New! Doctor Admits Pain Studies Were Frauds, Hospital Says
[Homosexual] Sex is Downright Dangerous and Abstinence Won't Kill You: I Should Know
The Ethic of Control: Margaret Sanger, Eugenics and Planned Parenthood
MT Personhood Amendment Passes Senate
Serbian Abortionist Who Aborted 48,000 Babies Becomes Pro-Life Activist
New! Late Term Abortionist Tiller Will Stand Trial after Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Charges
New! Numbers Up at Planned Parenthood
New! Idaho Planned Parenthood Offers “Free” Contraception
Pro-Life Group: Senate Vote Against SCHIP Amendment Will Lead to Abortions
Pelosi: Billions for Contraception to Reduce "Costs to States"? Has She Read the Many Studies that Show Increased Contraception Directly Relates to Increased Abortion Rates? What of the Costs for STD/STI Treatments — Don't they Count? Where's the Auditor?Lawsuit Filed for Baby Born Alive at Abortion Business, Hidden From Police
Lawsuit Filed for Baby Born Alive at Abortion Business, Hidden From Police
U.S. Psychoanalytic Association Admits Political Bias in Pushing for Homosexuals in Military…
Doctor Admits Pain Studies Were Frauds, Hospital Says. In what may be among the longest-running and widest-ranging cases of academic fraud, one of the most prolific researchers in anesthesiology has admitted that he fabricated much of the data underlying his research, said a spokeswoman for the hospital where he works.
The researcher, Dr. Scott S. Reuben, an anesthesiologist in Springfield, Mass., who practiced at Baystate Medical Center, never conducted the clinical trials that he wrote about in 21 journal articles dating from at least 1996, said Jane Albert, a spokeswoman for Baystate Health.
The reliability of dozens more articles he wrote is uncertain, and the common practice — supported by his studies — of giving patients aspirinlike drugs and neuropathic pain medicines after surgery instead of narcotics is now being questioned.
Paul Cirel, a lawyer for Dr. Reuben, said that he could not discuss the case because Baystate had investigated it as part of a confidential peer-review process. Baystate officials “were aware of extenuating circumstances,” Mr. Cirel said.
The drug giant Pfizer underwrote much of Dr. Reuben’s research from 2002 to 2007. Many of his trials found that Celebrex and Lyrica, Pfizer drugs, were effective against postoperative pain.
“Independent clinical research advances disease treatments and improves the lives of patients,” said Raymond F. Kerins Jr., a Pfizer spokesman. “As part of such research, we count on independent researchers to be truthful and motivated by a desire to advance care for patients. It is very disappointing to learn about Dr. Scott Reuben’s alleged actions.”
Drug companies routinely hire community physicians to conduct studies of already-approved medicines. In some cases, prosecutors have charged companies with underwriting studies of little scientific merit in hopes of persuading doctors to prescribe the medicines more often.
“When researchers are beholden to companies for much of their income, there is an incredible tendency to get results that are favorable to the company,” said Dr. Jerome Kassirer, a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and the author of a book about conflicts of interest.
Dr. Reuben’s activities were spotted by Baystate after questions were raised about two study abstracts that he filed last spring, Ms. Albert said. The health system determined that he had not received approval to conduct human research, Ms. Albert said.
Baystate investigators determined that Dr. Reuben had concocted data for 21 studies, and the health system asked the journals in which those studies were published to withdraw them.
Dr. Steve Shafer, the editor in chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia, which published many of the papers, said he was considering withdrawing any study in which Dr. Reuben served a pivotal role.
“He was one of the most prolific investigators in the area of postoperative pain management,” Dr. Shafer said. His fraud “sets back our knowledge in the field tremendously.”
[11March2009, Gardiner Harris, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/health/research/11pain.html?ref=us&pagewanted=print]
[Homosexual] Sex is Downright Dangerous and Abstinence Won't Kill You: I Should Know
Commentary by David MacDonald
(Note: David MacDonald is a Christian singer/artist who recently revealed that prior to his conversion he had been heavily involved in the gay lifestyle. Read his testimony here: http://www.GayTestimony.com)
March 10, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I hate to quote statistics, but Canada's largest gay paper XTRA recently reported that, "A group of six Canadian queers is taking on homophobia in Canada's healthcare system by filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission."
Gens Hellquist, one of the complainants, is the executive director of the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition. She explained at length her concerns about the health status of homosexual men and women in Canada, observing: "We have one of the poorest health statuses in this country … Health issues affecting queer Canadians includes lower life expectancy than the average Canadian, suicide, higher rates of substance abuse, depression, inadequate access to care and HIV/AIDS."
"There are all kinds of health issues that a
re endemic to our community," Hellquist continued. "We have higher rates of anal cancer in the gay male community, lesbians have higher rates of breast cancer … the reality is there is (sic) more GLBT people in this country who die of suicide each year than die from AIDS, there are more who die early deaths from substance abuse than die of HIV/AIDS. … Now that we can get married everyone assumes that we don't have any issues any more. A lot of the deaths that occur in our community are hidden, we don't see them. Those of us who are working on the front lines see them and I'm tired of watching my community die."
This seemed amazing to me, given that Hellquist appears to be arguing against the foundation of the gay rights movement. Now queer community leaders are admitting that gay sex is downright dangerous. But rather than speak about abstinence, they say they require the government to shift public health priorities away from the average population to the queer community, even though the statistics they provide demonstrate disproportionately higher spending on the gay community currently. Here are some of the stats that they cite in their human rights complaint:
· Life expectancy of gay/bisexual men in Canada is 20 years less than the average; that is 55 years.
· GLB people commit suicide at rates from 2 to 13.9 times more often than average.
· GLB people have smoking rates 1.3 to 3 times higher than average.
· GLB people have rates of alcoholism 1.4 to 7 times higher than average.
· GLB people have rates of illicit drug use 1.6 to 19 times higher than average.
· GLB people show rates of depression 1.8 to 3 times higher than average.
· Gay and bisexual men (MSM) comprise 76.1% of AIDS cases.
· Gay and bisexual men (MSM) comprise 54% of new HIV infections each year.
· If one uses Statistics Canada figure of 1.7% of GLB becoming infected, that is 26 times higher than average.
· GLB people are at a higher risk for anal cancers.
Some gay activists say that the high levels of promiscuity and related STI's, partner abuse, addiction, and suicide in the gay community are because gay men have delayed adolescence as a result of "coming out" late (i.e., in their 30's), and they are promiscuous because they were late blooming teenagers. They say, "Does your gay age match your chronological age?"
If that theory was true then the statistics would show the promiscuity of adult gay men to be similar to straight teenagers. But adult gay men have promiscuity statistics far exceeding straight teenagers. The other problem with this theory is that there is no indication that the "adolescent sex craze" period slows down after 5 years of coming out, as it does after adolescents finish their teen years. In many cases the addiction to lust increases over time. Articles in gay papers frequently ridicule gay men who don't want exposure to HIV, and they encourage them to not curb sex.
The culture of pushing sex down people's throats is not working. There is nothing wrong with abstinence from sex. This goes for everyone who is not married to someone of the opposite sex. I've been single and chaste for many years after having left the gay community. You don't die from not having sex. It's not like air or water.
Recent laws, policies and public funding aimed at reducing the rate of suicide, addiction, partner abuse, and STI's by granting more sexual freedom have not diminished those statistics. In fact, there has been an increase since the beginning of the 'rights' movement in the early 70's, and it's getting worse, not better. In places like San Francisco and the Netherlands where gay sex has been normalized, many of these stats are worse, so I have difficulty with the theory that more freedom, money and legislation will reduce these stats. That is just not where the facts point.
The Church talks about Natural Law and says that if something is true it will prove true in many ways. The Bible says gay sex is a problem, biology doesn't support it, and health statistics demonstrate its problems. Why not abstain? That's what I'm doing.
This is an excerpt of an article published here:
David MacDonald's testimony about his time in the gay community is here: http://www.GayTestimony.com ;
See related article:
14 Million See Italian Pop Star Sing of Victory over Homosexuality
The Ethic of Control: Margaret Sanger, Eugenics and Planned Parenthood
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), despite coming under frequent attacks by pro-lifers, remains one of the most respected and well-funded organizations in the country. Add the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to the equation, and you've got a billion-dollar industry in human fertility. One would expect that the aims and agenda of such a huge organization would come under severe scrutiny, but Planned Parenthood has been immune from such questions, largely because its stated goals of population control and family planning are supposedly in agreement with America's interests at home and abroad. But is PPFA's stated agenda the whole story? One way of determining PPFA's real agenda is to study its history. PPFA was founded with the establishment of the nation's first birth-control clinic in 1916 by Margaret Sanger. The clinic was located in Brownsville, New York, a poor neighborhood of mostly Jews and Italians, establishing a pattern of targeting poor and minority populations for family planning. The organization went through various name changes — the American Birth Control League (ABCL), the Clinical Research Bureau, the National Committee for Federal Legislation for Birth Control (NCFLBC), the Birth Control Federation of America — before becoming Planned Parenthood in 1942. [http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5480&Itemid=48
Inside Catholic; ALL Pro-Life Today, 3Mar09]
MT Personhood Amendment Passes Senate; House to Go Helena, Montana – 02/26/2009 – Montana's Senate passed constitutional Personhood Amendment, SB 406, in a 26-24 vote. The amendment, introduced by Senator Dan McGee, passed on its third reading on the Senate floor this morning. This is the first Personhood Amendment in U.S. history to pass a State Senate.
"Senator Dan McGee, writing the language of SB 406 himself, has shown what it truly means to be pro-life," stated Keith Mason, of Personhood USA. "Senator McGee's successful efforts on behalf of all human beings at all stages of human life are a giant step forward in historic efforts to ensure the rights and protection of every individual."
SB 406, which defines person for the purposes of application of inalienable rights, states, "All persons are born free and have certain inalienable rights…person means a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency…The honor of being the first S
tate Senate in U.S. history to recognize the personhood of pre-born children goes to Montana," commented Cal Zastrow of Personhood USA. "Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Dan McGee, The Montana Personhood Amendment now moves forward to the State House of Representatives."
SB 406 must continue on to pass the Montana House of Representatives with a majority vote of 74. Once it passes, it is to immediately become a part of the state's constitution. The race is on between Montana and North Dakota for the first Personhood legislation in our nation's history, as Montana's Personhood Amendment continues on to its House of Representatives, and North Dakota's Personhood legislation continues on to its Senate.
Personhood USA is a grassroots Christian organization founded to establish personhood efforts across America to create protection for every child by love and by law. Personhood USA is committed to assisting and supporting Personhood Legislation and Constitutional Amendments and building local pro-life organizations through raising awareness of the personhood of the pre-born.
For Interviews please call Personhood USA @ 202-595-3500 or
Senator Dan McGee 406-628-6534
For More Information please visit www.personhoodusa.com.
Serbian Abortionist Who Aborted 48,000 Babies Becomes Pro-Life Activist. The Spanish daily "La Razon" has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former "champion of abortion." Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after spending 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.
"The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue," the newspaper reported. "Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares." …
"Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions," the article stated.
"That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion – something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc. The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby's heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,"
After this experience, Adasevic "told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university."
… Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.
(Reprinted with permission MADRID, November 13, 2008, CNA]
Late Term Abortionist Tiller Will Stand Trial after Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Charges. District Court Judge Clark V. Owens released his decision this afternoon denying the motions filed by late-term abortionist George R. Tiller, which asked the judge to suppress evidence against him and dismiss the 19 pending criminal charges involving illegal late-term abortions.
The decision means that Tiller will stand trial to answer to the charges of performing late term abortions.In his decision Judge Owens addressed all the concerns that Tiller's attorneys brought up over six days of testimony, especially those alleging outrageous governmental conduct involving former Attorney General Phill Kline.
Kline, who spearheaded not only the case against George Tiller, but another against Kansas Planned Parenthood, has been the subject of intense criticism on the part of both Tiller's and PP's defense teams. They have alleged improper conduct on Kline's part in an effort to recover potentially damning medical records that Kline obtained during his investigations.
However, hearings that have been held in regard to Kline's conduct have vindicated him and ensured that both of the cases moved forward.
Last month during a dramatic hearing that addressed Kline's conduct in pursuing the charges against Tiller, a former staffer with the Johnson County district attorney's office, who had been subpoenaed by Tiller's own defense as a key witness, instead testified against Tiller and in favor of Kline.
In her testimony Linda Carter vehemently denied that Kline had pressured her to influence former Attorney General Paul Morrison (with whom Carter had been having an affair) to prosecute Tiller, as Tiller's attorney Dan Monnat had alleged.
Instead, Carter said she was certain Tiller had conspired with Planned Parenthood to break the law and circumvent Kansas' late-term abortion laws, and ought to be prosecuted.
"I saw the truth with my own two eyes," she testified. "I saw the records and made my own opinion."
In today's ruling Judge Owens responded to criticisms of Kline that emphasized his personal pro-life position, observing, "While Phill Kline testified that he would like for all abortions to be outlawed, his investigations made no attempts to prevent lawful abortions from being performed in the State of Kansas. His procedures have certainly been questioned by the Kansas Supreme Court, but his conduct in the investigation does not merit the sanction of the dismissal of the charges or suppression of evidence.
"The motion to dismiss or suppress is therefore denied."
"Once again, under microscopic examination to an unprecedented degree of scrutiny, a court has found no wrongdoing in the investigation by the former attorney general," said Caleb Stegall, a member of Kline's defense team, according to the Wichita Eagle.
"This decision brings us one step closer to justice," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "We continue to pray that true justice will be served on behalf of the innocent, viable babies wrongfully killed by Tiller."
Tiller is scheduled to go to trial on March 16.
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Witness again Vindicates Phill Kline: Case against Tiller to Continue
[25Feb09, John Jalsevac, Wichita, KS, LifeSiteNews.com]
Numbers Up at Planned Parenthood Yuma. The economy may be in the tank, but a representative with Yuma Planned Parenthood says they're seeing an increase in new patients, a possible indicator that more people are getting preventative medical treatment. In the period from November 2008 to January 2009, Yuma Planned Parenthood (YPP) saw 260 new patients, up from 171 the same time one yea
r ago. Last year, YPP saw 2,400 total patients. Heather George, center administrator for Yuma Planned Parenthood, said they usually see about 180 to 200 total patients a month.
[http://www.yumasun.com/news/planned_48143___article.html/parenthood_seeing.html ;Yuma Sun]
Idaho Planned Parenthood Offers “Free” Contraception. Idaho women will be able to get a free, long-acting, reversible contraception device because of a grant received by Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest. Qualifying patients may receive a device at no cost but are responsible for office and exam expenses.
The birth control includes intrauterine devices [abortifacients] as well as the implantable hormonal contraceptives. [http://www.idahostatesman.com/localnews/story/677648.html
Pro-Life Group: Senate Vote Against SCHIP Amendment Will Lead to Abortions. A pro-life women's group says the recent Senate vote against an amendment to the SCHIP program will lead to more abortions. On Thursday, the rejected an amendment to make as national law a rule the Bush administration put in place allowing states to cover unborn children in the SCHIP program.
During the Bush administration, President Bush displayed his concern for both mother and unborn child by putting the rule in place.
Pro-life advocates had strongly supported the Bush policy, first implemented in 2002, because it promoted respect for human life and pregnant women without classifying pregnant women as children under the program.
The rule allowed states to interpret the word “child” to include those between conception and birth, and 14 states have adapted their programs to include pregnant women and their unborn children under this option.
Sen. Orrin Hatch sponsored the amendment to codify the Unborn Child Rule and the Senate rejected his motion on a 59 to 39 vote.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women's group, told LifeNews.com she's upset that the Senate defeated the proposal.
"This action suggests that 59 senators are more committed to the demands of the abortion industry than to caring for the health of pregnant women and their unborn children,” she said.
Dannenfelser also said the vote will lead to more abortions and shows that President Barack Obama isn't as fully committed to reducing abortions as he claims.
“President Obama has said that he wants to reduce the number of abortions, but this misguided vote is likely to lead to more abortions. We are disappointed that President Obama failed to use his influence to persuade the Senate majority to preserve a policy that has affirmed pregnant women and their unborn children," she said.
Some of the 14 states that have implemented the Unborn Child Rule include Obama’s home state of Illinois along with Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
The Senate vote on the amendment came down to the ideological divide on abortion in the chamber with pro-life lawmakers supporting it and pro-abortion senators opposing it.
Most Senate Republicans backed the Hatch amendment except a handful of abortion advocates while all Senate Democrats opposed the Hatch amendment, except Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Interestingly, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who supported the Unborn Child Rule before and whose state implemented it in their state version of the SCHIP program, voted against the Hatch amendment to make it federal law.
The vote came one day after lawmakers rejected an amendment to restore the Mexico City Policy, which President Barack Obama reversed to make taxpayers fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries. [29Jan09, Ertelt, www.LifeNews.com, DC, http://www.lifenews.com/nat4806.html]
CONTRACEPTION: IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID
At least according to House leader Nancy Pelosi, who declared in an interview this week that the billions of dollars in the “stimulus package” dedicated to contraception “will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.” Many would question that statement, but that much funding certainly would have bailed out Planned Parenthood, which recently had to cut staff 20% due to investment losses. The item was stripped from the bill shortly before passage.
[“Contraception to Help Economy?,” WJNO, 01-26-09, http://www.wjno.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=244038&article=4898130;
“Not Quite a Stimulus: Speaker Pelosi's Payoffs and Pork Bill,” Family Research Council, http://www.frcblog.com/2009/01/not_quite_a_stimulus_speaker_p.html; ABSTINENCE.NET, 29Jan09]
Lawsuit Filed for Baby Born Alive at Abortion Business, Hidden From Police
A leading pro-life law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a baby born alive after a failed abortion at a Miami abortion business. Following Shanice Denise Osbourne's birth in July 2006, staff at the abortion facility put her body on the roof of the building to hide her death from local police.
According to witnesses, a young woman went to the GYN Diagnostic Center abortion facility in Hialeah, outside Miami, for an abortion.
Police say the 18-year-old had an abortion and returned the next day complaining of severe stomach pains.
Abortion facility staff told her the abortion practitioner was not available and that she would have to wait. After being taken to a waiting area, the woman allegedly gave birth to the baby that she thought had been aborted the day before.
Officials hid the baby's body when local officials investigated.
Now, representatives of the Thomas More Society, a leading pro-life law firm, have retained prominent Miami personal injury attorney Tom Pennekamp to prepare and prosecute the case.
TMS alleges that abortion center owner Belkis Gonzalez was ultimately responsible for the baby's death.
Thirteen defendants (including Gonzalez, abortion practitioner Pierre Jean-Jacques Renelique and their conglomerate of four South Florida abortion clinics) have been sued for unlicensed and unauthorized medical practices, botched abortions, evasive tactics, false medical records and the killing, hiding and disposing of the baby.
Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, told LifeNews.com his firm took an interest in the case when a local law school professor was quoted in the Miami Herald saying that, if the baby wasn't viable, then it "couldn't be a case of homicide."
"That opinion is dead wrong," Brejcha told LifeNews.com.
"A disabled or dying patient may not be 'viable' in the sense of being able to live very long or without help, but if you kill them, it's murder. This was a case of infanticide, and we're not going to let it go ignored or unpunished," he explained.
TMS tried to secure a second a
utopsy but prosecutors wouldn't release the baby's body, or take any action to begin criminal proceedings. The firm retained an investigator and expert pathologist and, after examination of the autopsy slides and investigation of all the facts, they say the acts and omissions of the abortion practitioner and clinic staff were causative factors in Shanice's untimely death.
Brejcha complains the state attorneys' office has had this matter "under investigation" for more than two years.
"This case will trumpet to the world that abortion clinics are places of barbarism where mothers as well as their babies are at serious risk," he says.
"Moreover, this case should put some sharp teeth into the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. As we struggle to end the scourge of legal abortion in this country, we must hold the line against infanticide," he adds.
[1Feb09, Ertelt, www.LifeNews.com Miami, FL, http://www.lifenews.com/state3800.html]
U.S. Psychoanalytic Association Admits Political Bias in Pushing for Homosexuals in Military
By Kathleen Gilbert
NEW YORK, January 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent statement from the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) supporting the inclusion of open homosexuals in the military admits that the medical group's position on homosexuality is guided by an impetus for social action, rather than medical or scientific data.
"Though it's not widely known, psychoanalysts as a professional group are proactive on a number of social issues including homosexuality," began a press release from the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), detailing their new "position statement" regarding homosexuals serving in the military.
The statement goes on to affirm that the APsaA rejects the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting open homosexuals in the military, a policy Mr. Obama has promised to undo.
"It is the position of APsaA that sexual orientation is not germane to any aspect of military effectiveness, including unit cohesion, morale, recruitment or retention," writes the APsaA.
The statement includes an assertion that the issue amounts to overcoming bias equivalent to racial discrimination: "The U.S. military is capable of integrating members of groups historically excluded from its ranks, as demonstrated by its success in reducing both racial and gender discrimination."
The repealing of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy constitutes another major step in the Obama administration's agenda to normalize homosexuality, one that has met criticism from those who agree with the U.S. Department of Defense's traditional policy that same-sex attractions among military personnel are incompatible with the unique circumstances of military service. (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/aug/06081604.html)
The APsaA's recent statement is consistent with the epidemic of pro-homosexual social activism that has run rampant among American mental health organizations in recent decades, in tandem with the growing influence of homosexualist groups.
Mental health organizations such as APsaA, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Psychiatric Association have played an increasingly political, rather than informative role in the debate, explicitly couching their support for same-sex "marriage" and other homosexual issues in terms of "civil rights" and anti-discrimination. (http://www.apa.org/releases/gaymarriage.html)
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), which supports the treatment of unwanted homosexual desires, has criticized the above-mentioned associations for boasting civil rights activism while ignoring sound and impartial scientific research.
"No scientific organization can provide any resolution or policy statement based on scientific research that is tainted, flawed and inconclusive without breaching the trust of the general public," wrote NARTH's Dr. A. Dean Byrd in 2004. "For APA to retain its credibility as a scientific organization, science must be separated from activism."
See related LifeSiteNews.com articles:
NARTH Report Shows Gay Activist Influence on Mental Health Organizations
Homosexuality a Psychological Disorder: Pentagon Document
APA Ignored Evidence that Homosexual Behaviour is Part of Psychiatric Disorder Says Noted Psychiatrist
Noted U.S. Psychologists Condemn Gay Activist Influence on APA