Saturday, October 24, 2009

Affirmation of personhood rights on the march

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/23/2009 6:20:00 AM

Michigan is jumping on the "personhood amendment" bandwagon.

Cal Zastrow, who heads Michigan Citizens for Life, notes that the campaign in his state has crossed political boundaries. "Five [Democratic] state representatives led by Jim Slezack [have] joined with 18 Republican co-sponsors to introduce the Michigan Personhood Amendment into the state legislature," he exclaims. The process in Michigan requires the legislature to approve an issue for the ballot.

Zastrow describes what voters will be asked to decide. "It'll define a person as a human being at the moment of their biological beginning," he says. "So we've got 23 state reps who are committed to ending abortion and ending embryonic stem-cell research and cloning."

So far, Personhood Amendment campaigns are active in about 30 states. At least three more should kick into gear by the end of the year, and a number of campaigns will be launched in other states in 2010.

Success! Adult stem cells overcome spinal-cord injuries

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/23/2009 5:40:00 AM

Adult stem cells, which do not require killing a human embryo, have shown success again.

A new report from researchers in Portugal and at Wayne State University documents use of adult stem cells to treat spinal-cord injury patients, none of whom had use of their legs prior to treatment.

Dr. David Prentice with Family Research Council summarizes the positive results from the treatments. "Out of the 20 patients that they treated, 13 of those patients showed significant improvement -- things like being able to walk with the aid of braces or using a walker with no braces, [and] recovering feeling, different sensation, and movement below the old injury sight," he shares.

Prentice believes that with additional treatment there could be even more improvement. The patients who were treated suffered the spinal-cord injuries 18 months to 15 years ago. Read more.

Stop the Abortion Mandate in Healthcare Reform!

Take Action

The current health care plan is a thinly veiled attempt to pass the cornerstone elements of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would ensure taxpayer-funded abortion.

But it can be stopped.

You can help!

1. Call your Senators and Representatives and tell them you want an explicit exclusion of abortion coverage in any health care reform bill. Go here for talking points first.

2. E-mail and Fax your Senators and Representatives and tell them you want an explicit exclusion of abortion coverage in any health care reform bill.

3. Meet with your Senators and Representatives at their district or Captiol Hill offices or confront them at a townhall meeting. Go here for talking points first.

4. Write a letter to the editor. Tell your local paper that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortions.

5. Attend an event. Many organizations are hosting events on health care.

6. Twitter and Facebook for StopTheAbortionMandate.com. For sample feeds, click here.


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New Technology Lets Parents Hold Life-Size Model of Unborn Child

By Kathleen Gilbert

LONDON, June 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A London art student has developed a revolutionary new step in prenatal imagery that allows parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn baby.

Jorge Lopez, a Brazilian student at the Royal College of Art in London, pioneered the new use of technology to utilize 4D ultrasound images and MRI scans to construct plaster models that can delineate the unique form of each child.

"It's amazing to see the faces of the mothers. They can see the full scale of their baby, really understand the size of it," said Lopes. Read more.

Handheld Ultrasound: A Peek at the Future of the Pro-Life Movement?

Friday October 23, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert

SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New technology hailed as a stunning leap forward in modern health care may be about to give pro-life advocates unheard-of power to save a life - in the palm of their hand.

At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco this week, General Electric unveiled the ultraportable and user-friendly Vscan, an ultrasound machine about the size of a large flip phone. Dubbing it "the stethoscope of the 21st century," the company offered various scenarios in which the device could vastly advance the landscape of diagnostics.

For pro-lifers on the front lines, the new gadget could hugely improve abortion-bound women's access to ultrasounds, which have been found highly effective in helping mothers choose life for their baby. In the past, the sheer size of the devices has given pro-lifers a perennial puzzle over how to bring the heavy medical equipment into the paths of such women. Read more.

Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog was among the first to ponder the new invention as a potential "revolution in sidewalk pro-life counseling technology."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pro-Life Tribe: We Want to Pray for You!

Do you work in a pregnancy resource center? Do you demonstrate peacefully outside abortion clinics or participate in life chains? Do you try to bring about change through the courts and legislation? Do you post billboards containing pictures of aborted babies? Do you pray tirelessly or donate funds to pro-life organizations you endorse?If so, tell us about it. What does your typical day look like when you are involved in these activities? We want to know so we can pray for you. Visit the Pro-Life Tribe blog at http://pro-lifetribe.blogspot.com/.

Pro-Life Students' Protest Prevents Abortions

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Hundreds of thousands of students from thousands of schools around the world refused to speak today to protest abortion. As they silently stood up for the unborn with red tape on their mouths or red armbands they helped prevent at least 22 abortions on their friends and their babies.

The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, a project of Stand True ministries, has grown since its inception years ago to find pro-life people from around the world participating. Read more.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Alert: Senate Bill Would Permanently Fund Foreign Abortions Using U.S. Tax Dollars

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Senate version of a federal spending bill controlling the State Department would make President Barack Obama's decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy permanent. Obama overturned the policy during his first week in office and opened the door to funding groups that perform and promote abortions overseas.

Typically, the Mexico City Policy is an executive order that changes over time depending on whether a pro-life or pro-abortion advocate is in the White House.

While President George W. Bush prohibited the abortion funding, Obama immediately restored it. Read more.

Take Action: Contact your two U.S. senators and urge strong opposition to the Lautenberg amendment against the Mexico City Policy. Urge lawmakers to remove the amendment from the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and to vote against the bill if it is not removed. Go to http://www.senate.gov/ for contact information for your senators.

Obama Volunteer Web Site Serve.Gov Promotes Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama promised when he was a presidential candidate in July 2007 that he would be a lapdog for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Obama is now making good on that promise by promoting Planned Parenthood on his new volunteerism web site, Serve.gov. Read more.

Abortion and Human Rights

Greg convincingly describes how the issue of abortion is truly no different than the issue of slavery. The issue to be considered is the issue of human rights.

By: Gregory Koukl, Stand to Reason

Let me ask you a question. Are you against slavery? Do you believe that the issue of slavery is a moral position? Are laws legislating that particular moral position appropriate? What you've said is that it's appropriate to legislate certain moral issues and that you'd be in favor of that. The economic issue would actually be on the side of the South because slavery is what propped up the economic system of the South. When slaves were emancipated it gutted them of their economic force. Let's remove the economic argument.

Based solely on morality, are you willing to say that the moral issue of slavery should be enforced simply as a moral issue? This is a very important point. Many people have offered the objection that we should not force a particular morality in the issue of abortion. My questions are very pointed and leading, and they were simply to make the point that virtually everybody who makes that kind of objection actually does believe that there are cases in which morality should be legislated. We talked about the obvious issue of slavery because there is the human rights issue that is at stake. Read more.

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Stand for Life Tickets Now On Sale

Dozens of pro-life charities, churches, musical artists, and individuals are coming together to present a Christian concert under the stars at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater on Saturday, November 14 from 5:00-9:00pm.

The event, called Stand for Life, will serve as a benefit for local pro-life ministry and will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about life issues from a Christian perspective. Hawaii Right to Life is one of the beneficiaries of the event.

The concert will feature nationally recognized musical guest The Kry, along with local talent Native Roots, Remember Him, Holyjam and the California-based Driven Cure.

Tickets are available now for a suggested donation of only $10; to purchase, make your check or money order payable to Hawaii Right to Life and write "Stand for Life" in the memo line. Mail your payment to 81 S Hotel St, Ste 200B, Honolulu, HI 96813-3144. Be sure to specify the number of tickets you are ordering and include a return address where tickets should be mailed. Gifts of any amount to help underwrite the cost of the event are also welcome.

For more information or a downloadable flyer, visit http://www.standforlifehawaii.org/. Updates are also available at twitter.com/Stand4LifeHI, or click here to visit on Facebook.

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Daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve

From The Sunday Times (London)
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor
October 11, 2009

AN 80-year-old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally ill and left to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened.

Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.

Doctors say Fenton is an example of patients who have been condemned to death on the Liverpool care pathway plan. They argue that while it is suitable for patients who do have only days to live, it is being used more widely in the NHS, denying treatment to elderly patients who are not dying. Read more.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns Should Focus on Abortion Connection

By Carol R. White, 10/20/2009 5:27:06 AM
Published in Hawaii Reporter

Note: Carol White serves as Secretary/Treasurer to the Hawaii Right to Life board of directors.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but America’s medical establishment is turning a blind eye to the abortion-breast cancer connection.

In countries where abortion is not politicized, researchers have uncovered the danger of breast cancer if a woman has an abortion before she has completed one pregnancy.
Centralized medical systems allow researchers to use national data reporting breast cancers and abortions.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found abortion is the best predictor of whether women will contract breast cancer.

Patrick Carroll of the Pension and Population Research Institute in London conducted this study and showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England and Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.

Harvard University researchers in 2007 affirmed previous studies showing that a full-term pregnancy before age 35 reduces the long-term risk of developing breast cancer. The risk is likely much higher in women who have a first abortion at a young age.

The newest study with Istanbul University and Magee-Women's hospital in Pittsburgh, done on women in Turkey who had abortions, found a 66% increased risk of contracting breast cancer as a result. The evidence is there; does the establishment have the courage to act on it?

Related link:
The Coalition on Abortion-Breast Cancer http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/
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Mother Says Miss. Doctor Refused Care to Baby Girl Born at 22 Weeks

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Necie Franklin of Flowood, Mississippi, told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that Dr. Kenny Robbins of River Oaks Hospital refused to treat daughter Jessa Mackenzie after she was born suddenly in May, because she was three days shy of 23 weeks gestation - at which point he would have considered treating her at the hospital's Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Franklin said that Jessa gasped for breath twice while in her arms, but was told by nurses that it was "just a reaction" - leading her to believe the child had died. Only after Jessa had been taken away, says Franklin, did she learn that the child still had a heartbeat.

Franklin, who says she has lost a child to a premature birth before, said it "shocked" her when Robbins said he would not help Jessa breathe...
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Miracle Baby: Mother Successfully Battles for Right to Deliver Healthy Baby Despite Terminal Cancer

Commentary by Georgia Froncek
October 16, 2009

Editor's note: Georgia Froncek, a veteran pro-life sidewalk counselor from California, has agreed to publish her experiences with a cancer-stricken woman who was nearly coerced by her insurance company into aborting her child in order to obtain treatment.

LONG BEACH, California, October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When I pulled up to the Long Beach Family Planning Associates Abortion mill at on February 3, 2009 at 8:30 a.m., I saw my fellow street counselor Charlotte talking to an Hispanic man named Carlos, who was visibly very upset. As soon as I exited the car, Charlotte motioned me to come over to join the conversation.

Carlos explained to me that his wife and mother of five children, named Nereyda, was in the abortion mill because their H.M.O. insurance company would not treat her for her serious stage 4 sarcoma cancer - unless she aborted her 5-month-old unborn child. I replied in Spanish that this was illegal, and that we could help them obtain care without having an abortion.

He smiled and called his wife's cell phone inside the clinic and told her to come out immediately. She came out within thirty seconds, crying and very upset. She explained that the HMO had called her for fourteen days in a row, pressuring her into the appointment at the Long Beach Abortion mill. After consoling the couple, I called an adoption counselor to help us find a sympathetic social worker, who met the three of us for breakfast to discuss a plan to keep the baby.

Next, we called a Spanish speaking social worker who again insisted that Nereyda could not be treated for her aggressive stage-four cancer without getting an abortion before her consultation, ten days away. We told the social worker that Carlos and Nereyda had the right to medical treatment because she was paying for her insurance through her employment. I told the social worker that I would go with the couple to the consultation, which made Carlos and Nereyda feel better. I was happy to go with them.

At the consultation, there attended one thoracic surgeon, one internal medicine cancer specialist and one high risk obstetric doctor. The thoracic surgeon displayed Nereyda's MRI scan - revealing a huge tumor spreading tentacles around her heart, lungs, and other vital organs. I had never seen a tumor like that! I turned my head away from Carlos and Nereyda so they would not see that I was weeping.

I asked God for healing as I watched Nereyda holding her womb - concerned not at all for herself, but only for her unborn baby. The doctors said that this was one of the worst and fastest spreading cancers they had ever seen, and that without being able to shrink it with radiation and chemotherapy, it was inoperable, and Nereyda would die within two months. The high risk OB-GYN doctor us that Nereyda would have to abort the baby as soon as possible so she could begin the most aggressive therapy to prolong her life.

Carlos and Nereyda once again insisted they would not abort the unborn baby. With my background as a former pharmaceutical representative, I asked the doctors if they could use a drug called Adriamycin, which would not harm the baby in utero. The doctors said that they could use Adriamycin, although it would not provide the best or most aggressive therapy. I explained this to Carlos and Nereyda, who said that after the birth of the baby they would permit the use of stronger drugs. The doctors finally agreed, prescribing some very potent synthetic pre-natal vitamins, and reluctantly writing the couple's wishes in Nereyda's chart. Read more.