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Weep for your children: Sex Week at the University of Maryland

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October 16, 2013 (STOPP) - Tearful parents sending their teens off to college cannot begin to know the depths of depravity that await their pride and joy at the campus of their choice. Who knew that parents would be sending off the precious souls they have so carefully nurtured only to have their sensitivities and their souls immediately assaulted and turned inside out by exposure to such topics as “Asking for it: Finding Your Words for Better, Sexier Communication in the Bedroom”? Or that they would be instructed on the pleasures of sex toys as they are blindsided by a sex marketer/sex toy shop owner described in a Sex Week promo as a “poly, queer femme whose mission in life is to help folks have better sex and is an advocate for gender inclusiveness, sexy safer sex and queer positive spaces in everything that she does”?

So goes the school year at the University of Maryland, under the auspices of the University Health Center, with help from Planned Parenthood via its participation on the board of The National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE TEEN PREGNANCY! Oh, the irony.

“Bedsider Birth Control 101” will be presented during UMD Sex Week by a senior student who is the campus representative for Bedsider in the Wild, a college outreach program of The National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s vice president for medical affairs, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, sits on the board of Bedsider. She also sits on the board of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The Bedsider.org “about us” page leads with: “Babies are great . . . when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime women should have the right to a healthy, happy sex life without having to worry about unplanned pregnancy.”

The UMD Health Center webpage for “Sex Week” teases: “Bedsider.org is here to help you get on top of your sex life. It’s chock-full of useful information about relationships, sex, and protection. It lays out your options, shares fun facts, and offers funny texts to remind you to take your birth control. It’s totally free and constantly updated. Feeling curious? That’s the idea.”

Read our write-up about Planned Parenthood and Bedsider here.

Other offerings at UMD Sex Week include a talk by Tamara Pincus, a social worker who has found her niche in the sex therapy business. Her presentation, “Real Sex with Tamara Pincus,” “will be an open forum for students to ask questions about a variety of sexual topics. Ask your questions about oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex, types of lube, BDSM, non-monogamy, how porn relates with sex in real life, how to manage sexual issues in long-term monogamous relationships, alcohol and drugs and how they affect sex, and how to love your body even during sex.”

Her website confirms she has a “special interest” in a wide range of sexual behaviors. “I have a special interest in supporting individuals through issues related to sexual exploration, sexual functioning, sexual identity and gender identity. Clients who are in polyamorous, swinger and/or kink relationships are welcome. I am in the process of getting certified as a sex therapist and appreciate the opportunity to address issues such as lack of sexual desire, difficulty with orgasm, and sexual functioning problems.” Surely, this is why we sent our teens off to college—to be schooled by an equal opportunity social worker turned sex therapist.

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And for the religiously inclined, there will be “With Groanings that Cannot Be Uttered: Can Sex Be a Spiritual Practice?” presented by Rev. Otis Gaddis III, who can be reached at his UMD e-mail address ogaddis@umd.edu. This presentation, sponsored by the Episcopal Campus Ministry, is a “1.5 hour spiritual conversation [that] explores in what ways . . . sex and sexuality open[s] doors for our mystical and personal relationship with God and how ancient spiritual practices involving meditation and contemplation help us deepen the fullness of our sexual experiences. This is a practical conversation about integrating our spirituality and sexuality.”

For those students who are feeling radical or looking to lose that good girl persona, there is a presentation by Pussy REP (Pussy Radically Eradicating Patriarchy). “That Kind of Girl is an exploration of the vast, multi-faceted, and often bizarre experience of identifying as a woman in today’s media-saturated culture. It is a celebration of women rejecting the scripts that define what it is to be an ‘acceptable kind of girl.’ Pulling from personal experience, interviews, and research, a group of young women tell their stories and dissect the kinds of girls society accepts and rejects through sketch, poetry, dance, and multi-media storytelling.”

Planned Parenthood’s plan for our children has nothing to do with sexual health and everything to do with desensitizing them to the gravest immorality in order to build its customer base and glorify “sexual rights.” That a university health center would sponsor such a fiasco shows just how successful Planned Parenthood has been in saturating the culture on college campuses with its filth—to the point that it is now able to have a huge influence on university health centers while participating in stealth mode.

It is never too late for parents to unite and work to make a difference on college campuses where their children are enrolled. Planned Parenthood and its cohorts rely on parents’ timidity or the fact that they are too busy to notice what is going on at the university. Ultimately, colleges do not want negative publicity, and when this discussion spills out into newspapers in the towns where the universities are located, when the discussion makes the local news reports, or when the college starts to feel the heat, things can change. Parents and students, research what is going on on your campus, then organize and make noise. Planned Parenthood has its tentacles sunk deep into the culture of college campuses. It is time for those tentacles to be uncovered and destroyed!

Reprinted with permission from STOPP


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UK quietly opens the door to genetic engineering, ‘3-parent’ embryos

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Last month the UK’s Department of Health quietly redefined the term “genetic modification” to open the door to allow certain kinds of modification of human embryos – thus potentially making it the first country in the world to allow genetic engineering.

Scottish journalist Lori Anderson recently raised the alarm over the change in a column in the Scotsman, in which she alleged that the change is designed to “dupe” the British public into accepting “full-scale germline genetic engineering,” using human embryos as test subjects.

Anderson said that in July, the Department of Health “effectively re-wrote the definition of ‘genetic modification’ to specifically exclude the alteration of human mitochondrial genes or any other genetic material that exists outside the chromosomes in the nucleus of the cell.”

“The reason for doing this is that it believes it will be easier to sell such an advancement to the public if it can insist that the end result will not be a ‘GM baby’.”

This change follows a statement from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the government body that regulates experimental research on human embryos, approving the procedure to create an embryo from one couple’s gametes but with genetic material added from a third party donor, a procedure called in the press “three-parent embryos”.

Anderson quoted a statement from the Department of Health comparing this procedure to donating blood. The statement read, “There is no universally agreed definition of ‘genetic modification’ in humans – people who have organ transplants, blood donations, or even gene therapy are not generally regarded as being ‘genetically modified’. The Government has decided to adopt a working definition for the purpose of taking forward these regulations.”

This assertion was challenged by one of the UK’s leading fertility researchers, Lord Robert Winston, who told the Independent, “Of course mitochondrial transfer is genetic modification and this modification is handed down the generations. It is totally wrong to compare it with a blood transfusion.”

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The HFEA, which throughout its history has been known as one of the world’s most permissive regulatory bodies, has been working steadily towards allowing genetically modified embryos to be implanted in women undergoing artificial procreation treatments. In a document issued to the government last year, they called the insertion of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) into embryos “mitochondrial donation” or “mitochondrial replacement”. mDNA is the genetic material found in the cytoplasm outside a cell’s nucleus, problems with which can cause a host of currently incurable genetic illnesses.

In the statement issued in June, the HFEA said the technique of inserting “donated” mDNA into already existing in vitro embryos, “should be considered ‘not unsafe’ for the use on a ‘specific and defined group of patients.’”

“Mitochondria replacement (or mitochondrial donation) describes two medical techniques, currently being worked on by UK researchers, which could allow women to avoid passing on genetically inherited mitochondrial diseases to their children,” the statement said.

The HFEA admitted that the techniques are “at the cutting edge of both science and ethics” and said that the results of a “public consultation” in 2012/13 were being examined by the government, which is considering “draft regulations”.

In June, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children echoed Lori Anderson’s concern, commenting that the HFEA is attempting to deceive the public. Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, said, “Human gene manipulation is being sold to a gullible public on a promise of reducing suffering, the same old con-trick that the test-tube baby lobby has been using for decades.” 

Any manipulation of human genetics, always breaks “several important moral rules,” entailing the creation of “human guinea-pigs,” Tully said. “Human germ-line manipulation and cloning – changing the genetic inheritance of future generations - goes against internationally-agreed norms for ethical science.”

He quoted Professor Andy Greenfield, the chairman of the scientific review panel that approved the techniques, who said that there is no way of knowing what effect this would have on the children created until it is actually done.

“We have to subject children who have not consented and cannot consent to being test subjects,” Tully said.

Altering the mDNA of an embryo is what cloning scientists refer to as “germline” alteration, meaning that the changes will be carried on through the altered embryo’s own offspring, a longstanding goal of eugenicists.

In their 1999 book, “Human Molecular Genetics” Tom Strachan and Andrew Read warned that the use of mitochondrial alteration of embryos would cross serious ethical boundaries.

Having argued that germline therapy would be “pointless” from a therapeutic standpoint, the authors said, “There are serious concerns, therefore, that a hidden motive for germline gene therapy is to enable research to be done on germline manipulation with the ultimate aim of germline-based genetic enhancement.”

“The latter could result in positive eugenics programs, whereby planned genetic modification of the germline could involve artificial selection for genes that are thought to confer advantageous traits.”


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Cable series portrays nun as back-alley abortionist

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'To depict a nun who performs an abortion is a new low,' said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

The Cinemax TV series The Knick portrayed a Roman Catholic nun as a back alley abortionist who tells a Catholic woman God will forgive her for going through with the procedure.

In its latest episode, which aired Friday night, the series showed Sister Harriet (an Irish nun played by Cara Seymour) telling a Catholic woman named Nora, “Your husband will know nothing of it. I promise.”

“Will God forgive me?” Nora asked, adding, “I don't want to go to Hell for killing a baby.”

“He knows that you suffered,” the sister replied, before performing the illegal abortion off-screen. “I believe the Lord's compassion will be yours.” 

The period medical drama is set at the Knickerbocker Hospital (“The Knick”) in New York City around the turn of the 20th century, when abortion was against both civil and ecclesiastical law.

“It is no secret that Hollywood is a big pro-abortion town, but to depict a nun who performs an abortion is a new low,” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said. “The only saving grace in this episode is the real-life recognition of the woman who is about to have the abortion: she admits that her baby is going to be killed.”

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The series is directed by Steven Soderbergh, known for such films as Erin Brockovich, the Oceans Eleven franchise, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. More recently he directed The Girlfriend Experience, a film about prostitution starring pornographic actress Sasha Grey.

Critics have hailed his decision to include a black surgeon in circa 1900 America. But after last week's episode, the New York Times stated that The Knick has chosen to “demonstrate concern for other kinds of progress,” citing the depiction of the abortion. 


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Catholic Malta enacts ‘transgender’ employment discrimination law

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An amendment to Malta’s Employment and Industrial Relations Act means that employment “discrimination” against “transsexuals” is now officially prohibited in the Catholic country. The provision, which was quietly passed in May, came into effect on August 12th.

The law allows those who believe they have a complaint to make a case with the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, with an industrial tribunal or the courts. A government spokesman told local  media, “Employees do not need to prove that their employer has discriminated against them.”

“They only need to provide enough evidence pointing to a likely case of discrimination. The employer will then need to prove that discrimination has not taken place.”

The amendment defines illegal discrimination against “transgendered” people as, “in so far as the ground of sex is concerned, any less favourable treatment of a person who underwent or is undergoing gender reassignment, which, for the purpose of those regulations shall mean, where a person is considering or intends to undergo, or is undergoing, a process, or part of a process, for the purposes of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.” 

Silvan Agius, Human Rights policy coordinator with the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, told Malta Today newspaper that the new amendment brings Maltese law into harmony with EU law.

“This amendment is continuing the government’s equality mainstreaming exercise. The inclusion of gender reassignment in the Act also brings it in line with the anti-discrimination articles found in both Malta’s Constitution and the Equality for Men and Woman Act,” Agius said.

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Agius is a key member of the homosexual activist apparatus in Malta’s government working to entrench the ideology of gender in law in Malta and elsewhere. In June, he was a featured speaker, with the notorious British anti-Catholic campaigner Peter Tatchell, at a Glasgow conference organised by the Edinburgh-based Equality Network, a group that helps organise and train homosexualist campaign groups.

The amendment to the law follows promises made recently by the country’s equalities minister, Helena Dalli, to a “transgender” congress in Hungary in May. Dalli, who brought forward Malta’s recently passed same-sex civil unions bill, told a meeting of gender activists in Budapest that while her government’s focus had been mainly on homosexuals, that she would shortly be turning her attention to “trans” people.

“The next step now is a Bill towards the enactment of a Gender Identity law. A draft bill has been prepared and it has now been passed to the LGBTI Consultative Council for its vetting and amendment as necessary,” Dalli said.

“Some of you may be thinking that we are moving forward quickly. I have a different perspective though. We are doing what is right, what should have been done a long time ago,” she added.

Since the legalisation of divorce in 2011, Malta has been remarkable for its rapid adoption of the gender ideology’s agenda. In 2013, Malta was named the “fastest climber” on the Rainbow Europe Index, a survey organised annually by ILGA Europe, the leading homosexualist lobby group funded directly by the European Union.

The ILGA Europe report notes (p. 114) that Helena Dalli Helena “was one of 11 EU Member States’ equality ministers to co-sign a call for the European Commission to work on a comprehensive EU policy for LGBT equality.” The report also noted that although the new Labour government has proved cooperative, the Christian Democrat Nationalist Party has “progressively proved more receptive to LGBTI issues, including same-sex unions.”


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