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There will be Agony in Serving the Aged

We were a group of three to four Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, taking the Eucharist to Catholic residents in two or three nursing homes during any given week. Neither rain, nor hail, nor sleet, nor dark of blizzard winds kept us from our appointed rounds. The only thing that stopped us was the semi-annual bouts of influenza that would shut down whole wards.

  Most of our Catholic clients were aged well into their 8th or 9th decades. Most of them requested to be served communion and visits from a priest or Catholic laity members. Most of them expected a weekly visit from us. Most of them could recite the ‘Our Father’ from memory. Most of them were physically able to gnaw, then to swallow the Precious Body of Christ. Some of them were not able.

            Wednesday mornings we attended Mass and collected enough Hosts to serve approximately twenty-one to thirty people. Some times but not often enough, we had to break the hosts in half to accommodate occasional family visitors. In rare instances, we would have to return one or two excess Hosts.

            On more than one occasion, we made the rounds to discover a patient missing. I would inquire as to that person’s whereabouts only to be told that the patient had died over the weekend. I’d have to cry it out in an empty closet before rejoining my companions waiting in the reception area with a donut and coffee.

            Somehow I never expected anyone to die. No one bothered to cushion the shock of delivery for such news, and tears would come unbidden to my eyes. While the staff seemed inured to an individual’s inevitable passing from this life to the next, I wasn’t. My prayers were for their souls to pass quickly thru Purgatory to more heavenly realms.

            My name is Laura. I was the one who got called when new clients arrived. My fellow ExM’s left it up to me to keep track of all our clients by room and floor. I knew each person by name. It was up to me to cross a name off the list. That list had to be updated for our team members every month, sometimes every week.

            Kevin is a white-haired man of Irish descent who proudly proclaims his Brooklyn NY heritage. The clients call him ‘Father Flynn’, as do members of the staff. Kevin is a fast talker – it took some time for him to learn he must repeat the Our Father sl-o-o-w-ly, but he is a jolly good listener. People open up to him, especially those who spent time and money in pursuit of similar pastimes, the camaraderie of book stores, libraries and Irish taverns in historic Colorado Springs. I learned more about the city from them than is promoted by official city historians. When a male client preferred being served by a male Catholic, Kevin was their first choice.

            Pat is a rather strict, conservative ExM. He has a luxuriant head of white hair, and usually dresses in an old-fashioned shirt and tie, with a dark business suit jacket. When a client refuses to take the Host from either Kevin or me, we send in ‘Monsignor Dowling.’ Works every time. Pat is finally at the point where he doesn’t deny being a priest. He establishes a good rapport with residents who confess every week to having just eaten breakfast. He grants them special dispensation to take the Eucharist anyway. Pat came up with the blessing that we give after communion.

            Chuck, the fourth member of our team, is a snowbird who divides his time between Colorado and Arizona. He is the one who taught me how to take their hands in mine and pray with the clients. A big man, he kneels down beside every client, gently places one hand upon a frail shoulder, and prays the Memorare.

            “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided…” The residents love him.

            With my clients, I learn to smile, to ask how they were doing, and to listen patiently to their replies. If they need something in particular, I would convey that message to a staff member or request a visit from a priest. The biggest joy I got was in hearing them recite with me a mystery and prayers of the Rosary. This could only be done by a few who were willing to wrench their attention away from television sets, intentionally left on by staff members who preferred they stay put.

            One blind woman could recite the all the mysteries by rote. The staff supplied her with a radio and headphones in an effort to keep her in bed. She was allowed to sit in the dining room to eat, but could not move anywhere without being pushed about in a wheel chair. One day, I came upon her when she had slipped out of the wheelchair. That was the last time I saw her out of bed.

            Two women fell sick and were given medication that muddled their brains to the point where they didn’t even recognize me, nor were they able receive the Host. I honestly braced myself against the fact that they were both about to die. Two weeks passed by, and the first one recovered. I was delighted, and recited a thanksgiving prayer with her that she was back to normal and taking communion again. The next week, they told me she had died. The second one did not fully recover her senses, but neither did she die. She no longer took communion.

            We saw people of all ages with injuries come and go after going thru therapy. Some suffered major heart problems, or underwent surgery. Some had experienced strokes. One bright-eyed youngish woman had a stroke that left her with tremors in hand and leg on one side. We prayed for a smooth, and swift recovery for those patients. Whenever one of them relocated to a room on an upper floor, we knew those patients were there to stay, and switched to prayers of peace for them.

            Every one of our clients has a history, and I ask them to share it with us – although Pat is not so much interested in their history. I try to explain the value of getting clients to talk, and he complains that I sound just like his wife. Kevin roars with laughter, but later adds conversational sessions for men at the nursing homes because he takes delight in history. And every man, every one of them has a story.

            Pat arranged with Father Michael to come give mass at the nursing home once a month for clients able to attend. He admits that not only does Kevin take communion to the clients as usual on Wednesday morning, but then the clients file in for mass where they again receive communion from the priest. Another priest told us it was okay for them to receive the host twice in one day.

            The coffee and donuts and stories shared between us after serving the weak and the infirm, warmed our hearts, and provided us with entertaining testimonies on behalf of our ministry. We parted company each week resolved to return the next week to serve them again. For me it was a ministry of joy and sorrow, and a time for making long-lasting friendships in the service of the aged. I highly recommend serving the aged if you can stand up to experiencing great sorrow, and greater joy.


A woman’s right to informed consent

A woman’s right to give an Informed Consent id typically violated by abortionists. They are, after all, in the business of killing babies rather than saving them. All they need is the woman’s signature for consent – rather commitment to their treatment before they take a sonogram. For an early term pregnancy, they’ll have women take the Abortion pill before leaving their office.

The Abortion Pill is a drug that will prevent a fertilized egg to attach to the placenta, thus depriving living cells of needed nutrition by which they grow and develop. These cells will die within three days from lack of nourishment. The woman must then take a second pill, a drug that induces cramping in order to expel the dead tissue. If a woman were to change her mind after taking that first pill, abortionists will say there is no turning back.

Are abortionists telling the truth? Maybe the person is from his/her viewpoint as an abortionist, but certainly not from the perspective of medical science. Abortion Reversal medicine is a shot of progesterone before those living cells die of starvation. Progesterone neutralizes the effects of the abortion drug, and allows a fertilized egg to attach to the placenta where life can grow and develop naturally in the mother’s womb.

Doctors Mary L. Davenport and George Delgado have trained other doctors across the United States to perform this abortion reversal for pregnant women. Progesterone is considered by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) safe to use for pregnant women, and has been used by doctors for thirty years and more as a preventive measure against early term deliveries.

There is an Abortion Reversal treatment available today. Call 1-877-558-0333, and a registered nurse will assess viability if someone you know changes their mind within 72 hours after taking an abortion pill. They will give you names and numbers of doctors in your area who are qualified and willing to give women the Abortion Reversal treatment.

For more information, see Dr. Delgado’s APR website at

Or please call this number TODAY so they can connect you with the nearest physician who can help you and yours. 1-877-558-0333.

Previously published on pikespeakcitizens for life. org

Life Support

How to help single moms with young children: volunteer for Life Support Services.

The corporal works of mercy remain a constant, especially for Linda Posey in her mission to clothe the needy. She works at sorting through sizes of donated children’s clothing as a volunteer for Life Support; where clients in need can pick up clothing for their children, new toys at Christmas and birthdays, new supplies for school, and new jackets come fall. Linda Posey has participated in these drives for almost 20 years.

“The parents and the kids feel so much better about themselves when they can start school with brand new school supplies.”

Baby clothing includes brand new layettes that Linda Posey assembles for newborn babies. She has also served as a professional baby ‘cuddler’ with nonprofit organization, Warm Hearts Warm Babies, as a volunteer for almost nine years. She says some of the babies stay for an extended period and need frequent cuddling.

Linda began volunteering for Life Support with the advent of her first grandchild. She knew first hand how hard it could be for a single mom. During her first pregnancy in 1971, she herself received support from Catholic Social Services, as it was called then in Birmingham, Alabama. She maintains close relations yet today with the family she was placed with 45 years ago. She and her daughter began to volunteer for Catholic Charities at the same time, although her daughter went on to become a labor and delivery nurse.

Linda and her late husband moved to Colorado to open a McKinzey-White Book Store. She says they found happiness in running the bookstore and raising four children here. She now boasts 12 grandchildren and two great grand children.

Linda and her husband retired in 1983 from their environmental clean up business. When asked what keeps bringing her back to volunteering at Life Support, she says that it is the knowing her work makes a difference in somebody’s life. She adds that the supply of clothes is pretty steady but there is a continuing need for a long-term commitment from volunteers.

“Since I was a single mother for a time, I know it’s hard. And today the need never stops. It just keeps getting greater. It never ends. Volunteers are really needed here.”

Matthew 7:20 So by their fruits you shall know them.

Interview with Linda Posey used with permission. Previously published in the Volunteer Voice Newsletter of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, January 2017.

Answers to anti-Catholic post

                        Roman Catholic Faith Examined!

Apostolic Succession                                                                                             The Priesthood Catholic Apostolic Succession is revealed in the Apocalypse, the Revelation to John, a book written by an original disciple of Christ, and which is still included in the New Testament of Protestant dominations of the Bible. “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead” (Revelation 1: 4-5).          

            John 17:20, “Yet not for these only do I pray, but for those also who through their word are to believe in me.”

Apostolic Authority                                                                             Catholic Mis-Translation  There is no Catholic ‘mis-translation’. Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and is blessed by Jesus, “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven…I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 16: 17-19).

Apostolic Succession                                                                               Present Day Hierarchy Jesus asks James and John if they are able to drink that same chalice that he was to drink, and they said yes. “You will drink my chalice, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father” (Matt 20: 22-23).

New Testament Bishops

Overseer, “John to the seven churches in Asia” (Revelation 1: 4).

Catholic Successors                                                                                     The Only Succession                                Peter is told by Jesus, “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep”, and to “Feed my sheep” and finally to “Follow me” (John 21: 15-19). And “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1: 4).                                                                                 

 Inheritors Of Authority?                                                                              Call None “Father”            Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection, and opens their minds to understand the Scriptures, “and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you…” (Luke 24: 45-49).                                                                                                                                                                                  Can Priests Forgive Sin? Jesus also said to His apostles, “Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23). 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Heb 4:14-15). 

                                                                                                                        Confession to priests?                 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…and all the people were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins (Mark 1: 4-5). As they say, ‘what was hidden in the Old is revealed in the New.’[i]                                

                                                                                                                                        Clerical Dress  Clerical clothes changed over time. I.e., John the Baptist was clothed “with camel’s hair, and had a leather belt around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey” (Mark 1:6). Where Christians worshipped: at synagogues, then in private home, and went underground caves during persecutions. There were no masses celebrated in churches or basilicas for 100’s of years.                                                                                                                       

The Catholic Priesthood  John the Baptist preached, saying, “After me, comes he who is mightier than I…I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”(Mark 1: 7-8). “One does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was (Heb 5: 4).

                                                                                                                          Obedience To Priests  “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). “Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake” (Romans 1:4-5). And, “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience thru what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Heb 5: 8-9).

                                                                                                                 All Christians are priests! Catholics pray to God at every mass as Jesus taught us: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt 6: 9-13). And we also say the Penitential Act at masses during Lent, “I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have gravely sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, thru my fault, thru my fault, thru my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Kyrie, eleison. Christe, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Amen.”


We Speak truth in LOVE (tell us if we have misrepresented Catholic Faith)

            Yes, you have misrepresented the Catholic Faith because you do not have the mind of Christ. The disciples came to understand the authority given to them by Christ after they were empowered at Pentecost by the Holy Spirit. And so also their successors did not come to understand fully their mission until they received revelation thru the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church does not depend upon private revelations received by anyone, but rather pray for illumination true to the Word of God from the beginning, true to the Reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and true to the Gifts received thru the Holy Spirit.           

Heresy: That special moment when you have greater spiritual insight than the Apostles, disciples, fathers, the Church, and the Magesterium because you have a Bible that they wrote, compiled, and gave to you (Catholic Memes 2016).


[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 129


Laws that Reinforce Death

EnVision this for Americans, for the world? Abortion and Euthenasia

What We Can’t Not Know [i] reviewed by Leila Miller

Professor J. Budziszewski discusses the conscience — and its five furies. Human conscience operates in three modes:

Cautionary mode, conscience acts as your teacher:  “That is wrong.”

Accusatory mode, conscience acts as your judge: “That was wrong.”

Avenging mode, conscience acts as your executioner. “You were wrong.”

“Five Furies” of conscience come into play when we transgress the natural law. Professor Budziszewski describes the ordered way a guilty conscience responds to the Five Furies:

  1. Remorse: “The normal outlet of remorse is to flee from wrong;”
  2. Confession: “of the need for confession, to admit what one has done,”
  3. Atonement: “of atonement, to pay the debt,”
  4. Reconciliation: “to restore the bonds one has broken,”
  5. Justification: “and of justification, to get back in the right.”

If the guilty party does not respond to the Furies in rightly ordered ways and return to moral goodness, those Furies do not dissipate into thin air:

“But if the furies are denied their payment in wonted coin, they exact it in whatever coin comes nearest, driving the wrongdoer’s life yet further out of kilter. We flee not from wrong, but from thinking about it. We compulsively confess every detail of our story, except the moral. We punish ourselves again and again, offering every sacrifice except the one demanded. We simulate the restoration of broken intimacy, by seeking companions as guilty as ourselves. And we seek not to become just, but to justify ourselves.

All the furies collude. Each reinforces the others, not only in the individual, but in the social group” (pp. 150- 151).

Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil. That road goes down and down.    G.K. Chesterton

[i] review retrieved

Abortion and Euthenasia:

The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination, protecting privacy of personal information. The Ninth Amendment says the “enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.”

(CNN) Here’s a look at the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Facts: January 22, 1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirms legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.

In the 1973 case, Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court applied this constitutional principle of privacy and liberty to a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy. The Court held that constitutional right to privacy includes a woman’s right to decide to have an abortion.

DC Legalizes Physician-Assisted Suicide
DC became the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide on Feb. 18, 2017, with California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington (from

Let us not see the day when rights to decide upon euthenizing victims are someone else’s private “right to decide” unless we change both laws. People like Obama, Hillary, Cecille, and Soros reinforce each other.  “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7: 16).


Planned Parenthood Denies Free Choice for Women

Abortion Pill Reversal Bill Research:

The Process:

  • A non-surgical medical abortion, often called a chemical abortion, is a process by which a woman takes pills containing Mifepristone (RU-486) followed 24-48 hours later by a pill containing Misoprostol
  • Preformed during the first trimester, typically within the first 49 (7 weeks) days of pregnancy
  • The drugs are FDA approved for use up to 10 weeks into pregnancy
  • Mifepristone prohibits the action of progesterone which is used to sustain and nourish the pregnancy. When RU-486 blocks progesterone the lining of the uterus breaks down, thus causing the fetus to die from lack of nourishment.
  • Misoprostol is then taken to create bleeding and cramping that expels the fetus from the womb.

Some Facts:

  • Medical abortions now count for about 25% of all abortions performed.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine says that the process is 98.5% effective.
  • Antibiotics are now prescribed in addition to the pills themselves to decrease the chances of infections. All clinics provide these as of 2008. “Needed to make a safe procedure even safer.”
  • Mifepristone is not known to cause any birth defects (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
  • Because Mifepristone itself does not cause abortion, there is some evidence to suggest that without the increased progesterone the same result, a viable pregnancy, will occur.
  • In 30-50% of cases the pregnancy will occur regardless of whether progesterone is taken after the first pill (so the fetus has this chance of viability).
    • This is one of the main arguments around the reversal pill- because the fetus already has such a significant chance of survival after just the first pill, many feel it is unnecessary to even take the progesterone to reverse the first step. Mifepristone binds more tightly to the progesterone receptors than to progesterone itself.
  • Only 5% of patients will need a surgical abortion if the medical abortion is unsuccessful.
  • If progesterone is safely prescribed to women during pregnancies it is safe for use during the first stages of a medical abortion.

APR Process:

  • Involves giving injectable progesterone after the first pill is taken, usually done within the 24-48 hour period before taking the second pill.
  • In the first case study four of six women who were given injectable progesterone delivered healthy to term newborns, and in the two remaining cases the abortion was completed after having the injected progesterone.
  • Patients are given 200mg of progesterone shortly after taking the mifepristone, and then have an ultrasound to determine fetal viability. The progesterone shots are administered daily for two days following the first injection, and then every other day during the first trimester.
  • *Data from the report in Annals of Pharmacotherapy published by Delgado and Davenport in December 2012 edition, “Progesterone Use to Reverse the Effect of Mifepristone.”
  • Because progesterone is often prescribed to pregnant women regardless of whether or not they have undergone the first steps of the medical abortion process, the use of progesterone is not considered to be harmful during pregnancy.
  • If a woman regrets taking the second pill, many doctors say that they would simply advise her to not take the second pill, rather than injecting the progesterone to reverse the process.

The Arizona Law on Abortion Pill Reversal:

  • The law proposed that doctors be required to inform their patients receiving a medical/chemical abortion, that after taking the first pill they could reverse the abortion procedure if they acted quickly and took progesterone.
  • Planned Parenthood took this case to Federal District Court.
  • “Leave the practice of medicine to doctors, and leave legislators out of it.”
  • The law was repealed in 2015

Free Choice Oppression by Colorado State Assembly

Colorado Assembly Hearing February 9, 2017 Transcript Part I, Pro-Choice Bill 1086

February 9, 2014 Colorado Assembly: House Committee on Health, Insurance, and Environment Hearing on HB17-1086 Abortion Pill Reversal Information ActSponsors: Rep. J. Everett, Rep. D. Nordberg, Sen. V. Marble

Good afternoon. The House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee will come to order. Conway, will you please call the roll.

Susan Beckman: Here. Janet Buckner: Here. Phil Covarrubias: Here. Daneya Esgar: Here. Steven Humphrey: Here. Dominique Jackson: Here. Chris Kennedy: Here. Lois Landgraf: Here. Susan Lontine: Here. Kim Ransom: Here. Madame Chair, Joann Ginal: Present. Good afternoon everyone. I thank you for coming today to this committee and testifying, to listen and I wanted to give a few housekeeping rules here. First of all there’s an overflow room for people who are standing in the back…There are three bills today that are very, kind of intertwined with each other so to speak, but please speak on the specific bill that we’re on, and if you’re going to speak on the other two bills then sign up for those as well. And at the request of the bill’s sponsors, we are going to alternate between a support and opposition, and you will be timed to a two-minute testimony, and some of you may come up individually and some of you may come up in groups, and that is up to the bill’s sponsor. So I believe that covers everything we need to cover for housekeeping. And our first bill today is House Bill 1086 presented by Representatives Everett and Nordberg. And which of you two would like to start first? Representative Nordberg.

 Nordberg: Madame Chair, members of the committee, it is an honor to be here today to present House Bill 1086 with friend and colleague, Representative Everett. At its core, Bill 1086 is an informed consent measure. It would require physicians or qualified providers to present patients with informational material before chemical abortion is administered. Specifically, these materials would inform the patient that should they change their mind while undergoing the abortion process and wish to continue their pregnancy, there’s still the potential to do so, but time is of the essence. Information would also be provided on resources available, which might further assist to reverse the effects of chemical abortion, preserving the pregnancy should the patient desire to do so.                                                           In order to facilitate this information sharing for both the provider and patient, we’re asking CDPHE to place this content on their website. Today, we are fortunate to have several medical professionals, legal experts, and patients who can attest first hand, not only to full and scientific aspects of this process, but also the urgent need for informed consent, and greater disclosure about how this process works. I hope you engage them and take this wide-ranging process to heart. I think in doing so, you’ll recognize the urgent need for this bill. In closing, I want to emphasize – regardless of your stance on abortion, it is paramount that women have a right to know all of their options. No one should have to live with the burden of their choices for lack of information. This bill seeks to remedy just that, to give every woman a comprehensive list of her options, and to give her room to change her mind if she determines that that is the best choice for her. I thank you for your attention today, and respectfully ask for your consideration.

Chair: Thank you Representative Nordberg. Representative Everett, would you like to have some comments?

Everett: Thank you Madame Chair, members of the committee, and everybody else that showed up today for to testify and listen in. I think women should have information so they can have all the options and evaluate the risk. Having all the information is important. I want to tell you a story about my mom. Not many of you know that two years ago, on Martin Luther King day, Mom had a stroke, and I got a call from South Carolina from her specialist that said my mom was not responsive, and said there was a drug available that if she got the injection immediately that it had a slight chance of working and really help her healing process, it may have no effect, and it had a twenty percent chance of killing her. And this is my mom. So it’s a very emotional decision that was sort of thrust upon me. But that doctor was required to give me all the information so I could evaluate the risks and make that decision. I chose to have my mom get the injection, and she’s still alive today and doing very well. And I was happy to make that decision but the doctor, at that time, was required to give me all the information so I could evaluate the risks. Women should have that same information on any health decision, especially in this situation. I trust women. I trust doctors, and I think they should have all the information so they can evaluate the risks, and make a decision. That’s why I’m on this bill. I thank this committee for their consideration, and I look forward to testimony.

Chair: Well, thank you Representative Everett and I’m, hope your mother has a speedy recovery. Representative Nordberg, do you want a support or opposition up first? I’m sorry –yes. I’m sorry. The committee has some questions and I’m – I’m just overwhelmed by the amount of people in here so I’m thinking they all want to testify so I forgot my own committee, so are there any questions for either bill sponsor from our committee from any of the – Representative Landgraf.

Landgraf: Thank you Madame chair, and Representative Everett I’m very sorry to hear about your mother and I’m glad she is recovering. Sounds like you made the right decision and it’s a good thing. So my question is this, would this bill, in any way hold a woman liable for a terminated pregnancy?

Everett: Madame Chair, Representative Landgraf, no. Nothing in the bill says that it will hold a woman liable for terminating a pregnancy, nowhere, anywhere in the bill. This just provides them with information so they can evaluate the risks and see where they want to proceed, whether they want to take the second pill or get that shot of progesterone to have the abortion pill reversal.

Landgraf: Thank you, Madame Chair. So would you, if you’re going to sum up your bill, would you say this actually gives women full information about an additional choice? We hear about choice so often, that they may have?

Everett: Thank you Madame Chair. Yes, I think women having all the information empowers them so they can make a good decision. And I trust women. I trust women if they’re given all the information, they’ll come to their, to a decision, and this doesn’t say that you should get the shot to the abortion pill reversal or not. It just says this information’s out there and you have that option, so they can make that choice.

Humphrey: Thank you Madame Chair and good morning – or afternoon to Representatives Nordberg and Everett. Thank you for bringing the bill. At present, do you believe that what Planned Parenthood is doing in terms of providing information or not providing information is endangering their clients?

Nordberg: Thank you Madame Chair, Representative Humphrey. We will have actually some patients who will be here today to discuss their experiences. I think that’s a great question to ask at that time.

Landgraf: Madame Chair. This is my last question for you guys. Do you know which of the states have passed similar legislation, and it’s my understanding that one of them is listening to this similar bill today?

Nordberg: Thank you Madame Chair, Representative Landgraf. Currently Arkansas and South Dakota have this measure on their books. Indiana and Louisiana are considering similar such legislation, and Arizona has something that is similar but not exactly comparable.

Beckman: Thank you Madame Chair. Representative Nordberg or Representative Everett, thank you for being here today. Just for clarification, so the website would be updated with the factual information needed for allowing the woman to know all her options, and then it would also be a requirement of the physician – hand that out to the patient because it will be easily printed off the website. Representative – is that correct? Is that how it works?

Nordberg: Thank you Madame Chair, Representative Beckman. Yes. More or less, we’re asking the Department of Public Health and Environment to facilitate that information on their website for both the convenience of the provider and the patient.

 Beckman: Thank you.

Chair: Any other questions from our committee members? I don’t want to forget anybody. Seeing none, open up the witness testimony. Representative Nordberg, would you like support or opposition first?

Nordberg: Thank you Madame Chair. If we could have proponents please start first.

Chair: Okay, so Wendy Smith, would you please come up. You have two minutes and then after Wendy Smith will be Dr. Delgado, George Delgado. Oh, I’m sorry. You’re second here up after. First here – oh…That’s right. Next, and the person after Miss Smith is Karen Middleton. This is very – kind of juggling all those around here. So that will be the next person up. Thank you.

Wendy Smith: Good afternoon.

Chair: Oh, that’s okay. I’m sorry. Miss Smith, please proceed and tell us who you are and who you represent, and your testimony, please. Thank you.

Wendy Smith: Okay. Thank you very much for allowing me to give testimony. My name is Wendy Smith, I’m obviously a woman. I’m a nurse practitioner. I’m here representing patients, family members. I’m also a mom who conceived when I was single and had – understand the difficult choices that women have to make. I’m here on behalf of my daughter, my granddaughter, three granddaughters. I’m here also on behalf of college students whom I mentor, as I’d like to discuss the – the drugs that are used in both the rescue and the abortion, medical abortion.  Hormones and pregnancy primarily include estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen helps uterine growth and maintains uterine lining, activates and regulates production of other hormones through complex feedback mechanisms.                                                                                                                               Progesterone is produced primarily by the ovaries and then eventually by the placenta. It helps to maintain placenta functioning and a healthy uterine lining. The mif – the mifepristone – excuse me, I’m nervous, [mifepristone] competitively blocks to bind the progesterone receptor on the cells. It is taken in a single two hundred milligram tablet by mouth the first day, usually in the clinic, followed by misoprostol 24 to 48 hours after this. The woman is then seen 7 to 14 days after to confirm termination of pregnancy.       Potential side effects of mifepristone is included in the drug information sheet. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this drug has a FDA black box warning, which includes potential life-threatening bleeding, serious or life-threatening infection may occur. Besides these other potential side effects are listed in the drug information sheet and I will give you a copy. It includes things like vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping, pelvic pain, headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.                                           The significance of a black box warning is a sign when a drug has been – has been found to cause potential serious adverse erects- events that lead to either death or serious injury. It is to alert the prescriber to make sure that they are aware of the potential risks, and to hold them to responsible to discuss these risks with their patients.                                       This drugs, these – this combination of drugs for the medical abortion also were approved under a program called REMS after post-marketing, and we had – we saw some adverse events that were quite serious, including loss of life. REMS stands for Risk -Nefprex Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies. This requires patient education on potential side effects, and patient must sign a consent form saying they received this information. Misoprostol is given as part of this protocol. It works to induce –indr- to induce uter- uterine contractions. It’s usually taken 24 to 48 hours after the first pill, can be taken as two – 200 milligrams in the cheek.

Chair: Excuse me, Miss Smith. Can you wrap that up? We have two minute timing on the testimony. Thank you.

Wendy Smith: Okay. All right, I would just like to point out that the second pill, Misoprostol also has a Black Box warning about the risk of abortion, of course, birth defects, premature births, or uterine rupture, and that is after – usually after eight weeks the risk increases, eight weeks gestation. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that the FDA approved extending the use of this medical abortion protocol to ten weeks. Progesterone has no Black Box warnings. It is given as an intermusculature injection over the first month and then tapered down. And I can give you more details on that, be glad to answer questions.

Chair: Thank you, very much Miss Smith, and I’m sorry, it is two minutes for each one, and I’m sorry to have cut you off like that. I want to give everybody fair warning out there. Are there any questions and comments from the committee members? Representative Landgraf.

Landgraf: Thank you Madame Chair. You use the term I’ve never heard, and that is a Black Box Warning. Can you go into a little bit of detail what that is?

Wendy Smith: Yes, I’d be glad to. A lot of – drugs are researched before they’re approved by the FDA. And sometimes, after post-marketing, we find there are serious adverse events and the public – that the public needs to be aware, that patients need to be educated on. So, the way the FDA approved this drug- this combination was very much outside of their traditional rigorous, scientific investigation. And so after the – it was approved and there was a post marketing period where they had serious debts. Then they applied this warning to all the drug information sheets and required the providers instruct patients – have the patients sign an informed consent about the Black Box Warning and other adverse events. So the Black Bar- Box is to alert providers and hopefully, the public that there are potentially life threatening or serious adverse events.

Landgraf: So I’m curious as to – I guess as to how you feel about patients, like the role of patient education and patient care, and whether you can separate patient care from patient information.

Wendy Smith: I think that’s an excellent question. A lot of my experience has been involved in clinical trials and involved in clinical trials and seeing patients everyday in the clinic. You cannot separate patient consent from care. A person has the right to know, to be informed, and to make an educated – that’s what informed consent is. They need all the information laid out before them so they can make a choice as to whether they want to take that risk or not. And I just would like to quote to you – the Institutes of Medicine have published a report crossing the quality chasm several years ago, and this quote is from their report. “Access to understandable health information is essential to empower patients to participate in their care. And patient-centered organizations take responsibility for providing access to that information.”                                                             The joint commission of accreditation of hospitals – I realize that most abortion clinics are not part of this, but it holds the same standards for any health care institution as far as providing high-quality, state-of-the-art, thorough informed consent. And they say patient care and patient education are inseparable. The goal is to integrate treatment and education so completely, that equipping the patient with knowledge and skills becomes as important as patient care.

Chair: Representative Beckman.

Beckman: Thank you Madame Chair. Thank you. Miss Smith, so what sort of research exists on possible abortion complications, on this issue, and where does that research come from?

Wendy Smith: Yes. That is a good question. So historically, let’s look at this medical abortion procedure. So a lot of – the bulk of the research was done in France, and we don’t have – I don’t have access to all those trials but I will tell you that the FDA – DA had questions about them meeting the same standards as we have in the United States. The FDA also approved this drug, the combination, which is something they’ve never done in the pa – prior to that, approving the two drugs together.                                                              The manufacturer of – of the Misoprostol, which was approved with a brand name Cidotek (?) to protect the stomach from ant-inflammatory drugs, the pharmaceutical company back in 2000 sent a letter to the FDA saying they did not agree with approving it under this indication. There was no research to support the combination of the drug.       Mis-mis-misprostol had been investigated independently as a single agent. The – the – Let me – I want to make sure I got the name of the org – the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology – his name was Doctor Ralph Hale. At the time, wrote a letter saying that their organization supported approval of the FDA approval, however I would draw your attention to, and I can provide you the reference list that they gave, all the studies looked at this drug as a single agent, not in combination with the mif- mife-mifepristone. The problem is that once they approve the combination, that’s when they started seeing some problems with threat to life.                                                                                                                         I would also point out that the FDA is supposed to be a politically neutral organization. But a Freedom of Information Act in 2016 revealed that they did get political pressure from other organizations and I can get you a list of some of those organizations if you want. I don’t feel it appropriate to say them here cause I don’t want to bias the presentation, but I will tell you that present – then President Bill Clinton was putting pressure on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to approve this combination of drugs. And that was revealed in the Freedom of Information Act, and I can provide you with the file with that evidence.                                                                                                                                                        One other thing I would like to point out is that when the FDA was going to originally approve this combination of drugs, they were going to require that the providers have hospital privileges, hospitals within their community and -before they could prescribe that drug. Under pressure, that was removed from the original –

Chair: Miss Smith, I think we’re talking about the reversal of this drug and not the actual history of RU486 itself.

Wendy Smith: Correct, but I was asked about the Black Box and so there was concern with the data that was presented. And after it was approved, they found out about the adverse settings, so that it had not been researched together and that’s what generated the Black Box warning.

Chair: Thank you. I have a question for you, Miss Smith. Does progesterone have a Black Box warning?

Wendy Smith: No, Ma’am. It does not.

Chair: I have looked up on a website called ‘Hippocrates’ (garbled voices) and there is a Black Box warning for progesterone.

Wendy Smith: I – you know I appreciate your research, however if you look at that it was only a Black Box when progesterone was used in combination with estrogen. The reason for that Blacks Box was because of the women’s health initiative, the risk of stroke, heart attack and cardiac disease. I will tell you that in this rescue procedure, it’s looking at progesterone oil. So that when I say there’s not a Black Box, there is not a Black Box warning in progesterone in the oil form in the IM injection that is used for the rescue protocol.

Chair: Thank you, Miss Smith. The – it does say micronized progesterone, and what you’re talking about with the women’s health study and the NIH studies that showed that Provara, which was a combination of estrogen and progestin in what is known for women for hot flashes and it was the Provara part which was the methoxyprogersterone acetate portion which – but that causes cancer. But also in ‘Hippocrates’ the progesterone, micronized progesterone itself has a Black Box warning.

Wendy Smith: In the oil form in the IM injection, I am not aware that it does. But I will also tell you that when you talk about some of the si – the potential side effects, those combinations were used longer term and usually in women who were beyond menopause in studies that combined estrogen and progesterone, as far as progesterone oil by itself. If there are – I am not aware of a Black Box warning. I have the drug information sheets here I will provide for you. So.

Chair: Thank you.

Wendy Smith: You’re welcome.

Chair: Representative Landgraf.

Landgraf: Thank you Madame Chair. Thank you, Miss Smith for your testimony. Is there any reason in the world that you can think of to restrict asset– restrict access to understandable health information, any reason you shouldn’t tell a woman what’s going on?

Wendy Smith: Personally I think that would be negligence.

Chair: Representative Lontine.

Lontine: Thank you Madame Chair and Miss Smith. You testified about being a registered nurse. What exactly are your medical credentials?

Wendy Smith: I am an acute care nurse practitioner. I specialize in hematology and oncology. I-I’ve- I’ve been involved with clinical trials and I take care of women of all ages, including women who have pregnancy during cancer.

Lontine: Thank you. Were you aware then that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have a published paper that says that medication abortion reversal is not reported by anybody of scientific evidence?

Wendy Smith: I’m sorry. What was the question?

Lontine: That the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have a paper out – it’s on their website, that medication abortion reversals that you’re suggesting – that this bill suggests, is not supported by anybody of scientific evidence?

Wendy Smith: You know I would be glad to answer that as well. There is also the American Association of pro-life OBGYN oncologists who have come out with a fact sheet in support of this. Over a thousand women have undergone the reversal procedure. There are 325 providers right now who are participating in this. I would also again go back to data. So the medical abortion procedure it self, and the only reason I bring this up is because of organizations, as you point out, have endorsed it.

Lontine: Miss Smith, would you answer the questions?

Wendy Smith: Yes, yes, I’m getting to it.

Lontine: Thank you.

Wendy Smith: So when you look at the data that approved it – some of the data – some of the research that has shown there’s no dangers with the medical abortion pres-combination protocol, were published in a peer review journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology. The question is that who is approving and what are their affiliations. So some of that research on the safety of the pill where the co-authors, one- one was paid by Danco Pharmaceuticals, the company that distributes the drug. Another was high up in Planned Parenthood. Another in the study, the doctor was on the board of NARAL …

(NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado – “Each year, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado releases legislative scorecards, political reports, and ballot guides to inform their member and the pro-choice community about the representatives, bills, and ballot initiatives that impact reproductive health, rights, and justice in Colorado. Every bill in the 2016 Colorado General Assembly that didn’t reflect NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado values and shared belief in women making their own private, personal medical decisions was defeated.”)

 (Danco Laboratories)“Danco Laboratores is an LLC, which was incorporated in 1995. Danco has a license from the Population Council to distribute the drug mifepristone, under the brand name Mifeprex. Mifeprex is the only drug distributed by Danco. The offices of Danco are in New York City, and are under an unlisted phone number and a post office box for security purposes.”)

The House Committee on Health, Insurance, and Environment voted six to five, tabling BH17-1086, Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act indefinitely. The committee members’ concluding comments at the end of the day after hearing all three potentially pro-life bills:

Susan Beckman: “Thank you so much and I will echo many of your comments about the really great testimony tonight. I really appreciate how respectful everyone was. I’ve learned a lot about abortion laws in Colorado -We are divided as a nation about this issue. It’s a value issue, it’s a moral issue that’s very deep for some. We’re divided as a state, our platforms as parties are very polarized on this issue, and I think it was a really good civil conversation to have and I think we need to continue to have these conversations because the life of a child is very important and the child has a right to live.”

Janet Buckner:

Phil Covarrubias: “This has been an interesting evening and my first one as a legislator on a subject like this. Real fast, I guess I’m confused how we are as a society. The very people that speak to love, tolerance, and inclusiveness seem to be the very ones who want to protect the rapists, murderers, and thieves but not the babies. And so I’m really conflicted with that. I understand, I heard the testimony on both sides, and I hear it. I get it. But abortion’s wrong. For the most part, it’s wrong to do. It’s not that hard to figure that out. And I hope we can all, at some point come together. And somebody had mentioned that education really is truly the way to lower the number of abortions. I couldn’t agree with that more. The more we educate our young people coming up, I think we can lessen that number and hopefully get to a point where – where we really are respecting the life of the unborn.”

Vice Chair, Daneya Esgar: “I’ve sat on this committee for three years now, and I’ve heard most of these bills, similar bills for three years now. And the conversations are never easy, and the conversations are never fun. This is a tough conversation to have, and we have it, and the voters constantly tell us what they think as well every time we’ve taken this to the ballot. I have a hard time when I sit and look at all the people in this room who’ve spent their entire day and night with us wanting to know why do we bring this up and why do we continue to go over this when the voters have spoken, when it’s in our U.S. Constitution that it’s a woman’s right to choose. And I want to echo what Rep. Buckner said because I don’t think people hear this enough. Being Pro-Choice does not mean that you’re Pro-Abortion. And we really just – when we – when we talk about these issues I think we have to keep those type of things in mind, and I do appreciate the civil discourse we’ve had because too many times people, and especially the media-sometimes  we hear about the horrible things we say about each other on this issue. And I think at the end of the day we all want the same thing. We want to protect women. We want to protect people. It’s just a matter of science at the end of the day. And I will continue to fight to make sure that a woman is able to have that right to decide for herself with her doctor and her family what is the best choice for her.”

Steven Humphrey: “I thought I might end up on a bi-partisan note and quote Dr. Purell here when he said, ‘Science long ago established a human life begins at conception and that human development is a continuous, seamless process. What has become a significant debate in this country is not when human life begins but rather when and under what circumstances that human life deserves legal protection. I feel that by respecting all human life this state will be a better, more humane place for all of us to live. By arbitrarily deciding to protect life only at 20 weeks gestation or only at birth, or only during infancy, we diminish our humanity.’”

Dominique Jackson:


Chris Kennedy:


Lois Landgraf: “Thank you Bill sponsors, and I need to congratulate you. You guys have hung in there…I also want to thank the gentleman in the back in the blue shirt because I thought he said it best. I’m pretty sure it was you who said, ‘Ultimately this decision, this situation lies in a much higher being. And that regardless of what side you come down on this issue it will ultimately be somebody else that judges right or wrong.’ I’m sorry. I really appreciated that. I thought it was an outstanding thing for everybody to hear. And so thank you…”

Susan Lontine: “You know tonight we’ve heard a variety of things. We heard a bill that wanted to interfere with the ability of a doctor to practice medicine according to their training…” (HB17-1086) “Pro-Choice does not mean Pro-Abortion. It means that each woman be allowed to make their own decisions. Whether that choice is to have an abortion or to have a baby, it should be her choice made with the help of her family and her doctor – not government…”

Kim Ransom: “First of all I want to thank everyone for having this conversation. I know it’s not an easy one. I know it’s a late night and I do want to thank everyone for their patience and your politeness to our witnesses and to Representative Humphrey and myself cause I do think we heard from at least one witness that this is an important conversation to have, and I do think it’s important to at least look at – look at our society and ask – and rights of everybody…I talked about science and biology, that is what my emphasis tried to be…We’re looking at rights, and we’re balancing right to privacy of moms versus the right to life of that little tiny being that has a heartbeat and brain waves. And I guess that balancing act is the hard part and what we all have to examine. There are conflicting rights…I just want to make sure everybody understands that there are, there is scientific background for what we’ve been saying tonight.”

Madame Chair, Joann Ginal: “I’d like to comment. And I want to thank Eva for bringing this bill forward, It has come forward in my time, I think this is the fourth time. But I want to thank every one of you out there, who came out in support or opposition because it means a lot and we did have a civil and a very respectful conversation, which needs to be every time we talk about this issue. But I have a hard time with this bill because as a scientist, I do believe in science. And I haven’t heard science tonight…”

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Yesterday’s Headlines from The Colorado Springs Gazette:


Trump fires top justice lawyer.
Acting Attorney General holdover from Obama Administration, Sally Yates was fired after she instructed Justice Department attorneys to not defend Trump’s immigration order in court. Another U.S. Attorney Obama appointee for eastern Virginia, Dana Boente was sworn in that same night. Boente said, “I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Sanetor Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and inform the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected.”
President Trump’s executive order is a 90-day ban of immigration from the seven Muslim-majority nations selected by Obama. In the past, such immigrants were also questioned or denied entry by the previous administration.Yet Obama was one of many who encouraged protests as he, himself protested the temporary curb on immigration from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Libya.
Permanent residents with green cards many not be detained. They should be allowed in at any port of entry, but should also be prepared for extra inspection. Refugees in transit, or who would suffer hardship if not allowed and are prepared to travel, will be given entry.
Attorneys were on hand at major airports playing a watch dog role in seeing that new arrivals were given access to attorneys as one judge has ordered.White House press secretary Spicer stated that only 109 out of three hundred thousand travelers were affected.
Protestors quickly gathered at major airports to welcome travelers from every nation to the U.S. Although they did not apply for required permits at such hubs of international travel, thereby breaking another law but, like Madonna dreaming of bombing the White house, were not arrested.
Senate Democrats quickly acted to pass legislation that would rescind the President’s temporary ban, but found insufficient support for it. They, themselves, have recanted willingness to work with Trump’s administration and promise to reject Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice and hold up other Cabinet confirmations. They say that Trump is moving much too quickly in keeping his campaign promises. Democrat Senator Christopher Murphy plans to spend more of his time in Congress vocalizing the dangerous consequences to U.S. national security.

A former Justice Department spokesman, Matthew Miller, tweeted that nothing like this had happened since Nixon fired his attorney general over Watergate in a 1973 Saturday night massacre.

But then, as former President Bill Clinton can verify, limiting access to our country’s benefits for refugees and immigrants can be, and sometimes should be done.

Trump has ordered reduction of Federal Regulations.
The key phrase, “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination” Winston Churchill warned about excessive regulations. “If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.” Dr. Ben Carson claims that Federal Regulations could be stacked up as high as a three-story building. The George Mason University study of the 175,000 page Code of Federal Regulations suggests that red tape is what led Government Sponsored Enterprises into the 2008 housing bubble and killed jobs.

An American discovery:

Social icons, having gained fame and fortune by acting out every man’s common ambitions and every woman’s secret fantasies, are now so bold as to instruct us – not only who to vote for, but also that Americans who voted for someone other than their choice are racist, ignorant, and untrustworthy traitors to a free society.

They are demonstrating this deplorable treachery of Trump voters by inciting riots, breaking windows in downtown business districts, setting cars ablaze, and sharing their desire to bribe legal electors and to bomb U.S. Government buildings. They are now interfering with ordinary business travelers by crowding into major airports with their anti-government message of non-hatred, without required permits.

All this because a new Administration plans to: uphold the American Constitution and appoint Supreme Court judges that do, mobilize repatriation task force, reroute the Dakota pipe line, limit immigration, defund planned murder of babies, rebuild infrastructure, raise tariffs on imports, reform tax laws, and only God knows what else they have in mind. This is what progressive liberals are fighting against, never mind legality of actions.

If their choice of Government had made it to the White House and succeeded in changing the Constitution, limiting the rights of free speech, freedom of religion, rights to bear arms, rights to life and the individual’s pursuit of happiness, just imagine how peaceful, how benign, how oppressive our government could have become. This is what progressive liberals are fighting for, to change legal rights.

To quote Alicia A. Caldwell of the Associated Press, her article in Colorado Springs’ Sunday Gazette (Jan 29, 2016), Trump’s ban of Syria immigrants “did not do anything to prevent attacks from homegrown extremists who were already in America, a primary concern of law enforcement officials.”

So, where do we draw the line between legalized murder and right to life? Is there a line in the sand between foreign terrorists and homegrown terrorists? Who advocates legalized murder and homegrown terrorists? And who pays the price of murder, the victims or the society that grows it? Will Trump bring us to the brink of war, or will Clinton foundation followers learn to speak in terms that voters who can’t be bought might understand?

To get Hillary’s advocacy in government affairs cost millions for potential favors. I am proud to say that Trump’s millions didn’t buy him the highest office in the land, nor did Hillary’s.