Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly
- The Beatles
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Christina, you'd gonna love this one.. Scottish NHS is offering "lunchtime abortions" to women
Scottish NHS is introducing controversial "lunchtime" abortions under local anaesthetic in a move it claims will make the procedure safer and quicker for thousands of women each year.
Doctors will begin a pilot next year in which women undergo terminations while fully conscious in outpatient treatment rooms, rather than operating theatres. Health chiefs believe the move could boost abortion safety by reducing the need for general anaesthetics or powerful drugs. It would also free up operating theatres for other patients and save money.
A private clinic began offering the local anaesthetic abortions in England nine years ago, saying they "could be quite easily completed during a working woman's lunchtime". They have since been offered by the NHS in England, but never before in Scotland. NHS Lothian will be the first health board in Scotland to offer abortion under local anaesthesia.
Dr Anna Glasier, the clinical director for sexual health at NHS Lothian, confirmed trials would begin in 2007. The procedure will be available to women up to 15 weeks pregnant. Convenient
Alexa swing by at 10:28 PM
Remember Rose Mawhorter? Well, Rose was the lady who was attacked outside a Vancouver abortion clinic
earlier this month.. and she had just released a video
of the attack...
Hat tip: ProLifeBlogs
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Infant put on do-not-resuscitate list
An emaciated infant has been placed on a do-not-resuscitate list days after medics removed her from the litter-filled sport utility vehicle she was living in with her mother, grandmother and brother.
Seven-week-old Angelina continued to cling to life Thursday after suffering bleeding to the brain, according to Child Protective Services.
Authorities found the infant, along with her 15-month-old brother Brandon, at a San Antonio day labor site on Monday. Angelina weighed 4 pounds, which was 2 pounds less than when she was born.
The children's mother, Heather Evink, 18, and grandmother Sheila Evink, 40, each were charged with injury to a child and endangering a child. Both remained jailed on Thursday.
In a jailhouse interview with the San Antonio-Express News, Heather Evink said she had been asked to put her daughter on the do-not-resuscitate list but had not sign aany forms to remove her from life support.
Alexa swing by at 5:07 PM
She gave her life for her unborn child...
The life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Mother, doctor, pro-life witness
If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child-I insist on it. Save the baby.
- St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Alexa swing by at 2:34 AM
The ultrasound destroys the abortion argument because it creates a bond between parent and child instinctively and immediately. You can talk about fetuses and zygotes all you want, when that woman sees the ultrasound, she sees her BABY.
Jim Jordan on Ultrasound killed the abortion star
Alexa swing by at 1:39 AM
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Andrea Clark's life is still in jeopardy
I've just spoken with Andrea's sisters, Melanie Childers and Lanore Dixon, today, as well as Andrea's lawyer, Jerri Ward.
Unfortunately, St. Luke's has reneged on the deal. Lanore told me that about 20 minutes before Andrea was supposed to be moved to the Illinois facility, St. Luke's told the family the move was off. It seems that St. Luke's decided at the last minute that Glenshire Nursing & Rehab Centre in Illinois isn't equipped to care for Andrea, which is a bit puzzling, since Lanore told me they helped set up the transfer in the first place.
Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
also have another update
Just got a letter from Andrea Clark's other sister, Lanore Dixon:
"This afternoon, twenty minutes before Andrea was due to be transported by ambulance to the airport, her doctor (or rather, the one filling in for her doctor who has gone on vacation this week-how VERY convenient!) came into her room and informed me she would not be transferred to the Chicago facility after all. After questioning the doctor I learned that someone messed up-I don't know which end the foul up occurred, but this all goes to show the danger of being forced to choose a healthcare facility due to pressure of an ethics committee ruling... This so called LTAC was nothing more than a nursing home with dialysis machine in the basement. They had no ability to administer the medications Andrea requires."
...While we're grateful that St. Luke's halted the transfer before Andrea was moved, I cannot tell you the stress this has put on our family. We are exhausted from this effort, but we will continue to fight for our sister.
St. Luke's has agreed not to pull Andrea's life support at least until Tuesday. On Tuesday, a committee of doctors from St. Luke's will meet to discuss how to proceed with Andrea's case. Andrea's new doctor-a doctor who shares our values about the sacredness of life-will take over her care on Tuesday and will fight for her right to live. Let us all hope and pray that the committee meeting on Tuesday is chaired by doctors who have a reverence for life and not a former abortionist like the St. Luke's ethics committee chair."
.. plus details on HOW YOU CAN HELP
Hat tip: Right Wing News
, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
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Real Women's Voices
speak up against abortion..
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What about Yenlang Vo
Ms. Vo's family have until June 5 to transfer her to another medical facility or North Austin Medical Center
(512-901-1000) will stop providing Ms. Vo any life-sustaining medical treatment
According to the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, NAMC officials say they were relying on a 1999 Texas law that allows doctors to stop giving a patient care in supposedly futile cases and give the family 10 days notice.
NAMC officials told Vo's family and their attorney, Jerri Ward, that it found a hospice in Illinois that would accept her transfer, but her family worries she is too weak to make such a long trip and that having her so far from home would pose problems.
"That would be a last resort," LoAnn Trinh, Vo's daughter, told the Austin newspaper.
Ward filed a petition in a local court Thursday asking for more time for the family to find a medical facility closer to Austin, but a hearing on the request was canceled when NAMC stepped in and agreed to allow the family until June to do that.
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Minnesota House passes ban to end publicly funded abortion
The bill from Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague, passed 81-50. It aims to make the state's high court re-examine its 1995 ruling in Doe v. Gomez, which required public health programs to cover abortions and also said that women have the right to abortions.
"I know many taxpayers in my district and throughout Minnesota would be very concerned that their hard-earned tax dollars are being used to fund abortions in this state," Brod said.
Supporters and opponents both expect the bill, if enacted, to lead to a legal challenge, and the bill would send the matter straight to the state Supreme Court. Five of the court's seven justices have turned over in the 101/2 years since the Doe v. Gomez decision.
Abortion rights advocates said the bill lays the groundwork for a total ban on abortion.
"This is the most sweeping and momentous anti-abortion bill in the history of the state," said Tim Stanley, senior director of government and public affairs for Planned Parenthood.
See Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life's press release here
Alexa swing by at 5:36 PM
Great news, folks.. Andrea Clark is being moved to a Chicago hospital!
Here are excerpts of a letter written by Melanie Childers, Andrea's sister, to all those who fought for her sister's life:
My family has made the decision to move our sister to the hospital in Chicago. Thank God there is someone willing to take her. And, really, it is best to get her out of Texas, because of the futile care law here. More
St. Luke's played hardball with us on this issue. We were told that we could make the decision today and they would pay the entire amount of $14 thousand to move her, but if we made the decision tomorrow, they would only pay half of it, and if it were the day after tomorrow, they would pay nothing.
As you know, I'm a Democrat, but one that is against abortion. I agree with the Republicans on that issue, at least. After this experience, though, I have to tell you: I am in absolute awe of the power that the right to life people generate. I, of course, first posted on Democratic Underground, and I have to give them some credit: they let my post stand against the rules about posting something like this under the wrong topic. They also let it stand, even though it had people's (my sister's and mine) personal numbers in it. And, of course, some people there forwarded it to other blogs. And everyone there was very supportive in their comments, as well.
But the pro-life people stepped forward and just absolutely ground St. Luke's into submission on this issue. You have, without a doubt, saved my sister's life. I want you to know that. Without the pro-life/right to life people stepping in from the very first of this fight for Andrea, we would have lost. I have never in my life seen such a centered, focused and energized group of people.
(Thanks to Richard
for the update)
Alexa swing by at 5:17 PM
When abortion is no longer primarily an act of teenage desperation
Sadly, abortion has made it easier for irresponsible men to turn their backs on women and the children they conceive. Ironically, though, most unmarried women are living with the man who fathered their child. Nevertheless, they do not even consider marriage and never consider releasing the child for adoption to a couple on the long lists of those desperate to have a child. Many women would not consider marrying because they "have to," and they think that giving a child up for adoption is "cruel." Yet, it is not considered cruel to abort an "unwanted" child that the man is unwilling to support.
Alexa swing by at 2:44 AM
has an important update
on the Andrea Clark case:
We've just received breaking news from a representative of the family of Andrea Clark about incredible and reprehensible actions underway by St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Please read more here
The family learned of a facility in Illinois that is willing to accept Andrea and offer her the opportunity to live, an expensive move that would require Andrea to be far removed from her family.
Alexa swing by at 2:27 AM
NKU prof Sally Jacobsen and six students face misdemeanor charges for destroying pro-life display
Sally Jacobsen of the literature and language department, has been charged with criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and criminal solicitation. The third charge relates to evidence that she encouraged students to participate in the destruction, County Attorney Justin Verst said.
The six students, who range in age from 21 to 27, were charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.
Alexa swing by at 2:07 AM
Stop funding Planned Parenthood
, says Pro-life priest to Johnson & Johnson
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with her second child..
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Check out The Tonight Show's dancing Pope with iPod commercial
Wooo... Rock on, Holy Father!
(Thanks to The Curt Jester
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Louisiana state Senate approves measure that would ban virtually all abortions in the state
on a 31-6 vote, rejects rape and incest exceptions
Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat who is the sponsor, said he opposed adding any exceptions to the measure, saying his heart goes out to victims of rape but an abortion compounds the problem.
"Lord knows I would never want to hurt a mother, in any way. Lord knows I would never want to hurt a victim of rape or incest," he said. "A crime committed by a rapist should not result in the death of an unborn child."
But Sen. Joel Chaisson, also a Democrat, warned that he didn't think the state House would approve the measure if the exceptions were not added, according to an AP report.
"Unless there's a rape and incest exception, this law may never go into effect," he said.
Chaisson's amendment to add the exceptions failed on a 20-17 vote and then lawmakers approved the abortion ban 31-6.
The measure now heads to the Louisiana House of Representatives for consideration.
Alexa swing by at 6:54 PM
Apparently Andrea Clark
isn't the only one--Richard has more here
John Hawkins at Right Wing News
on the situation..
Alexa swing by at 6:48 PM
the time I dropped your almost body down
down to meet the waters under the city
and run one with the sewage into the sea
what did I know about waters rushing back
what did I know about drowning
or being drowned
you would have been born into winter
in the year of the disconnected gas
and no car we would have made the thin
walk over genesee hill into the canada wind
to watch you slip like ice into strangers' hands
you would have fallen naked as snow into winter
if you were here I could tell you these
and some other things
if I am ever less than a mountain
for your definite brothers and sisters
let the rivers pour over my head
let the sea take me for a spiller
of seas let black men call me stranger
always for your never named sake
- Lucille Clifton, "The Lost Baby Poem"
Alexa swing by at 4:09 AM
Jill Stanek writes about the latest pro-abortion tactic to scare Americans..Coming to America: Forensic vagina inspections?
Alexa swing by at 11:08 PM
Judie Brown: Let's face it, abortion is deadly
Where once there was a unified goal of ending the killing and doing so with a firm desire to make sure that everybody realized why not a single abortion should ever be tolerated, there is now a mushy mixture of cautious warnings, carefully crafted evasive comments and politically correct legislative proposals designed to persuade the public that pro-lifers are reasonable people who understand that abortion is a difficult "issue."
Apparently, far too many in the pro-life movement have lost sight of the goal. There seems to be an increasingly strong desire to make nuanced comments based on polling data instead of principle. Many appear to be in complete agreement with our foes that the battle would be best waged in every state legislature, and that the people of each state should actually decide whether or not they wish to live in a state that either welcomes the abortion trade, bans it or falls somewhere in between. We can imagine a map that is not simply red states and blue states, but pink states too. There would be states where mass murder of preborn children was sanctioned; some where limitations on the slaughter were in place, and others still where aborting a child would be a crime punishable by law.
While that scenario may bring comfort to some and job security to others, it evokes deep sorrow for me. Rather than claiming that the culture is not yet ready to deal with this issue in a substantive way, why not help the culture along, one person at a time, by returning to the facts of the matter while setting aside the deluded language that is designed to obfuscate reality.
Truth be told, abortion is a dastardly act; it is not an issue. The result of the act is a dead human being whose value is in fact no different than yours and mine. The mother of that dead child will suffer; how could she not? The law should reflect respect for human dignity rather than disrespect for the sanctity of life. Murder is what it is, even when the vast majority of us prefer to define it as nothing more than an issue.
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Fake abortion clinics?
Hmph. How horrifying indeed
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of the Ramesh Ponnuru interview with KLo on his new book can be found hereFirst part of the interview
Alexa swing by at 3:12 AM
New abortion poll shows Americans don't understand Roe v. Wade
The Polling Company has released a new poll of 1,000 adults conducted on April 13 and 14. The poll was commissioned by "Real Women's Voices
," a project sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List
and other pro-life groups.
Among the key findings:
65% said they considered themselves familiar (23% very familiar and 42% somewhat familiar) with the 1973 United States Supreme Court case of Roe vs. Wade. 31% said they were not familiar (19% just a little familiar and 12% not at all familiar).
Though 65% said they were familiar with Roe, when asked to identify which of four descriptions most accurately describes what the case provides as the law, only 29% selected the correct description.
The majority 54% agreed abortion should be prohibited in all circumstances, should be legal only to save the life of the mother, or should be legal only in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life.
Only 41% selected a pro-choice view. Notably, three-quarters of Americans (75%) say they believe abortions should never be allowed, allowed only in very limited circumstances, or not past the first trimester of pregnancy. The 18-34 year old group (especially 18-34 year old women) was more likely than respondents overall to identify with one of the three pro-life views of abortion.
Please click here for the full poll results
Alexa swing by at 2:47 AM
has picked up the Andrea Clark
Meanwhile Richard is asking everyone to help
by contacting the hospital:
Urgent help is needed from bloggers and blog readers. Please, immediately contact the hospital by telephone and email, and advise them of your horror that a faith-based hospital that supposedly respects life would act so irresponsibly as to put dollars before a patients life, etc.... :
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, 6720 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX 77030
Main hospital telephone number - 832-355-1000
Email (more to be updated later)
The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
has thrown in their support
as well.. so you guys, please pass this to your friends, take a moment and contact St. Luke's.
More updates as we go along, and be sure to check at Blogs for Terri
Alexa swing by at 2:28 AM
Help stop the killing of Andrea Clark
at Blogs for Terri
alerts us to a message
posted last Friday by Andrea's sister at Democratic Underground
Alexa swing by at 4:19 PM
So pro-lifers are the ones who are twisting the truth now?
Lindy Baldwin presented us with the myths
about abortion and the soo-misunderstood pro-choice movement..
Alexa swing by at 3:45 PM
Don't forget to wear your Pro-life T-shirts today!
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Abortion on the rise in the Philippines
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The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life responds to statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini
..Church has not changed position on respect for human life, other moral issues
, says Msgr. Elio Sgreccia
Msgr. Sgreccia said the "union of the feminine chromosome and the masculine chromosome contains in itself two pro-nuclei, and it is a fertilized ovum in which the process of fertilization has already begun." This fusion of the nuclei in the cytoplasm of the ovum, he continued, is what results in creation of a new individual or individuals, in the case of twins.
"This beginning," Msgr. Sgreccia pointed out, in contrast to statements by Cardinal Martini, is "precisely the beginning of an individual life and leads to an irreversible process towards successive development, containing already at that point a unique [genetic] patrimony."
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Houston hospital planning to euthanize patient depite family's wishes..Life support battle at St. Luke's
A life or death struggle is taking place at St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors are planning to remove a woman from life support.Source
The patient is not brain dead, and according to her family, she wants to live.
Andrea Clark has been at St. Luke's since November.
They may be small in number, but the protesters said the bigger picture is the gravity of their message.
"They just say, 'well she's miserable.' Well, to me that's a quality of life decision that is up to her and her family," Lanore Dixon said. "That is not a medical decision."
Dixon is protesting on behalf of her sister Andrea Clark, a patient at St. Luke's Hospital since November.
In January, the 54-year-old underwent open-heart surgery. The next month she developed bleeding on the brain.
Now an ethics committee has recommended removing her ventilator and taking her off life support.
But her family is fighting to stop that despite not having the law on their side.
"If their ethics committee makes a decision, it doesn't matter what the patient wants," Dixon said. "It doesn't even apparently matter what the patient's condition is, because our sister is not in a coma, she's not brain dead," Dixon said.
In fact, family members said even though their sister cannot speak, they know she wants to live. They said she communicates by moving her lips and blinking her eyes.
St. Luke's has been in a similar position before.
Last spring its ethics committee made the same recommendation concerning Spiro Nikolozous, 68-year-old man in a persistent vegetative state.
His family moved him to San Antonio where he later died.
In an e-mailed statement, the hospital referred to it is confidentiality policy regarding patient privacy, saying it is precluded from commenting on Clark's case unless the family provides written consent.
The family hasn't done that, saying they are now fighting time and St. Luke's Hospital. "She's sick, but she's been sick before and she's proven doctors wrong lots of times," Dixon said.
It was a 1999 state law that gave hospitals the authority to remove patients from life support.
The only requirement is that the hospital must give a family 10 days notice to find another facility that would care for their loved one.
Andrea Clark's family is trying to that, but if they are unsuccessful, Clark will be taken off life support April 30.
Alexa swing by at 3:22 AM
In a two-part interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO's Ramesh Ponnuru talk about his new book, The Party of Death
Here is the first part of the interview
Alexa swing by at 11:11 PM
Michigan's pro-life petition gets Republicans' support
Michigan Citizens for Life is petitioning to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot which would define a person as existing from the moment of conception, as reported earlier in Central Michigan Life.
The amendment would give full rights to fetuses and define life as beginning at conception, thereby making abortions the equivalent of homicide or manslaughter.
The initiative recently received a boost after the Michigan Republican State Committee passed a resolution supporting the petition drive.
"In conjunction with the Republican National Committee Platform passed in 2004, the Michigan Republican Party expresses support for the concept that life begins at conception and we encourage our members to consider supporting the Michigan Citizens for Life petition initiative," the resolution reads.
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Apparently Charlie Sheen wanted Denise Richards to get an abortion
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"I used to be ferociously pro-choice, now I think abortion hurts more than it is a real solution
The worse part of the abortions came only many years later. It is in the fall of 1996 (so 6 years after the first one and 3 years after the second one) that I went through a phase of decompensation. I was having nightmares in which I saw myself in baby parts cemetery and holding a dead baby in my arms and crying for the ones I lost. I was seeing myself naked in this cemetery (much like an holocaust image) and holding a dead baby trying to bring him back to life.
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A man tries to sell his 18-month-old baby..
... to fund home improvements
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Two more days to the 4th annual National Pro-life T-shirt Day
.. Be a voice!
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This is what I vow;
He shall have my heart to keep,
Sweetly will we stir and sleep,
All the years, as now.
Swift the measured sands may run;
Love like this is never done;
He and I are welded one:
This is what I vow.
This is what I pray:
Keep him by me tenderly;
Keep him sweet in pride of me,
Ever and a day;
Keep me from the old distress;
Let me, for our happiness,
Be the one to love the less:
This is what I pray.
This is what I know:
Lovers' oaths are thin as rain;
Love's a harbinger of pain--Would it were not so!
Ever is my heart a-thirst,
Ever is my love accurst;
He is neither last nor first:
This is what I know.
- Dorothy Parker, 'Somebody's Song'
Alexa swing by at 2:47 AM
Liver transplant saves newborn baby after mom refused abortion
Jacob Gibbs survived despite receiving a rare metabolic disorder of the liver from his mother, Keeley. Although doctors warned her that getting pregnant would be risky, Keeley had no thoughts about abortion once she found out she was carrying Jacob and that he had inherited the disorder from her. More
Alexa swing by at 1:44 AM
Second part of abortion drug may be unsafe for women
British doctors have released the results of a study on the off-label use of the anti-ulcer drug Cytotec, a prostaglandin known generically as misoprostol. They strongly warn those misusing the drug to induce labor or with abortions that it can cause medical problems for women.
Dr. Zarko Alfirevic and Dr. Andrew Weeks, both obstetricians at England's University of Liverpool, completed a study of more than 8,600 women using the drug but said "much more data are needed before we can be confident" that there are no adverse effects from using the drug.
"Due to the limited evidence about the safety, oral misoprostol should be used with caution for the induction of labor," they said.
They indicated safety concerns make use of misoprostol problematic "because of a relatively high rate of uterine hyperstimulation and the lack of appropriate dose ranging studies."
When using the drug off label, they warn "clinicians should use as low a dose as possible and report serious adverse outcomes."
They suggest a maximum dose of 50 mcg. Higher doses could lead to tearing of the uterus, which could be life-threatening for the mother.
The maker of Cytotec has said before that the medication, intended for treating ulcers, should not be used in abortion.
Alexa swing by at 1:31 AM
Spaniards want change in anti-life policies, poll reveals
The poll, which was carried out in four Spanish regions, reveals that 97% of Spaniards believe abortion has negative consequences for at least one of parties involved in the act and that 78% believe the government's campaign to prevent unwanted pregnancies has been a failure. 42% believe abortion has negative consequences for all the parties involved.
82% of those polled said an increase in government assistance to pregnant women would help diminish the number of abortions in the country.
90% of respondents said preventive policies should include, above all, the promotion of alternatives to abortion, as well as information about its consequences for women. Most said women who obtain abortions do so without sufficient knowledge of the physical and psychological consequences.
According to the president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, in 2004, there were 84,985 abortions in Spain--which translates to one abortion every 6.2 minutes and one out of every six pregnancies ending in aborting.
Alexa swing by at 1:12 AM
Life doesn't start at conception
, Cardinal says
On euthanasia, he says "We can never approve of it," but he adds we shouldn't "condemn persons that carries out such an act on the demand of persons reduced and by pure altruistic feelings." Condoms 'lesser evil' than aids
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The American Catholic
has an article
up on the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
in St. Augustine, Florida, where those who can't conceive claim miracles
Alexa swing by at 11:37 PM
alerts us to an end-of-life case in West Michigan
involving a 97-year-old heart-attack victim, with failing kidneys and dementia who is being kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator..
Alexa swing by at 11:21 PM
Glamour Magazine again denies abortion/breast cancer link
In an August 2005 article, Glamour claimed the link has been "disproved" despite an overwhelming majority of studies showing induced abortion significantly raises a woman's breast cancer risk.
Now in its May 2006 issue, Glamour again denies the link exists in an article titled "The new lies about women's health
The Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer
has challenged the magazine to a debate
on the issue. Karen Malec, president of the coalition, says Glamour is exhibiting a "stone-cold disregard for women's health."
"Women shouldn't be deceived by those who stand to profit from legalized abortion," said Malec.
Alexa swing by at 2:43 AM
Apparently Johnson & Johnson and its BabyCenter.com
website are allowing people to degrade parents who allowed their Down Syndrome babies to be born, as well as the Down Syndrome children themselves. There's a petition here
have all the details
Alexa swing by at 2:36 AM
Louisiana abortion ban moves forward
despite doubts from one lawmaker that it wasn't strict enough and doubts from another that it was too strict to get through the Legislature..
Alexa swing by at 2:27 AM
Michigan Attorney General opposes 'Roe v. Wade for Men'
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Wednesday
that he has filed a motion to intervene in the case of Dubay v Wells and Thomas, often described as "Roe v Wade for Men." The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court at Bay City, claims that Michigan's paternity law is unconstitutional because the father is compelled to pay child support even if he did not want the child to be born.
"One of the responsibilities of my office is to defend the constitutionality of state laws," said Cox. "Mr. Dubay chose to sue only the Saginaw County Prosecutor and not the State of Michigan to avoid my participation in defense of the law. This approach will not work."
"Additionally, the issues of child support and parental responsibility cut to the very core of our social fabric. Will Michigan become the State where parents can opt out of support if they don't want a child? Not on my watch. We need to foster our sense of familial and personal responsibility, not make it easier to avoid. We must also protect Michigan's taxpayers, who too often end up footing the bill for parents who choose not to be responsible for the children they bring into this world."
Alexa swing by at 2:18 AM
Limos, high heels, skirts and the abortion clinic
You think you've seen it all. Melanie Mills tells us all about it:
A ministry that protests there 6 days a week reported on their site a woman was taken by limo to the clinic and then escorted back to the airport in St. Louis via the Limo so she could get on a plane and no one would know what she did and she could go back to her town & friends like business as usual! Then the day Nedd and I go there I saw a young woman dressed to the nines with high heels, skirt and glittery purse go into the clinic! I started asking, "Does she think she's going to a disco?" It was absolutely appalling! Dressed up like it's cocktail hour to get an abortion, or birth control pills. Does anybody even possess a modicum of decency anymore? I guess decency doesn't even exist anymore after witnessing that!
Alexa swing by at 1:55 AM
A US lawmaker has accuse China of genocide
for allegedly conducting forced abortions to phase out indigenous populations in the largely Buddhist Tibet and Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang regions
Alexa swing by at 1:46 AM
An update on the Christin Gilbert
According to Justice for Christin
, Grand Jury petitions has been certified by the Sedgwick County Elections Office. Tiller investigation will proceed-- the County has until June 7 to convene a Grand Jury to investigate the notorious abortionist George Tiller! More here
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is going home...
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Hmm.. I think most (post-abortive women) out there would.. disagree...
The next thing I knew I was lying down on a bed in the recovery room with all the other girls I had previously seen. My eyes weren't even open all the way when I muttered "Did it go okay?", to which someone replied "it went great!" I saw a girl being wheeled over while still asleep and then put onto a bed. I asked the silly question "was I wheeled out too?" and the nurse joked "No, you were break dancing down the hallway of course!" It seemed like the funniest joke in the world and I laughed like crazy. I felt VERY calm and relaxed, not to mention relieved and happy, when I regained my senses. I looked at the clock and it said 9:40am. The 4-6 hours I was told when I originally made the appointment turned out to be 3 hours on the dot! A nurse came by twice and asked how I would rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to normal menstrual cramping. The first time I said 2 and then second time I said 4. It was uncomfortable around my cervix, but completely bearable. I asked the nurse if I'd be able to take pain medication later on and she said yes, but no Tylenol. She checked my pad for blood a couple times, which I didn't even acknowledge was between my legs, and it was clean both times. I was put into a reclined position, more like a normal chair. I listened to the music playing on the radio and felt really happy and giggly.
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Majority Americans want abortion illegal with exceptions
, says a new poll
The poll, conducted by Bloomburg and the Los Angeles Times, finds that 41% of Americans questioned said abortion should be illegal with some exceptions. 27% of respondents said abortion should be "always legal". 19% of respondents said abortion should be legal most of the time, and only two% said abortion should always be illegal, even if the mother's life was in danger.
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A Social Studies teacher in Pennsylvania gets into trouble after discussing abortion with fourth graders in class
The teacher, who works in the Canon-McMillan School District, allegedly spoke to her students about abortion, while also voicing her opinion of abortion and describing the procedure to them.[..]Parents call for firing of suspended teacher
A letter was sent out by the district to Hills-Hendersonville Elementary parents on April 6.
"The school district has taken immediate action said Dr. Nick Bayat, Canon-McMillan superintendent. The district did not have prior knowledge of the subject matter. The teacher is now longer in the class room, pending completion of an investigation with interviews of parents and children."[..]
The teacher is accused of having the students vote on whether or not they would have an abortion or have a baby and put it up for adoption after she said that she is opposed to abortion.
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Kansas judge blocks law to report sex under 16
Judge J. Thomas Marten of Federal District Court in Wichita said the reporting of consensual sex among similarly aged teenagers would deter young people from seeking medical care and overwhelm the state authorities. The ruling blocks the attorney general's advisory opinion from guiding the enforcement of Kansas' law requiring the reporting of abuse that causes injury. The opinion suggested that any pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease or request for contraception fell under the law.
In yesterday's decision, Judge Marten said Mr. Kline's opinion improperly conflated illegal sexual activity - intercourse, oral sex and lewd touching by anyone under 16 are prohibited in Kansas - with abuse.
"The opinion wrongly redefines the common understanding of both state agencies and mandatory reporters by denoting all sexual activity to be 'inherently injurious,' " wrote Judge Marten, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton. "The attorney general's overexpansive interpretation of the reporting statute not only fails to serve the public interest, it actually serves to undermine it."
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Here's a taxpayer-funded teen oral sex video
--courtesy of Planned Parenthood Golden GateDawn Eden
has the low down here
In order to connect as many youth as possible with reproductive health services and information, PPGG has designed an outreach campaign that includes advertising on MySpace.com, KMEL radio and MTV. It is PPGG's goal to help teens and young adults make educated, responsible decisions when it comes to their sexuality and reproductive health.
Hmph. Another good reason to keep your kids off MySpace.com you think?
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of R.A.G.E Media has a video demonstration of a partial birth abortion
by gynecologist Dr. William Lile.
The video footage, taken from Dr. Lile's DVD presentation "The Miracle of Life," shows Dr. Lile using the actual abortionists' tools to demonstrate how the procedure is performed..
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Princeton's pro-lifers and pro-choicers' battle with lawn signs
Princeton Pro-Life kicked off its 'Respect Life Week' by erecting 347 flags and a sign on the Frist North Lawn on Monday in symbolic rememberance of the aborted fetuses who they say would have been admitted to the Class of 2010...
"Class of 2010: 347 didn't make it," reads the sign accompanying the blue and pink flags. "We honor the memory and mourn the loss of those 347 innocents killed in the womb by abortion, who would have been part of Princeton's class of 2010."
Afterward, pro-choice advocates erected their own sign (background).
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China hospital comes under fire for euthanizing a baby in an attempt to save money
The baby, named Qiqi, survived being taken off life support after doctors declared there was no more hope, but was left blind and brain damaged as a result.
Yu Dejun, the baby's father... indicated that last September is family began to notice the baby had medical problems resulting from the mistreatment at the hospital.[..]
Qiqi later experienced breathing problems but his parents couldn't get any hospital works to come and check on the infant. They transferred the Qiqi to another hospital and also ran into problems of hospital staff refusing to care for the child.
Yu said Children's hospital eventually persuaded he and his wife to take the baby off of life support -- saying Qiqi would die soon.
He said the hospital talked him into it saying it would help the family save money on medical bills. Reluctantly, the couple signed the formand Qiqi's life support was removed.
They left the hospital and were told Qiqi would die within 20 minutes. But they received a phone call the next morning saying their baby was alive. They didn't realize the harm that had been done to Qiqi until only recently.
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Two new Louisiana bills would prevent women from donating their eggs for research purposes.
Women would not be punished under the measures
, but doctors who collect eggs from women for experiments could lose their medical licenses.
Sen. Sharon Broome, sponsor of Senate Bill 452, says the bill will help curtail practices that involve the destruction of human life and prevent scientists from taking advantage of women. More
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He saw her from the bottom of the stairs
Before she saw him. She was starting down,
Looking back over her shoulder at some fear.
She took a doubtful step and then undid it
To raise herself and look again. He spoke
Advancing toward her: 'What is it you see
From up there always -- for I want to know.'
She turned and sank upon her skirts at that,
And her face changed from terrified to dull.
He said to gain time: 'What is it you see?'
Mounting until she cowered under him.
'I will find out now -- you must tell me, dear.'
She, in her place, refused him any help
With the least stiffening of her neck and silence.
She let him look, sure that he wouldn't see,
Blind creature; and a while he didn't see.
But at last he murmured, 'Oh' and again, 'Oh.'
'What is it -- what?' she said.
'Just that I see.'
'You don't,' she challenged.
'Tell me what it is.'
'The wonder is I didn't see at once.
I never noticed it from here before.
I must be wonted to it -- that's the reason.'
The little graveyard where my people are!
So small the window frames the whole of it.
Not so much larger than a bedroom, is it?
There are three stones of slate and one of marble,
Broad-shouldered little slabs there in the sunlight
On the sidehill. We haven't to mind those.
But I understand: it is not the stones,
But the child's mound --'
'Don't, don't, don't, don't,' she cried.
She withdrew shrinking from beneath his arm
That rested on the banister, and slid downstairs;
And turned on him with such a daunting look,
He said twice over before he knew himself:
'Can't a man speak of his own child he's lost?'
'Not you! Oh, where's my hat? Oh, I don't need it!
I must get out of here. I must get air.
I don't know rightly whether any man can.'
'Amy! Don't go to someone else this time.
Listen to me. I won't come down the stairs.'
He sat and fixed his chin between his fists.
'There's something I should like to ask you, dear.'
'You don't know how to ask it.'
'Help me, then.'
Her fingers moved the latch for all reply.
'My words are nearly always an offence.
I don't know how to speak of anything
So as to please you. But I might be taught
I should suppose. I can't say I see how,
A man must partly give up being a man
With women-folk. We could have some arrangement
By which I'd bind myself to keep hands off
Anything special you're a-mind to name.
Though I don't like such things 'twixt those that love.
Two that don't love can't live together without them.
But two that do can't live together with them.'
She moved the latch a little. 'Don't -- don't go.
Don't carry it to someone else this time.
Tell me about it if it's something human.
Let me into your grief. I'm not so much
Unlike other folks as your standing there
Apart would make me out. Give me my chance.
I do think, though, you overdo it a little.
What was it brought you up to think it the thing
To take your mother-loss of a first child
So inconsolably- in the face of love.
You'd think his memory might be satisfied --'
'There you go sneering now!'
'I'm not, I'm not!
You make me angry. I'll come down to you.
God, what a woman! And it's come to this,
A man can't speak of his own child that's dead.'
'You can't because you don't know how.
If you had any feelings, you that dug
With your own hand--how could you?--his little grave;
I saw you from that very window there,
Making the gravel leap and leap in air,
Leap up, like that, like that, and land so lightly
And roll back down the mound beside the hole.
I thought, Who is that man? I didn't know you.
And I crept down the stairs and up the stairs
To look again, and still your spade kept lifting.
Then you came in. I heard your rumbling voice
Out in the kitchen, and I don't know why,
But I went near to see with my own eyes.
You could sit there with the stains on your shoes
Of the fresh earth from your own baby's grave
And talk about your everyday concerns.
You had stood the spade up against the wall
Outside there in the entry, for I saw it.'
'I shall laugh the worst laugh I ever laughed.
I'm cursed. God, if I don't believe I'm cursed.'
I can repeat the very words you were saying ,
"Three foggy mornings and one rainy day
Will rot the best birch fence a man can build."
Think of it, talk like that at such a time!
What had how long it takes a birch to rot
To do with what was in the darkened parlour?
You couldn't care! The nearest friends can go
With anyone to death, comes so far short
They might as well not try to go at all.
No, from the time when one is sick to death,
One is alone, and he dies more alone.
Friends make pretence of following to the grave,
But before one is in it, their minds are turned
And making the best of their way back to life
And living people, and things they understand.
But the world's evil. I won't have grief so
If I can change it. Oh, I won't, I won't'
'There, you have said it all and you feel better.
You won't go now. You're crying. Close the door.
The heart's gone out of it: why keep it up?
Amy! There's someone coming down the road!'
'You --oh, you think the talk is all. I must go-
Somewhere out of this house. How can I make you --'
'If--you -- do!' She was opening the door wider.
'Where do you mean to go? First tell me that.
I'll follow and bring you back by force. I will! --'
- Robert Frost, 'Home Burial'
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Make him responsible
, says sociologist
There's a man, after all, behind each of those tragic cases in El Salvador as well as every one of the 1.4 million abortions performed every year in America. What Shostak wants isn't to coddle these guys but to make them face responsibility. It's a central tenet of sociology, he said, that human behavior is changeable. If we concentrate on making men less callous and less callow about sex, he thinks, there could be fewer abortions.
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NKU officials prepare statement to students and faculty regarding abortion display vandalism; prof to retire
Chris Cole, a spokesman for NKU president James Votruba has said more than 100 emails have been received from faculty and staff concerned about the implications of the vandalism and denying the free speech rights of the campus Right to Life group.
"The tenor has been, 'We don't approve of or condone this.' They don't want that conduct to reflect on NKU faculty," Cole told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper.
He indicated that the university will definitely take action against Jacobson and the students involved once the police investigation has concluded.
"I think it will be telling our campus community that NKU doesn't condone what took place Wednesday night, and there is an investigation going on, and action will be taken," he told the Cincinnati paper.[..]
The Enquirer reports that Jacobson is set to retire in a few weeks but did not elaborate as to whether the retirement was planned or is a result of her involvement in the vandalism.
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom of speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said last week after the incident.
Responding to her comments, Votruba, the NKU president, said, "I don't know if she was pulling up the crosses, but I think she was out there with the students. If so, as far as I'm concerned, she went outside the conditions of her employment."
See also: Lawmaker wants prof firedPrevious post
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Finding forgiveness after an abortion
Nora Balderas treats each and every child at the Home for the Angels as if they were her own. More
"Knowing that these children don't have anybody to love them back, sometimes I feel that I tend to love them even more than my own children," said Balderas, who has been working as a volunteer at the Home since it was put up 10 years ago.
A project of Mayor Lito Atienza and his wife, Evelina, the Home is a crisis center in San Andres, Manila which has looking after neglected or abandoned babies.
"The Home aims to give these kids the gift of life and a chance for a bright future," the 50-year-old widow said.
She added that she felt a strong desire to serve at the center after she attended one of the prolife seminars sponsored by the city government.[..]
But she had another more compelling reason. "More than the love and affection I could offer to these children, I see in them the child I lost through abortion," the mother of two confessed, her eyes filled with tears. "It was supposed to be my third baby but we could not afford to have another child because my husband was then jobless."
Balderas said that the incident she was referring to happened in 1993. She was two months pregnant but she decided that she didn't want to keep the baby. "A very close relative" who had gone through an abortion then referred her to a hilot (midwife).
"I couldn't forget that day. I was bleeding profusely and it was too painful, I thought I would die," Balderas said. "I thought that it was not yet a person, that it was just blood, so it was okay," she added.
The experience proved to be painful, not only physically, but also emotionally, as it ruined her relationship with her husband.
He did not even know that she was pregnant, and when he found out what she had done, he was enraged. Even worse, the abortion affected her ability to bear a child.
"My abortion could have rendered me infertile because the doctor said my uterus had been infected," she said. "This prompted my husband to look for another woman with whom he sired a child."
Even her own kids treated her coldly when they found out.
"I decided to tell them one All Souls' Day as I lighted a candle for my aborted baby. They asked for whom the candle was, so I explained everything to them," Balderas said. "But, of course, they were shocked, they didn't even know I got pregnant."
"I was full of regrets. If I could only turn back the hands of time, I wouldn't do it," she added, saying she realized that abortion was not only a sin against God but man as well.
Even now, there are still times when she would feel guilty but she has found comfort not only in the company of the children staying at the Home for the Angels, but more importantly, in God.
"Being a volunteer was like a healing process for me," Balderas said. "I have learned to forgive myself and turn to God for help. And I know that I have been forgiven because I feel that He covered my sins with blessings."
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Vermont legislature advances 'safe haven' bill to protect abandoned babies
In Vermont, the Senate and House have passed a bill permitting new mothers to leave their babies with health care or emergency workers without facing criminal penalties. Gov. James Douglas is expected to sign the legislation, which creates so-called "baby safe havens." The aim of the legislation is to enable distressed new mothers to leave their babies in a safe location, rather than abandoning them in a potentially dangerous place. Lawmakers say that it is tragic that a mother would contemplate abandoning her child, but that, if such a situation occurs, it's important that the child be protected. Rep. William Lippert, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has been quoted as saying, "This is really about saving the lives of these babies." Under the bill, safe havens include health care facilities, fire stations, police stations, or places of worship.
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Depressed? 'We never say no'
A suicide-clinic entrepreneur in Zurich says he wants to open a chain of "suicide clinics" in other countries to give everyone, including the mentally ill, the "the choice of a choice."
Ludwig Minelli, a Swiss lawyer, told the London Sunday Times he has already opened an associated Dignitas office in Germany and he intends to lift the "taboo" against suicide by lobbying other countries to set up clinics to offer information on effective methods of suicide and to alert people to the risks of doing it incompetently. Denying people the right and the information necessary to take their own lives, Minelli, said, exposes them to "huge collateral damage" – the costs of emergency services, police, medical treatment and possibly living with further impairment.
"Many people who attempt suicide don't know how to do it," he said, while pointing to his forehead. "They don't even know how to shoot themselves. They aim here and just blow the front of the head off, and live on as a vegetable.
"We need to set up advisory centers where people can openly discuss problems and seek advice about methods and risks, without the fear of losing their freedom and being put in an institution," he said. "These centers can only be credible if they can offer assisted suicide."
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ALL's Judie Brown
on Planned Parenthood: Deceit unto death
Planned Parenthood adamantly denies that the war it is waging in the wombs of mothers across this country is far more gruesome than nightly news videos of tragic situations in Iraq and elsewhere in our world.
No, Planned Parenthood is all about denial, deceit and delivery of the bucks into the bank account. When a woman dies from one of these "safe, effective" medical abortions, Planned Parenthood offers the media crocodile tears while insisting that an infection here or there does not a bad abortion make. By the same token, we are told, a few deaths are bound to happen.
The Food and Drug Administration plays along in the "deceit unto death" game. During the planning for an upcoming workshop to discuss the bacteria that has already killed four women who used the mifepristone abortion method, the argument enunciated to the media is that "pregnancy, childbirth or abortion could predispose a small number of women to acquire the bacteria." Why does the FDA make such statements?
Could it be because of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's size, wealth and influence? Does its power derive from who Planned Parenthood is or from what others have given this organization? Planned Parenthood operates more than 800 facilities in our country. It is a non-profit corporation that receives more than $200 million in tax dollars annually.
Planned Parenthood has become the largest abortion provider in the United States by consistently calling pregnancy a "condition," by consistently denying that abortion kills a person, by consistently arguing that pregnancy does not begin until one week after the baby's life begins, by consistently placing misleading information into the hands of school children as young as six, by consistently receiving higher and higher amounts of tax dollars from the U.S. government (regardless of who controls Congress or the White House), by consistently promoting the concept that a right to privacy trumps the right to life, the right to know, the rights of parents and the right to truth.
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Fetus "feels no pain"
, says psychologist at Birmingham University
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Add life to your garden while supporting pregnant moms.. Mary E.
tells us about a plant sale fundraiser
at Birthright of Seattle
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links to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer on a Kentucky college professor who brought her graduate class out to destroy a pro-life display of crosses
, placed with the permission of the University administration
Sally Jacobsen, a longtime professor in NKU's literature and language department, said the display was dismantled by about nine students in one of her graduate-level classes. More photos
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said.
Asked whether she participated in pulling up the crosses, the professor said, "I have no comment."
She said she was infuriated by the display, which she saw as intimidating and a "slap in the face" to women who might be making "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion.'"
Northern Right to Life, the student right to life group who erected the crosses, will press charges against protestors
Via Amy Welborn
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Chemo for pregnant cancer moms safe after first trimester
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Joan Bakewell: Why I feel so betrayed
What is brutal and exploitative is a culture of easy and cheap sex, callous regard for each other's feelings, and a glib assumption that, 'what the hell, when things go wrong, she can always get an abortion'.
It is this coarsening of how we treat each other that leads to misery and wretchedness.
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Abortion would still be legal in 43 states even if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade
Americans United for Life released a new comprehensive guide called "Defending Life 2006" that presents an overview of state laws on pro-life issues in all 50 states. More
AUL pointed out that the Supreme Court is still at least one more vote away from overturning Roe and currently has a 5-4 pro-abortion majority. The 5-4 figure also assumes that new Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito will vote to overturn Roe, though pro-lifegroups say they expect the judges to take that position.
Should the high court reverse Roe at some point, AUL President Peter Samuelson says there "is almost no chance they will create a national right to life."
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has been blogging up a storm over at AA's sister site, so be sure to check out the brand new "refurbished" Abortion Pundit
for some scintillating discussions and other fascinating highlights on the abortion debate...
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Jeb Bush abandons feeding tube efforts; food and water remain medical treatments in Florida
Unable to reopen the legislative debate over Terri Schiavo, Gov. Jeb Bush is giving up on his effort to change Florida law to allow patients to reject or withdraw a feeding tube only if they put that wish in writing.
The governor had directed his staff to develop a policy that would draw a distinction between the use of a medically implanted feeding tube and other life-prolonging medical interventions, such as respirators.
Under current law, there is no distinction; both kinds of interventions can be withdrawn or rejected by patients, or their surrogates, under specific circumstances and based on the patient's oral or written wishes.
But still troubled by the severely brain-damaged woman's death last year, the governor hoped to change that.
He was unable, however, to find willing legislative sponsors for his recommendations, forcing him to retreat on one of his priorities as he nears the end of his second and final term.
"At this point, it doesn't appear to be moving forward," Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. "The governor continues to support providing clarity to end-of-life issues, but he's no longer pursuing these recommendations."
Hat tip: Tim
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This one's just for you, Christina
:Having a baby changes everything (Sink)
Who would ever thought the love of your life would be short and bald?
p.s. I love how happy this one
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Toronto City TV goes pro-life
On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 7:43am, the Toronto television station "City TV" broadcast a very pro-life video of ultrasonic imaging of a baby in the womb. Lost Budgie
What's so special about that? Everything.
has more here
, plus the video...
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"I'd like to punch him in the face"PuppyCat
had an abortion at the end of her 19th week. She didn't tell the ex (who was the father) until after that, and now he wants signed affidavits attesting to her abortion.
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Denial you say?
This LJ blogger had a D&E abortion at 14 weeks because her baby had Trisomy 13 (Patau's Syndrome). She claimed that it was "the kindest thing" she could do because her baby would "lived a short life filled with pain". She have an uncle with severe Trisomy 21 (who outlived his parents it seems) and she saw how difficult it is, so that kinda sealed the deal.
It infuriates me that people who want to "heal" me after I've gone through an abortion insist on my belief that I've done something wrong.
I didn't do anything wrong. I made the right choice for myself and my child, to end it's suffering early. That doesn't mean there isn't guilt and regret and sorrow and pain. Why does admitting that I'm experiencing negative emotions make anyone assume that I regret my decision? I regret having to make the decision, not the decision itself.
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' characters at Planned Parenthood.. He hates his job too...
Hat tip: Dawn Eden
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Former attorney for Terri Schiavo's family says their efforts to prevent their daughter's euthanasia death strengthened her faith and changed her mind on abortion
Patricia Anderson helped the Schindler family for years to protect Terri and she said the battle helped her refocus her position on abortion and the immorality of taking life.
Calling dehydration an "enlightened western form of population control," Anderson said it is not a painless process and, that Terri, like her brother Bobby Schindler pointed out as she was dying, was struggling to live and did not look beautiful."
"In many ways, it's the other end of the abortion debate, frankly," Anderson said, admitting she has completely changed her mind on the issue of abortion, despite having defended the practice since she was a young woman.
"Once you really examine the evidence and take a cold, hard look at it, it's almost inescapable that killing a baby is not a solution," Anderson said. "Killing babies is not the way out of social problems or personal problems. Killing off your elderly or disabled is not the way to keep your healthcare budget in balance."
Comparing Terri to an unborn child who cannot speak for him or her-self, Anderson said in many ways Terri, who left no advanced health care directive or no written living will, had no voice, though she tried to speak.
"And yet, on the basis of the word of her faithless husband, the court was persuaded that Terri wanted to die," Anderson said. The decision she said, "will stand, frankly, as one of the hallmarks in American jurisprudence, sort of the high water mark of a manifest injustice. In my judgment, right up there with the Dred Scott opinion."
As a professing Christian, Anderson said she would be hard put to "overstate" the effect the case had on her.
Recalling times when she would go to sleep and wake up with a new approach to a problem, Anderson said she has no doubt that God began to give her signs that He was at work despite the glaring fact record and record of adverse rulings she had inherited.
"Here she was still alive ... [despite several attempts to end her life]," Anderson said. "I attribute that really to God’s desire to keep her alive. It was His plan to keep her alive."
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ACLU backs away from congressional abortion bill targeting CPCs
Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, the bill
directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a rule prohibiting pregnancy centers from trying to deceive women into thinking they perform abortions.
The ACLU, which frequently takes pro-life laws limiting abortion to court, immediately issued a press release supporting the bill.
However, the pro-abortion law firm is backing away from it after some ACLU activists said it would unconstitutionally limit the free speech rights of pregnancy centers.
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South Dakota officials have released information about its pro-life donors
to a legal defense fund to defend the state's abortion ban
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Uh-oh.. what did you do, Britney
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Concerned Canadian pharmacists have published a list of vaccines in use in the country that are currently sourced from aborted fetal tissues
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Pregnancy Care Center to hold "jazzed about life" walkathon
The annual walkathon is a fundraiser for the center, which offers alternatives to abortion at no cost. Services include pregnancy tests, information and education, referrals for medical and social services, clothing and supplies for mothers and babies, post-abortion support groups, peer counseling, and a 24-hour option line at (800) 345-HELP.
The walkathon will be held on Saturday, May 20. For additional information about the Pregnancy Care Center or the "jazzed about life" walkathon, please call at (707) 442-2345.
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Chinese woman arrested for protesting her forced abortion was tortured in prison
Mao Hengfeng was subjected to physical and mental abuse while detained for more than a month for her participation in a hunger strike in mid-February in support of another human rights advocate. Hengfeng, was previously detained and tortured by authorities after protesting a forced abortion which occurred 16 years ago.
In comments to Human Rights in China (HRIC) Mao explained "I was kept confined to one of two rooms, and even had to ask permission to go to the bathroom. Apart from the psychological torment, they also physically abused me. They beat me on several occasions, and a police officer surnamed Bai with badge number 039351 knelt on my chest and grabbed me around the neck, saying he would cause the blood to flood my brain so that cause of death could not be determined."
Mao's husband, concerned for her health, asked Mao's lawyer, Wu Guoce, to visit her in detention on February 20. Wu was reportedly refused access to Mao on 'state secrets' grounds.[..]
HRIC is deeply concerned over the allegations of physical abuse of and other violations committed against Mao Hengfeng in custody, which include her being denied access to legal counsel. "Mao's ill-treatment is especially egregious given that her case is identified in the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture following his inspection visit to China late last year," said HRIC.
The Amnesty International 2005 report said of Hengfeng that she "was sent to a labour camp for 18 months' 'Re-education through Labour' in April for persistently petitioning the authorities over a forced abortion 15 years earlier when she became pregnant in violation of China's family planning policy. She was reportedly tied up, suspended from the ceiling and severely beaten in the labour camp. She had been detained several times in the past in psychiatric units where she had been forced to undergo shock therapy."
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A pro-lifer was attacked outside a Vancouver abortion clinic on Friday afternoon.. and the assault was caught on tape
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Pro-life TV ads works
; helped reduce the number of abortions and prompted thousands of women in cities across the nation to head to a crisis pregnancy center for assistance..
The ads, run in cities such as Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, feature women from a variety of backgrounds discussing their fears about an unplanned pregnancy. They direct women to the 1-800-395-HELP phone number, which connects the caller to Option Line, a telephone counseling service run by Care Net
and Heartbeat International
. The counselors direct callers to local crisis pregnancy centers.
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Kevin Fobbs writes, What if it had been your child to suffer as Terri Schiavo did?
Has life really become so cheap in America that we would rather just be tired of confronting the truth about what happens to the innocent who are taken before their time? There are some who claim that the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution are inappropriate places to establish a right to hydration or nutrition - in other words food or water.
There are others who claim that the Constitution is a "living document" and therefore should accommodate new rights, chief among those the right to life and therefore once born the right to live. In each case they are human lives; Americans, examples of our own family members that have been taken from their families literally ripped from their loved one's arms and silenced for eternity.
[..]America cannot and must not put to rest so easily the loss of innocent life because life is not to be tossed aside so cheaply. The forward-looking new launch of the Schindler's Foundation is to give all of us the opportunity through "living wills" or powers of attorney or whatever the legal instrument is used in each state that provides clarity of each American's intention on what their end of life should be and what medical means should be undertaken.
I have to go back to the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence because if it is not stated as a basic right for every American to know with clarity that the final destination of their life travel is protected, then our life is expendable. We should not feel as if our life could be interrupted through familial disputes, misunderstandings, cover-ups, etc and is truly determined by whomever either shouts the loudest, has the deepest financial pockets, or is able to get to the courtroom first and finally by the luck of the draw either a life is preserved or ends prematurely.
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Congressional bill would legalize unlimited abortion, overturn key pro-life laws
The pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act would not only codify Roe v. Wade but would overturn key pro-life laws including limits on taxpayer funding of abortion and bans on partial-birth abortions.
In an email to their activists, NARAL said Friday that it wanted abortion advocates to contact Congress and support the bill.
"President Bush and other anti-choice leaders are working to reverse Roe v. Wade," NARAL said. "But we have a trump card and we're ready to use it."
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of National Right to Life, told LifeNews.com that the bill goes much further than making Roe v. Wadethe law of the land. It would nullify virtually every pro-life limit on abortion the pro-life community has fought so hard to enact in the 33 years since Roe.
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, both Democrats, are the lead sponsors of the pro-abortion measures (S.2593/H.R.5151).
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South Dakota's Oglala Sioux Tribal President Cecelia Fire Thunder
wants to build an abortion facility on the Indian reservation in response to the abortion ban.. but tribal law would prevent it from being built
, a retired tribal chief judge says
Patrick Lee, a retired chief judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribe
who now teaches tribal law at Oglala Lakota College, wrote an op-ed over the weekend to the Rapid City Journal.
"Life is sacred - the winged, two-legged, four-legged. You hear constant references to respect for life," Lee said. "Its the tribal law."
Lee told the Journal that Fire Thunder could press to change tribal law to allow for the abortion business but he indicated that the Native American tradition of respecting life would make it extraordinarily difficult.
Lee pointed to a specific portion of tribal law code about juveniles that indicates the right to life of babies before birth is respected.
The code says, "a child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an existing person so far as may be necessary for its interests and welfare to be protected in the event of its subsequent birth."
Alexa swing by at 9:25 PM
The Brooklyn Rail has an article
up on Haven Coalition, a grassroot of women who provide shelters to out-of-towners who travel to New York for second-trimester abortionsSisterhood is local: Offering women an abortion haven
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A teenage assault victim offers her story in hope of sparing others not only the pain of rape--but also the pain of abortion:Surviving rape: God's mercy knows no bounds
(From March/April issue
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New Zealand has twice the number
of late term abortions
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CareNet saved baby!
Heidi found herself pregnant, scared and alone. An abortion seemed the only way out.
Then she found the Optionline website. Heidi realized she wasn't alone, that she had life-saving options and there was someone out there who cared. Heidi made an appointment and chose life for her baby!
Alexa swing by at 9:05 PM
What happens when you completely criminalize abortion?
The New York Times has a long article on abortion in El Salvador. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador (total ban, no exceptions) and carries a minimum sentence of two years imprisonment. Late-term abortions, classified as "aggravated homicide" carries a minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of 50 years. Pro-life nation
In this new movement toward criminalization, El Salvador is in the vanguard. The array of exceptions that tend to exist even in countries where abortion is circumscribed - rape, incest, fetal malformation, life of the mother - don't apply in El Salvador. They were rejected in the late 1990's, in a period after the country's long civil war ended. The country's penal system was revamped and its constitution was amended. Abortion is now absolutely forbidden in every possible circumstance. No exceptions.
There are other countries in the world that, like El Salvador, completely ban abortion, including Malta, Chile and Colombia. El Salvador, however, has not only a total ban on abortion but also an active law-enforcement apparatus - the police, investigators, medical spies, forensic vagina inspectors and a special division of the prosecutor's office responsible for Crimes Against Minors and Women, a unit charged with capturing, trying and incarcerating an unusual kind of criminal. Like the woman I was waiting to meet.
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Bravery on behalf of innocent life
For decades now, numerous politicians have told pro-lifers: "Hey, we're on your side, and we'd love to help you out. But darn it all, the Supreme Court has spoken, and we all have no choice but to abide by their ruling." Their legal argument is dead wrong: The Constitution does not mean whatever the Court says it means, and legislators are not bound to follow rulings the Court has no authority to make. But since few Americans know their Constitution, politicians can get away with this. They can pass a few popular limits on abortion (parental notice, waiting periods, etc.) without touching the core "right"; they can appease pro-lifers without ticking off many other people.
The message from South Dakota is: No longer. Abortion is a hugely important moral issue, the lawmakers insist, central to the moral foundation of our society. So there'll be no more ducking and dodging it, no more deferring it to some distant future day when we have a "culture of life" that makes it safe for politicians to touch the fundamental issue without getting burned. We need to deal with it, they say - starting now.
Some will say they're being wildly impractical. I think they're being refreshingly realistic. If we're ever going to get a culture of life, it'll never come from stealthy advances into the centers of governmental power: It will only come from public, persistent fighting for principle. Nor will it come from by people who are afraid to proclaim the sanctity of human life as a binding truth (not a mere "personal" belief) recognized by the law. It will only come from people who aren't afraid to risk taking heat and losing elections for the sake of what's right.
Alexa swing by at 2:47 AM