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Take five minutes now to stop PBS pushing late-term abortion doc ‘After Tiller’

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Earlier this week, LifeSiteNews reported that PBS is going to be showing the pro-abortion movie "After Tiller" next week. The movie highlights late-term abortion doctors with the intent of convincing the American people to sympathize with their worldview and difficulties.

Blogger Jill Stanek now reports that abortion supporters are promoting the documentary on Twitter and is urging pro-lifers to hack their hashtags #AbortionAccess and #AfterTiller starting at 2:00 Eastern.

From Stanek:

So please help us keep abortion radicals from peacefully promoting the excruciatingly painful blood bath of older preborn infants, never mind the extra danger their mothers face (hello, Jennifer Morbelli, killed last year by After Tiller star LeRoy Carhart), by tweeting about the reality of late-term abortion – there is so much to say about it – beginning at 2p EST. Use their hashtags #AbortionAccess and #AfterTiller.

PBS pulled in millions in U.S. federal taxpayer funding in 2012. That's in addition to more than $500 million state and federal taxpayer dollars that went to Planned Parenthood for, among other things, abortions and abortion-causing drugs and devices.

With five minutes today, you can help stop PBS from further entrenching the awfulness that is late-term abortion -- and abortion in general -- in the minds of the American people. Tweet to your family, friends, politicians, and the media this afternoon.

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'If a woman or her partner asks to spend time alone with her pregnancy tissue after the abortion, we are very agreeable to the request.' (File photo) Shutterstock
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We let women hold their baby’s body after abortion for ‘spiritual healing’: abortion worker

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By Sarah Terzo

(LiveActionNews) - You don’t usually see abortion workers giving much significance to preborn babies. If you look at most abortion clinic websites (in fact, all abortion clinic websites that I’ve seen), you see words like “the pregnancy” used to describe the preborn babies the facility aborts.

For example, this is how one abortion clinic describes abortions performed up to 14 weeks:

The procedure begins with the gradual and gentle opening of the cervix by a series of narrow, tapered rods called dilators. The doctor will then insert into the uterus a small plastic tube that is attached to a suction machine, similar to the one dentists use to clear the mouth of saliva. The tube is moved within the uterus for a minute or two to remove all of the pregnancy tissue by gentle suction. During the aspiration, you may experience cramping that is similar to heavy menstrual cramps. The surgical abortion procedure generally takes about five to ten minutes to complete.

Move along folks. Nothing to see here but “pregnancy tissue” removed by “gentle suction.” The clinic gives no indication that this “pregnancy tissue” is actually a preborn baby with arms, legs, fingers, and toes as early as seven weeks after conception. The “pregnancy tissue” consists of torn-off parts of the baby. At 14 weeks, every organ and body system is present. The baby breathes amniotic fluid and has her own unique fingerprints etched in her skin.

The blog Abortion Clinic Days has a post from a clinic worker who describes how her facility aided in the “spiritual resolution” of their patients’ abortions. Apparently, they feel that some women will be helped by bonding with their aborted baby. The clinic worker says:

Even though we do not advertise it, we are very open to patients’ wishes to begin the pathway to spiritual resolution. We follow the patient’s lead and requests. That means that if a woman or her partner asks to spend time alone with her pregnancy tissue after the abortion, we are very agreeable to the request, provide a private room and either stay with the them if they’d like the counselor to do so, or leave them alone if they prefer.

One wonders why the women need to have a “spiritual resolution” and spend time alone with the “pregnancy tissue” in the first place. I mean, you don’t see patients wanting to spend time alone with their removed appendix or their extracted wisdom teeth. Obviously, the clinic workers know that there’s a greater significance to aborted remains.

Despite the rhetoric that clinic workers and abortion supporters engage in, and the term “pregnancy tissue” used in the blog post, these clinic workers seem to know the truth – that the “pregnancy tissue” is really the remains of someone’s son or daughter.

The clinic worker describes one case of a woman getting “spiritual resolution”:

The other day a patient asked me if she could do just that, have time alone after the abortion with the pregnancy.  I entered the little room with her, made sure that she had what she needed including kleenex for tears and disposable gloves (although since it is her own tissue she does not have to use them) and then left her alone as she requested.

I had already provided her with some spiritual healing information that could help her to get started if she wanted, or she could say her own prayers or blessings.  I instructed her, as I always do, that I would wait outside the door and that she should open the door when she was finished and I would take her back to the recovery area.  After about 10 minutes, she exited the private room.  When she saw me, she threw her arms around me, hugged me and thanked me profusely.  I know that her road to internal peace had begun

Yes, seeing your own torn apart aborted baby apparently brings “internal peace.” The woman may have expressed gratitude at the time (though the clinic workers account seems highly subjective), but it’s easy to wonder if she’s going to spend the rest of her life with those images etched in her mind. I wonder how she’ll be doing 5, 10, or 20 years from now.

The clinic worker explains that the woman had not initially wanted to have an abortion:

She did not want to have an abortion but knew that she and her husband could not take care of another child. She felt that she and god had moved to their own resolution, so the private prayer and goodbye was just for her, for her own heart.

Then the clinic worker talks about another woman who found “spiritual resolution”:

Immediately after her I was talking to another woman who described herself as a devout Catholic, one who attends a Catholic college where she goes to the chapel almost daily since she started there because, she said, she can only manage her heavy class load, young child, and job by daily prayer to god to give her the strength and courage to continue on each day.

A devout Catholic who goes to mass or to prayer (the article isn’t clear) in a chapel every day is having an abortion. This makes one wonder how many Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, active in their churches, choose abortion when things get difficult. And in this case, for this woman, things were very difficult:

When she found herself pregnant, she first said that she decided to continue the pregnancy and raise the child, but soon realized that it was impossible, that she would have to quit school and then the loan payments would start, probably stopping her from ever completing her education.

Baby’s life versus delayed education and money woes. Baby apparently loses. Of course, there is no mention of adoption, which would have allowed her to stay in school.

The woman says that her Catholic faith helped her through the abortion:

She too felt that her close relationship with god helped her to feel that, after confession, she would be able to go on with her life, that god would want her to complete her schooling…

So confession would pretty much take care of it. But there’s one other thing the woman wanted the clinic to do for her:

What she wanted was not closure between her and god which she felt she was on her way to finding, but rather that her pregnancy be sent to god. I told her that she could view her tissue and say whatever prayers over it that she chose, but she said no that was not what she needed.

She then asked me if I would baptize the baby and I agreed to.  another staff person and I went to a private room, turned down the lights, then said the prayers together. Later I reported to the patient exactly what we had done.  She, too, was so grateful.  she took my hand and told me that it meant so much to her. It was a good day, bringing peace to the women and to their pregnancies.

So, after violently killing the preborn baby by tearing her apart via suction or pulling off her arms and legs in a dismemberment abortion (we don’t know how far along this woman was or which procedure was used) the clinic worker then brought the child peace by baptizing him or her. Apparently, she considers this a good day. She finishes the post by saying:

Even though I have been doing this work for a very long time, these situations never fail to move me.  I feel honored that these women (and men) have chosen to share their deepest, most private feelings with me. And even though I have done both of these things before,  I always retain the awareness of the potential life that these women have had to give up.  They know that we will treat the pregnancy as sacred and respect it.  because of that, I have experienced many treasured moments in my work.

Yes, it was indeed a good day – baptizing the remains of the baby they had just killed at the bequest of his or her (allegedly) devout Catholic mother. Apparently, this clinic worker slept well that night.

Reprinted with permission from LiveActionNews

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Scotland’s assisted suicide bill will be defeated

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May 26, 2015 (AlexSchadenberg.BlogSpot.ca) -- The Scottish media has reported that Scotland's poorly written and dangerous assisted suicide bill will be defeated on Wednesday. According to the Scottish Express, the Care Not Killing Alliance in Scotland has reported that:

...an analysis of voting intentions ... shows between 65 and 75 per cent of MSPs will reject Green co-convener Patrick Harvie’s proposals. 

Care Not Killing says 59 MSPs – including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – have already decided to vote against the Assisted Suicide Bill. 

A further 17 are minded against, according to the group’s canvassing. Just 23 have confirmed they will vote for the new laws while a further seven are minded to vote for it, while 21 MSPs are either undecided, undeclared or will abstain.

Earlier this month the Scottish government health committee rejected the assisted suicide bill because it has serious flaws.

Dr Gordon Macdonald, of Care Not Killing, said: 

“The indications from this voting intentions exercise are that at present there could be anything from two-thirds to three-quarters of the chamber voting against the Bill. That is most encouraging but we don’t want to pre-judge anything and will await the decision of the MSPs.” 

“This has been a long, arduous and highly-charged campaign with powerful arguments being made. 

“However, we have said all along that assisted suicide is unnecessary, unethical and uncontrollable and that this Bill is flawed in principle.”

Last week the Care Not Killing Alliance presented a petition to the Scottish parliament of 15,300 people who oppose the assisted suicide bill. 

Assisted suicide is unethical and unsafe. It is simply wrong to give doctors, or others, the right in law to be involved with causing another person's death.

Reprinted with permssion from Alex Schadenberg's blog.

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‘Please don’t make me do this!’: Planned Parenthood nurse tells of teen forced to abort

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(LiveActionNews) - In the pro-life movement, there have been a number of dedicated and outspoken activists who are former employees of Planned Parenthood. Just recently, Live Action writer Nancy Flanders wrote an article about former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Sue Thayer. Abby Johnson and Ramona Tevino are former Planned Parenthood directors who wrote books about their experiences.

Yet there have been other workers who left Planned Parenthood and told their stories throughout the years.  Lavonne Wilenken is one.

Lavonne Wilenken worked as a nurse practitioner at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She shares some anecdotes about her time at Planned Parenthood in the book Bad Choices: A Look inside Planned Parenthood by Douglas R Scott.  This little-known 1992 book contains information about Planned Parenthood. Although dated, it has some interesting statistics, facts, and testimonies from Planned Parenthood patients and staff.

In one anecdote,  Wilenken describes what happened when a teenage girl scheduled for an abortion changed her mind at the last minute:

Once when I was working in the family planning clinic where also the abortuary [abortion clinic] inhabited the same building, I was in a room with a counselor and a young woman. One of the family planning assistants came – burst in the room and said, “Please, you’ve got to come quick! She’s trying to back out of the procedure and everything is all ready!”

The counselor left hurriedly down the hall and I followed to see exactly what was going on and what I saw in the hall was the counselor, a 17-year-old girl and her aunt, dragging her into the room as she was hollering, “No, I don’t want to go! Please don’t make me! Please don’t make me do this! I really don’t want to do this!”

They very hurriedly shoved her in the room where the procedure was to take place and slammed the door and the counselor came out afterwards with a sort of a, a peaceful smiling look on his face, and I knew what had happened. I knew that they had aborted her against her will.

This startling allegation of reprehensible behavior on Planned Parenthood’s part should have received wider attention when it was reported. Forcing someone to have an abortion against their will is not only unethical, it is criminal – no one can legally force another person to endure any type of surgery, including abortion. Neither the parents nor the clinic workers had a right to abort a baby against the mother’s will.

I wonder what happened to that 17-year-old girl. Since the testimony was given in 1992, she would be middle-aged by now. Did she ever have any other children? If so, do they know they lost a sibling to Planned Parenthood? Did she suffer emotionally after her forced abortion? Is she suffering still?

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And just how many more forced abortions have taken place at Planned Parenthood or other clinics across the country?

Lavonne Wilenken’s story is an example of some of Planned Parenthood’s dirty laundry that’s been swept under the rug. Perhaps pro-lifers are only scratching the surface when we discover and publicize abusive, coercive, and dangerous practices at abortion clinics.

Source: Douglas R Scott Bad Choices: a Look inside Planned Parenthood (Franklin, Tennessee: Legacy Communications, 1992) 154

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life author and creator of the clinicquotes.com website and the clinicquotes tumblr at http://clinicquotes.tumblr.com/Reprinted with permission from LiveActionNews

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