Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly
- The Beatles
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|Women's suicide rate highest after abortion
, says a new study
Compared to women who have not been pregnant in the prior year, deaths from suicide, accidents and homicide are 248% higher in the year following an abortion, according to a new 13-year study of the entire population of women in Finland.
The study also found that majority of the extra deaths among women who had abortions were due to suicide. The suicide rate among women who had abortions was six times higher than that of women who had given birth in the prior year and double that of women who had miscarriages.
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Indiana abortion waiting period upheld
in Supreme Court
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Parents want Supreme Court to protect
their daughters from abortion
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you have to read. It profiles an Arkansas abortionist William Harrison who believes that he is "giving life" back to his patients :
He calls himself an "abortionist" and says, "I am destroying life."
But he also feels he's giving life: He calls his patients "born again."
"When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says.
Not only that, he also talks them through the procedure. For example, he tells a patient that she's going to hear a "sucking sound":
"This is not going to be nearly as hard as you anticipate," he tells her.
She smiles wanly. Keeping up a constant patter - he asks about her brothers, her future birth control plans, whether she's good at tongue twisters - Harrison pulls on sterile gloves.
"How're you doing up there?" he asks.
Harrison glances at an ultrasound screen frozen with an image of the fetus taken moments before. Against the fuzzy black-and-white screen, he sees the curve of a head, the bend of an elbow, the ball of a fist.
"You may feel some cramping while we suction everything out," Harrison tells the patient.
A moment later, he says: "You're going to hear a sucking sound."
The abortion takes two minutes. The patient lies still and quiet, her eyes closed, a few tears rolling down her cheeks. The friend who has accompanied her stands at her side, mutely stroking her arm.
On childbirth he thinks that:
Childbirth, he says, should be joyous; a woman should never consider it a punishment or an obligation.
"We try to make sure she doesn't ever feel guilty," he says, "for what she feels she has to do."
Has to do? I am beyond psyched.
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Attorney General Jim Petro unveiled new TV ad trumpeting what he calls his conservative values and his "pro-life" stance on abortion
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They gave their 3-month-old vodka to quiet her crying
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So.. I'm still waiting for my "hamsem" guest blogger to post here. Mr. W is usually loquacious, folks.. but he's somewhat shy suddenly. Come on out you delightful man... get out of that bikini already. It's time to meet some lovely, gorgis ladies :)
Ladies, if you think you are single, intelligent, blonde, and have a fixation for hairy men in wigs and pink bikinis, please send us your resume.
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who may need a little love right now..
Why are we always made to feel like we have no choice?
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Hat tip: Zach Brissett
via Jean Marie at Catholic Fire
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Planned Parenthood not happy
federal funds earmarked for pro-life groups:
"Planned Parenthood resists any attempts to restrict abortion whatsoever," said Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life. "They have a for-profit, financial interest in promoting and advocating that abortion mindset because they make money off the sales of abortion... Anytime they lose money, whether it's one dollar or five million dollars, they know they are losing potential income. And anytime a woman chooses life, they have lost a client."
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If abortion is wrong, we must say why
, says Jeff Gaither...
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Missouri Partial-birth abortion ban ruling upheld by Appeals Court
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You know what? I am pissed and I'm not going to pretend like I don't care because I do. The truth is, I brought Aunt Renee to the doctor's because she has a lump in her breast. Well in fact, there's more than one lump as we found out yesterday. But I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and pray that it is not what I think it is (besides our family history of cancer, my aunt also had had an abortion
about ten years ago). I guess the thing that pisses me off is her refusal to consult our oncologists (I know I trusts Dr Back with my life, and Dr Yong had treated me before and I know he's really good with breast cancer) and instead chose "convenience" over her life. I don't know how else to convince her or tell her how I disapprove of her choice of hospital (besides being a real bitch about it) (which has absolutely no impact on her by the way), but at this point I am just not ready too grit my teeth and watch her make a mistake which may cost her life, because as much as we fight and hate each other.. we're still family, man... But, but.. what can I do?
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Parents, don't try this
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Aunt Renee and I went to eat at this murtabak's place called Mina on Victoria Street? after the doctor's yesterday. The newly opened Mina is located just next to the famous Victory and Zam Zam restaurants. We shared the chicken briyani (savoury rice) and murtabak (a thin dough filled with minced meat, onion and eggs), and Aunt Renee had the teh halia (ginger milktea) while I settled for a plain milktea (the Indians would usually use goat's milk, which tastes a lot better). The mutton dalcha (a variation of the curry) is really good (taste almost like mom's, thick and full of flavor) and Aunt Renee and I both agreed that the briyani and murtabak is way better than Zam Zam's. (And of course, the uncle is really nice) I think of Chad when I had the murtabak (Chad loves murtabak) and it made me miss him for a while suddenly. Chad, Em, Fab and I used to go out together a lot when he was living here. We would go to fancy restaurants and hop from bar to bar. Sometimes Alan or Sprouty or Ferleen would join us, and we'd flirt just to make psycho Ferleen mad. And we would go for long drives. Or just veg out at his place. Ah, the good times. We love how clean Mina is. And how the staircase isn't spiraled downwards. Of course we like that we spent barely ten dollars on everything.
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A new poll
conducted by Gallup finds that most Americans still oppose most abortions and back limits like parental notification but they don't support a Constitutional amendment banning most abortions...
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Monty Patterson, whose daughter Holly
lost her life to RU486 warns Australia lawmakers not to approve the drug
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He told her he just wants her to like him. And she said she more than likes him. He looks at her, and then tells her he feels the same way too. And then he said goodnight and walks out the door. She had tears rolling down her cheeks. Because she knew. They both do. But they were just too afraid to tell the truth.
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Let's hope Britney stays this way
... getting the belly ring back
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Bo Bice, wife Caroline Fisher and baby Aidan...
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Apparently Tom bought ultrasound machine
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Father discovered that fiance got girl pregnant, have him killed and then paid for her to have a late-term abortion
Manna Begum, 20, is to be investigated by Thames Valley police over the abortion of her unborn child.
Her fiance, Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, was stabbed to death by her brothers on the orders of their father after he discovered that she was pregnant by the 19-year-old student.
Chomir Ali and his sons, Mohammed Mujibar Rahman and Mamnoor Rahman, who were convicted of murder at Oxford Crown Court three weeks ago, killed Mr Ghorbani-Zarin because they disapproved of his relationship with Ms Begum.
When they attempted to stop her seeing him she attempted suicide, so Mr Ali's two sons abducted Mr Ghorbani-Zarin, an engineering student at Oxford Brookes University, and knifed him 46 times.
Then Mr Ali, who is of Bangladeshi origin, and another relative paid for his daughter to fly to Barcelona to have an abortion at the Clinica Ginemedex.
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Now, this story
you gotta read...
Hat tip: Emily
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A bill to ban
over-the-counter sales of morning-after pill
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I personally believe that abortion should be legal for the first trimester only (3 months). After that, it should be legal only if the mother's health is at risk after a medical consultation. If a doctor signs a "health risk" certificate, he has to appear before a medical board stating why he felt the mother's health was at risk. If his reasons are proven incorrect, then the doctor should be stripped of his license and charged, if the abortion took place, with accessory to murder. Any doctor performing an abortion without said health risk certificate should be charged with first degree murder.
I think such a stance still allows for freedom of choice and for mitigating circumstances (health risk, rape, etc) but will also stem the horrific genocide going on in North America today.
Now, would this be considered a true conservative position or would this be labelled moderate?
You can join a discussion on this here
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Sydney abortionist charged with manslaughter
A Sydney doctor has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly induced a late-term abortion that led to the premature birth and death of a baby, newspapers reported Saturday.
Suman Sood, the 56-year-old former owner of a Sydney abortion clinic, is the first doctor in New South Wales state to be charged with the manslaughter of a fetus, The Weekend Australian said.
The charges arose after Sood allegedly gave a 20-year-old woman - who was between 22 and 24 weeks pregnant- an abortion drug, and told her to return to her clinic the following day, the paper reported.
At a preliminary hearing Friday, a Sydney court heard that the woman, who cannot be identified, went home and gave birth in the early hours of the next morning. The baby boy survived for less than five hours, the report said.
Prosecutors allege that the procedure was an illegal and dangerous act that caused the premature birth and predictable death of a fetus, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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CWA's Lori Scheck a mother of a 13-year-old child with Down's writes about
the other side of Down Syndrome, and the lessons she learn from having her son, Stephen...
When I hear about people who have aborted such a child because they didn't want him to have to "live a life like that," I am incredulous. How someone comes to the conclusion that not allowing a child to live at all is somehow better than living as a special needs child is beyond comprehension. Aborting a disabled child removes the option of looking at the glass as half empty or half full. Abortion takes the glass and heaves it over the side of a cliff while the pieces shatter on the rocks below. While it may eliminate the disappointment, sorrow and frustration, it also eliminates the hope, joy and pride of accomplishment that child can bring. What a travesty. What arrogance. What right do we have to destroy that little person because he doesn't measure up to someone's standard?
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RE: The Nick Lachey-Jessica Simpson breakup
OK enough already, I'm
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Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon
will be playing in an acoustic charity event at The Roxy in Hollywood on December 12. So if you are a fan of Andrew's music, you don't want to miss this one. The money raised will go to the Pediatric Cancer Research foundation (PCRF) and New West Charter School in West LA.
For ticketing details, please visit Andrew's website
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When abstinence is not really.. well... "abstinence"
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Pre-eclampsia doubles the risk
of heart disease
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Ladies and gentlemen, munchkins and superheros.. I am pleased to announce that as of today, Mr. W will guest-blog here at Birth Story. For those who didn't know, Mr. W is a stud muffin with a penchant for wigs and Chanel lipsticks. Of course, he thinks that God stole his testicles
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The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the abortion waiting period law
that requires women seeking an abortion to get counseling about medical risks and alternatives, and to wait at least 18 hours after the session before going through with the procedure.
The court ruled in a 4-1 vote that opponents of the law could not pursue their lawsuit, which argued that privacy is a core right under the state constitution that extends to women seeking to end their pregnancies. Such a challenge would fail because the law "does not impose a material burden on any right to privacy or abortion that may be provided or protected" under the state constitution, said the court.
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OK, I nipped this from my girl Agnes
|Your Birthdate: January 30|
You have the type of personality that people either love or hate. You're opinionated, dramatic, intense, and very outspoken. And some people can't get enough of you - they're totally addicted. Others, well, they wish you were a little more reserved.
Your strength: Your flair
Your weakness: If you think it, you say it
Your power color: Scarlet red
Your power symbol: Inverted triangle
Your power month: March
Dramatic? Damn right I am.
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has a really interesting post on Planned Parenthood here
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We all know that breastfeeding is good not only for babies, but for mothers too, and now researchers have found that breastfeeding actually reduces the mother's risk of type 2 diabetes
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The most brilliant thing happened today. I was really excited, in fact I was going to talk about it. Somehow 'the thing' progressed to the point that I think it's best not to. Well, I decided that it's just not worth sticking my foot into a spinning wheel. Although I do adore the pers.. 'thing' very, very much (always have and maybe always will)... I just don't want to get into anything complicated.
They say it never hurt as much after the first time. I suppose there is an element of truth in that, but they also say that every time you get hurt, the barriers go up a little higher each time and you end up being hard and cynical and not giving anything to anyone. To think that Lena and I used to say that of Anna, why she held back mostly.. but now I think I understand.
I've always believe that if you love or like something (or someone) you should fight for it. Only that you might ask yourself if it's worth it. Are they worth losing your mind over? Gabriela Mistral once said love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best. I think that is so true. Yes I think I deserve all the happiness in the world in spite of me, just that at this point, I guess I'm just too afraid to find that out.
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FDA and CDC to study
abortion pill deaths
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Preschool teacher fired from Catholic school for being pregnant and unwed
It is already hard to be single and pregnant, but to be fired from your job? I think some of us know what it's like to be pregnant, alone and broke..
There's a discussion on this case at Amy Welborn's Open Book
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links to this article
on multiple abortions..
When Amy got pregnant during her freshman year of college, she knew that, at 18, she wasn't ready to be a mother. So she had an abortion. "That was a very easy decision to get to, but a very difficult emotional experience, both before and after," she says from San Francisco, where she now lives. "I wouldn't wish it on anyone else." Six years later, she says, she was living and working in New York City when, after a condom failure, she found herself with a second unwanted pregnancy. "That time, it was like, 'Oh, no! This sucks. Let me just take care of this.'" She had another abortion. "Oh well, that's over," she recalls thinking immediately afterward. "And then I didn't think about it very much." She didn't talk about it very much either, and, even today, she is loath to reveal it. "I rarely talk about the second abortion because of society's judgments about women who have a second abortion," she says. "It's like, 'Oh, you're allowed one mistake.'" But not two....
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It seems like the letter
from Sgt Walter Rausch has made it here
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Pete Vere at Catholic Exchange has an article here
on Katelyn Sills
, the Catholic teen who was expelled from her high school for exposing a teacher who was found to be an abortion clinic escort.
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, that chick who got famous
for her "I Had an Abortion" t-shirts discuss women who have multiple abortions and how they are viewed by some pro-choice individuals..
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Abortion Debate? Slate's Michael Kinsley
says that there is no honesty about Roe:
The natural assumption is that Bush is trying to con abortion-rights supporters. Only an idiot would squander the opportunity to rid the nation of Roe because of some fatuous nonsense about picking judges without finding out the one thing you most urgently want to know.
But Machiavellians of my acquaintance believe that it is the anti-abortion folks who are getting conned. The last thing in the world that Republican strategists want is the repeal of Roe. If abortion becomes a legislative issue again, all those pro-choice women and men who have been voting Republican because abortion was safe would have to reconsider, and many would bolt. Meanwhile, the reversal of Roe would energize the left the way Roe itself energized the right. Who needs that?
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Wow. I guess Planned Parenthood never fail to surprise
us... as JivinJ points out here
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Kristen Gillespie was born 17 weeks early at Cleveland Memorial Hospital in June 1988. The delivery doctor declared the 1-pound-6-ounce girl stillborn and wrapped her in a blanket for postmortem. Hours later, when a nurse picked up the baby, she heard a breath and saw Kristen kick her legs. Although amazed, doctors gave her slim chances for a normal life, if even survival. She survived
. Today, Kristen is 17 and an 11th-grader at Shelby High.
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Stem cells derived from human heart tissue develop into multicellular, spherical structures called cardiospheres that express the normal properties of primitive heart tissue, smooth muscle and blood vessel cells, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. In a related study, cells grown in the laboratory from these cardiospheres and injected into the hearts of mice following a lab-induced heart attack migrated straight to damaged tissue and regenerated, improving the organ's ability to pump blood throughout the animal's body. Results from both studies were presented Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions in Dallas. "The findings could potentially offer patients use of their own stem cells to repair heart tissue soon after a heart attack, or to regenerate weakened muscle resulting from heart failure, perhaps averting the need for heart transplants," says Eduardo Marb?n, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of both studies and professor and chief of cardiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart Institute. "By using a patient's own adult stem cells rather than a donor's, there would be no risk of triggering an immune response that could cause rejection."
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Okay, what on earth is "forest sex"? Sex in the forest?
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Teddy called this morning and said that he'll be back for Thanksgiving. Yay! And we plan to go sailing. Boy, it's been a while since Tyler and I have been out to sea. I bet he'll enjoy it now that he's more conscious of his surroundings. I got him a boat the other day and he got all excited and said,"Teddy!". Tyler likes the outdoors and being out in the sun (now, THAT he didn't inherit from me for sure). And he loves being with Teddy. He loves the water and he loves swimming (I don't know who or which side of the family he inherit that from, because I don't recall his father being the liquid kind 'cept the fact that he's "good friends" with Stella, Carlsberg, Heineken and Kilkenny). Oh, and speaking of the pric... erh.. man, I'm sure I mentioned that we made contact
not too long ago and we were like supposed to
meet up (remember Jay, darling.. you, me, the bombs? don't phunk with my heart, ok?) Hmph. Like I said, you can run, but you can't bloody hide, sweetheart
Anyways..Teddy said he's gonna spend two weeks here, and then head back to clear some stuff before coming back here to spend the rest of the year and Christmas with us here. That is awesome because that means I don't have to eat crappy take-outs (they really should build a Subway in front of my house) for the rest of 2005! Whee! And Chad (who hasn't been back for ages) sent an offline to say that he'll be back anytime between today and Christmas (surprise
indeed, Chadwick..). So.. that should be fun. Two guys, a girl, a Spiderman and a Smelly. Although my miss my girl Jules. No, actually I miss her presents more. Heh.
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Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost
talks about the killing of children with Down Syndrome
The underlying assumption is that a woman should want to have an abortion if she is carrying a child with Down syndrome. Following the logic of Singer, these researchers and physicians imply that it is perfectly understandable, perhaps even to be expected, if a woman were to kill her child because it had such bleak "future prospects."
But do such people truly lack "quality of life?" Barbara Curtis not only has a son with the disability but adopted three other boys with Down syndrome. She notes that instead of being institutionalized, such children are now raised at home, attend class with their peers, and even become homecoming kings and queens :
"How could these people who our society so fears that it spends vast amounts of money researching and testing to eliminate end up being number one in the hearts of their classmates?
My simple answer is this: because that's what they're all about. God is in the business of changing hearts, and a sprinkling of people with Down syndrome among us is one way he uses."
In his study on the concept of "love", the philosopher Josef Pieper said that loving someone is a way of saying, "It's good that you exist; it's good that you are in the world!" Society, though, is sending the exact opposite message to these homecoming kings and queens. Children who have Down syndrome are encouraged to be discarded, never to exist outside the womb. In essence, they are being told that since they cannot "chat with us about the latest Woody Allen movie" that they have no right to live.
Fortunately, our culture doesn't have Darrow's courage so we won't be chloroforming children anytime soon. But who needs to practice that sort of late-stage eugenics when we can do it at the eleventh week?
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So I was at the mall last week in my roomy tube dress (funny how I wasn't offered seats in the train when I was pregnant, now they can't wait to give up their seats.. hmph) and some lady tried to sell me stretch mark cream. Hmm. I gave her my sweetest smile (no actually I gave her my lethal are-you-kidding-me look) and said no, of course. Why waste so much money when you can make your own? Here's a recipe that I use-- from Janice Cox's Natural Beauty at Home
-- for all you mommies out there:Stretch Mark Cream
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1 T wheat germ oil
1 tsp apricot kernal oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2 tsp grated beeswax
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Mix together all ingredients except the vanilla extract. Heat the mixture gently until the cocoa butter and beeswax have melted; stir well. Remove from the heat and sstir in the vanilla extract, if desired. Allow to cool completely. Store in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Massage into your skin.
Yield: 3 ounces
p.s. Stretch marks cannot be removed, but some will fade over time. Use this rich cream daily-- it may seem a bit oily at first, but it is easily absorbed into your skin.
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Parents of a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl who died last year are suing the makers
of a popular birth control patch, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical for failing to warn people sooner about serious side effects.
Eighth-grader Alycia Brown died of blood clots on May 7, 2004, after using Ortho Evra for about six weeks, according to the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Madison. Brown was supposed to go on a band trip to the Wisconsin Dells the day she died. She went home from school after having trouble breathing and died hours later at a hospital. The cause of death was blood clots in her lower pelvis and Ortho Evra was likely a contributing factor, said John Steers, the La Crosse County medical examiner.
The family's lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for the death of Alycia, who played the flute and volleyball, loved pets and talked about becoming a veterinarian.
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical warned
last week that users will be exposed to higher doses of hormones that put them at greater risk for blood clots and other side effects. The warning came after federal death and injury reports showed patch users die and suffer blood clots at a higher rate than women taking the pill.
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Planned Parenthood protests against Wal-Mart
for not selling the morning after pill
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What is impossible with men is possible with God
- Luke 18:27
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Heidi Hess Saxton has this good article
up at Catholic Exchange..
If we are going to breathe new life into this culture of death, by the grace of God, we need soldiers "at the gates" and political advocacy. However, we also need "underground" types - those who respond in love not only for the pregnant women and infants but the hundreds of thousands of children who will wind up in similarly desperate straits if we do not teach them to aspire to something better .
If every Christian family in America took one "unwanted" child (not just the cute infants, but the special needs and older children as well) into our homes, we could turn the tide against the Culture of Death in a single generation - and put a human face on the pro-life movement. The question is: Just how committed are we to this particular cause?
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Motherhood Hall of Shame:
Mom "sat smoking and sipping coffee" as boyfriend beats her 13-month-old to death
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Here is a powerful letter
from a soldier who is currently fighting in Iraq to his mom-- penned by him and his platoon with a message for the American public (and of course, the likes of Cindy Sheehan who demanded the United States withdraw all of its troops from Iraq). Go read it and spread the word.
(Thanks to Sgt. Hook
See also: Pullout rejected 403-3
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is still asking for help on behalf of a friend in crisis pregnancy, who is also an at-risk
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A British teen who has multiple sclerosis now claims she is walking after umbilical cord stem cell
therapy she traveled abroad to receive.
Wheelchair-bound since 2003, 19 year-old Amanda Bryson told The Herald that she has been walking daily since immediately after her treatment from a private clinic in the Netherlands Friday.
Believed to be the only British beneficiary of the umbilical cord stem cell therapy, Bryson said this week, "It sounds shocking, but I could feel the difference after just five minutes. Since the treatment I have been transformed. I am doing things I couldn't do a year ago. Hopefully I will be fully recovered in a year."
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UN Human Rights committee rules that denying abortion access violates women's human rights
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The American Center for Law and Justice
(ACLJ) Thursday filed an amicus brief representing 70 members of Congress in support of a request from the Bush administration asking the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold
the constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortions
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links to this piece
by Fr. Phil Bloom on birth control and natural family planning:
The law of unintended consequences can also be seen in another goal of the Pill: To reduce poverty by eliminating large families. They have virtually disappeared from our society, but questions remain. What is the best gift parents can give their child: A new car or a new little brother? And for that matter where does wealth come from? It is true a large family will probably be more hard pressed to make ends meet when the children are growing up, but there are lots of indications that that can be recouped in the long run. I think of my own four brothers and one sister. I do not want to romanticize our upbringing or say we are more cohesive than is true, but I consider overall we have been a help to each other. That help can be measured not only spiritually, but even economically.
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More women say they are interested in adopting children but fewer are taking steps to adopt
, a study shows
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A new Missouri abortion law allow parents to sue
those who bring their daughters for secret abortions...
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Is violence justified in dealing with abortionists? Christina
examines the ramifications and share with us her thoughts on the issue.. Definately a must-read!
the Bible says "Rescue those who are being led to slaughter." Does this mean that believers have an obligation to use whatever worldly means are necessary to stop abortionists in their tracks? Since I personally have been a Christian for 5 of my 15 years of pro life activism, and since those tempted to become violent often think that God might be calling them to harm abortionists, my primary approach will be from a Christian point of view...
The professed goal of someone who shoots an abortionist is to "rescue those who are being led to slaughter." Superficially, it might seem wise to simply shoot the person who plans to slaughter the babies. But is that what is really accomplished?[...]
Let's look at some of the ripple effects of shooting abortionists: demonization of pro life activists, increased sympathy for abortionists, draconian laws passed to keep peaceful and effective pro lifers away from abortion facilities. None of these effects is positive. So is shooting abortionists wise? Not at all. It simply feeds the pro abortion propaganda machine.
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Folks, nominations for the 2005 Weblogs Awards
are now open, so go nominate your favs now!
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Oral sex linked to mouth cancer
, says Swedish study
Hmm.. somebody ought to send this one to "Giselle" (you know, the infamous Evil Board's I-give-fabulous-BJs Giselle *snorts*) ...
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"An abortion, small or great, is always a homicide"
Cardinals speak out
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Drinking coffee during pregnancy increases the risk of abortion, stillbirth and fetal deaths
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
revealed that pregnant women who drank eight or more cups of coffee are 59% more likely to have fetal death. Even having a cup of coffee a day during pregnancy increased the risk of fetal death by 30%.
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Skeletal remains found in western Iowa..
Skeletal remains discovered by hunters last week in Audubon County in western Iowa are those of an infant or fetus, Audubon County sheriff's officials said.
The sheriff says "further tests
" are necessary to determine if it's an infant or a fetus. Is he serious? Everyone knows an infant is a human being, while a fetus is just a clump of cells
. How could anyone have trouble telling the difference?
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may preserve cognitive function?
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She speaks in her way of her savage seas
With unknown algae and unknown sands;
She prays to a formless, weightless God,
Aged, as if dying.
In our garden now so strange,
She has planted cactus and alien grass.
The desert zephyr fills her with its breath
And she has loved with a fierce, white passion
She never speaks of, for if she were to tell
It would be like the face of unknown stars.
Among us she may live for eighty years,
Yet always as if newly come,
Speaking a tongue that plants and whines
Only by tiny creatures understood.
And she will die here in our midst
One night of utmost suffering,
With only her fate as a pillow,
And death, silent and strange.
- Gabriela Mistral, "The Stranger" (La Extranjera)
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Two-thirds of Canadian women support legal protection of the unborn
The poll, commissioned by LifeCanada finds that among women, 34% supported legal protection from conception on, versus 24% among men. 19% of women and 20% of men supported legal protection after three months of gestation and 11% among men and women supported legal protection after six months gestation.
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at the NRLC discuss Maria Eftimiades' "One Woman's Choice
", a rebuttal piece to Patricia E. Bauer's op-ed
which ran on Washington Post recently:
Ms. Eftimidades' account is structured such that the decision to abort is balanced (indeed offset) by competing interests on the other side. With or without the commentary, the child is no less as dead, but it allows Ms. Eftimidades both to excuse her actions in her own mind and attempt to put abortion opponents on the defensive.
Eftimidades is 42 years old. She and her 52-year-old boyfriend discover she is pregnant. She hesitates to tell people right off the bat, she writes, because of her unmarried status. Sure enough, some"second-tier friends" make "insensitive remarks."
We learn she is the model of a concerned mom. Mike brings home fresh fruit. She gets annoyed when the pharmacy runs out of her prenatal vitamins. Heck, she writes Starbucks "to request they add black decaffeinated tea to their menu. (Herbals aren't good for pregnant women.)"
Then the amniocentesis reveals their son has Down syndrome. They are shocked. She's already told people she's pregnant. What to do? Some, including her mother, advise her to tell people she miscarried. (The mother used that cover story with one of Eftimidades' brothers. "That brother's wife was a Catholic, and my mother was taking no chances. 'People are funny,' she said.")
So, the story thus far is (1) snotty second-tier friends make insensitive remarks about her pregnancy; (2) Eftimidades has been a good mother; (3) the baby makes a poor decision--he has Down syndrome; (4) having shared the news of her pregnancy with friends, Eftimidades has got to watch out for those who might object, especially her judgmental Catholic sister-in-law who might not want to see her nephew aborted.
But wait, there's more. She reminiscences about her days years back when she was a reporter covering "clinic bombings and protests." She writes, "Once I became one of those women ending a pregnancy, I found myself wondering how I'd react under that kind of pressure." And then she asks, do you get a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" if "your child will be born with a severe disability"? Her unwritten answer to her own rhetorical question is, Yes!
Then the politically correct, throwaway line: "While I have no doubt there can be joys and victories in raising a mentally handicapped child," immediately followed by the excusatory conclusion, "for me and for Mike, it's a painful journey that we believe is better not taken. To know now that our son would be retarded, perhaps profoundly, gives us the choice of not continuing the pregnancy."
(Of course, the "journey" has already begun, and, moreover, they have no reason to conclude their child would be "profoundly" retarded. Such rhetoric just makes the decision easier to rationalize.)
She approaches saying that ending the child's life is probably a decision the kid would concur with, if he could vote: "We don't want a life like that for our child, and the added worry that we wouldn't be around long enough to care for him throughout his life."
In her mind, perhaps she could almost hear, "Thanks, mom, for choosing death."
No such contemporary account would be complete without the mandatory attempt to turn the tables on those who oppose snuffing out children's lives. One night she has a nightmare about the three of them at a bookstore, gunfire, and a baby crawling away.
Eftimidades awakes the next morning, she writes, "mourning the child we wouldn't have." She adds, "I'm sure pro-lifers don't give you the right to grieve for the baby you chose not to bring into the world."
Second thoughts on Eftimidades' part? Just the opposite. "Only now do I understand how entirely personal the decision to terminate a pregnancy is and how wrong it feels to bring someone else's morality into the discussion."
She concludes her opinion piece by telling us that she has her abortion, surrounded by kindly nurses and the doctor who "held my hand as the anesthesia took over." And then the abrupt ending:
"As for that baby that will never be, I will remember him always. But I'm quite certain that I made the right choice for the three of us."
Do I or any other pro-lifer begrudge her the right to "grieve"? No, of course not. Maybe if she does (now that they've considered the possibility that they might "try again"), were the same circumstances to arise, she might choose differently.
Do I or any other pro-lifer fail to see that raising children with disabilities demands a lot from the child's parents. No, of course not. Many of us have special needs children of our own, or have family members and friends who do.
But defenseless unborn children are not plastic containers that you depose of. They are not recyclables. Nor is the decision to end their "journey" like making a U-turn, going back to the front door, and setting the odometer back.
Lives have been lost, lives taken in a brutally calculated way. And while Eftimidades and Mike may consider the decision "the right choice," I can assure them that the little baby crawling away in her dream has other ideas.
Alexa swing by at 10:01 AM
A new Gallup polls shows that Americans support the Alito comfirmation by a 2-1 margin...
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Jimmy Carter opposes all
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It's the Sisterhood vs. Ellen Sauerbrey
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be assistant secretary of State for the bureau of population, refugees, and migration. California Democrat Barbara Boxer will reportedly make the case against the former Maryland lawmaker's confirmation. Senator Boxer's argument goes something like this: Ellen Sauerbrey, who is pro-life, reliably represents the policy positions of the administration she has served.
While an orchestrated campaign of hostile editorials dishonestly casts Sauerbrey as a political crony in the tradition of FEMA's hapless Michael Brown, in truth, she is being blackballed by the feminist Left owing to the Bush administration's position on abortion and its refusal, backed by Congress, to fund abortions through donations to international organizations. Ellen Sauerbrey is far more than a "Bush loyalist," although as his nominee she would no doubt plead guilty to being loyal to the president's agenda. And, that's her sin in the eyes of the monolithic sisterhood.[...]
In making the case against this experienced, multitalented public servant, Senator Boxer will be representing the opposition of a host of left-wing women's groups who have appointed themselves gatekeeper. They are imposing an entry fee before admission to the worldwide effort to alleviate the desperate suffering of millions of women. Although Charlotte Burch, executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership has argued, "There is a need to create greater space and opportunity for women with various perspectives to be heard as public leaders - in elected office and as public writers and shapers of opinion," she doesn't mean it. Burch is a leading opponent of Sauerbrey's nomination because, as far as the Left is concerned, there is only space for abortion-rights advocates in the international campaign against the abuse and exploitation of women.
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Here's another review
on "The Last Abortion Clinic"
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Condoms, 9-year-olds and grape jelly
-- that's your tax dollars at work, folks..
SIECUS and the CDC have a record of recommending curricula with extremely graphic content such as the use of grocery items like grape jelly being used as lubricants ( Becoming a Responsible Teen ), condom relay races, condom practice and fantasizing during classroom time, a homework assignment to go shopping for condoms, and how-to instructions for oral sex ( Becoming a Responsible Teen, Be Proud! Be Responsible!, Get Real About AIDS ). Focus on Kids, a curriculum for 9-15-year-olds, assigns teens to create a list of ways to be close to a person without having intercourse, including, "body massage, bathing together, masturbation, sensuous feeding, fantasizing, watching erotic movies, reading erotic books and magazines."
Hat tip: Drudge
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Thanks to the wonderful Christina
for pointing us to this
-- this is a pro-choice group which offers help to young women who want to carry their pregnancy to term (Wow!)-- I think this is really great
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Planned Parenthood president: Restrict abortion access and women will dieThe Daily Collegian
reports on the lecture given by PP's interim president, Karen Pearl:
Karen Pearl, the group's president, spoke about her memories of a time before abortion was legalized, when young women took dangerous chemicals or used coat hangers to self-abort their pregnancies. She said she was worried that we were coming back to those days as the Roe vs. Wade decision is being "slowly eviscerated."
Roe vs. Wade was the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that overturned all state laws that outlawed or restricted abortions. Since the decision, there have been numerous attempts, says Pearl, to "chip away" at it.
Such attempts, according to Pearl, include state laws that require parental notification before an abortion can be performed, state mandated "waiting periods" that make women wait a few days before going through an abortion and requiring doctors to read "inflammatory and inaccurate" information to a woman prior to abortion.
Pearl says that all of these amendments to Roe vs. Wade are destroying the fundamentals of the case and will only serve to hurt women. "Restricting access to abortion will not make it go away," Pearl said, "it will just make it less safe."
Pearl claims that restricting a woman's access to abortion may make her seek out less safe ways of aborting her pregnancy. "It will cause women to die," she said.
Alexa swing by at 1:44 PM
"Beware of dog"
Take him away from his smelly spot-- and this is what you get...
Alexa swing by at 12:38 PM
Ai yai yai.. obviously somebody
is making it really, really hard for some
of us to go on diet...
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Did you know that the suicide rates are 7 times higher
among women who abort vs. giving birth?
" ... She was crying as she entered the clinic, she cried throughout the procedure, and was sobbing as she left. No one at the clinic asked her any questions ... Had they inquired about her health history they may have seen her as the high-risk patient that she was ... Her three children are growing up without their mom because no one wanted to ask questions." - Julie
Our mom made my sister have an abortion. At age 14 my sister became a completely different person. She got into very hard drugs and would use them every day. She had attempted suicide at least 3 times that I know of and has horrible huge scars on her arms from one of the attempts. - Anonymous
The thought of abortion in our family is a terrible thing. Our granddaughter, age 21, had an abortion. Three months later her father found her hanging from the cross beams in the basement.
We did not know ... about the abortion until a week before her death when she tried suicide by cutting her wrist. ... she told her mother what she had done. They took her to the hospital ... kept her five days, released her ... three days later she killed herself. She said her boyfriend made her do it [the abortion] ... She dearly loved children ... She was always taking care of some friend's children. ... If someone could have talked with her, she might be alive today. - Anonymous grandmother
Speaking of which, I think Megan
could do with a bit of love...
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is reporting that SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito rejected abortion as a right
; paper shows personal view...Update/4:35 p.m.:
Judge Alito wrote that 'the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion' in a 1985 document obtained by the WASHINGTON TIMES
"I personally believe very strongly" in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.
The document, which is likely to inflame liberals who oppose Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, is among many that the White House will release today from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. [...]
"I am and always have been a conservative," he wrote in an attachment to the noncareer appointment form that he sent to the Presidential Personnel Office. "I am a lifelong registered Republican."
"It has been an honor and source of personal satisfaction for me to serve in the office of the Solicitor General during President Reagan's administration and to help to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly," he wrote.
"I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."
Alexa swing by at 1:30 PM
Where does the Sisterhood stand on this one
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Congratulations to Darren and Debbie on the birth of Christina Hayley Wyatt
. Christina is still in hospital and on 20% oxygen to boost her lungs but I'm happy to report that she is in no danger. Let's pray that she can get home and be with her family soon..
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Dignity by dehydration? Come on, this has got to stop
On Thursday November 10, the father of June Maxam, editor of North County Gazette
, and co-publisher of The Empire Journal, suffered a massive stroke at Eden Park Nursing Home in Glens Falls. He was not hospitalized - instead the nursing home claims they are "maintaining his dignity" and plan to place him in a hospice, withhold all nutrition and hydration and wait for him to die. At about 7p.m. November 12, Gerald Maxam passed away.
Our thoughts and prayers are with June and her family.
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gets slapped with a warning-- Rebecca
has more here
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Since I'm feeling a little jolly today, I'm gonna share this--the greatest post break-up letter ever written, sealed, sent and delivered (ahem.. with a little help from the wonderful Miss M of course). Don't believe me? Read on:
These are the presents you've given me. I have the strongest desire to thrash them out but I strongly believe in recycling now. If they will make another girl foolishly happy for a while, I am glad to be of service.
I remember your words when you gave me the puppy. I have since taken very good care it just as you want me to. 'Take good care of it so that it'll grow up to be a strong friend to you.' Well, the doggie has been a better friend to me than you have, dearie. Dogs are faithful companions who trust their masters and vice-versa. Since you obviously have no concept of integrity and loyalty. I have decided to return the puppy to you with the sincerest hope that he will teach you some important values.
The white rose? Well darling, you gave it to me the day you arrived in Singers. Call me a sentimental fool, but I preserved it, on the pretext that someday I'd look back and reflect on the things, the little things that had mattered to me once. Now I just ask myself, why a white rose, why not a bunch of roses. You cheapskate.
I had a really in-depth talk with my coven members about you. And I had an in-depth talk with someone I have been neglecting: my gut instincts. I decided to be honest, truthful and to be myself. You are right. You need space. Nobody who knows their true worth will want someone like you. All the therapy in the world can't save you. A smidgen of integrity might help. I doubt it but please.. please.. please try for your sanity's sake. I truly care for you, no matter what. But surely I deserve better?
Still I don't regret that all our paths crossed. Yes, crossed and tangled with the other girls you had, like some goddamned telephone lines. Thank you for allowing me to step off at a station. You have to continue alone on this sick, dark journey that has been a big part of your life. You are right. I deserve someone better. I can never be angry with you for reminding me of this fact, darling.
Dear Willem, I'll always, always remember you. I'll always remember how it felt, how happy you made me feel, how you made me laugh. False memories, that's what they are. I will survive through this because I'll remember how you make the other girls feel that way too, you shit. They are lucky. They woke up, I need to do the same now.
Regrets but still beautiful,
p.s. I feel strongly about helping you even though we are not meant to be together. You have to know that 10 minutess or less for a bedroom performance is really not good at all. I hate to be judgemental, so I'll need to ask the other girls about this. We may want to help you. Don't push us away, please. You have a gift with words, don't waste it with a lacklustre weiner. Surely there must be a place to ask for advice without being too obvious. A place where sympathy can be gained and advice given from the local expat community.
p.p.s. Don't reply please. I've cc this email to people who matter to me. My beautiful friends, supportive family and some coven members whom you may remember fondly, but who may not feel the same way about you. Be afraid, be very afraid darling but have faith. Singers is such a huge place. There must be room for losers like you.
Alexa swing by at 1:30 PM
Remember this picture that rocks the blogosphere?
Her name was Farah and Major Bieger (seen here with her) decided he wanted to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible. So he picked her up, wrapped her in a blanket, and loaded her into one of their vehicles and started to take her to the hospital as fast as possible. Unfortunately though, little Farah died en route.
Apparently Bruce Willis
who is in talks about a possible film about soldiers who in embedded in Iraq with the blogger who took the photo, Michael Yon, is offering a million dollars to the capture of these terrorists...
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Hillary Clinton meanwhile blasted China's population control policy
that involves forced abortions and sterilizations in a speech on Thursday, calling on the country to curb its human rights abuses.
During her talk, she urged President Bush to challenge China's "forced abortion" policy when he meets with Chinese leaders during hisvisit to Beijing next week.
Clinton called the Chinese policy that requires families to have no more than one child a "fundamental injustice" and condemned China's "use of psychological and economic pressure and threats to force women to terminate pregnancies."
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is going to give the pro-aborts a reason to shout about...
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Motherhood Hall of Shame: Shocking
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Christina blogs about abortion survivor Joshua Vandervelden here
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"A few years ago, a young woman about twenty years old came to the ER because she was feeling very sick. She'd become increasingly ill ever since the abortion she'd had about a week earlier. I had her admitted to the hospital from the ER with a severe pneumonia. The following days revealed that the pneumonia was just a part of the problem- she had overwhelming sepsis, which is infection throughout her entire body which had, at its source, the abortion.
"This woman died. The admitting physician never reported the incident as abortion-related, nor did she inform the abortion provider of the results of his 'care.' He was still practicing, without the slightest idea that his intervention had led to his patient's death..
"The medical diagnosis reads 'severe pain'- the real cause is abortion. The record reads 'vaginal bleeding'- the real cause is abortion. The operative note says 'ruptured ectopic pregnancy and internal hemorrhage'- the real cause is abortion. The autopsy states 'cause of death- overwhelming sepsis'- the real cause is abortion."
- Dr. Lenora Berning, writing in "Abortionists Are Not Held Accountable for Mistakes
"After the inspectors left, it was back to business as usual. The very next abortion patient ended up in the emergency room of a local hospital. "
- Mark Crutcher in Lime 5, Exploited by Choice
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Can somebody please go pinch her nose
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.. and what would mean this
mean you think?
Screening women before the second trimester allows those who might opt to terminate a pregnancy to make that decision when doctors say an abortion is safer and less traumatic. It also gives those who want to continue the pregnancy more time to prepare emotionally for their child's condition, and provides earlier reassurance to those whose babies are healthy, avoiding weeks of anxiety, Malone and others said.
Read the Washington Post article
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Here's one bill
that would help college students avoid abortion..
Named the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Students Act of 2005
, the measure would establish a pilot program to provide $10 million for 200 grants to encourage institutions of higher education to establish and operate a pregnant and parenting student services office. The office would serve pregnant and parenting students and help students who are considering adoption instead of abortion.
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Think the violence only happen in Sudan or third world countries? Try the French suburbs
-- where gang rapes and violence against women are a part of their daily lives...
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The new Elliot Institute's ad campaign
the voices, spread the word
Hat tip: Annie at After Abortion
and Christina at Real Choice
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Thanks to Jean Marie at Catholic Fire
for sharing this
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The dirty little secret is that most pregnant teens are impregnated by adults (who are not their parents) and abortion clinics don't want to know. A recent study of over 46,000 pregnancies of school-age girls in California found that over two-thirds were impregnated by adults. These are child molestations and little or nothing is being done about them!
The message of Sen. Boxer and her colleagues to parents in this election should be clear to anyone who was paying attention: "You are too stupid, too feared and too abusive to be trusted with an important matter like your child's health care. Leave it to the abortionist or the mother of the kid who knocked up your daughter or her adult molester. Now these are the people who really care about your child!"
Jane Chastain say it best
Alexa swing by at 5:34 PM
Chinese blind activist Chen Guagcheng sues over beatings
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Abortion, Roe v. Wade empowers men to take advantage of women
, says Jill Stanek
The truth is many men have adapted Roe v. Wade into Moe v. Wade - an excuse to behave badly without consequences. "It's her body" sure comes in handy sometimes.
But strangely, even those fathers who have lost the instinct to protect their own children from being killed by abortion are so because of abortion. Abortion deadens one of the characteristics that makes a man a man: the will to create, protect, and provide for his family.[...]
The more I learn about abortion, the more overwhelmed I am at the enormity of its destruction.
Yet the silence of men is deafening.
Why? Aside from the fact that men avoid discussing feelings publicly, most abortions are the result of promiscuous sex. While sex with abandon is promoted these days as normal, men know deep inside what their mamas would say if told: "You should have kept your zipper zipped."
Hear that, Jay? Keep your zipper zipped!
Alexa swing by at 3:59 PM
I sure hope this chick
knows as much about "safe, legal" abortion as she think she knew about coathanger abortions...
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Abortion fetal pain bill passed in Wisconsin
Doctors would have to tell women seeking abortions in their 20th week of pregnancy or later that their fetuses might feel pain under a bill passed by Wisconsin lawmakers. Women seeking abortions in Wisconsin must receive information on alternatives to ending their pregnancies and must wait 24 hours after a counseling session to have the procedure. The bill would add a new requirement for women at least 20 weeks pregnant: Doctors would have to say the fetuses have the physical structures necessary to experience pain and that abortions can cause substantial pain to a fetus.
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has a good post up here
where she discuss boyfriends who manipulate their girlfriends (into an abortion) and then abandon them right after that..
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PBS's 'The Last Abortion Clinic
' may have ruffled some feathers from 'the other side', as we can probably see in this article
Watch 'The Last Abortion Clinic
' online here
Alexa swing by at 1:48 PM
3.5 million voters in California reject
Proposition 73 Parental Notification on Abortion, voters defeated Proposition 73 by a 47.4% to 52.6% margin.
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Well, looks like "The Amazing Race
" is really gonna suck now that the Paolos
have been eliminated...
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is back, and Christina
is blogging up a storm. "Where do pro-lifers stand on the death penalty
?" she asked.
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PBS will show "The Last Abortion Clinic" Tuesday night-- check your local listings here
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17-year-old Anje Schepers wrote about the adoption
plan she made after trying to get an abortion:
At first, I wanted an abortion, and I went to a clinic to get one.
I remember that day, because I was so scared. At the same time, I just wanted to get it all done. I thought maybe this would work out for the best, and my family would be less disappointed in me, and my life would get back to normal.
I walked into the clinic, saw about five to seven girls there, went to the front desk and paid. Then, I sat down and thought about the process. I was so nervous because I had never had surgery before, and abortion is kind of like surgery.
They finally called my name. I got up, followed a nurse to a room so she could weigh me, get my blood pressure and check my iron. Then, I went to another room for an ultrasound. Right away, the nurse went to get the doctor. The doctor told me I was 6 1/2 months pregnant, too far along for an abortion.
My first thoughts were, "How am I going to tell my mom?" and "How are we going to tell everyone else?" My next thought was, "Is it a boy or a girl?" In a big way, I was relieved to get out of the abortion clinic, but I also realized how much work I was going to have to do and how hard my life was going to get in the next two months.
I decided right away I wanted my baby to be adopted. Adoption was right because I was only 16 and worked at Domino's Pizza and, despite how grown-up I had to be for the next months, I wasn't grown-up enough to raise a baby. [...]
Laila was born on May 23. That was the hardest day of my life -- physically and emotionally. Laila Noelle was born at 5:34 p.m. She was a beautiful 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long. Holding her and having her look at me with her big dark eyes made me cry, because I almost had had an abortion.
I love Laila very much and, although it was hard, I wouldn't have chosen a different way.
I thought I wanted an abortion, because it seemed like something you could just do and never worry about again. But, in my experience, I think about my baby all the time and I'm really happy to know she is here.
Hat tip: JivinJ
Alexa swing by at 3:48 PM
Fret not.. If abortion ever becomes illegal in your country, you know you can always fly to Sweden
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Last week, he condemned
America's abortion culture. Somehow there seems to be a lot less to former prez Jimmy Carter's pro-life stance
than meets the eye, as NRO's Ramesh Ponnuru finds...
See also: Jimmy Carter using abortion to split GOP support?
Alexa swing by at 2:51 PM
PDG looks at the maternal death rate from abortion
as compared to those of birth, miscarriage and other pregnancy-associated death.
Women who had an abortion were were more likey to die than any other group, the majority of these deaths resulted from violence. Interestingly non-pregnant women were more likely to die than women of conveived and gave birth or who had a miscarrage. A normaized rate of 1.0 equals the death rate of non-pregnant women. Women who had an abortion 12 months prior to death are the 3.52 times more likely to die and those who gave birth were least likely to die. [...]
In 1990 it is estimated that over 1400 women died following a legalized abortions with the majority of these deaths resulting from suicide, homicide or accident. In 1990 abortion related maternal deaths calculate to be 10 times higher than reported deaths caused from complications due to illegal abortion as reported to the CDC in 1972.
See also: Elliot Institute's report Women 3 times more likely to die after ana abortion
, CDC abortion mortality reports flawed
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A cry without a voice
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves
- Proverbs 31:8
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Hmm. Shut up and get ready for K-Fed
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My mother's cousin went berserk the other day-- after finding a box of condoms in her teen son's bag. (My aunt went ballistic when she found condoms in my teen cousin's wallet last year) Somehow it doesn't surprise me at all that H is having sex, so what? I say. But like Jane Jimenez wrote in this article
, we are the parent. And we know the meaning of sex beyond the statistics. And yes-- if it is my son, I would have been very upset too.
Alexa swing by at 6:51 PM
When I asked for a ray of light, God gave me the sun to light up my entire universe
- Clara Hinton, Silent Grief
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Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me into madness
I know I can stop the pain if I will it all away
Alexa swing by at 3:48 PM
New Jersey Governor in abortion scandal
New Jersey Public Radio & Television aired a report Friday night in which New Jersey Democratic Candidate for Governor Jon Corzine was grilled about whether a staffer he allegedly had an affair with -- had an abortion.
NJN News' Michael Aron reported Friday: "The press is interested right now in personal conduct. Corzine was asked about a persistent rumor that he had an affair with a staffer whom the reporter identified by name."
Sen. Jon Corzine: "A, not true. B, I'm not going to comment on the kind of, I think, low, guttural politics that's going on over and over in this state, and I think the ad that was talked about was just symptomatic of that."
NJN's Michael Aron: "He was asked about a rumor that the same staffer had an abortion in Ohio." Reporter: "Can you respond to those rumors that are circulating?"
Saturday's edition of THE NEW YORK TIMES reported the incident but ignored the specifics: "But Mr. Corzine did deny a new allegation raised by reporters yesterday regarding another woman."
TIMES reporter David Kocieniewski has been investigating the claims, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
"He had the details. He's sat on the details," says a source.
Hat tip: Drudge
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Here's a woman
who shared her feelings about her past pregnancy and the abortion she had on the day she would have been due..
Today I would have been a mother. Today I would have been sitting here uncomfortable and screaming at X that he did this to me. Today I would have met my daughter, but I am not. Very rarely in life are we offered a glimpse of what the road not traveled would look like, but today I see that very clearly. I can see how drastically one decision changed (or didn't change) the path my life was on. I often wonder what my life would be like if I had stayed in NY. I have daydreams and thoughts about it, but I don't know for certain what it would be like. I know where I would be if I had kept the baby and it's caused some strange emotions and quite a bit of confusion. In my imagination I can see the other me, waddling around with a big belly, but I can't relate to her. I wonder what I would be feeling, what the past couple of months would have been like. But I don't know and there is a sadness in that.
Today I am thinking about all the things I don't know because of the abortion. I don't know what it's like to feel a baby move. I don't know what it's like to not see my feet. I don't know what my baby girl would look like. I was so close to all of that, so close I could almost comprehend it. I haven't changed my view of my situation, I still believe the right thing, but today I am going to mourn my daughter. The laughter I'll never hear, the first smile I'll never see. Today I will honor her memory and all of the things I do know because of her.
... and here
, she explains why:
I understand what I did, but I don't think I killed a child. I killed the potential of the child. In a perfect world I would love to have been excited, happy and a mother. But that's not my life, so on my due date I allowed myself to mourn what an alternative universe could have allowed. The best analogy I can come up with, and admittedly this is a stretch, is how you feel after an elderly, sick relative has passed away. You miss them, you mourn them, but there is a sense of peace because you knew it was best for them. I did what was best for me and might not be for someone else in my shoes.
Hat tip: Jivin J
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A woman recounts
an abortion she had ten years ago due to hyperemesis gravidarum, how she feels then and now..
Against mom's wishes and my christian roommate's pleas I had a nice and clean D&C. I didn't know what it stood for but it couldn't have been Decapitation and Cauterization. It was an incredibly fast procedure considering the weeks of agony spent in coming to the decision to do it. You know, all murder is pretty quick actually, though I wouldn't know personally about any other kind.
After an hour recovering I sauntered into the Sizzler for my first good meal in two months. I had spent 11 weeks carrying a child who was killing me slowly. I was VERY sick, something doctors later diagnosed as 'hyperemesis'. I justified the abortion because I really believed I would die of morning sickness. [...]
Why in the world am I writing this? One of my attempts at transparency I suppose, but because I feel it in my spirit tonight to say a word to the woman reading this that is considering doing what I did. If I say it once it's not enough... I regret it. I regret every part of it. I regret not knowing God. I regret leaning on myself for wisdom. I wish I had just sucked it up and gone home to my parents who would have supported me. I wish I had done anything but answer to fear.
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I think Leon H at Redstate did a very, very good job with this one..Abortion by the numbers
This statistic speaks to just how pervasive the use of abortion for birth control purposes really is. While the report does not contain "rape and incest" figures, the studies that have been done along this line have universally shown that infinitesimal numbers (from .1% to 3% at the upper range). And, while I would personally view every abortion in which the mother's life is not in danger a tragedy, the fact that 45% of the women who are getting abortions have had abortions before and are apparently uninterested in changing the behavior that led to the first abortion is really inexcusable. An even more stunning 18% per cent (almost one-fifth!) admitted to having two or more previous abortions . When almost one out of every five women who is getting an abortion is apparently more inclined to visit the abortion clinic than use a prophylactic device, it's clear that we're we've created a regime that has destroyed any meaningful notion of personal accountability and responsibility with the lives of others.
The numbers speak for themselves. Since 1973, the unborn have been killed in this country at a rate that rivals the worst mass executions in history. Abortion has become an easy and cheap solution to an inconvenient problem in the minds of Americans, at the cost of countless human lives. It has contributed especially to the dilution and diminution of minority (especially black) communities in this country, all with the encouragement and blessing of the Democratic party in this country.
40 Million. Approximately one-eighth of the current population of the United States - dead before they had the chance to contribute anything to their families, their communities, their country, or the world. Somehow, the madness must stop.
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Jimmy Carter blasts Dems for supporting abortion
"I never have felt that any abortion should be committed -- I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," he told reporters over breakfast at a Washington hotel.
The comments came while senators across town were meeting with Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and debating whether his position on abortion should compel them to oppose his nomination.
"These things impact other issues on which [Mr. Bush] and I basically agree," the former president said of his abortion stance. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."
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They lie, while the children die and mothers cry...40,003,714* and Counting More Shameless Pretense
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Did 'revoked' living will kill communicative man?
Family members of Jimmy Chambers are investigating what they consider to be suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the 79-year-old nursing home patient who died in the early morning hours of Oct. 24 after the tracheotomy tubes that deliver oxygen from a ventilator to a hole in his neck became unhooked. Family members were told Chambers, a resident of the Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in North Augusta, S.C., apparently pulled the interlocking tubes apart.
"We're having it investigated. We're just incredulous," Chambers' daughter, Deanna Potter, told WND in reference to her siblings. "The last time I saw dad he was blowing me a kiss. I blew him one and he blew one back."
The retired dispatcher for Holland Motor Express died approximately 10 hours later. His death certificate indicates he died of "natural causes."
"Apparently, suffocation is a 'natural cause' when you're on a ventilator. We're contesting that," said Potter. "He suffocated. He didn't just pass away. He struggled and fought. And I'm just so angry."
Potter estimates it would have taken 10 to 14 minutes for her father, deprived of oxygen, to fall unconscious, and questions why the nursing home staff didn't come to his aid.
"The oxygen-saturation meter and his ventilator both would have had alarms going off. Four-thirty, five o'clock in the morning you'd think someone would hear this," she added. "That's the thing that really bothers me and makes me suspicious."
Citing patient confidentiality, nursing home administrator Marcy Drewry declined comment.
Worldnetdaily first reported on the story here
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So.. are embryos property or people?Here's
an interesting one..
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Adding breast cancer to the list of health causes he champions, former President Bill Clinton is establishing a fund
in honor of his mother, who died of the disease in 1994...
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Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito says he struggled with Casey dissent
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Elliot Institute's David Reardon rebutts
the recent abortion/depression study
, citing that the results have been presented in a fashion that was calculated to mislead the public. He argues that while the authors' report
tacitly alludes to the fact that his earlier findings were correctly reported, they go to great lengths to imply that his findings have been supplanted by their own analysis, when a careful reading actually shows no contradiction in the two study's results.
You can read Reardon's lenthy rebuttal in full here
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I believe in my heart that when
The wounded heart sunk within the depth of God sings
It rises from the pond alive
As if new-born.
I believe in my heart that what I wring from myself
To tinge life's canvas
With red of pallid hue, thus cloaking it
In luminous garb.
- Gabriela Mistral, "Creed"
Alexa swing by at 3:46 PM
Mom and I went to visit Gramps' grave today. We passed by so many little graves as we drove in. Some of them were barely an arm's length long, there were fresh flowers on these graves. I wonder how these children died, if their parents ever miss them or still mourn their loss. At Gramps' grave Mom trimmed the plants while I gathered the dead leaves and pulled the weeds and placed flowers near the headstone. We sat, praying in silence. I could hear the birds and the sound of the plane in a distance. I wonder if Gramps knew we miss him. Well, maybe he does. Maybe he's standing right there watching us.
For what it is to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance
- Kahlil Gibran
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Little Leroy came into the kitchen where his mom was making dinner. His birthday was coming up, and he thought this was a good time to tell his mother what he wanted.
"Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."
Little Leroy was a bit of a troublemaker. He had gotten into trouble at school and at home.
Leroy's mother asked him if he thought he deserved to get a bike for his birthday. "Of course," he said.
Leroy's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted him to reflect on his behavior over the last year.
"Go to your room, Leroy, and think about how you've behaved this year. Then write a letter to God and tell him why you deserve a bike for your birthday."
Little Leroy stomped up the steps to his room and sat down to write God a letter.
Letter 1: Dear God, I have been a very good boy this year, and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one. Your friend, Leroy.
Leroy knew this was not true, so he tore the letter up and wrote a new one...
Letter 2: Dear God, I have been an okay boy this year. I still would like a bike for my birthday. Leroy
This letter was no good either.
Letter 3: Dear God, I know I haven't been a good boy this year. I am very sorry, and I will be a good boy next year if you just send me a bike for my birthday. Please. Thank you. Leroy.
Leroy knew this wasn't true, and now he was getting upset.
He went downstairs and told his mother he needed to go to church. She thought her plan had worked and told him to be home in time for dinner.
Leroy walked into the church and went to the altar. He looked around to see if anyone was watching. He bent down, picked up the statue of the Virgin Mary, and slipped it under his coat.
Letter 4: Dear God, I got your mama. If you want to see her again, send the bike. Signed, You know who.
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Contraceptive injection linked to osteoporosis in women
Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection, which the FDA required to add a black box warning to its label last year, can result in calcium loss, and extended use of the contraceptive can increase a woman's chance of osteoporosis.
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Pro-life Action League
calls for American Girl boycott this Christmas..
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Hmm.. Eleanor Smeal
Smeal certainly did not mince words, charging that "instead of reaching out to women and/or people of color to make the Supreme Court more diverse and representative, Bush has slammed the door in the face of women and minorities. He has appointed a man who would turn back the clock on women's rights and civil rights. Not only is the Court not representative in terms of race and gender, but also in terms of religion -- with Alito, the majority of the Court would be Roman Catholics, which would under-represent other religions, not to mention nonbelievers."
Smeal went on, "Alito is no conservative; rather, he is a reactionary... He was the only judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to require women to notify their husbands -- even husbands who batter women -- to obtain an abortion." Recounting Alito's lone dissenting opinions against the Family and Medical Leave Act and in a sex discrimination case, Smeal wrote, "In case after case, Alito has demonstrated hostility to women's rights, civil rights, workers' rights, separation of church and state, and privacy rights. He would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade and would not recognize lesbian and gay rights."
In Smeal's opinion, Bush chose a divisive far-right nominee because he is "hoping to change the national debate from his administration's troubles with Iraq, Katrina, and indictments."
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