As everyone reading this will know, a 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch just before 1pm on the 22nd of February. As far as I know, all those involved in Pro-life Canterbury and their family and friends are okay, although the death toll now is over 100 with many more missing.
I’m going to use this blog post to give some quick information. Most of us are currently busy in some regard with repairing and clearing things through groups such as the UC Student Volunteer Army. If you also wish to do something, but can’t directly, you can always donate money to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal through the Red Cross.
Obviously O-Week was cancelled so we won’t be running the Pro-life stall this year (unless another O-Week replacement comes up). The University of Canterbury also won’t be open to at least after the 14th of March.
As we as a city (and nation) try to get up on our feet again, please pray for us and support us in whatever way you can.
According to CHINAdaily.com, China has now become only the second country to become officially recognized as a qualified member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
The only other country to hold qualified member status is New Zealand – or more precisely, the NZ Family Planning Association.
I wonder what Kiwis think about the fact that the NZ Family Planning Association is now keeping official company with a regime which denies couples the right to choose their family size, which forces women to have abortions, and which imprisons and tortures activists who speak out against these practices?
I also can’t help but wonder how the heck China could even become a qualified member of the IPPF.
The IPPF states on its website that they committed to the following principles:
* We believe that sexual and reproductive rights should be internationally recognized as human rights and therefore guaranteed for everyone.
* We encourage individuals, women in particular, to take control of their reproductive lives.
* We promote equality between men and women, aiming to eliminate gender biases, especially those that threaten the well-being of women and girls.
* Above all we promote choices.
How the heck does 35,000 forced abortions a day, and government restricted fertility square away with any of these guiding principles?!!!!!
From the Examiner.com…
Justin Bieber was asked in his “Rolling Stone” interview about his thoughts on abortion after a rape? Justin said, “everything happens for a reason,” but I have never been in that situation so I cannot judge.” This line really seemed to set the ladies off. They feel that Justin Bieber has so much influence on young girls and his opinion may sway theirs.
“The View” was once a show that respected other’s views on subjects. In recent months the view has become more of a closed minded show, evident when a few of the ladies walked off the set when Bill O’Reilly said something they did not agree with a few months back. Now Justin Bieber’s view differs from theirs so not only is Justin Bieber to blame but so is the interviewer who asked these “inappropriate questions?”
Whether or not you agree with Justin Bieber’s opinions on abortion issues, he still has a right to them. His opinion would have been for one side of the argument or the other. The argument is usually those who are for abortion and those who are against abortion. Justin Bieber just happens to be one of the people who is against abortion.
Is it because his opinion was not the same as the ladies of “The View” that they painted Justin Bieber’s interview as somewhat of mistake at his age? Would they have been more receptive if Justine Bieber took the opposite stand, and his view went along with their views on abortion?
In a historic vote Friday afternoon, the US House voted to strike all federal funding for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Every year the abortion giant receives hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding.
The congressional body voted 240-185 in favor of the amendment, introduced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), to the 2011 Federal Spending Bill.
Immediately after the vote Rep. Pence released a statement saying: “This afternoon’s vote is a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life. By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.
“I commend my colleagues in both parties for taking a stand for taxpayers and a stand for life.”
The amendment will now go before the Senate.
The vote came after a heated debate in the House. It also comes in the wake of an explosive series of videos released over the last two weeks by the pro-life organization Live Action, which showed Planned Parenthood staff repeatedly willing to aid and abet the trafficking of underage “sex workers” by offering advice to an undercover investigator posing as a “pimp” on how to obtain secret abortions, contraception, and STD tests.
In a web page released right after the vote, Planned Parenthood called the legislation “the most dangerous legislative assault in our history, and it cannot go unanswered.” In an open letter to Congress that the organization is asking supporters to sign, the abortion giant says: “To every member of Congress, know that we stand together today against this outrageous assault, and together we will not lose.”
Two recent studies offer some information about how American women end their own pregnancies. Both note that only a small percentage of women have attempted to abort without the help of medical practitioners, though it should be kept in mind that this is the sort of information that many prefer not to speak about. Reviewing the studies in Slate, Sharon Lerner writes that, after the passage of Roe v. Wade, ‘interest in self-help abortion methods inevitably faded’—but news reports suggest that self-induced abortions might be on the rise.
About the two studies: A study in the current issue of American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology surveyed 9,493 women at health care facilities that provide abortions; more than 2 percent had tried to induce abortions on their own. In the other study, published in Reproductive Health Matters, 1,425 women responded to surveys in clinic waiting rooms, with 4.6 percent saying they had tried to induce their own abortions.
Of the women surveyed, there was a preference for ‘natural—or at least natural-seeming—methods’ including
various herbs, vitamin C, birth control pills, laxatives, and a beverage cart worth of strange concoctions, including coffee with lemon, warm Coca-Cola with baking soda, various syrups, and Malta, a wheat soda
The researchers were first interested in the use of the ulcer medication misoprostol to self-induce an abortion, as this drug causes uterine contractions and is used by doctors along with mifepristone (RU-486), to induce medical abortions early in pregnancy. However, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that less than half the women surveyed used misoprostol.
If this is correct, then this presents yet another challenge to the pro-abortion rhetoric that legalizing abortion reduces the rate of unsafe abortions (of course they will try and blame parents and lack of access to abortion for this, but it’s hard to see how such rhetoric could be supported in the USA).
Late last night the Women’s National Abortion Action Campaign (WONAAC), a NZ pro-abortion lobby group, issued a press release expressing great angst about the fact that the NZ Family Planning Association (NZ FPA) didn’t get permission from the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) to start carrying out RU-486 chemical abortions on women in NZ.
Here’s a segment of the press release…
“The Committee should have told the public immediately as this withdrawal suggests the clinic could not comply with legal conditions. Instead the Committee gave the impression in its Annual Report it wanted earlier medical abortions to be more widely available. What on earth is going on?”
Hold on a minute WONAAC, surely it’s not the job of the ASC to announce to the public that a party, who voluntarily applied to them seeking an abortion license, has subsequently withdrawn from the application process.
If you must be angry at anyone, then how about getting angry at the NZ FPA for not announcing their withdrawal?
Besides, aren’t you pro-abortion groups actually talking to each other?
Shouldn’t you have known about this before the news broke in the public arena?
After all, you have been a public supporter of this license application?
Maybe the NZ FPA was trying to tactically hide their withdrawal from the public, you know, trying to save face and all that.