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The Unhealthy State of Abortion Statistics

Women’s health cannot be protected without accurate data. In ground-breaking analysis published in The Washington Times, AUL’s Clarke Forsythe and physician Dr. John M. Thorp Jr., professor and director of Women’s Primary Healthcare in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, explained why it is impossible to know the true reality of abortion in the United States:  because our government doesn’t ask, and abortionists don’t tell. They wrote: “Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are ‘safe.’ Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about ‘abortion safety’ unreliable…Passing an Abortion Reporting Act could address the need for accurate information. Until then, women in the United States won’t have full, accurate, reliable data on abortion or its risks for informed consent.” Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable. The U.S. abortion data and reporting system, unlike many other countries, relies completely on voluntary reporting. No federal law requires the reporting of abortion numbers, complications or deaths. (Denmark, in contrast, requires mandatory reporting by providers of all induced abortions.) In fact, only two national organizations collect abortion data in the United States: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal government agency, and the private abortion advocacy...

September AJOG Issue Prints Letter–Calls for More Abortion and Abortion Training

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) published a letter in its September 2013 edition signed by 100 OB medical school professors calling for more abortion training of physicians and more abortions performed in hospitals. Time magazine promptly picked up on the letter noting increased State regulation of abortion sites to comply with other surgical center expectations as well as for the abortionist to maintain admitting privileges. This recent development of increased standard of care for women has OB professors concerned? Before we dive into the detail it is important to clarify who it is that is making the statement: 100 physicians who teach obstetrics at 77 medical schools. It does not appear that they represent the official position of the medical school nor the official position of the 200 obstetrical programs in the U.S. Nor were they representing the actual position of the of 33,000 physician-strong obstetrical community. At best the letter and the physicians who signed it represent 38% of the medical schools and a .003% of the OB docs in the U.S. But somehow Time Magazine scooped the story before the letter was even printed and AJOG provided no meaningful peer context in support of their radical abortion position and unfounded statements appearing in the letter. The letter was said to be a companion piece to a similar letter written in 1972 just before the Law and Medicine Supreme Court made the determination on the Roe vs Wade case. The purpose of that letter as well as the most recent one was to “express their concern for women’s health in a new legal and medical...

56% of Abortions in New York City are Repeat Abortions in 2009 (2011)

New research from a organization that has spent considerable time unpacking new statistics showing the abortion rate in New York City is twice the national average shows Manhattan may have the highest abortion rate of any city in the U.S. The Chiaroscuro Foundation examined the data surrounding New York City’s staggering 41% abortion ratio, breaking the figures down by zip code, and its new analysis shows the zip code with the highest abortion ratio in the city, 67%, is in Manhattan’s Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood. “The data, which was provided by the New York City Department of Health at the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s request, show the abortion rate by the zip code of residence of women receiving abortions in New York City,” the organization noted. “The zip code with the highest ratio, 10018, is in the Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan, with a ratio of 67%, followed by rates of 60% in two Jamaica, Queens zip codes and in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, 10012, and Central Harlem-Morningside Heights neighborhoods.” “The five zip codes with the lowest abortion ratios are on the Upper East Side, in Lower Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, and in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  The lowest ratio, 6.12%, is in 10162,” it continued. The Chiaroscuro Foundation also asked for information from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about the number of repeat abortions and it found that, in 2009, 48,627 of the 87,273 abortions in New York City, or 56%, were repeat abortions and 33,401, 38%, were paid for by Medicaid. Greg Pfundstein Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, told LifeNews he is dismayed by the numbers but knows...

The Chemical Abortion Twins / Stealth Abortion Pill (UPDATE Jan 2012; Aug 2010)

 ASK Your Pharmacist to NOT STOCK ELLA…  http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF10I20.pdf   Chemical Abortion Twins: Mifepristone & Ella Pro-lifers recognize surgical abortion as killing humans, but not all of them recognize the scope of the problem presenting as chemical abortion. Generally we  recognize  mifepristone, the chemical formerly known as RU-486. The initial name of the drug  stayed with us, (the same as with the Artist formerly known as Prince).  Mifepristone is best known in the U.S. for its function to kill unborn humans during the embryonic stage, up to 49 days of pregnancy, although it has other investigational uses. Meet the TWINS!  Ulipristal acetate and Mifepristone.  As you can see, they’re not quite identical, but very close. Both are selective progesterone receptor modulators. [For these diagrams, visit http://themorningafter.us/chemical-abortion/ ] Mifepristone, RU-486 is the most regulated drug in the U.S. Pharmacists don’t dispense it. It’s supposed to be dispensed only by physicians, directly to patients. In China and other countries it has been used as a morning after pill, as well as a killer of later embryos and early fetuses. Those astute drug companies knew that this drug would not sell as a morning after pill in the U.S. That’s why we have it’s TWIN, Ulipristal Acetate, approved  by the FDA  in August , 2010,  and brought to us in by Watson Pharmaceuticals in December of the same year.  Watson also distributes Next Choice, generic of the original form of Plan B. At 0.5mg/kg, Ulipristal Acetate, marketed as ELLA, is usable as a morning after pill. It’s marketed as an inhibitor of ovulation, but the manufacturer admits that the operative mechanism depends on...

TeleMed Abortion – History & Update

JULY 21, 2011 Here is the Abstract of the first 'glowing article to convince practitioners and the public that Telemed abortions are the answer we're all been looking for'. As you read the abstract, reflect on the fact that the urgent D&C rate is 8% at 7 wks, 16% at 8 wks, and 23% at 9 wks (according to the FDA safety studies of 10 years ago). Physicians will be seeing these people in the Emergency Department. Unless, of course, to take care of tele-complications, they develop tele-transfusions and tele-surgery… The Abstract: Abortions via 'telemedicine' are safe, effective, Iowa study finds Women don't need face-to-face contact to take RU-486; doctors supervise remotely Grossman, Daniel; Grindlay, Kate; Buchacker, Todd; Lane, Kathleen; Blanchard, Kelly Obstetrics & Gynecology. 118(2, Part 1):296-303, August 2011. Purchase Access doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318224d110 Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effectiveness and acceptability of telemedicine provision of early medical abortion compared with provision with a face-to-face physician visit at a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa. METHODS: Between November 2008 and October 2009, we conducted a prospective cohort study of women obtaining medical abortion by telemedicine or face-to-face physician visits. We collected clinical data, and women completed a self-administered questionnaire at follow-up. We also compared the prevalence of reportable adverse events between the two service delivery models among all patients seen between July 2008 and October 2009. RESULTS: Of 578 enrolled participants, follow-up data were obtained for 223 telemedicine patients and 226 face-to-face patients. The proportion with a successful abortion was 99% for telemedicine patients (95% confidence interval [CI] 96–100%) and 97% for face-to-face patients (95% CI 94–99%). Ninety-one percent of...

RU 486 / Mifepristone / Mifeprex & Adverse Health Reports (2011)

RU-486 / Mifepristone / Mifeprex Can Result in Serious Health Issues — Even Death — For Users New FDA Report: Abortion Drug Kills 14 Women, Injures 2,200 FDA Report on Mifepristone — http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF11G29.pdf Current Report on Mifeprex FDA Confirms RU-486 Abortion Drug Kills: More Than 2,200 'Adverse Event' Results Documented     RU-486 / Mifepristone / Mifeprex Can Result in Serious Health Issues — Even Death — For Users Related: National Right to Life article, "FDA Report Reveals More RU 486 Deaths & Complications — http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/07/fda-report-reveals-more-ru486-deaths-complications/  As you are aware, Mifeprex, the abortion pill, is lethal to 95% or more of the unborn that are its target. Lesser known is the fact that it also poses serious risks for the pregnant woman. The FDA safety trials a decade ago found that at 7 wks gestational age, 8% of women required a D&C to complete their abortion (because of heavy bleeding or incomplete abortion). At 8 wks, 16% required a D&C, and at 9 wks (63 days), 23% required D&C. The FDA protocol recommends Mifeprex be used within the 7 week limit. However, by common off label usage, the drug is used up to 9 wks—and even that is a guess, since ultrasound is not required prior to Mifeprex usage, and "LMP" is a notoriously inadequate way to judge gestational age, often being 1-2 wks off. So, many women taking the drug will be in the 23% category for an urgent D&C. The FDA does collect voluntary Adverse Event Reports (AER) on drugs. Here is a summary of the current Mifeprex AER, courtesy of Liberty Counsel: Abortion Drug RU-486 is...

Abortions at Planned Parenthood: Done in Record Numbers – Charted since 1969 (2011)

Abortions at Planned Parenthood: Done in Record Numbers Here are Planned Parenthood’s own numbers. They reflect their activity in the abortion arena. As one can see, they are increasingly invested in performing this gruesome procedure. Baby Boomers: These are the children who never were born, who will never pay the taxes we’ll need to sustain us in our retirement; these and the others totaling 53 million lost citizens. And we let it happen. We’ll do well to remember that during euthanasia’s ascendancy. 1969 0 1970 100 1971 500 1972 1,000 1973 5,000 1974 10,000 1975 20,000 1976 40,000 1977 58,660 1978 70,000 1979 67,000 1980 60,000 1981 79,997 1982 80,000 1983 85,242 1984 88,824 1985 91,065 1986 98,638 1987 104,411 1988 111,189 1989 122,191 1990 129,155 1991 132,314 1992 130,844 1993 134,277 1994 133,289 1995 139,899 1996 153,367 1997 165,174 1998 168,509 1999 182,792 2000 197,070 2001 213,026 2002 230,630 2003 244,628 2004 255,015 2005 264,943 2006 289,750 2007 305,310 2008 324,008 2009 332,278 [Ed. Note: If we had not made abortion so lucrative by handing out federal grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, this would never have happened…] [Gerard Nadal, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/11/11, http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/11/abortions-at-planned-parenthood-done-in-record-numbers/ — see chart at this original article...

The Reality of Late-Term Abortion (2011)

The Reality of Late-Term Abortion By Susan W. Enouen, P.E. Most abortionists who specialize in doing abortions in the second- or third-trimester go quietly about their killing business without any media fanfare. But in the United States, there are at least 10 late-term abortionists doing abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy who have gotten a fair amount of media attention. Some of them are facing financial, licensing or criminal issues, and most are notorious, unabashed by the headlines they make. But they are just a fraction of the people who kill viable babies for a living. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization, indicates that 20% of abortionists will do abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.1 This means that in 2005, over 350 late-term abortionists killed pre-born babies beyond the 5th month of pregnancy. These abortionists use grisly procedures that the average abortion facility is not necessarily equipped to provide, and the entire process requires 2-4 days. One of these procedures, Partial-Birth Abortion (also known as D&X — Intact Dilation and Extraction), was banned by federal law in 2007, but other techniques are still legal. For most people, it is reasonable to wonder why anyone would get involved in this gruesome business. News stories only provide a piece of the picture, but they suggest that some late-term abortionists live by a warped credo, professing to help women in need, while taking the lives of babies. Others appear to have no scruples whatsoever, and seem to care nothing for the women or the babies. The most notorious of them seem to think that they are above the law, operating with...

The Ex-Abortionists: Why They Quit (2000)

  2000 Spring/Summer Human Life Review Written by Mary Meehan    As a young doctor in the early 1970s, Paul E. Jarrett, Jr., did a number of legal abortions. He began having doubts, though, after the urea-induced abortion of a mental patient. The child, weighing two pounds, was born alive, and the mother screamed, "My baby's alive! My baby's alive!" Dr. Jarrett later said, "I often wonder what we did for her mental status. That baby lived several days." But it was a 1974 operation that "changed my mind about abortion forever." While doing a suction abortion, Jarrett found that the suction curette was obstructed by a torn-off fetal leg. So he changed techniques and dismembered the child with a ring forceps: And as I brought out the rib cage, I looked and I saw a tiny, beating heart. And when I found the head of the baby, I looked squarely in the face of another human being—a human being that I'd just killed. I turned to the scrub nurse and said, "I'm sorry." But I just knew that I couldn't be a part of abortion any more. Dr. Jarrett is one of many people who used to be deeply involved in abortion but have turned against it. Their experience tells us a great deal about the effects of abortion—most obviously on the children it destroys, but also on the women it traumatizes and the clinic [sic] staff it corrupts. Yet their experience also offers hope for the future. If people whose livelihoods depended on abortion can turn around, then certainly there is hope for everyone who supports abortion. (Leading...

Semantic Gymnastics – "Conception" is Implantation, And "Pregnancy" Begins at Implantation (2010)

Semantic Gymnastics – "Conception" is Implantation, And "Pregnancy" Begins at Implantation   Did you know?   "There was a redefinition of when life begins that occurred in 1965, when through the work of Planned Parenthood, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists redefined a number of words. "They defined fertilization as the joining of the sperm and the egg that is the definition it had always been, but then they defined conception as implantation in the womb, not the joining of the sperm and the egg, the implantation occurs 5-7 days later. "Then they defined pregnancy as beginning at conception, which means pregnancy begins at implantation. "And then they defined abortion as the termination of a pregnancy." – Jim Sedlak, Vice President of American Life League From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJLK_Egmacg&feature=channel "Jim Sedlak, Vice President of American Life League, discusses Planned Parenthood's encroachment on American culture."  The actual change in 1965 occurred here: "American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Terminology Bulletin, "Terms Used in Reference to the Fetus." Chicago:  ACOG, September 1965."   A current American Congress (formerly College) of Obstetricians and Gynecologists current brochure uses this terminology: http://www.acog.org/bookstorefiles/ypcb-chapter1.pdf In-depth timeline of the language manipulation from Human Life International: http://www.hli.org/index.php/abortion/481?task=view   see: The Manipulation of Language section in this article: http://www.priestsforlife.org/contraception/contraceptionofgrief.htm      Let's Speak The Same Language In conclusion, from the video, in talking about life, we can no longer use the word 'conception' in our arguments about life, as it means different things to different people, and it is no longer a medical term. We can no longer talk about 'fertilization', as it is now referred to a 'process...

Aborted Fetal Remains Found in Trash With Mothers’ Names On the Bags, 2/2010

Michigan Attorney General Conducts Investigation, Legislators Call for Legal Reform of Abortion Industry History of this Case On October 22, 2010 The Michigan Attorney General, and the Eaton and Saginaw  County Sheriff Departments completed a 7 month-long investigation of the Womans Choice abortion clinics [sic] located at 6500 Centurion Drive, Ste. 290, Lansing and 3141 S. Cabaret Trail, Ste 400, Saginaw, Michigan—owned by Florida resident Richard Remund. The investigation was prompted by the February 26, 2010 discovery by pro-lifer Chris Veneklase, of the bodies of 17 aborted babies in a trash dumpster used by the Womans Choice Lansing abortion clinic [sic].  The 17  bags were clearly marked with, not only the January dates of the abortion procedures, but also the full names of the women whose unborn children were contained within the plastic specimen packs.  Before making a decision to search the dumpster, Veneklase observed clinic staff, over a series of weeks, tossing large black bags into the commercial grade trash container that services the business park where Womans Choice is located. Veneklase became suspicious that the clinic [sic] was getting rid of bio-hazardous material. A bio-waste disposal van was never seen serving the facility where abortions are conducted through the 24th week of gestation. Upon finding the bodies of aborted babies Veneklase immediately contacted Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society who then joined Veneklase in subsequent searches of the Womans Choice dumpster. Miller also organized searches of the dumpster used by Womans Choice sister clinic [sic] in Saginaw, MI.  These searches continued through March 2010. Veneklase and Miller discovered bloody surgical material in the...

Mifepristone Kills 1 in 4 U.S. Children Aborted Early (7/09) / Did Media Hide Danger of the Patch?

The Abortion Pill Mifepristone Kills 1 in 4 Children Aborted Early in U.S. About one of four children aborted early in America are killed by the abortion pill rather than a surgical procedure, according to an Associated Press report. The report concerns a Planned Parenthood study published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine touting the improved safety of a drug used in abortions that is now dissolved orally instead of vaginally – the latter being a technique that is more prone to causing severe and sometimes fatal infections. The chemical abortion method consists of first distributing mifepristone, also known as RU-486, which kills the child before misoprostol is administered two days later, a drug that induces the body to expel the corpse. A spokeswoman with Danco Laboratories LLC, the manufacturer of Mifeprex (mifepristone), told the AP that such "medical" abortions account for about one quarter of all early abortions, and about one third of early abortions at Planned Parenthood. The AP reports that the use of RU-486 has risen steadily since its approval in 2000, despite its availability only in clinics or doctors' offices rather than pharmacies. Planned Parenthood researchers published a study in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine analyzing chemical abortions at Planned Parenthood between 2005 and mid-2008, and found that the change in the misoprostol's administration reduced the risk of serious infection from about 1 in 1,000 to 0.06 in 1,000. The study did not address mifepristone's side effects, including abdominal pain, uterine cramping, and vaginal bleeding or spotting, which almost all patients experienced in clinical trials for an average of 9-16 days.  About 8%...

Maternal Mortality: Global Study Shows Significantly Lower Than Previously Thought (Lancet, 4/10)

New Global Study Shows Maternal Mortality Significantly Lower Than Previously Thought   A new study out this week by the leading British medical journal shows maternal mortality rates have been significantly overestimated by United Nations (UN) agencies. The Lancet reports that maternal deaths worldwide in 2008 totalled 342,900, rather than the 500,000+ used by the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in recent years. The study finds both that the numbers from WHO and UNICEF were faulty due to a lack of proper reporting and also imprecise statistical modelling. But The Lancet study also finds progress has been made in preventing pregnant women from dying. The study cites four main reasons for the improvement: declining pregnancy rates in some countries, higher per capita income, higher education rates for women, and increasing availability of basic medical care including “skilled birth attendants.” The report finds that HIV/AIDS caused 60,000 maternal deaths and suggests that maternal deaths would have been significantly lower in Africa if mothers were given antiretroviral drugs. This sharply contradicts current UN and Obama administration policies, which divert funding from HIV/AIDS to family planning as a way to reduce maternal deaths. The study shows that 50% of maternal deaths come from just six countries; India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Researchers were surprised that three of the richest countries in the world actually showed increased maternal mortality; the United States, Canada and Norway – three countries with the most liberal abortion laws in the world. What was not cited anywhere in the document is abortion. Contrary to...

Maternal Mortality and Abortion – Myths and Facts

The need to reduce maternal mortality is an argument frequently used to promote the legalization of abortion, or indeed a 'Right to Abortion‘ throughout the world. This argument runs as follows: Every year, x women die as a result of botched illegal abortions, which take place under unsafe conditions. If abortion was legal (and affordable), they could have recourse to safe abortions. This would be the lesser evil: women who want to have abortion, will have abortion anyway (the life of the child can therefore not be protected) – but by legalizing abortion one can at least protect the pregnant woman's life. The facts, however, are the following:     * It is estimated that every year there are ca. 50 million abortions worldwide. Roughly 40% of these are estimated to be ‘illegal'. That makes 20 million illegal abortions every year.[1]     * For the purposes of the above-quoted argument, the pro-abortion lobby usually quote a figure of 65.000 women (other sources[2] quote even 74.000 women) dying as a consequence of ‘illegal' abortions every year. For the sake of argument, we use the higher estimate.     * If 74.000 of 20 million having an illegal abortion die in the process, the death risk is 0,37 %. In other words: of 1000 women having an illegal abortion, less than four will die. 996 will survive. By contrast, of the 1000 children, not a single one will survive.     * The statistics remain, however, conspicuously silent on the death risk associated with ‘legal' abortions. No statistics are ever provided by the UN or any other source in this regard. Yet common sense...

Feminist Strategy Backfiring: Drug Used to Assault Women (2010)

FEMINIST STRATEGY BACKFIRING: Drug Used to Assault Women RU 486, the abortion pill [mifepristone, Mifeprex], is used to cause chemical abortions in early pregnancy. Since its controversial approval by the FDA in September of 2000, it can be prescribed to pregnant women of any age, even teenagers. Led by pro-abortion feminists in the 1990’s, the fervent sales pitch for its approval called for a safe, effective, inexpensive and accessible abortifacient. According to Planned Parenthood’s Alexander Sanger, it represented “one of the most important victories for women in this century.” To Kate Michelman of NARAL, it was the “biggest thing since the birth control pill.” All rhetoric aside, the reality of RU 486 is that after nearly ten years on the market, this “victory for women” has taken 7 American women’s lives (that we know of), caused serious complications in hundreds of others, and provided a new instrument for the abuse of women. To produce a chemical abortion, a “killer cocktail” combination of drugs is used to ensure the deadly result. The FDA approved protocol1 calls for 600 mg of RU 486, or mifepristone, to be taken by a woman who is up to 7 weeks pregnant. This drug is a progesterone blocker, which deprives the developing baby of essential nutrients and causes him/her to die of starvation. Two days later, the woman is to take 400 mg of a second drug, misoprostol, (prostaglandin) to induce contractions that will expel the dead baby. On the 14th day, the woman is to visit her doctor to confirm that the abortion is complete (i.e. the dead baby has been expelled). If it...

Nancyjo and WEBA: Helping Women Who Have Aborted Find a United Voice (2009)

I recently got an unexpected phone call from a pro-life voice of the past. It was Nancyjo Mann. For those who’ve been in the pro-life movement for decades, like Dr. Willke and me, her name alone conjures up memories. If you don’t know who Nancyjo is, you should. If you’re a woman who’s experienced abortion and sought counsel or spoken out against its harmful effects, your ability to do so was in part made possible by Nancyjo. Let me explain. Nearly 10 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, women who had experienced the horrors of abortion still only spoke out if their identities were protected. They feared a negative reaction from society. Nancyjo was the first mother of an aborted child to publicly take the national stage in the abortion debate. In 1982, Dr. Willke was speaking in Iowa Falls, Iowa. It was a particularly cold winter night, but there had been a good turnout in the gymnasium. The crowd had dispersed and Dr. Willke had packed up his books and literature, looking forward to laying his weary head on a warm, soft pillow. But Bob Dopf, a local pro-life leader, excitedly came up to him and said, “You’ve got to hear what this young lady has to say!” Dr. Willke politely declined, saying his early flight out of Cincinnati and the long day of lecturing and media interviews had left him exhausted. But Bob insisted and he reluctantly agreed. In walked a young twenty-something woman. She certainly didn’t fit the typical description of a pro-lifer in the early eighties. She had hair dyed in a purple punk...

Abortion Kills More Black Americans than 7 Leading Causes of Death Combined: CDC 2005 Data (2009)

Abortion Kills More Black Americans than the Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined: CDC 2005 data Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available. Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year. [http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55956CNS News; ALL Pro-Life Today, 26Oct09]...

CDC Report Shows Abortion and Pregnancy Rates Dropping to Historic Lows (10/09)

 [When reading this article, keep in mind that several states, including California, do not report abortion numbers to the CDC] A new report released yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the number of abortions, the abortion rate and the pregnancy rate all declining from the period 1990-2005. The new CDC National Vital Statistics Report shows there were an estimated 6,408,000 pregnancies in the U.S. in 2005. That number includes 4.14 million live births, 1.21 million induced abortions, and 1.06 million miscarriages or other fetal losses that are not from abortion. The good news from the CDC is that the abortion rate fell more than one-third during the years studied. Among married women, seven out of 1,000 pregnant women got an abortion in 2005, down from 11 per 1,000 pregnant women in 1990. Among unmarried women, 31 per 1,000 pregnant women had abortions in 2005, compared to 48 per 1,000 women in 1990. The report shows that, despite claims by abortion advocates to the contrary, the abortion rate fell during the first five years of the Bush administration while the birth rate began rising towards the end as more women chose to carry their unplanned pregnancies to term. In 2000 when Bush won his first presidential election, the CDC figures show the abortion rate at 21.3 percent and it declined to 19.4 percent by 2005, the latest year for which the CDC has data available. The abortion rate was at its highest in the late 1970s and early 1980s (peaking at 29.3 percent in 1981) as abortion became mainstreamed following the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed...

Abortionist Reflects on Dismembering One Baby While Feeling Her Own Flutter in Her Womb (10/09)

"There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a 'thump, thump' in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes." So writes abortionist Lisa Harris in a disturbing article relating her experiences as an abortionist, particularly her anguished and "brutally visceral" experience of dismembering an 18 week gestation unborn child, while 18 weeks pregnant herself. In the article, entitled "Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the Discourse," Harris, an abortionist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan, explains the ethical position that she says helps her and other abortionists continue practicing despite the moral and psychological hurdles involved in what she describes as an undoubtedly "violent" procedure. The article was originally published in "Reproductive Health Matters" in May 2008. "Abortion is different from other surgical procedures," Harris writes in her candid article.  "Even when the fetus has no legal status, its moral status is reasonably the subject of much disagreement. It is disingenuous to argue that removing a fetus from a uterus is no different from removing a fibroid."  Harris says that there is a need to "cross borders and boundaries (including seemingly inflexible ones like 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life')" in order to "reflect seriously on the question of how providers determine their limit for abortion," and warned that the issues surrounding the question "may frankly be too dangerous for pro-choice movements to acknowledge." Harris then describes how she once performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was at 18 weeks gestation. Ironically, Harris herself was pregnant at the time, and her baby was also at 18 weeks gestation. Consequently, she explains...

Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, and Planned Parenthood : The Ethic of Control

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), despite coming under frequent attacks by pro-lifers, remains one of the most respected and well-funded organizations in the country. Add the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to the equation, and you’ve got a billion-dollar industry in human fertility. One would expect that the aims and agenda of such a huge organization would come under severe scrutiny, but Planned Parenthood has been immune from such questions, largely because its stated goals of population control and family planning are supposedly in agreement with America’s interests at home and abroad. But is PPFA’s stated agenda the whole story? One way of determining PPFA’s real agenda is to study its history. PPFA was founded with the establishment of the nation’s first birth-control clinic in 1916 by Margaret Sanger. The clinic was located in Brownsville, New York, a poor neighborhood of mostly Jews and Italians, establishing a pattern of targeting poor and minority populations for family planning. The organization went through various name changes — the American Birth Control League (ABCL), the Clinical Research Bureau, the National Committee for Federal Legislation for Birth Control (NCFLBC), the Birth Control Federation of America — before becoming Planned Parenthood in 1942. [http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5480&Itemid=48 Inside Catholic; ALL Pro-Life Today,...