July 2013 Newsletter

Posted By on July 12, 2013

Dutch Doctors: Euthanize Disabled Babies, Just Make Sure You Report It

by Wesley J. Smith | Amsterdam, Netherlands | LifeNews.com | 6/21/13

I reported the other day that the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) now justifies the infanticide of seriously ill and dying babies as a means of ending the parents’ suffering.

Now, we see that the purpose of the new guideline was to induce doctors to report their baby killing to the authorities. From the British Medical Journal report:

The Royal Dutch Medical Association has published professional standards to try to clarify the line between palliative care of terminally ill newborn babies and deliberately killing them. Driving the move is the apparent failure of doctors to report cases of mercy killing of newborn babies to the government’s expert review committee of physicians, lawyers, and ethicists, to which all such cases are meant to be reported.

As with the Dutch policy on euthanasia, doctors who report and adhere to guidelines will not be prosecuted. However, since its launch in 2006 the Central Experts Committee has received only one case involving a newborn baby. Originally up to 20 reports a year were expected

You see, when it comes to doctor-administered death in the Netherlands, what matters is doing the killing visibly, not the fact that babies are being killed.

The report also celebrates how ultra sound has successfully allowed doctors to target babies with spina bifida for eugenic abortion, apparently making infanticide less necessary. This is blatant bigotry against the disabled. Yet, Netherlanders perceive themselves as oh, so compassionate.

Is the Morning After Pill Coming to a Vending Machine Near You?

by Eric Metaxas | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/18/13

I seldom get hot under the collar on the air. But a recent decision by the Obama administration has got my dander up.

Last week, the President threw America’s parents and their daughters under a bus. And I’m hopping mad about it—and not just because I have a young daughter of my own.

First, a little history: In 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s request to make the “Plan B One-Step” drug available to all women and girls without a prescription, no matter their age. Plan B is a so-called emergency contraception drug that its maker admits could “inhibit implantation” of a fertilized egg in the womb. Sebelius agreed with the decision to distribute the drug—but insisted girls must be at least fifteen to purchase Plan B One-Step.

Well, that proved too much for federal judge Edward Korman (who is a Reagan appointee, by the way). In a decision that dripped with contempt for those concerned about the impact of the drug on young girls, Korman removed ALL age restrictions on the sale of the drug. He claimed they were “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified.” And to add insult to what will surely be many injuries to America’s daughters, the Obama administration has just announced that it will not appeal the judge’s ruling.

Now, if you’re like me, you were somewhere between depressed and outraged in hearing this. My 14-year-old daughter can’t go on a field trip without my permission, but soon she’ll be able to legally buy the morning-after pill without my knowing anything about it. Even 11- and 12-year-old girls will be able to pick up Plan B along with their candy bars and lip gloss at the neighborhood drug store.

What’s next? Selling abortion drugs in junior high vending machines? (“No way!” you say? Well, they’re already in college vending machines. But maybe I’d better not give them any ideas.)

Even President Obama, the most abortion-minded president we’ve ever had, said that there ought to be an age limit on this Plan B. As he noted in 2011, the reason Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius insisted on an age limit was because “she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going to a drugstore should be able . . . to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could have an adverse effect.”

But if the President knows this drug is potentially dangerous, why did he abandon the fight to protect our daughters? Frankly, I’ve known ten-year-olds who haven’t mastered the art of putting the lid back on a tube of toothpaste. And yet Judge Korman and President Obama are going to trust these kids to carefully read the instructions on a potentially dangerous drug, and take it properly? Are they kidding?

Plan B will have another destructive impact—and this, too, will harm our daughters. By law, children and younger teenagers cannot consent to sex; if they’re pregnant, it’s a case of statutory rape—or worse, violent rape. Making Plan B available to young girls gives sexual predators another way to hide what they’ve done from their victims’ parents and doctors—and the police.

The sad reality is that even if there were an age restriction, teens would do what they already do with the purchase of alcohol: Get somebody older to buy the drugs for them. But we ought to be angry at what an arrogant federal government is teaching our kids. The law is a moral teacher, and it’s teaching kids that parents are irrelevant.

You and I live in a time when government is actively undermining the family. We need to fight back. Congress can pass a law insisting that no child under eighteen be allowed access to this drug, and that it be sold only with a doctor’s prescription. Please urge your congressman to sponsor a bill to get this done.


Indiana Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Number Since 1976

NEWS RELEASE: beckyrogness@protectinglife.com – July 2, 2013

New State-Released Data Shows the Abortion Rate Has Fallen for the Fifth Consecutive Year

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life has analyzed the abortion data that the Indiana State Department of Health released on June 28. The data shows that abortions in Indiana were down 3.3 percent in 2012 from 2011. In 2011, there were 9,112 abortions, but in 2012 there were 304 less, or 8,808 abortions.

The drop marks five consecutive years of decreasing numbers of abortions in the Hoosier state. Abortions have not been under 9,000 a year since 1976. Last year’s abortion total of 8,808 shows a 47 percent decrease since the all-time record number of abortions, 16,505, in 1980.

“We are encouraged by the falling abortion rate, but we recognize that much work remains to be done,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of
Indiana Right to Life. “A total of 8,808 abortions means that 8,808 little boys and girls didn’t get a chance to take their first breath. We will continue educating Hoosiers about the real implications of ending a preborn child’s life and about the positive alternatives that exist over abortion.”

The abortion data also shows that chemical abortions continue to rise. From 2011 to 2012, the chemical abortion rate rose 7.8 percent. This data shows that 20 percent of abortions are done using the chemical process.

Fichter commented, “We are troubled by the increase in chemical abortions. Great risks can exist for women choosing chemical abortions, especially if they are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. With a fifth of all abortions occurring through the chemical process, we’re especially thankful that the General Assembly passed, and Gov. Pence signed, a bill allowing the State Department of Health to provide oversight to chemical abortion facilities.”

The full state report is available at: http://www.state.in.us/isdh/files/2012_induced_termination_of_pregnancy_report.pdf.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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