Monday, September 24, 2012


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Monday, September 24, 2012
Changing the world for one child
By Cheryl Swanson
Celebrate Life
In my little world of Hanalei, on the island of Kauai, Carmen Swanson is known as a great hugger. Smiling, she wraps her arms around a taro farmer who is a special friend. He pauses from his toil to receive the hug, standing in the midst of fields that spread like a patchwork quilt over the feet of thickly forested mountains. I can't take my eyes off my daughter, as her sturdy dark arms reach around the farmer's even darker stomach, well greased with palm oil. As I watch, I'm thronged by memories. My daughter is 10 years old, but I see her as a baby, when she was sick, malnourished, and surviving on the edge in Central America. And I (her prospective adoptive mother) had just been diagnosed with cancer. 

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Illinois court backs pharmacists on morning-after pill
Rockford Register Star
An Illinois appeals court has ruled in favor of two pharmacists who objected to having to provide emergency contraception on religious grounds, setting a precedent their lawyer hopes will protect others from judicial or state sanctions. In a seven-year legal campaign, Luke VanderBleek and Glenn Kosirog set out to shield their pharmacies from a 2005 executive order issued by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich requiring all pharmacists to fill prescriptions for the so-called morning-after pill. In a lawsuit, they argued that they were protected by the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which says health professionals cannot be punished if they refuse to offer a service because of their conscientious convictions.  

NYC schools give out morning-after pills 
to students----without telling parents
New York Post
School nurse offices stocked with the contraceptives can dispense "Plan B" emergency contraception and other oral or injectable birth control to girls without telling their parents----unless parents opt out after getting a school informational letter about the new program. CATCH----Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health----is part of a citywide attack against the epidemic of teen pregnancy, which spurs many girls----most of them poor----to drop out of school. While Big Apple high schools have long supplied free condoms to sexually active teens, this is the first time city schools have dispensed hormonal birth control and Plan B. It might be a nationwide first as well. The National Association of School Nurses could cite no other school district supplying Plan B.  

Planned Parenthood forced to settle 
suit, failed to report child rape
A Planned Parenthood abortion business in Ohio has been forced to settle a lawsuit from a teenager on whom it did an abortion and failed to report suspected child rape to authorities. The child abuse victim has settled with Planned Parenthood, after a lawsuit included multiple charges such as failure to report incestuous statutory rape and sexual abuse of a minor by her father. The case, Denise Fairbanks v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region et al., was filed by Denise Fairbanks in the Hamilton County Ohio Court of Common Pleas on May 7, 2007 and it named Planned Parenthood, Southwest Ohio Region, in failing to report the abuse committed by her father.