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27 April 2010 — begins NATIONAL PRO-LIFE T-SHIRT WEEK

Forced Abortion in America

Abortion and Substance Abuse

Tape of Abortion Business Failing to Report Sex Abuse Sent to Kentucky Authorities

Abortion, Suicide Often Hand-in-Hand

A Landmark Law for Life has Passed in the Nebraska Legislature

Nebraska First to Allow Women to Sue for Psychological Injury After Abortion

Major Victory for Life over Johnsen Nomination

There's More on Tape: PP Lies About Fetal Development (or is Stunningly Ignorant of Human Fetal Development) to Encourage Abortion

Doctor Shortage Looms Thanks to Health Care Law: AAMC Medical Association








Forced Abortion in America



Abortion and Substance Abuse: Information for Alcohol Awareness Month

April is national Alcohol Awareness Month, an event dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of alcohol abuse and encouraging those effected to seek help and treatment.

Research shows that women are likely to date the onset of alcohol or drug abuse to a particular stressful event or situation in their lives. For some women, this stressful event may be an abortion.

For example, Monica underwent an abortion at 18. She writes:

… [T]he aftermath affected almost every area of my life. I think alcohol and drug abuse were at the top of the list, but also there were nightmares, uncontrollable fear to the point of a panic disorder, and a deep sadness, the source of which I couldn’t identify or understand.

I frequently thought about killing myself. I had anger and rage, sexual problems, low self-esteem, incredible self-hatred and a depression that came and went like an unexpected wind. But most of all, grief that chilled me to the bone. My grief turned on me like a hungry lion waiting to destroy every area of my life. Drinking and drugs were the only way I could cope.

For many women, using drugs or alcohol after abortion might be a way to cope with a traumatic situation. Writing in Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, Rachel's Vineyard founder Dr. Theresa Burke notes:

 The human mind has a tremendous capacity to repress undesirable feelings and re-channel them into more tolerable tortures.

If we cannot find a way to work through the trauma with our conscious intellect, our unconscious mind will accomplish the task for us.

Trying to cope with these shattered phantoms may invite the abuse of alcohol or drugs, and a vicious, unrelenting cycle of self-destruction, heaping insult on top of injury until awareness of the original problem has been annihilated.

What the Research Says

 So far, more than 20 studies have found a strong association between substance abuse and abortion. Among the findings:

One study found that among women without a prior history of substance abuse, women who aborted their first pregnancy had a 4.5 times higher risk of subsequent substance abuse compared to women who carried their first pregnancy to term.1

Another study found that women who had undergone an abortion were over three times more likely to report heavy alcohol use and twice as likely to report cigarette smoking.
A survey of American women who had abortions found that the 27 percent of respondents reported increased use of drugs or alcohol and that they attributed this problem to their abortion.
A study in New Zealand that tracked approximately 500 women from birth to 25 years of age has confirmed that young women who have abortions subsequently experience elevated rates of suicidal behaviors, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other mental problems.
A study of women whose first pregnancies were unintended found that those who aborted reported more frequent and recent use of drugs or alcohol afterward compared to women who gave birth.2

Alcohol abuse is likely to affect not only the women themselves, but also their families: Mothers who abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to "engage in authoritarian and punitive parenting practices," and parental substance abuse increases the risk that the children will suffer abuse or neglect.

There are many risk factors that increase the risk of a woman or girl suffering from post-abortion trauma. These include being pressured or coerced to abort, poor pre-abortion counseling, abortion due to fetal anomalies, and other problems such as a history of past abuse, conflicted feelings about the abortion; having an abortion as a teen; having prior children; having abortion due to poor prenatal diagnosis, and more.
When the most conservative risk estimates are applied to the general population of women, it indicates that at least 150,000 women per year abuse drugs and/or alcohol as a means of dealing with post-abortion stress.1

April is a good time to raise awareness of how trauma from abortion can increase the risks of alcohol abuse among women, and how it effects their families.

Take Action: Raise awareness at your church or in your community about the link between abortion and alcohol abuse by downloading and sharing this ad/flyer with others.

Make copies to distribute as a flyer, post on bulletin boards or stuff it into bulletins, newsletters or other mailings. You can also post it on your web site, blog or Facebook page. A co-op version is also available that can include information about your organization or resources for help and h



1. David C. Reardon and Philip G. Ney, "Abortion and subsequent substance abuse," American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse 26(1):61-75, 2000.

2. D.C. Reardon, P.K. Coleman, and J.R. Cougle, "Substance use associated with unintended pregnancy outcomes in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth," American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 26(1):369-383, 2004.
[25 March 2010, The Elliot Institute News, Post-Abortion Research, Vol. 9, No. 4]

The UnChoice Campaign:

Tape of Abortion Business Failing to Report Sex Abuse Sent to Kentucky Authorities

On 23April2010, student-led pro-life group Live Action sent full footage of their undercover investigation showing a Louisville abortion facility failing to report sexual abuse of a child to Kentucky authorities.

The 34 minute tape was taken by Live Action President Lila Rose and actor Jackie Stollar who posed undercover as minors with Rose telling the staff that she was 14-years-old and impregnated by her 31-year-old "boyfriend." In the state of Kentucky, sex between a 14-year-old and a 31-year-old is rape in the third degree. Kentucky law requires child abuse to be reported to law enforcement immediately.

In media reports following the release of the footage to the public last Wednesday, the clinic admitted that an abused child report was not filed and that they "would never report it at that point" to authorities because of a lack of information. Live Action President and UCLA student Lila Rose disagrees, "This abortion center does not get to choose when to report abuse of a child. Kentucky law states that child abuse must be reported immediately and after clinic staff was clearly told about the abuse scenario, they failed to report or even ask the appropriate questions."

Live Action is also requesting authorities investigate the clinic's compliance with state informed consent laws. The clinic staff presents misinformation about fetal development, saying that, "you don't get brain activity till like 18, 19 weeks" despite the fact that brain waves have been detected as soon as 6 weeks and 2 days after fertilization. The clinic also falsely implies that the unborn child is not living by stating that, "it's not a living, breathing, baby at this point." Live Action believes these statements indicate the clinic may be disregarding state health standards and informed consent laws.

The Kentucky authorities who are receiving copies of the footage are Commonwealth's Attorney R. David Stengel, State Attorney General Jack Conway, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Live Action has previously released videos of statutory rape cover-up at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Bloomington, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Memphis, TN, Birmingham, AL, Los Angeles, CA, Tucson, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Milwaukee, WI. Prompted by a Live Action video, the Alabama Health Department placed the Birmingham clinic on probation after conducting its own investigation which found 9 legal violations.

Watch highlights of the undercover video, as well as the unedited tape at:
[27Apr10, , Louisville, Lila Rose, Live Action, 323-454-3304, [email protected] ]



Abortion, Suicide Often Hand-in-Hand
Mental health risks are becoming increasingly associated with women who have had an abortion. According to Dr. David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute, a number of studies indicate an elevated risk of suicide following an abortion.

"About [one]-fourth of women who report having negative reactions to abortion will also report that they attempted suicide at least once, and suicidal thoughts are even more common," Reardon reports.
[ ; 26Apr10, PFLI PharmFacts E-News Update]






A Landmark Law for Life has Passed in the Nebraska Legislature

Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), tells OneNewsNow the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is unique and sound legislation "that basically says that the unborn child at 20 weeks is capable of feeling pain and that the state of Nebraska has a compelling interest in protecting that child. And so they actually said, 'You cannot kill that child through abortion in Nebraska.'"

Balch argued against the claim that unborn children cannot feel pain, as there is now substantial evidence showing that a baby indeed feels pain at that stage.  She points out this is information the Supreme Court did not have in 1973 when it legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.

human embryo babyThe NRLC state legislation director believes it is possible that abortion proponents will file suit, but she feels that will give the state a chance to prove the medical development of the baby in a public forum. "I think that if our opponents challenge this bill, that that will be a major issue in this case," she notes.

The measure passed by a 44-5 vote in the Nebraska Legislature — and now that Governor Dave Heineman has signed the bill into law, it will take effect October 15, 2010.
[Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 4/14/2010;]

Nebraska First to Allow Women to Sue for Psychological Injury After Abortion:
Doctors Must Screen for Coercion and Other Risk Factors for Abortion Complications

A new Nebraska law will allow women to sue doctors for psychological injuries related to unwanted, coerced or unsafe abortions, according to the Stop Forced Abortions Alliance.

"This is the first law in the country that allows women to hold abortionists accountable for negligent pre-abortion screening and counseling," said Paula Talley, one of the organizers of Stop Forced Abortions. "If it had been in place in 1980, I would have been spared the years of grief, depression, and substance use which followed my own unwanted abortion."

Judicial rules normally do not allow women to sue for psychological injuries after abortion unless the injuries stem from a physical injury. The new Nebraska law is the first law in the country to eliminate the requirement that the woman must prove that psychological injuries from an abortion stemmed from a physical injury.

The law also puts into place a specific standard of care for appropriate pre-abortion screening. Abortion providers may be sued for negligence if they fail to ask a woman if she is being pressured, coerced or forced to have an abortion. They may also be held liable if they fail to screen women for other statistically significant risk factors that may put them at higher risk for psychological or physical complications following an abortion.

Research has found that as many as 64 percent of women feel pressured by others to have an abortion. In addition, one study found that even though more than half of women reported feeling rushed or uncertain about the abortion, 84 percent said they did not receive adequate counseling and 67 percent said they weren't counseled at all.

In Talley's case, she said, the pressure to abort came from her employer.

"My abortion counselor never asked if I was

being pressured," Talley said. "Nor did she inquire about my psychological history. If she had, she should have known that I was at higher risk of experiencing post-abortion trauma because I had a history of depression. Plus, I had moral beliefs against abortion, but I was rushing into a poorly thought out decision because I was so filled with fear and panic.

"If the abortion counselor had bothered to ask the right questions, she would have seen that I was more likely to be hurt than helped by the abortion, But I was never warned. They just took my money, and my baby, no questions asked."

The measure easily sailed through Nebraska's Unicameral Legislature with a 40-9 majority. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is scheduled to sign the bill today. The law will go into effect on July 15.

Legislators Argue Burden and Constitutionality

The law requires that abortion providers must screen women for risk factors that have been established in the research for a year or more prior to the abortion. Legislators opposing the bill argued that it would be nearly impossible for abortion providers to keep track of all the research on risks factors. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Cap Dierks, disagreed.

Dierks said that a report from the American Psychological Association found that an average of 12 studies per year are published on the subject.

"Surely it's not too much to ask abortion providers to read 12 studies per year," Dierks said. "Women rightly expect their doctors to keep up to date on their area of specialty. Why would we want the standard of care for abortion to be less than that for other medical procedures?"

Among those opposing the bill was Sen. Danielle Conrad, who argued that abortion providers are already giving women sufficient information.

"We do not need an additional layer on top of that," she said. She also argued that the bill was unconstitutional and placed an undue burden on women.

But Sen. Brad Ashford, an attorney and the chair of the Judiciary Committee that reviewed the bill, told the Legislature that the law did not raise any obvious constitutional issues because it relies only on civil remedies and does not place any burdens on women. He said that any burden caused by the screening requirements falls primarily on the abortion provider, not on the women whose rights are expanded by the bill.

State Lobbying Effort Focused on Injured Women

Greg Schleppenbach, Director of Pro-Life Activities for the NCC, led the lobbying effort for the legislation. He said that "women deserve better than one-size-fits-all counseling, or no counseling at all."

"Ninety-nine percent of abortions in Nebraska take place in two abortion facilities," Schleppenbach said. "Their informed consent counseling consists of recorded phone messages 24 hours before the abortions and most women never see the abortion provider except during the 10 minutes or so he is doing the abortion. Women deserve better."

Schleppenbach said that the stories he had heard from women who have suffered from emotional problems after an abortion provided the impetus for passing legislation that would improve their right to redress.

"Most people don't realize that under the existing rules of law, it is essentially impossible for women to hold abortion providers liable for inadequate screening and counseling," he said. "This is why the standard of care for abortion counseling has fallen to such a dismal level. If abortion providers face no liability for inadequate screening, cost-cutting measures will inevitably lead to an assembly line process with one-size-fits-all counseling."  

Twenty-Five Year Effort to Change Malpractice Laws

Dierks' bill was patterned after model legislation called the Protection from Coerced and Unsafe Abortions Act. The legislation was developed by the Elliot Institute, a post-abortion research and education group based in Springfield, Ill.
Elliot Institute Director Dr. David Reardon said that inspiration for the bill came from a 1985 article written by the group Feminists for Life.

"The article was identifying obstacles and loopholes in the law that made it nearly impossible for women to recover damages for abortion related injuries," Reardon said. "Plus, the short statute of limitations when dealing with medical procedures meant it was likely that women injured by abortion wouldn't be emotionally ready to come forward until it was too late. The article said this was similar to cases in which women who have been raped may feel too ashamed or afraid to come forward."

Reardon–who is the author of numerous studies linking abortion to higher rates of suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse–said these observations shed new light on something he had been observing in the medical literature on abortion.

"Nearly every study done on abortion and mental health, whether before or since 1985, has found that certain subgroups of women were at higher risk of negative reactions," he said. "Most of these studies have been done by pro-choice researchers, so you can't accuse them of bias. Many of the researchers openly recommend that these risk factors should be used to screen for at-risk patients so they could be given more pre- and post-abortion counseling."

One such study was published in a 1972 issue of Family Planning Perspectives, a publication of Planned Parenthood. The authors of that study found four risk factors that reliably predicted more post-abortion problems. They suggested that pre-abortion screening should be done using a short psychological profile which could be administered for less than a dollar per patient.

A similar 1977 study identified five risk factors that accurately predicted which women would have subsequent problems adjusting after abortion 72 percent of the time. But in interviewing women who were experiencing problems after abortion, Reardon found that abortion providers were ignoring the research. He was unable to find evidence that even one clinic in the country was doing evidenced-based pre-abortion screening.

Reardon said that this observation, combined with the insights from the Feminists for Life article, made him realize that the loophole in the law protecting abortion providers from liability for psychological injuries meant they could simply ignore all of the research on screening and risk factors. In fact, if proper screening led to a reduction of abortion rates among coerced and high risk women, they might actually lose money.

Reardon believes this lack of screening is an act of a medical negligence in and of itself.

"Without screening, it is impossible for a doctor to give informed medical advice," he said.  "Performing an abortion on request, regardless of the risks, is contrary to both medical ethics and the law.

"If a woman walks into a doctor’s office and says, 'I have a lump in my breast and need a mastectomy,' and the doctor says 'Jump up on the table and we'll take it right out,' we don't call that medicine. We call that malpractice. Added to that, the situation with abortion is even worse because many women and girls are having abortions they don't really want, due to lack of resources and support, pressure, coercion, threats, emotional blackmail, disinformation or even force from others."

Reardon said that while Roe v. Wade created a right for women to seek an abortion in consultation with a physician, the Supreme Court also wrote that "the abortion decision in all its aspects is inherently, and primarily, a medical decision, and basic responsibility for it must rest with the physician."

Reardon believes tha

t Roe intended for doctors to be held liable for inadequate screening and counseling.

"Nebraska has now done what the states should have been doing a long time ago," he said. "They have removed the loopholes in civil law that prevent women from being able to hold abortionists accountable for the negligent screening that predictably leads to so many unwanted, unsafe, and unnecessary abortions."
[13April2010, Springfield, IL, Elliot Institute,]

Major Victory for Life over Johnsen Nomination
On 9 April 2010, the pro-life movement scored a major win when Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s radically pro-abortion nominee for the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, withdrew her name from consideration.

Susan B. Anthony List activists have been fighting Johnsen’s nomination for over a year now—and with good reason. Not only has Johnsen called pregnancy “slavery,” this pro-abortion radical served as the legal counsel for National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League and also worked on the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project.
Johnsen once said that women are “the inevitable losers in the contraceptive lottery,” and “no more ‘consent’ to pregnancy than pedestrians ‘consent’ to being struck by drunk drivers.”
It was the sustained opposition of  Susan B. Anthony List activists like you, Sue, that kept up the intense pressure. Over 26,000 letters expressing outrage over Johnsen’s nomination have been pouring into Senate offices from across the country since we began.  Special thanks to Indiana Right to Life for taking the lead to generate pressure from back home on Indiana Senators.

Johnsen admitted Friday that it was the “strong opposition” that led her to withdraw her nomination. Today, ABC News reported that the reason for Johnsen’s withdrawal was that the White House "didn't have the stomach for the debate."
 [Susan B. Anthony e-message, 12Apr10]

PP Lies About Fetal Development (or is Stunningly Ignorant of Human Fetal Development) to Encourage Abortion

Live Action Films released another video, which shows Planned Parenthood’s eagerness to kill more preborn children. The most recent undercover video was recorded in September 2009 at the Planned Parenthood facility at 5380 W. Fond duLac Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.

In the video, the PP employee tells the young mother that her 6 to 8 week old preborn child has “no arms, no legs, no heart, no head, no brain.”

In reality, by week 6 brainwaves can be recorded and by week 8, the baby’s fingers and toes are fairly well defined, and fingerprints, a unique and defining feature of every human being, are permanently engraved on his skin. All of the baby’s organs are present.

The PP employee attempts to pressure the young mother into having an abortion since the economy is bad and even tells the mother that the images and ads out there that show babies being thrown in the garbage aren’t true.

Peggy Hammill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin responded to the video release:

As a sidewalk counselor at Milwaukee Planned Parenthoods, I have had post-abortion women fall apart in my arms, sobbing, immediately regretting their abortions. Nothing can prepare a woman for an abortion.  This new footage reconfirms that Planned Parenthood is not providing women with complete, accurate medical information about their developing baby, much less the after effects of the abortion ‘procedure.’

Pro-Life Wisconsin also reported that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Milwaukee received $1,064,574.28 in 2007 under Wisconsin's Family Planning Waiver Program and received more than $12 million in federal and state taxpayer funding last year.
[Wednesday STOPP Report: April 14, 2010]




Doctor Shortage Looms Thanks to Health Care Law: Medical Association
 America faces a shortage of as many as 150,000 primary care physicians in the next 15 years, a threat directly aggravated by the new health care reform law, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the AAMC projects a worsening shortage – despite an ongoing push by teaching hospitals and medical schools to boost doctors' ranks – thanks to the sudden influx of insured individuals under the new law.

Such a shortage could spell longer wait times and less access to health care, notes the WSJ.

While the new law includes some incentives to med students considering primary-care medicine, such as a 10% Medicare pay boost, the stream of new doctors will inevitably be strangled by a lack of medical resident positions across America. All medical students must complete a three-year residency to train in hospitals before becoming a full-fledged physician.

The Journal notes that doctors' groups had hoped that a provision to increase the number of funded residency slots would be included in the health care bill, but to no avail.

"It will probably take 10 years to even make a dent into the number of doctors that we need out there," Atul Grover, the AAMC's chief advocacy officer, told the WSJ.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that 28 states are now considering broadening the authority of nurse practitioners to make up for the shortfall – a move the American Medical Association has reportedly condemned.

In addition, the problem of future doctors may be compounded by the present: an alarming poll conducted by The Medicus Firm just before the heatlh bill's passage in March found that “nearly one-third of physicians responding to the survey indicated that they will want to leave medical practice after health reform is implemented.”

Eight percent of respondents in the poll said they would quit immediately, even if retirement age was nowhere in sight.

The doctor shortage may also be aggravated by a lack of new hospital space: reported Monday that a provision in the health care bill cuts many doctor-owned hospitals out of Medicare and Medicaid payments, and because of it, more than 60 such hospitals in the planning stages across America have been cancelled.

Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America, told that existing hospitals would suffer as well. “The existing hospitals are greatly affected. They can’t grow. They can’t add beds. They can’t add rooms," said Sandvig. "Basically, it stifles their ability to change and meet market needs. This is really an unfortunate thing as well, because we are talking about some of the best hospitals in the country.”

Aside from the doctor and hospital shortage, the National Right to Life Committee has already sternly warned that the bill's power grab, coupled with cost-saving measures, will undoubtedly lead to health care rationing in another respect. The health reform law, they note, bars senior citizens from using their own money to purchase private health insurance to supplement Medicare – despite the bill's massive cuts to the Medicare program.

NRLC contends that, under this restriction, seniors will have little or no option for treatment outside what Washington bureaucrats deem is adequatley cost-efficient: “Treatment that a doctor and patient in consultation deem needed or advisable to save that patient's life or preserve or improve the patient's health but which the govern

ment decides is too costly – even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it – will run afoul of the imposed standards," they wrote.  [13April2010, Kathleen Gilbert, D.C.,]




DISTRESS AFTER ABORTION — a recent paper in the British Journal of Psychology reported that over 85% of aborted women reported at least one negative reaction such as sorrow, grief, regret, and disappointment.

About one-third of those overall reported five or more negative reactions. These numbers were 40-80% higher than among women who did not abort. [January 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]



TEENS OPPOSE ABORTION — A nationwide Girl Scout Research Institute survey on the Beliefs and Moral Values of America's Children, questioned 3,263 girls and boys 3rd – 12th grades on issues such as ethics, diversity, civic involvement, and peer pressure.

The survey revealed that girls are less likely than boys to recommend abortion to their friends. It also found that overall, less than 10% of all surveyed said they would ever suggest an abortion. [March 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]




MARCH OF DIMES AGAIN — The March of Dimes' Global Report on Birth Defects documents many birth defects and their frequency in the U.S. and other countries. It suggests that with proper "treatment" before and after birth, 70% of the defects and deaths could be avoided.

Accordingly, they list some "health initiatives and prevention programs" including some very laudable ones such as nutrition programs, folic acid supplements, and intrauterine surgery.

They also, however, list with apparent approval genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and infant screening for rare metabolic disorders. The implication here is that in these three cases, the "treatment" could be abortion for genetic defects. This is why the Right to Life movement recommends that you support OTHER organizations [not MOD] that are completely life-affirming.
[February 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]



MEGA-ABORTION CENTER OPENS — Planned Parenthood is opening a series of huge abortion centers, including a six-story, 78,000 square foot abortion super center in Houston, TX.

As is typical for Planned Parenthood abortion sites, it is located in the midst of four minority neighborhoods, which have 80-85% Hispanic and Black populations. [February 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]



BLACK AMERICANS STILL TARGETED — Abortion is the leading cause of death in the African American community. In an analysis of the national Vital Statistics Reports [vol. 58, no. 4, 14October2009], Arnold Culbreath [Director, Protecting Black Life] reveals: "For every 100 white babies born alive, there were another 18 white babies who died by abortion".

While in tragic comparison: "For every 100 Black babies born alive, there were another 77 Black babies who died by abortion. Said another way, for every 1 Black baby born alive, practically 1 Black baby died by abortion." [February 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief;]



PLANNED PARENTHOOD KILLED OVER 305,000 U.S. BABIES, 2007-2008 — according to its official 2007-2008: 305,310 developing unborn babies killed by chemical abortions, medication abortions, and surgical abortions the previous year. The report also noted that total taxpayer money received by the PP affiliates increased to $350 million. [January 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]



NATIONAL VITAL STATISTICS — according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for 2005, 6.408 million pregnancies ended in 4.14 million live births, 1.21 million induced abortions, and 1.06 million fetal losses. This latest pregnancy rate is 11% below the 1990 peak. Teenage pregnancies are down 40%, with rates falling further among younger as compared to older teenagers. [January 2010, Cincinnati RT Life News Brief]