March for Life 2016, like many pro life groups, seems to embrace faux science, even in the face of repetitive fraternal corrections, says Prof. Dianne Irving, in her recent piece discussing the matter. It is not a matter of not knowing, but rather choosing to embrace outdated or ill informed statements that have no bearing in scientific data.
One such phrase that drives ESH up a wall is “from conception to natural death”, often quoted by religious and pro-life sources, which is prima faciae a gross scientific untruth. Such a phrase rules out defending the right to life of babies conceived by artificial means (e.g. IVF, ART, et alia) and natural means (e.g. twinning in the womb of identical twins).
Read Irving’s well elucidated truth in the link above and…PLEASE…stop using faux science and calling it pro life.
As end of year time brings us the need to select benefits for next year, ESH is just recalling all the upside benefits and selling points of Mohammedanism…
The former Planned Parenthood abortion facility where Abby Johnson once worked as director is now a pro-life haven for women in crisis pregnancy.
The facility is now aptly named, “Hope.” It celebrated its grand opening earlier this month.
Read more about it here….way to go to all the TX prolifers making this happen!
Here’s a great money report on how fund sent to Klan Barrenhood, over $500 million of it in taxpayer money, ends up supporting abortohilic Dems or opposing pro-life Republicans.
Sickening. It’s a money laundering scheme, akin to the union “dues” that heavily flow back to pro-union Dems:
BOUGHT AND PAID FOR —-
WITH 500 MILLION OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS
THIS IS A MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME
Planned Parenthood finances campaigns of all but one Senator who voted against defunding
According to publicly available federal campaign donation records, every single Senator who voted not to defund Planned Parenthood, except one, has been awarded money from the abortion giant.
In order to fund nearly every Democrat in the U.S. Senate who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPA) and Planned Parenthood Votes (PPV), have spent $1,609,498. Roughly 2/3 of this money was spent in 2012 alone.
“Planned Parenthood Action Fund”
Senatorial Campaign Contributions:
(Dated: 1998-June 2015)
Murray (D-WA) – $29,282
Shaheen (D-NH) – $26,000
Boxer (D-CA) – $25,702
Udall (D-NM) – $22,500
Schumer (D-NY) – $20,985
Peters (D-MI) – $20,926
Gillibrand (D-NY) – $19,825
Merkley (D-OR) – $19,762
Stabenow (D-MI) – $19,035
Franken (D-MN) – $19,000
Kirk (R-IL) – $18,000
Baldwin (D-WI) – $16,000
Markey (D-MA) – $15,535
Menendez (D-NJ) – $15,016
Tester (D-MT) – $15,000
Brown (D-OH) – $14,380
Carper (D-DE) – $14,000
Durbin (D-IL) – $14,000
Mikulski (D-MD) – $12,035
Coons (D-DE) – $11,610
Nelson (D-FL) – $11,000
Reed (D-RI) – $10,500
Cantwell (D-WA) – $10,000
Feinstein (D-CA) – $10,000
Heinrich (D-NM) – $10,000
Wyden (D-OR) – $9,535
Warner (D-VA) – $9,000
McCaskill (D-MO) – $8,803
Blumenthal (D-CT) – $8,740
Cardin (D-MD) – $8,535
Hirono (D-HI) – $8,500
Murphy (D-CT) $7,911
Schatz (D-HI) – $7,500
Klobuchar (D-MN) – $7,000
Whitehouse (D-RI) – $7,000
Sanders (I-VT) – $6,535
Booker (D-NJ) – $6,000
Casey (D-PA) – $5,000
Bennet (D-CO) – $4,750
Warren (D-MA) – $3,500
Leahy (D-VT)- $2,500
Heitkamp (D-ND) – $2,396
Kaine (D-VA) – $845
Reid (D-NV) – $824
“Planned Parenthood Votes”
Expenditures in Support of Senators or in Opposition to Their Opponents:
Baldwin (D-WI) – $144,058 (2012)
Kaine (D-VA) – $114,615 (2012)
Markey (D-MA) – $62,818 (2013)
Tester (D-MT) – $55,165 (2012)
Brown (D-OH) – $52,003 (2012)
McCaskill (D-MO) – $32,520 (2012)
Murphy (D-CT) – $31,057 (2012)
Rehberg (Tester (D-MT)) – $351,996 (2012)
Allen (Kaine (D-VA)) – $113,176 (2012)
Akin (McCaskill (D-MO)) – $67,316 (2012)
Thompson (Baldwin (D-WI)) – $49,807 (2012)
This video is pretty graphic and shows how depraved these soulless ghouls are. #DefundKlanBarrenhood #PPSellsBabyParts
From Greater Cincinnati RTL release today:
“The Center for Medical Progress has released its seventh video, entitled Human Capital – Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for a Superior Product. Featured is a former StemExpress procurement technician describing abortion of intact babies bodies, then dissected for sale and distribution for research.
Contact Ohio Governor John “Janko” Kasich to end all tax funding (our money) to Planned Parenthood immediately; phone: 614/466-3555.”
You work hard for your zlotys. It takes prudence and discernment when and how much to contribute to your fave charities.
So, do the same when you donate to any of the usual fall campaigns, especially those promoted or pushed by your employer. This time of year, it’s United Way for many corporations and the Combined Federal Campaign for governmental employees.
You can do the alternate and ask that any donation be given 100% to PFLI, a total protection 100% pro-life group of devoted pharmacists, technicians and lay people who operate as all volunteers on a shoestring budget. Contact PFLI for more info.
Do the diced, sliced and minced aborted babies a favor. Boycott United Way this year. You have lots of reasons to do so. I’ll let Students For Life ‘splain it from their recent email letter:
“This week the U.S. Senate failed our nation, failed our children and families and made an embarrassment out of a government that is sworn to protect the right to life. They failed to defund Planned Parenthood. In fact, 40 Senators voted to keep sending over half a billion dollars to Planned Parenthood, who has been caught on video haggling over the price of baby body parts and talking about how to skirt the law that bans the selling of these baby body parts.
You may be asking yourself, what can I do? Or you may have participated in one of the 65+ #WomenBetrayed rallies last week and want to do more to defund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood gets close to 46% of its total revenue from the government (aka taxpayers) and we are working hard to stop that money from ever going into Planned Parenthood’s bank account again. But did you know that Planned Parenthood gets a quarter of its revenue from corporations and other organizations?
Any money whatsoever going to Planned Parenthood in any way contributes to the more than 327,000 abortions they commit every year and the harvesting and selling of the body parts of aborted babies.
Students for Life of America and LifeSiteNews have partnered together to launch Boycott United Way in efforts to put pressure on the organization to stop funding Planned Parenthood all together.
You can send an email directly to the president of United Way at www.boycottunitedway.org and ask him to stop funding Planned Parenthood right now.
Two million dollars is a lot of money. We have to stop every cent from going to Planned Parenthood. They are the nation’s abortion giant, doing one of every three abortions – and selling who knows how many baby body parts.
At www.boycottUnitedWay.org, you can also contact each individual United Way affiliate and demand they stop sending money to Planned Parenthood.
United Way does a lot of good but Planned Parenthood was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit. These are the most vulnerable in our society. If we allow for this kind of atrocity, what does that say about the state of this country, about the state of our souls as human beings that we would allow a baby to be aborted and sold piece by piece?
Go to www.boycottUnitedWay.org now and send a letter to the president of United Way demanding they stop funding Planned Parenthood now.
President, Students for Life of America
9900 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
Think the soulless ghouls at #KlanBarrenhood are a new phenomenon? No, they antedate Kermit Gosnell. ESH has been reporting on the merchants of baby body parts for 30+ years.
Case in point, here’s a 2012 story on Korea seizing “aphrodisiac” pills made in China by the commie government out of minced aborted baby body parts.
These monsters need to be #prosecuted and #jailed. Read it here….
It’s a sick, sick world in the land of soulless ghouls involved in Abortoholism, where they violate multiple laws, rip babies from their mothers’ wombs and sell the body parts like chattel.
There’s hue and outcry over Cecil the Lion, who’s fatherless cub was killed now by a rival male lion. But none for the millions of babies shred and sold like a slave at the market. The dripping hypocrisy of the left is telling and will leave many to be judged and judged harshly by the Pantocrator in due time.
Here’s the 6th and latest video from the Center for Medical Progress on #KlanBarrenhood and their gruesome continuing satanic story:
ESH strongly encourages all readers to join enmasse to #DefundKlanBarrenhood. #PPSellsBabyParts.
The big national rally protest against #KlanBarrenhood will be Saturday, August 22. People will be participating in over 180 cities.
Do try to join in your locale. For more info, see here….
Selling “crunchy” baby body parts so a medical director can buy a Lamborghini? The largest domestic terrorist group is crying foul.
It is readily apparent that the cries of Klan Barrenhood about being persecuted for 10 years by peaceful, prayerful, non violent pro-lifers ring hollow to anyone paying minimal attention to the abortion wars.
Pharmer puts it well this way:
“…Let the public be reminded that Planned Parenthood has been harassing pharmacists for 15 years or more, in an attempt to force the pro-lifers to dispense abortifacient drugs, with their efforts leading to success in a number of states. In fact, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Ohio intervened directly in the employment lawsuit between this pharmacist and K Mart way back in 2001, in order to delay the inevitable outcome…”
They were also active behind the scenes in the persecution of IL pharmacists by the convict Rod “Slobodan” Blagojevich going back to at least 2005. “Slobodan” worked with Walgreens executives to harrass and fired pharmacists with a conscience–sometimes during the overnight graveyard shift–as he had the IL assembly pass an illegal act, later overturned by all competent courts on the matter. Even a diktat from a felon Serbian ex-governor does not trump civil and religious rights of pharmacists in the workplace. PP was right there, egging Blago on.
Says Pharmer in the same piece: “Planned Parenthood has been attacking pro-life health care professionals and Crisis Pregnancy Centers for decades.” Let’s not forget their role in various states working to illegally strip the rights of religion and conscience for pharmacists and other health professionals, as well as harassing CPCs, as they did in CT and NY under Client #9, the ex-gov. and ex-AG Sidney Blumenthal.
Have a look see…
More trouble for Bubba and his charming wife, Hill the Beast?
Looks as if her old law firm partner, Webster Hubbell, may be Chelsea’s biological father, rather than Bubba.…could be disaster for her campaign for prez…and here ESH thought Bubba’s trouble may be all those profiles hacked ON Ashley Madison’s website….whew!
Clear and direct answer with a depth of detailed analysis and stats to back it up come from Fr Carrota, the Trad Priest blog.
In a wierd volte face, the GOP is fighting and clawing for OTC abortifacients (e.g. the Pill, Plan B, etc) and the Dems and Klan Barrenhood–the largest domestic terrorist group–are fighting AGAINST the measure. At least as far as who will pay for these carcinogenic abortifacients.
Naturally Sen Patty Murray (D-WA) and fellow abortoholics want more dead preborn babies and more womyn polluting their bodies with these high dose steroids. And GOP members led by some rookies like Cory Gardner (R-CO) and the two NC senators, are all for it, but not on the Obamacare ATM ride. Gardner, in fact, ran on the issue in his run last year for the Senate
The bill upholds requirements in the Affordable Care Act mandating access to prescription birth control covered by insurance companies, so over-the-counter birth control would be covered without new costs.
“I believe strongly that women should be able to get the comprehensive health care they need when they need it, without being charged extra, without asking permission and without politicians interfering,” Murray said.
So do Republicans, according to Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who unveiled a GOP proposal late last month that also aims to make birth control pills available without a prescription. The bill makes good on a campaign pledge by Gardner in his successful election against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The race focused almost singularly on women’s health care and reproductive rights.
Gardner’s bill would allow for over-the-counter birth control, and includes a proposal that would allow women to pay for it through health savings accounts. Gardner’s bill would put an age restriction for access to adults 18 years and above; Murray’s plan has no age restrictions.
This will mean more chemical abortions, more womyn contracting various cancers from these toxic steroids, and more health care costs related to the hundreds of side effects that womyn suffer from these abortifacients. And if approved, that will mean less follow up and care for womyn procuring these carcinogens OTC.
Way to go, GOP!
Although it may get some readings and generate some heat rather than light, the proposed bill in the OH Assembly–Abortion Inducing Drugs–will be DOA. Even if it were to pass the rigorous task of clearing the House and Senate, RINO Gov John “Janko” Kasich, busy getting ready for a presidential run, will also likely ignore it as well.
The bill only talks about the sole drug with an abortion indication–mifepristone–which is often used in combination with the protsaglandin misoprostol, the latter which increases contractions. the former which literally “starves” the developing baby of needed progesterone from mom early in the pregnancy.
The news release from Cincy RTL, while well intended, only addresses one other drug used as an abortifacient, methotrexate (MTX), a drug developed for cancer and also used in certain drug-resistant forms of thematoid arthritis.
It totally misses or intentionally ignores the other common abortifacients that makes some “pro lifers” squeemish and squirmy: the combination oral “contraceptive” Pill, Plan B (and its generic versions), ella (the chemical cousin of mifepristone…gasp!), Depo Provera, Implanon, various IUDs and so on…all ignored in the release and the bill. don’t want to offend those who are killing millions of preborn babies via their faux “contraceptive, now do we?
ESH guesses what the OH legislators and their non-pharmacist “consultants” at various pro life groups coulda-shoulda done was consult the real drug specialists in the pro life community the past 31 years, Pharmacists For Life International. ESH has confimed that never occured, a common snub by compromising pro life groups filled with “know nothings”. PFLI is a total protection, 100% pro-life group which doesn’t compromise on principles and that usually too much to bear by those who would, such as National RTL and Ohio RTL.
From PFLI’s main page on their website:
308,000,000 estimated deaths since Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton Estimated killed by all means: chemical, mechanical and surgical abortion since 1973
More on PFLI’s website…you get the drift, check it all out there:
The great Springtime of Renewal promoted non stop by the modernist neocon Catholics, including all the way to the top, continues to sputter, falter and show continued signs of regression, not progression.
To think otherwise is to have the same psychiatric delusions of say, a Caitlyn Jenner. Just cause you want it don’t mean it will be so. If that were true, ESH would be the King of France. Yet we all know Hollande and his socialist friends won’t let ESH run things in Paris.
Read and weep. The Church in Amerikka is, and has been, missionary ground, if only the collegial conciliar fanatics would only have the same zeal for forming new vocations as they do for, say, ecumania and statements on the environment which they prefer to worship, rather than the Creator of that environment. Leaving them standing much as the profane, secular world that masonically worships man rather than the One, Triune God.
So Amerikka will import priests from Africa and Asia, if any remain after ISIS murdering ways. And some from places such as Poland, ravaged for decades by godless atheistic communism, now reeling as the West does from materialism, the flip side of communism.
On a positive note, despite the hostilities by the conciliar church leaders to conversion, a number of protestants (including former “ministers”) are making their way into the One True Church of Christ, several of them via the Byzantine and other Eastern Rites, where more sanity has prevailed since the revolution of Vatican II. But even there, all is not well. Ten years ago the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostum–the Mass of the Byzantine Rites–changed the millenial Nicene Creed to remove that long time bogey man of the Orthodox world, the filioque, conceding that the Holy Ghost proceeds from only the Father.
Only in the Traditional Rites does one see growth in vocations since the 1960s. One example: St Thomas Aquinas Seminary is bursting at the seems so much, that the SSPX is poised to open a new huge seminary in rural Virginia, moving that operation from Winona, MN where it has been for almost 30 yrs because they just cannot hold all the young men seeking a solid orthodox training and the insurmountable obstacle to heresy found in the Tridentine Rite Holy Mass. It’s getting hard for the dicosese of Richmond, VA to ignore them anymore.
In Pittsburgh, the SSPX took back once Catholic Sts James Church in the city’s West End right from under the nose of Bishop Zubik, after the diocese closed it in 2004. Zubik’s “inclusive” response was nothing short of a woman scorned with a fury reserved only to the faithful of Christ’s only True Church.
So much mercy, so much caring, sharing and “new evangeliszation” examples adorn these remains of the Novus Ordo’s “square earth society”.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of this saintly priest who took his vows quite seriously, and worked tirelessly–at the cost of much calumny and vituperation against his person–for the Message of Our Lady of Fatima of repentance and conversion, and the still-to-be-performed consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Holy Father in unison with all the world’s bishops at the same time.
|He never enriched himself from his aposolate and lived ascetically by today’s materialistic standards by many religious.
He was devoted to the Immemorial Tridentine Rite Mass as he progressed in years. He was fearless against attacks by enemies of the Faith, the Church and Our Lady, to Whom he was assiduously devoted.
ESH was fortunate to meet Fr Gruner several times, either at his own Center’s conferences or at one of the many times he spoke at Human Life International conferences.
|Requiescat in pace!
Catholic Family News
from Catholic Family News editor John Vennari…
Father Nicholas Gruner
Requiescat in pace
By now you probably heard about the sudden death of Father Nicholas Gruner. He died of an apparent heart attack on April 29 around 7:00 pm while working at his office in Fort Erie.
Father Gruner was truly the world expert on Fatima. I can say this as one who worked closely with him for over 20 years. He was more knowledgeable on this subject, and on the true nature of the Fatima Message than anyone else. His devotion to Our Lady was strong and genuine.
Please remember Father Gruner in your prayers, a good personal friend and true Catholic Crusader.
In the Immaculate Heart,
Below is the announcement from the Fatima Center:
Rest in Peace
Father Nicholas Gruner
May 4, 1942 — April 29, 2015
The Management Team of the Fatima Center sadly announces the death of Father Nicholas Gruner, who passed away suddenly this evening.
Father died at his office, working to his last breath on the goals to which he dedicated his 38 years in the priesthood — the promotion of the Message of Fatima, especially the release of the full Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
Details concerning the wake/visitation and funeral for Father will be announced in the upcoming days. For now, in your charity, please pray for Father and for his Apostolate, which will continue to seek to bring his life’s work to a successful conclusion.
Please click here for both video and information on funeral…
(Funeral Mass to be held in Niagara Falls this Saturday)
We all know from expeirence in the abortion wars, that the abortoholics–those lovers of killing innocent preborn babies with glee but recoiling at, say, killing a caribou to survive–have wanted to impose THEIR immorality on the rest of normal, life loving everyday folks.
They did so in 1973 with the twin abortion decisions of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. They did so with the 1963 Griswold v Connecticut “contraceptive” decision. And with many other lawsuits, to many to mention.
With Obamacare, socialized medicine, they want to ram “contraception” and abortion down everyone’s throat, to like it, AND to pay for it. Without apologies. Although some of those impositions are being rolled back–5 decisions now have upheld conscience religious rights of employers and others–many have not. And that doesn’t include at least 38 instances where the Kenyan kommie has rewritten Obamacare rules on his own, by fiat, by his diktat.
Count on it soon: as part of the Kenyan kommie’s war on Christianity and life, it will soon be mandated: kill or get out of pharmacy or medicine. Period.
See here to get an idea where this is heading. It’s parallel twin evil is making sodomites mainstream, loveless sewer “luv” without the requisite propagation of human life as happens with normal marriage within the institution meant only for one man, one woman.
We can look to a famous propagandist for his view on rights of conscience for health professionals:
Well, we now have two biosimilars approved in the US with the FDA’s marketing approval of Sandoz / Momenta’s copycat version of Copaxone for relapsing-forms of multiple sclerosis (RRMS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system characterized by inflammation and neurodegeneration.
Glatopa (which sounds like something ESH’s parents left behind in stari kraj) will be the real game changer in the world of biosimilars. Maybe.
The first biosimilar approved (also from Sandoz….. a copy of Amgen’s Neupogen) doesn’t and won’t have the same market-changing impact in a well-defined therapeutic category like MS – so this would be the one to watch, ESH thinks.
Çekaj! TEVA, the Israeli firm which is very steamed up about this copycat stealing their market share, is still likely to find yet more roadblocks to keep Glatopa off the market (even the US Supreme Court refused to stop Sandoz) – at least for a short while.
We know that the ‘naming’ convention issue has not yet been settled with the FDA. So will the package insert say the same as Copaxone – glatiramer acetate injection? Curious minds want to know! And, the regulations related to ‘interchangeability’ have yet to be issued by the FDA.
So, will Glatopa be listed as an A/B rated product? Or some other designation? In the article here there is a clear reference to being fully substitutable at the pharmacy level. (Remains to be seen.)
Also, what about all those states (we know the Kenyan kommie thinks there are 57) that have a say in pharmacy regulations and some even have legislation already passed making biosimilar launches very difficult as we have covered in earlier alerts.
Another important point from reimbursement standpoint and economic impact to health plans and governmental payers: the cost for Glatopa has not been released (that’s no surprise…. Sandoz still has to factor in all their legal expenses and other A&O costs to get this product to market).
That may be one of the most interesting elements of this journey to the biosimilar side.
Bergoglio is doing to the Church what O’Bama, the part Irish Kenyan kommie, has done to the USA these past 6 years. ESH has said this frequently over the past 3 years and it remains truer and truer each passing day, something with which one cannot be pleased since it wounds the spotless Bride of Christ with a recurring Passion and Golgotha from within rather the usual enemies from without.
It is not a new concept. Judas was the first such internal traitor. There have been many since the past 2000 years. The holy Pope St Pius X said as much in his groundbreaking encyclical on Modernism, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, when he directly attacked the synthesis of all heresies–Modernism–and stated its worst proponents were within the bosom of Holy Mother Church.
So, Ann Barnhardt, re-converted protestant to Catholic Tradition a few years back, holds no punches when she decides to expose evil and error. She is not timid nor the stuff used to make jello like diplomats.
She nails it again, tapping into Church teaching (the official kind) and the excellent works of the telegenic saintly Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen. Is she right or wrong? Excessive? Divisive? There are many names the devil uses to call those who expose his scheming and machinations, even in the guise of a liberation theology afficianado like Bergoglio.
You can read it all here….
Update 4/6/15: Liletta was entered into the market this week and one unit is showing an AWP=$750….keep that in mind when you pay your taxes and insurance premiums, covering this at no copay charge so women can chemically abort their children the next 3 years and possibly come down with a serious illness from the IUD, even unto death… ESH
Liletta (levonorgestrel) Intrauterine Device – formerly Levosert
Company: Medicines360 and Actavis plc
Date of Approval: February 27, 2015
Treatment for: Contraception [abortifacient mechanism of action, chemically and mechanically]
Liletta (levonorgestrel) is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. The basic mechanism of action is abortifacient by action of the progestin levonorgestrel–which is poor at supressing ovulation–and the mechanical irritation of the endometrium after junior has been conceived and implanted in the womb.
- FDA Approves Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to Prevent Pregnancy for up to Three Years– February 27, 2015
- Medicines360 and Actavis Announce FDA Acceptance for Filing of NDA for Levosert IUD– July 21, 2014
ESH’s only question is: why did it take so long for the 1st state to ban muitilating the murdered preborn baby? Where is OH on this with the RINO governor John Kasich, who won’t even push for the Heartbeat Bill in its second go around? Putz!
God bless Gov Sam Brownback (formerly Senator from KS)…he later tweeted he was proud to sign this bill. Taking notes, Kasich?
From CNA report:
Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law.
Local pro-life advocates say the legislation is an opportunity to save the unborn from a horrific procedure, while providing a model for other states.
“Some states have to take the lead. We’re proud to be one of those states,” Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director of Kansans for Life, told CNA April 8. “With very solid, carefully constructed laws I think we really can make a difference.”
The procedure is used in about 600 abortions in Kansas annually, about nine percent of all abortions performed there, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on April 7 said he was proud to sign a bill that protects life “at its most vulnerable stage,” and noted bipartisan support for the bill.
The legislation, known as the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, bans physicians from “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that… grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.”
The law contains an exemption for medical emergencies or when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger. It also makes clear that a woman who seeks a dismemberment abortion is not liable under law.
The law allows civil action against physicians who perform dismemberment abortions in violation of the law.
Michael Schuttloffel, executive director of Kansas Catholic Conference, said the conference is “very, very pleased” to put a stop to the procedure in Kansas.
“We’d like to see other states follow our lead,” he told CNA.
The Kansas House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 98-26, while the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 31-9.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, the local affiliate of the largest abortion provider in the U.S., said April 7 the law was “atrocious,” claiming that Kansas “continues to be an outlier on issues both fiscal and social.” It said the law denied health care access to women and hindered their ability to make decisions.
Schuttloffel lamented that the bill was necessary and that some people still opposed the law.
“It just defies belief that people would publicly get up and insist that people in Kansas be allowed to rip the arms and legs off of unborn children,” he said.
He thought the abortion debate had become “disconnected from the reality of abortion” and legislation like the Kansas law can “help shock people out of complacency.” He said that even many pro-life Kansans couldn’t believe the procedure was happening in their state.
“When it comes to this particular kind of abortion, people needed to hear exactly what was being done and what was being done: second trimester babies, we’re talking three, four, five months along in pregnancy, were being torn apart, limb from limb,” Schuttloffel continued. “There’s evidence that suggests the unborn child feels pain at that point. It’s just horrific.”
In Ostrowski’s view, the U.S. Supreme Court has indicated such bills should be passed.
The court, in 2007’s Gonzales v. Carhart, described the type of late-term abortion involved as “brutal,” and found that the state has an interest in both protecting the integrity of the medical profession and “to show its profound respect for the life within the woman.”
She said Kansas is a “very pro-life state,” with over 50 locations supporting pregnant women who have complications or who lack family support.
“We’re bringing people into the pro-life movement. And now we’re passing laws with an excellent state legislature and a pro-life governor.”
Other states with this kind of climate and pro-life support should pass these laws, Ostrowski said.
The Oklahoma legislature is considering a similar bill, as are Missouri and South Carolina.