Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Compassion for Ministry -
 Do You Feel The Need?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

You're invited to a very special Christmas presentation benefitting the gospel work
of Gateway Pregnancy Center

featurning the acapella group, GLAD


Links to Glad:
Christmas with Glad audio clip:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

You're invited to Gateway's                         Annual Stewardship Banquet

Celebrating 26 years in crisis pregnancy ministry

Thursday October 27, 2011 from 7:00-9:00pm
at The Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ

You will hear testimonies by men and women impacted by the ministry. You will be blessed with music to stir your soul and challenge your spirit
Our special guest speaker is Kay Coles James

Check out Mrs. James biography at:

To make reservations, please call us immediately at 908-686-8180 or email dean@gateway.org.

                        There are tables still available.

The Gran Centurions can seat up to 450 in their beautiful
Garden Room

The banquet is free / Open seating / Directions below

Reservations are available by advance notice only 

              How To Make Reservations                    

(1)   Call us at 908-686-8180  or email: dean@gateway.org

(2)  Reserve your seats on Facebook:
(3)  Copy and paste the form below into your email

(4)  Print out and mail the form below to:
       Gateway Pregnancy Center
       960 Springfield Avenue, Irvington, NJ  07111

Please have all reservations to us by Monday, October 24)

Yes, I wish to make a significant difference at
Banquet 2011!

_____   I plan to attend and will bring ______others with me. Please list your guests names and addresses in your email or letter to us.

______ I cannot attend, but wish to give  a special stewardship gift of:

______$5,000  _____$2,000   ______$1,000  ____$500        ___ $250    ______  other

______$20 per month pledge     ______     $50 per month pledge

Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________

City ________________________________State_____________Zip___________________

Telephone: (             )  ____________________email:_______________________________

Gateway Pregnancy Centers, Inc.              908-686-8180
960 Springfield Ave, Irvington, NJ  07111   Website: www.gateway.org  dean@gateway.org    

Please pray as to how you will participate in the freewill offering to be taken that evening. An opportunity will be available for monthly pledge giving.

Our banquet theme this year will be...
"..because the lost matter to God'

Our special musical guest will be Hope Rising

.. and be sure to check out Mikeschair song at

Gateway Pregnancy Center have been helping some 25,000 women in Elizabeth, Irvington, Plainfield and the surrounding communities. The gospel ministry of Gateway has had the opportunity to share Christ with women who otherwise may never enter a church building.

Services offered by the Gateway ministry include pregnancy testing, boyfriend and husband counseling on responsibility, limited ultrasounds for pregnancy verification, infant clothes and supplies, baby furniture, post abortion counseling, church, high school, college, radio and television speaking opportunities, Internet counseling, and various contacts with the judicial system.

All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. Gateway's services are made possible only through church missions giving and individual gifts and pledges.

We hope to see you on October 27th!

Check out the Gateway website www.gateway.org

Directions to the Gran Centurions

440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ  07066

Telephone: 732-382-1664

From the south: Garden St Pkwy to exit 135, stay straight to the traffic light and make a right. At your second exit make a right.   The hotel is on the left.

From the north: Garden St Pkwy to exit 135, go straight to the second traffic light and make a left. Go through the next light and take the second exit to the right. The hotel will be on the left  (Valley Road).

Friday, October 14, 2011


Please keep in prayer Billy Price, husband of Secaucus born Christian artist Audrey Assad. He has been diagnozed with a form of cancer.

You can read about Audrey at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Assad

Audrey was a featured singer at teh WAWZ Pastors Appreciation Breakfast, held in Randolph on Thursday October 13th.

You may wish to send her an encouraging note at:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Jersey Christian Ministries has again asked me to be an instructor at its 51st Annual Christian Ministries Convention on Oct 21-22 at Hawthorne Gospel Church in Hawthorne, NJ 07506. It's a valuable experience and worth attending. It's interdenominational with the purpose of helping all Christians perfect their own ministries, help them live the victorious Christian life, and help them mature into Christ’s image.

There are 60 workshops in almost all areas of Christian ministry and 2 panel discussions on Spiritual Warfare and Music/Worship. These are taught by 64 workshop leaders who are mostly clergy, have PhD degrees, or who lead their own ministry. The workshops are 1hr 15mins long so there's plenty of time to learn. There are even workshops designed especially for your teenage children - so bring them along.

There are 50+ exhibitors with the latest ministry resources, who come from all around the metro area to display their ministry.

There is a General Session with a gathering of Christians from different denominations, cultures, and geographic areas.We’ll be fulfilling Christ’s prayer of John 17:21 – …”that they would all be one…” – as we worship the Lord together with special worship music from the NJCM worship team. You’ll also hear spiritual life-giving messages from the outgoing NJCM president, Jim Biscardi, and the incoming NJCM president, Rev Bruce Pajot.

On Friday night (7:30 – 9:30) there is a FREE Youth rally with Rev Dave Hayman and the Cornerstone Church youth band from Wyckoff, NJ and some special guests including Nyack Christian College, NYC. Youth and their leaders come FREE.

If you register BEFORE Oct 11th, you’ll get the early bird rate: $37 for both days; $32 for Saturday Only; and $22 for Friday Only. You can register online with a VISA or MASTERCARD credit card at http://www.ministriesconvention.com/index.php?op=21 or with a check by calling 1-800-363-4410 to get a brochure and registration form.

For more information, call 1-800-363-4410 or to get all the details quickly, you can also print the Convention brochure with the registration form by clicking on this link: http://www.ministriesconvention.com/index.php?op=67

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prayer Requests

Cathy Horling, Gateway volunteer accountant

“Once again, I am asking for your prayers; this time they are for me. I
am having a breast biopsy done next Tuesday. Please pray that I get a
good report. Thank you so much, and God bless you, Cathy” UPDATE:
The biopsy went well but it will take a few days for the results; hopefully
I'll have them by Friday. I'm trusting the Lord for good news. Thank you
so much for praying for me! Cathy

The latest news! Test results came back negative! Praise the Lord!

Also a praise! "I am delighted to tell you that "Uncle Rudy" has a new kidney! The
surgery went well and only lasted about two hours - thank you Jesus! Please continue to pray that he does not suffer any complications and that his body accepts the new kidney, and that his circulation is not adversely affected. He does have some plaque in his arteries and it is a concern. Kindly pray for strength and peace for his wife, Carol, too. Thank you so much for your prayers - they are being answered! Praise God! God bless you all, Cathy

Dorothy Booker

(1) Sassie Gateway pregnancy client need emergency housing, she has four
girls 13, 10, 8, 6 and just learn she's pregnant.

(2) Carmella need housing and healing from cancer

(3) Jenny healing from cancer.

Dean Gavaris

(1) Friend’s daughter: Please be in prayer for Maria (age 12) She has a mass on her
upper leg and has been referred to a surgeon.

(2) George, who left prison after 11 ½ years. He knows Christ and wishes to
serve Him.

(3) Gateway’s upcoming Stewardship Banquet, October 27th.

Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center (Salem and Bridgeton, NJ)

(1) Client couple - Very abortion minded couple. Client is a Senior in HS who feels she cannot parent due to financial and lack of support from her family. Both she and her boyfriend attended the appointment. After seeing the Ultrasound, the boyfriend was open to receiving a referral to another pregnancy care center closer to home (they both live in Atlantic County). The boyfriend said he was weighing all options before deciding.

(2) Volunteer - One of our volunteers is in desperate need of a job, and unemployment has expired.

(3) Friend - A friend of Cornerstone totaled car, & accountant made a mistake on taxes and now owes several hundred dollars

Dorothy Barnes (Dorothy was Archways first director. She and husband Tim are dear friends)

Dorothy’s 7 year old niece, Mia had a bone graft onto her palate on September 22nd. Her mom writes: ‘She can't go to school for a week and a half after that. I would be happy if you could do the prayer chain at your church,…”

Rich Collier, recovering from cancer surgery: http://prayforrichcollier.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hot Summer 2011 eBLAST August 6,2011

Life Times Summer 2011 p1

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Praise the Lord for the twenty six youth and four adult leaders from the Newark Serve Project 2011. They've come all the way from parts of Minnesota and Canada to serve the inner city.

For four days these young people have cleaned, spackled, painted, and put up shelving at our Irvington site. Each of the youth paid their way (some $300 ) for the privilege of serving ministries like Gateway.
You can check out some of the photos at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/156657014082?ap=1#!/media/set/?set=oa.10150311487809083

Additional photos attached (as of 8/15/11)

(Hebrews 6:10)

Life Times Summer 2011 Pages 8 to 11

Monday, July 4, 2011

Black Pro-Life Group Releases New Video on Abortion’s Racism

The National Black Prolife Coalition released a new video today saying that, on the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation should recognize babies in the womb as a class of unprotected human beings targeted by abortion. Members of the coalition include Ryan Bomberg of the Radiance Foundation and Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the historic civil rights legislation, the landmark law that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women by stopping discriminatory voter requirements.

“This monumental anti-discrimination act falls short of protecting America’s weakest and most vulnerable class of human beings, the babies in the womb. Even the ‘Women’s Rights Movement’ should recognize the harm to the rights of the baby girls in the womb,” King said. “Other monumental events in America’s history also did not foresee the potential harm of failure to protect all innocent unborn babies.”

“President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” King added. “Who would ever dream that by 2011 African American babies would be the most vulnerable people group to be executed by abortion, or that their mothers would be the most targeted market for the abortion industry?”

Life Issues Institute, a nationwide pro-life educational group, is partnering with the National Black Prolife Coalition for the new video.

“The abortion industry kills 1,000 black babies every day in the United States and over 15,000,000 have been killed since 1973,” LII director Brad Mattes says. “That’s more than the entire populations of Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Oakland, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore combined. In New York City, home of Planned Parenthood, 60% of all black pregnancies are aborted.” http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/01/black-pro-life-group-releases-new-video-on-abortions-racism/

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Good News CPC to Open June 25 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Click here to check out our radio interview with Dr. Clenard Childress, Jr ‘The Urban Prophet’ broadcast from 10:00 to 11:00am this past Sunday June 12th. on WLIB 1190 AM. Dorothy Booker and Dean Gavaris share about Gateway's ministry in the inner cities of Plainfield, Elizabeth and Irvington, NJ .

Dr. Childress is the founder of http://www.blackgenocide.org

Gateway Today April May June 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gateway's Annual Walk for Life
Saturday June 4, 2011

Will you be there? Will you invite others to join you!

Walk 2011 4 Page Brochure

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May 2011 Volunteer Training

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

MTW Letter April 2011

MTW April 2011 Appeal

Monday, April 25, 2011

Prayer Requests

(1) From Gateway Plainfield director, Dorothy Booker:
'Sister Al-Wallace Keyes, a volunteer on Mondays in Plainfield. Her sister passed today.
She's been sick a little while. Please add her family to your prayer list.'

Dorothy also asks prayer for the Youth Summit in Youth Plainfield (April 29-30) for 8th to 12th grade residents. Please pray that there are no incidents. Pray that the students will gain insight and that all would go well. Also, please pray for Lottie (polyp in nose) that there be no cancer. Pray for God's peace to her.

(2) Friends and supporters, Rev. Maceo and Rosalie Hemmingway request prayer: 'We recently buried our daughter (early 40's).. appreciate your prayers for us during this difficult time."

(3) From Gateway Volunteer Ursula Berty:
Abdias Eugene and Bernadette Telfort are the married couple who gave testimony at
Gateway's banquet last year. Days later, Bernadette gave birth to twins.

Abdias is very sick. He needs a kidney transplant. When he came in this past Monday, he
did not look very good.

I praise God for bringing Abdias and Bernadette to Gateway, for their testimony, and for the little twins. I pray the Lord brings Abdias a new kidney or that he would be totally
healed! I also pray that God would continue to provide for their needs.

Love in Christ, Ursula

(4) From Gateway Volunteer Jackie West:

Hello All!

Gateway Pregnancy is in Great need of Mature Christian Volunteers!!!! - Godly women to minister in this "VERY AWESOME" and "LIFE CHANGING" Ministry. A Real One-On-One Ministry to Young Women of all ages.

Educating women in vital aspects of:
- Life decisions - Life Outcomes - Babies
- Abstinence - Marriage
- Abortion Prevention by proper education & Sharing God's Word & all the
many consequences of it

- Saving lives of the unborn babies & Ministering to their moms!
- Sharing the Gospel of Christ and seeing Lives Come to Christ!
- And so much MORE!!!!!!

I am forwarding the attached information for anyone who would be interested in getting the training to become a Gateway Crisis Volunteer/ Counselor at one of the three centers

We are in MUCH NEED of BI-Lingual ladies!!!! Spanish, Haitian French Creole, etc.

Centers are located at:
- Irvington, NJ - Elizabeth, NJ - Plainfield, NJ

Please PRAYERFULLY consider being part of this VERY VITAL and MUCH NEEDED Ministry unto the Lord and to young women of all ages!!!

Fell free to forward this information to others that may be interested!

Much Thanks! Jackie West View our Website @ www.Gateway.org

Ed. Note: Gateway’s next volunteer training session is May 7th. and May 23rd (.pdf to follow)

Walk 2011 4 Page Brochure

Walk 2011 4 Page Brochure

Friday, April 15, 2011

                  Pastor Howe's Installation
                      Video - 'Go Steelers!'

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.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Check out a brief promo for the excellent video we use,
The Harder Truth - share it with your pastor:

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.
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

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


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


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

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