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Surgical facilities (also referred to as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) Must Be Licensed!



Dear Friend:

Most of us have had some kind of surgery over the course of our life. Many of those surgeries have been performed at outpatient surgical facilities (also referred to as Ambulatory Surgical Facilities). While most of these surgical facilities are not at hospitals, they must be licensed yearly by the state, hold special federal drug licenses and uphold strict standards of patient health and safety, just as if they were hospitals. Whether you go to an outpatient facility for eye surgery, knee arthroscopy, and yes, even abortion, you should expect the highest standard of care and that if an emergency of any sort were to occur, that the facility could properly take care of you.   It only makes sense.

It’s no secret that in Ohio, NOT ONE ambulatory surgical facility that does abortions currently holds a valid license….and there has been little, if any at all, repercussion from the Ohio Department of Health! However, all other ambulatory surgical facilities MUST HAVE their licenses or they would not be allowed to operate.   This doesn’t say much about the standard of care that a woman can expect if she has an abortion!   It gets even worse.

In Texas, the law states that doctors who work at ambulatory surgical facilities, including those that perform abortions, must have admitting privileges at the local hospital. This allows for continuity of care in case of an emergency and isn’t out of line if someone’s life is at stake. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Texas can enforce the regulation that requires abortion facilities to meet Ambulatory Surgical Center standards and facilities that could not meet those safety standards were forced to close. However, pro-abortion advocates are declaring that these standards are anti-women’s health care, and that pro-life advocates are denying women their reproductive rights! Where do they come up with this logic?!!!

The abortion industry is extremely profitable. The actions and statements of abortion advocates to meeting basic medical standards prove that they put profit first and the safety of their customers last. Abortion already means the end of a life for the child. Their opposition to health and safety standards that ALL surgical facilities must comply with proves that they don’t care about the mother, either.

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Women Deserve the Truth about Down Syndrome and Pre-natal Testing

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Women Deserve the Truth about Down syndrome and Pre-natal Testing

 By Leticia Velasquez

Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome Awareness Month.

Leticia Velasquez

In an age when we value informed consent and patient centered care, it’s a travesty that often the worst informed patient is the mother of a unborn baby with special needs.

Everyone she meets in her medical office seems to be telling her what she should do. In what is often a lonely and frightening time, she needs the truth about her options for testing and about the future of her baby–but seldom hears it.

A frequently heard comment from such mothers is, “I felt pressured to test by my doctor.” Some women even report having prenatal blood tests done without their consent. If a test shows an increased risk for a pre-natal diagnosis, they often feel coerced by their doctors to abort. Some expectant mothers have even changed obstetricians late in pregnancy to preserve their peace of mind and good medical practice.

Defenders of this practice credit “defensive medicine” for this, since obstetricians fear so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits where an obstetrician is sued for failure to give the mother a prenatal diagnosis and the chance to abort her baby. An Oregon couple won a $3 million suit for wrongful birth in 2012.

Women deserve the dignity of informed consent. They need to know the risks of prenatal tests and what can be done if their child is found to have a disability. At this time, the answer is often nothing more than, ‘help prepare you emotionally.’

Due to outmoded stereotypes of life with Down syndrome, too many doctors consider the birth of a child with a disability like Down syndrome a failure of the child’s patients. Mothers hear such unmedical predictions as, “Your child will never tie his shoes, read, marry, go to college or be happy.”

In truth there is a wide range of ability among those with Down syndrome. Moreover none of these predictions can be definitively tied to a prenatal diagnosis, and people with Down syndrome are breaking these barriers every day thanks to advances in inclusion and education.

Then there is the question of happiness. Some women are given the mother guilt trip in reverse; “you can’t do this to your other children.” There is the fear of raising a child with Down syndrome alone in the dire warning, “your marriage will break up.” Neither of these predictions are substantiated by research.

Dr. Brian Skotko’s 2011 study in the Journal of American Medical Genetics showed that 99% of parents who have a child with Down syndrome report being happy with them and those with Down syndrome are no less happy.

A study shows that marriages with a child with Down syndrome actually have slightly increased marriage longevity.

A 2008 study at Vanderbilt University analyzed data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s birth, hospital discharge and divorce database records from 1990 to 2002. Down syndrome actually gave families what they termed, the “Down syndrome advantage.”

Rates of divorce:

Down syndrome – 7.6 percent

No disability – 10.8 percent

Other disabilities – 11.2 percent

Mothers are seldom told of the 1% risk of miscarriage from CVS and amniocentesis. Nor are not given a realistic picture of what raising a child with Down syndrome is really like. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that this is not intentional.

An abysmal ignorance exists in society about day to day life with people with Down syndrome, due to a high abortion rate of such babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth (between 75%-92%)

This is where an array of parents of children with Down syndrome have made an enormous difference in educating the public. Going online they are sharing their day to day lives, publishing research, and protesting negative stereotypes. These parents are making a difference in how both Down syndrome and prenatal testing are viewed.

Even the Journal of the American Medical Association is suggesting that women be given better counseling about prenatal testing. A study which showed that the number of expectant moms who chose to undergo invasive testing was halved when they had a short explanation of what testing was and what it could show them about their baby at their stage of pregnancy.

The conclusion was that the research, “adds support to the contention that women may not be receiving adequate counseling about their options. This underscores the need for clinicians to be clear that prenatal testing is not appropriate for everyone, and to present foregoing testing as a reasonable choice.”

Well done, moms, keep it up, they are listening!

UCLA Neurologist: Jahi “Alive!” “Awake!”


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UCLA Neurologist: Jahi “Alive!” “Awake!”

 By Wesley J. Smith

Attorney Christopher Dolan, left, is representing the family of Jahi McMath.

I know and deeply respect Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor emeritus in neurology at UCLA. He is a world renowned expert on the brain, particularly dealing with pediatrics.

A source has sent me a declaration under penalty of perjury that Shewmon signed on October 3, 2014, testifying that Jahi McMath is not only alive, but now also awake! From his declaration (my emphases):

“Based on the materials provided to me so far, I can assert unequivocally that Jahi currently does not fulfill the diagnostic criteria for brain death. The materials include extensive medical records from St. Peter’s University Hospital, which I am still in the process of reviewing, videos of Jahi moving her hand and her foot in response to verbal requests by her mother, images from an EEG done in her apartment on 9/1/14, images of a brain MRI scan done at Rutgers on 9/26/20-14, and heart rate variability analysis by my colleague Dr. Calizto Machado based on the EKG channel from 9/1/14 EEG.”

Wait, there’s more:

Jahi does not currently fulfill criteria for brain death on several grounds. First and foremost, the videos and the personal testimonies to me of several trustworthy witnesses of her motor responsiveness (yourself [lawyer Nolan], Drs. DeFina and Machado) leave no doubt that Jahi is conscious and can not only hear but even understand simple verbal requests (‘move your hand,’ ‘Move your foot,’ even, ‘move your thumb.’”)

Thus, the very first of the “three cardinal findings in brain death,” according to the American Academy of Neurology’s Practice Parameters for Determining Brain Death in Adults (and all other diagnostic criteria for brain death that have ever been proposed, for that matter)–namely “coma or unresponsiveness”–is not fulfilled.

More, Jahi now has periods:

“Corpses do not menstruate. Neither to corpses undergo sexual maturation. Neither is there any precedent in the medical literature of a brain-dead body beginning menarche and having regular menstrual periods.”

The MRI:

“Jahi’s recent MRI scan shows vast areas of structural preserved brain, particularly the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum. There is major damage to the corpus callosum and the brainstem, particularly the pons…corresponding to the severe brainstem dysfunction that has been documented in her progress notes from St. Peter’s.

“By contrast, the relative integrity of the cerebral cortex no doubt underlies her ability to understand language and to make voluntary motor responses.”

Shewmon doesn’t blame the original diagnosing doctors.

“Clearly, Jahi is not currently brain dead. Yet, I have no doubt that at the time of her original diagnosis, she fulfilled the AAN diagnostic criteria, correctly and rigorously applied by the several doctors who independently made the diagnosis then…

“She is an extremely disabled but very much alive teenage girl.

Shewmon doesn’t believe in brain death–not from a religious but a scientific perspective. That is a heterodox position, with which I disagree when the condition is accurately diagnosed.

But no matter. He is not an advocate but medical doctor and scientist with an excellent worldwide reputation.

This is the kind of evidence I said was necessary for this case to go forward. The heft of Shewmon and Machado’s reputation compel the case be reopened.

Sometimes, we would be better heeding family observations than smugly assuming–as I have often seen in these kinds of cases–that they are only seeing what they want to see.

Good for Jahi’s family. Good for Bobby Schindler and the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network that went to their aid. And good for attorney Chris Dolan, who took a very unpopular case.

Standing up to widespread scorn and derision is never easy–but so worth doing in the cause of what you see to be right.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.

First we killed our unborn children. Now we’re killing our own parents.

Featured ImageWe don’t kill problems anymore. We kill people, and pretend that it is the same thing.

First we killed our unborn children. Now we’re killing our own parents.

In a culture that elevates transient pleasure as a “value,” while reducing “value” itself to a subjective and utilitarian status, I suppose it should not be surprising that the worth of human beings is now constantly in question.

We once lived in a culture that drafted laws to protect “dependents”: the very young, the very old, and the disabled. This was done in recognition of the fact that a human being’s increased vulnerability correspondingly heightens our moral responsibility to that human being.

Now, however, the exit strategists of the Sexual Revolution are burning the candle at both ends – abortion for children in the womb, euthanasia and “assisted suicide” for the old. Both children and elderly parents, you see, can be costly and time-consuming.

We don’t kill problems anymore. We kill people, and pretend that it is the same thing.

I noted some time ago that the concept of “dying with dignity” is rapidly becoming “killing with impunity,” as our culture finds all sorts of excuses to assist “inconvenient” people in leaving Planet Earth.

There is a similarity to abortion, here, too—our technologically advanced culture is no longer looking for compassionate and ethical solutions to the complex, tragic, and often heartbreaking circumstances. Instead, we offer the solution that Darkness always has: Death. Disability, dependence, difficult life circumstances: a suction aspirator, a lethal injection, a bloody set of forceps. And the “problem,” as it were, is solved.

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We don’t kill problems anymore. We kill people, and pretend that it is the same thing.

There is something chilling about the intimacy of these killings. As Gregg Cunningham noted, “Ours is the first generation that, having demanded the right to kill its children through elective abortion, is now demanding the right to kill its parents through doctor-assisted suicide.” The closest of human relationships are rupturing under the sheer weight of the selfishness and narcissism of the Me Generation.

The great poet Dylan Thomas is famous for urging his dying father to fight on, to keep breathing, to live longer:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Such sentiment is not present among the advocates of euthanasia. In fact, the tagline “dying with dignity” is starting to very much sound like, “Now don’t make a fuss, off with you now.” Consider this story in The Daily Mail from a few days ago:

An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.

Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.

Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.

The children have even gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.

… The couple’s daughter has remarked that her parents are talking about their deaths as eagerly as if they were planning a holiday.

John Paul [their son] said the double euthanasia of his parents was the ‘best solution’.

‘If one of them should die, who would remain would be so sad and totally dependent on us,’ he said. ‘It would be impossible for us to come here every day, take care of our father or our mother.’

I wonder why no one considers the fact that the reason some elderly parents may experience “mental anguish” is that they have come to the sickening realization that their grown children would rather find an executioner to dispatch them than take on the responsibility of caring for their parents. Imagine the thoughts of a mother realizing that the child she fed and rocked to sleep, played with and sang to, would rather have her killed than care for her: that their relationship really does have a price.

This is why some scenes in the HBO euthanasia documentary How To Die In Oregon are so chilling. In one scene, an elderly father explains to the interviewer why he has procured death drugs that he plans to take in case of severe health problems. “I don’t want to be a burden,” he explains while his adult daughter nods approvingly, “It’s the decent thing to do. For once in my life I’ll do something decent.”

No argument from the daughter.

If we decide in North America to embrace euthanasia and “assisted suicide,” we will not be able to unring this bell. Just as with abortion and other manifestations of the Culture of Death, the Sexual Revolutionaries work hard to use heart-rending and emotional outlier examples to drive us to, once again, legislate from the exception.

But for once, we have to start asking ourselves if we really want to further enable our medical community to kill rather than heal. We have to ask ourselves if the easy option of dispatching “burdensome” people will not impact our incentive to advance in palliative care. And we have to stop simply asking how someone in severe pain might respond to such a legal “service,” and start asking how greedy children watching “their” inheritance going towards taking proper care of their parents.

And to the pro-life movement, those fighting to hold back the forces of the Culture of Death—the words of Dylan Thomas have a message for us, too.

Do not go gentle into that good night…
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Quinnipiac University Poll Debunks “War on Women”

Women Prefer Kasich to FitzGerald by Double-Digit Lead

Quinnipiac University Poll Debunks “War on Women”


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DATE: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed that women prefer pro-life Governor John Kasich to Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald by a double-digit margin, 52-39%. Last summer, FitzGerald made abortion one of the central platforms of his campaign. Earlier this year, his campaign re-focused the election on the abortion issue when he chose pro-abortion activist Sharen Neuhardt as his running mate. 

“FitzGerald did everything he could think of to pander to the abortion industry and perpetuate the ‘war on women’ myth during this election,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “If anything, this poll proves that advocating for abortion-on-demand is a losing strategy to gain the female vote in Ohio.”


Today’s poll comes just days after the release of the 2013 Ohio Abortion Report, which demonstrated a 9 percent drop in abortions since 2012. Additionally, since the start of 2013, six Ohio abortion facilities have closed or stopped performing surgical abortions. In the last four years, Governor Kasich has signed into law 12 Ohio Right to Life initiatives, including:

  • Late-Term Abortion Ban
  • De-fund Planned Parenthood
  • Heartbeat Informed Consent
  • Ban on Public Hospitals Entering Into a Transfer Agreement with Abortion Clinics
  • Pregnancy Parenting and Support Act
“Common-sense, compassionate pro-life leadership is winning in Ohio,” said Krider. “We are eager to see what the next four years bring to Ohio’s women and children in protections and advocacy.”
To view the Quinnipiac University poll, click here.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.

Wondering where your Senators and Congressman Stand on Key Issues

Resources – Wondering where your Senators and Congressman stand on key issues such as abortion and assisted suicide? The NCHLA keeps track of every legislative vote as well as any legislation involving life in Congress and its impact on the dignity of the human person. I encourage you to take a look at what they have to offer.


Peter Range

Respect Life Program Coordinator

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch Ave.

Toledo, OH 43604

419-244-6711, ext. 220

Cell: 440-821-1533

Abortion and Suicide: the Grim Statistics


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Abortion and suicide: the grim statistics

By Sarah Terzo

sadwoman64Pro-Choice groups and organizations such as Planned Parenthood maintain that abortion is beneficial to women. They claim that women do not have emotional problems after their abortions. Planned Parenthood’s slogan “Care. No Matter What” implies that their workers care about women and are dedicated to helping them in difficult circumstances.

On their website, Planned Parenthood claims:

“Research studies indicate that emotional responses to legally induced abortion are largely positive. They also indicate that emotional problems resulting from abortion are rare and less frequent than those following childbirth.”

Unfortunately, statistics tell a different story.

Two studies from Finland (1) show that women who had abortions were 6 to 7 times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth. These studies were based on medical records rather than interviews. Researchers looked at the death certificates of women to ascertain how many died by suicide. Then they used medical records to see how many of these women had abortions. The fact that this study was based on medical records is significant, because of a phenomenon called “recall bias.” Recall bias occurs when women are asked on questionnaires or in person whether they had an abortion. Many times, because of the stigma attached to the abortion procedure, women do not answer this question honestly. This tendency to hide a past abortion often skews the results of such studies. Therefore, studies that are based on medical records rather than interviews are considered to be more accurate.

The study only covered the first year after women’s abortions. Many post-abortion testimonies reveal that grief after an abortion can surface years later; sometimes a wanted pregnancy, seeing ultrasound pictures or photographs of unborn babies, or holding a friend’s baby triggers regret, depression, and suicidal feelings. So in reality, these studies may actually reveal only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to suicidal feelings after abortion.

Other statistics show that women have a higher rate of suicide after abortion. Suicide rates among women of childbearing age are approximately 11.3 out of 100,000.

Postabortion women have a [suicide] rate of 34.7. Interestingly enough, women who have given birth have a suicide rate of 5.9 per hundred thousand. Birth, then, seems to give some protection against suicide. Perhaps women who have children discover they’ve something to live for, or do not want to hurt the children that depend on them by committing suicide. In any case, giving birth seems to be a detriment to suicide – whereas abortion increases the suicide rate.

Shortly after the Finnish studies, researchers in Great Britain conducted their own survey of abortion medical records. They found a similar correlation between abortion and suicide. They found an 8.1 rate of suicide per thousand women who had abortions, and a 1.9 rate of suicide among women who carry to term.

The statistics for teenagers who have abortions are even more disturbing. Teen girls are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than girls who have not had an abortion, and 2-4 times more likely to commit suicide after abortion compared to adult women.(2)

A study done by Doctor David C Reardon, and abortion researcher and mental health professional who helps post-abortion women revealed a 154% higher suicide rate among women who aborted.(3) In interviews for his book, “Aborted Women: Silent No More” (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002), he discovered that up to 60% of women experienced suicidal feelings. Dr. Reardon’s research was done on women who regretted their abortions, so his data may not be applicable to all women who have abortions. However, a 60% statistic cannot be ignored. 28% of the women he interviewed had actually attempted suicide.

Another survey of post-abortion women, which appeared in Women’s World, revealed that 45% (well over a third) of women had suicidal feelings following their abortions.(4).

These are just some of the studies connecting abortion with suicide. Pro-life organizations need to reach out to post-abortion women and give them encouragement, support, and compassion

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life author and creator of the website. She is a member of Secular Pro-Life and PLAGAL. This appeared at

Claim: Jahi “Interactive” and “Responsive”

NRL News Today October 3, 2014   Brain Death

Claim: Jahi “Interactive” and “Responsive”

 By Wesley J. Smith

Jahi McMath and mom

I have read the petition filed on behalf of Jahi McMath’s mother to reopen the case and declare her daughter alive. Here is the gist:

Petitioner [Jahi’s mother] is in possession of current evidence, including MRI evidence of the integrity of the brain structure, electrical activity in her brain as demonstrated by EEG, the onset of menarche…and her response to audible commands…demonstrating that Jahi McMath’s brain death was not “irreversible.”

This is a crucial contention. For brain death–or heart death, for that matter–to be “dead” the system failure must be irreversible. The contention here is that because some capacities returned, her condition was not factually irreversible, and hence, she is alive.

Back to the petition:

Petitioner’s experts will testify that Jahi may have, at the time of Dr Fischer’s examination, demonstrated evidence of brain death due to swelling of her brain…but, now that the swelling has receded, and she has had time to receive proper post incident medical care, she has demonstrable brain function.

Note, this isn’t evidence, it is an offer of proof. There also may be more evidence of brain function than listed in the petition.

At some point, I would expect sworn declarations under penalty of perjury from the experts claiming that Jahi is alive. If I can get them, I will describe here.

This case should be heard and the evidence presented. But it had better be convincing. Too much is at stake societally for a claim of this nature to be made frivolously.

By the way, the case should not be decided based on money, but whether Jahi is alive or dead.

HT: Thaddeus Mason Pope’s Medical Futility Blog.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s terrific blog.