NewsThu Apr 5, 2007 - 12:15 pm EST
No Action on Allegations of at Least 10 Unreported Child Rape Victims Aborted or treated by US Abort
By Peter J. Smith
KALAMAZOO, Michigan, April 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Law enforcement and Child Protection Services (CPS) in Kalamazoo have declined to investigate at least ten cases of possible child-rape unreported by a local abortion clinic.
Veteran pro-life sidewalk counselor Anne Norton says she has gathered copious amounts of evidence which she claims proves that Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan in Kalamazoo has been complicit in covering-up child rape cases by failing to report statutory rape of underage girls.
Norton has documented at least 10 cases of young girls under 16 (the age of consent in Michigan), who were taken to the Planned Parenthood clinic for pregnancy tests or abortions.
What startles Norton is the reluctance of law enforcement and child protection services to investigate these well-documented allegations of child rape. Norton, who has gathered names of victims, spoken with their families, and other evidence has not been able to move either CPS or Kalamazoo police to action.
In one particular case in November 2005, Norton witnessed an 11-year-old African American girl taken into the Kalamazoo abortion clinic for a pregnancy test, where she tested positive. Norton interviewed the girl’s mother, collected witness statements, sworn affidavits, and other evidence but authorities were reluctant to investigate the sexual assault and bring to justice the perpetrator of this heinous crime against the little girl.
Michigan’s Child Protection Law of 1975 requires clinic personnel to make an oral report to authorities of suspected child abuse within 24 hours followed by a written report in 72 hours specified under section 722.623. However, Norton says that authorities have confirmed that the Kalamazoo abortion clinic failed their legal obligation to make any report of possible child rape.
The incidence should have been enough to warrant an investigation by police or CPS. Under the same section in Michigan law it is stated: "The pregnancy of a child less than 12 years of age is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse and neglect have occurred."
However, Norton has received no traction for an investigation. CPS told her that they required a police report in order to begin an investigation. The police department told her that they needed the location of the crime in order to proceed.
“The fact is that it’s an under age girl going into reproductive health services and when they’re telling me verbatim, ‘Yes, I am here for birth control or Yes, I am here for an abortion, or yes, I am here for a pregnancy test; that alone is enough evidence for them to investigate. But they’re playing politics; they don’t want to get involved.”
Neither CPS nor the department of public safety returned phone calls from Lifesitenews.com. Patricia Pettinga, Director of Development and Public Relations at the Planned Parenthood South Central Michigan, has denied Norton’s allegations.
“This is all very highly confidential we don’t share information about our clients at all, their age, their situation and we always act appropriately and legally in any situation. Whatever Ann Norton is claming she can’t possibly know because she has no idea who we serve” Pettinga said.
However, when pressed further by LifeSiteNews.com about the clinic’s procedures in reporting cases of statutory rape and child abuse as required by Michigan law, Pettinga said she would defer to someone else in the clinic who could quote “chapter and verse.” However, after placing LifeSiteNews.com on hold for several minutes, Pettinga reneged and said no one from the clinic would comment any further on their procedures.
The financial consequences to Planned Parenthood are severe if abortion clinics are found disobeying state law. According to Mark Crutcher, chief of LifeDynamics, not only would they lose taxpayer Title X funds, which in recent years have totaled $280 million nationwide, they would lose also the business of child predators who are confident the abortion clinics will not report them.
"What you heard from the situation in Kalamazoo is exactly the way they handle these things," said Crutcher. "I’ve said this on the O"reilly Factor, I’ve said this on national news, and probably about 200 talk shows I’ve done on this issue, and I’ll say it again, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are operating a national wide pedophile protection racket and they are protecting the men who rape children and if that were not true they would have sued me the day after I said it the first time."
To contact CPS:
Children Protective Services
322 E Stockbridge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Telephone: (269) 337-5046
To contact Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox:
Office of the Attorney General
G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
525 W. Ottawa St.
P.O. Box 30212
Lansing, MI 48909
Main Number (517) 373-1110
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life.
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September.
“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote.
Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds.
The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again.
After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test.
“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.
The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five.
“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”
“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.
Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.”
“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”
“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.”
“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.”
“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born.
The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well.
UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react
GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads.
The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution.
“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.
“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.
But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it.
The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”
Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.
“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms.
“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added.
Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born.
“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.
“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.
Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’
DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.
“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.
That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.
“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."
Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.
All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.
Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.
On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”
Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.
But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.