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North Carolina abortion clinic shut down by state as ‘imminent danger’ to public health

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CHARLOTTE, NC, May 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – A Charlotte, North Carolina abortion clinic has been shut down following an investigation that revealed abortionists were incorrectly administering abortion drugs to their clients.

Workers at the “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” were found to have given injectable methotrexate orally to abortion-seeking women, in violation of FDA and manufacturer guidelines. 

Methotrexate is a powerfully toxic anti-cancer drug that is sometimes used off-label to begin the chemical abortion process because it causes the placenta to detach from the uterine wall in pregnant patients.  The drug comes in injectable and tablet form. 

The abortion center used the injectable form, but according to state documents obtained by LifeSiteNews, instead of using the medication as directed, nurses at the clinic used syringes to squirt the medication into cups for oral administration, causing the dosages to be unpredictable and dangerous.  The wrong dose of methotrexate can cause severe complications, such as incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, liver damage and even death.  At least one woman at the clinic was forced to undergo surgery after a botched methotrexate abortion, according to the state report.

State investigators also found that the abortion center had shoddy follow-up practices, repeatedly failing to examine women to ensure that no fetal body parts or other pregnancy-related tissue were left inside their wombs after abortions.  Failure to ensure removal of all fetal remains can result in infection, sepsis and death for post-abortive women. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services hand-delivered a letter to the abortion center on May 10 ordering them to shut down the facility by 5 pm the same day. 

The letter explained that the health agency had determined that the abortion facility presented “an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients.” 

This is the second time in six months that “A Preferred Women’s Health Center” has been the subject of a state investigation.  In December, the clinic was cited by the department of health for safety violations including unsafe storage of hazardous materials, emergency medications being expired, and failure to properly sterilize instruments including vaginal speculums, which investigators said were stored in a plastic bin that “contained debris” while “the drawer liner was soiled.”

The abortion center was also the source of racial controversy last year when abortionist Ashutosh “Ron” Virmani confronted pro-life activists in front of the clinic and told them that anyone who opposes abortion should “adopt one of those ugly black babies” and get them “off the taxpayers’ money.”  Video of the confrontation was posted to the Internet by Operation Save America and went viral, embarrassing the clinic.

Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Save America, who has been organizing prayer vigils and literature drops at Charlotte-area abortion centers for years, held a press conference in front of the now-closed clinic today in which he thanked local churches for their faithful prayers and pro-life activism, which he believes led to the clinic’s closure. 

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In a phone interview with LifeSiteNews, Benham said that he sees a sea change coming in the way Americans view abortion.  In the wake of the capital murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who severed the necks of babies who survived sloppy abortion procedures, and in the aftermath of a number of high-profile clinic closures, Benham believes more Americans are starting to realize that gruesome stories of unsafe, unsanitary clinics are more the rule than the exception in the U.S. abortion industry.

“Abortionists [today] are the back-alley abortionists of yesteryear,” said Benham. “They’ve just crawled out from underneath that rock because [abortion is] legal now.  If the health department would inspect every clinic and hold them to the same standard as even a veterinary clinic, they’d all be shut down.”  Benham argues that the 1973 Roe v Wade decision gave a fundamentally criminal industry legitimacy in the eyes of the law, and says safety violations, drug violations, and disregard for the law are endemic to the industry.

Added Benham, “This is a filthy, disgusting business.  It’s not that Gosnell is an anomaly or an aberration.  It’s endemic to the industry itself.”

Benham called on people of faith to be strong in prayer and protest against the abortion industry, and credited local churches’ prayer and activism for the closure of the Charlotte clinic.  He said that abortion will last for as long as people of faith allow it to continue in their own communities.

“The problem … isn’t up in the Beltway or up in Washington, D.C.  It isn’t there that the battles are going to be won.  They’ll be won in the streets and they’ll be won as gentle Christian warriors – moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, little boys and little girls – bring the Gospel right to the gates of Hell.”  

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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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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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