Kathleen Gilbert

Autopsy: Planned Parenthood patient’s uterus arrived separate from body

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September 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The autopsy report of 24-year-old Planned Parenthood patient Tonya Reaves is difficult to read.

The document obtained by Operation Rescue this week gives an inventory of the remains of the young woman, who entered a Chicago Planned Parenthood July 20 for a second-trimester abortion, in dispassionate fashion. “All organs are present in their usual anatomic positions ... no evidence of significant recent external injury ... no thromboemboli are present in the pulmonary arteries.”

It’s under the heading of “reproductive system” that the story changes.

“The uterus is received in a separate container accompanying the body,” wrote the medical examiner. The organ, it was observed, was “ragged” from cauterization: a hot iron burning living tissue shut, an extreme measure used to stop a life-threatening internal bleed. The uterus had ultimately been removed by doctors in a last-ditch hysterectomy to save Reaves’ life.

A 3/16” laceration in the uterus was found adjacent to impression marks made by an abortion instrument. Also noted was an “extensive perforation of the left broad ligament” that appeared to slice through the left uterine artery. The cavity of Reaves’ body, it said, was filled with as much as one and a half liters of blood.

At the end of the seven-page report are the words:

OPINION:

The cause of death of this 24-year-old, Black female, TONYA REAVES, is due to hemorrhage resulting from cervical dilatation and evacuation [D&E abortion] due to an intrauterine pregnancy.

MANNER OF DEATH:

Accident.

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, said the autopsy, normally part of the public record, was only handed over after lawyers threatened the coroner with legal action.

“The autopsy was done the day after she died but we did not get it until 7 weeks later,” Newman told LifeSiteNews.com.

The autopsy adds another dimension to Planned Parenthood’s struggle to control the narrative surrounding the death of its former patient, who reportedly bled for five and a half hours in a Planned Parenthood clinic before finally being transported to a hospital where she died.

FOIA requests reveal that the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood, located at 18 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, never did call 911 after the July 20 abortion at 11:00 am, and eventually had Reaves dropped off at a local hospital by a Fire Department ambulance at 4:30 pm.

Activists calling for justice for Reaves say hospital staff was left to guess at what had happened to the young woman, and only discovered a uterine perforation hours later, when Reaves’ condition continued to decline following initial treatment for an incomplete abortion.

“Even a level one trauma team could not save her life,” said Newman. Newman’s group has joined other pro-life groups that have called for a murder investigation over the event.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois had said in July they were “shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital,” and declined comment on “private patient matters.”

“While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies. Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. We do not publicly discuss private patient matters,” said the group in a statement.

Pro-life leaders says the botched abortion raises further questions about the legitimacy of Planned Parenthood’s practice: while it has been confirmed that Reaves had the abortion at the S. 18th Street location, the clinic’s website indicates that abortions are not supposed to be offered there, but are referred out to two other Planned Parenthood facilities, one on N. LaSalle Street in Chicago and another in Aurora, IL.

“Planned Parenthood’s website indicates that surgical abortions were not supposed to be available at that location, which leads to questions about whether the office was properly equipped for risky second trimester abortions,” wrote Operation Rescue. The group says it plans to complain to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation over the discrepancy.

Meanwhile, leaders say the autopsy report bolsters calls for criminal charges for “depraved indifference” and negligence on top of criminal malpractice.

“Planned Parenthood killed her, now they must be brought to justice in a court of law,” said Newman.

 

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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By Ben Johnson

TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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