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The UN's International Year of Youth Agenda Set to Push New "Rights" to "Sexual and Reproductive Health" for Children

U.S. Gov Infected Hundreds of Guatemalans with STDs in 1940s: Obama Admin Apologizes

CORRECTION: UPDATED TO REFLECT AN ERROR IN THE ORIGINAL DAILY CALLER NUMBERS INDICATING KOMEN DONATED $7.5 MILLION LAST YEAR — "Bedfellows": Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5 Million to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009

Harding U. Drops Komen Fdn over Planned Parenthood Funding

Our Tax Dollars at Work: FBI, Obama Admin Join Pro-Abort Groups to Host Training Seminar Against Pro-Life Activity

Student Surprises Planned Parenthood Speaker with a Question She Refuses to Answer

Jenn Giroux – Fighting the Culture of the Pill

Binge Drinking Among High School Students and Adults — United States, 2009

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity 19 Oct 10, Red Arm Bands & Duct Tape Helped Stop 80 Abortions — http://www.silentday.org/   

Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting

Pro-Lifers Boot Planned Parenthood from Southern Michigan Counties

Choose Life Car License Plates Spread to Cars in 23 States

Taxpayers Could Subsidize Referrals to Planned Parenthood

Current Depression Among Adults — United States, 2006 and 2008

QuickStats: Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior-Related CharacteristicsAmong Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Poverty Status* — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005–2007

Virginia NARAL Asks Governor Bob McDonnell to NOT Monitor Abortion Centers

Youth Launch Pro-Life/Pro-Family “Statement to the UN and the World”

Oklahoma Abortion Center Director Charged With Lying About Bomb Threat

George Soros to Give $100M to Pro-Abortion Group Human Rights Watch

Product of Rape, Now Attorney: Rape Is NO "Exception" for Abortion

Canadian Dad Sacrifices Self to Save Wife & Unborn Child in Car Crash

My Newly Conceived Child

Members of Congress, Staff to See Documentary on Infertility Industry Exploitation

Young Pro-Life Advocates Detained for Opposing Abortion at California High School

Live Action's Lila Rose to Youth: Engage in 'Exciting' Battle for Culture of Life

The UN's International Year of Youth Agenda Set to Push New "Rights" to "Sexual and Reproductive Health" for Children

"If your local firefighters spent Fire Safety Week committing arson, that would be a monstrosity. The same applies to the UN's use of the 'International Year of Youth' (IYY) to corrupt the world's youth."

The UN recently launched the IYY, using "Dialogue and Mutual Understanding" as its theme. It is focusing on health and development, especially the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But the IYY agenda has been taken over by the powerful UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and its allies, which are using it to push new "rights" to "sexual and reproductive health" for boys and girls the world over.

…UNFPA head, veteran anti-lifer Thoraya Obaid delivered the "joint Statement of the Heads of UN Entities". She stressed now"rights" for young people under a "right" to health.

"We all agree" she declared, "that health is a human right and an integral part of youth development…Investments in health care, including universal access to evidence-based sexual and reproductive health programmes, are crucial to prevent unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality, sexually transmitted infections, and other threats to young people's health."

[ED. Why not stress the right to sexual abstinence for young people, to avoid all these "threats"? Sexual abstinence till marriage is physically, socially, psychologically, and emotionally safe for young people. Abstinence ELIMINATES the risk of these threats affecting young people.]

The IYY's blueprint is the "World Programme of Action for Youth" (WPAY), which the UN General Assembly adopted without debate in 1995.

In the area of health, WPAY calls for the UNFPA to lead: "The United Nations Population Fund and other interested UN organizations are to be encouraged to continue assigning high priority to promoting adolescent reproductive health."

UNFPA and other international organizations use "adolescent reproductive health" in dozens of programs and curricula to push "sexual and reproductive rights" including contraception and abortions, for children 10 to 14.

According to WPAY, "The reproductive health needs of adolescents as a group have been largely ignored to date by existing reproductive health services. The response of societies to the reproductive health needs of adolescents should be based on information that he

lps them attain a level of maturity required to make responsible decisions."

One of UNFPA's major new youth projects is Y-PEER, which focuses on peer education…

Y-PEER's main "training" manual features a "condom relay race", advice on persuading religious leaders to adopt the "reproductive health" agenda, and several lessons for teaching kids the purported difference between sex and "gender" (it sees sex as merely biological, but gender as a social construct).

Y-PEER's web site says it focuses on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, including many heavily Muslim countries.

One longtime UN observer noted that "much of this agenda is being driven by the deep fear that the global cohort of young people, which is a booming cohort of young people, will reproduce. They have to catch them early, corrupt them & convince them they do not want any children."

Human Rights Watch, a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual group to which Warren Buffett is giving Billions of dollars, "falsely cites human rights treaties" as requiring abortion on demand, and also implies that the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights require nations "to let adolescents have contraceptives or abortions without their parents' consent.

But these two treaties do not even mention abortion or contraception.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) — http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm — nowhere mentions abortion or contraception.

The CRC actually contains a "right to life" provision. It decrees that "every child has the inherent right to life… States Parties shall ensure… the survival and development of the child." The treaty's preamble calls for "appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth" for the child.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) states that "every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life." http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm
[From the Desk of Austin Ruse, Letter from the UN Front, Sept 2010; http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm and  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm]

 

 

 

 

U.S. Gov Infected Hundreds of Guatemalans with STDs in 1940s: Obama Admin Apologizes

The U.S. government has issued a formal apology after it was discovered recently that the American government had infected hundreds of unwitting Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea as part of a medical experiment between 1946-1948.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius condemned as "appalling" an unpublished study describing the U.S. Public Health Service's trials on Guatemalans decades ago as they sought to test penicillin's effectiveness against the diseases.

The scheme was uncovered by Medical historian Susan Reverby of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Reverby said in a press release that Guatemalan prisoners, institutionalized mental health patients, and even soldiers were subjected to the trials. Researchers infected the subjects, Reverby said, through intercourse with infected prostitutes or inoculation with a syphilis-causing bacteria on subjects' arms, faces, and penises.

"In total, 696 men and women were exposed to the disease and then offered penicillin. The studies went on until 1948 and the records suggest that despite intentions not everyone was probably cured," she wrote.

Guatemala has officially requested for full disclosure on the details of the Guatemalan study.

The revelations immediately sparked comparisons with the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment, another clinical study conducted by the Public Health Service, in which 399 poor African-Americans with syphilis were unknowingly subjected to analysis starting in 1932. Unlike the Guatemala experiments, the Tuskegee subjects already had the disease, and were not intentionally infected.

But the study, which later led to reform such as informed consent law, was roundly condemned because researchers withheld lifesaving information and treatment from test subjects, leading to their deaths and the infection of their wives and children.

The experiment ended in 1972 after it was leaked to the press, 25 years after penicillin had been established as a treatment for syphilis, and by which time 128 of the original subjects had died of syphilis or related complications. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee experiments in 1997. [7 Oct 2010, Kathleen Gilbert, WASHINGTON, D.C., http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/oct/10100711.html]

 

 

 

CORRECTION: Ertelt, LifeNews.com, October 12, 2010, Washington, DC, LifeNews.com,
THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT AN ERROR IN THE ORIGINAL DAILY CALLER NUMBERS INDICATING KOMEN DONATED $7.5 MILLION LAST YEAR.

October is the month for breast cancer awareness, but it’s difficult for pro-life advocates to lend their support to one of the primary organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer because it has provided contributions to the Planned parenthood abortion business.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long denied that abortion plays any role in elevating the risk for women of contracting the deadly disease.

That’s despite a wealth of research over decades showing an average increased risk of about 40 percent for women having abortions compared to those who carry their pregnancy to term.

But the contributions Komen affiliates make to Planned Parenthood, which does more than 25 percent of all abortions in the United States and aggressively promotes abortion abroad, provide another sources of frustration for pro-life people who otherwise would support the group.

In a new interview with the Daily Caller, Komen spokesman John Hammarley provided the latest figures showing the link between the two groups.

He confirmed 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $731,303 — which confirms earlier pro-life analysis of Komen’s figures on its web site LifeNews.com reported earlier this year.

The Komen spokesman also confirmed Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009.

Hammarley sought to play down the funding by saying it’s a small percentage of Komen’s income or expenses.

“That $731,303 is less than one percent of the entire amount of community grant funding that affiliates around the country contribute,” Hammarley said.

He also told the Daily Caller that the funding is closely monitored to ensure the money does not go to pay for abortions directly, but breast cancer screening projects Planned Parenthood sponsors. But, for pro-life advocates, how Planned Parenthood uses the money is less important than the fact that the abortion business receives the funds and doesn’t have to use money it makes from abortions to pay for the screenings.

“No matter whether they are giving $500,000 a year to Planned Parenthood, or $5, people who respect the dignity of human life and are trying to save people with disease don’t want any part of their money going to an organization that is subsidizing an abortion provider,” Bioethics Defense Fund attorney Dorinda Bordlee told the news web site.

Another problem for pro-life advocates is the fact that Planned Parenthood is reducing the number of breast cancer screenings while increasing its abortions.

According to the 2008 Annual Report from Planned Parenthood, breast cancer services decreased by 4% and abortion procedures increased by 6%.

The longtime ties between Komen and Planned Parenthood may have resulted in some backlash from the pro-life community. The Komen annual report reveals Komen brought in almost $22 million less, or 6% less, in 2009 than it made in 2008. That could be a result of the difficult economic times or may also come as a result of pro-life advocates increasingly boycotting Komen.

Meanwhile, the newest research on the link between abortion and breast cancer reveals abortion certainly plays a role in increasing the breast cancer risk.

A January 2010 study called abortion a "known risk factor" for breast cancer and cited a study conducted by the prestigious Janet Daling group of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Daling and her colleagues showed between a 20 and 50 percent increased breast cancer risk for women having abortions compare to those who carried their pregnancies to term.

And microbiologist Dr. Gerard Nadal, who has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John’s University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College, has been profiling more than 100 studies on his blog showing abortion’s link to breast cancer. [Ertelt, LifeNews.com, October 12, 2010, Washington, DC, LifeNews.com, THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT AN ERROR IN THE ORIGINAL DAILY CALLER NUMBERS INDICATING KOMEN DONATED $7.5 MILLION LAST YEAR.]

 

Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5M to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009

October is the month for breast cancer awareness, but it's difficult for pro-life advocates to lend their support to one of the primary organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer because it has provided contributions to the Planned parenthood abortion business.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long denied that abortion plays any role in elevating the risk for women of contracting the deadly disease.

That's despite a wealth of research over decades showing an average increased risk of about 40 percent for women having abortions compared to those who carry their pregnancy to term.

But the contributions Komen affiliates make to Planned Parenthood, which does more than 25 percent of all abortions in the United States and aggressively promotes abortion abroad, provide another sources of frustration for pro-life people who otherwise would support the group.

In a new interview with the Daily Caller, Komen spokesman John Hammarley provided the latest figures showing the link between the two groups.

He confirmed 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $7.5 million — much higher than the $731,000 Komen's figures on its web site showed earlier this year.

Hammarley sought to play down the funding by saying it's a small percentage of Komen's income or expenses.

“That $7.5 million is less than one percent of the entire amount of community grant funding that affiliates around the country contribute,” Hammarley said.

He also told the Daily Caller that the funding is closely monitored to ensure the money does not go to pay for abortions directly, but breast cancer screening projects Planned Parenthood sponsors.

However, for pro-life advocates, how Planned Parenthood uses the money is less important than the fact that the abortion business receives the funds and doesn't have to use money it makes from abortions to pay for the screenings.

“No matter whether they are giving $500,000 a year to Planned Parenthood, or $5, people who respect the dignity of human life and are trying to save people with disease don't want any part of their money going to an organization that is subsidizing an abortion provider,” Bioethics Defense Fund attorney Dorinda Bordlee told the news web site.

Another problem for pro-life advocates is the fact that Planned Parenthood is reducing the number of breast cancer screenings while increasing its abortions.

According to the 2008 Annual Report from Planned Parenthood, breast cancer services decreased by 4% and abortion procedures increased by 6%.

The longtime ties between Komen and Planned Parenthood may have resulted in some backlash from the pro-life community.

The Komen annual report reveals Komen brought in almost $22 million less, or 6% less, in 2009 than it made in 2008. That could be a result of the difficult economic times or may also come as a result of pro-life advocates increasingly boycotting Komen.

Meanwhile, the newest research on the link between abortion and breast cancer reveals abortion certainly plays a role in increasing the breast cancer risk.

A January 2010 study called abortion a "known risk factor" for breast cancer and cited a study conducted by the prestigious Janet Daling group of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Daling and her colleagues showed between a 20 and 50 percent increased breast cancer risk for women having abortions compare to those who carried their pregnancies to term.

And microbiologist Dr. Gerard Nadal, who has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John's University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College, has been profiling more than 100 studies on his blog showing abortion's link to breast cancer.  [October 12, 2010, Washington, DC, http://www.lifenews.com/nat6765.html 

 

 

 

Harding U. Drops Komen Fdn over Planned Parenthood Funding

Komen has come under fire from pro-life advocates for maintaining ties with about 21 affiliates that support Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider and a top contraceptive advocate. A report by Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) in 2008 found that Komen affiliates donated $700 thousand to Planned Parenthood between April 2005-April 2006.

The campus bookstore at an Arkansas Christian university has stopped selling Susan G. Komen for the Cure items because of the organization's funding of several affiliates that fund Planned Parenthood.

The Daily Citizen of Searcy and White County reported that, according to Harding spokesman David Crouch, university vice president Mel Sansom decided to pull the items because of the Planned Parenthood connection.

Komen has come under fire from pro-life advocates for maintaining ties with about 21 affiliates that support Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider and a top contraceptive advocate. A report by Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) in 2008 found that Komen affiliates donated $700 thousand to Planned Parenthood bet

ween April 2005-April 2006.

While Komen spokesman John Hammarley said the Planned Parenthood funding was meant to support breast health, researchers have pointed to a scientifically-supported link between abortion and contraception and breast cancer that renders the funding for the abortion and contraceptive giant questionable at best.

An April 2009 study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that taking oral contraceptives while under age 18 more than tripled the risk of aggressive breast cancer, and more than quadrupled the risk in those who have used the drug recently. In addition, it found that having an abortion raises the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent.

A study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons in 2007 called abortion the "best predictor of breast cancer."

For more information on the medical connection between abortion and breast cancer, visit the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer website — http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/

Related: National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion Breast Cancer Link
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10010706.html

[6 Oct 2010, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/oct/10100611.html , Kathleen Gilbert, Life Site News, SEARCY, Arkansas; ALL Pro-Life Today, 7 Oct 2010]

 

 

Our Tax Dollars at Work: FBI, Obama Admin Join Pro-Abort Groups to Host Training Seminar Against Pro-Life Activity
The Obama administration has teamed up with leading pro-abortion lobbyist groups to host a training seminar aimed at combating pro-life "violence" against the abortion industry, which is defined to include even free-speech activities such as pro-life picketing, boycotting, and signage.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored an August 29 seminar in the FBI's Portland headquarters.

The names of Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and the Feminist Majority Foundation appear prominently on the front page of a document prepared for the event which compiled statistics, a list of pro-life websites, and case summaries, among other data.

The 84-page document was handed out by FBI and DOJ officials to participants, according to a source in attendance.

["Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers" 'resource' guide http://lifenews.com/2010fbitraining.pdf ]

[http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10093005.htm , LifeSiteNews, PORTLAND, Oregon, September 30, 2010]   

We Have to Pay for This?
In a recent article, LifeNews.com exposed a cooperative venture between the Obama Administration and national pro-abortion organizations. The FBI, Justice Department and national pro-abortion organizations co-sponsored a training seminar "FACE Act Training," that focused on "violence" committed against abortion centers and how to prosecute violations of the FACE Act.

While all would agree that real violence against [abortion businesses] and staff should be prosecuted, you'll be amazed by the new definition of "violence." Apparently exercising free speech rights is deemed "violent" if you are pro-life and offering aid to women going into abortion centers.

An eighty-four page document filled with inflammatory language and a very one-sided account of violence in the U.S. history of legalized abortion was given to seminar participants.

Pro-life advocates are referred to as "pro-abortion extremists" and "domestic terrorists."

Amazingly, organizations like Priests for Life, Forty Days for Life and Concerned Women for America are painted with the same brush as Paul Hill who killed abortionist John Britton, and Scott Roeder who killed George Tiller.

Please read the LifeNews.com article — http://www.lifenews.com/nat6740.html — and the "Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers" 'resource' guide here — http://lifenews.com/2010fbitraining.pdf
[October 6, 2010, HLA]

 

 

 

Student Surprises Planned Parenthood Speaker with a Question She Refuses to Answer

Spokane 40 Days for Life relates a recent story from a local school where a student didn't take the Planned Parenthood "talk" without fighting back.

A Planned Parenthood representative gave a talk last week to a health class at a Spokane, WA, high school.  At the close of her presentation a sophomore raised his hand, and when the speaker called on him to speak, he asked her what it feels like working for a place that kills babies.  

Her response:  "Um, I forgot I had to leave before the bell rang."  And she exited immediately.  

Kudos to this sophomore for asking a most poignant question.

It's a shame someone at the school decision-making level didn't ask that and many more questions, and exclude Planned Parenthood from the campus before it had a chance to reach the young people.

Our new STOPP website — http://www.stopp.org/ — has an entire section devoted to keeping Planned Parenthood out of your schools

Please visit us and begin working today to cut Planned Parenthood off at the pass before it has a chance to reach our young people in their classrooms.
[STOPP Report, 13 Oct 10; http://www.stopp.org/]

 

Jenn Giroux – Fighting the Culture of the Pill
October 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
By Kathleen Gilbert
For Jenn Giroux, celebrating large families is part of an effort to save parents from the regret they might experience later in life in the absence of children that might have been – had it not been for the pill.

Most people who run into Jenn Giroux probably wouldn't guess that she is mother to nine children.

A warm, youthful registered nurse with an energetic smile, Giroux, 48, is a remarkable intersection of proud mother and dynamic pro-life leader. As executive director of HLI America, she counters the agenda of the likes of abortion giant Planned Parenthood; however, abortion is not the end of the story for Giroux. As founder of the Association of Large Families (AFLA), she's also dedicated to reaching out to "planned parents," a much larger group of people who are heir to the idea that having more than a few children is not only burdensome, but even dangerous and unnatural.

This mentality, she said in a telephone interview with LifeSiteNews.com, is more at the root of our culture's problem than even the abortion industry – and it is a root cause that conservatives need to come to terms with.

"We're really taking on the 'planned parenthood' mentality … that less children is better," said Giroux.

Read full article — http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/oct/10100109.html

Highlights f

rom the article

Parents later in life not only suffer remorse, she [Giroux] said, but they and their families often end up experiencing the loss quite tangibly. "I witnessed only children at the bedside of their dying parents with no support around them from siblings, because they don't exist," she said.

ALFA (Association of Large Families of America) exists "not to judge people at all," she said, "but more to make sure that our daughters and granddaughters do not buy into the same lies that were fed to women our age."

Giroux has teamed up with Angela Lanfranchi, M.D. of the Breast Cancer Institute to expose the link between contraceptive use and breast cancer. For example, she says research has suggested women on the Pill within five years of having their first baby are at 50% increased risk for breast cancer.

"It is time for the pro-life movement to wake up and be bold enough to say, you know what, you're damaging our children, you're damaging women, and we're not going to stand for it anymore," she said. "It's not a Catholic issue anymore, it's a women's health issue now."

"It took six decades to finally have the lawsuits and the legal liabilities catch up to the sales of cigarettes," she said. "This is now the sixth decade of pill use. I believe this is the decade the pill and hormonal contraceptives, and the physical damage it has done to women's health, is going to catch up also with the billions of dollars that are made in profit."
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/oct/10100109.html
Related: 50 Years of the Pill: Shocking Statistics — http://www.hli.org/store/50-years-of-the-pill-shocking-statistics.html

 

 

 

Binge Drinking Among High School Students and Adults — United States, 2009    
   
CDC analyzed data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) on the prevalence of binge drinking among U.S. adults. Data also were analyzed from the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) on the prevalence of current alcohol use and binge drinking among U.S. high school students.

Among U.S. adults, the prevalence of binge drinking was 15.2% among landline respondents. Binge drinking was more common among men (20.7%), persons aged 18–24 years (25.6%) and 25−34 years (22.5%), whites (16.0%), and persons with annual household incomes ≥$75,000 (19.3%). Prevalence among high school students was 41.8% for current alcohol use, 24.2% for binge drinking, and 60.9% for binge drinking among students who reported current alcohol use.

Conclusions: Binge drinking is common among U.S. adults, particularly those with higher household incomes, and among high school students. Binge drinking estimates for adults were higher in the cellular telephone sample than in the landline sample. Most youths who reported current alcohol use also reported binge drinking.
[5Oct2010, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e1005a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e1005a1_e]

 

 

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity Just Weeks Away, Helped Stop 80 Abortions — http://www.silentday.org/

On October 19th, people from all over this nation will give up their voices for a day in solidarity for these children. Over 2000 schools are already registered.

Red arm bands and duct tape will identify them as taking part in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity.

They will carry fliers explaining why they are silent and educate others about the plight of the innocent children we are losing every day. Will you lose your voice for a day for those who will never have one?

Organizer Bryan Kemper told LifeNews.com: "We need your help to make this the biggest year ever. Last year we saw over 80 girls cancel abortions in one day; who know how many we never even heard about?"

Lou Engle of The Call has enthusiastically endorsed the event — http://www.silentday.org/

“Bryan Kemper is one of the great prophetic voices to the young people of America who has stood resolute in the face of opposition for the life of the unborn. Kemper’s Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity has galvanized tens of thousands of young people to a silent prayer that shouts louder than words to the heavens and to the earth," he says.

Engle adds, "I challenge every young person in America to take their stand on this day of public silent prayer and watch God use the weak things to confound the wise and the things that are nothing to nullify the things that are.

"Join the great justice movement of our day…”  [7 Oct 2010, Washington, DC, http://www.lifenews.com/nb328.html]

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting

A rock star's scandal and a surprising critique of aid programs last week underscored heightened criticism of international development efforts.

The two incidents upended the intended message of a summit on UN development policies, reflecting a growing disconnect between rhetoric and development results.

Rock star Bono, front man of the Irish group U2, was caught violating his own call for greater transparency and accountability in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. His opinions inspired the New York Post to examine the finances of Bono's own ONE Foundation, including an emerging scandal widely reported by the media.

It seems ONE had $15 million in public donations during 2008, but distributed less than $200,000 to private charities combating poverty, according to IRS records.  The charity spent more than $8 million on salaries. The remainder went to advocacy, including pricey gift boxes hand-delivered to newsrooms to influence coverage of the UN summit.

The critique of UN policies, meanwhile, came from a surprising source: Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization.  Scuttling her prepared remarks at an event sponsored by all of the major UN agencies, Chan warned that the international donor community hasn’t learned from past lessons in dealing with developing countries.

“We have to stop being arrogant and dictating what to do,” she said.

Donor countries too often impose their own agenda, leading to a lack of ownership on the part of recipient countries.  “If a country doesn’t own the plan, they have no motivation to deliver,” Chan said.

She also acknowledged that donor countries don't have a firm understanding of what they invest in, with no good measures of progress or failure.

Chan said that the UN agencies are not funding agencies, responding to repeated calls for “fresh money” from ministers of developing countries. Such requests should go to the World Bank, she said.

The issue of new money for development was a dominant theme of the UN Summit.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that agencies needed $169 billion to save the lives of more than 15 million women and children by improving access to health care.  A highly publicized event announced $40 billion in pledges from public and private sectors for the initiative, though critics said the total recycled at least half of the money from old commitments.

Despite the rhetoric of significant new investments i

n improving overall health care in developing countries, the commitments make clear an overwhelming emphasis on spending for political advocacy and family planning programs.  This reflects the section of the UN summit outcome document on maternal health, in which all but one of the 6 paragraphs focus on increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health.

The Advance Family Planning initiative is as a typical example of the emerging dominance of rhetoric over projects in the development field. The twelve million dollars dedicated to this initiative don’t go to actual services or goods, but instead to advocacy to change national laws and policies to better reflect the donors’ ideological population agenda. [Terrence McKeegan, J.D., Friday Fax, Volume 13, Number 42, New York, 30September 2010, http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1710/pub_detail.asp]

 

Southern Michigan pro-lifers celebrated victory last week after steady grassroots pressure prompted local health administrators not to renew Planned Parenthood's health provider leases.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency board on Thursday defeated a motion to renew the abortion giant's lease in the three counties' health system with a 3-3 vote. A majority would have been needed to renew the lease, which expires next month, for Planned Parenthood's four locations.

The health commissioners had heard from pro-lifers at their monthly meetings since January. The concerned citizens urged the commissioners to terminate the board’s agreement with the abortion provider, which became widely known two years into the three-year lease.

Jim Goethals, the president of St. Joseph County Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews.com that when the local pro-life community learned last October that Planned Parenthood was operating in their local hospital, pastor Chuck Vizthum of Hope Community Church led a grassroots protest with parishioners holding homemade signs saying "Planned Parenthood must go." Media picked up on the protest, and demonstrations against Planned Parenthood's presence spread.

Meanwhile, 2,000 signatures were gathered voicing discontent with Planned Parenthood’s presence in the community’s backyard. Local right-to-life groups began searching for an appropriate replacement health provider, and now expect to settle on one within one to two months.

Goethals noted that locals in the deeply pro-life area were upset that Planned Parenthood would be funneling women towards their one abortion facility in Kalamazoo. "For Planned Parenthood to come down in these counties was a bold move on their part to begin with," he said.

Goethals credited the combined efforts of St. Joseph County Right to Life, Branch Right to Life, and Hillside County Right to Life, all affiliates of National Right to Life…

While some objected that Planned Parenthood did not perform surgical abortions in the counties, Goethals said that wasn't the whole picture. "What about the morning after pill? What about the chemical abortions? You don't hear anything about these," he said.
[29 September 2010, Kathleen Gilbert, COLDWATER, Michigan, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10092903.html ]

 

 

 

The Choose Life License Plate made its first ever appearance on the roads in Florida, August 11, 2000. 
By  May 2002 the Florida Choose Life plate had raised $1 million after only being on the road 21 months, for a monthly average of $47,500.

As of September 11, 2010 the Choose Life plate had raised $13 million in 23 states after being on the road 121 months, for a monthly average $107,500.

That is a 220% increase. We are committed to seeing the Choose Life license plate available in all 50 states. As of the writing of this newsletter here is how the plate sales stand. 

Figures are from those last reported for their state.  The total so far? 

$13 Million

State                   Amount Raised

Alabama                   $ 1,744,181

Arizona                        23,443

Arkansas                      368,337

Connecticut                    20,575

Delaware                        5,060

Florida                     7,477,299

Georgia                       180,560

Hawaii                         20,300

Indiana                       177,175

Kentucky                      112,282

Louisiana                     135,921

Maryland                       38,200

Massachusetts                  58,029

Mississippi                 1,916,688

Missouri                        3,780

Montana                        22,400

North Dakota                      650

Ohio                          236,420

Oklahoma                       62,253

Pennsylvania                   16,280

South Carolina                 10,099

South Dakota                    4,500

Tennessee                     432,221

Virginia  &n

bsp;                    32,665
                       Total $13,099,318   

As of September 2010, 608,638 plates have been sold and or renewed in the 23 states with the Choose Life license plate. Each plate raises funds for adoption and related services in its respective state as well as conveying the message of Choosing Life to young women and men, mothers, and the public at large.

[20 Sept 2010, Choose Life e-newsletter, www.choose-life.org]

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Taxpayers Could Possibly Subsidize Referrals to Planned Parenthood

The American Life League is asking constituents to contact a legislative committee in Washington and oppose a pending $700 million plan that could turn tax funds into payments for a special referral service sending women to Planned Parenthood for abortions.  [http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=206345 , World Net Daily; 22 September 2010, ALL Pro-Life Today]

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Current Depression Among Adults — United States, 2006 and 2008
[cdc, mmwr Weekly, October 1, 2010 / 59(38);1229-1235http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5938a2.htm?s_cid=mm5938a2_e ]

QuickStats: Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior-Related Characteristics Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Poverty Status* — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005–2007†
CDC, MMWR Weekly, June 11, 2010 / 59(22);689
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5922a4.htm?s_cid=mm5922a4_e

 

 

 

 

Virginia NARAL Asks Governor Bob McDonnell to NOT Monitor Abortion Centers

Virginia NARAL is unhappy about a opinion last month by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that concludes Gov. Bob McDonnell can hold abortion centers accountable for meeting basic health and safety standards.

Not wanting to be held accountable for protecting women's health, Virginia NARAL is calling on McDonnell
In a letter to McDonnell dated Tuesday, the group's executive director, Tarina Keene, writes that NARAL is prepared to take legal action if necessary to stop him from protecting women.

"We ask you to consider the long-term ramifications of this sort of targeted regulation,'' she writes. "Forcing physician's offices to comply with hospital licensure and regulation could lead to closure of these offices."

On Aug. 20, Cuccinelli concluded that the Board of Health could require that clinics that perform abortions meet hospital-type standards, a move abortion advocates say could force some facilities to close. Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), who requested the opinion, wrote McDonnell to ask him to implement the regulations, but the governor did not immediately respond.

Last month, McDonnell officials said they were reviewing the opinion. McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said they were still doing so and declined to comment further to the Washington Post.  [24 September 2010, Richmond, VA, LifeNews.com, http://www.lifenews.com/state5489.html ]

Youth Launch Pro-Life/Pro-Family “Statement to the UN and the World”
[In mid-September,] the International Youth Coalition launched its Statement of Youth to the UN and the World, a petition that will be presented to the UN General Assembly this Fall.  Consisting of eight fundamental principles, the Statement was drafted by an [authentic] international team of youth, and was first presented at a press conference at the World Youth Conference in León, Mexico. [9Sept10, C-Fam, New York, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10090908.html , LifeSiteNews; PharmFacts E-News Update, 13 Sept2010]

 

Oklahoma Abortion Center Director Charged With Lying About Bomb Threat
The former director of the Reproductive Services abortion center in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been charged with making false or misleading statements after telling police she supposedly found a bomb at the abortion center. Linda Meek reported on August 13 a bomb had been placed in a trash receptacle.

Documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Tulsa determined that a "suspicious" box found in the trash was harmless.

Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley told the Tulsa World, "She told us that the box in the trash can didn't look like trash the clinic usually throws away in that trash can," but would not confirm reports that Meek told officials she heard the package "ticking."

Meek left her position with the abortion business after the false report and she is slated to make an appearance in federal court on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. She faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

AP interviewed pro-life advocates who said they believe Meek was trying to make it appear they were responsible in order to get the pro-life side bad press in the media and have authorities focus on them.

Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican state legislator, said the bomb scare is part of what he considers a growing trend of abortion advocates trying to make pro-life people appear violent or extremist.

"Either she did it maliciously to harm the opposition or is trying to draw attention away from the abortion industry," the doctor and legislator said.

Tony Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee, said he thought "there was an apparent rush to judgment" on the part of Meek and abortion advocates, according to his interview with AP.

Planned Parenthood of Oklahoma City chief executive Anita Fream said she couldn't comment on the bomb scare but denied any policy attempting to ridicule pro-life people.

Reproductive Services has frequently taken state laws to limit abortions to court in an attempt to have them overturned.
[September 6, 2010, Tulsa, OK, http://www.lifenews.com/state5423.html ]

 

George Soros to Give $100M to Pro-Abortion Group Human Rights Watch

The liberal group Human Rights Watch, which advocates for "[homosexual] rights" causes but also actively promotes abortion, will soon be a recipient of $100 million from left-wing activist George Soros. The billionaire announced yesterday he is donating the money so HRW can expand its efforts globally.

The donation is the largest political one Soros has made and it is the largest donation HRW has ever received.

Soros told the New York Times that the gift is just one of many hefty political donations he plans to make that will likely continue benefiting groups on the pro-abortion side of the debate.

“This is partly due to age,” the 80-year-old said about his plan to begin giving away vast sums of money from his fortune.

“Originally I wanted to distribute all of the money during my lifetime, but I have abandoned that plan. My foundation should continue, but I still would like to do a lot of giving during my lifetime, and doing it this way, with such size, is a step in that direction," Soros added.

Human Rights Watch said it will use the money to hire an additional 120 st

affers to the current group of 300 it fields around the world.

Soros told the newspaper he gave the gift in part because HRW allowed him to be involved in executive meetings and decision-making.

“Every Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock, a group at Human Rights Watch got together and discussed issues with the managers,” he said. “I was an active participant in that group, and human rights remains an important element of my foundation’s current activities.”

Although the roups supposedly fights for human rights, it denies those rights to unborn children and aggressively attacks countries that protects them.

In January, the New York-based organization released a document attacking Ireland's pro-life laws. It claimed Ireland is in breach of its international human rights obligations for not allowing legalized abortion in this country.

Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign told LifeNews.com she was disappointed that a foreign group would attack Ireland's desire to protect women and children.

"Human Rights Watch cannot credibly claim to be a human rights organization while at the same time denying the rights of unborn children throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Any authentic vision of human rights has to include the right to life. Otherwise it is meaningless," she said.

Just weeks ago, HRW released a report promoting abortion in Argentina and criticizing it for not complying with international law.

The report was criticized for erroneously citing several international human rights treaties and committees, including the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), for its claim that international law requires Argentina to provide abortion-on-demand. In fact, no international human rights treaty contains a right to abortion.

When CEDAW and ICCPR were negotiated, many of the negotiating countries had pro-life laws on the books that still remain in place today.

HRW has awarded abortion activists, was criticized for deceiving Hispanic nations on abortion, and it took a pro-life Nicaragua law to court in an attempt to overturn it.

Patrick Rooney, the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University told the New York Times that just one other person has made a donation that large this year and it came when a benefactor gave $200 million to Baylor University.
[September 8, 2010, Ertelt, Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — http://www.lifenews.com/int1638.html ]

 

 

Product of Rape, Now Attorney: Rape Is NO "Exception" for Abortion

An international pro-life speaker and attorney, who is the product of rape, is working to end abortion and the myths that lead some people to make exceptions. Had abortion been legal at the time she was conceived, Rebecca Kiessling says her birth mother would have terminated the pregnancy. But following her birth and adoption, Kiessling did not learn the complete truth about her past until she was 19 years old and met her biological mother for the first time.  [http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1168552 , One News Now; ALL Pro-Life Today, 17 Sept 2010]

 

 

 

Canadian Dad Sacrifices Self to Save Wife & Unborn Child in Car Crash

A heroic split-second decision by a young husband and father in the moments before a severe car accident that ultimately took his life has made headlines across the continent. Brian and Erin Wood were driving across Washington State to visit relatives Friday when a car, later found to contain drugs, swerved suddenly into oncoming traffic in front of the couple's car.

Erin maintains that her husband made the quick decision to swerve the car to the right as he braked, thereby ensuring that he took the brunt of the impact, while saving her life and the life of her unborn child, the couple's first. A week after the crash, Erin says she is doing well physically and that the baby appears not to have suffered significant trauma.  [http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10091604.html , Life Site News; ALL Pro-Life Today, 17 Sept 2010]

 

 

My Newly Conceived Child

The pro-life cause is very personal for me, as I am sure it is for many of you who follow our LifeSiteNews reports.  Of course, we are always driven to protect the most defenceless little ones.  But at the same time, there are certain life stages when the urgency of our cause finds its way right into the heart of our homes.

My wife, Jenna, and I just found out Wednesday that we are expecting our second baby.  We've been praying for this child for many months, and we are overjoyed to make this little three-week-old child known to any and all.

Of course, despite the fact that he (or she) is smaller than an apple seed, he's already made his presence quite known.  As all mothers can attest (and fathers … vicariously), this little microscopic person bursts onto the scene loudly and quickly – notably through nausea, fatigue, and cravings – declaring, "Mommy, I'm here.  Love me!  Nurture me!"

Already at three weeks, our child's brain is developing and he has the beginnings of eyes, ears, arms, and legs.  His lungs and stomach are growing and he has a heart that beats, pumping blood throughout his body.  Amazingly, he has multiplied in size 10,000 times since he was conceived at fertilization.

At a time like this, the importance of LifeSiteNews' mission to transform our culture takes on a special significance for me and my family. It's really personal.

Our culture has traditionally seen a new baby as the most precious of gifts, but that sense of gratitude is rapidly being lost. 

The unborn child is coming to be seen as a commodity, to be manipulated and disposed of for any reason, or the child is considered a burden or intruder to be destroyed.

LifeSiteNews, at the heart of the new media, is a vital vehicle to enlighten our culture about the beauty and dignity of human life, for example by sharing stories about the love of families for their uterine children or about the heroism of pro-life advocates in the fight for unborn rights.

For instance, just on Thursday we showcased the inspiring story of Canadian Brian Wood  , who gave his life for his wife and unborn child in a car accident by swerving himself into the direction of the oncoming car.

We've been the leading news source on the Notre Dame 88, who face jail time over their protest of President Obama's Notre Dame address, and on Linda Gibbons, the Toronto sidewalk counsellor whose spent eight out of the last 16 years in jail for violating a "temporary" court injunction by attempting to counsel women going for an abortion.

We're constantly highlighting the work of dynamic and influential pro-life groups and leaders like Live Action, Operation Rescue, Campaign Life Coalition, and the numerous campus pro-life clubs.  Were it not for LifeSiteNews, many of the amazing stories of groups like these would not get out to a wide audience.

In the eyes of society, our embryonic child has no intrinsic value – he is given no rights, and is seen as completely dispensable.  LifeSiteNews exists to give a voice to people like my newly-conceived child, whose dignity and very humanity are ignored and often maligned in other media outlets.

Our culture is in danger of losing what little respect it may still have for the gift of new life, so now more than ever we must step up our efforts at showcasing the awesome humanity of the unborn…

My work as a journalist is a personal mission for me, for my family, for our future. It is very meaningful work and absolutely necessary.

My fellow [pro-life] journalists and I could really use your help so that we can continue this crucial work.
For life and family,
Patrick — www.LifeSiteNews.com

 

 

 

Members of Congress, Staff to See Documentary on Infertility Industry Exploitation

Members of Congress and their staff will be able to attend a documentary screening tomorrow of a film that blows the whistle on the deceptive practices of the infertility industry. Eggsploitation talks about how the industry exploits young women for their eggs and presents them with medical risks.

"Profiling the harrowing testimonies of three egg donors, Eggsploitation reveals the shocking truths, hidden dangers and severe health risks associated with egg donation," the Center for Bioethics and Culture told LifeNews.com today.

"The infertility industry today is a booming, multi-billion-dollar-per-year business; yet no regulation exists to protect vulnerable women from coercive marketing ploys and large monetary incentives to get their eggs," the group said of its film.

Wendy Kramer the director and co-founder of Donor Sibling Registry has endorsed the documentary.

"This powerful, important and informative documentary gives viewers true insight into the egg donation industry and helps us to better understand the desperate need for regulation and oversight. All prospective egg donors (and recipients) as well as all practitioners and agency employees in the egg donation industry should be required to watch this film," she said.

Judy Norsigian, the director of Our Bodies Ourselves, has joined her.

"It is a scandal that the infertility industry has gone so many years without collecting adequate safety data on the risks of multiple egg extraction . . . policy makers need to insist that we finally conduct the research that should have been done years ago," she said.

Film Writer and Executive Producer, Jennifer Lahl, will be present for discussion of the film after the viewing.

The documentary will premier at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Room HVC 201. The exclusive film screening is sponsored by pro-life Sen. Tom Coburn, a doctor from Oklahoma.

Related web sites:
Eggsploitation – Eggsploitation.com
CBC Network – http://www.cbc-network.org
[September 8, 2010, Ertelt, Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — http://www.lifenews.com/bio3168.html ]

Pro-Life Advocates Detained for Opposing Abortion at California High School

Members of the pro-life group Survivors were detained on Monday for holding signs showing pictures of babies victimized by abortions and sharing the pro-life message on public sidewalks with students in front of Nipomo High School, in this central California city.

The activists offered literature to students as they left the school, many of whom requested the pro-life information from the windows of their parents' cars, as their parents were picking them up.

The members of the pro-life group were approached by campus administrators and guards shortly after school dismissal and instructed to leave the area or face arrest.

Principal Johnson and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Deputy Holzier claimed first that the pro-life advocates were on school property, then that they were in violation of the school's safety zone, and then that the team had caused a campus disturbance because the school administration had received many calls from angry parents.

Deputy Holzier prevented team members Kristina Garza and Daniel Rivera from participating in outreach for at least twenty minutes.

"It was obvious that both the school and the sheriff department did not want us to share our message with the students," said Garza, director of the Campus Life Team. Deputy Holzier held the team members for questioning until all of the Nipomo students had left the area.

On Wednesday morning, the young pro-life advocates learned that Nipomo High School officials posted a message on their website chastising the group for displaying graphic images to their students and assured parents that the school was taking steps to ensure this never happened again.

Attorneys from the Life Legal Defense Foundation contacted the watch commander at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, who agreed that the pro-life advocates had a right to stand on the public sidewalk and hold their signs.

The Survivors' team returned to Nipomo High School on Wednesday afternoon, to engage in the free speech activity they attempted on Monday, but this time uninhibited by the threat of arrest. They were met once again by school administrators and sheriff deputies ordering them to move across the street away from the students.

LLDF staff attorney Allison Aranda spoke with the sergeant in charge for nearly 15 minutes explaining to him why the group had a constitutional right to stand on the public street and engage in free speech activity.

Meanwhile, the pro-life advocates continued to share their pro-life message with students undeterred by law enforcement. By the end of the event, the students of Nipomo High School were exposed to the truth about abortion and the administrators learned a valuable lesson about free speech, the group told LifeNews.com.

"I'm proud that these young people took a stand for the truth and didn't let the administrator's abuse of authority intimidate them from lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights," Aranda said.
October 1, 2010, Ertelt, Nipomo, CA, http://www.lifenews.com/state5510.html ]

Live Action's Lila Rose to Youth: Engage in 'Exciting' Battle for Culture of Life
In a speech hosted by Students for Life at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Live Action President Lila Rose recounted the path that led to her becoming one the most influential pro-life activists in the country. She also expressed her vision that one day there would be an "army" of activists exposing Planned Parenthood and, on a broader scale, replacing the culture of death with a culture of life.

"It's very exciting to be on this side. It's very exciting to be part of this movement," said Rose, 22. "We're not just trying to do away with abortion, but we're replacing it with … a culture that has a vision of laying down our lives, literally: instead of taking lives, laying down our lives as our faith teaches us. Giving of our lives unto love, and not taking lives for death. … Our generation is committed to that culture of life."

Rose described how her first encounter with abortion – an image of a 10-week-old aborted child she saw at the age of nine – grounded her in her pro-life convictions, and revealed her mission to her early in life. "With the gentle encouragement of my mother, and that thought of abortion in my mind, I thought, maybe there's something – even just beginning with a couple little prayers before bed – there's something even I could do," she said.

Rose then described the road that lead to her now-famous undercover exploits to expose Planned Parenthood&#

39;s practices, including the abortion chain's covering up sexual abuse and giving young girls false information about the life developing inside of them. Her videos, which have already led to state investigations and the defunding of the abortion giant in several states, have prompted Planned Parenthoods across the country to post Rose's photograph to help employees catch her should she appear undercover again.

As more investigators have begun helping Rose, she said, the abortion chain has continued to post photographs of more and more of her colleagues. However, Rose said she was pleased that potential customers seeing the photos may be prompted to think twice about patronizing Planned Parenthood. The young activist also hinted at a new set of Live Action investigations in the works.

Rose said she hopes to vastly expand the vision behind Live Action Films to expose the industry.

"But really, that is part of the goal here," said Rose: "to build an army ultimately of people across the country, to keep a close eye on the abortion industry and lobby, to help us document the truth, and little by little to feed that evidence" to media as well as health departments, medical review boards, attorneys general, and legislators.

Rose said that it is not only up to college students, but high school and junior high students as well, "to reach our peers … to get to them, in a way, before the other side does," in the battle for hearts and minds over abortion.

After starting up her first pro-life group at 15 years old, Rose described the frustration and "lonely times" as she strove to get others motivated.

But, she said, the magnitude of her accomplishments, or lack thereof, didn't ultimately discourage her: "At the beginning, it was all for the thought of: even if I could do something very little, even if I could do anything at all, it's worth it, because I'm asking God: use me somehow, I want to be used for your purposes."

"There's a reason that we were born into this dark time in our history," said Rose. "There's a reason that each one of us has been given even a little bit of insight into the culture of death: so we can be used together to ultimately be victorious, to end abortion in our country and build a culture of life."  [17 Sept 2010, Kathleen Gilbert, D.C.,  http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10091705.html ]