Pro-life Activists to Hold a Second Demonstration at Speaker Boehner’s Office Calling for the Ban of All Abortions After 20 Weeks

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Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Jill Stanek, 815-274-2744; Troy Newman, 316-841-1700

WASHINGTON, DC — On May 7 activist leaders of 11 local and national pro-life groups will hold a second protest at House Speaker John Boehner’s office, when they will present him with a life-size model of a 20-week-old African-American preborn baby – a physical reminder of the babies whose lives hang in the balance while the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act languishes in Congress.

This protest follows one held at the Speaker’s office on March 25, in which eight pro-life activists were arrested for peacefully kneeling in front of his office.

Now, at the three-month mark following the Republican House Leadership’s cancellation of their promised vote on the 20-week abortion ban, leaders of pro-life activist groups stand united with leaders of national pro-life policy groups to urge a rescheduled vote.

Yesterday those policy groups released a joint statement ( urging passage of this bill, which, as they noted, “protects women and their unborn children after 20 weeks, or 5 months of pregnancy, from painful and dangerous late-term abortions. It is a simple, compassionate proposal supported by a large majority of Americans, including women and young people.”

Our protest will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 12:00 P.M. at the Longworth House Office building.

Activists will hold a news conference outside of Longworth and then move to Speaker Boehner’s office at 1011 Longworth.

The pro-life groups plan to show pictures of abortion victims and fetal models of children aged 20 weeks. The groups include:

  • CEC For Life
  • Christian Defense Coalition
  • Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
  • Defend Life
  • Issues4Life Foundation
  • Operation Rescue
  • Maryland Coalition for Life
  • Pro-Life Action League
  • Pro-Life Action Ministries
  • Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust
  • “I am the husband of a wonderful wife who is a product of rape and the proud father of a son born less than six months gestation, whom I held in my right hand when he weighed a mere 1.9 pounds. There is no way I will support legislation that includes an exception for rape and fails to end abortion in the United States after 20 weeks.” — Walter Hoye, Director of Issues 4 Life Foundation

    “Representative Renee Ellmers and Speaker Boehner both need to know pro-life citizens are not going to sit silent at such irresponsible attempts to derail this bill.” — Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC For Life

    “The urgency of insisting on the passage of this bill is that the barbaric practice of torturously dismembering those capable of feeling pain must come to an end. Our representatives must speak up and vote against this practice in order to remain relevant.” — Brian Gibson, Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries

    For more information or interviews contact:

    Rev. Patrick Mahoney: 540.538.4741
    Jill Stanek: 815.274.2744
    Troy Newman: 316.841.1700

    Safety Crisis: “Lifeless” Patient Rushed From Bakersfield Abortion Clinic to Hospital

    This is the third documented medical emergency caused by the same abortionist at the Bakersfield, California FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic in two months. This poses a serious public safety crisis.

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Bakersfield, CA – For the third time in just two months, abortionist Karen Mann has sent a patient to the hospital to receive emergency care. Witnesses to the April 14, 2015, incident told Operation Rescue that this time the woman appeared “lifeless.”

    “Her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney,” reported Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries. Palmquist is a long-time sidewalk counselor outside FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, in Bakersfield, California. “She was at least unconscious.”

    Palmquist explained that nearly every clinic worker emerged from the abortion facility with sheets that were deployed in an effort to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. However, Palmquist’s husband, Tim, got a very good view of the obviously unconscious woman.

    The woman was rushed by ambulance running lights and sirens to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. Her condition today is unknown.

    Mann has worked at FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield for only about three months but has so far sent three women to the emergency room for care she was incapable of providing.

    Other incidents took place on March 31 and February 3, when a woman suspected of having suffered a heart attack during an abortion procedure was rushed away by ambulance. Overall, this is the eighth documented medical emergency at this facility since 2012.

    Tim Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that people who have been inside the abortion facility have complained about conditions inside. One man, who recently escorted a woman for an abortion complained to Palmquist that the clinic was “very dirty inside, specifically mentioning q-tips on the floor and that they obviously hadn’t even vacuumed.”

    Mann has a history of providing substandard patient care. She was sued in 2011 for a gruesomely botched circumcision that left a child permanently disfigured and has required several surgeries. The suit alleges that Mann “was negligent and her conduct fell below the care and skill required of medical doctors and medical practitioners.”

    “It is our opinion that Mann poses an immediate danger to the public and has created a safety crisis in Bakersfield. Today, we are asking the California Medical Board for an emergency suspension of her medical license in order to protect the public while a full investigation into her abortion practices and conditions is done,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will continue to investigate this on our end due to serious concerns that the patient may not have survived.”

    View Karen Mann’s profile page at

    National Campaign Grows to Pass Legislation Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

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    Coalition now includes 11 prominent pro-life organizations

    Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Jill Stanek, 815-274-2744

    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Eleven local and national pro-life groups plan a major demonstration on Thursday, May 7, at 12:00 p.m., at Republican Speaker John Boehner’s office if by that time the U.S. House has not passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

    This action follows up on a demonstration held March 25. Eight pro-lifers were arrested during a sit-in at Speaker Boehner’s office, protesting the Republican-led House’s failure to hold a vote on this important legislation. More than two months had passed since the vote promised for January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, was canceled.

    By all inside accounts, our first protest activated movement toward passing the Pain-Capable Act, when action had otherwise inexplicably stalled.

    Our second protest, planned just after the three-month mark, will build on our momentum to demand passage of the Pain-Capable Act in the House, so it can progress to the Senate.

    Participating groups at this point include:

    CEC For Life
    Christian Defense Coalition
    Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
    Created Equal
    Defend Life
    Issues4Life Foundation
    Operation Rescue
    Maryland Coalition for Life
    Pro-Life Action League
    Pro-Life Action Ministries

    Statements from various group leaders:

    “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied,’ and justice is being denied to the thousands of children who would be saved by this bill every year.” – Reverend Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition

    “With the sweeping pro-life electoral victories in 2014, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is exactly the kind of legislation pro-life voters are expecting from this Congress.” – Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society

    “Why are some pro-life Congressmen getting hung up on rape exceptions with this bill? This is a late-term abortion ban. Would anyone actually wait 5 months before deciding to abort a baby conceived in rape?” – Lori Hoye of Issues4Life Foundation

    “We remain profoundly disappointed that this life-saving legislation has not moved forward. We respectfully call on Speaker Boehner and GOP House leadership to pass this life-saving bill.” – Former RN Jill Stanek, who held a 21-week abortion survivor until he died.

    “With the majority of Americans in support of banning late-term abortions on babies that are old enough to feel pain, there is no excuse for Congress to continue delaying a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. We cannot remain silent since every day of delay is costing innocent lives.” – Troy Newman of Operation Rescue

    “Over 18,000 babies are aborted after 20 weeks every year in the United States, all feeling the agonizing torture of being pulled apart as they die.” – Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League

    For more information contact:

    Rev. Patrick Mahoney: 540.538.4741
    Jill Stanek: 815.274.2744