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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.

Abortion Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
May 11, 2017

This week, the House of Representatives is voting on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The last time the House considered this bill, a former abortion practitioner urged members of Congress to pass it.

Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an OBGYN who also performed abortions. Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions — some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped doing abortions.

Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

 

 

Levatino’s full testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice appears below:

 

Chairman Franks and distinguished members of the subcommittee, my name is Anthony Levatino. I am a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY in 1976 and completed my OB-GYN residency training at Albany Medical Center in 1980.

In my 33-year career, I have been privileged to practice obstetrics and gynecology in both private and university settings. From June 1993 until September 2000, I was associate professor of OB-GYN at the Albany Medical College serving at different times as both medical student director and residency program director. I have also dedicated many years to private practice and currently operate a solo gynecology practice in Las Cruces, NM. I appreciate your kind invitation to address issues related to the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

During my residency training and during my first five years of private practice, I performed both first and second trimester abortions. Duringmy residency in the late 1970s,second trimester abortions were typically performed using saline infusion or, occasionally, prostaglandin instillation techniques. These procedures were difficult, expensive and necessitated that patients go through labor to abort their pre-born children. By 1980, at the time I entered private practice first in Florida and then in upstate New York, those of us in the abortion industry were looking for a more efficient method of second trimester abortion.

The Suction D&E procedure offered clear advantages over older installation methods. The procedure was much quicker and never ran the risk of a live birth. Understand that my partner and I were not running an abortion clinic. We practiced general obstetrics and gynecology but abortion was definitely part of that practice. Relatively few gynecologists in upstate NY would perform such a procedure and we saw an opportunity to expand our abortion practice.

I performed first trimester suction D&C abortions in my office up to 10 weeks from last menstrual period and later procedures in an outpatient hospital setting. From 1981 through February 1985, I performed approximately 1200 abortions. Over 100 of them were second trimester Suction D&E procedures up to 24 weeks gestation.

Imagine if you can that you are a pro-choice obstetrician/gynecologist like I once was. Your patient today is 24 weeks pregnant. At twenty-four weeks from last menstrual period, her uterus is two finger-breadths above the umbilicus.

If you could see her baby, which is quite easy on an ultrasound, she would be as long as your hand plus a half from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient has been feeling her baby kick for the last 2 months or more but now she is asleep on an operating room table and you are there to help her with her problem pregnancy.

The first task is remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter.Picture yourself introducing this catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid that looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This is the amniotic fluid that surrounded the baby to protect her.

With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At the end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go. A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can.

At twenty-four weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard–really hard. You feel something let go and out pops  a fully formed leg about six inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.

The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a large plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush d own on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.

Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a second trimester Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose.

If you refuse to believe that this procedure inflicts severe pain on that unborn child, please think again.

Before I close, I want to make a comment on the necessity and usefulness of utilizing second and third trimester abortion to save women’s lives. I often hear the argument that we must keep abortion legal in order to save women’s lives in cases of life threatening conditions that can and do arise in pregnancy.

Albany Medical Center where I worked for over seven years is a tertiary referral center that accepts patients with life threatening conditions related to or caused by pregnancy. I personally treated hundreds of women with such conditions in my tenure there. There are several conditions that can arise or worsen typically during the late second or third trimester of pregnancy that require immediate care. In many of those cases, ending or “terminating” the pregnancy, if you prefer, can be life saving. But is abortion a viable treatment option in this setting? I maintain that it usually, if not always, is not.

Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because: “Forced Childbirth is the Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”

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By Sarah Stites
LifeNews.com
May 11, 2017

According to radical feminist Gloria Steinem, women will never be “fully equal” to men unless they have abortion rights. Oh, and the patriarchy’s to blame for climate change too.

In an interview with Refinery29 writer Lindsey Stanberry, Steinem shared thoughts on feminism, and unsurprisingly, everything came back to female reproductive rights.

When the writer commented that some considered climate change to be a feminist issue, Steinem avidly agreed, opining that forced childbirth was the cause of many of the earth’s problems.

“Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population,” the 83-year-old icon exclaimed. “If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have.”

In 2015, Steinem articulated the same perspective to Cosmo’s Prachi Gupta, declaring that the Pope and all “other patriarchal religions” were responsible for global warming, because of dictating women’s reproductive rights.

And on that front, when conversation moved to Ivanka Trump, Steinem affirmed the common liberal view that one cannot simultaneously be a feminist and pro-life.

When Stanberry commented that the first daughter had “gotten a lot of criticism for trying to co-opt feminism,” Steinem bluntly responded: “Nobody on earth thinks she’s a feminist, are you kidding me?”

“So how would you define a feminist?” Stanberry asked in return.

And that’s where things got predictable. To be a feminist, one must tote the progressive party line: in other words, the idea that “full equality of the sexes” equates to being pro-choice.

“I have not seen her standing up and saying women should have a right to control their own bodies and decide when and whether to have children, no,” Steinem expounded, before also criticizing Trump’s maternity leave policy.

“I’m not saying that [Ivanka] knows this, but [the Nazis] were paying women to have children,” Steinem continued.

LifeNews Note: Sarah Stites writes for Newsbusters, where this article originally appeared.

Hillary Clinton Celebrates Abortion at Planned Parenthood Gala, Slams Pro-Lifers as “Groups of Men”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
May 3, 2017

On Tuesday night pro-abortion failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrated abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Gala honoring its 100 years of pushing its abortion agenda.

Clinton received the company’s “champion of the century” award and slammed pro-lifers using sexist terms.

She called pro-life advocates “groups of men” trying to strip away Women’s Health protections. Here’s more:

“As we speak, politicians in Washington are still doing everything they can to roll back the rights and progress we’ve fought so hard for over the last century,” she said, according to CNN. “I mean, could you believe those the photos of groups of men around that conference table deciding to strip away coverage for pregnancy and maternity care?”

Clinton pointed out that Planned Parenthood is a living embodiment of one of the Handmaid’s Tale’s most recognizable slogans: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” Basically, Clinton is saying Planned Parenthood hasn’t let the bastards grind them down.

Clinton addressed the crowd at the Planned Parenthood celebration, recalling the strength and resolve with which the organization has defended reproductive rights and healthcare over the last 100 years. The speech came just a week after Margaret Atwood’s iconic dystopian novel premiered as a television show, which the Huffington Post reports Clinton pointed out is an uncanny coincidence.

“We come tonight to celebrate the last 100 years, the progress that so many generations have fought so hard for,” she said. “What a time it is to be holding this centennial. Just ask those who’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale, a book I read and was captivated by years ago.”

Specifically, Clinton pointed to “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum,” a phrase the book’s main character, Offred, finds engraved in her room that gives her strength. Offred is essentially imprisoned by a new regime that creates a values system in which women exist primarily for reproduction. The phrase translates to “don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

“To paraphrase Margaret Atwood, ‘We can never let them grind us down,’” Hillary said.

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Hillary Clinton did everything possible during the presidential election to stand up for the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation. At every turn Clinton signaled her support for abortion without limits and said unborn children have no constitutional rights.

She appeared in front of a major Planned Parenthood rally to encourage abortion activist to turn out in force to stop pro-life candidate Donald Trump. That didn’t work out very well.

Despite her failure as a presidential candidate — not once but twice — Hillary Clinton’s best friends of Planned Parenthood will coronation her as their champion of the century anyway.

Clinton lost the presidential election, despite strong support and expectations from the abortion chain. Planned Parenthood spent more than $30 million to help Clinton and other pro-abortion candidates get elected. Most of the candidates lost after touting radical pro-abortion platforms, including forcing taxpayers to directly fund abortions.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards also was involved heavily in Clinton’s campaign, traveling to dozens of states to stump for her. Clinton supported the abortion group’s hopes of forcing taxpayers to directly fund abortions, and she promised to nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up until birth, if elected.

This is not Clinton’s first award from the nation’s largest abortion provider. In 2009, Planned Parenthood gave Clinton its Margaret Sanger Award, named after its eugenicist founder.

Clinton described the award as a “great privilege,” according to Townhall. “… the overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.”

On the campaign trail last year, she thanked the abortion group for its work and promised to partner with it “for the long haul.” Clinton went on to thank the Planned Parenthood abortion activists for helping women who are victims of sexual assault even though the abortion company has been found to cover up cases of statutory rape, allowing rapists to rape again.

Planned Parenthood is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In the past 100 years, it has destroyed the lives of an estimated 6.8 million unborn babies.

Former Abortion Clinic Converted to Pregnancy Center Saving Babies From Abortion

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By Jay Hobbs
LifeNews.com
May 1, 2017

The very room once used to end lives through abortion in Elkton, Md., is now the setting where countless women will meet their children for the first time via ultrasound through the building’s new occupant, a life-affirming pregnancy center.

Once dubbed the, “Little Shop of Horrors,” the former abortion clinic was operating secretively until a 2010 raid found the remains of 35 frozen late-term aborted babies, including one that was 33 weeks gestation.

It’s sat vacant since that time, while its former tenant Steven Brigham and his associate withstood a combined six charges of first-degree murder, plus six more second-degree murder charges and a count each of conspiracy to commit murder.

Brigham—who was not licensed to carry out abortions in Maryland—and his associate, Nicola Riley, were discovered to be running a grisly, illegal business across state lines when a patient of theirs, “D.B.” was hospitalized following a botched abortion in August of 2010.

Brigham, who has a long track record of deceit and malpractice, recently made headlines for being forced out of his facility in Delaware, where he had failed to pay rent for the past nine months.

Now, almost eight years after the fact, the Cecil County Pregnancy Center is serving women with life-saving care in one of several Maryland locations Brigham had been forced to vacate in late 2010.

“It feels like a fresh breath of healing and encouragement is blowing through Cecil County with us being able to take over that space,” Dan Mohler, who serves as the center’s executive director, said. “In the very room where he was doing his abortions, we’re putting our ultrasound, and we’re going to be saving lives. I like the transforming beauty of that.”

After Brigham and Riley were forced out of business in Elkton, the Rev. Joe Piekarski of Immaculate Conception Church worked with an attorney to recover 34 of the babies from the state medical examiner’s office to hold a burial service and memorial Mass for the dead.

It was 40 years ago this year, in 1977, that Immaculate Conception Church formed the center that now occupies four spaces, including Brigham’s former facility. Last year, the community-funded organization served clients with 2,525 free services and classes, while teaching abstinence classes in local schools.

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“They’re very excited about seeing us get in that building,” Mohler said. “Over the past year or so, we’ve tried to just ask the Lord to bless us and then get out of the way and let him do it. We’ve just been enjoying the blessing of the Lord.”

Mohler, whose background is in hospital administration, established partnerships with a pair of Methodist churches in the outlying areas to act as satellite locations for the Elkton center, starting in the summer of 2016.

The center had rented its previous space in Elkton in a medical complex across the street from a hospital, but that lease unexpectedly came to an end in April, prompting Mohler and his board of directors to find a new location in town.

They’d long hoped to move into the former abortion clinic, but it was out of their price range—until April, that is, when the rent dropped by more than $500 per month.

“I’d looked at the price in the past just for the beauty of being able to transform that space,” Mohler said. “As the Lord shows his sense of humor from time to time, just when we needed it, they lowered the price and put it immediately within our feasibility within just a couple of days of when we needed the space.”

Following a prayer dedication Sunday, April 30, Cecil County Pregnancy Center is ready to start serving clients in its new digs Monday, May 1.

The center becomes the latest pro-life center or ministry to convert a space once used by the abortion industry. In January, Philadelphia’s AlphaCare added a location adjacent to the abortion clinic formerly operated by convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell as part of a long-term vision to move into the shuttered clinic itself.

Last August, a Christian social services agency that works closely with a local pregnancy center bought and converted an abortion clinic formerly owned by notorious abortionist James Pendergraft in Ocala, Fla.

Former abortion clinics turned into life-affirming pregnancy centers in recent years include two in Iowa—including one former Planned Parenthood clinic—two in Miami, one in Toledo, Ohio, and a former flagship Planned Parenthood building in Bryan, Texas, that now houses both 40 Days for Life and a pregnancy help medical clinic.

“We’re in the process of painting and sanitizing and praying over that space,” Mohler said in late April. “We’ve been praying about this for years. The Lord had his perfect timing, and he wanted to put us in there.”

LifeNews Note: Jay Hobbs writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared.

CLOSED: Abortion Clinic That Killed Babies in Abortions for 42 Years Closes Down

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By Robert Ertelt
LifeNews.com
May 1, 2017

An abortion clinic in Sacramento, California closed its doors on Friday, ending its four decades-long abortion practice.

California Catholic Daily reports the Sacramento facility is the second Women’s Health Specialists abortion clinic to close in the past year. Executive director of the abortion chain Shauna Heckert previously pointed to financial issues and a reduced demand for abortions as the reasons.

“We are a dying breed,” Heckert told told the news site FiveThirtyEight last year.

California pro-life leaders celebrated the news as a victory for babies and moms in the community.

“We have been praying in front of Women’s Health Specialists abortion business in Sacramento for decades, helping women and saving lives, including over a dozen 40 Days for Life campaigns,” said local pro-life leader Wynette Sills in the Californians for Life newsletter.

It is especially encouraging given that California is one of the worst states for legal protections unborn babies and moms.

Pro-abortion groups have managed to thwart laws to protect unborn babies and moms in California, but they have not been able to stop the pro-life movement from offering support and teaching facts about unborn babies and abortion. As a result, it appears that more women are rejecting abortion in favor of life for their unborn babies.

The California abortion chain has been struggling financially for years. According to Californians for Life, it took out several loans recently. It also was “involved in lawsuits over forcing workers to disrobe for group ‘self-exams,’” the group said in a newsletter.

The founder of the abortion chain, Carol Downer, also has a disturbing history.

Here’s more from the report:

The abortion chain was started in Los Angeles by Carol Downer, now 84 years old. In 1982, when the bodies of more than 14,000 aborted babies were found in a shipping container, it was Downer and the Feminist Women’s Health Center that filed a lawsuit seeking to block the burial of the babies.

In 1983, the Los Angeles Health Department cited Downer with 24 violations of the Health Code, including: “No evidence that policies were reviewed by a professional, no registered nurse, no transfer agreement with a hospital, no quality assurance program and improper disposal of fetal remains.”

In 1998, Downer orchestrated a defense for abortionist Dr. Bruce Steir, who was charged and convicted of killing Sharon Hamptlon, a young mother who bled to death after Steir punctured her uterus during an abortion. Steir, who was on probation from the state medical board at the time, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, went to jail and lost his medical license.

According to the March 29, 2016 edition of the Californians for Life newsletter, Steir “performed thousands of abortions at Women’s Health Specialists.”

Downer also observed Harvey Karman, an illegal, untrained abortionist who worked closely with Kermit Gosnell, the report states. In 2013, Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, was convicted of murdering three late-term newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient.

Abortion clinics in the United States are closing at a record pace as demand for their deadly business declines and abortionists retire, a 2016 Bloomberg analysis found.

Between 2011 and 2015, at least 162 abortion clinics closed or stopped doing abortions; 21 new abortion clinics opened in that same time period, according to the analysis. A report from Operation Rescue also showed 53 abortion clinics closed in 2015 alone.

The lack of business has been a major factor in the closing of abortion clinics, the Bloomberg report suggested. Abortion rates are dropping to historic lows across America as more women choose life for their unborn babies. In 2014, abortions dropped below 1 million for the first time since 1975, the Guttmacher Institute reported in January.

These are clear signs that pro-life advocates are making a difference. Through sidewalk counseling, pregnancy resources, educational efforts and pro-life laws, our grassroots movement is helping to save countless lives from the devastation of abortion.

 

Woman Forced 12-Year-Old Into Prostitution, Made Her Have an Abortion After She Became Pregnant

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By Micaiah Bigler
LifeNews.com
April 28, 2017

In a disturbing North Carolina case this week, a 12-year-old girl allegedly was forced into prostitution, raped repeatedly and given an abortion over a two-year period.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Flora Riano Gonzalez, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted on charges of forcing the young girl into prostitution while she was between the ages of 12 and 14. On Friday, a judge sentenced Gonzalez to up to 16 years and 6 months in prison, the report states.

Gonzalez allegedly reported the girl’s sexual abuse herself after the girl became pregnant; authorities said Gonzalez hoped to get the girl a free, taxpayer-funded abortion because she was a sexual assault victim, according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

According to testimony and closing arguments, Gonzalez forced the girl into prostitution when she was 12 in 2011. Gonzalez took the girl to Armando Graciano, who operated a laundromat. Graciano raped the girl and then took the girl to other adult men, who also raped her in exchange for money, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in closing arguments. Graciano is facing pending charges of felonious restraint, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual servitude.

Chavious said Gonzalez transported the girl to various locations so that the girl could have sex with adult men for money. When the girl was 14, she became pregnant, and Gonzalez reported the sexual assault to Winston-Salem Police Department in an effort to get the girl a free abortion. The girl also had contracted chlamydia, a sexually-transmitted disease, Chavious said. …

Lisa Costner, Gonzalez’s attorney, said in closing arguments that there was no evidence that Gonzalez was prostituting the child or that she knew the girl was being sexually assaulted until the girl became pregnant. She also questioned the girl’s credibility.

Abortion and sexual abuse often are connected. Sometimes the abuser pressures or forces the victim to have an abortion to cover up the crime.

Earlier this month, LifeNews reported another case where a Wisconsin man was charged with raping multiple children and performing a “crude” abortion on one of them after she became pregnant.

Research indicates human trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies. A survey by the U.S. Department of State found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with 30 percent having multiple abortions. More than half said they did not choose to abort their unborn child; their traffickers ordered them to, according to the survey.

Many sexual abuse victims who become pregnant say the abortion only added to their trauma, according to research by the Elliot Institute.

In 2015, a sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to abort her unborn child. While the woman admitted that she had no desire to be a mother, she said she would not have aborted her baby – “because I didn’t want to go through all that.”

Wendy Davis: Notion That Human Life Begins at Conception is “Absurd”

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
April 28, 2017

Texas abortion activist Wendy Davis was back on the road this week advocating for abortion and the nation’s largest provider of it, Planned Parenthood.

Davis stopped in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday to speak at a fundraiser/celebration for the abortion chain’s 100th anniversary, the Post and Courier reports.

Davis is a former Texas state Senator who rose to the national spotlight several years ago when she filibustered a Texas pro-life law that banned late-term abortions and required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. After a failed attempt to run for Texas governor, Davis has been active in the pro-abortion movement.

On Thursday in Charleston, Davis blasted a new bill in the state that would recognize unborn babies as human beings from the moment of conception.

Here’s more from the report:

Most recently, an anti-abortion measure advanced in the South Carolina legislature Wednesday that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception. Davis characterized such legislation as “absurd” and attributed the bill to “politicians who believe that thumping their chest … is something that they’re rewarded for when they run for re-election.”

She also criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for its pro-life policies and urged people to do everything they can to support Planned Parenthood.

“It’s the storming of capitols all over the country, it’s the phone calls, it’s the marches, the protests, the speaking up, the standing up, the fighting back,” Davis said. “All of that is necessary to the continued vibrancy of the work that Planned Parenthood does.”

What Planned Parenthood does is destroy unique, individual human lives while they are in their mother’s wombs.

Numerous scientific textbooks, experts and researchers point to the moment of conception as the beginning of a new human being’s life, complete with his or her own DNA.

For example, the textbook “The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology” states, “Human life begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo developmentn) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote.”

And every year, Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 of these unborn babies’ lives, while receiving hundreds of millions of our tax dollars.

Wanting to protect human lives from the moment they begin is not absurd. It is based on scientific fact and a values system that views every human life as valuable.

New Study Finds Unborn Babies Feel Pain in the First Trimester

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LifeNews.com
April 21, 2017

That the nervous system develops sooner than thought could have implications for whether babies feel pain in the early weeks.

Although there’s no logical reason why a human lack of capacity to feel pain justifies ending the life of an unborn baby, it’s a common argument for why abortion is acceptable in the early stages of pregnancy. However, the prevailing wisdom that babies don’t feel pain in the first trimester may have to be re-examined, as Live Action reports.

Adult-like nerves

A study published in the Journal Cell on 23 March 2017 reveals that the nervous system of embryos and foetuses may be greatly more developed than was previously believed.  Entitled “Tridimensional Visualization and Analysis of Early Human Development” the study shows that unborn babies in the first trimester have “adult-like” patterns of nerves. Researchers “combined whole-mount immunostaining, 3DISCO clearing, and light-sheet imaging to start building a 3D cellular map” and found that “the adult-like pattern of skin innervation is established before the end of the first trimester, showing important intra- and inter-individual variations in nerve branches.”

It’s too early to conclude that the system of nerves observed in embryos and fetuses would allow the infant in development to feel pain. However, this new research shows that the nervous system develops much sooner than had previously been thought, which could point to pain sensitivity.

What evidence is there for foetal pain?

For now, it’s almost conclusively provable that preborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation, although they respond to touch as early as eight weeks. There is also increasing evidence that unborn babies can feel pain much earlier than 20 weeks — possibly as early as five weeks. Some evidence exists to show that foetal pain may be even worse in the first trimester, due to the uneven maturation of foetal neurophysiology.

 

Planned Parenthood Opening New Missouri Abortion Clinics After Judge Overturns Pro-Life Law

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
April 21, 2017

Missouri has one abortion clinic, but that is about to change.

After Planned Parenthood won an initial victory against a Missouri law this week, the abortion chain announced plans to open four abortion clinics in the state.

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Great Plains told reporters that they plan to begin doing abortions at their Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and Joplin locations in the near future.

A number abortion facilities stopped doing abortions in Missouri in the past 10 years, because they could not or would not meet state health and safety regulations. The Planned Parenthood abortion chain filed a lawsuit challenging the regulations in November.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs granted Planned Parenthood’s request to block the regulations, arguing that they hurt women’s access to abortion. The laws require abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergency situations, and abortion facilities to meet standards similar to other ambulatory surgical facilities.

The ruling means Planned Parenthood can expand its abortion practices again in Missouri.

Jesse Lawder, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis, said they plan to provide abortion drugs at their Springfield and Joplin locations. KTTS Radio reports this will be the first time the Springfield Planned Parenthood offers abortions.

“We have some work yet to do, but we’d like to make these services available to members of the community as soon as possible,” Lawder told the Joplin Globe.

It appears that the Columbia and Kansas City Planned Parenthoods will provide abortion drugs again, too; however, it is not clear if they also will do surgical abortions.

Here’s more from KY3 News:

[Lawder] said a doctor has been picked for the clinics in southwest Missouri but some final steps remain. Lawder says Planned Parenthood would not be able to offer abortions without the injunction from Sachs.

Missouri Right to Life Legislative Liaison Susan Klein called the judge’s ruling “egregious.”

“Judge Sachs is giving a dangerous stamp of approval to Planned Parenthood’s history of having rusty equipment, dirty tables, expired drugs and untrained personnel offering services,” Klein said. “These infractions are in public inspection reports of the Planned Parenthood in St Louis. This same Planned Parenthood has had at least 69 emergency ambulance calls since 2009.”

The state regulations have helped to saved thousands of unborn babies’ lives since they passed in 2005. Many abortion facilities closed, dropping from seven in 2005 to two in 2014, because they could not or would not comply with the safety regulations. Abortion numbers also dropped steadily after the laws went into effect.

The Planned Parenthood in St. Louis currently is the only abortion facility in the state. It has developed a terrible reputation, sending at least 69 women to the hospital in ambulances since 2009, according to Operation Rescue. State inspection reports between 2009 and 2016 also showed more than 200 health and safety violations that endangered women’s health.

The Planned Parenthood in Columbia had to stop doing abortions in 2015 after its abortionist lost admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

“Missouri is a pro-life state,” Greitens said on Twitter. “We will beat this on appeal and keep fighting every day to protect the innocent unborn.”

State Attorney General Josh Hawley said Sachs’ decision was wrong, and the state will continue fighting to protect women’s health and safety.

“Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,” Hawley said Wednesday. “Missouri has an obligation to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of women undergoing medical procedures in state licensed medical facilities.”

Klein said pro-lifers in the state will continue to work with lawmakers to protect people who will be harmed by the judge’s ruling.

 

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