Friday, July 31, 2009

Report Shows Decrease In Abortion Providers, Calls For Procedure To Be Mainstreamed

New York City, N.Y., Jul 30, 2009 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- As Americans continue to shift towards pro-life views, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has issued a report analyzing the continuing decline in abortion providers and calling for abortion to be accepted as a part of mainstream health care.

In its “Defending Human Rights” report, the CRR voiced its concern over the declining number of abortion providers throughout the country. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortion providers in the U.S. declined by 25% between 1992 and 2005.

The report found that some states in the U.S. currently have as few as one abortion provider. International abortion providers are struggling as well, as indicated by the ending of the Women on Waves organization, which used to operate a boat in international seas, providing abortifacient pills for women living in countries where abortion is illegal.

In particular, the CRR noted with concern that there are “few new, young doctors entering the field” and as a result, the number of abortion providers “is dwindling almost across the board.”

The CRR attributes this decrease to harassment and attacks that it claims are “routinely targeted” at abortion providers and clinics.

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, told CNA that she believes the real reason for this decrease in abortionists is the nature of abortion itself.

“I think they have been diminishing in number for years because this is the type of trade that is contrary to the reason that people go to medical school,” said Spaulding Balch, observing that most people enter the medical field with hopes of preserving and saving life, not destroying it.

“It’s difficult to find people willing to be abortionists,” she said. “It’s not easy on the nerves.”

Spaulding Balch believes that the lack of young doctors entering the abortion industry is due largely due to a change in perspective due to new technology, including ultrasounds and fetal surgery. The older generation of doctors began practicing when ultrasounds were not common and fetal surgery was nonexistent, she explained.

But developments in those two areas make it very clear that the unborn child is indeed a living human being. “Newer generations of doctors are understanding the unborn child as the second patient,” she told CNA.

The CRR report also denounced laws requiring a waiting period before obtaining an abortion, as well as those that require an ultrasound to be performed, or counseling and materials to be given to women. The publication claimed that such information is “irrelevant, unnecessary, misleading, or medically inappropriate information” for women considering an abortion.

Spaulding Balch responded to this claim by saying that abortion supporters are hesitant to inform women because “the more information a woman has on the subject, the less likely she is to go forward with the abortion.”

“If they were truly pro-choice, as they claim to be, they would not be afraid of giving the woman more information, so that she can make the best choice possible,” she continued, noting the important role of information in true consent.

Rather than being “irrelevant” or “medically inappropriate,” Spaulding Balch explained to CNA that the information required to be given to women seeking an abortion is actually “simple and basic.”

This information includes a description of what the abortion procedure entails, possible risks of the procedure and possible alternatives. “This would be considered normal and reasonable information for any other procedure,” she said.

“This information is all reasonable, rational, and relevant to the decision the mother is about to make.”

Another topic included in the CRR report is the “stigma” of abortion providers among medical professionals and the general public. The document says that abortion is “marginalized and perceived as ‘dirty’ and outside of normal medicine practice,” and that this negative image results in many doctors refusing to perform, assist in, or even refer abortions.

The report claims that this stigma exists “because abortion is not integrated into mainstream healthcare.”

Saying that it is a “normal human reaction” for people to be repulsed by the idea of abortion, Spaulding Balch rejected CRR's argument. “There is something inherently evil about it,” she said, explaining that people understand this instinctively, and that is why they are still not comfortable with it, even 30 years after its legalization.

Spaulding Balch contrasted abortion with other medical procedures that are uncommon or may be otherwise “not integrated into mainstream health care,” but which the general public does not view with distrust. The fact that it is not mainstream health care is not the cause of the revulsion, she said. Rather, it is the horror of the abortion itself. “There is an inherent distinction between treating a rare disease and killing a living human.”

The publication of the report comes amid discussions of a health care reform package that would allow abortion to be required as a minimum health care benefit. Spaulding Balch explained to CNA that abortion advocates are working intensely to have the package approved in an attempt to save the dying industry.

“The abortion industry knows that they need this for their survival. They must make abortion part of mainstream health care, or the industry will see its demise,” she said.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

ARE YOU A WILLING SOLDIER?: My View On Janine Turner's OpEd In FOX News

Read Janine Turner's OpEd on FOX: "What Would Our Forefathers Think Of America Today?"! It is a great article imagining what the great Founders of our nation would think if they were to be able to return to America today.

What would George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, etc. think about the way our government is run? What would they think about the way our society has evolved? Would they be proud, or would they be shocked or maybe even angry? Think about all of the sacrifices that the men, women and children have willingly made to have the freedoms and the form of government and Constitution that we now take for granted so easily. The many months that the first arrivals to the New World had to stay aboard a ship filled with people and animals, unwashed and some sick and dying. Many died and never got to set their feet on the ground of what would be their new home, their new nation...America.

We too soon forget the sacrifices that have been made so that we may freely worship God, speak what is on our minds, own a firearm to defend our families, work and own a business without being overtaxed by a corrupt government. Wait...this is sounding like what our present government is trying to do to us even now! The only way to stop it is to have the same fighting spirit in us that our Founding Fathers had in them. We cannot and we will not allow what we have inherited from our Founding Fathers, who fought (some to the death) so that we could have these freedoms, taken from us by corrupt politicians. We must fight with our words, our actions, our ballot boxes, our letters, our marches. We will not let the corrupt have our nation...The United States of America!

The Word of God says, "Do not be weary in well-doing. For you shall reap in due time, if you do not faint." And I have been a Christian, a Believer in the Word of God, long enough to know that what God says, He will do! We have every weapon that we need to be triumphant in our warfare: The Holy Bible (which is the Word of God), the Power of Prayer, the Holy Spirit and the Angels of God to work on our behalf, and the Constitution of the United States. All we need now are Soldiers willing to volunteer for the fight! Are you a willing Soldier?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

FOX NEWS NETWORK: Why No Tea Party Coverage?

Some of the reasons for less coverage of the July 4th Tea Parties are:

1. It was a holiday, and there was special programming in some of FOX News Network's (and most other network's) lineup instead of the regularly scheduled programs that usually give the Tea Parties the most coverage.

2. Many of the reporters and/or commentators on FOX News Network that take such an interest in the Tea Parties have been taking their vacations during the past few weeks.

3. Glenn Beck has had guest hosts a lot lately, because he has been experiencing some health problems.

4. The Michael Jackson story is still taking up TOO MUCH air time!

About a week ago on Bill O'Reilly--The Factor--Bill and Gretchen Carlson (FOX News Morning Show--Weekdays) had a disagreement:

Bill said FOX was right in giving so much coverage to Michael Jackson's death (specifically the day he died, even though that was the day that the House of Representatives passed the Cap and Tax Energy Bill and it hardly got a mention), because of the ratings the MJ story generated, thereby, generating income for the network. Bill said it was a sound business decision, because the ratings went down that day every time another subject was being discussed.

But Gretchen's argument was that the "core audience" of FOX News Network was upset because they could not get any coverage of the more important issues that day and even several days following MJ's death. And FOX News Network had a responsibility to its more loyal viewers who expected more from the network.

In my opinion, all who watch FOX News on a regular basis should mount a campaign telling the network executives, and each show that airs on FOX News Network, that we want and expect more from FOX. Their advertisement is "Fair and Balanced" reporting. That is not balanced at is far from balanced.

Are you concerned that the only news network that we have been able to depend on, to give a decent reporting of the news, is going the way of the other networks? If FOX is just going to start worrying about "the bottom line" and how many people are watching at a given time, can we depend on them to report the hard facts of the news? And more importantly...ARE WE GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?