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Pro-life blog buzz 3-6-15

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

  • At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning draws attention to the real war on women, which is happening on a global scale – from Boko Haram to gendercide:

    Perhaps, unfortunately, we have gotten used to the fact that girls are going missing in huge numbers all around the world. Because the real war on women begins in the womb.

    In India alone, one million girls are intentionally aborted each year because of their gender…. As a result, 50 million girls are missing in India today.

    The lack of women has caused a drastic rise in sex trafficking and kidnapping of girls as brides to unwed men….

    It would be flawed, however, to dismiss gendercide as an Asian or communist countries’ problem. From 1995-2005, fifteen hundred girls went missing among Indian communities in England and Wales. Topic experts agree that sex-selective abortions was the only viable explanation for this steep decline of girls….

    And the issue persists today. It’s no wonder women and girls are kidnapped and attacked at alarming rates globally.

  • Dr. Michael New gives kudos to New York Times pro-choice columnist Linda Greenhouse for her “surprisingly fair tribute” to Dr. John C. Willke, a pro-life pioneer.

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  • Live Action News features the story of Ellis Rodriguez, born after her father passed away from cancer at age 35. The joy of Ellis’ birth quickly turned to tragedy, however, as she developed bacterial meningitis and was deemed by doctors to be “incompatible with life.” As Ellis’ mother Sarah removed her from the ventilator and rocked her while saying her goodbyes, Ellis started breathing on her own. She also shows no signs of the profound brain damage she was expected to have. Read more about Sarah, her late husband Joel, Ellis and Ellis’ big brother, Milo, here.
  • Father Frank Pavone uses Scripture to show that in God’s eyes, the preborn child is just as valuable as his mother.
  • Culture Campaign discusses yet another potential pro-life ethical dilemma – that of implanting aborted human fetal tissue into animals to grow organs for human transplant:

    As the technology has advanced, researchers have begun developing a technique that could get more kidneys to people who need transplants. But the method is controversial: It is now feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could be transplanted into a person, the researchers said, although much more research is needed to determine whether this could be done.

  • Big Blue Wave examines the complaints of a Huffington Post writer who feels she is mistreated because of her desire to remain child-free. But BBW wonders if it is the reasoning behind the decision to remain child-free that is the real issue:

    Is it perhaps that childfree people often admit to selfish tendencies, aren’t embarrassed about them, and then declare that we’re supposed to not judge them for not wanting children based on their own admission of selfishness?

    Do you think that might have something to do with it? Or maybe their own admitted disdain for a certain demographic of humanity?

    Imagine if she had said that she didn’t like blacks or gays and didn’t want to interact with them, especially after having admitted not having interacted with them.

    She would have zero credibility among progressives. But because it’s about children, that’s okay.

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  • Students for Life reports that during yesterday’s Pro-Life Chalk Day, in which pro-lifers are encouraged to share pro-life messages with sidewalk chalk, some pro-“choice” women – naturally, in the true spirit of freedom of choice – decided that free pro-life speech must be stamped out. They vandalized a display created by Mizzou Students for Life and then bragged about it on Twitter (click to enlarge image):

    Around 8am this morning, one of our members discovered that many of the messages had been destroyed. Later in the morning we were mentioned on Twitter by @MissJuBooty who said “Women deserve better than being told how to make decisions with their own body as they walk home” (mocking one of our quotes “Women deserve better than abortion”)….

    What strikes me the most is that they even destroyed the messages with the local pregnancy help clinic number. Several of these were accompanied with the words “You have options”. If they truly cared about women and true choice, they would allow as many people as possible to see that number and hopefully call it to receive guidance on their options- which means more than just an abortion referral from Planned Parenthood.

Pro-abort docs fret over “standards of care” in RU-486 reversals

Father Pavone poses with young family following news conference in Washington on RU-486 reversal protocolby Kelli

The “reversals” also show that the ingestion of medication abortion drugs is never a sure thing when it comes to terminating a pregnancy. While anti-abortion activists tout the alleged “high complication rates” of the process, what they conveniently leave out is that the most common complication is that the patient remains pregnant, and that the protocol needs to be followed up with D&C or vacuum aspiration abortion in order to end the pregnancy….

Why is the “reversal” apparently so successful then? Primarily it is because those who are trying to continue the pregnancy are already in the midst of a failed medication abortion to start with….

“There’s no evidence of any demonstrable effect of the ‘treatment’ these anti-abortion centers are marketing,” Dr. Cheryl Chastine, a provider at South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas, said. “The medical literature is quite clear that mifepristone on its own is only about 50 percent effective at ending a pregnancy. That means that even if these doctors were to offer a large dose of purple Skittles, they’d appear to have ‘worked’ to ‘save’ the pregnancy about half the time. Those numbers are consistent with what these people are reporting.”

Dr. Chastine isn’t alone in her assessment. Dr. Dan Grossman, vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health [and pro-abortion author at RH Reality Check], told Iowa Public Radio that the “treatment” was unlikely to be doing anything at all.

“[The abortion pill] binds much more tightly to the progesterone receptor, to block it than progesterone itself does…. So there really is not much evidence to indicate, I’m really not aware of anything, that by increasing the amount of progesterone you’re gonna somehow block the effect of this drug….

I think this is really outside of standard of care to just begin doing this kind of treatment, without collecting more rigorous studies about its effectiveness.”

~ Robin Marty, questioning whether attempting to save babies like Gabriel Caicedo (pictured above with his parents and Fr. Frank Pavone) is worth it, Talking Points Memo, March 2

Note: The function of mifepristone is to block progesterone receptors (which is why, in an abortion pill reversal, an extra injection of progesterone is given to counteract these effects). Mifepristone “directly causes endometrial decidual degeneration, cervical softening and dilatation, release of endogenous prostaglandins, and an increase in the sensitivity of the myometrium to the contractile effects of prostaglandins. Mifepristone-induced decidual breakdown indirectly leads to trophoblast detachment, resulting in decreased syncytiotrophoblast production of hCG, which in turn causes decreased production of progesterone by the corpus luteum (pregnancy is dependent on progesterone production by the corpus luteum through the first 9 weeks of gestation—until placental progesterone production has increased enough to take the place of corpus luteum progesterone production).”

[Photo via CatholicPhilly.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 2-6-15

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

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  • Bound4Life says pro-abortion bills are being passed and signed under the radar in Washington, D.C., which “could force all employers in the nation’s capital to cover abortion-on-demand in health plans, including pro-life groups and religious schools.” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured far left) signed the bill, while outgoing mayor Vincent Gray (pictured far right) had refused to sign it, citing “serious constitutional concerns.”
  • Abstinence Clearinghouse says the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has a new 2015 Dirty Dozen list. Which organizations are on it?

    This list highlights each of the top offenders and explains how they are currently contributing to sexual exploitation. Following the explanations is a list of actions that the public can take to persuade these companies to change their policies and practices. Among other, the list for 2015 includes… the book Fifty Shades of Grey for its glamorization of sexual violence.

  • Culture Campaign points to a new review that shows, contrary to previous “morally indefensible” claims, that Plan B does indeed cause abortions.
  • Live Action News also weighs in on the emergency contraceptives as abortifacients debate:

    “Many doctors and researchers,” the authors elaborate, “claim that it has either no – or at most – an extremely small chance of working via abortion.” But “the latest scientific and medical evidence now demonstrates that levonorgestrel emergency contraception theoretically works via abortion quite often.”

  • For those who couldn’t make it to the March for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone has posted his sermon from the National Prayer Service:
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[Bowser/Gray photo by Adam Fagen via Flickr]

Stanek weekend Q #2: Why did the Vatican censor the Pope’s pro-life words?

tough-francis-hit-out-at-his-inner-circleFr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has written a provocative blog post:

Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:

“The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.”

Now the broadcast of this involves a feed that comes from the Vatican, whereby you hear the Pope speaking in Italian, and then you hear a translator, who has the text in front of him, saying it in English. Interestingly, when it came to this particular paragraph, the translators skipped the words about the babies in the womb and about the modern day Herods and about the generous love of parents and the culture that does not love life. I could tell the translator was skipping something. Later, when I obtained the text of the talk from the Vatican website, I went back to the audio recording that I myself was making at that very moment that I was listening to it, and noticed in fact, the glaring omission. The rest of the entire talk was perfectly conveyed and nothing was missing.

Just amazing.

This blows me away. The VATICAN censoring the POPE’s pro-life words?

Thoughts?

Pro-life blog buzz 12-2-14

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

  • Saynsumthn’s Blog says the CDC and Guttmacher abortion numbers don’t agree, and here’s why: the CDC gathers only data that is reported voluntarily from certain states. Guttmacher gathers much more comprehensive data, which is why their abortion numbers for the latest year available show nearly 300k more abortions than the CDC. Their reports also show that Planned Parenthood performed anywhere from 32-46% (so at the very least, one-third) of the abortions in the United States annually, and received $542.4M from taxpayers.
  • Secular Pro-Life reflects on World AIDS Day with some sound advice, including the suggestion to “steer clear of Planned Parenthood” when getting tested for HIV:

    Not just because they’re an abortion business: they’ve also demonstrated some serious skeeviness when it comes to HIV prevention. They were caught on tape advising someone who wanted an STD test to donate blood instead — horrible advice, for reasons that should be obvious.

    And a few years ago, Planned Parenthood put out an “educational” pamphlet for HIV-positive people that suggested that it’s totally fine to have sex with someone without disclosing your HIV-positive status. Thankfully, Planned Parenthood is not your only option for HIV testing. HIVtest.org is a good place to start, or try your local health department or regular physician.

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  • Bryan Kemper of Stand True (pictured left with students from Oxford and Cardiff) must be doing something right, as British columnist Catherine Bennett has listed him as an “influential foreign women-hater” and is actually calling for him to be banned from the UK. Kemper is taking it all in stride, while Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life had this to say:

    If he weren’t so effective in his defense of the unborn, Ms. Bennett would never have heard of Bryan Kemper…. English women are heeding his message, and the message of our wonderful pro-life colleagues and friends throughout Britain, and that scares pro-abortion ideologues there. Because of that, and because of the urgency of protecting the unborn, we will continue sending Bryan to Britain and to many other nations as well.

  • Real Choice shows how the reluctance to discipline unsafe abortion clinics is nothing new. In the 1980’s, Maryland’s Hillview Clinic botched legal abortions on two women, and in typical fashion, not a thing was done:

    The TV show 60 Minutes… interviewed Barbara Radford, then-president of the National Abortion Federation, [and] she defended the head-in-the-sand attitude the organization took toward safety issues by saying, “We want to make sure that women have choices when it comes to abortion services, and if you regulate it too strictly, you then deny women access to the service.” When they asked pro-choice Maryland State Senator Mary Boergers why nothing was being done to address dangerous abortion clinics[,] Boergers said, “There’s only so much of a willingness to try to push a group like the pro-choice movement to do what I think is the responsible thing to do because they then treat you as if you’re the enemy.”

    The political goal of “access” trumped the bodies and lives of women like Susanne [Logan] and Debra [Gray]. Is the abortion lobby devoted to women’s access to safe abortions, or abortionists’ access to vulnerable women?

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  • Bound4Life remembers Rosa Parks’ stand against injustice 59 years ago, reminding us to continue standing against human injustice today:

    As Bound4LIFE Director Matt Lockett notes, “History records the effectiveness of non-violent direct action as the prescribed method of bringing about change through legal recourse.”

    Lockett points out that Parks’ stand on principle, a flashpoint in the movement for cultural change, led to a court case. The monumental case Browder v. Gayle introduced into court evidence an illustration of the bus, denoting where she refused to budge [pictured right; click to enlarge]….

    Such evidence begs the question. “It’s easy to say ‘I’m pro-life’ in today’s culture of slacktivism. But is there evidence of your stand for life, strong enough it could be introduced in court?” asks Lockett.

  • The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition reports that the Dutch plan to “increase the number of life-saving organs available for transplant – by harvesting them from people who want to be [euthanized]. Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and the University Hospital of Maastricht have already written national guidelines which are being studied by the Dutch Transplant Foundation.”
  • Wesley J. Smith discusses how discussion of making a living by ushering in death seems to follow legalization. Might this be the next business venture of Planned Parenthood?

    And now, in the journal Bioethics, bioethicist Roland Kipke argues that if assisted suicide is a right of autonomy, we should permit entrepreneurs to go into the business of making people painlessly dead, what he calls “commercially-assisted suicide.”

    Hmm, it seems like we’ve seen that concept somewhere before…

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[Photos via Stand True and Bound4Life]

Pro-life blog buzz 10-31-14

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

  • Down on the Pharm nominates NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado for the most ridiculous campaign ad this year (although it’s one of the dumbest I’ve ever heard). In their ad, they claim that if Republican Cory Gardner is elected, there will be a condom shortage. You have to hear it to believe it.
  • At Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone reflects on voting as a moral obligation, stating that “the obligation to advance the culture of life by one’s vote springs from one’s obligation to the good of the nation, and to the well-being of all the other citizens who live in it.”

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  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life points out how pro-abortion the Dayton-Smith gubernatorial ticket really is (graphic shown left; click to enlarge). One is completely against pregnancy resource centers and the other was the VP of the state’s largest abortion center. Elections matter.
  • Big Blue Wave notes that a bill attempting to ban sex-selective abortion will be introduced in the UK Parliament on November 4. This comes on the heels of a study which shows that the law against sex-selective abortion in India has indeed improved female-to-male sex ratios.
  • Bound4Life shares an interview with Dr. Brent Boles, an OB-GYN and spokesman for Yes on 1 in Tennessee. Some comments from Dr. Boles:

    Even nail salons have to be inspected to meet health standards. A woman who goes and gets a manicure in Tennessee is going to a facility that does more to answer to the state Department of Health than abortion clinics do….

    The science on this issue is crystal clear. From the moment of conception, that pre-born person is a unique individual with unique DNA, that never existed before and will never exist again. Barring accidents of nature or illness or the intervention of man, a baby will be born.

    Humanity is there from the beginning. A person’s size, level of development or abilities are not what gives them worth. It’s not like you’re another species until the moment you’re born, take your first breath and cry for the first time. You are human from the moment of conception.

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse praises Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson for her consistent decision to remain modest while performing on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
  • Expose Abortion gives insight into the mentality of those who work in the abortion industry. Quotes former abortion provider Kathy Sparks:

    There are two sets of people in these abortion clinics, the ones who have been there for a long time — they’ve just become hardened — and the other set who… stay for three or four months, and they can’t take it anymore and they have to get away.

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  • The interns at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (pictured right) share about some of the comments and insults they receive during their pro-life activism. One of the comments that concerned them the most was when even well-meaning people suggested they were too young to be speaking about abortion:

    As the middle-aged people come up to me and inform me that I am far too young to be trying to influence society, I can’t help but think of them as young people. Young people who rose up and said that they wanted sex without consequence. They wanted drugs, they loved rock and roll. I can’t help but think of the young people who set out to change the world, and did just that. And now it’s our turn. As the lot often falls on future generations, our generation has been called upon to rise up, to fight, and to correct the mistakes of the last one.

    After all, what is more natural than young people talking to other young people about the killing of the youngest people?

    I find it interesting how this age group is deemed to young to speak against abortion, but is apparently not too young to have abortions (and without parental consent, of course).

[Photos via Pro-Life MN and CCBR]

Pro-life blog buzz 10-28-14

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

  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla responds to those who complain pro-lifers are “single issue voters,” as if that’s somehow a bad thing when it comes to the most basic human right. He points to an illustration from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life:

    If a candidate running for office claimed he was pro-terrorism, could he still gain your vote? No, you say?

    Would you bother to ask him his stance on gun control or on immigration? Still no, you say? Is it because his support of terrorism eliminates him from your consideration? Great, it should….

    But why is it so few faithful Catholics and Christians draw such a hard line on so-called “pro-choice” candidates? After all, they support terrorism of the womb: the slaughter of innocent babies.

    Over 3,500 babies die a day in the USA to abortion. How could anyone who supports this crime against humanity be fit to serve public office?

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  • Kansans for Life wonders why the debate between pro-life incumbent Governor Sam Brownback (R) and his challenger Rep. Paul Davis (D) omitted the issue of abortion. The contrast between the two couldn’t be more stark. Davis was tutored under Kathleen Sebelius (a supporter of the late, late-term abortionist George Tiller) and has a stridently pro abortion record, voting “80 times against pro life bills.” Kansas voters have a right to know.
  • At Live Action, Sarah Terzo uses information from a pamphlet, which includes testimonials from former abortion clinic workers, to point out how the abortion industry’s main thrust is to make sure women follow through on their abortions once the process has begun. One worker’s comment:

    When a girl called to make her appointment, we’d work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we’d have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she’d have time to think about it.

  • Real Choice says it’s foolish to trust that abortion clinics violating basic health standards will self-correct their subpar practices. Dayton Women’s Health Services is one such clinic – also caught operating without a license – where a patient died after an abortion. The facility was cited for several health violations just a year prior to the patient’s death.
  • Pro-Life in TN updates on the efforts to pass Tennessee’s Amendment 1, which would again make the state constitution neutral on the issue of abortion. This would allow elected legislators the right to regulate legal abortion. Currently, state lawmakers have no ability to require abortion facilities meet the standards of other same-day surgery centers. With no way to require that facilities meet certain standards, and no informed consent or waiting periods, a dangerous “let the buyer beware” situation exists.

    Click image below for video:

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[Photo via kansascity.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 10-3-14

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

  • Life Issues says the deep, dark secret of the health industry is the “hastening of death” through euthanasia thanks to a lucrative market for organ harvesting:

    The difficulty of making a pinpoint diagnosis in such complex neurological matters — and the lucrative financial incentives to harvest organs — will ultimately propel this issue into the forefront of public consciousness and discourse.

    Not surprisingly, the current procurement market for human tissues and organs in the United States is booming, driven by insufficient supply and heavy demand. According to The Milliman Report (see page 4), if all 11 tissues and organs could be harvested from a single patient declared brain-dead, however unlikely, the going rate for procurement would exceed half a million dollars. If all costs related to those 11 transplants are counted — preparation, physicians’ services, post-op care and the like — the money involved exceeds $5.5 million.

    Life Issues is asking for help from health professionals in drawing attention to this.

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  • Wesley J. Smith says the mother of Jahi McMath (the little girl declared brain dead 10 months ago; pictured left) has petitioned for the case to be reopened so her daughter can be declared alive:

    Here is the gist: Petitioner [Jahi’s mother] is in possession of current evidence, including MRI evidence of the integrity of the brain structure, electrical activity in her brain as demonstrated by EEG, the onset of menarche… and her response to audible commands… demonstrating that Jahi McMath’s brain death was not “irreversible.”

  • Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler, father of six girls, takes strong exception to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation “that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls.” Four of his objections: It would interfere with the role of parents, weaken the decision to abstain from sex, set a double standard, and ignore the abortifacient potential of the implant.
  • Right to Life of Michigan honors the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which is responsible for saving many lives:

    If ending tax funded abortions in Michigan saved 10,000 lives in one year, imagine how many lives 38 years of the Hyde Amendment (which effects the whole nation) has saved. Today is a day to celebrate the millions of lives saved by the Hyde Amendment and continue in our efforts to uphold the sanctity of human life.

  • At Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Sandra-Cano63Pavone mourns the death of pro-life warrior Sandra Cano (pictured right) – “Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision to Roe v. Wade:

    Father Pavone said: “Sandra’s work to overturn that devastating decision that was based on lies will not end with her death. When life ultimately triumphs over death, Sandra will share in that victory.”When Sandra Cano approached attorneys for help, she understood her case as an effort to obtain a divorce and regain custody of her children. She was pregnant, and her attorney, in partnership with her mother, arranged an abortion for Sandra at Georgia Baptist Hospital. When she found out about the plan, she fled to Oklahoma and never had the abortion.

    Interestingly enough, neither Roe (Norma McCorvey) or Doe (Cano) had abortions.

  • The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform shares Justina Van Maren’s reflections on how her summer internship experience with CCBR changed her perspective on pro-life work.
  • ProWomanProLife features a video in which The Blaze’s Dana Loesch interviews the Gosnell movie screenwriter, Andrew Klavan. Klavan shares that he used to be pro-choice but became pro-life after losing an argument to a Catholic friend. Click below to watch:

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[Life Issues HT: Bobby Schindler; Cano image via National Right to Life News]