- Down on the Pharm says a pair of Austrian scientists is asking for more research to be done on the effects of hormonal birth control on the human brain:
Of particular interest are the social and behavioral effects of these hormones when used in younger patients whose brains are still undergoing major development and maturation….
Changes in brain development in younger BC users may be more profound, with some expected to be irreversible.
- At Josh Brahm’s blog, Timothy Brahm answers the accusation that the Equal Rights Institute’s philosophy of how to speak to pro-choicers is too soft:
I’m not saying “just be nice.” I’m also not saying “don’t be offensive.” I’m arguing that we should love the people we talk to by seeking their best interest, and that means different things for different people. For some people, the most loving thing we can do for them is to graciously confront them with the truth about abortion, even if it offends them. For others, the most loving thing we can do for them is to listen to them, at least for a time.
One of the reasons why we train pro-life advocates to love the person they’re talking with is that loving, truthful people are always more persuasive than unloving, truthful people.
- Abstinence Clearinghouse says an adolescent sexuality conference set to be held in Oregon created such controversy that it has been canceled:
For the last 30 years, Oregon has hosted an Adolescent Sexuality Conference that has wrongfully presented sexually-explicit material to the public, including to children under 18. In April of 2014, protestors picketed the conference because some of the material was perverse and possibly illegal. Topics discussed usually include sexting, what you can find on porn sites and sexual consent.
- At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning discusses the Iowa Supreme Court case currently examining the safety of webcam abortions, explaining that the case could have nationwide impact:
Based on their argument of abortion being a “fundamental right” under Iowa’s Constitution, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the state medical board. A Polk County district court upheld the medical board’s decision.
Planned Parenthood appealed the decision and, as a result, the case was heard by the Iowa Supreme Court on March 11.
The Iowa Board of Medicine ban is based on their concern for the health risks to women involved in webcam abortions. According to Matthew Heffron, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, “This is a national test case. [Planned Parenthood] is trying procedure here. If they are successful in this case, they will probably attempt to spread the practice in other states.”
Planned Parenthood’s assertion in this case – since abortion is a “fundamental right,” it should not matter how the procedure takes place – should trouble anyone concerned about women’s health. Their legal fight is to preserve the practice, no matter the human cost.
- At 40 Days for Life, international outreach director Robert Colquhoun discusses being a presence on the sidewalks at abortion clinics, and gives three suggestions on what to say if you meet a pregnant woman considering an abortion:
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