NJ AG Investigation Reveals Fraudulent Scheme by Two Disgraced Abortionists

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Please read the story below regarding Steven Brigham, M.D. and his associate, Vikram Kaji, M.D., two disgraced abortionists who, according to a recent complaint, engaged in a “sham transfer” which “constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense.” The June 16, 2015 complaint issued by the NJ Attorney General also said Kaji “aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine.”

NJRTL had written to the Attorney General a few months ago urging that action be taken against Kaji based on his past reccord once we learned that Brigham supposedly transferred ownership to him. You can read the letter at the link below.

Kaji has a history of sexually abusing his patients and prescribing dangerous controlled substances. His license was revoked by PA and NJ’s Board of Medical Examiners for one year and he was made to surrender his controlled substance license by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency in 1993 and 1994. Believe it or not, his license was reinstated after he admitted to these charges.

“The June 16, 2015 complaint by the NJ Attorney General calls for the revocation of Kaji’s license, a permanent ban on Kaji acting as Medical Director obtaining any ownershp in any of Brigham’s clinics, imposition of penalities and costs, including investigative costs, attorneys fees, expert fees, ” etc. The June 16, 2015 Complaint is also linked below.

We are very pleased that the NJ Attorney General is looking into this matter and is now taking action to stop these two disgraced abortionists who have a long history of flouting the law and hurting women and young teens in our state.

Read NJRTL Letter to the Attorney General
Read NJ Attorney General’s Complaint

N.J. Attorney General: abortion doctor unlawfully owns clinics

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on July 01, 2015 at 6:53 PM, updated July 01, 2015 at 7:39 PM

TRENTON — An abortion doctor who lost his license over late-term abortions is operating a string of clinics despite assuring the state that he had signed away the practice to his medical director, according to a complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office.
The allegations are contained in a June 16 complaint accusing Vikram H. Kaji, a 79-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist of fraud for claiming he had assumed ownership of American Women’s Services’ clinics after the Board of Medical Examiners yanked Steven Brigham’s license in October for gross negligence. Brigham has appealed the decision.

The board found that Brigham skirted state law by starting late-term abortions with five women by administering a drug that killed the fetus in his South Jersey office, and ordering them to drive to his Maryland clinic, where the surgical procedure was completed.
Without his license, Brigham was required by state law to divest himself from the American Women’s Services clinics he owned in Elizabeth, Mount Laurel, Paramus, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Woodbridge and Voorhees.

But when an investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs performed an unannounced inspection at a clinic in Hamilton April 22, Kaji denied he was the owner. During a closed-door hearing of a committee of the board on May 5, Kaji “repeatedly testified under oath that he was not the owner,” according to the complaint filed June 16 by Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant.
“He expressly testified that ‘there is no other person around, (Brigham’s) the only one who runs the show,” according to the complaint obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Kaji’s “ownership of American Healthcare Services is a sham transfer and thus constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense,” according to the complaint, which asked the board to suspend or revoke his medical license.

He “aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine,” according to the complaint.
Consumer Affairs spokesman Neal Buccino said he could not confirm or deny whether the investigation into Kaji has opened a new case against Brigham.

Brigham’s attorney Joseph Gorrell could not be reached for comment. Kaji did not return a call to the Princeton Women’s Services clinic in Hamilton.
Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, thanked the Attorney General’s Office for “looking into this matter further, and is glad that action is finally being taken to stop these two disgraced doctors’ and their schemes, which have harmed women in the state of New Jersey.”

Tasy said she hopes the actions revealed in the attorney general’s complaint “puts an end to Brigham’s attempts to practice ever again.”

“It’s pretty frightening this man could get his license back. This is another piece of evidence that shows he continues to flout the law and engage in deceptive practices.”

This is not the first time Kaji has been the target of an investigation.
In 1993, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine revoked his license for a year after he admitted having sex with a patient in his office in Yardley, Pa. and inappropriately prescribing her steroids and tranquilizers. The patient had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and was suffering from depression, according to the Pennsylvania order. Two other patients also accused him of sexual abuse but he denied the allegations.

New Jersey also suspended his license for a year over the offenses in Pennsylvania. The record of his New Jersey suspension is not on the state website that lists doctor disciplinary actions, however, because the law only requires online records to go back 10 years, according to the division of Consumer Affairs.

In 1996, Brigham hired Kaji, and in 2010 promoted him to medical director, according to the complaint.
In 2013, New Jersey’s physician disciplinary board required Kaji undergo a neuropsychological examination because of “memory loss/impairment” issues. The evaluation found “mild cognitive impairment” but he was deemed fit to practice.

Updated: Thank Governor Christie for Vetoing the Planned Parenthood Funding Bills Again

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Update: On June 29, 2016, Governor Christie vetoed these two bills once again. Call and email Governor Christie to thank him for eliminating these funds in the budget and for consistently vetoing legislation to put these funds back in the budget every year since he took office. Please thank him for vetoing A3672/S3103, and A4604/S3104 again this time. Governor’s phone: 609 292-6000. Email the Governor here.

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Here we go again. The Democrat Leadership in Trenton is once again pushing to fund their favorite core constituency – the abortion industry! Please see NJRTL’s comments in the bottom of the article (bolded) below, then take immediate action.
Bills A3672/S3103 and A4604/S3104 were released from the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees today and are scheduled to be voted on in the Senate and Assembly this Thursday, June 25th. Please take the following action immediately to oppose these bills.
1. Call and email your State Senator and two Assembly members and tell them to Vote No on Bills A3672/S3103 and A4604/S3104 to fund family planning. Call 1-800-792-8630 to find out the names of your three state legislators.You can also obtain their names and contact information by municipality on this page. You can send an email to them here
2. Call and email Governor Christie to thank him for eliminating these funds in the budget and for consistently vetoing legislation to put these funds back in the budget every year since he took office. Please urge him to veto A3672/S3103, and A4604/S3104 again this time. Governor’s phone: 609 292-6000. Email the Governor here.

Use “Health” as topic and “Family Health” as sub-topic. Please take this action immediately. Thank you.

Christie reversal on why he cut Planned Parenthood funding cuts sparks protest

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on June 22, 2015 at 1:52 PM, updated June 23, 2015 at 7:43 AM

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s boast that he is the only governor in New Jersey history to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood may play in conservative states, but it alienates most New Jerseyans who want women to have access to family planning services, protesters said Monday.
Chanting “My health! My life!” about three dozen women and a few men gathered in the Statehouse courtyard with state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) to draw attention to the governor’s remarks last week about cutting $7.5 million in 2010 for women’s health centers.
At the time, the governor said the cuts were driven by a budget crisis, adding gynecological services and health screenings could be found at other state-supported facilities. Republicans who supported the money before refused to override the governor’s veto based on the financial considerations.
Christie said in 2010 he eliminated the funds as part of a wide array of cuts to close a budget gap. But in speeches to conservative groups in February and again last week, the Republican governor, who is mulling a bid for president, boasted he had “vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget.”
But now that Christie has dropped “the facade” and explained his motive, Weinberg and Lampitt said they would push to reinstate the money in the budget, and call upon their Republican legislative colleagues to vote their conscience.
“Those of you who voted year after year to uphold the governor’s veto because it was a budget issue, you know very well this is not a budget issue,” Weinberg said. “This is New Jersey, a progressive state who cares about our families, who cares about our women, who cares about their health care. it is time to restore this money in the budget.”
Roslyn Rogers Collins, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, said her center serving Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties, have had to do without $1.2 million a year since that funding cut. It forced them to close a clinic in Passaic County last year, she said.
“This is playing politics with people’s lives,” Collins said.
A Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey reported last month said 1.1 million women in 2013 were in need of contraception services because they did not have coverage or could not otherwise afford it.
Kathleen Fisher, president and CEO of the Family Planning Center of Ocean County said the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage for many, “but it does not totally fix the problem.”
She said 15 percent of women ages 18 and 54 lack health insurance still lacked consistent coverage because they bounce between Medicaid and employer-sponsored plans.
“If we do not adequately fund family planning services and expand Medicaid to cover family planning services we are hurting those among us who are the most vulnerable. It’s time the governor recognize this and get on board,” Fisher said.
“I hope the governor will take a good look at the constituents who stand here today. They come from the north and the south, female and male, from all walks of life,” Lampitt said. “It’s time to look at the real faces of the people of New Jersey and the fact that access to good health care keeps our economy going and keeps our women healthy.”

Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, praised the governor and offered harsh words for the legislators who intend to revive the issue.

“This is nothing more than a shameful election year maneuver to use taxpayer money to fund the abortion industry, sadly one of the leadership’s favorite core constituencies. Thankfully, Governor Christie has sided with the hard working taxpayers of New Jersey and rejected these measures,” Tasy said.

Update: Governor Christie Vetoes S866/A2648, Gestational Surrogacy legislation a second time.

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Update: On June 29, 2015, Governor Christie vetoed bill S866/A2468, Call and email Governor Christie to thank him for vetoing S866/A2648 a second time.  Governor’s phone: 609 292-6000. Email the Governor here.

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The NJ Assembly passed S866/A2648, the Gestational Surrogacy Bill, on May 14, 2015 by a vote of 43-25-3.  See how your Two Assembly members voted here

The Senate passed the bill previously on February 5, 2015.  See how your State Senator voted here 

Please take the Action stated below.

Background:

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the Assembly Human Services released Bill S866/A2648 from Committee. The bill already passed the NJ Senate.  See how your State Senator voted here

NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy testified against the bill, as did Harold Cassidy, Esq., who is the former member of the NJ Bioethics Commission and Chief Counsel for the Mother in the Baby M Case. Also testifying against the bill was Angelia Gail Robinson, a Gestational Surrogacy mother of twin girls, Cathi Swett, a licensed attorney, and Greg Quinlan of NJ Family First.

The bill passed along partisan lines in the Assembly committee with Democrats voting for it and the two Republicans voting against. Asw. Mosquera (D-4) expressed concerns with the bill after hearing testimony and urged the sponsor to ensure that the issues mentioned are addressed in the bill. For press coverage on the bill: Read

 

Please also visit www.stopsurrogacynow.com campaign to help stop the exploitation of women and children through surrogacy.  Please join and share this link. Thank you.

Action Needed:

 

1.   Email and call Governor Christie. Thank him for vetoing the gestational carrier bill in the past and urge him to veto S866/A2648  once again.

Phone Governor Christie:  609-292-6000

Click on the hyperlink below to email the Governor:

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How did your State Assembly Members vote on the 2015 Planned Parenthood funding bills, Find out here

 

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Please note:  every state legislative district is comprised of two Assembly members and one state Senator.

Below is the Assembly tallies for the two 2015 Planned Parenthood funding bills. See below
to find out how your 2 Assembly members voted.

A4604, Provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Asm.  6/25/2015  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {48}  No {30}  Not Voting {2}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

  Andrzejczak, Bob – Yes Angelini, Mary Pat – No Auth, Robert – No
  Benson, Daniel R. – Yes Bramnick, Jon M. – No Brown, Chris A. – Yes
  Brown, Christopher J. – No Bucco, Anthony M. – No Burzichelli, John J. – Yes
  Caputo, Ralph R. – Yes Caride, Marlene – Yes Carroll, Michael Patrick – No
  Casagrande, Caroline – No Ciattarelli, Jack M. – No Clifton, Robert D. – No
  Conaway, Herb, Jr. – Yes Coughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – No
  Danielsen, Joe – Yes DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes DeCroce, BettyLou – No
  DiMaio, John – No Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes Egan, Joseph V. – Not Voting
  Eustace, Tim – Yes Fiocchi, Samuel L. – No Fuentes, Angel – Yes
  Garcia, Carmelo G. – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – Yes Gove, DiAnne C. – No
  Green, Jerry – Yes Greenwald, Louis D. – Yes Gusciora, Reed – Yes
  Handlin, Amy H. – No Holley, Jamel C. – Yes Jasey, Mila M. – Yes
  Jimenez, Angelica M. – Yes Johnson, Gordon M. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – No
  Lagana, Joseph A. – Yes Lampitt, Pamela R. – Yes Mainor, Charles – Yes
  Mazzeo, Vincent – Yes McGuckin, Gregory P. – No McHose, Alison Littell – No
  McKeon, John F. – Yes Moriarty, Paul D. – Yes Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Yes
  Mukherji, Raj – Yes Munoz, Nancy F. – No Muoio, Elizabeth Maher – Yes
  O’Donnell, Jason – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – No Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes
  Peterson, Erik – No Pinkin, Nancy J. – Yes Pintor Marin, Eliana – Yes
  Prieto, Vincent – Yes Quijano, Annette – Yes Rible, David P. – No
  Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria – No Rumana, Scott T. – No Rumpf, Brian E. – No
  Russo, David C. – No Schaer, Gary S. – Yes Schepisi, Holly – Not Voting
  Simon, Donna M. – No Singleton, Troy – Yes Space, Parker – No
  Spencer, L. Grace – Yes Stender, Linda – Yes Sumter, Shavonda E. – Yes
  Taliaferro, Adam J. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – Yes Vainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes
  Webber, Jay – No Wilson, Gilbert L. – Yes Wimberly, Benjie E. – Yes
  Wisniewski, John S. – Yes Wolfe, David W. – No

 

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A3672, Makes FY 2015 supplemental appropriation to DOH for $7,453,000 for family planning services.

Session Voting:
Asm.  6/25/2015  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {48}  No {31}  Not Voting {1}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

  Andrzejczak, Bob – Yes Angelini, Mary Pat – No Auth, Robert – No
  Benson, Daniel R. – Yes Bramnick, Jon M. – No Brown, Chris A. – Yes
  Brown, Christopher J. – No Bucco, Anthony M. – No Burzichelli, John J. – Yes
  Caputo, Ralph R. – Yes Caride, Marlene – Yes Carroll, Michael Patrick – No
  Casagrande, Caroline – No Ciattarelli, Jack M. – No Clifton, Robert D. – No
  Conaway, Herb, Jr. – Yes Coughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – No
  Danielsen, Joe – Yes DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes DeCroce, BettyLou – No
  DiMaio, John – No Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes Egan, Joseph V. – Not Voting
  Eustace, Tim – Yes Fiocchi, Samuel L. – No Fuentes, Angel – Yes
  Garcia, Carmelo G. – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – Yes Gove, DiAnne C. – No
  Green, Jerry – Yes Greenwald, Louis D. – Yes Gusciora, Reed – Yes
  Handlin, Amy H. – No Holley, Jamel C. – Yes Jasey, Mila M. – Yes
  Jimenez, Angelica M. – Yes Johnson, Gordon M. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – No
  Lagana, Joseph A. – Yes Lampitt, Pamela R. – Yes Mainor, Charles – Yes
  Mazzeo, Vincent – Yes McGuckin, Gregory P. – No McHose, Alison Littell – No
  McKeon, John F. – Yes Moriarty, Paul D. – Yes Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Yes
  Mukherji, Raj – Yes Munoz, Nancy F. – No Muoio, Elizabeth Maher – Yes
  O’Donnell, Jason – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – No Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes
  Peterson, Erik – No Pinkin, Nancy J. – Yes Pintor Marin, Eliana – Yes
  Prieto, Vincent – Yes Quijano, Annette – Yes Rible, David P. – No
  Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria – No Rumana, Scott T. – No Rumpf, Brian E. – No
  Russo, David C. – No Schaer, Gary S. – Yes Schepisi, Holly – No
  Simon, Donna M. – No Singleton, Troy – Yes Space, Parker – No
  Spencer, L. Grace – Yes Stender, Linda – Yes Sumter, Shavonda E. – Yes
  Taliaferro, Adam J. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – Yes Vainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes
  Webber, Jay – No Wilson, Gilbert L. – Yes Wimberly, Benjie E. – Yes
  Wisniewski, John S. – Yes Wolfe, David W. – No

 

 

Physician Assisted Suicide bill fails in Maine

Despite passage by the House, Senate support falls one vote short.

AUGUSTA – Maine lawmakers have defeated a bill that would have allowed doctors to provide lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients.

Republican Sen. Roger Katz’s bill died Tuesday because the Senate and House failed to agree on the bill.

Katz and other supporters said that people who don’t have much time left to live should be free to end their life when they are ready. But opponents said lawmakers should focus on expanding access to palliative care. They said they feared it would send the message that the state of Maine condones suicide.

 

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act introduced in the U.S. Senate. Action Needed.

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced S1553, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on June 11, 2015.  This is the companion bill to H.R. 36, introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 13, 2015 by a vote of 242-184-1.

Action Needed: 

Please call U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker and urge them to support S1553.

Senator Robert Menendez 

Wash.D.C. office 202 224-4744

NJ offices:  973 645-3030, 856 757-5353

email:  www.menendez.senate.gov

Senator Cory Booker

Wash. D.C. office:  202 224-3224

NJ offices:  973 639 8700, 856 338-8922

email:  www.booker.senate.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                Contact:          Lorcan Connick or Kevin Bishop

June 11, 2015                                                                          (202) 224-5972 / (864) 250-1417

 

Graham Introduces Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was joined by pro-life and pro-family leaders today in introducing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the United States Senate.

 

Graham said:

 

“There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period including China and North Korea.  The United States should not be in that club. 

 

“I don’t believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation.  I look forward to leading this long-overdue effort and pushing for a roll call vote in the Senate.

 

“Today is the start of a journey, much like the one we used to pass the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.  I have no doubt the legislation will one day be passed by Congress and signed into law. 

 

“America is at her best when she’s standing up for the least among us and the sooner we pass this legislation into law, the better.  We are on the right side of history.”

 

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  • At the age of 20 weeks post fertilization, scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain.  Pain medication is administered directly to the unborn child in second-trimester fetal surgery, in addition to anesthesia.  The unborn child shows physical, chemical, brain and stress responses demonstrating pain at this stage of development.

 

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based in science, has overwhelming public support, and is necessary to protect unborn children from painful and untimely deaths.

 

  • Companion legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May by a vote of 242-184.

 

 

BACKGROUNDER:

PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT

 

At the age of 20 weeks post fertilization, scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain.  Pain medication is administered directly to the unborn child in second-trimester fetal surgery, in addition to anesthesia.  The unborn child shows physical, chemical, brain and stress responses demonstrating pain at this stage of development.

 

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based in science, has overwhelming public support, and is necessary to protect unborn children from painful and untimely deaths.

 

Summary of Provisions:

 

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion without first making a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child.

 

  • If the post-fertilization age of the unborn child is determined to be 20 weeks or greater, an abortion shall not be performed, unless –

 

    • It is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman;

 

o   The pregnancy is a result of rape and the woman has received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours prior to the abortion; or if she chooses to do so, has made a report to law enforcement; or

 

    • The pregnancy is a result of rape or incest against a minor and the abuse is reported to either social services or law enforcement.

 

  • In the case of the exceptions –

 

    • the abortion may only proceed in a manner that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive unless that would pose a greater risk of death or serious bodily injury to the pregnant woman; and

 

    • the abortion provider must receive informed consent from the pregnant woman, informing her of the child’s age, a description of the law, and the woman’s rights under the law.

 

  • A woman on whom an abortion was performed in violation of this Act may bring a civil action against the abortion provider in court to recover damages.

 

  • The abortion doctors are required to submit annual data to the National Center for Health and Statistics providing statistical information about abortions carried out after 20 weeks post-fertilization age.

 

  • The criminal punishment for a violation of this Act is imprisonment of up to five years, fines, or both.

 

  • The Act makes clear that a woman who receives an illegal abortion in violation of this act may not be prosecuted.

 

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Delaware Legislature Tables Physician Assisted Suicide Bill

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Physician-assisted suicide tabled in Health committee

Lawmakers on Wednesday stalled legislation in committee that would allow terminally-ill patients to request medication to end their own life.

Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, said he requested that lawmakers on the House Health & Human Development Committee keep the ‘Death with Dignity’ legislation in committee.

“We knew when we filed the bill that we did not yet have a critical mass of support, but what we also knew was that the bill and the issue needs to be heard…,” he said. “I’m hopeful that we will continue to learn about this issue and see whether, and how we wish to proceed.”

Baumbach said he has plans to introduce a bill that would establish a task force exploring end of life treatment and choices in Delaware.

“Hopefully we’ll over the next six months we’ll have public meetings to learn more and hear more from each other and find best practices across the country,” he added.

By tabling the bill, lawmakers on the committee can always bring it back for a vote until June 30, 2016.

Patients would have to have an incurable and irreversible disease expected to end their life within six months. Two doctors would have to confirm the diagnoses, according to the legislation.

They would also have to be informed of all alternatives, including hospice care, and a mental health consultation is required if either doctor suspects any mental illnesses, like depression.

There is a three-step process for patients to receive the life-ending medicine, according to the legislation. A patient would have to make the initial request, then there would be a 15-day wait, another request, then a two-day wait, and then the patient would receive the prescription pills. After ninety days the initial request would expire.

According to the legislation patients can rescind their request at any time.

Doctors and healthcare providers are also able to choose whether or not they participate and can opt-out as well. Doctors and healthcare providers are protected from any retaliation under the legislation, according to the bill.

Oregon, Vermont and Washington have similar laws. Court decisions in Montana and New Mexico also have allowed the practice in those states.

Contact Jon Offredo at (302) 678-4271, on Twitter @JonOffredo or joffredo@delawareonline.com

 

May 14, 2015 Assembly Vote on S866/A2648, Gestational Carrier Bill

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Asm.  5/14/2015  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes 43, No 25, Not Voting 9,  Abstains 3  –  Roll Call

 

Please Note:  Some of the Members who are listed as “Not Voting” were absent. 

Andrzejczak, Bob – Yes Angelini, Mary Pat – No Auth, Robert – No
Benson, Daniel R. – Yes Bramnick, Jon M. – No Brown, Chris A. – No
Brown, Christopher J. – Abstain Bucco, Anthony M. – Not Voting Burzichelli, John J. – Not Voting
Caputo, Ralph R. – Yes Caride, Marlene – Yes Carroll, Michael Patrick – Not Voting
Casagrande, Caroline – No Ciattarelli, Jack M. – No Clifton, Robert D. – Not Voting
Conaway, Herb, Jr. – Yes Coughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – No
Danielsen, Joe – Yes DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Abstain DeCroce, BettyLou – No
DiMaio, John – No Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes Egan, Joseph V. – Not Voting
Eustace, Tim – Yes Fiocchi, Samuel L. – No Fuentes, Angel – Yes
Garcia, Carmelo G. – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – Yes Gove, DiAnne C. – No
Green, Jerry – Yes Greenwald, Louis D. – Yes Gusciora, Reed – Yes
Handlin, Amy H. – Yes Holley, Jamel C. – Yes Jasey, Mila M. – Yes
Jimenez, Angelica M. – Yes Johnson, Gordon M. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – No
Lagana, Joseph A. – Yes Lampitt, Pamela R. – Yes Mainor, Charles – Yes
Mazzeo, Vincent – Yes McGuckin, Gregory P. – No McHose, Alison Littell – No
McKeon, John F. – Yes Moriarty, Paul D. – Yes Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Not Voting
Mukherji, Raj – Yes Munoz, Nancy F. – No Muoio, Elizabeth Maher – Yes
O’Donnell, Jason – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – Yes Oliver, Sheila Y. – Not Voting
Peterson, Erik – No Pinkin, Nancy J. – Yes Pintor Marin, Eliana – Yes
Prieto, Vincent – Yes Quijano, Annette – Yes Rible, David P. – No
Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria – No Rumana, Scott T. – No Rumpf, Brian E. – No
Russo, David C. – No Schaer, Gary S. – Abstain Schepisi, Holly – Not Voting
Simon, Donna M. – No Singleton, Troy – Yes Space, Parker – No
Spencer, L. Grace – Not Voting Stender, Linda – Yes Sumter, Shavonda E. – Yes
Taliaferro, Adam J. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – Yes Vainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes
Webber, Jay – No Wilson, Gilbert L. – Yes Wimberly, Benjie E. – Yes
Wisniewski, John S. – Yes Wolfe, David W. – No

H.R. 36, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes in the U.S. House of Representatives

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On May 13, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 242-184.  All Republican Members of Congress from NJ  voted Yes except, Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11), who voted No with all the Democratic Members of Congress from NJ.

The Roll Call Vote can be found Here

Below is a Statement from NJ Congressman Chris Smith (R-4) who was one of the lead sponsors of the Legislation.  We wish to thank Congressman Smith and all the Members who voted yes to protect pain capable unborn children from excruciating pain and death.

Protect Pain Capable Unborn Children from the Violence of Abortion

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04)

Excerpts of Remarks on H.R. 36

May 13, 2015

Two years ago today, Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder, conspiracy to kill and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Even though the news of Gosnell’s child slaughter was largely suppressed by the mainstream media, many of my colleagues may remember that Dr. Gosnell operated a large Philadelphia abortion clinic where women died and countless babies were dismembered or chemically destroyed often by having their spinal cords snipped—all gruesome procedures causing excruciating pain to the victim.

Today, the House considers landmark legislation authored by Trent Franks to protect unborn children beginning at the age of 20 weeks post fertilization from pain-filled abortions.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is needed now more than ever because there are Gosnells all over America, dismembering and decapitating pain-capable babies for profit:

  • Men like Steven Brigham of New Jersey, an interstate abortion operator—35 aborted babies were found in his freezer.
  • Men like Leroy Carhart, caught on video tape joking about his abortion toolkit—complete with a “pickaxe” and “drill bit”—while describing a three day long late term abortion procedure and the infant victim as “putting meat in a crock pot.”
  • Or like Deborah Edge who wrote in an op-ed that she “saw the abortionist puncture the soft spot in the baby’s head or snip his neck if it was delivered alive.”

Some euphemistically call this choice, but, a growing number of Americans rightly regard it as violence against children. And huge majorities—60 percent according to November 2014 Quinnipiac poll—want it stopped!

Fresh impetus for the bill came from a huge study of nearly 5,000 babies—preemies—published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The next day, a New York Times article titled: “Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated” touted the Journal’s extraordinary findings of survival and hope. (Let me note that these 22-week-old children referred to in the Times articles are the same age as the 20-week children that will be protected by this bill. The only difference is the method used to calculate age.)

Just imagine, Madame Speaker, preemies at 20 weeks are surviving as technology and medical science advance. And some like Alexis Hutchinson, featured in the New York Times story is today a healthy 5 year old who originally weighed in at a mere 1.1 pounds.

Thus the babies we seek to protect from harm today may survive if treated humanely, with expertise and compassion—not the cruelty of the abortion.

That is why, H.R. 36 requires that a late abortion permitted under limited circumstances provide the “best opportunity for the unborn child to survive” and that “a second physician trained in neonatal resuscitation” be “present and prepared to provide care to a child” consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act recognizes the medical evidence that unborn children feel pain.

One leading expert in the field of fetal pain, Dr. Anand, at the University of Tennessee stated in his expert report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice: It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

Surgeons today entering the womb to perform corrective procedures on unborn children have seen those babies flinch, jerk, and recoil from sharp objects and incisions.

Surgeons routinely administer anesthesia to unborn children in the womb. We now know that the child ought to be treated as a patient, and there are many anomalies, many sicknesses that can be treated while the child is still in utero. When those interventions are done, anesthesia is given.

Dr. Colleen Malloy, assistant professor, Division of Neonatology at the Northwestern University, in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee said: “When we speak of infants at 20 weeks post-fertilization we no longer have to rely on inferences or ultrasound imagery, because such premature patients are kicking, moving and reacting and developing right before our eyes in the neonatal intensive care unit.”

Dr. Malloy went on to say, “in today’s medical arena, we resuscitate patients at this age and are able to witness their ex-utero growth.” She says “I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection”

Other provisions in H.R. 36 include:

  • An Informed Consent Form including the age of the child; a description of the law; an explanation that if the baby is born-alive, he or she will be given medical assistance and transported to a hospital; and information about the woman’s right to sue if these protections are not followed.  Women deserve this information.
  • The woman is empowered with a Civil Right of Action, so she may sue abortion providers who fail to comply with the law. Parents are also given a civil right of action if the law is not followed with regard to their minor daughter.
  • In the case of a minor who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest and is having an abortion at 20 weeks or later, the abortion provider must notify either social services, or law enforcement to ensure the safety of the child and stop any ongoing abuse.
  • In the case of an adult who is pregnant as a result of a sexual assault and is having an abortion at 20 weeks or later, the provider must ensure that she has received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours prior to the abortion.

 Compliance with State Laws including parental involvement requirements, and state reporting requirements is required.

  • The National Center for Health Statistics will issue an Annual Statistical Report (without personally identifying information) providing statistical information about abortions carried out after 20 weeks post-fertilization age.

Finally, pain, we all dread it. We avoid it. We even fear it. And we all go to extraordinary lengths to mitigate its severity and its duration.

Today, there are Kermit Gosnells all over America inflicting not only violence, cruelty, and death on very young children, but excruciating pain as well. This legislation protects an entire age specific class of kids from preventable pain—and death.

Jeff Sagnip

Communications Director for Cong. Chris Smith

2373 Rayburn House Office Bdg.

Washington, DC 20515

tel. (202) 225-3765/ jeff.sagnip@mail.house.gov

http://chrissmith.house.gov/