Voices For Life

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as all family life issues.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

40 Days for Life "Beacon of HOPE" Teleconference and Web Simulcast Replay






From Shawn Carney
Campaign Director

 Last night's BEACON OF HOPE webcast provided inspiration and encouragement to the 1,800+ participants -- as you can hear in the audio recording of the event, now posted online.

Link to audio recording

On this recording you will  hear about the unprecedented results of this spring's 40 Days for Life campaign and case studies from a few of the SEVEN recently closed abortion facilities, as well as THREE KEYS to ending abortion in your own community.

Link to Action Guide

Among the things we can do are: (See page 10 of the Action Guide)

  1. Pray
  2. Spread the word
  3. Commit to the Fall Campaign
  4. Support the Movement
 Link to one-time donation to help 40 Days for Life Campaign







Updates on the Gosnell Trial from Father Frank Pavone


A quick note from the train as I’m on my way back to the courtroom where closing arguments begin today in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

I’ve composed a prayer that I ask you to say for this situation.  Please let me know that you’ll say it and spread it.

Use this link for prayer in response to Gosnell tragedy

Also, please spread the word that this Sunday, May 5, Fox News Channel will air a one-hour documentary about Gosnell at 9pm ET. This is a key opportunity to pull aside the veil from the violence of what goes on in abortion clinics all over the nation.

We’ve created a Facebook event for this,   Use this link for facebook event

You may have also heard that I have requested of the Medical Examiner that I receive the bodies of the babies who were found in Gosnell’s mill. I want to give them a proper funeral and burial.


If you would like to make a donation to Priests for Life, click here


Eyewitness Account of the Kermit Gosnell Trial


Note: The following was sent to me by the president of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition via e-mail. It was sent to her by a pro-life person who was present in the courtroom at the trial last Tuesday.

This is the most accurate of what I witnessed today:

Re Commonwealth of PA v Kermit Gosnell
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Court opened with a defense motion for acquittal on some charges against Kermit Gosnell. 

Defense of the RICO charges was made based on being ‘non-repetitive’ , and rebutted by prosecution as repetition shown in the 3 counts of theft by deception, in that Ms. O’Neill (who is being tried with Kermit Gosnell) held herself out repetitively as a doctor, which she was not licensed.  Prosecution reminded the court that even the head nurse at Gosnell’s “Women’s Health Center” was surprised that Ms. O’Neill was not a licensed doctor.  Prosecution alleged that Kermit Gosnell could not continue his business in the volume he did, esp. on Wednesdays, without having had another doctor.  This shows a pattern of repetition, racketeering and repetitive corruption at the Gosnell Women’s Health Center.

In terms of the Abuse of a Corpse charges, the Defense complained that a charge per incidence, i.e. 5 baby feet in 5 jars equaling 5 charges of abuse of a corpse is inappropriate somehow.  Argued that there were only 3 feet in 3 jars, and the gestation period of the fetuses were 22 weeks, 19 weeks and within the first trimester.  Prosecution rebutted saying that there is no definition of a corpse (as the Defense alleged), and is subject to common sense surrounding movement of a voluntary muscle, while in the abortion statute a “born alive” baby must be ‘completely expelled from the mother’s body’, which these children were qualified.

Arguments were heard with regard to the multiple Infanticide charges about movement of the children showing as born alive prior to Gosnell having cut their necks by ‘snipping’ them with scissors. 

Adjudication reduced the number of charges of Infanticide and acquitted the Abuse of a Corpse charges.  All other charges remain which includes Murder and Infanticide, including Baby A, Baby E (“Crying Baby”) among others. 

Defense for Ms. O’Neill then began.   Dr. Stuart – the precipitator for Eileen O’Neill’s PA doctor’s license (seeming achieved in the 2010-2011 timeframe) vouching as to her competence, testified as to Ms. O’Neill’s being a “peaceful, law-abiding and honest”, as well as “compassionate” person.  

David Huff, FBI Special Agent, who worked in Healthcare Fraud Division, Drug Diversion squad for 7 years, during the time of interfacing with the defendant, Eileen O’Neill, testified as to the timing of her having been initially approached for questioning, then later Mirandizing her at the time she came to be in custody…..”if not in custody, no need to Mirandize”.   During the course of his testimony, reference was made to an initial interview where she stated that “Doctor was always there” while she was working, then after further discussion “came off some of the lies” saying that “75% of the time while she was treating, Doctor Gosnell was present.” 

Frank L. Patchiolli, FBI Special Agent, Philadelphia Div., then testified as to the presence of Ms. O’Neill treating a patient at the time of his having arrived at 3801 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA in order to execute a search warrant.  Apparently Dr. Gosnell was not present, but was in his car at that time.  

Comment:  My husband and I don’t understand how the two FBI agents were called as a defense witnesses. 

Two former Gosnell workers/patients then provided testimony as to Ms. O’Neill’s competence and compassion, though no specifics could be remembers as to the time and nature of conversations where Ms. O’Neill was to have revealed her not being a licensed physician.

Finally, Defense brought Ms. O’Neill’s brother and mother to the stand as character witnesses.  The effectiveness of these witnesses seemed to Tony & me as somewhat light because of their being family members.

Court adjourned.

Chinese Activist Speaks Out About 130,000 Forced Abortions


by: Lance Devon

 "The respect of life among the common people is on the verge of extinction," says Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist who escaped China and moved to the United States. Now Chen speaks to Americans about the torturous population control system that the Chinese government has in place and the abusive tactics officials used to force compliance.

"If a family hasn't obtained a birth permit, whether it's their second child or their first one, the women are kidnapped and taken to a hospital where they are forced to have their babies killed," says Chen, talking about the family planning policy in China.

Chen's Investigation, Arrest, and Passion for Human Rights

Chen is a self-taught human rights lawyer who investigated and reported on the corruption of the Chinese government. In 2005 he researched the Chinese government's forced abortion family planning policy.

Chen's studies revolve around 130,000 cases of pregnant women, who were forced to have abortions. He also documented 600,000 accounts of abuse that family members, friends, and neighbors undertook for helping hide pregnant women.

When the government found out about Chen's research in 2005, they arrested him, abused him and his family, and imprisoned him for four years. After stealing from his family and harassing them, they placed Chen under house arrest for another two years. He escaped soon after, making it to a US embassy. Now he lives in the United States, speaking out about the abuses to those who will listen.

"You literally have got to have permission from the government to have your own child," he said.

Chen testified before Congress, providing the subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs with a list of "corrupt officials" in Communist China he said that were responsible for no fewer than 130,000 forced abortions in less than one year.

"The officials who are on this list have continuously, in the past, persecuted me and my family," said Chen as he held up the document. "These corrupt officials - they have this blood on their hands!"

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Stop the Killing" Rally This Wednesday at Clinic of Umbilical-cord Snipping DC Abortionist



From Jill Stanek

Following Live Action’s video release today, which captured Washington, D.C., abortionist Cesare Santangelo endorsing infanticide and other barbaric acts of inhumanity, Live Action will hold a “Stop the Killing” rally at his clinic this Wednesday, May 1, at 12:30p EST.  Location is: 2112 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

link to video release

Live Action president Lila Rose will speak, as will abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and Susan B. Anthony List president Majorie Dannenfelser.
I will be in D.C. and plan also to attend.

If you live in the D.C. area, please plan to attend this rally as well, to demand the protection of women, an end to abortion, and the prosecution of Santangelo.

Feel free to promote this event through your networks and to use the graphic above. A Facebook event page has been created, where you can sign up.

Poll: 55% of Americans Don’t Know Planned Parenthood Does Abortions


by Steven Ertelt

 Half of Americans don’t know Planned Parenthood does abortions — let alone that it is the biggest abortion business in the United States.

That figure comes from a new Polling Company survey that the firm conducted for the National Right to Life Committee. It found that a substantial majority of registered voters say that they are familiar with Planned Parenthood and a majority has a favorable impression of the abortion giant.

But that favorable opinion might change if Americans actually knew Planned Parenthood is an abortion company. However, the same poll found that a majority did not know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.

 “The polling reflects the results of Planned Parenthood’s campaign to publicly minimize and obfuscate its involvement with abortion.” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life Executive Director.

O’Steen told LifeNews that his organization’s poll found 88% of respondents said that they were familiar with Planned Parenthood, with 41% saying that they were very familiar and 47% saying that they were somewhat familiar.  Forty percent said they knew someone who had received services at a Planned Parenthood.  Although 63% said that they had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, including 38% of those who identified themselves as pro-life, 55% of those polled did not know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Five Ways to Halt the Advance of Chemical Abortion

By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D.
National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund

 Riding the crest of a wave of carefully manufactured abortion industry hype and avoiding the scrutiny of any substantive honest media investigation, the “new and improved” abortion by pill method has cornered a significant portion of the American abortion market and paved the way for the spread of chemical abortions around the world.  Its expansion is strong and far-reaching, but not inevitable.  Here are a few ways to halt the advance of chemical abortion in the U.S. and in countries far and wide.

Strategy 1: Tell the Truth about the Baby

The first and fundamental argument advanced by abortion’s advocates is to try to deny the humanity of the unborn child, to claim that he or she is nothing but an undifferentiated “blob of tissue,” something that can be clipped off or cut out and tossed in the trash like a fingernail or an inflamed appendix.

As mentioned in one of the stories written last week (see http://nrlc.cc/11kodQp), efforts to revive this thoroughly discredited argument were a specific part of the strategy behind the development and promotion of RU-486, the abortion pill, which is, in fact, a two-drug technique.  It was clear from the decline in the number of surgical abortions and abortion rates that something was causing many women to turn away from abortion. Thus the lure of a new product, a new chemical abortion method, like RU-486, for the Abortion Industry.

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Inhuman: Undercover in America's Late-Term Abortion Industry - NEW YORK

                 





                                                                                                        
Live Action is a new media movement dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life. We use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the pre-born child and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.  

An enterprise built on destroying pre-born children for money leaves few rules unbroken.  But the abortion industry’s corruption goes deeper than most people would think: from threatening women’s lives with dangerously bad medical advice, to protecting child sex-trafficking rings, to covering up statutory rape, to actions even more heinous.  Live Action’s hard-hitting undercover exposés document these many abuses, so the whole world can see the horrors going on right in our backyards – and paid for with our tax money.

use this link for more info on Live Action 

Obama's Achilles' heel--preborn babies




Amidst the nation's numerous tragedies occurring today, we find our president willing to comfort the victims and rush to their aid. While this is both necessary and most certainly appreciated by those suffering, we must not forget those tiny victims of the nation's most appalling tragedy – the victims of abortion. Not merely forgotten by our president, these innocent victims have been brushed aside and considered only a problem to dispose of – problems that necessitate not even a second thought. Today's commentary addresses the relationship between Obama, Planned Parenthood, and the beautiful babies so carelessly discarded. Apparently there is something about the juxtaposition of an abortionist who kills born-alive babies and a Planned Parenthood "gala" that turned the president's tummy. Or at least that is what some are suggesting.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What is Planned Parenthood Hiding.....and Why?


By Carol Tobias, President
National Right to Life 



Barack Obama spoke to 1,000 wildly supportive members of Planned Parenthood yesterday, calling himself “a president who’s going to be with you fighting every step of the way.”

He talked to them about “women’s health” and “access to quality, affordable healthcare,” and “a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health,” which we know are code words for abortion.  But never once did Obama mention the word “abortion.”

Why?

Because Obama and the media and Planned Parenthood themselves have long engaged in a delicate verbal dance where they let abortion supporters know they’re on their side, without ever letting the general public know how deeply involved PP is engaged in the grisly practice.

And engaged they are.  Up to their armpits.

Planned Parenthood killed 333,964 unborn babies by abortion in the United States in 2011, the last year we have numbers for.

Every Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country is required to either perform or refer for abortions, and they’re requiring affiliates to have at least one abortion facility in their regional Planned Parenthood chain.

Some PP affiliates do late abortions, as late as 24 weeks in one New York PP facility.

PP does 27% of all the abortions in the U.S., yet they market themselves magically as a “health care” outfit that provides “services.”

And they get away with it.  A poll just released by The Polling Company shows that 55% of Americans do not even know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.  And only 6% know they do more than 300,000 per year!

How do they so masterfully market themselves, the largest abortion business in the western world, yet most Americans can’t say they do a single abortion?

Part of the reason is they have so much of our money to build an organization with great public relations capabilities.  In fact, PP and its affiliates receive more than half a billion dollars in federal, state and local government grant money every year!

And they have the undying loyalty of the media.  With few exceptions, the media won’t tell the American people that Planned Parenthood does abortions.  Or that it does late abortions.  Or lobbies to overturn laws that protect unborn babies and their mothers, laws passed by you through your representatives.  As long as the media keeps silent, Planned Parenthood benefits.

Finally, politicians like Barack Obama play along, dutifully praising Planned Parenthood for its work in the “health” field, but never mentioning that so much of that “work” involves the dismemberment and slaughter of innocent unborn babies.

A few people were shocked recently when Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow was asked in a committee of the Florida legislature “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?”

Unbelievably, Snow replied “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”

“Few” people were shocked because very few people ever saw or heard her comments.  They were covered on one TV network and on a few radio programs.  But the media in general ignored it.

National Right to Life is determined to educate Americans about what Planned Parenthood really does . . . to not let them hide any longer.  


For more info on NRL or to make a contribution, click here 


This is Not Our First Rodeo, But is it Our Last?


By Patti Maguire Armstrong

For those who think the world has gone mad, remember this is not our first rodeo. Sanity has only been with us in bits and pieces throughout history. Evil and persecution is a mainstay on this planet. For a time, some of us were lured into complacency back when television was wholesome, babies were protected blessings, and it seemed we all agreed on what was evil and what was good.

But changes in attitude are happening fast and furiously–emphasis on furious. For instance, it seems like just yesterday (1996 to be exact) that it was safe to defend traditional marriage. That was the year Bill and Hillary Clinton supported the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between one man and one woman only to later change their minds. Now, if you say you are in favor of traditional marriage, you will be persecuted faster than you can say Chick-Fil-A.

Let’s not be surprised, however. “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:20).

article continues here 

 Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is a writer with Teresa Tomeo Communications, an award-winning author, and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. She has appeared on TV and radio stations across the country.

Every Ninety-Four Seconds Planned Parenthood Aborts a Life – Obama Asks God to “Bless” Their Work


 By Darla Dawald, National Director
 Patriot Action Alerts

Today, President Barrack Hussein Obama spoke to the National Planned Parenthood Conference in the nation’s capital.  He is the first actively serving American president to do so.

In his speech, he pledged his unending support for the organization’s cause of unrestrained worldwide abortion on demand.  The president thanked America’s leading abortion provider for the “lives they have saved” and asked God to “Bless” them for their work.

During his twelve minute speech, the president chose not to use the word “Abortion,” electing instead, to use the word “choice.”

The President spent 720 seconds lauding Planned Parenthood for the “Lives they saved.” That means that during Obama’s speech, 7.69 unborn children’s lives were terminated at Planned Parenthood facilities across the nation.

article (including videos) continues here 

 

 Darla Dawald is the National Director of Patriot Action Network, a Grassfire Nation social network website.

School claims right to censor pro-life 6th-grader




Administrators tell parents school will decide what students may say



charter school in Minnesota has told a parent that administrators claim the right to censor whatever they want of a student’s speech outside of class time, including a 6th-grader’s expression of her deeply held pro-life views.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Congresswoman on Gosnell:





‘May God Forgive Us’

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) took to the House floor on Wednesday, condemning the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, saying, “May God forgive us.” Black also blasted President Barack Obama for not speaking out against the “house of horrors” abortion clinic run by Gosnell, who would sever the spinal cords of babies with scissors after they had survived late-term abortion procedures. “Mr. Speaker, I stand here today outraged and deeply saddened by the heartbreaking story of the abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell,” said Black.

National Pro-life Leaders to Hold Prayer Vigil and News Conference Outside of Philadelphia Courthouse Where Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is Facing Murder Charges


Contact: Rev. Pat Mahoney

PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The prayer vigil will begin on Monday, April 29, at 12:00 noon, in front of the Courthouse, when closing arguments begin.


The courthouse is located at 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Pro-life leaders will also call Americans from across the nation to join with them in prayer and fasting while the verdict is being considered.


There will be a brief news conference before the prayer vigil begins.


The prayer and public witness will be led by the Rev. Pat Mahoney of Christian Defense Coalition based in Washington, D.C., Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC For Life headquartered in Long Island, New York, and Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.


Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition states, "We will be gathering in prayer and public witness to ask God that these violent and barbaric acts of violence against women and children would be brought to justice. We will also be praying that we would live in a nation with human rights and equality would be guaranteed and embraced for all and we would never have to witness atrocities like this again.

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 For more information or interviews call: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney 540.538.4741,  Fr. Terry Gensemer 205.253.0159, Cheryl Sullenger 316.516.3034.

 

 

 

Gosnell and the Super Coil

 
 
One of his most hideous episodes still hasn’t received enough attention.

Critical Update on Abortion House of Horrors‏


From Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Americans United for Life


Have you been following the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell? Until recently, mainstream media completely ignored the deaths wrought by the hands of this man. While hard to read, the grand jury trial transcripts show how horrific Gosnell’s practices truly were.

Gosnell staffers report it was "literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body … It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place."

WE MUST STOP BIG ABORTION TODAY from repeating these horrific practices. We are actively working to establish commonsense clinic regulations within states across this nation to stop Gosnell “house of horror” techniques from continuing. AUL staff has consistently and passionately worked to educate legislatures and boards of health regarding the pressing need for abortion clinic regulations. Our voice is being heard!

In April alone, Virginia’s Board of Health approved final comprehensive regulations for the state’s abortion clinics, and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law legislation, inspired by AUL model language, protecting women from substandard care and conditions at abortion clinics. In fact, NBC 12 reported that, in anticipation of the imminent enforcement of Virginia’s new regulations, a Norfolk, Virginia abortion clinic is CLOSING. We must continue to work toward a culture that values both the life of the mother and the unborn child.

Our legislation is taking hold across the country and we don’t plan to stop! With each victory, we are advancing a culture of life that leads to thousands of lives saved.

Even the pro-abortion research group the Guttmacher Institute cited the success of 2011 and 2012 as a “tidal wave” of pro-life legislation that presented a “troubling” pro-life trend. If pro-abortion lobbyists deem this as troublesome …well….then...let’s continue to trouble them!

Kermit Gosnell and Big Abortion are counting on the media’s minimal coverage of abortion-related deaths. They hope the mainstream media won’t report the truth about Gosnell’s “beheading” of babies and other atrocities taking place at the hands of abortionists around the country.


Use this link to help AUL continue their work fighting Big Abortion 

 

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.

 

The Picture that Saves Babies Lives


From Martin Fox, President
NPLA

Did you get a chance to watch the sonogram video?

If you haven't, I hope you will take just a moment to watch it by clicking here.


 Every view will help build support for the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, a bill that would help avert abortion by requiring sonograms before all abortions. 

use this link to the NPLA website and their mission statement 


President Obama to Address Planned Parenthood Conference


From Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel 


The abortion industry has an extremely powerful ally.

Today, President Obama will become the first sitting president in American history to address Planned Parenthood at its annual conference.

That's right; the President of the United States is addressing the nation's largest abortion provider, the leader of the death industry, just weeks after it argued for the right to kill a child born after a botched abortion.

He is addressing Planned Parenthood even as it attempts to profit off abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial for murdering babies born alive, arguing for even less regulation of abortion clinics.

President Obama is sending a message.

Let's send our own.

Stand against infanticide. Stand against an abortion industry that will permit no limits on its reach and influence. Stand with us as we fight Planned Parenthood in court and in Congress. 

 


 Use this link to sign the Petition to De-Fund Planned Parenthood.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ focuses on constitutional and human rights law worldwide. Based in Washington, D.C., with affiliated offices in Israel, Russia, Kenya, France, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe, the ACLJ is pro-life and dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights for all people. The ACLJ engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education, and litigation that includes representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and international tribunals around the globe. 



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Protest at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is planning two enormous races for Mother's Day weekend: back to back races in our nation's capital and Philadelphia, PA! 

 We need lots of volunteers at each event to help us shine a light on the tragedy of Komen's relationship to Planned Parenthood.  These protests expose the dirty business of Planned Parenthood (and how entrenched abortion has become in our society) and educate race participants on the link between abortion and breast cancer. 

Please help us!  Contact Jonathan at 419-889-0881 or jonathan.darnel@gmail.com for details. 

Victory--PA House Passes Abortion Opt-Out Bill--Now Help Us in the Senate!




By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director

In a major victory for Pennsylvania taxpayers, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a ban on tax funding of abortions under the federal health care law.

The House approved House Bill 818 by an overwhelming vote of 144 to 53. The bill now moves to the PA Senate.

Thank you to all of you who made phone calls and sent emails and letters to your state representatives.  State representatives tell us time and time again that they want to hear from their constituents on important issues--and taxpayer funding of abortion is a critical issue in Pennsylvania.

If your state representative voted in favor of the bill, please call and/or email the representative your thanks.  You can find out how your representative voted on H.B. 818.  click here to see how your representative voted


Now, it's important that we let our state Senators know that we want them to support HB 818 too.  To find out who your state Senator is, or to find out contact information for your state Senator, please go to this link and input your address, city, and zip code.  A window will then pop up with the name of your state Senator.

Please call your state Senator to let the Senator know you want a "yes" vote on HB 818 when it is voted on in the Senate.

Thank you for making these critical calls!  Unless HB 818 passes the Senate and is signed by the Governor, starting next year, your tax money will pay for abortions in this state--in a dramatic and disturbing reversal of Pennsylvania's long-standing policy.