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Friday, October 31, 2014
by Karen Malec | LifeNews.com | 10/30/14 2:00 PM
 
A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast
cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial.
[1,2] A. Patrick Schneider and his colleagues authored the latest review entitled, “The breast cancer
epidemic: 10 facts,” for the journal, The Linacre Quarterly.[1]
There are multiple, serious, health risks[3,4] associated with using the birth control pill and combined
hormone replacement therapy (CHRT), both of which contain estrogen and progestin, although the former
contains a larger dose. The authors of both reviews urged physicians to warn patients about the harms of
taking either these drugs.
Schneider’s team said, “…having more than
one risk factor compounds the risk of breast
cancer via synergistic mechanisms,” meaning
the risk increase the woman incurs is greater
than the sum of the risks for each of her risk
factors. They explained:
 
“The strength of the breast cancer
epidemiological evidence substantiates the
necessity that all females receive full and
accurate informed consent before they are
provided hormones, induced abortion, or
both. This informed consent is especially
imperative for a girl (and parent/guardian) or
a young woman, who is in the pre-FFTP (first
full term pregnancy) breast cancer ‘susceptibility window.’[1,2] As a family history of breast cancer, of which
the child may be unaware, increases the risk for the girl considering an abortion, the presence of a parent
may provide clinical information critical to accurate informed consent.”
 
The ‘susceptibility window’ is the period between the onset of menstruation and first full term pregnancy
(FFTP) when nearly all of the breast lobules are immature and cancer-susceptible. The worst time to be
exposed to a cancer-causing agent is during the susceptibility window.
After citing the World Health Organization’s warning about the Pill and CHRT as Group 1 carcinogens for
cancers of the breast, liver and cervix,[10,11] and how some physicians use a carcinogen (the pill) to treat
benign conditions (i.e. acne, irregular menstrual periods, menstrual pain). The authors declared:
“The prescribing of a known carcinogen to a child for any non-lethal disease is problematic. Such a
practice without the provision of full and accurate informed consent for the girl, and at least one parent or
guardian, is medically, legally, and ethically indefensible.”
Schneider’s team cited “evidence of an emerging breast cancer pandemic.” Noting the words of Harvard’s
Professor Brian MacMahon, the “founder of modern epidemiology,” who said “many of the prevalent forms
of human cancer are preventable,” and citing his landmark research[12], they listed other ways women
raise their risk: delay (or avoidance) childbearing, reduced duration (or avoidance) of breastfeeding.
It’s despicable that U.S. cancer groups and Planned Parenthood continue to deceive women about the
ABC link and downplay the breast cancer risk associated with the Pill.
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014
by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/29/14 9:39 AM
 
We never know how God will plant seeds. That hit me during a recent visit to the 40 Days for Life campaign in
Syracuse, New York.We just need to answer His call and be there!
It’s starting to get cold in Syracuse … but that hasn’t stopped the leaders there, as they have seen 50 moms choose
life at the last moment during all of their campaigns so far.
 
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
There have been two babies spared from abortion in Syracuse during this campaign – at a vigil that’s taking place in
front of the first-ever Planned Parenthood abortion facility. “This is the mother ship for Planned Parenthood and we
are not going away anytime soon,” said Shannon, the local coordinator.
The fruit in Syracuse has gone beyond the sidewalk and birthed two new ministries in the region … all because of
volunteers who were inspired to do more after participating in 40 Days for Life.
One ministry, Ten Good Men, challenges men to stand up to the culture with prayer and leadership. The other, St.
Joseph’s Home, is a newly-opened maternity home for homeless moms that was started by the volunteer directly to
the left of me in this photo: (Displayed on website) 
The other women are the 40 Days for Life leaders who continue to pray at the place where Planned Parenthood
began to build the largest abortion chain in America. What an inspiration to see how God has used these faithful
women! They are an example to all of us.
 
CANTON, OHIO
One of the qualities you need to bring to the vigil is perseverance. There can be long hours on the sidewalk. The
people inside the abortion center just wish you’d go home. People passing by may say things. But often, they just
ignore you.
“One woman did take our information,” said Linda, the local leader in Canton, “but none of the others would even
look our way.”
Of course, there are some that do pay attention – but not always in a positive manner. A driver offered a rude
gesture and screamed, “You are a religious zealot!” Linda’s response? “I thanked him.”
Another volunteer said a man pulled up, rolled down his window, and wagged his finger at him – “like school teachers
used to do” – and yelled out, “Shame on you! Go home! You have no idea what you are doing! Shame on you!”
Thankfully, there are positive signs as well. “Two men brought us coffee and I got a fist bump from a young man with
earphones on,” Linda said. “He had a big smile and a head nod.”
As the campaign enters its final days, Linda expressed her appreciation. “All of you that are praying and fasting at
home please know your prayers are what is keeping the campaign going. If you are able and have not taken time to
pray at Planned Parenthood, please consider helping by being a visible sign to the community.”
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/28/14 1:02 PM

In another legal victory against the HHS mandate, a court has ruled a Catholic college doesn’t have to obey the mandate, which compels it to pay for abortion-causing drugs for its employees.

A federal court issued a decision Tuesday in Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius that stops enforcement of the  Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Ave Maria School of Law, a Catholic law school.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowmantold LifeNews: “Faith-based educational institutions should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and espouse. The court was right to uphold the religious freedom of institutions that value the sanctity of life. If the government can force Ave Maria School of Law to violate its faith in order to exist, then the government can do the same or worse to others.”

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

Facing millions of dollars of fines that would have taken effect this weekend, Ave Maria University stood up against the government and won an injunction this morning protecting its right to stay true to its beliefs. This is the first order enjoining the government’s latest attempt to coerce religious organizations via an “augmented rule” that it issued last August.

“After dozens of court rulings, the government still doesn’t seem to get that it can’t force faith institutions to violate their beliefs,” said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Fortunately, the courts continue to see through the government’s attempts to disguise the Mandate’s religious coercion. We congratulate Ave Maria for its courage, even under the threat of crippling fines.”

Ave Maria’s renewed lawsuit was filed last August in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. To date, approximately 90% of the courts addressing the contraception mandate—including the Supreme Court in three separate lawsuits—have protected religious ministries.

“Our school believes in living out our religious convictions,” said Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer, who writes and speaks nationally on the issue of religious freedom, the abortion pill mandate, and the Catholic Church. “The First Amendment protects Americans from mandates that require us to act against our deeply held religious convictions. But the mandate leaves us with no real choice: we must either comply and abandon our religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be fined for our faith.”

Ave Maria School of Law was founded in 1999 to provide a legal education that is publicly faithful to the authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church. The school’s sincere religious beliefs forbid it from facilitating the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, or sterilization through health insurance coverage it offers to its employees.

“The question is whether the government can pick and choose what faith is, who the faithful are, and when and where they can exercise that faith,” added Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The cost of religious freedom for Americans and organizations across the country that face this mandate is severe. The potential for massive fines and lawsuits could shut down religious educational institutions as well as private employers with similar religious convictions.”

The lawsuit,  Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Roger Gannam, one of nearly 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, is local counsel in the case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
(LiveActionNews) — by Sarah Terzo | LifeNews.com | 10/27/14 10:43 AM
 
Carol Everett owned two abortion clinics and was the director of four. She eventually
became pro-life and now speaks about her experiences.
Carol Everett
Like nearly all abortion clinics,
Everett’s clinics had “recovery rooms”
where women could stay after their
abortions until the anesthesia wore off
or they felt well enough to leave.
Everett says there were two main
reactions among women right after
their abortions:
…[T]here are two reactions in
the recovery room.
 
The first one is: I’ve killed my baby. And even then, it amazed me that that
was the first time they called it a baby and the first time they
called it murder. But, you know, as bad as that sounds, that’s probably the healthiest reaction. That woman is probably going
to have the ability to walk out of there and deal with it, and perhaps be healed and go on.
These women may have been going through their abortion procedures in a state of denial. Afterwards,
they could no longer sustain that denial and were forced to face the truth about what they had done.
Everett believes that by facing reality instead of repressing it, these women may be on the path to healing.
But she goes on to talk about the second group of women:
 
But the second reaction is: I am hungry, you kept me in here for four hours and you told me I’d
only be here for two; let me out of here. Now that woman is doing what I did. She’s running
from her abortion. She’s not dealing with it; she’s choosing to deny it, and she’s the woman
that we read all the statistics about, post-abortion syndrome. They say now it’s an average of
five years before people actually deal with the fact that, yes, they did kill their baby. And yes,
they do have to deal with that. You know, I go back to my own personal healing, which just
started a year ago. I was making deals with God. I didn’t want to talk about my own abortion.
Then when I finally did deal with it, I cried nonstop for five months because, you see, I killed
my baby, and I’m still not through that. And how difficult it is for all these women because, you
see, I believe that every woman, even if she’s not physically harmed, is harmed by abortion.
 
The five year statistic seems to be anecdotal, but Everett knows, from bitter personal experience, that
repressing the trauma of abortion only leads to more heartache later. Women who have abortions have a
higher risk of suicide (6 – 7 times higher in adults and 10 times higher in teens) as well as higher rates of
depression, sleep disorders, and psychiatric hospitalizations. Pro-life groups need to reach out to these
women with compassion, regardless of how they are coping (or not coping) with their abortions.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014
by Katie Yoder | LifeNews.com | 10/24/14 3:42 PM
 
A new book – a gospel of responsibility-free sex – defines abortion as “right,” “good” and “moral.” It’s
what’s “best for kids” and it’s all about a woman’s “unalienable right” to pursue happiness.
When Katha Pollitt, an outspoken feminist and columnist for The Nation, published “Pro: Reclaiming
Abortion Rights” on Oct. 14, the journalists used it as a launching pad for their latest abortion obsession:
no-fault abortion. Pollitt’s book “reframes abortion” as “a moral right with positive social implications.” And
since nobody ever went broke telling the self-obsessed what they want to hear, the book has received
rapturous praise form the feminist left.
 
Here, as given to us by Pollitt’s media acolytes, are the tenets of the new Church of Guilt-Free Abortion.
 
1. SLATE: Abortion is ‘Great,’ a ‘Positive Social Good’
“Abortion Is Great,” began Slate’s Hanna Rosin in her book review. She reasoned, “As Pollitt puts it, ‘This is
not the right time for me’ should be reason enough.” “Saying that aloud,” she said, “would help push back
against the lingering notion that it’s unnatural for a woman to choose herself over others.”
Trashing the pro-life movement, Rosin again cited Pollitt to argue, “we have all essentially been
brainwashed by a small minority of pro-life activists” – or the “loud minority [that] has beaten the rest of us
into submission with their fetus posters and their absolutism and their infiltration of American politics”
instead of “saying out loud that abortion is a positive social good.”
As far as messaging, “The pro-choice side should be able to say that a poor or working-class woman
getting an abortion is making a wise choice for her future,” Rosin wrote, “That way, the left would own not
only gender and income equality, but also a new era of family values.”
 
2. REFINERY 29: Abortion is a ‘Social Good’ for Women to ‘Live Full, Complete Lives’
Like Rosin, Refinery 29’s Sarah Jaffe urged, “It is past time for a revived, unapologetic and unified abortion
rights movement that understands abortion as a social good.”
Jaffe celebrated the book’s “powerful call to understand abortion not as some singular culture-war issue
but as one part of a struggle for women to be able to live full, complete lives.”
Change, she said, “will come from many more people joining a revitalized movement that is able, as Pollitt
argues, to stop conceding territory and, yes, demand abortion be part of any true struggle for social
justice.”
 
3. THE GUARDIAN: Abortion is ‘Women’s Pursuit of Happiness as an Unalienable Right’
“Abortion isn’t about the right to privacy. It’s about women’s right to equality,” began Jessica Valenti for The
Guardian. But “The hard part about arguing that abortion is necessary for women’s equality, of course, is
that there are still too many people who don’t see women’s pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right,”
she whined.
Not one to play around, Valenti quickly went to the crux of her argument: “It’s time for the pro-choice
movement to lose the protective talking points and stop dancing around the bigger truth: Abortion
is good for women.”
She explained:
“The pro-choice movement needs to put the opposition on its heels, and make what some in
the ‘pro-forced birth’ movement say what they’re really thinking: that it’s more important for
women be mothers than go to college; that the ability to support existing children, to have a
job that pays well or to pursue a career path we love are inconsequential realities compared to
embracing our ‘natural’ role as perpetually pregnant; that a woman’s ability to incubate a
fetus trumps any other contribution to society that she could possibly make.”
 
4. BUSTLE: Abortion is ‘the Best for Kids’
Bustle’s Lisa Levy praised Pollitt’s
“elegant, pointed, and smart” book
as an “explanation of why keeping
abortion legal is so critical to
women’s lives.” In her piece, she
listed the “7 Things I Learned from
Coffee with Katha” – such as
“Keeping abortion legal is not only
the best situation for women – it’s
the best for kids, too.”
“Abortion is a crucial way to make
sure all babies are wanted, and
their mothers are able to nurture
and provide for them and help them
to realize their potential,” Levy worshipped.
 
5. THE HUFFINGTON POST: Abortion is ‘More Moral’ than Having a Child, Part of Motherhood
To announce Pollitt’s book, The Huffington Post published an excerpt where Pollitt recognized abortion as
“part of the fabric of American life.” “We need to see abortion as an urgent practical decision that is just as
moral as the decision to have a child — indeed, sometimes more moral,” Pollitt spurted.
“Actually,” she continued, “abortion is part of being a mother and of caring for children, because part of
caring for children is knowing when it’s not a good idea to bring them into the world.”
HuffPo later invited Katha Pollitt on for an interview on HuffPost Live.
 
6. THE WASHINGTON POST: Abortion is Worthy of ‘Pop Culture’
Alyssa Rosenberg reviewed the Pollitt’s book with a different twist: “Why it is so important that pop culture
be able to discuss abortion.”
The book, she wrote, “reaffirmed my long-standing conviction that it is important for pop culture to get
more confident and less coy in talking about abortion.”
In her conclusion, she decided, “If Hollywood really wanted to show off its ability to shape public
consciousness and change the conversation in the same way it contributed to the gay rights movement,
‘Pro’ ought to be a challenge to that industry to prove it can do what politicians cannot.”
 
7. ELLE: Abortion is Ending ‘Potential Life, Not a Life-Life’
Elle’s Laurie Abraham not only interviewed Pollitt, but read her book as a “kind of call to action, an appeal
to stop letting abortion opponents fill all the available airspace.” Or, in other words, a call to “tell a different
story, the more common yet strangely hidden one, which is that I don’t feel guilty and tortured about my
abortion. Or rather, my abortions.”
She did so for Elle’s November 2014 issue in a piece entitled, “Abortion: Not Easy, Not Sorry.”
As a “highly educated daughter of a Planned Parenthood clinic volunteer,” Abraham believed, “An embryo
or a fetus is all potential.” “Now is the time to say that I don’t think that I killed anyone when I had an
abortion,” she said.
To describe her first abortion, Pollitt wrote:
“By 12 weeks, it has become a fetus, 2 inches to 3 inches long, with features that are
recognizably human. Yet by my lights, a fetus at this stage is not a person in any real sense of
that word. It can’t live outside the womb; none of its organ systems is fully developed; and,
most crucially, it’s not capable of conscious thought, since the cortical synapses don’t begin to
form until the second trimester. The way I’ve always thought of it, in lay terms, is that I ended
a potential life, not a life-life.”
While “she sobbed” before her second abortion, she reasoned, “A third child would put too much strain on
our marriage, I wanted to keep working, and I didn’t want to cheat the children I already had.”
8. THE NEW YORK TIMES: Abortion is a ‘Right’
For The New York Times, Clara Jeffery recognized the book as an “eye opener for those who have never
darkened the door of a women’s studies classroom.”
Although she never had an abortion
herself, she helped friends
terminate their unborn. Jeffery
noted how, “contraception and
abortion have allowed women to
widen their worlds dramatically.”
“If you’re a woman, I don’t need to
detail all the barriers we still face,”
she assumed. “If you’re a mother, I
don’t need to tell you all the ways in
which the workplace is set up as if
you didn’t have kids, and schools,
camps and childhood extracurriculars as if you didn’t have a job.”
“Motherhood is hard enough if you go into it willingly,” she said. “And Pollitt is correct to insist that the right
to an abortion is merely society’s down payment on all the rights we are yet due.”
 
9. NEW YORK MAGAZINE: Abortion is ‘Good for Everyone’
“We should accept that it’s good for everyone if women have only the children they want and can raise
well,” Alex Ronan wrote for The Cut, “which is both obvious and worth repeating in a climate that’s openly
hostile to women’s lives, safety, and ambitions.”
And Pollitt was the best champion of the cause. “Blending statistics, history, and stories of real women
along with her signature wit, Pollitt is an excellent guide to the debate’s most important questions,” Ronan
continued.
 
10. SALON: Abortion Is Valuing Women
Salon’s Michele Filgate described Pollitt’s book as “a refreshing and comprehensive look at abortion
rights.” Because, as Filgate whined, “There are many preconceived notions about abortion that lead to one
terrible conclusion: our society doesn’t value women nearly enough.”
“One would think that in 2014, all women in the United States would have easy access, but that’s somehow
not the case,” she said. ”’Pro’ is a passionate plea–and a book that is needed now more than ever.”
 
11…
That is the media take. That is the “feminist” take: the voices of women who regret their abortions, pro-life
women, baby girls who are no more, don’t exist.
Let’s prove them wrong.
 
Friday, October 24, 2014
by Matt Yonke | LifeNews.com | 10/23/14 4:28 PM
 
For the last few years, League staffers Ann and Joe Scheidler and myself have all been listed on a “bully list” on a website called Voice of Choice, where pro-lifers’ home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other personal data were listed without their consent so that pro-choice people could call and harass them.
 
voiceofchoiceThe irony here is pretty thick—the Scheidlers and myself have never committed violence against any pro-choice person, while pro-choice activists have attacked the Scheidlers and their home, offices and property untold times over their decades of pro-life activism!
 
In March of last year, I even appeared on National Public Radio’s Air Talk program with the fellow who runs the site, late-term abortion clinic owner Todd Stave. Listen to that debate here:
 
prolifestudents38Today we were surprised to see that the list had been taken down!
 
Though we were aware of a lawsuit that had been filed against Voice of Choice in December of last year by pro-lifers over the bully list, we’d heard no updates prior to the mysterious removal of the list today.
 
The site gives no indication as to what motivated its owners to take down the list. Whether it was legal proceedings against them had been successful, whether they simply decided that harassing pro-lifers wasn’t the best way to advance their cause, or something else entirely is impossible to say unless or until more details emerge.
 
But for the time being, we’re happy that this pro-abortion bullying movement has stopped their unproductive tactics.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
by Cheryl Sullenger | LifeNews.com | 10/22/14 1:18 PM
 
To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has
reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance
plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from
funding abortions.
Operation Rescue opposes this policy that
forces men and women who deeply oppose
abortion on religious grounds to fund
surgical abortion in violation of their faith,
and encourages others to oppose it as well.
 
“Since Obamacare was first introduced, we
warned that the day could come when
Christians would be required by the state to
violate their consciences through forced
payments for abortion,” said Troy Newman,
President of Operation Rescue. “Now, with
this mandate in California that imposes
forced abortion funding on churches, it has
come time for men and women of faith to stand against this tyranny and refuse to comply with this unjust
law that would make us accessories to the taking of innocent human life.”
Last year, Operation Rescue launched the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty,” which has
been signed by most of the nation’s best respected pro-life leaders.
This Pledge has been carefully crafted to stand as a ‘line in the sand’ regarding any scenario in which the
Affordable Care Act forces individuals to participate – whether directly or indirectly – in the destruction of
human life. In short, the pro-life movement has chosen one answer to being forced to fund abortion
through healthcare: We will not comply.
 
“I have made the decision not to comply with any unjust law that would force me to pay for abortions – no
matter the personal cost to me,” Newman said. “Instead, I have chosen to engage in peaceful civil
disobedience rather than violate my faith and conscience. Those in California need to understand that this
assault on our religious liberties is just the beginning. It will never end if we do not stand firm today and
refuse to fund abortions. Religious freedom and the lives of babies that would be lost if we capitulate are
more than worth the personal sacrifice. I invite Californians to join me in resisting this evil mandate.”
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/21/14 9:34 AM
 
Abortion facilities try their best to nestle into a community and go unnoticed. Sometimes, they look like
ordinary buildings in an otherwise good neighborhood. Other times, however, they look like the grotesque
places they really are.
Their dark and sterile existence is even more reason for you to be there … for those who feel they have no
other choice than to walk inside.
 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
A vigil participant in Chicago sent in a picture of the abortion facility there, along with a note: “If you were a
woman going for ‘women’s healthcare,’ would you go into a place with ugly gray plastic sheets hanging on
a cyclone fence?”
The sheet-covered fence surrounds the parking lot next to the building. “It’s very scary and very, very
sketchy looking,” said the volunteer.
Victor, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Chicago, sent word that several babies have already been saved
from abortion during this campaign. “Thank you for all that you do to build a culture of life,” he said.
Just a few days ago, an abortion worker came out to tell the prayer volunteers they had to remove their
signs from the sidewalk. Heather, the 40 Days for Life leader in Austin, thinks it’s one sign in particular they
don’t like: “Ask me about free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds.”
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The volunteers were ready for such a ridiculous claim, so they produced a letter signed by the police chief,
stating that signs could legally be used at the vigil. The abortion worker said that didn’t matter, because
“the state is overriding the city on this one.” That, of course, wasn’t accurate.
“This tells me two things,” Heather said. “One, the abortion facility is obviously behind this; how would the
worker know about this supposed new sign ordinance otherwise? And two, our signs must be turning away
a ton of business at the abortion facility for them to go this far!”
She added that their attorney friends are keeping on top of this so the volunteers’ rights are protected.
 
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
The 40 Days for Life vigil is held outside an abortion center on a busy highway just outside Atlantic City.
“We are reaching thousands of cars a day,” said Ethel, the local leader, “which is probably the best free
advertising ever … we get so much positive response.”
40 Days for Life is gathering momentum in the Atlantic City area, as more churches get involved. “Our
church has amazed me,” she said, “with 8 to 10 people just from my church out there. My pastor at New
Life Assembly said it’s about time we are joining the ranks!”
As the growth continues, Ethel said she knows in time there will be even more “of the Light of God to
expose the darkness.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

by Dave Andrusko | LifeNews.com | 10/20/14 5:47 PM

What is the three-legged stool on which abortionists and their apologists rest their case?

That abortion is free of complications—emotional and physical; any research that demonstrates otherwise is, by definition, “junk science.” That abortion is not only free of aftershocks, it is for many women a rite of passage on their way to adulthood; in other words, killing your unborn children is a positive.

And that the American public is in the pro-abortionist’s corner, ready, willing, and eager to make sure that there is no “restriction” on access, here or anywhere else in the world; in other words, they agree there can never, ever be enough abortions. None of them is true, as we have patiently demonstrated on a few hundred occasions.

Today I would like to take a few minutes of your time to talk about the first of these by discussing a piece written by Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., who has compiled some of the best research proving how detrimental having an abortion is to women.

The title of her analysis which appeared today is, “They’re Still Trying to Disprove Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome: And still resorting to junk science to do so.”

This is a long, in-depth critique which you can read at your leisure. So let me touch on just a few of the highlights.

Dr. Coleman uses as a starting point an essay by Zawn Villines titled “Is So-Called Post-Abortion Trauma Syndrome a Myth?”

What is the Villines strategy? On the one hand, choose not to “focus on the large international body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating that abortion increases women’s risk of experiencing mental health problems.” On the other hand “exclusively describe results of the flawed ‘Turnaway Study,’ led by Diana Greene Foster.”

The study was a “failed attempt to prove that women really are better off economically, physically, emotionally having an abortion, even if those happen to be late abortions, than they would be if they gave birth,” to quote NRLC’s own Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon. Dr. O’Bannon takes the systematically flawed study apart, finding it does not substantiate any of these claims [1]

Coleman explores the serious—and I do mean serious—methodological problems, which include that fewer than a third of the women agreed to participate in the study and that “Villines neglected to mention that 60% of the women in the Turnaway group who continued their pregnancies expressed happiness about their pregnancies.” Not exactly an incidental finding, wouldn’t you say?

Two other important considerations. Villines and others who share her views are determined to marginalize the findings that have been replicated around the world. But as Coleman explains

“The results of hundreds of studies published in leading peer-reviewed journals over the past 4 decades indicate abortion is a substantial contributing factor in women’s mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and death from suicide.”

In 2012 Coleman published what is called a “meta-analysis”–a study of the studies–which “has much more credibility than the results of individual empirical studies or narrative reviews.”

So what did “Abortion and Mental Health: A Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published from 1995-2009” reveal? According to Coleman, that

“women who aborted experienced an 81% increased risk for mental health problems. When compared specifically to unintended pregnancy delivered, women were found to have a 55% increased risk of experiencing mental health problem. This review offers the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world.”

There is much, much to read.  It is very much worth your time because Dr. Coleman’s article (and all the other work she is doing) clearly document that abortion has a lasting impact on the mental health of a significant percentage of women.

[1] Dr. O’Bannon published an exhaustive five-part series detailing the “Turnaway Study’s” numerous inadequacies. The final segment, with links back the first four parts, can be read here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

by Shawn Carney | LifeNews.com | 10/17/14 9:42 AM

As we get into the second half of the campaign, two groups of people are being challenged — those who have thought about praying at a vigil but haven’t done so yet … and abortion workers who have — for the first time — begun to question their jobs.

We’ve seen 104 abortion workers have a change of heart and resign during 40 Days for Life campaigns … and most of them do so in the last half of the campaign. They may brush off or even mock the peaceful vigil outside their workplace at first, but over time they begin to turn their attention to the work going on inside their building.

God uses your peaceful presence to save lives … and touch the hearts of those who work in the abortion industry. If you have considered going out to pray but haven’t done so, there is still time … and that time can have a huge impact on abortion in your community!

Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you. God answers prayers! Here are a few examples.

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

 

“We had a save today!” said Rita in Little Rock.

A young girl came with her boyfriend to have an ultrasound. She went inside while he went to park the car. As he walked to the building, the volunteers told him about the pregnancy resource center.

“He said he would go in and tell her about it,” she said. The woman came out a few minutes later. “We told her that we could get her a free ultrasound and we walked her to the pregnancy resource center.”

She later got back in touch with the vigil participants and told them she is keeping her baby.

Rita said later that same day, there was more good news. “Another lady changed her mind … she said she couldn’t go through with it.” She left the abortion center and did not return.

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

 

Planned Parenthood in Columbia is no longer doing abortions – but they’re certainly referring women to other locations that perform them. So there’s still a reason to pray on the sidewalk outside.

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“It appeared that several women were there for abortion counseling,” said Kathy, the Columbia leader. “Please pray for these women, especially the ones who refused our information and rushed out of the driveway.”

Prayer volunteers did succeed in convincing a couple of women to visit the local pregnancy help center for life-affirming assistance.

Kathy said there was one busy day at Planned Parenthood recently, but on many days, business is off. “And only three workers were there – down from six. One has to wonder, what is going on?”

An empty parking lot is always good news. “Keep praying for this clinic to close,” she said. “When clinics close, babies are saved.”

CINCINNATI, OHIO

 

A determined group of volunteers stood outside Planned Parenthood on a very rainy night in Cincinnati, as Archbishop Dennis Schnurr led them in prayer. “The archbishop commented on how we are witnesses for life … and making a difference,” said Theresa in Cincinnati.

With so much rain in the forecast, the Cincinnati team said it was uncertain whether anyone would actually go out that night – but the leaders really appreciated their perseverance.

“Let us continue during these 40 Days for Life with prayer, fasting and community outreach to end abortion,” Theresa said.

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

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