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Natalie Fohl

Abortion proponents pose obstacles to real options

While Planned Parenthood is busy demanding American taxpayers funnel more money into their billion dollar budget, pregnancy care centers that actually help women take care of their families are facing attacks from abortion advocates on all sides.Last week, a crisis pregnancy center in South Bronx, New York was vandalized for the second time in the past year.  Not to be mistaken for a random break-in, the vandals made sure not to leave with the thousands of dollars worth of equipment without first tearing out the floor boards, ceiling, and doors.  They grabbed the diapers too.The incident occurred a week after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a bill that subjects crisis pregnancy care centers to strict advertising regulations from which abortion suppliers are exempt. This comes despite the fact that a federal judge struck down a similar law in Baltimore, Maryland in January, deeming it unconstitutional and a violation of first amendment rights. NYC is now facing two lawsuits over the legislation.The thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in the United States and the dozens across Canada exist to offer pregnant mothers in difficult situations the support that they need to not only to carry their pregnancies to term but also to raise their children after birth. In addition to pregnancy tests, baby and maternity clothes, toys, and diapers, many offer STD testing, ultrasounds, prenatal care, transitional housing, and monetary assistance. Services are free of charge.Without such help, many mothers facing unexpected pregnancies feel that abortion is their only option.  Because abortion suppliers like Planned Parenthood do not offer the long-term parenting support and assistance that crisis pregnancy centers do, these centers are vital to ensuring that women facing unplanned pregnancies have real alternatives when making a decision.Unfortunately, the abortion movement fails to recognize this as a victory… Read More

The Story of Baby Joseph

Today, one-year-old Joseph Maraachli is fighting for his life in an Ontario hospital—where the administration is doing everything in its power to make sure Joseph loses the fight.  Meanwhile, Joseph’s parents are flanked by security guards when they visit their son, whose life they are desperately trying to preserve.Baby Joseph has a severe, though undiagnosed, neurological disorder that will ultimately lead to a premature death.  Currently relying on a respirator for help breathing, his parents asked the hospital to perform a tracheotomy so that they could care for their dying baby at home.The hospital refused, saying that the procedure would be too dangerous.  Apparently, the hospital views risk of infection as being more “dangerous” than death.  After denying Joseph a tracheotomy, the hospital ordered that his breathing tube be removed.The hospital asserts that Joseph is in a “vegetative state,” despite video footage and first-hand reports demonstrating that the little boy clearly responds to touch and sound.  In fact, his hands are currently tied down after he independently tugged out his breathing tube on at least two occasions.  The Maraachli family is making no demands for extraordinary care—they just want to let their son die a natural death at home, surrounded by family.More than eight years ago, the Maraachli family tragically lost a daughter, Zina, to the same neurological condition that Joseph has.  In her case, doctors gave her a tracheotomy which allowed her to go home and spend six more months with her family before dying a peaceful death.As if the tragic news of another sick child wasn’t enough for the family to endure, the Maraachlis have been forced to fight to protect their son from suffocating to death by court mandate.  When Joseph’s parents appealed the hospital’s order to have his breathing tube removed, the Ontario Superior Court sided… Read More

Why the Obama Health Plan Must Go (HINT: it’s not just abortion)

Last week, the United States House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s two thousand page healthcare plan which was passed by the previous Congress last March.  While the outlook for the repeal passing the Senate is about as likely as President Obama’s signature on such a bill (read: nil), the House made the only rational decision for the nation’s health.No doubt, there are many reasons various politicians and organizations oppose President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.  A prominent one among them has been the concern that the plan authorizes, and in some cases mandates, taxpayer funding of elective abortions.  While these and other provisions for expanding abortion are real and serious concerns, they could be remedied by taking congressional action which is far less drastic than a complete repeal.  Two bills that would nullify the concerns regarding the abortion funding and expanding provisions were introduced in the House the day following the vote to repeal.So why outright repeal?  Because it isn’t just vulnerable children or their mothers whose lives and health are at risk.  The plan seriously threatens the quality of healthcare available to each American.The Obama administration has been quite open about their dual purpose for pushing health reform: expanded access and pushing down healthcare costs.  What it has been less open about is how it intends to go about the latter.  The plan’s leading proponents have also been less than clear in explaining how it would provide more care for less money.Donald Berwick, President Obama’s appointee for Administer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, however, has been far more open: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care – the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”  Unfortunately, Berwick’s sentiment is a central tenant… Read More

Fohl: Abortion Proponents Pose Obstacles to Real Options

While Planned Parenthood is busy demanding American taxpayers funnel more money into their billion dollar budget, pregnancy care centers that actually help women take care of their families are facing attacks from abortion advocates on all sides.In March, a crisis pregnancy center in South Bronx, New York was vandalized for the second time in the past year.  Not to be mistaken for a random break-in, the vandals made sure not to leave with the thousands of dollars worth of equipment without first tearing out the floorboards, ceiling, and doors.  They grabbed the diapers too.The incident occurred a week after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a bill that subject’s crisis pregnancy care centers to strict advertising regulations from which abortion suppliers are exempt. This comes despite the fact that a federal judge struck down a similar law in Baltimore, Maryland in January, deeming it unconstitutional and a violation of first amendment rights. NYC is now facing two lawsuits over the legislation.The thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in the United States and the dozens across Canada exist to offer pregnant mothers in difficult situations the support that they need to not only to carry their pregnancies to term but also to raise their children after birth. In addition to pregnancy tests, baby and maternity clothes, toys, and diapers, many offer STD testing, ultrasounds, prenatal care, transitional housing, and monetary assistance. Services are free of charge.Without such help, many mothers facing unexpected pregnancies feel that abortion is their only option.  Because abortion suppliers like Planned Parenthood do not offer the long-term parenting support and assistance that crisis pregnancy centers do, these centers are vital to ensuring that women facing unplanned pregnancies have real alternatives when making a decision.Unfortunately, the abortion movement fails to recognize this as a victory for… Read More