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Arizona Gov. signs historic bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Apr 13 17:38 EST Comments (11)

 
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

PHOENIX, April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday signed a new state law banning abortion after 20 weeks based both on the pain suffered by the unborn child and the health risks posed to the mother.

HB 2036, called “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act,” bans abortion after 20 weeks since a woman’s last menstruation, except in cases of medical emergencies. Another provision of the law requires abortionists to have hospital privileges at a facility within 30 miles of the surgical abortion site.

The state House this week also passed a strengthened informed-consent law and another measure regarding abortion education in schools.

In a press release from Gov. Brewer’s office, state Rep. Kimberly Yee thanked the governor for signing the measure. “This important bill strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the preborn baby,” she said.

According to Americans United for Life, although seven states have similar fetal pain laws, Arizona’s is the first to ban such late-term abortions also because of the invasive procedure’s risk to the mother’s health.

Americans United for Life (AUL) President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Gov. Brewer for signing the law, which was based on AUL model legislation

“Arizona is leading the nation in enacting this new law that shows concern for both mother and child. The abortion industry’s war on women has left many injured people behind. This ban will protect women’s lives, despite the best efforts of the abortion industry to block reasonable limits on a procedure that becomes more dangerous with each passing week,” said Dr. Yoest.

Pro-life watchdog groups monitoring one abortion clinic in nearby Albuquerque, New Mexico, where three late-term abortionists work, uncovered last year several troubling 911 calls detailing severe complications of late-term abortions there.

As of December the state medical board was investigating Southwestern Women’s Options, where 11 seriously botched abortions were documented in 15 months.

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Rwanda considers legislation to liberalize abortion

by Christine Dhanagom Fri Apr 13 16:51 EST Comments (5)

 

KIGALI, April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Legislation being considered in Rwanda may throw open the door to more permissive abortion regulations in a country where it is currently limited to situations in which the mother’s life or health is at risk.

An amended penal code that has been stalled in the Rwandan Parliament for three years was approved by the Chamber of Deputies last Wednesday.  According to the New Times, a Rwandan news service, the revised code maintains the current exemption and also permits abortion in cases of rape, incest, forced marriage, or when the “health of the unborn baby” is in question.

The country had recently rejected similar language in the 2003 Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, known as the Maputo Protocol.  Rwanda signed the Protocol but made a reservation for a section which condoned abortion in cases of rape, incest, or maternal or fetal health concerns.

As the Senate prepares to consider the amended penal code, a Presidential Order lifting this reservation has reportedly been approved by the cabinet and now will also go before the Parliament.

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A statement issued by the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCIUS), a U.S. based pro-life organization, said that the Rwandan Parliament and Paul Kagame, the country’s president, appear to be “bowing to western pro-abortion pressure” by lifting the reservation and amending the penal code.

“Rwanda recognized the need to protect their unborn children from the violence of abortion when they signed the treaty and they issued the reservation,” PNCIUS Director Marie Smith told LifeSiteNews in an interview, adding that her organization was “discouraged” by the recent developments.

The proposals have also sparked intense debate within the country, with seven pro-life female lawmakers reportedly abstaining from the vote in protest over the fact that there is any accommodation for abortion in Rwandan law to begin with.

Thadee Karekezi, Executive Secretary of The Civil Society Platform, a non-profit organization in Rwanda, pointed out in an interview with the New Times the inconsistency of the proposed revision with other Rwandan laws, including one which forbids the death penalty.

“Rwanda cannot be the same country that abolished the death penalty, reduced punishments for Genocide convicts, and then gives the death sentence to the innocent ones,” Karekezi said

Others, however, are claiming that the revision doesn’t go far enough.

In comments to the New Times, Chantal Umuhoza, the Coordinator of Safe Abortion Action Fund, advocated an abolishment of all “conditions and restrictions” on abortion, and objected to a provision that would remain in the revised code requiring a woman to obtain a court order permitting her to have an abortion.

The country’s religious leaders also weighed in at a press conference earlier this week, condemning abortion and expressing concern over a possible lack of respect for the democratic process. Pastor Charles Mugisha of New Life Bible Church called for a referendum that would “let the public decide,” and Anglican Church Archbishop, Rt. Rev. Onesphore Rwaje reminded legislators that since Rwanda is a democratic nation, “views from the public should be heard.”

Bishop Simaragde Mbonyitege, of the Catholic Diocese of Kabgayi noted that abortion was equivalent to killing “in every aspect, under every condition” and called on the Church to be a “voice of the voiceless.”

Fueling the controversy is a recently released report which claims that 60,000 abortions occur each year in Rwanda, and that an estimated 40% of those abortions “lead to complications requiring treatment.” The report, “Abortion Incidence and Post-Abortion Care in Rwanda,” was co-authored by researchers from the National University of Rwanda, the Rwanda Ministry of Health, and the Guttmacher Institute, a U.S. based organization with ties to Planned Parenthood. It also claims that a third of those who had a complication following an abortion did not obtain treatment.

Proponents of liberalizing Rwanda’s abortion laws have used the report to argue that unsafe abortions are rampant in the country, and that abortion would be safer for the woman if it were legal.

According to PNCIUS however, the report needs to be “analyzed carefully,” since it “contrasts sharply” with a statement from the UN Population Data Bank Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division which says that “abortion is not reported to be widespread” in Rwanda.

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Abortion surcharge in Obamacare? Here’s the evidence

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2012 (LifeIssues.org) - In recent weeks there have been reports about an abortion surcharge contained within President Obama’s signature healthcare law. Pro-abortion activists have been desperate to shove the issue under the carpet. They know full well public outrage will ensue if the law’s hidden agenda is fully exposed to the American people in broad daylight.

Many pro-abortion bloggers and members of the media have tried to hide the reality of the “abortion premium mandate”—a provision actually contained within Obamacare. But it’s imperative that you fully understand the facts they’re trying to hide.

Here’s how the provision essentially works: An individual enrolled in an insurance plan that covers abortions through an employer, by choice or even unknowingly, must pay an added abortion surcharge of one dollar per month. With no choice of opting out of the plan, paying for this abortion coverage is imposed whether an individual wants to or not.

This amounts to you and I being forced to take twelve dollars a year to the local Planned Parenthood or other abortion mill, place the money in the blood-stained hands of the abortionist and say, “This is to help fund the killing of innocent unborn babies.”

Obamacare even contains a clause that prevents insurance plans from letting people know about the required abortion surcharge. You won’t be notified that you’re paying into a plan that covers abortion until your time of enrollment. By then, in most cases, it’ll be too late. It’s sinister government secrecy—a bureaucratic sleight of hand—that will result in wholesale abortion-on-demand provided by the government.

Take a look at the text of the law for yourself:

(3) RULES RELATING TO NOTICE—(A) NOTICE—A qualified health plan that provides for coverage of [abortions other than in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother] . . . shall provide a notice to enrollees, only as part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment, of such coverage.

(B) RULES RELATING TO PAYMENTS—The notice described in subparagraph (A), any advertising used by the issuer with respect to the plan, any information provided by the Exchange, and any other information specified by the Secretary shall provide information only with respect to the total amount of the combined payments for [abortions other than in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother] (emphasis added).

Why would the law include such wording unless they didn’t want Americans to know what they’re buying until it’s too late?

In addition to a finalized HHS rule that requires coverage for abortifacient drugs, this is yet another wave of assault against the pro-life community and your religious freedoms by the pro-abortion Obama administration.

You can see why it’s vital that you help me spread awareness of and opposition to the abortion surcharge. The lives of countless unborn babies depend upon the Obama administration feeling the heat for trampling on the conscience rights of everyday Americans. Education is the key for pro-life legislative victories. Many of your fellow pro-lifers are vaguely aware that such an abortion surcharge exists, but they don’t have a solid resource that lays out a helpful explanation. Please share this email with them.

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Komen to fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood branches in 2012

by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Apr 13 15:07 EST Comments (16)

 

April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following a massive media backlash, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has apparently backed down, and will resume funding for at least 17 branches of Planned Parenthood, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Earlier this year Komen, the nation’s leading breast cancer charity organization, had pulled the funding due to Planned Parenthood’s being under federal investigation, and the fact that the family planning group does not offer direct cancer screening services such as mammograms, but only refers patients elsewhere.

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While Komen was reportedly flooded with e-mails in favor of the defunding decision, a rash of resignations by top Komen officials, and high-profile condemnations from several U.S. Congressmen and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, prompted the organization to backtrack. Although Komen officials initially were unclear about whether funding would certainly resume, the group apologized and indicated that Planned Parenthood would remain eligible for funding in the next funding cycle.

“In the past few months, we made mistakes that ultimately raised questions in the community about our commitment to the mission of saving lives. We take full responsibility for these missteps and we extend our deepest apologies,” wrote Komen CEO Nancy Brinker in a letter to Congress last month over the Planned Parenthood flap. 

The Post reports that Komen will be funding about the same number of Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2012 that it funded in 2011.

Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun pointed out to the Post that the group has “acknowledged our missteps and apologized,” and the breast cancer charity even pointed to a deepened relationship with Planned Parenthood affiliates in certain areas as one positive fallout of the controversy.

Austin Ruse of C-FAM told LifeSiteNews.com said that the breast cancer charity should remember how aggressively Planned Parenthood’s allies worked to vilify Komen for cutting the funding - which, although a mere drop in Planned Parenthood’s bucket at $680,000 last year, is a valuable component of the abortion group’s symbolic role in women’s health.

“[Komen CEO] Nancy Brinker is right. Komen made a ton of errors, some forced, some unforced. Chief among their mistakes was the way they rolled the whole thing out and their utter unpreparedness for what Planned Parenthood did to them,” Ruse told LSN.

“What Komen did and the response from Planned Parenthood and then Komen’s response to that response ought to be a case study at the Harvard business school,” he said. “My hope is that Nancy Brinker has a long memory and slowly burning stove of anger and enmity toward the woman - Cecile Richards - and the organization - Planned Parenthood - who tried to ruin Brinker’s life work. 

“I hope and pray Brinker eventually gets to do what she wanted to do all along, defund Planned Parenthood.”

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Actress Rachel Hendrix: ‘Every human life is created in the Divine image - we should fight for it’

by John-Henry Westen Fri Apr 13 14:37 EST Comments (6)

 
October Baby star Rachel Hendrix

ALABAMA, April 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an interview with the German Catholic news agency Kath.net this week, actress Rachel Hendrix, who stars in the box office hit ‘October Baby’ said, “Every human life is created in the Divine image, it is unique and we should fight for it.” 

Despite the sensitive subject matter of the film, which touches on abortion with a pro-life message of ‘Every Life is Beautiful,’ the film has startled critics with strong box office showings. Even in its second week the film posted a strong showing, claiming the No. 2 spot for films in fewer than 500 theaters and the No. 7 spot in per-screen average for the top 20 films, despite only showing in 387 theaters.

This weekend it is set to open in an additional 200 theatres across the U.S.

The film’s impact on audiences has been impressive.

“People don’t leave the theater arguing their views on abortion,” said Andy Erwin, who along with his brother, Jon, directed the film. “But, it does open conversations that are spilling into the lobbies and parking lots of theaters, and we’re hearing that those conversations are meaningful to people.”

In a previous interview with Digital Hippos, Hendrix said: “From those I’ve spoken with, this film is moving people on a profound level. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and I think hearing these stories and knowing I was a part of touching people’s lives is so deeply humbling and beautiful. It’s the best part of it all.”

Starring John Schneider (Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard), Jasmine Guy (A Different World), and newcomers Hendrix and Jason Burkey, October Baby tells the story of 19-year-old Hannah, who discovers she’s adopted and the survivor of an attempted abortion. With friends from college, she hits the road to find answers and locate her birth mother. Ultimately, she finds the power of forgiveness. 

In support of its life-affirming theme, October Baby producers assigned 10 percent of the film’s profits to the Every Life Is Beautiful Fund. The money will be distributed to organizations helping women face crisis pregnancies, to life-affirming adoption agencies and agencies caring for orphans.

To learn more, visit:  OctoberBabyMovie.net

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Biking for Babies: Bikers ride from New Orleans to Chicago on a pro-life mission

by LifeSiteNews staff Fri Apr 13 13:53 EST Comments (6)

 
Jimmy Becker and Mike Schaefer with a cute baby for good effect

NEW ORLEANS, April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When it comes to saving babies, you could say they’re going the extra mile - 1,150 of them, to be exact.

From May 21 – 29, a group of 10 young men and women will bike from New Orleans to Chicago on this year’s Biking For Babies ride, to raise money for women in crisis pregnancies. 

This is the fourth year the ride has taken place. It was founded by Jimmy Becker and Mike Schaefer, both age 23, who became fast friends while students at the University of Illinois.

The ride is more than a fundraiser: the bikers will stay with host parishes and families along the way, while giving talks on the dignity of life and the terrible losses from abortion.

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“The year we were born, over 1.5 million babies were killed by abortion in just the United States alone,” said Becker. “How many of those could have been our classmates?  Our teammates?  Our friends? 

“We’re riding for the 1.5 million that aren’t here to ride with us.”

The original Biking For Babies ride was a 600-mile ride from Carbondale, Illinois to Chicago, over Spring break, which raised over $13,000.  Becker and Schaefer have increased their fundraising each year and hope to reach a goal of $50,000 in this year’s ride. 

One of this year’s beneficiaries is Life Network of Southern Illinois in Waterloo, Illinois, which offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing/treatment, counseling, plus childbirth and newborn care classes and more.  Life Network serves Southern Illinois and nearby St. Louis, MO.

“We want all to experience the beauty of life as we have,” said Shaefer.  “And with the ride, we are doing our best to promote the protection of life from the moment of conception to a natural death.”

Becker, originally from Des Moines, Iowa, now works as a missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Texas in Austin.  Schaefer originally from Freeburg, Ilinois, currently works as the Associate Director at the Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria.  The rest of the team includes a mix of students, seminarians and professionals from Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  (Read the profiles of all 10 riders at BikingForBabies.com.) 

The team will ride between 90 and 190 miles each day, beginning in New Orleans and stopping in Columbia, Jackson, and Greenwood, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Freeburg and Champaign, Illinois and concluding in Chicago.  The group will prepare for the ride by cycling long distances, running and weight training. 

Many of the riders are competitive athletes.  Becker, Stacy Hague of Chicago, and Jeremy Winter of Mobile, AL are all triathletes.  Hague is also on the Cross Country Team at University of Illinois.  Schaefer runs marathons and has even talked fellow teammate Taylor Caputo, of Streator, Illinois into running a half marathon.

But not all this year’s bikers are super athletes: Stephen Barany, 22, of South Bend, Indiana, who drove the support vehicle on last year’s Biking For Babies from Covington, Lousiana to Champaign, Illinois, humbly admits on the group’s website, “despite my unimpressively average athleticism and fears of failure, I have decided to follow in the pedal strokes of my close friend Mike.”

Videos, more info about the receiving charities, the riders, and how to donate, can be found via the ride’s website: www.BikingForBabies.com and on Facebook: “Biking For Babies.”

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Complaint filed against abortionist after women lands in hospital

by Operation Rescue staff Fri Apr 13 12:59 EST Comments (11)

 
Abortionist Martin Haskell

April 13, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio (LifeSiteNews.com) — A complaint has been filed with the State Medical Board of Ohio against late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, alleging violations of the standards of patient care after an abortion patient was hospitalized last month. The complaint asks that the Board conduct a thorough review and take whatever steps are necessary to protect the public.

A recording of the 911 call placed personally by Haskell on March 28, 2012, revealed that a woman was unconscious and suffering seizures that could not be controlled while coming out of anesthesia after an abortion. The woman was transported to Bethesda Hospital, where Haskell has no admitting privileges. He also does not have an agreement for a physician to care for his abortion complications.

The Ohio Department of Health was notified and immediately sent out a team of surveyors who, according to witnesses, were denied access to Haskell’s clinic until he was prepared to allow them in.

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This is the second known incident suffered by a Haskell patient involving uncontrolled seizures. On March 12, 2009, a woman suffered nearly identical complications at his Kettering clinic located near Dayton, Ohio, and was transported unconscious to Miami Valley Hospital.

Operation Rescue has documented two additional incidents of abortion complications at Haskell’s abortion clinics, one as recent as last February when an ambulance was called for an unconscious woman who was not breathing on her own after an abortion.

In an incident on March 19, 2009, a desk clerk is heard making the calls on behalf of the mother of a patient who was in labor. The mother told the clerk that her daughter was in the process of a “miscarriage.” After the clerk called for an ambulance, she placed a second call about 3 minutes later. The clerk told the dispatcher, “Apparently the baby has fallen into the toilet and the umbilical cord – um, uh – the baby’s dead.”

“These disturbing calls show a pattern of botched abortions and complications at Haskell’s abortion clinics that raise serious concerns that women’s lives are being placed at unnecessary risk,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, who filed the complaint.

“The medical board needs to take a hard look at what is going on behind the closed doors of Haskell’s clinics before one of his patients end up in the morgue, if that has not already been the case.”

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The other side of Wildrose: Many good folks involved in the party

by Steve Jalsevac Fri Apr 13 12:45 EST Comments (8)

April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – My original, too rapidly dashed off opinion piece responding to Wildrose leader Danielle Smith’s statement, that “a Wildrose government will not be legislating in areas of morality”, was certainly not one of my better writings.

My apologies to the many good folks who don’t share Smith’s pro-abortion, pro-same sex “marriage” views, but are working their hearts out through the new party to try to replace the oppressive PC government and make the best of the Wildrose opportunity. I in no way meant to undermine their efforts.

I have been emphatically advised that there are many good, salt-of-the-earth party supporters and members and solid Wildrose candidates who are determined to make a Wildrose government, if elected, far more broadly representative and responsible than the current Tory regime. For that they deserve encouragement and support.

However, the point intended by the opinion piece was that this is likely going to be a tougher than understood assignment, given leader Smith’s very liberal personal views on key social conservative issues, but more because of her statement indicating that she will block democratic efforts to even introduce and pass bills related to controversial subjects.

That has been the ruthless Stephen Harper, Mike Harris, Dalton McGuinty and various Quebec premiers’ approach for some time now. They have said they were going to do that - and they did. Will Smith be different?

Maybe, and I really do hope so, but that will depend on a lot of factors. Politics is real hardball stuff - not for the faint of heart or naive. Temptations to compromise or to get too enamoured of the leaders, or to put loyalty to the party and the leader above one’s principals, are nearly irresistible for honest folks who have a natural propensity to trust others. I have seen very many such persons gobbled up and lost to party machines over the years.

Still, Wildrose could be an exception, since it has made some significant promises and it cannot afford to alienate its large social conservative base. If it remains open to lots of respectful discussion, presentation of well documented evidence and, above all, full representative democratic freedom for all its MLAs - much good can happen.

It will take sustained and very determined effort to keep it from going the dictatorial ways of other Canadian governments. It will also take building relationships and constantly trying to educate and bring about personal growth among those who do not yet understand the great value of our traditional Canadian principles regarding life, family and fundamental freedoms of religion and conscience.

It would be a win-win for all Albertans if all this can be brought about, since the benefits would be huge for all of Albertan society. Wildrose might be the wild card that achieves what others have so far failed to accomplish.

One thing I do have a strong leaning to however, is to encourage voters to only vote for candidates of any party who are pro-life, pro-family, rather than just for candidates for one party. Some people strongly disagree with that strategy, but you know, except for a relatively small number of Canadians, it has not really been tried by most Canadian social conservative voters as long as I have been involved in elections. Like other Canadians, they tend to always vote mainly according to party and/or only on economic issues. So, we get what we have gotten.

In the case of this election, I suspect the majority of genuine traditional principals candidates will be running for Wildrose. It therefore might not be such a tough voting decision in many of the ridings, especially considering how many PC MLAs have so badly betrayed Albertans trust in them to stand for what is right.

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EU funding world’s two largest abortion providers, abortions in pro-life countries

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. Fri Apr 13 12:20 EST Comments (2)

NEW YORK, April 13 (C-FAM) The European Commission is using development funds to pay for abortions in countries that restrict the procedure and funding the two largest abortion providers in the world, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, according to a new report by European Dignity Watch.

The report The Funding of Abortion through EU Development Aid reveals Marie Stopes International received over $30 million from the European Union. The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, a high level global partnership that includes the UNFPA and provides abortion kits to developing countries, was given close to $32 million over a 30-month period ending in June 2011.

The report discloses that EU money was spent to fund abortions in developing countries with strict abortion laws through the EU’s Development Aid and Public Health budgets for projects related to “sexual and reproductive health.” But European Dignity Watch (EDW) says the “term ‘sexual and reproductive health’ as defined by the EU excludes abortion explicitly”.

International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International asked and received funding projects that included “safe abortion,” “emergency contraception,” “training in manual vacuum aspiration,” and “menstrual regulation” to admittedly bypass legal restrictions on abortions in countries like Bangladesh, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru.

The term “menstrual regulation,” the report explains, is a less explicit term for surgical abortions. It is described by Planned Parenthood as the process of emptying the uterus through the high-powered suction created by a manual vacuum aspirator. The device is inserted in the dilated cervix of a woman who “suspects” being pregnant rather than one who “knows” she is pregnant. After the procedure, it is impossible to tell whether a woman was pregnant unless the extracted tissue, which may include an implanted embryo, is examined microscopically.

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The report denounces the European Commission, which manages the budget of the European Union, for acting illegally. The report asserts that the Commission does not have the authority to fund abortions because of the limited authority of the Commission, the Commission’s own statements, and the need for consensus to act on foreign policy. Each EU member state has a seat on the Commission, and several EU countries have strict abortion laws.

European Dignity Watch based the report on disclosures from a document request for all papers and correspondence between the EU Commission, the two abortion giants, and the Center for Reproductive Rights for the period running from 2005 to 2010. Not all the information requested from the EU Commission was handed over. The report calls the findings so far “cursory” and asks EU Parliamentarians to investigate further and take action.

The report was presented at the European Parliament in Brussels during an event that was part of the “Week for Life” initiative organized by EU Parliamentarians held in March.

For decades, public funding of abortion in Europe would not have been considered controversial. European Dignity Watch, which was formed in 2010, is just one of many recently formed politically active pro-life organizations in Europe. This development shows how the pro-life movement is gaining momentum in Europe.

Reprinted with permission from c-fam.org

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Women with more kids live longer: study

by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Apr 13 11:55 EST Comments (55)

 
The Duggar family is possibly the most famous large family in America.

SYDNEY, April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Women can expect to live longer with each child they bear, a pattern especially noticeable for those with many children, according to Australian researchers, who nonetheless said that women shouldn’t have too many children because large families are bad for the environment.

The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday reported the results of a study by researchers at the University of New South Wales, which analyzed 1,200 women over the age of 60 since 1988.

Women with six or more children were found to be 40 percent less likely to die during the 16-year follow-up period than women with no children, an expectancy that increased predictably with each child they bore. Researchers said that, although it was not known exactly why children increased life expectancy, the results corresponded to the findings of studies in other countries as well.

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But associate professor Leon Simmons dissuaded couples from having more children based on the results, saying large families are bad for the environment.

‘‘I’m not advocating for you to have six or 14 kids, but it does seem having a few children is good for survival,” he said.

The study also found that men with more children were less likely to die earlier, although the link was not as clear as with women.

Scientists in recent decades have shed light on the healing properties of pregnancy, particularly fetal cell microchimerism, a phenomenon that has been shown to provide unique health benefits to a mother thanks to her unborn child.

In a book on pregnancy science released last year, science writer Jena Pinctott outlined how fetal cells have been shown to penetrate a mother’s body, including stem cells that migrate to the mother’s injuries to spur healing, in a mechanism that strongly suggests a baby’s own cells “repair and rejuvenate moms.” The young cells are believed to stay with a mother for the rest of her life.

For example, a baby’s fetal cells show up significantly more often in a mother’s healthy breast tissue and less often in a woman who has breast cancer, according to numbers cited by Pinkott.

In a 2006 interview, genetics specialist Dr. Kirby Johnson of Tufts Medical Center in Boston recalled one woman with a diseased liver, whose biopsy revealed “sheets of cells” from the children of her five pregnancies - two of them procured abortions - that had congregated near the damaged liver tissue.

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London mayor sued for pulling ‘Ex-Gay and Proud’ adverts from London’s buses

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Fri Apr 13 11:17 EST Comments (17)

 

LONDON, April 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party mayor of London, is being sued by a Christian organization whose bus advertisements for overcoming same-sex attraction he ordered pulled.

Saying, “Not gay, ex-gay, post-gay, and proud! Get over it,” the nixed slogans were the work of the Core Issues Trust, a Christian organization that helps churches minister to those who want to overcome their temptations to homosexual behavior. The ads were also backed by the group Anglican Mainstream, a worldwide organization of Anglicans who seek to restore traditional Christianity to their communion. The ads were due to run for two weeks on London’s iconic red buses, starting from Monday. Now, however, the group is reported to be instructing lawyers to launch a suit.

The campaign was cleared by industry regulator the Advertising Standards Authority. It was intended to be an answer to a similar pro-homosexual ad campaign that said, “Some people are gay. Get over it,” sponsored by the homosexualist lobby group Stonewall.

Core Issues co-director Mike Davidson responded to Johnson’s action, saying, “I didn’t realise censorship was in place.”

“We went through the correct channels and we were encouraged by the bus company to go through their procedures. They okayed it and now it has been pulled.

“It is of deep concern that there can only be one point of view and that is the point of view of individuals who are determined to push through gay marriage and apparently believe that homosexuality cannot be altered in any possible way. That is not a universally held view.”

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Johnson reacted after a chorus of rage from homosexualist campaigners, who argue that homosexuality can only ever be a natural life-long variant of human sexuality, the cornerstone of the homosexualist political schema. The far-left Guardian newspaper reports that the mayor, who is facing an election next month, contacted the paper to announce that he had banned the ads “within two hours of their contents becoming public,” to stave off a political backlash from the homosexualist lobby.

“London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance. It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses,” the Guardian quoted the mayor as saying.

The incident illustrates the growing reality that even to assert that there are some people afflicted with unwanted same-sex attraction who do not want to live the homosexual lifestyle, is now regarded as “anti-gay.”

Lesley Pilkington, a Christian psychotherapist, who is under investigation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for her therapy for homosexuals, told LifeSiteNews.com that she is not surprised that Johnson would get “cold feet,” over such an ad.

“On the one hand, it’s shocking, such a lack of freedom of speech, but on the other, I’m not too surprised,” she said.

“Boris Johnson is very concerned to get re-elected, and there is such a lot of intimidation on the part of gay activists. You just don’t say the kind of things this bus campaign is saying if you want to get reelected as mayor.”

“I think people don’t understand just how political it is in the UK,” she said. “Anything to do with the gay activists’ agenda, particularly with the marriage campaign, is political dynamite.”

The climate right now, she said, is immensely hostile to anyone who opposes the homosexualist political agenda. She recounted the story of a Christian Conservative Party MP, David Burrowes, who received death threats after he signed a petition to retain the current legal definition of marriage.

Pilkington said that the traditional reserve of British political debate is a thing of the past on these issues, and there is growing tolerance for overtly anti-Christian rhetoric. And it is having the desired effect; Christians, she said, are responding by remaining silent: “There’s just such a lot of fear.”

Mrs. Pilkington related the story of a conversation with a Catholic bishop, Philip Tartaglia of Paisley, Scotland, who gave the keynote address at a conference in Oxford on religious freedom.

The bishop had asked Mrs. Pilkington why there is such a lot of political power behind the homosexualist political movement. She replied that, while it is “good to have an intellectual discussion” on the impact of equalities and hate crimes legislation and related issues, “at the end of the day what it’s about is intimidation and bullying and fear” by homosexuals to silence opposition.

“People are afraid, so they agree rather than face opposition that is aggressive. So people who have the information, those who know about the dangers of the homosexual life, don’t speak out.

“The bishop totally agreed with me, saying that he was glad that I as a psychotherapist could say that, but he couldn’t. People would expect him to say what I said but he couldn’t say it.

“My question is why can’t he say it? Why should that silence him, people saying ‘you would say that,’ when in fact he doesn’t.”

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