Entries for October, 2009

(Prolifer)ations 10-30-09

by intern Andy M. Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs… Back in June, Wesley J. Smith reports that CIRM has now (inevitably) turned its focus to adult stem cell research. According to the article he notes from

Planned Parenthood thinks abortion coverage is in the healthcare homestretch

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards sent the following email this afternoon, which appears to breathe a sigh of relief – the worst is over, the other side has just one more hurdle to jump to ensure public funded abortion coverage is included in nationalized healthcare. Furthermore, the email confirms 8 different ways (highlighted and circled) […]

Are abortion proponents smarter than a 2nd-grader? (um, no)

Josh Brahm’s

Remain calm about Stupak

MI pro-life Democrat Congressman (and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus) Bart Stupak has been a real hero on trying to nix public funding of abortion in healthcare. I can’t imagine how we’d stand a chance of stopping it without him. That’s why I didn’t jump on Stupak when

Lunch Break: Best halloween costume

To give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions!

Randall Terry street drama enacts Pelosi and Reid agonizing in hell

Yesterday morning as staffers exited the Metro station near the Cannon House Office Building in DC, they were welcomed to their work day by a ghoulish street drama: Randall Terry and followers enacting Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi being tortured in hell. According to press release (with contact person Catherine Veritas, clever), stated they were […]

Quote of the Day 10-29-09

Carhart looks DEPRESSED…like there is no life behind those eyes. What a horrible life…to kill children every day. And yet he chooses that life. I just can’t comprehend it. Pro-life Commenter Sydney M, on Stanek Post:

Pelosi’s healthcare plan would directly fund abortion

Repeating

Late-term abortionist on hand to cheer Pelosi’s healthcare bill

Well, take a look who was at Nancy Pelosi’s press conference this morning when she unveiled her version of nationalized healthcare – with no abortion exclusion and plans not to allow any. How appropriate that infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart should be on hand to cheer Pelosi on…

Lunch Break: Silent monks “singing” hallelujah

To give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions! [HT: Lisa M.]

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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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