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CHESTER COUNTY ABORTION STATISTICS [4/7/12]




The following are the number of abortions committed at the Chester County abortion facilities for 2010 which is the last year for which we have the information. The source is the PA Dept. of Health.

Paoli Hospital 3
Phoenixville Hospital 21
Planned Parenthood – West Chester  1126

Brandywine Hospital and Chester County Hospital did not perform any abortions


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REPORT: DE-FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLOSES ABORTION CLINICS [2/28/12]



by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/17/11 1:06 PM

Several states have completely or partially revoked taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business and one pro-life organization has taken a look at the effect of the de-funding efforts.

A new analysis from American Life League shows those efforts have been successful in closing permanently or temporarily Planned Parenthood abortion and abortion-referral clinics in the states where taxpayer funds have been redirected to women’s health programs and facilities that do not do abortions.

“Due to legislative victories, Planned Parenthood has suffered significant tax-payer funding losses and, consequently, facility closures in states all around the country,” says Leslie Tignor of ALL’s Stop Planned Parenthood outreach. “By our calculations, $79.8 million has been stripped from Planned Parenthood so far at the state level. And, though this is only a fraction of its billion dollar bottom line, the closures that have resulted show how very vulnerable it is to loss of taxpayer funding.”

Tignor provided a list of the states where Planned Parenthood has lost funding in 2011:

New Jersey
By executive veto, Governor Chris Christie eliminated $7.5 million in Title X Family Planning funding from the New Jersey state budget in 2010 and again in 2011. This money has been redirected to Federally Qualified Health Centers. These FQHCs provide more expansive health care services than Planned Parenthood without committing abortions.

Kansas
In March, Kansas stripped Planned Parenthood of $330,000 in Title X funds. The funds were deflected to local full service clinics, placing PP at the bottom of the priority list.

Indiana
In May, the legislature passed a bill that denies public funding of abortion providers, effectively denying Planned Parenthood $2-3 million normally contributed to its budget. The Justice Department and PP are pursuing a federal lawsuit to stop this law’s enforcement.

North Carolina
In June, the general assembly passed a budget rider that would cut $434,000 in contracts and grants to Planned Parenthood. However, PP recently persuaded a judge to order the state to reinstate its funding.

Wisconsin
In June, legislation was passed withholding $1 million in funds from Planned Parenthood.

Tennessee
In May, the legislature shifted the priority for Title X funds from Planned Parenthood to county health departments, resulting in an estimated $335,000 loss for PP.

Texas
Due to legislative action, projected losses to Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding over the next two years is estimated at $58 million. PP has since confirmed closures that will be completed by the end of September in seven locations: Gainesville, Arlington, Mesquite, Plano, Sherman, Terrell, and Waxahachie.

New Hampshire
In July, the Executive Council declined to renew a $1.8 million state contract with Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration ordered the state to fund PP by August 15 or face the loss of federal health care funds. The Executive Council says it has no plans to reinstate PP funding.

Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Due to an 11 percent decrease in federal Title X funding, six of Planned Parenthood’s facilities have closed in these states.
The ALL report follows one from Texas Right to Life covering that state showing as many as 12 Planned Parenthood centers have closed.

We, at the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition, would like to add Pennsylvania to this list and DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. It is within reach. Our state has a pro-life Legislature, Senate and Governor for the first time in many years, but they have many issues to deal with. We have to encourage them to make this a priority. .

Please contact your legislator, your senator and the governor to ask them to act. We have obtained a number of stickers as shown below (the actual size is 4″X6″). We encourage you to send them with your correspondence to officials and to put them on your cars. Please call the office to get them.


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QUICK UPDATE ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD [2/28/12]




According to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, in their 2009-2010 annual report the death rate of children killed by PP has finally dropped: 331,796 in 2009 to 329,445 in 2010. 2,351 babies escaped with their lives as the truth of abortion is being revealed by those who defend life. In dollars and cents, PP was also down $60 Million from $1.10 billion to $1.04 billion during that year.

These are not huge declines and the number of children who are aborted is a staggering loss of life and tragedy for our country – but the tide has begun to turn.

And these numbers above were from BEFORE 2011, a year the abortion chain’s president, Cecile Richards, described to abortion advocates as “the most difficult year in our history.”


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PENNSYLVANIA’S SAFE HAVEN LAW [11/27/11]




Young girls and women who might be hiding their pregnancies or aren’t ready to be mothers are often scared, and don’t know where to turn. Out of fear or shame, some mothers abandon their baby hours after birth. Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven law provides parents an option that is both safe for their child and confidential.

Newborns up to 28 days old may be relinquished at any hospital in Pennsylvania without fear of criminal prosecution as long as the baby has not been harmed. Babies can be left with any hospital staff member or they will be directed by signs showing where to place the baby. Many hospitals have bassinets located near entryways where babies can be placed. A doctor will examine the baby and provide any needed medical care. Then, the local county children and youth agency will take custody of the baby and find him or her a loving family.

No information from the parents is needed and no questions will be asked. The person leaving the baby can provide family medical information if she chooses or she can take a health history form to fill out later and mail it anonymously. As long as the baby is less than 28 days old and not harmed or abused, she will not get into trouble with the police.

You can get more information at the Safe Haven web site at www.secretsafe.org or the Pennsylvania Safe Haven Helpline 1-866-921-SAFE (7233).


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PRO-LIFE YOUTH CAN’T VOTE BUT CAN DO MUCH TO STOP ABORTION [9/17/11]




by Jennie Stone | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/8/11 10:26 AM

I heard it all the time in high school, and I hear it from
younger students all the time now: “I’m pro-life, but I can’t
vote yet.” My immediate response is so what!

Voting for pro-life candidates is but a fraction of our
responsibilities as pro-lifers. Young people are vital to the
movement because we represent the future, and there is so
much more to our activism than simply voting pro-life when
election seasons come around. We need middle and high
school students standing up and being a voice for those who
cannot speak for themselves. Don’t ever think that being too
young to vote hinders you from educating others, helping
pregnant women in need, or possibly saving a life.

Since being pro-life means so much more than just voting for
pro-life candidates, we have to act pro-life on a daily basis.
So what can a middle or high-school age student do? This list
consists of just a few ideas that students can do to spread
awareness about abortion, even if they’re unable to vote:

  • Get involved with the pro-life club at your school
    and/or church.
    If there isn’t one, start one! There is
    strength in numbers, so get some friends together so you
    can work together to brainstorm and get active. I started
    my high school pro-life club at 16, and Lila Rose founded
    Live Action at 15. Being young should be motivation, not
    disincentive, to get active in the pro-life movement!
  • Contact your congressmen. Write to the president,
    your Senators and Representative, your governor, and your
    state legislators and tell them why you’re against abortion
    and what you and your friends are doing to end it. Let them
    know that you will all be able to vote soon enough, and you
    will be voting in favor of life, so they should listen to what
    you have to say!
  • Wear pro-life gear. Be bold: don’t be afraid to wear
    awesome pro-life shirts. You can put buttons with pro-life
    messages
    on your backpack. I wear my Precious Feet pins
    all the time, and carry extras to share with others. These are
    great conversation starters! (It is legal to wear these at
    school as long as it isn’t disruptive. If you have problems,
    contact the Alliance Defense Fund.)

  • Get involved with 40 Days for Life (with your
    friends!).
    Find a vigil in your area during the fall and
    spring campaigns and peacefully pray in front of the
    abortion facility with your friends and family. Dozens of
    abortion workers have quit their jobs, abortion facilities
    have shut down, and over 4,000 babies have been saved
    because of this international prayer campaign.
  • Lose your voice. Participate in the Silent Day of
    Solidarity
    in October and get your friends to participate,
    too. Lives have been saved and hearts have been changed
    during this event in the past years. Click the link for info!
    (It is legal to do this at school as long as it isn’t disruptive.
    If you have problems, contact the Alliance Defense Fund.)
  • Post pro-life information online. Update your
    Facebook profile picture to a pro-life graphic, or post links
    on your status about fetal development. The Endowment
    for Human Development
    is an incredible website loaded
    with information about prenatal life. Share it!
  • Volunteer. Find a local pregnancy center in your
    area
    and ask them how you can assist them, even for a short
    while. Any little bit helps.
  • Collect items to donate. Contact church staff and
    request to have a donation drive at your church-ask people
    to donate new or gently used baby and maternity items so
    you can collect and take them to a local pregnancy center in
    your area
    . Accept money donations, too!
  • Use signs and stickers. Put a pro-life sign in your
    front yard at home. Put a bumper sticker on your car with a
    loving pro-life message on it. You never know what kind
    of difference you can make with something so simple.
  • Attend rallies and marches. Go online and see if
    there is a local Rally or March for Life (like the one in
    DC
    ) near you in January. If it is further away, gather some
    friends and make a road trip out of it! (Make shirts or bring
    signs to represent your school!)
  • Give out pro-life information. Education is the key
    to ending abortion. Teaching others about fetal
    development
    and how abortion can harm women is pivotal.
    Make fliers and pamphlets with information about unborn
    children and what happens during abortion procedures. (It
    is legal to do this at school as long as classes are not
    disrupted. If you have problems, contact the Alliance Defense Fund.)

When we outwardly express our passion to protect the unborn
and help pregnant women in need, we are proving that our
generation is the one that will one day end legal abortion. We
are our nation’s future lawmakers, doctors, and leaders of
tomorrow, and we are pro-life!


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POLL SHOWS AMERICANS DON’T KNOW ROE’S PRO-ABORTION EFFECTS [8/30/11]




by David Malone | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com

In late July, the Gallup Polling Company released the results of a national poll gauging the public’s position on various kinds of prolife legislation. The poll was taken between July 15‑17, 2011, and asked specific questions about various laws which restrict abortion. Many of the laws have recently been passed in various states while other states are currently considering some of these laws.

The poll found 87 percent of respondents favored laws requiring doctors to tell women about the possible risks of abortion, 71 percent favored parental consent laws, 69 percent favored a 24‑hour waiting period before an abortion, 64 percent favored a ban on partial birth abortion and 50 percent favored a law requiring women seeking abortions to be shown an image of their ultrasound.

The poll also notably found the vast majority of Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester, more than 2/3 of poll takers (71 percent) thought abortion should be illegal in the second three months of pregnancy and nearly 90 percent favored making abortion illegal in the third trimester.

Interestingly enough if Gallup had asked these same poll takers whether they thought Roe v. Wade was a good decision, the majority of them would have probably said “yes.” That’s what a 2010 poll by CBS News found. In those results, 58 percent of Americans thought Roe v. Wade was a good decision.

This is noteworthy because the reason no state has banned abortion in the second trimester is because Roe v. Wade prevents them from doing so. While many state legislatures would likely have the votes to ban abortion after the first 3 months of pregnancy, no such ban has passed because legislators know such legislation would run afoul with Roe v. Wade and would quickly be ruled unconstitutional.

So how can 71 percent of Americans favor a policy which can’t happen because of a ruling that 58 percent of Americans think was good?

The answer is Americans don’t know Roe. A great follow-up to the question of whether they thought Roe was a good ruling would have been: “What did Roe v. Wade do, exactly?” A high number of responses would start with “Ummm” and end with “I don’t know.”

This is where prolifers and the importance of educating the public on prolife issues need to come in. The main reason 58 percent of the public supports Roe v. Wade is because vast swaths of citizens have no clue what Roe v. Wade did. If they knew it overturned abortion laws in 50 states and set up a framework which prevents states from banning late-term abortions, support for Roe would plummet.


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MARGIE PRICE, RIP [8/30/11]




On July 9, 2011 at age 88, the pro-life community lost a most faithful and ardent friend, Margaret Price. Margie was ever present at our vigils and pro-life gatherings. She accompanied Sue Ruf on the many journeys to college and high school campuses, especially in the city, to deliver pro-life and chastity literature to the young. They also visited state and federal legislators at their offices in Harrisburg and Washington. In more recent years Margie, by herself, could be seen at public and private events distributing brochures both educating the public and reaching out to the homosexual community as a ministry of Courage, founded by Fr. John F. Harvey, O.S.F.S., with whom she worked and attended seminars throughout the Northeast. She also worked with John Freeman of Harvest USA ministry with the same reach-out.

Margie also was committed to the weekly pro-life Holy Hour, which began at St. Agnes and migrated to SS. Simon and Jude and she attended with the O’Briens the regularly scheduled pro-life Mass and Holy Hour at St. Anastasia’s.

Always up for a social gathering Margie enjoyed many a tea or dinner and evening out such as the Christmas time 49ers performance amongst friends. She is survived by her two daughters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and her husband.


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ADOPTION – THE LOVING OPTION [6/19/11]




There may be some times in our lives when we encounter a person contemplating or advocating abortion. In the course of a discussion, a person may say the LIFE point of view offers no solution to a “problem” pregnancy. Yet, there is a life saving alternative that you can offer, adoption

There are several advantages:

  1. Most importantly, the child gets an opportunity to fulfill the life that God had planned for him or her.
  2. The “adoptive parents” get the child they have dreamed about.
  3. The problems that caused the birth parents to seek an adoption are alleviated.

The option of an open adoption allows the birth parents to specify the level of involvement, if any, that they would like to have in the child’s life.

If you get into such a discussion, you might:

  1. Direct them directly to an Adoption Agency such as Bethany Christian Services (215-376-6200) or Catholic Social Agency Caring Hearts Pregnancy & Adoption Services (800-Care-002).
  2. Tell them to contact a crisis pregnancy such as Chester County Woman’s Services (West Chester 610-918-7088 or Coatesville 610-383-0930) or Birthright.
  3. Tell them to check the want ads in the newspaper for couples wanting to adopt.
  4. For other information about adoption tell them to go on line at www.adoption.com.
  5. Carry the name and phone number of a couple who are trying to adopt with you at all times, if you know such a couple.

Adoption is truly a choice for life.


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HOUSE OF HIS CREATION [6/19/11]




This is another entry in a feature of this newsletter in which we are providing a space for other Chester County pro-life organizations to communicate their mission and services.

HOUSE OF HIS CREATION

House of His Creation exists to provide Christ-centered homes for single, young birthmothers and their children. Through the Biblical model of a family, we provide spiritual, emotional and physical nurture and education, teaching life skills that these ladies can carry into the future. At first, our program and services often seem to them like their only hope. Friends, family, society and school have failed at every turn. We meet these women at their point of need, introduce them to Jesus Christ and show them that He is their only hope.

Our structure is faith-based and non-profit, placing our dependency on Christ to move in and through the church, individuals, and business owners to enable us to provide for these women. We do not receive government funding so that we can remain freely Christ-centered in our program. Every dollar we receive goes directly to our operating expenses to care for these women and their children. It pays for their housing, their food, their education, their spiritual care, their transportation, the staff who cares for them, and the leadership who oversee all these details.

In the last 39 years over 800 women have come through our homes. Some were there just a moment. Several stayed years. Some committed their lives to Christ and remain close personal friends. Two of these women currently serve on our board of directors.

One example would be Crystal, who lives with us now with her daughter Michaela*. Over the last year as she has opened her heart to Christ, her conversation is changing, her standards of relationship are changing, and her goals are changing. She’ll graduate this June, but more importantly, she can look you in the eye and share what God is doing and speaking in and through her. She came skeptical, and discouraged, but when you look at her now, she is at peace. At our annual banquet in March, Crystal shared her testimony. She concluded with, “If it were not for HOHC, I wouldn’t have known that I am forgiven and redeemed.” [*names have been changed]

Our success hinges largely on the individuals who also support us with their time and talents. Please keep helping us. Please keep telling others about us. Opportunities include serving as board members, helping with property maintenance and events; administrative and technology support, babysitters for the girls while at school and work, grocery shopping, drivers-ed costs and instruction, birth coaches. Most importantly, we need your prayers. Intercede for our ladies, their children, our home and our staff. Many
readers have supported us though their time, finances and prayers. We would not have made it this far without your care. Thank you for your heart for the fatherless to know the Gospel.

House of His Creation will hold its 4th annual Creation Cruzin’ Motorcycle Benefit Ride on Sunday, June 26th. Registration begins 1pm at The Family Center of Gap, (835 Houston Run Drive, Gap). A 2pm departure is scheduled for the 60+ mile ride throughout scenic Lancaster County. The ride will end at Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant for dinner around 5:30pm. For more information, call Rachael at 717-859-1005.


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Komen Planned Parenthood Grants Questioned After Mammogram Exposé [6/19/11]




by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/31/11 11:29 AM

Now that an exposé has revealed Planned Parenthood abortion centers do not do mammograms on site but merely refer women to legitimate medical centers that do, a key organization that funds it is facing questions.

After concerns earlier this year that Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards made false claims in defending its taxpayer funding that it provides mammorams for women, the organization Live Action released videotaped footage of calls to 30 Planned Parenthood centers nationwide in 27 different states where abortion facility staff were asked whether or not mammograms could be performed on site. Every one of the Planned Parenthood centers admitted they could not do mammograms. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells the women calling that they will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.

“We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona while a staffer at Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, Kansas tells a caller, “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”

That information is now raising questions about the millions of dollars the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has given in grants to the abortion business, which it says is partly for mammograms.

Komen’s own figures show 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $731,303. Komen spokesman John Hammarley also confirmed Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009.

In a March 2011 statement about Planned Parenthood, Komen claims the grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business are meant to help women with breast health.

“Early screening through mammograms and education is critical to end the suffering from this disease: 98 percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer, before it spreads, are alive five years later. The widespread use of mammography and heightened public awareness of breast cancer both contribute to these favorable statistics,” Komen says. “And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.”

With Planned Parenthood not offering mammograms for women, SusanAnne Hiller of the conservative website Big Journalism wonders why Komen is making the grants.

“Now that LiveAction has proved that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammography services to its clients, what is the money being used for, because it clearly is not for mammography screenings?” Hiller wonders. “Education, treatment? Are these questions we can expect our mainstream media propagandists to divulge in their articles? Or will the discovery stop with these citizen investigators and go unreported by the networks?”

Hiller also notes that Planned Parenthood only provides breast exams of the self-exam type women can do on their own or with a trusted friend or family member at home.

“However, the Komen memo links mammography, screenings, education, and treatment of breast cancer as their list of reasons it contributes to PP. It’s perpetuated all across the media without validation,” she says. “The Komen Foundation needs to come clean on specifically what those PP contributions are designated for and why they really continue to support Planned Parenthood.”

ACTION: Send your concerns to Komen.


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MOTHER’S HOME [5/9/11]




This is another entry in a feature of this newsletter in which we are providing a space for other Chester County pro-life organizations to communicate their mission and services.

Mother’s Home

We are located in Darby, Pennsylvania, Mothers’ Home is a safe-haven for pregnant women and, after delivery, for them and their infants.

Our Mission:
As a residential shelter, Mothers’ Home provides a safe haven for vulnerable, pregnant women in a crisis who choose life as a sacred gift.
Hope through empowerment.
Mothers’ Home provides hope for up to 22 young adult women struggling to give birth in spite of rejection and abandonment. Mothers’ Home is an opportunity for empowerment as the expectant mothers receive counseling, childbirth and parenting classes, job preparation programs, assistance in finding independent housing, and much more. Each year, approximately 40-50 new mothers come to live at Mothers’ Home and most return with their babies after delivery.

Services and Programs

  • Temporary shelter and transitional housing
  • Monitoring prenatal and postnatal care
  • Nutrition and health management
  • Childbirth and parenting education
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Vocational education and employment preparation
  • Identification and referrals to community support and medical services

Objectives

  • To increase self-esteem through the identification and achievement of practical life skill goals and vocational training.
  • To encourage and reward motivation, cooperation and responsibility.
  • To connect the young mother with the community support systems necessary for her to achieve and maintain independence in the future.
  • To encourage and welcome program participation of fathers and/or other extended family members who are supportive of the mother and infant.


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NEW ABBY JOHNSON TELEVISION AD TAKES ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD [5/9/11]




by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/19/11 11:16 AM

Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson has released a new ad that takes on the much-disputed 3 percent figure Planned Parenthood uses to minimize the extensive nature of its abortion business.

Johnson is the former director of the abortion facility Planned Parenthood ran in Bryan-College Station, Texas and she has since become pro-life and spoken out about how Planned Parenthood makes about 40 percent of its income off of abortions and pushes centers like the one she ran to sell them to women.

Although Planned Parenthood’s own figures reveal more than 95 percent of pregnant women who enter Planned Parenthood centers receive abortions as opposed to prenatal care or adoption referrals, officials with abortion business, during the debate on yanking its federal taxpayer funding, claimed just three percent of all services at Planned Parenthood involve abortion.

Today, the pro-life group Life Always, on whose board Johnson sits, is launching a new national television campaign. The commercial will air on MSNBC and FOX News this week.

Johnson, who was a Planned Parenthood employee of the year, says one of the reasons to launch the commercial was to expose that fact that “while Planned Parenthood is quick to claim that only 3% of what they provide are abortion services, that equated to taking the lives of 332,278 unborn children in 2009.”

“Planned Parenthood reduces the child before birth to an object, a ‘choice’, a thing of less-than-human status. Their support of women’s rights tramples on the rights of the child,” Johnson told LifeNews.com.

In her new commercial, Johnson says, “I used to tell women that abortion removed a mass of tissue, but that’s not true. I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies.”

Johnson points out that Planned Parenthood’s business model relies on income from abortions. “They won’t protect your child,” she says, “because there’s no money in doing that.”

When Abby Johnson left Planned Parenthood, they filed a restraining order to keep her from talking. A judge denied the request. “They don’t want Americans to talk about the issue because they don’t want people to learn the ugly realities behind it,” she added.

Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy said the group is running the new commercial because it “continues our efforts to bring awareness to the respect for life issue and accentuates the gross inaccuracies that Planned Parenthood portrays to the public.”

“From sexual abuse cover up, to racism, to untruths made by Planned Parenthood executives it provides a clear picture on what Planned Parenthood is really about abortion,” he said. “All Children deserve an opportunity and a chance to live, as well as mothers receiving appropriate care and counsel.”

Life Always board chairman Pastor Stephen Broden adds: “Planned Parenthood is in a multi-billion dollar business and through slick advertising and sophisticated messaging they have deceived many into believing they exist to help women. Planned Parenthood hurts women, babies and families, and abortions harm women.”

The full television commercial has Johnson saying:

“I was a Planned Parenthood Director and Employee of the Year. I used to tell women that abortions removed a mass of tissue, but that’s not true. I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies. Yes, Planned Parenthood prevents pregnancies, but they also provide over 320,000 abortions each year. They won’t protect your child, there’s no money in doing that. Abortion ends in death. Can you live with that? I couldn’t”


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BERNARD NATHANSON PASSES AWAY, WAS EARLY ABORTION MUCKRAKER [3/31/11]




by Steven Ertelt | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 2/21/11 2:43 PM

Dr. Bernard Nathanson died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Nathanson was an early abortion muckraker whose exposing of the abortion industry is a precursor to the famous work done by pro-life activists like Lila Rose.

Nathanson wasn’t always pro-life and he started out as an abortion practitioner based in New York City who presided over more than 75,000 abortions.

But the doctor hoped he saved many more lives than that after witnessing an ultrasound and becoming pro-life. He then dedicated his life to ending abortions and his video, The Silent Scream, is considered a classic because it was the first to use the technology of ultrasound to make the unambiguous case that unborn children are human beings who deserve legal protection starting at their earliest days.

The video, showing an unborn baby recoiling from an abortion, and a follow up titled Eclipse of Reason that explained in great medical detail the different kinds of abortion procedures, solidified Nathanson’s standing as a pro-life hero and an authentic convert who would lead the way for others like Norma McCorvey and Abby Johnson follow his footsteps.

Rose, the modern-day abortion muckraker who heads up Live Action and is responsible for the undercover videos that expose more of the problems in the abortion industry – like covering up sexual trafficking – told LifeNews.com Monday afternoon that the pro-life movement lost one of its greatest voices.

“Today our movement mourns the passing of one of its greatest voices for life,” she said. “Dr. Nathanson is a testament to God’s grace; that any heart can be transformed into a beacon of love and truth.”

“In his memory, and as the battle in Congress rages these next two weeks, let us work tirelessly to aid Dr. Nathanson’s brave efforts in exposing evil and protecting the innocent. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” she said. Nathanson also earned praise for his candid admission that the pro-abortion movement – led by him as the head of the pro-abortion group NARAL – made up huge numbers of women killed and injured by illegal abortions in an attempt to legalize abortion.

“We spoke of 5,000 – 10,000 deaths a year I confess that I knew the figures were totally false; it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?”

In 1996, Nathanson wrote his autobiography, The Hand of God, in which he shared his journey from abortion practitioner and abortion advocate to becoming pro-life.

He noted, regretfully, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.” Nathanson also drew attention for his comments about the shooting of infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller and he said he was surprised Tiller never became pro-life.

“I knew George Tiller years ago when I was on the pro-abortion side,” he told the Washington Times. “He came to a course I was giving in the technique of abortion in New York in 1970 under the auspices of NARAL. And I did late-term abortions until I changed my opinion as of 1980.”

“My switch to pro-life had nothing to do with religion,” he told the newspaper. “Tiller was a church-going man, which doesn’t say a whole lot in this country, but one wonders why he never changed his mind based on the scientific evidence. That is where I changed my mind, based on fetoscopies and ultrasound studies.”

“Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don’t do that, you’re just a creature of political ideology. In 1970, there were approximately 1,100 articles on the functioning of the fetus. By 1990, there were 22,000. The data piled up swiftly and opened a window into the womb,” Nathanson continued.

In a news story today about his passing, the Stephen Vincent of the National Catholic Register, wrote, “His pro-life witness could not easily be dismissed as one-sided propaganda since Nathanson had enjoyed such a high standing among abortion supporters as a co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now called NARAL ProChoice America), and as operator of what he called the nation’s busiest abortion business. A freestanding ambulatory clinic, in which abortion and recovery took about three hours, was an innovation devised by Nathanson and his colleagues.”

Joan Andrews Bell, a pro-life activist, told the newspaper: “He will be remembered as a very strong advocate for the babies. One factor stood out, knowing him over the years, and that was that he had a deep pain for what he had done in terms of abortion. I remember there were periods he was fasting; he underwent huge amounts of fasting to make up for it.”


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NEW PLANNED PARENTHOOD REPORT: RECORD ABORTIONS DONE IN 2009 [3/31/11]




by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/23/11 6:14 PM

A new report the Planned Parenthood national abortion business recently released shows the embattled agency did more abortions in 2009 than it has done in any prior year. The report also shows it providing fewer pregnant women with non-abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently posted on its website what it calls its service numbers for 2009. This document, dated February 2011, shows Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide did 332,278 surgical abortions or abortions using the dangerous RU 486 abortion during in 2009.

That’s 2.5 percent more abortions than the September 2010 report the abortion business released covering 2008 and showing it doing 324,008 abortions, which was a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007. The 2007 figure was itself a 5.3 percent increase over the 289,750 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2006.

With approximately 1.2 million abortions done annually in the United States via surgical abortions or the mifepristone abortion drug, Planned Parenthood has increased its share of the abortion industry to 27.6 percent of all abortions done annually.

Planned Parenthood has been on the receiving end of significant negative publicity related to undercover videos showing its officials helping investigators posing as sex traffickers obtain abortions and STD testing for underage girls who are victims of the sex trade. The abortion business has defended itself in part by attempting to show that abortions constitute a small percentage of its overall services.

However, the new numbers make it more clear that women who are pregnant who come to Planned Parenthood receive only abortion services rather than help and support.

The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services. These numbers were a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008. The abortion business helped only 9,433 prenatal clients in 2008, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007 – showing health care given to pregnant woman has fallen substantially over the years.

As a result, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. That’s up from 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood getting abortions in 2008.

“Despite its protestations that abortion is only a small part of its services,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the pro-life group American Life League, “Planned Parenthood has increased its number of abortions for 15 straight years. During that time, it has gone from committing 9.3 percent of all abortions in the United States to committing 27.5 percent.”

Sedlak also noted that Planned Parenthood now does 340 abortions for every one adoption referral and 47 abortions for every one prenatal care client. He said Planned Parenthood’s own records now show 5,320,095 surgical and medical abortions done at Planned Parenthood centers from 1970 through the end of 2009.

“We estimate that the income from abortion accounts for 40 percent of its annual clinic income,” he said, adding that former Planned Parenthood clinics director Abby Johnson has testified repeatedly to the pressure local affiliates receive to do more abortions because Planned Parenthood makes more money from abortions than non-abortion services.

“When all the current numbers are taken together with the revelations from PP’s own former employees,” Sedlak concluded, “it is clear that Planned Parenthood is about killing human beings in the womb for a profit. It is an absolute outrage that American taxpayers have been funding such a group and we ask all members of Congress to take steps now to end this funding.”


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CHESTER COUNTY MARCH FOR LIFE A HUGE SUCCESS [2/21/11]



January 23rd was an incredible day for the Chester County March for Life. St Agnes Church was filled and the angelic voices of the Geis boys who are members of the Archdiocesan Boys Choir treated us with selections from their repertoire. Then the Geis family led all in songs, I don’t think there was ever a group who sang so loudly and fervently in that old church. John Michael Talbot’s rendition of the “Magnificat” and “Holy Holy Holy is His Name” moved some to tears as everyone sang with heartfelt, true love for our Lord.

Unbeknownst to Jason Buck, our main speaker, the theme of the March was a Patriotic one, featuring a selection of quotes from the Founding Fathers which
were read throughout the Program. It must have been the Holy Spirit who told Jason to form his speech around Thomas Paine’s: “These are the times that try men’s souls”. It had to have been a sign that both would choose a theme based on the fathers’ resolve to form a country where men are acknowledged to be endowed with life by their creator.

The wonderful day was highlighted by the beautiful Lillian Young receiving the Public Witness Award for years of weekly sidewalk counseling of the mothers who plan to abort. She is 89 and still prays weekly at Planned Parenthood. We were inspired to join the 40 Days for life and ended with the moving prayer of Gene Epps. Since the March was moved indoors it turned out to be an energizing retreat or rally for those devoted to defending the humanity of each American person born or unborn.


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ADOPTION BILLBOARD [2/21/11]





The billboard pictured here has been installed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike heading east between the Morgantown and Reading exits. It is designed to catch the eye and be easily read by the many people zipping along the turnpike.

According to the National Council for Adoption Statistics, there are nearly one million couples who want to adopt infants. Unfortunately, there are only 17 adoptions for every 1000 abortions.

To help keep this billboard in place, donations can be sent to Helen MacMinn, 65 Shady Lane, Mohnton, PA 19540. For more information, call Helen at 610-582-1075.


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UNPLANNED: THE DRAMATIC TRUE STORY OF A FORMER PLANNED PARENTHOOD LEADER’S EYE-OPENING JOURNEY ACROSS THE LIFE LINE [2/21/11]




In 2001 when Abby was a student in college, she did volunteer work for Planned Parenthood. She continued to work for Planned Parenthood for eight years. During that time she worked as a media spokesperson in the community where the abortion clinic operated. She was eventually promoted to the position of director at a center in Bryan, Texas. And in 2008 she was recognized as “employee of the year.”

One day she was asked to do something that she had never done before: she was asked to help with an actual abortion. It turned out to be an ultrasound-guided abortion. As a result, she witnessed the reality of abortion and the rhetoric could no longer hide the horror. In her book she explains that what she witnessed shook the foundation of her values and changed the course of her life. After the abortion, she walked across the street and joined the Coalition for Life, and she has been active in the pro-life movement ever since.

Planned Parenthood immediately filed a lawsuit and sought a restraining order against Abby in an effort to silence her. But she has now emerged victorious in the legal case and now, in her book, she is “able to reveal all the secrets from behind the closed doors of the abortion business . . . and why she left to join the pro-life movement.”

According to the publisher’s description, she discusses subsequent “life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle and her spiritual transformation” in her book. Publisher’s Weekly writes that this “emotional account reveals Johnson’s remarkable journey through pro-choice thinking, two abortions, her love/hate relationship with pro-life advocates outside the clinic, and her eventual understanding of abortion.” The book describes:

  • What initially attracted Abby to volunteer and then work for Planned Parenthood – America’s largest abortion chain – even after being raised in a faithful Christian home
  • The hidden personal secret that Abby had kept buried for years
  • The shocking discovery that suddenly caused Abby to question everything Planned Parenthood had told her over eight years
  • Planned Parenthood’s confidential plans to expand its biggest money-maker – abortion – all across America
  • The abortion industry’s furious reaction when Abby decided to quit her job and join local and national pro-life efforts
  • What Abby’s court battle brought to light about Planned Parenthood’s REAL agenda
  • The single most effective way to reduce Planned Parenthood’s abortion business and change the hearts and minds of clinic workers.


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THE PRO-LIFE UNION [2/21/11]




This is another entry in a feature of this newsletter in which we are providing a space for other Chester County pro-life organizations to communicate their mission and services.

The Pro-Life Union

is dedicated to building a Culture of Life by promoting the sanctity of life & the virtue of chastity! We do this through prayer, education, community outreach and supporting alternative services. We motivate others to pray and fast in defense of the unborn and encourage witnessing and counseling outside of the area’s abortion facilities. We share our educational resources with the community and promote the virtue of chastity through education by our support of Generation Life. We lobby public officials and elected Representatives to support the sanctity of Life and encourage our members to contact these officials and speak on behalf of the pre-born, disabled and elder

Our most important work is reaching out to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. We encounter abortion-minded women during our prayer vigils outside of abortion facilities and through our 24/7 Hotline service. These mothers often believe that abortion is the only answer. Sometimes the women we work with are being pressured into an abortion by family and friends. Ironically, most women “choose” abortion because they feel there is no other option. The Pro-Life Union offers tangible help and material support to these mothers.

The following is a sampling of how lives are saved through our pro-life ministry. “Jada” would have lost her job if she stayed pregnant and wouldn’t have a place to live. “Sheree” couldn’t handle another child on her own and the father was long gone. “Trina” wasn’t ready to be a mother. Our counselors talked about the rights of the child and how abortion hurts women and offends God. They also provided offers of assistance for housing costs, baby clothes and emotional support. These women all had a change of heart. Jada is twenty weeks along and carries the picture of her unborn child with her. Sheree received support and financial assistance for rent and Trina now embraces the gift of motherhood. Hearts have changed and lives have been saved. Your support allows us to speak to these desperate women and keep the promises we made.


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2010 FUND RAISING APPEAL [11/27/10]




Several weeks ago, we watched the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. We, along with the rest of the world, rejoiced. The day before, 22 children were killed at Planned Parenthood in West Chester. Aside from a handful of dedicated pro-lifers, the world, the nation, and Chester County responded to the event with a wave of apathy. What is wrong with this picture?

While the miners were trapped, the world was transfixed by their plight. Offers of help poured in from all over. The drill which was used to dig the rescue tunnel came from Pennsylvania.

Every Tuesday, another 22 children are killed at Planned Parenthood in West Chester; and most of us go on with our lives as if it is not happening. We find this unacceptable!

The following is our mission statement:

“To promote respect and protection for all human life by informing and educating the people of Chester County.”

We pursue this mission through the following activities:

  1. Publish newsletter 8 – 10 times per year. The newsletter contains information on the latest happenings in the local pro-life arena, plus information on state and national legislation and events.
  2. Organize regular public witness events such as:
    • Chester County March for Life in West Chester every January
    • Coordinate buses throughout the county for the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
    • Life Chains – held in eight Chester County towns each October on Respect Life Sunday
    • Prayer vigils and public witness at local abortion facilities – Planned Parenthood in West Chester and Phoenixville Hospital.
    • Monthly Prayer Walk & Life Chain at Chester County Courthouse in West Chester
    • Organize and support the local portion of the international 40 Days for Life campaign, a program of prayer and fasting with a goal of ending abortion.
  3. Participate in local public events to distribute pro-life information and literature such as:
    • Super Sunday in West Chester (June)
    • Turks Head Music Festival in Everhart Park (July)
    • Restaurant Festival in West Chester (September)
  4. Provide support for local “Youth for Life” and West Chester University Students for Life.
  5. Communicate with our local legislators concerning pro-life legislation.
  6. Keep abreast of the needs of the Chester County Alternative Agencies, publicize their work, and provide support when possible.
  7. Maintain a large selection of pro-life literature and materials including books, videos, newspapers, and brochures on a wide variety of pro-life subjects.
  8. Work with other local, state & national pro-life organizations to keep informed and participate in activities beyond the local level.

You can help us by joining in our prayers for an end to abortion in Chester County, in our country, and in the rest of the world. You can also help us by joining in some of our activities Since we are all volunteers, we have no salaries to pay, but there are still substantial expenses. This appeal is our principal source of income. Please consider sending a contribution.

Ed Taylor, President


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CHESTER COUNTY WOMEN’S SERVICES [11/27/10]




Chester County Women’s Services Medical is a Crisis Pregnancy Center that has been serving Chester County for 25 years. CCWS Medical exists to educate and empower individuals and their families to make healthier life choices. We do that by offering pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Through the ultrasound, our nurses have the wonderful experience of introducing parents and grandparents to their preborn babies. Statistics show that 95% of the moms will chose life after seeing their baby in an ultrasound. We have two locations, one in Coatesville and the other in West Chester. We work with teens, young women, and families. CCWS is open to all cultures and we are especially trying to reach the African American and Latino communities.

Yes, at CCWS Medical we are committed to choose life. We are committed to support the moms, dads, and the whole family AFTER they have the baby. We offer parenting classes called The Parenting Movement. It is a program where the parents learn how to be better parents. We believe that CCWS can help parents move toward a brighter future by breaking some of the chains from their past. We coach them to make positive changes that will make a difference in the next generation.

8 years ago, CCWS became Medical. Being Medical allows us to serve by providing free and confidential pregnancy tests and Ultrasound Confirmation that the pregnancy is viable. A Viable Pregnancy means that the baby is in the uterus and a heartbeat is found. We also determine how far along the pregnancy is. We provide free and confidential counseling for our clients before and after their pregnancy test and Ultrasound. If the client is what we term “abortion minded,” we provide counseling and education before the pregnancy test and ask the client’s permission to watch a Cross Road video which depicts real life stories of several women who chose three different options when they were faced with an unplanned pregnancy: single parenting, adoption and abortion.

If the client’s pregnancy test is positive, we provide them with a Proof of Pregnancy Document which they can take to the County’s Healthy Start office for assistance with insurance, food stamps and WIC. We also provide them with what we call a “Positive Pregnancy Bag,” which includes a hand knit blanket, and we explain to them how someone knit this for her baby just as God knit us together in our Mother’s womb. We also include a Bible in each bag. There is information on fetal development and a healthy pregnancy.

Sometimes, the pregnancy test is positive but the nurse is not able to find the heart beat during the Ultrasound. We have “Comforting Bags” for women who are facing a possible miscarriage. The bag will include: a Bible, “A rose on heaven” (devotional book), feminine articles: shampoo, body lotion, perfume, soup, tissues, etc, and a prayer shawl.

If the pregnancy test is negative and this comes as a relief to the client, we use the opportunity of support, educate and pray with them. One of the ways that we try to address the client in this situation is by helping them realize the difference between how they felt before the pregnancy test and the relief they felt when they found out the test was negative. A counselor encourages them to talk about how they can avoid feeling that fear in the future; trying to get them to realize the benefits of abstinence this way. We also share about how God is a “God of second chances,” and how they can always choose the route of purity and abstinence AGAIN. We provide information on STI’s which, for some clients, is the catalyst that they need to remain abstinent. We share God’s truth in love, and share about how, with God’s help, it is possible to wait until marriage.

All of these services come with a cost. At CCWS Medical we rely on you to help us make a difference. Without your support we would not be able to do our jobs. We have several needs at CCWS. In addition to the need for financial help and help with supplies like wipes and diapers, we are also in need of volunteers. We particularly are in need of Bilingual Volunteers to teach parenting classes, translate documents and answer calls. We are also in need of counselors, nurses, IT people, babysitters for parenting classes, painters, landscapers, cleaners, and those gifted in knitting, crocheting for the blankets. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for choosing life!

www.ccwsmedical.org
www.ccwsmedicalinfo.org
Helpforyou@ccwsmedical.org


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MICROBIOLOGIST: HUNDREDS OF STUDIES CONFIRM ABORTION-BREAST CANCER LINK [11/10/10]




by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 21, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A microbiologist
says there are so many published studies confirming the
link between induced abortion and breast cancer that he
plans to publish one every day on his blog until he’s
mentioned them all. It will take Dr. Gerard Nadal so
many weeks to cover them all, the blogging will
continue until early next year.

Nadal, who has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from
St John’s University in New York, has spent 16 years
teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College.

He will report on one abortion-breast cancer study daily
until he has exhausted all of the abortion-breast cancer
studies and he anticipates he may be reporting on these
studies as late as January or February of 2011.

“Today begins the inexorable presentation of the
scientific literature on the abortion/breast cancer link,”
Nadal writes. “Women’s lives depend on us getting the
truth out to them. In short order we’ll generate plenty of
pros armed with the simple truth of science!”

His first article reviews a 1997 epidemiological study by
Julie Palmer, Lynn Rosenberg and their colleagues,
“Induced and spontaneous abortion in relation to breast
cancer,” published in the journal, Cancer Causes and
Control.

Palmer and Rosenberg are not unbiased researchers,
which makes their findings even more relevant for
women. Instead, they are abortion advocates who have
testified as expert witnesses on behalf of abortion
businesses in lawsuits challenging the states of Alaska
and Florida because of their parental notice or consent
laws.

Their study, supported by U.S. National Cancer Institute
grants, examined 1,835 women ages 25-64 years with
pathologically confirmed, invasive breast cancer and
4,289 women aged 25-64 admitted for nonmalignant or
malignant conditions.

Nadal says the study found women who had never had
children and who had one case of an induced abortion
raised their abortion breast cancer risk by 40 percent.

“So in plain English, women who had one induced
abortion, regardless of ever having had a child, had a
40% increased risk of developing breast cancer over
women the same age, with the same parity status who
never had abortions, and the authors are 95% certain that
there is no other explanation,” he said.

Nadal says the study further showed that for women who
had a child previously, “there is a 30% increased risk of
cancer” and it “may well be explained by additional
stimulation of the lobules by estrogen in the aborted
pregnancy, without the benefit of lactogen at the end.”

Nadal says observers of the debate about the abortion
and breast cancer link should pay attention to another
part of the study where the authors attempt to undermine
their own results in an effort to downplay the abortionbreast
cancer link.

The authors claim their own study suffers from a form of
recall bias — despite their assertion that they were 95%
certain that the results could not be due to chance. The
authors believe women with breast cancer are less likely
to hide their abortion from the health questioners
compiling the data than women without breast cancer.

“They offer no proof of this phenomenon other than the
same assertions made by other breast cancer researchers
with similar data. In other words, the phenomenon is a
baseless assertion reverberating in the pro-abortion echo
chamber,” Nadal writes.

“Are we really to believe that breast cancer brings
women closer to telling the truth of their previous
abortions? Why the acuity of memory in a breast cancer
patient vs. the control patients? The abortion question
was just one in a long, detailed history taken during the
study,” Nadal continues. “There is no rational basis for
believing that women with breast cancer are more apt to
recall and report an abortion than any other women.”

Despite that, the authors conclude in their study: “The
small elevations in risk observed in the present study and
in previous studies are compatible with what would be
expected if there were differential underreporting by
cases and controls.”

Nadal says that doesn’t pass the scientific straight face
test.

“If I had pulled that crap during my dissertation defense,
my committee would have laughed me out of the room,”
he said.

However, as Nadal blogs about the abortion-breast
cancer studies, he says this is a recurring theme.

“But, as we shall see over and over on a daily basis for
months to come, this is what happens when ideology
(and not physiology) becomes the prism through which
data are filtered,” he says.


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HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS [11/10/10]




This is another entry in a feature of this newsletter in which
we are providing a space for other Chester County pro-life
organizations to communicate their mission and services.

The Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants are a group of
people committed to maintaining a loving and prayerful
presence outside of the abortion mills where God’s
children are put to death. We unite ourselves with these
victims in solidarity with their pain, as they are put to
death at this modern day Calvary. We pray in reparation
for the injustice being performed on their tiny bodies.
Just as Mary and John lovingly stood and prayed
beneath Jesus’ Cross as he died, we wish to remain with
these children in the hour that they are crucified.

We pray to obtain God’s mercy for the abortionist and
his staff who do the killing. The message of the Helpers
of God’s Precious Infants to the abortionist and all who
help him to kill God’s children is that, though we love
them, we will never accept what they do.

We plead with our voices for the lives of the babies
being carried in by the pregnant women who have
scheduled appointments with the abortionist that day.
We ask each mother to change her mind. We reach out
to her with the love of Christ; we do not judge nor
condemn her for what she is planning to do. We simply
promise her support and assistance if she should change
her mind, and prayers for her healing and conversion if
she should proceed with the killing of her child..

The Helpers function in several local sites as well as
most states and several foreign countries. In Chester
County, we conduct a vigil on the first Saturday of each
month. It starts with a Mass at 8 am at St. Agnes
followed by a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood
at 8 S. Wayne St. in West Chester.


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HISTORIC “ENDING ABORTION” WEBCAST [8/25/10]




On July 10th from 10 am – 8 pm, a virtual “Once in a lifetime” Conference was aired live featuring over 30 leading pro-life experts grouped into 10 panels on 10 different pro-life topics. Each group addressed the current state and challenges of the pro-life movement and offered solutions and sources for more information that anyone can use to help bring an end to abortion. The speakers all began with their personal stories of how they became pro-life or how they first got involved in movement.

Sorry you missed it? Here’s the good news. Go to www.endingabortion.com/event. There you will find each topic that was presented and the list of speakers. You can pick which topic to listen to or download to share with others.

Topics included: “The Case for Life”, “The Abortion Crisis”, “Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Empire”, “The Power of Prayer”, “Pregnancy Help Centers”, “Saving Lives Outside Abortion Clinics”, “Hope & Healing for Post Abortive Men & Women”, “Legislative & Political Efforts”, “Pro-life Youth Advocacy”, and “Influencing the Culture”.

Speakers included Gianna Jessen, Dr. Tony Levatino (former abortionist), Carol Everett (former abortion clinic owner), Mark Crutcher, Lila Rose, Jim Sedlack, Abby Johnson (former PP director), Lou Engle, Rev. Tom Euteneuer, Eric Scheidler, Shawn Carney, Theresa & Kevin Burke, Georgette Forney, Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King), Jill Stanek and many more.

Every hour was packed with information, ideas and inspiration. The conference was organized and emceed by David Bereit, founder of the 40 Days for Life Campaigns. It was an amazing feat to bring together so many renowned pro-life leaders on the same day. It truly was an event not to be missed and even more – to be shared with others.


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CATHOLIC BISHOPS CRITICIZE ELLA ABORTION DRUG [7/7/10]




by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 25, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A representative of the nation’s Catholic bishops is criticizing the Ella abortion drug, which a Food and Drug Administration panel recently approved the sale of as supposedly an “emergency contraception.” USSCB spokeswoman Susan Will said the decision was essentially a “foregone conclusion.”

Willis said she “can’t recall the last time the FDA rejected an application for any new ‘reproductive health’ drug or device-no matter how risky it proved to be for mothers or unborn children?”

“The agency routinely approves drugs and devices to block reproduction that are later found unacceptably dangerous for women,” Willis said, noting the FDA still has not recalled the patch, despite its link to the deaths of at least 29 apparently healthy young women due to blood clots. “While some at the FDA may believe their deaths to be an acceptable trade-off so that others can avoid pregnancy, the victims’ families no doubt feel differently.”

Willis, who is the Assistant Director for Education & Outreach for the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, says it is “false and deceptive” for the FDA panel, the media and abortion advocates to promote Ella as an “emergency contraceptive” like Preven and Plan B.

“Depending when they are taken relative to ovulation and intercourse, Preven and Plan B may act primarily as contraceptives (by disrupting ovulation, for example), or sometimes as very early abortifacients (by modes of action that interfere with the embryo’s movement to the womb or ability to implant there),” the USCCB official explained.

But the reason the backers of Ella can promote it as “more effective” is because Ella, “like its close chemical cousin RU-486-blocks progesterone receptors in the uterine lining,” Willis explains. “This destroys the capacity of the mother’s reproductive organs to produce the progesterone necessary to support the embryo through the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.”

“Because Ella is formulated precisely to prevent a newly conceived human being from implanting in and receiving nutrition from the uterine lining, or to disrupt the process if it has begun, the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists properly calls Ella an embryocidal drug,” Willis says.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the top pro-life spokesman for the nation’s bishops, wrote the FDA a letter on June 17 saying, “Millions of American women, even those willing to use a contraceptive to prevent fertilization in various circumstances, would personally never choose to have an abortion. They would be ill served by a misleading campaign to present [Ella] simply as a ‘contraceptive’.”

Willis points out that, when used in animal studies, Ella killed rat, rabbit, and monkey embryos, and caused severe congenital defects in embryos whose gestational age was advanced when Ella was administered.

“This is an important point. In all three major clinical trials in women, some women were later found to have been pregnant before the intercourse for which they sought “emergency contraception.” In addition, trials have shown that Ella fails to kill the newly conceived human embryos in about 2% of cases,” Willis says. “The survivors may then face severe congenital anomalies. Lastly, Ella has been detected in maternal tissues 14 days after taking the drug, so children conceived during that period also could be deformed or killed by the drug.”

Willis concludes: “The FDA must drop the fantasy that Ella is contraception, and reject Ella in order to safeguard the lives and health of children exposed to this poison pill.”


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BIRTHRIGHT [7/7/10]




This is the second entry in a monthly feature in this newsletter in which we are providing a space for other Chester County pro-life organizations to communicate their mission and services.

Birthright is a pregnancy care center. Our offices here in West Chester and Coatesville are independently operated and part of the organization of Birthright International. Birthright International was started in the late 1960’s by Louise Summerhill in Canada as an alternative to the abortion clinics. Birthright provides loving, non-judgmental support to women who need help with unplanned or difficult pregnancy. From that first office there are now over 500 offices in almost every state in the United States and Canada as well as some in Africa (our Birthright office in West Chester supports an office in Ghana, Africa, as well as the newly started office in Coatesville.) Besides these, there are other local offices located in Philadelphia, Pottstown, Bala Cynwyd, and Wilmington, De.

The mission of Birthright has stayed the same throughout these years. We provide support to girls and women who need assistance during their pregnancy. Women come to us for a variety of reasons i.e. due to an unplanned pregnancy, lack of medical insurance, difficult financial circumstances, domestic abuse or lack of family support. The women range from teenage high school students and college students to grown women in the later years of child bearing. We are non-denominational and are not affiliated with any one church. Birthright is intentionally not political. Our focus is to provide a safe and caring place where girls and women of all backgrounds and circumstances will feel comfortable to come to us for support.

The services offered at Birthright of West Chester are varied. We offer free pregnancy testing, maternity clothes and baby clothes (up to 9 months size). We can assist, through referrals, in helping a client to find housing and educational programs in the community. We give information on adoptions and refer a woman to adoptions agencies when wanted. Most of all, we provide counseling, encouragement, and care to women who are facing a difficulty during their pregnancy.

Birthright is funded entirely by local donations. We receive donations from churches, senior citizen groups, Scout troops and individuals. Our Birthright office of West Chester has been serving women for 28 years. When financially able, we have advertised on television. Most advertisement is done with print ads in local newspapers, high school and college calendars and planners and church bulletins. Many of our clients come in due to word-of -mouth recommendations. (We are located just a few blocks away from West Chester University.)

We serve over 250 women a year including about 160 pregnancy tests. We provide about 100 layettes for the newborn babies born to our clients.

The office staff and our Board of Directors are made up entirely of volunteers. Our volunteers range in age and come from a variety of life and work experiences. All have a wonderful commitment to serving and helping others. The office is open 6 days a week.

Birthright has been a success story for these many years due to the continuing and wonderful support of our donors, large and small. Whether that support is financial, material items or prayerful support it is very much appreciated and instrumental in our commitment to helping women and their unborn children.

To volunteer, donate, or if you need our help, we can be reached locally at:
112 S. High St. West Chester PA 19382
610-436-0773

or

529 E. Lincoln Highway Coatesville PA 19320
610-384-8020.

Our web site is: www.birthright.org.


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PLANNED PARENTHOOD STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY [1/9/10]




Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2009 / 01:46 am (CNA).- Last week, InsideCatholic.com issued a story referring to a Harvard Business School case study which outlined some of Planned Parenthood’s recent financial difficulties. According to Mauricio Roman’s article, Planned Parenthood has recently consolidated its affiliates, pushed for more cost effective procedures such as chemical abortions versus in-clinic abortions, and has tried to increase its sale of emergency contraceptive kits.

The Harvard case study, released in April of 2009, claims that “tough economic times, a hostile political environment” and inability to raise philanthropic dollars are among the reasons for Planned Parenthood’s financial difficulties, despite the fact that the non-profit organization claimed $85 million in profits in 2008.

“Planned Parenthood may call itself a non-profit but the numbers don’t lie: abortion is a big business,” said Colin Mason, Director of Media Production for the Population Research Institute to CNA.

“Planned Parenthood talks the talk on ‘wanting to reduce abortions’ but that is actually the last thing they want. Why would they? Abortions are their bread and butter. When rates drop, Planned Parenthood feels the heat, as we’re seeing now.”

When asked if their financial difficulties are among the reasons that Planned Parenthood is working so hard to ensure federally-funded abortions in the new health care reform, Mason told CNA that “it is likely that this particularly strong push is a result of their slashed revenues.”

“As abortion becomes more and more unpopular, Planned Parenthood suffers. Federal funding ensures a reliable budget.”

Mason continued to tell CNA that “Planned Parenthood is beginning to have an odor of disreputability, and is losing funding at the state and local level as a result. They are shrouded in scandals that seem to pop up at every turn, from their proven practice of covering up statutory rape, to their willingness to accept racist donations.”

“It is telling,” said Mason, “that major companies like Target, who used to give to Planned Parenthood, have ceased. Planned Parenthood is beginning to develop a ‘creep factor,’ which takes its toll on revenue and patronage.”

Ultimately, Mason believes that “Americans are becoming more and more uncomfortable with the entire idea of abortion and that is one of the biggest reasons why America’s biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is starting to see a massive fall-off.”

“It is our hope,” Mason told CNA, “that, just as the ovens of Auschwitz stand empty now as a public memorial to millions of slain Jews, so someday Planned Parenthood’s clinics will stand empty to remind us of the countless babies sacrificed in the name of ‘choice’.”


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THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF “HUMANAE VITAE” [7/22/08]



U.S. Taxpayers Contribute To Their Bottom Line

The newly released Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) 2006-2007 Annual Report shows that the abortion giant has increased the number of abortions it committed from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006. Total revenue amounted to over one billion dollars, with the organization’s profit – “excess of revenue over expenses” – jumping from $55.7 million in 2005 to $112 million in 2006. Taxpayers’ dollars played a major role in that profit. The organization received over $336 million in government grants and contracts.

The funding of this controversial agency comes despite its having been caught red-handed in illegal activity in 2002 and again in 2007 as they counseled women, posing as under aged pregnant girls seeking abortions, to conceal either their own age or the age of their adult sexual partner since state laws would have required reporting of statutory rape.

Planned Parenthood was, in effect, protecting child abusers and rapists. As reported in our last newsletter (Feb/Mar 2008), a Sexual Predators Bill has been introduced in Harrisburg to require age documentation and reporting of this type of sexual abuse against young girls. Encourage your representatives to support this bill. And then ask them why our tax dollars are contributing to the work of this unscrupulous organization.

To see Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report go to: www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/annual-report.htm

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NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING [9/6/08]



Safe Healthy Effective

“Responsible parenthood is exercised, either by the deliberate and generous decision to raise a numerous family, or by the decision, made for grave motives and with due respect for the moral law, to avoid for the time being, or even for an indeterminate period, a new birth . . .If, then, there are serious motives to space out births, which derive from the physical or psychological conditions of husband and wife, or from external conditions, the Church teaches that it is then licit to take into account the natural rhythms immanent in the generative functions . . .and in this way to regulate birth without offending the moral principles which have been recalled earlier.” (Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 10 & 20)

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve or postpone pregnancies. These methods are based on the observation of naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

NFP is not “Rhythm.” The Rhythm or calendar method was in use more than 50 years ago. It was based on the theory that ovulation could be determined by calculating from previous menstrual cycles. Modern methods of NFP are the result of over 30 years of scientific research in human fertility. They are based on the day-to-day observations of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. NFP methods take advantage of the changes associated with ovulation, treating each cycle as unique. Couples using NFP to postpone pregnancy abstain from intercourse during the fertile phase. Couples who wish to achieve a pregnancy take advantage of the fertile time in their attempt to conceive a child. NFP allows couples to adjust their behavior to the naturally occurring cycles of a woman’s body. It is not a contraceptive – it does nothing to work against conception.

There are four types of NFP: 1. Basal Body Temperature.  2. Ovulation method or Cervical Mucous Charting (Billings Ovulation Method or Hilgers” Creighton Model)  3. Sympto-thermal Method.  4. Rhythm or calendar method.

A woman’s body provides three basic ways to identify the fertile and infertile times of her cycle. Recognizing the pattern of these physical signs forms the basis for all methods of NFP. A primary sign of fertility is the mucus released from the woman’s cervix. A woman learns to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the days that intercourse is most likely to result in a pregnancy. The second sign is her basal body temperature. Due to hormonal activity, a woman’s resting temperature changes during the menstrual cycle. The third sign of fertility is the change in the shape or texture of the cervix. NFP instruction helps a couple identify the best time to achieve as well as avoid a pregnancy.

How effective is NFP? When couples are taught by competent teachers and follow the rules of the methods precisely, NFP is highly successful. Numerous studies, including one by the U.S. government, have shown that some NFP methods can be used at 99% effectiveness. That’s equal to the birth control pill and far better than all the barrier methods.

Advantages of NFP:

  • Does not interfere with the natural reproductive system and process designed by God.
  • Morally acceptable to all religions and cultures. Until 1930 all Christian denominations rejected contraception.
  • Avoids the use of mechanical devices or powerful hormones that may have harmful effects or have abortafacient properties (see “Contraceptives A.K.A. Abortifacients”.)
  • Virtually free of charge, whereas contraceptives cost from $33 – $365 a year.
  • Strengthens marriage and family. Requires the couple to communicate and calls for mutual responsibility by husband and wife.

When a couple contracepts, they say to God: “We will try to frustrate Your will through contraception if it is to create a child.” When a couple uses NFP, they instead say: “We will allow every instance of our marriage act to be open to Your will, regardless of whether the probability of conception is likely or remote, and will respect Your awesome gift of fertility in exactly the form you gave it to us.”

To learn more contact:

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THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF “HUMANAE VITAE” [7/22/08]



U.S. Taxpayers Contribute To Their Bottom Line

The newly released Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) 2006-2007 Annual Report shows that the abortion giant has increased the number of abortions it committed from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006. Total revenue amounted to over one billion dollars, with the organization’s profit – “excess of revenue over expenses” – jumping from $55.7 million in 2005 to $112 million in 2006. Taxpayers’ dollars played a major role in that profit. The organization received over $336 million in government grants and contracts.

The funding of this controversial agency comes despite its having been caught red-handed in illegal activity in 2002 and again in 2007 as they counseled women, posing as under aged pregnant girls seeking abortions, to conceal either their own age or the age of their adult sexual partner since state laws would have required reporting of statutory rape.

Planned Parenthood was, in effect, protecting child abusers and rapists. As reported in our last newsletter (Feb/Mar 2008), a Sexual Predators Bill has been introduced in Harrisburg to require age documentation and reporting of this type of sexual abuse against young girls. Encourage your representatives to support this bill. And then ask them why our tax dollars are contributing to the work of this unscrupulous organization.

To see Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report go to: www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/annual-report.htm

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CONTRACEPTIVES A.K.A. ABORTIFACIENTS [7/22/08]



By Karen DeFabio

While most people understand the concept of why a contraceptive is used – to deter a pregnancy – few people understand that chemical contraceptives in all forms can function as abortifacients. For those uninformed many who think they have outwitted the “problem” of an “un-timed “or “never timed” pregnancy they need to know the truth. Their chemical contraceptive could cause a chemically induced abortion. Women given the truth about what truly happens in their womb while consuming these chemicals, will see that while they may not be contemplating abortion they are creating the exact environment within their womb’s chemistry for an abortion to occur. It is not comforting to realize that even some doctors prescribing these contraceptives do not completely understand the link between birth control pills and abortifacients.

Here is what is supposed to happen when a woman consumes birth control pills or other contraceptives.

  • Attempts to block an egg from being released from the ovary.
  • May thicken a woman’s vaginal secretions, making it difficult for sperm to travel up the reproductive tract.
  • Changes the lining of the uterus so that if breakthrough ovulation and fertilization (conception) do occur, the embryo cannot attach to the uterine lining for nourishment because the glycogen production of the endometrial glands is diminished by the birth control pill and therefore the baby dies. This is an early abortion.

Data determined by Dr. Kuhar, author of his paper, Infant Homicides Through Contraception (1993) discovered the average rate of breakthrough ovulation is between 2% and 10% per cycle. There is a 25% overall contraceptive rate for normally fertile couples per cycle with an estimated 13.9 million users at the time of the research. The chart below indicates the percentage rate of breakthrough ovulations, and the amount of chemically induced abortions caused by the use of contraceptives.

Contraceptive Used Percentage Number of abortions per year
Oral Pill 2% 834,000
  10% 4,171,000 million
Depo- Provera 40% – 60% 1.2 – 1.8 million
Norplant 50% – 60% 2.250 – 2.295 million

Depo-Provera injections last three months. Norplant , a sub dermal implant of six tiny rods containing progestin, acts up to five years as an abortifacient. The latest abortifacients, RU-486 (Mifepriston), methotrexate, and the intra-uterine device (IUD) always prevent the fertilized embryo’s implantation, not conception. RU-486 and methtrexate vaccines make a woman’s immune system attack and destroy her own baby.

Does the average woman truly know these ramifications of the chemicals prescribed to her? Would most women continue to take birth control pills or injections knowing they could potentially be aborting their children while thinking they are preventing a pregnancy from occurring? Women I speak with outside Planned Parenthood seem perfectly at ease taking birth control pills because it is their understanding that this pill will prevent them from becoming pregnant. What they do not know is that breakthrough ovulation occurs more frequently today because of the lowered dosage of hormones used to create the form of birth control, making them more susceptible to the breakthrough ovulation condition and fertilization to occur.

You can help by disseminating this information to women who use contraceptives to make them fully aware of the potential abortion of their own children because of the chemically induced abortifacient environment that artificial contraceptives create.

(Natural family planning will be discussed in our next newsletter. Or go to The Couple to Couple League at www.ccli.org or
Family of the Americas Foundation at www.familyplanning.net

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ABORTION-ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE BOOKLET [7/22/08]



2008 Edition Now Available

This booklet first developed by Rev. Paul Crikelair in 1994 has been updated and edited by the St. Peter Parish Respect Life Committee. Over 100 Pro-Life Agencies located in 12 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania are listed in this 40-page booklet. It includes the names, addresses, phone numbers, websites and services offered for each agency.

Copies will be mailed to each agency as well as churches, schools and doctors. Anyone wishing to receive a free copy can call Eileen Christian at 610-384-6029.

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AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRESENT AND FUTURE SIDEWALK COUNSELORS [6/2/08]



By Jo Christof

About 20 years ago, I met a young woman as she arrived for her abortion appointment. Upon hearing my greeting, her first words to me were, “I was praying someone would tell me not to do it.” After meeting with a counselor at Amnion CPC she went on to have the baby- her fifth child. His name is Kristen. I have kept in touch with them over the years. They’re now in North Carolina. Kris graduated from high school last year and loves to write. I recently received a card and a gift from him – a silver cross pendent with a heart in the middle. Inside the card was the following poem written by this 19 year old young man.


WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS
Words cannot express my gratitude-
for your kind heart and positive attitude.

Words cannot express the lives you changed
and how many more you’ll continue to save.

Words cannot express how much an angel you are
even though I’m here, you’re still not very far.

Words cannot express what you’ve done for me –
your heart is so vast it covers the seas.

Words cannot express what was almost lost
here is a piece of my heart in the center of this cross.

I love you, Jo, thank you so much –
You’ve healed so many with a single touch.

              Love, Kristen


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PLANNED PARENTHOOD REPORTS HUGE PROFITS [6/2/08]



U.S. Taxpayers Contribute To Their Bottom Line

The newly released Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) 2006-2007 Annual Report shows that the abortion giant has increased the number of abortions it committed from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006. Total revenue amounted to over one billion dollars, with the organization’s profit – “excess of revenue over expenses” – jumping from $55.7 million in 2005 to $112 million in 2006. Taxpayers’ dollars played a major role in that profit. The organization received over $336 million in government grants and contracts.

The funding of this controversial agency comes despite its having been caught red-handed in illegal activity in 2002 and again in 2007 as they counseled women, posing as under aged pregnant girls seeking abortions, to conceal either their own age or the age of their adult sexual partner since state laws would have required reporting of statutory rape.

Planned Parenthood was, in effect, protecting child abusers and rapists. As reported in our last newsletter (Feb/Mar 2008), a Sexual Predators Bill has been introduced in Harrisburg to require age documentation and reporting of this type of sexual abuse against young girls. Encourage your representatives to support this bill. And then ask them why our tax dollars are contributing to the work of this unscrupulous organization.

To see Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report go to: www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/annual-report.htm

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SUSAN G. KOMEN & PLANNED PARENTHOOD [6/2/08]



It doesn’t make any sense. A leading foundation dedicated to funding research for the cure of breast cancer has been rewarding grants to Planned Parenthood – the leading abortion provider in the United States. Numer-ous studies have shown that abortion can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

STOPP International – a Planned Parenthood watchdog – has reported that chapters of the Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer group gave affiliates of Planned Parenthood $711,485 from April 2005-March, 2006. During the 2006-2007 fiscal year Planned Parenthood businesses received $726,445.

Jim Sedlak, a representative of STOPP, says the num-bers are concerning given that millions of pro-life Amer-icans will participate in Komen events during the month.
Sedlak urged pro-life advocates to disassociate them-selves with Susan B. Komen events until the organiza-tion’s affiliates stop giving money to the abortion busi-ness.

In September 2004, Eve Sanchez Silver, a medical re-search analyst and Hispanic outreach director of the Komen Foundation, resigned from her leadership posi-tion. She said, “I don’t believe that the Komen Founda-tion can uphold and support and affirm life with one hand, and then give money to an organization that is re-sponsible for killing people on the other.” Silver even-tually had a meeting with Komen officials about their grants and abortion’s link with breast cancer.

According to Silver, “Susan G. Komen (SGK) officials did not appear to have knowledge of simple breast facts.” She explained that the breast is an organ that is not mature at birth and SGK officials appeared to be surprised to learn that the breast does not become fully mature until after 32 weeks of pregnancy. As a result, interruption of pregnancy via an abortion before 32 weeks leaves breast cells exposed to estrogen, which is highly carcinogenic. Silver also indicated that Komen representatives appeared to be “more concerned about assisting women after they had contracted breast cancer than informing them to avoid breast cancer risk by avoiding abortions and having early, full term pregnancy.”

Silver reports that other worthy organizations were denied grants because the money went instead to the nation’s largest abortion provider. During the fiscal year of 2006 – 2007 donations from the Komen affiliates included Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, Idaho, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, California, Arizona, Washington, Florida and Delaware (received from the Philadelphia Komen affiliate). Komen officials have dismissed the grants saying they are for breast cancer screenings, but pro-life advocates say the money is fungible and that it frees up funds Planned Parenthood could use on abortions.

Curves, the fitness franchise firm, owned by women’s health advocate Gary Heavin, has stopped supporting Komen events, including their sponsorship of the Komen Race for the Cure. Boycotts of Komen events have been called for by the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette and the St. Louis Archdiocese. The Diocese of Phoenix also asked parishioners to tell Komen to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood.

What else can pro-lifers do?

Write or call the Susan G. Komen Foundation:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75244
1-877-465-6636
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
1255 9th St., Suite 202
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-238-8900
 
Support organizations that effectively fight breast cancer such as:
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
9 Vassar Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
P.O. Box 957133
Hoffman Estates, IL 90195
 
See related websites:
www.stopabortionbreastcancer.org
www.abortionbreastcancer.com
www.komen.org

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PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION IN HARRISBURG [5/10/08]



There are four important pieces of legislation now working their way through the PA State Senate and House of Representatives.

  1. The Conscientious Objection Act (SB 1255) clarifies existing PA statutes which recognize the conscience rights of health care workers and institutions. It will protect them from retribution due to their objection on religious, moral, etc. grounds to administration of procedures regarding artificial birth control, artificial in-semination, cloning, embryonic stem cell experimentation, sterilization and administration of certain drugs that act as abortifacients. This legislation is necessary because recent regulations promulgated by the PA Department of Health have undermined these rights. There has been an open attempt to re-define drugs with a recognized abortifacient action (preventing implantation) as “contraceptives”. This re-definition is a direct contradiction to PA’s legal definition of life as beginning at conception and poses ethical implications for many health care professionals.
  2. The Child Rapist & Sexual Predator Detection Act (HB 2350) – Current law in PA states that any child under the age of 13 who exhibits evidence of sexual activity has been a victim of rape. Any child aged 13, 14, or 15 who exhibits evidence of sexual activity may be the victim of statutory rape and/or sexual assault. This legislation would mandate that health care workers verify ages and report indications of sexual activity, such as pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease, in underage girls.
  3. The Marriage Protection Act (SB1250) states “No union other than a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage or the functional equivalent of marriage by the Common-wealth.” Traditional marriage and its resultant family structure have proven to be beneficial to the man and woman, to the children raised inside it, and to the larger society. It deserves the highest level of legal protec-tion. Inaction will leave a challenge open to the courts which could mandate laws against the will of the peo-ple as happened in Massachusetts and New Jersey.
  4. The Grandparents Custody Act (HB 1548) provides consideration of grandparents for physical and legal custody for children deemed dependent that become wards of the state.

Please contact your state senator and representative and urge their support of these bills. If you do not know who repre-sents you in Harrisburg or how to contact him or her, see here or call our office at 610-692-4463.

If you would like to join our “Chester County Lobbying Team“, that makes monthly trips to Harrisburg and, together with the Pro-Life Coalition of PA, has been instrumental in the development of these legislative efforts, contact Jack O’Brien at 610-692-2122 or Patandjohnob@aol.com.

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2006 PA Abortion Statistics [5/10/08]



Abortion statistics for 2006 have recently been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since 1980, we’ve experienced both, the highest annual and lowest annual number of abortions recorded (65,777 in 1980 and 34,494 in 1999). The 2006 statistic of 36,731 abortions performed in Pennsylvania indicates a 5.2% increase from 2005 with Ches-ter County accounting for 1,054. With these ups and downs, it appears that there is no prevailing trend and presents an indicator that, more than ever, women and their partners continue to need education and counseling when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

  • The majority of all abortions were committed on unmarried women at 8 weeks gestation or less (34,393 or 93.6%). Sadly, these babies already had heartbeats and brainwaves.
  • Once again, across Pennsylvania, the 20 – 24 year old population accounts for the highest number of induced abortions (12,454). Chester County accounts for 374 of these abortions.
  • Complications were reported in 84 abortions Statewide. The majority of these cases were problems with “retained products of conception”.
  • Almost half (44.8%) of the abortions performed in Pennsylvania, were committed on women who previously had one or more abortions. This statistic depicts a staggering need for education.
  • White women account for 55.9% of abortions performed Statewide, while black women accounted for 38.9% and Hispanic women for 6% of total statewide abortions.

Let’s give praise for all the mothers, who when faced with the choice, choose life. And pray for the other mothers that they come to know the Lord and ask for forgiveness so that they may be reunited with their babies in heaven. To receive the complete report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health please contact our office at 610-692-4463.

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PENNSYLVANIA’S PRO-LIFE PLATE [5/10/08]




Choose Life license plate


You can help Chester County Pro-Life Agencies by ordering your PA Pro-Life License Plate. Apply for yours at www.pachoose-life.org or call our office for an application (610-692-4463). The initial cost is $44. PENNDOT will receive $20; PA Correctional Industries receives $4. There is no annual fee to the state to retain the plate. The additional $20 is a donation to PA CHOOSELIFE, an organization that will raise and distribute funds for crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes. They will request an annual donation of $20.

Funds raised from individual counties will be distributed to that county’s pro-life agencies. So to support our Chester County pro-life groups, we need to see the pro-life plates on more Chester County cars.

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LOCAL NUMBERS FOR 2007 [5/10/08]



The most recent numbers received from the PA Dept. of Health for 2006 show an increase in abortions across the state (see Page 2). However, here in Chester County, we have seen a steady decrease in the number of children who have lost their lives at Planned Parenthood in West Chester over the past three years.

   2004 1138 babies
   2005 1079 babies
   2006 1008 babies
   2007  932 babies

Other locations reported the following:

   Phoenixville Hospital    Paoli Hospital
2004 35
2005 26
2006 23
2007 29
2004 19
2005 7
2006 6
2007 6

We pray that as Chester County pro-life people continue to pray and fast for an end to abortion, we will see the end of the killing in our midst.

This past Lent, from Feb. 6 March 16, 40 Days for Life Campaigns took place across the country in 59 cities. As happened in our community last fall, it brought people together in prayer and witness to end this tragedy in our land. Babies were saved and moms and dads were spared a lifetime of grief. Watch for another dedicated “40 Days for Life” this coming fall in Chester County. We must continue our efforts to end abortion. We ask God to use us as His tools to end the killing.

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AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO
DIED IN IRAQ
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+ EACH CROSS = 100 DEATHS
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AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES
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MORE COMPANIES OFF BOYCOTT LIST [1/13/08]



Life Decisions Int. has reported that Sears, Kmart, Comcast, Compass Group PLC and The Park Grill have been removed from the list of companies which fund Planned Parenthood.

For more info, go to www.fightpp.org

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MONTHLY UPDATE & ACTION MEETINGS [1/13/08]



The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants prayer vigil on the first Saturday of each month (see Regularly Scheduled Activities), is followed by a short meeting to update us on pro-life news – local, state, and national. The meetings usually begin around 9:45 am and are over by 11 am. Come learn what you can do to help and be more involved with upcoming legislation and other pro-life events. To receive regular emails about these meetings, send your email address to rmmaxwell@yahoo.com
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THREE WAYS TO SUPPORT CHESTER COUNTY PRO-LIFE COALITION [1/13/08]

DONATE: Fill out this form and send with
your donation.

USE GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS: Purchase gift certificates or cards (depending on the store) for any of the stores listed on the coupon here. Use them when shopping in the same way you would use cash. You get dollar for dollar what you purchase from us; there is no cost to you. We make 5% of what we sell.

If you are currently purchasing gift cards from your church or school, perhaps you would consider purchasing one week’s worth out of each month from us. You can order by mail using the coupon to the right. Tell your friends about it. For more information, please call our office at 610-692-4463.

BUY AN ENTERTAINMENT BOOK: We have the Philadelphia West 2008 Entertainment Book. These books are filled with incredible discounts on restaurants, entertainment, travel and local businesses and services in Chester & Delaware Counties and Philadelphia. The books sell for $25 and make great gifts. The savings on one or two uses can often pay for the cost of the book

To order books for other cities call our office at 610-692-4463 or go to www.fundraising.entertainment.com/support and use our Account Number #542323. We will receive 20% of your purchase price.

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EXCITING NEWS FROM CCWS MEDICAL [1/13/08]

By Karen Pennell, CEO

I believe God is the Author of the word “Amaze”. Someone once told me that where God leads He provides. I’ve come to learn this is true of not just the small stuff in life but also the Goliath size callings.

In 2007, CCWS Medical heard the call of God and the cry of the community to open a location in the heart of West Chester. After much prayer and guidance our Board of Directors was in full agreement that it was time to expand our territory into the borough of West Chester. Then the “amazing” journey officially began!

We found a building that was too expensive to our human eyes but God provided through His faithful children. In a very short time He provided $75,000 to cover the down payment and closing costs. This building at 27 South Church Street has three apartments which provide approximately $2,000 per month income toward the mortgage payment. The remaining payment amount is less than we were paying for rent at our previous West Chester location! That’s Amazing!!

Once we purchased the building we needed to build out the office and also meet current building codes. We put out the word in the form of emails and mailings and once again the children of God stepped up and were willing to put forth the effort to complete these needed renovations. We’ve experienced Godly men and women from throughout Chester County working together at our new location. It’s a pleasure to be on site with them to hear joking, laughter and conversation. So much has been completed in just one short month. In just two more weeks we will be finished! That’s Amazing!!

We then began praying for more volunteers to serve our clients once the doors open in West Chester as well as increase our Coatesville hours. In the last month we have had over 20 women contact us regarding joining our staff of volunteers. That’s Amazing!!

We look forward to opening our doors mid-January 2008 to women seeking hope in their time of crisis! Through our counseling services and our ultrasound technology we will introduce mothers and fathers to their pre-born children. Currently we are experiencing 90-95% of our clients choosing life for their pre-born children. With ultrasound in the borough of West Chester we believe we will increase the number of mothers choosing life and decrease the number of abortions! That’s Amazing!!

To know more about CCWS Medical visit our website or contact Karen Pennell, CEO, via e-mail or phone at (610) 593-6331.

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IS THE END OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH NEAR? [1/13/08]

Recent incredible events have occurred which some say will end the debate between embryonic versus adult stem cell research. While the only current successes in treating numerous diseases and conditions have come from the use of adult or cord blood stem cells, the proponents of the need for embryonic stem cells say that they are the only type that have the possibility of being transformed into whatever type of tissue that is needed.

Until now. Two research pioneers, Professor Shinya Yamenaha, of Kyoto University, and Professor James Thomson, of the University of Wisconsin, have announced that they have found a way to make adult stem cells revert to their embryonic form, which can then be turned into various types of cells. The method is an extremely simple technique of injecting four genes into adult skin cells. The process can be easily replicated in labs across the world. “People didn’t know it would be this easy,” stated Prof. Thomson.

As a result of this announcement, the internationally known, Professor Ian Wilmut, who cloned “Dolly”, the sheep, and received a license from the British government to clone human embryos, now says he will not pursue it. He says the new method has better potential for creating embryonic stem cells by growing them from a patient’s own cells and forgoing the destruction of human life. He believes the new approach is “easier to accept socially”, given the opposition from pro-life advocates to human cloning.

Charles Krauthammer, who sat on President Bush’s Council on Bioethics as a “secular member” — not committed to one side or the other, commented on the stem cell research breakthrough in his Nov. 30, 2007 column for the Washington Post. He stated, “The Holy Grail has now been achieved”. He lists several reasons: (1) The genius of Professors Yamanaha and Thomson, (2) The good fortune that nature requires only four injected genes to turn an adult skin cell into one that can become bone or brain or heart or liver, and (3) Because the moral disquiet that James Thomson always felt — and that George Bush forced the country to confront — helped lead him and others to find some ethically neutral way to produce stem cells.

In August of 2001, President Bush took a stance and decided that a moral line had to be drawn regarding the issue of embryonic stem cell research. He forbade the use of federal dollars for the creation and destruction of new embryos for research. Many on both sides didn’t agree with where he drew the line, but as Krauthammer put it, “What Bush got right was to insist, in the face of enormous popular and scientific opposition, on drawing a line at all, on requiring that scientific imperative be balanced by moral considerations.”

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INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT ORGAN DONATIONS [10/29/07]



Physician sounds alarm about
unethical or at least highly questionable practices of organ transplant
industry

By Steve Jalsevac

September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
There has been growing concern over the past several years about
increasingly aggressive measures undertaken to harvest human organs
from dying patients. Dr. John Shea, a Toronto physician who has
specialized in researching the issue, has just completed a report, Organ
donation: The inconvenient truth
, that sounds an alarm about
the unethical or at least highly questionable practices of the organ
transplant industry. The article is published in the September issue of
Catholic Insight magazine.

The magazine editor states the article is
offered to inform the public about “the moral principles and scientific
facts pertaining to both the donation and harvesting of human organs
for transplantation purposes. Many physicians have serious and
well-considered concerns about the morality of human organ
transplantation and about the fact that the general public has not been
properly informed about what really happens when organs are retrieved.”

Dr. Shea reports on the modern and still
very unsettled definition of “brain death” used by many organ
transplant physicians to justify declaring organ donors dead and
therefore fair game for immediate organ harvesting.

Shea points out, “There is no consensus on
diagnostic criteria for brain death. They are the subject of intense
international debate. Various sets of neurological criteria for the
diagnosis of brain death are used. A person could be diagnosed as brain
dead if one set is used and not be diagnosed as brain dead if another
is used.”  It depends on what hospital or which doctor is
involved in a particular case. 

In fact, says Shea, “A diagnosis of death by
neurological criteria is theory, not scientific fact. Also,
irreversibility of neurological function is a prognosis, not a
medically observable fact.”

The coldly utilitarian goal of promoting the
acceptance of brain death, says Shea, “is to move to a society where
people see organ donation as a social responsibility and where donating
organs would be accepted as a normal part of dying.” In fact, he says,
the specific wishes of a donor opposed to having his organs removed
would be bypassed by putting skilled pressure on surviving family
members to approve the organ removal.

The apnea test, or removal of a ventilator,
that is often used to determine brain death, says Dr. Shea, is the
thing that often ends up killing the patient. “The test”, he reports,
“significantly impairs the possibility of recovery and can lead to the
death of the patient through a heart attack or irreversible brain
damage.”

Shea reveals there are some preventive
measures taken by organ removal teams that bring in to serious question
whether their donor body, kept functioning through artificial means to
preserve the organs, is really, fully dead.

“Some form of anesthesia is needed to
prevent the donor from moving during removal of the organs. The donor’s
blood pressure may rise during surgical removal. Similar changes take
place during ordinary surgical procedures only if the depth of
anesthesia is inadequate. Body movement and a rise in blood pressure
are due to the skin incision and surgical procedure if the donor is not
anesthetized. Is it not reasonable to consider that the donor may feel
pain? In some cases, drugs to paralyze muscle contraction are given to
prevent the donor from moving during removal of the organs. Yet,
sometimes no anesthesia is administered to the donor. Movement by the
donor is distressing to doctors and nurses. Perhaps this is another
reason why anesthesia and drugs to paralyze the muscles are usually
given.”

Since the definition of brain death was
invented in the late 1960s “as a means for the moral validation of the
retrieval of human organs for transplant”, says Shea, the demand for
organs has increasingly exceeded supply and so a new definitions of
death had to be created to help meet the demand. The concept of
“cardiac death” was developed but this also has serious ethical
challenges and test measures that also kill a possibly still alive
patient.
Another “ominous and disturbing development” is the recent recruitment
of palliative caregivers by the organ harvesting industry. “Those care
givers” says Shea, “in effect… are to be the agents of a soft-sell
program to make the family ‘feel comfortable and supported during this
extremely difficult time.'”

Shea covers the changing Vatican debate on
these end of life issues and the need for more definitive and better
informed direction from the Church on the issues. An Italian researcher
is quoted stating, “The concern of many is that the Vatican has not
taken the appropriate position when doubts exist about the end of human
life.”

Organ donation: The inconvenient
truth
contains many references to support its statements and
is a timely paper on the human transplant trend that is fast becoming
ethically out-of-control. Many political jurisdictions are considering
radical legislative measures, such as presumed consent, without being
fully aware of the major ethical dilemmas related to organ transplants.
Most are not aware, for instance, that organs are often taken from
persons who are likely, in many ways, still alive.

To view the complete article: www.lifesitenews.com
or see related articles: www.lifesite.net

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SUPPORT A PRO-LIFE BUSINESS [10/29/07]



Past issues of this newsletter have called for boycotts of various companies. Now wed like to highlight a local pro-life business that deserves your patronage. The Mediterranean Restaurant at 150 W. Gay St, in West Chester, has refused to participate in the annual Dining Our for Life event that raises funds that end up in the hands of Planned Parenthood. Owners, Joe & Margaret Andraos, are often intimidated into giving money to the Dining Out event and told they are losing regular customers. They still refuse to give. Joe immigrated from Lebanon many years ago, where he fled from Christian persecution. Their restaurant is BYOB and offers a quiet dining experience with plenty of fresh home made food.
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AWARD WINNING MOVIE, BELLA, OPENS OCTOBER 26 [9/25/07]



(taken from LifeNews.com)

PROVIDES FRESH LOOK AT ABORTION

You don’t want to miss this winner of the “People’s Choice” Award at the Toronto Film Festival that provides a look at the abortion debate from the perspective of a man who learns to have an appreciation for the value of human life after an automobile accident in which a young girl is killed. Changing the way the public approaches the issue of abortion is the top goal of the producers of Bella. Without an over-the-top approach that features content directed at the pro-life community, it takes a more subtle tack that could cause millions of Americans to rethink their own views supporting abortion.

The actors and producers in the movie are stars in their own right who are all strongly pro-life Catholics and have formed a production company to impact the culture. Eduardo Verastegui is one of the most successful Mexican actors in Hollywood today and has become one of the strongest voices against the legalization of abortion in Mexico City. Like his character in Bella, he gave up the glory of the world to focus on making movies that advance values and ethics.
Since rediscovering the faith of his parents, he has no fear of public rejection for denouncing the holocaust of abortion

The movie is racking up strong reviews from media outlets including, the New York Times, Fox News and the New York Post. At numerous private showings, audiences have risen to their feet with teary eyes, thunderous applause and offers to help promote it. Now that it has finally received a major distribution deal, it will hit theaters nationwide on October 26th. So gather as many people as you can to come out to, not only be enthralled by this stunning movie, but to help support those who have used their money, talent, and faith to speak out on the sanctity of human life.

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WAWA OFF THE BOYCOTT LIST [9/25/07]



Life Decisions, International (LDI) has put out an update that Wawa is no longer a boycott target as reported in this newsletter last month. It was a shock to many that one of our “homegrown” and well-loved businesses would contribute to an organization such as Planned Parenthood – for that’s what gets you on the LDI boycott list. Phone calls, letters and emails were sent to the Corporate Headquarters. It appears they got the message.
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PRO-LIFE GROUP NAMES NEW BOYCOTT TARGETS [9/1/07]



(taken from LifeNews.com)

Life Decisions International (LDI), a group that monitors corporations that give contributions to Planned Parenthood has released a new boycott list. They hope that pro-life advocates will consult the list before making purchases at some of the leading companies in the United States because they support the number one abortion business.

Doug Scott, president of LDI, confirms that the boycott list has proven effective over the past 15 years. He says, “As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 153 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood.” Several well-known companies are appearing on the LDI boycott list for the first time, including:

Allstate Insurance Company, CCA Global (the parent of Carpet One and other flooring stores), Chevron, Texaco, Comcast, DuPont, eBay and PayPal, the Four Seasons Hotels, GlaxoSmithKline, Marriott, OSI Restaurants (which includes Outback Steakhouse), Sears and Kmart, Sonic, and Wawa convenience stores [NOTE: Wawa is now off the boycott list!].

Some of the companies that remain on the boycott list include: Wachovia, Nike, Time Warner, Bank of America, CIGNA, Walt Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, Nationwide Insurance.

The new list also includes a revised section identifying charitable organizations associated with Planned Parenthood. To receive the complete list contact Life Decisions International at P.O. Box 75161, Washington, D.C. or by phone 540-631-0380 or website www.fightpp.org

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THREE CHESTER COUNTY FACILITIES REPORT ABORTIONS IN 2006 [6/23/07]



According to the PA Department of Health, abortions were committed at three locations in Chester County in 2006.

Planned Parenthood – 1008
Phoenixville Hospital – 23
Paoli Hospital – 6

Chemical (RU-48) abortions are not included in these totals, so the actual numbers must be higher.

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INFORMED CONSENT: IT’S REALLY QUITE CLEAR [6/23/07]



A portion of Section 3205 of the PA Abortion Control Act states:

1. At least 24 hours prior to the abortion, the physician who is to perform the abortion or the referring physician, has orally informed the woman of:

i. The nature of the proposed procedure or treatment and of those risks and alternatives to the procedure.
ii. The probable gestational age of the unborn child at the time the abortion is to be performed.
iii. The medical risks associated with carrying her child to term.

This above is part of the information a mother is to receive during her “informed consent” visit at least 24 hours before an abortion. Planned Parenthood of West Chester has their clients watch a video instead of speaking with a physician during their “informed consent” visit. Does it seem obvious that a physician speaking on a video has no way of telling the abortion client what the gestational age of the child is?

We have been back and forth with both the PA Dept. of State (who is supposed to enforce this law) and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office (who also has jurisdiction) for well over a year to have this law enforced. The former has
decided there is no violation – without giving any explanation; the latter is still researching it!!!

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THE GOLDEN RULE [6/23/07]



Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12)

This teaching of Jesus, called the Golden Rule, makes it pretty easy to evaluate how we should treat others, particularly others in need. Jesus tells us it applies “in everything.” That includes in pro-life strategy.

“Do to others what you would have them do to you.” It applies when the “others” are unborn children, living and growing in their mothers’ wombs, and scheduled to be aborted. We are to do to them what we would want others to do to us if we were in the same situation.

I once asked a pro-abortion person if he would prefer to have been aborted. His response was, “I would not have known the difference.” And thus he avoided answering the question, which was whether he would prefer (now) to have been aborted (then), not what he would or would not have known then. Put another way, if you were in danger of losing your life and could not rescue yourself, what would you want others to do for you?

The answer for every sane person is that we would want others to rescue us, to save us. According to the teaching of Jesus, then, we have to do save and rescue the unborn. “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Yet most believers in Jesus do not follow this advice.

Were we in danger, would we want others to speak up for us, even if they would face ridicule, opposition, and accusations of being fanatical single-issue people? The answer is yes. Were we in danger, would we want preachers to sound the alarm and rally people to come to our aid and protect our lives? The answer is yes. Were we in danger, would we want public officials and candidates for public office to make an issue of saving our lives, and restore to us the protection of which we were deprived? The answer is yes.

If, then, we follow the teaching of Jesus, we know what we have to do. “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

A lot of pro-life people lose time and sleep figuring out how much risk they should take in their pro-life activity – how many people should they risk offending, how many positions should they risk losing, and how many legal entanglements should they risk incurring. It’s time to stop wondering. “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Just ask the simple question, “If it were my life at stake, how much risk would I want others to take to save me?”

Some people today, including me, are even evaluating whether they should physically intervene by blockading the doors of abortion facilities to separate the babies from the instruments that will kill them. Jesus’ words convey an uncomfortable answer: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”

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NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOC. HAS RADICAL AGENDA [6/23/07]



The National Education Association (NEA) teacher union is holding its annual convention in Philadelphia from June 30 – through July 5, 2007. Over 9000 delegates from all fifty states will meet to set policy for its 3.2 million members.

It will come as no surprise if NEA delegates propose a resolution at the convention condemning the recent Supreme Court decision against Partial-Birth Abortion.

Most Americans are unaware of the NEA leadership’s radical agenda. In 1985 its �Family Planning� Resolution (I-13) was adopted. It 1986 it was amended and is reaffirmed annually at every Convention. It reads, “The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom. The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women and men unable to take advantage of private facilities. The Association further urges the implementation of community-operated, school-based family planning clinics that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.”

In 1990 NEA delegates passed New Business Item 1990-65 – “NEA will oppose any legislation which will erode the status of Roe v. Wade and/or which impedes access to and choice of reproductive health care options, by providing technical assistance to state affiliates.”

The NEA leadership is one of Planned Parenthood’s primary advocates. The NEA leadership co-sponsored the pro-abortion rallies in Washington, DC in 1989, 1992, and 2004 along with the ACLU, National Abortion Rights Action League, and other liberal and feminist groups.

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ONGOING VISITS TO LEGISLATORS [5/7/07]



The monthly lobbying trips to Harrisburg are continuing. Several carloads of people have been traveling to our state capitol to meet with state legislators. Over 26 have been visited so far � both influential leaders and the newly elected. These meetings have been informative both for the legislators and for our people. The legislators are learning more about pro-life priorities and issues and we are learning more about the workings of our government.

The legislative efforts being pursued include: An “Ultrasound Bill” which will enable mothers to view their unborn child before an abortion, a “Conscience Bill for Pharmacists” to give them the right to refuse filling prescriptions that can cause the death of an unborn child, the “Marriage Amendment” to declare marriage as between one man and one woman, a “Psychological Harm Bill” which would require telling mothers coming for abortions about the risks of psychological problems following abortion, and the removal of “family planning” money from the budget which uses our tax dollars to promote promiscuity among the young.

Anyone wishing to join in future trips to Harrisburg, contact Jack O’Brien at 610-692-2122.

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2005 ABORTION STATISTICS: WHERE DO WE STAND? [5/7/07]



Recently, the PA Department of Health released their annual report for 2005 on abortions in Pennsylvania. There was a lot of information to process, and some sad numbers to relate for our unborn brothers and sisters who were lost, and for their mothers who were wounded. In total, 34,909 abortions were committed throughout Pennsylvania.

Statewide, 6 girls, 12 years of age or younger, had abortions � and in Chester County alone, 4 abortions were done on girls under the age of 15.

The majority (almost 60%) of all abortions were performed at 8 weeks or less. This means that these mothers lost children who already had heartbeats, brainwaves, and were moving around of their own free will.

Over 34% were obtained by 20-24 year olds, making them the majority of women seeking abortions. The next largest group was 25-29 year olds.

Complications occurred in 121 reported cases, most of which were problems with �retained products of conception’. And most of these complications occurred in abortions at 8 weeks or less gestation.

Repeat abortions accounted for 44.8% of the abortions, with 18.8% on women who had two or more previous abortions.

White women had 56.9% of the abortions, while black women accounted for 38% and those of Hispanic origin had 6.4%.

In Chester County, 1,117 residents had abortions in PA, while 1,162 abortions actually occurred in Chester County. The number of residents having abortions has been slowly increasing over the past three years. In 2004, there were 1040 and in 2003, there were 983. The number of abortions occurring in Chester County in 2004 was 1173 and in 2003 there were 1129.

Anyone wishing to receive the complete report from the PA Department of Health, please call our office at 610-692-4463.

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CANCER GROUPS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD [5/7/07]



We want to call your attention to some groups that you may normally like to contribute to, but have links to Planned Parenthood. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (“Race for the Cure”) continues to give grant money to Planned Parenthood for “breast health care”. And the American Cancer Society is now giving them money for “smoking cessation programs”.

Both of these organizations insist on ignoring the evidence that abortion can increase the risk of breast cancer and that Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortion in this country. Please let these seemingly good organizations know why you cannot contribute or participate in their “races” as long as they are involved with Planned Parenthood.

According to “Life Decisions International” other groups with relationships with Planned Parenthood are Camp Fire Girls, The Dr. Phil Foundation, Girl Scouts, Human Rights Watch, some Kiwanis Clubs, the March of Dimes, some Rotary Clubs, and the YWCA.

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30 DAYS OF PRO-LIFE PRAYER [5/7/07]



Prayer is one of the most powerful tools available to each of us. The Bible repeatedly refers to prayer as a way to not only praise and worship God, but also to petition God for help and to thank God for His many blessings.

The National Pro-Life Religious Council, which represents a wide variety of different Christian denominations, has recently completed a prayer outline to help pro-life people conduct 30 days of personal prayer, based on a solid Biblical foundation.

“30 Days for Life – A Prayer Devotional” begins each day’s devotional with a scriptural quote followed by several thought-provoking and inspiring paragraphs, which offer reflections on that day’s scripture. Each day’s devotional is then closed with a brief pro-life prayer.

In all, there are 15 contributors to the book, representing 14 different denominations or organizations with outreach programs to religious groups. Some of the contributors include pro-life clergy who have worked steadfastly for 20 or more years to change their denominations’ position from pro-abortion to pro-life. And through their work and prayer, some of these denominations are beginning to move, ever so slowly, toward a pro-life position.

Through prayer, we honor God, ask for His assistance in our struggle to protect all innocent human life, and thank Him for the help He has already given us. I believe this book will provide everyone with an opportunity to spend a few minutes a day, for 30 consecutive days, to pray and to reflect on various aspects of the pro-life movement. I hope this book will fill your hearts with a sense of peace and purpose that only prayer – personal communication with God – can bring.

30 Days for Life – A Prayer Devotional may be purchased for $3.50 plus $1.00 postage. Please send your order to National Right to Life, 512 Tenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20004. You can also call (202) 626-8811.

By Ernest L. Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Director of Outreach

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PA CHOOSE LIFE LICENSE PLATE [3/21/07]



After years of lobbying and waiting, the PA Choose Life License Plate is finally here! Here is an excerpt from the website,
www.pachoose-life.org, where you can find more information about this license plate!


“Membership for PA Choose Life is $40.00 for the first year. The membership fee includes
the PA Choose Life License Plate. After covering the costs incurred from the Department of
Transportation for the manufacture of the plates the rest of the $40.00 fee will go directly to the
Homes for Women in Crisis Pregnancies in Pennsylvania. In the future, members will be able
to view fund distribution via the PA Choose Life website.

We would ask that you renew your $20.00 membership fee each year at the time of your vehicle
registration. PA CHOOSELIFE will send you a reminder card separately from your Penndot
Registration. Your annual support will continue to fund these homes in the years after you
have received your PA CHOOSELIFE specialty plate.”


Pennsylvania Choose Life license plate

Signing up for this license plate serves two very important purposes in our community�first, it
allows people to share the message about Life just as effectively as with bumper stickers, and
secondly, an important contribution goes to those pregnancy resource clinics in our area that
are serving women facing crisis pregnancies, helping them to choose life for their babies.

Order your “Choose Life” license plate today!


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WHO WILL DECIDE FOR YOU? [3/21/07]



On Jan 29, 2007, Act 169 took effect in the state of PA and it could affect all
of us. The Act makes sweeping changes affecting healthcare powers of attorney
and living wills. It provides the means for competent adults to control their health
care either directly through instructions written in advance (living wills) or indirectly
through a health care agent (health care powers of attorney) or, when there is no
advance directive, through a healthcare representative (usually a member of the
patient’s family).

In the absence of a chosen health care agent or representative, this law sets forth who
may act by default as the representative to make medical decisions. The list in descending
order of priority is: 1.Spouse and adult child who is not the child of the spouse 2. Adult child.
3. Parent. 4. Adult sibling. 5. Adult grandchild. 6. Close friend.

It is impossible to know what medical situations will arise in the future. Pro-life
attorneys and organizations recommend naming a health care representative you trust to
make the best moral and ethical decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself instead of
using living wills.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF THE MARCH FOR LIFE [3/21/07]



by Andrea

The face of the March for Life has changed. Even in the brief five years that I have
been working in pro-life efforts such as volunteering at pregnancy centers and public
outreach through education, I can see the large steps that have been taken by the
movement to incorporate the voice of post-abortive women and men. At every turn I
am further heartened by the compassion, the unity, and the single vision that is
becoming more and more a part of the pro-life environment today.

March for Life 2007: I Regret My Abortion

No event is such a marked testament to this change than the March for Life. My first
March was five years ago, in 2002. I remember going with my church, as a senior in high school. It was less than a year
after my abortion � I was 17, and the only person who knew about my abortion was the friend who accompanied me to
this event. I remember standing at the rally before the March, listening to senators talking about women who “sacrificed
their children on the altar of convenience.” I was ashamed � they were talking about me. That day I walked by several
men with bullhorns, shouting that women who aborted their children were going to hell. The final straw came later when
a friend in my pro-life college group (who didn’t know my history) stated unequivocally that women who had abortions
were excommunicated without question. It hurt to go to the March. It hurt to take a pro-life stance with an abortion in my
past. I felt like I couldn’t share my past with those I struggled to help.

How far we have come!!! This past year, I had the honor to join Silent No More Awareness Campaign throughout the
rally � holding up an “I Regret My Abortion” sign; right next to my sisters and brothers who had withstood the same loss
I had suffered. I felt a great sense of gratitude and support standing with them. I didn’t feel ashamed before that vast
crowd; I didn’t feel like I had to hide my past. I felt like all those people were there to mourn with me, to cry out for justice
with me, and to rejoice in healing with me.

Today, thanks to a better understanding of post-abortion trauma, mothers and fathers of aborted children are helped
every day through ministries like ours. The vast majority of friction and static I get about my past comes from those who
claim to be pro-choice. I attended the so-called “March for Women’s Lives,” with Silent No More and was openly
mocked by the opposing side. We were sneered at, made fun of, and I remember one woman in particular screaming,
“You should be ashamed of yourselves!” I have never been less ashamed of myself in my life than when I stand up for
my rights, for the rights of the son I lost, for the rights of my sisters and friends and the generations that will come after
me.

At a Silent No More Gathering that took place after the March for Life this year, women and men gave their brave testimonies
about their abortion experiences. The speakers were completely composed and shared their stories with powerful
emotion, but not histrionics. There were tears, but they were gentle, and each participant took time to mention the
great healing they had experienced. Many cited Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries as being responsible for the transformation
of their hearts and their lives. In contrast was the short-lived protest by NARAL, which featured the screaming of
meaningless slogans, and attempts to silence the voices of the very women that pro-choice groups claim to represent.
They came and went briefly � their impact hardly felt in the face of the truth we proclaimed.

My most vivid memory of the March this year was a wonderful man who spoke to the assembled women of Silent No
More before the Gathering. He held his fist in the air, smiled proudly at those holding “I Regret” signs, and said, “Regret
but not shame, ladies, regret but not shame!” His words echoed one theme that must be highlighted � this was not an
event designed to revel in the guilt and grief of abortion, but a chance for us as parents who had lost children to abortion
to finally have the chance to stand up for our true rights, the right of their children to life, and to decry the lie of abortion.
I regret, but I am not ashamed. I cry out, but not in pain � I cry out for justice, and I cry out with the voice given to
me by the dedicated representatives of Rachel’s Vineyard who helped heal me from my pain.

(Andrea is currently working for Rachel’s Vineyard and the newest member of the Chester County Pro-Life
Coalition Board of Directors.)

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GARDASIL – SHOULD IT BE MANDATORY? [3/21/07]



A new drug has been introduced to the public by Merck & Co. that makes a misleading promise to curb
the rate of cervical cancer in women by inoculating them against the Human Pappiloma Virus, a sexually
transmitted infection that is directly linked to cervical cancer.

Currently, there are efforts underway in our own state legislature to make this vaccine a requirement for
school-age girls. Traditionally, mandated vaccines are for easily communicable diseases such as mumps and
measles, which can be spread through casual contact like coughing. The vaccine only protects against four kinds
of HPV. There are currently more than a hundred recorded variations of this disease infecting people all over the
world. In fact, 30% of cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV will not be affected by this vaccine at all. In
addition, the incubation period for the HPV virus to develop into cervical cancer is 10 � 15 years. The Gardisil
vaccine is only effective for 4 �5 years. If it is mandated to inoculate 6th grade girls, as is currently being
proposed, it will have worn off before any cancer occurs.

Another important note to take into consideration about this new vaccine is the fact that this drug with a
life-long impact has only been tested for four years�there is no current information about the long-term effects.
Dr. Jon Abramson of the Center for Disease Control has come forward to say that he strongly opposes
mandating Gardasil as a vaccine.

It is important that we as consumers, as parents and siblings and friends, understand the facts about
Gardasil.

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EXPOSE THE EVIL [1/6/07]



Fr. Frank Pavone

I have spent more than half my life strategizing about how the people of God can most effectively fight and end abortion.
There is no one line that summarizes my conclusions better than what St. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing
to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Evil flourishes when it is hidden: injustice festers when the victim is unseen. And history demonstrates that those who
have overcome social injustices have followed Paul’s advice to expose the evil. For instance, those who fought the slave
trade in Britain went to the ports to draw pictures of the boats and how the slaves were kept in them like sardines.

Exposing evil causes it to collapse under its own weight, as it confronts the light of human conscience. Overcoming
injustice does not require that everyone believe it is injustice. There is, rather, a critical mass at some point in the
spectrum, when “enough” people are so convinced. The good news is that those people already have the conscience to
reject the evil. The problem is that the evil hasn’t been sufficiently exposed for them to see it.

So it is with abortion. The more it is exposed, the more people reject it. Public opinion on abortion in America has been
amazingly stable since Roe vs. Wade. The most significant shift occurred when the details of the partial-birth abortion
procedure were exposed in the mid-nineties. Never did a larger audience see and hear in more detail what abortion actually
is. Abortion needs to be exposed in five distinct ways:

Statistics: Most Americans have no idea of the immense numbers of abortions, or that abortions occur
throughout pregnancy. The abortion supporters themselves provide us the statistics. See the Alan Guttmacher Institute’s
website, www.agi-usa.org. Just seeing these facts awakens many people that a change in abortion policy is necessary.

Descriptions: Medical textbooks like Abortion Practice use the word “decapitate” and dismember to describe
what happens to the baby in abortion. Moreover, there are now more sworn court testimonies from practicing
abortionists than ever before, on all different abortion procedures (see www.priestsforlife.org/pba). Again, the
abortionists’ own words work against them! When expose evil in this way, nobody can accuse us of making it up!

Photos: Show people what abortion looks like, and they will never feel the same about it again. See how the
photos impact people by reading their testimonies at www.priestsforlife.org/resources/abortionimages/graphicspraise.htm.

Devastation to women, men and families: More and more mothers, fathers, and families of aborted children
speak out about how they have been devastated. The power of their testimony changes minds and hearts. (See
www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org/testimonies).

Corruption in the abortion industry: Read the book Lime 5 and see how malpractice, fraud, and sexual abuse
are rampant in legal abortion clinics. See www.ClinicWorker.com to learn of other abuses and violations.

The road to ending abortion is clearly open in front of us. Simply take the evidence above and put it before the conscience
of everyone you can.

(From Priests for Life Newsletter, March-April 2006)


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10 YEARS OF ABORTION AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD [9/30/06]



Following is the original version of a Guest Column by Jo Christof, President, Chester County Pro-Life Coalition.
A few changes were made when it was published in the Daily Local News on August 17, 2006.

It was a sad day ten years ago
this August when Planned Parenthood
began committing
abortions in its West Chester
facility. They heralded it as
“expanding their services” to
the women of Chester County.
After months of great public
outcry, debate, prayer and
hearings, the West Chester
Borough Zoning Board agreed
that ending the life of an unborn
child by tearing it to
pieces was “just another service”
and did not violate any
zoning ordinances.

Today we mourn the victims of
that “service” � over 8000 victims.
The PA Department of
Health reports that Planned
Parenthood began with 185
abortions August through December
of 1996 and are now
killing over 1000 babies a year
totaling 8494 from 1996 �
2005. The average is 22 lives
lost each week. That�s a whole
classroom of children � EACH
WEEK!

It also means there are thousands
of young women who
are hurting. In the words of
one young post-abortive
woman, they are “watching
playgrounds with empty
arms.” Post abortion trauma is
real. It can manifest itself almost
immediately, or after 30
years of emotional pain, it is finally
identified as the cause. The
existence of post abortion trauma
is now almost universally accepted.
There is, however, controversy
regarding how many
women experience post abortive
psychological problems. Often
the most affected women will not
participate in a study because
“they don�t want to talk about it”.
Percentages of various studies
range from 6% – 50% of women
who suffer negative effects of
abortion. But even if the low-end
percentage of 6% is correct, after
40 million abortions since 1973,
there are 2,400,000 women suffering some form of post abortion
trauma.

They describe feelings of emptiness,
self-hatred, guilt and anger.
They are more likely to become
depressed, suicidal, or suffer
from eating disorders or substance
abuse. Post-abortive
women have become more vocal
with organizations such as,
“Silent No More” emerging in
recent years. Information on recent
studies of post abortion
trauma can be found at
www.afterabortion.org.

The pro-life community cares,
not only for the lost lives of the
innocent children, but deeply
cares for the women who find
themselves in difficult pregnancies
and have great concern for
those who thought their only
solution was abortion and now
suffer from their “choice.”

Throughout these past 10 years
in West Chester, dedicated sidewalk
counselors have stood outside
Planned Parenthood offering
help and hope to those
coming for an abortion.

What makes their offers of help
credible is a large number of
other dedicated people who
work and volunteer in a variety
of Pregnancy Care Centers
throughout Chester County
that provide real help for these
mothers and fathers.

They include Birthright in West
Chester, Catholic Social Services
in West Chester, Coatesville, and
West Grove, Amnion in Kennett
Square, Genesis in Pottstown,
and the St. Agnes Nurses Center
in West Chester. Three Pregnancy
Care Centers � Chester
County Women�s Services Medical

in Coatesville & West Chester
and the Oxford Women�s Center
in Oxford – have recently expanded
their services to offer
limited pre-natal care and free
ultra-sounds to introduce the
mother to the developing child
in her womb. House of His Creation
operates two homes � one
for pregnant women in Coatesville
and a mother and child
home in Lititz. Mom�s House in
Phoenixville offers free day care
to mothers
who are continuing their education.
One phone call to a 24
hour hotline (610-626-4006)
can direct a woman to the care
and counseling she needs anywhere
in the Philadelphia area.
All services are free and offered
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MORE FROM “ADDRESSING ABORTION WITH CONFIDENCE” [8/11/06]



According to LifeNews.com (April 4, 2006) an 8th Medical
Organization, The Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, has
gone on record as acknowledging that a link exists between
induced abortion and breast cancer (ABC link). In a letter to
the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, Cristina Santos, MD,
wrote: “(W)e acknowledge the abortion and breast cancer link
based on the physiologic changes in the breast lobules of a
woman who chose to deliberately interrupt her pregnancy and
the risk for breast cancer this will pose to that woman.”

Seven other medical groups have acknowledged this link, and another, the Association of American Physicians
and Surgeons, has said that the ABC link is “highly plausible”.

Much more information on this subject can be found on the website for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
(www.abortionbreastcancer.com). Following are some excerpts.

         While it is not true that all women who have breast cancer have had abortions. It’s also untrue that all
women who’ve had abortions will get breast cancer. Induced abortion is only one of the risk factors. There
are two ways that abortion raises the risk of breast cancer. One is the “protective effect of childbearing,”
which scientists have acknowledged for centuries. The second way – the “independent link” – has been
studied since 1957.
   The explanation for the independent link makes good biological sense. A never-pregnant woman has a
network of primitive, immature and cancer vulnerable breast cells which make up her milk glands. It is only
in the third trimester of pregnancy that her cells start to mature and are fashioned into milk producing tissue
whose cells are cancer resistant. When a woman becomes pregnant, her breasts enlarge. A hormone called
estradiol causes both the normal and pre-cancerous cells in the breast to multiply terrifically. By 7 to 8 weeks
gestation, the estradiol level has increased by 500%.
   If the pregnancy is carried to term, a second process called “differentiation” takes place. This shapes the
cells into milk producing tissue. It shuts off the cell multiplication process. If the pregnancy is aborted, the
woman is left with more undifferentiated � and therefore cancer-vulnerable cells � than she had before she
was pregnant. A full term pregnancy leaves a woman with more milk producing differentiated cells, which
means that she has fewer cancer-vulnerable cells in her breasts than she did before the pregnancy.
   Only a few decades ago, breast cancer was known to be a grandmother’s disease. It has now become a
young woman’s disease. Breast cancer rates have skyrocketed over 40% since the surgical procedure was
legalized in the U.S. in 1973. One especially disturbing study on women was done by Dr. Janet Daling in
1994. Dr. Daling, an abortion supporter, found that “among women who had been pregnant at least once, the
risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher that among other
women.”
   Dalling’s most alarming finding was that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who procure
an abortion face a risk of breast cancer that is incalculably high. All 12 women in her study with this history
were diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 45.

STOP THE COVER-UP!

You would think that organizations that are in the “business” of raising funds for breast cancer research would be
on top of all the data, testing and findings of the ABC link and would want women to know the facts. Unfortunately,
this has not been the case. Groups such as the American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Coalition, the
Komen Foundation, and others continue to cover-up the findings of numerous studies. The Komen Foundation even
goes a step further and has been donating almost $500,000 a year to Planned Parenthood, an organization engaged in a
business � abortion – that appears to cause a woman’s risk of breast cancer to increase. Komen’s main source of
income is its “Race for the Cure” events that are held across the country. Given its long-time connection with Planned
Parenthood, all who truly care about women’s health, should have no involvement with the Komen Foundation.


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UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD BANKS ACCEPTING DONATIONS [8/11/06]



It was not widely publicized, but in December 2005, The Stem Cell Therapeutic Research Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush. This bill established a national databank of umbilical cord blood and bone marrow that allows doctors to quickly find a match for patients. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), who spearheaded the legislation for three years said, “Umbilical cords are a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells, but currently hospitals throw millions of them away each year . . . The best kept medical secret has been that thousands have been successfully treated with cord blood stem cells for more than 67 diseases including Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia. The infusion of federal funds will make this medical miracle available to thousands more and will ensure that research continues so that this source of stem cells can treat many other debilitating diseases.”

Karen Wack, a resident of Downingtown, recently donated the umbilical cord blood of her baby boy, born this past April. Karen wrote to us, “When I was pregnant I had heard a lot of information about cord blood banking. We decided to see how we could donate it to possibly save someone else’s family member or for research.”

Karen contacted Cryobanks International, located in New Jersey, and found that the process was easy, free, and worthwhile. She filled out a questionnaire and checked that her doctor would not charge a collection fee. After returning the questionnaire, she received a collection kit, instructions for the doctor and hospital, and a phone number to call when she went into labor and within 2 hours after giving birth. A representative from the cord blood bank came to the hospital to pick up the donated cord blood. Karen is thankful for her baby boy and the opportunity to help a good cause.

We thank Karen for letting us know about her experience and of thinking of others at such an exciting time in her own life. Cryobanks International can be contacted by phone 1-800-869-8608 or website www.cryo-intl.com


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PRESIDENT TAKES STRONG MORAL STAND ON STEM CELL RESEARCH [8/11/06]



President George W. Bush courageously vetoed the Congressional bill that would have used taxpayer funds to pay for stem cell research using human embryos. He said, “This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our society needs to respect.” Referring to the children in the room who were adopted as frozen embryos, the President also said, “These boys and girls are not spare parts. They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research. They remind us that we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells. And they remind us that in our zeal for new treatments and cures, America must never abandon our fundamental morals.”

He then encouraged government agencies to pursue other research using adult stem cells, including umbilical cord blood. In fact, the day after his veto, The University of Louisville reported that studies have confirmed its research that adult stem cells can mimic the properties of embryonic ones. Researchers in Illinois, Germany and New York have identified similar embryonic-like stem cells in umbilical cord blood. The use of adult stem cells is much preferred for two reasons � human embryos will not be destroyed and they will not have the same rejection issues that embryonic cells do.

Reports of successful treatments using adult stem cells are increasing. New studies show that adult stem cells taken from the patient’s own nose have restored motor function and sensation to some with spinal cord injuries. Irish researcher, Colin McGuckin, will present new information at a conference in September showing it is possible to use stem cells from the umbilical cords of living babies to produce insulin in diabetics and to grow blocks of human tissue for use in drug tests.

Many are confused about the difference between embryonic and adult stem cell research. We thank President Bush for not backing down on his belief in the sanctity of human life and taking such a strong moral stand on this issue.


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THE LINK BETWEEN ABORTION & BREAST CANCER [5/9/06]



According to LifeNews.com (April 4, 2006) an 8th Medical
Organization, The Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, has
gone on record as acknowledging that a link exists between
induced abortion and breast cancer (ABC link). In a letter to
the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, Cristina Santos, MD,
wrote: “(W)e acknowledge the abortion and breast cancer link
based on the physiologic changes in the breast lobules of a
woman who chose to deliberately interrupt her pregnancy and
the risk for breast cancer this will pose to that woman.”

Seven other medical groups have acknowledged this link, and another, the Association of American Physicians
and Surgeons, has said that the ABC link is “highly plausible”.

Much more information on this subject can be found on the website for the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
(www.abortionbreastcancer.com). Following are some excerpts.

         While it is not true that all women who have breast cancer have had abortions. It’s also untrue that all
women who’ve had abortions will get breast cancer. Induced abortion is only one of the risk factors. There
are two ways that abortion raises the risk of breast cancer. One is the “protective effect of childbearing,”
which scientists have acknowledged for centuries. The second way – the “independent link” – has been
studied since 1957.
   The explanation for the independent link makes good biological sense. A never-pregnant woman has a
network of primitive, immature and cancer vulnerable breast cells which make up her milk glands. It is only
in the third trimester of pregnancy that her cells start to mature and are fashioned into milk producing tissue
whose cells are cancer resistant. When a woman becomes pregnant, her breasts enlarge. A hormone called
estradiol causes both the normal and pre-cancerous cells in the breast to multiply terrifically. By 7 to 8 weeks
gestation, the estradiol level has increased by 500%.
   If the pregnancy is carried to term, a second process called “differentiation” takes place. This shapes the
cells into milk producing tissue. It shuts off the cell multiplication process. If the pregnancy is aborted, the
woman is left with more undifferentiated � and therefore cancer-vulnerable cells � than she had before she
was pregnant. A full term pregnancy leaves a woman with more milk producing differentiated cells, which
means that she has fewer cancer-vulnerable cells in her breasts than she did before the pregnancy.
   Only a few decades ago, breast cancer was known to be a grandmother’s disease. It has now become a
young woman’s disease. Breast cancer rates have skyrocketed over 40% since the surgical procedure was
legalized in the U.S. in 1973. One especially disturbing study on women was done by Dr. Janet Daling in
1994. Dr. Daling, an abortion supporter, found that “among women who had been pregnant at least once, the
risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher that among other
women.”
   Dalling’s most alarming finding was that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who procure
an abortion face a risk of breast cancer that is incalculably high. All 12 women in her study with this history
were diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 45.

STOP THE COVER-UP!

You would think that organizations that are in the “business” of raising funds for breast cancer research would be
on top of all the data, testing and findings of the ABC link and would want women to know the facts. Unfortunately,
this has not been the case. Groups such as the American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Coalition, the
Komen Foundation, and others continue to cover-up the findings of numerous studies. The Komen Foundation even
goes a step further and has been donating almost $500,000 a year to Planned Parenthood, an organization engaged in a
business � abortion – that appears to cause a woman’s risk of breast cancer to increase. Komen’s main source of
income is its “Race for the Cure” events that are held across the country. Given its long-time connection with Planned
Parenthood, all who truly care about women’s health, should have no involvement with the Komen Foundation.


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SOMETHING FOR OUR CLERGY [5/9/06]



Is addressing the abortion issue something you do with fear,
hesitation or confidence? Regularly or once a year?

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has put
together a 16 page booklet titled, “Addressing Abortion with
Confidence” that addresses many of the major concerns clergy of
all faiths have expressed at seminars and through surveys. It is in
a question & answer format. An Ecumenical Version titled “A
Clergyman Answers the Fears Pastors Face as They Address the
Issue of Abortion” is also available, as well as a Spanish version.

A few examples follow.

Question: Do I see the issue as too emotional and sensitive?
Answer: Many aspects of abortion are very sensitive. That means they
have to be dealt with in a sensitive way; it does not mean they should be
ignored. The impact of abortion on the lives of our people � physically,
spiritually, and emotionally � is all the more reason for a shepherd to
pay attention to these wounds, and to help people avoid them in the first
place. Ministry necessarily involves confronting problems that provoke
emotions within us and among our people. In this case, ministry
regarding abortion involves nothing less than life and death.

Question: Will I increase the sense of guilt and pain of women who have
had abortions?
Answer: (Excerpts) An understanding of the dynamics of post-abortion
women and men is extremely helpful in dealing with this fear. Many
priests are silent out of the best of good intentions towards such people
in their congregation. Silence, however, does not interpret itself. The
person in the pews hurting from abortion may interpret our silence to
mean, “He doesn’t know my pain.” Or, “He doesn’t care about it.” . . It
is not silence that helps one break out of denial, but rather an honest
and compassionate word about the reality of what they have done. We
preach on abortion to save post-abortive people, and to protect others
from making the same mistake.

The Catholic, Ecumenical, and Spanish versions can be viewed
and ordered on the Priests for Life website (www.priestsforlife.org)
or by calling 888-PFL-3448. Or just call our office at 610-692-
4463 and we will send you one.


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YOUR PA TAX DOLLARS FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD [4/17/06]



Governor Ed Rendell has once
again included money for “Family
Planning” in the PA budget for
2006-2007. In 2004 over $5 million
went to so-called “Family
Planning Councils,” who funneled
it to organizations such as Planned
Parenthood.

Contact your State Representative. Ask him or her to support the
elimination of “Family Planning”
funds from the budget. Some facts
you can pass on to them:

  • It is a misnomer � it’s not about
    planning families, but about
    supplying contraception to people,
    the majority of whom are
    unmarried.

  • It is not a function of government
    to furnish condoms and
    birth control to its citizens.
    Funding medical services such
    as mammograms or pap smears
    for poor women is a better use
    of our tax dollars.

  • Providing contraception to
    teens behind their parents backs
    only serves to promote promiscuity
    which has as its fruit record
    highs of sexually transmitted
    disease, pregnancy, out-ofwedlock
    births, abortion, broken
    education, and broken
    hearts.

  • Planned Parenthood is the largest
    abortion company in the
    world. This organization literally
    teaches young people to
    be sexually promiscuous and
    rejects marriage.

  • Dr. Meg Meehan, author of
    “Epidemic” writes, “Now, one
    in four sexually active teens is
    infected with a sexually transmitted
    disease. They now contend
    with 50-100 strains of viruses,
    which stay with them for
    life. The severest dread is HPV
    (human papilloma virus) which
    directly causes 99.7% of all
    cervical cancers and five times
    more common than all STDs
    combined.”

  • 65 million Americans are infected
    with incurable STDs.


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ATROPHY OF COMPASSION [4/17/06]



(Following is an excerpt from comments
by Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for
Life, following Terri Schindler Schiavo’s
autopsy report.)

Terri did not die from atrophy of
the brain. She died from an atrophy
of compassion.
Too many people,
starting with Michael, were unwilling
to accept the fact that profoundly
injured people require profound
compassion and care. Even if
this autopsy report showed that Terri
was ten times more damaged than
she was, our moral obligation to respect
and protect her life would not
change at all. We don’t have to pass a
test to qualify for our human rights.
An autopsy is a measure of physical
damage, not of human rights.

The autopsy says Terri was blind.
That is not the morally relevant point.
The point is that we are blind…blind
all too often to the fact that even the
disabled and the severely injured
have the same dignity and worth as
the rest of us, and show forth the image
and glory of God even in their
brokenness.

The autopsy says that Terri was beyond
repair or rehabilitation. But that
does not mean we are supposed to
throw her away, like we throw away
a car that is beyond repair. Again,
there is no problem accepting this
medical conclusion. But morally
speaking, our compassion is not beyond
repair. We can build a society
that respects and protects all our
brothers and sisters, recognizing that
their value does not come from how
well they perform, function, or produce.

I will never forget my hours with
Terri, both before and after her feeding
tube was removed. She responded
to me, and she responded to
others who visited her. She laughed,
she tried to speak, she returned her
parents’ kisses, she followed us with
her eyes, she closed her eyes when I
prayed with her and opened them
when we were finished. Medical examiners
can offer their conclusions
because of what they saw, but none
of that changes what we saw. But
both we and the medical examiners
were looking in from the outside.
Any honest medical expert will admit
that there is so much about the
human brain we still don’t know.
What Terri experienced on the inside
is a mystery that only she and God
know.

The challenge at this moment is simply
this. Whatever she experienced,
to whatever extent she was damaged,
and even if she were totally unresponsive,
Terri was one of us. She
was our sister, she was a child of
God, she was fully in possession of
her human rights, and nothing can
ever justify what was done to her.


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CAN YOU FATHOM THE NUMBERS? [2/28/06]



(excerpts from “Straight Talk” by Michael Galloway, Catholic Online)

Most estimates say there have been 40�50 million unborn children
aborted since 1973. Why the absence of alarm? What does 40-50
million dead people look like anyway?

You could lose the West Coast — everybody in California, Oregon,
Washington and Alaska. Or you could lose most of the East Coast, if
you preferred. It’s a matter of choice, and it’s fifty million people.
It’s similar to the numbers of people who vote as either Republicans
or Democrats in a national U.S. presidential election. Choose.
Eliminate everybody who voted in the last election as a Democrat or
as a Republican.

Think of each deserving aborted baby strolling across a graduation
stage at the announcement of each name, at least five syllables each.
Maybe you could read as many as 30 or more a minute. If a team of
readers read 40 million names taking turns for ten hours a day,
they’d still be reading the names of the dead nearly seven years
later!

Fifty million people? Can you grasp it? End the slaughter. Stop it
now. Embrace a future in which the value of each life is cherished as
vital�those born, those unborn, and those now aborted. Will you
proclaim that truth? Will you stand up for the pre-born? Will you
speak up?


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TRULY MAKING AN INVESTMENT IN ABSTINENCE [1/9/06]



The following article was written by Judi McLane, the high school outreach coordinator for Generation Life, and published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday, August 12, 2005.

No need to look to surveys, polls or long-winded studies. Abstinence-only education works. How do we know?
Because NARAL, Planned Parenthood and NOW have shifted into crisis mode to save the pro-abortion, procontraception
and pro-promiscuity agenda. The “safe, legal, and rare” mantra has been reduced to flippant I
Had an Abortion T-shirts and scare-tactic posters declaring the comeback of the chastity belt. These are frantic
measures to cling to relevance as the rest of America goes in a different direction. The pro-choice cry has
evolved into “Everyone is free to make choices regarding their sexual health as long as it’s not abstinence.”

How’s that for tolerance?
Despite claims to the contrary, there are scientific evaluations showing that real abstinence programs for youth
can be highly effective in reducing early sexual activity. An article in the Sept. 10, 1997, issue of the Journal of
the American Medical Association by Michael Resnick titled “Protecting Adolescents From Harm” shows that
abstinence pledge programs are effective in reducing sexual activity in grades seven through 12. Based on a
large national sample of adolescents, the study concludes that “adolescents who reported having taken a
pledge to remain a virgin were at significantly lower risk of early age of sexual debut.”

A Department of Health and Human Services-funded study (available in PDF format at
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/abstinence), started in 1998, tracked 2,310 students. The results showed that teens in
abstinence programs are more likely to be in favor of sexual abstinence and against out-of-wedlock sexual
relations than counterparts not enrolled in such programs. Those enrolled also were far more likely to
understand the negative consequences of sex.

Planned Parenthood has inundated schools with its safe-sex agenda for an exhausting and frustrating 45
years. The results from this human experiment are in. Two million teenagers contract a sexually transmitted
disease each year; 1 million become pregnant. Every 23 seconds, a woman will lay down her body to be
exploited by abortion, and 45 million babies have been killed in the name of reproductive health since 1973. I
think it’s safe to say it’s time to pass the baton.

Even Planned Parenthood’s “safe sex” slogan has changed to “safer sex” because they have come to realize
that anything not rooted in the truth has an expiration date. This leaves abstinence-only education with the only
superlative that really matters: Waiting until marriage is the safest sex of all.

Abstinence is a dirty word; it is free. It is clear that safe-sex supporters want our kids to be sexually active
because, let’s face it, promiscuity is darn good business. Abstinent kids don’t buy condoms, pills, pregnancy
tests, or emergency contraception. Abstinent kids do not need STD testing, genital herpes cream, or
cryotherapy to remove HPV-infected cervical tissue. Abstinent kids don’t need abortions. This abstinence craze
might actually put some people out of business.

Abstinence cannot be taught in an hour-long class period. It is a lifestyle the whole nation must adopt for the
safety of its children. Teaching them about the beauty of our sexuality requires us to be prayerful, informed,
and committed to talking often about it. The point of abstinence education is to counterbalance a sex-infused
culture and to influence teen attitudes for the better.

Abstinence-only programs help young people develop an understanding of commitment, personal
responsibility, fidelity and intimacy that will serve them well as the foundations of healthy marital life. Our
country needs to set aside selfishness and politics and finally put our children first.

Contact Judi McLane at jmclane@generationlife.org.


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MORE WOMEN DIE FROM ABORTION PILL: RU486 NOW A DANGER TO MOTHER AND CHILD ALIKE [8/20/05]



RU486 or Mifeprix, the abortion drug that was “fast-tracked” for approval during the Clinton years, has been named as the cause of death of five women in the past three years. Four were in California; one occurred early this summer. These are the reported cases. It is very possible the death rate is much higher because coroners may be listing the cause of death as infection while the abortion drug may have initially triggered it.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Danco Laboratories, maker of the drug, are sending letters to doctors that warn of possible infections leading to death. The Centers for Disease Control is investigating the five deaths and has confirmed that it will examine whether “off-label” use played a role in the women�s deaths. Apparently, Planned Parenthood frequently tells women to insert the drug vaginally, when the FDA protocol specifies the pills should be swallowed. Planned Parenthood has also prescribed the drug in different doses than recommended by the FDA.

David Stevens, M.D., director of the Christian Medical Association, says the warning to doctors is not enough. “With every death of another woman due to RU-486, the FDA’s mandate grows clearer — to pull this drug for an objective safety review,” he said. Lawmakers, as well, don�t believe letters to doctors and warning labels are doing enough to protect women’s lives — not to mention the babies. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R, MD) is sponsoring a bill (HR 1079) that would remove RU486 from the market while the FDA launches a thorough review of its safety. Senator Jim DeMint (R,SC) has a similar bill in the Senate.

What is Planned Parenthood’s response to all this? “Medication abortion is extremely safe and effective,” says Karen Pearl, interim president of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood also states that at their nationwide facilities which sell the abortion pills, they advise women to wash their hands prior to inserting the drug vaginally. So when are they going to investigate Planned Parenthood?


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THOUGHTS BY FATHER FRANK PAVONE ON TERRI SCHIAVO AND LIVING WILLS [5/30/05]



My dear friends of Priests for Life,

What a week we have just been through! United in faith and in the pro-life cause, we are grieving the murder of Terri Schiavo. Likewise, whether Roman Catholic or not, we are mourning the passing of one of the greatest voices for the right to life, Pope John Paul II.

First of all, thank God we are at the height of the Easter Season! Death, in all its forms, has been conquered by Christ! We are called to rejoice in that victory and keep it uppermost in our minds as we battle the Culture of Death. Isn’t it amazing that both Terri and Pope John Paul II died so close to each other, and within the Easter celebration! Is God speaking to us? He certainly is!

You may have seen on the news that I was at Terri Schiavo’s bedside during the last 14 hours of her earthly life, right up until five minutes before her death…. Terri’s brother, sister, and I read Scripture, prayed the rosary, and had times of silence during Terri’s last hours. We held her hand and stroked her head. During all that time, there was always at least one police officer in the room, watching our every move, and several more immediately outside the door.

As you may have also seen, those who killed Terri were quite angry that I said so. The night before she died, I said to the media that her estranged husband Michael, his attorney Mr. Felos, and Judge Greer were murderers. I also pointed out, that night and the next morning, that contrary to Felos’ description, Terri’s death was not at all peaceful and beautiful. It was, on the contrary, quite horrifying. She was dehydrating to death, and looked it. Her face had an expression of dread and sorrow. In my 16 years as a priest, I never saw anything like it before….

Another aspect of the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that many people misunderstand its cause and therefore its solution. They think the problem was that Terri did not leave any written instructions about whether she wanted to be kept alive. In order to avoid any such problem in their own lives, they are now told that they have to draw up a “living will.” This is both erroneous and dangerous.

Terri’s case is not about the withdrawal of life-saving medical treatment, but rather about the killing of a healthy person whose life some regarded as worthless. Terri was not dying, was not on life support, and did not have any terminal illness. Because some thought she would not want to live with her disability, they insisted on introducing the cause of death, namely, dehydration.

So what good is a living will supposed to accomplish, aside from saying, “Please don’t argue about killing me, just kill me?” The danger in our culture is not that we will be over-treated, but rather that we will be under-treated. We already have the right to refuse medical treatment. What we run the risk of losing is the right to receive the most basic humane care–like food and water–in the event we have a disability.

Our culture also promotes the idea that as long as we say we want to die, we have the right to do so. But we have a basic obligation to preserve our own life. A person who leaves clear instructions that they don’t want to be fed is breaking the moral law by essentially requesting suicide.

If you want to make plans for your future health care, do not do so by trying to predict the future. The reason you cannot indicate today what medical treatments you do or don’t want tomorrow is that you don’t know what medical condition you will have tomorrow, nor what treatments will be available to give you the help you need. Living wills try to predict the future, and people can argue over the interpretation of a piece of paper just as much as they argue about what they claim someone said. The better solution is to appoint a health care proxy, who is authorized to speak for you if you are in a condition in which you cannot speak for yourself. This should be a person who knows your beliefs and values, and with whom you discuss these matters in detail. In case you cannot speak for yourself, your proxy can ask all the necessary questions of your doctors and clergy, and make an assessment when all the details of your condition and medical needs are actually known. That’s much safer than predicting the future. Appointing a health care proxy in a way that safeguards your right to life is easy. In fact, the National Right to Life Committee has designed a “Will to Live,” which can be found at www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/willtolive/index.html and which I recommend highly.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life


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SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION SUPPORTS PLANNED PARENTHOOD [5/29/05]



The list of Planned Parenthood (PP) donors is constantly changing. We celebrate when an organization is removed from the list and express disappointment when others are added. We recently learned of a new PP donor: The Susan G. Komen Foundation. This news is very disturbing, more so than when we learn of other donors. Why? The Susan G. Komen Foundation uses events such as the “Race for the Cure” to raise money to fight breast cancer.

“You can’t affirm life with one hand, and support an organization that kills people with the other,” said Eve Sanchez Silver, a medical research analyst and two-time breast cancer survivor who severed her ties with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation after learning that its chapters supplied $475,000 in grants to local PP affiliates in 2003. Silver and many others in the medical and scientific community believe that abortion makes a woman more vulnerable to developing breast cancer. The fact that Komen is awarding grants to the nation s top abortion provider “proves to me that the foundation s perspective is not for the safety of women. It can’t be,” Silver said. (For the full article, go to www.CNSNews.com and type, Susan G. Komen Foundation, in the search engine.)

On a positive note regarding PP donors, LifeNews.com reported in an article dated March 2, 2005, that PP has lost $35 million in donations over the last 13 years. This loss is due to the nationwide boycott of corporations and businesses backing PP. Life Decisions International (LDI) started the boycott in 1992 and continues to sponsor it today. LDI’s president, Doug Scott, states that “Once corporate leaders are made aware of Planned Parenthood s true agenda and activities and start receiving letters from concerned customers, most of them quickly decide that they want nothing to do with the group.”


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PA ABORTION STATISTICS FOR 2003 [3/1/05]



As we report the following numbers published by the PA Dept. of Health, we reflect on the fact that these are not just numbers, but represent the loss of innocent human lives. The total number of abortions in PA was 36,908 — an increase of 5% from the previous year.

  • 56.1% were performed on white women, 39.1% on black women and 6% on Hispanic women.
  • 84% were unmarried women.
  • The largest age group, 20-24 accounted for 33.3%; ages 17 and under accounted for 6.5%.
  • Of all abortions in PA, 92% occurred in only 7 out of 67 counties — Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
  • There were 102 abortion facilities registered with the state — 4 less than the previous year.

For a copy of the complete report on PA statistics, or further detail on Chester County facilities, call the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition at 610-692-4463.


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WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT STEM CELL RESEARCH? [3/1/05]



From a pro-life position, it is critical to understand why stem cell research is such a hot topic, and which forms of stem cell research are acceptable. Let s begin with some basics.

What is a Stem Cell?  The powerful stem cell is the cell which creates our somatic cells. There are many types of somatic cells including liver, skin, lung, and heart cells.

Why the research into stem cells?  While somatic cells are limited to reproducing themselves (i.e., liver cells can only reproduce liver cells), scientists can induce stem cells to become cells with special functions. For example, a stem cell can be induced to become the beating cells of the heart muscle or the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. The goal of this research is to use these cells for curing diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Where do stem cells come from?  Stem cells can be obtained from a number of sources — adults (bone marrow cells), umbilical cord blood, placenta, human embryos, and fetuses. These sources of stem cells are the source of the debate over stem cell research.

Why is stem cell research an ethical issue?  The media usually does not distinguish between the different types of stem cell research — it just uses the all-encompassing phrase, “stem cell research.” Therefore, many people are confused by the media’s messages, and don’t understand

“But each of us has a very precise starting moment, which is the time at which the whole necessary and sufficient genetic information is gathered inside one cell, the fertilized egg, and this moment is the moment of fertilization.” — Dr. Jerome Lejeune

why “stem cell research” is such an ethical issue. From a pro-life perspective, stem cell research from the following sources are morally acceptable: adults, umbilical cord blood, or placenta. On the other hand, embryonic and fetal stem cell research are morally wrong. A scientist can only obtain embryonic stem cells by killing innocent human beings — the scientist combines sperm and eggs in a lab to create these human beings and then kills them to extract embryonic stem cells. Fetal stem cells are extracted from aborted fetuses.

Has stem cell research cured any diseases in humans?  There are reports of numerous people suffering from a range of injuries and diseases who have benefited from or been cured by adult stem cell therapies. Their injuries or diseases included spinal cord injuries, heart attack damage, blindness, Type I Diabetes, Chron’s Disease, Systemic Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Leukemia, and sickle-cell anemia. After over twenty years of reserarch using animal embryonic stem cells, scientists have not solved two of the major obstacles to clinical use in humans — tissue rejection and tumor formation. To date, there is no conclusive evidence for treating human diseases from embryonic or fetal stem cells.

So why even bother with embryonic stem cell research?  Many have argued that adult stem cells are difficult to obtain, very hard to coax into developing into other tissues (unlike embryonic stem cells) and, consequently, their use would involve much more time and money to obtain the desired results. Up until recently, this was generally true. But now research has shown that adult stem cells can be isolated and developed. Researchers at Tufts University say they may have discovered an adult stem cell that has the same potential as embryonic stem cells. Tests on the cells show that they appear to be capable of changing into the many varied types of cells that make up the human body. Once inserted into the hearts of rats who experienced heart attacks, some of the cells became new heart muscle and tissue, as some adult stem cells have done before in numerous successful experiments. However, the cells also turned into new blood vessels to support the ailing hearts. James Battey who heads the stem cell program at the National Institutes of Health told The Post, “This is a very nice piece of work. It’s very impressive, very interesting and I think very significant.”

If adult stem cell research continues to be successful, there may be no reason whatsoever to use embryonic stem cells. Many argue that adult stem cells are where the resources for stem-cell research should be directed. Continued success with adult stem research would put an end to a major ethical problem.

To obtain a brochure titled, “Stem Cell Research, Cloning and Human Embryos” by Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, log onto: www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BC04C01.

“Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize that the real issue is whether to affirm and protect the sanctity of all human life, or to embrace a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not. As a nation, we must choose between the sanctity of life ethic and the “quality of life” ethic… We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life.” — Ronald Reagan


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THE FUTURE OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT — BE ENCOURAGED!




The following essay was written by Kaalyn Zizus, a senior at Downingtown High School, as part of her college applications. She was to “discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.”

The compassionate Christian leader, Mother Teresa, once stated that, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so you may live as you wish.” Her inspiring declaration summarizes the pro-life sentiment embraced by millions of individuals throughout the modern world. I first came to support and understand the pro-life message as a young child. One day, during my early childhood, I remember asking my mother, “Mom, what is abortion?” After she explained it to me (in simple terms for little ears), I was nothing less than appalled. Even as a child, I viewed the issue in moral terms, and ignored the factors of religion and politics. I simply could not fathom bringing harm to an innocent little baby, much less ending a life. As I grew older, the issue started to grow in complexity. I began to face opposition that did not exist during my childhood, but I was still young and did not yet feel a call to action.

It was not until my junior and senior years of high school that I came to realize the profound meaning behind Mother Teresa’s brief statement. Suddenly, girls in my school were getting abortions. As a result, the problem became more than an abstract idea, topic of debate, or cold statistic. I would voice my frustrations to my friends about the irresponsibility of these girls, and their blatant selfishness; yet despite my anger and desire to end such cruel injustice, I was unaware of groups or organizations in which I could not only express my opinion, but also contribute to positive change.

I then experienced a moment of clarity on this very personal issue after I was assigned an interview project for my government class this year. The project required me to choose an issue, and then conduct an interview with a person who possessed significant knowledge of the topic. My mother recommended a woman at our church who had taken part in pro-life demonstrations and groups. The interview was more than enlightening, it was inspiring, and I quickly decided it was time to get involved.

Since the interview, I attended the annual “Stand Up for Life” dinner in Philadelphia. I was ecstatic to find that the dinner was teeming with people my age who were all willing to ignore the overwhelming pro-choice opinions of the 18 to 25 year-old crowd and truly “stand up for life.” Currently, several classmates and I are trying to introduce a “Respect Life” group at our high school and are looking for a faculty member to sponsor it.

Through this issue, I have experienced a reaffirmation in my faith in God, my peers, and in mankind as a whole. I have also come to terms with my own set of steadfast morals. As I continue my journey toward adulthood, I intend to continue to break down the barriers that surround pro-choice minds and ultimately convince more people to choose life.

(We wish you well, Kaalyn!)


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Notable Quotables on Voting [9/27/04]

“Ultimately, our loyalty belongs not to any political party or candidate but to God Almighty.”
– Richard Land

“Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”
– Billy Graham

“If a candidate who supported terrorism asked for your vote, would you say, ‘I disagree with you on terrorism, but where do you stand on the other issues?’…. Abortion is no less violent than terrorism. Any candidate who says abortion should be kept legal disqualifies him/herself from public service.”
– Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

“The separation of politics from faith and morality, allows the erosion of the moral foundations of society.”
– Cardinal Justin Rigali

“The separation of church and state does not require division between belief and public action, between moral principles and political choices…. It is the particular vocation of the laity to transform the world.”
– U.S. Catholic bishops

“There is something very wrong when one’s loyalty to a political party is greater than one’s loyalty to God and basic moral principles.”
– Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

“The hottest spot in hell is reserved for those who, in time of moral crisis, choose to remain neutral.”
– Dante


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OUR PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT [8/5/04]


Our Pro-Life Movement:

We Mourn,
We Pray,
and We Act

We present here some recent abortion statistics for Chester County:

Planned Parenthood of Chester County, West Chester:

2002: 880
2003: 1,076

Phoenixville Hospital:

2002: 30
2003: 31

Paoli Hospital:

2002: 4
2003: 7

(Source: PA Dept. of Health)


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ABORTION IS NOT NECESSARILY SAFE [5/25/04]




Women still run huge risks and need to be told that (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29)

A Response to “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal” by KATHY BOND

In the early 60’s I worked in New Orleans as
a Medical Technologist while my husband was in graduate school. The emergency room called for a blood draw on a woman who had just arrived. She was suffering from an overwhelming septicemia from an abortion. I don’t know who performed the abortion or where it was performed, only that she had arrived at the hospital in this condition. It was the 60’s; abortion was illegal. Her boyfriend held her hand, watched her in her agony as he hovered in absolute helplessness. It was a disturbing and poignant scene. Later I learned that she died.

The saddest part of this story is that neither the mother nor the baby needed to die. Even then, I knew of places to go-such as homes for unwed mothers, foundling homes and orphanages to care for the baby. Often girls in this situation were sent off to visit an aunt or grandmother. My family even took a few young women into our home until they gave birth to their babies.

Tragically, we have taken the back-alley abortionists and given them a building and allowed them to charge women for their services. These abortion providers will typically use ultrasound to verify the age of the baby, but the mother won’t be allowed to see the picture. Why? Because they know that the ultrasound picture has changed the heart of many a woman contemplating abortion.

From the moment of conception the DNA with all the inherited characteristics are present. A new human being is formed-a new life that, until a split decision on the Supreme Court, had the “inalienable right to life.” No other human being had the authority to take away that life.
There is no question that abortion destroys the life of the pre-born baby. Abortion providers, however, would like for everyone to believe that abortion does not harm or injure the mother. In recent months a 15-yr-old and 19-yr-old died from uterine infections as a result of their abortions. The women of a new and growing organization Silent No More Awareness Campaign want all to know that the “abortion is safe” rhetoric-such as that in Lisa Bergson’s April 13 commentary-is a lie. They are testifying to the physical, emotional and psychological trauma they have suffered from abortion.

They assert that a woman should have the right to know the risks of abortion.

In Pennsylvania, the Abortion Control Act provides a modicum of protection for the mother. It requires that 24 hours before the procedure, the pregnant woman is to be provided with information that describes the risks, development of the baby, and the places where the women can get help for carrying the baby to term. This information is designed to allow the women to make informed choices. Unfortunately, they do not always receive it, even though receiving the patient’s informed consent is standard for all medical procedures.

The abortionists oppose informed consent and even sued to stop it. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected their arguments (Planned Parenthood vs. Casey) stating, “The waiting period helps ensure that a woman’s decision to abort is a well considered one, and rationally furthers the State’s legitimate interest in maternal health and in unborn life.”
Unlike Pennsylvania, many states have no such act, hence limiting their oversight of abortion facilities. Women who suffer physical trauma from their abortions (e.g. bleeding, infection, perforation of the uterus etc.) are referred to hospital emergency rooms. Stand-alone abortion facilities do not provide this care for injured women.

In contrast, the pro-life community has over 4,000 facilities available in the United States that offer counseling, housing, medical assistance and the support needed to carry the baby to term. They also provide day-care centers so women can resume their education and work.

Since that fateful day January 22, 1973 (Roe v. Wade) more than 40 million babies have died from abortion, as well as hundreds of women who believed the lie that abortion is a safe and easy procedure. Just as I was there with that poor woman in New Orleans, I, too, stand with my fellow anti-abortion sisters to protect women and their babies from the devastating effects of abortion.

KATHY BOND is Political Director of CCPLC and speaker for Pennsylvanians for Human Life/Pro- Life Education Services.


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FDA WON’T ALLOW SALES OF “MORNING AFTER” PILL [5/25/04]



Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) – In a decision that is receiving praise from pro-life organizations, the Food and Drug Administration decided late Thursday that it will not allow over-the-counter sales of the so-called morning after pill. Pro-life groups oppose the use of the drug because it is dangerous for women and can sometimes cause abortions. The FDA made its decision based on concerns about the effects of the drug on teenagers. However, it left the door open to allowing the drugs to be sold to adults. The agency also said it would reconsider its decision if Barr Laboratories, maker of the Plan B morning after drug, would provide more details on teen’s use of the drugs. Barr Labs said it was disappointed by the FDA’s decision. Barr chief executive Bruce Downey said his company would seek nonprescription sales approval again, but this time for people 16 years or older.


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PARENTS BEWARE! GIRL SCOUTS SERVING UP MORE THAN S’MORES [4/15/04]



Girl Scouts of America CEO Kathy Cloninger, appearing on NBC’s “Today” (3/5/04) said: “We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCA’s, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.”

Genevieve Wood, Vice President for Communications for Family Research Council (FRC), responded to the news in a March 8th release, saying: “Parents have every right to be troubled by an alliance of the Girl Scouts and an organization like Planned Parenthood, the nations most prolific provider of abortions.”
By using Planned Parenthood sex education materials, the Girl Scouts are giving 10-year-old children graphic information that promotes conduct that is unhealthy, immoral, and sinful. If you doubt that, just visit the Planned Parenthood web site and you will very quickly learn what they have been up to for a couple of generations.

According to the FRC release, the controversy exploded around the Waco, Texas Girl Scouts organization, where all but two girls have been pulled from the Girl Scouts program there and a Brownie troop has been completely dismantled. The Waco group now says they have severed ties with Planned Parenthood.
Nevertheless, parents should not be complacent if they discover that their local troop is not connected with Planned Parenthood. This is a national policy. Girl Scout troops often go on group outings with troops from other areas. If you as a parent are not present at these events, you won’t know what is going on, will you?

Source: Republican National Coalition for Life, Fax Notes, March 12, 2004.


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MORNING AFTER PILL IS NEITHER SAFE NOR PRO-LIFE [3/28/04]



David C. Reardon, Ph.D. and John Wilks, B.Pharm., MPS, MACPP

(The information in this article comes from the Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791-7348. Additional material is posted at www.afterabortion.org.)

I’ve written before about the way women are being deceived about the morning after abortion pill…. Now, I would also like to share with you the document below from pharmacist John Wilks. It gives a better and more up-to-date summary of the little known medical risks regarding use of the morning after abortion pill.

Wilks’ list of risks underscores the fact that we are witnessing yet another population control experiment in which women are being treated with less respect than guinea pigs. At least in experiments involving guinea pigs only a limited number are exposed to the risks of an untested treatment and the experiment has a planned ending at which point the results are evaluated. In this case, unlimited numbers of women are being exposed to the dangers of this abortifacient and there is not even a plan to measure complications and determine its safety. The plan is simply, push it on the public and hope for the best….

David C. Reardon, Ph.D.

The letter from pharmacist John Wilks follows:

“Why this pharmacy does not sell Postinor-2; the ‘morning-after’ pill (MAP)”

1.) Scientific studies have provided strong evidence indicating that for many women the ‘morning-after’ pill (MAP) does not stop a pregnancy from occurring. Researchers have said that this drug acts in at least two ways to end a pregnancy that began at fertilization:

* By damaging the lining of the womb so that implantation of the human embryo – the unseen patient – cannot occur. [1]

* Research in mice has also indicated that if an embryo attaches to the womb, the body reabsorbs it, thereby ending the embryos life. [2]

Because the MAP can act via these two methods, it must be classified as an abortifacient – a drug that can cause an abortion.[3] The fact that the MAP reduces the expected pregnancy rate by 87% supports the claim that it frequently acts to end the life of a human embryo. [4]

Therefore, due to the danger to the health of the human embryo caused by the MAP, my Code of Professional Conduct, parts 1.1 and 1.2 forbids me from selling this drug.[5]

2.) The ‘morning-after’ pill is also very dangerous to a woman’s health. Scientific reports have proved that:

* The ‘morning-after’ pill causes an increase in the incidence of ectopic pregnancies (lodgement of the human embryo in the Fallopian tube rather than in the womb.) [6] In one of these cases the affected Fallopian tube had to be surgically removed. As a result these women have a greatly reduced possibility of a future pregnancy.

* The ‘morning-after’ pill can also have serious interactions with prescribed medications.

The British Medical Journal has reported that the ‘morning-after’ pill can interfere with warfarin medications. [7] [8]

* Dr. Ellen Grant, writing in the Lancet (2001)has expressed the concern that “? 5% of women have a genetic susceptibility to thromboembolic disease (blood clots).” When these women take the ‘morning-after’ pill – which is equal in strength to taking 50 regular birth control tablets – a blood clot might form. [9]

* There is concern that the very high dose of hormone taken in the ‘morning-after’ pill might ‘kick-start’ cervical cancer if a woman is already infected with human papilloma virus. [10]

In summary, because of these dangerous medical consequences associated with the ‘morning-after’ pill and my professional duty-of care responsibilities, we do not sell Postinor-2.

“Meanwhile, effective, safe, and free natural family planning (NFP) methods based on periodic abstinence are mocked and dismissed because (a) pharmaceutical companies can’t make money off of them, and (b) NFP methods underscore the importance of marriage, communication, and respect for life. -David C. Reardon


   [1] Ugocsai G, Rozsa M, Ugocsai P. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) changes of the endometrium
in women taking high doses of levonorgestrel as emergency postcoital contraception. Contraception. 2002;66:433-437

   [2] Shirley B, Bundren JC, McKinney S. Levonorgestrel as a postcoital contraceptive.
Contraception. 1996:52(2):277-81

   [3] Moore KL, Persaud TVN. The Developing Human: Clinically Orientated Embryology
(6th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company 1998)

   [4] Wellbery C. Emergency Contraception. Arch Fam Med 2000; 9:642-64

   [5] Policy – Code of Professional Conduct. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Endorsed by
National Council March 1998

   [6] Sheffer-Mimouni G, Pauzer D, Maslovitch S et al. Ectopic pregnancies following
levonorgestrel contraception. Contraception. 2003;67:267-269

   [7] Ellison J. Thomson AJ, Greer IA. Apparent interaction between warfarin and levonorgestrel
used for emergency contraception. BMJ. 2000;321:1382

   [8] Richards D. An Important drug interaction – an alternate mechanism. BMJ Rapid responses. 22 December
2000

   [9] Grant E. Adverse reactions and emergency contraception. Lancet. 2001;357:1201

   [10] Chen Y-H, Huang L-H, Chen T-M. Differential effects of progestins and estrogens on long
control regions of human papillomavirus types 16 and 18.


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Know the Facts: Local Abortion Stats, 2002 [3/28/04]



PA Abortion Statistics were released a few months ago. The total number of 35,167 was a 4.5% decrease from 2001 and is the second lowest annual number ever recorded. What follows are significant facts from the PA Department of Health report:

  • As in previous years the largest single age group of 20-24 accounted for the largest percentage of the total number – 33.3%. Teens age 17 and younger were 6.3% of the total.
  • 45% of abortions in Pennsylvania were performed on women who had had previous abortions. 55% were performed on women who had not had a previous abortion.
  • Of all the abortions committed in PA, 54% occurred in the five county Philadelphia area. 90% occurred in six counties (Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). Of the 67 counties in PA, abortions were reported from only 14 of them.
  • In 2002, 55.6% of all abortions performed in PA were to white women, while 40.7% were to black women. The U.S. Census data for 2002 reports that blacks make up 12% of US residents. This is a striking statistic and one that reflects the abortion industry’s focus on minorities. Abortions to women of Hispanic origin accounted for 5%.
  • The number of abortion facilities registered in PA in 2002 was 106. The number registered in 2001 was 110.
  • In 2002 there were 106 reports of complications of abortions submitted by physicians. In 2001 the number reported was 72.
  • Another serious change, which appeared in 2002, was the increase in “Chemical Abortions” that would include RU-486. They rose from 2,109 to 2,713.
2002 Abortion Breakdown in Chester County:
Planned Parenthood – 880
Phoenixville Hospital – 30
Paoli Hospital – 4


Source: PA State Library. PA Dep. of Health reports a total of 898 abortions, 16 fewer than this source.

PA Abortions by Place of Performance
Place 1999 2000 2001 2002
Bucks 60 685 837 868
Chester 821 842 934 898
Delaware 1,242 1,183 1,156 1,127
Montgomery 1,023 868 1,709 1,740
Philadelphia 16,729 17,383 16,655 14,462
Five County 19,875 20,881 21,291 19,095
State of PA 34,494 35,630 36,820 35,167


These figures come only from those agencies required to report to the state. Source: PA Department of Health.


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LETTERS FOR LIFE [2/14/04]



Q:  How can I help the pro-life movement from my own home?

A:  This question is often answered with the suitable response of telling people to “write letters!” But some people may not know where to begin or may need some practice writing pro-life letters. An excellent way to get well-acquainted with writing clear and informed letters is through a program called “Letters for Life” which is sponsored by the Pro-Life Union of South Eastern Pennsylvania. The program works by sending participants a monthly letter which provides information on a specific pro-life topic or legislation and provides the address where the letter should be directed. You simply return a postcard to the Pro-Life Union once you have sent your letter. To sign up for this unique program, please call the Union at (215) 885-8150.


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ETHICALLY-PRODUCED VACCINES, PART II [12/5/03]



Last month, it was announced here that Merck pharmaceutical company is again making available single dose vaccines for mumps and measles. This is a victory for the pro-life movement because Merck previously sold these vaccines only as part of its combination vaccine, MMR, which included the vaccine for rubella. The rubella vaccine was developed using stem cells from a aborted babies. Merck is currently the only source in the United States for any of these vaccines.

While Merck’s reversal in policy is welcome news, many people throughout the country are still having difficulty getting the mumps and measles vaccines for their children because they must be ordered in ten dose lots. The vaccines for mumps and measles are ordinarily administered to children after one year of age, and then again at four years of age. If you or someone you know would like to have a child vaccinated for mumps and measles but would prefer to boycott the rubella vaccine, here are some suggestions for obtaining the mumps and measles vaccines in our area.

  1. Check to see if your pediatrician has them in stock or will order them.
  2. If your pediatrician’s office is unwilling to order the ten doses, ask if your doctor is affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and if he or she can obtain the vaccines through CHOP.
  3. There is a pro-life pediatrician in Paoli, Dr. Sandra Becker, who currently has nine doses of both vaccines.�Dr. Becker runs a very small practice and does not accept insurance payments, but her rates are extremely reasonable. She is willing to administer the vaccines to local area children in the pro-life community. Her office number is 610-296-1238.

The MMR vaccine is currently required by state law for enrollment of children in both public and private schools. However, the law allows parents to exempt their children from this requirement for reasons of conscience. For more information on this exemption clause, you can contact the Pennsylvania Health Department. The Philadelphia Archdiocese is aware that both the Varivax (chicken pox) and MMR vaccines were developed using stem cells from aborted babies, and they are aware of the exemption clause under state law for enrolling students without these vaccines.

For more information on the fight against the propogation of vaccines developed from aborted babies, check out the website for Children of God for Life at cogforlife.org.


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MIXED SIGNALS



By Fr. Frank Pavone, Director, Priests for Life

If we want to change the way people think, talk, and act toward unwanted unborn children, we will need to change the way they think, talk, and act about wanted unborn children. Our approach to them either conveys the presence of a person or, well, of something less than a person. Take four simple examples.

First, even the best pro-life people will be heard saying, “I’m expecting a child.” But if you are “expecting” someone, that person hasn’t arrived yet. Our message is that the unborn child is already here, and is fully a person. A pregnant woman is already a mother who has a child. “I’m carrying a child” is more appropriate, and in counting how many children she has, the child she carries counts as one, not as a “half” or one “on the way.”

This leads to the issue of naming the child. A pregnant mother is often asked if she has “picked out a name yet.” In the Culture of Life, every person has a name. Delaying the practice of naming until birth only reinforces the idea that we don’t have a person there until birth. A name should be chosen and used as soon as one discovers she is pregnant. The practical problem, of course, is not knowing the child’s gender right away. I recommend, then, choosing two names. But the key is the timing of the decision. In other words, the names are definitively chosen by the time pregnancy is discovered. They are not just possible names. As soon as the gender is known, one of the two will stick.

Another very common practice reinforces the notion that a person exists only at birth. Notice how we celebrate birthdays, but do not celebrate Firstdays. Actually, the Culture of Life should be distinguished by its custom of celebrating the day the person began to exist, which, of course, is nine months prior to one’s birthday. True, we do not know the day with exact certitude, but that should not mean we ignore it altogether. We all existed, lived, and grew prior to our birthdays, and the celebration of a “Firstday” nine months before our birthday would send a meaningful message to our culture.

Finally, the sad reality of miscarriage is common. The Culture of Life recognizes that miscarriage is the loss of a child who is a whole person. It is not the loss of a concept or of a possibility, but of an actual child, who has a body. Where possible, of course, baptism is administered, even if conditionally, in case the child may still be alive. Every reasonable effort should be made, furthermore, to take the bodily remains of this child and commit them to the earth by a proper burial. Here we need the generous collaboration of cemeteries and Churches so that this practice becomes more common.

Babies in the womb are real, full persons. These four steps would be good ways to continue to waken our culture to that simple fact.


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POST-ABORTIVE WOMEN SEARCH FOR HEALING AND SPEAK OUT



PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS have long recognized that there are at least two victims in every abortion . . . the child and the mother. Though we cannot hear the cries of the pre-born victims, after 30 years, many of the mothers have decided to be “silent no more.” Such women appeared this past January at the Supreme Court during the March for Life and recently at courthouses across the country holding signs reading “I Regret My Abortion” and “Women Deserve Better.”

One organization that ministers to women and men who have been injured emotionally and spiritually by abortion is Rachael’s Vineyard, which began in Philadelphia a few short years ago. Rachel’s Vineyard “retreats” have since spread all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, and just last month, Cameroon, Africa.

The weekend retreats offer an effective process designed to help women and men experience the mercy and compassion of God. The intensive retreats help participants release the deep feelings of anger, shame, guilt, and grief that accompany an abortion experience. Rachael’s Vineyard is “therapy for the soul” which combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.


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MAKE YOUR UNITED WAY DONATION A PRO-LIFE ONE



Remember that if you give to United Way, you have the right to direct your funds toward pro-life charities. Call your local pro-life group and get their United Way number. Some local United Way numbers are listed here for your convenience: Birthright – 03825; Chester County Women’s Services – 5823 for Southeast Pennyslvania or 002200 for the state of Delaware); Pennsylvanians for Human Life – 200482. Don’t miss out on this pro-life giving opportunity.


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PEDIATRICIANS SPEAK OUT ABOUT THEIR RESPONSIBILITES TO PRE-BORN CHILDREN



We present in this month’s newsletter a written statement from the The American College of Pediatricians® concerning the need to protect the unborn. It is important that the medical community stand up for life, and we hail this group’s efforts to do just that. In this group’s own words:

Pediatricians must advocate for all children, not just for those determined “viable.” We should honor the advocacy proclaimed interestingly by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1971, preceding Roe v. Wade by some thirteen months, to include pediatricians’ responsibility for the child from conception through young adulthood. We must uphold scientific integrity. We must speak out against further “sacrifice of the fetus.” The American College of Pediatricians® shall not waiver from that commitment.

To read more about this group, they may be contacted using the following information: The American College of Pediatricians®/ www.ACPeds.org / Phone: 423-990-2419/ Fax: 423-990-2417/ P.O. Box 667, Blountville, Tennessee 37617. Their statement was issued this past June 13, 2003, and can be viewed here.


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SEVEN YEARS OF ABORTION IN WEST CHESTER

This August, 2003, marks the seventh year of the
persistent and premeditated killing of pre-born children
and harming of women by Planned Parenthood
staff and supporters. According to records from the PA Department of Health, 5,201 babies have lost their lives at this abortion mill during the following years:

In 2002, a total of 880 babies were aborted.
In 2001, a total of 964 babies were aborted.
In 2000, a total of 847 babies were aborted.
In 1999, a total of 812 babies were aborted.
In 1998, a total of 785 babies were aborted.
In 1997, a total of 728 babies were aborted.
In 1996, a total of 185 babies were aborted.

For six years abortions were committed once a week, but this past year another killing day was added. Abortions are now scheduled for Tuesday and Friday mornings. Please try to remember the mothers and babies coming for their appointments with death on these days. An extra prayer, some fasting, or your presence in front of Planned Parenthood at these times are important activities that many can do. You can let these mothers and babies know that they are not forgotten and that their lives have meaning.


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A DAILY PRO-LIFE NEWS FIX



Keep up to date on the latest pro-life news from around the country and the world. Just log on to www.LifeNews.com to stay informed. By subscribing through the website, you can receive automatically, via e-mail, daily or weekly news briefs.
More detailed information is available on the website.


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WHO IS REALLY “PRO-WOMEN’S HEALTH?”



The Problem with Categorizing Abortion as “Women’s Health”

Guest Column by Claire Valente

The effort to ban partial-birth abortion is now in its final stages. On June 4, the House passed H.R. 760, outlawing any procedure in which the baby is delivered alive and is partially outside the body when killed. The Senate has already passed similar legislation; the bill now goes to conference and President Bush has urged Congress to act quickly so that he can sign it into law. Without question, this is a great, if incremental, victory for the pro-life movement.

One of the many unsuccessful tactics used by pro-abortion lobbyists to forestall passage was to argue that the measure would increase risk to women’s health by taking options away from doctors. As outlined in an April 22 New York Times article,”doctors” (i.e. abortion providers) are “uneasy” because of the restrictions, which they claim, inaccurately, might apply to other second trimester abortion methods. The article is an example of the misleading categorization of abortion as part of “reproductive health,” or, even more euphemistically, “women’s health.” By employing such Doublespeak, NOW, NARAL, and their allies further desensitize Americans to the violence inherent in abortion. Unfortunately, some politicians also employ Doublespeak and are easily taken in by such tactics. Efforts have been made in several states to mandate that all hospitals and health systems either provide “reproductive” care or ensure alternative providers
exist (e.g. CA AB 525, introduced in 1999, thankfully dead in committee). There have also been many attempts, some successful, to prevent mergers with religious hospitals and health systems which would result in the elimination of abortion. Efforts are doubtless on the horizon to overturn the Church Amendment, passed in 1973, which ensured that receipt of federal funds not require individuals or institutions to perform abortions if they object on religious or moral grounds. The pro-life movement needs to be vigilant on this issue: abortion advocates are more and more insisting that state intervention is necessary to insure proper women’s “health” coverage, particularly in areas where religious institutions are the sole providers of care.

What would be the real impact on women’s health of such intervention? Those of us opposed to abortion know that it is an attack on the mother as well as the child and that far from being crucial to women’s health, abortion is just the opposite. Such legislation also clearly conflicts with the free exercise clause of the First Amendment, although one can never be sure that the courts will concur.Aside from this, however, the most likely impact is not that Catholic, Baptist, and Seventh-Day Adventist hospitals (all of which refuse to carry out elective abortions, as do some Lutheran institutions) would change their policies, but rather that they would be forced to close. This would produce a true women’s health crisis throughout the country – but especially in rural areas and for the poor, uninsured, and chronically ill in urban centers.Although religious hospitals make up only 13% of hospitals in the United States, and contain only 18% of beds, their impact as the primary safety net for the most disadvantaged Americans is far out of proportion to their numbers. In many rural areas, religious hospitals are the sole providers of health care; in 1998, there were 91 such”sole providers” in 26 states. Moreover, religious hospitals, including those in urban areas, are much more likely to have trauma centers, substance abuse programs, and
HIV care centers, and thus to be “core safety net providers,” in the terminology of the Institute of Medicine’s report, “American’s Health Care Safety Net.” Catholic hospitals in particular are the single largest non-profit hospital group (75% of religious hospitals; Adventists are the second largest religious group with 7.5%) and have rescued many failing public and private hospitals in poorer areas since the 1990s.

The growing role of religious hospitals has provoked an outcry from the pro-abortion lobby. One would think religious institutions would be praised for not only maintaining an open door policy but further increasing their exposure to the economically disadvantaged, despite the financial risks inherent in caring for the uninsured. NARAL, “Catholics” for a Free Choice, and other groups, however, view the development as “alarming,” and paint the mergers in a conspiratorial light, almost implying that the “scooping up” of troubled institutions, particularly by Catholic groups, is a deliberate plot to end access to abortion and other “services” like sterilization. It never seems to occur to them to ask why Catholics and Adventists are the ones responding to the health crisis in poor and rural areas, the ones willing to take on failing institutions and/or establish new ones, even though they hemorrhage money as a result. Could it be for the same reason that such hospitals so strenuously refuse to provide “reproductive” services, i.e. that they have a solid and seamless pro-life ethic?

Since NARAL et al. are unwilling to open hospitals and clinics from rural Appalachia to inner-city Los Angeles, their complaints about the dangers to women’s “health” posed by those taking up the care of the indigent on a daily basis ring hollow at best. Once again, the Doublespeak of the abortion lobby condemns itself, and it is the pro-life movement which is truly pro-women and pro-reproductive health.

Claire Valente received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and she taught for several years at the University of Portland. She writes from Rosemont, PA.


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SURPRISE, MOM: I’M AGAINST ABORTION



A feature article in the New York Times (Sunday, March 30) carried the title, “Surprise, Mom: I’m against Abortion.” The article describes the attitudes and practices of the younger generation. The trend is against abortion on demand, for chastity and abstinence education.

The body of the article details this surprising trend. With amazing clarity and determination our youth are dealing with the Right-to-Life issue with a new perspective. Many are refusing to follow their parents’ view on abortion. The Times article cites many sources on youth opinion. They are convinced-as one high school student put it-that in our time “it’s more about the baby’s rights than the woman’s rights.” Since abortion has been available all of their lives, one college student said, “we’ve realized that any one of us could have been aborted.” Another teacher said, “Teenagers have strong opinions. Today the majority is pro-life.”

Several complete copies of the New York Times article are available in our office. It can also be viewed on the internet at http://www.nytimes.com. As pro-lifers it is important for this point to catch our attention. The gift of the Holy Spirit blows in strange winds. Sometimes secular sources surprise us with great insights. It could happen that even some pro-lifers could miss these new ways of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for courage and wisdom to continue to give witness to such a fundamental respect for the child of the womb. Let us pray for men and women struggling with past and present.


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NEW PRO-LIFE WEB-SITE FOR TEENS LAUNCHED



GravityTeen.com, an online destination for teenagers, unveiled its Web site dedicated to building self-esteem and offering advice to Gen Y kids facing challenging problems. GravityTeen is based on the belief that increasing self-esteem and personal power in teenagers, through positive peer advice and real life stories, will cultivate the tools and strength needed for teens to make educated and well thought-out decisions.

Teens faced with peer pressure, pregnancy issues, or major, life-altering choices have turned to GravityTeen to gain advice and an extra boost of self-esteem. The enormous amount of daily responses from Teens offering their own personal stories and advice to the teen community is a testament to the power of the GravityTeen site.

GravityTeen is the latest in an increasing number of pro-life websites geared to young people, which have been creating a big splash. GravityTeen.com is a project of Missouri-based Vitae/Caring Foundation.


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JIM SEDLAK ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S HEALTHCARE HOAX



FOUNDER and executive director of STOPP International, Jim W. Sedlak, was recently a guest lecturer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downington. Jim Sedlak is a nationally known pro-life speaker and has been identified by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) as one of the 15 “most active” fighters against PP sex education programs. His work to stop the activities of Planned Parenthood is tireless. Below we print a synopsis of his recent talk on how Planned Parenthood’s new 25-year plan, Vision 2025, exposes the true nature of the organization. This summary is meant to offer a brief comment on each of PP’s 10 goals in its 25-year plan.

Planned Parenthood will ensure that sexuality is understood as an essential, lifelong aspect of being human and that it is celebrated with respect, openness, and mutuality.
Although PP proclaims itself as a “health care” organization, it doesn’t see a cure for cervical cancer, or stopping the spread of pelvic inflammatory disease or chlamydia as its number one goal. Rather, it will focus on making sure that sex is celebrated! Thus PP’s #1 goal is the same as its founder’s (Margaret Sanger) #1 goal in 1916 – uninhibited sex.

Planned Parenthood will ensure access to reproductive and sexual health care for all.
The only specific example given by PP is: “We will push the edge for universal access to birth control.” Thus, PP’s 2nd goal is the same as Sanger’s #2 goal – birth control. But where is the health care?

Planned Parenthood will secure passage of laws and policies, including state and federal constitutional amendments, that guarantee reproductive freedom for all.
This sounds like a goal of a political lobbying group – not a so-called health organization. Of course, “reproductive freedom” is Planned Parenthood’s code word for abortion. PP, just like Sanger, includes abortion as a method of birth control.

Planned Parenthood will ensure worldwide implementation of a human rights and well-being agenda as currently expressed in the Cairo Agreement, with the U.S. fulfilling its financial commitment and implementing those principles in the U.S.
The United Nations’ International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which was held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994, was widely considered a watershed event. The program’s acknowledgment that legal abortion could be part of health care was a major coup for PP. It was the first time abortion was written positively into international documents. It is no wonder PP wants it moved forward with U.S. taxpayer money.

Planned Parenthood will control a successful, diversified media company that creates and distributes the most popular, critically acclaimed health and sexuality programming.
With PP in complete control of the production of the media message and the distribution of the message (without censors), we can expect a glut of very graphic sexual images that PP tries to convince everyone is just “health education,” but what will be material that robs our children of their innocence.

Planned Parenthood will be the model for embracing diversity and expanding the decision-making power base of its stakeholders.
A “diverse” community is desired by PP as long as all of the “diverse” people are willing to follow Sanger’s legacy and have no recognition of any absolute moral authority. Throughout this entire plan God is not mentioned once. PP’s rejection of Christian values is illustrated in its “Choice on Earth” holiday card.

Planned Parenthood will be a significant catalyst for the development and universal dissemination of new reproductive technologies.
None of the products Planned Parenthood will be bringing to us are intended to treat a woman whose body is malfunctioning. All of them have the intention of taking a woman whose body is operating in a perfectly normal manner and make it operate abnormally. This is a strange concept of health care.

Planned Parenthood will be an authoritative voice on bioethical standards related to reproductive health and sexuality.
PP has shown its intent with regard to biotechnology. It has issued press releases supporting the use of embryonic stem cells (whose harvesting always kills a human being) and its web site shows a widespread use of terms (e.g. pre-embryo and fertilized egg) that are meant to dehumanize the human being created at fertilization and set the ground for all kinds of utilitarian experimentation. If PP is allowed to be the “authoritative voice,” then bioethical standards will result in more deaths and total disregard for the sanctity of human life.

Planned Parenthood will build the largest donor and citizen activist base of any social movement in this country.
Note, PP did NOT say that it wanted to build the largest donor and citizen activist base of any health care organization in the country. Instead, it proudly labeled its efforts as that of a social movement. Anyone who can read this plan and still maintain that PP is a about health care simply did not understand what’s written.

Planned Parenthood will be acknowledged as one of the 10 best places to work and volunteer.
Planned Parenthood acknowledges it has employee morale problems as it states in the document: “we have often struggled to attract and sustain the workforce we need to serve our clients and other stakeholders.” True health care organizations can offer their employees the knowledge that they are offering their patients services that will restore their health and better their lives. But, as this plan shows, PP is NOT a health care organization and cannot offer its employees any such comfort.

Conclusion: Throughout this entire 25-year plan, this supposed health care organization does not mention the word “patient” even once. If you disregard everything else presented here, this one fact should tell you all you need to know about Planned Parenthood.


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CLONING FACT SHEET



Have questions regarding cloning? See a fact sheet
on this very important topic.


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THE LINK BETWEEN ABORTION AND BREAST CANCER:

Studies suggest that the risk of developing breast cancer
may be increased by induced abortion



The month of October is host to two very important education campaigns.
The Pro-Life movement has dubbed October as Respect Life Month, and the
medical world garners much attention each October by promoting Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. Both abortion and cancer have people fighting
for their lives every day, but we thought at this time it was important
to highlight the very specific medical connection between abortion and
breast cancer.




by Nancy Shanfelt



In the United States, one in 2,525 women in their thirties and one
in eleven women in their seventies will be affected by breast cancer.
1  Factors that may contribute to the risk of developing
breast cancer include a family history of breast cancer, an early age
at the onset of menstruation, a late age at menopause, a late age at
the time of the first full-term birth of a child, and certain breast
conditions. However, recent studies suggest that the risk of
developing breast cancer may also be increased by induced abortion.
Twenty-seven out of 34 independent studies conducted throughout the
world, including 13 of 14 conducted in the United States, have shown
a relationship between induced abortion and breast cancer. Seventeen
of the studies showed a statistically significant relationship.

Dr. M. Pike at the University of Southern California conducted the
first major study investigating a relationship between abortion and
breast cancer in 1981. His study showed that women who aborted their
first pregnancy were 2.4 times more likely to develop breast cancer.
2  Other studies have revealed similar results. Dr. Janet
Daling’s study in 1994 found that an induced abortion before the age
of 45 increased the risk of developing breast cancer by 50%; if a
woman had the abortion before the age of 18, her risk of developing
breast cancer increased by 150%. All twelve women in Daling’s study
who had a family member with breast cancer and who had an abortion
before the age of 18 developed breast cancer before age 45.

In spite of statistically significant results in many of the studies,
the public remains uninformed about the potential risks associated
with induced abortion and breast cancer.

“The public was informed when only five out of seven studies linked
cellular phones with brain cancer,” argues Karen Malec, president of
the Coalition on Abortion/ Breast Cancer, “so why aren’t women
entitled to know that more than two dozen studies implicate abortion
as a risk factor for this deadly disease? Tragically, the bar has
been raised for this risk factor, and one in one hundred women will
die of abortion-induced breast cancer.”3 

During pregnancy, a woman’s ovaries begin producing extra estrogen,
as well as other hormones used to stimulate breast cell growth. In
the first trimester, the level of estrogen produced rises by 2,000%,
causing both normal and pre-cancerous cells to multiply dramatically.
During the last eight weeks of pregnancy, other hormones differentiate
these cells into milk-producing cells, thus eliminating any further
growth potential or cancer forming potential. An induced abortion
prevents the differentiation from taking place, leaving more
undifferentiated cells in the woman’s breasts, which make her more
vulnerable to developing breast cancer.

Unfortunately, some of the evidence of a direct relationship between
induced abortion and breast cancer is inconsistent. While most of the
studies reveal a small, but statistically significant relationship
between abortion and an increased risk of developing breast cancer,
a few of the studies show no risk associated with abortion. However,
the abortion industry and its supporters rely solely on the evidence
from the latter, ignoring the potential risks that have been revealed
in the majority of the studies. This is similar to how the tobacco
industry denied claims of a relationship between smoking and cancer
before there were definitive results.

As a society, we would not accept any other industry ignoring
statistically significant data that suggested an increased risk of
cancer.
For the sake of their health and their lives, women must
be informed of the potential risks associated with induced abortion
and breast cancer. Additionally, further studies must be conducted
to definitively determine this relationship.

Breast cancer is one of two most common cancers afflicting women; it
is the second leading cause of death from cancer, after lung cancer.
In 2001, approximately 190,000 women are expected to be diagnosed
with breast cancer in the United States alone; 40,000 women will die
from breast cancer.4  With numbers this high, we cannot ignore any
potential risks. And so, during the month of October-which has been
declared National Breast Cancer Awareness Month-we urge you to contact
your legislators and insist that they push for an investigation into
the potentially deadly relationship between breast cancer and induced
abortion.

1. “Abortion and Breast Cancer.” Cancer Facts. National Cancer Institute. National Institutes of Health. June 10, 1999.
2. Willke, JC MD. “The Deadly After-Effect of Abortion: Breast Cancer.”
3. “Abortion Breast Cancer Link Still Ignored.” World Net Daily. July 5, 2001.
4. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
www.nbcam.com
. October 16, 2001.


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EXPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT RU-486



by Nancy Shanfelt



The National Abortion Foundation is currently funding a
$2-million, six-month ad campaign promoting RU-486, the abortion
pill, in magazines including People, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Jane,
Mademoiselle, Glamour, Fitness, Health, Self, First for Women and
Essence. Redbook has refused to run the ad. The ad shows a
well-dressed young woman looking out a window. The text reads, "You
have the freedom to choose. And now you have another safe abortion
choice." But what the ad doesn’t say is how quickly the FDA
approved the drug or who its manufacturers and distributors are. It
doesn’t mention that the companion drug has not been approved for use
in abortion and that its manufacturers warn against its use by
pregnant women. It doesn’t warn women about the many serious side
effects that accompany the abortion drug. A closer look would reveal
the following details.


Fast
Track Approval:
On September 28, 2000, the Food and
Drug Administration approved use of the drug Mifeprex (Mifepristone),
more commonly known as RU-486. The drug was approved after a
six-month review (instead of the usual 6-plus years required by FDA
regulations) under a regulation called "Subpart-H" which
allows for a fast-track approval of experimental drugs that have been
developed to treat serious or life-threatening illnesses such as HIV
or cancer. Under this regulation, which was drafted in 1992
specifically with HIV in mind in an effort to save the lives of those
dying from the disease, drugs are not required to undergo the same
amount of testing before approval. Additionally, Subpart-H limits
the legal rights of drug users, making it possible for manufacturers
to escape liability for injury associated with use of the drug. The
FDA’s approval of RU-486 limited use of the drug to the first seven
weeks of pregnancy; therefore, the doctor must first determine the
age of the unborn child and ensure that it is a uterine pregnancy
before prescribing an abortion by RU-486. In addition, the doctor
must be able to arrange for a surgical abortion if the drug does not
completely destroy and expel the baby from the uterus. The FDA also
stated, "Mifeprex must be provided by or under the
supervision
of a physician¼"
which could be interpreted to include administration of the drug by a
member of a doctor’s staff rather than the doctor himself. RU-486 is
being marketed to physicians and the general public as a safe,
private and easy method for terminating a pregnancy.


How
It Works
: RU-486 is a synthetic steroid with
anti-hormonal properties, which enable it to block the pregnancy
hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus
rejects the attachment of the fetus, thus preventing or destroying
the baby’s life support connection to its mother, causing him to
starve to death inside the uterus.


It’s
History
: Roussel Uclaf, a French company and
subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical company Hoechst, originally
manufactured RU-486. Hoechst, originally named I.G. Farben, changed
its name after World War II. During the war, it manufactured the
cyanide gas, Zyklon-B, that the Nazis used to exterminate the Jews in
the concentration camps. When Roussel Uclaf decided not to seek
approval of the FDA to market and sell RU-486 in the United States,
they donated the patent to the Population Council who conducted the
clinical trials required by the FDA for approval. Danco Laboratories
is currently distributing the drug in the United States. Both the
Population Council and Danco Laboratories reportedly receive funding
from the Rockefeller Foundation, an avid supporter of the
pro-abortion movement. Hua Lian Pharmaceutical Company in Shanghai,
China, is manufacturing the drug. Hua Lian has recently been cited
for exporting tainted drugs to the United States and has been charged
with labeling irregularities.


The
Procedure
: When a woman decides to have an abortion
using RU-486, she must first have a blood test and a pelvic exam to
confirm she is pregnant and a sonogram to determine the age of her
unborn child. After a waiting period determined by the laws of the
state, she returns to her doctor’s office to take three RU-486
tablets registered under her name. Once she has taken the pills, she
will wait 48 hours. During these 48 hours, RU-486 blocks the
progesterone in the uterus. Without the progesterone, the lining of
the uterus becomes very thin and begins to disintegrate, making it
difficult for the fetus to attach itself and obtain the necessary
nutrients to survive. The baby in its mother’s womb begins to starve
to death.


Companion
Drug Declared Unsafe
: After 48 hours, the mother will
return to her doctor’s office where she will undergo another
examination to determine if she has already aborted her baby.
Studies show that approximately 3% of women will have already had an
abortion at home within the 48-hour waiting period. If she has not
yet aborted her baby, the woman will take Cytotec (Misoprostal), a
prostaglandin that induces the uterus to contract and push the dead
baby out through the vagina. Cytotec is manufactured by Searle Drug
Company, a subsidiary of Pharmacia Corporation, to prevent gastric
ulcers in patients taking large doses of anti-arthritic medications.
Cytotec has not been approved by the FDA for use as a companion drug
to RU-486, nor has it been approved for the inducement of labor or
abortion. Searle issued a warning against such uses of Cytotec that
included the following statement:




Serious adverse events reported following
off-label use of Cytotec in pregnant women include maternal or fetal
death; uterine hyper-stimulation, rupture or perforation requiring
uterine surgical repair, hysterectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy;
amniotic fluid embolism; severe vaginal bleeding, retained placenta,
shock, fetal bradycardia and pelvic pain.


Side
Effects & Complications
: After taking Cytotec,
the woman will wait in her doctor’s office for four hours to be
monitored for any severe side effects that may occur. All women who
take RU-486 will bleed heavily from the uterus for an average of nine
or ten days, though some have bled for more than a month. In
addition to heavy bleeding, the side effects that will most likely
result include abdominal and pelvic pain, nausea and vomiting,
diarrhea, headache, fever and viral infection. Less common,
life-threatening complications that have occurred include blood
clots, pulmonary embolism and sudden inability of the blood to clot.
Approximately 54% of abortions will take place during this four-hour
waiting period in the doctor’s office. However, the remaining women
will have their abortion away from the doctor’s office, delivering a
dead baby wherever they may be. If the woman does abort outside the
doctor’s office, she may need to bring the dead baby in a container
to the doctor’s office during her next visit.


One to two weeks later, the woman must return to her doctor’s office for
an examination to ensure that the abortion was complete, to monitor
her bleeding, and to treat any additional side effects. The doctor
may conduct a D&C (dilation and curettage) to scrape any remains
of the baby from the uterine walls in order to avoid infection.
Studies show that the pills fail to abort the baby in approximately
3-5% of women. In such cases, these women will have to schedule
another appointment with their doctor to have a surgical abortion at
an additional cost.


Psychological
Effects
: In addition to the physical side effects of
RU-486, women will also likely encounter psychological side effects
that often accompany an abortion. However, RU-486 carries an
additional psychological burden. Because women who chose RU-486 will
actually take the pills themselves, their ability to distance
themselves from the abortion and place the blame elsewhere — for
instance on the doctor who performed the abortion — is removed.
Therefore, they may see themselves as directly responsible for the
baby’s death. Additionally, if her baby is delivered away from the
doctor’s office, the mother will likely see the child she has killed.
Depending on the stage of development when she has the abortion, she
could see a well-proportioned, small-scale baby, an image she will
carry with her the rest of her life.


Further
Deception
: No, the National Abortion Foundation’s ad
doesn’t give any details about the background and complications of
this drug. And there is one other detail it omits. It doesn’t show
us the child growing inside its mother’s womb – the child whose heart
is beating after three weeks, whose skeleton is completely formed
after six weeks, who will suck her thumb after 9 weeks — who will
starve to death if her mother chooses to take RU-486.


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FERTILIZED EGGS DON’T IMPLANT


(Editor’s
Note: The following article by Dr. John C. Willke, MD is taken from
the Feb. 2001 newsletter of Life Issues Institute, the "Life
Issues Connector". It is important because of the current
practice of organizations such as Planned Parenthood to attempt to
blur the line between contraceptives and abortifacients by
re-defining the beginning of a pregnancy as the moment of
implantation instead of fertilization.)





Every time I see the phrase, "the fertilized egg
then implants in the uterus," I’m tempted to tear my hair out.
I fully understand why pro-abortion people use this phraseology. But
it is beyond my comprehension to understand why so many pro-life
people repeat these words. I’m sure the pro-life people who do this
mean well, but they must understand that they’re helping the
pro-abortion movement when they continue to repeat this kind of
biologic nonsense.



First, let’s review our physiology. Conception
(fertilization) consists of the union of sperm and ovum. The
penetration of the ovum by the sperm, the integration and finally the
beginning of the first cell division encompasses approximately
twenty-four hours. The medical name for this single cell stage is
zygote. Then cell division occurs and, by the end of the first week,
this tiny new human consists of several hundred cells. During that
first week of life, this new human floats freely down the mother’s
tube and, when one week old, give or take a day or two, this new
living human implants within the nutrient lining of the womb.



Understand what implants – not the single cell
fertilized egg, but a blastocyst, a developing human that is several
hundred cells at this stage. The fertilized egg does not implant.
When it reaches the womb, it is not a single cell, and if it still
was, it could not implant. Only a one-week-old living human embryo
can implant.



Why does the pro-abortion industry continually speak of
fertilized eggs implanting? They say it with something of a sneer.
Whoever heard of a fertilized egg being a "full human"?
The very words "fertilized egg" do not conjure up in
anyone’s mind the full human being that this new biologic entity in
fact is. Rest assured, semantically speaking, they know exactly what
they are doing when they continue to speak of fertilized eggs. It’s
much easier to kill, to obliterate, and to destroy a fertilized egg
than a living human embryo. They will continue to use "fertilized
egg." We have to stop using it.



What is the proper
terminology for a pro-life person? The proper terminology should
demonstrate and speak to what this new biologic entity is. The
proper words are "living human embryo." Let’s
remember, it’s easier to kill a fertilized egg than a one-week-old
living human embryo.



Some speak of pre-embryos, but this is just a politically correct bit of
jargon whose sole purpose is to dehumanize this living human in his
or her first week of life. A pre-embryo consists of several million
eager sperm swimming after one ovum, but when one of them connects
and fertilizes the ovum, this is no longer a pre-embryo; this is now
an embryo. And after the first cell stage, the proper term to use is
"embryo." After fertilization, there is no such entity a s
pre-embryo.



So let’s make a New Year’s resolution. Let’s, please God, have every
pro-life person immediately quit talking about fertilized eggs
implanting. This is a biologic impossibility and, in fact, it is
rather subtle pro-abortion propaganda. Let’s use the proper word –
"a one-week-old living human embryo."


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STEM CELL RESEARCH – A PRO-LIFE PERSPECTIVE


The
following was taken from an article by Bill Wohlgemuth & Joe
deSimone in the SS. Simon & Jude Parish newsletter.


The
embryonic stem cell is a versatile human cell present during the
earliest days of embryonic development. Once fertilization occurs
and cells multiply, an embryo – a human life – comes into being.
Stem Cells have the potential – the genetic blueprint and the
biological know-how – to become any cell, any tissue, any organ in
the human body. For example, with the proper biochemical coaxing it
can turn into heart muscle, which could replace tissue damaged by a
heart attack. Or into brain cells, which could be used to treat
Parkinson’s disease. Scientists call these "pluripotent stem
cells."


Research
scientists believe that they need these embryonic stem cells to
conduct experiments that may lead to the regeneration of body parts.
For the first time in our history, guidelines proposed by the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) involving human pluripotent stem
cells authorize the federal government to approve and regulate the
destruction of innocent life for research purposes. They instruct
researchers in how to harvest versatile "stem cells from living
week old human embryos, a procedure that terminates, or kills the
embryo." Other methods involve "isolating pluripotent stem
cells from non-living fetuses obtained from pregnancies that had been
terminated." The use of Federal funds, our tax dollars, to
violate fundamental moral norms on human experimentation appears to
exceed the authority of the NIH.


On
January 31, 2000 the National Conference of Bishops voiced their
concerns in a letter to the NIH, stating, "The NIH guidelines
demean human life and undermine longstanding federal policy on
protection of human subjects." Using tissue that is properly
donated is permissible. For example, fetal tissue obtained from a
spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or a stillborn may be used for
therapeutic purposes only if proper safeguards are followed.
Destruction of a human being for research purposes constitutes one of
the most serious abuses of science.



Remarkable and unprecedented discoveries have shown that
adult stem cells in bone marrow are capable of becoming anything if
you gave the right signal! . . .These findings, confirmed by
researchers in this country and abroad, raise the possibility that
adult human stem cells may some day be coached to grow into organs,
regenerating damaged tissue or reconstruct the immune system.
Equally significant is the fact that the problem of immune rejection
may also be circumvented if individuals own cells can be used.



Congress, on November 29, 1999, stated, "Funds may
not be used for the derivation of human pluripotent stem cells from
early human embryos." Astoundingly, three days later NIH issued
the pending guidelines to allow "research in which a human
embryo or embryos are destroyed," using federal funding. A
responsible course of action is to use federal funding to explore the
promise of adult stem cells and other alternatives. Why must we try
and tinker with the essence of life? Why can’t we respect the
creation of life as a Divine event and find other means of exploring
this hot and morally charged research?







Ed. Note: Senator Arlen Specter is an advocate of
the use of embryonic stem cells from aborted babies.
Let him know
how you feel. President George W. Bush has taken a strong pro-life
position on this issue. His administration has begun a review. It is
hoped that the review will conclude that the funding proposed by the
Clinton Administration guidelines is clearly in violation of federal
law.


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