The huge impact of NRLC-inspired legislation in Nebraska

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart

Abortionist LeRoy Carhart

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” It is one of my favorite sayings and one that I remember all the more when pro-abortionists grudgingly give pro-lifers a back-handed compliment.

A friend from Nebraska forwarded a story by Martha Stoddard that appeared Sunday in the World-Herald. The gist of it was that when an old-time abortionist retired, the mammoth Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had to scramble to find a temporary fill-in–in this case a Massachusetts abortionist who parachutes in to abort babies a few days a month.

This prompted Stoddard to ask representatives of the abortion industry about the shortage of abortionists, which they said was not an overall shortage but an inadequate number willing to operate in more rural areas.

Here’s what Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, had to say about Nebraska’s diligent efforts to hem in the abortion trade.

Nebraska has been fairly hostile to abortion providers and to abortion care in many ways,” she said. She noted that the state was the first to ban abortions at 20 weeks [2010] and has banned the use of telemedicine for drug-induced abortions [2011].

It’s important to remember that these are both model pieces of legislation from National Right to Life’s Department of State Legislation. Director Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, was in attendance for the first legislative hearing in Nebraska on the pain-capable bill and testified on behalf of it.

NRL News Today wrote scores of stories about Nebraska’s first in the nation pain-capable unborn child protection act (which is what Saporta was alluding to). LeRoy Carhart, who specializes in late-late-late abortions, up and moved out of Nebraska. I guess it was no fun only being able to slaughter unborn children up to 19 weeks–and infinitely less profitable.

According to Stoddard the guy who retired last Spring–C.J. LaBenz–came out of retirement, having closed his own Omaha abortion clinic in 2006, to “fill the gap.” When LaBenz again retired his abortion tools

Planned Parenthood temporarily suspended abortions at its Lincoln clinic and reduced their availability in Omaha.

The organization referred women seeking drug-induced abortions to its Council Bluffs clinic. Women needing surgical procedures were referred to the clinic in Des Moines, where Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is headquartered.

The story subtly describes the collision between Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s incessant drive to expand its webcam abortion business, not just into the Iowa hinterland, but to other states, and the shield of protective legislation.

By being pro-active–passing a bill that requires abortionists to be in the same room as the pregnant woman–Nebraska Right to Life stymied PPH’s webcam abortion trade which is premised on having the abortionist ply his deadly trade via teleconferencing.

Where this is allowed, the abortionist can be, and sometimes is, hundreds of miles away. He goes through a perfunctory check-list and then by remote control opens a drawer which contains the two abortifacient drugs. PPH has performed upwards of 7,800 webcam abortions since 2008.

It’s not often that a story concludes so candidly:

Saporta said so-called circuit-riders such as Moore are used in a number of places where it has been difficult to recruit a permanent provider.

Moore [the abortionists from Massachusetts] had a similar arrangement with the Omaha clinic before and has been a circuit provider at clinics in South Dakota, Iowa and Mississippi.

Protective legislation, an educated citizenry, and an active NRLC affiliate explain not only the rebuff of PPH into Nebraska but also why there has been an overall 12% decrease in abortions since 2010 in the United States.

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