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Double Tragedy: Abortion at 33 Weeks Takes Mother Too

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There are only a few places in the country where a mother can have an abortion in the third trimester. Maryland remains one of those states.

According to a press conference held by the Maryland Coalition for Life in Germantown, MD it was announced that a 29-year-old woman died at a local hospital as a direct result of complications from a third trimester abortion. According to LifeNews.com the woman was at the end of a four day abortion procedure when she developed chest pain and other medical symptoms. The family took her to a local Emergency Room where she subsequently died. It is reported that the Maryland Examiner’s Office will investigate this death.

Contrary to political jargon abortions are not without significant risk. U.S. mortality rates per 100,000 abortions as are 14.0 for 16-20 weeks and 18.0 for after 21 weeks. Mortality results for second and third trimester abortions climb steeply each week of gestation. Per 100,000 abortions, the relative risk of abortion-related mortality was 14.7 at 13–15 weeks of gestation, 29.5 at 16-20 weeks, and 76.6 at or after 21 weeks.

 

 

University seeks to limit free speech with ‘inclusive language’ campaign

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1332947117-free-speech-zoneAdministrators at the University of Maryland are using a $15,000 grant to prod students toward using politically correct language. The idea for the campaign was born when a staff member reported hearing “non-inclusive” language and apparently though the situation warranted behavior modification.

“I think so far it has created some interesting conversations on campus,” the employee said.

Though colleges are hotbeds of knee-jerk leftism, I’m sure at least some of those “interesting conversations” center around the nerve of any individual deciding which words are acceptable and which are not.

Obviously, profane and outright hurtful language should not be used in polite society and almost any individual without a psychopathic disorder do not need to be reminded of this fact.

Campaigns such as this one, though, seek to silence anyone using phrases – regardless of intent – the left deems insensitive. Some examples of problematic language, according to signs posted around campus, include “illegal alien,” “that’s so ghetto,” and “no homo.”
Leave it to a self-identified Libertarian and president of the university organization Students for Liberty to accurately describe this campaign by campus thought police.

“It is important to be civil with one another but this goes too far in taking language that most people would not find offensive and making us feel guilty for using it,” he said.

He said in order to perpetuate the First Amendment right to free speech on American campuses “requires the ability to say things without guilt.” Unfortunately, guilt is one of the few weapons the leftists in charge of most universities have in their arsenal – and what a highly effective weapon it is!

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Illegal Immigration Costs Maryland Nearly $1.9 Billion a Year

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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that providing education, health care, law enforcement, and social and government services to illegal aliens and their dependents costs Maryland taxpayers $1.86 billion. These costs amount to a $910 a year burden per Marylandhousehold headed by a U.S. citizen.

The report, The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders, estimates that about 295,000 illegal aliens resided in the state as of 2010 – more than five times as many as lived there in 2000. In addition, there are some 68,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens living in Maryland who are eligible for all means-tested programs and benefits. Though these children are U.S. citizens, they would not be in the state if not for the fact that their parents violated U.S. immigration laws.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Education and special English-language instruction for an estimated 21,600 illegal alien students and 49,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens costs Maryland taxpayers nearly $1.4 billion annually.
  • Uncompensated health care for illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children costs Marylanders $231 million a year.
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice costs associated with illegal immigration add about $177 million a year to the state’s tab.
  • Means-tested social welfare services used by U.S.-born children of illegal aliens add $47.5 million in costs each year.

Illegal aliens pay about $120 million per year in payroll and other taxes. However, the report concludes that even these minimal payments do not represent a net gain for Maryland as the jobs filled by illegal aliens would likely be filled by legal U.S. workers, working at higher wages, with a much higher rate of tax compliance.

“At a time when Maryland, like most states, is struggling with severe budget constraints, the state’s rapidly growing illegal alien population is forcing the state to divert scarce resources to provide for their needs,” observed Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “Rather than act to protect the interests of citizens and public resources, many Maryland lawmakers, at the state, county and city level, offer new rewards and protections to illegal aliens.”

A glaring example of this sort of behavior, notes the report, was a 2011 bill approved by the Maryland Legislature granting taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens who attend state-run colleges and universities, which would cost taxpayers and additional $28 million a year. Implementation of this policy was blocked by outraged Marylanders who gathered enough signatures to put the issue before the voters in November 2012.

“Maryland taxpayers are certainly victims of the Obama administration’s outright refusal to enforce the immigration law against most illegal aliens and the state’s policies accommodating those illegal aliens. But the state can reverse course and reduce burdens of illegal immigration on taxpayers,” said Stein. “We hope that by detailing the costs so that everyone can understand the burdens illegal immigration imposes on Marylanders, citizens will be spurred to action.”

The full report, The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders, can be found at  http://www.fairus.org/action/the-cost-of-illegal-immigration-to-marylanders-2012.

2 Abortion Doctors Charged With Murder – 35 Fetuses Found In Freezer

Two abortion doctors have been arrested and charged with murder, related to abortions of late-term fetuses that were viable, after a discovery of 35 fetuses in a freezer at a clinic in Maryland. One of the fetuses was believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks. Steven Brigham, was taken into custody on Wednesday in New Jersey and is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder, and one count of conspiracy. Nicola Riley, his coworker, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder and is being held in a Utah jail. According to the Maryland State Board of Physicians, both Brigham and Riley have both had their medical licenses suspended by the state of Maryland.  They are awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

This stems from an investigation which began August 2010 after Riley brought a woman, who was 21 weeks pregnant, to a Elkton hospital because of a “complication resulting from a medical procedure”. Investigators later determined the woman had driven from New Jersey, where the abortion was started, to Maryland. The laws in Maryland are less restrictive than in nearby states with regard to late term termination of a fetus. This more than likely explains why the procedure was initiated elsewhere and completed in Maryland. Some states require that later abortions be performed at a hospital or surgical center rather than a doctor’s office. In New Jersey, pregnancies after 14 weeks cannot be ended at a doctor’s office.

ABC 2 News reported

During that procedure something went wrong and her uterus was perforated. The doctors drove the woman to Union Hospital but did not stick around.  The victims injuries were so severe she was later transported by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Surgery was done to repair the failed abortion.