Over at Louie Verecchio’s blog he posted a vile article, “Pro-Lifeism: Worshiping the Human Embryo.”
Rather than condemn his article point-by-point, I post here my comment that is at the blog:
Comment by Nina D.M. Rhea
Over at Louie Verecchio’s blog he posted a vile article, “Pro-Lifeism: Worshiping the Human Embryo.”
Rather than condemn his article point-by-point, I post here my comment that is at the blog:
Comment by Nina D.M. Rhea
By Jenn Giroux, former director HLI America
For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day — birth control. As so often we see in history, oppression gives rise to courage and, no question, courage is exactly what we are seeing in Church leaders and layman alike in response to the Obama administration’s recent birth control mandate and more recent unacceptable modifications.
The Birth Control Mandate has forced the issue of contraception to move from being the elephant in the room to center stage. Perhaps in time we will see that it was a hidden blessing for our country. For years pro-life organizations refused to discuss or take on this topic despite the fact that free access to birth control increases the number of surgical abortions. Most people repeat over and over that birth control decreases the number of abortions. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, today for every child born in the US, there are an estimated 2 children killed in the womb from both surgical and chemical, abortifacient drug abortions . What isn’t being talked about is that the new mandate also pre-disposes women to serious long term and permanent health problems. In conjunction with the defense of both religious liberty and the spiritual well-being of women, we must also refute the absurd and deceptive statement that “women are healthier on birth control.”
image update 9/16/11
By Nina Rhea, B.S., Pro-Family Health Educator
(Portland, Ore. August 9, 2011) Pro-Life Action of Oregon
The Oregon Public Health Division has launched an aggressive marketing campaign that is designed toward increasing the use of contraceptives by poor girls and women.
Purpose: to increase awareness of health clinics – including Planned Parenthood – that offer free contraceptives to those who qualify under Medicaid. Planned Parenthood is a partner of this program.
“Get free birth control that works for you.”
They use scare tactics, below, that are bald-faced lies, misleading, and inaccurate about pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a disease.
“No method of contraception
has a higher risk of death
They have reinvented oral contraceptives as a harmless candy:
Like every sex ed program, this one wants youth to delay pregnancy . . . but not delay sexual activities.
The program minimizes health risks of The Pill:
Birth control pills are very easy to use. They work very well if they are used the right way. Periods may be more regular, lighter and less painful. The pill can help clear up acne. Women who have used birth control pills are at lower risk of ovarian, uterine and colorectal cancer later in life.
Health risks increase in smokers’ age 35 or older. Birth control pills do not protect you from STDs and HIV/AIDS.
More: CLICK HERE
Promotion: college campuses
The DHS Oregon Family Planning Division launched a “Family Planning EXPANSION Project” or FPEP. It’s new name is Contraceptive Care or CCare.
The Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) Social Marketing Campaign launched a statewide advertising and promotion campaign including outdoor media ads. The campaign is intended to increase awareness of the availability of free or low-cost family planning services for Oregonians with incomes below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.
CCare is the result of “What Women Are Saying” (pdf) , a ‘market study’ for developing a strategic marketing plan. Incredibly, on the one hand, the study says women misused oral contraceptives and got pregnant; or the “women” (many interviewees were teenagers at the time) were uncomfortable with the side effects. Yet, the DHS moved forward with this aggressive marketing of dangerous steroidal hormone products!
Men would NEVER take these poisonous pills!
Get the word out: girls and women are being experimented on by The State.
GET THE TRUTH ABOUT ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES!
Oral contraceptives are STEROIDAL HORMONES. They raise the risk for breast cancer!
Get the facts at the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
National Institutes of Health Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk Fact Sheet
The Mayo Clinic Study ‘Oral Contraceptive Use As A Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer’
WomensHealth.gov Birth Control Facts
Petition to Ban Oral Contraceptives with Desogestrel – Public Citizen
Update 9/8/11 Here’s the updated version of the image:
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After the Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week publicly backed government-mandated birth control coverage, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is standing in the breach against what would prove a massive victory for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
The birth control question has sparked a rare spectacle as the two most influential lobbies on sexual health forcefully butt heads over an issue many other interest groups consider secondary.
“Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Tuesday.
Like other conservative leaders, the USCCB pro-life chairman noted that the mandate would violate the conscience rights of Americans morally opposed to birth control, and objected to coverage of “emergency contraception” such as ella, a chemical functionally identical to the abortion drug RU-486.
But the cardinal’s challenge did not stop there: DiNardo noted that the IOM report was so radical as to have indicated interest in recommending full abortion coverage as well. The report stated that, “despite the health and well-being benefits to some women,” abortion was outside of the project’s scope given federal legal restrictions.
By Susan Wills, Assistant director for education and outreach, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
IN PLAIN ENGLISH — We at Pro-Life Action of Oregon have waited for the day when the pro-abortion activists will just speak in plain English. We’ve known all along that the goal of Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger, and her grandson, Alexander Sanger, is population control. It is also known as soft eugenics. Reminder: we vehemently disagree that birth control and abortion — “reproductive rights” of the radical feminists — constitute “health care” for women and their unborn children.
Steve Ertelt. Oct. 26, 2010 – The president of Planned Parenthood appeared on the Bill Press radio show today with an unconventional way for the government to save money.
Presumably, Richards believes the more people who are born the more people will need the support of government programs and services — ignoring the contribution people make to society.
“I think it’s important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money,” said Richards, according to Lifesite. “So an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don’t have children that they weren’t planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy.”
“So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only it’s the right thing to do for women, it’s good for women it’s good for their health care, but it’s frankly good public policy,” Richards added.
The abortion business president appeared on the program to tout its campaign to lobby the Obama administration to call birth control “preventative care” and qualify itself for millions more in taxpayer funds from the federal government.
Read the full story – click the title above.
The fertility rates of Muslim countries are falling. Iran’s mullahs instituted sterilization, family planning programs.
By Steven W. Mosher, Population Research Institute
October 13, 2010
The demographic sophisticates who read this column know that the population bomb has fizzled, that the world’s population will never double again, and that birthrates are falling faster and farther than anyone imagined a half century ago.
But they also know that there are still pockets of moderately high fertility in the world, including a number of Muslim countries, and some wonder if such places could be breeding grounds (forgive the expression) for Islamic terrorism. I know they wonder, because every time I give a population talk someone in the audience raises the question of whether Islamic fertility contributes to Islamic fanaticism.
They are not alone. Many security experts, like Clinton’s Deputy National Security Advisor Samuel Huntington, have long believed that “excessive” population growth in Muslim countries is a national security threat to the West. They argue that large cohorts of young people radicalize their societies, contribute to civil unrest and cross-border conflicts and, most importantly for us, provide an endless supply of new recruits for terrorist training camps.
Read full briefing by clicking the title.
We agree with Mr. de Souza’s solution of Christian reunification. Excerpts:
By Hilary White
ROME, October 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The de-Christianization of Europe, the “removal of Christian principles and institutions from the daily life of a country,” has created a religious and social vacuum that is being filled by Islam, a prominent U.S. Catholic speaker said on Thursday. Raymond de Souza, the Program Director for Portuguese-speaking countries for Human Life International told an audience of the world’s pro-life and pro-family leaders that “Europe … is being culturally Islamized.”
The cause underlying this “silent Jihad,” he said, is the “most crucial aspect” of Europe’s de-Christianization – de-population. “Europeans do not even replace their countries populations.”
“As one Moslem mullah said to an Anglican priest in London, ‘By the end of this century, all great English Cathedrals will be mosques. Why? Because we have children, and you don’t’.
“Contraception promised a freedom without responsibility, abortion promises the right to do one’s own thing with one’s own body, homosexual marriage promises respect for different orientations … result: the end of civilization as we knew it.”
De-Christianization, he said, is not a new phenomenon, but had its start “centuries ago” with the social, economic and philosophical upheavals that resulted in the Protestant Reformation.
De Souza, a professional Catholic apologist, said bluntly that the solution is the “reunification of all baptized Christians under ‘one Lord, one faith, one baptism’ in the one Church of God, the pillar and mainstay of the truth.”
Click the title to read full article.
Human Life International launches new affiliate, HLI America!
Very few pro-life groups in our country are dealing with the root cause of abortion, which is the Pernicious Pill and all other forms of contraception that have given the abortion industry its feeder system of contraceptive failures and the devaluing of women and children.
What will HLI AMERICA do? We’re going to fight the “big lie” of contraception . . . “—Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, President, Human Life International
Why do so many pro-lifers focus on Planned Parenthood when there are other family planning and abortion providers? Taxes. Our taxes pay for contraceptives and abortion – against our will.
Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute’s rationale for contraceptives goes like this:
“Without publicly funded family planning services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double.”
However, elsewhere Guttmacher admits that “unintended pregnancies” occur while girls/women are using contraceptives!
Source: Guttmacher Institute
Contraceptive services provided at publicly funded clinics helped prevent 1.48 million of these unintended pregnancies; the remaining 450,000 unintended pregnancies were prevented among Medicaid enrollees who received publicly funded contraceptive services from private physicians.
One in four women who obtained contraceptive services in the United States in 2006—including 50% of poor women who did so—received care at publicly funded family planning centers.
Contraceptive services provided at Title X-supported centers helped prevent 970,000 unintended pregnancies in 2006, which would likely have resulted in 430,000 unintended births and 410,000 abortions.
“Abortion is not the revolution; contraception is.”—-Fr. Thomas Euteneuer
CONTRACEPTION is a topic that is often overlooked or neglected in the pro-life movement.
What we sometimes forget or don’t realize is that abortion is not the revolution; it’s the fruit of the revolution. The revolution is contraception.
In this talk, you’ll hear about the connection between birth control and abortion and the four stages of development through which birth control morphs into abortion.
LISTEN ONLINE or download to your MP3 player. Also available at HLI to purchase on audio CD. Approximately 1-1/2 hours.
Contraceptive revolution, coercive contraception, population control, contraception indoctrination, communist propaganda, abortion, conversion, the natural law.
Posted with permission of Human Life International.
HLI welcomes Mrs. Jenn Giroux as our Spirit and Life guest writer this week. She is a dynamic mom of nine, a registered nurse and former Executive Director of One More Soul. She has been fighting birth control and the contraceptive mentality all her life and is therefore perfectly suited for HLI’s mission!
The Dawn of Demonic Deception
By Jenn Giroux
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Pill” the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy and misleading article (“The Birth Control Riddle” April 20, 2009) by Melinda Beck, calling the arrival of The Birth Control Pill the “dawn of dependable contraception” which “ignited the sexual revolution, ended the post-war baby boom and helped millions of women enter the work force.” Ms Beck then proceeds to lament all of the “unplanned pregnancies” which still occur today before detailing for us how safe it is now to use new and improved birth control methods.
Marshall McLuhan, the late, great expert on the media, who converted to Catholicism before he died said, “The major media are engaged in a Luciferian conspiracy against the truth.” How true! Ms Beck’s column is a prime example of this conspiracy, including such blatant lies and misrepresentations as:
“the benefits outweigh the risks” when taking “The Pill”
“…the longer a woman uses the pill, the lower her risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer”, and
“…the pill does not seem to increase the risk of getting [breast cancer]”.
Beck then goes on to reassure the readers with sources such as the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s own research arm) and a quote from Planned Parenthood’s VP of Medical Affairs who explains away the damaging side effects by saying, “We have to keep these things in perspective. A woman’s risk for problems is substantially higher during pregnancy.”
If you do not have a Facebook account you can still see many photographs. Notice on the left of their Facebook page those supporters whom you can boycott.
by George Sim Johnston. Crisis Magazine. 1996.
The Church’s insistence on the link between contraception and abortion occasionally gets support in surprising quarters. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey the U.S. Supreme Court, on its perennial search for the most plausible-sounding sophistries to uphold legalized abortion, stated:
For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.
In other words, we need abortion so that people can continue their contraceptive lifestyles.
Our position, and that of Judie Brown, president, American Life League, on the connection between the use of abortion pills and the rate of abortion has been rejected by Gayle Atteberry, director, Oregon Right To Life. But that position is also the party line of National Right To Life.
Atteberry banned our educational material on the contraception-abortion connection from the upcoming ORTL conference. Rather than compromise our beliefs we won’t be participating in the conference.
Silence on birth control’s role in abortion rates will continue to mislead and misinform pro-lifers. More babies will die.
Pro-Life Action of Oregon requested a table at the upcoming ORTL 2010 pro-life conference. Atteberry asked to review our educational material (from American Life League) due to ORTL “policies” about ALL.
She banned them all.
Which material did she censor? Anything about contraception!
Each of these are available for viewing at the American Life League store.
Atteberry characterized these as “minutia.”
“As I see it, Judie Brown is focused on the minutia and ORTL does not agree with that.”
Gayle, in light of your censoring American Life League (ALL) material which makes the connection between contraception and abortion — material I wanted to bring to the April Oregon Right To Life conference — Pro-Life Action of Oregon will not be participating.
Our Position On Contraception
We are very grateful that you took the time to inform us of Oregon Right To Life’s policies which illustrate the philosophical and theological differences between National Right To Life / ORTL and Judie Brown/A.L.L. You expressed being uncomfortable with Brown’s criticisms of NRLC. Your characterization of her criticisms is as follows:
A.L.L. puts a great emphasis in opposing birth control. While it is true that some birth control methods are abortifacients, not all are. Judy Brown adamantly opposes the birth control pill. While sometimes the bc [birth control] pill acts as an abortifacient, it does not always work that way, and many pro-life doctors say there is no proof that it does.
It is obvious that your assessment of Judie’s opposition to The Pill is restricted to its abortifacient action.
We are aware of its abortifacient action. Yet, we are struck by your silence on its rate of failure which leads to “unplanned” pregnancies.
As a serious pro-life activist, we are in total 100% agreement with Judie Brown. The Pill increases abortion.
From Choices in Matters of Life & Death by Judie Brown with Paul Brown
If we study the Supreme Court’s decisions and try to see when the Court began arbitrarily granting the right to kill, we have to go back to 1965 when the last of the so-called Comstock Laws or the old birth control laws in America was overturned. [Margaret Sanger played a major role in the legalization of birth control.]
Justice Stewart agreed that the “right to privacy” was contrived and could not be found in the Constitution. In his dissenting opinion in Griswold, he wrote:
“In the course of its opinion the Court refers to no less than six amendments to the Constitution: The First, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Ninth and the 14th. But the Court does not say which of these amendments, if any, it thinks is infringed by this Connecticut [birth control] law.
“What provision of the Constitution, then, does makes this [birth control] law invalid? The Courts says it is the right of privacy ‘created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.’ With all deference, I can find no such general right of privacy in the Bill of Rights, in any other part of the Constitution, or in any case ever before decided by this Court.
“At the oral argument in this case we were told that the Connecticut [birth control] law does not ‘conform to current community standards.’ But it is not the function of this Court to decide cases on the basis of community standards. We are here to decide cases ‘agreeable to the Constitution and laws of the United States.’”—-Justice Stewart’s dissenting opinion in Griswold.
In 1972, in Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Supreme Court again referred to the “right to privacy,” ruling that contraceptives may be given to unmarried individuals, concluding that the “equal protection under the law” guaranteed by the Constitution confers the rights of married persons on the unmarried as well.
What the Court did in 1973 [Roe v. Wade] was simply to carry forward that right to privacy created in 1965 and legalize the killing of innocent preborn children.
Judie Brown is the president of American Life League and a member of the Pontifical Academy For Life.
See also our post, “The Contraceptive Ethic”
Why divide the pro-life movement by bringing up contraception?
Excerpts from Fifty Questions on Abortion, Euthanasia and Related Issues by Charles E. Rice
We tend to forget that it was only in 1930 that any Christian denomination, for the first time ever, declared that contraception could ever be objectively right under any circumstances. This was the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930. Because the Catholic Church has been unyielding in upholding the traditional Christian teaching on contraception, many today assume that opposition to contraception is merely a sectarian Catholic tenet.
On the contrary, until the 20th century, all Christendom affirmed the moral evil and social danger of contraception. “The anti-contraception laws of 19th century America were passed by Protestants for a largely Protestant America.” [Kippley, Birth Control and Christian Discipleship]
When a committee of the Federal Council of Churches endorsed in 1931 “the careful and restrained use of contraception by married people,” a Washington Post editorial replied, “Carried to its logical conclusion, the Committee’s report, if carried into effect, would sound the death knell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality. The suggestion that the use of legalized contraceptives would be ‘careful and restrained’ is preposterous.”
Some pro-life groups [including Oregon Right To Life] take no position on contraception. Instead, they concentrate exclusively on restoring legal protection for existing life. This attitude, however, is a prescription for defeat. Abortion and euthanasia are merely symptoms of the underlying rebellion against God which is manifested through secularism, relativism and the contraceptive ethic.
To attempt to combat abortion and euthanasia while maintaining neutrality on contraception is futile.
Thus, Pope John Paul II, on March 1, 1986, said to the International Right-to-Life Federation, “Your organization is rightly concerned with a broad range of issues related to human life. At the same time, you know the necessity of focusing on specific problems which demand urgent attention and action, such as the evils of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and contraception, all of which are intimately connected with the Church’s teaching. Whatever endeavors you undertake should be a consistent expression of an integral philosophy based on the belief that God is the Lord and Giver of all life.”
Source: American Life League Associate Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 6, 02/08/10