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Lifeissues Newsletter #564 clear thinking about crucial issues

Dear Friends For Life,

"Post-Abortion Stress and Depression" - In the British Journal of Psychiatry (Sept. 11) a published study reviewed results of all studies from 6 countries between 1991 and 2009 which covered 877, 000 women. This well-documented study concluded that 10% of mental health problems reported among women may be attributable to having had an abortion. This includes 35% of those with suicidal behaviors. It pointed out that abortion survivors are 81% more likely to experience mental health problems compared to all other control groups, and 55% more likely compared to women who have delivered an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Emotional disturbances following included a wide range of post-abortion emotional problems. After examining this study, it seems clear that those who deny the existence of post-abortion stress (usually for political reasons) no longer have any factual basis for such a claim.

"South Korea" - At It Again: Professor Park Se-pill at Jeju National University is attempting to clone human embryos again. This had ceased after the scandal and disgrace of his fellow countryman Hwang Woo-Suk. Too bad.

God Bless,
Jerry Novotny, OMI

(The Difference is LIFE) "Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all." - G.K. Chesterton

**************************************** Newsletter #564
February 26, 2011



1. Trafficking of Ugandan Women to Asia on the Rise
2. Indonesia sees huge rise in housewives with HIV
3. Psychiatrist Warns of Internet Porn Danger
4. Adult Stem Cells Fix Broken Hearts
5. Study Examines Effects of Divorce on Children
6. Infant HIV cases on the rise, says ministry
7. Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V.
8. The Pill Is Not Good for Women
9. The marriage gap presents a real cost
10. Sick people need help to live, not help to die
11. Millions of children face new malnutrition risk
12. State 'fails to protect migrants'

(Focus on Asian Children): "Shocking numbers of S. Asian children go to bed hungry" -  One third of families in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are regularly going to bed hungry due to soaring food prices in a region which accounts for half the world's underweight children, the head of Save the Children says.



ITEM #1: Trafficking of Ugandan Women to Asia on the Rise

An international agency has expressed concern about the increased trafficking of Ugandan women to Asia. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) says victims of trafficking whom IOM has helped to return to Uganda have reported being subjected to sexual slavery, rape and torture.


ITEM #2: Indonesia sees huge rise in housewives with HIV

When Dr Nafsiah Mboi noticed that more and more Indonesian housewives were contracting HIV due to their husband's reckless behaviour, she decided to reshape people's perception of what a macho man should be.



ITEM #3: Psychiatrist Warns of Internet Porn Danger

Watching internet pornography can initiate teenagers into early sexual behaviour, according to an eminent Irish psychiatrist. Many teenage girls, and probably most teenage boys, will view pornography at some stage out of curiosity, and grow out of it, Prof Patricia Casey said. But it gives them "a distorted image of women at a time when they should be seeing them as human beings rather than as sexual objects," she ...


ITEM #4: Adult Stem Cells Fix Broken Hearts

A new US study in which patients had their hearts repaired with adult stem cells has brought regenerative treatments for heart attacks a step closer. The therapy, reported in The Lancet, halved the extent of normally permanent scarring on the heart, and led to the growth of new heart muscle. However, the treatment produced no significant change in "ejection fraction" - a measure of the heart's pumping capacity. A heart attack ...


ITEM #5: Study Examines Effects of Divorce on Children

In America alone, over a million children suffer the divorce of their parents every year. Divorce causes irreparable harm to all involved, but most especially to the children. Though it might be shown to benefit some individuals in some individual cases, over all it causes a temporary decrease in an individual's quality of life and puts some "on a downward trajectory from which they might never fully recover." This is the conclusion of a new study from ...


ITEM #6: Infant HIV cases on the rise, says ministry

A recent health ministry report has revealed the number of infants with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has more than doubled in the last year.


ITEM #7 Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V.

The most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa, a hormone shot given every three months, appears to double the risk the women will become infected with H.I.V., according to a large study published Monday. And when it is used by H.I.V. - positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception.


ITEM #8: The Pill Is Not Good for Women

The rapidly increasing sexual activity of the Pill era correlates with a staggering increase in non-marital births — less than 5 percent of births in 1960 were to unmarried mothers, compared with roughly 40 percent today.


ITEM #9: The marriage gap presents a real cost

If current trends hold, within a few years, less than half the U.S. adult population will be married. This precipitous decline isn't just a social problem. It's also an economic problem.

Divorce fears widespread among young couples

Studies show Catholic trends in marriage mirror society's


ITEM #10: Sick people need help to live, not help to die

Proposals on assisted dying by Lord Falconer are not supported by the medical profession.


ITEM #11: Millions of children face new malnutrition risk

It has been a bad couple of years for world food prices. They rose sharply in the first half of 2011 after adverse weather devastated crops and production in some of the world's main exporting countries. As a result, prices are soaring relentlessly and low income families in Dhaka and the rest of Bangladesh are finding it ever more difficult to make ends meet.


ITEM #12: State 'fails to protect migrants'

The rising number of migrant workers sitting on death row or becoming victims of serious physical abuse or murder is a result of the state's inaction and therefore its "failure" to offer protection, according to activists.



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

3. BECOME INVOLVED: Several years ago Fr. Jerry created a project entitled, "Journey for Life into the Heart of Asia". The project appeals for donations to help finance plane travel for lectures and seminars to developing countries in Asia. Strong focus is centered on reaching Asian Catholic Major Seminaries, Universities, Parishes, Hospitals and Family/Pro Life related groups. The lectures place emphasis on "The Asian Family at Crossroads: Life Issues, Trends and Challenges".

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