Dead pre-term baby found in Auckland home

On August 25, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

Police have discovered the body of a pre-term baby in a West Auckland home.

Emergency services were called to a house on Barron Drive, Greens Bay, around 4.45pm yesterday.

A neighbour who did not wish to be named told Stuff.co.nz the family had only moved into the house a month ago.

She said she believed the family was Indian.

Police have cordoned off the house and have covered a wooden deck at the side of the house with tarpaulins.

Police said they still do not know the gender of the baby but confirmed that it was an unborn baby estimated to be about 30 weeks term.

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End of Term Movie Night

On August 21, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

bella poster End of Term Movie NightJust a quick update. A number of our members met on Thursday night to watch the independent 2006 film, Bella as a relaxing end of term event.

It is the story of one day in the life of a young waitress who has discovered that she is pregnant, and her workmate, the caring, quiet and thoughtful chef who spends the day with her.  The acting is superb, the film captivating and the score riveting. I won’t tell you anymore – I knew little enough when I began watching, save that it was a “pro-life” film. But I’ll leave it up to you to determine what sort of film it is.

If you haven’t yet seen the film we highly recommend it!

 

An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday overturned a state law that required women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound and a doctor’s description of the fetus.

Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson said the law violated constitutional requirements that legislative measures deal only with one subject. He did not rule on the validity of the ultrasound provisions.

Special Assistant Attorney General Teresa Collett said she will meet with state officials to discuss whether to appeal. The law was passed in 2008, but legal action has prevented it from going into effect.

Nova Health Systems, the parent group of Reproductive Services in Tulsa, filed a lawsuit in October, arguing that the law was unconstitutionally vague and it was not clear what the doctor should tell women undergoing the ultrasound.

Stephanie Toti, an attorney for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights that represented Nova, said Oklahoma is the only state in the nation that mandated a physician to both conduct an ultrasound and describe the images to the patient.

“The ultrasound provision takes away a patient’s choice about whether or not to view an ultrasound, and it requires physicians to provide information to their patients that the physicians do not believe is medically necessary,” Toti said.

“It’s an affront to women’s autonomy and decision-making power, and it’s also an intrusion to the physician-patient relationship.”

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Catholic college faces lawsuit over contraceptives

On August 19, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

The president of a small Catholic college said Friday he would rather close the school’s doors than violate the church’s teachings on contraception should the college lose the latest battle involving health-insurance laws and religious freedom.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that Belmont Abbey College violated discrimination laws because the school’s employee health insurance plan does not cover contraception, according to a letter the EEOC sent to the school.

“I hope it would never get this far,” college President William K. Thierfelder told The Washington Times, “but if it came down to it we would close the college before we ever provided that.”

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Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, has again spoken out aganst the abortion expansion in President Obama’s health care legislation, calling the bill “seriously deficient” on the issue of mandated coverage and funding of abortion.  Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver also issued a call to action urging Catholics to tell legislators that only a bill that excludes abortion is acceptable health care reform.

In an August 11 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cardinal Rigali criticized the bill for delegating to the Secretary of Health and Human Services “the power to make unlimited abortion a mandated benefit in the ‘public health insurance plan’ the government will manage nationwide.”  He called this a “radical change” since federal law excludes most abortions from federal employees’ health benefits, and no federal health program mandates coverage of elective abortions.

Cardinal Rigali also criticized the bill for bypassing the Hyde Amendment and other longstanding provisions preventing federal funding of abortion, and called the provisions to separate funding for abortion created by the House Energy and Commerce Committee a “legal fiction.”

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A brief, beautiful life

On August 18, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

A year ago this paper published an article that consisted largely of a letter I wrote to Dr. Margaret Somerville (“The shortest life,” Aug. 5) about carrying my baby to term despite discovering from an ultrasound that he had much fluid on his brain and a severe heart condition; two abnormalities that my husband and I were told would most likely result in a difficult life and an early death.

I signed the letter only as MG but, since then, Dr. Somerville has told me that many people have been wondering how the pregnancy ended. So, I would like to tell you that part of our story, which I lovingly sum up as “A Beautiful Life: 30 Days of Pure Love.”

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The world’s largest abortion provider, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), has recently acknowledged an alarming “surge” in maternal deaths in South Africa, challenging the pro-abortion mantra that liberal abortion laws decrease maternal mortality. Maternal deaths increased by twenty per cent in the period 2005-2007 in South Africa, a country that since 1996 has had one of the most permissive abortion laws on the African continent.

While deaths attributable to HIV/AIDS account for the biggest portion of maternal deaths in South Africa, IPPF acknowledges that a portion of deaths are “due to complications of abortion” in a country where the procedure is legal and widely available.

Developing countries have been badgered in recent years by various United Nations agencies and pro-abortion civil society organizations, including IPPF, to decriminalize abortion as a measure to reduce maternal mortality rates. However, the latest IPPF revelation is the latest fact in a growing body of evidence showing the opposite relationship in which legal abortion and high maternal deaths coincide.

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Dr. Warren Hern, one of the last abortionists willing to perform very late-term abortions in the United States, has written published works describing man as a “malignant eco-tumor” destroying the earth.

Esquire magazine reports in a story entitled “the Last Abortion Doctor,” that Hern, the director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic since 1975, argued in a work called Urban Malignancy: Similarity in the Fractal Dimensions of Urban Morphology and Malignant Neoplasms that growing human populations act like a “malignant ecotumor.”

LifeSiteNews.com found a 2008 edition of Hern’s article published in the International Journal of Anthropology . While the term “eco-tumor” does not appear in this version as quoted by Esquire, it may have come from an earlier version of Hern’s paper that was presented at the 16th International Seminar on Urban Form in Brazil on August, 29 2007.

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A new British study has found that women having repeat abortions were more likely to be in an abusive relationship.

The study, published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, the journal of the Royal College of Ob-Gyns., found that 30 percent of women having a second abortion reported being in an abusive relationship and that the number increased for women having three or more abortions. One in three women in the study said they had experienced sexual and physical abuse throughout their lives.

The research follows a U.S. study published last December showing that women who had abortions were more likely to report a history of sexual abuse and to have experienced stressful events in adulthood, such as miscarriage, physical violence or being in a life-threatening accident. The U.S. researchers noted that women who experience domestic violence are more likely to abort compared to women who are not in violent situations.

And a New Zealand study published last August found that one in 10 women reported being abused while pregnant and that abused women were 2.5 times more likely to undergo an abortion compared to women who were not abused.

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