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Jul 17, 2013
Virginia's busiest abortion business closes
The busiest abortion facility in Virginia is shutting down this month. This is a huge victory for pro-life Virginians, who for years have prayed outside Nova Women’s Healthcare in Farifax, Virginia during 40 Days for Life campaigns. Nova Women’s Healthcare was sued by its landlord twice in the past three years and has a long history of substandard, dangerous medical practices that have repeatedly required abortion patients to be hospitalized.
A new Virginia law holding abortion facilities medically accountable helped put an end to Nova’s dangerous practices. The property owners of the building Nova leased terminated Nova’s lease on the grounds that the abortion business created a nuisance—the women who Nova preyed upon were regularly found vomiting and bleeding in the hallways of the building.
Nova then attempted to apply for a building permit (as a “health spa”!), but had one too few parking spots to comply with city ordinances. Pro-life residents across Northern Virginia stormed a Fairfax City Council meeting to express their displeasure with Nova’s attempts to re-open in their community. The Fairfax City Council also amended its zoning ordinance to require that all clinics, hospitals, urgent care facilities, surgical centers, or henceforward be called medical care facilities, and obtain a special-use permit and approval from the council.
This is the 30th abortion facility to close in 2013 alone. The number of abortion businesses in the United States has been substantially decreasing since the early 1990s. As recently-passed pro-life laws provide women with the opportunity to see their unborn children on ultrasounds, encouraging women to chose life, and as abortion facilities are held to proper medical standards therefore cracking down on Gosnell-like abortion centers, we can expect to see more and more victories.
SBA List is grateful to the local pro-life activists who spoke up at their city council meeting and the city council members who amended the zoning ordinance! Please take a moment to thank the council members!
You can watch a video of the pro-life testimonies at the Fairfax City Council meeting here.
Tags: VA, virginia
Jul 16, 2013
A Hope from Harry
Last month, the US House of Representatives passed the historic bill to protect the lives of unborn children who feel pain by banning abortion after 20 weeks. At that time, many pro-lifers were highly doubtful that formerly “pro-life,” currently pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would bring up similar legislation in the Senate. At least until next year, the Senate is controlled by an ardently pro-abortion Democratic majority. The chances of Reid allowing a vote on the bill seemed dim.
However, there may yet be some hope. Appearing on Meet the Press over the weekend, Reid, while certainly not returning to his pro-life roots, seemed to open the door to considering the bill. After repeatedly dodging David Gregory’s question regarding the reasonableness of banning brutal late-term abortions, Reid finally conceded that he was “happy to take a look” at a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Reid stressed that he doesn’t want to focus on “fringe issues,” and argued that Congress should “do things that the vast majority of the American people think we should deal with.”
But here’s the thing: Banning dangerous, late-term abortions would certainly qualify. Indeed, polling has consistently shown strong opposition to late-term abortions. Even a new poll from the left-leaning Huffington Post asserts that what Reid called a fringe issue is in fact a radically mainstream idea. Let’s hope that Harry Reid was serious when he volunteered to “take a look.” We’ll be happy to take him up on the offer. If he refuses to allow debate on the bill, it’s our job to show him where the fringe really is.
Tags: Late-term abortion, U.S. Senate
Jul 15, 2013
Friday, the Last and Fateful Day
Friday was the day everyone was waiting for. The Texas Senate could potentially pass the bill and send it to Governor Perry’s desk. Both sides were aware of the possibilities and planned accordingly.
The line to enter the gallery started at 5 am. Reportedly, it started with many pro-abortion advocates. Students for Life did not arrive until 11am in order to be a part of the second wave of activists and to stay later for the vote. I passed out red life tape to pro-lifers: whoever entered the gallery, activists would put the tape over their mouths to symbolize the silence of the unborn. By doing this, we remind everyone that there are two victims in abortion, and one who cannot speak for themselves.
While a friend and I were passing out tape, an older woman dressed in peach approached us. She was very friendly and asked if she could have some tape. She denounced the chanting pro-abortion advocates and said she wished the two sides were not so polarized. She said she was a churchgoer who didn’t like abortion, but wanted clinics to remain open.
At the end of our conversation, we explained the purpose and meaning of the life tape. She promised us that if anyone asked her, she would explain that it was for the rights of the unborn. With this promise, we could not refuse her. Although this woman seemed sincere, I had to ask: If she really does not support abortion and supports the rights of the unborn; why does she insist on abortion clinic remaining open even though there are over 8,000 Community Health Centers across the US that offers quality, whole woman health care, not abortion?
Once this conversation concluded, my friend and I put the life tape to use. We entered the rotunda where pro-abortion protesters had gathered. Standing on the outskirts of the crowd, we put the life tape on our mouths and prayed. After the chanting increased, we knelt down and prayed. Other pro-lifers joined us as we asked God to help us.
The chanting was loud and obnoxious. Some of the more awful chants:
“Prolife that’s a lie; you don’t care if women die!”
“Pro-life men need to go, if you get pregnant let us know!”
“Pray! You need it! Your cause will be defeated!”
As the rotunda become more and more orange, the volume increased. Some pro-lifers walked between us, offering ear plugs. We took a quick break for dinner and gave some pizza to friends waiting in the gallery line. Then, we resumed praying.
To have an idea of what it was like, here are some of the least offensive photos. (Granted, I was out there for about 6 hours so the crowd fluctuated throughout that time).
Around 9pm, Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood made an appearance. Her presence further incited the crowd. The chanting become more loud and obnoxious, if that was even possible.
Around 9:30, police swarmed the rotunda. We knew the second vote in the Senate was about to take place so we left to go to a safe place. We proceeded to find safety in a pro-life representative’s office and locked ourselves in.
We watched the proceedings on TV, along with social media and a live stream to find information about what was happening in the gallery and outside. It was reported that jars of feces and urine were confiscated by the police. The rumor was that abortion supporters were planning to throw them at the senators, along with other items. Protestors were also planning to flash “their lady parts.”
Many arrests were made both in the gallery and in the rotunda. Women dressed in bloodied gowns and chained themselves to the gallery railing. One of our students got shoved in the rotunda. The insanity of it all was unbelievable.
Thankfully, late into the night the bill passed! The vote was 19-11 and we celebrated with cheers and hugs. It is a huge victory for the unborn and women! Despite all of the harassment, mocking, and incivility, the pro-life movement came out on top. It is important to remember that the war in not over. Yes, we won this battle but we cannot stop fighting until every person is protected under the law.
I am so grateful to be a part of such a historic even! I thank Students for Life of America for organizing this trip, all of our wonderful supporters who made it possible.Read More
Tags: fetal pain, Student for Life, Texas