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CBN NewsWatch: May 14, 2013

On Newswatch, May 14: Report shows IRS chief knew of Tea Party targeting, Justice Dept. under fire for AP phone record grab, and more. Read Transcript


Mike: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," UNDER FIRE FOR

MONITORING PHONES.

THE LATEST SCANDAL BREWING

FOR THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

Wendy: PLUS, GUILTY OF

MURDER.

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR

LATE-TERM ABORTIONIST KERMIT

GOSNELL.

Mark:

Mark: AND GOOD NEWS FOR

THE 400,000 AMERICANS BORN

WITH DOWN SYNDROME.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

A GROWING SCANDAL INVOLVING

THE INTERNAL REVENUE

SERVICE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

ERIC HOLDER HAS ORDERED AN

INVESTIGATION INTO THE

TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS BY THE I.R.S.

AT FIRST THE I.R.S. SAID

JUST ONE BRANCH WAS TO

BLAME.

Mark: AND NOW LAWMAKERS

REPRESENTING CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS HAVE RELEASED

EVIDENCE SHOWING SEVERAL

OFFICES WERE INVOLVED, AND

CONGRESS IS READY TO

INVESTIGATOR.

HERE IS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

Reporter: THE I.R.S.

INITIALLY BLAMED A

CINCINNATI BRANCH, BUT ABC

NEWS OBTAINED DOCUMENTS THAT

SHOWS OFFICIALS IN THE

NATION'S CAPITAL, AND TWO

OTHER I.R.S. OFFICES IN

CALIFORNIA FOCUSED MORE

CLOSELY ON TEA PARTY AND

OTHER CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

ONE LETTER EVEN REQUESTED

INFORMATION ABOUT DONORS,

EVEN THOUGH ORGANIZATIONS

APPLYING FOR TAX EXEMPT

STATUS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO

PROVIDE THAT.

IT SHOULD BE AN AMERICAN

ISSUE, WHERE ALL AMERICANS

SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND SAY

THIS IS NOT RIGHT.

Reporter: PHILADELPHIA

RESIDENT JENNIFER STEFANO

TRIED TO LAUNCH A TEA PARTY

GROUP.

BUT AFTER THE I.R.S. ASKED

HER A LOT OF QUESTIONS, SHE

DECIDED IT WAS EASIER TO

STOP.

SHE SAYS THE PRESIDENT IS AT

FAULT.

IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS

INTERESTED IN HAVING A

POLITICAL DISCOURSE.

PEOPLE LIKE ME WERE HIS

ENEMY.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

OBAMA LABELS THE SCANDAL

OUTRAGEOUS, AND VOWS THOSE

RESPONSIBLE WILL BE HELD

RESPONSIBLE.

President Obama: I HAVE

NO PATIENCE WITH IT.

I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT.

AND WE'LL MAKE SURE WE FIND

OUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

Reporter: THE I.R.S.

ADMITS STEVEN MILLER HAS

KNOWN FOR A YEAR ABOUT THE

TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS.

IN A "U.S.A. TODAY" OP-ED,

MILLER WROTE THE AGENCY

DISPLAYED A LACK OF

SENSITIVITY, AND TOOK A

SHORTCUT IN DECIDING WHICH

GROUPS NEEDED SPECIAL

SCREENING.

AND MILLER ALSO WROTE,

"MISTAKE WERE MADE, BUT THEY

WERE IN NO WAY DUE TO ANY

POLITICAL OR PARTISAN

MOTIVATION.

WE ARE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO

BE, DEDICATED TO REVIEWING

ALL APPLICATION FOR TAX

EXEMPT STATUS IN AN

IMPARTIAL MANNER."

AND HE SAID NEW PROCEDURES

HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO

MAKE SURE THE MISTAKES DON'T

HAPPEN AGAIN.

Mark: CONGRESS WILL

HOLD A HEARING ON THE I.R.S.

SCANDAL ON FRIDAY.

Wendy: YET OTHER

SCANDAL BREWING FOR THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS

UNDER FIRE FOR SECRETLY

OBTAINING RECORDS FROM

JOURNALISTS AND EDITORS FOR

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

INVESTIGATORS OBTAINED

RECORDS FOR MORE THAN 20

SEPARATE LINES ASSIGNED TO

THE A.P. AND ITS JOURNALISTS

IN APRIL AND MAY OF 2012.

IT LISTED OUTGOING CALLS FOR

THE WORK AND PERSONAL

NUMBERS OF REPORTERS, AND

A.P. OFFICES IN NEW YORK,

WASHINGTON, D.C., AND

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT.

THE MAIN NUMBER IN THE HOUSE

OF REPRESENTATIVES PRESS

GALLERY WERE ALSO

SUBPOENAED.

MORE THAN 100 JOURNALISTS

ROUTINELY USE THOSE

NUMBERS.

IT IS PART OF THE CRIMINAL

INVESTIGATION INTO LEAKED

DETAILS ABOUT A C.I.A.

OPERATION IN YEMEN.

LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH PARTIES

CONDEMN THE ACTION.

THE TOP EXECUTIVE CALLED THE

PROBE A MASSIVE AND

UNPRECEDENTED INTRUSION INTO

NEWS GATHERING.

THEY HAVEN'T TOLD US WHAT

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, NOR

HAVE THEY EXPLAINED WHY WE

GOT NO PRIOR NOTICE, WHICH

OUR LAWYERS TELL US IS NOT

ONLY CUSTOMARY, BUT

REQUIRED.

Wendy: IT IS UNKNOWN

WHETHER A JUDGE OR A GRAND

JURY SIGNED OFF ON THOSE

SUBPOENAS.

Mark: FOR MORE ON THIS,

WE TURN TO SETON MOTLEY, THE

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF

LESS GOVERNMENT.

SCANDAL AFTER SCANDAL FOR

THE WHITE HOUSE, WHAT DOES

THIS LATEST CASE SHOW ABOUT

THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD

ON CIVIL LIBERTIES?

THE SCANDALS ARE COMING

FAST AND FURIOUS NOW.

WHAT IT SHOWS IS A

SYSTEMATIC

ADMINISTRATION-WIDE APPROACH

TO PRIVACY, POLITICAL

OPPONENTS, ANYBODY THAT

STANDS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS

ADMINISTRATION.

AND THAT IS, THEY'LL STOMP

ON YOU.

WE'LL STOP YOU FROM DOING

WHAT YOU WANT OR NEED TO

DO.

WHETHER IT IS BLOCKING

I.R.S. APPLICATIONS FOR

OPPOSING GROUPS, WHETHER IT

IS NOT CHARGING LEFTEST

GROUPS APPLYING FOR E.P.A.

APPROVAL, AND BLOCKING

CONSERVATIVES, WHETHER IT IS

DOING A TWO-MONTH DRAGGING

OF EVERY SINGLE PHONE

RECORD, PERSONAL AND

BUSINESS, OF THE A.P.,

WHETHER IT IS ANY OF THESE

PANOPLY OF THINGS COMING

DOWN.

IT IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE

APPARENT THAT THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT

RESPECT THE WALL BETWEEN THE

GOVERNMENT, THE FOURTH

AMENDMENT, WHICH MEANS YOU,

AS AN INDIVIDUAL, AS A

CITIZEN, SECURE YOUR PAPERS

AND YOUR PERSONAL

BELONGINGS, AND THE

GOVERNMENT.

HE THINKS THAT NO WALL

SHOULD EXIST.

WE WANT TRANSPARENCY FROM

GOVERNMENT, AND HE WANTS

TRANSPARENCY TO GOVERNMENT.

Mark: AND TODAY

ATTORNEY-GENERAL ERIC HOLDER

SAID HE HAD REMOVED HIMSELF

FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

INVESTIGATION.

SO SHO WHO CAN WE LOOK TO

ANSWERS IN THE ASSOCIATED

PRESS CASE?

MY FIRST QUESTION IS DID

HE ACTUALLY FULLY RECUSE

HIMSELF FROM THE A.P. CASE?

BECAUSE AT THIS POINT, I

DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING THIS

ADMINISTRATION SAYS.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE I.R.S.

STORY, ON FRIDAY THEY TOLD

US IT WAS SOME LOW-LEVEL

STAFFERS IN CINCINNATI.

THE OLD SAYING IS, A LIE

GETS AROUND THE WORLD BEFORE

THE TRUTH GETS ITS PANTS

ON.

WELL, BEFORE THEY COULD

FINISH THE LIE ABOUT THE

CINCINNATI STAFFERS, IT WAS

STAFFERS IN CALIFORNIA AND

WASHINGTON, D.C., TOO.

SO I DON'T BELIEVE HIM,

NECESSARILY, ON HIS FACE,

THAT HE RECUSED HIMSELF FROM

THIS A.P. STORY.

I THINK HE IS DOING THAT TO

GET THE REACTION YOU GAVE

HIM, WELL, WHO DO WE TURN

TO.

HE PROBABLY WAS INVOLVED IN

THIS.

EVERYBODY THAT SAYS THEY

HAVEN'T BEEN INVOLVED IN

THINGS, TURNS OUT TO HAVE

BEEN INVOLVED IN THINGS.

SO HIM SAYING THIS NEW IS

HIGHLY DUBIOUS.

Mark: SETON MOTLEY, THE

FOUNDER OF "LESS

GOVERNMENT."

A PLEASURE.

ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

Wendy: MOUTHAT THE JURY

HAS FOU FOUND KERMIT

GOSNELL GUILTY OF MURDER,

SOME SAY HE MAY FACE THE

DEATH PENALTY.

JOHN JESSUP HAS BEEN

COVERING THE TRIAL.

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

THE EIGHT-WEEK TRIAL,

LATE-TERM ABORTION DOCTOR

DR. KERMIT GOSNELL AND HIS

ATTORNEY MAINTAINED HIS

INNOCENCE.

BUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER

LEARNING THIS FATE, HE HAD

NOTHING TO SAY.

IN THE END, JURORS FOUND THE

EVIDENCE TO CONVICT GOSNELL

ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF

FIRST-DEGREE MURDER, FOR

KILLING THREE NEWBORN

INFANTS AFTER THEY HAD BEEN

BORN ALIVE.

AND HE WAS GUILTY OF

INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN

THE DEATH OF A 41-YEAR-OLD

IMMIGRANT WHO DIED FROM A

DRUG OVERDOSE DURING A

BOTCHED ABORTION.

IT TOOK JURORS, NONE OF HIM

IDENTIFIED AS PRO-LIFE, 10

DAYS TO CONVICT HIM, AND

OVER 200 OTHER COUNTS

VIOLATING PENNSYLVANIA'S

ABORTION LAWS.

I RESPECT WHAT JURORS

DO.

THEY SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR

THEIR EFFORTS.

Reporter: GOSNELL

OPERATED THIS CLINIC IN WEST

FILL FELPHILADELPHIA FOR 30

YEARS, BEFORE WAS BROUGHT

DOWN FOR ILLEGALLY

PRESCRIBING PAINKILLERS.

BUT WHAT INVESTIGATORS FOUND

WAS FAR WORSE.

THEY DESCRIBED HIS CLINIC AS

A HOUSE OF HORRORS, WITH

BLOOD-STAINED WALLS,

UNSTERILIZED MEDICAL

EQUIPMENT, AND FETAL REMAINS

STORED IN THE EMPLOYEE

REFRIGERATOR.

IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS

PERSON WAS NOT FOLLOWING THE

RULES.

AND WE HAVE A ROLE IN

SOCIETY OF MAKING SURE THAT

THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T

FOLLOW THE LAW PAY THE

CONSEQUENCES OF NOT

FOLLOWING THE LAW.

Reporter: THE JURY HAS

YET TO DETERMINE WHETHER

GOSNELL SHOULD GET THE DEATH

SENTENCE.

IT IS A CASE THAT HAS LEFT A

DARK STAIN ON PHILADELPHIA,

ONE SOME HOPE TO REMOVE.

THIS YEAR ALONE, JUST IN

THESE LAST FOUR MONTHS, WE

RECEIVED 10 BABIES.

THE MOST RECENT WAS JUST A

WEEK AGO.

Reporter: ELAINE RUNS

THE HOPE PREGNANCY CENTER,

NOT FAR FROM WHERE GOSNELL

PRACTICED.

IT IS ON TRACK TO SAVE MORE

LIVES THAN IT DID LAST YEAR,

27.

THE CENTER IS THE BRAINCHILD

OF PASTOR HERB LUST, WHO

MINISTERS IN THE INNER

CITY.

ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO

AFRICAN-AMERICAN PREGNANCY

ARE ABORTED.

Reporter: LUST SAYS HE

DECIDED TO START THE CENTER

AFTER HE NOTICED WOMEN IN

THE CHURCH WHO IN HIS WORDS

WERE PREGNANT ONE SUNDAY AND

NO LONGER PREGNANT THE

NEXT.

I KEPT SEEING THEM AND

SAYING, WHAT IS GOING ON?

AND REALIZED WITH ALL OF THE

ABORTION CLINICS IN OUR

NEIGHBORHOOD, MANY WERE

USING IT AS A FORM OF BIRTH

CONTROL.

I KNEW I HAD TO DO

SOMETHING.

Reporter: EVEN WITH THE

CLINIC CLOSED AND

DR. GOSNELL CONVICTED, MANY

IN THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT SAY

THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER.

THEY WORRY ABOUT OT CLINICS

THAT ARE OPERATING UNDER THE

RADAR, JUST LIKE KERMIT

GOSNELL'S CLINIC DID.

JOHN JESSUP, PHILADELPHIA.

Wendy: JOINING US FOR

REACTION IS BISHOP HARRY

JACK'S, SENIOR PASTOR OF

HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN

MARYLAND.

PRO-CHOICE GROUPS CALL

GOSNELL'S CASE A RARITY IN

THE INDUSTRY.

IS THAT TRUE?

I DON'T THINK IT IS TRUE

AT ALL.

THE FACT IS THERE ARE MANY

CASES AROUND THE NATION THAT

ABSOLUTELY REPLICATE WHAT HE

DID.

AND IN OUR PRESS CONFERENCE

TODAY, FOLKS FROM MANY

DIFFERENT STATES SAY THAT

THEY'VE GOT AT LEAST ONE OR

TWO PER SE.

Wendy: ABORTION

ADVOCATES HAVE TALKED ABOUT

MAKING ABORTIONS SAFE AND

RARE.

BUT ARE ABORTIONS SAFE AND

RARE IN AMERICA?

NO, THEY ARE NOT SAFE.

THEY ARE NOT RARE, EITHER.

AND ONE OF THE CHALLENGES

THAT WE'RE BEGINNING TO FACE

AS IT RELATES TO DEALING

WITH MINORITY COMMUNITIES,

IS THAT SOME OF THE

ORGANIZATIONS THAT

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND

HISPANIC WOMEN CHOOSE TO GO

WITH ARE PEOPLE THEY FEEL

COMFORTABLE WITH, WHO ARE

EVEN LESS SAFE THAN WHAT I'M

GOING TO CALL THE INDUSTRY

NORM WOULD BE, SUCH AS THE

GOSNELLS OF THE WORLD.

Wendy: WHAT CAN

CONGRESS DO TO PROTECT THE

SAFETY OF WOMEN AND BABIES?

WELL, I THINK NUMBER ONE,

THERE SHOULD BE REGULAR

INVESTIGATION OF THESE KINDS

OF INSTITUTIONS TO MAKE SURE

THAT THE HEALTH STANDARD,

CLEANLINESS, PROCEDURES,

THOSE KINDS OF THINGS ARE UP

TO SNUFF.

AND THE PERSONNEL ARE

APPROPRIATELY TRAINED FOR

THE HIGHLY MEDICALLY

MEDICALLY-ORIENTED JOBS

THEY'RE TO DO.

AND, NUMBER THREE, THERE ARE

NOT PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING

CARED FOR WHO'S MEDICAL

RECORDS AREN'T ADEQUATELY

BEING EVALUATED AND LOOKED

AFTER.

Wendy: DO YOU HAVE ANY

IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING ON

THE STATE LEVEL TO ESTABLISH

OVERSIGHT AND SAFETY

STANDARDS ON UNREGULATED --

ON THE UNREGULATED ABORTION

INDUSTRY?

WELL, I THINK WE MAY

HAVE -- TODAY THE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN GROUPS THAT

CAME TOGETHER, WE WOULD

BEGIN TO PUSH, FIRST AT THE

NATIONAL LEVEL, AND THEN AT

THE STATE LEVEL, AND WE

REALIZE WE HAVE TO MOBILIZE

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS,

PREACHERS, ORGANIZATIONS

THAT WOULD BE ADVOCATES FOR

YOUNG WOMEN.

WE KNOW IF WE DON'T DO IT

OURSELVES, IT SIMPLY WON'T

BE DONE.

THERE IS NO WATCHDOG

ORGANIZATION OUT THERE BUT

US.

Wendy: BISHOP JACKSON,

WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOUR

INSIGHTS.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

AGAIN.

BLESS YOU.

Mark: MINNESOTA IS NOW

THE 12th STATE TO LEGALIZE

GAY MARRIAGE.

IT IMPROVES EXCEPTIONS FOR

RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

CHURCHES DO NOT HAVE TO

ALLOW THEIR FACILITIES TO BE

USED FOR CEREMONIES, AND

RELIGIOUS LEADERS DO NOT

HAVE TO PERFORM SAME-SEX

WEDDINGS.

MARK DAYTON IS SIGNING THE

BILL TODAY.

THE LAW WILL TAKE EFFECT

AUGUST 1st.

VERMONT LAWMAKERS HAVE

PASSED A BILL,

DECRIMINALIZING POSSESSION

FOR UP TO AN OUNCE OF

MARIJUANA.

THAT MEANS FIRST-TIME

MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES CAN NO

LONGER RESULT IN JAIL TIME.

INSTEAD, A $300 FINE WILL BE

CHARGED.

PETER SHUMLIN CHAMPIONED

THIS MEASURE IN HIS ELECTION

COMPAIGNS.

HE SAYS IT WILL ALLOW THE

COURTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

TO FOCUS THEIR RESOURCES

ELSEWHERE.

Wendy: CANCER PATIENTS

COULD GET HIT BY HIGHER

COSTS UNDER OBAMA CARE.

INDUSTRY ANALYSTS ARE

WARNING OF THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS IN NEW EXPENSES FOR

MEDICATIONS.

THE HIGHER COSTS COULD HIT

THOSE SUFFERING WITH

NUMEROUS CHRONIC DISEASES

FROM CANCER TO RHEUMATOID

ARTHRITIS.

THE COSTS COULD VARY AROUND

THE COUNTRY.

SOME STATES ARE ALLOWING

INSURERS TO CHARGE BIGGER

DRUG CO-PAYS TO KEEP CHARGES

DOWN.

IN CALIFORNIA, PATIENTS

WOULD PAY UP TO 30% OF THE

COST.

AND OBAMACARE COULD COST

HOSPITALS BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS OVER THE YEARS.

HOSPITALS WILL LOSE HALF A

BILLION DOLLARS NEXT YEAR

ALONE.

THE LOSSES COME FROM LESS

FEDERAL FUNDING GIVEN TO

STATES TO OFFSET THE COST OF

COVERING THE UNINSURED.

TEXAS HOSPITALS COULD LOSE

MORE THAN $56 MILLION.

THOSE IN PENNSYLVANIA COULD

LOSE ALMOST $34 MILLION.

AND MISSOURI HOSPITALS COULD

LOSE $26 MILLION.

OBAMACARE ASSUMES MORE

PEOPLE WILL HAVE HEALTH

INSURANCE AND HOSPITALS WILL

TREAT A SMALLER NUMBER OF

UNINSURED PATIENTS.

Mark: COMING UP, THE

LATEST ON THE AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN.

Mark: THE AMERICAN

PASTOR JAILED IN IRAN HAS

SEEN FAMILY MEMBERS FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE BEING

RELEASED FROM SOLITARY

CONFINEMENT.

SAEED ABEDINI WAS RECENTLY

RELEASED FROM CONFINEMENT.

FELLOW PRISONERS SAY HE WAS

GLOWING WHEN HE EMERGED.

THE PASTOR SAID HE COULD

FEEL MANY PRAYING AND IT WAS

A TIME OF INTIMACY WITH

GOD.

HIS WIFE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO

SEE HIM BECAUSE SHE IS IN

THE U.S.

SHE IS STILL FIGHTING FOR

HIM TO BE RELEASED, THOUGH.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI IS

BEING HELD IN THE

NOTORIOUSLY BRUTAL EVAN

PRISON FOR HIS FAITH.

Wendy: MEMBERS OF MORE

THAN 95 PRO-FAMILY GROUPS

FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE GATHER

IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, FOR

THE SEVENTH WORLD CONGRESS

OF FAMILIES.

IT IS A TIME FOR THE GROUP

TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT

THE THREATS TO FAMILY, AND

PLAN THEIR RESPONSE THROUGH

POLICY.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS,

SEX TRAFFICLY.

MORE THAN 5.5 MILLION

CHILDREN ARE VICTIMS OF

HUMAN TRAFFICKING TODAY.

THE TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL

SLAVERY OF CHILDREN HAS

RISEN NEARLY 10% IN THE LAST

FIVE YEARS.

EVERY 30 SECONDS, ANOTHER

CHILD BECOMES A VICTIM.

FOR MORE ON THE PROBLEM AND

ITS IMPACT ON FAMILIES, WE

SPOKE WITH JUSTIN MURF, THE

DIRECTOR OF "SET FREE NOW."

SADLY IN SOME THIRD-WORLD

COUNTRIES, FAMILIES ARE

ACTUALLY THE INSTIGATOR OF

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING.

SELLING CHILDREN FOR A

REFRIGERATOR OR A TELEVISION

OR $60 IN BANGLADESH.

Wendy: "SET FREE NOW"

IS A MINISTRY DEDICATED TO

FIGHTING SEX TRAFFICKING.

Mark: UP NEXT, HOW

MEDICAL ADVANCES ARE HELPING

THOSE WITH DOWN SYNDROME

LIVE FULLER LIVES.

Wendy: DRUNK DRIVING

STANDARDS COULD GET A LITTLE

TOUGHER.

FEDERAL ACCIDENT

INVESTIGATORS ARE

RECOMMENDING STATES CUT THE

CURRENT DRUNK DRIVING BLOOD

ALCOHOL LEVEL FROM .08 TO

.05.

THE MOVE WOULD FOLLOW

STANDARDS SET BY MORE THAN

100 OTHER COUNTRIES, NEARLY

10,000 AMERICANS ARE KILLED

EVERY YEAR IN DRUNK DRIVING

CRASHES.

IT IS ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ALL

TRAFFIC FATALITIES.

IN HEALTH NEWS, UNBORN

BABIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME

ARE IN MORE DANGER THAN EVER

BEFORE.

NEW PARENTAL TESTING COULD

LEAD PARENTS TO ABORT THEM.

Mark: MEANWHILE,

MEDICAL ADVANCES ARE GIVING

PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME

FULLER LIVES THAN EVER

BEFORE.

LAURIE JOHNSON HAS A

REPORT.

Reporter: UNTIL NOW,

PREGNANT WOMEN WHO WANTED TO

KNOW IF THEY CARRIED A BABY

WITH DOWN SYNDROME HAD TO

WAIT ABOUT 17 WEEKS AND RISK

A MISCARRIAGE TO LEARN THE

ANSWER.

TODAY THERE IS A FASTER,

SAFER WAY TO FIND OUT.

ALL IT TAKES IS A SIMPLE

BLOOD TEST AS EARLY AS NINE

WEEKS INTO THE PREGNANCY.

UNFORTUNATELY, THAT LEADS TO

FAR MORE DECISIONS ABOUT

WHETHER TO ABORT.

DOWN SYNDROME IS GENETIC

CONDITION IN WHICH A PERSON

HAS AN EXTRA CHROMOSOME, AND

AS A RESULT, HAS SOME

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

DISABILITIES.

FOR EVERY 10 EXPECTANT

MOTHERS WHO ARE TOLD THEY'RE

BABY HAS DOWN SYNDROME,

EIGHT CHOOSE TO ABORT THAT

CHILD.

DENISE BASSET WAS ABOUT TO

BE ONE OF THEM.

I HAD TRUSTED IN GOD, AND

I BELIEVE IN GOD, AND I

COUNTED ON HIM FOR

EVERYTHING, BUT I WAS

STARTING TO THINK, WELL,

WHAT IF HE HAD MADE A

MISTAKE.

AND MAYBE I NEEDED TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.

Reporter: SHE HAD

SIGNED THE ABORTION PAPERS,

AND THEN AT THE LAST MINUTE

BASSET CALLED A PREGNANCY

CRISIS HOT LINE AND SPOKE

WITH SHERRY JENSEN.

MEDICINE IS NOT AN EXACT

SCIENCE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW.

AND NO ONE CAN PREDICT THE

POTENTIAL OF A CHILD.

Reporter: AS IT TURNS

OUT, SHERRY'S DAUGHTER HAS

DOWN SYNDROME.

AT AGE 33, JENNY HAS

ACCOMPLISHED MUCH MORE THAN

DOCTORS SAID SHE EVER

WOULD.

Reporter: DO YOU FEEL

GOD USING YOU?

I DO.

I DO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS

USING ME IN SO MANY WAYS.

Reporter: JENNY SAYS

GOD USES HER TO SPREAD LOVE

TO MANY PEOPLE.

AS A HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER, SHE

IS A VITAL LINK BETWEEN THE

PATIENT AND THE HEALTH CARE

STAFF.

THE PATIENTS LOVE HER.

SHE'S KIND.

SHE'S CARING.

WE NEVER HAVE TO ASK HER TO

DO SOMETHING TWICE.

SHE NEVER FORGETS A THING.

Reporter: JENNY ALSO

TAKES CARE OF KIDS AT THE

YMCA.

HER BOSS SAYS SHE IS LIKE A

RAY OF SUNSHINE TO THE

CHILDREN, THEIR PARENTS, AND

HER CO-WORKERS.

I KNOW JENNY PERSONALLY.

A LOT OF TIMES WE SIT IN MY

OFFICE AND TALK ABOUT FAITH

IN CHRIST, AND IT COMES

RIGHT FROM THAT.

SHE IS JUST A BIG-HEARTED

CHRISTIAN.

SHE LOVES THE LORD.

AND IT'S EVIDENT ON HOW SHE

LIVES HER LIFE.

Reporter: AND IT WAS

JENNY WHO HELPED STOP DENISE

BASSET'S ABORTION.

JENNY'S MOTHER, SHERRY,

CONVINCED DENISE TO POSTPONE

HER DECISION UNTIL SHE MET

JENNY.

WHEN JENNY PRAYED OVER

THE FOOD, I REALIZED THE

LOVE THAT SHE HAS FOR GOD.

IN OUR CONVERSATION, SHE WAS

TALKING AND SHE JUST TOUCHED

MY ARM.

AND I JUST REALLY BELIEVE IT

WAS GOD SPEAKING THROUGH HER

TO ME, TELLING ME NOT TO BE

AFRAID AND TRUST IN HIM

AGAIN.

Reporter: AND WITH

THAT, DENISE DECIDED NOT TO

ABORT HER CHILD.

GOD GIVES LIFE.

IT'S NOT YOUR DECISION TO

TAKE IT.

YAY!

Reporter: MONTHS LATER,

DENISE HAD HER BABY, A

LITTLE GIRL NAMED ABBEY.

AND IS SO GLAD SHE DID.

MY DAUGHTER IS

BEAUTIFUL.

SHE IS BORN WITH NO HEART

PROBLEMS, NO KIDNEY

PROBLEMS.

NO LEUKEMIA.

SHE IS MORE ADVANCED THAN

WHAT I EVER THOUGHT SHE

WOULD BE.

Reporter: DENISE SAYS

GOD HAS OPENED ALL KINDS OF

DOORS TO PROVIDE FOR HER AND

ABBEY.

AND AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, TWO

OF THEIR DEAREST FRIENDS ARE

SHERRY AND JENNY, WHO HELPED

PAVE THE WAY.

Mark: WHAT A GREAT

STORY.

UP NEXT, HOW ONE CLASS IS

USING THE NEWS TO GIVE BACK

TO A FAMILY IN NEED.

Wendy: A GREAT EXAMPLE

OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY IS

COMING FROM A SIXTH GRADE

CLASS IN INDICE IND

INDIANA.

Mark: CLASSMATES

CREATED THE NEWSPAPER TO

HONOR THE MEMORY OF

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD NOAH VON

LINDER.

HE WAS KILLED IN A HOUSE

FIRE.

EVERY YEAR THE CLASS SELLS

THE PAPER FOR 50 CENTS, AND

THEY PUT THE MONEY TO A GOOD

CAUSE, GIVING BACK TO NOAH'S

FAMILY.

I THINK BECAUSE THIS

CAUSE IS SO CLOSE TO HOME,

NOAH IS PART OF OUR CLINTON

PRAIRIE FAMILY.

THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL

PULLED TOGETHER, RENEWED OUR

FAITH IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Mark: THE STUDENTS

PRESENTED NOAH'S FAMILY WITH

A $1500 CHECK.

THIS WEEK WOULD HAVE BEEN

NOAH'S EIGHTH BIRTHDAY.

THE FAMILY HOPES TO USE THE

MONEY TO CREATE A MEMORIAL

FOR NOAH NEAR THEIR HOME.

Wendy: YOU CAN STILL

SEE THEIR HEARTBREAK.

GOD BLESS THEM.

I CAN'T IMAGINE LOSING A

CHILD LIKE THAT.

Mark: BUT THE COMMUNITY

IS COMING TOGETHER TO HELP.

Wendy: THAT IS GOING TO

DO IT FOR US HERE AT CBN

NEWS "NEWSWATCH."

Mark: YOU CAN E-MAIL US

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