Friday, July 31, 2015

Unsurprisingly and unconvincingly, the Detroit Free Press defends Planned Parenthood

The Detroit Free Press editorial board has issued an editorial defending Planned Parenthood’s practice of trafficking in the body parts and organs of unborn human beings.  

The Free Press works diligently to downplay Planned Parenthood’s role in the abortion industry, parroting the typical talking points.  Free Press readers would be surprised to learn that Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in America, providing more than 300,000 abortions a year, and that by any reasonable estimation abortion makes up a very sizable portion (30%-40%) of their clinic revenue.         

The editorial claims the videos exposing Planned Parenthood are a “sophisticated, concerted attack unparalleled in its history, aided and abetted by presidential politics.”

The Free Press says the videos are “carefully edited.”  Notably, the Free Press editorial doesn’t link directly to the full, unedited videos for readers to make up their owns minds.  Nor does the Free Press even seem to be aware that two more videos were released this week.  There’s a reason for that.  The Free Press would prefer to brush aside discussions and images of hearts, lungs, livers and brains being harvested and trafficked by saying, “Some comments made by Planned Parenthood officials are, without question, distasteful.” 

Any sensible person would wonder which comments were distasteful and why they were so distasteful.  The Free Press feels no need to share that information. 

That’s because the editorial board at the Detroit Free Press doesn’t have the courage to look at what’s on those videos, much less defend it.  They don’t want their readers to know that a Planned Parenthood employee says, “And another boy!” after sifting through the remains of an unborn child and discovering male genitalia.

Or hear Mary Gatter, the President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council, haggle over what price their affiliate would be compensated with for the tiny organs. 

Or hear Savita Ginde, Vice-President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, say, “I think a per item thing works a little better, because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Also missing from the Free Press editorial is any mention of how Planned Parenthood abortionists openly discussed changing their techniques in order to retrieve organs that are intact. This is a violation of law and the consent agreement Planned Parenthood provides to women. The Free Press wouldn’t want their readers to know that Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola describes how she crushes the body of an unborn child above and below the abdomen but attempts to preserve the abdomen so the organs remain intact. 

The Detroit Free Press editorial board gladly blind themselves and their readers to the atrocities which occur everyday in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.  They do this because they realize that if America sees what really happens behind closed doors, support for abortion may dwindle as our society begins to recognize that these aren’t clump of cells being removed, but tiny humans with intact organs who are being dismembered. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Contact U.S. Senators, urge them to support defunding Planned Parenthood

Within the next week, the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to defund Planned Parenthood.  In the wake of a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood's practice of trafficking in the body parts and organs of unborn children, legislation has been introduced stop federal funds from going to the abortion industry giant.  The legislation, S. 1881, is sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and will prevent funds from going to Planned Parenthood and make those funds available to community health centers.

While both of Michigan's U.S. senators, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters are long time abortion advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood, prolife people must let them know where we stand.  

Contact information for Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters can be found here.  

Let them know that tax dollars shouldn't be going to an organization willing to traffic in the body parts of unborn human beings.  According to their latest annual report, Planned Parenthood and their affiliates received more than $528 million from taxpayers in 2013-2014. An organization caught trafficking in body parts does not deserve 1/2 a billion dollars in taxpayer funds. 

Fourth video exposing Planned Parenthood selling parts of children released

The Center for Medical Progress has released their fourth undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the body parts of aborted children.  This video takes place in Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains and features a conversation with abortionist Savita Ginde, who is Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.

The video also features conversations in the POC (product of conception) room where Ginde, a medical assistant and the actor look at the remains of aborted children and discuss which parts are usable including brain, eyeballs, stomach, kidney, and heart. At the end of the video, the medical assistant sees male genitalia in the remains and says “And another boy!”

You can view the video below.  It contains disturbing footage of what happens every day in abortion clinics around our country. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Prolifers rally in Lansing to defund Planned Parenthood

Both MLive and WLNS covered a rally at Michigan’s Capitol yesterday which called on the federal government to defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood in light of the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling parts of unborn children after they are aborted.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, performing more than 300,000 abortions a year. 

From the MLive story:

The non-profit reproductive health organization has been under fire in recent weeks after the release of secretly filmed videos, including a clip of an official negotiating the sale of fetal tissue from aborted fetuses for research purposes.

"I'm absolutely horrified by it," said Marie Gatica of Students for Life of America at the University of Michigan-Flint.

"We're here today to say enough is enough. We have tolerated Planned Parenthood for far too long," said Gatica, 18.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S ABORTION AGENDA

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Third undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts released

The third video released by Center for Medical Progress is entitled, “Human Capital - Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts.”  It features an interview with Holly O’Donnell, a woman who formerly worked for StemExpress.  StemExpress is a company which buys parts of aborted children from Planned Parenthood affiliates. 

The video also features footage inside a Planned Parenthood “POC”(product of conception)  room where the organs and parts of unborn children are sorted after they are aborted.          

In the POC room while discussing how much the actors would pay the clinic for the organs, Colorado-based abortionist Savita Ginde says, “No, and the, I think a per item thing works a little better, because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
   
View the video below.  Some of the contents may be disturbing. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Senators Stabenow and Peters should support Planned Parenthood investigation

Right to Life of Michigan calls on U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to support an investigation into Planned Parenthood Federation of America's fetal organ harvesting programs.

On July 22, a bipartisan group of 50 U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell asking for full cooperation with congressional investigations. Neither Senator Stabenow nor Senator Peters signed the letter.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Michigan citizens deserve to have their elected officials advocating for them. They must make sure federal laws are being followed and citizens' hard-earned tax dollars are not supporting organizations that violate the law."

Two recent undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress show statements from Planned Parenthood staff discussing the sales of fetal organs following abortions, and the changing of abortion procedures to accommodate organ harvesting. Selling human fetal tissue for valuable consideration and altering abortion procedures in order to obtain fetal tissue are violations of federal law.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates received $528.4 million in tax dollars in 2013-2014, according to their annual report. They performed 327,653 abortions in 2013.

Listing said, "People are uncomfortable with this callous disregard for the value of human life, whether or not they support abortion. Their voices must be heard."

A full investigation is needed to determine the truth, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America should comply with all congressional requests for information and statements from their staff.

Michigan elected officials speak out about Planned Parenthood

In response to videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the selling of fetal body parts, elected officials in Michigan are speaking out.  

On July 21, both Representative Bill Huizenga and Representative Tim Walberg spoke on the floor of Congress to support the unborn and against Planned Parenthood.





On July 22, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley released a statement regarding the videos.    
The footage released is more than disturbing and although there have been no formal complaints or allegations in Michigan, it is important for the state to be proactive for the protection of our residents. I will be working closely with LARA and DHHS to review inspection protocols, as well as adherence to laws, policies and procedures in Michigan to ensure illegal practices are not occurring.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S ABORTION AGENDA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer 2015 issue of RLM News now online

The Summer 2015 issue of the Right to Life of Michigan News is now online

It includes stories about our media campaign, youth awards, the uncovering of abortion clinic abuses and features our former Director of Public Information looking back and looking forward

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Second video exposes Planned Parenthood executive haggling over prices of fetal body parts, willing to change abortion technique

The Center for Medical Progress has released the second video in a series of undercover investigations into the abortion industry and the exchanging of fetal body parts for money.  The first video showed Planned Parenthood Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola discussing how Planned Parenthood affiliates sell the body parts of aborted children.  The second video, released this morning, features a conversation with Mary Gatter, the President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council and the Medical Director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena. 

During the conversation Gatter is asked how much it would cost for “intact tissue.”  She responds by saying, “Well, why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying.”

Gatter also shows a willingness for her clinic to alter their abortion technique in order to get more intact specimens even though she admits this is violating protocol. 

She says, “And then if want to pursue this, mutually, I’ll mention this to Ian to see how he feels about using a less crunchy technique to get more whole specimens.”

View the video below.



Update: The full footage of the video has been released.


Monday, July 20, 2015

“Heavily edited” excuse doesn’t fly for Planned Parenthood

The recent undercover video of a Planned Parenthood executive casually discussing fetal organ harvesting over lunch is shocking to many, but it really shouldn’t be surprising. Planned Parenthood is no stranger to undercover videos. In the past they’ve dealt with issues ranging from failing to report sexual abuse to approval of sex-selection abortions. Their defense has always been that such videos are “heavily edited,” and that quotes are taken out of context.

Thankfully the Center for Medical of Progress has released the full, almost 3-hour unedited video on YouTube for all, and it doesn’t make Dr. Deborah Nucatola look any better. Watch the entire video and let her speak for herself. Let’s consider a couple of items from the unedited tape.

At one point Dr. Nucatola discusses an argument over abortion methods, whether it’s worth poisoning the baby first. Apparently some abortionists prefer the babies to literally be kicking as they tear off limbs in a dismemberment abortion, one-by-one.

“There’s like a culture war on feticide,” she said. “People on the west coast seem to prefer feticide, people on the east coast seem to not believe in feticide. Everyone has their own styles.”

That’s just their style; it’s almost like a cook talking shop about tips for roasts or marinades.

Consider Planned Parenthood’s flat denial that they profit from organ harvesting. Dr. Nucatola’s words create some doubt about that denial.

“I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non-profit, they just don’t want to—they want to break even,” she said. “And if they can do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable, they’re happy to do that.”

In the end, Planned Parenthood may be able to conjure up documentation to assert that every payment they received is “reasonable,” and thus legal. Later in the tape she says they don’t profit from the organ sales, but which is it? Doing better than breaking even is the definition of profiting. A thorough investigation is needed to determine the truth.

Nucatola justifies the sales by saying Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit, that “every penny they save is just pennies they give to another patient.” Planned Parenthood made a profit of $127.1 million in 2013-2014, according to their Annual Report. They spent $33.6 million on lobbying government that same year. They spent $15 million on the 2012 election.

Planned Parenthood receives almost half of their budget ($528.4 million) from taxpayers, and they turn around and spend millions lobbying for more. It’s outrageous that people who object to abortion and to fetal organ harvesting are being forced to support a highly political organization. Recently the Michigan budget zeroed out funding for Planned Parenthood, and everyone else should do the same.

Michael Wear, a writer for the Atlantic and a former staffer in the Obama White House, summed up this issue perfectly on Twitter: “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

Video exposes abortion and that makes us uncomfortable

In light of an undercover video showing Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, cavalierly discussing how she aborts children with the goal of saving specific organs to provide to researchers, both Tim Carney and Timothy Stanley write how the video washes away the euphemisms pro-abortion groups use and the general public often accept when talking about abortion. 

In a CNN column, Stanley writes,

Planned Parenthood is sensitive to us getting the wrong idea about what it does. But we're sensitive about not having to find out.

Whoever thinks about the reality of abortion unless they actually have to participate in one? Whoever considers the crushed organs: the hearts, lungs and livers? We all prefer to mask this truth behind euphemisms, of which Planned Parenthood is simply the market leader. Reproductive health centers. Medical services. Procedures. Anything but calling it what abortion really is -- the obliteration of a fetus.

Now, we may argue that sometimes abortion is necessary or a matter of privacy between a woman and her doctor. But that shouldn't stop us from being honest about it. On the contrary, what's troubling about modern society is its habit of dressing up difficult things in comforting language -- discouraging people from dwelling too hard on the realities of what they are doing.

In his column for the Washington Examiner, Carney writes,

If you consider literally that euphemism for a human baby's body parts — "the products of conception" — it describes President Obama, the reader of this column, Dr. Nucatola, and all her corporate partners just as accurately as it describes the flesh the abortionists are selling, whether it be at cost or for profit.

But that sort of euphemism points us toward the reason much of the major media has steered clear of this story as much as possible (it will get far less press than it deserves). Abortion is grisly and barbaric. When we talk about it in detail, we are reminded that it involves taking a human life with a scalpel, scissors or forceps.

When an abortion is over, the abortionist has extinguished a life. Inconveniently, the body remains — a head, two hands, kidneys, a liver and a heart.

Many in our society have come to accept abortion as something which should be legal because they are willing to avert their eyes from what abortion really is and what abortion does to the body of a developing human being.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New video shows Planned Parenthood director discussing the sale of baby body parts

A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress shows Planned Parenthood Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola discussing how Planned Parenthood affiliates sell the body parts of aborted children. 

While at lunch, Nucatola (who is also an abortionist) shares how abortionists will kill unborn children differently if they know their customers want certain body parts (including hearts, liver, lung and lower extremities). 

Nucatola explains how she won’t crush the abdomen of an unborn child so the body parts will remain intact: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
   
View the video below. 






Update: The full 2+ hour video can be viewed below.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Group of Congressional Democrats want tax dollars to pay for abortions

Yesterday, a group of Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a bill which would require tax dollars be used to pay for abortions.         

The legislation entitled The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act would remove the Hyde Amendment and use Medicaid funds to pay for abortions. 

The legislation is dead on arrival as a strong majority of the House of Representatives is prolife. 

The legislation, the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Woman Act, is backed by dozens of women's health groups, who say it will help reduce unplanned pregnancies. About 65 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors.

Under current law, women enrolled in Medicaid, the government’s low-income insurance program, are not covered for abortion. The Hyde Amendment, though not part of a permanent law, has been attached to appropriations bills since 1976.

FULL STORY

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cord Blood Awareness Month: Give life twice, give cord blood!

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month

What is cord blood? Cord blood is found in a baby’s umbilical cord and is a rich source of ethical stem cells.

Why is cord blood important? A transplant of stem cells from cord blood can help someone with a life-threatening disease. There are more than 80 diseases cord blood can help treat including: leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia. Your baby has the power to save someone that has a serious illness!

Want to donate?
  • Go to http://www.miblood.org/donating-cord-blood/ and fill out the preliminary screening form. 
  • Twelve weeks before your due date the donation kit will be mailed to your house. 
  • Fill out the paperwork in the kit and mail the paperwork back to the Cord Blood Bank. 
  • They will mail instructions to your doctor. 
  • Take the collection kit with you to the hospital when it’s time for delivery. 
  • The doctor will collect the donation and send it to the blood bank. 

When should you start this process? Before or during your 28th week of pregnancy.

Where you can donate cord blood in Michigan?
  • Borgess Medical Center - Kalamazoo
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo
  • Covenant Medical Center Harrison - Saginaw
  • Mercy General Health Partners-Hackley - Muskegon
  • Holland Hospital - Holland
  • Lakeland Hospital St. Joseph - St. Joseph
  • Lakeland Hospital Niles - Niles
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary's - Grand Rapids
  • Metro Health Hospital - Wyoming
  • MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland
  • Munson Medical Center - Traverse City
  • North Ottawa Community Hospital - Grand Haven
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital - Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital - Fremont
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital - Zeeland

Cord blood donation is easy, free, and painless. It doesn’t affect the birthing process. Rather than throwing away the umbilical cord as medical waste, donate and you could help to save someone’s life!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell: Subsidies include abortion insurance

 Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of King v. Burwell, which dealt with federal subsidies for health insurance purchased on federal health exchanges. This is the second major case upholding parts of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Here are several major points about how the decision will affect prolife people:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling means federal subsidies will continue for plans purchased on health care exchanges, including plans that pay for abortions.
  • Because of the grassroots efforts of prolifers across Michigan to collect more than 316,000 signatures to initiate the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, the law was passed in 2013. Because of this law, subsidized plans purchased in Michigan do not include abortion coverage.
  • The federal Hyde Amendment prevents tax funding of most abortions, but because the Hyde Amendment does not apply to these subsidies, our federal tax dollars will continue to subsidize abortion coverage in states without an opt-out law.
  • The federal government should either apply the Hyde Amendment to health subsidies, or pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to stop forcing people who object to abortion to fund abortions for others.

If you have any question about the decision, please contact Right to Life of Michigan at 616-532-2300 or info@rtl.org.

Click here for a PDF of the King v. Burwell opinions from the Supreme Court.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Belgium's leap off the moral cliff

The New Yorker has an article on Belgium's leap off the moral cliff, their acceptance of euthanasia, physicians willing to euthanize anyone who asks and a man who wasn't informed of his mother's euthanasia until after she was killed.

In the past five years, the number of euthanasia and assisted-suicide deaths in the Netherlands has doubled, and in Belgium it has increased by more than a hundred and fifty per cent. Although most of the Belgian patients had cancer, people have also been euthanized because they had autism, anorexia, borderline personality disorder, chronic-fatigue syndrome, partial paralysis, blindness coupled with deafness, and manic depression......
He recently approved the euthanasia of a twenty-five-year-old woman with borderline personality disorder who did not "suffer from depression in the psychiatric sense of the word," he said. "It was more existential; it was impossible for her to have a goal in this life." He said that her parents "came to my office, got on their knees, and begged me, ‘Please, help our daughter to die.'"

FULL STORY

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Clinic Laws and Enforcement Matter!


For years, abortion clinics in Michigan weren’t regulated and weren’t regularly inspected.  The Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure Report released by Right to Life of Michigan in 2011 showed that most of Michigan's abortion clinics were not in compliance with dozens of state laws or regulations. The report also cited a vital need for oversight and enforcement on the part of Michigan agencies charged with holding health providers and facilities to account.

Below are some examples of what has been happening in the past few months in Michigan as a result of enforcement of prolife laws that Right to Life of Michigan spearheaded in the Michigan Legislature.

  • Martin Ruddock is an Ohio-based abortionist who has been traveling up and down the I-75 corridor over the past two years performing abortions for various Michigan abortion clinics. His foray into Michigan is the result of clinics he was associated with in Ohio closing based on the Buckeye State's prolife laws. Ruddock was found not to have proper Michigan prescribing licenses at one clinic and was discovered to have unethically pre-signed a prescription pad for routine drugs that the clinic staff could utilize in his absence. The prescription pad was seized by state inspectors, he was forced to pay fees for the proper licenses, and he was fined $1,000.00 for not having the proper licenses. (February 2015)

  • Franklyn Seabrooks, the long-time abortionist at the Scotsdale abortion clinic in Detroit was fined $500.00 for failing to have a proper controlled substance license, plus fees for compliance.  Abortionists like Seabrooks are feeling the effects of consistent oversight for the first time in 42 years. Their shoddy and sometimes dangerous practices are coming to an end. (May 2015)

  • Abortionist Jacob Kalo is struggling to get himself out of trouble, including still being prevented from performing surgical abortions at his notorious clinic in Lathrup Village. The state ordered surgical abortions to cease there last year based on persistent inspection failures. An administrative hearing to determine whether the clinic would be allowed to re-start surgical abortions was slated for June 9, 2015.  That hearing was postponed at Kalo's request as he seems to be embroiled in other personal challenges (a separate a private lawsuit) and can't seem to manage the problems he's caused for himself all at the same time. (Ongoing)

  • Infamous abortionists, Angel Ojeda and Michael Roth are currently subjects of a lawsuit stemming from the Eastland Women's Center abortion clinic in Detroit. The two are accused of misdiagnosing an ectopic pregnancy, with Ojeda prescribing the RU-486 abortion pill regimen to a 23-year-old college student. When complications from the undetected, but ongoing ectopic pregnancy developed, both Ojeda and Roth are accused of misdiagnosing the woman's situation and delaying proper treatment. Eventually her fallopian tube ruptured, which required life-saving surgery to remove her fallopian tube. Perhaps with this incident, the Eastland abortion clinic will receive additional scrutiny by state regulators. (Lawsuit filed February 2015)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Abortionist in northern Indiana surrenders license to operate Gary clinic

Yesterday, abortionist Ulrich “George” Klopfer surrendered his license to operate at his abortion clinic in Gary, Indiana.  The clinic has been closed since May 27, 2015.  On June 25, Klopfer will face a hearing with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over his medical license which is currently under review.  Klopfer has had various issues including failing to report statutory rape in a timely manner. 

Klopfer will be in front of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board on June 25 for a hearing regarding the status of his medical licenses. His licenses are currently listed as “valid while under review.” The hearing was scheduled after the Indiana attorney general’s office filed an official complaint in September.

According to Nick Goodwin, spokesman for the Professional Licensing Agency, the outcome of Klopfer’s medical licensing hearing could range from no sanction to a letter of reprimand, to a fine, to the license being placed on probation, suspension or revoked.

Klopfer also has a court date set for July 13 in misdemeanor court in Lake County for failing to file a timely report of a terminated pregnancy he provided to a girl younger than the age of 14. He was charged with the same misdemeanor in St. Joseph County, but was granted pretrial diversion in December, with charges dismissed within a year if he abides by terms of the program.

FULL STORY

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Michigan woman shares horrific abortion experience

On the radio show Kresta in the Afternoon, a Michigan woman whose late-term abortion was botched shared her experience. 

DAY ONE:

The first day, Jessica said that she received an injection of digoxin and her overall visit to the clinic lasted about twenty minutes.

Digoxin is a drug injected into an unborn baby to cause his or her heart to stop in preparation for what amounts to a stillborn birth.

It was very painful, Jessica reiterated.

“The first day I was told there would be mild cramping. And, you actually go into labor. When they send you home…I had my son natural and this was much worse.”

Because the pain was so acute, Jessica’s husband called the abortion clinic’s emergency number and they told her under no circumstances to go to the emergency room.

DAY TWO

Jessica said that on day two she was not given any pain medication for the procedure.

“I was told I would have medications and fluids…I was expecting sedation and medication,” she said.

She recalls that after forty-five minutes the abortionist had to stop to call 911 due to a perforated uterus and massive blood loss.

FULL STORY

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Population explosion fear-mongering exposed, human life is precious

The New York Times recently published a lengthy article and produced a 12-minute video on the zero population growth movement of late 60's and 70's and how the widely believed claims of population control experts like Paul Ehrlich have proven to be wildly wrong.  

No one was more influential — or more terrifying, some would say — than Paul R. Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist. His 1968 book, “The Population Bomb,” sold in the millions with a jeremiad that humankind stood on the brink of apocalypse because there were simply too many of us. Dr. Ehrlich’s opening statement was the verbal equivalent of a punch to the gut: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over.” He later went on to forecast that hundreds of millions would starve to death in the 1970s, that 65 million of them would be Americans, that crowded India was essentially doomed, that odds were fair “England will not exist in the year 2000.” Dr. Ehrlich was so sure of himself that he warned in 1970 that “sometime in the next 15 years, the end will come.” By “the end,” he meant “an utter breakdown of the capacity of the planet to support humanity.”

Picture of Paul R. Ehrlich via the Telegraph
Even though Ehrlich predictions have proven embarrassingly wrong, he still clings to his beliefs despite the overwhelming evidence.

At the blog of the Acton Institute, Joseph Sunde reacts to the article and video and the problems in Ehrlich's worldview.

For Ehrlich and many others, humans simply take, take, take; there’s no make, make, make. And thus, the struggle for provision, prosperity, and human flourishing is quickly reduced to a mere battle over consumption. We are leeches, drainers, and destroyers, a virus on the Earth that must be curbed and contained, if not wiped out completely (a “cancer,” as Ehrlich sometimes prefers).

Take, for instance, one of his lines in the video above: “The idea that every woman should have as many babies as she wants is, to me, exactly the same kind of idea as everybody ought to be permitted to throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.”

Humans = bags of backyard garbage. NBD.

Fortunately for us (and for Ehrlich), humans aren’t globs of trash and the “global community” isn’t some morbid zero-sum realm wherein every new baby represents a dead mushroom on a distant mountaintop.

As Julian Simon famously observed, humans are the “ultimate resource” — valuable assets to our families, neighbors, distant strangers, and, yes, Planet Earth herself. We were created in the image of a creator-God to be co-creators and gift-givers, sharing, exchanging, collaborating, and innovating alongside the grand family of humankind. Each new child represents not some bag of waste, but a a creator and a dreamer — a unique and precious person born for relationship and brimming with capacity for production, investment, and love.
 
More than a generation after his book's apocalyptic warnings, Ehrlich's blindness to the uniqueness and preciousness of human life prevent him from admitting his obvious errors.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time is running out to get prolife Father's Day bookmarks

 
 
THANK YOU DAD BOOKMARK
These 2" x 6" full color bookmarks feature a poem thanking Dad for life. (Supplies are limited.)

Poem Text:
Thank you Dad for your unconditional love, your caring and understanding, and the comforting hugs.Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for all the sacrifices that you made. And thank you, dad, for life--the biggest gift you gave.

10¢ each


Order now while supplies last!
Place your order by Tuesday, June 16th to receive your bookmarks before Father's Day (Sunday, June 21st).

Visit www.RTL.org/Store to order today.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

California Medical Association abandons opposition to assisted suicide

The California Medical Association has dropped their decades long opposition to assisted suicide after a bill to legalize assisted suicide was introduced in California. 

The CMA said its change to neutral on the issue marked the first by a state medical association. It comes amid renewed debate over doctor-assisted suicide following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

The American Medical Association remains opposed to doctors participating in assisted suicide, saying in a policy statement on its website that doing so was fundamentally incompatible with a doctor's role as a healer, would be difficult to control and posed "serious societal risks." 

The press release announcing their decision is filled with absurd attempts to cover their disregard for the lives of those considering suicide and sounds eerily like the rhetoric and euphemisms used to defend abortion on demand.  Assisted suicide is called “physician aid in dying” or “end of life options.”  The relationship between doctor and patient is exalted. Helping someone kill themselves is equated with methods of “treatment.”

Important issues, which previously led the California Medical Association to oppose assisted suicide and attempts to legalize it, are not mentioned or refuted.  Those issues include the potentials for abuse, the recognition that desire for suicide is rarely a rational decision, fears that legalizing assisted suicide could undermine hospice care, the uncertainly of medical diagnoses, and how assisted suicide violates the fundamental “do no harm” medical ethic.

While the California Medical Association is the first state medical association group to announce they are "neutral" on physicians helping to kill patients, only time will time if they are the last. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA

Monday, June 1, 2015

Prolife teleseminar scheduled for tomorrow

Join Right to Life of Michigan at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, for a Prolife Media & Legislative Update Teleseminar.

You will hear from Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing and Legislative Director Ed Rivet. We are looking forward to an exciting summer in Michigan with opportunities to share prolife information. This is your chance to receive the most up-to-date information on what is happening in Michigan regarding LIFE. We expect the teleseminar to be about 20 minutes.

Feel free to share this information with your Michigan friends and family members.

There are two ways for you to listen in:

    Use your phone and call (425) 440-5100; PIN Code: 662744#

    Or, listen via the Internet: http://iTeleseminar.com/70248558

We are looking forward to connecting with you on Tuesday, June 2, at 11 a.m.

New television ads starting this week

Starting this week, two new prolife television ads will begin airing across Michigan. 

One ad is part of the compassion project and features Sheryl and her story of being raped and having an abortion.

“It was acquaintance rape and he denied everything. Next thing I know, I’m in an abortion and I just pretty much went and totally shut down.  I just wish society would realize the long term effect that abortion has on women even in the case of rape. You know, to further traumatize a woman the way I’ve been further traumatized. I just don’t want this to happen to no one else.”  - Sheryl       



You can watch Sheryl’s full story here.

The second ad is a remake of our Seed ad and is a remake of a 1994 favorite which illustrates that like a plant, when life is allowed to grow, the results are beautiful.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beating cancer with adult stem cells

You don't hear much about embryonic stem cell research anymore as no cures have materialized, but advances and treatments from ethical sources of stem cells continue on.

Watch Paul Wagle's story below to learn how stem cells from an umbilical cord helped him beat cancer.