May 29, 2001
volume 12, no. 132

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 last fall.

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 town square.

    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
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