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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.
On October 25, 2014, an ambulance was called to the massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League obtained the audio of the 911 call through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Video of the ambulance departing Planned Parenthood was shot by a local activist.
The 911 call reveals that a client of Planned Parenthood was hemorrhaging after her abortion—a rare instance of Planned Parenthood actually admitting the medical problem they’re calling about.
Earlier this year, a 911 operator rebuked a Planned Parenthood staffer at this same facility for not providing adequate patient information. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood center in Chicago didn’t even bother to call 911 after botching an abortion on a woman named Tonya Reaves so badly that she died.
Also notable on this 911 call is that the operator already knows Planned Parenthood’s address, and is clearly familiar with Planned Parenthood preference for EMTs to use their back entrance. These calls are all too frequent.
She also seems to have learned not to expect much patient information when Planned Parenthood calls.
The fate of the woman transported from Planned Parenthood by this ambulance is unknown. Her child is dead.
The Pro-Life Action League has coordinated the pro-life ministry at this Planned Parenthood facility since it opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy.
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 ...]
Not to be deterred by unpleasant weather conditions, a crowd of 50 pro-lifers gathered last night outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois to mark the seventh anniversary of the day the “Abortion Fortress” opened its doors.
Reflections were shared, songs were sung, candles were lit, and the faithful came together to mourn the babies and mothers hurt by abortion as well as to thank God for his ongoing kindness to the pro-life movement in our struggle against this facility.
Following introductory remarks by Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler, Father Michael Miller of St. Therese Parish in Aurora offered a reflection, drawing particularly on words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”): [Continue reading ...]
Lena Dunham’s picture in her email from Planned Parenthood
You may have heard of Lena Dunham. She’s the star of HBO’s hit show Girls, which centers around a set of rich, white 20-somethings struggling heroically to figure out what to do with their lives in the face of their crippling privilege and wealth.
If you haven’t, don’t worry. You’re not missing much.
But whether you’ve heard of her or not, her voice carries a lot of weight among her peers, which is why the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, recruited her to send an email to their supporters earlier this week encouraging them to vote in the upcoming elections.
As was noted in the New York Times recently, we are facing a crisis of adulthood in America right now, and young Lena seems to be calling her compatriots to rise to the occasion and take on some adult civic responsibility.
But as she laid out her third reason to vote—the weary old trope that politicians are trying to take away your birth control—she said something that made me stop in my tracks: [Continue reading ...]
We often think of Planned Parenthood as the enemy. How could we not, considering they are the nation’s largest abortion chain, and aggressively promote promiscuous sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancy and abortion?
As a result, our natural instinct is to demonize them and, in many cases, their employees. So rooted in our pro-life convictions, it can be difficult to conceive of an abortion worker being driven by compassion—however misguided.
Linda Couri was one such worker. Idealistic, big-hearted and lacking real spiritual guidance, she was easily swayed by Planned Parenthood’s mantra of “care.” Also driving her towards Planned Parenthood was the need to reinforce her denial about her own abortion in her early 20′s.
But as a social worker in the clinic, it was only a matter of time before she was forced to face the big questions. A teenage girl asked Linda if she was killing her child. A shaken nurse tearfully asked if they were doing the right thing. Linda struggled to find honest answers. [Continue reading ...]
It happens all too often that a person’s ideology and moral conscience are in deep conflict.
This is exemplified in the story of Catherine Adair, who was so entrenched in her “pro-choice” philosophy that she couldn’t see that the guilt and depression she so regularly experienced stemmed from an abortion in her youth.
Her way of dealing with this conflict was to throw herself into radical feminism at an early age—to so fully commit herself to the pro-abortion philosophy that there was simply no way she would have to face the real source or her problems.
The full realization of this commitment came when she joined Planned Parenthood as a counselor, ushering other women through the same process she had gone through years before. [Continue reading ...]
Pro-life activists protest outside Planned Parenthood facility in Kissimmee, Florida, April 2014
In late March, the Pro-Life Action League was contacted by a group of pro-life activists in Kissimmee, Florida, who had recently discovered that Planned Parenthood was planning to open an abortion clinic in their city, located just minutes from Disney World.
We were able to advise them on numerous matters, including filing requests with the city for documents relating to the facility and encouraging them to mobilize a strong presence to speak out against Planned Parenthood at city commission meetings.
Since then, the pro-life community of Kissimmee has been indefatigable. They’ve been holding protests and prayer vigils, standing up for their First Amendment rights, taking out full-page newspaper ads — and, yes, packing city commission meetings. [Continue reading ...]
Sometimes the path God gives us to walk leads us places we never imagined we could go.
That’s exactly the kind of story you’ll hear in this talk from the Pro-Life Action League’s conference “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” featuring former Planned Parenthood health center manager Sue Thayer.
Sue was a sex-ed teacher and came on board with Planned Parenthood thinking that they would help her spread a simple message of “safe sex”.
But the deeper she got behind Planned Parenthood’s flashy veneer, the more troubled she became.
Sue reveals how abortion was pushed with a monthly quota to be met and how the sex-ed message she wanted to spread was being hijacked by Planned Parenthood’s “Anything goes” mentality.
Finally, seeing women hurt by “tele-med” abortions with no doctor present caused Sue to see the harm the nation’s largest abortion provider causes to children in the womb and to women.
Sue quit her job at Planned Parenthood and began a journey that would lead to the closing of the health center she once managed!
Watch the video to hear how that happened, and see all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here. We’ll be adding a new talk each week, so check back soon for more.
To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).
With the help of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center, our friends at Operation Rescue (OR) have obtained a copy of the deposition [PDF] of Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler, who was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.
The deposition was taken on August 22, 2013 as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, her young son Alvin Jones. (Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs agreed to pay $2 million to settle the case.)
This morning, OR’s Cheryl Sullenger posted a detailed summary of the deposition that deserves to be read in full. As Sullenger points out, Gittler’s deposition gives “horrific” insight into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, and is inconsistent with the conclusions reached by the Cook County Medical Examiner and with a major news report released four days after Reaves’ death by WBBM Radio’s Steve Miller that referred to documents from a confidential source. [Continue reading ...]