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....

    The foundation's nonprofit 990 tax form shows that in 2008, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in the U.S. received about $45M; the international arm of the organization got about $8M.... [T]he foundation paid out around $50M to universities with one or both of the programs.


  • MO Gov. Jay Nixon (pictured left) has allowed an ultrasound bill to become law without his signature:
  • MO abortion clinics will face new mandates to offer women ultrasound images and heartbeats of their fetuses....

    The Democratic governor, facing his first decision on an abortion bill, sidestepped a direct endorsement of the new requirements by citing a MO constitutional provision allowing bills to become law without the governor's signature.

  • Police in Manila are investigating how abortion pills are being smuggled into the Philippines from another country.

  • Jesse Reynolds (a proponent of ESCR) comments on the ridiculousness that is Robert Klein's boostering of CIRM:
  • But Klein's arguments ring hollow. First, he cites an economic study that concludes the program has generated significant tax revenue. But that study's conclusions were controversial, and in any case $100 million is far less than the billion dollars the CIRM has already spent. The program is certainly not paying for itself, as he suggests now and as he claimed before the vote on Proposition 71.

    Second, Klein cites reduced health care costs. He goes so far as to say, "First of all, we're saving lives." While I sincerely hope that embryonic stem cell research leads to therapies, that is not yet the case. Clinical trials are yet to begin. (Maybe next year? (1, 2)) Until there are genuine therapies, such savings remain hypothetical.

    [Nixon photo via Wikipedia]


    That first article made me come close to throwing up-- especially when they mentioned my alma mater, the University of Miami. This is why SFLA's Med Students for Life is so important!!!

    Posted by: Kelsey at July 15, 2010 1:29 PM


    Unfortunately this happens a lot in the philippines. Illegal pills, such as diet pills, abortion pills, etc are very common. Abortion is illegal in the Philippines but folks look for it.
    However, Everyone I know, who got pregnant in their teens all kept their babies.
    Also, if in fact you took one of these pills and aborted your child, usually you never tell anyone about it. It's considered taboo. The shame of having an abortion is greater than having a child out of wedlock. I was born and raised in the Philippines...but now live in the US.

    Posted by: m at July 15, 2010 1:56 PM

    Kelsey, what's more disturbing than this article are the comments that follow us. Being the New York Times, most of the comments are pro-abortion, describing these abortionists as "heroes,' and of course, we anti-choice fanatics are nuts. One woman, while at a clinic waiting to kill her child says she got on her knees and thanked God that she had a clean, safe, clinic to go to to kill her child! I try not to bring religion into my arguments against abortion, but this is truly sickening.

    Also, many of these women say that it was such a "painful" decision, but it isn't human, why all the anguish?

    Lastly, I know this isn't politically correct, but many of these women make me sick, because there is a great deal of selfishness involved in this issue -- the reason for many abortions can be summed in six words: "I don't want to be bothered."

    Posted by: Phillymiss at July 15, 2010 2:15 PM

    Phillymiss, I was doing some digging in the NYT archives for work today (I'm a research assistant) and came across a May 1970 article about abortion activists in Canada. It called them "pro-abortion" and noted that their statistics about maternal mortality from abortion were not documented. What happened???

    I was also particularly disturbed by the statement on page 2 about abortionists who want to be "on call on the labor and delivery floor." Those "doctors" need to be exposed immediately so that pro-life moms can give birth elsewhere. How could I possibly trust someone who thinks that an unborn baby is (pick one: not human/not a person/not valuable/whatever crap justification they're using now) to deliver that same baby? I'm not a mom yet, but when I am, you'd better believe I will make sure my ob/gyn is pro-life!

    Posted by: Kelsey at July 15, 2010 2:52 PM

    I don't know where you live Kelsey, but sometimes they're not so easy to find. But I did have my beautiful daughter delivered delivered by a prolife ob/gyn. I wouldn't go to any other kind!

    I wonder what these people tell their kids when they ask them what they do for a living . . .

    Posted by: Phillymiss at July 15, 2010 3:04 PM

    Kelsey, that is a wonderful post.

    They want to force Catholic hospitals to perform so-called "emergency" abortions? Pfft. Then I want the "choice" to not be near a doctor who sees unborn babies as disposable and makes a living off of their blood.

    Abortion will NEVER be accepted by everyone. Not only will it remain unacceptable for many, but it will become increasingly unthinkable to many more. How any self-respecting doctor (woman doctor, too, mind you!) could actually advocate this procedure is beyond me. Deluded and absolutely sick.

    Posted by: MaryLee at July 15, 2010 5:29 PM

    By the by, anyone read the comments for that NYT article? Frightening. Women thanking God for the "clean" abortion clinics? People saying "I could never have one myself....But that said, I would never tell a woman she can't have an abortion..."

    Nobody wants to look at the truth of this issue. They don't want to believe that what they are "choosing" or have chosen is wrong, and can never, ever be justified. Abortion is never okay. Ever.

    Posted by: MaryLee at July 15, 2010 5:31 PM

    You're right, MaryLee. Nothing about what actually takes place during an abortion. I have respect for someone like Carmen Paglia, who states that she is "pro-abortion" and admits that it is a life. Scary, but at least she's honest.

    Posted by: Phillymiss at July 16, 2010 11:40 AM

    If Warren Buffet can fund abortion, why should tax-payers have to foot the bill?

    I feel sorry for the woman who thanks God for a clean safe abortion clinics. What about giving thanks for her bambino? Praying she'll see that God loves her baby as much as she loves God.

    Posted by: Janet at July 16, 2010 8:55 PM

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