New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling "house of horrors" that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged with murder in
the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion.
In a nearly 300-page grand jury report filled with ghastly, stomach-turning detail, prosecutors said Pennsylvania regulators ignored complaints of barbaric conditions at GosnelPs clinic, which catered to poor, immigrant and minority women
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Prosecutors called the case a "complete regulatory collapse."
Gosnell, 69, was arrested and charged with eight counts of murder in all. Nine of Gosnell's employees — including his wife, a cosmetologist who authorities say performed abortions — also were charged.
House votes to repeal Obama’s health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Swiftly honoring a campaign pledge, newly empowered Republicans pushed legislation to repeal the nation's year-old health care overhaul through the House Wednesday night, brushing aside implacable opposition in the Senate and a veto threat from President Barack Obama.
1 he 245-189 vote was largely along party lines, and cleared the way for the second phase of the "repeal and replace" promise that victorious Republicans made to the voters last fall. GOP officials said that in the coming months, congressional committees will propose changes to the existing legislation, calling for elimination of a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage, for example, and recommending curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits.
Republicans also intend to try to reverse many of the changes Democrats made to Medicare Advantage, the private alternative to the traditional government-run health care program for seniors.
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kidnapped children who have been sold into sexual slavery.
guys are over the top,” lister said.
discovery.com, Kidnap & Rescue is a provocative new series about kidnapping and the rescuers with the courage to go where no one else can — risking violent reprisal to reclaim innocent victims, inside U.S. borders and beyond. The show premieres Ian. 29.
Laster said she interviewed Ritter on Trafficked last week. Listeners can tune in by accessing the show’s archives on herewomentalk.com.
“We talked about his rescues, including a rescue he did in Panama,” she said.
Laster and Ritter also discussed his book "My Body is My Own: The Complete Child Protection Handbook.” Interviews with Barker and O’Shea are coming up in the weeks ahead, she said.
It was Ritter, an old colleague of Laster’s in the world of human trafficking, who arranged for Laster to do the Kidnap & Rescue interviews on Trafficked.
‘ I’ve worked in the field of human trafficking for many years and was introduced to Ty by a colleague three or four years ago. We’ve stayed in contact. I've asked him for advice and he’s called me and asked for advice.”
Their expertises overlap, Laster said, because “any child in commercial sex — prostitution, stripping or pornography — is a victim of human trafficking.”
The collaboration might lead to an article in People Magazine and additional exposure for Laster and her efforts to combat human trafficking.
"Discovery called me today and asked if I’d participate in a magazine article for People Magazine. They’re referring me to People in an effort to promote Kidnap & Rescue.
It would also help me with my radio show," she said.
Laster started Trafficked in August 2010.
“We actually rescued a victim of human trafficking on the fourth week of the show.
A victim in Pennsylvania reached out and asked for help. She’d been trying to escape for two years and we rescued her within 24 hours.” To listen to Trafficked live, visit herewomentalk.com from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, find Trafficked on the site’s list of shows and click “listen.” You can also listen on the phone by calling (646) 652-2071.
“We’d always love sponsors and we’d like more listeners to tune in, listen, chat and save lives,” Laster said.
According to her website, www.lasterglobal.com., Laster began work on human trafficking while earning her master's degree at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. She later worked for YMCA International Services, where she was named an original member of the U. S. Attorney's Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance.
She is certified by the Department of Justice as a trainer on combating human trafficking and has trained thousands of police officers.
She’s co-founder of San Antonio's Coalition Against Human Trafficking, past administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and has served as a technical advisor on TV and movie projects.
Laster is currently the executive director of Million Kids, a group dedicated to ending child slavery and the commercial exploitation of children.
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