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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.

 

NARAL Fumes that the DNC Is Holding an Event With an ‘Anti-Choice’ Mayoral Candidate

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By Cortney O’Brien
Townhall
April 20, 2017

The Democratic National Committee unity tour continues to look like a struggle bus. DNC Chair Tom Perez was booed during their stop in Maine, immediately putting a wrench in that whole “unity” thing. They booed Perez again once Bernie Sanders came onstage, and the Vermont senator did not bother to defend him.

Now, pro-abortion groups like NARAL are decrying the next stops on the campaign.

The DNC is expected to hold a rally Thursday night in Nebraska with Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello. Yet, after a little digging, NARAL and liberal media outlets discovered that eight years ago Mello voted for legislation in the Nebraska State Senate that required women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound. NARAL Pro-Choice President Ilyse Hogue demanded that the DNC cancel the event because it would be seen as a “throwback tour” for women.

“The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women –  one of the most critical constituencies for the party – of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid.  Today’s action make this so-called ‘fight back tour’ look more like a throw back tour for women and our rights.”

How extreme are these groups that they immediately reject a candidate who dares to vote for a bill that would hint toward life in the womb?

But that’s a whole other issue. For now, it’s been fun following this train wreck of a unity tour.

Planned Parenthood Has Received $553.7 Million of Your Tax Dollars to Push Its Abortion Agenda

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By Randall O’Bannon, PhD
LifeNews.com
April 17, 2017

This is a continuation of part 1.

Planned Parenthood does receive government money – a LOT of government money. In its most recent annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) said it received $553.7 million – that’s over half a billion dollars – in “government health services grants & reimbursements” in fiscal year ending 6/30/15. That represents 43% of the group’s $1.3 billion revenues.

It will be a big chunk to make up – that’s why Planned Parenthood is fighting so hard to hold onto it. But it is a serious mistake to think this money is the reason these clinics stay open or close.

It may not be widely known, but Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics have already been closing, even with government revenues on the increase. In its last five annual reports (covering fiscal year ending 6/30/10 to 6/30/15), Planned Parenthood gained an additional $66.3 million in “government health services grants & reimbursements” but the number of “health centers” decreased from 840 to 661.

As noted in Part One, the number of abortions stayed steady at PPFA while other services such “cancer screenings” tumbled during that same five-year time frame.

Indeed, despite the overall drop in clinics and major services other than abortion, the number of abortion performing clinics rose during that time (see NRL News Today, 9/27/16 ).

Planned Parenthood is shutting down clinics, but not for lack of government money. Ostensibly a “non-profit,” Planned Parenthood is making business decisions. It is shutting down clinics that aren’t generating the desired level of revenues, don’t have the customers, cost too much to operate, or aren’t fulfilling the group’s policy goals.

It may well be the case that reductions or eliminations of government funds give Planned Parenthood reason to do more pruning. But it isn’t as if the extra $66.3 million pulled in from “government health services grants & reimbursements” in its past six annual reports was used by Planned Parenthood to help build or maintain non-abortion performing centers in rural areas.

No, what Planned Parenthood affiliates all over the country have been doing the last ten years is closing a lot of their old, non-abortion clinics and building giant new high volume central abortion mega-clinic hubs in major metropolitan areas, sometimes with government grants, as we have documented many times at National Right to Life News Today.

That business model doesn’t provide a whole lot of “cancer screenings” or even “family planning services” for women in remote rural areas, but it does help Planned Parenthood build and maintain its lucrative abortion empire.

It’s where Planned Parenthood is going, with or without government help.

MYTH #4: Poor women and minorities will lose basic healthcare if Planned Parenthood is defunded.

Though it adamantly denies that it targets the poor or minorities with its abortion marketing, Planned Parenthood is anxious to let people know that “nearly half” of its patients are “people of color” and “many…live in rural areas.” Also supposedly at risk [if government funds are cut] are “people with low incomes.” (See “The impact of Defunding Planned Parenthood,” “Groups That Would Be Disproportionately Hurt by ‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood,” at http://www.istandwithpp.org, accessed 3/29/17).

When Planned Parenthood makes broad statements about such patients having “nowhere else to turn for healthcare,” a serious caveat is in order. Planned Parenthood generally doesn’t offer basic health care, just some low level gynecological care. At your standard Planned Parenthood clinic, you won’t get immunizations for your kids, help for your achy joints or sore throat, or treatment for your diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.

Such services are offered at community health centers, which are greater in number and reach than Planned Parenthood clinics and offer these and other many other services at low or no cost. The difference is that these federally funded community health centers do not offer abortion.

There are some 9,800 sites in the federally health center program, compared to about 650-665 Planned Parenthood locations. Federally qualified health centers provide all these services that Planned Parenthood does – birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings, etc. – but not the abortions. We should also note that one can get prenatal care at a federally qualified health centers (something Planned Parenthood rarely offers), as well as mammograms, which Planned Parenthood does not provide at all.

Planned Parenthood wants to argue that these federally qualified health centers and other rural health clinics (estimated to be around 4,100 in number) cannot or will not absorb its family planning clients, but this is not a given. If federally qualified health centers had access to the half a billion dollars that Planned Parenthood gets from the government each year, it could certainly provide such services to many if not most of Planned Parenthood’s current patients.

Though, unlike federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics are not required to offer family planning services or serve lower income patients, access to that revenue stream could also incentivize some of those to pick up patients in any areas not covered by federally qualified health centers.

As noted above, it is not the federal government but Planned Parenthood itself which is closing many of its clinics in rural areas, even with government funding showing an increase. If Planned Parenthood was really committed to keeping those clinics open, though, to providing birth control and cancer screenings and STD treatments to poor and minority clients, and if federal funding really was the key, it could do so by simply dropping abortion from its offerings.

That is something Planned Parenthood simply refuses to do. It has decided, for whatever reason, that it would rather continue to perform abortions, taking lives, than provide poor or minority women in rural areas those lifesaving “cancer screenings” they say are so critical.

LifeNews.com Note: Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D., is the director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee. This column originally appeared at NRL News Today.

 

Former Abortionist Who Aborted 1,200 Babies Now Gives a Pro-Life Talks on College Campuses

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By Bethany Janzen
LifeNews.com
April 12, 2017

While Congress and D.C. is in a raucous, students on campus aren’t being quite either. Last week, Dr. Anthony Levatino’s presentations at a public university and med school in Colorado sparked controversy and conversation.

Dr. Levatino is a former abortionist who committed around 1,200 abortions – including some past 20 weeks – and had a change of heart. His story is captivating and compelling, which he shared with two schools of higher education last week.

At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School (CU Anschutz), 70 people attended Dr. Levatino’s lunch presentation “From Pro-Choice to Pro-Life.” In the evening, about 100-120 turned out to hear him address is “Is Abortion Women’s Healthcare?” at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder).

Leading up to the CU Boulder event, many of the posters which the Students for Life group on campus put up advertising the event were taken down. Also, some of their chalking was washed off, or defaced.

During the Q & A time at CU Boulder, one passionate African American student asked about how Dr. Levatino, as a white male, had the right to tell a woman what to do when he wasn’t fighting to stop Black Lives Matter, children dying in Syria, etc. His response? We can’t solve every crisis, but we can address a few important ones. It is sexist to say that just because I’m a male I can’t advocate for the lives of sons and daughters.

There were some other hostile questions as well, which Dr. Levatino answered with compassion, and though no protestors showed up, security stood by at both events.

At CU Anschutz, of the three core leaders of the CU Anschutz Pro-Choice group and a leader in the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice asked some questions about contraception and such from a pro-choice mindset. But afterwards she came up and talked to me.

We both realized that we had testified the day before on opposite sides of the same bill in the Colorado Senate Committee. She was kind and agreed that we needed to support pregnant and parenting students and was especially passionate about the need for lactation rooms on campus. It was great to find that common ground together.

She said that she thought it was good to consider other perspectives and so that’s why she wanted to attend Dr. Levatino’s presentation. She exchanged contact information with the president of the new CU Anschutz SFL group and he plans to get in touch with her.

At both events I had baby socks for the #Sockit2PP campaign that people could pin and then send the other one to Congress in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Lots of people participated!!

LifeNews Note: Bethany Janzen is the Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America

Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi: “What You Have Done for the Least of My Brethren You Did for Me”

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNew.com
April 10, 2017

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi often uses religious terminology to defend her political positions on abortion, welfare and other issues.

A strong abortion advocate, the California Congresswoman once called her support of late-term abortions “sacred ground.”

On Sunday, she used a quote from Jesus in the Bible to describe born children as “the least of my brethren” and to call for more government funding of programs to help them. Pelosi did not mention abortion in her speech, but it’s clear from her record that she does not care about the millions of unborn babies who are dying brutal abortion deaths every year.

The Washington Free Beacon reports Pelosi made the remarks during a political rally about child poverty on Sunday in Los Angeles.

“I didn’t know this until recently, that when the Gospel of Matthew, ‘what you have done for the least of my brethren, you did for me,’ was something that Christ said in Holy Week, Tuesday of Holy Week,” Pelosi said. “So as we go into Holy Week, as we’re people of faith, people of morals, of morality, let us understand what that challenge is on this Palm Sunday to do the Lord’s work.”

She continued: “It is a fact in not only our Catholic faith, our Christian faith, but in all religions, that when we minister to the needs of God’s creation, that is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. So if these people of such faith in our country truly are and in our state, they will recognize our obligation to our children.”

The “least of my brethren” teaching is about taking care of the most vulnerable members of society, a value that Pelosi strays from in her unrelenting support of abortion on demand. Nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions every year in the United States, making them some of the most vulnerable members of society today.

 

 

Pelosi’s position also strays from the Catholic Church, of which she claims to be a part. The church teaches that human lives are valuable beginning at the moment of conception and deserving of protection and support.

Several Catholic Church leaders have said Pelosi should not be allowed to receive communion because of her pro-abortion record.

Earlier this year, Pelosi trashed pro-lifers on national television, claiming that pro-life Christians “pray in church on Sunday, and prey on everyone the rest of the week.”

Her stance on abortion is radical in most Americans’ eyes. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions. Just a slim percent of Americans want abortion to be legal up until birth, and very few want their tax dollars to pay for abortions – both of which Pelosi supports.

Cecile Richards Comes Unglued After Gorsuch Confirmation: “SCOTUS Will be Hostile to Abortion”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
April 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood abortion business CEO Cecile Richards came unglued after the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In an angry and terse email to Planned Parenthood supporters, Richards complained that the Supreme Court will now be hostile to abortion.

“The Senate just voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. His out-of-touch judicial record will threaten reproductive health and rights for decades to come,” she said.

Richard’s condemned Senate Republicans for changing the Senate rules to overcome a Democrat filibuster.

“They did it. It took an unprecedented blockade of President Obama’s highly qualified nominee. It took undoing Senate rules and dismantling decades of American democratic tradition. It meant ignoring the clear threat to our fundamental rights. But President Trump’s allies in the Senate did it: They just voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by a razor-thin vote,” she grumbled.

“The Supreme Court will now be even more hostile to reproductive health and rights. We need to be ready to fight back — in the courts, in statehouses, and in communities nationwide,” she added.

She also claimed that the Supreme Court and pro-life Advocates will now go after women and birth control as well as abortion.

“Over the next few years, the Supreme Court could rule on laws that undermine access to basic health care, target the LGBTQ community for discrimination, and deny the essential right to safe and legal abortion. Justice Gorsuch has a history of going to extraordinary lengths to interfere with reproductive health and rights, and his alarming record and judicial philosophy leave no doubt that he will vote to restrict access to abortion,” she said.

Richards falsely claimed: “It’s bad enough that the Supreme Court will now have one more justice who does not believe the Constitution protects a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion. But this isn’t just about the Supreme Court. Now, lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures will be emboldened to pass even more extreme laws targeting birth control, abortion, and other essential care.”

In the email, Richards begged abortion activists to send Planned Parenthood as much money as possible to respond to the confirmation vote.

“Please, make your emergency gift now,” she concluded.

Country Singer Charlie Daniels Suggest “Sanctuary Cities” Protecting Unborn Babies From Abortion

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
March 31, 2017

Country music legend Charlie Daniels came to the defense of babies in the womb on Thursday, calling on cities to create “sanctuaries” for the unborn just like they are for illegal immigrants.

Daniels, the Grammy award winner best known for his song “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” posted the statement Thursday on Twitter, according to Breitbart.

Daniels has been a vocal advocate for unborn babies’ right to life and other conservative political views for years, according to Fox News. The 80-year-old is set to release a new memoir later this year.

On Thursday, he wrote, “How about some cities declaring themselves a sanctuary for the unborn and refuse to abide by the federal laws allowing abortion.”

How about some cities declaring themselves a sanctuary for the unborn and refuse to abide by the federal laws allowing abortion.

 In 2013, Daniels also wrote an essay on his website that described his pro-life position.

“Yes God knows us in every stage of our lives from conception to death and only He has the right to decide when His creations leave this life,” Daniels wrote.

Later, he continued, “There are a lot of people who will tell you it’s immoral to end the life of a murderous monster, guilty of the most heinous crimes who society has sentenced to death who see absolutely nothing wrong with killing a totally innocent unborn baby.”

It is rare to find a celebrity who supports the right to life for babies in the womb, but Daniels is not alone. Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammar also have been vocal advocates against abortion, along with Ben Stein, Stacey Dash, Kevin Sorbo, and NFL football stars Matt Birk, Tim Tebow and others.

 

Tear-Jerking Ad Attracts 1.5 Million Views with Pro-Life Message

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By Katie Yoder
LifeNews.com
March 31, 2017

In a world where abortion is celebrated, one company is rebelling with a powerful message – a message that Americans can overcome their circumstances to champion life.

And it’s going viral.

Earlier this month, Principal Financial Group, an investment management company based in Iowa, released an ad titled “Graduation.” Embedded with pro-life themes, the touching commercial already boasts more than 1.5 million views.

The video follows a man and woman as they develop a relationship, encounter a surprise pregnancy and alter their lives to keep their baby.

“Life doesn’t always go according to plan,” the words on the screen conclude. “We can help you plan for that.”

 

A year ago, the company released an ad with another pro-life theme: adoption. That video reached more than one million views as well.

LifeNews Note: Katie Yoder writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.

Senator Recovering From Surgery Used Walker to Get Into Chamber to Ensure Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood

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By Courtney O’Brien
Townhall
March 30, 2017

UPDATE: The Senate has passed a pro-life bill that allows states to defund Planned Parenthood, effectually overturning the HHS rule enforced by the Obama administration that prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion providers. Vice President Mike Pence once again cast the deciding vote.

The Senate voted 50-50 for the bill, with a couple of liberal pro-abortion Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the abortion giant and Republicans voting pro-life. The tie vote made it so pro-life Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the measure.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser is ecstatic.

.@VP breaks tie again. Obama’s parting gift to @ppact is officially history.

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The Senate has voted to advance a vote to permit states to defund Planned Parenthood in family planning programs.

Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie during debate on the motion to proceed with the bill. The scene was quite dramatic, as Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who recently had back surgery, came to the chamber using a walker in order to ensure that the vote would progress. Until Thursday, he hadn’t voted since Feb. 17. Obviously, this was an important issue for him.

The vote remained open for more than an hour, as aides scrambled to find Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who has been away after two back operations, and to summon the vice president. Mr. Isakson, who had been cleared by doctors to travel for a single day, came slowly into the chamber on his walker, flanked by Senate pages, to turn his thumb to the sky with an “aye,” making the vote a tie.

The Democrats were joined by Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) in voting against the measure. (Emphasis mine)

Until now, Planned Parenthood had been having a good week. On Tuesday, two pro-life activists who had gone undercover to expose Planned Parenthood employees negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts were charged by the state of California with 15 felonies. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has received plenty of money from Planned Parenthood, argued the pro-life investigators had broken the law by recording the Planned Parenthood employees without their knowledge. Planned Parenthood celebrated the news on Twitter.

This is the second time Pence has cast a deciding Senate vote. Last month, he provided the needed vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education.

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