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Planned Parenthood promotes ‘Plan C’: Abortifacients paid for by ObamaCare

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 4, 2013 ( – Faced with the news that the morning-after pill may not work for most women, Planned Parenthood rolled out a replacement: a one-two combination of abortifacient contraceptive methods covered by ObamaCare.

Earlier this month a European pharmaceutical company announced that Plan B, the only form of “emergency contraception” available over-the-counter in the United States, begins to lose its effectiveness if women weigh 166 pounds or more. The average American woman weighs 166 pounds.

In keeping with studies around the world, so-called “emergency contraception” failed to reduce the rate of pregnancies. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, acknowledged, “The unintended pregnancy rate hasn’t changed at all.”

Not to be deterred Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, unveiled what some are now calling “Plan C”: Paragard (a copper IUD, which also acts an abortifacient) and Ella, sometimes called the “week-after pill.”

Last Monday, Planned Parenthood tweeted:

Around the same time, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts launched its “EC4U” campaign, promoting various drugs and devices that are taken after sexual contact.

All are capable of inducing abortion, and the IUD has been associated with toxic shock, permanent infertility, and even death.

Paragard IUDs can inflame the lining of the uterus, making implantation of a newly conceived child impossible and inducing an early abortion.

Ella (the brand name of ulipristal acetate) acts as a progestin-blocker, which can prevent an egg from being released – or prevent a newly conceived child from implanting in the uterine wall.

Planned Parenthood has disputed the notion that these methods cause an abortion. But Father Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International, told, the abortion industry is trying to “deliberately mislead women about how these drugs and devices work.”

“Planned Parenthood’s position that the copper IUD Paragard and the drugs Plan B and ella do not cause abortions is a deception based on semantics,” he told LifeSiteNews. “They define pregnancy as occurring only after implantation, not when sperm meets egg and a new human life is created.”

“The embryocidal natures of ella and the IUD are well known in the scientific and medical communities, but too often this information is hidden from women,” he added. “All word games aside, these products terminate innocent human life.”

His words echoed those of the Catholic bishops when the FDA approved Ella for prescription use in August 2010. “Millions of American women, even those willing to use a contraceptive to prevent fertilization in various circumstances, would personally never choose to have an abortion,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the time. “They would be ill served by a misleading campaign to present Ulipristal simply as a ‘contraceptive.’”

Unborn children are not the devices' only victims. Implanting IUDs has cost women their lives. A 40-year-old wife, Nicole Lee Stein Caruso, died in April 2011 after the botched implantation of an IUD, according to her widowed husband.

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Others suffer less life-threatening but still serious side effects. Feminist author Alice Myerhoff wrote that a copper IUD gave her toxic shock. Additional side effects include anemia, severe menstrual pain, backaches, cramping, pain during sex, discharge, and expelling the IUD from the body. Women under the age of 20 or who have never been pregnant are most at risk of expelling the device.

Although the Mayo Clinic reports that “less than 1 percent of women who use ParaGard will get pregnant in the first year of typical use,” some women – including a writer at RH Reality Check – have shared their stories of being impregnated while using the Paragard IUD.

The Mayo Clinic notes, “If you do conceive while using ParaGard, you're at higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy,” which leads to miscarriage.

The greatest hindrance to IUD use has not been potential side effects but cost. The price of intrauterine devices range from $400-$1,000. But that's an obstacle Dr. Nucatola is confident President Obama will remove.

“We’re hoping the Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as ObamaCare, “will take care of that for us,” she said.

Thanks to the law's controversial HHS mandate, health insurance companies must provide Ella and IUD implantation, including Paragard, to all women of child-bearing age with no co-pay.

In that, Planned Parenthood seems to see a new business model.

“Plan B always will have its place,” Dr. Danielle Roncari, medical director of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, said in a press release. “But I think providers are starting to realize that Ella may be a more preferred pill option for women — and I think that’s where we’re heading at Planned Parenthood.”

But pro-life activists say that's the wrong direction for women, taxpayers, and unborn children.

“Authentic and compassionate health care for women should not involve potentially dangerous drugs and the insertion of foreign devices designed to destroy a woman’s fertility,” Fr. Boquet told LifeSiteNews. “No matter the situation, this ‘solution’ promoted by Planned Parenthood and others fails to treat women with the dignity and care they deserve.”

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Pelosi asked: Is unborn baby with human heart a ‘human being’? Responds: ‘I am a devout Catholic’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, won't say whether an unborn child with a “human heart” and a “human liver” is a human being.

Pelosi, who is the Minority Leader in the House, was asked a question about the issue by CNS News at a press conference last week. The conservative news outlet asked, "In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”

Pelosi stumbled over her answer, saying, “Why don't you take your ideological questions--I don't, I don't have—”

CNS then asked her, "If it's not a human being, what species is it?”

It was then that Pelosi got back on stride, swatting aside the question with her accustomed reference to her “devout” Catholic faith.

“No, listen, I want to say something to you,” she said. “I don't know who you are and you're welcome to be here, freedom of this press. I am a devout practicing Catholic, a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest child was six years old. I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.”

“So it's not a human being, then?” pressed CNS, to which Pelosi said, “And I do not intend to respond to your questions, which have no basis in what public policy is that we do here.”

Pelosi has long used her self-proclaimed status as a “devout” practicing Catholic to promote abortion.

In response to a reporter’s question a proposed ban on late-term abortion in 2013, Pelosi said that the issue of late-term abortion is "sacred ground" for her.

"As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this," Pelosi said. "This shouldn't have anything to do with politics."

In 2008, she was asked by then-Meet the Press host David Gregory about when life begins. Pelosi said that "as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue I have studied for a long time. And what I know is that over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition....We don't know."

The Church has always taught that unborn human life is to be protected, and that such life is created at the moment of conception.

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New video: Planned Parenthood abortionist jokes about harvesting baby’s brains, getting ‘intact’ head

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I interviewed my friend, David Daleiden, about his important work exposing Planned Parenthood's baby body parts trade on the Glenn Beck Program. David urged Congress to hold Planned Parenthood accountable and to demand the full truth. He also released never-before-seen footage showing a Planned Parenthood abortionist callously discussing how to obtain an intact brain from aborted babies.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - In the newest video footage released by the Center for Medical Progress, a Planned Parenthood abortionist laughs as she discusses her hope of removing the intact "calvarium," or skull, of an unborn baby while preserving both lobes of the brain.

She also describes how she first dismembers babies up to twenty weeks gestation, including two twenty-week babies she said she aborted the week before.

Dr. Amna Dermish, an abortionist with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, told undercover investigators she had never been able to remove the calivarium (skull) of an aborted child "intact," but she hopes to.

"Maybe next time," the investigator said.

"I know, right?" Dr. Dermish replied. "Well, this'll give me something to strive for."

Dermish, who performs abortions up to the 20-week legal limit in Austin, then described the method she used to collect fetal brain and skull specimens.

"If it’s a breech presentation [in which the baby is born feet first] I will remove the extremities first - the lower extremities - and then go for the spine," she began.

She then slides the baby down the birth canal until she can snip the spinal cord.

The buyer noted that intact organs fetch higher prices from potential buyers, who seek them for experimentation.

"I always try to keep the trunk intact," she said.

"I don't routinely convert to breech, but I will if I have to," she added.

Converting a child to the breech position is the first step of the partial birth abortion procedure. The procedure has been illegal since President Bush signed legislation in 2003 making it a federal felony punishable by two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

According to CMP lead investigator David Daleiden, who debuted the video footage during an interview with Lila Rose on The Blaze TV, Dr. Dermish was trained by Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola.

Dr. Nucatola was caught on the first CMP undercover video, discussing the side industry while eating a salad and drinking red wine during a business luncheon.

Between sips, she described an abortion process that legal experts believe is a partial birth abortion, violating federal law.

“The federal abortion ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation,” Dr. Nucatola said on the undercover footage. “So, if I say on day one that I don't intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn't matter.”

Daleiden told Rose he hoped that Congressional investigators would continue to pressure the organization about whether the abortion technique it uses violates federal law, as well as the $60-per-specimen fee the national organization has admitted some of its affiliates receive.

Trafficking in human body parts for "valuable consideration" is also a federal felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

"That would be enough to construct a criminal case against Planned Parenthood," Daleiden said.

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He used to be an abortionist; now, he fights to save the lives of the preborn

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October 5, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- In 1976, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN, graduated from medical school and was, without a doubt, pro-abortion. He strongly supported abortion “rights” and believed abortion was a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor.

“A lot of people identify themselves as pro-life or pro-choice, but for so many people, it doesn’t really touch them personally; it doesn’t impact their lives in the way that I wish it would. If nothing more than in the voting booth, if nowhere else,” said Levatino in a speech for the Pro-Life Action League. “But when you’re an obstetrician / gynecologist and you say I’m pro-choice – well, that becomes rather a more personal thing because you’re the one who does the abortions and you have to make the decision of whether you’ll do that or not.”

Levatino learned how to do first and second trimester abortions. Thirty to forty years ago, second trimester abortions were done by saline injection, which was dangerous.

"For the first time in my life, after all those years, all those abortions, I really looked, I mean I really looked at that pile of goo on the side of the table that used to be somebody’s son or daughter and that’s all I could see."

At that same time, Levatino and his wife were struggling with fertility problems and were considering adoption. They knew however, how difficult it was to adopt a newborn.

“It was the first time that I had any doubts about what I was doing because I knew very well that part of the reason why it’s difficult to find children to adopt were that doctors like me were killing them in abortions,” said Levatino.

Finally, in 1978, the couple adopted their daughter, Heather. Right after the adoption, they discovered they were expecting a baby, and their son was born just 10 months later.

Levatino describes a “perfectly happy” life at this time and says that despite those first qualms about abortion, he went right back to work performing them.

In 1981, after graduating from his residency, Levatino joined an OB/GYN practice which also offered abortions as a service. Saline infusion was the most common method for second trimester abortions at the time, but it ran the risk of babies born alive. The procedures were also expensive, difficult, and required the mother to go through labor. Levatino and his partners trained themselves to perform the D&E abortion procedure, which is used today.

In his speech, he describes what it’s like to perform the now routine procedure:

You take an instrument like this called a sopher clamp and you basically – the surgery is that you literally tear a child to pieces. The suction is only for the fluid. The rest of it is literally dismembering a child piece by piece with an abortion instrument […] absolutely gut-wrenching procedure.

Over the next four years, Levatino would perform 1,200 abortions, over 100 of them D&E, second trimester abortions.

But then everything changed. On a beautiful day in June of 1984, the family was at home enjoying time with friends when Levatino heard tires squeal. The children were in the street and Heather had been hit by a car.

“She was a mess,” he explained. “And we did everything we possibly could. But she ultimately died, literally in our arms, on the way to the hospital that evening.”

After a while, Levatino had to return to work. And one day, his first D&E since the accident was on his schedule. He wasn’t really thinking about it or concerned. To him, it was going to be a routine procedure he had done many times before. Only it wasn’t.

“I started that abortion and I took that sopher clamp and I literally ripped out an arm or a leg and I just stared at it in the clamp. And I got sick,” he explained. “But you know something, when you start an abortion you can’t stop. If you don’t get all the pieces – and you literally stack them up on the side of the table […] your patient is going to come back infected, bleeding or dead. So I soldiered on and I finished that abortion.”

But by the time the abortion was complete, Levatino was beginning to feel a change of heart:

For the first time in my life, after all those years, all those abortions, I really looked, I mean I really looked at that pile of goo on the side of the table that used to be somebody’s son or daughter and that’s all I could see. I couldn’t see what a great doctor I was being. I didn’t see how I helped this woman in her crisis. I didn’t see the 600 dollars cash I had just made in 15 minutes. All I could see was somebody’s son or daughter. And after losing my daughter this was looking very, very different to me.

Levatino stopped performing second trimester abortions but continued to provide first trimester abortions for the next few months.

“Everybody puts doctors on a pedestal and we’re all supposed to be so smart but we’re no different than anybody else,” he said.

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He realized that killing a baby at 20 weeks gestation was exactly the same as killing one at nine weeks gestation or even two weeks gestation. He understood that it doesn’t matter how big or small the baby is, it’s a human life. He has not done an abortion since February 1985 and says there is no chance he will ever perform one again.

Adamant that he would never join the pro-life movement because of the media’s portrayal of pro-lifers as crazy, he was eventually invited to a pro-life potluck dinner where he met people who he realized were intelligent volunteers who spent their time defending preborn humans.

After that, Levatino began speaking out against abortion specifically with young people, graphically describing for them what an abortion really is.

Levatino has also testified before Congress, asking our government to end legal abortion.

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News

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