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

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LONDON, February 18, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services' Vice President of Overseas Finance, is in a same-sex "marriage," public records show. Twitter

BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- At noon on Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and dozens of cosponsors, coalition partners, and speakers will launch the third annual March for Marriage. Thousands of people are expected to take place in this important event to show the support real marriage has among the American people.

As the sole media sponsor of the March, LifeSiteNews is proud to exclusively livestream the March. Click here to see the rally at noon Eastern Time near the U.S. Capitol, and the March to the Supreme Court at 1:00 Eastern Time.

And don't forget to pray that God's Will is done on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments about marriage!

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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