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BY John Lilly
The Knowledge Factor
REAL WOMEN’S VOICES, April 25 — A new poll sponsored
by the coalition of grassroots organizations reveals an immense opportunity for
the pro-life movement to gain ground by simply informing people about the true
nature of America’s abortion regime.
The poll, released at the National
Press Club, shows that only 29% of the sample accurately understood that the
1973 Roe v. Wade decision made
abortion legal in essentially all circumstances throughout pregnancy.
Half falsely believed that the
ruling legalized abortion only in early pregnancy or in limited circumstances.
When you combine that with the
same poll’s finding that three-quarters of Americans agree that abortion should
not be legal or at least severely restricted, you have the basis for new and
vastly greater protections for the unborn.
“Roe is … increasingly being frayed by the American people’s
exposure to the facts of abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser
of the Susan B. Anthony List, a coalition member.
Profs’ Protest Propels Progress
AGAPE PRESS, April 21 — David Kupelian, the author of a controversial book that outlines
how immorality and perversion are packaged and sold to the American people,
especially the young, is thanking professors at Ohio State University’s
Mansfield campus for publicizing the book.
Faculty at OSU-Mansfield voted to
have the school launch a formal investigation into the actions of devout Quaker
librarian Scott Savage, claiming that he may be guilty of sexual harassment for
including The Marketing of Evil among
four books that he recommended to incoming freshmen.
While the charges against Savage
seem to have been dropped, sales of Kupelian’s
year-old book have “skyrocketed,” says the author, who gives credit to the
“Right now it’s [number] 30 or 40
on Amazon.com — and it’s been the No. 1 current events book for the last three
or four days,” he said.
Florida Grandmother a Factor
SENTINEL, April 20 — Donna Davis, a grieving
Florida grandmother, is leading an effort to
law to make sure unborn children are protected from acts of violence throughout
Davis’s daughter, Laura Ann, was strangled in her home in
January, an event that killed both her and her unborn son.
Florida currently does not recognize an unborn child as a victim
of a violent crime until it is considered viable. Davis is leading a petition drive and has
contacted almost 100 state legislators to urge them to change state law to
protect pregnant women and their babies throughout pregnancy.
BY Jim Cosgrove
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Oct. 6 — Pro-lifers have gotten their case heard before the Supreme Court. Well, sort of.
Just as the Supreme Court's new term was about to commence, pro-life demonstrators erected a tall wooden cross in front of the famed building. The gesture was made to protest anti-life rulings such as Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the U.S.
About 200 demonstrators prayed and held signs, including one that read, “Without God's Law We Have a Lawless America.” A man dressed as Moses, wearing a rough tunic, held tablets meant to depict the Ten Commandments.
Archbishop O'Malley Rally
THE BOSTON GLOBE, Oct. 6 — Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley led about 1,000 people in the annual Respect Life Walk after urging them to create a “civilization of love” that supports adoption and opposes abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide.
“Abortion is violence — we want to be people of peace,” said the archbishop, who received the loudest ovation of the dozen or so speakers who addressed the annual rally and walk on Boston Common.
The president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Peg Whitbread, said Archbishop O'Malley's ability to “calmly and unequivocally” focus on the issues struck exactly the right tone.
“We have always understood that you need to change people's hearts before you change the law,” she said. “You don't change people's hearts by attacking them.”
No Insurance, No Abortions
ERIE TIMES-NEWS, Oct. 3 — A building association has asked a judge in Erie, Pa., to shut down a new abortion business there, noting the liability insurance for American Women's Services will soon expire.
The request for an injunction is part of a lawsuit stating that the center's insurance problems present “a real and substantial risk of loss and liability to the Professional Building, its member-owners, and persons entering the building.”
The lawsuit claims American Women's Services secured liability coverage by Acordia Northeast through The Hartford Fire Insurance Co. by stating the clinic was “a doctor's office.”
“In light of finding out this insured performs abortion services, we will need to decline offering coverage,” wrote Caitlin Phraner, new-business underwriter for Acordia Northeast.
Umbilical Blood Bank Planned
THE SUNDAY HERALD, Oct. 5 — Stem cells will be taken from Scottish babies at birth and stored for 10 years in the first national bank of umbilical-cord blood, the Glasgow-based newspaper reported.
The cells will be used to treat children suffering from cancer or blood diseases such as leukemia and different forms of anemia.
Specially trained midwives will be sent into maternity hospitals to collect the vital cord blood — from babies whose parents have given permission — at the time of birth. The stem cells will then be stored by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.
BY Jim Cosgrove
No Union Label for Abortion
DETROIT FREE PRESS, Sept. 25 — Shocked pro-life members of the United Auto Workers Union sprang into action this summer after learning their union was asking Detroit's automakers in confidential contract talks to cover abortions in their health care benefits package.
It didn't take long before the petitions started circulating in the plants and phones started ringing at UAW headquarters at Solidarity House in Detroit.
The controversial proposal has been crushed.
Robert Pollard, a UAW member who has worked for General Motors Corp. for 42 years, called the proposal “an insult to every Christian member of the UAW.”
Michigan for Babies
DETROIT FREE PRESS, Oct. 1 — The Michigan Senate has given final approval to the Legal Birth Definition Act, which defines birth as the moment any portion of a live baby emerges from the pregnant woman, in a hope to ban the horrific partial-birth abortion technique.
Pro-lifers hope the bill, by defining an emerging baby as a legal person, circumvents court rulings in 1997 and 2001 that struck down as unconstitutional Michigan bans on partial-birth abortions.
Surgery for the Unborn
CULTURE & COSMOS, Sept. 30 — Sen. Sam Brownback has held a hearing on Capitol Hill for the Subcommittee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to promote awareness of advances in the field of in utero surgery.
Medical and scientific progress in this field is giving hope to parents who are often pressured to abort unborn children diagnosed with birth defects.
Dr. James Thorp, a maternal-fetal medicine physician present at the hearing, testified that, “Progress in this field today is unheralded. There are incredible opportunities to treat the child in the womb … There are [also] a number of diseases that have the potential to be completely cured by injecting stem cells from umbilical cords into a fetus's system.”
Wisconsin Birth Bill
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Sept. 26 — The Wisconsin state assembly has unanimously approved a bill that insures babies “born alive” after abortion attempts have the same legal right to live as any other human being.
The Assembly voted 95-0, without any public debate, to approve the legislation that would define “live birth” and “born alive” understate statutes for the first time.
Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, the bill's main author, said the legislation requires doctors to give due care to any infant that survives an abortion attempt.
The bill has to be approved by the Senate and Gov. Jim Doyle to become law.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Mexico City Policy Shines
REUTERS, Sept. 24 — President Bush's pro-life Mexico City policy has left so-called “family-planning clinics” in developing countries without funding, forcing many to close.
Under the policy, no foreign agencies can receive U.S. funds if they provide or promote abortion. A survey of Ethiopia, Kenya, Romania and Zambia by the pro-abortion groups Population Action International and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America showed the rule had forced clinics that distributed contraceptives to close due to lack of funds.
Builders Boycott Facility
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Sept. 22 — A group of building contractors has organized a boycott of concrete, building materials and workers to prevent construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility where abortions will be performed.
“We're going to do everything we can to stop it, slow it down and make it more expensive,” said Chris Danze, owner of Maldonado and Danze Inc., an Austin, Texas, concrete contractor.
Danze is chairman of the Austin Area Pro-Life Concrete Contractors and Suppliers Association. He said every concrete supplier within 60 miles of Austin has indicated it will not supply materials or labor to the project.
Danze said his group sent letters to more than 750 Austin- and San Antonio-area contractors asking them to participate. He said 14 have agreed not to supply concrete for the project. He also said some have refused to join but would not identify those companies.
Michelman Steps Down
NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 2 — Kate Michelman will step down as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, ending 18 years at the helm of one of the nation's leading pro-abortion organizations.
Michelman said she would leave her post on April 30, 2004, to care for her ailing husband and their daughter. She said she gave the group's board at least six months' notice, allowing her to lead a pro-abortion march in Washington on April 25.
Michelman said her own abortion in 1970 spurred her to advocate abortion vehemently.
Ohio Abortions Hit Low
LIFENEWS.COM, Sept. 21 — The number of abortions performed in Ohio in 2002 dropped to the lowest level in 10 years, according to a report from the Ohio Department of Health.
The 35,830 abortions performed in Ohio, according to a report by the Department of Health, are 4% fewer than 2001. It is also the lowest number of annual abortions since 1992.
Approximately 79% of the women reported prior pregnancies, and 83% of the women were unmarried.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Dawn Slike of Lake County Right to Life, “but things are looking brighter,”
BY Jim Cosgrove
CNSNEWS.COM, Sept. 18 — Australia has begun requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to label products that were developed or tested with stem cells from human embryos.
The requirement, which will enable physicians and consumers to boycott those drugs if they have ethical objections to embryonic stem cell research, has been welcomed by pro-lifers.
Do No Harm, a coalition supporting ethical medical research, was first to take up the issue of labeling drugs tested in this way.
The group's medical spokesman, Dr. David van Gend, said he thought “it was only proper that patients and doctors have some way of knowing so that, where possible, they can avoid and if need be boycott such medications.”
LIFENEWS.COM, Sept. 14 — Parents around the nation can now ensure that their children are protected against mumps and measles without having to resort to vaccines developed from cell lines taken from aborted babies.
Children of God for Life, a group that monitors vaccines from the pro-life perspective, says that the pharmaceutical giant Merck has confirmed that single-dose Attenuvax (measles) and Mumpsvax (mumps) are now available to family physicians.
The vaccines represent a pro-life breakthrough: They do not contain tissues from aborted unborn children.
Fetal Poster Cleared
THISISLOCALLONDON.CO.UK, Sept. 10 — An English woman who was arrested and charged with public order offenses after showing a poster of an aborted fetus has been cleared of all charges.
Fiona Pinto, 23, from Osborne Gardens, Hertfordshire, was campaigning to be elected to the Welsh Assembly as a Pro-Life Alliance candidate in April when the offending poster caused outrage among passers-by in Newport city center.
She and fellow Pro-Life candidate Joseph Biddulph, 52, were arrested after shoppers surrounded the pair and demanded that the poster be taken down.
Magistrate Sally Ann Fleming Jones told Abergavenny Magistrates Court: “The poster could be seen as being in poor taste and we feel its display in a public shopping area during school holidays could be seen as unwise. However, taken in the light of modern-day images used daily in the media, and with regard to the laws of freedom of expression, we do not find the charge of causing insult proved.”
BY Jim Cosgrove
Shorter Gap, Healthier Babies
REUTERS, June 30 — Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have found that mothers who separated their children by an interval between one and three years were 50% less likely to have a stillborn child, compared with women who waited at least six years between children.
The findings, which appeared in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, were drawn from a review of the outcomes of two consecutive deliveries of 410,021 women who gave birth in Sweden between 1983 and 1997.
THE BOSTON HERALD, July 3 — A former abortion-clinic guard has filed an affidavit in federal court supporting a challenge to the state's restrictions on pro-life activities outside clinics.
Richard Seron, who has filed suit against his former employers at the now-closed Pre-Term Health Services and Planned Parenthood, claims his bosses reprimanded him for advising a clinic escort not to confront pro-lifers outside the clinic.
“They also instructed me to tell incoming clients to not listen to the sidewalk counselors,” said Seron, who claims he was told to confiscate all pamphlets.
Three sidewalk counselors claim the buffer zone law passed in 2000 tramples their free speech rights by barring them from coming within six feet of patients who are within 18 feet of a clinic.
No Planned Parenthood Funds
LIFENEWS.COM, June 26 — By a vote of 16 to 10, the Louisville city council has scrapped $6,000 earmarked in the city budget for an “abstinence” program at Western Middle School sponsored by Planned Parenthood.
Pro-life advocates appealed to the city council to oppose funding the local affiliate of the largest abortion business in the country — whether the funds were used for abortions or not.
“Taxpayers understand that by funding Planned Parenthood, this council will participate in freeing other resources that will be used to promote abortion,” explained Joyce Daugherty, vice president of Right to Life of Louisville.
Fetal Homicide Law in UK
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH(New South Wales, Australia),June 27 — A woman whose unborn son was killed in a road-rage incident has convinced the New South Wales government to change a 103-year-old law.
Shields’ anger over her son's death turned to determination to have the law changed so no other mother would suffer as she had.
Her emotional written submission to a review board was instrumental in the state government creating a new law for the killing of an unborn baby. The law will come into effect by the end of the year.
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