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Emergency Contraception: The abortion reducer that isn’t

John Jansen

To the surprise of exactly no one, Planned Parenthod President Cecile Richards is thrilled that so-called emergency contraception (hereafter:EC) is now available over-the-counter with no age restrictions.

This means that 16 year old girls (and boys) can now get the morning-after pill without a prescription.

So can 15 year olds, and 14 year olds, and 13 year olds, and 12 year olds, etc., despite the fact that the age of consent in every state is between 16 and 18.

It would be dangerously naïve to believe that making EC available to all teens and pre-teens will have any positive impact at all. On the other hand, it will now be even easier for young girls—and the older men who so often prey on them—to engage in risky sexual behavior. A wedge will be driven yet further between parents and children, and will cut doctors out of the loop as well.

And this is to say nothing of the abortion-causing potential of EC, which can kill an unborn child in the earliest days of life by preventing implantation in the mother’s uterus. Many women and girls would not choose to use EC if they knew it can cause an early abortion—but they’re far more likely to remain in the dark now that they don’t even need a prescription to get it.

Will this expansion of EC lower the rate of unintended teen pregnancy?  Or the abortion rate among teens?

No and no.

Despite the fact that there has been a huge increase in the number of women who have used EC over the last decade, even the Guttmacher Institute admits that “there’s no evidence” that EC has lowered the overall national rate of unintended pregnancy. In moments of honesty, even the biggest cheerleaders for EC will admit that the best that can be said of it is that it’s “better than nothing.”

Increased availability of EC hasn’t made a dent in the U.S. abortion rate, either.  (And the U.S. isn’t alone.  Consider this recent headline: “Abortion on rise in Sweden despite higher sales of morning-after pill.”) In this vein, it’s especially instructive to take a look at Planned Parenthood’s own figures.

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Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Numbers Up, EC Numbers Way Up

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood released its annual report for 2011-2012, which includes statistics for services provided nationwide during the year 2011.

Most notably, Planned Parenthood reports that they were responsible for 333,964 abortions — more than one-third of one million — which is the largest number of abortions they’ve ever done in one year.

Since the report’s release, much has been written about it. But one aspect in particular that has yet to attract any significant attention is Planned Parenthood’s statistics on the number of EC kits distributed in 2011, and how these figures compare in previous years’ annual reports, as well as to Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers for corresponding years.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood distributed 1,425,746 EC kits. Compare this with their figures for the past 10 years:

  • 2001: 458,892
  • 2002: 633,756
  • 2003: 774,482
  • 2004: 983,537
  • 2005: 1,245,506
  • 2006: 1,436,846
  • 2007: 1,423,365
  • 2008: 1,436,808
  • 2009: 1.537,180
  • 2010: 1,461,816
  • 2011: 1,425,746

Note the staggering increase: between 2001-2006, the number of EC kits distributed annually by the “LensCrafters of family planning” more than tripled. Since then, except for a somewhat sharp uptick in 2009, Planned Parenthood’s EC numbers have more or less leveled off.

Now, if all of those millions of megadoses of the regular birth control pill were so effective, we could reasonably expect to see Planned Parenthood’s abortion figures go down — indeed, down significantly — right?

And yet we don’t.

Here are Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers for those same years:

  • 2001: 213,026
  • 2002: 230,630
  • 2003: 244,628
  • 2004: 255,015
  • 2005: 264,943
  • 2006: 289,750
  • 2007: 305,310
  • 2008: 324,008
  • 2009: 332,278
  • 2010: 329,445
  • 2011: 333,964

Note that only between 2009 and 2010 did Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers go down — and by less than 1%, at that.  In every other year between 2001 and 2011, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers increased from one year to the next.

To anyone who has followed the saga of EC and the hopelessly failed predictions thereof, these figures should come as no surprise.

1998 Prediction: EC Could Prevent 50% of Abortions and Unintended Pregnancies

Planned Parenthood Lies to You signWay back in the annals of the internet is a press release dated September 2, 1998 from a company called Gynétics (which at the time was based in New Jersey, but is now based in Belgium). The release announced that the their product, Preven, had just become the “first FDA-approved product for emergency contraception that can prevent pregnancy when used within 72 hours” after sex.

The press release contained this comment from one Dr. Anita Nelson, an Ob/Gyn professor at UCLA:

It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of all abortions and unintended pregnancies in this country could be avoided if women had access to emergency contraception.

That’s no small prediction. And looking back, it’s turned out to be not simply wrong, but astoundingly wrong.

Yet still, to this day, Planned Parenthood’s website still says EC is “effective,” and they tell the rest of us it’s a wonderful thing whenever “access” to it is expanded — and they expect us to be fool enough to believe them.


Reprinted with permission from the Prolife Action League

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Illegal work being done at future site of abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

John Jansen

Since learning that Forest View Medical Center abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois had closed nearly two months ago, the Pro-Life Action League has continued to keep a close eye on the facility.

After the closing, we knew that the building that formerly housed Forest View was still owned by Vinod and Vijay Goyal, a husband-and-wife team who own more abortion clinics (five) than anyone else in the state, so we were obviously concerned that the Goyals might attempt to open another abortion facility at the site.

And, in fact, we’ve recently learned that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Pro-Life Action League has learned [PDF] that the Goyals are planning this summer to open a facility called Apollo Surgical Center in the building that formerly housed the Forest View abortion clinic.

Apollo will be an Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center (ASTC), meaning that it will be legally allowed to perform abortions up to 24 weeks gestation. (By contrast, Forest View was a Pregnancy Termination Specialty Center (PTSC), and was legally allowed to perform abortions up to 18 weeks gestation.)

Apollo’s ASTC application indicates that other services will be offered as well, including gastroenterology and urology. In all likelihood, we suspect, abortions will be done at Apollo one or two days a week, which will allow the Goyals to rent out the facility to other physicians the rest of the week.

City Orders Abortion Clinic to Stop Work

On May 30, I visited the facility and noticed that the lobby contained a bag full of garbage, a hand truck, and some windows still in their original packaging. Clearly, work is still being done at the site, but no building permit was posted on the premises.

I alerted the City of Des Plaines building department and recommended that they send an inspector to the site. I also submitted a FOIA request to the city to find out if any permits had been issued for the building. The city responded promptly to my request and assured me that they would send an inspector to the site.

Contractors working illegally at Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, ILContractors working illegally at Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

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Yesterday (June 5), I visited the facility again. Clearly, the city made good on its promise, as a violation notice was posted on Apollo’s front door ordering Apollo to stop construction on its sidewalk. But in defiance of the stop-work order posted mere feet away, contractors were illegally doing work on the sidewalk.

I immediately called the Des Plaines building department to inform them of the situation. They said an inspector would be sent out right away, and that the owners would be fined for violating the stop-work order.

If You See Something, Say Something

Abortionists aren’t above the law, but it’s no surprise when they act as if they are. Instances like this one — which is but one example among many others — illustrate that if you don’t keep an eye on your local abortion clinic, no one will.

Surely this won’t be the last time the Goyals show utter disregard for the law. The next time they do, we’ll be watching.

And we’ll definitely say something.

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League

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Everything old is new again: The resurgence of pro-life hospital pickets

John Jansen

“Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Coming to a Hospital Near You.”

That’s the apt title of an article published last week by pro-choice journalist Robin Marty on the liberal website ThinkProgress.

Noting that the vast majority of abortions are performed in freestanding clinics, Marty says hospitals are “increasingly viewed as the weak link in the battle over abortion access.” She then adds, “And that’s exactly the way medical boards like it.”

But as more and more states are enacting legislation requiring abortionists in freestanding facilities to have admitting privileges at and transfer agreements with a local hospital, the landscape is changing:

Admitting privileges legislation has made hospitals the gatekeeper for abortion clinics’ ability to remain open. That’s allowed protests to move away from the clinics themselves and back to the hospitals, a far more vulnerable target.

She then mentions a smattering of states that have witnessed pro-life targeted protests of hospitals in recent years, including Alabama, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Michigan.

Pro-life pickets of hospitals are, of course, nothing new, as Marty notes that they, along with pickets outside abortionists’ homes, are both covered in Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler’s book Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion (the first edition of which was published in 1985, the second in 1994).

Marty interviewed Scheidler for the article, and she quotes him extensively. In fact, Marty concludes her article thusly:

“Of course we will apply pressure,” said Scheidler. “We are trying to get the abortion clinics closed. Without hospitals, the abortionist can’t get the resources he needs and then he closes. That’s what is going to happen around the country as this becomes more common.”

Marty’s article is further confirmation of what we have known for some time: namely, that hospitals want to be subject to pro-life protests about as much as they want to be hit with a malpractice suit.

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Let this serve as a cautionary tale for hospital administrators who think they can escape protests because they “only” grant admitting privileges or have transfer agreements with abortionists.

Sooner or later, we’ll find out that your hospital is enabling abortionists to ply their trade, and you’ll be protested, and the “stigma” of abortion will be attached to you. It will most definitely make your patients uneasy, and you will lose business.

In short, it will be a P.R. disaster. Think about it, Mr. and Mrs. Hospital Administrator: Is it worth it?

Ideally, hospitals should refuse to have anything at all to do with abortion or its practitioners because — at the risk of stating the mind-numbingly obvious — killing babies is wrong. But if moral reasons aren’t enough, we’ll settle for a hospital refusing to give cover to abortionists out of concern for their own self-interest.

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Did Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler commit perjury in Tonya Reaves deposition?

John Jansen

Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

And with the recent release of her 165-page deposition [PDF] as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, there is much more that we now know about the case — but there is still much that we do not know.

Early News Stories, Autopsy Report Listed Wrong Planned Parenthood Location

CBS Radio’s Chicago affiliate, News Radio 780 WBBM, broke the story of Tonya Reaves’ death the following day, July 21, 2012. Citing evidence from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, WBBM’s Steve Miller reported that Reaves’ abortion had occurred at 18 S. Michigan Avenue, which is the location of Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center.

That detail came as a surprise to us, since the website for the Loop Health Center indicated [PDF] — in a passage that was later deleted — that only limited services (birth control, emergency contraception, and medication abortion; i.e., the abortion pill, or RU-486) were available at that facility.

We suspected that Tonya Reaves’ abortion might have actually been performed at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center, located at 1200 N. LaSalle Street, which does perform surgical abortions.

But there was no evidence to confirm our suspicion — until now.

On page 132 of the deposition, abortionist Gittler mentions that Tonya Reaves’ car was parked in the Treasure Island parking lot.

What is the significance of this seemingly inconsequential detail?

There are only six Treasure Island Foods grocery stores in the city of Chicago — and none is even remotely close to 18 S. Michigan Avenue (the location listed in the autopsy report and early news stories).

There is, however, a Treasure Island Foods located at 75 W. Elm Street — a mere two blocks from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center at 1200 N. LaSalle, around which all available on-street parking is metered.

Without a doubt, that is where Tonya Reaves’ abortion occurred — not at 18 S. Michigan.

No Record of 911 Call

Here’s where things get interesting.

Another early news story from WBBM reporter Steve Miller, citing the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Report, indicates that Reaves was transferred by a Chicago Fire Department ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

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On page 122 of the deposition, Gittler states, “I didn’t call the ambulance. The nurse does.”  Then, on page 136, Gittler is asked to read an excerpt from her medical notes regarding her treatment of Tonya Reaves, and she explicitly states that 911 was called.

And yet the attorney questioning Gittler did not ask her any further questions about the supposed 911 call.

This lack of follow-up on the part of the questioning attorney is enormously disappointing.

More than one year prior, the Pro-Life Action League had published evidence obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that no 911 calls had been placed by the Planned Parenthood location at 18 S. Michigan, where Tonya Reaves’ abortion was said to have taken place.

It’s unclear why no additional questions were asked of Gittler regarding the supposed 911 call.  But once we read the deposition last week and ascertained that Tonya Reaves’ abortion had actually occurred at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center at 1200 N. LaSalle, we filed another FOIA request with the City of Chicago to find out if any 911 calls had been made on July 20, 2012 from that location.

We just received a response [PDF] from the city’s Office of Emergency Management verifying that no 911 calls were made from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center on the day Tonya Reaves died.


To recap:

In her sworn deposition, Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler explicitly stated that 911 was called on the day Tonya Reaves had an abortion and later died. Yet there is no record of any 911 call from Planned Parenthood on that day.

In light of these facts, the question must be asked: Did abortionist Mandy Gittler perjure herself?

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League

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