AG Paxton Defends State Ban on Barbaric Abortion Procedure at the 5th Circuit
AUSTIN, TX – A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling blocking part of Senate Bill 8, a law enacted by the Texas Legislature, which prohibits ghastly dismemberment abortions.
Abortion by dismemberment, which is performed in the second trimester, kills fetuses by using forceps to tear them apart limb by limb while they are still alive, causing the unborn child to bleed to death in their mother’s womb. The law does not prohibit other second-trimester abortions.
“My office’s legal team exposed the horrific truth of dismemberment abortions, a gruesome, inhumane, and barbaric procedure that completely disregards respect for human life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “During today’s arguments, we demonstrated that Senate Bill 8 is constitutional, and I’m optimistic that the 5th Circuit will uphold Texas’ lawful authority to protect unborn children from this abhorrent procedure.”
Although the U.S. Supreme Court previously held that states may pass laws to protect and foster respect for unborn life by banning inhumane abortion procedures, the U.S. District Court in Austin ruled against Senate Bill 8 the day before it was to take effect.
The Texas law was put on weeklong trial in November 2017 and the district court ruled in favor of abortion providers who challenged Senate Bill 8. Attorney General Paxton immediately filed a notice of appeal to the 5th Circuit. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit heard today’s oral arguments.
Drug Investigators Stumbled Onto Nearly
50 Children’s Bodies in Clinic of Horrors
The story is horrific and shocking. It is so unbelievably gruesome that some preview audiences had a hard time believing it could be real.
But when “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” executive producer John Sullivan sat down with The Western Journal’s Josh Manning, he explained that was why actual crime scene photos were included during the credits rolling at the end of the movie: Those horrors really did happen.
Investigators found the bodies of nearly 50 children at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia, and they were not stored in one place as medical waste. Instead, around every corner investigators found more surprises in the “house of horrors,” according to the firsthand accounts the movie-makers used.
“They were stored in plastic bags, they were put into orange juice containers with the lids cut off, and they were stored in refrigerators in the lunch room … in the break room,” Sullivan said.
As horrific as the discoveries were, little media attention was given to the story, even during the trial. It didn’t fit the pro-abortion agenda supported by so many in the establishment media.
In an opinion piece for LifeNews, reporter J.D. Mullane of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Courier Times noted that he covered “the 2013 trial of the infamous Philadelphia abortionist and killer of newborns, a murder trial ignored by Big Media.” The scene of the all the empty media seats from the trial was actually reflective of a real photo Mullane snapped in disgust at the actual proceedings.
And that is not all. I n a preview for the movie, the character of Assistant District Attorney Alexis “Lexy” McGuire says, “Nothing that man did that protects women or children. And you don’t have to be a pro-life activist to see that.’” And perhaps that is the biggest problem of all for the movie and the telling of the story.
This was evidenced when “Gosnell,” which opened Oct. 12 and was doing well on screens nationwide, suddenly started disappearing from theaters. Audiences have raved about the film, with some viewers reporting it changed their views about abortion.
College student Kathy Zhu is one of them. “Yesterday, I was pro-choice,” she told her 50,000 Twitter followers. “I believed that women should have a say & the gov shouldn’t be interfering w/ our lives. Today, I’m pro-life.”
Yesterday, I was pro-choice. I believed that women should have a say & the gov shouldn’t be interfering w/ our lives
Today, I’m pro-life. After watching #Gosnell & doing in-depth research, I finally understand the horrors of loopholes in late-term abortions. Pls go watch Gosnell pic.twitter.com/H7WPz8Dcoj
— Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) October 22, 2018
Despite — or more likely because of — the impact it is having on audiences, “Gosnell” has faced numerous obstacles since its release.
Although the filmmakers strove for accuracy, “Gosnell” is not graphic in its portrayal of the horrific events. This, in contrast to some ordinary or even Halloween and horror-themed movies, would not be a reason for the movie to be pulled from theaters or have its advertising banned.
Anyone interested in seeing the film may purchase tickets online via links on the movie’s website.
Wagoner County Couple In Jail Accused Of Abusing 5-Month-Old Child
WAGONER COUNTY, OK – A Wagoner County couple is in Jail tonight accused of child abuse against a 5-month-old girl.
Kassidy Sump and her boyfriend Axton Chancellor are facing child abuse charges.
Investigators say the brutal assault against the 5-month-old baby girl happened at their home in Coweta.
An affidavit says the couple, along with the child’s grandparents took the baby to the hospital. Sheriff Chris Elliott says the couple originally told doctors the child fell off the bed a month ago. But he says the baby had injuries consistent with abuse with a broken arm, clavicle, a fractured skull and bruising around the face and mouth.
“This baby was so severely injured they transported the baby by ambulance to the main saint Francis hospital located in Tulsa,” said Sheriff Elliott.
The affidavit goes on to say Chancellor admitted to pulling the baby’s arm until he heard a popping sound, dropping her on the floor, and grabbing her face hard enough to cause the bruising. He told investigators he did this all because the baby was crying.
“This is a very disturbing case from my investigators. This is a 5-and-a-half-month-old baby that can’t protect herself. She can’t tell anybody what’s going on and we’re going to prosecute these two individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sheriff Elliott.
Sheriff Elliott says Sump knew that Chancellor had possibly injured her baby girl but failed to treat her for two days. The affidavit says Sump sought out medical treatment for the baby after the injuries were discovered by the child’s grandmother.
“Everybody failed this little girl. We just didn’t know what was going on. Now that we know what’s going on, we’re going to prosecute,” said Sheriff Elliott.
The baby girl is in the hospital recovering from her injuries. The Wagoner County Sheriff Office says that child and her older sibling are now in protective custody.
Father charged with capital murder after
stabbing toddler in Lewisville, police say
DALLAS, TX – A father accused of slamming his toddler son on the sidewalk and stabbing him in a deadly attack has been charged with capital murder, Lewisville police said.
Blair Ness, 27, was released from the hospital Tuesday and booked into the Lewisville city jail after the attack that killed his son, 16-month-old Ashton Ness, Sunday in a courtyard at Oak Forest Apartments in Lewisville. Bail is set at $1.5 million.
As Ness, who was shot by a neighbor trying to stop the attack, was being handcuffed Sunday, he asked police to contact his mother and girlfriend. He told officers, “I know everyone’s mad, I’m mad. I killed my son,” according to an affidavit for his arrest.
A forensic investigator found stab wounds “all over” the boy’s head and body, police records say.
Police said evidence indicates that Ness’ attack on the toddler began inside the apartment he shared with his son and girlfriend, who was at work when the boy was killed. Officers found a large blood stain on the carpet in the master bedroom, a blood-stained folding knife and skull fragments near the bedroom door, the affidavit states. The apartment was smoky and smelled of marijuana, police said.
A trail of blood led outside to the scene of the attack, where officers saw several bloody kitchen knives in the grass next to a pool of blood.
When police interviewed the boy’s mother and Ness’s girlfriend, Alexandra Murphy, she said she couldn’t think of any reason why Ness would want to harm their son, the affidavit said. He had been reading the Bible a lot and they had been attending church lately, she told police. When she left the apartment Sunday to go to work, Ness was feeding their son.
In a statement, Ness’s family asked to be left alone to mourn Ashton.
“The shock of this vicious act will forever affect anyone that is close to this horror that happened on August 19th. We thank you for all the support, space and kindness during this time. We love you Ashton and we will always remember your beautiful smile and laughter,” the statement read.
The family’s statement said Ness “left this earth sometime in the last few weeks as he opened a door to allow demons to enter into his body.”
Ness did not have a criminal history in Dallas, Denton, Collin or Tarrant counties, according to court records.
In 2013, he entered a guilty plea in New Mexico on charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and kidnapping of a victim younger than 18. He pleaded guilty but was placed on deferred adjudication probation, court records indicate. The charges were dismissed in 2018 when he completed the probation program.
Ness was arrested March 23, 2013, after an overnight standoff with a SWAT team in Los Lunas, N.M., according to KOAT-TV. Police were called to his home after a woman told dispatchers she had been sexually assaulted, and Ness refused to come out for six hours until police fired pepper spray inside, the station reported.
It is unclear whether Ness has an attorney yet.
Just days before the attack, Ness posted a picture on Facebook of the young family and expressed his devotion to them and Jesus.
“The start of something beautiful!” he wrote. “I love my family, man do we have a strong bond, let’s all stand strong in jesus christ cause it’s so much better than magic.”
Ness was treated for a hand injury, likely from the knife used in the attack, and a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. Toxicology tests are pending.
Friends will hold a public candlelight vigil Thursday for 16-month-old Ashton Ness. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza on Church Street in Lewisville.
Family set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Ashton’s mother with funeral expenses.
A description for the fundraiser said Ashton “lit up a room when he entered it,” and had “the cutest dimples you ever saw.”
The fundraiser had surpassed its goal of $15,000 on Tuesday.
Several neighbors at the sprawling Oak Forest Apartments complex, along State Highway 121 Business just west of Interstate 35E, saw and heard Sunday’s attack in the courtyard.
Neighbors say Ashton’s father came out of his apartment ranting and raving as he carried a child in his arms who wasn’t moving.
Nine frantic neighbors, including the girlfriend of the neighbor who shot at the father, called 911 during the attack, according to recordings released by the city. Each told dispatchers there was a man stabbing his son in the apartment courtyard.
One man told the dispatcher: “They slammed the little kid on the ground. They’re stabbing their baby out here in the middle…”
“They’re stabbing their baby?” the dispatcher asked.
“They’re stabbing the baby right now in the middle of the complex, right now,” he said.
Another caller told a dispatcher, “There’s blood everywhere.”
“I think the dad killed him,” she said. The woman then told the dispatcher she heard two or three gunshots.
“Shots just went off,” she said.
Neither the police nor Child Protective Services had been previously called to the boy’s home in Lewisville, Capt. Jesse Hunter said at the scene Sunday.