In October, we told you about Medicaid paying for $9000 late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) in New Mexico. Operation Rescue has since revealed that SWO is willing to do abortions as late as 30 weeks to kill unborn children with Down Syndrome at a cost to Medicaid of up to $16,000 per procedure. One of the abortionists on staff at SWO, Dr. Curtis Boyd, made a shocking admission to Austin local news channel KVUE in 2009: “Am I killing? Yes I am”
As reported on October 25, the first ever criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood ended with frustration for pro-lifers as it was learned that state officials had destroyed key evidence in the case. Now comes news that Steve Six, who was Attorney General in the administration of then-governor Kathleen Sebelius, also destroyed copies of the same documents that were critical to the case. Considering that a potential cover-up to prevent criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood may well have reached into the highest levels of state government in Kansas, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has weighed in to call for the investigation to include questioning of Kathleen Sebelius:
“I am shocked to learn of today’s legal developments in Johnson County. If in fact documents crucially important to an ongoing criminal investigation were destroyed by the Kansas Attorney General’s office, then it’s clear the rule of law has been deeply violated and I applaud Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s decision to seek a full investigation into the actions of his predecessor. Since these illegal activities allegedly transpired under Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ administration—possibly even at the behest of her hand-picked Attorney General, Steve Six—Secretary Sebelius has some serious questions to answer. I look forward to learning the results of the investigation into the destruction of these records and to hearing what Secretary Sebelius and former Attorney General Steve Six have to say for themselves. The idea that this may go all the way to the top is astonishing,” stated Pompeo.
According to an online search at the Kentucky Registration of Election Finance, the two abortionists who are the principle officers of Louisville’s only freestanding abortion clinic, have contributed over $4000 to the political campaigns of Governor Steven Beshear and his running mate, former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson. The clinic, EMW Women’s Surgical Center, was the subject of an undercover investigation by Lila Rose and Jackie Stollar of Live Action on June 23, 2008. In that investigation, Live Action found that EMW clinic staff were willing to help minors obtain a judicial bypass in order to avoid parental knowledge of a minor’s abortion even with the understanding that the child was in a sexually abusive relationship.
In the state of Kentucky, sex between a 14-year-old and a 31-year-old is rape in the third degree and would reasonably be considered sexual abuse of a child which must be reported to law enforcement immediately. The EMW clinic failed to ask the questions necessary to file a child sexual abuse report and did not communicate to Rose about the illegal or dangerous nature of her sexual relationship. The clinic also gave misleading information about fetal development, apparently in order to encourage Rose to have the abortion.
A review of online records showed that Dr. Samuel Eubanks, the “E” in “EMW”, has given $2750 since 2006 directly to Beshear’s political campaigns, including $1000 to the Beshear/Abramson campaign, and $400 directly to previous campaigns to elect Abramson to office. Dr. Ernest Marshall, the “M” in “EMW”, gave $1000 this year to elect the Beshear/Abramson ticket in Kentucky’s race for governor. Dr. Wolf, the “W” in “EMW”, is deceased.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This quote, attributed to Irish statesman Edmund Burke, comes to mind as I consider the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” in Philadelphia where late-term babies were born alive and then killed by being stabbed in the neck with scissors. According to the grand jury report (.pdf) on this case, “Over the years, there were hundreds of ‘snippings'”, the term Gosnell used for the practice of cutting a baby’s spinal cord to “ensure fetal demise.” Gosnell’s employees, none of whom were doctors, are believed to have routinely killed babies in this manner, as well.
Everyone there acted as if it wasn’t murder at all.
Unfortunately, over those same years, far too many people in Philadelphia did nothing to stop it. We only learned about this “house of horrors” recently because good people finally “did something”.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles, nominated in March of last year by President Barack Obama, has blocked (.pdf) certain provisions of North Carolina’s informed consent law, the Woman’s Right to Know Act. Specifically, Eagles blocked provisions that would have required abortion practitioners or their trained technicians to perform an ultrasound on women seeking abortion in their facilities, allow women to view the screen to see the ultrasound image, and provide an explanation of what they see on the screen. Eagles ruled that these requirements are in violation of the abortion practitioners’ freedom of speech.
Pro-lifers in Kansas were stunned on Friday to learn that state officials had destroyed key evidence in the first ever criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood. Remarkably, the presiding judge has ruled that prosecutors have only until November 9 to show evidence justifying that the case against Planned Parenthood should go forward in light of the fact that this evidence, critical to the prosecution’s case, is no longer available.
The Kansas City Star reported that pro-lifers in attendance were quite shocked by the news.
Abortion opponents were so stunned by the latest revelation that they had a hard time articulating their reaction.
“Unbelievable,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life.
“We don’t believe for one second this was anything but purposefully done to protect the abortion industry.”
CBS News has published an Associated Press report on the Mississippi Personhood ballot measure that misleads readers about the U.S. Constitution’s built-in protection of the right to life of all persons. The Mississippi Personhood Amendment, if approved by voters, would amend the State Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent thereof.”
According to the report at CBS News:
Any victory at the state level would likely be short-lived since a life-at-fertilization amendment would conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
No details are offered to support this contention other than the implication that Roe v. Wade is somehow a valid decision that is “established” law.
Leaders of the movement say their ultimate goal is to provoke a court fight to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.
Mississippi Personhood’s understanding that the amendment would set the stage for a challenge to Roe is supported not only by the text of the Constitution, but also by points made in the Roe case itself. Sarah Weddington, attorney for the pro-abortion side in the Roe case, admitted that a State can adopt a personhood measure for the specific reason of challenging the case when the Justices asked her to agree that if such a statute were adopted, the unborn child would have automatic protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Congress continues to debate whether or not to remove taxpayer-funded abortion from ObamaCare. Though a pro-life victory on the issue was won in the House, defeat is almost certain in the Senate. Meanwhile, Operation Rescue has unveiled a new video revealing that Medicaid-funding of expensive late-term abortion continues in many states. The video includes dialogue between an undercover pro-life activist and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The activist pretended to be a woman who is at 26-weeks gestation and is seeking abortion because her husband has lost his job. She is advised by SWO that she can obtain an abortion at no charge through Medicaid and that the procedure’s cost is about $9,000.
In October, a new film will be released in theaters in Alabama and Mississippi that may serve to change many hearts and minds on the issue of abortion. October Baby tells the story of Hannah, a college freshman who discovers that she was adopted and is a survivor of a failed abortion attempt. Hannah sets out on a journey to find her birth mother and learns many lessons in the process, including a powerful lesson about forgiveness.
As several states have acted to remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, the organization and their supporters in both movement and mainstream media have attempted to frame de-funding efforts as attacks on basic healthcare and other services that are not abortion-related.
Live Action was able to expose Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ false claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. Pro-lifers have maintained that whatever other services Planned Parenthood may provide, abortion is the blood that keeps Planned Parenthood’s operations pumping. On Friday, writing at Slate, movement media abortion activist Amanda Marcotte admitted just that.
In my most recent article here at Live Action, I told you about the vital role of black history in the pro-life movement. Black history is important both for education and for laying the legal groundwork for ending abortion, but the role of African-Americans is not at all limited to history. The outstanding leadership of pro-life black Americans has now taken a primary role in educating America about the dignity and value of every unborn child. One example of this is the Too Many Aborted awareness campaign, an initiative of The Radiance Foundation, led by Ryan Bomberger, and Issues 4 Life Foundation, led by Walter Hoye II.
The Too Many Aborted awareness campaign has stirred up controversy in Georgia and in other communities by placing billboards that educate black communities about the tragic impact of abortion which has arguably hit African-Americans the hardest. Their latest billboard campaign emphasizes that “Fatherhood begins in the womb.”
Personhood Mississippi is celebrating a State Supreme Court victory which allows the people of Mississippi to proceed with a planned ballot measure affirming the legal personhood of the unborn child. Personhood legislation such as that proposed by Personhood Mississippi with bi-partisan support seeks to help settle the question that the Roe v. Wade decision did not answer. Is the unborn child really a person? If the unborn child is a person, according to Roe, there is no “right to abortion”. The Roe Court said:
The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well-known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.