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New York’s repeat abortion problem: is more birth control the answer?

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By Kevin Burke

June 17, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On June 13, 2011 the New York City Department of Health revealed that over half of the city’s abortions are repeat procedures.  Nationwide the Alan Guttmacher Institute tells us the rate is 47%.  Sadly, it is not uncommon for women to have 3, 4, 10 and, as we learned from Irene Vilar, as many as 15 abortions. 

Former New York City Resident Irene Vilar might be considered an authority on this phenomenon.  In her book “Impossible Motherhood” Irene refers to her personal experience of abortion repetition as a type of addiction.

At this point you are fairly asking yourself, “what is the matter with these women?  Why would someone continue to engage in the same behavior, with the same predictable outcome?”  No one would claim that abortion is a pleasant experience … we know that for many women it is an emotionally and physically traumatic experience.  What is going on?  We need a solution.

More of the Same

What is the solution offered by the New York Health Department?  These women need more effective birth control counseling. 

But in a June 15 article in the New York Metro Irene Vilar considers this question after her 15 abortions: “Would (birth control counseling) help or be something that breaks through the cycle of repeated abortion?”

She flatly states: “My take is no.”

Irene, as you will learn, has it exactly right.

The Right Medicine

It is essential when treating a sick person that the health care professional be trained to identify when a collection of symptoms points to a particular disease process or condition … cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, etc.  Without a proper diagnosis a patient will likely experience increased symptoms and dysfunction.  In fact, the wrong treatment can kill the patient. 

Increasing birth control for women experiencing repeat abortions is like prescribing cancer treatment to a diabetic.  It is the wrong cure because the NY City Department of Health is clueless about a major contributing factor to the problem of repeat abortions: traumatic repetition.

It’s About Healing

If we understand the root cause of this problem we can help find real solutions. Tragically, the politics and ideology of abortion rights likely shared by the members of the NY City Department of Health create an impenetrable obstacle to understanding and treating this epidemic. 

Pro-abortion bureaucrats, researchers, and activists must maintain a strict orthodoxy, and the religion of “choice” has a pretty simple creed: abortion is good. Anything that challenges that assumption, even if it may lower abortion rates and reduce the physical and emotional impact of repeat abortions, is heretical.

Here is the truth that the abortion fundamentalists can never accept: When a woman has her first abortion, and is unable to find emotional and spiritual healing after that loss, she is more likely to find herself on the abortionist table again.

Dr. Theresa Burke explored the dynamics of repeat abortions in her international clinical experience with thousands of post-abortive women.  She is the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and has published a groundbreaking study of abortion trauma entitled “Forbidden Grief.”

Dr. Burke discovered that multiple abortions are a symptom of trauma. Repetition is a reliable indication of trauma. It becomes part of an unconscious process to gain mastery over the painful feelings associated with the initial abortion experience, to feel a sense of control, and over time, detached indifference. This phenomenon, common among victims of trauma is called Traumatic Re-enactment.

But this traumatic mastery comes at a high price, as emotional and relational dysfunction flourish in these women’s lives. The trauma actually dictates future choices.  This reveals the importance of emotional and spiritual healing from the pain of abortion. It is essential to prevent multiple abortions and deepening despair and treatable dysfunction.

The real “choice” is clear.  Want to lower the repeat abortion rate in NYC?  Then let’s start educating the women of New York City about post-abortion trauma and traumatic repetition, and, most importantly, the good news that effective treatment is available. 

Kevin Burke, LSW, and Theresa Burke, Ph.D., are Co Founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries and Pastoral Associates of Priests for Life.  You can contact them at [email protected]

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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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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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