Entries for June, 2011

Congresswoman criticized who compared “Christian militant” abortion clinic bombers to Islamic jihadists

So Sheila, these Islamofascist terrorists want America destroyed: liberals, conservatives, Christians, Jews, the young, the old, the good-looking, the ugly, the capricorns, the geminis, the golfers, the ballers, the snowboarders, the skiers, the Burger Kings and the McDonald’s, the Albertson’s and the WalMarts, the heterosexuals, the homosexuals, the bisexuals and the trisexuals, Morehouse or the […]

Stanek Sunday extra: Eucharist flash mob

From the National Catholic Register, June 24: So, technically, this doesn’t quite qualify as a flash mob, but I love it nonetheless. The video features two Capuchin Franciscan friars (I’m guessing that they could be from this friary) who bring the body of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist right into the center of Preston, England’s […]

Stanek Sunday quote: “For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.”

For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. ~ Psalm 9:12, New International Version

New Stanek poll: What has to happen first for the pro-life movement to achieve its goal?

I have a new poll question up, and it is another one that was posed by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life to pro-life leaders a few months back: Which of the following has to happen first for the pro-life movement to achieve its goal of stopping abortion? View 10 choices in the poll […]

Stanek weekend question: Is treatment for ectopic pregnancy an abortion? Is it moral?

I received the following email this week: Hi Jill, I am unfortunately in need of some good insight. My daughter is 30 and has wanted a baby for a long time. She finally got pregnant, but it was an ectopic pregnancy the doctors missed until she had to be rushed to the hospital. They did […]

Breaking: Obama appointee blocks Indiana from defunding Planned Parenthood

No surprise. From Bloomberg, last night: An Indiana law defunding Planned Parenthood was blocked by a federal judge who said opponents of the statute showed a likelihood of success in the lawsuit.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Breastfeeding, the “ultimate in empowerment”

To teach a mother the how and why of breastfeeding is to give her the tools to save her child’s life – the ultimate in empowerment. ~ “Breastfeeding: The Most Effective Way to Save a Baby’s Life,” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog, June 24 While the Gateses say they do not fund abortion, their […]

Sign petition to FDA: If cigarette warning labels, then abortion warning labels

On June 21 the FDA announced it would begin forcing cigarette companies to post graphic warning labels on packaging beginning September 2012. Its rationale: “President Obama is committed to protecting our nation’s children and the American people from the dangers of tobacco use. These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks […]

Video: Why take graphic photos of abortion to the streets?

Matt at Pro-Life Action League writes: With our summer “Face the Truth” Tour hitting the streets July 8-16, the Pro-Life Action League is proud to present an exciting new video explaining the Face the Truth approach to pro-life activism and why we believe it’s one of the most important tools in fighting abortion. Check it […]

(Prolifer)ations 6-24-11

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli As always, we welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com. Americans United for Life unveils the Bronx Planned Parenthood’s way of bilking chemical abortion patients – ignore FDA protocol for the […]

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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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