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Pregnancy Care Centers Sue Illinois Governor, Urged to Defy State Law Over Abortion Referral Requirement

An international pro-life pregnancy care center umbrella group is urging Illinois pregnancy centers to defy a new state law requiring them to participate in abortions, even as those centers and others file suit against the law. In a letter quoted in part by Heartbeat International news publication Pregnancy Help News (PHN), Heartbeat President Jor-El Godsey said this week Illinois’ Senate Bill (SB) 1564 is a “direct assault on our pro-life, pro-health and pro-woman values [that] cannot be allowed to stand.” According to Godsey, “To violate this major tenet of our life-affirming outreach, even if compelled by the government, represents an undeniable breach of ethics. To bow the knee to the state is to deny the very foundation of our mission.” Signed by pro-abortion Republican Governor Bruce Rauner this past July and scheduled to go into effect January 2017, SB 1564 requires pro-life centers to promote, and at times participate in, helping women to get abortions. From the law: (3) If requested by the patient or the legal representative of the patient, the health care facility, physician, or health care personnel shall: (i) refer the patient to, or (ii) transfer the patient to, or (iii) provide in writing information to the patient about other health care providers who they reasonably believe may offer the health care service the health care facility, physician, or health personnel refuses to permit, perform, or participate in because of a conscience-based objection. Lawsuit Filed Against SB 1564 Godsey’s letter came as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against Rauner on behalf of “multiple pregnancy care centers, a pregnancy care center network, and a...

MYTH: ‘My Future Spouse Will Complete Me’

Loneliness can be one of the most difficult things we as humans can experience. For many singles, the feeling of loneliness can be a motivating factor in finding the perfect spouse. However, finding the perfect spouse can drive a person to give up a healthy relationship for fear there is a better person out there. The desire to find the perfect spouse is understandable. When entering a lifelong covenant one must assess the overwhelming joy and the inevitable sacrifices marriage brings. For most people, this is the first life-long decision they have ever made. In relationships how often do we guard our hearts too closely when the need to surrender to an almighty, trustworthy God is necessary. Strive to learn the motivation of your restless heart. Take the anxieties and worries that plague you to a grace-filled God who provides rest, peace and hope. Evaluate your expectations. The reality is there is no perfect person on the planet. Marriages require us to be sacrificing, honest, and willing to serve. Your spouse may complement you, but he (or she) will never complete you. That is Christ’s job. Check out these three components to a successful marriage: 1. Character Assessing the character of another person allows you to understand if you value the same things. There will always be something to disagree on; however, having similar commitments and a cohesive worldview is important. 2. Chemistry Chemistry is easily assessed and helps in understanding that two people are attracted to one another. Contrary to what culture teaches us, chemistry isn’t just about physical attraction. There is also emotional attraction. Infatuation stems from...

40 Days for Life to Visit 50 States in Fall 2016 ‘United’ Tour

As it celebrates 10 years and nearly 12,000 babies rescued from abortion through peaceful prayer and vigil campaigning, 40 Days for Life is set to make a major splash this fall with its “United” promotion. Kicking off Sept. 27 with a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court building, where abortion on-demand was legalized in the U.S. with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the campaign is scheduled to host rallies in all 50 states between Sept. 28 and Nov. 6. The tour, believed to be the first of its kind, is being promoted in partnership with national pro-life organizations including March for Life, Students for Life of America, the Susan B. Anthony List, Pro-Life Future, Heartbeat International, and the Silent No More Awareness campaign, which gives post-abortive women and men a platform to share their stories. “This is the one front in our current cultural struggles where we are seeing victory after resounding victory,” 40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit said in a promotional video announcing United’s launch. “Abortion centers are closing at record rates. Abortion workers are having conversions and leaving their jobs. Lives are being saved. The tide is finally beginning to turn.” Bereit and the organization’s current president, Shawn Carney, co-founded 40 Days for Life in 2007 after organizing prayer and fasting vigils in response to a large Planned Parenthood abortion clinic near the campus of Texas A&M. The original clinic, which was aborting 6,400 babies each year, closed in 2013 and is now the headquarters of 40 Days for Life and the site of a life-affirming pregnancy medical clinic that provides...

Safe Haven Laws: Because Babies Deserve Love – Not Dumpsters

http://safehaven.tv/ This spring, a little girl in Ohio should have celebrated her first birthday. There was no party, though. Why not? Well, she wasn’t put in a hospital nursery after she was born. She was put in a plastic bag. Emile Weaver received a life sentence last month for the murder of her newborn. Weaver gave birth in a sorority house at Muskingum University, and then placed her daughter in a garbage bag. The story isn’t unique, as babies regularly turn up in trash bags, and dumpsters. Many don’t survive. It is a little surreal, though: while Weaver is going to prison for killing her newborn in Ohio, New Mexico’s Southwestern Women’s Options will perform late-term abortions for women who didn’t realize how far along they were. And under state law, abortion is legal right up until birth. But there’s another adjective for this tragedy: preventable. Across the country, Baby Safe Haven Laws offer safe places where an infant can be brought–with no questions asked. Some states require that a baby be taken to a hospital, but most also designate police and fire stations as safe havens, too. The group Baby Safe Haven has created an interactive map that provides a summary of the specific rules in each jurisdiction — http://safehaven.tv/states/ Information is available toll-free at 1-888-510-BABY (2229), and http://safehaven.tv/ Baby Safe Haven laws and location Find your local Baby Safe Haven Every baby deserves a pair of loving arms, and given the number of couples hoping to adopt, a lot of arms are waiting. Help by raising awareness of Baby Safe Haven Laws through social media, churches, civic...

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Females Aged 15–44 Years, by the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 1999, 2014

The age-adjusted death rate for females aged 15–44 years was 5% lower in 2014 (82.1 per 100,000 population) than in 1999 (86.5). Among the five leading causes of death, the age-adjusted rates of three were lower in 2014 than in 1999: cancer (from 19.6 to 15.3, a 22% decline), heart disease (8.9 to 8.2, an 8% decline), and homicide (4.2 to 2.8, a 33% decline). The age-adjusted death rates for two of the five causes were higher in 2014 than in 1999: unintentional injuries (from 17.0 to 20.1, an 18% increase) and suicide (4.8 to 6.5, a 35% increase). Unintentional injuries replaced cancer as the leading cause of death in this demographic group. [CDC MMWR Weekly / July 1, 2016 / 65(25);659: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999 and 2014, Mortality; http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6525a6.htm?s_cid=mm6525a6_e...

Eliminating the Problems that Drive Women to Abortion

The first-ever Pro-Life Women’s Conference took place in June 2016 in Dallas. We need to understand how far we must go — and what we must do — to achieve success by 2020. The Guttmacher Institute’s new report reveals things have gotten worse over the last eight years for the most vulnerable. Among women who are seeking abortions: — 75% are the poor and working poor, — 66% are pursuing post-secondary degrees (which could lift them out of poverty), — 59% are already mothers. Women deserve better! As we count down to the 2020 Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment, help us fulfill the unrealized dream of Susan B. Anthony and other first wave feminists by systematically eliminating the root causes** that drive women to abortion in three key areas: 1. Education 2. Workplace 3. Paternal support Abortion IS a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Help us end the feminization of poverty that drives women to abortion. Help MAKE WOMEN’S HISTORY. But first, here’s a lesson from history. Susan B. Anthony, the Quaker teacher turned suffrage leader, owned The Revolution. Her newspaper went bankrupt when she and co-editor Elizabeth Cady Stanton depended on one donor. After they passed away, Alice Paul assumed the leadership. She knew that approaching donors was key to success. Fourteen years after Anthony died, Paul successfully led the suffrage movement to achieve the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed all women in the United States the right to vote and soon after wrote the original Equal Rights Amendment. When the ’70s women’s movement embraced abortion, Paul called it the “ultimate in the...

Oklahoma’s Fetal Education Bill: a Model for the Pro-Life Movement’s Future

Among the various pro-life bills introduced at the state level, Oklahoma’s recent plan to start teaching fetal development in public schools deserves far more attention than it’s gotten so far. Banning certain abortion procedures, regulating abortionists, defunding Planned Parenthood, etc., are all important for their own sake; but each of them, and the long-term goal of ending abortion for good, are ultimately too dependent on public opinion changing on its own. Although America is opposed to abortion on balance (meaning pro-life politicians needn’t fear being more pro-active about it), self-identification as “pro-life” and “pro-choice” still fluctuates back and forth too often, without signs of a lasting, long-term spike on the horizon. We cannot simply wait for the public to decide on its own to end abortion. Education and outreach efforts from pro-life activists are valuable, but can only go so far. The key is to reach the assumptions of people, particularly future generations, who don’t already agree with, aren’t on course to cross paths with us on their own, and aren’t interested enough in abortion to proactively research it for themselves. Oklahoma has the key. Their education bill is a model for what should be one of the top state-level legislative priorities of every pro-life organization in the country. Think about it: simply requiring public schools to clearly educate students on clear, objective, undeniable facts of human biology, which are a bedrock part of one of the core subjects, should be one of the easiest sells in the world for any halfway-competent politician. Religious indoctrination? No, this is basic science. What about rape cases or Planned Parenthood? We’re just...

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise

Pediatricians: Abstinence on the Rise A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex – an increase of 28 percent since 1991 — http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm Factsheet: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/2015_us_pregnancy.pdf In a press statement about the report, the American College of Pediatricians says the news “demonstrates clearly that Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), or sexual abstinence, is a relevant message for youth and a goal they can achieve.” In addition, the College says the CDC’s report also shows that Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) is “failing.” “Teens who do choose to engage in sexual activity are using less birth control; sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, as is adolescent depression, sometimes referred to as the emotional STI,” the College notes. “Sexual abstinence is the only behavior choice that offers adolescents 100% protection against the triple epidemic of depression, STIs and teen pregnancy due to early sexual debut.” Planned Parenthood has long pushed for sex education in schools that includes information about abortion, birth control, and – more recently – “LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed.” The abortion business announced in December it’s working with militant LGBT groups such as the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) to promote so-called “safe sex” among LGBTQ youth. The groups are jointly attacking “abstinence only” education in a new brief titled “A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education,” which calls for a “safe and accepting space” for LGBTQ students in schools and the requirement of...

Fatal Abusive Head Trauma Among Children Under 5 Years – USA, 1999–2014

In the United States, abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the leading causes of maltreatment fatalities among infants and children, accounting for approximately one third of these deaths (1). Monitoring trends in AHT and evaluating prevention strategies have historically been difficult because of differences in AHT definitions used in research and surveillance. CDC’s case definition for AHT and data from the National Vital Statistics System were used to examine the trends in fatal AHT during 1999–2014 using Joinpoint trend analysis software. During this period, AHT resulted in nearly 2,250 deaths among U.S. resident children aged <5 years. Whereas rates were relatively stable during 1999–2009, there was a statistically significant average annual decline of 13.0% in fatal AHT rates during 2009–2014. The fatal AHT rates in 2013 and 2014 (0.41 and 0.43 per 100,000 children aged <5 years, respectively) were the lowest in the 16-year study period. Although this decline in AHT deaths is encouraging, more can be done to prevent AHT, including family-based interventions and policies that create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children… [27 May 2016, CDC MMWR Weekly, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6520a1.htm?s_cid=mm6520a1_e...

Former Topless Femen Protester Testifies Against Abortion before Brazilian Congress

Sara Fernanda Giromini, a former feminist who once bared her breasts in public to protest against Christian sexual morality, testified recently in the Brazilian National Congress on the devastation she suffered as a result of an abortion she procured during her years as a radical leftist. Giromini, who is famous for having founded Brazil’s Femen branch under the alias “Sara Winter,” and who later led a group called “Bastardx,” made headlines late last year when she apologized to Christians and announced her rejection of feminism, homosexuality, and abortion. “You don’t have any idea of what it’s like to live with this guilt, and the incentive that the feminist movement creates to facilitate this kind of crime is very great,” Giromini told the Brazilian Senate’s Human Rights Committee. Giromini told the committee that she had joined the feminist movement in search of companionship and mutual support, but found little sympathy for her economic plight when she found herself pregnant and in need of help following an abusive relationship. READ: Ultra-feminist founder of Femen Brazil declares herself pro-life, apologizes to Christians Instead of offering her support for keeping her baby, her feminist companions urged her to illegally kill her unborn child by inducing an abortion, claiming her baby was nothing more than a “clump of cells.” “I have come here to denounce the fact that the feminist movement in Brazil has groups organized on Facebook that facilitate abortion for other women, who cooperate to collect money to buy Cytotec to cause abortions,” Giromini said. “I was in a group of feminists seeking help, a hug from friends, but what I found...

Possible Zika Virus Infection Among Pregnant Women – United States & Territories, May 2016

[While still very early in surveillance, it is hoped that actual pregnancy risk may be lower than previously publicized.] As of May 12, 2016, the surveillance systems were monitoring 157 and 122 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection from participating U.S. states and territories, respectively. Among the 157 pregnant women from U.S. states and the District of Columbia monitored through USZPR, 73 (49%) reported clinical symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease. Among these symptomatic pregnant women, 64 (88%) reported rash, 36 (49%) arthralgia, 37 (51%) fever, and 17 (23%) conjunctivitis. Among all (157) pregnancies included from U.S. states, Zika virus nucleic acid detection by rRT-PCR was reported in 39 (25%). Among 122 pregnant residents of the U.S. territories being monitored in USZPR or ZAPSS, 80 (66%) reported clinical symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease. Among these symptomatic women, 60 (75%) reported rash, 29 (36%) arthralgia, 27 (34%) fever, and 15 (19%) conjunctivitis. Among all women included from U.S. territories (122), Zika virus nucleic acid detection by rRT-PCR in serum was identified in 67 (55%). This report launches the weekly reporting of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in U.S. states and territories. Monitoring all pregnant women with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, will enhance understanding of possible adverse outcomes and allow better estimates of the number of pregnancies at risk for adverse outcomes. Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other brain abnormalities (1) and it is the first known mosquito-borne infection to cause congenital anomalies in humans. However, the full range...

Arthritis Awareness Month — May 2016

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. The 2016 theme for the observance is “See Arthritis” ( http://www.cdc.gov/features/arthritisawareness/index.html ). The theme is designed to raise awareness about the seriousness of arthritis by focusing on accounts from persons affected by the disease. An estimated 52.5 million (22.7%) adults in the United States have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Of those, 22.7 million (9.8% of U.S. adults) have arthritis-attributable activity limitation (AAAL) (1). Arthritis also commonly co-occurs with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (1). The prevalence of arthritis is projected to increase 49% to 78.4 million (25.9% of U.S. adults) by 2040, and the number of adults with AAAL is projected to increase 52% to 34.6 million (11.4% of U.S. adults) (2). Arthritis and AAAL will remain large and growing problems for clinical and public health systems for many years to come. Clinicians and public health professionals might find these projections useful in planning for future clinical and public health needs, including health care utilization, workforce demands, and health policy development. Information about arthritis and proven community-based programs that can help with managing arthritis is available at http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis and http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/interventions References CDC et al. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation—United States, 2010–2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2013;62:869–73. PubMed Hootman JM, Helmick CG, Barbour KE, Theis KA, Boring MA. Updated projected prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation among US adults, 2015–2040. Arthritis Rheumatol 2016. Epub March 25, 2016. CrossRef PubMed [Suggested citation for this article: Arthritis Awareness Month — May 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:489. Weekly / May 20, 2016 / 65(19);489; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6519a1...

Indiana Installs Nation’s First Baby Drop Boxes to Save Abandoned Newborns

Monica Kelsey is a volunteer firefighter in Indiana. But she’s also a person who was conceived in rape, and has started a nonprofit group to help save babies who might otherwise be abandoned or killed. Monica’s organization, Safe Haven Baby Boxes, raises funds to install “padded and climate controlled” boxes in various locations, and has recently installed two in Indiana. When a baby is placed inside, according to NBC News, “a call is immediately placed to 911, and fire and medical personnel are dispatched to the scene.” The door locks and there is a motion sensor inside. The baby is retrieved by emergency responders, taken to a hospital for examination, and then placed into the custody of child protective services. All 50 states have passed Safe Haven laws, allowing mothers to anonymously surrender their children – but so many desperate women are still unaware that they have this life-affirming option. NBC News notes that since Kelsey’s organization placed the two new baby boxes in Indiana, she’s received “dozens of calls”… Kelsey said her team received 95 calls on Wednesday, one of which resulted in a “safe surrender” in another state. The woman was inquiring about safe haven boxes in another state, she said, and hotline volunteers found the woman the nearest hospital where she could surrender her baby safely. Kelsey would not identify the state, citing confidentiality. “Of the 95 yesterday, we had one save,” she said. “That’s a win.” The Knights of Columbus organization has pledged to build 100 baby boxes throughout Indiana at a cost of $2000 each. The idea of baby boxes received even more publicity...

I’m a Global Warming Skeptic: Commentary

I’m a Global Warming Skeptic—So Arrest Me! By Steven W. Mosher I have followed the twists and turns of the climate change debate since I was a graduate student at Stanford University forty years ago. The academic rage in those days, it will surprise you to learn, was “global winter.” That was the idea that we humans were putting so much particulate matter and pollutants in the atmosphere that the earth’s average temperature would plummet, triggering a new ice age. How things have changed. Now we are instructed by our betters that, because we are releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, we must worry about global warming–or whatever the climate alarmists are calling it these days. (I must say that any movement that has to keep changing its name every few years to reboot its credibility makes me suspicious. What are they going to call their imagined calamity next? Tornados ”R” Us?) The global warmers have gotten more strident of late, perhaps because they realize they are losing the argument. Recently they have started labeling and stigmatizing those of us who disagree with them as “climate deniers.” But now they have gone even further: They are pressuring the federal government to arrest and prosecute those of us who question their science and their conclusions. President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has publicly confirmed that she has asked the FBI to look into going after “climate deniers” under the Racketing and Corrupt Practices Act (RICO). This is the same overly broad statute that was misused in the past to unfairly—and unsuccessfully–prosecute peaceful pro-lifers. I don’t want to get overly political here,...

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Bill to Fund Pregnancy Support Services to Help Women and Save Babies From Abortion

Georgia Life Alliance Committee (GLAC) proudly attended the signing of Senate Bill 308 today. S.B. 308 establishes the Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program. GLAC praises and thanks Senator Renee Unterman for championing this exciting and positive approach to saving the unborn. The grant will provide funding for pregnancy support services throughout the state and which are offered for no charge by non-profits committed to helping women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. “Positive Alternatives is a proven program in approximately 8 to 10 states across the country. This grant program helps to expand the established success of our non-profit Pregnancy Resource Centers which have existed for over forty years and which give women free care and support as they face unplanned pregnancies” said GLA Executive Director Emily Matson. “By creating this grant program, we are offering Georgia’s women true and genuine support as they make choices regarding their unborn babies. Our and Pregnancy Resource Centers and Pregnancy Medical Clinics provide the perfect alternative to the profit-motivated abortion clinics where our women are solely a number and a payment.” Senate Bill 308 received impressive support through the 2016 General Assembly, having been made a priority by the Senate Republican Caucus and passing both chambers by a wide margin. In addition, the 2017 budget provides an initial funding of $2 million. Georgia has approximately 70 Pregnancy Resource Centers which may apply for the grant and which provide care and support for over 25,000 women each year. Georgia Life Alliance is the Georgia affiliate of National Right to Life. [Georgia Life Alliance, Apr 27, 2016, Atlanta, GA, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/27/georgia-governor-nathan-deal-signs-pro-life-bill-to-help-women-and-save-babies-from-abortion/...

Grandparents Who Babysit One Day Per Week Are Less Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Most grandparents will already know that the addition of grandchildren to the family add a source of much joy and love. It has however now been scientifically shown that grandparents who babysit their grandkids have a reduced chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study which was published by the Journal of the North American Menopause Society followed 120 grandparents in Australia and found that those that babysat one day each week scored higher on a range of cognitive tests [ http://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Citation/2014/10000/Role_of_grandparenting_in_postmenopausal_women_s.7.aspx ] They did however find that too much babysitting led to poor results. Those that babysat for five days per week or more struggled with the tests, so before you call mom and dad to ask them to babysit more, remember it is everything in moderation. A wider body of research shows that regal interaction of any type with other human beings leads to a happier state of mind. Many grandparents who babysit once or a few times each week report increased levels of life satisfaction which is linked to the increased feeling of purpose and more importantly, the receiving of love. [January 18, 2016, http://www.redhotawesome.com/breaking-grandparents-who-babysit-are-less-likely-to-develop-alzheimers/ ] Menopause: October 2014 – Volume 21 – Issue 10 – p 1069–1074, doi: 10.1097/GME Abstract Objective: Preserving aging cognition improves quality of life and delays dementia onset. Previous studies have shown that social engagement can maintain cognition; however, none has examined the effects of grandparenting, an important role among postmenopausal women. This study aims to examine the role of grandparenting in cognition among postmenopausal women. Methods: Participants were 186 Australian women from the longitudinal prospective Women’s Healthy Aging Project....

College Sports Related Injuries — United States, 2009–10 Through 2013–14 Academic Years

Sports-related injuries can have a substantial impact on the long-term health of student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) monitors injuries among college student-athletes at member schools. In academic year 2013–14, a total of 1,113 member schools fielded 19,334 teams with 478,869 participating student-athletes in NCAA championship sports (i.e., sports with NCAA championship competition) (1). External researchers and CDC used information reported to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program (NCAA-ISP) by a sample of championship sports programs to summarize the estimated national cumulative and annual average numbers of injuries during the 5 academic years from 2009–10 through 2013–14. Analyses were restricted to injuries reported among student-athletes in 25 NCAA championship sports. During this period, 1,053,370 injuries were estimated to have occurred during an estimated 176.7 million athlete-exposures to potential injury (i.e., one athlete’s participation in one competition or one practice). Injury incidence varied widely by sport. Among all sports, men’s football accounted for the largest average annual estimated number of injuries (47,199) and the highest competition injury rate (39.9 per 1,000 athlete-exposures). Men’s wrestling experienced the highest overall injury rate (13.1 per 1,000) and practice injury rate (10.2 per 1,000). Among women’s sports, gymnastics had the highest overall injury rate (10.4 per 1,000) and practice injury rate (10.0 per 1,000), although soccer had the highest competition injury rate (17.2 per 1,000). More injuries were estimated to have occurred from practice than from competition for all sports, with the exception of men’s ice hockey and baseball. However, injuries incurred during competition were somewhat more severe (e.g., requiring =7 days to return to full participation) than those acquired during practice… Visit link...

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Alcohol and Marijuana Combined Among Persons Aged 16–25 Years — United States, 2002–2014

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among youths and young adults aged 16–25 years in the United States (1). The prevalence of drinking and driving among high school students aged 16–19 years has declined by 54%, from 22.3% in 1991 to 10.3% in 2011 (2). However, the prevalence of weekend nighttime driving under the influence of marijuana (based on biochemical assays) among drivers aged =16 years has increased by 48%, from 8.6% in 2007 to 12.6% in 2013–2014 (3). Use of marijuana alone and in combination with alcohol has been shown to impair driving abilities (4–9). This report provides the most recent self-reported national estimates of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and alcohol and marijuana combined among persons aged 16–25 years, using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2002–2014. Prevalence data on driving under the influence of both substances were examined for two age groups (16–20 years and 21–25 years) and by sex and race/ethnicity. During 2002–2014, the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol alone significantly declined by 59% among persons aged 16–20 years (from 16.2% in 2002 to 6.6% in 2014; p<0.001) and 38% among persons 21–25 years (from 29.1% in 2002 to 18.1% in 2014; p<0.001). In addition, the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana combined significantly declined by 39%, from 2.3% in 2002 to 1.4% in 2014 (p<0.001) among persons aged 16–20 years and from 3.1% in 2002 to 1.9% in 2014 (p<0.001) among persons aged 21–25 years. The prevalence of...

Historic City of Selma Finally Abortion Free; Illegal Abortion Site Shuts Down

The unlicensed Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, in Selma, Alabama, has changed its name and no longer does abortions after pro-life groups caught it illegally operating as an abortion shop and exerted public pressure calling for its closure. In 2014, Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC For Life uncovered an illegal abortion clinic in Selma, Alabama, and began efforts to stop the appalling operation. Now, the coalition of pro-life organizations that developed around those efforts has confirmed that Dr. Samuel Lett is no longer performing abortions in the city of Selma. The Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, formerly used as Lett’s back-alley abortion clinic, is now operating as a weight-loss facility. Life Legal provided overwhelming evidence of the shop’s illegal practices to the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. Pro-life leaders from CEC For Life, Operation Rescue, Life Legal Defense Foundation, The National Black Prolife Coalition and Created Equal have been building public awareness around this illegal clinic for nearly two years. Aside from several public campaigns and a historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Alveda King, Charmaine Yoest and Star Parker, these same organizations have continued to call for state authorities to take action and prevent Lett from becoming the next Gosnell. Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC For Life, comments, “We are thankful that Dr. Lett has ceased abortions in Selma, as we know that this same kind of under-the-radar, illegal activity led to the horrors we saw in Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic.” Gensemer also reports that, though Lett has ceased abortions, the coalition is still in communication with state officials regarding...

Planned Parenthood’s December 2015 Report

In the past year, Planned Parenthood’s health services for women SPIRALED DOWNWARD by 11% in one year. Private support for the abortion monster PLUNGED by $38.3 million. PP significantly INCREASED its facilities that commit medication abortions in a desperate attempt to stabilize its abortion numbers. But our government INCREASED funding for PP by ANOTHER $25.3 million. In a press release issued yesterday, ALL’s Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) program reported that the number of patients at PP centers dropped to the lowest annual number reported by PP since 1998. Most important, however, is STOPP’s unique effectiveness in forcing the closing of PP facilities. ALL Vice President Jim Sedlak states: “What this Planned Parenthood Annual Report shows is that, despite the inaction on taxpayer funding at the federal level, the foes of Planned Parenthood are having a significant effect on PP by closing down clinics all across the country. STOPP will continue to work with local people to peacefully and prayerfully cause such discontent with Planned Parenthood at the grassroots level that it will have no choice but to close its doors forever.” As a result, the number of abortions committed by PP has declined to the lowest since 2007. Support the EFFECTIVE, GRASSROOTS, LOCAL efforts of STOPP and ALL that isolate individual PP facilities and overwhelm them with local opposition. [29 Dec 2015, ALL email,...