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BREAKING: Australian TV personality commits suicide after depression triggered by abortion

post-abortion depression led to suicide

This is such a tragedy. And abortion proponents share the blame. They, of course, push for easy access to abortion, deemphasizing its after-affects to the point they absolutely refuse to acknowledge post-abortion depression, which further incapacitates those actually living through it (more on depression following an abortion).

Charlotte Dawson, RIP, was born in New Zealand but achieved fame in Australia as a model and a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.

From The Telegraph, today:

In the end it seemed like the final, inevitable episode of a tragic soap opera: Charlotte Dawson — the model, TV star and social crusader who spent many of her adult years battling depression — ended her life at the age of 47.

It is understood Dawson was found hanged in her luxury Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf apartment by a security guard on Saturday morning, the day after the birthday of her ex-husband and the man she still described as the love of her life – disgraced Olympic swimmer Scott Miller….

But friends believe she had never really gotten over her marriage to Miller, which ended in divorce after only a year. In her tell-all autobiography Air Kiss And Tell, she revealed she had an abortion because the pregnancy would interfere with Miller’s preparation for the 2000 Olympics – and blamed that for the start of her long battle with depression.

More from The Australian:

Ms Dawson gave an insight into her life – both her troubles and the highlights – in her autobiography, released late 2012.

In the book, Air Kiss and Tell, she revealed she had had an abortion with her former husband, Olympic swimmer Scott Miller, so that he would not have any distractions in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics.

She had been looking forward to having a baby but sensed “hesitation” in Miller.

”Everything Scott had done was leading up to this moment and nothing could stand in his way, so it was decided that we would terminate the child and try again later. Who needed a developing foetus when a gold medal was on offer, eh?”

Ms Dawson wrote that she was alone when she had the termination.

In he book she wrote that this was her first experience with depression – a battle she continued to fight for the next 14 years.

The Guardian:

Miller… did not go with her when she had the procedure.

On this side of the pond newsrooms aren’t mentioning the abortion connection.

Associated Press:

Dawson revealed in her 2012 autobiography “Air Kiss & Tell” that she was frequently visited by the “depression bogeyman.”


Despite her professional successes, Dawson’s personal life was often tumultuous. In 1999, she married Olympic swimmer Scott Miller. Although the marriage ended after a few short months, she struggled with the breakup and said he was the only man she would ever marry.

After Miller recently gave a tell-all interview to 60 Minutes in Australia, Dawson spoke out: “I continue to fight my depression”…

Seemingly a stab, from E! Online:

Per the BBC, Dawson suffered with depression for a very long time and was admitted to a hospital in 2012 after being targeted by cyber bullies.

Dawson married Olympic swimmer Scott Miller in 1999 but they were divorced two years later. She had no children.

[HT: Reader Sean]

Graphene condoms under development thanks to the Gates Foundation

by Carder

Bill Gates condomThis composite material will be tailored to enhance the natural sensation during intercourse while using a condom, which should encourage and promote condom use….

This will be achieved by combining the strength of graphene with the elasticity of latex to produce a new material which can be thinner, stronger, more stretchy, safer and, perhaps most importantly, more pleasurable.

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan describing the “next-generation” condom using the material graphene, made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AU News, November 1

The BBC reports that the HIV team senior program officer Dr Papa Salif Sow said a “redesigned condom that overcomes inconvenience, fumbling or perceived loss of pleasure would be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty.”

[HT: Laura Loo]

Pro-life blog buzz 11-1-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Abortion Pill Risks notes a disturbing recent case report which calls into question the safety of off-label use of RU-486 for abortion. The FDA relies on voluntary reporting of serious adverse events of the drug’s use:

    A case report published in the July 2013 issue of Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology confirms the discovery of the first known global death case of “Fatal Clostridium septicum following medical termination of pregnancy.”…

    A number of different off-label or alternative medical abortion regimens have been recommended by providers in the United States. In the United States the FDA has issued public health advisories to warn health care professionals about the risks of sepsis and toxic shock in medical abortion and to reinforce use of the FDA approved regimen which does not include the vaginal use of misoprostol.

  • At CatholicVote, Michael J. New discusses the results of a new Quinnipiac poll on Catholic attitudes toward abortion and same-sex marriage.
  • 40 Days for Life notes the success of the campaign in England, where many originally thought 40 Days would have little appeal, as it was considered “too American.” The campaign garnered media attention from the Guardian and the BBC.


  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition reports that Belgium, which is already considered a pioneer in euthanasia, is considering extending this practice to children as long as the parents consent, as well as to people with dementia. Advocates say that denying children this opportunity is unjust, but opponents state that children cannot reasonably be expected to decide to end their own lives. What if the parents say yes and the children object? (And who decides for those with dementia?) Once this door is opened, how can it ever be closed?
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life discusses how Planned Parenthood is “making a difference” in Minnesota.
  • Blogger Matt Walsh has a powerful satirical piece on “ending the stigma of infanticide”:

    Meanwhile, abortion groups across the nation have organized pro-abortion events in 32 states, as part of their “1 in 3″ campaign. It aims to feature women telling uplifting and inspirational stories about their abortions. The organizers want to “end the stigma of abortion.” It is the act of violently murdering an unborn human, why should there be any negative feelings attached to it?…

    Why stop at ending the stigma surrounding abortion?…

    Let’s end the stigma surrounding child murder. All child murder — not just the trendy kind, which we’ve dubbed “abortion.”…

    Make infanticide legal. Do you know why? Because we don’t deserve to prohibit it. We can’t sit here, ignoring the silent screams of millions of murdered children, and pretend that we have ethical standards. We can’t do that. We don’t get to do that. We can’t celebrate the genocide of 50 million human infants and then pretend to be horrified because a girl stashes her dead baby in her handbag, or a psychotic sociopath drowns all of her kids in the bathtub. And Gosnell? What in the h*** is he doing in a prison cell? He did exactly what every other abortionist does, he just didn’t dress it up and try to make it look pretty. He murdered children in a drab, run down building, and put the corpses in the fridge. Non-jailed abortionist murder children in nicer buildings, and throw the bodies in the hazardous waste dumpster out back. So one is in prison, and the others aren’t due to, what, aesthetic differences?

    • Live Action posts video of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ dodge when questioned whether Obamacare enrollees can determine whether plans cover abortion before enrolling:

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Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers embrace economic liberalism?

money-babyNew York Times pro-life columnist Ross Douthat pitched an interesting idea this week:

WHAT happens to a modern society when abortion is restricted? This question is at the heart of the debate over Texas’s new abortion law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks and issues health regulations that could thin the ranks of state abortion clinics, making even first-trimester abortions harder to obtain….

One possible answer is that Texas will make a forced march into squalor, misery and patriarchal oppression. Women’s lives will be endangered, their health threatened, their economic opportunities substantially foreclosed….

To prove that case, you would need to look at how abortion restrictions play out in a wealthy, liberal and egalitarian society. Here two examples are instructive: Europe in general and Ireland in particular.

In the first case, many European countries already have versions of Texas’s late-term abortion ban on the books. France, Germany and Italy all ban abortions after the first trimester, and impose waiting periods as well.

Notably, these nations tend to have lower abortion rates than the United States, and none of them are exactly reactionary dystopias in the style of Margaret Atwood’sHandmaid’s Tale.” So the European experience suggests that at least some abortion restrictions are compatible with equality and female advancement.

Then there is the specific case of Ireland, which has maintained a near-absolute abortion ban throughout its history….

So if liberal fears about the Texas legislation’s impact are correct, one would expect the Irish ban to have produced obvious, disastrous side effects. At the very least, one would expect Ireland to lag in female mortality, health and economic advancement….

Ireland’s maternal health outcomes have long looked much better than those of its neighbors, and even a recent report that produced a higher estimate for maternal mortality still placed the country well within the European norm.

Meanwhile, international rankings offer few indications that Ireland’s abortion laws are holding Irish women back. The country ranks first for gender parity in health care in a recent European Union index. It was in the middle of the pack in The Economist’s recent “glass-ceiling index” for working women. It came in fifth out of 135 countries in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Gender Gap” report. (The United States was 22nd.)

Now it’s also true that Ireland, like most of Europe, is to the left of Texas on many economic issues. All the abortion restrictions described above coexist with universal health care, which Rick Perry’s state conspicuously lacks.

So perhaps, it might be argued, abortion can be safely limited only when the government does more to cover women’s costs in other ways — in which case Texas might still be flirting with disaster.

But note that this is a better argument for liberalism than for abortion.

It suggests, for instance, that liberal donors and activists should be spending more time rallying against Perry’s refusal to take federal Medicaid financing than around Wendy Davis’s famous filibuster.

It implies that the quest to “turn Texas blue” should make economic policy rather than late-term abortion its defining issue.

And it raises the possibility that a pro-life liberalism — that once-commonplace, now-mythical persuasion — would actually have a stronger argument to make than the one Texas’s critics are making now.

What do you think? Should pro-lifers, who are typically fiscal conservatives, embrace economic liberalism?

Pro-life news brief 2-27-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • TIME provides more information on the teenage couple in Texas who sued to prevent the young woman’s parents from forcing her to have an abortion:

    The baby is due Sept. 16. According to [the baby’s father] Evan, he and R.E.K. — they began dating last summer — knew right away they would have the baby. “We’ve always been against abortion,” says Evan, who wants to become a welder (R.E.K. wants to attend nursing school). “As soon as we found out she was pregnant, we knew we wanted to keep it.”

    … It remains to be seen just how involved the girl’s parents will be with their new grandchild. While Burnside and her husband, who is not Evan’s biological father, are being supportive, the girl’s parents may find it harder to play a role: days after the judge’s ruling, Evan, a high school sophomore, married his pregnant girlfriend, a junior, in what Burnside calls a “shotgun” wedding.

  • Michael New shows how contrary to some cherry-picked polling data, abortion attitudes in 2012 remained largely the same.


  • Governor Mike Beebe (pictured left), a Democrat, vetoed Arkansas’ 20-week fetal pain/abortion ban bill yesterday. It appears the legislature has more than enough votes to override his veto.
  • The BBC reports on the research of French scientists who have discovered that unborn children can decipher speech as early as 3 months before birth:

    The evidence comes from detailed brain scans of 12 infants born prematurely.

    At just 28 weeks’ gestation, the babies appeared to discriminate between different syllables like “ga” and “ba” as well as male and female voices.

    Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the French team said it was unlikely the babies’ experience outside the womb would have affected their findings.

  • A couple in Virginia have filed a $1.7 million lawsuit against Langley Air Force Base Hospital after the hospital allegedly misdiagnosed a healthy unborn child as a molar pregnancy and then aborted the child:

    Heather Fergurson, 32, of Chesapeake, Va., filed the suit against the federal government this month, alleging hospital personnel performed a dilation and curettage procedure April 18, 2011, after medical staff misinterpreted ultrasound and other tests to conclude Fergurson had a molar pregnancy — a rare mass inside the uterus that can change into a rapidly spreading cancer — The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday.

    Fergurson and her husband, Army Sgt. Maj. Charles Fergurson, 56, have been unable to conceive again, the newspaper said.

[Image via thecitywire.com]

Famed British broadcaster: People are “a plague on the earth”

attenboroughWe are a plague on the earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now….

We keep putting on programmes about famine in Ethiopia; that’s what’s happening. Too many people there. They can’t support themselves — and it’s not an inhuman thing to say. It’s the case. Until humanity manages to sort itself out and get a coordinated view about the planet it’s going to get worse and worse.

~ British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, as quoted by The Telegraph, January 22. Attenborough is a patron of The Optimum Population Trust, which recommends a two-child policy for families and also supports abortion and homosexuality as two means of curbing population growth.

LiveScience has more to say on the topic, including the insistence that what the world needs now is more contraceptives.

[Photo via datuopinion.com]

Pro-life news brief 7-10-12

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • FactCheck.org finds that the Obama campaign is twisting Romney’s position on abortion in their latest ad.
  • In Colorado, a five-time DUI offender is responsible for a crash which injured a pregnant woman, her five-year-old son and killed her near-term unborn child.
  • Another forced late-term abortion case in China is garnering attention:

    Pan Chunyan’s pregnancy was terminated at nearly eight months in April because she had violated the one-child policy, Beijing-based lawyer Zhang Kai said.

    Her husband sought legal help after hearing about another recent forced late termination in Shaanxi province….

    “They already paid a penalty but the pregnancy was still terminated forcibly,” Mr. Zhang told the BBC. He said Mr. and Mrs. Wu’s violation of the one-child policy did not give officials the right to terminate the pregnancy.

    In an open letter published by US-based aid group China Aid, Mr. Wu said “a group of people” took his wife “forcefully” to a local hospital on 6 April after a brief detention, where she was given an injection.

    China Aid has an open letter from Mr. Wu about the forced abortion of his unborn child.

(Prolifer)ations 5-1-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • 40 Days for Life celebrates the cumulative results of this year’s campaign. 8 abortion workers left their jobs, 3 abortion clinics closed, and at least 883 babies were saved this year alone, bringing the total to nearly 6,000 saved since the movement began less than 5 years ago.
  • Big Blue Wave reports that Pepsi has decided to no longer contract with Senomyx to use aborted human fetal kidney cells in its flavor enhancer testing.

  • At Live Action, Lucy LeFever hammers on pro-choice hypocrisy with regard to informed consent laws. One woman is campaigning to provide iPods with music to women who undergo required ultrasound procedures before abortion so they can drown out the sound of their preborn children’s heartbeats:

    This recent action, as well as the entire debate over ultrasound laws, has blatantly highlighted the pro-choice movement’s obsession with drowning out truth. Rather than providing women with honest medical information, pro-choice advocates opt to conceal the facts. They wish to silence massacre with melody, blood with ballads, slaughter with song….

    Women should know what they’re getting when they walk into a crisis pregnancy center, abortion advocates cry. But when it comes to a life-altering medical procedure, the calls for clear information disappear and are even condemned when they come from the other side. It seems as though the values of truth and honest information matter only when they are encouraging abortion.

  • Fletcher Armstrong shares Center for Bio-Ethical Reform director Gregg Cunningham’s BBC radio interview. Cunningham had originally been booked for a second program, but British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion providers scheduled for the debate bowed out, resulting in its cancellation. Cunningham concludes pro-lifers must make their case in the public square, thanks to media suppression.
  • Abolitionist Society of OK has been posting its own non-graphic posters on the University of Oklahoma campus. Not surprisingly, they are usually removed within a day. Add this to the growing list of college campuses hostile to pro-life speech.
  • After Abortion reposts an archived article recognizing how painful the celebration of Mother’s Day can be for post-abortive women.

  • Down on the Pharm, though happy about the escape of blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng (pictured right), has concerns about the possible reaction of the Obama administration:

    The saddest difficulty is that he is unlikely to receive any aid or protection from the most pro abortion, U.S. government in history. Neither Obama nor Planned Parenthood oppose[s] forced abortion in China, or sex selective abortions enough to oppose either practice.

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life laments that the MN Medical Association “is going out of its way to oppose commonsense safety requirements… to protect an unfettered abortion industry.” The group opposes the requirement that abortion facilities be licensed as other ambulatory surgical treatment centers and that a physician be physically present when administering the RU-486 abortion pill. In the past they have also opposed informed consent requirements.
  • Kansans for Life says that despite Kansas’ pro-choice media’s complaints about money being spent “on litigation to uphold pro-life laws enacted in 2011,” the real problem is that pro-choice attorneys are overbilling the taxpayers:

    At issue is a “windfall” for clinic attorneys – according to the State – including over $78,000 for ineligible legal work as well as using indefensible attorney rates of $400 per hour. All but one of the clinics’ attorneys lack ANY experience in this type of litigation, yet they charged nearly double what attorneys experienced in this specialty would charge – $225 per hour.

    State attorneys (including the office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt) demonstrated how the court is being wrongly asked to pay for over-billing at over-inflated rates, including 53.6 billable hours in one day and 22 hours to write a basic motion.

  • Culture Campaign shares the reactions to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s view on Democrats’ “one mission in life.” Abortion:

[Photos via guardian.co.uk, advocatenvooradvocaten.nl]