Entries for July, 2010

Quote of the Day 7-31-10

I believe that the Medical Board of CA is unfairly prosecuting me in an attempt to appease the anti-abortion activists…. ~ Excerpt from a letter by CA abortionist Andrew Rutland to 5 pro-abortion CA congresspersons, pro-abort Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Attorney General Eric Holder, CA First Lady Maria Shriver, and Oprah Winfrey, among […]

Weekend question: What do you think of Time magazine’s graphic cover photo?

When I read about this, of course I thought of the graphic images pro-life activists use to show the reality of abortion. Consider our rationale to

(Prolifer)ations 7-30-10

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN Culture Campaign heralds NJ ‘s Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have given a $7.5M grant for family planning to Planned Parenthood….

Pro-abort prank call to police results in pro-life picket at Planned Parenthood

Bryan Kemper of blogged….

NARAL spent only 6.7% of the $10 million it promised during 2008 election cycle

The earlier today included some interesting financials on NARAL: Abortion rights groups have long lamented the challenge of conveying a sense of urgency to their supporters when their policy positions align with those of the ruling party. Shortly after Roe v. Wade… NARAL saw donations drop “‘drastically’ because supporters thought the battle was over,” sociologist […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 7-30-10

by JivinJ, host of the blog, Enough to spend a cool million to help her keep her job. If Boxer loses, who else will get up and are protesting a Catholic hospital where an OB/GYN who also performs abortions at Planned Parenthood is on staff…

Quote of the Day 7-30-10

In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. In the name of… Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen. ~Famed vampire author Anne Rice, as quoted by

Lunch Break: Hoops and YoYo – Pour us a cup of coffee

To give us a break from the daily grind…

Politico: Pro-lifers “bullish,” pro-aborts “skittish”

There’s a good National Right to Life Committee warned that elective abortions would be covered under a PA insurance program created by the health care reform law….

Stanek mini-vacation

UPDATE 7/29, 1:20p: Am sitting in the screened-in porch eating lunch with Grandson #4, who did not go home last night after VBS as previously planned. He’s explaining the sound locusts make to me, among many other things. So bear with me as I take one more day of blogging vacation… :) 7/26, 1:08p: We […]

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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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