OpinionThu Oct 17, 2013 - 12:52 pm EST
Weep for your children: Sex Week at the University of Maryland
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 [email protected]. 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
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life.
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September.
“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote.
Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds.
The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again.
After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test.
“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.
The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five.
“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”
“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.
Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.”
“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”
“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.”
“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.”
“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born.
The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well.
UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react
GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads.
The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution.
“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.
“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.
But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it.
The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”
Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.
“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms.
“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added.
Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born.
“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.
“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.
Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’
DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.
“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.
That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.
“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."
Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.
All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.
Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.
On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”
Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.
But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.