Former Topless Femen Protester Testifies Against Abortion before Brazilian Congress

Sara Fernanda Giromini, a former feminist who once bared her breasts in public to protest against Christian sexual morality, testified recently in the Brazilian National Congress on the devastation she suffered as a result of an abortion she procured during her years as a radical leftist. Giromini, who is famous for having founded Brazil’s Femen branch under the alias “Sara Winter,” and who later led a group called “Bastardx,” made headlines late last year when she apologized to Christians and announced her rejection of feminism, homosexuality, and abortion. “You don’t have any idea of what it’s like to live with this guilt, and the incentive that the feminist movement creates to facilitate this kind of crime is very great,” Giromini told the Brazilian Senate’s Human Rights Committee. Giromini told the committee that she had joined the feminist movement in search of companionship and mutual support, but found little sympathy for her economic plight when she found herself pregnant and in need of help following an abusive relationship. READ: Ultra-feminist founder of Femen Brazil declares herself pro-life, apologizes to Christians Instead of offering her support for keeping her baby, her feminist companions urged her to illegally kill her unborn child by inducing an abortion, claiming her baby was nothing more than a “clump of cells.” “I have come here to denounce the fact that the feminist movement in Brazil has groups organized on Facebook that facilitate abortion for other women, who cooperate to collect money to buy Cytotec to cause abortions,” Giromini said. “I was in a group of feminists seeking help, a hug from friends, but what I found...

Possible Complication for Future Children: Why Prior Abortions Can Raise Autism Risk

Why Prior Abortions Can Raise Autism Risk In 1999, Professor Larry Burd & colleagues reported that women with prior induced abortions had a three times higher risk of delivering a newborn later diagnosed with autism.1 In the 1960s, the U.S. autism rate for newborns was approximately 1 in 10,000, but the rate skyrocketed to 1 in 110 in 2009 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Is it biologically plausible that prior maternal induced abortions elevate a newborn baby’s autism risk? In a word, yes. This is because of two mechanisms — preterm birth (very preterm and extremely preterm) and raised paternal age at delivery. Six significant studies report that prior induced abortions boost extremely preterm birth risk (under 28 weeks’ gestation). Extremely preterm babies have about 25 times the autism risk as do full-term (at least 37 weeks’ gestation) babies.2 The older the parents are at delivery, the higher the autism risk. In a 2001 study of French women, Dr. Henriet reported that French women with more than one prior induced abortion had 2.4 times (i.e. 140% higher) the risk of maternal age over 34 at delivery compared to women with zero prior induced abortions.3 Michael Ganz estimates that the lifetime cost (medical costs + non-medical costs + reduced income) of a U.S. newborn with autism to be $3.2 million.4 Should abortion providers wait for “conclusive” proof of the abortion-autism risk before warning women of a possible increased autism risk? My understanding of U.S. law is that patients must be warned of a serious adverse risk of a treatment for which there is credible evidence (“credible” evidence is...

PowerPoint Helps Explain Abortion-Breast Cancer Connection (Sept 2011)

PowerPoint Helps Explain Abortion-Breast Cancer Connection (Sept 2011) A new guide prepared by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer helps pregnancy centers who are facing attacks from abortion advocates for accurately informing women of the link between abortion and breast cancer. The organization’s director, Karen Malec, told LifeNews that the new Crisis Pregnancy Center PowerPoint Presentation [http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/presentation2011/] provides “a new resource to help them defend themselves against NARAL’s and Planned Parenthood’s attacks on them for informing women about the risks of induced abortion.” The timing of the new guide is crucial, with the city of San Francisco becoming the latest to attack pregnancy centers. Malec hopes people will share this professional presentation of the abortion-breast cancer link with legislators, crisis pregnancy centers, journalists, medical professionals and pregnant women. The presentation shows how pregnancy hormones structurally change the breasts. Pregnancy outcome (i.e. full term pregnancy vs. induced abortion, 2nd trimester miscarriage or a premature birth before 32 weeks gestation) influences the maturity and cancer-resistance of the breast cells. Breast cells are not fully cancer-resistant until they lactate, Malec explains. Malec provided LifeNews a synopsis of the new presentation, which exposes the lies that women are being told about the abortion-breast cancer research by leading pro-abortion advocacy groups. NARAL and Planned Parenthood Don’t Tell Women: 1. Eight medical groups have issued statements acknowledging an independent link between abortion and increased breast cancer risk. 2. Abortion raises breast cancer risk in four ways; and only one of those four ways continues to be contested by scientists (the independent link, i.e. whether abortion leaves the breasts with more places for cancers to start). NARAL...

Partner Violence & Pregnancy Outcomes Among Bangladeshi Women (BJOG, Oct2007)

BJOG. 2007 Oct;114(10):1246-52.     Intimate partner violence and unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, induced abortion, and stillbirth among a national sample of Bangladeshi women.     Silverman JG, Gupta J, Decker MR, Kapur N, Raj A.     Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA. [email protected]     OBJECTIVE: To estimate (1) lifetime prevalence of physical and sexual victimisation from husbands among a national sample of Bangladeshi women, (2) associations of unwanted pregnancy and experiences of husband violence, and (3) associations of miscarriage, induced abortion, and fetal death/stillbirth and such victimisation. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, nationally representative study utilizing matched husband-wife data from the 2004 MEASURE Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey. SETTING: Bangladesh. POPULATION: Married Bangladeshi women ages 13-40 years old (n = 2677). METHODS: Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Relations of intimate partner violence to unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, induced abortion and stillbirth. RESULTS: Three out of four (75.6%) Bangladeshi women experienced violence from husbands. Less educated, poorer, and Muslim women were at greatest risk. Women experiencing violence from husbands were more likely to report both unwanted pregnancy (ORs(adj) 1.46-1.54) and a pregnancy loss in the form of miscarriage, induced abortion, or stillbirth (ORs(adj) 1.43-1.69). Assessed individually, miscarriage was more likely among victimised women (OR(adj) 1.81). A nonsignificant trend was detected for increased risk of induced abortion (OR(adj) 1.64); stillbirth was unrelated to violence from husbands. CONCLUSION: Intimate partner violence is extremely prevalent and relates to unwanted pregnancy and higher rates of pregnancy loss or termination, particularly miscarriages, among Bangladeshi women. Investigation of mechanisms responsible for these associations will be critical to developing interventions...

Study: Previous Abortions Linked With Pre-Term Birth and Cerebral Palsy (JRM, 10/07)

The study suggests 31.5% of children are born with very low birth weight due to prior induced abortions. An article appearing in this month’s edition of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine concludes that nearly 32 per cent of “very-preterm” U.S. births (before 32 weeks gestation) are due to the mother having had a prior abortion… 31.5% of children born with very low birth weight due to prior induced abortions An article appearing in this month’s edition of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine concludes that nearly 32 per cent of “very-preterm” U.S. births, that is, before 32 weeks gestation, are due to the mother having had a prior abortion. This information, combined with previous research in the relation between low birth weight children and cerebral palsy (CP), results in an estimated 1,096 children suffering from CP because of their mother’s prior abortion. The 2002 data examines 4,021,726 births, 4,021,726 preterm babies and 72,751 very-preterm babies. The study’s authors, with the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition based in Vancouver, are Dr. Byron Calhoun an obstetrics and gynecology professor at Western Virginia University, Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan and Brent Rooney the research director. They concluded that prior induced abortion is a significant risk factor in very pre-term births and cerebral palsy. The research backs up previous findings published in 2006 by Dr. Richard E. Behrman of Stanford University’s Institute of Medicine, that named “prior first trimester induced abortion” as “immutable medical risk factor associated with preterm birth”. Very pre-term babies have much higher than normal risks of suffering medical problems including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism,...