Rogue or Reality?Apr 27, 2016
The self-proclaimed “brick wall” administration has now suspended the license of Dr. Steven Brigham’s Virginia Health Group in Fairfax County. The Washington Post reports that the abortion center had “…dirty equipment, expired medication in unlocked cabinets, lax storage ofmedical records and a failure of staff to sterilize and maintain medical equipment and follow hand-washing protocols.” The facility failed to have sutures available resulting in a patient being rushed to the emergency room for prolonged bleeding.
All Virginians should be glad that the health and safety standards Governor McAuliffe and the abortion industry believed were unnecessary resulted in suspension of Virginia Health Group. After opposing common sense effort to regulate abortion clinics in Virginia, the National Abortion Federation is now claiming Dr. Brigham’s facility “poses a significant threat to patient safety, and which cannot be allowed to go unchecked in Virginia.” The ACLU argued that “’one rogue provider’s failure’ to follow standards of medical care should not draw increased political scrutiny on providers who follow the rules.”
The irony and hypocrisy of these statements should be evident to all. Not only did Governor McAuliffe, the National Abortion Federation and ACLU oppose even the most basic of regulations to protect women who enter facilities like Dr. Brigham’s, but for the standards they oppose, the deplorable conditions at Dr. Brigham’s facility would continue unchecked and women would be in danger. Somehow, I don’t believe they will stop their assault on regulations designed to protect women.
Brigham’s Virginia Health Group license to do abortions is suspended, for now. Women in Virginia are safer as a result.
From Beginning to End
From Beginning to End
What does being “pro-life” really mean?
America it seems has turned the phrase “pro-life” into little more than a simple political stance on abortion.
But you and I realize that being pro-life is far more than a political bumper sticker or slogan. It’s a way of life that values human life at every stage. Today, I’m excited to announce a new Family Foundation campaign, “From Beginning to End.” This campaign is meant to remind us what we’re called to do as Christians when we decide that we are pro-life – that we would be pro-life from beginning to end.
From the first time you hear an unborn baby’s heartbeat until those last final days spent with a dying parent or loved one, each season of life, and everything in between, holds priceless value.
It’s clear that our culture has lost a deep respect for the value of human life. It’s time to reevaluate and become proactive in our comprehensive understanding of being pro-life.
Pro-life Americans are often accused of not caring about anything but the baby, but that’s another lie of our culture. But we know that there are more pregnancy centers helping women through an unplanned pregnancy by providing resources and support than there are abortion centers. We know that churches and ministries across America pour vast resources into helping vulnerable communities every single day, including facilitating adoptions and assisting in foster care for thousands.
But we also know that we can and we must do more.
Being pro-life means more of us must be praying for an unwed mother facing an unplanned pregnancy; it means more of us must volunteer at or donating to the local pregnancy center that is doing all it can to help that mother meet her financial and material needs so she’ll choose life; it means lending a helping hand when that baby is screaming while the pastor is preaching, and that young mother is craving God’s Word; it means that we follow up with that couple and ask if they need diapers or a babysitter to sit for free a few nights a week so that both of those kids, who are now parents, can get their GED or go to college.
This kind of care is pro-life. One must not be only supportive of the existence of their baby, but lend actual support to the parent's well-being, their joy and hope. One is pro-life when he/she joins another on their journey, and privilege of bringing new life into the world.
For some families, being pro-life means a willingness to be foster parents to an orphaned child or for a child whose family is in crisis; it's supporting the plethora of faith-based organizations that assist with foster care and adoption; it means supporting and fighting for the religious charities that serve vulnerable communities like the homeless or victims of domestic violence.
Being pro-life means taking dinner to the elderly widow in your church whose husband has passed and who now sits alone in her house just waiting for her time to come. It means that one shows her the love of Christ and values her opinion and thoughts. Do we love her? Listen to her, or take her out for a night on the town so she feels young again, and not alone? How do we value her life?
Being pro-life means that one is generous and supportive of the middle-aged couple that can never seem to get ahead in their finances and always seems to struggle. Can we feel the hopelessness in their life, the tension it creates in their marriage? Are we as a “pro-life” community watching them drown? Do we pray for them or treat them to dinner? Watch their kids for a night? Or maybe even use our contracting businesses to help with home repairs they can’t finance?
This campaign is a call to encourage everyone to consider how we define being pro-life. Are we comprehensively pro-life? Does our support inadvertently stop after the baby is born? Or do we continue to love people with the love of Christ in every season of their life?
At The Family Foundation, we want to lead Virginians be pro-life “From Beginning to End.” Every stage and season; every breath taken and every heartbeat is so important. We have to remind ourselves and each other to fight to restore lost hope, and lost relationship with Christ.
Jesus gave his life, so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
We must protect life “From Beginning to End.”
The Family Foundation has put together a campaign encouraging all of us to think about ways we can be pro-life “From Beginning to End.” Many you can do individually or through your church or another local ministry. There are also a few ways you can help us was we kick-off this campaign:
- Become a monthly donor of just $15.00 dollars a month or give a one-time donation of $25.00 and receive one of our Special Edition, “From Beginning to End T-Shirts”.
- Create a video or social media post sharing why you’re pro-life. Be sure to tag The Family Foundation and use the hashtag #frombeginningtoend.
- Go to The Family Foundation Action Facebook page, watch and share one of our #frombeginningtoend videos.
- Invite Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb to speak at your church about the great work The Family Foundation is doing.
- Join the Family Foundation’s new grassroots Regional Action Teams and see where you can make a difference!
Board of Health is at it again
Board of Health is at it again
Terry McAuliffe’s Board of Health just can’t seem to help itself. When it isn’t ignoring or violating the law, it’s contradicting itself. At least when it comes to the issue of abortion.
At what promised to be an uneventful meeting yesterday with little reason for conflict, the Board was again forced by one of its members to deal with the issue of abortion center safety standards.
One of the first actions by the Board came after one member made a motion to end what had become a staple of the meetings – the “Abortion Facility Licensure Status Report.” Unusual in that it was the only report of facilities licensed by the Department of Health that was required to be given at each meeting, staff usually gave vague data on “complaints” against facilities and rarely about what was found in inspections. Arguing for the motion, one member – a McAuliffe appointee – said they should end the reports because of “pending litigation” regarding actions by the Board. Another Board member responded that the litigation has nothing whatsoever to do with the reports.
Board members in favor of quashing the reports also argued that they didn’t want to “elevate” review of abortion centers over all the other health entities the Board regulates. In opposition, others argued that because public interest in the abortion center standards far exceeded its interest in any other action ever taken by the Board, the report seemed reasonable.
The arguments in favor of the reports fell on deaf ears, however, and the Board voted to end the reporting.
Ironically, it was those on the Board who were viscerally opposed to the health and safety standards for abortion centers who several years ago demanded that the report be given at each meeting! Now, those opposed to the standards argued and voted against the report. Originally, it was pro-abortion Board members who asked to “elevate” the notoriety of abortion centers over everything else, but now they oppose that idea. In other words, they were for it before they were against it.
Well, given the Board has eviscerated the standards to the point of making inspections nearly meaningless, one could see how there would be little reason for regular updates. At this point, public health inspectors who go into abortion centers can overlook bloody, unsterilized equipment, violations of state drug laws, untrained staff members who don’t wash hands between patients, and a host of other health threats since the Board determined those standards to be too onerous for poor, poor abortion centers.
Then again, outside of writing these kinds of violations on an inspection report and then accepting what amounted to little more than pinky promises from abortion centers that they’d “do better next time,” it’s not like the Department of Health held abortion centers accountable anyway.
The action by the Board really is just another effort to allow abortion centers in Virginia to once again hide behind a veil of politically motivated secrecy. Terry McAuliffe’s Board of Health has done all it can to single abortion centers out from being held to the same standards as other similar medical facilities, and now it wants them to go back to operating in the dark.
Our goal is to make that as difficult as possible! That’s why we’re supporting the lawsuit against the McAuliffe administration’s blatant disregard of the law in its zealous effort to roll back abortion center standards. Learn more about the case and how you can help here.
But that’s not all we have planned. More on that in the coming months…
"it's a person, it's killing"
"it's a person, it's killing"
Governor Terry McAuliffe this week was honored by the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood for his aggressive obsession with ensuring more women have abortions while receiving fewer other medical services at the $1 billion business’s four Virginia abortion centers.
Now, that’s not exactly how they phrased it, but that’s the reality. You see, about the same time the Governor was getting all that love from Virginia Planned Parenthood, the national abortion industry giant was releasing its annual report – a few months later than normal. The report revealed that while the number of abortions performed at its abortion centers increased last year, the number of other “services” provided continued to decline, all while the entity received an increase in taxpayer funding, amounting to a tidy profit for the “non-profit” of around $59 million.
Oh, and it once again performed zero – zero! – Mammograms, despite continuing rhetoric by the abortion industry to the contrary. And the pre-natal care its CEO touted while defending it taxpayer subsidizing? A nearly 50 percent decrease. (You can learn more about this deception here.)
Of course, I doubt that the McAuliffe-honoring “ceremony … at the Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond” included a showing of the recently released video of a Planned Parenthood representative discussing on a panel about baby “heads that get stuck” and the “hemorrhages that we manage” while admitting, “Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here. . . . Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.” Or other abortion industry representatives gruesomely discussing “the challenges of removing legs and breaking small skulls, and laugh[ing] over surprising moments of their practice, like ‘when an eyeball just fell down …and that is gross!’”
Or, as reported by The Daily Signal:
Then again, with this kind of inhumane, diabolical attitude that permeates the secular left, perhaps that was the over-dessert conversation with the Governor. Perhaps the Governor found the describing of the tearing apart of defenseless human beings a barrel of laughs. Certainly, the people he chooses to be honored by, receive money from and spend time with find it all very humorous.
Make no mistake about the power that Planned Parenthood holds over our government. A “Republican” Congress has yet to fully defund it; the Democrat party has made it clear that it welcomes no one who doesn’t bow to it; the courts have attacked free speech by ordering videos that expose the organization (and entire abortion industry) to be removed from public domains such as YouTube; all this while media acts as its unpaid PR firm.
But know this: we aren’t intimidated by nor will we ever stop fighting Planned Parenthood. We will work with our national allies to do all we can to continue to expose it and the rest of the abortion industry; we will push back against any governor or government that seeks to take your hard earned taxpayer dollars to prop it up; we will push lawmakers to defund it of those dollars; and we will continue to fight for the protection of unborn human babies from the violence of Planned Parenthood and Terry McAuliffe.