By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. This is the lead editorial from the October digital edition of National Right to Life News. There are a few minor changes to reflect that it is now six days since this first appeared on line. You can read this editorial—and the complete 38-page issue—at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNEWSOCT2014.pdf.
It’s hard to believe but the battle for control of the United States Senate comes to a head a week from next Tuesday. Karen Cross, our Political Director (page one), and Carol Tobias, NRLC President (page three), have each written a very helpful explanation of what is at stake. So, let me add just two paragraphs to their thoughtful and thought-provoking articles.
Political contests ebb and flow, a truism if ever there was one. But a less recognized “given” is that at least one race—and perhaps many more—will take a sudden turn the last week. This is only to say be joyous, but not over confident, about contests that appear to be going well, work extra-hard on those races that are nip-and-tuck, and don’t be surprised if all the extra time and energy put in by pro-lifers pulls victory out of what seemed to be the jaws of defeat.
Many contests will likely be settled by 2-4 percentage points. That is the net advantage most candidates benefit from by being pro-life—the “pro-life increment,” as we often describe it. The importance of pro-lifers going to the polls election day (or voting in advance) and encouraging like-minded citizens to do likewise cannot be exaggerated.
This 38-page edition is chock-full of the most up-to-date news of interest to our ever-growing audience of readers. I should mention that most of our NRL News readers also subscribe to the free NRL News Today feed, which goes out Monday through Saturday. (If you are not receiving this invaluable resource in your inbox, sign up at www.nrlc.org/mailinglist.)
And because we produce 9-13 stories a day, in additional to material written specifically for NRL News, we have an almost embarrassment of riches to choose from. Here is a précis of some of the many stories you’ll find in the October issue.
First and foremost, we want to keep our readers abreast of the latest on abortion/abortionists and their legion of media (and blog) apologists. On page one, we tell the almost-impossible to believe story of the notorious (which is no exaggeration) abortionist Steven Brigham.
The man is positively Houdini-like in his ability to escape the law and/or state medical boards. So, in a sense, it was not totally surprising that it was not until this month that the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners finally revoked his license permanently.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marie McCullough described him as having “spent much of his two-decade career fighting charges of misconduct and negligence.” One administrative law judge characterized Brigham as having “suffered license revocations. He has run afoul of the licensing authorities in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has a conviction for failure to file income taxes. And here, he has demonstrated a willingness to play fast and loose with the law in Maryland.”
What had he done (he had done the same thing in the 1990s but escaped punishment)? He would start an abortion in New Jersey but complete it (remove the dead baby) in Maryland, where he had no medical license.
Why in the world would he do that? Because Brigham performs late abortions and his Voorhees, NJ abortion clinic was not licensed or equipped to perform late-term abortions.
“In addition,” as McCullough wrote, “New Jersey requires that such risky surgeries be performed by an obstetrician-gynecologist, and Brigham, a general practitioner, was not credentialed to do them.” Brigham maintained that the Maryland clinic was run by George Shepard, a licensed OB/GYN, hired by Brigham. Brigham said he “consulted” with Shepard who is partially disabled by a stroke, and had never performed a late-term abortion. Nobody bought that assurance.
The whole deadly charade came to light four years ago when an 18-year-old woman, 21½ weeks pregnant, almost died. When the doctor who performed emergency surgery on the teenager in a Baltimore hospital went to the Elkton police, they searched Brigham’s Maryland abortion clinic. There authorities found “a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks,” the AP reported.
The lucrative core of Brigham’s multi-state abortion clinic empire is in New Jersey. When he loses the eight clinics he currently operates there, it will put an enormous crimp in his considerable revenue stream.
And then there is Texas. From the very beginning, we have followed the labyrinth of lawsuits brought against the state’s 2013 omnibus abortion bill, H.B. 2. Our latest story, which appears on page 2, updates you on what the Supreme Court did last week.
Texas is commonly referred to as a “flashpoint” because H.B. 2 has provisions that will make a difference. To list a few quickly: abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital; abortion clinics must meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers; and abortionists must follow the FDA protocol for administering chemical [“RU-486:] abortifacients. Another component– the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn babies capable of feeling pain—has never challenged.
No edition of NRL News would be complete—even close to being complete—without stories of families who refused to heed gloom and doom prognoses from physicians followed by “suggestions” that the mother may want to “terminate” her pregnancy. In this issue, please refer to accounts appearing on pages 4, 7, 12, and 34.
The story of Jenna Gassew and Dan Healy is one for the ages. They knew at 13 weeks gestation that their baby, Shane, had anencephaly, a devastating brain malformation which inevitably leads to an early death, usually in the first few hours after birth or, occasionally, weeks.
As they told Lauren Enriquez,
“We were in shock to say the least and didn’t want to believe that all of this was happening. It was in the car that day that we both agreed that God was blessing us with such a special baby for a reason greater than we could understand and that no matter how hard it was to feel the way we did, that we had to keep the faith and believe in His plan for our lives. We wanted people to never question how proud we were to be Shane’s parents and that we were thankful and felt blessed that God chose us to bring him into the world. Shane is our son and we are so proud of him and he’s had such a positive impact on the lives of so many people that have heard his story.”
They were proud, and much, much more. In addition to a Facebook account, they kept their hundreds of thousands of followers continually updated on the “bucket list” of activities they were completing with Shane.
When Shane died a few hours after his birth, Dan said it all with this marvelous post:
“Shane spent his entire life in the arms of people that loved him unconditionally and I don’t think you could ask for a more beautiful life than that .. he is home now with the Lord and will forever be our little miracle!”
We also rigorously following the increasing daft commentary of a growing part of the Pro-Abortion Movement. Having long since sloughed off the rhetorical skin of “legal, safe and rare,” they are now to the point where they actually believe that the way to the public’s heart is through…. celebrating (insisting on) abortions at any stage of gestation, for any reason, or none, paid for by you and me. They really do believe they’ve stumbled on the key that will unlock the mystery of why they haven’t secured abortion-on-demand. For examples, see pages 16 and 23.
NRL News has always covered international news and news about euthanasia/assisted suicide. The Supreme Court of Canada heard a potentially momentous case this past Wednesday.
The “Carter” case will determine whether the Criminal Code’s prohibition of assisted suicide is constitutional. Supporters of the prohibition have been eloquent, passionate, and thoughtful in their condemnation of the assault on the ban on assisted suicide. Opponents have money and the support of elite institutions, including the media.
So far, the medical community has not joined their ranks; it is a bulkhead that cannot be breached.
We have also including two stories about the status of abortion in Canada. Our friends to the North face enormous odds but are as faithful as they are determined. (See pages 26-27.)
The October issue of NRL News carries two stories debunking the latest instance of inflated claims for what embryonic stem cells can accomplish. The research, published in the journal Cell, was uncritically accepted almost everywhere.
But working with Dr. David Prentice, we showed what the team from Harvard really found, not what was claimed by and for them. See pages 17 and 18.
These are just a handful of the stories you will read in the October digital edition of the “pro-life newspaper of record.” The most wonderful part of producing an online publication is that you, our faithful readers, can pass along selected stories to your pro-life friends and family or the entire issue!
Please do so, using your social media. Thanks to the people at NRLC who know how to track these things, I know you have been sharing NRL News stories ever since we went digital last January.