Senate Leadership Ignores Election Day Rebuke, Attempts to Advance Pro-Abortion Defense Bill

December 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) -  Today, the Susan B. Anthony List condemned U.S. Senate leadership’s attempts to advance the Department of Defense Authorization Bill allowing elective abortions to be performed on taxpayer-funded domestic and international military bases. The Burris Amendment calls for elective abortions to be performed on military bases both at home and abroad using facilities, equipment and doctors paid for by American taxpayers. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said:

“Today, the Senate’s pro-abortion leadership ignored the will of the American people and tried to advance a bill that would allow taxpayer-subsidized abortion on over 400 U.S. military bases, both at home and abroad. On November 2, voters sent Congress clear marching orders to end taxpayer funding of abortion. But the Defense Authorization Bill containing the Burris Amendment would turn over 400 domestic and international military bases into abortion clinics, using personnel and equipment subsidized by taxpayers. Medical facilities are meant to preserve life, not destroy it. Military physicians understand this better than anyone which is why they refused to participate when the practice was permitted during the Clinton Administration, forcing the Administration to recruit civilian abortionists.

“We continue to urge Congress to oppose this bill in its current form. It’s time for Congress to listen to the pro-life American majority by passing laws that save lives, not destroy them.”

To date, SBA List members have sent nearly 35,000 e-mails and have made over 4,000 calls urging the Senate to oppose the Department of Defense Authorization bill in its current form.

Background

In May, Sen. Roland Burris successfully added an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill in the Armed Services Committee, allowing elective abortion on domestic and international military bases. The amendment goes further than Clinton’s 1993 Executive Order which only allowed abortions on international military bases. Current law prohibits the performance of abortion by Department of Defense medical personnel or in Department of Defense medical facilities except when the life of the mother is at risk or when pregnancy results from rape or incest. A similar amendment to allow abortions strictly in overseas military facilities was most recently offered in the House in 2006 and failed by a vote of 191-237.

The SBA List’s “Stop Abortion Funding” campaign, aimed at ending all federal funding of abortion in the 112th Congress, includes mobilization of its ever-growing 280,000-member grassroots network and an online petition (www.StopAbortionFunding.com) encouraging Congress to pass laws defunding abortion. The petition collected more than 35,000 signatures within its first month and lobbies for the passage of the bi-partisan “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith and Dan Lipinski and the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence.

The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.

31 US abortion clinics have closed in past 12 months

December 3, 2010

JillStanek.com -  It has seemed to me an awful lot of abortion mills have been closing lately (for instance, here and here).

So Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue was kind enough to compile a list for us. . . . Cheryl tallied a whopping 31 abortion mills that have closed just this past year. Meanwhile, 9 new mills have opened. So there has been a net loss of 22, which is great.

Click here to read entire article.

Dallas Premiere of “BloodMoney: The Business of Abortion”

October 20, 2010

Dallas, TX (CPLC) - October 27, 2010 beginning 7p.m. at Angelika Film Center, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln Dallas, TX 75206.

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BloodMoney is a documentary film narrated by Dr. Alveda King, which exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro Life perspective.

The film examines the history of abortion in America. From the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have exercised this “choice”.

 http://www.bloodmoneyfilm.com/

Featuring

Norma McCorvey
“Roe” of Roe v. Wade

Joseph Scheidler
Pro-Life Action League
Dr. Bernard Nathanson
Ex-Abortionist
Troy Newman
Operation Rescue
Father Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
Father Thomas Euteneuer
Human Life International

and Carol Everett
Former Abortion-Provider and Author of Blood Money 

This documentary reveals the holocaust that is abortion in America, including the deception giving rise to it, the profit motives behind it, and the undeniable suffering resulting from the so-called “right to choose.”  

“Rather than go through a nine month crisis pregnancy, . . . I’ve gone through about 20 years of hell on earth, just by exercising my right to choose.” - Testimony of post-abortive woman from the film  

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FBI, Obama Admin Join Pro-Abort Groups to Host Training Seminar against Pro-Life Activity

October 1, 2010

By Kathleen Gilbert

PORTLAND, OR (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Obama administration has teamed up with leading pro-abortion lobbyist groups to host a training seminar aimed at combating pro-life “violence” against the abortion industry, which is defined to include even free-speech activities such as pro-life picketing, boycotting, and signage.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored an August 29 seminar in the FBI’s Portland headquarters. The names of Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and the Feminist Majority Foundation appear prominently on the front page of a document prepared for the event which compiled statistics, a list of pro-life websites, and case summaries, among other data.  The 84-page document was handed out by FBI and DOJ officials to participants, according to a source in attendance.

Although one portion of the document - on page 67 - lists “pro-life counseling centers” as among providers of “reproductive health services,” the document is generally organized as a guide to the “organized assault on women’s health care” by “anti-abortion extremists” since Roe v. Wade, and targets such activities as pro-life picketing and boycotting.

On page 67, a section entitled “US Department of Justice FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act) presentation” includes “large graphic signs etc. not covered” among actions that constitute “intimidation,” and on page 15 specifically references the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Genocide Awareness Project among a list of recent pro-life “violence.”

The document lists pro-lifers entering abortion facilities, pro-life blockades, and “stalking” as “severe violence” directed against abortion clinics in recent years, while “intimidation” is predicated of any “noise disturbance” or “pamphlets targeting staff,” which could include documents warning women of an abortionist’s record injuring or killing patients.

Another part of the DOJ presentation urges trainees to “build a good working relationship with providers.” “We tell providers to build good relationships with you,” state the authors. “Get to know them. The more comfortable everyone is the easier it will be for you to do your job.”

One portion of the document lists the websites of several peaceful pro-life groups and leaders, such as David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Judie Brown of the American Life League (ALL), Concerned Women for America, Human Life International, National Right to Life, Priests for Life, Rock for Life, Students for Life, and The Pill Kills, the ALL project noted by authors as an “anti birth control site.”

According to the appended agenda, speakers included both FBI and DOJ officials as well as representatives from NAF and Planned Parenthood. The Alliance Defense Fund notes that Julie Abbate of USDOJ, one of the speakers at the meeting, also filed a federal lawsuit in August 2010 against a pro-life advocate solely for leafleting while once allegedly crossing a driveway.

Neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice have returned calls and emails placed by LifeSiteNews.com as of press time.

Although an Alliance Defense Fund-allied attorney was able to attend the meeting upon request, ADF attorney Matt Bowman told LifeSiteNews.com that “the troubling thing is that they didn’t invite him in the first place.”

“The resource guide is not only completely one-sided, it adopts the bias against free speech that the abortion movement has been trying to promote for years,” said Bowman.

“The resource guide is not only completely one-sided, it adopts the bias against free speech that the abortion movement has been trying to promote for years,” said Bowman, who called the document’s targeting of peaceful pro-life groups and free-speech activities “ridiculous.”

“It raises a concern that this is now the official view of the FBI,” said Bowman. “I don’t think they can pass the buck on this.”

Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America told LSN that the recent documents “show that the Department of Justice has become an arm of the abortion movement.”

“They’re not using objective research and definitions, but adopting wholesale the scorched-earth tactics and propaganda of abortion groups,” said Wright. “This is a corrupt endeavor by the Obama administration to smear innocent pro-lifers. It harms the public’s trust in our government and will be a stain on Pres. Obama’s presidency.”

The documents echo an April 2009 Homeland Security report on domestic terrorism in which pro-life activities were branded as indicators of dangerous “rightwing extremism.” Janet Napolitano, the head of the Homeland Security Department, proved staunchly pro-abortion during her service as governor of Arizona.

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Thomas More Society Bursts Bubble — Chicago Drops Charges Against First Arrestee Under City’s Abortion Clinic ‘Bubble Zone’ Ordinance

August 4, 2010

CHICAGO, IL (MetroCatholic) -  This afternoon, in a wake of national attention to the case, the Thomas More Society secured a dismissal of all charges against the first arrestee under the city’s “bubble zone” ordinance, which prevents certain types of picketing activity outside local abortion clinics. Joseph Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, was arrested outside Planned Parenthood’s Near North Side facility on July 3 after the facility’s staff called the police and claimed he violated the ordinance by praying on the public sidewalk.

“We are pleased that the City of Chicago has dismissed these false and baseless charges against Joe Holland,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive director and legal counsel. “The First Amendment protects prayer on a public sidewalk in Chicago the same as in any other city in the country. We hope that the city will cease the suppression of pro-life speech under the ‘bubble zone’ ordinance and dismiss the lone remaining case, brought against David Avignone, who was arrested a few days after Joe.”

The “bubble zone” ordinance prohibits approaching within eight feet of a person without consent “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling.” Witnesses and a video of the incident showed Holland standing stationary and praying, but not leafleting, picketing or sidewalk counseling.

Thomas More Society attorneys are also representing David Avignone, the second arrestee under the “bubble zone” ordinance, who was arrested the same week as Holland. Avignone’s first court appearance is August 30.

About the Thomas More Society
Founded in 1997, the Thomas More Society is a national public interest law firm that exists to restore respect for life in law. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends the sanctity of human life, the family and religious liberty in courtrooms across the country. The Society is a nonprofit organization wholly supported by private donations. For more information or to support the work of Thomas More Society, please visit
www.thomasmoresociety.org.

‘Partial Victory for Life’ as Pennsylvania Abortionist Shuts Down Two Clinics

July 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Pennsylvania abortionist whose repeated violations of state law prompted the health department to close down his facilities has managed to keep two of them in operation by transferring ownership to another entity; but the other two sites will cease performing abortions for good, reports Operation Rescue.

The pro-life watchdog group says the Pennsylvania Health Department’s order for Dr. Steven Chase Brigham’s clinics represents a “partial victory for life” as Brigham’s facilities in Erie and State College are barred now from performing abortions. They are, however, permitted to remain open for other services.

At the same time, Brigham successfully transferred ownership of his Pittsburgh and Allentown abortion clinics to Rose Health Services, an entity in which he has no controlling interest, in order to stave off their closure. Deputy Secretary of Health Robert Torres has banned Brigham, 53, and any corporation he controls from operating abortion clinics in Pennsylvania, because of his persistent infractions against state medical regulations.

“This is a partial victory for life,” said Troy Newman. “We are thankful that babies are not being killed at the Erie and State College clinics.”

“At the same time we are very disappointed a shady business transfer has kept the other two clinics open. After all the trouble that Brigham has had and continues to face, he is not fit to operate in Pennsylvania or any other state.”

Brigham owns a chain of 15 abortion facilities with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. However the abortionist is licensed only to practice medicine in New Jersey. Brigham let his medical license lapse in Georgia, California, and was suspended permanently in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York.

Brigham was run out of New York after he performed two botched abortions in which state officials found him guilty in 1994 of “gross negligence” and “inexcusably bad judgment” that threatened the lives of his clients. New York also found him guilty of tax evasion in 1995.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Brigham’s offenses have been so egregious that even the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has disavowed him and applauded the PDH decision to shut him down.

Brigham’s latest offense in Pennsylvania happened because he again was employing unlicensed medical staff to work in his abortion clinics.

The Inquirer also reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is knocking on Brigham’s door, and has filed a tax lien against all his clinics for payment of $234,536 in unpaid payroll taxes for the years between 2002-2006.

Interview: Bus Driver Fired for Refusing to Drive Woman to Abortion Clinic

July 21, 2010

By Kathleen Gilbert

AUSTIN, Texas, July 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Austin area bus driver has filed a lawsuit against a rural transportation system after being fired for declining to drive a woman to an abortion clinic, citing a violation against his Christian beliefs.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court, accuses Austin’s Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) of having discriminated against Kyle resident Edwin Graning  “on the basis of his religion.”

The native Texan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that CARTS officials abruptly terminated him for declining to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood’s South Austin facility, after he discovered that the facility performed abortions.

Graning had asked his wife to call the facility; she heard a recording directing callers to call 911 in case of abortion complications. “I said, dear God in heaven, this woman’s gonna have an abortion,” he said.

Graning said that no protocol for orders to drive people to abortion clinics had ever been discussed. “I’m a Christian … I love the Lord and I’m not going to be a part of something like this,” said Graning, a former pastor. He pointed out that the woman quickly received a ride from another bus.

When he told his supervisor that he would not make the drive, Graning says the supervisor replied, “Then you are resigning.” He objected, but was later directed to bring his vehicle and belongings back to CARTS, and received a letter of termination on grounds of insubordination.

Graning, 63, who celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary last month, is a father of two and grandfather of three.

He is being represented by lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

The “worst part of it all,” he said, was that he was not allowed to collect $1000 worth of leave time built up over 8 months. “I never missed a day’s work, I was never late, I never got written up or anything or ever corrected verbally or anything. I never did anything wrong,” he said. “To me, that was the height of just awful.”

The lawsuit seeks compensation for suffering and emotional distress, in addition to reinstatement, back pay, legal fees, and other relief.

“I’m not out for revenge or anything like that,” said Graning, who said he felt obligated to stand up for his beliefs.

“I pastored years ago, and I’ve done a lot of things - and normally I wouldn’t have made any issue out of this - but you know, I’m really getting tired of Christians getting kicked around,” he told LSN. “I mean, we see other things as going on in this country, and somebody somewhere along the line is just got to quit bending the knee to Baal and letting this government run over us.”

Graning said he has enjoyed an outpouring of support and prayers following the termination. “God has been good to us,” he said.

CARTS general manager David Marsh did not respond to LSN’s request for comment on the litigation as of press time.

Eduardo Verastegui to host mega conference to benefit L.A. women’s center

May 14, 2010

Los Angeles, Calif., May 14, 2010 / 03:24 am (CNA).- Manto de Guadalupe, a non-profit organization formed by Mexican Actor Eduardo Verastegui, will host a one-day Spanish-language “mega conference” and concert to benefit a new women’s medical center opening near downtown Los Angeles.

The event, titled “Unidos Por La Vida” (United for Life), is scheduled for May 23. It will feature performances by singers and actors such as Emmanuel Acha and his son Alejandro. Other speakers include actress Karyme Lozano, Manuel Capetillo, Gilberto Gless, Fr. Juan Rivas and Fr. Mariano de Blas.

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who is now pro-life, will also speak.

Proceeds will benefit Manto de Guadalupe’s latest project, a medical center for women in one of the most impoverished areas of Los Angeles. There are reportedly many abortion clinics in the area.

“My hope is that Guadalupe Medical Center will reach and help many women, children and families,” explained Verastegui. “It will be an oasis of life for those most in need.”

The event on Sunday, May 23 will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

More information can be found at http://www.mantodeguadalupe.org/

Special Report Shows ‘Handwriting On The Wall’ for Failing Abortion Industry

December 9, 2009

WICHITA, KS (MetroCatholic) - Operation Rescue has released the results of an extensive research project into the abortion industry showing that the number of abortion clinics continues to dwindle as Americans become more pro-life.

“We now have an accurate listing of every open abortion clinic in the country,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In 1991, it was estimated that there were nearly 2,200 abortion clinics in the country, today there are just 713. The pro-life movement has made significant strides exposing and closing abortion clinics and shifting public opinion toward the pro-life position. This has resulted in lower abortion rates.”

Operation Rescue has listed all abortion clinics along with a map showing their locations. The information shows a general relationship between access to abortion clinics and the abortion rate in each state. With few exceptions, the states with greater access to abortion clinics have higher abortion rates.

The release of the list launches “Project Daniel 5:25“, Operation Rescue’s latest campaign to expose abortion industry abuses and bring the perpetrators to justice. Project Daniel 5:25 is named after the Biblical story of Daniel, who was able to read the handwriting on the wall and predict the fall of a wicked kingdom.

“The days of legal abortion in this nation are numbered. Pro-life sentiment continues to gain ground as abortion support slips. Abortion clinics continue to close as demand decreases and as abortionists are increasingly exposed and reported to the authorities by pro-life groups,” said Newman.

“Project Daniel 5:25 encourages those with pro-life views to establish a presence at their local abortion clinic to pray and offer help to abortion-bound women - - but also to monitor the clinic for criminal violations and other suspicious acts. We have never found an abortion clinic that follows the law. It is up to pro-life activists to serve as the watchdogs of the abortion industry and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

“We can do more than simply protest abortion clinics. We can document their illegal and dangerous behavior and work within the law to close them down.

“With a pro-life watchdog group at every clinic reporting what they see to the authorities, we will certainly see more abortionists criminally charged and abortion clinics closed. We know first-hand from having our offices in a closed former abortion clinic, that when clinics close, lives are saved.”

Those who wish to participate in Project Daniel 5:25 are encouraged to call Operation Rescue at 1-800- 705-1175.

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