Life Links 12/5/13
Jorge Martin-Santana, a medical assistant at a Sacremento Planned Parenthood, has been charged with sexual battery for allegedly touching a patient inappropriately in October.
Notorious abortionist Steven Brigham is back in the news after New Jersey prosecutors revealed that Brigham lied under oath about whether he had malpractice insurance.
Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
The Bermuda-based company that purportedly issued his policy was itself a sham. It has not issued policies since 2006, when the company operator went to jail for insurance fraud and money laundering, according to legal papers filed Nov. 27 by New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Jeri L. Warhaftig.
"Brigham also produced a fraudulent receipt for payment for a policy issued by" the sham company, Warhaftig wrote.
ABC covered Chris Smith?s announcement that the vast majority of health plans offered to Congress and their staffers include abortion coverage.
The disclosure Wednesday by abortion opponent Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., also highlights an emerging issue nationally: It may be hard for individual consumers to determine whether abortion is a covered benefit in plans offered through the new online insurance markets.
For government insiders, there's another twist: Lawmakers and their staffs now appear to be the only federal employees with access to abortion coverage through their government-supported health insurance plans.
Smith said only nine of the 112 insurance plans offered to members of Congress and their staffs through the Washington, D.C., insurance market exclude abortion as a covered benefit.
A Washington city may pull a grant from a family resource center which provides information which directs women to abortion referring clinics.
Michigan Planned Parenthood President Lori Lamerand struggles to argue for standard abortion insurance
In a flailing attempt to kept abortion as a standard part of tax-subsidized insurance plans in Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan President Lori Lamerand has a Huffington Post editorial which even received a tweet in support from PP's grand leader Cecile Richards.
Under the proposed law, if a woman wants insurance to cover abortion, she'll have to anticipate the need well in advance and purchase a separate rider to cover the procedure.And this is bad why? If a woman wants abortion coverage then she can pay for it.
Michigan politicians have invoked this rarely-used legislative maneuver only five times in its history -- and three of those times it has been used to attack women's access to health care. Actually, politicians don?t invoke this legislation. It?s called ?citizen-initiated legislation? because Michigan citizens have to initiate the legislation by collecting hundreds of thousands of valid signatures from registered voters. The reason it is rarely used is because it is difficult to collected more than 300,000 signatures in less than 6 months. That's the same reason Planned Parenthood isn't mounting their own effort to collect signatures to get the legislation on the ballot. They don't have the grassroots resources and they don't want to spend the money to pay signature gatherers.
Insurance coverage of abortion is not a partisan issue -- it is a health issue. Nice assertion. Any argument or evidence?
Last December, the Michigan Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposed an abortion insurance ban and "any legislation that seeks to restrict access to the legitimate medical services necessary to preserve and protect the reproductive health and well being of the women of Michigan."Guess not, unless saying a pro-choice group is opposed to prolife laws is evidence for something being solely a health issue.
Why would the legislature interfere with how private parties contract to cover a safe, legal and constitutionally protected medical procedure? That is an interesting argument coming from someone who favors Obamacare and the HHS Mandate which interfere in how private parties contract over health insurance much more than Michigan?s Abortion Insurance Opt-Out legislation. The reason they'll pass the legislation in because Obamacare creates tax-subsidized insurance policies which cover abortion if states don't opt-out.
The medical community objects to the abortion insurance ban.Really? The entire medical community does?
Republican Party leaders have vetoed it in the past and polls show that only 36 percent of Michigan voters support the provision.So two Republican governors vetoed it (compared to the dozens who voted for it) and one poorly-worded poll with showed 36% support on an issue that large swaths of the public don't understand and that means what exactly?
Legislators should take this opportunity to stop injecting themselves into private health decisions and let Michigan voters decide what kind of insurance coverage is best for them and their families.
Again, this is coming from someone whose organization supports Obamacare and its various rules which require certain coverages. If Lamerand actually gave a hoot about letting Michiganders decide their insurance coverage, she would be opposed to Obamacare.
Life Links 11/26/13
A legislator in China has called for public hospitals to provide free abortions to students.
Wei Aimin, a deputy of the Beijing People?s Congress and a lawyer with Beijing Dangdai law firm, told Beijing-based Morning Post that many students seeking abortions went to underground clinics to prevent their parents and teachers from finding out and because they could not afford to go to large hospitals.
?All public hospitals in the city should offer abortions to pregnant students for free or for a minimal charge of 100 yuan,? Wei was reported as saying, ?So they are not forced to go to cheaper unlicensed clinics.?
When U.S. abortion advocates whine about restrictions on webcam abortions, remember that in Canada, RU-486 abortions aren?t available because no company is distributing the drugs.
A manufacturer would have to apply to bring the drug to market in Canada. And Dr. Sheila Dunn, one of the authors of the commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, said it's not clear why no one has applied to market mifepristone in Canada before now.
"We don't ever know the reasons that people have for not bringing drugs into different countries," says Dunn, a family physician who specializes in reproductive medicine at Toronto's Women's College Hospital.
There were clinical trials of the drug in Canada early in the last decade. But one was stopped after a woman who received the drug died of a bacterial infection.
A New York man has been convicting of assaults on his wife, including one where he killed his unborn child.
Vikas Jagota of 28 Butternut Drive in New City was found guilty of abusing his wife and convicted by a jury on felony counts of abortion and assault and five misdemeanor charges. The 37-year-old Jagota faces a maximum of seven years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 18, 2014.
Life Links 11/25/13
The Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas resumed abortions on Friday after their abortionist obtained admitting privileges at a local hospital. This was the same Planned Parenthood which cancelled Marni Evans? abortion. By the way, Evans has deleted her tweets asking various media individuals to contact her about her cancelled abortion.
The Miami Herald has an article on the frequent use of misoprostol (aka Cytotec) as an abortion drug in Haiti.
?There is no control over the medication. People go to any pharmacy and ask for this medication and they give it to them,? said Dr. Vladimir Larsen, head of the Society of Haitian Obstetrics and Gynecology , which has conducted two studies in the last four years on the widespread popularity and use of misoprostol.
When Nadia, 19, asked a friend to purchase misoprostol at a local pharmacy to terminate her five-week pregnancy, she wasn?t prepared for how her body would react. The friend bought three pills and told her ?they said take two and insert the third.?
?You hear people talk. But you don?t realize where it can have you end up,? Nadia said from her hospital bed after an incomplete abortion. Two days after secretly downing two pills, the teen landed at the emergency obstetrics center run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in the city of Delmas in Haiti?s capital. She had shivers, heavy bleeding, a fever and a headache........
A Miami Herald reporter easily purchased the pill from pharmacies, and street merchants near the country?s public State University Hospital. Every vendor quoted a different price and instructions on how much to take to terminate a 12-week pregnancy. Almost all suggested it be taken as part of a cocktail mix of wine or beer, as they dug deep into colorful cone-shaped buckets to retrieve the pill from a silver package. They simply smiled when asked why it was hidden.
State officials in Delaware have reached a consent agreement with former Planned Parenthood abortionist Timothy Liveright after the state found he was a ?clear and immediate danger to the public.?
A hearing on the complaint was scheduled for Friday but was canceled after Liveright signed a consent agreement drafted by the attorney general's office. Officials refused to disclose details until the agreement is accepted by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline at its January meeting.
Vladimir Putin has signed a law to make abortion ads illegal in Russia.
Life Links 11/22/13
Melissa Kwoka, a former staff accountant at Planned Parenthood Western New York, stole more than $100K from her former employer. Planned Parenthood hired her despite her having a history of theft.
Kwoka, 44, of Lockport, has a history of larceny. She has three theft convictions dating back to May 2002, when she admitted stealing $212 from the City of Lockport Building Inspection Department. She worked there as a secretary for a little more than a year.
While awaiting sentencing in the Planned Parenthood theft, she was accused last month of electronically transferring $520 from a friend?s bank account so she could make a car payment. She had been held on $1,000 bail in the Niagara County Jail on a fourth-degree grand larceny charge in that case.
Now she heads to the Erie County Correctional Facility to serve a six-month jail term that Michalski imposed Thursday for second-degree grand larceny in the Planned Parenthood theft.
Chicks on the Right Amy Jo Clark and Miriam Weaver discuss Sarah Silverman?s idiotic idea that prolifers are scared of vaginas.
And this begs the question, do liberal women not understand the difference between a living, developing baby and vaginas? Do we need to sit down and have a basic anatomy lesson? There is a big difference between a child growing in your womb and your ?ladyparts.? Contrary to Silverman?s preposterous claim to Chris Hayes, people are not scared of vaginas. But thinking people are perplexed by the inability of liberals to differentiate between a vagina and a child. Because when a separate and distinct human being enters the picture, the picture is about more than your ladyparts.
Marie Stopes is pushing to get the RU-486 abortion drug to Kenyan women.
Marie Stopes Kenya launched a new product, MedipristTM (Mifepristone), geared towards safe motherhood, with the primary aim of reducing maternal mortality caused by unsafe abortion.
Statistics in Kenya show that unsafe abortion accounts for approximately 35 per cent of maternal deaths.
The launch saw 100 healthcare providers - gynaecologists, medical officers, clinical officers, pharmacists and pharmaceutical technologists- from Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties, come together at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa to engage in discussions around prevention of maternal mortality and unsafe abortion.
FOX San Antonio did a segment about the illegal sale of abortion drugs in south Texas. Too bad they didn?t include any prolifers.