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Guttmacher Study: Abortions Fall to 40-Year Low.


The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, a study said, pointing to more contraception use rather than increased restrictions on access to the procedure.

In 2011, an estimated 16.9 abortions were carried out per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44 — 1.1 million in absolute terms.

It was lowest number since 1973, when the figure stood at 16.3 per 1,000, the Guttmacher Institute found.

Between 2008 and 2011, the abortion rate fell by 13 percent, as procedures were performed increasingly earlier in pregnancy.

The study, being issued Monday, noted that during that same period, the number of abortion providers fell by just 4 percent and clinics offering the service by just 1 percent.

The number of abortions reached a peak in 1981, with 29.3 terminations for every 1,000 women.

“With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions,” said Rachel Jones, lead author of the study.

“We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period.”

Instead, the drop coincided with a steep dip in the numbers of overall pregnancy and birth rates.

“Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods,” Jones said.

The devastating economic recession had also prompted many women and couples to delay pregnancy or childbearing.

Since early 2011, many states have implemented laws making it harder for women to seek abortion — with 205 new restrictions enacted between 2011 and 2013, more than the entire decade before.

“As we monitor trends in abortion going forward, it is critical that we also monitor whether these state restrictions are preventing women who need abortion services from accessing them,” said Guttmacher Institute official Elizabeth Nash.

The study was based on analysis from a census of all known abortion providers in the United States and will appear in the March 2014 issue of the Guttmacher Institute’s “Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.”

Anti-abortion activists welcomed the reported dip in the numbers, insisting it validated their campaigning.

“That abortion rates and numbers continue to decline is heartening because it shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life group.

“Overall, this latest report from Guttmacher shows the long-term efforts of the right-to-life movement to educate the country about the humanity of the unborn child and to enact laws that help mothers and their children are having a tremendous impact.”

 

© AFP 2014
Source: Newsmax.com

Tens of Thousands in Paris March Against Gay Marriage.


Image: Tens of Thousands in Paris March Against Gay MarriageSupporters of the “La Manif Pour Tous” (Protest for Everyone) movement demonstrate to defend their vision of the traditional family on Feb. 2 in Paris.

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against new laws easing abortion restrictions and legalizing gay marriage, accusing French President Francois Hollande’s government of “family phobia”.

Marching in the French capital, Philippe Blin, a pastor from nearby Sevres, said he felt a “relentlessness against the family” in France.

Police said 80,000 people took to the streets in Paris, far lower than the organizers’ own turnout figure of half a million.

At least 20,000 rallied in south-central Lyon, many of them ferried in aboard around 60 buses, waving placards reading “Mom and Dad, There’s Nothing Better for a Child” and “Two Fathers, Two Mothers, Children With No Bearings” — a slogan that rhymes in French.

The president of the lead organizing movement LMPT (Protest for Everyone), Ludovine de la Rochere, said she was thrilled with the turnout and appealed to the government to respond to the marchers’ concerns.

The mass protest comes a week after several thousand people marched through Paris in a “Day of Anger” against Hollande’s Socialist government, with the demonstration ending in clashes between police and protesters.

Those demonstrators railed against a slew of policies under Hollande — the most unpopular French president of modern times — including last year’s law allowing gay marriage.

Other targets of LMPT’s protests include medically assisted procreation (MAP) techniques for lesbian couples and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

They are also demanding the scrapping of an experimental school program aimed at combating gender stereotypes.

On Sunday, a few counter-demonstrators waved signs behind De la Rochere as she gave a stand-up television interview, one reading: “Protect Our Children from the Witches”.

© AFP 2014

Source: Newsmax.com

Huckabee: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ Claim Demeans Females.


Republicans must fight the phony “war on women” tag that Democrats have slapped on them — a charge that is “incredibly demeaning” to U.S. women, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says.

“Every woman I know who has an IQ above broccoli tells you that it’s an insult to them that the Democrats play them to be incapable of anything other than helpless and hopeless victims of their own gender, who are just sitting around wringing their hands hoping that Uncle Sugar will provide for them free birth control and a free abortion because it’s the only thing in life that they really care about,” Huckabee told “The Steve Malzberg Show” On Newsmax TV.

“That is incredibly demeaning,” he said Monday.

“It’s extraordinarily outrageous to assume that women, who are capable of running everything from major corporations in this country to running a household, that they’re somehow incapable of controlling their own libido and their reproductive system to the point that if the government doesn’t step in with $9 a month worth of birth control, they’re going to completely fall apart,” Huckabee said.

In recent years, Democrats have tagged the GOP as waging a “war on women” for its efforts to regulate abortion and because of a series of insensitive remarks by Republican lawmakers.

The most infamous example was that of former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who said that abortion in cases of rape was unnecessary because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Huckabee said he can’t believe the GOP hasn’t fought back against the Democrats’ “ridiculous” tag — but he has a theory.

“Why Republicans haven’t taken that on is beyond me except for this: you have to believe something in your heart before it can come out of your mouth with much effectiveness, and a lot of times, some of our Republican leaders, they’re not too sure what they believe in their hearts, and therefore they find it more difficult to articulate,” he said.

“But anybody who . . . thinks about it rationally and logically would say that on its face the Democrats [who are] creating this phony ‘war on women’ ought to be pushed back and the Republicans ought to be talking about . . . [women being] accepted as equals, for them to be respected as people who are not victims of gender but capable of anything that a man is capable of. That’s what we ought to be talking about.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Israel Will Pay for Some Elective Abortions.


Israel will pay for elective abortions starting next year for all women ages 20 to 33 — and could ultimately extend the age limit, making coverage universal, Haaretz reported Monday.

The Israeli newspaper said the proposal came from a committee that determines what medicines and medical technologies will be added to a so-called “health basket” for 2014.

Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available only in medical emergencies or in cases of rape and sexual abuse; women under 20 or over 40 were also eligible even if the reason was personal, the newspaper noted.

The proposal must be approved by the country’s Health Ministry, and then by its cabinet. Even if approved, women would still have to go before a state committee before terminating a pregnancy, the newspaper reported.

According to Haaretz, the new rule would allow state-funded abortions for an additional 6,300 women next year, at a cost of about $4.6 million.

“It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 40 who for various reasons – financial or reasons of secrecy – do not terminate pregnancies,” health committee head Jonathan Halevy said, the newspaper reported.

“In the current [health] basket we’ve approved funding for pregnancy termination for women in the 20-to-33 age group, with the intention of completing the process . . . and raising the age to 40.”

Contraceptives are not paid for by the government because “when we’re talking about financing for the entire population, that’s a hefty sum,” Halevy said.

Although ending a pregnancy is technically illegal in Israel, punishable by up to five years in prison, there are several exceptions under which abortion is permitted.

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© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
By Cathy Burke

US Catholics Back Pope Francis on Changing Church’s Focus.


Image: US Catholics Back Pope Francis on Changing Church's Focus

By Melanie Batley

A significant majority of American Catholics support Pope Francis’ recent commentsthat the Church is too focused on social issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives, a new poll has found.

The Quinnipiac University poll 
of 1,776 American adults, including 392 Catholics, found that 68 percent compared to 23 percent believe the church needs to shift its focus away from those social issues, and the findings hold among both more observant and less observant Catholics.

“American Catholics liked what they heard when Pope Francis said the Church should stop talking so much about issues like gay marriage, abortion and contraception,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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The survey conducted September 23-29 also found that an overwhelming majority of Catholics like the Pope, with 89 percent saying they have a “very favorable” or “favorable” opinion of him, compared to just 4 percent who say they have an “unfavorable” view.

“Maybe they were just waiting for a Jesuit. Overwhelmingly, across the demographic board, Catholics—men and women, regular or not-so-regular church-goers, young and old—have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis,” Carroll said.

Notably, the survey found that a higher percentage of American Catholics support same-sex marriage than the general U.S. adult population. Sixty percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage, compared to 56 percent of American adults who say they support it.

Meanwhile, 52 percent of Catholics say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 53 percent of all American adults who hold that view.

“On the two issues that have prompted some pulpit thundering, same-sex marriage and abortion, Catholics are right in line, or even a little ahead, of their non-Catholic neighbors,” Carroll said.

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How I’m Praying Amid the Government Shutdown Over Moral Debate.


Alveda C. King
Alveda C. King

It would be unbelievable if we were not seeing this government shutdown foolishness with our own eyes. People may not remember, but there was a similar shutdown in the ’90s when President Bill Clinton was in office. It lasted about three weeks, where people were furloughed from their jobs without pay while the administration and Congress kept their paychecks. It’s happening again.

Now in 2013, the debate is over a ludicrous issue: birth control and easy access to abortions to be paid for with our money, our tax dollars. Oh, it’s all couched neatly and wrapped up in a “health care for all” bow, but it is still all foolishness.

I’ve been saying that as the mother of two daughters and grandmother to three precious girls, they don’t need free birth control and easy abortions. What they need more are decent homes, good education and relief from poverty and lack. Also, they definitely have to have prayer back in schools, and they need Jesus.

Why is relevancy an issue? In April 2011, White House digital reporter Devin Dwyer of abcnews.comreported this: “The elimination of $363 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood health care centers may well force a government shutdown at midnight tonight.

“Republicans want to block $70 million Planned Parenthood receives each year under Title X, a program implemented under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 to provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing at community health centers across the country. And they want to cut off $293 million the clinics receive through Medicare.

“Conservative lawmakers say the money indirectly subsidizes abortions, despite the fact that the federal Hyde Amendment expressly prohibits such use of taxpayer funds.

“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, but it issued a fact sheet today stating that more than 90 percent of its health care services are preventive, not abortions. The company says no taxpayer funds are used to fund abortions.”

Now that the shutdown is actually here, we can see that Planned Parenthood is still in the mix as a major proponent of distributing free birth control and easy access to abortions, while all the time they remain America’s largest abortion provider. Again, girls and women need good education, fair housing and good jobs much, much more than they need free birth control and easy abortion access, all which, by the way, remain at the core of the Obamacare battle.

Finally, take a look at what my friend wrote in his journal: “For the second time in 17 years our nation has experienced a government shutdown. I suppose there was some type of ‘system failure.’ The world will go on. Aren’t you glad that the government of God can never be shutdown, break down or have ‘system failure?’”

At the beginning of 2012, my friend, the prophet, also wrote, “Around October 2013, there is a possibility for a crash or ‘system failure.’ [Soon coming extreme weather disasters can be very deadly—pray and change it].

“People are worried and afraid because their trust is in the people that work or hang around the White House or the Congress.”

Then on Saturday, he wrote, “We will yet be experiencing financial transition during the month of October. Everything that will be happening will not be seen by the public. However, at this point the impact of what has been planned may not be as powerful as some would have liked. We do have the power to stand in the gap and Creator God is gracious.

“There are those in high offices and behind the scenes that had planned this ‘system failure’ to take a huge toll on the American people. They had planned for events to cause lots of unnecessary pain and suffering to further rip this nation apart. But during my intercession time, I felt the prayers, meditations of the righteous rise up causing subtle changes in the consciousness of many, thus, disarming the plans of the wicked. The transition that’s happening behind the scenes will be much smoother now.”

With all of this in mind, this leads me to say that I’m praying for sanity to blow over Washington, D.C., and over all of our state and local seats of political power.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

ALVEDA KING

Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late civil-rights activist the Rev. A.D. King and niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is also a civil rights and pro-life activist, as well as director of the African-American outreach for Priests for LifeClick here to visit her blog.

‘Month-After-Sex’ Pill Is ‘Abortion Not Contraception’.


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A so-called ‘contraceptive‘ pill that could work up to a month after unprotected sex is a ‘contradiction in terms,’ critics say. (© Gracemom/StockFreeImages.com)

A so-called “contraceptive” pill, which could work up to a month after unprotected sex, is a “contradiction in terms,” critics say.

Researchers have published a journal article calling for such a pill to be developed, saying it is scientifically possible but politically difficult.

Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship says this would be “abortion not contraception” because it would destroy an embryo rather than prevent a conception.

He says it would effectively be “the deregulation of early abortion by making it available over the counter.”

He also points to the risk of increasing sexually transmitted infections and the risk of exposing women to sexual abuse.

And Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust says researchers are essentially calling for the development of an abortion pill.

“To call a drug a contraceptive when it is designed and intended to be used after intercourse and potentially after fertilization is a complete misnomer,” he says.

“There is no such thing as an ‘after-sex contraceptive pill.’ It is a contradiction in terms,” he adds. “In their zeal to increase choices for women, the researchers have lost sight of the other person who is involved in every abortion no matter how early a pregnancy is ended.”

Dr. Elizabeth Raymond, from the New York-based technology firm Gynuity, and colleagues from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden say women would welcome drug companies developing the pill and that they “deserve all possible options” when it comes the issue.

Raymond says, “Twenty years ago, a multicountry survey specifically designed to investigate women’s feelings about a post-fertilization contraceptive pill found remarkably high acceptance.”

She says there seems to be no evidence that women have changed their minds since then, and that the current political environment needs refocusing.

She adds, “To meet the challenges of our increasingly complicated world, women deserve all possible options for controlling and preserving their reproductive health and lives.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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