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Abortion, by any other name, is still abortion

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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My colleague Marie Smith of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues this week brought to my attention some very disturbing news: A group of academics and researchers – whose work seems to suggest they have never met an abortion they didn’t like — is trying to drum up support and development funding for a new type of “post-fertilization contraception.” They envision a pill that women could take up to a month after an unprotected sex act resulted in pregnancy.

That’s not contraception. That’s abortion.

What these researchers laud as a potential wonder drug that “could serve more women and provide more benefit at a population level,” the rest of us recognize as another way to abort a child, with considerable risk to the mother. Imagine the hormonal horror of a pill strong enough to dislodge and kill a developing baby.

As I pointed out in the book “Recall Abortion,” the birth control pill is bad medicine, causing everything from blood clots to strokes to cancer. Emergency contraception is touted as safe as can be, but after reading patients reviews of Plan B and Ella, you don’t get such a warm and fuzzy feeling. Women talk about menstrual cycles knocked out of whack and lingering back and abdominal pain. And then there’s RU-486, whose mortality rate prompted the FDA to issue new warnings about its use even as its popularity, and profitability, grew. Make no mistake about it, RU-486 poses a great risk to women’s health.

But these hard facts aren’t enough to deter this band of population control advocates from calling for the development of yet another harmful pill. For this group, preventing birth is the ultimate and only goal.

In their article, “Embracing post-fertilisation methods of family planning: a call to action,” published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, the group helpfully notes that “A woman could potentially use a post-fertilisation method on a planned schedule only once in each menstrual cycle, no matter how many prior coital acts she had had in that cycle.” The promise of spontaneity and a complete freedom from personal responsibility is what will sell this do-it-yourself abortion, they believe. Young women and girls who have drunk the Kool-Aid of “reproductive justice” would likely be the main targets of this population control campaign.

This pill has yet to be developed, thank God, but you can be sure that if it ever comes to market, it will be very profitable for some, and very, very detrimental to many — women and children.

To read what Marie Smith wrote about “post-fertilization contraception,” click here:

To sign a petition to get abortion off the market, go to www.recallabortion.com

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Playing a Vital Role in Preventing the Next Newtown…

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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The events in Newtown, CT are very tragic and yet the shootings and deaths were just hours old when the blame game began.  We seem to have a need to assign blame as a way to move on when crisis strikes but I would like to propose a different take on things.

I think we begin in our homes and families.  You can complain all you want about the violence in movies and TV but you the parents are responsible for how much of that violence you allow into your home.  You also control the movies your children see.  Let’s not forget the video and computer games you purchase for your children.  Again, where is the violence filter in your home?

Now everyone is turning to God and going to Church for comfort with their families but wait and see in a few weeks, just like after Sept. 11th the Churches will empty out again.  Why is it we only seem to turn to  God, His Churches and clergy when we are in a crisis?

Then there are those brave teachers that are rightfully being honored for laying their lives down for their students.  Everyone is praising them and rightfully so but that’s not the attitude that many in this country have for those in the teaching profession.  Parents are very quick to criticize their child’s teacher and right in front of their children, even questioning homework assignments and other classroom activities.  So too the praising of the teaching profession will also fade in a few weeks time.

Also the talk about attacking the second amendment, our right to bear arms.  Let’s stop and think for a minute.  All those who currently own guns legally, are they kept in a safe place under lock and key?  If not, then why not?  Yes some guns like high powered assault weapons should be banned from average citizens and used only by law enforcement and the military.  Think about it, when was the last time you heard a deer hunter using an assault multi-clip rifle?   Ammunition by mail order;  isn’t that ridiculous?

So as we are trying to figure out why this young man did what he did and the media will continue to press for answers, let’s see what improvements we can make in our own homes and in our neighborhoods.  Let’s turn off the violence and tune into spending more quality time with our children and loved ones.

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Morning- after contraception for teens is another attack on parental rights

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

It is really no surprise that the American Academy of Pediatrics is advocating for teenage girls to receive prescriptions for morning after contraception so they’ll have it just in case. I say it’s no surprise because a 1993 study revealed that 60 percent of the academy’s membership favored abortion for teenagers with “undesired” pregnancies and because the academy has jumped on the “free contraception for all” bandwagon mandated by President Obama’s health-care law.

As Catholics, we oppose both the use of artificial contraception and sex outside of marriage. As pro-lifers, we oppose this “morning after” contraception because, in fact, it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, by which time fertilization has occurred. To interfere with the cycle at this point is to cause a direct abortion.

I also oppose morning-after contraception as a parent. This recommendation from the physician’s group represents another attack on parental rights. A doctor who sees a teen as infrequently as once a year has no business, and no right, to insert himself or herself into a discussion about values and morality. That’s the job of a parent.

Think about the things we warn our kids about:  Smoking, drinking, experimenting with drugs. The accepted wisdom in combating these things is that we must talk to our teens, often. Hundreds of web sites and several ad campaigns have been built to promote the idea that parents are the best defense. Drugfree.org used to have a campaign called “Parents: The Anti-Drug.” Remember that?

So why, when it comes to teenage sexuality, should we asked to abdicate our responsibilities? And why should we allow doctors to second-guess us? If we have made it clear to our teenagers that sex is something sacred and meant to be enjoyed by two people who have made a lifelong commitment to each other through marriage, we shouldn’t accept the interference of a physician – however well-meaning – who tells our teens that “accidents happen” and here’s a way out.

Morality aside, morning after contraception is a powerful drug that no one should be encouraging teenagers to use.  Here’s what the well-respected Mayo Clinic has to say about it:

The morning-after pill isn’t appropriate for everyone. Tell your health care provider if:

  • You’re allergic to any component of the morning-after pill
  • You’re taking certain medications that may decrease the effectiveness of the morning-after pill, such as barbiturates or St. John’s wort
  • You’re breast-feeding (Plan B One-Step and Next Choice can be used during breast-feeding, but Ella isn’t recommended)

In addition, make sure you’re not pregnant before using Ella. The effects of Ella on a developing baby are unknown. However, if you’re already pregnant when you take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice, the treatment will simply be ineffective and won’t harm the developing baby.

Side effects of the morning-after pill typically last only a few days and may include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps
  • Diarrhea

As parents, as pro-lifers, as people of conscience, we cannot allow this recommendation by a group of doctors to become the law of the land.

As Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote in the National Review Online:

“Could we actually take a few steps back together here? Toward something healthier than a wholesale surrender of innocence, medical knowledge, and common sense? Could we ask for a cultural second opinion? It will require a little critical perseverance in the face of attractive, distracting rhetoric about health and freedom. But, ‘for the children,’ can we afford anything less?”

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Parental rights under attack, again

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

If you have been a parent in New York City for more than 20 years, you might remember “Heather Has Two Mommies.” That was one of the books public school children were going to be required to read in order to learn tolerance toward the homosexual lifestyle. It also marked one of the most public fights over the education system’s attempt to strip parents of their rights. Parents couldn’t be trusted to teach tolerance, the reasoning went, so teachers would do it for them. I was a public school teacher at the time, and I was among those leading the charge against that curriculum.

New York schools are at it again, but it’s worse this time. Now teenage girls in 13 high schools are being given hormonal contraceptives, by pill or injection, and morning-after pills upon request, and without the express consent of their parents. This has been going on since last year. The New York Post first reported on it this past weekend and the outrage has been growing ever since. This program, called CATCH – Connect Adolescents to Comprehensive Health Care – is wrong in so many ways that it’s hard to know where to start.

According to what’s been reported on this program, parents can opt out. But many parents — including a woman who works with me at Priests for Life and whose daughter attends one of the 13 schools — have never been told about CATCH. They missed their opportunity to opt out. If the Health Department deemed this program so vital, at the very least, parents should have the opportunity to opt in.

It would be interesting to see how many parents would opt in to a program that hands out known carcinogenic drugs to their teenagers. Birth control pills and the powerful morning-after drug are not health care by any definition. They are dangerous drugs, according to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health. Do school nurses have accurate information on every student’s health history? Do they ask if a student is a smoker? Has a history of heart attack, stroke or blood clots in her family? If she has a mother or grandmother or aunt who has breast cancer? The Pill is bad for everyone, but it’s especially bad for women and girls with certain red flags in their health histories.

The aim of CATCH is to reduce the city’s teenage pregnancy and abortion numbers. Those are good goals. But what CATCH is doing to making it OK for teenagers to engage in sex, when what schools should be doing is reinforcing the message that sex in high school is not a good idea. Public schools obviously are not going to teach children religious or even moral reasons not to have sex. But if they just accurately taught about the dangers of sex, both physical and mental, many kids might get the point. Have we somehow forgotten AIDS? The message of CATCH is that sex is a good thing as long as you’re using contraception, and even if you mess up, there’s a way out. Is that what we want our teenagers to learn in school?

Schools require permission slips for everything and they won’t give a Tylenol or a Midol to a student without a parent’s say so, but school personnel in some states, including New York, can take your teenage girl for an abortion without your knowledge or consent. Obviously it doesn’t make sense, but those of us who work in pro-life are used to it. When it comes to contraception and abortion, there’s a whole different set of rules. And the people making those rules don’t have your teenager’s best interest in mind.

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Becoming a ‘Nana!’

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I haven’t had a chance to write for my blog in a few weeks, and for a really good reason: My oldest daughter, Jennifer, gave birth on September 13th to my first grandchild!  This adventure began over 8 months ago when my daughter told me she was pregnant.  This was joyous news and we waited until that first sonogram when for the first time we saw her, most people would say it was just a dot but for us there she was our baby/grandbaby.  It was just past the first trimester when the doctor confirmed that is was a girl and so my daughter Jennifer and her husband Austin began as most parents do trying to decide on a name.  Well they settled on Lily Grace and from that point on we called her by her name.  I would rub my daughter’s stomach and talk to my grandbaby Lily Grace.

Over the next months many of my friends tried to tell me how different it is becoming a Nana (Grandma), I would smile and nod but I didn’t quite grasp what would be in store for me.

My daughter went into labor a week past her due date, and eventually had to have a C-section. What happened next was quite alarming: The nurses emerged from the delivery room with a bassinet containing Lily Grace and they were rushing her to the NICU.  She was having trouble breathing.  I got to see her that evening with her husband, and there she was absolutely beautiful all 8lbs 4 oz of her anyet I was so worried because of all the equipment she was hooked up to.

I assured both Austin and my daughter that everything would

Me holding my first grandchild, Lily Grace!

be fine.  In fact my daughter was still in recovery and hadn’t seen Lily since the delivery room.  That night when I left the hospital at 3:00 AM it was with joy but also worried and so storming heaven with prayer seem like the nedext best step.

The next day I was back at the hospital and now they said my daughter Jennifer could be brought up to the NICU to see and hold Lily Grace for the first time.  I had to watch through the glass as I watched my daughter Jennifer hold Lily Grace for the first time.  Tears of joy streamed down my face as I watched my first born hold her first born for the very first time.  The the next day I was  permitted to hold Lily Grace in the NICU for the very first time.  All my friends were right, being a Nana is something you just can’t quite describe but it is a joy that you just can’t put into words.

Lily Grace is home now doing quite well sleeping about 3 hours in between feedings.  But every time I hold her it is a little slice of heaven and yes, I love being a “Nana!”

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