Friday, December 04, 2009

Words and Phrases to Drop from Our Pro-Life Vocabulary

by Erik Whittington, Director, Rock for Life

As personhood advocates, it is critically important that we use the correct terminology to describe preborn babies, their mothers, the very act of abortion and even the facilities in which abortions are committed. It doesn’t matter if you are a full time pro-life advocate or a “normal” person who works, goes to school, takes care of your family, etc. We must all watch what we say in daily life—even in casual conversation.

So, the words we use are very powerful and can make the difference between life and death. You might be surprised to realize that even we pro-lifers often use terms and phrases that can be dehumanizing to the very people we are trying to save. That can cause confusion and that can hamper our efforts to obtain recognition of the human rights of all human persons. As we educate the public and advocate for the rights of all human persons, born and preborn, we must seriously examine the language we use and make some changes, if necessary.
With that in mind, I am going to share with you this short list of terms and phrases that we should drop from our pro-life vocabulary:

  1. Fetus, embryo—These terms are generally used by abortion supporters, but I also notice pro-lifers using these terms often. Fetus and embryo are actually terms referring to stages of development. Their use begs the question, which animal species, during its embryonic or fetal development, are you referring to? For human beings, embryo describes human development from the very beginning of a human being’s life through their eighth week of development. Fetus describes a human being’s biological development from the beginning of their ninth week of development until birth. We should replace these terms with “human embryo,” “human fetus” or “human being during their embryonic (or fetal) development.”
  2. Fertilized egg—This is a dehumanizing term used as a form of pro-abortion propaganda. It is not a legitimate term, since it isn’t scientifically accurate. Human women don’t carry eggs; they have oocytes. Upon first contact of a human sperm and a human oocyte, a newly created human person now exists who is in his/her first embryonic stage of development. It has become popular with abortion advocates these days, in response to the state personhood initiatives cropping up around the country. We need to correct this whenever we see or hear it. Use correct terminology in its place, such as “human embryo.”
  3. Mistake, accident, unwanted, unplanned— These terms have very negative connotations and are very demeaning, especially for the child who happens to overhear some mention of the circumstances in which he or she came into being. Every child is wanted by someone and no one is an accident. God creates every single person with a special purpose in life. A positive-sounding term such as “surprise” should be used instead of terms or phrases that imply that God’s creation of a baby is an unfortunate event.
  4. Pro-choice—This term was developed by a marketing firm employed by the abortion lobby before abortion became decriminalized on January 22, 1973. It has been and still is a very effective term, but still very misleading. It begs the question, what is the choice? The child has no choice when threatened with an abortionist’s suction device, knives and forceps. Replace this term with “pro-abortion” or “abortion advocate.” Read more.

UNFPA Pushing for Hundreds of Billions for Family Planning

By Samantha Singson

NEW YORK, NY, December 3, 2009 (C-FAM) - At the United Nations this week, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a commemorative seminar on the 1995 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and, in a look ahead, urged states to renew their commitment to the program, calling for over $200 billion (US) in funding for "sexual and reproductive health and family planning" alone. Read more.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

NIH Approves First Embryo Stem Cell Lines under Obama Executive Order

By James Tillman

WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Yesterday the federal U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) approved the first new 13 human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines for use in NIH-funded medical research. The approval is the result of an executive order issued last March, when President Obama overturned President Bush's ban of the use of new hESC lines in federally-funded research.

"I am happy to say that we now have human embryonic stem cell lines eligible for use by our research community under our new stem cell policy," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH. "In accordance with the guidelines, these stem cell lines were derived from embryos that were donated under ethically sound informed consent processes."

President Bush had banned the federal funding of any hESC lines produced after August 9, 2001, because of the ethical problems involved in creating and using such lines. The hESC lines are created by destroying the "excess" embryos produced by fertility clinics; after the embryo is destroyed, stem cells reproduce by themselves to make a stable and reusable line. Read more.

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Learn more about adult and embryonic stem cells at StemCellResearch.org

Senate Passes Amendment that Could Mandate Abortion Coverage in Insurance Plans

By John Jalsevac

December 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Senate on Thursday approved the Mikulski amendment by a vote of 61-39. All Republicans except Senators Vitter, Snowe and Collins voted against the amendment, and all Independents and Democrats except Senators Nelson (NE) and Feingold voted for it.

Pro-life leaders opposed the amendment over concerns that it provides authority that could be used to mandate abortion coverage in private insurance plans.

Specifically, the amendment states that anything classified as preventive care or screenings for women by the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) would become a mandated covered service. However, if the HRSA were to recommend abortion as a preventive care, insurance plans would have to cover abortion.

In a letter to Congress before the vote, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) explained its opposition to the Mikulski amendment: "If Congress were to grant any Executive Branch entity sweeping authority to define services that private health plans must cover, merely by declaring a given service to constitute 'preventive care,' then that authority could be employed in the future to require all health plans to cover abortions."

"Our concern on this point is not hypothetical," urged the NRLC letter. "Prominent pro-abortion advocates are already on record discussing abortion as a category of 'preventive health care.'" Read more.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

National Abortion Recovery Helpline

If you are hurting after abortion, you are not alone! Call the National Abortion Recovery Helpline at 866.482.LIFE to talk with someone who has also experienced the pain of abortion and has found hope and healing. Calls are answered 24/7 and are confidential.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Obama Education Czar + Planned Parenthood Sex Education = High Teen Pregnancy Rate

By Rita Diller

Note: Rita Diller is the national director of STOPP at American Life League. STOPP is devoted to fighting the anti-life, anti-family agenda of Planned Parenthood.

(LifeSiteNews.com) December 1, 2009 (http://www.all.org/) How many times and how many ways can Planned Parenthood say that it is reducing teen pregnancy with its horrifyingly graphic, immoral sex education, when evidence shows quite the contrary to be true?

With Planned Parenthood's own Guttmacher Institute conducting all of the studies on the efficacy of its programs, and Planned Parenthood supervising its own programs in schools, it sometimes appears our teens are doomed to never-ending abuse by the abortion-mongering, sex-hawking organization that exists to "liberate" our society from sexual mores and kill any preborn babies that may get in the way of its push toward "sexual rights" for all, including children.

One case in point is Robeson High School in Chicago. The school made headlines recently because of a revelation that one in seven of its female students is pregnant.

Some media outlets jumped on the opportunity to blame the high pregnancy rate on the fact that the parents are not doing enough at home and that the school is encouraging pregnancy by helping pregnant teens continue with their education.

No mention was made of the fact that Planned Parenthood has been a highly paid consultant with the Chicago public school system for years. Read more.

New USCCB Pro-Life Head Defends Bishops' Role against Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the newly-appointed Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life Committee, has defended the Church's role in advocating for the unborn in the health care bill in his first interview since ascending to the chairmanship last month.

"If you call it lobbying, we're lobbying on moral issues that relate to the public square and we feel we have, as religious leaders, a place in that debate with others," said Cardinal DiNardo in an interview with the Houston Chronicle last week

DiNardo assumed the chairmanship on November 19 from Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, who fronted the bishops' critical rejection of the House health care bill over its expansion of abortion.

After House Speaker Pelosi unexpectedly allowed a vote to include Hyde-amendment protections in the House bill, the U.S. bishops have endured a hail of criticism from pro-abortion forces accusing them of overstepping their bounds. Several conservative lawmakers had awaited the bishops' stamp of approval on the legislation before accepting it as adequately pro-life.

The cardinal has already issued a letter to lawmakers urging similar pro-life and conscience protections for the bill in the Senate, where debate began on the measure yesterday.

DiNardo told the newspaper that Catholic leaders are morally obligated to oppose laws that contravene the Church's basic moral teachings. "Whatever the polls say, that would not determine going into the public square on those issues," he said. "For us, the role of the human person, it's a religious and a moral and ethical principle." Read more.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Sponsor Stupak Amdt to Cut Abortion Funds in Senate Bill

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, a pro-life Democrat from Nebraska, confirmed today that he is working on an amendment to the Senate version of the government-run health care bill that would remove abortion funding from it. He said the amendment would be similar to language adopted in the House. Read more.

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SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL AMENDMENT WOULD DEFINE ABORTION AS PREVENTATIVE CARE


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With polls showing as many as 63 percent of Americans oppose abortions and strong majorities against taxpayer funding of it, abortion advocates are desperate to mainstream abortion. One pro-abortion lawmaker has an amendment to the Senate health care bill to do just that. Read more.

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Conscience Protections for Pro-Life Medical Professionals Not in Senate Health Bill

Conscience Protections for Pro-Life Medical Professionals Not in Senate Health Bill

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Planned Parenthood pauses personhood effort (OneNewsNow.com)

Planned Parenthood pauses personhood effort (OneNewsNow.com)

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Objections to abortion could be overruled (OneNewsNow.com)

Objections to abortion could be overruled (OneNewsNow.com)

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Assisted suicide - where will Canada draw the line? (OneNewsNow.com)

Assisted suicide - where will Canada draw the line? (OneNewsNow.com)

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Outspoken MP Slams Canada's "Abortion Regime"

By John Jalsevac

OTTAWA, November 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Despite the fact that Canada has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world and that recent polls show that most Canadians would prefer to have some restrictions on abortion, the political pressure to keep the status quo on the issue is so firm that it is rare for a Canadian politician to even mention the issue, let alone critically.

But one Conservative MP has bucked the trend of silence and recently issued a salvo against Canada's "abortion regime" that he argued is directly and seriously harmful to mothers, as well as their unborn children.

"As a compassionate, caring, progressive society, we should provide the kind of support and options for the expectant mother, so that she doesn't feel her only choice is to choose death for her offspring," said Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott in a hard-hitting press release issued last week. "To put women in that kind of position is not the hallmark of a caring, compassionate, progressive society. That's providing 'no choice.'" Read more.

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French National Assembly Rejects Euthanasia Bill by Wide Margin

By Hilary White

PARIS, November 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The French National Assembly has rejected an attempt to legalize euthanasia in a 326 to 202 vote.

"Euthanasia is not a medical act. The right to die is not a medical act," said Union for a Popular Movement party deputy Jean Leonetti, author of a 2005 law on dying that promotes the use of palliative care.

The Alliance for Human Life welcomed the vote, saying that the bill "played on the ambiguity of the word 'dignity'" and "contributed to the confusion on a difficult topic."

Xavier Mirabel, president of the Alliance said, "The French do not want aggressive treatment. When they understand that aggressive treatment does not include euthanasia, most of our citizens are reassured. We therefore ask that the Leonetti law be known and more fully implemented, which requires a more proactive promotion of palliative care." Read more.

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Italian Senate Delays Sale of RU 486

Cites safety of women...not "ideology"

By Hilary White

ROME, November 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Italian Senate has blocked the sale of RU 486 in the country pending investigations into the abortion drug's safety. Antonio Tomassini, the leader of the committee studying the issue cited the "many doubts" surrounding the drug and the panel voted to postpone its distribution. Read more.

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