Jivin J's Life Links 8-2-10

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  • NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has what I would consider a glowing column about RU-486 abortions in developing countries. There's no mention in the column about complications or risks (including death) to women (except to say they're supposedly no greater than miscarriage) who attempt to abort their children using these drugs. We're told the only "serious downside" is that it can cause birth defects.

    Kristof is almost giddy about women buying cheap abortion drugs and having illegal home abortions after taking the time to interview two abortion advocates, one of whom seems to be gung-ho about using RU-486 for later-term abortions.

  • The FDA has re-approved Geron's Phase I trial using human embryonic stem cells.

  • The editorial board of the Detroit News apparently doesn't care in the least about whether or not abortion is the killing of human beings. In an editorial about the MI governor's race, they claim jobs are the only thing worth talking about or working on:
  • The state has no time for a tug-of-war over abortion....

    If a candidate isn't talking only about jobs, jobs, jobs, then he has no business in this race.

    (Prolifer)ations 7-30-10

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    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....
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  • How much does Planned Parenthood love Barbara Boxer? Enough to spend a cool million to help her keep her job. If Boxer loses, who else will get up and make such a fool of themselves defending partial-birth abortion?

  • CO pro-lifers are protesting a Catholic hospital where an OB/GYN who also performs abortions at Planned Parenthood is on staff...
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    (Prolifer)ations 7-23-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Live Action questions the lack of current yearly report from Planned Parenthood. The last one published was in 2007.

  • Pro Life Blogs posts good news from MI: abortions there declined by 13.9% in 2009....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-23-10

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  • FactCheck.org notes that pro-life groups had good reason to be concerned with abortion being covered in high risk pools:
  • We can see what caused abortion opponents to be concerned. An official solicitation issued by the PA Insurance Department specified that abortions "will" be covered if they are legal under PA law. And according to news reports, a similar document in NM listed "elective" abortions under "covered services.",,,

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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-21-10

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  • Constantly troubled abortionist and abortion clinic owner Stephen Brigham is in more trouble - this time for employing unlicensed nurses and failing to pay his taxes. The state of PA has ordered abortions to be halted at all the abortion clinics he owns there. He also owes the IRS nearly a quarter of a million dollars for failing to pay income taxes from 2002-2006....
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    (Prolifer)ations 7-20-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Coming Home helps us understand how we arrived at our current point in history regarding euthanasia...
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  • There are pro-choicers who are mad about the Obama administration's decision on high risk insurance and then there's Rebecca Sive at RH Reality Check. She's really mad.

  • A NC minister named Ronnie Wallace was recently arrested for preaching on a ladder outside an abortion clinic...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-19-10

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  • A TX bus driver is suing his employer after he was fired for refusing to pick up a woman and take her to Planned Parenthood.

  • At First Things, Mary Rose Somarriba dissects Emily Bazelon's "The New Abortion Providers" article and discusses how abortion will always be in the back alley of public life:
  • ... In order to see things working out their way, they have to imagine the world different than it is....

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    (Prolifer)ations 7-16-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Big Blue Wave posts an excerpt from The Abortioneers mocking those women who stress over what "god" thinks of their abortions. They muse that if there were a "god," he would not care about any one woman's abortion but would instead be focused on global warming, genocide and civil wars....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-15-10

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  • The New York Times has a long article by Emily Bazelon on abortion providers and efforts to make abortion more mainstream in the medical community. Efforts to provide medical schools with seed money for abortion training are being funded by Warren Buffett:
  • ... [M]ost of the foundation's spending goes to abortion and contraception advocacy and research. According to Access Philanthropy... family planning is one of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation's main purposes....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-14-10

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  • U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp will issue a ruling today on NE's abortion screening law. Another story about the case has this quote from Jill June, President of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland:
  • There was no evidence whatsoever that there's any inadequacy in the existing informed consent law. As a matter of fact, I think it's widely understood that NE has a very sound informed consent law in place protecting the citizens....

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    Good for them: Bristol and Levi engaged

    us bristol levi.pngI had wondered why Levi publicly apologized for speaking poorly (and inaccurately) of the Palins. Now I get it. He has obviously matured and is trying to take responsibility. Good for them.

    Generally speaking, intact families are always best for children. I'm glad these 2 are overcoming pretty big obstacles. I do think it they should have discussed their plans with her parents before going public, but oh well. Anyway, from Us magazine, today

    Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married....

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    (Prolifer)ations 7-13-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Catherine Palmer at Ethika Politika discusses the coming new role for doctors as "physician-euthanizer" and "healer-destroyer" and points out the dichotomy...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-12-10

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  • Abortion advocate Joyce Arthur attempted to respond to Andrea Mrozek and Rebecca Walberg's piece about the incredible amount of guesswork and estimations involved in worldwide illegal abortion statistics. Here's a portion of Mrozek's and Walberg's counter-response to Arthur:
  • Citing surveys of schoolchildren about whether they know someone who's had post-abortion complications, as Ms. Arthur did in her piece, is baffling. We feel sure that a sizable number of Canadian schoolchildren might claim to know a friend of a cousin whose stomach exploded after combining Coke and Pop Rocks. Shall we launch a worldwide campaign against junk food on the strength of those numbers?...

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    (Prolifer)ations 7-9-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Real Choice reports the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Planned Parenthood in a fraud case in CA....
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  • Wesley Smith on a case where an Australian woman is traveling to Thailand for a sex-selection IVF procedure to ensure she has a girl:
  • Increasingly, IVF is not about treating infertility, but about reducing reproduction to a crass consumer activity akin to choosing a breed of dog or model of flat screen television. This is objectification pure and simple. When we believe we are entitled not just to a child but to the kind of child we want, it strikes a body blow against unconditional love - because by definition, it isn't.
    ...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-7-10

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  • Pro-choice blogger Jessica Valenti calls her unborn child "a baby" during a post about how some people can do annoying things (like touching bellies without permission) to pregnant women:
  • I am an interesting person outside of carrying this baby - I promise!

  • LA Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed pro-life legislation...
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    (Prolifer)ations 7-6-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Sarah Flashing at Women of Faith in Culture asks the question, "Is IVF a sin?" and points out the trouble with the Christian sentiment which states, "if you have prayed about it and strongly feel it is the right thing to do, then go for it."...
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  • The New York Daily News reports Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn't plan on retiring until after 2012.

  • Slate's William Saletan believes the biggest lesson from the Kagan/partial-birth abortion controversy is that the courts should stop treating position papers from medical organizations as if they are somehow less politicized than papers from other organizations....
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    (Prolifer)ations 7-2-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Albert Mohler reviews a chilling UK Times article in which author Antonia Senior admits preborn life is human life, but goes on state that one must be willing to take human life for the cause of feminism....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-2-10

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  • Induced pluripotent stem cells have been created from frozen blood samples.
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates in NJ could suffer a huge blow if Governor Christie (pictured below left) vetoes a family planning provision:
  • Clinics in Englewood, Hackensack, Garfield, Paterson, Passaic and Pompton Lakes will be affected if the cuts are implemented.

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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-1-10

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  • The UK's Sun has a piece on a mother who decide to keep her child after her RU-486 abortion failed:
  • "I thought being sick was a side-effect to the pills," she recalls, "but they gave me a scan.

    "And there on the screen, the doctors could see the baby, with his heart still beating strongly. In fact, I had morning sickness. For some reason, the pills hadn't worked....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-19-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Jennifer Derwey at ProWomanProLife discusses the recent study from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding fetal pain before 24 weeks. Pro-lifers dispute that pro-aborts authored the study for their own agenda. Nevertheless, as Jennifer states...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-29-10

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  • I didn't think I've ever read something like this in the New York Times Magazine:
  • At week 24, the fetus is a fully formed baby, weighing over a pound and measuring nearly a foot long. The mother has felt it kicking and seen it in lifelike detail on a screen; were she to go into labor, it would perhaps survive.

    The procedure to end her pregnancy at that stage takes days, not minutes, and its risks are much higher. Abortion providers who are willing to do it - indeed, who have the stomach for it - are quite rare....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-28-10

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  • National Right to Life has responded to the paper by the UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which claimed unborn children can't feel pain before 24 weeks:
  • Ironically, the article concedes the evidence that by 20 weeks pain receptors are present throughout the unborn child's skin, that these are linked by nerves to the thalamus and the subcortal plate, and that these children have coordinated aversive reactions to painful stimuli, and experience increased stress hormones from it....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-25-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Fr. Frank Pavone discusses "settled law" assertions as Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan readies for her confirmation hearing. Though Kagan considers abortion rights to be "settled law," America's courts and legislatures have a history of changing such laws when new evidence is brought forward that makes it clear someone's rights, not previously recognized, are being violated....
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  • In the National Post, Andrea Mrozek and Rebecca Walberg take apart the World Health Organization's estimates on maternal deaths because of abortion:
  • The assumptions used to calculate the 70k are debatable and the methodology isn't up to scientific standards. In the end, 70k is nothing more than a stab in the dark by the WHO's own admission....

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  • A 14-year-old TX girl has been arrested after giving birth at home and then getting an adult neighbor to throw the infant boy's body in the trash...
  • Houston police said no adults were present - only another 14-year-old and two 11-year-olds - when the girl gave birth April 16, and the group learned about child birth from the Internet. The newborn was placed on a mattress and was "alive for some time," but died after his head was covered with the amniotic sac, Senior Officer C.P. Abbey said....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-23-10

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  • A NC abortion clinic will stop performing abortions after this Saturday. The clinic was owned by Susan Hill, an abortion advocate who died earlier this year.

  • A teenager in Malaysia has died after having an abortion.

  • A study by U of IA researchers has found that women seeking elective abortion experience high rates of partner violence. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland participated in the study and Penny Dickey, their chief operating officer, was a study co-author...
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    (Prolifer)ations 6-22-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Coming Home features a Michael Coren Show interview on Canadian TV with a panel of 4 experts on the subjects of the ABC link, the Pill-breast cancer link, Kinsey's "research" on human sexuality, and euthanasia. Experts interviewed were Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, Dr. Judith Reisman and Dr. Margaret Somerville....
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  • A FL man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend after she had an abortion against his wishes.

  • A NY Times blog discusses how NARAL NY is itching for a vote on a bill to codify Roe v. Wade. Leading Democrats are concerned they don't have the votes.

  • Eleanor Clift writes in Politics Daily about EMILY's List and how the change in leadership also has supposedly changed their endorsement criteria...
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  • The apparent ignorance of the regular writers at RH Reality Check never ceases to amaze me. This time, Robin Marty chastises Cardinal Daniel DiNardo because he calls an embryo an embryo in a letter to the commissioner of the FDA. Marty writes:
  • Also, the Cardinal seems to have forgotten developmental biology - an embryo is at least 21 days post-fertilization. Before that, you have a blastocyst or a zygote....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-18-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • National Pro Life Radio discusses an investigation by the WI Attorney General into a possible violation of state law for paying resident U of WI physicians to train by committing abortions at Planned Parenthood....
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  • Looks like AK Gov. Sean Parnell was right:
  • The AK Dept. of Health and Social Services said today that 664 abortions were funded last year through Denali KidCare.

    Gov. Sean Parnell (pictured below left) recently vetoed money to expand Denali KidCare, the health care program for low income kids and pregnant women, because some of the money funds abortions. Parnell said at the time that the program funded "hundreds" of abortions. Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bettye Davis had disputed that, saying a "very small number" of abortions are funded....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-15-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • American Papist reminds us of the infamous 11th hour Executive Order promised to secure the votes of so called "pro-life" democrats on health care. Rep. John Boehner asks the White House, in essence, "What's happening with that?"
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  • Adam Freedman has a piece in the National Review discussing how Roe v. Wade could be an obstacle to Obamacare:
  • Because the right to privacy is deemed fundamental, any statute that threatens that right is subject to "strict scrutiny" by the courts. It is difficult to see how the individual mandate would survive such scrutiny. After all, if the right to privacy guarantees our liberty to make "intimate," "personal" decisions relating to "health," "dignity," and "autonomy," does it not also protect our right not to buy health insurance?...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-14-10

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  • At the Abortion Gang blog, Shayna attempts to argue that pro-lifers know fetuses aren't the same as children because they haven't (to the best of her knowledge) pushed for tax exemptions for unborn children and stillborns. The argument is obviously logically flawed for a number of reasons but Shayna is also unaware that pro-lifers in at least one state have successfully passed legislation to give families who experience a stillbirth after 20 weeks a one-time tax exemption. The legislation passed unanimously.

    Open mouth, insert foot....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-11-10

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    by Kelli

  • ProWomanProLife reports on a jaw-dropper from Belgium: Almost half of all patients killed by euthanasia had not requested to die.

  • Albert Mohler addresses the link between IVF, abortion, and the idolatry of "self."

  • Andrew Haines at Ethika Politika points out the effectiveness of combating relativistic pro-abortion ideas by appealing to "natural law."...
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  • I think IN Gov. Mitch Daniels might regret saying this when being asked follow-up questions regarding his "truce on social issues" idea:
  • To clarify whether Daniels simply wants to de-emphasize these issues or actually not act on them, I asked if, as president, he would issue an executive order to reinstate Reagan's "Mexico City Policy" his first week in office. (Obama revoked the policy during his first week in office.) Daniels replied, "I don't know."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-10-10

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  • Rick Snyder, a Republican candidate for governor of MI is still trying to sell himself as a pro-life candidate to primary voters despite his support for killing human embryos for research.

    In a recent online op-ed for the Grand Rapids Press, Snyder says he opposes tax-funded abortions and Obama's health care plan because "it fails to protect the sanctity of life."

    Question for Rick: Is the sanctity of human life protected by legalizing the killing of human embryos for research?...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-9-10

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  • Never one to have a position for principled reasons, FL Gov. Charlie Crist has scrubbed his U.S. Senate campaign web site of its page proclaiming him to be "pro-life." I don't think this bodes well for FL's ultrasound legislation which Crist indicated he is likely to veto.

  • The NY Times has an article on Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's abortion drugs prescription by video conference scheme....
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    (Prolifer)ations 6-8-10

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    by Kelli

  • Generations for Life gives readers an insight into some of the philosophies of the Abortioneers blog.

  • Ethika Politika reports on the "avalanche" of state-level pro-life initiatives...
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  • The FL Legislature has sent its ultrasound bill to Gov. Charlie Crist. He has 15 days to sign or veto it.

  • The Belfast Telegraph has the story of a woman who saved her child's life by getting a second opinion after old equipment lead hospital staff to believe her child was already dead....
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  • In the LA Times, Sally Lehrman blames the media (and not the scientists) for people in CA wondering where all the embryonic stem cell cures they were promised are:
  • It's no surprise that the initiative's proponents made big promises: They had something to sell. But instant miracles are uncommon in science, and journalists should do a better job making that clear....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-4-10

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    by Kelli

  • Josh Brahm has a post at LiveAction responding to a common pro-abort question: "Pro-lifers: are you willing to adopt all the babies?"...
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  • CBS News has a report on documents they've obtained from the Library of Congress which give a greater insight into the positions of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on hot-button issues. The document contains legal memos from Kagan while she was a law clerk for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall....
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  • Researchers from Finland have found that Finnish women who have 2nd trimester abortions are more likely to have repeat abortions:
  • Compared with women who had 1st trimester abortions, those who had 2nd-trimester abortions were 40% more likely to have had a 2nd abortion by the end of 2006, the researchers found, while they were nearly 4 times as likely to have a 2nd late abortion, and 5 times as likely to have an abortion after 16 weeks' gestation.....

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  • William McGurn on Gallup's abortion poll results and pro-choice responses to it:
  • Now, let's concede the critics their strongest point: It's true that most Americans want abortion to remain legal. Not only that, the numbers suggest that at least some of those who describe themselves as pro-life nonetheless do not support making abortion completely illegal....

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-1-10

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    by Kelli

  • Christina at RealChoice discusses the lengths to which pro-aborts will go to justify abortion, even setting arbitrary points at which they believe God could infuse a soul into the body of a fetus, and claiming women should be trusted because they have a lesser history of violence than men....
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  • At This is What a Feminist Blog Looks Like, Arielle Cohen shares that at a fundraiser honoring murdered abortionist George Tiller, abortionist LeRoy Carhart told attendees that before he was murdered, Tiller was planning on retiring to travel with his wife.

  • At Salon, Lynn Harris writes about trying to replace "pro-choice" with "pro-freedom." ...

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  • Australian authorities are continuing to investigate the infection of a growing number of women (22 right now) who were infected with Hepatitis-C after getting abortions at an abortion clinic in Melbourne.

  • Marie Stopes International is partnering with China to kill more Chinese unborn children...
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    (Prolifer)ations 5-28-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Generations for Life reminds us that the same IL Caucus of Adolescent Health that held its annual gathering in 2006 with Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, daughter of the magazine founder is at it again...
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  • A new study claims that the 9/11 attacks may have led to an increase in the number of males being miscarried:
  • The death rate for male fetuses rose by 12% above the levels predicted for September of 2001, according to the findings published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The phenomenon was attributed to what lead author Tim Bruckner, an assistant professor of public health at the University of CA Irvine, characterized as "communal bereavement."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 5-26-10

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  • The Guttmacher Institute has a study on OB/GYNs who planned on performing abortions once they started practicing but didn't:
  • ... The majority were unable to provide abortions because of formal and informal policies imposed by their private group practices, employers and hospitals, as well as the strain that doing so might put on relationships with superiors and coworkers....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-25-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Barbara of Mommy Life showcases an article by Lloyd Marcus, who challenges the black community on their support of Obama and boldly asks whether their desire to see a black man in the White House trumps their commitment to Christ....
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  • A Naples, FL Planned Parenthood patient was transported to a hospital by emergency vehicle on Monday, the only day the PP of Collier County performs abortions.

  • The OK House has overridden another one of Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes on pro-life legislation. It was a bill which requires women seeking abortions to provide basic information...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 5-24-10

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  • At the Abortion Gang blog (language warning), Megan is blaming the pro-life movement for some of the negative emotions (including suicidal thoughts) she felt following her abortion:
  • Well-intentioned feminists clamor about feelings of relief and burdens lifted without proper mention of those "various other" emotional responses which lend superficial credence to the PAS imaginings of anti-choice pseudo-psychiatrists....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-21-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • ProLifeBlogs highlights the true story of a Nashville woman who was forced into a late-term abortion, and 38 years later told her story to the TN Legislature to help pass the Freedom from Coercion Act....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 5-19-10

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  • At the Intellectual Conservative blog, Rachel Alexander resigns from the AZ Right to Life board after the AZ RTL-PAC decided to endorse John McCain over J.D. Hayworth.

  • Wesley Smith vs. Peter Singer on Robot Rights and human exceptionalism.
  • The National Post has an editorial responding to the reaction of pro-choice politicians and pundits who were incensed when Cardinal Marc Ouellet (pictured below left) in Canada expressed the Catholic Church's position on abortion...
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    (Prolifer)ations 5-18-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Coming Home has a column concerning the issue of the nun who was excommunicated over her approval of an 11-week abortion because the mother was suffering from pulmonary hypertension. He outlines the Catholic moral teaching on the issue and how the "means never justify the ends, no matter how good or noble the ends."...
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  • The Des Moines Register has an article on Planned Parenthood's nefarious abortion pill by teleconference process in IA:
  • The first-in-the-nation system allows a Planned Parenthood physician from Des Moines to visit with each patient by video conference, then press a computer button to open a drawer in front of the patient, who could be seated up to 190 miles away. The patient then reaches into the drawer and withdraws the abortion pills....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-14-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Wesley Smith comments on the "duty to die" movement that is taking hold, not with those on "Main Street," but with those who are "big brained in the intelligentsia."

  • Gerard Nadal examines a report on the impact of fatherlessness in America....

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  • The Washington Post profiles Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List.

    Overall, the story is fairly balanced but reporter Jason Horowitz displays some ignorance when he mentions Ramesh Ponnuru's book "The Party of Death":

  • Dannenfelser, wearing a striped beige jacket and a necklace of silver spheres, came out of her small office, where books about the importance of women in the life of Pope John Paul II ("Wojtyla's Women") and an anti-Democratic screed ("The Party of Death") sat in a short bookcase....

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  • Our neighbors to the north are holding their March for Life today.

  • Sarah Palin will be speaking at a fundraiser for the Susan B. Anthony List on Friday night:
  • Palin is such a draw that the annual Susan B. Anthony event was revamped from a tea to a larger "Celebration of Life Breakfast," with some 550 attending, the most the room can hold. Tickets range from $150 to $25k, which includes a VIP reception. A spokesman for the group told me Palin is not charging for her appearance....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-11-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Big Blue Wave updates readers on the pro-life students at the U of Calgary. They were found guilty of campus misconduct (in individual closed door meetings) in refusing to turn their GAP photos inward during a campus display. The GAP project has been on display 9 times without incident since 2006. The students will appeal...

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  • Back in 1997, current Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged President Clinton to support a loop-hole-ridden amendment by then-Senator Tom Daschle to ban post-viability abortion as a way of stopping Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortions from being overridden...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 5-10-10

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  • Ross Douthat on the differences between teen birth and teen abortion in red and blue states:
  • More important, Cahn and Carbone also acknowledge one of the more polarizing aspects of the "blue family" model. Conservative states may have more teen births and more divorces, but liberal states have many more abortions....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-7-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Christina at RealChoice reports on Whoopi Goldberg's fears that women viewing ultrasounds will result in fewer abortions, and more child abuse later. But wasn't abortion supposed to have solved the problem of child abuse already? See the video from The View on page 2...
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  • A KS lawmaker has proposed a tax on abortions as a method of raising revenue and lowering the abortion rate:
  • [Sen. Mary] Pilcher Cook, a Shawnee Republican, offered the idea as an amendment today as the Senate debates a 1-cent sales tax increase. Her amendment would also decrease the proposed sales tax hike to .9 cents....

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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial by former Sen. Rick Santorum about the 2nd birthday of his daughter Isabella, who has trisomy 18:
  • Next week, we will mark Bella's second birthday. Over these 2 years, we have endured 2 close brushes with death, lots of sleepless nights, more than a month in [the Children's Hospital of PA]'s intensive care unit, and the constant anxiety that the next day could be our little girl's last....

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  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled against the WI Alumni Research Foundation in their embryonic stem cell patent case. The ruling can be appealed:
  • The patent office ruled against the groups in 2008 but last week agreed with their argument that [UW-Madison scientist James Thomson's] work should not have received a patent because other scientists could have done the same that if they had his funding and access to human embryos....

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    (Prolifer)ations 5-4-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • ProWomanProLife points to a recent study showing a link between abortion and drug/alcohol abuse among women, along with other mental health conditions such as mood disorders....
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  • The Department of Human Services has removed the foster children from the home of the foster mother who alleged that a DHS employee convinced her foster daughter to have an abortion at 24 weeks:
  • Donald F. Schwarz, the city's deputy mayor for health and opportunity, explained in a statement why the 4 minors had been removed from the house.

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  • A PA foster mother is accusing a Dept. of Human Services case worker of threatening to take away one of her 16-year-old daughter's children if the daughter didn't abort her 22-week pregnancy:
  • The alleged strong-arm tactic happened one day after DHS learned of the pregnancy, when the girl was about 22 wks pregnant, according to her foster mother and the girl's social worker, Marisol Rivera....

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-30-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • LiveAction reveals the dehumanizing language used by the abortion industry, including abortionist Jim Newhall's view that "not everybody is meant to be born. I believe, for a baby, life begins when his mother wants him."...
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  • For Dignitas, death with dignity apparently means assisting in your suicide and then dumping your remains into a lake:
  • Dignitas boss Ludwig Minelli now faces up to 3 years jail and a £3,000 fine for carrying out unauthorized burials.

    Police divers - who stumbled across the pile of urns while searching for a missing sunshade from one of their boats - believe as many as 300 may have been dumped....

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-27-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Vital Signs draws attention to a recent American Idol controversy. The program sent viewer donations to, among others, Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation, which - unknown to most viewers - partner with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood....

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  • Michael Bloomberg assured NARAL luncheon attendees that NYC would remain the abortion capital of the US as long as he remains mayor. He also called on President Obama to nominate a pro-choice individual to the Supreme Court.

  • What does it take for a government diplomat in Great Britain to lose his job? Apparently, quite a bit, because I'm struggling to imagine something stupider and more disrespectful than this:
  • Anjoum Noorani, 31, was the leader of the Papal Visit Team which drew up a document suggesting the Pope should launch his own range of "Benedict" condoms, open an abortion clinic and stay in a council flat in Bradford.

  • The OK legislature has overridden Gov. Brad Henry's veto of abortion-related bills.

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  • OK Gov. Brad Henry vetoed two abortion-related bills on Friday and signed another one into law. The legislature plans to override his veto.

  • Stand to Reason's Brett Kunkle has posted videos of an abortion debate on the campus of CA State San Marcos between STR's Alan Shelmon and professor Cecilli Chadwick....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 4-23-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Catholic Vote Action highlights a CNN story about college coeds who are shedding the hook up scene and opting for abstinence....
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  • Jack Kevorkian likes the HBO biopic film about him entitled You Don't Know Jack:
  • "I thought it was superb," says Kevorkian, who liked the authenticity of Pacino's performance. "He handled it the way I did it in court. He yelled like I yelled. And he had outbursts like I had. It's perfect."...

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  • Cassy Fiano has a fantastic reply to Jessica Valenti and her post about abortions for convenience:
  • The whole feminist philosophy is disgusting. They tell women to sleep around like men do. When women then get unintentionally pregnant (usually while unmarried), they tell the women to just kill the damn burden growing inside of you and throw it out like refuse....

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  • Authorities in India have arrested a gynecologist in connection with the unborn children found near a garbage dump or in a garbage bin (depending on the source):
  • The accused Dr. Jayanti Patel said that on Monday while the clinic was being cleaned some jars containing the specimen foetuses were damaged accidentally, they said.....

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-20-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Parenting Freedom highlights a Daily Mail article on a 38-year-old, post-abortive woman named Sarah, who, during her college years, aborted the only child she would ever conceive. Her college boyfriend, however, went on to marry and father two boys.
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  • The Calgary Herald has an editorial by John Carpay defending the University of Calgary students who are being charged with "nonacademic misconduct" and have been threatened with expulsion for refusing to turn graphic images of abortion inward during a on-campus display:
  • Last year the U of C charged its own students with trespassing for having set up their pro-life display on campus....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 4-16-10

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  • KS Gov. Mark Parkinson (pictured below left) has vetoed a bill to strengthen KS' late-term abortion law. The bill would have forced abortionists to list the exact medical diagnosis which led them to commit an abortion after 21 weeks, changed the definition of viability and allowed women to sue abortionists if they have evidence the abortion law was broken. Parkinson's stated reasons for the veto are incredibly lame...
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    (Prolifer)ations 4-16-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Big Blue Wave points out that even pro-choice Canada has the common sense to try and protect (by law) women from being coerced into abortion...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-15-10

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  • Leading Canadian pro-choicer Joyce Arthur, in a letter to the editor attempting to respond to Kelly Parland on sex-selection abortion, displays why she avoids debates like the plague:
  • He argues that to support a woman's right to choose, "you have to believe that a fetus is not human in the moral sense."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 4-14-10

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  • Michael New responds to [Northwestern University law professor] Andrew Koppelman's claims that red state policies and the religious right increase abortions:
  • ... According to Koppelman, the hostility in red states to both contraception and comprehensive sex education leads to a greater incidence of abortion. Conversely, even though blue states are more tolerant of premarital sex, their support for comprehensive sex education and contraception actually lowers abortion rates....

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-13-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Jenn at the NewsRealBlog asks, "Could Bristol Palin's new PSA unintentionally encourage abortion?"...

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  • Kelly Parland on opposition to sex-selection abortions in Canada:
  • Many Canadians see this as wrong. The official policy of professional groups such as the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada condemns sex selection.... Doctors in British Columbia already... refus[e] to reveal the sex until 20 weeks into a pregnancy....

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  • A FL abortionist named Matthew Kachinas has lost his license after he was attempting to abort a twin with Down Syndrome and killed the other twin:
  • Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect.

    The 50-year-old doctor had never performed the procedure before, but said he didn't like to tell patients "no."...

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-9-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Albert Mohler asks and answers the question, "... [S]hould Christians defy the government and refuse to pay taxes if some involvement in abortion is almost certain?"

  • MIntheGap draws attention to International Planned Parenthood's Declaration of Sexual Rights in a video produced by American Life League. M states...

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  • An Australian abortion clinic anesthetist has been linked to 12 female patients contracting Hepatitis C:
  • "Accidents might involve say 1 or 2 patients, but we are dealing with a cluster of 12 patients. So at this stage there is nothing in the processes and procedures at this clinic that would enable me to explain how it happened," [Victoria's chief health officer, Dr. John Carnie] said....

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  • An Abortioneer discusses what breaks her heart:
  • The most heartbreaking case isn't the 12 year old who was raped by her stepfather. It's not the woman who is pregnant with a very much wanted pregnancy, thanks to donor insemination, and who now has to terminate because of severe anomalies.... But the most heartbreaking case is the woman who takes pains to reassure me, to reassure my manager, to reassure my co-worker, to reassure the doctor, that she isn't a murderer....

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    (Prolifer)ations 4-6-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • National Pro-Life Radio reports on a lawsuit against Obamacare by a nationwide doctors' group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons...
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  • OK Gov. Brad Henry has signed 3 pro-life bills into law. The bills were introduced after a court struck down a law which contained multiple pro-life provisions:
  • SB 1890, which makes abortion on the account of the sex of the unborn child illegal. It revokes or suspends the license of any provider who violates this law....
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  • At The Nation, Sharon Lerner has a piece on how health care reform was a setback for pro-choicers:
  • But if pro-choice leaders felt beleaguered, the outcome was not so much a reflection of their loss of influence as a painful public display of their longstanding political weakness....

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  • Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of abortionist George Tiller. The judge set Roeder's eligibility for parole at 50 years.

  • The Rockford Register Star has an article on abortion protests at the Northern IL Women's Center in Rockford.The abortion clinic's owner is upset and complains the police aren't doing their jobs while the police say the 40 Days for Life events went smoothly....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 4-1-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • 2 Seconds Faster reports on new legal challenges to bills passed in the OK House. The Center for Reproductive Rights is (of course) opposed to the bills which ban sex-selection abortions, allow freedom of conscience for health care workers, and state that only physicians should be allowed to administer the chemical abortion drug RU-486....
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  • Here's an update on Jivin J's previous story regarding the bodies of infants found by a river in China. Apparently these children were considered "bad luck."

  • At the RH Reality Check blog, Rachel Larris has an informative post on the Lilith Fair/crisis pregnancy controversy...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 3-30-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Kevin McCullough points out some of the lesser known parts of the infamous health care law, like the fact that convicted pedophiles and sex offenders can now get Viagra on the taxpayers' dime....

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  • According to the NY Daily News, a man became enraged when his wife refused to have an abortion. He apparently attempted to kill both his wife and her sister in front of a room full of children.

  • In Louisville, a high school custodian found an early term fetus in a feminine receptacle. The coroner believes the child was miscarried....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 3-26-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Here's to confusion in the camp! ProWomanProLife links to the somewhat amusing back story about the 13 Canadian Liberal party lawmakers who were no-shows on (and 3 who voted against) their own motion to include abortion funding in Canada's G8 Initiative....
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  • In the UK, a teenager named James Chattaway is on trial for stomping his girlfriend on stomach after she changed her mind and decided not to have an abortion:
  • ... Chattaway and Daisy Glazebrook were shocked when their 2-year romance resulted in an unexpected pregnancy, and they arranged for a termination.

    But Chattaway became incensed when she sent him a text message saying she had changed her mind.

    He then went to her home in Winds Point, Hagley, where he climbed in through a window and attacked her on the doorstep - stamping on her stomach....

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  • The White House has posted President Obama's executive order on abortion in health care. It's titled, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Consistency with Longstanding Restrictions on the Use of Federal Funds for Abortion."

    My question is if "the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly created health insurance exchanges" then why is it "necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services?"...

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  • In Canada, a motion by the Liberal party to include abortion funding in Canada's G8 initiative to improve the health of women and children in the developing world was defeated:
    The Liberal motion did not specifically mention the word "abortion" but its intent was understood. Indeed, Ignatieff at one point during debate railed against "botched procedures" in the backstreets of the developing world....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 3-23-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Big Blue Wave points out that in officially atheist countries like Vietnam (which has no restrictions on abortion), the doctors who perform these abortions feel sadness and conflict about killing these "unlucky" babies. The article referenced also has links to the alarmingly high abortion rate in Vietnam, as well as the rising juvenile abortion rate....

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  • William McGurn has an excellent column in the Wall Street Journal on Bart Stupak and pro-life Democrats:
  • Amid the recriminations it's easy to overlook what Mr. Stupak had cobbled together. His amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, passed in November, marked the only bipartisan vote in this whole health-care mess. For the first time since Roe v. Wade, pro-life Democrats had seized the legislative initiative in the teeth of their leadership's opposition - and brought the party of abortion to heel....

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    (Prolifer)ations 3-19-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • March is Women's History Month, and to commemorate the occasion, Suzy B. has videos of 3 pro-life Representatives addressing the House floor regarding pro-life feminism in America....

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  • Here's House Minority Leader John Boehner on Obamacare:
  • Boehner believes that abortion will be the key complication for on-the-fence Democrats in the final hours. "I've always thought that this would be the issue," he says. "This is public funding for abortion. They know it can't be fixed. There just aren't the votes in the Senate." He says he respects pro-life congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) for holding firm, but cautions that he "never thought that Stupak could hold 10 to 12 votes."...

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  • The Associated Press notes that since pro-life doctors in South Korea have voiced their concerns about the lack of enforcement of South Korea's abortion law, it has become much more difficult to get an abortion:
  • But getting an abortion, once so routine here that South Korea was known as "Abortion Republic," is no longer easy. In recent weeks, the government has begun enforcing a long-ignored ban on the procedure for the first time....

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  • At the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto talks about ObamaCare and eugenics:
  • Getting government into the eugenics business would have disturbing implications for reproductive liberty. What would happen to a woman who received, say, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome? She would be free (as she is today) to exercise her right to have an abortion. But would she be free to exercise her right not to have an abortion?...

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    (Prolifer)ations 3-16-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Catholic Vote Action calls for prayer and fasting for the unborn during this crucial week of Congressional voting.
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  • Albert Mohler has a must-read article regarding the worldwide gendercide of female babies, born and unborn. After a long silence from the MSM (and American feminists) on this issue, The Economist has published an eye-opening cover story entitled, "Gendercide: What Happened to 100 Million Baby Girls?"...

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  • The Los Angeles Times has an article on how NM abortionist Curtis Boyd is apparently stepping up to fill abortionist George Tiller's shoes by aborting more unborn children in the 3rd trimester:
  • Curtis Boyd, an Albuquerque doctor, recently announced on his website that, in response to Tiller's death, he had begun performing 3rd-trimester abortions. Boyd, 72, also announced that he had hired two CA physicians, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella, who used to work with Tiller on a rotating basis....

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  • Tom McClusky lists the top 8 reasons abortion is in the health care overhaul.

  • A MI jury has rejected Harlan Drake's insanity defense and found him guilty of 1st degree murder for killing abortion protester James Pouillon and businessman Mike Fuoss.

  • Joe Carter examines how the Netherlands has become so enamored with assisted suicide and euthanasia...
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    (Prolifer)ations 3-12-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Dr. Gerard Nadal has posted an incredible comparison between Planned Parenthood and Allstate at his blog, Coming Home. In a recent ad in the Wall Street Journal, Allstate informed readers about the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain which "plays a critical role in teens' decision-making, and understanding of future consequences. Problem is, it doesn't fully develop until their 20s." This is a significant factor in the high rate of teen car accidents. Dr. Nadal writes...
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  • Blogger Thomas Peters reports that Dale Kildee's office says he still hasn't decided whether he will vote for health care reform minus the Stupak amendment:
  • As a courtesy, we called Kildee's office and told them about our intentions, and about our dismay at his changed position.

    Linsey Beck, Kildee's legislative staffer, told us that the media reports were inaccurate, and that the representative has not decided to vote for the Senate language bill....

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  • John McCormack of the Weekly Standard interviewed Bart Stupak on abortion and health care reform. Stupak isn't down with trusting the Senate to fix the abortion language at a later stage:
  • "Everyone's going around saying there's a compromise - there's no such thing," Stupak said. What's changed between this week and last, Stupak went on, is that he had his first real conversation with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Henry Waxman about fixing the bill....

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    (Prolifer)ations 3-9-10

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    by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • LiveAction reports on Planned Parenthood's "creativity" in fund raising: a nude art show. Says LiveAction: "[S]elling nude art is... not exactly what you want to see from a group that is trying to position itself as the "medically accurate" educator of young people."...
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    Health care, health care, health care.

  • Bart Stupak had a town hall meeting where he discussed the health care bill and his position on it. He told the Associated Press that he was "more optimistic" than he was a week ago that the bill could be changed to get his approval:
  • "The president says he doesn't want to expand or restrict current law (on abortion). Neither do I," Stupak said. "That's never been our position. So is there some language that we can agree on that hits both points -- we don't restrict, we don't expand abortion rights? I think we can get there."

    Stupak is apparently being courted fairly heavily...

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  • The Los Angeles Times has a story about Dave Wilkinson, a pastor who runs 3 pregnancy centers and has converted an RV into a mini-CPC with ultrasound equipment:
  • Every Tuesday since then, Wilkinson and a handful of like-minded Christians have driven into the city in a donated motor home equipped with an ultrasound machine and parked it near the Imperial Courts housing project....

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    (Prolifer)ations 3-5-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Not Dead Yet shares concerns about an IL bill which would consider everyone "potential organ donors" unless they specifically opt out of the program....
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  • There are a couple of articles about the role abortion is playing in the health care debate - one from the Associated Press and another in the Washington Post.

  • A local FOX News station interviewed embattled Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. In the comments, Gosnell's nephew and a fellow physician attempt to defend him.
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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article in which they attempted to discover how abortionist Kermit Gosnell could have stayed in business so long when such horrible conditions were found at his clinic:
  • Interviews with state officials, former patients, lawyers, doctors, and activists on both sides of the abortion debate reveal that numerous opportunities to shine a light on Gosnell's problematic practice were missed or not pursued.....

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    (Prolifer)ations 3-2-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Bryan Kemper discusses the question "Should we leave God out of Pro-Life?" Kelsey Hazzard of Secular Pro-Life (a frequent commenter to this site) gives her thoughts on the blog as well....

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  • DE Board of Medical Practice will have a hearing today to possibly suspend the medical license of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell has been licensed there since 1994.

  • New Yorker blogger Amy Davidson was shocked to discover such a high percentage of African-American pregnancies end in abortion...

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  • Legal abortion until birth? That's the position of some abortion workers at the Abortioneers blog. Though such an idea would likely be repugnant to most self-described pro-choicers, if you favor legal abortion because of your belief in a woman's bodily autonomy argument, it makes the most logical sense:
  • With the rise in technology, it has been said that the viability of a fetus will continue to be earlier and earlier. Do your values change if a fetus is viable at 20 weeks? Should there be limits to abortion procedures? 35 weeks?...

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    (Prolifer)ations 2-26-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Parenting Freedom draws comparisons between the Olympic village and... Sodom and Gomorrah. From an MSNBC report...
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  • The Washington Post has an article on one of the abortionists who travels to SD to perform abortions because no doctor in SD will perform them. Apparently, Carol Ball doesn't understand the what pro-lifers believe in the slightest:
  • "I would rather do this without all this hoopla," she says. "I'm dismayed that it's gone on so long. Why don't they just go home?"
    ...

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  • More background stories have emerged on Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, whose license was recently suspended because of deplorable conditions at his clinics.

    He was part of a super-coil abortion experiment in the early 70's in which 9 of 15 patients suffered serious complications.

    According to the Washington Post, 1 of the 40-plus lawsuits filed against him claimed another woman died from a botched abortion at his hands in 2000...

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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story about Karnamaya Mongar, a woman who died at Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic. The West Philadelphia clinic was recently shut down because of deplorable conditions discovered by federal investigators looking for evidence of illegal prescription drug dealing:
  • Mongar was about 18 or 19 weeks pregnant on that November night, Ghalley said. Her husband could not accompany her because "he just got a job in a chicken factory."...

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  • VA Delegate Robert Marshall (pictured below left) has apologized after claiming the increase in children born with handicaps is because God is punishing women for aborting their first child:
  • Marshall said his broader point on Thursday was that he had collected a substantial amount of published medical research suggesting that abortions raise the risk of miscarriage and birth defects in subsequent pregnancies and that those findings echoed the Bible's teaching that abortion is wrong....

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    (Prolifer)ations 2-23-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Jay at the LTI blog excellently points out the fallacies in William Saletan's latest article in Slate regarding what Saletan terms "pregnancy termination." Saletan unbelievably attempts to equate pre-term delivery with abortion....
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  • Here's Maame-Mensima Horne with the ridiculous pro-choice quote of day:
  • That is one of many myths within their arguments. First of all, to say abortion is genocide is a misconception. Access to abortion actually saved lives in black communities, where illegal abortion was a leading cause of death before Roe v. Wade.
    I love it when pro-choicers attempt to dispel "myths" by using myths that have been debunked for decades....

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    (Prolifer)ations 2-19-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • The Sicle Cell points out the impact of low population growth as it relates to American economy and housing....
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  • A judge in CA has denied a request to suspend abortionist Andrew Rutland's medical license:
  • The state medical board was "disappointed that the judge did not agree with our petition that Dr. Rutland poses an imminent threat to public safety," said spokeswoman Candis Cohen.

    Cohen said the board would pursue its effort to revoke Rutland's license "as expeditiously as possible."

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  • Doctors in NZ are fighting proposed guidelines which would require them to tell patients having doubts about their pregnancy that abortion is an option.

  • A physician in Jamaica named Kenneth Enyi has been charged with performing an abortion on a 13-year-old girl. The mother of the individual who impregnated the girl has also been charged.
  • This is amazing. Remember the pregnant woman who pulled a knife on sidewalk counselors in MN while she was going in for an abortion? She never had the abortion...
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  • The Times Online has an interesting, but not surprising, article about embryonic stem cells. Proving how politicized everything with ESCR has become, Geron intentionally delayed the application of its embryonic stem cell clinical trial so it could be accepted just after President Obama's inauguration, because they didn't want the Bush Administration to receive the credit....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 2-16-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • American Papist draws our attention to the "amazing" Kickbee. Preborn babies may not have legal rights, but now they can at least "tweet" on Twitter when they kick...
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  • In Australia, a child has been born healthy after one doctor mistakenly thought the child had died, gave the woman misoprostol, and then a senior doctor pressured the mother to abort:
  • The doctor recommended termination using the drug misoprostol, but the drug did not work and a follow-up scan showed the foetus was still alive.

    Later scans revealed the baby had fluid on the brain - a condition likely caused by the abortion drug Ms. Vanderhook had been given....

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  • The Oregonian has an article on the opening and protest of a new large Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Portland, OR.

  • In his Washington Post column, Michael Gerson shares some information from Edwin Black's recent book, War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race...
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    (Prolifer)ations 2-12-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • At MommyLife, proud mother Barbara fills us in on the ending of daughter Maddy's American Idol journey. Even though she didn't advance on AI, she is receiving better invitations to speak and perform at pro-life events and True Love Waits. It shouldn't be surprising that God can use the things of the world to accomplish His purposes. View the video below, with Maddy's section beginning at 3:45...
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  • The KS legislature is considering a bill which would prevent insurance companies from covering elective abortions unless the abortion coverage is paid for with an additional payment.

  • In FL, a man has been arrested for sexual assault after allegedly impregnating a 12-year-old. Authorities found out about the assault after the girl got a 24-week abortion....

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  • Pro-choice Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi thinks Focus on the Family made pro-choice advocates "look silly":
  • But some women's groups foolishly took the bait offered by abortion opponents. When they learned about the ad, they tried to bully CBS into pulling it. That generated a super-sized pre-Super Bowl controversy that helped anti-abortion forces gain even more publicity. Thanks to all the buzz, Focus on the Family happily reported that its website traffic was exploding, subscribers to its magazine were up and a Facebook page for the ad attracted 230,000 fans....

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  • It's interesting to hear abortion clinic escorts (who often seem to be proud of how they react to clinic protesters) admit to being so incredibly mean-spirited.
  • Here's an article to make you incredibly wary of stem cell tourism:
  • A General Medical Council hearing was earlier told 9 men and women, the majority of whom were suffering from the ''progressive and aggressive'' form of the disabling neurological disease, consulted Dutch-trained Dr. Robert Trossel in the desperate hope they could achieve a marked improvement in their health....

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    (Prolifer)ations 2-9-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Not Dead Yet addresses the UK's apparent love affair with assisted suicide, thanks to some celebrity promotion and romanticizing, along with the media's support. The blog also discusses the current (and very disturbing) bill pending in VA that would ease standards for declaring a person brain dead...
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  • In OH, House Speaker Armond Budish has turned down a request to honor National Right to Life's oratory contest winner on the house floor.
    Perhaps his real message to Ohio's teens is that excelling in public speaking isn't worth being honored if their views are different than his," said Mike Gonidakis, executive director of OH Right to Life.

  • NARAL WI's former board president is allegedly a thief...
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  • Pro-choice intolerance is alive and well in Canada where the University of Victoria's Student Society has taken away the official club status of their campus' pro-life group Youth Protecting Youth "after receiving a complaint that anti-abortion advocacy 'inherently discriminates' against women."

  • In Nepal, a young man has admitted to killing his girlfriend because she wouldn't get an abortion...
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    (Prolifer)ations 2-5-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Albert Mohler has a tearjerker of an adoption story at his blog about a Dutch couple and their little Haitian boy named Arno. Read with a box of tissues.
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  • Mark Crutcher encourages pro-lifers who have taken on the "George Bailey Syndrome," as he calls it, who have begun to doubt that their efforts have made any difference in saving the lives of preborn children. He also discusses the Russian population problem as it relates to their high abortion rates.

    On a personal note, I am the grandmother to two children (pictured left) who were adopted from Russia. We may never know all the circumstances or why they were spared from abortion; but this world is a better place because they are here. A profound thank you to their birth mothers.

  • Generations for Life reports this year's TeenSpeak conference had the largest number of attendees to date. Speakers included Lila Rose from LiveAction.org and representatives from Students for Life of IL and Pro-Life Action League.

  • Ixoye draws attention to a Family Research Council brief which reveals the onslaught against pro-life pregnancy resource centers by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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  • Scientists have discovered that they can find signs of awareness in patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state:
  • The new research suggests that standard tests may overlook patients who have some consciousness, and that someday some kind of communication may be possible.

    In the strongest example, a 29-year-old patient was able to answer yes-or-no questions by visualizing specific scenes the doctors asked him to imagine. The two visualizations sparked different brain activity viewed through a scanning machine....

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    (Prolifer)ations 2-2-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Mark Pickup contrasts Nobel Peace Prize winners Mother Teresa and Barack Obama...

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  • Never known from shying away from saying something incredibly stupid, The View's Joy Behar said that Tim Tebow could have "easily become some kind of a rapist pedophile."

  • Some stem cell researchers are claiming that a small group of scientists are blocking their work from being published:
  • The open letter to the major scientific journals claims that "papers that are scientifically flawed or comprise only modest technical increments often attract undue profile. At the same time publication of truly original findings may be delayed or rejected"....

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  • CatholicEducation.org has Professor Robert George's comments at the March for Life's Rose Dinner:
  • Of course, from the pro-life vantage point, success on the judicial front is only the prelude to the larger political struggle over abortion. If Roe is reversed, the result will be to return the matter to the domain of ordinary democratic deliberation for resolution by the state legislatures or the Congress. The burden will then be on the pro-life movement to win the struggle for the soul of the nation. We must, with God's help, persuade our fellow citizens to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence by bringing the unborn fully within the protection of our laws.

  • A local Canadian pro-life group will air an ad on local television featuring images of aborted children.

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Culture Campaign reports on the increased rates of teen pregnancy between 2005 and 2006. From Rob Stein of the Washington Post...
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    UPDATE, 1:38p: Scott Roeder was found guilty on all counts this morning, including 1st degree murder. Sentencing is March 9.

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  • Yesterday, Scott Roeder admitted on the stand to killing abortionist George Tiller and at the end of his testimony Judge Warren Wilbert ruled that the jury couldn't consider Roeder guilty of only voluntary manslaughter:
  • In his testimony, Roeder did not dispute any of the evidence brought against him by prosecutors. He admitted he bought a gun and ammunition, and took target practice in the days prior to Tiller's shooting....

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  • Chris Stirewalt on the left's reaction to Focus on the Family's Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow:
  • News of the ad had a predictably Pavlovian effect on the Left. Since the spot combines many of the elements that the "educated class" most detests about America -- frank expressions of Christianity, pro-life advocacy, home-schoolers, football hero worship and the South -- they were incensed that cash-strapped CBS would take Focus on the Family's money....

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  • Sarah Palin slaps down NOW for their protestations of the Tebows' Super Bowl ad:
  • NOW is looking at the pro-life issue backwards. Women should be reminded that they are strong enough and smart enough to make decisions that allow for career and educational opportunities while still giving their babies a chance at life. In my own home, my daughter Bristol has also been challenged by pro-abortion "women's rights? groups who don't agree with her decision to have her baby, nor do they like the abstinence message which she articulated as her personal commitment....

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  • The National Organization, the Feminist Majority and other pro-choice groups are petitioning CBS to not run Focus on the Family's pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam. CBS doesn't appear to care:
  • CBS said it has approved the script for the 30-second ad and has given no indication that the protest would have an impact. A network spokesman, Dana McClintock, said CBS would ensure that any issue-oriented ad was "appropriate for air."...

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  • In a NPR interview, late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart shared his opinion on "back-alley" abortionists who performed illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade:
  • But I've always defended the back alley providers because most of them do a really decent job.
    Carhart also says he's "pro-life" and claims the only person who knows when life begins is the "mother of the life that she's carrying."...

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    (Prolifer)ations 1-25-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • ProWomanProLife blogger Andrea comments on Canada's National Post's use of graphic images from the Haiti earthquake aftermath to pro-lifers' use of graphic abortion images.

  • Rick's Blog reports on the ethics complaints brought by pro-aborts against former KS attorney general Phill Kline - simply for upholding the law.

  • Parenting Freedom highlights a UK study showing that children who are breastfed for at least 6 months have a lesser likelihood of developing mental health issues later on.

  • Stand for Life blogs about the CDC's 2006 report on causes of death in the US:
    How many deaths by abortion were there in 2006? The total is over 1,206,200 unborn humans dying.  Consequently, if that 1.2 million is added to the 2.4 million deaths that the CDC reports, then abortion is the cause of death for 1/3 of all deaths in 2006.

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  • Sarah Palin promoted the March for Life on her Facebook page on January 21:
  • In the years following Roe, we were told that the issue was no longer open for debate and that we should get over it and move on. But we couldn't get over the stirrings of our conscience or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a nation. Affirming the dignity and worth of every innocent human life and defending the defenseless are fundamental American values....

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    (Prolifer)ations 1-19-10

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    by Susie Allen, TN pro-life activist

  • Disability Matters wonders why the pro-euthanasia, pro-assisted suicide British press is "all atwitter" about the bizarre and tragic story of a mother now on trial for murdering her teenage son. Thomas Inglis was injured in an accident, and although doctors said he would regain some function, Frances Inglis became obsessed with killing him. She eventually succeeded after 2 bold attempts....
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  • According to a local CBS news station, Tim Tebow will be featured in Focus on the Family's pro-life Super Bowl ad:
  • In the spot, the Tebows will share a personal story. FOTF hasn't released any details about the spot, but it's believed the commercial is likely to be an anti-abortion message that chronicles Pam Tebow's 1987 pregnancy, according to the Associated Press....
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  • I want to believe some pro-choice bloggers when they claim they think all reproductive choices are equal, and they don't have a problem with women choosing to give birth, but then you get reactions like this and this to the cover of In Touch magazine featuring Sarah and Bristol Palin (along with their children) with the headline: "We're glad we choose life."
  • World magazine's most recent issue entitled "Pro-Baby" features a number of articles relating to pro-life issues....
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    New law requires woman to name baby, paint nursery before getting abortion

    One of my family members is known for frequently exaggerating another's point to infinity and beyond in an attempt to shut down debate. Yes, my husband can sometimes become so absurd he makes me laugh.

    And so it is with the Onion News Network, which is all about news hyperbole, and no topic is safe from being skewered. Recall its 2007 piece, "New abortion bill to require fetal consent" (which, sorry to say, is no longer available online).

    The Onion is taking another jab at abortion, launching from the pro-life premise that viewing ultrasounds before abortion may persuade a mother against it. I confess I got laughs from "New law requires woman to name baby, paint nursery before getting abortion" despite the topic...


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    by Susie Allen

    [JLS note: I am pleased to introduce Susie as our new (Prolifer)ations poster! Susie will be writing this column on Tuesdays and Thursdays Fridays, spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs. Susie is well-known to the TN pro-life community as president of Robertson Co. RTL. She's a prolific reader, writer, and speaker on the life issue.]

  • At MommyLife.net, blogger Barbara Curtis's daughter tried out for this season's American Idol on January 12 and is going to Hollywood! This video of Maddy trying out gives a wonderful testimony about her family and her brothers with Down syndrome...

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  • At the Stand to Reason blog, Alan Shelmon explains how he answers pro-choice objections with the pro-life two-step during an event at Central MI:
  • In the end, I was able to fend off the challenges raised against the pro-life view. I used a little organizing tactic to make my job easier. I call it the pro-life two-step. Most objections against the pro-life view can be categorized into 1 of 2 groups....

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    (Prolifer)ations 1-12-10

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • 2 Seconds Faster has some interesting tidbits regarding the new abortion "supercenter" being built in Houston, TX. It appears that, once again, Planned Parenthood has plopped one of their chop shops conveniently close to a minority neighborhood and a minority-rich college campus. The clinic's design even resembles a cash register. Ka-ching!...

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  • The LA Times has an article focusing on how the CA Institute of Regenerative Medicine is beginning to turn its focus on stem cell work which is actually close to treating patients, and the majority of these projects don't involve embryonic stem cells:
  • When the institute handed out nearly $230 million in October to 14 research teams, including Aboody's at City of Hope, it was its largest scientific investment by far. But it came with strings attached: In 4 years, recipients should have a clinical trial request ready to file with the FDA. Only 4 of the projects involve embryonic stem cells....

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  • The Wall Street Journal has an article about Bart Stupak's congressional district, abortion and health care:
  • "I can go back to my district [on some issues] and say I did the best I could, I tried," he said. "But on abortion you can't go back and say, I used to be right to life; now I'm pro choice. That doesn't work; it's either or."

    The New York Times discusses jury selection in Scott Roeder's trial for killing abortionist George Tiller...

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  • At National Review, Wesley Smith lists what he considers that top 10 stories in bioethics over the last decade.

  • A NJ policeman has been suspended without pay for getting a recruit drunk, having sex with her and getting her pregnant:
  • Trooper Alexis Hayes, 29, of Berlin, filed a seven-count federal suit Dec. 1, charging Shallcross and 6 other staties subjected her "to repeated acts of sexual misconduct" and turned her "into an object of disdain...."

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  • Those tricky Catholics for Choice. After reading this press release, you'd think voters in the 4 districts they surveyed favor abortion services being part of the government's subsidized health care plan. But if you read the results of the survey, you find something very different.

    For example, when asked, "Do you think someone who receives financial help from the government to pay for their health insurance should or should not be allowed to choose a plan that covers each of the following?" the majority of respondents in 3 of the 4 districts (65% in one) they selected responded "Should not" to "Abortion Services."...

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  • Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Kristan Hawkins and David Bereit have an editorial in the Washington Times about abortion and health care reform:
  • Earlier this month, NY Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey claimed that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment "puts new restrictions on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money." Just days later, PolitiFact.com issued an analysis and said her comments were "false."...

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  • A new Rasmussen poll finds that 53% of Americans favor a ban on abortion coverage in any health insurance plan which gets federal subsidies:
  • Earlier polling on the abortion issue, using a different question, found similar results. Just over half support the abortion ban, while 13% want mandatory coverage of abortion.

  • The New York Times has an article on the growth of the pro-life movement in South Korea among doctors who formerly performed illegal abortions:
  • ...

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    [JLS note: Congratulations to JivinJ for his 2010 Pro-Life Blog Award nomination, and for authoring the fourth most commented post of 2009 here at JillStanek.com!]

  • New data from the IL Public Health Department shows that abortions in IL have reached a 10-year high:
  • In 2008, the most recent year for which data are available, figures from the IL Public Health Department show that 47,717 abortions were performed statewide....

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  • David Prentice writes in the Family Research Council's blog on the call for more embryonic stem cell lines created from African-American embryos:
  • Of course, it's also not a surprise that the embryonic stem cell researchers want more embryos, especially minority embryos, from whom to wring their embryonic stem cells. It's never enough with some of these people....

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    (Prolifer)ations 12-30-09

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  • Coming Home features a post on Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, containing quotes "in her own words" - which are frighteningly Hitlerian.

  • Parenting Freedom reports the miraculous story of a mother and baby who both died during childbirth and were revived...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 12-30-09

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  • The Colorado Spring Independent is reporting that Focus on the Family may be planning to have a pro-life ad during the Super Bowl. The ad would supposedly feature Pam Tebow, the mother of Florida Gators' quarterback and former Heisman winner Tim Tebow:
  • The Focus ad supposedly features the story of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother. Pam Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines in the '80s, and during her pregnancy with Tim she developed amoebic dysentery. Doctors told her the strong drug they used to kill the infection had likely damaged the fetus, and they suggested an abortion. Pam refused. Tim was born healthy, won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, led Florida to the national championship a year ago and is a likely top draft pick in next spring's NFL draft.....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 12-29-09

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  • A Seattle man named Daniel Hicks was arrested in CA yesterday. Hicks is accused of killing his girlfriend Jennifer Morgan and their infant daughter Emma. He allegedly wanted his girlfriend to have an abortion and apparently killed his daughter because she wasn't a boy:
  • Through interviews with Morgan's mother, Hicks' brother and half-sister, and one of Morgan's co-workers, detectives learned Hicks had been depressed and suicidal for some time - and his condition worsened when he learned his girlfriend of 9 years was pregnant, charging papers say. He wanted Morgan to have an abortion, claiming she "was just trying to trap him with the pregnancy," the papers say....

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    (Prolifer)ations 12-24-09

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  • Americans United for Life has filed a brief in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, detailing the links between abortion and the increased risk of depression and suicide. The brief seeks to overturn a lower court's decision that abortion providers in SD are not required to inform women of these risks. President of AUL, Charmaine Yoest comments, "We have a legal and moral responsibility to inform them about the well-documented, increased risks of depression and suicide associated with abortion."...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 12-24-09

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  • Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) tells National Review that he's not going to get bought off:
  • Stupak tells us that he's disappointed that Democratic leaders have offered him legislative favors in exchange for supporting Obamacare. "This shouldn't be a bill where you use hush money," says Stupak...

    On abortion, Stupak says that the language of the health-care bill must be crystal clear. "There cannot be, in any way, public funding for abortion," says Stupak. "What the Nelson compromise does is recognize abortion for the first time as a benefit in a federal health plan. It mandates that at least one plan has abortion coverage. Those are drastic changes to the current law."...

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  • The Washington Times has a scathing editorial on Senator Ben Nelson's sell-out:
  • On Page 41 (lines 5-8) of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's manager amendment, the proposed rules mandate that everyone buying insurance through new exchanges or through the new government-run plan must pay a monthly abortion premium to be used for elective abortion services. This fee applies "without regard to the enrollee's age, sex or family status." That means that people who have no possibility of wanting an abortion themselves will pay for others to have them...

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  • Here's a Washington Post article detailing why both sides of the abortion debate aren't fans of the abortion language in the Senate version of health care reform:
  • But serious questions are already being raised about how the new language would work in practice and whether it would even be feasible to implement.

    "This is why it's being attacked by both sides -- not because it's so moderate but because it's crazy," said Richard Doerflinger, a spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops....

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    (Prolifer)ations 12-18-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • American Papist links to an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in which they express their opposition to the myth of overpopulation.
  • john-lennon-yoko-ono.jpgYoko responded, "The problem is not overpopulation as people believe it to be, it's more of a balance of things, like food. In some parts of the world there's wastage of food, and in some parts nobody has food."

    Check out John's response too, and imagine if more people would think along the same lines instead of touting abortion as one part of the solution to the overpopulation myth....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 12-17-09

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  • Michelle Malkin reports what Nebraska Right to Life is hearing from Senator Nelson's office about "compromise" language which might be added to Senator Reid's health care reform bill.

    According to Politico, National Right to Life is opposed to the language.

  • The California Stem Cell Report has an interesting post on how much their stem cell institute's loans are costing CA taxpayers. Right now it's $192k a day! By the end of their 10-year run and $3 billion spent, it will be $600k a day! They're also advertising an administrative assistant position with a pay level that tops off at $77,100 a year....
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  • In FL, a naval officer has been indicted for the death of a pregnant woman. Zachary Littleton allegedly killed Samira Watkins after she refused to have an abortion.

  • This is truly odd. A VA woman allegedly killed her newborn child by suffocation but authorities say they can't charge her with a crime because the child was still attached to the mother via the umbilical cord...
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  • After a WI Planned Parenthood was caught lying on tape to an undercover patient, one state lawmaker is asking the D.A. to investigate. Also, note PP's response to television station's request for an interview:
  • Planned Parenthood refused our request for an on camera interview and would only release this statement, calling the claims "false and inflammatory."

    "...Planned Parenthood's standard is to provide honest, medically accurate information. That is what the physician in this case did."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 12-14-09

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  • Metropolitan Medical Associates, an abortion clinic in NJ, has settled a lawsuit by paying $1.9 million to Rasheedah Dinkins. Dinkins was in a coma for three weeks along with suffering a host of other injuries after abortionist Keith Gresham botched her second-trimester abortion:
  • Newark Beth Israel filed a formal complaint with the state, saying it was concerned the abortion may have been done improperly. That led to a state inquiry of Metropolitan Medical, which performs more than 10k abortions a year....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 12-11-09

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  • Via the RH Reality Check blog, I learned that rebel nun Donna Quinn is now using Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a hero of "Choice." From a Chicago Tribune blog:
  • Despite a public reprimand from her religious order last month, Chicago's pro-choice Roman Catholic nun, Sister Donna Quinn, is not backing down from her support of abortion rights, applauding the defeat of an amendment today that would have added restrictions to the health care bill for women seeking abortions.

    Citing a poem about the Virgin Mary, Quinn noted the providential date of the amendment's defeat....

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  • The National Institutes of Health has a press release on an adult stem cell study which found that sickle cell disease could be effectively reversed using modified adult stem cells from donors.

  • Wesley Smith makes his annual predictions for what will happen next year in bio-ethics.

  • The bill set to liberalize Spain's abortion laws will now require parental notifications for 16 and 17-year-olds who want to have abortions:
  • The new bill proposes unrestricted abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy, as opposed to stricter limits currently in place.

    The amendment says also that young women who could demonstrate that having to inform a parent -- or their legal guardian -- would cause serious problems for them can be exempted from this obligation.

    (Prolifer)ations 12-9-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs and elsewhere...

  • The Guardian discusses figures extracted from a 2008 UK census which reveal more than 5k English women under 20 and more than 15k aged 20-24 had a repeat abortion. All those involved were single....
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  • The New York Daily News reports Towanda Wimms is going public with her disappointment that her pregnant daughter's alleged murderer isn't also being charged for the death of her unborn grandchild.

    Niasha Delain was allegedly stabbed 6 times in the stomach by her boyfriend Derrick Redd after refusing to have an abortion...

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  • The Wall Street Journal has an article that calls abortion the "top threat" to health care reform legislation.
  • The Los Angeles Times reviews "South Dakota: A Woman's Right to Choose," a "dramumentary" film which follows the story of 2 pregnant teenagers in SD:
  • Isacson said his movie's purpose is to edify, inform and not take sides, but some may view "South Dakota," intentionally or not, as subtly weighted against abortion. The film's emotional highlight, after all, is the rescue of 14-year-old Barb by her boyfriend from an abortion clinic exam room and its grossly insensitive nurses....

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    (Prolifer)ations 12-4-09

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  • Thomas Armstrong writes in the Examiner on the role of abstinence in the decline of HIV/AIDS in Africa:
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  • Ross Douthat notes a double standard with regards to pro-choicers who oppose the governmental funding of crisis pregnancy centers:
  • Again, I can see why the pro-choice side dislikes crisis pregnancy centers, and especially dislikes the idea of public dollars being funneled their way. But if we don't want to fund ideologically charged organizations that cut ethical corners in the counseling they provide to pregnant women, there's a case to be made for taking a look at Planned Parenthood's millions as well....

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  • Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE, pictured below left) plans to offer an amendment to Senator Reid's health care reform legislation (with Stupak-like language) and will vote to block health care reform if the language in the bill regarding abortion isn't changed:
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    "My Senate amendment would ban any public funds from paying for abortions under a new health care reform bill," the Nebraska Democrat said Wednesday.

    The amendment would be among dozens expected to be offered.

    Nelson said he will vote to block the bill if the abortion language in the bill is not changed....

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  • Mauricio Roman summarizes a Harvard Business School case study on Planned Parenthood:
  • Internally, Planned Parenthood's difficulties stem from the uneven strength of its affiliates, and President Cecile Richards is worried. According to the Harvard case study, her organization faces "tough economic times, a hostile political environment, and limited ability to raise philanthropic dollars in a resource constrained area of the country"....

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  • The Los Angeles Times has an article about a former abortionist's efforts to restrict abortion in South Korea:
  • For nearly two decades, obstetrician Shim Sang-duk (pictured below left) aborted as many babies as he delivered -- on average, one a day, month after month.

    "Over time, I became emotionless," the physician said. "I came to see the results of my work as just a chunk of blood. During the operation, I felt the same as though I was treating scars or curing diseases...."

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  • The CDC has released its 2006 abortion statistics compiled from state health departments, but missing a couple of states including CA:
  • Results: For 2006, a total of 846,181 abortions were reported to CDC. Among the 46 areas that provided data consistently during 1996--2006, a total of 835,134 abortions (98.7% of the total) were reported; the abortion rate was 16.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15--44 years, and the abortion ratio was 236 abortions per 1,000 live births....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 11-25-09

    UPDATE, 12:30p from JLS: LiveAction.org alerted me to a Northlands News Center report on Jivin J's 1st bullet point below:

    Typical MSM, bending over backwards to say violence by pro-aborts "rare and isolated," and also "uncommon" if you didn't catch "rare and isolated." Also loved the free plug the reporter gave the abortion mill, alerting viewers to its many services besides abortion.

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  • A sidewalk counselor at an abortion clinic in MN apparently had a knife held to her throat by a woman going into the clinic:
  • The incident occurred at 7:47 a.m., according to demonstrators, who said the suspect was on her way into the building and exchanged words with them before pulling a knife. The suspect reportedly held the knife to the neck of one demonstrator and told her to stop speaking. When the second demonstrator reportedly went to help the first, the suspect allegedly threatened her with the knife as well....

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    (Prolifer)ations 11-24-09

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  • ForestNymph reports that on November 19, the Students for Life of America National Conference had to add an additional registration list to accommodate the throngs of youth attending the sold-out event.

    Over 800 students filled the slots for the 1-day conference scheduled for late January in Washington, DC, setting a record time in comparison to the two previous years. Kristan Hawkins of SLA states...

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  • Time has an article on Senator Bob Casey's concern about abortion in health care reform. It begins with this exchange that adds to the gathering mound of evidence that Senator Debbie Stabenow isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. It's like she thinks she can convince people and Senator Casey that there is no problem by continually asserting, "There is no abortion funding"...
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    (Prolifer)ations 11-23-09

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  • The Passionate Pro-Lifer picks up on the response made by the Sarah Palin political action committee to Palin's profile at ProlifeProfiles.com. The profile is just a full-out attack on Palin and while some points are fairly made, no reference is made to the positive actions she has taken for the good of the pro-life movement....

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  • Senator Ben Nelson says he'll vote against health care reform if isn't amended to his liking. One of his disputes with the bill is it's language on abortion funding.

  • Numerous pro-lifers, evangelicals and Catholics, have signed on to the Manhattan Declaration which is a statement about the sanctity of life, marriage and conscience rights. The statement was drafted by Robert George, Timothy George and Chuck Colson....

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  • Wesley Smith notes a changed clause in Senator Reid's health care bill could force insurance providers in states where assisted suicide is legal to include assisted suicide in their plans:
  • If assisted suicide, or even euthanasia, are legally considered forms of "end of life care" in a particular state - as it is now in Oregon, Washington, and Montana - it seems to me that the area's community health insurance option would be required to provide "access" to it under this clause. How else can the provision be read? And because it would have been passed later in time, this clause could be construed to subsume existing federal law that prevents federal funds from being used in assisted suicide.

  • According to The Hill, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) is opposed to the abortion language in Reid's health care bill:
  • "We have looked at the language," Nelson told The Hill. "That language is not language that I would prefer."

    "I think you need to have it eminently clear that no dollars that are federal tax dollars, directly or indirectly, are used to pay for abortions and it needs to be totally clear. [It's] not clear enough, I don't think," Nelson said....

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  • Americans United for Life has posted a summary of Senator Reid's health care reform legislation as it related to abortion. Their conclusion:
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last night unveiled a health care bill which provides for an unprecedented expansion of federally-funded abortion. The bill includes pro-abortion language and mirrors the false compromise Capps Amendment from the House debate -- it allows the public option to include abortion coverage and provides federal subsidies for private plans which cover abortion....

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    (Prolifer)ations 11-18-09

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  • From Culture Campaign: a NJ high school student has brought suit against her school administrators for violating her free-speech rights. According to the AP, the principal of Bridgeton High School banned the student from wearing a "LIFE" armband or participating in the Pro Life Day of Silent Solidarity because doing anything "religious" was not allowed. The Alliance Defense Fund has taken up her case....
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  • No surprise here. According to a CNN poll, the majority of Americans don't want abortion funding included in health care reform:
  • A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 61% of the public opposes using public money for abortions for women who can not afford the procedure, with 37% in favor of allowing the use of federal funds.

    And by a 51% to 45% margin, those questioned in the survey think that women who get abortions should pay the full costs out of their own pocket, even if they have private health insurance and no federal funds are involved. The 6-point difference is within the poll's sampling error....

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  • Stephanie Simon has an article in the Wall Street Journal which is sure to get more than a few pro-choicers fuming. Simon notes the Stupak amendment is unlikely to change how abortion is paid for by the vast majority of women:
  • Although the bill has stirred passions on both sides of the abortion-rights debate - which are likely to be echoed when the Senate takes up its version - the practical effect of the restrictions will be limited, statistics suggest and some experts in family-planning issues say....

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  • President Obama is such a shameless liar.

    In a nationally televised address to Congress he claimed "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions" when the legislation at that time included abortion funding. Now that the legislation has been amended to remove abortion funding via the Stupak amendment and prevents abortion coverage from being federally subsidized, Obama is sending out David Axelrod (below, left) to act like the Stupak amendment changes the "status quo" and that Obama's original promise was that he wouldn't change the status quo...

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  • Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has called for the removal of abortion coverage from their health insurance plan after Politico discovered that abortion was covered.

  • The silliness of pro-choice arguments regarding the Stupak amendment continues...

    Wendy Norris is now claiming money was another probable reason for the Catholic bishops' support of the Stupak amendment. Despite the vast majority of abortions being performed in abortion clinics and not hospitals, Norris thinks the bishops wanted to exclude federal subsidies for abortion so they could "omit a competitive advantage secular hospitals... can use to simultaneously market their services to the expected influx of newly insured patients...."

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  • Is infamous MI abortionist Alberto Hodari closing up (at least some of) his abortion mills? LifeSite and LifeNews both have the account of Flint Right to Life's Judy Climer who claims his Flint clinic has a for sale sign.

    Hodari's Womancare clinic in Southgate is also for sale.

    Maybe he needs some cash to pay for all his legal troubles....

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  • Liberals are making a lot of inaccurate and incredibly stupid claims about the Stupak amendment.

    Carlton Veazey from the Religious Coaltion for Reproductive Choice claims the Stupak amendment is "an encroachment on the separation of religion and state and an affront to a basic constitutional principle."

    Senator Tom Harkin thinks it's a slippery slope which could lead to the federal government not allowing people with federal housing loans to have abortions....

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  • In the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn has a piece on Bart Stupak appropriately entitled, "The man who made Pelosi cry uncle." It sounds like the pro-life Democrats aren't going to accept the Stupak amendment being stripped from health care reform:
  • As it is, Democrats now have to make some decisions that may anger their Planned Parenthood wing. The fight itself will be interesting, judging from a claim by Diana DeGette (D-CO) in yesterday's Washington Post that 40 Democrats will vote against a final bill unless the Stupak amendment is stripped out. Of course, if it is stripped out, that will put even more pressure on those 64 Democrats who voted for the amendment....

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    (Prolifer)ations 11-10-09

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  • Gaining a mention at the American Papist blog, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards was recently quoted in the New York Times accusing Catholic Bishops of "interceding to put their own ideology in the national health care plan" in an "unconscionable power play." While Richards was quick to shake a finger at the Bishops, she probably neglected to mention her growing bank account, which has accumulated over $300k in assets since 2007.

    As one commentator noted, however, "the vast majority of Americans oppose federal funding of abortion" - so, exactly whose "ideology" is being propagated here?

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 11-9-09

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  • Democrat Diane DeGette claims she has more than 40 House Democrats who will vote against the final version health care reform legislation if it includes the Stupak amendment. Here's the letter DeGette is passing around her caucus....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 11-9-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 11-6-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Mary Harned at Americans United For Life deconstructs the Ellsworth Amendment for the Health Care Bill, showing that the only changes are words, not content. The so-called affordability credits they write would continue under the Ellsworth Amendment. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment is currently the only option which would ensure that any opportunity for abortions to be federally funded is absolutely ruled out....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 11-5-09

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  • National Right to Life's Douglas Johnson has issued a statement on Congressman Ellsworth's "compromise" language in health care reform:
  • "Any House member who votes for the Pelosi rule is voting to establish a federal government insurance plan, the public option, that the bill explicitly authorizes to pay for all elective abortions. When a federal agency pays for abortions, that is federal funding of abortion in reality, whatever contrived labels Speaker Pelosi or her acolytes slap over it....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 11-4-09

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  • Amie Newman at RH Reality Check and Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon are questioning former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson's pro-life conversion by pointing to recent radio interviews (Newman has partially transcribed one interview) Johnson did on behalf of Planned Parenthood. The complete turnabout is very interesting. Newman and Clark-Flory both seem to hint at the possibility that Johnson was harassed into conversion....
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    (Prolifer)ations 11-3-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • The goblin and goon costumes may be packed away until next year, but a frightening new disguise is building prowess in the culture of death. 2SecondsFaster spotights a Daily Mail article on Down's syndrome...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 11-3-09

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  • According to the Calgary Sun, trespassing charges have been stayed against pro-life University of Calgary students who displayed pictures of aborted children on campus after prosecutors finally realized how stupid it would be to try to charge students with trespassing on their own campus:
  • No reason was given for staying the charges, but club treasurer Alanna Campbell said the charges -- laid about a year ago -- were ridiculous....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 11-2-09

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  • Geron is hoping to restart its delayed clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells in the third quarter of 2010:
  • In August, the company delayed human clinical trials of the drug candidate because some of the animals treated with the injection developed microscopic spinal cysts. The company has been testing the product on rats and mice.

  • The Derry Journal has the story of a premature infant who survived after being born at 24 weeks, weighing slightly more than a pound...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 10-30-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Back in June, Jivin J reported that the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicines was increasing its embryonic stem cell research budget by 25%. But in an abrupt U-turn, Wesley J. Smith reports that CIRM has now (inevitably) turned its focus to adult stem cell research. According to the article he notes from The New York Times...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 10-28-09

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  • The AP reports a 21-year-old UT man named Aaron Harrison has been sentenced to 5 years in jail after he beat up a pregnant 17-year-old girl in a failed attempt to kill the girl's unborn child.

    The girl, who apparently asked Harrison to beat her up because her boyfriend threatened to break up with her if she didn't get rid of the child, was originally sentenced to juvenile detention was released after a judge ruled that she was seeking an abortion and therefore couldn't be criminally liable...

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    (Prolifer)ations 10-27-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Albert Mohler writes about the growing realization that the feminist movement was "not about happiness"...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-27-09

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  • At the pro-choice blog Feministing, a blogger named Rose shares bits of a conversation she had with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards regarding health care and abortion and the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
  • Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet isn't happy with the Princetonian's portrayal of his organization and its description of their protest against Singer.
  • Friends of Scott Roeder (the alleged killer of George Tiller) are planning to auction off random militant anti-abortion items on eBay to raise money for his defense. Weird. How many people are actually interested in an Army of God manual? Hopefully, not very many.
  • Jivin J's Life Links 10-26-09

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  • Disgraced South Korean cloning researcher Hwang Woo-Suk has been convicted for embezzling research funds and illegally buying human eggs. The court has suspended his two-year sentence for three years.
  • The Daily Princetonian has an article on Peter Singer's 10 years at Princeton which includes some quotes from Not Dead Yet's Stephen Drake and others who are repulsed by Singer's views...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-22-09

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  • Dede Scozzafava, a pro-choice Republican congressional candidate, called the police on the Weekly Standard's John McCormack after he asked her a couple of questions including her position on health care reform bills which fund abortion. The Scozzafa campaign originally claimed that McCormack yelled at Scozzafava but have now retracted that statement after audio recordings proved otherwise....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-21-09

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  • The Charlotte Observer reports that 15-year-old pregnant bus stop shooting victim Tiffany Wright was pressured to have an abortion by a person of interest in the case before she was shot. Police believe Royce Mitchell, though not the father of the child, should be charged with statutory rape:
  • The documents, released Tuesday, say Mitchell took Tiffany - his adopted sister - to a Charlotte abortion clinic in July, but she was turned away because she was too far along at 21 weeks. So Mitchell planned a trip to an Atlanta clinic within days where Tiffany's pregnancy could be terminated....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-20-09

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  • At the Stand to Reason blog, Amy Hall has some good insights into the academic paper by abortionist Lisa Miller at the Abortioneers blog, regarding how those in the abortion industry react to second-trimester abortions:
  • It is utterly amazing to me that a person could see some of these things so clearly, could be informed so strongly by her own moral intuition, could grasp the contradictions, and yet could have a response that seeks to find a way to overcome the "visual and visceral ways in which first and second trimester abortions are different," rather than to reflect logically on what these things might mean and ask the question, How on earth could one person's "hopes and wishes" magically transform "unspeakable violence" against another person into something acceptable that one ought to work hard to encourage?...

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    (Prolifer)ations 10-16-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Anna Franzonello deconstructs a recent report put out by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute which promoted the claim that legalizing abortion will lead to decreased maternal abortion-related deaths...
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    Blog World Expo: Day 3

    Just attended the session, "The new celebrity," about how social media like Twitter have impacted the lives of pop stars.

    On the panel were Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls, rapper and record producer Jermaine Dupri (also apparently on-again boyfriend of Janet Jackson), actor Anthony Edwards, and singer Matt Goss.

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    They maintained social networking either brings them closer to fans, takes them from national to global, or helps them publicize their causes. (Moderator: "Causes are the new black." Read my observation from Day 1.)

    An Anthony Edwards lol: "I would have reconsidered making Revenge of the Nerds had I known I'd be speaking at this event."...

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    Blog World Expo: Day 2

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    Bloggers on break Blog World Expo 2009.jpgThe photo right is of bloggers on break at a blog convention, lol.

    A couple Blog World Expo sessions yesterday were over our heads, such as the one on search engine optimization (seo). Indeed, we've learned that much being taught here is at the 301 or 401 level, and our knowledge base is somewhere between 101 and 201. Rich and I are hoping to integrate some of this stuff by osmosis.

    But the class, "Writing killer blogs," by Wade Kwon of Birmingham Blogging Academy, was quite helpful. I'm posting Kwon's presentation, basically because I can, via a web tool I just learned of, SlideShare, which enables uploading and sharing of PowerPoint and other presentations....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-16-09

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  • Ed West shreds the Guttmacher Institute's "70k women die annually from unsafe abortion" estimate:
  • I don't doubt many women die as a result of unsafe abortion, but no one can possibly have any idea of the real figure, especially as so much of it goes on it countries where there are virtually no statistics for anything.

    In its 2007 report, Unsafe Abortion, the World Health Organization admitted: "Where induced abortion is restricted and largely inaccessible, or legal but difficult to obtain, little information is available on abortion practice. In such circumstances, it is difficult to quantify and classify abortion. What information is available is inevitably not completely reliable." The United Nations Population Division calls the estimates "quite speculative since hard data are missing for the large majority of countries."...

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    Blog World Expo: Day 1 take-aways for pro-lifers

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    I'm not sure about the crowd, but the presenters I heard yesterday were clearly liberal hipsters. I don't mean "hipster" in a bad way. These were just very web savvy people, and yes, they give off a cool vibe we conservatives just don't... :)

    News to me was their obvious concern for the plight of the people of the planet as well as the animals of the planet and the planet itself. I know I'm generalizing, but it had previously seemed to me their basic solution for worldwide hunger, poverty, and disease was abortion. No. And they translate their concern into raising money on the Internet....

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    Blog World Expo: Day 1

    1:57p MT: Highlights from "Why blogs are your #1 search marketing tool":

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    1st generation blogging: Citizen journalism

    2nd generation blogging: Thought leadership

    3rd generation blogging: Empowerment; all about search acquisition, about leveraging blogs to leverage search terms

    3 ways to drive traffic: 1) Direction navigation; 2) Referrals; 3) Searches...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-15-09

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  • Here's the Guttmacher Institute's most recent foray into guessing how many abortions occur worldwide using estimates from pro-choice organizations. Unfortunately, some news organizations take these ideological-based guesses as gospel. Here's a telling quote from AGI president Sharon Camp:
  • The researchers said preventing the need for abortion entirely was unrealistic, but said eliminating unsafe abortion by improving access to contraception and increasing pressure to lift abortion restrictions was a worthwhile and achievable goal....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-14-09

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  • Scott Klusendorf shares about a recent debate at the University of North Carolina between himself and former ACLU president Nadine Strossen.

  • Dawn Eden has a column in Headline Bistro about the work of Ashli McCall to educate others about hyperemesis gravidarum.
  • McGill University student Birgitte Witt has an editorial in the school newspaper about how she's disappointed in McGill pro-life club Choose Life because... well, because they're not pro-choice. She apparently is also ignorant of what happened at the protest of Choose Life's event with Jojo Ruba...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 10-13-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • John Jansen's Lunch Break blog has video and contact details on how to make your voice heard for the rights of free speech and the protection of the unborn in regards to the Chicago Bubble Zone ordinance. According to the blog...

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  • Keith Pavlischek writes about how a recent encounter and conversation with Sojourners' Rev. Jim Wallis has left him with the strong impression that Wallis is pro-choice:
  • In addition, I told Wallis as bluntly as I could, that as far as I could tell his position and that of Sojourners was indistinguishable from the old Mario Cuomo position of being "personally opposed" to abortion while wanting to keep the procedure legal. I suggested that neither he nor Sojourners could honestly be labeled pro-life because, for that term to mean anything, it has to involve advocacy for the legal protection of the unborn. Wallis was equally frank in response. He simply rejected my suggestion that the "legal protection of the unborn" had anything to do with being pro-life. Both of us left that conversation with a clear understanding that Wallis was, quite simply, pro-choice on abortion....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-9-09

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  • In Winnipeg, two men have pleaded guilty to murder after killing a pregnant woman who was carrying one of their children. A teenager previously pleaded guilty to his role in the killing:
  • Roxanne Fernando, 24, was lured to a violent death in February 2007, only weeks after discovering she was pregnant with Plourde's child....

    During the youth's sentencing, Crown attorney Brent Davidson told court Plourde pressured her to have an abortion. Fernando initially agreed to terminate her pregnancy but later had a "change of heart," setting in motion a disturbing chain of events, he said....

    "It would be the fetus that would drive the planned and deliberate killing of Ms. Fernando," said Davidson....

    Fernando was taken to a remote area near Mollard Road and Ritchie Street in northwest Winnipeg and repeatedly beaten with a broken hockey stick until she was dead. Her body was then buried in a snow-filled ditch.

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-8-09

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  • At the LTI Blog, Serge links to the first part of a video (language warning) of the disruption of Jojo Ruba's lecture at McGill University.

    I'm embarrassed for the disruptive students. Rarely does my 22-month-old daughter have tantrums this childish. Bereft of any arguments, they're left to singing "Old McDonald had a Farm" and other songs loudly. The saddest part about this is that they seem proud of their idiotic behavior. Other parts of the video disruption are on YouTube as well. Just type in McGill and Ruba....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-7-09

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  • National Review has an editorial in response to a Nature editorial which argues for changing the definition of death to include individuals who aren't dead but "who will never again be the person(s) (they were)" to increase organ donations:
  • The deeper flaw with the proposal is that it is grossly immoral, an attempt to legitimize the killing of vulnerable people while pretending something else is being done. Further evils would come in its train. The editorial concludes that "concerns about the legal details of declaring death in someone who will never again be the person he or she was should be weighed against the value of giving a full and healthy life to someone who will die without a transplant." Whether someone is actually dead is not a "legal detail." And note the expansiveness of the language. There will always be people whose lives do not seem "full and healthy," in comparison either with who they once were or with others deemed more deserving of life....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-6-09

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  • At the Abortioneers blog, one abortion clinic worker posts the entirety of a journal article (with the exception of references) focusing on second-trimester abortions and why some abortionists don't perform them.

    It is written by a female abortionist who is extremely direct and the article includes a number of personal stories relating to abortion. She talks about "the personal and psychological aspects" of performing second trimester abortions, the "visual and visceral dimensions of second trimester abortion," the "violence inherent in abortion, especially apparent in the second trimester" and "legitimate ethical and moral issues providers may have with second trimester abortion, as distinct from first trimester abortion."

    I would strongly suggest you read the whole thing....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-5-09

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  • The Topeka Capital-Journal has a
    disturbing article about a female prison inmate who got an abortion after being allegedly raped and impregnated by a vocational teacher who would give inmates money and contraband for sexual favors. The teacher, Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo, was only sentenced to 2 years probation despite the accusations of rape and his admittance that he brought pills to the inmate in an attempt to induce an abortion...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-1-09 Part II

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  • Harlan Clark, the man who allegedly shot abortion protestor Jim Pouillon, has
    been ruled incompetent to stand trial
    :
  • Shiawassee County District Judge Terrance Dignan, citing a written opinion by the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry, said Harlan Drake could attain competence to stand trial if provided treatment.

    Prosecutor Randy Colbry tells WNEM-TV that Drake was placed into the custody of the state Dept. of Mental Health to undergo treatment....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 10-1-09 Part I

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  • An AZ judge has struck down many of the provisions in a variety of pro-life laws which were scheduled to take effect yesterday:
  • The preliminary injunction issued by Judge Donald Daughton of Maricopa County Superior Court allows a 24-hour waiting period to take affect, but he blocked requirements that a woman see a doctor in person for advance disclosures before getting an abortion....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-29-09

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  • The New York Times has an article on Bart Stupak's efforts to get abortion out of health care reform:
  • After months of pushing the issue, Mr. Stupak said in an interview, Mr. Obama finally called him 10 days ago. "He said: 'Look, try to get this thing worked out among the Democrats. We want you to work it out within the party,'" Mr. Stupak said, adding that Mr. Obama did not say whether he supported the segregated-money provision or a more sweeping restriction. "We got his attention, which we never had before."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-28-09

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  • The LA Times has an article about personhood efforts in various states.
  • Rita Marker shares how law enforcement personnel in one Washington city were recently trained to provide information about the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) to cancer patients:
  • The irony was not lost on one experienced negotiator in attendance: "I find it interesting that, as crisis negotiators, we are trying to talk people out of killing themselves. But by the end of the afternoon, we had a social worker from the oncology department of the hospital talking about being able to assist people in killing themselves."...

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-22-09

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  • Some pro-choice organizations are more than a tad miffed that the Democrats in power aren't making any efforts to overturn the Hyde Amendment and are promising that no federal dollars will be used to pay for abortion under health care reform:
  • "But what we're being offered is not enough," she said, contending that President Obama had "traded many women's futures away" when he assured Congress on Sept. 9 that the new health plan would provide no public funds for abortion....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-21-09

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  • Wesley Smith writes about how a prosecutor has decided to decriminalize assisted suicide in Britain.
  • Here's a nonsensical column in the University of MN's newspaper by Opinions/Editorials Editor Jonathon Brown. In response to receiving an overwhelming number of letters regarding a recent pro-life display on campus, Brown writes that students shouldn't waste their time debating abortion because the debate is "long-dead" and the issue is the most polarizing in America. If the debate is "long-dead" then why are so many students willing to write in to their campus paper about it?...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-17-09

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  • Fox News reports that Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest is meeting this afternoon with Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Advisor, Joshua DuBois, Director of Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, and Tina Tchen, Director for Public Liaison, to discuss abortion and health care.
  • A woman in Botswana has been sentenced to 5 years in jail after she suffocated her daughter who was born alive after her mother tried to abort her....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-15-09

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  • The Globe and Mail has an in-depth article on India's problem with sex-selection abortion. The problem is biggest among the upperclass:
  • But $100 on the birth of a girl - or even $2,500 at her marriage - means nothing to the country's wealthiest families. And that is where the gender gulf is yawning most deeply. The richest neighbourhoods in the country - the wealthy farming areas of the Punjab, the middle-class areas of Mumbai and other cities, and here, the leafy neighbourhoods in the south of the capital - have the biggest gaps....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-10-09

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  • Dinesh D'Souza tries to get to the bottom of the national tragedy of abortion at Christianity Today:
  • Why then, in the face of its bad arguments, does the pro-choice movement continue to prevail legally and politically?

    I think it's because abortion is the debris of the sexual revolution. We have seen a great shift in the sexual mores of Americans in the past half-century. Today a widespread social understanding persists that if there is going to be sex outside marriage, there will be a considerable number of unwanted pregnancies. Abortion is viewed as a necessary clean-up solution to this social reality....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-9-09

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  • Sarah Palin discusses the problem with the bureaucratization of health care in the Wall Street Journal:
  • Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He's asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council - an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs. In an interview with the in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of "normal political channels," should guide decisions regarding that "huge driver of cost... the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives...."

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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-4-09

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  • Cardinal Sean O'Malley defends his presence at Senator Kennedy's funeral:

    Needless to say, the Senator's wake and Catholic funeral were controversial because of the fact that he did not publicly support Catholic teaching and advocacy on behalf of the unborn. ­­­Given the profound effect of Catholic social teaching on so many of the programs and policies espoused by Senator Kennedy and the millions who benefited from them, there is a tragic sense of lost opportunity in his lack of support for the unborn. To me and many Catholics it was a great disappointment because, had he placed the issue of life at the centerpiece of the Social Gospel where it belongs, he could have multiplied the immensely valuable work he accomplished....

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  • Is it me or is this interview with Jack Kevorkian by the local Detroit FOX affiliate way too light-hearted and rather tasteless considering the reporter is talking to a man who was jailed for killing a man and admits to helping more than 100 people commit suicide? I love how the sub-headline is "No Holds Barred" as if this was some tough interview where a reporter asked probing questions rather than trying to get Kevorkian to do an Al Pacino impression....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 9-1-09

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  • The Washington Post has another one of those stories about how abortion providers are graying/dwindling and how poor medical students who want to become abortionists find it difficult to find someone to train them on how to kill unborn children. You also get the required ample helping of "how bad back-alley abortions were" testimonies from older abortionists.
  • In Britain, some patients are avoiding hip replacement as doctors use adult stem cells combined with an patient's "cleaned, ground-up" bone to repair damaged hip bones.
  • The Daily Loaf has Part I of an abortion story of a 24-year-old woman living in NY.

  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-31-09

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  • Ross Douthat compares Senator Kennedy with his sister Eunice, who also recently passed away:

    What the siblings shared - in addition to the grace, rare among Kennedys, of a ripe old age and a peaceful death - was a passionate liberalism and an abiding Roman Catholic faith. These 2 commitments were intertwined: Ted Kennedy's tireless efforts on issues like health care, education and immigration were explicitly rooted in Catholic social teaching, and so was his sister's lifelong labor on behalf of the physically and mentally impaired.

    What separated them was abortion....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 8-25-09

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  • FactCheck.org has called out President Obama's fabrications about whether public funds would pay for abortions under current health care reform measures. Some excerpts:

    As for other types of abortions, the Capps Amendment leaves it to the secretary of Health and Human Services to decide whether or not they will be covered. It says, "Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing the public health insurance option from providing" abortion services that would not be legal for Medicaid coverage......

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  • Time has an article on President Obama's lack of truth-telling when it comes to abortion and health care reform:

    But this last statement, while technically correct, does not tell the whole story. The health-care reform proposed by House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the federal government's role in the financing of abortions.....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-21-09

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  • South Dakota's informed consent law has been upheld in part. From the AP:

    U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's decision Thursday ends a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD filed in response to a 2005 informed consent law that required several disclosures to women seeking an abortion....

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  • First Things' Keith Pavlischek writes about common ground, the Obama administration and reducing the number of abortions:

    The problem, of course, is that anyone who has been paying attention knows full well that Obama and his crew are not interested in reducing the number of abortions. How do we know this? We know it because Obama and crew keep telling us that they are not interested in reducing the number of abortions. Sooner or later you would think these moderate and progressive Evangelicals would get the message.
  • Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian tells People that she's pregnant and considered getting an abortion before choosing life...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 8-19-09

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  • The FDA has put an indefinite hold on Geron's embryonic stem cell clinical trial.
  • In First Things, Richard Stith, discusses how abortion may not be as liberating as some pro-choicers think:

    If she says she is pro-life so he thinks abortion is not an option for her, he might decide to keep her from getting pregnant by leaving her for someone more open to abortion, a woman who doesn't insist on his using a condom. That is, the presence in the sexual marketplace of women willing to have an abortion reduces an individual womans bargaining power.

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  • Wesley Smith writes regarding a story that a woman in Tunisia is apparently pregnant with 12 children after using IVF:

    IVF has brought joy to millions of parents. But it has also fueled the hedonism front of the coup de culture. Moreover, because the reproductive industry, feminists, bioethicists, and others in the anything goes crowd resist any reasonable regulation, it has also opened the door to treating nascent human life as mere ore taken from a mine, set the Brave New World project on its trajectory, led to women becoming so many paid brood mares, caused the death, disability, and serious illness of egg donors and sellers, and transformed reproduction into a mercantile transaction in which people believe they have the right not only to a baby, but to the baby - or many babies - they want....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 8-17-09

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  • Newsweek profiles Leroy Carhart, whom it dubs "The Abortion Evangelist" because of his attempts to train others to perform late term abortions.

    It appears Carhart trusts fewer women than abortionist Warren Hern:

    Carhart has a few firm lines; he won't, for example, do elective abortions past 24 weeks, because the fetus is likely viable....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-14-09

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    • Unrestricted access to abortions paid for by the national government? That's not enough!

      So declares Canadian columnist Andre Picard, in the Globe and Mail, who claims women in Quebec "need fewer barriers to abortion, not more" in response to a proposed regulation which would require abortion clinics to meet the same requirements as other non-hospitable facilities which provide surgeries (the horror!)....

  • Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 8-14-09"

    (Prolifer)ations 8-13-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Culture Campaign cites a Washington Post article noting that economic prosperity no longer translates to a low fertility rate in some highly developed countries. According to the article...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 8-13-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-12-09

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  • According to an AP report, Rick Pitino, head coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, apparently paid for the abortion of a woman he had sex with in 2003.

    The woman, Karen Sypher, is currently charged with lying to the FBI and trying to extort $10 million dollars from Pitino:

    About two weeks after meeting Sypher at the restaurant, Pitino told police that she called, told him she was pregnant and that he had to be the father. Pitino told her when they met again that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn't know what he wanted to do, according to the report by Sgt. Andy Abbott, commander of the sex-offense unit....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-11-09

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  • Canadian pro-life advocate David MacDonald shares the story of a young woman he met while protesting at an abortion clinic:

    Afterwards she wanted to die. She cut herself with razor blades all over her body and ended up in a psych ward. The walls were blank but she saw children running all around on the walls and she was in incredible turmoil. When she was released she had tattoos engraved all over her body, some she did herself....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-10-09

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  • Frank Beckwith notes the concerns of Charles Lane in the Washington Post surrounding the health care reform legislation's end-of-life counseling. Beckwith writes:

    Supporters of H.R. 3200 claim that its end of life counseling provision, section 1233, is merely voluntary for the patient. But a closer look shows that section 1233 includes conditions and financial incentives for physicians and other health care providers that create a setting in which an elderly patient's decision to appropriate this option is likely to be less than voluntary....

  • Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 8-10-09"

    (Prolifer)ations 8-7-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • 2 Seconds Faster comments on Planned Parenthood's continued fight against the rights of parents to protect their minor daughters from the "cure-all" of abortion...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-7-09

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  • Penny Young Nance writes in the Baltimore Sun about how President Obama really just isn't that into pro-lifers:

    The battles on Capitol Hill over Sonia Sotomayor and health care have convinced me that pro-life Americans should take a cue from a popular chick flick. A hit movie newly out on DVD recently proclaims a shocking truth to women who make excuses for the bad behavior of men they date. That fact is: If he lies, cheats and treats you disrespectfully, "he's just not that into you...."

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  • (Prolifer)ations 8-6-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Judie Brown's blog covers the recent release of Plan B One-Step, purported to make pregnancy prevention after unprotected sex easier than ever before.

    Judie takes particular issue with the claims of the PBO website, which states, "Plan B One-Step isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't terminate an existing pregnancy. " The prescribers section of the website states that the pill works in the following ways...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-6-09

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  • The latest statistics on abortion are out in MI. Abortions increased by 5.2%. The percentage of abortions on black women rose to 45.4%. The number of abortions performed after 12 weeks also jumped up. One MI woman died as the result of an abortion.

    Also of note, 98.1% of women paid for abortion by themselves. Only 1.8% of abortions were paid for by insurance. Makes you wonder where the Alan Guttmacher and the Kaiser Family Foundation got their statistics (87% and 46% respectively) used in the AP article regarding abortion coverage in employer insurance health care plans....

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    Jivin J's Life Links 8-4-09

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  • John McCormack has a piece in the Weekly Standard on Congressman Tim Ryan and his slide away from being pro-life. It includes this telling part of an interview between the Weekly Standard and Ryan:

    TWS: When do you believe life begins?

    REP. RYAN: That answer's above my pay grade. That's for God to determine.

    TWS: So you're not saying first trimester, second trimester, conception?

    REP. RYAN: I don't know. I mean, that's God. God knows when it begins, and when it ends, and all that other stuff.

    If Ryan doesn't know when life begins, then on what does he base his supposed "pro-life" position?...
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    (Prolifer)ations 8-3-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

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  • ProWomanProLife finds research that flies in the face of "modern, enlightened wisdom." A UK Daily Mail article states:

    More than a third of working mothers want to quit their jobs to look after their children, research suggests....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 8-3-09

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  • John McCormack provides a little more detail into what happened with abortion amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

    Instead of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, the committee passed an amendment that is being billed by some Democrats as a "common ground" measure on abortion. The amendment - sponsored by Lois Capps (D-Calif.), whose National Right to Life Committee vote-scorecard is 0 for 74 - would allow the "public option" to provide coverage for elective abortions and would allow federally subsidized private plans to provide abortion coverage as well....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 7-23-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Why Mommy is a Palin Supporter presents a personal testimony on the topic of Natural Family Planning....
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-22-09

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  • I guess besides thinking that when human rights begin is "above his pay grade," Obama also feels, according to CBS, "rather than wad(ing) into" the issue of whether health care reform legislation will include forcing insurance companies to cover abortion, he'll just not answer the question (transcript here). Typical Obama. Stay away from wading into specifics, speak in vague, ear-pleasing generalities and try to pass desired legislation as quickly as possible....
  • Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 7-22-09"

    Jivin J's Life Links 7-21-09

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  • In the National Review, Robert George, Patrick Lee and Maureen Condic respond to Ronald Bailey regarding Bailey's argument that embryos aren't living human beings because scientists can take mouse iPS cells, put them together with a blastocyst which can only form placental tissue, and create mouse embryos...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 7-21-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-20-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Kelli

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Mark Crutcher explains why babies really are the reason for our economic collapse, but not for the same reasons Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama seem to believe...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-20-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-17-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Not Dead Yet covers the ongoing battle between the wife of a severely brain damaged man and the NY nursing home seeking a Do Not Resuscitate order and removal of his feeding tube....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-17-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 7-17-09

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  • According to the AP, the House of Representatives has passed a spending bill with an amendment to allow DC to pay for the abortions of poor women. Here's the roll call vote. A press release from the Susan B. Anthony List notes that the House voted 216-213 to prevent amendments dealing with social issues from receiving an up or down vote in the House.
  • Michael New reports that even pro-choice organizations can recognize that ending tax-subsidized abortions would reduce the number of abortions performed...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 7-16-09

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  • Wesley Smith shoots down Peter Singer's advocacy for the health care rationing of people with disabilities.
  • Rebecca Taylor shows that Pharnygula needs to actually read a bill regarding human-animal hybrids before commenting on what it would do. It's hilarious when someone who hasn't read the bill, and apparently has no clue (he doesn't seem to know that Britain has allowed attempts at human cloning using animal eggs) what Senators Brownback and Landrieu want to prevent in the US, tosses out the terms "ignoramus," "clowns" and "Rethuglicans."...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 7-15-09

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  • Charlie Savage has an interesting piece in the New York Times about the Sotomayor hearings, abortion, Gonzalez v. Carhart, settled law and precedent.
  • Jonah Goldberg notes the lack of news about or follow-up questions to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's rather noteworthy quote in her recent interview with the New York Times. He also discusses abortion's eugenics roots.
  • In First Things, Hadley Arkes discusses empathy and apathy. After discussing Laci's and Connor's law and court cases involving partial-birth abortion, Arkes writes (emphasis added)...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 7-15-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 7-13-09

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  • Marjorie Dannenfelser has a piece in the Weekly Standard entitled "The Abortion Administration," which discusses, among other items, the current health care plan being pushed through Congress:

    But by now, nearly 6 months in, the bottom line for Barack Obama is clear. After making a few polite noises about finding "common ground" with pro-lifers, his administration has shown zero interest in doing so. Instead, the Obama agenda is to weave government-backed abortion into the fabric of American life and make it a far more integral part of domestic and foreign policy than ever before....

  • Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 7-13-09"

    (Prolifer)ations 7-10-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Kelli

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Big Blue Wave discusses the proper use of terminology for the pro-life movement...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-10-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 7-9-09

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  • The Hill shares the Obama administration's reasoning for not mentioning and responding to the vast majority of comments regarding the NIH's new human embryonic stem cell funding guidelines:

    The NIH witnessed this emotional intensity firsthand. The agency received more than 49k comments from the public after issuing a draft of its guidelines in April. About 30k of them - many of which were form letters - debated whether the NIH should be funding embryonic stem cell research at all....

  • Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 7-9-09"

    (Prolifer)ations 7-9-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • 2 Seconds Faster reports on breaking news from the Northeast England Stem Cell Institute, claiming that human sperm cells have been created from embryonic stem cells. Hypothetically, in the future, men need not apply when a woman chooses to have a child.

    According to the Telegraph, leading the "research" is stem cell biologist Professor Karim Nayernia, whose team has already used the technique in mice...

  • Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-9-09"

    Jivin J's Life Links 7-8-09

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  • Time has an article entitled, "Could Abortion Coverage Sink Health Care Reform?":

    Under the legislation being worked on by three committees in the House, Americans earning up to 400% of the poverty level - $43k for an individual; $88k for a family of four - would be eligible for government subsidies to help them purchase coverage.

    But if the anti-abortion legislators get their way, those subsidies would have a big string attached; they could not be used to purchase a policy that has abortion coverage. For many women, that would mean giving up a benefit they now have under their private insurance policies.

  • The Telegraph reports The House of Lords has voted against allowing Britons to take to another country to for assisted suicide.
  • NV's state Health Division has ordered the Clinica de Mujeres in Las Vegas to stop performing surgeries after finding evidence that abortion had been performed there in an unsafe manner.

    The owner of the clinic, Vickie Mazzorana, is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Medical Center.

  • An Australian woman and her boyfriend have been charged after smuggling in and using an RU-486 abortion pill.
  • Jivin J's Life Links 7-7-09

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  • Byard Duncan shares his experience at his first abortion party:

    Maggie, a 22-year-old college senior with no intention of bringing a child into the world yet, was going to have an abortion. She told us that she had already made up her mind; she had even determined the time, date and location. A better question might have been, "How are you going to pay for it?"

    She answered that one before we had a chance to ask. "We're having a party Friday to raise money," Maggie said. "You guys are obviously invited."

    An abortion party. For the price of whatever we were willing to donate, she explained, we could partake of baked goods, beer and dancing. It was going to start at 10 p.m. at Maggie's.

  • Dan Gilgoff notes a few surprises from President Obama's recent talk with members of the Catholic press...

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    (Prolifer)ations 7-7-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Kelli

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Culture Campaign alerts readers to a July 1 New York Times article regarding how Obama "stimulus" funds are being spent:

    The so-called economic stimulus legislation is funding comparative studies on the effectiveness of health care options, which includes strategies of "over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives or other hormonal methods, expanding access to long-acting methods for young women, [and] providing free contraceptive methods at public clinics, pharmacies or other locations."...

  • Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-7-09"

    (Prolifer)ations 7-2-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • American Papist reports on the creation of a federal abortion plan with a twofold purpose: to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the need for abortion. According to the article, "the plan would seek to reduce unwanted pregnancies by funding comprehensive sex education and contraception and to reduce the need for abortion by bolstering federal support for pregnant women."

    Some pro-life groups, including the Southern Baptist Convention and the US Council of Catholic Bishops, take issue with the unwanted pregnancy prevention action portion of the "common ground" plan primarily because it routes federal tax dollars to contraceptive distribution and comprehensive sex ed....

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  • A local CBS station has already covered the release of Lila Rose's latest undercover tape and received a statement from someone at the sheriff's office and Planned Parenthood.

  • The OH Supreme Court has issued two abortion related rulings.

    One ruling prevents the parents of a teen who received an abortion at Planned Parenthood from obtaining PP's medical records. The parents wanted the records to bolster their civil case against PP for failing to notify them....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-30-09

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    • Dan Gilgoff reports that there is a growing schism among common ground advocates regarding legislation on abortion. One side wants the two segments of the common ground package (preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion) introduced in one bill while another side wants them introduced separately.
    • Joe Carter writes about how the language we use could be affecting how we think...
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    Jivin J's Life Links 6-29-09

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  • The Mirror notes that recent research presented at the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam has found that having an abortion (especially multiple abortions) is associated with giving birth to premature child later in life:

    Women who have had an abortion or miscarriage are more likely to give birth to a premature baby, researchers have found....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-29-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-25-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Forest Nymph reports the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer issued a press release on June 24, calling for a debate regarding the breast cancer risk...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-25-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-25-09

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  • The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld VA's ban on partial-birth abortion in a 6-5 vote. The Center for Reproductive Rights isn't happy about it.

  • MercatorNet interviews Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Gynecologists and Obstetricians, about the number of women who die from unsafe abortion:

    MercatorNet: Does it matter very much if the numbers are not accurate? Governments do have to address all aspects of maternal health, including abortion, don't they?

    Donna Harrison: Actually, it matters enormously because of the implications for planning national policy. If a country finds that a large percentage of maternal deaths happen from a lack of skilled birth attendants at delivery, and a very small number come from induced abortions, then it becomes clear that funding should be directed to skilled birth attendants and not to abortion agencies....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-25-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-24-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • 2 Seconds Faster reports on a Daily Mail article regarding the position of Catholic adoption agencies in the UK. The Mail writes...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-24-09

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  • Brent Bozell notes the obvious bias in PBS's recent program dealing with the murder of George Tiller.

  • National Right to Life Committee's Dave Andrusko on Barack Obama's Father's Day comments:
    Obama has eloquently written of what he went through when abandoned by his own father, the price that he paid. Without the selfless involvement of his maternal grandparents, the young Barack Obama would never have had the advantages that made it possible for him someday to become President.

    But the point of his essay in Parade--made over and over--is that fathers matter, and that they matter most of all when times are tough.

    At the risk of stating the obvious, there are fewer more difficult times than when the father of the baby (often, but by no means always, not married to the mother) learns she is carrying their baby.

  • What's worse - attempting to cover up statutory rape or receiving training and support from conservative organizations? From his Alternet piece on Lila Rose, it appears Bill Berkowitz thinks the latter is worse. His research is also so flimsy, he appears to think Rose founded the Advocate (a pro-life student publication at UCLA) in the last couple of months.

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-23-09

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  • Fr. Frank Pavone writes about how men can choose abortion.

  • A FL man has been arrested for beating and sexually assaulting a pregnant woman:
    Officers allege [Charles] Daniels abused the woman, hitting her in the stomach, putting his hands around her throat and telling her she would never see her children again, an arrest report stated.

    Daniels had been dating the 36-year-old Gainesville woman about a week and wanted her to have an abortion because the child wasn't his, the report stated.

  • Joe Carter on the "uneasy conscience of a pro-choice apologist"...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-23-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-22-09

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  • Career advice columnist Penelope Trunk discusses her two abortions:
    I got two abortions to preserve my career. To keep my options open. To keep my aspirations within reach.

    I bought into the idea that kids undermine your ability to build an amazing career.

    And here I am, with the amazing career.

    But also, here I am with two kids. So I know a bit about having kids and a career. And I want to tell you something: You don't need to get an abortion to have a big career. Women who want big careers want them because something deep inside you drives you to change the world, lead a revolution, break new barriers....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-22-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-22-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Kelli

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • ProWomanProLife's Andrea Mrozek notes a NY Times parenting blog in which a 22-year-old mother chooses to abort. The mental gymnastics exemplified in the "parenting" blog are astounding. Mrozek states...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-19-09

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  • Joe Carter laments President Obama's disbandment of the President's Council of Bioethics:
    In other words, the Obama administration already knows where it stands on all those pesky moral issues like human cloning, chimeras, and euthanasia, and just needs a group to provide advice on how to implement its preferred policies.

    Whereas the previous councils wrestled with such questions as "What is the nature of human dignity?" the new one will most likely be addressing more practical policy options, such as "How much should we pay women to harvest their eggs for cloning?"

    ...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 6-18-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Anne Marie D.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Judie Brown comments on her American Life League blog regarding the potential partnership between CeltiCare, Inc. and Caritas Christi, the Catholic healthcare system overseen by the Archdiocese of Boston. CeltiCare is a subsidiary of the Centene Corporation, a "multi-line healthcare enterprise" which provides both medical care and specialty services to individuals qualifying for Medicaid....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-18-09

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  • RH Reality Check has launched a section of their web site entitled "On Common Ground" with posts by various individuals (a couple of whom are pro-life) and various legislative proposals which attempt to find common ground.

    At World magazine's blog, Alisha Harris writes, "The problem I see so far is that finding common ground makes it hard to break new ground or move the debate forward. Civility is vital, but it is also pointless if it suffocates an authentic discussion of the deep tensions still there."

    CBN's David Brody writes,"One quick note: on a separate part of their site they blast religious right organizations. It really takes away from their credibility when it comes to seeking common ground. It's a confusing message."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-18-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-17-09

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  • Trevin Wax interviews Scott Klusendorf regarding a variety of pro-life news items including how pro-lifers should respond to people who blame George Tiller's death on pro-life people.

  • Wesley Smith asks what's wrong with serial infanticide if infants aren't persons.

  • In USNews, Dan Gilgoff discusses the Obama administration's possible common ground plan and the concerns of both sides of the abortion debate.

  • According to MIT's Technology Review, Advanced Cell Technology will seek approval for a clinical trial using embryonic stem cells to treat vision loss.

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-14-09

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  • After recently claiming he would perform third trimester abortions in KS and seemingly misleading Associated Press writer Margery Gibbs into thinking NE had stricter abortion laws than KS, abortionist Leroy Carhart is now claiming he will perform third trimester abortions at his NE abortion clinic:
    For the time being, Carhart said he will offer late-term abortions in his Bellevue clinic. He said Nebraska's abortion laws are flexible.

    "As long as I get referrals from other doctors that say the fetus is not viable, then it's my intent to take care of those patients," Carhart said.

    This is in contrast to what the Associated Press wrote after interviewing Carhart less than a week ago. That article claims...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-12-09

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  • Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet points out that even Art Caplan is fearful that Hollywood's Jack Kevorkian biopic won't tell the true story. Drake also argues that Kevorkian might have been the best thing for the assisted suicide movement because he allowed them to appear moderate.

  • Hindu.com and IndianExpress.com have the story of a young girl named Pramita Aich who had a Stage IV neuroblastoma which was successfully treated with the help of an adult stem cell transplant - her own bone marrow.

  • According to Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Judge Sotomayor claimed to him that she had never thought about whether the unborn have rights, reports One News Now....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-12-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-11-09

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  • The AP reports abortionist Leroy Carhart is claiming he plans on performing 3rd trimester abortions in Kansas:
    Carhart isn't saying whether his plans include opening a new facility or offering the abortions at an existing practice. He says such details are "something that doesn't need to be talked about" until everything is in place.

  • Reuters reporter Maggie Fox really ought to do a little more research. She has an article whose title falsely claims, "Murder leaves just two US clinics for late abortions." The article also has this astoundingly ridiculous quote from abortionist Pratima Gupta:
    Gupta calls Tiller's murder devastating. "There are two other providers out there, but frankly, right now, they are not wanting to be very public about the services that they offer," she said.
    Does Gupta mean Warren Hern and Leroy Carhart, both of whom have been extremely public about providing late-term abortions in the days since Tiller's murder?

  • Alveda King responds to Leroy Carhart's comparison of the deaths of George Tiller and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-11-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby new intern Anne Marie D.

    (Welcome, Anne Marie!)

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Forest Nymph spotlights a
    CNS News report regarding the Obama administration's call for a repeal of the Dornan Amendment....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-11-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-09-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Kelli

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • In Mark Crutcher's most recent blog, he addresses the pro-choice media's exaggeration of abortion-related violence, most notably, the murder of abortionists...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-09-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-09-09

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  • The New York Times has an article on the pro-life movement in Wichita, its history and the effect of George Tiller's murder and the possible closing of his clinic.

  • This is weird. Some guy named Randy Alcorn (and I'm presuming it's not the same Randy Alcorn who's the author of "Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments" and "Why Pro-Life") has an editorial in the Daily Sound which argues that abortion is pro-life because our world can't sustain all our lives, so some of us have to go...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-08-09

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  • The Washington Post has an article on state legislation to restrict abortion. It notes how MS abortionist Joseph Booker admits he breaks the law:
    Booker, who performs about 60 abortions a week, said he is careful to follow state law. But, citing medical research, he refuses to comply with the legislative mandate to tell women that abortion increases the risks of breast cancer and infertility. During one counseling session last week, he called them "two things definitely not associated with having an abortion."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-08-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-05-09

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  • The Washington Post has an article on late-term abortions which basically allows Warren Hern, Leroy Carhart and the National Abortion Federation's Vicky Saporta to make a number of unsubstantiated claims about the women who come to them for post-viability abortions and the only response is a couple of short quotes from Operation Rescue.

    Why couldn't the Post find a pro-life doctor who specializes in helping women who want to carry their children with fetal anomalies to term?

  • Meanwhile, the LA Times features an article on Warren Hern and his clinic. Apparently, the only pro-lifer they could find to reply to Hern was CO Right to Life's Bob Enyart, who has two quotes...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 6-05-09"

  • JillStanek.com listed in Top 100 Political Blogs

    The list comes out today, compiled by Wikio.com (click to enlarge):

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    The backstory, how the list was compiled...

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    (Prolifer)ations 6-04-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Life Site News reports over 2k marched in Poland in support of life this past Sunday, despite heavy rain. The march ran through Warsaw and took over 2 hours to complete. At some points, marchers were up to their shins in water....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-04-09

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  • Both Ramesh Ponnuru and Jay Watts respond to William Saletan's argument that individuals who kill abortion providers are the only ones who truly believe the unborn are as valuable as the born.

    The more I think about it, the more I see how thoughtless Saletan's argument is. For example, take his argument and use it on other movements. Does he think those who resorted to violence (like John Brown) were the only abolitionists who really thought that slaves were persons? Did William Wilberforce not really believe slaves were equal to free men because he didn't kill slave traders?...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 6-03-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Big Blue Wave quotes pro-choicer Megan McArdle's piece in The Atlantic, which McArdle claims may anger many of her readers...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-02-09

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  • William Saletan rather thoughtlessly attempts to argue that it makes sense for pro-lifers to kill abortionists:
    I applaud these statements. They affirm the value of life and nonviolence, two principles that should unite us. But they don't square with what these organizations purport to espouse: a strict moral equation between the unborn and the born.
    Yes, they do. If it is wrong to kill unborn humans because they have inherent worth and intrinsic value, then it is also wrong to kill born humans (including George Tiller and other abortionists) because they have the same inherent worth and intrinsic value....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 6-02-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • California Catholic Daily brings us some good news. 3 babies, including a set of twins, were recently saved from abortion in Sacramento. The mother of the twins is 5 months along, with 2 boys at home....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 6-01-09

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  • A Daily Kos diarist has posted a transcript of late-term abortionist Warren Hern blaming Tiller's death on the anti-abortion movement and comparing it to the Taliban during an MSNBC interview:
    This was not an act of a lone deranged gunman, this is a result of 35 years of relentless and merciless anti -abortion harassment, violence, and intimidation, hate speech, and violent rhetoric and this is the absolutely predictable consequence of that kind of mindless harassment and fanaticism....

    The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8k miles....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-29-09

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  • As if his career hasn't been floundering enough, Reuters claims Al Pacino is now apparently in talks to play the role of Jack Kevorkian in a gushing HBO biopic.

  • According to the BBC, pro-lifers in the UK are still working to get details about late-term abortions performed there.

    They want to know the reasons why some women are aborting children past 24 weeks. Are they true medical reasons or because the children were diagnosed with cleft palate?

  • IOL reports that making abortion legal in South Africa hasn't stopped women from going to individuals who promise "pain-free abortions," give them abortion pills and are nowhere to be found when complications arise.

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-28-09, Part II

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  • The LA Times has an article regarding the concerns of abortion rights groups in regards to Obama's Supreme Court nominee,
    Sonia Sotomayor:
    "I simply don't know Judge Sotomayor's view on Roe vs. Wade. I will be very concerned if the question is not asked and answered during the Senate hearings," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Wednesday. "So far, no one has been able to give us an assurance of her views."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-28-09, Part II"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-28-09, Part I

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  • The University of Washington's paper covers a visit by the Genocide Awareness Project. Some pro-choice students protested the exhibit (one appears to be holding a sign which reads "Pro-Choice is Pro-Life") while others used other means:
    The tone of the protest shifted when one student egged the exhibit, and another scribbled on the signs advertising it in Red Square.
  • The Catholic News Agency provides another example of pro-choice intolerance, this time in Spain, where the headquarters of an organization called E-Cristians was spray painted with abortion slogans....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-28-09, Part I"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5-27-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Suzanne from Big Blue Wave is featured as a guest columnist at
    No Apologies
    . In her article, she urges pro-life women to make themselves heard and to not allow one type of "feminist" to speak for all women...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-21-09

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  • Michael Stokes Paulsen wants to know how serious President Obama is on finding common ground:
    Mr. President, you say that abortions are never undertaken lightly, and without acute anguish. I wish this were always true; and so do you, apparently. But some abortions - many, actually - are had for many reasons we would find common ground to condemn.

    Will you join me, and others, in supporting a ban on abortion had for reasons of sex-selection of a born child? Sadly, many seek abortion not because they do not want a child, but because they do not want a girl. This is horrible, would you not agree? Mr. President, if you are serious about seeking common ground, would you not agree that our nation should ban the abortion choice when used for such an awful, human-gender-based reason?...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-21-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5-21-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • American Papist points us to an MSNBC report that Mel Gibson, director of The Passion of the Christ, recently announced he and his wife are filing for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and has conceived a child with another woman, Oksana Grigorieva of Russia. Reports have confirmed that she is several months pregnant.

    According to the report, quoting the National Enquirer, Gibson's 7 other children are hiring lawyers to guard their inheritance:

    "In late April, Mel gathered his children at the family home in Malibu and broke the news that Oksana is pregnant, and he expects them to accept the baby as a new sibling," a family friend told the magazine.

    "They are quite upset. Even though Mel assured them the pregnancy was unplanned, they're furious with him and say they're going to take steps to protect their inheritance, which they feel is in jeopardy."

  • Americans United for Life blogs about a recently released CNN poll showing 72% of Americans, an overwhelming majority, want either a conservative or moderate Supreme Court Justice....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-20-09

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  • The LA Times has another article with the thesis that bad economic times are leading to women having more abortions. The article included this story which I'm guessing was supposed to be horrifying:
    She said one woman from Kern County first called ACCESS when she was 11 weeks pregnant. The woman said her insurance wouldn't cover an abortion and she had tried for weeks to enroll in Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare system for the poor.

    "She waited 5 weeks for the Medi-Cal. . . . By that point, she felt it was too late to personally go through with it," Lopez said. "This is a really good example of the barriers that are put in front of women who are trying to make responsible decisions early on."...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-19-09

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  • Yuval Levin has an interesting piece in the National Review pointing out how Obama's rhetoric at Notre Dame should at least slightly encourage pro-lifers. Levin points out how the popular self-interest arguments formerly used by leading pro-choicers have gone by the wayside:
    But his speech should leave pro-lifers optimistic, because it illustrates the transformation of the abortion debate over the past 15 years. Put simply, defenders of the Roe regime seem incapable of making a case for themselves, and when they reach for the vocabulary of American liberal democracy in an effort to make some kind of argument, they end up closer to the case for their opponents....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-18-09

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  • Yahoo News has a Politico piece on the Obama/Notre Dame controversy which does a good job of allowing pro-lifers to respond to Obama's speech:
    One of the protesters at Notre Dame, [our own] Jill Stanek, an anti-abortion blogger who did not support Obama, said the president's speech sounded eerily familiar.

    "It was just a regurgitation of things he's said for a long time," Stanek said. "He's so good at expressing your point of view, so people are lulled into thinking he agrees with them, and he doesn't. It's just so typical Barack Obama."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-18-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-15-09

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  • The New York Times has an article on Obama and abortion which discusses his attempts to straddle the issue (at least with his rhetoric) and his upcoming appearance at Notre Dame. The end of the article has this interesting quote from Doug Kmiec:
    Douglas W. Kmiec, a constitutional scholar and former Notre Dame professor who was an outspoken critic of abortion when he worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan and the elder George Bush, said he had been advising the White House to use the speech at the university on Sunday to tackle the controversy head on, with the president making the case that "we already have agreement, we both respect life, we both view abortion as a moral tragedy."
    Does Obama really view abortion as a moral tragedy? If so, why does he want our tax dollars to pay for these moral tragedies?...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 5-15-09

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    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Parenting Freedom points out a new survey, showing 2 out of 3 adults believe being a mother is the most important role a woman can ever fill.

    72% of women believe it is the most important role as opposed to 60% of men believing the same.

  • Covenant News draws attention to a King5.com story regarding a WA woman who is suing army doctors over a botched abortion....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-14-09

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  • Why I am not surprised? The Catholic News Agency reports Hillary Clinton may have been exaggerating her tale of visiting Brazilian hospitals and claiming that half the women she saw there were "fighting for their lives against botched abortions":
    The National Catholic Register contacted Department of State spokeswoman Laura Tischler to see if there was any record of Clinton's trip to Brazilian hospitals. Tischler said, "I am unable to confirm where or when the trip she referred to in her testimony was -- where specifically in Brazil she was visiting or when the trip occurred."

  • CNN has an article on the short list of Obama's possible Supreme Court nominees....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-14-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-13-09, Part II

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  • The Local reports that Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare has ruled that doctors can't deny a woman the ability to know the gender of her child when the only reason she wants to know the gender is to have a sex-selection abortion if the child is a girl:
    [A] woman, who already had two daughters, requested an amniocentesis in order to allay concerns about possible chromosome abnormalities. At the same time, she also asked to know the foetus's gender....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-13-09, Part II"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-13-09, Part I

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  • Ross Douthat's latest op-ed in the New York Times discusses Obama's differing strategies on abortion and same-sex marriage:
    Among their many aspirations for his presidency, Barack Obama's admirers nurse a persistent hope that he might be able to end the culture wars. And by end, they generally mean win. The real hope is a final victory for cultural liberalism, and social conservatism's permanent eclipse.

    These hopes are overstated, but not necessarily irrational. Four months in, the Obama administration does seem to have a plausible strategy for turning the "social issues" to liberalism's advantage. The outline is simple: engage on abortion, and punt on gay rights....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-13-09, Part I"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-11-09

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  • The Washington Times has a long article on parents who choose life after receiving dire prenatal diagnoses during pregnancy:
    ... [M]ost women with problem pregnancies quickly become discouraged and overwhelmed. "People hear these callous, insensitive remarks, things like 'Why do you want to carry a baby like this?' or 'Are you religious or something?'" she says.

    "The genetics counselors uniformly will hand out support information that assumes you'll terminate."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-11-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5-08-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby intern Bernadette P.

    Spotlighting important information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • ParentingFreedom has a post regarding Bristol Palin's Good Morning America interview on May 6, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5-08-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-07-09

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  • The Wall Street Journal has an article on the meetings and discussions between abortion proponents and opponents selected by President Obama who are trying to craft proposals to "prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the demand for abortion."

    It seems noteworthy that the leading pro-choice voices like NARAL's Nancy Keenan and NOW's Kim Gandy are participants while no one from National Right to Life is participating.

  • The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is starting a campaign to oppose Obama's stem cell guidelines. They have a variety of useful resources available....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-07-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-05-09

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  • Mary Cannon reminds us of Jack Kemp's pro-life convictions in a piece in the Weekly Standard.

  • The Chicago Tribune writes an update on Scott Boie, the AK USAF officer who put an abortifacient into his wife's food.

    Boie has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in jail after being found guilty of attempting to force his wife to miscarry after putting misoprostol (one of the drugs used in RU-486 abortions) into her food. He was found not guilty of killing his unborn child. It appears the jury couldn't be sure his actions caused the death of the child after his defense attorneys noted his wife's history of smoking and troubled pregnancies in the past....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-05-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5-04-08

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    Spotlighting good information gleaned from other pro-life blogs...

  • Mark Crutcher discusses how pro-aborts are again suggesting pro-lifers should concentrate on "helping people who are 'already here,'" ignoring the fact that if the unborn weren't "already here" there would be nothing in the woman's uterus to abort.

    Crutcher points out that when organizations focus on sparing the lives of other human beings, i.e., falsely convicted prisoners, no one tells them to "butt out unless they are doing something about all of the world's other social ills." He writes...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 5-01-09

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  • Reuters has a story on research which follows whether women who are childhood cancer survivors have higher rates of abortion than siblings who didn't have childhood cancer:
    Women who survive childhood cancer are no more or less likely to opt for an abortion during pregnancy than unaffected women, new research from Denmark suggests.

    These findings run counter to those in a recent report from the US in which induced abortions were significantly more common among female cancer survivors than among their female siblings without a cancer history, according to the researchers.

  • A member of the USAF stationed in AK is facing jail time after allegedly putting the abortion drug Misoprostol into his wife's food and causing her to miscarry. KTUU reports...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 5-01-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-30-09

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  • Pro-Life with Christ reports on a recent statement by Sen. John Kerry, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and pro-abortion "Catholic," that the ambassador to the Vatican shouldn't be someone like him...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-30-09

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  • 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" and then fails to cite a single case.

    He claims the pictures are from illegal abortions without evidence, and then shows he doesn't seem to know the meaning of the words "hypocritical" or "statistic."...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-30-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-27-09

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  • CA abortion clinic owner Bertha Bugarin has been sentenced to 7 years in jail for performing abortions without a license in the San Diego area. She was previously sentenced to 3 years in jail for similar crimes in LA County. She'll serve her terms concurrently. According to UPI:
    ...[T]he women suffered emotional trauma. One woman was hospitalized twice for complications and then gave birth to a baby who died within three hours, while another had to go through two procedures because the first was bungled....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-27-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-23-09

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  • The New York Times has an editorial on the NIH's stem cell draft guidelines. They're disappointed funding wasn't made available for research on cell lines derived from cloned human embryos.

  • Americans United for Life have published their legislative summary/guide entitled Defending Life 2009.

  • Robert Carlson, formerly the Bishop of Saginaw and a strong voice for the unborn has been appointed to replace Raymond Burke (another strong voice for the unborn) as the Archbishop of St. Louis. I'm sorry to see him leave my state but I hope he'll be able to do more in his new position.

    According to the St. Louis Review...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-23-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-23-09

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  • An AUL update on a previous (Prolifer)ations post: an OK Senate bill that would allow a mother to use lethal force to defend her unborn child has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry.

    The "Use of Force for the Protection of the Unborn Act" allows pregnant women legal protection against prosecution for protecting themselves and their unborn children against attackers, including domestic abusers....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-23-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-22-09

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  • WREG-TV in Memphis has a story on catching a Memphis-based Planned Parenthood employee helping to cover up statutory rape:
    Planned Parenthood in Memphis refused to comment on-camera on the tape.

    In a statement, a spokeswoman called the allegation "serious."

    While the spokeswoman said the accuracy of the tape hasn't been verified, she says PP has taken swift action, and is conducting additional staff training this week.

  • Christopher Orr, an abortion supporter, shoots down the argument that pro-lifers can't praise people for choosing life because they think abortion should be illegal...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-22-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-21-09

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  • Rev. Joel Hunter has joined Doug Kmiec in a deep imbibing of the Obama Kool-Aid, claiming the NIH Guidelines allowing federal funding of ESCR which requires the intentional killing of human embryos "respect life from beginning to end."

    It's sad when pastors sell out their pro-life beliefs and values to gain what they think is some kind of influence on President Obama. Instead the opposite happens. Instead of changing Obama's views, their views begin to change to match and support Obama's views.

  • Wesley Smith uses the development of a butterfly to show how human embryos are human organisms...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-21-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-17-09

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  • Sharon Hughes at Changing Worldviews draws our attention to Pastor Rick Warren's recent backpedaling regarding CA's Prop.8.

    According to OneNewsNow, Warren claimed on CNN's Larry King Live this week...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-17-09

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  • ABC News covered Sarah Palin's speech at the Vanderburgh Co. RTL banquet:
    She said she learned she was pregnant with Trig while she was out of the state at an oil and gas conference.

    "There just for a fleeting moment I thought, I knew, nobody knows me here. Nobody would ever know. I thought, wow, it is easy. It could be easy to think maybe of trying to change the circumstances. No one would know. No one would ever know."...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-16-09

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  • A TN woman has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for trying to steal a baby. According to WSMV-TV, she claims it was due to an abortion:
    ... Johnson told the court the New Year's Eve incident happened because she was trying to cover up an abortion and fool an abusive boyfriend. A relative told her what would happen if she didn't.

    "He said, 'She better produce some kind of baby, or I'm going to kill her,' and he had a gun," said Johnson....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-16-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-16-09

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  • Culture Campaign notes that the VT legislature is considering the legalization of "sexting" among teenagers aged 13 - 18. The Senate passed the bill last week and the House will hear testimony on it soon.

    "Sexting" is the sharing of sexually explicit pictures and/or messages through texting. Talk-show hosts from Oprah to Tyra Banks have devoted entire shows to the controversial topic....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-16-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-14-09

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  • According to USA Today, Al Gore is going to sit on the board of a venture capitalist company focused on induced pluripotent stem cells.

    This makes me wonder what Gore would have done with the stem cell issue if he had run in 2008 and been elected.

  • UK Telegraph columnist Ed West wonders why atheists don't seem to care about the abortion issue:
    I'm not a hard-line anti-abortion campaigner. Given the state of public opinion, the best we can hope for at the moment is a compromise - but unrestricted access up to 24 weeks, paid for by the taxpayer, is not a compromise, it's a law drawn up by an ideologically-driven minority.

    Denying the humanity of a 20-week foetus is as unscientific and irrational as denying the beef on your plate is a cow because you can't hear it moo.

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-13-09

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  • Ron Reagan has an interview at PR.com where he continues to spin in his support of ESCR. He even tries to make the "pre-embryo" argument:
    We're actually talking about pre-embryos here. Technically speaking, it's not an actual embryo yet...

    You're talking about something that's quite different from the "embryos" that you get from an IVF clinic, and very different from the kind that would be developed in a laboratory. Until a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus my understanding is it's not an embryo. It's a blastocyst, or a pre-embryo.

    He also argues for human cloning for research...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-10-09

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  • World Magazine and the Omaha World-Herald both have articles on how the economy is possibly affecting women in unplanned pregnancies.

  • Kim Lute, an associate producer at CNN International in Atlanta, has an editorial in favor of ESCR.

    She seems to think embryonic stem cells will one day lower the number of people who need organ donations. Unable to find any examples of how embryonic stem cells are ever going to be used to create replacement organs, she turns to adult stem cells for a success story...

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-10-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-10-09

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    From the blogs:

  • Valerie Jane of 2 Seconds Faster mentions a FoxNews report on the recent screening of porn films on college campuses....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 4-08-09

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    From the blogs and elsewhere:

  • The American Papist reports the results of the Red Envelope Project. According to WorldNetDaily, the White House:
    ... received a "deluge" of as many as 2.25 million red envelopes symbolizing the empty promise of lives snuffed out in abortion....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-08-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-08-09

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  • Women's Choice Clinic of Oakland, CA, the "oldest feminist health center providing abortions in the nation," is set to close its doors this week.

  • Rebecca Taylor posts on how Ben and Jerry's is using a fake cloned cow milk company to educate people about milk from cloned cows:
    So while the people in that video cringe at drinking milk from a cloned cow, they probably support therapeutic cloning. Therapeutic cloning is the cloning of human embryos to harvest stem cells that, in theory, will treat every disease under the sun. And scientists all over the world are rushing to make it a reality....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-08-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-06-09

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  • The Hill reports that some pro-life groups are upset at the lack of grilling during the Sebelius confirmation hearings.

  • According to The Voice, GA legislators have passed a bill to provide a legal framework for embryo adoption where embryos are no longer "donated."

  • From the BBC: researchers in the UK are hoping to control adult stem cells with magnets to treat patients with damaged bones....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-06-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-06-09

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  • The latest 40 Days for Life campaign has come to a close, with the lives of 384 babies saved from abortion.

    Some clinics saw their patient loads cut in half and closed early each day. These results are due to the efforts of praying pro-lifers....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-06-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-03-09

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  • Operation Rescue reports today that the confirmation of KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, nominated for HHS Secretary, has been postponed until after Congress' Easter recess. Some things just aren't adding up:
    While Sebelius was not questioned about her extremist abortion policies, concerns have been raised about them and about her $8,000 tax "error" that surfaced last week.

    Tax evasion seems to be a common problem among Obama appointees....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-03-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-02-09

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  • Dr. Oz attempts to educate Oprah Winfrey and Michael J. Fox about stem cells. He discusses how the debate regarding stem cells is over (because of the advancements with iPS cells) about 2 minutes in.

  • Bonnie Erbe thinks that choosing an abortion because of the bad economy is a good decision and something we should all agree on:
    But, in the long run, can we not agree that an unwed couple's decision not to bring a forth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy? It's actually a fact-based, rational decision that in the end benefits the three children they already have and society as well....

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 4-02-09"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4-02-09

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  • Christina at RealChoice draws our attention to an MSNBC report regarding this month's SELF magazine. She says:
    Single, pregnant and panicked starts off well enough, looking at the complex dynamics that lead smart, well-educated 20-something women to get cavalier about their birth control. But it ends with beating the "more contraceptives education" drum - completely dismissing out of hand the dynamics of relationships....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4-02-09"

  • Jivin J's Life Links 4-01-09

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  • Hadley Arkes has ideas on what could occur when President Obama visits Notre Dame:
    The President of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, has offered his own words to put the matter in a more defensible light, and those words have been echoed by members of the faculty. Let me...offer a proposal.

    President Jenkins...said that he doesn't condone President Obama's policies, and yet he thinks it important..."to engage in conversation." Press secretary Robert Gibbs noted that the president had met recently with Francis Cardinal George to discuss matters of interest to the Church. And with that background, he said, the president "looks forward to continuing that dialogue in the lead-up to the commencement" at Notre Dame....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-31-09

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  • The Manchester Evening News has a story on one of those great, women-respecting physicians who help with abortions:
    THREE women were sexually abused during abortions by an anaesthetist, a jury has heard.

    Dr. Narendra Sharma allegedly used the hands of the sedated patients to perform obscene acts on himself in the operating theatre.

    He was arrested after medical staff at the Marie Stopes International Clinic in Manchester raised the alarm....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-30-09

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  • Harry Reid and his staff might want to confer about Reid's position on the abortion issue. According to John McCormack, they don't seem to be on the right page unless the term "pro-life" is completely bereft of meaning.

  • Wesley Smith notes legislation in CA which could force medical personnel to share information with patients regarding abortion:
    ...SB 374 in CA...would make it a crime not to provide patients with information about the legality or availability of abortion and... could also be grounds for stripping the doctor or nurse practitioner of their license to practice. Worse, if the professional has a conscience objection, he or she must still participate in ensuring that the patient receives detailed information about deciding whether or not to have an abortion....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-26-09

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  • Members of the President's Council on Bioethics have published a statement clarifying President Obama's stem cell decision and correcting various errors in his statements on stem cell research.

  • Have a problem with abortion? Don't become an OB/GYN. UCLA law professor Julie Cantor argues in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial (emphasis mine):
    Medicine needs to embrace a brand of professionalism that demands less self-interest, not more. Conscientious objection makes sense with conscription, but it is worrisome when professionals who freely chose their field parse care and withhold information that patients need. As the gatekeepers to medicine, physicians and other health care providers have an obligation to choose specialties that are not moral minefields for them. Qualms about abortion, sterilization, and birth control? Do not practice women's health....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 3-26-09

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    From the blogs and elsewhere:

  • Melanie Johnson of Americans United for Life blogs about a recent development in the OK legislature "increasing legal protections for pregnant women and their unborn children."

    A bill has passed in the OK Senate and is on its way to the floor of the House. It would...

    ... create the Use of Force for the Protection of the Unborn Act... [and] make it crystal clear that...women can use lethal force to protect the life of their child in those cases [of domestic violence].

    National statistics show 240k pregnant women are victims of domestic violence each year, many suffering subsequent miscarriage. Under this legislation, a woman would be legally justified in using fatal force if she believed the attacker to be threatening her unborn child.

    Imagine the implications this might have on abortion!...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-25-09

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  • Near the end of President Obama's press conference last night, Jon Ward from the Washington Times asked a question on stem cell research which Obama didn't seem prepared for. Both Yuval Levin and Wesley Smith have provided excellent comments.

    This seems to be another case where Obama feels he can make a number of wholly untrue claims about his policy because he knows the majority of the American public is too lazy to check the facts.

  • The AP has an article suggesting that the downturn in the economy means more women are having abortions. One Planned Parenthood CEO said the recession was a factor behind rising abortion numbers, and also oddly claimed....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-24-09

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  • William McGurn has a column on Notre Dame inviting President Obama to be the school's commencement speaker:
    In the end, the result is moral incoherence. It is an incoherence in which abortion-rights advocates have the most to gain, because it demoralizes those who support the cause of life while removing fears of even the slightest social sanction for those who do not. And it is an incoherence we see all across American Catholic life today....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-23-09

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  • The Miami Herald chronicles the arrest of a FL woman for throwing her teenage daughter's premature infant in the garbage after giving her pills to cause an abortion at 6 months:
    The daughter told police she gave birth two weeks ago over a toilet. Rainey later said she placed the infant in a bag and dumped the body in the garbage. Rainey said the infant was born dead, but her daughter claimed she saw it breathing.
    More information including the judge's strong reaction here.

  • Robert George continues the good work of trying to get Doug Kmiec to admit what President Obama's position on cloning is. Kmiec's first 3 answers to George's questions in the last segment are ridiculous and saddening....

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  • (Prolifer)ations 3-19-09

    Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpg(JLS note: Welcome to our new intern, Bernadette! I sure have missed (Prolifer)ations these past few months and the opportunity to spotlight important news other great pro-life blogs are catching. Bernadette is a hardcore pro-lifer attending a midwest Catholic university, majoring in psych and maintaining a 4.0 GPA! This is finals week, but Bernadette insisted on starting right away. And thanks to new administrative assistant Kelli for shepherding Bernadette and beginning to help - a lot! - with some of the functions on the blog.)

    by Bernadette P.

    From the blogs and elsewhere...

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  • Both Wesley Smith and Rebecca Taylor comment on a recent column by Jacob Appel in the Huffington Post where he argues that we should create a legal market of the organs of aborted children to be bought and sold for transplants. He purports the idea that we could even encourage women to prolong their pregnancies to get their unborn children to the stage necessary where their organs would be more usable. He writes:
    The first striking feature of fetal organs is that their supply, for all practical purposes, is unlimited....Pregnant women who provide fetal kidneys could do so repeatedly without incurring the medical consequences of adult organ loss....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-18-09

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  • What's a "personally pro-life" yet radically pro-choice governor to do? The Kansas Legislature has passed a bill to amend its informed consent legislation, requiring abortion providers to allow a woman considering abortion to view an ultrasound image of her child and hear his or her heartbeat if she desires. The bill also requires each abortion provider to post a notice that it is illegal to force a woman to have an abortion. This bill is now on Governor (and DHHS Secretary nominee) Kathleen Sebelius' desk. If Sebelius vetoes this bill, how will Catholics United and Doug Kmiec defend her?...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-17-09

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  • Christianity Today has an editorial on Obama's supposed efforts to reduce abortion entitled, "Reducing Abortion for Real":
    Obama is suggesting that abortion is a human need, which can be reduced but never eliminated. He is suggesting that we all will "support" (meaning affirm the decisions of) women and families, even if they abort a child. He assumes that we all can unite, as he said in his Roe anniversary comment, "to ensure that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons," suggesting that abortion is not just a need but also a right.

    It's savvy rhetoric precisely because it is so subtle. It quietly isolates pro-life advocates (who now appear extremist) while appealing to those who are tired of the abortion debate (with calls to reduce abortion)....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-13-09

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  • President Obama's domestic policy advisor Melody Barnes attempts to defend her boss's stem cell decision and basically repeats the same kind of "ideology for me but not for thee" mumbo-jumbo.

    Wesley Smith is there to shoot her "arguments" down:

    This administration promised to be transparent: Instead it is opaque. It promised to heal divisions: Instead it is worsening them. It promised honesty, but its policy arguments are profoundly misleading to the point of mendacity.

    The only reason he can get away with it is that the media remains immersed in the tank. If that ever changes, Obama could be in deep political trouble....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-12-09

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  • Ross Douthat replies to Michael Kinsley's blog post on Obama's stem cell decision. Kinsley claims:
    This is good news, to be sure. But let's be clear: There is NO "medical ethical quandary" involved in the decade-long dispute over stem cells. There is only the appearance of an ethical quandary, created by people who either don't understand or willfully misrepresent the facts.
    Claiming that opponents of embryonic stem cell research are the ones who are "willfully misrepresenting the facts" is rich coming from Kinsley who on a number of occasions has falsely claimed that Bush's policy on the federal funding of ESCR banned "almost all federal financing of embryonic-stem-cell research" and was a "near-ban on stem-cell research."...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-10-09b

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  • Today is one of the least celebrated "holidays" in America. It's National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. Only a few people will be celebrating. One of them is The Nation's Katha Politt

    The New York Times fulfilled its duty a few days early by printing this puff piece on the graying of abortion providers, whose sole source seems to be the claims of abortion providers.

    Another is former abortionist Suzanne Poppema, who has an RH Reality Check piece entitled, "Save the endangered abortion provider!"

    We're still waiting for Hallmark to make us a special line of greeting cards, but the very existence of a day honoring abortion providers is a step in the right direction.
    You'll be waiting for a long time. Imagine a card section for abortionists in the card shop next to Husband, Wife, Mother and Father. What would a form thank you card for an abortionist say?  "To the person who made me wait in a crowded room all day, charged me $400 and then saw me for a minute or so before vacuuming out my uterus, you're the best physician I've ever met.(Well, I guess we really didn't meet, did we?)"
  • Adam Keiper notes Obama's empty rhetoric about understanding the concerns of people opposed to killing embryos:
    What room is there for ethics in President Obama's thinking? He says that he 'understand[s]' the concerns of opponents of this research, but this is the sort of empty and condescending acknowledgment of an opponent's views encouraged by the teachers of conflict resolution, a formulaic expression of the sort that careful listeners will frequently hear from our new president.

    Neither the president's speech nor his executive order actually acknowledge what the ethical concerns are. He assures the nation that the research will proceed "responsibly" and that "the perils can be avoided," but from the point of view of opponents of this research, it is his policy itself that leads irresponsibly toward the peril of embryo exploitation and experimentation, toward accepting the destruction of one class of human beings for the benefit of another.

  • In more "Obama understanding" news, Wesley Smith notes how Obama also rescinded President Bush's order to fund research which attempted to find alternatives to methods of creating pluripotent stem cells without killing human embryos. This is really spiteful and there's just really no good reason for it:
    I can think of only two reasons for this action, for which I saw no advocacy either in the election or during the first weeks of the Administration: First, vindictiveness against all things "Bush" or policies considered by the Left to be "pro life;" and second, a desire to get the public to see unborn human life as a mere corn crop ripe for the harvest.  So much for taking the politics out of science!

  • Australia has dropped a policy which mirrored the United States' Mexico City policy.

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  • Ryan Anderson has a piece in the Weekly Standard on Obama's stem cell announcement entitled, "Perpetuating a needless stem-cell war":

    Obama continued, noting that his stem-cell decision was just the starting point for a larger reevaluation of the role scientists will play in his administration: "It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it's inconvenient - especially when it's inconvenient."...
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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-6-09

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  • The Raving Theist examines
    a pro-choice blogger's horror that the child born alive at a FL abortion clinic was stuffed inside a plastic bag to die:

    Horrified, again, that the baby was suffocated in a medical waste bag rather than chopped up in the womb two minutes before being stuffed into a medical waste bag.

  • Rapin Osathanondh, the abortionist whose actions led to the death of Laura Smith, could be in court in September to face charges for manslaughter...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-5-09

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  • The Catholic Key blog has Archbishop
    Joseph's Naumann column addressing Kathleen Sebelius' appointment to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services:

    KS has one of the most restrictive laws regarding late-term abortions. Yet, it has become, in large part because of Dr. Tiller, the late-term abortion capital of the Midwest. How is this possible? It is possible because our current laws have not been enforced. Each time the KS Legislature has passed statutes in an effort to improve enforcement of late-term abortion restrictions, Governor Sebelius has vetoed these laws.....
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  • Jivin J's Life Links 3-3-09

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  • In Kathleen Sebelius nomination news, Dan Gilgoff has an excerpt of the transcript from an address Gov. Sebelius gave to a Kansans for Faithful Citizenship conference addressing her position on abortion.

  • Americans United for Life blog makes the case that Sebelius is unfit to serve as the Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Human Services and George Weigel notes the problems Sebelius nomination could cause for serious pro-life Catholics...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links, 3-2-09

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  • Researchers have now created induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells by "using strands of genetic material, instead of potentially dangerous genetically engineered viruses, to coax skin cells into a state that appears biologically identical to embryonic stem cells":

    In addition to the scientific implications, the work comes at a politically sensitive moment. Scientists are anxiously waiting for President Obama to follow through on his promise to lift restrictions on federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells. Critics of such a move immediately pointed to the work as the latest evidence that the alternative cells make such research unnecessary.

    "Stem cell research that requires destroying embryos is going the way of the Model T," Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. "No administration that values science and medical progress over politics will want to divert funds now toward that increasingly obsolete and needlessly divisive approach."

    Also worth noting...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-27-09

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  • According to Noam Levey, reporting at The Swamp (Chicago Tribune's Washington bureau), Obama will get rid of the Bush administration's conscience rule sometime today:

    Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration today will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows healthcare workers to deny abortion counseling or other family planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials....

    The officials said the administration will consider drafting a new rule to clarify what healthcare workers can reasonably refuse to do for their patients....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-26-09

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    Combining 2 days of Life Links into 1 (very informative!) post...

  • Politico covers the Sam Brownback/Catholic Advocate letter controversy:

    A mystery is brewing over the appearance of Sen. Sam Brownback's John Hancock on an inflammatory letter questioning the religious bona fides of prominent pro-abortion-rights Catholic Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

  • Pro-choice legislators in AZ no longer have the solid veto of former Gov. Janet Napolitano. Their new strategy to oppose pro-life legislation involved walking out of the committee meeting and a holding press conference...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-20-09

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  • Wesley Smith comments on the recent case of a woman in Japan being implanted with the wrong embryo, having an abortion and then suing the government-run hospital:

    As for me, I think it is all upsetting, and - yes I will say it - the field increasingly epitomizes a society that thinks we are all entitled to everything we want, regardless of the moral costs in the lives harmed or sacrificed in the obtaining. But wisdom tells us that sometimes we have to live within limits and make do as best we can. That hurts individuals, and we should all be there to empathize and help ease the pain. But it also helps build a healthier society. It is a forgotten lesson that is costing us dearly.

  • At First Things, Yuval Levin has a long piece in which he attempts to estimate what will happen during the Obama administration with regard to biotechnology, stem cell research and cloning. About the Dickey Amendment, he writes...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-19-09

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  • George Wiegel comments on Nancy Pelosi meeting with the Pope:

    As her performance on Meet the Press prior to last year's Democratic national convention made painfully clear, Pelosi is deeply confused about what her church teaches on the morality of abortion, and why. She may have come to her bizarre views on her own; it's far more likely that she has been un-catechized, so to speak, by Catholic intellectuals and clerics who find Catholic teaching on life issues an embarrassment among their high-minded friends and colleagues of the progressive persuasion.

    Whatever the source of her confusion, Pelosi has now been informed, and by a world-class intellectual who happens to be the universal pastor of the Catholic Church, that she is, in fact, confused, and that both her spiritual life and her public service are in jeopardy because of that.

  • The Washington Post has an article on Obama's lack of action on the funding of embryonic stem cell research. The second page has something which I consider noteworthy...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-17-09

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  • Bonnie Erbe is a constitutional scholar. Not!

    The überright has already succeeded in throwing so many obstacles in the path of women trying to end unwanted pregnancies: 24-hour waiting periods, parental consent laws, and so on. Required ultrasounds are a step too far. "Offered" ultrasounds are insulting, too. In my humble opinion, both are completely unconstitutional.

    First off, I don't think Erbe has an opinion which is humble. Secondly, imagine the thought process (or lack thereof) of someone who thinks it is unconstitutional to make abortion providers offer to turn the ultrasound screen towards a woman if she wants to see it. How could that be unconstitutional? Does a woman have a constitutional right to an abortion but no right to see an ultrasound? Do abortionists suddenly have the constitutional right to do whatever they want inside their clinic doors? Erbe continues...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-16-09

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  • According to David Axelrod, President Obama is considering overturning Bush's restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research:

    "We're going to be doing something on that soon, I think. The president is considering that right now," Obama adviser David Axelrod said on Fox News Sunday.

  • The Weston & Somerset Mercury (a UK paper) has a story of a woman who had an abortion at 17 weeks because she was taking drugs which may have harmed her child. The woman is blaming her doctors for not discovering her pregnancy...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 2-12-09

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  • Glamour has a long piece on abortion entitled, "Abortion: The secret health decision women aren't talking about until now" and another piece where 8 women share their abortion stories. (The beginning lists resources for women who've had or are considering abortion - all of which are from pro-choice groups.) The first story is just an attack on crisis pregnancy centers and rest are from women who seem to have no regrets about their abortions. Here's an example from the last story:

    My abortion was not painful, but I am wistful about losing the physical sensation of being pregnant. I never realized how a baby could get into a woman's blood - I still feel a connection to that little lima bean.

  • Officials at St. Mary's University are working on their excuses for shutting down a pro-life presentation by JoJo Ruba. They apparently allowed the event to continue at a nearby church:

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    Chuck Bridges, vice-president of external affairs at Saint Mary's, said the university did let the presentation continue, it just took place at the nearby church instead.

    "It's important to clarify . . . that the lecture was not shut down," he said Wednesday.

    "When we saw the level of emotional engagement from those on both sides of the discussion, we felt it better that rather than having people face disciplinary action, that we would defuse the situation by allowing a bit of a cooling off and moving it to another location a building away," he said.

    "So those who were keenly interested in hearing that side of the discussion, they had that opportunity."

    So the answer to incredibly childish, unruly protestors is to give into the handful protesters and move the event off campus instead of removing the protesters or disciplining them?

  • A woman in Louisiana named Ciara Craig is in the process of being charged with first degree murder after admitting to throwing her newborn daughter into a lake:

    Craig, accompanied by relatives, surrendered to police Tuesday night, saying she threw her daughter into the lake that afternoon because she didn't want to raise a child and she didn't want her parents to know she had been pregnant, police said....

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    Craig told investigators the pregnancy resulted from a single incident with a man she doesn't know. At some point recently, she decided to abort her pregnancy but was told it was too advanced. She then investigated putting the baby up for adoption....

    After delivering the child at home, Craig gathered two plastic garbage bags and two bath towels and drove with the infant to Kenner's Laketown park, police said. Witnesses there saw a woman walk to the water's edge, throw something into the water, return to the car and drive away. A bag and a bloodied towel were found nearby.

  • CNN has an article on the experiment using the stem cells of man resistant to HIV to treat an HIV-positive patient with leukemia. The patient has no signs of HIV two years after the treatment. Unfortunately, this treatment isn't likely going to be for everyone:

    While promising, the treatment is unlikely to help the vast majority of people infected with HIV, said Dr. Jay Levy, a professor at the University of CA San Francisco, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study. A stem cell transplant is too extreme and too dangerous to be used as a routine treatment, he said.

    "About a third of the people die [during such transplants], so it's just too much of a risk," Levy said. To perform a stem cell transplant, doctors intentionally destroy a patient's immune system, leaving the patient vulnerable to infection, and then reintroduce a donor's stem cells (which are from either bone marrow or blood) in an effort to establish a new, healthy immune system.

    Levy also said it's unlikely that the transplant truly cured the patient in this study. HIV can infect many other types of cells and may be hiding out in the patient's body to resurface at a later time, he said.

    [Photo of Craig courtesy of Nola.com]

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    The University of Calgary Student Union has voted to revoke the club status of Campus Pro-Life. Members of the group were charged with trepassing on their campus after they refused to turn a display of graphic abortion images inward. All of Canada should be ashamed at the University of Calgary's actions:

    During Tuesday's hearing, pro-life club secretary Asia Strezynski repeatedly asked the committee chairwoman Alex Judd what policy had been violated but the committee only referred to a bylaw that gives the Students' Union the right to punish a club for violating policies or bylaws.

    Read backstory on my blog here.

  • A proposal to force abortionists in SD to meet with women a day before their abortion has been temporarily stalled in the SD senate after a 3-3 vote. Senate Bill 92 is set for another vote on today:

    "It clearly would have a huge impact on us," said Kathi Di Nicola, media relations director for Planned Parenthood of MN and the Dakotas.

    Three doctors who perform abortions for PP in Sioux Falls are from MN and generally leave the Twin Cities the day of the procedure.

  • Kudos to CBS News for covering the story of how Northwestern's Richard Burt has treated patients with multiple sclerosis using chemotherapy and their own stem cells.

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  • In the Calgary Herald, Nigel Hannaford writes about another case of pro-choice intolerance in Canada. This time an event featuring JoJo Ruba was shut down by officials at St. Marys University after pro-choice protesters wouldn't stop shouting:

    You might get an intelligent rehearsal of both sides of an argument in a bar, but if it touches on feminism, Israel or the environment, the last place you'd look for it is on campus.

    As if to make the point, the Halifax Chronicle Herald records the reactions of Lesley-Anne Steeleworthy, chairwoman of the board at SMU's women's centre. The lecture topic, she declared, was "anti-choice" and offensive on "a number of levels."Not just Ruba's thoughts you notice, the topic itself. How dare he bring it up?

  • Another day, another incredibly misleading headline. This time in U.S. News and World Report - "Scientists heartened at prospect of end to stem cell ban." The story is even worse. Imagine being reporter Amanda Gardner and putting these two sentences in the same story...

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  • The Tuscon Citizen has an article on how Planned Parenthood will be investigating the actions of one of its employees who failed to report the relationship of a girl claiming to be 15 and her 27-year-old boyfriend. The actions of the employee were taped by Lila Rose and Live Action Films using an undercover camera:

    Spokeswoman Joline Nestor said PP is investigating and hopes to look at the whole video.

    "We're not taking it lightly," Nestor said. "It's concerning to see something like this."

  • According to The Washington Times, President Obama will sign an executive order expanding the funding of human embryonic stem cell research, but it sounds like it might coincide with Congress passing a law...

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 12-10-08

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  • The Washington Post links to and writes about a new statement from the Vatican entitled Dignitas Personae, which focuses on various bioethical issues including embryonic stem cell research and human cloning. Glenn McGee has a truly odd quote on the second page of the article wondering where all the Catholics who comment on bio-ethics have gone....

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  • Jivin J's Life Links 12-8-08

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  • Ross Douthat has an editorial in the New York Times entitled, "Abortion Politics Didn't Doom the G.O.P.":

    Overturning Roe and Casey has never been an easy task, and the election of Barack Obama will make it that much more difficult. Facing a hostile governing majority, pro-lifers can and should talk more about the possibility of compromise: They should explain, more often and more cogently, that if Americans want laws that better reflect their muddled sentiments on abortion, it is pro-choice maximalism, not the pro-life movement, that's really standing in the way....
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  • Naomi Lakritz and political science professors at the University of Calgary take college students and the University of Calgary to task, respectively, for attempting to prevent the display of images of aborted children and their unwillingness to defend the freedom of speech. From the professors' editorial:

    The university would never order an activist animal rights group that might display pictures of animals bleeding, suffering or dead to turn its pictures inward. Nor would the university censor or threaten antiwar activists for posting pictures of those burnt alive in Hiroshima or Dresden by Allied bombs....
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  • Vote for Thomas!

    american papist.jpgUPDATE, 11/19, 3:15p: Last week I asked you to vote for pro-life blogger Thomas Peters to receive a $10k college scholarship. The CareNet contest today prompted me to ask Thomas about the outcome of his venture. Thomas reported that the contest ends tomorrow, adding:

    DailyKos and the ultra-liberal blogs got into supporting #1 with thousands of votes, and all the ESPN-watching sportsfans are pushing hard for the current #2.

    Me? Well, holding on to #3 is no small achievement with that sort of competition, and I'm really happy with all the support I've received.

    Last year 3rd place carried a $1,000 check - so I'll be able to pay off some loan interest this year. ;-)

    _______________

    November 14: Young Thomas Peters, blogger extraordinaire at the American Papist, is in the running for a $10,000 blogger college scholarship....

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  • The first acts of the Obama presidency? It looks like they'll be the removal of funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell lines and allowing tax dollars to go to organizations which provide and promote abortions overseas. Not all change is good.

  • Wesley Smith has a piece in First Things on the assisted suicide movement:

    Frustrated advocates adopted an "Oregon-plus-one" strategy, believing that if only a second state legalized assisted suicide, it would put the winds back into their sails. That theory is about to be tested.

  • A woman in FL named Stephanie Collins has been charged with murder after allegedly killing her newborn son and then throwing his body in the trash...

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  • Weekly Life news round-up

    news roundup.jpgNews headlines on Life issues by Bill Beckman of the IL Right to Life Committee

    Today we launch a new feature, important headlines for the week gleaned from LifeNews.com and LifeSiteNews.com by Bill Beckman, executive director of ILRTL Welcome, Bill!

    October 22, 2008
    Bishops: Catholics "morally obliged" to oppose Roe v. Wade
    Pro-life leader: Election could undo every victory on abortion in 20 years
    Mexican State of Sonora passes pro-life constitutional amendment...

    Continue reading "Weekly Life news round-up"

    Jivin J's Life Links 11-1-08

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    Anne Henderstott has a piece in Public Discourse about how dangerous it is to be a black child in the womb:

    Currently, white women's rates of abortion have declined to 10.5 abortions per 1,000 women while black women's rates are an alarming 50 abortions per 1,000 black women. Put in terms of actual pregnancies, the figures are shocking: Nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion.....

    The black community has already been changed by abortion. At a time when 50% of their unborn children are aborted, many within the black community are beginning to recognize that their community has been devastated by abortion. Someday it is possible that their pro-choice political representatives will recognize this too.

    Continue reading "Jivin J's Life Links 11-1-08"

    JivinJ's Life Links 10-27-08

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  • George Weigel and Ramesh Ponnuru point out the numerous errors and poor thinking on display in Doug Kmiec's, Nicholas Cafardi's, and Cathleen Kaveny's editorial entitled, "Catholic Brief for Obama."

    It's almost like endorsing Obama makes people dumber. Of course it's not that and every election cycle people of both sides disavow previously firm beliefs and issues simply because they prefer a certain candidate. But this year with Obama it just seems to have exponentially increased....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 10-27-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 10-8-08

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  • Douglas Johnson compiles the case against Barack Obama on pro-life issues and the mainstream media's failure to highlight Obama's positions tax-funded abortions and the Freedom of Choice Act.

  • David Lewis Schaefer puts some honesty in the debate about Roe v. Wade and what would happen if it was overturned.

  • The Columbus Dispatch has an article on a case where Planned Parenthood failed to notify the parents of a 14-year-old girl who had an abortion. PP also failed to report statutory rape to the authorities. The girl's parents are now suing PP, and a portion of the lawsuit will be argued at the OH Supreme Court...

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 10-8-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 10-6-08

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  • The Los Angeles Times is featuring an article on how some families who want to give their embryonic children for medical research are facing obstacles. The article includes a rather sad quote from the embryos' parents:

    "I thought of them as potential life, but I don't think of them as children," says Chris Bailey. "They are definitely more than sperm and egg."

    After much discussion, the couple decided to donate the embryos to research....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 10-6-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 9-29-08

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  • The Los Angeles Times has a long article about abortion in Russia. Here's a classic quote from the story:

    "The spiritual position," said Natalia Karpovich, a leader of the State Duma committee focused on family, women and children, "should be that this is murder and the woman who does this commits a sin. Still, I want to stress it's a woman's choice."

    It's a woman's choice to commit murder?

  • Adult stem cells have been used to help treat patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis.

  • Linda Hirschmann has a typical Hirschman piece in the Washington Post making some ludicrous claims about what could happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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  • The Argus Leader runs down the exceptions in South Dakota's most recent attempt to ban abortion and allows both sides to explain their position.

    [Photo of baby courtesy of Sunflower Desert]

  • JivinJ's Life Links 9-25-08

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  • Both the Washington Post and Newsweek have stories about an Alan Guttmacher study which was supposedly released 2 days ago (the closest thing I could find on their web site was a study with a release date in August) on the demographics of who has abortions.

  • Denis Hart, the Archbishop of Victoria is warning Catholic hospitals in Victoria could close their maternity wards if a new abortion law passes. The law would force doctors who object to performing abortions to refer women to an abortion provider.

    It appears the Archbishop's warning isn't going unheeded. Proponents of the bill don't seem to fully grasp why doctors who oppose performing abortions don't want to refer women to abortion providers....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 9-25-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 9-12-08

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  • Father Thomas Williams on Joe Biden's recent appearance on Meet the Press:

    The more serious problem for Joe Biden at this point is not the loss of his credibility as a Catholic, but as a person of conscience. When you say on national television that you agree with your Church that abortion is murder, but that you intend to support legislation that keeps abortion fully available, you leave voters wondering why you would support a right to what you consider to be murder....
    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 9-12-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 9-10-08

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  • Greg Koukl discusses Senator Joe Biden's Meet the Press answer about abortion and the beginning of human life:

    The logic of the modified pro-choice position reduces to, "I think it's wrong to kill my own children, but I don't think we should stop other people from killing theirs."

    Notice that this critique has nothing to do with whether abortion is right or wrong. That's a different question. I am simply pointing out that the modified pro-choice view deals itself a fatal blow. That is Biden's blunder, and the blunder of anyone else advancing such a foolish notion....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 9-10-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 9-8-08

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  • I wonder why Obama didn't finish his thought on ABC's This Week:

    Probably... what I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility about understanding when does the soul enter into.... It's a pretty tough question.

    The soul enters into.... what exactly? The living human body, perhaps?

  • Is it me or did Joe Biden's "when does life begins" answer on Meet the Press reek of relativism?...

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 9-8-08"

  • Stanek blog profiled in Washington Post today

    The Washington Post is profiling bloggers who attended the Democrat and Republican National Conventions. Am pleased today it chose this blog (click to enlarge)...

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    Animal House?

    Free beer? Massages? Where have I been? No wonder I'm the first one to arrive every morning. From the Mercury News, today:

    Think of it as Animal House, but with a corporate sponsor. The free beer starts at 1:p.m. The couches are comfy. And the words flow from the Big Tent day and night.

    Some 500 bloggers from Berkeley's Daily Kos to Susan "the Neon Nurse" from Lamar, CO (pop. 9,062), are crammed into what, it turns out, is a not-quite-big-enough tent to meet the crush of bloggers descending on Denver this week.

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    The two-story, 8,000-square-foot tent, a few blocks from the convention center where traditional media types are holed up, is advertised as new media central for the convention.

    With sponsors including Google, YouTube and Digg, the Big Tent also underscores how the blogging community is going mainstream....

    While the tent has become a handy marketing tool for hot-tech companies, it also is providing an outlet for diverse blogging voices.

    Jill Stanek is a conservative, anti-abortion blogger from Chicago. The Democratic convention organizers had turned down her credential request, but "I'm being treated cordially here," she said...

    I told you I was an anomaly. But you already knew that.

    JivinJ's Life Links 8-22-08

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  • Andrew McCarthy on "Why Obama really voted for infanticide?"

    The shocking extremism of that position - giving infanticide the nod over compassion and life - is profoundly embarrassing to him now.

    So he has lied about what he did. He has offered various conflicting explanations, ranging from the assertion that he didn't oppose the anti-infanticide legislation (he did), to the assertion that he opposed it because it didn't contain a superfluous clause reaffirming abortion rights (it did), to the assertion that it was unnecessary because IL law already protected the children of botched abortions (it didn't - and even if it arguably did, why oppose a clarification?).

    What Obama hasn't offered, however, is the rationalization he vigorously posited during the 2002 IL senate debate....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 8-22-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 8-13-08

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  • The Wall Street Journal had 3 articles dealing with abortion yesterday, one on the recent attempt to outlaw abortion (with exceptions) in SD, another on the American Psychological Association's upcoming report on abortion and mental health, and an add-on to the APA article where Stephanie Simon summarizes various studies on abortion and mental health.

  • David Limbaugh comments on the abortion plank in the Democrat Party's platform:

    This party has the temerity to pretend it is inclusive and wants to reduce abortions yet bans any dissent on the issue! It doesn't even want pro-life people in the party - unless they stay in the closet.

  • The Detroit News features a story on the battle over an attempt to legalize the killing of human embryos for research.

  • (Prolifer)ations 8-8-08

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    First, I'm sad (for us) to announce this will be intern Colleen W.'s last (Prolifer)ations post.

    Colleen is a graduate student and is heading back to school after a summer immersed in pro-life work in DC at Students for Life of America and Feminists for Life, among others. We'll sure miss her. She found great posts to spotlight. Thanks for your work here, Colleen!

    If you - as a reader or a college student wanting an internship - are interesting in writing (Prolifer)ations - please contact me for more information. The task requires 4-6 hours a week.

    And now, from the world of pro-life blogs...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 8-8-08"

    JivinJ's Life Links 8-8-08

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  • Joseph Dellapenna notes the attempts to recycle abortion history myths in First Things.

  • The AP has an article on the recent news of commercial dog cloning by South Korean researchers:

    According to a report released by The Humane Society in May, 3,656 cloned embryos, 319 egg donors and 214 surrogates were used to produce just five cloned dogs and 11 cloned cats who were able to survive 30 days past birth....
    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 8-8-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 8-1-08

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    From the blogs and elsewhere today...

    Denny at VitalSigns posted a speech Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) gave July 30 on the House floor....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 8-1-08"

    JivinJ's Life Links 7-31-08

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  • Scientists in CA are whining about not being able to buy human eggs for human cloning experiments:

    But researchers argue that a shortage of eggs fueled by the payment ban is what's kept them from making the advances that prove their technique's real potential.

    "You need to have enough eggs to make this thing work, and when you have enough eggs it does work," said Dr. Sam Wood, chief executive of La Jolla-based Stemagen Corp....

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 7-31-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-30-08

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    From the blogs and elsewhere today...

  • Dawn Eden comments on American Life League's report on Planned Parenthood's new site, takecaredownthere.org [JLS warning: vile], arguing it is important that people know just how disturbing and graphic this new kid-targeted website is. Dawn says:

    But, because TakeCareDownThere is a taxpayer-funded site that targets children, I believe it is important to have an idea of just what Planned Parenthood is promoting. The site's pro-promiscuity agenda is truly degrading to human beings in general and children in particular. It presents the pedophile's dream of an omnisexual kiddie "cuddle puddle" as though such activities were normative teen behavior.

  • Warren Throckmorton writes...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-30-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 7-30-08

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  • South Africa is still trying
    to deal
    with numerous illegal abortionists:

    Dr. Kato, who at first said he did not do abortions and referred The Herald to other "doctors," later admitted to offering the service, saying it would cost R600 for someone who was 5 months pregnant.

    He promised the procedure was safe and quick.

    "They call it safe abortion. You won't feel any pain and you won't see any blood."...

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 7-30-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 7-29-08

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  • Denny Burke highlights a recent exchange on the Albert Mohler Radio Program between guest host Russell Moore and Tony Campolo on the issue of abortion reduction vs. abortion elimination. Robert George was also a guest on the program.

    [JLS note: I'm so glad Denny and JivinJ spotted this. I received an email about this radio show but couldn't locate the source. Tony Campolo is a Democrat evangelical pastor. On this show he proposed a tax-and-spend strategy to reduce abortion by up to 50%, he thought. My email friend reported: "The moderator made a brilliant comparison. He asked if this strategy was similar to someone leading a group of white supremecists to reduce the number of lynchings of the slaves. Campolo became enraged at this. Truth hurts."]...

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 7-29-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-25-08

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    News from the pro-life blogs today....

  • Mark Pickup comments on the death of Harriet McBryde Johnson, disability rights lawyer, opponent of euthanasia, and an atheist. Mark shares Johnson's New York Times article, "Unspeakable Conversations," about her encounter with Peter Singer, the Princeton professor who supports infanticide for children born with disabilities (ancient Sparta, anyone?)....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-25-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-23-08

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    News from the pro-life blogs today....

  • Alexa at Forest Nymph is a wealth of information, as usual. She links to an ABC News article, "Dems urge Bush to halt abortion proposal"...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-23-08"

  • JivinJ's Life Links 7-22-08

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  • In October of 2006, a nurse in Britain gave the chemical abortion drug misoprostol to a pregnant woman who was only in for an initial appointment. The woman later underwent a surgical abortion after experiencing pain and filed an official complaint, according to the Guardian.

    Times Online concludes that the nurse, Ann Downer, "was cautioned but allowed to continue practising."

  • Police in the Chicago area are investigating an apparent self-abortion...

    Continue reading "JivinJ's Life Links 7-22-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-16-08

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    On the blogs today...

  • Forest Nymph links to a Wall Street Journal editorial on the NAACP and abortion. William McGurn says:

    Just imagine if this institution used its voice and resources to ensure that, beside all those Planned Parenthood clinics located in our minority neighborhoods, African-American women could find another kind of place. A place not unlike Good Counsel - where a scared young pregnant woman could carry her baby to term, complete her education, train for a new job, and be treated with the love and respect that a mother needs and deserves.

    Read more about the Cincinnati NAACP protest here.

  • Following up on a previous (Prolifer)ations post as well as a post by Jill, this from Monica Miller at Citizens for a Pro-life Society...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-16-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-11-08

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    On the blogs and elsewhere today...

  • Forest Nymph reports a young disabled woman in Milan may be dehydrated to death. She has been in a coma for 16 years, and her father thinks it's high time to pull her feeding tube.

  • Additionally, Nymph links to a CNS News article reporting "Black Churches Gather to Promote 'Reproductive Choice'" at Howard University in DC...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-11-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 7-9-08

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  • Thom Peters of the American Papist blog applauds an Our Sunday Visitor article calling attention to some Catholic hospitals in TX that are allegedly sterilizing and even committing abortions, even though they are not allowed to do such procedures. Thom says...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 7-9-08"

  • PLNews grab, 7-8-08

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  • John McCormack on Barack Obama's shifting abortion position:

    In a speech before Planned Parenthood last year, Barack Obama said that he was well-equipped to defend a right to abortion because "I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional law." But during the past week, Obama has proven to be woefully ignorant of abortion law, or he has been deceiving voters about the legality of abortion, as well as his own position on the issue.

  • Jake Tapper asks a good question on the same subject...

    Continue reading "PLNews grab, 7-8-08"

  • PLNews grab, 7-2-08

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  • The crazy pro-choice letter of the week award goes to Jovan Byars of Williston, SC. In the Augusta Chronicle, Byars makes a number of claims against National Right to Life Committee including claiming they "constantly opposed expanding state CHIP programs," failed "to condemn terrorist attacks on women's health clinics," "sat idly by as groups allied with the NRLC commit acts of terrorism again and again," "they have only condoned those attacks again and again," and "this past June 7, they were terrorizing women again, by lying about the birth control pills and their functions."...

    Continue reading "PLNews grab, 7-2-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-30-08

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    "Welcome" to Colleen, a graduate student interning for Students for Life who director Kristan Hawkins is graciously "lending" me a couple of hours a day. Colleen will compose (Prolifer)ations for the summer. JivinJ will still also contribute his valuable posts, but we just need to think of a new name. Suggestions welcome!

    On the pro-life blogs...

  • Andrew Smith of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee reports wonderful news: Another late-term Dallas abortion mill is closing! June 28 was its last day to abort. This indeed, in Bishop Farrell's words, is "the best news I've heard all week."

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  • Gabriel at the Culture Campaign links to a LifeNews.com article on the Defund Planned Parenthood protest last Thursday in Washington, DC. Activists gathered at both the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters denouncing PP as a racist organization, arguing it deliberately targets black communities. The Washington Times also has a good article.

  • Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol and JivinJ link to articles in the Times of London and the Daily Telegraph about doctors in the UK screening embryos for the breast cancer gene. While one "designer embryo" will be born without the breast cancer gene, six siblings were killed because they carried it. The mother and doctors apparently failed to consider, as Dawn writes:

    Think about the women you know who have suffered from breast cancer. Would the world be a better place if they never had existed?
  • Pro-aborts detest ProChoice.com

    Pro-aborts are lambasting ProChoice.com because it presents the other options to unplanned pregnancies.

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    Since when do pro-aborts own the term? They push one choice, abortion, and we push the 2 other choices, parenthood and adoption. We're 1/3 more pro-choice than they are.

    But writes our high strung friend Jessica at Feministing.com...

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    Jill Stanek: "total nutbag... crazy racist"

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    Jill at Feministe took a swipe at me June 17 for my post, "Obama: 'Responsibility doesn't end at conception.'"

    According to Jill I am a "nutbag... total nutbag... [and] crazy racist," and she filed her piece under the tags "A**holes, Crazy Conservatives... Racism... [and] Stupidity."...

    Continue reading "Jill Stanek: "total nutbag... crazy racist""

    (Prolifer)ations 6-18-08

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  • The Washington Post has an article on the success of using adult stem cells to treat fractures which have a tough time healing....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-18-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-17-08

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  • The U.S. Bishops have issued a statement on embryonic stem cell research:

    Second, some claim that the embryo in his or her first week of development is too small, immature, or undeveloped to be considered a "human life." Yet the human embryo, from conception onward, is as much a living member of the human species as any of us. As a matter of biological fact, this new living organism has the full complement of human genes and is actively expressing those genes to live and develop in a way that is unique to human beings, setting the essential foundation for further development....
    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-17-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-13-08

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  • Howard Dean needs an abortion reality check. He thinks (or at least thought) "it's total nonsense" that public funding of abortion increases the abortion rate."...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-13-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-9-08

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  • For the ridiculously dishonest cloning scientist file - here's an article on how researchers in Australia are hoping to get permission to attempt to create cloned human embryos. To a certain extent, I feel sorry for the reporter whom Professor Richard Boyd seemed intent on misleading. The article claims they want to clone "human embryo cells" and not the reality that they're trying to clone human embryos. Boyd calls human embryos created via cloning "so-called embryos" and "embryonic form(s)" and also claims allowing cloning will bring Australia in line with "the rest of the world."...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-9-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-5-08

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  • Is it me or does Australian MP Ken Smith sound absolutely foolish for his comments about getting an e-mail with this picture of fetal surgery?

  • Researchers appear to have made more improvements in the technique of creating induced pluripotent stem cells.

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  • The UK's Telegraph has a story about a woman who tried to abort at 8 weeks only to find herself 19 weeks pregnant months later:

    Miss Percival said: "Deciding to terminate at eight weeks was just utterly horrible but I couldn't cope with the anguish of losing another baby.

    "I couldn't believe it when the doctor said I was still pregnant, this was the baby I thought I'd terminated.....

    "He may need an operation but as only one of his kidneys is affected he can survive. I still struggle to believe just what he has fought through. Now he's here I wouldn't change it for the world."...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-5-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-3-08

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  • It appears an experimental adult stem cell transplant to treat a boy suffering from a painful genetic skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa was successful...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-3-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 6-2-08

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  • Hah... "Welcome to the York Federation of Students: Where everything we know about freedom of speech, we learned from the KGB." By the way here's another quote from Gilary Massa on the vote to ban funding for prolife groups:

    This policy does not apply to religious organizations," said Massa. "It only applies to groups whose sole purpose is to spew anti-choice rhetoric on our campus."...
    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 6-2-08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/21/08

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  • Abortion proponents and Ken Edelin still have trouble telling the whole story regarding why he was arrested and convicted. Here are some of the details which are always conveniently left out when he gets interviewed by pro-choice advocates:

    On October 2 the girl was twice subjected to [a] saline infusion abortion procedure. A third and similar attempt was made the following day.All proved unsuccessful. Later the second day Dr. Edelin performed a hysterotomy and surgically aborted the child. It was during the hysterotomy that Dr. Edelin was alleged to have detached the placenta from the uterine wall and then held the child inside its mother for at least three minutes...

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    According to NRL News, "The prosecution charged that the infant was viable at the time the abortion was performed and that it was the action of Dr. Edelin of holding the child inside its mother's womb after detaching the placenta which caused it to suffocate. (One witness for the prosecution said that holding the baby inside the mother for three minutes "would be equivalent to cutting the air hose on a salvage diver.")

    "Manslaughter is the issue, not abortion, criminal manslaughter," the prosecution said.

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/21/08"

  • Proliferations

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  • Maybe there was another reason for NARAL's endorsement of Obama. From the American Spectator's Washington Prowler...

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  • (Prolifer)ations 5/15/08

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  • Looks like Geron will have to put off its human embryonic stem cell clinical trial on spinal cord injuries at least another year. At least the company apparently applied for a clinical trial this year as opposed to all the previous years where it promised to apply but never did.

  • AZ's Board of Nursing has decided that nurse practitioners with special training can commit first-trimester abortions. The AZ legislature is currently considering a bill to only allow physicians to perform abortions but I doubt Gov. Janet Napolitano would sign it....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/15/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/13/08

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  • The Telegraph is reporting on baby girl Ellie-Suzanne Fish, who is leaving the hospital healthy after being born before Britain's abortion limit cut-off:

    She weighed 1lb 4.7oz and was given just a 10 to 15% chance of survival then had to endure three operations, including two on the brain.

    But she is now 9 months old and a healthy 14lbs, and has been allowed out of hospital for the first time.

  • An OR woman is accusing Republican congressional candidate Mike Erickson of paying for her abortion in 2000. Erickson denies being involved in the abortion. Erickson's primary opponent Kevin Mannix has used this charge in a campaign mailer...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/13/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/8/08

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  • Here's an article on what California's Proposition 71 will be funding:

    The center will be a highly visible symbol of the region's commitment to stem cell research, and a place where the taxpayers footing the bill can see what progress their money has fueled, said Dr. Edward Holmes, the consortium's president and formerly head of UCSD's medical school.

    If I was a CA taxpayer, I'd be thinking: We were promised cures but all we got for our $6 billion dollars was a bunch of fancy buildings....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/8/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/5/08

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  • R.P. shares her abortion story in New University, a paper for the University of California-Irvine.

  • The MI State Medical Society has changed its position on embryonic stem cell research to a neutral position. The MSMS previously supported escr.

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  • Here's an AP article on AK Governor Sarah Palin and the recent birth of Trigg. Trigg was diagnosed with Down syndrome during Palin's pregnancy:

    Once her husband got the news, he told her: "We shouldn't be asking, 'Why us?' We should be saying, 'Well, why not us?'"....

    "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/2/08

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  • The Cincinnati Enquirer has an editorial opposed to an attempt to ban human cloning in OH. While the editorial ridiculously states that a ban on human cloning "would weaken the state's push, through its new economic stimulus package, to attract top biomedical researchers," it does admit the legislation "would prevent the artificial creation of a human being."

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  • UK abortionist Rashid Sandhu has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl:

    During the trial, the court heard how Sandhu rubbed the girl's breast with gel during an illegal medical procedure in an office at the hospital last June, telling her she needed an abortion after falsely informing her she was pregnant....
    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/2/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 5/1/08

    by by Jivin J

  • University of Arizona senior Matt Hathaway on why we should embrace Aliza Shvarts' abortion art:

    A great number of people, both those who support and those who oppose abortion, have been offended by the notion of Shvarts' project. By ignoring, censoring or banning images such as Schvarts', we elevate abortion to pure theory while divorcing it from its practice.

    The photos, videos and blood of Schvarts' claimed project are needed to construct opinions about abortion, fertility, art and free speech at their most extreme limits. Rejecting reality for the sake of comfort leads us to ignorance (three cheers for the Ivy League, Yale). So, pro-lifers, pro-choicers and anyone not yet aligned: If you can't handle the image, confront the issue behind it....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 5/1/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/28/08

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  • Peter Augustine Lawler reviews Robert George and Christopher Tollefsen's Embryo in the City Journal.

  • Indian Prime Minister calls his nation's practice of sex-selection abortions "a national shame":

    No nation, no society, no community can hold its head high and claim to be part of the civilised world if it condones the practice of discriminating against one half of humanity represented by women.

  • Baylor philosophy professor Alexander Pruss provides an argument against abortion (Don Marquis' future-like-ours), a standard pro-choice response and then his response to that response.

  • One mother's miscarriage, a pro-abort's joke

    by Bethany Kerr

    A few days ago I gave Jill permission to post manipulations of a photo of my miscarried baby someone named "Barbra Walters" emailed me.

    Cruelly intended, the photoshopped pictures did not cause me grief as some here worried. I knew the ideology of the person sending them and have developed a tolerance for pro-abortion cruelty.

    That said, there are still some things to learn about the pro-abortion mind, as I found out.

    insult1.jpgI let Jill post the pictures to help people understand how deeply depraved abortion proponents can be. I thought this would demonstrate in the worst terms what they do: treat the unborn child as a worthless object and deny grief by ridiculing mourning mothers who have lost their children either through abortion or miscarriage.

    I was surprised though, when a couple liberal bloggers picked up my post and to their shame added to the ridicule. Could it get worse? Yes.

    How about equating miscarried babies with food, making the photoshopped photos our fault, and threatening "by any means necessary" would they fight this battle?

    Read on....

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    Yale abortion art project a hoax?

    An international scandal erupted yesterday as news about Yale University student Aliza Shvarts' abortion "art project" quickly tore around the world.

    A Yale Daily News story had announced an upcoming senior art show would include Shvarts' exhibition of her early aborted children suspended from the ceiling wrapped in Saran wrap around a cube while videos showed her self-aborting in a bathtub.

    Shvarts claimed she had artificially inseminated herself unspecified numerous times throughout the past 9 months and videotaped herself aborting after taking abortion drugs and herbs.

    Late yesterday Yale published a statement saying it was all a hoax (click to enlarge):

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    But according to YDN, Svarts is standing by her story (click to enlarge)...

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    (Prolifer)ations 4/17/08

    by Jivin J

  • Students at New York University recently debated abortion. Here's one random nonsensical quote from a pro-choice student in attendance who lost a sibling to abortion: "I think about the independence of women. I couldn't imagine having sex with a pro-life woman."...

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4/17/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/14/08

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  • The new New Atlantis is up and includes a piece by the editors on John McCain's position on embryonic stem cell research and an article by Yuval Levin on science and the left

  • Here's the full text of Senator Clinton's and Senator Obama's remarks at the Compassion Forum....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4/14/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/11/08

    by Jivin J

  • Authorities in Mexico have captured Cesar Laurean, the Marine suspected of killing Maria Lauterbach, a pregnant fellow Marine he was suspected of raping:

    Laurean has been on the lam since January, after investigators say they found the charred remains of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and her unborn baby buried in Laurean's back yard. Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant, disappeared in December 2007. The discovery of her remains prompted authorities to file murder charges against Laurean.

  • The FDA is holding two days of hearings to discuss how it might regulate future attempts to use embryonic stem cells in human therapies. A Wall Street Journal article notes how Geron is claiming it plans to submit a proposal to begin a clinical trial using embryonic stem cells on patients with spinal cord injuries this summer....

    Continue reading "(Prolifer)ations 4/11/08"

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/10/08

    by Jivin J

  • In First Things, Christopher Kazcor discusses the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' recent attempt to push pro-life doctors into referring women to abortion providers against their consciences.

  • Stem cell research may not find wonder cures?

    Stem cell research, we have long been told, should pave the way for revolutionary new treatments to help millions of patients around the world. Yet despite the years of study and debate about the potential, therapies have been slow to materialize. Even the head of the UK National Stem Cell Network has now conceded that stem cell research may never deliver new treatments."

  • Paul Kengor on Bob Casey, Jr., Barack Obama, and abortion:

    Sen. Barack Obama is so extreme on abortion that he has managed to achieve what I once thought impossible: He is to the left of Hillary Clinton on abortion. I say that as someone who has written a book on Hillary Clinton, with a special focus on her abortion fanaticism.....

    Does Casey not understand the threshold upon which he and his nation now stand? Roe v. Wade is at last in peril, but if he achieves his dream of an Obama presidency, Obama can tip the Supreme Court's balance in a pro-Roe direction for decades to come. There have been 40 million abortions since 1973.

    Consequently, Senator Casey's endorsement of Obama is an undeniable betrayal of his, his father's, and his church's pro-life work and commitment.

  • Michael West, founder of Geron and former head of Advanced Cell Technology, is working on a new way to try to make money off embryonic stem cells. He hopes to "sell lines of cells that he dubs 'human embryonic progenitors' - cells that have inched partway along the continuum from embryonic stem cell to differentiated adult cell" because embryonic stem cells are so difficult to control.

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/9/08

    By Jivin J

    UPDATE 4/10: From a recent post on his blog, it appears the Newsweek reporter may taken liberties with Pastor Hamilton's position on abortion. It seems (from the blog post) that a more correct label for his position would be prolife-with-exceptions rather than pro-choice. I still haven't had time to listen to the audio of his sermon and I'm just starting to read the abortion chapter in his book which was recently made available online.

  • Newsweek has a small article entitled, "How Would Jesus Choose" about pro-choice Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton who prefers to call himself "pro-life with a heavy heart" even though he believes abortion should be legal and available.

    The Newsweek article notes how Hamilton received a letter from his mother which mentioned how she was pressured to but refused to have an abortion when she was a teenager. The article doesn't note if the child who wasn't aborted was Hamilton or one of his siblings.

    You can listen to a sermon on abortion by Hamilton from 2004 at the web site of the United Methodist Church.

  • Scientists from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have used induced pluripotent stem cells to treat Parkinson's in rats. According to MIT stem cell scientist Rudolf Jaenisch, "These cells are more readily available and much less controversial than embryonic stem cells. But they seem to have identical potential."

    Could someone tell me again why proponents of embryonic stem cell research continue to push cells which are more controversial, less readily available and seem to have the same potential as cells which aren'tncontroversial and are more readily available?


  • Italian pro-choicers who dislike a political candidate running on the slogan "Abortion? No thanks" showed their distaste by hurling eggs, tomatoes, oranges, bottles and coins" at Giuliano Ferrara, a devout atheist.

    Stay classy, Italian pro-choicers.

  • Proliferations 4/7/08

    by JivinJ

  • Jeff Jacoby on sex-selection abortion in America:
    Most Americans rightly regard sex-selective abortions as odious; in a 2006 Zogby poll, an overwhelming 86% of Americans agreed that such abortions should be illegal. But they're not illegal - and as economists Douglas Almond and Lena Edlund indicate in the latest issue of PNAS, they are now occurring in the United States, too.

    Almond and Edlund examined the ratio of boys to girls among US children born to Chinese, Korean, and Indian parents. For the first children of these Asian-American families, the sex ratio was the normal 1.05-to-1. But when the first baby is a girl, the odds of the second being a boy rose to 1.17-to-1. After two sisters, the likelihood of the third being a son leaped to 1.51-to-1. This is clear "evidence of sex selection, most likely at the prenatal stage," the authors write.

  • A young woman from the Grand Rapids area with a spinal cord injury continues to make progress with physical therapy and adult stem cell injections.

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  • The Los Angeles Times has an article on Dallas Hextell (right), a young boy with cerebral palsy who has made dramatic improvements after being treated with his own umbilical cord stem cells.

  • Wesley Smith notes Hillary's clintonesque support of Oregon's assisted suicide policy.

    [Photo of Hextell courtesy of CBS]

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/4/08

    blog buzz.jpgby JivinJ, the latest pro-life chatter...

  • Ross Douhat provides his thoughts on Chief Justice John Roberts and the chance he would vote to overturn Roe.

  • At East of Eden, Ann Marie shares how she became pro-life.

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  • Sarah at CEC for Life shares the story and pictures of a toddler (right) whose life she played a role in saving when she worked for Stand True Ministries.

  • Jack Lessenberry, a pro-choice, pro-assisted suicide columnist writes about Jack Kevorkian's plans to run for Congress. The column confirms my notion that Kevorkian has been a crazy old man for quite awhile.

  • Speaking of Kevorkian, Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet has posted the transcript of a FOX News piece on Kevorkian's run for Congress.

  • Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star discusses efforts at the University of Illinois to help pregnant college students keep their children and stay in school.

  • (Prolifer)ations 4/1/08

    blog buzz.jpgby JivinJ, the latest pro-life chatter...

  • Melinda at the Stand to Reason blog has some thoughts on Barack Obama labeling babies as a "punishment."

  • The University of Calgary is ordering pro-life students to take down a display which features pictures of aborted children.

  • We The Students will feature a debate on abortion tonight between students at Liberty University and the University of Vermont.

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  • Jay Tea, who describes himself as "squishily pro-choice," has a few thoughts on the numbers in Planned Parenthood's most recent annual report:

    ... [T]hose numbers mean that Planned Parenthood had about an 11% operating profit. If they weren't a non-profit, that would make them a better investment than the oil companies, whose 9% rate of return was labeled "obscene."
  • (Prolifer)ations 3/31/08

    I sure have missed my (Prolifer)ations posts. I launched (Prolifer)ations a few months back to spotlight good info gleaned from other pro-life blogs, because there's no way I can keep up with all the news.

    But I kept running short of time to research, and so (Prolifer)ations faded from "site," although not from mind.

    jj2.jpgBut there's another great blogger, JivinJehoshaphat, who follows nearly the same concept with his Life Links blog posts.

    I'm happy to announce JivinJ will be contributing (Prolifer)ations 3-4x a week here. He will cross-post these on his site, along with other good information, so be sure to visit his blog.

    Here is JivinJ's first (Prolifer)ations contribution. Welcome, Jivin'!...

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    Strike at Daily Kos

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    I've written before on the war between pro-aborts over Hillary and Obama ("NARAL calls for truce," "NOW NYS prez 'fights like a girl,'" "Divine secrets of the political yo-yo sisterhood").

    Now liberal bloggers have joined the melee. Reported The Hotline yesterday....

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    Promoting pro-life female bloggers

    thrill.jpgThis morning pro-life blogger extraordinaire Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol will appear on The Today Show at 10:30a EST.

    Dawn will discuss her book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

    In conjunction with Dawn's Today Show appearance, MSNBC has published an article by Dawn, "The thrill of the chaste: In defense of sexless dating."

    On the topic of female bloggers, I received an email last week from Women's Voices, Women Vote. In celebration of Women's History Month WVWV is running a contest through March 21 to pick the top 10 female bloggers.

    I'd love to see a pro-lifer in that group. I sure wouldn't mind if it were me, but I'd be happy with any pro-life woman's face.

    Click on the icon, right, to go to the voting link. Please forward the link to friends.

    {HT for Dawn's Today Show appearance: Thomas Peters of The American Papist]

    Women political bloggers

    women%20blogging.pngThe Political Voices of Women blog has amassed a list of ~350 women blogging on politics, and I'm happy to be included.

    This is something to me, especially considering Technorati counted 112 million blogs worldwide as of December.

    The women listed cover the political spectrum, from Feminist Fire, Citizen Jane Politics, and Washington Woman, to Mary Katherine Ham, Michelle Malkin, and... me!

    PVW accumulated the growing list in response to New York Times columnist Katharine Seelye's question, "Are more men engaged in politics online than women?" She said....

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    (Prolifer)ations

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    by Mary Kay Hastings

    From Catholic News Agency, January 31:

    The owner of a California abortion clinic chain faces trial on charges of practicing medicine without a license....

    In addition, the accused womans clinics are now directed by a doctor accused of repeated negligence, including causing the death of a child during birth.

    Read entire article here.

    Americans United for Life has posted the Supreme Court White Papers. See what your state will do after Roe is overturned....

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    Canada pro-life flyer leaves pro-abort cold

    by Bethany Kerr

    canada21.jpgI found this op ed in the Student Newspaper at the University of Alberta today by student Jennifer Jones:

    I'm writing this in response to the piece of paper taped to the back of my bathroom stall on 28 January. Normally, I'm immune and uncaring to the various forms of propaganda and advertising that grace bathroom walls; however, I was rather incensed at the sight of this particular piece of paper, which was an advertisement for the U of A Pro-Life organization (or so the stamp on the paper reads at the bottom)....
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    Blog speeches up

    frc%20blog2.jpgThe Family Research Council blog has linked to most of the speeches given at the Blogs 4 Life conference in DC on January 22.

    Unfortunately, FRC didn't capture the first few speeches, including mine. But I have posted the test of my speech on page 2 along with powerpoint slides for those interested.

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    DC III: Blogs 4 Life conference

    MK, Sandy, and I are attending the Family Research Council headquarters in DC for the Blogs4Life conference.

    Go to www.frcblog.com to see the conference via the Internet now.

    11:25a, EST: My dear friend Hadley Arkes, who crafted the federal Born Alive Infants Act, is up, and the last speaker. Everyone is surprised we're running so well on time.

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    Hadley is saying pro-life politicians have become fixated that abortion is in the hands of the courts. This is diversion - an artful evasion - of responsibility. Hadley says we're at the end game. There are things to do before or aside from overturning Roe. About 60% of the country believe about 90% of abortions should be overruled.

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    Blogs 4 Life conference in DC Tuesday

    Well, I'm very excited. MK and I are flying to DC this afternoon, with blog friends Sandy and moderator Jacque not too far behind.

    march.jpgThe annual gathering on January 22 of pro-lifers in DC on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision has become both a commemoration of death and celebration of life. I so look forward to seeing friends I only see once a year from around the country whose special bond is the sanctity of life. It's a time to let one's guard down, to commisserate, to all speak the same language, most notably the phrase "pro-abort"... :)

    Plus I'll get to see my daughter Daena, who works and lives in DC. As a matter of fact, we 4 are staying in her already cramped 425 square foot efficiency apartment, where we'll all get to know each other much, much better.... :)

    And I'm particularly excited about the Third Annual Blogs4Life Conference (blogs4life.com ), scheduled for January 22 at Family Research Council headquarters....

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    Blogs 4 Life conference schedule

    blogs%204%20life.jpgThe Family Research Council and Blogs 4 Life have posted a tentative schedule for the Blogs 4 Life Conference to be held in D.C. on January 22, in the morning before the March for Life.

    If you're in DC, drop by!

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    UPDATE, 10:40a: You heard it here first. Bloggers are in for a real treat the 2nd half of the day. We have secured a 4th floor meeting room on the corner at Constitution and First Avenues to blog on the March from 12-4pm. The view of the March will be spectacular, and we're going to encourage leaders of the movement to stop by as they round the corner toward the nearby Supreme Court Building for a group blog interview. Seating will be limited to 50.

    Also, Kevin McCullough of Townhall.com has agreed to emcee the morning event.

    Blogs for Life conference in DC

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    (Prolifer)ations Top 5, 11-17-07

    blog%20buzz.jpgThe latest from pro-life blogs....

    1. Marybeth Hagan at ProLifeBlogs.com has an interesting theory on the NRLC's endorsement of Fred Thompson, "that it may also be is also about putting the brakes on a nomination of... Mitt Romney."

    I have to say that while I've supported Romney's conversion, this November 16 David Brody column gave me pause.

    2. On the other hand, friend Nathan Sheets blogs in defense of NRLC. While disagreeing with its Thompson endorsement, Nathan makes a point similar to one I made as a comment to one of my posts on the topic (here and here) I'd like to reiterate. "To insinuate that they don't care for unborn children is childish in of itself," says Nathan.

    3. Not Dead Yet (click NDY's logo above to enlarge) tells the stranger the fiction latest development re: the Swiss group Dignitas, which helps dead-headed tourists euthanize themselves. The Association of Zurich Hoteliers has now banned Dignitas from using any of its premises to induce permanent sleep as corpses and body bags are turn-offs to nonsuicidal guests.

    4. Fr. Frank Pavone updates Catholics on the latest "Faithful Citizenship" document from the US bishops, issued every 4 years. "[T]he document is certainly an improvement over past such statements," states FP. "[T]here is more clarity about the fact that not all the issues are equal. It makes it clear that abortion is not just one issue among many." FP's explanation counters MSM's misleading accounts of the document. (CNN and NYT provide ready examples.)

    abortion%20hurts.jpg5. RealChoice updates us on abortionist Mi Young Kim, who is still registered to practice in VA despite abortion whoopsies. One of those resulted in the accidental termination of the mother as well as baby in 2002.

    One important admission by Kim at that time, which I've told you before abortionists do, quoting RC: "Kim told the medical board that she didn't give Adelle any analgesia for pain because she gives enough Versed to cause amnesia so that the patient can't remember the pain."

    Pro-aborts, get it through your heads that the abortion industry does not care about women. It cares about money, and it cares about eugenics - ridding the world of what it considers the inferior.

    (Prolifer)ations 11-10-07

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    Mother May I... Be Born spotlights HelpUsAdopt.org, an organization founded by an adoptive couple that "offers grants of between $500 and $15,000 toward adoption expenses for U.S. citizens who apply and qualify for this financial assistance." MIBB also reminds us November is National Adoption Month.

    On a related topic, because the majority of Asians made available for adoption are girls, is a post by NationalPro-LifeRadio linking to a LifeSiteNews.com article on a United Nations Population Fund report released the end of October that is surprising in its candor on the impact and impetus for Asia's sex-ratio imbalance crisis. UNFPA has just added Vietnam to the list....

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    (Prolifer)ations 10-29-07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgMy list of great pro-life blogs has grown to the point I can't cover all of them at once in
    (Prolifer)ations. The other day I covered a block (A-C) and today will cover another, and that's how I'll have to do this from now on.

    Jivin Jehoshaphat links to a column in London's Telegraph that imagined a future abortion museum....

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    (Prolifer)ations 10-27-07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgLast night marked my final speaking engagement for the fall, with the exception of one locally in December.

    My blog's subtitle is Pro-Life Pulse, but it's hard to keep a finger on the pulse when you're running. I feel a bit out of the loop.

    So I particularly looked forward to perusing the blogs of fellow pro-lifers for a long overdue (Prolifer)ations. So much great information, I can only get through 1/3 of my list of favorite bloggers....

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    Bloggers as media

    new%20media.jpgThis past weekend's FRC Washington Briefing afforded me the first real world experience, as opposed to virtual world experience, of functioning as news reporting blogger at a newsmaking event shoulder to shoulder with the mainstream media.

    I wanted to talk about the coolness of it all but didn't see a hook for discussion until reading this comment from anonymous on my Outcome of FRC Briefing post:

    You are the media? A bit grandeous and quite dishonest Jill. You aren't in any danger of the BBC offering you a post in Irag. You couldn't get a job reporting hog ventures in Iowa....
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    Dr. Dobson gala; anxiety

    Last night my daughter Daena and I attended a gala honoring Dr. James Dobson, hosted by FRC. Click on the image below to view a CitizenLink.com 4-minute synopsis of Day 2 of the FRC Washington Briefing and Dobson gala. Also watch a video clip of Day 1 at this link:

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    I took notes of Dobson's speech:

    I sense an ominous feeling in the air.... storm clouds on the horizon....
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    Live blogging from FRC's Washington Briefing - Day 2

    vote%20values1.jpg3:50p: There is controversy stirring over the online vs. onsite straw poll- that the combined total does not accurately reflect the sentiment of the Briefing, since it is thought that at least three candidate support groups tried to influence the online vote. So the vote totals have also been made available separately.

    Here is the outcome of the presidential straw poll of the onsite votes cast, those who actually heard all the candidates speak:

    1. Huckabee (488)
    2. Romney (99)
    3. Thompson (77)
    4. Tancredo (65)

    Total: 952

    The question was additionally asked, which candidate would you least likely like to see elected....

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    Live blogging from FRC's Washington Briefing - Day 1

    vote%20values1.jpg8:05p Gary Bauer, President, American Values:

    Every now and then the press gets on a theme that they replay over and over. They've got a theme going right now. For the last 8 weeks, they've been riding a theme of the death of the values voter movement. I say, we've only just begun to fight. You haven't seen anything yet….

    Without the first right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, the Founders knew the other rights were irrelevant.

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    Our country 150 years ago made a mistake. Unbelievably the highest court in the land said of Dred scott, the runaway slave, that he was not a person for the purposes of the Constitution. That Supreme Court decision unleashed in our society a poison.... It nearly destroyed the union. That poison is still in our society today....

    But you'd think when a court did something history had judged to be so evil that it would never do it again. But in 1973 the Supreme Court did do it again and made the same mistake as Dred Scott.... They unleashed a poison in our society that we must overcome.... We have elevated the destruction of the unborn to a constitutional right like the right to free speech....

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    (Proliferations) special: Planned Parenthood Aurora

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgToday I'd like to draw attention to pro-life blogs that have been covering the Aurora Planned Parenthood scandal....

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    (Prolifer)ations 9-21-07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

    Gotta start with a fantastic find by Big Blue Wave: Bono's explanation of grace vs. karma. Wow. BBW also found in a Muslim Q&A how they are to view abortion....

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    (Prolifer)ations 9/8/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

    La Shawn Barber links to her Examiner piece, "End birthright citizenship." It questions whether the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause was intended for "babies of people who'd entered and remained in the country in defiance of U.S. law to become Americans simply because they were born on American soil." I question, too.

    Big Blue Wave has posted a short video clip of former abortion RN Joan Appleton speaking about the mind of an abortionist. Crazy evil.

    On the eve of British scientists being given the nod to create human-animal hybrids, Judie Brown was reminded of the Twilight Zone.

    When the Feminists for Life bloggers get angry about something, you know it. And la_veuve_chibi is really mad about this.

    Forest Nymph links to this Bromley Times story, "Amnesty [International] suffers huge membership fall out over abortion issue."

    Eric Scheidler at Generations for Life reports on how well Planned Parenthood's phone campaign to Aurorans is going. Signs anyone? No.

    JivinJehoshaphat links to the post, "Scheduled for September 10." That's Monday. Yuck.

    My doesn't this sound familiar, from MInTheGap:

    In 1995, [pro-choice feminist] Naomi Wolf wrote a remarkable article for the New Republic. In it, she said the following about the Pro-choice position:

    Clinging to a rhetoric about abortion in which there is no life and no death, we entangle our beliefs in a series of self-delusions, fibs and evasions. And we risk becoming precisely what our critics charge us with being: callous, selfish and casually destructive men and women who share a cheapened view of human life.

    Notice the underlined words, and then it starts to make sense why those that argue the Pro-Abortion decision must change the topic, answer a different question, or do something to change the topic....

    Mother May I... Be Born reports that Students for Life has updated its blog just in time for the start of school. Featured is a demonstration video, "How to make a Cemetery of the Innocents display":

    Pro-abort CO Gov. Bill Ritter is saying that despite the state constitution forbidding "direct" or "indirect" funding of abortion, he thinks Planned Parenthood should get tax $$ for "family planning." Puleeze. The Passionate Pro-Lifer is on it.

    Fr. Pavone promises church "control freaks" can't control us.

    I've been called a lot of things, but not yet this: "forced pregnancy activist." But Nathan Sheets located the spat utterance at Feministing.

    And last but not least, The Truth about Margaret Sanger found morphthing.com and came up with a photo of what a child of Hitler and Sanger would look like. My, we're an imaginative bunch.

    (Prolifer)ations 9/4/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

    New addition to my blogroll, After Abortion, had a couple good posts, a quote to ponder and a suggestion to "[g]o to this website and just look at all the photos. Just do it. Guaranteed to make you feel a lot safer being inside, away from the elements, and might even just make you feel a lot humbler (as it did me)." I did go, and it was quite spectacular.

    Americans United for Life has posted its review of 2007 state legislative sessions. Find yours.

    In America, the Juvenile Diabetes Association leads the charge to fund human embryo experimentation. But the Canadian Diabetes Association is trying to walk the fence. Read CDA's gobbledygook on the Big Blue Wave.

    Dawn Eden links to a new married's sex diary, or rather, her not-tonight-dear-I-don't-feel-like sex diary she thinks may be linked to hormonal contraceptives.

    Gotta lift this from Elizabeth Andrews' blog, "Modesty, it's everywhere you want to be":

    But go there anyway for a funny line on how to end a date.

    Generations for Life links to what John says is a "good write-up" in the Aurora Beacon on Saturday's Youth Rally. The Beacon to date has treated the Aurora Planned Parenthood scandal as a PP lovefest, so I was interested to read the link, but it unfortunately doesn't work. Not John's fault. Maybe they'll fix it soon. Anyway, John has some good photos.

    JivinJehoshaphat links to an op ed where the writer calls those who want to ban cloning in MO "an insurgency." The man needs to return to his spider hole.

    Hm. The Constitution uses male pronouns to describe qualifications for President. Does this mean women are excluded? MInTheGap ponders.

    Whoops, they botched it again. Real Choice links to a September 1 Journal Star article about a woman who is suing Planned Parenthood of Lincoln, NE, for what was found to be "catastrophic perforation" of the uterus.

    NationalProLifeRadio reminds us the monthly Call for Life is this Friday. What's that, you ask? Find out.

    not.gifWhat happens when someone wants life-saving treatment but his or her guardian disagrees? Not Dead Yet describes an actual case.

    The Passionate Pro-Lifer is in the thick of the PP Denver battle. She links to an article on the intended abortion fortress (50,000 sq. ft.).

    Fr. Frank Pavone basically says to stuff it if you're pro-abortion but upset that the wrong twin was aborted in Milan. Well, he says it a little more politely. He's a priest, after all.

    Over at ProLifeBlogs, MommyLife is looking for Evangelicals who stopped contracepting for Biblical reasons.

    At Pro-Life Community Journal, James writes on Reverend Falwell's mixed legacy. Thought-provoking.

    Nathan Sheets introduces us to a novelty: an almost aborted pro-life Jewish comedienne.

    "The United Nations, long a promoter of abortion for 'population control' as well as the liberation of women from traditional roles, is now experiencing a change of heart...at least when it concerns one particular motivation for abortion." Find out what that is at Vital Signs.

    (Prolifer)ations 8/27/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

  • Are those attorney jokes hitting too close to home? Want to make a change, give your life purpose? Americans United for Life has a job listing on its blog for an attorney to direct its Albany, New York, office.

  • Elizabeth Andrew is my kind of pro-life blogger, to the point and clear. Peruse her web page and then check out her blog post from Saturday: (Pro-life) Goal setting 101 .

  • And my friend Sarah doesn't mince words. At Flashpoint, she describes "ignorant rhetoric" she found on John Edwards' website showing he "hasn't a clue about the science of...."

  • Canada's Big Blue Wave links to a psycho story from Britain. A mother there is threatening a late term abortion because social services is threatening to take her baby when born.

  • Great quote of the day from Dawn Patrol, which begins, "Pharmacists are not medical vending machines...."

  • Calling it a "misfortune," an Italian hospital has accidentally aborted a healthy twin instead of "malformed" twin. How? Forest Nymph links to the story.

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  • Per Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece Alveda, "Abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of." Read more of her recent comments on The Truth About Margaret Sanger, from which photo on left comes as well.

  • Generations for Life has more photos from the Aurora Planned Parenthood protest and an absurd quote from Steve Trombley, president of Chicago Planned Parenthood, noticeably absent Sunday, leaving the defense of his mill up to the Socialist Workers Party people.

  • Argh, those dirty rats. The blatant exaggerations - no, lies - they tell to promote human embryo experimentation. Jivin Jehoshaphat links this headline, "Embryonic Stem Cells Repair Human Heart," to the actual story.

  • Annie at Prolifeblogs adds to that story by reminding us which stem cells really did begin repairing human hearts - 4 years ago.

  • Annie also links to a website conducting a study being conducted on the pain after abortion. If you are post-abortive, you can participate.

  • MInTheGap doesn't believe Jessica Biel.

  • Can't vouch for this, only report it. NationalProLifeRadio bloggers Chittenden and Gadher are reporting that singers Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne may have a personal problem with Amnesty International's new pro-abortion position.

  • Denny at Vital Signs asks a good question about the sexual revolution: "Where are the winners?" with links to a Breakpoint article.

  • (Prolifer)ations 8/24/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

    Vital Signs links to an excellent August 23 Washington Times commentary with the reminder: "If Rudy Giuliani, or any other presidential candidate, believes his ability to win pro-life votes depends solely on promises about what sort of judges he would nominate, he is mistaken."

    What's the new in color of the Internet, of the world? Stay hip. Read Reasoned Audacity.

    Ah, it's that time again. The 2nd annual Wash for Life is September 15. Read details at Prolifeblogs.

    Mark Pickup in HumanLifeMatters writes on the human journey, "During the last few days of [my 92-year-old mother's] life she... was unconscious. The nursing staff asked if the family still wanted meals brought for her. I said, "Yes" even though they remained uneaten.... I did not want the routine maintained for my mother's sake - she was unaware... I wanted the nurses to continue bringing the meals for their sake.... I believe it might have helped to refine the humanity of her nurses."

    For those who want to get involved in the movement but don't know where, Fr. Frank Pavone has a suggestion.

    truck.jpgNationalProLifeRadio links to the latest goings on at Tiller's mill - construction trucks with the company name taped over. Is there something to be ashamed of? [Photo courtesy of Operation Rescue]

    JivinJehoshaphat links to a jaw-dropping commentary by infamous Princeton Professor Peter Singer wherein he admits "abortion ends a human life" but it should nonetheless be legal. He argues "birth is an arbitrary line, but since criminal law requires dividing lines, birth is the best we have," says JJ.

    Jivin also links to what he thinks may be "one of the worst researched articles on stem cell research ever," in the Aspen Times. I agree. Need proof? How about, "Use of embryonic stem cells is illegal in the United States."

    Obviously, feminists haven't gotten to the Argentinian government yet to terrify it into silence. Forest Nymph links to this piece, "Officials investigating laboratories that are hiding potential abortifacient effect of morning-after pill."

    (Prolifer)ations 8/22/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgOn the pro-life blogs....

    I'd like to welcome Americans United for Life to the blogosphere! Matthew posted a great quote yesterday from NRO on the faulty RU-486 study recently broadcast by MSM and the industry.

    Judie Brown of American Life League was out of the country and her blog quiet. But she caught up the last two days with three posts, one yesterday afternoon linking to an hours-old AP story entitled, "Sales soar for morning-after pill." Just how much does Barr project it will make in 2007? Judie knows.

    Big Blue Wave, certainly a cold and lonely conservative blog up north, has determined "The Number One Person Screwing Canada." I was pleasantly surprised by BBW's insight.

    The SICLE Cell spotlights the upcoming book, My Child, My Gift, on the positives of handicapped children.

    Dawn Patrol reviews the first of 3 CNN segments, "The God Warriors." Two night ago Jews. Last night Muslims. Tonight Christians. I've already seen clips for tonight. Get ready. Pro-lifers = terrorists.

    hetalk.jpgLa Shawn Barber has posted the most pressing problem in the black community, that "black men have abandoned their children." She includes a quote by the author of the book, He Talk Like a White Boy.

    Generations for Life has the latest on the Aurora Planned Parenthood, uncluding a youth protest planned September 1.

    Speaking of that mill, JivinJehoshaphat links to the Chicago Trib story on the arrest of two pro-aborts for shouting obscenities and kicking crosses at the construction site. No surprise. Violence begats violence.

    Vital Signs links to what it calls a "somewhat surprising" editorial in the NJ Star Ledger that calls for more stringent investigations of its dangerous mills. Actually, I about fell over when I read it.

    Ruben at NoRoomForContraception relays a conversation he overheard on a Coney Island bus into which he bothered to interject himself. Good for Ruben. He may have saved a life.

    Does Google do this on purpose? Mark Pickup complains about a pro-abort ad it placed on his site - EMILY's List! - obviously without his permission.

    Over at Prolifeblogs.com, Annie picks up where Judie Brown left off on morning-after pill windfall profits. There's another group raking in the cash. Initials, PP.

    Who killed herself on August 22, 1986 after her abortion? Find out at RealChoice, where Christina also lists 5 other known post-abortive suicides, one who killed the father first.

    (Prolifer)ations 8/20/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgIn pro-life cyberspace...

    Feminists for Life has a good come-back when pro-aborts say, "You're pro-life now, but if you got pregnant...."

    Catholic Pro-Life Committee has a slideshow up of its just held 2007 Pro-Life Boot Camp for teens. Had room for 45. Quota filled in June. Made more room. Ended up with 60 from around the country.

    Generations for Life links to info and photos of the "huge community resistance" to Planned Parenthood's attempted sneak into Aurora, IL.

    Mark Crutcher has a new post telling pro-lifers to "lose the rose-colored glasses" about pro-aborts who concede preborn babies are human but still killable.

    Great title for Mother may I... be born's new post: "Preemies speak for life without saying a word" - on the NJ baby born April 25 weighing 11 oz. who just went home.

    rosita.jpgIn 2003, 9-year-old pregnant "Rosita" was used in Nicaragua to promote lealized abortion. A movie was even made and shown on Cinemax. Now the shocking truth has come out. (I know. I sound like Fox... :) Read about it at 2SecondsFaster.

    RealChoice posts the obit of a CA mother who died from a legal abortion on August 19, 1988.

    I'd say this topic is related enough to include in (Prolifer)ations: "Women in combat, women as beasts," with a video link that Reasoned Audacity says is a "must see." I agree. I've watched it before, but it's one of those you can't view too often.

    What are 10 facts women deserve to know about abortion? Vital Signs lists them.

    (Prolifer)ations 8/18/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgIn pro-life cyberspace...

  • Sheila Harper, who leads the post-abortive group SaveOne, wrote, "My blood pressure is through the roof, my hands are shaking, and my head hurts." Read why on Catholic Pro-Life Committee's blog.

  • Mark Crutcher's new post begins by asking, "How would you like to ask the pro-choice mob a question that is guaranteed to have them jumping around like worms on a hot rock? Well, read on." Well, read on.

  • Would it be ok if a restaurant said, ""Only 10% of the food I serve contains cyanide"? That's the equivalent of what Chicago Planned Parenthood is saying about its new mill. Read Curt Jester's thoughts here. [HT: Dawn Patrol]

  • JivinJehoshaphat quotes the pro-abort/post-abort Australian Health Services Commissioner, who strangely tried to persuade legislators her way with, "That doesn't mean that I don't have any regrets or that it wasn't awful...."

  • vf.jpgBarbara Curtis has two posts at Prolifeblogs.com spotlighting an extraordinary story in the September issue of Vanity Fair about famed playwright Arthur Miller's "missing act" - his son Danny, who was born with Down syndrome and who Miller had institutionalized at birth and never publicly acknowledged. Miller wrote "Death of a Salesman" and was married briefly to Marilyn Monroe. The story is extraordinary in its content and also that Vanity Fair told it.

  • Christina at Real Choice is right that the video she has posted is "amazing." It shows how small babies can be taught to flip on their backs in water. Drowning is the most common cause of postborn death in many states.

  • (Prolifer)ations 8/16/07

    pro-lifeblogbuzz3.jpgI said yesterday I was impacted by an article stating lib bloggers do a much better job of linking and cooperating to one another than do conservatives. So I'm hereby launching a new post - daily? couple times a week? - spotlighting good information gleaned from other pro-life blogs.

    And here we go....

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    Conservative blogs vs. liberal blogs

    blog.jpgThe Politico yesterday that really impacted me. Entitled, "GOP lags on the Internet frontier," it was also about social conservatives lagging behind social liberals on the blogosphere:

    But Patrick Ruffini, the former e-campaign director for the Republican National Committee (and briefly an adviser to the Rudy Giuliani campaign), argues that there's a deeper problem on the Republican side of the online equation.

    He notes that conservatives don't lack for their own YearlyKos, as thousands of right-wingers have been gathering for years at the annual CPAC conference. And he argues that in sheer traffic terms, sites like the Drudge Report and Free Republic still outdraw their left-wing competitors - which is true....

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    "What women deserve"

    Over at the liberal blog Feministing, commenters were getting depressed Friday. Example:

    I think reading Feministing (and Feministe) might be negatively affecting my mental health. Every f***ing day I read stories about sh** like this... and feel like the rape culture is literally closing in on me.

    Yes, we're the "rape culture."

    Feninisting blogger Cara thought she'd lift sagged spirits by posting pro-abort Sonya "The Drama" Boom Renee's dramatic poetry recitation, "What women deserve," from the 2006 International World Poetry Slam Finals.

    Cara said she "was almost in tears towards the end." I don't know how someone can be so inspired by abortion that they cry about it, but there you go. Pretty pathetic.

    But I gotta say Sonya was good. Too bad she wasted her talent promoting wanton illicit sex and chopped babies.

    Sonya eloquently promulgated an abundance of tired pro-abort lies and cliches. Can you name some?

    Warning: Sonya apparently couldn't convey her message out without an f*** this or sh** that, a sure sign of ignorance. And she apparently thought shouting them loudly made them more true.

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    Where's the love?

    Two recent JillStanek.com blog posts have drawn the ire of liberal bloggers.

    helen.jpgAdrian Monck at views on the news biz doesn't appreciate my thoughts on Helen Thomas, particularly this section of my post:

    What goes around comes around, Helen. In that circle of life, you're a little too close to a time when you're going to be as helpless as those preborns you advocate killing...

    The first question elderly people seeking medical treatment should be asked is if they are pro-life or pro-choice. If they answer the latter, they should be moved to the back of the line.

    Responded Monck....

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    Diss-functional dysfunctional dyksfunctional

    diek.jpgI was perusing pro-abort blogs this morning for sport and came upon the following entry in Dyksfunctional, posted yesterday. The author says she's a "Dyke Femme Mother of 1, 2, 3 Oooops 4 and 5." Her kids range in age from 11 to 16; the youngest are twins. The author "came 'Out' almost 10yrs ago."

    Don't go to this site unless you have an appreciation for the fine art of gutter language combined with punctuation overuse, all to hide MIA intelligence.

    Here's the relevant post....

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    A husband and father's most awful choice

    This dramatic blog post by a 30-something man is worth reading all the way through. But here is the long story short:

    While I've always been pro-choice (as far as I can remember), I was never particularly concerned with it as my primary issue.... Then I had to wrestle with this issue in my own life. My wife was pregnant....

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    Things were fine, until about six weeks in. Then she started to have some bleeding.... [W]e find out that no, the baby is fine. We even get an ultrasound, far earlier than you usually get one. There we can see this tiny creature with a tiny heartbeat. Unfortunately, the bleeding just continued, nonstop....

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    Bitter pro-abortion rant

    By Bethany Kerr:

    hanger222.jpgAbout the Supreme Court's Partial Birth Abortion Ban decision, blogger Peskymac writes:

    I'm incredibly bitter today. And disgusted. What the Supreme Court did today is nothing short of repugnant. I can't say that I'm exactly surprised that a group of conservative men chose to expand federal powers and sanction torture for women today by declaring the ban on late term abortions that President Bush signed in 1993 does not violate the Constitution....
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    Blogging on IL pro-life issues

    I blogged a few times yesterday on the IllinoisReview.com blog re: human embryo/cloning experimentation legislation working its way through the IL legislature....

  • On bill crafters changing their definition of cloning... again
  • On one legislator's decision to support the legislation because that's what his "maker" would do
  • On the mainstream media's help spreading the lie that this legislation bans cloning, when it does just the opposite
  • Illinois Choose Life Tag 2-16-072.jpgAnd this morning I added a comment to pro-abortion Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn's suggestion that the state abandon its legal fight against Choose Life license plates and instead scrap all specialty plates for a universal charity plate.

    Bad to worse: Pro-abort vegan

    My most recent quote of the day came from pro-abort Yellowhammer's blog:

    If I got pregnant right now, at 21, less than a year away from my batchelor's degree, what would I do? I would probably have the child because a) the child would have two cool, loving parents b) because, although it would be inconvenient for my career, I could still get my education and find a job c) because we'd be able to support the child financially and d) (and this is the selfish reason) the karmic consequences of having an abortion would be really big.

    Of course, my point was to show the inconsistency of one who supports abortion but thinks abortion brings "karmic consequences," in her words.

    Actually, Yellowhammer stands out as someone honest enough to verbalize what most people who consider themselves "pro-choice" must certainly think deep inside. Polls consistently show that pro-aborts dichotomously believe abortion should be legal but is morally wrong, as Gallup stated last month:

    There is a fundamental tension within U.S. abortion attitudes between Americans' respect for individual rights, and their respect for the life of the unborn, particularly in later stages of pregnancy. For instance, most Americans will agree that the abortion decision "should be left up to the woman and her doctor." At the same time, a slight majority (51%) believes abortion is morally wrong; only 40% say it is morally acceptable.

    ... These numbers fluctuate, but as of Gallup's most recent survey, the slight majority of Americans (53%) consider themselves "pro-choice" on abortion, whereas 42% call themselves "pro-life."

    (To be argued in another post is whether those calling themselves "pro-choice" are really that when questioned more specifically.)

    Almost all - no matter the religious or atheist belief - believe ones committing moral wrongs are punished in some way.

    At any rate, Yellowhammer emailed me, requesting that I remove her quote, stating I took it out of context. When I asked her how I took it out of context, she responded, in part:

    As a Buddhist, I feel that there are few cut and dry moral decisions. To me, instead of there always being black and white, there is a lot of gray area where it's hard to know if you're making the right choice. Ultimately, if a mother aborts her child wrongly, she alone will have to suffer the consequences, while the aborted child will simply be born again into another body. This is also the general belief in Japan, for example, where they simply have a funeral for the aborted fetus and move on.

    I don't feel that you've taken my words out of context in the sense that you've misrepresented what I said. I stand behind it. However, if you wanted to expose my seeming moral inconsistencies to your readers, I would have appreciated that you talked to me first about my beliefs and why they are the way they are.

    There is much to dissect there, but again, another time. I decided since Yellowhammer agreed I didn't take her quote out of context but just wished I'd checked with her first was not a reason to take her quote down, since her blog is public. So I left the quote up until this morning, when I changed it as I normally would. (You can read our complete email exchange on her blog.)

    aborted babies.jpgIn her Jan. 31 response to my posting, Yellowhammer stated:

    I realized that she was just trying to expose a hypocrite to her readers. I guess that's OK, since I said that people could call me a hypocrite for being a pro-choice vegan....

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    I confirmed elsewhere in her site that Yellowhammer is a vegetarian not for personal health issues such as allergies but because she believes in animal rights.

    So yes, Yellowhammer, you're right, some people would indeed call you a hypocrite. Me, for instance.