Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Temporary retirement

My dear readers,

Because I have simply become so busy with my new outreach, the No Room for Contraception Campaign, this blog will be entering temporary retirement. I hope this only lasts for a few months. Please visit the site of the No Room for Contraception campaign for the latest news, articles, resources and information regarding the harms that contraception brings to marriage, society and women's health. Please also consider a small contribution to help the work of the No Room for Contraception Campaign. Details on that site.

Compliments of a seminarian I know, I leave you with this article on Pope Benedict XVI. He speaks about the connection between respect and justice, especially in light of the tragedy of abortion. After all, abortion is the greatest human rights abuse and the greatest injustice that has ever been: an entire segment of society been denied personhood and subsequently suffered the loss of hundreds of millions of lives. This means hundreds of millions of women with their femininity and identity shattered and hundreds of millions of men with their masculinity shredded.

Benedict said:

These injustices can adopt many faces… For example, the face of disinterest or disorder, which can even go so far as to damage the structure of that founding cell of society that is the family; or perhaps the face of arrogance that can lead to abuse, silencing those without a voice or without the strength to make themselves heard, as happens in the case of today's gravest injustice, that which suppresses nascent human life.

Please pray for me and for the success of the No Room for Contraception Campaign. God bless you!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

So-called "Family Planning" pushed on Jamaicans

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health of the country of Jamaica issued a statement encouraging contraception based sexual health at the reopening of a "family planning" clinic that Jamaicans are urged to take advantage of.

Ironically, Minister of Health John Junor claims that this new campaign to encourage the use of artificial contraceptives will reduce poverty, child and maternal mortality, and the spread of AIDS. All three of these claims have already been shown completely baseless by many pro-life experts, such as Steve Mosher of the Population Research Institute and Chuck Donovan and Bob Marshall in their book, Blessed are the Barren.

They claim that the clinics will provide pre- and post-natal care, which is perhaps where their claim of reducing child and maternal mortality comes from, but this is doubtless. Most likely, the Ministry of Health has bought the lies of the Planned Parenthood who works closely with Jamaica's "FAMPLAN" organization.

"Studies have outlined that in developing countries, success in family planning programmes occur when the responsibilities are shared among governments and non-government organizations and that is the kind of partnership we intend to maintain," Junor stated in the article.

First, I'd like to see those studies…

Next, I'd like to point out that if this the collaboration between FAMPLAN and Planned Parenthood is what he is referring to, Planned Parenthood is not a non-government organization. It's a very powerful federally funded machine of the US Government to spread the idea of eugenics, abortion, promiscuity, contraception and irresponsibility on individuals, families and societies around the country.

So, people of Jamaica, steer clear of the advances of these schemes. If you truly seek to rise from this horrid poverty, turn to Natural Family Planning. Turn away from improper sexual relations. The same things that they say are keeping you in poverty are driving people around the world into poverty and societal suicide. Don't let that happen to your country.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Some interesting days to commemorate

I compiled this interesting list of dates to commemorate, celebrate, protest or use to educate. It's certainly not exhaustive, and most of the dates apply only to 2006, but I hope they give you some good ideas for pro-life work!

January- Cervical Health Awareness Month www.nccc-online.org/awareness.php
January- National Birth Defects Prevention Month www.marchofdimes.com
January 15- Martin Luther King Day
February- Black History Month www.blackhistory.com
February, week of Valentine├é’s day- National Condom Week www.ashastd.org
March- Women in History Month www.nwhp.org
March 8- International Women's Day www.choiceusa.org/events/join.php
March 9- Day of Invitation to Abortion Providers www.priestsforlife.org
March 10- Abortionists├é’ Appreciation Day www.refuseandresist.org/ab/march10/2005/index.html
April- Sexual Assault Awareness Month www.nsvrc.org
April- National Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month www.ashastd.org
April 6- A Day to End Sexual Violence www.nsvrc.org
April 3-9- National Public Health Week www.apha.org/nphw
April 7- World Health Day www.who.int/world-health-day/
May- Older Americans Month www.aoa.gov
May- National Trauma Awareness Month www.amtrauma.org
May 4- Mother's Day Comes Early for Too Many of Our Nation's Teens Day
May 7- Prevent Teen Pregnancy Day www.teenpregnancy.org/national/default.asp
May 14-20- National Women's Health Week www.womenshealth.gov
May 16- Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day www.womenshealthresearch.org
May 18- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day www.niaid.nih.gov
July- Health Care Month- state of Illinois www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=3&RecNum=4104
Week surrounding July 25 (anniversary of Humanae Vitae)- Natural Family Planning awareness week. www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/nfpweek/index.shtml
August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week www.lalecheleague.org
September- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month www.ovarian.org
September- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Awareness Month www.pcosupport.org
September- Prostate Cancer Awareness Month www.pcacoalition.org
September 10-World Suicide Prevention Day- www.stopasuicide.org
September 25th, 2006 (date varies year-to-year)- Family Dinner Day info at www.casafamilyday.org
October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month www.nbcam.org/about_nbcam.cfm
October- Pornography Awareness Month www.moralityinmedia.org
October- National Family Sexuality Education Month www.plannedparenthood.org
October- Hispanic History/Heritage Month
October- National Gay and Lesbian History Month
November- National Hospice Month www.nhpco.org
November- National Adoption Month www.adoptioncouncil.org
November- National Family Caregivers Month www.thefamilycaregiver.org
November 21- Pre-maturity Awareness Day www.marchofdimes.com
December 1- World AIDS Day www.unaids.org/en/default.asp

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Three cheers for the South Dakota task force report on abortion

Various pro-life, pro-choice, political, church-related and other groups and individuals continue to register their comments on the recent ban on abortion in South Dakota. Some say that the timing is not right. Others say that it is a threat to women's health. Still others praise it endlessly knowing that it will eventually end up in the Supreme Court with a chance for the court to revisit and hopefully overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

We cannot forget that much of the reason why the SD ban was such a glowing success was because last year, they conducted a task force study on abortion, which was submitted to the governor and legislature in December 2005. A key group in making this task force happen was South Dakota Right to Life, and you can download the 70+ page report from their site.

With my area of interest being contraception, I was most interested in the last footnote on the last page of the document. It's long winded, but worth quoting in full. They began by making one of the 14 recommendations in order to "lessen the loss of life and harm caused by abortion" a call for sexuality education that "include[s] a definition of sexual abstinence and a statement that abstinence education in South Dakota is to exclude contraceptive-based sexuality education." They call this a part of "character development education" (and rightly so).

Here is the text of the footnote (footnote number 50) that immediately followed:

Although the Task Force was not mandated to discuss and make recommendations regarding sexuality education, this issue was brought to the attention of the Task Force throughout the testimony, and was discussed extensively. It is clear that sexuality education and abortion are undoubtedly connected. We find that abstinence until marriage education based upon character development is foundational in decreasing unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS. The state of South Dakota through its various entities has campaigned to educate our youth to "Just Say No" to harmful activities, such as smoking and drugs, and if the minor is participating in such a harmful activity to simply stop. This message given to our youth is clear, concise, and without contradictions. We find that almost everyone can agree that sexual activity for minors is harmful. To promote a message of "comprehensive sex education" (i.e. sex education based upon the promotion of contraception) is confusing and dangerous. It is inconsistent with the message of "Just Say No" since abstinence from sexual activity is the only completely reliable means of preventing pregnancy and disease. The message communicated to youth by contraceptive-based sex education is that they are not capable of controlling their emotions and instincts, thus the need for contraception. Further, contraceptive sex education instills a mentality that abortion is a "back up" for failed contraception, thus the promotion of "emergency contraception" drugs which can act as early abortifacients.

No objective studies of contraceptive sex education programs have proven to result in the reduction of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Conversely, studies have shown that contraceptive sex education results in an increase in sexual activity.

Notice that they point out the irony between the "just say no" campaigns for drugs and alcohol, but self-destructive behavior such as pre-marital sex is not only tolerated, but encouraged through contraception-based education, which the task force calls "confusing and dangerous." Notice what they say: "The message communicated to youth by contraceptive-based sex education is that they are not capable of controlling their emotions and instincts, thus the need for contraception." Clearly through all of their contraception based sex education, the Planned Parenthood is not looking to prevent pregnancies, but as Jim Sedlack of STOPP says, they are looking to sexualize our children.

It's called "sexuality education" which should include an honest explanation of God's meaning for human sexuality based on how we are created, but the Planned Parenthood, SIECUS and others have twisted it's meaning so that everyone know thinks it means instructions on how to have sex with no strings attached, as often as you'd like, with anyone or no one. That is not what sex is, and when kids are taught that in schools, that's not only a perversion of human sexuality, but a prevision of education itself.

The SD task force also calls contraception-based sex education to task on the fact they it in fact does not decrease unplanned pregnancy or abortion precisely because it increases sexual activity at a younger age. Looking at the statistics, it is clear that not only has teen pregnancy and abortion skyrocketed since the lat 1960s, but so have sexually transmitted disease. Once called venereal disease, they became known as sexually transmitted disease as premarital and extramarital affairs became more commonplace. In order to downplay the fact that no chemical contraceptive prevents STD's, the Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers now call them sexually transmitted infections in order to make these diseases sound less scary and less taboo.

So, if this task force and subsequent report can lead to the banning of abortion in South Dakota, perhaps it can lead to the banning of Planned Parenthood's twisted ideology being taught in our schools and funded with our tax dollars.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Decoding the Komen Foundation

Though most of their events are held in October (breast cancer awareness month), as springtime approaches, the Susan G. Komen foundation is starting to hold more and more of their “Race for the Cure” events around the country. Registration is beginning, and therefore it is vital that you know the truth about Komen and their close ties to the Planned Parenthood as well as their deceptive lies that there is not a link between contraceptives, abortion and breast cancer.

It is irresponsible that they attempt to claim that abortion is not linked to breast cancer when there is plenty of research that confirms this. Furthermore, Komen in many states is a direct funder of the Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.

The best information on the link between abortion and breast cancer is from the Coalition for Abortion/ Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. Together, they have a very nicely done DVD called "Abortion Breast Cancer Link: What every woman has the right to know." Let's take a look at some of the things they have to say regarding abortion and breast cancer.

The risk factors of estrogen exposure and breast immaturity can also act in concert with one another, causing greater risk. For example, if a teenager, who has not had a full-term pregnancy (she is nulliparous), takes birth control pills, her risk of breast cancer is much higher than it is for a woman who has had several children and then takes birth control pills. A woman who gets pregnant increases her estrogen level 2,000 percent by the end of the first trimester. If her pregnancy goes to full term, she will have lower breast cancer risk by developing full breast maturity. If it ends before 32 weeks, by very premature birth or induced abortion, she will have increased risk as she will not get the benefit of full breast maturation, but instead be left with more places for breast cancer to start. Spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) in the first trimester do not increase breast cancer risk because they are associated with low estrogen levels.BCP Institute

Also, don't forget that the birth control pill has been declared carcinogenic to humans by World Health Organization.

An IARC Monographs Working Group has concluded that combined estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives and combined estrogen-progestogen menopausal therapy are carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), after a thorough review of the published scientific evidence…

The Working Group concluded that combined oral contraceptives alter the risk of several common cancers in women. They increase a woman's risk of cervical cancer, breast cancer, and liver cancer. World Health Organization

With all of the financial support and media attention that the Planned Parenthood and Komen have from many angles, it is easy for them to spread their propaganda. The Planned Parenthood does NOT exist to give pap smears and basic gyn care. They exist to spread promiscuity, birth control, premarital sex and abortion. They only provide these other services in a vain attempt to give credibility to their deadly agenda. Furthermore, though abortion is legal, very few ob/gyn's perform them. Most abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood clinics or at free-standing abortion clinics. Free-standing clinics do not offer any other services except birth control and abortion. This shows how intimately connected these two moral evils really are.

Organizations like the Coalition for ABC and the BCP Institute need voices of compassionate people who are sad and grieving over the devastation of breast cancer to loudly proclaim their message. You can get this message to the media through letters to the editor or by inviting a speaker such as Charnette Messee to your area and widely advertising it, especially to the media through press releases. You can also boycott or picket the Komen walk; many pro-life groups have done this in the past. You could also help organize or promote a Silent No More Awareness Campaign event in your area.

Last but not least, please keep all women with breast cancer and their families in your prayers.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Separation of what?

For as much barking they like to do about separation of Church and state, the 55 Democrats who produced what they call the "Historic Catholic Statement of Principles" certainly seem to contradict their own principles.

Thirty-three of these 55 voted against the ban on partial birth abortion in 2003 (meaning 22 of them could be considered pro-life), so it's hard to tell that this statement is actually about overlooking the importance of bringing an end to abortion. This statement is about making themselves into authors of doctoring of the Catholic Faith!

Since when is it the place of politicians to make declarations about Catholic Faith? They are supposed to follow declarations of Catholic Faith made by Bishops and the Vatican, not rewrite them according to their dumbed down, cafeteria style version of what they think the Church's teachings ought to be.

Most know that I do not like politics at all, but in reality, we must understand that Christians and Catholics do have to be politically responsible and put the attitude and spirit of the Faith into their everyday lives. That means that politicians are supposed to protect the lives of each and every human person, no matter what the state or any group within the state says regarding whether they are actually persons or not. That means that since we can biologically, we can determine that a completely separate human person exists at the very moment of conception, then politicians who merely say that abortion is "undesirable" are missing the whole point. They are actually cowards who are not willing to protect the lives of those most oppressed. Here's what they say:

"We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion—we do not celebrate its practice."

In fact, the phrase "every child belongs to a loving family" is almost an exact copy of the Planned Parenthood propaganda slogan, "every child a wanted child" which they use to promote abortion! That's sick!

So… while these 55 congressmen package their doctrine under separate of Church and state, their statement is actually one of dissent form the Catholic Faith.

Here's an action item: if you know a priest or if you are a priest, please sign the statement being sponsored by Priests for Life called "An appeal to our public officials."

Friday, March 3, 2006

A plan for reducing so-called unintended pregnancies

The abortion lobby, carefully guided by every American's worst nightmare Planned Parenthood, is scared. They know that they cannot win the abortion battle any longer. They know the days are numbered for legal abortion, so their focus is turning more and more to availability of contraception, especially Plan B emergency contraception.

But, of course, they comfort us by saying that the widespread use of contraceptives will reduce the need for abortions.

Clearly, improving use among couples who rely on contraception and persuading nonusers to adopt a method would reduce the number of unintended pregnancies—and therefore abortions.

Not so, in reality however. Out of the other side of their mouth, they attribute 1.3 million abortions per year to failed contraception. "About half of unintended pregnancies occur among couples who were using a contraceptive method in the month the woman became pregnant; either the method did not work properly or the couple did not use it consistently or correctly," states a recent report.

Despite these contradictory statements, the report also states that their goal is to reduce so-called "unintended" pregnancy by up to 40% by 2010, and their means for achieving this goal is contraception. But, if contraception is so reliable for reducing the need for abortion, why is its everyday use so, well, unreliable?

They also state a goal for "ensuring universal access to contraceptives" in addition to their "educational" programs on its use. To me, this is sounding more and more like the coercive one-child per couple policies of China.

Let's not forget that the last time contraception was so vigorously promoted in America, it was a failed pursuit. In fact, the widespread use of contraception is the reason why abortion became legal in the first place, and the US Supreme Court reiterated this point in the Casey decision.

[F]or two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail. (505 U.S. 833, 857)

I have an idea for reducing "unintended" pregnancies: treat children as welcomed blessings as the result as sexual union and reserve sexual union to marriage. Only then will children be wanted and welcomed.

Thursday, March 2, 2006


My dear readers, please forgive me for not posting recently. I promise to get back to posting soon... however I am currently consumed with another very important project...! My prayers are with all of you.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

More comments on Carl Djerassi

Last week, I mentioned contraception pill innovator, Carl Djerassi. He has some interesting things to say about changing ideas of what constitutes a family in today's society. In an article announcing a play he wrote about lesbian lovers who conceive invitro using each others' brothers' sperm, Djerassi said:

Assumptions that marriage must be heterosexual and that a child cannot have two parents of the same sex were never even considered assumptions, because they were beyond questioning. All of these terms have become destabilised, their meanings blurred, their range extended.

Some would blame technology during the past three decades for these developments, but in actual fact major social and cultural changes were even more responsible for the monumental shift that has caused so much fear and antagonism, especially among the ever increasingly strident fundamentalists in the USA. So why not write a play about a situation where family and parent have assumed disturbingly fuzzy meanings.

Might I argue that perhaps it is the very invention of these birth control technologies that allowed people to divorce in their minds the idea of procreation from sexual or married relationships? Chemical birth control could very well have caused these "major social and cultural changes." This certainly seems like a likely correlation to me.

Stephanie Coontz agrees, and in an article she said this:

Heterosexuals were the upstarts who turned marriage into a voluntary love relationship rather than a mandatory economic and political institution. Heterosexuals were the ones who made procreation voluntary, so that some couples could choose childlessness, and who adopted assisted reproduction so that even couples who could not conceive could become parents. And heterosexuals subverted the long-standing rule that every marriage had to have a husband who played one role in the family and a wife who played a completely different one. Gays and lesbians simply looked at the revolution heterosexuals had wrought and noticed that with its new norms, marriage could work for them, too.

Read my article "Did contraception lead to homosexuality?" on No Room for Contraception- click here.