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In the latest episode of Life at Ground Zero I report on the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel for fraud, and the closure of his abortion clinic in the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
An arrest like this is a significant victory for the pro-life movement. Watch the video for five reasons why, and what you can do to build on a victory like this.
When you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital, there are some subtle hints that you are not at home.
One of the first hints is the furniture. While at home you may have soft cloth upholstery with cozy surfaces, at the hospital or doctor’s office you get the feel of hard vinyl or plastic or metal.
Not too inviting. Why is that?
Because, unlike our homes, hospitals and doctor’s offices have serious concerns about the spread of disease. Vinyl, plastic, and metal are easily cleaned up. Spray with a germicide, wait, wipe, and you’re done. This is particularly important when there is, shall we say, “bodily fluid spillage”.
Cloth, on the other hand, does not allow for cleanup. Once “fluids” are in, they stay. Unless a cloth chair can be steam cleaned on a moment’s notice, there is no way to guarantee it is clean for the next patient.
Vinyl, although easily cleaned, still has to be maintained. When there are rips in vinyl, fluids can leak into the stuffing, rendering the chair uncleanable.
With this mind, it’s worth taking a look at what state inspectors found during their most recent inspection [PDF] conducted September 16 at Planned Parenthood’s Far Northeast Health Center in Kermit Gosnell’s hometown of Philadelphia. [Continue reading ...]
The Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke reported last week on the recent closing of abortionist Mandy Gittler’s All Women’s Health facility in Chicago.
Mandy Gittler, you may recall, was the abortionist responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood in Chicago in July 2012.
As Matt noted, the League conducted a “Face the Truth” Day outside All Women’s earlier this year. Our large photos of abortion victims rattled the facility’s staff to such an extent that one employee actually posted a sign on the door reading, “All protestors must be 50 ft away from our building.”
This was an obvious but feckless attempt to get us to comply with Chicago’s “bubble zone” law — which, in point of fact, we weren’t even breaking. (Needless to say, we were not deterred.) And they watched us like hawks from their second floor window nearly the whole time we were there.
While we’re not at all unaccustomed to run-ins with volunteer abortion clinic escorts outside those facilities that have them, abortion clinic employees themselves usually ignore us. That’s why the reaction of the All Women’s staff was out of the ordinary.
Clearly, the presence of pro-life activists outside their door made them uneasy, and the spectre of further demonstrations outside their facility may well have played a role in its closing.
But what other factors were at play? [Continue reading ...]
We reported last week that the Pro-Life Action League recently filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.
We have since filed two additional complaints against the facility, which is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. One of these complaints focused exclusively on VWW’s stunning lack of adherence to basic sanitation and infection prevention protocols.
When state inspectors conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they observed the abortionist (presumably Craig Cropp, although no employees’ names are listed) perform a surgical abortion on a woman before which he did not wash his hands. [Continue reading ...]
Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women’s Health abortion clinic
On Wednesday, the Pro-Life Action League took to the streets of Chicago for a “Face the Truth” Day outside three abortion clinics, bringing the reality of what abortion does to its victims into the public square.
When we reached our second site, All Women’s Health Clinic, we were shocked to find that it was closed!
Seeing “For Rent” on the door, my colleague John Jansen called the number on the sign and they confirmed that All Women’s was indeed no longer in business and the space was up for rent.
All Women’s was formerly owned and operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who killed young Tonya Reaves in a botched abortion in July of 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago, where she also performs abortions. [Continue reading ...]
The facility is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. When state officials conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they discovered that in the month of January alone, there were a total of 18 complications, 15 of which involved medical abortions which were incomplete and required either an increase in the medication given or a surgical procedure.
The number of medical abortions at Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) during the entire month was 44, yielding a “success” rate of 63.4% or a “failure” rate of 36.6%.
Astoundingly, these “failures” were not brought up for discussion during VWW’s subsequent Quality Assessment meetings. [Continue reading ...]
Does the Advantage abortion clinic in Wood Dale, Illinois really perform all these procedures?
Earlier this year, the Pro-Life Action League reported that the Forest View abortion facility, located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, had closed. But the owners of the building, Vinod and Vijay Goyal, have recently opened another facility—Apollo Surgical Center—in the location that formerly housed Forest View.
Apollo bills itself as specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pain management—and, of course, gynecology.
Why the move to diversify away from all abortions, all the time? It seems that the motive is increased profit during times when the clinic lies unused. When Forest View was open, it was only used two days per week. By renting out the space in the clinic on non-abortion days, there is an increase in profits, and the veneer of respectability.
Clearly, utilizing this clinic for legitimate surgery only increases profits for the Goyal empire and subsidizes their abortion business. (The Goyals own more abortion clinics—five—than anyone else in Illinois.)
So, how is this diversification working out? [Continue reading ...]
For the last few years, League staffers Ann and Joe Scheidler and myself have all been listed on a “bully list” on a website called Voice of Choice, where pro-lifers’ home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other personal data were listed without their consent so that pro-choice people could call and harass them.
The irony here is pretty thick—the Scheidlers and myself have never committed violence against any pro-choice person, while pro-choice activists have attacked the Scheidlers and their home, offices and property untold times over their decades of pro-life activism!
Today we were surprised to see that the list had been taken down! [Continue reading ...]
Some time in the next few weeks, my wife is planning to have her pregnancy terminated.
Now, lest anyone be scandalized that a Pro-Life Action League employee would say such a thing, let me clarify:
My wife, Jocelyn, and I are expecting our 8th child, and we’re well into the third trimester.
And, as babies growing and developing in the womb have a tendency of doing, our baby will, some time soon, be born. After this happens, suffice it to say, my wife will no longer be pregnant.
Thus, her pregnancy will have been terminated.
This occurred to me recently when I came across an article by Life Dynamics’ Mark Crutcher, who was writing about the “rhetorical fraud” on the part of many abortion advocates who have, for years, used the term “pregnancy termination” as a euphemism for the “medical procedure” that they so strenuously believe should remain legal:
The pro-life movement is not now, has never been, and will never be, opposed to pregnancy terminations. We are fully aware that all pregnancies terminate.
Remember this the next time [Continue reading ...]
The Chicago Tribune ran a column by columnist Robin Abcarian earlier this week in which she begins by asking, “Have you ever wondered what a world without abortion might look like?”
Abcarian falls into the all-too-common modern practice of equating women’s equality with a right to abortion. This attitude is disingenuous and, frankly, condescending to women. Women do not need the right to kill their own children in order to assume their proper role in society.
She reports on a study from Amnesty International, with a heartrending story of a woman pregnant with an anencephalic baby. All the attention is directed to the woman who has some health issues of her own and how abortion is the only solution to her problems. There is no thought of the poor baby with a condition that would result in his death—unless he can be killed first. [Continue reading ...]