Life Notes December-January

Planned Parenthood: “We’re just getting started.”

In mid-October, Planned Parenthood marked its 100th anniversary shortly before the November 8 election. Only 3 weeks later, when it became apparent that Hillary Clinton had lost the election, the abortion giant’s CEO, Cecile Richards, emailed these words to supporters: “Devastated. Angry. Heartbroken. Outraged. Shocked. Sad. Disgusted. Ashamed. Discouraged. Exhausted. Shattered.” And then she issued a warning: “These. Doors. Stay. Open.” Richards complained, “We have seen what our opposition is capable of and the consequences are inconceivable. You, me, and the rest of the Planned Parenthood family must — will — stop them. That’s what we do.”

Over their 100 year history, the abortion company has grown from one storefront to 650 abortion clinics nationwide. Richards claims it is “part of the fabric of American life in all 50 states.” Planned Parenthood has aborted over 7 million babies and dismembers or chemically poisons a baby to death every two minutes. Even in the face of these facts, CEO Richards says the abortion business is “proud of our legacy — and we are just getting started.”


Abortion leading cause of death in U.S.

Recent research published in the Open Journal of Preventative Medicine (June 2016) shows that abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States. Abortions are not classified as deaths in U.S. vital statistics even though the procedure ends the life of a human organism. An individual member of the species Homo sapiens dies in every abortion.

Researchers James Studnicki, Sharon J. MacKinnon, and John W. Fisher, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte explain in their paper, “There is no credible scientific opposition to the fact that a new genetically distinct human organism begins with fertilization.” They maintain that, “The exclusion of a major cause of death … especially one with large racial and ethnic disparities, should be a major concern to the scientific community and society as a whole.”

Using data from 2009 (the most recent available), they found that induced abortion was by far the leading cause of death, with 1.152 million abortion deaths eclipsing 599,413 deaths from heart disease and 567,628 deaths from cancer. Abortion deaths comprised 32.1 percent of all deaths that year. Among African Americans, abortions made up 61.1 percent of all deaths; among Hispanics, they totaled 64 percent.

Assuming a lifespan of 75 years, researchers calculated the “years of potential life lost” due to abortions at 68.4 million years. Cancer, the second leading cause of death, cost 4.4 million years of potential life lost.


Oregon’s assisted suicide law being abused

In 1997, Oregon was the first state to legalize assisted suicide. Supporters of the law have long insisted that there is “no evidence or data” to support claims that the law is subject to abuse, and maintain there has not been “a single documented case of abuse or misuse” of the law in those 19 years. Those claims aren’t true.

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund has compiled a list of individual cases and source materials titled “Oregon and Washington State Abuses and Complications.” For an in-depth analysis of several cases, please read “Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon: A Medical Perspective” by Dr. Herbert Hendin and Dr. Kathleen Foley.

The Oregon Health Division says that under reporting and noncompliance by physicians is difficult to assess. In 2005, state authorities clarified that they have no authority to investigate a “death with dignity” case. Ironically, Oregon state reports substantiate concerns raised by assisted suicide opponents.

Non-terminal disabled patients are receiving lethal prescriptions. While the law requires that a doctor believes the patient has less than six months to live, the doctor is not required to be an expert in the disease condition involved. Many patients live many months (the longest was 1,009 days) following their request for assisted suicide.

Four people are required to certify that the patient is not being coerced (the prescribing doctor, second-opinion doctor, and two witnesses). However the doctors are routinely referred by assisted suicide proponent organizations. The doctors, on average, only know the patient for an average of 12 weeks; the two witnesses are not required to know the patient.

In about half of the cases, no health care provider was present at the time of ingestion of the lethal drugs or at time of death. Therefore, a lot of information regarding the circumstances surrounding these deaths is unknown.

Assisted suicide proponents justify their position by saying that it’s needed because of the patient’s protracted pain. However, patients offer their doctors these reasons for seeking assisted suicide: “loss of autonomy” (92%), “less able to engage in activities” (90%), “loss of dignity” (79%), “losing control of bodily functions” (48%), and “burden on others” (41%). Only 5.3 percent of patients requesting assisted suicide were referred for a psychiatric or psychological evaluation.


Third trimester abortions are legal and available

Human pregnancies last 40 weeks; babies in the womb are considered full-term at 37 weeks. There are 40 abortion facilities in the U.S. which openly do abortions in the third trimester, at 24 weeks gestation and later. Currently, there is an effort in the U.S. Congress (the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – H.R. 36) to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which unborn babies can feel pain. Research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) corroborates that there are 18,000 abortions annually at 20 weeks and older.

In Oregon, abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Oregon Public Health Division statistics for 2015 show a reported 66 abortions in Oregon in the third trimester (more than 23 weeks), nearly 8 percent of total abortions.

Abortion practitioners and members of And Then There Were None estimate that 50 percent of late term abortions are not performed for medical reasons. Abortionist Martin Haskell admitted that most of his patients had late-term abortions for “purely elective” reasons.

Five abortion facilities openly perform abortions through all nine months. These clinics include: (1) Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This facility, with five abortionists, is the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. A botched 35-week abortion in 2001 resulted in a patient’s ruptured uterus; (2) Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado. Warren Hern is the abortionist. During a third-trimester abortion, a 4 centimeter bone fragment from the unborn baby’s skull was left inside a patient and became imbedded in her uterus; (3) Women’s Medical Center near Dayton, Ohio. Martin Haskell is the abortionist who invented the partial-birth abortion procedure, where the abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal, except for the head. The abortionist punctures the back of the base of the baby’s skull, removes the brain with a powerful suction machine and delivers a dead baby; (4) Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California. Abortionist Josepha Seletz boasts of being “the most experienced abortion provider in the Western United States”; and (5) Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland. Abortionist Roy Carhart is known for numerous botched abortions, including the deaths of two patients, one of whom was 33 weeks pregnant. The U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives suspects that Carhart has had babies born alive at his facility.

[Carhart left GRHS on November 8.] [;;;]

Planned Parenthood paid people to protest Trump

In the recent election, abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which receives $553 million tax dollars yearly, hired people to protest at President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign events. Craigslist ads like “STOP TRUMP — up to $1,500/week. Hiring immediately. Call today, start tomorrow! $25-18 hourly rate + bonus + overtime, up to 77 hours per week!” ran in major cities like Denver and Philadelphia for weeks. Though Planned Parenthood will deny that tax dollars paid for the protestors, everyone understands that our tax dollars pouring into Planned Parenthood’s coffers freed up other “private” funds for its huge political action machine.

Planned Parenthood spent $30 million to defeat Trump. Any group that can afford to spend that mammoth sum to influence an election doesn’t need a half-billion in taxpayer assistance.

[FRC Action Update, 11-16-16;]


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