Who would have thought the summer months would be almost a replay of the 2010 elections?!! But here we are down to the wire with the first set of recall elections set for Tuesday, August 9 and the second set taking place on August 16.
Planned Parenthood and their allies in the pro-abortion movement are using these recall efforts as an opportunity to undo the 2010 elections and bring the State Senate under pro-abortion leadership so that Wisconsin Right to Life’s life-saving legislative agenda will be stopped dead in its tracks. Don’t let them get away with it!
At stake on August 9 are the State Senate seats of six Republican incumbents who have supported legislation to protect the unborn and protect taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions. All six of these Republicans are being challenged by candidates who are staunchly pro-abortion and are endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the organization that performs most of the abortions in Wisconsin.
On August 16, two pro-abortion Democrat incumbents will face candidates who are strongly pro-life.
With so much at stake, be sure to visit our recall website at www.wrtl.org/recall to find out about the candidates and how you can help keep our State Senate under the leadership of lawmakers who respect the sanctity of human life. You’ll will also be able to find out if you live in one of the State Senate districts where recall elections are being held. There is a ton of recall election information on our website.
And just to get you in the recall election mood, check out our great recall election video here.
LeRoy Carhart is one of the nation’s most notorious late-term abortionists. His idol? The late George Tiller who never encountered an abortion too late in pregnancy to be performed. Carhart was essentially run out of Nebraska, where he practiced his deadly trade, by a new Nebraska law which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.
Carhart told Rob Stein of the Washington Post he was looking to set up his late-term abortion practice in a state that would have “more favorable” laws and promised “we’re going to do the maximum the law allows.” He settled on Germantown, Maryland because Maryland has some of the least-restrictive laws in the nation and is near three airports, the Post reports.
The Post article further states that Carhart “provides about 60 abortions per month in Germantown; of that total, about six to 10 are provided later in pregnancy….Most of the abortions Carhart performs are between the 18th and 24th weeks of pregnancy. If the medical situation warrants, he can perform one as late as 32 weeks.”
Carhart clearly does not deserve the title of “doctor,” as his means of earning a living makes even some of the most hardened pro-abortionists flinch. Too bad the Post doesn’t recognize how badly Carhart degrades human life and sullies the people of Maryland.
In a July 14 New York Times column titled “Death and Budgets,” David Brooks essentially endorses assisted suicide to solve the nation’s debt problem. Some of the lines in his piece and his reasoning are, quite simply, appalling.
Brooks feeds off an op-ed written by a man living with ALS who wants to take his own life when he “…can’t tie my bow tie, tell a funny story, walk my dog……I’ll know that life is over. It’s time to be gone.” Brooks takes it a step farther by stating that “fiscal responsibility” should be part of the equation. “It is hard to see us reducing health care inflation seriously unless people and their families are willing to do what Clendinen is doing — confront death and their obligations to the living.”
Other statements in the piece:
“The fiscal crisis is about many things, but one of them is our inability to face death — our willingness to spend our nation into bankruptcy to extend life for a few more sickly months.”
“Life is not just breathing and existing as a self-enclosed skin bag. It’s doing the activities with others you were put on earth to do.”
Brooks concludes: “My only point today is that we think the budget mess is a squabble between partisans in Washington. But in large measure it’s about our inability to face death and our willingness as a nation to spend whatever it takes to push it just slightly over the horizon.”
This crass view of life, death and debt makes the skin crawl. Our nation’s incredible debt has been caused by many, many complicated factors. We cannot and must not make the ailing and those with disabilities pay the price of their lives to find fiscal stability.
Five states have passed laws to prohibit web-cam abortions with several more, including Wisconsin, poised to do the same. True to form, a “study” has been released to proclaim how wonderful this procedure is.
Let’s review: Web-cam abortions were initiated by Planned Parenthood and piloted in Iowa where 2,000 of these abortions took place. PP intends to export this technique nationwide. A woman in a remote location discusses her abortion by web-cam with an abortionist in another city or perhaps even another state. She is not physically examined by the abortionist. After the information exchange, the abortionist presses a button which opens a drawer at the woman’s location. Her abortion drugs (RU 486 and a labor-inducing drug) are in the drawer and the abortionist watches her take the medication.
Just last week I wrote about a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which reveals 14 deaths and over 2,200 complications for women who have used RU 486.
Not to be deterred, Daniel Grossman of the University of California-San Francisco who is a senior associate at the research organization Ibis Reproductive Health has written a paper published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled: “Abortions via ‘telemedicine’ are safe, effective, Iowa study finds: Women don’t need face-to-face contact to take RU 486; doctors supervise remotely.” The “results” of the study are predictable when penned by such a notorious abortion advocate as Grossman. Grossman claims that women seeking RU 486 abortions were interviewed with about half electing to have a web-cam abortion. He states that outcomes were virtually the same for those who had RU 486 web-cam abortions and those who had a face-to-face consultation with a physician.
Grossman’s conclusion: “The real solution to the problem is to pass legislation that will allow mid-level providers, such as nurse practitioners, to counsel patients and dispense RU-486 — in person.” That statement is insightful as a major goal of the pro-abortion movement is to expand abortion by allowing persons other than physicians to perform or administer them. Not in Wisconsin. Not now. Not ever.
The argument is inevitable. When it is crunch time for health care dollars, look for someone to suggest saving money by legalizing assisted suicide and rationing care to older Americans. That’s exactly what the Addison County (VT) Independent proposes in an editorial.
“Money must also be saved in services delivered to people with chronic diseases and those who frequently use emergency rooms,…: two areas in which the community at large must help play an important role. Passing a law that allows physicians to help end a patient’s life under very controlled circumstances, known as ‘death with dignity,’ is one such measure that could help (an effort was tried this past session but postponed until next year. Another is approving some type of rationing measures, as Oregon has done, that help control health care costs.”
Earlier this year, Vermont passed a single payer universal health care law but doesn’t know how to pay for it. The debate continues as this newspaper, in the name of “pragmatism,” brashly and openly talks of killing people and/or rationing their care to save money. This is the daily battle we fight to eliminate the culture of death. It is more important than ever to establish a permanent culture which values life.
It is a sad commentary that officials in the UK are essentially abandoning those with disabilities to family members who assist with their suicides. A Scottish mother took her son who is paralysed from the neck down to the controversial Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland where he died. Scottish police have decided they will not bother to investigate.
Wesley Smith comments: “This is so tragic. Five years from now, Robert might have remade his life and been very glad to be alive. …But now he will never have the chance….And the police even don’t care enough about his death to bother mounting an investigation into its circumstances. Think about the message that sends to people with disabilities, and to society about how we should think of such people…. As Canadian journalist Andrew Coyne once wrote, ‘A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endured.’”
An FDA report quietly released in April of 2011 indicates that 14 U.S. women have died after taking the abortion drug, RU 486, and over 2,200 were injured. (N.B. RU 486 is an abortion drug given to a woman diagnosed as pregnant who seeks an abortion between five and nine weeks of pregnancy. This is a different drug than the morning after pill.)
This news is astonishing and incredibly harmful to women! Why didn’t it receive front page coverage all over the country?
RU 486 is the drug that Planned Parenthood (PP) wants to administer via web cam nationwide, where the woman is not even physically examined in person but just talked to over a web cam. PP pioneered this “procedure” with over 2,000 women in Iowa. Just think, an abortionist in Los Angeles could be talking to a woman in Wild Rose, Wisconsin for her abortion.
This news is especially alarming in Wisconsin as RU 486 abortions increased from 19% of all Wisconsin abortions in 2008 to 27% in 2009.
Wisconsin Right to Life has made it a top priority to prohibit web cam abortions in Wisconsin. We are working with Senator Mary Lazich and Rep. Michelle Litjens on the Woman’s Protection Act which contains such a provision. Watch for introduction of this important bill in the near future.
Wisconsin Right to Life condemns bloggers who are falsely and viciously reporting that Wisconsin Right to Life is making calls telling people not to vote today. This is completely untrue. Wisconsin Right to Life has not ever and is not now making phone calls to suppress votes.
Wisconsin Right to Life did make a call stating that people would be receiving absentee ballot applications in the mail. These are for the general elections on August 9 and 16.
WRTL is receiving calls from all over the country from nasty people at the urging of bloggers who swear and contend they are reporting us to the FBI and other agencies. Some of the calls came through on caller ID as AFL-CIO.
WRTL has made no endorsements in today’s primary election. Even if we had, why would we tell our own people, those who received the calls, not to vote? This campaign against WRTL is not only false and vicious but totally without merit.
Wisconsin Right to Life encourages all who live in recall districts where there is an election today and next week to go to the polls and vote!
The recently enacted Wisconsin state budget directs $1 million in state and federal family planning taxpayer dollars to public health agencies who are prohibited from giving the funds to groups like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) which perform or refer for abortions.
In full whine, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) is complaining that this loss of funds will force it to cut services or staff. “This is a challenging time for us. We are evaluating all our options,” says a spokesperson for PPWI. In standard rhetoric mode, PPWI claims that 12,000 people in the PPWI client base will not have anywhere to go for non-abortion services and women will be hurt.
PPWI misses the main point — the dollars are still in place to provide services, but not at Planned Parenthood which is the state’s largest abortion provider. In 2009, PPWI performed 5,439 abortions in Wisconsin which comprised 64% of all state abortions. No wonder PPWI wants women in its offices for “health” services, because these women provide a client base for its abortion clinics.
As good as this news is, PPWI is only partially defunded. There is still more work to do and Wisconsin Right to Life will be in the forefront of getting the job done.