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Pro-life blog buzz 7-22-14

pro-lifeby Kelli

  • American Life League’s Judie Brown discusses the latest idea in birth conrol technology – remote control contraception:

    Technology Review says the wireless implant, if approved for safety and efficacy, could make it possible for a woman to turn her birth control on and off at will by using a remote-control device. The implanted chip contains the chemical levonorgestrel—the same ingredient in Plan B One-Step (emergency contraception)….

    CBS News states, “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed funding to a preclinical trial on a user-controlled microchip that can effectively prevent unwanted pregnancies for up to 16 years. The futuristic birth control method could make it to the general market as early as 2018.”

    But even some on the Left are concerned that such technology could be used on women against their wills, aiding both eugenicists and sex traffickers.

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  • Culture Campaign links to articles regarding the University of Chicago’s support of abortion to the extent that they are “the only college in America performing on-campus abortions” and they have also published an abortion guide warning against going to “confus[ing]” pregnancy resource centers (because that might “delay” having an abortion). Matt Lamb of The College Fix writes:

    Asked what other resources the university makes available to pregnant students, such as adoption services, the university forwarded links to how a student could acquire birth control or emergency contraception.

  • At Ethika Politika, Chrissy Wing points out the paradoxical behavior of women who consume chemical-free, organic, free-range everything – except for their birth control:

    This sounds absurd. Yet, it is possibly the most common paradox I have seen. Eat the meat of a cow that has consumed synthetic hormones? No! Take them yourself via a highly concentrated white pill? Yes, please, but I can only wash them down with organic juice. Chemical free.

    The recent storm against GMOs are enough to make me think that if birth control didn’t fall within the boundaries of “women’s reproductive rights,” it would have gotten banned long ago.

  • Clinic Quotes shares a statement regarding abortion grief – and how those who experience it can’t seem to find help from organizations linked to abortion. From Melinda Tankard Reist’s:

    Women often spoke of being unable to get satisfactory help for their grief from clinics or organizations connected with abortion. Karleen said that when she sought help at a women’s counseling clinic in Sydney she was told it was wrong of her to speak badly of her abortion experience. Kara, from Queensland, told of posting her personal abortion story on an Internet discussion of abortion. She was told to “get lost” – her story wasn’t welcome….

    If a woman is depressed after an abortion, she is made to feel it’s her own inability to deal with sadness which is the problem. The onus is all on the woman.

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse says MTV has released a new reality show called Virgin Territory. The show “follows 15 young adults, ages 18-23, who are all still virgins…. During the course of this series, some of the 15 young adults will lose their virginity. MTV thinks this show will help facilitate conversations among teens about safe sex, but many others believe that the show will only portray virgins as ‘misfits.'”
  • Josh Brahm outlines how he chooses to discuss contraception when conversing with pro-choicers:

    When I’m on a college campus and asked by a pro-choice person whether I think birth control pills should be illegal, I take a cue from my colleague Steve Wagner at Justice For All, and say:

    “As a matter of public policy, I am not opposed to birth control methods that don’t kill anybody.”

    Obviously the most important question on the morality of birth control pills is whether or not they actually act as abortifacients. While there is an important theological discussion that can be had on whether or not God wants people to plan their families and whether or not it’s wise to take birth control pills that often have negative side effects like loss of libido, but I’m tabling all of that discussion when talking to pro-choice people.

  • At National Review, Michael J. New discusses an article by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig which suggests that conservatives should help abortion-vulnerable women by increasing their welfare benefits:

    … [T]here is not one peer-reviewed study which shows that greater spending on welfare or other social programs reduces the abortion rate. Some analysts point to lower abortion rates in European countries which tend to have more generous public benefits for low-income earners. However, the abortion rate in many of these countries is rising, while the abortion rate in the United States has been falling. Pro-lifers should certainly advertise the excellent work pregnancy resource centers are doing in meeting the needs of many women facing unplanned pregnancies. That said, expanding welfare benefits is a strategy that probably will be less successful than advertised.

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Employees reveal Planned Parenthood’s slave wages and astronomical insurance premiums

2013-11-11_1643Last week I wrote about unsanitary conditions at a Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood clinic that is part of the Planned Parenthood Keystone affiliate.

Other PP Keystone employees have started adding their comments to that post, and they jibe with Lola’s* assessment of their horrible workplace environment.

But I have learned it doesn’t stop there. Wrote PP Keystone employee “CC” (combining excerpts from two comments):

I think what is really unfortunate is the employees of PPKEY work under paid and not paid market rate for there positions. then on top of it work in the unsanitary conditions, like robots, in humane ways to treat humans. Most of the employees working here are on welfare themselves that’s pretty sad….

We should try to start a union! Admin would crap there pants if we all did that, because than we would have rights!

Employee “SickOfKeystone” wrote:

PPKEY spent thousands for a Employee Appreciation at the Country Club so they could all blow they own horns. How bout instead u get me a gift card for groceries. I would appreciate that. How bout Im full time and get food stamps and cant afford insurance for my husband.

Indeed, since writing that post I have received more intel on wages and insurance premiums for PP Keystone employees.

I’m told that PP Keystone workers other than clinic managers and clinicians make only $10-11/hour and are limited to a 35-hour work week. These people include receptionists, medical assistants and “front end and back end staff,” according to my source.

As CC and SickOfKeystone indicated, this pittance of a salary qualifies PP Keystone employees with families for welfare and food stamps.

But it gets worse. It’s no wonder SickOfKeystone can’t afford insurance for her husband. Take a look at PP Keystone’s employee insurance premiums. Take note these are bi-weekly rates (UPDATE 11/13: and the deductible is $3,000):

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erin-vellelaI verified that these rates were sent to all staff by PP Keystone Director of HR and Security Erin Vellela (pictured right) in an email dated October 25, to take effect November 1, 2013, through October 31, 2014.

How a PP employee making $11/hour, or $1,540 a month, could afford insurance for his or her family is beyond me. It doesn’t seem possible. It is even less likely that any part-time employee could pull it off without paying PP money.

500x500_229730860Meanwhile PP Keystone CEO Kim Custer, pictured right, made $133,165 in salary and compensation in 2012.

So while Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Cecile Richards cheerleads for Obamacare, because “every person in this country deserves a basic standard of health care coverage,” her own corporation has been a prime culprit, forcing employees already making slave wages to purchase astronomically high health insurance, or go without.

The Washington Times reported on November 4 that PPFA “employs 25,000 staff and volunteers at its 750 health clinics.”

Hello, where is the Service Employees International Union? I’m sure PP Keystone employee CC is not alone in wanting to unionize.

And shouldn’t feminists support decent wages and health insurance for workers providing healthcare to mostly women?

downloadI’ve seen SEIU in action when it was trying to strong-arm my employer to unionize hospital workers. SEIU is a master at shakedowns. SEIU is always on the lookout for more healthcare workers to bring into its fold.

But could it be that Cecile Richards’ husband Kirk Adams, International Executive Vice President of SEIU, is keeping his friends away from PP? I’d say that’s a safe bet.

But is it good for either SEIU or PP workers? Absolutely not.

Planned Parenthood employees who may be reading this blog for the first time should check out the salaries your affiliate CEOs and PPFA corporate heads are making. You should also know PPFA has topped $1 billion in assets since 2009-2010. There’s money to pay you. Management is just keeping it for themselves.

*Pseudonym

Pro-life blog buzz 6-4-13

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

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  • Big Blue Wave discusses Canada’s attempt to curb sex selection abortions by requiring that women obtaining ultrasounds have a doctor’s requisition and be at least 20 weeks gestation. Undercover operations have shown ultrasound facilities willing to ignore the law.
  • Clinic Quotes points out a perfect example of the extreme pro-abortion view by quoting attorney Eve Gartner, who argues for Medicaid coverage for abortions:

    My impression is that people don’t really understand the fact that they will save more money by funding all Medicaid abortions than just paying for life-threatening cases. Twenty-five percent of those people who might have Medicaid-funded abortions have children instead… and then people are paying for pre-natal care, childbirth and probably public assistance for the child.

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  • New Wave Feminists has a guest post by Melaina Lausen (pictured left), who was born to a drug-addicted mother and lived on public assistance as a child. Lausen responds to the false argument used by abortion proponents that states, “I would rather pay for someone’s abortion than to pay to raise their child for eighteen years”:

    After 18 years of living on welfare and having an abusive childhood I am a contributing member of society today. I vote, pay taxes, volunteer in the community, and try to spread a message of hope and change to others.

  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal wonders if the Catholic Church has decided to surrender in the culture wars on the issues of abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. Recent revelations about the Archdiocese of New York’s willingness to pay for union employees’ contraceptives and abortions, along with silence on other issues, have been disheartening:

    In this Year of Faith, as our churches continue to empty, an unsolicited thought for our leaders. If fundamental moral truths and goods are not worth fighting for, then don’t be surprised when many find that there isn’t much worth staying for.

  • American Life League’s Judie Brown believes the Catholic Church’s lack of “moral clarity” in social issues may lead to acquiescence on the HHS Mandate:

    These [court] decisions and the guarded acquiescence of the Catholic Church in both cases set the stage for what will undoubtedly be a USCCB cave-in on the Obama mandate. This is the most likely scenario in view of the fact that the USCCB historically filed amicus briefs, dubbed religious liberty briefs on the website, but offered no further opposition once the courts ruled in these cases.

  • At The Public Discourse, Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association explains what abstinence education (or Sexual Risk Avoidance education) really is and how it is making great strides in affecting the sexual decisions of teens and young adults, despite the removal of nearly all federal funding:

    According to CDC data from the National Survey of Family Growth, the proportion of teenagers ages fifteen to seventeen who have never had sex has risen from 62 percent in 1995 to 73 percent in 2006-2010 among females, and from 56.9 percent to 72 percent for males. These are very substantial gains during the period in which SRA programs have been widely implemented.

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  • Down on the Pharm says that while worrying about its citizens ingesting too much sugar, New York City has no problem with teenagers having abortions without parental consent. The health department has designed an app that tells children where to get birth control and abortions on their own:

    The App links a video of New York girl, “Samantha”, who talks about boinking with her boyfriend, and wishing that she were also doing it with her [“hot”] girlfriend too.

  • In a recent blog roundup, Real Choice says abortion proponents are up in arms over Mexico’s effort to prosecute women who obtain chemical abortions, fearing that if something goes wrong, women will be too afraid to seek treatment:

    [I]nternational abortion proponents want to distribute Misoprostol to pregnant women in countries that lack the medical facilities to treat the bleeding they fear will kill women in Mexico. Which is it? Is Misoprostol safe to hand out to women who won’t get treatment for hemorrhage, or is it dangerous?

  • At Bound4Life, Ellie Saul encourages pro-lifers to pray the “Prayer of Jabez” for the preborn:

    Oh that You would bless the unborn in the womb indeed. Enlarge their borders and preserve their lives beyond the womb, in the name of Jesus. May Your hand be with the babies in the womb, and that You would protect them from evil abortion and deliver them from the pain they would have had to endure so that it would not hurt them!

  • Live Action presents the story of Kristi Hofferber, an adoptee who didn’t learn until age 30 that her birth mother had been the victim of incest at the hands of her father – and that she was born as a result. Her amazing story demonstrates why the life of the child should not be sacrificed for the crimes of the father:

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Jivin J’s Life Links 4-6-11

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  • Democratic leaders say the Republicans’ proposed one-week Continuing Resolution will be rejected because of the prohibition to DC abortion funding and the budget cuts.
  • Here’s a new one: “Diseased goo” is how Darrell Dawsey describes human embryos with genetic diseases who were recently killed at the University of Michigan for their stem cells:

    Discarding diseased goo isn’t murder. And what could possibly be nobler than turning that discarded goo into a tool for studying and curing debilitating diseases and injuries?

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Jivin J’s Life Links 12-1-09

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  • The Los Angeles Times has an article about a former abortionist’s efforts to restrict abortion in South Korea:
  • For nearly two decades, obstetrician Shim Sang-duk (pictured below left) aborted as many babies as he delivered — on average, one a day, month after month.
    “Over time, I became emotionless,” the physician said. “I came to see the results of my work as just a chunk of blood. During the operation, I felt the same as though I was treating scars or curing diseases….”

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