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SEMANTICS    v.      TRUTH
"Pro-choice"     =      anti-Life
"anti-choice"   =     pro-Life

The "CHOICE" is Life or Death.

There is NO OTHER Choice.
 
May 2005: Life Matters PDF Print E-mail

Hundreds of Pro-Life Women Lobbied Congress to Stop Abortion and Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Research, 27Apr05

British Court Overturns Pro-Life Effort to Stop "Designer Babies"

MT Gov Will Disband Successful Abstinence Council & Stop Abstinence Ads

14-Year-Old Charged in Alleged Assisted Suicide of Her Father

Planned Parenthood Sued for Assault

"Pro-Choice" Advocates Oppose Choice for Some Things, but Deny the Adverse Effects of Abortion on Women...

HUNDREDS OF PRO-LIFE WOMEN LOBBIED CONGRESS AGAINST ABORTION 27Apr05, to say they, not pro-abortion groups, represent the real voices of women on the issues of abortion and stem cell research.

The "Real Women's Voices" lobbying day brought nearly 300 women to DC, and another 1,200 women signed up online to participate in spirit. Representatives of groups like the National Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List gave the women a brief overview of lobbying strategy.

Then, they were off to members of the House & Senate to persuade them to vote pro-life on the issue of parental notification and filibusters against judicial nominees.

"Mainstream media usually does not air the voices of these women even though they are the voices of women across the United States," Dr. Pia de Solenni of FRC Action said of the women attending the event: "Millions of women voted in the last election and made it clear that values matter to them. Now they're coming to Washington to make sure that their voices are heard on issues that affect their lives and the lives of the generations to follow."

The women also heard presentations from leading pro-life lawmakers, including Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS). Speakers also included Dr. Alveda C. King [founder, King for America]; Helen Alvare [Assoc Prof, CU]; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Singer-songwriter, Kara Klein; and Rachel Campos-Duffy of Real Word: San Francisco.

Other sponsoring organizations include the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum and Family Research Council Action. [http://www.lifenews.com/nat1312.html, Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com, 28Apr05]


MORE STUDENTS DENIED RIGHT TO WEAR PRO-LIFE T-SHIRTS AGAINST ABORTION-- More students are coming forward saying they were denied the right to free expression when their schools prohibited them from wearing pro-life t-shirts with the message "Abortion Kills Kids" on 26Apr05.

The shirts were part of a national pro-life shirt day sponsored by Rock for Life. In Des Moines, Iowa, Roosevelt High School students say their First Amendment rights were violated when school officials told them to remove the shirts. Sisters Brittany and Tamera Chandler said they were threatened with suspension if they wore the shirts. [LifeNews.com, 30Apr05]


BRITISH COURT OVERTURNS PRO-LIFE EFFORT TO STOP DESIGNER BABIES-- England's highest court ruled that the creation of so-called designer babies to help find cures for diseases is lawful, despite concerns about the destruction of unborn children to meet those goals.

The five Lord judges who decided the case ruled unanimously that tissue typing to create babies to help their siblings could be authorized by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, Britain's medical research agency. HFEA is allowing a London clinic to screen embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for genes that might lead to cancer.

Pro-life groups criticized the decision and say the agency is trying to play God by killing human embryos that have a cancer gene. Critics note that there is a possibility that these unborn children would never develop cancer if they were permitted to be born. Josephine Quintavalle of the Comment on Reproductive Ethics, the group that brought the lawsuit, argued the creation of designer babies violated British law.

"We are not thinking about curing the disease, but about eliminating the carrier. It is pretty shoddy medicine," she said of the goals of the research. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has also been vocal in its opposition to so-called “designer babies.” [LifeNews.com, 30Apr05]


MT GOV WILL DISBAND ABSTINENCE COUNCIL, STOP ADS-- MT Governor Schweitzer plans to disband the Governor's Abstinence Education Advisory Council which has produced extraordinary results, credited with helping lower the state's high teen pregnancy rates.

The governor will also cancel an advertisement campaign funded in part with grants from the federal gov’t. An independent research group found that 89% of MT teens saw the abstinence ads as well as 79% of MT parents.

Some 88% of the teens want the ads to continue as do 89% of MT parents. MT Family Foundation president/former state legislator Laszloffy sent a letter to Schweitzer asking him to reconsider: "This campaign is in its 7th year, and targets high school students with the message that abstaining from sex until marriage is the healthy and smart choice".

He said the independent poll found that 85% of all respondents felt the ads helped teens avoid pregnancy. A high 61% believed teenagers in Montana were facing "a great deal of" peer pressure to have sex. Gov Brian Schweitzer, 406-444-3111 or email . [Helena, MT, LifeNews.com, 30Apr05]


14-YEAR-OLD CHARGED IN ALLEGED ASSISTED SUICIDE OF FATHER  - Claiming she shot her father to death to help him commit suicide, she has been charged with second-degree murder. The girl was charged as a juvenile, but the prosecutor asked a judge to designate the girl an aggravated juvenile offender, which would limit sentencing options if she is convicted.

Held without bond, she was also charged with first-degree assault. A preliminary hearing was set for May 25. She was arrested on March 13, shortly after deputies responded to what they thought was a prank 911 call giving her address.

Investigators found the girl's father, Garret Rich, dead in an upstairs bedroom; they said the girl was unemotional when they arrived and told them her father had taken his own life. She later acknowledged shooting her father, but only after finding him in pain after he had tried to shoot himself to death.

Sheriff's Lt. West said only that he found it troubling that "by her own admission, she decided to end somebody's life instead of calling for help."

A gag order bars prosecutors and others from speaking publicly about the case. A Boulder County coroner's report found that Garret Rich, whose legal name was Gary Weisser, suffered a gunshot wound to the head & one to the chest. [AP, Boulder, CO, http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-30-teen_x.htm, 4/30/2005; N Valko RN, 30Apr05]


PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUED FOR ASSAULT: A college student is suing the local Planned Parenthood and a security guard. Heenan says he has participated in Saturday sidewalk counseling outside the Planned Parenthood site in DC for 3 years. He is represented in the civil lawsuit by the American Center for Law & Justice. Henderson said his client was serving as a sidewalk counselor last May when he was "attacked from behind and thrown to the ground on a public sidewalk for no other reason than seeking to offer his message of hope and help to women approaching the Planned Parenthood facility."

Heenan says the incident was witnessed by several police officers who refused his request to press charges against the security guard. No police report was made. Heenan is seeking a trial by jury and compensatory/punitive damages. The suit also requests that the court protect his constitutional rights and bar the defendants from any future physical contact with him. [WorldNetDaily.com, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44046, 30Apr05]


"PRO-CHOICE" ADVOCATES ONLY BACK CHOICE ON ABORTION - Feminist groups have come out against a woman's right to control her body. The Food and Drug Administration held a 3-day meeting to discuss lifting the 13-year-old ban on silicone gel breast implants. Groups such as the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority Foundation lined up to demand that the FDA keep the ban. "We strongly urge the FDA not to approve silicone gel breast implants," NOW president Kim Gandy told the FDA's scientific advisory panel. When the panel recommended by a 5-4 vote to continue the ban, Gandy called it "a tremendous victory for women's health."

But what about a woman's right to choose? Wasn't NOW founded on the principle of a woman's right to control her own body?

When an implant wearer told feminist protesters that "women need choices," Gandy responded, "Choice? The choice is to be sick."

The National Women's Health Network and the National Council of Women's Organizations also petitioned the FDA to maintain its ban.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) says of abortion, "I am not a doctor, and I am not God. I trust other human beings to make these decisions." But Boxer has written to the FDA asking it not to allow women to get silicone implants.

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families, complains, "The FDA has placed more emphasis on providing choices to patients, rather than the previous emphasis of keeping potentially unsafe products off the market." [emphasis added]

But the "women's groups" don't speak for all women, as was apparent at the emotional FDA hearing. Some…asked for the right to get implants: "We all deserve to feel beautiful, and if not beautiful, at least normal." "We have a right to decide what is right for our own bodies," said Virginia Silverman [CA], who received gel implants in 2001.

Earlier this year feminist groups were calling for quick action by the FDA to approve a morning-after pill [MAP/EC] that would prevent/terminate pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.

The long-term effect of these high-dose estrogen drugs on women’s/girls’ bodies has not been studied; the lack of physician oversight is a serious concern. Recent studies show that MAP does not lower abortion rates; there is also concern that MAP will increase promiscuity, sexual predation, and STD infections. 

Yet, the Feminist Majority Foundation denounced the FDA for "once again [giving] in to right-wing pressure in deciding to delay its decision." No drug or medical procedure is without risk. Not abortion, not breast implants, not the morning-after pill. The question is who makes the decision. [http://www.lifenews.com/nat1305.html, by David Boaz April 27, 2005 LifeNews.com; David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of Libertarianism: A Primer.]


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