Important World Events in March 2014

In the U.S. this week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas upheld a law requiring Mifeprex abortions to be performed according to the FDA protocol. Several AAPLOG members spent many hours helping to defend this legislation, and you can read the amicus brief that we submitted in this case — http://aaplog.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/13-51008-Planned-Parenthood-v-Abbott-amicus-brief-of-AAPLOG-et-al.pdf AAPLOG commends the Court for upholding the law that protects Texas women from the irresponsible use of this powerful abortion drug. Internationally, there is good news as well. Bear with me as I give you some background. In 2000, the nations of the world agreed to work toward 8 goals called the Millennium Development Goals — http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ Goal 5 (MDG 5) is “Improve Maternal Health”. In 2007, MDG 5 was morphed into “Improving Women’s Health” at a high level international conference called “Women Deliver”, and at that conference it was made clear that legalization of abortion was dishonestly portrayed as an essential step in achieving MDG 5. With this “abortion first” mentality, one of the conference speakers identified four major obstacles which blocked progress toward worldwide abortion legalization: #1 Obstacle: You. Health care workers rights of conscientious refusal to perform abortions constituted one of the major obstacles to worldwide elective abortion legalization. That is because although the pro-abortion coalition can force sovereign nations into legalizing elective abortion by withholding development money, the individual physicians and nurses can still refuse to perform them. #2 Obstacle: The involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in the health care infrastructure in Latin America, and the involvement of Protestant Missionaries in the health care infrastructure in Africa. #3 Obstacle: Ultrasound which...