Right to Life – Archive

Life-Affirming Pregnancy Centers Preferred over Abortion Providers in 2014 National Poll

By an overwhelming margin, American women and men report more favorable opinions of life-affirming pregnancy centers offering abortion alternatives, as compared to organizations providing abortions such as Planned Parenthood, according to a 2014 national poll commissioned by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI). One thousand American women aged 18-44 years and 300 men of the same age range were surveyed about questions related to health behaviors, specifically geared towards unexpected pregnancy decisions and care. Overall opinions and impressions about experiences were measured to contrast views towards organizations which provide abortion alternatives at the community-based level and those which offer and refer for abortion. (In addition, the survey population was polled on four direct measures of attitudes on the life issue including general pro-life and pro-choice sentiment as well as opinions on time limits and exceptions with respect to abortion laws. These results comported with a nationally representative sample within the margin of error.) To gauge opinions regarding life-affirming pregnancy centers (also known as pregnancy resource, pregnancy care and/or pregnancy help centers) the survey first provided a description of the services these types of groups offer: “These centers provide free medical services and other support to women with an unexpected pregnancy and encourage them to give birth to their babies. They do not offer or refer women for abortions.” Then to follow up, “Do you have an overall opinion of organizations of this kind?” A range of favorable and unfavorable options for response were provided. Tweet This: 80 percent of Americans have positive view of #prolife pregnancy help. @SBAList An impressive 80 percent of respondents reported a “favorable view” of pregnancy...

WATCH: Powerful Pro-Life Messages From 8 Members of Congress Investigating Planned Parenthood

Now that the House and Senate have passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, all eyes are on President Obama. Will he bolster his pro-abortion record by vetoing this legislation supported by a majority of Americans? Even if a presidential veto is forthcoming, it will not be the end. Congress has been ramping up its investigation into the ethics and legality of major abortion industry corporations—Planned Parenthood foremost among them—through the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. Planned Parenthood protest Nearly 100,000 Americans protested at Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide this summer (Photo via ProtestPP.com) “We are charged with gathering information and conducting fact-finding to get answers,” stated Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), who recently named pro-life stalwart March Bell as Staff Director of this select committee. Blackburn leads the investigative panel of pro-life members—four women and four men—joined by six pro-choice members of Congress. “We will follow the law, find the facts and focus on where those facts take us in defense of life,” she concludes. Formed after the release of the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos, now the panel’s eight pro-life members speak up for the sanctity of every life in brief video messages. Rep. Marsha Blackburn Upholds Medical Ethics in a Culture of Convenience Mother of two and grandmother of two, Rep. Marsha Blackburn has strong support in her home state of Tennessee—and in Washington has been known for her effective role on several committees, notably related to ensuring quality health care for those in need. “Science shows us these are not blobs of tissue; they are babies,” Blackburn said of pre-born lives in a recent House...

Abortion Pill Reversal Program

Our latest video describing the phenomenal growth of the APR program is linked below. As of November 2015, 140 healthy babies have been born to women who have sought to reverse the abortion pill. Another 75 are pregnant after successful reversals. The APR video not only explains the medical background of our project, but also features one of the joyful mothers whose life was turned around as a result of our protocol. We currently have over 300 doctors who have committed to provide medical support to women who have changed their minds. It is our ultimate goal to have at least one network doctor within a 45 minute drive of every abortion clinic in this country. I also encourage you to pass this video on to colleagues, co-workers, friends, family, and anyone else you think might benefit from it. Visit our web site, www.abortionpillreversal.com The links to our two videos are as follows: Long Version – https://youtu.be/i7yrusZ–BI? Short Version – https://youtu.be/MeIEyPNGsTw? I want to personally think you for your willingness to play a vital role in the life-saving mission of the APR program. Those of you who have been fortunate to have been involved in saving the life of an unborn baby can especially understand the special joy of a mother who has been given a second chance. It may not be too late to save a life. [AAPLOG email, 21 Nov 2015, George Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Medical Director, Abortion Pill Reversal [email protected] / http://www.abortionpillreversal.com  877-558-0333 patient 24/7 line...

Ten (10) Women Who Decided to Stop or Reverse Their Abortion

Women are often pressured into abortion, or decide to go through with one because they feel they have no other choice. But sometimes, at the last moment, women find their own strength, change their mind about the abortion, and choose life. Abortion reversal is possible. Ashley At 20 years old, Ashley discovered she was pregnant, but the boyfriend who convinced her to have sex with him by promising to take care of her and a baby if she did become pregnant, handed her money for an abortion and sent her off to get her abortion alone. After taking the first dose of the abortion pill, Ashley regretted it and asked the abortionist what would happen if she didn’t take the second pill. She was told that the baby would die anyway, but if the baby somehow survived, he or she would be deformed… Ashley turned to her mother, telling her about the pregnancy and the abortion and her remorse. Her mother called a local crisis pregnancy center, and that center called Dr. Matt Harrison. Harrison had no idea what to do, but told them to come to his office. After flipping through textbooks, he had the idea of injecting Ashley with progesterone, to try to “out-compete” with the RU-486 which he says acts as a progesterone counterfeit and tricks the body into acting as if the pregnant woman is having a menstrual cycle, starving the placenta and the baby. There were risks to both Ashley and the baby as this had never been done before, but Ashley knew she had to try it. It worked, and Ashley gave birth...

10 Women Who Decided to Stop, or Reverse Their Abortion – Abortion Pill Reversal

Women are often pressured into abortion (surveys show about two-thirds of women), or decide to go through with one because they feel they have no other choice. But sometimes, at the last moment, women find their own strength, change their mind about the abortion, and choose life. Abortion reversal is possible. Ashley At 20 years old, Ashley discovered she was pregnant, but the boyfriend who convinced her to have sex with him by promising to take care of her and a baby if she did become pregnant, handed her money for an abortion and sent her off to get her abortion alone. After taking the first dose of the abortion pill, Ashley regretted it and asked the abortionist what would happen if she didn’t take the second pill. She was told that the baby would die anyway, but if the baby somehow survived, he or she would be deformed… Ashley turned to her mother, telling her about the pregnancy and the abortion and her remorse. Her mother called a local crisis pregnancy center, and that center called Dr. Matt Harrison. Harrison had no idea what to do, but told them to come to his office. After flipping through textbooks, he had the idea of injecting Ashley with progesterone, to try to “out-compete” with the RU-486 which he says acts as a progesterone counterfeit and tricks the body into acting as if the pregnant woman is having a menstrual cycle, starving the placenta and the baby. There were risks to both Ashley and the baby as this had never been done before, but Ashley knew she had to try it....

Women Are More Unhappy, Despite 40 Years of Feminism

A study titled “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness” found that women were less happy even after forty years of feminism. Women have had more opportunities than ever before. They have been liberated from their roles as housewives and yet – they have a lower sense of well-being and life satisfaction. This held true regardless of whether the women were married or not, or had children. The earning power of women has soared, they are doing better than men in education and they are more in control of when to start a family… but still unhappy? Ern Pizzey, founder of the charity Refuge, added “The hard-won freedom of choice has imprisoned women. I just see an exhausted generation trying to do it all.” [19 Nov 2015, Abstinence Clearinghouse email newsletter,...

Foiled Abortion Coercion: Baby Brooke Shields Saved from Abortion

An Abortion or a Coffee Table… Which did she want more? When the mother of Brooke Shields became pregnant with Brooke, the boyfriend’s father tried to convince Brooke’s mother to abort the baby. He believed it would jeopardise the baby’s father’s standing on the “Social Registry.” He gave money to Brooke’s mother to pay for the abortion. Instead of visiting an abortionist, Brooke’s mother went to an antique store and used the money to buy a coffee table. Ironically, the table became one of Brooke’s favourite possessions. Brooke is just one of many celebrities whom someone else wanted to have aborted. [ http://www.lifenews.com/2014/11/19/brooke-shields-was-almost-an-abortion-victim-my-grandfather-paid-my-mother-to-abort-me/...

Do Pregnancy Centers “Obstruct Access” to Abortion?

What do we really mean when we use terms like “abortion access” and “reproductive justice”? Nov. 12, the New York Times ran an op-ed from noted pregnancy center opponent Meaghan Winter titled, “The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access.” Ms. Winter, who has devoted the better part of the last three years attacking community-based nonprofits who serve women and families with life-affirming pregnancy help … argues in her most recent piece that pregnancy centers represent an sneak attack on “abortion access.” Citing the 1976 Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from spending taxpayer money directly on abortion—fungibility and state funding not included—Ms. Winter argues that access to abortion has long been a major issue. This, combined with the recent introduction of state and local laws requiring surgical abortion clinics to maintain admitting privileges to local hospitals has perpetuated “a struggle for reproductive justice” where, “[we] will not achieve equal opportunity until a poor woman has the same sovereignty over her body and her future as a wealthy man.” Where do pregnancy help organizations fit into this maelstrom of access to abortion? According to Ms. Winter, at the very forefront of the effort, “obstruct[ing] women’s access to abortion.” Ms. Winter considers the threat of pregnancy centers and medical clinics so dire, in fact, that she leads off her op-ed with the following anecdote: A YEAR ago, a mother and self-described “God-fearing woman” called me after she had an abortion. She said that earlier, when she found herself unexpectedly pregnant, she drove straight to what she thought was a comprehensive health care provider near her home in Columbus, Ohio. When she...

Feminists Clash with African Women

Anti-family feminists with theories and prominent positions flat-out oppose the real-world experience of mothers who are hands-on dealing with terrorism – because their solution relies on the family and not handing power and money to feminist groups. African Women’s Solutions to War Clash with Feminists’ Agenda When the UN Security Council adopted its latest resolution on the role of women in international peacebuilding and security last month, a familiar clash of opinions surfaced—among women. In particular, feminists driving the international policies are on opposite sides of women living in the realities of war-challenged areas. At a panel hosted by Liechtenstein, a well-connected feminist worried the emerging pro-family movement at the UN may conflict with her expectations for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Meanwhile, another panelist from Nigeria strongly urged the audience to be mindful of the cultural contexts within countries, calling attempts to impose cultural change as part of peace-building “not sustainable.” “Right now, feminists stride the halls of power,” said professor Anne Marie Goetz, formerly of UN Women. However, she said, a changing geopolitical landscape and the rise in violent extremism has resulted in the “reconsolidation of rather extremely conservative values.” She cited the recently-formed “Group of Friends of the Family” at the UN, describing it as being “about reasserting a romantic traditional, rather rigid view, a heteronormative view, of the family.” Goetz had expressed similar concerns—that WPS activism was focusing too much on security and not enough on “attacking patriarchy”— at at a conference last year, where she also admitted that the WPS documents do not mention abortion, though she insisted it was “meant” and...

CDC Vital Signs: Predicted Heart Age and Racial Disparities in Heart Age Among U.S. Adults at the State Level

Abstract Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Heart age (the predicted age of a person’s vascular system based on their cardiovascular risk factor profile) and its comparison with chronological age represent a new way to express risk for developing cardiovascular disease. This study estimates heart age and differences between heart age and chronological age (excess heart age) and examines racial, socio-demographic, and regional disparities in heart age among U.S. adults aged 30–74 years. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for nearly 800,000 deaths and approximately $320 billion in costs in the United States each year (1). Studies have identified a number of modifiable CVD risk factors, including high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and being overweight or obese (1,2). Differences in prevalence of CVD risk factors play important roles in persistent racial, socioeconomic, and regional disparities in CVD morbidity and mortality in the United States (3,4). Results: Overall, average predicted heart age for adult men and women was 7.8 and 5.4 years older than their chronological age, respectively. Statistically significant (p<0.05) racial/ethnic, socio-demographic, and regional differences in heart age were observed: heart age among non-Hispanic black men (58.7 years) and women (58.9 years) was greater than other racial/ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic white men (55.3 years) and women (52.5 years). Excess heart age was lowest for men and women in Utah (5.8 and 2.8 years, respectively) and highest in Mississippi (10.1 and 9.1 years, respectively). Among 236,101 men and 342,424 women, the mean weighted chronological ages were 47.8 and 47.9 years, respectively (Table 1). The corresponding predicted heart ages and excess...

Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 5–17 Years with Diagnosed Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 5–17 Years with Diagnosed Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1997–2014 From 1997–1999 to 2012–2014, the percentage of all children aged 5–17 years with diagnosed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increased significantly from 7.0% to 10.2%, and so did the prevalence among non-Hispanic white children (8.4% to 12.5%), non-Hispanic black children (5.5% to 9.6%), and Hispanic children (3.8% to 6.4%). Throughout 1997–2014, Hispanic children were the least likely to have diagnosed ADHD. [National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. National Health Interview Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm. 28 Aug 2015, Patricia Pastor, PhD, Catherine Duran, Cynthia Reuben, MA. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64:925, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6433a11.htm?s_cid=mm6433a11_e...

8 Stories of Mothers Choosing Life (2015 & 2008)

My “Crisis Pregnancy” Turned 15 Years-Old Today: “I Didn’t Save My Son, He Saved Me” Destiny Herndon-Delarosa started the group New Wave Feminists to take back feminism from the abortion advocates and work to protect the rights of babies and their mothers. She also began it for her son. Herndon-Delarosa recently posted a story on her group’s Facebook page about how her teen pregnancy and her son changed her life. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/17/my-crisis-pregnancy-turned-15-years-old-today-i-didnt-save-my-son-he-saved-me/   Mom of Baby Who Lived Only Two Days on Why She Rejected Abortion: “It Was My Job to Protect Him” This past week on the Pat Kenny radio show, a mother whose little boy lived for 2 days after birth with Trisomy 18 spoke powerfully and inspiringly about her son Seán. Sarah H., of the group Every Life Counts, which represents families whose children were born with life limiting conditions, gave a moving and beautiful testimony in a week which was otherwise dominated by abortion-supportive broadcasting from Newstalk FM. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/16/mom-of-baby-who-lived-only-two-days-on-why-she-rejected-abortion-it-was-my-job-to-protect-him/   Couple Reject Abortion Because Planned Parenthood Wanted $30 for a Pregnancy Test Shawn Carney of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign points out today in two updates about how the unending profit motive of the abortion industry is costing it profits from abortions. In two cases, Planned Parenthood’s desire to financially milk its customers resulted in two cases where abortion was rejected. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/10/23/couple-reject-abortion-because-planned-parenthood-charged-30-for-pregnancy-test/   SAFE HAVEN BOXES A Special Box and a Pro-Life Law Saved This Abandoned Baby From Infanticide http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/24/a-special-box-and-a-pro-life-law-saved-this-abandoned-baby-from-infanticide/   Car Crashed and Rolled Six Times, Amazingly She and Her Baby are Fine http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/04/pregnant-moms-car-crashed-and-rolled-six-times-amazingly-she-and-her-baby-are-fine/ Mother Who was Told to Abort her 20-Week...

Annual Birth Rates, by Marital Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1980–2014

CDC QuickStats The birth rate for married women (97.0 per 1,000) was more than three times that for unmarried women (29.4) in 1980. From 1980 to the mid-1990s, the birth rate among married women generally declined, whereas the rate for unmarried women generally increased. Both rates stabilized in the mid-1990s and then increased until 2007–2008. The birth rate among unmarried women declined from 51.8 in 2007 and 2008 to 44.0 in 2014. The birth rate for married women dropped 5% during 2007–2010 but increased to 88.7 in 2014.   [Hamilton B, Martin J, Osterman M, Curtin S. Births: preliminary data for 2014. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2015;64(6). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_06.pdf Adobe PDF file. Sally C. Curtin, MA. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64:728, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a7.htm?s_cid=mm6426a7_e ]   QuickStats: Annual Birth Rates,* by Marital Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1980–2014† http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a7.htm?s_cid=mm6426a7_e 10 July 2015 MMWR Weekly July 10, 2015 /...

UN Passes ‘Unprecedented’ Pro-Family Resolution, Outraging Sexual Radicals

A pro-family resolution has been passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva of “unprecedented” force and reach, thanks to a coalition of African and other developing countries, China and Russia and a support group of socially conservative NGOs. “This is unprecedented, a tremendous victory for the family,” Sharon Slater, the head of Family Watch International (FWI), told LifeSiteNews. “It is the first time ever in the history of the United Nations that a comprehensive resolution has been passed calling for the protection of the family as a fundamental unit of society, recognizing the prior right of parents to educate their children, and calling on all nations to create family-sensitive policies and recognize their binding obligations under treaty to protect the family.” The voting on the “Protection of the Family” resolution was 27 for – 14 against, Slater noted. Those opposing the motion included the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and other Western European countries. Its sponsors included Russia, China, Belarus, and more than a dozen Muslim and African countries. The four abstaining members of the council—Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Macedonia—probably were forced to do so by the rich countries opposing the bill. “The developed countries probably put huge pressure on the others to stop the bill or insert amendments undermining its intent by threatening to withhold foreign aid,” said Slater. “We applaud those who were able to stand up for the family, and we ask people to write to them to thank them.” (FWI provides a webpage to help people send these supportive letters.) Austin Ruse of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM),...

CDC Vital Signs: Demographic and Substance Use Trends Among Heroin Users — United States, 2002–2013

Heroin use and overdose deaths have increased significantly in the United States. Assessing trends in heroin use among demographic and particular substance-using groups can inform prevention efforts. FDA and CDC analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and National Vital Statistics System reported during 2002–2013. This report summarizes their findings. During 2002–2013, heroin overdose death rates nearly quadrupled in the United States, from 0.7 deaths to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 population, with a near doubling of the rates from 2011–2013 (1). Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate heroin use, abuse, and dependence have increased in recent years. In 2013, an estimated 517,000 persons reported past-year heroin abuse or dependence, a nearly 150% increase since 2007 (2). During 2002–2011, rates of heroin initiation were reported to be highest among males, persons aged 18–25 years, non-Hispanic whites, those with an annual household income <$20,000, and those residing in the Northeast (3). However, during this period heroin initiation rates generally increased across most demographic subgroups (3). Most heroin users have a history of nonmedical use of prescription opioid pain relievers (3–5), and an increase in the rate of heroin overdose deaths has occurred concurrently with an epidemic of prescription opioid overdoses. Although it has been postulated that efforts to curb opioid prescribing, resulting in restricted prescription opioid access, have fueled heroin use and overdose, a recent analysis of 2010–2012 drug overdose deaths in 28 states found that decreases in prescription opioid death rates within a state were not associated with increases in heroin death rates; in fact, increases in heroin overdose death...

Don’t Touch That! 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Germs in Public Places

1. Restaurant Menus Have you ever seen anyone wash a menu? Probably not. A study in the Journal of Medical Virology reported that cold and flu viruses can survive for 18 hours on hard surfaces. If it’s a popular restaurant, hundreds of people could be handling the menus — and passing their germs on to you. Never let a menu touch your plate or silverware, and be sure to wash your hands after you place your order. 2. Lemon Wedges According to a 2007 study in the Journal of Environmental Health, nearly 70 percent of the lemon wedges perched on the rims of restaurant glasses contain disease-causing microbes. When the researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, they found 25 different microorganisms lingering on the 76 lemons they secured, including E. coli and other fecal bacteria. Tell your server that you’d prefer your beverage sans fruit. Why risk it? 3. Condiment Dispensers It’s the rare eatery that regularly cleans its condiment containers. And the reality is that many people don’t wash their hands before eating, says Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., a germs specialist and public health professor at the University of Arizona. So while you may be diligent, the guy who poured the ketchup before you may not have been, which means his germs are now on your fingers — and your fries. Squirt hand sanitizer on the outside of the condiment bottle or use a disinfectant wipe before you grab it. 4. Restroom Door Handles Don’t think you can escape the restroom without touching the door handle? Palm a spare paper towel after you wash up and use it...

Baby Angel, Born to Brain-Dead Mom, Comes Home from Hospital (2015)

[Comment: Ironically, when the Texas Marlise Munoz case involving a pregnant mother judged “brain dead” happened just prior to Baby Angel, the media was very supportive of removing life support despite Texas law on life support for pregnant women. The mainstream media also reported how the family talked about the deterioration of the mother’s body with the “smell of death” and, later, the “deformed” baby. In Baby Angel’s case here, the opposite decision was made and after almost 2 months, Baby Angel was born alive. N. Valko RN] Back in April, NRL News Today reported on the miraculous birth of little Angel Perez, whose mom Karla Perez, had collapsed at home in Waterloo, Nebraska in early February after complaining of a bad headache. Tragically, Ms. Perez was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage–a severe brain bleed–and doctors determined that the 22-year-old mother was brain-dead. But the family wanted everything possible done to save Angel, who was 22 weeks old at the time. Thanks to the dedication of over 100 doctors and nurses, Angel was born April 4 weighing a little under three pounds, 54 days after his mother had been declared brain-dead. Tuesday Angel, now four pounds heavier, was released from Methodist Women’s Hospital. Methodist Hospital spokesperson Claudia Bohn said in an update, “He is now over 6 pounds and I’m told is a good little eater!” Perez was 22 weeks pregnant at the time of her hemorrhage. During the course of the next seven weeks, more than 100 doctors and nurses would monitor Angel’s growth. Angel continued to grow until April 4 when his mother’s body began to shut...

Recent Victories for Life (2015)

Even as faith, family, and freedom are under increasing attack, the entire pro-life movement is making historic gains and providing light in the midst of cultural darkness. In just these last few days: — The Associated Press reported that abortions have dropped by 12% across America, and that abortions are declining in nearly ALL states — A federal appeals court upheld abortion restrictions passed by the Texas legislature that are expected to reduce the number of open abortion centers in the state from 41 (before the life-saving law was passed) to only 8 — The US Senate just agreed to take up the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, that was passed by the US House of Representatives and would be the biggest limitation on abortions since Roe v. Wade — Two more Planned Parenthood abortion referral centers have recently closed, including one in McKinney, Texas that was site of a recent 40 Days for Life campaign Since the 40 Days for Life campaigns first began in 2007: — 10,331 babies have been saved from abortion — 118 abortion workers have been converted — 60 abortion businesses have completely shut down — over 650,000 people worldwide have been praying and fasting for the end to abortion A lot can happen in 40 Days for Life… [10 June 2015,...