Pro-life protest on the US Supreme Court steps
40 years after the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling, where does America stand on abortion -- and how did
we get here?
(Posted by Bryana Johnson on April 27, 2013)
Abortion has been legal in the US since 1973, when the passage of Roe v. Wade divided the nation on lines that still separate the champions of unborn life from the advocates of the woman’s right to choose. For a generation of young adults who have no memory of the years before abortion was legal, it may seem that this conflict is interminable and has no end. However, while the battle is still raging as fiercely as ever, in recent years some signs have appeared that seem to indicate a shift in the tide of popular opinion.
In 2009, a Gallup poll indicated that the majority of American adults were identifying as pro-life, rather than pro-choice. Gallup commented, “This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.” Since that date, subsequent polls show that the pro-life majority has remained more or less constant.
What occasioned the shift? While it’s hard to say for certain, it’s undeniable that technological advances have enabled physicians and ultrasound technicians to gain more understanding than ever before of the nature of life inside the womb. 3D ultrasounds allow parents to see lifelike photographs of their unborn children and the vast accumulation of medical experience that has occurred since 1973 points relentlessly to the complexity and humanity of the fetus.
Disillusionment with the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, may also have something to do with the trend towards cultural acceptance of the pro-life message. Virgina-based student activist group, Live Action, started by then-fifteen-year-old Lila Rose, has generated nation-wide media coverage with their videos exposing Planned Parenthood corruption. Other reports from former Planned Parenthood employees have drawn attention to the massive fraud perpetrated against taxpayers by the abortion giant.
However, it is not far-fetched to surmise that the biggest factor influencing this astonishing and even unexpected trend is the accumulated testimony of hundreds who have come out of the abortion industry or have experienced abuse at its hands. From abortion survivors to post-abortive women, to former employees of abortion providers, to victims of botched abortions at the hands of physicians like Kermit Gosnell, the cries proclaiming the brutality of the industry have becoming impossible to ignore.
Nurse Kathleen Malloy of Jacksonville Florida writes of her own experiences in this disturbing fashion,
“I worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and when we weren’t busy, I’d go out to help with the newborns. One night I saw a bassinet outside the nursery. There was a baby in this bassinet – a crying, perfectly formed baby – but there was a difference in this child. She had been scalded. She was the child of a saline abortion.
This little girl looked as if she had been put in a pot of boiling water. No doctor, no nurse, no parent, to comfort this hurt, burned child. She was left alone to die in pain. They wouldn’t let her in the nursery – they didn’t even bother to cover her. I was ashamed of my profession that night! It’s hard to believe this can happen in our modern hospitals, but it does. It happens all the time. I thought a hospital was a place to heal the sick – not a place to kill. While doctors will go to extraordinary lengths to save the lives of premature babies such as these, babies born alive during abortions at the same age are left to die.
I asked a nurse at another hospital what they do with their babies that are aborted by saline. Unlike my hospital, where the baby was left alone struggling for breath, their hospital puts the infant in a bucket and puts the lid on. Suffocation! Death by suffocation!”
Supporters of legal abortion are quick to dismiss such heartbreaking anecdotes as addressing circumstances unique to late-term abortions, which they tout as being only a miniscule portion of abortions performed in the US. However, it is a telling observation concerning the entire industry that it has repeatedly opposed all legislation restricting these brutal late-term abortions. In a shocking incident in March, a Planned Parenthood representative from Florida went so far as to voice support for “post-birth abortions.” Fortunately for humanity, the vast number of Americans don’t concur, and the majority seems to be slowly but surely pulling away from this callous attitude.
Last month, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced his long-awaited Life At Conception Act before the US Senate. Such bills have been ridiculed for years as useless, and dismissed as attempts on the part of politicians to pander to the pro-life voting bloc. But, despite the fact that Paul’s Life At Conception Act is unlikely to ever get a vote in the US Senate, there is still something different about this year’s bill.
What’s different is that this year, for the first time since the war on abortion became main-stream in the US, two states have already passed historic legislation stating that life begins at conception and that unborn persons must be afforded all of the rights and protections offered under the US Constitution to all persons.
Just a few years ago, it seemed this kind of legislation could never be passed. Yet Kansas’ bill was signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback last week, a testimony to how much can be done by dedicated activists with science on their side. The new law reads,
"On and after July 1, 2013, the laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development, all the rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents of this state, subject only to the constitution of the United States, and decisional interpretations thereof by the United States Supreme Court.”
The new law bans abortion providers from providing sex-education materials for schools and from accessing public funds or tax breaks. It also requires doctors to provide material about fetal development and resources to help pregnant women. Additionally, the law bans sex-selective abortions.
North Dakota’s bill has not yet been signed by Governor Dalrymple, but provides for a statewide referendum to be on the ballot in 2014.
Obviously, neither of the bills directly address the issue of banning abortion entirely. Legislators say they are hoping the new language will prompt a lawsuit that will end up at the Supreme Court level and result in the annulment of the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling. That they’ve made it that far is a cause for great jubilation in the ranks of the pro-life movement, and serious consternation among the supporters of legal abortion.(First posted at The Washington Times Communities.)
Planned Parenthood chooses to ignore science and perpetuate the overpopulation myth
(Posted by Bryana Joy on December 28th)
Originally posted at The College Conservative “There is only one country in the world for which we project the median fertility to not fall below 2.1 children in the projection period between 2010 and 2100,” said the UN Population Division in the 2010 Population Estimates and Projections Revision. In their informative video series, Overpopulation Is a Myth, The Population Research Institute explains, ”by the end of this century, we’ll be losing 1 billion people every twenty years.”
The delusion that planet earth is overpopulated and spiraling into uncontrollable and unsustainable population growth is one of the most destructive myths of our time, and is responsible for the deaths of millions. From Paul Ehrlich’s ludicrously inaccurate predictions in The Population Bomb, to climate change alarmist Al Gore’s recommendation of “better choices” to curb what he considers excessive childbearing in developing countries, scare tactics have been shamelessly employed for the purpose of nurturing the big and burgeoning myth of overpopulation.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill establishing the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, known as the Rockefeller Commission, chaired by John D. Rockefeller III. Two years later, this same Commission released the 1972 Rockefeller Commission Report on U. S. Population. The report recommended,
“that present state laws restricting abortion be liberalized…such abortions to be performed on request by duly licensed physicians under conditions of medical safety. In carrying out this policy, the Commission recommends that federal, state, and local governments make funds available to support abortion services in states with liberalized statutes [and] that abortion be specifically included in comprehensive health insurance benefits, both public and private.”
Enter Roe v. Wade, the tragic landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme court to legalize abortion. There has been a lot of talk lately of yanking federal funding from the world’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, due to abuses uncovered by the Live Action video team and other investigators. While we’re commonly told that the Hyde amendment prevents taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions, this claim is so ridiculous that it hardly even merits a response.
But what if Planned Parenthood didn’t cover up child sex abuse or provide abortions? Then would it be OK to support them? I mean, what’s wrong with providing free condoms to couples who don’t want kids, right?
What many people – even pro-life people – don’t realize is that Planned Parenthood isn’t just about abortion. It’s about population control, and it always has been. Abortion is just a means to that end. In fact, it’s only one of many despicable means to that end. Get ready to be properly horrified, because I’m about to offer for your reading pleasure one of Planned Parenthood’s deepest, darkest secrets: The Jaffe Memo.
In 1969, Planned Parenthood was asked by the government to produce some ideas to help with overpopulation. They came up with a sheet of “Measures to Reduce U.S. Fertility,” known as The Jaffe Memo, after Planned Parenthood’s then-Vice President, Frederick Jaffe.
SEE THE JAFFE MEMO
This shocking table includes the following suggestions as policy changes suitable to an agenda of population control:
-Postpone or avoid marriage
-Alter image of ideal family size
-Compulsory education of children
-Encourage increased homosexuality
-Educate for family limitation
-Fertility control agents in water supply
-Encourage women to work
-Compulsory abortion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
-Compulsory sterilization of all who have two children except for a few who would be allowed three
-Confine childbearing to only a limited number of adults
-Payments to encourage sterilization
-Payments to encourage contraception
-Payments to encourage abortion
-Abortion and sterilization on demand
Unfortunately, The Jaffe Memo is just one particularly frightening example of Planned Parenthood’s obsession with population control methods. Kirsten Powers explains,
“According to its most recent tax filing, the purpose of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is to provide leadership in ‘achieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment; in stimulating and sponsoring relevant biomedical, socio-economic, and demographic research.’”
Okay, so Planned Parenthood is all about population control. But what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with population control efforts, as long as they are implemented through “informed individual choice”? I would answer that question with another question: how can it be the proper function of the government to take sides on such a controversial issue and spend taxpayer money to indoctrinate the population? Are our reproductive rights not being violated when the government uses our money to fund organizations that have suggested such far-fetched and ridiculous ideas as those in the Jaffe Memo? Are we being fairly treated, citizens of the United States? Or are we being brainwashed?
In addition to all of this, there’s one other really big point that makes the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood utterly ridiculous: overpopulation is a myth! Human Life International puts it best:
“Over the past 40 years, there has been much disagreement over whether or not population control programs are necessary for those nations with the most rapidly growing populations. There can be no disagreement now, however, except among those organizations whose incomes depend upon it. The time for population control has come and gone. It is now necessary to plan ahead. We have successfully averted a ‘population explosion,’ and now we must work just as hard to avoid a ‘population implosion.’”
The problem is that fertility rates are dropping worldwide, and while the population may be going up right now, growth is actually going to start slowing very soon. When the government gives taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, they are forcing you to contribute monetarily to an outdated cause that is not supported by science. You are being coercively required to fund the dramatic population decline of the human race.
The Population Research Institute challenges the overpopulation myth and we hear from Lord Christopher Monckton on truth, science and climate change
(Posted by Bryana Joy on October 23, 2011)
Paul Harris of The Guardian wrote a scare piece yesterday on the possibility of the world’s population reaching 15 billion by 2100.
“The United Nations,” he says, “will warn this week that the world's population could more than double to 15 billion by the end of this century, putting a catastrophic strain on the planet's resources unless urgent action is taken to curb growth rates.”
At another place in the article he quotes Population Matters chairman Roger Martin,
"Our planet is approaching a perfect storm of population growth, climate change and peak oil. The planet is not actually sustaining 7 billion people."
On their website, Population Matters has more on why baby no. # 7 billion isn’t welcome:
This increase in population puts huge pressure on the environment and makes attempts to address issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change even more difficult.
That’s all very well, but there’s precious little on the site that gets beyond this level of sophisticated language and sentimentalism. There are links to contraception factsheets and charts and graphs showing dead animals and statistics on urban development and world hunger. It is implied that each of these “resources” strengthens the case for population control in some way. But most of what is presented as evidence is merely emotional drivel and I could find no satisfactory answers to my question, how? How is all of this relevant to population growth and how can you prove it? The entire project is reminiscent of Al Gore’s remarks upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007,
“We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue - it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is the most dangerous challenge we've ever faced, but it is also the greatest opportunity we have had to make changes."
A certain Adolf Hitler explained haughtily in his infamous manifesto Mein Kampf,
“We must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction….The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses.”
When we hear a statement repeated multiple times it is our tendency as humans to ascribe credibility to the position being put forward. The more widely broadcasted the story, the easier it is for us to believe it. The fancier and more hip the website, the more likely we are to consider its organization legitimate. We don’t want to do too much work, too much research. We don’t want to go digging through any archives. We just want to be told what to do. We are the masses Hitler referred to with such smug self-satisfaction. And we are being deceived.
Let me introduce you to a staunch defender of truth, a man who has done incredible work to advance the cause of real science, a brilliant speaker who is entertaining as well as informative, a climate change skeptic whom Al Gore refuses to debate. My friends, I present to you Lord Christopher Monckton, speaking in St. Paul, Minnesota just two years ago. “Science is not a belief system,” he says, “It’s a rigorous process of inquiry…The truth is the truth whether you or I or anyone believes it or not…The truth alone is worthy of our entire devotion”:
If you don’t have a spare hour-and-a-half right now, bookmark this video and come back. If you’re truly interested in educating yourself not only on climate change issues but on scientific practices and media coverage in general, this is one of the best uses of an hour-and-a-half that I can think of. You will laugh, you will be enlightened, and, chances are, you will come away just a bit shocked.
While Population Matters may not be very excited about baby no. # 7 billion’s first birthday, the Population Research Institute is asking everybody to please calm down and welcome the newest addition with a little more enthusiasm. Things aren’t as bad as they seem, the PRI crew contends. Or rather, the danger we’re facing isn’t overpopulation but underpopulation. No, really. Check it out:
And think about it.