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Contraception, Obamacare, and Cuomo

While different forms of contraception have been used throughout history and in many different cultures, the term “birth control” was coined in America in the early 1900s by Margaret Sanger, foundress of the  the American Birth Control League (ABCL). “We who advocate Birth Control…lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction…” –Margaret Sanger, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” (Birth Control Review, Feb 1919, pg 11). The ABCL changed its name in 1939 to the Birth Control Federation of America and in 1942 changed it again to Planned Parenthood Federation, perhaps to disassociate themselves with the revelations of moral travesties committed by Nazi Eugenics policies .

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger and many others in the 1920s and 30s promoted a “Malthusian” philosophy of population control, first introduced by economist Thomas Malthuse. Malthusians embraced the idea that humanity was quickly approaching a size which the earth could no longer sustain. Therefore birth control (among other more heinous practices such as forced sterilization and abortion) was deemed an appropriate solution.

The flawed concept of overpopulation in conjunction with Darwinian social engineering for a ‘cleaner race’ conspired to produce a political agenda that promoted the mass application of birth control and the undermining of the family unit. The early targets for efforts to slow the growth of the population were the “unfit” and “undesirables.” These were defined by Malthusians as immigrants, the poor, indigents, minorities, the ‘feebleminded,’ and went on to include violent criminals and girls who had lost their virginity.   

The roots of birth control in this country have a decidedly anti-family, anti-Christian origin. Margaret Sanger once said, “Birth control…is calculated to undermine the authority of Christian Churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity . . . .”

Fast Forward . . .

Obamacare was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2011 and forces all individuals to carry health insurance coverage or be penalized. Obamacare mandates that all health insurance coverage include birth control and abortifacient contraceptives. This means that Christians and others who oppose the draconian worldview that gave rise to birth control and abortion in America will be forced to fund it, or suffer penalties via the Internal Revenue Service. In response to the overwhelming tide of First Amendment Violation lawsuits, the Obama administration provided a small window of accommodation set to expire January 1st, 2014 so that those who had moral objections could change their apparently flawed views and comply with the law as it is written. Americans United for Life in a recent analysis stated, “The Obamacare mandate forces countless family businesses, religious organizations, and other non-profits into a terrible set of choices:

1)       Violate deeply held belief by complying with the mandate

2)       Resist the mandate and face federal fines of up to $100 per employee per day

3)       Drop health insurance altogether, harming employees, and pay a roughly $2000 annual fine per employee for doing so (Obamacare clarification video).

Then Andrew Cuomo this past legislative session attempted to pass a bill called the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that would have enshrined contraception and abortion as fundamental rights. The scary thing about a right is its eventual corollary, duty. This bill would have reduced the standard of care for women permitting non-doctors to perform surgical procedures as well as create an environment where not referring for contraception and abortion could be grounds for discrimination lawsuits. The bill was narrowly defeated thanks to your support.

Obamacare and Cuomo’s RHA have this in common: the promotion of Margaret Sanger’s ideology, which is both anti-family and anti-Christian, by making it illegal to practice a worldview that runs counter their own in your healthcare choices. This ideology undermines the family unit through the promotion of “sex without responsibility” and also subjugates future generations to the tyranny of immediate gratification. Sanger’s fundamental philosophy is still, sadly, very much alive today.

Abortion Rates in Rochester at 40 Year Low!

Amazing! The number of abortions in New York State fell by 13% between 2008 and 2011. In Monroe County abortion rates fell by an astonishing 29%! Including non-residents, the number of at-risk women CompassCare helped to have their babies represents 31% of that reduction! Rochester is in the midst of an abortion trend reversal.

For more than ten years CompassCare has been striving to shake the foundation of the abortion industry and protect women and children by simply reaching 20-25% of women considering abortion. Why is 20-25% the magic amount? It is the estimated profit margin for the abortion industry. The theory is that if the profits were taken out of the abortion industry then abortionists would reduce hours and ultimately close due to lack of demand. Rochester represents an abortion hub. If the current trend continues, Rochester will see a 65% reduction in abortion rates from its recent 2008 high in just five short years. Thank you for the investment of your time, prayer, and finances. The mission of erasing the need for abortion by transforming women’s fear into confidence is working.Abortion Trend Reversal

It is because of the generosity of people just like you that CompassCare has been privileged to stay on the cutting edge of reversing the abortion trend.

When a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy she feels trapped, as if abortion is her only way out. Only when she feels empowered to make the most difficult choice, to have the baby, is she truly empowered to choose. Anything less is coercion, not choice. The services provided by CompassCare and the ways in which those services are provided are designed to give her a vision of her future after having a child.

CompassCare’s goal is to accelerate this exciting trend by reaching 100% more women than last year (just 193 more). Not only will the life-saving pregnancy platform and the Sexually Transmitted Disease testing and treatment services continue and be improved, but exciting new initiatives are being explored and developed such as:

1)    Abortion Pill Reversal: NYS Vital statistics reveal that 24% of abortions in Monroe County are now chemical abortions, using a drug called RU-486. It is expected that the use of RU-486 will increase significantly in the coming years. Many women regret their abortion after taking the first abortion pill and want to change their mind. CompassCare now offers a way for those women to save their pregnancy with research suggesting that 75% of these women will go on to sustain a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy child! This new service opens up a whole new vista of opportunity to accelerate the reversal by reaching 100% more women at risk for abortion than 2012!
2)    Mobile Medical Unit: Often women facing unplanned pregnancy have difficulty coming to CompassCare. The use of a mobile medical unit to take all the essential life-saving services on the road to meet the women where they are has worked in other abortions hubs. CompassCare is determining whether it will also work in Rochester, to help reach those additional women at risk for abortion.

We are witnessing that for which we have prayed and worked: reversal of the abortion trend!  Thank you again for your investment in CompassCare. Please consider deepening your investment this year as together we endeavor to reach and save those additional 193 women creating a snowball effect in the abortion trend reversal!

Victory! Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill Defeated

Victory!

Victory!

After extending the legislative session through Friday in an attempt to force a vote for the abortion expansion bill deviously entitled the ‘Women’s Equality Act’ the 32 Senators voted not to take it up the abortion plank. The Assembly refused to pass the Women’s Equality Act without the abortion expansion plank which demonstrates again their real agenda, abortion.

This bill would have represented the largest expansion of abortion since the 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe vs Wade and it was defeated in New York, the abortion capital of the United States! Thanks to your support the Senate recognized that the majority of New Yorkers are actually pro-life.

It was a hard won battle but by God’s grace you did it! A special thanks to Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms for leading the charge with New Yorkers for Life as well as Greg Pfundstein at the Chiaroscuro Foundation, Kathleen Gallagher and the New York Catholic Conference, American’s United for Life, Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian Medical and Dental Association, and many others like you who gave, prayed, sacrificed, volunteered, wrote, called, tweeted, listened, yelled, whispered, drove, walked, etc. Thousands of babies will now be alive because of your efforts.

Congratulations and Praise God for His goodness.

Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill: What’s the Problem?

SharkA good friend of ours read Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, specifically the hotly contested Part J abortion expansion aspect. He noticed the benign sounding language as well as its brevity compared to its longer more obviously heinous predecessor known as the Reproductive Health Act to which Cuomo referred vowing to pass it in his State of the State address. Many people have asked me this question. My response to this question the first time I heard it was, “Why is this newer, apparently softer version of the  act viewed by abortion advocates as a major advance?” The language in this version as opposed to Eliot Spitzer’s 2007 bill is noticeably more vague making it even more disconcerting. The reason why people like me get nervous with vague bill language is because of the lawmaking process. The lawmaking process generally follows five basic steps: 1) Laws are first written, 2) passed, 3) rules are drafted to interpret the law, 4) the rules are implemented and 5) enforced. This bill is especially dangerous because there is so much wiggle room for interpretation during the rule making phase. And guess who gets to interpret the new laws?

Many attorneys from several different organizations looked at the bill. And while the simple fact that virtually no pro-life or GOP affiliates were brought in to help craft bill language should be enough to question the bill, let us dig a little deeper.

It’s all about what the bill says and doesn’t say. To merely codify Roe as the bill indicates is to say abortion on demand through all 9 months of pregnancy will be the law. This position ignores all subsequent Federal restrictions as well as the ability of States to apply restrictions as noted in the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood vs Casey. This alone could enshrine abortion as an untouchable fundamental right in New York.

The bill uses the word ‘viability’ as pertaining to the baby creating a relative threshold for when an abortion can be done. Fetal viability is not objectively set force in the law and is left to be defined by ‘a licensed physician.’ The baby is alive at conception so therefore by definition it is viable. But let’s not get bogged down in details here. It’s just the law not the rule. Beyond that, the physician determining viability is usually the abortionist himself. This represents a major financial conflict of interest. This is the same kind of language used in PA law which permitted Gosnell to perpetrate so many of his atrocities.

Coupled with the dubious concept of ‘viability,’ to say abortion should be made available for the life or health of the woman is curious language. According to Supreme Court case Doe vs Bolton, health is defined by the circumstances. Hence a woman can get an abortion for any reason that is or could make the mother feel a sense of discomfort (emotional, economic, etc).

To use the term healthcare provider in reference to delivery of abortions without limiting it to a licensed physician could easily mean lower level providers who don’t typically diagnose, treat, or otherwise perform surgical procedures. California this year considered a bill permitting nurses to do abortions so . . . you do the math.

Finishing 2012 Well

Finishing Well

To affirm a right of conscience ‘not’ to perform abortions explicitly provides no protection for those who refuse to refer for them. Moreover, those healthcare providers who work for a State certified facility are all required to implement State law when applicable. Hence providing all women access to abortion is a foregone conclusion in hospitals, clinics, etc by policy. What happens when a healthcare provider refuses not only to abide by policy but also to refuse to participate in upholding that policy?

Additionally, abortion malpractice has been stripped from the penal code altogether. This means that botched abortions will be much more difficult to prosecute outside of the toothless medical licensure boards. This has been viewed as rolling out the red carpet for Gosnellesque quackery.

Contact your Senator to encourage them to stand firm this last week against Cuomo’s WEA which harms women and children while protecting quacks by clicking here.

Abortion Expansion–Not Out of the Woods Yet

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Good news! Your grassroots passion decrying a radical abortion agenda holding hostage true women’s equality, has made a difference! But we aren’t out of the woods yet.

NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

NY Senate Majority Leader
Dean Skelos

On Tuesday, June 4th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the details of his abortion expansion bill deceivingly entitled the, “Women’s Equality Act.” Public outcry and bi-partisan voter opposition has been so significant against this senseless deregulation and expansion of abortion that even the Senate majority leader Dean Skelos vowing to keep it off the Senate floor for a vote said May 13th on his Facebook page, “Rather than pass an unnecessary and extreme measure that would allow non-doctors to perform abortions right up to the day of a baby’s birth, I believe we should be doing everything possible to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of every New York woman.”

What exactly about this bill is so heinous that it would spark such widespread resistance even in New York, the abortion capital of the U.S.? Is it that it reduces quality of women’s healthcare by allowing non-doctors to perform them? Maybe. Is it that it jeopardizes Good Samaritan doctors and organizations like CompassCare by not providing conscience protections for those who refuse to refer for abortion? Possibly. Is it that it allows for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, which 89% of all New Yorkers reject? Perhaps. Is it that the bill does not actually codify Federal law as Cuomo and others falsely contend? Thank Senator Skelos for his courage here.

After the watershed Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, dehumanized the child in the womb, there were other cases and laws that were heard and instituted clarifying Roe. Some of these post-Roe Federal restrictions include; Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (allowing for State level restrictions), Federal Partial-birth abortion ban (banning the gruesome third trimester abortion procedure), the Hyde Amendment (restricting all use Federal funding for abortion) and the Hyde-Weldon Amendment (providing more significant conscience protections for medical professionals who refuse to provide or refer for abortion). If Cuomo is interested in codifying Federal law why not codify the common sense post-Roe restrictions as well, since Roe no longer represents the Federal position.Quack 2

The people of New York are furrowing their brow and scratching their heads because the logic just does not add up. Could it be that in the wake of the gruesome revelations of   Gosnell and others, people are beginning to reawaken to the horror and inhumanity that is abortion and the dangers of an abortion industry with zero accountability? Abortion cannot be euphemized with pleasant rhetoric anymore. Abortion is not a choice for women who feel like it is their only option. Abortion is not about access to healthcare in a State where 1/3 of all pregnancies are terminated. Abortion is not about empowerment, when most women are pressured by their friends, family, boyfriends or circumstances to get an abortion. Abortion is not about supporting a woman’s autonomy but rather a society’s way of abandoning a woman who will need a community to help her raise the child. Abortion is not about ensuring ethical medical care for women and children but about a quick buck for a quack.  

We have begun to understand that if we are to remain a CIVILization, we can no longer afford to believe that abortion is about women’s equality or access to health care. Our conscience can no longer afford to ignore the personhood of a pre-born human. Medical science via DNA research, ultrasound technology, and embryology have all climbed the mountain of human meaning and, making it to the top discovered Christianity has been there all along—the only material difference between a newly conceived boy and an old man on his death bed is maturity. To reject the humanity of a pre-born boy or girl in order to justify ending his/her life is purely arbitrary. And once we begin to qualify some categories of people as non-human where does it stop? Whose standard is being used to make the determinations and set the criteria for who qualifies as a human worthy of rights to be protected and who does not? Perhaps it has begun to dawn on us that either all humans are persons to be protected or none of us are safe from the calculating horror of the new ethic of secular science and a science that uses medicine to justify its godless ideology and politics to force it upon the people.

Persevere in the fight. This is not just a political battle; it is a battle for the humanity of us all. June 21st is the end of the 2013 legislative session. Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill called deceiving titled “Women’s Equality Act” has to be withstood for just two more weeks. There are so many things you can do to get involved. Ask your doctor to sign the Medical Clinician’s statement of protest. Call, write, or pay a visit to your Senator. Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper. Leverage social media and tell your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter to do the same. Give of your financial resources. Stand with CompassCare to protect women, to protect preborn boys and girls, and for life at its most vulnerable.

Cuomo Holds Healthcare Hostage to Radical Abortion Agenda

ambulanceCuomo’s reproductive health act is so radical that it threatens the closure of existing hospitals and clinics. Currently in New York all hospitals and clinics must be certified by the state, and therefore must demonstrate that they adhere to all state regulations and requirements for the operations of such facilities. Some of those medical facilities are religiously affiliated, and refuse to provide or refer for abortion and contraception. If abortion and contraception become fundamental human rights as noted in the abortion expansion bill, it is the state’s obligation to ensure enforcement of access to those rights in all certified facilities. It is not possible to operate a hospital or clinic without state certification. The dilemma for these organizations is to either violate their deeply held religious beliefs, or close their doors.

Why would Cuomo hold hostage so many quality medical facilities for his abortion agenda? Why would he sacrifice quality healthcare for tens of thousands of people every day for the sake of a few more abortions? Abortion is not an issue of medical access. With over 111,000 abortions every year, New York State has the highest abortion rate in the country. If we’re going to do anything about abortion access, it should be an investigation into these high rates and restricting access so abortion cannot be used as birth control.

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Cuomo Moves to Strike Abortion from Penal Code

The Reproductive Health Act would remove abortion entirely from the NY State penal code. It begs the question: why was abortion in the penal code in the first place, if no other medical procedures were?1219484_caduceus

Answer: Abortion is not medicine.

Medicine seeks to help someone recover or maintain their health. Abortion does neither of those things. Pregnancy represents the healthy functioning of reproductive systems. Abortion impedes the natural, healthy reproductive process. Abortion is not healthcare—it’s a facelift. It is in our penal code because it should be monitored like any other elective bodily modification, i.e. tattooing, body piercing, tanning, breast augmentation, etc.

Cuomo's Reproductive Health ActThe fact that Cuomo and the NY State legislature would consider mainstreaming abortion in this way reveals either their ignorance of the medical profession or their desire to use it as a tool for their own political aspirations. In either case, considering the complete decriminalization of abortion instead of investigating the true ramifications of these elective procedures is befuddling, especially under the guise of “reproductive rights.”

New York lies in the shadow of the Gosenll trial with additional examples of fraud, abuse, and murder harbored within the abortion industry. There is example after example in states all across the country of the abuse of women at the hands of malpracticing abortionists. If we’re willing to restrict gun access because of a shooting in Connecticut, why are we deregulating  abortion access in light of the fraud, abuse, and death fouind in California, Maryland, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Illinois, yes and even New York? That kind of inconsistency at the executive level of government makes one wonder if this is really about women at all! Or is it about someone’s presidential aspirations?

Tell your representatives: Investigate, don’t legislate.

NY to Deregulate Abortionists; Destroy Pregnancy Centers

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” said British statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke. Similarly, those in who fail to fight the machinations of NY politicians will be doomed to their designs at the Federal level; especially when it comes to abortion and Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC).

Black Population ExtinctionCorning, New York is home to infamous Margaret Sanger, proponent of the destruction of certain races and classes of people and founder of Planned Parenthood. One way she thought to accomplish her agenda was by what she called, “Birth Control.” The African American Community in NY now meets the criteria for an endangered species. On July 1st 1970 New York legalized abortion on demand. On July 2nd, one day later, the first free standing abortion clinic opened in the Rochester/Syracuse region.  

In 2010 New York City (NYC), the abortion capital of the U.S., voted to pass a city ordinance restricting the advertising capability of pregnancy centers. At a hearing regarding that ordinance I urged that ‘the vote on this proposed NYC amendment be tabled indefinitely until such a time as a more thorough review of women’s reproductive health service standards can be done so that a more equitable and constitutionally sound alternative can be developed,’ (For my full testimony click here). However, the ordinance passed, an injunction was rendered and we await an appellate decision as to whether or not the ordinance violates the 1st amendment rights of Pregnancy Centers.

Now New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, with close ties to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), just served a subpoena investigating pro-life pregnancy centers in NYC claiming misleading advertising. Is it a coincidence that just a few days before a NY State Senate bill was introduced in May 2013 that mirrors the NYC ordinance, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney of NYC re-introduced her Federal bill to restrict pregnancy center advertising nationwide the very next week? All this just as NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, vows to introduce his abortion expansion bill making abortion and contraception fundamental human rights thereby paving the way for discrimination lawsuits filed against pregnancy centers and pro-life doctors.

ericschaffNew York has hundreds of abortionists who are not held accountable to current Health Department regulations similar to the debacle with Gosnell just a few short miles to the South. One abortionist who researched the abortion pill RU-486 in Rochester, NY was the Medical Director responsible for a Planned Parenthood office in Wilmington, DA that was closed for what staff RNs called, “meat-market style abortions.”

Instead of investigating to increase standards of care for women in an obviously corrupt abortion industry, NY politicians are seeking to pass legislation reducing the already low bar set for abortionists by insulating them from malpractice in cases of botched abortions as well as permitting non-doctors to perform surgical abortion. Ironically all this is perpetrated under the banner of ‘Women’s Equality.’ The provisions in Cuomo’s heinous abortion expansion bill are summarized here.

There is a legislative cancer in NY State government which, if we are not careful, will spread to the Federal government endangering Good Samaritan pro-life doctors and Pregnancy Centers. It must be stopped in NY or it will continue to metastasize. Please continue raising awareness of this unjust state of affairs. Use social media and the resources available here, write letters to the editor, contact your legislator, preach, pray, volunteer, give money.  Governor Cuomo has until the end of the legislative session, June 20th, to get what he wants. Let’s keep pushing for what’s right, together!

Abortion Expansion Bill Protects Abusers–Exposes Victims

According to the CDC, domestic violence is the second-leading cause of maternal death. Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill (the reproductive health act) will lower penalties for violence against pregnant women. Is the Governor really pro-woman?

On Dec. 18, 2012 in Oklahoma City paramedics Joanna and Timothy Hickerson, a husband and wife team for the Emergency Medical Services Authority, were called for Ronald Heatly Ronald Heatly(pictured). While in the back of the ambulance, he became violent and assaulted Joanna Hickers, then 17 weeks pregnant, kicking her and kneeing her in the stomach. Heatly was arrested on assault charges. On January 18, Joanna suffered a miscarriage. The medical examiner ruled the death of the baby a homicide because the miscarriage was a direct result of Heatly’s assault. Under the Abortion Expansion Bill, the baby would be totally ignored and Heatly could only be charged with assault.

On Jan. 11, 2013 in Jackson, MI Darlene Day was strangled to death by her boyfriend, Ben Hawkins. She was 9 months pregnant, and her family was expecting the baby any day. Day was buried on Jan 23 with her baby Ben in her arms. In Mississippi, Hawkins faces two murder charges. Under Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill, he would face just one.

On Oct. 20, 2012 in Brooklyn Vindalee Smith was anticipating her wedding the next day, and the birth of her baby boy the next month. By 9:30am police found her stabbed to death in her own home. Turns out her fiancé, known only as ‘Anthony,’ was already married to another woman. The baby Mrs. Smith had been carrying for eight months also died. Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill would reduce the killer’s sentence from two homicides to one.

These are just three examples. The list goes on (and on and on). Governor Cuomo claims the RHA increases protections for women. In an America where pregnant women are more likely to die from murder or suicide than a medical complication—in a New York where 20% of pregnant women who die are murder victims—how does weakening the penal code for domestic abusers protect women?

Tell your legislators to say “NO” to the RHA.

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Cuomo Abortion Expansion Bill Goes Beyond Roe vs Wade

Governor Cuomo and proponents of the Reproductive Health Act claim that it simply codifies the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. The RHA goes far beyond Roe, and beyond any abortion legislation any state has ever passed in creating a new fundamental human right to abortion and contraception. The historical corollary to a fundamental human right is a duty. The move from access to right is a slippery slope. The move from an individual choice to a public duty is never far behind. That’s exactly what happened in China 40 years ago resulting in gruesome government intrusion via the ‘One-Child Policy’ complete with forced abortions. That is not Roe, that’s the RHA.

poisonRoe v. Wade made abortion a legal choice. The RHA would pave the way to make abortion a legal responsibility. It starts with the government forcing medical providers to perform or refer their patients for abortion. It ends with government forcing women to be sterilized, take contraception, and have abortions.  Unless we want to redefine what a ‘right’ is, we shouldn’t consider the RHA.

One significant way that Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill goes way beyond codifying Roe vs Wade is that Roe declared a child in the womb not a person. The RHA refuses to consider the child at all.

We’ve done this before. We’ve refused to consider the personhood of categories of people—blacks, Native Americans, the mentally disabled, Jews. The powerful can do whatever they want with the sub-human: slavery, land-grabbing, forced sterilization, genocide… abortion.

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