Entries for April, 2009

2nd International Symposium on Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide

The 2nd International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide entitled “Never Again” will be held at the National Conference Center in Landsdowne, VA on May 29 – 30, 2009 (near Dulles airport) and is possibly the most important conference ever on assisted suicide.

(Prolifer)ations 4-30-09

by Bernadette P.

Jivin J’s Life Links 4-30-09

by Jonathan Oyama has probably the worst editorial I’ve ever read in the Daily49er for Cal State Long Beach, focusing on his dislike of a display with images of aborted children. He claims the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform shouldn’t be allowed to display these pictures because of “Supreme Court cases on freedom of speech rights” […]

Pew poll: big drop in abortion support

The Obama effect? A

Obama as messiah

by Carder PR Newswire press release claims…

Lunch Break: 8 tricks in 52 seconds

by Bethany Kerr, to give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions!

Texas bill would decriminalize infanticide

Democrat pro-abortion according to her website. Ferrar sponsoring a bill that would force Catholic hospitals to dispense the morning-after pill. And Ferrar maintains a HB 3318….

Obama to wear robe with cross and Virgin Mary prayer at Notre Dame commencement

UPDATE, 10:33a: CNSNews.com, April 28: President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary when he speaks at… Notre Dame next month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com White House Correspondent Fred Lucas on Monday….

Obama’s 100 Days press conference: unwanted pregnancies and presidencies

Last night the only question President Abortion took on the issue was a well-crafted one by CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry that combined current events with a call to accountability on a campaign promise and a dig couched with humor: In a couple of weeks, you’re going to be giving the commencement at Notre […]

Inside the late-term Madison Abortion Clinic

UDPATE, 7:35a: Friend Patte S. tells me these clips are from the movie Lake of Fire. Ah, ok. _______________ The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Southwest posted this rather incredible video April 11. I don’t know how CBRSW got permission to film or got hold of this film, taken inside the Madison Abortion Clinic in WI […]

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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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