Inspiring Speech from David Bereit

Shawn Carney shows this video on Day 8 of 40 Days for Life of an inspiring speech from 40 Days for Life National Director David Bereit.

Keep up the good work with 40 Days for Life! 92 babies saved so far!!

“The View” Takes On The Sonogram Law: As Told By An Unborn Baby

Hi, I'm Dave, I'm an unborn baby, and I approved this message.

Good nap! I had a dream I was on a jet ski. It pretty much ruled.

Ok, TV time. What is she gonna watch today? Please Mom put it on “Top Shot,” please Mom put it on “Top Shot,” please Mom put it on —

Aww, man, “The View?!” Seriously?! That is completely uncool. I am totally gonna make you crave something gross later… Peanut butter and gravy. Yeah. That sounds terrible.

Turn it, Mom, please! If you don’t I’m gonna start asking for a tattoo when I’m, like, twelve.

Ok, she’s not gonna change it. At least it’s not “Jersey Shore.” Let’s see what the View ladies are talking about today. Oooh, the Sonogram Law. This should be interesting!

Oh hey, the pretty blonde lady’s taking my side. That’s cool!

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Council For Life Celebrates Sanctity Of Life Month

Council for Life
Left to right: Tova Sido, Allison Doherty, Reverend Philip Jones, Claudia Jones, Council for Life President Janna Lewis. Photo by Jerry McClure.

Recently I told you all about a fantastic organization here in Dallas called Council for Life. They raise money for crisis pregnancy centers and other organizations that provide essential services to women in need. Abortion advocates are always accusing us of not caring about women, or abandoning children once they’re born. Council for Life is one of many organizations that proves this false.

I was honored to attend their Celebrating Life Luncheon back in November. In case you’ve forgotten, this is the event where I became, to my surprise and quite against my will, a major Kathy Ireland fan. This event raised — get ready! — $569,000 for CFL’s 14 beneficiaries. That money will provide ultrasound machines, hire sonographers, pay administrative staff, and in various ways provide resources for the people who work every day to save the lives of the unborn and help mothers choose life for their children.

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AUL’s Charmaine Yoest Debates NARAL over Texas Ultrasound Law

Charmaine Yoest of AUL

Yesterday afternoon, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life took on NARAL’s president Nancy Keenan in a debate regarding the recently upheld Ultrasound Law in Texas on Fox News.

Ultimately, Keenan’s only argument against such a law is it “forces a woman to have an ultrasound against her will” and that a woman should only be given an ultrasound if she requests one, or her doctor recommends one.  “This is a decision that belongs with a woman, her doctor, her family and her God.  Not, not politicians in Texas,” she lamented.

The funny thing is, if Keenan’s beef is with “forcing” women to obtain ultrasounds, perhaps she should be going after rules already established by the abortion industry!  According to Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion-performing facility in Bryan, Texas, “Ultrasounds are REQUIRED to be performed before an abortion. By who? The abortion industry!! Ultrasound laws don’t require anything that isn’t already being done… except these laws help women obtain TRUE informed consent.” (Emphasis Abby’s).

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Victory! Appeals Court Says TX Can Enforce Sonogram Law

This morning, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that the state of Texas can enforce the Sonogram Law while it is being challenged in court.

In an important victory for the unborn in Texas, the court dismissed the claims of the Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice Sam Sparks in a stunning opinion that confirmed the sanctity of life and validated the efforts of Texas pro-life organizations, lawmakers, and Gov. Rick Perry.

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14-Year-Old Girl Sues Family To Stop Abortion

A 14-year-old girl in Corpus Christi, TX, received a temporary restraining order on Dec. 21 to stop her family from forcing her to get an abortion. A state district judge appointed an attorney for the teen and extended the restraining order until Jan. 19, when a hearing will determine whether the order will remain in place for the duration of the girl’s pregnancy.

Thus far, the girl has been represented by Stephen Casey, an attorney for the Austin organization Texas Center for Defense of Life. Family members who appeared in court told the judge the teenage girl was mentally unstable and incapable of caring for a baby.

Casey claims the girl’s cousin is guilty of “assaulting her by grabbing her by the neck, hitting her across the jaw and threatening to beat her if she did not get an abortion.”

There are several disturbing things about this story. First and foremost, that her family members are trying to force her to kill her baby. Second, that the judge in the case has only protected her from these people for two weeks. Third, that the “pro-choice” blogs are staying very quiet about the case. So much for choice!

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TX Sonogram Law Supporter: “I Would Not Have Had An Abortion If I Had Seen A Sonogram”

This past Wednesday, January 4, in New Orleans, the battle over the Texas “Sonogram Law” waged on.

Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell faced off with Jennifer Rikelman, an attorney from New York’s Center for Reproductive Rights, before a panel of three judges from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The issue at hand? A temporary partial injunction ordered by Justice Sam Sparks in Austin this summer claiming the law violated the free speech rights of abortionists.

The bill, which was signed into law by Texas governor and current Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry last year, would require doctors to show abortion patients an ultrasound of their unborn babies, describe certain attributes of the fetus, such as its size, and allow the mother to hear the fetal heartbeat. While most of the law was temporarily struck down by Sparks, certain portions, such as a 24-hour waiting period, were not enjoined.

As a proud native Texan and Dallas resident, I have written about this case several times, most recently in September when I attended, incognito, a speech by Center for Reproductive Rights president Nancy Northup, hosted by Planned Parenthood North Texas, in which the case – and others like it around the country — was discussed at length.

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Late-Term Abortionist Curtis Boyd: “Am I killing? Yes, I am”

In October, we told you about Medicaid paying for $9000 late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO)  in New Mexico. Operation Rescue has since revealed that SWO is willing to do abortions as late as 30 weeks to kill unborn children with Down Syndrome at a cost to Medicaid of up to $16,000 per procedure. One of the abortionists on staff at SWO, Dr. Curtis Boyd, made a shocking admission to Austin local news channel KVUE in 2009: “Am I killing? Yes I am”

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5 TX Abortionists Called Before Medical Board

The Texas Medical Board is summoning 5 Texas abortionists to appear for hearings regarding violations Operation Rescue uncovered at their clinics:

The abortionists are scheduled for Informational Settlement Conferences on October 28, 2011, where they must answer to allegations that the Board has brought against them.

Abortionists Margaret Kini, Alan Molson, Robert L. Prince, Douglas Karpen, and H. Brook Randal, are facing the charges based on complaints made by Operation Rescue after a three-month investigation into Texas abortion clinics.

Operation Rescue’s investigation uncovered multiple violations at several Texas abortion clinics across the state, which included the improper dumping of human aborted baby remains, illegal dumping of private patient medical information and records, violations of the 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws, and other abuses.

Live Action broke a story in April about the remains of an aborted child found lying in the parking lot outside an abortion mill in El Paso, TX. Read about that story here. May abortionists in Texas and every state be held accountable to the law for their crimes against women and children.

Legal Drama Continues Over Texas Sonogram Law

I like Google. I use it a lot. Sometimes when I get bored I type in random word strings, such as “grapefruit courtney love mosquito” just to see if anything comes up. But I also use Google to find information about what’s going in with the abortion issue in the United States, and that’s the problem: I usually find what I need, and it’s giving me a bleeding ulcer.

Take, for instance, this Reuters article published on Wed., July 6, detailing the Center for Reproductive Rights’ lawsuit against my home state of Texas. They are trying as hard as they can to derail the Sonogram Law, which is supposed to go into effect Sept. 1. According to Reuters:

Under the Texas law, the abortion provider would be required to describe the fetus and its limbs and organs and have the woman listen to the heartbeat of the fetus. It also requires that a woman wait 24 hours after the sonogram before undergoing the abortion… The restrictions are waived in cases of sexual assault, and the waiting time is reduced to two hours for women who live 100 miles or more from the abortion provider.

I wouldn’t have included the sexual assault clause, but it sounds pretty reasonable, right? Not to the CRR. Here is their response:

“This law is asking [doctors] to do something unethical at the cost of threatening to prosecute doctors for a crime, and forcing them to lose their medical license,” said Susan Hays, a Dallas lawyer for the New York-based Center.

How far down the rabbit hole have we fallen when people who are okay with abortion — the legal killing of a human being — use the word “unethical” to describe a doctor showing an ultrasound to an expectant mother?

If we think carefully about what CRR is saying in their lawsuit, it’s not that the mother is being misled. No one is arguing that. They simply can’t argue that, because it isn’t so.

So the CRR’s argument is against a doctor telling the truth to a patient before a procedure. That’s all the sonogram and its description is. In essence: Here is your baby, here are its arms and legs and head, this is how big it is, here is the heartbeat. All true. All factual information. No opinion, no commentary is required by the law. Many women, I know from experience, think of their babies as a “clump of cells.” The ultrasound proves otherwise. Shouldn’t they know, don’t they deserve to know, what it is an abortion will dismember and vacuum out of their womb?

What organization or individual sincerely interested in choice would be against the simple provision of information to a patient about to undergo a serious medical procedure?

None would. But the CRR are not interested in “choice.” They are interested in women continuing to have abortions. They are, as the title of the article accurately describes, a pro-abortion group. If all women in America decided spontaneously tomorrow to stop having abortions forever, do you think the CRR or Planned Parenthood would smilingly accept this? Oh, no. There would be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Choice has nothing to do with it.

We pro-lifers are pro-choice as well. We believe you should have a choice to participate — or not — in sex, which, in case you weren’t aware, more and more scientists believe leads directly to babies in many cases.

Once fertilization occurs, a separate human being is present, and the time for choice is over. It’s no longer “my body, my choice.” It’s a child, and the law should protect it.

The Sonogram Law is an attempt to do just that: advocate for the child who, in an abortion clinic, has no one on its side.

Here’s hoping CRR is unsuccessful in their attempt to deal a serious blow to the rights of the unborn in Texas.

Texas Defunds Planned Parenthood

On Monday, June 27, Texas became the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood. The legislature passed an omnibus health bill that, among other things, will stop the flow of state money to the nation’s largest abortion provider. Lucy Nashed, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, said, “The governor continues to champion the protection of unborn life in Texas.”

And so he does. Gov. Perry recently signed into law House Bill 15, also known as the Sonogram Law, which requires abortionists to point out features of the fetus to the mother before the abortion and offer her a view of the ultrasound. Because many women go into an abortion thinking of their baby as a “clump of cells,” even those women who decline to look at the sonogram image will be told that their baby has a heartbeat, a head, arms, legs, hands, feet. The truth will save many lives.

Of course, it’s also possible women will sign an acknowledgement form, one of many, before the procedure, never having actually ultrasound3been given the information. But the Sonogram Law is a start, and we take what victories we get, knowing each one may save at least one precious life.

These victories in Texas are not small. Texas already has its own sort of happy notoriety as one of the more conservative and prosperous states in the Union. Often associated in the minds of Americans, for good or ill, with George W. Bush, oil money, and an in-your-face brand of rugged, gun-toting individualism, it makes sense that my home state would be among the first to do what we hope many will do: stop forcing taxpayers to pay for other people’s elective abortions.

In response to news of the defunding, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Perry soon, social networking sites were flooded with hyperbolic rants such as the following:

“So much for cheap healthcare for women in Texas!”

“Now where will women get affordable birth control in TX? I sure hope all those pregnant teenagers choose adoption!”

“Rick Perry proves yet again he is not pro-life, he is anti-woman and anti-health care!”

And so on.

Of course, those of us who pay attention to facts know that this maneuver on behalf of the Texas legislature does not kick Planned Parenthood out of Texas. Would that we could! But no, it only stops the flow of state money to the organization.

Funnily enough, the people who screech that PP is the only place for women to get cheap healthcare – which is not true  – don’t seem to understand that other affordable women’s health clinics, even those that provide abortions, could probably manage to become better known if they had anywhere near the budget PP has. We’ve been giving them about $100 million in federal funds per year, and their revenues are in the hundreds of millions. They must spend a good portion of this on PR, because I see their magazine ads every once in a while, and I rarely look at magazines.

As for the contention that PP is actually in the business of providing cheap birth control and healthcare, and that abortions are a sad but necessary service they would rather not provide… Well, it’s hard for me to hear that without laughing out loud. Like Carol Everett and other abortion industry whistle-blowers have told us, birth control pills – usually low-dose – and condoms – usually cheap – are given to young people because abortion providers know eventually they will fail. The only surefire way of avoiding pregnancy is abstinence from sex, and you will never hear PP advocating such a thing. No, we must break down a young woman’s natural modesty, fill her purse with Trojans and little pink compacts, tell her these things will keep her from getting pregnant, and then pat her hand and offer to “help” when she does get pregnant.

Indiana recently became the first state to defund Planned Parenthood, eliciting a strong response from the federal government.  As other states follow in Indiana footsteps, the battle to defund PP is also becoming an interesting states-rights issue.

A friend of mine who has been heavily involved in the pro-life movement as a social worker for many years recently told me that if pro-lifers and anti-lifers were divided geographically the way they were during the struggle for – and against – the abolition of slavery, she could see it leading to another Civil War. But such is not the case. We’re all mixed in together for this fight. However, states with pro-life legislatures and conservative majorities may find themselves locked in a struggle against the federal government for the right to decide for what their citizens should and should not be compelled to pay.

A couple years ago, I overheard two middle-aged career counselors in a public college – one black man, one white woman – discussing taxpayer funded abortions. “People may not like it,” said the black man, “but it’s the law. You gotta do what the law says.”

I couldn’t help but shake my head at the irony of a black man saying this. One hundred and fifty years ago, individuals broke the law to save his forefathers from slavery, torture, and death.

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is right. Slavery is as old as humankind, but as we grew into a more moral, civilized society, we did what had to be done to eradicate it from our civilization. Now we have the opportunity to do the same thing with abortion, and the good people and lawmakers of states such as Indiana, Wisconsin, and Texas, must not back down from the inevitable fight.


UPDATE 7/12/11: Kyleen Wright at Texans for Life Coalition was kind enough to point out an interesting fact about the Sonogram Law of which I was not aware. In her words: “Just know, Kristen, that unless abortion advocates prevail in the courts, that sonogram HAS to be displayed where she [the mother] can see it – something we fought very hard for, even as we were attacked by friend and foe alike for it.”


Kristen Walker is Vice President of New Wave Feminists. Her personal blog can be found here.

States Prepare to Pull the Plug on Planned Parenthood

In the wake of the Federal Government’s failure to defund Planned Parenthood, multiple states have stepped up to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. Susan B. Anthony List recently published a state-by-state scorecard listing the states that have denied funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider. See here:

The recent removal of over $60,000,000 in taxpayer dollars will inevitably deal a crippling blow to Planned Parenthood clinics across these states. These new measures don’t just damage the abortion business financially, they also send a message to the American people that Planned Parenthood is not the kind of organization that should be receiving government support. Planned Parenthood knows this all too clearly and has responded with lawsuits and expensive public relations campaigns.

From an economic standpoint, the removal of government subsidies will lead to the downsizing of the abortion business. With less money and tighter budgets, Planned Parenthood will not have the financial resources to operate as many clinics in some states. Faced with the prospect of losing state funding, Planned Parenthood describes apocalyptic-sounding scenarios where “thousands of women” will no longer have access to healthcare. While this claim is bogus, it does highlight Planned Parenthood’s substantial reliance on public funds. Governments are propping up Planned Parenthood—making abortion cheaper and more accessible than it would otherwise be.

The effects of revoking state subsidies are already starting to materialize. Since losing state funding last May, Planned Parenthood of Indiana may have to shut down eight clinics. The same fate assuredly awaits Planned Parenthood of Texas.

Stay tuned.