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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Anti-Bush "art"..

Alexa swing by at 9:21 PM

Susan Swander talks about her journey towards recovery, healing and forgiveness after her abortion:

"When I arrived at my first RV retreat, I was like a shattered mirror. At 18, I was a whole, beautiful mirror. My glass was totally shattered into millions of pieces when I had the first of my three abortions.

I brought all those broken pieces of glass to my first retreat - the painful shards wounding me spiritually, emotionally and physically. The brokenness had been ripping me apart for 36 years. The very action of going to the retreat finally acknowledged how broken I was.

The retreat process helped me to lay all my brokenness at the feet of Christ. I was able to ask Christ and my children for forgiveness. The mercy and love of Christ helped me to name and claim my wounds. Christ gave me a frame for the broken pieces of glass. At the retreat, I began to put the pieces of my broken mirror back together inside that frame."

Alexa swing by at 9:03 PM

Why they did it:

"The moment is burned forever in her mind: The small exam room, her husband's ashen face, her sobs as the doctor guided a needle into her womb to kill her son.

It's been 4 1/2 years, and still Marie Becker can feel Daniel kicking inside her, kicking and kicking as she choked back hysteria - kicking until the drug stopped his heart and she felt only stillness.

She prayed Daniel would forgive her.

She prayed for forgiveness from God as well. Becker had been taught that abortion was a sin; she wanted so to believe it might also be a blessing. In her seventh month of pregnancy she had learned Daniel had a fatal genetic disorder and his life would be brief and brutal. She wanted to spare him that.

"For the love of God, the last thing I wanted to do was to murder my own child," she said recently. "This was something we did out of love and respect for him.""

And Marie Becker is just one of them. Read their stories here.

Alexa swing by at 8:43 PM

Women speak about the physical and emotional effects of abortion:

"We are the voice that hasn't been heard," said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More Awareness, in an official statement. "Many people believe abortion is something women need and freely choose, but it is actually an experience many of us come to regret. After 32 years, its time to listen to us -- the women who have experienced it."

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Korean embryonic child killer chastises President Bush for prohibitions on research

See also: We can override Bush veto

Backers of embryonic stem cell research in the Senate say they have enough votes to override a veto by President Bush of legislation that would spend taxpayer funds on the unproven research that involves destroying human life.

Alexa swing by at 1:47 PM

Timmy sleeping...

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Monday, May 30, 2005
Christ, can't they pull his license already?

Alexa swing by at 8:57 PM

Lowest teen pregnancy rate in Washington in two decades


"Increased availability and acceptability of contraceptives, safe sex practices and abstinence likely play a role."
The 2003 pregnancy rate for all women of childbearing age, 15 to 44, is slightly higher than in 2002, but still consistent with an overall declining trend since 1990 when the rate reached its highest point at 96.0.

Abortion rates are also at a new low, according to the report. For all women of childbearing age the 2003 rate was 19.3; for teens it was 21.5.

Alexa swing by at 8:48 PM

"This arm fell out. It looked like a baby, because I could see the elbow and the hands"

Baby found in yard

Read this also: Autopsy still leaves questions

Alexa swing by at 7:44 PM

Farah on peddling aborted babies for use in "youth injection" beauty treatments: Life just got a little cheaper

Alexa swing by at 7:34 PM

Siriano: The embryonic thinking of liberals
If the only justification for the death penalty is to "save lives," as Bush has apparently stated many times, then why isn't embryonic stem-cell research justified by the same rule?

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Babies help prevent cancers

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Remember Vanessa Love? Check out her blog!

Alexa swing by at 3:21 PM

A clump of cells? Hmm. You TELL me.

Warning: Graphic contents

Alexa swing by at 3:16 PM

My pro-abortion view
..the prevailing argument is that "life begins at conception", but, where is the evidence? The "evidence" relies on knowing the mind of God; it assumes that at that moment in the process, God sends down a soul from heaven. When would he send a soul if we placed an egg cell into the clone-o-matic - there is no "conception" there?

Alexa swing by at 3:05 PM

Okay. I disagree with the maiming and killing of women and unborn children. I support the war in Iraq, because I felt it was sometimes necessary to.. well, fight terrorism. And let's just say I don't disagree with capital punishment. Does that make me a hypocrite and Pro-death?

Here, read this.

Alexa swing by at 1:16 PM

Sunday, May 29, 2005
Because what do you expect really...?

We all have to face our demons and come to terms with ourselves someday. I know that. But I'm not ready. I'm not ready to close this chapter of my life, and come to terms with reality. Although I craved so much for it. Yet the ghosts of the past and what is left of the life that was left behind two years ago still lingers. I am not ready for a closure. I am not ready to be brave, say, skrew everything and succumb to what life has in store for me and my young child. In the aftermath of everything, his abandonment have a much deeper impact in our lives and the way I feel, more so than I thought. And I don't know what to do.

Just what are you made of, I wonder?

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"My faith won't allow me to support anything that has to do with abortion," says pharmacy owner

Alexa swing by at 1:49 PM

Abortion decreased under Bush Aministration:

The claim that abortions have increased under the presidency of George W. Bush is untrue and based on selective research and an erroneous interpretation of statistics, says a new report by FactCheck. In fact, the report says, the claim was proven wrong by a pro-abortion research organization.

FactCheck belongs to the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. In a recent article, the organization traces how an opinion piece by Glen Harold Stassen, an ethics professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, published in Sojourners in October 2004, has led to this widespread misperception that has been promoted by abortion advocates.

The article also traces how several media outlets and Democrats picked up this incorrect information, in particular Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator John Kerry during the presidential campaign, to argue that Bush's policies have been ineffective.

Alexa swing by at 1:44 PM

Abortion banned at military hospitals overseas

The House of Representatives rejected a measure to allow elective abortions in military hospitals overseas by a vote of 233 to 194 Wednesday.

"Abortion is not health care. It destroys the life of a child and represents an utter failure to address the real needs of women," said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Esq., an official with the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Alexa swing by at 1:36 PM

Are we truly ready to end Roe v. Wade decision?

Alexa swing by at 1:13 PM

Sometimes I don't understand why people want to keep hurting us. What do they gain from that? Pleasure?

Alexa swing by at 1:01 PM

Saturday, May 28, 2005
Trust those feminists to come up with something like this...

"Until "mom" and "wife" are no longer inferior titles to "doctor" or "lawyer", I will not believe the feminist claim that professional women get short shrift in the respect department. "

Alexa swing by at 3:51 PM

Just how reliable is this poll?

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Beijing lied, promotes abortion? Hmph. Here, read this...

Hat tip: John

Alexa swing by at 3:40 PM

"Are today's young people so enslaved by their raging hormones that they are incapable of making moral choices and exercising sexual self-restraint? That's what Liberals want you to believe. But I disagree. Parents need to emphasize moral purity and teach our children to practice virtue. Abstinence not only works, it pays long-term dividends."

Nathan Tabor on the best way to prevent abortions.

Alexa swing by at 3:15 PM

Judge Greer IS God.

Alexa swing by at 1:51 PM

No more morning after pills at the University of Wisconsin

Rep. Daniel LeMahieu, a Republican who filed the legislation, told members of a state legislative committee that his bill would prohibit clinics in the University of Wisconsin system from dispensing or prescribing the morning after pill. He is concerned that a school clinic urged students heading to spring break to get the Plan B drug, which sometimes causes an abortion.

Alexa swing by at 1:32 PM

Forced abortion in China...

.. still a reality, report says.

Alexa swing by at 1:25 PM

Wisconsin abortion numbers lowest since '74

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, there were 9,943 abortions in the state last year, less than half of the all-time high of 21,754 in 1980.

Alexa swing by at 1:23 PM

Patrick: I'm mad

SpongeBob: What's the matter, Patrick?

Patrick: I can't see my forehead..

Alexa swing by at 1:17 PM

Friday, May 27, 2005
Violence against women in Asia:

Violence and systematic discrimination against women was rampant in Asia last year, ranging from acid attacks for unpaid dowries in Bangladesh to forced abortion in China, rape by soldiers in Nepal and domestic beatings in Australia, Amnesty International said. The London-based group's annual assessment of the state of human rights in the world reported abuses against women from almost every country in Asia in its report released Wednesday. More here

This is so.. disturbing.

Alexa swing by at 1:33 PM

Spin sistas...

A new wave of abortion rights activism is spreading across the country.. that focuses on telling women's stories rather than repeating stale feminist aphorisms

Peg Johnston who owns Southern Tier Women's Services, an independent abortion clinic, in Binghamton, NY ... turned her attention from the protesters (Five years after Southern Tier clinic opened, fellow Binghamton resident Randall Terry founded what would become the nation's most high-profile anti-abortion organization, Operation Rescue, and began his strategy of blocking clinic entrances at Johnston's clinic. Johnston kept her sense of humor, counter-picketing Operation Rescue, and posting a sign outside the clinic that read, "Please Don't Feed the Protesters") to her patients.
"I don't know if I just started getting bored with Operation Rescue, but I definitely started to get interested in what women were saying instead," recalled Johnston. She'd hear the protesters say, "You're killing your baby!" And then she'd sit in on a counseling session with a woman who'd say, "I feel like I'm killing my baby." At first, she said, she assumed that the patients were simply repeating what they'd heard outside, having internalized right-wing disinformation that Johnston needed to "correct." But "once I began listening more intently to her, I learned that she wasn't saying what the picketer was saying--although she used the same words."

During the course of counseling, Johnston would draw the disparate threads together. "I felt like they needed a place to say the worst and then work their way to the rightness of their decision. Some were on a journey to realize the power and responsibility of being a mother," said Johnston. "Which is that sometimes it's the power of saying no to a life."

(Thanks, Mary E)

Alexa swing by at 12:45 PM

One of my daily routine the minute I logged on each day -- apart from scanning the headlines -- is to pop by After Abortion for my daily fix of must-reads. (Thanks to my heroes at AA!)

Here is a good discussion going on here at AA in regards to AA's guest blogger Mary E's post on this article at Seattle Post-Intelligencer and this one --- be sure to check it out!

I quote Nancy: "I regret believing the Lie"

Alexa swing by at 12:37 PM

Thursday, May 26, 2005
Jivin J links to this..

Alexa swing by at 6:45 PM

Jonah Goldberg asks, What's so bad about arguing over federal judges?
Whether you think the Democrats were right or the Republicans were, their disagreement over judicial nominations was healthy. It informed the public about extent of judicial power today. For the first time in a generation (at least), Democrats were speaking eloquently about the glories of constitutional tradition and the need for the Senate to curb government activism. I may disagree with the substance of many of their points, but this was a grand teaching moment for the public and both parties. But nooooo, once again, the assumption was that arguments are a danger to the republic.

I'm sorry, but the Senate is a debating society. Its job is to debate and then vote on the strength of the arguments presented. Comity and collegiality are fine, but they are supposed to elevate the arguments, not obviate them. Besides, it is far more dangerous when democracies choose not to have arguments. This is because political arguments represent conflicts of legitimate interests and legitimate perspectives. Intellectually shabby compromises by their very nature don't settle the disagreements, they merely postpone and exacerbate them.

Alexa swing by at 6:30 PM

Incest, abortion, cover-up...

Woman charged over 17-year-old daughter's abortion

Alexa swing by at 6:25 PM

I'm blogging from the coffee place at the airport now. Tee-hee. (Can somebody please pass me a heavy-duty frying pan so that I can whack this guy next to me on the head? He keeps slamming on the keyboard it's bloody irritating) Kayla is late and I'm sipping on my irish cream latte... I so miss, miss, miss my munchkin boy already..

Alexa swing by at 6:21 PM

The latest on Baby Charlotte:

"Charlotte went from 20 litres of oxygen down to 18. Her lungs have been getting stronger by the day, and she is gaining weight now as well. "

Please continue to act and pray for Baby Charlotte.

Hat tip: Hannah

Alexa swing by at 3:01 PM

Want 'safe' teen sex? No problem. Use saran wrap, says Planned Parenthood

... 8th graders should use Saran Wrap as "protection" when engaging in oral and anal sex. Hmph.

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A mother who had acute promyelocytic leukaemia, turned down chemo and puts her own life at risk to save her unborn twins

Vanessa Love discovered that she had the disease after a routine blood test in January - only four days after a scan confirmed that she was expecting twins. But she decided to delay chemotherapy - the treatment which offers the best prospects of a permanent cure - until after her sons were born. Her courage was rewarded this month when her healthy boys were born by Caesarean section at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

Blake and Rohan Love were born a minute apart on 16 May, weighing 3lb 8oz and 3lb 5oz respectively, after a three-hour operation involving a 14-strong medical team.

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1 in 5 Scottish babies aborted, statistics reveal

Abortion in Scotland rose last year, it was revealed yesterday, leading to renewed calls for improved sex education.

A total of 12,448 terminations were carried out in 2004 compared with 12,304 the previous year, according to health service figures. The figures equate to about one abortion for every four live births and in some regions to about one abortion for every three successful pregnancies.

The national abortion rate among women aged 15 to 44 was 11.8 per thousand, up slightly from 11.6 in 2003.

Alexa swing by at 2:19 PM

President Bush spoke this week at the second annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington. At the breakfast Bush said he was happy to address attendees and "to pray that America uses the gift of freedom to build a culture of life."

"Catholics," Bush said, "understand that freedom is a divine gift that carries with it serious responsibilities. Among the greatest of these responsibilities is protecting the most vulnerable members of our society." Speaking of the late Pope John Paul, the President said, "The best way to honor this great champion of human freedom is to continue to build a culture of life where the strong protect the weak."

Alexa swing by at 1:22 PM

Joe Mariani: What liberals want
The main reason Liberals always seem to be fighting America's best interests is that we are too powerful, in their view. It's not fair that we have the most powerful economy and military on Earth. They never seem to see the good in America because they seek to highlight any bad they can find, no matter how small, in an attempt to bring America down to the same level as the worst of other countries -- again, the lowest common denominator. They want America to seem no better than North Korea or China in freedom, or the tiny island of Nauru in size or population. Liberals saw the Soviet Union as the military and ideological counterweight to America, a way of equalising the outcome in a zero-sum game. With the USSR gone, their only hope for bringing the US down to the lowest common denominator is the United Nations. Liberals see the UN as a place where all countries are treated as precisely equal, whether they're a nation that promotes freedom or slavery, democracy or totalitarianism. That's why Liberals excuse the UN for its many corruptions, crimes and scandals. Once again, it's an oversimplified sameness of result that Liberals seek, when the rest of us want the UN to be a place where all countries are encouraged to aspire to a higher standard.

Alexa swing by at 1:13 PM

Carrie wins. Boo-hoo. Talk to the hand, baby.. talk to the hand. I'm still too upset to talk.

So, I've been hearing about the factory outlet place which sells Baby Gaps and other brands at really good prices. Hmm. You gotta give it to them expat wives -- they reallly know where to get the best bargain. And I decided to make my way down this time, after my hospital trip yesterday. (It was near where you live, by the way, darling.. I'm SO tempted to drop by and "surprise" you.) Lots of pretty stuff for 'em girls, but really, limited ones for boys, though I managed to get munchkin boy some OshKosh pants at just fourteen bucks each and some colorful Hawaiian shirts (his Daddy's signature outfit, by the way) for less than fifteen. All in all, I'm pretty happy with my purchases. I got me some chunky beaded necklaces and bracelets, candles.. and a really sexy black lacy top, although I'm still hung over over that Anne Kelly long black number which cost almost a whopping two hundred bucks (should I go back and get it? and who can resist those pretty sequins slippers? Hmph) I would pay that kind of money for a tiny top or underwear before, but things are different now and I guess I can't afford to splurge like that anymore. Still, I am contented and truly happy and thankful with what I have, because what I have now cannot be bought over with all the money in the world. Mommy loves you, sweet smelly munchkin boy!

Alexa swing by at 12:21 PM

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
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KLo says it's the most important issue of the day...

Bo, Bo, Bo! YEAH!

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Discuss disgust.

Unborn babies used for Russian beauty treatments, abortion encouraged
A UK Observer exclusive has revealed that the trafficking of unborn baby body tissues for use as "beauty" treatments in Russia is a booming trade. The unborn children are purchased from Ukrainian women - some of whom are also 'duped' by racketeering doctors who convince the women that the unborn baby is defective and needs to be aborted - thereafter selling the aborted child. The babies are cryogenically frozen and advertised as providing "youth injections" claimed to reverse aging and cure many diseases.

An older baby is worth even more, as beauty spa workers are convinced that the so-called age-reducing effect is more plentiful in the older child. "When a doctor wants a foetus [to sell], he tells a girl there is a medical reason for an abortion later than 12 weeks," said Sergei Shorobogatko, a Kiev policeman investigating the illegal trade. "A special procedure extracts it with the placenta."

Women there fetch, on average, $180 USD per unborn child, but can make even more if they wait beyond the legal 12-weeks before aborting the child. A middleman cuts the child into separate organs before selling the child, whose sale can exceed $9,000 USD. The "beauty" treatments cost over $18,000.

Alexa swing by at 12:22 PM

Adopt an aborted baby

Alexa swing by at 12:09 PM

Gov. Jeb Bush was in daily contact with congressional leaders in March as court efforts to intervene on behalf of Terri Schiavo faltered, according to e-mails obtained Monday from the governor's office.

Alexa swing by at 12:04 PM

Have I mentioned that I got electrocuted yesterday? Hmph.

Alexa swing by at 11:44 AM

Senate OKs tougher legislation for child endangerment

"Laura Mae's Law," a measure that would increase criminal penalties for endangering the welfare of a child in the event that the endangerment results in severe injury or death, has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly.

Alexa swing by at 11:39 AM

Rachael has compiled a list of abortion stories and testimonies from men and women who has experience abortion here

Hat tip: Emily

Alexa swing by at 10:54 AM

Yesterday, Tyler fell asleep in my arms as I told him stories about his daddy and how we had him. I know he's just a baby, but I know he understands. He understands how I hurt, because sometimes when I'm sprawled on the floor, he'd hobbled over place his tiny hands on my face as if to say, "Mama, don't cry". Perhaps someday when he's much older, I'll get to tell him my story all over again, and hope that he'll forgive me.

Alexa swing by at 10:43 AM

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

"Yes, babes?"

"Dada home?"

"No, Dada's not coming, sweetheart... he's afraid we'll bite.."


"But he'll be back someday, okay?"

"OK mamma..."

((smiles happily and reaches for his Barney))

Alexa swing by at 3:28 PM

Congress unanimously passed a resolution today sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) honoring the life and ministry of Sister Dorothy Stang, the slain Roman Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio. Stang was known in Brazil as the "Angel of the Amazon", where she advocated land reform and ministered to Brazil's rural peasant workers until her murder on February 12th of this year.

Alexa swing by at 3:02 PM

Who had the most abortion?

Radio jock holds abortion contest...

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Supreme Court will hear parental notification law

The Supreme Court today accepted its first abortion case in five years, an unexpected development that, despite the rather technical questions the case presents, is likely to add even more heat to the already super-heated atmosphere surrounding the court and its immediate future.

The new case is an appeal by the state of New Hampshire of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down a parental-notification requirement for minors seeking abortions.

Alexa swing by at 2:12 PM

U.S. House Will Vote Tuesday, May 24, on H.R. 810, a Bill to Fund Stem Cell Research That Kills Human Embryos --Advocates of Bill Admit It is "First Step" to Cloning

Take action here, and click here to read the NRLC media advisory.

Alexa swing by at 1:29 PM

Women should be able to have medical abortion at home, says UK's Family Planning Association

"Medical abortion is a highly safe and effective", Anne Weyman, fpa Chief Executive said.

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89.4% of Panamanians rejects abortion..

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Hell, they sure didn't ask me THAT...

Singapore women prefers abortion to contraceptives

"A study conducted by Singapore National University Hospital showed that about 14,000 pregnancies are terminated every year, accounting for one-fourth of the total."

And 14,000 is a LOT, considering Singers is a tiny dot!

Alexa swing by at 12:51 PM

Monday, May 23, 2005
People love you like a diamond in their hands
They don't know that diamond like I do
Put you up in the bluebird sky until they lose sight of you
People love you like a diamond in their hands

I always wanted to chase you down
Like many I fell in love with you
And when you gave your heart back to me
I didn't know what to do

I always wanted to chase you down

Carry me, carry me back to you heart tonight
Carry me, carry me through this cold midnight

Many times a young man has to wander around
Until he breaks himself in two
Not all, but many, many of us never learn what to do
Many times a young man has to wander around

Well I had my reasons for leaving
And now I know that I was wrong
It was selfish to think you'd be better off
Just cause I wanted to be further along
I had my reasons for leaving you

Carry me, carry me back to you heart tonight
Carry me, carry me through this cold midnight
Bury me, underneath your starlight

Here comes that old devil midnight
And I have not slept in days
And there'll be no rest on this midnight
If the highway has it's way
Here comes that old devil midnight

Carry me, carry me back to you heart tonight
Carry me, carry me through this cold midnight
Carry me, carry me back to your side tonight
Carry me, carry me through one more cold midnight
Bury me underneath your starlight
Bury me underneath your starlight

- Tim Easton, "Carry Me"

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Now, this is so bizarre..

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What is wrong with this picture?

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Sunday, May 22, 2005
Somebody already broke my heart

- Sade

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Infants with Krabbe disease saved by cord blood stem cells

Children with a fatal genetic disorder called Krabbe Disease can be saved and their brain development preserved if they receive stem cells from umbilical cord blood before symptoms of the disease develop, according to a study published in the May 19, 2005, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study is the first to demonstrate a life-saving treatment for newborns with Krabbe Disease, in which children are missing an enzyme critical to forming the myelin sheath that protects developing brain cells from damage. Moreover, the findings add to the growing body of evidence showing that cord blood can save children with other fatal "lysosomal storage diseases," each of which stems from a specific enzyme deficiency.

These disorders include more than 45 rare diseases, such as Krabbe Disease, Hurler Syndrome, Adrenoleukodystrophy, Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, Tay-Sachs disease, Sandhoff disease and a host of others.

"The diseases may be uncommon, but the cost to the child, their family and to society at large is enormous when one considers the burden of caring for a severely disabled child," said Joanne Kurtzberg, senior author of the study. "It's simply impossible to put a price on a child's life."

Hat tip: Science Blog

Alexa swing by at 7:21 PM

Christina links to this story about a 26-year-old woman who died after undergoing "a medical procedure" at Landmark Women's Center in Alexandria, Virginia in 2002.

(Thanks, Christina)

Alexa swing by at 6:43 PM

Teens, sex and pregnancy..

Share your thoughts!

Alexa swing by at 6:31 PM

Encouraging contraceptive use
a comprehensive campaign to encourage sexually active adults -- women and men -- to use contraceptives is long overdue... A major difference between the United States and Western Europe is our peculiar bipolar culture: We celebrate outsized sexuality while curiously neglecting to encourage birth control. Ads for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra -- drugs for male sexual dysfunction -- appear much more frequently than ads for contraceptives. That's because we value instant gratification so highly; the act is paramount, the consequences are of little concern.

As sensible as a crusade to encourage family planning would be, it would meet resistance in the current political climate. A small group of religious extremists is exaggerating its influence to hijack public policy. Their antediluvian agenda includes curbing contraceptive use as a means of hammering women back into a dark age in which they have value only as wives and mothers.
Hmm. Religious extremist indeed.

Alexa swing by at 6:22 PM

Joan Didion chronicles 41 years of Terri's life

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Americans strongly oppose cloning human embryos for any purpose, new poll says

Over three-quarters of Americans oppose allowing researchers to clone human embryos for any purpose, either to provide children to infertile couples or to create embryos to be destroyed in medical research. This is among the findings of a new poll commissioned by the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Alexa swing by at 4:24 PM

UN AIDS Conference threatens to push for increased access to abortion:

On June 2, the UN will host a high-level conference to evaluate the progress achieved in combating HIV/AIDS since 2001, when countries adopted the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. An emerging strategy by abortion advocates has been to seek liberalization of abortion laws as what they claim is a necessary step to HIV/AIDS prevention. The conference threatens to result in further pressure on governments to forge linkages between access to abortion and efforts to halt the spread of HIV.

Alexa swing by at 3:58 PM

Kylie Minogue who announced earlier this week that she had breast cancer, had a cancerous lump successfully removed from her breast and doctors are confident they caught the disease early enough to prevent it spreading, a surgeon announced Saturday. The 36-year-old singer underwent surgery Friday afternoon at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in her home town of Melbourne.

Alexa swing by at 3:51 PM

Judge Greer declares Michael Schiavo dead?

Now, this is news indeed...

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Saturday, May 21, 2005
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Nipped this from the ever-fabulous Ashli - Late term abortions.. more on Baby Rowan...
An OFD paramedic, who asked that his name be withheld to protect his job, said that at 10:23 a.m. on April 2 a friend of Angele's, who had driven her to the abortion clinic for day two of a "labor and delivery" abortion procedure, called 911 to report that the baby had been born alive. Three paramedics and one emergency medical technician sped to the scene at 609 Virginia Dr. They were greeted outside by an EPOC Clinic worker who told them that no baby had been born alive - that such a thing wasn't even possible. Instead, a woman scheduled for an abortion had "passed some tissue," was "hysterical," and was refusing to hand "the tissue" over to clinic workers.

According to the OFD paramedic who spoke with WORLD, fire personnel were not aware the "tissue" in question was in reality a fully formed baby boy. That, along with clinic workers' assertion that Angele was clinging hysterically to "the tissue," would explain why fire department medical workers, in their report, noted that they had assisted the Orlando Police Department (OPD) in handling a "disturbing the peace" call.
... how they stuff babies into red biohazard bags for pickup by medical waste service
According to the medical assistant, all babies, dead or alive, were stuffed into red biohazard bags for later pickup by a medical waste service. She herself had delivered women with no doctor present, and disposed of babies' bodies that way. She added that no doctor was present during most deliveries, leaving medical assistants, and often unlicensed workers to care for patients. When she worked for Dr. Pendergraft, she said, she was one of two licensed workers among 10 on staff.

Florida's Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) has uncovered late-term abortion problems with the clinic before. In a 2003 survey it said in 11 out of 11 third-trimester abortions sampled, the facility failed to have two physicians certify "to a reasonable degree of medical probability" that the abortions were necessary to save the life or preserve the health of the woman as required by Florida law. AHCA allowed the clinic to amend its records to "correct" the discrepancies.

During one incident, the medical assistant said, she delivered a 28-week-old baby dead while Dr. Pendergraft was out having lunch. "When I turned it over [on its side], the baby's hands went together like it was praying... I was waiting for it to scream.... It looked so much like a living baby." That, she says, is when she decided she couldn't work there anymore.

Alexa swing by at 8:16 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday, May 24, on H.R. 810, a bill that would order federal funding of stem cell research that requires killing human embryos.

H.R. 810, sponsored by Reps. Michael Castle (R-De.) and Diana DeGette (D-Co.), would overturn the policy adopted by President Bush in 2001. President Bush's policy bars federal funding of research that would require killing human embryos. President Bush opposes H.R. 810. You can read the text of the bill here.

H.R. 810 currently has 201 co-sponsors. You can view an always-current list of co-sponsors by clicking here.

Your help is needed! Please IMMEDIATELY communicate with your representative in the U.S. House, urging him or her to support President Bush's pro-life policy by OPPOSING H.R. 810. Urge other pro-life citizens to do the same.

To easily send free e-mail messages to House members in opposition to H.R. 810, put your zip code into the "Take Action Now" box on this page.

Also, please call your U.S. House member through the Capitol Switchboard, 202-225-3121 (just give the switchboard operator your zip code and you will automatically be connected to the correct lawmaker's office). Urge him or her to VOTE NO ON H.R. 810, the "Castle embryo-killing bill."

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The first Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian, says he plans to open a counselling service for pregnant women to help curb the abortion rate. The chart topper said the center which could be in Melbourne would be targeted at women planning to have an abortion and could have a hotline, counselling, rehabilitation and testimonials from women who have had abortions.

"I'm anti-abortion. I don't believe any human being has the right to decide the fate of another, but I'm totally against telling other people what to do," he said.

"I've met a few women who have had one and their stories are just horrific. They just shock you.

"Some have never recovered. It's the worst thing to do - make an uninformed, uneducated decision."

Alexa swing by at 7:09 PM

Angele, whose baby died in a botched abortion in Florida seeks second opinion on autopsy of Baby Rowan.

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Friday, May 20, 2005
LMAO. Jonah Goldberg and his hamsters

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The South Korean are using dead babies to clone DNA

Groundbreaking my ass. I think it is bloody disgusting and disrespectful.

Hat tip: Jenn at The Conservative Conolia

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Hmm. Farah scolds media for spiking report on abortion/breast cancer link...

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Fatherhood Forever is a new post-abortion ministry for men. The organization is dedicated to helping men who have been hurt by an abortion experience and are trying to understand and deal with their emotions.

"Society has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of post-abortion trauma associated with men which has resulted in millions of men who are too afraid to express their feelings and have lost control of their lives. We are here to validate the truth that men do indeed suffer after an abortion experience and have every right to mourn their loss. We are focused on creating public awareness to that fact. We also want to assure these "forgotten victims" that there is hope and healing and that they can find new meaning and purpose in their lives."

Hat tip: Emily

Alexa swing by at 8:59 PM

"Forgive me. Mommy doesn't want to do this, but I really don't have any choice. If only I could have you, I would love you so much."

Women who abort: Their reflections on the unborn

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Discovery of mom's early abortion makes child mourn lost sibling
I recently found out that several years before I was born, my mother had an abortion. I'm getting upset about it. I feel as if I've lost an older sibling.

My friends say it's not a big deal, that I can't really lose something I never had, but I don't agree. I want to talk to my mother about it, but my father says it would upset her and I was never supposed to know (she was barely out of high school at the time).

Am I blowing this way out of proportion? Is it realistic to mourn for a sibling who was never born?

Alexa swing by at 8:31 PM


A new German postage stamp honoring the late Pope John Paul II...

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In case you haven't seen this... Saved by mother's milk

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Pope meets with woman who was miraculously cured

Pope Benedict XVI met with an American woman Monday whose cure from multiple organ failure set Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century missionary who worked with leper patients in Hawaii, on the road to sainthood.

The 24-year-old woman, who has kept her identity secret, presented the pope with bone relics of the Franciscan nun from Syracuse, N.Y., to whom she prayed during her illness as a teenager.

"She still wants to keep this special time for Marianne," said Sister Mary Laurence Hanley, of the young woman's refusal to go public with her story. Hanley is biographer of Mother Marianne, who was beatified in a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

Alexa swing by at 1:30 PM

I recalled what my neurologist said on the day Pope Benedict XVI was elected. We were having a conversation about abortion and euthanasia when Dr Yeow said, "I hope the new Pope will change his stance on condoms". To which I recalled the words of the late John Paul II, "I can't change what I've been teaching my whole life", when asked to drop his stance on the use of condoms. But will the use of condoms really stop AIDs [in Africa]? I'd like to share this from an email I received from Brian Saint-Paul at Crisis:

"By maintaining its ban on condom use, the Catholic Church is contributing to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Condoms have been demonstrated to prevent infection 90% of the time. If the Vatican cared more about people's lives than a rigid doctrine that most Catholics reject, they'd make an exception to allow condom use to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Such a move would do more for "life" than would maintaining a position that allows millions to die as a result of unprotected sex.

Sounds convincing at first, doesn't it? So convincing, in fact, that most Catholics have trouble addressing it.

One approach, of course, would be to explain the Catholic moral/theological position on why contraception is inherently evil. But while absolutely true, that approach isn't terribly convincing to a non-Catholic, let alone a non-Christian. After all, logic and
philosophy are easily dismissed as abstractions when human life is involved.

But the debate over condoms in Africa need never get to that point. In fact, the whole matter can be settled without ever bringing in moral theology. You see, the fatal flaw in the pro-condom argument is both simple and devastating: Condoms aren't working to stem AIDS in Africa.

Take for example a March 2004 article in the medical journal, Studies in Family Planning (cited by the Zenit News Agency, June 26, 2004). Titled "Condom Promotion for AIDS Prevention in the Developing World: Is It Working?," the piece was a meta-review of the scientific literature on the question.

The results shocked condom advocates. In the article, researchers Sanny Chen and Norman Hearst noted that, "In many sub-Saharan African countries, high HIV transmission rates have continued despite high rates of condom use." In fact, they continued, "No clear examples have emerged yet of a country that has turned back a generalized epidemic primarily by means of condom distribution."

No surprise, then, that Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa -- the nations with the highest levels of condom availability -- continue to have the highest rates of HIV prevalence ("The White House Initiative to Combat AIDS: Learning from Uganda," Joseph Loconte, Executive Summary Backgrounder).

How could this be? After all, we're told that condoms are 90% effective.

And that's precisely the problem.

This claim -- so prevalent in condom-promotion literature -- is actually a tremendous strike against using condoms to reduce AIDS. Think of it: Assuming that the 90% figure is accurate (a highly contested point), that means that 10% of the time, condoms don't offer protection against transmission.

That's one out of ten.

If you and I were to go skydiving, and I told you, "Don't worry... the parachutes work 90% of the time," how comfortable would you be making that jump?

Now, of course, the fact that a condom fails to "work" doesn't mean the person will automatically contract HIV/AIDS. Nevertheless, this is hardly the solution to the crisis.

You see, the pro-condom lobby's exaggerations over the effectiveness of its product is actually making the problem worse, for one simple reason: Condoms provide a false sense of security to those who use them. Being convinced of their effectiveness and feeling invulnerable, users will simply continue -- or actually increase -- their high-risk behavior. In this way, the claimed 90% effectiveness rate plummets in proportion to the increase in self-destructive behavior. This phenomenon is borne out in the countries that focus on condom distribution to fight the disease.

But while condoms clearly won't solve the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa (or anywhere else), there is an approach that will: abstinence. Indeed, in African nations -- where HIV/AIDS is transmitted almost exclusively through sexual contact -- abstinence is the obvious solution.

And better yet, it has been proven effective.

Uganda at one time had the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. Starting in the mid to late 1980s, their government instituted a program to teach abstinence before marriage and fidelity to one's partner afterwards. They only reluctantly advised condoms for high risk groups (like prostitutes) whom they knew would not accept the other two approaches.

Billboards, radio announcements, print ads, and school programs all promoted the virtues of abstinence and fidelity to prevent HIV/AIDS.

The results were astonishing.

In 1991, the prevalence rate of HIV was 15%. By 2001, it had dropped to 5%. It was the biggest HIV infection reduction in world history.

Among pregnant women, the drop was even more dramatic (as reported by CNS News, January 13, 2003). In 1991, 21.2% of expecting mothers tested positive for HIV. By 2001, the number had plummeted to 6.2%. Compare this with the 2001 numbers from Kenya (15%), Zimbabwe (32%), and Botswana (38%). All three countries focus on condom distribution, and all three countries continue to see their rates rise.

But wait, the condom advocates object. The Ugandan "miracle" is simply the result of more widespread condom use.

Not so, says Dr. Edward C. Green, an anthropologist at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Green was a strong proponent of condom distribution to stem HIV/AIDS... that is, until the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hired him to study the reasons behind the success in Uganda.

The results of his research left him little doubt. "Reduction in the number of sexual partners was probably the single most important behavioral change that resulted in prevalence decline," he noted. "Abstinence was probably the second most important change" (testimony before the Subcommittee on African Affairs, as reported by Joseph Loconte).

"It is a very indicting statement about the effectiveness of condoms," he told Citizen Magazine. "You cannot show that more
condoms have led to less AIDS in Africa.... I look at the data and I see that what might be called a more liberal response to AIDS -- more and more millions or billions of condoms -- has simply not worked, especially in parts of the world with the highest infection rate, Africa and the Caribbean."

Unfortunately, not everyone was pleased with Dr. Green's conclusions. USAID shelved his study and enlisted a well-known condom advocate and employee of ETR Associates (an organization dedicated to "safe-sex" education) to write a new one. Apparently, USAID wasn't concerned with the apparent conflict of interest.

This is especially tragic, as the effectiveness of abstinence and fidelity education has been demonstrated by numerous research groups. As Loconte notes, evidence for the success of Uganda's approach has come from "USAID, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Harvard Center for Population and Developmental Studies, the Ugandan government, and numerous independent studies published in medical journals."

Yet we're still told condom distribution is the solution to the AIDS crisis in Africa. And the Catholic Church is an easy media bogeyman, standing in the way of that effort.

Ironically enough, Uganda's successful approach is very close to that recommended by the Church. The only exception, of course, is the African country's concession to giving condoms to prostitutes. But if the people of that nation -- and indeed, of the world at large -- took seriously the Catholic notion of the dignity of women and the nature of sexual intercourse, that last point would be addressed as well.

But what about allowing condoms for faithful married couples, where one partner is HIV/AIDS positive? Isn't that reasonable?

Actually, it's not reasonable at all. Love requires sacrifice. And a person who claims to love another would never knowingly put his beloved in danger. But that's precisely what this approach does.

Imagine if I get drunk one night and drive my wife around town. That's not a loving act. And it doesn't suddenly become loving just because I tell her to put on her seatbelt. When an HIV/AIDS positive person has sex with someone who's free of the disease, he puts that person at grave risk. That's not love... that's selfishness.

In a marital situation where one spouse is HIV/AIDS positive and the other negative, the loving thing to do is to abstain from sex. In those cases, love must be shown in other ways, like the self-sacrifice that abstinence requires."

Alexa swing by at 12:29 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2005
16-year-old takes morning-after pill, suffers severe reaction

The 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl took the morning after pill given to her by the local Health Department without a physical examination. Soon after, she was rushed to the emergency room when she started having a severe reaction. It is believed there was an unintended drug interaction between the abortion pill and other prescription drugs the girl was taking. The parents are taking the matter to court.

Alexa swing by at 9:28 PM

Feminism leads to alcoholism?

Hat tip: KLo

Alexa swing by at 9:24 PM

So, Tyler loves his new Star Wars M&Ms tube...

'cept that he can't eat 'em. Heh.

Alexa swing by at 9:08 PM

Just look at her..

Baby Charlotte's photo album. Read how she's doing here and see new pictures of her and her parents and brothers taken last week here.

(Thanks, Hannah)

Alexa swing by at 9:02 PM

You've heard our birth stories, now it's time to witness what we went through.

Warning: Graphic contents of normal and cesaerean births

(Thanks, Elena)

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And love is not a box of candy.
Love is not a moonlit kiss.
Not a glass of midnight brandy,
Nor a bride in dotted swiss.
Maybe charming men dismiss me,
But I've had enough of those.
What is love if not devotion?
I dry small tears. I fold small clothes.

- Julia Cecelia Smith, from "What love is"

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Fancy a one-night stand?

Now, this is interesting...

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Post-abortive women and men proclaim, "I Regret My Abortion," "I Regret Lost Fatherhood"

During the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC) that followed the National March for Life last Thursday in Ottawa, twenty people from various regions of Canada gave moving personal testimonies about the devastating after-effects of abortion in their lives.

Three men shared their regret of lost fatherhood.. Seventeen women also witnessed to the emotional, physical, and spiritual pain experienced after abortion.

"After my abortion 19 years ago, an intern asked me to be quiet when I was calling out for my [aborted] baby, because I was upsetting people in the recovery room," Debby Fisher from Brampton said at the rally. "I remained silent until last year, when I saw women like me standing up to proclaim 'I regret my abortion' for the first time at the National Silent No More Awareness Campaign rally in Ottawa. I knew God was calling me to be silent no more."

"A panel of doctors called the 'Therapeutic Abortion Committee' decided that abortion was the best solution for me," said Dale Barr from Brampton. "What followed was nine years of self-destructive behaviour - drugs, alcohol, promiscuity and four miscarriages within my marriage."

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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Schindlers gives Pope picture of Terri, thank Vatican for backing attempts to save their daughter's life.

Hat tip: Fr. Rob for the pic!

Alexa swing by at 10:22 PM

When a newborn's courage offers perspective..

What a miracle life is, says Mitch Albom

Hat tip: Kathryn at Suitable for Mixed Company

Alexa swing by at 10:19 PM

A constitutional amendment to murder children

A proposed constitutional amendment allowing the State of California to help pregnant teens murder their children after a 48 hour notification period qualified for the next election ballot Monday.

Alexa swing by at 10:11 PM

Speaking of the Wyatts, Charlotte's father Darren has written this account of little Charlotte's birth and the months following -- the story in their own words of Charlotte and themselves.

The Appeals Court will hear the Wyatts' case on June 23.

Please continue to act and pray for Baby Charlotte and the Wyatts.

(Thanks, Hannah)

Alexa swing by at 9:50 PM

Here is another case involving a Lancaster man, Leslie Burke, who was diagnosed with a condition called Cerebellar Ataxia. Cerebellar Ataxia does not affect one's mental ability -- and he will mentally be completely there, it will only affect his physical abilities. There is nothing that you can do about this disease, and he was told that he would not see his 40'th birthday -- which he did by the way, four years ago. The only thing that you can do is to just get on with life.

He did this, and has got a lot done since the doctor's diagnosis 18 years ago. This condition gets worse and worse, and he is now in a wheelchair all the time. He was worried that when his condition has progressed,and he can no longer speak or eat by himself, the hospital would decide to remove his feeding tube.

Last year, on July 30 2004 he won the court battle that said he must be given food since he wanted it to be continued. The hospital filed an appeal last September and the appeals court will hear them this coming Thursday (May 19) and come to a decision.

According to Joshua at, the Wyatts have become very interested in his case. Both Darren and Debbie have spoken a lot on the phone with him today. Darren will go to London on Thursday to offer his support during the hearing, and to meet him for the first time. One of the Judges that will decide will be the same as that will decide in Charlotte's case.

Read more about this here and Leslie's website.

Hat tip: Joshua

Alexa swing by at 9:39 PM

ALL's Judie Brown talks about abortion, Angele and Baby Rowan
Angele thought that if the abortion was completed, one of her problems would be over. She had not planned on meeting her problem face to face. She never expected to witness the consequence of her "safe and legal choice" - an innocent baby staring at his mother and reaching out to her in a heartbreaking struggle for life.

Is there any other scenario in the world in which a doctor can be sued for malpractice because the patient lived? Is there a more bizarre situation than that of a mother who paid to have her child killed later arguing that his ability to live a few moments is the result of negligence?

The attorneys are seeking disciplinary action against the abortionist, even though his business almost always results in a dead child. That is what abortion does, after all. The attorneys want the abortion clinic's license to be revoked because the clinic did not provide emergency intervention for the child who was born alive.

But wait a minute. An abortion clinic is a place where "good medical care" is a contradiction. Their business is killing persons, not saving their lives.

Abortionists are practitioners of an act that violates the very core of medical ethics to "do no harm". They market harm, and profit from the deaths of the youngest members of the human family.

Alexa swing by at 5:55 PM

Americans OKs embryonic stem cell research?

A new poll conducted by the Gallup Organization finds a majority of Americans saying abortion and human cloning are immoral. However, they do not ascribe the same immoral status to assisted suicide or embryonic stem cell research.

51% of those who took part in the poll said abortion is "morally wrong" while just 40% believed it is "morally acceptable." By a much wider margin, 87% of Americans believed human cloning is morally wrong, while a scant 9% thought it to be morally allowable.

Americans have mixed views on the issue of doctors aiding in the death of patients. Some 49% of Americans say assisted suicide is morally correct while 46% believe it morally wrong.

60% found morally okay "Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos." Only 33% thought such research is morally wrong.

Alexa swing by at 5:45 PM

Don't make promises you can't keep, darling. Because at the end of it all, the guilt will eat through you like termites eat wood.

Everytime you come and do this, you take a piece of me, little by little. And I hate that. I really hate that.

Alexa swing by at 5:32 PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
You bloody liar..

You know what they do to liars in hell (or wasn't that in the middle east too)? They cut off their tongues!

Alexa swing by at 9:47 PM

"Prom Survival Kit"

.. courtesy of Planned Parenthood:
Remember the facts: latex and female condoms are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, and they're the only forms of birth control that also help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Condoms block the exchange of body fluids and help protect you and your partner during vaginal or anal intercourse. In order for condoms to be effective, they must be used with every partner, every time you have intercourse.

Oral sex isn't as high risk as vaginal or anal intercourse, but using a barrier can also help reduce the risk of infections. For safer oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis, or a Glyde dam or plastic wrap to cover the vulva or anus.

Want even more protection? Many clinicians recommend that a woman keep emergency contraception pills (ECPs) on hand, in case a condom breaks or she has unprotected sex. To find out where you can get ECPs, call 1-888-NOT-2-LATE.

Of course, there's more to safer sex than just using condoms and keeping ECPs (Emergency Contraception Pills) on hand. A lot of teens choose to skip intercourse and practice outercourse instead, which can include kissing, body rubbing (dry humping), and mutual masturbation. By keeping body fluids away from the vagina, anus, and mouth, partners greatly reduce the risk of pregnancy and infection.
It just gets more and and more interesting, doesn't it?

Hat tip: KLo

Alexa swing by at 9:22 PM

Seeking middle ground on abortion?
"Women who choose abortion have their morality questioned. Women who choose to put a baby up for adoption have their maternal instincts questioned, and women who carry an unplanned pregnancy to full term when unmarried or financially insecure are often labeled irresponsible."

Suozzi asked questions that politicians on both sides of the issue often slide by: "Why do women choose abortion in the first place? Fear of the stigma or the economic burden of single motherhood? Concerns regarding the effect of the child on career or life plans? Worry about affording good prenatal medical care or housing? These are all valid questions -- and if we can answer them with more specificity, perhaps we will do more to reduce the necessity for abortions."

"Anyone who really wishes to reduce the number of abortions has an obligation to help those women who choose not to have an abortion yet find themselves alone."
But as KLo puts it, E.J. Dionne hurts his.. piece today on a pro-legal-abortion Dem Catholic who wants to reduce abortions when he lumps the Long Islander in with Hillary Clinton. Mrs. C opposes a bill that would prohibit girls from going out of state for abortions and she voted against partial-birth abortion. That's no middle ground anyway you cut it.

Alexa swing by at 9:06 PM

The death of Terri Schindler Schiavo last March should lead Americans not just to write living wills, but to talk with relatives and friends about their end-of-life wishes, ethicists say

"Living wills are not the solution" to disputes among family members over end-of-life care, said Art Caplan, chairman of the department of medical ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Alexa swing by at 8:47 PM

The Jacksonville, Fla. Sheriff's Department has an open investigation in the case of the Jacksonville man, Scott Thomas who suffered serious head injuries and brain damage last September in the kitchen of his home in suspicious circumstances, according to the Justice Coalition of Jacksonville.

The case has striking similarities to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case of Pinellas County. The Justice Coalition, a crime victims advocacy group, entered the case Monday after Coalition president and founder Ted M. Hires met with Pamela Patton, Scott's mother, and Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford. Read more here

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Christ. What happens to the days when mommies and daddies swore to protect their children?

She hangs her four-year-old to death by wrapping a sheet from a bunk bed around his neck.

Alexa swing by at 2:06 PM

Mae Magouirk passes on: a natural death due to stroke

From nephew Ken Mullinax:
Mae Magouirk died this morning at the Bryan Nursing Home in LaGrange Ga. of a stroke. Her vital signs had been causing concern since last Wednesday and by Sunday, an apparent stroke hit her, causing her difficulty to speak, her BP was only 60/30 and by this morning she died surrounded by family.

She was 81 years old.

Since the friends of Terri and the readers of World Net Daily and Glenn Beck had helped save her from starvation, she had responded to treatment by the University of Alabama Medical Center doctors , had then been transferred for convalescent treatment at the Bryan Nursing Home in LaGrange, Ga where her church family had surrounded her after learning of her ordeal in the media and from her Alabama family.

Although she was cognizant, speaking, sitting up, eating-drinking and communicating until her last day alive, her family had decided not to tell her of the terrible ordeal she had endured at Hospice LaGrange until she had been discharged from the nursing home. She was spared this final pain by GOD.
Her arrangements are:

On Tuesday between 6:00 -8:00PM EST
Hunter, Allen, MayHand Funeral Home
506 Hill Street
LaGrange, Ga. 30241

Wednesday at 11:00AM EST
Oakside Baptist Church
1921 Hamilton Street
LaGrange, Ga.

My prayers are with Ken and his family.

Hat tip: Tim

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House passes bill that makes it a crime to harm a fetus in Oregon

A bill that would create a separate criminal charge for hurting or killing a fetus was passed by the House on Thursday, despite arguments by abortion rights advocates that it is intended as a step toward outlawing abortion by establishing a fetus as a person.

Called the Laci Peterson bill, it is modeled after California's 30-year-old law that allowed Scott Peterson to be charged with a double murder for killing his pregnant wife, Laci.

The House passed the bill 37-21 and it will now move to the Senate.

Alexa swing by at 1:26 PM

As per my post yesterday, here is Dr Joel Brind's article as published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly explaining how scientists published fraudulent research and deceived the public about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link.

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Legislation that would protect disabled or incapacitated patients like Terri Schiavo advanced in the state Senate last week. Lawmakers approved a measure that would prohibit the removal of feeding tubes from such patients who are unable to make their own medical decisions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee backed the measure on a unanimous vote, but also added an amendment to the bill that could threaten its survival. Under the measure, sponsored by Sen. James David Cain, doctors would not be able to remove a patient's feeding tube unless the person specifically authorized it in an advanced directive.

Alexa swing by at 1:02 PM

Monday, May 16, 2005
Thinking back about the night I used the pregnancy test kit. Pee on the thing and wait one minute, it says. Funny how those things seemed to take ages to work at the time. Then I saw the pink line. The bathroom started to spin and I bursts into tears. 'I have to abort', my head was screaming. It was almost as if my mind was running on autopilot. Abort. It was never 'I will find a way to have this baby'. Called Emily but she was having dinner and would call me back. Talked to Gwen. "You better 'take care' of it," I recalled her saying. Gwen was at the hospital and had just given birth to Keegan. I called D and for the next half an hour or so, find her consoling me, telling me everything will be alright, from halfway across the world. It was all about me getting an abortion at the time. I don't know why I didn't just picked up that phone and call Jay, I wrote him an email instead. "James, I'm pregnant and I'm keeping the baby," I said. And I know I said that just to floor him. Truth is, I don't even know what I was supposed to do that night.

It was a couple of nights back, no, maybe two weeks ago when I text him again. It has been almost three months since he promised to call. 'I couldn't sleep,' I said. I don't know why I did that in the first place. I guess I was just depressed and mad at him. He made promises. Over and over, and over again. Promises he couldn't keep. Why would I even want him back? My phone beeped a while later. 'Why are you telling me that?' he said. I looked at the message incredulously and glanced at my sleeping baby. Don't you even feel guilty about what you have done, Jay? Or, wonder how he's like? I don't know why I keep flogging a dead horse.

Alexa swing by at 1:57 PM

Women who had abortions again and again

"A dramatic rise in repeat abortions has reinforced fears that women are increasingly having terminations for lifestyle reasons. One in three abortions is now carried out on women who have had at least one before, London's DAILY MAIL reports on Monday.

Figures from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service suggest that women who become pregnant at university or at the start of their careers see abortion as a means of delaying motherhood.

Women between 20 and 24 have taken over from teenagers as the largest age group to have terminations-while only one in 100 abortions is carried out solely because of a medical risk to the baby.

It was revealed that one woman from London had six abortions in just 12 months!

Campaigners warned that the emotional and physical risks of abortion were being 'swept under the carpet'. The procedure can make it more difficult for women to ever start a family and many later suffer depression.

Researchers said the trend could be reversed if more support was available for mothers trying to juggle careers and families.

The new figures from the BPAS, Britain's leading abortion provider, reveal that 181,582 terminations were carried out in England and Wales in 2003, a 3.2 per cent increase on the previous year and a 15% rise since 1993.

Among these some 57,241 - 32% - were on women who had already undergone a termination at least once. This is almost a third higher than the 1993 figure."

Alexa swing by at 1:17 PM

Prozac fights cancer?

Found this at Fr. Tucker's.

Alexa swing by at 1:06 PM

Well, I know they won't show it till 1930 tonight here and I hate to be the spoiler...

but Tom Westman wins Survivor Palau! Woo woo woooo!

Alexa swing by at 1:00 PM

Abortion-cancer link cover up by U.S. National Cancer Institute revealed:

The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly has published an article explaining how scientists published fraudulent research and deceived the public about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link - much as the tobacco industry covered up a tobacco-cancer link.

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes that the paper by Joel Brind, Ph.D. comes just five months after the editor of the journal Ethics and Medics, cited a cause-effect relationship and sharply criticized scientists for failing to "speak out against the shoddy research that is being advanced by those who deny the abortion-breast cancer link.

"The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) should be criminally investigated," declared Karen Malec, president of the coalition. "If German scientists had played the same shell game with women's health during World War II, they would have been tried at Nuremberg under American jurisprudence."

Brind's paper reveals a disgraceful, 48-year record of scientific misconduct and a reckless disregard for women's health involving the NCI, the U.S. Department of Defense, Oxford scientists, medical journals, the American Cancer Society (whose legal department attempted to intimidate the coalition for exercising its free speech rights), and others.

**Dr Brind's article will be posted soon

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Sunday, May 15, 2005
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How abortion puts the next baby at risk

A French study of 2,837 births - the first to investigate the link between terminations and extremely premature births - found that mothers who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation. Many babies born this early die soon after birth, and a large number who survive suffer serious disability.

The research leader, Dr Caroline Moreau, an epidemiologist at the Hopital de Bicetre in Paris, said the results of the study, which appear in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, provided conclusive evidence of a link between induced abortion and subsequent pre-term births.

Dr Moreau said: "Clearly there is a link. The results suggest that induced abortion can damage the cervix in some way that makes a premature birth more likely in subsequent pregnancies."

Alexa swing by at 7:57 PM

The Schindlers to Jacksonville wife: Let Scott Thomas live

"Terri Schiavo's family is asking Mrs. Eliza Thomas to err on the side of life. According to them, the dehydration and starvation death suffered by their daughter in March of this year was anything but a peaceful and painless death.

"The suffering our daughter endured and her death over the course of nearly two weeks was horrific", Robert Schindler Sr., father of Terri Schiavo said. "I am pleading with Mrs. Thomas to please reconsider her decision to seek the removal of Scott's feeding tube and to allow him to receive the therapy and rehabilitation he needs to improve. I beg Mrs. Thomas to give her husband a chance"."

WorldNetDaily is running Scott's story here

Alexa swing by at 7:47 PM


What kind of a freaky mother are you?

Goth Mama
You're a witchy woman! Chances are that you see Morticia Addams as a role model, and your wardrobe sports a fair amount of black. The other mothers at school pick up may look askance, but your kids already know that the judgement of others isn't what counts.

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Morticia? Actually, I heart Uncle Fester...

Alexa swing by at 7:38 PM

Well, closer to home, a brain damaged woman is reportedly at the center of a tussle between her husband and parents -- I couldn't link to the online story since it's now PAYABLE. (((You listening, Geoff?))) The woman slipped into a coma four years ago after a blood clot cut off oxygen to her brain. Doctors fought to save her life for two weeks, but the brain damaged robbed her of her speech, movement, ability to eat as well as control of her bowel and bladder. Mrs Tan has since been cared for by her parents. The husband, whose visits never lasted beyond an hour (two to three times a month initially) last visited his wife on August 22 last year. "Other men in my situation would have divorced her, take her insurance payout.. marry someone else. But no, I didn't divorce her. She's still my wife and I love her". Yeah right. So he's now gotten a court order to have custody of his wife and manage her affairs, including her finances and assets. The parents are not budging. They have been caring for her and now she can smile, count from one to fifteen amd swallow morsels of blended food. Mrs Tan can also sit up with help. Mrs Tan's parent have since filed an appeal against the court's decision and asked for their daughter to continue staying with him pending to the outcome of the appeal.

I seriously question the husband's motive.

Alexa swing by at 6:19 PM

Saturday, May 14, 2005
Heads-up: Jacksonville man in life and death tug-of-war

(Source: The Empire Journal)

He smiles. He cries. He responds to commands. He forms words with his mouth and sang Happy Birthday to his mother. His eyes track family members as they move about his room where he's a patient at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. He is NOT terminal. But Scott Patton's wife wants to move him to a hospice and remove his feeding tube.
Scott, 34, suffered severe head injuries and brain damage in a highly suspicious incident at his Jacksonville home in early September when his wife, Eliza, 29, a Polish immigrant, says that he fell down in the kitchen striking his head.

No one else was home at the time of Scott's fall. Although his wife maintains that she was in another room at the time of the fall, she also relates the accident happened when he fell backwards after tripping over a dog.

According to Scott's mother, Eliza had entered the United States illegally. Scott was dating Eliza at the time of 9/11 and told him that they had to get married or she would be deported. But two years after they were married, Scott starting getting mysteriously ill with stomach problems and about every three months was hospitalized. His mother, Pamela Patton of Jacksonville says that although doctors did numerous tests, they could not diagnose the cause of her son's sickness. She said the doctors told her that no toxicology tests had been done.

His mother says that she told Eliza that they had to call in other doctors to find out what was wrong with Scott, to do a toxin test but that his wife had replied, "I really don't care. I have other things going on."

In early September, Scott was recovering at home from yet another bout in the hospital when he allegedly fell from a standing position in their open kitchen. "There was nothing for him to strike his head on", his mother says. She says that the blow to her son's head was so severe it knocked his brain to one side and caused serious neck damage. The doctors say that his injuries are not consistent with such a fall and believe the severe head trauma was caused by a blow to the head.

No police report has been filed. Although doctors initially suspected foul play, after speaking with Eliza and her telling them that he had tripped over his dog and fallen, the hospital did not report the incident to police.

His mother says that although her son has spoken only three words since September, that he does communicate using hand signals and with his eyebrows and that he forms words with his mouth. She relates one instance when her son, who she says is somewhat claustrophobic, was to be placed in a hyperbaric chamber, he looked at her and twice said, "Mom, I want out".

She said he is cognizant and the doctors have tested him, receiving correct responses about where he lives, where he went to school and other information. They have devised trick questions and phrased the questions to rule out that his responses are not simply involuntary responses.

Three days after the incident while her son was in the Intensive Care Unit, his mother went to his home to see her 11-month-old grandson. She says all of her son's pictures had been removed and Scott's wife was very cold to her. She said she left without seeing her grandson.

Thereafter, Eliza Patton notified the hospital staff that they were not allowed to give Scott's mother or any of his family members any information regarding his medical condition.

His mother says that when she told her daughter-in-law that Scott had an attorney to help with his affairs, Eliza snottily replied, "I get everything anyway".

The couple owns a house and several vehicles. His mother said they hope to be able to hire an investigator to determine, among other things, if there are any insurance policies on her son and who the beneficiary is.

Scott's mother said that plans have been made for Dr. William Hammesfahr, Clearwater neurologist and 1999 Nobel prize nominee in medicine and physiology, to examine Scott next week. Hammesfahr had written a complete report concerning the Schiavo case in September, 2002, revealing that medical tests conducted after her collapse did not show evidence of a heart attack as had been claimed. He testified at trial that she had sustained injuries consistent with abuse and that she had a chance for recovery. He has helped many patients with brain injuries leave long-term disability and return to work.

In November, Scott's mother received a six-month temporary guardianship of her son but Eliza is now seeking to become Scott's guardian even though he has indicated to his doctors and others that his wife allegedly tried to kill him by striking him in the head.


Alexa swing by at 9:02 PM

A day in the life of a mommy...

Now, this is priceless :)

Alexa swing by at 8:59 PM

What in the world...

Pregnant crack mom tries to sell unborn baby.

Alexa swing by at 8:51 PM

I'm sure you have all seen the picture..

Her name was Farah

Hat tip: Richard

Alexa swing by at 8:46 PM

Consent is no defense in baseball-bat abortion

It doesn't matter that she wanted to be beaten with a miniature baseball bat to end her pregnancy -- her boyfriend must still stand trial, the judge ruled.

"Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski said Thursday that in light of a state law requiring minors to get approval from a parent or judge before having an abortion, the girl -- then 16 years old -- could not legally consent to the blows to her stomach that the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office says ended her pregnancy.

"If this court says she can legally consent to these acts... then I have no idea why any minor would feel like she had to abide by that law," Switalski said before setting a June 21 trial date.

Switalski, the presiding judge of the juvenile division of the court, also ruled that the girl's consent would not be a valid defense at trial. But he said jurors would be allowed to hear testimony about it."

Hat tip: Jivin J

Alexa swing by at 8:27 PM

God's will does not alienate us, it purifies us - even if this can be painful - and so it leads us to ourselves

- The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

Alexa swing by at 8:14 PM

The abortion industry hypocritical sexual abuse cover-up

"Officials at Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities say turning over medical records to authorities would violate the privacy of the young women. Somehow that's a greater concern than the violation of the women's bodies by the rapists. Never mind that state officials would redact the records to protect the privacy of the girls involved.

The mantra of the pro-abortion movement has always been "my body, my choice." According to that logic, a woman's body is sacrosanct and any reasonable efforts to protect the life or rights of the unborn child are an abomination.

That's true, unless it involves a thirteen-year-old girl who has had an abortion because an adult raped her."

Alexa swing by at 7:35 PM

Friday, May 13, 2005
Another miraculous recovery.. Amen!

Kansas woman speaks again after two years

Tracy Gaskill, 30, began speaking and swallowing about three weeks ago, family members and medical personnel said. She had suffered internal injuries and head trauma when her pickup truck rolled over on a highway in September 2002. Tracy couldn't talk or feed herself since the accident.

Gaskill's family believes the care she has received and their daily visits and prayers helped her recovery.

"In the last year and a half, she's indicated that she knows us; she has been watching TV and smiling," said her grandfather, Don Gaskill. "More recently, she started nodding her head when we asked her questions. Then a few months ago, she'd laugh out loud."

I hope the folks who killed Terri and the others like her are reading this.

Alexa swing by at 10:51 PM

Alexa swing by at 10:41 PM

A college student convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion was slammed with the maximum sentence yesterday by a judge who called the crime "unforgivable."

"You did intentionally kill her, knowing she was pregnant ... for reasons I have to assume were the most base," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Yates told the defendant, Emmanuel Pierre, 26, of Brooklyn. He sentenced Pierre to 25 years to life behind bars. More here

Alexa swing by at 10:29 PM

"Horrified" by Bush, feminists urge election of more women:

"With Republicans in charge of the White House and Congress and Democrats fearing that the next appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court could lead to the reversal of legalized abortion, one of the most liberal groups in Washington believes the only solution to such a "dire" problem is to elect more women.

"When I look at what is happening right now in this city, I am horrified," said Ellen Malcolm, the president and founder of the abortion rights group Emily's List, while speaking to a group of feminists and Democratic Party regulars this week in the nation's capital.

Malcolm believes more female politicians will end the "nasty tone" and "horrible partisan atmosphere" in Washington.

"One of the things that I appreciate is that when you elect more women, the tone gets more reasonable, the women figure out ways to get together, find more compromise... I think we could use that kind of leadership in a big dose right now.""

Alexa swing by at 10:26 PM

Found a huge toy store hidden in the heart of the city today. The munchkins will be glad. Hanging mobiles are going for less than ten bucks and then there were potties and baby bjorns and all the baby stuff, oooh, all selling way cheaper than you can find in the usual stores. Funny how I never notice it before. Munchkin baby needs shoes. Why don't they have more shoes there? Hmph. Oh, and HY did my eyebrows for free today. YAY!

Alexa swing by at 10:18 PM

Thursday, May 12, 2005
Emily at After Abortion links to this story:

"So I had the abortion. My mother drove me seventy miles to the nearest clinic. The waiting room was soothing, beautiful, really, with a waterfall in the office. There were protesters outside; my mother steered me past them. In the waiting room, she showed me pictures, black and white, of her family, of my father's family. She told me about the daughter my grandmother had out of wedlock, about my aunt's secret first marriage. I learned the secrets of the women in my family that day. It was good, being so close to her. It was terrible, being initiated into this world because what was happening to me was also intended to be a secret. "I'd rather you not tell your cousins," she said. "I'm not sure your aunt would be comfortable having you around them, if she knew." "

(Thanks, Emily)

Alexa swing by at 2:38 PM

Remember the baseball bat abortion case? Well, Kit Jarrell at GOPInsight has an update:

"I realize this is "old news", but they're talking about it now on the local news, as the parents are on TV saying what great kids they are. Here's a refresher for you, before I get into that part:
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said his hands were tied when it came time to decide whom to charge in the baseball bat beating death of a fetus being carried by a teenage girl.

He do the only thing one state statute allowed: charge the boyfriend who wielded the bat, hitting his girlfriend in the stomach repeatedly over a two-week period, but let the girl off the hook, uncharged.

The Richmond Township boy, 16, who may be arraigned as early as today in Macomb County Juvenile Court, is at home with his parents.He was charged as a juvenile with intentional conduct against a pregnancy or stillbirth, which is a felony. If convicted, he could remain in custody until age 21.

But the girl, also from Richmond - who was a willing participant in the induced abortion, law enforcement officials say - cannot be charged under that law because it specifically excludes the mother from criminal liability.

In part because it still was legal to abort the fetus, the decision renewed debate over the protection of fetuses and the fairness of charging just one of two juveniles who allegedly agreed to kill their unborn child.
I'm sitting here, at this moment, listening to the boy's parents on TV say how this shouldn't be a crime, how they were desperate and it's not their fault and how it hurts him to know his son didn't feel comfortable talking to him about this. Then he said how PROUD he is of his son for dealing with this like a man."

Read the rest here

Alexa swing by at 1:01 PM

Ramah International conference to train, equip and encourage those ministering to the abortion-minded and post-abortive individuals

What: "Soaring to New Heights"

Where: Embassy Suite Hotel KCI in Kansas City, MO

When: July 6-9, 2005

Please click here for more details.

Alexa swing by at 11:54 AM

Another injured woman transported from Tiller's late-term abortion mill

"For the third time this year and the sixth time in the past 16 months, a Sedgwick County ambulance responded to an urgent call placed by the abortion clinic staff. Sidewalk counselors said the victim had arrived at the mill in a private vehicle shortly before the ambulance arrived. The woman "looked white as a sheet" and was slumped down in her seat and wrapped in a blanket."

Alexa swing by at 11:40 AM

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Before Terri, they were killing kids?
"I thought she would potentially live in a vegetative state," DCF's chief medical director told The Post two months after examining 2-year-old Moesha Sylencieux on Jan. 26, 2001.
Fifteen days after "Mo-Mo" was beaten nearly to death despite DCF cataloging numerous alarming signs of abuse, the agency began seeking a Do-Not-Resuscitate order for her.
Then-DCF Secretary Kathleen Kearney had sent Dr. Eric Handler to Palm Beach County to assess Moesha, who was admitted to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach on Jan. 11, 2001, and transferred to Delray Medical Center's trauma unit the next day. She was unconscious with a swollen brain, bruised liver, broken bones and black-and-green welts. Some breaks and bruises were old — having been detected, though unexplained, during a monthlong stay at Miami Children's Hospital that had ended just weeks prior, with doctors and nurses pleading that DCF not release Moesha to her uninterested mother. The near-fatal injuries, investigators believe, had been caused by Moesha being held by her feet and shaken, possibly by her mother's boyfriend, though no one's been charged.

DCF asked a judge to appoint an attorney ad litem to pursue a Do-Not-Resuscitate order. The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, whose attorneys are appointed by the court to represent children up to age 12 who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, opened the case on Feb. 1, 2001. Attorney John Walsh went to the hospital with his supervisor, talked to Moesha's nurses and then discussed her condition "in great detail" with her physician.

"Should I go ahead and get a DNR order?" Mr. Walsh said he asked the doctor, who replied: " 'What? What are you talking about? No, she's stable. We're not thinking about that at all.' I guess our appointment was, maybe, premature."

DCF's missteps were so obvious and horrific that a grand jury recommended the firing of nine DCF workers, and the cases of Moesha and two boys who died in 2000 became teaching tools for new DCF hires.
Read it all here

Hat tip: Christina

Alexa swing by at 1:27 PM

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