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Monday, February 28, 2011







Worthy of noting…

Jane Russell Dies At 89
AP, CNN and LA Times (edited) February 28, 2011


Jane Russell.. who shot to fame in Howard Hughes' 1941 Western The Outlaw, died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

Although Russell made only a handful of films after the 1960s, she stayed active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield. She died at her home in Santa Maria, Calif.

"She always said I'm going to die in the saddle, I'm not going to sit at home and become an old woman," Waterfield told The Associated Press. "And that's exactly what she did, she died in the saddle."

(She) had become a box-office star by starring with Bob Hope in the 1948 hit comedy-Western The Paleface. Her only other notable film was Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a 1953 musical.
"Why did I quit movies?" she remarked in 1999. "Because I was getting too old! You couldn't go on acting in those years if you were an actress over 30."

She continued to appear in nightclubs, television and musical theater, including a stint on Broadway. She formed a singing group with Connie Haines and Beryl Davis, and they made records of gospel songs.

Russell was a political conservative and a born-again Christian years before the phrase became popular. She once promoted the use of the Bible in public schools.

Her mother was a lay preacher, and she encouraged the family to build a chapel in their back yard. Despite her mother's Christian preachings, young Jane had a wild side.

She and her first husband — Van Nuys High School sweetheart Bob Waterfield who went on to become a football star for UCLA and the Cleveland (later Los Angeles) Rams — were married for 23 years until they divorced in 1967. They adopted three children — Tracy, Thomas and Robert (Buck) — who survive her, along with six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Russell recounted (in her 1985 autobiography, My Paths and Detours) that before her marriage to Waterfield (at age 19) she had had a botched abortion, which she thought might have affected her ability to have children.
She devoted much of the rest of her life campaigning for adoption and adopted children.

The couple's difficulties in adopting inspired her to form the World Adopting International Fund.. which has helped facilitate adoptions of more than 50,000 children from overseas. The organization closed in 1998.

She was the leader of the Hollywood Christian Group, a cluster of film people who gathered for Bible study and good works. She was a .. vocal opponent of abortion, even in cases of rape or incest (and) a tireless fighter to get the Bible back in schools.

Over the years Russell was also beset by alcoholism. Always she had been able to rebound from troubles by relying on lessons she learned from her Bible-preaching mother.

"Without faith, I never would have made it," she commented a few months after her third husband's death.
"I don't know how people can survive all the disasters in their lives if they don't have any faith, if they don't know the Lord loves them and cares about them and has another plan."

A public funeral is scheduled March 12 at 11 a.m. at Pacific Christian Church in Santa Maria.

In lieu of flowers the family (asked) that donations be made in her name to either the Care Net Pregnancy and Resource Center of Santa Maria or the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

How sad!

Many of the comments made relative to the billboard controversy (see below) reflect hate towards African-Americans and a selective denial of the right of free speech by those who would bring the truth to light.

Would it have been a better way to make the point if the billboard featured the photo of Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) speaking to a KKK rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, NJ?

.. or perhaps no photo, just this quote from Mrs. Sanger, ‘We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Why not simply quote the masthead of Mrs. Sanger’s Birth Control Review, ‘A sure light in racial darkness’?


Please pray for the efforts of many in NYC to highlight the fact that 41% of all pregnancies in NYC end in abortion. About 79% of all of these abortions are by minorities, targeted by those who seek to withhold the truth about this evil.

Check out the latest: http://www.savethelifecenters.com/








Billboard Comes Down

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



Planned Parenthood issued the following statement in response to the billboard:
“These billboards are offensive and disturbing.

(ed. note) What is offensive is this photo, taken in 1926 in Silver Lake, NJ showing Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) speaking at a KKK meeting.





















New York City billboard names the ‘Most Dangerous Place for an African American’BY THE EDITORS Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:02 EST

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” That’s according to a new SoHo board that was placed by the group Life Always about half a mile from one of three New York City Planned Parenthood abortion facilities which jointly reported nearly 17,000 abortions in 2010.

“During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion,” said Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden.

“We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large,” he added.

The campaign launch is designed to raise public awareness of Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minority neighborhoods. It comes just weeks after the city health department’s annual Vital Statistics Report revealed that the abortion rate in the city is 41 percent - nearly twice the national average. The percentage was much higher among black women. Planned Parenthood’s annual report states that they perform 300,000+ abortions annually.

“This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women,” said Life Always Board Member Rev. Derek McCoy.

The campaign points to the Website thatsabortion.com which features recent Census and Centers for Disease Control data showing that African Americans constitute about 13 percent of the American population, yet receive 36 percent of abortions.


This billboard is Life Always’ first in the state of New York and kicks off their national campaign.



For more information, visit
www.thatsabortion.com .

Life Always describes itself as “a nonprofit organization which aims to raise public awareness of life issues through advertising. Life Always campaigns share research and confrontational truths about life issues to educate and empower individuals to choose life, always!”


Controversial Anti-Abortion Billboard Goes Up In SoHoFebruary 23, 2011 11:25 AM - Controversial billboard on Sixth Ave and Watts St (Photo/Juliet Papa)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A three-story high billboard put up in SoHo Tuesday night is causing quite a stir.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa gets reaction from residents in the neighborhood. Listen to what they have to say:

The billboard, located at the corner of Watts Street and Sixth Avenue, reads: “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb”.

The billboard is part of a national campaign sponsored by the anti-abortion group “Life Always” and hangs about a half-mile from a Planned Parenthood facility on Bleeker Street.

“Life Always” claims Planned Parenthood targets minority neighborhoods and that abortions among African-American women are three times that of the rest of the population.

The city’s public advocate Bill Diblasio calls the billboard “grossly offensive” and wants it removed.

“It’s kind of a big scare tactic, it just doesn’t make sense,” one woman said, adding that a more constructive message could address social issues to reduce abortions.

However, one New Yorker told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa that he doesn’t object to the billboard.

“I think they’re trying to send a message to us African-Americans because we do do a lot of abortions and I think we shouldn’t be doing it,” the man said.
Planned Parenthood issued a statement accusing the creators of “using a divisive message around race to restrict access to medical care.”

In December, the city health department released statistics that showed 39 percent of pregnancies ended with induced termination in 2009. Forty-six percent of all births in the Bronx result in abortions—the highest among the five boroughs, according to the report. Blacks had the highest number of abortions with 40,798 with Hispanics having the second highest at 28,364, according to the report.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Is abortion safer than childbirth?

The repeated claims made by pro-abortion providers, supporters, and lobbyists compared to the facts:

“He who frames the question frames the answer”  

The facts


q  Lower mortality after birth

q  "Pregnancy-associated mortality after birth, spontaneous abortion, or induced abortion," from The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Feb 2004).

q  The abstract, based on medical records from Finland (due to socialized medicine, Finland has exceptionally accurate medical statistics), reports that "mortality was lower after a birth (28.2/100,000) than after a spontaneous (51.9/100,000) or induced abortion (83.1/100,000)."

q  Even these numbers can be used to argue that abortion is ‘safer’ but an accurate comparison would have to be overlooked:After excluding all terminations for medical reasons, the pregnancy-associated mortality rate from all natural causes declined from 22.3 to 15.9 per 100,000 induced abortions, a rate lower than the mortality rate after a birth.” What are ‘medical reasons’? “He who frames the question or uses a faulty  comparison, frames the answer!”



Secular writers also oppose abortion : “My point is that some women, depending upon the state of their health, are at higher risk of dying in childbirth than others. It does not follow that for any given woman, especially a healthy one, abortion is safer than carrying to term.” The Secular Case Against Abortion by Jennifer Roth: www.infidels.org  (see: Comparing Apples to Oranges – below)




Question: Do pro-abortion supporters use high risk pregnancy figures and the doctors advise as a basis for making their assertions? If so, what about excellent treatment during a high risk pregnancy. Is that being overlooked.  The fear of maternal death may be very powerful, but the facts prove that high risk pregnancies can result in healthy babies and healthy moms. The same can not be said of abortion.

Studies prove greater mortality following an abortion

“A leading American medical journal has reported that women who have abortions are three times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term.



A study appearing in the February edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology compared medical and death records of the entire population of women in Finland between 1987 and 2000.  

The researchers found that 2.95 times as many women died—both from natural and unnatural causes—in the year after their abortions as women who gave birth.

 That confirms what researchers at the Elliot Institute—an abortion research group in Springfield, Ill.—found in a study published in the August 2002 issue of the Southern Medical Journal: Women who have abortions tend to be risk-takers, which explains their higher rates of death from accidents, suicide and homicide. But abortion also increases anxiety and depression, which in turn lead to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” Source: Study: Abortion Increases Risk of Death for Women: Focus on the Family, Citizen. May, 2004.

 Abortion deaths are reported only if they are clearly shown to be caused by the abortion – immediate hospitalization, etc.

 “Another wrinkle in the reporting structure is that the death certificate may report the cause of death (what the woman died of) without reporting that the underlying cause of her death was an abortion.

Common themes among reported abortion deaths are that the death occurs immediately or shortly after the abortion—or that the woman had such serious complications that she was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. The woman’s death is often made public when family members take legal action against the abortion clinic.” Source: Carrie Gordon Earll is the Senior Policy Analyst for Bioethics at Focus on the Family and a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. Focus, 2004

REAL People Die After An Abortion!

Partial List of Known Abortion Deaths

Tamiia Russell, 15, died January 8, 2004 in Detroit, MI
Russell was six months pregnant when she died after complications from a second-trimester abortion. Following the abortion, "Russell developed heavy vaginal bleeding and died," according to a Wayne County autopsy. The abortionist at the Woman Care
                                                                                                                                        
Clinic in Lathrup Village did not seek the consent of Russell’s parents as state laws requires for those under 18 years of age. Russell’s family hired an attorney to consider legal action against the abortion clinic.2

Holly Patterson, 18, died September 17, 2003 in Pleasanton, CA
Patterson died at a local hospital one week after receiving the chemical abortion drug, mifepristone (also known as RU-486), from a Planned Parenthood affiliate. She was seven weeks pregnant. The Alameda, California coroner’s office reports that Patterson died from septic shock, caused by a “therapeutic, drug-induced abortion.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating her death.3


Diana Lopez, 25, died February 28, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA
Lopez was 18 weeks pregnant when she went to the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood for an abortion by Dr. Mark Maltzer. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, “she bled to death after her cervix was punctured during her abortion.” She died at a nearby hospital after an emergency hysterectomy. Lopez’ family is suing Planned Parenthood and Maltzer on behalf of her two living children.4

Nicey Washington, 26, died June 6, 2000 in Brooklyn, NY
Washington went to the Ambulatory Surgery center in Sunset Park for an abortion and died shortly afterwards. She was rushed to the hospital and declared dead about an hour later, after suffering heart failure. 5

Kimberly K. Neil, age unknown, died May 22, 2000 in Fresno, CA
Abortionist Kenneth Wright and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group face a malpractice lawsuit filed by Neil’s family—which claims Neil was not properly treated after she went into respiratory arrest during the May 5, 2000 abortion. Neil slipped into a coma and died May 22.6

Tamika Dowdy, 22, died December 2, 1998 in Brooklyn, NY
Paramedics were called to the Brooklyn Women’s Medical Pavilion and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Dowdy when her heart stopped after having an abortion. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. 7

Lou Anne Herron, 33, died April 14, 1998 in Phoenix, AZ
Abortion clinic employees told police Herron suffered in a recovery room for three hours after an abortion, bleeding heavily and complaining of numbness. Employees say abortionist John Biskind left the clinic while Herron was in distress. An employee called for emergency assistance, but by the time help arrived, Herron had bled to death due to a perforated uterus. In May 2001, Biskind was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison in connection with Herron’s death.8  For more on Herron's death, see the June 2001 Citizen magazine article, "She Didn't Have to Die," accessible on-line.

Gracealynn T. Harris, 19, died September 16, 1997 in Stanton, DE
Harris had an abortion at the Delaware Women’s Health Organization in the morning, and by 10 p.m. was declared dead at a local hospital. According to medical reports, Harris bled to death from a perforation in her uterus caused by the abortion. Harris’ family filed a civil lawsuit against the abortion clinic and Mohammad Imran, the doctor who performed the abortion. In January 2002, a jury found both the clinic and Imran responsible and awarded $2 million to Harris’ 5-year-old son.9

Nichole Williams, 22, died April 25, 1997 in St. Louis, MO
Williams went to Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis for a first-trimester abortion.
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According to news reports, her vital signs began to deteriorate during the abortion procedure and she was announced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital a short time later. Kansas City area abortionist Robert Crist performed Williams’ abortion. Williams was Crist’s third patient to die during or after an abortion-related procedure, including 19-year old Diane Boyd, who died in 1981 after reacting to the painkiller she received after an abortion.10

Tanya Williamson, 35, died September 7, 1996 in the Bronx, NY Williamson was 13 weeks pregnant when she had an abortion at Gynecological Surgical Services. She received a general anesthetic, went into cardiac arrest, and stopped breathing. Although a hospital was across the street, an ambulance was not called for at least 25 minutes. Williamson died, leaving behind a husband and four children.11

Sharon Hamptlon, 27, died December 13, 1996 in Moreno Valley, CA
Abortionist Bruce Steir pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Hamptlon’s death. Hamptlon bled to death on the way home from the abortion clinic. According to the Sacramento Bee, “the California Medical Board already knew of five other similar surgeries mishandled by Steir that had resulted in serious complications.” 12



Sources:
2“Abortion death of teen girl spurs calls for investigation,” The Detroit News, April 9, 2004; “Minor dies from abortion,” The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Network, April 15, 2004.
3“Autopsy Released in RU-486 Fatality,” The Argus (Fremont, CA), November 2, 2003.
4 "State faults clinic in death," Sacramento Bee, June 19, 2003.
5 “City, state probe patient death at abortion clinic,” New York Post, June 9, 2000.
6 “Fresno doctor is sued in death,” Fresno Bee, August 18, 2001.
7 “Abort-linked death turns rapper’s joy into heartbreak,”New York Post, December 7, 1998.
8 “BOMEX faces suit, Family of woman in botched abortion cites doctor’s record,” Arizona Republic, March 12, 1999; “Abortion doctor sentenced to five years,” Associated Press, May 5, 2001.
9 “Trial under way in lawsuit filed over abortion death,” Associated Press, January 8, 2002; “Jury awards more than $2 million in lawsuit over abortion death,” Associated Press, January 16, 2002.
10 “City’s examiner clears doctor in abortion death,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 13, 1997.
11 “A Woman’s Right, A Woman’s Risk,” ABC News 20/20, March 8, 1999; “Abortion doctor tied to six deaths,” Journal News, Westchester County, NY, January 31, 1999.


12 “Guilty plea entered in fatal-abortion trial,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2000;“Botched abortion: An issue of medical negligence, not politics,” Sacramento Bee, February 19, 1999.

as reported in Focus: 2004






The outrageous claims of pro-abortion providers (Planned Parenthood) and political groups (NARAL, ChoiceUSA,
NOW (the National Organization of Women),
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Family Planning Perspectives, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and even abortionists themselves!)  cited as ‘proof’   


Today, abortion is  11 times safer than (Gold, 1990*). Legal abortion has been associated with decreases in both maternal and infant mortality. According to one estimate, 1,500 pregnancy-related deaths were prevented in 1985 (AGI, 1990*).” 


NOTE:  Both citations are by the Alan Guttmacher Institute’s own publications!   AGI is the Alan Guttmacher Institute ( AGI is the educational arm of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the western hemisphere) so..they are using their own data stating that abortion is ‘safer’. Where is the use of independent data?


“Since the U.S. mortality rate for pregnancy is 7.5 maternal 2  deaths for every

 100,000 live-births, abortion is actually safer than carrying a pregnancy to

  term and giving birth. “Anti-Choice Myths About Abortion and Contraception:



Prior to Roe v. Wade, as many as 5,000 American women died annually as a direct  

  result of unsafe abortions.” Source: “The Safety of Legal Abortion and the Hazards of   

  Illegal Abortion,” NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, 2003. NARAL is the National

  AbortionRights Action League!





  Today, abortion is ..11 times safer than childbirth and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin

     injection”   Source: Medical and Social Health Benefits Since Abortion was made

    Legal in the U.S.,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2002.



   “ Today, abortion is 10 times safer than childbirth. Legal abortion has been

      associated with decreases in both maternal and infant mortality.” (California

      National Organization of Women, quoting (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1998)



          “Legal abortion, on the other hand, is one of the safest surgical procedures available, and 

            is ten times safer than childbirth Alan Guttmacher Institute 2000), quoted ‘as fact’ by the

            Institute for Women's Policy Research: http://www.iwpr.org



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Legal abortion is safer than a tonsillectomy, an appendetomy, and a shot of penicillin.”

Source:  Warren M. Hern, Abortion Practice 23-24 (1984), citing J.E. Wennberg et al., The Need For Assessing the Outcome of Common Medical Practices,1 Annual Review of Public Health 291 (1980); Nancy Felipe Russo, Unwanted Childbearing, Abortion, and Women's Mental Health: Research Findings, Policy Implications (summary of presidential address), Rocky Mountain Psychologist (1992), at 9. Warren Hern is a second-trimester abortionist!

Quoted in: 10 Important Facts on Abortion: NARAL, Oregon



      The Claim made in Roe/Wade

 Inherent in the Roe versus Wade decision, legalizing abortion:

 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Jan. 22, 1973. slip opinion, 33-34.



 “19th century state anti-abortion laws were enacted primarily to protect women

   from the high mortality of induced abortion in the 19th century; but now first

   trimester abortions are as safe or safer than child birth.” 2. Ibid., footnote 44.





Comparing ‘apples to oranges’



Today, abortion one of the most commonly performed clinical procedures, is eleven times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term, and nearly twice as safe as a penicillin injection. Source: www.plannedparenthood.org, using as their ‘proof’ Rachel Benson Gold, Abortion and Women’s Health: A Turning Point for America?. New York: AGI, 1990. * See above note

  • In 1965, when abortion was still illegal nationwide except in cases of life endangerment, a minimum of 193 women died from illegal abortions, and illegal abortionaccounted for nearly 17 percent of all deaths due to pregnancy and childbirthin that year.1  In 1973, the risk of dying from an abortion was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 legal abortions. This rate fell to 1.3 by 1977. For the 5 years ending in 1991 the risk of dying from a legal abortion had decreased to 0.6 per 100,000 legal abortions.2

  1. Source: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Vital Statistics of the United States, 1965: Vol. II--Mortality, Part A. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), 1967.
  2. Calculated by The Alan Guttmacher Institute from data published in the Centers for Disease        Control Annual Abortion Surveillance Reports. * Note, citation # 2 is again by the AGI,       their own studies!

“More than half of all abortions are performed at or before eight weeks of pregnancy,          when the procedure is safest – 0.2 deaths per 100,000 procedures.” Note: the citation here AGAIN is Rachel Benson Gold, Abortion and Women’s Health: A Turning Point for America?. New York: AGI, 1990… their own publication!

Non-comparable figures

“The claim that abortion is safer than childbirth has been used as a legal precedent in the judicial overturn of laws restricting abortion. However, a literature review shows that morbidity-mortality data for abortion and child birth are not always comparable.”

“Factors that may skew the comparison of childbirth versus abortion risks include:

·         intervals that differ for reporting deaths abortions that can be reported as live births

·         premature closing of records

·         abortions that are unreported

·         abortions performed on women not pregnant

·         complications not reported by patient

·         absence of follow-up

·         abortion estimates that always exceed Public Health Service figures

·         borderline cases reported inconsistently

·         and many others.”

 “Reported risks of induced abortion are numerous; the reports vary widely in the rates reported. Among the risks are: Increased susceptibility of breast cancer (24 times as likely if first pregnancy ends in abortion); predisposition to ectopic pregnancy (one study suggested that 45 percent of all ectopic pregnancies follow induced abortion); uterine infection (up to 17.5 percent of all cases after abortion); uterine hemorrhage (up to 4.9 percent); loss or deformity of subsequent infants; and many others.”


Using a broad definition of maternal death

The authors preferred to use the more comprehensive World Health Organization maternal death definition: "The death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not accidental or incidental causes." Source: http://www.all.org/issues/ab06.htm


       Doubling the figures

“Abortion proponents claim that suction curettage or vacuum aspiration is the "safest" abortion procedure. Yet, some women undergo two suction procedures to abort the same pregnancy. Thus, risk of abortion death and complications is doubled for such women. If reported twice, complication-free double abortions pad the "safety" figures.”  Source: http://www.all.org/issues/ab06.htm

Discrepancies in tabulating the data: The Center for Disease Control versus the Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood) figures: “A wide discrepancy in the total number of abortions would necessarily mean a wide shift in the rate of abortion complications, in favor of abortion safety. For example, if CDC death estimates are compared to the Guttmacher Institutes estimates of total abortions. the risk ratio will be lower than if CDC figures arc used throughout. Which comparison is correct?” http://www.all.org/issues/ab06.htm
 

Grossly underestimating abortion deaths

“There is no mandatory reporting of abortion complications in the U.S., including maternal death. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began abortionsurveillance in 1969. However, the time lag in CDC notification is greater than 12 months for half of all maternal deaths.  Maternal deaths are grossly underreported, with 19 previously unreported deaths associated with abortions having been identified from 1979-1986. The CDC quotes approximately one maternal death for every 100,000 abortions officially, which is death between the time of the procedure and 42 days later.

Therefore, statements made regarding the physical safety of abortion are based upon incomplete and inaccurate data. Many women are at much higher risk of death immediately after an induced abortion: for example, black women and minorities have 2.5 times the chance of dying, and abortions performed at greater than 16 weeks gestation have 15 times the risk of maternal mortality as compared to abortions at less than 12 weeks. Also, women over 40 years old, as compared to teens, have three times the chance of dying.

Late maternal mortality, which includes deaths occurring after the first 42 days following abortion are not reflected in CDC numbers, nor are data from all 50 states, because reporting is not currently mandatory. Source: US Senate Committee Testimony: http://commerce.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1083&wit_id=3062

A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times uncovered 12 abortion-related deaths in that city in 1978. The government statistics show only 16 deaths for the entire country in that year.” Source: Ohio Right to Life, using data from: Sources: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 1994. Hyattsville, Maryland: Public Health Service, 1995. Table #17 (Data based primarily on reporting by State health departments and by facilities performing abortions.) Abortion Surveillance 1985, Center for Disease Control, Table #18. Induced Abortion: World Review 1983, by Christopher Tietze, The Population Council, p 103

      Making incorrect statements when admitting to the obvious  

     dangers of abortion
 

While abortion is safer than childbirth, the risk of death from abortion increases 20% with each week of gestation from 8 weeks to 15 weeks and more rapidly between 15 and 20 weeks. The risk of major complications also increases 20% per week from 7 onwards.“


Sources: Christopher Tietze and Stanley K. Henshaw, Induced Abortio: A World Review 111, 110, 103, (1986) and www.aclu.org/issues/reproduct/parental involvement.


“..pro-abortionists reply .. that the number of abortion-related deaths before 1973 was grossly under-reported. But if they doubt the statistics for abortion deaths for years before 1973, how can they then triumphantly embrace the statistics after 1973? 

They were collected by the same people using essentially the same methods. There is no reason to believe they suddenly became dramatically more accurate in 1973.” Using incorrect figures to prove a point then having to ‘trash’ those figures because they prove my point!  Source: Ohio Right to Life, using data from: Sources: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 1994. Hyattsville, Maryland: Public Health Service, 1995. Table #17 (Data based primarily on reporting by State health departments and by facilities performing abortions.) Abortion Surveillance 1985, Center for Disease Control, Table #18. Induced Abortion: World Review 1983, by Christopher Tietze, The Population Council, p 103

 A sample of citing pro-abortion sources as ‘proof’ 

Sources:  (note how many are independent sources -  - NONE!)

1 “International Policy and Practice: Responding to Unsafe Abortion,” Ipas, 2003.

2 “Medical and Social Health Benefits Since Abortion was made Legal in the U.S.,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2002. 3 “Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion Worldwide, 2003,” Alan Guttmacher Institute. 4 “The Safety of Legal Abortion and the Hazards of Illegal Abortion,” NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, 2003. 5 “Sharing Responsibility: Women, Society, and Abortion Worldwide,” Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1999. 6 “ Envisioning Life Without Roe: Lessons Without Borders,” Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2003. 7 “Abortion in Context: United States and Worldwide,” Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1999. 8 “The Public Health Impact of Legal Abortion: 30 Years Later,” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35:1, January/February 2003. Statistics compiled June 2003

 Postscript


Therefore, by use of the following, Planned Parenthood has made their outrageous statements:

1.      Using the ‘educational arm’ AGI to ‘prove’ their statements

2.      Doubling the figures

3.      Citing the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. No medical evidence used in the findings.

4.      Comparing non-comparable figures (ie: comparing apples to oranges)

5.      Using a broad definition of maternal death

6.      Grossly underestimating abortion deaths because the number one and two causes of death may have been bleeding or mistakes in the administration of anesthesia

 Other Tactics

Extensive review of the medical literature shows that some abortion proponents, when confronted with medical articles on abortion deaths or complications, will:


Ignore the articles;

Claim that the scientific protocol is suspect:

Claim that the conclusions are premature or not substantiated elsewhere;

Claim there is no universal agreement in scientific circles;
   
    Claim that data from foreign sources does not apply to American women;

Claim that one abortion procedure cannot be compared to another;

Dismiss damaging articles from some foreign countries because of illegality of  

    abortions there, even though performed by physicians:

Reclassify abortion-related deaths to other causes or factors; and

Blame complications on smoking, drinking or other such factors.




Courtesy: Gateway Pregnancy Centers - January 2005

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Memorial Service for
George T. Gavaris
Friday, January 28, 2011

Words of Adoration from the Psalm 34
Psalm 34: ‘ 1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, 22The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. for those who fear him lack nothing.’


Remarks and Acknowledgments
Thank you for honoring my father and showing your love for my family by attending this memorial service.


Scripture Reading

Job 1:21: ‘And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Psalm 90:10: ‘10 The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Prayer of Comfort

Music: ‘No More Night’ as performed by David Phelps

Eulogy for George T. Gavaris
My papou (grandfather) was a Greek immigrant with a 3rd grade education. He owned Olympia Bakeries, selling hot dog rolls and provisions in the early 1900’s in NYC. The company later sold to a company many have heard of – Sabrett.

My dad’s first recollection is that of being five years old and playing near his father’s horse drawn bread truck. My grandfather noticed dad was missing and obviously became alarmed. No problem though – the very mild mannered horse had simply ambled back to the stall, with dad in the wagon in back. The horse knew the way back home and carried dad with him.

Like that horse pulling the bread truck when dad was five years, God knows the ‘way back home’. Some 95 years after that incident God returned for dad, at 8:45am on Sunday January 23rd. to be exact -bringing him safely home to heaven.

In between 1910 and 2011, dad lived a full life, seeing the invention of the car and the invention of the Blackberry Smartphone.

His graduated the high School of Commerce – the same HS that Lou Gehrig attended. In fact, he met Lou Gehrig when he returned to the school 10 years later.

He was a member of the Arista Club (similar to the National Honors Society, whose goals were the promotion of scholarship, leadership, to service to the community, development of good character and citizenship. After HS, dad went on to NYU, graduating with a degree in accounting in 1936.

He and his three other brothers (William, Peter and John) all used their middle initial ‘T’ to honor their grandfather, Theodore. Grandpa never went to college, never even finished grade school – but the boys wanted to ‘take him to school with them’, so from then they were all proudly used their middle initial He managed various basketball teams while working with American Smelting and Refining Company during the late 1930’s.

In the late 1930’s dad was the chairman of the youth division of the Greek War Relief. In 1942, he went off to war, a not so young thirty one year old man. He was stationed in the Pacific, earned seven medals, was a member of the OSS, and waded ashore with MacArthur in Leyte. He joked about being ‘a war hero’ and ‘a commando’ brushing it aside as if everyone who went to war just did their duty – nothing more.

During the mid-1940’s he managed his father in laws ice cream shop in Springfield Massachusetts. In the fifties he and mom moved to Long island, dad becoming chief internal auditor for Haskins and Sells, a major accounting firm in the United States, now known as Deloitte.

When my mom went to be with the Lord in 2002, dad’s first response while at her side in the hospital was ‘The Lord gives and the Lord takes away” - an acceptance that someone else had ownership of mom. Shortly after mom death – October 2nd, 2002, dad trusted Christ as his Savior and Lord. Mom had trusted Christ in 1977.

If one word described dad, it would be ‘Adaptability. Anyone who knew my dad knew that he adapted to every situation in his life. He faithfully stayed by moms side during 56 years of marriage, despite the challenges of moms emotional and mental state. To some that was weakness. To me, that was faithfulness to his marriage vows and I’ll always be proud of him for that. What he said, he meant.

When mom was given three months to live he moved into died Fulton Commons, a nursing home 5 miles from here, to be with her. He really couldn’t have lived alone.

After mom died in 2002, dad he worked hard to see the good of the situation, bringing happiness and encouragement to the other residents.

For the past eight and a half years, we’ve visited dad twice a month, loving him, getting to know him, being loved by him. God gave me more in those eight years with dad than throughout my life growing up and dad knew he was loved.

A week ago, when dad stopped eating, we spent night and day together. He hugged me often, he smiled, he occasionally grimaced in pain. We had prayer, I sang every hymn I knew - he heard Scripture. He was at complete peace. The night before the Lord came for him, he stared out, smiled a huge smile of wonderment as if saying ‘wow! He knew it was time, he wasn’t afraid and he was ready.

From the director of Fulton Commons Care Center (who fed him when he returned back from the hospital a few weeks ago) to the janitor who laid his hand on his head and prayed that the Lord take him home, from the administrator who cried for him to the nurses who cared for him, from his doctor who said he considered him ‘more of a colleague than a patient’ to the residents and their families who enjoyed him - all knew him, all loved him, and all will miss him on this earth, but all who have trusted Christ personally will see him again. God promised that, and He doesn’t lie.

Scripture Reading

Revelation 21:1-5

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven
and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of
heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the
dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and
they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as
their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and
death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor
crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed
away."
5And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am
making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these
words are trustworthy and true."

Remarks by family and friends

Message: Rev. Dean Gavaris – “I SHALL RETURN

One unique part of dad’s life involved his Army days in WW2. Dad was in the OSS, stationed in the South pacific. He was ‘island hopping from New Guinea to Mindinao, Luzon, ’ to Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines.

In February 1942, as the Japanese were surrounding the Philippines, General Douglas MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to relocate to Australia. As he was leaving he vowed. ‘I shall return’.

On 20 October 1944, General MacArthur fulfilled his promise, exiting the famous Higgins boat and wading ashore on Leyte, saying "I have returned" beginning the four-day Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history. Dad was there with the 533rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment.

As I was looking at John 14, I realized that dad had another encounter with a phrase very similar to ‘I shall return’. It was spoken by the Lord Jesus to his disciples before he went to the cross.

1“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’

In verse 1 We see his offer of ‘peace’ – let not your hearts be troubled.

In verse 2 We see His preparation of ‘a place’ – dwelling places –rooms, the KJV says ‘mansions’

In verse 3, we see His promise – I will come again - I shall return! Jesus promises to return to take all believers to be with him in heaven.


General MacArthur’s statement was a promise based on his intent. Jesus Christ’s statement is a promise based on his character. He doesn’t lie and can’t lie. He can deliver what he promised. He promised over 300 times in the New Testament that he would return to take true believers to be with him.

General MacArthur’s promise was fulfilled within two years and 8 months as he stepped off the famous Higgins boat onto Leyte Island. Jesus’ promise for dad was fulfilled some two thousand years later. But what about us? We’re still here. Did we ‘miss the Higgins boat’? No.

For those who have trusted Christ to have paid the penalty for their sins, Christ comes for us at our death or at the ‘rapture’ when Christ physically returns to earth to take all living believers to be with Him.

In verses 5 and 6, we see His provision – the Way is through Him – trust in His finished work on the Cross. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Thomas question is not so bizarre “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”if you consider it from Thomas’ perspective. ‘Jesus, we’ve never been to heaven so how can we know how to get there?

It is sad though, because Thomas had been with Jesus for the past three years. He should have known.

Christ’s provision for dad lead to ‘a sufficient faith’. Dad reaffirmed his trust in Christ’s finished work, raising his frail, thin, 100 year old left hand a number of times before he no longer could raise his hand.

So, what about us? Is there any comfort for us?

In verses 16 and 17, we see promise to leave a helper, the Holy Spirit, one called alongside to advocate and to comfort us while we await His return.

Dad had a secure faith, based on God’s promise in Romans 10:9 - if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Dad had a simple faith – trust in what Christ did on the Cross and not his good works over the past 100 years to get him to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Genesis 3:19 presents us with a sobering truth: for you are dust,and to dust you shall return." Our years on earth compared to all eternity are brief – whether 50 – 70 or 100. We all will physically die, but our soul will live on, either with Him in Heaven or apart from Him, by our own choosing, in a real place called Hell.

Dad was an accountant. He knew a great deal about ‘balancing books’. For the greater part of his life, though, his name was not written in God’s Book of Life. But one day in 2002, he realized that there would be ‘a final accounting’ (we are all appointed to die, but after that, the judgment), when all ‘the books are opened’. His ‘debits’ were his sins.

He had no ‘credits’ to his name – no answer to the soul-searching question God could one day ask: ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’

But Lord, didn’t you see that I was an honor student, a swimmer and a runner, a leader of men, caring for poor Greek children before the war, a decorated veteran, a faithful husband, a loving father – why even in the nursing home I cared more about others than myself – doesn’t that count for heaven?

It’s not by good works or being religious or living until we’re really old that gets us to heaven.
So what was God’s ‘eraser for dad’s sin’? Nothing put the blood of Jesus Christ. Dad’s trust in the finished work of Christ ‘cleared the ledger, ‘settled the account’ and had it marked ‘paid in full’
Better yet, God gave dad the ‘down payment’ of His Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul in First Corinthians 15 says that all who’ve trusted Him to satisfy the penalty of their sins will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the clouds.

50I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." 55"O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?"
56The sting of death is sin, and(BT) the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God,(BU) who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ


One commentator (Albert Barnes) says that there are at least three words of comfort here:
1) first, that those who had died in the faith would not always lie
in the grave. The grave is temporary.
2) second, when believers precede us in death, as dad has -
they do not occupy an inferior condition because they died before the coming of the Lord; and
3) third, all Christians, living and dead, will be received to heaven and dwell forever with their Lord Jesus.

These are words of comfort!
To the degree we believe these words, we will be comforted.
It is no comfort if we’re “left behind” when Jesus comes again.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

God loves each and everyone of us, but sin has separated us from Him.
Christ shed His blood on the Cross as a substitute for the punishment You and I deserved. He died in our place. He rose from the dead. He is the only way to God. But, as the back of your brochure clearly states, ‘It is not enough just to know these three laws.”

We must individually trust Christ as Savior and Lord, as dad did in 2002, then we can know and experience His forgiveness for us and His plan for our life. For dad, he trusted Christ at age 92, but you may not have that long before the ‘days ordained for you’ come to an end.

Christ’s return can’t be pinned down to a day, hour or year, Matthew 24:36 "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only". So we need to be ready, as dad was.

The one who has trusted Him, whether here when he returns at the Rapture, or in the grave is assured of heaven because their sins have been paid for in full.

The greatest comfort you can know today is to know with a surety that by trusting Christ, he has paid the penalty for your sins.

Illustration: Imagine, if you would, two pictures – my dad is in both.

The first picture is taken in October 1944 on the Island of Leyte. A famous American General has promised to return, and has!

The second picture is taken at 8:45 on Sunday January 23rd of this year.
Christ, the Lord of all promised he would return for all who trusted Him for salvation and He has!

My dad lived a very long and very colorful life, but none of that assured him of heaven. Only what Christ did and what dad trusted he did assured him of heaven. What about you?

Have you trusted Him to forgive your sins and be the center of your life?

Are you certain of your relationship to Him, as my dad was?
Today can be your day of salvation.
Let’s pray together

Congregational Singing: ‘Amazing Grace’
Closing Prayer