The Adoption Challenge

On May 30, 2009, in Canterbury, by Admin

University of Canterbury Students Association Society, Prolife UC takes abortion very seriously. In response to a letter to the editor of CANTA (Finn, 25 May), our society has committed to ensuring that any pregnant woman seeking an abortion is given the opportunity for their unborn child to be carried to term and then adopted.

In each case, our group will find a couple who will adopt the child of any woman who would have otherwise had her aborted. If we are unable to find a suitable couple, one of our members will adopt the child.

We are thankful to have already received an offer of adoption from a couple living in Rangiora. I have asked them for some background information on themselves and their family…

Pregnant, considering an abortion?

  • We are Craig and Julie Thompson of Rangiora
  • We have a family of 10 children in a large house on 24 Acres
  • We have a supportive teenage daughter who cares
  • We will care and support you during your pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • We would like to openly adopt and care for your child
  • We have a range of specialised support people available including doctors, midwives, councellors etc

Anyone in a crisis pregnancy situation – or who knows a woman who is in a crisis pregnancy situation and unsure – is encouraged to get in touch with Craig & Julie confidentially through this website. Click here to email Prolife UC and we will pass your email on to them.

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According to Freddoso, “even some university administrators sympathized, with a handful of recognizable figures attending ND Response events over the weekend. Few wanted to discuss the issue publicly, however. ‘It has been made clear that dissenting publicly won’t be tolerated,’ said one administrator who requested anonymity.”

If accurate, these testimonials make one wonder if an atmosphere of intimidation now inhibits free and honest expression—and exploration–of views consonant with the tradition that Notre Dame purports to represent. Were these testimonials off-the-cuff, purely situational remarks in response to the recent events? Or do they point to something deeper, something structural?

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The government of France is considering passing into law an amendment that would make it legal for midwives to administer RU-486, also known as the “abortion pill.”  According to reports the pro-abortion lobby is pushing for this law to be passed in the wake of a decrease in interest from physicians in becoming abortionists.

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The Real Pregnancy Crisis

On May 27, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

But the nation’s intense focus on teenage childbearing has obscured a more fundamental problem in childbearing trends. Last week, the CDC reported that about 40% of American children were born out of wedlock in 2007, more than triple the 11% who were in 1970. This means that more than 1.7 million children were born outside of marriage in 2007. Moreover, the vast majority of these babies — 60%, to be precise — were born not to teenagers but to women in their 20s (only 23% of nonmarital births were to teens). Furthermore, the CDC reports that nonmarital childbearing has been rising much faster among adults than among teenagers.

None of this should come as a surprise, given that a 2003 Gallup Survey found that 64% of young adults age 18 to 29 thought that having a baby out of wedlock was “morally acceptable.”

But a number of academics and advocates who track family issues are more than willing to provide intellectual cover to contemporary young adults’ laissez-faire approach to childbearing and marriage.

Ultimately, though, the arguments put forward by Ms. Coontz, Ms. Henriquez and other academics and advocates do not have science on their side. For instance, Sara McLanahan at Princeton University and her colleagues have found that boys who are raised by single mothers are twice as likely to end up in prison by age 32, that girls who are born outside of marriage are three times as likely to have a teenage pregnancy, and that teens born outside of marriage are about twice as likely to drop out of high school, compared with their peers who are raised in intact, married families.

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Correction to CANTA Article

On May 26, 2009, in Canterbury, by Admin

An article on behalf of Prolife UC which was in CANTA in last week’s edition has received several responses in this week’s edition of the student magazine. We just want to highlight a factual error in the article. Because the outcome of the Court of Appeal case was so unexpected, the article had to be altered at the last minute, however the version that made it into CANTA was not the most recent one, and requires the following correction:

However in an unexpected turn of events, the Court of Appeal dismissed the case on Tuesday, determining that the original case should be re-heard in the High Court, saying the case was outside its jurisdiction. This will probably take place some time next year.

should be…

However in an unexpected turn of events, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the ASC on Tuesday, saying the case was outside its jurisdiction. Right to Life and the ASC will return to the High Court at an early date, where they will seek to clarify the declaratory orders of Justice Miller. The original ruling by Justice Miller still stands, and the case will not need to be re-heard.

Click here to read the article entitled “NZ Abortion Law Under the Spotlight”.

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Some doctors and pro-life leaders now say ultrasound technology is partly responsible for Americans’ gradual shift to identifying themselves as pro-life. Nebraskan legislators are now considering joining the many states which require that a woman considering an abortion be provided an ultrasound of her baby.

A recent Gallup poll showed 51 percent of Americans now self-identify as pro-life, composing a majority for the first time. The change has led to speculation that improved ultrasound technology has helped change minds.



CNN is asking if people want to overturn Roe v. Wade. But the question is so misleading as to discredit the entire poll. Here’s the question from Pollster:

The 1973 Roe versus Wade decision established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?

Now, after reading that ridiculous question I’m surprised that only 68% responded against overturning Roe. (30% were for it.)

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2423844 NZ birth rate at highest level in nearly 20 years

New Zealand’s birth rate is at its highest level in close to 20 years, according to new figures from Statistics New Zealand.

The birth rate in March was at its highest since March 1991, with an average of 2.2 births per woman.

The highest peak in recorded birth rates was in 1961, when the rate was 4.3 births per woman.

Birth rates for March this year increased by almost 1000 from last year, with 64,160 live births recorded this year compared to 63,250 in the year to March 2008.

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A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, has found that 51% of Americans call themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.” This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking that question in 1995.

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