Saturday, August 30, 2014

Common Core Endgame: Social Justice


We must always be suspicious in regards to anything that comes out of the Obama Administration as to its true purpose. It would appear that the leftist social engineers that designed the Common Core reading standards are attempting to nullify the attempts by parents to accelerate their child's learning process, in order to equalize these children's testing results with that of inner-city blacks and Hispanics.








Welcome back to school. This year most children in America will be tested and taught based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Though these standards are already deeply implemented in many school districts, most still know very little about them. Common Core State Standards are an initiative of the Obama administration and not the states, and just as Pelosi said about ObamaCare, we had to pass the standards, to find out what was in the standards. According to the Common Core State Standards initiative website, one of the goals of the CCSS is to produce workers (the emphasis is mine) in the global economy, and that the development of CCSS was driven by a concern over the deficit of highly-skilled workers in America. We are told that CCSS aim to improve the achievement levels and test scores of all students regardless of their background, and that every student should be held to the same rigorous standards of success.  However, when looking closely at some aspects of CCSS, one can’t help but be cynical and wonder what the endgame really is. The “close reading” strategy is just one of many examples.


Under Common Core the activation of prior knowledge is deliberately discouraged. CCSS reading standards require that teachers and students engage in “close reading” of a text. During a close reading each piece of text is an isolated bit of information devoid of any context or connection. Teachers are to instruct students to read a difficult passage “cold”. These passages are often described as “rigorous” because they are not texts that the students are usually familiar with and they are usually above their grade level. Quite often they are uninteresting. The texts selected for close reading may be excerpts from historical documents, without putting them in historical context. The point is to try to select a text that the kids have never seen before and on a topic they probably know nothing about. This is why when doing a close reading, the text needs to be read over and over again “to gain deeper understanding”. Even though the texts are “rigorous”, teachers cannot ask students any questions to build knowledge or help them activate what they already know. Students are assessed by questions that are text dependent and students are repeatedly reminded to go to the text for evidence to support their answer and not rely on prior knowledge. Even when asked for a written response, children will be graded on whether they include specific examples from the text.

There are even instances where a child may be penalized on a Common Core test for having prior knowledge. In one example from a Common Core test, children are given a sentence in which the word “apprentice” is used. Some children may already know that an apprentice is someone who works for another to learn a trade. However, in the Common Core text excerpt, the word “apprentice” means a jockey with less than one year experience. The question asks for the meaning of “apprentice” based on the text. This method of questioning focuses the child to rely solely on the text.  If a student puts choice “A”, an “apprentice” is “someone who works for another to learn a trade”, the answer would be wrong in this example.

The “experts” who created Common Core do not believe this is a problem. David Coleman, the architect of Common Core, tells us that the close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text and not on privileging background information and levels the playing field for all students. Will the goal of “leveling the playing field” have the effect of punishing children who come to class with prior knowledge?

All children should be held to high standards and have the same opportunity to achieve success regardless of their background. However, the close reading strategy seems more concerned with providing social justice by attempting to close the achievement gap and attempting to create a false equality. Will the close reading strategy ultimately make all students regardless of their intelligence, background, or skill set equal in their ability to comprehend complex texts, and equal in their ability to pass state exams? Ignoring children’s prior knowledge or acting as if they have no prior knowledge is phase one of dumbing down. Calvin Coolidge famously said “Don’t expect to build up the weak by tearing down the strong.” Are the “experts” who gave us Common Core trying to do just that?


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Common Core Train is Coming Off the Tracks- the Pearson Vue GED Caboose will too








The Pearson Vue GED credential is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Folks at Pearson tell us that students who earn their Pearson Vue GED are prepared to succeed in the global economy- ready to enter college or university and ready to enter the workforce. However, today more and more parents, teachers and people concerned about education have major doubts about the Common Core State Standards and their accompanying tests. As goes common core so will go the Pearson Vue GED test; hopefully both will be derailed in the near future.

New York Common Core Test Results

Common Core test results were released in New York State recently. In an article on Breitbart.com, one parent reported- "“I don't believe the current round of test results have any real meaning,” parent Mitchell Rubinstein said... “The state education department freely admits manipulating the scoring and cut scores from one year to the next. They are just making it up as they go along, and our children are bearing the brunt of it.” Rubinstein said he was told by several teachers that some of the brightest, most talented students in his school district failed to finish the exams because of their length.  “How can those test scores be meaningful?””  Read more here

And even after spending $28 million in curricular materials, test scores didn't change much. Why are so many Americans still thinking our kids and teachers are damaged and instead are giving allegiance to a Bill Gates funded - corporate created test? It doesn't make sense to me.



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And here is a chart I had included in a previous article, showing New York’s scores-
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Utah’s Common Core Test Results
Next we have Utah, which has a very active group of people railing against the Common Core State Standards. Across the grades there is a less than 50% pass rate on the SAGE test, their test used to measure Common Core proficiency. Last year student proficiency levels were much higher: depending on the grade level- from 39 percent to 85 percent of students were deemed proficient in math; and in language arts, from 77 percent to 90 percent of students were deemed proficient.Here are Utah's students’ test results for 2014: 

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"Gayle Ruzicka, head of the Utah Eagle Forum and a staunch opponent of SAGE (the test they used) and the Common Core, said Monday she hopes the relatively low scores will "be a wake-up call for a lot of people."”   Read more 
here


Common Core will come off the tracks in Washington State, and we will be ready! 
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Washington State will test all of its students using Common Core aligned tests starting this next school year- 2014/2015. However, now, even before the Common Core test requirements, many teachers and parents in Washington State are angry with the Federal government's No Child Left Behind law. (I am from Washington State myself.) 

Washington State had wanted to be free of the No Child Left Behind's demand that 100% of students  must meet the state standards on their standardized tests (2013's tests) however to escape that mandate we had to agree to have our teachers evaluated using student test score. We didn't and don't want our teachers to be evaluated by their students' grades on the corporate funded and made tests. 

Obviously, In Washington State we didn't reach that unrealistic bar of 100% success and also we didn't agree to having our teachers evaluated by their children's test scores, and now indeed, in the eyes of Arne Duncan and the Federal government, we are failures and our schools must notify all of our parents of that. What a scam! 


From an article on Diane Ravitch’s blog Washington State: An Example of NCLB Absurdity”-  Click here.

“In exchange for gaining freedom from No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB’s) demand that 100% of students would be proficient by 2014, the state would have to agree to endorse Arne Duncan’s inane idea that teachers should be evaluated by the test scores of their students. Apparently some wise policy makers saw the research and the universal failure of Duncan’s idea and said “no thanks." Now virtually every school in the state of Washington is a “failing school.”
"The superintendents are required to send a letter to parents informing them that their child attends a failing school. But 28 superintendents sent a cover letter explaining that the law required them to say something untrue. … NCLB is a pathetic hoax that was intended to label almost every school in the nation a failing school. Kudos to the superintendents of Washington State for standing up to abusive federal power—not only NCLB but the coercive waiver too.” 

Read that again, stand back and think about it. In any universe can all students pass a standardized test? Can we hold a teacher responsible for the full abilities of their students? If a student is in special ed do we blame the teacher than the student can't do Algebra 2? Do we blame the teacher when kids don't have any food at home and fall asleep in class? How about if the kid can't carry a tune or do a push-up? Honestly, let's use our heads! 

Here is a robo call that the Kent School District sent to all of its parents and families literally telling parents that No Child Left Behind is a dumb law
I applaud the Kent School District. Watch that video here.  


How people nationwide are viewing Common Core
After learning about Common Core State Standards, how they came about, the Common Core test results in both K-12 and on the Pearson Vue GED and the learners' response to learning in the Common Core system, parents and teachers and people concerned about public education, are changing their views on the Common Core State Standards. More and more people are opposing common core. I suspect common core will go down in flames within 2 years. Note the change here:

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The Pearson Vue GED
Getting back to the title- The Common Core Train is Coming off the Tracks and the Pearson Vue GED Caboose will too"- once the Common Core State Standards are rejected we can get back to a GED test normed to the actual abilities of high school graduates. We'll be free to return to sanity.
 
My question is why did the states adopt the Pearson Vue GED before high school students were able to show 60+%  competency on common core high school level exams? Is it logical and just to have a high school equivelency test NOT match the authentic and true abilities of high school graduates? Clearly, our high school graduates have not reached that Common Core bench mark level of proficiency yet. And judging by the test scores in New York and Utah it could be years, if ever, that they are able to.

So why put the cart before the horse? What could be the reasoning of the power brokers behind the scenes, like Pearson, ACT and the Gates Foudation and select state govenment employees, who chose the Pearson Vue GED? Simply put, it seems they had to close the just and honest GED option (the 2002 test) before they could roll out the Common Core State Standards Tests. If they had simply used the previous, just and fair version of the GED, more and more students would drop out of school and earn their credential that way. Now, students don't have that option. They are stuck.
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Where do we go from here?
There is a different test available to GED students. A fair test which is normed to the actual, true abilities of high school graduates. We could adopt this test in my state, Washington State, or in your state- The HiSET test. California approved it’s use on August 5th . The folks in California must agree with me that it’s best to have a lower cost test, with the option to take it on paper, a test that is normed to the actual abilities of high school students in this country, a fair test. Here are the 12 states that made the wise choice- The HiSET choice!

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 Here is the press release announcing California's decision. 
Thank you California for offering students a fair choice! (I added in the green panel- I was so happy!)
HISETENWS


What can I do? 
-       Inform yourself on the true nature of the economy. The paradigm that this common core movement is built on is false. See here and here
-       Inform yourself on who is pulling the strings of Common Core. See here.
-       Go to Political meetings- speak about what you know- write a resolution to get the HiSET test in your state as an alternative to the Pearson Vue GED. Click here to get more information about the HiSET test. 
-       Talk to legislators ask them to allow the HiSET test in your state.
-       Talk to teachers- tell them about the HiSET test
-       Talk to school board members- tell them about the HiSET test
-       Find out about local teacher-parent groups opposing common core and join with them
-       Run for office

Feel free to write me with any comments, question or ideas you have. springforschools@aol.com

Elizabeth Hanson
8-20-14

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Maafa 21 Countless Views Exposing Abortion and Black Genocide


Written by Maafa21 on June 10, 2014


Life Dynamics, Inc., is pleased to announce that they have distributed between 150,000 and 200,000 copies of the powerful documentary film exposing the true agenda behind legalized abortion, Maafa21.
 Maafa21 Black Genocide film on abortion and eugenics
Maafa is a Swahili word which means “A terrible tragedy” and used to define the time of the middle passage during the slave trade.
The film exposes a plan to create “racial purity” that began 150 years ago and is still being carried out right now.
Maafa21 begins with Slavery

As one reviewer wrote, “Maafa 21 shows, without exception, how African-Americans are the targets of the social elite. In the film, you will learn that civil rights leaders in the 1960’s gave a clear warning that abortion and population control was a tool of Black Genocide. You will see the links between racism, eugenics, and Planned Parenthood’s effort to market abortion to the African American Community. 

“Maafa21 is loaded with historical references from slavery, the Nazi take over of Germany and the Civil Rights movement within the United States, and will educate young and old alike on the causes of Black Genocide in the modern age.

Buy Maafa21
Shortly after its release by Life Dynamics in 2009, Maafa21  was shown in the Capitol Visitor Center Theater in Washington on two occasions.
In 2010, Maafa21  was selected as the featured film for the  Jubilee Film Festival in Selma, Al. to commemorate the right to vote and remember the historic “Bloody Sunday” anniversary of the Bridge Crossing Civil Rights march from Selma-to-Montgomery. 
Maafa21 film selected for Jubilee Film festival
In addition, Maafa21  was featured in the 2010 Real Life Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario  and the 2011  Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles, Ca. 
Maafa21 Life Fest 2011 is a pro-life film exposing Planned Parenthood
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With a mountain of documentation, Maafa 21,  has proven to audiences all across America that the real motivation behind the legalization of abortion was eugenics and racial genocide. 
In just over two hours, the documentary shows that the legalization of abortion was part of a campaign that had been created, promoted, and financed by a small cartel of ultra-wealthy elitists. 
 Frederick Osborn on Birth Control and Eugenics in Maafa21

Most frightening of all, Maafa 21 shows that this effort continues today with massive financial and political backing from a new generation of ultra-wealthy elitists.

Viewers are stunned to learn that it was the American eugenics movement that gave rise to the Nazi effort to create “racial purity” and that this effort was in large measure funded with dollars from American corporations.

Negro sterilization of blacks in Nazi Germany detailed in Maafa21
They also learn that the first anti-abortion organizations in America were radical civil-rights groups of the 1960s whose leaders had seen that eugenics and black genocide were the driving forces behind the call for legalized abortion. 
Black Panthers opposed abortion and Black Genocide documented in Maafa21

Viewers learn about the numerous links among America’s number one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, its founder Margaret Sanger, and the American eugenics movement.

They learn that Sanger gave a speech to a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and was then invited back to speak to 12 “similar groups,” as she wrote in her autobiography.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger gave Klan speeches watch Maafa21

Maafa21 viewers will see how Planned Parenthood was an integral part of the sterilization boards that operated in more than 30 states and that Sanger once tried to merge her publication with the American Eugenics Society.

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to merge Eugenics Society with publication ABCL watch Maafa21

Ironically, within days after the first edition of Maafa 21  was released, U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being interviewed by a reporter for The New York Times and made the following statement when asked about Roe vs. Wade – the decision that legalized abortion: “Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
SCOTUS judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg abortion Maafa21
 
The revelations go on and on and each one is fully documented.

The reality is that Maafa 21  is a primer on power, corruption and betrayal.

According to Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, “With Maafa21, we can now link from the days of the late 1700 before slavery ended to today with no gaps in the story. What we show is that abortion today is the continuation of a strategy that began before slavery ended with the anticipation that slavery was going to end and what was going to happen with Black people once slavery was over. The strategies they came up with right then just continued on and when one of them would fail they came up with another until they got to the one that worked, which was abortion.”

Support Maafa21 producers expose Margaret Sanger's eugenics

Since its release Maafa21  supporters have organized numerous public screenings of the film in  in theaters, churches, college campuses and conventions across the country.

 Promote Maafa21 expose eugenics

Even though Life Dynamics has distributed hundreds of thousands of copies of the DVD , Maafa21 has been viewed countless times on social media sites like Youtube.

It is my suspicion that we have had far more people view Maafa21 at public screenings or online for free than have purchased the DVD,” says Crutcher.


 Watch Maafa21 expose eugenics and black genocide
Today, Life Dynamics offers Maafa 21  for viewing in HD on their website at http://www.maafa21.com.
 

Nikola Tesla the Eugenicist: Eliminating Undesirables by 2100

The inventor may have been brilliant, but his warped views on the future of the population reveals that in the end, he was still just human

Interest in the life of legendary inventor Nikola Tesla has seen a tremendous resurgence in the past two decades. And with good reason. The man was a genius who was able to take so many of the ideas swirling around in the 19th century ether and turn them into fantastic new inventions — both real and imagined. Tesla’s wondrous imagination made him quite the futurist and here at the Paleofuture blog we’ve looked at some of his remarkably prescient predictions over the past few years.
But the 21st century’s rather fashionable interest in Tesla has had some disturbing side effects. Specifically, people want to canonize the man (sometimes literally) and turn his personal and professional struggles into a sort of morality tale involving clearly delineated characters: some ostensibly good and others ostensibly evil.
Tesla boosters of the 21st century will tell you that Tesla was the embodiment of all that is good in the world — Matthew Inman of the Oatmeal did just that in one of his more recent comics, “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.” They’ll tell you that Tesla’s struggles against professional adversaries like Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (both of whom Tesla worked for at various points in his life) were the most pure examples of good versus evil. This past year, people have been crowdfunding museums and films and any number of other events in an attempt to raise Tesla’s profile and are constantly couching his work in moralistic terms. But I hope that with this renewed excitement for the life’s work of a great inventor people don’t lose sight of one thing: he was a brilliant man, but he was just a man.
Like any man, Tesla was far from perfect and sometimes had very warped ideas about how the world should operate. One of Tesla’s most disturbing ideas was his belief in using eugenics to purify the human race. In the 1930s, Tesla expressed his belief that the forced sterilization of criminals and the mentally ill — which was occurring in some European countries (most disturbingly Nazi Germany) and in many states in the U.S. — wasn’t going far enough. He believed that by the year 2100 eugenics would be “universally established” as a system of weeding out undesirable people from the population.
The February 9, 1935 issue of Liberty magazine includes many other fascinating predictions by Tesla for the future of humanity, which we’ll no doubt look at in the weeks ahead. But for the time being I’ve transcribed only the eugenics portion of Tesla’s predictions below, to remind us that we should be cautious when making gods of men:
The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man’s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct. Several European countries and a number of states of the American Union sterilize the criminal and the insane. This is not sufficient. The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.
The ideas behind eugenics would become substantially less popular after World War II, for obvious reasons. I doubt that Tesla understood the scope of the atrocities that were being committed in Europe (and at the hands of the California eugenics movement) at the time. But again, his ideas were clear: the world should be rid of so-called undesirables. However unpleasant the idea of eugenics is to reasonable people on its surface, this notion seems particularly strange coming from a man like Tesla, whose own mental illnesses would have likely put him in the “undesirable” category under any authoritarian regime.



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Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn?

Eugenics was the belief that the human race needed to be protected from "degenerates," the "unfit" or the "feebleminded." Of course, this policy was most enthusiastically adopted by Nazi Germany. One of the first acts of the new Reich in 1933 was to pass a Eugenic Sterilisation Law, ordering doctors to sterilise any one suspected of suffering from hereditary diseases. "We want to prevent the poisoning of the entire bloodstream of the race" to quote Goering's legal assistant. By 1939 some 250,000 "degenerates" had been forcibly sterilised, over half of whom were diagnosed as "feebleminded." The Nazi regime took what it regarded as the logical next step in 1939, when it decreed euthanasia for all severely disabled or mentally ill people in German asylums. Any Jew in these asylums automatically qualified, irrespective of degree of handicap, and about 70,000 people were murdered. It can thus be said, without exaggeration, that eugenics was one policy which paved the way for the "Final Solution" of European Jewry, which itself did not start until the Wansee Conference of December, 1941

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Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest.




“Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected."




Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to consider changes to the law after he heard the stories of two women, who complained that they had not been allowed to abort their babies who had been diagnosed with anencephaly. Instead, they said, they had traveled to Britain for abortions.




Abortion was refused under Northern Ireland’s laws because the diagnosis of anencephaly for the child poses no medical threat to the mother.


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On Monday Ford told the BBC that the Department of Justice would bring forward its consultation paper on changing Northern Ireland's abortion laws by the fall.




However, Smyth warned that “the core ethical principle which must underpin this discussion is that every child deserves the right to life regardless of how short their life may be, and regardless of the circumstances of their conception."




She vowed that Precious Life will launch a public campaign in support of the life of all unborn babies.




“We all feel enormous sympathy for parents in these traumatic and distressing cases," Precious Life stressed in a statement. "But parents in these difficult situations deserve much more than our sympathy – they need a professional support system in place, which will provide them with help, support and resources.




"Precious Life are resolved to work towards a solution that loves and protects both mother and baby. Once again we call on the Health Minister to immediately establish perinatal hospice services for parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis for their baby,” said Smyth.

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Other Win For Pro Life, Judge upholds Iowa law; telemed abortion to end in 30 days?

A District Court judge in Polk County, Iowa, has ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine was within its authority when it voted to prohibit the practice of telemed abortion.


With his ruling, the November 2013 stay on the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule is lifted. That decision is set to take effect in 30 days.


Telemed abortion is the webcam system that allows a doctor, who is often in another state, to dispense abortion-inducing drugs to an expectant mother. The webcam abortion plan was introduced in Iowa in 2008 by Planned Parenthood, as a test by the abortion giant prior to its taking the system nationwide.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had sued the Iowa Board of Medicine, arguing that the board's 2013 decision to ban doctors from using its webcam system for abortidacients was merely an effort to inhibit rural women's access to abortions.


Telemed abortion has continued in Iowa throughout the course of the case.
Polk County District Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled in favor of the board this morning, according to the Des Moines Register.


Farrell stated that the crux of the board’s decision to adopt the rule is that an in-person physical examination should be done before prescribing abortion inducing drugs.


"There are legitimate reasons to support the board’s decision,” he wrote.
While acknowledging that the rule would result in longer travel times and additional costs for some mothers who seek abortions, Farrell said that this did not impose an undue burden on women.
Farrell was clear in his ruling in establishing that the Iowa Board of Medicine had the authority to regulate telemed abortion.


"There is no question that the board has the power to establish standards of practice for the medical profession,” he ruled. “Those standards include the authority to adopt and enforce standards regarding the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing practice."


Pro-life advocates have criticized and opposed the practice of webcam abortion, because it leaves the mother to deliver her deceased child at home without medical supervision, despite the possibility of complications.


Iowa law states that an abortion must be performed by a physician, or a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.


In its September 28, 2013, statement on adoption of the rule establishing standards of practice for physicians who prescribe or administer abortion-inducing drugs, the board said the goal of the new rule is to protect the health and safety of Iowans. “When inducing an abortion by providing an abortion-inducing drug, a physician must be physically present with the woman at the time the abortion-inducing drug is provided,” the board said.


Planned Parenthood has contended since the Iowa Board of Medicine’s 2013 vote that the decision was political, citing the fact that Republican Governor Terry Branstad, who is pro-life, appointed all of the board’s 10 members.


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However Farrell sided with the board on the subject of rule-making, noting in his ruling that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland did not directly challenge the board’s compliance with the rule-making process.


“This is for good reason,” Farrell wrote. “Because there is no basis for belief that the board violated the statutory process.”


In this case, he said in the ruling, the board followed the rulemaking process established in the statute.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has stated it will appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.


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Abortionist Steven Chase Brigham could lose license, would close 8 abortion facilities

Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin has recommended that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham should have his last remaining medical license revoked and pay a fine of $30,000 along with other costs after hearing evidence that Brigham engaged in a pattern of deception, engaged in illegal late-term abortions, and operated in Maryland without being licensed in that state.


“A measure of justice may finally be coming to Brigham, who has learned from over 30 years of legal trouble very creative ways to circumvent laws that are meant to protect women from scofflaws of his ilk,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “It is our position, however, that Brigham is a habitual offender whose behavior cannot be amended through traditional discipline. We believe the only way to stop him from victimizing more women and their babies is to put him in prison. Until then, he will continue to find ways to run amok over the lives and health of women in other states.”


Judge Masin stated in his 86-page decision, “He has suffered license revocations. He has run afoul of the licensing authorities in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has a conviction for failure to file income taxes. And here, he has demonstrated a willingness to play fast and loose with the law in Maryland.”


Masin when on to say, “However, it seems that Dr. Brigham has finally cut enough corners.”
The final decision will be made by the New Jersey Board of Physicians. If they vote to revoke Brigham’s license as recommended, he would be forced to shut down his eight New Jersey abortion facilities operating under the American Women’s Services banner since New Jersey law requires that only licensed providers can operate medical clinics.


However, Brigham’s nine other abortion facilities in Virginia, Florida, and most recently in Delaware would not be affected by revocation of his New Jersey medical license because they allow non-licensees to own abortion facilities.


Brigham sets up in Delaware
Operation Rescue confirmed this week that Brigham is secretly attempting to expand his abortion chain and recently opened an abortion facility in Wilmington, Delaware, called Premiere Ob/Gyn. A receptionist answering calls at that facility told an under-cover caller from Operation Rescue that it is part of a 17-clinic chain that included Brigham’s well-known New Jersey facilities.


Operation Rescue also suspects that he could be operating other illicit abortion facilities in other states and is concealing his ownership from authorities, as he is doing in Delaware, and attempted to do last year in Pennsylvania.


“Brigham’s secret expansion of his substandard, seedy abortion business must be stopped. It is up to the authorities in each state to take steps to shut him down in order to protect the public from his unscrupulous, corners-cutting operation that endangers the lives of women,” said Newman.


Horrific botched abortion draws police attention
The New Jersey disciplinary case stems from a 2010 incident that involved a bi-state scheme to conduct late-term abortions. Brigham’s New Jersey facilities were legally limited to abortions under 14 weeks. New Jersey law does allow for later abortions as long as they are done in a hospital setting, but Brigham holds no hospital privileges.


Instead, he concocted an elaborate bi-state abortion scheme to circumvent New Jersey abortion laws.
Brigham’s scheme involved initiating late-term abortions at his flagship abortion center in Voorhees, New Jersey. He would later caravan his abortion patients if full labor to Elkton, Maryland, where the abortions would be completed. Brigham held no medical license in Maryland.


Brigham’s scheme became public after he and his associate, Utah abortionist Nicola Riley,botched a late-term abortion so badly on an 18-year old patient at an under-the-radar abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, that she required emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to save her life. Due to the suspicious behavior of Brigham and Riley when they delivered the injured woman to the emergency room, physicians in Elkton and her surgeon on Baltimore reported the incident to the police and medical board respectively.


Brigham’s Elkton facility was raided by police, who discovered a blood-smeared freezer that contained the bodies of 35 late-term babies. Brigham and Riley were arrested and charged with murder, but the charges were later dropped after an expert witness that would have testified that the babies died in Maryland dropped out of the case.


Dispute over illegal abortion jurisdiction
The prosecution argued that because drugs were administered in New Jersey that caused fetal demise of babies well beyond the legal limit, that Brigham was engaged in illegal late-term abortions in that state. However, the judge did not agree and said that the abortions were illegal because the surgical portion of the abortion was done in Maryland where Brigham was not licensed.


“Victim” status
Brigham has battled legal issues throughout his entire career, having had his licenses revoked in New York and Florida. He surrendered this Pennsylvania license under pressure and was ordered to never again hold ownership of an abortion facility in that state again – an order he violated last year by opening an abortion facility in Philadelphia, which was soon closed by the state after pro-life activists complained.


Brigham continually argued that he was the victim of anti-abortion persecution, however, Deputy Attorney General Jeri Waraftig, who prosecuted Brigham twice in her career, noted in legal papers that, “His desire to create a [victim] persona . . . has blinded him to his lack of qualifications.”
“Brigham’s own pattern of dishonesty, deception, and incompetence have been the true source of all his problems. His refusal to take responsibility for his actions proves that he will continue to pose a danger to the public as long as he is allowed to participate in any way in the abortion business. We appreciate the steps New Jersey prosecutors have taken to put an end to his horrific practices, however, like a cockroach that runs for cover at the switching on of a light, Brigham will only scurry off to the next jurisdiction and continue to defy the law. I recommend that prosecutors find a way to criminally charge him, or his reign of mayhem will never end.”
Reprinted from Operation Rescue.


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