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I saw Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, Hillary’s America, over the weekend. You must go and see it. This documentary exposes many deplorable aspects of Democratic Party history, including how Democrats have promoted abortion to reduce the numbers of Blacks and other “undesirables.”
Some of you are old enough to remember how the Clinton’s perpetrated and covered up sexual harassment/abuse during the 1980s and 1990s. Their crimes have gotten bigger and more lucrative. Hillary’s America exposes the formula used over and over again by the Clinton’s and career criminals at every level: When caught, deny, deny, deny. Then deny, deny, deny some more, until nobody cares or even remembers.
by Gregg Cunningham
Some in the media have falsely claimed that the intact abortion shown in CBR’s video is actually a miscarriage, not an abortion.
Medical malpractice lawsuits have become so common that OB/GYNs practice defensive medicine. They protect themselves by over-diagnosing, over-treating and over-prescribing. No doctor delivering this baby as a preemie in a hospital would fail to provide neonatal intensive care. Even if he had no compassion for the baby or his parents, the doctor would provide care to avoid being sued for negligence. Warren Hern, in his book “Abortion Practice,” warns of the difficulty in estimating fetal ages. A baby moving as vigorously as this one is presumptively entitled to care and would receive it — unless the attending physician is an abortionist, which is the case here.
Miscarried embryos and fetuses are virtually all still births involving a baby who expired in the uterus and was later born dead. A preemie in a hospital is born alive and given intensive care — not slapped around in a pan as happened here with a baby who survived the abortion depicted at the beginning of the video.
Gregg Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR).
WARNING: THE VIDEO LINKED IN THIS PIECE CONTAINS GYNECOLOGICAL IMAGERY WHICH MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR SOME VIEWERS
by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
Carly Fiorina, CNN Republican presidential debate, September 16, 2015:
“Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this [Planned Parenthood defunding] bill, shame on us.”
Ms. Fiorina was referring to a Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) video depicting a few seconds of a 17-½ week fetus, still alive and moving, following an intact-delivery abortion. In the link below we post the entire unedited video. The total running time is approximately 13 minutes and the video is in five segments as the camera operator turns the camera on and off.
CBR and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), in whose undercover Planned Parenthood investigative video the CBR abortion footage appears, have been falsely accused of misrepresenting a miscarriage as an abortion. The first segment of the unedited video depicts the abortion itself, with the baby delivered alive and struggling in the abortionist’s gloved hand. Segments 2 and 3 depict the baby still moving in a stainless steel pan after repeatedly being handled abusively by the abortionist. Segments 4 and 5 are static gynecological shots of the baby’s mother.
This unedited version of the disputed footage proves incontestably that this termination is an abortion. Mothers at risk of miscarriage present at hospitals, not abortion clinics. Hospitals are in the business of sustaining pregnancies and saving babies. Abortion clinics are in the business of terminating pregnancies and killing babies. This video depicts a termination and the subsequent abuse and neglect of a preemie obviously delivered alive. No attempt is made to provide the neonatal intensive care a hospital would extend to a wanted baby. It is possible that the abortionists performing this termination violated both state and federal law by withholding care from a baby who survived an abortion.
Ms. Fiorina made reference to a baby’s heart still beating while its brain was being harvested (a process which Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services calls “digging”) and a former StemExpress “procurement technician” says, “I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think” (National Review, August 19, 2015). The article adds that “… her StemExpress supervisor instructed her to cut through the face of the fetus in order to get the brain.”
The unedited version of the abortion linked below depicts an intact-delivery termination and Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress admits through its CEO (Cate Dyer), “Oh yeah, if you had intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety …” (The Daily Signal, August 21, 2015).
A World Magazine article, August 19, 2015, describes “… an aborted baby’s beating heart, a post-abortion occurrence that’s not uncommon, according to Ben Van Handel, executive director of Novogenix Laboratories.”
Ms. Fiorina’s characterizations are not hyperbole.
The terms of our abortion clinic access agreements explicitly forbid us from disclosing any information which could identify the abortion providers from whose clinics we obtain imagery. Dates, locations, affiliations and staff and patient information are confidential. Violating these prohibitions could subject CBR to legal liability and jeopardize clinic access for current and future projects. We are even obligated to delete the audio track on all of our videos.
The Grantham Collection is a component of the CBR abortion imagery archive. Questions related to this very disturbing video below should be directed to Gregg Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-206-0600.
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GYNECOLOGICAL IMAGERY WHICH MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR SOME VIEWERS
More than 70,000 pro-lifers attended one of the 352 Protest PP rallies held across the nation on Saturday. Yours truly had the honor of addressing the crowd of about 200-300 who attended the rally in Knoxville; a transcript of my remarks are given below.
Many thanks to rally organizers Pastor Cecil Clark of True Vine Baptist Church and Paul Simoneau and Lisa Morris of the Diocese of Knoxville. This was a truly unifying event for pro-lifers in Knoxville.
FWIW, here is what I had to say:
The Planned Parenthood videos are changing us
Thank you for coming out this morning.
And thank you, Center for Medical Progress! You caught Planned Parenthood selling baby parts! You caught ’em red-handed! You made their barbarity undeniable. You created video reports that are having a great impact all over this country. Thank you!
Like all of you here today, I’ve been watching these videos with great interest, and I can tell you that more are coming. But more important, I’ve been watching the response. Not just the response of the media and the public, but the way people in our own pro-life movement have reacted. A couple of observations, if I may.
First, I’m happy to say that we are more unified now than ever before. In the past, yes, we have disagreed on strategy. That’s OK; we will some more. But frankly, we haven’t supported each other like we should. We haven’t collaborated like we should. We haven’t shared resources. Sometimes, we work so hard fighting each other, there was little time to fight the enemy.
Perhaps these videos are galvanizing and unifying us, in the same way that the photos of Emmett Till galvanized and unified a generation of civil rights activists some 60 years ago.
Second, we are unifying behind the only strategy that can work — exposing the evil for all the world to see. For decades, we tried to win the argument without proving the facts. We kept our best evidence hidden. We hogtied ourselves. We failed to make people see that abortion decapitates and dismembers little human beings. We may have talked about it with our words, but we did not force people to see it with their eyes. We allowed abortion to hide behind it’s own horror.
But that’s all changing, now. All over the country, pro-lifers have unified behind the distribution of these videos. Earlier this week, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and a serious candidate for President, played the Planned Parenthood videos, several of which feature abortion victim images, on a huge outdoor screen at the governor’s mansion.
Think of that, a governor put abortion victim images on the lawn in front of the governor’s mansion, for all the world to see.
The times, they are a’changin.
Or are they?
My friend Kristan Hawkins at Students for Life of America wrote, “Game changed.”
But is she right? Has the game changed?
I hope so.
But frankly, it’s too early to tell. The answer to that question won’t be found in Washington or in the pro-abortion media. The answer will come from you … and what you do.
Because, you see, a whopping 70% of Americans have heard little or nothing about the videos. The story is being covered up by the media. They’ve distracted the low-information crowd with story after story about some dentist who shot a lion in Africa. They know that eventually, the videos will play out and, they hope, will be forgotten. And they are just waiting.
But it does no good to complain about them. We don’t control what they do; we only control what we do.
The game won’t change until we force-feed the ugly facts into the hearts and minds of that other 70% who haven’t seen it yet.
But that will take hard work. They don’t see our Facebook posts. They don’t click on our videos. Too many of them get their news from the Comedy Channel … or maybe MSNBC … which is just a dumbed down version of the Comedy Channel. They don’t come to us; we have to go to them. That will take a long-term commitment on our part.
What can you do? Commit to a regular program of giving your time, your treasure, or both. To paraphrase Mother Teresa, “Live differently, so that others might live.”
And this is cool: your phone can help you.
Would the Lord lead you to help moms in crisis? What this: “OK Google now; locate Hope Resource Center.” See, number comes up right on your phone.
Post abortion healing? “OK Google now; locate Deeper Still.” There’s the number. Or maybe “Rachel’s Vineyard.”
Prayer ministry? “40 Days for Life.”
Political campaigning? “Tennessee Right to Life.”
Reaching that 70% who won’t come to us? Reaching college students, high school students, and even apathetic Christians? “Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.” “OK Google now; locate Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.”
Trust me; many Christians are among that 70%. But with your help, we can exhort them to repent of complacency and apathy.
Use your phone. Call today.
Some of you might consider a vocational commitment. The other side has made killing babies a full-time profession, but we have made saving them a part-time hobby. Of course we value our faithful volunteers, and everyone here can’t be a full-time missionary, but I bet there are 1 or 2 or 3 who can. Or maybe you could be a part-time missionary. Perhaps your kids are mostly grown or you need a part-time retirement job. I pray you will think about it. And everyone here can pray for God to raise up the army that will end the killing. And everyone here can pray for a willing heart.
People like to say, “Let’s make our voices heard!” And that’s great, but that’s not enough. The game will change only when we make the weight of our commitment felt, here in Knoxville, all over Tennessee, and across this Land.
I know you’ll be up to the challenge.
by Philip Hamilton
The Center of Medical Progress conducted a three year investigation on Planned Parenthood, in which it was discovered that the biotech company Stem Express, LLC had been purchasing intact organs from children aborted by Planned Parenthood medical staff. In addition, stem cells from aborted fetuses have been purchased by this company.
In 2010, California resident Cate Dyer founded the company Stem Express, LLC. A screenshot of the company website, before it went into maintenance after the July 14, 2015 news reports exposing the ties between Planned Parenthood and Stem Express, LLC., shows the following organs for sale:
An additional screenshot of the website shows the retail value of the organs sold:
Fetal organs have been sold for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the quantity of cells within the organ itself.
Clearly, the sale of aborted fetal tissue and organs is a measure that has been taken by Planned Parenthood in order to make the abortion industry more profitable. Inhumane actions taken by Planned Parenthood, such as the sale of the organs of unborn children, are yet another reason why all taxpayer subsidies for that organization must be removed.
On July 15, 2015, a protest, consisting of pro-life leader Patrick Mahoney and about 60 other individuals, at Speaker John Boehner’s office called for an investigation into Planned Parenthood. Hours after the protest occurred, Speaker Boehner announced he will press forward with an investigation on Planned Parenthood. I recommend you encourage individuals to follow my Facebook group for updates regarding this Congressional investigation.
For more information on Stem Express, LLC, visit the Breitbart article, “The Retail Value of Fetal Organs Harvested by Planned Parenthood.”
For more information on Speaker John Boehner’s announcement see the Business Insider article, “John Boehner calls for investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs.”
Philip Hamilton is a CBR project director and new FAB contributor.
The abortion industry has been gloating over a new Gallup poll that claims half of all Americans identify themselves as “pro-choice.” But the devil for the pro-aborts is in the details.
You don’t have to drill down very far to see that 55% of Americans agree that abortion should be completely illegal or legal only in a few circumstances. Only 42% say abortion should be legal under most or all circumstances.
Apparently, many Americans don’t know what they mean by “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” For example, 4% of those who described themselves as “pro-choice” said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Not sure what they were smoking. (Come to think of it, that 4% is roughly equal to the percentage of Americans who live where marijuana is legal; hmmmmm.)
Anyway, a full 23% of self-described “pro-choicers” said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances. Hardly your classical “pro-choice” position.
Always look at the details.
Kermit Gosnell is not an isolated case. More horror stories are coming to the fore. World Net Daily reports on video released by Life Dynamics, who interviewed three workers at an abortion clinic in Houston, Texas owned and operated by late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen. Excerpt:
When the baby survived the abortion procedure, Edge [one of those interviewed] reported, sometimes the abortionist would plunge a surgical instrument through the soft spot on the baby’s skull into the brain. Other times it happened by “twisting the head off the neck with his own bare hands.”
A surgical instrument into the torso also was used to end lives, she said.
Intervew (no graphic images):
Great op-ed by Mark Crutcher (link here), commenting on the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Just one of the atrocities:
One witness testified about a baby they killed that was 12-18 inches long and that Gosnell joked about one of them being big enough to walk him home. Another testified that Gosnell also joked about a baby that was writhing as he cut its neck saying, “that’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”
The answer to why these atrocities would occur is not hard to find. First, while the pro-life movement claims that abortion takes the life of a living human being, nobody on earth knows that better than the people who work at abortion clinics. The lofty rhetoric of “choice” may insulate those who work in the political and public relations arena, but the day-to-day reality for those who provide those “choices” is to deal with the corpses and parts of corpses they pull out of their customers’ bodies. It is an environment that inevitably destroys the humanity of those who choose to live in it. In fact, look up the definition of “psychopath” and you will see a textbook description of the kind of person who is mentally capable of performing abortions.
On Gosnell’s defense:
To paraphrase their position: these babies were taken to this abortion clinic to be killed and they were killed … so what’s the problem? … What they are saying is that, if Gosnell decapitated these babies while they were still inside their mothers’ abdomens – rather than a few feet away on a stainless steel table – then nothing illegal occurred. To put it another way, the mere fact that these children were butchered is irrelevant as long as they were butchered in the appropriate location. The tragedy is, under existing abortion law that is a viable position. It also defines the abyss of moral bankruptcy that our legal system – and our nation as a whole – fell into on the day that Roe vs. Wade was handed down. (emphasis added)
What the Gosnell trial is doing:
It is forcing the intellectually honest members of our society to ask themselves why they can be so horrified by what this guy did to these babies outside the womb, but so accepting of the fact that the same things are done to babies inside the womb every day in abortion clinics all over the country. Either the American people are legitimately blind to the hypocrisy and irrationality of that, or they have made a conscious decision to look the other way. If it is the latter, they have no right to be outraged when the Kermit Gosnells of this world come along and rub their noses in it. (emphasis added)
The real defendant:
The late Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, once stated that America would be judged on how it treats those at the dawn of life, those in the twilight of life and those in the shadows of life. If he was right, then the ultimate verdict of this trial will not be rendered by the 12 men and women who made up the jury. Instead, it will be revealed in the way the public responds to what they’ve been shown. Make no mistake; regardless of anything that happened or didn’t happen in that courtroom, the real defendant was the American people. (emphasis added)
To read the whole piece click here.
We’ve won the argument but lost where it counts. So says Meredith Hunt in the Asheville Citizen-Times, responding to the recent cover article by Time magazine. Link to Hunt’s entire op-ed piece here. He explains
Time magazine’s Jan. 14 cover story proclaimed, “Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.” This statement is wrong on the only scale that matters. Forty years after Roe, prenatal children are still being aborted legally in our country.
While abortion seems entrenched into our culture, in the realm of reasoned argument, the abortion choice movement has lost the game entirely. With the advances in observing the life of children in the womb, the work to educate university students on the true nature of abortion, and the logical arguments that demonstrate the humanity and personhood even of an embryo, abortion-choice rhetoric shows itself to be empty. It’s strong on absurdities, non sequiturs, false history, and demonizing characterizations of pro-lifers. If you add to our intellectual victory the network of nonprofit agencies that serve women in a crisis pregnancy and confirm the compassionate heart of pro-life ideas, the defeat of the abortion choice position is total.
The problem is, legal abortion isn’t dependent on sound jurisprudence or moral reasoning. It never was. “Pro-choice” efforts in those directions have been no more than gauze over the power to kill. They’re an illusion to make the terrible seem less terrible — to comfort people so they can do what they want, and to mislead the desperate.
A new CNN poll finds that 52% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstaces, whereas 44% want abortion legal in all or most circumstances.
We are all incredulous that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and other media organs of the pro-abortion Democrat party can still get by with marginalizing pro-lifers (52% of the American public) as being the “extremists” on abortion. That they can do it with a straight face is beyond belief.
Link to the CNN report here. Pay attention to Questions 10 and 11 on page 13.
Trend line is not good. Note that the nominal pro-life position (abortion illegal in all circumstances or legal in only a few circumstances) has declined from 64% in 2006 to the 52% in the current poll.
One caveat: The pro-life questions were included in a larger poll relating to the coming elections. This could bias the results, but I’m not sure which way.
Some pro-life outlets have presented a bit more rosy picture of this poll, reporting on another question that combined “legal under most circumstances” and “legal in a few circumstances” into a non-descript “legal under certain circumstances” category that boths sides try to claim as their own.
Fr. Frank Pavone just issued this urgent video message about our Key States Initiative (KSI), which aims to educate voters in key states for the upcoming elections. You don’t need a special license to drive; anybody can do it. Fr. Pavone says:
We want to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.
To volunteer for KSI, click here. Here’s Fr. Pavone:
In a bold move to stamp out institutional hypocrisy, Planned Parenthood (PP) has fired Rebecca, an entry-level counselor in Texas … because she couldn’t implement — or did implement, we can’t figure out which — PP’s self-contradictory policy on sex-selection abortions. It’s confusing, because it is apparently PP policy to condemn, support, and be nonjudgmental on sex-selection abortions, all at the same time!
At any rate, the counselor offered PP’s services to perform the abortion, an abortion it is their policy to peform, yet they fired her for it. Confused yet?
In a related matter, PP Executive Director Cecile Richards, despite having a full staff and plenty of time to prepare a thoughtful statement, couldn’t even explain the policy, at least not coherently. But she gets to keep her $400,000/yr job.
Here’s what PP has said about the sex-selection abortions that they themselves commit and profit from:
- PP: “Planned Parenthood condemns sex selection [abortions].” (source)
- PP: “We oppose sex selection abortion.” (source)
- PP “strongly opposes” limits on sex selection abortion. Specifically, PP opposes HR 3541, which would prevent sex-selection abortions, because it “will have the result of further shaming and stigmatizing women” who would use abortion to kill their female offspring. (source) [Note: It would be awful for PP to “shame and stigmatize” an act that PP profits from but claims to “condemn.”]
- PP provides “nonjudgmental” reproductive health care (i.e., abortions), apparently including sex-selection abortions that PP claims to condemn. (source)
- “No Planned Parenthood clinic will deny a woman an abortion based on her reasons for wanting one, except in those states that explicitly prohibit sex-selective abortions.” (story by leftist website Huffington Post, summarizing statement by a PP spokesperson)
How does PP “condemn” a practice that they themselves commit and profit from as a matter of policy? And how do they “condemn” the practice in a “nonjudgmental” way? … You can’t make this stuff up!
There are many ways to combat injustice, and each can be important because each can reach a different audience. At CBR … that’s my day job … we expose abortion using pictures. At Live Action, they expose the abortion industry’s war on women. Over and over again, PP has been caught on tape aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of minor children and even sex trafficking.
Earlier this week, Live Action released a video in which a PP counselor in Texas was confronted with a Live Action operative posing as a woman seeking to kill her child … if it were a girl. She wanted a boy. True to PP policy, the counselor provided “nonjudgmental” counseling and offered PP’s assistance if she found out later that she was pregnant with an unwanted female child.
As soon as Live Action released the video, PP fired the counselor involved. But of course, PP couldn’t explain what policy she violated. She told the client the same things that PP has said publicly … that PP will abortion your child in a “nonjudgmental” way. Perhaps the only way PP can deal with institutional hypocrisy is to fire the poor menial at the bottom of the org chart.
Efforts like Live Action’s ProtectOurGirls.com are important because they expose the deep chasm between the American people, who want abortion to be legal only in certain circumstances, and Planned Parenthood, who makes huge profits when abortion is unlimited and is subsidized by your dollars (follow the money).
Here is the first video report from Live Action: