Entries for July, 2006

Alert: Sign on-line petition telling Senate Democrats to stop obstructing Child Custody Protection Act

Today the IL Federation for the Right to Life launched a nationwide on-line petition drive telling U.S. Senate Democrats to stop obstructing the Child Custody Protection Act. This is an urgent matter. The Congressional Pro-life Caucus reported this morning the clock is ticking: “If we hope to see this important legislation signed into law this […]

Washington Times on Durbin, et al, hold-up of parental notification bill; quotes IFRL

Read entire article, Abortion-consent stall riles GOP, pro-lifers, on page 2. IL Federation for the Right to Life is quoted: The Illinois Federation for Right to Life attacked [Durbin] this week, asking, “Who does Dick Durbin represent, the citizens of Illinois, or the pro-abortion lobby?”

Dead baby found in FL abortion mill

This is horrible. I KNOW this stuff goes on every day in abortion mills. Finally, corroboration. Dead Baby Found In Hialeah Abortion Clinic Clinic Has Been Closed Dave Malkoff Jul 28, 2006, 11:06 p.m. EST (CBS4 News) HIALEAH Hialeah Police Homicide Detectives are investigating the gruesome discovery of a dead baby’s body inside of an […]

How should they hear about it?

The cartoonist who penned this is liberal. However, the cartoon can be taken two ways, I’m sure not Ohman’s original intent. Pro-lifers know that back alley abortionists have merely moved to main street. [Hat tip: Fran; Attribution: Jack Ohman, 7-27-06, www.comicspage.com/ohman/]

Child Custody Protection Act not a done deal

From the National Right to Life Committee: Despite a 65-34 vote in the U.S. Senate [yesterday] to pass a bill to prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortions in violation of parents’ rights, the Senate Democratic leadership immediately erected a procedural roadblock in an attempt to kill the bill. The Senate turned aside all […]

New Stanek column on WND: “The impact of the fetus farming ban on embryonic stem cell research”

Last week, the same day President Bush vetoed a bill that would have forced taxpayers to further subsidize embryonic stem-cell experimentation, he signed the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006. The former got lots of negative press; the latter caused barely a stir. The latter bode poorly for embryonic stem-cell research’s public image. Better to […]

No fetus farms in IL and NJ

On July 19, President Bush signed the “Fetus Farming Prohibition Act of 2006,” a law that prohibits growing human embryos in animals or humans for research. Did you think fetus farming was a figment of someone’s imagination? A right-wing scare tactic, perhaps? No. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 2005 embryonic stem cell research executive order included […]

New Stanek column on WND: “Why Jesus Christ would not vote for Barack Obama”

In February 2004, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the “alarming news” that “right-wing politicians” had passed a law stopping doctors from stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls. Michelle called partial-birth abortion “a legitimate medical procedure,” and wouldn’t supporters […]

Liberal columnist has second thoughts?

Liberal Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg wrote a fasinating column yesterday, after stumbling on two of Pro-Life Action League’s graphic signs displays in downtown Chicago during the course of one depressing day. Last paragraph: That’s the problem with the whole conflict. There’s no balance. On one side you’ve got guys like Joe Scheidler, practically a […]

Fire Thunder fired

The Washington Post reports that Oglala Sioux president Cecilia Fire Thunder was fired by the Tribal Council June 29 as a direct result of her threat to open an abortion mill on the reservation should the South Dakota ban take effect. Fire Thunder did so without conferring with the Council. The Council replaced her with […]

  
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by Kelli

Father Pavone poses with young family following news conference in Washington on RU-486 reversal protocol

The “reversals” also show that the ingestion of medication abortion drugs is never a sure thing when it comes to terminating a pregnancy. While anti-abortion activists tout the alleged “high complication rates” of the process, what they conveniently leave out is that the most common complication is that the patient remains pregnant, and that the protocol needs to be followed up with D&C or vacuum aspiration abortion in order to end the pregnancy….

Why is the “reversal” apparently so successful then? Primarily it is because those who are trying to continue the pregnancy are already in the midst of a failed medication abortion to start with….

“There’s no evidence of any demonstrable effect of the ‘treatment’ these anti-abortion centers are marketing,” Dr. Cheryl Chastine, a provider at South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas, said. “The medical literature is quite clear that mifepristone on its own is only about 50 percent effective at ending a pregnancy. That means that even if these doctors were to offer a large dose of purple Skittles, they’d appear to have ‘worked’ to ‘save’ the pregnancy about half the time. Those numbers are consistent with what these people are reporting.”

Dr. Chastine isn’t alone in her assessment. Dr. Dan Grossman, vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health [and pro-abortion author at RH Reality Check], told Iowa Public Radio that the “treatment” was unlikely to be doing anything at all.

“[The abortion pill] binds much more tightly to the progesterone receptor, to block it than progesterone itself does…. So there really is not much evidence to indicate, I’m really not aware of anything, that by increasing the amount of progesterone you’re gonna somehow block the effect of this drug….

I think this is really outside of standard of care to just begin doing this kind of treatment, without collecting more rigorous studies about its effectiveness.”

~ Robin Marty, questioning whether attempting to save babies like Gabriel Caicedo (pictured above with his parents and Fr. Frank Pavone) is worth it, Talking Points Memo, March 2

Note: The function of mifepristone is to block progesterone receptors (which is why, in an abortion pill reversal, an extra injection of progesterone is given to counteract these effects). Mifepristone “directly causes endometrial decidual degeneration, cervical softening and dilatation, release of endogenous prostaglandins, and an increase in the sensitivity of the myometrium to the contractile effects of prostaglandins. Mifepristone-induced decidual breakdown indirectly leads to trophoblast detachment, resulting in decreased syncytiotrophoblast production of hCG, which in turn causes decreased production of progesterone by the corpus luteum (pregnancy is dependent on progesterone production by the corpus luteum through the first 9 weeks of gestation—until placental progesterone production has increased enough to take the place of corpus luteum progesterone production).”

[Photo via CatholicPhilly.com]

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