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For decades, the fight against abortion has focused on protests, prayer and elections. Now the strategy is to go after the lifeline of the abortion industry—its money and its workers. And the new strategy is getting results.
"Since 1992, two-thirds of the abortion clinics in America have shut down permanently," Mark Crutcher, founder and president of Life Dynamics Inc., said.
Crutcher and his organization, headquartered in Denton, Texas, have been fighting hard against the abortion industry for the past three decades. In 1992, there were more than 2,100 clinics open. Today, there are fewer than 650.
It was a recent Life Dynamics video in which three former workers describe the horrors at a Houston abortion clinic performing late-term abortions that helped inspire the Texas legislature and Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass tough, new regulations on clinics in July.
Another tactic of the group is to present information about hundreds of women who've died from botched abortions in recent years.
The fact that the procedure sometimes leads to the death of the mother surprises many people who've assumed since abortion is legal, it must be safe.
One grieving mother actually pushed Crutcher and Life Dynamics to spread photos of her deceased daughter, a victim of a botched abortion.
Warning: these are graphic, autopsy photos
"This is what it looks like when a girl walks in to exercise her so-called constitutional right to have an abortion and climbs up on an abortionist's table, and two hours later is on a coroner's table," Crutcher pointed out about the photos.
Crippling the Abortion Industry
Life Dynamics' latest strategy could cost the industry billions of dollars, possibly crippling it. It involves shining a light on a rarely reported crime: many females seeking abortions are underage girls made pregnant by grown men.
"Sixty to 80 percent of them were impregnated by adult men. So it's statutory rape and sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse of minors," Crutcher explained.
By law, abortion clinics must report such crimes when an underage victim comes to them. But Life Dynamics' undercover investigations found otherwise.
Many clinics "are openly flaunting their state mandatory laws," Crutcher said. "They're not reporting these situations. They're protecting the predators."
On the website ChildPredators.com, Life Dynamics posted transcripts and voice recordings from a sting it launched against abortion clinics.
In them, a young woman posing as a pregnant teen is advised by clinic after clinic how to protect the man who impregnated her from the law.
In one such recording, the young woman asks a worker at a New Jersey clinic, "Would you have to tell anybody?" The worker replies, "Here? No. We don't tell anybody anything."
A Colorado clinic worker advises the same young woman after hearing she's 13 and her boyfriend 22.
"What you need to do is you need to call completely anonymously and talk to someone on our appointment line. And don't tell us anything about your partner," the worker advises.
Suing Abortion Clinics
Crutcher's group has reached out to more than 53,000 personal injury lawyers in this country to let them know there's money to be made by suing abortion clinics over their failure to report sexual crimes involving adult males and minor females.
"You're talking about thousands of new victims every day," Crutcher said. "So you're looking at something that could easily be $25 or $30 billion before it's all over."
Life Dynamics is offering lawyers and law firms a free television ad to help them reach these underage victims.
In part it says, "If you are one of these children or the parents of one of these children, your legal rights might have been violated."
It then recommends calling a number that each lawyer or law firm can have superimposed on the free ad.
Since beginning this campaign to go after the abortion industry, Crutcher said lawyers have been ringing his phone off the hook.
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