Thursday, October 26, 2006

Nicaragua poised to outlaw all abortions

H/T to Marti

Most parties back the measure, which church leaders helped draft. Medical and rights groups denounce it.
By H├ęctor Tobar, Times Staff Writer
October 26, 2006

Nicaragua's legislature is expected today to approve a tough law that outlaws all forms of abortion, including those procedures intended to save the life of a pregnant woman.

The measure has been supported by most major political parties ahead of the Nov. 5 presidential election, as they seek to win over voters in this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua helped draft the bill and have mobilized followers to support it.

Medical associations in the country and international human rights groups have strongly criticized the proposal.

Since the late 1980s, two other Latin American countries have adopted similar measures — El Salvador and Chile. At least 34 countries, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, prohibit all abortions, without exception, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, a U.S.-based nonprofit advocacy group.

The new law would establish prison sentences of six to 30 years for women who abort their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the procedure.

Leaders of the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front and the ruling right-wing Liberal Alliance have said their representatives will vote for the proposal. The two groups control all but one seat in the 92-member legislature.

"The current law allows a small door in which abortions can be performed, and we are trying to close that door," said Dr. Rafael Cabrera, an obstetrician and leader of the Yes to Life Movement. "We don't believe a child should be destroyed under the pretext that a woman might die."

Cabrera and other backers of the law argue that medical science has advanced sufficiently to allow doctors to bring a fetus to the point of viability without endangering a woman's life.

But on Tuesday, doctors with the Nicaraguan Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics told a Managua news conference that the measure would endanger women and make doctors reluctant to perform life-saving procedures.

"When a woman arrives at a hospital with vaginal bleeding … we're going to be afraid to do anything," said society President Efrain Toruno, according to the newspaper El Nuevo Diario. "If we treat her we could be prosecuted, and if we don't we could also be prosecuted."

Women's groups in Nicaragua charge that the proposed law is a cynical preelection ploy that panders to the influence of the Catholic Church. The text of the law, they note, is almost identical to a church proposal drafted this year.

Outgoing President Enrique Bolanos fast-tracked the bill, using his authority to present emergency legislation to the National Assembly.

"The worst message of this proposed law is that the lives of women don't matter to this president, or to the government or the church," said Marta Maria Blandon, Central American director of Ipas, a U.S.-based reproductive rights group.

Ipas estimates that 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year, many under unsafe conditions. Only 24 abortions authorized by law have been performed in the country in the last three years.

In 2003, a 9-year-old rape victim received an abortion under the current law's provisions.

Nearly all Latin American countries outlaw abortion, but most, including Nicaragua, allow the procedure in cases of rape and to preserve the life of a pregnant woman. Many countries, including Mexico, are working to make abortion more accessible to women who qualify for such exceptions.

"We see this proposal as part of a backlash," said Luisa Cabal of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "This not only goes against a regional and international trend, it would be a human rights violation in itself."

Ambassadors from some of the countries that donate millions of dollars in aid to Nicaragua, including Sweden and Finland, wrote to the legislators this week urging them not to rush to approve the measure. Nicaragua is one of the poorest nations in the hemisphere and depends heavily on foreign aid.

Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the Americas division of U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, said approval of the law could lead to lawsuits in international courts. Nicaragua is one of many Latin American countries to recognize the authority of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica.

But domestic pressures to approve the measure are strong.

An antiabortion rally this month organized by church groups attracted thousands. Many carried placards that read: "Don't support candidates who favor abortion!"

Only one of the four leading candidates in the presidential election has come out against the law — Edmundo Jarquin of the Sandinista Renovation Movement, a dissident faction of the Sandinista Front.

Presidential candidate Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista Front, who holds a large lead in most polls, has spoken out in favor of the measure. Ortega, who is seeking to return to the office he held in the 1980s, in September signed a declaration drafted by evangelical leaders that declared the existing abortion laws in Nicaragua are "a pretext to legalize all abortions."

The Sandinista Front ruled Nicaragua for a decade after leading a successful revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. The leftists were known as pioneers of Latin American feminism.

Ana Maria Pizarro of the Autonomous Women's Movement said the Sandinistas' backing of the tough new antiabortion law had caused a private split among the party's top female leaders.

"The position of the party leadership is hypocritical and opportunistic," Pizarro said. "They've created a crisis within the women's movement of the Sandinista Front."


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Parents- No Right to Know

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Dear NewsMax Reader:

Please find below an urgent message from our sponsor on YES on 85. They have some important information to share with you.

Thank you.

Young teen girls having hush-hush abortions...

Bill O'Reilly, Patricia Heaton, Ben Stein, Tom McClintock,
Dr. Laura and Laura Ingraham say, "Fight for your parental rights."

A Critical Message from
Don Sebastiani
Winemaker and former California State Assemblyman

You'll find this hard to believe, but in California and some other states, a parent can answer the telephone and hear these words:

"Your 13-year-old child died earlier today while having an abortion at Planned Parenthood.
We need you to come in and identify her body."

Imagine how shocked you would be if, as a parent, you received that call. You wouldn't even be able to sue Planned Parenthood, because in California they are allowed by law to perform hush-hush abortions without notifying parents of minor girls.

That's right - in California, parents currently do not have a right to know if their 13-year-old child goes to have an abortion. Hard to believe, I know.

Let me introduce myself. I'm Don Sebastiani, Winemaker and former California State Assemblyman, and we desperately need your help with the YES on 85 campaign. Proposition 85 is The Parents' Right to Know and Child Protection initiative.

Just 14 days from today, California voters will vote on Proposition 85.

I'm sending you this time critical message today because Prop. 85 MUST PASS.

That's because Prop. 85 would require an abortionist to notify in writing a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor girl.

If YES on 85 wins, it will restore parents' rights, protect our children and end hush-hush abortions on minor girls.

And based on the success of similar parental notification initiatives in other states, we know that a victory for YES on 85 will greatly reduce teen pregnancies and abortions in California.
Tom McClintock,
California State Senator

Tom McClintock strongly supports YES on 85:
"Your 16-year-old daughter cannot use a tanning bed or get her ears pierced without your written consent. But she can undergo a surgical abortion without you even being notified. Proposition 85 restores your right to know what is happening to your own child. Please join me and vote YES on 85."
California's Legislative Analyst Office wrote that:

"Based on studies of other states with parental involvement laws, we estimate that the reduction in abortions to minors in California could be up to 25 percent..."

This would save an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 moms, babies and families from abortion each year in California.

Saving that many lives from abortion would be equivalent to opening 100 pro-life pregnancy centers.

This is tremendous! We can pass Prop 85, but we need your help.

Remember, 12, 13 and 14 year-old girls are able to get abortions behind their parents' backs in California. It's mind-boggling. This must be stopped.

Consider this. Although a girl occasionally dies from "legitimate" abortion, complications such as excessive bleeding and permanent sterility are much more common.

If your child had to be rushed to a hospital emergency room because of complications from an undisclosed abortion, guess who'd be on the hook for the hospital bill?

You might be surprised to know you'd be stuck paying that bill - not the abortionist.

This is more than unfair. It's intolerable. It's unconscionable. It's outrageous.

And remember, this kind of tragedy can strike any family - even the best of families. That's because many of the girls who have these types of abortions were molested or seduced by an adult predator. And those predators are everywhere.

Thousands of adult predators are forcing minor girls to undergo abortions, while parents think their children are in school or at the mall.

That's why Prop 85 must pass and why we so desperately need your help today!
Bill O'Reilly,
TV News
Bill O'Reilly Supports
Parental Rights:

"There are politicians who don't want parents to know their little girls are having an abortion. But parents have a right to know what their children are doing. That's a fundamental parental right in this country."
A study of 46,000 pregnant minors in California
found that 71 percent were impregnated by men
with an average age of 22.6 years old.
And California's abortion policy lets these statutory criminals get off scot-free! Thank God, we have the chance to end these horrors. Prop 85 will help stop the exploitation of thousands of girls every year!

Abortionists conspire to let statutory rapists get away with their crimes

I'll tell you more about that later - including undeniable and shocking proof of Planned Parenthood's complicity in doing abortions to cover up crimes!

And I'm sure you feel the same way I do. My blood boils when I think about how the abortionists keep parents in the dark about their child's abortion.

But Planned Parenthood - the largest chain of abortion centers in America - is spending unheard of sums to defeat Proposition 85 because hush-hush abortions are good for their business.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is outspending us in this critical battle, literally a cultural war, over parents' rights and underage teen abortions.

We can't surrender this crucial battle because of shortness of funds .

Abortionists are outspending us

If the abortionists outspend us during the campaign, they may beat us at the polls. And that's why I'm sending you this time critical appeal for an emergency donation just two weeks from Election Day. I'm appealing to you for a generous gift to help us fight Planned Parenthood and pass Proposition 85.

And I need your help TODAY because the election is just 14 days away. Please forward this time critical message to everyone on your e-mail list.

Your gift will be put to immediate use to beat the abortionists and pass Proposition 85.
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton Supports
Parental Notification:

"As a parent, I can't think of anything more important than the welfare of our children. Those of us in California are all too aware of horror stories of sexual predators: older men who prey on our children. It is our responsibility to stop deviants like these who would pressure a young girl into [an abortion] to cover up crimes like statutory rape. Sexual predators will no longer be able to hide and continue their crimes. And parents will not lose their daughters to abortion complications."
Abortionists turn purple with rage
Make no mistake: Planned Parenthood HATES Proposition 85 with a passion. The idea that parents should be notified before a minor child has an abortion makes abortionists turn purple with rage. It makes them so angry, steam comes out their ears.

That's because abortion is big business. Planned Parenthood and other abortionists will surrender huge sums if Prop 85 passes. But if Prop 85 goes down, the abortionists will pop champagne corks in celebration. It's that simple.

Planned Parenthood is working around the clock to fight Prop. 85. They recently enlisted Hillary Clinton to record a "No on 85" message to call into 250,000 homes.

This is your chance to tell Planned Parenthood and Hillary to take a hike.

Tell them: "No more hush-hush abortions on minor girls!"

Please join the YES on 85 team and help us defeat Planned Parenthood and other abortionists. Are you ready to help make sure that we defeat the abortionists? I hope and pray you'll join our team. Please prayerfully consider this time critical message and rush an emergency gift to help us pass Proposition 85 on November 7th.

There is no limit to how much you can give. But we certainly welcome gifts of all sizes.

Your generous gift to YES on 85 will help pay for critical "GET OUT THE VOTE" printing and mailings in the final days before the election. It will help with calls to registered voters, email reminders to large e-lists, to run YES on 85 radio ads, for distribution of DVDs with powerful YES on 85 videos, distribution of yard signs, critical web site updates including new endorsements (some audio and video endorsements) that need to be added to the official YES on 85 web site each day.

A $10,000 gift would be a tremendous blessing that will help us reach thousands of voters with our time critical YES on 85 message. Please consider giving a large gift like this. A gift of $5,000 or $1,000 would work miracles (and help put the fear of God in the abortionists). Would a gift in that range be possible?

Or, please consider making a gift of $500, $250, or $100. A gift in that range would make a big, big difference. But if that gift amount isn't possible, please try to send a gift of $75, $50, or $35. Please send whatever you can.
Ben Stein
Ben Stein Supports
Parental Notification:

"Current California law allows an underage girl to receive an abortion, a potentially life-threatening procedure, without her parents ever knowing. This just doesn't make sense. All parents have the right to know if their child is receiving a major medical procedure."
Planned Parenthood Caught on Tape
Shocking tapes expose hush-hush abortion policies
Earlier I promised to give you undeniable and shocking proof of Planned Parenthood's complicity in using abortion to cover up crimes. I'm going to give you that information. It's another reason why the YES on 85 campaign is so crucial.

You see, Planned Parenthood abortionists have been caught on tape offering to help a 13-year-old girl and her 22-year-old "boyfriend" cover up his crime.

Let me give you some quotations from actual Planned Parenthood employees, which were captured on audiotape:

"If you come in with your older boyfriend, we're not going to say you can't be with him"
"Your parents will not know about anything"
"If they find out that he's 22, he can go to jail"
"We're not the police, hon"
"As long as you're 12 years and older"
"We don't have to tell your parents anything"
"In the state of California, the parents have no right"
This small sampling of quotations is typical of what we found on the extensive "undercover" audiotapes which Life Dynamics recorded when they called more than 90 California abortion centers, most of them operated by Planned Parenthood. It proves their complicity.

You see, in California, intercourse with a minor is a criminal offense, especially if the perpetrator is an adult. Yet these shocking tapes expose Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers not only of hiding crimes - but also of denying parents' the right to know about "medical procedures" that can kill, maim, or cause permanent mental injury to their children.

I can still hardly believe so many of the abortion centers told the caller posing as a 13-year-old girl that her parents did not need to know and it was no problem for her 22-year-old boyfriend to bring her in for a hush-hush abortion.

It's outrageous - even for abortionists to stoop so low!
That's why I'm asking for your immediate help to put a stop to Planned Parenthood's conspiracy!
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Dr. Laura Schlessinger Supports
Parental Notification:

"Parents - without your knowledge, a teacher, a neighbor, an older boyfriend, a sexual predator can legally take your daughter for a secret abortion. That's wrong. Parents have a right to know."
Please help me blow the whistle on Planned Parenthood
In one tragic case, which is fairly typical, an adult soccer coach in his early 20s seduced a 13-year-old soccer player and got her pregnant. He forced her to go to the local Planned Parenthood, where he paid for her abortion.

And Planned Parenthood even obliged the soccer coach after the abortion by giving his 13-year-old victim an injection of Depo Provera - a powerful birth control drug - so he could continue committing this criminal act! Planned Parenthood kept everything under wraps.

The truth about this soccer coach's outrageous abuse of this teen girl came out when a conscientious teacher learned of if and blew the whistle.

Well, I'm blowing the whistle and asking for your immediate help to put a stop to Planned Parenthood's conspiracy and to help us pass Proposition 85.

Let me remind you of perhaps the biggest reason why you should rush a big gift to help pass Proposition 85. If Proposition 85 wins, the number of abortions on minors will immediately drop like a stone, and so will teen pregnancies. Guaranteed. That's because many other states have observed a big drop in teen abortions and pregnancies after passing similar parental notification laws.

It's only common sense. Teens are more likely to engage in reckless conduct if they know they can have an abortion to "cover their tracks."

Based on patterns in other states that have passed parental notification laws, we can expect a drop of 5,000 to 10,000 abortions in California following the passage of Proposition 85. And we can expect to see a big drop in out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies as well.

This is HUGE!

Thousands of lives and souls will be saved. Think of the headaches and heartaches that will be avoided.

Planned Parenthood loathes and dreads Proposition 85. It would cut deep into their lucrative abortion business. Make no mistake: Planned Parenthood doesn't care about the girls - only the almighty dollar. If Planned Parenthood cared about the girls, they'd report statutory rapists to the authorities. But that's unheard of.

Planned Parenthood hopes you'll ignore this appeal.

Please don't do that. Please rush your gift to help us pass Proposition 85. The vote will take place in a matter of days, but there's still time to reach more voters with our time critical YES on 85 message.

Simply use the hyperlink below!
Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham Supports
Parental Notification:

"In California, a minor child must have a parents' permission to take an aspirin in school, or to have her ears pierced, or to go on a field trip. But a girl as young as 12 years old can obtain a surgical abortion without any parental consent or notification. So please vote yes... that requires parents of girls under 18 years of age to be notified at least 48 hours before their daughter is allowed to have an abortion."
Your gift will help us make history in California.

Please forward this time critical message to everyone on your e-mail list. And please donate as generously as you possibly can. Your sacrifice will be a tremendous blessing at this critical hour. It's literally a matter of life and death for vulnerable girls and their babies. And remember: parents' most basic rights are at stake.

Yours for Parental Rights,

Don Sebastiani
Former California State Assemblyman, and
Supporter of YES on 85

P.S. Planned Parenthood's conspiracy to keep the knowledge of minors' abortions from parents must end. Proposition 85 would require abortionists to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor girl. Planned Parenthood is desperately working to defeat Proposition 85 and they are currently outspending us. That's why we need your help. We can beat the abortionists, but time is running out. Please give the largest gift you can possibly send - possibly the widow's mite, but please send something - to save girls and their babies from hush-hush abortions. Please make a sacrifice today and rush your gift right by the fastest possible method. Thank you, and God bless you!

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Hospital admits to burning aborted babies in waste incinerator

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Coat hangers painted on South Dakota's pro-life signs

H/T to Marti

Abortion opponents say their message is reaching people, provoking reactions

Posted: October 24, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2006

Vandalized pro-life sign

Signs erected around South Dakota encouraging support for the state's Referred Law 6, which was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor last winter, have been vandalized in recent days, some with suggestions of horrific violence.

"The people who did this do not stand up for women like me," said Kayla Brandt, a spokeswoman. "Vandalism like that reminds me that the pro-abortion movement didn't care about me when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. And they still don't care about women like me now."

Officials with VoteYesForLife, who are campaigning in support of the state law, which effectively bans abortions, said hundreds of signs around the state have been vandalized with spray painted words and images of coat hangers.

Property owners where the signs were located were encouraged to file police reports, according to campaign spokeswoman Kimberly Martinez.

"We want to keep our eye on the goal," she said. "When this happens it usually means you're being effective, and getting the message to the people."

Planned Parenthood, which runs the only abortion business in the state, and others are staging an $8 million campaign to try to convince the almost 800,000 voters in the bucolic state to overturn the work of their Legislature and governor.

In a statement out of Washington, D.C., leaders with the American Life League said the abortion supporters "have taken the low road."

"We're disgusted with the illegal and destructive activity that is taking place," said Phil Eddy, outreach coordinator for ALL. "Unfortunately, we should not be surprised at these incidents considering the fact that the vandals are wreaking havoc in the name of abortion – the epitome of violence."

Eddy and other pro-life activists have seen first-hand the vandalism as they work on the scene to protect the state's Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act.

"Abortion advocates know they are losing the battle and are resorting to vicious means to try and dissuade public opinion away from the truth," said Eddy. "In Rapid City and Sioux Falls alone, we have seen hundreds of Vote Yes for Life signs defaced, burned and stolen.

"We have seen pro-life volunteers' cars vandalized and wooden crosses on church property destroyed. We have seen both a Catholic high school and Catholic church spray-painted with pro-abortion slogans. Most troubling is the fact that not one pro-abortion group, or media outlet, has publicly condemned these attacks."

Eddy said one of the more outrageous incidents occurred when a number of the Vote Yes for Life signs were vandalized with images spray-painted with a stencil. The top of the stencil had an outline of a baby in the womb (approximately 10 weeks of age) complete with an umbilical cord. Under the baby's outline was the two-word slogan – "Eat Babies."

"These desperate and downright dangerous tactics certainly prove that abortion proponents recognize that, despite their propaganda campaign, the truth is winning," said Eddy. "It is time to move forward with this momentum and vote yes on Referred Law 6 to protect every child from the violence of abortion."

The estimated 800 or so abortions done in the state each year – all by abortionists flown in from out of state since no physician in South Dakota will perform the procedure – are relatively insignificant to the precedent that could be set, officials say.

Abortion opponents note they know of representatives from campaigns in about a dozen other states who have been watching the situation, to see if they could and should launch their own statewide campaigns.

The longterm goal goes way beyond overturning Roe vs. Wade, officials say, because that would simply lift federal restrictions on abortion limits, and turn that responsibility back to the states.

The plan has been endorsed by the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association as well as a Democratic organization

South Dakota's Referred Law 6, which was approved by state lawmakers last winter and signed into law by the governor, simply bans abortions. But it was referred to a vote of the people under the challenge procedures in that state and South Dakotans on Nov. 7 will be making a life-or-death decision on what pro-life organizers call the best legislative proposal on abortion since the 1973 Blackmun ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state limits on the fatal procedure.

Lawmakers in South Dakota spent months researching the issue before approving the ban, which was challenged by Planned Parenthood, the biggest provider in the U.S. abortion industry and recipient of $272 million in federal funds this year.

Lawmakers attached a 72-page report to the legislation that outlined the state of medical knowledge, citations of ethics experts, the studies showing the impact of abortion on society, and other information, and then in a bipartisan effort, approved the law.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Remember in November: Judge Alito's Confirmation to U.S. Supreme Court Was Held Up Over Abortion Debate

By John Calvin Long, 2/6/2006

The Democrats agreed not to filibuster any more potential judges up for vote. But they talked for days and days presumably to delay Samuel Alito's appointment as long as possible. I honestly didn't understand why they did this since they knew he already had enough Senators who had decided he was worthy of the position and would vote in his favor.

When I go to the dictionary and look up the word filibuster it says, "The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speech making, for the purpose of delaying legislative action." To me, it's like they're saying, "We promise not to be verbose, we're just gonna talk for a long time."
You know, I'm just a simple man, but from all I can see, they've lied again. The older I get, the less patience I have for liar's and deceivers. This is an election year and I hope you don't have a short memory when November 7 comes around. I wish I could say "I wonder why it took so long for the Senate to vote for this good man," but I already know the answer. And I can sum it up in one word - abortion.

I love this quote from Senator Dianne Feinstein, "If one is pro-choice in this day and age, one can't vote for Judge Alito. I am very concerned about the impact he would have on women's rights, including a woman's right to make certain reproductive choices." Did you hear what she said? A woman's right to certain reproductive choices. What she means is abortion.

To the Senate Democrats, if a judge won't bow down at the altar of abortion then he's not worthy to sit on the court. The implication is simple, if you're pro-life you're not worthy to serve in the courts or to be elected to office. I think many of you reading my words are finally realizing that elections matter.

So this November let's elect people to office that hold certain truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, first and foremost being the right to life.

John Calvin Long, the executive director of the Hawaii Right to Life, can be reached via email at reports the real news, and prints all editorials submitted, even if they do not represent the viewpoint of the editors, as long as they are written clearly. Send editorials to