Entries for August, 2011

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-24-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Rick Perry has signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s presidential pro-life pledge: “I not only pledge to protect unborn life, but have a record of doing so in Texas,” Perry said in a statement. “I have signed legislation requiring parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion, […]

Lunch Break: Tony Bennett interview and release of “Duets II”

by LauraLoo Musical performers don’t get much better than the classy and legendary Tony Bennett. Recently turning 85 years young, Tony gave an excellent 15-minute interview on the Roe & Roeper Show on WLS. Tony also discussed his upcoming Duets II CD which will be released next month but is already #15 on the charts (pre-sale).  Tony collaborated with many younger and newer […]

Rocker Rod Stewart is a grandpa

My joy is indescribable. ~ Rocker Rod Stewart on the birth of his first grandchild to daughter Kimberly Stewart and her ex-boyfriend, actor Benicio del Toro, via People, August 22

(Prolifer)ations 8-23-11

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com. Right to Life of Michigan highlights the Department of Justice’s charges against a 79-year-old sidewalk counselor in Washington, D.C. for offering life-affirming alternatives […]

Joe Biden’s macabre support of China’s forced abortion/sterilization one-child policy

Vice President Joe Biden is known for his foolish gaffes and inappropriate statements – not positive attributes, particularly in a politician. But what Biden said in China on August 20 was beyond foolish and inappropriate. It was macabre, it was sick… I never thought anyone could match Barack Obama’s penchant for abortion. As you know, […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-23-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat A NPR blog has statistics on the percentage of OB/GYNs who provide abortions: 97% of OB-GYNs have encountered patients wanting an abortion, but only 14% of the doctors perform them, according to a study published today in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. That finding suggests a smaller percentage […]

Lunch Break: WWYD? Dog left in hot car

by LauraLoo A follow-up to the “fake baby” left in a hot car.  Now it’s a real dog left in what appears to be a seriously underventilated hot car.  ABC’s John Quiñones asks the question,“What Would You Do?” Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions.

Biden to China: “Not second-guessing” one-child policy, it’s just “not sustainable”

Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable. ~ Vice President Joe Biden (pictured above with granddaughter Naomi and US Ambassador to […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-22-11

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Margaret Somerville comments on “deselecting our children”: Here’s a recent Danish headline: “Plans to make Denmark a Down syndrome-free perfect society.” The Danes want to promote aborting fetuses with Down syndrome, so their society will be free of such people around 2030. One bioethicist describes it as a […]

Lunch Break: Volleyball dog

by LauraLoo Clue:  The digit is 31. Answer:  # of volleys between girl and volleyball dog! Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions. [HT: GMA Sunday]

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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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