Pauline Cooper-Ioelu wrote a thought-provoking article about the bankruptcy of “choice” for today’s feminism.
According to Cooper-Ioelu, “Feminism has moved from an analysis and critique of discrimination against women, to a ruthless defense of individualism and choice, particularly in relation to anything related to sex and the body.” This has left contemporary feminism in a helpless position when it comes to critiquing social institutions and practices that are demeaning to women and that keep women from flourishing. Of course, just because something is “chosen” doesn’t mean its empowering, healthy, or good for women, but feminists increasingly find themselves having to defend prostitution, rearing children without help from a father, pornography, abortion, and other anti-women activities simply because some women choose to participate.
Since this so-called “choice feminism” developed around the issue of abortion, it is only fitting the pro-life movement take a leading role in restoring feminism to its original calling. Feminists should be fighting against inequality, trying to shine the light of justice on practices that harm women and hold women back. Not only does abortion arise as a temptation for many women because of inherent inequalities in our society, it creates even more inequalities that harm women and keep them from truly flourishing.
When a man is able to say to a woman, “it’s your choice. You can either abort the child or raise it as your own,” with no societal expectations that he take responsibility for participating in raising that child, that is anti-woman and feminists should be outraged. When a father or boyfriend — or even a mother or grandmother — can coerce and pressure a young woman into destroying her child, that is anti-woman and feminists should be outraged. When women suffer the emotional and physical aftermath of abortion without society even acknowledging these as real problems, that is anti-woman and feminists should be outraged.
There’s a need now more than ever for a true, pro-woman, pro-life feminism that isn’t blinded by the ideology of choice. Our society has become saturated with pornography, our cultural dating habits are leaving young women exploited and used, our obsession with abortion-on-demand has left women hurt and unable to heal. All of these hold women back, all of them are demeaning and lead to inequality.
The pro-life movement has done a fantastic job of showing our culture the true humanity of the preborn child. It’s time we began to focus on the true dignity and honor of women in our society. We need pro-life feminism.
According to an AP article in today’s Indianapolis Star, the number of abortions in Indiana has declined by 20 percent since 2010. That’s much faster than the national rate of decline of 12 percent.
The Republican leadership of the US House of Representatives has announced that will bring The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) to the House for a floor vote on Wednesday, May 13 or Thursday, May May 14.
The bill extends general protection from abortion to unborn children beginning at 20 weeks fetal age. This federal bill was modeled after similar states bills which have been enacted in 11 states so far.
Please call your congressional representative to urge full support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)
*Rep. Susan Brooks 202-225-2276
*Rep. Larry Bucshon 202-225-4636
*Rep. Andre Carson 202-225-4011
*Rep. Luke Messer 202-225-3021
*Rep. Todd Rokita 202-225-5037
*Rep. Marlin Stuzman 202-225-4436
*Rep. Peter Visclosky 202-225-2461
*Rep. Jackie Walorski 202-225-3915
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Medical Licensing Board will review evidence at a future hearing
Today, hearings were scheduled for three Indianapolis abortion doctors regarding administrative licensing complaints before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The complaints were filed in Sept. 2014 by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office for alleged violations of abortion procedure record keeping and advice and consent laws. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys urged the Medical Licensing Board to drop the case, but the Board rejected a motion for summary judgment and will schedule a future hearing to review evidence.
Abortion doctors Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson perform abortions at the Clinic for Women on West 16th Street in Indianapolis.
Right to Life of Indianapolis President Marc Tuttle, who was present at today’s hearing, said, “We are pleased this case is moving forward and that the abortion doctors from the Clinic for Women are being held accountable. We believe poor practices in the areas of record keeping and advice and consent laws show a blatant disregard for women’s health and safety. These alleged violations must be addressed. We urge the Medical Licensing Board to swiftly schedule the future hearing.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board will soon hear more alleged violations in the abortion industry. Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who runs licensed abortion facilities in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary, is tentatively scheduled to appear before the Board on June 25. Klopfer’s hearing is the result of the Attorney General’s filing of an administrative complaint against Klopfer’s license, comprised of 1,833 alleged violations or counts.
Click here to view the news release from the Attorney General’s office on the administrative licensing complaints filed in Sept. 2014 against abortion doctors Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover, Raymond Robinson and Ulrich Klopfer.
Click here to learn more about the recent Indiana Department of Health survey of the Clinic for Women.
Recently, Right to Life of Indianapolis requested the health surveys of our community’s abortion facilities conducted by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Indiana state law requires the ISDH to inspect abortion facilities at least once every two years and produce a written survey of findings.
What we discovered didn’t exactly surprise us, but the practices and conditions inside Indianapolis’ abortion facilities were unsatisfactory, to say the least.
You can see the health surveys along with a list of some of the worst of the violations by clicking here.
Here are just a few examples.
At Planned Parenthood on Georgetown Road in Indianapolis, the survey found improper monitoring of oxygen saturation levels for several patients. If a patient’s oxygen saturation level falls below 93 percent, a physician should be alerted and if it falls below 90 percent oxygen should be started.
According to a sample of medical records checked during the survey, 18 of 30 patients had no record of their oxygen levels being monitored and one patient was documented to have an oxygen saturation level of 76 percent with no record of a physician being alerted or oxygen being started.
At the same facility, patients were given the maximum dose of Fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever. However, Fentanyl dosing is based on weight and the survey showed that at least 17 of the 18 patients whose records were reviewed were under the weight for the maximum dose.
The survey of Planned Parenthood in Bloomington revealed incomplete records for many patients, among other findings. Some state forms were missing and medical history questions, such as one regarding a bleeding disorder, were not completed. The survey revealed that vital signs were not appropriately checked for 18 of 20 surgical abortion patients.
The surveys for Clinic for Women and Women’s Medical Group showed both facilities had problems with patient medical records as well. Additionally, these two facilities had unsanitary environments. For example, the Clinic for Women survey detailed a tear in the lower end of the exam table’s leather cover, allowing a protrusion of foam the size of the golf ball. At Women’s Medical Group, the clean and soiled linens were stored in the same place and sterilization procedures were not carried out for sterilizing tubing and surgical instruments.
Clinic for Women is the same abortion facility where Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed administrative licensing complaints against three abortionists, Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson. They will be facing a hearing on April 23 in front of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
Women don’t deserve to have their health compromised by the sloppy medical practices of abortion providers like those documented in these surveys. Women deserve better than abortion.
For this reason, RTLI is urging the state to stop the unsanitary and unprofessional practices taking place in Indiana’s abortion facilities.
In addition, we are urging the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to study the alleged violations leveled against abortion doctors Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson, and consider appropriate disciplinary action, as needed.
Pro-life activist, Maria Hernandez, will be the featured speaker at the 40 Days for Life Mid-Point Rally this Saturday, March 14th at 10:30 in front of the Planned Parenthood on Georgetown Rd, just south of 86th St.
An intervention counselor for the Gabriel Project, pro-life blogger, photographer, wife and mother of four, Hernandez believes “it has never been harder than today to by young and to be pure, and to defend life and to defend truth.”
She recently released two videos; the first detailed her unwanted pregnancy and the second was of her daughter, filmed in front of a Planned Parenthood, reading a letter to our president on why he too should be pro-life.
Coming from Guadalajara, Mexico Hernandez found herself, like so many women do, broke and in a crisis pregnancy. She was twenty-six years old at the time and away from her country and family. Her story is one of empowerment which now, not only allows her to defend those without a voice but also reach out to women. Hernandez specifically reaches out to Hispanic women who, as she puts it, “need to hear words of hope in Spanish.”
Hernandez is also quick to remind us that we have no idea how many babies have been saved as a result of prayers outside of abortion clinics. A previous volunteer for RTLI, she participated in our Rose Ceremony back in January. Through an internet radio show, Maria Radio Indy, she promotes spiritual adoption, chastity, Natural Family Planning (NFP) and the culture of life.
To learn more about Maria Hernandez check out her website, www.danielymariaonline.com, and come hear her testimony at the 40 Days for Life Mid-Point Rally.
January 22, 2015 will mark the 42 anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Once again, hundreds of Indianapolis youth will head to Washington to join the March for Life.
The March for Life has consistently generated crowds of 200,000-300,000 people for over 40 years, making it the largest and longest standing civil rights march in our nation’s history. In recent years, the march has been dominated by youth from across the country. It’s a vocal symbol of the peaceful, persistent opposition to legalized abortion by what Ronald Reagan once dubbed, “the silent majority.” A CNN poll from March of last year showed 58% of Americans in opposition to abortion in all or most cases.
Right to Life of Indianapolis began providing grants for buses to the March for Life in 1996 when we helped fund four buses from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In recent years we have funded up to 17 buses in a single year. This year we will help send 10 buses and 2 vans of students, which will take up to 500 high school and college students to the March.
There is still room available on some of the buses!
Please call the Right to Life of Indianapolis office, (317) 582-1526 or E-mail email@example.com and we will help find available space for any student who wishes to go to the March for Life.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office today filed administrative licensing complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board against four physicians for violations of abortion record-keeping and advice and consent laws. Three of the abortionists named in the Attorney General’s suit commit abortions in Indianapolis.
The complaints ask the Medical Licensing Board to consider appropriate disciplinary action against the medical licenses of Dr. Resad Pasic, Dr. Kathleen Glover and Dr. Raymond Robinson. All three commit abortions at the Clinic for Women located on W. 16th Street in Indianapolis. The fourth abortionist, Dr. Uhlrich Klopfer, commits abortions in South Bend and Gary. The complaints encompass a range of violations from not filing appropriate paperwork, not properly notifying authorities of abortions performed on girls 13-years-old or younger and not ensuring that informed and voluntary consent was obtained according to state law.
Based on the complaints from the Attorney General, the Medical Licensing Board could vote to revoke the licenses of the abortionists named in the suit.