New Zealand Study on Mental Effects of Abortion

30 11 2008

Medical News Today is reporting that researchers have recently completed a study to determine the mental impact on women who have had abortions.

The study found that women who had had abortions had rates of mental health problems that were about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. In contrast, none of the other pregnancy outcomes were consistently related to significantly increased risks of mental health problems.

However, the overall affects of abortion on mental health were found to be small. The researchers estimated that exposure to abortion accounted for between 1.5% and 5.5% of the overall rate of mental disorders in this group of women.

Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry [the researchers] said: “Specifically, the results do not support strong pro-life positions that claim that abortion has large and devastating effects on the mental health of women. Neither do the results support any strong pro-choice positions that imply that abortion is without any mental health effects.

“In general, the results lead to a middle-of-the-road position that, for some women, abortion is likely to be a stressful and traumatic life event which places those exposed to it at a modestly increased risk of a range of common mental health problems.”

When I first read this article, the 30% rate of mental health problems caught my eye as being a rather large number. It sounds to me as if the researchers are saying that since having an abortion may not cause an actual mental disorder in a large number of women, this means the overall impact is small. I would think that a 30% higher rate of anxiety disorders and substance abuse would be something that women should be counseled about when weighing their options–especially since pro-abortion folks are constantly using the mental impact of a woman having to deliver her baby as an argument for abortion.

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Professors Support Pro-Life Protestors in Calgary

28 11 2008

In an example of something we are not likely to see in an American university, a group of political science professors at the University of Calgary has come to the defense of pro-life students protesting on the campus, as reported on Canada.com.

Campus Pro-Life members set up graphic displays linking abortion to various genocides on the university’s campus again Thursday, despite the school’s request that they turn the signs inward or leave school property.

As students await possible legal or academic fallout from ignoring university demands, university political scientists Mark Milke, Tom Flanagan, Barry Cooper and Rainer Knopff, as well as Marco Navarro-Genie of St. Mary’s University College, weighed in on the debate.

“The university administration has gone overboard in this matter by seeking to restrict students’ freedom of speech,” the political scientists said in a joint column submitted to the Calgary Herald.

“The university’s mission is to encourage, not to discourage, critical thinking. Any university interested in free thinking should not look for an excuse to censor; it should look for reasons not to limit student speech.”

The quintet of political scientists charges the university is holding the pro-life group to a higher standard than any other group on campus.

“The university would never order an activist animal rights’ group, that might display pictures of animals bleeding, suffering or dead, to turn its pictures inward,” they said in the column.

While they agree the university has the right to maintain control over its grounds and limit some student activities, the political science teachers also said “peaceful pro-lifers are not biker gangs congregating on campus for illegal purposes.”





Gift Certificates for Abortions

27 11 2008

Just when you thought you couldn’t think of anything original or creative to buy that someone special for Christmas, Planned Parenthood has come through for you. As Jill Stanek has posted, Planned Parenthood is offering gift certificates which can be used for anything they offer, including abortions. Can you think of anything better to stuff in that pregnant mom’s stocking than a gift certificate for their very own abortion?

Can’t respond any better than Matt did at LoneStarTimes.com:

… celebrating the most important crisis pregnancy of all time by selling gift certificates, perfect for the woman who has everything but moral fiber…. And it’s so much easier than finding the perfect “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament.





#1 cause of abuse against women and children: abortion

26 11 2008

Garth George writes an excellent piece in the New Zealand Herald about the causes of violence in our society against women and children.

We have brought it on ourselves. We have bowed to the blandishments of liberalism, immorality, materialism and hedonism and have set aside most of the moral and legal strictures which for centuries formed the mortar which held societies together and kept them from self-destruction.

For nearly 50 years, we have presided over the gradual unravelling of the fabric of our nation through the breakdown of the traditional family unit upon which community cohesion has always depended.

I have said it before and I say it again: The number one cause of abuse against women and children is abortion.

Listen to the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Never mind that she was a Catholic nun; her views are held by scores of thousands of New Zealanders, and their logic is inescapable.

“… the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,” she said, “because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?

“… The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.

“It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want … It is a very great poverty to decide that a child must die that you might live as you wish.”





New Ultrasound Machines in Elgin Pregnancy Center

16 11 2008

The Kane County Chronicle has this story about some new equipment that a crisis pregnancy center in Elgin, Illinois has received.

The Life Center of Elgin will host a grand opening for its new Life Choices Ultrasound and Pregnancy Resource Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. today at 825 Dundee Ave., Elgin.

“We are using the wonderful tool of ultrasound technology to reveal life to save lives,” said Life Center Executive Director Vivian Maly of Elburn. “And to reveal the beauty of the child and the humanity of the child that this woman is carrying. We open her eyes to the beauty of this child and the reality of this child. It’s not a ‘blob’ of tissue.”

The conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family provided a grant that paid for 80 percent of the cost of the ultrasound equipment through its Option Ultrasound Program. Focus on the Family has helped place 409 of the machines in centers since 2004, spokeswoman Kelly Rosati said.

Focus on the Family, based in Colorado, has spent $10 million for the program. Rosati said data collected from the pregnancy centers indicates using ultrasound and counseling increases a woman’s chances of having a baby instead of an abortion by 50 percent.

Of course, you’ve got critics who have to find the nefarious motive in using this equipment…

Pam Sutherland, vice president for public policy for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said she was gratified to hear the center had trained medical personnel. But she did not agree with using the technology to steer women away from all their options.

“Many times, people go into a crisis pregnancy center because they hear ‘free ultrasounds’ and what they get is propaganda and a biased lecture,” Sutherland said. “This is the problem when you have an organization that only has one goal and that is to preach an anti-abortion message. … She gets one option – carry the pregnancy to term.”

Cynthia Davidsen, the center’s on-staff nurse manager, said they do not coerce anyone not to have an abortion.

“We want to use this to deter from abortion, that’s true,” said Davidsen, of St. Charles. “We are using ultrasound to provide a service, to show them a window to their womb. We’re not using ultrasound to force a person to choose life. Obviously, we are a pro-life Christian organization. God never forces himself on anybody. He’s a gentleman.”

Davidsen said it is Planned Parenthood that gives women biased information, not them.

“I would say Planned Parenthood centers sell abortions and don’t give the women enough information about the physical, emotional and spiritual complications of abortion,” Davidsen said. “We believe in life and the sancity of life – but more in the power of love and acceptance of the people who come through our doors. We don’t coerce anybody here. We love them with the love of Christ and provide client services for them.”





The John Birch Society on FOCA

11 11 2008

Ann Shibler from the John Birch Society writes a great article on the ramifications of the Freedom of Choice Act–the first bill President-Elect Obama has said he would sign.

Unfortunately, we are getting used to the intrusion and restrictions of big government in our personal lives on a daily basis. But when it comes to abortion and the murdering of innocents, the federal government is willing to turn a blind eye under the guise of freedom of choice, while with the other eye they limit how much toothpaste and shampoo we can take on an airplane.

Proponents of the deceptively titled Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would have us believe that the purpose of the bill is to codify Roe. v. Wade. Such is not the case. There is no attempt, however, to hide the true intent of FOCA, H.R. 1964 in the House and S. 1173 in the Senate, in any ambiguous terminology. Feeling threats to Roe. v. Wade, as some states try to limit and regulate abortion, the pro-abortion league is going all out to effectively end any opposition to abortion, legally and finally.

FOCA will specifically change the present policy in the United States, guaranteeing that surgical and medical abortions be a fundamental right. It would invalidate any “statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action” of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official, that would “deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose.”

The far-reaching provisions in the bill will invalidate and nullify the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, the Hyde Amendment, informed consent laws, waiting periods, parental notification laws, limits on public funding for elective abortions (American taxpayers, like it or not, will foot the bill for abortions and the abortion industry), and health and safety regulations for the abortion clinics themselves.

The most egregious provisions of the bill would allow the killing of technically full-term babies for “health” reasons, and would remove legal protections for religiously-affiliated hospitals and the doctors and nurses who staff them.





Cardinal George Likens Abortion to Racism

11 11 2008

LifeNews.com covers a conference of Catholic bishops, in which their leader, Cardinal Frances George compares the fight against abortion to the fight against racism.

Cardinal George said Americans should “rejoice” that the nation elected its first African-American president, but he immediately issued a challenge to the nation and to incoming leader Barack Obama.

“If the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, that African Americans were other people’s property and somehow less than persons, were still settled constitutional law, Mr. Obama would not be President of the United States,” George said.

“We are perhaps at a moment when, with the grace of God, all races are safely within the American consensus,” George said. “We are not at the point, however, when Catholics, especially in public life, can be considered full partners in the American experience unless they are willing to put aside some fundamental Catholic teachings on a just moral and political order.”

He explained that opposition to racism is a “pillar” of Catholic teaching, but so is opposition to abortion — a comment that received a standing ovation from his colleagues.