Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

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UK Conservatives trounced in local elections: loss blamed on gay ‘marriage’ push

Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

LONDON, May 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexualist activists say they are disappointed today after the Cameron government’s proposed “gay marriage” plans were not included in this morning’s Queen’s Speech in Parliament. Meanwhile, Conservative Party loyalists are saying the party’s “gay marriage” push, along with the Liberal Democrats’ plan to “reform” the House of Lords to make it an elected body, have cost both parties dearly in last week’s local elections.

Observers are speculating that the results of the nation-wide local elections, which vote in representatives in county and municipal councils, have prompted a frantic rewriting of the government’s policies in time for this morning’s Queen’s Speech, the event that announces the government’s upcoming goals. While “gay marriage” was not mentioned in the Speech, Lords Reform is still officially on the table.

However, the fate of the plan to redefine marriage remains unclear, with conflicting information emerging. Chancellor George Osborne said the “reform” plans are being shelved in favor of “the things that really matter” to voters, namely the economy. But on Monday Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat, assured nervous homosexualists there will be “no U-turn,” saying it will be brought in as promised by 2015.

“In the aftermath of a tough set of election results for both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, I couldn’t help but notice a few naysayers popping up in the media and uttering dire warnings about a government that needs to concentrate on core issues rather than same sex civil marriage,” she said.

““For goodness sake – it’s not either / or. The economy is clearly the No 1 priority – but the Coalition can multi-task!”

A spokesman for the Home Office said that “gay marriage” is a government commitment, but said the public consultation was not yet complete. “We are absolutely committed to introducing same-sex civil marriage and have been clear that we will make any legislative changes by the end of this Parliament.

“There was never any plan to include equal civil marriage in this year’s Queen’s Speech. Our consultation is still ongoing and it’s important we listen to people’s views.”

Marriage defenders, however, have pointed out that this is the first time the government has used the consultation to create wiggle room on the issue. A major bone of contention has been that the consultation itself never asked the public whether “gay marriage” was wanted, but only how it should be implemented.

Gerald Howarth, the Conservative defence minister, was among the many in the Conservative Party who laid the blame for the local election disaster directly at the feet of the “gay marriage” plan that he said was a “distraction” that has alienated the party’s traditional base.

“A lot of Conservatives have written to me saying ‘I am a lifelong Conservative, there is no mandate for this, why is this being proceeded with?’” he said.

In the lead-up to the elections, senior Conservative Party members and MPs repeatedly tried to warn Prime Minister David Cameron that his “modernisation” policies in general, especially “gay marriage,” which have moved the party further to the left, are alienating the rank and file of the party, both among voters and MPs. Last week, with the party losing hundreds of seats in councils across the country, Cameron told his remaining supporters that he has heard the message voters were sending “loud and clear”.

In a piece in the Daily Telegraph, Cameron wrote, “The message people are sending is this: focus on what matters, deliver what you promise – and prove yourself in the process. I get it.”

Both the country’s ruling coalition partners, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, took a pounding in the elections. Across the country, the Conservatives lost a total of 405 seats in 12 councils a mere 24 months since the nation ousted the then most-hated Labour Party.

Experts have said that with the Tories not even holding an overall governing majority, a replication of these kinds of results in a general election (the next one is set for 2015) would consign them to political oblivion.

Despite Cameron’s assurances, some long-time Conservative Party loyalists remain skeptical, saying they do not trust either Cameron’s motives or his political savvy.

Gerald Warner, a journalist and former senior policy advisor to the party, told LifeSiteNews.com, “When, on election night, a serving government minister openly tells his party leaders that their support for same-sex marriage and vandalising of the House of Lords has provoked disaster at the polls, deference has been ousted by fear.”

Tory MPs, many of them sitting on tiny majorities, know that last week’s results could presage an electoral bloodbath for the party in the general elections “and are terrified,” Warner said.

Warner also warned that the absence of a “gay marriage” bill in the Queen’s Speech does not mean the matter has been dropped.

“Signals are being sent out that both the homosexual ‘marriage’ and Lords ‘reform’ proposals are being diluted with weasel words about ‘looking at’ or ‘considering,’ rather than legislating. We shall see.”

Warner called Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) “the instrument of voters’ vengeance.” The rump libertarian party has expanded dramatically since the coalition government took charge in 2010, from simply promoting British withdrawal from the European Union to championing all the views of traditional Toryism.

“This is fatal for the ‘modernised’ Tory Party,” Warner said.

“In the past, when traditionalist Tories jibbed at liberal policies, the party’s grandees would sneer dismissively: ‘They have nowhere else to go’. Well, they have now; and every election that goes past - general, local, European - as Tories migrate to UKIP their former tribal loyalty to the Conservative Party is broken.”

Warner said that the next 24 months are the “Tories’ last chance.”

Unless they abandon modish but useless wind turbines, posturing pro-homosexual policies aimed at pleasing 1.8 per cent of the population while alienating many times that number, destruction of the House of Lords at the behest of a Liberal Democrat Party with no remaining vestige of a mandate, they will become extinct in 2015.”

As of yesterday, the petition to retain the traditional definition of marriage promoted by the Coalition for Marriage has gained more than half a million signatures. A counter-petition by homosexual campaigners had 53,000, a number that broadly reflects the demographic electoral balance according to polls.


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African denounces Western elites pushing population control in his country

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An op-ed in one of the leading publications in Uganda has denounced the promotion of IUD use and other long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in the nation as a colonialist form of population control.

An article published in New Vision, which bills itself as “Uganda's leading daily,” and which was posted online after being translated into broken English, contradicts the frequent claim that there is a desperate cry from Africans and brown people generally to provide the “unmet need” for contraception in the Third World.

Programs to convince African women to use the IUD or other forms of contraception “are projects of multibillion international agencies distributing them under the guise of helping the poor countries to control birth rates,” Stephen Wabomba wrote.

The use of the IUD leads to an increase in “the spread of STIs/HIV/AIDS, infections or increased rates of Pelvic Infection Diseases (PID),” and other maladies, he said. The IUD, which is inserted into the uterus and may work for years at a time, offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases and often does not prevent fertilization.

Western governments and NGOs are very much “aware of the side effect[s] but still force them on us through sensational marketing strategies by claiming that there is unmet need” for contraception “in Uganda,” he wrote.

He instead suggested the use of Natural Family Planning methods as the “best alternative” for married couples, as well as increased “funding of chastity and abstinence education in Uganda.”

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He called on every citizen of Uganda “to stand up and be counted as a lover of life” and become a “protector of the voiceless and defenseless unborn children being aborted every day.”

Wabomba is heeding his own advice by acting as director of the Pregnancy Help Center in Jinja, the second largest city in Uganda. The town of 87,000 is perched on the shores of Lake Victoria.


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UN tells Chile and Peru to legalize abortion

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On July 7 and 8, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) discussed Chile’s abortion laws and issued a report asking for liberalization of those laws.

According to the report, Chile “should establish exceptions to the general prohibition of abortion, contemplating therapeutic abortion and in those cases in which the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape or incest.”

Chile is one of the few countries that prohibits abortion in all cases.  So far, the country has managed to stand against internal and external pressure to legalize abortion.

But during her campaign, President Michele Bachelet promised to make the legalization of abortion a priority.  Indeed, last May she stated that her intention was to reopen the debate so that the government could approve therapeutic abortion before the end of this year.  The U.N. report also said that Chile “should make sure that reproductive health services are accessible to all women and adolescents."

One of the reasons the UN is using to pressure Chile’s government to change their abortion laws is the high number of clandestine abortions allegedly taking place in Chile. The UNHRC points to “official data” showing 150,000 annual clandestine abortions. However, not only is it impossible to corroborate that figure, but other sources show that this number could be exaggerated by a factor of 10.  According to an article published in the Chilean news publication, Chile B, the annual number of clandestine abortions in Chile may vary between 8,270 and 20,675.

Inflating the number of illegal abortions and maternal mortality is a common tactic of the pro-abortion movement’s effort to legalize the deadly practice. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), famously admitted the tactic after becoming pro-life.

“We claimed that between five and ten thousand women a year died of botched abortions,” he said. "The actual figure was closer to 200 to 300 and we also claimed that there were a million illegal abortions a year in the United States and the actual figure was close to 200,000. So, we were guilty of massive deception."

Chile has also been used as a prime example that legalized abortion does not reduce maternal mortality.

A study published in 2012 by Plos One Institute found that since 1989 when Chile banned abortion, there has been an annual decrease in maternal death. That study, and others compiled and published by the Chilean MELISA Institute strongly challenge the myth that abortion is safe or even necessary to increase maternal health.

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Notwithstanding the empirical data, the United Nations is also hard at work to pressure Chile’s neighbor to the North, Peru, to liberalize its own abortion laws.  In the case of Peru it is the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that has issued the report, not the UNHRC.  CEDAW representatives examined Peru’s case on July 1 and suggested that Peru should legalize abortion in case of rape and severe abnormalities of the unborn child.

The organism suggested that the government eliminate all laws that punish women who abort and asked that Peru “urgently” adopt a law to fight violence against women, a notion often used as a euphemism for legalizing abortion.  

The CEDAW commission presented the conclusions of the report on July 22 and put special emphasis on the abortion issue. This happens despite the strong opposition to abortion in Peru. A recent survey showed that 79 percent of Peruvians support the Catholic Church’s position on abortion.

The CEDAW pressure on Peru is not new. In 2011, after the UN sanctioned Peru for denying an abortion to a teenager, Carlos Polo, Director of the Population Research Institute’s Latin American office, stated that the UN organism doesn’t have the right to force Peru to approve abortion.


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I helped so many women abort their babies. Now how do I live with that?

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I have many memories of my time with Planned Parenthood. I spent eight years of my life there. Some memories are good, some are not. But they are contained in my mind. It’s easy to forget them. I have forgotten so much about my time there in just four and a half short years. 

I found my old business card the other day. That is a tangible memory for me. It made me think of the day that I heard I had been promoted to direct the clinic. I was so happy…hugging and jumping up and down with my supervisor. She was so proud of me.

I thought about the day I moved everything into my new, big office. I put pro-choice stickers all over my file cabinet. I called my parents to share the news. They were, of course, proud of me, but hated my work. I can’t imagine how conflicted they were in their minds and hearts. Human resources sent me my new paperwork. There was my new title, my new and amazing salary. 

A few days later, my new business cards came. I remember putting them in my new business card holder on my desk. I filled up the business card holder that I kept in my purse. I had already become used to hearing myself say my new title.

I was proud of myself. I was proud of the hard work I had put in to earn that new title. I worked so many hours, sacrificed so much time from my family. But I knew it would be worth it. And now I had the job title to prove it.

I remember proudly passing out my new business cards to anyone that would take one. Being pro-choice was not just a movement to me; it was a lifestyle. I wholeheartedly embraced that lifestyle and loved being a part of it. 

These tangible reminders that I occasionally find are sometimes hard to work through. I remember receiving the records from my medication abortion. That tangible reminder of my past was difficult to manage. I look at my “Employee of the Year” award that I received from Planned Parenthood and think back to the night I received it. I ended up putting that old award on my desk as a reminder of where I came from and how much my life has changed. Seeing that plaque no longer brings back those tangible memories. 

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One of the reasons I was so taken aback when finding my old business card was not just because it was a reminder of how proud I had been to run an abortion clinic…something I find deplorable now. It was because of the things I took part in while I had that big title.

The memories of handing women small monetary checks in order to pay for their silence after we had left them with a serious infection after their abortion. The memories of watching women bleed out on our abortion table and being instructed not to call the ambulance because we didn’t want to let the pro-lifers know that we had a medical emergency. The memories I have of “joking” about the babies that died in our facility by abortion. The memories I have of training our abortion facility employees on the “normalcy” of abortion and how to convince women that abortion is the best choice for them.

Part of being a former abortion clinic worker is learning how to deal with your past sin. It may be the lady who came to your clinic for an abortion that you bump into at the store. It could be standing in front of your former abortion facility and remembering all of the damage your words and actions did to so many women. It could be finding that old business card that reminds you of the pride you felt when you became the director of an abortion facility. 

People ask me all the time, “How do you live with your past?” My answer is silly, but it is a true story. 

One day I was watching the kid’s movie “Kung Fu Panda” with my daughter. In the film there is a wise, old tortoise named Oogway. He is talking to one of his students who is frustrated with his current situation. Oogway asks his student, “Do you know why today is called the present? Because it is a gift.”

That little line by an animated tortoise hit me like a ton of bricks. Today is a gift. There is absolutely nothing we can do with our past. And there is very little we can do to control our future. We live NOW. We serve NOW. We choose to move on from our past NOW. 

I don’t know what your past sins are. And I don’t know how frequently you are reminded of them. But as someone who has to face their past sins on pretty much a daily basis, I can tell you that you can be free from their burden. Being reminded of your past doesn’t mean that you have to live with constant grief. It simply means that you have been given the opportunity to transform your past into something positive…maybe you can help others make different choices than you did, maybe you can help others heal from the same struggles that you lived through. I don’t know what you are being called to do, but as the saying goes, “God can turn our mess into a message.” 

Carrying around past burdens doesn’t help us in any way. Know that you can be forgiven. Accept that forgiveness. Use your life to help others. The present is indeed a gift.

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