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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One of Tennessee's unlicensed abortion centers exposed in 911 call


Pro-Life in TN updates on the efforts to pass Tennessee’s Amendment 1, which would again make the state constitution neutral on the issue of abortion. This would allow elected legislators the right to regulate legal abortion. Currently, state lawmakers have no ability to require abortion facilities meet the standards of other same-day surgery centers. With no way to require that facilities meet certain standards, and no informed consent or waiting periods, a dangerous “let the buyer beware” situation exists.
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TN: Women's Center in Nashville 911 call. Owned and operated by dr. who used disastrous ruling in 2000 to run one of his two unregulated abortion centers.

Opponents of Yes on One insist that all abortion facilities in Tennessee do meet the standards of other ambulatory treatment surgery centers. While some facilities maintain that licensing, after the 2000 ruling by four unelected justices of the TN Supreme Court that found a broad right to abortion in the state constitution, this physician used the ruling as a precedent to challenge the requirement that doctor owned and operated abortion centers did not have to follow those regulations.
So it is a let the buyer beware for women and girls in Tennessee. Tennessee is now the third state in the nation for out of state abortions. The dissenting judge advised that the only way Tennesseans can restore their voice to enact regulations around legal abortion is to pass an amendment stating that the constitution of the state is neutral on the issue of abortion.
The abortion industry is using their "deep pockets" from affiliate Planned Parenthood's around the country along with the ACLU funding from in and out of state to blanket the airways with ads that are trying to state that abortions are safe in TN and that this will seek to ban all abortions even to save the life of the mother.

Here the recording here from one of the unlicensed and unregulated abortion centers in Nashville that court out of state women with coupons and discounts.

Video published in Tennessean.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

All Eyes on Tennessee

Cross Posted from Live Action

All eyes are on Tennessee.  Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, Music City USA, home of Elvis Presley, Beale Street, the buckle of the Bible belt, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Now it has another moniker…abortion destination of the Southeast.   Tennessee ranks as the third state nationally for out of state women coming to get their abortions.

This occurred because the ACLU and Planned Parenthood sued the people of Tennessee in a lawsuit known as Planned Parenthood vs. Sundquidst.  Planned Parenthood sued to remove three regulations around abortion that had been voted into place by bi partisan legislators. These were informed consent, 48 hour waiting period, and that later term abortions must be done in hospital settings.  The ruling was announced September 15, 2000 in their favor by the TN Supreme Court, and with it a broad right to an abortion in our state Constitution was discovered.  This prevented any regulation from being enforced that could not pass a strict scrutiny standard.

This lawsuit emboldened an abortionist who opened two facilities to sue when the Department of Health tried to inspect the centers and demand that he meet the standards of same day surgery centers. He prevailed in court by saying he was operating under a doctor’s office license and did not have to meet these regulations unless he performed a substantial number of abortions. The court did not define what constitutes a substantial number leaving it unanswered; so he was now free to operate using this loophole.   Others followed suit. Just google how to get an abortion in Tennessee, the two unregulated centers pop up on the top of the list. They even offer a discount coupon for out of state women coming for abortions.

The dissenting judge from the 2000 decision advised the only remedy for the people was to enact an amendment to the constitution stating that it was silent on the issue of abortion and allowing the people to once again speak through their elected legislators to enact regulations around abortions.  Amending the Constitution is an arduous process. It must pass the General Assembly by a simple majority, followed by a super majority, appear on the ballot in a year that a Governor is elected and pass by at least 50% plus one of the number of votes cast for Governor.

 Game on in Tennessee. This is a watershed moment. If Tennesseans prevail, it will encourage 15 other states that were similarly attacked in the courts by the abortion industry to follow our lead.   If it fails, it will embolden the abortion industry to attack the remaining 34 states as needed with their winning strategy.

The campaign to vote No is calling their out of state forces for support.  94% of their donations are from other state affiliates of Planned Parenthood and their ally ACLU.  The Yes on One forces have strong grassroots but are being outspent 3-1. The abortion industry is blanketing the media market with ads leaving the strong impression that this amendment would ban abortion even in the case of the mother’s life.  The second ad is just as egregious. It infers that a rape victim may be denied an abortion. They are acting like Roe vs. Wade never happened. Either that or they are treating Tennesseans like they are civically illiterate.


All eyes are on Tennessee. Check out Yes on One or like them on Facebook to follow this monumental fight.


Monday, October 13, 2014

TN: leading pro abortion ad won't say the A word.....their brand is so toxic


Vote No on One campaign in TN features an abortion supporting  doctor who talks  about a woman finding  out she was pregnant the same day she found out her cancer returned. The woman choose to fight the cancer and continue the pregnancy. The result was that the baby lived and she died.  These are the facts. Anyone who has battled cancer understands that sometimes the treatment does not save their life. She is trying to suggest that not having an abortion contributed to her demise. She  did pursue cancer treatments. If that was indeed a fact, she would have led with it.

 "It was her decision and no one else's" says the doc. Viewers think this is a pro life ad.  Not so fast... the abortion supporting doctor says the following...."no politician has the right to legislate these personal and private decisions." She further goes on to say that to support amendment one makes no exceptions for awful things that can happen during pregnancy. FALSE,FALSE,FALSE ...abortion was legal to save the mother's life even before 1973.




Notice what word is missing?? ABORTION !!  They are obviously not comfortable with their own branding. The word itself is toxic!  They cleverly parse their words to suggest that abortion could be banned to save the life of the mother if the amendment passes. Abortion is legal due to federal law regardless of the reason or stage of pregnancy. They know that, but the purpose of this ad is to  scare and confuse.

This campaign is depending heavily on out of state funding from ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The abortion industry brags about  their 2000  victory in Tennessee.....saying look what we were able to do in the buckle of the Bible belt... eliminating all meaningful regulations around abortion at any stage for any reason.

 Yes on One ,the pro life amendment  points out that TN ranks as the 3rd state in our nation for women coming for abortions from out of state. This is from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  We are the abortion mecca of the southeast! This is the outcome of Planned Parenthood's   2000 lawsuit against the  citizens of TN.  Gone is informed consent, waiting periods and the requirement that later term abortions be done in hospital settings. This lawsuit further emboldened an abortionist to sue to remove the requirement that abortion facilities had to meet the minimum standards of other same day surgery centers.

Let's notice the wording of the Yes ad....while  the No ad  features an abortion supporting doctor, the  Yes ad  features people,deals with facts and is not afraid to say the A word.

Vote Yes on One! Restore to the people their voice !


Friday, October 10, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 10-10-14



by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

ProLifeBlogs shares a post from After Abortion detailing the death of an Italian woman from RU-486, which was administered in a hospital. This is the first known death in Italy due to the chemical abortion pill.

Operation Rescue announces that eight New Jersey abortion clinics are set to be closed, thanks to the NJ State Board of Medical Examiners’ revocation of abortionist Steven Chase Brigham’s medical license. The raid on his abortion mill revealed the remains of 35 late-term aborted children stored in his freezer:
In addition to his most recent revocation in New Jersey, Brigham has had licenses revoked or surrendered in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California.“If Brigham is not fit to practice in five states, he isn’t fit to practice anywhere,” said [OR's Troy] Newman. “We are now calling on Virginia, Florida, and Delaware to immediately shut down Brigham’s abortion facilities in those states based on the findings of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, which found that Brigham’s deceptive and fraudulent practices, which are being replicated at every abortion facility he owns, pose a danger to the public.”
It should be noted that Brigham, a man who stored the dead bodies of children in his freezer, blames pro-lifers for his woes. Late-term abortionists like Brigham are considered heroes among abortion advocates.


At New Wave Feminists, Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa shares a poster that makes a great point about bodily autonomy (left; click to enlarge).

Bound4Life has a collection of encouraging videos on the sanctity of human life from the recent 2014 Values Voters Summit. These bold messages are sorely needed to be heard by all.

At USA Today, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life has a great op-ed responding to pro-choicers who argue that certain safety standards for abortion clinics just aren’t necessary:

The story of Karnamaya [Mongar]‘s death [at Kermit Gosnell's clinic] defies imagination. When she was found unresponsive after her abortion, emergency responders struggled through narrow hallways barely able to maneuver a stretcher.
The grand jury that indicted Gosnell for manslaughter noted in its report that Karnamaya’s “slim chances of survival were seriously hampered because it was exceedingly difficult for responders to get her to the waiting ambulance.” Twenty minutes of precious life-saving time was lost….
Clinics claim that they should be allowed to self-regulate and self-police, unlike any other provider of a medical procedure. They want to continue being regulated even less than nail salons. With great outrage, they claim that heath and safety standards such as outpatient clinic regulations are too “burdensome.”
Which ones in particular? Hallway widths.Health and safety standards close no clinics. Abortionists close clinics when they refuse to fully protect women and refuse to comply with laws that other facilities follow.

Pro-Life in TN is alarmed at the media’s love affair with death by assisted suicide, which some doctors are saying should be “safe, legal, and rare” (sound familiar?). The latest person to romanticize assisted suicide is a terminally ill young woman who plans to die on November 1st in Oregon:
[Brittany] Maynard [pictured above] is using her last days to help for others in similar situations, volunteering for Compassion & Choices, an advocacy organization for terminally-ill patients in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. She has launched the Brittany Maynard Fund to fight for death-with-dignity laws in other states. Later this month, she plans to videotape a testimony for California lawmakers and voters….
Five states have already legalized assisted suicide (or the prettier name, “death with dignity”) and bills are pending in seven other states. In Maynard, the media seems to have found their face and sound bites to further promote this aspect of the culture of death.

Suzy B says NARAL has launched attack ads against the SBA List, which insinuate that the pro-life organization is no better than a molester:
Why is NARAL unleashing this disgusting attack on the SBA List and its members?
Because they know they cannot win the debate over whether painful, brutal late-term abortions should be allowed in America. They can’t attack our message, so instead they are attacking the messenger.
Wesley J. Smith is stunned to report that “two internationally respected neurologists conclude that Jahi McMath isn’t brain dead, and the Stanford court appointed independent expert isn’t even curious to see what is going on?” Videos showing her responding to requests to move her hands and feet do not appear to arouse their curiosity to order more tests. Smith writes:
Here’s my bottom line as one who believed she was dead last year:
- Maintaining trust in the integrity of the system, alone warrants a second look.
- So does the interest of science, because we may have witnesses an unprecedented event in brain death science.
- So does the potential future of a little girl.
… If this were a death penalty case, the level of evidence presented would create sufficient doubt to justify a reopen because the case involves life and death. If we can do that for a murderer, surely we can for an innocent and potentially alive little girl.

[Images via New Wave Feminists, People.com]

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