Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Life Links 5/7/13

The Hill has an article on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards which is largely complimentary.  The article does note the prevalence of abortion at Planned Parenthood but unfortunately doesn't ask Richards what her thoughts are on the troubles with the Delaware Planned Parenthood.               
Planned Parenthood is at the center of the abortion debate, as one of the most powerful abortion-rights lobbies and also as a leading abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood provides roughly 27 percent of the 1.2 million abortions performed each year in the U.S. — more than any other single provider.

An Orange County hospital has announced that it will no longer provide abortions.  Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian provided less than 100 abortions a year. 
Noting a correlation between low volume and low quality of care, Braithwaite said the board had decided to eliminate "direct" abortions because the hospital performs such a low volume of them — fewer than 100 per year.

Direct abortions are those procedures whose sole purpose is to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is considered medically viable.

America is the only place with shady abortionists.  An abortionist in China has been accused of taking a nude photo of a patient and blackmailing her with it. 
When Zhang got to the hospital, the doctor gave Cai her clothes back. However, the patient claims that the doctor took pictures of her while she was changing clothes and tried to use the photo as blackmail so that they would pay.

The hospital later returned the extra money the couple had been charged and issued an apology after police were called to investigate the situation.

In the Baltimore Sun, Marta Mossberg argues that the Gosnell case should make Maryland rethink their permissiveness of late-term abortion. 
Abortion supporters argue Dr. Gosnell, whose trial is garnering national media coverage, is a fringe outlier. In Maryland alone, there is much evidence to prove that assertion false. What about Steven Chase Brigham, for example? He was charged with murder for the deaths of viable babies at an abortion clinic he operated illegally in Elkton. Or what about the death of 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna-Morbelli in February after undergoing an abortion at 33 weeks at a Germantown clinic? In March, Maryland officials suspended abortions at three clinics, including one in Baltimore where a patient had a heart attack and later died. According to a report in this paper, "The physician who performed the abortion at Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC on North Calvert Street wasn't certified in CPR and a defibrillator at the facility did not work."


  1. Great work as always, JJ, but please never use the term "provide abortions." They are perpetrated or -- if you need a less loaded word -- performed. But to "provide" is to supply something that is needed. Which abortion is NOT. Evern.

  2. Hi Christina,
    It seems to me that "provide" is better word than "perform." My memory may be mistaken but I thought that various prolifers didn't like using perform because it medicalizes abortion.