Life In Oregon Volume 19 • Number 1
Upcoming Events Camp Joshua March 20-23, 2011 Salem, Oregon Information on page 5. Standupgirl.com Foundation Gala Dinner Event April 14, 2011 Salem, Oregon Oregon Right to Life Conference April 16, 2011 Portland, Oregon Holiday Inn Airport Information on page 4. Standupgirl.com Foundation Gala Dinner Event May 3, 2011 Vancouver, Washington
Rallies draw crowds Oregon Right to Life held its annual pro-life rally at the Oregon State Capitol Mall on Sunday, January 16. Despite intermittent downpours, between 800 and 900 people came to stand in solidarity with the victims of abortion in Oregon. The rally opened with the sound of a bell ringing fifty-three times to remember the fifty-three million American children who have been killed by abortion since 1973 when the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion-on-demand. Members of Oregon State University Right to Life set up a fifty foot memorial wall to the
unborn victims of abortion in Oregon 2007. On the wall was printed a name for every child underneath the month that a child had died, for a total of 11,862. Equally as moving was a speech given by the Oregon Right to Life Oratory Contest winner Alexa Sleadd, a high school senior from Grants Pass. Alexa exhorted the assembled crowd to live out their pro-life convictions with love every day. Her message provided a clear contrast to the taunts and jeers that came from abortion supporters lined up across the street. The Bethany Baptist praise band ended the after-
noon with a song while rally participants circled the capitol praying silently for the unborn and for the legislators who work inside.
Other rallies were also held in Coos County, Gold Beach, Roseburg, Eugene, Medford, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Vale, and Salem.
Photo by Jones Oliver
Pro-lifers view the Oregon Memorial Wall to the Unborn at the Roe v. Wade Memorial rally in Salem.
Standupgirl.com Foundation Gala Dinner Event May 19, 2011 Portland, Oregon ORTLEF Auction October 22, 2011 Salem, Oregon Visit Standupgirlfoundation.org or call 503-304-1531 for more information on the dinner events.
Pro-lifers of Douglas County marched through the streets of Roseburg in support of unborn children and to commemorate the Roe v. Wade decision.
Teens of Lane County join in the Right to Life Roe v. Wade rally and parade in Eugene.
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Fifty-three bells tolled at the beginning of this year’s Roe v. Wade Oregon state memorial rally — one bell for each million babies aborted since the Roe decision. The bells seemed to go on endlessly, each mournful knell echoing through the park square. After awhile I lost count, and each peal cut like a knife into my Gayle heart — one more million Atteberry, children gone. The numbers ORTL are staggering and we will Director never know the tremendous loss we have suffered as individuals, as families, and as a nation. Perhaps next year we should end the rally with a different set of bells — joyful bells. For, while 53 million babies have died, a great cause for rejoicing is that millions have been saved. Pro-lifers have worked tirelessly over the last 38 years, becoming stronger, more sophisticated and more successful in their work as they reach out to women in unplanned pregnancies. Standupgirl.com, Oregon Right to Life’s popular website, has alone saved thousands of babies. Pregnancy support centers throughout Oregon and the United States save lives and help young women on a daily basis. Pro-life work of many different kinds, both by organizations and by individuals, is responsible for keeping abortion in the forefront of America’s major social concerns and has resulted in millions of babies being saved from the abortionists’ cruel instruments. This is why I once again bring up Oregon Right to Life’s Life Team Coordinator project. The LTC Project was designed with the busy, but committed pro-lifer in mind. Oregon Right to Life will send each Life Team Coordinator one letter a month with a simple, but effective project idea. The letter will detail the project and include any “tools” that may be needed. You do not need to do every month’s project, but I’m sure you will want to do most of them. Our goal is to offer proposals that can be used to impact those around you. Many of our family and church members, friends, and neighbors need to learn pro-life truths or to be strengthened in their commitment. We have Life Team Coordinators all around the state who are “lights,” beaming forth the truth about life throughout Oregon. Becoming a Life Team Coordinator is one way that you can keep the pro-life movement advancing, saving babies, changing hearts, and, hopefully, one day making the mournful, tolling bells come to an end. Be sure to sign up today using the handy form on this page! Life in Oregon is an official publication of Oregon Right to Life, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the unborn and the sanctity of human life. Life in Oregon is mailed five times per year to 35,000 households. The subscription rate is $5 per year.
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Political Forum When I was young, I made sure to write out a list of New Year’s resolutions. I found that it was a good Lois time to think about the fuAnderson, ture and what needed to be PAC Director done that year to move my plans forward. Sometimes it was as simple as resolving to get an A in English. Sometimes it was very serious, like listing character qualities to look for in a husband. I have not continued this practice as an adult. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and busy family and each day brings a need for resolutions! However, as I pondered the year ahead as Political Director of Oregon Right to Life, it seemed appropriate to make a list of pro-life resolutions. Last year, we witnessed a political movement that awakened many in Oregon and across the nation to the importance of engaging in our civil government. There is not a national or statewide election this year, but this does not mean it is time to rest. It is important to continue engaging in our communities and continue our efforts to educate our neighbors about the importance of protecting human life in all its stages. Therefore, here are my suggested pro-life resolutions for 2011: 1. Sign up to be a Life Team Coordinator and receive an idea each month for a simple pro-life project in your church or neighborhood. (For more information, see page 2.) 2. Attend a pro-life event. Opportunities include Right to Life chapter activities, pregnancy resource center events, prayer vigils, and many others. You can find something enjoyable and worthwhile and you will encourage those who have been laboring for years in your community. 3. Attend the Oregon Right to Life Conference. Workshops, outstanding speakers and wonderful fellowship make for a great day. Bring a friend with you. (For more information, see page 4.) 4. Contact your state representative and senator concerning life issues. The Oregon Legislature is in session and now is a critical time to write your legislators about pro-life bills and issues. Stay informed about legislative news by checking the Oregon Right to Life website, our Facebook page, or contact us by phone or email. (For more information, see the article on Oregon lawmakers on this page.) 5. Express your convictions in writing. We live in a time of mass communication. While it can be overwhelming, many have favorite sources of information. When you read an article or a post that concerns life issues, respond with your own comment. Many times the pro-life perspective is not represented. If you need ideas, information, or just want someone to read your letter before you submit it, please contact us!
Oregon lawmakers begin work The Oregon Legislature opened with the expected pomp, speeches and fresh faces on January 10, however there are a few signs that this will be no ordinary year in Oregon government. First, the voters passed a ballot measure requiring the legislature to meet annually, rather than every odd-numbered year. The first sign of change is the modified schedule of business, with the legislature organizing in January, but waiting until February 1 to begin their work. This change is a significant shift and its effect on Oregonians may take years to determine. Second, John Kitzhaber was sworn in for an unprecedented third term as governor. Finally, the House of Representatives is tied with 30
Resolutions for 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul legislation by a 245 to 189 vote on January 19. The repeal was led by the newly-elected Republican majority. Only three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for repeal of the pro-abortion bill. Republican leaders in the House have also promised to pass legislation prohibiting the taxpayer funding of abortion that was contained in Obama’s original bill. Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff during the 2009 health care debate admitted in an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board on January 17 that he invented the idea of
Republicans and 30 Democrats for the first time in Oregon history. Pro-life legislation will have a difficult path in this situation. While one co-speaker, Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) is pro-life, the Senate is controlled by a proabortion majority and Governor Kitzhaber vetoed every pro-life measure that reached his desk during his prior service. In spite of this less than friendly situation, there are many dedicated pro-life legislators in the building and Oregon Right to Life is working with them to forward pro-life bills. Representative Tim Freeman is working on an Oregon version of the Nebraska Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. In Nebraska, it is now the law that, since an unborn child’s ability
Obama’s so-called “pro-life” executive order to ensure that the prohibition of using tax dollars to fund abortions was not enacted into law. During the interview to prove his pro-abortion credentials, he said, “I came up with an idea for an executive order to allow the Stupak Amendment not to exist by law but by executive order, and it was good enough for Nancy Pelosi — who [is] held up in honors by people like NARAL and Planned Parenthood who supported that bill and supported the way to make progress.” Despite protests from Bart Stupak and other alleged pro-life Democrats who argued that the executive order had the same force as
to feel pain is fully developed at 20 weeks gestation, abortions are not allowed after that point. So far, the law has not been challenged in the courts. Another issue involves opting out of the insurance coverage of abortion written into President Obama’s health care plan. Each state has the ability to pass opt-out legislation and many are working in that direction. When bill numbers and sponsor information is available, it will be posted on Oregon Right to Life’s website and Facebook page. We will also be sending out updates and action alerts by email. If you would like to receive this information, please email us at email@example.com with “please add me to the email list” in the subject line.
law, Emanuel’s admission has added additional proof of the importance of repealing the health care bill that was passed by the Obama administration in 2009. President Obama renominated over 40 judges to the federal bench after their nominations failed in the Senate during the last congressional session. His nominations include proabortion radicals such as Edward Chen and Goodwin Lui. Chen served as an attorney for the ACLU in San Francisco and Lui, a former clerk for pro-abortion justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, testified against the appointments of pro-life justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
Welcome Life, Protect It by Law Speakers include: 2011 Oregon Right To Life Conference Abby Johnson A Planned Parenthood clinic director for nine years, Abby’s life changed when she viewed an abortion. She quit her job and now prays to stop abortion outside the clinic where she once worked. Abby’s new book, Unplanned, will be available at the conference. Steve Mosher President of the Population Research Institute. Researcher, author, and speaker on China’s one-child per couple policy.
Alan Shlemon Stand to Reason speaker and author. Alan teaches tactics for Christians and prolifers to use to share their convictions in a persuasive manner.
Workshops include: • Tactics for persuasive pro-life conversation • Our coming health care can kill us! • Eroding our rights of conscience • Hope and healing following abortion • The abortion nurse’s daughter • Plus many more informative workshops! • Special workshops for teens!!
April 16, 2011 • 8:45 am to 5:00 pm (Lunch Included) Holiday Inn Airport 8439 NE Columbia Blvd. • Portland, OR 97220 Whether you are a newcomer to the pro-life movement or a veteran of many years, this year’s conference will provide valuable information and encouragement to better equip you to stand for life in a culture of death. Pro-life Oregonians need to sharpen their knowledge and skills to deal with the many new challenges to life, such as stem cell research, the attack on our personal conscience, and assisted suicide, as well as continue to fight for the lives of unborn children. The conference features experts in the fields of medicine, law, religion and ethics. The theme, “Welcome Life, Protect It by Law” will encourage pro-lifers to stand strong in a society which continues to devalue life. Hotel accommodations: The Holiday Inn, Portland Airport, is offering a conference rate of $89 for a single-quad (one to four person) room. This is an excellent rate, so grab some friends and share a room! Call 503-256-5000 or toll-free 866-613-0405 and ask for the Oregon Right to Life conference rate of $89. In order to receive this special rate, reservations must be made by April 9. Directions: From I-5, at Exit 300, take ramp for I-84 East/US-30 East/Banfield Expy toward Portland Airport/The Dalles. At Exit 8, take ramp right for I-205 North/Veterans Memorial Hwy toward Portland Airport/Seattle. At Exit 23B, take ramp right for US-30 BY-PASS West/ Columbia Blvd. toward Killingsworth Street. Keep straight onto US-30 Byp/NE Killingsworth St. Bear right onto NE Columbia Pkwy West. Turn right onto NE Columbia Blvd. The Holiday Inn is on the corner. Call Oregon Right to Life for further information: (503) 463-8563
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Catholic agency withdraws from United Way over abortion On November 22, the Catholic Community Services of Lane County (CCSLC) Board decided to withdraw from United Way of Lane County funding effective December 31 because United Way gives money to Planned Parenthood. United Way provided in excess of $10,000 monthly to support Catholic Community Services’ programs. Last year, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon began offering the abortion pill, RU-486, at its Eugene and Ashland clinics. Archbishop Vlazny advised Catholic Community Services to contact United Way and explain its objections to Planned Parenthood’s offering of the dangerous drug, which is responsible for the deaths of at least 13 women and injuries to more than 1,100 women worldwide. For several months, communications continued with the Archbishop, United Way, Planned Parenthood, Catholic Community Services and many other concerned parties. The Archbishop determined that, “The only way that CCSLC could remain in United Way as a Catholic agency would be that no agency which provides abortions also be a part of United Way.” The CCSLC Board then voted to follow the Archbishop’s directive and ended its relationship with United Way of Lane County. In a guest column in the Register Guard (12/31/10), Catholic Community Services Board President Roger Hite and board member Sue Paiement explained that their organization “treats clients (regardless of religious affiliation) with an abundance of respect.” It provides food boxes to low-income residents, rental assistance, help with permanent housing, prescription help, shelter for homeless families, and help with utilities. Board members say the organization will continue to offer these services and is working to replace the funds is has traditionally received from United Way. It is a local decision to have Planned Parenthood as a member agency of United Way and fewer than 25 United Way organizations out of more than 1,000 nationwide choose to include the controversial organization.
Educating for Life Motherhood begins at conception Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing my own tiny baby, living Bianca inside my womb, revealed Nerenberg, by ultrasound technology. Ph.D. When I first saw my baby, ORTLEF I was relieved to know President that everything looked fine. Heart beating. Arms and legs moving. Something made this particular viewing extra-special for me. My baby was at 10 weeks gestation, the same age as the baby with the “Precious Feet” whom Dr. Russell Sacco photographed back in the 1970s. It was my own intimate look at the world of a precious little one at this age, an age when so many babies’ lives end in abortion. My baby looked calm and comfortable, fitting in so nicely to the amniotic sac, cushioned on all sides by my womb. My baby’s world seemed so serene! On the screen, this world appeared as black and white and silent. However, I know that, in reality, the baby is exposed to degrees of light and dark, various sounds, different textures to feel, and tastes to experience. I know that he or she will hear the melodies of our voices and come to recognize each of us in the family even before birth. Seeing my little one, I was reminded how much my baby depends upon me to provide this beautiful, yet hidden and private world. I want to say to all pregnant mothers, “Whether your pregnancy was expected or unexpected, whether your pregnancy is wanted or unwanted, it doesn’t change the biological fact that your baby needs you right now! Just as a baby’s life begins at conception, likewise, motherhood begins at conception. Let us celebrate motherhood and marvel at how perfectly our bodies provide a nurturing environment for our tiny children to grow and develop. Let us, as mothers, give our children the gift they deserve — a birthday!”
2011 ORTLEF Essay, Drawing and Oratory Contests Essay/Drawing theme: Welcomed in Life, Protect It by Law • Drawing contest – grades K through 12 • Essay contest – grades 5 through 12 • Oratory contest – high school juniors and seniors To participate, contestants must first enter a local competition. LOCAL CONTEST DEADLINES VARY. For more information, please call 503-463-8563, ext. 308, or go to www.ortl.org. State winners will be announced at the ORTL conference in Portland, Oregon on April 16, 2011 and will receive cash prizes. The first place winner of the oratory contest will receive $400 and an expense paid trip to compete in the 2011 national contest on June 25, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.
‘Short’ film contest The Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation is sponsoring a pro-life film contest. The contest is open to both amateurs and professionals. Amateur contests are divided by age groups: adult (ages 18 & older), junior (ages 14-17), and youth (ages 10-13). Cash prizes will be awarded: $100 first prize for professional and adult amateur; $50 first prize for junior and youth. All films should be three minutes or less. Submissions must be in DVD format only and should include length of film, name of producer (individual, family, organization, etc.), and contact information (address, phone number, and email address). The contest deadline is April 1. The first place winning film will be shown at the annual Oregon Right to Life Conference on April 16, 2011 and will also be broadcast on cable access shows. For more information, please contact Chelsey at 503-463-8563 or email chelsey@ ortl.org.
Pro-life youth leadership camp March 20-23, 2011 – Salem, Oregon Open to students ages 16 to 21! Keynote speaker – Alan Shlemon Shlemon trains students to persuasively defend the unborn in their everyday interactions.
Camp Joshua graduates have become: • Active members of high school and college pro-life groups • Pregnancy support center counselors • Pro-life bloggers • Members of pro-life church groups • Law school and medical school students • Oregon Right to Life interns and employees • National Right to Life interns and employees
“Before Camp Joshua, I knew why these issues are wrong but I didn’t have the information to back myself up. I’m now more confident than ever in my ability to defend and prove my pro-life stance.” Rocielle Perez, 2010 Camp Joshua graduate. For more information about Camp Joshua, or to apply online, go to www.ortl.org or to www.campjoshua.net. Call 503-463-8563 for a free promotional brochure.
The ACLU’s unholy war on Catholic hospitals Ho, ho, ho! Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new salvo against people of faith. Even as billions around the world celebrate the birth of Christ, joyless, abortionobsessed secularists never take a holiday. On Wednesday [12/22/10], the ACLU sent a letter to federal health officials urging the government to force Catholic hospitals in the U.S. to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn. They’re counting on sympathetic Obama rationing czar Donald Berwick — a recess appointee whose radical views on wealth and health redistribution were never vetted by Congress — to dictate which religious principles hospital operators can and cannot follow. The ACLU reiterated its call for a federal probe — read: fishing expedition — of Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide “emergency” contraception and abortions. In practice, of course, every request for abortion is an “emergency” to the Left. The Catholic Church makes clear that it is morally permissible under certain circumstances to treat directly the cause of the mother’s medical condition, even if those efforts unintentionally and indirectly cost the baby’s life. But Catholic health providers must never directly
trade one life for another. Civil-liberties activists have a particular vendetta against Phoenix’s devout Catholic Bishop, Thomas Olmsted, who recently revoked the Catholic status of a rogue hospital that performed several direct abortions, provided birth-control pills, and presided over sterilizations against the church’s ethical and religious directives for health care. “It would be unfaithful to pretend the institution is still Catholic,” Olmsted concluded. “The dioceses cannot be permitted to dictate who lives and who dies in Catholic-owned hospitals,” the ACLU’s lawyers fumed in response. But shall it be left to the ACLU and Obamacare bureaucrats to determine the Catholicity of a Catholic hospital? And shall it be left to litigious secularists to sabotage the First Amendment rights of religious-based health care entities with impunity? No. The ACLU now seeks to unilaterally rewrite a federal emergency medical treatment law passed by Congress in 1986 to mandate that all hospitals provide abortions. But for more than three decades, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, federal law has firmly established strong conscience protections for individual health care providers and hospitals who are reluctant or unwilling to “counsel,
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Respect Life Committee of Corvallis hosted a benefit dinner- dance for Standupgirl.com in early January. Children, teens, and even seniors enjoyed the evening and donated over $15,000 for the website.
suggest, recommend, assist or in any way participate in the performance of abortions or sterilizations contrary to or consistent with” their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” As the Washington-based Becket Fund, a public-interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions, pointed out to the feds: “The ACLU has no business radically re-defining the meaning of emergency health care, just as it has no business demanding that religious doctors and nurses violate their faith by performing a procedure they believe is tantamount to murder. Forcing religious hospitals to perform abortions not only undermines this nation’s integral commitment to conscience rights, it violates the numerous federal laws that recognize and protect those rights.” According to the Catholic Health Association, Catholic health care facilities form the largest not-for-profit health service sector in the United States — serving one out of every six patients in America and providing 15 percent of the hospital bed capacity in the country. Moreover, Catholic health care institutions employ about 540,000 full-time workers and 240,000 part-time workers. If the abortion lobby gets its way, faithful Catholic hospitals and Catholic medical professionals who follow their consciences and adhere to canon law could see their federal funding yanked. And radical social engineers may well force the shutdown of countless Catholic hospitals at a time when Obamacare costs and consequences are already wreaking havoc on the health industry. Fewer jobs, less access to health care, less freedom, and more lives lost. Merry Christmas from the ACLU. [This column by Michelle Malkin for National Review Online was posted on December 24 at www. nationalreview.com/articles/255945/ aclu-s-unholy-war-catholic-hospitals]
2010 Angel Award recipients
The Boards of Directors of the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation and the Standupgirl.com Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Angel Awards. They include individuals, businesses and foundations who contributed $1,000 or more during the year to enable us to continue changing hearts and saving lives.
ORTLEF DONORS • David and Sheila Adams • Christine Barreto • James and Alicia Bentz • Best Buy in Town, Inc. • Kellen Clemens • Committee to Elect Tom Butler • Ann Culcasi • James and Debra Donnelly • Steve and Nancy Hasselblad • Mary Kerrigan • David Klein • Richard and Joanna Kreitzberg • Peggy Krohn • Matthew and Deanna Leonard • Life International • Scott and Katherine Lounsbury • Arlene Malcom • Richard McNulty • Julia Ann Miller • Gordon & Carol Neumann, Jr
• Bill and Lori Peila • Popp Education Foundation, Inc. • James and Joan Rinn • Glenn and Joan Sage • Charles and Barbara Sherman • Daniel and Marcella Shuell • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Vancouver, WA • Eugene and Karen Stoelk • James and Lois Swofford • The Oregon Community Foundation • The Weston Family Charitable Foundation • The Wolf Family Charitable Foundation • Donald and Linda Van Wart • Brian and Heidi VanSmoorenburg • Mark and Julie Wagner • Michael and Diane Winterboer
STANDUPGIRL DONORS • Reid and Pamela Amborn • Virginia Anderson • Richard and Mary Arrell • Tim and Gayle Atteberry • Aaron and Kelsy Ausland • Mark and Patricia Baker • Tom and Lynne Bissonnette-Pitre • Robert and Judi Bobosky • Ralph and Louise Bochsler • Boeing Employee’s Community Fund • Anne Brandon • David and Rebecca Bristol • Carpets for Kids • Michael and Susan Cihak • Coffman Family Foundation • Kenneth and Pam Emmrich • Harry and Patricia Epperly • Estate of Robby Heroux • Larry Etzel • Thomas and Debra Fessler • Bradley and Kareena Fields • Gateway Communications Inc. • Gelco Charitable Foundation • Leon and Lynda Harrington • Timothy and Kristine Hennessy • Jay and Kelly Jamieson • Laurens and Linda Johansen • Fritz and Pat Kaufman
• Jeremy and Celeste Keepers • Jeff and Kim Koehnke • Richard and Joanna Kreitzberg • Michael and Gloria Lewton • Ralph and Kathleen Mansfield • James and Christy Matlock • William Matlock • Alfred and Carla Meisner • Terri Mersereau • James and Lorna Monaghan • Timothy and Valerie Nashif • Philip and Bianca Nerenberg • Jerry and Elaine Owen • Bill and Cindy Perkins • Bruce and Jill Pollard • Parke and Corinne Raffensperger • Dale and Candi Riddle • Vincent and Mary Rigert • Paul and Cathy Rudinsky • Xavier and Sharon Rueda • Russell and Elizabeth Sacco • The Barr Family Foundation • The Wolf Family Charitable Foundation • Gregory and Heidi Thomas • Donald and Linda Van Wart • Michael and Willa White • Marion Yapuncich
ORTLEF/STANDUPGIRL DONORS • Art & Anastasia Anderson Jr • Mel and Nedora Counts • Cliff and Sharon Fahey • James and Catherine Harrington • Kevin and Susanna Mannix
• Jerome and Vicky Maurseth • Ted and Dorothy Peters • Raymond and Peggy Ramsay • William and Marlene Toffler
Life Notes Abortion hurts women’s mental health In the last five years alone, more than 30 studies have been added to the hundreds of studies published in major medicine and psychology journals throughout the world that demonstrate the mental and emotional harm that abortion inflicts on women. While the American Psychological Association (APA) prefers to dispute the weight of that evidence, it continues to accumulate despite socio-political agendas that would keep this truth from the public and allow the abortion industry to continue their business unimpeded. The best available data shows, conservatively, that 20 to 30 percent of women who have abortions will experience serious and/or prolonged negative consequences. This includes depression, relationship problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, elevated risks for abusing alcohol or drugs, and anxiety disorders. “The human fallout to such a choice by the APA and like-minded colleagues is misinformed professionals, millions of women struggling in isolation to make sense of a past abortion, thousands who will seek an abortion today without the benefit of known risks, and millions who will make this often life altering decision tomorrow without the basic right of informed consent, which is routinely extended for all other elective surgeries in the U.S.,” lamented Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D. To see a listing of these studies, visit www.lifenews. com/2010/11/12/opi-1006. [www.lifenews.com/2010/09/28/ nat6733]
300 ‘doctors’ do late abortions National attention surrounding controversial late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart has drawn attention to a 2008 study by the Guttmacher Institute, previously affiliated with Planned Parenthood. That study, titled “Abortion in the United States: Incidence and Access to Services, 2005,” found that there were at least 1,787 abortion “doctors” in the United States. Of that number, “twenty percent of providers offered abortions after 20 weeks [LMP], and only eight percent at 24 weeks [LMP].” Though those numbers may seem small, they translate to at least 300 “doctors” who perform abortions after 20 weeks LMP; 140 are willing to perform abortions at 24 weeks LMP. These numbers are important because the mainstream media continues to perpetuate the myth that few, if any, abortionists perform abortions late in pregnancy. “The truth is that abortions in the fifth month of pregnancy and later are widely available,” says Mary Balch, an attorney with the National Right to Life Committee. A May 2010 briefing by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that .5 percent of the estimated 1.2 million elective abortions performed annually in the U.S. are on unborn children at 21 weeks LMP or older. That translates to about 18,000 abortions annually. A significant number of those abortions are performed at 22 weeks — after best evidence shows that the unborn child is fully capable of feeling pain. [www.lifenews. com/2010/11/25/nat-6880]
WHO study shows 30% drop in deaths from unsafe abortions Researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the number of women dying from unsafe abortion
has decreased by approximately one-third — from 67,000 deaths in 2003 to 47,000 in 2008. The findings of researchers Iqbal Shah and Elisabeth Ahman, reported in Reproductive Health Matters, refutes long-held claims of pro-abortion activists who say that the abortion should be legal because illegal ones are unsafe and that the number of unsafe abortions is on the rise. Samantha Singson of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute offers the study’s findings as reasons against legalizing abortions. “For years, abortion advocates have used the ‘unsafe abortion’ argument to pressure countries to legalize abortion, arguing that legal abortion would reduce the number of deaths. Critics are quick to point out that ‘legal’ doesn’t necessarily equate with ‘safe.’ The WHO study follows a September United Nations report which reduced the total number of women who supposedly die from illegal abortions. That report also showed that maternal deaths are higher than previously estimated in India, where abortion is legal and widespread. Pro-life analysts say research links tighter, more protective abortion laws with better maternal health. [www.lifenews.com/2010/12/03/ int-1706]
New York City: 41 percent of pregnancies aborted The New York City Department of Health recently reported that 41 percent of the city’s pregnancies end in abortion. The figure is much higher for African-American women, at 60 percent. Nationwide, about 24 percent of pregnancies end in abortion. In 2009, pregnancies in NYC totaled 225,667. Of those, there were 126,774 live births, 11,920 miscarriages and 87,273 abortions. The abortion number for black women was 40,798. Abortions among Hispanic white women totaled 28,364. White non-Hispanic women had 9,853 abortions, while abortions among Asian women reached 5,212. According to New York Post columnist John Wilson, only five of the 51 City Council members were willing to call the abortion numbers “too high.” New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan reacted strongly to the figures saying, “This is the first time in my happy 21 months as a New Yorker that I am embarrassed to be one. This New York community, which prides itself on its gritty sensitivity to those in need, is tragically letting down the tiniest, most fragile and vulnerable, the little baby in the womb. We’ve got to do more than shiver over these chilling statistics. I invite all to come together to make abortion rare.” He pledged that the archdiocese will provide free, confidential help of the highest quality to women facing a difficult pregnancy. “We are prepared to do everything in our power to help you and your unborn baby to make absolutely certain that you need never feel that you have no choice but an abortion.” [www.lifenews.com/2011/01/07/shock-41-of-newyork-city-pregnancies-end-in-abortion]
Decline in abortion numbers stalls A new report by the Guttmacher Institute shows that, after years of steady decline, abortion numbers have risen slightly. Though the institute is pro-abortion, its statistics are regarded as more accurate than the CDC’s because it receives
its numbers directly from abortion businesses in all 50 states, whereas federal agencies rely on incomplete data from state governments. The uptick in numbers may come from the inclusion of numbers from previously uncounted abortion providers. The new figures (for 2008) showed that there were 1,212,350 abortions, up from 1,206,200 in 2005. The abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44) also rose to 19.6 (up from 19.4 in 2005). Abortions peaked in 1990 at 1.6 million, with an abortion rate of 27.4. A disproportionate number of African-American and Hispanic women underwent abortions. Although blacks make up 12.4 percent of the total U.S. population, 30 percent of all abortions are performed on black women. Their abortion rate is five times that of white women. One reason for this is that many abortion clinics, specifically Planned Parenthood facilities, are located in black neighborhoods. The Guttmacher report also showed sharp variations by state — with abortion rates over 30 per 1,000 in New York, Delaware and New Jersey and at or below 6 per 1,000 in Wyoming, Mississippi, Kentucky, South Dakota and Idaho. Oregon’s abortion rate was 17 per 1,000 women. The data also highlight a significant increase in the use of the abortion pill RU-486 (also called chemical abortion). Those numbers rose from 161,000 in 2005 to 199,000 in 2008. Chemical abortions account for about 17 percent of abortions nationwide. There have been at least 13 deaths and injuries to at least 1,100 women worldwide using the dangerous drug. The study also shows an increase in the number of abortion practitioners offering abortions after 20 weeks, the midway point of pregnancy. [www.lifenews.com/2011/01/11/ abortions-up-slightly-after-previous-lows-abortion-drug-usedmore; www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/Jan2011/nv011111. html; www.lifenews.com/2011/01/17/on-martin-luther-kingday-blacks-face-racial-challenge-from-abortion]
Vanderbilt modifies nursing policy regarding abortion Following a complaint filed by the pro-life Alliance Defense Fund, Vanderbilt University modified a policy requiring incoming nursing students to pledge that they will participate in abortions. The complaint was filed on behalf of two fourthyear nursing students who wished to apply to Vanderbilt’s nurse residency program but have been unable to do so because page 15 of the application required them to promise to participate in abortions. Vanderbilt receives more than $300 million in federal tax dollars each year, and federal law prohibits grant recipients from forcing students of health care workers to participate in abortions contrary to their moral or religious convictions. The University notified applicants of the modifications one day after the complaint was filed. Workers in medical fields face problems of hospitals and medical programs not respecting their conscience on abortion. President George W. Bush instituted additional conscience protections in 2008, but the Obama administration admitted in legal papers in December that it is still pursuing the overturning of those protections. [www.lifenews. com/2011/01/12/Vanderbilt-abandons-policy-forcing-nursingstudents-to-do-abortions]
Planned Parenthood Expands: $1 million and 900 abortions every day Already the U.S.’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, recently announced plans to expand its empire. The giant corporation received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during 200809 and performed more than 324,000 abortions (a 6 percent increase over 2007 numbers). This makes the organization America’s top abortion chain, performing nearly 27 percent of all U.S. abortions. The expansion story emerged following a story in the (Texas) Corpus Christi Caller covering the decision of what is now known as Family Planning of the Coastal Bend to drop its affiliation with Planned Parenthood because the clinic did not want to offer abortion services. In a subsequent interview with the Daily Caller, Lisa David, senior vice president of Health Services Support for Planned Parenthood, explained that PPFA is implementing a broad “new patient services initia-
tive.” The initiative requires mandatory abortion services in at least one clinic per affiliate by the end of 2013. This mandate would require that the 85 regions or affiliates aligned with Planned Parenthood must operate an abortion center by 2013 — which would ensure that all 820 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide either do abortions or provide abortion referrals to a Planned Parenthood abortion center. In New Jersey, for example, that would mean three additional PPFA abortion centers in the state (an increase from two to five). New Jersey already has 75 abortion businesses where 54,160 abortions were done in 2008 — making New Jersey the site of more abortions than almost any other state. Texas Planned Parenthood official Abby Johnson quit her job last year as the director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan/College station after participating in an abortion caused her to change her mind
and become pro-life. Johnson says Planned Parenthood officials pressured her clinic with an abortion quota, saying “Abortion needs to be your priority because that’s where our money is.” Johnson explains, “Abortion is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood’s operations. Even though they have two separate corporations, all of the money goes into one pot. With the family planning corporation really suffering, they depend on the abortion corporation to balance their budget, help to get them out of the hole and help make income for the company.” Johnson, who recently released a new book, Unplanned, is the featured speaker at this year’s Oregon Right to Life Conference (see information on page 4). Planned Parenthood recently released its 2008-2009 annual report. Its $363 million in tax dollars and 324,000 abortions performed means that Planned Parenthood received $1 million
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tax dollars and performed nearly 900 abortions each day of that year. Federal, state and local funding amounted to 33 percent of the organization’s budget, with private donations totaling 27 percent. Abortion center income came to 37 percent. Planned Parenthood continues to be in the news for complications of abortion at their clinics. An Ohio judge has ruled that the abortion business rushed an abortion on a 14-year-old girl, a victim of sexual abuse (who was pregnant by her 22-year-old soccer coach). The girl’s parents had charged that Planned Parenthood failed to comply with the statute requiring report of known or suspected child abuse as well as Ohio’s parental consent statute. In an incident at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Boston, two ambulances and a fire truck arrived to attend to a patient victimized by an apparent botched abortion.
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Abortionist charged with 8 counts of murder
Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell was charged in mid-January with eight counts of murder for his botched abortion death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and the infanticides of seven babies purposefully born and killed with scissors. The grand jury report contains shocking details about what has become known as Gosnell’s “shop of horrors.” District Attorney Seth Williams said Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cords. There were bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses scattered throughout the building. There were jars lining shelves with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose — rotting bodies, fetal remains, the smell of urine throughout, blood-stained.” Gosnell is not a boardcertified obstetrician or gynecologist. Despite two decades of complaints filed against the abortionist, the report says that state health officials “knew that Gosnell and his clinic were offering unacceptable medical care to women and girls, yet DOH failed to take any action to stop the atrocities documented by this Grand Jury.” The report continued, “We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.” While the depravity of this particular story is shocking, it should serve as a reminder that: (1) A baby dies in every abortion; (2) Women continue to suffer injuries, and even death, at the hands of abortionists; and, (3) Complaints about abortion clinics keep surfacing. In fact, Oregon abortion clinics, as well as those in a number of other states, continue to go unregulated. [Additional sources of information regarding this story can be found at www.philly.com/inquirer, www.nrlc.org, and www.jillstanek.com. Be advised the information is graphic.]
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