Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Life Links 9/21/10

Operation Rescue reports that troubled physician Ghevont Wartanian has taken over performing abortions at Romeo Ferrer's abortion clinic in Maryland after Ferrer's license was suspended 4 years after the death of Denise Crowe. Apparently, Wartanian has at this time only agreed to perform abortions up to September 30.

Operation Rescue also mentions that Ferrer's Gynecare Center abortion clinic is affiliated with the National Abortion Federation. That makes this piece by NAF president Vicki Saporta at the RH Reality Check blog touting NAF clinics less than a week after Ferrer's suspension all the more ridiculous.

The Philadelphia Inquirer continues to report on abortionist Steven Brigham and his late-term abortion operation. Their latest article provides details about Brigham's phantom Grace Medical Care clinic which advertised online they would perform abortions up to 36 weeks. No address was listed and only cash would be accepted. No address was listed because it wasn't an actual clinic just the side operation where he would initiate abortions at the Voorhees clinic in New Jersey and then finish them or have another abortionist finish them in Maryland. The article also provides some of the reasons behind these late term abortions.
Records released Monday of three post-viability abortions show one involved a 33-week-old Down's syndrome fetus, for which Grace Medical charged $21,900. But another case involved 25-week-old twin fetuses that the parents wanted to abort because they felt "stress" and regret that they had conceived through fertility treatment with donated sperm. In a third case, no health problems were documented - until the 20-year-old Pittsburgh woman could not go to the bathroom because of the absorbent rods.

She wound up being rushed from her hotel, in labor, to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees where she delivered a dead fetus.

The New Jersey Senate failed to override Governor Christie's veto of family planning funds. Previous reports on the removal of family planning funding mentioned that Planned Parenthood could lose up to $2.4 million in funding.

At the Abortioneers' blog, one abortioneer mourns the loss and changes of feminist-based abortion clinics. She basically blames Planned Parenthood.
But there’s another reason things have changed for feminist clinics. Another reason they’re busy and finding it hard to do feminist things: competition. Okay. Come on. Admit it. Clinics have competitors. Yes. Yes. I know. I spoke the unspoken. (Gasp!) I mean, HELLO. Running a business doesn’t make you less altruistic. And, honestly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that small women-owned and operated, independent businesses, find it hard to stand tall against corporate-like competitors.

It’s super important that access to abortion is increased. We already know nearly all counties in the USA don’t have abortion providers. That is wrong and it sucks. But there’s another side to all of this. Clinics are closing down. Not because of obnoxious, annoying protesters and harassing laws. Not because the department of health is making things difficult (well, except in this instance!). You’re all clever. So I’ll just ask you this: were any of the clinics that closed down recently Planned Parenthoods? Not that I know of. (I could be wrong.) They were all little clinics.

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