October 04, 2007

More Research Showing Abortion Causes Cancer

Yet another study showing there is a clear link between having an abortion and the development of breast cancer was released this week by a research institute in London.  You can read all the info here.

The first argument that the left turns to in the debate over abortion is that banning abortion will threaten the health of women, especially those whom would seek back alley abortions.  At the same time, they continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that abortions injure women physically and mentally.  Further, they fight against any legal efforts whatsoever to increase the monitoring and standards at abortion clinics.

This weeks study is simply further proof of the fact that abortion hurts women.

For more information on the link between abortion and breast cancer, visit the Coalition on Abortion / Breast Cancer.

July 11, 2007

Babies, Babies Everywhere: The Solution to Frozen Embryos

I encourage you to read this fantastic article from the Action Institute by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, outlining the advantages, both ethical and economic of pursuing stem cell research using umbilical cord blood rather than embryonic stem cells.  While much of the information is not new to those who follow the stem cell debate closely, the final paragraph of the article has me considering a new position in that debate which I've not seen advocated before.

"This is the ultimate irony of the conflict over stem cells. Umbilical cord blood produces cells that are more practical than those obtained from embryo destruction. If we would allow the embryos to be born, we would have a ready supply of something more therapeutic and less costly. And, we get a free prize: a cute baby, as a by-product. A win-win situation all around.'

As the author points out earlier in the article, the proponents of stem cell research often argue that there are banks of frozen human embryos out there and that those embryos will go to waste if we don't use them for research.  This is an argument that has convinced even a number of Republicans and Conservatives to begrudgingly assent to the use of those embryos for research purposes leading to their destruction.  After all, what on earth would we do with those embryos other than just let them die?

As Dr. Morse seems to suggest, why don't we let them do what embryos do?  Why don't we let them grow and be born?

I am sure this argument has been made by many before, I've just never seen it, and never considered the idea myself.  Probably because though the idea is morally correct, it would face nearly insurmountable opposition.

I realize that I'm living in my Conservative fantasy world when I make the suggestion that we should have a national initiative to require all viable frozen embryos be implanted into volunteer host mothers and essentially adopted.  Aside from the fuss that would be raised over suggesting that we bring 400,000 frozen embryos to birth (not necessarily all at once, mind you) when we still have children languishing in the adoption system, there are the legal issues over the ownership of the embryos.  A study from the RAND Corporation which Dr. Morse cites shows that over 88% of all harvested embryos are stored for "Future Family Building" meaning that the parents maintain "ownership."  Only 11,000, or about 2.8% have been donated for research.

Regardless of the opposition, I've found my answer to those who argue that frozen embryos would simply go to waste if not used for research; let them be born.  If we truly believe that these embryos are human life, we can advance no other position.  As Dr. Morse writes, not only do we get a great new source of umbilical cord blood for research, but we get babies as well.  Lots of babies.  And who doesn't like babies?  I mean, besides liberals...

May 18, 2007

In Life News: Human/Animal Hybrids and Planned Parenthood Hides the Sexual Abuse of Children

Two big stories on the Sanctity of Life front:

Human-Animal Hybrids

The UK government has overturned a ban on the creation of animal-human hybrids  and are pushing forward a law to permit the limited use of the same for medical research.  Article here.  The hybrids could not be grown for more than 3 weeks or implanted under the proposed policy.

When Conservatives made the slippery slope argument on issues like cloning and argue that our unwillingness to protect the sanctity of life will eventually lead to exactly what is being proposed we were called "alarmists."  Yet, here we are.

I'll take the argument to the next level.  If unchecked, the three week limit and limit on implantation in the UK will ultimately be done away with as well.

Planned Parenthood Hides the Sexual Abuse of Children

State laws requires the reporting of statutory rape by doctors and counselors.  This poses a problem for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood whose clients, if under the legal age, are de facto victims of statutory rape.  It has long been argued that these abortion providers, rather than consistently reporting look the other way and encourage the concealment of statutory rape.  One young woman in California had the boldness to go direct direct proof of this.  Lila Rose of The Advocate, a student newspaper at UCLA secretly video taped a consult with Planner Parenthood employees where she pretended to be a 15 year old girl.  How can one get around those pesky child abuse reporting laws?  One Planned Parenthood employee has the answer:

"You could say 16…well, just figure out a birth           date that works. And I don’t know anything."

Lila put the videos on Youtube and Planned Parenthood threatened to sue.  Lila took the videos down, but you know how these things spread online.

May 14, 2007

Follow Rudy's Example; No Compromise

I must say that I do admire Rudy Giuliani's "no compromise" stance on abortion, even though it has taken him months to actually acknowledge it.  On Friday Rudy made his position clear, abortion is ok.  Sure he sugar coated it the way every pro-death republican does with 'I'm personally against it,' and 'I want to see the number of abortions reduced,' and 'we should support adoption,' and 'It is not my place to make that decision for others.'  The move is a real gamble for Giuliani as he's betting that Life won't be the issue that wins the day in the primary.  We could say that recent discoveries have forced him into solidifying this position, but regardless, I am glad to see him being forthright on the issue, unlike some others in previous campaigns.

So what can we take from all of this?  I suggest that Rudy has given us an example that we should follow.  Abortion is a position that Rudy has strong enough convictions about that he is unwilling to compromise.  I challenge you to do the same.  If you are pro-life, don't put that conviction for anybody, not even Rudy himself.  Life is an issue of quintessential importance to the soul of our nation and a victory for life will require our unbending resolve.  Rudy has set a great example, this is an issue that we should not be willing to compromise on.

Now, I've already heard from the apologists who argue that Rudy says he will appoint "strict constructionalist" judges.  While I can take some solace in that, he has also said that he will not have a litmus test, which scares me, and that he won't pick judges based on their views of Roe v. Wade, which scares me even more.  Why?  Because a judges position on Roe v. Wade and it ilk will necessarily define them as a "strict constuctionalist" or not.  If a judge can in any way justify a case which relies on "penumbras and eminations" from the constitution, they are not a strict constructionalist.  I will have a hard time believing that Rudy, with as resolute as he is on abortion, and with as wishy-washy as his standard for judges seems to be, will affirmatively appoint strict constructionalists.  This is simply not a risk I am willing to take.

So follow Rudy's example, stand strong by your convictions.  Vote for a candidate who stands by you.  Pro-Lifers, vote against Rudy.

Reader Submission: It's Still the Death of Innocents, Stupid!

This reader submission comes to us from recycleroy and hits upon the core of what will undoubtedly become the hotly contested center-piece of the Republican primary; the candidates positions on life issues.

I would like a clear answer from Rudi and the rest of the presidential contenders from both sides to explain, simply what the difference between pulling the plug on Terri Schiaevo and aborting a presumed healthy baby in the womb is.  The intentional death of an innocent, is still just that. Because of our shift in language I must ask, does a brain damaged adult have the same value as a baby with a defect in the womb, by the way called a potentially unviable tissue mass?  Until these basic questions can be answered, again, simply and loudly, the murder goes on.  As Rome falls this basic cheapening of life continues with loud voices from the MSM and it's small ( < 29 % based on new polling data) pro-choice contingent.  I would suppose we need to first look at the medical community for some of this callousness. 

I can speak to both of these from personal experience. In 1986 my wife became pregnant with our 3rd child. After the normal tests and doctor visits we were notified that my son, who by the way is a healthy 20 year old, had spina bifida and should be aborted without delay at about 3 months along in her pregnancy.  Fast forward 14 years. My wife has diabetes and started having epileptic siezures. Again the good old doctors say you'll only live 5 years or less so get a DNR (Do Not Resesitate) order and load up the drugs waiting for the end. Even after a massive heart attack she's no worse for the wear, she fully recovered and that was in large part to ignoring the doctors and forcing medication changes.
So where does this leave us?

A trusting and mostly ignorant population, led down the garden path to our demise on this earth by societal and medical malpractice......


April 19, 2007

Gonzalez v. Carhart: What Did We Win Anyway?

Most Conservatives will tell you that partial birth abortion is a bad thing.  The name gives us a glimpse of what the procedure is actually like.  However, it doesn't even begin to grasp the terrifying nature of the details of the procedure. 

Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in yesterday's decision quotes a section of testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee about what the procedure is like.

"Here is another description from a nurse who witnessed the same method performed on a 26½-week fetus and who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee: “‘Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms—everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus. . . .“‘The baby’s little fingers were clasping and un-clasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall. “‘The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. . . . “‘He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the pla-centa. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used.’”

Of course, the other method of partial birth abortion skips the whole sucking the baby's brains out through a tube part and has the doctor simply crush the baby's head.

This is what we won against yesterday, and what liberals, on and off the Court have been and continue to defend.

Silence On The Court: Why Justices Roberts and Alito Should Worry Conservatives

Score one for the good guys.  The US Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning partial birth abortion.  The opinion is an compelling read for anyone interesting in the subject, on either side of the issue.  The most intriguing part of the decision, however, is in what is not said.  And it is what is not said that could have major ramifications on the abortion debate in the near future.

Hopefully, I've gotten your attention.

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February 20, 2007

Survival of Florida Baby Shows Need For Change in Abortion Laws

On October 24, 2006 Amillia Sonja Taylor was born in Miami, Florida.  Born only 21 weeks after conception she was 9.5 inches and 10 ounces.   She is the world's most premature baby to survive outside of the womb.  Today she is going home with her parents.  (articles here and here)

It is a wonderful story and gives reason to celebrate, and also to consider the scope of abortion laws in our country.  It is estimated that 18,000 babies over 21 weeks into the gestational period are aborted (statistics here and here).   The central argument of abortion advocates, and the current status of the law, is that unborn children are not alive, or human, until a certain point at which we can determine that they can survive outside of the womb.

We now have proof that babies at only 21 weeks can survive outside of the womb indefinitely.  They are alive.  They are human.  There is no plausible argument to suggest that the law should not be modified to reflect this fact.  Abortions past 21 weeks gestation should be made illegal.

February 01, 2007

Teddy Roosevelt on being American

Quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Discuss among yourselves -

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.

January 26, 2007

Abortion Clinic Throws Away Live Baby In Miami-Dade County

"The staff began screaming that the baby was alive; at which time [name redacted*] cut the umbilical cord, threw it into a red bag with black printing. [Name redacted*] then swept the baby, with her hands, into the same red bag along with the gauze used during the procedure."

This was the scene at an abortion clinic in Miami-Dade County on July 20, 2006 when a young lady awaiting an abortion procedure gave birth before the “physician” administering the procedure arrived. Witnesses at the clinic, including the mother saw the baby breathing and moving before it was shoveled into what is essentially a trash bag and carried away. The autopsy report with the details can be viewed here.

This story is getting some fresh air this week as a funeral which was planned for the baby has been pushed back while the State continues to hold the body during the investigation against the clinic.

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