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Pro-life blog buzz 9-6-13

by Kelli

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  • Americans United for Life shares a press release detailing notable pro-life legislative successes this year.
  • At ProWomanProLife, Andrea Mrozek discusses why she believes the Pill is still so popular despite it being “anti-feminist”:

    I believe it is because it is very much promoted in med schools which look to pharmaceuticals for solutions. Doctors are schooled first, later wined and dined by pharmaceutical companies. They are not schooled or wined and dined by Creighton practitioners, for example.

  • Wesley J. Smith says UK doctors who were caught performing eugenic sex-selection abortions will not be punished. According to The Telegraph, “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was accused of failing to uphold the law after it ruled that it would not be in the ‘public interest’ to prosecute the two doctors exposed in an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation.”
  • Secular Pro-Life writes about abortion advocates’ “long-term strategy of taking abortion out of the moral realm entirely and treating it as a routine medical event.”

Feminine Clinic Flint

  • Right to Life of Michigan reports on the closing of Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint (pictured left), a facility once owned and operated by the notorious abortionist Alberto Hodari.
  • Pro-life Action League reminds us that sometimes just faithfully being present can save a life:

    This is an e-mail I received recently:

    Hi, my name is Stacy and I wanted to thank your group for saving my baby. I went to that terrible facility [Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois]… and the first thing I saw driving in was the pro-life advocates standing in the lawn at 7am.

    I went in to the clinic, canceled my appointment, and walked out…. My little guy is 16 months old now and a blessing from God. Thank you!

    … Nobody talked to her. Nobody waved signs at her. Pro-life people simply stood in witness to the fact that abortion is evil and that all human life is valuable. Their mere presence was enough to change a heart and save a life.


  • Big Blue Wave quotes Virginia physician James C. Anderson, who notes what happens to women when abortionists don’t have admitting privileges at hospitals:

    I have worked in local Emergency Rooms… for over thirty years. When women have come to the Emergency Room with complications related to an abortion, never once have I received a phone call initiated by the provider conveying information about the abortion, the young woman’s condition or potential complications…. This definitely created some time delays that were not in the patient’s best interest.

    I have called many abortion clinic physicians but never once has the provider come to the Emergency Room to assume care. I have always had to call a staff physician. This then creates another delay…. These delays can have life-threatening implications when dealing with hemorrhage or infection.

  • Pro-Life NZ objects to the fact that many expectant parents of terminal children are treated as if they are about to give birth to “monsters” – as one textbook, Oxorn’s Human Labor and Birth, actually described the anencephalic child:

    The day came when the little girl was born, but she was no monster. The midwife described her as having “a sweet face and rosebud lips.” A hat was placed on her head to cover up the fact that the back of her head was missing. The girl lived for three days, and was held by her father as she died. The midwife continued to be a support to the family as they grieved the loss of their daughter.

    Later, the midwife was reading Oxorn’s Human Labor and Birth and came across his monster definition. And she decided to challenge Dr. Oxorn on his use of descriptions….

    The doctor responded with an apology, saying that he would change the description in his next edition. And he did.

  • [Photos via RTL MI, chesterfieldfp.com]

    Erin Brockovich leads charge to stop sale of Essure contraceptive device

    Essure-dispositivoEssure, manufactured by Bayer, is called a “permanent birth control” device that blocks sperm from meeting egg.

    A pair of small, flexible metal coils are nonsurgically  inserted into a woman’s fallopian tubes, after which tissue grows around the coils, creating a “natural” barrier, according to the maker.

    Essure has now been implanted in over 600,000 women since the FDA approved it in 2002 and is considered 99.83% effective. It is nonreversible, so I’m not sure why it’s not called a “permanent sterilization” device. Sounds like verbal gerrymandering.

    But after more and more reports of adverse effects of Essure began surfacing, famed consumer advocate Erin Brockovich took notice. According to NewsChannel5.com on July 24:

    Brockovich explained, “I got involved because so many women were coming to me that had problems with Essure.”

    Brockovich recently started a website for women like Noss and says she’s been overwhelmed by the response. She said that she’s already heard from more than a thousand women who’ve shared similar stories of continuing and debilitating pain, headaches, and heavy bleeding they believe is caused by Essure.

    brockovichAccording to her website, Brockovich’s goal is to “create a movement to get this product off the market and find a remedy for those who have been harmed.”

    The latter at this point may be a problem. Back to NewsChannel5.com:

    What really frustrates Brockovich is that when the FDA approved Essure, it gave it what’s known as pre-emption status meaning women who feel they’ve suffered because of Essure can’t sue the company that makes it.

    “This is a law that will protect the company and if the product’s defective, the people who’ve been harmed by it basically have no recourse. That’s not fair,” Brockovich told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

    Brockovich now hopes to collect 5,000 signatures from women who’ve had problems with Essure. They want lawmakers in Washington to take another look at the pre-emption law and the FDA to take another look at Essure.

    That sounds fishy to me, as if Big Pharma and/or feminists had a hand in giving Essure “pre-emption status.” And no surprise, Planned Parenthood is a marketer of Essure:

    According to Dr. Amanda Yunker, a gynecologist at Vanderbilt, 4% of Essure users she studied had adverse effects. As Brockovich noted, “That’s a lot of women, isn’t it?” So where are the feminists now?

    There are a couple Twitter feeds to follow: @StopEssure and @EssureNightmare; and also a couple Facebook pages: Essure Uncensored and Essure Problems.

    [HT: Susie Allen]

    Cuckoo for contraceptives

    On September 21 the Huffington Post published results of a new survey on contraceptive use. The most provocative find:

    5. The pill is the most popular form of contraception. About 15 percent of women reported using the pill in the last 30 days, compared to 8 percent who said they used a male condom.

    Note the spin. “The most popular for of contraception” is used only 15% of the time.

    Another interesting find:

    4. Forty-three percent of women who had been pregnant previously, had experienced at least one unintended pregnancy. Of those 43 percent, 50 percent said that their unintended pregnancies had occurred as the result of failed birth control (i.e. a ripped condom or not taking their birth control pill regularly).

    In other words, contraceptives used in real time (not theory) have a 50% failure rate.

    Aside from the fact the female public doesn’t like the Pill, and aside from the fact contraceptives have a dismal success rate, feminists and the abortion industry are currently pushing for pandemic distribution of free hormonal contraceptives because, they say,  it’s what women want and need to prevent unintended pregnancy.

    Neither liberals nor the mainstream media nor the government stop to analyze the reality that contraceptives fail the hype. Instead we get this:

    Bear in mind, the morning-after pill contains 2-10 times the dosage of female hormones as the birth control pill, and there are no long-term studies on the harm to adolescent girls, particularly with repeated use.

    Liberals are all-organic, all-green, and anti-Big Pharma – except when it comes to hormonal contraception, in which case they turn a blind eye.

    This is because the alternative to pushing contraceptives on the public is unthinkable, for three reasons:

    1. The Pill was the cornerstone is the 1960s sexual revolution, and the hippies are now in charge of the country.
    2. The Pill is lucrative, as is the back-up plan, abortion.
    3. The only foolproof way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is by maintaining abstinence until marriage and then being faithful, a message that would be to admit Christian prudes were right and would also stop the gravy train.

    Step back. In plain English hormonal contraceptives (which include the Pill, shots, and implants) contain artificial steroids taken on a daily basis over the course of decades that chemically alter a woman’s normal monthly menstrual cycle by overriding messages sent by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, both located in the brain.

    Does that sound healthy? We now know it’s not. Hormonal contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, infertility, liver tumors, yeast infections, and more; and they decrease her bone density and libido, and more. (And a new study shows the Pill increases the risk of staph infections, aside from the fact it offers no protection against STDs.)

    Will we ever learn? It’s possible. It just depends on whether or not we’re sailing on the Contraceptive Titanic.

    Plan B: Where liberals and Big Pharma make strange bedfellows

    [W]hat makes my liberal friends believe a child at 11 years old, or even 16, wouldn’t use the convenience of condom-aisle Plan B as an excuse to use it instead of condoms, or to skip the hassle of seeing a doctor to get birth control pills, even though the drug is explicitly not supposed to be used as routine contraception?

    What’s to stop teenage boys from pushing their… girlfriends to forget condoms, since Plan B can take care of everything afterward?

    Why wouldn’t sexual abusers of young girls use Plan B to cover up the horror of ongoing abuse, by pushing their victims to buy it, without fear that they’ll tell a doctor, or a parent, since they won’t need to consult either to get it?

    And if a teenager suffered a dangerous reaction to Plan B — the side effects listed on the manufacturer’s website include severe allergic reactions and breathing difficulties — who would they alert? The parent or doctor they didn’t tell they were taking the drug in the first place?…

    It was the drug manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, not women’s health groups or clinicians that applied for permission to sell Plan B to children.

    … [S]ince when do liberals side with drug companies against the government when it comes to protecting the vulnerable?

    ~ Joy-Ann Reid, Miami Herald, December 14

    [Image via firetown.com]