Friday, September 22, 2006

We Need Your Support - WALK-A-THON

Hi Friend of Life,

We need your help. We're having a Walkathon!

It'll be on Saturday, October 7th at
Magic Island, in Ala Moana Beach Park.

So obviously, we need some walkers, and we were hoping you might be able to walk with us that day. With a small staff, we can't possibly get out to all the churches we need to see in time. But you can be a real blessing by calling our office at 943-1595 and ordering some posters and pledge sheets for your church. We believe Respect Life weekend is just a perfect time to "Walk for Life."

Help us save more lives by calling our office at 943-1595. You can also go to our website at
HRTL and download the pledge sheets, posters and bulletin inserts if you prefer.

Come as a group, or come by yourself, but please come, please get involved!

In the Cause for Life,
John Calvin Long, Executive Director
Hawaii Right to Life

11 years late, Illinois addresses abortion

HT to Marti

Pro-life groups say new rules will allow enforcement of parental notification

Posted: September 22, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

Joe Scheidler

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it has agreed – after 11 years of delays – to develop rules for parental notification of abortions on girls under the age of 18, and pro-life groups say that may "rescue Illinois from its notorious position as the abortion dumping ground of the Midwest."

That comment comes from Joseph M. Scheidler, national direction of the Pro-Life Action League, who said until now, Illinois was the only state in the region without a parental notification requirement.

"Illinois has become a target state for minors from surrounding states who are seeking to avoid their own states' parental notice and parental consent laws," he said.

In the Chicago area, teens arrive at abortion clinics from Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa, while southern Illinois clinics see teens from Missouri, Kentucky and Kansas, he said.

The high court's announcement this week means the judges will answer a request from DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett and write the rules that allow for judicial bypass of the notification. That, officials say, will allow a federal injunction preventing implementation of the parental notice portion of the law to be lifted, and the requirement will take effect.

A coalition including Illinois Citizens for Life, Illinois Federation for Right to Life, the Illinois Right to Life Committee, the Illinois Family Institute, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum of Illinois, Orthodox Christians for Life-Chicago, Lutherans for Life, Concerned Christian Americans and the Catholic Conference of Illinois just a week earlier also had petitioned the court with the same request.

The law was approved by the state legislature in 1995 and signed then by Gov. Jim Edgar, providing that a parent or guardian must be notified 48 hours before a child under 18 has an abortion.

Until this week, however, "the Illinois Supreme Court had refused to write rules that the law requires for an appeals process," according to the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, which delivered the petitions to each of the seven judges in the court.

Society lawyer Tom Brejcha said abortions are "invasive medical" procedures and only in rare cases, such as domestic abuse, should parents be denied the opportunity to give advice and support.

"This will give Illinois parents the involvement they should have in the healthcare choices their minor daughters make," Scheidler said.

"We look forward to the day soon when the law can go into effect, and we are a step closer in finally recognizing the importance of parents in their children's lives, and especially at time when they are vulnerable to exploitation," said Karen Hayes, CWA of Illinois state director.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said he would "applaud" the court's decision, even if it is late.

Pro-life advocates noted that the change came about under the leadership of Bob Thomas, the court's new chief justice.

Restoring the Right to Choose Life

HT to Marti

15:04 Sep 20, '06 / 27 Elul 5766
by Ezra HaLevi

“Our organization is pro-choice in the truest sense,” says Ruti Tidhar. “Many women see abortion as their only choice due to financial woes. We restore their ability to choose to have their baby.”

Tidhar, a social worker, heads the team of 2,300 volunteers who are the lifeblood of Efrat, an organization offering assistance and support to Jewish women considering aborting their pregnancy.

“When people hear about an organization that empowers people to decide not to have abortions, they think of protestors waving pictures of baby parts and waging legal battles - but you won’t find any of that here,” says Tidhar, Efrat's Deputy Director. “That is not what we are about.”

Ruti Tidhar, MSW, oversees the volunteers working for Efrat and meets with women in her capacity as a social worker.

Efrat was established in 1977, by Dr. Eli Schussheim, an Argentinian immigrant who served as senior surgeon in Jerusalem’s Shaarei Tzedek Hospital during the Six Day War.

Dr. Schussheim had always been disturbed by the high rate of abortions in Israel and the policies that accompanied them. Female IDF soldiers, for example, are informed that they are entitled to three free abortions during the course of their military service, and Israel remains the only Western country with no cut-off point for late-term abortions.

“Theoretically, a woman can have the fetus aborted while she is already in labor here,” Tidhar laments. Though such a case has never occurred, late-term abortions are extremely common in the Jewish state.

But it is not the unborn with which Tidhar is most concerned. “My patients are the women,” she says. “My job is to show them that there are other options. Often they are simply afraid of an unplanned pregnancy. They already have trouble making ends meet and see it as impossible to introduce a new child into the world. They fill out forms at a local hospital, a committee gives it a rubber stamp (95% of public hospital abortion requests are granted) and all the while she is not informed of the gravity and long-term ramifications of her decision.”

When Tidhar is contacted by a woman wanting to know more about her options, she dispatches one of the group’s volunteers to meet with the patient – anywhere in the country. Based on their experience of meeting with many such women, volunteers report two underlying reasons abortion is pursued in most of the cases they deal with: One, the embryo is so small that they are able to disconnect emotionally. Two, financial pressures and anxiety – fear that they will not be able to provide properly for the child.

“We let the woman know what her options are,” Tidhar explains. “We let her know that we truly will shoulder the financial burden. We give her back the empowerment of being able to make an actual decision on the matter."

“The turning point is usually once she is willing to look inside and admit that even with all of the difficulties, she doesn’t really want to go through with it, but simply told herself she had no choice,” Tidhar says. “Once she is there, she makes the decision with her heart. And the heart is where we make all our truly important decisions.”

Without government funding or support from the hospital and clinics (“Abortion is big business in Israel,” Tidhar says), Efrat must rely on word of mouth, modest advertising campaigns and private referrals from doctors, nurses or members of hospital committees to spread awareness of their services.

“We have no idea what percentage of the women who request an abortion are informed that we even exist,” Tidhar says, but she is optimistic due to the increasing number of children born with Efrat’s assistance each consecutive year. The organization brought 2,000 children to childbirth this past year.

In Israel, an average of 900 abortions take place every week, so Efrat’s volunteers and social workers say there is plenty more work to be done.

Efrat’s Assistant Director Tzvi Binn says the organization relies on donations, half of which come from Israelis, and takes pride in its low overhead costs. Its American office is run out of a volunteer’s home, and its main office in Israel is staffed by young women performing their national service and is housed in a donated ground floor apartment. (CLICK TITLE ABOVE FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

DOJ: Betraying aborted-alive babies?

HT to Marti

Posted: September 20, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

In April 2004, a nurse named Abby* made an appointment with Richard Collier of the Legal Center for Defense to tell him of an incident she thought violated the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

Abby worked in the labor and delivery department of a major regional hospital in New Jersey. Abby told Collier about a baby boy who was aborted alive there earlier that year and placed in the "dirty room" until he died several hours later.

The attending nurse was so disturbed she described the event to Abby.

The boy was between 20-23 weeks old and aborted after a doctor noticed on ultrasound his limbs were not measuring properly. He told the mother the baby would be born with abnormal arms and legs and sword-like feet.

The procedure of choice was induced labor abortion, wherein a pill called Misoprostol (aka Cytotec) is inserted in the mother's birth canal every 4-8 hours to irritate the cervix until it opens.

The abortionist may kill the baby beforehand by injecting a heart-stopping drug into the baby's heart through the mother's abdomen. Or the abortionist may not, anticipating the baby will die during the birth process or soon after.

In this case, the baby obviously was not killed en utero and survived.

The nurse wrapped the baby in a blanket and took him to the dirty room, realizing after several minutes he was alive. She reported this to her charge nurse, who did nothing. The family was not told.

The nurse noticed the baby was clutching something in one fist. She pried the baby's fingers opened and saw he was grasping a Cytotec pill.

The nurse requested a reassignment.

Still, she felt compelled to check on the baby four or five hours later. Thinking the blanket was keeping him alive, she unwrapped the baby and placed him naked on a stainless steel table.

When she checked 15 minutes later, he was dead.

Collier reported the incident to the U. S. Department of Justice. The DOJ and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services are charged with enforcing the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2002.

Abby began reporting other incidents to Collier, who reported them to the DOJ.

Abby said doctors were ordering nurses to chart live aborted babies' APGAR scores as "zero-zero," indicating they were born dead, not alive.

Once, for instance, when Abby was told a live aborted 21-week-old girl had been shelved to die in the dirty room, she went to rock her. (Abby, being pro-life, never participated in these abortions.) This aggravated the attending physician, who reminded Abby to score her at zero-zero. Abby refused. The abortionist found someone else.

Abby reported to Collier that hospital personnel falsely told the DOJ no babies survived induced labor abortions – statistically impossible if babies aren't killed before the procedure is started.

Thus, the hospital not only falsified legal documents, it lied outright to the DOJ.

This hospital is a Level III mother-baby care facility. It has equipment and personnel to care for the sickest, youngest babies born.

Abby reported that when the neonatal team was called for the delivery of a wanted preterm baby, it came running. But it did not come running for the delivery of an aborted preterm baby. During confusing times, when the team did not know the preemie was aborted, it would come running but be turned back.

Of course, all these actions violated the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which indicates all live born babies, no matter what gestational age or reason for birth, are legally protected and, therefore, deserving of equal medical treatment.

In July 2005, a year after the DOJ began to investigate, the hospital instituted a new abortion policy. Live aborted babies were no longer to go to the dirty room; they were to go to a hospital room within the department for comfort care.

This still violated the principles established in BAIPA.

Almost two years after the DOJ began to investigate, this past Christmas, Abby reported the good news that amazed staff finally provided treatment to an aborted healthy baby girl who lived six hours on comfort care alone. She thrived and ultimately went home.

It has now been two and a half years, and the DOJ has not intervened to stop that New Jersey hospital.

I pondered with Collier the other day just how many hospitals are committing induced labor abortion. He said the easier question would be how many hospitals are not committing it.

To date, no U. S. hospital or abortion mill has been prosecuted for giving disparate treatment to live aborted babies versus wanted babies.

* pseudonym

If you think your child may have been aborted alive, you should know hospital records can be obtained. You should also know crisis intervention is available for post-traumatic stress. Call Save One at 866-329-3571, Rachel's Vineyard at 877-HOPE 4 ME or Priests for Life at 888-PFL-3448.

School fixes policy to allow pro-life T-shirts

HT to Marti

Posted: September 17, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

A California school has fixed its T-shirt policy after two student were reprimanded for wearing the "inappropriate" Christian message that life is valuable, according to a law firm that defends religious freedom and parental rights.

The announcement comes from Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, who said he saluted the district for resolving so quickly the First Amendment violation.

The case developed at a Livingston, Calif., middle school when two students, sisters, were admonished by school officials for wearing the offending T-shirts.

The message read: "Help Cure Abortion" on the front, and "Abortion: The leading cause of death in America 1,200,000 every year" on the back.

One student was pulled out of her class by two instructors who told her she was not allowed to wear the shirt to school because it was "inappropriate." She then was ordered to remove the shirt or turn it inside out, and warned that refusing would result in her being sent home, Dacus said.

Her sister also wore a pro-life shirt and was told by a teacher that a note was sent from the school office stating that the shirt must be removed.

The students, facing discipline, complied with the demands.

However, the situation quickly was reversed when the PJI sent a letter to the school's managers expressing concern over the First Amendment implications of the school's demands.

The school's new position is that staff members have been told not to take action against pupils wearing those or similar shirts, officials said.

"We salute this school district's willingness to quickly resolve this outrageous injustice to these two students," Dacus said. "But even more importantly, we salute those students and their families for not allowing this injustice to continue."

The institute works with a network of more than 1,000 affiliate attorneys nationwide, and, as former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese says, "fills a critical need on the West Coast for those whose civil liberties are threatened."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Couple Accused of Kidnapping Daughter

HT to Marti

Couple Accused of Kidnapping Daughter
Sep 18 12:29 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

A Maine couple upset that their 19-year-old daughter was pregnant tied her up, loaded her in their car and began driving to New York to force her to get an abortion, police said.

The daughter, Katelyn Kampf, escaped Friday at a shopping center and called police, who arrested her parents, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola, 53, of North Yarmouth, Maine. They were jailed on a kidnapping charge and were being held on $100,000 bail each.

The parents were scheduled to be arraigned in Salem District Court. A call to attorney Mark Sisti was not immediately returned.

"Her parents chased her out into the yard, grabbed and tied her hands and feet together," Salem Police Officer Sean Marino wrote in a court affidavit. "Katelyn states that her father then carried her to their car and they headed toward New Hampshire."

Investigators said rope, duct tape, scissors and a .22-caliber rifle were found in the Kampfs' Lexus and Nicholas Kampf had a loaded .22- caliber magazine clip in his pants pocket.

The Kampfs were upset that their daughter was pregnant by a man who is now in jail, police said, and before leaving Maine on Friday they had an argument at the parents' home.

"Katelyn stated to me that upon her parents finding out that she was pregnant, they told her she had no choice but to get an abortion," Marino wrote in his court affidavit.

Katelyn Kampf escaped from her parents in Salem after persuading them to untie her so she could use a Kmart bathroom. After her father went into the men's room, she used a cell phone to call for help, then ran to a nearby Staples store, where police found "a hysterical female hiding in the back of the store," according to the affidavit.

She got into Marino's cruiser while Sgt. Kristin Fili pulled over her parents.
"They told us initially they did take her here against her will, but they denied tying her up initially," Fili said. "Obviously what happened was a crime. She was taken against her will."

Authorities in Maine said the parents apparently thought that, in light of their daughter's stage of pregnancy and the different abortion laws in each state, the abortion should be performed in New York. Fili said she did not know how many weeks pregnant she was.

Maine law prohibits abortions once a fetus is able to live outside the uterus unless the mother's life or health is at stake. The law does not specify when that is, but it generally is 20 to 27 weeks, said Dr. Dora Ann Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. New York law prohibits abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy unless the woman's life is at stake.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pro-life Group Helps Get Abortionist’s License Revoked

Hat tip to Marti

Operation Rescue

Friday 15 September 2006, by Alain

A pro-life group, Centre County Citizens Concerned for Human Life, lodged complaints some time ago about their local abortionist with state Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and the state Department of Health. This week it was learned that abortionist Harvey Brookman’s Pennsylvania license was revoked and he was fined $50,000 for operating without medical malpractice insurance, practicing medicine beyond the scope of his license, and “unprofessional conduct due to actions that departed from the quality standards of the profession.”

Brookman’s unprofessional conduct included a botched abortion where he perforated the uterus and bowel of a woman who later was forced to undergo emergency surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia.

Brookman had a long history of disciplinary action. In 1996, his medical license was revoked in New York and he voluntarily surrendered his license in New Jersey to avoid revocation.

“We think Brookman is finally out of medical licenses and out of the abortion industry,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “But again, we must emphasize that Brookman’s conduct is more the rule than the exception when it comes the abortion industry. We don’t know of any abortionist that doesn’t have major problems. Those still left in the abortion industry are not exactly the cream of the crop.”

“This is another example of how savvy pro-lifers are using the system to stop abortion,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Abortionists across the country are loosing their licenses and abortion clinics are closing because pro-lifers are reporting botched abortions and shoddy conditions to the proper authorities. The truth is finally coming out about the seedy and dangerous nature of America’s abortion industry that has existed all along.”

In the past twelve months, 12 abortion clinics have closed, many because of efforts of pro-life groups. Brookman makes the fifth abortionist in that same time frame to have his license suspended or revoked, or to quit the abortion industry.

View List of Recently Closed Clinics

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian organizations in the nation. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre- born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.