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Bodies of Gosnell’s victims thrown into landfill: investigation

John Jalsevac
John Jalsevac

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 28, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of pro-life activists is calling for a government investigation into the disposal of babies killed by convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell in light of new evidence that they say indicates that the medical waste giant Stericycle unlawfully dumped their bodies into a municipal landfill. 

The Campaign to Stop Stericycle (CSS) has exposed Stericycle's relationship with abortion clinics, including Gosnell's, across the country. In 2011 they successfuly convinced the truck leasing company Ryder to stop providing trucks for Stericyle.

Grand Jury documents had pointed to Stericycle as assisting Gosnell with the disposal of the aborted babies. The Presentment outlined that staff were assigned the task of preparing the boxes for the company's arrival. The document explained: "James Johnson, who worked for Gosnell since 2001, testified that his duties included collecting the red biohazard bags of fetal remains and putting them in boxes for pickup by an outside firm, Stericycle." (Page 32)    

CSS says that during an undercover investigation in 2010, it discovered that human body parts that are collected by Stericycle in Pennsylvania are hauled to the company's plant in North Carolina (the Stericycle incinerator used for much of the medical waste on the East Coast) to be burned with tons of medical garbage. 

"You'll get stickers marked for incinerate only. The waste will be incinerated," explained Stericycle sales representative Mara Villalobos. "It will be incinerated, so it will be hauled over to Haw River, [North Carolina]." 

However, after requesting that the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) investigate what it said was Stericycle's lawful incineration of late-term and newborn babies killed by Gosnell,CSS discovered that the bodies of the children never made it to the incineration plant. Instead, according to documentation, the boxes were mislabeled and sent to Stericycle's chemclave plant in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Chemclave is a sterilization process involving alcohols, ketones, formaldehyde and water.  

After the babies were treated in this chemical solution, they were hauled to an area landfill and buried with the trash, which is illegal in Pennsylvania.

Records also show that Stericycle assisted Gosnell with his disposal needs on a weekly basis, at times collecting a large number of boxes. Documents show that on December 22, 2008, the company hauled 26 boxes from the facility, weighing 290 pounds. On July 13, 2009, the company detailed hauling away 23 boxes, weighing 264.90 pounds. Even when just a few boxes were collected, single boxes would at times weigh over 20 pounds.

The Grand Jury Presentment outlined that James Johnson, who packaged the remains, "told [investigators] that in the last two years, Gosnell did not always pay his Stericycle bills." Since Stericycle would not collect the abortion "waste" until payment was received, the fetal remains were packed into freezers until Stericycle resumed its cooperation. Records show that Gosnell owed the company over $10,000 at the time of the police raid, which is why investigators were able to find the evidence of his heinous crimes, which would have otherwise been destroyed.

"If Gosnell had kept paying his Stericycle bills, who knows what evidence would have been left to convict him," campaign director Michael Marcavage stated. "Stericycle was willing to dispose of Gosnell's so-called 'waste' for as long as they were profiting from the abortionist." 

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Marcavage decried the fact that the bodies of Gosnell's victims actually ended up in a landfill.

"Matters turned out to be even worse than we thought as the company failed to follow its internal protocol," Marcavage said. "It is beyond sickening to think that the bodies of potentially hundreds of children are buried with the trash in a Pennsylvania landfill. Whether burned in an incinerator or dumped in a landfill, Stericycle must be held responsible for its collaboration with Gosnell and its improper handling of human remains." 

In 2011, Stericycle was fined over $42,000 for an identical situation in Texas, where the company was found to be illegally dumping aborted babies into a municipal landfill in Austin with household and commercial garbage. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found Stericycle liable for "failure to prevent the disposal of treated fetuses at a municipal solid waste landfill" and "failure to comply with permit conditions."

Following the revelations in Pennsylvania, CSS sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to request a formal investigation. Governor Tom Corbett, Representative Matthew Baker, Chair of the House Health Committee and the Pennsylvania State Police were also among the recipients. 

"Once again, the sins of Stericycle have found them out," Marcavage stated. "While the trial largely focused on the acts of the abortionist, Stericycle played a huge role in the disposal of Gosnell's victims, and for that, they must be exposed." 

"Who knows how many of Gosnell's victims lay dead in the trash, or how many more would have met their fate in the same landfill should Gosnell have kept paying his Stericycle bills," he continued. "Without Stericycle, and companies like it, the abortion industry would collapse."

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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