Abortion

Supreme Court denies abortion clinic’s appeal for Catholic pro-life deliberations

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from an abortion clinic seeking access to records belonging to the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops concerning its pro-life deliberations. Whole Woman’s Health, a pro-choice health facility in Texas, had subpoenaed the bishops’ religious deliberations on abortion and any communications with government officials, after the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops offered to provide burials for aborted remains following a state law requiring hospitals to properly dispose of fetal tissue through cremation or burial rather than in a sewer or landfill. Whole Woman’s Health had challenged the state law in separate litigation and sought the records in conjunction with that case. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the bishops in their motion to halt the subpoena, saying the clinic’s move ran afoul of the First Amendment. In rejecting the appeal Monday, the high court leaves the 5th Circuit ruling in place. “Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops and force them to withdraw their offer to bury every child aborted in Texas,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president at Becket Religious Liberty for All, which represented the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

This isn’t about abortion.  It’s about one group trying to bully a religious organization into releasing its private communications.  So, kudos to the 5th Circuit for putting a stop that brazen violation of the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court for upholding that decision.  Again, this ruling has nothing to do with abortion.  It was a victory for the First Amendment.  Excellent!

VA Gov Northam on Abortion Bill: Infant Could Be Delivered and Then ‘Physicians and the Mother’ Could Decide If It Lives

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D.) commented Wednesday about a controversial 40-week abortion bill and in so doing said the law allows an abortion to take place after the infant’s birth. “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said, alluding to the physician and mother discussing whether the born infant should live or die. A Democratic lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates proposed a bill Tuesday that would allow abortions through the end of the third trimester of pregnancy. The video of Delegate Kathy Tran presenting her bill led to an exchange where she admitted that her bill would allow for a mother to abort her child minutes before giving birth. “How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated that it would impair the mental health of the woman?” Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R.) asked. “Or physical health,” Tran said. “Okay,” Gilbert replied. “I’m talking about the mental health.” “I mean, through the third trimester,” Tran said. “The third trimester goes up to 40 weeks.” “Okay, but to the end of the third trimester?” Gilbert asked. “Yup, I don’t think we have a limit in the bill,” Tran said. “Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about to give birth, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified?” Gilbert asked. “She’s dilating.” Tran responded that is a decision between the woman and her doctor would have to make. Gilbert asked if her bill would allow an abortion right before the infant was born. “My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran said. NBC4 reporter Julie Carey asked Northam about the measure. “Do you support her measure and explain her answer?” Carey asked. “I wasn’t there, Julie. And I certainly can’t speak for delegate Tran. But I would tell you one, the first think I would say, this is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician by the way. And it is done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is non-viable.” Northam continued by saying government shouldn’t be involved in these types of decisions and that legislators, especially male legislators, shouldn’t be telling women what to do. “I think this was really blown out of proportion. But again we want the government not to be involved in these types of decisions. We want the decision to be made by the mothers and their providers. And this is why Julie, that legislators, most of whom are men by the way, shouldn’t be telling a woman what she should or shouldn’t be doing with her body,” Northam said. Carey asked if the law should still require women to have multiple physicians approve an abortion. “Well, I think it is always good to get a second opinion and for at least two providers to be involved in that decision,” Northam said. “These decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Wow..  Just pause and re-read what Gov. Northam (D-VA) is saying here..  He’s advocating that it’s perfectly reasonable to abort mere minutes before birth for a whole range of reasons having NOTHING to do with the life or health and welfare of the mother.  He’s even suggesting it can be done POST birth/POST delivery!  And, if your a male (who isn’t a liberal Democrat, of course, like him), then you shouldn’t weigh in on the issue.  What a hypocrite!  Now, here at The Daily Buzz we really try to avoid the abortion issue altogether as it’s such a divisive issue.  And, it’s really not what this blog focuses on.  But, c’mon..  This is what the late DEMOCRAT Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) referred to as “infanticide.”  This isn’t about whether abortion should be legal or not.  Its about abortion on demand regardless of science, and even POST delivery.  By ANY definition, that’s murder…and that’s what these lunatics are advocating.  Unreal..  If you’re in Virigina, ya just might want to contact your state rep and state senator, and let them know how ya feel about this insanity.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen: Abortion is our ‘core mission’

Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen has affirmed the organization’s commitment to providing abortions after she claimed the news media misconstrued her earlier statements about expanding non-abortion services. Ms. Wen clarified Tuesday that Planned Parenthood’s “core mission” is to provide, protect and expand access to abortion. “We will never back down from that fight — it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake,” she tweeted. Ms. Wen linked to a headline by BuzzFeed News, which she slammed as misleading. “I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood,” the physician wrote. The article, titled, “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortion Health Care,” reported that Ms. Wen was kicking off a five-month listening tour of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country in order to learn “how best to add or expand nonabortion services that are not normally associated with Planned Parenthood, like treatment for opioid addiction, diabetes management, and mental health counseling.” Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic campaign consultant, told BuzzFeed that the focus on non-abortion services signaled political “fatigue.” “If you publicly project that you’re no longer an advocate but a provider of medical services, the presumption is the bad guys will no longer beat you up because you’re no longer poking a stick in their eyes all the time,” Ms. Sheinkopf said. Ms. Wen pushed back on the report, declaring Tuesday that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s No. 1 priority.

Well, despite the fact that she’s a raving lunatic, we appreciate that Dr. Wen is at least being open and honest about what Planned Parenthood’s #1 priority is.  No more dancing..  But, her assertion that abortion is a “fundamental human right” is preposterous.  Just because she and her organization assert it, doesn’t make it so.  But, hey..  to lunatic liberals like her, facts aren’t important.  Typical…

Planned Parenthood forces cancellation of ‘Gosnell’ screening

Planned Parenthood convinced a hotel in Austin, Texas, to cancel a screening of a new movie about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, according to the film’s producers. The movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” which opens in theaters Oct. 12, was to be screened Saturday night in the Hyatt Hotel in the Texas capital at the same time Planned Parenthood hosts a $400 a plate gala dinner headlined by Cecille Richards, the organization’s former CEO. The movie’s producers, however, were told Monday by the hotel the screen was canceled for “security reasons.” The producers told WND they paid the deposit and signed the contract to reserve the space for the screening. “Everything that was required by the Hyatt was provided and completed as required,” a spokesman said. Producer Ann McElhinney said the movie screening “gave a real choice to the people of Austin.” “Over 250 had already registered to go and we were receiving dozens of new RSVPs every day,” she said. “But now thanks to the bullying of Planned Parenthood and the cowardice of the Hyatt they won’t get to see the Gosnell Movie and the truth about abortion.” Gosnell, who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, was convicted in 2011 of multiple counts of first degree murder for late-term and after-birth abortions. A routine investigation led to the discovery of the criminal abortion operation, which Gosnell had been running for years. The producers say the movie exposes the lack of attention the case received at the time. Planned Parenthood’s Richards had been invited to the screening at the Hyatt, the producers said. Producer Phelim McAleer said the cancellation is “only a temporary victory for the forces of intolerance that have tried to bury this story all along the way.” He said the Hyatt screening was just a “sneak peek” before the movie is brought to 750 screens nationwide on Oct. 12. The film centers on Detective James “Woody” Wood, played by Dean Cain, and his partner Det. Stark (Alfonzo Rachel) who work an informant network to identify a doctor who had been selling prescription drugs illegally. As the case unfolded, Wood and District Attorney Sarah Jane Morris were confronted not only by the horrors of the case but also fierce resistance from government and personal politics. “Gosnell” is directed by Nick Searcy who starred in “The Shape of Water” and the critically acclaimed FX series “Justified.”

As many of you know, we try to avoid the abortion topic here at The Daily Buzz..  That said, its newsworthy just how Planned Parenthood (PP) bullies and intimidates the opposition.  Yes, the scheduling of this screening of Gosnell by the film’s producers at the same hotel that PP was having a convention was not an accident.  BUT, they applied for the use of the room for the screening of the film, paid the fees, and did everything appropriately.  So, that’s on that Hyatt for allowing competing entities to have their functions at the same time.  When the left bullies conservatives, it’s ok..and they get away with it.  Such is the case here with PP.  Typical…

Chelsea Clinton: Legalizing Abortion Created Trillions in Economic Growth

Chelsea Clinton recently made strong — if not substantiated — claims about the economic benefits of legalized abortion. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton recently spoke at Rise Up for Roe, an abortion rights campaign event created to advocate against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. During her speech, Clinton reportedly said: “It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. … The net, new entrance of women — that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973. So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue. Of course, I would hope that they would care about our equal rights and dignity to make our own choices — but, if that is not sufficiently persuasive, hopefully, come some of these other arguments that you’ve expressed so beautifully, will be.” There is no way to actually check Clinton’s economic rhetoric. But according to a 2008 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: ” Since 1976, the percentage of working women who were self-employed has trended up (from 4.4 percent in 1976 to 5.2 percent in 2008), while the percentage of men who were self-employed has edged down (from 8.4 percent to 7.6 percent). In 2008, 38 percent of all self-employed persons were women, compared with 27 percent in 1976.” Those numbers would not seem to support Clinton’s estimate.

Indeed!  Wow..  Didn’t realize just how spectacularly stupid Chelsea was..

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arkansas’ medication abortion ban

The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Arkansas’s ban on medication abortions Tuesday, leaving the case in the hands of lower courts who are debating whether blocking one specific type of abortion is a major burden on women’s abortion rights. Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma had challenged the 2015 law, saying it would halt operations at two of the state’s remaining three abortion clinics. A district court had agreed and blocked the law, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to a lower judge for more study on what the burden on women would actually be. The Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday not to take the case leaves the matter in the hands of those courts, but allows the state to start banning medication abortions for now. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauded the high court’s move. “Protecting the health and well-being of women and the unborn will always be a priority. We are a pro-life state and always will be as long as I am Attorney General,” she said in a statement. The law requires an abortion provider dispensing the abortion pill to have a contract with a physician that has admitting privileges to a nearby hospital in case of emergency complications. Medication abortions occur during the first trimester and have been used by Planned Parenthood clinics for more than a decade. The abortion occurs after a woman orally takes a mixture of two pills.

Trump says ‘historic’ rule change means taxpayers will no longer be forced to subsidize abortions

President Trump said his administration was making history Tuesday night with a new proposed rule banning health-care providers that offer abortion services from receiving federal funding, as he called on supporters to vote against Democratic senators who are blocking pro-life legislation. Speaking at the annual Susan B. Anthony List awards event in Washington, Mr. Trump said the new proposal under Title X is “historic” by reversing decades of federal policy. “For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding,” Mr. Trump said to sustained applause. “Today, we have kept another promise. My administration has proposed a new rule to prohibit Title X funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions.” Under the new rule, health-care providers at federally funded clinics could not advise women considering an abortion on where to get one. The policy says money distributed under Title X of 1970 must be “physically and financially separate from programs in which abortion is provided or presented as a method of family planning, including programs that refer for abortions and programs that encourage, promote or advocate abortion as a method of family planning.” Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, hailed the move as long overdue. “Abortion is not healthcare,” she said. “For ten years strong Marist polling indicates that the majority of Americans do not want their taxpayer dollars subsidizing abortion companies. Meanwhile, not one dime of Title X funds will be cut, and the low-income women who those funds are intended to help, will receive authentic health care at federally qualified health centers which outnumber abortion centers 20:1.”

Here at The Daily Buzz we try to avoid the abortion issue.  That said, we applaud this move by the President.  If someone wants to get an abortion legally, that is their right.  But, they shouldn’t force me, or any other hard-working tax-payer, to pay for it.  For more on this article, click on the text above.