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Who stood up for pregnant Chinese teacher? Not Planned Parenthood!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

 

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Those who champion a woman’s “right to choose” should be up in arms about a school teacher in China who had been warned she would lose her job if she didn’t abort her child. Qin Yi is five months pregnant with her second child.

Surely the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which works closely with the Chinese Family Planning Association, would have tried to intervene in – or least comment on – this gross injustice. But there was no indication from the IPPF website that the life of Qin’s baby was even worth noting.

Perhaps the White House, where the resident-in-chief is a staunch supporter of “choice,” got his diplomats in China working to save this couple and their wanted child. But again, we can’t know if this family’s plight was even on President Obama’s radar. Even worse, the United States government might have abetted this macabre scenario.

Last year, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)accused the Obama administration of breaking U.S. laws and aiding China’s forced abortion policies.

According to Smith, who cited the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Obama has given $227 million to a United Nations agency that facilitates the one-child policy, and visas to Chinese officials with ties to brutal acts of forced abortions.

The U.S. prohibits federal funds from flowing to organizations involved in China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies, or allowing foreigners directly involved in its enforcement into the U.S. But Smith says only a handful of abusers have been denied visas.

The Associated Press reported this week that Qin was granted permission to have a child with her husband, Meng Shaoping, in her hometown, even though each of them has a daughter from their previous marriages. But she subsequently was ordered to have an abortion by the end of the month because the province where she is teaching has different rules.

LifeSite News reported Thursday that the couple will now be allowed to have their baby. Thank God! But the circumstances that led to this near-tragedy have not changed.

In late 2013, China eased up on its one-child only policy that, in 34 years not only eliminated siblings in the world’s most populous country but also left the region’s boy-to-girl ratio so lopsided that many Chinese men will never be able to marry. According to a recent report, China was home to 33 million more men than women in 2014.

When the policy change was announced in Beijing, IPPF gushed that it was “an important step towards realising reproductive health and rights for all its citizens” – although not for the hundreds of millions of citizens who had already been deprived of their right to life.

As both Congressman Smith and Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, have pointed out, the easing of the one-child restriction in some areas of China does not mean forced abortion has been relegated to the past.

“The core of the problem is not whether the government is allowing one child or two children,” Ms. Littlejohn told World Net Daily in February. “The government is still telling how many children people can have and is enforcing that limit with coerced abortions. And it’s not clear to me that there are fewer abortions. Women and babies still are dying.”

Women and babies are still dying in China while the United States looks the other way. But I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised: Women and babies are still dying right here at home.

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Assault by emergency contraception

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Dr. Thomas A. Pfeiffer

Dr. Thomas A. Pfeiffer

It seems like just about every day there is another news story involving a pregnant woman and a violent man who doesn’t want to be a father. Earlier this week, the news was the 25-years-to life-sentence given to a 22-year-old man who suffocated, burned and then dumped the body of his 14-year-old girlfriend after she told him she was pregnant and refused to abort the child.

Today’s story is about a 44-year-old anesthesiologist in upstate New York who allegedly choked a woman who told him she was pregnant and forced her to swallow what news outlets are reporting variously as “an abortion pill” or Plan B.

The woman was treated and released from a hospital, but the fate of her unborn child is still not known. One of the reporters covering the story said she has repeatedly asked if the baby is alive, but the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is not answering.

I pray the baby is alive. But if the baby has died, all those who insist emergency contraception is not abortifacient will finally have to face reality.

From a pro-life perspective – and from a purely scientific perspective, before politics got involved – contraception, both emergency and otherwise, is abortifacient by its nature. Pregnancy begins when the egg is fertilized, which is basic biology, but in 1965, in order to make the new birth control Pill more palatable to the public, the definition of when a woman was considered pregnant was changed. Since then, pregnancy is officially considered to begin at implantation. (Not all doctors agree with this new measurement).

This particular case in Ulster County could finally blow the lid off the deception surrounding emergency contraception. If an implanted embryo died post-implantation, there is no more arguing about Plan B’s abortifacient nature.

If the baby has died, it also opens up a whole new can of worms for Obamacare. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortion. But the Affordable Care Act provides federal subsidies for millions of people who are now buying insurance on the national exchange, and, thanks to the HHS mandate that insurance includes free contraception and emergency contraception for everyone (with some faith-based exceptions). If emergency contraception killed this baby, then federal funds are most definitely being used to fund abortion.

This baby’s death would certainly help pro-lifers get our point across about the true nature of emergency contraception and the illegal use of federal funds to pay for abortion. But I pray the baby is alive, because every life matters.

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Celebrity Suicide: The Sexual Abuse/Abortion Connection

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Charlotte Dawson

By Janet Morana and Kevin Burke

Australian Celebrity Charlotte Dawson’s Suicide: The Sexual Abuse/Abortion Connection
New and important revelations from the May 11th edition of The Mail Online on the relationship of Charlotte Dawson’s suicide to abortion and sexual abuse:

Friends of Charlotte Dawson have revealed how the tragic TV star was caught up in a web of fear and depression in the months leading up to her death – and was still struggling to get over an abortion from years earlier.

Close friend Alex Perry shared that her abortion was the turning point in her life. Dawson and friends of her family spoke of her loving childhood, but also of sexual molestation as a child, and how this contributed to a lack of self worth.

When we first learned of Charlotte’s tragic death in February, the Main Stream Media tried to blame her death on cyber-bullying. But this interview broadcast Sunday evening May 11 on the Seven Network Australia further clarifies that the central cause of her desperation and despair was her abortion loss suffered in 2000.

The sexual molestation Charlotte experienced as a child not only was a contributor to her emotional suffering, it also likely had an important connection to her vulnerability to her coerced abortion. When a woman has experienced the intimate violation of sexual abuse, the abortion procedure can be experienced on a physiological and psychological level as a traumatic event that re enacts elements of that earlier abuse. After the abortion procedure this can cause an explosive, confusing and destabilizing flood of painful memories and feelings. [You can learn much more about the relationship of sexual abuse and abortion in this excerpt from Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion. ]

Charlotte was a famous and beautiful model, television star and celebrity. But there are many other such tragic accounts of women with abuse in their histories who are counseled that abortion is the only sensible and compassionate choice. Like Charlotte Dawson, this can lead over time to a sudden and shocking act like suicide. However for many other women, it is a slower process of self-destructive, self-shaming behaviors that can wreak havoc in their lives and relationships.

Pro-abortion apologists tell us we need to make abortion safe and easily accessible, especially for women with abuse in their history who often face unplanned pregnancies. The tragedy is that, like Charlotte Dawson, these are the women with the highest vulnerability to tragic reactions to the procedure.

Kevin Burke is the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and coordinator of the Fatherhood Forever initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

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The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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This week Rolling Stone Magazine ran a piece that promised readers the truth about abortion. It was written by Lauren Rankin and presented as a news story. But Ms. Rankin is not an unbiased reporter. She is a graduate student who serves on the board of the New Jersey Abortion Access Association, which raises money to buy abortions for women who can’t afford them. They hold bowl-a-thons for abortions. You can’t make this stuff up.

The seven “lies” she sets about “debunking” are based on information available at pregnancy resource centers. This nationwide network of centers – some affiliated with organizations like CareNet or Heartbeat International, and some operating independently or as ministry outreaches – exist solely to provide actual choices to women facing unexpected pregnancies. When pro-aborts talk about “a woman’s right to choose” they only mean her right to choose abortion. But a woman who knocks on the door of one of some 3,000 pregnancy centers in the U.S. will often be given a free ultrasound onsite, but that’s just the beginning. If she’s poor or homeless, she will get help finding a place to live and referrals to agencies – government and charitable – that will help her with finances. Her first visit will lead to a continuing relationship with the people at the center, many of whom are volunteers. They will be with her through her pregnancy and often, accompany her in the birthing room. There will be assistance to get back into school or assist with job opportunities and even rides to doctor’s appointments. Will she be encouraged to choose life? Absolutely. Should we apologize for that? Absolutely not.

About a year ago, a college gymnast showed up at Life Choices Resource Center in Metuchen, N.J. I serve on the board there. She knew from the moment 10 pregnancy tests confirmed her suspicions that she would have her baby. She needed help from Life Choices because she knew that everyone else in her life was going to push her toward abortion. There’s a truth about abortion you won’t read about in Rolling Stone: Many women are coerced by parents, boyfriends, husbands, employers, even guidance counselors and coaches, into abortions they would never have chosen on their own. Had this young woman gone to Planned Parenthood, she would be the mother of a dead child now. Instead, she has a three-month-old son with a full head of black hair and an angelic smile. Which choice was better? You decide.

To rebut Ms. Rankin’s biased advertorial in Rolling Stone, I will now debunk the lies that abortion profiteers and their supporters tell about abortion.

1. Lie: Abortion is not linked to breast cancer. Pro-aborts love to cite a 2003 workshop conducted by the National Institute of Health and a 2009 study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to conclude that abortion has no link to breast cancer. That’s a lie. The 2003 workshop would not allow scientists whose research showed an abortion-breast cancer link to present at the conference. Also, many, many studies, performed before and since the 2009 study, show the so-called ABC link is a reality. In China, where abortion is mandatory for millions of women, a new study found that abortion is “significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer,” and that risk increases with each subsequent abortion. In India, another recent study found that multiple abortions were among the factors that caused an increased risk of breast cancer (oral contraceptives also were on the list). A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a significant increase in aggressive breast cancers in young women, starting in 1976. Although the researchers said they couldn’t pinpoint a cause, they theorized that a sedentary lifestyle could be to blame. But the spike in cancer started three years after abortion became legal everywhere in the country and that can’t be a coincidence. To learn about dozens of additional studies that point to an ABC link, go to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute’s fact sheet.

2. Lie: Abortion is not linked to infertility. As compelling evidence that breast cancer and infertility are not even tangentially related, abortion advocate Rankin offers this quote from the Mayo Clinic web site. “Abortion isn’t thought to cause fertility issues or complications in subsequent pregnancies.” Isn’t thought to cause? In case you’re not convinced, she points to research from the Guttmacher Institute (a kissing cousin of Planned Parenthood that is falsely described as “nonpartisan”) that suggests first-trimester abortion is not harming women’s fertility. Not so fast. Another study from China showed a correlation between first-trimester abortion and subsequent miscarriage. And what I know from my work with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is that botched abortions do lead to loss of fertility or cause women to have hysterectomies. Many women who speak of their abortion regret, like Donna, aborted the only child they would ever conceive.

3. Lie: Women don’t regret their abortions. Rachel’s Vineyard is one of the world’s largest post-abortion healing ministries. Since it began in 1993, it has helped 250,000 women and men heal from their abortion experiences. In 2013 alone, more than 1,000 weekend retreats were held, and the Rachel’s Vineyard model has spread to 49 states and over 70 countries. The retreat is currently offered in 22 languages, with other translations in progress. Rachel’s Vineyard wouldn’t continue to grow if women weren’t dealing with feelings of regret after abortion. Women don’t need the endorsement of the American Psychological Association to validate their feelings. What they need is help dealing with those feelings, and they get help at Rachel’s Vineyard.

4. Lie: Women who see an ultrasound image of their baby have the abortion anyway. The Rolling Stone puff piece pointed to a report of a study that looked at 15,000 women who went to Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles for an abortion. Of those who chose to look at the ultrasound image, most had the abortion anyway. But hang on a second. The lead researcher, Dr. Mary Gatter, was on the Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles senior management team in 2012-2013. The rest of the research team has solid pro-abortion bona fides as well. Randi Zung of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal wouldn’t divulge who funded the study, but it was very likely the same cast of population control characters who ordinarily fund studies that always come out on the side of abortion. So this is the situation: Planned Parenthood and its supporters fund research that is performed by its very own people, and the results favor those who profit from abortion, namely Planned Parenthood. One hand washes the other, and the baby is thrown out with the bath water, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor. Something else to consider: A woman who is on the table for an ultrasound at an abortion clinic is probably not getting out of there with her baby alive, even if she decides to choose life. Tales of women being held down and forcibly aborted are common, and even if force isn’t used, women in this vulnerable state are repeatedly assured that once the “contents of the uterus” are gone, everything will be all right. No abortionist wants to lose a sale.

5. Lie: Abortion is not psychologically damaging to women. This is basically the same lie as number three. Rolling Stone relies on a 2008 statement from the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion that said there’s no evidence that a single abortion causes mental health problems. But in that very same paragraph, it says: “The Task Force found some studies that indicate that some women do experience sadness, grief and feelings of loss following an abortion and some experience ‘clinically significant disorders, including depression and anxiety.’ ” So, in other words, mental health problems. Dr. Vincent Rue, a psychotherapist with more than 30 years’ experience working with people suffering trauma and grief after abortion, first used the phrase “post-abortion syndrome” in 1981 to describe what his patients were experiencing. The pro-abortion medical establishment has been trying to discredit the term ever since. But the syndrome doesn’t have to be officially recognized for it to cause suffering. We see it in our work every day.

6. Lie: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws make abortion unsafe for women. The abortion industry is a master of spin. When Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” was discovered in Philadelphia in 2011, pro-aborts crafted a tale so ridiculous it was hard to imagine reporters would use it in their stories, and yet they did. They insisted that toughening up oversight of abortion clinics was forcing good clinics to close and leaving the worst of them open to kill children and maim their mothers. Gosnell’s clinic had not been inspected in 17 years, even though its deficiencies were well-known and reported to city and state officials. Can you imagine a nail salon, or a veterinarian office, or a portable toilet for that matter, going so long between inspections? In West Virginia, abortion clinics have never been inspected! Unfettered access to abortion is seen as so important that pro-aborts think nothing of exposing women to the most horrific conditions as they fight every single proposed regulation. Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic was not an anomaly. Here’s a house of horrors in Michigan. In Delaware. In Virginia. In New Jersey. You can find a house of horrors in every state if you’re willing to put in the time to look. This strange situation puts pro-lifers in the position of working to make abortion safer for women. Do we hope that some of these abortion regulations will close clinics? Absolutely. Does the strategy work? It does! A record-setting 87 abortion clinics closed last year alone. The latest weapon in the TRAP war is for states to pass laws, as Texas, Ohio and others have done, that force abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals within a reasonable distance. Many abortionists can’t get these privileges because they are quacks. They lose licenses in one state and they set up in another. Or they are circuit- rider abortionists, hopping from state to state on a weekly basis. Third-trimester abortionist LeRoy Carhart wasn’t even in Maryland anymore when Jennifer Morbelli died after an abortion at 33 weeks. That’s the state of safe, legal, rare abortion in our country (i.e. not safe, not rare).

7. Lie: Abortion does not endanger women’s health and lives. This week, GM recalled 1.37 million cars because a faulty ignition had led to 13 deaths. Although we know that many women are killed by abortion and the cause is covered up on their death certificates, the Centers for Disease Control concedes that eight women died after a legal abortion in 2009 in the U.S. But isn’t that eight too many? Aren’t the lives of these women, these pregnant women – these mothers – as valuable as the drivers whose faulty ignitions killed them? We know that by September 2011, 14 women had died from RU-486 abortions, and yet instead of being recalled, the drugs are still considered the next best thing in abortion. Post-abortion depression is also killing women, and you don’t have to reach back very far to find examples. The Australian actress Charlotte Dawson committed suicide this week. In a television interview that was later reported in the Daily Mail, the actress discussed her marriage to Olympic-hopeful Scott Miller and the abortion she had to keep him from being distracted from his swimming career. That abortion triggered a depression from which she never recovered. Also this week, LifeNews reported on the tragic suicide of a young woman in England that also was linked to her abortion.

Abortion is the real war on women, and it’s killing us.

My colleagues Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with me, and Bryan Kemper, Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach director, also were outraged at the Rolling Stone piece. Read what they had to say here and here.

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New study from China recognizes the abortion-breast cancer link

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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I’m guessing you won’t read this in the mainstream media, but today the pro-life media is abuzz with the results of a new study out of China that shows a 44 percent increased risk of breast cancer for women who have had one abortion. The risk increases to 76 percent for women who have had two abortions, and jumps to 89 percent for those who have had three.

The study was actually a meta-analysis, which means researchers combed existing studies specifically to look for the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. They found it. The researchers concluded:

“IA (induced abortion) is significantly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer among Chinese females, and the risk of breast cancer increases as the number of IA increases.”

Writing in the American Thinker, Dr. Mary Davenport, a member of the board of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, notes that “There is no bigger data base than China, where there are an average of 8.2 million pregnancy terminations every year, and 40 abortions for every 100 live births. Chinese researchers and physicians are unencumbered by abortion politics, and do not cover up data showing long term effects of induced abortion, as do their U.S. counterparts in governmental, professional and consumer organizations.”

The Chinese aren’t the only ones to have noticed the ABC link. There have been 70 peer-reviewed studies performed all over the world that demonstrate the ABC link, according to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast cancer surgeon in practice since 1984. She notes that many of the studies were performed in countries, like China, where abortion is part of public policy and information on it is readily available.

In the U.S., we call abortion vital health-care for women, but questioning its safety is not allowed. That’s why, when the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study this past spring that showed an increase in the most aggressive cancers among young women from 1976 to 2009, mainstream media reporters fell over themselves to come up with a cause that had nothing to do with the legalization both of hormonal contraception (1972) and abortion (1973).

That’s also why, when researchers in a study commissioned by GE Healthcare reported in October that breast cancer rates are surging in China and the U.S., they blamed it on “women having fewer children as well as hormonal interventions like post-menopausal hormonal therapy,” without mentioning that hormonal contraception and abortion loom large in the reasons why women are having fewer children.

My whole reason for writing my book, “Recall Abortion,” was to point out the many ways abortion is unsafe for women. Breast cancer is one of the major causes of death for women in this country, and if abortion is causing more, and more deadly, breast cancers, isn’t that something we should all be talking about?

To sign the petition to demand a government recall of abortion, go to www.RecallAbortion.com. You can also order the book there, or at www.Amazon.com, where the book is also available for Kindle.

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Judge’s ruling on morning after pill puts teenagers at risk

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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A ruling from Brooklyn federal court today gives the FDA 30 days to make morning-after contraception available over the counter to girls of all ages. nyti.ms/10jtsAS

 This ruling is misguided on so many levels.

It is yet another assault on parental rights. Laws that prevent school officials from giving a Tylenol to a teen with a headache without a parent’s say-so are thrown out the window whenever contraception and abortion come into play. This ruling solidifies the “progressive” belief that where teenage sexuality is concerned, parents have no business getting involved.

It is bad medicine. Teenage girls whose main concern is hiding their sexual activity from their parents might not know how Plan B or its generics will affect their personal health. Heck, the makers of Plan B don’t even know. No studies have been done to see how it would impact those with liver or kidney diseases and no studies have been done to determine overdose levels. Many teenage and pre-teen girls haven’t hit 100 pounds yet and many have no idea about their medical history. This is a powerful and dangerous drug and even its manufacturer has no clear idea how it works.  bit.ly/10EAXQn

It leaves teenagers at risk of ectopic pregnancy. The drug comes with warnings that those who have severe abdominal pain should see a doctor to see if they are in fact experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. But keep in mind, this is the same pre-teen or teenage girl who chose to have sex – or was convinced or coerced – who is turning to Plan B to escape any consequences that might follow that bad decision. Is it logical to think that same girl is going to turn herself in, so to speak, to her parents and doctor? Teens are experts at denying reality. This decision is deadly.

It is yet another boon for boys. Instead of teaching boys and young men to respect women, to understand that “No” means “No,” we are telling them that actions no longer have consequences, that whatever has been done can be undone. Will this ruling lead to more date rape? I think it will.

Even the pro-contraception, pro-abortion Obama administration recognizes that giving Plan B to young teenagers and pre-teens is a bad idea. In 2011, the administration overruled an FDA recommendation to make morning-after contraception without a prescription available for all ages. Maybe President Obama shudders at the thought of his 12-year-old daughter Sasha walking into a pharmacy and coming out with a carcinogenic drug.

But Sasha has the Secret Service protecting her from the dangerous mistakes of pre-adolescence. The rest of our girls are on their own.

To learn more about the health dangers of contraceptive and abortifacient drugs, read my book, “Recall Abortion.” Go to RecallAbortion.com to order.

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Food for Thought: Cinnabar & China’s One Child Policy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Recently I was attending a conference in San Francisco and one afternoon I had some free time, so I decided to take a “window shopping walk” through the streets of Chinatown.

As I entered one shop I saw some very pretty, bright red & black jars and containers decorated with beautiful carvings.  I soon learned this particular type of Chinese art is known as Cinnabar.   As I was admiring these pieces the clerk came over and struck up a conversation; she said Cinnabar is an ancient Chinese craft that is disappearing.  She continued, saying that knowledge of this particular craft is becoming rare due to China’s ‘One Child Policy’.  She went on to say that in her time, people used to have large families and the oldest children would go to college while the others would learn a craft or trade.  She repeated that knowledge of this skillset is disappearing because of China’s One Child Policy!

Now I have known about the horrors of China’s One Child Policy and forced abortion for quite some time, but as this woman pointed out, in addition to the millions of lives which have been lost and will continue to be destroyed, there is another side to the story.  I am sure there are many who don’t even pay attention to the issue of forced abortion in China and many others who believe this practice is perfectly fine, but have these same people ever stopped to think about the resulting economic impact or that some of these ancient crafts will soon be lost forever?

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