OctOber 2010

Newsletter of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico                                                           vol. 28, no. 10

    VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!                                            State Auditor: Errol Chavez 575-993-3937
       VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!                                               Commissioner of Public Lands: Matthew Rush,
                  THE TIME IS NOW!                                     Public Regulation Commission
                   by Dauneen Dolce, Editor                                 Dist. 2 - Patrick Lyons 575-299-6162
      As I have said in many editorials over the past few months,           Dist. 5 - Ben Hall 575-937-0172575-937-017275-937-
it is time to step up to the plate. The time is NOW!                   0172
      One can wonder how our country arrived at the condition it         StAte rePreSeNtAtIVeS WHO Are PrO-LIFe
is in now, especially when talking about pro-life issues. There        You would have received a letter if you are in their district
are many reasons, but I have observed the main reason to be the                     with their telephone number.
apathy of those who profess to be pro-life.
      The problem was recognized, but the means to the solution        Dist. 7 - Andrew Barreras                         Dist. 37 - Terry McMillan
has been ignored. This by those who say they are “too busy”            Dist. 8 - Alonzo Baldonado                        Dist. 39 - Linda Pecotte
or “I don’t like controversy” or “I don’t know what to do” or          Dist. 12 - Clyde Wheeler                          Dist. 42 - Matthew Nielsen
just don’t say anything and don’t do anything. As the old saying       Dist. 14 - Clara Pena                             Dist. 50 - Leroy Candelaria
goes, “words are cheap”.                                               Dist. 15 - Justin Horwit                          Dist. 51 - Yvette Herrell
      Right now we are facing the opportunity to set up a good deal    Dist. 21 - Antoinette Baca                        Dist. 53 - Rick Little
of the solutions to pro-abortion policies and laws by replacing        Dist. 23 - David Doyle                            Dist. 55 - Cathrynn Brown
legislators who do not respect life with those who do. And we          Dist. 25 - Jennifer Thornburg                     Dist. 26 - Larry Kennedy
do it in the voting booth.                                             Dist. 26 - Andy Nunez                             Dist. 58 - Candy Ezzell
      But even much sooner, we can ensure a victory in the voting      Dist. 28 - Jimmie Hall                            Dist. 59 - Nora Espinoza -
booth by helping pro-life candidates get elected. There is much        Dist. 29 - Thomas Anderson                                   623-5324
you can do and need to do. It may only take a little time by           Dist. 33 - Virginia Robertson                     Dist. 60 - Tim Lewis
helping with a mailing, making some phone calls, putting up
a yard sign, walking a block with a candidate, working at the                      VOTING SCHEDULE FOR THE
polls as a clerk or as a poll watcher or challenger to make sure                     STATE OF NEW MEXICO
the election stays honest. There are other activities, and the         Application for Absentee Ballot – October 4, 2010
candidate’s office can guide you to those activities.                  1. In person Absentee Voting is at County Clerk’s offices Tuesday
      All I know is it is TIME! Time that pro-lifers put their words      Oct. 5 – through Sat. Oct. 30, 2010.
and beliefs into action. Time to stand up for those who cannot         2. Early voting at locations other than the county clerk’s office
stand up for themselves. What we don’t do may be done by                  begins October 16, 2010. Contact your county clerk for these
those who support death as a solution. What you don’t do will             locations (look in county government pages in phone book).
come down on your children’s and grandchildren’s heads. And                                                                            (continued on page 2)
before you leave this earth, it may be on your head and on your
      It is time to move heaven and earth to restore Respect                                          IN THIS ISSUE
For Life in our homes, our state, and our country. Be a part            Open Meeting of Right to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
of the solution rather than be a part of the problem.                   What You Don’t Know Can & Will Kill You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                                                        Towards “Passive Euthanasia”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
    cONGreSSIONAL AND StAte cANDIDAteS                                  You’d Better Stay Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
                                                                        The Fight to Stop ObamaCare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
             WHO Are PrO-LIFe                                           Update on Embryonic Stem Cell Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
         Cong. Dist. 1 - John Barela - 505-503-1130                     A Chapter In Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
         Cong. Dist. 2 - Steve Pearce - 575-392-2061                    New Mexico Makes the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
         Cong. Dist. 3 - Tom Mullins - 505-801-1566                     The Good, Bad, Ugly & Beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                        State Fair Wrap-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                       StAte OFFIceS                                    Born to Run 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Governor/Lt. Governor: Susana Martinez /John Sanchez                    Public Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
    575-636-2150/505-872-2070                                           Americans, Women Say in Poll: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Secretary of State: Dianna Duran,505-699-8115                           Documents Show Botched Abortions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Attorney General: Matthew Chandler 505-306-8202                         Why are Abortion Clinic Staffers Speaking Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
VOTiNG SCHeDULe fOR NM…                                                 subject and find out how to protect yourself and your loved
                                           (continued from page 1)      ones in our anti-life society.
                                                                            Please fill out the reservation form at the bottom of
3. Election Day - Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - Polls open                the enclosed Dinner with Bobby Schindler flyer. If you are
   from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Locations can be found in                in the San Juan County area, following is information for
   newspaper the weekend before the election or call your               reservations.
   county clerk’s office.
                                                                                 SAN JUAN COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE
                                                                                DINNER WITH BOBBY SCHINDLER
                                                                        Where: San Juan Country Club – 5775 Country Club Dr.
        COMMITTEE OF NEW MEXICO                                         When: Friday, October 22, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.
        On November 13, 2010 there will be an Open Meeting              Cost: $45.00 for one - $75.00 for two
    of RTLCNM at 2413 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque                      Reservations can be mailed to: San Juan County RTL,
    at which time members of the organization will vote for             P.O. Box 1232, Flora Vista, NM 87415 OR Call
    the officers of the State board for the next four years.            Steve Thomas, President, at 505-325-4307 or
    Nominations can be made from the floor if the nominee               Francis Roberts 505-334-1317 for more information.
    is a member and has filled out an application. We will
    talk about what RTLCNM has been doing, is planning                          THE RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE OF
    to do, and will answer questions about any aspect of the                    NEW MEXICO’S SCHINDLER DINNER
    organization. We hope you will attend and learn more
                                                                        When: Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 6:30 P.M.
    about our organization. Call 505-881-4563 if you have
                                                                        Where: Glory Christian Fellowship Hall
                                                                                2417 Wyoming Blvd NE
                                                                        Cost: $22.00 per person
                                                                                   (See enclosed flyer for more details)
           WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW –
            CAN AND WILL KILL YOU!                                           TOWARDS “PASSIVE EUTHANASIA”
                                                                                          by Rev. Tadeus Pacholczyk
                                   What is being referred to here is
                             euthanasia in the Healthcare Plan. It           In recent years, some medical practitioners have suggested
                             is in there, and every day that the cost   that death from dehydration may not be such an unpleasant
                             of the healthcare plan keeps going         way for patients to die. This conclusion, however, remains
                             up, the chances of rationing thus no       rather doubtful. Thirst and appetite are very primal drives, and
                             treatment, thus being euthanized,          anyone who has ever done a voluntary fast knows well the
                             goes up too.                               discomfort that arises from even a single day of fasting. Thus,
                                   We have had denial of care in        we ought to consistently maintain a presumption in favor of
                             the past. Terry Schiavo epitomizes         providing nutrition and hydration to patients in our care, using
                             a situation where a person is not          all reasonable and effective (or “proportionate”) means at our
                             dying but is killed because she was        disposal to nourish and hydrate such patients, whether by spoon-
not wanted. However, many of you think she is a “unique” case           feeding or by tube feeding.
and it would never happen to you. You are very wrong. Every                  The intense pain of dehydration and starvation has been
day in this country people are being denied food and water              graphically described by patients who were previously in a so-
and are dying, usually from the lack of water. The healthcare           called “vegetative state” and had their feeding tubes withdrawn.
plan would allow this to happen, as well as other decisions that             Kate Adamson, who was in a vegetative state due to a stroke
will take a human life rather than give aid to a human being.           and later came out of it, recounted her experience in an article
This is especially true if you are elderly, chronically ill, or         she wrote: “I was half listening to a talk radio broadcast about
handicapped.                                                            a 40-year-old woman in Florida, Terri Schiavo, who was going
    When there is no money, these are the people that are               to be starved to death. This woman had been disconnected from
eliminated to make sure there is money for others. However,             her feeding tube. She was without food for eight days.
even after that, there may be others eliminated because more                 Suddenly the broadcast had my full attention. When I was
money is needed. These could be the mentally challenged, the            paralyzed, I too had a feeding tube disconnected for eight days,
mentally ill, and others. Once it is decided who should live and        and I knew what that felt like. Her husband had been saying
who should die, there is no stopping where that mentality will          that being starved was a relatively painless way to go. I nearly
go.                                                                     shouted at the radio dial, That is not true. That is a lie. You ought
    The Right To Life Committee and its chapters are trying to          to try it!”
address this issue, especially for those who are in the situation of         When Mrs. Adamson was interviewed on The O’Reilly
Terry Schiavo. For this reason, both San Juan Right To Life and         Factor, she provided further details:
State Right To Life are having back-to-back dinners with Bobby          O’Reilly: When they took the feeding tube out, what went
Schindler, brother of Terry Schiavo, as the guest speaker. You          through your mind?
should do everything possible to attend and learn about the
                                                                                                                     (Continued on page 3)

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TOWaRDS PaSSiVe eUTHaNaSia…(continued from page 2)                               YOU’D BETTER STAY HEALTHY!
Adamson: When the feeding tube was turned off for eight days,                An article in the last edition of Viva Life wrote about Donald
I thought I was going insane. I was screaming out in my mind,           Berwick who is in charge of both Medicare and Medicaid. He
Don’t you know I need to eat? I just wanted something. The fact         is enamored with the social healthcare provided by England and
that I had nothing, the hunger pains overrode every thought I           other countries in Europe.
had.                                                                         This seemed like an appropriate time to take a good look
O’Reilly: So you were feeling pain when they removed your               at UK’s National Health Services to see how “wonderful” the
tube?                                                                   care they provide is. An investigation by the Sunday Telegraph
Adamson: Yes, Oh, absolutely, absolutely say that - especially          newspaper discloses the following information. It uncovered
when Michael {Shiavo} on national TV mentioned last week said           widespread cuts in NHS that include:
that it’s a pretty painless thing to have the feeding tube removed      1. Restrictions on some of the most basic and common
– it is the exact opposite. It was sheer torture, Bill.                      operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract
      Elsewhere she described the obsessive thirst she felt when             surgery, and orthodontic procedures.
her feeding tube was removed. “I craved anything to drink.              2. Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets
Anything! I obsessively visualized drinking from a huge bottle               for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told
of orange Gatorade. And I hate orange Gatorade.”                             to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens at
      Patients in a vegetative state are clearly a “voiceless”               evenings or weekends.
population of humans unable to advocate for themselves. Another         3. The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.
voiceless group includes patients facing dementia. Because              4. A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the
individuals with dementia are apparently “out of it,” they                   mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending
may also be unable to communicate coherently regarding any                   patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using
discomfort or pain they may experience. The assumption may be                accident and emergency departments.
too facilely made by healthcare professionals that because people       5. Tighter rationing of NHS funding for IVF treatment and for
are demented they no longer can truly experience suffering, pain,            surgery for obesity.
hunger, or thirst.                                                      6. Thousands of jobs losses at NHS hospitals, including 500
      When patients with dementia are brought to the hospital                staff where cancer patients recently suffered delays in
because they no longer swallow, some physicians will be                      diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.
aggressive in persuading the family not to give an IV or put in a       7. Cost-cutting programs in paediatric (pediatric) and maternity
G-tube. They may suggest that it will only prolong the person’s              services, care of the elderly, and services that provide respite
death, forcing him or her to live a “low quality of life.” In one            breaks to long-term caretakers.
such scenario that I am aware of, a physician indicated to the               The Sunday Telegraph found the details of hundreds of
family that if an IV were given, the patient would likely perk          cuts buried in obscure appendices to lengthy policy and strategy
back up and live another year or two, but, he continued, what           documents published by trusts. In most cases, local communities
would be the point? In a different case, another physician stated       appear to be unaware of the plans. Dr. Peter Carter, head of the
that the cause of death would indeed be dehydration and not the         Royal College of Nursing, said he was “incredibly worried” about
patient’s disease, but he still advocated declining an IV so that the   the disclosures. He urged Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary,
patient would die. Decisions like these, when assisted hydration        to “get a grip” on the reality of what was going on in NHS.
would be non-burdensome and effective, are sometimes termed                  The Government has promised to protect the overall budget
“passive euthanasia.”                                                   of the NHS, which will continue to receive above-inflation
      When someone dies from dehydration, of course, it is not          increases but said the service must make “efficiency savings” of
always an example of passive-euthanasia. In some instances, tube        up to 20 billion pounds by 2014, which would be diverted back
feeding will be ineffective or cause significant complications like     to the front line.
vomiting or chronic infections. In these circumstances, declining            Mr. Lansley said last month: “This protection for the NHS
assisted nutrition or hydration may be a reasonable choice, not         is protection for patients – to ensure that the sick do not pay for
with an intention of ending life but acknowledging that unduly          the debt crisis.” Dr. Carter said, “Andrew Lansley keeps saying
burdensome or ineffective treatments may be legitimately                that the government will protect the front line from cuts – but
refused.                                                                the reality appears to be quite the opposite. We are seeing trusts
      This hearkens back to statements by both Pope John Paul II        making job cuts even when they have already admitted to being
in 2004 and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2007      short staffed.”
which noted that the administration of food and water (whether               Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association said the cuts
by natural or artificial means) to a patient in a “vegetative state”    were “astonishingly brutal” and expressed particular concern
is morally obligatory except when they cannot be assimilated            at moves to ration operations such as hip and knee operations.
by the patient’s body or cannot be administered to the patient          “These are no unusual procedures. This is a really blatant attempt
without causing significant physical discomfort. Recognizing            to save money by leaving people in pain,” she said. “Looking at
that dehydration is a painful way to die serves as a helpful            these kinds of cuts, which trusts have drawn up in such secrecy, it
starting point to addressing the nutrition and hydration needs of       particularly worries me how far they disadvantage the elderly and
their loved ones who may find themselves in compromised states          the vulnerable.” She added that it was “incredibly cruel” to draw
or approaching the end of life.                                         up savings plans based on denying care to the dying.
                         Rev. Pacholczyk is the Director at the
            National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.                                                      (Continued on page 4)

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YOU’D BeTTeR STaY HeaLTHY…(cont. from page 3)                           prohibition by allowing federal funding of ESC research, because
                                                                        ESC research depends upon the destruction of a human embryo,”
     The board of Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (PCT)            he wrote.
in London agreed more than 50 million pounds would be saved                  The law that is being referred to is the Dickey-Wicker
in two years by reducing the length of stay in a hospital for the       Amendment that was passed in 1996, which expressly banned
terminally ill. Operations for patients can only take place if “prior   NIH (National Institute of Health) from funding research when
approval” has been given on a case by case basis. As we see             human embryos “are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected
“this wonder healthcare” go down the tubes, let us look at our          to risk of injury or death.” The amendment has been renewed
own. Already, before the full Obama healthcare implementation           every year in Congress. However, a federal Appeals Court on
has been made, we are seeing long waiting lines for Medicare            September 6 permitted federal funding for embryonic stem cell
patients, as many doctors are no longer taking Medicare patients        research to proceed for now while it considers Judge Lamberth’s
because they are not paid in a timely manner.                           ruling. The good news is that while this is a legal reprieve for
     We were promised our current health insurance policies would       stem cell research, laboratories such as the National Institutes of
not go up. However, they have all jumped, and people are now            Health have suspended work to fund new research projects on
paying much more for their healthcare than before Obamacare.            embryonic stem cells, and NIH says the scientific process need to
This healthcare will have rationing, and even Donald Berwick            restart is not likely to happen until there is a final court decision.
says he supports rationing. For all the opposition to “death                 While scientists who already have received taxpayer money
panels,” they are coming. When there is no money, it is the dying       for stem cell experiments were able to continue until their dollars
or seriously ill older citizens who will be targeted just as they       run out, 22 projects that were due to get yearly checks in September
have been in England.                                                   were told they’d have to find other money to continue their work.
     Talk about secrecy! We have had a dose of that. The money          Since most researchers have multiple sources of funding, they are
for abortions has been hidden in many areas of Obamacare, and           working now to separate what they can and can’t do. We await
in one area, High Risk Patients, only the alertness of the media        further legal decisions on this issue.
caught the administration trying to pay for abortion on demand.                       Information provided by USA Today and Albuquerque Journal.
As socialized medicine has reached an all-time low in England,
so will it follow the course if we don’t stop the Obama Healthcare                     A CHAPTER IN ACTION

                IS IN PROGRESS
     Twenty states and the nation’s small business lobby, The
National Federation of Independent Business, have started the
process to legally stop the implementation of Obama Healthcare.
There may be a ruling on whether the federal government can
require individuals to purchase healthcare insurance and to fine
those who do not. The Attorneys General from the 20 states are
declaring this unconstitutional. By the end of the year, there
should be a ruling. Should we lose this aspect of the fight, there
will be a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court.                                Santa Fe Right To Life once again had a float in the Santa
     The November 2, 2010 elections will tell if we can make            Fe Fiesta parade. It was well received with much applause
changes or replace this awful healthcare bill via the Congress.         and “thumbs up” and only a few negative remarks from the
This is a very important time to vote for those who oppose the          audience.
current Obamcare. We must win this fight or we will see euthanasia
become the number one killer in the U.S. surpassing abortion and
many of the deaths from diseases. WE MUST FIGHT FOR OUR                            NEW MEXICO MAKES THE NEWS
COUNTRY!                                                                          REGARDING AN ABORTION CLINIC
                                                                             On August 28 outside Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-
                UPDATE ON EMBRYONIC                                     term abortion clinic operated by Curtis Boyd in Albuquerque, a
                 STEM CELL RESEARCH                                     man threatened to shoot two pro-life women who were offering
     At the end of August, a federal judge temporarily blocked the      help to abortion-bound women.
Obama Administration from using federal dollars to fund expanded             The man and his wife were escorting their daughter into
human embryonic stem cell research. The argument brought to             the abortion clinic when the wife and daughter walked over to
the court was that the new rules not only increase competition          the pro-life women to discuss alternatives to abortion. The man
for limited funds for adult stem cell research but also violated        became angry and ushered his family towards the clinic. Then he
federal law. The District Court for the District of Columbia’s          said, “When we come out, I’m going to put a bullet in your head
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that despite attempts to       if you talk to her.”
separate the derivation of human embryonic stem cells from the               The man then lifted his shirt to show the women a dark object
research process, “the two cannot be separated because culling          that was partially tucked into his trousers. The women saw that it
those stem cells destroys an embryo. The guidelines violate the                                                        (Continued on page 5)
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NM MaKeS THe NeWS…(cont. from page 4)                                  in order to measure parent-adolescent communication and
                                                                       adolescent attitudes toward sex and abstinence. The American
was a gun and called the police. The police took the man away in       Public Health Association’s (APHA) website reveals the results
handcuffs. The SWAT team then cleared the clinic to search for         of the survey. “Adjusting for all other factors in the model,
the gun. Everyone, including staff, had to come out of the clinic      parent and peer factors are more consistently associated with
with their hands up. The area was cordoned off and the clinic was      differences in adolescent attitudes about sex and abstinence
closed to patients for nearly two hours while police conducted         than are measures of adolescent exposure to sex and abstinence
their investigation. It is not known if the gun was found or what      topics in a class or program. Additionally, parent attitudes are
charges were made against the man. Guns were found in the car.         more important in influencing adolescent views than the level of
                                                                       parent communication with their adolescent. The survey revealed
       THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY,                                    that 70% of parents agreed with the statement ‘It is against
            AND THE BEAUTIFUL                                          your values for adolescents to have sexual intercourse before
                                                                       marriage.’ And 70% of parents agreed with the statement ‘Having
     THE GOOD: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won the              sexual intercourse is something only married people should do.’
praise of pro-life advocates by vetoing a bill that would restore      Adolescents had similar responses.”
the family planning funds his administration cut from the state             This taxpayer-funded survey indicates parental and
budget because of deep economic trouble. Although it doesn’t           adolescent support of abstinence education is not being released
fund abortions directly, the money goes to 58 family planning          by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as it does
clinics, and Planned Parenthood runs 29 of the facilities. This        not support the administration’s objectives – or that of vocal “safe
saved the taxpayers of New Jersey $7.5 million.                        sex” activists – of eliminating all abstinence education funding.
     THE BAD: The FDA has given approval for the abortion              A full report was requested and denied by APHA.
drug ELLA, an abortifacient, as it is taken 72 hours after                  The beautiful part is that the Obama Administration relented
intercourse. Fertilization takes place at around 14 hours, so even     in the face of public pressure and national news highlighting
the Morning After pill can become an abortifacient if taken after      how the HSD refused to make public the study showing the
14 hours. However, at 72 hours (three days) the new human being        effectiveness of abstinence education programs.
is busy dividing into many more cells, the fastest growth it will           The National Abstinence Education Association responded
ever go through. Thus, any chemical via a prescription that is         by encouraging interested persons to submit a Freedom of
given is now an abortifacient, a chemical abortion.                    Information Act (FOIA) request for public release. Hundreds
     It is interesting to read a card that was in a condom package     submitted the request for openness regarding the study. As a
given out by Planned Parenthood that it (Morning After Pill) is an     result, HHS posted the entire study report. Thus, we are armed
emergency contraception that can be taken up to five days after        to maintain the programs. Congress did pass a funding bill for
intercourse. Again, they are not telling girls that this is killing    abstinence programs despite the fact the President said he no
a human being should pregnancy take place. They don’t share            longer wanted to fund them. It will be more difficult than ever to
much information with women on what a chemical or surgical             deny the effectiveness of these programs, thus more funding may
abortion does to the baby or the women. That is why they always        come if budgets allow it.
oppose “The Women’s Right to Know” bill that does share this
information as well as alternatives.
     THE UGLY: A 30-year old Pennsylvania man has been                                 STATE FAIR WRAP-UP
accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and burying the body of their                          by Charlene Comba
child after she performed a home abortion on herself with a pencil.
For the next three days, she became extremely ill and went into             Thank You! Thank You! to all the wonderful people who
labor. After she called her 30-year-old boyfriend, he told her to      volunteered at the State Fair booth. Special thanks to the folks
“push hard” according to the Pocono Record, and she delivered                                                          who worked
the baby in the toilet. The girl told police the baby was stillborn.                                                   multiple shifts.
The boyfriend buried the baby in a plastic bag in a wooded area                                                        We saw many
close to his home. The girl later went to Lehigh Valley Hospital,                                                      happy faces
as she was still sick, and the hospital staff contacted the police.                                                    of children, of
     Michael James Lisk told police that he had had sex with                                                           women who
the 13-year-old “too many times” to count. Evidence showed                                                             were pregnant,
there has been a sexual relationship since the girl was 12. He                                                         their spouses
has been charged with rape of a child, sexual assault, involuntary                                                     and the grand-
deviate sexual intercourse, and corruption of a minor, as well as                                                      parents look-
concealing the death of a child and abuse of the corpse.                                                               ing at the
     THE BEAUTIFUL: This may seem like an “unusual”                                                                    baby models,
beautiful story, but any time a David can beat a Goliath, it is a                                                      checking the
beautiful story and one that should give hope.                         size and details. They shared stories with the workers in
     In August the Obama Administration, through The                   the booth. There were also stories from families who lost
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of          members by abortion and were powerless to stop the death
HHS (Health and Human Services), funded a survey of 1,000              of the baby. There is sadness in the world of these people and
adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 and their parents            many more like them.

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                BORN TO RUN – 2010                                   while 32% disagree and 14% are undecided. Again women are
                Born To Run Race Winners                             more pro-life than men, as 58% of women believe that abortion
                                                                     is morally wrong in most cases compared to 49% of men.
                                                                          The Rasmussen poll also found 61% of voters believe that
                                                                     abortion is at least somewhat important as an issue in terms of
                                                                     how they will vote in November, with 33% saying it is very
                                                                     important. This appears to refute the mainstream media notion
                                                                     that abortion is no longer an important issue to American voters
                                                                     in congressional and presidential races. Just 37% say abortion is
                                                                     either very little or not at all important to them as a voting issue.
                                                                     The poll also found what most others have in other years – that
                                                                     abortion is a political issue that drives the pro-life side more
                                                                     than the pro-abortion side. Rasmussen noted that pro-life voters
     A great time was had by all. You should come and see for        “are twice as likely as those who are pro-choice to say abortion
yourself next year. The race winners are:                            as an issue is important to how they vote this fall.
      5K: Boys 12 and under: Alec McClain; Girls 12 and                   Rasmussen also found 40% of voters trust Democrats
under: Camila Orozco; Boys 13-19: Andrew Juarez; Girls 13-           more when it comes to the abortion issue, while 37% trust
19: Moriah Conela; Men 20-29: Sam Sandoval; Women 20-29:             Republicans more. Twenty-three percent are unsure which party
Ruth Ann Purtzer; Men 30-39: Brian Martinez; Women 30-39:            more closely aligns with their abortion views. Sixty-two percent
Cecilia Duenas; Men 40-49: Shane Cleveland; Women 40-49:             of pro-abortion voters trust Democrats more, while 66% of those
Julie Cleveland; Men 50 and over: Mark Hamilton and Women            who are pro-life have more confidence in the GOP. This poll did
50 and over: Francoise Barnes                                        show that more people considered themselves to be pro-choice
     1 Mile: Male – Dakota Cleveland Female – Tabitha                than pro-life (49%-43%) unlike other polls have shown lately.
Cionelo                                                              Ninety-one percent of pro-lifers say abortion is morally wrong
     For the many sponsors of this event, we give them our           most of the time, but 61% of those who are pro-choice do not
sincere gratitude. We will list them in the November Viva            share that view.
Life.                                                                                    Information provided by August 17,
                                                                                                                    Editor – Steven Erteit

        MONDAYS AT 10:00 P.M.                                              ABORTIONS HURT WOMEN
  October 4: Life Talk – September 2010                                  MORE FREQUENTLY THAN BELIEVED
  October 11: Babies Aborted Alive and D & C Instruction                  A pro-life group released new documents in August 17,
              and Christi’s Choice                                   2010 from a former abortion facility staffer showing two
  October 18: Bridging the Tears and Born to Be Killed               women injured medically by botched abortions in Columbus,
  October 25: Teens and Abortion and After the Choice                Ohio in the last two months. The organization says it and
                                                                     other documents show women are injured more frequently
                                                                     than most people understand.
      AMERICANS, WOMEN SAY IN POLL:                                       An abortion whistle-blower provided documentation to
      ABORTION IS MORALLY WRONG,                                     Operation Rescue (OR) showing disturbing information about
           TOO EASY TO OBTAIN                                        two botched abortions that took place at different abortion
                                                                     businesses in the Ohio state capital in the last month. “It’s
     An August 2010 national poll by Rasmussen finds Americans       our understanding from conversations with our confidential
and a majority of women say abortion is both morally wrong           sources in Ohio that abortion patients in Columbus end up
and too easy to obtain. The new Rasmussen Reports poll also          in the local emergency rooms with alarming frequency,” OR
finds most likely voters say abortion is at least somewhat           president Troy Newman told “Our whistle-
important when they consider the issues that will guide their        blower says that these two incidents are just the tip of the
vote in November.                                                    iceberg. The true number of abortion complications is hidden
     The national survey finds nearly half (48%) of Americans        from the public, and it now appears that complications
continue to believe abortions are too easy to obtain in the United   requiring emergency hospitalization have reached epidemic
States. That is higher than the 33% who disagree and say they        proportions,” said Newman.
are too hard to get (15%) or believe the level of difficulty is           The pro-life organization is demanding that the Medical
just right (23%). Another 14% of Americans are unsure – a            Board of Ohio conduct inspections and close the dangerous
higher number that appears to indicate how many Americans            abortion businesses in Columbus and around the state. The
don’t understand the nation’s abortion laws that allow virtually     information from Ohio is just the latest information the
unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy.             group has obtained from former abortion facility staffers
     Women (53%) feel more strongly than men (42%) that              blowing the whistle on shoddy and potentially illegal medical
abortions are too easy to get, which belies the notion abortion      practices at abortion clinics. Former employees of late-term
advocates promote that women support abortion more than men.
Some 54% say abortion is morally wrong most of the time,                                                          (Continued on page 7)

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DOCUMeNTS SHOW BOTCHeD aBORTiONS…                                   emotional distress for the abortionist, whom, after inserting
                                         (continued from page 6)    laminaria that cause the cervix to dilate, must dismember
                                                                    and remove the fetus with forceps. One early study by
abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart submitted affidavits            abortionists Warren Hern and Billie Corrigan found that
detailing illegal abortion, unlicensed staff dispensing drugs       although their entire staff “approved of second trimester
and performing medical tasks for which they were not                abortion in principle,” there “were few positive comments
qualified, and other offenses. This launched an investigation       about D&E itself.” Reaction included “shock, dismay,
by the Nebraska Attorney General and Health Department.             amazement, disgust, fear, and sadness.” A more ambitious
     A whistle-blower confirmed abortion abuses at Planned          study published the following year in the September 1979
Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa where dangerous                 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
abortion pills are being administered through a remote-             confirmed Hern and Corrigan’s findings. It found “strong
controlled push-button scheme known as “telemed abortion.”          emotional reactions during or following the procedures and
A medical board investigation is ongoing.                           occasional disquieting dreams.”
     Whistle-blowers in California helped expose abortionist             Another study published in the October 1989 issue of
Andrew Rutland, who was violating the terms of his probation        Social Science and Medicine noted that abortion providers
by performing abortions without the required supervision of         were pained by encounters with the fetus regardless of how
another physician. He faces almost certain license revocation       committed they were to abortion rights. It seems that no
at a hearing scheduled for early next year.                         amount of ideological conviction can inoculate providers
     Operation Rescue blew the whistle on illegal late-             against negative emotional reactions.
term abortion referrals provided by abortionist Ann Kristin              Such studies are few. In general, abortion providers
Neuhaus in Kansas. Neuhaus now faces disciplinary action            have censored their own emotional trauma out of concern
after Kansas authorities filed an 11-count petition against her     to protect abortion rights. In 2008, however, abortionist
based on OR’s complaint. Two victims of forced abortions            Lisa Harris endeavored to begin “breaking the silence” in
done by Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari came forward            the pages of Reproductive Health Matters. When she herself
to tell of their horrific ordeals. Both women filed medical         was 18 weeks pregnant, Dr. Harris performed a D&E on an
board complaints and one has sued. Currently, all seven of          18-week-old fetus. Harris felt her own child kick precisely at
Hodari’s Detroit area abortions centers are up for sale.            the moment that she ripped a fetal leg off with her forceps:
                          Article from Aug. 17, 2010
                                                                            Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes
                                                                            without me even being aware of what was going
  WHY ARE ABORTION CLINIC STAFFERS                                          on. I felt as if my response had come entirely
           SPEAKING UP?                                                     from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive
   The following article may give us some insight on this                   processing completely. A message seemed to
question.                                                                   travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear
               MUGGED BY ULTRASOUND                                         ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling – brutally
      By Jon Smith & David Daleiden – Weekly Standard                       visceral response – heartfelt and unmediated by
                                                                            my training or my feminist pro-choice politics.
     Abortion rights activists have long preferred to                       It was one of the more raw moments in my life.
hold themselves at some distance from the practice they
promote rather than naming it. They speak of “choice” and           Harris concluded her piece by lamenting that the pro-choice
“reproductive freedom.” But those who perform abortions             movement has left providers to suffer in silence because it has
have no such luxury. Instead, advances in ultrasound imaging        “not owned up to the reality of the fetus or the reality of fetal
and abortion procedures have forced providers ever closer           parts.” Indeed, it often insists that images used by the pro-life
to the nub of their work. Especially in abortions performed         movement are faked.
far enough along in gestation that the fetus is recognizably             (Pro-choice advocates also falsely insist that second-
a tiny baby, this intimacy exacts an emotional toll, stirring       trimester abortions are confined almost exclusively to tragic
sentiments for which doctors, nurses, and aides are sometime        “hard” cases such as fetal malformation. Yet a review of the
unprepared. Most apparently have managed to reconcile               literature in the April 2009 issue of the American Journal of
their belief in the right to abortion with the revulsion at dying   Obstetrics and Gynecology found that most abortions performed
and dead fetuses, but a note-worthy number have found the           after the first trimester are sought for the same reasons as first-
conflict unbearable and have defected to the pro-life cause.        trimester abortions; they’re just delayed. This reality only
     In the aftermath of Roe vs. Wade, second-trimester             intensifies the guilt pangs of abortion providers.)
abortions were usually performed by saline injection. The                Hern and Harris chose to stay in the abortion business; one
doctor simply replaced the amniotic fluid in the patient’s          of the first doctors to change his allegiance was Paul Jarrett,
uterus with a saline solution and induced labor, leaving it to      who quit after only 23 abortions. His turning point came in 1974
nurses to dispose of the expelled fetus. This changed in the        when he performed an abortion on a fetus at 14 weeks gestation:
late 1970s when “dilation and evacuation” (D&E) emerged             “As I brought out the rib cage, I looked and saw a tiny beating
as a safer method. Today D&E is the most common second-             heart,” he would recall. “And when I found the head of the baby,
trimester procedure. It has been performed millions of times        I looked squarely in the face of another human being – a human
in the United States.                                               being that I just killed.”
     But although D&E is better for the patient, it brings                                                     (Continued on page 8)

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     In 1990 Judith Fetrow, an aide at a Planned Parenthood clinic, found that disposing    I understand that the Right To Life Committee of
of fetal bodies as medical waste was more than she could bear. Soon after she left her      New Mexico (RTLCNM) is a non-sectarian, non-
                                                                                            profit organization dedicated to the right to life
position, Fetrow described her experiences: “No one at Planned Parenthood wanted            of all innocent human beings from fertilization to
this job….I had to look at the tiny hands and feet. There are times when I wanted to        natural death; that this organization takes a stand
cry.” Finally persuaded to quit by a pro-life protester outside her clinic, Fetrow is       only on those issues that are directly related to
now involved in the American Life League.                                                   abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.
     Kathy Sparks is another convert formerly responsible for disposing of fetal                 I support the goals of RTLCNM, including a
                                                                                            Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
remains, this time at an Illinois abortion clinic. Her account of the experience that led   and hereby make application for membership
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     Other converts were driven into the pro-life movement by advances in ultrasound
technology. The most recent example is Abby Johnson, the former Director of Dallas-         Name_____________________________________
area Planned Parenthood. After watching via ultrasound an embryo “crumple” as
it was suctioned out of its mother’s womb, Johnson reported a “conversion in my
heart.” Likewise, Joan Appleton, who was head nurse at a large abortion clinic in           City/Zip___________________________________
Virginia and a NOW activist, performed thousands of abortions with aplomb until a
single ultrasound-assisted abortion rattled her. “I was watching the screen. I saw the      Wish to: (check one)
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     This handful of stories is representative of many more. In fact, with the exception
of communism, we can think of few other movements from which so many activists              I am a registered: (check one)
have defected to the opposition.                                                                Republican           Democrat
     Pro-choice advocates like to point out that abortion has existed in all times and          Other
places. Yet that observation tends to obscure the radicalism of the present abortion
regime in the U.S. Until recently, no one in the history of the world had had the               ____________________________
routine job of killing well-developed fetuses quite so up close and personal. Hern                        Signature
and Corrigan concluded their study by noting D&E leaves “no possibility of denying
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