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Is “Jane Young” an abortionist?

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Do you believe an abortion mill is a “sanctuary” where “abortion caregivers” perform “nurturing” abortions? The person who founded the website does. This individual, who goes by the name “Jane Young,” claims to be a woman who has experienced a most blissful murder and chose to post pictures of her own aborted victim to counteract the graphic images held by pro-life protesters – a move that minted a new star in the pro-abortion world. But is “she” everything she claims to be?

Color me skeptical, but I don’t buy it. The author’s every word demonizes pro-life protesters while elevating those who dismember unborn babies to the status of demigods. Her cloying account has the depth of a cardboard cutout, and her obsessive adulation for abortionists would make even NARAL’s most fevered PR hand blush. Its rhetorical excesses force one to question the author’s honesty on every front, including the writer’s purported identity.

In an op-ed in the Guardian, Young claimed her mother had an illegal abortion in a foreign country “and almost died.” (Cliche 1, check.) Another beloved friend was “mortified” by pro-life protesters holding signs en route to her appointment. (Cliche 2.) 

Soon, Young returned to the clinic for her own abortion, when she bolted into action with her spontaneous education campaign. “Due to the security risk to patients and abortion caregivers, the clinic had moved down the street,” she wrote. (Cliche I’ve-already-lost-count.) As she walked, she was palpably “afraid of being harmed by the anti-abortion protesters,” although she admits most just “prayed silently.”

This specter lifted when, upon opening its “bulletproof” doors, she experienced nirvana, met the most venerable of all medical professionals: abortion providers.

(Click “like” if you want to end abortion! )

In real life, abortionists are people like Kermit Gosnell, Abraham Alberto Hodari, or Carol Everett. But in Young’s psychodrama, they are inevitably described as “abortion caregivers” imperiled by misogynistic troglodytes seeking to hinder their selfless service to womyn everywhere.

She did not merely receive a Planned Parenthood sales pitch before climbing onto an unsanitary table; her “psyche [was] held by empathetic professionals.” 

The abortion industry profiteers did not merely make a depressing and potentially life-threatening service more tolerable; they created “a safe, warm space within the clinic, they genuinely cared for my overall well-being and were nothing short of professional.”

They were not helpful or comforting; they were “hands-down incredible…These caregivers are true heroes.”

In her public statements these “caregivers” are mentioned at least as much as the women who use their services – supposedly like herself – and inevitably presented in embarrassingly superlative terms. But when one likens an abortion mill to a “sanctuary,” that makes abortionists the priests and shamans of a very bloody religion whose sacred rites Young does not like to see mocked.

When she took her pictures, she made sure that “none of the abortion caregivers were in any of the shots out of respect for their privacy and security.” After they, they were just “doctors that were trying to do their jobs.”

Young claimed pro-lifers’ “heartless use of lifeless fetus images” was “just propaganda…being used as a weapon” to leave the public “cheated, lied to and manipulated.” Is this picture of Feng Jianmei’s forcibly aborted child a “fraud”? Isn’t the allegation that the child depicted here – who looks just like the child in the photos Young besmirches – revictimizing Feng and the millions of women forced into an abortion Chinese authorities would prefer they not depict?

Abortions differ. Some methods – particularly the one forced upon unwilling multitudes in China – leave a corpse like this one. Others reduce the unborn child to little more than a collection of mutilated body parts swimming in a cocktail of its own blood. That does not mean, as this writer claimed elsewhere, “There was no dead baby in the jar.” 

“I think the biggest misconception about abortion in the U.S. is that it is always a barbaric experience,” she writes. “The very act of abortion has been propagated as murder and women and abortion caregivers have been vilified as murderers…Rather, it has been secure, clean and I would argue, even nurturing.”

The use of the word “nurturing” takes us into the kind of bizarre fantasyland that exists only in recruitment pamphlets.

When Young makes policy pronouncements, they center around the caregiver/hero/high priests.

She claimed, “It is absolutely imperative that every measure is taken to keep abortion legal and safe for women to obtain and for their caregivers to perform.” (Emphasis added.) She also demands pro-lifers be barred from protesting within several feet of clinic entrances – a demand abortionists have long made.

Young claimed she took a low dose of pain-killers so she could remain awake to snap these pictures without being seen. But could an abortionist not as easily snap a few unnoticed photographs while her, or his, patient was sedated into a light sleep?

Could the reason that no abortionist is in the picture – a fact Young takes pains to explain away – be caused by the fact that she was the abortionist?

It wouldn’t be the first time an abortionist had profited by lying about his work, taking unethical advantage of women, and denying the humanity of his unborn victims.

This article originally appeared on and is reprinted with permission.

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Mainstream media discover 6-wk-old story on Satanist ‘religious objection’ to pro-life laws

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The media have been abuzz for the past 24 hours with a report that The Satanic Temple is demanding that women be excused from mandatory pre-abortion counseling on the grounds that it violates the religious teachings of Satanism. Indeed, there has been so much reporting that you may be tricked into believing it is news.

But the story is old hat to readers of LifeSiteNews. We reported the group’s decision more than six weeks ago.

The national spokesman of The Satanic Temple, “Lucien Greaves” (who was apparently born Doug Mesner), announced more than a month ago that abortion restrictions violate Satanic beliefs, and that same-sex “marriage” is a Satanic sacrament. “We [members of the demonic cult] feel we should protect women from superfluous procedures like the transvaginal ultrasound, with [a] religious exemption,” Greaves told a local media outlet at the time.

I brought this story to national attention in a piece on LifeSiteNews June 10. In fact, I did an entire radio segment on it on “As the Spirit Leads” Catholic radio program, based in Philadelphia. (And, ahem, you can contact me for other radio gigs.) A few other outlets have picked up the story since then.

Then the story made its way into the mainstream media in the usual way: A liberal group sent out a press release, a reporter barely rearranged its contents, and – voila! – journalism.

The Satanic Temple finally went through with its threat to lampoon religious objections. A letter (pdf) posted on its website yesterday states that the demon-worshiping body is “asserting a religious exemption from the burden of state-mandated ‘informational’ abortion materials for those who share their deeply held beliefs.”

The group says that warnings contained in such materials – e.g., that women suffer from post-abortion psychological trauma, and information linking abortion to an increased risk of breast cancer – are “'scientifically unfounded’ and ‘medically inaccurate’” and are therefore an affront to Satanic religious beliefs. The group has drawn up a letter that women may print and hand to their abortionist, telling him, “I trust that you will … keep me fully and accurately informed of my health based on science, not politics.”

Most reporters have likened this purported “religious objection” to the one Hobby Lobby successfully cited to opt out of the HHS mandate. Like most MSM reporting, that does a disservice to religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby place their faith in Jesus Christ at the center of all their decisions. The founders of The Satanic Temple do not actually believe in Satan at all.

“While the original thinking was that the Satanic Temple needed to hold to some belief in a supernatural entity known as ‘Satan,’ none of us truly believed that,” Mesner/Greaves told Thus, they have no religious beliefs to violate. He has been open about the fact that he and his largely unpublicized circle of followers intended the group to satirize those mostly evangelical and orthodox Catholic people who exert their First Amendment rights.

To that end, the inveterate publicity hounds have milked the media for every ounce of fame they could wring out of them. They defiled the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother, attempted to host a Black Mass at Harvard, and petitioned to erect a statue of Satan at the state capitol building in Oklahoma. Indeed, they have collected an untold sum of donations to build this yet-to-be-produced sculpture of the dark one, proving P.T. Barnum’s assertion about intelligence and obstetrics.

Expect more in the future. The Satanic Temple says this is “the first campaign in a series of Women’s Health [sic] initiatives the Satanic Temple intend [sic] to make public in the near future.” (Any actual religious group that so mangled the English language would have seen its errors highlighted in media coverage.)

The mainstream media love Mesner, et. al., for two reasons. Reporting the jokesters’ actions allows the media elite to attack the nation’s moral, faithful majority via proxy. And it lets them pretend they are covering news in a timely manner, reinforcing their delusion that they are actually journalists.

To read what the mainstream media will report tomorrow – and what it is covering up today – keep reading LifeSiteNews.

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Read the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce they’re expecting again

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If you have more children than our new, sub-replacement U.S. fertility rate of 1.88 children, you've undoubtedly heard them: rude comments about your “large” family. Whether medical personnel continually ask you about sterilization at your medical check-ups, or fellow shoppers stare at your three children like the Duggars have just walked in the store, the non-suicidal segment of the U.S. population has to deal with inappropriate and off-putting words and behavior from those slowly contracepting themselves into extinction.

In fact, this social pressure has become so commonplace that – which can usually be depended upon to be reliably pro-abortion – has decided the breeder-shaming has gone too far. The website has compiled the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce that they are expecting again. Among them:

  • “With my last pregnancy, my boss told me I needed to have an abortion and get my tubes tied.”

  • "So who is getting fixed after this one, you or your husband?"

  • "Don't you feel bad that you're not going to pay as much attention to your daughter now?"

  • "Again?!"

  • "You are done after this ... aren't you?"

  • "Are you sure? I mean you just had a baby."

  • “Don't you know what rubbers are?”

  • "With all the forms of birth control out there, there is no reason why someone should be pregnant if they don't wanna be." Well duh lady ... we wanted to be!

  • “My mother told my sister, ‘She’s just trying to get a reaction out of me.’”

Read the whole list here.

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Stay classy: ‘Pizza and Porno’ fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is anything but starved for funds, but it's always looking to sink its teeth into new revenue streams. And it has proven in the past that taste and decorum pose no barrier to their cashing a check.

A St. Louis man has unveiled the newest benefit for the nation's leading abortion provider: A Pizza & Porno Party.

For five dollars, people can chew gooey mozzarella while watching the 1979 porn film Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. The Riverfront Times reports, “the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”

What could be less appetizing than watching a 35-year-old porn film in a darkened roomful of strangers? Knowing that your participation helps kill babies.

The event will take place at a bar called “The Crack Fox,” a name that exudes class, sophistication, and full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

"We're trying to promote a positive attitude towards sexuality and promote the very important services of a health clinic,” Kloun said.

One of those “important functions” – at least, one of the few Planned Parenthood likes to talk about – is diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases, like those pandemic in the porn industry. One of the stars of Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls, the late John Holmes, died in 1988 from AIDS, a disease Planned Parenthood believes people have the right to conceal from their sexual partners. (Holmes reportedly exercised this option, making films after he knew he was HIV-positive.)

Periodic outbreaks of AIDS or syphilis have shut down the porn industry temporarily, and researchers at Boston University found that watching porn made young girls five-times more likely to engage in group sex. Porn mainstreams aberrant sexual practices and makes its viewers more likely to take part in risky sex that spreads disease.

In other words, this Kloun clown's fundraiser is a perfect match: imbecilic culture, low-brow “entertainment,” immature self-indulgence, and abortion – the murderous “solution” that covers up the consequences of sexual liberation.

Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said is that this is not the most distasteful thing Planned Parenthood profits from.

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