Roundup: Tiller Murder Suspect’s Hearing

Amy Dempsey

Tiller Murder Suspect's Hearing; Sex Educaiton Online;
Family Guy Abortion Episode

Tiller Murder Suspect’s Hearing
Scott Roeder, who is charged with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, will
be in court hearing scheduled for Tuesday to hear the evidence against
him. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of
aggravated assault, according to The Associated Press.

Dr. Tiller, one of the country’s few late-term abortion providers, was shot May 31 while serving as an usher at his church.

If there is a trial, Roeder’s mental health may be used by defense
attornies. Although Roeder denies that he is mentally ill now, he said
that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his late teens, but blames
it on drug use, according to The AP.

In the article,
Roeder said, "Drugs are not a problem. My mental illness came from the
use of drugs…When I quit, I haven’t had any problems."

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"In several interviews with The AP, Roeder has stopped just
short of confessing to Tiller’s shooting. While talking at length about
the notion of justifiable homicide against abortion providers, he has
refused to discuss any facts of the case.

Asked if he thinks
Tiller’s shooting was justified, Roeder replied, ‘Well, yeah. The thing
is, how could it not be? Again, you know, he was in the business, and
had been for many years, of taking the lives of unborn children. So if
the lives of born children are worthy of protection, why would not the
lives of unborn children be worthy of protection? That is really what
it comes down to.’"


Sex Educaiton Online
A recent Center for Disease Control report said that one in three
teenagers say they never received information about the different types
of contraception, or ways to use it, by the time they turned 18.

It may be because of the government’s push for abstinence-only sex
education funding that teens are turning to the Internet for
information, according to the examiner.com.

In the CDC’s report, sexually transmitted diseases have increased among
teens, and close to a million young adults were reported to have
gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis, the article said.

"There are good companies out there that offer education but with the
good always comes the bad. Predators can easily lurk behind the
computer façade they create and get to our teens this way as well.
Perhaps the answer is not as simple as 1 2 3 in this case.  Perhaps the
best recipe for success is to combine all the ingredients; schools,
parents, and on-line."


Family Guy Abortion Episode
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy creator, said he is producing an episode
about abortion for the upcoming season. He also said that Fox is
unlikely to air the episode, but he added it will be available on DVD,
according to THR.com.

The article also said that a Fox spokesperson said no decision has been made regarding the episode.

If the episode is not aired, it will be the second time Fox has chosen to not show a Family Guy episode.

The article said:

"It’s exactly the sort of controversy that’s unlikely to wound the
hit series, however. Even if the program never airs on broadcast
television, envelope-pushing content is the show’s specialty and
outrage could boost DVD sales if/when the episode is released on home
video."

OTHER NEWS TO NOTE:

July 27: Wichita Eagle: New Jersey Moms: Cost of overseas adoption prohibitive     

July 27: American Spectator:Abortion Haunting Obama

July 27: Daily Record: New campaign highlights contraception alternatives for women

July 27: The Star: Hope for victims of failed adoption agency 

July 27: NRO: Human Life Is More than a Distraction 

July 25: Daily News: Insights: Why Sarah Palin symbolizes great divide

July 26: Road to Power: mack in nyc calls on pro-choice republicans to "reclaim the right to privacy" 

July 26: Lawyers’ Chronicle: THE PRO-LIFE/ PRO-CHOICE DEBATE 

July 27: Salon.com: The feds should fund abortion  

July 26: OpenLeft.com:CDC Sexual Health Report: Forced Childbirth Mythos Crash And Burn 

July 26: NHPR: Dartmouth-Hitchcock CMC Proposed Deal Raises Questions  

July 27: The National:Pakistan faces population time bomb   

July 26: Examiner: Teens are getting sex education help on-line  

July 26: Operation Rescue: Weeklong ‘Abortion is Not Healthcare’ Campaign Kicks-off Sunday in Front of Pelosi’s DC Office

July 27: Christian NewsWire:African-American Leaders to Speak Out Against Taxpayer Funded Abortions in the Pelosi/Obama Health Care Plan   

July 26: AP: Suspect in Kan. abortion killing faces hearing  

July 25: Charleston Gazette: Toward center  

July 26: NewsFlavor: The Abortion Debate – Pro Choice, Pro Life    

July 26: FOXNews/NY Post: Nurse ‘Forced’ to Help in a Late-Term Abortion    

July 26: Antimisandry.com: Infiltrating the infiltrators, I turned the table and sat in on a pro-abortion NOW meeting in NYC 

July 26: Taylor Marsh: Beyond Dr. Tiller    

July 26: Global Post:Politics and the morning after pill 

July 26: Times of India: Aging population forces Shanghai to amend family planning law  

July 26: Journal Gazette: Abortion a hurdle in health plan

July 26: Baltimore Sun: More kids have homes, thanks to adoption agencies’ efforts  

July 25: Newsnet 14:Conservatives rally opposition to adoption for gay couples  

July 26: Michigan Radio: Abortion & Overhauling Health Care  

July 25: THR.com: ‘Family Guy’ abortion episode unlikely to air on Fox      

July 26: Boston Globe: Abortion and the echo of eugenics  

July 26: Mirror.co.uk: Issue of the week: Taking the Pill is safe.. and works   

July 25: KSN: Pro-choice movement goes on offensive

July 23: America Magazine: More on Abortion & Health Care Reform      

July 25: Spiritual Politics: Ryan-DeLauro and the culture wars  

July 24: LifeSiteNews:Pro-Life Groups Warn: Ryan-DeLauro "Common Ground" Bill a Red Herring

July 25: Catholic Exchange: Over 36,000 Participate in Webcast to Stop the Abortion Mandate in Obama Healthcare

July 25: LA Times:The Emmy-nominated ‘Family Guy’ and the abortion episode you won’t see

July 25: NYTimes: An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death

July 24: Zenit.com:LOOKING FOR SOME COMMON GROUND ON ABORTION 

July 24: Oroville MR:Charges reduced in assault on abortion protester

July 25: PNJ.com:Editorial: Adoptions an unmitigated good for Florida, society    

July 25: Faith in Public Life: Fact-checking Focus on the Family on Ryan-DeLauro  

July 25: WorldNetDaily:Is there a co-pay with forced abortion?  

July 24: Catholic News Agency: U.S. House votes down Pence Amendment intended to defund Planned Parenthood 

July 23: Kansas City Star:(Letter) ‘Eugenic culling’ 

July 25: Kansas City Star: Contraceptives do not equal abortions   

July
24: Catholic News Agency: Proposed abortion reduction bill a Planned Parenthood ‘stimulus package,’ bishops’ pro-life official says

July 24: Feministing: North Dakota Restricting the Right To Abortion One Ultrasound at a Time

July 24: CBN: Is New Abortion Bill Really "Common Ground"?   

July 24: Feminists for Choice: Stunning Numbers – Casualties of the War On Choice

July 24: LifeSiteNews: Pence Amendment Fails, House Votes to Increase Tax Dollars for Planned Parenthood

July 24: LifeNews: Democrats May Take Health Care Bill to Floor, Deny Vote on Pro-Life Amendments

July 24: Feministing: Obama says not funding abortions is "tradition"

July 24: U.S. News & World Report: Depo Provera Shot: How to Minimize Weight Gain

July 23: Politics Daily: Ohio Abortion Bill Would Guarantee a Man’s Right to Choose 

July 24: APP.com: Johnson & Johnson settles birth-control patent lawsuit 

July 24: Racewire: Are culture wars killing reproductive health?  

News Abortion

Anti-Choice Leader to Remove Himself From Medical Board Case in Ohio

Michelle D. Anderson

In a letter to the State of Ohio Medical Board, representatives from nine groups shared comments made by Gonidakis and said he lacked the objectivity required to remain a member of the medical board. The letter’s undersigned said the board should take whatever steps necessary to force Gonidakis’ resignation if he failed to resign.

Anti-choice leader Mike Gonidakis said Monday that he would remove himself from deciding a complaint against a local abortion provider after several groups asked that he resign as president of the State of Ohio Medical Board.

The Associated Press first reported news of Gonidakis’ decision, which came after several pro-choice groups said he should step down from the medical board because he had a conflict of interest in the pending complaint.

The complaint, filed by Dayton Right to Life on August 3, alleged that three abortion providers working at Women’s Med Center in Dayton violated state law and forced an abortion on a patient that was incapable of withdrawing her consent due to a drug overdose.

Ohio Right to Life issued a news release the same day Dayton Right to Life filed its complaint, featuring a quotation from its executive director saying that local pro-choice advocates forfeit “whatever tinge of credibility” it had if it refused to condemn what allegedly happened at Women’s Med Center.

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Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life, had then forwarded a copy of the news release to ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis with a note saying, “Sandy…. Will you finally repudiate the industry for which you so proudly support? So much for ‘women’s health’. So sad.”

On Friday, ProgressOhio, along with eight other groupsDoctors for Health Care Solutions, Common Cause Ohio, the Ohio National Organization for Women, Innovation Ohio, the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus, the National Council of Jewish Women, Democratic Voices of Ohio, and Ohio Voice—responded to Gonidakis’ public and private commentary by writing a letter to the medical board asking that he resign.

In the letter, representatives from those groups shared comments made by Gonidakis and said he lacked the objectivity required to remain a member of the medical board. The letter’s undersigned said the board should take whatever steps necessary to force Gonidakis’ resignation if he failed to resign.

Contacted for comment, the medical board did not respond by press time.

The Ohio Medical Board protects the public by licensing and regulating physicians and other health-care professionals in part by reviewing complaints such as the one filed by Dayton Right to Life.

The decision-making body includes three non-physician consumer members and nine physicians who serve five-year terms when fully staffed. Currently, 11 citizens serve on the board.

Gonidakis, appointed in 2012 by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is a consumer member of the board and lacks medical training.

Theis told Rewire in a telephone interview that the letter’s undersigned did not include groups like NARAL Pro-Choice and Planned Parenthood in its effort to highlight the conflict with Gonidakis.

“We wanted it to be about ethics” and not about abortion politics, Theis explained to Rewire.

Theis said Gonidakis had publicly condemned three licensed doctors from Women’s Med Center without engaging the providers or hearing the facts about the alleged incident.

“He put his point out there on Main Street having only heard the view of Dayton Right to Life,” Theis said. “In court, a judge who does something like that would have been thrown off the bench.”

Arthur Lavin, co-chairman of Doctors for Health Care Solutions, told the Associated Press the medical board should be free from politics.

Theis said ProgressOhio also exercised its right to file a complaint with the Ohio Ethics Commission to have Gonidakis removed because Theis had first-hand knowledge of his ethical wrongdoing.

The 29-page complaint, obtained by Rewire, details Gonidakis’ association with anti-choice groups and includes a copy of the email he sent to Theis.

Common Cause Ohio was the only group that co-signed the letter that is decidedly not pro-choice. A policy analyst from the nonpartisan organization told the Columbus Dispatch that Common Cause was not for or against abortion, but had signed the letter because a clear conflict of interest exists on the state’s medical board.

News Politics

Missouri ‘Witch Hunt Hearings’ Modeled on Anti-Choice Congressional Crusade

Christine Grimaldi

Missouri state Rep. Stacey Newman (D) said the Missouri General Assembly's "witch hunt hearings" were "closely modeled" on those in the U.S. Congress. Specifically, she drew parallels between Republicans' special investigative bodies—the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and the Missouri Senate’s Committee on the Sanctity of Life.

Congressional Republicans are responsible for perpetuating widely discredited and often inflammatory allegations about fetal tissue and abortion care practices for a year and counting. Their actions may have charted the course for at least one Republican-controlled state legislature to advance an anti-choice agenda based on a fabricated market in aborted “baby body parts.”

“They say that a lot in Missouri,” state Rep. Stacey Newman (D) told Rewire in an interview at the Democratic National Convention last month.

Newman is a longtime abortion rights advocate who proposed legislation that would subject firearms purchases to the same types of restrictions, including mandatory waiting periods, as abortion care.

Newman said the Missouri General Assembly’s “witch hunt hearings” were “closely modeled” on those in the U.S. Congress. Specifically, she drew parallels between Republicans’ special investigative bodies—the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and the Missouri Senate’s Committee on the Sanctity of Life. Both formed last year in response to videos from the anti-choice front group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) accusing Planned Parenthood of profiting from fetal tissue donations. Both released reports last month condemning the reproductive health-care provider even though Missouri’s attorney general, among officials in 13 states to date, and three congressional investigations all previously found no evidence of wrongdoing.

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Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R), the chair of the committee, and his colleagues alleged that the report potentially contradicted the attorney general’s findings. Schaefer’s district includes the University of Missouri, which ended a 26-year relationship with Planned Parenthood as anti-choice state lawmakers ramped up their inquiries in the legislature. Schaefer’s refusal to confront evidence to the contrary aligned with how Newman described his leadership of the committee.

“It was based on what was going on in Congress, but then Kurt Schaefer took it a step further,” Newman said.

As Schaefer waged an ultimately unsuccessful campaign in the Missouri Republican attorney general primary, the once moderate Republican “felt he needed to jump on the extreme [anti-choice] bandwagon,” she said.

Schaefer in April sought to punish the head of Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis affiliate with fines and jail time for protecting patient documents he had subpoenaed. The state senate suspended contempt proceedings against Mary Kogut, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, reaching an agreement before the end of the month, according to news reports.

Newman speculated that Schaefer’s threats thwarted an omnibus abortion bill (HB 1953, SB 644) from proceeding before the end of the 2016 legislative session in May, despite Republican majorities in the Missouri house and senate.

“I think it was part of the compromise that they came up with Planned Parenthood, when they realized their backs [were] against the wall, because she was not, obviously, going to illegally turn over medical records.” Newman said of her Republican colleagues.

Republicans on the select panel in Washington have frequently made similar complaints, and threats, in their pursuit of subpoenas.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the chair of the select panel, in May pledged “to pursue all means necessary” to obtain documents from the tissue procurement company targeted in the CMP videos. In June, she told a conservative crowd at the faith-based Road to Majority conference that she planned to start contempt of Congress proceedings after little cooperation from “middle men” and their suppliers—“big abortion.” By July, Blackburn seemingly walked back that pledge in front of reporters at a press conference where she unveiled the select panel’s interim report.

The investigations share another common denominator: a lack of transparency about how much money they have cost taxpayers.

“The excuse that’s come back from leadership, both [in the] House and the Senate, is that not everybody has turned in their expense reports,” Newman said. Republicans have used “every stalling tactic” to rebuff inquiries from her and reporters in the state, she said.

Congressional Republicans with varying degrees of oversight over the select panel—Blackburn, House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (MI)—all declined to answer Rewire’s funding questions. Rewire confirmed with a high-ranking GOP aide that Republicans budgeted $1.2 million for the investigation through the end of the year.

Blackburn is expected to resume the panel’s activities after Congress returns from recess in early September. Schaeffer and his fellow Republicans on the committee indicated in their report that an investigation could continue in the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January.

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