May 28, 2020

Friends of Norma McCorvey Say FX Documentary Creates an Inaccurate Picture of "Jane Roe"

Norma McCorvey
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Friends of Norma McCorvey recently spoke out about McCorvey's life and how they believed the recent documentary "AKA Jane Roe" documentary by FX inaccurately portrayed McCorvey's life. Among other things, the documentary alleges that pro-life advocates took advantage of McCorvey by paying her to make pro-life statements she didn't actually believe.

Karen Garnett, who used to be the executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, became friends with Norma when they met at pro-life events. Garnett told Live Action News that McCorvey was given honorariums for speaking at events, which filmmaker Nick Sweeney likely classified as "paying McCorvey off" in order to make his point. Garnett also said on The Van Maren Show that McCorvey's health was declining due to all the traveling she had to do for events, so the committee gave donations to her McCorvey would allow her to continue being an activist while traveling less.

Minister Flip Benham told Live Action News that when he spoke with McCorvey while she still worked at an abortion clinic, he told her the same thing that he told all abortion workers: “If you come out, we’ll take care of you. You will not be left alone. We’ll help you find a job.”

“We Took Care of her,” Benham said. 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney said on The Van Maren Show, “Norma has been abused enough [in] her life. For these documentarians on her deathbed to abuse her and take advantage of her one more time was truly repugnant and really disheartening. And I couldn’t be more upset with them.”


Pro-Life Students Egged while Protesting at New Planned Parenthood Clinic in Waukegan, IL

Pro-lifers at March for Life 2015
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Last Friday, Pro-life students protesting at a newly-opened Planned Parenthood clinic in Waukegan, Illinois were assaulted by groups of pro-abortion attackers hurling eggs.

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America (SFLA) said, “The violence and vandalism against pro-lifers must stop. In the past several weeks, we have been targeted by violent pro-choice individuals who hate the idea that pro-life people even exist. We are asking the Waukegan police department to hold the pro-choice attackers accountable for their actions.”

“This violence against pro-life activists who take a stand for innocent human life is unfortunately not uncommon,” said Sarah Minnich, the Illinois/Iowa Regional Coordinator for Students for Life who was present during the attacks. “Most striking, however, is the perseverance and joy of the students involved. Pro-life students are told not to return the anger and violence of pro-abortion activists that react to the pro-life message. These student leaders embody the beauty of life by praying for the perpetrators and continuing to stand up for life.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Planned Parenthood Testimony in Center for Medical Progress Case Once Again Exposes Fetal Tissue Sales

David Daleiden
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Testimony by Planned Parenthood officials during their case against the Center for Medical Progress once again exposes that the organization harvested and sold fetal body parts obtained during abortions.

The Center for Medical Progress released a video showing the testimony obtained from Planned Parenthood officials during the organization's lawsuit against undercover investigator David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. Daleiden says that Planned Parenthood testimony recorded during his trial only confirms what he originally set out to prove.


Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress were found guilty of breaking privacy laws in a California court for its original work. They went to court not to try Planned Parenthood for its ethically bankrupt actions, but to justify their own undercover reporting, something that their attorneys say is a clear violation of their first amendment rights. They plan to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court of necessary.

The Center for Medical Progress's original exposé involved undercover investigators recording videos of conversations with Planned Parenthood while posing as potential buyers of fetal body parts. It has been nearly five years since the Center for Medical Progress released its initial video, and Planned Parenthood has seemingly not suffered any consequences for its actions.

May 27, 2020

Pro-Abortion Group Calls on FDA to Seize Websites Advertising Abortion Pill Reversal

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A pro-abortion group calling itself Campaign for Accountability (CFA) sent a letter on May 20 to the FDA asking the government to seize websites belonging to pro-life groups for advertising abortion pill reversal.

Abortion pill reversal is a process in which a woman takes progesterone to counteract the effects of mifepristone, the first part of the abortion pill regiment. Mifepristone works by blocking a pregnant mother's natural progesterone, which is vital to delivering nutrients and oxygen to an unborn child. By replacing the blocked progesterone quickly after a woman has taken mifepristone, some children who would otherwise be aborted can be saved.

Pro-lifers were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the situation. Abortion Pill Rescue Medical Advisor Dr. Brent Boles told Live Action News, “There are over 20,000 medications approved for use in America by the FDA. A very small number of them have restrictions on their prescribing. All the others are okay for off-label use. But there are 57 drugs that are limited by REMS [Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy].”

Dr. Boles added, “… Only 57 out of more than 20,000 are sufficiently dangerous to require that. Mifeprex [the abortion pill] is one of those drugs, and abortion activists criticize the off-label use of progesterone while also wanting to ignore the restrictions on one of the 57 most dangerous drugs available.”

Abortion advocates have been working to get around FDA restrictions on the abortion pill for a while (with some success). This caused pro-life organizations to call on the FDA to seize websites selling abortion pills from overseas and shipping them to U.S. residents without them even having to visit a doctor. This is required of the abortion pill regiment so that doctors have the chance to diagnose conditions such as ectopic pregnancy. If a woman with an ectopic pregnancy attempts to abort via the abortion pill, she is likely to face serious injury or death.

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Flossmoor, IL Planned Parenthood Calls Ambulance Two Days in a Row

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Operation Rescue found that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Flossmoor, Illinois had patients picked up by ambulances two days in a row near the beginning of this month. In the first of these cases, the abortion clinic delayed the response by calling a private ambulance company roughly 20 minutes away. The next day, the same Planned Parenthood clinic called 911 to get an ambulance to pick up a patient with a "possible uterine perforation."

A pro-life bystander provided footage from May 7 to Operation Rescue showing a private ambulance from Dalton, Illinois loading a patient in a gurney into the back for transport. The ambulance did not appear to be using its lights and sirens, which abortion clinics sometimes request in order to minimize the negative PR that comes with harming their patients during dangerous abortion procedures. If the private ambulance had its sirens turned off for the full duration of its trip from Dalton, Operation Rescue estimated the trip would take 22 minutes. This is an obviously slow response time for an emergency situation.



On May 8, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Flossmoor injured yet another patient, but this time the clinic called 911. In a recording of the call obtained by Operation Rescue, an employee describes the injury as a "possible perf," which confuses the 911 operator. The employee then describes the injury as a "possible uterine perforation." This injury is caused by an abortionist tearing a hole in a woman's uterus while trying to remove the remains of a dead child during a surgical abortion. Uterine perforation can lead to hemorrhage, future infertility, or damage to other internal organs depending on the severity. The Planned Parenthood employee's use of slang to describe the injury implies that it is fairly common.

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May 26, 2020

Biden Campaign Reportedly Vetting Pro-Abortion Sen. Klobuchar and Rep. Val Demings for VP

Sen. Klobuchar
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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has yet to announce who his running mate will be, but various media outlets are now reporting that pro-abortion Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and pro-abortion Florida Rep. Val Demings are undergoing a vetting process for the position.

National Right to Life's count of Sen. Klobuchar's record shows that the senator consistently voted on the pro-abortion side 36 times out of the 36 opportunities she was given.

Regarding Rep. Demings, NRL News pointed out that she could help secure the important Florida vote during the election. She would also energize anti-Trump voters since she served as a House manager during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

May 22, 2020

"AKA Jane Roe" Documentary to Cast Doubt on Norma McCorvey's Pro-Life Conversion

Norma McCorvey
A documentary by FX airing today is expected to portray that the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade only pretended to become pro-life in exchange for financial gain, including a "deathbed confession" interview. Pro-life friends and onlookers alike are devastated at the news.

National Right to Life gave the following statement:
"Norma McCorvey, a woman who survived trauma and rejection that she experienced for most of her life, was welcomed and loved by the pro-life movement from the moment she entered it. It is with a heavy heart that we hear of a documentary that casts doubt on her intentions. 
Regardless of what she may or may not have said in the documentary, it does not take away from the truth about abortion or the fact that the foundation of Roe v. Wade was a lie. Norma McCorvey never had an abortion. She was used by pro-abortion attorneys to push a narrative that did not exist solely to challenge a Texas law that prohibited abortions except to save a mother’s life. 
Norma’s legacy in the pro-life movement remains. She showed the world that the abortion industry lied in 1973 and continues to lie to young women today."
Click here to read a response from Allan Parker, head counsel of McCorvey's effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Click here to read a response from Fr. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life who says he was close to McCorvey for decades.

Senators Urge DOJ to Investigate Planned Parenthood for Taking Coronavirus Relief Loans

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
In response to reports claiming that Planned Parenthood affiliates took $80 million in federal loans under the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Plan, 27 senators led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have signed a letter to the Department of Justice calling for an investigation into the matter.

The letter addressed to Attorney General William Barr includes the following excerpt:
“The implementing interim final rule, issued by the SBA on April 15, 2020, explicitly stated that the SBA’s affiliation rules apply to the new Paycheck Protection Program, which excludes organizations like Planned Parenthood that employ its type of governance and affiliation structure and exceed the cap on total employees. Trump administration officials were also quoted in public reports, explicitly clarifying that the SBA’s interim final rule ensured that no funds from the Paycheck Protection Program could go to Planned Parenthood.”
The letter also quoted Planned Parenthood's lobbying arm, Planned Parenthood Action, making it clear the abortion giant knew the funds were meant to exclude them: “The bill gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates and other non-profits serving people with low incomes and deny them benefits under the new small business loan program.”

A statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s vice president of government relations and public policy, Jacqueline Ayers, claims that the organization did nothing wrong. “Like many other local nonprofits and health care providers, some independent Planned Parenthood 501(c)(3) organizations applied for and were awarded loans under the eligibility rules established by the CARES Act and the Small Business Administration (SBA), which they met,” she said.

If Planned Parenthood affiliates are found to have committed fraud when applying for small business loans, they could face legal consequences.

Click here to read the full text of the senators' letter, including the list of signatures.

Granite City Abortion Clinic Hospitalizes Second Patient in Six Weeks

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Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, IL, which hospitalized one of its patients on March 28, hospitalized yet another patient during the COVID-19 crisis on May 7.

In the most recent incident, a woman had a seizure during a surgical abortion procedure and required emergency transport to a hospital. To make the situation worse, the procedure was taking place on the second floor of the facility, and the elevator was out. This meant emergency personnel needed to carry the suffering patient downstairs before loading her into an ambulance.

Just like the previous incident, this patient was then transported to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. There is an Illinois hospital directly across the street from Hope Clinic, but the abortion clinic presumably does not have admitting privileges there.



Sadly, a pro-life onlooker saw the same woman come back to the clinic the following day to complete a surgical abortion.

This marks the third time this blog has covered an Operation Rescue story about an Illinois clinic hospitalizing a woman during the COVID-19 pandemic (the second time for this clinic alone). Operation Rescue also wrote about an incident requiring the hospitalization of a woman at Family Planning Associates in Chicago on March 6. Chicago is by far the area hit hardest by COVID-19.

Abortion clinics should never have received special permission to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic when real medical facilities were forced to remain closed under Governor Pritzker's orders. The governor did not have the best interest of his political allies in mind rather than the people of Illinois.

Click here to read the full story from Operation Rescue

May 21, 2020

Federal Government Demands Planned Parenthood Return $80 Million in Loans Meant for Small Business Relief During COVID-19

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Planned Parenthood took advantage of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) meant to assist businesses with fewer than 500 employees by taking over $80 million in loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Planned Parenthood is obviously not a small business and should have been ineligible for those loans. “While each Planned Parenthood affiliate has fewer than 500 employees, nationwide it has over 16,000 employees,” a Trump administration official told the Daily Signal. “So when applying PPP’s affiliation rules neutrally, it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is one large employer and not eligible for PPP money.”

A Fox News report says the SBA will contact every Planned Parenthood affiliate that took loans to explain the rules and demand that the money back. The SBA also said that loan recipients could receive "severe penalties" if it was found that PPP recipients submitted fraudulent information when applying for funds.

Marco Rubio called for an investigation into the incident: “SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”

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Bioethicist Says Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes Exposes "Throwaway Culture"

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Fordham University Professor of Bioethics Charles C. Camosy decried America's response to vulnerable Americans contracting COVID-19 in nursing homes both in a Fox News and a followup piece in the New York Times.

Camosy pointed out that some estimates say roughly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the US have been nursing home residents. Despite both this and the fact that the first known outbreak occurred in a nursing home, "...we did not act. Personal protective equipment, special training and extra staff went almost exclusively to our critical care facilities. Nursing homes got virtually nothing. Well, that’s not entirely true. In New York and other places we gave them patients, and even nurses, infected with the virus."

Camosy dubbed America's culture surrounding nursing homes "throwaway culture," arguing conditions in nursing homes have been poor for some time.

The people that our society resigns to nursing homes cannot be forgotten and left to die. They deserve the same respect and dignity that every other life does, and the COVID-19 response needs to reflect that. State governors who forced COVID-19 into nursing homes while only providing relief to hospitals only prove that they have no desire to protect the most vulnerable. Hopefully, this crisis can prove as a turning point after which Americans will recognize the humanity of our elderly population and respect their right to life.

Click here to read Dr. Camosy's article.

May 20, 2020

President Trump Gives Pro-Abortion WHO 30 Days to "Demonstrate Independence from China" or Permanently Lose US Funding

President Donald Trump
On Monday, President Trump threatened to make his suspension of funding to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) permanent unless the organization "demonstrate[s] independence from China." The unsurprisingly pro-abortion arm of the UN will have 30 days to make changes before Trump permanently stops the US from sending $400 million in taxpayer funds yearly.

The president made the contents of his letter public in a tweet on Monday, stating, "This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory!"
“The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” the letter states. “I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests.”

While the decision was not made directly because of the WHO's pro-abortion stance, the loss in funding will hinder the organization's ability to spread the false idea that abortion is essential healthcare even when there is no longer a pandemic.

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USAID Acting Administrator Urges UN to Stop Using COVID-19 to Advance Abortion Agenda

USAID Administrator John Barsa
On May 18, John Barsa, the acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sent a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres asking that the UN stop using its power to promote abortion in countries that do not want it.

Here is an excerpt from the letter (click here to read it in full):
"...Therefore, the UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an 'essential service.' Unfortunately, the Global HRP does just this, by cynically placing the provision of 'sexual and reproductive health services' on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation. Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings." 
"Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has made clear that we will 'never tire of defending innocent life.' President Trump said in his address to the 74th UN General Assembly that the UN simply has 'no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.' Indeed, the UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life. To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn."
National Right to Life came out with a statement yesterday applauding Barsa for challenging the UN's pro-abortion COVID-19 relief program. Click here to read more.

May 19, 2020

Planned Parenthood Starts $5 Million Ad Campaign Focused on Abortion Access During COVID-19

Planned Parenthood Action Fund is reportedly starting a $5 million advertising campaign criticizing states with policies that temporarily limit elective abortion during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NBC News reported that Planned Parenthood Action Fund campaign "includes digital, radio, mailers, and online organizing events in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Almost all of these states are battlegrounds in the coming November election. Some of the ads laud politicians for the work they’ve done; others urge voters to call their representatives to push back."

Rachel Sussman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Vice President of State Policy and Advocacy, went on to tell NBC that this was only a starting point to help voters "connect the dots" about actions that restricted abortion access in their states.

While many states restricted access to elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic (much to the detriment of hospitals that don't have enough emergency patients alone to make ends meet) only some states have classified elective abortion as non-essential. The goal of restricting non-essential surgeries was to slow the spread of COVID-19 and make sure sufficient medical supplies were available for hospitals treating sick patients.

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9th Circuit Revives Church's Lawsuit Against California for Requiring Health Plans to Cover Abortion

California State Capitol
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A three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on May 13th to have a lower court rehear Skyline Wesleyan Church v. California Department of Managed Health Care.

This decision contradict's the lower court's previous decision against the church; requiring it to continue including abortion coverage in its health plans. Many argue the requirement is unconstitutional, and California has no right to require churches to include abortion coverage in their health plans. Even the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights warned the state of California that the federal government could withhold funding if California didn't "stop forcing people of good will to subsidize the taking of human life."

Here are notable excerpts from the 9th Circuit's decision:

"We hold that Skyline’s claim under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment is justiciable. But we decline to exercise our discretion to reach the merits in the first instance and therefore remand to the district court for further proceedings... We hold that Skyline has suffered an injury in fact. Before the Letters were sent, Skyline had insurance that excluded abortion coverage in a way that was consistent with its religious beliefs. After the Letters were sent, Skyline did not have that coverage, and it has presented evidence that its new coverage violated its religious beliefs. There is nothing hypothetical about the situation."

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May 18, 2020

National Right to Life Asks Representatives to Oppose HEROES Act

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) wrote a letter to legislators in the House of Representatives asking them to oppose H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, otherwise known as the HEROES Act. The NRLC accuses the bill of including excessive spending that will benefit an abortion industry that already appears to be thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter includes three main points:

-"H.R. 6800 allows Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider to qualify for loans intended for small businesses."

-"H.R. 6800 issues grants to provide enhanced premium pay to certain categories of workers, and there is nothing barring abortion industry employees from receiving this additional money."

-"H.R. 6800 creates a $100 billion dollar fund called Health Care Provider Relief Fund and this money could flow to abortion providers."

To read the entire letter to U.S. legislators, click here.

May 15, 2020

9th Circuit Uphold's Trump Administration's "Protect Life" Title X Rule

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Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected abortion advocates' request to reconsider its ruling against a case challenging the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" for Title X funding.

The 9th Circuit made its decision in February after lifting a temporary injunction against the rule placed by a lower court. Pro-abortion groups have requested that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider the case with a different panel of 11 judges or all 29 9th Circuit judges, but this request was rejected.

“The full court has been advised of the petitions, and no judge has requested a vote on whether to rehear the matter as a full court,” the judges wrote in their denial.

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New Planned Parenthood Clinic Opens in Waukegan, IL

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A new Planned Parenthood clinic has opened to the public in Waukegan, IL, apparently financed by Planned Parenthood donations.

Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, gave this statement in a press release: “The Covid-19 pandemic created a growing urgency for increased access to essential health care in the region. I’m proud that PPIL is able to open our doors to help area residents seeking high-quality sexual and reproductive health care.”

The press release further states that the Waukegan clinic will provide abortion medication, but it does not mention surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood is very fortunate to be able to open new facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been required to temporarily close their doors, and for some that closure has become permanent since they have no income to sustain themselves. This is yet another instance of the Illinois government's favoritism benefiting the abortion industry financially.

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Aurora, IL Planned Parenthood Hospitalizes Patient During COVID-19 Lockdown

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Last month a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Illinois hospitalized a woman after harming her in an elective procedure. Illinois clinics take advantage of the fact that Illinois's state government grants them special treatment, and that has continued during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 22, a packed Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, IL had a patient picked up by an ambulance due to hemorrhaging caused by an elective surgical abortion procedure.



“It’s irrational that the hospital was barred from conducting elective surgical procedures, while abortion facilities are allowed to do elective surgical abortions without so much as a limit on the number of people in the facility,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, the organization that provided the above video. “Abortion facilities are treated as if they are more important than hospitals or anything else. Businesses and churches were forced to close, but abortion facilities remain open with the blessing of Democrat Gov. Pritzker.”

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May 14, 2020

Indiana Abortion Clinic Reportedly Committing Surgical Abortions Without a License

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Center for Medical Progress Video
A report discovered by pro-life advocates exposes that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indiana is committing surgical abortions without a license by getting help from an abortionist shown in one of the Center for Medical Progress's undercover videos.

Tippecanoe County Right to Life reviewed two Termination of Pregnancy Reports showing that Lafayette Planned Parenthood in Lafayette, Indiana committed two surgical abortions on March 5,2020. Lafayette Planned Parenthood is only licensed for chemical abortions, so these abortions occurred without the state officials making sure the clinic was properly equipped.

Tippecanoe County Right to Life board member Kevin Niebrugge filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and the Indiana State Department of Health. Regarding the abortions, he said, “The Lafayette Planned Parenthood facility is not licensed to do surgical abortions, because their facility is not set up to meet the physical building and safety standards required for surgical abortions.”

The person who signed the Termination of Pregnancy Reports was Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was filmed by pro-life undercover journalists while discussing how she harvests fetal body parts from aborted children, sometimes altering the abortion procedure to do so.

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