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Planned Parenthood says it opposes ‘forced abortion’ but is tied to China’s one-child policy

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Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The successful release of dissident Chen Guangcheng has shined such a light on China’s one-child policy that on Thursday the Planned Parenthood Federation of America released a statement condemning “forced abortion and coerced birth control.” However, the federation supports funding for the international organization that cooperates with Beijing’s population control measures, is institutionally tied to its enablers, and critics say Planned Parenthood performs abortions on coerced women in its clinics everyday.

After noting “the safe passage of Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng and his family to the United States,” the organization condemned “the scourge of coercive reproductive policies.”

“Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) opposes coercive and inhumane reproductive policies and practices, including China’s one-child policy and the illegal practices of forced abortion and coerced birth control reported in some localities,” its statement read. “The continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies must end.”

PPFA promised to begin “amplifying a human rights perspective” on the issue.

“We agree, in principle, that coerced abortions are wrong,” Stephen Casey, vice president and chief counsel of Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL), told LifeSiteNews.com. “What we’d like to see now is its being put into practice.”

He noted PPFA is linked to forced abortions here and in Chen’s native China.

The George W. Bush administration ended funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after a 2002 federal investigation found the UNFPA sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Chinese State Family Planning Commission (SFPC), the agency that implements China’s one-child policy. 

The Obama administration renewed U.S. funding for the global population control agency. 

Earlier this month, as the Republican-controlled House considered a successful measure to eliminate UNFPA’s $39 million budget, Planned Parenthood issued a press release claiming the bill would “harm women around the world.” (Emphasis in original.)

UNFPA also donated $1.6 million to International Planned Parenthood Federation in 2010. Planned Parenthood is IPPF’s U.S. “member association.”

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The organization has not announced plans to return the money nor to withdraw from UNFPA.

However, Casey is more familiar with coerced abortion back home.

Citing the experiences that TCDL has had in litigating cases of forced terminations and “the exposure of various clinics that are covering up for statutory rape [and] child trafficking,” he said Planned Parenthood’s opposition to coercion “needs to be put into practice and not just a news byte.”

Casey’s non-profit, TCDL, represented a 16-year-old girl he says was literally dragged “across the sidewalk by the belt, leaving her bloody” as she was led to two Austin-area abortion clinics – including a Planned Parenthood.

“That’s a forced abortion,” Casey said.

Pro-life activist Tara Shaver spared an Albuquerque, New Mexico, teenager an unwanted abortion at Planned Parenthood in 2010. When Tara texted the 17-year-old that she could leave anytime she wanted, the minor replied, “my parents won’t let me.”

“This incident highlights the epidemic of coerced and forced abortions that occur with alarming frequency in this nation,”  Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said at the time. “Abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood are all too willing to exploit women in vulnerable circumstances in order to make a buck.” 

Casey also represented a 14-year-old girl Corpus Christi girl, who received a temporary restraining order after she said her family members physically assaulted her while trying to force her to obtain an abortion. 

Last November, eyewitnesses said they saw abortion workers at Affiliated Medical Services, a Milwaukee-area abortion clinic, prevent a young black girl aged 11-14 from leaving the facility. 

In 2010, Detroit-area abortionist Abraham Alberto Hodari admitted forcibly restraining a black woman who had changed her mind about having an abortion. It was not the first such allegation

At times, it is the judicial system that orders a woman to undergo the invasive and deadly procedure. In January, a Massachusetts court threw out a lower court’s ruling compelling a mentally ill woman to have an abortion and sterilization, although a court-appointed expert testified she strongly objected to both procedures. Ultimately, the state dropped the request.

Planned Parenthood made no condemnations in these cases.

Casey said Chen’s decision to come to America shows the dregs of the abortion culture. “With the exploitation of the gold-covered fetuses and babies that were powdered and a story out of India about aborted babies being fed to dogs, God’s grieving. The world’s grieving over abortion, and we’re going to look back and see it’s such a stain on the face of humanity.”

Casey said anyone in the state of Texas facing an unwanted abortion can contact TCDL. Those in the other 49 states can contact the Alliance Defense Fund, and “We will work to resolve the situation to protect both the mother and the baby.”

Contact Information:
Texas Center for Defense of Life
501 S. Austin Ave., Suite 1130
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 763-9068

Alliance Defense Fund
15100 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
1-800-TELL-ADF (835-5233)


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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks

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Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkin’s statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s.

During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was "civilised" to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be "immoral" to choose not to abort babies diagnosed with the condition.

He said that his goal is to "reduce suffering wherever you can," indicating that unborn children cannot suffer, and that unborn children don't "have human feelings."

In addition to being scientifically challenged - unborn children can feel both pain and emotions - Dawkins' comments drew criticism for his callousness towards children with disabilities.  

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus"

“It's sick and twisted for anyone to advocate for the killing of children with disabilities,” Live Action President Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews. “Dawkins's ignorant comments serve only to further stigmatize people with Down syndrome.

“While many people with Down syndrome, their families, and advocacy groups are fighting discrimination on a daily basis, Dawkins calls for their murder before they are even born,” she said. “Those with Down syndrome are human beings, with innate human dignity, and they, along with the whole human family, deserve our respect and protection.”

Carol Boys, chief executive of the Down's Syndrome Association, told MailOnline that, contrary to Dawkins’ assertion, “People with Down’s syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society.”

A spokesperson for the UK disabilities charity Scope lamented that during the “difficult and confusing time” when parents find out they are expecting a child with disabilities, they often experience “negative attitudes.”

“What parents really need at this time is sensitive and thorough advice and information,” the spokesperson said.

Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan agreed with Rose’s assessment. "Advocates of abortion for those 'weaker' than others, or of less physical or intellectual dexterity, should remember that each of us is 'lesser' in some or most respects," he said.

According to Donovan, "we deliver a death sentence on all of humanity by such cruel logic."

"A true civilization – a civilization of love – does not engage in such cold and ultimately suicidal calculus" he said.

One family who has a child with Down syndrome said Dawkins was far from the mark when he suggested that aborting babies with Down syndrome is a good way to eliminate suffering.

Jan Lucas, whose son Kevin has Down syndrome, said that far from suffering, Kevin has brought enormous joy to the family, and "is so loving. He just has a million hugs."

She described how Kevin was asked to be an honorary deacon at the hurch they attend in New Jersey, “because he is so encouraging to everyone. At church, he asks people how their families are, says he'll pray for them, and follows up to let them know that he has been praying for them."

It's not just strangers for whom Kevin prays. "My husband and I were separated for a time, and Kevin kept asking people to pray for his dad," said Jan. "They didn't believe that Kevin's prayers would be answered. Kevin didn't lose hope, and asking people, and our marriage now is better than ever before. We attribute it to Kevin's prayers, and how he drew on the prayers of everyone."

"I don't know what we'd do without him," said Jan.

Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Kevin said that his favorite things to do are "spending time with my family, and keeping God in prayer." He said that he "always knows God," which helps him to "always keep praying for my friends."

"I love my church," said Kevin.

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome described themselves as "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child.

Despite this, it is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 


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Pope Francis: steps must be taken to halt ‘unjust aggressor’ in Iraq

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Pope Francis and his emissary to Iraq’s persecuted non-Muslim minorities, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, have both called on the United Nations to act in concert to protect Iraqis Christian and Yazidi minorities from the radical Islamic forces of ISIS.

Asked about Iraq on his return flight from South Korea, Francis replied that “it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor.”

He added, however, that “halt” does not mean to “bomb” and lamented “how many times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor…have powerful nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!”

He also cautioned that no single nation could determine the right measures. Any intervention must be multilateral and preferably by the United Nations, he said.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Foloni, who is visiting Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis, issued a joint statement this week with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Iraqi bishops that urged the international community to “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result.”

The statement also urged efforts to “assure that there is international protection for these villages and so to encourage these families to go back to their homes and to continue to live a normal life in security and peace.”

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican nuncio to Iraq, was also asked by Vatican Radio earlier this month about the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise [the Islamic State] could not be stopped,” the archbishop said. 

Although Pope Francis’ own remarks about an intervention in the war-torn country were carefully guarded, Catholic commentator Robert Spencer, author of such bestselling exposes of Islam as “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion,” told LifeSiteNews he believes the pope was clearly calling for an “armed intervention, though a very limited one.”  

“Only a fool would think there is another way to stop an ‘unjust aggressor,’” he said.

Spencer expressed concerns that both Francis and Pope John Paul II before him have both referred to Islam a “religion of peace,” which Spencer says is “completely false.” However, he suggested that Francis’ remarks calling for action in Iraq are a sign of a more realistic attitude towards Islam.   

On this, Spencer would likely have the support of Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, who issued a letter last week warning the West in stark terms about the encroaching threat of Islam.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer,” Nona warned. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here.

“You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles,” he said

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”


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Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

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In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral."

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised."

Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings."

Later, Dawkins said that "the question is not ‘is it 'human'?’ but ‘can it SUFFER?’"

In perhaps the most shocking moment, one Twitter user wrote that he or she "honestly [doesn't] know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."

Dawkins advised the writer to "abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."

According to Dawkins, the issue of who should be born comes down to a calculation based upon possible suffering. "Yes. Suffering should be avoided. [The abortion] cause[s] no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can."

Later, however, he said that people on the autism spectrum "have a great deal to contribute, Maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. [Down Syndrome] not enhanced."

When Dawkins received some blowback from Twitter followers, he replied: "Apparently I'm a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted."

It is estimated that in many Western countries the abortion rate of children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome is 90%, or even higher. The development of new and more accurate tests for the condition has raised concerns among Down syndrome advocates that that number could rise even higher. 

Although it is widely believed that people with Down syndrome are doomed to a life of suffering, in one large survey 99% of respondents with Down syndrome said they were "happy." At the same time, 99% percent of parents said they loved their child with Down syndrome, and 97 percent said they were proud of them.

Only 4 percent of parents who responded said they regretted having their child. 

A number of Dawkins' statements in the Twitter thread about fetal development are at odds with scientific realities. For example, it is well-established that 20 weeks into a pregnancy, unborn children can feel pain. Likewise, unborn children have emotional reactions to external stimuli -- such as a mother's stress levels -- months before being born. 

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