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Pro-life group promises legal aid to those hurt by California’s college ‘abortion pill’ law

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The pro-life group Students for Life of America (SLA) said Friday it would offer legal assistance to any students or health care workers whose “conscience rights” were threatened by a new California law that requires all public universities in the state to supply students with the “abortion pill” at on-campus clinics.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Friday. It requires all 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University systems to provide the abortion medication on-campus to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant. It is to take effect in 2023 as long as a state commission can raise more than $10 million in private donations to pay for it.

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“California just ensured women will die in their dormitory bathrooms, bleeding out alone from the abortion pill,” SLA President Kristan Hawkins wrote on Twitter, reacting to Newsom’s action. “The #prolifegen will not stand for this. We will fight to protect the preborn and their mothers, as well as the conscience rights of campus health center workers. #sb24”

“California just ensured women will die in their dormitory bathrooms, bleeding out alone from the abortion pill.”

— Kristan Hawkins, president, Students for Life of America

“#SB24 in California forces all public colleges to assist with dangerous toilet bowl abortions,” Students for Life also said on Twiiter. “If you are a student or employee who is worried how this affects your #consciencerights message us and we will assist you. The fight is not over.”

Hawkins, who also heads Students for Life Action, continued her argument in a separate statement.

“Governor Newsom’s reckless support for a new abortion pill distribution scheme on California college and university campuses will put students’ lives at risk and put schools at risk of lawsuits as conscience rights are violated,” she wrote.

In addition to helping students and healthcare workers in California, Hawkins said her organization is looking into providing legal assistance to women in other states whose legislatures are considering similar bills.

“Student fees underwrite the costs of the healthcare centers on campuses, which will now be required to distribute deadly chemical abortion pills,” Hawkins continued. “And healthcare professionals will also be forced to hand them out no matter the consequences to women’s health, but Students for Life of America will make sure to connect these victims of conscience right violations with legal help to stop the spread of a bad idea that is only good for propping up abortion vendors like Planned Parenthood.”

Medication abortion involves taking two pills — the first, taken at the clinic, blocks the hormone progesterone, while the second, taken days later at home without the supervision of a medical professional, produces a result similar to a miscarriage.

‘Protected right’

The bill’s author, state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, a  told the Associated Press: “Abortion is a protected right, and it is important that everyone — including college students — have access to that right, if they so choose.”

“Abortion is a protected right, and it is important that everyone — including college students — have access to that right, if they so choose.”  

— California state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino

“After three years of working to expand access to medication abortion at our public universities, I’m ecstatic that #SB24 was signed into law! Today, California stood on the right side of history by protecting and prioritizing the right to choose,’ Levya also said in a statement. “Just because you have a constitutional right, if you don’t have access to that constitutional right, then it’s really no right at all. I’m tired of women being shamed.”

‘Other states … go backward’

Newsom, upon signing the bill, pointed to several Republican-led states, including Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi, that have passed laws banning abortions at around six weeks into pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

“As other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom, in California we are moving forward, expanding access and reaffirming a woman’s right choose,” Newsom said at news conference Friday, according to the Sacramento Bee. “We’re removing barriers to reproductive health — increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers.”

“As other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom, in California we are moving forward, expanding access and reaffirming a woman’s right choose.”

— California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, arguing it was not necessary because abortion services were readily available off campus. Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco who became governor in January, said the law is needed “as other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom.”

Other pro-life reactions

Other Religious and pro-life groups also opposed the bill.

Live Action President Lila Rose said the law “turns universities into abortion centers.”

Maria Jose Fernandez, legislative advocate for the California Catholic Conference, said the law is “trying to limit the alternatives for women.”

“We’re giving them the option to terminate a life, but what about those who want to continue on with that pregnancy? Where is the help for those women?” Fernandez told The Associated Press.

Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference, implored Catholics and other Christians in an open letter to pray for the dissolution of SB 24 in order to shield “infants and young college-age women from the scourge of abortion,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The state’s Republicans voted against the measure in committee hearings. A handful of Assembly Democrats abstained during floor debates. The Department of Finance, under Newsom’s office, also opposed the bill, citing a lack of resources, personnel expertise and private funds to support a program of such “size, scope or content.”

Also Friday, Newsom signed a law clarifying that Planned Parenthood can prescribe birth control via teleconference without a video chat, as it can in other states.

Jodi Hicks, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said the bill signings show “that California understands reproductive health care is health care. And health care is a human right.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Appeals court blocks Ohio ban on Down syndrome abortions

A divided federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that Ohio cannot enforce a 2017 law banning abortions when medical tests show the baby has Down syndrome.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a preliminary injunction saying that the law was invalid because it had the purpose and effect of preventing some women from obtaining pre-viability abortions, which violates Supreme Court precedents.

Signed into law by then-Gov. John Kasich in 2017, the measure imposed criminal penalties on doctors who perform abortions after learning of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

In February 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed suit to block the law from taking effect. One month later, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black halted the law, saying it violated a woman’s right to privacy.

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Protesters with shirts saying “Stop the Bans” in the Ohio Senate chamber after legislators passed a bill in 2017 banning abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. (AP)

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On Friday the panel of three judges upheld Black’s ruling in a 2-1 decision. A spokesman for Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said the state will ask the full 6th Circuit to review the case, according to Reuters. A large majority of the 6th Circuit court’s members were appointed by Republican presidents, but Friday’s majority consisted of Democratic appointees.

“The state’s interest in preventing discrimination does not become compelling until viability,” wrote Circuit Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, appointed by the Obama administration.

Circuit Judge Alice Moore Batchelder, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, dissented.

“Ohio concluded that permitting physicians to become witting accomplices to the deliberate targeting of Down syndrome babies would undermine the principle that the Down syndrome population is equal in value and dignity to the rest of Ohio’s population,” Batchelder wrote, according to Cincinnati.com.

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Batchelder, quoting a May opinion from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, added that states have a “compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.”

Under the law, doctors could have received up to 18 months in prison for performing abortions with the knowledge that the mother had based her decision in part on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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The Down syndrome bill was the latest Ohio abortion law to receive a setback from the courts. In July, a federal judge blocked Ohio from enforcing a fetal “heartbeat” law banning abortions after a heartbeat was detected, or six weeks at the earliest.

A ban on abortions by dilation and evacuation, a surgical procedure most commonly used in second-trimester abortions, has also been challenged in court.

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Ewan McGregor’s daughter says she was raped, had abortion, suffered drug addiction in ‘year of hell’

Ewan McGregor’s daughter Clara has revealed she was raped, beaten and suffered pill addiction and depression in a heart-rending open letter.

The brave model and actress, 23, who also had an abortion, lifted the lid on her “year of hell” in the hope “it can help others feel less alone.”

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: “I’ve been so ashamed of some of my mental health issues that I haven’t even wanted to tell friends.

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Ewan McGregor and daughter Clara McGregor attend the premiere of “Christopher Robin” on Sept. 5, 2018 in Tokyo. Clara and Ewan were briefly estranged amid his affair with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (Getty)

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“This past year I dealt with addiction, I got sober, and I dealt with a great deal of depression and anxiety, I had an abusive relationship, I had an abortion, the list goes on.”

Clara, who has three younger sisters, added: “I’ve suffered from crippling anxiety since I was 4. (It) has stopped me living the life I wanted to lead. It was a cage I still struggle to get out of.

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“I’ve also struggled with substance abuse, it led me to Xanax and I’m proud to say I’ve been clean and sober off of pills for 110 days.”

Her post — a year after she appeared with her dad in the “Christopher Robin” film — also revealed she had been attacked by an unnamed ex.

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Clara, who lives in New York, wrote: “I was ashamed of the abuse I had let happen to me. I blamed myself for the bruises, the black eyes, the rapes and for the attacks a man did to me.

“But I’m regaining this power now . . . I feel so loved and blessed with where I am now.”

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Hundreds of followers have posted messages of support — calling Clara “beautiful and brave” for speaking out.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Tyler Perry won’t leave Atlanta despite abortion law backlash in Hollywood

Tyler Perry said he cannot “just up and leave” filming in Georgia despite Hollywood’s backlash against the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law.

The actor-director-writer made the remarks to The Associated Press on Friday while discussing the upcoming opening of his massive Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May.

But Perry, whose hits include the “Madea” franchise and “Why Did I Get Married” films, said he is committed to staying put.

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“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” he said. “So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”

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Perry says he cannot “just up and leave” filming in Georgia despite Hollywood’s backlash against the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law. Perry made the remarks Friday, Sept. 27, while discussing the upcoming opening of a massive new Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Perry is planning a star-studded unveiling of his new studio complex next weekend.

The law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women realize they’re expecting. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1.

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Some actors and actresses such as Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill, and Mandy Moore have suggested a boycott against filming in Georgia. Others, like Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are proceeding to shoot their HBO show “Lovecraft County,” but said they will donate all of their “episodic fees” to organizations fighting the law including the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.

Perry hasn’t been vocal about his views on the law, but the filmmaker later told The AP he is against the law.

“I don’t believe any man should be able to tell a woman what she can do with her body or reproductive organs,” he said.

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Perry said the workers who helped Georgia’s thriving television and film industry could have an impact in the 2022 governor’s election.

“What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly,” he said. “And that’s a lot of votes. I’m in a wait and see moment right now. But that’s a lot of votes. That’s a lot of votes that can determine an election.”

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Authorities urge women who may be linked to fetal remains found at abortion doctor’s home to come forward

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Authorities are urging women who may have had an abortion performed on them by an Indiana doctor who kept more than 2,000 fetal remains at his Illinois home to come forward if they feel that they could have a link to the remains.

Will County Sherrif Mike Kelley said Thursday that the 2,246 fetal remains would be turned over to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.

“What we’re looking for is to work with Indiana authorities to find out if there’s more and work with them if victims come forward that want to participate in the criminal justice system,” Will County State’s Attorney General James Glasgow said at a press conference.

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“Even though the clinics are in Indiana, some of these people could have lived in Illinois at the time, so we have a connection. But obviously if the crime is committed in Indiana, they would be the appropriate prosecuting authority but we probably could assist them so we remain open to that.”

Kelley added that the investigation in Illinois has been completed for the time being, but added: “There’s still work that needs to be done in this case,”

Family members of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer discovered the medically preserved fetal remains in his garage on Sept. 12. Klopfer had died nine days earlier of natural causes, according to Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil.

When authorities searched the garage, they found more than 70 cardboard boxes of various sizes from “ceiling to floor” containing fetal remains that were placed inside small, sealed plastic bags with formalin, a chemical used to preserve biological material, Kelley said.

There was “individual packaging of every single one of them,” Glasgow said of the fetal remains.

The boxes were mixed among other boxes containing Klopfer’s personal property and more than 50 detectives and personnel searched the residence for several days, before transferring the remains to the coroner’s office.

“I can tell you, in the 31 years that I’ve been doing this job, I’ve never seen anything like this ever,” Kelley said. “It is a strange … once in a lifetime type of thing.”

Police said they found no evidence of medical procedures occurring on the property but the containers of remains were dated from 2000 to 2002, coinciding with a period of time when Klopfer maintained three abortion clinics in Indiana.

“We collectively ask that the media and the public not pass judgment on the Klopfer family, who made this startling discovery and who have been cooperating fully throughout this entire process,” Kelly said, adding that neither the family nor the doctor’s widow knew why he had the fetuses hidden in the garage.

Glasgow said there was “no evidence to indicate any criminal activity at that house other than the existence of the evidence that we found.”

The laws for disposing of a fetus after an abortion vary from state to state, but O’Neil said the coroner’s officer “never exercises jurisdiction” over disposal in Illinois. “Whatever form of disposition either the hospital or clinic provides is up to them.”

Glasgow also pointed out that since Klopfer is deceased, he can’t face any criminal charges but it is clear that “he failed to follow Indiana law as to the disposal of the fetal remains under their law. He failed to file the proper paperwork under their law. Those are the two things they’re going to be looking at. He has facilities there that are still there. That will be part of the continuing investigation.”

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Glasgow said investigators “would certainly like to know more” about the circumstances that led to the suspension of Klopfer’s medical license in 2015 amid accusations that he failed to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.

“These records were not handled properly back at that time,” Glasglow said.

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Planned Parenthood ex-CEO writes letter to board amid severance dispute

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The following is a letter that Dr. Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood, was said to have sent via email to the group’s board on Sept. 9.

Dear Board members,

My last day as your President/CEO was July 16th, 2019. It was not my desire to leave the organization, and certainly not my desire to leave without saying goodbye to you. Unfortunately, despite many requests by myself, through trusted proxies, and via attorneys, the PPFA Board Chair denied me the opportunity to address you directly. I was threatened with legal action if I were to contact you in any way, and I was not informed of the time of the Board meeting until 20 minutes before it started.

I had hoped to speak with you, in person, so that you could hear three things from me. First, I wanted to thank you for your service and leadership. As CEO, I reported to the Board, and I owe you the courtesy of thanking you myself. I have seen how committed you are to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and it has been an incredible privilege to work with and for such dedicated people. I know that you give your heart and soul to Planned Parenthood, the work it does, and what the organization and the movement stand for. Thank you.

Second, I’d requested to speak with you about my concerns for the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. As you know from our Board discussions, individual conversations, and my public commentary, I have always felt strongly that Planned Parenthood must be foremost a healthcare organization, providing comprehensive, community-based healthcare services to women and all people who are the most vulnerable. Contextualizing—rather than emphasizing—abortion care is the best way to protect it, and Planned Parenthood’s distinctive role within the movement is to be the “big tent”. Based on my affiliate travels, donor conversations, and partner meetings, I believe this represents the view of the majority of Planned Parenthood supporters; however, there is a vocal minority (including many national office staff and powerful voices on the PPFA/PPAF Boards) who prefer a stridently political, abortion-first philosophy. With 2020 approaching and the multitude of restrictive state laws being passed, this is not an unreasonable approach—but it is one that the Federation as a whole should agree to, rather than have the activist voices dominate by default.

Third, I would have wanted to say to you that with the Board dynamics as they were, I was being set up to fail as your President/CEO. When I was hired, the Board asked me to lead major organizational change that included substantial restructuring and instituting processes to ensure accountability, transparency, and efficiency. Such change was met with staff resistance, which I expected. What did I not expect was for the Board Chairs to actively encourage staff and former staff complaints and even go so far as to demand that I terminate certain staff and promote others in ways that raised legal concerns.No CEO can be successful when the Board empowers staff to make end-runs around the CEO. No organization can be functional when there are Board members who constantly interfere with day-to-day operations and undermine the CEO’s decisions to staff, partners, and the media. The price of failure is the health and rights for generations to come, and I would not have wanted to be the leader that lets down this organization—and I know that this is not what you, as the Board, would want either.

Since my departure, I have become aware that many Board members did not know about my repeated requests to address the Board to surface these critical issues. I have also become aware that Board members do not know the attempts by the PPFA Board Chair to buy my silence. Throughout the negotiation before and after my termination, I made it clear that I would abide by confidentiality requirements under common law and in my original employment contract. I would never even think to disclose proprietary information (such as patient information, donor lists, business operations, trade secrets, etc). However, I could not sign a gag order on my experiences and reflections of my service to Planned Parenthood. On July 16th, despite extraordinary pressure and substantial financial incentives from the Board Chair, I chose to not to sign a resignation agreement that contained a permanent gag on my voice as a public health expert. To be clear: no amount of money can ever buy my integrity and my commitment to the patients I serve.

Now, the PPFA Board Chair is refusing to honor the terms of my employment contract, by refusing to pay my guaranteed severance and COBRA health insurance unless I consent to this gag order once again. This is unjust, unethical, and a breach of my contract with PPFA. A gag order was not imposed on my predecessor, Cecile Richards, who (just as her predecessors Gloria Feldt and Faye Wattleton did) even wrote a book about her Planned Parenthood experiences. And it is deeply hypocritical that PPFA would attempt to enforce a gag order on its immediate past President/CEO while fighting the Trump administration’s gag rule on Title X providers.

Refusing to honor my employment contract is also hurtful. I have given all of myself to Planned Parenthood and our mission. In nine months, I had visited 26 affiliates and conducted hundreds of partner and donor meetings. Most weeks, I was away from my family every weekday and worked throughout the weekend. My now-two-year old son, Eli, began to cry every time I came home, because he saw me a stranger in our own home. My family and I endured constant threats to our safety and security, with vitriol often directed at Eli. Sebastian, my husband, put his career on hold as I became the sole income-earner. We purchased a house in Washington, D.C. that we then had to incur significant cost to withdraw from. And, as you know, we suffered a personal tragedy with my miscarriage in June.

Some of you have asked me specifically about this, and here is my response: I have no desire to file claims against Planned Parenthood for defamation, retaliation, or discrimination. I have no desire to harm the organization—in fact, I want more than anything to move on and continue my life’s work in public health, to support Planned Parenthood as a partner in the movement, and to spend time with my growing family (the happy news in this email is that we’re expecting and look forward to Eli having a brother or sister by the end of March!). My service to Planned Parenthood has left my family with upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal fees, relocation costs, and even expenses to remove the security equipment that PPFA installed in my house. Not to mention health insurance benefits—which my entire family depends on—that are now being held as a bargaining chip, in direct violation of PPFA’s contractual obligations.

Unless the position currently being taking taken is reversed, PPFA will be in breach of my contract by the end of the week. I have made it very clear in my negotiations that I will comply with relevant law. I have repeatedly offered to sign a separation agreement with what the parties originally intended. Instead, PPFA insists on a gag order as ransom in exchange for my contractually-guaranteed severance and continued health insurance coverage.

Before a unilateral decision is made by the Board Chair that could have significant consequences, I believe that you as the Board should be aware of this unfortunate situation and have the opportunity to voice your opinion. I believe you would want to do the right thing, both for something as small as treating a former employee fairly, and as momentous as taking on the long-term charge to clarify the vision of the Federation and to reform the Board governance so that Planned Parenthood can be the high-functioning organization that our patients, our country, and our world needs it to be.

Thank you for being the heroes that I have had the great privilege and honor of serving with. I hope that one day in the future, we will be able to work together again, as we are united in our passion to improve health and safeguard rights for all those who need our care.

Sincerely,

Leana

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Abby Johnson: Ex-Planned Parenthood clinic director deserves $3 million court award in wrongful-firing case

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Long hours, unsupportive supervisors, morally questionable work, and a lack of family leave policies would likely drive most employees to be disgruntled. But it’s one thing to be unhappy in a job; it’s a completely different endeavor to go public with a lawsuit against an infamous organization with high-powered attorneys and friends in very high places.

Yet, that’s what a woman in Arizona, who had worked at Planned Parenthood for 17 years eventually rising to the position of director of three clinics, did recently. She reported everything from multiple violations of company policy to actual incidents of breaking the law and she was fired because of those reports.

Last month, a unanimous jury of her peers in Arizona found that Planned Parenthood wrongfully terminated her and awarded Mayra Rodriguez the vast sum of $3 million.

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Planned Parenthood called her a disgruntled employee. That’s what they called me, too, when I left the nonprofit 10 years ago after assisting an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus and for the first time, could not deny that life existed in the womb.

That’s what they’ve called numerous other employees who left after deciding they could no longer work for Planned Parenthood and participate in abortions.

Planned Parenthood isn’t necessarily wrong to call us disgruntled. Everyone has bad days at work or times where the pressure is especially burdensome. But those feelings of unhappiness rarely lead to the kind of newsworthy headlines generated after Planned Parenthood employees jump ship. Why is that?

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One, Planned Parenthood has a long record of trying to skirt the law and getting caught. They’ve been fined millions of dollars for defrauding taxpayers in the Medicaid system and overbilling the government.

The nonprofit isn’t known for its squeaky clean abortion clinics either. In Delaware in 2013, a whistleblower nurse went public with health code violations she witnessed like failure to sterilize equipment, untrained staff, and “meat-market style, assembly-line abortions.

The Planned Parenthood in Missouri that has been the focus of recent media attention for being the last abortion clinic in the state, has had numerous health and safety violations like using expired medications, injecting more than one patient with single-dose meds to save money, and failure to sterilize equipment.

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In 2018, a New York Times bombshell report revealed the hypocrisy of Planned Parenthood’s maternity leave policies (of which there aren’t many) and discrimination against pregnant employees versus their constant rhetoric of empowering women.

I was interviewed for the piece, as were a couple of other former Planned Parenthood directors who came through my ministry, And Then There Were None, but we didn’t make it into the story, even though we experienced much of the same discrimination.

When I was pregnant and working at Planned Parenthood in Texas, I was repeatedly told the clinic would be happy to “take care it” — my baby — so I could continue working without the inconvenience of having an infant.

I’ve helped over 525 abortion workers leave their jobs and yes, I’d say many were disgruntled, but for very good reasons. 

Even when I took time off after the birth of my oldest daughter, the clinic called me several times about work-related matters, taking zero consideration of my needs as a new mother.

Would that kind of treatment have led a Planned Parenthood employee to be deemed “disgruntled”? Likely.

Working in the abortion industry is a tough job. Many former workers I have helped find other jobs or accompanied on healing retreats have told me they worked long hours for little pay, that they were asked to do jobs where they had no previous qualifications to perform — like conducting ultrasounds or drawing blood. I’ve heard this over and over again.

I’ve helped over 525 abortion workers leave their jobs and yes, I’d say many were disgruntled, but for very good reasons.

What other profession leads women to put together the parts of an aborted baby in a lab to make sure the abortion was complete? It’s heartbreaking to listen to former workers describe what they were forced to do, what Planned Parenthood demanded they tell women, and what ended up haunting them for years. And when these workers had the courage to report transgressions to the proper authorities and boards, like Mayra Rodriguez did, Planned Parenthood retaliated.

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Both Mayra and I were named Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” the year before we left our jobs. We were stars at the nonprofit but when we learned the truth about what Planned Parenthood did to women, our stars faded quickly and we became liabilities and “disgruntled employees.”

Planned Parenthood isn’t about empowering women. If it were, abortion would not be an option for their patients. Their maternity leave policies would be second to none. Their clinics would be clean and professional. They wouldn’t defraud taxpayers. Maybe then they wouldn’t have so many disgruntled employees.

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Abortion doctor’s family finds remains of more than 2,200 fetuses at his home after his death: reports

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The remains of more than 2,200 unborn children have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion doctor who died earlier this month, according to reports.

The discovery was made by members of the family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3. The family members had been searching through Klopfer’s belongings after he died, FOX 59 of Indianapolis reported.

There is no evidence that any abortions were performed at the private residence, the Will County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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Klopfer formerly worked at the Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., the report said. The home where the remains were found is located in Will County, Ill.

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According to FOX 59, Klopfer’s medical license was suspended in 2015 after accusations that he failed to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the matter, WSBT-TV of South Bend reported. The county coroner’s office took possession of the remains, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

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Miranda Devine slams Washington Post columnist: ‘if you’re conservative, you’re automatically a racist’

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New York Post columnist Miranda Devine Friday blasted a columnist for The Washington Post, Marissa Brostoff, for accusing conservative J.D. Vance of being a “closet white supremacist” and linking the pro-life movement to white nationalism.

“If you’re a conservative, you’re automatically a racist,”  Devine told “Fox & Friends.”

“[The left is] trying to demonize the pro-life movement and they are also trying to smear the entire conservative movement and, of course, any supporter of Donald Trump.”

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Brostoff’s column, titled “How White Nationalists Aligned Themselves With The Anti-Abortion Movement”, argued pro-life conservatives oppose abortion because they fear it will accelerate the demographic “replacement” of white people by nonwhite immigrants, according to Devine.

Devine went on to say that “it makes no sense because black babies are aborted at five times the rate of white babies so how on Earth it could be a white nationalist thing to be against abortion.”

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“The whole point about being against abortion is that you say every single life is equal and sacred. It’s not that white lives are better. I don’t know where this comes from, it’s insane,” she added.

Devine wrote a rebuttal op-ed aimed at Brostoff for using J.D. Vance as an example of white supremacist ideas being mainstream conservative thought.

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Devine went on to explain to Fox & Friends why Vance was targeted in Brostoff’s column,

“He was immediately suspect to them because he wrote sympathetically about those parts of the country where Donald Trump was popular and where he won the election because he’s from there,” she said.

“He called himself a hillbilly, yet he emerged from a very difficult background, went to Yale. Now he’s writing about those people that he came from and why Donald Trump is resonating with them.”

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Trump administration backs nurse who says employer forced her to perform abortion

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The Trump administration is pursuing action against the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC), which receives federal funds, after a nurse says her supervisors forced her to participate in an abortion against her will.

Jordan Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) attorney representing the nurse, told “Fox & Friends” that President Trump, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the first president to enforce the federal law, the Church Amendment, passed by Congress in 1973.

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“The Trump administration, President Trump, and Secretary Azar at HHS, is the first administration to actually enforce it against these hospitals, to actually enforce conscience protections so that nurses and doctors and medical professionals aren’t forced to perform abortions against their religious or deeply held beliefs,” Sekulow said.

On May 9, 2018, the Catholic nurse, who has asked to remain anonymous, filed a conscience and religious discrimination complaint against UVMC, contending they broke the law by forcing her to assist in an elective abortion despite making known her conscience-based objection.

The nurse allegedly thought she was assisting a miscarriage, but was later informed it was an abortion.

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On Wednesday, HHS said its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is giving UVMC, located in Burlington, Vt., 30 days to change its policies.

Sekulow said UVMC’s policy dates back to 2017, when it started to perform elective abortions, or “abortions for abortion’s sake,” after the former CEO of Planned Parenthood New England came in as a new chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Sekulow says the former Planned Parenthood chairman “definitely has an animus to pro-life nurses, medical professionals, even doctors.”

UVMC responded Wednesday saying it has “robust, formal protections that safeguard both our employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and our patients’ rights to access safe and legal abortion.”

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The medical center adds they “do not discriminate against any employees for exercising their rights to opt out of procedures to which they object,” including “termination of pregnancy.”

Sekulow says UVMC is ignoring the nurse’s rights by saying, “‘If we can accommodate you, we will.’ That’s not the federal law that was passed by Congress. That’s not what HHS enforces…You must accommodate the objector.”

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