Notorious Late-Term Abortionist Closes Jacksonville, NC Facility

215 - CopyOn February 29, the Crist Clinic for Women closed its doors for good. Having performed over 57,991 abortions since its opening in 1973, this is great news for Jacksonville's mothers and babies, who are now safe from abortion in Onslow County. Abortionist Takey Crist alerted patients in a letter dated February 15 that the clinic would be closing "due to unforeseen circumstances." The letter further states that Crist is discontinuing his practice of medicine altogether. Crist was one of few abortionists in North Carolina who performed late abortions. He was known for attracting pregnant mothers from other counties, and even states as far away as New York, for late-term abortion procedures. Crist performed abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy in his free-standing clinic and later abortions at Onslow Memorial Hospital. In recent years, the hospital stopped allowing Crist to perform abortions in their facilities. Rep. Pat McElraft recalled Crist's gruesome practices: "It was 1978 when I was doing my practical for my medical laboratory technology degree at Onslow Memorial in Jacksonville. He was doing saline abortions... We heard that if the baby didn't die they turned them face down in the saline to drown them." Abortions at the Crist Clinic reached a high point of 2,594 in 1990. Numbers declined steadily over the next several decades with 335 abortions reported in 2014. The Crist Clinic was the only abortion facility in Onslow County and one of few in eastern North Carolina. Takey Crist has been a vocal opponent of recent pro-life legislation. Notably, Crist publicly fought efforts to improve safety regulations for abortion facilities. He also appeared in political advertisements attacking pro-life legislators. Dedicated pro-life advocates have stood witness outside of the Crist Clinic to offer mothers prayers and support for decades. Speaker Pro-Tempore of the NC House Paul Stam represented the local Right to Life affiliate in the 1980's when Crist sued the group for protesting his facility. The pro-lifers were never enjoined or convicted. In recent years, a Jacksonville 40 Days for Life group has held an annual campaign of prayer, fasting, and public witness centered at the Crist facility. They were thrilled to hear that the clinic would be closing during their fifth campaign this year. In fact, Jacksonville 40 Days for Life scheduled its midpoint rally for February 29 -- and instead held a victory rally as the clinic closed its doors for good that very day. While we cannot conclude with certainty the cause of the Crist Clinic's closing, we must acknowledge the hard work of local activists who have faithfully stood witness and prayed at the Crist Clinic for many decades. Additionally, we are grateful for the North Carolina legislators and constituents who have worked to institute the lifesaving policies passed by our state's General Assembly in recent years. Victories in eliminating state abortion funding, ensuring mothers' informed consent and waiting period prior to an abortion, and improving abortion facility safety regulations have had a lifesaving impact across our state. Whatever "unforeseen circumstances" caused Takey Crist to close his abortion business, we celebrate that no more children will die at this abortion facility.
  Abortion numbers provided by the NC DHHS State Center for Health Statistics. Link for: Takey Crist Letter to Patients Re: Clinic Closure

House to Vote Next Week on Override of Obama Veto on Defunding Planned Parenthood

As Congress reconvenes after last week's city-stopping blizzard, the House is set to vote on overriding President Obama's veto of legislation that would cutoff the majority of Planned Parenthood's public funding.
The defunding legislation was part of a larger bill which would also repeal a considerable portion of Obamacare, including the provision that provides tax subsidies to health plans that cover elective abortions (in states, unlike North Carolina, that have not passed specific laws to prevent this). The curb on most Planned Parenthood funding would be effective for one year, amounting to about $400 million. We ask you to contact your House Representative to encourage him or her to support the veto override. All of North Carolina's pro-life Republican members of Congress voted for the original bill before it hit the President's desk. You can easily find your Representative's contact information here. The defunding veto override requires a two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate. The legislation originally passed the House 240-189 and Senate 52-47 (only a simple majority was necessary in the budget reconciliation process). While this process has seen an unprecedented amount of support in Congress, the obstacles - namely President Obama's veto and too few votes in the Senate to override it - highlight the need to replace pro-abortion officials with pro-life candidates, particularly in the White House. Planned Parenthood's horrific practice of harvesting fetal body parts has received renewed attention this week as David Daleiden, the man responsible for the explosive undercover videos, was indicted by a Texas grand jury. Unbelievably, the jury excused Planned Parenthood of all wrongdoing but indicted Daleiden for buying human tissue. The 2016 March for Life further highlighted the commitment of the pro-life movement to ending violence in the womb as tens of thousands of marchers stood for life despite the massive snowstorm that hit the capital that day. Many who planned to attend the event were forced to cancel their travel plans due to weather. We extend our gratitude to all of our supporters who work on behalf of life throughout the year - attending public events, contacting your representatives, giving financially, and praying for our efforts.

“I have made it my personal mission to be a voice for these innocent babies”

Rosemary Rozario attended NCRTL’s high school leadership weekend, Camp Joshua, last month.

Life. One word, four letters, and an endless amount of opportunities for those lucky enough to survive it. Unfortunately, not many are granted this gift or at least given the chance to unwrap and enjoy the treats in store for them in this world. Among them are the unborn, voiceless victims of abortion. These are the forgotten children who face discrimination based on their size, their level of development, the environment they live in, and the dependence they must have on their mother. CJNC15groupEven though these babies are smaller than we are, understand less than we do, and may not be as free to move about and be independent as we are, that does not mean they are less human than we are! Abortionists, lawmakers, and various communities fail to accept that life begins at conception and this same ignorance has ended a shameful amount of heartbeats in the past decades. However, we will end this massacre once and for all. No matter how many times we must pray in front of abortion facilities, go out on marches, raise money for struggling mothers who have chosen life, and help post-abortion mothers find hope. We will speak up for these babies and win them their justice. Camp Joshua has given me the confidence to say such bold statements about such a sensitive topic. It allowed me to speak to teenagers who share the same beliefs and brainstorm ideas on how we can make a difference within our own communities. I also met new mentors as I now look up to many of my councilors and speakers as they shared their own personal stories and gave us a whole new perspective on this difficult issue. A weekend packed with informative lectures and fun activities including poster competitions and pro-life jeopardy, this was by far my favorite event of this summer! Now as I prepare to take on my senior year, I have a list of brand new ideas to bring to my school pro-life club. I encourage everyone to get involved in this movement in whatever way they can. It's up to us to use our God given talents and technology to get this message across the world, whether it be through writing, drawing, music, dance, and especially social media. It is possible and we will make a difference! I have made it my personal mission to be a voice for these innocent babies and I pray that you too will find the same affection for these precious gifts waiting to be brought into the world.

Legislative Victory! 72 hour abortion wait period passes General Assembly

This week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015, which extends the abortion wait period in North Carolina from 24 to 72 hours. The legislation now moves to the office of Governor Pat McCrory, who has announced his intention to sign the bill into law. North Carolina mothers considering an abortion will now have a 72 hour consideration period after receiving information about the procedure from a physician, either in person or by phone. North Carolina joins four other states that have already signed a 72 hour abortion wait period into law: Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and, most recently, Oklahoma. The 72 hour wait period will give mothers an opportunity to reflect on the life-altering decision they are considering after receiving informed consent information. As bill co-sponsor, Representative Jacqueline Schaffer, said, "The poorest decisions that we make are the ones we make under pressure and on impulse. We want women to be equipped with the right information as they are going to make that decision." Maria Gallagher recently highlighted what a “devastatingly permanent” action an abortion is in her article, “With Abortion, There Are No Do-Overs.” With the life of an unborn child on the line, a few days’ reflection is a prudent requirement that we hope will give mothers a chance to see the other, life-affirming options available to them. It must be pointed out that this legislative victory was only possible because of the ordinary North Carolinians who are willing to stand for life in the legislative and political realms. Grassroots support, such as your calls, letters, and visits to legislators, and attendance at our Pro-Life Lobby Days are essential for letting our representatives know that North Carolinians care about protecting life. As we like to say regarding pro-life political involvement, elections have consequences. The result of pro-lifers showing up at the polls, supporting pro-life candidates, establishing and maintaining relationships with pro-life office holders is protection for unborn children and their mothers. Along those lines, be sure to check if your state Senator and House Representative supported the 72 hour wait period bill (H465) and thank them for doing so! See how your Senator voted here and how your Representative voted here. Keep up the good work, pro-lifers! Your efforts are making a difference for mothers and babies in our state. Other helpful resources:

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