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Advice columnist to woman pushed into taking morning-after pill: ‘Get on with your life’

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Kirsten Andersen

LONDON, February 18, 2014 ( – British advice columnist Jane O’Gorman offered little comfort to a woman who wrote in to the Daily Star to share a horror story about her boyfriend of five years who pushed her into take the “morning after pill” despite her anguished protests. The boyfriend had agreed to try for a baby, but then had second thoughts.

One might expect O’Gorman to have expressed compassion for a woman whose lover turned on her so cruelly, but the writer was pragmatic, even callous in her reply.  She suggested the woman “accept that you and he are no longer an item,” and “back off and get on with your life without him.”

“I suspect that he wasn’t really listening or taking you seriously when you talked about coming off the contraceptive pill and starting a family,” O’Gorman explained.  “Yet he was pulled up short the morning after your unprotected sex with an overwhelming terror of becoming a dad.”

“Sadly, you and he simply weren’t on the same page,” added O’Gorman.

The anonymous woman had written in her letter to O’Gorman that in December she had suggested the idea of going off her contraceptive pill and trying to have a baby. “We had unprotected sex for the first time and it felt wonderful. Yet the next morning he was in a foul mood.  He started shouting that I had tricked him into it and that he wasn’t ready to be a dad,” she wrote.

After that, the woman recounted, “He marched me to my GP for emergency contraception, thrust a bottle of water into my hand and growled: ‘Swallow!’”

“I was sobbing so hard that I struggled to get the pill down,” she wrote. “He and I haven’t had sex from that day to this as he now claims that he can’t trust me.  He’s also seeing an ex-colleague of his and I don’t know where I stand.” 

O’Gorman admonished the woman not to allow her boyfriend’s abusive behavior to “bring you down,” and to “start to accept that this is the beginning of the next stage of your story.”

While O’Gorman’s response may seem callous, it may also reflect the fact that as the so-called “morning after pill” and other abortifacients have become easier to access, abuses like this one have increasingly become the norm.

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“Sadly, what this poor woman went through is all too common,” Dr. Brian Clowes, director of research and education at Human Life International told LifeSiteNews. “With Plan B being sold over the counter, we can expect more of these types of stories. If you look at the well-documented history of violence carried out by abortion supporters, there are many instances of men spiking their girlfriend's drinks, or even food, with all kinds of abortifacients. And there are more than a hundred instances of men even killing their girlfriends because they refuse to have an abortion.”

One recent story out of Florida saw a 29-year-old man sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison after slipping his pregnant girlfriend the abortion drug misoprostol, disguised as an antibiotic.  Another 26-year-old man in Wales was reported to police and slapped with a restraining order after trying to get an abortion pill at his local doctor’s office and telling a nurse he planned to give it to his girlfriend without her knowledge or consent.

In an undercover sting operation, actors working for Students for Life of America caught pharmacy employees on tape agreeing to sell Plan B to a 33-year-old man who wanted to use it to conceal the evidence that he had been sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.  In at least one pharmacy, the man openly stated that he planned to “slip it in her drink” against her wishes, and an employee suggested ways to carry out his plan.

Because Plan B is marketed as “emergency contraception,” many users, even those who consider themselves pro-life, do not realize it can cause early abortion.  But Dr. James Trussell, a senior fellow at the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute and a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice America, co-wrote a report earlier this year saying that “women must know” that emergency contraceptives “may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium.”

In Britain, the morning-after-pill is available over-the-counter at pharmacies and offered free of charge at government-run doctors’ offices.  In the U.S., morning-after-pill “Plan B” was made available over-the-counter to all ages in June and, under the rules of ObamaCare, must be covered co-pay-free by all private insurance plans.  

The FDA has defended its loosened restrictions, claiming in a statement announcing the changes that, “Over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States.”

But the facts seem to disagree, as multiple studies have shown that the pill actually does more harm than good, especially among younger women who may be more willing to engage in risky sexual behavior because the drug is available to them. 

Even Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director has publicly admitted that the results of the drug’s widespread availability has “disappointed” the group, as “the unintended pregnancy rate hasn’t changed at all.”

Ultimately, said Clowes, “the only people ‘empowered’ by abortion and abortion-inducing drugs are the irresponsible men who now have these tools at their disposal to hurt women and kill their unborn children.”

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A little bit of humour now and then is a good thing.

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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By Lianne Laurence

STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

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“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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