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It’s been three weeks since a woman was taken away in an ambulance from the National Health Care abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois. And from the 911 audio — “We need somebody very quickly” — it didn’t sound good at all.
You might expect that this incident would prompt the director, Margaret Vanduyn, to keep a low profile. Yet she was eager to be interviewed for an AP story that appeared this week in the Chicago Sun-Times about an Illinois House bill (introduced, coincidentally, on the very same day as the ambulance incident in Peoria) that would require annual unannounced inspections of all abortion facilities in the state:
Margaret Vanduyn, executive director of the National Health Care clinic that offers abortion services in Peoria, said an annual inspection would be unnecessary. The state sends inspectors “every couple of years,” she said, but most of the problems they have found involved paperwork and, in one case, an outdated certification on equipment. Vanduyn said she believed the proposal to increase inspections was “politically motivated.”
Abortion clinic managers bellyaching about the prospect of greater oversight is, of course, nothing new. But Vanduyn, perhaps even more so than most, should be the last to complain. [Continue reading …]
In past years, the Pro-Life Action League has called on pro-lifers to pray for those involved in the abortion business during the season of Lent. This year, our Lenten prayer campaign has a very special focus.
Response to last year’s Lenten prayer campaign was overwhelming, with thousands of pro-lifers praying and fasting for three women—a pro-choice journalist, abortion clinic escort and a newly-trained abortionist—with whom the League had been involved in the previous year.
These three women needed—and still need—our prayers. But the subjects of this year’s Lenten prayer campaign may need them even more.
The three abortionists in question are Brian Finkel, Kermit Gosnell and the recently arrested Naresh Patel. Will you join me and other pro-lifers across the country in praying for these men each day this Lent, and fasting from one meal a week for their conversion? [Continue reading …]
The Pro-Life Action League has been following the story of the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility closely for the past three years, and we’re pleased that it’s finally receiving thorough treatment from a major media outlet.
Today’s Chicago Tribune has a major front-page article on the Women’s Aid facility, whose owner, Larisa Rozansky, still has not paid the $36,000 fine assessed by the State of Illinois in 2011.
The massive fine was assessed in response to a host of serious violations discovered by state inspectors, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion performed there in 2009.
Since that time, Rozansky closed out the Women’s Aid Clinic bank account, dissolved the company, changed its name to Women’s Aid Center and moved to a different location — although the “Center” continued to use the same website and phone number, and for a period of time, even processed credit cards via the same Merchant Services account number as the “Clinic.”
When the state reminded Rozansky that in March 2012 that paying the $36,000 fine wasn’t optional, her response was that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist,” and so the state was out of luck. [Continue reading …]
When I mailed out a package to every abortion clinic in the country a couple weeks ago, including a pair of plastic handcuffs and my phone number, I didn’t really expect to get any calls—at least not from abortion clinics.
I thought most likely the abortion clinics would completely ignore this “care package,” and the best I could expect was some good coverage from friendly media—Christian and pro-life sites that would be interested in a project like this. Still, I was hopeful the project could reach a wider audience and did everything I could to make that happen.
And it all paid off. Not only was I directly contacted by several abortion clinics, but the campaign received outstanding media coverage, including articles in USA Today and Cosmopolitan. Read on for details and links. [Continue reading …]
Today I mailed a package of 32 newborn diapers to Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit. Why? Because I promised to.
On Monday, I got a call from a phone number in Michigan from someone who had opened up the “care package” I sent to 569 abortion clinics on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which included a pair of plastic handcuffs. In my signed note in the package, I linked the handcuffs to abortionist Naresh Patel, arrested last month for fraud, and said to call me for help getting out of the abortion business.
The Michigan caller was angry about the package, and said I should be sending her diapers, not handcuffs, so she can help women coming for prenatal care. I said I would and asked for the address, which proved to be that of Summit Medical Center on McNichols Road in Detroit, Michigan.
We talked for 10 minutes. The caller offered the usual argument that she’s helping women by providing abortion. Several times she declared that this is a “cruel, ugly world.” The despair of that comment really struck me.
With help from Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist in Detroit, I was later able to identify the caller as Summit medical director Anise Burrell. Lynn also confirmed that Summit does see some women for prenatal care.
Today I sent the diapers to Ms. Burrell, along with an ironically appropriate greeting card—on the front, “A new baby changes everything”; inside: “Except its own diapers.” Here’s what I wrote inside: [Continue reading …]
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week, the Pro-Life Action League mailed a “care package” to every abortionist in the country. The package contained a photo of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel and a pair of plastic handcuffs.
On the back of the photo, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler wrote his phone number and a note saying, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.”
The Handcuffs Project has generated more response than we expected—phone calls and text messages from abortion workers, tweets from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and a host of media coverage, both friendly and hostile.
Perhaps the most surprising bit of media response was Cosmopolitan magazine asking for an interview with Eric, which lasted 40 minutes and produced a surprisingly fair write up of the project. Read the article here and stay tuned for more news on the incredible response the project has received so far.
League staffer Urszula and volunteer Kathy prepare the “handcuffs” care package [Photo by John Jansen]
Today—the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision—the Pro-Life Action League sent an special care package to every abortion clinic in the United States.
Inside: a picture of Naresh Patel, the Oklahoma abortionist arrested last month, along with a pair of plastic handcuffs and a signed note from me reading, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.” I also included my cell phone number.
This project was inspired by the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel last month at his abortion clinic for telling women that they were pregnant when whey weren’t so he could sell them abortion drugs. Patel has been charged with fraud and racketeering, and his Oklahoma clinic remains closed.
Patel first came to public notice in 1992 when he was investigated for burning the bodies of 55 aborted babies in a field east of Shawnee. Despite public outrage, Patel was not charged with a crime because he hadn’t violated any laws. He has also been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them during abortion procedures.
It’s no surprise that someone willing to kill unborn babies for a living would turn to crime, and Patel is not alone. Abortionists have been charged with crimes ranging from tax fraud and dealing drugs to rape and even murder. Some of the most notorious offenders include: [Continue reading …]
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).
Ambulance at Women’s Center of Southfield abortion clinic in Lathrup Village, Michigan, Feb. 28, 2014
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) ordered the Women’s Center of Southfield in Lathrup Village, Michigan to cease operations beginning November 21 pending the outcome of an investigative hearing by the Attorney General’s Office on March 4, 2015.
The emergency shutdown of this facility owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo was prompted by the official allegation of a botched abortion at 23 weeks that occurred in February 27-28. The woman who underwent the abortion—at the hands of Reginald Sharpe, who is currently under investigation by the State of Michigan—suffered uterine perforation and hemorrhaging resulting in emergency hospital care.
The Women’s Center of Southfield clinic is subject to yearly state inspections. Through investigative work by pro-life leader Lynn Mills and her team at Pro-Life Detroit, it was discovered that the clinic failed no fewer than five (5) inspections within 10 months. [Continue reading …]
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 …]