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Earlier this year the Pro-Life Action League released 911 audio and video footage of an ambulance transporting a woman from the National Health Care (NHC) abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois.
Now, in looking over documents [PDF] obtained from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), we’ve learned that NHC has been sold to Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, a small-time abortion clinic chain based in Texas that has a rather notorious history.
The NHC abortion facility was formerly co-owned by an attorney, Eugene Matan, and Jack Miller, a podiatrist, both of whom lived in Columbus, Ohio. After Matan died in June 2014, Jack Miller became the sole owner, and after he died last month at the age of 92, his estate sold the facility to Amy Hagstrom Miller’s The Booyah Group, the parent corporation of the Whole Woman’s Health chain. (It’s unclear whether there is any relation between the two Millers.)
In a letter sent to the IDPH on May 27, NHC administrator Margaret Van Duyn says, referring to Whole Woman’s, “They provide the same quality of care that we do” — which is to say, the same low-quality care. [Continue reading …]
This week at our office we received our 13th missive from Glitter Bombs for Choice, a loose association of abortion advocates that has made something of a name for itself in the past few months.
The idea is simple: send a letter along with a bunch of glitter, and when it’s opened, the glitter falls out. Back in February, the ones we received told us we had “earned” our glitter bombs because of our “fetus fetishism.”
We believe those working to restrict rights of autonomy do so with the sole motivation of controlling the women for whom these restrictions are intended.
To be sure, this is a charge that’s been around for years, and the Glitter Bombers for Choice are hardly alone in giving voice to it.
I can’t help but wonder, though, especially in light of the fact that women make up half (if not more) of the pro-life movement: Do the Glitter Bombers, et al., actually believe that our “sole motivation” is to control women? [Continue reading …]
The other day a strange email from the pro-abortion group NARAL showed up in my inbox. I’m subscribed to all the major pro-abortion groups’ email lists in order to keep tabs on their activities. What was strange about this email was that, in it, NARAL admitted that unborn children feel pain—and even used the word “baby” in reference to an unborn child.
The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize—to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”
But even stranger is what comes next. [Continue reading …]
Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago
Two articles have appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website highlighting the license revocation and $50,000 fine assessed to the notorious Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago.
But looking through some old files in our office the other day, we found that this was not the first time the Albany facility has run afoul of the law.
In March of 1974, abortion had been legal nationwide for just over a year, and at the time, our national director, Joe Scheidler (who would found the Pro-Life Action League six years later), was working for Illinois Right to Life, and led a series of pickets outside the Albany clinic. Leaving no stone unturned, Joe also called the city health department to find out if Albany had a valid license — but they had nothing on file. [Continue reading …]
Just a few hours after the Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler revealed yesterday that the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago has been fined $50,000 and had its license revoked, NARAL Pro-Choice New York gave an award to Willie Parker—one of the clinic’s abortionists:
Over the past few years, Parker has become quite the darling of the pro-choice movement, giving provocative interviews about his “abortion ministry” [sic] where he says things like, “I do abortions because I’m a Christian,” and crisscrossing the country to speak at events. To be sure, NARAL isn’t the only group showering Parker with honors—so too, the nation’s largest abortion chain itself gave Parker their Margaret Sanger Award on March 19: [Continue reading …]
The Pro-Life Action League has just obtained documents revealing that the Illinois Department of Public Health has fined a notorious Chicago abortion clinic $50,000 and revoked its license to operate as an ambulatory surgical treatment facility (ASTC).
The Albany late-term abortion clinic, a part of the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion chain, has had ongoing problems with its state license to operate as an ASTC for the past 20 months. As of this writing, Albany is still open for business, despite the fact that on March 10—which is, ironically enough, “National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day”—the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued an order [PDF] revoking the clinic’s license, stating, “The Department has found conditions in the Facility that are threatening to the public interest, health, safety, or welfare.”
On this same date, IDPH assessed fines in the amount of $40,000, after having previously assessed a $10,000 fine on February 9.
The Albany abortion clinic, run by the Family Planning Associates chain, has long been notorious for not-safe-but-legal abortions, as witnessed chiefly by four (4) women who died following abortions performed there: Maria Rodriguez, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, and, most tragically of all, 13-year old Deanna Bell. It’s also worth noting that Albany is a member of the National Abortion Federation, which holds itself up as the gold standard of providers of so-called “safe, legal, and accessible abortion care.” [Continue reading …]
Fay Clayton, along with her husband, Lowell Sachnoff, served as the lead attorney on the epic NOW v. Scheidler case. Clayton tried to make pro-life activism a federal crime!
Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court — unanimously — but not before dragging my family through the federal court system for more than 20 years.
Despite losing the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, Clayton and Sachnoff are still the darlings of the pro-abortion movement, and next Wednesday they’re getting a big award: the Clayton-Sachnoff family will be honored at Planned Parenthood’s annual “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Meanwhile, the Scheidler family — along with friends — will be there in protest, showing what Planned Parenthood REALLY does to future generations in its nationwide chain of abortion clinics. [Continue reading …]
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 …]