The true story behind Brazil’s famous Cristo Redentor “Christ the Redeemer” Statue

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The original idea for a monument to Christ came from a group of Brazilians who, in the wake of World War One, feared an advancing tide of godlessness. Church and state had been separated when Brazil became a republic at the end of the previous century, and they saw the statue as a way of reclaiming Rio – then Brazil’s capital city – for Christianity.

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Former Tiller Abortion Clinic Staffer Tivis Provides a True, “Grisly” Account of Descent Into “Abortion Hell”


On day one the women come into Tiller’s clinic. He does two groups a week of twelve women, so that’s a couple dozen women a week getting a third trimester abortion at that clinic.

They come in. They pay their money in cash and they have a sonogram, first thing and he tells them, “Oh, you’re not that far along.” He’s very happy to take their money. Then the first thing he does to them is he kills that baby, because once that baby is dead, they can’t change their mind and get their money back.

He uses the sonogram—a tool for life—to kill the baby. He uses that to guide the needle into the baby’s heart and he injects it with digoxin, which is a heart medication and it slows the baby’s heart down.

He uses the sonogram—a tool for life—to kill the baby.

The second day, the women come in and they have little group counseling sessions, but they don’t do any counseling until after that baby is already dead. On that second day, they get a second pack of laminaria; they got the first one the first day. They are gradually expanding, dilating the cervix. But it’s dangerous to put more than just a few laminaria, so you’re causing damage to the cervix by doing that. They also start receiving drugs on that second day to stimulate the body to go into labor.

Then on the third day, they come back and he has a room in the basement—that is his labor and delivery room. It is just one big room about 20 feet by 20, or so, maybe a little bit bigger and there’s cots lined up with the head of the cot against the wall. You know how sometimes in a hospital room they will have a little curtain you can pull between the two beds in a shared room? Other than that, those women have no privacy. They are in full view of each other and so there’s twelve women laboring down there to have these babies and they’re so far along, I mean, they are third trimester babies, that they are basically going through just as much, if not more, labor than you would to have a live delivery—Tiller charges them about that much, too.

There was one woman from Southwest Kansas, I wish I knew who she was. Tiller passed this letter around and made all the staff read it, because I guess he thought we were responsible somehow. She had had her third trimester abortion on the advice of her doctor because there was some severe medical problem, but she regretted it and was very, very sorry she had been talked into it. She wrote him a letter and told him it was the most horrible experience of her life.

Although I was not down in the basement for any more than just a few seconds when those women were down there, I got a very vivid description of what actually went on down there from this woman. She said that women were crying and screaming and there was blood everywhere—blood running down their legs and it was just horrible.

. . . women were crying and screaming and there was blood everywhere—blood running down their legs and it was just horrible.

He was so scared. But first let me tell you how tight this man is. He paid me $6.00 an hour and I have a college degree. He is so tight. That woman had paid—and this was back in 1988—$3,000 because it was a complicated procedure. He now charges more than that. He refunded every penny to her, because he was trying to mitigate any damage that might possibly come to him because of her complaint.

On the Fourth day they come back for a check-up and if everything checks out OK they’ll go on home. But there are complications that come up every now and then. I didn’t know about all of them because he didn’t want anyone to know about them if he could help it. I have heard since then that he has had in one week, two or three botches have to go to the hospital. God only knows what happens to those babies that are born alive there.

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