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July 2010: Life Matters

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Abortion Mill Chainsaw: Abortion Business Owner Responds with Chainsaw as Radio Blares: 'God Bless Pro-Lifers!'

Life Legal Defense Foundation Gains Victory for Pro-Life Demonstrators in Alabama / Birmingham Will Not Require The Survivors Group to Get Protest Permit

Passing on the Pro-Life Hope: One Video at a Time — http://www.wrtl.org/passthison/

Michelle Duggar Receives 'Mother of the Year Award' at Historic Baby Conference

Major Victory for Pregnant & Parenting Students

HLA Goes to the CWS

Government Set to Funnel Pregnancy Care Money to PP

>> How a County Commissioner or Other Local Official Can Protect a Community from Planned Parenthood

  Pro-Abortion Group Wants Pregnancy Centers Removed From Internet Directories

A Big Win Against Planned Parenthood

July Conference — Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures

Tick, Tock: More U.S. Women Running Out Biological Clock for Childbearing

Commentary:  What Price Is a Human Being Worth?

Commentary:  Pro-Abort Women Lament Dearth of Vocal Pro-Abort Men

Commentary: Promoting Authentic Women’s Health: Beyond the Fine Print and the Cash Cow

AAPLOG Submission to the FDA Reproductive Health Advisory Committee Regarding the upcoming (now past) 17 June 2010 FDA Meeting on Ulipristal (ellaOne) Approval as an “Emergency Contraceptive” — AAPLOG to FDA on Ulipristal

3 Times More Drunk Teens: Loving and Indulgent  vs.  Loving but Firm Parenting

QuickStats: Death Rates For Leading Causes* Among Youths Aged 12–19 Years [National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–2006]

Ontario’s Highest Court: Ob/Gyns Owe Care to Unborn Child

Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

The Time to Stand is NOW – Reject Burris Amendment

* IPPF Leads Push for Abortion Rights as UN Prepares for High-Level MDG Review

Mexican Actress Produces Play on Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Activist

National Pro-Life T-shirt Week — www.NPLTW.com

Abortion Mill Chainsaw: Abortion Business Owner Responds with Chainsaw as Radio Blares: 'God Bless Pro-Lifers!'
Rockford Abortion Mill Attempt To Silence Pro-Lifers Backfires – BIGTIME!  
Abortion mill landlord responds to local D.J.'s pro-life message with a chainsaw.

Staff at the Rockford abortion mill, which has been blaring the radio through its speakers to drown out pro-life counselors for several weeks, got an unpleasant surprise Friday morning when a local D.J. found out what his show was being used for.

LifeSiteNews.com has reported numerous times on the bizarre Rockford abortuary, which has taken to taunting pro-life witnesses with signage and other paraphernalia mocking Christianity and Jesus Christ, and even directing personal insults at local pro-lifers. (See coverage here)

The facility’s latest form of harassment, blasting a radio talk show through its outdoor speakers to keep women from hearing the message of pro-life counselors gathered outside, backfired when D.J. Doug McDuff's scheduled talk show guest cancelled, and he opened the phone lines for comment.

Seeing his chance, Rockford pro-life veteran Kevin Rilott whipped out his cell phone and was on air within seconds, loud and clear outside the abortion centre where he was standing. Rilott took the opportunity to explain to McDuff and his listeners how the radio station, WNTA, was being used to silence pro-lifers' attempt to help mothers in need.

McDuff, none too pleased, decided to take matters into his own hands. "God bless pro-lifers! God bless pro-lifers! God bless pro-lifers!" the D.J. shouted.

One of the staff members, who was walking from across the parking lot at that moment, was so aghast, Rilott told LifeSiteNews.com, that "I thought she was going to have a heart attack."

"The abortion mill nurse who heard this began waving her arms around her head like she couldn't believe what was being broadcast over the abortion mill public address system," related Rilott. "The look of almost terror and confusion on her face was priceless as she scrambled into the mill."

The D.J. then gave Rilott airtime to explain how those who keep vigil outside the Rockford mill come "to offer love, help, and hope to mothers in need," and to request prayer for mothers in need and an end to ab

ortion.

The landlord of the abortion mill, still determined to drown out both the radio and the pro-lifers, charged outdoors with a chainsaw running. But even that was not enough to prevent at least one mother from hearing the message and choosing life for her baby.

Rilott said that a woman who had entered the clinic earlier in the morning left after the incident, before the abortionist arrived for the day. "She certainly heard it inside the clinic, and when she left she gave us a big smile and thumbs-up, and she left before the abortionists arrived," he told LSN. "So it was a good day."
[Submitted by James on Fri, 07/09/2010, Rockford Pro-Life; July 12, 2010, Kathleen Gilbert, ROCKFORD, Illinois, July 9, 2010, LifeSiteNews.com, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jul/10071201.html ; PharmFacts E-News Update, 13July 10]

 

 

 

LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FOUNDATION GAINS VICTORY FOR PRO-LIFE DEMONSTRATORS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: A federal district court in Alabama approved a consent order today ensuring that police in Birmingham, Alabama, will not interfere with the expressive activities of the pro-life youth group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. The city agreed to the order after the Survivors, represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation, sued for injunctive relief and damages.

The suit, filed in early June, arose from an incident in February 2009, when nine members of the Survivors, based in Riverside, California, were arrested and jailed overnight for displaying pro-life signs and handing out literature on a public sidewalk outside a high school in Birmingham. Rather than investigating the incident and admitting that the police had violated the Survivors’ rights, the city later filed misdemeanor trespass charges against them. These criminal charges are still pending.

Because the Survivors planned to travel to Birmingham this month to participate in various pro-life activities scheduled for late July, they asked LLDF to obtain a preliminary injunction to ensure that they would not suffer the same treatment from police as they had last year. In the course of seeking that injunction, LLDF lawyers learned that the city had a “demonstration” ordinance that required groups as small as two persons to obtain permits before engaging in various free speech activity.

“What started as a lawsuit to get fair treatment for the Survivors has evolved into a broader challenge to the city’s unconstitutional permit scheme,” said Katie Short, legal director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “We have learned from local pro-lifers that this law has been a thorn in their side for years. We are hopeful that when this suit is over, we will have not only vindicated the Survivors’ rights, but also have relieved the local pro-life community of the burden of this onerous law.”

The Survivors are represented by LLDF attorneys Katie Short and Allison Aranda, as well as by local counsel Phillip Jauregui and Caroline Allen of Jauregui & Lindsey in Birmingham. The case is Turn the Hearts v. City of Birmingham, No. 2:10-CV-01477-LSC.

Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens, committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information call Allison K. Aranda at 951-541-9327.

 

 

Birmingham Will Not Require The Survivors Group to Get Protest Permit
U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler approved the consent agreement between the city and the Survivors group.

Birmingham officials won't require the anti-abortion group Survivors to get a permit to protest along city sidewalks or other public areas when the group returns to the city later this month, according to an agreement in a federal lawsuit. The agreement also says the city will not arrest, threaten to arrest, or interfere with that group's free speech activities as long as their activities are lawful and don't block pedestrians.

Survivors, a nonprofit group based in California, filed a federal lawsuit in June claiming Birmingham police violated members' civil rights when nine of them were arrested in February 2009 while standing on a sidewalk outside Parker High School with abortion displays and handing out literature.

The lawsuit claims, among other things, that police interfered with their rights for free speech, peaceful assembly, and free exercise of religion. It also claims unreasonable search and seizure.

The lawsuit alsoclaims jail guards taunted members of the group. The group also asked for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Birmingham police from interfering with future protests on public property. Members of the group plan to come to Birmingham the week of July 19.

The agreement settles the preliminary injunction request — not the lawsuit, said Allison K. Aranda, an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation that represents the Survivors.

Under the agreement approved today, the city will not enforce Birmingham Ordinance 04-99 against theSurvivors or any persons acting with them. That ordinance, Aranda said, is one that requires two or more
people planning a demonstration to apply, with a fee, for a permit that also must be approved by the city.

Efforts to reach Birmingham officials for comment were unsuccessful today.
"What started as a lawsuit to get fair treatment for the Survivors has evolved into a broader challenge to the
city's unconstitutional permit scheme," Katie Short, legal director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, said
in a news release.
"We have learned that this law has been a thorn in their sides for years. We are hopeful that when this suit
is over, we will have not only vindicated Survivors' rights, but also have relieved the local pro-life community
of the burden of this onerous law."
[July 08, 2010, Kent Faulk — The Birmingham News, http://blog.al.com/spotnews//print.html ; http://lldf.org/articles/Press_Rel_100708_Civil_Rights_Case_Birmingham,  Life Legal Defense Foundation; July 9, 2010, Pro-Life Today]

 

 

 

 

Passing on the Pro-Life Hope: One Video at a Time — http://www.wrtl.org/passthison/

One Wisconsin pro-life organization has adopted a unique and simple strategy to inspire people to celebrate a culture of life. 

Wisconsin Right to Life’s new pro-life evangelism is the “Pass this on for me” campaign: a section of their website, where they find uplifting videos posted on YouTube celebrating life and family, allowing others to pass on their powerful and positive messages.

Perhaps the most powerful video WRTL has posted on their website is the story of “Bryce Daniel,” whose mother describes in the video how she and her husband struggled to have children, facing the heartbreak of two miscarried babies before conceiving a third time.

However, in the 35th week of pregnancy

, an ultrasound revealed that their long-awaited baby had hydrocephaly: a condition in which fluid builds up in the brain, and which often leads to death shortly after birth. Specialists recommended abortion, and implied that her future fertility was on the line if she did not: “We could decompress your baby’s head and take him out, so you can have kids again,” said one specialist.

Despite the pain of knowing what might happen, she said, “I was not going to end the life of my baby.”

Bryce Daniel was born at just over 9 pounds, and video shows both parents beaming at him proudly. But for thirteen minutes, his mother recounted, Bryce neither moved nor breathed, with a heartbeat fading away.
“I remember saying, ‘Lord, please give me more time with my baby,'" she said – a prayer that, according to the video, was soon answered well above and beyond the parents' hopes.

“I’ve been involved for a long time, and that one got me. It was just absolutely fabulous,” said Barbara Lyons, WRTL’s Executive Director in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com about the “Pass it on” videos. “These stories are so real, so personal, and so incredible,” said Lyons. “And I just think they give real value to our cause, because it puts a more personal touch to it.”

Lyons said the idea came from a friend in the advertising field, who suggested generating "a series of positive messages" to be passed on, hopefully creating a viral effect.
“One of the things we do with the 'Pass it On' campaign is to tell people, ‘send us something,’ and that is what happened,” Lyons said.

The story of Bryce Daniel, she said, showed how doctors recommending abortion puts a great deal of pressure on the parents, who are sometimes convinced it would be cruel to deliver a baby who would die shortly after birth. 

“It makes their pregnancy, their thought process so much more complicated, when you have a ‘professional’ telling you: ‘you should just abort this child, it’s better for you, it’s better for him/her.'" said Lyons. "The courage it takes for people to ignore that advice, I think is so inspiring.”

Lyons said the campaign is meant to complement the "heavy” messages the pro-life movement often sends to expose the grave evil of abortion.  “It’s very uplifting, and it’s a real morale booster for our own people,” she said.

One video features television star and former wrestler Mr T., distinctive for his Mohawk hairstyle, telling kids to “treat your mother right.”

"If it weren’t for your mother, you wouldn’t be here,” the wrestler says. “When you put down one mother, you put down mothers all over the world.”

The site also features a video of clips from Hollywood movies praising fatherhood, such as Rocky Balboa, Star Wars, and Finding Nemo, among others. It ends with the message: “Fatherhood begins when a child is conceived, and lasts forever.”   [12 July 2010, Peter J. Smith, MADISON, Wisconsin, www.LifeSiteNews.com;
To see WRTL’s “Pass this on” campaign, visit: http://www.wrtl.org/passthison/  ]

Michelle Duggar Receives 'Mother of the Year Award' at Historic Baby Conference

Michelle Duggar, mother to 19 and star of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" received the "Mother of the Year Award" as part of a special ceremony at the Baby Conference: A Historic Family Summit on the Triumph of Life Over the Culture of Death, held July 8-10 in San Antonio. Michelle and her husband were featured speakers at the event, sponsored by Vision Forum Ministries, which drew more than 1,500 to the Alamo City.
[http://www.earnedmedia.org/vfm0712.htm, Earned Media; PharmFacts E-News Update, 13July 10]

 

 

 

 

Major Victory for Pregnant & Parenting Students
Feminists for Life celebrates the establishment of the Pregnancy Assistance Funds for Pregnant and Parenting Students.  The first federal grants of their kind–inspired by Feminists for Life's work on college campuses to develop resources for this underserved population–will be distributed this fall to establish, operate, or maintain pregnant and parenting student services. 
 
FFL President Serrin M. Foster said, "This is what we have been working towards.  Pregnancy and parenting should never terminate an education.  No woman, no parent, should be forced to choose between her education and career or her child, a child that needs the very support education can help to provide.  Pregnant and parenting students deserve better. That includes birthmothers–and student dads like mine.  They deserve equal access to opportunities in higher education. And society deserves to benefit from the unique contributions that their education will allow them to make."
 
Feminists for Life urges state governments to apply for the grants which range from $500,000 to $2 million dollars for up to three years. FFL is offering assistance to state offices as they prepare their applications. As the creator of the program, FFL will subsequently offer direct assistance to universities and colleges who are awarded the matching funds to implement the program.
 
Student groups who want to prepare a groundswell of support for this initiative at their schools should contact [email protected] now!
 
HISTORY
 
This groundbreaking victory has been years in the making-17 years, in fact. Imagine: 
 
Seventeen years after starting FFL's College Outreach Program,
 
Sixteen years after our ad campaign brought attention to the lack of services for pregnant students,
 
Fifteen years after launching kits to 650 colleges' health centers to give women the "rest of the choices,"
 
Fourteen years after moderating FFL's first Pregnancy Resource Forum,TM 
 
Eleven years after proposing model legislation in Michigan,
 
Six years after Michigan's Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act was signed into law,
 
Five years after our Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act was introduced in Congress,
 
Three years after FFL initiated the first Rally for ResourcesSM petition and pregnancy fair on campus to support pregnant women and parents,

Three years after FFL released a groundbreaking nationwide study documenting college students' lack of knowledge about school pregnancy and parenting policies and where to go for help,
 
The same year FFL developed our amazingly popular "Raising Kids on a Shoestring" resource guide,
 
Our vision of on-campus resource centers for pregnant and parenting students can finally become reality through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund!
 
FFL first began helping universities assess the unmet needs of pregnant and parenting students when Serrin Foster moderated the nation's first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum in 1997 at Georgetown University. Georgetown committed to annual Forums and, within a few years, established parenting-friendly policies, a central place on campus to go for help (health services), support for birthmothers, improved communications, and

vital resources like childcare and family housing adjacent to campus. Ever since, FFL has moderated similar Forums at top schools across the country–and every year, Georgetown has expanded their services, creating a "safety net" program to ensure no student falls through the cracks.
 
Feminists for Life's College Outreach Program–in particular FFL Pregnancy Resource Forums–inspired Michigan's 1999 Pregnant Student Services Act, which offered an incentive to schools to provide pregnant and parenting students a single location on campus where they can acquire information about resources and support. The bill was overwhelmingly supported by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and was signed by Michigan's pro-choice governor in 2004.

FFL then worked to introduce the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act (2005, 2007) to provide grants to colleges and universities across the United States for annual pregnancy and parenting resource forums and a central office to coordinate, promote, and develop resources and support on and off campus. In 2006, FFL held the first-ever Capitol Hill briefing on the needs of 4.5 million parenting students as well as millions of students who become pregnant and need resources and support for marital and single parenting choices and various adoption options.

In 2008, FFL revealed results from our 2007 national survey of resources and support, entitled "Perception Is Reality." The study clearly showed a widespread perceived lack of basic resources.  Often help was either unavailable or not well-communicated, leading pregnant and parenting students to feel unwelcome and unsupported. "The study confirmed everything we feared to be true–and makes the case for these grants," Foster added.
 
After learning firsthand about the lack of services for pregnant students, FFL's former intern (now FFL College Outreach Program Coordinator) Chaunie Brusie held the first FFL Rally for Resources and pregnancy resource fair in 2007.  Soon after, FFL launched a national petition campaign as part of the Rally kit.
 
Feminists for Life's pioneering efforts became the basis for the Affordable Care Act's Pregnancy Assistance Fund.  States who are awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will–for the first time–distribute funds to eligible institutions of higher education, which will match a portion of the funds received, to conduct a needs-assessment on campus and within the local community and set goals for improving access to resources for parenting students. 
 
NEW GRANTS BUILD ON FFL'S WORK: MORE CAMPUSES, MORE WOMEN, MORE PARENTS AND CHILDREN SERVED!
 
University and college grant recipients will set goals and annually assess their performance in meeting the needs of pregnant and parenting students regarding health care, housing, child care, and flexible scheduling (such as telecommuting programs) and finding sources of practical assistance such as maternity and baby clothing, food (including formula), furniture, and more.
 
The schools will also be required to identify public and private service providers, located on the campus of eligible institutions and/or in the local community, that are qualified to meet these goals and establish programs with these qualified providers.  As appropriate, they will provide referrals for prenatal care and delivery, infant or foster care, or adoption, to a student who requests such information.
 
The office shall make referrals only to those service providers that serve parents, prospective parents awaiting adoption, women who are pregnant and plan on parenting or placing the child for adoption, and parenting or prospective parenting couples.
 
Schools awarded matching grants through the state grant will also provide education to improve parenting skills for mothers and fathers.
 
SIMILAR GRANTS WILL HELP PREGNANT TEENS–AND ALSO WORK TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN FROM VIOLENCE
 
A new program very similar to the one FFL proposed for college students will serve high school-age teens!
 
States may use Pregnancy Assistance Funds, in the manner described above for institutions of higher education, to support pregnant and parenting teenagers through qualifying high schools and community service centers. Qualifying schools and centers will not need to match funds used to help teens.
 
Pregnant women subjected to domestic violence, sex assault, or stalking, may also be aided with Pregnancy Assistance Funds.
 
As the only pro-life group active in the coalition to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1995, and the only feminist organization to support the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (a.k.a. Laci and Connor's Law),  Feminists for Life welcomes this measure that focuses on the needs of pregnant women. 
 
"We refuse to choose between these efforts," Foster said.  "Oftentimes these issues overlap.  This program can offer real help for the most vulnerable with long-lasting benefits for all.  Assessing the needs and establishing a blueprint for progress at a Pregnancy Resource Forum is the essential first step for meaningful change."
 
States will have until August 2nd to compete for the first wave of grants to focus on the college initiative, help for pregnant and parenting teens, and help for pregnant victims of violence.  The total budget is $25 million for each year from 2010 until 2019. Feminists for Life is ready to help state offices and schools.
 
THANKS TO SUPPORTERS & MEMBERS–WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING PARENTS AND PREGNANT WOMEN AND WORKING WITH ADMINISTRATORS AND STUDENT ACTIVISTS ON MORE CAMPUSES!
 
FFL's Board of Directors thanks all the visionary members and strategic supporters who have gotten us this far. "We are proud to be a catalyst for change," Foster added.  "As the creator of the Pregnancy Resource Forum, we have 17 years of experience successfully working in a collegial environment with administrators and students across political aisles and ideological boundaries. We stand ready to help the states apply for grants, and university administrators implement policies, communication systems and determine which services are best offered on their individual campus."  
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"Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion."
REFUSE TO CHOOSE®WOMEN DESERVE BETTER®
Say NO to the Status QuoTM
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[12 July 2010, Feminists for Life]
 

 

 

 

 

HLA Goes to the CWS

Where will you find long hot days, humid nights, baseball and lots of young fans? The NCAA College World Series (CWS) and Human Life Alliance (HLA) was back again this year!

For 16 days each June, HLA reaches out to vacationing college students and their families at the CWS in Omaha, Nebraska. This year HLA reach approximately 50,000 people with the pro-life message in icare…

Visitors to the CWS can actually see the impact HLA materials have on young people. "Oh yeah, we see young people stop in a souvenir store, take an HLA publication, begin reading it, and walk right into a telephone pole! They are so fascinated by the graphics and content, they can't take their eyes off of it." said HLA Deputy Director Joe Langfeld.

This year HLA received email responses to the distribution just days into the event from individuals who returned home e

arly:

I was so excited today when I started reading your insert from a bag received yesterday, when I bought a shirt from a vendor, at the College World Series in Omaha. Your publication icare is wonderful, and I will pray that many people take the time to read it. Thanks for sharing the truth with so many of our population in America who have never heard the truth.

I am a Sexual Abstinence Educator for a Pro-Life organization, Real Options for Women, located in Plano, TX. We are trying to do more pro-life and sexual abstinence outreach to our local college and university campuses. A friend, who had family attend the college world series, came back with the icare… magazine and we are amazed. What a great way to reach college students! I am wondering if there are any tips you can give us on how to reach college students better and how to get on college campuses?

"HLA's outreach at the CWS and other collegiate events is about  reaching kids with a pro-life message, but we're also reaching coaches, student athletes, parents and community organizers–it helps us expand HLA's outreach." said Langfeld.

If you would like to use HLA material in your community, please visit http://www.humanlife.org/icare.php or email [email protected]
Free Sample — To request a free sample of HLA publications — http://www.humanlife.org/store/
 
A suggested donation of $0.30 each is requested to cover the cost of printing, shipping and development for multiple copies. As a non-profit organization, HLA is completely dependent on charitable contributions to support our efforts.  If you cannot afford a donation to cover these expenses in-full, please consider helping with any amount possible.
 
If you have the means to distribute HLA's materials, but are unable to make a donation at this time, please contact our offices at (651) 484-1040 for assistance.  There is no "charge' for our services or support. We want to assist efforts to spread a pro-life message in your community. [July 13, 2010, www.humanlife.org]
 

Government Set to Funnel Pregnancy Care Money to PP

The National Healthy Babies, Healthy Mothers Coalition — of which Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute is a member — helped start a program that has been cited as a model for receipt of the $24 million in pregnancy assistance money set aside under Obama’s health care for each fiscal year through 2019.

Though the money is a miniscule amount compared to the $350 million funneled into Planned Parenthood annually through government grants and programs, the $24 million annual pregnancy assistance fund will no doubt be used by the Obama administration and Planned Parenthood to demonstrate their “support” for pregnant women who choose not to kill their preborn children, thus keeping the other, more lucrative government funds flowing via the river of deceit.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2008 Annual Report, the most recent it has released, showed only 10,914 prenatal clients, compared to 305,310 abortions.

Pregnancy assistance money should go to pregnancy help centers, not Planned Parenthood.  It is urgent that we stop all government funding of Planned Parenthood.  Click here to read our proven plan for defunding Planned Parenthood — http://www.stopp.org/plan.php?subcategory=G
[July 14, 2010, STOPP REPORT, www.stopp.org]

 

 

 

 

How a County Commissioner or Other Local Official Can Protect a Community from Planned Parenthood

It is important that pro-life individuals seek positions in the community that will enable them to protect local children, teens and families from Planned Parenthood. 

STOPP’s founder, Jim Sedlak, has compiled this list of some actions a county commissioner or other local official can take to mitigate Planned Parenthood’s influence and subsequent damage in a community.

1) Ensure that no county agency has any contracts with Planned Parenthood. Typically, PP will try to enter into contracts with the county health department, the county offices of social services, and any county youth services agency (as well as other county groups). The county commissioner can pass resolutions and monitor contracts to keep Planned Parenthood out.

a) The county commissioner can make it well known that the prohibition on funding of Planned Parenthood is not only in contracts that use county money, but extends to contracts where the state or federal government is providing the funds – as long as the approval process must go through county-level agencies, Planned Parenthood should not receive any money.

b) In addition, any contracts awarded to other groups should contain a clause prohibiting that group from sub-contracting to or otherwise engaging Planned Parenthood in any activity funded through the contract.

2) Ensure that Planned Parenthood personnel are not allowed to participate in any task force, commission or other study group or action committee that is funded in whole or in part by the county.

3) Ensure that no Planned Parenthood personnel are used to teach any programs under the auspices of the county government. For example, the department of Social Services might want to bring a Planned Parenthood person in to give a class on family planning to women. The county commissioner should do everything possible to prevent this from happening.

4) Ensure that no literature produced by, or endorsed by, Planned Parenthood is used in any way in any program or agency funded with county money. This literature includes those directly produced by Planned Parenthood or those produced by like-minded publishers such as Network Publications or ETR Associates, etc.

5) Prohibit any county employee from referring anyone to Planned Parenthood for any service. Planned Parenthood counts on these government referrals not only for business, but to give it an air of credibility.

6) Add language to any bill that funds public entities (e.g. libraries, schools, 4-H clubs; Girl Scouts; etc) that the receiver of the funds must not allow Planned Parenthood access to its clients/students; must not distribute PP literature; must not enter into any contracts with PP; and must not refer anyone to Planned Parenthood.

7) Within the county’s zoning code, create a “medical zone” and ensure that Planned Parenthood clinics must be located in those zones. In other words, through legal zoning, keep Planned Parenthood away from residential areas and, especially, schools. Because of the increasing evidence of Planned Parenthood protecting statutory rapists and other predators, amend the county’s zoning code so that Planned Parenthood offices are not allowed within a mile of any schools or day care centers.

These are examples of the kinds of things a county commissioner (or city council member or member of a town board) can do to protect citizens from Planned Parenthood. In general, the commissioner should be always looking for ways to “keep Planned Parenthood away from our money and away from our children.” Any action that accomplishes one of both of those goals is going to be very beneficial to the county in general.
[July 14, 2010, STOPP REPORT, www.stopp.org]

 

 

Pro-Abortion Group Wants Pregnancy Centers Removed From Internet Directories
[http://www.lifenews.com/nat6489.html, Life News; ALL Pro-Life Today, 2July2010]
They say they suppor

t choice, but the pro-abortion activists at NARAL want to leave women in unplanned pregnancy situations with one option: abortion. In a letter to its members today, NARAL president Nancy Keenan announced she is asking two Internet directories to remove pregnancy center listings. If NARAL is successful, that means millions of people who visit the two prominent directories every year will not see listings for pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives. "
ACTION: Contact the directors at http://www.yellowpages.com/about/contact-us and http://www.superpages.com/about/feedback.html and tell them to ignore NARAL's request to remove pregnancy center ads.  


A Big Win Against Planned Parenthood

[http://www.aclj.org/TrialNotebook/Read.aspx?ID=970, ACLJ; ALL Pro-Life Today, 2July2010]
In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit has ruled in favor of the plaintiff  in a multi-million dollar fraud case against Planned Parenthood (PP) affiliates in California. ACLJ represents a former employee of the PP affiliate in Los Angeles, who is now a federal whistleblower. A federal district court in California had dismissed the case, but the Ninth Circuit’s ruling reinstates the lawsuit. This is a huge victory. While this case is by no means over, winning this appeal means ACLJ has gotten the federal claim over the threshold hurdles and can now get down to the heart of this case: the alleged fraud.

 

 

 

 

Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures

A decade into the biotech century, scientific discoveries and technological innovations are transforming the nature of biomedicine and revolutionizing the expectations for biotechnology. A new medicine that moves beyond therapy to enhancement presents both opportunities and perils.

Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures probes these possibilities. What do these imply for the future of our individual and common humanity?
The conference will be held July 15-17, 2010 on the campus of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. This summer is going to be one of our best conferences to date.  
Go to http://www.cbhd.org/conference to register today!

Tick, Tock: More U.S. Women Running Out Biological Clock for Childbearing

 Nearly one in five U.S. women now reach the end of childbearing age without having a child, doubling the number of childless women since the seventies, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

Back in 1976, just one out of ten women (580,000) between ages 40-44 reported they were childless. As of 2008, nearly 1.9 million women ages 40-44, or 18% of women in that group, reported being childless – a jump of 80% in less than 40 years.

Pew reports that rates of barrenness have risen in all ethnic and racial categories, with white women leading the way at 20%.

But Blacks and Hispanics have seen a substantial increase in women reaching the end of their fertility without having a child.

The rate of childless women for each of these minority groups rose from 13% in 1994 to 17% in 2008 – a 30% increase in just over a decade.

What has declined over the past decade, however, is the number of unmarried women being childless by ages 40-44. In 1994, 71% of unmarried women in this group were childless, compared to 56% in 2008.

For women who are educated, the rate of childlessness has also steadily increased, with one exception: the percentage of women with advanced degrees who are also childless has gone down significantly over the past decade.

Back in 1994, 30% of women ages 40-44 with masters degrees and 34% of women with Ph.D.’s or their equivalents reported being childless.

But in 2008, only 25% of women in this group with masters degrees and 23% of women with a professional degree or Ph.D. reported being childless.

Pew reports that scholars say that some factors involved may be that social encouragement for women to bear children has lessened, contraception has increased, improved career goals have more women putting off childbearing, and society no longer views having children as part of a fulfilling life.

In 2007, only 41% of adults responded to a 2007 Pew poll saying that children are very important for a successful marriage. In 1990, however, 65% had said children were vital for a successful marriage.

But Pew does indicate that a growing percentage of Americans are concerned about how women not having children will impact society.

While a 2009 Pew Research survey reported that 46% of Americans did not believe that an increasing proportion of women not having children makes a difference, 38% were reported as saying the trend toward barrenness is bad for society.

The number reflects nearly a ten-point jump in concern, as only 29% of Americans held this opinion in a 2007 Pew Research survey.

Full report — http://pewsocialtrends.org/pubs/758/rising-share-women-have-no-children-childlessness#prc-jump
[29 June 2010, Peter J. Smith, WASHINGTON, D.C., http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10062909.html ]

 

 

 

Commentary:  What Price Is a Human Being Worth?
by D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.
Executive Director, The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture

Look around at those you love.  What are they worth to you? My children have been worth a lot of time, energy, sleepless nights, messy clean-ups, and much, much more.  They are priceless to me, as children, relatives, and friends usually are.  

This is not true of all people in all circumstances.  Consider the California couple who recently tried to sell their six-month-old baby in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  Their asking price was reportedly $25.  It became a blue-light special, however, when the police were notified by two concerned citizens.

Half a world away, wombs for rent in India may get an official green light if a recently proposed bill is made into law.  Surrogacy in India is legal but unregulated.  This bill endorses surrogacy for single persons and unmarried couples, so anyone with the cash is permitted to enter the commercial surrogacy market as a customer.  A report in the Hindustan Times reveals
 A 2009 Law Commission report had described ART industry as a "pot of gold". "Wombs in India are on rent which translates into babies for foreigners and dollars for Indian surrogate mothers," the report had stated.   

Women who are ages 21-35 may become surrogates.  They are permitted five children, including their own, according to this bill.   How that is to be enforced is unclear.   The Hindustan Times states of the surrogate mother,

She will have to relinquish all parental rights over the child in favour of commissioning parent/s.  

What does the surrogate mother receive in return?  

Clause 34(3) of the draft Bill specifically says that apart from all expenses involved, "the  surrogate mother may also receive monetary compensation from the couple or individual, as the case may be, for agreeing to act as such surrogate."  
Satya Prakash , Hindustan Times, 21 June 2010

Severing the ties that come with an umbilical cord, I contend, are less like using a crowbar to extract a wallet from your pocket, and more like what F. W. Boreham described in his essay, "The Sword of Solomon" 1:
 . . . It may be true that half-a-sovereign and half-a-sovereign make a sovereign; it is obviously untrue that half-a-baby and half-a-baby make a baby.  Let the sword do its deadly work; let it cleave this baby into two parts; and half-a-baby plus half-a-baby will represent but the grim and gruesome mockery of a baby.  Two halves of a baby make no baby at all.

F. W. Boreham's point in this essay is that sometimes, the math just doesn't add up.  There are places in life where simple addition or subtraction do not work.  One of those places is the worth of children:  it cannot be expressed in dollars and cents (or any other currency).  These lessons from Boreham will be learned by those who try to put a price tag on a human being.  We can hope it will be learned sooner rather than later.

1. From The Blue Flame (London:  Epworth, 1930), 29-30.  Quoted in Ravi Zacharias, Cries of the Heart (W Publishing Group, a division of Thomas Nelson: 1998, 2002), 164.
[June 2010 e-newsletter, The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture, www.tennesseecbc.org]

 

 

Commentary: Pro-Abort Women Lament Dearth of Vocal Pro-Abort Men

The April 29 issue of Newsweek featured a conversation among liberal feminists about the future of the abortion movement.  Surprising to me was a recurring lament about the shortage of outspoken pro-abort men. 

How schizophrenic. How hypocritical.

What, now that they're losing the abortion battle they admit they can't handle it on their own?

They need men's help, seriously? 

Over 37 years ago feminists outlawed giving fathers any say whatsoever when aborting children they may want while forcing fathers to financially support children they may not want – and feminists are now calling on men to help uphold the status quo

Feminists are demanding that male pro-life legislators butt out because they have no ovaries while demanding that male pro-abort legislators intervene – on what grounds?

Feminists decry male pro-life activists outside abortion mills but ignore that most abortionists inside the mills are men…

Pro-lifer G.N. commented on my blog:
    Pro-choice men have been effectively neutered by the feminists. Now that they've created an army of lap dogs, they decide that they really want attack dogs.

    It's easier being a pro-life male. We get to be and act like men ought. And we get great women who aren't at war with their own nature, which means they aren't at war with the men who complement that nature and whose nature is complemented by women's.

One other reason pro-abort men may have trouble taking initiative. It must feel pretty slimy to grandstand killing one's own progeny.

[5 May 2010, Jill Stanek, http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=149837]

 

 

Commentary: Promoting Women’s Health: Beyond the Fine Print
By Mary E. McClusky

Today we are rightly concerned about damage to women and children from environmental toxins, yet many ignore the health risks and consequences of flooding a woman’s body with hormones from the birth control pill or chemical abortions.  

As advocates of so-called “reproductive health services” celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pill, and the new law allowing federally subsidized health plans to treat abortion as “health care,” it’s time again to break through the catch phrases and examine the fine print.  

Doing so reveals the unpleasant truth that advocates of contraception and abortion frequently undermine women’s health by trading their consciences for cash registers.
 
Why else would Planned Parenthood recently reveal plans to implement “tele-med” abortions in all its clinics [sic] by 2015?  

Implemented in Iowa two years ago, “tele-med” abortions allow doctors to forgo a physical exam, counsel pregnant women by teleconference, and press a button to remotely dispense the deadly concoction RU-486.  The woman completes the abortion alone at home.

Not only does the drug cause the death of the woman’s unborn child, the FDA reports complications from at least a thousand women. Even Exelgyn, the drug’s maker, reports that 29 women have died worldwide.  Yet Planned Parenthood wants to increase profits by killing more children, endangering women’s lives, and potentially violating state laws.
 
Makers of the new abortifacient drug ulipristal (ellaOne) are currently pushing the FDA to approve it for over-the-counter use as abortion advocates deceptively promote the drug as just another contraceptive “morning-after pill.”

Ulipristal (ellaOne) is actually a derivative from the abortion drug RU-486.  A group of pro-life obstetrician-gynecologists [AAPLOG] has filed testimony to block its approval.

Product information from the recently-developed contraceptive product “Essure” reveals contradictory information and physical risks and problems not mentioned in the slick new ad campaign.

Wire coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes through the cervix, expanding and causing tissue to grow around them over the next three months. Flaunted in ads as “permanent,” the fine print reveals that “you can become pregnant even years after the Essure micro-inserts are placed” and "very little is known about how well the Essure micro-inserts work beyond the first 5 years."  

Only two clinical trials have been conducted involving 745 women.  Thirty percent of them experienced cramping, 13% pain, 11% nausea/vomiting, 9% dizziness/lightheadedness, and 7% bleeding/spotting.

These coil inserts can get in the way of reading MRIs, making nearby organs harder to see.  In fact, any pelvic procedure near the inserts could cause complications…
            
May both men and women alike respond to this call by educating themselves on the risks to both body and soul
of contraception and abortion, and opening themselves to God’s plan for love, life and marriage.

Let all [of us work] for increased respect for the bodily integrity of women and their gift of fertility and motherhood.

[June 11, 2010, http://www.usccb.org/prolife/publicat/lifeissues/061110.shtml , Mary McClusky is Special Projects Coordinator at the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, USCCB]

AAPLOG Submission to the FDA Reproductive Health Advisory Committee Regarding the (upcoming — now past) 17 June 2010 FDA Meeting on Ulipristal Approval as an “Emergency Contraceptive”AAPLOG to FDA on Ulipristal, June 2 (pdf), 15 page report http://www.aaplog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/AAPLOG-Ulipristal-Comments_2010.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

3 Times More Drunk Teens: Loving and Indulgent  vs.  Loving but Firm Parenting
Parenting style strongly and directly affects teens when it comes to heavy drinking – defined as having five or more drinks in a row – according to a new Brigham Young University study.

The researchers surveyed nearly 5,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 about their drinking habits and their relationship with their parents. Specifically, they examined parents' levels of accountability – knowing where their children spend their time and with whom – and the warmth they share with their kids.

Here's what they found:

– The teens least prone to heavy drinking had parents who scored high on both accountability and warmth.

– So-called "indulgent" parents, those low on accountability and high on warmth, nearly tripled the risk of their teen participating in heavy drinking.

– "Strict" parents – high on accountability and low on warmth – more than doubled their teen's risk of heavy drinking.

Prior research on parenting style and teen drinking was a mixed bag, showing modest influence at best. Unlike previous research, this study distinguished between any alcohol consumption and heavy drinking.

"While parents didn't have much of an effect on whether their teens tried alcohol, they can have a significant impact on the more dangerous type of drinking," said Stephen Bahr, a professor in BYU's College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

Bahr, along with co-author John Hoffmann, will publish the study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The statistical analysis also showed that religious teens were significantly less likely to drink at all. That mirrors findings from the 2008 study Bahr and Hoffmann conducted on teen religiosity and marijuana use.

Not surprisingly, a teen's peers play an important role on whether a teen consumes any alcohol. The BYU researchers note that teens in this new study were more likely to have non-drinking friends if their parents scored high on warmth and accountability.

"The adolescent period is kind of a transitional period and parents sometimes have a hard time navigating that," Bahr said. "Although peers are very important, it's not true that parents have no influence."

Hoffman advised parents to "Realize you need to have both accountability and support in your relationship with your adolescent."  He concluded, "Make sure that it's not just about controlling their behavior – you need to combine knowing how they spend their time away from home with a warm, loving relationship."
[SALT LAKE CITY, June 25, 2010, www.LifeSiteNews.com, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10062503.html ]

 

 

 

QuickStats: Death Rates For Leading Causes* Among Youths Aged 12–19 Years — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–2006

During 1999–2006, unintentional injuries, with a rate of 23.5 deaths per 100,000 population, were the leading cause of death for youths aged 12–19 years; 73% of deaths from unintentional injuries were motor vehicle related.

Homicide (6.6 deaths per 100,000) and suicide (5.5 deaths per 100,000) were the second and third leading causes, followed by cancer (3.2 deaths per 100,000), heart disease (1.5 deaths per 100,000), and congenital anomalies (1.1 deaths per 100,000).

Other causes include chronic lower respiratory disease, influenza and pneumonia, other infectious diseases, stroke, and other chronic conditions, each of which accounts for <1% of all deaths.
Source: Miniño AM. Mortality among teenagers aged 12–19 years: United States, 1999–2006. NCHS data brief, no 37. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2010.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5924a7.htm?s_cid=mm5924a7_e
[CDC, MMWR Weekly, June 25, 2010 / 59(24);752]

 

 

 

Ontario’s Highest Court: Ob/Gyns Owe Care to Unborn Child

Ontario’s highest court has confirmed that obstetricians are charged with caring for the unborn child as well as his or her mother.  In a Thursday ruling the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the Ontario Superior Court in a preliminary hearing to a malpractice suit filed against Guelph General Hospital by the Liebig family.

In an unanimous decision, the five-judge panel denied the appeal based on the “very long and well-established” legal precedent that an infant “may sue for damages sustained as a result of the negligence of health care providers during labour and delivery.”

The Liebig family alleges that the hospital and their obstetric team were negligent in the 2001 birth of their son, Kevin, who suffered brain damage due to oxygen deprivation during delivery. He later developed cerebral palsy.  They claim that medical staff gave mother Susan too much oxytocin during delivery without adequate monitoring.

The defendants have argued, however, that obstetricians’ duty of care is restricted to the mother, and that they are not charged with caring for the unborn child. The question has been taken up as a point of law before the case begins.

Justice Wolfram Tausendfreund of the Ontario Superior Court ruled on October 14 that "the existence of the duty of care owed by physicians and nurses to a fetus has been recognized by numerous trial decisions across Canada."

He also suggested that an established medical practice such as fetal monitoring would be absurd if the unborn child were not also in their care.  "Rhetorically, I must ask why the medical profession would see the need for such fetal monitoring, but not for the recognition of the obligation to both mother and the fetus during the labour and delivery process?"

The hospital has based their claim on two recent cases brought before the Ontario Court of Appeal – Bovingdon v. Hergott (2008) and Paxton v. Ramji (2008).  Both cases involved a doctor prescribing drugs to a woman before she had conceived, and in both instances the physician was found not to be negligent for the damage done to the child before birth.  In the Paxton case,

the Court decided that the doctor "did not owe a duty of care to the future child," and defined “future child” as "a child subsequently born."

The hospital argued that these two cases represented a change in the law that is relevant to the current case.

But in their six-page decision on Thursday, the Court emphasized that these cases dealt with a "future child," i.e. one not yet conceived.  “Both Bovingdon and Paxton dealt with the situation of a doctor prescribing drugs to a woman who was not pregnant at the time,” they stated.

The Court admitted, however, that the two cases may be deemed relevant for cases similar to this one in the future, and declined to lay down any general principles or "sweeping statements."

“A common law court should be cautious about laying down principles or rules that are not required to decide the case before it and ordinarily should limit itself to the requirements of the case at hand,” they wrote.  “As we can decide this case on the basis of established case law, in keeping with the tradition and spirit of the common law, we refrain from doing any more.”

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling — http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/decisions/2010/june/2010ONCA0450.pdf

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Judge Rules that Obstetricians Have a Duty of Care to the Unborn
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/oct/09101902.html

Do Obstetricians Have a Duty of Care to the Unborn? Ontario Court Decides to Reserve Judgment on Case Until October
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/aug/09083104.html
[June 21/22, 2010, Patrick B. Craine, TORONTO, Ontario, www.LifeSiteNews.com, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10062207.html ]

Obama's Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation
http://www.lifenews.com/obamaabortionrecord.html

 

 


THE TIME TO STAND IS NOW.
Medical people often are not activists. We are too busy already. And we don't want to look "political." But in the arena of abortion and conscience, we MUST be activists, or we will become extinct, and elective abortion will become standard of care medicine. We try to make activism as simple as possible for you. See below:

The Burris amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act. This will permit the performance of abortions in both domestic and overseas military facilities. And, at taxpayer expense.

Representatives Taylor and Akin are circulating a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to reject this amendment.

Has your congressperson co-signed this pro-life initiative? The following U.S. Reps have already signed. If yours is not on this list, please email them and urge them to sign the Taylor-Akin letter, and also to vote against the Burris amendment.

Representatives who have aready signed include: Aderholt, Alexander, Bachmann, Bachus, Bartlett, Bishop, Boozman, Broun, Burton, Buyer, Calvert, Cao, Carney (PA), Carter, Chaffetz, Conaway, Critz (PA), Dahlkemper, Duncan, Emerson, Fleming, Forbes, Fortenberry, Foxx, Franks, Garrett, Gingrey, Graves (GA), Graves (MO), Griffith, Hall (TX), Harper, Herger, Hoekstra, Hunter, Inglis (SC), Jones (NC), Jordan, King (NY), King(IA), Kingston, Lamborn, Latta, Linder, Lipinski, Lungren, McIntyre, Manzullo, Marchant, Marshall (GA), McKeon, McMorris Rodgers, Gary Miller (CA), Neugebauer, Olson, Paul, Pence, Pitts, Platts, Price (GA), Roe, Rogers (AL), Ryan (WI), Ryan (OH), Sensenbrenner, Schmidt, Shimkus, Smith (NJ), Taylor (MS), Thompson (PA), Thornberry, Tiberi, Turner, Westmoreland, Wilson (SC), Wittman

If your person is not on the list, please contact him/her.
Here is a simple message (or make up your own): "I strongly request that you co-sign the Taylor-Akin letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to reject the Burris amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment would permit the performance of elective abortions in both domestic and overseas military facilities. This amendment must be defeated. Your voters do not want government funded abortion."
Just copy and paste.

Deadline for members to sign is June 30.

The easiest way to contact your legislator is this:
For Representatives, Go to https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml Follow the prompts. If you don't know the last 4 numbers on our 10 digit zip code, look on your driver's license. Paste (or write) your message. Submt. Done!

For Senators, go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Follow prompts, paste letter, submit. Done!

Thanks for doing your part to oppose tax-funded elective abortion as the standard of care in the U.S. military.
[21June2010, AAPLOG, aaplog.org]

 

 

 

IPPF Leads Push for Abortion Rights as UN Prepares for High-Level MDG Review

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched a new campaign this week called "A Promise is A Promise," demanding that states implement policies and programs to achieve the controversial Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target 5b on "universal access to reproductive health by 2015."

     According to IPPF, "universal access to reproductive health refers to a full package of services including comprehensive sexuality education, access to contraception, maternity care, emergency obstetric care, and safe abortion services …"  The IPPF event was promoted as an UN-sponsored meeting to get input from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for the high level MDG Summit that will take place in the fall.  

     IPPF Director-General Gill Greer said advocates "must make up for lost opportunity" and that "the universal access to reproductive health target is not optional."  Greer claimed that though "universal access to reproductive health" was not included in the MDGs in 2000, in 2005 states "recognized the missing link" to reproductive health.

     UN member states have pointed out a number of times that no new targets, particularly, no new target on "reproductive health" was ever negotiated or agreed to by the General Assembly, the main decision-making body of the UN.  Prior to both the Millennium Summit in 2000 and the MGD five-year review in 2005, abortion activists pushed hard for a separate goal on reproductive health, but failed. 

Since those failed attempts, activists have sought to link reproductive health to existing MDGs.

In 2006, in the annex of a report published by then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a "new" target 5b on "universal access to reproductive health by 2015" appeared though this was never agreed to by the General Assembly.

     Greer said IPPF would continue to argue for "safe, legal abortion" and that the organization would work to "ensure that these issues will not be forgotten again" at the MDG review in September.

     In keeping with the organization's renewed focus on youth and adolescents, the IPPF panel featured Neha Sood from the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, who a

rgued that "the MDGs cannot be achieved unless it is acknowledged that young people are sexual beings and have sexual and reproductive health need, and sexual and reproductive rights."

     Sood said, "Legal barriers that hinder access to sexual and reproductive health services must be removed," including spousal or parental consent laws, inequitable age-of-consent laws, and the criminalization of sex work, HIV transmission and same-sex sexual activity."

     IPPF's "Promise is a Promise" campaign brings together an all-star lineup of abortion advocates, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ipas, and the International Women's Health Coalition, among others, to push countries to commit to greater action and financial commitment for "reproductive health." Critics expect this and other similar campaigns to ramp up at the UN as UN member states negotiate MDG Summit outcome document over the coming weeks.

     The MDG Summit is scheduled to take place at UN headquarters in New York from September 20-22.
[17 June 2010, Friday Fax, Volume 13, Number 27, Samantha Singson, New York, http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1648/pub_detail.asp ]

 

 

 

 

Mexican Actress Produces Play on Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Activist

Mexican actress Laura Zapata has produced a theatrical work titled, “Vida por Amor” (Life for Love), in hope of inspiring audiences to “become a little more aware” of the value of human life at every stage.  The play is based on the life and conversion of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who performed more than 5,000 abortions in the U.S., and oversaw another 75,000.
http://www.ewtnnews.com/new.php?id=922