Pro-Life News: Connecticut, California, Texas, Australia, Abortion, Alaska

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 29, 2010   |   7:46PM   |   Washington, DC

The following is a compilation of news on abortion and other pro-life topics.

Family Institute of Connecticut Action Committee Makes Pro-Life Endorsements

Hartford, CT — FIC Action Committee announced its pro-family endorsements today in the elections for the Connecticut General Assembly and State Constitutional Offices.

FIC Action Committee spokesman Peter Wolfgang stated, “More than ever, we need to elect pro-family candidates to the legislature and state office on November 2. In the past two years: we have seen the bitter fruit of anti-family liberalism run awry, ranging from the infamous McDonald-Lawlor proposal to unconstitutionally restructure the Catholic Church to an Obamacare health plan providing public subsidies for abortion.”

“If pro-family candidates win, the assaults on faith and family can be halted — and we can field legislation that will create a more family-friendly Connecticut. During the past three legislative sessions, FIC has achieved unprecedented victories. Victories on Election Day will help us continue this trend and create a legislative climate in which pro-family legislation can achieve passage.”

See the endorsements at


California Abortion Practitioner’s Bankruptcy Leaves Woman Injured by Abortion With Nothing

Riverside, CA — A final hearing is scheduled on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside to finalize a bankruptcy petition filed six years ago by now-deceased abortionist Dr. Joseph Durante.

When Durante filed for bankruptcy in September 2004, he was facing a malpractice lawsuit from a woman who suffered a botched abortion at his hands and almost died. By filing for bankruptcy in federal court, Durante was able to avoid paying any judgment in the malpractice case.

The patient, Ana Marie Santana, suffered sepsis and a perforated bowel subsequent to an abortion at Dr. Durante’s office. When Dr. Durante ignored her symptoms, she went to the emergency room at a nearby hospital and was taken promptly to surgery.

Attorney Jack Schuler of Schuler, Brown and Ekezian in Van Nuys ultimately obtained a judgment against Dr. Durante for more than $300,000 — but the judgment went into the bankruptcy court. Read the full story at Cal Catholic.


Lubbock, Texas Pro_Life Advocates Concerned About Planned Parenthood Purchase

Lubbock, Texas — A recent purchase by Planned Parenthood is cause for concern among Lubbock pro-lifers.

According to Tony Thornton, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Lubbock, the abortion business is expanding its services.Thornton says a new corporation has been formed, called Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Center, to buy out an existing clinic because the owners are retiring.

“We opened a new corporation called Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Center and literally dropped the existing Aarons Women’s Clinic business into this new corporation, so it’s not a new abortion center, we didn’t open a new clinic, we purchased an existing operation that’s been here 34 years,” said Thornton.

Essentially, the move is to segregate the efforts into one that is funded with taxpayers dollars and one that is not. (Fox 34)

Alaska Pro-Life Advocates Target Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe

Juneau, AK — A group of social conservatives is actively campaigning to knock Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe off the bench.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to retain Fabe, 59, on the state’s highest court. When then-Gov. Tony Knowles appointed her in 1996, she was the first woman on the court. This year, she’s the only justice on the ballot, though voters will have a chance to say “yes” or “no” to a number of Superior and District Court judges as well as an appeals court judge.

But she’s facing opposition from organized Christian groups. Alaska Family Action is sending out campaign mailers and firing off e-mails in an effort to educate voters and defeat Fabe, calling her a liberal, activist judge because of rulings on abortion, gay marriage, benefits for same-sex partners of state workers, and prisoner rights.

“It really has nothing to do with how intellectual Justice Fabe is. If she’s competent to be a judge. If she’s had any disciplinary issues. If she’s admired by her peers. That’s not the issue,” said Jim Minnery, president of Alaska Family Action. The court rulings being singled out by the Alaska Family Action include a 2007 Supreme Court opinion, authored by Fabe, that struck down a state law requiring a parent to give consent before a teen gets an abortion. (Anchorage Daily News)


Queensland, Australia Hospitals to Give Women Abortion Drug RU 486

Brisbane, Australia — The controversial abortion pill RU486 will soon be available to women at two Queensland public hospitals for the first time.

Four specialists at the Royal Brisbane Hospital will soon be able to prescribe the ‘abortion pill’ after receiving authorisation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Advertisement: Story continues below Meanwhile obstetrician Caroline de Costa – the first person in Australia to receive permission to prescribe RU486 – has gained the approval to use the drug at Cairns Base Hospital.

The authorisation comes two weeks after Sergie Brennan, 22, and Tegan Leach, 21, were acquitted on charges of procuring an abortion with the drug.

The case brought Queensland’s abortion law into the spotlight and reignited pressure on the state government to decriminalise the practice. (Brisbane Times)


Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Pregnant Woman

Parkesburg, PA — A man was arrested after police say he assaulted a pregnant woman over the weekend. Steven Lee Dry, 32, of Parkesburg, is facing charges including first-degree felony aggravated assault of an unborn child, first-degree felony aggravated assault and simple assault.

Police responded at 11:12 p.m. Oct. 23 to a home on Strasburg Road for a report of a domestic disturbance. The woman told police that Dry is her ex-boyfriend. She informed him that she was pregnant and was not going to have an abortion, according to court documents.

After she told Dry the news, she said he grabbed her neck “and repeatedly struck her in the lower abdominal area,” according to court documents. (Daily Local News)