Monday, May 31, 2010

"Epidemic" of Coerced Abortions in U.S.

LifeNews reports:
Women who refuse requests from their husbands or boyfriends to have abortions are often finding themselves subject to violent attacks that sometimes result in their deaths. That's the finding of a new report from the Elliot Institute, which calls the problem a "widespread epidemic."

The new report, Forced Abortion in America, is drawing attention to attacks on pregnant women and girls in order to prevent them from continuing their pregnancies.

It points out a "widespread epidemic of unwanted, coerced and forced abortions taking place in the United States."

The report notes how research suggests most abortions are likely unwanted or coerced, with one survey of women who had abortions finding that 64 percent said they felt pressured by others to abort.

The same survey found 80 percent of women said they did not receive the counseling they needed to make a decision -- even though more than half said they felt rushed or uncertain about the abortion.

The consequences for those who refuse abortion can be dangerous and even deadly, according to the report, which details cases of women and girls facing violent attacks or murder for resisting abortion.

Studies of death rates among pregnant women in the U.S. have found that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women, the authors say.
I've often said that when pro-aborts talk about "choice," the only "choice" they mean is the choice to kill. It's only when you recognize this that the things they do and say make any sense.

It's only when you realize that "choice" just means "killing" that the actions of these "pro-choice" people make any sense:
* A Kansas man and his wife were convicted of sexual abuse after the man raped his stepdaughters over a several year period, resulting in four pregnancies and at least one abortion, performed on an 11-year-old. The case was reported to authorities by a pro-life organization after one of the girls visited their office seeking an abortion; the group says that the abortion business did the abortion without informing authorities of any suspected abuse.

* Two Ohio teenagers were convicted for kidnapping and assaulting a pregnant teen, killing her unborn child. Police said one of the boys thought he had fathered the child, and the two hit the teen and kicked her the abdomen to cause the death of her 8-month-old unborn child. One of them allegedly told her that she should have gotten an abortion, and that "now your baby is going to die." DNA tests showed the teen was not the father.

* A man was sentenced to 9 years in prison for secretly giving his wife an abortion-inducing drug after she refused to abort. The woman secretly taped him admitting to giving her the drug but trying to convince her that she really wanted to have an abortion.

* A high school junior was beaten to death by her 22-year-old boyfriend after she refused to have an abortion. According to police, the man hit the teen at least four times on the head with a bat and admitted he did not want her to have the baby. He pleaded guilty after leading police to the girl's body, which he had buried under leaves in the woods. The man was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison.
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We know, because the pro-aborts tell us, that (in the words of President Obama) "no one is 'pro-abortion.'" If that's true, then these people must simply be "pro-choice." Which only makes sense if by "choice" you mean, "killing unborn babies for any reason or no reason, and by the cruelest means imaginable."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Burris Pushes for Military Abortions

From our friends at Illinois Review, we learn that our very own Senator Roland Burris wants you to pay for abortions for military personnel:
If you thought Roland Burris was a harmless lame duck filling Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat until next January, you were mistaken. Burris has taken advantage of his lack of accountability to try and overturn a longstanding military policy that would cause U.S. taxpayers to pay for military abortions -- both overseas and in the states. Thursday, Burris' amendment striking the current restriction on military abortions passed out of U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee in a 15 to 12 vote.

If Burris' amendment becomes law, all military medical facilities will be required to provide unrestricted abortions, including for the purposes of sex selection as well as anytime in the pregnancy, from conception to baby's birth.

Mississippi Senator Wicker led the discussion in opposition to Burris amendment:
The committee yesterday decided to reverse this long-standing policy and to say that indeed abortions, for whatever reason, will be performed in these facilities that are paid for by taxpayer expense that are there for the care of our service members to keep them healthy and to repair their injuries. We're going to use those facilities for elective abortions. If this amendment stands -- and I guarantee you it will be challenged on the floor of the House and Senate, with separate amendments -- Members will be given a chance to vote on this separate issue.

But if this stands, our military installations, Fort Bragg, Columbus Air Force Base, Keesler Air Force Base in my home state of Mississippi, their medical facilities will be able to be used for abortions, performed late term, abortions performed for purposes of sex selection, abortions performed for any reason. Abortion-at-will will be the requirement for our military installations and the medical facilities on those installations.
Senator Burris' website provides a response section here. Let him know what you think -- after all, he still represents Illinoisans, whether he acknowledges it or not.
Tell me again how "no one is pro-abortion." This guy certainly is.

(Cross-posted to Paulfor62.com.)

National Right to Life Committee Urges U.S. House to Reject 'Disclose Act' as 'A Corruption of the Lawmaking Power'

National Right to Life Committee Urges U.S. House to Reject 'Disclose Act' as 'A Corruption of the Lawmaking Power'

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The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the "DISCLOSE Act" (H.R. 5175), which it called a "bullying political power grab," which is "not a curb on corruption, but itself a type of corruption -- a corruption of the lawmaking process, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions, among other deterrents, to reduce the amount of private speech regarding the actions of the lawmakers themselves."  NRLC said that it would include the dispositive roll calls on the measure in its scorecard of key votes for the current Congress.

The four-page letter, signed by NRLC Executive Director David N. O'Steen and Legislative Director Douglas Johnson, said that the bill "has been carefully crafted to maximize short-term political benefits for the dominant faction of one political party, while running roughshod over the First Amendment protections for political speech that have been clearly and forcefully articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court."  The letter discusses a number of ways in which the legislation is designed to "to discourage, as much as possible, disfavored groups (such as NRLC) from communicating about officeholders, by exposing citizens who support such efforts to harassment and intimidation, and by smothering organizations in layer on layer of record keeping and reporting requirements, all backed by the threat of civil and criminal sanctions."  The letter suggests that the bill be amended to clarify that "DISCLOSE" actually stands for "Deterring Independent Speech about Congress except by Labor Organizations and Selected Elites."

The House Democratic leadership had apparently intended to bring the bill to the House floor tomorrow (May 28), but -- faced by a rising chorus of protests from a broad array of organizations -- has now postponed floor action until the week of June 7.

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Publish Date: May 27, 2010
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Gallup's 2010 Values and Beliefs survey: Majority say abortion is immoral

Gallup's 2010 Values and Beliefs survey: Majority say abortion is immoral

I don't know if there's much to take from Gallup's 2010 Values and Beliefs survey except, perhaps, that 37-1/2 years after abortion was legalized and supposedly legitimized, followed by constant liberal cheers of approval, Gallup found the majority of Americans still believe it is morally wrong. And abortion remains one of the "four moral issues [that] sharply divide Americans."

But the major leap in opposition abortion took last year was apparently a blip.

     Gallup's 2010 Values and Beliefs survey except

Still, as I said about Gallup's previous abortion poll, I'd rather be us than them in this survey.

Opposition to human cloning remains high but to embryonic stem cell research not so much. If only people understood cloning is critical to escr's success, if there is to be any success. Sad that so many support physician assisted suicide. Don't get it.

     Perceived Moral Acceptability of Behaviors and Social Policies chart

No surprise, Gallup found that "political divisions [are] greatest on gay relations and abortion." I've been searching and can't find whether Gallup divided the abortion question by party in its 2008 or 2009 Values and Beliefs survey to know if these numbers are changing. But politically abortion support is getting slammed. Almost half of Democrats think it's wrong (49%!), 61% of Independents, and 74% of Republicans. I acknowledge this is not the same as asking whether it should be legal, but still.

     Precentage Viewing Matters as "Morally Acceptable," by Party ID

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Publish Date: May 28, 2010
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Pro-life Activists to Challenge Planned Parenthood Ban on the First Amendment in Washington, D.C.

Pro-life Activists to Challenge Planned Parenthood Ban on the First Amendment in Washington, D.C.

Activists to hold a prayer vigil on the public sidewalk that Planned Parenthood has fenced in and called "private property."

    
Planned Parenthood has put up a fence around public property and threatened to arrest  members of the pro-life community who attempt to pray and counsel on the public sidewalk and property.

Planned Parenthood has put up a fence around public property and threatened to arrest  members of the pro-life community who attempt to pray and counsel on the public sidewalk and property.
 
For years, people were allowed to pray, counsel and maintain a pro-life witness on the public property and sidewalk surrounding Planned Parenthood.
 
The Christian Defense Coalition has applied for a permit to hold a prayer vigil on the public sidewalk leading to the entrance of  Planned Parenthood.

The date for that prayer vigil is, Tuesday, June 8 at 11:00 A.M. at Planned Parenthood 1108 16th Street NW in Washington, D.C.
 
The activists would rather risk arrest than surrender their First Amendment rights and they want to make it clear they will not be bullied into silence.
 
Sadly, the actions of Planned Parenthood show they have no respect for the law, the First Amendment or social justice.
 
The activists are being represented by the American Center for Law and Justice.

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Publish Date: May 28, 2010
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Human-animal hybrids in life vs. death struggle

Human-animal hybrids in life vs. death struggle

Science-fiction fantasy becomes reality in labs

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In what may seem more like a Hollywood science-fiction plot, as in the forthcoming movie "Splice," lawmakers are trying to prevent scientists from combining human and animal embryos to make "human-animal hybrids."

In "Splice," two scientists defy ethical boundaries and splice together human and animal DNA to create a new organism, also known as a chimera.

At what price?

While the idea of such an experiment may seem far-fetched, scientists around the world have been dabbling in creation of human-animal hybrids for years.

Today, Ohio's Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee passed S.B. 243 – a ban on human-animal hybrids.

The bill prohibits "human cloning, the creation, transportation, or receipt of a human-animal hybrid, the transfer of a nonhuman embryo into a human womb, and the transfer of a human embryo into a nonhuman womb."

Mark Harrington, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Midwest and president of the Pro-life Institute, presented expert testimony.

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"We all want to see treatments for sickness," he said. "We all want to see cures for disease. But the question is at what price?"

He added, "I am becoming more and more convinced when it comes to emerging bio technologies like human-animal hybrids that many of these researchers do not believe in any limits on research as long as it has the possibility to produce an economic end that suits their agenda."

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform is urging citizens to call Ohio State senators and ask them to support S.B. 243 with a vote on the Senate floor.        

Human-animal hybrid experimentation

Scientists have had some success with human-animal hybrid experiments. In 2003, Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University fused human cells with rabbit embryos, according to National Geographic News. The embryos were given several days to develop before the scientists destroyed them to harvest stem cells.

According to the report, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota were able to create pigs with human blood flowing through their bodies in 2004.

"Scientists feel that, the more humanlike the animal, the better research model it makes for testing drugs or possibly growing 'spare parts,' such as livers, to transplant into humans," National Geographic reported. "Watching how human cells mature and interact in a living creature may also lead to the discoveries of new medical treatments."

Biotechnology activist Jeremy Rifkin told the magazine, "One doesn't have to be religious or into animal rights to think this doesn't make sense. It's the scientists who want to do this. They've now gone over the edge into the pathological domain."

In 2005, New York scientist Stuart Newman sought a patent on a on a process to combine human embryo cells with cells from the embryo of a monkey, ape or other animal. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected his request, according to the Washington Post, because the hybrid "would be too closely related to a human to be patentable."

However, the decision was a victory for Newman, who reportedly had no intention of creating the hybrids. He simply sought a legal precedent to stop others from obtaining patents on living things.

The Post reported Stanford University biologist Irving Weissman helped other scientists make hybrid rodents, including mice that have up to 1 percent human brain cells in their skulls.

Also, a researcher at the University of Nevada at Reno, Esmail Zanjani, successfully grew mostly human livers in sheep. His goal was to make the humanized livers available for transplant in people.

In 2008, British scientists produced human-animal hybrid embryos by inserting human DNA from a skin cell into a hollowed-out cow embryo.

"An electric shock then induced the hybrid embryo to grow," London's Guardian reported. "The embryo, 99.9 percent human and 0.1 percent other animal, grew for three days, until it had 32 cells."

Likewise, Eugene Redmond, professor of psychiatry and neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine, worked on adding human nerve cells into monkeys as part of the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease.

"We find that we can get stem cells to survive for long periods of time in the brain," Redmond told PBS in a 2005 interview. "They make into different types of cells, and we have some preliminary results in functionally impaired animals that the stem cells improve their Parkinsonism and make them better."

He added, "What we're doing, however, is something that's been done for years and there was not a lot of interest in it."

Legal or illegal?

The Arizona state Senate passed a bill just last month making it illegal for a person to "intentionally or knowingly creating a human-animal hybrid." Louisiana passed a similar law in 2009. Currently, there is no U.S. law banning human-animal hybrid research.

In 2006, then-President George W. Bush used his State of the Union address to urge Congress to pass legislation prohibiting "egregious abuses of medical research," including "creating human-animal hybrids."

The National Academy of Sciences, which advises the U.S. government, has issued its own guidelines on chimeras. A summary of those guidelines states:

The Academies' guidelines also address how far scientists should go in mixing human and animal cells to create so-called chimeras, which researchers may need to do in order to test the therapeutic potential of human stem cells in animal models. ...

[N]o animal embryonic stem cells should be transplanted into a human blastocyst, and approval by an ESCRO [Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight] committee should be secured before any human embryonic stem cells are put into an animal. Also, no animal into which human embryonic stem cells have been introduced should be allowed to breed. In addition, no human embryonic stem cells should be put into nonhuman primate blastocysts."

Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., introduced S. 1435, the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009 in the U.S. Senate last year. The bill stated:

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly, in or otherwise affecting interstate commerce –

1) create or attempt to create a human-animal hybrid;

2) transfer or attempt to transfer a human embryo into a non-human womb;

3) transfer or attempt to transfer a non-human embryo into a human womb; or

4) transport or receive for any purpose a human-animal hybrid.

Penalties included up to 10 years imprisonment and civil fines of at least $1 million. The legislation had 20 co-sponsors, but it died in committee.

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Publish Date: May 27, 2010
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Doctors see adult stem cell milestone

Doctors see adult stem cell milestone

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British and Indian doctors have achieved a milestone in stem cell research, transplanting a new windpipe, or trachea, into a 10-year-old boy using his own non-embryonic, or adult, stem cells.

It marked the first time such a procedure has been performed in a child and the initial case of an entire trachea being transplanted, the UCL Institute of Child Health in Great Britain reported.

The transplant was conducted for a boy who has a rare congenital condition named Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis, which refers to a diminutive windpipe that will not develop. "It is like breathing through a straw and is a life threatening condition," according to the institute.

Doctors stripped a donated trachea of the donor's cells and injected stem cells from the boy's bone marrow into the trachea shortly before implanting it in the boy, the institute reported.

Using the boy's own stem cells prevents possible problems with transplant rejection.

The case, reported in mid-March, is another success for non-embryonic stem cells, which have produced therapies in trials for at least 73 ailments in human beings, according to Do No Harm, a coalition promoting ethics in research. Embryonic stem cell research, which results from the destruction of human embryos, has yet to generate successful treatments in human beings.

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Publish Date: May 27, 2010
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'Stealth' Abortion Guidelines for N. Ireland to see Full Legal Challenge

'Stealth' Abortion Guidelines for N. Ireland to see Full Legal Challenge

     Efforts by the British government to bring legal abortion by

Efforts by the British government to bring legal abortion by "bureaucratic stealth" into Northern Ireland will be met with a full legal challenge by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). The High Court in Belfast has granted leave to SPUC to launch a challenge after the Department of Health, without explanation, reissued medical practice guidelines that had been rejected by the High Court for violating the province's abortion laws.
 
For three years the guidelines have been the focus of an intense battle in Northern Ireland, where abortion remains a crime, between the pro-life movement and pro-abortion forces in the British government.
 
SPUC's Liam Gibson told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) today, "At present it's difficult to tell whether our case will be overtaken by events, but the department is hellbent on pushing its abortion guidance forward no matter what happens."
 
Gibson said that the department has maintained from the beginning an attitude of "belligerence," and "followed a fixed agenda regardless of demonstrated public opinion, the representations of pro-life medical and legal professionals, and elected politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Assembly's health committee."
 
The guidelines saga that has been ongoing since 2007 when then-minister for Northern Ireland, Paul Goggins, promised that the British government would not interfere with the province's abortion laws. Later that year, the department issued the draft guidelines that were identified by pro-life groups and MLAs as an attempt to bring legal abortion into Northern Ireland by the back door.
 
These were first beaten back in October 2007 by a motion passed in the Assembly by MLAs Jeffrey Donaldson and Iris Robinson. The department responded by bringing the same guidelines back in 2008, after which SPUC took the department to court.
 
The High Court's Justice Girvan issued a ruling in November 2009 that the guidelines violated Northern Ireland's law and must be withdrawn. In February the next year, the department ignored the ruling and brought the guidelines back again, with two sections on "non-directive counselling" and consent "temporarily" removed - a move called "baffling and bizzare" and "deceitful" by SPUC and other pro-life groups.
 
"The bitter determination of the health department to reject any input from the pro-life movement underlines just how important these abortion guidelines are," Gibson said today.
 
"Even when the SPUC was successful in court," he said, "the department took the unusual step of asking for a second hearing in an attempt to convince the the judge to change his mind on the withdrawal of the entire guidance document."
 
When this effort failed, the department responded by ignoring the ruling and re-issuing the document that Gibson said is "in precisely the form the court said would be inappropriate". When SPUC returned to court to force the department to comply, the department asked for a four-week adjournment, refusing to give a reason for the request.
 
"It appears that the department intends to issue a new consultation document in the near future, but it is not clear how this will affect the current version of the guidance, which we believe should be withdrawn at once," Gibson said. 

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Publish Date: May 28, 2010
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NEWS SHORTS FOR FRIDAY

NEWS SHORTS FOR FRIDAY

Bill Gates funds covert vaccine nanotechnology


    
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is gaining a reputation for funding technologies designed to roll out mass sterilization and vaccination programs around the world. One of the programs recently funded by the foundation is a sterilization program that would use sharp blasts of ultrasound directed against a man's scrotum to render him infertile for six months. It might accurately be called a "temporary castration" technology.

Now, the foundation has funded a new "sweat-triggered vaccine delivery" program based on nanoparticles penetrating human skin. These are both part of the Gates Foundation's involvement in the "Grand Challenges Explorations" program which claims to be working to "achieve major breakthroughs in global health."

...breakthroughs like mass sterilization and nanoparticle vaccines that could be covertly administered even without your knowledge, it turns out. These nanoparticles could be used in a spray mist that's sprayed on to every person who walks through an airport security checkpoint, for example. Or it could be unleashed through the ventilation systems of corporate office buildings or public schools to vaccinate the masses. You wouldn't even know you were being vaccinated.
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Corrupting Science in Law and Politics: Korean Court Rules Embryo is Not A Life Form

     Junk Science

Science capabilities are taking us into ethical conflicts because we are at the place where the most helpless human beings are being coveted for use as objects to be exploited like any other natural recourse.  Adding insult to injury, many justify this approach by resorting to junk biology–redefining scientific terms, for example, in order to justify doing to human life what many would otherwise consider to be unacceptable. Example: Arguing that people in a persistent unconscious state are really dead so their organs can be taken.
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City of Pittsburgh Told to Pay Legal Fees to Abortion Protester

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The city of Pittsburgh could be on the hook for $338,000 in legal fees resulting from an Indiana Township woman's successful challenge of a city ordinance limiting protests at abortion clinics. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer on Thursday granted a request from Mary Kathryn Brown and ordered the city to pay $209,276 in attorney fees and costs, mostly to attorneys from The Alliance Defense Fund, for representing Brown in federal court. The Alliance Defense Fund is a Christian legal organization. Fisher reduced the amount requested from Brown's attorneys by $48,272.
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Embryonic Neural Development


     Embryonic Neural Development

How the Brain Forms During the Earliest Days of Development -- Scientists have wondered for centuries at what point in human development does the person develop its mind. While neuroscience is still a relatively young science, its discoveries have already shed light on the development of the human nervous system. As an embryo develops, it forms distinct cells that become neurons that then form a complete system. By the eighteenth day of development, the gastrula has formed. This refers to the three basic cell layers (or germ layers) that serve as the basis for further development.
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Mexico Upholds Bush's Plan B Abortion Pill For Rape Victims

     Mexico's Supreme Court building

Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a law requiring hospitals to offer rape victims a morning-after birth control pill, rejecting an appeal that argued the pill's effect constitutes the equivalent of an abortion. Abortion is regulated under state laws in Mexico, and most of the 31 states outlaw elective abortions. An appeal filed by the Jalisco state government says the federal morning-after law is an intrusion on states' rights. But justices disagreed in an 10-1 vote Thursday. The majority ruled that use of the pill is not the equivalent of abortion, but rather is part of a public health policy.
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Austrian Abortion Museum (glorifying baby killing) Wins European Prize


    
Exhibit in the contraception & abortion museum of Vienna.

A Vienna museum dealing with contraception and abortion received a special prize from a European body Thursday for raising public awareness of both issues. The Museum of Contraception and Abortion, the only one of its kind in the world, was given the European Museum Forum's new Kenneth Hudson award, named after the forum's founder. "This shows a strong recognition for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, which are still scandalously ignored in Austria," said Christian Fiala, a gynaecologist who set up the museum.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

On the path to over-the-counter abortions

On the path to over-the-counter abortions

    
The new abortion pill ellaOne® (Ulipristal acetate)

On June 17, the FDA's Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health will hold a public hearing to begin the approval process of a new abortion pill, Ulipristal acetate, to be marketed by the brand names ella® or ellaOne®.

ellaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, as opposed to emergency contraception, which can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex.

ellaOne has been marketed in the United Kingdom since September 2009 as an emergency contraceptive, but it does not chemically work the same in a woman's body as an EC.

In fact, ellaOne works the same as mifepristone, or RU486, also known as the abortion pill, which can be taken up to 49 days after the first day of a woman's last period.

While ellaOne and RU486 are composed of different chemical compounds, they are both progesterone blockers, while the EC is a progesterone.

A "fact sheet" by the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, which is pushing FDA approval of ellaOne, confirms "mifepristone [RU486] and ulipristal acetate [ellaOne] are both selective progesterone modulators."

ellaOne blocks progesterone from reaching the cushiony lining of a mother's uterus, the endometrium. ellaOne causes the endometrium to degrade and her days-old embryo to die.

Since RU486 is taken later in pregnancy, it blocks progesterone from reaching a mother's placenta, thereby causing it to degrade and her weeks-old embryo to die.

According to a 2009 report from the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, quoted by Wikipedia, "like mifepristone [RU486], ulipristal acetate [ellaOne] is embryotoxic in animal studies."

All of this is not to say the EC cannot be "embryotoxic" as well. It just kills differently by either slowing the embryo down from reaching the uterus alive or by making the uterus impermeable to implantation by the embryo.

The EC and ellaOne may also work by delaying ovulation or making it difficult for sperm to reach egg.

Bottom line: While in actuality the EC and ellaOne may cause abortions, and RU486 certainly does, ellaOne is admitted to be "embryotoxic" and works chemically the same as RU486, so it should not be classified as an emergency contraception.             

Let me back up and say the labeling for ECs (and birth-control pills, which work chemically the same as EC) and ellaOne falsely state they do not cause abortions.

This is only because the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology changed the definition of "pregnancy" in the 1970s to state it did not commence at conception but at implantation, which "can be completed as early as eight days or as late as 18 days after fertilization, but usually takes about 14 days."

So, quoting the Guttmacher Institute, "[a] pregnancy is considered to be established only after implantation is complete."

This means, absurdly, a preborn human can live up to two and a half weeks inside his or her mother, but she is not considered pregnant.

Aside from preborn humans, the other losers in all this confusion are women who are not being properly informed about the possible consequences of ingesting any of these pills.

It is a travesty that liberal ideologues and feminists are leading women to believe these pills prevent pregnancy when, in fact, they may kill newly conceived offspring.

Meanwhile, since ellaOne works the same as RU486, the Family Research Council asks good questions:

    Why is ellaOne limited to five days post-intercourse? Wouldn't it cause the demise of a post-implantation embryo well beyond five days, even up to 40 days like RU486?

In fact, according to CHMP, six of 29 women studied who were found to be pregnant after taking ellaOne went on to spontaneously miscarry. That's 20 percent.

ellaOne is an abortion pill. Backers want it considered an EC to make it available first by prescription and then over-the-counter, as was the EC.

If the FDA approves ellaOne as an EC, the day draws closer when abortion proponents push to make RU486 available first by prescription and then over-the-counter.

We just learned Planned Parenthood is already experimenting with distributing RU486 via webcam. "Telemed" abortions allow an abortionist to dispense RU486 and its companion drug misoprostol to patients hundreds of miles away by simply touching a computer screen button.

Imagine one abortionist in an unidentified office with five or 10 or more computer screens from which s/he dispenses abortion pills on a rotating basis to every "family planning office" in every nook and cranny of the U.S.

Can't get much closer to writing abortion prescriptions than that, which will be next.

Medical abortions are radically altering the abortion landscape.

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Rep. Smith: US may be spending $10 million on pro-abortion Kenyan constitution

Rep. Smith: US may be spending $10 million on pro-abortion Kenyan constitution

     Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
      Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)

Washington D.C.,  / 06:18 am ().- Following calls for a federal probe into U.S. funding to support Kenya's proposed constitution, which would permit abortions in the country, investigations suggest that the funds used may have totaled over $10 million instead of the $2 million initially suspected. One congressman called the funding "a clear violation of federal law."

Earlier this month three leading U.S. congressmen made public a letter requesting a federal probe into whether the Obama administration broke federal laws by promoting a proposed Kenyan constitution that "radically" changes abortion policy.

The Siljander Amendment, annually included in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, prohibits lobbying for or against abortion using the funds made available in the act.

Initial reports said that the Obama administration had pledged $2 million to help promote the new constitution.

However, in a May 26 press release one of the Congressmen, Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), said he has learned from investigators that U.S. taxpayer expenditures in support of the Kenyan proposal "may exceed $10 million – five times the level we originally expected."

"This massive spending will undoubtedly be directed to those entities that are pressing for ratification of the proposed constitution," he continued.

"Such support will further enable passage of a constitution that is opposed by many pro-life leaders in Kenya, because it enshrines new rights to abortion. As such, the funding is a clear violation of federal law against use of U.S. taxpayer funds to lobby for or against abortion," Rep. Smith charged.

According to the Congressman, the new information about the size of the funding gives "even more urgency" to the request for investigations into all U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) activities related to the proposal.

"I hope that all investigative agencies will take our request seriously and act swiftly in this matter," commented Smith.

The Catholic bishops of Kenya have said the proposed constitution is "fundamentally flawed" because it paves the way for abortion on demand and also specially recognizes Muslim civil courts.

At present Kenyan law allows abortion only to save the life of the mother. The proposed new constitution would allow abortion in cases where health care professionals believe a mother's "health" is endangered, an exception which has been broadly interpreted in many countries.

The bishops have called for the removal of the clause from the draft constitution.

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Publish Date: May 27, 2010
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G8 Abortion Push Weakened as Study Finds Newborn Mortality at All-Time Low

G8 Abortion Push Weakened as Study Finds Newborn Mortality at All-Time Low

     G-8 Summit in Canada

A new report released yesterday demonstrates that worldwide mortality for children under age 5 has dropped at a rate faster than expected and shows that child mortality is falling in every region of the world - a 35% reduction since 1990. The same prestigious institute that reported a significant drop in maternal mortality last month, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, today reported great progress in saving the lives of young children around the world.
 
The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) believes that the study will help lawmakers globally advance life-affirming health policies as they work to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 which calls for a two-thirds reduction in mortality in children under 5 years of age by 2015.
 
According to PNCI Director, Marie Smith, "This study is welcome news to all those who labor to save the lives of children, born and unborn, around the world.  It clearly documents that more newborns are surviving, including in developing countries. The overall number of children under five receiving critical health care to treat and prevent disease and illness shows the importance of access to life-affirming health care to achieve MDG 4."
 
"The push to integrate efforts to reduce child and newborn mortality and the reduction of maternal mortality with the full gamut of so-called reproductive health services, including abortion, has been set back once again by reliable data and facts. This is critically important as world leaders prepare to meet at G-8 Summit in Canada and debate ways to improve maternal and child health.

"Canadian Prime Minister Harper should be heartened by this study which supports his bold stand against inclusion of abortion in a new global initiative on maternal and child health. The data from countries which protect unborn children from the violence of abortion clearly shows significant progress in reducing child mortality through practices which save lives."
 
The study published in Lancet, Neonatal, postneonatal, childhood, and under-5 mortality for 187 countries, 1970-2010: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 4, shows worldwide mortality dropping from 11.9 million deaths in 1990 to 7.7 million deaths in 2010 and includes all regions of the world.
 
Smith adds, "This study shows a decline in child mortality within sub-Saharan Africa including in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and The Gambia. Many of these countries have been facing international pressure to legalize abortion."
 
The lead author of the study and Assistant Professor of Global Health at IHME Julie Knoll Rajaratnam stated, "Previous estimates had shown child deaths falling slowly and neonatal deaths nearly at a standstill. We were able to double the amount of data and improve the accuracy of our estimates to find that children are doing better today than at any time in recent history, especially in the first month of life."

This new data demonstrates that 31 developing countries are on pace to meet Millennium Development Goal 4 by 2015 including Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, and Egypt--all of which have laws restricting access to abortion. The study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
PNCI believes this new data will assist elected officials devise policies that build on proven methods that save and protect the lives of all children, born and unborn.

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Publish Date: May 26, 2010
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Woman Dies in Marie Stopes Abortion Facility in Nepal as Controversial Ads Air in UK

Woman Dies in Marie Stopes Abortion Facility in Nepal as Controversial Ads Air in UK
 
     Marie Stopes International

The day before Marie Stopes International abortion advertisements began airing in the UK, a woman died in one of their overseas abortion facilities in Nepal. Nepalese media reported this week that Durga Devi Khadka died on Sunday at the Marie Stopes Center in Damak, a municipality in the southeast.

Khadka was 10 weeks pregnant, according to the Nepalese newspaper Republica. Police are investigating and have detained the facility owner, Chitra Bahadur Karki.

By its own admission, Marie Stopes International was responsible for the deaths of at least 920,000 unborn children by abortions, both surgical and drug induced, around the world last year - a massive increase of 56 per cent since 2008. Marie Stopes, with such abortion giants as International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations Population Fund, is a major player in the international population control movement that is targeting poor countries in Asia, including Nepal.

In 2001, Nepal gave in to pressure from the United Nations and legalized abortion in cases of pregnancy due to rape or incest up to ten weeks after conception, and at any time "where pregnancy poses any danger to the physical or mental health of the mother or if the child will be disabled." In 2009, Marie Stopes International, active in Nepal since 1994 with 61 facilities, boasted that its presence in the country had reduced the fertility rate between 2001 and 2006, from 4.1 to 3.1 births per woman.

Sunaolo Parivar Nepal (SPN), the local Marie Stopes affiliate, committed 70 per cent of all abortions between 2004 and 2007, making it the largest abortionist group in the country. Between 2001 and 2006, SPN had also conducted 50 per cent of all female sterilizations and 45 per cent of all (male and female) sterilizations in Nepal. Overall, the group said, sterilizations have risen in Nepal from 11,453 to 35,278 during those years.

The ready availability of abortion, however, has started to come under scrutiny for its role in the massive gender imbalances in many Asian countries. In 2000, Nepal was named in a UN report on the Asian gender imbalance caused by sex-selective abortion.

The easy availability of abortion has also been identified as a key link in the trafficking of Asian women for sexual slavery in India, a problem that is especially acute in Nepal. Tara Bhattarai, writing in 2007 for the Press Institute for Women in the Developing World, relates the story of a Nepalese woman, Geeta Tamang, who was sold into sexual slavery in India at the age of ten.

Tamang said that the pregnant women in her brothel were routinely taken by the brothel owner to a local abortion facility in Pune, the city where she was enslaved. After an abortion in the morning, Tamang said, "it was common for those women to be forced to take clients by the evening."

The kidnapping and trafficking of women for forced prostitution in India is rampant in Nepal where poverty will sometimes drive relatives to sell young girls over the open Indian border. Local anti-trafficking NGOs estimated in 2007 that 7000 girls between the ages of 10 and 16 were trafficked into the Indian sex trade annually.

This week, while the Marie Stopes ads were airing on British television, the advocacy group Tibet Truth blasted the group for ignoring the "medical atrocities," including forced abortion and sterilizations, committed against Asian women in the name of "family planning." Tibet Truth participated in a demonstration against Marie Stopes at their London headquarters where the group was hosting Li Bin, the official responsible for enforcing China's coercive one child policy.

Marie Stopes maintains five facilities in China, and lists the country's various local "Family Planning Commissions" as partners in their work.

Tibet Truth said, "Like its 'sister' organizations the United Nations Fund for Population and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, [Marie Stopes International], though acutely aware of China's program of forced sterilizations and forced abortions, which have traumatized countless women in China and occupied regions such as Tibet and East Turkestan, seems unable to offer a word of public condemnation, concern or opposition to such medical atrocities."

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Publish Date: May 26, 2010
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Pro-lifers urge block on Brit TV abortion ad

Pro-lifers urge block on Brit TV abortion ad

    
Channel 4 of the British Broadcasting Corp. aired the 30-second abortion services ad after 10 p.m. in the United Kingdom

British television's first commercial for abortion services -- sponsored by Marie Stopes International -- drew calls from pro-life organizations for the government to block the advertisement after it aired for the first time.

    

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The controversial ad was telecast May 24 -- a day after a woman died while undergoing an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in Nepal and five days after the head of the ministry responsible for China's coercive population control policy spoke at Marie Stopes' London headquarters.

Channel 4 of the British Broadcasting Corp. aired the 30-second ad after 10 p.m. in the United Kingdom, although it was not shown in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal.

The commercial, which BBC News says is to run until the end of June, does not use the word "abortion." Instead, it consecutively shows three women who are described as being "late" for their periods. The off-camera narrator says, "If you're pregnant and not sure what to do, Marie Stopes International can help." The ad closes with the words "Are you late?" and a phone number displayed.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) urged Britain's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to instruct Ofcom, the regulator of the UK's communication industries, to block the ad.

"The advertisement is deceptive, in that it doesn't explain what Marie Stopes is and what Marie Stopes does," SPUC communications manager Anthony Ozimic said in a written release after the commercial was shown for the first time on the Internet. "Marie Stopes' main business is the killing of unborn children. Its telephone consultation line is an abortion booking service which puts women on a fast-track to abortion.

"Marie Stopes advertises itself as an abortion provider on the London Underground but has soft-soaped its image in this Channel 4 advertisement. We can only conclude that this is a way for Marie Stopes to evade restrictions on advertising.

"Women deserve better than abortion," Ozimic said. "We want the government to ensure that women are not misled by this kind of deceitful propaganda."

In describing the ad on its website, Marie Stopes said, "The time has come to talk more openly and honestly about abortion and we hope that the TV commercial will help to break down the taboos that persist around this issue."

The ad serves as the launch of its "Are you late?" campaign, according to Marie Stopes.

Marie Stopes, which describes itself as a "not-for-profit sexual and reproductive health" organization, provided 920,000 abortions internationally last year. That was an astonishing 56 percent increase over 2008. That total included abortions by both surgery and drugs, such as RU 486.

In Nepal, Durga Devi Khadka died May 25 at the Marie Stopes Center in Damak, a municipality in the southeastern part of the Asian country. She was 10 weeks pregnant, according to the Nepali newspaper Republica. Police are investigating and have detained the clinic owner, Chitra Bahadur Karki.

Marie Stopes hosted Li Bin, the minister of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, for a May 19 speech at its London office, Tibettruth reported. Supporters of Tibet organized a protest of Li's speech, according to Tibettruth, a network that advocates for human rights and independence for Tibet and East Turkestan.

The National Population and Family Planning Commission oversees China's population control program, which has been commonly referred to as a one-child policy since its implementation in 1979. The policy generally limits couples in urban areas to one child and those in rural areas to two, if the first is a girl. Parents in cities may have second babies if the husband and wife are both only children.

Forced abortions and sterilizations have been used to enforce the policy, and infanticide, especially of females, also has been reported.

Pro-life and human rights advocates have charged Marie Stopes with collaborating with the Chinese government in its coercive population control policy. Marie Stopes operates five clinics in China, according to its website.

In 2008, the Bush administration cut off United States aid to Marie Stopes because of its alleged support of China's program. The administration described Maries Stopes as "the major implementing partner" of the program in China operated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Bush administration refused during its last seven years to forward $235 million in federal money to UNFPA because it concluded the organization's work in China violated the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment. That law prohibits funds for any entity that, as decided by the president, "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."

The Obama administration restored funding to UNFPA in 2009.

Contact: Tom Strode
Source: BP

Publish Date: May 26, 2010
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New Georgia billboard campaign, "Black & unwanted"

New Georgia billboard campaign, "Black & unwanted"

Just received word from Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation that his organization and Georgia Right to Life are cosponsoring a second wave of pro-life billboards directed toward an African-American audience, "an 'Endangered Species' Part 2, if you will," wrote Ryan.

Entitled, "Black & Unwanted," 60 of the these billboards will be up by tomorrow in Augusta, Macon, and Savannah, GA.

The billboard continue to hammer away at the eugenics/racism foundation of the abortion movement as well as emphasize the need for black adoption and its tragic racialization. Here 'tis...

     Black & Unwanted billboard by toomanyaborted.com

Ryan is posting a new video entitled "Lies." this afternoon to accompany the campaign. I'll post it as soon as it's up.

According to Ryan, this 2nd campaign "continues exposing the lies of the pro-abortion factions and bring truth to a community we so dearly love."

The groups' 1st billboard campaign received an incredible amount of press. Recall that sign...

     Black Children are an Endangered Species billboard by toomanyabortion.com

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Publish Date: May 27, 2010
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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill on Insurance

    
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry
     Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry late Wednesday vetoed an abortion bill that would put strict limits on when private health insurers can cover the procedure.
 
The bill includes exceptions for cases of rape, incest or to prevent the death of the mother. Coverage for abortions could be obtained through a separate supplemental policy.
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Japan Doctor Held Over Forced Abortion Says He Took Drug From Workplace

     Jikei University Hospital
    
Jikei University Hospital

A doctor arrested last week on suspicion of causing his pregnant girlfriend to miscarry by giving her a hormonal agent has admitted that he obtained the agent from a hospital where he worked, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday. "I took the drug that can induce labor from my workplace, Jikei University Hospital, the day before I gave it (to her)," Tatsunosuke Kobayashi, a 36-year-old doctor at the Tokyo hospital, said, according to investigative sources. "I put it in an intravenous drip pack that I took from my family's hospital." Kobayashi was arrested May 18 on suspicion of causing an abortion without consent under the Penal Code. He is suspected of having given the woman in her 30s an intravenous drip containing an oxytocic agent—a synthetic hormone that can induce labor—around early 2009, telling her it was a nutritional supplement. Several days after she notified Kobayashi of her pregnancy, he married another woman.
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Woman Dies Undergoing Abortion

     Marie Stopes logo
     Marie Stopes Logo

A woman in Damak Municipality-15 of Jhapa district died while undergoing abortion at a local Marie Stopes Center on Sunday evening. The deceased has been identified as Durga Devi Khadka. She had gone to the health center to abort her 10-week fetus. Khadka's family members said it was sheer negligence on the part of doctors that she died while undergoing abortion of a 10-week fetus. Meanwhile, police have detained Chitra Bahadur Karki, the owner of the health center, for investigation.
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Oklahoma Voters May Nullify Fed Health Care Law in November

     Voter in Oklahoma
     Voter in Oklahoma

Voters in Oklahoma will be given a chance in November to decide whether they want to reject the core of the recently-enacted national health care reform, which includes taxpayer-funded abortion and requires individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, thanks to a legislative action that bypassed the objections of pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Brad Henry.

The state's House of Representatives approved Senate Joint Resolution 59 with a strong bipartisan majority of 88-9. SJR 59 allows citizens to vote up or down a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit "forced participation in a health care system," and allow individuals to pay directly for health services and carry private health insurance.
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PPFA abortions could soar via 'telemed'

     Call center manager Jessica DuBois works with a telemedicine system set up at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
      Telemedicine system at
     Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin


The Planned Parenthood Federation of America may have found a way to extend its lead as the country's top abortion provider through a videoconferencing method now being used in Iowa.

Planned Parenthood has a five-year strategy to make abortion an essential service in all of its centers in the United States, an official of the organization said recently. The long-distance method it has labeled "telemedicine" could accelerate the achievement of that goal.
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How I Spent My Tuesday Evening

I've been jumping from meeting to meeting the past few weeks, and so much of what I've seen, heard and learned in these meetings has deserved to be blogged about, but I just haven't had time and energy (at the same moment) to blog about them.

But I had to go back and mention the little gathering I attended Tuesday evening in Lake Forest hosted by Heroic Media.

The hook was speeches by two speakers, WIND's Guy Benson, and former gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski. I'd met Benson briefly before, when he introduced me at a political picnic last year of which he was the MC; I was very flattered that he remembered me. Adam I know better, since we endorsed in other in our respective races last year.

They were both excellent presentations, but then we got to the real reason for the gathering: a chance for Allen Ptack and Jeanne Hamilton from Heroic Media to strut their stuff. Here's an example:



This should whet your appetite. Go check out Heroic Media, see what they do!

(Cross-posted from Thoughts of a Regular Guy.)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dispute over ownership of "Rock for Life" brand

Dispute over ownership of "Rock for Life" brand

    
Rock for Life Logo

First came this statement from American Life League on May 21:

    The following statement was issued today by Judie Brown, president of ALL:

    "American Life League has temporarily suspended the operations of our Rock For Life project. This is being done to allow us the flexibility to structure the organization in a manner that best fits the needs of the pro-life youth movement in the coming decades....

    "As we go through our restructuring efforts, RFL chapters across the country will be served by ALL's associate program. RFL merchandise will continue to be available at our online store and by calling our resource department (866-LET-LIVE).

    "ALL remains dedicated to serving the pro-life educational needs of the youth of this nation. We are grateful to all those fine individuals who have staffed and supported our RFL project in the past and expect to be able to issue further announcements on our plans for RFL later this year."

Then came this statement this afternoon via Facebook, meaning the following fellows are controlling that aspect aspect of RFL, at least for now (and according to the new website also controlling Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, and podcasts)...

    Media Contact: Erik Whittington / 540-840-9764 Business Contact: Jeff White / 909-744-4479

    Los Angeles, CA. "We are excited about this next phase in our ministry," said Erik Whittington, executive director of Rock For Life. "There have been many changes throughout the years with RFL but one thing stays constant - We will fight for the human rights of preborn individuals through music, education and action. Our work will not, and has not ever been suspended. We have many things planned and look forward to announcing them throughout the summer."

    RFL and American Life League separated ways on Thursday, May 20th, 2010, ending an 11-1/2 year relationship that has seen the pro-life youth movement grow tremendously during that time. "We are thankful for the support American Life League has shown us throughout the years," said Whittington. "We wish them and all their staff the best as they work to defeat the culture of death in our country."

    RFL began as a one-time concert event in the Fall of 1993 in Southern CA to raise funds for a pregnancy help center and raise awareness regarding the travesty of abortion. This event, hosted by Bryan Kemper - the Founder of RFL and the current President of Stand True Ministries - ended up being a huge success. This event, under the guidance of Jeff White, led to the official launch of RFL as a legal entity. Following the success of the first concert, including a story on MTV and a baby saved, RFL launched several more concerts and joined the Lollapalooza tour through out the summer of 1994.

    In January of 1995 Erik Whittington joined forces with Bryan Kemper at the March for Life in Washington, DC. Erik had been doing pro-life booths at concerts in Portland, OR, while Bryan was starting RFL in Southern CA; realizing that their work was so similar they decided to combine their life-saving efforts.

    "I too am excited about this new phase of ministry for RFL," said Bryan Kemper. "Music is a powerful tool that RFL has used successfully to raise awareness, raise funds and save babies from abortion. I am looking forward to a renewed friendship and partnership between RRL and STM."

    To celebrate this exciting change, RFL will be hosting a concert during the Survivors Pro-Life Boot Camp June 28th in Los Angeles, CA. Stay tuned at TheRockForLife.com as this exciting news is developing quickly.


So the good news is Rock for Life, Stand True Ministries, and The Survivors have mended any broken fences, while the bad news is the RFL team and ALL have obviously parted company and are currently at odds over who owns the brand.

We pray that this ends amicably. The pro-life movement doesn't need another waste of money and energy over turf, such as we have seen with the struggle over the Operation Rescue brand.

Contact: Jill Stanek
Source: jillstanek.com
Publish Date: May 25, 2010
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Wisconsin Right to Life Announces Campaign to Opt-Out of Obamacare Abortion Coverage

Wisconsin Right to Life Announces Campaign to Opt-Out of Obamacare Abortion Coverage   
 Wisconsin Right to Life
Wisconsin Right to Life is announcing today a massive campaign aimed at allowing Wisconsin to opt-out of abortion coverage in the state-based insurance "exchanges" created by the federal health care law known as Obamacare.

According to Susan Armacost, Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director, the organization has been working with legislators for some time on this issue.  "Polling has consistently shown that citizens do not want to subsidize abortion coverage or pay for abortions," said Armacost.  "Obamacare requires federal agencies to subsidize and administer health plans that will pay for elective abortions.  The law also opens the door to direct federal funding of abortion in Community Health Centers, hundreds of which are operated by Planned Parenthood - the nation's largest abortion provider," Armacost said.

"While state legislation cannot correct all of the abhorrent federal abortion provisions, we do have the ability to make sure that the state-based insurance exchanges are not spending tax dollars to subsidize abortion."

The Executive Order signed by President Obama, widely and inaccurately reported as prohibiting taxpayer abortion funding under the law, cannot overrule the abortion impact of the law.

Opt-out legislation cannot be introduced until January of 2011.  As a first step in the campaign to enact opt-out legislation, Wisconsin Right to Life is promoting a petition to our new Governor, who will take office then, letting him know that hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin citizens want our state to opt-out of subsidizing abortions through health insurance. Click here for the petition.

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Source: Wisconsin Right To Life
Publish Date: May 26, 2010
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Mainstream media fairly investigates accusation of forced abortion

Mainstream media fairly investigates accusation of forced abortion

    
Late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari
     Late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari

NBC TV 25 in Flint, MI, ran a remarkable 2-part, back-to-back exposé on May 24 fairly detailing the merits of a lawsuit filed against late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari by former patient Caitlin Bruce, a story we've been following for some time.

In Part I, note how the story opens with an interesting turn on words, that Hodari "violated [Bruce's] right to choice" - by forcibly aborting her. Also note, as Citizen for a Pro-Life Society's Monica Miller wrote in an email, "The child is never called a "fetus"! 
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NBC's written account of that story includes Bruce's charges against Hodari...

    Count I - Lack of informed consent/Medical Malpractice
    Count II - Battery
    Count III - Misrepresentation/Fraud
    Count IV - Innocent Misrepresentation
    Count V - Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
    Count VI - Ethnic/Gender Intimidation
    Count VII - Violating the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act

I wouldn't put it past Hodari to have gone to Italy to escape justice, although sometimes he makes the stupidest comments I wonder about his cognitive abilities.

For example, in this next news clip Hodari tries to claim his now infamous "license to lie" quip made during his 2007 Wayne State University speech was only about life or death situations: "Never tell a patient, especially a woman, you're going to die. And in that respect, yes, we lie," he told the reporter.

So many things wrong with that, where to start?

First, the sexism: "especially a woman"? Excuse me? And that coming from an ob/gyn? 2nd, just how much experience does Hodari have treating dying patients? 3rd, as a matter of fact, medical professionals are typically not supposed to lie to dying patients about their status, particularly if they are asking.

4th, the original context of Hodari's "license to lie" statement indicates it had nothing to do with dying patients: "My wife says we doctors have a license to lie [audience laughs], and it's true, it's absolutely true. Sometimes you need to lie to a patient about things they want to do or no, much less now than in the past." Ironically, Hodari lied to the reporter about a comment he made about lying.
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I want to close this post with excerpts from an email I received 2 days ago:

    I had an abortion in -- of --. It was the worst thing that I have ever done. I went to Dr. Hodari's clinic near --. I did not understand the amount of pain that I would experience with this procedure, not only physical pain, but emotional as well.

    When the procedure was about to begin the speculum was inserted and vacuum was turned on, I said I want to stop, I started yelling and crying. The "vacuum" was inserted, I was told to stop yelling and I needed to be quiet because I was scaring the other patients. I was told there is no stopping, it has to be finished, it's dangerous to stop. Two other women (staff) came in and held me down to finish.

    For months after the procedure I cried almost every night, telling my unborn baby I was sorry. I felt like this clinic wanted my money and pushed the clients through. They don't have any true consultation....

    It wasn't until the procedure was beginning that I realized the action/mistake that was about to take place. This is when I changed my mind. I am not against abortions, but it really struck my heart seeing this poor women on the television going through the same experience that I had, I know her pain and I feel for her....

    It was the worst, most traumatic experience I have ever been through....

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Publish Date: May 26, 2010

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Okla. Legislature overrides another abortion veto

Okla. Legislature overrides another abortion veto

    
Okla. Legislature overrides another abortion veto

The Oklahoma Legislature has overridden the governor's veto of an abortion bill that would require women and doctors to complete questionnaires before the procedure could be done.

It is the third time this session the Republican-controlled House and Senate have overridden Democratic Gov. Brad Henry's veto of an abortion-related measure.

In the Senate, a handful of pro-life Democrats joined with Republicans on Tuesday to reach the votes needed for the override. The House easily voted for the override on Monday.

Another bill that the legislature passed over the governor's veto would require women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before receiving an abortion. It is on hold because of a legal challenge.

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Sean Murphy
Source: OneNewsNow
Publish Date: May 25, 2010
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No Choice Allowed: China's Hollow Celebration of International Children's Day

No Choice Allowed: China's Hollow Celebration of International Children's Day

     International Children's Day

On June 1, parents around the world will hug their children and spend time bonding with their families. A tradition dating back to the 1920s, the International Children's Day is a celebration of life and hope, a time to honor future generations. But for Chinese women, children and family come with a heavy cost.

China's response to a growing population was to enact a rash policy with far-reaching reproductive restrictions. The unintended effects and violent implementation of the One Child per Couple policy have permeated Chinese society. Under the One Child policy, more than 400 million babies have been "prevented" in China in the last 30 years--most of them girls. 400 million tiny futures brutally ended. 400 million voices never had the chance to laugh with joy. The real crime -- did mothers have another choice?

Join us on June 1 for a lunch panel discussion focused on the rights of children and women in China. Hear from Chinese rights experts about challenges to gender equality, the psychological trauma fostered in the absence of choice, grassroots initiatives for women and abandoned girls, and social alternatives facilitating reproductive rights. The panelists represent several organizations and backgrounds, including leadership at Tiananmen Square student demonstration for freedom in 1989. Now speaking out on behalf of justice for China's women, these panelists unite to promote the beauty of human dignity, choice and healing, and to suggest initiatives for empowering girls young and old. Won't you choose to learn more?

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Source: China Aid  Monitor China
Publish Date: May 25, 2010
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Hospital's deprivation costs patient her life


Hospital's deprivation costs patient her life

The attempt to save the life of an elderly woman in Brevard County, Florida, has failed.

     Brevard County, Florida

Carrie Johnson, 83, suffered several strokes and was hospitalized, and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel reports that even though Johnson's son and granddaughter objected, the hospital stopped giving her food and water.

"Liberty Counsel was able to get involved on this situation [by] working through the night [and] filing an injunction, and the judge on Saturday afternoon issued an injunction to reinsert the food and water," Staver reports.

The strokes had not harmed the patient to the point of certain death, but the Liberty Counsel attorney explains that unfortunately, the damage from lack of nutrition had already been done and Johnson died Saturday night.

"This elderly lady, who could do everything except for have food and water, was deprived of food and water. [She went] through a horrible death by dehydration, which causes your organs to dry up [and] your eyes to become like they have sand inside of them. This is a horrible way to die. People should not be treated like this," Staver contends.

He adds that unfortunately, this type of situation happens all over the country as people are being pushed to the side because "someone wants to get rid of them, and the hospital doesn't want to care for them." He says that represents callous disrespect for life -- which in this case, he believes, cost Johnson her life.

Contact: Charlie Butts
Source: OneNewsNow
Publish Date: May 26, 2010

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NEWS SHORTS FOR WEDNESDAY

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Aurora, Mayor, Others Out of Planned Parenthood Suit

    
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner
     Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner

A lawsuit alleging that Planned Parenthood violated Aurora zoning and building code law can continue, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday. But it will do so without more than half the defendants originally named, including Mayor Tom Weisner and the city of Aurora. The suit was filed in February of 2008 by a group of local abortion protesters. It alleges that Planned Parenthood's clinic at 3051 E. New York St. was constructed in violation of several city zoning and building code laws.
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Authorities Continue Search for Manish Patel, Accused of Spiking Girlfriends Drink With Abortion-Inducing Drug


    
Manish Patel appears in Outagamie County Court in 2007 on allegations that he spiked his girlfriend's drink with an abortion-inducing drug. (Post-Crescent photo by Dan Powers)
      Manish Patel

Law enforcement officers are confident a Wisonsin man who jumped a $750,000 bond more than two years ago for spiking his girlfriend's drink with an abortion-inducing drug will be brought to justice. Although Outagamie County's search for Manish Patel is not active, police say it's only a matter of time before he is captured. Patel, formerly of the Town of Kaukauna, was out of jail on a $750,000 bond in December 2007 when he disappeared. Police aren't sure if he is still in the U.S., in his native India or somewhere else.  
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Father: Bus Driver Berated Girl Over Pro-Life Beliefs

Family Suing Carmel Clay Schools, Bus Driver

    
Carmel Clay Schools Seal
     Carmel Clay Schools Seal

An Indiana family has filed suit against Carmel Clay Schools after they said a bus driver was caught on tape berating their daughter about her religious beliefs. Edward Zimmer said bus driver Betty Campbell harassed and caused emotional distress to his middle school daughter, Rachael, in November of 2008, 6News' Renee Jameson reported. He said the incident began during a ride home from school when his daughter told another student that she would never vote for President Barack Obama because of her anti-abortion and anti-homosexual beliefs. Zimmer said that led to an allegation that Rachael told other students that they would go to hell if they believed differently, something he said his daughter vehemently denies. 
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Challenge may await Oklahoma abortion measure

      Mary Spaulding Balch of National Right to Life Committee

Mary Spaulding Balch of the National Right to Life Committee explains the purpose of the bill. "The more information the state has about a particular procedure and why a woman is seeking an abortion, the more the state is able to address some of the concerns that might arise," she says.

Balch expects Planned Parenthood to file a lawsuit to block the bill. "They don't want to report, they don't want us to know what's going on inside the abortion facility, they don't want us to monitor this procedure," she states. "It is the most underreported, unregulated procedure -- and yet it is one that is the most often performed in the United States."
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