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Thursday, August 19, 2010
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• Medical Journal Confirms Abortion Associated With Increased Premature Birth
• Americans Must Oppose Abortions at Military Bases, Pro-Life Leader Says
• Sarah Palin Responds to Emily's List Attacking Pro-Life Women on Abortion
• ABC Pushes Taxpayer Funding of Abortions in Health Care With Biased Story
• Washington Voters Set Up Pro-Abortion Versus Pro-Life Race in Murrary, Rossi
• South Carolina Governor Signs Pro-Life Law for 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period
• Iowa Pro-Life Groups to Hold Press Conference Against Telemed Abortions
• Nevada Poll Shows Pro-Life Sharron Angle Gaining Back Ground on Harry Reid
• Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Wrong to Allow Aide to Attack Pro-Lifers
• Nebraska Attorney General Won't File Appeal to Defend Abortion Screening Law
• Idaho Becomes the Next Target for Euthanasia Activists Promoting Assisted Suicide
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Medical Journal Confirms Abortion Associated With Increased Premature Birth
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new report in a prestigious medical journal confirms what previous studies have shown: abortion is associated with an increased risk of premature birth in subsequent pregnancies. Although the link is well-established, women are not normally informed of the risk when they are counseled at abortion centers.
Dr. Jay Iams a professor and vice chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ohio State University wrote a report on caring for women prior to pre-term birth in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Iams writes, "Contrary to common belief, population-based studies have found that elective pregnancy terminations in the first and second trimesters are associated with a very small but apparently real increase in the risk of subsequent spontaneous pre-term birth."
As nurse Jill Stanek notes on her blog, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted the article and responded to it.
"We applaud his statement. Most high profile American writers won't breathe such a thing," the organization for pro-life OBGYN doctors said.
"There are currently 114 studies in the literature all showing a statistically significant association between induced abortion and subsequent pre-term birth. And just about none to the contrary," AAPLOG said.
It added that Dr. Iams writes "contrary to common belief" because "the association is systematically ignored or severely downplayed by the established authorities in our country. It is not mentioned under complications of induced abortion in any ACOG literature we know of. It is not generally taught. It is denied by default." Full story at LifeNews.com
Americans Must Oppose Abortions at Military Bases, Pro-Life Leader Says
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The president of a nationwide pro-life group says Americans, regardless of their opinion on abortion, should stand up against a move in the Senate to allow abortions at taxpayer-funded U.S. military base hospitals. Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest talked about the coming battle.
"Every American opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion should be aware of a major legislative battle coming in September," Yoest says. "When the Senate reconvenes, debate is expected to begin on this year s Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization bill."
"Last May, when the Senate Armed Services Committee was putting this bill together, Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) added an amendment that would strike a provision in the U.S. Code that prohibits DOD medical personnel or facilities from performing abortions
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 15-12 for the amendment with all Republicans and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson voting against it and all other Democrats voting for it.
"The Burris amendment would - simply put - turn U.S. military facilities into abortion clinics," Yoest said.
The Americans United for Life president says the rhetoric coming form abortion proponents is that the Burris amendment doesn't technically result in taxpayer funding of abortions -- but Yoest points out how military bases hospitals are totally paid for by Americans taxpayers in terms of personnel and supplies. Full story at LifeNews.com
Sarah Palin Responds to Emily's List Attacking Pro-Life Women on Abortion
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Sarah Palin, the pro-life former vice-presidential candidate, has responded to the new web site the pro-abortion group Emily's List unveiled yesterday attacking her and pro-life women candidates. Palin calls the group a bunch of "radicals" who are wrong to attack other women over one issue.
"Who hijacked the term 'feminist'?'" Palin asked in a comment on Twitter. "A cackle of radicals who want to crucify other women with whom they disagree on a singular issue."
"It's ironic and passe'," Palin added.
Palin also used a Facebook post to explain more about the singular issue, abortion, she referred to on Twitter.
I'm speaking of the issue of life. I feel compelled to offer some advice to our sisters who like to throw stones at those of us who respectfully disagree with them on this issue, she wrote. Full story at LifeNews.com
ABC Pushes Taxpayer Funding of Abortions in Health Care With Biased Story
by Jill Stanek
The mainstream media s propaganda to keep taxpayer funded abortion in ObamaCare has begun.
But the article ABC posted yesterday entitled, Immigrants lured to cheap, do-it-yourself abortion, was 1) totally misleading; 2) misplaced blame; 3) seriously mashed terms; and 4) led with a fraudulent sob story.
ABC reporter Susan Donaldson James wrote a truly shoddy piece and should be ashamed of herself, although I'm sure she s not. Full story at LifeNews.com
Washington Voters Set Up Pro-Abortion Versus Pro-Life Race in Murrary, Rossi
Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) -- Washington state voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the state's unique multi-candidate, multi-party primary and they decided to set up a November matchup between pro-life candidate Dino Rossi and current pro-abortion incumbent Sen. Patty Murrary.
Murray took 46 percent of the primary vote to Rossi's 34 percent, with Rossi getting a lower total because of the multiple Republicans in the race seeking to face Murray.
Rossi defeated pro-life candidate Clint Didier, a former pro football player who was backed by Sarah Palin and some Tea Party activists.
"After tonight, we're one step farther along in our conversation about what kind of country we want to be," he said at a victory rally. "I respect Senator Murray, but her ideas don't work."
Rossi, the former Sammamish state senator and two-time candidate for governor, and Murray will now embark on a Senate race that is projected as one of the toss-ups across the country and one in which millions will be spent on either side.
Polling data show the closeness of the race and give Murrary a sleight lead at this point. Full story at LifeNews.com
South Carolina Governor Signs Pro-Life Law for 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) -- South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford signed a bill into law today that has proven effective in other states in reducing the number of abortions. He signed a bill that allows women contemplating an abortion 24 hours to review information that could lead her to choose life for her unborn child.
The new language enhances the current Right to Know law by creating an authentic 24-hour waiting period.
It provides Internet links on the State Department of Health and Environmental Control website to pregnancy centers that offer free ultrasounds, and maintaining the one-hour waiting period between the time the abortion practitioner does the ultrasound and the abortion.
Sanford said Wednesday he hope the new measure will save more unborn children who may have otherwise been killed in abortions.
"I believe life is sacred, and in the debate over when life begins, I think we as a society should always err on the side of life," Sanford said. "Given current federal law, I think it's imperative that a decision of this magnitude only be made with the fullest and most accurate knowledge available."
The signing took place at the at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg. Full story at LifeNews.com
Iowa Pro-Life Groups to Hold Press Conference Against Telemed Abortions
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) -- A coalition of pro-life and pro-family organizations will hold a press conference on Friday prior to the afternoon session of the Iowa Board of Medicine. The groups will voice strong opposition to the use of telemedicine for abortions by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
The press conference comes before the Iowa Board of Medicine meeting that could have them reviewing a complaint to investigate the practices of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, specifically the use of telemedicine to dispense RU-486, the dangerous abortion drug.
Planned Parenthood is denying women an in-person doctor visit before getting the drug that has killed at least 13 women and injured at least 1,100 more according to 2006 FDA figures, Maggie DeWitte, the director of Iowans for Life, told LifeNews.com.
Since beginning this procedure in June 2008, more than 1,500 Iowa babies have been aborted with these telemed drugs," she said.
The highlight of the press conference will be the announcing of a letter signed by dozens of state and national pro-life and pro-family organizations, which will be presented to the Iowa Board of Medicine during the public comments portion of the meeting.
We want the Board to know that thousands of men and women represented by the groups listed in our letter are watching to see what happens, and are praying that they will determine that the beneficial practice of telemedicine should not be perverted in this manner, said DeWitte. Full story at LifeNews.com
Nevada Poll Shows Pro-Life Sharron Angle Gaining Back Ground on Harry Reid
Carson City, NV (LifeNews.com) -- A new poll regarding the Senate race in Nevada shows pro-life candidate Sharron Angle has picked up some of the ground she lost in the last survey to Harry Reid. Angle and Reid, the pro-abortion senator who is the number one Democrat in the Senate, are now tied.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows both candidates at 47 percent apiece while five percent prefer another candidate and two percent are undecided.
Two weeks ago, Reid held a two-point advantage over Angle as his numbers kept climbing up from his lowest position.
"Earlier this year, Reid was considered to be one of the Senate s most vulnerable incumbents. He picked up just 39% of the vote following Angle s primary victory but has seen his own numbers improve to 41% in late June, 43% in early July, 45% in late July and 47% today," pollster Scott Rasmussen noted.
For Angle, the numbers have been heading in the opposite direction.
"The GOP nominee attracted 50% of the statewide vote following her primary victory in early June. That fell to 48% later that month, 46% in early July and 43% in late July. The current survey represents the first time her support has increased since the primary," Rasmussen said.
The other good news for Angle is that, when leaners are included in the total, Angle attracts 50% of the vote, while Reid picks up 48%. Full story at LifeNews.com
Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Wrong to Allow Aide to Attack Pro-Lifers
by Michael Gonidakis
Recently, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's spokesperson, Steve Fought, made highly controversial statements attacking pro-life groups for opposing Congresswoman Kaptur and the new health care law.
Kaptur's office contends that an executive order signed by President Obama eliminates any pro-life concerns with the new law. Mr. Fought said, "Their political agenda, anti-Obama, is stronger than their belief in consistency when it comes to pro-life issues."
"Some people you're never going to satisfy. Some people, it's never enough. And those folks fall into that category," Mr. Fought said. "If you're talking about the organizations themselves, they were opposed to it. But, if you talk about the individuals, it depends on the individual.... Sometimes organizations don't represent the interest of their membership necessarily, and I think that's the case here with the executive order."
There is so much wrong about these comments that it is difficult to know where to begin. Full stories at LifeNews.com
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Nebraska Attorney General Won't File Appeal to Defend Abortion Screening Law
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning will not file an appeal to defend new state law that helps women obtain more information about abortion risks. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit against a bill supported by pro-life advocates.
The measure is designed to help women get the kind of information on abortion's risks and alternatives that it fails to provide.
The new law tightens informed consent requirements that help women choose abortion alternatives. It helps women understand the physical, psychological, emotional, demographic or situational risk factors associated with an abortion.
Bruning is concerned about the time and expense of defending a law he and pro-life groups say can be improved in the next legislative session to address the points raised in the lawsuit.
His spokesman confirmed today he will agree to a permanent federal injunction against enforcement of the law. Full stories at LifeNews.com
Idaho Becomes the Next Target for Euthanasia Activists Promoting Assisted Suicide
Boise, ID (LifeNews.com) -- Euthanasia activists are feeling their oats with the states of Washington and Montana joining Oregon as the three in the nation to have legalized assisted suicide. Now, they are trying to convince the major doctors group in Idaho that the state has no laws stopping the practice.
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), talked with OneNewsNow today about the problems.
"Kathryn Tucker, who is the legal counsel for Compassion And Choices, made a presentation to the Idaho Medical Association, trying to tell them that because there is no specific law on assisted suicide in Idaho that...doctors could just go ahead and just do this," he said.
However, Schadenberg said Tucker's description is false because Idaho common law disallows assisted suicide.
"Idaho doesn't have something specific like that, but it does deal with it under their homicide provision," he told ONN. "Therefore, it is illegal in Idaho, and a doctor who would go ahead with this would very likely be prosecuted and go to jail...as they should." Full stories at LifeNews.com
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