Center for Arizona Policy: Abortions Decrease 3.7% in Arizona

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Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod

PHOENIX – “Arizona leads by example in the national effort to protect the health and safety of women and preborn children – and the numbers again prove it.

The recently released Department of Health Services annual abortion report shows that 501 fewer abortions were performed in Arizona in 2014 as compared to 2013, a decrease of 3.7%. Since 2011, there are now 1,500 fewer abortions performed annually for a decrease of 10.7%! This is encouraging news to everyone who values life, and it is also a testament to what the thriving pro-life movement in Arizona has been able to accomplish.

We continue to see that through strategic public policy and a commitment to loving and serving women with pregnancy resource centers, we can save lives.

Although this is yet another encouraging report, it is clear that the abortion rate in Arizona remains too high. Women considering an abortion deserve better. Our efforts to safeguard women and to ensure that every preborn child has the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness are far from over.

The shocking videos from the Center for Medical Progress, exposing the barbaric quests of Planned Parenthood executives to sell baby body parts, further prove that we still have a long way to go to ensure that every life is protected and respected. I am more resolved than ever to do what is necessary to protect women and preborn babies from the dangerous and deadly practices undertaken by Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion lobby.”

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.

Major Rallies Scheduled Tomorrow Across Arizona Against Planned Parenthood

Friends,

Tomorrow morning I’ll be speaking at a rally against Planned Parenthood. Like many of you, I have been sickened by the videos showing a behind the scenes view of the abortion industry.

We’ll start at 10 am across the street from the Planned Parenthood headquarters at 4751 N 15th Street (map) in Phoenix.

Congressman David Schweikert and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will also be speaking, along with members of the community and medical professions.

This is a great chance to show the state that our party is the party of life, and an opportunity to gain additional attention from the media to help spread the word about the horrors shown on the videos. In addition to the Phoenix event, there are five other demonstrations throughout the state:

Chandler
Planned Parenthood, 610 N Alma School Road (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Flagstaff
Planned Parenthood, 2500 S Woodlands Village Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Glendale
Planned Parenthood, 5771 W Eugie (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tempe
Planned Parenthood, 1250 E Apache Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tucson
Meet at 2120 N Beverly Avenue (map) 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

I hope to see you Saturday morning!

Robert Graham
Chairman, Arizona Republican Party

Pro-Life Activists Alert! – Inhuman: Stop the Killing Rally

Phoenix, AZ: — Live Action and Center for Arizona Policy will be hosting a rally outside of the Phoenix abortion clinic Family Planning Associates to discuss the findings of Live Action’s latest investigation into the abortion industry, specifically the grotesque and shocking activity perpetrated at this facility. As is illustrated in the investigative findings, even when performed according to legal standards, the abortion procedure itself is inhumanly brutal and gruesome. Even worse, Family Planning Associates said in no uncertain terms that should a baby be born alive after a failed abortion, “they will not resuscitate.”

At the rally, Live Action, Center for Arizona Policy and state lawmakers will call upon the legislature to pass legislation allowing for the Department of Health Services to perform unannounced inspections at abortion clinics. Currently, abortion clinics are the only medical facilities in the state that are not allowed to have these types of inspections.

Live Action’s latest investigation, Inhuman, has incited a rising tide of alarm and disgust at how our country treats its women and its weakest children.  This rally will call for true protection and empowerment of women, and the revocation of Family Planning Associates Medical Group’s license.

What: Rally outside Phoenix abortion clinic Family Planning Associates  

Who: Live Action, Center for Arizona Policy, and state legislators

            Speakers will include:

·      Lila Rose; President and founder of the pro-life group, Live Action.

·      Cathi Herrod; President of Center for Arizona Policy

·      Senator Nancy Barto, Legislative District 15

·      Melanie Pritchard; Executive Director, Foundation for Life and Love

·      Vanessa Tedesco, Post-Abortive speaker with Silent No More

·      Jason Walsh, Executive Director of Arizona Right to Life 

Where: Family Planning Associates Medical Group, 1331 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006

When: Thursday, June 6, at noon.

Live Action is a new media movement dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life.  We use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the pre-born children and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. For more information visit azpolicy.org.

Phoenix Abortionist Laura Mercer & Family Planning Associates Medical Group Exposed for Late Term Abortions

This ought to make your blood boil!

This is happening in Arizona right now.

Pro-Life activist Lila Rose just released the following video showing late term abortions AND possible infanticide taking place right here in Arizona!

As we watch shocked and disgusted the trial of baby and woman killer Kermit Gosnell, we are now on notice that this practice is taking place right here in Arizona!

Here is the press release put out by Live Action a few days ago:

Phoenix, AZ Late-Term Abortion Center Exposed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 28, 2013

Third Undercover Video Investigation Exposes Abortion Doctor and Clinic Worker Who Would Leave Babies Born Alive from Failed Abortion to Die

Six-Month Investigation Reveals Illegal, Inhuman, and Gruesome Practices at Abortion Centers across the Country

Arlington, VA: Live Action today released a third undercover video exposing Phoenix, AZ late-term abortion doctor Laura Mercer and an abortion center counselor who would leave a newborn, struggling for life after a failed abortion, to die. This is the third in a series of undercover videos, found at www.liveaction.org/inhuman, involving the illegal and inhuman practices of late-term abortion centers, as well as describing in horrific detail what happens to the mother and baby in a late-term abortion.

When asked by the undercover investigator what would happen if the baby were to survive the abortion, Linda, an abortion center counselor, admits they would not help the baby:

Sometimes they are [alive], yeah. But it doesn’t–it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will come out whole. ‘Cause they use suction, plus they use instruments so sometimes the fetuses don’t come out–you know, it’s not complete…

Investigator: But if it does come out whole…I mean, are–will they resuscitate it? Like, will I have to take care of it?

Linda: Uh-uh… No… They do not resuscitate.

“This video is just the latest evidence of a disturbing and horrifying trend occurring inside America’s abortion industry,” said Lila Rose of Lila Action. “The horrors of the Kermit Gosnell trial are a widespread problem in this industry. Dismembering and destroying innocent children, leaving born babies to die, injecting poison into the chest of a tiny child so that he slowly dies in his own mother’s womb – this is all standard operating procedure in the abortion industry. But these children are human beings. They have the same basic human rights and deserve the same protections all of us enjoy.”

Doctor Mercer tells an undercover Live Action investigator who is 24 weeks pregnant:

We do the injection, which is a quick poke through your belly, um, and that stops the fetal heart, so that makes it so, if you were to deliver, there shouldn’t be movement. There shouldn’t be any of those things… Yes we induce a demise–an intrauterine demise… Um, death.

Then the Live Action investigator asks whether an ambulance should be called if the mother goes into labor during the two-day procedure. Dr. Mercer instructs the investigator not to call:

No, call us first…if you showed up in an average emergency room with an emergency room physician who’s not a gynecologist, probably has never seen or done a termination, they will treat you as though you are somebody with a desired pregnancy…

Investigator: So they would basically like try to take care of it.

Dr. Mercer: Right they would intervene and do all kinds of crazy things that you don’t need tohave done to you…

Live Action President Lila Rose condemned the “barbaric, inhuman, and deeply disturbing” practices espoused by Dr. Mercer and the late-term abortion center staff at Family Planning Associates Medical Group. “The testimony we’ve documented in this abortion facility strongly suggests that staff there are committing infanticide,” said Rose. “The Family Planning Associates Medical Group needs to be investigated immediately, and delicensed. Women are at risk during these brutal procedures, and this is a matter of life and death for these children.”

Earlier in the week, Live Action released videos (www.liveaction.org/inhuman) of a Bronx, NY abortion counselor describing how a born-alive baby would be placed in a jar of toxic “solution” to ensure death, and of a D.C. doctor who would leave a baby born alive after a botched abortion to die. The videos are part of Live Action’s six-month undercover investigation shedding light on the illegal, inhuman, and gruesome practices of numerous abortion centers throughout the country.

Rose is calling for Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate and prosecute Dr. Mercer and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group, who admit they violate federal law. Rose also called on local health and law enforcement officials to investigate Dr. Mercer and Family Planning Associates Medical Group and put an end to illegal and inhuman practices.

From the letter to General Holder: “We urge you, as the U.S. Attorney General, to speak out against this injustice, and to see to it that Dr. Mercer and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group are duly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law… I hope that you will do everything in your power to speak out for victims of infanticide – both the children and the women – and to protect the human rights of our weakest citizens.”

Live Action is a youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending the human rights abuse of abortion. The group uses new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless. More information at LiveAction.org.

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Prohibiting Abortion After 20 Weeks

Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Prohibiting Abortion After 20 Weeks


Arizona Women Lead the Pro-Life March to Protect Mother’s Health and Safety

Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2036, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks. The bill, sponsored by Representative Kimberly Yee and supported by Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), is a momentous victory for pro-life advocates in the state.

HB 2036, called “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act”:

  • Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks because of the safety risks to the mother and the pain endured by the preborn child.
  • Ensures women have an ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to an abortion.
  • Establishes an informed consent website which details the facts about fetal development, risks of abortion, and services available.
  • Requires doctors performing surgical abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the abortion facility.

“Today, I applaud and thank Gov. Brewer, Representative Kimberly Yee, Senator Nancy Barto and the many strong, pro-life men and women who led the effort to enact this much-needed law,” said Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy. “HB 2036 provides for the health needs of women considering an abortion, ensuring that women have all the information they need when making this life-changing decision. Abortion not only ends the life of a preborn child, but it also seriously endangers the health and safety of women.”

While 7 states have similar laws that prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of a pregnancy, Arizona is the first in the nation to do so because abortion at this late stage presents a much greater risk to maternal health.

In signing this bill, Gov. Brewer has continued her record as the “pro-life Governor.” Since taking office, Gov. Brewer has signed a number of bills that protect women and the preborn, including legislation that requires women have an in-person consultation with a doctor 24 hours before the abortion, prohibits non-doctors from performing abortions, and requires written, notarized parental consent before a minor can have an abortion.

Please take time to email Gov. Jan Brewer to thank her for being our pro-life Governor.

Another Step Closer

Another Step Closer
This week’s announcement that Planned Parenthood will not appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court a Court of Appeals ruling which upheld the Abortion Consent Act is one more step in the right direction for our state.

This doesn’t mean that the court battles over the protection of women’s health and safety and preborn children are over, but it does mean that some significant safety standards will be going into effect.

Along with the Abortion Clinic Regulations that took effect last November, here are some of the protections for women with crisis pregnancies:

  • Non-doctors cannot perform an abortion or distribute the dangerous abortion pill.
  • A parent’s signature must be notarized before an abortion can be performed on a minor-child.
  • Medical professionals can’t be forced to perform abortions against their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs.
  • Women must have an ultrasound and the opportunity to view the image before an abortion.
  • Doctors cannot distribute the abortion pill via webcam also known as telemedicine.
  • Women must have an in-person consultation with a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion.

For a complete explanation of all the abortion litigation, click here.

The only remaining litigation regarding CAP-supported pro-life legislation concerns the distribution of abortion medication. All aspects of these regulations are in effect, except a provision saying women must be monitored at the clinic after taking the abortion pill.

Planned Parenthood Caught in Another Lie
The Arizona Republic ran a fact check on statements made by Planned Parenthood Arizona’s CEO Bryan Howard this week and, not surprisingly, found the statements to be completely false. Planned Parenthood’s smear campaign against the common sense provisions in the Abortion Consent Act included a claim that the standards would force doctors to read a state-mandated script to women before an abortion.

The Republic cited the actual law, and showed how the regulations say nothing about reading a script. Instead, the law provides guidelines with certain aspects of an abortion that must be discussed with a woman, in order to ensure she is able to give full and informed consent. Read the fact check here.

40 Days for Life in Phoenix
You may recall that in a June 5 Minutes for Families, I told you about a Phoenix Magazine story about Camelback Family Planning and their head abortionist, Gabrielle Goodrick. The article claimed that Goodrick shockingly performs an average of 40 abortions per week.

The next 40 Days for Life campaign here in Phoenix will be outside Ms. Goodrick’s clinic. 40 Days for Life is a pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics, and community outreach. Lives have been saved thanks to 40 Days for Life. This campaign will run from September 28 – November 6. Click here for details and to find out how to get involved.

40 Abortions Per Week

40 Abortions Per Week

Phoenix Magazine’s current edition portrays a glowing image of Valley abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick, who claims to perform, on average, 40 abortions per week. The article reads like a Planned Parenthood ad: dehumanizing the preborn and completely ignoring the considerable physical and emotional risks women face when they have an abortion.

Shane Wikfors at Sonoran Alliance blog this week wrote about what is also noticeably missing from the article. In February, Goodrick was placed on five years probation by the Arizona Medical Board. The Board said she reported she “may have a substance abuse problem,” and the Board’s Physician Health Program Contractor determined that Ms. Goodrick was “not safe to practice” and recommended “that she attend a chemical dependency evaluation.”

While not surprising, the lack of journalistic integrity is astounding. Once again, when all the facts are included, one cannot paint a sunny picture of Arizona’s abortion industry. I encourage you to pray for Goodrick and those entering her clinic. The facts are that abortion has tragic, life-altering consequences for all involved.

Leading a Family

Dad’s make a difference in our lives. They play a critical role in providing a loving, secure environment for families. A Heritage Foundation brief shows the importance for families of having a dad around:

  • Fathers’ engagement in their children’s activities is linked to higher academic performance.
  • Among adolescent boys, those who receive more parenting from their fathers are less likely to exhibit anti-social and delinquent behavior.
  • Among adolescent girls, those who have a strong relationship with their fathers are less likely to report experiencing depression.

Today, a new group of children, though, may never know their fathers. Jennifer Lahl, the executive producer of Eggsploitation, is producing a new film, Anonymous Father’s Day. The film tells the story of children conceived through sperm donation who will most likely never know their fathers and how this has impacted their lives. Click here to watch the trailer, and visit AnonymousUs.com to hear some of these stories. Also be sure to thank and love on your dad this Father’s Day! Most likely, I’ll be watching the U.S. Open with my dad and my husband.

Eye-Opening

We screened Eggsploitation twice this week – at Arizona Christian University and for a joint House and Senate Health Committee. Eggsploitation tells how the retrieval of human eggs to create embryos through in vitro fertilization carries significant health risks for women, to say nothing of the potential harm to embryos. Most who see the movie – from legislators to college-age women – say the movie is eye-opening. Click here for a copy of CAP’s overview of the issue.

If you missed the screening, and would like to see Eggsploitation, you can purchase the DVD from CAP for $17 plus $3 shipping and handling. Also, if you’re interested in hosting a screening for your church, class, or small group, we can help. Email info@azpolicy.org or call the CAP office, 602.424.2525.