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, 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.

Leslie Hanks
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..

Leslie Hanks
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
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
his mother.

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
could die.

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. | 314-340-8260

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 ( – 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 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 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



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

A MUTUAL AFFINITY - Rocky Mountain News 8-01-06

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.

Leslie Hanks
Vice president, Colorado Right to Life