Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Anthony Ozimic of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children commented: "This research is unethical, because human embryos - innocent, equal members of the human family - were killed to extract the embryonic stem cells used in the research. Even if the research hadn't involved embryo-killing, the creation of artificial gametes would enable even more human embryos to be created outside the human body, to be killed and abused. As with IVF, artificial insemination and the use of donor gametes, the use of artificial gametes in reproduction would distort and damage relations between family members."
A study shows the number of terminations has more than trebled in the last 20 years. An increasing number of pregnant women are being told their babies have the condition because of a growing number of women putting off having children until their 30s and 40s and improvements in screening, doctors say. And around nine in ten women who are told they are going to have a baby with the problem opt for a termination.
The figures showed that diagnoses of Down syndrome increased from 1,075 in 1989/90 to 1,843 in 2007/8. Yet the numbers of babies born with the condition fell by one per cent from 752 to 743. If women were not screened for the condition the number of babies born with Down syndrome would have increased by half and would now have reached 1,422 in a year in England and Wales.
Frank Buckley, chief executive of Down Syndrome Education International said: "People with Down syndrome are living longer and achieving more than ever before and it is reassuring to know that they will be continuing to make valued contributions to our communities for years to come. "These figures should be a wake-up call to policy-makers to focus more effort on improving education, healthcare and adult support for the rapidly growing population of citizens who have Down syndrome."
Peter Elliott, Chairman of The Down Syndrome Research Foundation, who has a 24-year-old son David with Down Syndrome, said: "Why are the abortions at such a high rate unless they have been given the impression the situation was terrible and it warranted an abortion? I don't think the choice is presented to the parents in the light of the true situation where the children have a good life and are in fact viewed as a blessing to the parents, not a curse, and I don't think these parents getting the abortions know much about Down syndrome at all." Telegraph
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Highly recommended post-abortion Bible study: Living in His Forgiveness. You can read excerpts on the site before you order.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Other stem cell news: Reprogramming a patient's eye cells may herald new treatments against degenerative disease
The video of Wednesday's debate on abortion at the University of Victoria is now available on Youtube, showcasing a brilliant example of pro-life apologetics and civil, academic debate. The debate, hosted by UVic's pro-life club, Youth Protecting Youth, featured Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform and Dr. Eike-Henner Kluge, UVic philosophy professor and bioethicist. LifeSiteNews, YouTube
Friday, October 23, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Editor: Mind you, they're not curing anything; they're just eliminating the "worst" embryos.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Editor: Access past issues of the Advisor from the BFL web site.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
How do doctors come to provide second trimester surgical abortion services (or how do they decide not to). . . . We do not know as no study has specifically explored these questions. . . . [O]nly 20% of abortion providers offer services at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and only 8% of providers offer services at 24 weeks. Why do most clinicians not provide services to the extent permitted?
When I was a little over 18 weeks pregnant with my now pre-school child, I did a second trimester abortion for a patient who was also a little over 18 weeks pregnant. As I reviewed her chart I realised that I was more interested than usual in seeing the fetal parts when I was done, since they would so closely resemble those of my own fetus. . . . I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position – it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier. With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes – without me – meaning my conscious brain - even being aware of what was going on. I felt as if my response had come entirely from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive processing completely. A message seemed to travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling – a brutally visceral response – heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics.
Providers of second trimester abortions see things that most people don't. What kind of dissociative process inside us allows us to do this routinely? What normal person does this kind of work? . . . [T]here is always violence involved in a second trimester abortion, which becomes acutely apparent at certain moments. . . . I must add, however, that I consider declining a woman's request for abortion also to be an act of unspeakable violence.
Currently, the violence and, frankly, the gruesomeness of abortion is owned only by those who would like to see abortion (at any time in pregnancy) disappear, by those who stand outside clinics and in front of sports arenas holding placards with pictures of fetal parts and partially dismembered fetal bodies. The pro-choice movement has not owned or owned up to the reality of the fetus, or the reality of fetal parts. . . . [F]rank talk like this is threatening to abortion rights. Science Direct (original article), Abortioneers blog
Sadly, most pastors and ministry leaders are unaware of how abortion affects the lives of those that have survived it and how many of them are filling our pews on Sunday morning, suffering in silence under a shroud of guilt and shame. They see the high divorce rate, the troubled marriages, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, pornography addiction and other self-destructive behaviors plaguing their congregants, but few have recognized the deeper issue that often lies at the root of these problems: the life-altering wound left in the wake of an unresolved abortion experience.
In Our Midst Ministries is dedicated to bringing this awareness to the Church and equipping her to minister to the needs of those in our midst that carry the wounds created by abortion.
Resources: Newsletter; Secret Sin: When God's People Choose Abortion
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Friday, October 9, 2009
For more information on the effectiveness of abstinence education in our nation, read the latest information from the Institute for Research and Evaluation.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Editor: For additional perspective on the phenomenon of Christians at abortion clinics, read this edition of Life Matters from Baptists for Life.