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November 2002 Newsletter

The Hard Truth About Abortion

LIVE BIRTH ABORTIONS
(From article by Indiana Right to Life)
When it would have been easier to look the other way, Jill Stanek's commitment to Christ led her to risk her job, reputation, and friendships to stop the terrible practices of abortion and infanticide. Jill was a Registered Nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Discovering that abortions were being committed there, and not only that but also that babies were being aborted alive and allowed to die without medical care, Jill at first tried to privately dissuade hospital religious, medical, and administrative leaders from continuing this abominable practice. Since then - when hospital leaders said that they would not stop - Jill went public and has become a national figure in the effort to protect both born and pre-born infants. She testified before the Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been interviewed by several key Pro-life congresspersons and senators. Her story has been quoted in the national media.
God's blessing did bring some changes. Since receiving much adverse attention, Christ Hospital no longer aborts nonfatally ill handicapped children such as those with Down's syndrome and spina bifida. But abortions of fatally ill children, children who are products of rape or incest, children of multiple gestation, and for reasons of life or "health" of the mother still go on at this hospital named after our Lord and Savior. As part of the abortion procedure, doctors artificially deliver an unborn child in the second trimester if they detect a severe abnormality that would prevent her from surviving. But the abortion procedure can also occasionally result in unborn children living for as long as an hour outside the womb and hospital staff leave them to die. In July 2001, Jill testified on the issue before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in favor of the pro-life Born Alive Infants Protection Act. President Bush signed this pro-life bill that provides legal protection to babies born alive following an unsuccessful abortion attempt. The Born Alive Infants Protection Act would guarantee that such children would have full legal rights, regardless of their stage of development, and must receive appropriate medical care. Then on September 2, 2001, Jill Stanek announced that she had been fired from her nursing job at Christ Hospital and Medical Center. To read Jill’s testimony, log onto www.house.gov/judiciary/stan0720.htm
Jill’s testimony to Priests for Life is found at www.priestsforlife.org/testimony/jillstanektestimony.htm Who knows how many other hospitals condone this horrible practice?


PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION
(National Right to Life Committee)
In September 1993, Brenda Pratt Shafer, a registered nurse with thirteen years or experience, was assigned by her nursing agency to an abortion clinic. Since Nurse Shafer considered herself "very pro-choice," she didn’t think this assignment would be a problem. She was wrong. This is what Nurse Shafer saw: " I stood at the doctor’s side and watched him perform a partial-birth abortion on a woman who was six months pregnant. The baby’s heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. The doctor delivered the baby’s body and arms, everything but his little head. The baby’s body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby’s head, and the baby’s arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the scissors up. Then he stuck the high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I never went back to the clinic. But I am still haunted by the face of that little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."
The Partial-Birth Abortion procedure is used after 20 weeks (4.5 months) of pregnancy – often to six months, seven months or even later. The difference between partial-birth abortion and homicide is a mere three inches….
With strong support from President Bush, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a national ban on partial-birth abortions. The U.S. Senate will now decide the fate of the bill. National Right to Life, the nation's largest pro-life organization, announced this week that 61 out of 100 U.S. senators are on record in support of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Nevertheless, when the two-year 107th Congress adjourns around mid-October, it appears that an unprecedented number of major pro-life bills, including the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, will die because of obstructionism by the Democratic leaders of the Senate who are pro-abortion. This is why the November 5th election is very crucial to the lives of unborn babies. With pro-life leadership in the Senate, President Bush will sign the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban into law. So please join with the majority of Americans and speak out against partial-birth abortion by voting for life. The partial-birth abortion procedure is used most often on healthy babies of healthy mothers. And remember, all abortions stop the beating heart of a living unborn child.
In May 1997, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was endorsed by the American Medical Association. It should be endorsed by all of us. Let us speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Let us all be witnesses for life.

A PERSONAL STORY
A letter was put in the Washington paper(our local paper) with the Pregnancy Care Center's address and phone number in it. One day, Donna from the Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) told me that a girl from Washington came in to the PCC scared to death that she was pregnant and that her boyfriend would be very upset if she was. Donna always asks her clients where they heard about the PCC. When she asked this girl were she had heard about the center, she said she had read it in the paper! Praise the Lord! Had she not seen the address in the paper, who knows what decision she would have made. Plus, her test came back negative. We all must do whatever we can, no matter how small, to get the pro-life message out. You never know when someone who needs help will see that information. Here is the PCC’s address and phone number. Please call if you are pregnant and need help, or if you’ve had an abortion and need healing.

Pregnancy Care Center
120 E. Main Street
Washington, IN 47501
PHONE: 812-257-1041
IN AN EMERGENCY: 812-254-4455 or 1-800-524-1056


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