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Jun 11, 2013
Choice? Forced, Botched Abortion Hurts Woman
Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia filed suit against Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and its abortionist, Rodney Lee Stephens, this week for forcing a woman to proceed with an abortion against her will and then leaving the baby’s head inside her womb.
According to the lawsuit Gravely v. Stephens, 26-year-old Itai Gravely changed her mind about the abortion for which she was scheduled when she learned that Women’s Health Center could not provide her with the correct amount of anesthesia. Disregarding his patient’s requests to not go through with the abortion, Stephens ordered his employees to physically restrain Gravely and forcibly abort anyway.
Gravely wound up in the emergency room of a local hospital the next day because Stephens had left parts of the child—most horrifically, the baby’s head—in Gravely’s womb.
“A woman’s life and health is more important than an abortionist’s bottom line. What Stephens and Women’s Health Center did to Itai is beyond the pale. She has been exposed to extraordinary cruelty, and her life was put in jeopardy,” said Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.
This case is disturbing for several reasons. Gravely’s allegations shed light on uncomfortable truths about abortion, the first being that often abortion is not about “choice”; rather, women are frequently coerced into abortion by various parties or even abortionists themselves.
The case also reveals the humanity of the unborn child and debunks the myth that what is inside the womb can simply be described as “products of conception,” “fetal tissue,” or another euphemism.
Stephens left a human child’s head inside the womb. This horrific, grisly detail is a reminder that regardless of how carefully an abortion is committed, it involves the painful killing of a defenseless human being in his or her earliest stages of development. If the abortion Stephens performed on Gravely had been a typical one, it would have removed all of her unborn child from her womb, not just some pieces of it. If Kermit Gosnell had been “good” at his job during his many years operating in Philadelphia, he would have ended the lives of the babies inside the womb, not right outside of it.
The abortion industry, which never fails to tout its so-called commitment to “women’s health,” actually has no regard for women’s health or safety. Gravely v. Stephens is yet another example of the abortion industry’s disrespect for women and constant commitment to making a profit. As the abortion lobby fights to keep basic medical standards out of abortion centers, women will continue to be harmed at the callous hands of abortionists and their cronies. SBA List’s ever-expanding fact-sheet on the vile conditions and practices going on at abortion centers nationwide shows that sadly, this mistreatment of women is ordinary in the abortion industry. It is up to us to stop them. Take Action by joining the www.StoptheGosnells.com coalition!Read More
Tags: forced abortion, gravely v. stephens, west virginia
Jun 11, 2013
Pro-Life Former Congresswoman Vucanovich Passes Away
On June 9, 2013, the pro-life movement lost one of its champions. Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman to represent Nevada in the House of Representatives, passed away just short of her 92nd birthday in her beloved city of Reno. She is survived by four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vucanovich, after years as a grassroots activist and political staffer in Nevada, began her own political career in 1982 at age 61. She was elected to the House of Representatives from Nevada’s then-brand new Second District; at that time, there were only twenty-two women in the House. Shortly after her first election, Vucanovich was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successful treatment, she became an advocate for early detection and screening efforts. She would go on to serve seven terms.
During her time in the House, Vucanovich was a dedicated advocate for unborn children and their mothers. She voted to provide abortion-minded women with information about alternatives; to restrict federal funding of abortion; and to build a culture of life in America. In fact, Representative Vucanovich was among the first pro-life women who supported the Susan B. Anthony List. With the support of her good friend and fellow pro-life dynamo Henry Hyde, Vucanovich was elected House Republican Conference Secretary in 1995. She retired the next year in order to care for her ailing husband. Pro-lifers should take some time today and reflect on the many accomplishments and successes of Barbara Vucanovich.
Jun 7, 2013
Maryland Abortion Clinics Added to Ever-Expanding “House of Horrors”
The overdue series of investigations prompted by the Gosnell trial is revealing misconduct and negligence in abortion clinics nationwide. In Maryland state regulators shut down four affiliated abortion clinics and suspend three abortionists’ licenses just this week.
Although the sloppy conduct of the clinics has become typical to the abortion industry, it is no less disturbing. On February 13, 38-year-old Maria Santiago died following a botched abortion. After administering Santiago an abortifacient, her physician, Iris Dominy, left her with an unlicensed medical assistant. When Santiago fell into cardiopulmonary arrest, neither Dominy nor her assistant used the automated external defibrillator—a machine that investigators later found to be broken and that employees did not know how to use. After being transported to the hospital, Ms. Santiago died.
In addition to Dr. Dominy, Dr. Mansour Panah and Dr. Michael Basco also had their licenses suspended in Maryland. Dr. Panah has faced multiple charges of illicit sexual contact, and inadequate medical care. Dr. Basco reportedly permitted an unlicensed employee to perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman, and subsequently administer misoprostol to induce abortion. When Dr. Basco finally arrived at the clinic, he realized the woman was experiencing unintended complications, and sent her away to receive a surgical abortion. The Maryland clinics are run by the Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC, and associate with the American Women’s Services—an organization run by abortionist Dr. Steven Brigham, who has had his own license revoked in a number of states.
In response to recent allegations, Dominy’s attorney Marc Cohen states, “She's a well-trained, well-qualified and well-experienced doctor. There just appears to be something that happened to that particular patient, but there wasn't anything wrong with the procedure as far as we know.”
However, Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, disagrees. She states that it is generally known that Maryland abortion clinics—of which Dominy is apart of—belong to Bringham. "It's not surprising that his four Maryland clinics have been suspended,” she says. Saporta ranks among a number of pro-abortionists who have testified to disorder and carelessness in clinics. Recently, ex abortion nurses Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis referred to their Delaware clinic as “a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions”. Timothy Liveright, an abortionist who is also under investigation, claims, “they [Planned Parenthood] never listened to these women to begin with.”
The Susan B. Anthony List recently launched “Stop the Gosnells”, a coalition of pro-life groups, to proactively counter inhuman practices. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser stated, “As a nation, we must examine how the scourge of late-term abortion impacts women, children, abortion-industry employees, and our communities. We look forward to seeing these discussions take place and be properly addressed by Congress and the states. The time is ripe to address the questions: what does it mean to truly support women’s health and where do we step in to protect the rights of the most vulnerable?”
“Stop the Gosnells” provides a number of resources for individuals to participate in this campaign for human rights—from an update of daily activities to facts about late-term abortion to directions to contacting your representatives. Please join the “Stop the Gosnells” coalition, and unite with the SBA list in its efforts to expose every abortionist, every clinic, and every inhumane practice that violates the rights of the women and children of our nation.Read More
Tags: abortion, Gosnell, Maryland