Monday, May 16, 2011

Abortion - #2902 - Fewer Abortion Clinics Mean More Babies Saved - Citizen Link (2) Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden - Citizen Link (3) Texas to Require Sonograms Before Abortions - Wall Street Journal (4) Effective Immediately - Planned Parenthood of Indiana Loses Funding - Citizen Link

Three abortion clinics in Philadelphia were shuttered last year over failed inspections. Two abortion clinics in Delaware that closed this year are likely to stay that way. And without government funding, Planned Parenthood of Indiana has said it may be forced to close 13 of its clinics. Life advocates are celebrating, because with fewer abortion clinics and fewer dollars going to Planned Parenthood, it’s likely that fewer babies will be aborted. The Pennsylvania House voted 148-43 on Wednesday to regulate abortion clinics as outpatient surgery centers. HB 574 now moves to the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans. The bill comes in response to the “House of Horrors,” one of three Philadelphia abortion clinics that were shut down last year when the state began inspecting all of its abortion clinics — something that hadn’t been done in more than 15 years.  Read more.......

Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden - Citizen Link - In 1977, five days after a saline abortion, Melissa Ohden was delivered and left on a table to die. Thirty-four years later, she is healthy and sharing her story around the world, providing a voice for the voiceless.  She’s featured in a new documentary called A Voice for Life, which premieres next week at the Heartbeat International Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  The Focus on the Family radio broadcast will feature Ohden on Tuesday and Wednesday. She will also share her story on the Your Family Live! webcast on Wednesday.  In June, Ohden will speak at the National Right to Life Convention.  She has a master’s degree in social work and has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. She is married and has a young daughter.  Read more........

Texas to Require Sonograms Before Abortions - Wall Street Journal - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign a law soon requiring a woman seeking an abortion to have a sonogram and hear a description of the fetus, including whether it has developed fingers, toes or internal organs.  The goal, supporters say, is to improve medical care for women and encourage them to reconsider having abortions.  "We believe that when they see the miracle of life some will change their minds," said Dan Patrick, a Republican state senator who represents part of Houston and who sponsored the legislation, which passed both houses of the state legislature last week......The Texas bill also calls for a 24-hour waiting period between the sonogram and the abortion, except for women who live more than 100 miles from a clinic. Opponents say that waiting period places more burdens on women.  Read more.......

Effective Immediately - Planned Parenthood of Indiana Loses Funding - Citizens Link - Planned Parenthood of Indiana has lost government funding, effective immediately. The history-making law took effect Tuesday afternoon when Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed it.  Today, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to issue a temporary restraining order to block the law, but she refused. A second hearing has been set for June 6.  The law pulls government funding from “any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.” Planned Parenthood has 28 clinics in the state, including four abortion clinics.  “Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions,” Daniels said.  The law also strengthens the state’s informed-consent law; requires women be told that a baby feels pain at 20 weeks; and bans most abortions after 20 weeks. Those provisions take effect July 1.  Read more.......

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