Friday, October 30, 2015

China changes one-child policy into two-child policy

Yesterday, the Communist Party of China announced they will now allow all couples to have two children. It should be made clear that China is not changing from a one-child policy to a two-child policy because they realized what a great violation of human rights their one-child policy was, as a two-child policy is still an obvious violation of human rights.  Rather, China changed their policy because they finally realized the future demographic nightmare they are facing as the percentage of elderly members of their population will rise dramatically while the number of workers shrinks.     
Joel Kotkin explains at New Geography:
Perhaps the most troubling impact will be on the workforce. In 2050, the number of children in China under 15 is expected to be 60 million lower than today, approximately the size of Italy’s population. It will gain nearly 190 million people 65 and over, approximately the population of Pakistan, which is the world’s sixth most populous country.
For decades, China brutally enforced (often with forced abortions and sterilizations) a policy which limited couples to only having one child. This policy has led to millions of sex-selection abortions in a country where many families favor boys over girls.  Unfortunately, women in China who want to have more than two children will still face the same punishments women who wanted two children faced for decades. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

11th video exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal body parts released, abortionist sets goal of getting intact fetal head

This morning, the Center for Medical Progress released the 11th video in their series of video exposing Planned Parenthood’s willingness to sell the body parts of aborted children and alter abortion techniques to obtain parts.         

This video features a conversation between abortionist Amna Dermish, who works for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and undercover actors portraying fetal body parts buyers. 

During the conversation, Dermish describes how she provides late-term abortions first by removing the extremities (arms and legs) and then grabbing the spine and pulling out the torso of the child. 

In reply to a question from the undercover actor about the possibility of obtaining an intact fetal brain (conversation starting around the 7:45 mark), Dermish notes, “I haven’t been able to do that yet.  I know right.  This will give me something to strive for!”

Towards the end of the conversation, Dermish describes how one of their POC (product of conception room) persons is really into organ development and “just for fun” looks through the bodies of children in the first trimester to find their hearts and kidneys. 

The full video of their conversation is below.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Michigan abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian caught on undercover video joking about burning bodies of aborted children in upper Michigan

One of the leaked undercover videos of National Abortion Federation conference filmed by the Center for Medical Progress is of a workshop featuring Michigan abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian.  Chelian owns the Northland Family Planning chain of abortion clinics which does approximately 1/4 of all abortions in Michigan and does abortions up to 24 weeks.  During the workshop, Chelian discusses the variety of problems she encountered when Stericycle, a waste disposal company, stopped disposing of the remains of aborted children from Northland clinics.

At one point in the workshop, Chelian described how her clinic had 5 months worth of fetal remains in rented freezers.  She goes on to talk about how getting rid of the fetal tissue was all she thought about. She then says, “I was so consumed with fetal tissue that I was ready to drive to upper Michigan to have a bonfire. And it was just trying to figure out, you know, how I wouldn’t get stopped or how far into the woods would I have to go to have this fire that nobody would see me.”

She eventually hired someone from another abortion clinic to take 20 bottles of fetal tissue and put them in that clinic’s garbage disposal. Chelian also shared that she eventually found another company to take her fetal tissue and believes that fetal tissue eventually ends up at Stericycle.

During the question and answer period, Chelian mentioned she thought it would be “great idea” to burn the remains of aborted children for energy although it would be a “PR (public relations) nightmare.”

Chelian talks about taking fetal remains in a U-Haul to a pet crematory in Illinois, buying land in Detroit and putting an incinerator there to burn fetal remains and jokes about providing women who abort with the remains of their aborted children. 

Chelian was previously featured in a political online ad by the Michigan Democratic Party attacking Terri Lynn Land’s U.S. Senate campaign.

 Full video of Fetal Disposition 2/3 is below.

Chelian's talk begins at around 23 minutes mark in the Fetal Disposition 1/3 video.

Friday, October 23, 2015

U.S. House passes reconciliation bill which includes Planned Parenthood defunding

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240-189 to pass H.B. 3762.  The legislation would defund 89% of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding for a year and repeal components of Obamacare including provision which could lead to the rationing of care, specifically the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the excess benefits tax. 

The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate where it only needs 51 votes to pass.

Undercover videos of National Abortion Federation conferences leaked, include conversation and workshops with Michigan abortionist

Undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress were leaked online yesterday.  The Center for Medical Progress has been under court order preventing them from publicly releasing the videos but the videos were recently turned over to Congress. The videos were apparently leaked by a Congressional staffer. 

There are 11 videos in all.  They include conversations with abortionists, abortion clinic staff and workshops at National Abortion Federation conferences.  The content of these videos shows why the National Abortion Federation sued the Center for Medical Progress to prevent them from releasing them to the public. 

Michigan abortionist Lisa Harris is featured in a number of the videos.  One video is of a conversation with Harris regarding the possibility of obtaining fetal body parts where she discusses how her Planned Parenthood clinic formerly provided “fetal orbits” (eyeballs) to researchers.   

In another video entitled "Planned Parenthood Michigan Workshop Video," Harris answers a question from an audience member (the question starts at around 16:00) and encourages the audience of abortion clinic workers to admit to the violence of abortion.  Harris says, “I actually think we should be less about denying the reality of those images (images of aborted children) and more about acknowledging that yeah that’s kind of true. Given that we see the fetus the same way and given that we might both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work everyday. Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing.  Let’s just give them all that.”  

In the same workshop, another presenter discusses women who regret their abortions and callously equates women who regret their abortions with athletes who regret hurting their knees. 

During another workshop (2nd Trimester Provider Self Care 2/4) discussing how late-term abortionists need to care for themselves, Harris describes how she had a chance meeting on a plane with a judge in Michigan who had been signing all her judicial bypasses to allow minors in Michigan to have abortions without parental consent.  Harris says the judge told her he did more judicial bypasses than almost anyone in the country.  She also discusses problems abortionists have with sharing their experiences such as a patient having their “8th abortion.”   

Another video (2nd Trimester Provider Self Care 4/4) of the same workshop shows the audience of abortion clinic workers bursting into laughter when workshop speaker Uta Landy reads other abortionists sharing their feelings of doing 2nd trimester abortions and one abortionist talks about how an eyeball fell in his lap during an abortion (at around 9:27).

In a conversation with undercover journalists, Planned Parenthood exec Deb VanderHei says some Planned Parenthood affiliates may want to provide fetal body parts to "increase their revenues" and there is nothing the national office could do about that. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Remembering Kermit Gosnell

On November 10, a documentary titled 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy will be released. This documentary uncovers the truth behind the abortion industry through the lens of Kermit Gosnell, former Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer.

Gosnell was responsible for late-term abortions that turned into infanticides, as well as the deaths of women who had abortions in clinic. His facility was the farthest thing from clean with cat feces, bloodstains, and bags of baby body parts. Jars were discovered with severed feet kept as trophies, and aborted babies were in the fridge next to employees’ lunches. Ultimately Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, as well as a vast amount of lesser charges.

3801 Lancaster, the location of Gosnell's clinic, was an unclean house of horrors teeming with death. This new documentary, which follows an earlier production from the same filmmakers about Gosnell, will show what really happened and who Kermit Gosnell really is.

Another movie in production, “Gosnell,” just finished filming. A dramatic portrayal of the same events covered by the new documentary, the goal of "Gosnell" is to show people America’s biggest serial killer and the media cover-up of his case.

The things that Kermit Gosnell did are despicable; the horrors he inflicted on his patients and their babies are unfathomable. Gosnell is not alone, however, there are numerous bad actors in the abortion industry. Just recently an abortionist in Michigan was found with 14 containers of body parts in his car. The abortionist, Michael Roth, also had medical equipment and pain medicine in his vehicle. He is currently under investigation for performing at-home abortions. He has a history of disciplinary actions, including performing two at-home abortions.

People in America must see what is really happening in the abortion industry. Since the media often refuses to sufficiently report on these cases, it is our job as prolife people to shed a light on the atrocities that are taking place. Share the information about these movies, watch them with friends and family; make sure America can never forget where diminishing the value of human life can lead us!

Contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support H.R. 3762

On Friday, October 23, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762).  This bill is a reconciliation bill which cannot be filibustered in the U.S. Senate.  That means it can pass with 51 votes instead of the usual 60. 

The bill would redirect most federal funds provided to Planned Parenthood to community health centers for one year.  If this bill becomes law, 89% of federal funding to Planned Parenthood would be cut off for a year. 

The bill would also repeal components of Obamacare including provision which could lead to the rationing of care, specifically the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the excess benefits tax. 

National Right to Life Committee has sent a letter to representatives urging them to vote yes. 

Take the time to take action and contact your representative and let them know that you want them to vote yes on H.R. 3762.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Rape Survivor Child Custody Act passes Michigan House

The Michigan House of Representatives approved HB 4481 on October 15 by an overwhelming bi-partisan 101-4 vote. This bill would strengthen the rights of women who carry their child to term after conceiving in rape. The bill reduces barriers to a woman blocking the rapist from seeking legal custody and parenting time with the child. Sometimes perpetrators who know their victims use the threat of a custody battle over the child to coerce the woman to either have an abortion or to drop the rape charges the victim has brought against them.

This legislation is inspired by the story of Shauna Prewitt, who was forced to choose between protecting her daughter conceived in rape or dropping the charges against her assailant. Shauna witnesses to the inestimable value and beauty of her daughter's life through a short video that is part of Right to Life of Michigan's Compassion Project.

HB 4481 now heads to the Senate where we will begin working immediately for its passage. Right to Life of Michigan is proud to have brought this legislation to bill sponsor Rep. Lisa Lyons for introduction, and we are encouraged and pleased by its progress thus far.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Car trunk abortion investigation shows abortion industry scrutiny necessary

On October 13, it was reported that long-time Michigan abortionist Michael Roth is under investigation for human tissue and medical equipment found in his vehicle in West Bloomfield.

Right to Life of Michigan applauds authorities for investigating any potential violations. The abortion industry's long history of contempt for women's health, standards of care and state regulations shows that they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves.

Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999.

Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, featuring several of Roth's violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, "Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women's health and safety. Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014."

Roth's most recent abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was closed in 2014.

Since passage of the Michigan Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, which significantly strengthened the oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "We're glad we've been able to provide more tools for authorities to deal with health and safety violations in the abortion industry, and we'll continue to provide them with even more. If abortionists and their businesses can't abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn't be allowed practice on vulnerable women."

Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure report

Federal agents raid home of longtime Michigan abortionist Michael Roth

Last night federal agents raided and searched the home of longtime abortionist Michael Roth.  His home was searched after a car accident investigation discovered medical equipment (possibly abortion instruments) and human tissue (possibly the remains of aborted children) in the trunk of his car.  His is suspected of performing illegal abortions. 

Here’s part of the story from FOX 2 News.
West Bloomfield police were able to confirm that two search warrants were executed in this case so far - one at Roth's home and the other at the doctor's practice.

While details are sketchy as to what they were looking for and what they uncovered, police did say this stems from a crash the doctor was allegedly involved in, on 14 Mile Road near Orchard Lake two weeks ago.

The crash left one person critically injured and inside Roth's vehicle was said to be a gruesome discovery, according to sources.

Now, the attorney general confirms they too are investigating Dr. Roth. Sources tell us he is suspected in conducting illegal abortions and thus, is subject to this investigation.

Roth has a long history with abortion malpractice. Right to Life of Michigan highlighted his sordid history in our Abortion Clinic Abuses report in 2012.  That report notes how Roth was fined by the Board of Medicine after performing abortions in the homes of 2 women in the late 1990's.  Roth still holds a medical license after promising to never perform abortions outside of clinic/hospital setting and completing a probationary period.  The report also details the results of 2002 investigation of Roth’s office by a state pharmacy investigator and Roth’s numerous infractions, his failure to follow Michigan’s informed consent law, and allegations by a former employee that Roth was performing abortions past 24 weeks. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Planned Parenthood announces they will no longer exchange money for fetal body parts

In a surprise announcement, Planned Parenthood says their affiliates will no longer take money in exchange for the body parts of aborted children. 

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it will no longer accept any reimbursement as part of its fetal tissue donation program, taking its strongest step yet to end the onslaught of conservative attacks against the group.

The group’s president Cecile Richards disclosed the policy change in a letter to the National Institutes of Health, which she said was intended to “take away any basis for attacking Planned Parenthood to advance an anti-abortion political agenda.”

In a letter sent to Congress in August, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted that one of their California affiliates received a “reimbursement of $60 per tissue specimen” and that other affiliates had previously accepted money for fetal body parts, but those relationships ended when the Center for Medical Progress released videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal body parts. 

Since the first video was released in July, Planned Parenthood has claimed over and over again that they are just being reimbursed for the cost of their expenses.  However, they have never provided any evidence that it costs them $60 per body part when the fetal parts buyer is sorting through the fetal parts, storing them and shipping them. 

The Center for Medical Progress has been prevented from releasing undercover footage from National Abortion Federation conferences because of a court order.  The same court recently allowed the Center for Medical Progress to provide that footage to Congress after they subpoenaed it. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Michigan House committee to hear testimony on bill to ban dismemberment abortions tomorrow

On Tuesday, October 13, the House Criminal Justice Committee in Lansing will begin taking testimony on House Bill 4833, a bill to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan. Abortion advocates will come with hysteria and anger, prepared to defend the indefensible.  Testimony in support of H.B. 4833 will including several prolife doctors.

At this time it is not certain when a vote will take place on this legislation.  The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Laura Cox. 

The committee hearing may be available to watch live at the House TV website.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The time is now to act on abortion coercion

On September 29, in a 5-3 vote, H.B. 4787 and H.B. 4830 passed the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee and are under consideration on the House floor. Right to Life of Michigan applauds these legislative efforts to address the ongoing injustice of coerced abortions.

Right to Life of Michigan expects the full Michigan House and the Michigan Senate to finally pass the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA) this term. CAPA would add to Michigan's current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. A portion of CAPA was passed in 2012, and other versions of the legislation have been considered in past legislative sessions.

During that delay, vulnerable women have faced threats of physical violence, withdrawal of financial support, loss of housing and violation of legal agreements in attempts to coerce them into ending the life of their child.

Tammy Holly, herself a victim of abortion coercion, has testified three times now before the Michigan Legislature during work on these bills over the years.

"Year after year you hope and pray they finally get something accomplished," she said.

Through her work with the Justice Foundation, Holly has presented numerous legal affidavits of other Michigan women who have been coerced into having abortions. In her case, she received zero counseling or screening and was pressured by her boyfriend, her parent, and the abortionist. She said it was critical that women understand it's illegal to coerce them into having abortions, and that isn't happening now.

"My parent said, 'this is how we're going to do it.' The abortion doctor said, 'you don't have any other options," Holly said.

The abortion industry financially gains from abortions and has been silent in the face of this repeated evidence.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "It's very clear that we can't trust those who profit from abortion to properly screen women for coercion. Since they refuse to do anything for these women, we must act and protect women in those situations."