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June 26, 2003
Mothers/Babies Maimed and Killed in Planned Parenthood Clinics — STOPP International 
(Stop Planned Parenthood), in a June 24, 2003 news release titled "Mother of Three Killed by Planned Parenthood Abortion," had this to say: "Diana Lopez is dead as a direct result of another botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood (PPFA) clinic. According to the report released by the California Department of Health Services last week, this PPFA clinic was cited for no less than six serious health code deficiencies that led to this death," said Ed Szymkowiak, national director of STOPP International, a project of American Life League. It's amazing, in light of this latest revelation and their lack of openness about the medical standards of their clinics, that Planned Parenthood continues to claim with a straight face that they are even remotely interested in a woman's health and well-being.

"Sadly, heinous acts of medical malpractice—including the death of patients—are nothing new at Planned Parenthood," stated Szymkowiak. "In 2001, a San Francisco court decision awarded over $650,000 in damages to a Yugoslav immigrant whose pre-born child suffered the loss of two limbs during a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood. That same year, Planned Parenthood agreed to pay a New York woman $1 million because it had repeatedly insisted she did not have breast cancer when she did. And in 2000, a Missouri woman went into a coma after a doctor at a Planned Parenthood clinic apparently placed an oxygen tube in her stomach instead of her lungs." (http://www.all.org/stopp/st030624.htm)

Buffett Uses Wealth to Promote Killing of Unborn Babies 
Warren Buffett, owner of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a conglomerate of companies including Dairy Queen, See's Candies, and Fruit of the Loom, is said to be the world's second wealthiest man. According to a recent story by Candi Cushman in Citizen Magazine, his company funnels an estimated $9 million a year in profits into the Buffett Foundation, which in turn donated at least $11 million to pro-abortion-choice and reproductive-rights groups in 2002. Headed by Buffett and his wife, Susan, the foundation bankrolls Planned Parenthood clinics worldwide.

Citizen reports that, according to Business Week, the Buffett Foundation also made a five-year, $20 million commitment to International Projects Assistance Services — the principal manufacturer of suction pumps used in abortions.

The Pampered Chef, a company that employs a number of pro-life stay-at-home moms as sales consultants, was recently purchased by Berkshire Hathaway, prompting several of them to resign rather than contribute to Warren Buffett's profit taking. http://www.family.org/cforum/citizenmag/features/a0026236.html.

Pro-Life Nominee A Man Worthy of Support 
Alabama attorney general Bill Pryor has been nominated to a seat on the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he "threw the confirmation handbook out the window," according to National Review, and the "result was one of the most extraordinary Judiciary Committee sessions in recent memory."

Mr. Pryor is pro-life and pulls no punches. He is honest and unafraid. He is secure in the truth that all human life is sacred from conception. Here are some of his statements regarding abortion:

  • Roe v. Wade was "the worst abomination in the history of constitutional law."
  • "I believe that not only is [Roe] unsupported by the text and structure of the Constitution, but it has led to a morally wrong result. It has led to the slaughter of millions of innocent unborn children."
  • The Supreme Court had created "out of thin air a constitutional right to murder an unborn child."
  • He "will never forget January 22, 1973, the day seven members of our highest Court ripped up the Constitution."

Will his candor lead to another filibuster by the Democrats? That remains to be seen. He pointed out that he is able to put aside personal beliefs and follow the law, even when he strongly disagrees with it. Reportedly, his record proves this to be true. No matter how it turns out, Attorney General Pryor is a breath of fresh air. He has our admiration and respect for his honesty and forthrightness.

Doctors who perform abortions on girls under 16 must report the pregnancies to authorities as instances of suspected child abuse, Phill Kline, the state attorney general said Wednesday, June 18, 2003. Kansas law prohibits sex with a child under 16, making a pregnancy evidence of child abuse. Mr. Kline said doctors who fail to report such cases could face misdemeanor charges punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. They also could face disciplinary action from the State Board of Healing Arts, which licenses them.

While the Lawrence chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) called the opinion an attack on abortion providers, Kansans for Life, the state's largest pro-life group said, "Obviously, any organization or any individual who harbors pedophiles and conceals the sexual abuse of children, deserves to be prosecuted."

Last year, 88 of the 11,844 abortions reported in Kansas, or 0.8 percent, were performed on girls 14 or younger, according to the Department of Health and Environment. Mr. Kline said that a girl under 16 who is pregnant is either a victim of rape, indecent liberties with a child, or unlawful voluntary sexual relations, all felonies.

Delete the Crowley Amendment 
Last week we reported that Rep. Joseph Crowley successfully attached an amendment to the State Department Authorization Bill that would eliminate the law that prohibits funding for the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA). UNFPA supports coercive abortion activities such as China's "one-child" policy in foreign countries. Please contact your member of congress to ask for a YES vote on a motion to delete the Crowley Amendment from the bill.

Southern Baptists Express Regret at Past Support for Abortion 
This year, messengers to the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting decided to undo several resolutions adopted by the convention in the 1970s that expressed support for abortion in cases where the mother's or baby's health was in question.

Messengers in Phoenix voted June 18, 2003 to "lament and renounce statements and actions by previous Conventions and previous denominational leadership that offered support to the abortion culture" by embracing a resolution "on thirty years of Roe v. Wade."

"It's never too late to say you're sorry," agreed Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the SBC's moral concerns arm. "We needed to express our sorrow and our grief over the fact that for a time our convention was officially, through its resolution process, on the wrong side of this issue," he explained in an interview. The resolution asserts the 1973 decision ushered in a new and frightful era of "assaults on human life," such as human cloning and human embryonic cell research.

"The Southern Baptist Convention is now overwhelmingly on the right side of the issue," Land said confidently. The 2003 resolution is on target in saying Roe v. Wade unleashed an "act of injustice against innocent unborn children as well as against vulnerable women in crisis pregnancy situations," he said. (Baptist Press, 6/19/03)

Pro-Abortion Denominations Honor Pro-Abortion U.S. Reps. 
The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalism, and Reform and Conservative Judaism are members of a group calling itself the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. On June 18, 2003, the coalition honored eight members of the House Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus who voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The honorees, two Republicans and six Democrats, included Reps. Jim Greenwood (R-PA); Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH); Louise Slaughter (D-NY); Diane Watson (D-CA); Robert Simmons (R-CT); Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); James Moran (D-VA) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). (U.S. Newswire, 6/20/03)

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