House Resolution Seeks to Honor Homophobic Pro-Life Advocate John Patrick Stanton [UPDATED]

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The late John Patrick Stanton was called “the father of Philadelphia’s pro-life movement” by and the “pro-life movement’s leading light” by Catholic Philly. He lead radical anti-abortion protests outside the Planned Parenthood location at 12th and Locust for years. His protests were often so disruptive that he was arrested. Now, the PA House is attempting to pass a resolution to honor Mr. Stanton as a “humanitarian, activist and founder of the pro life movement in this Commonwealth,” despite information distributed to members of a House committee alleging that he was violent and homophobic toward to patients, community members, and Representative Brian Sims. Read more »

Anti-Abortion Lawmakers: Wolf Nominee “Failed Miserably” on Gosnell

Pedro Cortes  | official portrait. Tom Wolf | Jason Plotkin AP/York Daily Record

Pedro Cortes | official portrait. Tom Wolf | Jason Plotkin AP/York Daily Record

A coalition of anti-abortion lawmakers is opposing Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee for secretary of state, Pedro Cortes, saying Cortes didn’t do enough to stop Kermit Gosnell, the West Philly abortion doctor who was convicted of killing babies born alive.

Forty-nine members of the Pennsylvania Legislature sent Wolf a letter opposing Cortes’ nomination, PennLive reports: Read more »

Gosnell-Inspired Bill Targets Infanticide, Illegal Abortions

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State capitol |

A bill that would lengthen the statute of limitations for crimes of the sort committed by “House of Horrors” abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House.

The bill, introduced Tuesday, would entirely set aside the statute of limitations for infanticide, the killing of a baby born alive during the course of an abortion or pregnancy termination. Furthermore, the statute of limitations for illegal abortions performed after the 24th week of gestation would likewise be increased to five years. Currently, prosecutors cannot bring charges in either case if more than two years has elapsed.

“Infanticide is homicide and should be treated as such,” Rep. Matthew Baker, a Republican, wrote in a memorandum explaining the bill. Read more »

Anti-Abortion Group to Broadcast Videos of Abortions on Independence Mall

Images of bloody, dead fetuses will be projected on a 10 foot by 12 foot screen at Independence Mall on Friday, as part of an anti-abortion protest. The group received a permit for all day, but the images are scheduled to run on a constant loop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Created Equal, an Ohio-based anti-abortion group that compares its stance to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement on its website, is holding the rally. “It seems fitting to me that we are launching this campaign in the very place where our nation’s founders penned those words, created equal,” Mark Harrington, Created Equal’s national director, told the Inquirer. “We are still battling for equal rights. In this case, it is the pre-born who are being discriminated against.”

The group also said it would project videos of “abortions in progress” on the screen.

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Pennsylvania Woman Going to Jail Over Abortion Pills

In cheery news from the western part of our great state, a 36-year-old mom has been sentenced to a year to 18 months in prison for providing her 16-year-old daughter with abortion pills she obtained illegally from Europe in an attempt to end the daughter’s unwanted pregnancy. The mom, who’s single, works as a nursing aide, and told the court there was no local abortion clinic available to her daughter (thanks, Governor Corbett), who had no health insurance (thanks again, Governor Corbett) to pay for an in-hospital abortion. The daughter ended up in the hospital anyway after the abortion pills induced severe cramping and bleeding.

What a happy little tale. Read more »

Q&A: Actress Emily Letts on the Reaction to Her Abortion Video


Philadelphia actress Emily Letts had an abortion and filmed it for the Internet to see, as she has documented in her new Cosmopolitan essay. (For a parody of Letts’ abortion video, see this.) Here, she talks about her abortion video and the firestorm that it has created. Note: Letts works as a counselor at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center, which performs abortions. Read more »

Philly Actress Emily Letts Films Her Abortion for YouTube


UPDATE: Emily Letts granted Philadelphia an interview about her abortion video. Read that interview here.


Emily Letts is a Philadelphia actress who also works as a patient advocate at Cherry Hill Women’s Center, a facility that performs abortions. And when she recently underwent her own abortion, she decided to film it and put it up on YouTube for the world to see. (For a parody of that video, click here.) Read more »

Unlicensed Philadelphia Abortion ‘Doctor’ Gets 6 to 12 Years

Steven Massof, who testified against “House of Horrors” abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell last year, received a sentence of 6 to 12 years in state prison yesterday.

“I’m not here to make excuses. I’m here to take full responsibility for my actions and my inactions,” an emotional Massof, 51, said before being sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner.

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Interview: Why Abortion Rates Have Declined in Pennsylvania, America

Some interesting facts gleaned from this week’s Guttmacher Institute study of abortion rates around the United States: Pennsylvania women are slightly less likely to have an abortion than other women — the state reported 15.1 abortions for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, compared to a rate of 16.9 abortions for similar women in the country as a whole. The national rate was the lowest in more than 20 years of study.

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It may be, however, that Pennsyvlania women are allowing themselves to get pregnant less often than other women. After all, Pennsylvania women who do get pregnant end up delivering live births as often as women in the rest of the country—67 percent of the time. And the percentage of Pennsylvania pregnancies that end in abortion (17 percent) is barely distinguishable from the national number of 18 percent. So how to explain the lower rate? Sift through the math, and it’s easy to conclude: Pennsylvania women may be a little more fastidious about using contraception than most American women. The number of intended pregnancies here? Forty-five, for every 1,000 woman of reproductive age; the national number is 51

Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, talked with Philly Mag about the numbers, the policy lessons we can learn from the study, and the impact of Kermit Gosnell on abortion policy:

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