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Today I mailed a package of 32 newborn diapers to Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit. Why? Because I promised to.
On Monday, I got a call from a phone number in Michigan from someone who had opened up the “care package” I sent to 569 abortion clinics on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which included a pair of plastic handcuffs. In my signed note in the package, I linked the handcuffs to abortionist Naresh Patel, arrested last month for fraud, and said to call me for help getting out of the abortion business.
The Michigan caller was angry about the package, and said I should be sending her diapers, not handcuffs, so she can help women coming for prenatal care. I said I would and asked for the address, which proved to be that of Summit Medical Center on McNichols Road in Detroit, Michigan.
We talked for 10 minutes. The caller offered the usual argument that she’s helping women by providing abortion. Several times she declared that this is a “cruel, ugly world.” The despair of that comment really struck me.
With help from Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist in Detroit, I was later able to identify the caller as Summit medical director Anise Burrell. Lynn also confirmed that Summit does see some women for prenatal care.
Today I sent the diapers to Ms. Burrell, along with a ironically appropriate greeting card—on the front, “A new baby changes everything”; inside: “Except its own diapers.” Here’s what I wrote inside:
Enclosed is the package of diapers I promised to send you when we spoke on the phone earlier this week.
I’m grateful that you took the trouble to call and talk to me for ten minutes about the issue of abortion and your part in it. What stands out to me most from our conversation is your calling this is a “cruel, ugly world.” You used that phrase at least twice, once in reference to the children you say you’re sparing from it.
I agree that there is much cruelty in the world, and much ugliness. But from my perspective, abortion only makes the world crueler and uglier.
Abortion itself is ugly; few can bear to look at the images of what abortion does to its unborn victims. And it’s cruel to the child, whose life is ended only weeks after it has begun.
But abortion is also cruel to women. It’s a cruel society that says to a woman, “To be free you must participate in the killing of your own child.”
I know that many women face a desperate situation when they turn to abortion. But I haven’t given up hope that we can make this world kinder and beautiful world by offering women something better than abortion, which too often leaves them trapped in the ugliness and cruelty you lament.
I hope you can put these 32 newborn diapers to use. But I also hope you will reflect on all those children—especially the next 32 scheduled to be aborted at Summit—who won’t live to have their diapers changed by someone who cares for them.
Yours for Life,
P. S. If you ever want to talk again, you’ve got my number.
I hope that Anise will call me back someday, and that we can talk about how she can get out of the abortion business and make this a kinder and more beautiful world by offering real help to women and their children.
Legislators in North Carolina did the right thing in July 2013 when they voted to raise the quality standards for abortion clinics in the state.
The hand-wringing response from the abortion industry was entirely predictable, with Planned Parenthood’s vice president for public affairs, Melissa Reed, calling it “the most restrictive access to safe and legal abortions this state has ever seen.”
That was then.
But now, more than a year an a half later, the North Carolina abortion industry is perfectly fine with the proposed regulations, which were submitted by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services December 1. The public comment period on the new rules ends (January 30).
Why such an about-face?
The new legislation authorized the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to propose new regulations governing abortion clinics. Incredibly, the DHHS actually invited employees of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics to be part of the committee that drafted the proposed new regulations that are now under consideration. [Continue reading ...]
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week, the Pro-Life Action League mailed a “care package” to every abortionist in the country. The package contained a photo of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel and a pair of plastic handcuffs.
On the back of the photo, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler wrote his phone number and a note saying, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.”
The Handcuffs Project has generated more response than we expected—phone calls and text messages from abortion workers, tweets from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and a host of media coverage, both friendly and hostile.
Perhaps the most surprising bit of media response was Cosmopolitan magazine asking for an interview with Eric, which lasted 40 minutes and produced a surprisingly fair write up of the project. Read the article here and stay tuned for more news on the incredible response the project has received so far.
League staffer Urszula and volunteer Kathy prepare the “handcuffs” care package [Photo by John Jansen]
Today—the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision—the Pro-Life Action League sent an special care package to every abortion clinic in the United States.
Inside: a picture of Naresh Patel, the Oklahoma abortionist arrested last month, along with a pair of plastic handcuffs and a signed note from me reading, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.” I also included my cell phone number.
This project was inspired by the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel last month at his abortion clinic for telling women that they were pregnant when whey weren’t so he could sell them abortion drugs. Patel has been charged with fraud and racketeering, and his Oklahoma clinic remains closed.
Patel first came to public notice in 1992 when he was investigated for burning the bodies of 55 aborted babies in a field east of Shawnee. Despite public outrage, Patel was not charged with a crime because he hadn’t violated any laws. He has also been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them during abortion procedures.
It’s no surprise that someone willing to kill unborn babies for a living would turn to crime, and Patel is not alone. Abortionists have been charged with crimes ranging from tax fraud and dealing drugs to rape and even murder. Some of the most notorious offenders include: [Continue reading ...]
On December 9, abortionist Naresh Patel was arrested at his Oklahoma abortion facility for racketeering and fraud, inspiring the Pro-Life Action League’s Handcuffs Project.
Patel is not alone as an abortionist who has turned to crime. Here’s a list of some of the most notorious abortionists and their crimes:
Paul Deitche speaks about his experience as a post-abortive father at St. Theresa Church in Palatine, Illinois
On Saturday, my husband Joe and I attended the Northwest Families March for Life in Palatine, Illinois, along with over a thousand other pro-lifers. Joe and I were scheduled to speak at the outdoor portion of the program.
But first there were testimonies delivered inside St. Theresa Church. One of those testimonies was from a man named Paul Deitche, who told his story for the first time. He and the woman he would eventually marry had a personal abortion story, and they had a personal life story as well.
It was 1976, and Paul was a senior in high school. His freshman girlfriend, Maureen, got pregnant. Afraid to tell her parents, she went to an abortion clinic for a pregnancy test. The test was positive and they left, planning to talk about what to do. But a clinic worker followed them to the elevator. She saw Paul’s girlfriend crying, and—as clinic workers are trained to do—she talked them into coming back into the clinic and taking care of the problem so her parents would never need to know.
A year later, Maureen was pregnant again. [Continue reading ...]
In the coming days, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers will march for life in Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and cities across the country to mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
But what would happen if each of those marchers went out to their local abortion clinic for just one hour this year?
Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler answers that question and issues a challenge to make your March for Life really count this year by bringing the awesome enthusiasm of these Roe v. Wade events to the front lines of your local abortion clinics this year.
Watch and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
On Thursday, January 22, Planned Parenthood of Illinois will be holding a fundraising gala to celebrate the horrific anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. And the Pro-Life Action League will be there to protest!
Join us as we show Planned Parenthood’s supporters what abortion really looks like, and send the message that abortion is nothing to celebrate:
Event: Protest of Planned Parenthood’s Roe v. Wade Gala
When: Thursday, January 22nd, 5:00 p.m.
Where: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago (Map)
Bring your friends and your warm clothes, we’ll provide the signs. Mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe by being a voice for the babies who cannot speak for themselves!
Admitting that he “bought the lie” that abortion and contraception were good for women, Dr. John Bruchalski performed abortions during his residency as part of his medical training in obstetrics and gynecology.
Then, at the invitation of a friend in the medical field, he took a trip to Mexico City in 1987. During a visited to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he heard a voice saying, “Why are you hurting me?”—but he pushed the voice out of his mind. But then a few years later, while on another pilgrimage, he finally realized the need to turn his life around and re-dedicate himself to God. [Continue reading ...]
With last week’s release of Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report [PDF], we learn that the nation’s largest abortion chain is still the nation’s largest abortion chain.
To be precise, 327,653 babies were killed at Planned Parenthood facilities in 2013—a slight increase over the previous year. We also learn from the report that Planned Parenthood received over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding in 2013, and that their figures for cancer screenings, prenatal services, and adoption referrals were all down from the previous year.
But one aspect in particular that has yet to attract much attention is Planned Parenthood’s statistics on the number of so-called “emergency contraception” (hereafter: EC) kits distributed in 2013, and how these figures compare in previous years’ annual reports, as well as to their abortion numbers for corresponding years.
In 2013, Planned Parenthood distributed 1,440,495 EC kits. Compare this with their figures going back to the beginning of this century: [Continue reading ...]