Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Plan B Pharma Loses, Children and Parents Win

Following today's decision to keep restrictions on the availability of Plan B, Rita Diller, national director of American Life League's STOPP project issued the following statement:

One study that Plan B manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals cited as justification for eliminating existing age restrictions showed that up to 28 percent of girls 12 to 17 were not able to safely use the drug after simply reading the directions on the packet. Another study looked at girls as young as 11 years of age.

Have we become so numb to the sexualization of our children that 11-year-old girls need unrestricted access to abortifacient drugs?

And how does such a policy not promote child sexual abuse rather than protect young girls from sexual predators and dangerous sexual activity in the first place?

Putting these drugs in stores like they are tissue or eye drops just makes it easier for predators to abuse children and then cover up the abuse.  

Claims that "politics has trumped science" coming out of radical women's groups today in the wake of the ruling are ridiculous.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood and its entire agenda, with her foot as firmly planted in sexual politics as anyone alive, and perhaps even she saw that making this drug accessible to young children is dangerous on multiple levels.

The decision to not remove age restrictions on Plan B was the right decision. In addition to the unintended consequences, not only do the risks associated with its use increase with frequent use, its efficacy in preventing pregnancy decreases.

In reality, the FDA should revisit the whole idea of treating this drug as "emergency contraception" when Plan B has the ability to abort an already created child who has not yet implanted.
 

Media inquiries, please contact Paul E. Rondeau at 540.659.4171 or prondeau@ALL.org.

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American Life League, the oldest national Catholic pro-life organization in the United States, was cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979. She will release her twelfth book, The Broken Path, this December. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org or call 540-659-4171.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Pro-Life Luncheon December 7


Please join us for a special luncheon tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/7) 11:30a - 1:00p at Dave and Busters Ward Center location. Hosted by Hawaii Republicans for Life,* this event will give you the chance to hear a great pro-life message from former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona.

The president of National Christian Foundation Hawaii, Tom Rulon, Esq. will also be on hand to share how to change taxable income into tax-deductible charitable donations benefiting Aloha Life Advocates and other worthy groups.

Be encouraged by food, fellowship, and information you can use as we quickly approach the 2012 election season!

*Aloha Life Advocates is a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization and welcomes the chance to share pro-life educational opportunities with groups of all kinds. Contact us at 92.ALOHA (922.5642) to schedule us to speak at your next event!

Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act introduced in Congress

By Shannon Bream, Fox News



Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., an outspoken pro-life advocate, is preparing to do battle again on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, he'll chair a House hearing in support of his latest legislative effort, the Prenatal NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA). The measure would ban abortions done on the basis of gender or race. 

"It would simply say that you cannot discriminate against the unborn by subjecting them to an abortion based on their race or sex," Franks says. Read more



Monday, December 05, 2011

Smile that melts misconceptions


How Taya, who was born with Down's, became darling of the modelling world


Daily Mail (U.K.)
By Frances Hardy

The camera just loves little Taya Kennedy. Wide-eyed, cheeky, engaged; she brims with the confidence of a natural performer. It is little wonder that she has taken the child-modelling world by storm.

The fact that 14-month-old Taya also has Down’s Syndrome is quite incidental. She was selected, not to fulfil a quota, tick a box or adhere to the dictums of some politically-correct code of positive discrimination.

Taya was picked because, quite simply, she is a star. Read more

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Hawaii Coalition of Medical/Disability Rights Groups Urges Action Against Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Free Press
December 3, 2011

by Jackie Mishler, Hawaii Physicians for Compassionate Care 

We need your help in opposing Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) at the upcoming session of the Legislature. The Senate Health Committee heard a PAS bill at the 2011 session and voted not to send the bill any further. That should have ended consideration of the issue for 2012 also, but indications are that advocates of PAS may engage in unusual maneuvering to have PAS heard again in the 2012 session.

There is little advance notice of a PAS hearing, so we urge you to prepare your testimony now. The Public Access Room at the Capitol, available at http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par is set up and staffed to be your resource for preparing and submitting testimony.

There will be a panel presentation on the current status of PAS in Hawaii at the Capitol auditorium on December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. There is no charge. The event is hosted by Senator Mike Gabbard, moderated by Allen Cardines of Hawaii Family Forum, and sponsored by HPACC (Hawaii Partnership for Appropriate and Compassionate Care). Details are available at http://www.hpacc.org/.

If you are seeking additional information, we provide below a summary of recent events involving PAS in Hawaii and points that can be used in preparing testimony.

In Hawaii: 

  • Death with Dignity (DWD), the pro-PAS group, brought over their Mainland attorney to keynote presentations on the issue. Their attorney announced that euthanasia and assisted suicide are already legal in Hawaii, this based on her interpretation of a 1909 law about medical practice definitions concerning Hansen’s disease treatment. 
  • DWD then issued nationwide press releases stating PAS was legal in Hawaii. This conforms to a strategy DWD has tried in other states, where they have attempted to jump over any actual consideration of the issue and just pronounce PAS legal through their attorney’s declaration. 
  • The Star-Advertiser carried a front page story about a retired physician who wants to assist someone to die so he can prove that PAS is legal in Hawaii. He stated that he doesn’t care if he is prosecuted for doing this and has asked for people to come forward who would like the lethal dosage of medication. DWD is handling email for him. 
  • A local resident who would have wanted his wife to die using Physician Assisted Suicide has written a Death-with-Dignity book promoting legalization. 
  • In the last decade there have been at least four bills to legalize PAS introduced at the Hawaii Legislature and on which hearings have been held. None have passed. 

NO legislature in the United States has passed an Assisted Suicide bill into law and many have specifically outlawed PAS. Oregon and Washington legalized PAS through heavily funded voter initiatives. In Montana DWD is attempting to have PAS declared legal through the court system, but there has been no resolution to date. DWD has made Hawaii one of their priority states, apparently because they consider our legislature one of their easier targets.

There are websites that have more details of the legislative history of PAS in Hawaii: PatientsRightsCouncil.org and ChoiceIllusion.org are two of them.

Points to consider: 

  • In spite of an almost complete lack of administrative transparency in Oregon, where PAS is legal, reports of a variety of problems have leaked out. There have been some highly publicized instances where patients were denied treatment coverage by the Oregon Health Plan and were offered suicide drugs instead. 
  • There will be unintended consequences and new victims if we legalize PAS. This was recognized by the New York Governor’s Task Force on PAS, still one of the most thorough public policy reviews of the issue. Their report, When Death is Sought: Assisted Suicide from a Medical Perspective, is available on line. 
  • Major studies show that changing public policy in this area could not adequately address the potential abuse problems. 
  • Polls used by proponents that claim that 73% -75% favor PAS are unreliable and methodologically suspect. In fact, people have become increasingly concerned about the potential for abuse since the push for legalization began. 
  • Doctor-assisted suicide emerges as the most controversial cultural issue in Gallup’s 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, with Americans divided 48% (morally wrong) vs. 45% (morally acceptable). The number of people favoring doctor-assisted suicide has fallen from a high of 53% in 2004 to a low of 45% in 2011. Individuals who are 55 and over are the least likely to favor doctor-assisted suicide. 
  • The close division of opinion over PAS makes it is even more important for those who understand and appreciate the dangers of legalization to become involved.