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You’ll be Outraged When You See What Planned Parenthood is Teaching These Kids About Sex

 

You’ll be Outraged When You See What Planned Parenthood is Teaching These Kids About Sex

by Sarah Zagorski | San Francisco, CA | LifeNews.com | 12/12/14 1:20 PM<!––><!––>

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The parents of children at a San Francisco high school are outraged because Planned Parenthood employees are teaching their kids in public school about sex. The students, 13- and 14- year olds, are being taught by the abortion business without their parents’ consent or even prior knowledge.

According to Fox News, the students were handed worksheets that include a checklist titled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” Unbelievably, the worksheet asks the students if they have water-based lubricants and condoms; and of course on their materials the abortion giant inquires if the children know how to handle a possible venereal infection or pregnancy.

Additionally, the document explains how a boy should ask his partner for consent for sex. It states, “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”

kids4However, that’s not all— the school is also teaching these children about gender identity in a very creative way. The kids were shown a “Genderbread Person”, which shows them how to identify themselves as either “bigender,” ” agender” or “two spirited.”

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“[Parents] are very concerned,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal group aiding the worried families. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first.

“They get more grants from the promiscuity of children. The material they have provided was material that mirrored their agenda.

The outcry began when ninth-graders told their parents that they felt they were being pressured to have sex and that one instructor threw a model of female reproductive organs at a student.

“Some of the kids were distracted because it was divergent from what they were taught at home,” Dacus said.

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John Lyons, whose two children attend the school, told FoxNews.com, “Our daughter took this course two years ago, after being provided the opportunity to opt out of the class.

“The opt-out form provided a handful of bullet points about what the course would cover. After completing the course, it was apparent that some of what was ‘taught’ went beyond what was represented on the opt-out form.

“This is disappointing to us, because we are actually strong supporters of teen sex education in a peer environment to complement our home-based discussions.”

Lyons said the classes appeared to promote Planned Parenthood’s agenda regarding “social justice” through the sex education of teens.

Parents have now launched a petition calling on the high school to give them a preview of the sex-ed class before their kids take the course so they can then decide whether they want their children to attend, FoxNews.com reported.

Thankfully, the Pacific Justice Institute, a legal group that defends faith, family, parental rights and other civil liberties, has warned Northern California’s Acalanes Union High School District in a letter that they may be breaking the law. In California, there are federal statutes that require schools to receive parental consent prior to taking part in surveys or evaluations.

They said in a statement, “We have not seen any documentation to indicate that distribution of the surveys complied with federal law of the California Education Code as to parental notification.”

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Pro-Abortion Study Admits Thousands of Women Hospitalized Every Year From Botched Abortions

Pro-Abortion Study Admits Thousands of Women Hospitalized Every Year From Botched Abortions

by Randy O’Bannon, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/12/14 7:44 PM<!––><!––>

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What if you walked into the waiting room of any of the country’s abortion clinics and told the young mothers waiting there in the lobby that there’s a new study indicating that the “procedure” they’re about to undergo will, in the coming year, send thousands of women to the emergency room or back to the clinic to deal with a complication or a “failed abortion”?

How many of them would say that makes them feel more comfortable with their decision? None, you would suspect.

Yet if one actually reads a new study (as opposed to the press release) out of the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF), that’s what is being acknowledged but cloaked. Instead of a true picture, you get a UCSF release trumpeting the results as showing that the “Major Complication Rate After Abortion Is Extremely Low” (UCSF Release, 12/8/14).

sadwoman19But a closer look at the data shows there is some real stretching and spinning going on here, belying the “extremely low” complication rate assertion. As you read our analysis, be sure to focus in on what the authors consider to be “minor” complications.

The UCSF study, “Incidence of Emergency Department Visits and Complications After Abortion,” is based on a recent study of California Medicaid recipients. It appeared in the December 8, 2014, edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

California is one of the states that pays for the abortions of women enrolled in Medicaid. The study looked at the billing data from 50,273 Medi-Cal patients who had 54,911 abortions in 2009-2010.

The authors do not give comparable state data from those years, but note that of the 181,730 abortions performed in California in 2011, about 51% were covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. This study looked at just those records of patients were treated under the fee-for-service (vs. managed care) part of the program. [1]

Nearly 8% (or between one in 12 and one in 13) of women showed up at the clinic or a local Emergency Room (ER) seeking some service within six weeks of their abortions. Some of those were eliminated from further study because billing records appeared to show that they came in for some service unrelated to the abortion. (These were not specified, but this could be something like smashing a finger in the car door, coming down with the flu, etc.)

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But even pulling these out and other “complications not validated,” one is left with a substantial number of women dealing with medical problems resulting from their “safe” abortions.

On the billing records of those women returning to the clinic or going to the ER, they found women hemorrhaging, dealing with infections, uterine perforations – the sort of problems we’re supposed to think were relics of the early days following the Roe v. Wade decision when abortionists were just learning their craft.

A surprising number of these were related to the new chemical or “medication” abortion method that was supposed to offer women a safer alternative to surgical abortion.

There were nearly four times as many surgical abortions (34,755 first trimester, 8,837 2nd trimester or later) tracked by the study as there were chemical abortions. (11,319). Yet there were more identified complications associated with the chemical method (588) than they were for the surgical ones (438 for first trimester, 130 for 2nd or later) combined.

The complication rate for chemical abortions was 5.2%, versus complication rates of 1.3% for first trimester suction aspiration abortions and 1.5% for second trimester or later methods. This would make chemical abortions four times riskier than early surgical ones and more than three times less safe than a second or third trimester procedure.

This is hardly the “advance” or “improvement” that women were promised when the government was asked to approve RU-486 more than a decade ago.

A number of these complications involved “incomplete” or “failed” abortions [2]. Most of these were identified as “minor” complications by researchers (there were also “minor” hemorrhages, uterine perforations, and infections).

UCSF originally found 535 repeat abortions within six weeks –165 “subsequent medication [chemical] abortions,” and 370 “subsequent aspirations.

Theoretically, some of these could be new abortions, but much more likely is that these are chemical or surgical procedures that were performed to complete the earlier incomplete or failed abortions.

These may not all have been counted as complications, or they may have fallen into the category of 658 “Other” or “Undetermined” complications. The latter seems likely, given that the “treatment” for 400 of these (about 61%) was “uterine aspiration.”

The point which their own data makes abundantly clear is that these abortions far from being as safe or successful as advertised.

Remarkably, the researchers attribute the high rate of complications (the majority of which they term “minor” and “expected”) among women having chemical abortions to “aspirations performed presumptively or to alleviate bleeding or cramping symptoms.”

In other words, bleeding or cramping was so bad that women came back to the clinic or went to the ER, where doctors (noticeably including those from the clinic who would have seen ordinary abortion bleeding before) decided emergency surgery was needed. Yet in most cases, UCSF wants us to believe, this was just a “minor” or “expected” complication.

All told, the study found that 2.1%, or about one out of every 48 abortions, were connected to a complication that was diagnosed or treated at some medical facility. Though perhaps lower than the complication rates one might expect for essential life-saving major surgery, this is hardly the risk- free “procedure” the abortion industry and lobby wants people to think it is. It is also higher than people might expect for a “procedure” that abortionists have been working to perfect for over 40 years.

Remember this study was of a selected population in California. What if one applied these results nationwide, based on the estimate there are now roughly 1.05 million abortions annual?

It would translate into more than 22,000 women visiting their local ER or returning to the clinic for medical care each year. How many women in clinic waiting rooms today would be surprised to hear that number? How many would be reassured of abortion’s safety?

An important consideration to keep in mind: This focuses on just the first six weeks, makes no effort to track complications or injuries that might occur later on, such as infertility, subsequent premature birth, or breast cancer, which can be heartbreaking, expensive, or even deadly. And we have not even begun to consider the long-term psycho-social effects of abortion and the health consequences that flow from subsequent depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, and documented higher rates of suicide.

The UCSF researchers admit that there may be critical data missing from their study. Some complications might never have been recorded and there was no data at all on abortion’s maternal mortality, possibly the most critical piece of information.

Also, by relying on Medi-Cal codes, we could not assess whether any of the complications lead to deaths or detect complications not documented by the billing codes. For instance it is possible that complications seen or treated at the original abortion facility did not result in any Medi-Cal reimbursements, thereby undermining the complication rate.

This last sentence tell us that if a woman returned, distraught and bleeding, to the abortion clinic where she first went for her abortion, and the clinic decided not to make waves and charge the state to complete the abortion or repair the damage done by the first procedure, there would be no record of the complication.

In the light of recent operations like those of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s, such a scenario does not seem far-fetched. If true, it would point to an even higher complication rate.

On the whole, by tracking and matching the billing records of clinics and hospitals, the study does represent an improvement over surveys which simply relied on abortionists self-reporting. This is probably one reason why the numbers were as high as they were, even with some still potentially serious holes in the data.

One thing is clear. No matter the spin, no matter the “medical progress,” no matter the experience, the special training, the new methods, abortion has not become “safe” or even appreciably safer. Women are still being injured by abortion, and women are still dying.

Of course, the biggest “complication” is that someone – the innocent unborn child – dies in every “successful” abortion. This alone is evidence that abortion is an inherently unsafe and unsound “medical procedure.” Abortion violates the most basic principle of medical ethics: “first do no harm.”

Abortion harms women and children. What further research do we need?

[1] The data from this study was supposed to be better because patients who did not return to the clinic but went instead to the ER were included by cross referencing the abortion billing and treatment coding. Researchers looked at any billing for any medical service occurring anywhere within six weeks of their original abortion billing and sought from codes to determine whether or not that treatment was abortion related.

[2] “Incomplete” abortions, of which there were 231, would be those abortions in which some part of the baby, placenta, gestational sac remained in the woman’s body. “Failed” abortions, of which there were 30, would be when the baby remained and the abortion failed to occur.

LifeNews.com Note: Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D., is the director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee. This column originally appeared at NRL News Today.

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Created Equal Jumbo Tron TV

 

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Abortion kills a preborn child.  This fact is undeniable when rendered visually, such as in Created Equal’s abortion video.  But videos are only effective if people watch them—and when they do, the bigger the screen, the better.

Created Equal has pioneered the use of cutting edge video technology to represent the victims of abortion to audiences across America.  Recently, our Jumbo TV screen reached massive numbers of Americans at the DC March for Life and West Coast Walk for Life.  Traditionally at these events, the politicians, activists, and post-abortive parents are given a voice.  Not until recently have the babies been represented in such a profound way.  Using this powerful technology allows us to continue to stand for the victims at these events.

See photos of the Created Equal DC outreach at the March for Life.

But we do not limit ourselves to these gatherings alone.  Cities, campuses and other large public gatherings are venues to which we display the video evidence of abortion on the big screen.

We need your help to reach more people with our JumboTron.  Support this project by clicking here.

Joe Scheidler, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for showing the victims long before others began to do so regularly, said in response to our Jumto-tron TV at the March for Life:

Mark, boy do you have the guts to win this battle!  What surprised me were people marching in an effort to stop abortion and being shocked out of their wits when they see the victims they are marching for.  Admittedly the images are shocking as they can be, but absolutely necessary for all pro-lifers (and the pro-aborts standing around) to see.  I think it is the one vital ingredient that has been missing all these years in the March for Life.

Americans need to be educated about the violence of abortion.  Can you think of better way to reach them?

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Making Sure Jahi Stays “Dead”?

 

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 December 12, 2014   Brain Death

Making Sure Jahi Stays “Dead”?

 By Wesley J. Smith

Jahi McMath

I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis.

But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorate–as happens in almost all brain death cases–that would raise my eyebrows. Now, it’s one year later, and she remains here. My eyebrows are now above my receding hairline.

Moreover, I am increasingly suspicious of the seeming ideological commitment of some to making sure she stays dead. The intensity of their resistance to even the possibility that a mistake has been made–or that we can learn something new about the elasticity of the brain–reminds me of the emotional intensity of those who wanted Terri Schiavo dehydrated to death.

I bring this up because I suspect that the case will return to court sometime soon. Also, I think it is important to keep certain facts straight and point out media bias/ignorance when it rears its ugly head–sometimes, it is hard to tell which.

Let’s look at a Q & A format AP story about the sad anniversary and straighten things out a bit:

Q: Why does her family want to keep her on a ventilator?

A: Jahi’s relatives say their religious beliefs dictate that as long as her heart is beating, Jahi is alive and deserves long-term care. In October, the family released videos of the girl showing her foot and hand appearing to move in response to her mother’s commands.

In other words, they think she’s alive–not because “their religious beliefs dictate” anything. Plus, if she did comply with requests, she’s not brain dead by definition.

But look at what the story completely fails to report: Two very respected neurologists have testified that she is no longer brain dead. Yet, this is the most important evidence that she is not dead. How could the reporter fail to even mention that?

Then, there is a bit of confusing verbiage:

David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, has said there is no evidence that patients who are brain dead can ever recover. Still, he said that it’s somewhat surprising her body has lasted as long as it has and that some patients can live for years on ventilators.

Well, it’s very rare-–but occasionally happens–-for a truly brain dead body to be maintained. More to the point, a truly brain dead does not “live” on a ventilator.

The unprecedented nature of a brain dead person recovering function–which may have happened with Jahi–makes this a very important case. If she has come back, that opens a whole new area of scientific inquiry. From that perspective alone, why fight taking a thorough new look to see if it happened?

I strongly believe this case needs to be reopened–for Jahi, for her family, for the integrity of the system, and for the good of science.

The harder the “establishment” resists, the more I think their objections are ideological, reflecting deep concerns about how a finding that she is alive would rock their world.

They are right: It would. But that’s no reason to force her to remain among the dead if that is not where she belongs.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.

Although a Serious Global Problem, Preterm Birth’s Link to Abortion is Ignored

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Although a serious global problem, preterm birth’s link to abortion is ignored

By Paul StarkEditor’s note. Yesterday we posted on how pro-abortionists are grinding out studies insisting not only that abortion is incredibly safe but that information that pro-lifers rely on when counseling women is almost always wrong. The four “false or misleading piece of information” found on as many as 80% of CPC websites in the twelve states these researchers looked at were “a declared link between abortion and mental health risks; preterm birth; breast cancer; and future infertility.”

Earlier this month we re-posted this great article by Paul Stark of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life about preterm birth. In light of yesterday’s post, we are running it again.

Preemie7Nov. 17 was World Prematurity Day. New global estimates indicate that, as Eve Lackritz of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth explains, “important gains have been made for nearly all causes of child death, except one in which progress has remained nearly stagnant: newborn mortality.”

Preterm birth is not only the leading cause of newborn mortality. It is now the leading cause of all under-five deaths. About 3,000 children die each day from complications of prematurity, and those who survive are much more likely to have cerebral palsy or other health problems.

But the international community and media coverage have failed to acknowledge a significant risk factor for premature delivery. A wealth of worldwide research has established that induced abortion substantially increases the risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.

For example, a 2009 systematic review published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that a history of one induced abortion increased the risk of preterm birth by 36 percent and increased the risk of low birth weight by 35 percent. The increased risks greatly escalated with additional abortions—to 93 percent and 72 percent, respectively.

Another 2009 systematic review, in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, concluded that abortion raised the risk of birth before 32 weeks’ gestation by 64 percent. A 2013 study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada showed “a significant increase in the risk of preterm delivery in women with a history of previous induced abortion.”

The prevalence of abortion undeniably contributes to the problem of newborn mortality (as well as to cerebral palsy and other disabilities). Abortion doesn’t just take the lives of human beings in utero—it leads to the deaths of already-born babies too.

Paul Stark is Communications Associate for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. This appeared here.

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Heartbreaking Story of Woman Devastated by Her Abortion: “I Just Remember the Crying”

 

Heartbreaking Story of Woman Devastated by Her Abortion: “I Just Remember the Crying”

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/10/14 5:19 PM<!––><!––>

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Abortion takes a devastating toll on women, more so than the abortion industry cares to acknowledge. Here’s how one woman recounted her abortion:

From one woman who had an abortion:

“You could hear crying in the holding room… crying of women who already had the abortion. I remember the sounds, the smells, the suction… You could hear the sound of the motor of the pump, the suction when the baby was being withdrawn, the clinking of the utensils.…

[She recalls] this hurts so bad [and then thought] this is what I get, of course it’s going to hurt… Look what I’m doing… I just remember the crying… So many people crying.”

Only her husband and eldest son know about her two abortions which he had in high school. At the time of the quote, she was 35.

James D Slack Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2009) 67

sadwoman22Abortion has been so devastating for women that some women have committed suicide afterwards:

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One tragic suicide was that of an Australian model and TV star Charlotte Dawson, after a long battle with depression, originally triggered by an abortion back in 1999. According to news stories, it was decided that Dawson should abort her first child with Olympic swimmer husband Scott Miller because her due date coincided with the 2000 summer Olympics and (because)Miller was so focused on his own pursuits that a child was not welcome in the picture at the time. Dawson says they planned to try to have children later, but the marriage broke up shortly afterwards and she ultimately died without living children.

The Daily Telegraph reported:

“But friends believe she had never really gotten over her marriage to Miller, which ended in divorce after only a year. In her tell-all autobiography ‘Air Kiss And Tell,’ she revealed she had an abortion because the pregnancy would interfere with Miller’s preparation for the 2000 Olympics — and blamed that for the start of her long battle with depression.”

The second case reported in the Daily Mail relates to an Oxford student who committed suicide following the break up of her relationship with her boyfriend. The report however cites the torment she suffered following an abortion.

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Carrie Underwood: I Sing to My Unborn Baby, “He’s Always Listening”

Carrie Underwood: I Sing to My Unborn Baby, “He’s Always Listening”

by Katie Yoder | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/10/14 2:17 PM<!––><!––>

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Baby Underwood’s musical training is starting early. For his Dec. 8 “Tonight Show,” comedian Jimmy Fallon congratulated country star Carrie Underwood on her “little baby on its way.” At Fallon’s prompting, the mom-to-be revealed that she sings for her baby because “he’s listening” and “always in there.”

carrieunderwoodThe “American Idol” singer, 31, and husband hockey player Mike Fisher, 34, announced the pregnancy in September – and expect their first baby’s arrival in the spring.

During his show, Fallon commented, “Now you said that you and your husband sing during the holidays.” He asked Underwood, “Are you singing for the baby?”

“Yes,” she responded. “I feel like he hears me singing whether he would like that or not. I mean, that’s what I do. He doesn’t have a choice.”

“If I’m just in my car, driving, I feel like I have to make it good because,” she continued in a hushed voice, “he’s listening. He’s always in there.”

She explained, “I just want to do a good job for him.”

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Surprisingly, the (often abortion-sympathetic) media reported on the news. Outlets including E! OnlineBustleAccess Hollywood and Perez Hilton.

Underwood spoke more about her baby to “Today” hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Dec. 9. “Definitely my body’s not mine right now!” she said.

The star made big headlines last year after mocking Obamacare at the Country Music Association Awards show.

LifeNews Note: Katie Yoder writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.

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