Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ALL Pro-Life Today Report 5/23/2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Pill Kills
By Dr. Angela Lanfranchi
It is imperative that everyone understand the devastating effects of the birth control pill. American Life League is hosting its annual The Pill Kills event on June 2, in Washington, D.C. Today's guest commentary addresses reasons why women should never put these chemicals into their bodies. 

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Women who are smokers and use hormonal contraceptives, "whether pills, patches or rings" are at greater risk for blood clots and heart attacks, according to the Spanish Heart Federation. A study by the University of Copenhagen published in the British Medical Journal and carried out on 9.4 million women between the ages of 15 and 49, found that users of some method of hormonal contraception are at greater risk for blood clots than women who don't use them. The data from the study showed that these illnesses are eight times more common among users of contraceptive patches, 6.5 times more common among users of vaginal rings, and 3 times higher among those who take oral contraceptives.  

Vermont ordinance could ban pro-lifers from protesting at Planned Parenthood clinic
The city council of Burlington, Vermont, has passed a new ordinance that could have the effect of banning pro-life protesters from exercising their right to protest in front of the town's Planned Parenthood facility. On Monday, council members voted to establish a 35-foot "safety zone" about the town's abortion clinic by a vote of 13-1. Republican Paul Decelles cast the lone dissenting vote. The measure now goes to a three-member Ordinance Committee for final wording. Jill Krowinski, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) told the meeting sidewalk protesters had been loud and threatening, and "we need help with this." However, Burlington police Deputy Chief Andi Higbee said the department has dispatched officers to the clinic only twice to respond to reports of "aggressive protesting," and no one has been arrested, ticketed, or cited with any violation.  

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A just-released policy paper highlights perinatal hospice, which proponents say is a better option----both physically and mentally----for mothers and families than abortion in the case of a preborn child who is not expected to live for long. "The Perinatal Hospice: Allowing Parents to be Parents," by Dr. Byron Calhoun of West Virginia University-Charleston, counters the incorrect world view that abortion benefits such cases by sparing the mother and family distress and accelerating healing. Instead, Calhoun says data show the physical and psychological toll on women and families is greater and more devastating with abortion than with either experiencing a miscarriage or delivering a baby that soon dies.