Corte Judicial ordena para ONG abortista informar relação entre aborto, suicídio e saúde mental – Court Orders Planned Parenthood: Inform Women of Abortion-Suicide Link


by Steven Ertelt | Pierre, SD | | 7/24/12

A federal appeals court has upheld a provision of a South Dakota law requiring the states lone abortion business, operated by Planned Parenthood, that it has to inform women of the validity of the link between abortion and suicide. With women facing a host of mental health issues following an abortion, Planned Parenthood can no longer keep women in the dark about them.

An en banc panel of the court declared that South Dakota’s statute that requires abortion doctors to disclose to pregnant mothers that an abortion places the mother at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide constitutional because the disclosure is truthful, non-misleading, and relevant to the pregnant mother’s decision of whether or not to consent to an abortion.

Harold J. Cassidy, a pro-life attorney who represented Leslee Unruh, president of the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls, and Stacy Wollman, president of Care Net of Rapid City — two pregnancy centers that provide abortion alternatives — sent LifeNews details about the decision.

He called the decision “a fabulous victory for the women of the State of South Dakota.”

“The Court ruled that the women will now be given additional important information before they consent to an abortion: that the abortion places a woman at increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide,” he said. “This victory represents the fourth separate decision of the Eighth Circuit reversing the District Court in this one case, two decisions issued by en banc Courts four years apart – a rare occurrence that underscores the importance of the issues presented by the case.”

As a result of the decision, upholding all eight major provisions of South Dakota’s Abortion Informed Consent Statute, pregnant mothers will now be informed:

(1) that “an abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;”
(2) that the mother’s “relationship with that second human being enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States and the Laws of South Dakota;”
(3) that relationship and all rights attached to it will be terminated; and
(4) the abortion places the mother “at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide.”

“Any decision that a pregnant mother makes in the context of her considering an abortion that will deprive her of the joy and fulfillment of a life long relationship with her child, must be totally voluntary and well informed. The victory today is a step towards achieving that goal for the women of South Dakota,” Cassidy said.

The case ends a several-year-long legal battle Planned Parenthood pitched over the law.

Cassidy stated: “The people of the State of South Dakota have stood up to the threats, false accusations and litigation tactics of Planned Parenthood. In the process, the people of South Dakota have shown that they will not be intimidated by threats of litigation, threats of payment of attorneys’ fees, and will hold fast to their conviction that a handful of people in New York, with a radical philosophy, will not dictate to the people of South Dakota, when, if, and how they will protect their women from harm, pressure, coercion and false and incomplete information when making the most important decision of their lives.”

There have been numerous studies that found an association between abortion and suicide. Other studies have found a link between abortion and depression (which is a major risk factor for suicide). For example:

A 1995 study by A.C. Gilchrist in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that in women with no history of psychiatric illness, the rate of deliberate self-harm was 70 percent higher after abortion than after childbirth.

A 1996 study in Finland by pro-choice researcher Mika Gissler in the British Medical Journal found that the suicide rate was nearly six times greater among women who aborted than among women who gave birth.

A 2002 record-linkage study of California Medicaid patients in the Southern Medical Journal, which controlled for prior mental illness, found that suicide risk was 154 percent higher among women who aborted than among those who delivered.

A March 2004 report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that suicide is now the third leading cause of death among America’s young people. In fact, for teen girls and young women, the suicide rate has tripled over the past 25 years.

While suicide among women in the typical abortion age range is rising, suicide rates for Americans in general are dropping across the country. Dr. David Reardon, director of the Springfield, Illinois-based Elliot Institute, says abortion is partly to blame for the increase.

“Given the fact that more than half of all women having abortions are under the age of 25, and more than 20 percent of women having abortions are teenagers, the increased suicide rate among teens and young women is sadly not a surprise,” Reardon said.

One study published in August 2003 edition of the British Medical Journal found that women who had abortions were seven times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth.

Reardon says unwanted abortions are a reality for teens and young women who are often pressured by boyfriends or parents to have abortions. e says as many as one in six abortions are performed as a result of such coercion and a study the Elliot Institute conducted among women experiencing post-abortion problems reveals that 80 percent said that would not have had an abortion if they had received support from others to have the child.

“Even if their families might give them the support they need to have their babies, many teens often undergo secret abortions without telling their parents,” Reardon said. “Either way, these girls and young women often have no one to turn to when they are in despair over an abortion.”



Half of Young Adults Don’t Know Planned Parenthood Does Abortions

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 Aborto: uma lucrativa atividade que precisa isentar médicos de  responsabilidades criminais para continuar a prosperar 

Metade dos jovens adultos nos EUA não sabem que a Planned Parenthood também faz abortos.  No Brasil, provavelmente este percentual de desconhecimento alcança a quase  100% de jovens e adultos.   A Planned Parenthood é o maior negócio abortista  do mundo  e, sempre que consegue a legalização do aborto em algum país, lá se estabelece com  clínicas particulares de aborto e obtém lucros cada vez maiores com esta prática.  O  maior interesse dela, portanto, é isentar de responsabilidades criminais os médicos que  praticarem o aborto mediante pagamento;  o que,  no Projeto do Novo Código Penal, elaborado por comissão de juristas da confiança do Governo Federal – inconstitucionalmente – está liberando em todas as hipóteses no Brasil, mediante novo artíficio jurídico. Para o público é dito que apenas foram “ampliadas” as hipóteses de aborto no Projeto do Novo Código Penal: mentira, ele já está encaminhado para aprovação no Congresso com artifícios que permitem – na prática – o aborto em qualquer hipótese.

(…) “On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars — a net profit. The new report also revealed 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.” (…)

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A question in a new survey Students for Life of America released last week should cause alarm for pro-life advocate working against Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

In the Students for Life nationally-commissioned poll, young, college-aged adults, were asked a variety of questions on abortion issues. One question queried, “Do you believe it is (ROTATED) mostly true or mostly false that Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortion to pregnant women?”

Alarmingly, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood does more than one-quarter of all abortions in the United States and is one of the leading worldwide abortion businesses, the plurality of respondents – 48% – said they did not know or could not judge whether Planned Parenthood clinics offered abortions to pregnant women. While half had no idea Planned Parenthood is an abortion business, 37 percent understood the true nature of the organization while another 11 percent said Planned Parenthood doesn’t do abortions.

The poll also found pro-life advocates have significantly more work to do to expose Planned Parenthood, its abuses, violations of law, botched abortions, how it misleads women and how it promotes abortions nationally and globally. The poll found 66 percent of those young adults surveyed have a favorable view of Planned Parenthood while 11 percent have an unfavorable view, 14 percent are unsure and three percent had never heard of the abortion giant.

“Respondents’ favorability towards Planned Parenthood was a strong indicator of whether they believed the organization to be an abortion provider. Those who were unfavorable toward Planned Parenthood were much more likely than its supporters to know about their abortion offerings (69%-40%),” the SFLA poll indicated. “However, respondents that identified as pro-choice on both the 2-point and 6-point scales were more inclined than pro-lifers to know about Planned Parenthood’s abortion offerings (45% vs. 40%, 2 pt.; 48% vs. 32%, 6pt). This demonstrates a messaging opportunity to pro-life and conservative young adults, as well as those who straddle the fence on the issue.”

The most recent annual report from Planned Parenthood showed it helped fewer pregnant women with prenatal care and the number of pregnant women it referred for adoptions declined as well.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars — a net profit. The new report also revealed 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.

The report also broke down the “services” Planned Parenthood offers in addition to abortions. Planned Parenthood has always come under fire from pro-life groups for doing hundreds of thousands of abortions but providing little in the way of help for pregnant women wanting to keep their baby or considering adoption. The new report showed that hasn’t changed.

The document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.

The number of women receiving prenatal care dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010, as the abortion business helped 40,489 women in 2009 — meaning almost 10,000 fewer women received prenatal support from Planned Parenthood last year than the year prior, or a drop of almost 25 percent. The number of women getting adoption referrals also declined — from a low 977 in 2009 to 841 last year, or a decline of 14 percent.

Examined another way Planned Parenthood does 391 abortions for every adoption referral it makes and almost 11 abortions for every woman it helps with prenatal care.

The trend at Planned Parenthood has been for its non-abortion services for pregnant women to decline while its number of abortions performed has increased. The 2009 annual report Planned Parenthood released earlier this year showed a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008.

Planned Parenthood’s own records now show 5,364,540 surgical and medical abortions done at Planned Parenthood centers from 1970 through the end of 2009.



House rejects abortion ban based on sex of fetus

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Entrance to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America headquarters in Washington, D.C. Please note, this is no longer the Planned Parenthood building, this building is now under Brookings Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mesmo nos EUA em debates sobre o aborto dentro do Congresso, eles reconhecem que essa prática é a imposição de política deles de controle populacional nos outros países, que “agora voltou-se contra nós”, pois houve rejeição de uma lei que proibia o aborto por sexo feminino.  Feministas aplaudam: nos últimos dias a lei que proibiria o aborto de meninas com base na antecipação do sexo para poder escolher filhos homens foi rejeitada.

“Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said that “most people in government are unaware” that abortion based on the sex of a fetus “is part of a deliberate plan of population control that has now boomeranged and come to our own country.”



Washington (CNN) — Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.

In the House, 246 representatives backed the bill while 168 voted against it, leaving the proposal short of the two-thirds total necessary for passage. Most Republicans supported the measure; the majority of Democrats opposed it.

Supporters characterized the proposal as a necessary defense of the civil rights of unborn children; opponents called it part of a broader so-called war on women and an ongoing assault on legalized abortion.

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act would have imposed possible fines and prison sentences of up to five years on doctors who knowingly perform abortions chosen on grounds based on sex.

Abortion providers could also have been subjected to civil penalties, including punitive monetary damages, under certain circumstances.

Gallup poll: ‘Pro-choice’ at a record low

The issue is about “whether or not in the land of the free and the home of the brave that we are going to allow little girls to be killed before they’re born simply because they are little girls,” Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said Thursday morning. Franks was the bill’s main sponsor.

“I would suggest to you that if that should become the accepted practice in America — that we are no longer going to care about that — then maybe it’s time to board (Congress up) and go home and say we did our best but we just didn’t quite make it.”

Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said that “most people in government are unaware” that abortion based on the sex of a fetus “is part of a deliberate plan of population control that has now boomeranged and come to our own country.”

“This is the real war on women,” he insisted.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, argued Wednesday that it’s “hypocrisy to say that one is pro-woman and that it’s OK to end the life of an unborn child just because of its gender.”

“Since when did America subscribe to the idea that males are worth more than females?” she asked. “It’s sick, it’s discriminatory, it’s sexist and it is blatantly anti-woman and anti-human.”

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Supporters of the measure cited multiple studies to back claims of a growing pattern of abortions based on the sex of the fetus. Opponents, however, took issue with certain interpretations of the studies, and warned of negative ramifications for women’s health if the bill becomes law.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asserted Wednesday that the bill “tramples (on) the rights of women under the guise of nondiscrimination, while doing absolutely nothing to provide women with needed resources for their babies, female and male.”

Citing opposition to the bill from groups such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he said, “If this measure is passed into law, we will then require that medical and mental health professionals violate … doctor-patient confidentiality” and report suspected violations to law enforcement authorities.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, said the bill’s backers were “exploiting serious issues like racism and sexism in a backdoor attempt to make abortion illegal.”

“Attempts to restrict or deny access to safe abortions is harmful to women’s health and would ultimately take us back to the days of back-alley abortions,” she said.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said nobody he has talked to favors abortion based on sex preferences, and the proposal was brought up simply “because somebody decided politically it was a difficult place to put people in.”

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, called the debate over the bill “yet another distraction and yet another day that this Republican majority fails to act on job creation.”

But Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that banning abortion based on the sex of a fetus is an “important issue to the American people.”

“This type of sex selection … most Americans find pretty repulsive,” Boehner said. “Our (Republican) members feel strongly about it. That’s why it’s being brought” to a vote.

Asked why the Republican-controlled House took up an abortion bill at a time when GOP leaders have called economic recovery their top concern, a spokesman for Boehner insisted Wednesday that the party’s priorities had not changed.

Planned Parenthood’s new ad zeroes in on Romney

“House Republicans are focused on the American people’s top priorities: jobs and the economy,” spokesman Michael Steel said. “Dealing with a bill to prevent sex-selective abortion … doesn’t change that.”

While Republican leaders wouldn’t say why they brought up the bill under an expedited legislative process requiring a two-thirds vote for House approval, the maneuver avoided an extended argument over a divisive social issue with the potential to sidetrack the economic debate.

Franks’ bill came to a vote at a time when abortion, a perennial hot-button topic, has re-emerged as a political focal point. The anti-abortion rights group Live Action released two videos this week that is says shows Planned Parenthood staffers offering advice to a pair of women involved in a sting on how best to proceed with an abortion based on the sex of a fetus.

Planned Parenthood, which provides a range of medical services for women, responded to the release of the videos by noting that one of the staff members in question — a woman in Austin, Texas — had lost her job because she failed to follow proper procedures for the organization.

The organization insisted Thursday in a written statement, however, that the second staffer, based in New York, had provided “nonjudgmental, informative services that are in accordance with social work standards for patient interaction.”

The statement noted that Planned Parenthood “opposes sex selection abortion and insists on the highest quality care. … If any Planned Parenthood organization learns of an instance where a staff member has not fully followed policies or procedures, they take swift action and remedy the situation.”

At the same time, the statement blasted Live Action’s promotion of “a series of hoax patient videotapes related to sex selection.”

“Edited videos of hoax patient visits are part of a coordinated campaign over the last several years to distort Planned Parenthood’s services, mission and values,” the statement said.

Planned Parenthood’s leadership jumped into the presidential contest Wednesday, unveiling a roughly $1.5 million ad campaign targeting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The ad, which says Romney would deny women critical medical services, is set to run in the battleground states of Florida, Iowa and Virginia.

CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


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