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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Whee.. It's Mrs. Doubtfire!

Alexa swing by at 9:40 PM

One woman's story of loss
A year after my son's abortion, I spent three weeks on the locked unit of our local mental hospital. Just last year, I spent another week there. Both times, I was suicidal.

Hat tip: Elena

Alexa swing by at 9:29 PM

Convicted molester abortionist Laurence Reich is still allowed to practice

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Nurse raped for refusing to perform abortions

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Pro-abortion group, Women's Medical Fund is calling for a boycott of South Dakota tourism if Governor Mike Rounds signs abortion bill..

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Tim Graham on Newsweek's Reality check for 'Roe'
The most transparently obvious way of displaying liberal bias is to take an issue like an abortion, and suggest the conservative side is extreme, while describing the liberal, abortion-on-demand side without a label, as reasonable, almost non-ideological. Newsweek's that obvious in this week's issue.

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Another update on Baby Charlotte:
Charlotte's oxygen is down to 53 %. Surely this can now be called an "uphill trend"?

More on Charlotte Wyatt here.

Alexa swing by at 6:24 PM

Suit to help prevent maternal deaths during childbirth
The garment, which resembles the bottom half of a wetsuit, restores blood flow to vital organs in women in shock and suffering from obstetrical haemorrhaging, or bleeding, during the birth.

Alexa swing by at 6:07 PM

Adopting love
"To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts," said Pope John Paul II in 2000.

"Adopting children, regarding and treating them as one's own children, means recognizing that the relationship between parents and children is not measured only by genetic standards," he added. "Procreative love is first and foremost a gift of self. There is a form of 'procreation' that occurs through acceptance, concern and devotion. The resulting relationship is so intimate and enduring that it is in no way inferior to one based on a biological connection."

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Monday, February 27, 2006
It looks like RU486 will not be freely available to Australian women..
Major pharmaceutical companies have informally advised their peak industry group, Medicines Australia, they have no intention of importing the drug.

They have decided the move would be too costly and controversial.

Well-placed sources said the decision not to import RU486 was based on two factors.

The first is that the market is limited and the elaborate approval process would not make commercial sense. But the second reason is more important. Pharmaceutical companies understand that their industry is not particularly well regarded by the community and they believe it is not worth stirring up a high-profile campaign against them by the pro-life movement".

Alexa swing by at 10:16 PM

Update on Charlotte Wyatt:
A little improvement-- Charlotte's oxygen is now at 60%, 5% down from yesturday. Her situation is still very critical, so please keep praying!

Please continue to pray for little Charlotte, everyone..

(Thanks, Hannah)

Alexa swing by at 9:53 PM

God is a man.. and he's against abortion

p.s. Please don't forget to check out the must-read very fascinating comment from Peggy Noonan

God recognized the official beginning of human life as being at birth. Genesis 2:7, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul."

While the process God used to create Adam and Eve and a baby born today are very different - and with good reason - Adam and Eve being created as the mother and father of all mankind - Adam and Eve and a baby born today do share a common bond in the culmination of their creative processes.

They breathe the breath of life through the nostrils. By God's own desire and design human beings born today don't breathe the breath of life through their nostrils until they're born. [..]

Does God condemn Roe vs. Wade?
No - God does not condemn Roe vs. Wade.

Alexa swing by at 9:29 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Ireland's pro-life group, Precious Life pickets Amnesty International; Amnesty is currently carrying out a consultation among its members about proposals to change its policy on abortion

Bernie Smyth, spokeswoman for a Precious Life insisted abortion can never be described as a right.
"Abortion is a needless act of violence that kills babies and hurts women," Ms Smyth said.

Amnesty claim to support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. This convention clearly states: "The child ...deserves special care and safeguards, including appropriate legal protection, BEFORE as well as after birth." It would be utter hypocrisy for Amnesty to continue supporting this convention while supporting the killing of a child before birth.

If they adopt a pro-abortion policy, Amnesty will be turning its back on human rights, the very thing they have campaigned to protect for over forty years. This will seriously undermine Amnesty's vital work in the field of human rights.
.. Reminds me of what the late Ronald Reagan once wrote:
Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

Alexa swing by at 1:15 PM

"Public service"

Fulfill "sterilization quota" or else...

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Folks, please continue to PRAY for Charlotte Wyatt..

It seems Charlotte contracted a virus that is making breathing difficult for her and as her condition worsens, a judge ruled that doctors treating her can decide not to resuscitate her if they feel it would not be in her best interests. The order came after an emergency hearing on Thursday, as Charlotte's condition deteriorated.

However, it seems like now she is slightly better and stable, although her situation remains doubtful and every moment is a new miracle..

Dear sweet Charlotte, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

(Thanks, Tim and Hannah)

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Saturday, February 25, 2006
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During a Thursday telephone interview on MSNBC about HB 1215, a measure that will ban abortion, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds now appears to be hedging on whether this is the right vehicle, the right timing, etc..

(Via Joe Cella)

Alexa swing by at 2:25 AM

Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, says Catholic politicians or voters who are pro-abortion commit heresy against the Fifth Commandment's prohibition of murder

Alexa swing by at 2:23 AM

Some interesting news on the stem cells front..

Hat tip: Erick at Redstate

Alexa swing by at 2:20 AM

This is for all those who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy

Hat tip: Christina

Alexa swing by at 1:53 AM

A new research funded by Pampers confirms that unborn babies are actively learning about the outside world while in the womb

The study says that babies up to twenty-five weeks old can recognise their mother's voice from inside the womb, as well as reacting to sound, taste and touch.

The report also reveals that newborn baby's strongest preference is for the human voice, especially their mother's.

And for the first year of life, babies like nothing better than to watch and react to their own reflection in a mirror.

Alexa swing by at 1:37 AM

Pro-life Kansas Republican said she had an abortion
"How many of you have sat down and really talked to a young woman who's gone through with an abortion, and what she's living with today?" Landwehr asked, before pausing. "You live with a lot. I'm one of those women. I live with that pain every single day. Because I killed a baby.... It's more than just a surgical procedure, having a knee repaired or a hip replaced."

No regrets about disclosure

Alexa swing by at 1:04 AM

Friday, February 24, 2006
Saletan: The arrogance of the partial-birth abortion ban
The ban has become so politically central to the abortion debate that it's easy to forget how medically marginal it is. At most, it would affect fewer than one in 250 U.S. abortions. Of these 2,000 to 5,000 unborn babies-if that's what you believe they are-it would save none. It doesn't ban abortions beyond a stage of pregnancy; it just regulates the methods by which they're done.

Despite this empty result-or maybe because of it-many pro-choice politicians are willing to accept the ban. If you can end a pregnancy safely by other means, it seems gratuitously revolting to partially extract the fetus during the procedure. But that's a big if. What pro-choicers demand, and pro-lifers reject, is an exception to allow this method in situations where it's ostensibly necessary to protect the woman's health. According to the National Right to Life Committee, "the vast majority of partial-birth abortions do not involve any acute medical circumstances." So in theory, the dispute is confined to a fraction of a fraction of all abortions.

Alexa swing by at 11:47 PM

NARAL and Planned Parenthood got blasted

Alexa swing by at 11:39 PM

A Florida bill would allow birth certificates for stillborn babies..

Florida's House Health Care Committee unanimously approved a "Missing Angels" bill on Wednesday that would allow the state to issue birth certificates for stillborn babies -- if the pregnancy lasted at least 20 weeks and ended in the natural delivery of the deceased infant, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. A Senate committee unanimously approved similar legislation last week. Similar bills have died in past sessions, the newspaper said, and the current bill faces additional committee hearings. The legislation would allow grieving parents to name a child who was not born alive; but it prevents the state from using stillbirth certificates in calculating live birth statistics.

(Source: CNSNews)

Alexa swing by at 2:09 AM

Another powerful testimony:

I used to be pro-choice..

Hat tip: Emily

Alexa swing by at 1:42 AM

"Sorrow was like the wind. It came in gusts."

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Thursday, February 23, 2006
People, meet my new boyfriend

Alexa swing by at 10:48 PM

Somebody was looking for stories of women who died from botched abortions:

Christina has stories from court documents, medical journal articles, autopsy reports etc ranging from the 19th century to the 21st century over at the Cemetery of Choice

Also, stories of illegal abortions:

Illegal abortions by amateurs

Illegal abortions by paramedical people

Illegal abortions by physicians

Post-Roe illegal abortions

Alexa swing by at 10:46 PM

Proponents of D&X (or what the media like to call "a type of late abortion") claim pro-lifers want to "turn back the clock" to the "bad old days". Christina brings us back for a visit to the obstetric house of horrors

Alexa swing by at 10:37 PM

South Dakota passes abortion ban

South Dakota's state senate today rejected pleas to add exceptions for incest or rape or for the health of the pregnant woman and instead voted, 23 to 12, to outlaw all abortions, except those to save the woman's life. The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds.
Republican Sen. Bill Napoli of Rapid City said, "This bill is as straight forward and as honest as it can be. It just says no more abortions unless the life of the mother is threatened."

Republican Sen. Tom Dempster of Sioux Falls said, "This bill ends up being cold, indifferent and as hostile as any great prairie blizzard that this state has ever seen."

Democrat Sen. Julie Bartling of Burke said the time is right for the ban on abortion.

"In my opinion, it is the time for this South Dakota Legislature to deal with this issue and protect the rights and lives of unborn children," she said during the Senate's debate. "There is a movement across this country of the wishes to save and protect the lives of unborn children."
Across the country, abortion rights advocates reacted with outrage and dismay. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which runs the sole abortion clinic in South Dakota, said it was bracing to fight the move in court immediately, if the governor signs it.

NARAL's Nancy Keenan said,"This represents a monumental step backward for personal privacy for women."

Alexa swing by at 8:38 PM

Ex-abortion workers: Why they quit

Alexa swing by at 2:24 AM

Connecticut bill would force hospitals to provide morning-after pill to rape victims, a move that worries Catholic leaders who say that, under this legislation, Catholic hospital officials would be forced to violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with the law..

Image courtesy of AmericanPapist

Alexa swing by at 2:01 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Okay. Someone is looking for photos of partial-birth abortion?

This page is a good start. You can see pictures of aborted babies from 7 weeks right up to 24 weeks, plus abortions in progress. (Warning: Graphic contents)

The NRLC also have a page with an illustration on the partial-birth abortion, plus an instructional paper by an Ohio abortionist, explaining step by step how he performs the procedure.

Alexa swing by at 11:21 PM

I am rooting for...

Paris.. and


Alexa swing by at 11:18 PM

A mother shares her abortion experience with her eight grader in a notebook that they put together for a class..

Hat tip: Jivin J

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UK out of wedlock births rose 42%

Alexa swing by at 5:27 PM

Illinois newspaper reverses its position on pro-life ads

The Herald News, which is based in Joliet, Ill., had refused to run three different pro-life advertisements that were submitted by the Will County, Ill., chapter of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Racial profiling you think?

Tapping on the African American with 'numerous and near', with over 80% of all abortion clinics located in 10 counties that boast some of the largest black-majority residents.

Alexa swing by at 3:35 PM

I'm trying to put together a crisis pregnancy help list (further to what I already have on the sidebar) by country, state and possibly area. I don't have problems with those in the US and Canada, but I do need help with those across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Asean region. So if anyone have anything to contribute, please respond in the comments section or send me an email here.

Alexa swing by at 3:26 PM

Feminists for Life backs fired pregnant Catholic teacher..

Michelle McCusker

Apparently the school claimed she was fired because of the pre-marital sex, not because she got pregnant.

Alexa swing by at 2:57 PM

Dutch lawmaker proposes forced abortions to stop 'unwanted children'

Alexa swing by at 2:44 PM

Pro-life Dems are concerned that their party chairman, Terry L. Lierman, crossed a line last week in supporting a bill that would expand access to morning-after pills

Alexa swing by at 2:29 PM

The Supreme Court has announced that it will consider reinstating the federal ban on partial-birth abortion

This is great news indeed, folks..

Alexa swing by at 2:16 PM

Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Many men don't want their children to be aborted. What do they do when they can't stop it?

Forgotten fathers
The pressure was intense for Nick and Samantha. The social sanctions on being unmarried and pregnant are hard enough in everyday society, but at a conservative Christian college it's a secret that can eat people alive. Nick felt alone. "I had no idea who to talk to," Nick says. "It's not like there's a 'Miss Manners' book on the subject."

Nick was sure about one thing: he would accept full responsibility for the pregnancy and provide for his child. He would love the baby, take care of it, and even raise it if he had to. He would support Samantha through the pregnancy, too "The way I was brought up, you always accept the consequences of your actions," Nick says. "You mess around and get pregnant, you don't just do away with the consequences." Meanwhile, Samantha wanted an abortion. "I was dead set against it, I always was," Nick says. "I said, 'I can't support you in that.' I said that countless times." [..]

At the end of the school year, Samantha told Nick she didn't want to see him anymore and ended the relationship. But not before asking him to pay for the abortion. "I'm not going to pay for something I don't believe in," Nick told her. "I'd rather pay for raising the child." Samantha called Nick within weeks to give him the news-- she had aborted their child. She didn't come back to school the next fall and Nick never saw her again.

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Making abortion illegal doesn't increase women's death, according to a new UN report

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Monday, February 20, 2006
"Those who were there to love wept."

Alexa swing by at 3:52 AM

A beautiful tale of love and love and love..

The quiet joy

Alexa swing by at 3:21 AM

Teri, a Tiller volunteer tells of how the abortion death of 19-year-old Christin Gilbert turns her around.

Hat tip: Christina

Alexa swing by at 3:18 AM


Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics tells the personal stories of women who have dared challenge the utilitarian medical model/mindset. Disparaged and treated as pariahs for departing from accepted medical wisdom they have chosen non-compliance with medical/social prejudice and defiantly said yes to their babies, and no to the cult of perfection.

(Thanks, Monica)

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Hat tip: Tim at Blogs for Terri

Alexa swing by at 2:37 AM

I guess one can never be too old to be a mother

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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Alexa swing by at 1:53 AM

South Dakota Senate Committee approves abortion ban 5-2

The full Senate is expected to vote on the legislation during the middle of next week.

Alexa swing by at 1:13 AM

Saturday, February 18, 2006
FFS, are they saying that we are anti-sex now?
What it boils down to, Page aptly argues, is that anti-choice extremists are not merely anti-abortion. "[A]bortion isn't the keystone issue anymore," she writes. "It's birth control, and more to the point, Americans' sex lives. Abortion has been the attention-getting focus, the easy divider, a convenient way to rally troops"- but at their core, the pro-choice and anti-choice movements "are about competing ways of life."

According to Page, the Puritan impulse to bully and shame Americans out of non-procreative sex is what drives this powerful minority of anti-choice extremists to fight tooth-and-nail against birth control - the very thing that reduces the rate of abortion.

The anti-choice movement promotes abstinence until marriage, in part because it believes that sex should be reserved for procreation. "Sex-as-a-baby-making tool may be what [anti-choice forces] long for, but it clearly doesn't correspond to how we live," Page writes. Most Americans do not believe that sex is meant only for procreation. Sex is also a means to intimacy and pleasure - a positive force in people's lives.

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Tony Abbott to spend $60 million over five years to provide women counseling and assistance in finding abortion alternatives

The Australian Health Minister is expected to take the proposal soon to the government cabinet and is calling for funds for a national pregnant support hotline and additional counseling for women with unplanned pregnancies.

The proposals have the support of Prime Minister John Howard.

Alexa swing by at 1:41 AM

Ortho Evra birth-control patch users face twice the risk of developing blood clots, says its manufacturer

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Friday, February 17, 2006
I've just managed a couple hours of sleep after a 48-hours 'wide awake marathon'. Yay. There you have it, Dr. Yeow.. that's your "sleep test" (the neurologist told me a couple of days ago that I should 'stretched' myself and don't sleep until my designated sleep time to fix my completely skrewed sleep pattern... only that I took it too far I think). Oh well.

So. Anyone have a copy of last night's episode of Law and Order SVU?

Alexa swing by at 1:12 PM

Another botched abortion?

A woman was taken to the hospital on Saturday after apparently suffering from a botched abortion at a southern California abortion business. Local pro-life advocates who were outside the facility say the unnamed woman was "awake and screaming" as she was loaded in an ambulance.

The abortion occurred at Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy located in Santa Ana, a southeast suburb of Los Angeles.

According to Operation Rescue, the abortion facility is owned by Bertha Bugarin, who also owns restaurants.

The group reports that three abortion practitioners at her businesses have lost their medical licenses in the last five years, one has stopped performing abortions after exposed for having no medical license, and two abortion practitioners at her facilities have been convicted of sexual abuse.

Alexa swing by at 1:08 PM

Australia lawmaker Lyn Allison now admits that RU486 is dangerous

Speaking with the Australian newspaper after the vote, Allison admitted some women could die after using the RU 486 drugs. She also indicated the drug could have problematic side effects.

Allison also told the newspaper that, contrary to a British survey released yesterday claiming women can use the drugs at home by themselves, the abortion pills should only be used "under medical supervision."

Alexa swing by at 12:59 PM

"Evidence Doesn't Matter" -- APA Spokesperson Says of Abortion Complications

(The release is still not up at The Elliot Institute at the time of this post, so I'm posting all of it. Additional links courtesy of Emily.)

Studies Showing Emotional Problems Not Relevant to American Psychological Association's Pro-Choice Advocacy

Springfield, IL (Feb. 15, 2005) -- According to a spokesperson for the American Psychological Association, the APA's pro-choice position, first adopted in 1969, is based on a civil rights view, not on scientific proof of any mental health benefits arising from abortion.

The admission that ideology, not science, governs the APA's support for abortion came in response to a request by a Washington Times columnist for the organization's reaction to a new study linking abortion to mental illness. The study tracked 25 years of worth of data on women born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The researchers had expected that their data, drawn from one of the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal studies in the world, would definitively refute a recent series of studies linking abortion to higher rates of mental health problems. The Christchurch team, led by a self-professed "pro-choice atheist," Prof. David M. Fergusson, expected to find that any mental health problems occurring after abortion would be fully explainable by prior mental health problems, which some believe are more common among women who have abortions. Instead, the New Zealand research team found the opposite. Even after the researchers controlled for this and numerous other alternative explanations, abortion was clearly linked to elevated rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior.

The findings so surprised Fergusson's research team that they began reviewing the studies cited by the APA in its claims that abortion is beneficial, or at least non-harmful, to women's mental health. The researchers concluded (1) that the APA's publications defending abortion are based on a small number of studies that had major methodological shortcomings (a view that echoes former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's complaint in 1987 that the research on abortion was too inadequate to draw any definitive conclusions), and (2) that the APA appeared to be consistently ignoring a body of studies published in the last seven years that have shown negative effects from abortion.

The Christchurch team's criticism of the APA's selective and strong assurances of the mental health benefits of abortion prompted Warren Throckmorton, a psychologist and newspaper columnist, to call the APA for comment on Fergusson's criticisms. He was referred to an APA expert and spokesperson on abortion and women's issues, Dr. Nancy Felipe Russo. Russo was among the leaders within the APA who, in 1969, led the organization to adopt an official position in favor of abortion as a civil right. She has subsequently been active in research and advocacy efforts opposing parental notification and mandatory informed consent statutes related to abortion.

APA Is Not Neutral On Abortion Science

When asked to comment on the New Zealand study and the pro-choice authors' criticisms of the APA, Russo told Throckmorton that the APA's position on abortion was established on the view that abortion is a civil right. As quoted in Throckmorton's Washington Times column, Russo explained that the Christchurch study would have no effect on the APA's position because "to pro-choice advocates, mental health effects are not relevant to the legal context of arguments to restrict access to abortion."

In the first draft of Throckmorton's column, which he sent for comment to another expert on abortion research, Dr. David Reardon of the Springfield, IL-based Elliot Institute, Russo was quoted more bluntly, saying, "it doesn't matter what the evidence says." Throckmorton and Russo subsequently agreed to the clarification of her statement as it appeared in the Washington Times.

According to Reardon, an author of several of the studies on abortion that have been ignored by the APA, Russo's statements "confirm the complaint of critics that the APA's briefs to the Supreme Court and state legislatures are really about promoting a view about civil rights, not science. Toward this end, the APA has set up task forces and divisions that include only psychologists who share the same bias in favor of abortion."

Reardon believes the APA's task forces on abortion have actually served to stifle rather than encourage research. "When researchers like Fergusson or myself publish data showing abortion is linked to mental health problems, members of the APA's abortion policy police rush forward to tell the public to ignore our findings because they are completely out of line with their own 'consensus' statements which are positioned as the APA's official interpretation of the meaningful research on abortion," he said.

When is Relief Not Relief?

Reardon is especially disturbed by what he decries as the "one note" optimism found in position papers by the APA, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations supporting abortion.

Among the studies most frequently cited by abortion supporters are those that have asked women to check off a list of feelings they have after their abortions, often within just a few hours, a week, or a month of the procedure. The list may include words like "relief," "regret," "guilt," and "happiness." These studies have found that the most commonly reported reaction after abortion is relief. Indeed, the phrase, "the most commonly reported reaction is relief," frequently shows up in information and consent forms for abortion.

"All the emphasis on women experiencing relief is misleading because most women reporting relief also report negative reactions," Reardon said. "Indeed, when you add up the number of women reporting negative reactions, it regularly exceeds the number of women reporting relief."

The problem, Reardon says, is that while statistics on "relief" may have value in marketing or lobbying for abortion, they have little or no value as a scientific measure.

"Women are simply presented with this single word," he said. "So women who feel relief that they survived an unpleasant surgery, relief that they will no longer face their boyfriend's badgering to have an abortion, relief that they are no longer having morning sickness, or relief from any number of other stresses, are all lumped into the same category, even though their experiences are different. Lumping all forms of relief together helps to makes it sound like most women are reporting that abortion has fundamentally improved their lives, but it's a sloppy and misleading data variable. In fact, when you really look at the data, most of the very same women who are reporting 'relief' are also reporting grief, shame, traumatic reactions, or other negative feelings."

"Thirty-five years ago, when the APA joined in the effort to legalize abortion, they were promising more than just 'relief,'" he added. "They were insisting that abortion would fundamentally improve women's mental and physical health by sparing them the burden of unwanted children. But 38 million abortions later, there is still not a single statistically-validated study that has shown that abortion has actually improved the lives of women who abort compared to those who carry to term.

"Instead, if you look at the data instead of consensus opinions, depression rates are up, not down, among women who have had abortions. Suicide and substance abuse are up, not down. Premature deliveries are up, not down. But instead of including this data in their statements on abortion, the APA's self-selected panels of abortion advocates continue to distract the media from the all hard evidence linking abortion to higher rates of suicide, substance abuse, depression and anxiety by promoting meaningless statistics about relief."

Reardon says he is thankful that Russo has finally helped to call attention to the fact that the APA's position on abortion is principally based on a commitment to defend abortion as a civil right.

But this admission, he says, "should be weighed in light of criticisms against the trend toward 'consensus science' as a means of influencing politics. As one critic, best-selling author Dr. Michael Crichton, creator of Jurassic Park and ER, has succinctly observed: 'The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics.'"



Outside the context of the abortion debate, best selling author Michael Crichton, M.D., a 1969 graduate of the Harvard Medical School, described the disturbing trend of "consensus science" at a Caltech lecture in 2004, a brief portion of which is excerpted below:

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.

Excerpted from Michael Crichton, Aliens Cause Global Warming," Caltech Michelin Lecture, Jan. 17, 2003. (available online)


David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood, and Elizabeth M. Ridder, "Abortion in young women and
subsequent mental health," Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 47(1): 16-24, 2006.

Warren Throckmorton, "Abortion and mental health," Washington Times, January 21, 2005.

David, H., "Retrospectives" From APA Task Force to Division 34," Population & Environmental Psychology Bulletin 1999, 25(3):2-3.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006
This is Gabriel's story

You know, my Uncle Moses have a wonderful eight-year-old with Down Syndrome, just like Gabriel. We call him "Bunny" because he adores Bugs Bunny. He loves animals (he's got two cats and I hear he's getting a bunny now). "Bunny" loves to sing and dance and play music.. and he's really smart. To me he is perfect, just like every 'normal' child. Who says he's a retard? Sometimes ignorant adults ostracized him.. it makes me really mad, but you know what? I believe God only give 'special' children to special people.

My uncle chose life and I'm proud of him.

Help tell Gabriel's story and many others like him. Please visit Gabriel's Angel Network today to contribute, share your stories and help change hearts and minds. Because for every 14 Down Syndrome children born today, 126 were aborted. You can change all that.

Alexa swing by at 3:09 AM

So what is it really?

A rape victim who gets emergency contraception is not getting an abortion.. She's getting preventive care after a traumatic experience, says Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts president...

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You want fries with that patch?

John alerts us about the new drive thru birth control in Wisconsin

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would require abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected

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"Daddy, daddy, it's broken can you fix it please?"

"Come here child," His hand beckoned me,
And He settled me upon His knee.
"What do you have daughter? Show me."

"Father, I want to show you. You said you'd bear my pain.
But if I give this up, then I'll wonder was it all in vain?
The shattered dreams, innocence lost and especially all the pain?"

"Dear child you still don't understand. I already know.
The tears, the dreams, the pain, the fear, I felt it all for you.
And I lost a child too.
Come and see My creation."

Streets of gold, crowns of jewels, white robes.
Warm, abiding Light. Beckoning.

"Father? This Light is beautiful. It's so warm.
And it seems so safe."

"The Light casts out all fear daughter.
Step into the Light of My forgiveness and healing.
I can make you whole. A new creature in My image.
Forgiveness is for you to take.
Unconditional love is yours.
It has always been yours if you just accept it.
I'll remove the brokeness and sin from the east to the west.
You don't have to bear this. I already have."

"But why?"

Show me what you have."

Reluctantly. Guiltily. Shamefully.

"Father see? He's one of yours.
He looks like you.
You gave him to me and I gave him back.
And look what happened.
Now I hate myself.
You made it pure and pretty and I made it dirty and ugly.
And I cry and wish to have him back.
But I can't fix it no matter how hard I try."

"Daughter, come and see." And Father took me by the hand.

I looked at him.
He looked at me.
I looked like him.
He looked like me.
We knew each other.
The baby.
No longer a baby.
No longer broken.
In the image of his Father. His creator.

"Do you see? I'm your Dad and I already fixed him.
I fixed him that day so long ago.
I was just waiting for you to realize it.
He is whole now and you can be too.
Step into My love and forgiveness.
Step into My Light. I'll cast out your fear.
I'm waiting.
I understand.
I'll bear the burden for you.
I'll take the sin, the guilt, the shame.

"But Lord, what I've done..."

"What have you done? I don't remember.
But come here, there's someone I want you to meet.
I call him Robert Michael..."

- 'Teresa', a PA mother (written for her son, Robert Michael)

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Rachael alerts us to this little tidbit

The reporter responded on Rachael's post that she is "writing a balanced piece represending both sides of the equation". Hmph. Funny that considering she is seeking negative "women who have been deceived by CPCs" stories. Go read about it.

Hat tip: Rachael Snider via Dawn Eden

Alexa swing by at 3:43 AM

*sigh* Why are we women like this?

Via Jivin J

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Voting for the 2006 Catholic blog Awards are now open, so go vote your favorites!

Alexa swing by at 3:15 AM

Georgia's Unborn Victims of Violence Act heads to Senate

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Australian MP admits to doing abortions
In the latest revelation, Liberal MP Andrew Laming admitted he performed up to 10 abortions every day while working at an abortion business in London. He says he regrets his involvement.

During the debate Laming described the "awful" experience of performing abortions for six months at the abortion facility. He said he performed abortions in the morning and counseled women about infertility issues in the afternoon.

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We spent more than half a day at the hospital and had consults with like three doctors today. Prof. Chang (nevermind his English, think he's pretty awesome) said the recurrence rate for my aunt is 30%. We saw Dr. Back too, who went through the stuff with us again (he thought the rest of us ought to get tested too) and I remembered why he is still my favorite. Everyone have been great--the breast nurses (although I'm not a big fan of Prof. "Frog", the breast surgeon)... even the staff at Oncology. Aunt Renee will start chemo in two weeks for four months, followed by at least another gruelling six weeks of radiation therapy (I guess we can be more certain after the simulation) and hormone therapy for the next five years.

Well. I guess Bangkok is off until further notice.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Take your records, take your freedom
Take your memories I don't need 'em
Take your space and take your reasons
But you'll think of me
And take your cap and leave my sweater
'Cause we have nothing left to weather
In fact I'll feel a whole lot better
But you'll think of me, you'll think of me

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Life in the mainstream includes the unborn
In Roe, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun identified the critical issue that stood in the way of declaring abortion a constitutional right. He wrote, "If this suggestion of personhood (fetus) is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed by the [14th] Amendment."

Determined to reach a predetermined outcome, the Court erected a house of cards. Seven justices said that although they weren't smart enough to guess when life begins, it wasn't going to stand in their way of deciding when it can be ended. Here's what they said:

"We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in position to speculate as to the answer."

Eight years prior to Roe, the April 1965 cover of Life magazine displayed a photo described by Life as: "Living 18-week-old inside its amniotic sac. Unprecedented photographic feat in color: the drama of life before birth." The inside article stated: "The birth of human life really occurs at the moment the mother's egg cell is fertilized by one of the father's sperm cells."

Alexa swing by at 2:21 AM

Nurseries are damaging for small children, says child guru Steve Biddulph

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Another new development in the adult stem cells front...

Scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School have discovered a new population of cells in human umbilical cord blood that have properties of primitive stem cells with the potential to produce a greater variety of cell types.

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Monday, February 13, 2006
Kristin and Christopher Schalk refused abortion, and now...

Read their story here

Alexa swing by at 9:41 PM

I'll take my cue from Christina and post some of the search items that had turned up recently:

Luana Stoltenberg:
Luana Stoltenberg will be in the Philippines in conjunction with the Philippines Pro-life Month. Luana, along with Molly White, Denise Mountenay and Karen Bodle representing Living the Redeemed Life-USA, Silent No More Canada, and Operation Outcry will be conducting a Post Abortion Healing and Recovery training seminar on February 17 at the Campus Crusade for Christ Building on Scout Borromeo, South Triangle in Quezon City. You can find Luana's testimony here.

For more information on the activities during the Philippines Pro-life Month, please visit Pro-life Philippines.

Sharon Osbourne:

Sharon talks about her abortion here.

Brenda Paz:

I haven't had much luck on the autopsy report, but Brenda was four months pregnant at the time she was killed.

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Sunday, February 12, 2006
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A 67-year-old Canyon County man and father of 16 says he's in the midst of a hunger strike to persuade Idaho lawmakers to make abortion illegal..

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"I pray that if you are ever faced with an unplanned pregnancy you will be a hero and choose life for your baby."

Abortion hurts men too. This is Stephen's story:
What struck me was the permanence of my decision. The abortion was irreversible. Why hadn't I talked to someone who knew anything about alternatives to abortion? I started to think God would never forgive me, that I had ruined my life and any hope of a relationship with Him. Then it dawned on me. I hadn't just killed a baby, I had deeply hurt my girlfriend, perhaps destroyed her. Years later, she would tell me the only reason she went through with it was that I pressured her to have it. She wanted to have the baby, to raise it as our child. But I only wanted to get rid of it, so she agreed. Later I discovered the number one reason a woman has an abortion is because there is no support from the man to bring the baby to full term, or there is a man pressuring and manipulating her to get rid of the baby. I did what thousands of other men do, just to get it out of the way so I could get on with my life - but I never really got it out of the way.[..]

I was in emotional turmoil because I had lost something very valuable and couldn't get it back. I couldn't even mourn its loss. There was no coffin or grave to visit. My little baby had just been thrown away without ever having a chance to enter the world. The depression and pain was so intense that I considered suicide many times, but I was too much of a coward to do it.

Alexa swing by at 1:41 AM

Roe in retreat?

The confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have galvanized some pro-life activists and state lawmakers who believe the fresh dose of judicial conservatism may signal the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade. However, recent pro-Roe rulings may signal that pro-life optimism over Roe's imminent demise is somewhat premature..

Alexa swing by at 1:34 AM

This is really cool...

Hat tip: Dawn Eden

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Saturday, February 11, 2006
90% abortions may no longer be legal in Britain and New Zealand; New Zealand study may require doctors to do fewer abortions
The reaction to the publication of the Christchurch study is heating up the political debate in the United States. The study was introduced into the official record at the senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Also, a U.S. congressional subcommittee chaired by Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) has asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to report on what efforts the NIH is undertaking to confirm or refute Fergusson's findings.

The impact of the study in other countries may be even more profound. According to The New Zealand Herald, the Christchurch study may require doctors in New Zealand to certify far fewer abortions. Approximately 98% of abortions in New Zealand are done under a provision in the law that only allows abortion when "the continuance of the pregnancy would result in serious danger (not being danger normally attendant upon childbirth) to the life, or to the physical or mental health, of the woman or girl."

Doctors performing abortions in Great Britain face a similar legal problem. Indeed, the requirement to justify an abortion is even higher in British law. Doctors there are only supposed to perform abortions when the risks of physical or psychological injury from allowing the pregnancy to continue are "greater than if the pregnancy was terminated."

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RU486 a mistake for women's health, says Nathan Tabor
For years, proponents of abortion have been hiding behind the old wives' tale that abortion is good for women's health. Yet, the Elliot Institute, an organization which researches the after-effects of abortion, has found that abortion can be quite harmful for a woman's overall well-being. Abortions can cause sterility, hemorrhaging, and death. They can wreak havoc on a woman's psychological health, causing her to succumb to severe depression. Women who have had abortions are far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs and may actually die as a result of such actions. In addition, post-abortive women are far more likely to commit suicide because they are often unable to live with the guilt that comes when an unborn child is deliberately killed.

The charade that surrounds abortion has got to end. Pro-abortion advocates do a disservice to women when they try to promote abortion as some kind of safe alternative to childbirth. Whether the abortion is surgical or chemical in nature, it is still dangerous - for both mother and child. In addition, the news media need to start asking some serious questions about the damaging effect of abortion on women's health.

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Have we grown indifferent to abortion?
America's rejection of a revealed morality set the stage for this cultural revolution. Once God no longer dominated the moral horizon, personal autonomy and individual choice became the twin pillars of a debased moral worldview. Once human life and human dignity rested on nothing more than our secular consensus, the culture of death was inevitable. Human beings display a readiness to discard human dignity for something so small as convenience. If we can decide the relative value or non-value of a human life, we will eventually grow comfortable making these decisions to our own convenience.

The abruptness of the Roe v. Wade decision is a graphic illustration of moral confusion. One day, abortion was illegal in most jurisdictions--the next day it was legal. An entire structure of moral reasoning, legal precedent, and cultural conscience was discarded by a court that rested its judicial decision on a legal contrivance. How can an act be criminal murder one day and a woman's "right" the next?

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The right of the born
I did the only thing I could think to do: plunge on, and tell my truth. I said that this is the most intimate decision a woman makes, and she makes it all alone, in her deepest heart of hearts, sometimes with the man by whom she is pregnant, with her dearest friends or with her doctor - but without the personal opinion of say, Tom DeLay or Karl Rove.

I said I could not believe that men committed to equality and civil rights were still challenging the basic rights of women. I thought about all the photo-ops at which President Bush had signed legislation limiting abortion rights, surrounded by 10 or so white, self-righteous married men, who have forced God knows how many girlfriends into doing God knows what. I thought of the time Bush appeared on stage with children born from frozen embryos, children he calls "snowflake babies," and of the embryos themselves, which he calls the youngest and most vulnerable Americans.

And somehow, as I was answering, I got louder and maybe even more emphatic than I actually felt, and said it was not a morally ambiguous issue for me at all . I said that fetuses are not babies yet; that there was actually a real difference between pro-abortion people, like me, and Klaus Barbie.

Then I said that a woman's right to choose was nobody else's goddamn business. This got their attention.

A cloud of misery fell over the room, and the stage. Finally, Jim said something unifying enough for us to proceed - that liberals must not treat people with opposing opinions on abortion with contempt and exclusion, partly because it's tough material, and partly because it is so critical that we win these next big elections.

It was not until the reception that I finally realized part of the problem - no one had told me that the crowd was made up largely of Catholics.

I had flown in at dawn on a red-eye, and, in my exhaustion, had somehow missed this one tiny bit of information. I was mortified: I had to eat my body weight in chocolate just to calm myself.

But then I asked myself: Would I, should I, have given a calmer answer? Wouldn't it have been more useful and harder to dismiss me if I had sounded more reasonable, less - what is the word - spewy?

Alexa swing by at 4:52 AM

South Dakota House approves ban on abortion

South Dakota's House of Representatives passed a bill today that would criminalize all abortions except for when a mother is in danger of dying. The penalty for performing illegal abortions would be a maximum of five years in prison.

Supporters say the Woman's Health and Life Protection Act, which passed 47-22, is the result of new research compiled by a legislative task force showing life begins at conception and abortion is harmful to women

The bill now heads to the state Senate.

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A new political action committee has been set up to support lawmakers who backed Terri Schiavo and her family's efforts to prevent her euthanasia death. The group is also meant to counter a political action committee set up by Terri's former husband, who won a legal battle to take her life.

Alexa swing by at 4:17 AM

Susan Torres' legacy lives on; New fund to help mothers with health problems during pregnancy
Susan died after giving birth to their second child, Susan Anne Catherine, who was born premature after Susan had been declared to be "brain dead", and who also died five weeks later. Still, their lives were an inspiration and Susan and Jason's marriage became a vital and living testimony of selfless love.

As Susan's story became known, we began hearing from the families of other women who were suffering through their own pregnancy related health crises. There were mothers carrying their children who were diagnosed with cancer, and if they received treatment, their unborn babies' lives would be threatened. Other women were being told that, unless they terminated their pregnancies, their own health might be threatened, or that of their child's.

Their personal pain and suffering - the agony of being confronted with a life and death health crisis during the time when they anticipated the gift of life, was deeply moving, not only to us, but countless others who wanted to help.

After completing the first objectives of the fund - to absorb the enormous costs of caring for Susan and her unborn child, establishing an educational fund for their surviving child, and supporting maternal cancer research - Faith and Action determined to continue the work of the fund with a renewed mandate: to provide information and education to women experiencing pregnancy related health crises.

Faith and Action and the National Pro-Life Action Center became full partners with researchers and medical practitioners working in the field of pregnancy and abortion related cancers, prenatal diagnoses and women's reproductive health issues.

Gianna's Fund, in memory of the Italian physician St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who chose to give her unborn baby life and decline cancer treatment for herself, will continue the work begun with the Susan Torres Fund. A national educational campaign is being conducted helping women to learn about maternal health, avoidable risks to their and their unborn children's' health, and the correlation between reproductive health and cancer.

Hat tip: Open Book via RealChoice

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Friday, February 10, 2006
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Prozac and other antidepressants during pregnancy may harm your baby's lungs, researchers say

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if one is looking for a post-abortion support group, one should be advised to make sure the group is pro-choice. There are more anti-choice "support" groups around in my experience, and their goals tend to be more towards the "make everyone feel guilty and then trot them out to the clinics as protesters" idea.
They never cease to amaze me.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006
Mollie at Get Religion shares her thoughts on LA Times' Stephanie Simon's article on Arkansas abortionist William Harrison. Apparently Simon has written about how the story evolved and her experience in writing the story.
I hoped to provide an honest, unblinking account of what went on in that clinic on that day -- without spin from pro-choice or pro-life activists.

Of course thanks in part to that spin, few readers will ever consider a story on abortion honest, much less fair. Most readers approach the subject with intense biases, as do most writers. The only antidote I could offer was to try to absorb and record every detail of my day in that clinic. Some scenes might be offensive; some might play into stereotypes; some might seem too intimate to be exposed to a million readers. But I wanted readers to feel as though they were standing alongside me, learning what I learned.
Window into an abortion clinic

Alexa swing by at 8:13 PM

The perfect Valentine's Day gift

This t-shirt (comes in several other cool designs), along with other items like these hoodies which I really like (seriously folks, you should make them munchkins' size as well), are available from Stand True Ministries.

Hat tip: Eric

Alexa swing by at 7:58 PM

Here's a new blog for pro-life teens

Generations for Life is the youth outreach division of the Pro-Life Action League.

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Pro-life groups are gaining ground in state legislatures across the nation, with proposals requiring doctors to tell women that their unborn babies might feel pain during an abortion.

Fetal pain bills were introduced in 19 states in 2005, and were passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin bill was vetoed last month by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who said it failed "to reflect a consensus of medical opinion" and "intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship in a heavy-handed manner." He cited a controversial report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said there is no conclusive evidence of when a fetus first feels pain.

Despite such questions, more fetal pain bills are advancing this year. Such bills have been passed by House members in Utah and Indiana and are headed to their Senates. Fetal pain bills also have been introduced this year in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Tony Lauinger of Oklahomans for Life says the future seems bright for his side. For now, his group is pushing "legislation within the framework of Roe v. Wade... to help the public more fully appreciate the humanity of the unborn."

Karrie Galloway of Planned Parenthood of Utah counters that fetal pain bills are merely a provocative way to discourage abortion. She says "there is no medical or scientific consensus" that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks.

Source: USA Today

Alexa swing by at 4:51 AM

Australian Democrat leader: I had an abortion

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006
DO NOT try this at home, girls..

Christina alerts us to a post on home abortion recipe

According to the poster, it is not an abortion recipe, but to induce a "possible miscarriage". GEE. Isn't miscarriage also medically known as "spontaneous abortion"? In her own words: This will only coax your body to let your blood flow and there is NO EMBRYO, just A COUPLE OF CELLS. Ahhh. What an innocuous way to put it.

Here's the sequel

Alexa swing by at 10:33 PM

Britney gets into trouble with DCFS

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Damn it Chita, I'll be eating french fries every day..

Alexa swing by at 3:47 AM

Indian woman dies after botched abortion punctures her uterus

The poor woman bled to death.

Alexa swing by at 3:01 AM

Here's a testament to.. how rewarding the other 'choice' can be

Alexa swing by at 2:49 AM

A new poll finds majority of Aussies opposed to abortion

51% opposed abortion in most circumstances. 53% said they did not want abortions to be funded with their tax dollars through the country's Medicare program.

78% opposed tax funding of late-term abortions while 67% opposed funding any abortions after the first-trimester.

The poll also found 79% believe abortion can cause physical and psychological problems for women and 95% supported counseling before an abortion can be performed.

Alexa swing by at 2:38 AM

Michael Jackson to put PJPII's prayers to music

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Good news, folks. Local birth rates are up, with 37,593 babies born last year. This is an increase of almost 300 babies from 2004. Waaa. More are choosing to have babies--thanks to the 'enhanced' pro-baby incentives.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The Ultimate Coalition for Unborn Children, a group on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has organized a petition drive aimed at a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit abortions except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother

Alexa swing by at 3:22 PM

Pregnant and abandoned? No problem. Publish a magazine!

.. meet the Page 3 Lolita (out on a shampoo ad here)

(see the resemblance?)

Remember, you see this first here, darls.. now available from your newstands!

Alexa swing by at 4:15 AM

Afro abortion
The great challenge facing America now is that abortions are still expensive, and since so many black women are lazy and unemployable in addition to being fat and physically unattractive, they often do not have the money to pay for these operations, which are so vital to the progressive vision of utopian America. But we cannot permit mere dollars to stand in the way of progress!

Ironically, there is a source of wealthy black individuals whose personal financial interests lie very much in common with this vision. Every NBA player is well aware of the personal risks presented to him on a daily basis by the honeys, whose life's goal is to entrap an innocent young man whose only crime is to possess unusual height, athletic ability and tremendous financial upside, so it is in their interest that I propose an NBA-wide Gestational Tax Pool, from which funds will be directed to abortion clinics located in every city which possesses a Martin Luther King Boulevard within its limits.

This Gestational Tax Pool will thus spare young black men from having unwanted financial burdens imposed on them, while allowing young black women who might otherwise be robbed of choice to exercise the only constitutional right that is really important for them.
Ahhh. Call that exposure of liberal thinking..

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Mary E. shares a post-abortion testimony of a mom who.. attempts a rationale from the pro-choice end of the debate...

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The Guardian profiles Chen Guangcheng, the chinese blind activist who exposed China's forced abortions and sterilisations

Alexa swing by at 2:48 AM

Kentucky lawmakers are on it..

Nearly 40 House member have tagged their names to the bill that would banned abortion, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington.

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"How can we be so naive to think that every surgical procedure of abortion is safe and use the argument that women would resort to back-alley abortions? Legalizing abortion simply gave the back-alley physician permission to put his shingle on the front door," said Eileen Roberts.

Legal = safe? In every abortion someone dies.

Eileen tells of her daughter's brush with LEGAL back-alley abortion:
My 14-year-old was told she was going to the best abortion clinic in Virginia. Her boyfriend and a so-called adult friend, who transported her 45 miles from our home, did not know her as her parents did.

She suffered emotional and physical consequences from a so-called safe, legal abortion.

To add insult to injury, my husband and I were responsible for more than $27,000 in medical costs to repair the damage done by the abortionist.

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Monday, February 06, 2006
Pro-life groups are gaining ground in state legislatures across the nation, with proposals requiring doctors to tell women that their unborn babies might feel pain during an abortion.

Fetal pain bills were introduced in 19 states in 2005, and were passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin bill was vetoed last month by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who said it failed "to reflect a consensus of medical opinion" and "intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship in a heavy-handed manner." He cited a controversial report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said there is no conclusive evidence of when a fetus first feels pain.

Despite such questions, more fetal pain bills are advancing this year. Such bills have been passed by House members in Utah and Indiana and are headed to their Senates. Fetal pain bills also have been introduced this year in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Tony Lauinger of Oklahomans for Life says the future seems bright for his side. For now, his group is pushing "legislation within the framework of Roe v. Wade... to help the public more fully appreciate the humanity of the unborn."

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"John Mcpherson," I repliedtable, "My name is Detective Hal Gunson"

"John Mcpherson," I replied

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Britain defies US, gives money for safe abortion services in developing countries to organisations that have been cut off from American funding

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On a park bench far from home
Sat a woman all alone.
She heard the children laugh
And watched their play.

First a tear came to her eye
and she broke down and she cried.
These are the words the lady spoke
before I walked away.

Were you eyes green or were they blue?
Just like a kite you never flew.
Would you have laughed, sang, and danced
when skies were gray?

All the things I cannot know
the way you could have loved me so.
But I cried awhile than chose myself
and we threw your life away.

With her face all stained with tears
and her heart broke from the years of pain and grief,
the sorrow she had known.
For she had given her child's life to some unknown surgeon's knife;
and she knew the bitter taste of fruits from seeds that she had sown.

Unwrapped presents red and green;
Christmas trees you have never seen,
and moments never spent at Santa's knee.

Then from somewhere far away
she heard a soft voice say:
"It's OK now, mommy dear;
please don't cry for me."

So she left her park bench seat
and she walked down to the street,
and she trembled at the words from up above.

Not a person was in view and down in her heart she knew,
a message that was sent to her was spoken with great love:

"You must stand now; you can't run."
"You must face the harm you have done."

The acceptance of redemption lies within
wash your soul in Jesus' blood.

Feel the healing, cleansing flood;
know the grace and love of God:
forgiveness for your sin.

Then in wondrous shining light
appeared a child all dressed in white.
She beckoned to her smiling so serene,
and she clasped her withered hand
and led her to the Promised Land!

The last thing that she saw on earth
were eyes of emerald green.

Now the story has been told
and running in the streets of gold,
the unborn children sing and dance and play.

God will bind us with His love,
when we meet them up above,
and the care and sorrow of this world will simply fade away.

Eyes of brown and green and blue are waiting
there for me and you-
when we meet upon that glad eternal day!

There will be no earthly strife;
no more killing surgeon's knife.
We will laugh awhile and choose new life
and cast our grief away!

- John Kibbler, 'Redemption'

Alexa swing by at 7:15 PM

Sunday, February 05, 2006 is the first pro-life search engine that lets you search and donate to charitable pro-life causes at the same time. Everytime you search, will donate its revenue to pro-life groups like Priests for Life, Project Rachel and American Life League. It's powered by Google, so the searches are effective, AND it's equipped with the Safe Search filter, which means that it's family friendly.

Whenever you click on a sponsored link, the search engine receives over 50% of the ad revenue paid to Google. Since October 7, when the site was launched, over $8800 has been donated to pro-life charities. What's even cooler, they have regularly-updated Featured Articles. So go tell your friends, families, colleagues about today!

Hat tip: Jean

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-for Lucille Clifton

I opened a bank account
when I was nine years old
I closed it when I was eighteen
I gave them every penny that I'd saved
and they gave my blood
and my urine
a number
now I'm sitting in this waiting room
playing with the toys
and I am here to exercise
my freedom of choice
I passed their handheld signs
went through their picket lines
they gathered when they saw me coming
they shouted when they saw me cross
I said why don't you go home
just leave me alone
I'm just another woman lost
you are like fish in the water
who don't know that they are wet
as far as I can tell
the world isn't perfect yet
his bored eyes were obscene
on his denim thighs a magazine
I wish he'd never come here with me
in fact I wish he'd never come near me
I wish his shoulder
wasn't touching mine
I am growing older
waiting in this line
some of life's best lessons
are learned at the worst times
under the fierce fluorescent
she offered her hand for me to hold
she offered stability and calm
and I was crushing her palm
through the pinch pull wincing
my smile unconvincing
on that sterile battlefield that sees
only casualties
never heroes
my heart hit absolute zero
Lucille, your voice still sounds in me
mine was a relatively easy tragedy
now the profile of our country
looks a little less hard nosed
but that picket line persisted
and that clinic's since been closed
they keep pounding their fists on reality
hoping it will break
but I don't think there's a one of them
leads a life free of mistakes

- Ani DiFranco, "Lost Woman Song"

Alexa swing by at 3:49 AM

WOW.. I think that these ads are really powerful...

(HT: Jill Stanek)

According to Jill however, a local newspaper in Illinois refused to run these ads because they claimed that (the ads) were too "graphic"...

p.s. Please click on the image for a larger and clearer version

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Over 200 Catholic doctors have announced that they will resign from the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners over the two groups' support for legalizing the dangerous abortion drug RU-486

A Brisbane GP, Dr. Terrence Kent said, "Not only does RU-486 always result in the death of an innocent human being, complications including maternal death make it totally unacceptable."

Dr. Kent said, "The horrific experience that doctors would inflict on young women by giving them this pill to take would be most traumatic to the patients we are supposed to be caring for."

"They would take the pill then wait several days for the process to be completed with concomitant pain, bleeding and passage of a dead embryo. Surely this would be psychologically damaging and a totally undesirable experience."

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Saturday, February 04, 2006
UN supports China's coercive population program with another $27 million

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The State of Florida has allocated $2 million to fund a new program to promote alternatives to abortion and support the work of pregnancy centers throughout Florida

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Friday, February 03, 2006
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Slate's William Saletan and Katha Politt discuss abortion.

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Pro-life groups in Columbia meanwhile are campaigning to have 100,000 children write the Supreme Court to keep abortion illegal..

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RU486 banned in Italy

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Cynthia Carney tells her story in The Look of Death
Tissue? I now know that my baby was 14 weeks, and had fingers and toes, had a brain and could feel pain. He just needed to grow. I also know that miraculously I survived an abortion that should not have been performed in the way it was performed because of how far along I was.

However, surviving that abortion has not left mewithout physical scars. Physically I was never the same, and my next two pregnancies were difficult births. As a matter of fact, I almost died when Igave birth to my third son.

As I have stated, I have forgiven myself and others, butno one or nothing can take away the memory of that abortion. I will forever live with the knowledge that I never got to know or hold that child, and he never got to know his three brothers that would have loved him dearly.

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Republican lawmakers are calling for the suspension of "baby pesticide"

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Back alley abortionist fined for performing illegal abortion
Skydancer admitted in court.. to performing a suction abortion, which she called menstrual extraction, on a 25-year-old Greenfield woman who was 10½ weeks pregnant at the time.

The woman later had to be hospitalized for a uterine infection caused by the procedure. The hospital reported the case to law enforcement.

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Booted from Victoria's Secret for breastfeeding

"It's really kind of subhuman behavior," says a South Carolina state lawmaker..

The 29-year-old Charleston mother testified that she was in a Victoria's Secret store in suburban Mount Pleasant and was told by an employee that she could not breast feed her baby in a dressing room and was encouraged to use a restroom in a nearby store instead.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006
"In the stillness of the darkest night the sounds of angels singing a song of hope can be heard."

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Pro-abortion groups are reportedly outraged over the confirmation of Justice Alito..

The National Organization for Women accused senators who confirmed Alito of giving in to the "despicable agenda of the right wing," and condemned their "unrelenting determination to undermine our rights and liberties."

Karen Pearl, interim president of Planned Parenthood, stated: "Today's vote is a crushing blow to the protections for women's health and safety that American women and families have relied on for more than 33 years.

NARAL called the Senate's confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court "a blow to the ideals of freedom and privacy that Americans value."

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Partial-Birth Abortion rulings may be appealed to the Supreme Court..

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CWA urges House to pass Holly's Law

H.R. 1079, known as Holly's Law, would suspend the Food and Drug Administration's approval of RU-486 to complete an investigation, thereby protecting countless women from this life-threatening drug. The legislation was created in response to the death of 18-year-old Holly Patterson, who suffered a painful death after taking RU-486.

"Action must be taken to keep this deadly drug away from women and girls who are being told that it is 'safe'," said Wendy Wright, CWA's President. "The FDA should never have approved the drug ' which is 10 times more dangerous than surgical abortion - in the first place. But now it is the duty of Congress to take a stand for women's health and pass this law as soon as possible."

Since its release in September 2000, at least five women have died from RU-486, and over 800 adverse events have been reported to the FDA.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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To tell the truth about abortion, that abortion resulting in death of a physicial, psychological and spiritual nature, and to tell the whole truth, that the Church doesn't abandon those who seek Christ and want to be healed, is the key to changing hearts and minds concerning abortion, says Fr. Tharp

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