Billings Method Beats IUDs

WORLD ORGANIZATION OVULATION METHOD BILLINGS (WOOMB) Jan. 29 — A Chinese trial demonstrated the effectiveness of the Billings Ovulation Method — a method of natural fertility regulation which can be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy.

The study compared the effectiveness of the intrauterine device against that of the Billings Method. It involved 1,654 women aged 24-35, with 992 using Billings and 662 using IUDs. Results after one year showed that in the Billings group five women became pregnant due to faulty application of the method, the pregnancy rate being 0.5%, while in the IUD group there were 12 pregnancies (2%).

Moreover, in the IUD group, there were 15 expulsions of the device and 38 removals due to severe pain and bleeding caused by the IUD, whereas no such complications exist with the Billings Method.

Anti-Life Protest Backfires

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN, Jan. 28 — An Ottawa pro-life poster gained extensive media attention over the use of a quote from a Dr. Seuss book, reported the Ottawa Citizen.

The poster showed a tiny 6 to 8 week-old embryo under the Seuss quote: “A person's a person, no matter how small.”

The Citizen reported that Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is upset that the quote is being used and her lawyer is demanding that it be removed.

A spokesman for Action Life, the pro-life group that designed the poster for the Archdiocese of Ottawa, told LifeSite Daily News they were pleased that the additional publicity helped spread the pro-life message.

Judge Allows KMart Suit

AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE, Jan. 25 — U.S. District Court Judge Herman Weber rejected the argument of KMart in their bid to quash a lawsuit filed by a pro-life pharmacist in Hamilton, Ohio, reported the American Center for Law and Justice.

In 1996 K-Mart fired pharmacist Karen Brauer after she refused to dispense an abortifacient birth control pill called Micronor. Micronor, a progestin-only birth control pill, works in a significant number of cases by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg, ending a human life that has already begun.

Judge Weber said the state conscience statute “is obviously intended to allow an individual who morally or ethically opposes abortion ... to follow the dictates of her conscience and refuse to participate in such procedures.”

UK Tories Open to Life

BBC NEWS, Jan. 24 — The Conservative Party in England has demonstrated openness to pro-life initiatives, causing consternation among abortion supporters, reported BBC News.

The shadow health secretary Liam Fox is recorded in a Christian Fellowship prayerbook as asking party members “to pray that there would be a huge restriction if not abolition of our pro-abortion laws,” reported the BBC.

Fox confirmed the comment and suggested that a Conservative government would reverse the decision to make the abortifacient “morning-after” pill available over the counter from pharmacists.

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The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy