Abortion Group Begins National Ad Campaign
NEW YORK, May 28, 01 (CWNews.com) - A group of abortionists
is launching a nationwide magazine advertising campaign to
push the use of the abortion pill RU-486.
The ads will begin appearing in July and continue through
the end of summer and will be in more than a dozen
magazines including People, Self, Cosmopolitan, Glamour,
Mademoiselle, and Marie Claire. Only one magazine,
Hearst-owned Redbook, has declined to run the ads, but
Cosmopolitan is also owned by Hearst Corp.
The $2 million campaign was announced Wednesday by the
National Abortion Federation, which represents some 400
abortionists. Vicki Saporta, executive director, said the
organization had been getting many inquiries about the drug
on its hot line, and "it was clear that women needed more
information and we wanted to make sure they got it." The
campaign is paid for entirely by private donors not
connected with the manufacture and sale of the drug,
including the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
RU-486 was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
Canadian Lawyer wants End of Catholic School Funding
TORONTO, May 25, 01 (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - Toronto lawyer
Clayton Ruby, best known as the lawyer of choice for
abortionists and the pro-abortion movement, has come out
swinging against the constitutionally guaranteed funding of
Catholic schools in Ontario.
At a press conference for a coalition of groups fighting
the intended Ontario tax credit for parents wishing to send
their children to private schools had as its main speakers
Alan Borovoy of the Canadian Civil Liberties and Clayton
Ruby. The group was furious that Ontario was even
considering a partial tax credit for parents who send their
children to private, religiously based schools. However,
according to a report by the Canadian Press, Ontario is the
only Canadian province not funding private religious
schools, at least partially.
Borovoy said that "the situation is a bad one when you have
only one religious group funded publicly for its schools,"
but publicly funding all religious schools would make the
situation even worse, because it further "undermines the
ability of public schools to do the all-important job of
integration." Ruby said, "One wonders why the Constitution,
which at the moment requires funding for Catholic schools,
has to remain that way."
The abortion proponents are apparently afraid of losing the
social liberal control of public education and the formation
of the minds of Ontario's children. Ruby was quoted by the
Globe and Mail saying, "What the public school system does
that is irreplaceable is teach people tolerance." Tolerance
is often a politically correct code word for rejection and
intolerance toward traditional moral and social principles.
Floriday Abortionist Sentenced
OCALA, Florida, May 28, 01 (CWNews.com) - A Florida
abortionist convicted of trying to extort Marion County out
of up to $100 million in exchange for not opening a clinic
there was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to
pay a $25,000 fine on Thursday.
James Scott Pendergraft was convicted on February 1 of
attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, and
mail fraud. His real estate advisor, Michael Spielvagel,
was convicted on the same charges and on making false
statements and lying to the FBI. While prosecutors had
sought nine years for Pendergraft, US District Judge
William Terrell Hodges said he gave the lighter sentences--
Spielvagel got 41 months and no fine-- because there was no
evidence to show anyone was victimized individually, and
the evidence supported only an extortion demand for $1
million rather than the higher amount cited by prosecutors.
When opposition arose in 1999 to Pendergraft's plan to open
a clinic in Marion County, Commissioner Larry Cretul
negotiated with Pendergraft to prevent his plan. During the
investigation, the government used a wiretap to record phone
calls between the men. Pendergraft told Cretul he would not
open an abortion clinic in the county if he were paid
amounts ranging between $100,000 and $100 million. An FBI
videotape of a meeting between Pendergraft and an attorney
for the county was a key piece of evidence. In it,
Pendergraft was shown saying he would bankrupt the county
if necessary and then put up a statue of himself in the
Pendergraft owns four other clinics in Tampa, Orlando, and
Fort Lauderdale where abortions are performed. A nurse in
Pendergraft's Ocala clinic said he intends to keep his
clinics open even if he goes to prison.
May 29, 2001
volume 12, no. 132
Pro Life News