Thursday, March 23, 2017

Say what? Tidbits from the Choose Life plate bill hearing today

Today the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony on SB 163 to create a Choose Life fundraising license plate. The plate has been frequently requested by prolife citizens. Proceeds from people who wish to purchase the plate would go to a fund to be distributed to programs to help women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Colbeck gave a moving testimony about raising funds to support women in crisis. This was followed by two opposing testimonies from the American Association of University Women (Michigan Chapter) and Planned Parenthood. Right to Life of Michigan provided the final testimony in support of the bill.

Testimonies from the two groups supporting abortion were quite absurd. In an apparent attack on adoption, prolife pregnancy centers were referred to as "baby-finding centers" placed near college campuses to allow infertile wealthy white people to recruit and adopt white babies from a "better genetic pool of white college women." In real life these pregnancy centers rely heavily on donations and volunteers to provide free help to women in need, many of whom are non-white.

Planned Parenthood's first line of testimony accused Right to Life of Michigan of "standing in the way of reducing abortions in Michigan." Yeah, you read that right.

It's funny until you realize that Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions in America every year. They perform 160 abortions for every adoption referral they do. They can't seem to decide between saying they want to reduce abortions or saying they are proud of them as a vital part of their mission. If abortion is a point of pride as your mission, why reduce it?

Here's the real irony: Planned Parenthood opposes prolife citizens from voluntarily sending money to organizations that help women, but they demand profile citizens be forced to give them money.

 A committee vote on the bill is expected next week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gorsuch will bring fairness to the Supreme Court

It’s been clear from the beginning of his nomination process that Judge Neil Gorsuch is well-qualified to fill the shoes of Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Bar Association agrees, giving him their highest rating: “well qualified.” The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.

Several groups are opposing his nomination, including abortion supporters like Planned Parenthood. It’s clear their fears have nothing to do with Gorsuch’s judicial experience or his personal views; they fear him because he’s fair-minded.

In his writings and public statements, Gorsuch has made it clear he believes the role of judges is to rule based on what the law says. Simple enough, right? Not for abortion supporters. For years, they have relied on judges to rig the system in their favor.

A biased court system has significantly reduced trust in our democratic process. Millions of Americans of all political persuasions have come to believe established power players are willing to ignore or even subvert their choices in our democratic process. They aren’t wrong.

On November 7, 1972, 60 percent of Michigan voters took to the polls to keep our state’s law respecting the rights of the unborn child. A version of that law has been in effect since 1846, maintained by generations of voters and elected representatives and coexisting for more than a century with the U.S. Constitution.

None of this mattered when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down several weeks later on January 22, 1973. Seven judges who personally supported abortion discovered that the Constitution requires abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Unable to directly cite any text in the Constitution to support their personal views, the judges asserted they can be found in the penumbras formed by emanations created by zones.

Those seven judges privileged their own personal views over those of voter and duly elected representatives.

Prolife groups aren’t expecting Gorsuch to impose our agenda through legal magic tricks. All we want is to restore a fair democratic process so our voices have an opportunity to be heard. Based on his record, Gorsuch is a fair-minded judge who lets voters and legislators exercise their proper roles in our government.

The U.S. Senate must consider Judge Gorsuch with all due diligence, but his record indicates those who seek fairness have nothing to fear.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Girl Scout cookies: does your money go to abortion?

It’s that time of year: Girls Scout cookie season. Though many love Girl Scout cookies and the tradition that they bring, there is a history behind them that is not always talked about. Maybe this year you should hold off buying these cookies until you know a little more about the organization that you would be supporting.

Do the Girl Scouts support abortion and Planned Parenthood?

Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a dues-paying affiliate of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS has participated in several international conferences and United Nations events that support a pro-abortion agenda. At these events they have been joined by groups that provide or support abortion such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International and the United Nations Population Fund. There are also other numerous concerns about GSUSA activities.

On their website, GSUSA explains that direct sales from Girl Scout cookies stay with the local councils that sell them. If you ask them about where they stand on the issue, they will tell you the same thing, often making the argument that money raised through local cookie sales stays local. There are two problems with that.

First, several local councils have relationships with Planned Parenthood. Yours might be one of those.

Second, their website states that GSUSA collects royalty fees from bakers they license to make the cookies, and those fees are based on their gross annual sales. Therefore very cookie you buy means GSUSA gets more money, some of which will go to supporting abortion.

Before you shell out $4 for a box of thin mints, think twice about the organization that you are supporting. Is that few minutes of satisfaction worth helping supporting organizations that support abortion-on-demand and population control?

Girl Scouts and Abortion flyer
More information at mygirlscoutcouncil.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Prolife sidewalk counselor 1, MI abortion clinic 0

A prolife sidewalk counselor in Michigan has won a victory in court against one of the most notorious abortion clinic chains in Michigan.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled against Northland Family Planning Clinic in the case of Thames v. City of Westland.

The ruling stated that Kimberley Thames was falsely imprisoned and arrested after peacefully praying in front of the abortion clinic. It found the CEO of Northland, Renee Chelian, and one of its employers were conspiring with the City of Westland to violate Kimberley’s rights. The defendants will pay Kimberley $2,000 for their wrongdoings.

Chelian made news most recently when an undercover journalist recorded her macabre joking about hauling the bodies of aborted babies up north for a bonfire.

The case came after the events on August 27, 2016 when Kimberley went to the Northland facility in Westland to be a witness for life. She silently prayed on the public sidewalks surrounding the facility. She was not violent, she did not have weapons; all she had on her was a rosary and a prolife sign.

After a while, Kimberley briefly left the area to use a nearby restroom. Upon returning, she noticed that several police cruisers had arrived at the facility. She had no idea why they were there. One of the officers approached her and asked if she told the security guard that she was going to bomb the clinic. Kimberley quickly rejected this statement. But little did she know that a Northland employee and the security guard called 911 to make a false claim that she had threatened to bomb the Northland facility.

At the scene of the alleged crime there was also a nun present. Officers were able to interview her and use her as an eyewitness. The nun explained that Kimberley never made any threats and that the guard was lying. However, the officers ignored what the nun had to say. The officers took Ms. Thames into custody, telling her that she was “under arrest for making terrorist threats.” The officers placed Ms. Thames in handcuffs, put her in a police cruiser, and brought her to the Westland police station, where she was detailed for nearly three days.

As just a peaceful protester, Kimberley had her rights taken from her. Thankfully the courts were able to defend the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly to provide justice for Kimberley.

If you have any questions one what your rights are when it comes to prolife picketing, check out our brochure on it.

Cree Erwin cause of death confirmed: abortion

Cree Erwin was a young Michigan woman who died in Battle Creek on the Fourth of July in 2016. She had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo a few days before her death. For months we were left to assume that the abortion played the major role in her death, and after finally obtaining the autopsy report for Ms. Erwin, we can confirm that.

The Calhoun County medical examiner found that Erwin died of a blood clot in her uterus that traveled to her lung. The immediate cause of the blood clot was a perforated uterus following a vacuum aspiration abortion and IUD placement.

Her death certificate now officially reads: “Complications of intrauterine pregnancy, including pulmonary emboli related to uterine vein thrombosis and uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.”

Left behind in the wake of this abortion is Cree Erwin’s young son and a grieving family.

The autopsy is heavily redacted in the sections pertaining to the perforated uterus, which can be caused by an abortion or an IUD placement. The autopsy describes the perforation happening “post” Erwin’s abortion, rather than during it. It also mentioned methadone use (a painkiller) contributed to her death.

The redacted autopsy still leaves many important unanswered questions. Our hope is more details will be available soon.

It’s important to note that this information comes not from a go-getting reporter in the news media but a prolife citizen journalist, Lynn Mills, who has been doggedly pursuing this case. It’s because of this research that we can know where Ms. Erwin’s abortion took place.

Planned Parenthood has issued no statement on the matter.

Autopsy report
Death certificate
Police report and 911 call
First trimester vacuum aspiration abortion description

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood: abortion trumps everything

Recently President Trump made an informal proposal to Planned Parenthood: they could continue getting federal funding if they decided to stop performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards fired back, proving what prolife people already knew about Planned Parenthood: abortion is too central to their mission to ever abandon. Taking to Twitter, Richards said that they are "proud" to provide abortions, which are "a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings." Planned Parenthood and the tax dollars they receive are inseparable from their abortion mission.

We know that Planned Parenthood lies about the services that they provide. For example, they don’t provide mammograms, most locations don’t provide prenatal care and they also refuse to provide women with ultrasounds unless they are getting abortions. Their 3 percent gimmick is designed to mislead people when convenient for them to downplay abortion.

So how many women are using Planned Parenthood? In 2015 Planned Parenthood reported seeing 2.5 million clients. In the United States there is about 62 million women of reproductive age (ages 15 to 44). This means that only 4 percent of women who are of reproductive age will go to a Planned Parenthood in a given year. Many of those women are only going for services involving Planned Parenthood's vital abortion mission.

The 4% figure gets even smaller when you look at how many total women there are living in the United States. In 2014 there were 125.9 million women. Less than 2 percent of them used a Planned Parenthood during the calendar year.

Roughly half of women are prolife, and are forced to support an organization whose core mission includes abortion. Why should we force those women to violate their most deeply held beliefs in order to provide care to 2 percent of women—especially when there are much more numerous and comprehensive alternatives available? The only mission of these alternatives is caring for patients.

It is past time to stop coercing American taxpayers into helping Planned Parenthood advance their abortion mission.