by 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.
- 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?
- 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…
[Photos via Stand True and Bound4Life]