Monthly Archives: July 2017

LifeLINES Newsletter – Summer 2017

July 25, 2017

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Denying Science for Pro-Abortion Arguments

NRL News Today

Pro-Abortion Arguments Often Rest on Denying Science

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. This appears in the current digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to read the entire 37-page issue and pass stories along using your social media contacts. We count on you to spread the word.

It is the height of irony that while the abortion industry often dismisses pro-lifers as lacking the necessary medical expertise, such as having a medical degree, many pro-abortion arguments rest on denying science.

For instance, I have never heard the CEO of the nation’s largest abortion operation, Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards, talk about the most basic milestones in the development of an unborn child’s life that the layperson can learn in five minutes of research.

Such as …that a heartbeat can be detected at 24 days after conception…that brain waves are apparent 43 days post-conception…that at six weeks after conception an unborn child resembles a miniature doll with arms and legs clearly visible.

And when science is inconvenient pro-abortion activists also quickly dismiss research showing the negative effect of abortion on women: the increase in depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and the increased likelihood of subsequent premature babies.

Abortion apologists fail to mention that an unborn child has a DNA separate from that of the mother and is often a different sex than the mother, indicating that the baby in the womb is a separate being.

Ultrasounds, once grainy black and white images, are now in 4 colors and show the baby in real-time. The abortion industry hides Ultrasound images which show preborn babies displaying the human characteristics of smiling, laughing, and crying. In fact, Big Abortion has tried to make Ultrasound the enemy, fighting common sense legislation ensuring that pregnant women have an opportunity to see their unborn baby’s Ultrasound image.

While it is true that many come to the pro-life position as a result of a faith-based perspective, empirical scientific evidence actually lends great credence to the pro-life stand. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, faith and science are like two blades of a scissors.

In the end, denying the humanity of the unborn child…turning a blind eye toward the psychological effects of abortion on the child’s mother…and dismissing technology which shows the wonder of the preborn child on full display place abortion activists in the role of science deniers. Not only is the pro-life side pro-child and pro-woman, it is also pro-reason and pro-science.

And that is why life is winning in America today.


Gospel of Life

Priests for Life Media and Travels

July 24 – July 31

July 24, 2017


My team and I often write op-eds for various media outlets that are posted online. A full list can be seen at our Priests for Life online library. I invite you to read and comment on them. By doing so you can help to spread the pro-life message and counter any anti-life comments that others have submitted. Here are the most recent.

Questions Still Linger Five Years After Tonya Reaves Was Killed By Abortion (by Janet Morana, The Daily Caller, July 20, 2017)

Celebrities Break Silence on the Abortions That Marked Their Lives (by Kevin Burke, The Sream, July 11, 2017)

Please see our weekly media and travel schedule below and spread the word.


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Special Appearances

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank will be on with Teresa on Thursday, July 27 at 8:35 am. Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to

Janet Morana will discuss the heartbreaking news from England about baby Charlie Gard on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 25. Listen online at

On Monday, July 24 at 8pm ET, Fr. Frank Pavone will be on live with Terry Barber and Jesse Romero on the “Terry and Jesse Show” on Immaculate Heart Radio. Listen at

The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Abortion Businesses Closing

*Brand New Episodes Each Week*

Airing: Tuesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, July 27 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, July 31 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday).  Go to to listen online.

Topic: Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue will join Janet Morana to talk about the number of abortion facilities that are closing their doors.

Ask questions on the live show at 866-333-6279 (MARY) or email us ahead of time at

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Defending Life on EWTN: Early Days in Pro-Life

Airing: Wednesday, July 26 at 3 a.m. and  Thursday, July 27 at 11:00 p.m.  ET. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Priests for Life’s Senior Vice President Jerry Horn will talk about how he got involved in the pro-life movement in 1983 and what was happening in those early days.

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The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Subverted

Airing: Wednesday, July 26 at 11 p.m. and Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Author Sue Ellen Browder details how the women’s movement of the 1970s was hijacked by pro-contraception/pro-abortion activists and how women’s magazines aided that effort.

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Please connect with us on Facebook and tune in to regular Facebook Live videos with Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Please watch and share them either as they are being recorded live, or afterwards at your convenience.

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Fr. Frank: New Building

Fr. Frank: Magdalena

Fr. Stephen: Protest at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Fr. Stephen: More from Pier 39 in San Francisco

Fr Stephen Imbarrato will be the Spiritual Director for the 20th Annual Survivors Pro Life Training Camp between July 18 – 28, 2017. Bryan Kemper will be speaking and will be there between July 24-28.
WHERE: San Francisco Bay Area, California
WHO: High school and college-age youth (ages 14 -29 yrs. Old)
HOW MUCH: Camp fee is $450, but there are many ways to come to camp at little or no cost to you. Check out our various discounts and fundraising ideas at
Camp fee includes food, lodging, training materials, and transportation once you have arrived at camp.
Fr. Frank Pavone will be presenting for the Alliance of Defending Freedom Blackstone Fellowship on Monday – July 31, 2017 in Virginia.
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Fight to Save Charlie Gard’s Life Has Ended


Charlie Gard’s Parents End Their Fight to Save His Life, Say It’s Too Late for Experimental Treatment


Steven Ertelt   Jul 24, 2017   |   9:57AM    Washington, DC

The parents of the little boy Charlie Gard, who had been fighting a hospital to save his life say they are ending their legal battle to get him an experimental treatment.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates wanted to take their son to the United States for an experimental treatment. They raised more than $1.5 million for his care. His parents said they know the chance of the experimental treatment working is slim, but they want to try anyway for Charlie’s sake.

But today, Charlie’s parents announced their decision at a hearing today at the British High Court. They made their announcement as a judge was prepared to oversee the latest round of a legal battle that a stressed over the last five months.

A lawyer representing the couple told Justice Francis that “time had run out.” The attorney for the family said that irreparable damage had already been done.

Grant Armstrong said: “This case is now about time. Sadly time has run out. For Charlie it is too late. The damage has been done.”

The decision means that the 11-month-old will stay in Britain and will have his life support removed.

Here’s more:

The parents said they would discuss with the judge and other authorities about how the baby will be allowed to die. Armstrong said the news had left Charlie’s parents extremely distressed and they now “wish to spend the maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie.”

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The decision comes after experts from around the world met with each other and with the parents, to explore the possibilities for Charlie’s treatment. The results of those tests appear to be so devastating that the parents have agreed that the experimental treatment will no longer help.

Charlie has experienced significant muscular atrophy, for instance, as a result of his condition. While the treatment could potentially improve his condition – though doctors have said the chances are low – it would not be able to reverse those effects and so it is too late to pursue that route, the family has agreed.

Charlie’s parents said through their lawyer in court that they hope that the case can change the way medical decisions are made in the future. It should be proof that if mitochondrial treatment is going to take place then doctors should begin as soon as they can, they said.

On Friday, Charlie Gard’s parents had enough and they stormed out of a courtroom after a lawyer for the hospital that is refusing to allow them to transfer Charlie to another country said that a new scan of Charlie’s brain is “sad reading.” The hospital made the scan available to the court before Charlie’s parents had a chance to view it.

Gard’s father yelled “evil” after a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital broke the news that a report on a new scan on Charlie made for “sad reading.” And Charlie’s mother burst into tears as attorney Katie Gollop told the judge that hospital officials had a negative view of the new scan.

Gollop told the judge that doctors had produced a report on the newest scan and said: “It makes for sad reading.” Then Charlie’s mom began to cry and said: “We haven’t even read it.”

Chris Gard yelled “evil” and added: “I’m not f****** listening to this biased s— anymore.”

The couple then stormed out of court and then the hospital attorney apologized.

Previously, U.S. Congressional leaders approved a measure to grant Charlie and his parents permanent residency status in an effort to make it easier for him to receive an experimental treatment. Pro-life Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, led the effort; her daughter also was diagnosed with a fatal condition but survived because of an experimental treatment.

Last week, Dr. Michio Hirano, MD, a Harvard-trained neurologist, examined Charlie this week to provide his opinion about experimental treatment. He previously said he thinks the 11-month-old has a chance of benefiting from the therapy.

Despite all of his problems, Charlie’s parents – and millions like them – believe that Charlie is a valuable, living human being who should be given a chance to live.

Leading pro-life advocates helped Charlie’s parents fight for his life.

Charlie’s parents brought Terri Schiavo’s brother Bobby Schindler to London to help them fight for care for their son. Schindler spoke with LifeNews exclusively about their invitation.

Schindler told LifeNews: “We are here by invitation from the family to come alongside them as they struggle to save their son, Charlie. The critical issue here is not a political one, but the simple notion that families know what is best for their loved ones.”

“Charlie’s situation is very reminiscent of my family’s battle to save my sister, Terri. Hopefully being here can help his parents, Connie and Charlie, deal with the day-to-day emotional roller coaster, as they fight for their son’s right to live,” Schindler added.

Sadly, the battle to save Charlie has come to an end.


2 Northeast Ohio Abortion Facilities Close

July 12, 2017
Dear Friend:

    We are thrilled to announce that two abortion facilities in northeast Ohio have CLOSED!  We are still awaiting final details, but what we know is that both the Akron Women’s Medical Group at 692 E. Market St. in Akron, and it’s parent company the Cleveland Women’s Medical Group at 3461 Warrensville Center Rd. in Cleveland have CLOSED!
     The Akron facility has a long and lurid history.
  • It has failed regular Ohio Department of Health inspections several times, but was allowed to continue operating;
  • Raymond Robinson, one of it’s abortionists, had a case pending against him in Indiana for professional incompetence and failing to report child sex abuse;
  • Mohammed Rezzae, another of its abortionists, has a documented history of botched medical abortions, and he is also affiliated with Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, where 22 year old Lakisha Wilson died after an abortion in 2014.
  • During multiple investigations, ODH reports illegible medical records in cases that resulted in emergency hospitalizations;
  • In 2015, a client suffered a perforated uterus.  Emergency treatment was delayed because the clinic called a private ambulance for transport.  When the company arrived, they quickly realized that this was a life threatening emergency and had to personally call 911.
  • In 2013, the clinic was sued when a women delivered a full term baby after having undergone an abortion.
  • Ohio Department of Health lists their license as active, but it expired in April, 2013.
     The Cleveland Women’s Medical Group formerly operated as Cleveland Surgicenter.   Their lease was not renewed and in 2014, they were forced to move to their new location.  They never applied for an ambulatory surgical facility license when they opened, and in the beginning, referred their surgical cases to the Akron location.  However, shortly after opening, they began advertising surgical abortions despite not having a license.  Multiple complaints have been filed regarding this.  I even testified about this before an Ohio house committee, yet nothing had been done.  However, I filed an updated complaint a few months ago and was notified last month that ODH was investigating.  We don’t know at this point if the closures were connected to this.
     In other news, Ohio abortionist David Burkons finally received his hearing before the Ohio Medical Board after having been cited (and admitting to!) more than two years ago for basically running a pill mill.  In my estimation, he received a slap on the wrist.  He was given 180 days suspension from practicing, and then 3 years of probationary monitoring.
  • Burkons is the owner of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center which was formerly known as Cuyahoga Falls Capital Care Network.  It was closed down by theODH and the USDEA in 2013 for multiple health, safety and drug violations.  Burkons was an employee there at that time, and then re-opened the facility as the owner in 2014 under a new name without having to address the violations.  He subsequently failed his first inspection.
  • Burkons also worked at Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, Ohio at the time the facility was fined $25,000 for running a filthy, unsanitary abortion clinic that puts the lives and health of women at risk.
  • Burkons is the medical director at Preterm in Cleveland where 22 year old Lakisha Wilson died in 2014 after an alleged illegal late term abortion, and where none of the defects that contributed to her death have been addressed.
  • Burkons runs the embattled Toledo Women’s Center (Capital Care Network) which has been ordered to close and is fighting it in court.  This facility has a long history of failed health inspections and more.
  • Burkons holds a record of the most botched medical abortions in the state in 2012.

      You can view official documents from licensing organizations and more at   These documents are compiled both under the name of the individual facility or the name of the abortionist.

     We are thrilled that these abortion locations have closed, and that David Burkons has at least been thrown a roadblock toward practicing medicine (even though we know that abortion is not healthcare).  However, the facilities at which he owns or practices have NOT closed.  He has other abortionists ready to stand in and continue where he left off and where he continues to profit.

     These locations may have closed, but that doesn’t mean we can rest!  I’m sure that our battle is far from over!  Our main job is not to close abortion clinics….it is to change hearts and minds so that everyone will realize the sanctity of life, and that an unborn child is just as much a human being from the moment of conception as the rest of us are.
    Two down, but a lifetime of hearts and minds to change as our work goes on! 


For Life,
Denise Leipold
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

July 25-30, 2017
Summit County Fairgrounds, Tallmadge

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will once again have our information booth at the Summit County Fair.  We still need a few volunteers to work in the booth for 3 hour shifts during the fair.  You will receive a free ticket to attend the fair the rest of the day.   Please, won’t you help us promote life by volunteering for a shift in our booth at the Summit County Fair?  Please call our office at 330-762-2785.


Join the Pregnancy Solutions Life Challenge!
Saturday July 29, 2017
Christ Community Chapel, Hudson, Ohio
The LIFE CHALLENGE combines exercise, education and fundraising into one giant heap of fun. You will be able to complete the challenge as an individual or as a team doing something positive that will not only affect you but impact many lives including the unborn.

Whether you like to bike, walk or run, this event is for anyone who wants to make a difference for the unborn and help benefit Pregnancy Solutions & Services.

For more information and to register, click here.



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License Suspended Ohio Abortionist

Ohio Right to Life

Ohio abortionist’s license suspended
David Burkons unable to perform abortions for next six months

     CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the State Medical Board of Ohio voted to suspend the license of Northeast Ohio abortionist David Burkons for improperly prescribing medications to patients between 2011 and 2014. The board suspended his license for six months after an investigation revealed Burkons to have been signing blank prescriptions, leaving them with his staff, and failing to record the prescriptions in patient documents. The blank prescriptions would end up being used to prescribe controlled substances such as Vicodin, Valium and Xanax.“After years of playing fast and loose with the health and safety of Ohio’s women and children, David Burkons is finally facing some sense of justice,” said Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “For at least three years, this abortionist was a part of the prescription drug crisis that has ravaged this state. It is disturbing, although not surprising, that his disregard for human life would extend even to the women he professes to serve.”

The suspension of his license could have a statewide impact. Burkons owns and operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, an abortion facility he took over in 2014 when the previous abortion business there was closed by the Ohio Department of Health for a slate of health and safety violations. In Cleveland, he serves as the medical director at Preterm, Ohio’s largest abortion facility. Two other facilities, Founder’s Women’s Health Center in Columbus and Capital Care Network of Toledo, have also relied on him for performing abortions.

“The suspension of this license is sure to rock Ohio’s abortion industry for at least the next 6 months,” said Scribner. “With four of the state’s abortion facilities relying on Burkons’s horrific abortion practice, this decision will undoubtedly protect countless lives in Northeast Ohio and beyond. From botching abortions to quietly reopening a shuttered abortion mill under a new name, this abortionist has slid under the regulatory radar of the state for years without discipline. Although unrelated to his fatal abortion practice, it is refreshing to see Burkons facing consequences for gambling with the health and safety of his patients.”

Click here to read the original citation issued by the State Medical Board in 2015.

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Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, 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.