Louisiana passes conscience protection law for health care workers

June 25, 2009

A current active case of legislators crafting just laws concerning abortion and all conflicts of conscience.

Baton Rouge, La., Jun 25, 2009 / 01:55 pm (CNA).- On Wednesday afternoon, the Louisiana Healthcare Workers Conscience Act, HB-517, passed the Senate by a vote of 31-2 and the House by a margin of 88-12.  The decision is being celebrated by local pro-lifers as a means to help those in the medical profession “excel” without being forced to act “against their conscience.”

The Act states that “no person shall be required to participate in any health care service that violates his conscience to the extent that patient access to health care is not compromised.”

See the news article at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=16379

See the full text of the bill at http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=665728

Thanks to the Alliance Defense Fund alert email for this (and many other) articles and leads to good information.  See this article at http://www.alliancealert.org/2009/06/25/louisiana-passes-conscience-protection-law-for-health-care-workers/ and the ADF home page at http://www.alliancealert.org/

Virginia law banning late-term abortions

June 25, 2009

This ruling is not an example of “counting wins” for our side while the ProAbortion opposition counts theirs.   This is clear identifiable case law that you can point to when a ProAbortion advocate says that FOCA is reasonable, or that the “Debate is over” and abortion is the law of the land.  This case says that we can enact reasonable restrictions on abortion into law.

4th Circuit upholds Va. partial-birth abortion ban

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Wednesday to uphold the constitutionality of Virginia’s partial-birth abortion ban. The full court reversed a previous decision by a three-judge panel that determined the ban was unconstitutional.

See the ADF’s press release at http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/2496

ADF posted the text of the opinion at http://www.telladf.org/UserDocs/HerringOpinion.pdf

Planned Parenthood in Tennessee

June 23, 2009

Pro-Abortion bloggers have noted to me that since the undercover girl in the Live Action Films wasn’t really 14 that there was no crime.  I disagree and I think so does the law.

PP has a systemic (I would say pathological) bias to abortion anytime for anyone.  This prevents their staff from knowing and following the valid laws restricting certain abortion and in this case requiring health care workers to report suspected child abuse by statutory rape.

Tennessee is right to end the state sponsored preferential funding of PP.

Undercover Videos Prompt Tennessee Lawmakers to End Preferential Treatment for Planned Parenthood

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Tennessee legislators passed a law Thursday that threatens to strip Planned Parenthood of over $1 million in federal grant funding. Under the new statute, local community health clinics will be given priority for Title X family planning funds instead of Planned Parenthood.

Live Action Films says that the move was inspired by undercover videos by the group from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Memphis released earlier this year. The videos show a counselor urging a 14-year-old girl to lie about the age of the 31-year-old “boyfriend” who impregnated her so she can obtain a secret abortion.

See the entire article at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09062203.html

Margaret Sanger, in her own words

June 20, 2009

A taped interview with Mike Wallace, dating from 1957, is very revealing look into the woman who founded what is now known as Planned Parenthood. I regret that I’m unable to post the video directly here, but it is not available in its entirety through YouTube or other similar venue.

I’ve experienced many feelings and thoughts, watching this video, last night and today. The most striking is the difference in television journalism over the past 52 years; Wallace pushes for facts and revelations, not for the emotional fervor toward a predetermined ideology; there is no hero worship here – and no demonizing of either Sanger nor the Catholic Church – on the part of Mr. Wallace.

Younger viewers of this interview may not have any concept of the moral and social climate of the U.S. in the 1960s. Until the 1930s, all churches in America – and all decent people had some connection with a religious organization of some description – were opposed to contraception. There was considered something scandalous and indecent, even unnatural, in the very idea of separating sex (and only marital sex was acknowledged) from procreation. Wallace addresses this, in his pursuit of a discussion of Natural Law, during the course of the interview.

In the 1930s, the Church of England made the startling acquiesence to allow birth control. The politics of this decision are complex. Within a decade, other mainstream Protestant churches had also begun to relax their prohibitions on birth control; the Methodist Church I grew up in, in the 1960s, was swiftly transitioning into treating birth control as a personal matter between married couples, not the province of the Church. By the 1980s, even evangelical groups had adopted this attitude, and only certain fundamentalist congregations and the Catholic Church maintained that birth control was sinful.

Moreover, despite current popular entertainments testifying to the contrary, the expectation of society was that decent people reserved sexual intimacy for the covenant of marriage – or the civil equivalent thereof. The power and profundity of sexual intimacy was recognized as too intense to be treated recreationally, or engaged in outside of marriage. Those who broke the rules were severely looked down upon. Promiscuity was considered not only personally irresponsible, it was a threat to the very fabric of family life and society.

Pay attention to the video. I think Sanger’s refusal to answer certain questions reveals a great deal about her political savvy. She knows she’s a controversial figure, advocating a controversial policy change – not only in the area of birth control, but also in her admission that reserving sex for marriage is foolish and unrealistic. Much of our own cultural upheaval and confusion, today, we owe to the work of this one woman and her followers.

99 Balloons

June 18, 2009

The PC crowd wants to use disabilities like this as a justification for abortion, especially late-term abortion. I don’t think Elliot’s parents agree:

When does life begin?

June 16, 2009

I’ve been coming across numerous references to testimony given to the U.S. Senate during the hearings for the Partial-Birth Abortion ban – a term which did not get its boost from President Bush, as a lot of PCers claim, but predates his Presidency, and was first used in Congressional hearings in the ’90s. Interesting to note is that the “expert” testimony provided by pro-choice advocates, and cited in pro-choice, feminist blogs, is of women who’ve undergone abortion – lay people, not medical professionals.

I found a compelling article by Randy Alcorn, Protestant pastor and president/founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, in which he cites the testimony of the medical professionals who addressed the Senate. Unfortunately, the article is not dated, but I believe an exact date is not nearly so important as the summary of the testimony given – and the very good citations that follow. I reproduce the entire article here, by permission stated on Alcorn’s website:

Scientists Attest To Life Beginning At Conception

Posted in: Human Rights
By Randy Alcorn

Some of the world’s most prominent scientists and physicians testified to a U.S. Senate committee that human life begins at conception:

A United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee invited experts to testify on the question of when life begins. All of the quotes from the following experts come directly from the official government record of their testimony.1

Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, stated:

I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life….

I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”

Dr. Jerome LeJeune, professor of genetics at the University of Descartes in Paris, was the discoverer of the chromosome pattern of Down syndrome. Dr. LeJeune testified to the Judiciary Subcommittee, “after fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being.” He stated that this “is no longer a matter of taste or opinion,” and “not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence.” He added, “Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.”

Professor Hymie Gordon, Mayo Clinic: “By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.”

Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth, Harvard University Medical School: “It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive…. It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception…. Our laws, one function of which is to help preserve the lives of our people, should be based on accurate scientific data.”

Dr. Watson A. Bowes, University of Colorado Medical School: “The beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple and straightforward matter—the beginning is conception. This straightforward biological fact should not be distorted to serve sociological, political, or economic goals.”

A prominent physician points out that at these Senate hearings, “Pro-abortionists, though invited to do so, failed to produce even a single expert witness who would specifically testify that life begins at any point other than conception or implantation. Only one witness said no one can tell when life begins.”2

Many other prominent scientists and physicians have likewise affirmed with certainty that human life begins at conception:

Ashley Montague, a geneticist and professor at Harvard and Rutgers, is unsympathetic to the prolife cause. Nevertheless, he affirms unequivocally, “The basic fact is simple: life begins not at birth, but conception.”3

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, internationally known obstetrician and gynecologist, was a cofounder of what is now the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). He owned and operated what was at the time the largest abortion clinic in the western hemisphere. He was directly involved in over sixty thousand abortions.

Dr. Nathanson’s study of developments in the science of fetology and his use of ultrasound to observe the unborn child in the womb led him to the conclusion that he had made a horrible mistake. Resigning from his lucrative position, Nathanson wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that he was deeply troubled by his “increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.”4

In his film, “The Silent Scream,” Nathanson later stated, “Modern technologies have convinced us that beyond question the unborn child is simply another human being, another member of the human community, indistinguishable in every way from any of us.” Dr. Nathanson wrote Aborting America to inform the public of the realities behind the abortion rights movement of which he had been a primary leader.5 At the time Dr. Nathanson was an atheist. His conclusions were not even remotely religious, but squarely based on the biological facts.

Dr. Landrum Shettles was for twenty-seven years attending obstetrician-gynecologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Shettles was a pioneer in sperm biology, fertility, and sterility. He is internationally famous for being the discoverer of male- and female-producing sperm. His intrauterine photographs of preborn children appear in over fifty medical textbooks. Dr. Shettles states,

I oppose abortion. I do so, first, because I accept what is biologically manifest—that human life commences at the time of conception—and, second, because I believe it is wrong to take innocent human life under any circumstances. My position is scientific, pragmatic, and humanitarian. 6

The First International Symposium on Abortion came to the following conclusion:

The changes occurring between implantation, a six-week embryo, a six-month fetus, a one-week-old child, or a mature adult are merely stages of development and maturation. The majority of our group could find no point in time between the union of sperm and egg, or at least the blastocyst stage, and the birth of the infant at which point we could say that this was not a human life.7

The Official Senate report on Senate Bill 158, the “Human Life Bill,” summarized the issue this way:

Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being—a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings.8

1 Report, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981.

2Landrum Shettles and David Rorvik, Rites of Life: The Scientific Evidence of Life Before Birth (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983), 113.

3 Ashley Montague, Life Before Birth (New York: Signet Books, 1977), vi.

4Bernard N. Nathanson, “Deeper into Abortion,” New England Journal of Medicine 291 (1974): 1189Ð90.

5Bernard Nathanson, Aborting America (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979).

6Shettles and Rorvik, Rites of Life, 103.

7John C. Willke, Abortion Questions and Answers (Cincinnati, OH: Hayes Publishing, 1988), 42.

8Report, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981, 7.

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The testimonies mount up

June 15, 2009

They say we create these stories, that they’re anti-choice propaganda. Yet more and more stories come out from people who have owned abortion clinics, worked in them as staff, or performed them.

The latest revelation comes from a former employee of George Tiller – a worthwhile read.  Luhra Tivis tells of the training she received to promote abortion services at the clinic, where she worked as a clerk – very consistent with reports coming out of the seductive and misleading techniques observed at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Her stories of the “funeral services” held after the abortions for the families who had chosen to kill their children – far too often babies with nothing wrong with them, except that their parents had decided they weren’t wanted – confirm emails I’ve received with photos of these bizarre and horrific, almost diabolical displays of grief and “Christian” memorializing.

Truly, we live in a sick society that kills its children and then tries to pretend that it is all an act of God. One of the two hallmarks of paganism in the ancient world was human sacrifice: can we continue to pretend that our culture is only going through a cyclic swing away from strong traditional morality, and will eventually right itself?