Monday, November 27, 2006

Silencing of Social Conservatives: Democracy Harper's Way!

The prolife community has recently noticed that Conservatives candidates are being forced to refuse to answer questionairres relating to the rights of the unborn, abortion, and other pro-life matters.

As those of you who follow the abortion issue may know these questionairres are a vital part of helping the pro-life community understand the position of the candidates and maximize the chances of having a strong pro-life voice in the House of Commons.

This was evidenced back in the last election when Laurie Hawn reported to Campaign Life, as shown on their site, that he was nervous about answering the questions because he'd been asked not to. Lovely to see a former military fighter nervous about answering constituents questions!!

Mr. Harper is doing a disservice to the people of Canada and to the whole grassroots mentality of the Conservatives when he discourages candidates from being open and transparent about what they believe. There is a moral obligation and it is disturbing to see that the Conservatives do not wish to be accountable to their electorate for their positions.

Please write to the Conservatives and tell them that you believe that Candidates should be accountable and transparent about their voting plans.

Thank you to Suzanne for bringing this issue to my attention. Here is a sample of what else is being said on this issue. Smok Wawelski's Cave: Cards On the Table,Please, Mr HarperSoCon or Bust: The Abortion Questionnaire: The Last Frontier .Vek's Blog: Let Candidates Answer Abortion Questionnaires .Dispel the illusion: Conservatives Refuse to Permit Candidates to Answer Abortion Questionnaires The Black Kettle: Conservative Party of Canada Refusing to Permit Candidates to Answer Abortion Questionnaires. Also...ABORTION QUESTIONNAIRE: WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?Family Matters: Why I am not renewing my membership to the Conservative Party of Canada

Sunday, November 19, 2006

"I belong to me"

The motivation for this post was that recently one of my sister's children was in class and a teacher chose to give her opinion about people getting married young using Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears as examples of why it is a mistake. I was surprised that a teacher would use the classroom as a forum to espouse her belief that people should delay marriage until an age she deemed appropriate or that she would suggest that Britney's Spears two children shouldn't exist.

Beyond that I have always liked Jessica Simpson. She has a beautiful voice and seemed to have a genuine faith. I was crestfallen to see her video in which she shares some of the decision-making points behind her divorce.

Jessica Simpson, the daughter of a Baptist Pastor and self-professed Christian, has gone from saying that marriage is for life and speaking of the unity in marriage to celebrating a very anti-Christ anti-Bible message.

It's not that I dont wanna share my life with you baby It's just that I'm the one I need to be true to baby And I won't give up me to be part of you It's not that I don't wanna have you in my life baby It's just you gotta know that it's got to be right baby Before I open up my heart to you

Wouldn't you say getting married is opening up your heart to someone? Or do you wait until your third year into the marriage?

I don't need somebody to complete me I complete myself Nobody's got to belong to somebody else I belong to me I don't belong to you

Completely anti-biblical thinking and not the thinking of a Pastors daughter.

My heart is my possession I'll be my own reflection I belong to me I'm one not half of two And if you're gonna love me You should know this baby I belong to me I gotta let you know before I let you in, baby That who I am is not about who I am with, baby That don't mean I don't wanna be here with you I do I don't need somebody to complete me I want you to know I'll give up my love but I'm not giving up my soul I belong to me I don't belong to you My heart is my possession I'll be my own reflection I belong to me I'm one not half of two And if you're gonna love me You should know this baby I belong to me Oh yea Love don't mean changing who you are to be Who somebody wants you to be Nobody's got to belong to nobody I belong to me I don't belong to you My heart is my possession I'll be my own reflection I belong to me I don't belong to you My heart is my possession I'll be my own reflection I belong to me I'm one not half of two And if you gonna love me You should know this baby I belong to me

What a shameful witness to the world.
Jessica Simpson - I Belong to Me (Full Version)

See attached blog post.

Abortion Clinics Resurrected as Fundamentalist Chapels

In a practice at least as old as the Crusades, Christian fundamentalists are converting conquered territory—in this case, abortion clinics—into chapels. According to the right-wing Family News in Focus, pro-lifers have purchased mothballed abortion clinics in five states for memorials to the “pre-born.” FNIF happily notes that the number of abortion clinics in America has dwindled from a high of around 2,000 in the early ‘90s to only 750 today—presumably creating a buyer’s market for the faithful.
The practice seems reminiscent of the Dark-Age sacking of mosques or the Spanish razing of Cuzco, right down to the hasty plans for remodeling. Notes FNIF:
[R]edeeming an abortion clinic means tearing down a few walls. When Central Women’s Services in downtown Wichita closed, Troy Newman of
Operation Rescue purchased it, then gutted the building.
“We’re thrilled by the prospect of being in this building – having a chapel here where women can come and even mourn the loss of their baby.”
He wants to build a prayer garden behind the building so women can leave flowers for the babies they lost to an abortion

The photograph that appears on the right is from the National Memorial for the Unborn which is in Tennessee. This is the type of idea that is being worked towards in other settings.
Hat tip to this pro-choice site for beginning a discussion about men who are part of the abortion decision. While I don't agree with them or their research I find it interesting.

They also link to an abortion provider who has a discussion area and pro-choice network of sorts for men who have gone through the abortion experience. Please note that these are not men who were non-participants in the decision they were men so integral to the decision that they were present.

Here are some of their thoughts:

Today, for the first time I visited this place. The sadness I have will be a testament to my ignorance. When I sit before God at the seat of judgment I have no thought of what he’ll say but God already knows about this.
For my unborn child shall sit at his side while I sit before him. I never thought I’d be broke to these emotional limits. For life is all we have to give and now I have to take it.
I hope this day will forever change your life as it has done mine.
Keep your heads up for God will forgive you. You’ll just have to learn to forgive yourself.
To my unborn child, your grandmothers will be there in heaven waiting for you. Forgive me my child...

I’m a 21 year old male. I have a decent job, but a lot of bills. I currently take care of my father also. I’ve been with my girlfriend for about a year now. Unfortunately she dropped out of school her senior year. I”m in college at the present. We’ve been having unprotected sex for about 9 months, and all of a sudden pow she gets pregnant (Wow! Who would have thought!!). It was like I seen my life flash in front of my eyes. I don’t have my career started yet. I’m not even finished with my schooling, with her not graduating things just seem more complicated. So we decided to come here [for the abortion]. It was by far the single most hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life. We thought about adoption, but I could never live with myself knowing someone else is raising my child. For the past 2 weeks since we found out. I haven’t been able to sleep, eat, or go out anywhere. When I’m at work the only thing going through my head is this. I love her more than anything else. I would die for her. She is the only one and I know it. So the only thing I figured is that we will have plenty of opportunities later on down the road the winding road of life. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that I have to live with this decision we made. So know how important this decision is. If you are here [the clinic] with your girl make sure you pay more attention to her so she don’t think about this too much.

Abortion protestors help nab accused rapist

Hat tip to the American thinker for discussing this important issue.

Aboriton protestors help nab accused rapist
Via the blog
Alabama Liberation Front, I learned that
...a child molester was apprehended after he was photographed at an abortion clinic—where he took the victim, to get rid of the evidence—by a couple of pro-life activists.
It’s an amazing story, not least because the St. Louis-area abortion mill in question dares call itself “Hope Clinic for Women.” Abortion is the negation of hope.
original story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is full of what Borat might call “cultural learnings from US and A.”
One of many dirty little secrets of the abortion industry is that it serves to cover up evidence of the crime of rape of underage victims in far too many cases. When a predatory male impregnates an underage girl, the blessing he counts is not the gift of life but Roe v. Wade. A quiet abortion without parental consent or knowledge is just the thing to remove the incriminating evidence of a serious crime.
So-called women’s advocates love to demionize abortion clinic protestors. But certain protesters in Arkansas turned out to have evidence of rape.
Detective Jimmy Long, an investigator in Bryant, Ark., was building a case on a man suspected of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. Long had a tip that the man got her pregnant and brought her to the Hope Clinic for Women here for an abortion. That happens to be where Daniel and Angela Michael have camped out for years photographing just about every car that comes in the parking lot. As founders of Small Victories Ministries, they oppose abortion.
This week, Long stumbled across the couple while doing an Internet search on the clinic. “When I called them, I thought my chances were slim to none,” Long said in a telephone interview. “But I called anyway. And it turns out they had them.”
Abortion mills always say that they ask an underage “client” if the pregnancy was the result of rape.
But the clinic has safeguards to protect teenagers, she said.“If a teenager lets on to us that something of this nature is occurring, we’re absolutely going to notify the authorities,” she said.The clinic asks a patient three times if the pregnancy is the result of rape. If it is, clinic officials respond, Burgess said.
With the rapist present (he is after all usually paying for the “procedure”), and with the child fearful of parental knowledge in most cases, just asking is not likely to produce meaningful results. When a child beneath the age of consent seeks an aboriton, it seems to me that there is a presumption that a crime has been committed.
I await further information on the reaction of NARAL and NOW to the uncovering of this alleged rapist. After all, don’t they want to protect women?
Hat tip: Larwyn

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Abortion _ Pro-Choice

Monday, November 06, 2006

Proposition 73 (2005) - Parental Notification -

A commercial that is part of proposition 73.
Doctors for YES on 85

One of the commercials in the debate over partial notification.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

10-year-old girls need abortions too.

Mr. Carhart
The Carhart Testimony:Death - Omaha Style

MTTU News - Omaha, Nebraska
In early December it was discovered that the University of Nebraska Medical Center was conducting experiments using brain tissue from pre-born children killed by the notorious partial birth abortionist Leroy Carhart.
What follows is court testimony from July ’97 where abortionist Carhart explains how he commits abortions.
When Larry Donlan of Rescue The Heartland attempted to read this statement at a N.U. Regents board meeting on Saturday December 11th, Regent Drew Miller tried to stop him claiming Carhart didn’t use this "procedure" for UNMC."
Carhart is a specialist and the D&X is his specialty, which just so happens to be perfectly suited for collecting live brain tissue, so why wouldn’t he use it?" Donlan responded.
"Do you normally seek the services of a specialist and then tell him not to use his specialty? And if you insist he doesn’t use this method then tell us what method he does use?"
Mr. Miller had no answer to these questions so Donlan continued reading.
It was taped and played on a local radio program, the Steve Brown Show, the following Monday. It became a topic on that show for the next couple of days.
As Donlan read, a baby could be heard crying in the background.
Under oath in July 1997, abortionist Carhart comments on how he performs abortions. Here he is questioned by his attorney:
Question: Are there times when you don’t remove the fetus intact?
Carhart: Yes, sir.
Question: Can you tell me about that, when that occurs?
Carhart: That occurs when the tissue fragments, or frequently when you rupture the membranes, an arm will spontaneously prolapse through the oz. I think most...statistically the most common presentation, we talk about the forehead or the skull being first. We talked about the feet being first, but I think in probably the great majority of terminations, it’s what they world call a transverse lie, so really you’re looking at a side profile of a curved fetus. When the patient...the uterus is already starting to contract and they are starting to miscarry, when you rupture the waters, usually something prolapses through the uterine, through the cervical os, not always, but very often an extremity will.
Question: What do you do then?
Carhart: My normal course would be to dismember that extremity and then go back and try to take the fetus out either foot or skull first, whatever end I can get to first.
Question: How do you go about dismembering that extremity?
Carhart: Just traction and rotation, grasping the portion that you can get a hold of which would be usually somewhere up the shaft of the exposed portion of the fetus, pulling down on it through the os, using the internal os as your counter-traction and rotating to dismember the shoulder or the hip or whatever it would be. Sometimes you will get one leg and you can’t get the other leg out.
Question: In that situation, are you, when you pull on the arm and remove it, is the fetus still alive?
Carhart: Yes.
Question: In that situation, are you, when you pull on the arm and remove it, is the fetus still alive?
Carhart: Yes
Question: Do you consider an arm, for example, to be a substantial portion of the fetus?
Carhart: In the way I read it, I think if I lost my arm, that would be a substantial loss to me. I think I would have to interpret it that way.
Question: And then what happens next after you remove the arm? You then try to remove the rest of the fetus?
Carhart: Then I would go back and attempt to either bring the feet down or bring the skull down, or even sometimes you bring the other arm down and remove that also and then get the feet down.
Question: At what point is the fetus...does the fetus die during that process?
Carhart: I don’t really know. I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound.
The Court: Counsel, for what it’s worth, it still is unclear to me with regard to the intact D&E when fetal demise occurs.
Question: Okay, I will try to clarify that. In the procedure of an intact D&E where you would start foot first, with the situation where the fetus is presented feet first, tell me how you are able to get the feet out first.
Carhart: Under ultrasound, you can see the extremities. You know what is what. You know what the foot is, you know, what the arm is, you know, what the skull is. By grabbing the feet and pulling down on it or by grabbing a knee and pulling down on it, usually you can get one leg out, get the other leg out and bring the fetus out. I don’t know where this...all the controversy about rotating the fetus comes from. I don’t attempt to do that. I just attempt to bring out whatever is the proximal portion of the fetus.
Question: At the time that you bring out the feet in this example, is the fetus still alive?
Carhart: Yes.
Question: Then what’s the next step you do?
Carhart: I didn’t mention it. I should. I usually attempt to grasp the cord first and divide the cord, if I can do that.
Question: What is the cord?
Carhart: The cord is the structure that transports the blood, both arterial and venous, from the fetus to the back to the fetus, and it gives the fetus its only source of oxygen, so that if you can divide the cord, the fetus will eventually die, but whether this takes five minutes or fifteen minutes and when that occurs, I don’t think anyone really knows.
Question: Are there situations where you don’t divide the cord?
Carhart: There are situations when I can’t.
Question: What are those?
Carhart: I just can’t get to the cord. It’s either high above the fetus and structures where you can’t reach up that far. The instruments are only 11 inches long.
Question: Let’s take the situation where you haven’t divided the cord because you couldn’t, and you have begun to remove a living fetus feet first. What happens next after you have gotten the feet removed?
Carhart: We remove the feet and continue with traction on the feet until the abdomen and the thorax came through the cavity. At that point, I would try ... you have to bring the shoulders down, but you can get enough of them outside, you can do this with your finger outside of the uterus, and then at that point the fetal ... the base of the fetal skull is usually in the cervical canal.
Question: What do you do next?
Carhart: And you can reach that, and that’s where you would rupture the fetal skull to some extent and aspirate the contents out.
Question: At what point in that process does fetal demise occur between initial remove...removal of the feet or legs and the crushing of the skull, or I’m sorry, the decompressing of the skull?
Carhart: Well, you know, again, this is where I’m not sure what fetal demise is. I mean, I honestly have to share your concern, your Honor. You can remove the cranial contents and the fetus will still have a heartbeat for several seconds or several minutes, so is the fetus alive? I would have to say probably, although I don’t think it has any brain function, so it’s brain dead at that point.
Question: So the brain death might occur when you begin suctioning out of the cranium?
Carhart: I think brain death would occur because the suctioning to remove contents is only two or three seconds, so somewhere in that period of time, obviously not when you penetrate the skull, because people get shot in the head and the don’t die immediately from that, if they are going to die at all, so that probably is not sufficient to kill the fetus, but I think removing the brain contents eventually will.

Later under cross examination from the AG’S counsel, Carhart stated:
"My intent in every abortion I have ever done is to kill the fetus and terminate the pregnancy

Baby Sarah shares this moving story of Sarah, a complication of abortion. Just so happens she is a living one.

Taken directly from the site:

During the attempted abortion, Baby Sarah turned away from the needle. So instead of injecting the lethal drug into Baby Sarah's heart, Tiller injected it into the side of her head. This left her alive but blind

The trauma caused her mother to deliver early. Baby Sarah was born in the parking lot at Wesley Medical Center where hospital staff left her to die. A day later she was still alive. A hospital employee took pity on her, and she was adopted a few hours later by the Brown family.
Baby Sarah died a few hours later by the Brown family.
Baby Sarah died a few years later due to complications caused by the attempted abortion

It is reasonable to believe that Tiller would have killed Baby Sarah after birth if the mother had gone to his clinic rather than to the emergency room. It's reasonable to believe that babies have been born alive within the walls of Tiller's clinic compound. It's reasonable to believe that George Tiller would have no more compassion on a living born baby than he has on living preborn babies.
In a video made around 2001, Tiller claims that no baby has ever been born alive under his care. (Click here to listen to him say this.) This claim is a bald-face lie, since Baby Sarah was born in 1993.
This lie casts doubt on his other claim that no woman had died under his care at the time he made this video. For a closer look at the safety of his practice, click here.

Carhart said at least once a month, an entire fetus is expelled from the mother during a D&E he is performing. "The fetuses are alive at the time of delivery," he said. There is a heartbeat "very frequently."
LeRoy Carhart (who is one of Tiller's abortionists) admits that babies frequently are born alive during abortions. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 1, 2004, "Doctor: Law Would Outlaw Many Abortions"

Communication indirectly from the Brown family.
A video Tiller made around 2001. This video is entitled, "Philosophies and techniques of late term abortion services at Women's Health Care Services". This video is handed to women as they arrive in Wichita for their abortion.
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