yellow Pages—for information? Of course, that’s not what this is about at all, and we can thank Live Action for yet another arrow of truth in the quiver.

LifeNews Note: Jay Hobbs writes for PregnancyHelpNews.

Missouri Legislature Approves Budget Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

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By Joe Ortwerth
LifeNews.com
May 17, 2017

The Missouri Legislature has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that bans the allocation of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that perform abortions or refer clients for abortions.  Pro-life  language containing the restriction on Medicaid reimbursements was inserted into the social services budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1st.

The amendment was sponsored by Representative Robert Ross of Yukon.  It affects a feature of Medicaid health insurance coverage for low-income Missourians known as the Women’s Health Services Program.  Under that program, doctors and clinics receive federal and state reimbursement for “family planning” services provided to Medicaid recipients.

The budget stipulation now states that Medicaid funds may not be disbursed to persons or entities that “perform or induce abortions, or encourage or refer for abortions which are not necessary to save the life of the mother.”  The prohibition impacts approximately $10.8 million in Medicaid funding.  It is estimated that Planned Parenthood clinics receive around $400,000 a year from the Women’s Health Services Program.

Representative Ross sponsored a successful amendment last session to the current year’s budget which prohibited the release of Women’s Health Services funding to organizations that conduct abortions.  However, officials in the Nixon administration took the position that they could release Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinic sites that do not perform abortions themselves.  These Planned Parenthood satellite facilities function as a referral network to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in St. Louis and Kansas City, Kansas.

Representative Sonya Anderson of Springfield says that the latest language accomplishes what the Legislature intended last year.  “Time and time again we have heard from our constituents that they do not support their tax dollars being used to fund abortions.”

“Last year we thought we had put a stop to this…yet here we are again a year later and Missouri is still sending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the largest abortion provider in Missouri,” Representative Anderson explained.

Legislative supporters of Planned Parenthood argued that the pro-life budget restriction would leave 70,000 female Medicaid participants without access to vital women’s health services.  This is a completely bogus argument, regardless of where in the state a Medicaid recipient lives.

There are 24 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Missouri providing health services to women from about 200 different locations.  In contrast, there are 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri.  Most county health departments provide a range of services to low-income women, including “family planning” services.  Similar programs are provided by regional community action organizations.
The 2018 state budget also makes clear that the State of Missouri remains committed to providing maternal health care services to low-income women.  The budget includes a $14 million appropriation to the Show-Me Healthy Babies initiative.  That program provides health insurance coverage for pregnant women and their  children in families which are not eligible for Medicaid and cannot obtain health insurance coverage.

Pro-life taxpayers also received unexpected good news this week from Washington, D.C.  The Trump Administration has announced that they are expanding the scope of what is known as the Mexico City Policy.  Under that policy, first established by President Reagan in 1984, federal funds designated for international “family planning” programs cannot be disbursed to agencies that perform or promote abortions.

President Obama abolished the Mexico City Policy during his Administration.   As a result, approximately $600 million a year has been funneled to foreign organizations promoting abortion to women in developing countries such as the International Planned  Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.

This week U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Plan.  This aggressive new initiative expands the restrictions of the Mexico City Policy beyond “family planning” programs to all international health care funding distributed by departments like the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The new policy impacts nearly $9 billion in federal tax dollars expended around the globe.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, commended the Trump Administration for the expansion of the Mexico City Policy.  “With the  implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Assistance Program, we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations.”

“No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations that obsessively promote and perform abortion.  Our hard-earned tax dollars will now be used by health care entities that act consistently to save lives rather than destroy them,”  Dannenfelser said.

LifeNews.com Note:  Joe Ortwerth writes for the Missouri Family Policy Council.

GUNS OUT: 2A Group Targets Anti-Gun Legislators

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By Beth Baumann
Bearing Arms
May 20, 2017

Things are getting heated in the gun world, especially with gun control advocates doing everything in their power to defeat the Second Amendment. But there’s one group who has ramped up their pulled cards out of their back pocket: Gun Owners of America (GOA).

Earlier this week, GOA submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing their concern over House Bill 1652, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act.

According to GOA, the bill could adversely affect gun owners. By establishing this new regulation, “hearing enhancers,” used by hunters to amplify sound, would mean the government could regulate hunting.

Devices used for hunting are similar to hearing aids but are often used by those without hearing loss. Stores like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops sell these hearing-aid type of devices to improve a hunter’s ability to detect the presence of game.

“There’s a pretty good chance that these hunting devices would fall within Warren’s definition of ‘over-the-counter hearing aid.’ Which would mean that a new federal bureaucracy would be in charge of regulating hunting,” the letter reads.

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GOA isn’t the first group to come out against this bill. In fact, more than 20 conservative organizations submitted a letter with their concerns.

Their concern? Personal sound amplification products (PSAP) can currently be purchased over-the-counter at pharmacies and are often used by people without hearing loss. If this bill passed, people would be required to go through the regulations associated with medical-grade hearing aids.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t the only legislator GOA has called out. Senator Chuck Schumer has made the gun group’s short list.

GOA is now urging gun owners to contact their representatives and voice their concerns over the Schumer amendment to the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under the Schumer amendment, once a person loses his or her Second Amendment rights, they can never get them back.

From Gun Owners of America’s pre-written letter for gun owners:

The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 contained a provision which would allow persons subject to a gun ban to regain their constitutional rights.

Make no mistake about it:  The procedure is no “piece of cake.” A person has to convince the ATF that they don’t represent a danger, or, failing that, they have to convince a federal court.

But even this is too much for the gun-hating Schumer.  For roughly 25 years, the “Schumer amendment” to the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill has prohibited any federal funds from being used to restore anyone’s constitutional rights.

So for much of this time, if a person were a veteran with PTSD, they’re out of luck.  If they had a conviction for a federal regulatory offense — fifty years ago — they’re out of luck.  They will NEVER get their guns back, thanks to Democrat Chuck Schumer.

Every year, the Schumer amendment is renewed on the House’s appropriations bill.GOA has made a formal request with the Committee on Appropriations and the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee to delete the amendment.

““It is important for Congress to repeal the Schumer ban immediately.  Too many good Americans are being prevented from exercising their Second Amendment rights.  We hope that Rep. John Culberson (R-TX-7) will single-handedly remove the Schumer ban from his Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill,” GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt told Breitbart.

Now the question is, will Republicans in the House of Representatives stand up for our Second Amendment rights?

Medical report published, confirms that Robert Spencer was poisoned in Iceland

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
May 17, 2017

More on why I had to cancel my speaking engagements this week.

“Doctor confirms poisoning of prominent Islam critic,” by Art Moore, WND, May 17, 2017:

A medical report confirms prominent Islam expert Robert Spencer’s claim that he was drugged by an Icelander in the island nation’s capital after giving a speech on Islam and the future of European culture.

As WND reported, Spencer believes someone who recognized him at the restaurant where he dined after the speech last Thursday approached him, declaring himself to be a fan, and slipped drugs in his drink.

Spencer said that about 15 minutes later, when he returned to his hotel room, “I began to feel numbness in my face, hands and feet. I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital.”

The doctor states in his one-page report, dated May 12, that Spencer tested “positive for amphetamine and MDMA.”

Reykjavik journalist Hjálmar Friðriksson, who reports for the local news service DV, alerted WND to a copy of Spencer’s medical report that he obtained, which was written in English.

MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy,” typically causes an increase in heart rate.

Spencer told WND that the doctor “tried to downplay what happened,” but the report makes it clear he was drugged.

“He said I had a panic attack,” said Spencer, noting it’s a symptom of MDMA overdose.

“I’ve never had a panic attack in my life, even after jihadis attacked our event in Garland,” he said. “Also, why would I have a panic attack after a successful event?”

Spencer was referring to the free-speech event he co-hosted in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 that was attacked by jihadists allied with ISIS. WND reported from the scene.

“I can only surmise that the doctor knew who I was and didn’t want me to use the incident to make the Icelandic left look bad,” Spencer told WND.

“When he spoke to me, he mentioned only Ritalin, and seemed skeptical when I told him I had never taken Ritalin.”

Spencer said the doctor didn’t mention MDMA to him, although it ended up in the report.

“He also went on about stress, urging me to stop doing what I do, without any evidence that I have ever found it particularly stressful,” Spencer continued. “His intent seemed to be to get me to believe that I had not been drugged and should stop speaking out against jihad terror and Shariah oppression.”

Spencer also noted the doctor admitted Spencer was drugged but said it was not a “serious poisoning.”

“How much poison must one be given for the poisoning to be ‘serious’?” Spencer asked. “I had most of the symptoms of MDMA overdose. That’s serious enough for me.”

The Icelandic journalist Friðriksson confirmed police are reviewing Spencer’s complaint.

Spencer said a police official took immediate steps to obtain the restaurant’s surveillance video and identify the suspects.

Along with directing Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Spencer is author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” and “The Truth About Muhammad.” His latest book is “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.”

‘Firestorm of abuse’

Spencer said his visit had “triggered a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American leftist talking points.”

The Icelandic press noted he was banned by the United Kingdom from entry in 2013, but didn’t mention it was for saying that Islam has doctrines of violence. He also was condemned for supporting Israel and falsely accused of inciting the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill.

Spencer said in a report Monday it’s clear that “jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.”

The lesson learned from his trip to Iceland, he said, is “media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is direct incitement to violence.”

“By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Shariah oppression as racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering those who dare to dissent.”

Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community.

Politifact Admits Planned Parenthood is the Nations Biggest Abortion Business

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By Dave Andrusko
LifeNews.com
May 18, 2017

After his research, Politifact Wisconsin’s Dave Umhoefer concludes the assertion that “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country” is “one of those truisms that is basically, well, True.”

I suppose I shouldn’t start out by grousing about the “basically” true conclusion, so I’ll just let it ride so as to detail what’s very useful in Umhoefer’s post.

BTW, Politifact Wisconsin describes itself as being “in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” a publication that is relentlessly pro-abortion.

The setting was a statement by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wi.) made at an April 30 town hall meeting in which he defended defunding Planned Parenthood. Among other things he said (according to Umhoefer) is, “Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country.”

Umhoefer starts out by stating (as if it were in question) that PPFA does things other than perform abortions–“323,999 for the year ending September 30, 2015.”

But consider the takeaway from this sentence: “[I]n a one-year period from 2014 to 2015, 87 percent of patients visited Planned Parenthood clinics for services other than abortion.”

Which means, as NRLC has explained countless times, one in eight “patients” (almost all of whom are women) come to PPFA for an abortion. It’s not part of this particular question, but Umhoefer could have mentioned (since he checked with NRLC)

* For a non-profit health care organization, Planned Parenthood seems to have a lot of spare cash lying around. In its last six annual reports spanning financials from fiscal years ending in 2010 through 2015, Planned Parenthood not only averaged over $1.2 billion a year in revenues, but had a total $505.5 million in “excess of revenue over expenses.” (Non-profits can’t technically count them as “profits,” hence the awkward description.) And

* At going rates for the most basic surgical abortion, Planned Parenthood’s revenues from 323,999 abortions would exceed $150 million. Because they also advertise and perform chemical abortions and later surgical abortions, which cost considerably more, that figure is probably a significant underestimate. Even so, at approximately $150 million, that would represent more revenue in 2014 than all that Planned Parenthood brought in (if current market rates prevail there) from reversible contraceptives , breast exams, and cervical “cancer screenings” or pap tests, and pregnancy tests combined.

Umhoefer talked with the Guttmacher Institute whom he disingenuously describes as “a research and advocacy organization whose survey-based data on abortions is widely quoted by both sides in the abortion debate.” That’s true. What is also true, and missing, is that Guttmacher is the former research arm of Planned Parenthood currently existing as a pro-abortion think-tank. But Guttmacher affirms that PPFA performed “35% of the 926,200 U.S. abortions estimated for calendar year 2014.”

Two other useful points Umhoefer made along the way.

#1. “Planned Parenthood’s abortion services grew rapidly between 2000 and 2015, rising by 127,000 procedures at a time when the total number of abortions nationwide was falling significantly.” Writing for NRL News Today, Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s director of Research and Education, has placed that remarkable constant in context.

He noted that between 2009 and 2014, “cancer screenings” at PPFA dropped by 2/3rds. “Revenues went up during that time from just over $1 billion dollars a year to right at $1.3 billion. Other services like contraception and prenatal care saw some decline, but one offering stayed fairly steady – abortion.”

O’Bannon added

Note: even while Planned Parenthood clinics were closing and abortions were dropping everywhere else across the U.S., the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics held fairly steady, generally between 320,000 and 330,000 a year,

If cancer screenings fell because of the 179 clinics Planned Parenthood closed between 2010 and 2015, then why didn’t the number of abortions? The obvious answer would be that Planned Parenthood kept the clinics performing abortions open, but not those performing just the cancer screenings and other less profitable services.

Which brings us to

#2. “The agency operates some 660 centers across the country,” Umhoefer wrote. “About half offer abortions, according to agency spokeswoman Beth Lynk.” The number of PPFA clinics is declining as is the number of abortions; the number of non-abortion services is shrinking; yet the revenue stays the same.

Here’s Dr. O’Bannon’s question:

So what exactly are “non-profit” Planned Parenthood’s priorities? How dedicated are they to “cancer screenings” if they chose not to maintain the levels of five years ago, even with increased government funding? (FY 2010 $487.4 million vs. FY 2015 $553.7 million).

Their “priority” is, was, and always will be abortion. Which is why Rep. Grothman’s assertion is, was, and always will be true.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

BREAKING: California Releases Assault Weapons Ban Language

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By Beth Baumann
Bearing Arms
May 19, 2017

This morning, the State of California released their language regarding their assault weapons and high-capacity magazine bans.

In the document, the state mandates all firearms they consider to be “assault weapons” must be registered with the Department of Justice:

Any person who from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2016 inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine as defined in Penal Code section 30515, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be readily removed from the firearm with the use of a tool (commonly referred to as a bullet-button weapon) must register the firearm before January 1, 2018.

The Golden State is considering anything without a “fixed magazine” the size of the pistol grip to be an assault weapon. The focus is primarily on those who build their own AR-15 style pistols.

Residents are then required to go through a number of crazy steps to make sure their firearm is in compliance:

  1. In order to be legally registered, the firearm has to have been legally acquired on or before December 31, 2016.
  2. Each gun owner would have to establish an account under the California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS). The following information must be provided:
    • Full name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Date of birth
    • Sex
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Eye color
    • Hair color
    • Military identification number (if applicable)
    • CA driver’s license or identification card number
    • United States citizenship status
    • Place of birth
    • Country of citizenship
    • Alien registration number (if applicable)
  3. The following information would have to be provided on each firearm that falls under their definition of an “assault weapon”:
    • Firearm type, make and model
    • Caliber
    • Firearm color
    • Barrel length
    • Serial number
    • All identification marks firearm
    • Country of origin/manufacturer
    • The date the firearm was acquired
    • The name and address of the individual from whom or business from which the firearm was acquired
    • Clear digital photos of firearms listed on the application.
      • One photo shall depict the bullet-button style magazine release installed on the firearm.
      • One photo shall depict the firearm from the end of the barrel to the end of the stock if it is a long gun or the point furthest from the end of the barrel if it is a pistol.
      • The other two photos shall show the left side of the receiver/frame and right side of the receiver/frame.
  4. If you’re like most families, you probably share your firearms amongst yourselves. If that’s the case, each family member who will be shooting the firearm must be registered as well. One person who have to be identified as the “primary registrant,” while others must register as “joint registrants.” To be a “joint registrant” you must live at the same address as the primary registrant. Everyone who is registered must be 19 by December 31, 2017.
    • Only direct family members (parent to child, child to parent, spouses) are allowed to be joint registrants.
    • Joint registrants have to provide proof of address showing they live with the primary registrant.
  5. You’ve gone through the above steps but wait. You’re not done yet! The CA DoJ will provide each of your firearms with a specific serial number. You must then take your firearm and your new serial number and have an FFL engrave it on your firearm.
  6. Once the serial number is engraved on your firearm, you have to provide pictures to the DoJ showing the serial number was completed.
  7. Pay a $15 fee per firearm to register your gun. There are no limits to the number of firearms that can be registered in a single transaction but the DoJ can deny your application for any reason.

The silliest part of this whole thing? The CA DoJ isn’t even ready for the registration process to begin.

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Buckle up, kids – it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
May 18, 2017

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it.

At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will close; and a fourth in Quad City will close when the building is sold, Iowa Public Radio reports. Three of the facilities did abortions.

Eight other Planned Parenthood facilities will remain open in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“This is good news for families in the state of Iowa,” said Iowans For Life Director Maggie DeWitte.  “We worked hard this last session to educate legislators and the general public that there are many quality community health centers in Iowa that provide comprehensive healthcare to women and families across the state. And they do so without taking the life of precious human beings.”

The abortion group claims the closures will hurt minorities, young adults, low-income families and people in rural areas. One abortion supporter even told the Register that she thinks abortions will go up because the four Planned Parenthoods are closing.

Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life refuted this, saying, “The reallocation of our tax dollars, away from the abortion industry, and into the hands of true health care facilities will only empower more Iowa women.”

The tax money that used to go to Planned Parenthoods in Iowa now will be given to community health clinics that offer comprehensive health care but not abortions. In contrast to the 12 (soon to be eight) Planned Parenthood facilities, there are 221 community health clinics in Iowa, according to local news reports. These facilities will be able to expand services to low-income, minority and other patients with the funding increase.

Planned Parenthood said the four facilities saw about 14,600 patients in the past three years.

Here’s more from the Register:

Planned Parenthood said it is proceeding with the closures because of the loss of about $2 million in public funding under the state legislation.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a $1.7 billion health and human services appropriations bill last week that calls for the Iowa Department of Human Services to discontinue the federal Medicaid family planning network waiver, foregoing about $3 million in federal funding. Instead, the state will use about $3.3 million to recreate its own family planning network so that it can prohibit the funding of clinics that provide abortions.

Bowen continued: “Planned Parenthood’s CEO is claiming that ‘defunding Planned Parenthood will set a health care crisis in motion in Iowa.’ Truly their arrogance knows no bounds. Planned Parenthood is NOT a ‘health care’ provider. They primarily provide services related to abortion. … we are pleased to see Iowa rapidly returning to a state where women and their unborn children are safe from the shrinking abortion giant.”

At least eight other Planned Parenthoods across the country also have closed or plan to close this year, according to LifeNews’s tally. These include three in New Mexico, two in Pennsylvania, one in Wyoming and one in Maryland. The Rocky Mountains affiliate told the AP of plans to close at least one more facility, but it did not specify which one.

Except in Iowa, Planned Parenthood officials said state and federal defunding efforts were not the reasons for the closures. Many mentioned patient numbers and finances as reasons.

The effort to defund abortion groups comes in response to a series of undercover videos showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies’ body parts. Since the undercover videos revealed shocking and potentially illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, state and federal lawmakers have introduced measures to end taxpayer funding to it and other abortion groups.

Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 unborn babies every single year. It is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and it receives nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars annually from the federal government.

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if the group stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortion – not women’s health care – is essential to Planned Parenthood.

The abortion group’s annual reports show patient numbers and non-abortion health care services have been dropping in the past few years while its abortion numbers remain steady. Out of character, Planned Parenthood has not released its annual report yet for 2016. It typically releases the report in January.

Judge throws out clock boy ‘discrimination’ lawsuit

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By Rick Moran
American Thinker
May 20, 2017

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Irving, Texas and the local school district that alleged discrimination against Ahmed Mohamed, the student who brought a “clock” to school that looked suspiciously like a bomb.

Mohamed was arrested and charged with bringing a hoax bomb to school.  Those charges were later dropped, but the resulting furor from the incident became a litmus test for “Islamophobia” in America.  Those who supported the “innocent” teen were tolerant, broad-minded, and welcoming of diversity.  Those who think the student wrong were haters.  Ahmed ended up being invited to NASA headquarters and an event that featured President Obama as the left rallied to his cause.

Meanwhile, his father moved the family to Qatar but stayed only nine months.  When the family moved back to Irving, they demanded $15 million not to pursue legal action.  The town and school district refused to pay the extortion, which resulted in the lawsuit thrown out yesterday.

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Court papers obtained by DailyMail.com reveal on May 18, a judge dismissed the entire case. The lawsuit sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages along with attorney fees.

The judge wrote: ‘Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer that any IISD employee intentionally discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed based on his race or religion.’

Further, he notes that the suit failed to identify any policy, custom, or practice of the City that was allegedly the moving force behind any violation of Ahmed’s Fifth Amendment rights.

When the lawsuit was first filed in 2016, the district hit back at the Mohamed family’s allegations saying Ahmed deliberately disobeyed his teacher by activating the clock despite her warning.

The judge said the  failed to allege any facts from which the court could reasonably conclude that Ahmed was discriminated against based on his race or religion.

The ruling said the suit had: ‘Absent allegations of intentional discrimination, or allegations from which the court can reasonably infer intentional discrimination, Plaintiff fails to allege an equal protection violation against the IISD.’

Mohamed’s complaint also said Irving Independent School District has an ‘ugly history of race struggles,’ and the State of Texas and the IISD have a ‘history of discrimination against Muslims in Texas curriculum and schools.’

Prior to filing the most recent lawsuit, the family demanded $15 million dollars in damages in the months after the arrest.

Damages are only granted for intentional discrimination. Mohamed is allowed to file an amended complaint by June 1.

The lawsuits and extortion demand are pretty strong indications – if not proof – that the entire incident was a scheme concocted – probably by the father – to soak the city and school district for as much money as they could get. Obviously, the family was expecting a quick settlement.  But Irving fought back and has now been vindicated.

The family say they will refile the lawsuit, and the judge has given them until June 1 to do so.  But the judge’s reasoning in throwing out the suit in the first place – that Mohamed failed the most basic legal test in a discrimination lawsuit – means that a similar result will ensue following the refiling of the lawsuit.

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