Planned Parenthood Dr. Caught Breaking Ban on Partial Birth Abortions: “Laws are Up to Interpretation”

As we post this article, the U.S. Senate is deliberating over a repeal of Obamacare which will defund Planned Parenthood for one year.  NJ’s two U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez shamefully support using our tax dollars to fund this disgraceful organization and appeared with Planned Parenthood militants at a protest just yesterday in Washington, D.C. to advocate on their behalf.
Here in NJ, we have state legislators who continue to criticize Governor Christie for ensuring that no taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood. In fact, we now have 5 Republican Assembly members who have vowed to defy the Governor’s actions and force NJ taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood. View the article here

The entire NJ Legislature is up for election on November 7th.  Please take note of how your State Senator and two Assembly members vote on this issue.  We will post the vote tallies on this website.   Any lawmaker who supports this organization also supports Planned Parenthood’s illegal activity and should be voted out of office.

Planned Parenthood Doctor Caught Breaking Ban on Partial-Birth Abortions: “Laws are Up to Interpretation”

 NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   JUL 27, 2017   |   9:28AM    WASHINGTON, DC
 Lifenews.com

Never-before-released undercover video shows Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, graphically discussing Planned Parenthood’s late-term “dismemberment” and partial-birth abortion protocols in the context of fetal body part harvesting.

The new video comes as the U.S. Senate is debating provisions to terminate taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

At a Planned Parenthood conference evening reception, Center for Medical Policy investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company discuss partnering with Dr. Prabhakaran’s Planned Parenthood affiliate in order to harvest fetal organs and tissues from the 2nd-trimester abortions performed there. Prabhakaran advises that her affiliate is merging with the Orlando Planned Parenthood, which does abortions up to 23 weeks and has a high procedure volume, with eighteen abortions at 18-weeks and above scheduled for the next week.

Prabhakaran discusses how Planned Parenthood allows their abortion doctors to certify compliance with the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, which prohibits abortions in which a fetus is extracted alive up to certain anatomical landmarks (18 U.S.C. 1531). According to Prabhakaran, Planned Parenthood abortion doctors can certify compliance with the law by using a feticide like digoxin to kill the fetus before the abortion, or they can simply “document” their “intent” to do a “dismemberment” abortion where the fetus is pulled apart with forceps rather than extracted intact.

“So some people train to just document that like, you know to comply with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, you basically have to say, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure,’” explains Prabhakaran. “So every time you do a procedure, that’s how you document. So, like, there’s like a checkbox,” Prabhakaran states, “so it would be before the procedure, you do your evaluation, you write, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure.’”

Prabhakaran indicates she never uses digoxin to kill the fetus before the abortion, and relies entirely on the “checkbox” to “document” her intent in the abortion to certify compliance with the federal law: “I’m not doing digoxin, and we’re just going to document and there’s never been a problem.”

Prabhakaran’s description of Planned Parenthood’s loose protocols for 2nd-trimester abortion procedures corroborates statements by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in CMP’s first undercover video, that show a lax attitude toward the partial-birth abortion law:

“The Federal [Partial-Birth] Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation. So there are some people who interpret it as it’s intent. So if I say on Day 1 I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

Nucatola states in the first video that Planned Parenthood abortion doctors can make changes to the abortion technique in order to bring the fetus out intact for body parts harvesting, regardless of any initial “intent” statement: “So if you do it starting from a breech [feet-first] presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium [head] at the end.”

CMP project lead David Daleiden notes, “Planned Parenthood medical directors and abortion doctors feign compliance with the federal partial-birth abortion law on paper, knowing full well that ‘what ultimately happens doesn’t matter’ so long as no one is scrutinizing what they actually do to women and children in the operating room. And the fact that Planned Parenthood has a ‘dismemberment’ ‘checkbox’ on their abortion forms should tell the public and policymakers everything they need to know about this barbaric abortion business. The Department of Justice should open an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood’s late-term abortion practices, and the U.S. Congress must stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s brutal abortion empire.”

Will these 5 Republican Assembly members force you to use your tax dollars to fund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business – Take Action Now!

5 Republican Assembly members have vowed to vote Yes on two bills that would use millions of our tax dollars to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.  Planned Parenthood is a private, non-profit organization that has the ability to raise their own funds.  But, instead of digging into their own pockets to fund Planned Parenthood, these 5 Republican Assembly members were quoted in the Star Ledger stating that they will vote for two supplemental budget bills that will use OUR hard earned money to fund Planned Parenthood.  Moreover, these same five are pledging to vote to override any gubernatorial veto of the money.  The Speaker has called a Voting Session for July 31st and it’s very likely these bills will be on the Board list.

If you don’t want your tax dollars used to fund Planned Parenthood, please contact the legislators listed below and let them know how you feel NOW! Also contact your two State Assembly members and tell them to Vote No on these bills. Thank you.

These are the bills:

S3302/A4718 – Provides a supplemental appropriation in the 2018 budget of $7.453M to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services” for the 2018 Budget year.

S3248/A32 – Provides funding to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services’ through Medicaid for individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

These are the five legislators:

AswRodriguezGregg@njleg.org    609 654 1498

AswMunoz@njleg.org     908 918 0414

AswSchepisi@njleg.org   201 666 0881

AswHandlin@njleg.org, 732 383 7820

AsmChrisABrown@njleg.org, 609 677 8266

Override of PP funding bill fails; Action Still Needed to Oppose Assembly Votes on 2 additional Planned Parenthood funding bills

Update:  The Speaker of the Assembly has scheduled a Voting Session for Monday, July 31st.  Please take the action suggested below immediately!

 

Override of A3492, 2017 supplemental funding bill failed

 The attempt to Override of Governor Christie’s veto of A3492, a 2017 budget supplemental appropriation bill that would have provided $7.453M in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood  failed on June 29th in the Assembly. As a result, the NJ Senate did not vote on the Override of A3492.  Thank you to all who took action on our Alert!  To see how your two Assembly members voted, click the hyperlink here: A3492 Ac1.pdf Override

Action Still Needed Today!

The Speaker of the Assembly has scheduled a Voting Session on Monday, July 31st.

It is very likely these bills will be on the board list.  Please take Action Immediately!

 Please email and call your legislators even if you have done so previously with the message below.  

S3302/A4718 – Provides a supplemental appropriation of $7.453M to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services” for the 2018 Budget year.

S3248/A32 – Provides funding to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services’ through Medicaid for individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

ACTION NEEDED:

Please email and call your two State Assembly members. Please do both: call and email them.  Please make sure you contact your Two Assembly members who represent you at the state level of government in Trenton. Please do this NOW even if you have contacted them previously on this subject.  

Message for Two Assembly Members:  Please Vote No on S3302/A4718 and S3248/A32. I don’t want my tax dollars used to fund Planned Parenthood.  In 2011, one of their “family planning” affiliates in Perth Amboy, NJ  was caught aiding and abetting sex traffickers of minors.  An audit conducted by the Federal Govt in 2007 found that NJ Planned Parenthood family planning clinics were billing medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning and the state (taxpayers)  had to repay over $2M to the federal govt. for their fraudulent activity.   Moreover, in 2011, the NJ Dept of Health inspected Planned Parenthood of Mercer  County and Planned Parenthood in Shrewsbury and found multiple health and safety violations, including the reusing of vaginal ultrasounds. These are also “family planning” centers.  This is not an organization that cares about women and we should  not be funding them with our tax dollars.  The Federally Qualified Health Centers are meeting the health care needs of NJ women.  I am watching how you vote and will remember how you vote on this matter when I go to the polls on November, 7, 2017.   I am watching how you vote and will remember how you vote on this matter when I go to the polls on November, 7, 2017.

Here is a link to find your two State Assembly members:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp  

You can also call the Office of Legislative services:  1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours to obtain the names and contact info for your three legislators.

Also Contact these Legislators

I have also listed below the female Republican legislators who Planned Parenthood are targeting.  Flood their offices with emails and phone calls asap and let them know we expect them to be consistent and continue to vote No on these bills as they all have done in the past and that we are watching! 

AswRodriguezGregg@njleg.org    609 654 1498

AswMunoz@njleg.org     908 918 0414

AswSchepisi@njleg.org   201 666 0881

AswChrisABrown@njleg.org  609 677 8853

AswHandlin@njleg.org, 732 383 7820

View How your Senator Voted on PP funding bills

View  how your Senator voted on S3302, provides $7.453M for family planning services for 2018 budget year.  HERE

View how your Senator voted on S3248,provides  taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services’ through Medicaid for individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level. HERE

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes in Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City Planned Parenthood closes its doors

Triste Brooks, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey, said the organization ended its lease at 2922 Atlantic Ave. near South Morris Avenue because of safety concerns.

“Planned Parenthood’s top priority is the health and safety of our patients, and due to concerns about the safety of the rented facility that housed our health center, we came to the difficult decision to end our lease,” she wrote in a statement.

It was the only Planned Parenthood health center serving the southeastern part of the state. Its Stockton University location in Galloway Township exclusively serves the school.

Atlantic City patients may use Planned Parenthood’s Camden and Bellmawr sites in Camden County. All patient records are being transferred to the Camden facility in the transition.

Brooks said Planned Parenthood will look to add new health centers to the 25 locations it manages in the state.

Services for men and women include birth control, testing, treatment and vaccines for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, abortion services, cervical cancer screenings, breast exams (not mammograms) and testicular and prostate cancer screenings.

Most of Planned Parenthood’s clients are women, low-income populations and people with insufficient insurance, according to reports.

 Contact:

609-272-7022 NLeonard@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressNLeonard

Update: NJ Senate passes two bills to fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business. Contact your Two Assembly Members Now!

New Jersey Democrats Trying to Force Taxpayers to Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

State

Micaiah Bilger   Jun 16, 2017   |   1:11PM    Trenton, NJ

UPDATE: The NJ Senate ignored the wishes of NJ voters and passed both these bills on Monday, June 19th. Both bills passed with the support of a few Republican Senators.
To see how your Senator voted on these bills, click on the hyperlink below for each bill. Note: all members of the NJ Legislature are up for election this November.  Please remember how your legislators voted when you go to the polls on November 7, 2017.
S3302 Makes FY 2018 supplemental appropriation of $7,453M for family planning svcs
The bills will now move to the Assembly where they will be scheduled for a vote on 6/26 or 6/29.  Please email and call your two Assembly members immediately and urge them to vote No on S3302/ A4718 and S3248/A32.
Tell them NJ MEDICAID DOLLARS PAY FOR ABORTION (Through a 1982 judicial court decision) AND WE DON’T WANT ANY MORE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHICH IS A PARTISAN, POLITICAL, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH MAINTAINS OVER A BILLION DOLLARS IN ASSETS. Thank you!
New Jersey Democrats renewed their efforts this week to force taxpayers to fund the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
INFORMATION ON THESE BILLS CAN BE FOUND ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.  PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

This week, state Democratic leaders said they plan to try again to override the governor’s veto and send taxpayer funding to the abortion chain, the Observer reports.

New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy urged pro-lifers to call their state lawmakers and tell them not to fund the abortion group with their tax dollars. She said a vote is scheduled for Monday, June 19.

Planned Parenthood is “pressuring legislators to pass legislation that will force you, the taxpayer, to use your hard earned money to fund their abortion business,” Tasy said in a letter to supporters. “It is imperative that you take action today …”

Tasy said abortion activists are using misleading claims to lobby for millions of dollars from New Jersey taxpayers.

“Planned Parenthood is claiming that STDs went up in NJ and cases of breast and cervical cancer went up as well since their funding has been cut,” she said. However, “… the Director of [New Jersey] Planned Parenthood, Casey Olesko was quoted in a recent South Jersey news article admitting that there is ‘no causal link’ between the spike in diseases and the closing of health centers in the state.”

That has not stopped lawmakers and abortion activists from repeating the misleading claim.

During a rally with abortion activists Thursday, state Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and other lawmakers promised to continue fighting for Planned Parenthood, according to the report.

They also are banking on hopes that a pro-abortion governor will replace Christie when his term ends in January.

Here’s more from the report:

Sweeney — a supporter of the override in the state Senate — said that, even if Democrats are unsuccessful in this attempt, the measure will be quickly introduced to New Jersey’s next governor. Democratic nominee Phil Murphy has said he will support women’s health initiatives in the state.

“When people say federally qualified health centers are good enough, that’s bull,” Sweeney said.

Actually, federally qualified health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by more than 20 to one across the nation, and provide even more health care services than Planned Parenthood. The only thing they do not do is abortions.

The taxpayer dollars that used to go to Planned Parenthood now fund these health centers in New Jersey, ensuring women have access to quality care.

“Everything from cancer screenings and mammograms for women to prostate cancer screenings for men to diabetes treatment and to everything in between that can lead folks to greater healthcare available to them and can lead to greater health results for each and every person who walks through the door,” Gov. Christie said previously.

There are many reasons why the state defunded Planned Parenthood. Several years ago, the abortion group was found engaging in fraudulent Medicaid activity in New Jersey.

The U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services uncovered a consistent problem with New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business. A government audit found that they were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning.

An initial audit revealed New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90 percent rate for 160,955 prescription drug claims that were billed as family planning, but did not qualify as family planning services. A letter from the Inspector General to New Jersey officials recommended that New Jersey repay $2,219,746 to the federal government.

The state eventually did return the money to the federal government.

Efforts to defund the abortion chain have been growing ever since undercover videos revealed that Planned Parenthood could be illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts. Earlier this year, a U.S. Congressional investigation into the matter concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund Planned Parenthood.

ACTION: To contact New Jersey state legislators, click here or call 1-800-792-8630 during regular business hours to obtain the names and contact information for state legislators. Urge them to Vote No on the following bills:

 

S3302/A4718 – Provides a supplemental appropriation of $7.453M in taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services” for the 2018 Budget year.   The June 19, 2017 NJ Senate vote tally provided above. 

S3248/S32 – Provides funding to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services’ through Medicaid for individuals with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level. Please note that NJ pays for Medicaid abortions so this will create another financial boondoggle for Planned Parenthood.  The June 19, 2017 NJ Senate Vote Tally provided above.

Also:  Urge them to Vote No to override Governor Christie’s veto of A3492, which would allocate another supplemental appropriation of $7453M in taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood for “family planning services” for the 2017 Budget year.

Planned Parenthood: taxpayer dollars increased, abortions increased, while Non-abortion services decreased

Taxpayers gave nation’s largest abortion provider $554 million in 2015-2016

Cecile Richards at the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala / Getty Images

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Planned Parenthood continues to increase its haul of taxpayer dollars despite its chain of clinics experiencing steep declines in patients and non-abortion services while abortions remained stable.

Cancer screenings have plummeted by 50 percent over the past five years, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2015-2016 report. The 665,234 services performed at its 650 clinics represented a 50 percent drop from 1.3 million recorded in 2011-2012. Contraceptive services were also down from 3.4 million to 2.8 million over that time. The number of patients treated at Planned Parenthood also fell from “approximately three million” five years ago to 2.4 million in the most recent report.

Abortion services remained steady on the year, as Planned Parenthood continues to supply about 30 percent of the nation’s one million annual abortions. The organization performed 328,348 abortions, a slight dip from the 333,964 performed in 2011-2012.

Despite declines in service, Planned Parenthood continued to increase its haul from taxpayers. Its affiliates received $554.6 million from government health services and grants, which made up 41 percent if its revenue. That is a $12 million increase from the $542.4 million it took in in five years ago. The taxpayer funding has become a central issue for lawmakers who are considering legislation that would redirect government funding away from abortion clinics and direct them to women’s health centers that do not perform abortions. There are about 20 such health centers for every one Planned Parenthood nationwide.

The loss of government money could be offset by private contributions, which have skyrocketed in recent years. In 2011, the organization and its affiliates collected $307.5 million from private individuals and estates, which represented 26 percent of all revenue. In 2015, donations jumped 45 percent to $445.8 million, which represented 33 percent of all revenue collected. It gained 26,000 more “individual active contributors” over that time period. Private donations are key to Planned Parenthood’s campaign and lobbying operations; they made up “approximately 86 percent of the national organization’s revenues.”

“In the face of a record number of state laws restricting reproductive rights, efforts by anti-women’s health politicians in Congress to block access to care at Planned Parenthood, and a new administration that is hostile to the values we hold close, we never stopped living our mission,” the report says. “Our success in overcoming these attacks on women’s health was due in no small part to Planned Parenthood supporters, partners, and activists.”

Pro-life activists said the report demonstrates that Planned Parenthood remains more popular with politicians and activists than with actual patients. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said that lawmakers should follow in the footsteps of patients who have opted for alternatives in their healthcare choices.

“Women are turning away from abortion giant Planned Parenthood,” she said in a statement. “It’s time to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s funding to community health centers. Taxpayers would be disentangled from the grisly abortion industry and get a better return on their investment in women’s health.”

Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League, said that the 2015-2016 report shows the organization continues to drop in popularity.

“Planned Parenthood’s long-awaited annual report simply confirms what we know,” he said in a statement. “The organization continues to lose customers and has seen its breast cancer services fall to an all-time low. Yet, it managed to increase its taxpayer funding while recording another $77.5 million in profit.”

Some major Planned Parenthood affiliates have begun closing clinics in anticipation of government defunding. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains announced on May 17 that it would close six clinics in three states, including its only clinic in Wyoming, “to maintain a fiscally solvent operation.”

More Planned Parenthood videos show they profit from sale of aborted baby parts

 

‘I Might . . . Pull Off a Leg or Two’ Center for Medical Progress video (via YouTube)

A shocking new undercover video exposes the grisly reality of ripping apart fetuses. Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated since its initial posting.

A shocking new video has just been released by the Center for Medical Progress, the undercover investigative group that in 2015 released videos showing that Planned Parenthood affiliates have profited from selling the body parts of aborted babies.

This latest video is a preview of footage that CMP investigators gathered at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation conventions, attended by hundreds of members of the abortion industry each year. (The NAF is a major trade group of North American abortion providers, and Planned Parenthood makes up about 50 percent of its members and leadership.) Here are some of the most horrifying remarks from the brand-new undercover footage. Attendees made some of these comments during official presentations, and others directly to undercover CMP investigators.

Dr. Lisa Harris, the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan: Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here. . . . Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that. Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (which has been referred to local law-enforcement for criminal charges related to fetal-tissue trafficking): If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion].

Dr. Stacy De-Lin, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood of New York City: But we certainly do intact D&Es [dilation and extraction, otherwise known as partial-birth abortion, a method that is illegal under federal law].

Dr. Uta Landy, the founder of the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA): An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross! [laughter from the crowd]

Talcott Camp, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Health Freedom Project: I’m like — Oh my God! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp! I get it! I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.

Dr. Susan Robinson, an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte: The fetus is a tough little object, and taking it apart, I mean, taking it apart on Day One is very difficult. . . . You go in there, and you go, “Am I getting the uterus or the fetus? Oh, good, fetus. [Robinson makes a stabbing sound effect] What have I got? Nothing. Let’s try again.

Below are some comments from the footage that provide further evidence of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in illegally profiting from fetal-tissue trafficking, as well as altering abortion procedures to collect intact organs, which is also illegal under federal law.

Dr. Leslie Drummond, an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (a PPFA affiliate that contracted with a biotech firm to be paid per fetal organ provided): I get a lot of oohs and ahhs from StemExpress [biotech firm]. You know, they’re wanting livers. . . . Last week I was in Sacramento, and she said, “I need four intact limbs.” And I said, you want what?

Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services for PPFA: You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in till last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything and keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost.

StemExpress procurement manager: There’s a lot of clinics that we work with that, I mean, it helps them out significantly.

Deb VanDerhei, the national director of CAPS for PPFA: But the truth is that some might want to do it to increase their revenues. And we can’t stop them. Dr. Stacy De-Lin, the director of abortion services for Planned Parenthood of NYC: But I think a financial incentive from you guys [CMP investigators posing as tissue buyers] is going to be like . . .  the people who we have to get this approved from will be very happy about it.

Dr. Paul Blumenthal, the former medical director for PP of Maryland: I know Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff [fetal organs] to people.

Both the NAF and Planned Parenthood sought and obtained a preliminary injunction against the Center for Medical Progress to prevent the release of these undercover videos. That civil suit is currently on appeal. But California’s attorney general took matters into his own hands in late March, charging CMP investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt with 14 felony counts of illegally recording “confidential communications.” The state refuses to name the 14 accusers in the criminal case, even though Daleiden and Merritt have themselves been charged publicly.

The gruesome footage from this latest video leaves no doubt as to why NAF and Planned Parenthood want to silence CMP’s investigators. “Every video recording for which the attorney general is charging David was obviously and unquestionably made in a public place where it could not possibly be considered ‘confidential,’” says Brent Ferreira, one of Daleiden’s defense attorneys.

The gruesome footage from this latest video leaves no doubt as to why NAF and Planned Parenthood want to silence CMP’s investigators. Those in the abortion industry know they’re taking human life. They just don’t care. Updated May 26, 10:40 a.m.: A California judge ordered the CMP’s defense attorneys to remove the video footage from YouTube and from their website.

More information is available here. — Alexandra DeSanctis is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447939/undercover-video-center-medical-progress-exposes-gruesome-abortion-practices

President Donald Trump’s Proposed Budget Defunds Planned Parenthood; Protects Health Care Workers

President Donald Trump’s Proposed Budget Defunds Planned Parenthood

From Lifenews:

NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   MAY 23, 2017   |   1:12PM    WASHINGTON, DC

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is not making abortion advocates happy today as it specifically excludes the Planned Parenthood abortion business from all programs run by the Department of Health and Human Services. This is the first time a president’s budget has specifically defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion company in this way.

In fact, the language goes beyond legislation pending in the Senate that would defund Planned Parenthood under the Medicaid program. As The pro-abortion Huffington Post reports, President Trump’s budget would prohibit the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation from participating in any federal health program — including cancer screening programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control, prevention of the Zika virus, HIV and AIDS testing, as well as programs to prevent sexual assault.

The decision by the Trump Administration to exclude the nation’s biggest abortion company makes sense because abortion is the main component of what it does and other health organizations provide the same or similar healthcare services without also killing unborn children in abortions and injuring women.

As HuffPo reports:

“This is the worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement Monday. “It guts programs designed to help women and their families put food on the table, get the medical care they need, and make ends meet. Gimmicks and misdirection cannot cover up a deadly agenda that would hurt women and prevent access to basic health care in the U.S. and across the globe.”

Planned Parenthood receives roughly half a billion dollars a year from the government…

 

The proposal to redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community health care centers, which enjoy strong bipartisan support, avoid provision of abortion, and now serve nearly 24.3 million people (and climbing) in medically underserved communities across the United States.  At the same time, women receiving Medicaid can continue to use their eligibility at centers where they can also obtain mammograms, mental health services, and a variety of other primary care services.

NJRTL Editor’s Note:  The budget also prohibits health care workers from being forced to participate in or provide abortions.

 

President Trump Expands Mexico City Policy

President Donald Trump Expands Executive Order Defunding International Planned Parenthood

NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   MAY 15, 2017   |   12:06PM    WASHINGTON, DC
When pro-abortion former President Barack Obama took office, Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. The Mexico City Policy covered over $400 million in federal funds, part of which flowed to the abortion businesses International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International for their foreign efforts.

The pro-life policy had been in place during the entirety of the Bush administration and Obama rescinded it on his first week in office. Named for a 1984 population conference where President Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could only go to groups that would agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.

Trump restored the Mexico City Policy by executive order to stop taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas but it does not stop non-abortion international assistance. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.

Now, CBN News is reporting that the Trump Administration will significantly expand the pro-life Mexico City Policy by drastically increasing the amount of global health assistance funds and government programs that will be covered under the policy.

The administration modernized the policy to cover all foreign health assistance provided by government agencies including the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and the Department of Defense. Previously the policy only covered family planning funds.

CBN reported “A White House official tells The Brody File that on Monday they’ll announce a policy called, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” in which $8.8 billion will be appropriated through various federal agencies and departments. In essence, President Trump is taking the pro-life policy to a whole different level. This is much more extensive than when President George W. Bush reinstated it back in 2001.”

Let’s explain. The Mexico City Policy requires non-governmental organizations to agree not to “perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.” President Trump reinstated the policy in January after eight years of it lapsing under President Obama. The order also directs Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to come up with a plan on how to apply the policy to all departments or agencies. The exact language is as follows:

I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.

I further direct the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organizations or programs that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.

The key line from the memorandum is where it says the secretary of state will be allowed to “extend the requirements of the reinstated memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.”

So that’s why on Monday, the State Department will announce this new plan called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” in which nearly $9 billion in global health assistance funds will be appropriated to the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. There’s a reason the Department of Defense is in ALL CAPS. That’s because the difference here is that in previous versions of the Mexico City Policy, the funds only applied to family-planning assistance provided by USAID and the Department of State. That was roughly $600 million. Now, it’s much more expansive as the Trump administration applies the policy to a much wider pool of money ($8.8 billion) within federal agency programs and includes Department of Defense programs as well.

In an email to LifeNews.com, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Trump for expanding the policy.

“Votes in America have international consequences. The Executive Memorandum implemented today is one of the reasons pro-life voters worked to elect Donald Trump to the White House. With the implementation of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, we have officially ceased exporting abortion to foreign nations. No longer will we undermine the pro-life laws and cultural commitments of other countries by funding organizations like Marie Stopes International that obsessively promote and perform abortion,” she said.

Dannenfelser told LifeNews: By modernizing this important policy and expanding it to include $8.8 billion in foreign aid, President Trump is continuing Ronald Reagan’s pro-life legacy. This executive order does not cut a single penny from U.S. aid, rather it simply ensures our hard-earned tax dollars are used by other health care entities that act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion. Abortion is not health care.”

Source:  www.lifenews.com

 

Governor Christie conditionally vetoes ban on marriage for NJ teens under 18

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Christie rejects ban on marriage for N.J. teens under 18

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Gov. Chris Christie is pictured in a file photo. (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comBy Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on May 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday rejected a bill that would have barred teenagers from getting married in New Jersey until they turn 18, suggesting instead that lawmakers tighten the state’s current marriage restrictions on minors.

Christie’s move prevents New Jersey from becoming the first state in the U.S. to remove all exceptions that require minors to wait until they are 18 to wed.

Supporters of the bill (A3091) say it was designed to protect girls from being forced into arranged marriages.

In his veto message, Christie wrote that “protecting the well-being, dignity, and freedom of minors is vital, but the severe bar this bill creates is not necessary to address the concerns voiced by the bill’s proponents and does not comport with the sensibilities and, in some cases, the religious customs, of the people of this state.”

N.J. Senate approves ban on minors getting married

N.J. Senate approves ban on minors getting married

The legislation is now in Gov. Chris Christie’s hands.

Instead, Christie suggested lawmakers amend the measure to bar anyone under 16 from getting married and require a judge to approve a marriage license for anyone 16 or 17.

“An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions,” the Republican governor wrote.

Under current New Jersey law, those who are 16 and 17 can obtain marriage licenses with the consent of their parents. Those under 16 need both parental consent and approval from a judge.

Christie also said it’s “disingenuous” that a 16-year-olds would be banned from marriage when they are allowed in New Jersey to consent to sex and obtain an abortion without parental knowledge.

Christie’s veto is a conditional veto, meaning the state Legislature can choose to make his changes and send a new version of the bill to the governor’s desk.

The state Assembly passed the measure 64-0-7 in November, and the state Senate passed it 26-5 in March.

Unchained At Last, a non-profit organization that helps young women and girls leave forced marriages, testified at committee hearings that teenage marriage associated with some conservative religions is more widespread than people think. Between 1995 and 2012, nearly 3,500 minors got married in New Jersey.

“Marriage is a legal contract and it should be reserved for adults,” state Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), a sponsor, said in March. “It is startling for people to learn that there are many underage marriages happening here in New Jersey. As a state, we have a responsibility to protect our residents, and moral obligation to protect children and this bill takes the necessary steps to do that.”

But opponents said one issue with the measure was that it would prevent some pregnant teenagers from getting married so their child is not born out of wedlock.

NJ Advance Media staff writer Susan K. Livio contributed to this report. Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.