Category Archives: Pro-Life

States that restrict abortion have lower maternal mortality rates: Mexican study

unborn baby

LifeSiteNews: An international team of medical researchers comparing maternal mortality rates and abortion laws in 32 Mexican states claims it has disproven the claim of abortion promoters that easy access to abortion will reduce maternal deaths.

Comparing 14 states with constitutional protection for the unborn with 18 states with varying degrees of permissiveness over 10 years, the Chilean-Mexican-American team found that the less permissive states had a maternal mortality rate 23% lower, and a post-abortive mortality rate “up to” 47% lower.

Team member Dr. John Thorp of the University of North Carolina medical school said in a video released along with the study that it “pretty much refutes the conventional wisdom” that freer access to abortion will reduce maternal fatalities because abortions will be done in safe conditions.

The research director, Dr. Elard Koch, director of the sponsoring MELISA Institute and an associate researcher with the University of Chile’s faculty of medicine, said in the same video that the study does not show “making abortion laws less permissive will automatically decrease maternal deaths.”

But what it does show is that more difficult access to abortion has none of the negative impact on death rates claimed by organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute.

At the same time, the study shows that states with more permissive laws had higher rates of violence against women. Meanwhile, those states with less permissive laws regarding abortion provided better prenatal care, more skilled maternity staff, and better emergency obstetrics.

Out of 10 factors examined, the one bearing the strongest relationship with reduced maternal mortality rate (MMR) was the mother’s literacy and education levels, which bring knowledge about pre-birth health and hygiene and dispel counter-productive folk “wisdom.” Less permissive states had better literacy rates.

Thorp said the results were not a surprise.  A similar study tracking Chilean MMR through several changes back and forth in abortion laws showed the same factors correlating strongly with a reduced MMR, especially female literacy maternal and access to modern medicine. It also showed that legal abortion access had little to no relevance.  Thorp also noted a study comparing abortion laws and the rate of complications arising from abortions in 23 U.S. states also showed that tighter abortion laws went with fewer complications.

Other factors the study found to be related to higher maternal death rates were “Poverty, malnutrition, and exposure to infectious diseases during the fertile age of women increase the risk of maternal death,” according to Sebastián Haddad, MD, a researcher at the Universidad de Anáhuac in Mexico.

DCG

Rescued pig and blind dog become best friends

St. Bonaventure called non-human animals “creatures without sin.”

Raffy and Henry, though entirely different species, forged a beautiful and loving friendship.

Henry the pig was rescued from a factory farm when he was just a few days old. He was born in a farrowing crate, weak and cold, where his mom couldn’t even move around, let alone take proper care of him.

Henry's mom in a crate

Henry would have died if he had not been rescued by Brightside Farm Sanctuary.

Henry the piglet

While still a piglet, Henry met Raffy, a Golden Retriever who was born blind. Raffy became little Henry’s “mum” and best friend. Pig and dog would sleep, play, and even go for walks together.

Raffy and Henry

Now, Henry the pig is sick and dying. But his faithful friend, Raffy, will remain by his side to the end.

If you don’t already, you should know that the pork you buy in stores most likely came from a factory farm where pigs, cows, and chicken live their entire wretched lives, from birth to death, in cramped cages, and fed food loaded with hormones and antibiotics.

God bless the good folks of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Tasmania, Australia! Click here for their website.

H/t The I♥Dogs Site and FOTM’s josephbc69

~Éowyn

NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes LGBT but not pro-life group

This year, New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will include an LGBT activists group, but not a pro-life group.

Even worse, in rejecting the application of a pro-life group, the parade organizers are going against their own promise — that pro-life groups will also march in the parade, as a quid pro quo for the organizers allowing in the homosexual group.

Lisa Bourne reports for LifeSiteNews, Feb. 17, 2015, that a homosexual activist group, Out@NBCUniversal, will be marching under its own banner in the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade led by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, but the parade has refused a pro-life group’s request to participate.

When Cardinal Dolan was appointed Grand Marshal of the parade, he excused the decision to allow Out@NBCUniversal to march under their banner by saying they were merely Catholics who were homosexually inclined, rather than advocates for sinful behaviour.  The group, however, is an overt promoter of same-sex ‘marriage.’

On January 22, the parade officially rejected the application from Children First Foundation (CFF), a pro-life adoption advocacy group, to march this year.

Elizabeth Rex

Elizabeth Rex

CFF president Dr. Elizabeth Rex is an adjunct bioethics professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. In 2001, Dr. Rex founded Children First Foundation, a group that promotes and supports adoption, and sponsored “Choose Life” license plates in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rex said about the parade’s rejection of CFF’s application to march, “It’s absolutely been a double-cross.” Not only was the group refused, they had to get a lawyer to pursue the parade committee to find out the result of their application. And even then the parade committee waited until the very last day before the launch of legal action to respond.

When the parade committee announced in September that the homosexual group could march in the 2015 parade, it came with a policy change allowing groups to march under their own banner, which organizers called a “gesture of goodwill” toward the LGBT community. But the change in policy was supposed to also mean a pro-life group could march. In fact, on September 11, 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that parade spokesman William O’Reilly said a pro-life group would be allowed to march as part of a “deal” to permit the homosexual group to march.

The pro-life CFF had first applied to march in the 2015 parade last September, just after the policy change was made known.

On September 10, 2014, parade committee vice-chairman and Quinnipiac University President Dr. John Lahey said there would be no pro-life group in the 2015 parade, “That won’t be happening. What we want to do is keep 2015 focused on the gesture of goodwill we made towards the gay community with the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal.”

Last fall, Cardinal Dolan had deviated from his predecessors, who had stood firm in regard to Church teaching as it relates to the Irish Catholic-themed parade, by saying he had no problem with the decision to allow the LGBT group to march. More than that, Dolan called the decision a wise one. Shortly thereafter, Dolan was named the 2015 grand marshal, causing considerable disappointment among many Catholics.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan & Dr. John Lahey

The Catholic Church teaches that people with same-sex attractions must be treated with respect and dignity as children of God, but the Church also teaches that homosexual activity is intrinsically disordered and gravely immoral. Homosexuals, as are heterosexuals, are called to live chaste lives.

Bill Donohue, the feisty president of Catholic League — an organization fighting for the civil rights of Catholics and Christians — initially had given parade organizers a pass on the decision allowing the homosexual group in the parade because of the parade’s promise to include pro-life groups in the march. Donohue also stood by the Dolan’s decision to be grand marshal.

But now, Donohue pulled the Catholic League, a longtime parade participant, out of the parade. He told Newsmax that the Catholic League would never march again because parade organizers had “double-crossed” him: “To be specific, I asked them to pledge that a pro-life Catholic group would also be permitted. I was told that a formal change in the rules had been approved and that a pro-life group would march. Now I am being told that the list of marching units is set and that no pro-life group will march in next year’s parade. Accordingly, I have decided to withdraw our participation. The gays made the cut and they said no to the pro-lifers.”

Sign a petition to Cardinal Dolan to stop the St. Patrick’s Day scandal here

NY Cardinal Dolan's mansion

NY Cardinal Dolan’s mansion

Many U.S. archbishops live in palatial mansions. Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads the pack with this 15,000-square-foot mansion on Madison Avenue, in one of the priciest corridors of Manhattan. The neo-Gothic mansion, reportedly filled with thick red carpets and priceless antiques, is estimated by Vanderbilt Appraisal Company to be worth at least $30 million. (CNN)

~Éowyn

Truth in Cartoons

It’s pretty sad when a cartoon tells us the true story, and not the front page (or back page or any page) of a newspaper.

cartoon1cartoon2cartoon3

H/t FOTM’s Jim Doolittle

~Éowyn

Feminist, LGBT orgs threaten to ‘take action’ when Christian group invites them to debate

lauren bacall

Campus Reform: A female student was threatened by feminist and LGBT organizations at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington after she invited them to attend a pro-life event.

Madison Marston sent personal email invitations to UNCW’s National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), PRIDE, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association (WSSA), to extend an invitation to Ratio Christi’s “Abortion and Human Equality: A Pro Life Defense of the Unborn” discussion. The three organizations collectively declined while threatening Marston for sending the invitation.

“Each of the leaders of PRIDE, NARAL and WSSA ask that you no longer contact us directly,” the email, obtained by Campus Reform said. “As a student organization, your events are on the CAIC calendar, part of Hawk e-News, and disseminated in a variety of other ways, which is sufficient for us to be aware of them. We do not need, nor want, these invitations. If you continue to attempt to contact any of us, we will take further action.

In the email, the organizations said they already had a separate event scheduled for that same date but also said they will not participate in any debates with the Christian apologetics organization as they do not share the same beliefs when it comes to abortion and LGBT issues.

“As such, we have no desire to debate them with you or your organization,” the organizations said in the email. “We have no desire to hear from Mike Adams who has routinely mocked us and engaged in hostile and belittling behavior towards our organizations and beliefs. We have no desire to attend any event sponsored by your organization and its narrow beliefs steeped in religious bigotry and intolerance.”

As previously reported by Campus Reform, UNCW’s NARAL chapter celebrated those who provide illegal abortions—or “abortion heroes” as they called them—in the fall. The organization partnered with the school’s LGBTQIA Resource Office and the Women’s Studies and Resource Center (WSRC) to put on the event, which was promoted by school faculty.

Ratio Christi’s event, scheduled for Feb., 26, will host Adams, an outspoken conservative professor at UNCW, “to present a scientific and philosophical argument on the topic of abortion,” according to the event’s press release obtained by Campus Reform.

The free event has a Q&A portion concluding Adams’ talk, during which Marston, a biology and chemistry major, was hoping the other student organizations could participate.

“I had naively thought UNCW’s pro-choice student organizations would jump at any and every opportunity to participate in events on the topic of abortion,” Marston told Campus Reform in an interview. “Or at least, I thought they would be somewhat interested in having a platform to defend their views. If they believe so strongly that abortion is a woman’s right—why are they afraid to defend their belief?

Marston said she was not surprised that the organizations declined to participate in the event as they have not extended invitations to any pro-life organizations while hosting pro-abortion events in the past.

“If Ratio Christi is the intolerant party, why will NARAL, PRIDE, and the WSSA not tolerate our personal invitations?” she said. “Why will they not tolerate our attempt to engage with them on a topic of mutual interest?” UNCW’s College Democrats also declined the invitation to attend the event as “our party’s views do not align with the views of the speaker.”

“The unborn are viable at 21 weeks. Unfortunately many campus liberals are not viable even after 21 years,” Adams told Campus Reform. “They simply cannot survive in a free and open marketplace of ideas. That is why they demand to remain undisturbed inside protective wombs like the safe zone and the campus diversity center. That is also why they threaten to abort free speech by prosecuting those who seek to openly debate controversial ideas.” “If this is not intolerance I don’t know what is,” he said.

Marston told Campus Reform that she’s hopeful to eventually be able to plan an event with NARAL, PRIDE, and WSSA in order to discuss and debate topics such as abortion. Her response to the organizations’ email that clarified the event and encouraged them to attend, at least for the discussion portion, has gone unanswered.

NARAL, PRIDE, and WSSA did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Campus Reform. A representative from UNCW also did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform.

liberal tolerance

DCG

Liberals and their twisted definition of “pro-choice”

The debate over vaccinations has been in the news recently. As I perused the scholarly thoughts of the iY generation on Tumblr, I stumbled across this:

vaccinations

Can you tell this was from Tumblr? Lol!

So how does the issue of your choice to vaccinate your children compare to your choice on the issue of abortion?

similar

Are we comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges?

The left aim to halt any and all pro-choice debates by comparing one issue of choice to another: You’re either pro-choice in all issues or are a hypocritical republican that only believes in your pro-choice issues. Must one be “pro-choice” in all issues in order to truly be pro-choice?

In trying to understand liberals’ debate on pro-choice I asked myself, “Must one give up their religious beliefs in order to be pro-choice?”, “What if you aren’t religious yet still believe abortion is wrong?”, “Why do liberals support their choices while disparaging a different point of view?”. (Okay, we do the same thing, too. At least we don’t try to shut down the debate.)

my body

Abortion is not going away: Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and will never be repealed. Why is it inappropriate for one to fight for those who have no voice? And how does one support the choice to have an abortion that is based solely on the sex of the baby?

As the left apply the term “pro-choice” to other issues, what exactly is the definition of “pro-choice”? From various on-line dictionaries:

  • Thefreedictionary.com: Favoring legalized abortion as an option for an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Merriam-webster.com: Believing that pregnant women should have the right to choose to have an abortion
  • Dictionary.reference.com: Supporting or advocating legalized abortion.
  • Wikipedia: Pro-choice is the position which advocates the existence of a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

So the definitions from these dictionaries all relate to abortion yet it is now applied to every other societal issue, especially if it proves that evil republicans are hypocrites.

liberal tolerance

Let’s take a look at some other “pro-choice” control issues that liberals support, shall we?

  • Soda: No soda larger than 16 ounces for you!
  • Salt: “We remove your temptation!”
  • Obamacare: “Obamacare is the law and people need to accept that!”
  • Gun Control: Oops, I mean the “gun safety” movement.
  • School lunches: “Eventually schools will be filled with children who never knew meals that did not conform to new nutritional standards.”

Isn’t the de facto definition of pro-choice imply that you are inherently “in favor of” or “supporting ofyour right to choose which side of an issue you wish to support?

Then why do liberals use personal choices against us?

  • To make a political point. Just look at homosexual marriage - how many states actually had voters approve it and how many had court activists/state politicians make it legal.
  • To prove that republicans are hypocritical. You’re pro-choice but want to cut funds for women and children! Republicans want to force every woman who is pregnant to give birth to their child, but when the woman does the Republican support is nowhere to be found. You’re pro-choice but support the death penalty! Republicans talk about “personal responsibility,” but they should follow their own words instead of hiding behind loopholes and lobbyist to collect more money! You get the idea. Straw man arguments.
  • To make you distrust your own choice. If you don’t tow the line, you are a racist, homophobe, religious zealot who hates people not like you.

racist

No matter what side you end up on a particular issue, you are still making a choice, a personal choice. It is your choice to defend it, stand up for your beliefs, and explain your reasoning for that decision.

lauren bacall

Course those bleeding heart liberals, as welcoming as they are with their broad minds, would support a person’s right to their choice. And I bet they are proud of it!

palin2

DCG

5 reasons why you shouldn’t buy those Girl Scouts cookies

Girl Scouts cookies

It’s that time of the year again.

Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) is beginning its annual cookie sales drive and Girl Scouts are out and about, trying to get you buy their cookies.

Here are 5 reasons NOT to buy those cookies:

1. Girl Scouts promote Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States

See “Abortion accounts for 94% of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit business.”

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League (ALL), America’s oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy group, warns: “The Girl Scouts was once a trusted organization dedicated to character building in young girls and women. Now, GSUSA is abusing that trust. Most parents and grandparents remain painfully unaware the GSUSA has introduced so-called ‘family planning’ ideology in its curriculum and promotes groups like Planned Parenthood to our daughters and granddaughters.”

For its part, the American Family Association (AFA), with its several million constituents and special divisions like OneMillionMoms.com which specifically work to influence corporate America, asks us to consider what Girl Scouts USA supports with the money from sales of their cookies. In a statement on its website, AFA says: “It’s hard to say no to those little girls in the green and brown sashes, but buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very liberal pro-abortion agenda.

Christy Volanski of LifeNews.com, whose two daughters are former Girl Scouts, warns us not to be fooled by Girl Scouts’ assurance that the national organization has no partnership with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. Not only does GSUSA laud Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as an “eloquent woman” to young girls, GSUSA is part of several organizations, including the coalition for Adolescent Girls and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which advocate for abortion.

On March 5, 2004 on NBC’s Today show, Kathy Cloninger, Girl Scouts CEO from 2003-2011 admitted that some local Girl Scout councils partner “with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”

Some examples of local Girl Scout groups that “work with” Planned Parenthood:

  • Girl Scouts of Northern California refers “at risk” girls to Planned Parenthood for help with “family planning.”
  • Girl Scouts of San Diego featured a Planned Parenthood “Community Engagement Manager” as a speaker.
  • Girl Scouts of Western New York works with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups in programs aimed at tween/teen girls “to reduce teen pregnancy.”

Here are 4 more reasons NOT to buy Girl Scouts cookies.

2. Girl Scouts promote pornOGRAPHY

The Girl Scouts council in Waco, for 14 years, has worked with Planned Parenthood to put on a sex conference called “Nobody’s Fool” for girls in grades 5 to 9. Among materials distributed at this conference in 2003, was a graphic book called It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing up, Sex, and Sexual Health, containing images deemed too obscene for prison inmates. Here’s a video describing the pornographic book.

In 2010, GSUSA sponsored a a workshop with several other groups at the U.N. during its Commission on the status of women. It was a girls only event and adults were barred. Among the materials available to participants was a booklet called, Healthy, Happy and Hot: a Young Person’s Guide to Their Rights, Sexuality and Living with HIV — a graphic piece of porn for children that “there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex….Just have fun, explore, and be yourself.” The booklet even tells kids they need not tell their sex partners if they have HIV and encourages “safer sex” and “safe abortion.”

3. Girl Scouts also extol communists, radical feminists, and lesbians.

Read more here.

4. Most of the money from cookie sales does not go to the Girl Scout troop

A girl’s troop keeps an average of just 10 to 20% of the money she collects from selling cookies. The local council receives an average of 65 to 75% of the money collected by all local troops. The biggest profiteer from those cookie sales is Girl Scouts USA, which collects a royalty payment based upon its licensed trademark on every box of cookies produced. With approximately 200 million boxes of cookies sold annually, this amounts to millions of dollars of funding for GSUSA every year. (From “Where Does the Cookie Money Go?“)

5. The cookies are high in calories and sugar

They also contain stuff you wouldn’t put in your cookies (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, lecithin, caramel coloring) if you bake them yourselves. 

Girl Scout cookies

So just say no to those cute little girls outside Walmart and Target, and tell the adults why.

See also:

~Eowyn