Thursday, August 26, 2010

‘We insist: leave your conscience at the door’

Cristina Alarcon | MercatorNet.com

Pharmacists dispense advice to a colleague who will not sell the morning after pill.

I recently wrote an article expressing my delight that Washington State pharmacists will no longer be forced to dispense products or provide services they find morally objectionable. My elation at the Washington victory was quickly numbed, however, when an edited version ran as a “Point of View” on the Canadian Healthcare Network website. It is one thing for the public to oppose our freedom of conscience, quite another for pharmacists to be shooting themselves in the foot.

Only 42 per cent of pharmacists who voted on the network’s site agreed that “they should have the right to refuse to sell products or provide services they consider morally objectionable”. Sadly, the other 58 per cent believe they should be forced to do what they believe to be wrong -- “Well, Mr. Smith, I hate to do this to you, but if you really insist, take this overdose and don’t bother calling me in the morning.”

My happiness at the Washington victory was further squelched by the plethora of intolerant, and in some cases highly dogmatic, statements posted by fellow pharmacists. While some offered considered views that mirrored common misgivings among the public, others shot assertions from the hip, epitomizing the very judgemental attitude they so fear in their opponents. “Pharmacists are to be non-judgemental” -- except, it seems, when criticizing one another. Full story

Next 40 Days for Life Prayer, Fasting Campaign Against Abortion Largest Yet


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The next 40 Days for Life campaign involving prayer at abortion centers across the nation will be the largest one yet. The campaigns have been responsible for reinvigorating local pro-life efforts, closing abortion facilities and changing the minds of abortion staffers and women considering abortions.

40 Days for Life is preparing for its largest campaign to date with 238 sites in six countries participating in simultaneous campaigns from September 22 - October 31.

"This fall, an unprecedented number of people of faith will be turning to a higher power to bring an end to the tragedy of abortion through a 40-day program of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach," said Shawn Carney, director of the campaign.

Carney tells LifeNews.com there are 223 locations in 46 American states and the District of Columbia participating in 40 Days for Life efforts.

With nine locations in six provinces, this campaign will also mark the largest Canadian participation as well. Activists in the nations of Australia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, and -- for the first time -- England, are joining their pro-life colleagues in North America by holding events, too. Full story

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Alaska Voters Pass Measure for Parental Notification Before Teen Abortions

Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) -- Alaska voters easily passed Measure 2, a ballot proposal to allow parents in the state the right to know when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion. The state will now have a law requiring abortion practitioners to notify a parent of a minor girl 48 hours before performing an abortion on her.

With 84 percent of the vote counted, 70,503 Alaskans voted for the measure while 56,354 voted against it. That had parental notification winning on a 55.5 to 44.4 percent margin.

Alaskans for Parental Rights spearheaded the effort while the ACLU joined Planned Parenthood in opposing it.

"I think that Alaskan parents are concerned. They want to be there for their girls and they want to be there even when the going gets tough," said Bernadette Wilson, campaign manager for Alaskans for Parental Rights, according to the Anchorage newspaper. "And I think we sent the message loud and clear that we want to care for these girls, even those girls who come from unhealthy home environments."

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, applauded the result.

"The people of Alaska have made it clear that parents should have the fundamental right to be informed before their children make a life-changing decision to have an abortion," she told LifeNews.com this morning.

Alaska becomes the 37th state to require parental involvement before a minor can have an abortion. Full story

Virginia AG: State Can Force Abortion Clinics to Follow Same Standards as Hospitals

By Peter J. Smith

RICHMOND, Virginia (LifeSiteNews.com) –Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may be about to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare” - simply by making abortion clinics offer women the same standard of care required by other outpatient surgical facilities.

Statistically speaking abortion is the number one surgical procedure that women undergo in the United States, and most abortions are performed in the first trimester.

However in Virginia, as in many other places around the country, abortion facilities have often escaped the health and safety standards that are mandated for other medical facilities, such as hospitals, that engage in out-patient surgery.

Just recently, Louisiana corrected that problem by giving its Health Department the regulatory authority to shut down facilities that failed to live up to hospital health and safety standards.

But many abortion clinics in Virginia have operated under the law as “physician’s offices” rather than medical facilities. If the state follows Cuccinelli’s legal advice, that could soon change. Read more

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Freedom From Religion Foundation Leader Pays for 19,000 Abortions. Not Enough, Wants More

At all hours, strangers phone Anne Nicol Gaylor's Madison home, always desperate.

The caller one recent morning was a middle-aged woman with a 14-year-old pregnant daughter.

"What clinic will she be using?" asked Gaylor, 83, jotting down the response and the cost of a second-trimester abortion ($875).

"If we helped with $300, do you think you could find the rest?" Gaylor asked.

After the call, Gaylor opened a checkbook for the Women's Medical Fund, a Madison nonprofit that has helped pay for abortions for 34 years. Gaylor has written every check for every abortion.

This was No. 18,986.
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H/T to The Badger Catholic and Jill Stanek.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Teens having sex

Marcia0820

My local radio station blasted the news the other morning. A newly released survey has found that in my home state of Connecticut, a large majority of high school seniors have had sex within the past year but—and this seemed to be the headline—many of them didn’t use condoms.

In fact, the first sentence of the Associated Press report reads as follows:

“A survey by Connecticut health and education officials shows that about two-thirds of high school seniors in the state have had sex in the past year but only 59 percent of them say condoms were used.”

The story goes on to lament the fact that this must be evidence that students aren’t getting good information on “safe sex.”

Also mentioned is the apparently not-very-newsworthy detail that 25 percent of high school students say they had sex beginning in ninth grade.

So to be crystal clear, what’s deemed worthy of note here is not the fact that so many teens are engaging in sex, a quarter of them starting at age 14. What’s newsworthy and of concern is that the “safe sex” message just isn’t getting through.

Would it even be a news story if 100 percent of teenagers had sex but used condoms?

Posted on the Heritage Foundation website is a lecture given by Dr. Miriam Grossman, author of You’re Teaching My Child What? A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Hurt Your Child. Early on, Grossman tells the story of a patient she worked with as a campus psychiatrist at UCLA. Stacy was an athlete who worked hard and didn’t smoke or drink. Her health was important to her. But as a result of a single sexual encounter—during which a condom was used—she is now infected with an incurable genital virus.

What sex educators fail to instill in their students is the simple fact that condoms do not prevent all sexually transmitted diseases, nor do they offer perfect protection against pregnancy. No artificial method of birth control does. Read more

Brampton (Ontario) Civic hospital imposes euthanasia by dehydration through pressure tactics

Commentary by Alex Schadenberg, Chairman, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

August 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Yesterday, I received a phone call and then an email from Bernard Stephenson M.D., M.Div., concerning Joshua (Kulendran Mayandi) the pastor of a small Christian church in Brampton. The letter outlines several significant problems and two huge concerns for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

First: Joshua (48), who is not otherwise dying, is being dehydrated to death (euthanasia by omission). This is not a case when hydration and nutrition need to be withdrawn because he is actually dying and nearing death, but rather the decision appears to have been made to intentionally cause his death by withdrawing IV hydration and nutrition because he is unlikely to recover from his disability.

We understand that Joshua has otherwise stabilized and is likely to live for many years in this condition. Society cannot condone intentionally dehydrating a person to death because of their disability or the potential cost of long-term care. Article 25 (f) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states: Prevent discriminatory denial of health care or health services or food and fluids on the basis of disability.

Second: It is deplorable that the Consent and Capacity Board in Ontario, the hospital and the lawyer for the hospital, who are all paid by the government and have nearly unlimited resources to pressure people to consent to their will, appeared to appoint a Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) to make decisions on behalf of Joshua, based on that person’s willingness to agree to a non-treatment plan, even though there is no proof that the plan of non-treatment represented the values of the person.

The Consent and Capacity Board was established to ensure that consent to treatment is based on the prior wishes or values of a person, before that person became incapacitated to make decisions for themselves. The fact that Joshua did not write down his personal wishes or assign a person to make legal and health care decisions on his behalf in these circumstances, does not negate the fact that based on his religious convictions it is unlikely that he would have agreed to death by dehydration.

To pressure a person to agree to intentionally dehydrate a person to death (euthanasia by omission) based on the cost of continuing the legal battle to defend the values of a person, is unconstitutional and inconsistent with Ontario law.

Everyone needs to strongly respond by sending letters and emails to:

  • Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario - email: ccb@ontario.ca, Phone: 416-327-4142, Fax: 416-924-8873


The letter should state something to the effect of:

I am disgusted with the decision by the Brampton Civic Hospital, its lawyer, and the physician for (Joshua) Kulendran Mayandi, to intentionally cause his death by removing his IV hydration and nutrition even though he is not otherwise dying (euthanasia by omission). If this decision is not reversed, it will create fear among the citizens of Brampton that if they experience a disability that they too would be killed by dehydration and starvation.

For the sake of justice and equality, I demand that you change your policy and once again continue feeding.

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"Unborn Child" by Willie Will

"Unborn Child" music video, directed by Greg Backes. From the album, "God's Will". A part of Willie Will's testimony.



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U.S. Court Halts Obama Admin Stem-Cell Research Guidelines


WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The plaintiffs argue that the new guidelines clearly violate a provision in U.S. law that prevents taxpayer monies from funding research in which embryos "are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death." Full Story

Obama Administration Reveals All in Major Abstinence Study

By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) –The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has now released the full results of a government study that suggests parental attitudes, and not sex-ed, are key to promoting abstinence before marriage. Full story

Monday, August 23, 2010

Obama stem cell regulations temporarily blocked

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked government rules expanding stem cell research, a blow to the Obama administration that could stall potentially lifesaving research.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

The World's Most Dangerous Idea: human = animal = robot

Margaret Somerville | MercatorNet.com

If we lose our grip on our conviction that humans are special, there will be far-reaching changes in society. Read more

Medical Journal Confirms Abortion Associated With Increased Premature Birth

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new report in a prestigious medical journal confirms what previous studies have shown: abortion is associated with an increased risk of premature birth in subsequent pregnancies. Although the link is well-established, women are not normally informed of the risk when they are counseled at abortion centers.

Pro-life operation catching feedback

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/19/2010 6:45:00 AMBookmark and Share

Abortion Whistleblower (OR)Operation Rescue's whistleblower campaign has already resulted in allegations against two Ohio abortion clinics.

Whistleblowers in Ohio have uncovered what Operation Rescue's Troy Newman says is a series of botched abortions "that seem to have reached an epidemic proportion."

He explains that the whistleblowers have provided information and "transcripts of some of these botched abortions that these complications to abortions are happening on a very regular basis, leaving women physically impaired." Full story

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West Virginia joins 'personhood' movement

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/20/2010

Another state has begun an effort to have a personhood amendment included in its state constitution.

Personhood USA will be assisting Personhood WV, which is hoping to partner with Christian pro-life leaders, activists, and volunteers to form a statewide coalition that will work to protect every child under the state constitution. A personhood amendment would establish that life starts at a person's biological beginning. Full story

Abortion patient dies, family sues

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/20/2010

A lawsuit has been filed against a troubled California abortionist in connection with the death of abortion patient. Full story

Pro-Life Leader: Treating Unborn as Non-Persons Key to Planned Parenthood Agenda

By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – What do serial killers, slave-owners, eugenicists, and abortionists have in common? According to Michael Hitchborn of American Life League, all these groups can only carry out crimes against human beings by first de-personalizing or trivializing the humanity of their victims. Full story.