Group focuses on putting the power of the Web to work for life
Barack Obama indisputably harnessed the power of the Internet to become president. Musicians no longer need a megacorporation behind them to succeed, as they simply can reach millions online.
So what would happen if people were able to utilize that resource to present the pro-life position in the battle against the abortion industry in America?
We’re about to find out.
Online for Life is taking the proven strategies and resources and turning up the heat on the myth that abortion empowers women.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: ‘I read with disgust’ allegations babies heads ‘twisted off neck’
By Gina Loudon
Editor’s Note: The graphic descriptions and images here may be upsetting to readers.
Authorities in Texas are calling for a formal investigation of an abortionist after reports surfaced that he was in the practice of killing babies born alive by twisting off their heads or shoving a surgical instrument into their brains.
“In a week when serial murderer Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing babies, I read with disgust about the allegations [against] Houston-based abortionist Douglas Karpen,” said Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a statement.
“The Harris County authorities should perform a full-scale investigation and take action against those who broke state law,” Dewhurst said.
The women explain that the abortionist sometimes would twist the baby’s head off his neck, shove a surgical instrument into the vulnerable baby’s brain through the skull, or shove a surgical instrument into the chest or abdomen.
The interview featuring Deborah Edge, Krystal Rodriguez and Gigi Aguilar provided proof, Life Dynamics said, “the lofty rhetoric of ‘choice’ may insulate those who work in the political and public relations arena, but the day-to-day reality for those who provide those ‘choices’ is to deal with the corpses and parts of corpses they pull out of their customers’ bodies.”
Mark Crutcher, the founder of Life Dynamics, said, “While the pro-life movement claims that abortion takes the life of a living human being, nobody on earth knows that better than the people who work at abortion clinics.”
Said Edge: “I thought, well, it’s an abortion you know, that’s what he does, but I wasn’t aware that it was illegal. … Most of the time we would see him where the fetus would come completely out and of course, the fetus would still be alive.
“He does a lot of huge abortions. A lot of the times, we would bring the big fetus[es] that were over age, we would re-open the bag and just look at it and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so big!’”
Life Dynamics said: “Simply put, this is abortion!”
The release of the video came just as Gosnell, who was convicted in Philadelphia of first-degree murder for cutting the spinal columns of babies born alive during his abortion procedures, was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison. He avoided the death penalty by agreeing not to appeal.
“During Gosnell’s trial, it became clear that organizations like Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, and others within the pro-choice community were fully aware of what Gosnell was doing. But they kept quiet because this was a rock they did not want the public looking under. What they knew, and wanted to keep hidden, was that everything being done at this abortion clinic was within the standard operating procedures for every other abortion clinic in the country. So they, and their lapdogs in the media, started whistling past the graveyard,” Crutcher said.
The new video:
Carrie Williams of the Department of State Health Services told the Houston Chronicle the agency was aware of the allegations and “we are investigating.”
And Sara Marie Kinney of the Harris County District Attorney’s office told WND people are planning a “full scale investigation.”
“For nearly three years, authorities have ignored our complaints and done nothing while horrific late-term babies continued to be aborted in an apparently illegal and barbaric manner. Now, thanks to the outpouring of public pressure that has been brought to bear by the pro-life community, the authorities in Texas are finally beginning to act. It’s a big step in the right direction,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We hope this time they will follow through and that justice will be done.”
The Life Dynamics video itself explains: “Although the media, in concert with the American abortion lobby, is portraying this [Gosnell] as an isolated situation … the pro-life movement has been aware of similar stories for years and, today, additional examples are beginning to emerge.”
The interviews were conducted May 3.
Edge reported: “On many occasions … we would see the fetus breathing, the stomach moving. Then he would snip the spine.”
The women told how when the abortionist would use a “claw” to reach into the womb and dismember or otherwise kill the baby, the baby’s toes would go rigid and spread apart from the pain.
That, the workers explained, was so disturbing to them they had to avert their eyes.
“If they don’t feel … why would those toes spread open?” they asked.
There was, however, no obstacle to abortion at any time, they said.
“As long as the patients had the cash he was going to do it,” they said.
A lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the United States, said a doctor and a mother should be allowed to decide to kill a newborn who survives an abortion.
The Planned Parenthood comments came at a recent Florida legislative hearing from Alisa LaPoit Snow, who was opposing a proposal that would require a doctor to provide care to an infant whom an abortion failed to kill.
Lawmakers were stunned, asking the same question over and over.
“So, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
In the Florida hearing, the same, or very similar, questions followed several times, as if the lawmakers could not believe the position advocated by Snow.
“You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion, that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?” asked Rep. Jose Oliva.
Snow didn’t change her response.
“That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider,” she said.
When one lawmaker suggested at that point the “patient” also would include the newborn, Snow responded: “That’s a very good question. … I would be glad to have some more conversations with you about this.”
New law pending that requires visit to state-approved advisers before abortion
Pregnancy counselors in South Dakota are preparing for a surge in activity with the enactment of a new law that requires women seeking abortions to visit a state-approved counseling center.
The new law is just one of the efforts in the Midwestern state to alleviate the burden of abortion, and its supporters say it’s one-of-a-kind. It comes a focus on abortion brought by the Philadelphia murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, accused in the gruesome killing of infants born after botched abortions and a women who underwent the procedure.
South Dakota also has conducted its own study of the impact of abortion, resulting in a 3,500-page document of scientific evidence about the procedure. The state has enacted laws requiring abortionists to tell women they have a right to a relationship with their unborn child; that an abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human; and that women who undergo abortion have a higher risk of suicide.
The state also requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion along with the requirement that every woman seeking an abortion go to a pregnancy care center.
“No state has this requirement, and nothing threatens the business of Planned Parenthood like this,” said a statement today from the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, one of the counseling centers approved by the state.
The organization is gearing up to expand its size and staff to handle the counseling load that it expects under the new law. In a letter to constituents, it said it recognizes that it is on the “front lines in this battle for the unborn.”
Staff at Alpha Center, a nonprofit run by donations in Sioux Falls, said they likely will double their budget to provide additional space and counselors for the new work load that is expected.
“We are dealing with the civil rights issue of the century. Abortion is such a contentious issue like slavery was in the Dred Scott decision of 1857, and we must do whatever it takes to bring this issue to the Supreme Court,” the center said in a statement. “It took 100 years after the Civil War before the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine was reversed in the Supreme Court, but lost many times prior.”
The center said its workers have been fully trained and keep up to date on medically accurate information.
“We will be meeting the criteria of the state law requirements, since Planned Parenthood does not police themselves,” the statement to supporters said. “As you know, Lila Rose has uncovered that Planned Parenthood protects child molesters, sex traffickers and rapists. But the Pregnancy Care Centers will be held to a higher standard.”
Along with additional counseling staff members and office space, the organization is planning for a bus carrying an ultrasound with a technician, a counselor and a driver to visit regularly the campuses of the state’s colleges.
“The government has required women to go to a pregnancy care center; however, the government does not provide any of the funding for any centers. … We have assured [the governor] we will raise outside money to help with expenses,” the center statement said.
WND has reported the state’s battle over abortion. Most recently, a federal appeals court affirmed the last provision of a long-disputed informed consent law, ruling that South Dakota can require abortionists to inform women seeking to terminate the lives of their unborn baby that they face an increased risk of suicide.
At the time, attorney Harold J. Cassidy called the decision of the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals “a fabulous victory for the women of the state of South Dakota.”
Cassidy represented Leslee Unruh, president of the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls, and Stacy Wollman, president of Care Net of Rapid City. They were allowed in intervene in the case filed by Planned Parenthood against the state’s new law.
“This victory represents the fourth separate decision of the 8th Circuit reversing the district court in this one case, two decisions issued by en banc (full) courts four years apart – a rare occurrence that underscores the importance of the issues presented by the case,” said Cassidy.
“As a result of this case upholding all eight major provisions of South Dakota’s Abortion Informed Consent Statute, pregnant mothers will now be informed: 1) that ‘an abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;’ 2) that the mother’s ‘relationship with that second human being enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States and the laws of South Dakota;’ 3) ‘that relationship and all rights attached to it will be terminated;’ and 4) the abortion places the mother ‘at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide,’” he said.
The court’s opinion said even Planned Parenthood’s own testimony documented a link between abortion and suicide.
“Planned Parenthood’s own expert, Dr. Nada Stotland, admitted that one of the studies, which determined a suicide rate after abortion of 31.9 per 100,000 as compared to a suicide rate after live birth of 5.0 per 100,000, ‘indicates an association; not causation, but an association’ between abortion and suicide,” the judges wrote.
Commenting on the decision, Steven H. Aden of the Alliance Defending Freedom said “a woman’s right to make a fully informed choice is more important than Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.”
“If Planned Parenthood truly cared about the well-being of women, it would not try to prevent them from being informed of the well-documented risk of suicide that accompanies abortion,” he said. “The 8th Circuit has done the right thing in upholding a reasonable law that protects the well-being of women by making sure that the truth is not hidden from them.”
The Sioux Falls Alpha Center’s Unruh said the ruling “gives hope to the hopeless.”
“These are women who had abortions who were coerced, persecuted, broken. These women did a very courageous thing in going to the South Dakota legislature and telling their stories,” she said. “These judges have believed them, listened to their hearts and have ruled on their behalf.”
The lawsuit was brought by Planned Parenthood against the state after the legislature in 2005 adopted the informed consent requirements for abortionists.
The new law requiring that a physician have a personal interview with a woman seeking an abortion was subject to a second challenge by Planned Parenthood. The woman also must visit a state-approved counseling centers before the abortionist can schedule the procedure.
In South Dakota, Planned Parenthood flies abortionists in to a facility where they perform abortions. The law requires doubling the visits, because an abortionist could not interview a woman and perform an abortion on her during the same trip.
The law also requires that an abortionist determine whether the woman is being coerced into the abortion.
WND reported when the law was signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
The governor said, “Everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives. I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.”
The plan, which sailed through the state legislature, is an act “to establish certain legislative findings pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her relationship with her child by an abortion, to establish certain procedures to better insure that such decisions are voluntary, uncoerced, and informed, and to revise certain causes of action for professional negligence relating to performance of an abortion.”
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the law is a “huge precedent” that moves America “in the right direction to return us to a respect for the sanctity of life.”
He said he expects abortionists will not take the requirement lightly, but he believes it can be supported constitutionally. It even could reach as high as the U.S. Supreme Court and establish precedent.
Opponents of the law, he noted, will have to argue against providing full and complete information to women.
If that happens, he said, “abortionists are going to be revealed for what they really believe, that women essentially should be duped into having abortions.”
The controversial Planned Parenthood lobbyist who put the Florida chapter of the nation’s largest abortion business on record supporting infanticide was once a member of the board of directors for a local Catholic Charities branch.
As LifeNews initially reported, Alisa Lapolt Snow defended the practice of allowing babies not killed in an abortion to be allowed to die afterwards. She said the decision on whether to provide such children with medical care is between the mother having the abortion and the abortion practitioner.
Now, a report on the Creative Minority Report blog indicates Snow was once a member of the board of a Catholic group that, ironically, in part helps provide abortion alternatives for women.
Here’s what her bio on her website said:
Alisa is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism. She was a founding member and secretary of the Sunset Rotary Club of Tallahassee and serves on the board of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Tallahassee. She is a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.
Because I don’t take the word of people from Planned Parenthood on anything, I checked the website and she was not listed on their board of directors.
So I called the Catholic Charities office and they told me that Lapolt-Snow did indeed serve on the board until leaving in January. She didn’t explain further.
How horrifying is that? A lobbyist for Planned Parenthood was a board member for a Catholic Charities office. I can’t believe that it’s not clear to everyone that you cannot advocate for the killing of babies and be a Catholic. Just can’t.
Snow was opposing a bill in the state legislature that would provide medical care and legal protection for babies who are born alive after failed abortions.
This is the same legislation President Barack Obama refused to support during his time in the Illinois legislature and it mirrors a national law President George W. Bush signed after nurse Jill Stanek exposed how her Chicago-area hospital left babies to die in utility closets after botched abortions.
During the same hearing, a Florida legislator noted how more than 1,200 babies died following a failed abortion and their whose deaths were reported as “mortality subsequent to an abortion.” As the representative emphasized, those are only the number of reported deaths following botched abortions, and the actual figures could be higher.
- Video: Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)
- Planned Parenthood Official Calls For POST-Birth Abortion (vineoflife.net)
March 29, 2013
Florida legislators considering a bill to require abortionists to provide medical care to an infant who survives an abortion were shocked during a committee hearing this week when a Planned Parenthood official endorsed a right to post-birth abortion.
Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified that her organization believes the decision to kill an infant who survives a failed abortion should be left up to the woman seeking an abortion and her abortion doctor.
“So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I’m almost in disbelief,” said Rep. Jim Boyd. “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”
“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” said Planned Parenthood lobbyist Snow.