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That’s the title of Adam Liptak’s report, at the NY Times, which details Ken Scott’s appeal of
a Colorado court [ruling] barring Mr. Scott from engaging in various kinds of disruptive conduct near [a pro-abortion] church when services are under way.
Maybe, Mr. Liptak's title was intentionally ironic. Mr. Scott was attempting through his speech to protect children, both unborn children from getting butchered and minors from choosing to butcher their babies. Is there a better way to convey the horror of abortion and thus protect children from it than showing pictures of the horror?
According to Mr. Liptak:
On Palm Sunday in 2005, [Mr. Scott] and other protesters turned up near an Episcopal church in Denver. As the parishioners re-enacted Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in an outdoor ceremony, Mr. Scott stood on a parked car on public property and addressed the procession from about 20 feet away.
Some observers said he was loud. Others said he was screaming. He showed large pictures of aborted fetuses. About 200 children were present, and some of them became upset.
Why are the pictures so upsetting? Instead of getting angry at Mr. Scott, people should get upset about the fact that it's legal to rip the legs and arms off of unborn babies.
Heather Surovik, whose son was killed in a drunk driving accident just days from delivery, has gone on record opposing HB 1154, titled the “Crimes Against Pregnant Women” act. The bill offers minimal penalties for perpetrators of crimes against pregnant women, while repealing criminal abortion laws already on the books in Colorado.
“This bill has very little to do with justice for pregnant victims of crime in Colorado,” explained Surovik. “Planned Parenthood and other supporters of this new bill opposed my efforts to seek justice for my son’s death just a few months ago. Now they have passed a law that does very little for women like me, while at the same time protecting abortion providers and repealing laws that have been on the books for years. This is a clear case of pro-choice organizations using stories like mine to push their own agendas. Please, Governor Hickenlooper, do not sign this law.”
The new Crimes Against Pregnant Women act specifically reinforces that babies like Brady are not people, eliminates criminal liabilities for abortionists who kill women during an abortion (by repealing 18-6-102), allows surgical and chemical abortions to be performed on minors without parental consent (by amending 13-22-105), legalizes the sale of chemical abortion drugs to minors (with the amendment of 13-22-105 and repeal of 18-6-102), and allows doctors to operate clinics much like Kermit Gosnell’s by completely exempting them as long as they claim to be providing “medical services” (18-3.5-102).
“I was asked by Representative Mike Foote to testify on behalf of this bill, and I was interested in helping until I learned that this bill is a back-door attempt to repeal abortion laws and protect abortionists,” continued Surovik. “I was shocked when the same people pushing the new bill testified against me in the hearings for a more common sense bill. I was told that when my 8 pound 2 ounce son Brady was killed, I only lost a ‘pregnancy’, not a baby. HB 1154 does not allow abortion doctors to be charged even when they are negligent.”
“Under the current laws in Colorado, there was no justice for my son’s death, and HB 1154 could allow further harm to pregnant women,” concluded Heather. “The best way to seek protection for pregnant victims of violent crimes is with the Brady Amendment, which I am collecting signatures for right now. I am trying to pass the Brady amendment to be a voice for Brady.”
Planned Parenthood passes bill to repeal Colorado abortion laws and sets stage for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell to move to Colorado
In a pro-abortion bill disguised as a crimes against pregnant women law, Planned Parenthood passed a repeal of Colorado abortion laws in Colorado today.
After testifying against and defeating HB 1032, a bill to protect Colorado pregnant mothers like Heather Surovik, whose 8lb 2 oz son was killed by a drunk driver in July of 2012, Planned Parenthood has passed HB 1154 which bans criminal charges for women killed in abortion procedures and repeals Colorado criminal laws that have been on the books for years.
Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood Colorado, commented: “Planned Parenthood’s backdoor attempt to repeal Colorado criminal laws has passed. No matter how negligent an abortionist may be, even if he is on par with Kermit Gosnell, he or she can no longer be criminally charged. Planned Parenthood has effectively created an abortion free-for-all in Colorado. Planned Parenthood’s deceptive new bill has created an infinitely more dangerous environment for pregnant women.”
HB 1154 eliminates criminal liabilities for abortionists who kill women during an abortion (by repealing 18-6-102), allows surgical and chemical abortions to be performed on minors without parental consent (by amending 13-22-105), legalizes the sale of chemical abortion drugs to minors (with the amendment of 13-22-105 and repeal of 18-6-102), and allows doctors to operate clinics much like Kermit Gosnell’s by completely exempting them as long as they claim to be providing “medical services” (18-3.5-102).
The passage of this bill came just hours after a Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic shut down for being exposed for conditions similar to those of Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” in Philadelphia.
“Ironically, the part of this bill that was supposed to criminally charge perpetrators of crimes against pregnant women could enforce a $2,000 fine, which is close to the same price that Planned Parenthood charges for a second trimester abortion,” noted Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood Colorado. “Heather Surovik, who lost her son Brady at the end of her pregnancy because of a drunk driver certainly believes that her son’s life is worth more than $2,000. We stand with Heather, and with Brady, in denouncing HB 1154 and continuing to work to pass the Brady Amendment here in Colorado.”
Kevin Jones reports at the Catholic News Agency the launching of the Brady Amendment petition in Colorado. The amendment is named after Heather Surovik’s unborn son Brady who was killed by a drunk driver. From the article:
The drunk driver was charged for the accident, but he faced no charges in relation to Brady’s death because he was not considered a person under Colorado law.
“For them to sit there and say Brady was not a person is just ridiculous to me, because I saw his heartbeat on the ultrasound. I saw everything about him. Just because Brady didn’t take a breath, they say he wasn’t a person,” Surovik said in a YouTube video titled “The Brady Project.”
“The law says that Brady wasn’t a person. Brady was 8 lbs, 2 oz. Brady was a person. His life was worth defending,” she said.
She is now backing an amendment to the state constitution that would recognize unborn victims of crimes and negligence as persons under Colorado law.
Earlier this year, Colorado Representative Joshi introduced the Brady Bill to protect unborn victims of crime. Pro-aborts voted the bill down in committee. The thought of recognizing even “wanted” babies as victims was just too much for the pro-aborts to handle.
The day the legislative committee voted down the Brady Bill, Heather Surovik announced The Brady Amendment:
In the interest of the protection of pregnant mothers and their unborn children from criminal offenses and negligent and wrongful acts, the words “person” and “child” in the Colorado Criminal Code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act must include unborn human beings.
Now, The Brady petition effort has begun. Pro-life Coloradans must gather 86,000 valid signatures before October 2013 to get the Brady Amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
In her article entitled “Planned Parenthood doctor accused of forcing abortion”, Kassondra Cloos reports that Ayanna Byer went to Planned Parenthood to get an abortion but:
A medical assistant could not get an I.V. with anesthesia into Byer’s arm, according to the lawsuit, and “she believed this to be a sign she should not go through with the abortion.” However, the suit says, the unnamed doctor allegedly continued with the abortion after Byer said she had changed her mind. (Emphasis added)
It’s easy to see the obvious alleged misconduct of a Planned Parenthood abortionist. Perhaps, he thought “You came here for an abortion. I’ve got a 3pm tee time.”
What I find interesting is Ms. Byer’s readiness to go without the abortion. It’s as if she was looking for an excuse to let her baby live. Almost anything could have been her “sign”. This element of the story should encourage sidewalk counselors that some women will turn away from abortion if we offer them hope and support.
During a recent episode of his radio show, Bob Enyart played Nancy Anstett’s powerful testimony in the Colorado capitol in support of Colorado State Representative Humphrey’s abortion ban. Ms. Anstett tells of the pain of her own abortion years ago. Her testimony begins at 14:41.
A few quotes from her testimony:
Abortion is a horrific nightmare except that it is real.
When your baby is gone, you realize too late "My God, what have I done. I killed my own child."
It left me empty, hopeless and alone.
HB 1154 recently passed the Colorado House Judiciary committee. It creates a new crime called “unlawful termination of pregnancy”. The law details six... oh wait... seven types of the new crime:
[U]nlawful termination of a pregnancy in the first degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the second degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the third degree, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the fourth degree, vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy, aggravated vehicular unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and careless driving resulting in unlawful termination of a pregnancy. (Emphasis added)
Why not drop this nonsense and apply the criminal law as currently written to the unborn – as did Janak Joshi’s proposed bill?
Well, the Joshi bill stated that the unborn baby was a victim. Pro-aborts can’t admit that even “wanted” children can be victims. Why is the “unlawful termination of pregnancy” so bad if it’s not because an innocent human being is killed?
Logic, reason and reality are no basis for law. Just so no one actually assumes that preborn babies have value, HB 1154 states:
Nothing in this article shall be construed to confer the status of "person" upon a human embryo, fetus, or unborn child at any stage of development.
Denver, CO – 2/4/13 – While researching the scandal of the Catholic Health Initiatives legal briefs which denied the personhood of unborn children, Personhood USA has learned that the same Colorado hospital chain may be allowing or participating in abortions on the Catholic hospital grounds.
In November of 2010, a woman suffering a miscarriage sought treatment at Four Corners OB/GYN, which is located at Mercy Regional (listed as a CHI hospital) in Durango, Colorado. While recovering, and still grieving after losing her baby, the woman was billed for an elective abortion by Mercy Regional Lab. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, sent documentation verifying her claims to Personhood USA.
After receiving the bill, the woman’s health insurance provider declined to pay, as elective abortions are not covered by their insurance policy.
The evidence indicates that CHI may be selling or allowing abortion services, and may have been doing so for years. This new information comes just weeks after a CHI legal brief made headlines. The brief denied culpability in a medical malpractice suit, claiming that unborn twins who died while in CHI’s care were not people.
“On top of the devastation of losing my baby, I am being sued by an aggressive collection agency for not paying for an abortion that never happened,” explained the woman. “It is horrible to have to deal with their attorney, and fight a battle against a big hospital for erroneous charges, when I’m still dealing with the pain of the death of my child. It’s just wrong.”
Catholic Health Initiatives had already been immersed in abortion scandal since allowing privileges to Durango abortionist Richard Grossman, who serves on the ethics board there and is the longest serving physician at Mercy Hospital with full admitting privileges. There is also an established link between CHI and abortion profiteer Stericycle.
“There is no question that Catholic Health Initiatives’ actions are contrary to the beliefs of the Catholic Church,” confirmed Gualberto GarciaJones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA. “There must be an immediate investigation into the possibility that CHI is killing children in their hospitals. Among many other steps that must be taken, these businesses should at the very least cease their ruthless pursuit of payment from this woman and her family. This is an outrageous breach of the trust. It is unacceptable for any health care facility to put dollars before human lives.”
Here’s a video of the hearing onColorado HB 1032*. It’s edited for length.
Kevin Paul, the Planned Parenthood lawyer, agrees that there is a gap in Colorado law for the reckless criminal killing of unborn babies but he doesn’t explain why this particular law is a bad way to fill that gap. It’s difficult to tell from the video if this point was glaringly obvious to the people in the room. I’m disappointed that Personhood folks didn’t provide counter testimony, if just to emphasize this fact.
Ellen Belef doesn’t provide any rational testimony. She just accuses the bill of being a “back door for Personhood” without providing any evidence to support her accusation. It is nice how she accidentally falls into telling the truth that unborn babies are actually babies. Oh, she didn't mean "baby", she meant "pregnancy". This clip shows that for pro-aborts, language (unless it's the language of the bill) means everything. As long as you can label the baby in such a way to hide her humanity, she is nothing.
This exposes the lie that pro-aborts care about “wanted” children.
*The language of the bill made it clear that it wasn’t about abortion, but about the victims of "crime". Here’s the language:
If the commission of any crime codified in this title or title 42,C.R.S., is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species homo sapiens, the respective homicide and assault charges for that death or injury may be brought simultaneously with the underlying charges.
Since abortion is not considered a crime, it would not be banned by this bill.