“Doctors who approved abortions were paid more than $5 million in the year to June an increase of $1.5 million or more than 30 per cent in four years.
The Abortion Supervisory Committee’s annual report says there were 18,382 abortions in 2007, 448 more than in 2006.
Every abortion must be approved by two doctors, one of whom must be a gynaecologist or obstetrician. In the year to June, the Government paid 196 certifying consultants a total of $5,048,096.”
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“Top-level advisers have urged the Government to let “surplus” embryos left over from fertility treatment be used for research.
The previous Government sat on the explosive advice for more than a year, and one source said the outgoing health minister had thrown his successor, Tony Ryall, “a grenade”.
Some religious groups and others who consider human life starts when a sperm fertilises an egg will be alarmed by the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, made in June last year and obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act.”
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“The first demonstration that a single adult stem cell can self-renew in a mammal was reported at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) 48th Annual Meeting, Dec. 13-17, 2008 in San Francisco.
The transplanted adult stem cell and its differentiated descendants restored lost function to mice with hind limb muscle tissue damage.”
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“Amidst an ongoing debate among prolife advocates about whether to classify the Pill as an abortifacient or a prophylactic, pro-abortion advocates have published an authoritative statement declaring that the Pill prevents implantation of embryos, thereby causing an abortion.”
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“Yesterday, December 10th, two Members of the European Parliament, Anna Záborská and Carlo Casini held a press conference in the European Parliament to announce that 5.4 million families had sent a petition to the UN, calling for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to be interpreted as protecting the unborn child and the family.”
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“The Hewlett Foundation has announced $125.1 million in new grants to 214 organizations. First and foremost among the beneficiaries is International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), for whom Hewlett cut the largest check by far, granting $8.3 million to support worldwide abortion.
Of the Menlo Park-based foundation’s six program areas, the most money went toward “population” issues, specifically supporting family planning and AIDS prevention worldwide. In all, the foundation’s “Population Program” gave $31.8 million to 38 organizations dealing with global population issues. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, based in London, claimed over a quarter of the sum to support its radical agenda.
IPPF is the world’s most powerful abortion provider, and has explicitly stated its mission to aggressively dismantle pro-life law and culture around the globe.
Jim Hughes of Campaign Life Coalition said that the best method for pro-lifers to confront Hewlett on their support for abortion is to attack the “slender thread” upon which the technology giant Hewlett-Packard bases its financial survival: ink cartridges.”
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“I have said it before and I say it again: The number one cause of abuse against women and children is abortion.
Listen to the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Never mind that she was a Catholic nun; her views are held by scores of thousands of New Zealanders, and their logic is inescapable.
“… the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,” she said, “because it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
“… The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.
“It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want … It is a very great poverty to decide that a child must die that you might live as you wish.”
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For those who are interested, here is Garth’s latest column about the hate mail he has been sent as a result of this opinion piece.
A study by a group of experts in Spain has revealed that 80% of women who have had an abortion suffer symptoms of depression, while 40% have considered suicide.
The study, carried out by psychiatrist Carmen Gomez-Lavin of the University of Navarre, also uncovered other symptoms that affect women who suffer from Post-Abortion Syndrome. These include sexual dysfunction (40%), drug abuse, especially among adolescents (30%), behavioral changes (60%) or irritability (70%).
During the process and in the year that follows an abortion, the study indicates, the mortality rate of women who have undergone an abortion is between 3.5 and 6 times higher than that of women who give birth, mainly due to suicides, accidents and murders. “The suicide rate is between 6 and 7 time higher than in women who give birth,” the study finds.
“British advice columnist Dear Deidre is at it again on the issue of abortion and, this time, she is playing down a teenager’s emotional devastation from an abortion. Her column comes days after three separate studies showed women who have abortions suffer significant mental health problems.
An unnamed teenager wrote to Deidre — confiding in her about the emotional pain she continues to experience following the abortion.
“I should be happy because my life seems perfect at the moment, but all I do is cry and shout at everyone for no reason,” the teen says.
“I’m 17. Some months ago I got pregnant and I decided the best thing for me and the child was to have a termination. I knew I wasn’t ready to support a child at this time in my life,” she explains. “Things were fine until about two weeks ago when I started to feel really down about everything.”
“I cry at the slightest thing. I can’t sleep at night. I just toss and turn all night long,” she says..
The teen is experiencing weight issues, her best friend tried to commit suicide and she finds herself unable to help and, she admits she likely needs to see a counselor but can’t bring herself to do it.
Instead of recognizing that the teen has obvious depression and emotional issues she needs to work through because of the abortion, Deidre merely validates her abortion and sends her on her way.
“You did make the right decision for you at the time,” she writes. “No doubt it was a relief in the weeks following the termination to know you were free of the worry of an unplanned pregnancy.”
“Even though it was the right decision it was still a loss to you and there are complex hormonal changes to cope with too,” she says.
Deidre eventually offers the teen a free brochure but never fully explores the issues the teen is facing nor addresses how her ending the life of her child has set her up for a lifetime of emotional distress.
That Deidre is so positive about the abortion is no surprise given her history of promoting abortion with other advice seekers.
In August, Dear Deidre chided a teenage girl whose boyfriend pressured her into having an abortion, calling her “foolish and naive.”
“I took a pregnancy test and it was positive,” she added. “He told me to get rid of it. He didn’t want to know.”
Deidre ultimately tried to explain away the teen’s negative feelings associated with the forced abortion, saying they were normal.”