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Take five minutes now to stop PBS pushing late-term abortion doc ‘After Tiller’

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Earlier this week, LifeSiteNews reported that PBS is going to be showing the pro-abortion movie "After Tiller" next week. The movie highlights late-term abortion doctors with the intent of convincing the American people to sympathize with their worldview and difficulties.

Blogger Jill Stanek now reports that abortion supporters are promoting the documentary on Twitter and is urging pro-lifers to hack their hashtags #AbortionAccess and #AfterTiller starting at 2:00 Eastern.

From Stanek:

So please help us keep abortion radicals from peacefully promoting the excruciatingly painful blood bath of older preborn infants, never mind the extra danger their mothers face (hello, Jennifer Morbelli, killed last year by After Tiller star LeRoy Carhart), by tweeting about the reality of late-term abortion – there is so much to say about it – beginning at 2p EST. Use their hashtags #AbortionAccess and #AfterTiller.

PBS pulled in millions in U.S. federal taxpayer funding in 2012. That's in addition to more than $500 million state and federal taxpayer dollars that went to Planned Parenthood for, among other things, abortions and abortion-causing drugs and devices.

With five minutes today, you can help stop PBS from further entrenching the awfulness that is late-term abortion -- and abortion in general -- in the minds of the American people. Tweet to your family, friends, politicians, and the media this afternoon.

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If Planned Parenthood collapses, so does the abortion industry, part 1

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Had Planned Parenthood gone under in 1986, the abortion industry would hardly have noticed. At the time Planned Parenthood was committing only 6.2% of all U.S. abortions.

That was then.

With a total of 342 abortion clinics at last count (174 surgical/168 medical), Planned Parenthood now owns 46% of the remaining 751 abortion clinics in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood’s biggest abortion surge has been in the field of medical (RU-486) abortions. Planned Parenthood operates 90% of all U.S. medical abortion clinics, according to AbortionDocs.org. Here’s a chart from STOPP.org:

Planned Parenthood medical vs surgical abortions as of end of 2013

By 2011, the latest figures available, Planned Parenthood was responsible for 31.6% of the U.S. abortion marketshare, surely higher today.

Were Planned Parenthood to go under now, the abortion industry would collapse.

Planned Parenthood abortion monopoly USwrote last week about Planned Parenthood’s growing monopoly of that shrinking industry.

This has been intentional, a dual strategy by Planned Parenthood to increase the number of its abortion clinics while crushing the competition.

Planned Parenthood has been conducting its coup for years, if not decades. Quoting the Wall Street Journal from 2008:

This is not the Planned Parenthood we all grew up with… they now have more of a business approach, much more aggressive,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, who runs abortion clinics in Texas and Maryland.

Ms. Hagstrom Miller competes with Planned Parenthood for abortion patients – and finds it deeply frustrating. She does not receive the government grants or tax-deductible donations that bolster Planned Parenthood, and says she can’t match the nonprofit’s budget for advertising or clinic upgrades. She has carved her own niche by touting her care as more holistic – and by charging $425 for a first-trimester surgery at her Austin clinic, compared with $475 at the local Planned Parenthood….

“They’re not unlike other big national chains,” Ms. Hagstrom Miller said. “They put local independent businesses in a tough situation.”

There is plenty of evidence Planned Parenthood is indeed trying to drive out the competition. Two recent examples:

  • In Texas, where there is now a dearth of abortion clinics thanks to pro-life legislation, Planned Parenthood is building two new clinics in Dallas and San Antonio - where two of the state’s three last independent clinics already exist (if and when the law takes full effect). The other five that are anticipated to remain standing all belong to Planned Parenthood.

  • In North Carolina, Planned Parenthood smelled blood and forced a shaky independent abortion clinic to close this year by announcing plans to build.

But there is a provocative flip side to this that plays right into pro-life hands: As Planned Parenthood grabs more of the declining abortion industry, and the industry becomes ever more dependent on Planned Parenthood for survival, the prospects of that industry’s collapse only increase.

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PPWere Planned Parenthood to go under, the number of U.S. abortion clinics would be cut by more than half, and replacing them would be difficult due to today’s stricter clinic regulations and oversight, in conjunction with the decreased demand.

Also gone would be Planned Parenthood’s influence on elections and litigation.

“Remember that, in addition to becoming the primary abortionists, Planned Parenthood is who provides the lawyers and the political connections to keep abortion legal,” reminded American Life League’s Jim Sedlak in an email. “If Planned Parenthood collapses, all the behind-the-scenes infrastructure goes with it.”

Interesting theory, but is it realistic to imagine that Planned Parenthood could crash?

Stay tuned for Part II.

 

Reprinted with permission from Jill Stanek's blog.

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Why is Britain allowing this notorious euthanasia campaigner to operate here?

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By Peter Saunders

Notorious Australian euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has been in the news again.

Last week, it was reported that his organisation Exit International was establishing a London office to ‘cope with demand’ from UK citizens for assisted suicide.  

The group, which charges members a fee to access online information and attend workshops to discuss ‘peaceful’ methods of suicide, has attracted fierce criticism in Australia, where it was originally set up.

Its activities include:

  • Advising members on how to source  a lethal drug used to kill US Death  Row prisoners;

  • Selling test kits so members can check the purity and potency of this controlled Class B drug in their own homes;

  • Providing instructions on how people can gas themselves using a ‘DIY’ kit;

  • Giving tips on how those assisting a suicide might avoid prosecution.

Today it has been further reported that Nitschke has enraged victims of crime groups by his suggestion that killers serving life sentences should be able to choose the timing of their own ‘peaceful’ deaths behind bars.

Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he is being investigated by police in every Australian state over his possible role in nearly 20 deaths in the past three years, all of them apparently suicides.

The latest investigation, by Victoria Police, concerns the death of a 55-year-old Geelong man who allegedly killed himself using a do-it-yourself kit bought though a company affiliated with Exit International, the pro-euthanasia organisation founded by Dr Nitschke. 

All of the deaths being investigated involved the use of the two suicide methods promoted by Dr Nitschke, the lethal drug, Nembutal or a nitrogen inhalant device.

Nitschke currently faces expulsion by the Australian Medical Association when its Northern Territory branch Council meets in November, after a move to suspend him last month failed after an error in the paperwork.

The Medical Board of Australia suspended him in July. The decision which used the board's emergency powers to  ‘protect  public health and safety’ came after he admitted in an interview with the ABC that he had supported a 45-year-old Perth man, Nigel Brayley, in his decision to commit suicide, despite knowing the man was not terminally ill.

The AMA has cited the same ‘adverse event’, saying Dr Nitschke's ‘professional behaviour … was not consistent with the high professional and ethical standards for the Australian medical profession promoted by the AMA’.

Documents obtained by The Sunday Age reveal there are currently five separate medical board investigations, one dating as far back as 2011, into Dr Nitschke's conduct.

Nitschke (aka Dr Death) is an extremist and self-publicist whose presence in the UK puts the lives of vulnerable elderly, depressed and disabled people at grave risk. 

The British Suicide Act, as amended in 2009, states that ‘an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or an attempted suicide of another person’ is illegal, ‘whether or not a suicide, or an attempt at suicide, occurs’; the emphasis is on whether the accused ‘intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide’.

What Nitschke is doing must surely fall within the scope of these offences. The information shared by his organisation in his London seminars and on the internet is surely capable of encouraging or assisting people to commit suicide and his activities are clearly intended to encourage or assist people to commit suicide by offering them advice about the ‘best way’ of doing it.

Nitschke’s activities present a real and present risk to vulnerable members of the British public.

With the growing elderly population, failure of the care system and worsening economic situation a growing number of frail, disabled, ill and depressed people in Britain will be feeling under even greater pressure to end their lives, either for fear that they will not cope, or so as to be less of a burden to relatives.

They deserve better protection from suicide predators like Nitschke than they are currently getting.

Quite why the Home Secretary and Metropolitan Police allow him into the UK to conduct seminars and continue his activities remains a mystery but Britain deserves a full explanation.

Reprinted with permission from Peter Saunders' blog

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Courage in a global crisis

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life Campaign Director
By Shawn Carney

The abortion crisis takes more lives globally than war and disease combined. The numbers can be overwhelming … so the solution must start with prayer.

As 40 Days for Life continues to grow, faithful people in new countries are taking a leap of faith and bringing this campaign to their nations. The languages are different, but the message is the same: “Pray and fast for an end to abortion.”

There are vigils at 297 locations in 13 countries! Find the one nearest you … and get involved:

Here’s the latest from brand-new campaigns in Mexico and Croatia …

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

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There’s great news from Lourdes, who is coordinating the first-ever 40 Days for Life vigil in Mexico City.

“A life was saved!” she said.

Vigil participants watched as a couple entered the facility. A few minutes later, the young woman ran out in tears. “The girl was so sad and had panic on her face,” Lourdes said. “That touched all of the volunteers.”

The man really wanted her to go back inside – in fact, he said she had to go back in for the abortion. His whole attitude changed when one of the volunteers said, “That child is also yours.”

The couple then walked away … and never went back in!

The campaign itself got off to a great start. “We had a successful kickoff event where more than hundred people attended,” Lourdes said.

The first morning of the vigil, the abortion facility hired private security guards to intimidate the volunteers. They also parked cars next to the building to keep the vigil participants at a distance.

“The second day,” she said, “local police arrived and the volunteers felt nervous.” But it was the private guards that the officers wanted to talk to. They were told to move the cars next to the building.

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“The volunteers were astonished,” said Lourdes. “It is really impressive what prayer can do!”

RIJEKA, CROATIA

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Ante, the 40 Days for Life leader in Zagreb, has been helping 40 Days for Life spread to other Croatian cities. He had asked people in Rijeka if they wanted to participate, but at first they were hesitant.

Shortly before the campaign was to start, however, they saw the faith and courage of people in other cities and committed to the effort. They received approval from the local hospital to pray right in front of the door of the gynecology center.

“In Croatia,” Ante explained, “we don’t have abortion clinics, so we pray in front of hospitals, very far away from gynecology doors. So, Rijeka is greatly blessed to have that approval.”

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He was able to spend some time with the volunteers in Rijeka. “After two hours, two provocateurs came, sneered at us, cursed and insulted us, took our pictures and recorded us. But they only stayed 15-20 minutes.”

Ante also met the archbishop of Rijeka. “He blessed our actions. He is the third bishop who has publicly supported the initiative.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

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