Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama Infomercial Poster

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Obama comments. I respond.

HT: Blithering Idiot

Senator, you seem to assume that the doctor doing an abortion is incapable of making a wrong decision. Or if he does make a mistake, he'll just recognize and fix the problem immediately.

Yes, Senator Obama, we do suspect that here are doctors won't seek adequate medical care for these babies on their own initiative. Because they have a history of sticking these babies in a closet to die. Of strangling them. Of drowning them in a bucket.

Yes, Sanator Obama, we know that when a baby is born alive during an abortion, a doctor has already "made that assessment" -- presumably that the baby in question isn't "viable" -- that is, able to survive outside the womb. But if the baby is born alive, the doctor in question has already established in a pretty palpable way that his clinical judgment isn't all it's cracked up to be. He already thought the baby wouldn't survive the abortion process. Now are we to trust him to judge the baby's chance of survival when she's already proved to be much more tenacious of life than he expected?

Senator Obama , you indicate that it's somehow just burdensome to bring a second doctor in, after the abortion doctor has made his assessment: an assessment that has been proved to be flawed.

As if doctors are all the same. As if a second opinion is never called for.

Imagine for a moment, Senator Obama, that your wife or daughter is in a car crash. She's brought into the emergency room with a serious head injury. A doctor examines her, tells you that there is no hope, and hands you papers for organ donation.

This doctor is telling you that your loved one's brain injury is fatal. If that doctor is a neurosurgeon, how much would you trust the assessment? What if the doctor isn't a neurosurgen, but an ob/gyn? Would you want him making that call?

Probably not. He might be the best ob/gyn in the world, but brain surgery is tricky business. You'd want a specialist, somebody with experience assessing patients with brain injuries.

Some areas of medicine are fairly simple, and don't really require a specialist. Probably just about any doctor can set a simple fracture, drain an abscessed toenail, or treat your poison ivy. But for a brain injury, you're rightly going to want a specialist, with intensive specialized training and extensive specialized experience. The same goes with preemies -- especially the micropreemies that can be expected in an abortion-triggered birth. These tiny babies are not easy to assess and care for. They require a very high level of skill and clinical judgment. Only neonatologists are qualified to assess and care for them.

The doctor making the initial assessment in an abortion is likely an ob/gyn, though he might be a psychiatrist or dermatologist or ENT. There's no requirement that abortions be performed by ob/gyns. But let's for the sake of argument assume that he is an ob/gyn.

Ob/gyns who are providing care to women who don't intend to abort routinely concede that assessing and caring for critically ill, premature, or injured babies isn't their speciality. They have sense enough, when the mother loves and wants her baby, to call in an expert to make an expert assessment.

But, Senator Obama, you are asserting that in the case of an infant born during an abortion, the usual standard of care -- to have a neonatologist assess the premature and/or injured baby -- suddenly doesn't apply. In abortion cases, and abortion cases alone, you assert, the ob/gyn's skill is adequate to assess and care for that baby.

But to reiterate, the ob/gyn in question has already shown poor clinical judgment in his own specialty by trying to abort a baby strong enough to survive the procedure.

Perhaps you are not necessarily endorsing infanticide of babies born during abortions. You might not even have thought through the fact that you're stating that a lesser standard of care is adequate. It might simply never have occurred to you that a premature baby needs a neonatologist, not an obstetrician.

It doesn't show murderous intent. But it shows poor judgment and lack of reasoning. And it still leaves babies in the lurch if they're born after an abortion.

Senator Obama, think of how William Waddill strangled Baby W. Think of how Raymond Showery drowned Baby Girl Doe. Think of how Xemina Renearts was stuck in a bedpan and put into a closet. Think of how Rowan was kept locked in a bathroom with his screaming, desperate mother pleading for help.

Can you find a shred of compassion in your heart for these children? Can you find just a shred of doubt that all doctors can always be trusted to risk their medical license, insurance, and reputation for the sake of a baby they've been paid to kill?

Can you break out of your "abortionists are saints who can do no wrong" mindset, just for a moment?

Oz cancels Welcome Wagon for doctor whose son has Down syndrome

Doctor told to get out because of son with Down syndrome

Dr Bernhard Moeller answered a call from the Federal Government and the Horsham community two years ago, and moved from Germany to become the town's only permanent specialist physician.

But the Department of Immigration and Citizenship this week rejected an application from Dr Moeller and his family for permanent residency because his 13-year-old son, Lukas, has Down syndrome and does not fit the bureaucracy's health criteria.

Why am I not surprised? This is the country where doctors think short stature ought to be grounds for late-term abortion.

Oz is all for tolerance and diversity as long as you're a poisonous creature. But a child who's different isn't welcome.

Planned Parenthood admits to live births.

Some folks are insisting that hey, these are after all 22 week babies at the oldest. They can't survive even if they are born alive. Well, I found preemie survival rates here:

  • 22 weeks: 0-10% survival rate
  • 23 weeks: 10-35% survival rate
  • 24 weeks: 40-70% survival rate
  • 25 weeks: 50-80% survival rate
  • 26 weeks: 80-90% survival rate
  • 27 weeks: greater than 90% survival rate

    This page addresses errors in estimating gestational age: "The accuracy of ultrasound in predicting gestational age gets worse as the pregnancy advances. By 20 weeks, ultrasound is accurate only to within plus or minus two weeks, and by the third trimester, its accuracy falls to plus or minus 3 weeks."

    Ultrasound is the most common method of estimating gestational age in abortion practice. Many women are going in for late abortions because they'd lost track of their cycles and weren't sure they were pregnant at all, so the LNMP method of dating is lost with these women. The doctors are having to rely almost entirely on ultrasound.

    Here are some cases of abortion doctors miscalculating gestation age: a supposedly 21-week baby who turned out to be 30 weeks, a supposedly 11-week baby that turned out to be 27 weeks, a baby that was believed to be about 12 weeks and turned out to be 28 weeks, and a supposedly 6-week baby that turned out to be 26 weeks. I'll recognize, however, that these are unusual screw-ups. I'll just focus on being within the margin of error for a doctor who is taking reasonable care.

    With the range of error of properly performed ultrasounds, a "22 week" baby with an estimated 10% or less chance of survival may just as readily be a 20 week baby with no chance of survival, or a 24 week baby with a 40-70% chance of survival.

    And remember, also, that this particular facility has a 22-week cut off. Other facilities openly advertise elective abortions to 26 weeks -- babies that have an 80-90% chance of survival, and who may actually be three weeks older than estimated. They might be as old as 29 weeks, with a greater than 90% chance of survival.

    Of course, of you wrap them in a towel and stick them in a closet, they have a 0% chance of survival.

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    Let's review again why these late abortions are being done:

    And now would be a good time for a refresher on Barack Obama and the Born Alive Babies

    Also covered in Hot Air, Transfigurations, Pro Life Blogs, Parenting Freedom, Jill Stanek, and Generations for Life.
  • 1923: Back alley butcher performs fatal abortion on Chicago teen

    On October 30, 1923, 19-year-old Mrs. Lydia Nelson died at Chicago's Englewood Hospital from an abortion performed there that day, evidently by Dr. Charles Klinetop.

    On January 15, 1924, Klinetop was indicted by a grand jury for felony murder in Lydia's death.

    Lydia's abortion was typical of criminal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    When the Government Gives Permission to Kill

    Today is an anniversary few people outside the LDS church are aware of.

    On October 27, 1838, Governor Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri issued an Extermination Order, declaring that "the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace...." Most Missouri citizens backed the order (although some did question or denounce it). The Mormons were, in the simplest of terms, "unwanted."

    On October 30, with the Extermination Order as justification, a band of the Missouri Militia launched an attack on a small Mormon settlement at Haun's Mill, killing 17 Mormons, including a 10-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he cowered under the bellows of the blacksmith shop, and a 78-year-old man who was shot after he had surrendered his musket.

    For a rare and recently unearthed first-person account, see The Reminiscence of Willard Gilbert Smith.

    Several years ago, I spoke with a Latter-Day Saints historian, who told me that survivors of the Massacre sued the state of Missouri over the deaths of their loved ones, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court. The Court, he said, backed the state on the grounds that the killings were perfectly legal.

    Meanwhile, the Extermination Order remained on the books in Missouri until recinded by executive order of Governor Christopher S. Bond on June 25, 1976. So until 1976, it was perfectly legal to kill a Mormon in Missouri. Did that make it right?

    According to the prochoicers who argue that since abortion is legal, it's also moral, the answer must be yes.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    A Fetus With Attitude

    Gianna Jessen speaks:

    HT: Me on Mission

    And a refresher on Barack Obama and the Born Alive Babies

    South Dakota Voter Fraud Video

    I guess if you're okay with killing babies, then a little voter fraud isn't that big a deal:

    HT: Voices Carry

    And a former South Dakota abortionist explains what she used to do and why she supports Proposition 11:

    Funny, you never see doctors who used to work for prolife pregnancy centers "turning".

    Abortion Deaths in the 1990s

    The Centers for Disease Control deigned to count the following abortion deaths in their most recent Abortion Surveillance Summary, for 2004:

    Today I'll look at deaths in the 1990s.

  • 1990: They count 9 legals and no illegals. I have 6 -- 5 legals and 1 illegal: Mary Ann Dancy, Christina Goesswein, Sophie McCoy, Sandra Milton, "Daisy" Roe (illegal), and Angela Satterfield. I know they didn't count Angela, because in the 1970s they shifted deaths that happened because the abortionist let her die from an undiagnosed ectopic into the generic ectopic pregnancy category, effectively hiding these deaths even though National Abortion Federation members agree that it's totally inexcusable for an abortion doctor to fail to diagnose an ectopic. So, I have an illegal and an ectopic that the CDC missed, which means they have at least 5 legal abortion deaths I don't know about.

  • 1991: They count 11 legal and 1 illegal. I have 9: Colleen Chambers, Edith Cote, Anjelica Duarte, Angela Hall, Shirley Hollis (who they probably don't count, since she died of an undiagnosed heart ailment that went untreated because she thought she was just having side effects from the abortion), Dawn Mack, Terri Roe, Latachie Veal (who we know they didn't count), and Ingar Weber. So there are at least three legal abortion deaths the CDC knows about that I don't. The illegal abortion death might be a case like "Daisy" Roe, where the woman knew full well she was doing something illegal and dangerous, or it might be a case like Myrta Baptiste, who thought her abortion was legal, and didn't realize that her doctor had a suspended license when he did her abortion.

  • 1992: They count 10. I have 10 as well: Diane Adams (who they likely don't count -- she died in the US Virgin Islands, an area US public health officials tend to ignore, and her abortionist was charged with manslaughter in her death which means he might have been operating without a license, in which case the CDC would have counted Diane's death as an illegal abortion death), Deanna Bell, Arlin della Cruz, Susan Levy, Suzanne Logan (who they likely didn't count because of the time that elapsed between her fatal injury and her death), Kelly Morse, DaNette Pergusson, "Melissa" Roe, "Susan" Roe (who Life Dynamics verified the CDC did count), and Rhonda Rollinson. So it's possible, but impossible to confirm, that the CDC had two deaths I haven't counted, if they didn't count Diane Adams and Suzanne Logan.

  • 1993: They count 9 - 6 legal, 1 illegal, and 2 undetermined. I have 6: Andrea Corey, Jane Doe, aka "Tracy", Giseline Lafontant, Kathy McKnight, Guadalupe Negron, and Angela Sanchez, who if the CDC counted would be an illegal abortion death because her abortionist was an untrained clinic owner -- something Angela had no way of knowing. So they have at least one legal abortion death that I don't know of. I'd probably also count their two "undetermined" as legal abortion deaths as well, since my criteria is that the woman had to have believed her abortion to be legal, whereas they have to determine if the abortionist was a licensed physician in order to tally it as legal or illegal.

  • 1994: They count 10 legal and 2 illegal. I have 8: Pamela Colson, Alerte Desanges, Jammie Garcia, Kris Humphrey (illegal - she was doing a "safe and natural" herbal abortion), Christine Mora, Sarah Niebel, Magdalena Rodriguez, and Ingrid Thomas. So they have at least three legal abortion deaths I don't know about, as well as at least one they classify as illegal.

  • 1995: They count 4. I have 2: Lisa Bardsley and Linda Boom. So they have at least two that I don't know about.

  • 1996: They count 9. I have 4: Carolina Gutierrez, Sharon Hamplton, Chivon Williams, and Tanya Williamson. So they have at least five legal abortion deaths I don't know about.

  • 1997: They count 7. I have 4: Maureen Espinoza, Jennifer H., Gracealynn "Tammy" Harris, and Nichole Williams. So they have at least three that I don't know about. (Updated 12/27/08)

  • 1998: They count 10. I have 5: Tamika Dowdy, Lou Anne Herron, Kendra McLeod, Venus Ortiz (who they almost certainly don't count because of the time elapsed between her fatal injury and her death), and Virginia Wolfe. That means there are at least 5, probably at least 6, that they're counting that I don't know about.

  • 1999: They count 4. I have 2: Shelby Moran (who they almost certainly don't count because of the length of time between the injury and her death) and "Yvonne" Roe. So they have at least 2, probably at least 3, deaths I don't know about.

    The CDC thus left me eating their dust in the 1990s; however, much of my information hinged on the extensive study done by Kevin Sherlock in the 1980s. Without his contributions, you can see the difference in how thorough my own data are.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

    For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post.

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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    What kinds of jobs do Obama supporters have?

    He must not think they're very important, or he'd not be asking his supporters to take off work on Election Day to get HIM a job.

    Maybe he figures that all the Marxist professors that support him will cancel classes and bring the kids down and tell them who to vote for.

    How much does this man really value hard work?

    The Jedi Mind Trick Candidate

    "I did not hear him say those words."

    "I was never associated with ACORN."

    "These are not the droids you're looking for."

    Gotta add another ad:

    HT: Badger Blogger

    Roundup: A new embryology theory, Obama and "prevention", and knowing a little too little

    The Planned Parenthood in Stockton, California, evidently subscribes to the agricultural theory of embryology. It's not a baby, it's a rice cake!

    An analysis of Barack Obama's promise to Planned Parenthood (that the first thing he'd do as POTUS is sign the "Freedom of Choice Act") notes that this one stroke of the pen would likely raise abortion rates in America 20%. Explain, please, how this constitutes "prevention".

    Some people know just enough to be dangerous. Womensgrid laments how "murky" the law is in Northern Ireland regarding abortion. Alas, she laments, women suffer because they can't just go rid themselves of their fetuses when they're distressed about being pregnant. What she doesn't realize is that Dr. Alec Bourne, whose case she cites, wasn't as enamored as she is of on-demand abortion. In fact, Bourne later wrote, "Those who plead for an extensive relaxation of the law [against abortion] have no idea of the very many cases where a woman who, during the first three months, makes a most impassioned appeal for her pregnancy to be 'finished,' later, when the baby is born, is thankful indeed that it was not killed while still an embryo. During my long years in practice I have had many a letter of the deepest gratitude for refusing to accede to an early appeal." (A. Bourne, A Doctor's Creed: The Memoirs of a Gynecologist, London, 1963) Pray for the rest of poor Dr. Bourne's soul. He must be tormented at the thought of what he unwittingly helped to unleash. He never wanted abortion on demand, but that's what his ill-thought-out attempt at compassion ended up producing. (And, of course, as is so often the case in blogs like womensgrid, comments are closed; it's not a good idea to open your mind too far, is it? You might realize the world isn't the way you think it is.)

    1993: Safe, legal abortion turns fatal for New York woman

    On October 28, 1993, 25-year-old Giselene Lafontant lost her fight for life. She had been on a respirator since October 9, when she'd been taken to Good Samaritan Hospital after going into cardio-respiratory arrest less than 20 minutes after her safe, legal abortion. She had been 9 or 10 weeks pregnant. The abortion had been performed by Dr. Scher at Gynecare in Monsey, New York.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

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    1947: Abortion kills baby, heiress, doctor

    At 11 AM on October 17, 1947, Dr. Paul Singer, a gynecologist, called police and reported that a woman had come to his office suffering from an incomplete abortion. He said that he had taken 22-year-old Jane Ward, heir to the Drake Bakeries fortune, to Park East Hospital, where Dr. Oswald Glasberg, a plastic surgeon, had helped him to complete the abortion.

    Jane died on October 28, and the autopsy confirmed the cause of death as criminal abortion.

    After the death, Singer and Glasberg were arrested and released on bail. The baby's father, Eduardo Schneidewind, a trade promotion executive for a South American government, was questioned as a material witness but was never indicted.

    Dr. Alejandro Ovalle, an X-ray technician, was sentenced to one year after pleading guilty as an accessory, having profited from abortion referrals.

    Singer was convicted of manslaughter in Jane's death, and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. The judge, Francis L. Valente, said that Jane had been subjected to "surgical mayhem," and that Singer and Glassberg were "completely devoid of human feeling and decency." Glassberg was also convicted and sentenced to prison, but was never sentenced because six hours after the verdict on June 14, 1948, he committed suicide in his cell, having poisoned himself.

    Singer appealed his conviction, which was upheld.

    Jane Ward's tragic death underscores points we would do well to remember:

  • If illegal abortion was a privilege of the wealthy, so was illegal abortion death.
  • Most illegal abortions were performed by doctors, not by amateurs.
  • Having a doctor do your abortion doesn't mean you'll survive it.
  • In illegal abortions, the abortionist and his accomplices faced some risks themselves; the woman wasn't the only person facing risks.

    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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  • Monday, October 27, 2008

    Gianna Jessen takes Obama to the woodshed again

    Let's look again at what his attitude means in actual practice:

    Abortion deaths since 2000

    The most recent CDC Abortion Surveillance Summary is for 2004. Not that they're dragging their asses or anything.

    The most recent deaths they tally are for 2003. Since then I have found:

  • 2010: Alexandra Nunez

  • 2009: Ying Chen, Karnamaya Mongar

  • 2007: Edrica Goode and Laura Hope Smith

  • 2006: Laura Grunas

  • 2005: Christin Gilbert and Oriane Shevin

  • 2004: Chanelle Bryant and Tamiia Russell

    Now we can look at where the CDC deigns to count:

    Let's compare:

  • 2003: They count 10. I have 3: Leigh Ann Alford, Holly Patterson, and Vivian Tran. That means there are at least 7 deaths I don't know about.

  • 2002: They count 9. I have Diana Lopez, "Adelle Roe", Brenda Vise, and Stacy Zallie. That means there are at least 5 deaths I don't know about.

  • 2001: They count 6 legal and 1 illegal. I have "Haley Mason". That means there are at least 5 legal abortion deaths I don't know about. Plus there's an illegal death which, since it's not been shouted from the rooftops by abortion advocacy groups, is probably one like Myrta Baptiste, who thought her abortion was legal, and didn't realize that her doctor had a suspended license when he did her abortion.

  • 2000: They count 11. I have L'Echelle Head, Kimberly Neil, and Nicey Washington. That means there are at least 8 more deaths I don't know about.

    Lest you think that the CDC has all mine, plus some, remember that we know they didn't count Latachie Veal.

    For 1981, I found 10 - Barbara Auerbach, Diane Boyd, Sheryl Cottone, Barbara Dillon, Norma Greene, Barbara Lerner, Maura Morales, "Isabel Roe", Sharonda Rowe, and Robin Wells - while they counted only 8.

    For 1985, they counted 11, and I found 12.

    For 1986, they counted 11, and I found 16.

    For 1987, they counted 7, and I found 11.

    For 1989, they counted 12, and I found 14.

    So there's some overlap, but just because I discovered a woman's abortion death doesn't mean the CDC counted her.

    Now, I do have three RU-486 deaths that the CDC has probably counted, but that I can't pin to a specific year because I don't have enough information. Still, we know that the CDC knows of at least 22 abortion deaths from 2000-2003 that I don't know about.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

    For more breakdown of abortion deaths by year or decade, see this post.

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  • Yet another campaign lie to lay to rest

    McCain does NOT want to take away your health care.

    He wants to cut it loose from your employment. But Obama is taking a fragment of the plan and presenting it as the entire plan -- sort of like if your dad was planning to give you a bicycle, and your big brother told you only, "Dad's taking your tricycle away!"

    Scrapple Face on the full exercise of our reproductive rights

    Obama: U.S. Should Also Spread the 'Choice' Around

    (2008-10-27) — In addition to spreading the wealth around, Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama today said the unfair distribution of a woman’s right to choose is part of “the unfinished business of the civil rights movement.”

    “Although every woman has the theoretical right to choose an abortion, thanks to the Supreme Court’s discovery of the Constitution’s implied right to privacy,” said Sen. Obama, “only a small percentage of women actually get abortions. This means that the vast majority of women are missing out on the benefits of exercising their Constitutional right. It’s like having the right to free speech, but never speaking.”

    HT: The Raving Atheist, via Ashli

    You can demand "22 Weeks: The Movie"


    Let your voice be heard, that you want this movie shown in your community.

    Feminists for Life: Face the Choice Video

    This month, Feminists for Life invites you to meet Joyce Ann McCauley-Benner. Joyce was raped while working her way through college, discovered she was pregnant, and chose not to abort, even though she did not know if the father of her unborn son was the rapist or her boyfriend.

    Joyce’s story, “Victory Over Violence,” is the second of FFL’s speaker videos, which are being unveiled one by one over the coming school year and posted on FFL’s website and on YouTube.

    1972: Teen dies from abortion at Family Planning Associates facility

    Sixteen-year-old Natalie Meyers was pronouced dead at 9:35AM on October 27, 1972, at County-USC Medical Center. She had been transferred there from San Vicente abortion hospital in Los Angeles on October 22.

    Her mother has brought her to San Vincente Hospital for a safe and legal abortion on October 21. Milton Gotlib had injected saline into Natalie's uterus that day. The strong salt solution was intended to kill Natalie's unborn baby and cause labor.

    At first, everything went as intended. On October 22, Natalie expelled the dead baby. But there were immediate signs of trouble. She retained the placenta, had trouble breathing, and suffered abdominal pain, so San Vicente staff transferred Natalie to County-USC Medical Center just before midnight.

    Natalie was in shock when she arrived at County-USC. She underwent a D&C there, but remained in shock from infection in her uterus. On October 26, a hysterectomy was performed to try to control the infection, to no avail.

    The autopsy found most of Natalie's internal organs swollen and hemorrhagic. Death was attributed to hyaline membrane disease brought on by the abortion.

    Natalie is one of many young mothers to die at one of Edward Allred's facilities. Others known to have died after abortion at Allred's facilities include:

    Despite these deaths, and the fact that Allred has admitted in a deposition that he's never done any sort of review of procedures to prevent further deaths, his Family Planning Associates facilities were welcomed into, and remain part of, the National Abortion Federation.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

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    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    Searches: failed abortion

  • Failed abortion. There are two different kinds: 1) failed early abortions, which fail to kill the fetus, who continues to gestate, and 2) failed late abortions, which are called "babies".

    Let's look at failed early abortions first:

    This study found that 46 babies survived the 65,045 abortions performed. That's about one in every 1,400 abortions. With 1.2 million abortions done every year in the US, that's about 849 babies every year that survive a first-trimester abortion attempt.

    The Washington State Department of Health noted that reported failed abortions are at .1%, which if extrapolated for the entire US would be roughly 1,200 babies surving first-trimester abortion attempts annually.

    A study at a Planned Parenthood 17 babies survived out of 1,155 they attempted to kill by abortion -- a 1.5% failed abortion rate. Extrapolated to the entire US, this would mean roughly 18,000 babies surviving first trimester abortions.

    This site cites a Planned Parenthood study. The failure rate for chemical abortion raged from 1% to 9%, and suction abortions had a failure rate of .2%.

    I'm guessing that different facilities have different rates of failed abortion, just as they have different rates of other complications. But clealry, somewhere between aout 850 and 1,800 babies are surviving first-trimester attepts to kill them.

    I've not been able to find any studies on what percent of mothers have somebody finish the kid off, and what percent let the child continue to gestate unmolested. But odds are pretty solid that about 1,000 American women every year get a second chance at motherhood after making an initial choice of death for their child. The fact that many of them do choose life after having initially choosing abortion casts some doubt over claims that abortion is so "necessary". After all, if having that baby would utterly ruin her life, it will still utterly ruin her life even if it's gestated a couple of extra weeks. If the fact that the baby is a bit bigger and older is enough to change the woman's mind, she never had that compelling a reason in the first place, did she?

    What of failed late abortions?

    I blogged some examples in More Born-Alive Babies, More Born Alive Babies and Their Fates, Obama, Babies, and the Benefit of the Doubt, and Obama and the Born Alive Babies. The last count of how many of such babies are born alive in the US was by the Centers for Disease Control, who said there were 400 - 500 reported every year but no doubt many more going unreported. As CDC spokesman Willard Cates said, "It's like turning yourself in to the IRS for an audit" to report a live birth after an abortion. And nobody keeps statistics on how many of these babies die of prematurity or from their injuries, how many are allowed to die of neglect, how many are murdered, and how many survive.

    Why do we have no data? Because nobody with the power to collect the information actually cares. They don't even care enough about maternal survival to keep accurate statistics. How much less do they care about babies that survive?

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  • Joe and Jessica: A foretaste of things to come?

    We've all seen how the Obama lapdogs in the MSM went after Joe the Plumber when he dared ask The Anointed One a question he didn't want to answer.

    Read here what happened to Jessica, an ordinary citizen, when an Obama campaign volunteer didn't approve of her reason for not supporting The Anointed One:

    Jessica Hughes of Lufkin, Texas, former Marine, mother of three, answered her cell phone in the car, coming home from the emergency room. Her 9-year-old had suffered a mild concussion, but was OK.

    The caller was a female Obama volunteer who asked if Jessica would support Obama for president.

    Jessica replied, "No, I don't support him. Your guy is a socialist who voted four times in the state Senate to let little babies die in hospital closets; I think you should find something better to do with your time." Then Jessica hung up.

    The next day, a man and a woman in suits showed up at the door of her home, identifying themselves as members of the Secret Service.

    The Secret Service agents stated that the Obama campaign had complained of a death threat. They had quoted Jessica as saying, "I will never support Obama, and he will wind up dead on a hospital floor."

    Jessica's husband had heard Jessica's side of the original phone call and verified the actual quote. To which the female agent replied, "Oh? Well why would she (the Obama volunteer) make that up?"

    Jessica replied that the Obama volunteer was probably unhappy about what Jessica had said about her candidate. The female agent then said "That's right, you were rude!"

    The male agent then displayed a file with Jessica's full name prominently printed on it and asked her how she felt about Obama. At this point, the former Marine told the agent "in no uncertain terms" (as she later recounted) that this was America and that the last time she checked, she was allowed to think whatever she wanted without being questioned by the Secret Service. And was being "rude" a federal crime now too?

    The agents then admitted they had no tape of the conversation, just the quote from the Obama campaign.

    Responding to Jessica's questions, the agents would not identify themselves by name, nor reveal the name of the Obama volunteer who had made the complaint. The agents did indicate that Jessica was not in a court of law yet, and that they were trying to not embarrass her "by going to all her family and neighbors."

    To these implied threats, Jessica invited the agents to speak to whomever they wanted, and stated she would happily go to court since she had done nothing wrong.

    Jessica asked the agents, "Look, someone calls me unsolicited on my cell phone to ask me to support their candidate, and I can't tell them why I don't?"

    The Secret Service left Jessica that day, but she could not get the "visit" out of her mind.

    Jessica wrote later, "The fact that the volunteer lied, the fact that the Secret Service came to my house to question me about my thoughts and feelings and threaten to embarrass me to my neighbors and go to court if I didn't cooperate is not the tragedy here.

    "Because that girl on the phone doesn't have the pull to send the Secret Service to my home. Someone high in the ranks of a campaign working for a man who may be the next President of the United States of America felt comfortable bringing the force of the Federal Government to bear on a private citizen on nothing but the word of a partisan volunteer."

    God protect us if Barack Obama gets more power than he already has. Read "The Gulag Archipelago" if you want a picture of what it's like to live under the regime of somebody who will brook no questions or words of disagreement or disloyalty.

    Obama, Abortion, and Tragedy

    LoveHateOprah has some pithy words:

    Barack Obama said, "... nobody's pro-abortion. I think it's always a tragic situation."

    Really? Come on. Really?

    You think it is always a tragic situation. And yet when over 1.2 million times a year, a young woman lies down and this tragedy unfolds -- we're all just supposed to stand by and say, "Well, it's your body and your decision."

    Planned Parenthood says that 70% of these women don't even want this lamentable event to occur, but feel they have no other choice. So over 840,000 women in this country every year goes through this deplorable procedure out of desperation and yet Obama stands by and says "Well, it's your body and your decision."

    So if a young woman was making another tragic decision -- .... "I just can't handle my life right now -- I'm going to commit suicide." Would it be appropriate to respond with "Well, it's your body and your decision."

    Read the whole thing.

    To the Sign Vandal

    Dear Sign Vandal:

    I came out of my house this morning to find that you'd tried to totally yank my McCain/Palin sign out, probably to trash it. But it was wedged too firmly, so you settled for crumpling it.

    What did you hope to accomplish?

    Did you think that vandalism would convince me that it's okay to stick disabled babies in a closet and leave them to die?

    Did you think that vandalism would convince me that it's okay to try to register dead people to vote?

    Did you think that vandalism would convince me that people who work hard aren't entitled to keep what they own?

    Did you think that vandalism would convince me that it's okay to try to crush free speech?

    All you did was add yet another piece of evidence that opponents of McCain and Palin are lawless, amoral people who have no tolerance for anybody who isn't marching in lock step with The One and his Socialist, freedom-crushing agenda.

    Thanks for making my point for me.

    Christina Dunigan
    McCain/Palin supporter

    1929: Chicago back-alley abortion proves fatal

    On October 26, 1929, 33-year-old Agnes Johnson died from the effects of a criminal abortion performed October 12 at the Chicago office of Dr. Joseph Stern. Stern was arrested the day Agnes died. On November 1, he was indicted for felony murder by a grand jury. Agnes's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    Now THAT'S what I call Gun Control!

    William Shatner's character, Denny Crane, ("Boston Legal") "helps" Barack Obama as he defends the Second Amendment:

    Though the hotdogging is a bad idea. Always aim for the torso; it's almost impossible to hit a target as small as a knee or a foot unless you're a professional sharpshooter.

    HT: NewsBusters

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Sound familiar? Look familiar?

    Two photos from the Obama campaign:

    Now, these images from Zombie's latest piece:

    Obama's preacher:

    More from Zombie's report:

    And this just sounds like standard Democrat campaign talking points:

    Got the idea that there's a common thread here?

    Now, go look at Zombie's report.

    Jeri Thompson takes on Alan Colmes

    HT: NewsBusters

    Jeri Thompson, wife of former GOP presidential aspirant Fred Thompson, took Alan Colmes' head neatly off and handed it to him on a plate, on the October 23 broadcast. Jeri heads up Team Sarah, a campaign effort for the McCain/Palin ticket. She totally nailed the liberal co-host of "Hannity & Colmes" on the matter of the media's hyping the non-scandal of the RNC's wardrobe expenses for the Alaska governor.

    My favorite moment:

    "I've got a really good idea. How about I get to answer, then you get to respond?"

    I want to see Thompson and Palin on the same ticket. Thompson/Palin, Palin/Thompson. Any guy who can bag a wife like this has something more on the ball than just the ability to give amazing speeches.

    And in closing -- why are all the hot women Republicans?

    Search: Abortion in Ohio

    Sleezy abortionist Nabil Ghali got caught doing illegal abortions and raping patients in Ohio. Ghali is best known for having sex with his 14-year-old goddaughter and his seedy work at the disgusting Dadeland abortion mill in Miami.

    Manohar Lal botched abortions in Ohio.

    Melissa Henderson faced felony charges for performing an illegal abortion on a 15-year-old girl in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998.

    Norman Matthews was sued for many Ohio abortions.

    Charles L. Johnson botched abortions in Ohio.

    Sandra Milton of Ohio bled to death in front of her children two weeks before Mother's Day.

    Kathy Davis died after an abortion in an Ohio hospital.

    Laura France killed herself doing a self-induced abortion in the garage of her Ohio home.

    L'Echelle Head died after an abortion in a Dayton clinic.

    Minnie Lathan's fatal abortion was done in Cleveland.

    A combination abortion and tubal ligation cost Ohio woman Mary Ann Page her life.

    Mary Paredez bled to death from an abortion in Ohio.

    The Ohio Department of Health noted that Faith Roe bled to death from an abortion.

    Rhonda Ruggiero died from an abortion-related embolism.

    An Ohio doctor performed the fatal back-alley abortion on Iva Triplett.

    Robin Wells never recovered after going into a coma during her abortion.

    It was during the funeral that Ohio authorities learned that Belle Wertz had died from a criminal abortion.

    "Baby Grace" survived an abortion attempt.

    A Planned Parenthood in Ohio helped to cover up statutory rape.

    And Martin Haskell, who popularized "Partial Birth Abortion" (which he dubbed "D&X") runs an unlicensed, illegal abortion clinic in Ohio

    Were the Vikings really fops?

    Some researchers, evidently concerned about the self-esteem of British schoolchildren who might have Viking ancestry, are trying to make the Vikings out to be proto-dandies, the metrosexuals of the Dark Ages.

    The Vikings are traditionally known for leaving destruction in their wake as they travelled around Europe raping, pillaging and plundering.

    But Cambridge University has launched a campaign to recast them as "new men" with an interest in grooming, fashion and poetry.

    Great. Just what we need. Vikings as addlepated as hippies, but better groomed.

    They did not, in fact, wear horned or winged helmets. And they appear to have been a vain race who were concerned about their appearance.

    "It seems that the Vikings may not have been as hairy and dirty as is commonly imagined," the guide say.

    Okay, I can deal with the lack of horns and wings on the helmets. But what's the point of being a Viking if you can't be hairy and dirty?

    "A medieval chronicler, John of Wallingford, talking about the eleventh century, complained that the Danes were too clean - they combed their hair every day, washed every Saturday, and changed their clothes regularly."

    Okay, clean is relative. They were still properly dirty by modern standards. (Well, maybe not by European standards.) Does this mean they weren't hairy?

    The guide reveals that Norsemen were also stylish trend-setters: "Contemporaries who met individual Vikings were struck by the extreme bagginess of their trousers."

    Great. Gangsta pants, hippy-dippy poetry. The worst of both worlds.

    Dr Elizabeth Rowe, a Viking expert and lecturer in Scandinavian mediaeval history at the university, said it was important that children should not picture the Norse warriors as an aggressive race, preoccupied with raping and looting.

    "Many British children are quite likely to have Viking ancestry and we want to make them think about the reality of their past," she said.

    Great. Just what Nanny state kids need: to be reassured that their Viking ancestors, who they once could think of as fierce warriors, were actually just as wimpy as pampered British schoolkids.

    "It's damaging to think that they were simply a violent society, and easy to undermine them as a people who have no redeeming qualities."

    No redeeming qualities?!?! Vikings had magnificent longboats tough enough to brave the fiercest storms, but deft enough to sail on the morning dew. They had magnificent swords, shields, and jewelry. And they were the first Europeans to reach North America. But in order to have "redeeming qualities" they'd have to be mincing, flower-picking shepherd-poets? Guess what, Dr. Rowe -- Not everybody wants to descend from Alan Alda or Leonard Nemoy.

    Report your findings of settlements and such, but don't do a Viking Extreme Makeover. Some of us are proud of our hairy, dirty, seafaring ancestors and don't need the image of them acting like San Francisco beatnicks, okay? Least of all over-coddled British schoolkids who need to be toughened up a bit. Let them have at least the illusion of warrior blood in their veins.

    What Palin should have said about abortion clinic bombers

    Abortion clinic bombers not terrorists, Palin says

    When asked Thursday night by NBC television presenter Brian Williams whether an abortion clinic bomber was a terrorist, Palin heaved a sigh and, at first, circumvented the question.

    "There's no question that Bill Ayers by his own admittance was one who sought to destroy our US Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist," Palin said, referring to a 1960s leftist who founded a radical violent gang dubbed the "Weathermen" -- and who years later supported Obama's first run for public office in the state of Illinois.

    "Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that it would be unacceptable to... I don't know if you're gonna use the word 'terrorist' there," the ardently pro-life running mate of John McCain said.

    That was lame and pathetic, Governor Palin. Here's what you should have said:

    Yes. Absolutely. And thank God that proper actions by law enforcement, and uniform condemnation by legitimate prolife people and organizations, have put a stop to that sort of appalling behavior in this country.

    Short and sweet.

    1922: Midwife implicated in fatal abortion

    On October 25, 1922, 24-year-old Lillian Hulbert died at Chicago's St. Anne's Hospital from complications of a criminal abortion performed on her there that day. The coroner identified a Mrs. M.C. Anderson as responsible for Lillian's death. Anderson's profession is given as nurse or midwife.

    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Your Art Style Test

    Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

    Extroverted, Progressive, and Intelligent

    Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It revolutionized European art and inspired changes in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as Analytic Cubism. It was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1908 and 1911 mainly in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, (using synthetic materials in the art) the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919.

    People that chose Cubist paintings as their favorite art form tend to be very individualized people. They are more extroverted and less afraid of speaking their opinions then other people. They tend to be progressive and are very forward thinking. As the cubist painting is like looking into a shattered mirror where you can see different angles of the images, the people that prefer these paintings like looking at all angles of a problem. These people are intelligent and they are the transformers of our generation. They look beyond what is seen into what things could become. They are ready to leave the ideas of the past behind and look at what the future has to offer.

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    Fark photoshop contest

    Theme: Photoshop an action hero who wandered into a chick flick. My personal favorite:

    1979: National Abortion Federation care provides lingering death for two teens

    On October 24, 1979, 15-year-old Deloris Smith died in a nursing home near Atlanta. She had been transferred there from Grady Memorial Hospital, where she had been in a coma since June 2.

    That was when National Abortion Federation member Atlanta Women's Pavilion had risen to new levels of incompetence when staff there managed to fatally injure two teenage abortion patients in less than an hour.

    It all began when 19-year-old Angela Scott stopped breathing in the recovery room. A nurse-anesthetist was administering anesthesia to Deloris, then 14, while Dr. Jacob Adams was performing her safe, legal abortion. The nurse-anesthetist ran to assist in efforts to revive Angela, leaving Delores unattended with her anesthesia drip still running.

    After staff had resuscitated Angela and loaded her into an ambulance, they returned their attention to Deloris, who had gone into cardio-respiratory arrest. Adams had accompanied Angela to Grady Memorial Hospital, and AWP staff refused to release Deloris to an ambulance until the physician had returned to discharge her. This resulted in a 30-minute delay, during which the ambulance crew was unable to attend to Deloris, much less transport her.

    Angela lingered for a week in a coma before dying on June 11. Delores never regained consciousness and eventually was admitted to a nursing home, where she died of adult respiratory distress syndrome on October 24. Her mother filed suit against Atlanta Women's Pavilion, noting among other things that the pregnancy test they'd performed for Deloris prior to the abortion had come up negative.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2008


    Australia paying "baby bonus" of $5,000 -- for aborted late-term babies!

    In the wake of some pretty apparent fraud in California, American Life League is calling on concerned citizens to ask their Attorneys General to see if Planned Parenthood is pulling similar shenanigans in their states.

    The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is noting that the standard of care for patients with suicidal ideation is turned on its head for certain patients by proponents of an assisted-suicide bill.

    The Silent Solidarity for Life campaign is reporting 32 women and girls who rejected abortions as a result of the protest. Granted, that's just under 1% of a day's worth of abortions, but for every one of these mothers and their babies, it's 100%.

    William Ayers only regrets that he didn't do more -- presumably of what he and his Weather Underground friends had in mind:

    And it wasn't just smoking dope and listening to Bob Dylan. It was emulating Pol Pot.

    1913: Fatal abortion, midwife signs confession

    Emily Nohavec of St. Louis, age 19, was unmarried and had been living with her sister in St. Louis. She worked as a clerk in her sister‘s vegetable store. On October 18, 1913, she first reported feeling ill. On Monday, October 20, a Dr. Reber was summoned to see her. He diagnosed her with septic peritonitis. The next day, her condition was critical and she was admitted to Rebekah Hospital. There, Dr. Garcia was called in for consultation. Drs. Reber and Garcia agreed that an immediate exploratory surgery was needed to try to save Emily‘s life.

    The doctors found Emily‘s abdominal cavity inflamed. A cyst about the size of a pear surrounded her left ovary, her right ovary was surrounded by pus, and there was pus in her fallopian tubes. The doctors removed these purulent organs and inserted drainage tubes.

    Dr. Reber also curetted Emily‘s uterus and packed it with iodoform gauze. Emily‘s uterus noted an ulceration about the size of a hazelnut inside the cervix. The edges of this ulceration were ragged and torn, and Reber concluded that this was caused by instrumentation. Reber also believed that swelling near where the fallopian tube entered the uterus was caused by instrumentation. Reber believed that an abortion had been performed a week to ten days before he was first called to examine Emily.

    Dr. Garcia, on the other hand, agreed that Emily had recently been pregnant, and that the pregnancy had ended at about two months, but noted "there were no direct punctures or cuts, scratches, or anything of that kind in the uterus, or in the abdomen." He agreed with Dr. Reber that the sepsis was caused by an abortion, but he disagreed about the abortion having been induced. Dr. Garcia concluded that Emily might merely have miscarried.

    Despite the efforts of both doctors, Emily died the following day, October 23.

    That same day, Dr. Hockdoerfer performed an autopsy. He made the same findings as Drs. Garcia and Reber, except that he also found a section of placental implantation about the size of a quarter. He agreed that retained placental tissue had caused the sepsis, but did not find any signs of damage from instruments. Emily had been in good health prior to her final, fatal illness.

    While Emily was hospitalized, police officer William H. Coates arrested a 59-year-old midwife named Emma Bickel, and brought her to Emily‘s bedside. Bickel had been a midwife for 28 years, and reportedly had a reputation for "uprightness" and honesty. Coates testified that he asked Bickel if she knew the girl, and Bickel said yes, she did know her. Coates testified that he then said, ";You performed an abortion on her, didn‘t you?" To which, he testified, Bickel replied, "Yes."; Coates took Bickel to the police station where she made a statement. Coates wrote out the statement as follows:

    Department of Police, City of St. Louis.
    7:16 P. M., Oct. 22, 1913.
    To whom it may concern I herein state that on or about October 13th, 1913, Emily Nohavec came to my house in the evening and said she was in trouble and wanted me to help her out. I told her it was dangerous for to do a thing like that, and she said, ‘You need not be afraid,‘ that ‘I won't tell on you.‘ I then inserted a catheter into the private parts and opened her womb. She then paid me about five or seven dollars; I don‘t remember which. She came back in two days, and I again put the catheter into the womb. She left, and I never saw her until I saw her this evening at the hospital.
    The above statement was made of my own free will, and not by any threats or promises or violence to me.
    [Signed] Emma Bickel.
    Witnesses: Off. W. H. Coates; Off. David J. O‘Connor.

    When called upon to testify in court, however, Bickel denied having performed an abortion on Emily. She said that she never knew Emily until the girl came to her house, saying that she was "in trouble." Bickel said that she asked Emily, "How far along?" To which Emily replied that her period was two weeks late. Bickel said that Emily told her that she was married, and that she had taken some medicine to cause an abortion, and had also taken a box of pills. Bickel said that she told Emily, "Well, if you are only two weeks gone they ought to bring you by your next monthlies." Bickel said that she then sent Emily away.

    Bickel said that about two weeks later Emily, who had still not given her name, returned, saying that she was ill, and willing to pay $7 for an examination. Bickel said that she used a speculum to examine Emily, and found her cervix open and exuding a foul discharge. Bickel testified that she told Emily to consult a doctor. She said that this took place about two weeks prior to Emily‘s death, and that she‘d not seen the girl between the examination and being brought to the hospital by Officer Coates.

    Bickel testified that she had confirmed that she knew Emily, and that the girl had come to her house, but that Coates did not ask her at the hospital if she had performed an abortion. She said that she was taken to the police station, that Coates had written out the statement and told her to sign it, so she‘d complied.

    Bickel said that she‘d never told Coates that she‘d inserted a catheter, that she‘d tried to discourage abortion, telling Emily "that it was a dangerous thing to do a thing like that." She said that she‘d only signed the statement because she was excited and confused and was merely doing what she was told.

    Despite her protestations of innocence, Bickel was convicted. She was sentenced to three years in prison. She unsuccessfully appealed her conviction.

    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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