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On Monday the liberal magazine Mother Jones reported:
The European manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive pill identical to Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, will warn women that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. [emphasis added]
The article also states:
Weight data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that, at 166 pounds, the average American woman is too heavy to use these pills effectively [emphasis added].
Add this to the ever-growing body of evidence that the increasing propagation of so-called “emergency contraception” (EC) has been an utterly failed strategy. (Indeed, this news comes just a few weeks after an article was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management which found that increased access to EC has had no significant effect on unintended pregnancy or abortion rates—but that it may have led to a decrease in reports of rape.) [Continue reading ...]
Last week another court sided with plaintiffs seeking to stop enforcement of the HHS Mandate against them for refusing to provide free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.
This time it was the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, which instructed a lower court to enter a preliminary injunction to prevent the federal government from enforcing the HHS Mandate against Cyril and Jane Korte, and their southern Illinois construction company, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.
The Kortes are devout Catholics who say the HHS Mandate requires them to violate their religious faith. But a district court judge refused to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the federal government from imposing huge fines on them while they fight the HHS Mandate in court.
A court can grant such a preliminary injunction when a judge determines that plaintiffs are likely to prevail—as the Seventh Circuit clearly thinks the Kortes are.
Attorney Edward White of the American Center for Law and Justice, who argued on behalf of the Kortes at the Seventh Circuit, offers more details about the case here.
Here’s hoping that the Kortes will prevail in their lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, which can not proceed without destroying their business, and that all employers will soon see their religious freedoms protected from this kind of government intrusion.
A new article on so-called “emergency contraception” (hereafter: EC) was published last week in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Its central finding:
We find that expanded access to EC has had no statistically significant effect on birth or abortion rates.
If you’ve been following the research on EC in recent years, you’ll recognize that this is not so much news as it is further confirmation that the ever-increasing propagation of EC has been an utterly failed strategy.
How utterly? Consider that when the FDA first approved EC pills in 1998, supporters predicted that “50 percent of all abortions and unintended pregnancies in this country could be avoided if women had access to emergency contraception.”
Since then, these predictions have proven to be hopelessly wrong. [Continue reading ...]
To the surprise of exactly no one, Planned Parenthod President Cecile Richards is thrilled that so-called emergency contraception (hereafter:EC) is now available over-the-counter with no age restrictions.
This means that 16 year old girls (and boys) can now get the morning-after pill without a prescription.
So can 15 year olds, and 14 year olds, and 13 year olds, and 12 year olds, etc., despite the fact that the age of consent in every state is between 16 and 18.
It would be dangerously naïve to believe that making EC available to all teens and pre-teens will have any positive impact at all. On the other hand, it will now be even easier for young girls—and the older men who so often prey on them—to engage in risky sexual behavior. A wedge will be driven yet further between parents and children, and will cut doctors out of the loop as well.
And this is to say nothing of the abortion-causing potential of EC, which can kill an unborn child in the earliest days of life by preventing implantation in the mother’s uterus. Many women and girls would not choose to use EC if they knew it can cause an early abortion—but they’re far more likely to remain in the dark now that they don’t even need a prescription to get it.
Will this expansion of EC lower the rate of unintended teen pregnancy? Or the abortion rate among teens?
No and no. [Continue reading ...]
The local ABC affiliate in Philadelphia has an eye-opening report on the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Wilmington, Delaware from which five (5) patients have been rushed to the emergency room in the past three months:
“They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile.”
“It’s not washed down, it’s not cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it.”
Today, Monday April 8, is your last opportunity to give the Obama Administration feedback on the unjust HHS Mandate.
You can do that right here.
You’ve got till midnight tonight to let the administration know that you believe forcing business owners to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health plans is a gross violation of our First Amendment rights.
This issue has elicited more feedback than any other item, don’t leave your voice out of the conversation! Planned Parenthood and their cronies are pushing their forces to speak up in favor of the Mandate, so get a move on! And be sure to tell all your friends to do the same via e-mail and your social networks.
Don’t let this last chance to speak up pass you by! Make your voice heard right here and stand up for religious freedom today!
At the beginning of the column, we find out that the column’s author, Alison Piepmeier, is herself the mother of a four-year old daughter who has Down syndrome. Despite the fact that Piepmeier calls her daugher “a delight” and says she has been “repeatedly surprised by [her daughter's] curiosity, her individual sense of humor and how much she has accomplished,” she still sees absolutely nothing wrong with other parents choosing to “terminate” a pregnancy if the fetus/child has Down syndrome—or, for that matter, any other reason.
It is perhaps also worthy of mention that Piepmeier is a professor of—wait for it—women’s and gender studies. [Continue reading ...]
But you’d be wrong.
For nearly two years, TLC Pregnancy Services in Elgin, Illinois has provided teenage girls and women free pregnancy information, testing, and ultrasounds through its mobile ultrasound facility.
TLC has done so through the cooperation of an Evangelical Covenant Church as well as a pub, both of which have allowed their mobile ultrasound facility to park in their parking lots—again, it bears repeating, their private parking lots. In less than two years, nearly 200 women visited the facility and received services.
But no women have been allowed to received services from the mobile ultrasound facility since last summer—because the city shut it down:
Last summer, Elgin moved to shut down TLC’s mobile facility for the rest of the year at both locations. Records indicate that, in August, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda, at the request of City Councilmember Anna Moeller, boarded the mobile facility while parked at JB’s and ordered TLC’s ultrasound technician, Jane DeFily, to “cease and desist” her activity. The officer informed DeFily that a certain city councilperson had driven by and described the mobile facility as an “eyesore.” [Continue reading ...]
Yesterday the Pro-Life Action League, acting through our legal counsel, the Thomas More Society, filed a formal administrative complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, urging that the IDPR undertake an immediate investigation into the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves following an abortion at a Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago on July 20th, 2012.
In the complaint and its ten accompanying exhibits, the Pro-Life Action League and Thomas More Society have detailed a series of serious concerns about apparent inadequate and substandard care given to Reaves.
First, the website for Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center indicated [PDF] — in a passage that was later deleted — that only limited services (birth control, emergency contraception, and medication abortion; i.e., the abortion pill) were available at that facility.
Yet Reaves, then 16 weeks pregnant according to her autopsy report, underwent an invasive, surgical dilatation & evacuation (D&E) abortion. Thus these facts suggest that Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center was inadequately equipped and inadequately staffed to handle either the D&E procedure or complications arising as a result — which, in Reaves’ case, led to her death. [Continue reading ...]
Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules allegedly intended to accommodate the moral objections of religious employers to the HHS Mandate. But the new rules do little to address those objections.
The League’s Eric Scheidler and Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, co-directors of the over 250 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies coast-to-coast last year in opposition to the HHS Mandate, released the following statement in response:
Nearly a year after promising to provide an “accommodation” for religious employers who object to the HHS Mandate, the Obama administration has finally issued proposed new rules. While we await a full analysis of these proposed rule changes from legal experts, a first look at what the Obama administration is offering makes it clear that the objections of religious employers have not been taken seriously. [Continue reading ...]