HONG KONG — A mother of two in China died after being forcibly sterilized against doctors’ advice.
Family planning officials in the central province of Hubei allegedly threatened Shen Hongxia with legal action if she did not agree to have the procedure.
The 42-year-old woman “bled to death” hours after the operation last month.
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An affiliate of a women’s rights group operating in China told the Chrisitian Newswire that family planning officials in Tongshan county, where Shen and her family lived, had ignored doctors’ warnings that the operation was dangerous.
Shen suffered from unspecified “gynecological diseases” and doctors had told her not to have the procedure because it would endanger her life, her husband, Cheng Shixiong, was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying.
But Cheng said the family planning officials had pressured his wife into having the operation after they received “a bad rating” for “failing to crack down on families with more than one child,” the SCMP reported.
GlobalPost senior correspondent Benjamin Carlson said it’s a “sad reality check on the ‘one-child’ policy in China.”
“Sure, there are many urban intellectuals calling for its abolition,” Carlson said, “but on the ground the policy remains very much in force, as officials are incentivized to show they are keeping the birth rate in check.”
According to the group Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, there was another, unrelated death last month when a woman who was forcibly sterilized was found hanging in the local Family Planning Office.
Such tragedies may eventually tip the needle by galvanizing public opposition against the ‘one-child’ policy, Carlson said.
“The suicide, in particular, attracted a lot of attention on social media,” he said. “But don’t expect it to change anytime soon.”
by Kristan Hawkins | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/8/13 10:22 AM
At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), I was invited to participate on a panel called “The Future of the Movement: Winning with Generation X/Y.” I had a lot of ideas to discuss, including utilizing new messages to reach this new pro-life generation, recruiting more candidates with a willingness to stand up for what they believe in, developing new technology, and improving grassroots organizing, to name a few.
But, instead of focusing on the panel’s extremely important topic, the moderator, Students for Liberty Co-Founder Alexander McCobin, decided to use his time to advance his libertarian ideal of legalizing gay marriage. He was especially inflammatory when he kept comparing traditional marriage supporters to segregationists. At one point, frustrated that we weren’t talking about the real issues, I blurted out, “Is this the gay marriage panel?” I felt, as did much of the audience judging by their applause of my interruption, that McCobin was abusing his position as moderator to steer the conversation in only one direction.
CPAC has some serious explaining to do to its sponsors, the organizations that paid thousands to participate, for asking McCobin to moderate this panel. He has a history of being a pro-gay marriage, throw-conservatives-under-the-bus speaker and even led off his lengthy opening diatribe by announcing that he was not a conservative. This should not have been a surprise – a simple Google search shows that McCobin has publicly advocated against the role social conservatives have played on the right and has even accused those of us with different beliefs to be “intolerant.”
Over and over and over again during the panel, McCobin tried to make the point that conservatives must “fall in line” with libertarians and drop social issues because they are losers with generations X and Y. Yes, this generation has some libertarian tendencies, but not on everything, and certainly not on abortion.
April 6, 2013
The Kansas state Senate passed a measure on Friday that would ban Planned Parenthood from providing sex education in schools and require women to get more information about fetal development before having an abortion.
The measure was approved by a 28-10 vote and was expected to pass easily in the House of Representatives, which backed the 70-page bill in largely similar form earlier this week. Republicans have large majorities in both chambers. Republican Governor Sam Brownback, who opposes abortion, is expected to sign it.
Opponents of the measure say it contains 40 provisions that affect a woman’s health and intrude on her right to an abortion. Advocates said it mainly codifies existing practices, while helping women make more informed choices.
by Steven Ertelt | Philadelphia, PA | LifeNews.com | 4/8/13 11:44 AM
Kermit Gosnell is at the center of one of the most gruesome abortion investigations in our nation’s history, but one pro-life leader bemoans the lack of coverage in the mainstream media.
Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, says pro-life advocates need to make a concerted effort to speak out about the case. Whether it’s by passing along news items in social media, letters to the editor, calling radio talk shows or other means, Newman wants more focus on what Gosnell did.
“It’s being called the Abortion Trial of the Century,” he said. “Kermit Gosnell, the “House of Horrors” abortionist, is on trial right now for the murder of seven infants and one abortion patient. Gosnell’s grisly abortion mill was nicknamed the “Charnel House” by the investigators who finally took our complaints seriously. What the police found inside Gosnell’s building literally made them vomit.”
Newman says many media outlets are ignoring how investigators found rusty, blood-stained medical equipment, dirty disposable surgical instruments that had been reused over and over, and stacks of dead bodies that remind him of Nazi-era horrors.
“Except the dead bodies were not adults. They were precious little babies who were born alive,” he says.
“Yes, Kermit Gosnell’s new abortion “technique” was to deliver babies alive, and then use surgical scissors to “snip” the spinal cord at the base of the babies’ necks. Gosnell even joked about killing the babies. He told his employees they would get a $20 “bonus” for every late-term abortion committed on their shift. He would even JOKE that some of these babies were so big that he could have walked them to the bus stop,” Newman continues. “But Gosnell didn’t walk these children to the bus stop; instead, he sliced their throats and “snipped” their spinal columns.”
“And for the next 5-8 weeks Kermit Gosnell will stand trial for murder! Seven counts of murder for killing the children he aborted, and one more count of murder for killing his patient Karnamaya Monger, the mother of one of those babies,” Newman continued. “You are not going to hear this on Fox News, or any other national media outlet for that matter.”
Taking a peek into the future, an Australian bioethicist says that it will be possible to use stem cell technology to breed better humans in a Petri dish. Robert Sparrow, of Monash University, writes in the Journal of Medical Ethics that it is not too early to launch a debate about what he calls “in vitro eugenics”.
His starting point is research into the creation of sperm and eggs from stem cells. Mice have already been produced with “artificial” gametes and the production of humans may not be too far away. Up to now, reports of this research have highlighted its potential for creating gametes for infertile men and women or for allowing homosexual males to produce eggs or homosexual women to produce sperm.
The production of embryos using sperm and eggs generated with stem cells rather than through sex would also be useful in studying genetic diseases and for drug testing. But Dr Sparrow points out that it would be splendid for eugenics. Generations of people could be created in Petri dishes, eliminating unsatisfactory genes in the quest for better human beings. “In effect,” he writes enthusiastically, “scientists will be able to breed human beings with the same (or greater) degree of sophistication with which we currently breed plants and animals.”
He calculates that two to three generations of human beings could be produced in a single year – rather than the 60 or so years that the pace of natural reproduction requires.
“An in vitro breeding programme of this sort would give future eugenicists a power undreamed of by governments and would-be genetic reformers of the past. In a 10-year research programme, scientists might produce 20–30 generations of human beings in vitro — enough to achieve significant changes in genotype. Advances in cell culture technology and in the science of gametogenesis might increase this figure still further. Obviously, the more generations it is possible to proceed through each year, the more powerful this technology will become.”
(CNSNews.com) – A federal judge’s ruling that would allow the abortion-inducing “Morning After Pill” to be purchased over the counter by persons of any age is being met with strong opposition by pro-life groups, which assert that giving the drug to young girls without parental consent or a doctor’s prescription is a dangerous scenario.
“This ruling places the health of young girls at risk,” Anna Higgins, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council said it a statement. On Friday, Judge Edward R. Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York reversed a 2011 decision by the Health and Human Services (HHS) to limit access to the “emergency contraceptive” to young women 17 or older.
Under the HHS directive to the Food and Drug Administration, girls 16 or younger were required to get a prescription for the drug. Korman’s ruling would allow girls of any age to purchase the drug over the counter.
“Making Plan B available for girls under the age of 17 without a prescription flies in the face of medical information and sound judgment,” Higgins said. “I am very troubled that the court has not fully taken into account the concerns expressed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and many public health advocates that there is not enough data on the health effects of Plan B on young girls.”
“The involvement of parents and medical professionals act as a safeguard for these young girls,” Higgins said. “However, today’s ruling removes these commonsense protections.”
“Teen girls need parents, not unfettered access to abortion-inducing drugs,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “Judge Korman’s decision is reckless and denies girls the protection that comes along with the involvement of parents and doctors.”
“Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights who praised today’s ruling show a complete lack of concern for the health of teens and the rights of parents,” Dannenfelser said.
“This ruling makes no sense,” Carrie Gordon Earll, spokesperson for CitizenLink, a Focus on the Family affiliate, told CNSNews.com. “It gives young girls unsupervised access to a powerful drug without medical oversight or parental knowledge.”
March 29, 2013
Florida legislators considering a bill to require abortionists to provide medical care to an infant who survives an abortion were shocked during a committee hearing this week when a Planned Parenthood official endorsed a right to post-birth abortion.
The $477,790 grant given each year over five years from 2010 to 2014, is part of $75 million in grants to 75 organizations in 32 states for “evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancy,” according to OAH, which administers the grants.
On the home page of the “Teens Rise!” website, under WTF (What’s the Facts!) teenage visitors can learn that there are “two types of abstinence and both keep you from getting pregnant.”
“Continuous abstinence is not having sex play with a partner at all. Celibacy abstinence is when you have previously had sex, but have now decided to wait for that special person or event. Continuous abstinence is the only one that’s 100 percent effective!” the web site states and provides a link to the “ABC’s” page where graphic descriptions of sexual acts and condom and other contraceptive uses are posted.
“You’re in control more than ever!” is the text above a photo gallery of contraceptives, including birth control pills, patches and the “Morning After” pill. “Check out these options to prevent pregnancy if you’ve decided to have sex.”
Some of the advice offered on “Condom Facts You Need to Know” include:
• Make sure the penis is erect.
• Hold the tip of the condom to squeeze out air and leave space to collect semen.
• Have vaginal, oral or anal sex.
• Carefully take the condom off the penis.
• Throw the condom in the garbage, NOT in the toilet, bushes or under the bed
• Use a new condom if you want to have sex again.
“The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is charged with implementing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant program,” the OAH website states. “In 2010, OAH awarded $75 million in cooperative agreement grants through a competitive process to support the replication of evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancy to 75 organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando is one of those 75 organizations.
“Awards ranged from $400,000 to $4 million per year for up to five years. An independent review of program evaluations identified 31 evidence-based models that had been proven, through rigorous evaluation, to be effective. As a result of this evidence review, projects based on effective program models were eligible for replication under the TPP Program.”
The other millions of dollars of grants awarded over a three to five-year period were given to a wide range of government and non-profit organizations, including state and county health and education departments, universities, and community health clinics.
The Orlando-based Planned Parenthood affiliate announced winning the grant money on its website.
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