Weekend reading, 4/15/16

Every Friday, I’ll offer you links to three posts of the week from other blogs and news sources to take you into the weekend. My favorite writers, a fresh take on a familiar topic, or just plain interesting stuff: look for the cream of the week’s crop right here (after you read Leaven’s posts, of course). 


Anika Smith on David Daleiden: “Courage is a good word when the abortion industry funds the campaign of the attorney general of your state.” (stream.org)

“Last year I met David Daleiden, the investigator behind the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of human body parts from aborted babies. He had just received an award from The Federalist for his courageous journalism and told his eager audience that this was only the beginning: Season 2 of CMP’s ‘Human Capital‘ web series would be on its way in 2016.

“What Daleiden was doing was brave, and we all knew it. He was already the subject of harassment and lawsuits. And he also understood the risks and took them with clear eyes.” Read the rest of the post…

Reggie Littlejohn on the Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Act: “Can we credibly say that we stand for women’s rights without standing against the sex-selective abortion of future women?” (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)

According to a U.N. expert, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today due to gendercide, sex-selective abortion.   This number is greater than all the casualties of all the wars of the twentieth century combined.  This is the true “war on women.”

Sex-selective abortion is the ultimate violence against females.  Aborting a baby just because she is a girl is the ultimate act of gender discrimination.  It says that females are so worthless we don’t deserve to be born, to draw breath on this earth.  Can we credibly say that we stand for women’s rights without standing against the sex-selective abortion of future women?

Sex-selective abortion is strongly related to forced abortion.  Some say sex-selective abortion is protected by a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy for any reason.  This view ignores the crushing social, economic, political and personal pressures that trample women carrying girls in cultures with a strong son preference.  All too often, women in these cultures do not choose to abort their daughters.  They are forced. Read the rest of the post…

Massachusetts Citizens for Life: Dr. Mark Rollo speaks on abortion pill reversal (masscitizensforlife.org)

One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations at our 2016 convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible that the mother can bear the baby to term with no ill effects. Read the rest of the post…


New CMP video questions “consent” for fetal tissue donation


Recordings and other materials belonging to David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress were seized this week by agents for the California Department of Justice. Shortly before the seizure, CMP released this video regarding a Planned Parenthood consent form to be signed by women obtaining abortions. The form claims that donated “fetal tissue” “has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and AIDS.” On the video, even a PP-supporting doctor couldn’t swallow that.

See more investigative footage on the CMP web site.

The Attorney General in charge of California’s DOJ is Kamala Harris, whose political campaigns have benefited from contributions from PP and other abortion advocacy agencies to the tune of $81,000, according to LifeNews.com. Harris is running for a U.S. Senate seat this year.


Another video seeks to “change the abortion debate”

Before David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, there was Lila Rose with Live Action. Live Action began undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2007, later releasing video and audio recordings documenting (among other things) some employees facilitating sexual trafficking.

Live Action has just released a new video, featuring a physician who used to perform abortions now explaining what’s involved in a second-trimester abortion. Need I warn you? – the content is disturbing.

In a Facebook post accompanying the release of the video, Live Action says “This video may just change the abortion debate.”

One can only hope. What I expect is that those already committed to the dignity of human life at all stages of development will remain so committed, and that those who defend abortion will continue to use words like “edited videos,” “tragic fetal anomalies,” perhaps even “sensationalism,” with a figurative swipe or two at the doctor.

The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a founder of NARAL, became pro-life around the time that I first got involved in the movement. He made a groundbreaking video called The Silent Scream, which may viewed today via YouTube. It showed ultrasound images of a preborn child during an abortion procedure. I was naive enough to think that those images would settle the issue once and for all.

As you and I know, they didn’t. Clump of cells. Not a person. My choice. One recent comment for The Silent Scream on its YouTube page: If they feel pain then drug the little bugger before you scoop him out.

Nathanson, Rose and Daleiden did public service with their work – and I hope Rose and Daleiden keep it up. I’ll share their work where I can. The truth matters.

Yet no matter how intensive the investigation, no matter how many physicians turn away from abortion and tell the truth about what they did, there will always be what Dr. Nathanson called “the averted gaze” – averted from distasteful images, from a sordid industry, from the fact that without the right to life no other right can make sense.

I’m glad Live Action is doing its job. As for changing the debate, I recall seeing The Silent Scream more than thirty years ago. Did it change the debate? Perhaps. End it? No.

PP watchdogs, heads up: Daleiden, Merritt of CMP facing indictment

[Update: in July 2016, the Houston District Attorney dropped all charges agianst Daleiden & Merritt, after a June decision by a judge to dismiss one of the charges.]

A Texas grand jury has indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for alleged offenses related to the Center for Medical Progress videos about Planned Parenthood’s body-parts business. The same grand jury found nothing for which to indict the local PP affiliate. It was beyond the grand jury’s scope to look at any other affiliate.

CMP’s statement on the indictment:

“The Center for Medical Progress uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws. We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well. Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see.”

This is not the last word, but the indictment may well have a chilling effect on anyone doing the essential work of showing life on the inside of the nation’s principal abortion provider.

Here’s reaction from some interested observers. Abby Johnson, for one, sees something good coming from this. “I’m personally excited about the discovery that will take place against Planned Parenthood. And yes, if laws were broken by David or anyone else, then that will also come out. But we may finally get the truth out about Planned Parenthood. And that’s what we need to be praying for.”

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