Florida religious fundamentalists want to kill women for abortions


This video from the USA says about itself:

Christians Move To EXECUTE Women For Abortions

27 September 2016

Evangelical Christians in Florida have a new idea for a ballot initiative in 2018. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Read more here.

A new Missouri bill would target abortion providers and sanction employment and housing discrimination against people who use birth control or have an abortion: here.

PRO-LIFE CONGRESSMAN REPORTEDLY URGED MISTRESS TO GET AN ABORTION His staff has churned through about 100 people in the past year. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

PRO-LIFE CONGRESSMAN CAUGHT IN ABORTION SCANDAL TO RETIRE AT END OF HIS TERM Rep. Tim Murphy said he would be spending more time with his family in the coming weeks. [HuffPost]

Congressman Caught In Abortion Hypocrisy To Resign. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Rep. Tim Murphy’s resignation Thursday: here.

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  10. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-politicians-force-doctors-to-lie-to-women-w472618
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    > How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women
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    > A bill approved by the Texas Senate shows how, in many cases, pregnant people can no longer trust their physicians
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    > Texas’ SB 25 would eliminate withholding information regarding fetal health as a cause of action in so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits. Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty
    > On Tuesday, the Texas Senate advanced a bill that would enable doctors to lie to pregnant patients about fetal deformities in order to coercively dissuade them from choosing to have an abortion. Specifically, SB 25 eliminates withholding information regarding fetal health as a cause of action in so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits, which prevents parents from pursuing financial damages.
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    > Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton, the bill’s author, has repeatedly noted that the legislation sends “a message.”
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    > “Senate Bill 25 will send a message that Texas does not believe that a life, in and of itself, is an injury in which parents need a damage payment,” Creighton told CNN earlier this month .
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    > To advocates for women’s health, the message is different: that pregnant women can’t necessarily trust their doctors.
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    > “SB 25 would allow doctors to lie to their patients,” Heather Busby, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas tells Rolling Stone over email. “Pregnant Texans deserve to feel like they can trust their doctor to provide them with all the information, and when the doctor does not do that, those families deserve to have a legal avenue to seek compensation to care for special needs children.”
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    > Most people are shocked to discover that doctors today are not only allowed to, but in some cases are even forced to, lie to patients by politicians with no medical training or expertise. For years now, lawmakers across the country have inserted themselves between doctors and patients, interfering with their communications and undermining informed consent.
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    > Informed consent is the concept that doctors need to obtain voluntary consent from patients to conduct tests and procedures, and also ensure they are equipped with all the information necessary to make the best decision, including risks, benefits and alternatives. While informed consent remains the ethical and professional ideal in health care, it clashes with increasingly intrusive and complex legislation that undermines its principles by coercing doctors under threat of arrest.
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    > Many of these laws go far beyond policing communications. Politicians are attempting to micromanage how doctors practice medicine, down to dictating what specific techniques they can or cannot use. For example, laws have been introduced around the country arbitrarily criminalizing the common procedure known as dilation and evacuation, or D&E, even though it is safe and medically tested – and despite strong opposition from mainstream medical groups and individual doctors.
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    > The majority of laws forcing doctors to lie to or withhold information from patients apply to doctors and health care providers treating pregnant people, but not all of them do. Just last month, doctors celebrated when the 11th Circuit knocked down a 2011 law dubbed the “gun gag law,” which restricted doctors and other health care providers from asking patients about firearms – a standard best-practice protocol, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics . And in September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a physician gag order “restricting health care professionals from getting information about drilling chemicals that could harm their patients .” That legislation was enacted with the support of the fracking industry.
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    > Many people are unaware of the rising tide of political interference into how doctors practice medicine. They have no reason to suspect that their doctor could be lying to them – and in fact must do so, by law, in some cases – when they ask questions about life-changing medical decisions: How is my pregnancy going? Do you see anything I should be concerned about?
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    > States have been passing legislation almost identical to Texas’ SB 25 since the 1980s. Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager for the Guttamacher Institute, tells Rolling Stone that to date, at least 12 states have eliminated a doctor’s refusal to inform a patient about fetal health problems as a basis for damages.
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    > “Wrongful birth” bills are just one approach, and not the most intrusive. Thirty-seven states have at least one law on the books interfering with how doctors practice medicine, “regardless of the provider’s professional judgment, ethical obligations or the needs of his or her patients,” according to a 2016 report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
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    > Then there are the laws that simply force doctors to lie to patients. For example, in Texas and Kansas, politicians have passed legislation forcing doctors to lie to patients about a false link between breast cancer and abortion, according to the National Partnership report. That false information is included in state-drafted materials in three more states that don’t specifically require doctors to provide that material – though of course, some certainly do.
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    > In some states, a patient may be told that medical abortion – which is an abortion induced through a series of pills rather than a surgical procedure – is “reversible,” a claim not supported by medical consensus. Doctors are also forced to lie and/or give misleading and unfounded statements about fetal pain and the psychological and emotional risks of abortion to patients.
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    > The second approach to misleading pregnant women is more passive. In many states, instead of directly mandating what doctors can say, politicians weave inaccurate information into state-created materials – then legislatively mandate that doctors refer patients to those specific materials. They are using a process created to ensure informed consent to misinform patients.
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    > Last year, Rutgers University researchers published the first-ever state-by-state audit of “informed consent” materials in all 23 states that require health care providers to refer patients to state-created booklets, with a focus on statements about fetal development. The project’s team of investigators – experts in embryological and fetal development recruited through the American Association of Anatomists – concluded that 31 percent of the information included in the materials was medically inaccurate, with the highest percentage of inaccurate information devoted to the first trimester of pregnancy, when the vast majority of women have an abortion.
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    > “You are pregnant and want to know everything you can about the options you have. You have a right to know the truth,” reads the introductory statement in Texas’ state-mandated informed consent booklet , which contains 41 medically inaccurate or misleading statements, out of 119 total, according to the Rutgers report.
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    > “Informed consent is a vitally important part of ethical medical practice,” Grace Howard, a co-author of the report, tells Rolling Stone. “But it is strange that in the case of abortion, as opposed to every other medical procedure, the information given to patients comes from lawmakers, not from doctors.”
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    > Lawmakers generally justify mandating these booklets by arguing that women need to be educated about pregnancy – which is ironic not only because of the high rate of medically inaccurate information, but also because the majority of women seeking an abortion are mothers.
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    > The third way politicians encourage misinforming pregnant women is by supporting so-called crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs. More than half the states funnel taxpayer dollars to fund CPCs; seven states even divert Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds, aka welfare, into funding them. CPCs also receive federal funding , despite a 2006 special investigation by the House Committee on Government Reform finding that the “vast majority of pregnancy centers contacted in [the] investigation misrepresented the medical consequences of abortion, often grossly exaggerating the risks.”
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    > Politicians play another role in the coordinated campaign to misinform the public about reproductive health care and abortion using taxpayer funds: They exploit the legislative process as a disinformation propaganda machine.
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    > Here’s how this works, using the 20-week abortion restrictions that have flooded state legislatures as an example. There are two competing types of 20-week bills, based on model legislation drafted by two different anti-choice organizations. One approach argues that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, an assertion not backed by medical science ; that model bill was written by National Right to Life Committee, and is titled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The competing 20-week ban, drafted by Americans United for Life, uses women’s health as a justification for the restriction, though an introductory note states the goal is to raise “public awareness of the negative impact of abortion.” In other words, like the Texas wrongful birth bill, it’s exploiting the legislative process to “send a message.” Politicians repeat this false and misleading information on the floor of the chamber while debating the legislation, and when talking to the press.
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    > Journalists often unwittingly collude with this strategy, by quoting made-up phrases and fact-free medical claims in the course of statehouse reporting. In an effort to be balanced, they may also quote a women’s health advocate, who disputes the claims made by the anti-choice politician, giving both the true statement and the untrue statement equal weight, leaving readers to decide what is true and what is not – an increasingly difficult task, under the circumstances. In the course of the bill’s route through the legislative process, propaganda and medically inaccurate claims are amplified into mainstream conversation, all of which undermines the ideals of informed consent and evidence-based care.
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    > Doctors are fighting back against this taxpayer-funded coordination by politicians. Professional medical organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Physicians Alliance have been pushing back on legislative interference, publishing statements when such laws are introduced. These days, it is not unusual to see physicians in white coats walking the halls of state capitol buildings, visiting lawmakers in their offices to ask them to stay out of their exam rooms.
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    > The data tells its own story about political interference into how doctors practice medicine. Texas has long been a testing ground for radical abortion restrictions; it also has the highest maternal mortality rate not only in the country, but in the developed world . After Tuesday’s Texas Senate vote on SB 25, it now heads to the state House. But no matter what happens with the bill, it’s important to wake up to political interference into medicine, and realize that pregnant people now need to ask their doctors: Is this information coming from you, or from a lawmaker?

  11. The state of Pennsylvania is funding a radical anti-choice group whose mission is to coerce and manipulate women out of having abortions by fronting as an abortion provider.1

    That’s awful, but it actually gets worse: The group, Real Alternatives, is suspected of stealing nearly one million dollars in taxpayer money.2 Now, they’re suing the state to block an audit that could reveal where the money went.3

    Even the most extreme anti-abortion politicians in the most conservative states don’t want to appear to be in cahoots with a shady group that steals taxpayer money. This is a huge opportunity to damage Real Alternatives and their network of hundreds of fraudulent anti-abortion fronts–not only in Pennsylvania, but also in several other states. If we all speak out now, we can force the state of Pennsylvania to freeze all funding for these horrible, anti-woman programs–will you add your name?

    Tell the State of Pennsylvania: Organizations that refuse to show that they aren’t stealing state funds shouldn’t get a dime from taxpayers. Stop funding shady anti-abortion extremist group Real Alternatives.
    Sign the petition
    Real Alternatives is one of thousands of “crisis pregnancy centers,” or CPCs–fake “clinics” that masquerade as medical centers and lie to and intimidate women out of having abortions. They even go so far as having staff with no real medical training or experience dressed up to look like medical professionals.4 And believe it or not, these fraudulent “clinics” have been able to receive state funding through an entrenched system of anti-choice laws nationwide.

    With its shady financial practices coming to light, we can finally take down this CPC’s operation if we raise an outcry. Real Alternatives runs hundreds of centers in several states, not just Pennsylvania, often sub-contracting smaller CPCs with different names to help them deceive women. If we make an example of Real Alternatives in Pennsylvania and take them down, it would mean that countless women in need of abortions all over the country will have access to the unbiased reproductive care they deserve.5
    Will you sign the petition demanding that the states of Pennsylvania cut its ties with Real Alternatives?

    Thanks for taking action.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, Natalie, Pam, and Melody, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. How crisis pregnancy centers are using taxpayer dollars to lie to women, Slate, July 14, 2015
    2. Deceptive anti-abortion group under investigation for skimming state funds in Pennsylvania, Slate, March 21, 2017
    3. Auditor General DePasquale Outraged at Legal Cover Up Attempt Involving $30.2 million State Contract with Real Alternatives, Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, Press Release, March 16, 2017
    4. The Truth about Crisis Pregnancy Centers, NARAL Pro-Choice America, accessed April 3, 2017
    5. Auditor General DePasquale Files Response to Lawsuit by Real Alternatives; Outraged at ‘Skimming’ of Tax Dollars, Fox 43, April 5, 2017

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  13. Major League Baseball team Kansas City Royals just announced a new campaign to promote anti-abortion propaganda at their games and on their network of 60 radio stations.1

    The team is partnering with the Vitae Foundation, a leader in the anti-abortion movement that is known for manipulating and lying to women who seek abortions, and promoting extreme anti-choice propaganda. Vitae’s deceptive ads are so bad that they’ve already been pulled from one Kansas City radio station2–yet the Royals signed up to broadcast them at games and over the airwaves.

    The foundation’s partnership with the Royals would be a significant boost for the organization’s extreme anti-woman agenda. But we can stop it if we all speak out right away–will you add your name to this petition today?

    Tell the Kansas City Royals: Stop lying to your fans about abortion–cut ties with the Vitae Foundation.
    Sign the petition

    So-called “crisis pregnancy centers” — the kind of organizations funded by the Vitae Foundation — are shameless about the tactics they use to keep women from having abortions, like telling women they’ll get cancer or suffer debilitating mental illnesses if they have an abortion. They even go so far as having staff with absolutely no medical training dress up to look like nurses and doctors.3 And despite the overt manipulation, they repeatedly get away with it.

    Now, with the media muscle and reach of the Kansas City Royals, these sham “clinics” have almost unrestricted access to an enormous audience. With the help of Royals Hall of Famer and fervent anti-abortionist, Mike Sweeney,4 anti-abortion messages will be broadcast both inside and outside of the ballpark. With no one to tell the truth about what these so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” really do, this anti-choice strategy could have a huge influence on miseducating fans and the public.

    Baseball fans should know they’re going to a ball game to enjoy a classic American pastime–not to be lied to by a baseball team about abortion. Tell the Kansas City Royals to end its relationship with the Vitae Foundation.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, and Pam, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:
    1. Vitae Partners With World Champion Kansas City Royals, Vitae Foundation, accessed June 1, 2017
    2. The Church of Lazlo Podcast, 96.5 The Buzz, May 17, 2017
    3. The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers, NARAL Pro-Choice America, January 1, 2017
    4. Kansas City Royals Captain Mike Sweeney inspires New York Professionals With Faith Message, Life Site News, December 20, 2006

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  20. Anti-choice activists are on the verge of shutting down the last abortion clinic in the entire state of Kentucky.1

    The EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville has been targeted for years by anti-choice extremists, and now tea party Governor Matt Bevin is attempting to yank its license on a trumped-up violation of the state’s onerous and medically unjustifiable clinic regulation law.

    On September 6, a judge is scheduled to hear the case and rule on whether the clinic can be shut down—but an anti-choice group notorious for clinic violence isn’t even waiting for that. They’re staging regular blockades aiming to keep women and doctors from entering the clinic.

    UltraViolet Education Fund is launching an emergency campaign to keep Kentucky from being the first state in the nation without a single abortion clinic. Will you chip in $5 to UltraViolet Action?

    Kentucky is one of dozens of states that have passed onerous regulations aimed at harassing clinics into shutting down. These bills, called TRAP laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers) have triggered a wave of clinic closures around the country.

    But Kentucky would be the first state with no abortion clinics whatsoever.

    Operation Rescue, the group linked to so many acts of clinic violence that they tried to change their name to “Operation Save America,” is leading the pressure campaign to shut down the clinic.2 And Gov. Bevin is claiming that “technical deficiencies” in the clinic’s written agreements with local hospitals justify revoking their license.3

    It’s transparently obvious that the only reason this clinic is being targeted is because it provides abortion services. UltraViolet Education Fund is mobilizing to stand up for EMW Women’s Surgical Center with ads, letters to the editor, and a call for buffer zone protections to defend the clinic against the Operation Rescue protests. Will you chip in $5 to UltraViolet Action?

    Yes, I’ll chip in $5.

    Thank you for stepping up.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, and Ryan the UltraViolet Action team

    CONTRIBUTE

    Sources:

    1. Fundamentalist group tries to shut down Kentucky’s last abortion clinic, CBS News, July 23, 2017

    2. Meet the extreme anti-abortion group trying to close Kentucky’s last clinic, Media Matters for America, August 1, 2017

    3. This State Could Be The First Without An Abortion Clinic, Bustle, July 10, 2017

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