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Former porn producer questions study claiming porn stars happier, more spiritual

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Kirsten Andersen

Whitehall, PA, November 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A former Playboy porn producer is calling into question the results of a study released last week claiming that women who star in pornographic sex films report higher levels of contentment than other women. 

“I’d … question the methods used for this supposed ‘study,’” Donny Pauling told LifeSiteNews, “because the facts remain that when someone sticks a camera or microphone in a person’s face, that person is going to say whatever they think the interviewer wants to hear.”

“I’ve seen girls I personally know who are interviewed on TV talking about how great their life is in porn, only to call me the very next morning telling an entirely different story, excited because she is now ‘so popular I won’t have to ever work with guys again!’” said Pauling. “If life was as great as the previous night’s interview, why the aboutface just a morning later?”

Pauling spent nine years producing video and print pornography, making millions in the process. He ultimately quit the business after seeing what porn did to the women he recruited and experiencing a spiritual conversion.

The recent study, published in the Journal of Sex Research, sought to explore what researchers called the “damaged goods hypothesis,” which says that actresses involved in the porn industry come from backgrounds of abuse and are prone to psychological problems and high rates of drug use. The researchers claim they found that porn stars actually report “higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality” than women not involved in porn. 

The study was conducted by researchers at Shippensburg University, Texas Woman’s University and the now-defunct Adult Industry Medical Health Foundation (AIM Medical) – the infamous San Fernando Valley clinic for pornographic actors that closed last year after repeated legal scandals. The researchers studied 177 actresses who had starred in at least one pornographic film and compared them to a sample of women matched for age, ethnicity, and marital status. 

“Some descriptions of actresses in pornography have included attributes such as drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, desperation and being victims of sexual abuse,” the researchers said. “Some have made extreme assertions, such as claiming that all women in pornography were sexually abused as children.” 

The researchers say this isn’t true.  They say the porn actresses reported the same rate of childhood sexual abuse as other women. 

But Pauling told LifeSiteNews (LSN) he’s not surprised by that aspect of the study.  “I’ve been saying the same thing for years,” he said.  “These aren’t broken girls who enter the business: they are all someone’s daughter, someone’s mother or future mother, someone’s grandmother… just people. Society today makes porn okay, so people from all walks of life get involved.”

Pauling said that regardless of where the women come from, the industry takes its toll.  “Even those who were not broken to start with would start to be broken down by the business,” he said.  “I’d watch the lights go out in their eyes.”

The study’s researchers did find that porn actresses were more likely to report recreational drug use.  They were also more likely to identify as bisexual, first have sex at an earlier age, have more sexual partners (an average of 75 per actress in addition their on-screen partners), and were more concerned about contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

All of the statistics were self-reported by the porn actresses and other women studied.

Given AIM’s spotty legal history, Pauling questioned their involvement in the study.  “Adult Industry Medical is a joke,” he said. “They’ve been shut down more than once for dodgy practices.”

Heartbreaking stories about porn actors and actresses whose lives have been destroyed by the porn industry aren’t hard to find. Former porn actress Shelley Lubben runs a website called The Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn.  The site features numerous pornographic actors and actresses sharing stories of abuse and degradation, diseases and drug abuse.  One of these is Becca Brat, who wrote that during her four years as a porn star, “I hung out with a lot of people in the Adult industry ... Everybody has the same problems. Everybody is on drugs. It’s an empty lifestyle trying to fill up a void.”

Another actress, Belladonna, who is still active in the porn industry, agreed.  “I’m not happy,” she said.  “I don’t like myself at all. My whole entire body feels it when I’m doing it and… I feel so — so gross.”  While being interviewed by Diane Sawyer for an ABC Primetime segment on pornography in 2003, she famously became very emotional. Sawyer asked her, “You keep describing these awful things that happened to you. Yet, you keep smiling. Why?” Belladonna’s smile faltered and her eyes filled with tears. “It’s so I don’t start crying,” she said.

Former porn star Neesa wrote, “The truth is I let my lifestyle get the best of me. I hate life. I’m a mess. A disaster. I’ve attempted suicide many times.”  Poignantly, she added, “No one cares about a dead porn star or stripper.”


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Abortion group targets pro-life doctors, nurses with new website: New Zealand

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By Michelle Kaufman

Pro-life health practitioners and crisis pregnancy centres in New Zealand are the target of a new website designed to intimidate those who choose not to refer for abortion or prescribe contraception.

The website, My Decision, is created by the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ). 

The site lists health practitioners and crisis pregnancy centres which they believe women should avoid.  The incomplete list includes the names of individuals or organisations, the region and town, and whether they are a doctor, nurse or other provider. 

Women are asked to submit their stories of “hostile or unhelpful health professionals.”  The stories are non-identifying and can be edited for length or clarity.  At the time of writing only two stories had been posted.

In an earlier blog post, ALRANZ mentioned that the new website, which was still under construction at the time, is “aimed at shining the light on ‘conscientious objectors’… who deny people the reproductive healthcare they want or need.”

Right to Life NZ says they believe the site is “denigrating the good name and reputations of health professionals who believe that abortion is a harmful choice.”

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Under New Zealand law, health practitioners can object to providing reproductive health services according to their conscience.  However, there is one caveat – they “must inform the person who requests the service that he or she can obtain the service from another health practitioner or from a family planning clinic.”

 “Sonscientious objection is a fundamental right and one that must be preserved if we are to continue to live in a free and civil society,” said Chris O’Brien, Vice President of Right to Life NZ. “We risk tyranny if this right is taken away.”

“There are very good doctors that appear on that website” said Dame Colleen Bayer, whose Dunedin Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre is also named.  “These doctors speak truthfully and have real care and concern for their patients.  Women do themselves a disservice to discount them based on this information.”

The resource section on the My Decision website links to ALRANZ, Family Planning (an affiliate of International Planned Parenthood Federation and an abortion provider), and the website Abortion Services in New Zealand. 

The Abortion Services website is sponsored by ISTAR Ltd, a registered Charitable Trust which is the sole importer of mifepristone into New Zealand.  ISTAR also provides Manual Vacuum Aspiration equipment for early surgical abortions.

ALRANZ, was instrumental in the writing of the Greens abortion policy, which was unveiled earlier this year.  That policy aims to take abortion out of the Crimes Act making it more accessible.  The policy also targets health professionals who may conscientiously object to ensure they refer patients on to a “neutral practitioner”.

More information about freedom of conscience in healthcare 


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The government is proposing allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest.
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Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn

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Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest.

“Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected."

Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to consider changes to the law after he heard the stories of two women, who complained that they had not been allowed to abort their babies who had been diagnosed with anencephaly. Instead, they said, they had traveled to Britain for abortions.

Abortion was refused under Northern Ireland’s laws because the diagnosis of anencephaly for the child poses no medical threat to the mother.

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On Monday Ford told the BBC that the Department of Justice would bring forward its consultation paper on changing Northern Ireland's abortion laws by the fall.

However, Smyth warned that “the core ethical principle which must underpin this discussion is that every child deserves the right to life regardless of how short their life may be, and regardless of the circumstances of their conception."

She vowed that Precious Life will launch a public campaign in support of the life of all unborn babies.

“We all feel enormous sympathy for parents in these traumatic and distressing cases," Precious Life stressed in a statement. "But parents in these difficult situations deserve much more than our sympathy – they need a professional support system in place, which will provide them with help, support and resources.

"Precious Life are resolved to work towards a solution that loves and protects both mother and baby. Once again we call on the Health Minister to immediately establish perinatal hospice services for parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis for their baby,” said Smyth.

 

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Justice Minister David Ford
Department of Justice
Stormont Estate
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Email: via website (http://www.dojni.gov.uk/contact-us.htm)


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80% of parents who have an unborn child with spina bifida choose abortion. But Chad Judice (pictured with Eli) knows that life is worth it.
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Abortion? No way. Dad says son with spina bifida is a ‘gift’ to the family.

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What is the most pro-life, pro-God influence in your life? According to Catholic author and speaker Chad Judice, his five-year old, disabled son has been a tremendous source of happiness and faith for even the hardest of hearts.

In an op-ed published in The New York Post, Judice writes that when he and his wife found out their unborn son Elijah had spina bifida, they were offered the option of abortion. While they chose life, it didn't stop them from fearing the worst for their careers, eldest child, and Eli.

"That evening...Ashley cried as she read to me from the literature we’d been given," writes Judice. "It said 80 percent of parents who receive a spina bifida diagnosis choose abortion."

"And it told us that our son might have learning disabilities and be paralyzed from the waist down, unable to ever walk."

According to WemMD.com, the two most common forms of spina bifida have few, if any effects, on those who have them. However, the most rare and most aggressive form of the disability can result in significant problems for life:

  • Little or no feeling in their legs, feet, or arms, so they may not be able to move those parts of the body.
  • Bladder or bowel problems, such as leaking urine or having a hard time passing stools.
  • Fluid buildup in the brain (hydrocephalus). Even when it is treated, this may cause seizures, learning problems, or vision problems.
  • A curve in their spine, such as scoliosis.

Eli's form of spina bifida was severe, but -- as it turned out -- manageable, writes Judice. Despite surgeries and "medical challenges," he was out of the hospital within thirty days, though seizures and surgeries would continue to challenge the family. At five-and-a-half, he is entering kindergarten, learning to walk with modern technology, and "his intelligence is at or above average, and he's very talkative."

But perhaps the greatest miracle of all, Judice says, is the effect Eli has had on those who are outside of the family. His story has helped "some pregnant mothers...to reject abortion," and "rekindle the dormant faith of some...drawing them into a life with more room for God and family."

One of those rekindled Christians was a man who, after years in prison, prayed for Eli "as he recited The Lord's Prayer." According to Judice, "it was the first time he’d prayed in 30 years."

Since Eli's birth, Judice has written two books about his son and their family. "Waiting for Eli: A Father's Journey from Fear to Faith" was the first, and has received praise from Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. According to Pavone, it is "an inspiring story of faith, hope, love, and the power of prayer."

"The world judges the value of human life by physical perfection, but God sees things differently. To Him, we are perfectly lovable in our imperfection. Uplifting in its reverence for human life in its most fragile stages, WAITING FOR ELI will encourage pro-life activists everywhere, from the most seasoned to the newly initiated."

Also unstinting in praise was the Chair of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Daniel Cardinal Dinardo, who writes for Judice's website that the book "chronicles [Judice's] spiritual journey from fear of one’s personal limitations to self-abandonment to the divine mercy of God’s providence."

The second book, "Eli's Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer," received the "Best Book by Small Publisher" award in 2013 by the Catholic Press Association.

"I think of Eli as God’s special gift to my family," Judice wrote in the Post. "And as I share about him, Eli’s story softens hearts and brings people to a greater appreciation of the beauty and sacredness of life."


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