Abortion Doctor Gosnell Trial Verdict: We Have Only Just Begun

Statement from Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins on Kermit Gosnell found guilty of 1st degree murder for 3 of 4 babies and guilty of a majority of 250+ total charges.

“There are no victories here and this is far from over. The women and children Kermit Gosnell killed are still dead. The families he destroyed with his lies are still suffering. Abortion is still legal in America and is being perpetrated in the same corrupt and dirty ways Gosnell did it for 40 years. Our generation has only just begun our quest to obtain justice for the 55+ million baby girls and baby boys who have killed by legal abortion and to save untold millions more from the same fate.

“Gosnell’s filthy practices are simply business as usual for the abortion industry and its Goliath, Planned Parenthood. We know there are other Gosnells out there. It’s time to expose these front alley butchers.”

Previous posts on Gosnell:

 What I Saw at the Gosnell Trial

Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ is Business as Usual for Planned Parenthood

All American Horror Story: Top 10 Gosnell Trial Revelations

The Planned Parenthood Project

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Infamous Abortionist Connected to Death of Young Mother and Her Pre-Born Baby

Early Thursday morning, the woman began suffering chest pain and other discomforts. Her attempts to reach Dr. Carhart were unsuccessful. The woman was taken by her family from her hotel to a nearby hospital emergency room at approximately 5:00 a.m. Efforts by hospital staff to contact Carhart or get informational assistance from the abortion clinic were unsuccessful.

The patient suffered massive internal bleeding into her abdominal cavity. She slipped into a Code Blue condition approximately six times before finally succumbing to her injuries at around 9:30 a.m. The case has been placed with the Medical Examiner for further investigation.

The woman who died and was a victim of a botched 33-week abortion has been identified as 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, of New Rochelle, New York.

A report from pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says two sources confirmed the identity of the victim. Morbilli died Thursday as the result of fatal complications suffered during an abortion at 33 weeks at the hand of late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart. The abortion took place at the Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland.

“Carhart’s alleged victims were 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli and her 33-week-old preborn daughter, Madison Leigh,” Stanek reports. “I have confirmed the identities of the victims through two sources. After a name ID was received from an impeccable informant, sidewalk counselors at the abortion clinic positively identified Jennifer’s obituary photo. Jennifer’s obituary also states she “passed away suddenly.”

“Jennifer was married and a kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary School in White Plains, New York. Jennifer was carrying a wanted baby. At present her registry is still online,” Stanek added. “Approximately two weeks ago Jennifer learned her daughter suffered from fetal anomalies. Jennifer, her husband, her parents, and her sister traveled to Carhart’s late-term Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland.”

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Sources: Life News, Operation Rescue & AP

And Then There Were Four….

In 2002, President George Bush signed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” to put an end to the barbaric practice of late term abortion. While this was the first real foothold achieved by pro-life advocates since abortion became legal, the practice still continues with four doctors who work their way around the law by killing the baby before it is technically born. Recent documentaries and news stories have tried to portray these so-called “doctors” as heroes of the abortion rights movement, but the fact still remains this procedure is infanticide and runs counter to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. The BBC recently ran an story trying to humanize these so-called “doctors” by painting them as courageous warriors of compassionate care. Anyone with a conscience knows this is the furthest thing from the truth.

Doctors providing abortion services at any stage of pregnancy have been steadily declining over the last forty years as medical science and public outcry have exposed the abortion procedure as violently ending a human life. Still, abortion advocates are trying to circle the wagons to make their last stand before the entire abortion industry collapses. The following article is an example of the great depths abortion advocates are sinking to justify their medical malpractice.

After Tiller: America’s four late-term abortion doctors

BBC January 30th 2013

Just four doctors provide late-term abortions in the US. They are the subject of a new documentary that chronicles their work.

Only one movie at last week’s Sundance Film Festival was so heavily guarded that the premiere required armed security and metal detectors.

But the stringent measures were not imposed to protect A-list celebrities, or the high-priced jewelry they sometimes wear to red-carpet events.

Instead, the ring of steel was there to ensure the safety of LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella.

They are the four doctors who feature in After Tiller, the documentary by filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

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If not us, who will do it? At the end of the day, it is about healthcare. We are providing a service to women”

LeRoy Carhart

George Tiller, one of the most prominent abortion doctors in the US, was assassinated in 2009 while worshiping at his local Kansas church with his family.

In the wake of Tiller’s death, filmmaker Wilson found herself confounded by its irony – a man being killed in church by a religious zealot – and struck by the doctor’s dedication.

“Why on earth would someone risk so much for so little reward?” she asked.

“I wondered who was left to carry out third-trimester abortions, his specialism, now he was gone.”

Before his death, Tiller trained the four remaining doctors.

They are now scattered across the country – 71-year-old Carhart in Maryland, 74-year-old Hern in Colorado, and Robinson and Sella, both in their 60s, working out of the same clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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An Open Letter About the Future of Abortion in U.S. and Medical Students

Medical Students for Life of American sides with Life in all cases. Some physicians who consider themselves pro-life will perform an induced abortion to “save the life of the mother” as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. Most pro-life physicians understand these types of pregnancies often spontaneously abort themselves and will provide close medical supervision to their patients during the process. With that said, the following letter appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The doctor’s in the letter gives an expansive view of the abortion debate since 1973 and a word oencouragement to Pro-Life Medical Students. 

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No matter what your position on the rights or wrongs of abortion, the Roe vs. Wade decision, made 40 years ago today, was one of the most momentous in American history. It has had profound personal, social, political and demographic effects.

Since 1973, more than 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States. More than 30 percent of all women have had an abortion. That last fact alone explains why a dispassionate discussion of this topic is difficult. We all carry intensely personal baggage on this issue. Even from my male perspective, that is true.

During my 33-year medical career, I have done abortions. More accurately, I have ended pregnancies in very rare instances when they posed a risk to the life of a mother. However, my intention has always been to preserve the life of a mother, never to end the life of an unborn child. I will never forget the anguish of those choices.

Yet abortion didn’t trouble me in 1973. I went into medicine and OB/GYN partially because of my neighbor in Tucson, Ariz. He became the first Arizona physician willing to perform abortions when they became legal. As a premed college freshman, I wasn’t bothered by the logic of Roe. I was certainly in the demographic that is (still) most likely to support abortion — young men who would not mind having someone else make a little problem go away.

In 2013, some believe that the debate over abortion is over. You would think that the re-election of a president who unapologetically supports publicly funded abortion without restrictions ends the argument. Yet it rages on.

Why? Because the last 40 years have brought advances in medical care, as well as a surprising change of heart among the American people.

When I started medical school in 1976, babies born below 28 weeks were not resuscitated. They were not considered viable. Today, the lower limit of viability is 23 weeks. The incredible detail of ultrasound makes it difficult to ignore the obvious humanity of a life before birth. Intrauterine fetal treatment and surgery is an expanding option.

But when fetal status as a patient depends on the decisions of others, we have clear evidence of an unresolved moral tension.

Opinion polls have borne this out. Slate’s William Saletan recently noted that liberal attitudes have increased on a range of issues — with the exception of abortion. “When public opinion turns toward gay marriage without abandoning fidelity and family formation … [a]nd when public opinion turns toward reproductive freedom and equal rights for women but continues to oppose abortion, it punctures our dismissal of prolife sentiment as a vestige of right-wing sexism. Spin and soundbites won’t make the evidence go away. Sooner or later you have to face it.”

So how do we face abortion in 2013? Though economic issues are at the top of most everyone’s agenda, abortion is not far down the list, for supporters and opponents. At the federal level, we will have intense debate over abortion in health care reform, and any Supreme Court nomination will once again put abortion at center stage. On the state level, restrictions on abortion are proposed in many of the 27 states with prolife legislative majorities. The debate that Roe supposedly ended continues.

Is there any room for optimism? I believe there is.

As a clinical faculty member at the University of Minnesota, I have the privilege of reading essays submitted by students after their OB/GYN rotations. Many thoughtfully reflect on their clinical experiences with abortion. There are admissions of changed perspectives. Most encouraging to me is my volunteer role as faculty advisor to the self-organized Medical Students for Human Life group. They and their colleagues in the Medical Students for Choice group host respectful counterpoint panel discussions that are well-attended and beneficial.

The most recent discussion addressed the now-undeniable evidence that the choice of an abortion significantly increases the risk for preterm birth in a subsequent pregnancy. This effect is at least as strong as maternal smoking — which we tackle with intensive public-education programs. As the public-policy debate continues, it makes at least as much sense to enact informed-consent requirements and regulations for abortion as it does to put in place gun laws that might decrease the risk of horrific mass shootings.

Who knows what the status of abortion will be in 2033, when my granddaughters are young women? Knowing their grandmother and their mothers, I am sure that they will support the substantial prolife resources already available across this country.

As the 40th anniversary of Roe is celebrated and lamented, I am optimistic, because a growing majority of Americans believe that abortion is not the right answer.

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Steven Calvin is a Minneapolis physician.

Doctor investigated for alleged shoddy abortion

By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque doctor who performed a life-threatening late-term abortion could lose her license. It’s not because the procedure is illegal, but because of how and where it was done.

A local pro-life group brought a complaint forward and now the New Mexico Medical Board is considering action against the doctor. The board says it’s not getting into the controversy of this actual procedure but whether this clinic met the standard of care.

“The doctor’s concerned we have a uterine rupture during a late-term abortion procedure,” a 911 tape plays out on YouTube.

The 911 call was made from the Southwestern Women’s Options Clinic near Lomas and Broadway in May 2011.

The tape obtained by pro-life advocate, Tara Shaver, shows a 35-week abortion procedure that had dangerous complications.

“A patient has previous c-section,” revealed the caller to the 911 dispatcher.

Those complications sent the patient to the hospital with a ruptured uterus. No one will say if she survived.

“We’re just really tired of seeing abortion abuses in New Mexico. We want this to come to an end,” said Tara Shaver in an interview. “And we want those who are responsible to be held accountable.”

That could happen. The doctor performing the abortion, Dr. Shelley Sella, is being investigated by the state Medical Board for gross negligence.

In a Notice of Contemplated Action the board says “because of the patient’s medical history,” having a caesarean delivery, “[Sella] should have performed the procedure at a hospital instead of a clinic.”

The document goes on to say: “The uterine rupture was caused by the excessive use of uterine stimulants.”

The board met with Sella for the second day in a closed hearing.

Members are considering what if any sanctions should be leveled against the doctor. We weren’t able to reach Sella for comment.

The Medical Board has 90 days to decide on the case. Dr. Sella could lose her license to practice medicine in the state of New Mexico

Doctors in Ireland Being Politicized by Abortion Advocates

New revelations are coming from the UK that doctors are discharging sick and disabled newborn babies, from National Health Service hospitals in England only to die slowly at home or in hospices in an unfathomable manner. The innocent children are being put on controversial “death pathways,” once only thought to have involved elderly and terminally ill adult patients.

According to the UK Daily Mail, one doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.  The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

“The parents want ‘nothing done’ because they feel that these anomalies are not consistent with a basic human experience. I know that once decisions are made, life support will be withdrawn.

Assuming this baby survives, we will be unable to give feed, and the parents will not want us to use artificial means to do so. Regrettably, my predictions are correct. I realize as I go to meet the parents that this will be the tenth child for whom I have cared after a decision has been made to forgo medically provided feeding. ‘Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days” – Anonymous UK Doctor
The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions.

Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the National Health Service money.

 

In America, we are blessed to have perinatal hospices for babies with a lethal diagnosis such as Trisomy 18. For example, at Alexandra’s House in Kansas City, MO parents are given comfort and resources to spend precious last moments with their babies. These perinatal hospices serve as an option for parents to help them heal during the grieving process. The parents are involved in the process and are given all of their options without coercion. Even if the parents are unwilling to be involved in the perinatal hospice process these centers of care will provide the resources necessary to give the baby the palliative care, dignity and respect the child deserves in the dying process.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240075/Now-sick-babies-death-pathway-Doctors-haunting-testimony-reveals-children-end-life-plan.html#ixzz2DiUdxwgi

Knowing Your Alternatives Webcast Replay

Did you miss our national webcast Knowing Your Alternatives to Prescribing Contraceptives with Dr. Marguerite Duane?

Fertility is a normal, healthy physiologic state.  Women’s hormonal cycles determine the fertile window when a couple will most likely conceive.  An understanding of the cycle and recognition of the external signs that determine each phase has led to the development of more environmentally friendly and highly effective forms of family planning.  Despite these advances, there is limited information about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) being taught in medical school and residency and the majority of health professionals are trained to approach fertility as a disease state.

Dr. Marguerite Duane discussed all the options available to physicians when counseling patients on family planning options on our national webcast last week.  Her discussion was very interactive with numerous medical professionals and medical students participating. If you missed it you can replay the webcast here.

Death Track for Babies in UK

New revelations are coming from the UK that doctors are discharging sick and disabled newborn babies, from National Health Service hospitals in England only to die slowly at home or in hospices in an unfathomable manner. The innocent children are being put on controversial “death pathways,” once only thought to have involved elderly and terminally ill adult patients.

According to the UK Daily Mail, one doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.  The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

 “The parents want ‘nothing done’ because they feel that these anomalies are not consistent with a basic human experience. I know that once decisions are made, life support will be withdrawn. Assuming this baby survives, we will be unable to give feed, and the parents will not want us to use artificial means to do so. Regrettably, my predictions are correct. I realize as I go to meet the parents that this will be the tenth child for whom I have cared after a decision has been made to forgo medically provided feeding. ‘Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days” – Anonymous UK Doctor

The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions.

Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the National Health Service money.

In America, we are blessed to have perinatal hospices for babies with a lethal diagnosis such as Trisomy 18. For example, at Alexandra’s House in Kansas City, MO parents are given comfort and resources to spend precious last moments with their babies. These perinatal hospices serve as an option for parents to help them heal during the grieving process. The parents are involved in the process and are given all of their options without coercion. Even if the parents are unwilling to be involved in the perinatal hospice process these centers of care will provide the resources necessary to give the baby the palliative care, dignity and respect the child deserves in the dying process.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240075/Now-sick-babies-death-pathway-Doctors-haunting-testimony-reveals-children-end-life-plan.html#ixzz2DiUdxwgi

O’Malley lauds defeat of doctor-assisted suicide bill

By Lisa Wangsness  GLOBE STAFF     NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, said Monday that the results of the Nov. 6 election do not reflect increased support for abortion rights in the United States, even though some of the candidates most staunchly opposed to abortion lost.

O’Malley, who will take over as chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee this week, said a few prominent abortion opponents may have caused a backlash in their own races by talking about the issue in a way that alienated voters, but the economy and immigration were the main issues driving the outcome.

He added that long-term polling data suggest that Americans are becoming less comfortable with unfettered access to abortion.

“I am very confident that the prolife position in the country is growing stronger, particularly among the younger demographic, and I think many people are out of touch with that,” O’Malley said in a phone interview from Baltimore, where he was attending the fall gathering of the US bishops.

In remarks to the assembly earlier in the day, O’Malley thanked his fellow bishops and Catholic organizations for their help in defeating physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts, which he called a “terrible assault on human life.”

The Catholic church teaches that all life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and that suicide is always objectively wrong, though whether a person bears responsibility for committing suicide depends on his or her psychological and physiological state.

In his remarks, O’Malley pointed to the Netherlands, where doctor-assisted suicide is legal and where a group is now creating mobile teams that will offer euthanasia to patients at home, making lethal drugs more widely available to patients. The United States, O’Malley said, is a long way from that scenario, but only because voters in all but two states have held the line.

“What has put the brakes on the growth of physician-assisted suicide in the US is that more than 20 states have rejected proposed legislation and ballot initiatives,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Boston led the fight against Question 2, the ballot measure that would have allowed people with less than six months to live to obtain lethal prescriptions. The church helped build a diverse coalition of doctors, hospice workers, and interfaith leaders and helped raise more than $4 million, much of it from Catholic organizations and wealthy donors across the country.

Polls indicated that the measure had overwhelming support as recently as the beginning of October, but on Election Day it failed by 2 percentage points.

O’Malley, in the interview after his talk, pointed to the organizational strategy that helped defeat Question 2.

“I think we need to engage with the larger community,” he said, discussing his plans for directing the US bishops’ agenda on the topic. “That’s what we did in Massachusetts on the question of physician-assisted suicide.”

For example, he said, “I think there are probably a lot of prochoice people out there who are not happy with the fact that we allow gender-selection abortions to take place in our country.”

The defeat of Question 2 was one of the few bright lights for Catholic leaders on an election day that saw victories for gay marriage and abortion rights.

With the help of a majority of Catholics, voters also reelected President Obama. The bishops are nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates, but they have vehemently opposed on religious freedom grounds a new federal health care provision requiring employers offering insurance to provide free access to birth control.

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Battle Over Mentally Disabled Woman’s Pregnancy

KOLO TV Reporter: Kendra Kostelecky

RENO, NV – A hearing taking place in a Washoe County courtroom is getting national attention. The legal guardians of a mentally disabled pregnant woman are claiming the court wants to force her to have an abortion against her will. As you can imagine this case has tempers flaring, not just as an issue of choice, but civil rights.

Family Court Judge Egan Walker has asked KOLO 8 News Now not to identify the woman at the center of this case out of respect for her privacy. He also expressed concerned that she could become the target of predators in the future if her image was made public. That woman is 32-years-old, but has the mental capacity of a five to seven-year-old. In addition she has a number of physical disabilities related to fetal alcohol syndrome including epilepsy and bipolar disorder for which she takes medication.

One of the unanswered questions before the court is how she got pregnant. She currently lives in a group home and according to testimony she’s been known to disappear for hours or days, sometimes having sex with men at a local truck stop. It’s not known if her pregnancy is voluntarily or the result of rape. It’s also unclear, based on what we heard in court Thursday, whether she wants to keep her child. Her adopted parents, who are also her legal guardians are clearly in favor of that choice.

Representatives for the Washoe County Public Guardian’s office say they never requested an abortion. As a matter of procedure, they requested an investigation into her medical, psychiatric and psychological condition only after her doctor notified the County his patient was pregnant, and her guardians had failed to submit required annual reports. That investigation will also review the appropriateness of her placement in a group home.

Meanwhile, the court heard differing opinions from local doctors. Based on the medications, physical condition, and choices of the mother they were asked if it would be safe for her to carry to term. One expert testifying that there are significant risks for both mother and child. Another doctor argued that all pregnancies and terminations are inherently risky. He also recommended a Caesarean section based on the mother’s mental state.

There is some urgency in this case. The court racing to examine the best options before the mother passes her first trimester when risk factors will increase. She is now 11 weeks into the pregnancy. Still the question remains – if the mother chooses to keep her child regardless of the facts presented, can the court order her to terminate the pregnancy?

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