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The Jane Doe case is not over yet

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

 

Although it is too late to save the life of an undocumented immigrant’s baby, and too late to spare the 17-year-old mom from the remorse and regret that follows abortion, the Trump administration is not walking away from the case.

As reported today by the Daily Caller, the Department of Justice has asked the  U.S. Supreme Court to sanction the lawyers for the ACLU who represented the girl, known as Jane Doe.

After the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the teenager from Central America could abort her child at nearly 16 weeks, attorneys for the government said they would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Before they could do that, however, the girl was taken for the abortion that ended her child’s life.

The ACLU, NARAL and other pro-aborts celebrated the decision on social media using the hashtag #JusticeforJane. But pro-lifers took over the trending hashtag, pointing out the inhumanity of cheering the death by dismemberment of a tiny and blameless human being.

The Justice Department wants the decision vacated and the attorneys sanctioned. It won’t bring Jane’s baby back, but it would be nice to see a little justice in this case.

In case you missed it, here’s a piece I wrote for the Daily Caller on the day Jane Doe’s child died.

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CVS should pull contraceptives from its shelves

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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It’s great news that CVS has taken the bold and proactive step of committing to remove tobacco products from its shelves by Oct. 1. I applaud the decision.

But I would like to see the company go one step further by banning the sale of contraception and abortifacient drugs.

In announcing the ban on the sale of cancer-causing nicotine products, Larry J. Merlo, CEO and president of CVS, said: “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health. Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

But what is the company’s purpose in regard to women’s health?

As I pointed out in my book, “Recall Abortion,” oral contraceptives that combine the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as most birth control pills do, have been designated Class I carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.

Beyond cancer, the Pill causes numerous – and serious – health risks to women, including blood clots, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cervical and liver cancer, elevated blood pressure and stroke.
Shouldn’t CVS care about these known and demonstrated risks to women?

And what about “emergency contraception,” like Plan B, which is now available without a prescription to girls of any age. This is bad medicine too. The makers of Plan B don’t know exactly how it works, and no studies have been done to see how it would impact those with liver or kidney diseases. No studies have been done to determine overdose levels. This is a powerful and dangerous drug, being placed into to the hands of minors who can’t even buy cold remedies over the counter anymore.

And finally there’s Ella, another mystery drug whose manufacturers insist it is not abortifacient, even though it can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. But if conception took place one day after, what an unsuspecting woman is doing four days later is causing a very early abortion of her fertilized embryo. Like Plan B, many of the potential hazards of Ella have simply not been studied.

If CVS is serious about wanting to protect the health of its customers, I hope they took a good hard look at the women and girls whose health and fertility are jeopardized by continued sales of contraceptives and abortifacients.

To learn more about the harmful effects of contraception, please go to www.RecallAbortion.com.

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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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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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Warning, This Could Be Hazardous To Your Child’s Health…

Friday, May 25th, 2012

 

The outrage of the day today comes from Florida, where a school nurse in Deltona, Florida watched a 17-year-old student pass out from an asthma attack rather than give him his inhaler. Why? Because school officials said they didn’t have the proper paper work to administer the life-saving medicine.

The nurse apparently didn’t even call 911, but did notify the boy’s mother. When she arrived at the school, he was collapsing against a wall in the throes of a full-blown asthma attack. The boy was quoted as saying “I believe that when I closed my eyes I wasn’t going to wake up.” He was terrified.

School districts around the country have strict rules about administering medicine to their students. Often, a school nurse can’t even give a child a Tylenol without the proper paperwork on file. The rules were enacted with good intentions, but they left no room for common sense. This boy could have died while his inhaler was within reach.

But now consider this: In states where underage girls can have abortions without parental consent or notification, it is often a school nurse or guidance counselor who will help her kill her unborn child.

In 2010, a 15-year-old girl in Seattle took a pregnancy test at her high school’s health center. When it was confirmed that she was pregnant, the school issued her a pass and called a taxi to take her to an abortion clinic. This was 100 percent legal under Washington State law. In fact, Washington is one of seven states where minors don’t have to notify or get permission from their parents.  The other states are Oregon, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Parental involvement is also not required in Washington, D.C. There are probably thousands of stories like this one, but the Seattle story made news because the girl’s outraged mother found out.

This dichotomy is a shocking example of our skewed priorities in this country. We’ll help a student who is probably scared and feels like she has no options to have an abortion – which may kill or injure her or fill her with regret for the rest of her life – but we won’t help a student who is fighting for his last breath.

Where’s the common sense?

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