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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/21/14 9:34 AM
 
Abortion facilities try their best to nestle into a community and go unnoticed. Sometimes, they look like
ordinary buildings in an otherwise good neighborhood. Other times, however, they look like the grotesque
places they really are.
Their dark and sterile existence is even more reason for you to be there … for those who feel they have no
other choice than to walk inside.
 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
A vigil participant in Chicago sent in a picture of the abortion facility there, along with a note: “If you were a
woman going for ‘women’s healthcare,’ would you go into a place with ugly gray plastic sheets hanging on
a cyclone fence?”
The sheet-covered fence surrounds the parking lot next to the building. “It’s very scary and very, very
sketchy looking,” said the volunteer.
Victor, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Chicago, sent word that several babies have already been saved
from abortion during this campaign. “Thank you for all that you do to build a culture of life,” he said.
Just a few days ago, an abortion worker came out to tell the prayer volunteers they had to remove their
signs from the sidewalk. Heather, the 40 Days for Life leader in Austin, thinks it’s one sign in particular they
don’t like: “Ask me about free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds.”
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The volunteers were ready for such a ridiculous claim, so they produced a letter signed by the police chief,
stating that signs could legally be used at the vigil. The abortion worker said that didn’t matter, because
“the state is overriding the city on this one.” That, of course, wasn’t accurate.
“This tells me two things,” Heather said. “One, the abortion facility is obviously behind this; how would the
worker know about this supposed new sign ordinance otherwise? And two, our signs must be turning away
a ton of business at the abortion facility for them to go this far!”
She added that their attorney friends are keeping on top of this so the volunteers’ rights are protected.
 
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
The 40 Days for Life vigil is held outside an abortion center on a busy highway just outside Atlantic City.
“We are reaching thousands of cars a day,” said Ethel, the local leader, “which is probably the best free
advertising ever … we get so much positive response.”
40 Days for Life is gathering momentum in the Atlantic City area, as more churches get involved. “Our
church has amazed me,” she said, “with 8 to 10 people just from my church out there. My pastor at New
Life Assembly said it’s about time we are joining the ranks!”
As the growth continues, Ethel said she knows in time there will be even more “of the Light of God to
expose the darkness.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

by Dave Andrusko | LifeNews.com | 10/20/14 5:47 PM

What is the three-legged stool on which abortionists and their apologists rest their case?

That abortion is free of complications—emotional and physical; any research that demonstrates otherwise is, by definition, “junk science.” That abortion is not only free of aftershocks, it is for many women a rite of passage on their way to adulthood; in other words, killing your unborn children is a positive.

And that the American public is in the pro-abortionist’s corner, ready, willing, and eager to make sure that there is no “restriction” on access, here or anywhere else in the world; in other words, they agree there can never, ever be enough abortions. None of them is true, as we have patiently demonstrated on a few hundred occasions.

Today I would like to take a few minutes of your time to talk about the first of these by discussing a piece written by Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., who has compiled some of the best research proving how detrimental having an abortion is to women.

The title of her analysis which appeared today is, “They’re Still Trying to Disprove Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome: And still resorting to junk science to do so.”

This is a long, in-depth critique which you can read at your leisure. So let me touch on just a few of the highlights.

Dr. Coleman uses as a starting point an essay by Zawn Villines titled “Is So-Called Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome a Myth?”

What is the Villines strategy? On the one hand, choose not to “focus on the large international body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating that abortion increases women’s risk of experiencing mental health problems.” On the other hand “exclusively describe results of the flawed ‘Turnaway Study,’ led by Diana Greene Foster.”

The study was a “failed attempt to prove that women really are better off economically, physically, emotionally having an abortion, even if those happen to be late abortions, than they would be if they gave birth,” to quote NRLC’s own Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon. Dr. O’Bannon takes the systematically flawed study apart, finding it does not substantiate any of these claims [1]

Coleman explores the serious—and I do mean serious—methodological problems, which include that fewer than a third of the women agreed to participate in the study and that “Villines neglected to mention that 60% of the women in the Turnaway group who continued their pregnancies expressed happiness about their pregnancies.” Not exactly an incidental finding, wouldn’t you say?

Two other important considerations. Villines and others who share her views are determined to marginalize the findings that have been replicated around the world. But as Coleman explains

“The results of hundreds of studies published in leading peer-reviewed journals over the past 4 decades indicate abortion is a substantial contributing factor in women’s mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and death from suicide.”

In 2012 Coleman published what is called a “meta-analysis”–a study of the studies–which “has much more credibility than the results of individual empirical studies or narrative reviews.”

So what did “Abortion and Mental Health: A Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published from 1995-2009” reveal? According to Coleman, that

“women who aborted experienced an 81% increased risk for mental health problems. When compared specifically to unintended pregnancy delivered, women were found to have a 55% increased risk of experiencing mental health problem. This review offers the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world.”

There is much, much to read.  It is very much worth your time because Dr. Coleman’s article (and all the other work she is doing) clearly document that abortion has a lasting impact on the mental health of a significant percentage of women.

[1] Dr. O’Bannon published an exhaustive five-part series detailing the “Turnaway Study’s” numerous inadequacies. The final segment, with links back the first four parts, can be read here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/17/14 9:42 AM

As we get into the second half of the campaign, two groups of people are being challenged — those who have thought about praying at a vigil but haven’t done so yet … and abortion workers who have — for the first time — begun to question their jobs.

We’ve seen 104 abortion workers have a change of heart and resign during 40 Days for Life campaigns … and most of them do so in the last half of the campaign. They may brush off or even mock the peaceful vigil outside their workplace at first, but over time they begin to turn their attention to the work going on inside their building.

God uses your peaceful presence to save lives … and touch the hearts of those who work in the abortion industry. If you have considered going out to pray but haven’t done so, there is still time … and that time can have a huge impact on abortion in your community!

Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you. God answers prayers! Here are a few examples.

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

 

“We had a save today!” said Rita in Little Rock.

A young girl came with her boyfriend to have an ultrasound. She went inside while he went to park the car. As he walked to the building, the volunteers told him about the pregnancy resource center.

“He said he would go in and tell her about it,” she said. The woman came out a few minutes later. “We told her that we could get her a free ultrasound and we walked her to the pregnancy resource center.”

She later got back in touch with the vigil participants and told them she is keeping her baby.

Rita said later that same day, there was more good news. “Another lady changed her mind … she said she couldn’t go through with it.” She left the abortion center and did not return.

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

 

Planned Parenthood in Columbia is no longer doing abortions – but they’re certainly referring women to other locations that perform them. So there’s still a reason to pray on the sidewalk outside.

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“It appeared that several women were there for abortion counseling,” said Kathy, the Columbia leader. “Please pray for these women, especially the ones who refused our information and rushed out of the driveway.”

Prayer volunteers did succeed in convincing a couple of women to visit the local pregnancy help center for life-affirming assistance.

Kathy said there was one busy day at Planned Parenthood recently, but on many days, business is off. “And only three workers were there – down from six. One has to wonder, what is going on?”

An empty parking lot is always good news. “Keep praying for this clinic to close,” she said. “When clinics close, babies are saved.”

CINCINNATI, OHIO

 

A determined group of volunteers stood outside Planned Parenthood on a very rainy night in Cincinnati, as Archbishop Dennis Schnurr led them in prayer. “The archbishop commented on how we are witnesses for life … and making a difference,” said Theresa in Cincinnati.

With so much rain in the forecast, the Cincinnati team said it was uncertain whether anyone would actually go out that night – but the leaders really appreciated their perseverance.

“Let us continue during these 40 Days for Life with prayer, fasting and community outreach to end abortion,” Theresa said.

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

Friday, October 17, 2014
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/16/14 4:57 PM
 
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, is celebrating its 98th birthday today and the
abortion giant has done over 6.6 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, more than any other abortion
company. In a terrible irony, Planned Parenthood tweeted out a picture of baby carriages to celebrate its anniversary.
Happy 98th birthday, Planned Parenthood! Jim Sedlak of American Life League says the abortion giant has built itself on Margaret Sanger’s racist
philosophies. “Planned Parenthood Federation of America dates its beginning to Oct. 16, 1916,
when Margaret Sanger
opened the nation’s first birth
control clinic in Brooklyn, New
York,” he explained. “Sanger
had three basic philosophies
that are still active within
Planned Parenthood today.
One of those was a passion to
prevent the birth of
“defectives,” which Sedlak
says led to her stating in her
1932 Plan for Peace that
persons from “dysgenic groups” should be given their choice of sterilization or confinement on a farm for
the rest of their lives. Sanger was a member of the American Eugenics Society.
“Planned Parenthood does not make public the race of its abortion clients anymore. In the 1990s, it
revealed that 43 percent of its abortions were on blacks and other minorities – who only made up 22
percent of the population,” he explained.
 
When Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its 2012-2013 annual report the
numbers showed abortion is still a very large portion of Planned Parenthood’s business and income.
Abortions accounted for 93.8 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services. Prenatal care services
dropped 32 percent in one year, and 52 percent since 2009. Adoption referrals are also down 4.5 percent
in one year. For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 149 abortions.
More information from its annual report reveals:
During fiscal year 2012-2013, Planned Parenthood reported receiving $540.6 million in taxpayer funding, or nearly
$1.5 million per day.
Planned Parenthood reported $58.2 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.3 billion in net assets.
In 2012, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions , a 2% drop from 2011. In 2002, Planned Parenthood
performed 227,385 abortions, meaning they perform 100,000 more abortions than they did 10 years ago.
Over the past three reported years (2010-2012), Planned Parenthood has performed nearly one million abortions
(990,575).
In 2012,abortions made up 93.8% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption
referrals accounted for only 5.6% (19,506) and 0.6% (2,197), respectively. For every adoption referral, Planned
Parenthood performed 149 abortions.
Prenatal care services have dropped 32% in one year, and 52% since 2009. Adoption referrals are also down 4.5% in
one year.
 
After reviewing the report, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser had the
following comments:
“Business is booming for America’s largest abortion provider, which receives public funding at a rate of
$1.5 million per day. Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report shows that they performed 100,000 more
abortions in 2013 than ten years ago. Meanwhile, cancer screenings and prenatal services, including
adoption referrals, continue to drop. Planned Parenthood claims to be a trusted health care provider to
women and girls, but their numbers tell a different story. Planned Parenthood is a business whose entire
mission is to profit off of abortion.”
Thursday, October 16, 2014
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/15/14 6:42 PM
 
With concerns about the Ebola virus on the minds of Americans and people worldwide given new
infections, one pro-life group is hoping that moral alternatives will be pursued when creating an Ebola
vaccine. Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide
are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally
effective. As the pro-life group informed LifeNews.com: Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developing their
ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells.
Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK-293 cells for their VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine in Canada, while Johnson and
Johnson/Crucell developed theirs using PER C6 cells, derived from retinal tissue of an 18 week
gestation aborted baby. “There is absolutely no reason to use aborted fetal cell lines,” stated Debi Vinnedge, Director of Children of
God for Life. “At least two other Ebola vaccines in development by the University of Texas and GeoVax
are using either Vero cells or chicken eggs. Likewise, there are therapeutic products such as ZMapp
(LeafBio) and TKM-Ebola (Tekmira) that are using plant or Vero cells.”
 
Vinnedge wrote to the Department of HHS, the NIH, the FDA and NIAID pointing out that even the US
Department of Health listed other options such as yeast, insect, plant, bacteria, CHO, BHK, heLa and COS
cells, in their own patent, stating, “The attenuated [ebola]virus can replicate well in a cell line that lacks
interferon functions, such as Vero cells.” “It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval
and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them. Why not fast track a
product that everyone can use in good conscience?” asked Vinnedge.
 
The pro-life group is urging pro-life Americans to contact the Obama administration and their members of
Congress requesting that they expedite the morally acceptable alternatives.
 
Contact:
Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary
Dept of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20201
 
Dr Francis S. Collins, Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
 
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director
NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations
5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
 
Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

by Carole Novielli | LifeNews.com | 10/14/14 10:01 AM

Two children were raped several times resulting in several pregnancies that ended in abortion. Each time the young victims were sent back into the hands of their abuser because the clinic or clinics where they were taken by their mother failed to report the possibility of abuse.

The story begins in 2008, when a 16-year-old teen gave birth and her boyfriend’s parents realized that the baby did not look like their son, but rather like an adult male acquaintance of the teen’s mother.

A DNA test proved the boyfriend was not the baby’s father, and that’s when the girl admitted that 44 year-old Ricky Jackson was the father. At that point, the boy’s parents reported the information to Ashland Police.

“(The girl) had confided in their son that the Jackson had raped her when she was 11 years old and that he was very jealous of their son’s relationship with” the girl, Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Katharine Folger said in a court document.

Police arrested Jackson on March 23 of that same year.

The victim also had a sister and the girls, fearful for their safety after Jackson was released from jail, later admitted to police that Jackson had been raping both of them for years. According to their statements, the sexual abuse began in October of 2002, after Jackson and their mother became involved.

The girls told police that after their mother would go to sleep, Jackson would go to their room and rape them. According to their testimony, Jackson impregnated the older sister twice twice when she was 13 and 14 years old, and impregnated the younger girl when she was 12.

The girls’ mother took them to have abortions each time she learned they were pregnant.

According to prosecutors, the mother of the raped children did not know they had been impregnated by Jackson. The girls told police they never reported the sexual assaults because Jackson had threatened to kill them if they did.

In August 2008, Jackson was charged with two counts of child rape, violating a restraining order, intimidation of a witness, and one count of rape and indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14.

Life Dynamics, a Denton, Texas organization which has been exposing how child rapists use abortion to cover their crimes, summarized this case in a report they titled, The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse.

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics makes it clear that the failure of abortion facilities to report suspected child abuse is causing children to be repeatedly raped, sometimes for years after their abortions, “In almost every case of adult men having sex with minor girls, the perpetrators are aware that the relationship is illegal and could land them in prison,” Crutcher says, “They also know that one of the most likely ways for them to get caught is for their victims to become pregnant. When that happens, their back up plan is inevitably going to involve abortion. As a result, there is no place within the medical community where underage victims of sexual abuse are more likely to be found than at abortion clinics. The question is: how are these girls dealt with when they show up at those clinics?”

Crutcher continues, “It is important to understand that mandatory reporters are neither obligated nor authorized to investigate these incidents. Whatever conclusions they might reach about the legality or illegality of a child’s sexual activity has no bearing on their obligations as mandatory reporters. If they are presented with evidence of sexual activity by a patient who, by reason of her age, cannot legally consent to sexual activity, their only duty is to report to the authorities. The responsibility for determining whether a criminal act has or has not occurred belongs only to the state.”

According to a summary of the case published by Life Dynamics,”three pregnancies resulted from these assaults and, in each case, their mother took them for abortions. Since there were multiple abortions and the sexual activity continued after each one, it is certain that none of the abortion clinics involved made a report. The rapes did not end until the parents of a boy who knew the girls learned of the situation and called police.”

Life Dynamics has published 60 examples of cases where child sexual abuse was covered up with an abortion and the clinics where the victims were taken failed to report the possibility of abuse.

In a press released issued at the time the group published their report, Crutcher states, “ it is almost universally accepted that sexual predators who target children almost never stop on their own. Instead, they continue until they are stopped by someone else. In reading the cases you will see incident after incident in which girls continued to be raped and sexually abused – sometimes for years – after the abortion clinic where they were taken ignored the state’s mandatory reporting law. But once the situation was eventually revealed to the authorities, the perpetrator was arrested and the abuse ended immediately. This illustrates why compliance with these laws is such an indispensable tool for dealing with our national epidemic of older males sexually exploiting underage girls.”

You can read the entire report here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/13/14 9:33 AM
 
We are at the halfway point! Have you participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign yet? If not … there is plenty of time.
And here’s some motivation.
Halfway through these 40 days of prayer and fasting, we are aware of 199 babies whose mothers chose life at the very
last moment!
Here are the stories of just a few of those babies.
 
DALLAS, TEXAS
Volunteers in Dallas say they have “two jubilant reports” from the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood abortion
mega-center where the 40 Days for Life vigil is going on.
In one instance, the vigil participants were able to talk to a woman who “just needed someone to help” … and she
quickly learned that the help she really needed was not available at Planned Parenthood. One of the volunteers says it
brought tears to her eyes when the woman chose life for her child.
A second woman stopped her car near Planned Parenthood when she saw someone with a sign that said “Pregnant?
Need help?” The sign also had a phone number … which the woman started to call.
She said she was thinking about abortion – she’d had one before, and now had two children in diapers. Her simple
plea: “I need help!” Counselors put her in touch with a pregnancy center that would offer the assistance she – and her
baby – would need.
One of the newer volunteers in Portland
was able to start a conversation with a
young woman who was on her way into
Planned Parenthood.
It was her boyfriend who was
encouraging the abortion. “She felt she
couldn’t take care of another child,” said
Therese, the local leader. “She has
three children and said she didn’t have
enough resources. She was in a tough
situation.”
The volunteers told her there were many types of help available, and that the older children would love their new baby
brother or sister. “After some more encouragement, she was showing us pictures of her other children,” Therese said.
“And smiling!”
She then left … knowing where she could find help and support following her decision to reject abortion.
 
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Baltimore volunteers watched a woman leave the abortion center after having been there for four hours. Usually, that’s
bad news. But in this case, the woman walked up to the people praying outside and said, “I will keep my baby.”
She was four months along in her pregnancy, she told the vigil participants, who said she seemed overjoyed with her
decision.
“A miracle happened,” said Kim in Baltimore, “and all who witnessed it are forever changed. A life was saved through
the power of our Lord Jesus Christ … and none can deny His merciful heart and His mighty hand in action.”
Friday, October 10, 2014

by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/9/14 10:14 AM

A notorious abortion practitioner who infamously stored the bodies of more than 30 aborted babies in his freezer as keepsakes has lost his medical license following a lengthy New Jersey medical board hearing yesterday. After Kermit Gosnell, he’s been called the “worst abortionist in America.”

Brigham has been accused of practicing medicine without a license in Maryland during a bi-state late-term abortion scheme he ran to avoid abortion limits in his home state of New Jersey. His nefarious practices were discovered in 2010 when he and his associate, abortionist Nicola Riley, severely botched a late-term abortion on an 18-year old patient, rupturing her uterus and pulling out part of her bowel. The majority of the baby’s body was thrust into the patient’s abdominal cavity. Brigham drove the injured patient to a nearby hospital emergency room, where his suspicious behavior prompted hospital staff to call the police.

The patient was air-lifted to a Baltimore hospital where emergency surgery was required to save her life.

Police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30 late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. (See file photo below right of aborted babies Kermit Gosnell stored in a freezer).

In December, 2010, Brigham and Riley were arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of 11 babies who were killed during illegal abortions. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.

“After a hearing that lasted approximately nine hours, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners unanimously agreed to revoke the license of Steven C. Brigham,” Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life told LifeNews.

Tasy attended the hearing and has attended several other hearings over the years involving Brigham and she said Brigham tried to blame his misfortunes on pro-lifers who he referred to as the “forces of hate.”

“The New Jersey Attorney General pointed out that this tactic was nothing more than his attempt to deflect attention away from his own misconduct and dishonesty,” Tasy said. “It has been reported in earlier press accounts that Brigham would no longer be allowed to operate clinics if his license is revoked under New Jersey law.  We certainly hope that is the case, but given Brigham’s penchant for flouting the law, it is a situation that will have to be monitored closely.”

Other leading pro-life activists had hoped the medical board would revoke his license.

“Given this man’s horrific track record, anything less than revocation is unthinkable, and would only continue to put the lives of women in jeopardy,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Here’s more on what happened:

Finding several counts of gross negligence, deception and official misconduct against him, the state Board of Medical Examiners also ordered Brigham to pay $140,000 in penalties. At a future hearing, the board will decide how much of the state’s court costs he will be ordered to pay; the tab is expected to exceed $500,000.
The board suspended Brigham’s license in 2010 after the Attorney General’s Office argued he used the two-state process to evade New Jersey’s requirement that terminating pregnancies must take place in a hospital or licensed health care facility after 14 weeks. Brigham did not have hospital privileges at the time and is not an obstetrician or a gynecologist.

Writing at LifeNews, Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue provided more background on Brigham:

Brigham has battled legal issues throughout his entire career, having had his licenses revoked in New York and Florida. He surrendered this Pennsylvania license under pressure and was ordered to never hold ownership of an abortion facility in that state again – an order he violated last year by opening an abortion facility in Philadelphia, which was soon closed by the state after pro-life activists complained.

Brigham’s abortion facilities in Maryland were also closed by the state after dangerous practices were repeatedly found, including a patient death at one of his offices he ran out of a residential condominium complex.

Despite the orders, Brigham continues to troll for abortion customers in those states. The phones for his defunct clinics still ring into his American Women’s Services central appointment line.

According to New Jersey law, unlicensed practitioners are not allowed to hold ownership in medical facilities in that state, so if Brigham’s license is finally revoked, he should be ordered to shut down his eight abortion offices in New Jersey.

It is believed that Brigham currently operates 17 abortion facilities in at least four states. Because he has been run out of one state after another, he has taken to the practice of attempting to conceal his ownership of abortion centers, five of which are so far under the radar that their whereabouts are currently unknown.

Whatever the New Jersey Board decides, it is not expected to affect the remaining abortion facilities he continues to own in Virginia, Delaware, and Florida.

“Steven Brigham is the kind of man that is not affected by traditional discipline. We strongly believe that jailing him is the only way to stop him from operating illegally and secretly, as he has done his entire career,” said Newman. “However, license revocation will ensure that he cannot ever practice again, and if he does, his old jail cell awaits him.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014
by Cheryl Sullenger | LifeNews.com | 10/8/14 5:38 PM
 
After Kermit Gosnell, he’s been called the “worst abortionist in America.”
This morning, the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham faced the New Jersey State
Board of Medical Examiners at a hearing that will eventually decide whether or not his last remaining medical
license will be revoked.
A woman answering the phone at the Board’s offices today told Operation Rescue that it could take “a few
days” for the Board to come to a decision after today’s hearing.
“Given this man’s horrific track record, anything
less than revocation is unthinkable, and would
only continue to put the lives of women in
jeopardy,” said Troy Newman, President of
Operation Rescue.
Brigham has been accused of practicing
medicine without a license in Maryland during a
bi-state late-term abortion scheme he ran to
avoid abortion limits in his home state of New
Jersey. His nefarious practices were discovered
in 2010 when he and his associate, abortionist
Nicola Riley, severely botched a late-term
abortion on an 18-year old patient, rupturing her
uterus and pulling out part of her bowel. The
majority of the baby’s body was thrust into the patient’s abdominal cavity. Brigham drove the injured patient
to a nearby hospital emergency room, where his suspicious behavior prompted hospital staff to call the
police.
The patient was air-lifted to a Baltimore hospital where emergency surgery was required to save her life.
Police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30
late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. In December, 2010, Brigham and Riley were arrested and
charged with murder in the deaths of 11 babies who were killed during illegal abortions. Those charges were
later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.
Nicola Riley’s Maryland medical license was revoked last year citing fraudulent and deceptive behavior.
Last October, Administrative Judge Jeff Masin heard testimony in Brigham’s disciplinary case and
recommended in August that Brigham should have his last remaining medical license revoked and pay a fine
of $30,000 along with other costs. Masin ruled that Brigham had engaged in a pattern of deception, engaged
in illegal late-term abortions, and operated in Maryland without being licensed in that state.
Brigham has battled legal issues throughout his entire career, having had his licenses revoked in New York
and Florida. He surrendered this Pennsylvania license under pressure and was ordered to never hold
ownership of an abortion facility in that state again – an order he violated last year by opening an abortion
facility in Philadelphia, which was soon closed by the state after pro-life activists complained.
Brigham’s abortion facilities in Maryland were also closed by the state after dangerous practices were
repeatedly found, including a patient death at one of his offices he ran out of a residential condominium
complex.
Despite the orders, Brigham continues to troll for abortion customers in those states. The phones for his
defunct clinics still ring into his American Women’s Services central appointment line.
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According to New Jersey law, unlicensed practitioners are not allowed to hold ownership in medical facilities
in that state, so if Brigham’s license is finally revoked, he should be ordered to shut down his eight abortion
offices in New Jersey.
It is believed that Brigham currently operates 17 abortion facilities in at least four states. Because he has
been run out of one state after another, he has taken to the practice of attempting to conceal his ownership of
abortion centers, five of which are so far under the radar that their whereabouts are currently unknown.
Whatever the New Jersey Board decides, it is not expected to affect the remaining abortion facilities he
continues to own in Virginia, Delaware, and Florida.
“Steven Brigham is the kind of man that is not affected by traditional discipline. We strongly believe that
jailing him is the only way to stop him from operating illegally and secretly, as he has done his entire career,”
said Newman. “However, license revocation will ensure that he cannot ever practice again, and if he does,
his old jail cell awaits him.”
 
 
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/7/14 12:27 PM
 
Local pro-life advocates in Waco, Texas are rejoicing today because the nation’s biggest abortion business
has pulled the plug on its abortion center in this central Texas city.
“After 20 years and nearly 19,000 preborn babies lost to abortion, Planned Parenthood Waco is officially out
of the abortion business,” John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco,told LifeNews today.
He said Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has relinquished
its Texas abortion license for Waco.
“After months of intense controversy in Waco, Planned
Parenthood began its abortion business in January of 1994. At
the time, Planned Parenthood in Waco was an independent
affiliate of Parent to Federation of America. In 2012, Planned
Parenthood Waco was absorbed into Planned Parenthood of
Greater Texas,” Pisciotta explained.
Pro-Life Waco and other organizations have vigorously
challenged Planned Parenthood for abortions and other programs for two decades and the pro-life advocate
told LifeNews that hundreds of pro-life people have prayed in front of the abortion clinic over the years and
offered help to women to keep their babies instead of having an abortion.
Pisciotta said that, for the first 18 years of its existence, Planned Parenthood did abortions at its facility at
1917 Columbus Ave. The Columbus facility was shut down in December, 2011 and abortions were shifted to
the clinic at 1121 Ross Avenue. Sidewalk counselors observed the suspension of abortions at Ross Avenue
in August 2013 and, last October, Planned Parenthood Waco acknowledged the suspension, explaining that
they were temporarily without an abortion practitioner.
He told LifeNews that Planned Parenthood retained its license with the hopes of getting a replacement
abortion practitioner. However, the list of licensed abortion facilities obtained by the Austin-based Texas
Alliance for Life on September 18 shows that Planned Parenthood has relinquished its abortion license for
Waco.“The labor of love for babies and moms bore fruit over two decades, but this is an answer to our prayers,” he
said. “Wacoans can now say they live in a city without the intentional shedding of innocent blood.”
Texas Alliance for Life executive director Joe Pojman added, “We are pleased that our Texas laws designed
to protect the health and safety of women at abortion facilities are working. Planned Parenthood Waco has
ceased performing abortions rather than meet the requirements of the sonogram law, the admitting privileges
rule, and the safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers.”
Planned Parenthood will still operate a family planning clinic that makes abortion referrals

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