LifeNews’ Steve Ertelt reports on a Georgia state lawmaker is promoting legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence that unborn children experience considerable pain from abortions.
The legislation is similar to a Nebraska law that is on the books but has not been challenged in court by pro-abortion groups. The law is credited with driving late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart out of the state — as he now works for a Maryland-based abortion business.
State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon said his bill, HB 89, is modeled after that successful legislation and explained that the bill has the support of the House Republican caucus and leaders and pro-life Gov. Nathan Deal would sign it into law.
“We believe there’s clear evidence that it is feeling intense pain,” he said, according to WMAZ.
“By 20 weeks gestation, the unborn child has the physical structures necessary to experience pain. There is evidence that by 20 weeks gestation unborn children evade certain stimuli in a manner which in an infant or an adult would be interpreted to be a response to pain. Anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn children who are 20 weeks gestational age or older who undergo prenatal surgery,” he said.
It is deplorable that pre-born babies are suffering during the abortion procedure. But hang on just a minute. If they were not suffering, would that make abortion a little more palatable? Are we saying that abortion is OK if the child doesn’t feel any pain? Is murder OK if it is committed against someone who is anesthetized?
And just one more question – if the foetus feels pain, what does that say about that entity’s personhood?
Bryan Kemper is currently touring the Land of the Long White Cloud, speaking at six locations throughout our country. Bryan’s message can be summed up, “Social Justice begins in the womb”. LifeSiteNews is reporting on the vibes coming out of Students for Life of America’s National Conference that took place this past weekend…
For conservatives, “social justice” often gets a bad rap: co-opted by liberal groups, the term has come to signify for pro-lifers something misguided at best, and socialistic at worst.
But two speakers at the 2011 Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) National Conference, speaking to a crowd of 1,800 pro-life youth, helped set the record straight, arguing that true social justice has the courage to face the victims in our midst that others won’t acknowledge: the mother and unborn child scheduled for an abortion.
“Being pro-life should be at the very top of the social justice list,” said SFLA Executive Director Kristan Hawkins… “Social justice is about changing what’s at the end of the tunnel for that woman. Not just telling her that she should be pro-life and to get on a different track.”…
“Bella” producer Jason Jones reflected on the popularity on college campuses of other “social justice” issues, such as environmental causes, which he said take “zero courage” to support.
“How much courage does it take to speak out against clubbing baby seals at the University of Miami?” he asked the crowd, many of them leaders and members of pro-life campus groups across the U.S. “Who do you know that’s clubbing baby seals?
“But your classmates, every day when you go to class, you’re looking at somebody who has had an abortion recently or will soon be considering an abortion. So it takes real courage.”
Christine Rankin recently applauded the actions of a pro-life lawyer. The lawyer, Bouchier, may not necessarily be overtly opposed to abortion, but he certainly stood up on behalf of an unborn child as this Sunday Star Times story relates…
A lawyer who refused to seek bail for a drug-addicted pregnant client assigned to him is being hailed as a hero.
Child advocate Christine Rankin said lawyer Tony Bouchier’s actions were heroic, after he contacted Child, Youth and Family about the case.
Six months pregnant Isabelle Kare Brown, 35, who is on a methadone programme, was charged with possessing instruments for methamphetamine use, and appeared in court last week, after police found her living rough in a garden shed in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes…
“I’m supposed to go and get her bail but I know where she’s going to go,” he said. “I know I’m sticking my neck out to a degree, but morally, I think I’m right.
“Morally, I think looking out for Isabelle is looking out for the baby. Isabelle is not concerned with the baby. Isabelle is concerned about Isabelle.”
Rankin said Bouchier’s courage in standing up for what was right was “heroic”. “That baby will be born an addict,” she said. “Children seem to be at the end of the line of so many people we protect, and he should be put up as a hero – that he’s got the courage to say something.”…
“The safety of the baby is always the paramount consideration. In this case, because of the woman’s history, the baby is expected to be removed.”
Ironic, isn’t it. “The safety of the baby is paramount…” In our society, it seems to be that the safety of the baby is only given consideration if somebody cares about the unborn child – in this case it was a lawyer who intervened on behalf of the child.
At times it seems that some UN policy makers want the world to follow the US when it comes to abortion. This is what it would look like. Forty-one per cent of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. The grim statistic has activated new pro-life initiatives in the metropolis.
Last week, religious leaders called for a unified effort to lower the number of abortions in the city. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel of Agudath Israel of America challenged, “We’ve been hearing for many years from pro-choice supporters that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. If that’s the goal, we’ve clearly, abysmally failed, especially here in New York City.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan urged that the public has “to do more than shiver over these chilling statistics.” The archbishop reaffirmed the pledge made by the late John Cardinal O’Connor, to find assistance in 2011 to any expecting mother in need of help.
The New York-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, headed by hedge-fund manager Sean Fieler, organized a press conference to raise the alarm about these statistics. In answer to the plea from religious leaders to find new ways to reduce to the abortion rate, the Chiaroscuro Foundation pledged $1 million in 2011 to support women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, raise awareness of the high abortion rate and support abstinence education programs.
Greg Pfundstein, Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, stressed that while abortion is legal still the public “can’t pretend this isn’t a social and public health problem of massive proportions.” Pfundstein points out that with abortion rates as high as NYC’s, “any medical risks associated with abortion could amount to a public-health crisis, as the disturbing rise in the rate of pre-term birth may already indicate.”
A federal judge has struck down a Baltimore (Maryland, United States) law that was the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Archdiocese of Baltimore because it unfairly attacks pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives, LifeNews reports…
“Whether a provider of pregnancy-related services is “pro-life” or “prochoice,” it is for the provider – not the Government – to decide when and how to discuss abortion and birth-control methods. The Government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a “pro-life” pregnancy-related service center to post a sign as would be required by the Ordinance,” JudgeGarbis added…
“The decision is a victory for pregnancy centers who for years have encountered hostile legislation aimed at shutting them down,” said Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde. “A victory for pregnancy centers is a victory for women facing unplanned pregnancies, women who deserve life-affirming options and abortion alternatives.”…
Greg Pfundstein, the executive director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, told LifeNews.com, “We are very encouraged that Judge Garbis has decided this effort to discredit life-affirming pregnancy centers violates the first amendment, and we hope this decision will stop NARAL’s insidious nationwide effort to stigmatize an entire class of service organizations as deceptive.”
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It is the second day of the tour today, and the first workshops are underway in Wellington!
Bryan and Jill are giving workshops in Wellington during the day- and will be giving there stories tonight at a public meeting.
If you are in Wellington or know people there, give them a buzz and encourage them to go and hear these amazing people!
All the details are at our website : www.prolife.org.nz/tour/wellington
A leading breast cancer researcher says abortion has caused at least 300,000 cases of breast cancer causing a woman’s death since the Supreme Court allowed virtually unlimited abortion in its 1973 case.
With tens of millions of abortions since the high court’s decision and research confirming abortion increases the risk of contracting breast cancer, undoubtedly a large number of breast cancer cases, caused by abortion, have occurred over the last 38 years.
Professor Joel Brind, an endocrinologist at Baruch College in New York, worked with several scientists on a 1996 paper published in the Journal of Epidemiol Community Health showing a “30% greater chance of developing breast cancer” for women who have induced abortions. He recently commented on how many women have become victims.
“If we take the overall risk of breast cancer among women to be about 10% (not counting abortion), and raise it by 30%, we get 13% lifetime risk,” Brind explains. Using the 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade figure, we get 1.5 million excess cases of breast cancer. At an average mortality of 20% since 1973, that would mean that legal abortion has resulted in some 300,000 additional deaths due to breast cancer since Roe v. Wade.”
Brind said his estimate excludes deaths from the use of abortion to delay first full term pregnancies – a recognized breast cancer risk.
In mid-November the neighbours of the Phai Ngern Chotanaram Buddhist temple in Bangkok complained that a foul odour was coming from the temple grounds. The police investigated and found the remains of 2,002 aborted foetuses heaped up in a mortuary reeking of decay and disinfectant. The two attendants were arrested.
It turned out that some of Bangkok’s numerous abortion mills had been sending their remains to the temple so that they could be cremated secretly along with adult corpses. But about a year ago the crematorium broke down. Plastic bags with the foetuses kept arriving from clinics so the inept undertakers packed them ever more tightly into the foetid vaults.
The monks knew little about what was going on in the mortuary because it was the business of the temple employees. “The temple administration had no knowledge of the foetuses beforehand,” a monk spokesman told the media. “I can assure you that monks here in the temple were never aware of this and it was not the temple’s intention or aim for things to happen like this.”
But all of Thailand was horrified. Abortion, except in cases of rape and incest and when the mother’s health is at risk, is illegal and for devout Buddhists it is a terrible crime. “Buddhism believes in rebirth and teaches that individual human life begins at conception,” says Buddhism expert Damien McKeown. “The new being, bearing the karmic identity of a recently deceased individual, is therefore as entitled to the same moral respect as an adult human being.”
Unsurprisingly, therefore, the government’s immediate response was not to restudy the wisdom of its restrictions on abortion, but to announce a crackdown on illegal clinics. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva deplored the incident but declared that the current legislation was “flexible enough”.
From the Irish Independent…
Tiny Sive McDonald was just 420g — less than a pound — when she arrived into the world 16 weeks early.
She was smaller than the palm of her dad’s hand at full stretch — about the length of a biro.
Aisling McDonald (32), from Mullingar, Co Westmeath; and her husband, John McDonald (30), from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, fell in love in Australia.
They moved back to Ireland and married, and were looking forward to the birth of their first baby last summer.
But they were given “no hope” when baby Sive had to be delivered 16 weeks premature on June 11.
Aisling suffered from pre-eclampsia — the medical term for high blood pressure during her pregnancy.
“It all happened really quick. We were brought from St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny to Waterford Regional Hospital where there is a special baby unit,” said Mr McDonald.
“They were giving us no hope, to be honest. They gave us a room to stay in by ourselves and were really supportive. There was a priest there all the time and we were facing the worst-case scenario.”
Aisling’s system was under severe pressure and the doctors wanted to ensure her life was not in danger. “She could have had a stroke. They said they were doing the best for the baby but Aisling was the priority.”
When the baby was born, her parents admit they were “naive”.
“We thought she’d be three or four pounds. But we didn’t realise she’d be less than a pound, and the dangers if her limbs weren’t formed properly. We were told babies don’t survive outside the womb unless they are more than 24 weeks. Sive was 23 weeks and five days.”
Nobody expected Sive to pull through, but the little baby stunned medics by clinging on to life. Her paediatrician in Waterford, Dr Paul McMahon, had to order special spectacles from the US so he could see her microscopic veins.
“At one stage, the doctor was trying to get food into her but her veins were so small. Every time they’d get a needle in, the vein was bursting, it wasn’t strong enough. She hadn’t been fed at one stage for five, six, seven hours. Dr McMahon finally got a vein and she was able to feed,” said Mr McDonald.
Sive had 24 blood transfusions but never gave up. “We still can’t believe it. We brought her home to Kilkenny a month before Christmas and she is 9lb 6oz now. She’s the equivalent of two months old. Her eyes are perfect, her ears are clear and she’s responsive for two months,” said Mr McDonald.
She appears to be a healthy and happy baby. “The only thing we worry about is how she’ll be when she starts talking but we hope she’ll be fine. She’s happy now and we’re getting as much food into her as possible.”
Cross posted from Voice for Life.
The conscience rights of New Zealand medical professionals who object to abortion has been upheld by two recent decisions. In the first case, a technician working for the Canterbury District Health Board was summoned to a disciplinary meeting and threatened with dismissal for refusing on the grounds of conscience to prepare instruments for an abortion. She sought help from Right to Life who advised her that Section 46 of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act, 1977 upheld her right not to assist in an abortion. The Canterbury District Health Board subsequently withdrew the threat of dismissal and acknowledged her legal rights under Section 46. Other Canterbury DHB staff have since refused to assist in abortion preparation. The Abortion Supervisory Committee has advised all abortion licence holders of their obligations under Section 46 and to inform medical staff of their rights.
In the second case, the NZ Medical Council has recently withdrawn their appeal to a High Court decision that upheld the right of pro-life doctors not to be forced to refer a patient to another doctor for an abortion. For more information on this case, click here.
For more information on conscientious objection and abortion in New Zealand check out our Information for Med Students section.