Texas Pro-life Bill Seeks More Accountability from Abortion Providers

baby-wombTighter regulations on abortion providers and ending abortion at 20 weeks are some of the highlights of Senate Bill 5 (SB5) in the Texas legislature. Last week, pro-abortion Senator Wendy Davis filibustered SB5 for 13 hours, which contributed to the bill not being passed before the midnight deadline. Because there are stringent restrictions on filibustering, such as not using the restroom during the filibuster, Senator Davis resorted to using a catheter she had inserted prior to her floor speech. This action shows the desperation that exists among pro-abortion advocates to protect their right to kill innocent babies in the womb. As a result, Governor Rick Perry has reconvened the legislature for a special session to take up SB 5 again.

Here are the Facts: Senate Bill 5 will raise standards of care for women who are pregnant and protect the lives of the preborn who feel pain, by banning abortions at 20 weeks. SB 5 also requires the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital within 30 miles and requires a doctor to personally administer abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.

While SB 5  is not perfect legislation because it still allows for abortions up to 20 weeks and has an exception for rape and incest, it still represents the most restrictive piece of legislation offered by any state.

If you would like to have your voice heard on SB 5, please join us for an on-line tweetfest on Tuesday at 12PM EST. #Stand4Life https://www.facebook.com/events/608040389220122/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

An Emerging Threat to Religious Liberty

WACatholicHospitalsA trend is developing across the country of secular hospitals merging with Catholic hospitals, as the New York Times recently reported. The latest state to see a wave of completed and proposed mergers is Washington, one of the most pro-abortion states in America. Abortion activists there are up in arms because of what they see as a threat to abortion access, especially in rural areas of the state. If the abortion lobby gets its way, we could see a new threat to religious liberty in the form of litigation or legislation forcing Catholic hospitals to perform abortions and other life-destroying practices.

Catholic hospitals, which operate under the direction of their local bishops and serve one out of every six patients in America, must adhere to Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services put forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This prohibits any practice that violates Catholic teaching, including abortion, sterilization, contraceptives, and assisted suicide.

In today’s healthcare industry, most hospitals are faced with utilitarian decisions about whose life is more valuable, a development accelerated due to the impending implementation of Obamacare. We’re moving into a culture of death where healthcare for the elderly will be rationed to save costs and the abortion and infanticide of disabled babies will be promoted as the humane way to reduce healthcare costs. The quality of life ethic is being pushed by the medical community wherein the value of human life lies in its functionality. But in a Catholic hospital, all life is valuable.

Catholic hospitals are unique because they unite traditional healthcare services with the church’s mission to serve the poor and promote the sanctity of all human life. Because of their commitment to serving every human being, they are able to go into poor and rural areas where secular and public hospitals do not operate. This is evident from the very fact that such hospitals are merging with their Catholic partners in these regions.

But for Catholic hospitals to continue to operate in such a way, they must be allowed to freely practice their faith. To force Catholic hospitals to provide abortions would be like forcing mosques to serve pork, or Quakers to enlist in the military.

The first amendment guarantees the right of every American to the “free exercise” of his or her religion, but we have seen that ignored before by the Obama administration. And Congress has upheld that right in the Hyde–Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment, which protects physicians, nurses, hospitals and health insurance companies from being forced to commit, fund, cover or refer for abortions by the federal or any state government.

However, that amendment has to be approved every year and it will only take one pro-abortion Congressional majority to end it. We must be proactive in educating our friends, our neighbors and our fellow parishioners on the basic fact that abortion and assisted suicide are not healthcare. In fact, they are the antithesis of healthcare.

The Catholic Church is not going to back down on its commitment to the dignity and sanctity of all human life. The hospitals will be shut down, or risk losing the financial benefit of affiliation with the Church, before that happens. Then, in those rural areas that are served exclusively by Catholic hospitals, there will be no healthcare at all. There will be nothing for those patients who need immediate, true emergency care. All because of the obstinacy of abortion advocates who value the destruction of life over the saving of it.

Dr. Calhoun Lectures at Dartmouth on High Risk Pregnancies

2013-02-28_12-06-16_10Today, Dr. Byron Calhoun lectured at Dartmouth College on high risk pregnancies; his lecture can be viewed here. Over 50 students attended the lecture and based on the survey’s we distributed, many of said they had changed their opinion about terminating high risk pregnancies and have decided to advise their patients to continue their pregnancies with careful supervision. Our medical lecture tours are proving once again that hearts and minds can be changed in the medical schools across our country.

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

He has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He is also the National Medical Advisor for NIFLA, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.

Medical Students for Life to Hold First Northeast

Regional Conference

On Saturday April 27th, 2013, Medical Students for Life of America will be hosting a Northeast Regional Conference at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Byron Calhoun; he will address prenatal diagnosis and perinatal hospice. Dr. Calhoun will be joined by physicians such as Dr. Nicole N. Varasteh, OB/GYN and others from the Northeast discussing topics such as right of conscience, counseling patients considering abortion and more. We will also be joined by special guest Anne Burge, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley to discuss medical connections with Pregnancy Resource Centers.

When: Saturday April 27th, 2013
Time: 8am-1pm
Where: Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
Chilcott Auditorium, Vail Building
1 Medical Center Dr
Lebanon, NH 03756

The conference is free and open to any medical students, faculty or professionals throughout the Northeast. However, you must register by emailing us at jrussell@studentsforlife.org. Lunch will be provided free and donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the conference.

Dr. Marguerite Duane Lectures on our Live Webcast Today!

Dr. Duane

Dr. Duane

Dr. Duane will be speaking live at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Campus. Click here to watch live at 1:30pm EST or 12:30pm CST. 

As part of our Medical Students for Life 2013  Spring Tour, Dr. Duane is speaking on Modern Fertility Awareness as an alternative to prescribing birth control pills.

Our belief in the sanctity of life extends into family planning. Delivering medically accurate information on reproductive health plays a huge role in caring for both the mother and preborn baby as a patient. Women who consistently use birth control pills for a 10-15 year time period seriously increase their chances of developing cancer and problem pregnancies. Dr. Duane is providing information on natural methods to  increase or decrease the likelihood of pregnancy without using chemicals to do so.

Dr. Duane is speaking at the following schools this week.

April 11th University of Illinois College of Medicine- Dr. Duane (LIVE WEBCAST)
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 12:30pm CST
  • 1853 West Polk Street, Room 130 Chicago, IL 60612
 April 11th The Medical College of Wisconsin- Dr. Duane
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 5pm
  • 9200 W Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI
April 12th Northwestern Feinburg School of Medicine – Dr. Duane
  • Topic: Modern Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
  • 12pm
  • 420 East Superior Street Chicago, IL 60611

You can watch video recordings of Dr. Duane’s lecture and many more from our tour. Click here.

About Dr. Marguerite Duane

Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, is co-founder and Executive Team Leader of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems.   Dr. Duane formerly served as the medical director of the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and the Family Medicine Clerkship Director at Georgetown University.  She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Duane received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She is also trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator.  Dr. Duane has been recognized for her leadership efforts by the American Board of Family Medicine which named her as a 1998 Pisacano Scholar, and by the American Academy of Family Physicians which awarded her the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award in 2002. Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife.

Dr. Reginald Finger Joins Spring MedSFLA Tour to Discuss Embryo Adoption

Dr. Reginald Finger of Colorado Springs will be joining Medical Students for Life on our 2013 Spring Tour. He will be speaking on the topic of Embryo Adoption. Embryo Adoption is the process of receiving donated remaining frozen embryos from a family who had them created via in vitro fertilization for their own family building. While the popularity of in vitro fertilization continues to grow, the IVF industry is largely unregulated, controversial and many ethical questions abound. Such as: What should be done with the unused human embryos? Should couples be allowed to destroy their extra human embryos? Embryo adoption may be one alternative in saving countless lives from being discarded or destroyed in research.


Dr. Finger will be speaking at the following schools on our tour:
March 26th Kansas University Medical College
Topic: Embryo Adoption
3901 Rainbow Blvd Kansas City, KS 66103
March 26th 5pm- Benedictine College School of Nursing
Topic: Embryo Adoption
1020 North 2nd Street Atchison, KS 66002


April 4th- University of Texas Southwestern
Topic: Embryo Adoption from a Pro-Life Perspective
McDermott Building, Room D1.602 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75390-9003
April 5th- University of North Texas Medical School
Topic: Embryo Adoption from a Pro-Life Perspective
MET 125 (Medical Education and Training Building) is 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle.  For much of his career, Dr. Finger has worked in disease prevention and health promotion in state and local health departments.  Since August 2006 Dr. Finger has lectured and researched for the National Embryo Donation Center, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the nation’s only national, non-profit, clinic-based embryo adoption agency – founded with the assistance of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA).  Dr. Finger has been a CMDA member since 2004.  He has found embryo adoption to be an excellent issue to illustrate pro-life bioethical principles, and in addition to discussing the issue in medical settings, has used this opportunity to travel to and minister on Christian college campuses as well.

Please invite any medical students or medical professionals to join us for this informative lecture.

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.

Read More About these Monsters of Medicine


Dr. Toffler Speaks on Conscience Rights and Medical Ethics at Dartmouth

During our Fall 2012 Medical Students for Life tour, we were privileged to facilitate a lecture at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797. Dr. William Toffler of Oregon Health Sciences University spoke on the issue of pro-life medical ethics and conscience rights. Well over 50 medical students attended the lecture. Here is the lecture in it’s entirety:

They Said No

Written by: Alliance Defending Freedom

Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day’s shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can’t see coming.

It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje’s turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors’ questions – when another nurse hurried up beside her.

“Oh, something just happened, you won’t believe it,” the woman said, visibly excited. “I have it in my hand.” She held up a clenched fist, palm up. “I have it in my hand,” she said again.

“What do you have in your hand?” Beryl asked, bemused at the woman’s demeanor.

“Do you want to see?”

“Yes,” Beryl said – and instantly regretted it.

The other nurse opened her hand to reveal the tiny, tiny form of a baby, just aborted.

Read More Here 

Abortion Referrals as Compassionate Care?

By: Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life

I was recently contacted by an OBGYN wanting to get involved with Medical Students for Life as a mentor or speaker. The doctor was very delightful and you could tell by her voice she had a passion for life, but there was something not settling right with me.

You see, in the initial discussion we had over email, she shared her passion for the pro-life cause and wanted to share her pro-life views with others. She further explained that on occasion she referred some of her patients to a “safe” abortion clinic!?!…….Yes that alarm bell going off in your head was exactly what I heard.

During our phone conversation, I asked about her claim of being pro-life and yet referring her patients for abortion. She asked what else she was supposed to do for her patients asking for abortion services. I gently challenged her by saying, she was not practicing as a pro-life physician nor was it consistent with her Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Though she thought she was being compassionate, she was the primary care provider to both the mother and the growing fetus inside her. If she sends her patients to the abortion clinic, one or maybe both are not coming back to her clinic for a follow-up visit because one or both of them would be dead from the abortion. Referring patients for abortion is lethal and uncompassionate to both patients.

I also compared abortion referrals to the blacksmith who was asked to fix slave chains for a slave owner in the early 1800’s. The blacksmith was against slavery and had to say no to the slave owner and refused to refer the slave owner to another blacksmith.

Refusing to refer for abortion is the compassionate thing to do for your patient. The physician’s role is to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort. Not to assist in taking a life.

I believe this doctor was divinely inspired to contact Medical Students for Life and to be challenged on her practice. I believe fully that our conversation was a new starting point for her. Please pray for doctors across the country to live out their convictions fully without compromise.