Cheryl Sullenger

Pro-lifers demand: President Obama, investigate Illinois Planned Parenthood for a needless death

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By Cheryl Sullenger

CHICAGO, July 24, 2012, (Operation Rescue) — New information is surfacing about the young woman who died from a botched second-trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago on Friday along with reports that a second Chicago area Planned Parenthood summoned an ambulance for an abortion patient on the same day, prompting continued calls for a thorough investigation.

Tonya Reaves, 24, died Friday evening after suffering massive bleeding following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion at the Loop Center Health Care Planned Parenthood. She left a one-year old son named Alvin, a grieving fiancé, and an upset family that is now demanding answers.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is telling callers Tonya’s death has been ruled accidental. The autopsy report has not yet been released. Requests for the records have been filed.

“That autopsy report will tell us more about what happened to Tonya, but we already know that complications that can cause hemorrhage, such a uterine perforation, are treatable. Tonya’s death was tragically avoidable, and Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for taking the life of this young mother,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.

The Pro-Life Action League is now reporting that an ambulance was summoned to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in the Chicago suburb of Aurora on the same Friday that Tonya died from her abortion-related injuries. According to Ann Scheidler, no patient was transported, nevertheless, some kind of medical emergency initially existed that prompted the call for emergency assistance.

“Two women suffered serious abortion complications on Friday at Planned Parenthood’s clinics. One lived and one died. These clinics need to be investigated thoroughly by the authorities before more women are maimed or killed,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood’s medical and legal problems extend nationwide.

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In the past 18 months, Operation Rescue has documented ten incidents of botched abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in cities including Boston, Massachusetts, St. Paul, Minnesota, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sioux City, Iowa, Everett, Washington, and St. Louis, Missouri.

“The ten botched abortions we have documented are just the tip of the iceberg. These are just the small fraction that pro-life activists happened to witness and document. Planned Parenthood does everything it can to conceal the truth about the actual number of serious complications at its clinics,” said Newman.

Other abuse-related problems have been exposed in recent months, including:

  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois — the same place where Tonya Reaves died — is under investigation for Medicaid fraud allegedly committed by its medical director, abortionist Caroline Hoke;
  • Criminal charges against Planned Parenthood in Kansas for illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence;
  • Whistleblower suits filed by former Planned Parenthood employees in California, Texas, and Iowa alleging massive billing fraud;
  • Closure of the entire Planned Parenthood Golden Gate affiliate for financial malfeasance;
  • The widespread non-reporting of child sex abuse;
  • The participation in sex-selection abortions;
  • Congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood’s misuse of federal funds for abortions;
  • The webcam abortion pill scam in Iowa that has prompted the introduction of legislation banning the dangerous practice at the federal level and in at least seven states.
  • The documentation by Life Dynamics, Inc. that Planned Parenthood specifically targets minority communities, especially blacks, for abortion.

“When we cut through the misleading rhetoric that Planned Parenthood spins out on a daily basis, what is left is an unscrupulous and corrupt organization that will stop at nothing to sell abortions and keep government subsidies rolling into their coffers,” said Newman. “We must oppose the tax funding of Planned Parenthood at every level in order to protect the public from fraud and medical abuse.”

Meanwhile, Tonya Reaves lay dead in the morgue while her family pleads for answers.

Her twin sister, Toni, told reporters that Tonya was “just fine one day and then the next day she was gone…We are just trying to figure out what happened.”

The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that calls to the Reaves family are now being referred to a personal-injury lawyer.

Members of the black community have also expressed outrage.

“To this day, Planned Parenthood’s billion dollars a year, genocidal formula continues to kill women and children — with black women and children being disproportionately targeted for abortion. This is no accident — it’s just business — a very cruel and bloody business!” stated Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union. “I am so sad and angry about the death of this beautiful black girl and her baby. Tonya Reaves and her child should not have died!”

“We pray that Tonya’s heartbreaking death is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned,” said Newman. “Enough is enough. We simply cannot wait until another young mother is killed and more tax dollars are flushed down Planned Parenthood’s abortion rat hole.”

Earlier this year, President Obama remarked on the tragic slaying of Trayvon Martin, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

“Well Mr. President, does Tonya Reaves look enough like your daughters to investigate Planned Parenthood?” asked Newman. “To do any less is to disrespect Tonya’s memory and play politics with women’s lives.”

Operation Rescue is calling on the public to contact President Obama and demand an investigation into the death of Tonya Reaves and insist that the federal funding of Planned Parenthood be immediately suspended until we “get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Contact President Obama:
White House Comments Line: 202-456-1111
E-Mail Page: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

This article originally appeared on the Operation Rescue website and is reprinted with permission.


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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks

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Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkin’s statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s.

During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was "civilised" to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be "immoral" to choose not to abort babies diagnosed with the condition.

He said that his goal is to "reduce suffering wherever you can," indicating that unborn children cannot suffer, and that unborn children don't "have human feelings."

In addition to being scientifically challenged - unborn children can feel both pain and emotions - Dawkins' comments drew criticism for his callousness towards children with disabilities.  

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus"

“It's sick and twisted for anyone to advocate for the killing of children with disabilities,” Live Action President Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews. “Dawkins's ignorant comments serve only to further stigmatize people with Down syndrome.

“While many people with Down syndrome, their families, and advocacy groups are fighting discrimination on a daily basis, Dawkins calls for their murder before they are even born,” she said. “Those with Down syndrome are human beings, with innate human dignity, and they, along with the whole human family, deserve our respect and protection.”

Carol Boys, chief executive of the Down's Syndrome Association, told MailOnline that, contrary to Dawkins’ assertion, “People with Down’s syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society.”

A spokesperson for the UK disabilities charity Scope lamented that during the “difficult and confusing time” when parents find out they are expecting a child with disabilities, they often experience “negative attitudes.”

“What parents really need at this time is sensitive and thorough advice and information,” the spokesperson said.

Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan agreed with Rose’s assessment. "Advocates of abortion for those 'weaker' than others, or of less physical or intellectual dexterity, should remember that each of us is 'lesser' in some or most respects," he said.

According to Donovan, "we deliver a death sentence on all of humanity by such cruel logic."

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus" he said.

One family who has a child with Down syndrome said Dawkins was far from the mark when he suggested that aborting babies with Down syndrome is a good way to eliminate suffering.

Jan Lucas, whose son Kevin has Down syndrome, said that far from suffering, Kevin has brought enormous joy to the family, and "is so loving. He just has a million hugs."

She described how Kevin was asked to be an honorary deacon at the hurch they attend in New Jersey, “because he is so encouraging to everyone. At church, he asks people how their families are, says he'll pray for them, and follows up to let them know that he has been praying for them."

It's not just strangers for whom Kevin prays. "My husband and I were separated for a time, and Kevin kept asking people to pray for his dad," said Jan. "They didn't believe that Kevin's prayers would be answered. Kevin didn't lose hope, and asking people, and our marriage now is better than ever before. We attribute it to Kevin's prayers, and how he drew on the prayers of everyone."

"I don't know what we'd do without him," said Jan.

Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Kevin said that his favorite things to do are "spending time with my family, and keeping God in prayer." He said that he "always knows God," which helps him to "always keep praying for my friends."

"I love my church," said Kevin.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome described themselves as "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.

Despite this, it is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 


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Pope Francis: steps must be taken to halt ‘unjust aggressor’ in Iraq

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Pope Francis and his emissary to Iraq’s persecuted non-Muslim minorities, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, have both called on the United Nations to act in concert to protect Iraqis Christian and Yazidi minorities from the radical Islamic forces of ISIS.

Asked about Iraq on his return flight from South Korea, Francis replied that “it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor.”

He added, however, that “halt” does not mean to “bomb” and lamented “how many times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor…have powerful nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!”

He also cautioned that no single nation could determine the right measures. Any intervention must be multilateral and preferably by the United Nations, he said.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Foloni, who is visiting Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis, issued a joint statement this week with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Iraqi bishops that urged the international community to “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result.”

The statement also urged efforts to “assure that there is international protection for these villages and so to encourage these families to go back to their homes and to continue to live a normal life in security and peace.”

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican nuncio to Iraq, was also asked by Vatican Radio earlier this month about the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise [the Islamic State] could not be stopped,” the archbishop said. 

Although Pope Francis’ own remarks about an intervention in the war-torn country were carefully guarded, Catholic commentator Robert Spencer, author of such bestselling exposes of Islam as “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion,” told LifeSiteNews he believes the pope was clearly calling for an “armed intervention, though a very limited one.”  

“Only a fool would think there is another way to stop an ‘unjust aggressor,’” he said.

Spencer expressed concerns that both Francis and Pope John Paul II before him have both referred to Islam a “religion of peace,” which Spencer says is “completely false.” However, he suggested that Francis’ remarks calling for action in Iraq are a sign of a more realistic attitude towards Islam.   

On this, Spencer would likely have the support of Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, who issued a letter last week warning the West in stark terms about the encroaching threat of Islam.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer,” Nona warned. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here.

“You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles,” he said

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”


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Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

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In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."

Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."

Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."

Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."

According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. "Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can."

Later, however, he said that people on the autism spectrum "have a great deal to contribute, Maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. [Down Syndrome] not enhanced."

When Dawkins received some blowback from Twitter followers, he replied: "Apparently I'm a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted."

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child. 

A number of Dawkins' statements in the Twitter thread about fetal development are at odds with scientific realities. For example, it is well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli -- such as a mother's stress levels -- months before being born. 

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