Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report 7/26/11

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Current Headlines

Top Stories
• Rick Perry Gets A Grade on Abortion From Texas Pro-Life Groups

• Premature Twin Baby Survives After Doctors Suggested Abortion

Bachmann: Christian Writer Francis Schaeffer Shaped Pro-Life Views
• Abby Johnson: Abortion Doc Told Patient I Will Take Your Sin

More Pro-Life News
• Pawlenty Credited With Helping Minnesota Abortions Drop Again
• Baby Victimized by Late-Term Abortion Gets Proper Funeral
• Study Links IVF to Down Syndrome, Other Genetic Conditions
• Applaud Teens and Students for Resisting Abortion Pressure
• Minnesota Stats Show Abortions Drop 7% to New Historic Low
• Pennsylvania Abortion Staffers Wrongfully Prescribe Drugs
• North Carolina House Overrides Perdue Veto of Pro-Life Bill
• South Dakota Will Fight for 72-Hour Abortion Wait Law
• Arkansas: Mike Ross Retirement May Open Door for Republican

Rick Perry Gets A Grade on Abortion From Texas Pro-Life Groups
The big question in the Republican presidential race is whether or not Texas Gov. Rick Perry will throw his name in the hat for the GOP nomination to face pro-abortion president Barack Obama. If he does, Texas pro-life groups give him high marks.

Governor Rick Perry has always championed the pro-life cause, tirelessly advocating for the sanctity of innocent human life in numerous ways, Texas Right to Life executive director Elizabeth Graham tells LifeNews.com.

Governor Perry has worked alongside Texas Right to Life, helping shepherd our pro-life bills and eagerly supporting our measures, Graham said. As governor of Texas, he has intervened to stop anti-life legislation on a number of occasions, and he has helped clear obstacles when necessary.

For the pro-life movement, changing the makeup of the Supreme Court is perhaps the number one issue as the current pro-abortion majority on the high court makes it impossible to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow for either federal or state efforts to provide legal protection for women and unborn children. Graham says her organization has been appreciative of the nominations Perry has made as governor.

Every one of Governor Perry s judicial appointees adheres to a strict constructionist style of jurisprudence; neither do they find a right to privacy in the penumbra of the Constitution, nor do they legislate from the bench, Graham assures. Governor Perry s appointments have created the largest, most conservative judicial body in America. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/rick-perry-gets-a-grade-on-abortion-from-texas-pro-life-groups/

Premature Twin Baby Survives After Doctors Suggested Abortion
Sara Fisher and Scott McMahon, a young British couple, were advised by doctors to have an abortion because their unborn son Jacob McMahon saw his twin sister die in the womb at 21 weeks and six days because of an infection. The couple said no.

Now, McMahon has become Britain s most premature surviving twin thriving months after his birth in late February at 23 weeks into pregnancy and a weight of 1 pound, 4 ounces. his birth date places him within the general 24-week legal abortion threshold in England, one of the nations to see a high rate of late abortions in the second and third trimester.

The family has finally been able now to bring Jacob home from the hospital, and he will need an oxygen supply to help his tiny lungs do their job until he is able to breathe properly without assistance. He has grown to 7lb 3oz and is able to drink from a bottle.

It feels surreal being home. It is a day that was not spoken of because we thought it would never happen, Fisher told the London Daily Mail. We couldn t believe it when doctors told us we had to consider abortion. They told us I had an infection and that he wouldn t survive. They gave us 24 hours to decide whether we wanted to take a tablet that could stop his heart. We did not want to do that but luckily that decision was taken away from us when I went into labor at midnight. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/premature-twin-baby-survives-after-doctors-suggested-abortion/

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Bachmann: Christian Writer Francis Schaeffer Shaped Pro-Life Views
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is one of the several pro-life advocates seeking the Republican nomination to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama and she cites Christian writer Francis Schaeffer as an influence on her pro-life views.

In a campaign stop to speak to local residents at a church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bachmann shared her testimony and talked about the Christian faith she and her husband share. That faith, which has matured thanks to the writings of Schaeffer, has led Bachman to a pro-life view that has seen her compile a 100% pro-life voting record in Congress and adopt dozens of foster children.

One thing that Dr. Schaeffer said is that [God is] not just the God of theology. He s not just the God of the Bible, Bachmann said, according to the Des Moines Register. Since he is the Creator God, he s the father of biology, sociology, of political science, of you name the subject. And that altered our way of thinking, that God had something to say about our career.

Francis Schaeffer also said that life is the watershed issue of our time, and how we come down on how we view human life will impact all other issues, she said. And so Marcus and I decided we didn t want to be pro-life only, just as speaking We wanted to live a life of being about pro-life. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/bachmann-christian-writer-francis-schaeffer-shaped-pro-life-views/

Abby Johnson: Abortion Doc Told Patient I Will Take Your Sin
Sometimes memories creep into my mind from my days inside Planned Parenthood. When they do, I try to document them. I don t always share them some of them I just won t ever be able to share with you. Some of them are things most of you wouldn t want to know. But some of them I can t wait to share this is one of those memories.

Most of the time, there is no communication between an abortionist and a woman having an abortion. None. Usually, the doctor comes in without introducing himself, mask on his face, sits on a stool, performs the procedure, and walks out without saying a word to the woman on the table. We never had any complaints. I guess women don t expect the doctor who will take the life of their child to have wonderful bedside manner.

About 3 months before I left Planned Parenthood, we had a young woman in the clinic who I had counseled before her abortion. She was very noticeably upset about having an abortion. I questioned her and encouraged her to go home and think about her decision. She was insistent this abortion must happen today. This is what she wanted. She was just emotional, she said. She asked if I would be in the room with her to hold her hand during the procedure. I was happy to do that for people I counseled especially those that were nervous or upset.

We got her in the room, I sat down beside her, got her blood pressure cuff on, and the sedation was given. But the sedation didn t make much difference. She cried even harder. So hard she was shaking and her body was moving off the table. The doctor entered the room in the usual manner. He was about to sit down on his stool and realized she was very upset. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/abby-johnson-abortion-doc-told-patient-i-will-take-your-sin/

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Pawlenty Credited With Helping Minnesota Abortions Drop Again
Governor Tim Pawlenty is getting credit from the pro-life organization in his state with paving the way for today s announcement by the Minnesota health department that abortions have dropped again to a historic low.

As LifeNews.com reported, Minnesota abortions dropped another seven percent to their lowest levels since 1975, thanks in part to an innovative law the former governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate signed that paves the way for state funding for groups that provide women with abortion alternatives. The Positive Alternatives program has provided thousands of women practical pregnancy support and assistance women who may otherwise have felt they had no financial option other than abortion in an unplanned pregnancy situation.

Pro-life laws save lives and the legislation that Governor Pawlenty signed into law directly is saving lives in our state, Minnesota Citizens for Life executive director Scott Fischbach told LifeNews.com.

Under Governor Pawlenty s leadership we now have the lowest abortion number and rate since 1975, he said. Last year s decrease of 7.1% was the biggest drop since 1983. We also saw a 16.8% drop in minors abortions these drops don t occur in these hard economic times without pro-life laws being in place. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/pawlenty-credited-with-helping-minnesota-abortions-drop-again/

Baby Victimized by Late-Term Abortion Gets Proper Funeral
On Thursday, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, preached at a memorial service for an aborted baby girl who was finally given the proper funeral and burial she deserved.

The child was intact and her body was retrieved after a late-term abortion. The memorial service, organized by Operation Save America, was held outside of City Hall in Orlando.

We are here because this baby was killed in the darkness, and we come to honor her in the bright light of day, Fr. Pavone declared in his remarks. The abortion industry wants to hide the violence done to these children, but we must be committed to expose it. Therefore we need to hold many more of these services, with tens of thousands of people looking at these children and recommitting themselves to end abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/baby-victimized-by-late-term-abortion-gets-proper-funeral/

Study Links IVF to Down Syndrome, Other Genetic Conditions
Yahoo News recently carried a story that reports from the proceedings of the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Stockholm, where a recent study was discussed linking in vitro fertilization (IVF) with an increased incidence in Down Syndrome.

The language in the story is a mess, and care must be taken to vet the verbal engineering contained therein so that the true moral and bioethical implications may be brought into sharp relief. The story may be read here.

First, a summation of the science involved. Investigators analyzed the DNA strands (chromosomes) produced by the divisions of human eggs and counted the chromosome numbers using a new technique (Array Comparative Genomic Hybridisation.) that is highly sensitive to not only differences in chromosome numbers, but also changes in the size and composition of the chromosomes. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/study-links-ivf-to-down-syndrome-other-genetic-conditions/

Applaud Teens and Students for Resisting Abortion Pressure
Earlier today I read a pro-abortion letter to the editor that appeared in a university newspaper in which the author argued that abortion is necessary because some young women are too immature to bear a child. In fact, the author of the letter says that these young pregnant women ought to be commended for choosing to abort their children since it is a responsible decision. Apparently you can be too immature to allow a human life to continue, but responsible enough to end it prematurely. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/applaud-teens-and-students-for-resisting-abortion-pressure/

Minnesota Stats Show Abortions Drop 7% to New Historic Low
New statistics from the state health department in Minnesota show the number of abortions there have dropped once again to the lowest point since 1975, thanks in part to a program that provides help for pregnant women. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/minnesota-stats-show-abortions-drop-7-to-new-historic-low/

Pennsylvania Abortion Staffers Wrongfully Prescribe Drugs
Four employees at an abortion business in western Pennsylvania have been charged in connection with wrongfully prescribing prescription drugs for an employee at the Allegheny Women s Center. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/pennsylvania-abortion-staffers-wrongfully-prescribe-drugs/

North Carolina House Overrides Perdue Veto of Pro-Life Bill
The North Carolina House of Representatives today overrode a veto issued by pro-abortion Gov. Betty Perdue of a bill that would allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn children. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/north-carolina-house-overrides-perdue-veto-of-pro-life-bill/

South Dakota Will Fight for 72-Hour Abortion Wait Law
South Dakota officials have decided not to fight the injunction a judge put in place against a new pro-life law the legislature approved. Instead, they will fight a Planned Parenthood lawsuit on the law itself.http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/south-dakota-will-fight-for-72-hour-abortion-wait-law/

Arkansas: Mike Ross Retirement May Open Door for Republican
In a setback for Arkansas Democrats, Representative Mike Ross (D) announced he would retire after this current term. Rep. Ross is currently the sole Democratic member of Arkansas Congressional delegation. Ross is also one of the few remaining members of the dwindling Blue Dog coalition, a group of moderate Democrats hailing from Republican-leaning districts. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/26/arkansas-mike-ross-retirement-may-open-door-for-republican/


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