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|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.
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.”
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.
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.
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People or companies receiving federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act could no longer get health insurance policies that cover abortion under a bill, sponsored by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, that passed the House Tuesday.
The action, decried by Democrats as taking away choice from poor women and raising taxes on companies providing comprehensive benefits, comes a day after President Donald Trump issued an anti-abortion order dealing with international aid and three days before demonstrators are due to hold a rally and “March for Life” in Washington.
Approved 238-183, with three Democrats joining unanimous Republicans, the vote marks the fourth time Smith’s bill has passed the House since 2011. Prior bills stalled in the Senate, partly because it was expected then-President Barack Obama would veto them.
Trump is expected to be more amenable, especially since on Monday he reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy, which prohibits U.S. aid from supporting international groups that promote abortion.
All of New Jersey’s Republicans voted “yes” on Smith’s bill, and all Democrats voted “no.”
Smith, a Republican from Mercer County and longtime leader of the House Pro-Life Caucus, said the bill would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment, a rider to annual spending bills that bars direct government funding for abortion through such health programs as Medicaid and federal workers’ insurance.
The bill also would apply the ban to include subsidies received by individuals and tax credits provided to small businesses for insurance bought through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Abortion opponents had tried to get such a provision in the original law in 2010, but failed.
Because insurers commingle federal dollars with premiums paid by customers, there’s no way to prove an abortion would be paid for with premiums and not with prohibited taxpayer funds, Smith said. A Government Accountability Office study found more than 1,000 insurance plans offered through Obamacare around the country covered abortion, he said.
“When you buy the plan that pays for abortion, that is paying for abortion,” Smith said at a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Monday night. “Those dollars are coming right out of the U.S. Treasury.”
Democrats said Smith and the Republicans were expanding the concept of federal funding to include products people buy with their own money, and by taking away subsidies or tax credits for those who buy such plans, they were hurting poorer women and raising taxes on businesses providing comprehensive benefits.
“The House is considering a radical bill that would not only undermine a woman’s right to make her own health-care decisions, but also her ability to even choose her own health insurance plan,” said freshman Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-Wyckoff, in his first floor speech on legislation.
Rep. Donald Norcross, a Democrat from Camden County, said Republicans were “reigniting the culture wars that divide us” instead of working on issues where there could be bipartisan cooperation, such as creating jobs and growing the economy.
The ban on insurance coverage for abortion would continue exceptions in the Hyde Amendment for pregnancies caused by rape, incest or those that endanger the mother’s life. A 2011 version of Smith’s bill initially ignited controversy by using the word “forcible” before the exception for rape, but that adjective was removed before the vote and is not in the current bill.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is sponsoring a companion measure.
“This is the fourth Congress that he has introduced it,” Wicker spokesman Ryan Taylor said. “Senator Wicker has said that the time is ripe to enact a permanent solution that protects American taxpayers from funding abortions. He is committed to working with his colleagues to bring this important legislation up for a vote in the Senate.”
Read NJ Rep. Chris Smith’s Op-ed printed in the Washington Times about the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment. Two Million Americans are alive today because of the Hyde Amendment. Read the Op here: rep-chris-smith-on-hyde-amendment