Friday, February 25, 2011

Lifeissues Newsletter #514 clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends For Life,

In spite of factual evidence, the abortion/breast cancer link is still being denied. The U.S. National Cancer Institute, which has an international impact, continues its consistent failure to report the abortion/breast cancer link. This has left millions of women at needless increased risk. Dr. Gerard Nadal in his blog continues to analyze peer reviewed scientific and medical literature which shows the association between abortion and breast cancer. He reports well over a hundred studies that have indicated a link, with increased risks being upward of 50% for abortions before a first full-term pregnancy, and with many studies showing a risk above 100%.

And yes, the "Ella Drug" is definitely abortifacient. Watson Pharmaceuticals has announced that its new Ella abortion drug will be made available throughout North America. The company calls it an "emergency contraceptive" pill, which "acts up to five days after intercourse." In American common slang this is a lot of baloney (nonsense). Sperm deposited within a woman's body can reach her ovary and fertilize her ovum in as short of time as 30 minutes after intercourse. How can a drug company then claim that fertilization is prevented for five days when the drug is taken five days after fertilization has already occurred? They have done it by redefining "conception" as occurring at the time of implantation in the uterine lining rather than at the time when sperm penetrates the ovum. Sorry friends, redefining words doesn't change what actually happens.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(A Thought) "There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers." - G.K. Chesterton

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**************************************** Newsletter #514
February 27, 2011



1. When Men Fear Telling Their Wives About HIV
2. 618 children victims of child porn in Japan
3. Give It Some Time! Plug Pulled Too Soon...
4. Cambodia: AIDS epidemic follows condom promotion
5. UK court mulls sterilizing mentally disabled woman
6. UN promotes prostitution as harm reduction
7. Planned Parenthood increase in abortions
8. Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister
9. Clear Ethical Thinking and the Tyranny of Relativism
10. Every needy child is your child
11. Only breed smart babies: Ethicist
12. German Medical  eases rules on assisted suicide


(Focus on Asia):
"" target="_blank">What Next for N.Korea's Hungry People?" - Two days before North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's birthday, scores of residents in Jongju, Yongchon and Sonchon in North Pyongyang Province protested demanding food and electricity. At first, a few people began shouting, but soon many more joined them.


ITEM #1: When Men Fear Telling Their Wives About HIV

But there is something that Ahmad is hesitating to tell her, and it is a fact that is crucial for her to know: three months after they were wed, Ahmad had tested positive for HIV. "My worst fear is that if I disclose my status, my wife will leave me," says Ahmad, 25. "I can't bear the thought of that."


ITEM #2: 618 children victims of child porn in Japan in 2010

The number of children falling victim to child pornography producers rose of 52.6 per cent in 2010 to 618, the highest figure since the Japanese National Police Agency started compiling data, the agency said Thursday.


ITEM #3: Give It Some Time! Plug Pulled Too Soon in Hypothermia-Treated Cardiac-Arrest Patients

Comment: Thanks to Audrey for the alert on this article from late last year. As I have written before, one of the biggest differences between medical care today and that of 30 years ago is time. In the "old days", critically ill or injured patients were not rushed into a determination of hopelessness soon after the illness or injury so that life-sustaining treatment could be withdrawn. Because of that gift of time, we were surprised and humbled when many of these "hopeless" patients survived and even recovered. Now, especially with non-heartbeating organ donation, the "right to die" and economics, there is a lot of pressure to determine when to quit on a patient as soon as possible. This article is an important counter to that view.  - Nancy Valko, RN


ITEM #4: Cambodia: AIDS epidemic follows condom promotion

A well-funded condom-distribution and population-control program, funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development, has helped fuel the spread of AIDS in Cambodia, according to Human Life International (HLI). . .


ITEM #5: UK court mulls sterilizing mentally disabled woman

A British judge ruled Tuesday that more evidence is needed before deciding whether to grant a mother's wish to have her mentally disabled daughter sterilized - a case that is troubling medical ethicists. The 21-year-old woman, who has a significant learning disability and has been identified only as P, already has one child who is being cared for by her mother, Mrs. P. The woman is scheduled to give birth via Cesarean section on Wednesday and her mother has proposed that doctors could sterilize her daughter at the same time.


ITEM #6: UN promotes prostitution as harm reduction

A United Nations agency is actively funding the full legalization of prostitution with the support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  The agency even partnered with a prostitution advocacy group to co-chair a UN advisory group on HIV and "sex work".


ITEM #7 Planned Parenthood increase in abortions

"Despite its protestations that abortion is only a small part of its services," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, "Planned Parenthood has increased its number of abortions for 15 straight years. During that time, it has gone from committing 9.3 percent of all abortions in the United States to committing 27.5 percent."


ITEM #8: Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister

The path for young, unwed mothers - and for their children - can be brutal. Consider how often girls get molested in their own homes after Mom has decided to let her boyfriend move in. The boyfriend splits the rent and the food bill, but he often sees his girlfriend's teenage daughter as fair game. Teachers whisper their suspicions in the lunchroom or in the hallways when they notice that one of their students has become suddenly emotional, that her grades have inexplicably dropped, or that she stays late after school to hang out in her teacher's classroom or begins sleeping over at a friend's house several nights a week. Sometimes she simply disappears.


ITEM #9: Clear Ethical Thinking and the Tyranny of Relativism

I once asked a young physician whether he had received any training in medical ethics during medical school. His experience reminded me how ready we are today to discuss ethical problems, but how quickly we shy away from talking about ethical truths. We raise ethical questions but avoid ethical answers. We encourage the discussion of options and opinions, but leave students in the lerch to "make up their own minds" about what might or might not be ethical. This relativism corrodes clear ethical thinking.


ITEM #10: Every needy child is your child

The poor occupy the teeming slums, the poor occupy the graveyards and the ancient ruins, and they even occupy the city's rubbish dumps. The Zabbaleen, or "garbage people", are Coptic Christians who have lived in the dumps for a century now and work as informal rubbish collectors in the city. The Zabbaleen are also called Zarraba, which translates as "pig-pen operators", as they keep pigs that feed on organic waste. They number between 60,000 and 70,000 and mainly live in Moqattam Village, nicknamed "Garbage City", at the foot of a mountain outside Cairo, next to a Muslim squatter settlement.


ITEM #11: Only breed smart babies: Ethicist

A leading Australian ethicist has advocated genetically screening embryos to create a smarter society of superior "designer babies" with higher IQs.


ITEM #12: German Medical Association eases rules on assisted suicide

Germany's medical community has liberalized its code on helping sick patients die, giving more freedom to individual doctors. The change reflects a growing acceptance of assisted suicide among German doctors. Much of the discourse on assisted suicide in Germany has been shaped by the euthanasia program of the Nazis, which killed more than 100,000 disabled and sick people who were deemed to be "unworthy of life."



1. BE INFORMED: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6. Visit Website for insights into current Life Issues Access to all prior Newsletters is located in the Archives on main page.

2. PRAY DAILY: for the courage to be God's presence in society and to strongly support those who are deemed "unworthy of life". "If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

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