Saturday, December 30, 2006
MAN OF THE YEAR!!
Kansas AG Mounts Last-Ditch Effort to Prosecute Abortionist
By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
December 29, 2006
(CNSNews.com) - In his closing days as Kansas Attorney General, Republican Phill Kline is still battling to prosecute one of America's most prominent abortionists. After a judge ruled Wednesday that Kline lacked the jurisdictional grounds to charge Wichita-based abortionist George Tiller, Kline announced that he was appointing a special prosecutor with the necessary jurisdiction.
The controversy over Tiller involves his performing of late term abortions. His willingness to perform the procedures, including partial birth abortions, has made him notorious among pro-life activists and the subject of numerous protests.
Kansas allows "post-viability" or late term abortions only in order to save the life of the mother or if continuing the pregnancy will cause her irreversible injury to a major bodily function, including psychological damage. Kline alleges that Tiller performed the abortions for reasons not falling within the two exception categories.
On Dec. 21 Kline filed 30 charges against Tiller, alleging that he had performed illegal abortions after the 22nd week of pregnancy. But Kline ran into opposition from Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston, who argued that she alone had the authority to file charges in her jurisdiction.
Kline argued that as attorney general he had the authority to file charges regardless of the support or opposition of the district attorney, but District Court Judge Paul Clark Wednesday sided with Foulston.
Kris Kobach, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday that the jurisdictional argument was "ridiculous."
"The attorney general in Kansas routinely brings criminal prosecutions in the counties of the state. This attorney general has filed hundreds of criminal cases," Kobach said. "And yet, this judge is pretending as if the attorney general has no power to bring a criminal case in a county court unless the D.A. wants to."
Kline lost his re-election bid in November after Democrat Paul Morrisson painted his rival's views on abortion as extreme.
In a statement announcing the appointment of Don McKinney as special prosecutor in the Tiller case, Kline noted that "two independent judges have found probable cause to believe that crimes have been committed."
He said Foulston "has never sought to review the evidence supporting these charges, despite the existence of such evidence in the public realm for several years and this ongoing investigation."
"This appointment of an independent special prosecutor will remove this prosecution from a highly charged political process in which millions of dollars has been spent in media and campaign efforts to elect as attorney general a candidate who, without reviewing any of the evidence, repeatedly pledged not to pursue this investigation," Kline said, in reference to Morrisson.
Even Kline's appointment of McKinney is expected to be short-lived. Morrisson will have the power to dissolve the special prosecutor's position and end the investigation of Tiller. He has reportedly pledged to fire the special prosecutor when he takes office, but has not commented on whether he will continue investigations of Tiller.
Georgia Cole, a spokeswoman for Foulston, told Cybercast News Service that if Kline made available the evidence his office has gathered against Tiller, the district attorney would review the material and determine whether to file criminal charges.
"Up to this point in time, the district attorney has not seen any evidence that has been gathered during the investigation," Cole said, "so she can't give any opinion as to whether the charges are or are not warranted."
She pointed out that the recent court decisions were not a commentary on the charges themselves, but rather on Kline's authority to file charges without Foulston's consent. But pro-life activists worry that Foulston won't pursue charges against Tiller even if she gains access to the evidence Kline's office has collected. They also charge that Foulston may be protecting Tiller.
Cheryl Sullenger, a spokeswoman for the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue, told Cybercast News Service that Foulston was trying to protect her "friend" by blocking the charges.
"When her personal friend has charges filed against him she reacts in an emotional way as one would react when their friend is attacked. She's not behaving as a professional; she's behaving as a woman whose friend has been attacked," Sullenger said of Foulston. She described Foulston as "a well-known abortion rights advocate here in Sedgwick County."
Sullenger suggested that Kline was reluctant to hand over to Foulston the evidence he has gathered because "he knows she's not going to do a thing about it."
On Dec. 22, Thompson told the Wichita Eagle that Kline's efforts to file charges were "the last gasp of a defeated and discredited politician."
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Charlotte Wyatt Taken Away from Family
The wickedness of the "state" is beyond measure.
These two totally dedicated parents, whose love and care have brought Charlotte this far, don't deserve to have her taken away after their incredible struggle to help her survive.
May the Lord's perfect justice bring her home and
restore their marriage.
Scrooge is alive and well in England!!
Merry Christmas to Charlotte's Mum and Dad - may God shower
you 3 with his love and care this day and through out the new year.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Disability Activists Predict Kevorkian Parole Will Impact Euthanasia Debate
Disability activists were disappointed but not surprised by the announcement on December 13th 2006 that Jack Kevorkian will be paroled on June 1, 2007. Reflecting on years of experience with the euthanasia debate and with Kevorkian himself, the following predictions were made by members of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights group that organizes opposition to legalized euthanasia, assisted suicide and other types of medical killings:
1. We expect that Kevorkian will show near-miraculous “recovery” from his alleged grave medical problems. He has announced that he plans to speak and write. We expect him to suddenly show enough health and energy to make numerous media appearances and speaking engagements. We could be wrong, but we were suspicious his health problems were greatly exaggerated when his lawyer filed appeals for four years in a row claiming Kevorkian was essentially on the brink of death.
2. Pro-euthanasia advocates will be scrambling to figure out how to maintain control of the debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide. Over the past few years, groups such as the Hemlock Society have reformed and sanitized their images – even changing their name. They’ve worked hard to maintain the
fiction that the goals of the euthanasia movement in the U.S. are limited to legalization of assisted suicide for people who are close to death from a terminal illness, despite the fact that Hemlock provided $40,000 for Kevorkian’s legal defense. With Kevorkian once again gaining prominence in the debate, the public will be reminded of his role as a hero to the pro-euthanasia movement, in spite of the well documented fact that the majority of his body count consisted of people with disabilities who were not terminally ill. It’s also doubtful that Kevorkian will cooperate with the sanitized euphemisms for assisted suicide being promoted by the pro-assisted suicide activists, which will help undermine some of the very expensive public relations work they’ve engaged in over the past few years.
3. Some things are harder to predict than others. Will Kevorkian preside over any more suicides or actively kill anyone? There’s no way to know, since the only rules Kevorkian cares about are his own. The fact that he’s made a promise doesn’t mean anything – he’s made promises to courts before and broken them.
4. Mike Wallace or Barbara Walters can be expected to do a very sympathetic and biased interview with Kevorkian. They’ll downplay his history of helping nonterminally ill disabled people commit suicide and
portray him as some kind of martyr. They won’t mention his advocacy of lethal experimentation on death row prisoners or disabled infants at all.
Whatever happens, Not Dead Yet and the disability community will be paying attention and responding to developments. We witnessed the long awaited justice that put him in jail. We won’t forget the struggling disabled people he preyed upon. And we won’t be silent.
For more information, contact:
Not Dead Yet
7521 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
Sunday, December 17, 2006
On our 88th "The American View" we interview 100 percent pro-life, no exceptions, Brian Rohrbaugh who's been elected head of the Colorado Right To Life Committee. Why he even talks openly, explicitly and unashamedly about "God's Law"! We also discuss such egregious compromisers as Steve Ertelt and the "National Right To Life Committee's" Doug Johnson. Did you know that over the years the "NRTLC" has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Republican Party? And we discuss a new revelation re: the "Constitution Party's" continuing de-Christianization.
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Thursday, December 07, 2006
December 7, 2006
Trent Evans enjoys eating tacos and taking his friends and family out to eat. He also likes to help clean the house and mowing the grass with the lawn tractor.
This handsome young man from Crest Hill was born with Down syndrome 26 years ago.
Approximately one child out of 800 will be born with this condition, which occurs generally as a result of an extra chromosome. The National Down Syndrome Society estimates that there are 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in America.
Evans enjoys working part time at Bob Evans Restaurant in Joliet. He keeps busy washing dishes and bussing tables. The para transit service picks Evans up at his home and takes him to work.
He enjoys basketball, soccer, swimming and softball, and he participated in the tri-county Special Olympics.
Sometimes, like most people with disabilities, Evans is sad when people in stores or other places gawk at him.Evans believes everyone in this world should be treated with dignity and respect.
One of Evans' favorite television shows of all time was the family sitcom "Life Goes On." It focused positively on how Corky -- a kid with Down syndrome -- was included in the family's life and everyday activities. His favorite actor was Chris Burke, who played Corky. Burke is an actor with Down syndrome and now serves as a goodwill ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.
Like Corky, Evans dreams of the day when he might have his own apartment and find someone to love and marry.
Evans is fortunate to have a loving and supportive family. His mother, Cindy, has been his advocate. This family also has a profound faith. Evans has been accepted by members of his church and he ushers every Wednesday night.
A piano sits in their living room. I asked Cindy if she played the piano. She sat down and played an original song she titled "Wonderfully Made," in honor of her son. The melody was hauntingly beautiful and the chorus sums up her view on life:
I'm wonderfully made. That's who I am.
For I am part of God's great plan.
I'm wonderfully made by His own hand.
He loves me you see, for he made me me.
Valerie Brew-Parrish can be contacted at Val4info@comcast.net.
Friday, December 01, 2006
NRLC's PRE-BORN INFANT SEDATION MURDER ACT
STATEMENT ON S. 51/H.R. 356
Nancy Keenan, President
NARAL Pro-Choice America
“Pro-choice Americans have always believed that women deserve access to all the information relevant to their reproductive health decisions. For some women, that includes information related to fetal anesthesia options. NARAL Pro-Choice America does not intend to oppose this legislation.
Most importantly, I hope that over the next few years those of us who believe in a woman’s right to choose and those who oppose that freedom can find ways to work together to reduce unintended pregnancies and the number of abortions. Helping pass Senator Harry Reid’s Prevention First Act would certainly be a good start in that direction.”
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NARAL Pro-Choice America
1156 15th Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Posted: November 24, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Karen Malec
Abortion industry consent forms admit that abortion is associated with a number of serious health risks. Nevertheless, when it comes to induced abortion, many U.S. journalists and their medical experts "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil." Although the evidence shows otherwise, they continue to represent abortion as a "safe" procedure.
Planned Parenthood of Australia's websiteincludes consent forms that list 12 serious complications from a first trimester abortion (not counting the risks of anesthesia). It says that some complications include: "infections ... a tear in the cervix that may require stitches ... incompetent cervix/stenosed cervix (too tight or too loose cervix which may impair future fertility), Asherman's syndrome (cessation of periods and adhesions in uterus that may impair future fertility), depression or mood disturbance, suicide. ..."
Although the consent forms do not say so, infection and a damaged cervix are recognized risk factors for premature birth. Impaired fertility – which causes women to have few or no children – is a known risk factor for breast cancer.
These are inconvenient facts for the "safe abortion" lobby. The truth, however, is not an impediment for abortion enthusiasts in the media and Congress – like Rep. Henry Waxman and other Democratic members at the House Government Reform Committee – who periodically accuse crisis pregnancy centers of "misinforming" women about the risks of abortion.
Four months ago, the Institute of Medicine, or IOM, acknowledged that a "prior first trimester abortion" puts women at risk for having prematurely born children.
The incidence of premature birth has jumped an astounding 40 percent from 8.9 percent in 1980 to 12.5 percent today. One in eight U.S. births is premature. Normally, a 40 percent increase in any disease or condition would have caused health authorities to initiate preventive measures, but we're talking about abortion. Abortion is special, and it's not just any elective surgical procedure.
A prematurely born child is at risk for brain damage, cerebral palsy and neonatal deaths. Last year, premature births cost U.S. society an astounding $26.2 billion. Is it any wonder that the U.S. is experiencing a health care crisis? The cost is borne by consumers, employers, taxpayers, insurers, doctors and hospitals.
How many lawyers have unwittingly sued the wrong doctors – obstetricians, not abortionists – for causing cerebral palsy in prematurely born children?
In an Australian lawsuit against an obstetrician, Judge Michael Graves decided that Dr. Alan Kaye was not responsible for Kristy Bruce's cerebral palsy because her mother had had an abortion shortly before she conceived Kristy.
Clearly, the unprecedented increase in premature births is a catastrophe for our nation, but news reports on premature birth have been strangely silent about the abortion-premature birth, or APB, link. Their studied avoidance of the "a" word is striking.
For example, Time magazine covered a story on the subject in a Nov. 13 article entitled, "Ahead of their time."Did its journalists read the list of risk factors in the IOM's report? Although the report is quite lengthy, one would think that the list of risk factors would be required reading for every journalist reporting on the subject.
According to Time magazine, "doctors can't figure out why" the number of premature births "keeps going up" in "one of the world's richest countries." It's not hard to figure out why there are more premature births when 60 out of 60 significant studies dating from 1963 point to abortion as the culprit.
The increase in premature births was entirely foreseeable. In 1967, Malcolm Potts, medical director for International Planned Parenthood, acknowledged in the journal Eugenics Review that the risk of having a premature birth has the greatest impact on teens who have abortions before age 17.
The Hungarian communist government, concerned about the increase in premature births, responded to the evidence of an APB link by limiting access to abortion in 1976. Even they possessed enough integrity to correct the problem. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for U.S. health officials who have allowed medical ideology to interfere with their professional judgment and are intent on continuing the charade.
Predictably, the March of Dimes and the Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute will spend $1.5 million on a project to reduce premature births at six Kentucky hospitals. Why not save the money and tell women the truth?
According to Canadian medical researcher Brent Rooney, Poland caused its premature birth rate to drop by 41 percent between 1995 and 1997 without spending a dime. After throwing off the yoke of a communist government, the Poles limited access to abortion to cases of rape, fetal defects and risks to the mother's life.
Breast cancer link
A premature birth is biologically the same event as an abortion. Similar biological events have similar effects on breast cancer risk. Research shows that a premature birth before 32 weeks gestation more than doubles the mother's risk of breast cancer. The biological reason for it is simple.
The childless woman has immature, cancer-susceptible breast tissue known as Type 1 and 2 lobules. Most breast cancers are known to develop in these lobules. Her breasts do not fully mature into cancer-resistant tissue until the last eight weeks of a full term pregnancy.
During the first two trimesters of pregnancy (assuming that her pregnancy is normal and that she will not have a first trimester miscarriage), her breasts double in volume. What causes this growth? Estrogen, a female hormone (and a carcinogen) increases dramatically and stimulates the lobules to multiply. Hence, she develops more cancer-susceptible lobules.
She receives protection from the deleterious effects of estrogen during the last eight weeks of pregnancy when other hormones shut off the multiplication process and mature her tissue into cancer-resistant Type 3 lobules. After birth, the lobules fill up with milk and are called Type 4 lobules, which are also cancer-resistant.
The woman who has a full-term pregnancy is left with more cancer-resistant lobules than she had before she became pregnant. The more children she has and the earlier she has her first child, the lower her risk is.
The longer she breastfeeds during her life, the lower her risk is. Breastfeeding is beneficial because it keeps her lobules matured as cancer-resistant Type 4 lobules. It reduces her lifetime exposure to estrogen because she has fewer menstrual cycles.
On the other hand, the childless woman who has an abortion has two breast cancer risks. Scientists agree on the first risk – the effect of delaying the birth of her first child. It means that she loses a chance to mature her breast tissue into cancer-resistant tissue at a younger age. The only risk that scientists debate is whether the abortion left her with more cancer-vulnerable lobules than she had before she became pregnant.
Additional evidence shows that combined oral contraceptives and combined hormone replacement therapy – drugs that contain estrogen and progestin – are risk factors for breast cancer. The evidence provides biological support for an abortion-cancer link.
In 2005, the World Health Organization listed combined oral contraceptives and combined hormone replacement therapy as "Group 1" carcinogens. Last month, a scientific meta-analysis in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings concluded that the use of oral contraceptives before a first full-term pregnancy is "associated with more aggressive premenopausal breast cancers."
Journalists with a feminist bias generally ignore studies whose authors conclude that either oral contraceptives or abortion are breast cancer risks. Yet, when a study of lesser significance reports the opposite conclusion, they rush to the presses. Their readers will never be told if, at some later date, other scientists write letters to medical journals showing that the lesser study was fatally flawed.
Two years ago, journalists from the print press and the television media raced to tell women that a large, scientific review of 52 studies in the British journal Lancet found no link between abortion and breast cancer. What they did not know was that the Lancet's authors used highly unorthodox methods. A majority of the studies they selected – 28 papers – included unpublished abortion data.
Yet, the same journalists ignored a scientific paper published last year in the journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The author, Joel Brind, reviewed 10 studies that were being widely used to reassure women that abortion does not raise risk for the disease. Brind wrote: "Collectively, these studies embody many serious weaknesses and flaws. ... These recent studies, therefore, do not invalidate the large body of previously published studies that established induced abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer."
Researchers admit that the reasons for an abortion-cancer link are biologically plausible. Not one researcher has ever tried to refute the biological explanation for the link. Animal research and an overwhelming majority of the epidemiological studies support the link, but ABC News says that women shouldn't worry their pretty little heads about those little details.
In a Nov. 16 story, "Clinics try to steer women from abortions," ABC News reporter Dan Harris said that crisis pregnancy centers "mislead women by telling them ... that abortions can lead to breast cancer, sterility and depression." He claimed that the information has been "long discredited by the medical community."
Never mind that cancer groups agree that increased childbearing, starting at a younger age, and increased duration of breastfeeding markedly reduce breast cancer risk. Babette Francis, a feisty Australian woman said it best. How do you breastfeed a dead fetus? How do you have a larger family and abort your pregnancies? Perhaps Dr. Tim Johnson and other medical experts at ABC News can come up with a way to do it.
Even Planned Parenthood of Australia admits that the risks of abortion include infertility, depression and suicide. Why don't the folks at ABC News and the abortion enthusiasts in Congress want women to know?
The emperor has no clothes, but abortion enthusiasts act as if he's wearing a smart, new set of clothing. This attitude explains why the risks of breast cancer for the mother and premature birth for their children have been covered up since 1957 and 1963, respectively.
It doesn't matter how high the body count climbs. Women and their "wanted" children are nothing more than "collateral damage." Preserving the mythology that abortion is "safe" is of supreme importance, not respect for human lives.
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Karen Malec is the president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Ministry's photograph gives evidence of forced abortion
Teen accused man of rape, pro-life group documented her clinic visit
Posted: November 18, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A Christian ministry whose leaders have spent 14 years outside an abortion clinic in Granite City, Ill., taking photographs of abortionists, clinic employees and customers are being credited with the arrest of a man on suspicion of the rape of a child.
Bryant, Ark., Det. Jimmy Long has confirmed it was a photograph provided by the Small Victories ministry across state lines that helped secure a case against suspect Jeffery Cheshier, 41, who had been accused by an underage girl of rape.
But she reported he forced her to go to the "Hope" Clinic for Women abortion business in Granite City for an abortion, so there was no evidence – until Long ran across a reference to the Small Victories ministry and he checked their web site.
When he contacted the pro-life group, they were able to provide photographs, with an identifiable license plate number, of the suspect's car at the abortion business at the time the girl claimed she was taken there.
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Angela Michael, who with her husband Daniel and their children run Small Victories, had just returned home from doing a radio program, and her husband told her to take the telephone because it was a detective.
It was Long, who said he was calling on a hunch. He described the situation.
"I saw that you have pictures and archives," Long said, according to Angela. He wanted to know if there was a photograph of a certain car at the abortion business on a certain date.
"I said to (daughter) Mia, 'Look this up,'" Angela said. "And we had three incriminating pictures."
"I remembered how upset she was, and pleading with him (the suspect) not to make her go in," she said. "The detective asked, 'Do you have the car?' 'Yes.' 'Do you have the plate?' 'Yes.' And I read it to him."
"And in the background I heard the clicking of the handcuffs," Angela Michael said, along with the comment "We've got him." The suspect now is being held on $75,000 bond on counts being developed in two counties, authorities said.
Long told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he called even though he believed his chances were "slim to none."
The rape allegation was made by the 15-year-old when officers responded to Cheshier's home recently on a disturbance call. She told them that Cheshier had sexually abused her for a year.
The clinic's executive director, Sally Burgess, told KSDK television she knew nothing about this particular case but there are safeguards in place to protect juveniles.
"Anytime a teenager lets on to us that she's in any sort of jeopardy, we are going to do what's in her best interest and that's report it to the authorities," she said.
Angela Michael said she's been monitoring the clinic for 14 years, and has heard testimony from numerous former workers. All the clinic asks the girls, she told WND, is Visa or Mastercard?
Police in Bryant told the station in light of what happened to the alleged victim, questions need to be asked.
"Even as officers, we see a lot of stuff but this is very disturbing to us," said Sgt. Harold Edmonson. "I've been in law enforcement 20 years and this is a first for me. We need to make some stricter laws on this."
Angela Michael said the Granite City clinic is known nationwide because of the circumstances. Its abortionists do late-term abortions and the state of Illinois has no parental notification law.
The ministry parks its ultrasound van on the public street in front of the abortion business and encourages girls to miss their abortion appointments. Angela Michael said she's seen "an abundance" of cases where an older man obviously is forcing an underage girl into the clinic.
Calling Granite City authorities, however, has been futile, even though there are mandatory reporting requirements if there is a suspicion of assault or injury to a child.
"Those police officers are to serve and protect, but who are they serving and protecting?" she asked.
The situation is one that has come up in other places. In Kansas, outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline sought records from abortion clinics after statistics showed there were dozens of abortions on underage girls, but no reports of rape on a child, despite state laws requiring those reports.
The abortion industry reportedly responded to his investigation of those circumstances with an organized campaign to deny him re-election in favor of a candidate who had publicly promised to discontinue those investigations.
Operation Rescue, one of the nation's leading pro-life Christian groups, watched the developments closely, and said Kline's investigation of abortion clinics for "the concealment of child rape and illegal late-term abortions" was the key to the race.
"Kansas has opted to continue the practice of looking the other way when innocent young girls are taken to abortion clinics by their rapists, who are looking to destroy the evidence of their crimes," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "It has also voted to ignore violations of Kansas law that bans post viability abortions."
Kline had cited the 2003 state statistic that there were 78 abortions on girls under the age of 15. In a state where the legal age of consent is 16, how could 78 girls become pregnant and obtain abortions without a single report of sexual assault, or rape, on a child, he wondered.
He went to court to obtain the records, and just recently announced they had been forwarded to him from a district court where identifying information about the procedures was removed.
He also just confirmed a few days ago, in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, that the medical records also indicate late-term abortions that were done for reasons that Kansas law doesn't allow.
His Democratic opponent had said during his campaign he would start a domestic violence unit, without any additional expense to the state. "Some of the money that's been used on misplaced priorities could easily fund" the plans, he had told the Lawrence Journal-World.
He cited Kline's investigation of the abortion businesses run by George Tiller in Wichita and Planned Parenthood as an example.
The Democrat also got a huge boost in his campaign when a non-profit organization that the newspaper linked to Tiller mailed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mailings critical of Kline.
"One of the first steps for a rapist when they have a child victim and the child is pregnant is to eradicate the evidence of the rape," Kline said.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Catholic Leader States: “The Giuliani-McCain-Romney wing of the Republican Party is responsible for this overwhelming defeat...the GOP...must [now] look to leaders like Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)—who has never wavered on his principles or his defense of the innocent unborn—as their model.”
FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International (HLI)--the world’s largest pro-life, pro-family human rights organization, with over 90 affiliates in 75 countries around the world--has issued the following statement regarding the Republican Party’s loss of power in the U.S. Congress:
“If the Republican Party truly wants to know why they lost, they need only look in the mirror. The most vulnerable seats in both houses were those held by politicians who had abandoned the pro-life and the pro-marriage principles that first brought them to power.
“In many states, voters turned out in large numbers to defend traditional marriage, but voters were not willing to support those who would not support their values. Some so-called conservative senators were all too happy to water down or jettison their ‘unwavering’ defense of the unborn in the name of political expediency and now they have paid the price. Self-described Reagan conservative George Allen bragged about owning stock in Barr Pharmaceuticals--the manufacturer of Plan B--and President Bush’s shameful support of this deadly drug being sold over the counter deflated conservatives’ support of many candidates.
“In Missouri, Sen. Jim Talent fearfully refusal to come out against the state’s cloning initiative not only resulted in its passage, but the loss of his Senate seat. Sen. Rick Santorum’s race in Pennsylvania is also telling. Those who espouse ‘conventional wisdom’ will tell you that issues like abortion never decide a race. That’s a lie, as evidenced by the fact that the Democrats purposely picked a pro-life candidate, recognizing that it would neutralize the greatest advantage Santorum had in his re-election bid.
“The Giuliani-McCain-Romney wing of the Republican Party is responsible for this overwhelming defeat. If the GOP truly wishes to regain the trust of pro-life, pro-family conservatives, then they must look to leaders like Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)--who has never wavered on his principles or his defense of the innocent unborn--as their model.”
Founded in 1981, Human Life International is the world’s largest pro-life, pro-family organization that is dedicated to defending life, faith and the family, with branches and affiliates around the world.
Why did South Dakota’s anti-abortion Referred Law 6 fail? Was it too pro-life? No! It wasn’t pro-life enough. How can I say that when there wasn’t even an exception for rape or incest in the law? The flaw was not in the law but in the marketing. Vote Yes for Life lost when they decided their strategy was to cast the mother as the victim of abortion and not the child. So their misguided efforts could better be described as pro-woman and not pro-life. While women are certainly victims of abortion, the campaign disregarded the true victim of abortion and tried to get sympathy for the lesser victim.
So when they focused on the lesser victim, they had less moral authority. They must have been resigned to the fact that the undecided didn’t care about the baby and we can’t change their mind. There was a time in America when most people didn’t care about the fate of a slave. Yet when people finally realized the humanity and victimization of a whole group of people they did do the right thing. First by rescuing only a few through the Underground Railroad, which is where America is at in the abortion battle. Then next the Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom to all men, which will come for the babies with Roe V Wade's reversal. And today in America slavery is unthinkable, as I pray abortion will someday be.
When Vote Yes for Life cast the mother as the victim to be saved, they had a problem. What about rape and incest? They were teaching the voters to have sympathy for the mother so when these topics came up it would be cruel to their victim to force her to give birth to an unwanted child. How did they work around this problem? The pro-lifers produced a television ad that promoted the use of the plan-B pill and called it “among the best options”. How could a pro-life group get so confused? They promoted the wrong victim. Instead of depicting the mother as the victim they should have educated the public about the humanity and rights of the child, when rape and incest came up, the sympathy would rightly still be on the baby and people could see that violence toward a victim is not the solution to the problem. It is the problem.
So how do we as pro-lifers continue the fight? We must show America the true victim of abortion. Every ultrasound shown to a new mother and father chips away at the lie of abortion. Every 4-D ultrasound shown is like a sledgehammer to the foundation of their evil empire. Every beautiful pre-born picture or grizzly post abortion picture is like a wrecking ball to the lie that this baby is just a blob of tissue. The walls of abortion will not fall tomorrow, but they will fall if we stay focused on the true victim of abortion, the baby.
Fighting for the pre-born,
Director, Colorado Right to Life
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
STEM CELL VICTIMS - DON'T LET MENGELE'S
LEGACY BECOME MISSOURI LAW!
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November 01, 2006, 3:09 a.m.
My How Those Embryos Grow
A closer look at who it is some are intent on destroying.
By Deroy Murdock
Just 14 months old, fraternal twins EmmaLyn and Ian Burnett are oblivious to the embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR) controversy dominating their home state of Missouri. It’s too bad they are too young to respond to actor Michael J. Fox’s TV commercials endorsing Democratic Senate candidates Claire McCaskill in the Show-Me State and Ben Cardin in Maryland. If EmmaLyn and Ian could speak, they might help Fox and other Americans understand how ESCR literally kills living human beings just like them.
Just like you, EmmaLyn and Ian began as embryos. On their first day of life, their biological parents froze them for later implantation. EmmaLyn and Ian were suspended in liquid nitrogen for four years.
Facing pregnancy risks after having two kids, EmmaLyn and Ian’s Illinois-based natural parents relinquished their remaining embryos. Rather than toss them in the garbage, they placed them with the Fullerton, California-based Snowflakes Frozen Embryo Adoption Program.
“We pretty much had tried everything,” Anna Burnett, the kids’ 41-year-old mother, tells me from her Kansas City, Missouri, home. The then-public elementary-school music teacher and her network-engineer husband, Robert, had spent some five years trying to conceive a child. They finally turned to Snowflakes, which paired them with EmmaLyn, Ian, and their biological parents’ eight other cryopreserved embryos.
Anna and Robert Burnett of Kansas City, Missouri with their children, Ian and EmmaLyn, who spent four years as frozen embryos
“Snowflakes matched us with 10 embryos from the same family,” says Robert, 43. Of these, four were defrosted in October 2004. The three viable ones were inserted in Anna’s uterus, but did not stick. In January 2005, they tried again. Of the remaining six embryos, four did not survive thawing, but, Robert explains, “they implanted the other two, and both of those took. We used all 10, and out of them, we got our twins.”
“They’re both healthy, well-adjusted kids,” Robert adds. “They both are normal for their age. We’re truly blessed.”
“It’s like a miracle,” says Anna, now a full-time mom. “After waiting so long and finally getting what you dreamed about, it’s great…They are very curious. They are real live, little people. And I want to see other embryos have that same chance.”
Stem-cell research advocates overlook stories like EmmaLyn and Ian’s. Michael J. Fox’s ads caricature ESCR critics as heartless Luddites who supposedly oppose all stem-cell research. This claim is as broad, unfair, and inaccurate as saying that anti-vivisectionists want to end all medical research.
Republicans Jim Talent of Missouri and Michael Steele of Maryland oppose ESCR in which living, albeit frozen, human embryos, like EmmaLyn and Ian, would be killed to extract their stem cells for research.
If these embryos were mere medical waste, opposing their use to cure serious diseases would be cruel and stupid. However, Fox and his allies don’t tell Americans that frozen embryos are being thawed, implanted, and delivered as boys and girls.
To date, Snowflakes has placed 2,013 embryos, of which 1,419 have been thawed; 762 were viable, 222 were transplanted, and 116 were born alive. Another 25 babies are gestating. Expanded embryo adoption would help more of these souls on ice graduate from frozen orphanages into the warm, loving arms of mothers and fathers.
ESRC boosters eagerly point to the 400,000 embryos frozen in America’s fertility clinics. However, the RAND Corporation reports that parents are using 88 percent of these embryos for impregnation. So only 48,000 are “surplus” — not 400,000. If the Burnetts’ 20-percent success rate applied to this population, it could yield perhaps 9,600 little boys and girls.
The Burnetts, Snowflakes, Talent, Steele, and virtually everyone else support research on adult- and umbilical-cord stem cells, which is no more ethically problematic than research on barbershop hair clippings. According to the Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, adult- and cord-blood research already has created 72 treatments for diabetes, leukemia, and other ailments. In contrast, embryocidal inquiries, ballyhooed from Hollywood to Broadway, have not generated even one therapy. It remains the most immoral and least productive stem-cell laboratory technique.
One need not be religious or crazy about kids to recoil at the horror of fatally dissecting microscopic human beings for medical experiments.
Anna with her EmmaLyn and Ian
While footage of Michael J. Fox suffering Parkinson’s disease saddens TV viewers, his pain and that of other disease victims should be treated through adult- and umbilical cord-stem-cell research, not by grinding up future EmmaLyns and Ians into pills and powders.
— Deroy Murdock is a New York-based columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- The National Black Pro-Life Union’s director, Day Gardner, issues the following response to the advertisements featuring Michael J. Fox:
“Michael J. Fox is just another person with an 'everyman for himself mentality.' What makes his life so much more important that the life of a child? We need to remember that there are two different forms of stem cell research. Adult stem cells are available, Mr. Fox knows that. But even in light of that fact, he is still supporting the killing of children and then harvesting their little bodies for their stem cells.
“It is unfortunate that he and so many people suffer with debilitating diseases. We all have lost loved ones to horrible ailments and illnesses--and we all want and pray for good health. But, we should never deny the reality of the living unborn child in order to save our own skins. No human being has a right to do this at the expense of another’s life.”
COVERED UP STATUTORY RAPE!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leslie Hanks
October 24, 2006 720-394-8946
During his tenure as Denver District Attorney, Bill Ritter was given information about
a Life Dynamics sting, which found Planned Parenthood covering up the
statutory rape of under-age girls by adult males.
Sidewalk counsellor, Jo Scott, gave the audio tape to Sergeant Batista, asking him to share it
with Mr. Ritter. The tape of Planned Parenthood telling girls to call back and not mention the age of their baby's father
is a shocking revelation of a criminal cover-up of ongoing exploitation of children.
Regrettably, the Sergeant reported back to Jo Scott that Mr. Ritter had
no intention of prosecuting these statutory rapists.
According to Brian Rohrbough, President of Colorado Right to Life, "This dereliction of duty is consistent with other claims about Mr. Ritter allowing the guilty to avoid prosecution."
Rohrbough further noted, "Covering up for crimes of rape and incest is a horrific abuse of young girls and the public trust."
"Abortion clinics murder unborn children. And abortion is always wrong. In this instance, our love and concern for violated young teenagers who get brought to an abortion clinic, often by the very adult who raped them, parallels our effort to save the life of each and every unborn child, and to expose the wickedness of the abortion industry."
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
October 14, 2006 720-394-8946
COLORADO RIGHT TO LIFE BOLDLY ELECTS COLUMBINE
DAD AS PRESIDENT
Brian Rohrbough, who last week spoke on CBS News’ “Free Speech Minute” and explained his view about the spate of school shootings in the years since Columbine, was elected today as President of Colorado Right to Life.
The father of Danny Rohrbough, who lost his life at Columbine, stated on Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News that taking God out of our schools and allowing abortion on demand has made our children ever more vulnerable to school violence.
Rohrbough, stated properly that “We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion. Abortion has diminished the value of children. “
With Rohrbough at the helm, Colorado Right to Life expects to lead the nation in an unrelenting effort to restore legal protection to all innocent human life, from fertilization through natural death, and to challenge the lies of Planned Parenthood.
Rohrbough’s intends for CRL to always uphold God’s law, prohibiting murder, as primary focus
in every battle, without compromise.
Colorado Right to Life is one of the nation’s oldest pro-life organizations, with a consistent and ongoing voice, for those who have no voice, since the1967 passage of the nation’s first abortion law in Colorado. This April 25, 2007 will mark the 40th anniversary of the nation’s deadly killing spree on innocent pre-born lives.
Friday, October 06, 2006
On CBS, Columbine Dad Blames Violence on Secularism
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 4, 2006; C08
The emotions surrounding the murder of five girls at an Amish school in Pennsylvania were still raw Monday when the "CBS Evening News" put on a commentator who blamed such violence on abortion and "expelling God from the school."
Brian Rohrbough, who lost his son in the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Colorado, made the remarks on the "Free Speech" segment, which for the past month has provided a 90-second platform for pundits, politicians and ordinary people to sound off.
The decision to approach Rohrbough and air his views prompted a storm of criticism, some of it within the ranks of CBS News. Anchor Katie Couric responded on her network blog, saying: "We knew when we decided to put on this segment that a lot of people would disagree with it. We also knew some might even find it repugnant.
"But that is the very essence of what we're try to do with the 'Free Speech' segment. This is a platform for our viewers to hear from a wide range of people -- those who may share your views, and those who don't."
Rohrbough, who addressed the Colorado Right to Life march in January, has blamed the Columbine attack on abortion in a number of local interviews. He filed a lawsuit alleging that a Denver police officer shot his 15-year-old son in the confusion of the Columbine attack. Rohrbough apologized to the officer in a Rocky Mountain News interview after an independent investigation concluded the officer had not yet arrived at the school when Rohrbough's son was shot.
Rohrbough also sued the school district over its refusal to allow him to include religious references in two four-inch tiles that are part of a Columbine memorial.
In his CBS commentary, Rohrbough said: "This country is in a moral free fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value. We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion. Abortion has diminished the value of children."
Rome Hartman, the newscast's executive director, said he was "surprised" by Rohrbough's remarks and "of course I knew that his remarks would be controversial, perhaps even offensive to some. I also knew that some people in our audience would agree with him. I also thought to myself, 'This is "Free Speech." We don't tell people what to say or what to think.' . . . I decided to run the segment."
Some online critics denounced CBS. A blogger at Dymaxion World wrote: "Grief makes people do, and say, stupid . . . things. But CBS is not grieving for anyone. What made them put this man on national television?"
Many detractors wrote to CBS's Web site. One called Rohrbough's remarks "the biggest load of hogwash I have ever witnessed. How could you use an unspeakable tragedy to give a rightwing flat earth nut job a podium?"
But a mother of three wrote to praise CBS's "courage," saying: "I'm sure that you will receive many e-mails denouncing your segment, but I appreciate hearing a 'conservative' view in what can be a very liberal media."
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Colorado Right to Life
Accepts Planned Parenthood's Invitation to Fight
The Rocky Mountain News (Oct. 5, 2006, p. 10D) quoted Cecile Richards, national president of Planned Parenthood, saying, "I've never backed down from a fight, and I'll be damned if Bush, Alito, and Colorado Right to Life are going to take away a woman's right to choose."
"We accept the fight," said Columbine dad Brian Rohrbough who was elected to the board of Colorado Right to Life in September. "A web search shows that Richards, the president of the largest child-killing business in America, commonly uses the phrase, 'I'll be damned,' and unless she repents, she’s right on that."
"Abortion is always wrong," added Rohrbough, "and Colorado Right to Life is not out for waiting periods, or parental consent, we’re out to stop the killing of unborn children."
Contact: Leslie Hanks, Vice President, Colorado Right to Life, 303 753-9394
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leslie Hanks
October 4, 2006 720-394-8946
SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION SEEKS DIALOGUE WITH
COLORADO RIGHT TO LIFE
One week before the Denver Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen Foundation race officials met with several directors of Colorado Right to Life
on September 29, 2006.
Colorado Right to Life officials agreed to the unexpected invitation scheduled the day before their annual Light on Life Banquet, featuring Medical Research Analyst
Eve Sanchez Silver.
Ms Silver is Executive Director of Clear Research and a former charter member of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s National Hispanic Latina Advisory Council. Ms Silver resigned from Susan G. Komen after learning that the Komen Foundation has a record of funding Planned Parenthood. Ms Sanchez-Silver noted in her presentation that Planned Parenthood targets people of color by placing their abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods.
Komen race officials met with Ms Sanchez Silver, Dr. Joel Brind, PhD of Baruch College, NY, via conference call, Leslie Hanks, V.P Colorado Right to Life,
Colorado Right to Life director, Phillip Hendrix and Jo Scott.
Dr. Brind is President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute: www.bcpinstitute.org. and is considered the world’s foremost expert on the abortion breast cancer link. Dr. Brind decried the notion of funding Planned Parenthood, because abortion and dispensing steroidal agents for birth control are the two greatest contributors to the breast cancer epidemic, which has risen 40% since the Roe v Wade decision. Dr. Brind has stated that Planned Parenthood operates the “largest chain of human slaughterhouses in the nation.”
"SGK officials did not appear to have knowledge of simple breast facts and were more concerned about assisting women after they had contracted breast cancer, than informing them to avoid breast cancer risk by avoiding abortions and having early, full term pregnancy with breast feeding. This is an appalling lack of concern for the women The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is supposed to be helping," said Silver.
Colorado Right to Life was grateful for the opportunity for “dialogue,” and to discuss information regarding the physiological pathway of breast cancer with SGK officials. Eve Silver explained that the breast is an organ that is not mature at birth. SGK appeared to be surprised to learn that the breast does not become fully mature until after 32 weeks of pregnancy, so that interruption of pregnancy before 32 weeks, leaves breast cells exposed to estrogen, which is highly carcinogenic. (http://stopabortionbreastcancer.org).
It is the fervent hope of Colorado Right to Life that the Susan G. Komen Foundation will take the information that Eve Silver, Dr. Brind and CRL shared, to the women who need to know. Women must be told the truth about the abc link, in order to protect themselves from this deadly disease. www.abortionbreastcancer.com
By Mary Shepherd, Davenport
My mother, a Rock Island native, died of breast cancer June 10, 1977. She was 42, the age I am now. I intended to sign up for the Quad-Cities Race for the Cure in her memory, which falls on the 29th anniversary of her death. Then I discovered its link to Planned Parenthood.
In honor of Mom, I am writing this letter. Mom was very vocal about her beliefs. She would call radio talk shows and write her Congressmen. She was critical of charities that abused money entrusted to them and would be appalled that the Susan G. Komen Foundation provides grants locally and nationally to Planned Parenthood.
Locally, money from the Race was given to Planned Parenthood in 2004 for Muscatine residents. For 2005 and 2006, they played a shell game. Planned Parenthood wrote grant requests for Louisa County Health, which then passed the funds to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood makes money by persuading people to kill their unborn children. It does not educate their victims on the lifelong physical and emotional repercussions of their decision.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation alleges funds are to be used for screening, not abortion services (another shell game), and it tries to discredit studies that show a link between abortion and breast cancer.
If you have any doubt about the relationship between the foundation and Planned Parenthood, I encourage you to research it on the Web.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
***This is a story about a baby born at 23 weeks***
Today Emmie-Rose’s Hospital has hit a major blow against us.
I believe some of the staff believe we are not providing the correct care for her and had us meet with the “Ethics” committee.
At most hospitals the Ethics committee is usually made up of staff, social workers, clergy, and parents of other children.
We had a room full of the staff, 1 surgeon, 2 social workers, and Stephanie and I. Let’s just stack all the cards against us. After wasting 2 hours going over the issues, it is their Ethical recommendation to not continue life saving treatments to our baby! This includes vent support which she has been on since day one. Why don’t you just turn the knife back and fourth after you stick it in our hearts! According to the committee we as parents of our child can not tell the U of M Doctors how to provide care to our child. They reserve the right to discontiune support when they feel like it.
They have not fed Emmie-Rose since 9/3/2006!
She had physical therapy this morning with NO problems. They moved her all over, pulled her legs in and out… no changes in facial expressions, no changes in heart rate etc. SHE WAS FINE!
I spoke with some other doctors tonight at some different hospitals that seem more willing to be able to work with her condition but they want to wait until Monday to see how she is doing before agreeing to a transfer.
I probably can not get a restraining order until Monday as well to keep the U from pulling the plug on her without our consent and give her food.
(Excerpt) Read more at 23weeks.blogspot.com ...
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Should we expect SILENT NO MORE
to be regular guests?
Greenstone launches all-women radio talk network
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:00 PM ET
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Greenstone Media, a radio company whose founders include social activist Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda, has launched an all-women, all-talk network across the United States.
Steinem said the network, which is run by women, aims to provide an alternative to current radio talk, which she describes as "very argumentative, quite hostile, and very much male-dominated."
This network "has a different spirit. It has more community. It's more about information, about humor, about respect for different points of view and not constant arguing," Steinem told Reuters in an interview.
But Greenstone also hopes to attract male listeners.
"We do have male voices on the network. It's much better to have a mixture of voices," said Susan Ness, chief executive officer of Greenstone, which got its name from a children's book by Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple".
The network's broadcasts have aired since July in selected stations, such as on WIIN in Jackson, Mississippi, WXCT in Hartford, Connecticut, a station in Flint, Michigan, and is launching a broadcast in Albany, New York. It is trying to partner with some satellite radio outfits.
"We expect that people will be able to also get us on mobile phones, cable radio, I-pods and every distribution vehicle," said Ness.
Steinem pointed out that the idea of an all-women network stemmed from a company survey showing an 18 percent decrease in female listeners over the past seven years.
"Women are really fleeing from AM talk radio and now FM music because people get their music in different ways. So there's an enormous window of opportunity, and we're diving in," she said.
Currently, the network does nine hours of programming daily, which should increase shortly to 12.
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Cervical Cancer Shot May Be Standard In 6th Grade
POSTED: 5:20 pm EDT September 12, 2006
A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers wants all sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer.
A Republican state senator who is the lead sponsor said it's the first legislation of its kind in the U.S.
The vaccine was approved by federal regulators this summer and hailed as a breakthrough in cancer prevention. The shots prevent infections from strains of a sexually transmitted virus -- human papilloma virus, or HPV -- that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
At the time, conservatives expressed concern that schools would require the vaccine for enrollment. They argue that such mandates infringe on parents' rights and send a message that underage sex is OK.
If approved, the measure would go into effect for the next school year.
The vaccine was approved for females between ages 9 and 26. In studies, it was credited with preventing disease from the two types of HPV that are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all cervical cancers, according to Detroit television station WDIV.
The legislator who proposed the requirement noted that, as with all other school-required vaccines, parents may opt out of this requirement for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
Exposing Planned Parenthood's
Dirty Little Secret!
Bob Beauprez' apology for claiming that 70% of black babies
are victims of abortion is tragic. His bold claim seemed unbelievable and
yes he was off by about 10%. Nonetheless, he courageously brought public
attention to the dirty little secret that has for far too long been below the radar.
According to blackgenocide.org, while, regrettably, there were
3,446 blacks lynched between 1882 and 1968, that
staggering figure is repeated every 3 days in our nation by abortion.
Blacks make up 12% of the population but have 35% of the abortions.
3 of every 5 or 1,452 black babies die each day in America in accord with
the plans of Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger. In her "Negro
Project" Sanger wrote, "We do not want the word to go out that we want to
exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can
straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious
Since 1973, more than 13 million innocent black babies have been
destroyed and their mothers victimized by the abortion industry,
which makes millions killing pre-born babies.
Congressman Beauprez ought to be praised by the
African American community in Colorado for raising
an issue worthy of alarm. Rather than chastising him, Rep. Marshall ought
to encourage her constituents to vote for him.
His genuine concern for all pre-born infants, regardless of color,
is praiseworthy in a candidate running for Governor of Colorado.
V.P. Colorado Right to Life
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
To the Greeley Tribune
Re: Musgrave is shameful
by lesforlife on Tuesday, August 22 @ 06:29:38 PDT
Murdering innocent life is never a "private family matter,"
in the court of Almighty God.
Congresswoman Musgrave, properly understands Thomas Jefferson's imprecation, "The care of human life, and happiness and not their destruction is the chief and only object of good government."
What is dignified about being starved to the point of
looking like a holocaust victim prior to expiring from forced dehydration?
Marilyn Musgrave's constituents should be proud of her defense of Terri Schindler. The disabled in the 4th congressional district have a friend and champion in Washington, D.C..
V.P. Colorado Right to Life
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Nice contrast with Dylan's story
To have and to hold
By Mary Delach Leonard
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Aug. 12 2006
Jeremiah Brower Cross will be held today — all day and all night — just as he
is every day and every night.
He will be pampered and patted and kissed.
"Isn’t he handsome?" his mom, Suzan Cross, will ask, as she runs her fingers
through the thick, dark curls atop his misshapen little head.
Jeremiah’s brain is severely damaged. He can’t see or talk, sit, walk or hold
his head up. He has cerebral palsy and seizures. And, though he will soon be 6
years old, he is the size of a toddler — just 3 feet in length and 31 pounds.
When Jeremiah was unhooked from life support machines six weeks after his
birth, doctors at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center feared that he would soon
But Suzan and Sandy Cross, who would later serve as Jeremiah’s foster parents,
were not swayed.
"We told the hospital, ‘Let us take him home, and we will hold him until he
passes,’ " Sandy Cross says.
"And we’ve been holding him for five years."
‘Everyone deserves a good life’
Jeremiah Brower Cross has lived his life in his family’s arms.
No matter the hour. No matter what else is going on in their lives, or outside
their red brick house in the city’s Gravois Park neighborhood. Someone will be
holding Jeremiah. Supporting his head so he can breathe. Feeding him
strawberry-flavored milk. Changing his diaper.
Suzan and Sandy Cross’ children are grown now, but they have always helped
their parents care for Jeremiah. April, 21, has a knack for feeding him, her
mother says, while Melissa, 19, can coax him to sleep and Greg, 18, and
Matthew, 23, will play with him.
During the daylight hours, Suzan Cross, 45, is his primary caregiver, and she
sleeps just a few hours each night. She is also Jeremiah’s most vocal
"I’ve been in this house for 5 1/2 years; I have issues," she will say, with a
laugh. But the tone in her voice isn’t kidding.
Jeremiah is not on life support, and he takes no medicine regularly. He gets
breathing treatments twice a day, and physical and occupational therapy once a
Jeremiah’s heart is weak, and his health always critical. If he catches a cold,
for example, his fever can easily spike to 105 degrees and beyond, and then it’
s off to the emergency room — again.
Even on his best day, Jeremiah requires constant care. He whimpers when he is
uncomfortable, and will cry if he is in pain. He also coos and opens his mouth
for kisses. He likes big, loud smackers right on his mouth — the kind his mom
gives him all day long.
"I love him so much," Suzan Cross will say, and Jeremiah gets another kiss, as
she cradles him on her lap.
Jeremiah sucks his tongue when he sleeps, and he sticks it out when he is
hungry, his mother says. She flavors his PediaSure with Nesquik and feeds him
with a baby bottle. He can suck but he can’t swallow, so she pats his back to
help the formula get down to his stomach. She also pats him to keep his heart
going. And to fend off pneumonia. Cross is convinced that her patting helps
keep Jeremiah alive.
"Everyone deserves a good life," she will say.
That is why she warms Jeremiah’s baby wipes in the microwave and wraps him in
soft-to-the-touch blankets. She also buys toys that make noise because she is
convinced that he can hear.
At times, she looks deep into his clear, blue eyes, fringed with thick lashes —
"angel eyes," his father calls them — and wonders about his profoundly damaged
"There has to be something there because he knows who we are," she insists.
In the morning, she shoos everyone away while she cuddles with Jeremiah during
"The Jerry Springer Show." It is their special time together, she says, because
that is his favorite TV program.
Sometimes, Jeremiah will nap in the arms of one of his sisters or get a gentle
tossing from one of his big brothers.
When Sandy Cross comes home from work, Jeremiah is all his.
He cradles Jeremiah in his arm and sings a made-up song that drives everyone
else in the house a little nuts: "Booster, baker, candlestick maker ...
Booster, booster, booster ..."
Jeremiah takes his baths with his daddy, who turns them into play and therapy
sessions in the tub.
"Booster, baker, candlestick maker ... Booster, booster, booster ..."
Cross, 51, is a postal carrier. He has a walking route in St. Ann, and it is a
physically exhausting job, particularly when the weather is extremely hot or
cold. But no matter how tired he is, the first thing he does when he gets home
is scoop Jeremiah into his arms.
"I just come home from work and hold him and look at his face," Cross says.
When Cross retires, he has a plan: All he wants to do is hold Jeremiah.
‘I don’t know why’
No one really understands what happened to Jeremiah’s brain on Aug. 27, 2000,
the day he was born, the Crosses say.
Doctors say he has a functioning brain stem, which controls his breathing and
heart, but the rest of the brain isn’t there.
Jeremiah’s birth mother, Nina Brower, was 18, single and not prepared to care
for a critically ill baby. She says she was frightened to see his tiny body
amid all the machines supporting his fragile life.
"It’s hard enough to be pregnant at 17," Brower said. "I didn’t know how to
change a diaper, much less how to feed him through a feeding tube."
Brower is not related to the Crosses. They knew her because she once worked at
the same skating rink as their son Matthew. Suzan Cross took Nina under her
wing when she became pregnant, and when the Crosses saw Jeremiah, it was love
at first sight.
"I just loved him," Suzan says. "I don’t know why."
The Crosses were determined to help Jeremiah have the best life he could. They
helped Nina obtain his release from the hospital, and they offered to help care
for the critically ill child who was so tiny they bought his clothes at the
Build-A-Bear Workshop store.
For a while, Brower lived with the Crosses. She eventually decided to give her
parental rights to the couple.
Brower, now 24, has a 4-year-old son who was born healthy and normal. She says
she is grateful for all that the Crosses have done for Jeremiah.
"I love Jeremiah, but I don’t feel like I’m his mother. It feels more like I’m
his sister," she says. "They love him just like their own."
Suzan Cross says this about Nina’s decision: "She loved Jeremiah enough to give
him to us."
‘We love him enough to let him go’
Sometimes, Jeremiah’s health-care providers use the word "miracle" when they
talk about him. The miracle is not that he can be cured, they say, but that he
has lived as long as he has.
Yvonne Meyer, a pediatric nurse who was Jeremiah’s first home health nurse,
says that her job initially was to help prepare the family for the infant’s
death, shortly after the Crosses took him home in 2000.
"Basically, he wasn’t supposed to live until Christmas," Meyer said. "And now
he’s going to be 6 in a few weeks."
She admires the Crosses for how well they have cared for Jeremiah.
"His skin has been baby soft since the day he was born," Meyer said. "They went
with their instincts, and they went with their common sense. He was pretty much
held 24-7, and he is still held 24-7."
Jessi Behrends, an occupational therapist with Good Shepherd Pediatric Therapy
Services, makes home visits to work with Jeremiah once a week, and she has
gotten to know the family well.
"The family loves him so much. I know he’s alive because of them," Behrends
She has had Jeremiah as a patient since he was 3, and his condition is not
easily explained, she said.
Jeremiah’s doctors at St. John’s declined to be interviewed for this story.
According to the medical records provided to Jeremiah’s therapists, his doctors
have diagnosed Jeremiah with microcephaly, a condition that results in a small
circumference of the head, either because his brain stopped growing or because
it didn’t develop in utero.
Technically, Jeremiah has only a brain stem. He also has cerebral palsy, which
permanently impairs his movement and posture. He has been diagnosed with a
seizure disorder. He is legally blind. And he has no sleep-wake cycle, which
explains why someone is always awake in the Cross household.
"His condition is so rare," Behrends says. "He has lived so long without a
brain. He doesn’t have the neurological functions to live, and yet he’s
Behrends says that science can’t always explain what she observes when she is
working with Jeremiah, such as the change in his demeanor when he doesn’t want
his legs stretched, or the lightening of his mood when she hands him back to
The Crosses have been told repeatedly that Jeremiah could die any day.
For that reason, Sandy and Suzan never leave him with anyone, not even their
children, for long periods of time.
Should Jeremiah die today, they want him to die in their arms, Suzan says. That
way, no one will feel as though they did something wrong.
While the Crosses insist on doing everything they can to make Jeremiah’s life
comfortable, they say they will draw the line at life-support machines.
"When the time comes, we are just going to hold him and let him go," Suzan
Cross says. "We love him enough to let him go."
Goodbye for now
Every time Jeremiah undergoes a medical procedure, the family gathers to say
their final goodbyes.
Such was the case May 23, when Jeremiah had surgery at St. John’s to implant a
feeding tube in his stomach. Though Suzan Cross had misgivings about the tube —
she insists on feeding him by bottle — she acknowledged that the tube will make
it easier to give Jeremiah medication when he needs it.
The surgery required Jeremiah to be put under anesthesia, and the Crosses were
fearful because his heart is so weak.
Dr. Niyati Winn, the anesthesiologist, talked to the Crosses just before
surgery, emphasizing that this was a dangerous procedure and that Jeremiah
When it was time to take him to the operating room, Winn did the kindest thing
any doctor could have done for the Crosses at that moment: She gently picked up
Jeremiah and carried him down the hallway in her arms.
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Tuesday August 8, 2006
Doctors Dehydrated My Husband To Death: U.K. Widow
By John Jalsevac
NORFOLK, U.K., August 8, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the same time that the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is being investigated for allegedly starving and dehydrating a woman to death in 2003, the wife of a former patient treated on the same ward is calling for another investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of her husband.
Kate Speed claims that although her husband’s death certificate states that he died from pneumonia, that in fact he died because of a hospital-ordered dehydration, an ultimately fatal measure that neither she nor her husband approved.
“The whole of my husband’s stay in hospital was a nightmare,” Kate Speed said, according to the Times Online. “They put bronchopneumonia on the death certificate, but I believe his death was from the effects of dehydration.”
The hospital’s Kimberly ward is already under investigation by Norwich coroner William Armstrong after the death a Mrs. Olive Nockels who died at the hospital in 2003 and whose family alleges that she was dehydrated to death. According to the Times Online, physician David Maisley testified last month at the inquest into Mrs. Nockel’s death that he witnessed people die of dehydration at the hospital “all the time—two or three times a week.”
Olive Nockel’s grandson, Chris West, testified at the inquest that, “I said I wouldn’t treat my dog like that and [Dr Maisey] said it was easier for vets because they had alternative means and can ‘put animals to sleep’.”
Harold Speed, a grandfather of four and former music teacher, was admitted to the hospital in October of 2004 after suffering a heart attack. Shortly thereafter a “nil by mouth” order was instituted. This order was lifted once, after complaints by Mrs. Speed, only to be reversed once again at a later date.
Speed’s wife relates: “I saw my husband deteriorate and I have no understanding of how this was allowed to happen. I questioned hospital staff but they told me an intravenous drip would have been too painful,” she said.
“I saw my husband the day before he died. He had not been physically examined that day; his records showed he was last seen 24 hours before he died.
“My husband had been in the hospital many times before and I have nothing but praise for staff there, but the ethos in Kimberly ward is terrible and I do not believe he died of natural causes.”
Mrs. Speed says that leading up to his death Harold Speed demonstrated all the classic signs of dehydration. "His eyes were dry, sore, flat and sunken. I tried to moisten his mouth...The doctor said he was very dry and picked up the flesh from his neck. It was like picking up a sheet. His veins were flat and there was an absence of mucous.”
“We trusted, and he trusted,” says Mrs. Speed, “that the hospital would treat him well, instead of which there was a catalogue of error and apathy that led to his death, unless of course, there had been a decision, which I had no share in, that his life should no longer be preserved.”
So far hospital officials and physicians have denied that Speed died on account of dehydration. Dr Iain Brooksby, medical director, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital denied Kate Speed’s accusations saying, “Clinical examination at the time and the objective evidence of blood tests demonstrated that the late Mr Speed was definitely not dehydrated at the time of his death in November 2004,” according to the Norwich Evening News 24.
“He was satisfactorily hydrated and was receiving fluids and antibiotics for a chest infection when he died. We have explained to Mrs Speed that there was no evidence that dehydration contributed to his death and he died of bronchopneumonia and vascular disease."
Mrs. Speed, however, has been offered fiscal compensation for her husband’s death, compensation which she declined fearing that if she accepted the money the hospital would use it as leverage to brush the issue aside. “They asked me for a figure but I was afraid it was tactical and that they would then not have to answer questions. Just pay, and I would never know the truth of what happened,” she said.
Cases similar to Harold Speed’s are cropping up with increasing frequency. Last week LifeSiteNews.com reported on the case of the father of Wall Street journalist Pamela Winnick. Winnick related that doctors continually pestered her and her family into quietly “letting” her father go. Her father recovered shortly thereafter.
Along the same lines, in June of this year a prominent British bioethicist was quoted as saying that it is time to “regulate” the already existing practice of “involuntary euthanasia”. Pro-life advocates have pointed out from the beginning that the term “involuntary euthanasia” is simply a medical euphemism for murder.
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Doctors Kept Asking To "Let" My Father Die: Wall Street Journalist
Non-Voluntary Euthanasia – Next Logical Step for Britain says Prominent Ethicist
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Monday, August 07, 2006
5 DEATHS DUE TO PLAN B - LET'S SELL IT OVER THE COUNTER LIKE CANDY!
August 1, 2006 Edition > Section: National
Bush May Okay Morning After Pill Without Rx
BY JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
August 1, 2006
In a snub to anti-abortion groups, the Bush administration is signaling that it is prepared to act soon to allow adult women to buy the so-called morning after pill without a prescription if a system can be devised to limit access to minors.
The move toward easier availability of the drug, known as "Plan B," came on the eve of today's Senate confirmation hearing for the administration's nominee for Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Andrew von Eschenbach.
The development, contained in a press statement and letter the FDA sent to the drug's manufacturer yesterday, seemed aimed at clearing the way for Dr. von Eschenbach's confirmation, which has been held up over the issue by Senator Clinton and Senator Murray of Washington.
However, the FDA's action was greeted with suspicion by both sides of the abortion debate. The two Democratic senators said they had no intention of allowing the nomination to go forward until the agency makes a final decision on the matter.
"They're just slow-walking this," Mrs. Clinton told reporters during a conference call yesterday. "They're just trying to have a process that can get the nominee through the political confirmation hearings."
The senators said they felt burned after they released holds last year on another FDA nominee, Lester Crawford, in exchange for an administration pledge to make a quick decision about Plan B. "They said they made a decision, and their decision was not to make a decision," Mrs. Clinton said.
"Fool me once. We're not going to go there again," Mrs. Murray said. "We just don't believe them."
While Mrs. Clinton said pressure from the White House was behind the agency's years of delays, a Republican abortion rights opponent, Senator Coburn of Nebraska, suggested political considerations triggered yesterday's announcement.
"The Bush administration's policy on the morning after pill should be based on protecting the health of women, not their nominees," Dr. Coburn, who is a physician, said. "Bowing to short-term political concerns in this debate could endanger the health and safety of thousands of Americans."
Anti-abortion groups contend that the drug is unsafe and far riskier than traditional birth control pills, which still require a prescription. At least five deaths have been linked to Plan B in America.The drug's backers claim that the rate of complications is similar to or lower than that of surgical abortion or pregnancy.
In the new letter, Dr. von Eschenbach, who is serving as the FDA's acting commissioner, said the agency wanted more information about how the manufacturer, Barr Pharmaceuticals, planned to ensure that pharmacies would confirm the age of women seeking to purchase the pill over the counter.
"We are very interested in learning how you plan on enforcing the restrictions if a pharmacy fails to comply with them," Dr. von Eschenbach wrote.
In a written statement, the FDA said approval for over-the-counter marketing of Plan B could take place in short order. "The agency hopes that as both sides are committed to working diligently through these issues, the process can be wrapped up in a matter of weeks," the statement said.
The morning after drug was approved for use with a doctor's prescription in 1999. In 2003, the company proposed making the medication available for over-the-counter purchase by those 16 or older. Last year, the FDA's drug safety office said it would be safe to allow direct access by those over 17. In the latest letter, Dr. von Eschenbach moved the bar up another year.
"Because of enforcement considerations, we believe that the appropriate age for OTC access is 18," he wrote.
A spokeswoman for an organization opposed to Plan B, the Family Research Council, said the age limit was unlikely to work. "The FDA doesn't have the enforcement authority to say store clerks are checking age IDs," the spokeswoman, Moira Gaul, said.
Age limits on over-the-counter drugs are rare, but not unheard of. When the FDA allowed nicotine patches and gum to be sold without a prescription, it restricted sales to people 18 and over.
While the FDA has not yet cleared Plan B for nonprescription use, at least six states allow pharmacists to prescribe the drug without a physician's involvement. While popularly known as the morning after pill, it can be taken immediately following unprotected sex or the failure of another birth control method and for up to three days thereafter. The medicine, which is a higher dose of hormones used in some birth control pills, averts pregnancy by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg.
A Government Accountability Office study released last year found that political appointees at the FDA had overruled staff scientists and outside advisory panels in blocking immediate access to Plan B.
Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Murray insisted that they were not pushing the FDA to act one way or another but simply to act. "This could go on with the same song and dance that we've seen for over three years," Mrs. Clinton said.
Under Senate custom, senators can delay floor action on a nomination indefinitely. Such holds can be overridden, but that is rare.
August 1, 2006 Edition
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Peggy Lamm's failed efforts to pass her assisted suicide measure in 1996 explain precisely why she would seek Michael Schiavo's assistance to raise funds for her 7th Congressional District race ("Schiavo blasts Musgrave," July 13).
Their mutual affinity for death has a long history.
Michael Schiavo's squeals about privacy notwithstanding, the taking of innocent life is never a "private family matter."
Both will eventually realize that even George Soros' billions won't help them elude the coming judgment for the evil they perpetrate.
Vice president, Colorado Right to Life
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Did privacy law figure into newborn’s death?
Report: Girl charged with murder used law to hide pregnancy from parents
The Associated Press
Updated: 7:26 p.m. MT July 28, 2006
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Authorities said a 17-year-old girl facing a murder charge in the death of her newborn told lies and used privacy laws to hide her pregnancy from her parents, even as they tried to get medical attention for her.
Prosecutors said Cheyenne Corbett gave birth to a girl in the shower of her parents' home on Sunday. Police discovered the infant's body wrapped in a towel in her bedroom. An autopsy determined the baby died of asphyxiation.
Corbett's adoptive father had taken her to a physician in Phoenix in July, but she signed a form requesting that no information be given to her parents under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, The Denver Post reported Friday.
"She had a supportive family. Here they are, trying to do something, and their hands are tied," Deputy District Attorney Tammy Erett told the newspaper. "When they deny that information, what are you going to do?"
Erett did not immediately return an after-hours call on Friday.
Corbett's attorney, Gordon Gallagher, said she concealed her condition because she was frightened.
"Obviously she was trying to hide it from her parents. She was scared and terrified about being pregnant," he told The Associated Press.
Gallagher said he had not yet seen paperwork on any privacy rights Corbett may have invoked.
Erett said Corbett's parents did not know she had delivered a baby until after her mother took her to the hospital for heavy bleeding.
Rules create dilemma
Dr. William Plested, president of the American Medical Association, said medical privacy rules create a dilemma.
"They have given some important protections, but they have brought up a lot of problems," he said. "We're going to continue to see issues like this. It's a combination of medical issues and ethical issues, and we have to decide whose issues are pre-eminent."
Corbett surrendered to police on Tuesday. Prosecutors said she will be charged as an adult with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
Gallagher said he hopes prosecutors take into account Corbett's age, her lack of a criminal record and "the fear and confusion and mental issues that were going on."
"I can't imagine how frightening that was for a 17-year-old girl to go through in the shower," Gallagher said.
He said psychological tests were planned for Corbett but none had been done.
"I think it's a very tragic situation for everybody involved, for the child, for both families, the community and Cheyenne. She's young, fragile and scared," he said.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
American Life League: Planned Parenthood President Drenched in Hypocrisy Throughout 'Vogue' Article
Mon Jul 17, 12:54 PM ET
To: National Desk
Contact: Amber Dolle of American Life League, 540-903-9572 or ADolle@ALL.org
WASHINGTON, July 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "Despite her attempt to skew the truth in a recent Vogue magazine article, Planned Parenthood's new president, Cecile Richards, cannot hide the fact that she leads a multi-million dollar business that thrives from taking the lives of innocent children through abortion," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "No matter how they are twisted, the facts are the facts: Planned Parenthood provides abortions and abortions kill children - period."
An article published in Vogue magazine focuses on Ms. Richards' role as president of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain. The article attempts to portray abortion as an honorable "right" that women should embrace, but Brown believes otherwise. "As a woman and a mother, I am sickened by this perversion of the truth," said Brown. "The vocation of motherhood is an honor that should not be discarded. No matter the circumstances, it is never acceptable for a mother to snuff out the life of the child growing within her."
According to Brown, the main photo that accompanies the article is disturbingly ironic. "Vogue certainly employed a cunning marketing technique by posing Richards with five beautiful young children in her Planned Parenthood office," said Brown. "The horrific truth is that for each one of those children, 50,000 babies are killed annually at Planned Parenthood facilities-a total of 250,000."
After praising Richards' work in the pro-abortion movement, the article goes on to note that Richards has had an abortion herself. "Many women who have had an abortion will be faced with pain at some point in her life," said Brown. "No amount of media savvy or political jargon can change that. The only real choice abortion affords a mother is whether she will be the mother of a living baby or a dead baby. I pray that some day, Ms. Richards will come to terms with this heartbreaking truth."
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Thursday, July 20, 2006
IMG_1907 - Pastor Johnny signs the Emancipation Proclamation for the Pre-born
Originally uploaded by lesforlife.
from the death sentence imposed by Roe v Wade!!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Almighty God, Norma Mc Corvey (Jane Roe) joined Pastor Flip Behnam and the children, of those working to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, in ripping the heinous Roe v Wade decision to shreds.
May their act of obedience before the Lord lead to the end of
abortion in our land.