We have so many things going on in the fight for life that I decided to try to highlight several events in one diary....
The trial of Dr. Gosnell is still ongoing. Today, the jury heard evidence pertaining to actions of neglect on the part of the Dr. Gosnell and his staff by administering anesthesia to patients and then leaving them without anyone to monitor their status for hours on end.
Also pertaining to the Gosnell case, the President-elect of NARAL Pro-Choice America is attempting to shift responsibility for Dr. Gosnell’s actions onto the backs of pro-lifers.
The evidence suggests a number of factors led women to Gosnell: Medicaid's refusal to cover most abortions; the scarcity of providers in Pennsylvania; fear of violent protesters; and a right-wing culture that has stigmatized abortion.
It's important that the women of Pennsylvania know that abortion is a legal, safe medical procedure. As set forth in the Gosnell indictment, legitimate providers like Planned Parenthood and members of the National Abortion Federation follow standard medical procedures and the law.
Unfortunately for pro-death, pro-abortion supporters, the grand jury report specified other findings:
“Based on her observations, the evaluator [from NAF] determined that there were far too many deficiencies at the clinic and in how it operated to even consider admitting Gosnell to NAF membership. On January, 2010, she wrote to Gosnell informing him of NAF’s decision and outlining the areas in which his clinic was not in compliance. The evaluator told the Grand Jury that this was the first time in her experience that NAF had outright rejected a provider for membership. Usually, if a clinic is able to fix deficiencies and come into compliance with the standards, NAF will admit them. Gosnell’s clinic, however, was deemed beyond redemption.”
“We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not to sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities. …”
Interesting question, isn’t it? And I’m hoping that we will get an in-depth answer for questions of this sort before the trial comes to an end.
A Pro-life math teacher in Portland, Oregon, was removed from the classroom under escort of the local police for opposing Planned Parenthood. The abortion industry giant offers several supposedly “helpful” sex education courses to young adults that those promoting sexual education have deigned to be an invaluable part of their education. So valuable, in fact, that it apparently matters more to the school board of Benson High School that students have access to sex education than to provide students with access to adequate education in mathematics. And that is with a 51% proficiency rating in the subject area of mathematics!
Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed three pieces of legislation into law on Monday, Mar. 26th.
North Dakota House and Senate presiding officers:
I have signed HB 1305 which would ban abortions performed solely for the purpose of gender selection and genetic abnormalities.
I have signed HB 1456 which would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction in HB 1456, the constitutionality of this measure is an open question. The Legislative Assembly before it adjourns should appropriate dollars for a litigation fund available to the Attorney General.
I have signed SB 2305 which requires admitting and staff privileges at a nearby hospital for any physician who performs abortions in North Dakota. The added requirement that the hospital privileges must include allowing abortions to take place in their facility greatly increases the chances that this measure will face a court challenge. Nevertheless, it is a legitimate and new question for the courts regarding a precise restriction on doctors who perform abortions.”
Across the sea in Great Britain, the Society for Protection of Unborn Children (SCUP) has issued an appeal to stop using Liverpool Care Pathway as a means of providing euthanasia via backdoor methods. Here in our own country, it appears that Liberal euthanasia supporters are “gunning up” for their own run at utilitarianism. They’re going to try to redefine “death”. Just in time for Obamacare’s “life years rationing” policy. Not a joke, folks.
Extending the index from 4 to 10 years did not diminish the model discrimination (validation cohort,C statistics 0.817 vs 0.834; P= .35), suggesting that the risk factors important for 4-year mortality prediction are also important for 10-year mortality prediction. The model compares favorably with other mortality indexes that predict mortality beyond 7 years…Patients identified by this index as having a high risk of 10-year mortality may be more likely to be harmed by preventive interventions with long lag times to benefit, whereas patients identified as having a low risk of 10-year mortality may be good candidates for such interventions.
The complete Journal of American Medical Association article can be found here.
Check your schedule for Good Friday….
On a bleak Friday afternoon, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull.” Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where two thousand years after the Crucifixion, His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.
That’s why, for the last five years, the Pro-Life Action League has marked Good Friday with a pro-life “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at our local Planned Parenthood.
We’ve found this activity to be such a blessing, one of our favorite pro-life activities of the year. So this year we’re calling on pro-lifers like you nationwide to join us in hosting a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at your local abortion facility.
Enough for today. I’d appreciate it if Red State readers will let me know if they would like to see a diary that focuses on pro-life events once or twice a week. Thank you in advance for your feedback.