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    A Texas mom faked a pregnancy, then murdered her pregnant friend and cut the fetus from the victim's womb to try and pass it off as her own, a court heard.   Taylor Parker, 29, is accused of killing 34 weeks pregnant Regan Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her unborn baby daughter Braxlynn Sage in New Boston, in October 2020. Parker, who also goes by the surnames Morton and Griffin, pleaded not guilty to capital murder and kidnapping, as well as non-capital murder in connection with the baby. Her trial began Monday, and she could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if she is convicted of capital murder. Authorities believe that Parker was so terrified of losing her boyfriend Wade Griffin that she faked a pregnancy for nearly 10 months. She is a mom of two, but had undergone hysterectomy surgery, meaning she was unable to have further children.   She is accused of faking ultrasounds as well as having a gender reveal party and posting on social media about her false pregnancy while searching for a victim. Taylor Parker,...
    A pregnant woman was held in an Alabama jail for three months in an effort to 'protect her fetus' after she was arrested for marijuana possession, while another remains behind bars after giving birth. Ashley Banks, a 23-year-old from Gadsden, was arrested on May 25 for carrying a small amount of marijuana, possession of a pistol without a permit to carry and failure to appear on a previous theft of property charge. She then admitted to smoking weed the day she found out she was pregnant, just two days earlier.  As a result, she was not allowed to leave the Etowah County Jail and was left bleeding on the jail floor for five weeks as she suffered from a high-risk pregnancy. Meanwhile, another mother, Hali Burns remains behind bars following her arrest just days after she gave birth to her son, while visiting him in the NICU. She had tested positive for methamphetamines and a drug to treat opioid-addicted pregnant women while she was pregnant. They are among up to a dozen pregnant or post-partum women are now being held...
    A Louisiana woman has shared her fury after her state's abortion law denied her a termination despite her fetus developing without a skull - a condition that means it will not survive  Nancy Davis, who is 15 weeks pregnant, said she will travel out of state next week for a 'medically necessary' abortion because the fetus she is carrying suffers from acrania, a fetal abnormality that is fatal. The law forbidding Davis bans all abortions except if there is substantial risk of death or impairment to the woman if she continues her pregnancy and in the case of 'medically futile' pregnancies Davis was told that if she brought the pregnancy to full term and gave birth, the baby would likely survive for a very short amount of time - anywhere from several minutes to a week.  She doesn't want to go through the trauma of that labor - and blasted the woolly language of her state's abortion bill for making her suffer.   'Basically, they said I had to carry my baby to bury my baby,' Davis said. 'They seemed confused...
    An American woman who nearly died when doctors in Malta refused to perform an abortion after she began suffering a miscarriage while on her babymoon has finally received a life-saving termination after being flown to Spain to undergo the procedure. Andrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, from Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island in an attempt to spend some quality time together before welcoming a daughter, when she suddenly developed heavy bleeding and was rushed to the hospital. The expectant mother, who was 16-weeks pregnant at the time, thought she had suffered from a miscarriage, and an ultrasound showed a ruptured membrane, detached placenta, and no amniotic fluid in the womb - however, the fetus still had a 'viable' heartbeat. This meant that doctors at Mater Dei Hospital, the facility in Malta where she was admitted, refused to terminate the pregnancy - citing laws in the country that ban any form of abortion, despite the fact that Andrea's life was at serious risk from her condition, and despite the fetus having a 'zero per cent chance'...
    An American woman who began suffering from a miscarriage while on vacation in Malta and is now fearing for her life because doctors have refused to terminate the pregnancy has admitted that she wanted her husband to punch her in the stomach to stop the fetus' 'viable' heartbeat and end her 'suffering.' Andrea Prudente, 38, and her husband, Jay Weeldreyer, 45, from Seattle, Washington, were visiting the European island in an attempt to spend some quality time together before welcoming a daughter, when she suddenly developed heavy bleeding and was rushed to the hospital. The expecting mother, who was 16 week pregnant at the time, thought she had suffered from a miscarriage, and an ultrasound showed a ruptured membrane, detached placenta, and no amniotic fluid in the womb - however, the fetus still had a heartbeat. Medical professionals at Mater Dei Hospital, where she was admitted, are now refusing to terminate the pregnancy since abortion is illegal in Malta - despite her being at risk for a possible infection, which could enter her bloodstream and kill her, and despite the fetus...
    We ought to revive that old-time, pre-Roe, religion according to which an embryo is an embryo, not a person. That’s what I said last week. Before 1973, the year the US Supreme Court decided Roe, the most opposed to abortion were Catholic dioceses. Other religions were indifferent or in favor of women’s ultimate authority over their bodies. Indeed, to argue that an embryo is an embryo, not a person – or that a fetus is a fetus, not a person – was to push forward the cause of freedom of religion and freedom from it. Choice covered both. Analysis by the Southern Baptist Convention found that Roe was consistent with this double-sided liberty. W. Barry Garrett, in 1973 a correspondent of The Baptist Press, said that the ruling was not just tolerable. It advanced “religious liberty, human equality and justice.” “Does the decision on abortion intrude on the religious life of the people? Answer: No. Religious bodies and religious persons can continue to teach their own particular views to their constituents with all the vigor they desire. People...
    MUST WATCH: A pro choice MAN aggressively berates and verbally degrades a pro life WOMAN getting in her face calling her a \u201ccloset homosexual\u201d and then asks if anyone will TOUCH him at the Planned Parenthood Protest at the AZ State Capitol on 5/14/22pic.twitter.com/mfoX0qe3MD — Drew Hernandez (@Drew Hernandez) 1652634794 Here's a supercut showing pro-abortion demonstrators going ballistic and appearing ready to do physical battle: Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @DrewHLive One of them sings the words "coat-hanger dodger" presumably to an anti-abortion protester and adds "that means your mom stuck a coat hanger up her [slang for female bodily part] and tried to get rid of you, but she failed." (Content warning: Language): UNHINGED: Pro Abortion protesters went BALLISTIC when pro life advocates arrived to the Planned Parenthood Protest at the AZ State Capitolpic.twitter.com/6EdtcHSe5t — Drew Hernandez (@Drew Hernandez) 1652584237 For your science geeks out there, here's the "coat-hanger dodger" protester venturing further into the stratosphere and declaring that "masturbation is murder." Seems she's concluded that "if you masturbate, you...
    Few Americans have any clue just how extreme most Republicans are when it comes to abortion. The other side likes to caterwaul about so-called partial-birth abortion—which isn’t really a thing—or so-called late-term abortions, which happen so rarely and under such extraordinary circumstances, it’s hard to imagine anyone with even a rudimentary heart could remain unmoved by the stories of the people who are compelled to get them.  All that makes sense, of course. No one is going to carry a fetus to full term, only to decide at the last minute that they’re just not feeling it anymore. Childbirth is not like a date with Donald Trump Jr.—only with slightly fewer opioids and marginally less unintelligible screaming. You can’t just back out the moment the surgical implements and ether make their first appearance. If a woman is tragically forced to seek an abortion late in her pregnancy, it’s almost always because her life is in danger or the fetus is nonviable. But that’s just common sense. On the other hand, the horror stories liberals can—and most likely soon will—tell about the vile excesses of the...
    "And if the leaker — a lot of people are saying it could be a conservative — if the leaker is a Republican, and if I get pregnant during our lovemaking, I will joyfully abort our fetus, and let them know," she added, deadpan, as Mohyeldin broke down laughing at the idea of a pro-life conservative being told his unborn child would be killed. “I don’t know if that answered your question,” said Kilmartin. “I probably didn’t.” “It was a little off topic,” Mohyeldin admitted with a big smile on his face. After more discussion, Kilmartin told another joke about how Democrats should respond if Roe v. Wade is overturned that stupefied the panel. “There’s obviously little bit of disappointment with the Democrats just over the last couple of years not rushing to codify Roe v. Wade when they had a supermajority during Obama. But what do you think they should be doing right now?” Mohyeldin asked her. "Well, this is controversial, but I think that every Democratic member of Congress who’s over the age of 87...
    STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images For some users on Monday, the solution to the daily Wordle might seem extremely timely. If Wordle players did not refresh their browser window prior to loading Monday’s puzzle, the answer they were asked to solve was “fetus” — a word which has obviously been in the news in recent days, given last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion which would overturn Roe v. Wade. The New York Times, which recently purchased the popular word game and has operated it for the past several months, says that the words are loaded into the game well in advance, and when Monday’s solution was discovered, they tried to change it. In a statement published by the Times, Everdeen Mason — the Times’ editorial director for games — explained that the solution was purely a product of happenstance. “Some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely connected to a major recent news event,” Mason wrote. “This is entirely unintentional and a coincidence — today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year.” Mason went on to...
    A panel on MSNBC’s Ayman broke down several times in response to guest Laurie Kilmartin commenting that she wanted to “make sweet love” to the SCOTUS leaker, and if that person turned out to be Republican, “joyfully abort our fetus and let them know,” and then later suggesting that octogenarian Democrats in Congress should go on a hunger strike like an IRA member who died while imprisoned for a bombing plot. Host Ayman Mohyeldin moderated the discussion about the recent leak of a draft majority Supreme Court opinion that would uphold a Mississippi abortion law prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks, overturning the landmark case of Roe v. Wade. Mohyeldin mentioned a recent MSNBC.com opinion column that criticized Republican outcry over the leaked opinion “because so much of their political agenda requires using the Supreme Court to advance policy far too unpopular for the democratic process.” “Do you agree that this is going against the undemocratic will, but this is the only way Republicans can achieve this?” he asked Kilmartin, a comedian and staff writer on Conan O’Brien’s show, Conan. “Yeah,...
    A former eBay executive terrorized a married journalist couple who criticized the firm by sending them a funeral wreath, maggots, a pig fetus and 'barely legal' porn addressed to them that was deliberately mailed to their neighbors.   James Baugh, 47, admitted five crimes at a court in Boston Monday, including multiple counts of stalking an witness tampering.   The former Senior Director of Safety & Security - alongside six other co-conspirators - were criminally charged for campaign against Ina and David Steiner, of Natick, who published a critical newsletter called EcommerceBytes about the company.  He will be sentenced in September, and faces a prison sentence of up to 50 years for his vile antics.   Baugh's campaign started in August 2019 and left the couple 'fearing for their lives' after he traveled from San Jose in California to the Steiners' Massachusetts home to stalk them.  Baugh and his team met to discuss the campaign in early August, where Baugh allegedly cited the 1988 movie Johnny Be Good, where two characters sent their football coach pizzas, strippers, and exterminator, among other things, to his door.  'Senior executives...
    When former eBay executive James Baugh of San Jose first launched the harassment campaign against a couple publishing a newsletter with content critical of the e-commerce giant, Baugh suggested to his operatives that they send the pair “scary masks, live insects, or embarrassing items, such as pornography and strippers,” according to an FBI affidavit. Minus the strippers, that’s what they sent — and more. Baugh, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of stalking, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investigation. His sentencing in federal court in Massachusetts is scheduled for Sept. 29. He was one of seven former eBay employees — including two former Santa Clara Police Department captains — charged with criminal offenses in relation to the campaign. The Boston-area married couple, Ina and David Steiner, who published an online shopping newsletter that contained reports and comments critical of eBay, were “terrified” and suffered “substantial emotional distress” from the year-long harassment campaign, the affidavit said. At the initial meeting in a room at eBay’s San Jose headquarters...
    A couple is suing a New York fertility clinic for allegedly impregnating the wife with a stranger's embryo instead of their own and then trying to cover it up by claiming she had 'two sets of DNA'.  The couple's identities have not been revealed; they are suing the New York Fertility Clinic and its specialists for allegedly impregnating the wife with another couple's embryo in July 2021.  The couple met in 2010 and had three kids naturally but struggled to conceive a fourth.  Throughout multiple rounds of egg retrieval and fertilization at the clinic, the couple only ever produced one viable, female embryo.   In July 2021, they were elated doctors transferred what they thought was their female embryo into the mother's uterus. However in September, they say they learned through tests that the baby the wife was carrying was not their biological child.  The mother underwent a 'Panorama' test which determines chromosome abnormalities among fetuses.  The result was inconclusive because her DNA did not match the baby's, according to the couple's lawsuit.  The staff at the New York Fertility Institute...
    A sex assault survivor is suing a New York IVF clinic after it allegedly broke an agreement to insert a female embryo inside her, and she gave birth to a boy.    Assistant Dean for New Student Transitions at CUNY Geneseo Heather Wilhelhm-Routenberg and her wife, Robbie, who also works at the university as a chief diversity officer, are suing CNY Fertility Albany in Latham on 11 counts including breach of contract, medical malpractice and battery. They are seeking unspecified damages. CNY Fertility has refused to comment on the case.  The couple told the New York Post that they decided Heather would carry their child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) after Robbie had suffered a miscarriage during their first attempt to have a daughter. They had opted to implant each other's embryos, meaning Robbie was given one of Heather's, and Heather received one of Robbie's after the first miscarriage.  The couple say they were assured that all embryos implanted would be female.  At first, the couple were excited to go through the motions of expecting a child all over again, the New...
    A Republican candidate for Michigan governor said that rape victims shouldn't get abortions because 'they don't know if that baby inside of them could be the next president.'  Garrett Soldano, a father of two boys and candidate for Michigan governor, said on April Moss' podcast Face The Facts: 'We must focus on...defending the DNA when it's created. 'How about we inspire women in the culture to let them understand and know how heroic they are, and how unbelievable they are, that God put them in this moment. They don't know if that baby inside of them could be the next president, maybe the next person who changes humanity, may get us out of the situation in the future.'    Soldano, from Kalamazoo, cited a 'great personal story' of a friend, who was adopted on a quest to find his birth family, found out that his mother was a gang-rape victim. Soldano claimed the unidentified woman was 'gang-raped in a subway train station by five guys.'  'It kind of tore out his heart when he found that out,' the Christian governor candidate...
              more   Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM ARMICHAEL: Alrighty. Well, I have been watching this Mississippi abortion case and I want to read to you, this is the constitutional oath. Judges take two oaths. They take a constitutional oath and they take a judicial oath. And this is the oath: I blank, my name, do solemnly swear and affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter so help me God. That’s the constitutional oath. Now here’s the judicial oath. This...
    One-fifth of Americans believe at least one common piece of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds. Researchers from Harvard University found that many adults in the U.S., vaccinated or not, have fallen prey to lies peddled about vaccines. The most commonly believed falsehood is that Covid vaccines can cause infertility with more than one-third of those surveyed believe. Around 10 percent of people believe the shots alter DNA, contain fetus tissue or have microchips. Vaccine misinformation, particularly on social media, has become a major problem for health officials as they urge Americans to receive the shots. Harvard researchers found that around 20 percent of people believe at least one piece of common vaccine disinformation Researchers, whose pre-print study was published on OSF, surveyed nearly 17,000 people for the study. Each were asked how they felt about four common pieces of misinformation spread about the virus online. Participants were asked if they believed the lie was accurate, inaccurate or were unsure. The four statements there were asked about were: The COVID-19 vaccines can cause...
    A couple have details of a 'depraved' campaign of harassment they endured at the hands of eBay staff after criticizing the web giant on their e-commerce news site.    David and Ina Steiner received live cockroaches, a book on surviving the loss of a spouse, a bereavement wreath and a mask from the movie Saw that the killer wears before kidnapping, torturing and killing his victims. David also recalled the moment he received a disturbing call from a shop in Arizona telling them they couldn't deliver the 'wet specimen' they ordered.  'Not having any idea what a wet specimen was, I asked her. It was an embalmed pig fetus', the shaken stalking victim told Good Morning America.  [email protected] NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Couple speaks out about alleged harassment by eBay executives. @RebeccaJarvis has the story. https://t.co/rAn6TNeLU4 pic.twitter.com/O0YfxIwrRL— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 3, 2021 Twitter Privacy Policy David and Ina Steiner from Natick, Massachusetts, were the victims of a harassment campaign by eBay employees The neighbors even received pornography addressed to David in a bid to cause the couple maximum embarrassment.  'Who could...
    Tiny 'nanoparticles' of plastic that drift around every surface and substance of our world can pass from a mother's body to her fetus's brain, heart or lungs, a new study in rats suggests.  We don't know exactly how these tiny bits of trash affect human health, but we do know that humans ingest and inhale them.  And late last year, scientists discovered that plastic nanoparticles can get into the human placenta - the oxygen- and nutrient-rich sac in which a fetus develops.  The new study, done by Rutgers University scientists, is the first to show that the particles can not only get lodged in the placenta, but can pass through this sac, to the developing fetus.  Baby rats in the study were found to have these plastic pieces in many organs, ranging from their brains to their livers and hearts.  After being exposed to the particles, known as microplastics, in the womb, the rats gained less weight at a critical point in their development.  Scientist don't know yet whether the particles pass from mother to fetus in the same way...
    Kanye West has posted and deleted a pro-life tweet saying calling six-month fetuses 'souls' that 'deserve to live'.  The controversial rapper's pro-life stance comes as he and Planned Parenthood have engaged in a fierce back-and-forth after he claimed it was an organization run by 'white supremacists to do the Devil's work'. Kanye, 43, shared a screenshot of a Google search, asking: 'What does a 6 month fetus look like?' Kanye West took to Twitter to declare that six month fetuses are 'souls' that 'deserve to live' in a now deleted tweet that included a Google search about the second trimester The controversial rapper's pro-life stance comes as he and Planned Parenthood have engaged in a fierce back-and-forth Included in the grab was a brief WebMd excerpt detailing the growth and development during the second trimester. 'These souls deserve to live,' the former-Trump fan declared in his tweet.   While the tweet has since been deleted, many have shared screengrabs of the post and have voiced their annoyance at Kanye's declaration. While the tweet has since been deleted, many...
    LOS ANGELES -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California:Los Angeles County: 55,968 confirmed cases, 2,384 deathsOrange County: 6,474 cases, 147 deathsRiverside County: 7,982 confirmed cases, 331 deathsSan Bernardino County: 5,355 cases, 204 deathsVentura County: 1,152 cases, 34 deathsSan Diego County: 7,554 cases, 269 deathsStay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsMONDAY'S UPDATE: June 1, 20201 p.m.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer confirmed the death of a pregnant woman, whose fetus also died, and the county's first known case of a jail inmate due to the virus.Officials also confirmed 978 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 22 additional deaths, bringing the county's totals to 55,968 cases and 2,384 fatalities.Dr. Ferrer also announced four more deaths among the county's homeless population, raising the number of homeless who have died from the virus to 11.In addition to the latest figures, Dr. Ferrer also commented on the death of George Floyd. She tied together Floyd's death and the impact of COVID-19 on the black...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Two children and their unborn sibling have been killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining their father, a human rights group said Saturday. Police, who called the man a suspected Islamic extremist with an al-Qaida linked group, confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields.” A police report seen by The Associated Press said an elite unit went to the house of Mohamed Mapenzi in Kibundani area of coastal Kwale County in search of firearms Friday night. The report said the unit had been directed there by another suspected member of al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia. Al-Shabab has been carrying out attacks inside Kenya since 2011 in retaliation for Kenya’s troop presence in Somalia. TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy The report says officers ordered the suspect to open his house but he...
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