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Pro Life thoughts in a pro choice world through the eyes of a convert. I took early retirement after working in the social work and Human Resources fields but remain active by being involved in pro life education, lobbying and speaking .



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz 7/31/12

 from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • If a former Planned Parenthood manager can muster the courage to lead a 40 Days for Life campaign outside of her former workplace, could God be calling YOU to lead one in your community? Watch the inspiring video showcasing the former PP mgr. who led the vigil to close the Storm Lake, Iowa, center.

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse has a helpful post educating non profits on the benefit of twitter and using it to gain helpful exposure and grow your nonprofit.
  • Americans United for Life outs the World Health Organizationfor ignoring an inconvenient truth: Mothers who choose abortion are not informed of what the future may hold when they are pregnant with their “wanted” children. This is especially the case for women experiencing multiple abortions: Unfortunately, one significant, and modifiable, risk factor for preterm birth was completely ignored by the WHO report: prior termination of pregnancy. There is a large and growing body of scientific data documenting this risk factor for pre-term birth. More than 120 peer-reviewed studies, from more than a dozen countries, have found a statistically significant increased risk of preterm birth or low-birth weight after a termination of pregnancy.
  • Tweets like the one below spotted by the Anti Abortion Gang showcase the need for education that should have been gained in the 9th grade biology book.Birth doesn’t change who or what a baby is.  It’s always been the same developing human being, since the day of his/her conception.
  • Ever wonder why Obama and the abortion industry are more than best friends? Mark Crutcherhas a must read blog showing how  the full implementation of Obamacare will show that the ultimate bailout of the abortion industry is going to be  BIG, which is why he will abandon all before big abortion. He is depending now on the return on his investment with them. The Obamanazis figured out a long time ago that the abortion industry’s only hope for survival is for socialized medicine to convert every $350 patient-paid abortion into a $3000 taxpayer-paid abortion. Equally important is that, since customers will be getting their babies butchered at no charge, the abortion rate is not going to drop. In fact, it’s going to skyrocket.
    To put it bluntly, Obamacare is a permanent stimulus package for the abortion industry.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 7-27-12

from Jill

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)!
  • Women’s Rights without Frontiers has another story of the family planning “terrorism” in China
    The couple’s second daughter fell to her death from a fourth floor window during a quarrel with her boyfriend. Her parents took the boyfriend’s parents to court and won a judgment of 43,000 RMB ($6700), but they were never paid. The victim’s husband petitioned to enforce the judgment.
    In retaliation for this petition, that local government forcibly sterilized his wife. The local government told the victim’s husband that if he and his wife kept quiet about the forced sterilization, they would receive compensation. The couple, however, decided to post the incident on the Internet.
  • At Moral OutcrySusan Tyrrell writes about aMinnesota bar that has installed a pregnancy test vending machine in its women’s restroom: 
    The idea this bar is perpetuating is another sign that society knows that life begins at conception. The vending machines aren’t for women who are 5 or 6 months pregnant, but for those who don’t know yet and want to be sure before they drink. It’s a wonderful idea if people do choose to drink, but the underlying message is better. It says, “if you have another life in you, even if that life is so teeny you didn’t know it was there yet, don’t hurt it.”…
    What happens when $3 pregnancy tests come to a bar? Maybe then a woman has time to process without coercion, or reads the information about fetal alcohol syndrome which humanizes the baby she is carrying, even if he or she is three weeks old at that point. Maybe it gives her time to think and consider real options. And certainly the pub’s original goal is valid and viable. A baby may be spared pain and a hard life from suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome because a mom makes a choice to protect her child.
  • Pro-Life Action League advertises AbortionWiki’s 10-week internship opportunity for pro-lifers of all ages and locations.
  • The Road to Roe continues to examine the influence of the late JusticeWilliam Brennan in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and gives fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes lobbying on the laws.
  • Wesley J. Smithnotes how the New England Journal of Medicine has now suggested physicians be taken out of the assisted suicide equation (due to their reluctance to participate) and replaced with “the development of a central state or federal mechanism to confirm the authenticity and eligibility of patients’ requests, dispense medication, and monitor demand and use. Such a mechanism would obviate physician involvement beyond usual care.” Smith writes:
    Do we really think that a government that is constantly looking for ways to contain health care costs will be likely to deny death eligibility? Do we think that government death-control officials will do the right thing — or the cheap thing?
    Take this proposal, coupled with government-run health care, and you have “death panels on steroids.”
  • We previously reported that the pro-life group from New Zealand’s Auckland University were under attack for distributing pro-life pamphlets on campus. ProLife NZ has this update:
    Pro-Life Auckland was facing exile after complaints were laid alleging it was harassing students and spreading misinformation about abortion. If the vote had passed, the club would have lost access to AUSA-supplied benefits like room booking and funding.
    After an hour of speakers and debate, the motion failed: 125 for and 227 against, with 12 abstentions.
  • University of Michigan Students for Life member recounts a time when he had to answer the question, “Why are you pro life?” His answer: 
    I am pro-life because I believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of the human person–that is to say, a value and dignity that he possesses not because of his perceived worth, condition, convenience, or any other factor aside from the very nature of his membership in our human race.
    Have you thought of how you would answer this question?
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz for July 24, 2012

from Jill
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)!
  • Live Action begins a four-part series chronicling the Medicaid fraud lawsuit brought against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland by former longtime clinic director Sue Thayer. Thayer was let go after voicing reservations about telemed abortions: 
    Charges filed include forcing patients to receive “C-mail” (birth control by mail at their homes and dormitories), prescribing drugs without physician involvement, failure to provide follow-up exams after a patient had been on birth control for at least a year, and falsifying documents in order to get taxpayer monies through various state and federal agencies.
  • Big Blue Wave has a post and chart showing the membership decline of liberal churches – and the increase in membership of conservative/pro-life churches.
  • Americans United for Lifeprints Anna Franzonello’sresponse to a Daily Beast puff piece on Mississippi “abortion queen” Diane Derzis (pictured left), in which she is lauded for bringing a “warm happy feeling” to her abortion clinic. Totally ignored is the fact that her clinic risks the safety of women by not complying with the law: 
    The… profile is a classic case of the media’s irresponsible abortion distortion. No other industry, let alone medical office, would be given a free pass to violate a health and safety standard because of “ambience.” There would never be a campaign to defend a dentist failing to comply with a safety regulation because of her top-notch waiting-room reading material.
    And the Daily Beast would (hopefully) not publish an article centered on a theme such as “Who cares that the restaurant is endangering customers by serving expired meat? The lighting in the dining room is exceptional!”
  • FRC Blog links to Kathryn Jean Lopez’s interview with Wheaton College president Philip Ryken about joining in the HHS Mandate lawsuit despite stating he has been “only moderately engaged in political issues” until now.
  • Abolitionist Society of OK shares recent Facebook interactions with an atheist, pro-abortion group known as “Bringers of Light.” In the discussion, the Abolitionists intend to “show the emptiness of pro-abortion argumentation.”
  • Judie Brown of American Life League denounces Catholic groups, such as Catholic Relief Services, which disobey Church authority by helping to fund contraception in third world countries.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz 7-20-12

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • Moral Outcry writes that California environmentalists are fighting to halt an infected tree’s destruction – a tree that lives in front of a San Fernando Valley hospital which performs “therapeutic” abortions on preborn children with abnormalities. Like the Roe decision, the tree is 40 years old.
  • At National Review Online, Michael New notes broad support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions in D.C. after 22 weeks.
  • At our newest blog, The Road to Roe, Clarke Forsythe describes how the perceived discord in the United States Supreme Court over the Obamacare ruling is small compared to the discord which took place in 1972 before the announcement of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

  • Stand for Life reports on local media’s coverage of a Truth Truck, which parked in front of Southwestern Women’s Options late-term abortion mill. Local television covered the story, and radio talk show host Scott Stiegler chose to devote two hours to an interview with the pro-life leaders involved as well as listener reaction:
    Stiegler’s approach was one of the fairest I have seen by the mainstream news media on an abortion-related subject. He started off by saying how we use graphic images for stop-smoking campaigns, driver training videos, and other examples, so why is this any different? Bud Shaver spoke for the first 10-15 minutes about why he uses the truck and the reactions he has received.
  • University of Michigan Students for Life highlight their best and worst summer moments for the student pro-life campus club, including the unfortunate (and not very tolerant) removal of their purchased campus dialogue board.
  • Secular Pro-Life continues a discussion on whether the outlawing of abortion should/would lead to prosecution for women who obtain abortions. Many pro-life activists admit they haven’t given this topic much consideration, as they are motivated by compassion for the aborted child as well as the child’s mother.
  • Life Training Institute reviews Christopher Kaczor’s The Ethics of Abortion, advising pro-lifers to frame arguments with language that is not “loaded” in order to be more readily received.
  • Reflections of a Paralytic counters the view of some that they would rather die than be confined to a wheelchair by highlighting the accomplishments of Paralympics athletes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz 7/17/12

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)!
  • Live Action notes yet another scandal in the abortion industry – this time from the UK’s National Health Service: 
    Breaking news from England has found… doctors caught forging abortion consent forms – before they ever even saw any patients. When investigators mounted a series of raids on abortion clinics, they found doctors routinely pre-signing consent forms, with nurses filling in the patient information later….
    All in all, 14 hospitals have been censured due to these illegal abortions.
    What does this tell us about the attitude of the abortion industry? Both in the U.K. and here in the United States, there is an overwhelming prevalence of extreme disregard for the law. The abortion industry will blatantly break the law time and time again in order to profit off their gruesome business.
  • Americans United for Life’s legal team has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Second Circuit case Children First Foundation v. Fiala, arguing that the state of New York discriminated against the pro-life viewpoint by refusing to issue a Choose Life license plate supporting the work of pregnancy care centers, despite the fact that the foundation “met all necessary guidelines for the plate.”
  • Down on the Pharmnotices the Obamacampaign may have waded into trashy waters with its attacks on Mitt Romney(pictured left) and Bain Capital’s post-Romney association with Planned Parenthood’s human waste disposal company,Stericycle: 
    Obama’s expose of Stericycle’s abortion association is likely to hurt that company far more than it hurts Romney. Who will take out Planned Parenthood’s “trash” now? Perhaps the Obama campaign should have thought of Planned Parenthood’s medical waste compliance issues before it decided to bust Stericycle by driving off the legitimate portions of its business.
  • The Anti-Abortion Gang spots an interesting article in Slate which seems to find not-so-pro-choice terms like “baby-in-progress” acceptable when it comes to determining paternity and paternal responsibility during pregnancy.
  • Fletcher Armstrong is looking for pro-lifers willing to drive Truth Trucks in key states during the election season, specifically Florida,Virginia, Colorado, and Iowa.
  • Culture Campaign follows the possible precedent-setting case of aVirginia waitress who alleges she was fired because she refused her employer’s requests to have an abortion.
  • Judie Brown points out how Planned Parenthood has successfully gained a societal advantage by using “reproductive wordplay”:
    After years of working at forming public opinion through early and frequent brainwashing in the classrooms of America, Planned Parenthood has succeeded in influencing public policies that confirm its belief that anything having to do with conceiving a child is a mechanical function of the body and nothing more.
    It is very clear that “reproductive choice” is the national raison d’ĂȘtre for deadly practices that treat men and women more like machines than the people God created them to be. If we are to stop Planned Parenthood, we must stop its influence—and we can only do that by changing the way people think about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.
  • Big Blue Wave posts a comedic video regarding the stifling of free pro-life speech at Auckland University:

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 7-13-12

from Jill

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)!
  • Stand True reports the Melinda Gates Family Planning Summit tried to eject Wendy Wright, who was there representing C-FAM, when she was recognized by abortion proponents: 
    Attendance at the conference has been tightly controlled. Only supporting governments and organizations have been allowed into the event. All non-governmental attendees had to be approved by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which has been organizing “civil society” participation. IPPF has refused admittance to any group that is critical of the Gates family planning initiative which intends to raise $6 billion to target poor women for population control programs.
    John Smeaton believes that though Gates (pictured left, withMicrosoft-founder husband Bill) has publicly stated she does not want her $4B donated toward family planning in third-world countries to go toward abortion, it likely will anyway:
    When “contraceptive failure” occurs, and a baby is conceived, family planning NGOs will promote chemical or surgical abortion as a back-up. Far from avoiding abortions, the Gates family planning summit may increase the number. Increasing contraceptive prevalence may often increase abortion rates, contrary to expectations.
  • Stand for Life lists 15 things pro-lifers can do to “wake up” churches to the pro-life issue.
  • Secular Pro-Life highlights the International Down Syndrome Coalition, “a religiously- and politically-neutral organization dedicated to supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families.”
  • ProWomanProLife wonders why most pro-choice blogs are anonymous, since abortion advocates are supposedly “testifying to the normalcy and neutrality of abortion,” and suggests that blogging anonymously may hurt your credibility. The comments section is particularly interesting.
  • ProLife NZ brings to light the disturbing trend toward stifling free speech (in particular, pro-life speech) on college campuses around the world.
  • The New Feminismaddresses women who seem to believe that babies are “accessories,” and who “juggl[e] the ‘baby option’ with the ‘mortgage option,’ the ‘cruise option’ or the ‘new job option’: 
    Our young women are entitled to the truth, not an illusion. Having a child may well be something a woman decides not to do, but it’s not an item you can expect to juggle like a new job, mortgage or car, a function of timing, dollars and favorable government programs. No, babies are not an accessory. A baby will take your life away from you – and hand back something so unexpected and magnificent that you will tear up your youthful To Do with a laugh, infused with the stunning wisdom nurturing women share.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 7-10-12

from Jill

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • Big Blue Wave shines a light on the “French partial birth abortion” method, found in a document released by the French College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
    It consists of birthing a baby until the head and upper body is out and then committing feticide by injecting the umbilical cord with a lethal agent such as potassium chloride. This must occur before the first breath, so technically, it could even occur after complete expulsion.
  • At Live Action, Kristi Burton Brown explains how words are used to frame the abortion debate, and why the term “pro-choice” is inaccurate.
  • The FRC Blog points out how the case of Jennie McCormack, the single mother from Idaho who self-aborted at 20 weeks using illegally obtained RU-486, could quickly become the next Roe v. Wade.

  • Down on the Pharm shares African Methodist Episcopal pastor Joseph Parker’s (pictured left) disappointment with Michelle Obama’s omission of life issues in her speech at the AME’s recent convention. Pastor Parker used the occasion to distribute copies of the documentary Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America and to point out that “Obama’s government is supporting Planned Parenthood to the tune of a million dollars per day.”
  • The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has the third installment in Alex Schadenberg’s speaking series from Australia and New Zealand on how to combat euthanasia’s legalization.
  • Ethika Politika writes that the HHS contraception mandate is borne out of an anti-feminist view which disrespects and patronizes women and their decision-making abilities, declaring them to be “helpless.”
  • Americans United for Life discusses the fight to uphold abortion clinic regulations for facilities that perform first trimester abortions in Virginia.
  • Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers testified yesterday before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights. Joining her was Bob Fu, president of China Aid and Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute. Ms. Littlejohn was also the first person to address the European Parliament on the issue of China’s One Child Policy. Read her powerful testimony.
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Message to POTUS: Get out video....

Monday, July 9, 2012

Maafa 21 distributed at AME convention featuring Michelle Obama.....

Cross Posted from Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/8/2012 3:35:00 AM

A pastor in the African-Methodist-Episcopal Church is expressing some disappointment following his denomination's recent national convention.

Joseph Parker, pastor of Trinity AME Church near West Point, Mississippi, attended the convention in Nashville, where First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. He shares that the convention dealt with various issues, some that would be considered political in nature.

"Personally I'm disappointed at the fact that the life issue really, to my knowledge, was addressed little if at all in the general conference," Parker tells OneNewsNow. "This issue is a huge issue as it relates to our culture as a whole and the black community in particular, but I find that it wasn't addressed much."

Parker was part of a small group that distributed about 1,600 copies of Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, a DVD that carefully documents how Planned Parenthood and other abortion-dominated organizations target minorities -- and specifically, African-Americans -- for abortion services.

Joseph Parker"We think of the fact that lots in the African-American community wouldn't think highly of an organization like the KKK, but the reality is Planned Parenthood kills more African-Americans in two weeks than the Klan has killed in its whole 150 history," notes Parker. "And so it's important that people in the African-American community become aware of how dangerous the organization of Planned Parenthood is."

The AME pastor points out that the Obama administration gives more than a million dollars a day to Planned Parenthood.

The issue of same-sex "marriage" came up, according to Parker, and one delegate took exception on the floor to the position President Barack Obama has taken in favor of same-gender marriage -- and made a motion in favor of reaffirming the denomination's clear, biblically based position on the subject and that denomination officials quietly share that statement with the president.

While that motion failed, Parker says at least the AME churches stance on traditional, biblical marriage will remain the same.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Keep your ovaries off my rosaries....

Pro-life blog buzz 7-6-12

from Jill

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • The SBA List decries the Obama Administration’s most recent act against the will of the people, this time extending a federal grant of almost $400k to Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis in Tennessee. The state recently defunded PP, rerouting funds to local health departments.
  • At Moral Outcry, Susan Tyrrell explains why she believes it really doesn’t matter what else is in Obamacare – the bill’s taxpayer funding for abortion should be enough reason to vigorously oppose it.
  • Pro-Life in TN links to a story describing the failure of Knoxville abortionists to comply with a new law requiring them to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Could Knoxville become abortion-free? Interestingly, the two clinics there claim most of their clients come from outside the area.

  • Down on the Pharm shares good news from North Carolina:
    The NC legislature overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s [pictured left] veto, to redirect $343,000 in state family planning funding away from the abortionists towards the county health departments.
  • Women’s Rights Without Frontiers lauds the European Parliament’s recent condemnation of forced abortion in China, urging investigation into its contributions toward the country’s family planning to ensure the funds are not being used to further the hideous practice.
  • At National Review, Michael New discusses why despite the recent setback in Mississippi in which a judge allowed an abortion clinic to remain open despite violating state law, the pro-life movement’s strategies overall appear to be succeeding.
  • Wesley J. Smith comments on the latest example of “consumerist medicine” – ovary transplants to stave off menopause:
    The controversial notion would allow career women peace of mind with a fertility insurance policy so they can find a partner, settle down and become financially secure before starting a family. By delaying the menopause they could also avoid the increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease that come with the end of their fertile life but may raise the risk of breast and womb cancer.
  • ProLife NZ reports that a complaint filed against the New Zealand government’s prenatal screening program by the group Saving Downs will be examined by the International Criminal Court on charges of eugenics:
    The basis of the complaint is that the screening programme targets unborn children with Down syndrome and other rare conditions such as Spina Bifida for birth prevention. New Zealand is signatory to the Rome Statute, under which the ICC operates. The persecution of an identifiable group of the civilian population through birth prevention is prohibited under the Statute.
[Photo via Charlotte Observer]

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Obama Admin Sends $395K to Tennessee Planned Parenthood

by Steven Ertelt | Memphis, TN | | 7/5/12 1:41 PM

The Obama administration has sent a family planning grant of $395,000 to a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Memphis, Tennessee. The move is drawing strong condemnation from pro-life advocates in the Volunteer State who are unhappy taxpayer funds are going to the nation’s biggest abortion business.
Congressman Steve Cohen today announced that Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) has received $395,000 for the Title X Family Planning Services Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Grants Management.
“Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region has been helping Memphis and Shelby County residents get the health care they need to lead happier, healthier lives for years,” said Congressman Cohen.  “These new federal funds will help ensure the Title X Family Planning Program reaches those who need help the most in underserved communities.”
But Tennessee Right to Life officials tell LifeNews the funding comes in opposition to the majority of Tennesseans, who oppose public funding for Planned Parenthood.
“While we are disappointed that any tax funding would be directed to private organizations promoting and profiting from the killing of unborn children, this end run around the people of Tennessee will serve to underscore the urgent need to elect a pro-life president, Senate and Congress in November,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.
Although Harris is disappointed about the funding, the TRTL president said the federal grant represents a significant decrease in tax-funding the abortion giant previously received, which once amounted to more than $727,000 annually.
Harris said the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood follows successful efforts by pro-life Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Legislature to redirect public health funds in Tennessee to ethical providers in Memphis and Nashville which do not promote, perform or profit from the killing of unborn children.
In 2011, state legislators passed a budget which was believed to have effectively defunded Planned Parenthood.  Following the Legislature’s adjournment, lawmakers realized that pro-abortion language had also been included which nullified the effort to remove funding.  In response, the Haslam Administration took action to direct available Title X funds to public health departments in both Davidson and Shelby counties where required family planning services were already being provided.  Neither Davidson nor Shelby county health departments perform abortion.

“The stakes for pro-life Tennesseans in the upcoming elections have just been heightened,” said Harris.  “We’ve done good work here in Tennessee electing pro-life majorities to the Legislature and Congress. But all of that can apparently be undone unless we have a pro-life president and a pro-life senate solidly committed to defending the weakest and most vulnerable of all.”

Chinese demographics suffer under one child policy....

I heard this on NPR...Chinese officials are getting some public criticism of their forced abortion and one child policy that targets females from inside their own country. 

Although there were some mild complaints about human rights issue most of the concerns centered around the demographics and what this means economically not to mention the absence of girls as prospective brides and mothers to future generations. Why don't we get an ad used to say...don't mess with Mother Nature!
"But Wang says the problem now isn't that Chinese couples are having too many kids, it's that they're having too few. Last year, census results showed what demographers had long suspected: the fertility rate is very low.

As the population ages, health care costs are expected to soar. With couples having fewer kids, there will be far fewer workers to pay for that health care.
"I think the harm has already been done," says Wang. "So even if China stopped the one-child policy tomorrow, this new birth would not become adult labor until 20 years from now."
However some conscience pricking is going on especially after the alternative media exposed the forced late term abortion of the daughter of Deng Jiyuan and Feng Jianmei when they failed to cough up $6,000 fine for having a second child.

"Family planning workers are aware of the research, but must enforce the rules. Some are riddled with guilt. Zhang Erli used to work as a high-ranking official with China's National Population and Family Planning Commission.
Last month, he made an extraordinary, tearful apology on TV to the millions of women who have had to end their pregnancies because of the policy."

 Pix: Quirky China News / Rex Features

Knoxville may become abortion free with new state law

   Knoxville Metro Pulse article discusses  the shortage of abortionists  in Knoxville. They lament that the two abortions facilities may have to close due to a new law taking effect July 1. The article stresses that one third of their clients are women who come from other states.

"In April, the Tennessee Legislature passed the Life Defense Act, requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges."

"At VWMC, Dr. Richard Manning is the primary physicain and he has opted not to restore his admitting privleges, which he relinquished years ago when he transitioned from full time OB/GYN practice to the ambulatory surgery clinic. Dr. Manning is 69. As of Sunday, July 1 he can no longer perform abortions in Tennessee. "
The article  further states that a colleague of Dr. Manning applied for admitting privileges to take over for Dr. Manning but died two weeks later. According to the reporter his name is being withheld since some members of his mourning family were unaware of his abortion practice.  Another doctor is willing to fill in temporarily  but unwilling per the article to do this on a full time basis. The article will not identify the female physician out of concern by "domestic terrorists in the anti abortion moment" and the woman also fears the backlash from the professional community.

The article is written very sympathetically to the abortion advocates and completely ignores the need to protect the women who are undergoing surgery  by doctors who fail to obtain admitting privileges at hospitals.

The law was passed in April and the article states that admitting privileges  take 30-60 days and a fee of $100.  The abortion mills price their  abortions from $490 -$950. One facility will acknowledge aborting  1600 babies per year. Wow, you think they can afford the $100 fee and they knew in April this was coming. Could it be that the doctors who do abortions do not have the credentials necessary to have admitting privileges?

So would we feel bad for TN not to be the abortion mecca of the south? Is this the reputation we want? Do we care so little about the safety of women and are so eager to abort babies that we oppose laws like this? 

Amniotic fluid found to be a source of ESC.....

 Another source of deriving embryonic stem cells without killing the baby. I heard Dr. Ming Wang speak of this at a meeting on using this source to cure blindness. As he said...God's way is always best.
 British researchers said they had succeeded in reprogramming amniotic fluid cells without having to introduce extra genes.

This suggests the possibility that stem cells derived from donated amniotic fluid could be stored in banks and used for medical therapies and in research, they said, offering a less problematic alternative to embryonic stem cells.

Pix: AP

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 7-3-12

from Jill

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
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  • Down on the Pharm reports on the vandalism and physical assault suffered by leaders in the Personhood movement since receiving coverage in Newsweek and The Daily Beast. A commenter reportedly posted some of the victims’ home addresses and the attacks followed shortly thereafter:
    Pro-lifers assume considerable risk, due to the violent propensities of abortion supporters. However these kinds of attacks are not considered newsworthy to the mainstream media, and therefore must be passed along in the new media.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has the latest on abortion statistics in the state. The good news: abortion numbers are down 21%. The bad news:
    Tax-funded abortions increased to 34.2 percent of all abortions. This is the highest percentage since the 1995 Doe v. Gomez decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court required taxpayers to pay for abortions performed on low-income women. This percentage has increased nearly every year since the court ruling.

  • My Drop in the Ocean links to a Washington Post article and photos (see left) of the Catholic Church’s pro-religious liberty Fortnight for Freedom campaign from various locations in the US.
  • The Life Training Institute blog discusses Idaho’s fetal pain law and points out that arguments for and against the law “miss the crux of the issue — the humanity and value of the 20-week old fetus, the life of whom was taken because its mother couldn’t afford another child.”
  • Secular Pro-Life notes that the merger of secular and Catholic hospitals often results in the cessation of abortions at those hospitals, causing SPL to ask, “What is the difference, if any, between getting social/legal exemptions because of your religious beliefs and getting exemptions because of your personal (but secular) beliefs?”
  • Live Action reports on the temporary injunction that has been issued, keeping Mississippi’s last remaining abortion mill open:
    The law requires that abortion doctors be licensed OB/GYN’s with admitting privileges to local hospitals. In Mississippi there is only one abortion clinic, and it did not conform to the law at the time it was passed. But three months after the legislation was passed, the clinic still does not comply with the new requirements.
    The judge granted the injunction to continue abortions without complying with the law while the constitutionality of the law is adjudicated.
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