Saturday, October 17, 2009

Don’t Be Fooled: Abortion is in Health Care Reform

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Groundbreaking In-the-Womb Photos Now Improved and Republished

LONDON, October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for more than fifty years Lennart Nilsson has taken photographs that the pro-life movement has found priceless: the earliest and most compelling visual images that give intimate detail and clarity to the humanity of unborn children in the womb. Read more.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Senate Panel Defeats Amendment to Protect Pro-Life Medical Workers on Abortion

Shortly after the Senate Finance Committee voted against an amendment to remove the massive abortion subsidies from the Baucus health care bill, they rejected a second pro-life amendment. It would have offered protection for medical workers who don't want to participate in or refer for abortions.
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Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief

In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the "overuse" of medical care: "Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness," he writes. "This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath's admonition to 'use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment' as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others."
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Abortionist Reflects on Dismembering One Baby While Feeling Her Own Flutter in Her Womb

By Kathleen Gilbert
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a 'thump, thump' in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes." So writes abortionist Lisa Harris in a disturbing article relating her experiences as an abortionist, particularly her anguished and "brutally visceral" experience of dismembering an 18 week gestation unborn child, while 18 weeks pregnant herself. Read more.

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40 Days for Life, Day 23: Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Announces Closure!

From 40 Days for Life National Office

We just got word that a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Kalispell, Montana will be closing down for good next month.

CLOSING!!

And — you guessed it — that facility was the location of Kalispell’s 40 Days for Life vigil this past spring!

Planned Parenthood told the local media it is closing the center for economic reasons — or as Stacy James, a Montana Planned Parenthood executive, admitted to the daily newspaper,

“We’ve not had the patient numbers to keep the doors open.”

She then went on to blame the economy, the recession, the health care crunch and a lack of government subsidies.

Ms. James said nothing at all, however, about the 40 days of prayer, fasting and constant vigil in front of the Kalispell facility this spring. Read more.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

40 Days for Life: 251 Babies Saved by Day 22

David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life, reports that as of Day 22 of the current campaign, 251 abortion-minded women have chosen life for their babies as a result of prayer vigils taking place in 212 cities globally. The pro-life prayer campaign continues now through Sunday, November 1.

In Honolulu, an ongoing public prayer prayer vigil is taking place on the sidewalk in front of the building where the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is located, 1350 S. King St. (mauka side, 1/2 block 'ewa of Ke'eaumoku). Vigil hours are 6:00am to 7:00pm daily. Those willing to pray for an end to abortion are urged to join the effort. To sign up, visit www.40DaysforLife.com/Honolulu and click vigil calendar.

Related links:
40 Days for Life Honolulu www.40DaysforLife.com/Honolulu
40 Days for Life Official Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=3171640650&ref=mf

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President Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 12
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The following is a compilation of bill signings, speeches, appointments and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency. While Obama has promised to reduce abortions and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.

Post-Election / Pre-Inauguration

November 5, 2008 - Obama selects pro-abortion Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel has a 0% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life.

November 19, 2008 - Obama picks pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary. Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record according to National Right to Life.

November 20, 2008 - Obama chooses former NARAL legal director Dawn Johnsen to serve as a member of his Department of Justice Review Team. Later, he finalizes her appointment as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.

November 24, 2008 - Obama appoints Ellen Moran, the former director of the pro-abortion group Emily's List as his White House communications director. Emily's List only supported candidates who favored taxpayer funded abortions and opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.

November 24, 2008 - Obama puts former Emily's List board member Melody Barnes in place as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

November 30, 2008 - Obama named pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Clinton has an unblemished pro-abortion voting record and has supported making unlimited abortions an international right.

December 10, 2008 - Obama selects pro-abortion former Clinton administration official Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Planned Parenthood is "excited" about the selection.

December 10, 2008 - Obama transition team publishes memo from dozens of pro-abortion groups listing their laundry list of pro-abortions actions they want him to take.

Pro-Abortion Presidential Record - 2009

January 5, 2009 - Obama picks pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic Party.

January 6, 2009 - Obama chooses Thomas Perrelli, the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife, as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.

January 22, 2009 - Releases statement restating support for Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions and has resulted in at least 50 million abortions since 1973.

January 23, 2009 - Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decison to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.

January 26, 2009 - Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, tells members of the Senate that taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions. Nominee erroneously says limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.

January 29, 2009 - President Obama nominates pro-abortion David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General.

February 12, 2009 - Obama nominates pro-abortion Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General.

February 27, 2009 - Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.

February 28, 2009 - Barack Obama nominates pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.

March 5, 2009 - The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.

March 9, 2009 - President Barack Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

March 10, 2009 - Obama announces the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women's issues. He names Melanne Verveer, an abortion advocate, to occupy the post.

March 10, 2009 - Reverses an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order Obama scrapped would have promoted new forms of stem cell research.

March 11, 2009 - Obama signed an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama's director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, became director of it.

March 11, 2009 - Obama administration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.

March 11, 2009 - Obama administration officials deny negative effects of abortion at United Nation's meeting.

March 17, 2009 - President Barack Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

March 26 - President Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

April 7 - The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.

April 7 - Obama has named pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.

April 7 - Put more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.

April 8 - Obama nominee for assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Ron Weich, is pro-abortion.

April 14 - Obama administration releases document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.

April 17 - Obama administration releases the proposed guidelines that implement his decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life.

April 23 - Refused to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.

April 27 - Obama's women's ambassador Melanne Verveer touted Obama's decision to send $50 million to the United Nation's Population Fund.

May 5 - Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.

May 8 - President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.

May 8 - President Obama's new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation's capital.

May 8 - President Obama's budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.

May 15 - Appointed pro-abortion New York City health commissioner Thomas Frieden as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

May 17 - During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama deceived listeners into thinking he wants a conscience clause, promoted embryonic stem cell research and misstated his pro-abortion record.

May 26 - Appoints appeals court judge Sonia Sonotmayor as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case. Sotomayor is later opposed by pro-life groups and supported by pro-abortion groups and those who know her say she will support abortion on the high court.

July 2- Calls for an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nation's meeting.

July 7- The Obama administration admits it ignored the majority of Americans who opposed the proposed guidelines that would implement Obama's decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

July 14 - Obama science czar nominee John Holdren is revealed to have written before that he favors forced abortions.

July 30 - Awards several pro-abortion activists with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

July 31 - Tells the National Institutes of Health to adopt rules that allow embryonic stem cell research.

August 4 - Information becomes public that Ezekiel Emanuel, an Obama advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, supports rationing health care for disabled Americans that could lead to euthanasia.

August 6 - Obama criticized for asking for people to "snitch" on groups and people who oppose the pro-abortion health care bills in Congress.

August 13 - Obama wrongly said a senator backed the pro-euthanasia components of the health care bill.

August 23 - Said pro-life advocates were making "phony claims" about the health care bills. Also said the claims were false.

August 24 - Releases veterans guide promoting euthanasia.

September 13 - Misleads on the federal conscience clause in a health care speech and misleads on abortion funding.

September 13 - Obama waits two days to comment on shooting of pro-life advocate whereas he commented immediately on shooting of abortion practitioner.

September 15 - Senate confirms Obama's new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who is pro-abortion.

October 5 - Selected pro-abortion lawyer and Georgetown University law professor Chai Feldblum for the EEOC.

October 5 - Anounces he will give the keynote speech for pro-abortion group Human Rights Campaign.

New York Times Shows Photos of Aborted Babies on Its Webpage

National Right to Life's Today's News & Views
October 13, 2009

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By Dave Andrusko

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"This slide show includes images that are very graphic."
-- From "Behind the Scenes: Picturing Fetal Remains," by Damien Cave, which appeared on the New York Times website last Saturday.

To say that I was stunned last weekend when the New York Times ran (by Establishment Media standards) an even-handed portrait of pro-life protestors would hardly do justice to my amazement. That the Times proceeded to carry a second story, a kind of hybrid photo essay, in its "Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism" section found on the Times' web page, set my jaw to dropping.

The two came together when Cave, as part of his story on pro-life protestors, attended the memorial service for James Pouillon, a veteran pro-lifer who was shot and killed as he sat outside an abortion clinic in Owosso, Michigan. Cave tells us "Mr. Pouillon was holding an anti-abortion sign at the time, with a baby on one side and an abortion on the other."

He explains, "I often wondered about the source of these images. Who took the pictures? Where did the fetuses come from?" Cave then tells us, "At his memorial service, I met Monica Migliorino Miller, who told me she had a lot to share about the use of abortion imagery."

The history of her involvement, and her evolving views on how best these photos might be used, can be found on the Times's web page. Cave's fascinating interview with the woman whose photographs of aborted babies have appeared all over the country "since the mid-1990s," and the four photos of aborted babies can be found at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/behind-19/?scp=2&sq=damien%20cave&st=cse.

What is amazing for pro-lifers, of course, is that the topic was discussed at all and, even more breath-taking, that the Times would have the gumption to show photos of aborted babies on its website. Read more.


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Sign the UN Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family!

International Call for the Rights and Dignity of the Human Person and the Family

Help C-FAM Gather 1,000,000 Signatures

With your help the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute will present one million names to the UN this December asking Member States to begin interpreting the Universal Declaration as protecting the unborn child from abortion.

As you know many UN agencies and many nations support the killing of the unborn child in the womb. Some even call such child killing a universal right. In fact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for the right to life! This petition calls UN Member States to return to the proper understanding of the right to life. This petition asks nations and the UN itself to recognize that a proper reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights must begin by protecting all life, most especially the most defenseless, the unborn child!

In early December, only a few short months away, C-FAM will present these one million names to the UN. We will present them to the Secretary General, to select Ambassadors and to the UN press. We hope to have them formally presented to the UN General Assembly.

Take Action:
Sign this petition and then send a note to all of your family and friends urging them to sign it, too.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stand for Life Hawaii Is Coming...Get Ready!

The members of the Stand for Life Hawai'i planning team met today to continue their work toward a groundbreaking event taking place next month.

Dozens of pro-life charities, churches, musical artists, and individuals are coming together to present a Christian concert under the stars at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater on Saturday, November 14 from 5:00-9:00pm.

The concert will serve as a benefit for local pro-life ministry and will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about life issues from a Christian perspective.

The concert will feature nationally recognized musical guest The Kry, along with local talent Native Roots, Remember Him, Holyjam and the California-based Driven Cure.

Tickets are available now for a suggested donation of only $10; to purchase, make your check or money order payable to Hawaii Right to Life and write "Stand for Life" in the memo line. Mail your payment to 81 S Hotel St, Ste 200B, Honolulu, HI 96813-3144. Be sure to specify the number of tickets you are ordering and include a return address where tickets should be mailed. Gifts of any amount to help underwrite the cost of the event are also welcome.

For more information or a downloadable flyer, visit http://www.standforlifehawaii.org/. Updates are also available at twitter.com/Stand4LifeHI, or click here to visit on Facebook.



Monday, October 12, 2009

Senate Committee Defeats Amendment to Stop Financial Incentive for Medicare Rationing

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
October 1, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday not only turned back an amendment to stop abortion funding, but they defeated an amendment to stop rationing as well. They rejected, on a party-line vote, an amendment to eliminate the rationing components of the Baucus health care bill.

Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, brought the amendment out of a concern, shared by pro-life groups, that one provision of the measure penalizes Medicare doctors who provide higher levels of medical treatment to senior citizens.

Kyl and Senator Pat Roberts, a pro-life Kansas Republican, sponsored the change.

The amendment would have removed a provision that establishes that, for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year.

Pro-life advocates say the provision means that all doctors treating older people will constantly be driven to try to order the least expensive tests and treatments for fear that they will be caught in that top 10%. Read more.

Take action! Let's tell our senators we oppose a bill that devalues life, uses our tax dollars to pay for abortions, and penalizes doctors for giving good care to Medicare patients.

Senator Daniel Akaka
Honolulu office (808) 522-8970 / Hilo office (808) 935-1114
Online email form http://akaka.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Senator Daniel Inouye
Honolulu office 808-541-2542 / Hilo office 808-935-0844
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Do the Math: What Happens when Bureaucrats Counsel Patients?

National Right to Life Today's News and Views
October 12, 2009
By Jonathan Imbody

Jonathan Imbody serves as Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association, the largest faith-based association of physicians.

Part One of Two

When 53-year-old Randy Stroup of Dexter, Ore., applied to Oregon's state-run health plan for help with his chemotherapy, bureaucrats sent him back a letter. The letter stated that the state would not cover his chemotherapy but would pay for the cost of an assisted suicide.

The incident revealed an important truth about government health bureaucrats: they are not always compassionate, but they are good at math.

The latest U.S. Senate healthcare reform proposal, by Montana Democrat Sen. Max Baucus, recently raised a ruckus by calling for reducing Medicare payments "by five percent if an aggregation of the physician's resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization."

Grading on such a curve, physicians who provide the least care win. When the government calls the shots in medicine, cost can replace care as the measure of effectiveness.

That's why some U.S. legislators have triggered protests by proposing to have government bureaucrats virtually barge into the physician's exam room by funding the counseling of patients about end-of-life considerations. Concerns grew even more when the assisted suicide group Compassion & Choices bragged of helping to shape the counseling clause.

"America's Affordable Health Choices Act" (HR 3200) in Section 1233 directs government funds to pay healthcare professionals to give patients "an explanation of orders regarding life sustaining treatment or similar orders, which shall include--the reasons why the development of such an order is beneficial to the individual and the individual's family…"

Note that the one-sided "counseling" includes no information about why such an order might not be beneficial to the individual.

Of course, counseling by impartial experts and determining written guidelines for end-of-life decisions can be helpful, especially when the patient also secures a personal proxy whose devotion to her welfare is unquestioned. Yet while advance directives may be used to specify the continuance of or quality of care, in actual practice they tend to emphasize limitations on care.

Advance directives also offer no guarantee that a healthcare institution will actually follow the patient's wishes in a healthcare crisis.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine put it bluntly: "The effectiveness of written advance directives is limited by inattention to them." [http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/324/13/882]

In a paper aptly titled, "The Limited Wisdom of Advance Directives," the President's Council on Bioethics noted, "Advance directives cannot be understood in the abstract, separate from the specific context in which they emerged or the legal and public policy environment in which they now operate." [http://www.bioethics.gov/reports/taking_care/chapter2.html]

The context of the end-of-life "counseling" program of HR 3200 is the bill's explicitly stated purpose--to "reduce the growth in health care spending." As health bureaucrats in assisted suicide states like Oregon and Washington have quickly discovered, premature deaths are cheaper than care.

Even absent legal assisted suicide, government bureaucrats can save money simply by convincing patients to accept a denial of care, and to put it in writing through an advance directive.

The context of state-sponsored chats with patients about their expensive end-of-life care also includes President Obama's revealing call for "a very difficult democratic conversation" about "those toward the end of their lives [who] are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here." [http://www.bioethics.gov/reports/taking_care/chapter2.html]

In fact, according to a story in USA Today, "Estimates show that about 27% of Medicare's annual $327 billion budget goes to care for patients in their final year of life." [http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2006-10-18-end-of-life-costs_x.htm]

The counseling context is also found in the writing of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and brother of the President's chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens....An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

With just 41 percent of Americans supporting President Obama's healthcare reform plan, the President and his Congressional allies would like us all to forget such revealing statements and simply heed their reassuring sales pitch.

The vast majority of American patients who want to keep the government out of their private conversations with their physicians simply aren't buying it.

Part Two

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