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Clinic Confirmed Baby Survived Abortion, Offered to Kill Her Again. Her Mom Refused: “God Preserved Her”

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By Gwen Irwin
LifeNews.com
January 11, 2018

When “Lisa,” a 25-year-old woman, called Crossroads Care Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., in the fall of 2015, she felt like she was out of time, out of options, and destined to endure the remaining stages of an abortion she already regretted.

A week earlier at a nearby abortion business, Lisa had ingested mifepristone—the first of two pills in the chemical “abortion pill” regimen, meant to end the life of her preborn child. She had even taken the second pill in the regimen (misoprostol) to induce labor, but the contractions never came.

Lisa felt something was going drastically wrong.

In a follow-up appointment at the abortion business, Lisa told the clinic staff about her symptoms, and they confirmed via ultrasound that the chemical abortion had failed and her baby was still alive.

From there, abortion workers gave Lisa two “options”: they could finish the abortion via surgery or make another attempt at a chemical abortion.

“She chose neither of those,” Tracey Fish, a physician assistant who works with Crossroads Care Center, said. “She wanted to keep her child, but they didn’t offer her that option. So, she called us wondering if we could help her.”

Calling during off-hours, Lisa—who’d been to Crossroads while she was still trying to decide whether or not to keep her baby—reached Tim Stickel, the center’s executive director, who happened to be in the office.

Crossroads then connected Lisa with a high-risk ob-gyn for emergency treatment, and for care the rest of her pregnancy. In the meantime, Stickel, Fish and others spent precious hours in prayer, mentorship and biblical counseling with Lisa and the father of her baby—both during and after pregnancy.

In the spring of 2016, Lisa gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

“It was God who preserved her,” Stickel said. “We’ve never cried more and prayed more for somebody. It was an emotional roller coaster. There was a huge time investment, but it was only after God had done His work of preserving this child.”

As Stickel and his team at Crossroads—which serves over 200 clients each month—watched Lisa change her mind and successfully rescue her baby from an in-progress abortion, they began exploring new ways to help women like her.

Starting this March, Crossroads is joining the Abortion Pill Reversal Network—over 350 medical providers that are equipped to rescue babies from abortion with the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol.

Well over 400 mothers have successfully rescued their babies through Abortion Pill Reversal since 2007, when two doctors pioneered the life-saving treatment—an emergency injection and follow-up schedule of progesterone treatments that have been used to prevent miscarriage since the 1950s.

For Stickel, as well as Fish, the decision to join the network has been an easy one, especially after watching Lisa rescue her child.

“We want to open up opportunities for women to have options if they change their mind,” Fish said.

Putting Clients First

Determining to help women, meet their needs and offer options has been Crossroads’ focus since it opened its doors in 1984 in nearby Rochester. At the end of 2017, its local Chamber of Commerce honored the center—which relocated to its Auburn Hills location 17 years ago—as exemplifying the Golden Rule.

Stickel knew Crossroads was nominated for the award, but he didn’t expect too much.

“I was totally surprised,” Stickel said. “In most cities, pro-life organizations are not very welcomed. We are blessed with a great Chamber of Commerce.”

In fact, the Chamber of Commerce was on hand when Crossroads held an open house and ribbon-cutting for its newly rebranded facility in early 2017. There was a significant reason for the rebrand—from Crossroads Pregnancy Center to Crossroads Care Center—better identifying the center’s concern for its community.

“We started doing STD testing in March 2016 and we thought it advantageous,” Stickel said. “It’s changing the face of who we are. Our clientele is changing, [seeking] more medical services: more ultrasounds, more pregnancy tests, more STI/STD testing.”

Services Beyond the Center

Stepping outside the center’s walls, Crossroads brings a sexual risk avoidance program to about 10,000 students in 52 schools in nine districts—another way the center positively affects Auburn Hills.

Those opportunities, which are often criticized by abortion advocates, often bring about better long-term results than Stickel and his team could expect to find. Recently, one high school senior who had mocked a Crossroads teacher as a freshman stood up to tell his classmates the real change their sexual risk avoidance program had made in his life, Stickel said.

“I took to heart what she said four years ago,” the young man had said. “I’ve been celibate the whole time, and I have no intention of having any sexual relations until I get married, and I just want to say thank you.’”

Stickel, who has guided Crossroads for 13 years, is quick to credit the God for any success the center has seen as it seeks to bring about a cultural shift in its community.

“It’s nothing we do—it’s all God,” he said. “God knows what He’s doing, and He’s been very gracious to us.”

LifeNews Note: Gayle Irwin writes for PregnancyHelpNews, where this originally appeared. File photo.

Pro-Abortion Student Defends Infanticide. Killing a 2-Year-Old Baby is Okay Because “It Can’t Communicate”

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
January 4, 2018

A pro-abortion student has been filmed on video defending infanticide, saying there is nothing wrong with killing a two-year-old baby. The student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville bragged about his support for infanticide up to two years of age.

The video, provided to LifeNews by Students for Life of America, shows a pro-abortion student defending his position in favor of ending the lives of unborn children.

During the video, the student also defends infanticide and says that there’s nothing wrong with killing newborn babies because they are not capable of taking care of themselves or holding an intellectual conversation. The twisted logic claims that because babies are not on the same level as someone old enough to feed and clothe themselves and to carry on a conversation that apparently their life is somehow less valuable.

That is the same contorted and twisted logic that abortion advocates use to defend abortion. Supposedly because unborn babies are something less than capable adult human beings their lives have no value. It is the same kind of logic that also persecutes the elderly and disabled and says that their lives have less value because they are supposedly less capable.

“The fact of the matter is without communication, we have no way of knowing of you are sentient or not,” the unidentified student says in the video clip. “It’s no different than this tree. It’s alive, but is it sentient? I don’t know. I cannot communicate with it.”

Then he defends killing infants.

“Can the two year old talk to me? In some instances I’m fairly certain that is,” the student said. “But generally speaking the child still has the inability to communicate. And until we determine that as such at what point does sentience become an issue. We can’t really debate whether or not that is the situation or not.”

 

 

The head of the pro-life student group was not surprised by the warped thinking.

“The idea that someone could support infanticide is incredibly disturbing. Yet, it reflects the kinds of attitudes our staff members and students can face on a daily basis on high school and college campuses,” Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said. “Life is only valuable if I can talk to it?”

Pro-life Pregnancy Center Files HHS Complaint Over Illinois Law that Requires Them to Promote Abortion

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
January 5, 2018

The Thomas More Society filed a complaint Thursday with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the state of Illinois over a new law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to discuss the benefits of abortion and sterilization procedures. The law also requires the centers, if asked, to refer patients to abortion providers despite the centers’ opposition to these procedures.

The Thomas More Society is representing Dr. Jim Gallant and Hope Life Center, a pro-life pregnancy center in Sterling, Illinois.

In the complaint, the groups argue that the new requirements violate existing federal law including the Hyde-Weldon Amendment which forbids state and local governments from discriminating against healthcare providers based on their refusal to “provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for” abortions.

They argue that the law also specifically targets pro-life healthcare providers and infringes on their First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

Thomas Olp, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, said that federal and state courts have issued injunctions blocking the law while litigation is pending.

He explained the group’s purpose in filing a complaint to HHS.

“We believe that P.A. 99-690 violates several federal laws that protect the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare providers,” he said. “But some courts have held that only the federal government, not individual citizens, can enforce these laws. Our administrative action is designed to trigger enforcement action by the federal government. We are hopeful the Trump administration will act on the pro-active pro-life principles it has articulated since the President took office.”

The complaint also calls on HHS to “issue interpretive guidelines making it clear that the cited federal laws reach, and prohibit, any state law which, like P.A. 99-690, targets and punishes religious and conscience-based opposition to the practice of abortion. The cited federal laws were enacted precisely to protect conscience-based refusals to participate in abortion, and should be interpreted so as to be effective in prohibiting state laws like P.A. 99-690, which seek to force conscience objectors to participate in and promote abortion against their will.”

“Without this office’s interpretive guidance some states will continue to interpret these laws in ways contrary to their manifest purpose, and will continue to enact laws punishing conscience-based refusals to participate in abortion, as did Illinois through enactment of P.A. 99-690,” the complaint continues. “Such state actions flouting the federal laws cited should not be countenanced. This office’s regulatory guidance would facilitate that desired outcome.”

The Illinois law is similar to a California law, which the Supreme Court will examine this year, that requires pregnancy centers, despite conscience objections, to disseminate a message to their clients promoting free and low cost contraception and abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Closes Abortion Clinic Operating for 18 Years After It Loses Taxpayer Funding

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By Steve Ertelt
LifeNews.com
December 27, 2017

LifeNews can report excellent news today from the state of Iowa. There, a Planned Parenthood abortion business that had been killing unborn children for 18 years is closing down. The abortion company blamed the Iowa state legislature for revoking its taxpayer funding as the reason why.

“After nearly two decades [of doing abortions] in the Quad Cities, on Friday, December 29, 2017, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) will officially close their Bettendorf location, a move directly resulting from defunding by extreme Iowa lawmakers,” the abortion giant grumbled in its press statement.

Earlier this year, PPHeartland announced the Quad Cities health center, located at 2751 Tech Drive, would stop dispensing contraception after June 30th but would continue profiting from abortions until the sale of its building. Now the abortion center will close.

“Gov. Kim Reynolds and anti-woman lawmakers forced us to make some extremely difficult changes this year in order to continue providing care for as many patients as possible. It is as devastating today as it was last spring to announce that we are no longer able to serve our patients in Bettendorf,” said Suzanna de Baca, PPHeartland president/CEO.

Planned Parenthood is apparently sore that Reynolds supports defunding the abortion business. She doesn’t want Iowa linked to a company that aborts baby girls. Because she hates women. Or something.

The Planned Parenthood abortion affiliate in Iowa received about $2.7 million in tax dollars per year from the grant and the state. Instead the money is going to places that don’t do abortions. Iowa will now spend an equal amount on family planning services by tapping a separate federal grant. This money will go to organizations that don’t perform abortions.

While Planned Parenthood no longer would receive tax dollars, community health care facilities would. These clinics are far more numerous than Planned Parenthoods, and they offer comprehensive health services that the abortion chain does not.

In 2015, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute reported there are 13,540 medical clinics providing whole-woman healthcare in the United States versus 665 Planned Parenthood facilities, which offer only limited services including abortion.

As LifeNews previously reported, a 2015 public opinion poll conducted in Iowa found that the majority of the state’s residents support de-funding Planned Parenthood and sending government funding to legitimate health care clinics instead. The survey, commissioned by the pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, found that 69 percent of Iowans agree that taxpayers should not subsidize groups like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions.

Donald Trump: “As President I am Committed to Protecting the Right to Life” and Defunding Planned Parenthood

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By Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
December 22, 2017

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is highlighting a letter from President Donald Trump to constituents and slamming his pro-life responses. But the majority of Americans, who are pro-life on abortion, will be encouraged.

The president expresses his firm belief in the right to life of unborn babies.

“Thank you for taking the time to express your views regarding abortion,” the letter from President Trump reads. “The right to life is fundamental and universal. As your President, I am dedicated to protecting the lives of every American, including the unborn.”

Trump then launches into a defense of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

“As I have made clear, organizations like Planned Parenthood should not receive Federal funding if they perform abortions. For that reason, I was proud to sign into law a bill that allows States to prioritize how they spend their Federal family planning grant money, including the choice to withhold taxpayer funding from organizations that insist on performing abortions,” he said.

Trump also defended signing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on an international level.

“I am also dedicated to ensuring that America does not fund abortions abroad. That is why one of the first actions I took as President was to reinstate and modernize the Mexico City policy, which ensures that American taxpayer dollars are not used to fund organizations that perform abortions in foreign countries,” he said.

Although he opposes abortion, like all pro-life Americans President Trump is a staunch supporter of women’s health.

“At the same time, I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and support Federal funding for programs that provide world-class services for women, such as cardiovascular care, breast and cervical cancer screenings, family planning and gynecological care, and obstetrics and prenatal care. I will continue to advocate for policies that promote better healthcare for women,” he says.

The letter concludes: “Thank you again for your suggestions. As President, I am committed to protecting the right to life and supporting women’s health services. Please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov to read more on how I am delivering on these issues for the American people.”

Planned Parenthood Tweets ‘Gift Ideas’ for Mike Pence Including Condoms and Hamilton Tickets

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
December 25, 2017

Planned Parenthood marked the Christmas season Friday by mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s opposition to their organization with a list of “gift ideas” and soliciting donations in a tweet.

“Want to make it a holiday season Mike Pence will never forget?” they ask. “Consider donating to Planned Parenthood ‘in honor’ of the vice president — or check out some of our other ‘gift’ ideas.”

The nation’s largest abortion provider listed nine gift ideas for Pence including tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton where the cast booed him last November, condoms, and, of course, donations to Planned Parenthood.

“Last November,” they write, “Mike Pence enjoyed a personalized showing of the musical Hamilton, in which the cast called him outwhile the audience booed him. This holiday season, send him back to the hit Broadway show for another history lesson!”

Pence dealt with the incident very graciously at the time saying he nudged his kids and “reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like.”

Planned Parenthood also suggests that you “spoil Mike Pence with some condoms this holiday season!”

“Since the 2016 election, supporters have pitched in and given 205,000 gifts to Planned Parenthood Action Fund ‘in honor’ of the VP,” they continue. “If you do the same, you’ll be supporting patients, protecting birth control access — and making Pence’s holiday a little brighter.”

Actress Mila Kunis revealed in November that she donates to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name. Pence responded by encouraging donations in his name to the pro-life advocacy group the Susan B. Anthony List.

Planned Parenthood also encouraged people to “give Mike Pence a Colin Kaepernick jersey. It’s a lot more affordable than getting him tickets to an Indianapolis Colts game, just so he can leave after 20 minutes and fly back to D.C. on a private plane chartered by taxpayer dollars!”

The vice president walked out of the game because some of the players did not stand for the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality. A majority of Americans also consider refusing to stand for the anthem as a form of protest to be unpatriotic.

This is not the first time Planned Parenthood has recognized a holiday by making a political point. In November, they released tips on “how to deal with difficult people” during Thanksgiving which was focused on relatives who disagreed politically on issues like abortion.

Pence, on the other hand, tweeted his wish Saturday that “no matter your belief may you find renewed strength this season.”

 

Gov. Kasich Signs Ohio Law Banning Abortion on the Basis of Down Syndrome

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
December 22, 2017

Gov. Kasich (R) signed a law Friday banning abortion on the sole basis of a diagnosis of Down syndrome. This makes Ohio the third state to pass such a law. The new law will take effect sometime in late March.

The legislation makes performing abortions solely on the basis of Down Syndrome a fourth-degree felony. It requires the state medical board to revoke a doctor’s license if convicted but does not penalize the woman obtaining the procedure.

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis thanked Kasich for signing the bill, saying in a statement, “Ohio is and will continue to be a state that sees the lives of people with Down syndrome as lives worth living, thanks to this legislation.”

The pro-life advocacy groups Susan B. Anthony List and Americans United for Life also praised the move.

“Ohio has given unborn children with Down syndrome and their families an early Christmas present and created a safe haven from lethal discrimination,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Research has shown that individuals with Down syndrome are among the happiest people in the world and bring tremendous joy to their families – but, tragically, mixed messages from society and many in the medical community target them for abortion at alarming rates.”

“In some Western nations these vulnerable children are even on the verge of being eliminated from society through selective abortion,” she added, “and this is considered ‘progress.’ In a time of growing acceptance of human diversity and rejection of outdated biases against people with different abilities, such extreme intolerance stands out as a great injustice. We thank Governor Kasich and the Ohio legislature for their leadership and hope other states will be quick to follow their example.”

Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life, commented, “Americans United for Life applauds Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Congress for committing to defend the most vulnerable among us by lawfully banning the discriminatory practice of Down syndrome selective abortion. Every human life deserves a chance to thrive. We are heartened to see Ohio join Indiana and North Dakota in setting a pro-life precedent to protect the 85% of unborn Down syndrome children in the United States who are so disproportionately targeted for abortion, and hope it will inspire the rest of our nation to follow suit. ” 

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland, on the other hand, claims the new law shames women and is part of a larger strategy to restrict abortion access.

“When a woman receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome during her pregnancy, the last thing she needs is Gov. Kasich barging in to tell her what’s best for her family,” Copeland said in a statement.

Indiana enacted a similar measure before a judge blocked it, an appeal is pending. North Dakota banned abortion on the basis of Down syndrome in 2013, it has gone unchallenged likely due to the fact that the state’s only abortion clinic does not perform abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted at high rates globally. According to a CBS report, the United States has an estimated abortion rate of 67 percent (1995-2011) for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. Iceland has a nearly 100 percent termination rate following diagnosis.

The high numbers even caused one human rights group to appeal to the United Nations, calling the abortion rates a “contemporary form of eugenics and racism.”

49 Abortion Clinics Closed in 2017, 77% of All Abortion Clinics Open in 1991 Have Shut Down

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By Cheryl Sullenger
LifeNews.com
December 19, 2017

n a year that abortion businesses attempted to expand in America, the actual number of abortion facilities decreased by 27 clinics over 2016 totals.

Closures far outpaced newly opened abortion facilities in 2017. In all, 49 abortion facilities — 35 surgical and 14 medication only clinics — closed or halted abortion services. Only eight new surgical abortion facilities were opened, along with eleven new medication abortion facilities.

There was also some movement between categories. Fourteen surgical abortion facilities now only conduct medication abortions, while five medication abortion facilities added surgical abortions.

These encouraging statistics and more were verified through an annual survey of abortion facilities conducted by Operation Rescue staff, this year with the assistance of Abortion Free New Mexico.

“Operation Rescue’s annual surveys provide the most complete and accurate picture of abortion facilities available — straight from the horse’s mouth,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Methods

Each year, Operation Rescue surveys each abortion facility in the U.S. using a number of investigative methods. Each facility was directly contacted. Abortion facility personnel voluntarily verified that abortions were available, and shared information on abortion pricing and wait times, although they were not aware the information was going to Operation Rescue.

By the Numbers

In 2017, there are 704 abortion facilities remaining in the U.S. Of these, 490 offer surgical abortions, often along with medication abortions. There are 214 facilities that offer only medication abortions.

Forty-five percent of all states had at least one abortion facility that closed or halted all abortion services this year.

Surgical abortion clinics decreased in number by 26% since 2009, the first year Operation Rescue began keeping records. Overall, there has been a 17% decrease in the total number of abortion facilities in America since 2009.

Since 1991, when there were 2,176 active surgical abortion facilities, only 23% of that number of surgical clinics are operating today.

“Pill Mills”

Abortion facilities that offer only abortion-inducing drugs, also known by pro-life activists as “pill mills,” held steady at the same number as in 2016. Closures balanced evenly with new opens and clinics that dropped surgical abortions in favor of the abortion pills.

Medication abortions involve a two-drug cocktail comprised of Mifepristone, also known as the RU486 Abortion Pill, and Misoprostol, a drug that causes strong and often unpredictable uterine contractions. A very small number of facilities provide medication abortions via injection of Methotraxate, a chemotherapy drug that causes abortions, albeit much less efficiently than the Abortion Pill cocktail.

“Abortion facilities that provide only abortion drugs comprise an increasing slice of an ever-shrinking piece of the abortion pie,” said Newman. “While surgical facilities are closing at an impressive rate, pill mills are holding their own.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood reduced its number of abortion facilities by consolidating services into fewer locations. In 2016, Planned Parenthood operated 354 facilities that conducted abortions. Today, there are a total of 347 Planned Parenthood facilities that offer abortions. Of those, 160 are surgical abortion facilities, and 187 provide only medication abortions.

Not counting Planned Parenthood’s vast – but shrinking – network of referral clinics that do not offer abortions, Planned Parenthood facilities now account for 49% of all abortion facilities in the U.S. Nevertheless, they only account for 30.6% of all abortions done in the U.S.

Reopened

A handful of facilities that were closed by their states that reopened in 2017. For example, in Texas, of the 20 abortion facilities were forced to close in 2013 for failure to comply with new abortion safety regulations, three reopened this year after the U.S. Supreme Court that negated parts of that safety law. However, 17 of the original 20 abortion clinics that shut down remain closed.

Why Abortion Facilities Close

One reason abortion clinics are closing is due to a decreased demand for abortions. There appears to be a correlation between clinics closing and a decrease in abortion numbers. According to the CDC, abortion numbers have been dropping steadily since 2005. The CDC’s 2014 Abortion Surveillancereport indicated that from 2005 to 2014, among 48 areas that reported every year during this period, the total number of reported abortions decreased 21%, the abortion rate decreased 22%, and the abortion ratio decreased 21%. A comparable decrease of in abortion clinic numbers — 17% — has been tracked by Operation Rescue from 2009-2017.

Some facilities have not been able to compete in an ever-shrinking abortion market and have been forced to downside or shut down. At the same time, when abortion facilities close, abortion numbers decrease even more.

When abortion clinics close, lives are saved!

Other reasons for clinic closures include:

• Successful pro-life activism.
• Failure of facilities to comply with licensing and safety regulations.
• Aging abortionists retiring or passing away.
• New state laws.

Notable Closures

Some of the notable clinic closures that took place in 2017 include:

• Germantown Reproductive Health Services and Prince George’s Reproductive Health Services in Maryland: The Germantown facility employed late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, and was one of the nation’s few abortion centers that would abort babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy. When the Maryland Coalition for Life purchased the building earlier this year, the deal also included the closure of the Prince George’s facility, which was operated by the same owners. That was two closures for the price of one!
• The Office of Robert Santella in San Diego, CA: This abortionist was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board determined he engaged in unprofessional conduct during a demonic rant outside another San Diego facility where he worked. The incident, which included Santella threatening a pro-life activist with a pair of surgical scissors, was caught on video, which went viral on YouTube.com.
• Planned Parenthood of Metro DC in Silver Spring, MD: A pro-life campaign to close this facility succeeded when the Planned Parenthood’s landlord refused to renew its lease. Public pressure works!
• Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center, Harrisburg, PA: This facility was ordered to close by the state in June 2017, after gross violations were found during an annual licensing inspection.
• Bossier City Medical Suite, Bossier City, LA: This facility was in the middle of a lawsuit challenging abortion licensing requirements that it could not meet when it suddenly closed its doors. Pro-life activists rejoiced at the sight of a moving van outside the seed abortion facility in April.

“We rejoice that the abortion cartel is imploding and closing down. We are making progress. But they are not going down without a fight,” said Troy Newman. “We continue to work and pray that we will soon see an end to abortion in our nation. Let’s stop the killing and, in the words of President Donald Trump, make America great again!”

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

Planned Parenthood: Christians Should be Forced to Fund Abortions, It’s “Immoral” Not To

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By Micaiah Bilger
LifeNews.com
December 15, 2017

Choice. It’s a word that Planned Parenthood loves to use when promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

But now, the abortion chain is abandoning its favorite word in an underhanded attempt to force Christians to pay for birth control, including methods that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans.

Crystal Strait, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, recently wrote an opinion piece for The Sacramento Bee to argue their case.

Strait blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for rolling back President Barack Obama’s birth control mandate. The onerous requirement forced groups like the nuns of Little Sisters of the Poor and the religious owners of Hobby Lobby to challenge the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court, or face crippling fines.

Trump provided relief from the Obamacare mandate by granting wider exceptions to religious groups, but several state attorneys general are challenging the decision. Strait praised pro-abortion California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for being one of them.

“We believe that denying access to contraception is both illegal and immoral. Thanks to the ACA’s birth control benefit, 55 million women gained access to contraception,” she wrote.

She continued:

For so many of us, access to birth control has been a given. It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized birth control and the impact of that decision has been immeasurable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked contraception as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Yet here we are, in 2017, with a president who wants to restrict birth control access and move us back to the dark days of inequity and inequality.

Strait’s hyperbolic, fear-mongering statements are almost laughable, considering that the mandate only was in effect for a few years. Birth control still is easily and readily available through doctor’s offices, community health centers, pharmacies and, of course, Planned Parenthood.

“The government already engages in dozens of programs that subsidize contraception for the low-income women” who are most at risk of unplanned pregnancies, the Trump administration said when it announced the new mandate rules.

Even pro-abortion Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who also is challenging Trump’s new rules, admitted that the mandate under pro-abortion President Barack Obama was “extremely narrow.”

The new Trump administration rules give wider exceptions to religious objectors who have been forced to pay for contraception, including methods that may cause abortions, under the Obamacare mandate. The Trump administration says the new rules are motivated by “our desire to bring to a close the more than five years of litigation” over the pro-abortion mandate. These include cases by the Little Sister of the Poor, Hobby Lobby and countless other religious organizations and businesses.

In other words, the Trump administration is giving religious individuals the choice to opt-out – a choice that the abortion industry does not want them to have.

Al-Shabaab kept women as sex slaves, subjected them to gang rapes and forced abortions

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By Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch
December 13, 2017

Why have we seen not just the Islamic State, but also Boko Haram and now al-Shabaab take sex slaves? Because it is sanctioned in Islamic law. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or whom their right hands possess, for they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)

The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-’azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Sahih Muslim 3371)

It is also in Islamic law: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” (Umdat al-Salik O9.13)

The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves. In a subsequent interview he elaborated:

Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Koran 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point—there is no disagreement from any of them. […] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.

Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.

A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth. I brought up [this man’s] situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”

The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”

“Is this forbidden by Islam?” I asked.

“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not—she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”

Iraqi Ayatollah Al-Haeri said in April 7, 2016 that a man could offer slave girls to a friend for sex. In March 2017, Quebec imam Ewis El Nagar said that the Islamic ruling allowing slave girls was still in force.

The savage exploitation of girls and young women is, unfortunately, a cross-cultural phenomenon, but only in Islamic law does it carry divine sanction.

“Sex Slave Survivor of Christian-Killing Group Al-Shabaab Describes Gang Rapes, Forced Abortions,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, December 12, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A woman who was held captive and repeatedly raped by members of Al Shabaab is sharing the horrific details of daily sexual abuse and forced abortions endured by those who are kidnapped by the the radical Islamic terror group.

Kenya’s The Standard reported on Sunday the story of one of the women who survived the ordeal at Boni Forest camp, identified as Fatuma, who said that she and others were raped by as many as six men at a time for five years.

“The women in the camp had to cook, wash clothes for the militants and undertake other household duties. The fighters frequently physically and sexually abused us. Some militants would beat us if they did not like something we cooked, which was often for me as I was not familiar with cooking Somali injera (bread) that was preferred by the militants,” Fatuma, who managed to escape the jihadists a year ago, explained.

She said the militants forced the women to use contraceptives and undergo abortions when they got pregnant.

The abuse reportedly worsened when Al-Shabaab fighters battled the African Union Mission in Somalia or Somalia National Army troops.

“They would drink and take drugs all day and night, whether celebrating the killing of Somalia National Army or AMISOM soldiers or mourning their own, and that’s when the gang rapes would happen,” she recalled.

Fatuma said that only the female captives who were married off to commanders were allowed to have children, and said that there were about 15 children at the camp.

The woman, who admitted that she was looking for work with Al-Shabaab before finding out what the group is really about, said that captives were also often forced to use drugs and were treated as prisoners.

“If you were lucky, a commander would take you as a wife and that would stop other militants from raping you. But those who were made wives were only native Somalis,” she said….

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