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British Pregnancy Advisory Service's Ann Furedi tells us why rising abortion rates are not a problem
The idea that you would become a parent because a condom split is something that people don’t generally find very acceptable; and in this context, abortion is seen by many people as a responsible decision.
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Wider probe of Planned Parenthood sought amid new allegations of fiscal wrongdoing by abortion giant
"It's outrageous that the nation's largest abortion chain is receiving public funds at all," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League. "But with widespread scandals alleging fraud and false reporting practices, it is clear that Planned Parenthood should be completely cut off from taxpayer money."
Five Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida recently stopped seeing customers following allegations that the affiliates have been falsifying their annual reports. According to the Miami Herald, "The local nonprofit had a $3 million budget in 2005. More than $500,000 came from public funds. It's unclear how much is reportedly missing or unaccounted for."
"We called and wrote attorneys general throughout the nation asking them to investigate the reporting practices of local Planned Parenthoods when news broke about accusations that Planned Parenthood was defrauding the state of California," said Sedlak. "Allegations that Planned Parenthood affiliates in Florida have been falsifying their annual reports over the past three years show that what happened in California is not an isolated incident."
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A Brazil teenager has been killed by her ex-boyfriend for refusing to have an abortion
After finding the teenage girl strangled to death in a vacant lot at a petrochemical plant in the Sao Miguel Paulista area, police interviewed her ex-boyfriend, who reportedly confessed that he killed her for refusing to have an abortion. Almeida Andrade was three months pregnant at the time.
According to the police, her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, who remains unnamed in media accounts, said he did not want the baby because he had a new girlfriend. When Almeida Andrade refused to agree to abort the child, he strangled her to death.
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"I wasn't told
"I wasn't told that having an abortion would create an unbelievable self-hatred that would consume me and lead to distrust, suspicion and the utter inability to care about myself or others, including my four children. I wasn't told that hearing babies cry would trigger such anger that I wouldn't be able to be around babies at all.
I wasn't told that it would be impossible to look at my own eyes in the mirror, or that my confidence would be so shaken that I would become unable to make important life decisions. My self-hatred kept me from pursuing my goal of becoming a registered nurse. I didn't think I deserved that success.
I wasn't told that I would come to hate all of those who advised me to have my abortions, because they were my accomplices in the murders of my babies. I wasn't told that having an abortion, with my husband's consent, would end up causing me to hate the father of my children, or that, after that, I'd be unable to sustain any satisfying, lasting fulfilling marital relationship.
I wasn't told that could become suicidal, and would in the fall of every year, when both of my babies should have been born. I wasn't told that on the birthdays of my living children I would still remember the two for whom I would never make a birthday cake, or that on Mother's Day I would remember the two who would never send me a card, or that every Christmas I'd remember the two for whom there would be no presents.
My abortions were supposed to be a "quick fix" for my problems, but they didn't tell me there would be no "quick fix" for my regrets."
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Planned Parenthood makes $1 billion in profit
, its new annual report shows
While Planned Parenthood made $972 milion in its 2005-2006 annual report, last fiscal year it brought in $1.017 billion.
On its web site posting of the annual document, Planned Parenthood says it "highlights our advancements in providing and protecting trusted health care services and medically accurate sexuality education."
Instead, the report finds Planned Parenthood doing more abortions than ever before.
The report shows an increase in the number of provided abortions from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006.
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Planned Parenthood fights parents over abortion records, court reconsiders decision
The Ohio State Supreme Court is reconsidering whether to allow the parents of a 14-year-old, who got an abortion without their consent, to review records involving abortions performed on other minors.
"It's outrageous for Planned Parenthood to argue that routine business records are not pertinent to a lawsuit it is currently defending," said Andrew Flusche, staff attorney for American Life League. "If a plaintiff sues a company about an activity, previous records about that same activity are routinely used in court."
Among the charges in the lawsuit, filed in 2005, Planned Parenthood is accused of performing an unlawful abortion on a minor by failing to obtain parental consent, failure to obtain informed consent from the girl and failure to report suspected child abuse. The parents of the child are seeking statistical data, not names, that may indicate wider violations.
"Planned Parenthood always claims patient confidentiality. But it's really focused on secrecy," said Flusche. "The requested business records would be redacted of any identifying information, so no patient privacy would be breached. But Planned Parenthood is obviously afraid that something negative will come to light."
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84 year-old woman who had abortion 57 years ago still suffers depression
Referring to her as Maria in order to protect her privacy because "she fears reprisals from her ex-husband who is still alive," Alba explained that what torments Maria most about her life is her abortion. "It was 57 years ago. At that time she was 27 and single, but she was in a relationship with the man whom she would later marry."
After she told him she was pregnant, he took her to get an abortion without her consent. "He put her in a taxi and took her to an apartment in Madrid on Barcelona Street... ‘That place was a pigsty, a slaughterhouse,’ she recalled. He told her, 'Don't worry, you're in good hands.' The abortion was performed without anesthesia, so Maria shrieked with pain," the article continued.
"On May 3, 1951, a month and a half later, Maria had serious hemorrhaging in the bathroom. That's where her child was 'born'. 'He had little arms, a little body, everything.' What did she do? 'I washed him, I kissed him and I put him in a little box that I had.' What did she do with him? 'I thought about preserving him in alcohol, but I was afraid that my mother would find out, so I said goodbye to him and I flushed him down the toilet'," she recalled with tears.
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Wanted: One million Americans to pray pro-life Rosary
The Saint Michael the Archangel Organization is attempting to organize one million people in the United States to pray the Rosary for unborn babies on Saturday, May 3.
Organizers of the prayer event, called One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies, are asking participants to pray during the same 60-minute time span, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.
Patrick Benedict, President of the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization, said, "The primary way to stop the killing of unborn babies is not by way of politics and is not by way of education."
"The person battling the 'Culture of Death' is primarily in a spiritual battle and needs to use spiritual weaponry," he continued.
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Conservative legislators in Mexico's capital city propose law that would give mothers an alternative to abortion: "Adoption in the womb
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Here's ALL's video interview with Kristi Burton, founder of Colorado For Equal Rights and the author of Colorado's current personhood initiative..
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Through the Chaplet, lives are saved
One story he shared stuck with me the most. It concerned a time when Msgr. Reilly went to Choices, one of the largest abortion mills in the country, to pray and counsel. Just as he arrived at the mill, he met his fellow sidewalk counselors who begged him to go and talk with a man smoking on the corner of the building. This young man had just let his girlfriend enter the clinic for an abortion.
Monsignor Reilly went up to the man and said, "You had better put that cigarette out."
"Why?" the man asked.
"Because you are going to go in there and get your girlfriend."
After a few minutes of counseling, the man went in. Immediately Msgr. Reilly went to the prayer group praying outside of the mill and said, "We are in need of some serious help for that couple. Please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet."
The members of the prayer group, knowing the power of the chaplet, totally committed to God's mercy and got on their knees and began to pray. When they were on the second decade, Msgr. Reilly felt a tap on his shoulder. It was the man from the corner. Monsignor Reilly said in an exasperated voice, "I thought I told you to go inside and get her."
The man replied, "I did."
The crying woman behind him was indeed his girlfriend. Just as Msgr. Reilly began to talk with the couple, along came another couple out of the clinic in need of counsel. While counseling these two couples, another woman came out crying because she decided to keep her baby and also needed counseling!
Monsignor Reilly turned to the group who was praying and said, "Will you slow down, I can't do it so fast!"
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Homeschooling moms offer room, hope to women in crisis pregnancies at Mary's Shelter
Pregnant and alone with no where to go, "Bridget" of the Bronx, N.Y., had been sleeping on a chair in an apartment crammed with extended family. "I felt hopeless," said the 22-year-old, who did not know how she was going to raise her child.To adopt a pregnant woman in need through your parish, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be sent to: Mary’s Shelter, 14318 River Junction Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
Knowing she needed to get out, she called a long list of shelters only to learn each time that there was no space for her.
She searched online and found the Sisters of Life in New York, who helped her contact Mary's Shelter, a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although she was apprehensive about leaving New York and temporarily relocating to Fredericksburg, "Bridget" knew she needed a change, and at seven months pregnant she took refuge at Mary's Shelter. Three weeks ago she gave birth to a baby boy and is planning to go back to school soon.
"We become their mentors. We have a real relationship with them," said Wilson, who stood in the kitchen with the women.
While various events inspired the three Catholic moms to start the home, Wilson spoke about her experience while praying outside an abortion clinic on a Saturday morning with her children, friends and fellow parishioners. She walked up to a woman sitting in her parked car near the clinic.
"What can I do for you?" Wilson, desperate to help, asked the woman.
"What can you do for me?" the distressed woman said, looking for a solution.
Wilson felt paralyzed. She knew she needed to do something to offer some sort of physical support to women in crisis pregnancies.
Together with Rosseau and Taraschke, they sought to do something.
"Many of the women who think about abortion are at the poverty level... They are in the situation because they had no other alternatives," said Rosseau.
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A man in Oklahoma makes a "miraculous" recovery from brain death
after an accident just minutes before he was to be disconnected from life support..
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Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade) to speak at University of Connecticut, Annie has details
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Italian hospital considers tissue from babies killed in abortions for research
One of Italy's leading university teaching hospitals is considering a proposal to use tissue from aborted babies for research purposes. Paolo Rebulla, director of medical transfusion, cell therapy and cryobiology at the Policlinic of Milan has circulated a petition in support. Rebulla has suggested the hospital create a fetal cell bank using cells from tissue from babies victimized by abortions. But the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said the hospital's bioethics committee has blocked the idea for now. "There is a risk that women could consider the donation as a kind of compensation that devalues the morale linked to choosing abortion," Rocco Mangia, president of the committee, told the newspaper. "The danger is in fact we'll end up encouraging, or not discouraging abortions." Although the committee already expressed adverse opinions to the plan in January, Rebulla is proposing it once again.
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Australian high school student had an abortion after becoming pregnant from sex with teacher
Stephen Peter Morrow, 55, is on trial in the County Court charged with 11 counts of sexual penetration of a 16 or 17-year-old child under his care, supervision or authority.
He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Prosecutor Daryl Wraith said the girl was a year 12 student at a Melbourne school when the pair struck up a relationship in the 1990s.
He told the jury that Mr Morrow used to pick up the girl after school and they would have sex in his car up to three times a week.
Mr Wraith said that about four months into the relationship the girl discovered she was pregnant.
Mr Morrow, who lives in Parkwood, Queensland, went to a fertility clinic with her, waited in the reception area and paid about $320 for the termination, Mr Wraith said.
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The future of the pro-life movement is in good hands
According to an Associated Press analysis, a third of young Republicans oppose abortion in all circumstances.
The data, taken from exit polls at the 2008 primaries, also revealed that values rate 10 points higher among the under-30 crowd, while older voters look to experience.
"For them to hear someone say, 'Well, that's just a fetus', or 'There's a right for an abortion to take place and murder that innocent life,' they're very skeptical of the idea," said Jason Mattera, spokesman for Young America's Foundation. "They can see how they have been given the opportunity of life."
Jessica Colon, chairman of the Young Republican National Federation, said the younger GOP generation embraces the full conservative package.
"Young Republicans support the three-legged stool of the Republican Party," she said. "They want a strong national defense, they believe in fiscal conservatism and they believe in the values that the Republican Party has always held dear.
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Lathrup Village abortion clinic asked to retrain staff on medical waste disposal, Hodari gets off easy
But no fines were levied against Alberto Hodari, the clinic's medical director, who blamed the situation on a new employee. He hadn't yet received the letter but said he already has complied.
"The retraining was done already," said Hodari, who operates six abortion clinics in mid-Michigan.
Anti-abortion activists were outraged.
"The DEQ is being grossly negligent," said Jennifer Nelson, who said she found medical waste in the trash receptacle at the WomanCare facility in Southgate. "They are giving him a little slap on the wrist."
Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, added: "I don't understand how someone can throw away the remains of aborted babies and all kinds of despicable biomedical waste and all he is getting (is this)? They are giving him a pass."
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The Washington Times spotlights on Planned Parenthood
Many taxpayers may not be comfortable with the ways that Planned Parenthood has been active in the political arena. Partial-birth abortion strikes many as a particularly hideous way to kill a baby, yet Planned Parenthood lobbied againsta ban on that practice. The Born Alive Infants Protection Act would have defined a viable fetus surviving the abortion process as a person entitled to medical assistance. Nurses have testified that babies who survive a botched abortion are sometimes of the same size and condition of those successfully treated in neonatal units across the country. Typically, they are left to die. Nurses have reported that some manage to survive for hours. Planned Parenthood lobbied against this bill as well.
One must wonder, then, whether taxpayers should continue to support an organization that is flush with money, has beenwilling to skirt or ignore laws intended to protect the people it claims to serve and may be targeting minorities with a practice many Americans believe immoral.
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Here's an amazing story of a pro-life Vietnamese man who opens his home to unwed, expectant moms and babies
Sitting cross-legged on a straw mat in the middle of the living room, Tong Phuoc Phuc sings a soothing Vietnamese lullaby. For a moment, his deep voice works magic, and the tiny room crammed with 13 babies is still.
Phuc giggles like a proud papa. He's not related to any of them, but without him, many of these children likely would have been aborted. And to Phuc, abortion is unimaginable.
The 41-year-old Catholic from the coastal town of Nha Trang has opened his door to unwed expectant mothers in a country that logs one of the world's highest abortion rates. In 2006, there were more than 114,000 abortions at state hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City - outnumbering births.
Most pregnant, unmarried Vietnamese women have few options. Abortion is a welcome choice for many who simply cannot afford to care for a baby or are unwilling to risk being disowned by their families.
The communist government calls premarital sex a "social evil." Abortion, however, is legal and performed at nearly every hospital. And unlike in some Western countries where the issue is hotly contested, the practice stirs little debate here.
But shelters for women who want to keep their babies are rare. Phuc promises them food and a roof until they give birth, and then cares for the children until the mothers can afford to take them. In the past four years, he's taken in 60 kids, with about half still living in his two houses.
"Sometimes we have 10 mothers living here ... sleeping on the floor," says Phuc, a thin man with dark, weathered skin and teeth stained brown from years of smoking. "The problem is that a lot of young people live together and have sex, but they have no knowledge about getting pregnant. So they get abortions."
Phuc says he made a deal with God seven years ago when his wife encountered complications while in labor with their son. He vowed that if they were spared, he would find a way to help others. As his wife lay recuperating after the difficult birth, he recalls seeing many pregnant women going into the delivery room but always leaving alone.
"I was wondering, 'where are the babies?'" he says, cradling an infant in each arm. "Then I realized they had abortions."
Phuc, a building contractor, started saving money to buy a craggy plot of land outside town. He then began collecting unwanted fetuses from hospitals and clinics to bury in graves on the property. At first, doctors and neighbors thought he had gone mad. Even his wife questioned spending their savings to build a cemetery for aborted babies.
But he kept on, and now some 7,000 tiny plots dot the shady hillside, many marked with bright red, pink and yellow artificial roses.
"I believe these fetuses have souls," says Phuc, who has two children of his own. "And I don't want them to be wandering souls."
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6 charged with fatally abusing a developmentally disabled pregnant woman
Banished to the basement, the 29-year-old mother with a childlike mind and another baby on the way had little more than a thin rug and a mattress to call her own on the concrete floor.
Dorothy Dixon ate what she could forage from the refrigerator upstairs, where prosecutors say housemates used her for target practice with BBs, burned her with a glue gun and doused her with scalding liquid that peeled away her skin.
They torched what few clothes she had, authorities say, so she walked around naked. They often pummeled her with an aluminum bat or metal handle.
Dixon - six months pregnant - died after weeks of abuse. Police have charged two adults, three teenagers and a 12-year-old boy with murder in the case that has repulsed many in the Mississippi River town of Alton.
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Abortion practitioner Susan Wicklund to reopen abortion clinic in Bozeman
The doctor closed the facility to return to the Midwest to care for her dying mother, but she now says she plans to make abortions available in Gallatin County starting in June.
The executive director of Right to Life of Montana says he's disappointed that Wicklund plans to reopen her clinic.
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China court hears of man who killed his pregnant wife after she refused to have an abortion
Xiao Ying was five months pregnant at the time of her death and she became pregnant one month after the couple met. They were married last July, according to a Shanghai Daily report.
Prosecutors say Chen twice tried to talk Xiao into having an abortion and, after the second refusal, he grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed her in the stomach and chest.
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Judge to hear criminal charges against Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is facing 107 criminal charges, including 23 felony counts of falsifying medical documents related to late-term abortions. The felony charges will be examined at preliminary hearings set for April 7 and 8 in Johnson County District Court in Olathe, Kan.
The current case stems from 2003, when then-Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline requested a subpoena, which was eventually issued by a judge, for Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Midwestern affiliate to hand over its medical records.
Kline, who is now the district attorney in Johnson County, obtained the records in October 2006 and subsequently filed 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri in October 2007.
In addition to the felony counts of falsifying documents, there are 26 misdemeanor counts of unlawful failure to maintain records, 29 counts of unlawful failure to determine viability for a late-term abortion and 29 counts of unlawful late-term abortion.
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1,300 women have had five abortions, hundreds have more
, British figures show
The figures also show 950 women in England and Wales who have had four previous abortions at the time of their fifth. Another 200 had five abortions at the time of their sixth, 110 had six previous abortions at the time of the seventh, and 54 had seven or more previous abortions at the time they sought another.
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Abortionist George Tiller caught on tape
From Students for Life of America
Students for Life of America exposes partial-birth abortionist declaring aborted infants born alive "just sloppy medicine" at conference held at the National Education Association Arlington, VA
- Students for Life of America (SFLA) today released video exposing footage of abortionist Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS openly discussing children who "slip out" accidentally during an abortion and are "born alive" or with a "heartbeat" and condemned such medical mistakes during the Feminist Majority Foundation's annual Women's Leadership Conference, held at the National Education Association (NEA.) Dr. Tiller, who currently faces 19 criminal charges for illegal late-term abortions in the state of Kansas, stated "If the baby is born alive, that is sloppy medicine" after addressing the crowd of about 100 feminists during a plenary session titled "Standing with our Sisters" on March 9, 2008.
The video reveals Dr. Tiller showcasing graphic pictures of children with fetal abnormalities that he aborted to make the case for late-term abortions as necessary medical procedure. He also admitted to performing abortions on children the day before the mother's due date. Yet when questioned in a personal interview, Dr. Tiller failed to recognize the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a federal bill signed into law in 2002 that protects born children from murder and illegalizes infanticide.
When asked about the Act, Dr. Tiller also admitted, "Let's say you have 15 or 16, you had one slip out with a heartbeat; that is not a viable fetus, but that is born alive or has a heartbeat. Then you have to take that non-viable fetus and rush it directly to the hospital against the woman's wishes."
The conference and personal interview with Dr. Tiller was videotaped by SFLA's Executive Director Kristan Hawkins and Programs Coordinator Becky Banks.
"What is most disturbing about this video is the point when Dr. Tiller shows footage of children he has aborted," stated Kristan Hawkins, the Executive Director of Students for Life of America. "One had an extra arm: could not that child had survived and received corrective surgery? Was violently killing the child the only way to go? Pro-lifers are regularly condemned for displaying pictures of aborted babies, but here the pro-abortion crowd and the NEA are more than happy to showcase these graphic images, and even gave Dr. Tiller's presentation a standing ovation."
Becky Banks, SFLA Programs Coordinator, said "I'm concerned that Dr. Tiller didn't know what the federal ban on infanticide is about. A man who performs thousands of abortions a year should know of this legislation and realize that any time that 'something with a heartbeat slips out,' the baby is then a protected person under the law. The question obviously caught him off guard, because he could not give a straight answer about live abortions and contradicted his own information in a matter of minutes, claiming it's not ever necessary and then explaining when it is necessary to abort live infants."
The NEA should consider the effect their sponsorship has on its more than 3 million members:
"As a pro-life teacher, I can say this illustrates why I am no longer a member of the NEA. The NEA should not be involved in this issue; here they are hosting this controversial abortionist and his slideshow of babies he has aborted. There is no way any of my money will ever be used to advance the radical pro-abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood and the NEA," said Marla Mercer, a West Virginia teacher and former member of the National Education Association.
ACTION: Send your complaints to the National Education Association. Go to http://www.nea.org/aboutnea/contact.html
for contact information.
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Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller admits criminal activity in undercover video
by Students for Life of America
In this video you will hear Tiller:
- Say he has done late abortions up to the day before delivery
- Show photos he collected of the dead bodies of babies he aborted
- Admit he never heard of the Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act
- Describe babies with handicaps as burdens on women and society
p.s I am not able to embed the video at this time as it appeared that is it no longer available
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Planned Parenthood of Idaho apologizes for its handling of 'offensive call'
"A fundraising employee violated the organization's principles and practices when she appeared to be willing to accept a racially motivated donation," Planned Parenthood of Idaho CEO Rebecca Poedy said in a written statement to the Statesman. "We apologize for the manner in which this offensive call was handled. We take full responsibility for the actions of the fundraising staff member who created the impression that racism of any form would be tolerated at Planned Parenthood," Poedy said.
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Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer: Oncologists at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences who denied abortion-breast cancer link are either liars or uninformed
"They are either liars or they are uninformed," said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast CancerArkansas Times article
Laura Hutchins, the director of hemtology/oncology for UAMS, said, “My assessment is that there does not appear to be a definite increased risk." She used a 2004 study from the journal Lancet that has been criticized for its errors in at least five medical journals. [2-9]
Dr. Kent Westbrook, UAMS professor of surgery, said abortion is not a cancer-related issue, but that exogenous and external hormone stimulation and hormone replacement therapy raise risk.
"The biological reasons for the cancer risk of hormone replacement therapy are the same as the biological reasons for an abortion-breast cancer link. It's about the effects of estrogen overexposure in the presence of progesterone on cancer-susceptible tissue. 85% of the breast lobules become cancer-resistant during the last months of full term pregnancy." declared Malec.
Westbrook misled women by claiming that pregnancy reduces risk.
"On the contrary, a half-century of research shows that only pregnancies lasting at least 32 weeks gestation provide a risk-reducing effect," corrected Malec. "I challenge Westbrook to prove otherwise. No experts deny that premature birth before 32 weeks raises risk. An abortion is biologically the same event.
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Spain abortion practitioner behind a chain of abortion centers that were closed down by government officials for allegedly doing illegal late-term abortions apparently did abortions on girls as young as 13-years-old
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Brazil'S Catholic Church stepped up its pro-life campaign by putting 600 plastic fetuses on display during masses
The tiny plastic figures, which have been modelled to resemble a three-month-old fetus, have been distributed to all the 264 parishes in Rio.[..]
In some parishes, graphic films on abortion are also shown during scheduled sessions.
"The girls cry a lot, and at the end of the film there's total silence," Carlos Lins, 26, who had watched the video at the Ipanema church, said.
"These are strong and clinical images, but they show the reality," Father Ramon said.
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Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari has been accused of lying about dead babies found in his abortion center's dumpster
following a search on Monday..
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LifeWay study offers post-abortion healing
Pat Layton, author of 'Surrendering the Secret: Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion', initially wrote the Bible study a number of years ago in response to dealing with her own abortion. The study was released in January by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"I wrote it after becoming a Christian and realizing the church had very little knowledge on how to deal with abortion and its effect on women," she said. The intent, she said, is to help women through the healing process.
"I am most encouraged by LifeWay publishing this study. Most women will do the study on their own for a while. It is written to be a self study but it is better in a small group. In a small group they minister to each other."
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Pro-life billboard branded "misleading, false"
"It's misleading, it's false," said Carolyn McLeod, professor of philosophy and women's studies at the University of Western Ontario.
"Healthy Canadian women are not having abortions seven, eight or nine months into a pregnancy."
The billboard, on the south side of Oxford Street between Tim Hortons and the Thames River bridge, suggests otherwise. Accompanied by a side view of a pregnant woman's abdomen and a superimposed image of a fetus, it says: "9 months. The length of time an abortion is allowed in Canada. Abortion. Have we gone too far?"
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The Spanish Committee of Representatives of Handicapped People call abortion of fetuses with birth defects "discriminatory" and "against human rights"
Roser Romero, member of the committee, said the statute in the law on abortion "goes against the rights of persons." "If nobody should suffer discrimination, and the current Government talks about equality a lot, that statute does discriminate," he said.
Romero said abortion is a "delicate issue involving ethical convictions and religious beliefs," adding that the question is "not about when life begins."
"Many women do not choose abortion freely," he added, "but rather find themselves in a situation in which they don't know how to move forward, sometimes out of ignorance," and "sometimes they are quietly pushed to abort by family members or doctors."
"One part of the problem is that handicaps are continued to be viewed as negative," Romero went on. "Nobody wants them," he noted, but "people don't understand handicaps and what a person is able to accomplish if society will let them." "It is amazing that in this age of information, there is still a failure to provide access to such basic information as this," he said.
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The Diocese of Little Rock and the Komen foundation
On February 7, 2008, the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Little Rock issued a statement saying that it "neither supports nor encourages participation in activities that benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure." Now, less than a month later, the Diocese has reversed its position. The decision was made after Komen assured the Diocese that local fund-raising will not benefit Planned Parenthood.
"Despite the efforts of some to make this issue sound complicated, the facts are clear," said Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI). "The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation allows its chapters to fund Planned Parenthood and several of them do so. The Diocese of Little Rock has essentially said it is acceptable to be associated with a group that funds an abortion-committing goliath so long as local dollars are not going to the group. This kind of disconnect is exactly what Komen officials were hoping to achieve and they clearly succeeded."
"I had been assured that 25% of the money given here in Arkansas goes to the national Komen foundation, which provided grants to Planned Parenthood, a major provider of abortions," wrote Diocesan Administration Rev. J. Gaston Hebert in explaining the new position. "If that were true, money donated in Arkansas could have indirectly funded abortions. Regardless of the exceptional work done by Komen...the good accomplished would not have been a legitimate reason to participate in the death of unborn children...However, the reality is that the national Komen foundation does NOT give grants to Planned Parenthood--and, therefore, money given to Komen in Arkansas does NOT, even indirectly, fund abortion. Thus, my major reason for releasing the position statement was NOT valid."
"In other words," Scott said, "as long as my specific dollar is not going to Planned Parenthood, it is morally acceptable to be associated with an organization that allows its chapters to support an enterprise that killed 264,943 preborn human beings in 2005 alone. "Scripture calls on Christians to have nothing to do with evil. If a Komen chapter in California was actually committing abortions with money raised locally, would Rev. Hebert use the same logic? If the answer is 'no,' I would sure like to hear his rationale."
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A former Planned Parenthood executive has filed a federal whistleblower's lawsuit against all nine Planned Parenthood affiliates in California
. The suit alleges the affiliates knowingly engaged in a criminal plot to fleece state and federal taxpayers out of more than $180 million over the course of at least six years..
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Attempted forced abortion at a St. Louis Planned Parenthood
Missouri Right to Life tells LifeNews.com that an incident took place just last week at a St. Louis Planned Parenthood.
According to the group, a 16 year-old girl was the victim of an attempted coerced abortion by her mother and aunt.
The three were at the Planned Parenthood abortion center when the teen apparently called police by dialing 911 on her cell phone.
"The police went into the facility and arrested the aunt. The mother then realized that it wasn't so simple to force her will upon her daughter," the group said.
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British woman who had one of the first legal abortions says she regrets her abortion even 40 years later
"Recently, my niece gave birth to her first baby. It should have been a joyful moment for the entire family, but as I stood looking at her cradling her newborn, I felt tears pricking at my eyes," Woodgate wrote in a London Daily Mail column.
"All of a sudden, I found myself being transported back in time almost 40 years, to the day that I was admitted to a small cottage hospital in Leicester for a termination," she added.
Her memories of the abortion were so vivid that she can still smell the disinfectant and see the "disapproving" looks on the faces of the staff at the facility.
Woodgate wrote in the newspaper article that her oldest daughter asked her what was wrong and that she could only respond about her excitement to be a great aunt.
"How could I admit that all I could think about was the baby I'd killed and what might have been?," the 67-year-old receptionist said.
Nowadays, Woodgate ponders the decades-old abortion and realizes she knows now that it wasn't the quick fix she expected.
"We're always told time is a great healer, but for me - at least when it comes to the termination I had - it has proved to be the opposite," Woodgate writes in the Daily Mail.
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Brazilian bishops denounce deception of false Catholics who promote abortion
The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (NCBB) has issued a statement clarifying that the self-proclaimed group "Catholics for a Free Choice" "is not a Catholic organization and does not speak for the Catholic Church."[..]
"This is a feminist entity established in Brazil in 1993 and that acts in conjunction with various partners in Brazil and the world, in particular with its North American counterpart "Catholics for a Free Choice". The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has already issued several statements stressing that the group publicly defends abortion and distorts the Catholic teaching on the respect and protection due to the life of the defenseless unborn. The group goes against many teachings of the Magisterium of the Church."
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Second pathology report in the case of a baby born alive points to manslaughter at Hialeah abortion mill
The Thomas More Society, who is representing the mother of the baby, named Shanice Denise, hired forensic pathologist Abdullah Fatteh to inspect the available evidence, including the county autopsy report, microscopic slides prepared by the medical examiner, and other records.
Fatteh concluded that unlicensed workers Belkis Gonzalez performed the abortion, wherein the baby was born alive. He concluded that they cut the cord and improperly disposed of the baby's body. Abortionist Pierre Renelique was absent during the incident.
Fatteh stated, "The actions of unlicensed clinic staff probably accelerated and/or contributed to the death of the newborn... It is most likely that neglectful actions around the time of birth of newborn and prematurity were the significant factors that resulted in this newborn's death."
"These conclusions imply that Gonzalez could be held accountable for manslaughter in the premature death of baby Shanice," said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.
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Abortion isn't found in the Constitution
, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia say
"The reality is the Constitution doesn't address the subject at all," Scalia said of abortion. "It is one of the many subjects not in the Constitution which is therefore left to democracy."
"If you want the right to an abortion, persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law. If you feel the other way, repeal the law," he said, according to a Columbia Tribune report.
According to the newspaper, Scalia rejected the pro-abortion notion that the founding document is a "living Constitution", that is supposed to change with the times rather than guarantee ironclad rules and legal principles.
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Princeton University student Sherif Girgis asks Barack Obama
You have asked me to vote for you. In turn, may I ask you three simple questions? They are straightforward questions of fact about abortion. They are at the heart of the debate. In fairness, I believe that you owe the people you would lead a good-faith answer to each:
1. The heart whose beating is stilled in every abortion - is it a human heart?
2. The tiny limbs torn by the abortionist's scalpel - are they human limbs?
3. The blood that flows from the fetus's veins - is it human blood?
If the stopped heart is a human heart, if the torn limbs are human limbs, if the spilled blood is human blood, can there be any denying that what is killed in an abortion is a human being? In your vision for America, the license to kill that human being is a right. You have worked to protect that "right" at every turn. But can there be a right to deny some human beings life or the equal protection of the law?
Hat tip: Jivin J
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Nurse practitioner in Arizona seeks right to perform abortions
Mary Andrews, who works at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Tucson, Ariz., wants the Arizona nursing board to make her participation legal. State law isn't clear on the issue.
Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, said: "We don't agree with anyone performing surgical abortions, but certainly we strongly oppose expanding the pool of licensed medical professionals who can perform abortions to include nurses.
"The abortion industry is committed to expanding the pool of medical professionals who can perform abortions."
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Missouri House adds abortion drug, mifepristone, to restrictive list
The amendment.. added the abortion drug mifepristone to the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances -the same classification as drugs like heroin and LSD.
Substances are designated Schedule I if they are found to have a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical use or are unsafe.
Rep. Ray Salva, the amendment's sponsor, argued mifepristone, which is also known as RU-486, met those criteria.
"What other drug could be more harmful (than one that takes) a life?" said Salva, a Sugar Creek Democrat. "It is germane. RU-486 is a drug that takes a human life."
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6-months-pregnant woman in Colombia wants abortion after tests revealed the baby is deformed
Migdony Yolima Bernal Castillo decided to file the lawsuit after the San Ignacio Hospital ruled against granting the abortion for ethical reasons and insisted that despite the abnormalities, the baby could be saved and could live.
Castillo alleged that her unborn child, who suffers from hydrocephalus and symmetric growth, should be aborted because "it is better to live with that pain now and avoid seeing our child like this, because he has the right to a decent life."
The hospital, operated by the Society of Jesus, said an abortion is not only unnecessary in this case, it also goes against its principles, which hospital officials said they would defend no matter what the cost.
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Retired priest at center of custody battle between family and former Arizona caretaker
Fr. Bernard "Brian" Gallagher, 76, who had resided in California after his retirement, was placed in a remote Arizona care facility, Payson Care Center, by Apache County, Arizona, resident Imelda Guadalupe "Lupe" Kowalczyk. After repeated complaints of being treated poorly at the facility, located far from California-based family and friends, and unable to have access to the sacraments, the frail but mentally alert priest revoked, in writing, a health care power of attorney he had assigned jointly to Kowalczyk and another person, David Picella, in 2006.
On Feb. 20, only five days after this written revocation and without notification to Picella, Fr. Gallagher or his family, Kowalczyk hastily obtained temporary guardianship and was named temporary conservator over Fr. Gallagher by an Apache County court -- although Fr. Gallagher has never lived in Arizona -- claiming him to be mentally incompetent. Kowalczyk then ordered the care facility to forbid all calls and visits to the aging priest.
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Planned Parenthood challenges revised abortion proposal that place new requirements on doctors and nurses in Missouri
The proposal targeted for the November ballot would make it an act of "medical negligence" to perform or refer a woman for an abortion without first evaluating her for abortion risk factors and documenting them as either negligible or less than continuing the pregnancy.
A woman who later regrets an abortion can sue the doctors or nurses for $10,000 on allegations they failed to screen her for risk factors and inform her of potential complications.
The ballot measure was submitted by David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute, a Springfield, Ill.-based group that evaluates the negative effects of abortion. Reardon filed the proposal as an organizer of a separate group, the Stop Forced Abortions Alliance.
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India to pay poor women to have girls, avoid sex-selection abortions and infanticides
The cash payments will send approximately 15,500 rupees (or about $384 US) to families. Although the amount appears small by Western standards, it's a huge sum of money to poor Indian families.
The Indian government says it hopes as many as 100,000 girls will be saved from the deadly practices in the first year alone in the trial program, which begins in seven states.
As additional incentive, girls who become 18 get will another 100,000 rupees ($2,500 US) if they have completed their education and have not yet been married.
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Janice Shaw Crouse: The UN's solution to teen pregnancy
Ironically, those who bemoan adolescent pregnancy and motherhood are the ones who fight abstinence and faithfulness programs. The lame plea, "give girls greater control over their reproductive rights," falls flat. Promoting thin latex condoms hardly gives girls greater control. The lame advice, "promote gender equality to empower women," is impractical. How can an adolescent girl be "empowered to resist sexual coercion"? The lame goal, "helping girls gain greater control over their sexual and reproductive lives," is counterproductive. Much of the UNFPA booklet describes cultural mores that will not bend to a young girl's control.
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"Speak Out: I Had An Abortion" shows women's abortion experiences
"Speak Out: I Had An Abortion," directed by Gillian Aldrich, is based off the "speak-outs" that first took place in 1969 in New York City. These "speak-outs" were the first public testimonials concerning women's abortion experiences.
The film chronologically documents the abortion experiences of 11 women between the ages of 21 and 85. It attempts to remove the stigma surrounding the topic of abortion by presenting the unscripted stories and lives of women who have had them both before and after Roe v. Wade.
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Apparently the teacher who was placed on leave after showing "The Silent Scream" to 8th-graders has resigned
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Tennessee poll shows majority of residents favor restricting all or some abortions
A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows a majority of residents favor some restrictions on abortions while an overwhelming number want all or some abortions limited. Most state residents, 53 percent, think abortion should be legal "only under certain circumstances" and another 24 percent say it should be "illegal in all circumstances." Only 18 percent of Tennessee residents side with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in saying that abortion should be legal "under any circumstances." The poll found more liberal and Democratic voters tending to support abortion while more conservative, Republican and evangelical voters tending to oppose abortion. This squares with exit polling data showing 75 percent of Tennessee Republicans taking a pro-life position and 22 percent taking a pro-abortion view. The primary exit poll found 33 percent of Tennessee GOP voters want all abortions illegal and another 42 percent want most illegal. Both polls show Tennessee legislators went against the views of state residents when they defeated a bill to allow limits on abortions.
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Parental notification on abortion law blocked in Illinois
In a decision entered Friday, U.S. District Judge David H. Coar rejected a request from Attorney General Lisa Madigan that the federal court dissolve the order that put the law on hold.
Coar said the law still fails to give a teenager workable judicial options to notify her parents, calling parts of the statute "contradictory and incomplete."
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Remember Haleigh Poutre? Here's an update
on the Massachusetts girl who almost became a victim of euthanasia after she declared brain dead and PVS following a case of child abuse..
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British man sentenced to three years and nine months jail for putting abortion pills in his wife's food in an attempt to make her lose their unborn baby
Gil Magira, 36, from Hendon, north London, admitted crushing up the pills, which he bought online, and sprinkling them in his wife's sandwich, yogurt and a bowl of cereal in an attempt to end her 11-week pregnancy.[...]
The court heard that when Magira learnt his wife was pregnant in November 2006 he begged her to have an abortion. When she refused he started to search for abortion medication on the internet.
The following February he put it into a sandwich he had made her for breakfast. After eating it Ms Abraham, who was 38 at the time, went to work in the bakery they ran together in Stanmore but began to feel pain and went to hospital.
The baby survived and so Magira tried to administer the drug again the following day, this time putting the pills in a yoghurt and bowl of cereal.
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World's shortest mom rejects abortion to give birth to healthy baby
"My whole life I've been told that I wasn't able to have children," she said. "I would not live through the pregnancy, that with the size of my torso, the baby would grow up underneath my lungs and smother out my lungs and my heart and we would both die."
"And something inside me just didn't believe that," Herald told the television station.
The young woman said abortion was never a consideration. She is studying to be a minister and says children are a gift from God.
"So, when we went in and they were like, 'You know you can't do this, right? You need to schedule an abortion,'" Herald explained. "We said, 'No, we're not doing that.' And my doctor, I love her to death, she's so sweet, she said, 'Okay', she said, you know, 'We'll do it.'"
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