Saturday, September 29, 2007


Ten Denver pro-life opponents of the proposed Planned Parenthood
clinic, planned for a predominantly minority neighborhood
in North Denver, paid a visit to Gary Meggison's home
in Lakewood, Colorado this glorious autumn day.

One protester's 2 year old daughter strolled her dolly up and
down the sidewalks as the adults held 3 x 5 foot posters
of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood's 20th and Vine
security guard, Danny Cram, filmed the protest and was apparently
hired to protect the Weitz Construction Senior V.P.'s residence.

After a neighbor woman copied all the license numbers of
the opponents, 3 Lakewood police cars sped through the neighborhood
to respond to her complaint and give a stern warning to the protesters about their

Mrs. Meggison and her teenage daughter returned home to
see the signs and hear the pleas of pro-lifers to
have Gary abandon his plans to build the biggest
abortuary in the nation. Concerned citizens can contact the Senior V.P
of Weitz Construction at Phone: (303) 860-6600

Friday, September 28, 2007


Activists Want Chimp Declared a 'Person'

May 4 12:24 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out watching TV.
But he doesn't care for coffee, and he isn't actually a person—at least not yet.

In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26- year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person."

Hiasl's supporters argue he needs that status to become a legal entity that can receive donations and get a guardian to look out for his interests.

"Our main argument is that Hiasl is a person and has basic legal rights," said Eberhart Theuer, a lawyer leading the challenge on behalf of the Association Against Animal Factories, a Vienna animal rights group.

"We mean the right to life, the right to not be tortured, the right to freedom under certain conditions," Theuer said.

"We're not talking about the right to vote here."

The campaign began after the animal sanctuary where Hiasl (pronounced HEE-zul) and another chimp, Rosi, have lived for 25 years went bankrupt.

Activists want to ensure the apes don't wind up homeless if the shelter closes. Both have already suffered: They were captured as babies in Sierra Leone in 1982 and smuggled in a crate to Austria for use in pharmaceutical experiments. Customs officers intercepted the shipment and turned the chimps over to the shelter.

Their food and veterinary bills run about $6,800 a month. Donors have offered to help, but there's a catch: Under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal donations.

Organizers could set up a foundation to collect cash for Hiasl, whose life expectancy in captivity is about 60 years. But without basic rights, they contend, he could be sold to someone outside Austria, where the chimp is protected by strict animal cruelty laws.

"If we can get Hiasl declared a person, he would have the right to own property. Then, if people wanted to donate something to him, he'd have the right to receive it," said Theuer, who has vowed to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Austria isn't the only country where primate rights are being debated. Spain's parliament is considering a bill that would endorse the Great Ape Project, a Seattle-based international initiative to extend "fundamental moral and legal protections" to apes.

If Hiasl gets a guardian, "it will be the first time the species barrier will have been crossed for legal 'personhood,'" said Jan Creamer, chief executive of Animal Defenders International, which is working to end the use of primates in research.

Paula Stibbe, a Briton who teaches English in Vienna, petitioned a district court to be Hiasl's legal trustee. On April 24, Judge Barbara Bart rejected her request, ruling Hiasl didn't meet two key tests: He is neither mentally impaired nor in an emergency.

Although Bart expressed concern that awarding Hiasl a guardian could create the impression that animals enjoy the same legal status as humans, she didn't rule that he could never be considered a person.

Martin Balluch, who heads the Association Against Animal Factories, has asked a federal court for a ruling on the guardianship issue.

"Chimps share 99.4 percent of their DNA with humans," he said. "OK, they're not homo sapiens. But they're obviously also not things—the only other option the law provides."

Not all Austrian animal rights activists back the legal challenge. Michael Antolini, president of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he thinks it's absurd.

"I'm not about to make myself look like a fool" by getting involved, said Antolini, who worries that chimpanzees could gain broader rights, such as copyright protections on their photographs.

But Stibbe, who brings Hiasl sweets and yogurt and watches him draw and clown around by dressing up in knee-high rubber boots, insists he deserves more legal rights "than bricks or apples or potatoes."

"He can be very playful but also thoughtful," she said. "Being with him is like playing with someone who can't talk."

A date for the appeal hasn't been set, but Hiasl's legal team has lined up expert witnesses, including Jane Goodall, the world's foremost observer of chimpanzee behavior.

"When you see Hiasl, he really comes across as a person," Theuer said.

"He has a real personality. It strikes you immediately: This is an individual. You just have to look him in the eye to see that."


Great Ape Project,

Animal Defenders International,

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

WEITZ CONSTRUCTION Target of Pro-life Protestors

25 opponents of the Planned Parenthood mega killing center, scheduled to break ground
in North Denver this fall, brought 3 x 5 foot signs of aborted babies and a truth truck yesterday
to the headquarters of the contractor who plans to build the biggest abortuary in America.

The protesters included many young mothers and their toddlers as well as expectant
and nursing mothers.

In addition to the horrific photos of babies destroyed by abortion providers, one individual
carried a sign comparing victims of the holocaust with victims of the abortionist's knives.

Opponents of the proposed killing clinic vow to never curtail their efforts until
The Weitz Company declines to build a facility with the purpose of taking innocent lives.

The truth truck used in yesterday's protest was missing one of the banners
describing PP's founder, Margaret Sanger's racist roots. The banner
stating, "We don't want the word out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,"
was stolen by an individual at the Colorado Right to Life banquet September, 22, 2007.

The new location chosen by Planned Parenthood in north denver, is a predominantly
minority neighborhood which is typical of killing clinics in the U.S. 1,452 black babies
are killed in America daily at the hands of an abortionist.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Iowa School Cancels Pro-Life Talk With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Niece

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 25, 2007

Des Moines, IA ( -- A public high school in Iowa is drawing criticism from the pro-life community after it canceled a scheduled talk with pro-life advocate Alveda King. The former Georgia legislator and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been invited by officials at Roosevelt High School to speak.
The former principal invited Dr. King to address students there but the new principal, Kathie Danielson, canceled the event. called the school and left a message as well as an email for Danielson but they were not returned by press time.

Kim Lehman, the director of Iowa Right to Life, called the cancellation a "civil rights shockwave" in comments she sent to

"Dr. King is an exceptional speaker with outstanding credentials, and yet they are not enough," Lehman said.

"Dr. King's speech is being censored and the students at Roosevelt High will not hear her speak on civil rights, abstinence and abortion because the new principal says that a few parents complained," Lehman added.

Lehman told King is also scheduled to speak on Wednesday at Iowa State University and on Thursday at Drake University.

King has explained that the new civil rights struggle has to do with abortion and how black Americans are becoming victims of abortion at higher rates than their white counterparts.

"In the last forty-plus years, 15 million black people have been denied their most basic civil right, the right to life," King noticed.

"Roughly one quarter of the black population is now missing," she reflected. "This hasn't happened because of lynch mobs, but because of abortionists who plant their killing centers in minority neighborhoods and prey upon women who think they have no hope."

King said abortion is a "great irony" because it has decimated the African-American population in ways the Klu Klux Klan never could.

"It's time that we remember the sacrifices of men like my father and my uncle who worked and died so that our children could live," King concluded. "It's time to stop killing the future and keep their dream alive."

ACTION: Contact Roosevelt High School and Principal Kathie Danielson with your thoughts. Call 515.242.7272 or email Mrs. Danielson at

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Tiller abortion racket withers in the light
Posted: September 13, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jack Cashill
© 2007

After 22 year-old Michelle Armesto finished testifying last Friday, Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller had to wonder how much more money he would have to pump into Kansas politics to keep his late-term empire afloat.

Armesto testified on the third and last day of special legislative hearings in Topeka on the enforcement of Kansas late-term abortion laws.

With the help of the many politicians he has backed – including Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius – Tiller has turned this reddest of red states into the world's bloodiest. His clinic performed 380 late-term abortions last year alone.

That same year, 2006, Tiller money was instrumental in the undoing of then Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. Tiller pumped hundreds of thousands into the campaign against Kline to derail his dogged investigation of Tiller's clinic.

For all that, Tiller would not have prevailed without the full-throated support of the local media. In fact, for its repeated slander of the "anti-choice extremist" Kline, the Star won Planned Parenthood's top media honor last year, the "Maggie Award," named for its eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger.

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Despite Kline's defeat, some of the more stalwart Kansas legislators have refused to back down. They organized the hearings in question when the man who beat Kline, pro-choice Republican turned Democrat Paul Morrison, appeared to be dragging his feet on the investigation Kline had forced open.

Curiously, the Armesto file was not among those Kline had subpoenaed. Kline had been investigating only those abortions performed on healthy, viable babies. Unbeknown to Armesto, Tiller had recorded her unborn child as being non-viable.

This fact Armesto learned only after she had volunteered to testify. She fully believes her unborn baby to have been healthy at the time of the abortion.

Otherwise, the Armesto story is as heartbreaking as it is typical in this unholy industry. As she testified, her parents pressured her to abort what would have been her first child.

Armesto was 18 at the time and in the 24th week of her pregnancy. She told her mother, "It's murder and I will not do it."

Armesto's fiancé and his parents desperately wanted the baby as well. He was making decent money, and the parents offered a basement apartment and child care while she attended school.

Their support only aggravated Armesto's parents. "I was told that I would be kicked out of my family and to not come back," she told the legislators.

Tiller's clinic eased Armesto's conscience by citing a Catholic group that "believed in abortion" and promised baptism for the aborted baby. In reality, the Catholic Church considers abortion "murder" and "always morally evil."

Ordinary Kansans are no friends of abortion, either. Under Kansas law, a late-term abortion can be performed on a viable baby only if the woman would otherwise die or suffer "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function."

As Armesto would soon learn, Tiller honored Kansas law about as faithfully as he did Catholic doctrine. Not one woman in her group of five, herself included, risked physical or mental health impairment of any sort.

The women talked among themselves during their stay in Wichita. "All were there," Armesto testified, "because they thought [late-term abortion] would solve their problems." These problems ranged from unreliable boyfriends to socially ambitious parents.

After the group watched a video on "Dr. Tiller's legacy," a nurse took Armesto to a private room and prepared her for an ultrasound. When Armesto tried to look at the screen, the nurse abruptly moved the screen away.

Armesto was then taken to another room. There a female doctor inserted a large needle twice to make sure she injected the unborn child, "and that," said Armesto, "is when the baby was killed."

Only after this procedure did Armesto fill out the paperwork and meet with a counselor. She also met with a self-identified Unitarian minister who consoled her, "You have to take care of the ones who are here, not the ones who aren't born."

After the initial injections, Armesto underwent a variety of preparations to ease the delivery of the dead baby. A late-term abortion of this kind is a three-day ordeal with nights spent at a local hotel.

On her second day, Armesto met casually with Tiller for the first time but only for a few minutes. He talked to her about his own teenage children and how presumably, "if in the same situation, would do the same thing."

That evening, Armesto's fiancé got word of what was happening and finessed his way past her mother and into the hotel room where she was staying.

"He begged me not to go through with the abortion," Armesto lamented, "and I told him it was too late." The fiancé was sincere in his affection. Despite the abortion, he later married Armesto, and today the couple has two children.

By the third day, Armesto's labor had proceeded to the point where she was ready to deliver. What follows is not for the faint of heart.

"I remember yelling at the nurse and calling her names and telling her I did not want to be on the toilet," Armesto recounted. "I finally birthed the baby, and I distinctly remember seeing the baby on the floor to the left of the toilet."

Said Armesto, "That image haunts me daily." There was no follow-up care of any kind for Armesto. Nor did Tiller's clinic call to see that there was.

This would not surprise Dr. Paul McHugh. Before leaving office, Kline had contracted with the impeccably credentialed Johns Hopkins psychiatrist to review the subpoenaed Tiller files, all of which cited mental health exemptions.

After new AG Morrison ignored McHugh for six months, pro-life forces brought McHugh to Kansas City to share his findings.

When asked whether he had seen any one file that justified a late-term abortion under Kansas law, McHugh unequivocally responded, "I saw no file that justified abortion on that basis."

Nor did McHugh see any sign of medical follow-up with these women who had allegedly just been rescued from irreversible psychiatric damage.

The Armesto testimony adds heart and soul to McHugh's findings. From existing evidence, it seems likely that nearly all of Tiller's late-term abortions have been performed as a matter of coercion or convenience in full indifference to Kansas law.

Although the Kansas City Star is beginning to distance itself from the heretofore white-hatted Tiller, it still reserves words like "grisly" and "horrific" for editorials on Michael Vick.

For a Maggie winner, alas, this is not likely to change.

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Friday, September 07, 2007


In March, the Colorado Right to Life Board delivered 600 petitions, signed by concerned constituents, to Governor Bill Ritter, asking him not to go ahead with his promise of state funding for Planned Parenthood. Such funding, as noted on the petitions, would be illegal under an amendment to the state Constitution (approved by voters not once, but twice!) which prohibits state funds being “directly or indirectly” provided to support abortions. Because Planned Parenthood clinics in Colorado share overhead with Planned Parenthood abortuaries, that constitutes a clear “indirect” prohbition, no matter how the Governor tries to play it. Board members spoke to the press, and board member Tim Leonard gave a televised press conference on the issue. CRTL will deliver more petitions as they come in. The form can be found at .

Colorado Right To Life Vice President Leslie Hanks carries petitions into Gov. Ritter's office in March 2007, urging that he not permit state funds to subsidize abortions. Ritter has said he would allow Planned Parenthood to receive state funding for family planning services other than abortion. (Denver Post Photo by Karl Gehring)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Gov wants Planned Parenthood in state budget
But Christian alliance says constitution forbids it
Posted: September 7, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2007

Gov. Bill Ritter

A Christian organization in Colorado is launching a campaign to "rally the troops" because Gov. Bill Ritter repeatedly has promised to restore state funding to Planned Parenthood, a move that could violate the state constitution's ban on "direct" or "indirect" taxpayer funding for abortions.

Ritter made the promise on his 2006 campaign website, and in various speeches since, to have Colorado taxpayers pay for expenses for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, despite two votes by the people in 1984 and 1988 banning that support.

"We will restore the Planned Parenthood money that Gov. [Bill] Owens cut. Every woman in Colorado will have access to emergency contraception. And we will not turn women or their doctors into criminals," he said.

Owens, a Republican, had eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood from the state budget because of the constitutional provision that bans taxpayer funding in Colorado for abortions, either through a "direct" route, or an "indirect" route, and a legal opinion that not even dividing Planned Parenthood into two separate corporations, one to provide abortions and another to pay other expenses, would satisfy the constitution's requirements.

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"The reality is that Bill Ritter has never backed down from his promise to put money into Planned Parenthood," Mark Hotaling, the director of the Christian Family Alliance, told WND.

He explained that the budget the state currently is operating on was established mostly by the former governor before he left office. Especially, he noted the state's "family planning" money was committed to other organizations that are operating under contracts already in existence.

Ritter, when he made the statements about having taxpayers support Planned Parenthood's operations financially, meant it, and he still means it, Hotaling said.

"The governor had to appease the radical left of his party, and made certain promises. One of them he made repeatedly was to restore money to Planned Parenthood," Hotaling said.

"The reason he couldn't to do last legislative session was the timing of grants and the lack of funds in the state family planning fund," he said. "But there's nothing to prohibit him from doing it in the next session, when more money can be put into the fund."

He said the public needs to rise up and let the governor know of its opposition to taxpayer funding for the abortion industry.

A spokesman for Ritter's office told WND that it's a "misnomer" to call it funding for Planned Parenthood, because the state money actually would go to "family planning."

There are a variety of organizations, from non-profits to county health clinics, that provide "family planning" information and are recipients of the state funding, he said.

The spokesman acknowledged that the previous governor essentially "disqualified" Planned Parenthood from getting state funding. "We are trying to ascertain exactly what policies were instituted under the former administration and what would be necessary to address those the way the governor has expressed a desire to do that."

Hotaling said that's enough.

"It we don't have the pressure on now, we'll be trying to get that money back later," he said. The chances for that to happen, he told WND, are "along the lines of snowballs in Hades."

"The way government happens, as soon as they dole the money out it's not coming back," he said. "We need to nip this thing in the bud right now. Our membership is relying on us to do the right thing and not wait around for the money to be doled out. If it gets paid out, it will be against the law, and it's going to cost us twice as much to try and stop then."

Joining in the Colorado Family Alliance campaign is state Sen. Scott Renfroe, who told WND that he's "gravely concerned" about Ritter's announced plans.

He said he's asked the governor, "How are you going to do this, and uphold the constitution and the will of the people?"

"I guess time will tell if he does do something," he said. Renfroe told WND that a campaign letter has been sent to constituents seeking support.

"I am saddened and appalled that Gov. Ritter assumes that part of our tax money already belongs to Colorado's largest abortionist," he wrote. "And with pro-abortion liberals in control of the State Legislature, our only hope is to turn to the good sense and actions of citizens … to help stop this injustice."

When Ritter made his promises, Kate Horle, of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said she was "thrilled."

"Gov. Ritter really recognizes that the best way to reduce abortion is by reducing the unintended pregnancy rate," she said.

But national Christian ministries, such as the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, were worried.

"The voters of Colorado voted that no public funding would go to abortion," said Carrie Gorden Earll, an analyst with the ministry. Funding Planned Parenthood would raise concerns. "We're not sure if you can adequately separate their abortion business from their family planning business."

An editorial in the Fort Collins Coloradoan noted the issue. Under the headline "Ritter trying to 'sneak in' abortion view," editorial writer Erik Rush concluded that more and more Americans are recognizing that abortion "is about the lucrative industry of killing babies in nauseatingly brutal and inhuman fashion…"

"Colorado Constitution Article 5, Section 50, was passed via ballot measure by the people of the State of Colorado to ensure that our tax dollars would never be used for the 'direct or indirect' support of abortion mills," he wrote. "It recently came to my attention (and to that of Colorado pro-life organizations) that Gov. Bill Ritter, in an effort to pay back some of the far-left supporters who helped get him elected, intends to circumvent this law and 'indirectly' funnel Colorado taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

"It should be no surprise: 'I will restore the funding to Planned Parenthood and other agencies,' Ritter stated on his campaign website. How, one wonders — without doing it illegally? Depending on how familiar one is with the machinations of politics, this process can be likened to the laundering of money by organized crime. When dollars change hands enough times and no one is paying attention to the paper trail, when the government cuts a check, all looks to be above board," Rush wrote.

One writer, "wiseone," on a forum following Rush's column was brutal in his assessment of the situation.

"Its (sic) good to increase funding for PP. Abortions are usually done simply for convenience, (remember the abortionists told everyone it was to help those who were raped, incest, etc...actually only about 2% are for that reason) and the vast majority are no doubt Democrats, since this was their agenda. The net result is their killing a vast number of future Democrats. I think this is a good thing for conservatives."

But a "progressive" Media Matters organization immediately jumped to the defense of Ritter and Planned Parenthood.

"Ritter in his January 11 State of the State address announced his intention to fulfill a campaign promise to restore state funding for 'pregnancy prevention and family planning programs.' Consistent with the Colorado Constitution, Ritter has stated his plan would not fund abortions, as Colorado Media Matters has noted," the critique said.

The criticism supported the argument that providing funding to Planned Parenthood for "family planning" does not, in fact, support Planned Parenthood's abortion business.

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Abortion business closes because clients 'too poor'

'Nurse' accused of handing out fatal abortion drug

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Clinic shuts down after abortionist disappears

Pro-life group gets abortionist's license revoked

Rules convince another abortionist to quit

Yet another abortionist can't stand heat, quits

Half-dozen abortion clinics shut down

'Aborted' baby born alive, authorities say

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