Silent No More campaign urges VA governor to enact abortion clinic rules

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign released a statement yesterday in support of the proposed abortion clinic regulations in Virginia which are awaiting the signature of Gov. Bob McDonnell. The new rules would require clinics to meet hospital standards and undergo government inspections.

“In the name of ‘choice,’ women have accepted sub-standard care in facilities with less oversight than most veterinarian offices,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life. “These new regulations would force abortion clinics to function more like hospitals. Now they are just assembly lines of death and grief.”

In February, the State General Assembly approved establishment of new restrictions for the state’s 20 abortion clinics, and in September, the Virginia Board of Health approved the proposed rules. After McDonnell’s review, the regulations are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

“Clinic directors in Virginia say they may have to close if forced to meet these new standards,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “That is a shocking admission of just how shoddy these facilities are. Many of the women who speak publicly about their abortions as part of our campaign talk of the sub-standard care they received. Women and their unborn children are nothing but commodities. Opposition to these regulations has nothing to do with choice, and everything to do with profit.”

Dr. Alveda King, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, urged women to contact Gov. McDonnell’s office at governor.virginia.gov to voice their support for the abortion clinic regulations.

“This is not just a pro-life/pro-choice issue,” said Dr. King. “This is about protecting women, and everyone who cares about women’s health should support these regulations.”

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted on its web site, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our web site: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

What Else Is There to Say?

On April 18, 2007 the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion.  In that decision, Gonzales v. Carhart, the court described another abortion procedure that remains legal throughout America.  It is called the D & E procedure.  Here are the exact words of the Supreme Court:

“The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix…, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the cervix.  The friction causes the fetus to tear apart.  For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed.”

What more needs to be said to convince us to act?

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The gruesome truth about D and E abortions

The debate in America about partial-birth abortion did a lot to shift public opinion in a pro-life direction, because it focused attention on what actually happens to the baby during an abortion – and what happens is not pleasant. That procedure was banned. But the D and E procedure is one among those that remain legal. In a D and E, the baby, while alive, is dismembered limb from limb. Medical textbooks and sworn court testimony describe how the abortionist pulls off the arms and legs and crushes the head. Above and beyond any thoughts they have about abortion in the abstract, it’s time to ask our fellow citizens what they think about D and E. Many who call themselves pro choice nevertheless oppose this procedure. Find out more at www.priestsforlife.org

 

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Following the Lord to Freedom

Advocates of abortion have always tried to hijack the language and concept of freedom. The reality of killing a child has been camouflaged in the words “freedom of choice.” Yet Scripture makes clear the real meaning of freedom. In Exodus seven sixteen, God has Moses tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” But here, and in the following chapters, this command in its fullness is, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Freedom has a content. It is not a cloak for whatever we want to do; it is a road to serve the Lord. And the service of the Lord means there are some things we always choose and some things that we always reject. The service of the Lord is a way of life – indeed a narrow way. Yet to follow it is freedom.

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Frightening abortion statistics

Some abortion supporters who don’t like the statistics that African American women have a higher abortion rate try to explain that away by claiming that the abortions among non Blacks aren’t being adequately reported.
But this shows a lack of awareness of how the abortion industry operates. First of all, statistics coming from the abortion show a better picture of how many abortions occur than do statistics from the government, and they show the discrepancy among African Americans. Furthermore, to the extent that abortionists fail to report abortions, they do not do so based on factors of race, but rather because they are careless, unscrupulous, and undisciplined practitioners, some of whom simply do not want to be known as abortionists. The disregard of abortionists for matters of conscience knows no bounds.

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You Can’t Practice Vice Virtuously

Thanks to the undercover work of Operation Rescue, with which Priests for Life collaborates closely, nine abortion practitioners in Texas are on the ropes for misconduct or upcoming investigations into whether their abortion practice is violating various laws and patient rights.

The allegations range from mishandling private patient medical records and information, violating informed consent laws, disregarding the 24 hour waiting period, improper disposal of biohazardous medical waste, including human tissue, instructing minors to cross state lines to avoid Texas parental notification laws, and mishandling of drugs and prescription forms.

As I always say, you can’t practice vice virtuously. If someone kills babies, he or she doesn’t care much about how medical records are handled. The pro-life movement needs to continue to uncover the shady activities of these abortion mills, and prosecute the wrongdoing that occurs.

Driving Carhart Out

On the evening of July 30, I was privileged to deliver the keynote address at the kick-off rally of the “Summer of Mercy 2.0.” (Click here to listen to my talk.) This nine-day event in Germantown, MD focuses on stopping the child-killing business of LeRoy Carhart, late-term abortionist. He does abortions through the second and into the third trimester.

Carhart flies into Maryland each week from Nebraska, because some smart state legislative efforts there drove him out. In 2010, the state of Nebraska passed a law protecting children in the womb who are capable of feeling pain. Based on scientific evidence, the lawmakers drew the line at 20 weeks into pregnancy, and prohibited abortion beyond that point. Other states to enact similar legislation are Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. The measure is under consideration in various other states as well.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute, which is the best source for abortion statistics in the United States, reports, “Sixty-four percent of [abortion] providers offer at least some second-trimester abortion services (13 weeks or later), and 23% offer abortion after 20 weeks. …11% of all abortion providers offer abortions at 24 weeks.” The institute also indicates that of the approximately 1.2 million abortions in the United States each year, some 18,150 are performed at 21 weeks or more. Of the 40 states which reported in 2005 to the Centers for Disease Control, 32 states reported abortions of babies 21 weeks or older.

This means that every day in America, 50 babies the size of a large banana are dismembered and decapitated – and these include healthy babies of healthy mothers…and it’s happening legally.

These are babies who the mother can already feel moving. According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, these babies are storing fat on their bodies, their heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope, they can hear, they have eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails and toenails. Incidentally, MedlinePlus calls them “babies.” (See www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/002398.htm).

Many people wonder how they can get some traction in the seemingly intractable abortion debate. How can they get people to listen, or make pro-choice people believe that pro-life people have good reason to be against abortion? As I shared at the rally, let’s start by discussing the facts above.

It’s morally legitimate to focus on late-term abortion; that doesn’t deny that all abortion is wrong; it’s simply a way to get the ball rolling, to move from the most obvious to the less obvious. Most Americans oppose second and third trimester abortions, and we have to mobilize those people who, even if they self-identify as “pro-choice” and do not want to see Roe vs. Wade reversed, will nevertheless work with us to stop late-term abortions.

Both in Nebraska and Maryland, Carhart has been under investigation for breaking various laws and guidelines which govern the medical profession. Along with shining a spotlight on this misconduct, the pro-life movement has a key opportunity to focus the public’s attention on late-term abortion, and to bring it to an end.

Silent No More Campaign Member at Summer of Mercy 2.0

GERMANTOWN, MD. – Kelly Stauffer, who underwent a late-term abortion at the age of 14, will be a featured speaker this evening at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 continues outside the office of LeRoy Carhart.

Ms. Stauffer is a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of men and women who speak out about their abortion experience. In her testimony, she will describe her experience as a young, pregnant teenager whose parents turned to the late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, to end her five-month pregnancy.

Her ordeal lasted five days, and immediately after the abortion, she said during an earlier protest outside Carhart’s office, “I knew I had killed my own child.” A downward spiral followed, with countless visits to therapists and prescriptions for anti-depressants that did not help. Ten years after the abortion, she found a therapist who diagnosed the source of her pain and recommended she attend a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat to find healing.

Now 29, married and the mother of a toddler, Ms. Stauffer said her abortion experience “still hurts.”

“Many defend legal abortion using the slogan ‘freedom of choice,’ ” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard and of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “The irony of course is that women seeking abortions do not do so because of freedom of choice. They do so precisely because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. Kelly Stauffer’s story is a poignant example of that.”

Father Pavone, who delivered the keynote address on the opening night of the Summer of Mercy 2.0, urged anyone who is able to attend the remaining days of the rally to make plans to do so. Carhart closed his office this week to avoid the protests, and organizers are hoping to keep the abortion mill shut for another week at least. Large turnouts over the weekend can help make that a reality.

Summer of Mercy 2.0 participants gather outside Carhart’s clinic at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. for formal prayer and worship, and to hear from nationally known speakers. Smaller groups maintain vigil throughout the day.

“We are really encouraged by the participation from the local churches. Men and women who have never stood outside an abortion clinic before are bringing their families to the streets to stand for life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, a key organizer of the event. “It is great to see so many new people being brought into the movement and activated.”

To see a video of Ms. Stauffer’s Silent No More testimony, go to www.silentnomoreawareness.org/video/video.aspx?testimonyid=5116

For information about the Summer of Mercy, visit http://summerofmercy.com

Mobilize those who oppose late-term abortion

Father Frank Pavone greets Father Francis Martin at the opening rally for the Summer of Mercy 2.0 in Germantown, Md.

GERMANTOWN, MD. — The nine-day protest called the Summer of Mercy 2.0 will focus a spotlight on the type of abortion most people oppose, late-term abortion.

Speaking to several hundred people at Covenant Life Church on Saturday at the kick-off rally for the protest of Leroy Carhart’s abortion business, we pointed out that polls continue to show that the majority of Americans oppose abortion beyond the first trimester.

Most people – even those who call themselves ‘pro-choice’ — are closer to our position than to that of Carhart. But who is mobilizing those who would oppose what Carhart is doing? No one. We need to focus the attention of Americans to the reality of what Carhart does.

During the rally, we distributed literature with quotes from late-term abortionists that leave no doubt about the nature of the brutal procedure, and urged those fighting abortion to do so using the words of the abortionists themselves as found in medical textbooks and court testimony.

We also called for prayers for Carhart, so he will realize himself that what he is doing is wrong, the way the late Bernard Nathanson was converted to the pro-life cause.

Let us pray and work that the day will come when Leroy Carhart will be the next Bernard Nathanson. This week is going to make history in the pro-life movement.

Father Pavone to open Summer of Mercy 2.0

 

 

GERMANTOWN, MD

LeRoy Carhart has been in the business of murdering late-term babies for decades.

States and cities have passed laws specifically to keep his particular brand of butchery outside their borders. When he slipped into Maryland, the state with the fewest restrictions on abortion, only pro-lifers noticed. That will begin to change this weekend.

I will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 kicks off. Organized by Operation Rescue, the aim of the nine-day protest outside the abortion mill where Carhart performs late-term abortions, and in various locations nearby, is to make it impossible for his neighbors, and Maryland officials, to ignore what goes on behind those closed doors.

As we have pointed out before, Carhart conducts his risky late-term abortions in Maryland without having hospital privileges. This means that if a patient needs emergency help due to a botched abortion, he has nowhere to take her. This is a violation of medical ethics and safe practice procedures. That’s why he is under investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians. And that’s why pro-lifers in Maryland and around the country are determined to shut him down.

Take part in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 and send an unequivocal message that murderers like Carhart will not be tolerated in our midst.

The kickoff rally and keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Also speaking will be Wendy Wright of Concerned Women of America.

For the full Summer of Mercy 2.0 schedule, visit summerofmercy.com